With so much focus on the Democratic debates these days, it is easy to succumb to thinking that the 2020 election presents a choice between a far-left candidate and Donald Trump. I write this letter to remind members of the Republican Party that Trump need not be the GOP’s nominee. Since it is primary season, I urge you to contact the Republican National Committee and request that they endorse a primary challenger — a candidate who will promote conservative values without the divisiveness, dishonesty and indecency that define the Trump administration.

Beyond budget proposals that are far from fiscally conservative, the incumbent regularly commits egregious moral transgressions. While some readers will dismiss that claim as a “trumped-up” accusation, there are clear and explicit examples: Trump has admitted to (and bragged about) sexually assaulting women (a fundamentally misogynistic act). He has made statements about citizens of color that echo verbatim the language used to define “harassment based on national origin” in the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s pamphlet on anti-discrimination. Finally, he regularly disseminates manipulated or false information to dehumanize refugees and others who are “inconvenient.” (This can be fact-checked using his own administration’s data sources.) It is deeply problematic when a leader must attempt to undermine the dignity of others to achieve his agenda.

I am appalled by this behavior coming from the president of our nation. More acutely, perhaps, I am appalled by the lack of condemnation from Republican leadership. These offenses are clearly immoral — it is not difficult to say so. To remain silent and nominate Trump now is to support him in his racism, misogyny, and lack of integrity. During this primary season, Republicans must choose who will best represent the party and promote conservative values. Given his track record, that person is not Donald Trump.

Kathleen Bonnette

Walkersville

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DickD

http://americablog.com/2017/07/conservative-gop-senator-flake-blasts-trump-op-ed.htmlSenator Flake would vote for Biden or almost anyone except TrumpConservative GOP Senator Flake blasts Trump in op ed

MRS M

Ms. Bonnette states that " To remain silent and nominate Trump NOW is to support him in his racism, misogyny, and lack of integrity". The majority of Americans believe EXACTLY THE SAME of those who voted for him in 2016: i.e. that these Trump voters knew what he was and were STILL readily accepting of "the racism, misogyny, and lack of integrity" he showed since Day 1, as he rode down the escalator at Trump Tower to his bogus tune of birtherism. Truly shameful. Hence, the terrible divide in our country, between his dug-in supporters, and those who saw the bankrupt grifter from Queens for exactly what he is.......a sick and narcissistic low-life destroying the Republican Party and the moral fiber of the country with his bankrupt, corrupt and morally-devoid "vision" of America, useful to him only to enrich his own coffers. I can only interpret Ms. Bonnette's letter as a sincere plea for reason from like-minded Republicans who might share her concern; who love their country and their former Party; and understand too well that Trump is on his way to destroying both. It's sad, really. Republicans in increasing numbers now waking up from their financially-induced gluttonous slumber, and now must cope with the monster they created and let loose into the countryside with their votes, particularly when being forced to acknowledge that the monster's brain was always "Abby Normal's"...and they knew it. Now left to live in fear, for their Party, their country, and their formerly burgeoning economy, as he devolves with each passing day




marylandmirage

I never did understand when, in 2016, where the Republican Party had many candidates, they chose a guy who went bankrupt 6 times and was more of a comedic buffoon. There were so many proven candidates running: Mitch Romney, Kasich, even Jeb Bush. These at least were people who were proven to work for the people. I understand not wanting Hillary, but this was what they picked instead? Really??? And then they wonder why the left doesn't think they are very smart.




rikkitikkitavvi

Out of 77 comments on this article I see no common ground between either side. Have an Illustriously shiny MAGA day.

thump1202

This Economist graphic illustrates why and shows who the "far" ones really are. I'd link to the original story but it's subscriber only. Pew research published a study in 2017 that shows much the same thing about voter values, this is elected house representative values. https://www.thecrosstab.com/2018/09/20/for-the-economist-on-the-success-of-liberal-democratic-candidates-in-2018/

cleanrunoff

Show me a candidate that understands debt and borrowing and why too much debt is bad and i will vote for them. That used to be republicans, but they seem bent on outspending even the most clueless liberal democrat. Amazing how fast the Republicans abandon their fiscal and moral high ground when they get the keys.

hayduke2

Tea party sure has been silent. Claims that R's are fiscally conservative and D's spend are a myth. Look at historical data and you'll see the picture.

threecents

Basically, the entire Tea Party platform was to shrink government and reduce government spending, yet their members somehow switched over to Trump. Today's Newsweek has an article on possible GOP challengers. https://www.newsweek.com/trump-challengers-republicans-run-president-2020-760416

threecents

Sorry, that article is from 11/2017.

Obadiah Plainsmen

The Democrats are doing a magnificent job in this early campaign season. This whole election will be about social issues rather than fiscal issues. Fiscal conservatism is dead in America. No matter which party wins the Presidency and Congress they will be equal opportunity spenders. The fight today and this election is for the Supreme Court, who will win a social conservative or a social liberal?

hayduke2

I think you are wrong - let's see whether health care, jobs, infrastructure and immigration reform goes ONCE a candidate is chosen.

Obadiah Plainsmen

Hmm I'm wrong?? The Budget and Economic outlook 2019-2029 https://www.cbo.gov/publication/54918.

