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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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?

public-redux

“Would you give up your right to bear arms in exchange for you right to an abortion?”



Would you give up your right to the free exercise of religion in exchange for your right to free speech?

awteam2000

The letter writer isn’t advocating for a democrat. She’s pleading to nominate a Republican candidate with true conservative values, including a moral compass to primary Trump. Ms. Bonnette is calling for a real conservative that she can be proud of. One who isn’t a racism, a misogynist , has integrity and is pro-life, even after birth. Is there anyone out there?

thump1202

Dems, please come up with something besides orange man bad and you're every bad word we call orange man if you don't hate him if you want to win the next election. You can start by coming up with a candidate who isn't pandering to the fringe left and has some kind of charisma instead of dumping a John Kerry circa 2004 on us as the most reasonable option. You're losing independents with all this name calling and calls for violence against orange man supporters as your only platform. Social media isn't as representative of normal Americans as you think, especially when it is censoring any dissenting voices.

public-redux

Do you think Trump is also losing independents with his name-calling?

Dwasserba

Yes. But no one asks us.

rikkitikkitavvi

I don't pub.

rikkitikkitavvi

And polls are always right.

public-redux

Do you think Dems are losing independents with their name-calling?

rikkitikkitavvi

Pub-I think dems are losing indies because of all the hate rhetoric against Trump.

thump1202

No, they're used to it and voted for him anyways, Trump is more trolling than serious about his name calling. Sort of like how no one cared about Clinton and his intern adventures. I've had crazy eyed leftists look near violence when they go in on me just for saying I don't think Trump is a big deal when they casually ask me in places like DC. Now if I get asked I change the topic and exit ASAP.

public-redux

“No, they're used to it and voted for him anyways,“



Interesting perspective. I suppose one lesson might be that Dems should do lots more name-calling so the independents get used to it.

hayduke2

thump - an excuse to justify your own behavior.

public-redux

I suppose another perspective is that Trump has already lost all the indies he is going to lose over name-calling whereas the Dems haven’t.

thump1202

Hay, what behavior is that? Denying outright hatred is not support and if you believe it is, please seek help as living in hatred is not healthy. Public I agree there though given there were less votes cast for Trump overall than Romney in 2012 I'd say the name calling made people stay home or leave it blank like I did. More name calling isn't going to make people like me budge, just change the channel and move on to more positive experiences in these short lives we lead.

phydeaux994

List the “names” that crazy eyed leftists call RRR(RadicalRightRepublicans) [BTW thump I have been a MR(ModerateRepublican) since I Registered 58 years ago], other than RRR(RadicalRightRepublicans). 1.) ? 2.) ? 3.) ? etc.

DickD

Glayds, if we did what Trump and his cult did, Jsk and others on here would have a fit. Did you read jsk's letter? And he has to know your name. Why? Is he planning on something? A year or two ago he told me to go back where I came from, as his family has lived here five generations and mine has not. And Jim doesn't even live in the same town as me. He worries about name calling and thinks he is a saint - he is not!


thump1202

Well Phys if I wrote them all out it would just get reported. If you haven't been in full agreement over the past 10 years you've been called an 'ist, 'phobe, or nazi by a crazy eyed lefty at least once or you haven't been spending a lot of time talking to random people in large cities. Out here people are still civil and reasonable for the most part. I've never heard anyone but you say RRR, but to me those are the authoritarian ethnocentrist types who get dog piled by the rest of world so bad there aren't more than 12k in the US, though being near Thurmont and Smithsburg I can see why residents here would think they're more common. If your memory is that long I don't see how you can view Trump as far right, he's basically saying what democrats did in the 90's. If that's now far right we've already become Europe and that's terrible.

public-redux

Dick,

Yes, I read his letter. Giggled.

awteam2000

Thump, the letter implores conservative Republicans to primary Trump not Democrats. 🤦‍♂️

thump1202

Do you honestly believe that will happen? The letter is more orange man bad, prove you aren't bad too by doing what I say. The exact message I spoke against as the Dem platform.

