Popular late night television host Bill Maher held a discussion this week on his show about the future of the Republican Party in the face of Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy.
For the months that Trump seemed almost unalterably destined for a crushing loss come November, analysts suggested that the Republican Party would go down with Trump, losing significant national credibility.
Now, however, with a Trump win more likely than before, the question remains; what the hell happened to put a bigoted reality TV star on the presidential ballot, and what happens next?
“Whether or not Trump wins, is the Republican Party forever changed?” Maher thus asked of Lanhee Chen, who worked as policy director for the failed 2012 presidential campaign of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney.
“I don’t know that it is. I’ve always thought of this as kind of a temporary correction, to be honest with you; I think after this election is over though, the Republican party does have some soul searching to do,” Chen answered.
Where, however, would this soul searching take place, since the Republican Party as it is stands as the reason for Trump’s name being on November’s presidential ballot?
Some major structural change would have to unfold, change such as the inclusion of voices other than those of angry white male Christian conservative businessmen. Such change doesn’t seem likely to transpire anytime soon.
Chen went on, saying that “to say it’s permanently changed implies that this guy will have some permanent influence on how we think about the world.”
Maher responded, cutting straight to the point, saying, “But isn’t the problem their votes? I mean they didn’t want Trump, a lot of them; and we see a lot of these Vichy Republicans who go along because they don’t want to upset the apple cart.. I mean you can get rid of a Trump, but you can’t get rid of the voters.”
Although Chen attempted to muster a response, Maher is, of course, on point. The GOP, for example, hosted the birther conspiracy, claiming that President Obama was not born in the United States and is thus unfit to be president, years ago.
Donald Trump is thus the product of the Republican Party, with no end to said Party as we know it in sight. As Maher said, to a round of applause, change towards an appeal to a wider segment of voters is “not what the base wants — the base is deplorable.”
Watch the segment from Maher’s show discussing all of this below.
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