When will a local GOPer condemn the hard-right behavior, as Romney did with Trump?

Like others, I see a lot of parallels between the antics of the Donald Trump campaign and some of our local hard-right activists. Think of some of the nasty local campaigns in recent years, including a supposedly “nonpartisan” clerk-recorder’s race. Much of it was exacerbated when Tom McClintock came to town.

The difference, however, is that some national-level GOPers are now speaking out publicly against Trump. Today Mitt Romney laid out a scathing critique of The Donald, including his character, integrity and antics. “Think of Donald Trump’s personal qualities, the bullying, the greed, the showing off, the misogyny, the absurd third-grade theatrics,” Romney posed to the audience.

Yet in our community, the local GOP leaders play “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” when it comes to hard-right activists who behave exactly the same way. They just look the other way.

In fact, they are adopting some of the Trump-like tactics, such as when the local GOP sent out an email equating a sick child to a “publicity” stunt involving Proposition W, further polarizing the community. Others lecture their constituents from the lectern.

We need some moderate GOP leaders who can stand up to the antics of the hard-right extremists in our community, who often act like Donald Trump.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

3 thoughts on “When will a local GOPer condemn the hard-right behavior, as Romney did with Trump?”

  1. As other national columnists have mentioned. Trump is, I believe as many journalists also believe, a liar, a bully, a charlatan, etc. And, also said, is that he was, maybe still is, connected to the mob. When I lived in NY, the Gambino family was the major family involved in NYC’s building industry and netted $2.50 for every cubic yard of concrete that was poured. And if you’ve been to the City, particularly Manhattan, concrete is everywhere. A 55 story tower uses lots of concrete. You just couldn’t do business in NYC w/o paying off the mob. And this truth is not urban legend; it’s the way it was.

    Trump’s main appeal is his threatening jabber, because that is an instinct common to most men and plenty of women. What else could a farmer in Iowa, a life long, church going Republican know about Trump. He certainly hasn’t enlightened the electorate with any problem solving ideas. Always, it’s, “We’ll go kick their a–. Twenty first century jingoism or toned down mob talk.

    I read the other day his net worth was rather scant, a mere $100,000,000 at most. That makes sense as he has never come clean on his miraculously and speedy recovery from bankruptcy.

    That said, he’s probably the sanest of the GOP crew wanting to be the Prez. And that is why I always vote to keep the far right wing nuts out of office.

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