I’m a loyal Republican voter and have always supported the nominee of my Party. I voted for George H.W. Bush, Bob Dole, George W. Bush (twice), John McCain (holding my nose) and Mitt Romney (who I actually like). During the George W. Bush years, I blogged and sought to push back on the wild accusations, ugly rhetoric and smears unleashed by the professional Left toward George W. Bush and the Republican Party.
With that background established, I’m utterly appalled by the behavior of some of the so-called “thought leaders” in my Party who are actively resorting to the lies and distortions of the professional Left because of their dislike for Donald Trump. It’s disappointing to witness the mean-spirited snarkiness towards Trump and for the emerging belittlement of people in their own Party with whom they disagree. As for the protests and instances of limited violence at the Chicago rally site, how is blaming Trump much different than Hillary Clinton blaming Benghazi on a YouTube video? Same general concept, no?
I certainly understand why some of my fellow Republicans don’t like Trump. And, of course, it’s fine to express preferences and support for other candidates if you don’t support Trump. But the vitriol and condemnation, which is also being directed at Trump supporters, has reached a level that is unworthy of my fellow Republicans. I urge my fellow Republicans to refrain from borrowing the tactics and accusations used by the professional Left. Please remember that the Left will use these same tactics against the Republican nominee regardless of who it might be. It’s what they always do to Republican candidates. Let’s not validate their boorish behavior by emulating it.