GOP nominee Donald Trump is battling with his opponents, again.
OH, no… wait. Those are leaders from his own party. Again.
As reported from POLITICO:
The presumptive Republican presidential nominee during an Atlanta rally threatened to win in November with or without the support of his colleagues, who have grown weary after months of being forced to respond to the businessman’s bombastic proposals and controversial off-the-cuff statements.
“You know, the Republicans, honestly, folks, our leaders — our leaders have to get tougher,” Trump said Wednesday. “This is too tough to do it alone. But you know what? I think I’m gonna be forced to. I think I’m going to be forced to.”
It doesn’t seem as if Herr Trump understands the electoral process. As unconventional (see: dumb) as this election season has been up to this point, candidates fare better with the cooperation of their party.
Trump has gotten where he is through a combination of angry Republicans and pseudo-Republicans, Democrats allowed to vote in open primaries, and a media that cares more for ratings than the future well-being of their nation.
What he fails to consider is the support of all those conservatives who will not betray their principles (the same ones he said he didn’t need), the Democrats who go back to vote for their candidate in the general election, and a media that foisted him on us, who will just as happily destroy him in the lead-up to the general election.
While Republican leadership, such as House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn have openly rejected Trump’s response to the Orlando nightclub shooting, the safe bet says they’re not the only ones reaching for the antacid, as they envision a bloodbath in the down ballot races.
“Our leaders have to get a lot tougher, and be quiet. Just please be quiet,” Trump told his supporters. “Don’t talk. Please, be quiet. Just be quiet, to the leaders, because they have to get tougher, they have to get sharper, they have to get smarter, and we have to have our Republicans either stick together or let me just do it by myself.”
Trump stressed that he would do “very well” by himself.
“A lot of people thought I should do that anyway,” he said. “But I’ll just do it very nicely by myself. I think you’re gonna have a very good result. I think we’ll be very happy. I’ll run as a Republican.”
Wait. I thought he was a Republican? In name only, sure, but you wouldn’t expect him to bring that up at this stage of the game.
“Shut up and let me handle things” may work for his business, but the idea that he can say it to our joint branches of government and expect them not to comment or do what they can to save the party from his destructive talk is as unrealistic as his TV persona.