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Bully Boy Trump!

The bully, Donald Trump, proved himself just a bloviating boy. In the end, bullies usually do.

David French related two key moments in the Houston debate.

Bull Boy Trump

First, The Donald insisted that Rubio “Be quiet. Just be quiet.” Why? Trump fears the truth, especially about himself.

As French put it, “An alpha male commands respect; a bully tries to rule by fear. But when no one is actually afraid, the bully looks foolish. When the bully demands silence but instead receives a sarcastic retort, he reveals that that his ‘strength’ was a mirage.”

George Will puts it this way: “Like all bullies, Trump is a coward, and like all those who feel the need to boast about being strong and tough, he is neither.”

Second, The Donald insisted that Cruz apologize. Why? Trump wants the truth, especially about himself, to go away. Trump wants to suppress the truth! Intimidation is his primary tactic to achieve that end.

French noted, “Once again, the bully made his demand, this time for an apology. Cruz refused to comply, and went on to make exactly the right point: that Trump would be the Democrats’ best ‘Republican’ friend.”

Rubio correctly characterized Trump as a “con artist,” a truth many have heralded since before Trump launched his presidential campaign. Cruz astutely noted that Trump cares nothing for the Constitution and would be a Barack Obama in whiteface.

As I and others have pointed out before, Trump is a braggart and a bully who holds neither conservative principles nor a Christian ethos. Jonah Goldberg argues, “His cheap macho posturing and boasting is simply tacky.”

Trump is, as Andrew McCarthy describes, “a fraud – a liberal Democrat posing as the Republican savior.” Transfixed by Trump, some people still “blindly worship” him as their “Savior”!

McCarthy outlines, on issue after issue, the fraudulent nature of Trump’s politics, persona, and character.

It is important to stress Trump’s own purported self-image, concocted for the moment, to garner votes. After the Houston debate, he claimed, “I’m a strong Christian.” On another occasion, he claimed, “nobody reads the Bible more than me.” Goldberg noted, “Either Donald Trump believes what he said, or he doesn’t. If he does believe this, he’s sufficiently delusional to disqualify himself for public office. If he doesn’t believe this, he thinks his conservative Christian supporters are morons.”

Trump also alleges, “I’m very conservative,” adding, “I’m the most conservative person in the world” on a host of issues. Even New York Magazine called him out on that one.

But Trump is following in the footsteps of his consigliere, Ann Coulter, who regards herself as both an exemplary conservative and extraordinary Christian. Coulter boasts, “I’m like the conservative ayatollah” and “I’m an extraordinarily good Christian.”

As an example of her good judgment and proof of her conservative and Christian credentials, Coulter said that she would actually marry Trump if he were available. Maybe they should (after his fourth divorce). They are made for each other.

Trump’s Phony Wall

Donald Trump’s signature issue is immigration and border security. On that issue (as on most issues), he is a fraud!

Trump promises to build a yuuge wall – with a big door!

Trump promises to deport all illegal aliens – and bring them back!

Phony wall

Yuuge Wall with an Open Door

The centerpiece of Trump’s immigration policy (and the major plank of his platform) is building a wall. In his words, “I will build a great, great wall on our southern border and I will have Mexico pay for that wall.”

An exuberant Ann Coulter, Trump’s greatest supporter, has introduced him at several rallies. Coulter gushed, “I love the idea of the Great Wall of Trump. I want to have a two drink minimum. Make it a big worldwide tourist attraction and everyday live drone shows whenever anyone tries to cross the border.”[1]

But will the Great Wall of Trump ever come to pass?

But let’s not forget the fine print. Trump added, “I don’t mind having a big, fat beautiful door right in that wall so that people can come into this country legally.”

That’s right, a great, great wall with a big, fat door. Border security with a sieve.

The Donald’s son, Eric Trump, explained the purpose of that door: “ The point isn’t just deporting them, it’s deporting them and letting them back in legally. He’s been so clear about that and I know the liberal media wants to misconstrue it, but it’s deporting them and letting them back legally.

Ironically, as reported by Ed Straker, “ it was Cruz, not Trump, who first pushed a border fence not just with rhetoric, but with legislation, and it was Trump who started talking about the need for a border fence after Cruz started pushing for it. Because up to then, Trump was a pro-amnesty liberal democrat.”

