Bob Dole, renowned for being a loser in a presidential race, had this to say yesterday:
Bob Dole, the former Kansas senator and 1996 Republican presidential nominee, has never been fond of Senator Ted Cruz of Texas. But in an interview Wednesday, Mr. Dole said that the party would suffer “cataclysmic” and “wholesale losses” if Mr. Cruz was the nominee, and that Donald J. Trump would fare better.
“I question his allegiance to the party,” Mr. Dole said of Mr. Cruz. “I don’t know how often you’ve heard him say the word ‘Republican’ — not very often.” Instead, Mr. Cruz uses the word “conservative,” Mr. Dole said, before offering up a different word for Mr. Cruz: “extremist.”
“I don’t know how he’s going to deal with Congress,” he said. “Nobody likes him.”
But Mr. Dole said he thought Mr. Trump could “probably work with Congress, because he’s, you know, he’s got the right personality and he’s kind of a deal-maker.”
As if to seal the establishment’s support for Trump, Trent Lott too said he would prefer Trump to Cruz.
Meanwhile, let’s talk about the fraud that is Sarah Palin. She’s the woman who was catapulted to fame by being chosen for a potential VP slot by John McCain, a former POW. Trump is the guy who once mocked McCain by saying: “I like people who weren’t captured.” So the fraud Palin yesterday described Trump as someone who would be a “commander in chief who will respect them and honor them.”
Finally, the man himself flat-out lies, and outrageously so, about Ted Cruz — claiming that Cruz’s alleged cover-up of a loan that Cruz actually disclosed publicly is worse than Hillary’s potentially criminal activity.
It’s enough to make sane people scream.
You might have noticed (or maybe you didn’t) that I didn’t blog about Donald Trump in December 2015 — or indeed so far in January 2016. My reasoning was that Donald Trump is dangerous to the Republican Party, to conservatism, and to this country — and yet he keeps gaining media attention. I thought that, in my own small way, I would register a protest, by not blogging about him at all.
But with the clown show that was the Palin speech, followed by Dole’s and Trent Lott’s boobery, I think it’s high time I made a stand here. Just in case, somehow, I haven’t been clear in my numerous previous tweets and posts denouncing this horrible, awful man.
Now, I don’t want to get off on a rant here . . .
. . . .but people who actually support Donald Trump are Exhibit A in why democracy is a terrible way to run things.
I no longer really think I can change any minds with this blog. This is not about persuading Trump supporters. They are impervious to reason and not persuadable. Of anything.
No, this is all about saying “I told you so.” And here’s what I told you — not just last year, constantly, which I did, and you can check the record — but right here, right now, on January 21, 2016. I could write a book about what a narcissistic, nasty, self-absorbed, vapid, shallow, statist, Constitution-stomping prick Donald Trump is. But let’s just consider two issues — just two! — that should be near and dear to the hearts of anyone who cares about liberty: his love of dictators and hatred of free speech.
TRUMP LOVES DICTATORS
First, Donald Trump loves him some dictators.
I know this is old news, but I think Trump’s view on various strongmen around the world is . . . instructive.
Donald Trump, from a 1990 Playboy interview, on China’s crackdown on the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989, killing hundreds or thousands of pro-democracy activists:
What were your other impressions of the Soviet Union?
I was very unimpressed. Their system is a disaster. What you will see there soon is a revolution; the signs are all there with the demonstrations and picketing. Russia is out of control and the leadership knows it. That’s my problem with Gorbachev. Not a firm enough hand.
You mean firm hand as in China?
When the students poured into Tiananmen Square, the Chinese government almost blew it. Then they were vicious, they were horrible, but they put it down with strength. That shows you the power of strength. Our country is right now perceived as weak … as being spit on by the rest of the world–
Donald Trump on Kim Jong-Un, leader of a country with no free speech and internment camps for political prisoners.
You gotta give him credit. . . .
How many young guys — he was like 26 or 25 when his father died — take over these tough generals, and all of a sudden … he goes in, he takes over, and he’s the boss . . . It’s incredible. He wiped out the uncle, he wiped out this one, that one. I mean this guy doesn’t play games.
