Donald Trump said he’d consider vetting John Kasich for the vice presidential nomination just hours before the Ohio governor is to announce his decision to end his 2016 presidential bid.
“I would be interested in vetting John,” the presumptive Republican presidential nominee said Wednesday on CNN when asked about Kasich’s decision to drop out.
Probably a thanks and an attaboy for sticking around just long enough to assfuck Trump’s biggest challenger.
And if that schadenfreude wasn’t enough…
In the past, Donald Trump has said that the American wages are too high and repeatedly expressed the concern that raising the minimum wage would undermine American competitiveness in the global economy. But less than a day after securing the status of presumptive Republican presidential nominee, he said he’d consider making it higher.
As the New York Times noted, the billionaire showman told Wolf Blitzer on CNN Wednesday that he’s “open to doing something with” the minimum wage. Trump also described himself as “very different from most Republicans” on the issue.
Ever since the Hairy Hemorrhoid™ became the presumptive GOP nominee for President, I’ve been seeing calls from the Republican Party to unite behind him. “The time to bicker is over,” they claim. “It’s time to unite behind our presumptive nominee, and defeat the real evil – Hillary Clinton and the Democrats.”
I’ve been thinking about these calls quite a bit and wondering why is it that people who just a week ago were condemning the Cheetorangutang as evil, not a real conservative, an ignorant manipulator who funded the very establishment they all hate so much, etc. are all of a sudden changing their tune and calling for all to unite behind the presumptive GOP nominee.
He hasn’t changed.
The answer seems easy to me: they want a Republican to win the White House. They don’t want the country to win. They don’t want their alleged “conservative values” to win. They really don’t give a flying rat’s ass about the establishment they profess to hate so much. They want Republicans to win. That’s all. Nothing more.
No, I’m not talking about you people who have examined the issue and have honestly decided that you would rather have Trump over Hillary because he claims he’ll be tough on the immigration issue, or because he claims he will protect the Second Amendment, or because *insert issue Trump claims to be conservative on, while Hillary proudly admits to being progressive on here*. I’m talking about those who dislike Trump, who believe he’s a douchebag, but who want a Republican to win no matter how odious the nominee happens to be.
I will tell you I’ve never voted along party lines. Ever.
The party – whether Democrat or Republican – is the vehicle by which candidates can deliver their message and voters can organize said messages into coherent platforms they either support or don’t.
At the same time, to me, the party is the lazy man’s preferred delivery mechanism.
“He’s a Republican? Great! I support the Republican Party platform, the party nominated him, so I’ll vote for him!” It saves the lazy and unmotivated the time and effort they would have spent doing actual research into the candidate and examining his ideas. I can’t tell you how many times I hear my Republican friends claim “I will vote for whoever the Republican is, because it’s better than having a Democrat in office.
The Democrats many times are even worse. They tend to line up behind the nominee, no matter who it is, as long as that nominee has the “D” behind his or her name. I can’t tell you how many times I hear my Democrat friends proudly proclaim that they’re voting straight party ticket!
As for the Republicans, it doesn’t seem to matter that you just might be voting an amoral, authoritarian, ignorant statist into office. It doesn’t matter that he’s demonstrated a lack of understanding about basic Constitutional principles, foreign policy, economics, and civil liberties. It doesn’t even matter that he’s flip-flopped so many times on issues that are supposedly important to Republicans, that fish out of water are jealous.
Why? They’ve said this numerous times already.
Because their goal is to win. Their goal is to beat Hillary Clinton. Their goal is not to advance liberty, constitutional principles, or any of the other values to which they give lip service in their party platform. Their goal is to win. and to do that, they will back even the most noxious, unprincipled, and ignorant statist.
— Reince Priebus (@Reince) May 4, 2016
And the GOP wants its voters to support him. Because their goal is not the good of the nation, but the good of the GOP.
Their goal is a Republican in the White House – even if it’s a Republican in name only, and even if it’s a “Republican” unscrupulous, unprofessional, and unethical as Donald Trump.
The Democrats are no better. I’m not giving them a pass here. Their goal is to elect a Democrat – even if it’s one under investigation for spilling classified data onto an unclassified server.
— The Democrats (@TheDemocrats) May 4, 2016
You don’t keep or make America great by electing a party. You elect the person who you believe best reflects the fundamental values of this nation. You elect people who will uphold this nation’s laws. You elect people who will protect your rights from infringement. You elect people who at least have a basic understanding of foreign policy, national security, and economics.
If you honestly believe that candidate is Donald Trump (despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary) or Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders (ditto), go ahead and vote your conscience.
But if you’re suddenly an initiate into the cut of Trump, because he’s claiming to be Republican today, and your goal is for Republicans to win, no matter how repugnant they are, you might want to re-examine your principles. If your goal is simply to ensure Republicans run this country, rather than electing the candidates accountable to the people, dedicated to the fundamental principles on which this nation was built, and committed to protecting your rights, you might want to take a long hard look in the mirror, because you are part of the problem.
I’m not saying this now, because the GOP is about to nominate the most loathsome, execrable candidate to run for President of this country and is foully congealing behind him, knowing and having admitted for months just what kind of detestable candidate he is. I’ve always said this, and every election year I’ve gotten excoriated by Republicans who thought they deserved my vote simply because they were Republicans.
And every year, I tell them the same thing: I will vote for the candidate I believe to be the most capable, dedicated to our rights and freedoms, intelligent, and honorable. That candidate may not be perfect, but no candidate for no job is. And make no mistake – the Presidency is a job – probably the toughest job in the land that shouldn’t be staffed by a barely qualified someone who just happens to have a “D” or an “R” behind his or her name.
The party is a vehicle, not a qualification.
So, screw your party!