“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems…bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
–Donald Trump; June 16, 2015
“He’s [John McCain] not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”
–Donald Trump; July 18, 2015
“You could see there was blood coming out of her [Megyn Kelly’s] eyes. Blood coming out of her — wherever,”
–Donald Trump; August 7, 2015
Trump, the billionaire egomaniac and reality TV star, has certainly made his mark on our political process so far. Unfortunately, that mark is becoming a bruise and, as Rick Perry professed, is starting to look a whole lot like a cancer.
In the GOP’s 2012 election autopsy called “Growth and Opportunity Project” [sounds a whole lot more millenial than “Grand Ole Party”, doesn’t it?] the Republican Party laid out a few stark facts and statistics that were meant to encourage the GOP to start treating minority voting blocs with a little more value and respect.
One of those stats is the share of the country’s population that Hispanics will possess in the future.
HINT: a lot.
“By 2050, the Hispanic share of the U.S. population could be as high as 29 percent, up from 17 percent now” and “The minority groups that President Obama carried with 80 percent of the vote in 2012 are on track to become a majority of the nation’s population by 2050.”
President George W. Bush used to say that “Family values don’t stop at the Rio Grande River.” This is something that Trump either doesn’t believe or doesn’t want to suggest because it would upend his harmful, divisive, and ignorant rhetoric.
He wants us to believe that the government of Mexico is sending its criminals here on purpose, that our leaders are “stupid”, and that we are in constant danger of being harmed—using the murder of Kate Steinle as a cudgel against those who would dare disagree with him. All of which are utterly laughable.
George W. Bush garnered 44% of the Hispanic vote in the 2004 election. Trump’s claims that he’ll come even remotely close to that in a general election are completely absurd.
His racist, ethnocentric language is unbecoming of a candidate for the highest office in the United States.
Then he topped that by insulting Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and a whole segment of military men and women—namely prisoners of war—in one fell swoop by saying they weren’t heroes.
Trump claimed that he was taken out of context (as many people who realize they have just said something so clearly wrong and stupid ultimately do if they refuse to apologize.)
Trump said that he clearly called McCain a war hero.
“He’s a war hero…”
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Wait. Roll back the tape. Let’s start from the beginning.
TRUMP: “He’s not a war hero.”
MODERATOR: “John McCain is a war hero! Five and a half years in a POW camp!”
TRUMP: “He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”
John McCain is the son and grandson of Navy admirals. He enlisted and served with distinction in the Vietnam War, something that can’t be said of Donald Trump since he filed four education related draft deferments (ironically, the same number of bankruptcies his businesses have filed for) and a medical deferment for a bone spur that he can’t remember which foot said bone spur was in.
McCain survived the USS Forrestal fire in 1967 only to be shot down and taken as a prisoner of war by the North Vietnamese later that year. He was kept prisoner until 1973 and was tortured repeatedly in the meantime. He refused an early release because he recognized its propaganda purposes and instead desired to sustain the morale of his fellow prisoners.
To this day, Senator McCain cannot lift his arms above his head due to the injuries he sustained. He can’t smile quite like you or me. Yet, he has served our country with distinction in the US Navy and the United States Senate. His character is unimpeachable.
The same cannot be said about Donald Trump.
Then there was the recent Republican debate held in Cleveland, Ohio. Quicken Loans arena—the home of the Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers and where LeBron James calls his basketball home—was filled to capacity.
No Republican has ever won the presidency without the state of Ohio.
Not once. Not ever.
The debate kicked off with a classic “Baier Trap” question from Fox News anchor Bret Baier.
“Is there anyone on stage, and can I see hands, who is unwilling tonight to pledge your support to the eventual nominee of the Republican Party and pledge to not run an independent campaign against that person.”
Trump was the only one to raise his hand and was vociferously booed by the capacity crowd in Cleveland. In case you thought that, perhaps, Trump brainfarted and forgot he was standing on a Republican debate stage…
BAIER: Mr. Trump to be clear, you’re standing on a Republican primary debate stage.
