Memo to GOP: If this doesn’t cross your line, you have no line

Republicans, this is what your 2016 nominee to be president of the United States of America had to say Tuesday in a speech in Wilmington, NC:

“Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish the Second Amendment. By the way, and if she gets to pick, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know.”

“Maybe there is, I don’t know.”

So … Reince Priebus, Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, Johnny Isakson and other GOP leaders, let’s talk.

You’ve stuck by this man through the “captured” slam on John McCain, through the Mexican rapists fiasco, through his racist screed against a federal judge of Mexican descent, through the Megyn Kelly blood thing, the grotesque mocking of a disabled person, the repeated anti-Muslim statements. You overlooked his public plea for spying help from Russia and his embrace of Putin, you downplayed the insults he fired at a Gold Star family, you excused his proposed abandonment of NATO allies, and you pretended not to hear the rigged election nonsense. Somehow — and do not ask me how — you even tolerated the repeated tin-foil-hat claims that the father of Ted Cruz had helped to assassinate President John F. Kennedy. Even after all that, you still claimed to want to put this man into the White House.

Which leads us to what happened Tuesday:

You can, if you choose, pretend to be too stupid to understand what Trump was saying, as his press statement clearly invites you to do. But you are not that stupid, not unless you force yourself to be.

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And if hinting at a Second Amendment solution to your political opposition does not cross your final line, then you have no such line. And if you have no such line, then you have forfeited the right to be respected by your fellow Americans and by yourselves as well. You also take upon yourselves full historic and moral responsibility for whatever comes next.

And that ought to terrify you, because to tell the truth, you don’t know what’s going to come next, do you?

You keep telling yourself that this is as bad as it can get, but by now you have to know better. Trump is going to get worse, because that’s what Trump does, and you also have to worry about the impact of this kind of inflammatory, highly irresponsible rhetoric on the fevered minds out there who mistake this kind of garbage for leadership.

So … what are you going to do?

 

 

 

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Val Smith
Val Smith

All you right wingers just need to stop reading Bookman. Your cult mentality won't let you reason anyway so just curl up in front of Hannity and have a nice life

Carla Carroll
Carla Carroll

Another day, another 'trump bad' story. Come to expect that from AJC. Not one story EVER about all the criminal crap going on with Hillary. No respect for this so called 'news outlet'

Ronald Allen
Ronald Allen

What about Hilary's moral compass? Does she have one?

Brian Paone
Brian Paone

Granted - but where are your criticisms of Hillary?

Brenda Berry
Brenda Berry

Dear Jay Bookman, here is crossing the line: the long list of body counts behind Hillary. Just this month Democratic staffer Seth Conrad Rich, killed because he was suspected of leaking information to wikleak, next UN official John Ashe, before he could testify against the DNC and the Clintons, Victor Thorn author of books against Hillary, Shawn Lucas lead attorney in the anti Clinton DNC Fraud case. Now let us not forget the Benghazi men or the Navy Seals killed in 2011 by a helicopter crash. The same Seals involved in the Osama Bin Laden raid and this fake burial at sea. I sure they were taken out because the powers to be did not want to give them a chance to write a book after they retire. The body count is what we the Real AMERICANS NEED TO STOP. Not a bunch of paid off on the take liberals.

Tony Rush
Tony Rush

Oh, lord.  You don't fact-check anything do you, Brenda?  :)


Shawn Lucas wasn't the lead attorney.  He's not an attorney at all.  He's the legal equivalent of a pizza-delivery boy.  He delivered paperwork and supboenas.

John Ashe was testifying in his own corruption case regarding a Chinese real-estate deal.  It had nothing to do with the Clintons at all.


Victor Thorn committed suicide.  He was a deeply disturbed man who wrote lots of books (some of hich endorse the idea that Jews conducted the 9/11 attacks and that there was no Holocaust.)

The list goes on and on.

You've been duped.

Marcie Davis
Marcie Davis

I remember when Hillary said much the same in her campaign with Obama in 2008. Why was it okay then?

Francyann Fisher Edwards
Francyann Fisher Edwards

I think the media fear Trump. You all are in Clinton's pocket. It's shameful how you report the facts.

Kelly Earwood
Kelly Earwood

As a Presidential nominee you have the luxury of saying...."What I meant was......". As the POTUS, you better get it right the first time.

Janice Stocks
Janice Stocks

He sold his vote for his position. Don't take issues with the things Mr. TRUMP say but still support him. Where is his moral compass He can do or say no wrong as long as he endorsed Speaker Ryan. Sad

Wayne Morris
Wayne Morris

Only the small minds would bend his words from talking about a voting block to an assassination. I remember why I terminated the AJC!

