Donald Trump keeps demonstrating, day after day, why patriotic conservatives need to distance themselves from his campaign. I remember my grandmother telling me, “You are judged by the company you keep.” And why not? Why would a normal, sentient person wish to be around a bully who cares nothing for our laws or our Constitution, whose character, by his own admission, is fine with adultery, buying influence, abusing the laws meant to protect the public, insulting other Americans gratuitously, and in general behaving with all the decorum and class of a spoiled 6-year-old?
There is nothing in this that is random. Trump, thought by many to be a Democrat plant by virtue of his entire past life and current behavior and the backlash it is sowing, has been role-playing as an advocate of the 2nd Amendment. He took an opportunity this week to “lash out” at Hillary Clinton because she might confiscate our guns and abolish our 2nd Amendment rights. In the process, he has given the gun-control advocates more than they need to double down on their demands to curtail our historic right to bear arms.
Here is his brilliant comment (or joke) in all its nearly unintelligible and characteristically bobbled English: “. . . if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the 2nd Amendment people, maybe there is, I dunno…” – delivered with the usual smug, closed eyes and Trump smirk.
What exactly did he mean by that? Of course, his team of “advisers” went to work when the emergency siren sounded on this, patching up a narrative that he intended these “2nd Amendment people” were great at uniting and working politically to avert abridgment of their Bill of Rights. Lame. Of course, they are great at uniting. They have been voting all along – which is why we still have our 2nd Amendment. There has never been a question of their “uniting.” That wasn’t the message he was sending (wink, wink). He obviously, albeit tongue-in-cheek (if we were to give him the benefit of the doubt), meant something more dramatic than a few gun owners getting together in a hall to sign petitions and vote. Nothing could have been more calculated to demolish these rights.
In one minute he has characterized American gun owners as killers (again, wink, wink). The NRA ought to immediately disavow him and run – not walk – away before some nut acts on the pseudo-humorous suggestion or innuendo of Trump.
Trump is not going to win. In fact, he almost suggests he can win only over the dead body of his opponent. The time to leave Trump is now, before it is too late. Once an incident takes place it will be. There is no downside to abandoning Trump now. He can’t win. He can only take down those who cling to his candidacy. The danger of being held responsible for crazy people acting out far outweighs any danger of a Hillary presidency anyway. Should anything like this happen, and it easily could, the NRA and all other gun rights advocates will get the full force of blame for it. End of story.
So what was the point of this supposed gaffe? Just needed one for the day? Or more? Trump has a history of support for gun-grabbing. Even during this campaign, while playing the part of the last best hope of dying conservatism, he was still advocating a ban on semi-automatic weapons and agreeing with Obama’s “no-fly list” restrictions. The latter is only a backdoor to seizing anyone’s guns the authorities want. If that becomes law no one even knows he is on a no-fly list until he tries to fly or buy a gun. In fact, no proof of any design against America or Americans, or anyone else, is necessary – just some bureaucrat’s “hunch” or misidentification.
Tom McClintock found himself on such a list, to his surprise, when he attempted to travel on a commercial flight. It turned out that someone connected to – or suspected of being connected to – the IRA has the same name. He’s considered a “terrorist.” So, Tom McClintock, a United States congressman, cannot fly under his name. He also could not sort it out with the people who run security.
We can accept that Donald Trump is not a gun rights advocate. So what was up with his stupid remark? Just off-hand buffoonery? Or something more calculated?
This morning I turned on a local radio talk show just in time to hear a caller responding to the story: “Well, if someone were to shoot Hillary you won’t find me crying about it.” The host was mildly admonishing (he was, himself, early in the bag for Trump). But, the point was made. And the point? That this kind of irresponsible and stupid reaction is typical of Trumpers. It is tailor-made to call out the dogs on gun ownership, as well as rekindle the whole “2nd Amendment is dangerous and outmoded in 2016” discussion in Congress and in a media eager to clamp down on this historic right of Americans to own and bear arms.
What happens if someone actually quits talking and acts out? As utterly toxic as this man is to everyone who is anywhere near him, he is especially toxic to the NRA now.
Watch in days to come as the forces gather again to battle our Bill of Rights. Those of you out there who have been clinging to this frayed hope of deluded conservatism or Americanism or populism or whatever it is that is moving this load of bull along need to stop talking nonsense. Step back and take a good, long look at the man you are beating us up to vote for.
If you still cherish the pathetic hope that Donald Trump is for your rights, forget it now. He has already told us what he thinks of the 1st Amendment; he wants to rewrite the libel laws to protect himself. Now we know his real agenda with regard to the 2nd Amendment. Like Mark Antony at Rome’s Forum, he is playing you like his Roman countrymen.
The wisest move for any Republican or conservative who believes they have a future contribution to make needs to walk away now and never look back. Because associating with a demagogue as destructive as this to avoid a Hillary Clinton presidency is true folly. If we wanted that, we needed to support the one man who, had he been the candidate, would today have been taking Hillary to task on a daily basis. Instead, we have a guy who not only passed on the chance to point out Mr. Mateen’s prominent place on Hillary’s dais, but rather went on to appear to be deputizing his opponent’s assassins. How long can otherwise decent people stand with him and try to explain away his outrageous and disgusting remarks? Ted Cruz is looking smarter by the second.