Questions linger as leaders disavow Trump

October 11, 2016

Politics, Uncategorized

Republican U.S. presidential nominee Trump listens as Democratic nominee Clinton answers a question from the audience during their presidential town hall debate in St. LouisIt’s only Tuesday, yet this week already ranks among the creepiest in US political history. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump did not hide in shame after the revelation of his vulgar comments in an Access Hollywood video. Instead, he stalked his Democratic opponent in a live television debate and threatened to send her to jail if elected. It was unnerving. Trump also tried to intimidate Hillary Clinton by bringing in some of her husband’s accusers.

‘Scuse me while I say, “ewww.”

Lest we dismiss the stalking allegations, consult the experts. Read Ruth Sherman’s comments here and Robin Kermode’s here.

Perhaps Bob Schieffer said it best in his review:

Abandoning Ship

Many GOP Brahmans finally woke up after the video was released, denounced him, and said they would not vote for him.  Some on the Religious Right, including theologian Wayne Grudem, also withdrew their endorsements. I criticized  Grudem before; I commend him here.

But still, it must be asked: Why now?  Why not before?  Why did so many join the Trump parade despite his well-known history of lying, philandering and multiple divorces? And what of his blood-curdling comments about Mexicans and Muslims? Does it really boil down to votes and nothing more (white, middle class women usually vote Republican and we must keep them in the down-ballot fold; Mexicans and Muslims do not)?  And what about Ralph Reed, James Dobson, and Pat Robertson? They still cleave to Trump.

My friend, John Elwood, poses these questions and others at his Beloved Planet blog. He does so in the form of an open letter to his congressman.  A sample of what John wrote:

Just to be clear, then, it was okay that Trump vowed to kill the world’s last and best hope for saving our children from catastrophic climate change, right? It was okay when he trashed Mexicans, Muslims, blacks, women, war heroes, disabled people, and grieving Gold Star parents? It was okay when he admired dictators, advocated torture, incited violence among supporters, and hinted at assassination of an American president? And you didn’t mind when he threatened to break faith with our closest allies, and suggested they get their own nuclear weapons?

But now, he’s finally done something that bothers you. Well, sir, we welcome you. We, too, were horrified with what Trump dismisses as “locker room talk.”

But I just can’t contain my curiosity: You had no problem with all this other stuff? Really?

Read the entire blog post here.

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About Charles Redfern

Charles Redfern is a writer, activist, and clergyman living in Connecticut with his wife and family. He's currently writing two books, with more in his head.

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One Comment on “Questions linger as leaders disavow Trump”

  1. Jnana Hodson Says:

    You’re not alone in being mystified by how Trump got as far as he has considering all of his fabrications, flip-flops, and hateful behavior. But in the political/public realm, you never can anticipate what blow will bring down a house of cards or where it will come from.
    With the videotape, there’s no way to spin the quotes to his advantage. They’re not only a threat to every woman and girl, a confirmation of the lewd things he’s said about his own daughter, but they’re also an attack on every husband and father who would have his wife and daughters protected from such perverts. In other words, he’s driven a crack through his white-male backing.
    The operative word is “grope,” even with his little hands — it’s an out-and-out example of how underhanded he is. In that way, it confirms the ways he’s shafted those he’s employed and failed to pay in full.
    What empowers this event is that fact in makes Trump’s outlook VISIBLE. We’re not talking about lying words or numbers that don’t add up. We’re talking about the way Trump acts. This time, there’s no escaping the reality.


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