Dr. Chaps: I Am Trump, Trump Is Me

Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt, Donald Trump.

Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt, Donald Trump.

Here’s a link to a perfectly fine story by the Colorado Springs Gazette’s Megan Schrader on the retirement of El Paso County Democratic Party chairman Christy Le Lait, which we would tell you to read even if it didn’t contain an absolute jewel of a quote from the infamous Rep. Gordon “Dr. Chaps” Klingenschmitt.

But with apologies in advance to Le Lait, Klingenschmitt managed to pull a Kanye West once again, hijacking this local interest piece and making national news:

[Le Lait] said the national publicity given to Klingenschmitt’s comments about the gay community have furthered the stereotype that Colorado Springs is a haven for right-wing extremists…

“I find it ironic that the Democrats throw a tantrum when they can’t win an election in a socially conservative city,” Klingenschmitt said when told of Le Lait’s comments. “Because just yesterday one of my best volunteers, who is a social conservative, told me she’s quitting the Republican Party after 40 years because not enough Republicans will stand up for Gordon Klingenschmitt and defend traditional marriage.”

Klingenschmitt, who is running for a state Senate seat in 2016, said his election proves voters want an outspoken leader, not a compromiser.

“It’s the same phenomenon we’re seeing with Donald Trump,” Klingenschmitt said. “He’s too outspoken. He’s not politically correct, and so is Gordon Klingenschmitt, and that’s what people want.” [Pols emphasis]

You’ll recall that Rep. Klingenschmitt was in the news again quite recently after making comments on his Youtube broadcast “ministry” that could be construed as calling for gay Boy Scout scoutmasters to be “drowned in the depths of the sea.” Those remarks earned Klingenschmitt more demands for his resignation from liberals, but only a half-hearted round of distancing from fellow Republicans. We’ve seen nothing since then to indicate further action by Klingenschmitt’s nominal boss, House Minority Leader Brian DelGrosso. Not even Klingenschmitt’s opponent in the upcoming SD-12 primary, or the current holder of that seat Senate President Bill Cadman appear to want draw attention to “Dr. Chaps” one way or the other.

Folks, is it really possible that the answer lies in Donald Trump’s poll numbers? Is Klingenschmitt, like Trump, really “what people want?” Or at least what Republican primary voters want?

As much as we’d like to say Klingenschmitt is wrong, this all makes a certain kind of sense.

14 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. (not) Dr. Chaps says:

    Delivering truth to the Chosen, raw and unleavened
    Messages sent down the escalator, direct from Heaven
    God’s warriors setting blood flowing like Megyn Kelly
    Chaps rocking papers and radio like Trump blows up the telly
    Speaking out about what’s real and not what sounds correct
    Cause God demands what's right and all will show respect
    We'll drown the blasphemers in the depths of the sea
    As the righteous march onward to certain victory

  2. BlueCat says:

    Well, he and Trump are apparently what the 25% ultra wacko contingent of the 21st century all wacko Republican Party wants. I don't see him as a future Senator or Trump as a future president, though.

  3. The realist says:

    There IS a resemblance – put the Trump hair on Chaps and they're "separated at birth" twins . . .


    • BlueCat says:

      Same thing can be accomplished by taking a clump of hair from the cat brush of any yellowy/orangey cat and placing it on his head. But if you do any social media you already know that.wink

  4. Moderatus says:

    Made for each other! Pols has never been more right on both counts.

    • Davie says:

      And GOP makes three!  Ever wonder why you and they all feel so at home in the Republican Party?

      HINT: It’s not because the GOP is thought of as the “Big Tent” party

      • Conserv. Head Banger says:

        The GOP as the "big tent" party concept was coined in the 1980s by the late Lee Atwater, then national chair of the GOP. Unfortunately, the "big tent" no longer exists today due in part to the religious right zealots who hijacked the party. 

        • Davie says:

          I'm not sure they ever were the Big Tent party, especially if Atwater was the first to coin that term.  He, of course, also pioneered the politics of personal destruction.

          You might appreciate this cartoon:


          Bonus Question: Which world does Moddy and AC live in? Is it the same one as the rest of us?

    • FrankUnderwood says:

      My goodness……I find myself actually agreeing with something posted by Moldy!  Write down where you were when it happened as well as the time and date.

      I think the last time something like this happened was last year when he and I both thought that the Honey Badger was the best of the four GOP gubernatorial candidates. (Of course, that wasn't saying much given the alternatives.)

    • taterheaptom says:

      Governor Scott Gessler will never let Donald Trump win the Colorado caucus.  It will be a frothy day in hell before a nutjob like that walks away with the nod.

  5. Must-see photoshop: Klingenschmitt with Trump's hairpiece.

  6. Davie says:

    In other Trump news.  54% of current Trump supporters would vote for him as an Independent candidate over any of the other chuckleheads running for the GOP nomination.  Since that's over 10% of the GOP base, that is a significant vote of No Confidence in the Republican Party.

    Due to Trump's refusal to commit to not running as a third-party candidate, the NBC poll asked a very direct question. This question was only asked to people who said they were going to vote for Trump, to try and gauge what his own supporters thought of an independent Trump run. The exact wording of the question: "If Donald Trump does not win the Republican nomination for president and runs as an independent candidate, for whom would you vote?"

    Only 19 percent of Trump's supporters answered "the Republican candidate." Zeropercent of Trump's supporters answered "the Democratic candidate" (no surprise there, really). A significant number of Trump supporters — 21 percent — answered with some flavor of "it would depend." But a whopping 54 percent of Trump voters would stick with him and vote for him as an independent candidate. This means that the Republican Party would win back one-fifth of Trump's voters if he went independent, and perhaps convince another one-fifth to come back to the party for the general election. But over half of those who now support Trump would stick with him and leave the Republican nominee in the lurch.

    Republican Party leaders are now desperately trying to convince themselves that Trump would never actually run as an independent, and that even if he did nobody would follow him. I look at it a different way. Do you really think Donald Trump would pass up a chance to appear on a general election debate stage with only (say) Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush standing next to him? Does anyone really think his ego wouldn't be delighted to be one of only three people on a presidential debate stage? Trump could easily convince himself that the bar for winning the White House would actually be lower if he ran as an independent (he could theoretically win with just 35 percent of the vote, after all). And with 54 percent of his voters already willing to follow him on such a run, it may indeed prove irresistible for Trump.



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