For conservatives who support Donald Trump for President, there have been three prevailing arguments about why they can look past his many liberal policy proposals and embrace the alleged billionaire. The first is illegal immigration, particularly Hispanics who have crossed the southern border. The second is Muslim entry into the country. The third is the notion that Hillary Clinton must be defeated and an alternative candidate to Trump is untenable.
The last one is partially debatable on two fronts. First, it can be argued that Clinton, with all of her liberal policy proposals, isn’t much more liberal than Trump on most issues and may be a steadier hand. I don’t buy into that notion at all, but I do believe that a third party conservative or a coup at the convention would be better than a Trump nomination.
The other two conservative reasons to vote for Trump are quickly fading away. It’s not Clinton nor the media that are hurting him. It’s Trump himself:
https://t.co/y1bbKPFxdB The more I hear Trump speak & read his statements on policy – the inconsistencies & lack of cogency are stunning
— Dennis P. Duquette (@dpduq) June 26, 2016
Let’s look at the three alarming points from this article.
Walking back the Muslim ban
His stance that all Muslims (save for a handful of exceptions) should be blocked from entering the country until we can figure out how to vet them was arguably the most compelling case he’s made throughout the campaign. It makes sense to a lot of Americans and every time there’s a major attack in the U.S. or anywhere in the western world, support for this idea goes up.
Suddenly, he’s not as strong on his ban. He isn’t just walking it back from “all Muslims” to “terror countries.” He’s now walking back the ban itself by adding the caveat “unless they’re very, very strongly vetted.”
Why is he now backing down? Why is he changing his tune so dramatically? More importantly, why aren’t those who defended this perspective speaking out?
As many have predicted, he is making his sharp veer to the left. By the time the election rolls around, his “ban” will be replaced by “we need to improve our vetting process so that terrorists can’t get in.”
Isn’t that what even the Democrats are saying?
Walking back mass deportations
June 2016 Trump is very different from the Trump who was still running against Ted Cruz in May. Remember when he talked about a “deportation force?” Remember when he said that every illegal immigrant needed to be deported and then he’d let the “good ones” back in? Let’s put aside for now that his version of touchback amnesty is actually worse than Gang of Eight amnesty because it would yield the same results while being much more expensive. Instead, let’s look at how his tune has changed on deportation in general.
“President Obama has mass deported vast numbers of people — the most ever, and it’s never reported. I think people are going to find that I have not only the best policies, but I will have the biggest heart of anybody,” Trump said.
Wait, what? Is he now saying that Obama deported TOO MANY people? He has called for mass deportations in the past and conservatives have embraced the idea. Now, he’s saying that “I would not call it mass deportation.”
A week ago, it would have been impossible to believe that Trump would want to deport at a lower rate than President Obama. Now, he’s telling the world he wants to prove that he has “the biggest heart of anybody.”
If you’re a conservative Trump supporter and the alarm bells aren’t going off at this point, you’re so drunk on the Kool-Aid that the alarms bells are broken. He’s been a liberal for six decades. He’s a liberal today, but he needed to act a little conservative to win the nomination. Now that he has it, it’s time for him to reveal his true colors, which he’s doing very nicely.
You, my foolish friends, have nominated a Democrat to be your savior.
Trump, the globalist
Brexit was a good omen for Trump, right? The current Trump is all about “America first” and has embraced the Brexit vote as proof that he’s on target. Unfortunately, that is the exact opposite of what he thought just three years ago.
Shocker! Trump was vehemently in favor of EU & no borders before he was against them (if doing so helps Turnberry)! https://t.co/4k9T8IxuiS
— John Ziegler (@Zigmanfreud) June 26, 2016
Trump wanted national borders dissolved. Seriously. We’re not talking about 80s Trump or 90s Trump. We’re talking about 2013 Trump.
“We will have to leave borders behind and go for global unity when it comes to financial stability,” Trump wrote — 1,250 days ago.
“The future of Europe, as well as the United States, depends on a cohesive global economy.” Trump declared. “All of us must work toward together toward that very significant common goal.”
Describing Europe as a “dense, colorful” “tapestry,” Trump also expressed his belief that “the global economy has become truly that — global.”
“We are now closer to having an economic community in the best sense of the term — we work with each other for the benefit of all,” Trump explained.
To anyone other than a Constitutional conservative, this might actually sound like a good idea. To those of us who realize that what he’s describing is a world that is to the left of President Obama’s or Hillary Clinton’s perspective, it’s terrifying.
We know that Trump is lurching hard to the left on immigration and banning Muslims. We know that he pushed for open borders and a global economy three years ago. Will his current leftward shift make him reveal that he’s the biggest globalist of any major American Presidential candidate in history? By November, the answer to that question will be “yes” and it will be too late for anyone to do anything about it. Today, we still have an opportunity.