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America's Ugly Flaw

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Sometimes it seems like we live in a huge loony bin where things make no sense.

How could the world richest, strongest nation give its highest office to a crude, vulgar, shallow, petty, self-worshiping, obnoxious, racist schmuck? How can Donald Trump draw so much political support?

Is it raw racism - widespread approval of his attacks on blacks, Muslims and Hispanics? What other explanation works?

During the 2016 GOP primary, fellow Republicans said:

"Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud. His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University." - Mitt Romney, 2012 GOP presidential nominee

"Donald Trump is a madman who must be stopped." - former Louisiana governor and GOP presidential candidate Bobby Jindal

"I've got to get this off my chest - Donald Trump is a jerk." - former Florida governor and GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush

"He's a race-baiting, xenophobic religious bigot. He doesn't represent my party." - Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., former presidential candidate

"I don't think this guy has any more core principles than a Kardashian marriage." - Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb.

"A moral degenerate." - Peter Wehner, evangelical Christian commentator who served in three Republican administrations

"I won't vote for Donald Trump because of who he isn't .... He isn't a truth teller. ... I also won't vote for Donald Trump because of who he is. A bigot. A misogynist. A fraud. A bully." - former Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn.

"To support Trump is to support a bigot. It's really that simple." - Stuart Stevens, chief strategist to Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign

"Donald Trump is unfit to be president. He is a dishonest demagogue who plays to our worst fears. Trump would take America on a dangerous journey." - Meg Whitman, Hewlett-Packard CEO and former leader of John McCain and Chris Christie presidential campaigns

"The GOP, in putting Trump at the top of the ticket, is endorsing a brand of populism rooted in ignorance, prejudice, fear and isolationism. This troubles me deeply as a Republican, but it troubles me even more as an American.... Never Trump." - Henry M. Paulson Jr., treasury secretary under George W. Bush

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James A. Haught is editor emeritus of West Virginia's largest newspaper, The Charleston Gazette-Mail.  Mr. Haught has won two dozen national news writing awards. He has written 12 books and hundreds of magazine essays and blog posts. Around 450 of his essays are online. He is a senior editor of Free Inquiry magazine, a weekly blogger at Daylight Atheism, (more...)
 

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