GOP Blasts Trump’s Nazi Defense

Republicans are predictably up in arms about Donald Trump's defense of white supremacists following the Charlottesville terror attack.

But are they ready to take responsibility for helping create this climate of hate in the first place?

By defending neo-Nazis, Donald Trump might finally have reached his expiration date with the institutional Republican Party.

It's not just progressives and liberals who are appalled by Donald Trump's attempt to draw a false equivalency between between racist neo-Nazis and anti-racist counter-protesters.

Republicans, too, are now openly disavowing the President's remarks.

Mitt Romney, for example, said in a tweet Tuesday:

"No, not the same. One side is racist, bigoted, Nazi. The other opposes racism and bigotry. Morally different universes." - Mitt Romney.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, meanwhile, has sent out a statement saying that:

"We must be clear. White supremacy is repulsive. This bigotry is counter to all this country stands for. There can be no moral ambiguity." - Paul Ryan.

Lindsey Graham, John McCain, and John Kasich have all issued similar statements condemning the president:

"Mr. President, I encourage you to try to bring us together as a nation after this horrific event in Charlottesville. Your words are dividing Americans, not healing them." - Lindsey Graham.

"There's no moral equivalency between racists & Americans standing up to defy hate& bigotry. The President of the United States should say so" - John McCain.

"The President has to condemn hate groups. This isn't about politics." - John Kasich.

Corporate America is also ditching Trump - and after multiple CEOs resigned in protest over his Charlottesville remarks, he was forced to disband his business advisory councils earlier this afternoon.

Is this the end for Trump?

If the institutional Republican Party abandons him over this, impeachment seems almost inevitable...


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jmstarry 5 years 31 weeks ago

Gee, Thom,

You are smarter than this. Nothing I can think of guarantees impeachment, especially not Big Mouth's Big Mouth. 1. The GOP Congress has to be willing to go against their base, or at least the Trump part of it until it becomes about 33%, then it is not a re-election problem. 2. They need an impeachable case to win. Okay? You are being an overly-optimistic liberal like the kind that got Hilary un-elected. Knock it off. Try seeing the reality. Fight for bi-partisan solutions like rebuilding the infrastructure, not tax reform for the 1%. Lead.

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Kend 5 years 31 weeks ago

I am sorry but I must have missed something. I spent 10 minutes on google and can not find a Trump quote that would make me believe he is a racist. Is it the "both sides" comment? If so I think that was more inappropriate then racist. Didn't a black man shoot a white Dallas police officer in the back of his head because he was white. Don't get me wrong I am pretty sure the racism is tilted heavily to the "white" but it is happening on both sides. I think Trump and all of us would just love for all of it to stop.

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Riverplunge 5 years 31 weeks ago

Just iike death and taxes, what you can alway depend on is the absolute stupidity. cruelty, killing, lying, and greed of mankind. This whole world is nuthouse circus.

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2950-10K 5 years 31 weeks ago

It bears repeating: The Dems absolutely need to block impeachment until after the midterms. Crooked Donny is the bald- faced poster child for the affluenza party. Let the god damn Teabaggers suffer with the little dirtbag pussy grabber. He's a free and highly effective political ad for the Democratic Party.

He's not going to nuke Korea and there is already widespread agreement between the warhawks on an Iran bombing, so we gain nothing with Pence.

The Kochs want Pence installed immediately, they've never liked Trump. Trump just pulled Mikey from attending a Koch consultation. Donny knows what's up there.

Let us not forget, Pence is a wicked Teabagger with a true oedipus complex, and he's every bit as illegit as Crooked Donny.

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2950-10K 5 years 31 weeks ago

Until we progressives gain control of the message, meaning widespread media exposure, all is lost. Honest to God, you wouldn't even know Bernie is still in the Senate, let alone that the Democratic Party exists by listening to the corpse media. What is single payer again? raise the cap? anybody remember? The Dems will not win without unabashedly promoting a platform with single payer as the primary promise.

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2950-10K 5 years 31 weeks ago

Outback: After recently hearing a democratic luminary comment that the public isn't ready for single payer yet, I have to say, I'm starting to agree with your third party sentiment.

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2950-10K 5 years 31 weeks ago

The Global conflict flashpoint remains Eastern Europe/Poland....and we couldn't be in a worse position to respond with the current numbnuts in charge. Thanks Foxaganda...your years of right-wing bull is probably going to get us all fffnnn killed now.

