GOP rivals questioning whether they'd back Trump as nominee

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  • Bored to the point of THIS! Ogden, UT
    March 15, 2016 5:46 p.m.

    I feel sorry for the GOP candidates who've come out in support of Trump. It shows how 'low' the GOP has become.

    I agree with Mitt Romney. I can't see myself voting for Hillary so I'll write in another valid person rather than vote for Trump.

    In the end, I'll have to live with my choice. Christie, Carson,.. you can see the pain in their faces as they speak about Trump.

    In the end, I'll have something they won't, I'll have my integrity.

  • Contrariusester mid-state, TN
    March 15, 2016 6:51 a.m.

    @worf --

    "I could give a list of similar things from those you support."

    Prove it. Be specific.

    I'll be you can't do it.

    "Mr Trump is not the type to let police stand around doing nothing while protesters cause havoc. "


    The man has actively encouraged punching people out. He is offering to pay the legal fees of the man who cold-cocked a protester who was already in custody. That is a whole lot more than simply "not standing around".

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 14, 2016 10:19 p.m.


    Just funny that way. I could give a list of similar things from those you support.

    Mr Trump is not the type to let police stand around doing nothing while protesters cause havoc. Good for him. Political correctness is getting out of hand.

  • Contrariusester mid-state, TN
    March 14, 2016 8:11 a.m.

    @worf --

    "Something about Mr Trump is very offending to them."

    Yup. Personally, I am very offended by someone who advocates for killing the *families* of terrorists, let alone someone who says that protesters need to be beaten up.

    But maybe I'm just funny that way.

  • billdeserthills Cave Creek, AZ
    March 14, 2016 12:23 a.m.

    Go away GOP, Trump can easily win without you.

  • Mad Hatter Provo, UT
    March 13, 2016 3:08 p.m.

    What in Tucket?
    Provo, UT

    "Obama is to blame for much of this."

    The only thing Obama is responsible for is being black and many white Republicans can't stand that. A sizable majority >60% of Republicans believe Obama to be both a Muslim, born in a foreign country and illegitimate as president despite all facts to the contrary. White victimization and neglect by the Republican Party is the basis for Trump.

    Clearfield, UT

    " . . . a lot more than food stamp recipients."

    I believe a majority of food stamp recipients are military families where there is insufficient income to support a family. Republicans have historically demanded a strong military, but refuse to provide sufficiently for the military personnel such a demand requires. And to make things worse, when these men and women return, they are treated like pariahs and basically forgotten. Congress has the responsibility to care for these people but often drop the ball because of ideological and political excuses.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 13, 2016 2:37 p.m.

    Hmm? Very interesting.

    The forces of corruption are ganging up against Mr. Trump. You know! The ones who contributed to scamming Americans into a twenty trillion dollar debt.

    Something about Mr Trump is very offending to them.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    March 13, 2016 12:43 p.m.

    Mad Hatter. Excellent post. Conservatives claim Obama promotes class warfare. It appears the right is just as guilty. Romney called nearly half the nation government freeloaders and considers 400 K a year a middle income. I have yet to hear any explanation as to who is included in the fourty seven percent. Certainly a lot more than food stamp recipients. You would have to include seniors receiving social security, students receiving financial aid, federal employees current and retired, active duty and retired military, and disabled veterans receiving benefits. I am not sure all the groups I mentioned would equal fourty seven percent of the population. The dishonesty and hypocrisy found in both political parties is beyond comprehension. Trump has no chance to win the election. Immigrants are applying for citizenship in record numbers in order to vote against Trump. A wall between the U.S. and Mexico will never be built. Environmentalists will stop it with endless lawsuits. Trump appeals to peoples fears. He is the worst type of politican. There is not a Republican candidate with the appeal that Ronald Reagan had.

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    March 13, 2016 9:20 a.m.

