It seems that every time Republican nominee Donald Trump opens his vulgar mouth, he manages to divide the GOP even more.
After Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s outrageously successful Democratic National Convention earlier this week, it was clear that she’d put Trump to shame, and many conservatives would be voting blue this November. For Senator John McCain’s Republican granddaughter, there’s never been a better time for formally say “I’m With Her.”
On Thursday, Caroline McCain published a post on Medium post titled “For This Republican, Never Trump Means ‘I’m With Her'”. In the post, Caroline announced that thanks to Trump’s awfully disrespectful comments about her grandfather and minorities, Hillary Clinton would be getting her vote.
Caroline confessed that she has been furious with Trump since the business mogul doubted that McCain had been a war hero because he “liked people who don’t get captured.” After Trump uttered those inflammatory words, he’d been slammed by several Republicans, but this time it was coming from the war hero’s granddaughter herself. She said:
“Following a line of other right-wing wacko birds, Trump insulted a man I esteem and love, a man who has risked his life in service of his country. He insulted my grandfather and attacked the very qualities — loyalty, bravery and selflessness — that he and countless other POWs embody. He mocked the sacrifice many have given and the anguish families have endured when their heroes have suffered alone miles away.
My grandfather responded with grace and forgiveness — as only a man who was held in captivity for years can. But I’ve been nursing a grudge ever since. Trump’s statement, in my view, is unforgivable, and speaks to the kind of man he is: a coward who has never faced danger in his life, an insecure brat who shirked duty for comfort, and a man who is wholly unfit to serve as commander-in-chief.”
Caroline also slammed Trump for his disgusting comments about minorities, call him out as a racist, sexist and demagogue. Caroline had been tuning into the DNC, and noticed that Clinton and her convention had made a special effort to reach out to Republicans – an effort that she truly appreciated. Carolina credited President Barack Obama’s powerful speech on Wednesday night for being the final deciding factor in her decision to give Clinton her vote. She wrote:
“There are so many things I disagree with President Obama on, but this is a moment I will always respect him for. And maybe this was the moment I needed to fully own the choice I would have to make in November.”
Caroline said that she still considers herself a Republican, but does not like what the party has become. For the GOP to earn her trust (and vote) again, she said the party would have to be reborn, which might be “impossible” with “Trump and his “talk-radio minions at the helm.” She wrote:
“The party I grew up in, the party I want to work in and change and push to be more inclusive, betrayed me and countless others. The party chose for its king a demagogue who wears a wig instead of a crown, and a celebrity in pursuit of fame and fortune rather than service and sacrifice.
If this is where the party is going — building walls to keep immigrants out, irrationally objecting to international trade, railing against marriage equality, then I’m gone. If this is where the nominee — who was for abortion before it was politically expedient, who is a racist and a misogynist, who wants to carpet bomb the Middle East and ban Muslims, wants to take the party — then I want nothing to do with it.”
Ouch. You can read her entire post here – it’s worth the read and very powerful. Caroline is just one of many family members of prominent Republicans that are voting for Clinton now – including Laura Bush. As time goes on, we’re seeing this trend only grow as Trump destroys what is left of the GOP.
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