Ever since the Republican Party embraced the Southern Strategy and courted racist Democrats decades ago, the GOP has been on a path towards the far right. Although George W. Bush claimed to be a “compassionate conservative”, Republicans have become increasingly racist and xenophobic. Donald Trump is now the angry, swollen abscess on the body of the GOP that they just cannot figure a way to get rid of without coming apart at the seams.
It has gotten so bad now that even the Republican maverick John McCain is blaming President Obama for the Orlando nightclub shooting. Seriously, this is where the GOP is today. Their presumptive nominee is a loose cannon billionaire who writes unhinged all caps rants on Twitter and Facebook, and is destroying the party from the inside. The GOP is in internal upheaval, and they just can’t seem to understand why.
Consider the fact that the conservative media has gone full alarmist in the years after 9/11 and encouraged hatred toward immigrants and minorities. Instead of moving to the center, the GOP has doubled down on gun fanatic ideology, hatred towards the LGBT community, and attacks on women’s reproductive rights. They have isolated nearly every demographic except for white, heterosexual, conservative Christians – and even those people aren’t so sure they want to be Republicans anymore.
The remaining voters are so out of touch with reality that they’ve rejected Tea Party candidates like Ted Cruz. Across the country, angry candidates like Clay Higgins have emerged as alternatives to the Tea Party and donned Trump’s cloak of hollow, nationalist ideology.
This approach will play well with elderly white voters and white nationalists, but it is driving away establishment Republicans and independent voters. Minorities are understandably disturbed by this new level of hatred and bigotry in the GOP, and it will cost the GOP dearly in the general election.
Donald Trump isn’t some rogue candidate who has taken over the Republican Party, he is now the face of the Republican Party and all of the worst people in America that they have been recruiting for decades. Donald Trump is their Frankenstein’s monster, and they can only stop him by destroying themselves in the process.