Why doesn’t Donald Trump want the conservative vote?
The day after the RNC convention ended, a woman from California telephoned Trump’s biggest fanboy – Rush Limbaugh – to ask this question.
The caller’s point was validated by Trump’s speech the previous night: Trump courted millennial Sanders voters who want a free college education, the LGBTQ community, disheartened blacks and Hispanics who have suffered under Obama’s economic and cultural policies, patriots who are rightly concerned about our open borders and the coddling of potential terrorists disguised as refugees, working mothers who want free childcare, soon-to-be unemployed coal workers, even evangelicals.
The one group Trump did not court was conservatives. You remember them, the supposed base of the Republican party?
Limbaugh lost my respect earlier this year when he made it clear that Trump was his pick for the nomination and started his quiet campaign to slay Ted Cruz with a series of backhanded compliments, but Limbaugh’s response to the caller’s serious question was, I thought, both trite and smug: Limbaugh said simply that Trump had never been a conservative, that Limbaugh himself has repeatedly warned that Trump was not and is not a conservative, and that in order to be relevant in this most important election year, the unhappy caller and any like her should just suck it up and vote for the treasonous interloper come November.
Trump’s disdain for all things dear to conservatism has been painfully obvious, from his support for Planned Parenthood’s murders to his tacit approval of gay marriage and transgender bathroom rights, so I don my tinfoil hat once in a while to ponder if he really is a plant, created by the duplicitous Clintons with the full intent of handing her the election while simultaneously destroying the Republican party….
After the RNC convention, I was almost convinced that I could vote for Trump. His acceptance speech really did nothing to deter me from onerously considering that I could hold my nose – as I did in 2008 and 2012 – and vote for yet another lackluster and non-conservative Republican candidate.
But then Trump spoke the following day, attempting to savage Ted Cruz’s integrity with a pack of lies that no media outlet disclaimed – even Rush Limbaugh joined in and laughed at the brouhaha while he was telling his conservative caller to suck it, that she was stuck with Trump.
I believe Ted Cruz’s integrity is the thing that has stoked Trump’s contempt for conservatism. While Trump’s New-York values give rise to many of his stances on the issues, Ted Cruz stands as the antithesis of Donald Trump. Cruz refuses to compromise his principles, while Trump has spent his life saying one thing and eventually doing another. Trump brags about his ability to compromise, touting it as one of the things that will make a Trump presidency so tremendous, so beautiful, so freaking yuge. Ted Cruz has remained true to conservatism throughout his tenure in the Senate, despite the contempt of his colleagues, and assiduously did the same in the presidential campaign.
While Donald Trump’s well-spoken and obviously well-raised children were describing their father as kind, generous and honest, I was struck by the juxtaposition of their characterizations and the actual behavior and speech of that same man during the primaries and even after he accepted the nomination. He’s not just a sore loser; Trump is an ungracious winner. And a liar, to boot.
Trump’s braggadocio and relentless malicious mouth, while appealing to the baser instincts of formerly decent Americans, likely won’t be considered qualities to admire or be emulated on the world stage. And his recently revealed evil plan to privately fund super-PACs to quell Ted Cruz and John Kasich’s future efforts to ever be elected to public office reveal what kind of man Donald Trump truly is when he’s not in front of a camera.
Trump is just as vindictive and hateful a liar as Hillary Clinton – he just happens to claim (every other day) that he wants to close our borders to national threats and restore America’s place as a leader in the world. Like Clinton, Trump does not value the life of the unborn, he does not believe that traditional families are more effective at raising children, nor does he believe that your daughters will be safer in a public restroom absent any meshuga men dressed as women. Trump also acclaims and salivates over the unconstitutional breach by executive order that our current president utilizes to thwart Congress and the will of the people. True conservatism vexes Trump, so he attacks the stalwart conservative.
I was torn about whether to hold my nose and vote for Trump this fall because a Hillary Clinton presidency scares the pants off me. But Trump’s mean-spirited lies and cheap theatricality got me back on the right track. A man who is threatened by the existence and values of a good and honest man like Ted Cruz – and others who believe in conservative values – is just as sinister as Hillary Clinton.
So here I am, back in the fold of rational, decent conservatives as we are ejected from the Republican party. I will write in Ted Cruz’s name in November.
Despite the convincing con job by Trump’s children, I remain #NeverTrump.