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David Brooks: GOP at 'Joe McCarthy Moment' Over Trump

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By    |   Saturday, 30 Apr 2016 02:35 PM

Now that Donald Trump is likely to become the GOP presidential nominee, leaders of the Republican Party seem "blithely unaware" that they are at a "Joe McCarthy" moment, and will be judged at where they stood concerning the New York real estate mogul's rise, The New York Times' David Brooks believes.

"Those who walked with Trump will be tainted forever after for the degradation of standards and the general election slaughter," Brooks wrote in a Friday opinion piece for The Times.

And instead of "going down meekly and hoping for a quiet convention" like party leaders, Brooks said, it would be better for everyone, regardless of party to look at implications behind not only Trump's rise, but also that of Bernie Sanders.

Their rise shows that there is much pain in the United States, said Brooks, and statistics shows a nation in decline.

A Pew Research Poll  shows 75 percent of Trump supporters believe life has gotten worse for them, and the nation's suicide rate is at a 30-year high point, Brooks notes.

"Trump's success grew out of that pain, but he is not the right response to it," said Brooks. "The job for the rest of us is to figure out the right response."

Brooks said he was also surprised by Trump's success, admitting he stuck to his own professional circles rather than reaching out, and he believes the nation needs a new version of the "American Dream," as many no longer believe in the rags-to-riches story.

The new story could be more about communities recovering from isolation and social insecurity, or masculinity may need redefined, said Brooks.

The masculine ideal, has led to high dropout and incarceration rates, along with low employment rates, and men are trapped by the idea of being stoical.

"We'll also need to rebuild the sense that we're all in this together," said Brooks, because the failure of that has led to Trump's "policies of suspicion."

"Trump will have his gruesome moment," Brooks concluded. "The time is best spent elsewhere, meeting the neighbors who have become strangers, and listening to what they have to say."

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