So, as his ardent supporters have been predicting for months, Trump is leading the primary battle. By a lot. His supporters are gloating, gleeful, happy to be on the Trump Train. We’ve written countless articles about why he’s a terrible choice, but no matter what reasons we give, Trump fans ignore them, responding with meaningless statements like, “He tells it like it is!” and “He’s beholden to no one!” and “He isn’t a typical politician!” etc. – as if those things are what makes someone fit to lead our country.
And I’ve given up hope that his supporters might be swayed by the mounds of evidence which clearly demonstrates that Trump is no more conservative than Hillary Clinton. They refuse to be convinced by proof that Trump is, in many respects, the same as Bernie Sanders. They don’t care. They respond to every post we write about Trump saying, “We get it. You hate Trump.” And then they have the nerve to call us RINOs for not supporting someone who couldn’t be less Republican. They say we’re the problem, even though a President Trump would simply be trading one monarch for another.
Well, Trump supporters, it’s time for you to stand up for your man.
I get it. You love Trump. But I have a challenge for you. Instead of explaining in your typical way, all of the reasons you love him – the fact that he’s not PC, that he’s not owned by special interest groups, etc. etc. – I want you to simply defend his stance as a conservative on the following issues. Because you’re conservatives and you care about our constitution, I’m assuming. So please, if you would, explain your defense of Trump on:
1. His turnaround on Hillary and his past campaign contributions. It’s one thing for Trump to have donated tons of money to tons of horrible Democrats (Pelosi and Reid and Rangel – oh my!). But his contributions to their campaigns effectively helped them win a majority in Congress. It’s why we now have Obamacare. And even though Trump also gave money to some Republicans, he gave far more to Democrats. We’ve had people try to defend these contributions by saying it’s good business to keep both sides of the aisle happy. For what possible purpose? Trump isn’t supposed to be beholden to anyone, right? And certainly he didn’t “need” anyone to help him be a successful businessman. So that argument holds no water. The bottom line is – as a conservative, can you ever in your wildest dreams imagine giving campaign money to the very people who work against conservatism with every ounce of energy they have? If you can’t imagine that, congrats. You’re an Actual Conservative. Something Trump clearly isn’t. He’s someone who either a) compromises his principles for favors or b) has no principles. There’s no other reason to give money to the campaigns of people who fundamentally disagree on how to govern and legislate. Could you defend that, please.
2. Obamacare. If you’re a conservative, Obamacare has been a longtime thorn in your side, and it’s one of the main reasons you were angry enough in 2012 to vote in more Republicans into Congress. You don’t believe in universal health care or single payer nonsense, because you know it leads to crappy healthcare, rationing, and less innovation. You know as a conservative that free market solutions (think: car insurance, life insurance, etc.) are the best way to keep healthcare costs low and quality high. But Trump? In his book, “The America We Deserve,” published in 2000, he wrote, “We must have universal healthcare. I’m a conservative on most issues but a liberal on this one. We should not hear so many stories of families ruined by healthcare expenses.” And just this past September, he said, “Everybody’s got to be covered… I am going to take care of everybody. I don’t care if it costs me votes or not. Everybody’s going to be taken care of much better than they’re taken care of now… They’re going to be taken care of. I would make a deal with existing hospitals to take care of people.”
Who will pay for it? He was asked that, and his response was, “The government’s gonna pay for it. But we’re going to save so much money on the other side. But for the most it’s going to be a private plan and people are going to be able to go out and negotiate great plans with lots of different competition with lots of competitors with great companies and they can have their doctors, they can have plans, they can have everything.”
Mmm hmmm. That sounds TOTALLY realistic. And just like Bernie Sanders.
Beyond suggesting that Trump has simply changed his mind on Obamacare (which – seriously?) – how do conservatives defend this?
3. Trump’s attacks on George W Bush a couple weeks ago at the South Carolina debate were despicable. Conservatives with sense, reason and thoughtfulness have never believed GWB LIED about anything related to the Iraq War. They believe, just like many Democrats did who voted for the war, that he was acting on the best information he had at the time. Conservatives have always detested liberals who shrieked, “Bush Lied! People Died!” because they people who shriek that are hateful idiots like the weirdos in Code Pink. And now the GOP frontrunner is basically saying the same thing, and being defended by hateful idiots like the weirdos in Code Pink. Please defend that.
4. Trump has, just in the last couple months, managed to PRAISE both Putin and Saddam Hussein. About Hussein, Trump said, “But one thing about him: He killed terrorists. Saddam Hussein understood and he killed terrorists.” He said this as a way to further blame Bush for the current state of Iraq. About Putin, Trump said, flattered by the praise he’d received from Putin earlier, “It is always a great honor to be so nicely complimented by a man so highly respected within his own country and beyond.” When he was on MSNBC recently, and questioned about that statement from Joe Scarborough, who pointed out that Putin kills journalists and political opponents and invades countries, Trump responded, “He’s running his country and at least he’s a leader, unlike what we have in this country.”