Touchback Deportation & Amnesty

Inextricably intertwined with Trump’s monumental, Eighth Wonder of the World, wall is his policy on immigration – what the wall will secure Americans against. Having a “great, great wall” with a “big, fat beautiful door” kind of defeats the purpose of the wall in the first place.

Trump repeatedly promises to deport massive numbers of illegal immigrants – and to let the good ones return. Amnesty has been his position since at least August 2013, when he tweeted: “Congress must protect our borders first. Amnesty should be done only if the border is secure and illegal immigration has stopped.”

Yes, Trump actually used the verboten word “amnesty.” (Don’t tell Ann Coulter. She just might get upset. Why? She loves Trump,[2] asserting that he is the only candidate opposed to amnesty.[3])

But Trump endorses amnesty. He said, “I would get people out and then have an expedited way of getting them back into the country so they can be legal…. I want to move ’em out, and we’re going to move ’em back in and let them be legal.”

 That’s right. Trump wants to expedite the process for illegal aliens to become legal in America. He reiterated his views, saying, “I would expedite [the process], because some of these people (illegal aliens) are fantastic people. … So what I’d do is that I would expedite it. … I want to expedite it so they can come back in legally.”

Cruz, on the other hand, fully opposes amnesty: “My position is very simple. I oppose amnesty. I oppose citizenship. I oppose legalization … Today, tomorrow, forever. I believe in the rule of law.”

Trump, and his shill Coulter, continually castigate Marco Rubio for his participation in the Gang of Eight bill, neglecting to mention Trump’s own support of that very same bill by financing its sponsors! As reported by Red State, Trump “proposes roughly the same wall that was already put forth in the Gang of 8 bill (roughly 1,000 miles).”

Moreover, Trump is not the restrictionist Coulter imagines. Though he has spoken out against H-1B visas, Trump has “sought to import at least 1,100 foreign workers on temporary visas since 2000.”

It is not surprising that a large percentage of Nevadan Hispanics voted for Trump, given his pro-amnesty views and his history of hiring illegal aliens to cater to his personal and professional needs. Trump admits, “You know, the truth is I have a lot of illegals working for me in Miami.”

Trump employs illegal aliens at the expense of American workers. If Trump will not build a figurative wall around his business enterprises to protect American workers, why should we believe he will build an actual wall along our southern border to defend American sovereignty?

Red State also reported that, “in 1991, a judge found that Trump has conspired with business associates to hire illegal workers and cheat them of their pay.”

Trump also favors accepting Syrian refugees, insisting, “I hate the concept of it, but on a humanitarian basis, you have to [because] it’s living in hell in Syria. There’s no question about it. They’re living in hell, and something has to be done.”

Yes, the Great Wall of Trump is a mirage, one worthy of a Las Vegas casino.

Update: See Ian Tuttle’s excellent analysis of Trump’s “flexible” immigration and H-1B visa policies. David French explores the lunacy of believing anything Trump promises about anything – particularly immigration.

Update: Andrew McCarthy delved deeply into Trump’s “plan” to build a wall, demonstrating how nonsensical, anti-Constitutional, and authoritarian it really is.

Endnotes:

[1]               Ann Coulter, speech introducing Donald Trump, Dubuque, IA, 8/25/15.

[2]               See “Meet Ann Coulter’s Savior” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-bM.

[3]               See “Coulter Hates All GOP Candidates But Trump” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-bj.

Burning Down Your Own House

David French’s headline is prescient: “‘Burn It All Down’ Is Not the Answer, Trump Fans.”

Have Americans lost the American spirit? Have Christians forsaken their faith? Have Conservatives abandoned their principles?

Burning Down Own House

In his column, French pointed out the obvious – at least obvious to those whose reason has not been replaced by irrational anger: It is far easier to destroy than to build. America’s Founders built America. The American experience is one of building and creating, not burning and destroying.

A strikingly high percentage of even evangelical voters are siding with Trump, not because they approve of his policies or his character, but out of pique at both political parties.

But is destroying the GOP without a replacement truly Christian, Conservative, or American?

French observes (emphasis added):

“As the evidence mounts that Trump isn’t exactly channeling justifiable conservative (or even populist) anger for constructive ends, Trump’s fans have found themselves reduced to a single argument in his defense: Even if he’s wrong on substance and they reject his personal values, at least he’ll ‘burn it all down.’ He’ll wreck the broken system and destroy a failed party.

