In the last few weeks in politics, the "Trump Train" has slowed down tremendously. After a year of incredibly offensive comments, incorrect facts, and fantasy poll numbers, America has had enough. Have you ever heard the phrase "actions speak louder than words"? Not for this guy. Just about everything Trump says equates to what I think he will do as president, and since this is an election and no "actions" can technically be made, his words are blaring through speakers. They are a trumpet among a party that prefers flutes. But can Republicans really be mad at The Donald considering that they created this monster?
George Wallace was an Alabama governor who advocated for segregation and was undoubtedly racist. George Wallace was also a predator. He preyed on the fears and shallow hatred of Americans and got them riled up about racism and hatred. Sound like someone else we know? Donald Trump has done the exact same thing as George Wallace. Where "Negro" was inserted into a Wallace speech, Trump replaced it with "Muslim" or "Latino." Perpetuating racism and xenophobia that will not stop until America takes a stand against Trump and any other White supremacist in this country.
But now, Republicans are regretting allowing this grass-roots campaign to grow into a tree with wooden roots and branches that reach toward the sky and attempt to grasp the seat of President of the United States. Beginning with racist comments about an American judge not being able to handle the job that he was elected to do, followed by comments defending his racism, and finally, his implication that our president had something to do with the Orlando massacre, Republicans are in crisis. One Republican after another has come out and condemned The Donald for comments he's made, yet an overwhelming majority of Republicans support their nominee. They're embarrassed by their nominee, yet continue to defend him. Even the highest elected Republican in this country said he refuses to comment day to day on what Trump is saying (which implies Trump says something offensive every day). After 366+ days of ignoring the danger of Donald Trump's rhetoric and just a month away from the Republican Convention, Republicans are stuck in a conversation that is happening way too late: How do we stop Donald Trump?
Many Republicans don't think that Trump can be stopped. Instead, they want to rehabilitate the nominee into someone that isn't completely unbearable. The issue is that the racist, gun-carrying, xenophobic, sexist base that Trump began with will be turned off by his sudden revolution. It's not Donald's fault, though. I blame his campaign manager for not monitoring what he speaks about because a sliver of the White, male American vote is not going to win this general election. I blame his advisers and public relations staff that defend all of his comments and only perpetuates his bigotry. I blame the Republican party for not saying 366+ days ago that Donald Trump does not directly reflect their party.
Donald Trump is going to be Donald Trump through and through, and now the Right has to have a conversation about whether they like him or care enough about their country to make a change. So, Republicans shouldn't be embarrassed now. That should've happened a long time ago. I have no solutions to this issue as a democrat, but as an American willing to abandon party lines for the next few words, I say this: don't let it happen ever again.