Outback 5 years 31 weeks ago

Problem is, the Republican establishment is between a rock and a hard spot. They rolled over for Trump when it became clear that Trump was going to be the nominee (short of some unprecidented intervention by them). Try as they might, they themselves are finding it increasingly hard to gag down his antics. I would think The Republican power structure at this point is itching to ditch Trump in favor of Pence, which will require a far more difficult process than had they simply cut him off at the convention. For one thing, they are going to have to acknowledge that they were flat wrong in nominating this dweeb in the first place. Can you imagine someone like Paul Ryan or Mitch McConnell admiting such a grave mistake? Now, at this late date, they're going to have to make sure they have an air tight case for impeachment, followed by removal. And even at that, the Republican Party will end up looking like the gang of miscreants they actually are. As 2950 says, let's hope he sticks around a while to inflict further damage on that reprehensible party. Sadly, the Democratic party (along with Thom) continues to assume its traditional position, that is, rooting for Republican failure, while standing there with its thumb up its fundamental orifice, with no clue as to what the majority of thinking Americans want to see happen, which is an end to this perpetual two party bullshit. Or alternatively, a serious move by the Democratic establishment to the left, from whence it came. And as long as that party embraces people like Chuck Schumer, it ain't gonna happen. Get LEFT, DNC, or get the hell out of the way!

Scotty11 5 years 31 weeks ago

Rats off a sinking ship?

Scotty11 5 years 31 weeks ago

Easy to get off topic when reading everyone's rants...errr...opinions.

The question asked was 'Is this the end for Trump?'

Hope long as he keeps his finger off the button,

Now to diverge...

I don't believe there are enough Republicans up for mid term reelection for the Dems to regain control, thus, I'm for allowing him and his to wreak more havoc...and giving the progressive side more time to position themselves for 2020 and perhaps a takeover of the Democratic Party, Congress, and POTUS.

A 2020 coup is the only way to knock out the entire Trump/Pence/Yaddayadda...impeachment and we go from worse to worser...we're already past bad.

Go Bernie

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BoxCar 5 years 31 weeks ago

My Dad, a 3-War Vet> Battle of Bulge, Korea, Viet Nam would say US Commander-in-chief is President of ALL Americans & is correct to DEFEND 1st Ammendment Rights of ALL of US to "PEACEABLY" assemble to protest grievances be they KOOKs OR KKK and that was what he fought 3 wars for. But the key operative word here is "PEACEABLY" as stated.

As for BOTH sides at fault for car plowing into a crowd, the Video shows the disaster was TRIGGERED by the MOB striking the REAR of his car w/a baseball bat, wherein natural reaction s/b to escape the THREAT by pulling away, but he made mistake of gassing it, So who's at fault? like Trump said BOTH sides bear some responsibility in this tragedy> doh

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changeX 5 years 31 weeks ago


Words of Wisdom: You can't teach an old dog new tricks.

Maybe the GOP wants the frosty icing put back onto the angel food racist cake so it can be enjoyed in private circles. Thou shalt say one thing in public and another thing in private circles.

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ErinRose 5 years 31 weeks ago

#Thom: I don't understand why you are spending time agonizing over Trump's Va. comment; there are bigger things going on. Have you seen the video tape of military vehicles (hundreds of them) rolling into Chicago at four o'clock in the morning? Rahm Emanuel is in the process of "gentrifying" Chicago just like they did Manhattan by driving out all of the blue collar people and making the place so expensive no one but the rich can live there. This will be the second city the NWO has taken over. They are doing all they can to provoke the citizens so Emanuel can declare Martial Law and start murdering Americans in our own streets; posse comitatus. Meanwhile, you go on about the latest stupid thing Trump has said. Trump is always saying off-the-wall things; then he will turn around and say the exact opposite. Meanwhile, these military vehicles are rolling!

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2950-10K 5 years 31 weeks ago

I'll state the obvious, my own opinion....Putin has been emboldened by Trump, he's wants his old Soviet States back, and NATO is unprepared to stop him. At the very least refer to Pussy Riot videos if you want an idea of who the real Putin is. The Eastern Europeans know what time it is and with Trump in command of the largest military machine in history, these remain sleepless times for many. My guess...Trump will committ a giant "military" foreign policy mistake and then resign quickly, all this as the market crashes....we'll be ffkkk.

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Dianereynolds 5 years 31 weeks ago

Two months ago it was election rigging, then the Russians, now the nazis. Anything to keep in front of a microphone. Must be tough but there is always next weeks engineered drama to keep the hatred rolling.

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