Is Donald Trump destroying the Republican Party?

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George Curry Media) – Donald trump is bad news. If the Republican Party selects Trump as their nominee for the president of these United States of America, in my humble opinion, 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 does he even have the vision to “make America great again.” This man will further divide America; this man will fight everybody who disagrees with him; and this man will bully this country into Armageddon.

It is a sad commentary to know that in the 21st century, Trump can actually become the nominee for the Republican Party. 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 attacks, would be a travesty. He tells these lies with no proof and repeats them after reputable news outlets and reporters have said this is not true.

How can the Republican Party nominate a man who consistently insults women? He calls them fat, ugly, stupid and distastefully mimics normal functions unique to the female physiology. How can the Republican electorate nominate a man to lead this country who lambasts Hispanics, Latinos, African Americans, refugees, a P.O.W. hero and led the “birther movement” against President Obama?

Trump’s personality, his appeal and his divisive policies have reincarnated the likes of George C. Wallace, Bull Conner, Joe McCarthy, David Duke, etc. “The Donald” appeals to the worst side of us. Unfortunately, there is perhaps, 25 to 30 percent of the Republican electorate who can and will stay with Trump, no matter what he says or does. He probably can call folks the N-word and continues to rise in the polls.

All of this is bad stuff, and any other person who has made these outrageous, atrocious and disgraceful comments would have been long gone from the political process, but not Trump. The more shameful, pitiful, notorious and inglorious his comments are, he advances higher in the polls. 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.

Dec. 1 was the 60th anniversary of the courageous act of Rosa Parks’ refusal to give up her bus seat to a White man. Dec. 6 was the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment that abolished Black slavery. Now, we have a candidate by the name of Trump as the leader in the Republican presidential primary aspiring to become the leader of this country and the world. America, it is praying time!

Fellow Americans, this is a terrible day in our country. My friends, it is true: 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: 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; and thank God, you cannot bully your way to the White House. He may win the Republican nomination in the primary, but he will not get enough votes to win in the general election; and to Trump’s surprise, most people in this great America are not “dumb, ignorant nor stupid.” If Trump should manage to win the Republican nomination, then let me be the first to say: “Congratulations, President Hillary Clinton!”

Rev. R.B. Holmes Jr. is pastor of the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida, and publisher of the Capital Outlook.

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