It’s only fair to apply Trump’s own rule to every single Republican that Trump endorses and campaigns on behalf of in this year’s election and beyond. After all, Trump wouldn’t want one set of rules to apply to the Clintons and another to himself, right?! (Stop laughing.)
But all snickering aside, Trump makes a valid point. If candidates do openly accept the endorsement of a well-known politician, it’s certainly fair to ask those candidates where they agree and disagree with that political figure when it comes to policy issues.
For example, if a progressive Democrat running for Congress accepted the endorsement and campaigned alongside a politician who was known for opposing a woman’s right to choose or wanted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the public and the media would naturally ask the candidate for a reaction to how can he or she accept the endorsement of someone with such a different view on these substantive issues.
Shouldn’t candidates be called upon to answer for the baggage of any person who is out on the campaign trail with them? That information could obviously affect the way people vote.