The fissures in the Republicans over their presidential Donald Trump have come into the open at the end of the Republican Convention at Cleveland.
According to Reuters, leaders have criticized Trump for his mercurial temper, rhetorical attacks on fellow party men and his policies on immigration.
However, they finding it difficult to find answers to questions on how the party will address issues like free trade and free markets, abortion rights, citizenship for immigrants etc., if Trump is elected as US president. The Republican Party has never been divided this like before, affirm party functionaries, after the Convention. One of the most powerful party man and U.S. House of Representatives speaker Paul Ryan, agreed that Trump’s campaign has pushed the party forward and made it stronger.
But, Ryan added, he has no answer, if the Trump’s charisma will really last till the US election date. “I don’t know the answer to that question. I really have no idea,” Ryan told Reuters.
He added, though Trump’s presence has helped to change the party, but it is not sure “how specifically and in what direction, I don’t know.” The party is in a fix over finding a consensus on many issues, added sources. Like, for instance, international trade and abolition of abortion party is yet to come to a consensus.
But, they are all united in saying that Trump rhetorical and emphatic speech at the Convention “America first” is a one of his trademark style of doling out promises without any details.
“If this Trump speech – and this GOP platform – defines what a Republican is today, then it’s hard to say I’m one. Hard for a lot of us,” said Tony Fratto, a White House spokesman under President George W Bush, reacting to the now famous Trump statement.
A section of the Republicans also reacted sharply to Trump camp’s policy of not referring gay marriages and abortion at the Convention. They felt the Conservatives hardline stand on the issue cannot go along with Trump camp’s views. There is another section, which feels that it is better to suffer defeat this time in the long interests of the Party.
There is also fear that if Trump will inherit the cherished values of the Republican’s once he becomes President.
“The Republican Party is bigger than any one candidate, even a presidential candidate,” Frank Luntz, a Republican supporter told Reuters.