Polanco Politics: #NeverTrump: Stopping Trump-mania

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by Juan Carlos Polanco, Esq., MBA

 

I am a proud member of the #NeverTrump movement.

 

Like millions of other Republicans, I am appalled at the fact that our front runner is Donald J. Trump.  For forty years, Mr. Trump has financially and politically supported Democrats. At every level, Trump gave hundreds of thousands of dollars and political support to Democrats including Carter, Kerry, Kennedy, Clinton, Clinton, Schumer, Pelosi, Rangel, Reid, Weiner, and Obama.

 

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Recently, he sided with left wingnuts (like Rosie O’Donnell) and 9/11 truthers in blaming former President George W. Bush for the 9/11 attacks on America. He has even mocked Senator John McCain for being shot down, captured and remaining a POW for years. He supports illegal torture and killing the families of ISIS terrorists.  These are awful positions and will, without a doubt, hand the White House to Hillary Clinton.

 

Donald TrumpDonald Trump is playing a sick game of racist, sexist politics that is destroying any hopes of my party growing and winning back the White House. Trump boasts of new people coming into my party, but who are these people?  Are these people excited by his racist, sexist, violent, isolationist, ignorant and inarticulate rhetoric? We are going to lose Republicans that believe in the true principles of the party for new folk — many of whom have no idea what my party stands for and are simply members of Trump’s cult of personality. A cult of personality no different than the other demagogues who have preyed upon people’s fears, economic insecurities, and racial, religious and ethnic prejudices.

 

For sixteen years, I have worked tirelessly to open the tent of the Republican Party by bringing the party message to many different groups. Today, how can I,  in good conscience, approach Muslim business owners and ask them to join my GOP, when our front runner has attacked their faith and has declared a policy to immediately ban their relatives from entering the United States “until we figure out what’s going on.” Later he has undeclared, “Islam hates America.” Because banning entire religious and ethnic groups isn’t constitutional and ignoring the many sacrifices of Muslim American soldiers, Marines, sailors and airmen, plus the other thousands of first responders who give of themselves daily, is evil.

 

How can I approach a child of an undocumented immigrant (who happens to be a citizen) and tell him to join my party, when our front runner thinks a modern day “Operation Wetback” –the largest authorized racial profiling campaign by the U.S. government where millions of Hispanics were rounded and expelled from the country by force– is a good idea? Mexicans make up 63 percent of Latinos in the U.S. but our front runner says that Mexico doesn’t send its best but its worst and blanketed them as evil criminals.

 

Imagine my conversation with an African American voter. Imagine me trying to convince this person that the Republican Party is the way to go when the GOP presidential front runner would not immediately disavow the endorsements of the Ku Klux Klan, various White supremacists and former KKK Grand Dragon David Duke. Or asking them to support the future titular head of the GOP who refers to Black and other minority protesters as thugs and encourages violence towards those protestors, and who, by the way, has paid out millions of dollars in racial discrimination settlements.  Can a Donald Trump-led GOP be their party?

 

Women have also felt the fury of Donald J. Trump’s candidacy. From inappropriate sexual comments about women and their attractiveness, sexual tendencies, and other sexist attacks on women without regard is common for the GOP front runner. Fox journalist Megyn Kelly is just one example of a victim of  Trump’s vile, sexist rhetoric that will surely cost the Republican party women voters this November. Because she’s a tough reporter, Trump accuses her toughness on her menstrual cycle. How do I encourage women to join my party after Trump has blamed Kelly’s toughness on her menstrual cycle?

 

Credit: Eonline.com

Credit: Eonline.com

Hillary Clinton is an awful and flawed candidate.  Her candidacy presents a phenomenal opportunity for the GOP to win back the White House. Unfortunately, if we do not stop Trump from bringing a majority of delegates to Cleveland, we will lose this incredible shot. Frankly, after allowing a vile, demagogue like Trump to defeat so many experienced and better qualified Republican candidates, if we don’t rally to stop him and take our party back, perhaps we deserve to lose.  

 

J.C. Polanco, Esq., MBA, teaches History, Latino Studies, Economic Development of the Dominican Republic and Caribbean at the City University of New York. Polanco is the NYC Director for the NY Assembly GOP, Republican contributor for Univision NY, appears regularly on NY1 Inside City Hall, Pura Politica and BronxNet.

 

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