To accurately reflect IFA’s feelings about a Donald Trump presidency, I will borrow the title of Hunter Thompson’s book sans the Las Vegas part: fear and loathing.
It’s baffling and not a little frustrating that Trump garners support from conservatives, particularly those who identify as Christians. Trump’s responses during interviews and debates lack substance, coherence, and principled conviction. Near as I can tell, his appeal derives from his willingness to be politically incorrect, to thwart or subvert all cultural expectations for a candidate running for office.
Though his boldness in the face of an arrogant press is occasionally delightful to watch, what he chooses to say is usually dismaying. In other words, while his willingness to speak candidly is admirable, the content of his candid rhetoric is not.
His shrewd political calculations and manipulation of the media are insufficient to cover his multitude of weaknesses which include a lack of knowledge of and commitment to constitutional principles; a lack of knowledge of foreign policy; a lack of knowledge of and commitment to conservative views on life, sexuality, and marriage; and his penchant for impulsive, crass, and nasty rhetoric more befitting a middle school bully.
Anticipating the usual rejoinder to criticism of Trump, IFA affirms that we expect neither moral perfection nor perfect ideological alignment with our views. That said, Trump is so wildly unacceptable a candidate for the party that claims to stand for family values and constitutional principles as to make conservatives who support him look like unprincipled, hypocritical ignoramuses.
Thanks to both John Stemberger and Matt Walsh for the following abbreviated list of Trump’s trumpadilloes—peccadilloes of Trump-size magnitude—that should give conservatives such a bad case of the heebie-jeebies that they give Trump the heave-ho:
- Trump is no respecter of property rights as evidenced by his rapacious attempt to toss an elderly widow out of her home via eminent domain in order to expand parking for one of his casinos.
- When asked about executive orders, Trump said that he would abuse his constitutional authority in precisely the same way Obama has with executive orders: “’I won’t refuse it. I’m going to do a lot of things….I mean, he’s led the way, to be honest with you,’”
- Trump’s divorce from his first wife was based on his “cruel and inhuman treatment” of Ivana Trump, and included an accusation of marital rape.
- Trump has long been accused of having ties to organized crime families in New York and Philadelphia.
- Trump has proudly acknowledged that he has had sex with some of the “top women in the world.”
- The now defunct Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City was “the first American Casino to have a strip club that allowed lap-dancing and an all-male revue club for women.”
- Trump commonly and casually uses obscenities.
- Trump, who claims to be a Christian, has stated that he doesn’t think he’s ever asked for God’s forgiveness.
- Trump mocked a disabled journalist.
- Trump said, “Hey, look, I had a cold spell from 1990 to ’91. I was beat up in business and in my personal life. But you learn that you’re either the toughest, meanest piece of #### in the world or you just crawl into a corner, put your finger in your mouth, and say, ‘I want to go home.’”
- Trump said, “For many years I’ve said that if someone screws you, screw them back. When somebody hurts you, just go after them as viciously and as violently as you can.”
- Trump has called women “dogs, “fat and ugly,” “pigs” and “#######.”
Trump’s character has been amply revealed through his decades of public trumpfoolery, and his character matters. There is a pool of fine Republican candidates from which conservatives can choose. A vote for a scandalous man is a scandalous vote.
First published at Illinois Family Action
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