Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.), an obscure congressman outside his swing district, has no need to go on national TV. His reelection efforts are best helped by local TV and radio and even more prosaic campaign materials (direct mail) and retail politicking. He nevertheless went on CNN and predictably got grilled about Trump. Just as predictably, he messed up. He insisted, “You can easily argue that the president of the United States is a racist with his policies and his rhetoric.” Actually, you cannot easily argue the matter, which is why he backed down quickly. He then called Trump’s comments about Judge Gonzalo Curiel “unfortunate.” And he said he’s sticking with Trump, even though he acknowledged under questioning that Trump’s comments were racist. (“Are you essentially saying that ‘Yes he’s a racist but he’s our racist’?” asked the incredulous host.) Watch for that awful interview to make it into his opponent’s ads.
At the other end of the spectrum is Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Walker is going about his business as governor. He was asked about Trump on a local radio show. “[Trump] is not yet the nominee. Officially that won’t happen until the middle of July and so for me that’s kind of the time frame,” Walker said. “In particular I want to make sure that he renounces what he says, at least in regards to this judge.” There’s a smart answer that follows a basic rule of politics: Always give yourself an out. He also spoke for millions of Americans when he said, “It’s just sad in America that we have such poor choices right now.” Stick with that, Governor, and you’ll do much better in your next presidential run.
As per the last post, you see how this is being done now, right? It doesn’t matter if, fundamentally, you believe the same things as Trump. Just SHUT UP ABOUT IT. Go back to bashing minorities by talking about “taxes” and “culture” and destroying your state’s public education system and worker protections. That’s the kind of political violence we’re comfortable with! The quiet kind!
These people are sociopaths.