Republicans owe it to America to stop Donald Trump

The GOP helped nurture Trumpism. Now it must atone for its sins.

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Republican leaders have a decision to make: Will they take personal responsibility for their historic errors? Or just sigh with relief if/when their candidate loses?

Even before Friday's explosive revelations, a mind-blowing number of party grandees had already signaled or baldly stated that Donald Trump's candidacy is both a farce and a calamity. Mitt Romney said Trump "has neither the temperament nor the judgment to be president." Members of Congress and former Cabinet officials slammed Trump's racist incitement and apparent lack of moral compass. Sen. Lindsey Graham has been particularly scathing, going so far as to call Trump's comments about a Mexican-American federal judge "the most un-American thing from a politician since Joe McCarthy." Hank Paulson, George W. Bush's treasury secretary, wrote that Republicans have a civic duty to vote for Hillary Clinton. Former presidential candidate Jeb Bush said that not voting at all "would be a pretty powerful political statement." And since Friday, there's been a veritable cavalcade of Republicans eager to publicly perform their horror over Trump's lewd, crude, sexual assault-y language and behavior, from Speaker Paul Ryan to former GOP nominee John McCain.

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Emily L. Hauser

Emily L. Hauser is a long-time commentary writer. Her work has appeared in a variety of outlets, including The Daily Beast, Haaretz, The Forward, Chicago Tribune, and The Dallas Morning News, where she has looked at a wide range of topics, from helmet laws to forgetfulness to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.