To be fair, Trump did call Kim Jong-Un a “maniac.” But he has also called Ted Cruz a “maniac.”
Then there’s Trump on Vladimir Putin. You all remember this one, right?
“Well, also he’s a person that kills journalists and political opponents and invades countries,” said Scarborough. “That would be a concern, would it not?”
Trump replied by taking a shot at President Obama. “He’s running his country and at least he’s a leader, unlike what we have in this country,” he said.
When Scarborough pushed again, arguing that Putin “kills journalist[s] that don’t agree with him,” Trump didn’t budge.
“Well, I think our country does plenty of killing also, Joe,” Trump said. “You know, there’s a lot of stuff going on in the world right now, Joe. A lot of killing going on and a lot of stupidity.”
Donald Trump has told us what kind of leader he admires, and it’s strongmen. Donald Trump is not concerned about these leaders’ atrocities. If you ask him enough times, you can get him to give lip service to the idea that their atrocities should be condemned — if you can get him to acknowledge the atrocities in the first place. If they stroke his massive ego, he’ll question whether they actually occurred to begin with, just as one of their active supporters would.
I’m not saying that Donald Trump is Putin, or Stalin, or Hitler. But the same ugly emotions that caused the rise of such people are part of human nature, and part of Trump’s success. The people of the Soviet Union supported Stalin. The people of Italy supported Mussolini. And the people of Germany supported Hitler. And people are the same everywhere.
Again, none of this is news. It’s just enough to make you want to grab Trump supporters by the lapels and scream: WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU THINKING?
TRUMP LOVES THREATENING TRUTHFUL SPEECH WITH LAWSUITS
The Washington Post just ran a story about how Trump is a crap businessman. Which he was. Four bankruptcies. How did the Donald reply when the Post asked him for comment?
Trump vehemently denied that the deal represented a personal failing or affected his personal wealth.
“This was not personal. This was a corporate deal,” he said. “If you write this one, I’m suing you.”
And this was hardly an isolated incident. He threatened to sue a T-shirt company for making fun of him.
He even threatened to sue John Kasich “just for fun”:
Watch Kasich squirm — if he is not truthful in his negative ads I will sue him just for fun!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 20, 2015
But the best was when he threatened to sue Jeb Bush’s PAC, because of the super-awesome letter the lawyer sent him in response:
In addition, although RTR has no plans to produce any advertisements against your client, we are intrigued (but not surprised) by your continued efforts to silence critics of your client’s campaign by employing litigious threats and bullying. Should your client actually be elected Commander-in-Chief, will you be the one writing the cease and desist letters to Vladimir Putin, or will that be handled by outside counsel? As a candidate for President, your client is a public figure and his campaign should, and will, be fact-checked. The ability to criticize a candidate’s record, policies and matters of public importance lies at the heart of the First Amendment, as courts have repeatedly recognized. If you have the time between bankruptcy filings and editing reality show contracts, we urge you to flip through the Supreme Court’s decision in New York Times v. Sullivan. If your client is so thin-skinned that he cannot handle his critics’ presentation of his own public statements, policies and record to the voting public, and if such communications hurts his feelings, he is welcome to purchase airtime to defend his record. After all, a wall can be built around many things, but not around the First Amendment.
As the target of several frivolous lawsuits, I can tell you that I have nothing but contempt for people who bring them or even threaten them.
BUT HE WOULD BE GREAT ON IMMIGRATION!
Well . . .
We all know that Trump criticized Romney for being too mean to illegals. He called Romney’s plan of self-deportation “maniacal.” Like Cruz the maniac, or Kim Jong-Un, the wacky and incredible maniac to whom “you gotta give credit.”
Meanwhile, a 2013 tweet emerged today that showed Trump was recently willing to support amnesty:
Congress must protect our borders first. Amnesty should be done only if the border is secure and illegal immigration has stopped.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 29, 2013
Not that anything this guy has ever said matters to the buffoons who support him.
Donald Trump has told you what kind of President he would be. I won’t be a part of it, and I have lost respect for anyone who would.
Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
UPDATE: Interesting that I was driven to publish this post on the morning of the same day that National Review released its manifesto against Trump. Here is Charles C.W. Cooke’s entry: Against Trump.