John Oliver points out (starting at about 2:10) that Donald Trump
- Called Mexicans "rapists" in his first campaign speech
- Proposed a temporary ban on Muslim immigrants
- Advocated for killing terrorists' families (a war crime, by the way)
- Argued for waterboarding (another war crime)
- Stood by his claims that the Central Park Five were guilty despite the DNA evidence exonerating them.
So it's somewhat shocking to read this from Politico:
GOP Sen. Pat Toomey is an undecided voter.Unpersuaded, Senator? There's not enough
The first-term Republican made the declaration Tuesday morning at a "Women for Toomey" event in suburban Philadelphia, where he was pressed to say whether or not he would vote for Donald Trump in November. The latest Trump-related conflagration to hit the 2016 election — backlash over the 2005 tape of Trump describing unwanted advances toward and sexual assault of women — could hardly come at a worse time for Toomey, who is trying to keep enough voters in his corner to win reelection even as many reject Trump in his state.
If there was ever a moment for Toomey to declare, once and for all, he wouldn’t vote for Trump, Tuesday morning was it. Toomey has nodded toward Trump in the past, once criticizing Democratic opponent Katie McGinty as someone who would be "a complete obstacle to a President Trump, should he win." But on this day, he was in Delaware County, home to many of the suburban college-educated women Trump has driven away from the Republican Party in droves this year, according to numerous polls. Toomey stood next to Maine Sen. Susan Collins, who has said she won’t vote for Trump, days after Trump dismissed his taped comments as “locker room talk.”
But while Toomey, who is facing a stiff challenge from McGinty, was willing to condemn both Trump and Hillary Clinton, he only ruled out voting for the Democrat, declining to definitively say whether or not he would vote for Trump in November.
“I am not endorsing him and I remain unpersuaded,” Toomey told reporters, reiterating the position he’s held since May.
After all that Oliver pointed out (and the "pussy grabbing" tape) how much more would it take to persuade you?
What else would you need to hear about Donald Trump to convince you not to vote for him?
I think we all know the answer to those questions, however.
There's a clue to Toomey's trouble found at Philly.com:
Not wanting to anger Trump supporters or alienate moderates, Toomey equivocates. While high-profile Republicans sprint away from their imploding presidential candidate, Toomey dodges.You see, there's a whole mess of Trump supporters throughout the state that Toomey can't afford to piss off if he wants to keep his job.
So he remains "unpersuaded" and he dodges.
You could do the right thing, Senator. You could call the racist, sexist, homophobic, and xenophobic Donald Trump a racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobe who would never get your vote simply due to his racism, sexism, homophobia, and xenophobia. You might lose your Senate seat but at least you will have done so by standing up for what's right and good.
Or you can continue to dodge the question. You might still lose your Senate seat. But at least you will have done the right thing.
Your choice, Senator Toomey.