Donald Trump didn’t emerge out of the ether, a wholly formed nightmare embodiment of spite and bile. He’s the culmination of an experiment the mad scientists on the right have been tinkering with for decades. You wouldn’t have a Frankenstein’s Monster if the good doctor hadn’t been hard at work in the lab, in other words.
President Obama explained as much in a riveting speech in Ohio last night.
“The problem is not that all Republicans think the way this guy does,” he said. “The problem is that they’ve been riding this tiger for a long time. They’ve been feeding their base all kinds of crazy for years, primarily for political expedience. So if Trump was running around saying I wasn’t born here, they were okay with that as long as it helped them with votes. If some of these folks on talk radio talked about how I was the antichrist, that’s just politics.”
“They stood by while this happened. And Donald Trump, as he’s prone to do, he didn’t build the building himself, he just slapped his name on it and took credit for it. And that’s what happened in their party. All that bile, all that exaggeration and stuff not grounded in fact, started bubbling up, surfacing. They knew better but didn’t say anything.”
He went on to chide the Republicans, the supposed party of values, for allowing Trumpism to run amok.
“You claim the mantle of the party of family values, and this is the guy you nominate?” he said to laughs.
Un-endorsing him now is too little, too late. You can’t put the racist toothpaste back into the racist tube.
“They don’t get credit for, at the very last minute, when finally the guy they nominated and they endorsed and they supported is caught on tape saying things that no decent person would even think, much less say, much less brag about, much less laugh about or joke about, much less act on,” he said of the two-dozen Republicans who withdrew endorsements or called on Trump to drop out of the race after the video came out.
— All In w/Chris Hayes (@allinwithchris) October 14, 2016