Much of Donald Trump’s electoral success has come from the shear fact that he sets himself apart from the political establishment. Constantly bashing the GOP establishment for maintaining a system that he claims is ruining American prosperity and hegemony, Trump has assumed a role as a divisive, no-nonsense counterforce to the nation’s current political elite. As such, he has been able to get away with more extreme rhetoric and policy proposals, as he can merely claim that he is an outsider and does not need to play by the rules set by those in power. With his divisiveness and extremity, however, has come substantial opposition from politicians who see Trump as a disastrous option for the White House. While the bulk of this opposition comes from the Left side of the aisle, a large group of notable Republicans has also provided vocal opposition to the presumptive nominee.
The #NeverTrump movement garnered momentum from leading Republicans who spoke out against Trump’s bigotry and palpable racism. However, Joe Scarborough has pointed out that the GOP is now caving to Trump without actually seeing any sort of progress in his ways and rhetoric. Scarborough claimed that while leading Republicans are condemning Trump with verbal slaps on the wrist, they are allowing him to get off without any repercussions for his deleterious actions. He urged Republicans to maintain their integrity and not endorse or support Trump. “In the party of Reagan and Lincoln he doesn’t get my endorsement. He doesn’t get my vote. He doesn’t get my support,” Scarborough encouraged Republican leaders to say. “Who will say that in Washington, D.C.?”
“This is called the Art of the Deal. I’m taking my deal off the table until you get on the other side of the table and prove you are not a bigot and not going to take my party down in the ditch. You don’t have my endorsement and you can’t use Hillary Clinton as a gun against my head. I’m taking the gun away from my head. I’m putting it on the table and now it is in your hands on whether you are going to prove to the Republican Party and me personally that you are not a bigot. So don’t use Hillary Clinton as a threat against me, don’t use Hillary Clinton as an excuse as your blank check to say racist things about people born in Indiana. You don’t get to play it that way,” Scarborough proceeded.
Do you agree that Republicans have caved without seeing any progress from Trump?