Friday, May 6, 2016

Gov. Rick Perry has...

...never been accused of being the brightest guy in politics. But even a broken clock -- like the one in Back to the Future -- is right twice a day. And Gov. Perry was spot-on last July when he said of Donald Trump (my emphasis):

The White House has been occupied by giants. But from time to time it is sought by the small-minded – divisive figures propelled by anger, and appealing to the worst instincts in the human condition.

In times of trouble, there are two types of leaders: repairers of the breach and sowers of discord.

The sower of discord foments agitation, thrives on division, scapegoats certain elements of society, and offers empty platitudes and promises. He is without substance when one scratches below the surface.

He offers a barking carnival act that can be best described as Trumpism: a toxic mix of demagoguery, mean-spiritedness and nonsense that will lead the Republican Party to perdition if pursued.

Let no one be mistaken – Donald Trump’s candidacy is a cancer on conservatism, and it must be clearly diagnosed, excised and discarded.

Donald Trump the reality television star is a great generator of ratings. But Donald Trump the candidate is a sower of division, wrongly demonizing Mexican-Americans for political sport.

It is wrong to paint with a broad brush Hispanic men and women in this country who have fought and died for freedom from the Alamo to Afghanistan. He scapegoats Hispanics to appeal to our worst instincts, when we need a president who appeals to our best.

I, for one, will not be silent when a candidate for the high office of president runs under the Republican banner by targeting millions of Hispanics, and our veterans, with mean-spirited vitriol.

Yesterday Gov. Perry told CNN "he will support Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee and will do everything he can do to help him get elected."

#NeverTrump? Never mind.

1 comment:

James said...

Whoever wrote that for Rick Perry is a thoughtful and talented writer. The move to support Trump has been one of the more pathetic turns in this sad chapter is US history. Chris Christie's empty stare as he stands behind Trump is just plain weird.