Trump, DiGiorgio, and the Big Tent

It’s nice that local Republican chairman Val Di Giorgio has felt he needs to dissociate the Chester County party from part of Donald Trump’s offensive remarks about Mexican immigrants (letter “Local GOP not in line with Trump behavior,” Daily Local News, 7/31/15).

The part DiGiorgio criticizes Trump for is “his blanket condemnation of Mexican immigrants as rapist[s] and criminals” and “his comments about Mexican immigrants as a whole.”

The part he agrees with is “focusing debate on the human and financial costs of allowing criminals access to our borders.”

That’s a rather fine line to walk, isn’t it?

And what does Mr. DiGiorgio have to say about actual immigration issues? Do undocumented immigrants have a right to health care, a drivers license, and education for their children? Should parents be deported leaving their US citizen children behind? Should we establish a practical path to citizenship beyond the ridiculously long wait through official visa channels? Should we really build a “great wall,” which Trump was for before he was against it? Readers will scan Mr. DiGiorgio’s letter in vain for any answers.

Mr. DiGiorgio goes on to mention two local Republican African-American office-holders as evidence of the local GOP commitment to “building a truly big tent party.” Well, not exactly Mexican immigrants, are they?

The national GOP, unfortunately, has not rejected Donald Trump and his prejudices. In fact, you can still vote for him (or 17 others) in a straw poll at the Republican National Committee site. I wonder if he will come in first there as he has in public polls among his party members.

I hope voters will watch carefully for any GOP progress in renouncing Trump and all he stands for or in getting serious about the well-worn Big Tent principle.

Is there room in the tent for the long-term unemployed, Americans in need of vocational and professional training, the earners of minimum wage, children who would benefit from the universal pre-school, students who have had to run up huge college loan debts, people who depend on public transportation, union members, homeowners still reeling from mortgage fraud, women needing family planning assistance, seniors and the disabled depending on Social Security, the many millions who receive health care through Medicare and Medicaid or who have gained health insurance from the Affordable Care Act, and other groups currently under attack in the Boehner-McConnell Congress?

Will it take Donald Trump to loosen up GOP tongues?

Come on, Donald, please start the conversation in your party with some more controversial pronouncements in tomorrow evening’s debate!


About politicswestchesterview

Nathaniel regards himself as a progressive Democrat who sees a serious need to involve more Americans in the political process if we are to rise to Ben Franklin's challenge "A republic, madam, if you can keep it," after a passerby asked him what form of government the founders had chosen. This blog gives my views and background information on the local, state, and national political scenes. My career in higher education was mainly in the areas of international studies, foreign languages, and student advising, most recently at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, from which I retired in 2006. I have lived in West Chester since 1986.
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