On the same day that Republican nominee Donald Trump calls the political press “the most dishonest people I’ve ever met” in order to distract from his multiple lies about how much money he was giving to veterans’ organizations, Senator John Thune told Minnehaha County Republicans at their big fundraising dinner that they must elect a billionaire reality TV star as President because Clinton is Obama and we’re all going to die:
“We have to get it right in 2016 because the future of our country is hanging in the balance in so many different ways,” Thune said. “And there are three words that ought to scare everyone in this room: President Hillary Clinton.”
While the line got a laugh from the hundreds of attendees, Thune said the matter was serious. He said allowing Democratic front-runner Clinton to win the candidacy would be like a third term of President Barack Obama’s administration.
And that could be dangerous, the chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee said, as Obama doesn’t adequately address terrorist threats and, as a result, the country has been put at risk. The solution, he said, is to back a candidate that would work with Republicans in Congress.
“We have a president who can’t say the words radical Islamic extremist in the White House,” Thune said. “America’s national security interests are very much at stake in this election. We need to make the right choice this November” [Dana Ferguson, “Thune: ‘If People Want Change, I Think Their Answer Is Trump’,” that Sioux Falls paper, 2016.05.31].
Senator Thune shares candidate Trump’s resistance to facts:
- Fewer terrorist attacks have taken place per year in the United States under President Barack Obama than under President George W. Bush.
- Fewer Americans have died in terrorist attacks per year under President Obama than under President Bush.
- Terrorism kills fewer Americans than car crashes, medical error, food contamination, obesity, excessive alcohol use, falls, workplace accidents, or police.
Dangerous, Senator Thune, is electing as President who loathes the press and the First Amendment that keeps us free. Dangerous, Senator Thune, is refusing to pull the plug on the Mussolini that your party created. Dangerous, Senator Thune, is trusting America’s security and reputation to the biggest liar in the Presidential field.
I know you don’t have many options, Senator Thune. You aren’t the only person who finds Hillary Clinton objectionable. The Libertarians are nuts. And you chose not to run, so you share the blame for your party’s failure to produce a reasonable nominee.
But you always have the option of conscience. And your words last night make clear you don’t believe in Donald Trump; you cling to not-Clinton, not-Obama, but you don’t believe in Donald Trump.
So don’t vote for Trump. Don’t tell others to vote for Trump. Cut your losses, admit that Hillary Clinton won’t be any worse for this country than Bill Clinton (maybe better, since she won’t be distracted by sexy interns in the Oval Office), and admit that Donald Trump is not qualified to be President of the United States.
Update 13:30 CDT: Senator Thune releases video clips of his speech to assure us that he and his fellow Republicans are still fighting for principles, despite their willingness to follow Donald Trump to destruction:
“We have an administration today that doesn’t seem to grasp the important role that America plays in the world,” says Senator Thune, who endorses for President a man whose Unpredictability Doctrine rattles America’s allies but wins praise from North Korea.