I think I've got this Trump-thing figured out...

I think it’s all a big ploy. I think the GOP deliberately got him to run early, knowing he would be so ghastly and awful, and eventually crash and burn, that no matter what gaffs or blunders their later ‘serious’ candidates said or did, they’d still look great in comparison. 

Why won’t Republican leaders admit the Charleston shooting was racist? It goes against their policies. 

Jeb Bush said on Friday that “I don’t know what was on the mind or the heart of the man who committed these atrocious crimes." Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum claimed the massacre was an "assault on religious liberty." Gov. Bobby Jindal said, "I don’t think we’ll ever know what was going on in his mind.”

So why the twisted logic? Admitting racism exists would up end their entire platform.

This is not actually a corporate-friendly message any longer. News Corp, parent of Fox News, has been offering same-sex partner benefits since 1999. By 2013, 65 percent of Fortune 500 companies offered the same. This year’s gay pride events saw floats and sponsors from the likes of Coca Cola, McDonalds, Walmart, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Gap, JCPenney, Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo, Bank Of America, Chase, TD Bank, HSBC, Citibank, Capital One, US Bank, Mastercard, State Farm, Allstate and Metlife. That’s just to name a few. The SCOTUS decision prompted companies like Facebook, AT&T, American Airlines and Nike to launch ads celebrating equality. Oreo pictured their iconic sandwich cookie with rainbow-stacked filling. Jell-O, Kellogg’s, Target and Visa briefly included the colors of marriage equality in their logos.  Corporate America, it seems, has become more liberal and progressive on gay marriage than anyone running for president on the Republican ticket. For a party that likes to think of itself as listening to business leaders, they’re tone deaf when it comes to equal rights.