There were several factors that led me to reject Donald Trump as a possible candidate to support.
Of course one of the factors was the man himself. A belligerent, boorish lout who passes off vile invectives, gutter-speak and juvenile insults as “standing up to political correctness.” An inarticulate buffoon unable to defend his own policy positions in large part because he really doesn’t have any firm positions. A big-government loving crony capitalist with no deeply-held principles. All of this weighed heavily in my decision to reject Trump as a candidate.
But another factor that sealed the deal for me was the despicable behavior of many who virulently support him.
Though I am certain there are people who support Donald Trump who know how to behave like civilized human beings, they seem to be lost in the cacophony of Trump’s more ardent fans.
Not since Barack Obama ran for President in 2008 have I witnessed such vitriol targeting those who oppose a chosen candidate.
But instead of hurling the word “racist” at everyone who disagrees, Trump’s more vocal supporters lob names like “RINO,” “Hack,” and “Elitist.” If that were all they did, I would be able to dismiss it. But they don’t stop there. Conservative women who oppose Trump or simply support another candidate are called every vile name in the book — names one ordinarily only hears coming out of the mouths of hateful Leftist men or in the lyrics to some rap music.
And then there are the threats.
After Dana Loesch appeared on Fox News to explain why she joined the group of writers who made the case against Trump in National Review, she became a target. I follow Dana on Twitter. I’ve seen the disgusting things hurled at her. It is vile, absolutely vile.
Last night, she tweeted this:
Trump supporters have actually Photoshopped rape fetishes of me that are too graphic to share here.
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) February 10, 2016
I couldn’t believe it. When Leftists altered her NRA ad to show her shooting herself in the head, conservatives rallied to defend her. We were outraged. But now, Trump supporters are doing even worse?
When she tweeted that out last night, this was one of the responses she received:
@DLoesch you're just begging for more
— Mom's spaghetti (@fullblowngrids) February 10, 2016
Dana’s husband Chris is also getting his fair share of threats. Because threatening to kill people will make America great again apparently.
— Chris Loesch (@ChrisLoesch) February 11, 2016
And, yes. When he called out these idiots for threatening to kill him, Trump supporters descended like locusts and began attacking him for being a crybaby, for whining about getting death threats.
You see, Dana and Chris deserve this because they attacked Trump. And nobody can attack Trump.
Just like nobody can attack Obama.
It isn’t political correctness that they oppose. It’s just that they want to determine what is permitted to be said and what is not. They want to be able to make criticism of Trump banned speech. They want to shut down anyone who questions Trump’s sincerity, his past, his own statements. And if you have the gall to actually satirize Trump the same way one would Jeb Bush or John Boehner or Paul Ryan or John Kasich or Chris Christie or anyone else, you are to be attacked. Because political correctness is okay provided that the banned speech is anything negative toward Trump.
And woe be to anyone who does not toe the line. Refusing to hop on board the “Trump Train” means anything used against you is fair game. No insult is too vile. No threat too extreme. No angry response too far over the top.
In a lot of ways, extremist Sharia adherents and these extremist Trump supporters have a lot in common. They both like to issue fatwas against anyone who dare blaspheme against their Prophet. They have their favorite websites where they go to read about the latest blasphemy against their demi-god and then they rush to Twitter and attack whoever it is who dared to defy him.
For Trump supporters like these, the future must not belong to those who slander the Donald. They will stand with Trump should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.
And any speech that demeans their Prophet must be banned. And those who blaspheme are only asking for whatever vile and despicable thing that comes their way as a result.
They’re only begging for more.
What can you say about a presidential candidate that engenders this kind of support?
This isn’t simply “recognizing” the anger of the people. This is tapping into it, fomenting it, encouraging it and using it for your own ends.
It doesn’t surprise me that a man who cannot control his own base impulses doesn’t care about the hateful impulses of his supporters. In fact, he seems to revel in it.
Consider what happened earlier this week. Though tame by comparison, Trump’s giving voice to a woman calling Ted Cruz a “pussy” is indicative of how Trump uses this hateful and divisive behavior for his own ends. Trump does nothing to curb this behavior. And why should he? Bread and circuses. Keep the crowds good and riled up. He doesn’t just turn a blind eye to it, he gives it validation. He repeated her nasty insult of Cruz for the whole crowd to hear then reveled in the boorish cheers his saying it produced.
Any man who either through tacit approval or direct encouragement promotes this kind of vitriolic and nasty behavior is not a man I want coming anywhere close to the Oval Office.
If we abhor the hatred and division Obama has spawned, how could we possibly be okay with this?
As far as I’m concerned Donald Trump is as unfit to lead this Republic as that felonious cretin Clinton or that bellowing socialist Sanders.
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