"Donald Trump is now the leader of the Republican Party. It's real."
It's a sentiment that many Americans are feeling today, but it also came from a brutal Facebook post by Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday following Trump's victory in the Indiana primary and Ted Cruz's decision to drop out.
In the post, Warren called out Trump for his "racism, sexism, and xenophobia" and went on to call on Republicans, Democrats, and independents to unite against Trump's "toxic stew of hatred and insecurity":
Donald Trump is now the leader of the Republican Party. It's real – he is one step away from the White House. Here's what else is real:
Trump has built his campaign on racism, sexism, and xenophobia. There's more enthusiasm for him among leaders of the KKK than leaders of the political party he now controls.
He incites supporters to violence, praises Putin, and, according to a columnist who recently interviewed him, is "cool with being called an authoritarian" and doesn't mind associations with history's worst dictators.
He attacks veterans like John McCain who were captured and puts our servicemembers at risk by cheerleading illegal torture. In a world with ISIS militants and leaders like North Korean strongman Kim Jong-Un conducting nuclear tests, he surrounds himself with a foreign policy team that has been called a "collection of charlatans," and puts out contradictory and nonsensical national security ideas one expert recently called "incoherent" and "truly bizarre."
What happens next will test the character for all of us – Republican, Democrat, and Independent. It will determine whether we move forward as one nation or splinter at the hands of one man's narcissism and divisiveness. I know which side I'm on, and I’m going to fight my heart out to make sure Donald Trump’s toxic stew of hatred and insecurity never reaches the White House.
The polls showed this coming for a year, but many pundits and conservatives didn't want to believe Trump could really become the Republican nominee. Now that it's almost certain, the possibility of a President Trump is hitting a little too close to home for many — and Warren captures that concern.