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Guest Editorial: Trump, a millstone for the GOP

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
Dec. 18
Guest Editorial

If presumed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is secretly hoping Donald Trump will be her Republican opponent next November, who could blame her?

Running against Trump would be a much easier challenge than competing with a serious opponent. How many people casting votes in the 2016 election could tolerate the nightmare thought of a President Donald Trump in the White House?

It’s almost beyond belief the snide, loutish, rude, tactless, combative, ill-mannered Trump continues to be the Republican front-runner this late in the process.

His foot-in-mouth disease would be more deadly than rabies to other candidates, but he continues to survive after making outrageous comments that would sink his Republican competitors like an anvil in the ocean.

There appears to be no limit to his willingness to offend. His wide insults of races and religions, belittling remarks about other candidates and even his cruel imitation of the movements of a disabled reporter have caused no apparent harm to his poll numbers. When he was criticized for mocking the deformities of the man, he claimed not to remember him or know he was handicapped — even though he was captured on film mimicking him. Again, no reaction by his supporters. If anything, his outrageous moments seem to make them like him better.

If voters in Republican primaries don’t show good judgment and a desire to win the White House next year, Trump is going to single-handedly destroy the party’s chances of winning.

Trump isn’t even really a Republican. The Republican party simply had the misfortune of being “chosen” by him. If ever a candidate should be running as an independent, it’s the egomaniacal Trump.

Trump knows no other candidate could survive having said and done the things he has. And the power of that thought seems to inspire him ever further.

Whether it is his star power or the perception he is a straight talker and willing to get tough on issues, he knows he will get a lot of attention for what he spouts but face little or no voter fallout.

What he lacks in good judgment, he makes up for in being perceptive about things that are bothering members of his audience. His beliefs along those lines appear to include people wanting America to be perceived as great again, people being weary about threats and insults to our nation and people’s concerns about possible threats being so deep as to make them susceptible to xenophobia.

The Iowa Caucuses are scheduled for Feb. 1 and the first primaries will be later that month. Will Trump keep rolling into the primaries, or is the novelty of his offbeat approach going to wear off with voters by then?

Many Republicans who can’t stomach the thought of Trump in the Oval Office would boycott the election if Trump wins the nomination.

Trump’s control of the polls up until now has been distasteful, but it could get worse. If the primary voters don’t get serious about wanting to win in November and shun his foolishness, the Democrats are headed for another victory.