The media on Thursday correctly are asking Kansas’ top elected officials for their reactions to the latest revelations about Donald Trump’s despicable groping of women for years.
Will fellow Republicans such as Gov. Sam Brownback and Secretary of State Kris Kobach maintain their close ties to the GOP presidential candidate? What will Kevin Yoder, congressman from Johnson and Wyandotte counties, do? He’s one of the few high-profile Republicans on the ballot this fall and is getting locked up in a tighter contest with Democrat Jay Sidie.
This is a legitimate line of questioning; I’m all for it. And yet remember this:
Brownback, Kobach and plenty of other Kansas and Missouri Republican office holders signed on to support Trump even after he had made plenty of other horrible statements.
Remember Mexicans as rapists? John McCain not a war hero? Mocking women’s looks? The shutdown of Muslims entering the United States? And on and on and on.
I frankly don’t care that much whether Brownback “disowns” Trump at this point. The governor could and should have done it long ago. Kobach, Yoder and other Republicans ought to have done the same thing, especially if they wanted to uphold solid, conservative Kansas values.
But now it’s too late. Trump has done considerable damage to democracy in America. He’s still on the ballot, with an outside chance to be President of the United States come November.
Speaking up now might be politically wise for Brownback, etc. But it’s utterly meaningless.