Remember all those tin hat crazies, the Cruz supporters who were warning you that Trump was running to help elect a troubled Hillary Clinton for President this year? The signs are all pointing that way.
How did this get started?
Trump has been a regular and very generous mega contributor to every far-left Democrat extremist in government – Pelosi, Schumer, Reid, numerous lesser-known politicians, and, of course, his dear friends Bill and Hillary Clinton to whose corrupt foundation he gave $100,000.00 just to get Hillary to attend his third wedding. And that’s just for starters.
He met with Bill Clinton on the eve of declaring his candidacy who advised him to go for it, knowing that his wife was planning to finally have her run on the other ticket. Since that decision he has spent the primary season in low-level personal attacks on every Republican on the debate stage – never focusing on issues, but making little-boy attacks on each of them (“Little Marco”, for example).
Trump left issues behind to liken Ben Carson to a child molester. He attacked Carly Fiorina because in his opinion she was unattractive (“who would want to look at that face for eight years”). His outrageous personal attacks were unpresidential, but apparently highly entertaining to the cockfight audience he was playing to. They also responded to his allegations that Cruz’s father was somehow mysteriously connected to Lee Harvey Oswald, and that his wife was ugly. To emphasize the point he was attempting to make there, he insulted every woman in America by having his trophy wife, model Melania, all but strutting down the runway. He never attacked Jeb Bush on issues, but charged that he lacked “energy”. He made wild promises he had no intention of honoring regarding building walls on the border (it’s now a “virtual wall”), and generated idiotic cheers for claiming he could make Mexico pay for it.
He bashed everyone in sight without ever discussing any important issues, because, of course, he couldn’t – his ignorance of public policy and foreign affairs is breathtaking. His acquaintance with our Constitution is non-existent. It might be significant that the only candidate he has kept to the issues with, and never, ever attacked personally as to her physical attributes (“who wants to listen to that voice for eight years?”) is Hillary.
After steam-rolling his way to Cleveland, Trump spent his valuable time in the limelight there ambushing the one man who could have unified the party, and in fact, tried to do so. He pretended to be offended at the pre-approved speech Cruz gave, a speech which could have been easily co-opted by Trump as the equivalent of endorsement. He arranged the booing and made his dramatic appearance with his show family at the apex of Cruz’s speech.
His “conservative” running mate, whom he had a week earlier leaked that in his heart of hearts he wanted to dump, gave a speech to an audience who by then could care less if they were hearing Churchill or Mr. Rodgers. The next morning he continued his effort to dominate the meek Mike Pence with his harangue on Rafael Cruz’s supposedly murky past with Lee Harvey Oswald, which no sane person credits. He followed up by announcing that he was going to create super PACs to get his two final rivals forced out of office (Cruz and Kasich, who could, conceivably have rescued this sorry campaign, at least for the down ticket – which ought to matter to anyone intending to become president).
Since then he has attacked the Gold Star family of a fallen American hero, he has suggested he will not endorse or support veteran Senator John McCain, or Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (I can easily understand objections to these two, but not by the person who needs their support in November). He also glibly informed everyone that he didn’t need conservatives and he didn’t want Cruz’s endorsement anyway.
Every day another person comes forward with another grave concern about his fitness based on past knowledge of the man (in the case of the ghostwriter of “Art of the Deal”, who was deeply concerned because in his experience, Trump hasn’t the attention span of a gnat) and his recent erratic, self-destructive behavior.
Rumors are flying about that Reince Preibus, Rudy Giuliani, Newt Gingrich and other supporters are worried enough to be attempting to stage an intervention to salvage the election, and even in the worst case (for them) replace him on the ticket.
Attempts to involve his children didn’t work out too well, as the two elder sons were wise enough to leave the country on safari rather than campaign for their father. Mike Pence rushed out to assert his strong support for Ryan. And over it all hangs the case against Trump University which, if he were serious about winning in November, Trump would have found a way to settle and tamp down. He drew attention to his close ties with Vladimir Putin by calling on him to “find” Hillary’s emails.
Calling on a foreign nation, an opponent of America historically and presently, to hack into and deliver emails is incredible, even for the many of us who are demanding that our government secure these from Hillary’s hidey-hole and turn them over. This is what we used to call “treason”. We never said we wanted Russia to take the place of our own law enforcement and investigative agencies. Could it be that the lark the culminated at the Cleveland convention is now over and Trump really doesn’t want to stick it for four or eight years in one job, stuck in Washington? Maybe he is killing off his own campaign. Does Gingrich, in fact, seek to replace him? This is a wild long-shot, but the whole campaign has been a wild long-shot.
His presidential briefings are in jeopardy because of his reckless comments. He keeps worrying everyone with his questions about why we shouldn’t hit ISIS with nuclear weapons. Others, better informed about other people around the world and their reactions, are thinking about what Iran or North Korea would think of this, and what either of those two unthinking hotheads might do either in response or preemptively, not to mention our erstwhile allies. He, himself, and his assortment of followers should be attempting to make this ticket at least appear sane and considered in its pronouncements and even its questions.
So, back to the beginning. What makes Trump tick? Is he a Democrat plant? Let’s see: After giving from deep, deep pockets to Hillary to help get her this far, she remained an unappealing candidate with too many serious problems to ignore . . . unless there were a side show in progress to take the spotlight off them. Who better than Trump? Remember Bill’s little tete-a-tete with him before this all began? Could this have begun as the Clintons taking advantage of their best pal to do the only thing they could think of to overcome her many liabilities and approaching political crises – to be a sort of pod-candidate at the top of the Republican ticket that is even more objectionable than Hillary?
Maybe they just figured he could roll his abuse out there on a debate stage and insult and do damage to conservatives who might possibly pose a real threat at the ballot box. It might be working. But as sometimes happens, events took on a life of their own and tumbled along to bring him to the presidential nomination. Better and better. And his unfiltered Niagara Falls of horrible statements just can’t be shut off.
Ben Shapiro has suggested that his behavior and comments are just numbing normal people to the point that they can accept anything. It’s probably true that if Trump began as a plant, he is warming up to the idea as it feeds his enormous and starving ego.
Perhaps he is and perhaps he isn’t, but he couldn’t play it any better if he was intended all along to lose. It might just be time to start thinking about who to write in.