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Former RNC spokesperson Cheri Jacobus: If there is truly "no place for white supremacists or Nazis" in American life, and specifically in the GOP, then why tacitly encourage it by doing nothing about it? Adolf Hitler and the Nazis were not defeated by furrowed brows and "strong words" denouncing his evil in carefully (and fearfully) crafted statements that avoided specifically using his name. The brave allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, provided salvation for those still alive in the concentration camps and exposed the greatest evil the world has ever known with the murder of 6 million Jews in the Holocaust by Nazis. They did not achieve this with carefully parsed written statements designed to merely check off a box without angering certain segments of a voting base.

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My former boss, Bob Michel (R-Ill.) who served as the House Republican leader for 14 of his 38 years in Congress, was one of our brave men who landed on a beach in Normandy and was wounded as he helped liberate the world from evil. He died earlier this year.

It may be a blessing he did not live to see how far his beloved GOP has fallen, and the sorry state of today's GOP leadership.

At a press conference Tuesday, Trump glad-handed his white supremacist and Nazi supporters with his claim that there are "good people" on both sides of Saturday's events in Charlottesville, as if people protesting the KKK and Nazis are just another side of an issue like a raucous high school football game with two teams of equal standing in our society. ...

While many of us knew what Trump was and who and what his staunchest supporters were two years ago, the rest of the country can no longer deny it or avert their gaze. To do so is far worse than being unpatriotic and disrespectful to those who fought and died in the fight against Nazis, or those who fought and died at the hands of the KKK and for civil rights.

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"In November 2015, during the GOP primary, it was John Kasich who ran a now prescient ad with an ominous warning paraphrasing the anti-Nazi words of German pastor Martin Niemoller:

"You might not care if Donald Trump says Muslims should register with their government, because you're not one. And you might not care if Donald Trump says he's going to round up all the Hispanic immigrants, because you're not one."

"And you might not care if Donald Trump says it's okay to rough up black protesters, because you're not one. And you might not care if Donald Trump wants to suppress journalists, because you're not one.

But think about this: If he keeps going, and he actually becomes president, he might just get around to you. And you better hope there's someone left to help you."

While many of us knew what Trump was and who and what his staunchest supporters were two years ago, the rest of the country can no longer deny it or avert their gaze.

To do so is far worse than being unpatriotic and disrespectful to those who fought and died in the fight against Nazis, or those who fought and died at the hands of the KKK and for civil rights.

Those who defend, deny, apologize or attempt an argument of moral equivalency to groups and individuals who protest the evil are themselves among the ranks of the evil.

And we will defeat you. Again."

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2017-08-17 12:43 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 6

CHERI JACOBUS is right on, there can be no middle ground with Nazis, no compromise for white seperatists not any support for politicians willing to appease them. Trump is now a Nazi whether he knows it or not.

#2 | Posted by danni at 2017-08-17 12:50 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

And yes Corky, we did try to warn them, we id argue with them but they put their uncompromising egos ahead of what was best for the nation. Sorry, it's six months now and I still haven't forgotten and won't probably ever considering the events of late revealing toleration of groups no President has ever tolerated before.

#3 | Posted by danni at 2017-08-17 12:52 PM | Reply

That there are still a few conservatives with more conscience and patriotism than desire for political power at any cost, including coddling Nazis, is refreshing to read.

Too bad there aren't more.

#4 | Posted by Corky at 2017-08-17 12:57 PM | Reply

Here's the real GOP... worried not about America, but about "damage to their brand".

"GOP fears damage to brand from Charlottesville

Republicans worry that their candidates could pay in the 2018 midterms for the continued controversy over President Trump's remarks on the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Va.

Trump's equivocation on how much blame should be put on white supremacist groups for the violence sets up a challenge that's difficult for Republican candidates to avoid -- and one that Democrats are eager to bring up.

Republican campaign chiefs raced to distance themselves from Trump's decision not to single out white supremacists for condemnation, acutely aware of the potential damage the comments could have on the party's prospects in the 2018 midterm elections.

"It overshadows everything. If you are a Republican candidate and you have an event today, this will be the first thing you are asked about," said former Republican National Committee spokesman Doug Heye, who has long been critical of Trump.

"This is the attack on the Khan family, the attack on Judge Curiel, the birther attacks on [President Barack Obama]," he added, referring to Trump's more racially tinged controversies.

"How do I tell an African-American friend or a Hispanic friend why the Republican Party is better for them than the Democratic Party?" Heye asked.

"I can talk about any policy that I think might help them, but they will just come back and say that the party does not care about me."

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#5 | Posted by Corky at 2017-08-17 01:10 PM | Reply

If you don't want to lose in 2020 pick a better candidate. If you don't Trump gets 8 years instead of just 4.

#6 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2017-08-17 01:53 PM | Reply

"If you don't want to lose in 2020 pick a better candidate. If you don't Trump gets 8 years instead of just 4."

Blah, blah, blah. We're stuck with Trump/Pence and you're still blaming Hillary Clinton who received nearly 3 million more votes than Trump, probably would have won even in swing states had the GOP not cheated but you'll still be voting 3rd party as your country goes up in flames. That's just unpatriotic quite honestly, the welfare of my country always comes first for me regardless of my personal feelings about a candidate. But hey, that's just me and quite few million other Democrats.

#7 | Posted by danni at 2017-08-17 02:10 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Blah, blah, blah. We're stuck with Trump/Pence and you're still blaming Hillary Clinton who received nearly 3 million more votes than Trump, probably would have won even in swing states had the GOP not cheated but you'll still be voting 3rd party as your country goes up in flames. That's just unpatriotic quite honestly, the welfare of my country always comes first for me regardless of my personal feelings about a candidate. But hey, that's just me and quite few million other Democrats.

Posted by danni at 2017-08-17 02:10 PM | Reply

Yeah yeah yeah I'll be blamed for everything til the end of time. It doesn't make it true though.

#8 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2017-08-17 02:13 PM | Reply

More like Pence in 2020.

Trump isn't going to volunteer for another four years of this. He's going to take his PAC money and go home.

#9 | Posted by Lohocla at 2017-08-17 02:25 PM | Reply

"Yeah yeah yeah I'll be blamed for everything til the end of time. It doesn't make it true though."

Not trying to single you out Laura nor am I pretending that without Republican gerrymandering, voter suppression, etc. the outcome would probably have been different but I am just commenting on the fact that we all knew, including you, that Trump was a loose cannon and now he is President. He is an utter disaster for our country and perhaps for the entire world.

#10 | Posted by danni at 2017-08-17 02:44 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

"More like Pence in 2020."

I don't think Pence would be a very tough candidate, he took the offer to be Trumps VP nominee because he knew he couldn't win reelection in Indiana.

#11 | Posted by danni at 2017-08-17 03:07 PM | Reply

Danni, that's a republican party issue that probably won't matter to Trump at all.

#12 | Posted by Lohocla at 2017-08-17 03:12 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Prescott Bush begs to differ.

#13 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2017-08-18 07:57 PM | Reply

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