Were the place not such a wretched hive of scum and villainy one would be almost be tempted to pity the poor Washington Post. The fishwrap of record in America’s imperial city has served as the nexus of virulent anti-Trump propaganda and is understandably a bit more unhinged than usual after the Donald busted a cap into favorite son Marco Rubio’s ass and left him for dead in the swamps of Florida. But Wednesday’s screed from the neocon-infested dregs of the editorial page is an epic ear-piercing howl of shame, rage and pain as the newspaper openly calls for the Republican Party to destroy democracy in order to save it. Let it now be fully out in the open that the Washington Post is demanding a brokered convention to cheat Donald Trump out of the GOP nomination.
In the Editorial Board column entitled “To defend our democracy against Trump, the GOP must aim for a brokered convention” the case is laid out:
Donald Trump’s primary victories Tuesday present the Republican Party with a stark choice. Should leaders unite behind Mr. Trump, who has collected the most delegates but may reach the convention in July without a nominating majority? Or should they do everything they can to deny him the nomination? On a political level, this may be a dilemma. As a moral question, it is straightforward. The mission of any responsible Republican should be to block a Trump nomination and election.
We do not take this position because we believe Mr. Trump is perilously wrong on the issues, although he is. His proposed tariff on Chinese imports could spark a trade war and global depression. His proposed tax plan would bankrupt the government while enriching his fellow multimillionaires. But policy proposals, however ill-formed and destructive, are not the crux of the danger.
No, Mr. Trump must be stopped because he presents a threat to American democracy. Mr. Trump resembles other strongmen throughout history who have achieved power by manipulating democratic processes. Their playbook includes a casual embrace of violence; a willingness to wield government powers against personal enemies; contempt for a free press; demonization of anyone who is not white and Christian; intimations of dark conspiracies; and the propagation of sweeping, ugly lies. Mr. Trump has championed torture and the murder of innocent relatives of suspected terrorists. He has flirted with the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacists. He has libeled and stereotyped wide swaths of humanity, including Mexicans and Muslims. He considers himself exempt from the norms of democratic contests, such as the release of tax returns, policy papers, lists of advisers and other information that voters have a right to expect.
On Wednesday, Mr. Trump offered what was meant as an argument for his nomination. If he reaches the convention with a lead short of an outright majority, and then fails to win, “I think you’d have riots,” Mr. Trump said. “I think you’d have problems like you’ve never seen before. I think bad things would happen.”
A democrat disavows violence, a demagogue wields it as a threat. The Republican Party should recognize the difference, and act on it before it is too late.
Only in the down the rabbit hole, twisted sister version of reality that is inhabited by the denizens of Beltwayland could such an idea – thwarting the will of the people – be considered saving “democracy”. That’s just the way that they roll at the WAPO where encouraging the Republican party establishment bosses to act in a manner that is consistent with communist apparatchik is viewed as being as American as apple pie. There will of course be a brokered – or as the media and party hacks are now calling it – “contested” convention because a great fear has fallen upon the land of the privileged that a new sheriff may be coming to town and that he just may not be down with business of usual. In the Washington Post’s case that business is pissing down the backs of Americans and then telling them that it’s raining.