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So There Is A Line The GOP Will Not Cross

This from ABC News:  “White supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke announced a run for U.S. Senate in Louisiana in a web video today [Friday July 22 2016], linking his campaign to the message of Donald Trump’s presidential bid.”

The local and national Republicans announce they will not support David Duke’s run as a Republican.  This from U.S. News:  “He will not have the support of the NRSC under any circumstance.”

Well now, in light of the Donald Trump campaign, we find out that the GOP does have some standards and there is a line that the GOP will not cross in supporting a candidate just because that candidate has an R behind their name

So, that has me wondering, what if it was David Duke instead of Donald Trump who became the Republican presumptive nominee for president in a crowded split field?  

Think that is preposterous?  If you would have told me a person could be elected as the nominee of the party of Lincoln who demeaned woman, Mexicans, Hispanic Americans, war heroes, and those who are physically disabled – I would have told you before this election, that would be preposterous too. If you would have told me that a person could be elected as the nominee of the party of Lincoln by calling the previous Republican president a liar, who purposely lied to go to war, and who should have been impeached – I would have told you that would be preposterous too.  If you had told me a person could be elected as the nominee of the party of Lincoln who said that he got all his national security and foreign policy “expertise” from “watching the shows on TV” and that anyway, he “knows more than the generals do” – I would have told you that would be preposterous too.  If you had told me a person could be elected as the nominee of the party of Lincoln who said an American born judge was really a “Mexican” because his parents were born in Mexico and because of that he couldn’t be fair in a lawsuit case against him, I would have told you that would be preposterous too.  If you would have told me a person could be elected as the nominee of the party of Lincoln who would slander a “Gold Star” mother, I would have told you that would be preposterous too.  If you would have told me a person could be elected as the nominee of the party of Lincoln who wouldn’t immediately denounce, the same racist bigot David Duke that this post is talking about, I would have told you that would be preposterous too.  


Really GOP?

So, what if David Duke had been on his way to being the Republican presumptive nominee, would Reince Priebus and the Republican “establishment” disavow him or embrace him and say “while they certainly have disagreements with his past actions and statements he is certainly better than Hillary”.  And then would they lambaste those of us who would say never in hell would we support him?  Would they tell us we weren’t loyal Republicans because then that would mean we wanted Hillary Clinton as president?  Would they say to us, “don’t we know that no matter what we think of David Duke, he certainly would appoint better Supreme Court justices than Hillary Clinton would?”  

And what happens if [and I pray to God this doesn’t happen] the Republicans in Louisana elect him as the GOP nominee for the Senate…will the GOP still [I hope] disavow him and say he must be defeated, even if they know that would cost us the U.S. Senate? 

I would like to believe, and I do believe, that the overwhelming majority of Republican leaders and pundits would say, there is no way in hell they would support a David Duke GOP nominee run for the presidency.  

And for those who that is true, then that shows there is a line that you believe if crossed you could not support the GOP nominee, even if it meant a Hillary Clinton presidency.  Which would put you in the same company with the #NeverTrump-ers in this election cycle; the only difference would be that your bar [the line to be crossed] is higher than the bar of the #NeverTrump-ers to not support the GOP nominee.


Authored By Tales from a tribble