Does Anyone In the GOP Remember When We Vetted Candidates?

The endorsement by ex-President Donald Trump of Virginia candidates Hung Cao for U.S. Senate and John McGuire for U.S. House of Representatives drives home even more how far the Republican Party has fallen in the past decade – the era of Trump.

The very fact that Trump is even running for president under the GOP banner would never have happened in the past – does anyone remember vetting candidates? But now Republican candidates are falling all over themselves for a Trump endorsement.

Absolutely unbelievable.

Not just that but endorsements come after Trump was convicted in New York City of 34 felony counts of falsifying business records “related to a 2016 hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels by his then-lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen” (Evidence against Trump in hush money case is ‘overwhelming,’ prosecutor tells jury in closing argument, CNBC).

For candidates of the past, such legal baggage would have dismissed them as candidates for public office in a heartbeat.

It’s as if a parallel universe has existed in the era of Trump, one where Republicans see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil concerning the former president who encouraged an insurrection on the U.S. Capitol and our government in 2021.

What happened to party discipline? When did the GOP and the majority of its base stop caring about decency, good character, and respect? What happened to family values, Christian principles, and moral standards?

In the past, candidates have been exiled for having mistresses, misspelling potato, and other reasons that pale next to what today’s GOP base is willing to accept from Trump. In other words, power, to them, is more important than civility and decency and working across the political aisle for the good of all Americans, not just Republicans.

Meanwhile, back in New York City, Trump’s trial is over, he was convicted of all 34 felony counts, and he will be sentenced on July 11, four days before the start of the Republican National Convention where they are expected to make history by nominating convicted felon Donald J. Trump as their 2024 Republican presidential candidate.

Beam me up, Scotty!


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