Media orgs are starting to drop the RNC because of its presumptive candidate. The House Speaker admonishes him…but when is someone going to bring up the (dead) elephant in the room?

By Andrew J. Pridgen

BuzzFeed took a break from posting pictures of hipster food and stubborn cats and assigning astronomical fake values to Disney VHS cassettes to dump the Republican National Committee because of its presumptive nominee. In a memo Monday, BuzzFeed founder and CEO Jonah Peretti said the RNC inked a deal with BuzzFeed to “spend a significant amount on political advertisements slated to run during the fall election cycle.”

The deal was worth about $1.3 million — roughly one dollar for each person who clicked on this tiny Koala.

“The campaign is directly opposed to the freedoms of our employees in the United States and around the world and in some cases, such as his proposed ban on international travel for Muslims, would make it impossible for our employees to do their jobs,” Peretti wrote.

Yeah, so good for BuzzFeed. And good for House Speaker Paul Ryan who Tuesday morning rebuked his party’s presumptive candidate calling comments he made about Mexican and Muslim judges’ ethnicity and religion over the weekend the  “textbook definition” of racist.

“I disavow these comments. I regret those comments he made,” Ryan said at a press conference. “Claiming a person can’t do their job because of their race is sort of like the textbook definition of a racist comment. I think that should be absolutely disavowed. It’s absolutely unacceptable.

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham urged fellow Republicans backing the presumptive nominee to take a second look, comparing his party’s frontrunner one of the most ribald racists in the country’s history: “This is the most un-American thing from a politician since Joe McCarthy,” Graham told the NYT. “If anybody was looking for an off-ramp, this is probably it. There’ll come a time when the love of country will trump hatred of Hillary [Clinton].”

It’s to the point where I question the life decisions I’ve made that have put me in the company of some of that candidate’s supporters. Because it’s not the candidate that’s the problem. He’s just the symptom telling millions of Americans what they want to hear while withholding what they don’t want to hear — as well as the details of how to get there.

Here’s a summary of what they don’t want to hear: Facts.

Here’s what they do want to hear: We’re going to be great again. We’re going to build a wall because walls keep bad things and people who aren’t like you out. Your intolerance is embraced. Britney Spears is still hot. Ryan Gosling is looking to move to your shit town. We’re going to wind the clock back to the 1950s — a time you don’t really remember but your racist-ass grandpa could go get a steak for $1.99 and buy a new Cadillac every year and had job security and a lawn to mow and beers in the garage fridge and the only black thing in the diner he frequented was the coffee he drank or maybe — maybe — the guy who served it.

But to dismiss the candidate’s supporters as silly or dumb or uneducated or misinformed or ugly is, well, the wrong thing to do. The real problem is we, right now, live in a country filled with assholes, many of whom are so unhappy, so filled with awful food and awful imagery and awful thoughts …that they want to die.

And they want to take their country with them.

And that is all.

That is all this campaign is about.

It’s about vitriol and the disgusting and sad end of something. Maybe it’s civility, or thought or reason or science or constructive dialogue. Maybe this is due to the fact that 20 years of technology have gone specifically to create streamlined porn delivery systems and double-drive thrus.

Whatever the disease is, it has appointed the most recurring of all herpes sores to be its frontman. The disease has already snuffed out the once-great party that brought us Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt …Nixon and Ford (no party’s perfect.) The party that brought us the Emancipation Proclamation, national parks, women’s right to vote, desegregation of schools, welfare reform and, just for good measure, the first African American female secretary of state — is now dead.

In a sense, what BuzzFeed and mindful Republicans are starting to recognize is the unpredictable, hateful rhetoric coming from their presumptive candidate’s mouth is itself, an act of treason.

As defined by the Title 18 of the United States Code. “Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.”

…Make no mistake, the GOP’s presumptive candidate is waging a war against his own country; against its ideals, against its values, against its principles and, most notably and in the case of his own business ventures gone sideways — against its own people.

There is a traitor among the GOP’s ranks. And in this case, he’s about to become its spokesman.

Death of the Press Box will no longer use the full name or surname of the presumptive Republican candidate for president on its website.