It’s a presidential year, and like every other presidential year, Republicans are once again consolidating support behind the presumptive nominee.
What is unusual is the nominee: Donald Trump, the real estate mogul and reality TV star who barreled his way through the primary like he had nothing to lose.
After the initial shock had worn off, Republicans began settling in to this new normal, doing the only thing they thought could salvage this election year: lining up behind Donald Trump. Georgia Senator David Perdue joined the cause a few days ago, voicing his support for the candidate by declaring that it’s time to “let Trump be Trump.”
Here’s the thing, though: the Republicans don’t have to do that. They really don’t. Why? Because Donald Trump is not going to help the party accomplish, well, anything. In fact, the worst thing that could happen to the Republican Party right now would be electing Donald Trump President.
Yes, the GOP had to let Trump run. And they had to respect the decisions of the nominating contests. And they even have to put on that facade of a convention to nominate the guy in July.
But do they have to support him? Absolutely not.
Donald Trump is by far the most reprehensible nominee of any party in recent history. He has not, as he promised, become more “presidential” as the campaign moves forward. Instead, he has continued to be the same foul-mouthed, disrespectful con man unfit to run a low-level mob operation, let alone a country.
The GOP cannot salvage the presidential election, and they should not compromise their patriotism by participating in this charade. They need to support their down-ballot candidates and leave the presidential race alone.
If they don’t, every Republican politician who helps Trump, including David Perdue, will be held responsible for the consequences.