Letter to the editor: GOP should denounce Trump

Does Donald Trump’s history of running for president – considering he ran in 1988, 2000, 2004, and 2012 and now in 2016 – strike any Republicans as odd?

In 1988, George H. W. Bush ran for president. In 2000, George W. Bush ran. In 2004, George W. Bush ran for re-election. In 2012, Barack Obama, who defeated Hillary Clinton for the Democrat nomination four years earlier, ran for re-election. In 2016, Jeb Bush is running.

Since announcing his candidacy, Trump has already criticized Bush, attacking him personally and saying that we do not need another Bush as president.  In the presidential-election years since 1988 when Trump did not consider running, Bill Clinton defeated George H. W. Bush with the help of an independent candidate in 1992; Clinton ran for almost-guaranteed re-election in 1996; and Hillary Clinton ran in 2008.

Since announcing his candidacy, Trump has also said that Clinton was his favorite president of the four since 1989. Besides Clinton, that includes Obama, who previously defeated Hillary Clinton, and the two Bush presidents.

Trump contributed to Hillary Clinton’s campaigns in 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2007. He has contributed to the Clinton Foundation. He invited the Clintons to his 2005 wedding, which Hillary attended while Bill attended the reception. He has overwhelmingly contributed more to Democrat campaigns than Republican. He was a Democrat during George W. Bush’s eight years as president.  Now, when the political parties’ frontrunners are Clinton and Bush, Trump enters the race, as a Republican.

He has already staked out stances on some of the most controversial issues, such as immigration, that are to the right of the most right-leaning candidates, and, in so doing, has framed his positions in wildly ridiculous terms.   Does Donald Trump look like a rich, out-of-touch, brash, bigoted, ignorant clown? Yes. Does he look like a conservative Republican presidential candidate? Yes.  Do any Republicans think that is not a coincidence?  If Clinton is the Democrat nominee, and/or if Bush is the Republican nominee, I wonder if Trump – who was a member of a third party during the 2000 election season and an independent during the 2012 election season – will run as an independent or in a third party. I wonder if anyone in the Republican Party has thought of that.

The Republican Party should immediately and unequivocally denounce Donald Trump – before it is too late.