Harvard Republican Club Issues Blistering Non-Endorsement Of Trump, Breaking 128-Year Streak
Harvard Republicans Refuse To Endorse Trump
The Harvard Republican Club has deigned to issue a missive to the common man ensconced beyond its hallowed halls. The HRC (not her) assures all that it holds in higher regard and of greater import the very survival of the Republic than the rather more diurnal concerns of the present election. To wit, The Harvard Republican Club shan’t endorse Donald Trump. And that’s, like, a big deal, guys.
The Harvard Republican Club posted on its Facebook page Thursday,
“In every presidential election since 1888, the members and Executive Board of the Harvard Republican Club have gathered to discuss, debate, and eventually endorse the standard-bearer of our party. But for the first time in 128 years, we, the oldest College Republicans chapter in the nation, will not be endorsing the Republican nominee.”
What good is a debate if you can’t all agree on the predetermined outcome? Such a waste of tweed. Someday soon, Da will hand over the fortune, and there won’t be any debate about who the next Republican presidential candidate will be.
All riiiight. I suppose I might as well applaud these young adults for experimenting with rebelliousness. In that they waited until it was safe to join an increasingly conformist chorus of dissent against an incompetent nincompoop from the stuffiest club at the nation’s most elite school. Gah! But they do make a few good points.
“If enacted, Donald Trump’s platform would endanger our security both at home and abroad. Domestically, his protectionist trade policies and draconian immigration restrictions would enlarge our federal deficit, raise prices for consumers, and throw our economy back into recession. Trump’s global outlook, steeped in isolationism, is considerably out-of-step with the traditional Republican stance as well. The flippancy with which he is willing to abdicate the United States’ responsibility to lead is alarming. Calling for the US’ withdrawal from NATO and actively endorsing nuclear proliferation, Donald Trump’s foreign policy would wreak havoc on the established world order which has held aggressive foreign powers in check since World War II.”
Good points. Good points, all, Harvard Republicans! And they have things to say about temperament. And character!
“Perhaps most importantly, however, Donald Trump simply does not possess the temperament and character necessary to lead the United States through an increasingly perilous world. The last week should have made obvious to all what has been obvious to most for more than a year. In response to any slight –perceived or real– Donald Trump lashes out viciously and irresponsibly. In Trump’s eyes, disagreement with his actions or his policies warrants incessant name calling and derision: stupid, lying, fat, ugly, weak, failing, idiot –and that’s just his “fellow” Republicans.
“He isn’t eschewing political correctness. He is eschewing basic human decency.”
This actually made me chuckle maniacally. Not because these aren’t decent points, but because for years, the left has been saying that what the right sneeringly calls “political correctness” IS basic human decency. Trump has taken the dog whistle bigotry of the anti-PC crusade to such ludicrous extremes, that the right is now wholesale borrowing liberal arguments as they run away screaming from their homegrown demagogue. When the dust settles, I suspect conservatives are going to be quietly admitting that liberals were right all along about some of this, but they won’t really want to talk about it. Bahahaha!
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The conservative young adults of Harvard continue by saying that Ronald Reagan would be ashamed of Trump, ergo, we should all be. They will be focusing their efforts on preserving the status quo in Congress (because that will prevent this from ever happening again, right?) They call on Republican leaders, who must certainly have their dorm rooms on speed dial, to renounce Donald Trump and recommit to the principles of conservatism. They conclude by solemnly quoting Alexis de Tocqueville. That’s how papers get Aced at Harvard, baby! De Tocqueville for the win, yo! De. Tocque. Ville IN THE HOUSE! What? What?
It’s a sign of the times that the future leaders of the Republican party are deeply unhappy with what the adults have done with it. But these are also likely the kind of kids who would have been bankrolling Jeb Bush if they were 20 or 30 years older. They are the scions of the upper class whose hyper-pro-business stewardship of the party created this schism ripping the Paul Ryan GOP from the Trump Republicans. So, by the time these Harvard Republicans are old enough to take over the party, the party might be ready to chase them with torches and pitchforks.
For a mercilessly snarky takedown of the Harvard Republican Club’s letter, I strongly suggest Philip Bump’s Washington Post article, “The villains from 1980s teen movies worry that Trump is a threat to their children.”
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