Opinion | Is Trump merely a symptom of GOP decline? Dana Milbank answers your questions.

  1. When Parties lose their way, they need to disappear. Various America-based political Parties (the Whigs, etc) have gone away in the past. The Republicans need to depart. They do absolutely nothing FOR people, unless you are a super-rich donor. The hate black people, Hispanic people, LGBT people, WORKING people (they are anti-living wage and anti-union), anti-education, anti-climate, anti-gun control, anti-healthcare, but PRO random idiots carrying guns. Maybe they are good at whining like babies about non-issues, like immigration, but what’s to like about whiners? Let’s encourage them to go hide in dark cave cave, shall we?

  2. And the Republican value of projecting your moral failings onto someone else. Gingrich gained some prominence in the House by exposing how a Speaker's corrupt book deal...and during that investigation Gingrich's own corrupt book deal came to light.

  3. The republicans went into decline when they started taking the low road. It’s been downhill ever since. We are better than what the GOP has to offer.

  4. Trump took advantage of long standing beliefs propagated by the right-wing. So, in that sense he's a symptom. However, he certainly accelerated those symptoms and helped to normalize them. They were there before him, but he helped to make them much worse.

  5. Trump is an expression of desperation among the rich, a sign that there is no low to which they will collectively stoop to maintain their power. In many ways he is also a wholly unsubtle caricature of their character and ethos.

  6. You speak of the party declining, but it appears to be ascending. I don’t consider Trump as a symptom, but rather an expeditor.

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