It was only two weeks ago that the Republican Party stressed that they were united in their passion to take down the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton. The party unified behind their nominee, Donald Trump, even though, there had been divisive rhetoric that came right from the mouth of their nominee. Fast forward two weeks, and all that unity has been thrown out the window. Several leading Republican leaders have now backed off of supporting Trump with Trump returning the favor by denying his endorsement to two of the biggest names in the Republican party, Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan and Veteran Senator John McCain. (R-AZ)
On Tuesday, New York Representative Richard Hanna announced he will vote for Hillary Clinton in an editorial, saying Trump is “deeply flawed in endless ways. Sally Bradshaw, a top Jeb Bush advisor, resigned from the GOP declaring that “This is a time when country has to take priority over political parties. Donald Trump cannot be elected president.” Meg Whitman, the Hewlett-Packard chief executive, has also left the GOP to endorse Hillary Clinton saying that, “As a proud Republican, casting my vote for president has usually been a simple matter. This year is different,” Whitman wrote on Facebook. “Donald Trump’s demagoguery has undermined the fabric of our national character.”
So has Donald Trump destroyed his own campaign? Trump’s continual vocal rift with the parents of a son lost in Iraq in 2004 has brought rebuke from not only Trump’s own party but the Democrats. On Tuesday, Trump stated in an interview with WJLA’s Scott Thuman that he had no regrets of attacking Khizr and Ghazala Khan the parents of the Army Captain killed in 2004. Mr. Khan attacked Trump Thursday July 28th at the Democratic National Convention where he called out Trump for his proposal to ban all Muslims who want to immigrate to the U.S. The back and forth commentary of the loss of the Khan’s son has turned many voters, many Republicans, Veteran’s groups and Democrats against Trump.
Trump, though, has no regrets. He stated that, “I don’t regret anything,” Trump told Thuman. “I said nice things about the son and I feel that very strongly, but of course I was hit very hard from the stage and you know, it’s just one of those things. But no, I don’t regret anything. Continuing, Trump plead that he has been “viciously attacked” by Khizr Khan. Once again, Trump stated that this controversy was purely media generated. While being interviewed on the O’Reilly Factor, Trump continued his backlash against the Khans, saying that “I mean, there is no greater sacrifice than you lose a son or a daughter and, you know, in the way that this happened, and I understand that. But regardless, I was viciously attacked.”
Trump even defended his position that Mrs. Khan was not allowed to speak at the DNC due to the family’s religious practice of Islam. Mrs. Khan explained that her grief kept her from speaking not her religion. Trump though, defended once again his attack by suggesting others also shared his belief that being Muslim kept Mrs. Khan from speaking. Trump said, “and many, many people discuss this. Many, many people – they said it. So, when I said it, it became like a big deal. and that’s, you know, the way it is.” He then followed up that statement to say, once again, that he had been “viciously attacked.”
Agnes Bedard calls herself a daughter of the 60's. She stills believe that one voice can lead us out of darkness, that one person can start a change, and that one act of kindness can change one person's world. Politics is how the world works to change and that is why she is so passionate about it. As Agnes said we need to fight for our f.uture. Agnes Bedard is also the author of "Before I was Me" Bedard is also a wife, mother and grandmother