awteam2000

Yes, I believe someone or ones in the Republican Party will primary Trump. No, I don’t think they’ll win.

thump1202

Well they better step up soon then. Bill Weld doesn't have a prayer.

public-redux

I think the "Hiking the Appalachian Trail" guy from South Carolina is considering it. Because he can claim to be more moral than Trump, I guess. There's a kind of funny book about him written by one of his speechwriters a few years ago when AT guy was governor. The speechwriter wasn't especially political so it had a bit of the "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" feel to it. I'll if I can find the title.

public-redux

Found it! "The Speechwriter: A Brief Education in Politics" by Barton Swain



https://www.amazon.com/Speechwriter-Brief-Education-Politics/dp/147676994X

marinick1

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DickD

Thump, does this mean you don't want a "good" Republican candidate? And do you really believe Kerry would be worse than Trump - I don't.

thump1202

I don't really care much about Trump at this point, he's just another president. Kerry was boring and had no prayer of exciting anyone, he handed it to bush the way Dole handed it to Clinton. If you don't like Trump get someone in there who can fire people up. Don't be sad when your Dem who makes you feel good when CNN praises them does 80% of what Trump and all presidents do though.

DickD

Bernie will excite you, do you want Bernie? Not me, we can't afford Bernie and I don't see Bernie being a good global POTUS. Biden with experience would be the best, at least he knows when he is wrong and apologizes, Trump never apologizes for anything.

thump1202

Bernie was exciting in 2016, now he's had his platform hi-jacked to the point of dilution and he's become a broken record. No one really apologizes anymore, in our current culture all it gets you is dog piled. Biden might eke out the current pool but there's still a lot of time until primary season and there has to be a democrat out there who has wide appeal with decent judgment. Tulsi comes off that way but she's getting blacked out and looking into her, has been pretty nasty to her constituents. The media has already crowned Kamala and that would be a nightmare, she's like Hillary 2.0, Tulsi did the party a favor torpedoing her.

threecents

Thump, are you seriously concerned about people calling Trump names and calling for violence? Trump is the one who leads the league in name-calling and he called for violence against his detractors during rallies before the last election.

thump1202

I don't care what anyone says about Trump, I care when the rhetoric reaches join us or else when regarding the general public, that level of militancy is now common on MSM news. It is irresponsible at best and outright inciting violence at worst. And yes when Trump said he'd pay the legal fees for anyone who beat up a protester and the man punched a protester in his rally, that is obviously the same thing and one of many reasons I didn't vote for him.

awteam2000

And aren’t those many reasons why you won’t vote for Trump, as the writer suggest, why we need another republican candidate?

thump1202

The D aren't offering me anything great right now and haven't come together behind anyone, so there is more pliability there. Trump managed to unite the R during its time of what the D are going through now and kept them moderate, they are actually to the left of where they were going into that election and have coalesced to have more similar values. The rhetoric from the left played a bigger part of that than Trump himself and continues to, but the R voters aren't going to abandon Trump. Be as reasonable as you want and you'll run into the "Gorsuch Kavanaugh" wall.

rmaghan1

Pump the hate brakes Kathleen. POTUS may be some of these things you state and yes his moral compass my be off. However, his advancements on the Veterans agenda, strong market, foreign policy, defeating ISIS and freeing a war hero like MChief Gallagher should not be overlooked. Your letter encourages us to consider other candidates but you fail to mention endorsements by name. So who do you have in mind?

richardlyons

"freeing a war hero like Master Chief Gallagher?" Trump intervened and allowed CPO Gallagher to reside at home rather in the brig prior to his court martial. Gallagher was a CPO (E-7) and was demoted to PO 1st Class as a result of his court martial conviction. Do your homework before popping off.

rmaghan1

So if your in the brig awaiting trial and POTUS has you released while awaiting trial that would be free. I didn’t say pardon did I?

