The reason I hate the Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders campaigns is that they are justified by nothing further than the emotional populism which the country’s founders did their best to curve.
Now that everyone has had a few minutes to process the election, we should discuss some serious issues Republicans will have to confront in the upcoming months.
The Republican Party just nominated a man who has campaigned against free market capitalism and fiscal conservatism, shows no reliable allegiance to the social platform of the Republican Party and has a universally condemned foreign policy. We can no longer excuse these things based on having Hillary Clinton as the only alternative.
The results of this election confirmed every negative stereotype about conservatives. When the Democrats rally in four years and nominate someone who isn’t as terrible as Clinton, we will see the consequences of our decision come down on us. Republicans’ only respite would be to nominate the polar opposite of these stereotypes (such as Rubio or Kasich), after Trump has tried his very best to continually undermine the future generation of Republicans.
Additionally, Congressional Republicans absolutely despise Trump. He has repeatedly said that he does not care about Republican races in the House and wouldn’t mind if we lost the Senate majority to the Democrats. The idea that Trump will arrive in office ready to cooperate is woefully ignorant of the deep divides in the G.O.P, further magnified by Paul Ryan, the staunchly anti-Trump leader of the House. Either Trump will bow to Congress, work with the democrats to undermine Republicans or give up the majority of his proposals and become a puppet of the G.O.P.
The third issue is Trump’s disturbing relationship with Russia. In direct contrast with the G.O.P. platform, we have a president-elect who has a very close, if not subordinate, relationship to a major enemy of America. He has denied Russian cyber-attacks that have been confirmed by multiple departments, relied on WikiLeaks’ intervention in the election, will not take action against Russian involvement in Europe or the Middle East and openly praises Vladimir Putin. It’s going to be difficult in the coming years to insist that we are the party of national defense or security while Trump takes such stances.
Trump, against the odds, won a surprise victory in this election. Yet the storm clouds that are gathering in the distance for the Republican Party are far closer than anticipated.