    Maybe Rubio is at least partly right. Obama is to blame for much of this. Have race relations improved despite millions of white Americans voting for him? Our we better off? Trump is too rough and tumble for most of us, but does have some good points and is a capable man.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    March 13, 2016 9:01 a.m.

    Democrats support trump to put an end to the madness and finally get rid of tea party mentality.

  • Eliyahu Pleasant Grove, UT
    March 13, 2016 8:53 a.m.

    For too many legislators and voters, party affiliation is of much greater importance than the good of the country. As much as I hate to admit it, we have a lot of people in the US who would vote for Hitler, Pol Pot, Stalin or Mussolini if they had an "R" after their name on the ballot. A politician who calls for hatred and violence toward opponents and those with whom he disagrees isn't a patriot. He's someone who would curtail free speech, freedom of the press, freedom of association and free thought. We went through that half a century ago with Senator McCarthy. Do we really need another era of fear, paranoia and hatred?

    March 13, 2016 8:44 a.m.

    Re Worf:

    I am afraid in my estimation the only two viable candidtes are Kasich and HRC! For either I would have to vote with a great amount of trepidation! I cannot ever remember in the past 50 plus years, not being able to cast a presidential vote without at least some sense of rationale! Like other writers I do not feel like we are in a hopeless situation, but it certaily is deplressing and discouraging!

    Worf, I disagree on many of your viewpoints, I often am sarcastic, but I do repect your views, and know your passion, and have your finger on the pulse of the political arena.

    I would be interested in your view of the overall presidential election this go-around.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    March 13, 2016 8:19 a.m.

    It's ironic that, not long ago, Trump was the pariah who wouldn't commit to supporting the eventual nominee. Turns out trump wasn't the only candidate willing to feed of the fear and anger the GOP has stoked for the last few decades, but he is the best at it, and his competitors are finding the grapes a bit sour. The GOP, and its' candidates, own this mess. We'll see if they take responsibility for it, or jump before it sinks.

  • FanOfTheSith Vernal, UT
    March 13, 2016 1:54 a.m.

    I think we are at the pivot point of no return GOP. DT may be sincere in saying that he cannot control his supporters but I wouldn't discount riot by his supporters if all of a sudden he is not the nominee at the convention.

  • Mad Hatter Provo, UT
    March 13, 2016 1:13 a.m.

    Cedar Hills, UT

    "America is finished . . . "

    We have heard this diatribe many times in the last 7 1/2 years. But we are far better off than we were in 2009. Perhaps this is just a matter of perspective. Conservatives always insist that America is failing when they are not in charge. History doesn't show that, but they make it a central point of their talking points. So, let's get real about what you really mean when you make such a statement.

    I suspect you mean that America is not pursuing a conservative agenda and therefore conservative goals will not be implemented. It certainly does not mean that American will fail to exist as the democratic republic formed 135 years ago.

    Maybe you mean that American is finished as a white-dominated, socially conservative, pseudo-Christian nation that benefits the few and leaves everyone else to fend for themselves in an unfair social and economic system?

    Your negativism about the future reflects a point I've made many times in these threads: Conservatives feel it is their right to rule and take whatever measures necessary to guarantee their socio-economic position in the nation.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 12, 2016 11:36 p.m.

    Let's embrace hope and change.

    @RC in WJ--has anyone presented a comprehensive plan?

    How is Cruz going to eliminate the IRS, or Bernie going to pay for free education?

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    March 12, 2016 10:41 p.m.

    both Kasich and Rubio have zero shot at the nomination without a brokered other words both of these men would be just fine being handed a prize they didn't earn at the convention which speaks volumes about the lack of integrity of either man. What does that mean to all those who voted for Trump?? Well use your immagination --- they simply go home and don't vote in the general election and Hillary wins easily. So once again the establishment GOP loses another election. So happy to have left the Republican party and become an Independent. I think it is fair to say that after this election slaughter the GOP is finished as a party. There will be mass movement to Indepentent status for former Republicans and I can see also candidates themselves registering as Independents. America is finished but I suspect the majority are far too dumb to figure that out until it hits them personally in which time it will be too late like Greece. This is like watching a train wreck in slow motion.

