Richard Hanna, 3 term congressman of upstate New York, becomes the first sitting Republican member of the House of Representatives to give the middle finger to his party bosses and embrace sanity by voting for Hillary.
Hanna didn’t simply declare his support for Hillary. He went one step further and released a op-ed that was absolutely blistering in it’s criticism of Trump.
Hanna called Trump “profoundly offensive and narcissistic,” “a world class panderer,” and “anything but a leader.” He continued to say that Trump is “unfit to serve our party and cannot lead this country.”
Wow, tell us how you REALLY feel.
He didn’t only criticize Trump, though. Hanna very correctly gave the lions share of the blame to his own party and it’s continual pandering to a more and more fringe, racist, bigoted, white, older base that does not represent modern America. He called the Republican primary process too “geared towards the party’s political base,” and said that the party “ignores the fact that we have largely alienated women, Hispanics, the LGBT community, young voters, and many others as well.”
“While I disagree with her on many issues, I will vote for Mrs. Clinton. I will be hopeful and resolute in my belief that being a good American who loves his country is far more important than parties or winning and losing. I trust she can lead. All Republicans may not like the direction, but they can live to win or lose another day with a real candidate. Our response to the public’s anger and the need to rebuild requires complex solutions, experience, knowledge and balance. Not bumper sticker slogans that pander to our disappointment, fear and hate.”
Hanna’s scathing rebuke of Trump and the Republican establishment shows how toxic the new brand of fascist conservatism has become to the Republican party, especially in areas that do not reflexively vote Republican regardless of circumstances.
In their desperate attempt to win in 2016, they made the worst move possible. Instead of rebuking Trump for the good of themselves, they embraced him and ensured not only a 2016 loss, but possibly a loss of the party in presidential elections for decades.