TRUMP — after months of desperately searching for an issue that would allow him to LOSE the general election, without much success. It now looks like the Donald has finally struck gold — the JUDGE!

The Republican establishment was able to choke down the fact that Trump called Mexicans rapists and murderers. It was able to choke down his call for a ban on Muslims entering America. It was even able to choke down Trump relentlessly trashing leaders of the Republican political establishment — low energy Jeb Bush, Little Marco Rubio and lying Ted Cruz and of course “he’s no war hero,” Senator John McCain.

But tripling down on trashing highly regarded U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, a native born American of Mexican heritage, has caused it to at last dawn on reluctant Republican supporters of the Donald that Mr. sleaze really has no desire whatsoever to become president.

Even one of Trump’s biggest supporters among Republican luminaries, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, calls Trump’s remarks about the judge an inexcusable mistake. Others, such as current Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, are back-paddling hard against Trump’s attacks upon the judge, slamming him over his racial criticism of the man.

Indeed, it is becoming clearer by the day to Republican powers to be that in their bid to win the presidency at all costs they have jumped in bed with a monster, a monster determined to sink the ship and take them down with him. It is a real horror show for the Republican Party, and the exit doors seem to be blocked. But it’s a horror show of the party’s own design and production, one that has gotten completely out of hand.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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