  • 1st avenue New York, NY
    March 12, 2016 10:37 p.m.

    @robert b
    It is race to the bottom for sure. The least popular candidate with the general registered voters, according to the polls, from each party seems destained to be our choices come November. A sad state of affairs.

  • RichardB Murray, UT
    March 12, 2016 10:17 p.m.

    How can anyone support Hillary either, her statement about the Reagans was over the top also.

    Perhaps both parties should be asking what went wrong.

  • common sense in Idaho Pocatello, id
    March 12, 2016 9:53 p.m.

    Sorry Fitness Freak - There just aren't any reasons to vote for Trump.

    March 12, 2016 9:13 p.m.

    Poster Interloper hits the nail on the head! "But, I don't believe the GOP will do anything to curtail his behavior." The GOP is so deparate for a win that they have stooped to the bottom of the barrel and will accept the behavior of someone like Trump! That having been said, they should accept Trump, for they spawned and groomed him! Trump is the face and the spirit of the NOW Republican party!

    When asked about Isis he says, "we are going to kill them!"
    When asked about the trade, he says,"we are going to make great deals"
    When asked about the military he says" "we are going to make America strong again"
    When asked about foriegn trade he says,"we are stupid!
    When asked about his competetors he says, "they are weak, liars, little, communist, enabeler, and ugly!"

    I have yet to hear a comprehensive plan on anything he is going to do!
    I have yet to hear an explanation of what his competition is doing worng, just demeaning insults!

    I have come to the conclusion, that not only is Trump mentally unstable, the Repub. Party has come unhinged!

  • bamafone Salem, UT
    March 12, 2016 8:11 p.m.

    The Rinos are loosing grip and starting to panic and their blood brother democrats are in a state of panic. Brings a smile to my face.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    March 12, 2016 5:48 p.m.

    Enter the socialist-media driven They will be out in full force now as paid protesters agitate by that movement, much as were seen in the Ferguson riots. This will be fueled to the highest of heights as the money/power driven liberal left does everything possible to stop the GOP from winning this election in any form or fashion.

    Caution, watch and listen carefully to the rhetoric and see a familiar tone. See the media show over and over again riot/fight scenes. Turn off the t.v. We must not let this election fall to the Democrats again, or we are doomed as a country. We are becoming like socialist Europe.

    Sustain the Constitution and beware of the "foxes who are trying to raid the hen house" and make it sound like free speech when they are actually limiting our candidates to speak under the same provision of law!

  • Woodworker Highland, UT
    March 12, 2016 5:46 p.m.

    Chicago was revealing about us as a people. First, many voters are backing Mr. Trump, a man with a crude, uncivil, name-calling mouth and haughty attitude. Is this the type of man who should be our leader? How soon we've forgotten the virtues of Washington, Adams, and Lincoln. On the other hand we have the intolerant, confrontational, violent protesters. Our nation should be one of free political speech, not selfish, intolerant action. What does this say about those who organized the protest? Our nation is in real trouble, and it's not just because of who's running for President in the Republican and Democrat parties. I invite us to study the Constitution and the lives of men and women with great character and then lead by example.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    March 12, 2016 4:54 p.m.

    Right wing talk radio prevails.

  • Mad Hatter Provo, UT
    March 12, 2016 2:55 p.m.

    Trump is a reflection of much that is ugly in the Republican Party. Trump supporters are only 30% of the Republican electorate. The rest show a distinct preference for the other candidates. Half of Republican voters don't want an extremist of the fringe Right.

    Republican voters have been convinced that even the worst Republican nominee (including Donald Trump) is better than the best the Democrats would have. Republican voters are taught to follow the Republican establishment and vote Party over national interest. The Republicans could nominate Louie Gomert (R-TX) and voters are expected to fall in line. They don't vote for the best person; they vote for whoever the Party puts up.

