The lack of endorsements from Republicans for the candidacy of their presidential nominee, Donald Trump, should tell the public all they need to know about Trump’s popularity. The difference between Trump’s campaign rhetoric, where he swears he is leading in the polls, and the reality on the ground present two different versions of reality. Trump’s rhetoric is often tinged with racial undertones, but Trump and his campaign brush these accusations aside by being able to point towards individuals of color who support Trump. However, Trump just lost the endorsement of one of the most prominent black members of the Republican party.
The former chairman of the Republican National Committee, Michael Steele, vowed during a ceremony for the 40th anniversary of Mother Jones magazine to not be voting for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, or for Trump. Steele said:
I will not be voting for Clinton. I will not be voting for Trump either.
Steele went on to say:
Trump has captured that racist underbelly, that frustration, that angry underbelly of American life and given voice to that.
The disgust Steele feels for both candidates became evident when she said, “I was damn near puking during the debates.” While Steele’s lack of endorsement for Trump is not an endorsement of Clinton, it matters not. Steele is another Republican in a long line who have stood up to the divisive rhetoric of Trump to say that he does not match their party’s ideals. Which is not particularly true anyway, the Republican party has always been about demeaning women, hurting gay people, and making those who are not Christian to be treated as the other in society. Trump is merely voicing those actual policies, and individuals like Steele can’t stand it.