With less than 13 months to go and 16 remaining presidential candidates, the opportunities to insult and offend a large group potential voters grows by the hour.
One of the GOP priorities after Mitt Romney’s defeat was appealing to Hispanic voters, more Hispanics voted for George W than Romney. It was a priority that faded.
Fast forward to Spring 2015, DT offended not only Hispanics he offended other people of color, other immigrants who are struggling to assimilate AND no one from the GOP corrected him and the GOP Express was on its way.
First stop, Rowan County Kentucky, Mike Huckabee pledge his allegiance to Kim Davis, the clerk who refused to issue marriages licences to anyone because of her religious beliefs (she is against gay marriage) .Huckabee said people need to wake up and realize that people of faith in the United States are “genuinely under attack.” Its was what I call the criminalization of Christianity,” and suggested the Supreme Court ruling wasn’t valid. For the most part the GOP remained silent.
Ms Davis was jailed and when she was released, he was there (with the soundtrack Eye of the Tiger) holding her hand. Senator Ted Cruz arrived by bus and wanted to join in the celebration but was blocked from the stage by a testy Huckabee aid.
Next stop, Rochester, New Hampshire. Fresh from a humbling (at least for him) debate performance. The first question in a Town Hall meeting was from a man who wants to rid the country of Muslims and called the President a Muslim. DT did not correct his supporter and said he wasn’t obligated to correct the questioner and did not respond to the riding the nation of Muslims. Some of the presidential candidates have criticized his not correcting the questioner however most are silent on the get rid of the Muslims. Feeling the heat, he now says he would add a Muslim to his cabinet. In a phone statement ( an unflattering statement understood by many people of color) ” ” Many of my friends are Muslim” So far he hasn’t said the Muslim people love him-but its only Monday.
The GOP EXPRESS last stop was in Greenville, South Carolina. On Sunday, Responding to a question on “Meet the Press,” Ben Carson said, ““I do not believe Sharia is consistent with the Constitution of this country,” Carson said. “Muslims feel that their religion is very much a part of your public life and what you do as a public official, and that’s inconsistent with our principles and our Constitution.
Article Six of the Constitution
” No religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.
He adds: The only exception he’d make would be if the Muslim running for office if he “publicly rejected all the tenants of Sharia and lived a life consistent with that.” “Then he wouldn’t have any problem,”
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) an influential Muslim Civil Liberties organization has called on Ben Carson to withdraw from the race.
“We ask Mr. Ben Carson to withdraw from the presidential race because he is unfit to lead because his views are in contradiction with the U.S. Constitution.” The group believes he should apologize to the Muslim community and the American people. We do not know how he can lead and take the highest position in this land,”
Beyond the Primaries
Try as they might, the GOP are trapped in a Box and the contents of that box is getting smaller with every passing year. The leap from the base has been difficult. From suburb to the cities. How, after offending Mexicans, Gay’s and Muslims and others groups does a candidate leap back ,how do they recover? The simple answer, they don’t.
Can Trump throw it in reverse and charm Hispanics in Florida, New Mexico, New York, Texas and California? Will the Muslim populations in Michigan,DC and Chicago forget Ben Carlson statement by November 8th 2016?
The GOP needs a sacrificial lamb, a candidate or candidates who can offer another choice. There are pro choice Republicans, Gay Republicans, and other members who are currently voiceless in the party. A candidate who would appeal to the moderates in the party, those disenfranchised individuals who are currently sitting on their hands.
As it stands today, a Democrat will occupy the White House in 2016. and unless their are some critical changes in the GOP its very possible a Democrat will occupy the office from 2020 and beyond.