As the long overdue implosion of the Republican Party continued apace yesterday in light of Trump’s “Grab ’em by the pussy” statement (friendly tip: voters don’t like sexual assault. BIGLY), one phrase that was repeated over and over was something along the lines of ‘Republicans are attempting to distance themselves from Trump.’ (The constant use of that phrase yesterday strongly suggests talking points, by the way).
Well, good fucking luck with that, assholes. Because the problem isn’t Trump. Trump was not appointed by a secret cabal, nor did he claim the nomination after a military coup. No, Trump was elected by Republican primary voters, having received more votes than any other Republican primary candidate in history, and millions more than any other candidate in 2016.
Republican voters, the slavering Uruk-hai shock troops of the right, are the problem: Trump is merely the symptom. Apparently, groping white women is a step too far, while the rampant bigotry that has been on display is acceptable–or at least, an acceptable compromise in the quest for a capital gains tax cut. They liked the comparison of gay marriage to bestiality. They liked the racist and sexist dog whistles (and air raid sirens).
Twelve years ago, I noted that a key element of the Republican party is its bigoted base.
How can a political party distance itself from a key part of its coalition?