The editorial board at The Washington Post have declared that Republican leaders are "irrational" and have called their unwillingness to openly condemn Donald Trump "inexcusable."
Their reaction came after Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus appeared on Sunday's This Week with George Stephanopoulos on ABC and offered support if Trump wins the nomination.
“Yes, we will support the nominee,” Priebus said. “To me, it’s a no-brainer.”
Stephanopoulos asked if this was going to split the party, but the GOP leader said that winning elections is "the antidote to a lot of things."
In Monday's edition, the editorial board stated:
Winning can quiet many complaints, it is true. But it cannot and will not be an antidote to the moral poison of Mr. Trump’s campaign. Party leaders who support and celebrate his victory will be accomplices to an attack on the fundamental values of American democracy. Winning will not wash away the stain.
And so they go on to condemn Trump and his campaign, saying that it stirs bigotry, suspicion, unreason, and is one that has "turned illogic into a virtue for his supporters." But the editors go further by lambasting Priebus and other GOP leaders who continue to allow Trump to "run a flamboyant insult of a campaign."
They do note, however, that these "establishment" politicians have to listen to the nominee the voters want, but that doesn't "excuse [their] silence," they added.
But it's not just a question of their judgment the WaPo is after, it's the GOP's patriotism:
The argument that any Republican would be better than any Democrat is a depressing reflection of irrational partisanship. Mr. Priebus and everyone else “leading” the GOP are Americans before they are Republicans. They should act like it.