    This, unfortunately, applies to both parties. But this year it is particularly true for the Republicans because they are ready to nominate one of two terrible choices. It will probably be Trump, but Rafael Cruz is even more scary because of his hard-edged ideologically-driven message.

    However, the most Republicans don't like either man and it's become surprising that many Republicans show express their difficulty in voting for Trump. Perhaps there are limits to how far they will go.

  • Interloper Portland, OR
    March 12, 2016 2:52 p.m.

    There is no question Donald Trump is running a divisive campaign that encourages violence. But, I don't believe the GOP will do anything to curtail his behavior. We saw that when all of the other candidates said they would support Trump if he wins the nomination during the last debate.

  • slcman SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    March 12, 2016 2:52 p.m.

    @Fitness Freak Pledges have there limits. If I pledge to support the eventual nominee not knowing that the nominee is a demagogic racist and then he turns out to be one, I'm under no moral obligation to support him.

  • Tango Dancer Bronx, NY
    March 12, 2016 2:41 p.m.

    Salt Lake City, UT

    "We see right before our eyes the rise of fascism in the United States, and Donald Trump heads that movement."

    We have see this underbelly of American political discourse emerge many times over the two centuries our nation has existed. James Madison once considered that we should have a monarchy to reflect our nation's English heritage. Having a democratic republic was a new idea that few thought would survive.

    We were a slave nation until 1860 and had a brief flirtation with human dignity until Andrew Johnson killed the dream. It was not for another hundred years that civil rights became a reality.

    We always have these issues of emerging demagoguery and escaping its grasp but never destroying it completely because democracy allows even the worst of our nature to survive in the depth of ugliness, cultivated and groomed by the next demagogue to rise.

    People keep saying the end is near, but if we keep our bearings we will continue to move forward. Creating a nation where all benefit and have the opportunity to achieve their potential, we will always make the appropriate adjustment.

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    March 12, 2016 1:37 p.m.

    Thats' o.k.

    That just gives me ANOTHER reason to vote for Trump.

    All the Republican candidates AGREED to support whoever is the eventual nominee.

    Maybe they can't be trusted for much of anything?

  • cocosweet Sandy, UT
    March 12, 2016 12:54 p.m.

    I would hope the GOP would not back Trump... He's divisive, radical and frankly scary. To back someone you truly feel is detrimental to the safety and welfare of the US shows that you are party first.. and American second.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    March 12, 2016 12:48 p.m.

    We have arrived at a moment in our history I knew, as a Marxist scholar, would come. We see right before our eyes the rise of fascism in the United States, and Donald Trump heads that movement.

    Both the Republican and Democratic establishments have brought this about. First we had the Clintons with their DLC inspired business-style Democratic Party - with links into the big banks. This style of Democratic Party fostered the trade deals which have helped decimate the working middle class. Socialists like myself have struggled to be heard, with not much effectiveness.

    And then we have the Tea Party Republicans fed by big donors like the Kochs who have fed the hatred of Obama to a fever pitch. These interests are fossil fuel based and dislike Obama for purely economic reasons. But the Tea Party movement can't control the hatred.

    So along comes Trump who can tap into the hatred. And on trade he makes sense and tells the truth. But his rhetoric and actions are those of a fascist. Here we are folks. What do we do? Pray for Bernie victories.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    March 12, 2016 11:04 a.m.

    Wait a minute. All the GOP candidates signed a pledge stating that they'd back the eventual candidate. They reiterated again last week. Now, they might be going back on those statements? Who do they think they are-Mitt Romney?

  • The Real Maverick Spanish Fork, UT
    March 12, 2016 11:02 a.m.

    So would they support #2 Cruz? He's just as crazy. His proposals, just as racist and radical. Or Rubio, who wants to spend even more money on defense and warmongering?

    The problem that is alarming to me is that people think that trump has the monopoly of stupidity. As if Cruz and Rubio are any less radical. Their ideas are all the same. Trump is just a tad more blatant about them.