Is Trump an ‘Unmitigated Disaster’?

Barb Wire

I don’t like to disagree with Thomas Sowell. He’s a brilliant man whom I respect, and I’ve never had to disagree with him before. I do it now with some trepidation.

Today, in his commentary, Dr. Sowell called the emergence of Donald Trump as the likely Republican presidential nominee “an unmitigated disaster” for the GOP, for the country, and probably even for the world. Gee, he’s that bad?

Sowell flayed Trump for his “unending reckless and irresponsible statements” and wound up hoping that some third party candidate would rise up strong enough to prevent either Trump or Hillary Clinton from winning, throwing the election into the House of Representatives and maybe winding up awarding the White House to someone, anyone, better than Trump or Clinton.

But for the time being, we face a very simple, however distasteful, proposition. We don’t really know what Trump would do as president; but I think we do know what Hillary Clinton would do, and God forbid she gets the chance to do it. In her case we are talking about a left-wing ideologue with a solid track record of criminality. So we are asked to choose between opening a door to a swarm of killer bees that will certainly fly out and sting us to death, or opening a door to the unknown. How hard a choice is that?

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The American people are in this situation because we are governed by a political class, backed by academics and unions and movie stars, that has all but destroyed the country. That’s why Trump won all those primaries. That’s why millions of people are prepared to vote for him.

Dr. Sowell does not want Hillary Clinton to be president. That would indeed be an unmitigated disaster.

But until further notice, the only alternative is Donald Trump.

The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of Barb Wire.

Lee Duigon
Lee Duigon, a contributing editor with the Chalcedon Foundation, is a former newspaper reporter and editor, small businessman, teacher, and horror novelist. He has been married to his wife, Patricia, for 34 years. See his new fantasy/adventure novels, Bell Mountain and The Cellar Beneath the Cellar, available on

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