5 Republicans That Could Challenge Trump In A 2020 Primary

5 Republicans That Could Challenge Trump In A 2020 Primary

Could these GOP members step up to the plate and challenge a sitting Republican President?
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I'm not sure a sitting President has ever caused so much scandal and ruckus while in office, especially not for their own party, but, of course, Donald Trump would be the person to do just that. Between skirting around sexual assault charges, consistently lying to the American people, and even possibly colluding with a foreign entity to sway the 2016 election, you would think that Trump wouldn't have time to cause issues in the GOP, but that just doesn't seem to be the case. I never thought I'd see a Republican speak poorly of John McCain, who even I have respect for, but Donald Trump is a president of firsts.

Because he is such a toxic presence in the GOP, there have been rumors that popular Republican politicians could potentially challenge the incumbent in a primary for the 2020 election. Could these people bolster the courage to take on a sitting president, not just to help their party, but to also save the reputation of the United States?

Mitt Romney

Former Governor of Massachusetts, former candidate for U.S. President, and now candidate for senator of Utah, Mitt Romney has quite the impressive resume. Of course, he failed his first time in his presidential ambitions, but it would not be the first time the GOP has nominated someone after they lost their first presidential election — Richard Nixon, anyone? Romney has all the experience and charm it would take to challenge the incumbent president, and he would have a pretty great chance of winning that battle.

Nikki Haley

Nikki Haley currently serves as the United Nations ambassador representing the U.S. Before serving in the U.N., Haley was the governor of South Carolina. While she now works closely with Trump, it wouldn't be too surprising to see someone make a political move to further their own career. Haley is so politically talented that Mitt Romney even considered her as a VP choice before going with Paul Ryan. It would also be nice to see the GOP present someone who isn't an old white male as the nominee.

John Kasich

One of the many faces that filled the 2016 GOP primary, Kasich presented a fairly moderate and easy to swallow candidate. He currently serves as the Governor of Ohio, which is an added benefit for any candidate looking to win swing states. It has been rumored that Kasich actually plans on running in 2020, and he wants to be president so bad that he would choose a moderate Democrat for his VP.

Marco Rubio

Marco Rubio was my favorite of the 2016 Republican candidates, and with good reason. He is politically talented, the son of immigrants, and isn't too far right for me to need a drink anytime he opens his mouth. Rubio has been frequently attacked by Trump, dubbed "Little Marco Rubio" by the current POTUS. With the influx of immigrants from Puerto Rico, Florida is likely to swing blue in the 2020 election, so presenting the junior senator from Florida would likely be the best move for the Republican party.

Jeff Flake

Jeff Flake is retiring from the senate, which begs the questions, "What will he do next?" Flake has been one of the most outspoken GOP members when it comes to opposing Trump, so much so that he openly says he didn't vote for Trump in the presidential election — he didn't vote for Hillary either, though. Flake also refused to support Roy Moore in the Alabama senate race. If the GOP wants to run someone who is a face of Republican morality and common sense, Sen. Flake is the obvious choice.

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No, I Don't Have To Tell You I'm Trans Before Dating You

Demanding trans people come out to potential partners is transphobic.
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In 2014, Jennifer Laude, a 26-year-old Filipina woman, was brutally murdered after having sex with a U.S. marine. The marine in question, Joseph Scott Pemberton, strangled her until she was unconscious and then proceeded to drown her in a toilet bowl.

Understandably, this crime triggered a lot of outrage. But while some were outraged over the horrific nature of the crime, many others were outraged by a different detail in the story. That was because Jennifer Laude had done the unspeakable. She was a trans woman and had not disclosed that information before having sex with Pemberton. So in the minds of many cis people, her death was the price she paid for not disclosing her trans status. Here are some of the comments on CNN's Facebook page when the story broke.

As a trans person, I run into this attitude all the time. I constantly hear cis people raging about how a trans person is "lying" if they don't come out to a potential partner before dating them. Pemberton himself claimed that he felt like he was "raped" because Laude did not come out to him. Even cis people that fashion themselves as "allies" tend to feel similar.

Their argument is that they aren't not attracted to trans people, so they should have a right to know if a potential partner is trans before dating them. These people view transness as a mere physical quality that they just aren't attracted to.

The issue with this logic is that the person in question is obviously attracted to trans people, or else they wouldn't be worried about accidentally going out with one. So these people aren't attracted to trans people because of some physical quality, they aren't attracted to trans people because they are disgusted by the very idea of transness.

Disgust towards trans people is ingrained in all of us from a very early age. The gender binary forms the basis of European societies. It establishes that there are men and there are women, and each has a specific role. For the gender binary to have power, it has to be rigid and inflexible. Thus, from the day we are born, we are taught to believe in a very static and strict form of gender. We learn that if you have a penis, you are a man, and if you have a vagina, you are a woman. Trans people are walking refutations of this concept of gender. Our very existence threatens to undermine the gender binary itself. And for that, we are constantly demonized. For example, trans people, mainly women of color, continue to be slaughtered in droves for being trans.

The justification of transphobic oppression is often that transness is inherently disgusting. For example, the "trans panic" defense still exists to this day. This defense involves the defendant asking for a lesser sentence after killing a trans person because they contend that when they found out the victim was trans, they freaked out and couldn't control themselves. This defense is still legal in every state but California.

And our culture constantly reinforces the notion that transness is undesirable. For example, there is the common trope in fictional media in which a male protagonist is "tricked" into sleeping with a trans woman. The character's disgust after finding out is often used as a punchline.

Thus, not being attracted to trans people is deeply transphobic. The entire notion that someone isn't attracted to a group of very physically diverse group of people because they are trans is built on fear and disgust of trans people. None of this means it is transphobic to not be attracted to individual trans people. Nor is it transphobic to not be attracted to specific genitals. But it is transphobic to claim to not be attracted to all trans, people. For example, there is a difference between saying you won't go out with someone for having a penis and saying you won't go out with someone because they're trans.

So when a cis person argues that a trans person has an obligation to come out to someone before dating them, they are saying trans people have an obligation to accommodate their transphobia. Plus, claiming that trans people are obligated to come out reinforces the idea that not being attracted to trans people is reasonable. But as I've pointed out, not being attracted to trans people supports the idea that transness is disgusting which is the basis for transphobic oppression.

The one scenario in which I would say a trans person should disclose their trans status is if they are going to have sex with someone and are unsure if their partner is attracted to whatever genitals they may have. In that case, I think it's courteous for a trans person to come out to avoid any awkwardness during sex. But even then, a trans person isn't "lying" if they don't come out and their partner is certainly not being "raped."

It is easy to look at the story of Jennifer Laude and claim that her death was due to the actions of one bigot. But it's more complicated than that. Pemberton was the product of a society that told him that disgust towards trans people was reasonable and natural. So when he found out that he accidentally slept with a trans woman, he killed her.

Every single cis person that says that trans people have to come out because they aren't attracted to trans people feeds into the system that caused Jennifer Laude's death. And until those cis people acknowledge their complicity in that system, there will only be more like Jennifer Laude.

SEE ALSO: Yes, You Absolutely Need To Tell Someone You're Trans Before Dating

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