Donald Trump kicked off his presidential campaign by calling South Americans crossing into the United States via the U.S.-Mexico border rapists and murderers. If that wasn’t quite enough to set the tone, he later received endorsement from David Duke, a former KKK leader and presently avid white supremacist, and refused to reject it or condemn the KKK in any meaningful way. Now, if that wasn’t enough, Trump promised to ban all Muslims from entering the country. These three cases, in addition to a plethora of others throughout the campaign up to this point, indicate that Trump is perpetuating racist and bigoted sentiments in his rhetoric and proposals. Many pundits and politicos write and speak as though Trump is a product from outside of the Republican Party – something radically different from the GOP Establishment. According to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, however, this is not the case.
Speaking on the Senate floor yesterday afternoon, Harry Reid explained that Trump is merely a byproduct of the Republican Party, rather than an outside enigma. He scoffed at those who believe Trump’s success has been “some mistake” and asserted that we should have been expecting this as the “natural evolution of a party that spent eight years honing a platform that is anti-immigrant and anti-woman, anti-Obama and anti-working people.”
The Democratic leader said that Trump has simply been following the GOP’s lead, as the Establishment “embraced the darkest elements of their Party” and allowed Trump to take advantage of that trend.
Reid then jabbed at his Republican colleagues who have refused to say whether or not they will support Trump. “Republican senators need to stop waffling about Donald Trump. Not going to the convention doesn’t take away the fact that he is the Republican nominee… Republican senators need to say whether they’re going to vote for this guy.”
What do you think about Reid’s comments? Is it true that Trump is a product of the Republican Party?