Janice Stocks
Janice Stocks

Hello his favorite kind...The uneducated. Hear all the words and you might get it. He likes saying she will take your guns, which is astright lie. She never use those words to make that statement. But she did say the opposite and I look at the Republican debates and convention. The AJC is not the problem - believing all media is out to get him is reason to save your money anyway. This veterans thinks he got mental issues because he supports torturing people. Sadly he don't think its wrong to water board. Help us Lord

Lori Burroughs
Lori Burroughs

I guess u don't remember when Hillary said she wouldn't get out of the race in 2008 because things happen, like JFK getting assasinated

Janice Stocks
Janice Stocks

Note the comment was she Would Not get out the race. Big difference from talking to the folk you keep telling lies. Stop saying she is coming for your guns.she never made that statement anywhere. I would says google it but the Trumpees think the internet is the same as media. Which they think can be purchased and controlled. It's different from Donald stating something could be done (by whom) because she will name the judges if she wins. The violence at his rally was ugly and him stating he wants to punch someone. Really.... connect the dots its easy to do even the uneducated can get this one. I wish he behaved like someone i could call my president with pride rven if he isnt my first, second or third choice.

Jack Tilson
Jack Tilson

What does that mean? Is it inciting violence? What's your point?

Val Smith
Val Smith

You're right that was a bone headed statement. Notice that even though she walked it back she still lost...as will Trump

Lori Burroughs
Lori Burroughs

Jack Tilson my point is that they are all hypocrites. They all make mistakes when talking and then the media turns it into a story to get people to watch. What one side says the other side does too.

Lori Burroughs
Lori Burroughs

Val Smith The winner is usually who the media wants. In 2008 it was Obama. They bashed Hillary and then Palin. Now it is Trumps turn to get bashed.

Val Smith
Val Smith

Lori Burroughs media can brainwash all they want but it's up to an educated electorate to pick the lesser of two evils

Scott Groves
Scott Groves

The Republicans he was talking to agree with him! Let's hope one of these freaking wackos don't follow his lead.

Nate Karr
Nate Karr

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Patrick Pearson
Patrick Pearson

"We love Trump because he speaks his mind and is not PC." Trump Supporters "Trump was joking and did not mean it like that. The media keeps twisting his words." Trump Supporters

James McCallion
James McCallion

What's the matter you can't get a real job except write for that rag AJC? I have known lots of papers in my 68 years and have seen a lot come and go but your columns is More of the crap that comes out of the NY papers.

Mary West
Mary West

Only the willfully ignorant could support that evil lying woman.

Janice Stocks
Janice Stocks

You are right he tells big lies

His behavior is very child like. When all ideas have been used try insults. I have tried to keep an open mind but too much can be fact checked - the truth hurts. That old man is showing signs of him cracking.q11

David K Wilson
David K Wilson

How silly.  He said nothing about any kind of violence.  The 2nd amendment folks will have to demonstrate like any other group.   Sheeez you guys are stretching here.


Dave Flower
Dave Flower

Quote from Obama during his campaign.."if they bring knives we will bring guns cause I understand they like a good brawl in Philly"...what's your take on that Bookman? Jeesh!

Janice Stocks
Janice Stocks

He is leaving office after being re-elected and disrespected. Trump suppots water boarding. He can not say he would support our allies. But think the nut riding the horse without his shirt on is a great leader. This fool is scary. He questions the use of Nukes three times. Ok You have a good life

Andy McClure
Andy McClure

Did you know that this very paper, the ajc, was guilty of inciting and encouraging violence against innocent black men in 1906? Go back and read some of the archives. Its a shameful account of biased journalism. Nothing has changed, just the office furniture.

Janice Stocks
Janice Stocks

Slavery ended how many year before 1906? Sad look in most papers archives throughtout the country. So what is your point

If you don't have one try this one the state of Texas has rewrote history. Slaves will be called indentured servants. Texas is not the only one neither. That was in the 21st Century

Go Figure...

Jack Tilson
Jack Tilson

You are correct, white southern people have been doing this all the time. Occasionally they change the furniture or party affiliation, but southern whites haven't changed hardly at all. Glad you caught that as well Andy McCure.

Andy McClure
Andy McClure

If there is ANYONE who recognizes code-speak for "wanting someone rubbed out", its Hillary Clinton. She's used it numerous times herself.

gotalife
gotalife

Jump off that train wreck patriots.

Keith Gargus
Keith Gargus

Trump did two things with horrid statement. One, he reached out to all supporters who may be prone to violence to attack Clinton. Two, he disgraced whats left of the GOP, and made it impossible for any patriot to support this party until this cancer is excised.

gotalife
gotalife

christie wanted a pardon from trump. 


Lock him up.

Bob Hunt
Bob Hunt

Bookliar if Clinton crossing the line and lying to the faces of the families of Benghazi victims then YOU have no morals or honor or journalism in you.

Janice Stocks
Janice Stocks

Hey all my tax dollars spent for hearing after hearing after hearing etc... did not find her guilty. Not even the republicans could find a smoking gun. I feel for the families of those killed and injuried. Nothing could make this better for them. I would assume not letting go and all those hearings didnt help. Because the out come that the republicans keep trying to find or create is just not there Sorry

Sandra Shannon
Sandra Shannon

You are right. Problem is, Hillary is worse, much worse.

rimsky
rimsky

 Better be careful what measures you call for, that you don't  engage in the same contempt for the rule of law that you accuse him of.

That is exactly what Neville Chamberline said.