But French does the unthinkable! He actually resorts to history, logic, and principles!

French responds to this destructive ethos pervading American culture and politics, writing, “Yet it’s hard to think of an answer more antithetical to the spirit of the American Revolution and our Constitution than ‘burn it all down.’” French notes that the American colonists, Founding Fathers, and Framers of the Constitution faced “a crisis far graver than the crises we face today,” and, instead of pursuing destructive goals, built a great nation.

French warns, “The torch and pitchfork, meanwhile, are instruments of the French revolutionary, of the nihilist who lives only to take revenge on his enemies, with a will to power but no interest in justice.” He adds, “’burn, baby, burn’ is the language of the Left.”

Plato referred to this as “canvas cleansing” with the idea being to destroy everything and then create a utopia from scratch. (It never works. Ask the victims of any socialist regime in history.)

The vapidity of Trump supporters who seek to bring down the Republican Old Guard is countered by French with lucidity (emphasis added):

“Replace men who surrender to Planned Parenthood with a man who embraces Planned Parenthood? Replace men who supported a path to legalization with a man who supports amnesty? Replace men who failed to stop Obamacare with a man who embraces single-payer health care? Nominate a man who believes in Iraq War conspiracy theories to confront the party that spawned those theories? Meet the new boss. He’ll be the same as the old.”

French cautions (emphasis added), “An American revolution isn’t a temper tantrum. It’s hard work. It’s anger channeled into virtue. Trump represents anger stripped of virtue. He will burn the GOP, but what will he build in its place?

Trump’s ascent – in a nation which opposes his New York values and desires people of character and integrity – is shocking!

We must eschew the “torch and pitchfork” and, instead, have faith in our principles and our God, championing people of character and integrity who love God, love our Country, and love the Constitution!

Trump’s Path to Defeat

Ted Cruz[1] trounced Donald “I Am A Winner” Trump in Iowa last night. Even Marco Rubio almost routed Trump. The Donald’s inevitability and invincibility proved to be ephemeral narratives. (Donald and Hillary are oh so similar!)[2]

Defeat

It is easy to see Trump’s path to defeat: Iowa – loss to Cruz (and, almost, Rubio); New Hampshire – loss to Rubio (or, perhaps, Cruz); South Carolina – loss to Cruz.(or, perhaps, Rubio); Nevada – loss to Cruz (or, perhaps, Rubio).

What kind of bounces will Cruz and Rubio get from their yuuge victories over Trump in Iowa? (Rubio had a massive expectations victory over the vainglorious Trump.)

How will Trump’s ego-bursting defeat in Iowa change his campaign and message? He will necessarily attack Rubio to court the moderate vote in New Hampshire. (But Cruz still poses a distinct threat to his ascendancy to the throne, er, presidency. A strong showing by Cruz in the “Live Free or Die” State will strike fear in Trump’s heart.)

Trump’s unfamiliarity with Christian beliefs and practices will augur ill in South Carolina.

Even Nevada can become problematic for the “I Am A Winner” candidate if his inevitable victories turn into disastrous defeats.

Will Trump still try to bully his way into the Oval Office?[3] (Can a leopard change its spots?)

We can expect Trump to push the bogus birther hoax[4] whenever he feels threatened by Cruz.

Will Trump supplement his own “hope and change[5] message with specific policy positions? Can he, at this late stage, prove his conservative credentials?[6] Appealing to patriotism is not enough.[7] An understanding of America’s history, our Constitution, our Christian heritage,[8] and the world around us is essential. These Trump lacks.

Trump is only the latest billionaire trying to buy himself into the White House, but the American people are far too smart for him.

Endnotes:

[1]               See “CPAC: Ted Cruz in Control” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-8b.

[2]               See “HRC: A Caricature of the Left” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-94.

[3]               See “How to Talk to a Bully (if you must)” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-cY.

[4]               See “Birther Coulter Births More Lies” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-bI.

[5]               See “’Hope & Change,’ and Other Orwellian Clichés” at http://t.co/v6fgItffhm.

[6]               See “Coulter’s Latest RINO Would Give Democrats Victory” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-8t.

[7]               See “Reclaiming America!” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-9V.

[8]               See “CPAC: America’s Christian Heritage Denied” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-8E.