DickD

So, you don't mind that he didn't deserve to be freed?

richardlyons

Gallagher was originally released from the Naval Consolidated Brig in Miramar, California in March after Trump tweeted that he should be placed in a less restrictive environment. He was then moved to the Naval Medical Center in San Diego.

gabrielshorn2013

Richard, PO Gallagher was aquited of all charges but one. That charge was posing with a corpse, and resulted in his demotion. People are freed all the time while awaiting trial. So what's the big deal with allowing this decorated SEAL to go home with his family during the trial? https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddie_Gallagher_(Navy_SEAL)

richardlyons

Gabe, As we both no "not guilty" does not equate to "innocent". The "big deal is the precedent of POTUS in his role as commander in chief inserting himself into the judicial process. I and many others believe such command influence has no place in the UCMJ. That is the "big deal" sir.

gabrielshorn2013

Richard, regarding your point on "not guilty", agreed, but it is all in the jury instructions handed down by the judge in any trial. If "innocent" is not one of the choices, you must use the choices you have: "guilty" or "not guilty". Point taken regarding UCMJ. As CiC, POTUS should not have interfered. He should also have not even hinted about a pardon before the conclusion of the trial. However, there were many, many supporters pushing to have PO Gallagher released while on trial.

TheBackburner

The "strong" market built on recession-level deficits:



https://www.axios.com/us-government-spending-deficit-economic-performance-1f573c59-af92-4731-b8e5-90167908793f.html

Thewheelone

Ms. Bonnette, thanks for what I consider, a thoughtful, responsible letter. In one response, we have, "Potus may be some of these things you state and yes his moral compass may be off." Herein, simply stated by rmaghan1, is the issue I have with those who ignore the president for his reprehensible behavior and lying. I simply do not understand how anyone can see that this guy is fit to be the leader of the free world given even half of what we know about him and the turmoil his presidency has created in this country.
































richardlyons

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hayduke2

The MAGA claim has lost it's luster and is being shown for the con it is.


DickD

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rikkitikkitavvi

It's not his Presidency that has created the turmoil you speak of, it's him. You listen to the fake news that does nothing but create turmoil in the name of a faux democracy, and public opinion with blatant propaganda against a President who is actually trying to MAGA. This is deliberate. The dems hate it. Too many intersections have been created by and for the democratic party, to create division, for it to be a true Democracy any longer. Only time will tell how this tiny part of our history will be remembered. I guess it all depends on the people writing that history.

hayduke2

rmaghan - exactly what is his foreign policy? Who is the person leading the foreign policy?

awteam2000

Rmaghan 1,

Trump has a habit of taking credit for things he hasn’t done and making false claims. Like claiming yesterday that he was responsible for bringing a Shell refinery plant to western Pennsylvania. But Shell Oil said they agreed and announced the refinery in 2012 under the Obama administration. Or Trump’s taking credit for veteran healthcare practices which started, guess when? Again under the Obama administration. Or the 10 1/2 straight years of market growth... No good paying manufacturing jobs haven’t come, no the American steel industry hasn’t bounced back. No China doesn’t tariffs Trump inflicts. The list of false claims goes on. To long to list, “Google it”.

https://www.apnews.com/375515aecedb4aed949e4f2eb9c54eb6

https://www.apnews.com/00061b19834849f8b6e1aa73ecdf54e4

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Thewheelone

He will blame the federal reserve for not lowering interest rates

DickD

There are a number of them considering. If you had of looked on Wikipedia, you would know this.

hayduke2

More on Gallagher - https://www.navytimes.com/news/your-navy/2018/11/15/a-jekyll-and-hyde-portrait-emerges-of-the-seal-accused-of-murdering-an-islamic-state-prisoner/

DickD

Strong market? The stock market has gone down about $1,500 in the last two weeks. What advancements on Veterans? Foreign policy? Wrapping his arms around Putin, whispering top secrets into his ear, disbelieving his own security agencies, wrapping his arms around Kim, while N. Korea shoots more missiles and Kim laughs up his sleeve. And then there are the tariffs and China not purchasing farm produce and to make up for it we are giving farmers tax money. Not to mention the cost increases of foreign goods that U.S. citizens have to pay.

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