You can tell a Trump supporter, but you can't tell them anything.
No truer statement can be made regarding this year's presidential election cycle. There are two reasons for this. Yeah, they're angry - and rightfully so; angry at a political system which fosters a climate of back scratching and deal making based on corporate donors who want something in return for their investments. Angry at GOP leaders who won't stand up for their previously stated principles. Angry at a GOP leadership who fold faster than a cheap lawn chair.
They have a right to be angry.
But their really more afraid than angry, and it's that fear that is making their choices this election cycle so irrational. They're so afraid of a Hillary Clinton presidency that they are willing to buy into the irrational banter of a con-artist real estate mogul who doesn't know the first thing about governing instead of three remaining choices who do. Most decisions in life made out of fear do not go well, and voting for Trump falls into that category.
Thursday night's debate exposed Donald Trump for who he really is - an out of touch megalomaniac. How else would you categorize his condoning of torture (and doubling down n it by saying he do more of it). How else would you explain away his answer on what his military would do if given an unlawful order ("I'm a leader, and people would follow my orders without question"). Hint to Donald - I guess you've never served in the military (I did), and we who took our oaths swore to defend the Constitution - NOT the President of the United States - and we have every right AND A DUTY to disobey an order from any superior if we deem it unlawful.
His refusal to release the tape of his "off the record" New York Times interview is laughable. Off the record is intended to protect the person being interviewed - not the New York Times. Trump has but to say the word, and that interview could be released, but he's hiding behind the "off the record" nature of the interview because he knows that his publicly stated campaign slogans of building a wall and deporting 12 million illegals are just that - campaign slogans. He's playing you immigration Nazis for suckers, and would throw you under the bus if he ever did get elected.
His refusal to release already audited tax returns from years past shows he hiding something.
When shown that his numbers didn't add up as far as saving money to reduce the budget deficit, he couldn't address a single, solitary item. NOT ONE.
He boasts that a CNN poll shows him winning 49% of Republican voters, but dismisses the same poll that shows him losing badly to Hillary Clinton. How can one poll be so accurate, yet be so inaccurate, Donald?
Fear is driving stupidity in 2016. Everybody is so quick to label this person or that person as an "outsider" or an "establishment" candidate, but nobody can defend their labeling if pressed for specifics.
There are three scenarios I see for this fall's GOP convention.
1. GOP primary voters do not wise up, Trump gets enough delegates to win on the first ballot, the GOP is euphoric for about a month and a half, and then is depressed for the next 4 years as they watch a Clinton presidency unfold.
2. GOP primary voters wise up, but nobody has enough votes to win on the first ballot. A brokered convention ensues where one of the other non-Trump candidates pools their delegates and becomes the nominee. Cruz might win a close contest against Hillary, but the smart choice would be Rubio, as he is more likable and has more views in line with American general election voters (as in immigration reform). Being the first Latino-American President wouldn't hurt his chances, either.
3. A brokered convention leads to the nomination of someone outside of the primary process. The GOP loses the general election, and the party explodes into separate factions. In the long run, this is a better solution, as the GOP has been run by a local cabal of social conservative factions for too long now - people who are well-meaning, but who are out of touch with the modern world. They want small government, except when it comes to sexual practices. They form their own party, and the muddied middle forms their own, attracting those on the Democrat side who no longer wish to be part of the rabid left fiscal policies.
But either way, this fall doesn't look good for GOP voters if they don't wise up in the next few weeks. All because they bought into the con-artist known as Donald J. Trump.
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