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Author: Raine    Date: 03/17/2016 13:10:19

Yesterday, the leading candidate of the Republican party made yet another thinly veiled call for violence.
Donald Trump and Ted Cruz warned fellow Republicans Wednesday of dire consequences if the GOP establishment attempts to have a brokered convention this summer.

"I think you'd have riots. I think you'd have riots," Trump said Wednesday on CNN's "New Day." "I'm representing a tremendous many, many millions of people."

This idea of a brokered Convention has become more commonly talked about in sort of hushed whispers as we watch Donald trump increasingly look like he will secure enough delegates to win the nomination. It is one of the worst kept secrets in political circles.

To my surprise, as I was going around in the internets today, I saw that the Washington Post Editorial Board published this. It is a direct, honest and open request for the Republican party to do everything in its power as a political organization to prevent Donald Trump from becoming their nominee to the Presidency. It also dings some of our capital *D* Democrats for encouraging a scorched earth policy with regards to the possibility of this nomination.
No, Mr. Trump must be stopped because he presents a threat to American democracy. Mr. Trump resembles other strongmen throughout history who have achieved power by manipulating democratic processes. Their playbook includes a casual embrace of violence; a willingness to wield government powers against personal enemies; contempt for a free press; demonization of anyone who is not white and Christian; intimations of dark conspiracies; and the propagation of sweeping, ugly lies. Mr. Trump has championed torture and the murder of innocent relatives of suspected terrorists. He has flirted with the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacists. He has libeled and stereotyped wide swaths of humanity, including Mexicans and Muslims. He considers himself exempt from the norms of democratic contests, such as the release of tax returns, policy papers, lists of advisers and other information that voters have a right to expect.

Does a respect for democracy require the Republican Party to anoint its leading vote-getter? Hardly. We are not advocating that rules be broken but that they be employed to maximum effect — to force a brokered convention and nominate a conservative candidate who respects the Constitution, or to defeat Mr. Trump in some other way. If Mr. Trump is attracting 40 percent of Republicans, who in turn represent about one-quarter of the country, that is a 10 percent slice of the population — hardly a mantle of legitimacy.

There are some Americans, Democrats in particular, who are happy to watch the Republican Party self-destruct with Mr. Trump at the helm. We cannot share in their equanimity. For one thing, though Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee, would be heavily favored, a Trump defeat is far from sure. For another, the country needs two healthy parties and, ideally, a contest of ideas and ideology — not a slugfest of insults and bigotry. Mr. Trump’s emergence already has done grave damage to American civility at home and prestige abroad. The cost of a Trump nomination would be far higher.

A democrat disavows violence; a demagogue wields it as a threat. The Republican Party should recognize the difference and act on it before it is too late.
(Note: the last sentence is talking about small *D* democrats, meaning those that believe in the democracy such as our 'democratic republic')

The seriousness of this editorial should be treated as such. The world is watching and I'm confident in saying a good portion of it is horrified at what is happening in our country.

Donald Trump must never be allowed to sit in the Oval Office with the title of President of the United States of America.


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