Obadiah Plainsmen

Tea Party ???? They have been run out of town by RINO's. There is no difference in a Republican or Democrat in spending money. 22T in debt, this country has fallen into the abyss. There will be no climbing out. Spend it while you got it.

gabrielshorn2013

Correct OP. Financial responsibility is long gone. Justin Amash, a Tea Party founder, quit the Republican party. The only fiscal conservative left is Rand Paul. According to the CBO:

In CBO’s projections, the economy grows relatively quickly this year and next and then more slowly in the following several years. The federal budget deficit rises substantially, boosting federal debt to nearly 100 percent of GDP by 2028.

The Budget and Economic Outlook: 2018 to 2028 (https://www.cbo.gov/publication/53651)

By 2026 the interest alone on our debt will be $726 Billion, and it will be 12.9% of the budget. (https://www.thebalance.com/interest-on-the-national-debt-4119024)

If the total debt is considered (money we owe others PLUS money we owe ourselves, we have already exceeded GDP. (https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2019/07/24/facts-about-the-national-debt/)

Putting it on a credit card and making the payments somebody else's problem will be our ruination.

awteam2000

Obadiah,

The ‘Tea Party’ is being run out by ‘RINOs’? I have to disagree with your opinion. I see it just the opposite way. Republicans are more threatened, afraid to be primary by the right then by the left in their party. That’s why they don’t challenge Trump’s obnoxious behavior.

Obadiah Plainsmen

AW, You are looking at it through your social/cultural glasses. I'm looking at it through fiscal glasses. We can call each other names and make accusations about each other, what does that cost? The recently passed/signed bipartisan budget deal was the final nail in the tea-party coffin.

veritas

For Republicans, independents and moderate Democrats (if any still exist), the presidential voting decision ultimately boils down to which electoral outcome is most troubling (even frightening): a deeply flawed and erratic Donald Trump whose political agenda nevertheless comports mostly closely with our own ideals and objectives; or a partisan ideologue intent on implementing a radical leftist/socialist agenda designed to completely restructure the country politically and culturally.

hayduke2

Too funny! Trump's agenda comports with our ideals - you be trippin!


phydeaux994

List of us Presidents

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DickD

Rik, you are absolutely right about the primary. Trump has conned the cult into believing him, no matter what. As far as the general election, it will be close, but here is hoping we have good reasonable people and we end up with someone better than Trump. As 54% have stated they will never vote for Trump, it is quite possible - as long as they show up to vote.

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gary4books

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DickD

Can't agree with you, FP.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_Republican_Party_presidential_primariesSeveral Republican critics of the Trump Administration have hinted at or are reportedly considering challenging Trump in 2020. In January 2019, former Republican Governor of Massachusetts and 2016 Libertarian vice presidential nominee Bill Weld changed his party affiliation back to Republican. On February 15, 2019, Weld announced the formation of a 2020 presidential exploratory committee, and later announced his candidacy on April 15, 2019. Weld is considered a long shot because his libertarian views on abortion rights, gay marriage, marijuana legalization, and other political positions conflict with conservative positions.Former Ohio Governor and 2016 presidential candidate John Kasich has been the subject of rumors of a possible bipartisan ticket with Democratic former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, which both have denied. In November 2018, however, Kasich asserted that he was "very seriously" considering a White House bid in 2020.

benedictus

A plea to Democrats - please put forward an anti-abortion candidate. Like Joe used to be. I'll vote for that candidate.

Obadiah Plainsmen

I agree benedictus, but it is ironic that the main difference in the two parties are the mechanisms in how how we snuff out human life.

DickD

OP, a difference, but not THE main difference.

DickD

Abortion is an individual choice. While I am not for abortion, there is no reason that anyone should force their religious beliefs on others.


gary4books

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rikkitikkitavvi

So Dick, you state you are "not for abortion" because it is an 'individual' choice yet you will support 'collective' party that endorses, even promotes abortion at anytime during or after birth? Please explain that opinion.

DickD

You are misconstruing it, Ric. The "collective party" advocates free choice, no one is FORCED to have an abortion.

rikkitikkitavvi

They certainly do push it though. Look to the time when some were saying "shout your abortion" It was all over the place. Don't tell me you didn't see hollyweird people and talking heads speaking of this?

public-redux

" Look to the time when some were saying "shout your abortion""

Yeah, that reminded me of gun owners being proud about their guns. Nothing wrong with that.

hayduke2

rikki - "even promotes abortion at anytime during or after birth?" Please explain and supply FACTUAL information supporting that claim.

Obadiah Plainsmen

Yes Dick murdering someone either by a gun or abortion is an individual choice. If your pro- choice on abortion then your pro- choice on gun laws. It's up to the individual who is pregnant or has a gun whether to go through with it.

public-redux

Legal abortion isn’t murder, by definition.

hayduke2

Come on OP - you can be pro choice but allow restrictions. To complare that to gun laws is a stretch.

DickD

OKay, OP, do you agree that murder with a gun should not be allowed, yet you want to allow guns for murder? Now, show me a law, state, federal or any other jurisdiction where it states abortion is murder. And my beliefs are personal, not religious.

Obadiah Plainsmen

Sanctity of life is an individual choice. Would you give up your right to bear arms in exchange for you right to an abortion?