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.