TRUMP: I fully understand.
BAIER: The place where the RNC will give the nominee the nod.
TRUMP: I fully understand.
An independent run by anyone with as much conservative support that Trump possesses would completely tank any chance of the Republican Party taking back the White House in 2016.
It would be the first time that a Democrat has won the White House immediately after two terms by a Democrat [excluding FDR who was elected to four terms and Truman because Truman had the opportunity to bolster a résumé using the remainder of FDR’s fourth term] since Martin Van Buren who succeeded Democrat Andrew Jackson’s two complete terms.
Martin Van Buren, folks. 1837. Let that sink in.
A vote for an independent candidacy ran by Donald Trump could logically be considered a vote for Hillary Clinton. In case, for some odd reason, you don’t believe me… read-up on the 1912 election.
I guess Trump supporters would have also been pretty fond of Woodrow Wilson.
This shouldn’t surprise anyone who knows how much money that Trump has donated to the Clintons and to other Democrats over the years. Not to mention the phone call he got from Bill Clinton before he announced his campaign this year or Hillary Clinton’s attendance at the last of his three weddings in 2005.
Unfortunately, Trump wasn’t done yet. He was grilled by the Fox News moderating team, especially by Fox News primetime anchor Megyn Kelly—someone who enjoys broad support by the GOP base—who, at one point, asked Trump how long he has been a Republican.
She also called him out for being a straight up misogynist.
KELLY: You’ve called women you don’t like “fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals.”
TRUMP: Only Rosie O’Donnell.
KELLY: No, it wasn’t.
Kelly went on to say, “You once told a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice it would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees. Does that sound to you like the temperament of a man we should elect as president…?”
Trump elected to spin and, instead, talked about how he believes that our biggest problem is that we’re politically correct.
“And frankly, what I say, and oftentimes it’s fun, it’s kidding…” then he said what can be seen as an ominous sign of things to come, “And honestly Megyn, if you don’t like it, I’m sorry. I’ve been very nice to you, although I could probably maybe not be, based on the way you have treated me.”
Trump spent most of the early morning hours after the debate on his Twitter account disparaging Kelly and even retweeted a person who called her a bimbo.
Then, in what could be characterized as a nail in the coffin of his campaign if it weren’t for all of the other nails that haven’t stuck, he said in an interview on CNN “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her — wherever.”
HE DIDN’T MEAN HER GENITALS. HE MEANT HER NOSE. YOU DEVIANT.
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To which all of the talented artists at DeviantArt responded, “Whoa. We want nothing to do with Donald Trump.”
If you end up voting for Donald Trump in your respective caucuses or primaries (if he’s in the running at that point) then you are voting for a virulent racist, ethnocentric, misogynist, and crony capitalist.
He doesn’t care about you or your problems. He cares about your obedience and your willingness to turn into a mindless drone that unceasingly refers to him as “Mr. Trump”.
Trump openly admitted on the debate stage in Cleveland to buying and selling politicians for his own personal gain.
He is part of the problem, not the solution.
He is a menace.
He is a poison.
He is not a Republican (moderate, conservative, or otherwise) in anyone’s imagination but his own, the imaginations of his supporters, and the box he decided to check on his voter registration form.
He is damaging the Republican Party. Perhaps, irreparably so.
If Trump doesn’t drop hard in the next two rounds of polls, the Republican Party may have to face an uncomfortable at best, and nightmarish at worst, reality that involves Donald Trump not dropping out of the race any time soon.
Which most likely means increasingly offensive and cringe-worthy statements that will make the GOP’s 2012 election autopsy look like a satire. Especially concerning Latinos and women.
Jeb Bush may have fashioned himself “Veto Corleone” as Governor of Florida, but Teflon Don might not be going anywhere for the foreseeable future.