New York Times in scathing editorial: 'It's Donald Trump's party now'

Kasich, Trump Left To Fight For Republican Presidential Nominations

Donald Trump is now effectively the Republican nominee for president, and The New York Times published a scathing editorial in Wednesday's edition decrying the party's "trek into darkness."

READ MORE: Bernie Sanders fans seek to lure Cruz supporters to their side

The Times called Trump "the most volatile and least prepared presidential candidate nominated by a major party in modern times" and lamented that "a man once ridiculed by many prominent Republicans" will now become the GOP's standard-bearer.

The editorial continued:

This is a moment of reckoning for the Republican Party. It's incumbent on its leadership to account for the failures and betrayals that led to this, and find a better way to address them than the demagogy on offer.

Republicans haven't yet begun to grapple with this. Instead they're falling into line.

Republican leaders have for years failed to think about much of anything beyond winning the next election. Year after year, the party's candidates promised help for middle-class people who lost their homes, jobs and savings to recession, who lost limbs and well-being to war, and then did next to nothing. That Mr. Trump was able to enthrall voters by promising simply to "Make America Great Again" -- but offering only xenophobic, isolationist or fantastical ideas -- is testimony to how thoroughly they reject the politicians who betrayed them.

The editorial concluded: "It is the Republicans who are making a clear choice in 2016, one that seemed unimaginable a year ago: To stamp what they still like to call the party of Lincoln with the brand of Donald Trump."

RELATED: Celebrities who have endorsed Donald Trump

20 celebrities who endorse Donald Trump
See Gallery
New York Times in scathing editorial: 'It's Donald Trump's party now'

Stephen Baldwin

Baldwin, who was fired by Trump on two different seasons of "The Celebrity Apprentice," said during an interview with Don Lemon on an episode of "CNN Tonight" that Trump would make a "great" president "because he's not a politician, and he doesn't care what anybody thinks."  

Photo via Getty

Gary Busey

The actor endorsed Trump back in 2011, even after being fired from season four of "The Celebrity Apprentice," and offered his praise for the presidential hopeful again recently. "He's a great guy. He's sharp. He's fast," he told Fox411. "He can change the country after the last eight years."  

Photo via Getty

Dennis Rodman

The retired pro-basketball player tweeted: "@realDonaldTrump has been a great friend for many years. We don't need another politician, we need a businessman like Mr. Trump! Trump 2016." He was fired from season two of "The Celebrity Apprentice." 

Photo via Getty

Lou Ferrigno

When asked by TMZ for his thoughts on Trump, the actor and former bodybuilder said, "I hope Donald goes all the way." He was also fired from a season of "The Celebrity Apprentice." 

Photo via Getty

Ted Nugent 

The musician wrote an article for WorldNetDaily in which he said, "[Trump] should be given the Medal of Freedom for speaking his mind in such a bold, honest, and straightforward manner."

Photo via Getty

Tila Tequila 

The model and reality star posted a video on YouTube expressing her support for Trump.

Photo via Getty

Wayne Newton

The Las Vegas entertainer announced his support on "Fox and Friends," “I love Donald, and he would make a great president,” he said. But he also voiced his support for other hopefuls, such as Carly Fiorina, Jeb Bush, and Ben Carson. 

Photo via Getty

Willie Robertson

The businessman and star of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” supported Trump at a rally in Oklahoma last year, where he was invited up on stage. He officially announced his endorsement in January. 

Photo via Getty

Jesse Ventura 

Jesse Ventura

The former pro wrestler, former Minnesota governor, and actor was speaking with previous Trump staffer Roger Stone for "Off the Grid," when Ventura said, "I shocked my staff today. I came in and said, ‘You know what, as far as the Republicans are concerned, I hope Trump wins.'" Though he also added, "Now I’m not a Republican — I’m not a Democrat either — so ultimately, I’d like somebody else to win overall.”

Photo via Getty

Terrell Owens 

The retired NFL wide receiver told TMZ Sports, "This may be what the country needs and Trump... He’s a guy who won’t put up with B.S. and has what it takes to change how government is run." He appeared on the most recent season of "The Celebrity Apprentice."   

Photo via Getty 


Trump's main rival, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, dropped out of the race for the Republican nomination Tuesday night after Trump won the Indiana primary. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus tweeted that Trump is now the presumptive nominee, calling on the party to unite against Trump's likely Democratic challenger, Hillary Clinton.

The Indiana win put Trump on a glide path to obtain the needed 1,237 delegates necessary to win the nomination. Both The Associated Press and NBC News gave Trump at least 45 of the 57 delegates available in the state. With those delegates counted, Trump stood less than 200 delegates away from securing the GOP nomination.

READ MORE: Papers mourns the death of the GOP on scathing cover

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is the only remaining Republican in the race. He has said that he will stay in until Trump reaches the required number of delegates to secure the nomination.

Read the full editorial at The New York Times.

RELATED: Books authored by past & present 2016 presidential candidates

Books authored by 2016 presidential candidates
See Gallery

Read Full Story