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Rhoads: Trump Repeats Willkie’s 1940 Mistake



By Mark Rhoads -  Willkie

Early on the morning of Sunday, July 9 President Donald Trump tweeted this: "For years, even as a 'civilian,' I listened as Republicans pushed the repeal and replace of ObamaCare. Now they finally have their chance!"

Notice the word "they" referring to Republicans and not the word "we." His tweet reminded me of Democrat business leader Wendell Willkie (1892-1944).  Willkie accepted the 1940 GOP nomination and referred to the GOP delegates as "you Republicans" and not "we Republicans."

Both Trump and Willkie were business leaders with long and strong Democrat affiliation and both tried for president for their first office and both did not see themselves as Republicans. Willkie lost to FDR but Trump won. Even so, I hope if President Trump really wants the support of Republican leaders in Congress and in the states that he will start to think of himself as part of "we" Republicans.   


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  1. I LOVE the fact that Pres Trump does not identify with these bought and sold Republicans.
    As a matter of fact, I hope he campaigns against as many as possible in the mid-terms.
    We need fewer republicans, fewer democrats, and more statesmen.

  2. If you are right then you don’t mind the fact that Trump campaigned for the GOP nomination under false ptrtenses last year and he is now dishonest about his claim to be a Republican and that honorable word from American history is capitalized by the way. If you think Trump is a statesman that is very sad because he is a moron who calls other people fake when they tell the truth about him.