I’m proud of Newt Gingrich. For a while there, I thought that he had either completely sold out his morals and values for the sake of political expediency or his previously demonstrated morals and values were fake. By denouncing Donald Trump’s ongoing attacks on “Mexican” Judge Gonzalo Curiel, Newt demonstrated what every Trump supporter and endorser should embrace: principles over demagoguery.
The fear of a Hillary Clinton Presidency has many Republicans and Independents jumping on the Trump bandwagon. As I’ve said in the past, I do not blame Trump’s lukewarm supporters even if I disagree with their choice (I’m a third-party conservative candidate or bust guy, not a Clinton supporter, FYI). Hillary is truly that bad.
Here’s the problem. It’s one thing to support Trump for President. It’s another thing to give him a free pass or even make excuses for him when he does something so clearly wrong, anti-Republican, and anti-American.
Judge Curiel was born in Indiana over six decades ago. He’s never expressed a negative opinion about Trump’s proposed wall at the border. The only thing he’s done is presided over a trial that involves Trump’s failed scam of a “university.” He isn’t bowing down to Trump’s lawyers and Trump is going to lose the trial. He’s lashing out the only way he knows how: by attacking something personal about his perceived foe.
Gingrich called him out on it.
“This is one of the worst mistakes Trump has made. I think it’s inexcusable,” Gingrich told Fox News Sunday. “He has every right to criticize a judge. He has every right to say certain decisions aren’t right and his attorneys can file to move the venue from the judge. But first of all this judge was born in Indiana. He is an American. Period.”
If Trump is to be President, he needs to change. Anyone who wants him to remain the same type of leader that he has been his whole life is one of three things:
- Delusional: If you do not recognize that his leadership and political skills are the exact opposite of what we need in a President, you’ve been oversold on his product.
- Uninformed: Trump has been successful in real estate (for which he was born into an empire) and entertainment (though most laugh at him rather than with him on his shows). In every other endeavor such as Trump Air, Trump Mortgage, Trump Network, the USFL, casinos, and dozens of other businesses that are easier than running the country, he’s failed miserably.
- Indifferent: Sadly, there is a small chunk of the population that doesn’t understand the ramifications of a Trump Presidency who are anxious to see him in office because… why not? The desire to try something different is fine, but when that something is almost certainly going to be a disaster for the nation and the world, it’s not something that one should view with complacency and a bucket of popcorn.
Too many publications, pundits, and even a handful of public figures are either ignoring or outright embracing Trump’s unwarranted and racist attacks on Judge Curiel. Newt stepped out and did the right thing. Will others do the same or are they too drunk on the pro-Trump/anti-Clinton Kool Aid?