The Republican Party is no longer the party of Abraham Lincoln, said Ben Domenech of The Federalist on CBS’s “Face The Nation” Sunday morning from Cleveland — where the Republican National Convention will be held this week.
“The Pence pick does not change the fact that the Republican Party is now the party of Donald Trump,” Domenech said referring to Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.
“A hundred and fifty years ago this party was begun by Abraham Lincoln on the idea that constitutional rights were not bound by race or creed,” he said. “That the American eagle’s wings were broad enough to accept all that would come here. Now, this party is coming to Cleveland to die.”
“This is not the party of Abraham Lincoln anymore,” he said. “It is the party of Donald Trump.”
“It has traded statesmanship for xenophobia, it has traded free markets for protectionism, it has traded the higher principles of our better angels for the belief in party identity politics,” he said. “That is why they are getting 0 percent of the black vote in Pennsylvania. That is why you’re going to continue to see this kind of race-baiting approach to politics. I think it’s completely true that this is the end of the party of Lincoln.”
“They are desperate for change,” he continued. “They are desperate for something different than what the elites who have failed them for far too long. But they have turned in their desperation to a man who they don’t fully understand and who’s not going to deliver on his promises.”
Domenech said the Trump campaign’s decision to select Pence as his running mate may not have enough appeal in swing states like Florida.
“Picking someone like Mike Pence is not going to bring [those who have been resisting Trump] back onto the Republican wagon this time around — particularly swing voters and independents who he needs to appeal to,” he said.