Seriously? Please defend that.
5. Trump’s supporters applaud wildly and basically soil themselves with delight when he talks about China and his plan to stop allowing American jobs to be outsourced and whatnot. But when he’s asked to defend the fact that his clothing line is manufactured in China? He BLAMES CHINA. For real.
It’s the height of hypocrisy. How do you defend that?
6. This one is the clincher for me. Conservatives for YEARS have railed against Obama for his total lack of regard for the United States’ relationship with Israel, the best friend and ally we have in the Middle East. Support for Israel is paramount for conservatives, who recognize Israel’s right to exist, its democracy, and its desire for nothing more than a peaceful existence. But Trump? Trump says he plans to be “neutral” when it comes to Israel/Palestine. NEUTRAL.
Um, say what? How can you be “neutral” about a pro-capitalism, pro-civil rights, pro-democracy, freedom-loving Israel on the one hand, and a destructive, insane, anti-liberty region well on its way to becoming an Islamic fundamentalist regime on the other? You can’t brush off Trump’s comments the way he does by simply saying it’s “the ultimate deal.” That’s an absolutely sickening way to describe a conflict the US has ALWAYS and RIGHTLY taken the side of Israel on. Trump has railed against Obama for its treatment of Israel, and now he says he’s “neutral?!?!”
That list barely scratches the surface, of course. I mean, I haven’t even mentioned the fact that Trump’s campaign isn’t really fully self-funded, the way he claims it is.
I also haven’t even mentioned the fact that he just recently tweeted this:
Is this really what conservatives want in a president now? A mob leader? Someone who sounds like they’re about to order a hit on a family for disrespecting him? I don’t know about y’all, but I want a president, not a Godfather. In order to lead this country, Trump has to remember that it’s a country that allows free speech – reveres it in fact – and contributing to a PAC that is bringing Trump’s hypocrisy and anti-conservative views to light is perfectly within Rickets’ family’s right. They should not be threatened as a result, and certainly not by the very person hoping to be first in line to defend the constitution.
Oh, and here’s another little tidbit for you. You know how Trump riled up his fanbase by saying that he wants to stop all Muslim migration into the US and refuse refugees? Yeah. He’s changed his mind on that. You know, pretty much like how he changes his mind on nearly every policy idea he has ever had ever.
So there it is. I’m asking you, if you’re a Trump supporter, to defend the specific statements/actions/beliefs that Trump lays claim to above, as the conservative you’re supposed to be. Because you don’t get to call me a RINO for not supporting a total non-conservative, while you’re supporting the biggest RINO of all in Trump. You can call me all the other absurd names y’all like to call me – believe me, I’m used to it – but RINO? Nope. You need to check a mirror on that.
No more of this whole, “I’m just tired of politics as usual and he’s the anti-politician” nonsense. That’s not enough. Defend his actual beliefs and ideas from a conservative standpoint. And if/when you realize you can’t, then the least you can do is step aside and let me continue to care about conservatism by fighting for a different candidate during this primary season instead of yelling at me that I “shouldn’t be bashing the frontrunner.” Conservatives clearly can’t count on Trump supporters to care about conservatism. You’ve completely abandoned and deserted conservatism on nearly every issue with your support for Trump. Apparently, exit polling in SC revealed that Trump supporters know he doesn’t share their values, but they insist they want change. And they still don’t see how EXACTLY THE SAME they are as Obama supporters were in 2008. I’m just utterly flabbergasted that conservatives are doing this to themselves. We all made fun of Obama drones back in 2008 who were starry-eyed and filled with devotion for Obama, and now so-called conservatives are doing the same damn thing, to the same (or possibly worse) end. OMG.
It was one thing to be excited about Trump when he first brought immigration to the forefront (and for that I give him all due credit). He fed off of conservative anger, and did it masterfully, refusing to cave to the politically correct machine. But those things aren’t enough to make him a good presidential candidate. He doesn’t tell the truth. He bullies his opponents with mean-spirited, juvenile name-calling. His inability to accept even a shred of blame or criticism is a huge detriment. He can’t even distinguish HIMSELF from Bernie Sanders, for crying out loud.
Meantime, if you’re mad that I am “bashing Trump” and you plan to tell me all about it in the comments section here or on Facebook, save your breath. It’s not “bashing” to simply point out the truth about the least conservative candidate in the GOP. It’s my way of standing up for the country I love. I’m telling it like it is, which, as I understand it, is a quality you’re ALL ABOUT when Trump does it. So that’s what I’m doing too. The question is – will you, like Trump, become enraged that you’re being criticized and lash out like a toddler, the way he’s taught you? Or will you actually remember that the whole reason you love Trump is that he says things he believes, without regard for how it’ll be received? Because that’s what I’m doing. My country is at stake. I refuse to watch it go down without a fight.
Defend his conservatism, please. I double dog dare you. 🙂