Polls apart: Trump’s latest idiocy is too much, even for Republicans
He was playing with fire by suggesting the election be postponed, offending the party’s cornerstone decency
Too late to salvage their electoral prospects, but perhaps not too late to salvage their honour, America’s Republicans have remembered what they are supposed to stand for.
Donald Trump’s suggestion that the November election be postponed was too much for even the most obedient of his Congressional supporters. One after another, they lined up to distance themselves from the president’s outrageous tweet.
They took their time. Over the past four years American conservatives have performed some wrenching contortions. Foreign policy hawks have forgiven the president’s closeness to Vladimir Putin. Evangelical Christians have found themselves arguing that it is fine to pay off a porn star and then lie about it provided there is no technical violation of campaign finance rules. Fiscal conservatives went along with a pre-coronavirus deficit of $1-trillion. Republicans who extolled the importance of character defended one needy, blustering, dishonest pronouncement after another...