Monday, May 30, 2016

Bret Stephens, Wall Street Journal editor, says GOP voters need to learn 'lesson' on Donald Trump

This is just breath-takingly elitist ... "Oh, yes, please teach me, Mr. Stephens, how to be a better Republican ... how to toe the party line."

Bret Stephens, the deputy editorial page editor for the Wall Street Journal, took to CNN television to send a clear message about Donald Trump that included this subtle warning: He must be stopped at all costs and his supporters must be schooled in what's good for the party.

His words, as captured by Breitbart: "I most certainly will not vote for Donald Trump. I will vote for the least left-wing opponent to Donald Trump and I want to make a vote to make sure that he has – that he is the biggest loser in presidential history since, I don't know, Alf Landon or going back further."

Landon served as the governor of Kansas in the 1930s, first taking office in 1932 then winning reelection in 1934. In 1936, the Republican Party chose him as the candidate to beat Franklin D. Roosevelt. But he lost by a huge margin, with Roosevelt taking nearly 28 million votes to Landon's near-17 million.

Stephens continued, telling host Fareed Zakaria he'd like Trump to lose by such a margin, and in the process, remind GOP voters they shouldn't back someone who goes against the party's grain.

"It's important that Donald Trump and what he represents – this kind of ethnic, quote, 'conservatism,' or populism, be so decisively rebuked that the Republican Party, the Republican voters, will forever learn their lesson that they cannot nominate a man so manifestly unqualified to be president in any way, shape or form," he said. "So they have to learn a lesson in the way perhaps Democrats learned from [George] McGovern in '72. George Will said let's have him lose in 50 states. Why not Guam, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, too?"

One of Trump's major draws with voters, aside from his views on immigration and the need to tighten border controls, has been his outsider status and his perceived bucking of establishment and elitist Republican Party conventions.

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