The Republican establishment is doubling down on its anti-Trump rhetoric with longtime senator Lindsey Graham declaring Sunday that it would be better for the GOP to lose the general election that lose its "heart and soul" by siding with Trump.
"We can lose an election, but I don't want us to lose our heart and soul," Graham said on CBS' Face the Nation:
"If we nominate Donald Trump, and he carries the banner of the Republican Party, given who he is and what he said about immigrants, about Muslims and young women, we will not just lose the election. We have lost the heart and soul of the conservative movement. That's what is at stake."
"Donald Trump would be an absolute disaster for the Republican party, destroy conservatism as we know it," Graham said. "We would get wiped out."
"Mr. Trump is an interloper ... a demagogue of the greatest proportion," he said before adding that it would take the party "generations to overcome a Trump candidacy."
No, Sen. Graham, Trump would not destroy conservatism as we know it because society, on the whole, has already accomplished that feat. Trump isn't the problem, he is a symptom of our changing world, and yes, Party. While there are a handful of true-blue conservative lawmakers out there in Washington, they rarely make headway because they must lead an uphill battle against entrenched establishment members, like Graham, whose only concern is holding their own power and standing.
The truth is that we live in the Information Age, the post-millennial, reality-TV-generation age. And because of that trajectory, we never become more conservative, we become less.
We can all criticize Trump's candidacy based on substance. But to say that it would be better for Hillary Clinton -- or an even worse Democrat if she were to be indicted -- to win the election than take a chance on Trump, is just plain wrong and makes us wonder who Sen. Graham really is. We all know he's been no fan of Sen. Ted Cruz, yet has endorsed him. Now he says it is better to hand the election away to Democrats if Trump ends up the nominee?
This sounds more like a case of establishment elites trying to distance themselves from what they deem a low-brow candidate supported by low-brow followers and not a genuine effort to preserve conservatism.