Will Donald Trump destroy the GOP?

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REV. R.B. HOLMES
GUEST COMMENTARY

If the Republican Party nominates Donald Trump as their nominee for the president of these United States of America, he will not become the 45th president.

He does not have the experience, the temperament, the respect for all people, the knowledge of domestic and foreign policies, the power of truth-telling, the fairness, nor the vision to “make America great again.” This man will further divide America; fight everybody who disagrees with him; and bully this country into Armageddon.

Tells ‘Big Lies’
It is sad to know that Mr. Trump can actually become the Republican Party nominee. To elect a man who clearly and purposefully tells “Big Lies,” that he saw “thousands of Muslims cheering when the Twin Towers buildings were falling and on fire” after the horrific 9-11 attack, would be a travesty. He tells these lies with no proof, after reputable news outlets and reporters have said this is not true.

How can the Republican Party nominate a man who consistently insults women? How can the Republican electorate nominate a man to lead this country who lambasts Hispanics, Latinos, African-Americans, refugees, a military hero, and who led the “birther” movement against President Obama?

Donald Trump’s personality, his appeal and his divisive policies have reincarnated the likes of George Wallace, Bull Conner, Joe McCarthy, David Duke, etc.! “The Donald” appeals to the worst side of us!

Unfortunately, 25 to 30 percent of the Republican electorate can and will stay with Mr. Trump, no matter what he says or does! He probably can call folks “niggers” and continue to rise in the polls.

Any other person who made these outrageous, atrocious, and disgraceful comments would have been long gone from the political process.  But not Mr. Trump!  The more shameful, pitiful, notorious and inglorious his comments are, the higher he advances in the polls. Mr. Trump’s candidacy really is a dark, sad and grave indication of where this country is headed in race relations and how low our civility has fallen.

Time to pray
December 1 was the 60th anniversary of the courageous act of Rosa Parks’ refusal to give up her bus seat to a White man.  December 6 was the 150th anniversary of the 13th amendment that abolished Black slavery. Mr. Trump is the leader in the Republican presidential primary aspiring to become the leader of this country and the world.  America, it is praying time!

This is a terrible day in our country. Free speech is a part of our freedom, but “Trump speech” should be a part of our past. It is a catastrophe that many of my friends in the Republican Party perhaps have laryngitis, and will allow Trump to destroy the party.

Let me be very clear: Donald Trump will not become the next president of this country! You cannot make fun of the disabled and handicapped. You cannot demean women, immigrants, minorities, the frail, the weak and play on people’s fears. You cannot bully your way to the White House!

Losing in November
He may win the Republican nomination, but he will not get enough votes to win in the general election. To the Donald ‘s surprise, most people in this great America are not dumb, ignorant nor stupid.

If Trump wins the Republican nomination, let me be the first to say, “Congratulations, President Hillary Clinton!”

Dr. R. B. Holmes is publisher of the Capital Outlook newspaper in Tallahassee.

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