By Janice S. Ellis, PhD, Kansas City, MO –
Will the Republican Party recover from the anti-establishment campaign of Donald Trump, which has left it fractured and impotent? Trump has managed to become the party’s presumptive nominee by running to the extreme right of many of the “public stances” the party has adhered to for generations. That is on the days that he is not sending signals that is changing positions as he goes.
For the most part, Trumps positions have been extreme in one way of the other, not unlike many of those that the party has advocated within its ranks for decades. Otherwise, how was Trump able to woo and win most Republican voters during the primary contests. Now the party has been thrown into great turmoil. Will the Republican Party recover or will a new party emerge?
Let’s take a closer look at a few of the party’s stances that actually provided the impetus for Trump’s unprecedented rise.
For decades the party has not made a concerted and effective effort to welcome and embrace minorities. Neither has Trump during the primary elections. As a matter of fact, Mr. Trump has said and done everything he could to further alienate minorities.
For decades the party has not been pro-women in advocating for equal pay or personal control over their bodies. Neither has Donald Trump, depending on which day you ask him. If he is not insulting women, he is saying they should be punished for having an abortion.
Republican leaders in both Houses of Congress have not been pro-immigration reform to try and come up with a reasonable solution for the eleven million plus undocumented immigrants who live and work within our borders. Neither has Mr. Trump. He plans to build a wall between the U.S and Mexico, round up and deport the eleven million immigrants.
“Public stances” is the operative phrase. It brings to mind the age-old question that we often think about, if not ask, “how deep is your love?” Just how committed were members of the Republican Party to widening the party’s tent to include minorities of every hue and shade? How committed was the party in finding a path forward for the long-standing immigration issue? limited government, limited taxes, and conservative social values?
Did the long-standing practices of the party create the ideal opportunity for someone like a Donald Trump to emerge and takeover. Will the Republican Party recover?
Many long-standing party leaders are questioning whether Trump is a true Republican and a true conservative. A lot of voters see Trump as a conservative in the extreme, and have rallied behind him.
When the stalwarts and standard-bearers of the party seem to be jumping ship by the day, not only vowing that they will not attend the party convention in June, but going a step further declaring that they will not support Trump in November?
Will the Republican Party recover in time to have a possible chance of winning in November?
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