Questions for Trump Supporters

Now that Donald Trump has won in South Carolina, I think it’s a good time to ask a few questions.

As regular listeners to The Teri O’Brien Show know, recently I was thunderstruck to learn that one of my smart friends thought that I had endorsed Donald Trump. I’m not sure what I did to create that impression. The truth is that I have issues with all three leading contenders. I have discussed my belief that Sen. Ted Cruz is not an Article II “natural born citizen” and received boatloads of brickbats hurled in my direction for even raising the issue. Sen. Marco Rubio is also not an Article II NBC in my opinion, but that fact is secondary to my conclusion that we can’t trust him on the existential issue of amnesty. And then there’s Mr. Donald Trump, a political bull in the china shop, upending the traditional way of doing things to the delight of millions of justifiably angry Americans. The good news is that Mr. Trump is an Article II “natural born citizen.” In addition, his plan to pause Muslim immigration is not unconstitutional. Nor is he afraid of Fox News’ Megyn Kelly. The only people afraid of Ms. Kelly are the ones who worry that her ginormous false eyelashes will stab them through the TV, and I don’t think Mr. Trump is one of those.

Since I have previously detailed my problems with Senators Cruz and Rubio, I think it’s time to get some answers about the man who at times appears to speeding to the nomination like a bullet train. Are you supporting Mr. Trump? Perhaps, then, you can answer a few questions for me, and other voters who are still trying to decide which candidate to support. I am going to refrain from discussing the current “Pope v. Trump” kerfuffle, which is just another episode of the repetitive, endless loop, cable tv daily soap opera, and not really an important matter. I will say that politically, it’s a gift from God (no pun intended) to candidate Trump, but I’d prefer to stick to more substantive issues here.

  • Sam Adams, one of our Founding Fathers, wrote “He therefore is the truest friend to the liberty of this country who tries most to promote its virtue, and who, so far as his power and influence extend, will not suffer a man to be chosen into any office of power and trust who is not a wise and virtuous man.” In an interesting contrast, Donald Trump wrote in his book The Art of the Comeback, “If I told the real stories of my experiences with women, often seemingly very happily married and important women, this book would be a guaranteed best-seller.” Of course, you know about the breakup of his first marriage, which was the result of an affair with Marla Maples. Do you find it troubling that Mr. Trump not only committed adultery, but bragged about it? Are you distressed about the effects of the infidelity that he proudly proclaims on the families of those married women? Do you consider Mr. Trump a “virtuous man?”
  • During last Saturday night’s CBS debate in South Carolina, Donald Trump said that Planned Parenthood does “wonderful things” for “women’s health.” Most conservatives understand the phrase “women’s health” in the context of discussing Planned Parenthood is a transparent euphemism used to avoid the disgusting reality of what Planned Parenthood is really about; specifically, making big bucks, many of them taxpayer provided, from doing abortions. What specific “wonderful things” that Planned Parenthood does do you suppose he was referring to there? Do you agree?
  • One of Mr. Trump’s very prominent spokespeople is Katrina Pierson, who appears on cable tv almost as often as he does, which means she gets more air time than the My Pillow guy. Ms. Pierson has an interesting history on Twitter. As the Daily Caller reported, she has declared that Malcolm X is her idol, slammed Christians, accused Republicans of being racist, and “helped circulate a petition demanding George Zimmerman’s immediate arrest and encouraged her followers on Twitter to “Stand For Trayvon Martin.” More troubling, she admitted that in 2008, she voted for Barack Obama. As I have noted frequently here and on The Teri O’Brien Show, it was not possible for an intelligent, well-informed person not to have known in 2008 that Sen. Obama was anything other than a hardwired radical leftist and an enthusiastic proponent of income redistribution, government compelled racism, sometimes known as “affirmative action,” with a well-known distain for the Constitution. Are you at all concerned that this woman is the person Donald Trump chose to speak for him? Does the fact that she chose Obama in 2008 give you any second thoughts that just maybe she is not the best person on which to rely when choosing a candidate to support?
  • Of course, it isn’t just Ms. Pierson who supports democrats. Donald Trump was a registered democrat from August 2001 to September 2009,, and his political contributions helped keep democrats Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid in charge of Congress. He claims that he will repeal Obamacare, and yet, but for his contributions to these democrat leaders, perhaps Obamacare would never have passed. He says he wants to make America great again, yet he donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the very people who have been destroying it from within. Do you see any inconsistency between his enabling the passage of Obamacare and his claim now that he will repeal it?
  • During last Saturday’s CBS GOP debate, Mr. Trump appeared to channel Michael Moore and Code Pink, blaming George W. Bush for 9/11 and reciting one of the Left’s favorite talking points about the absence of “weapons of mass destruction” in Iraq prior to our intervention there in 2003. He made no mention of the 17 U.N. resolutions flouted by Saddam Hussein prior to our intervention, the fact that regime change in Iraq had been official U.S. policy since 1998, or Hillary Clinton’s vote in favor of intervening in Iraq. If it’s not bad enough that he omits those very relevant facts, now Mr. Trump is clearly misstating reality, perhaps to justify his simplistic comments about the Iraq War, saying that Saddam Hussein “make a living off killing terrorists.”  The absurdity of that comment is breathtaking. Saddam Hussein PAID and sheltered terrorists. As the 9/11 Report documents, National Security Advisor Richard Clarke said that if Osama bin Laden was driven from Baghdad he would “boogie to Baghdad” where he could be harbored by Saddam Hussein. Are you troubled by Mr. Trump’s very disturbing comments about Saddam Hussein and 9/11?
  • As I have said many times, we owe Mr. Trump a debt of gratitude for raising the critical issues of immigration and refugee resettlement. That fact should not give him a pass on answering these important questions.

Trump supporters, I look forward to your answers.

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13 comments

  1. “Do you find it troubling that Mr. Trump not only committed adultery, but bragged about it? Are you distressed about the effects of the infidelity that he proudly proclaims on the families of those married women? Do you consider Mr. Trump a “virtuous man?”

    Yes, this is distressing. (Here it comes, wait for it…) BUT… I am sick and tired of republicans throwing their candidates under the bus for tapping toes with people while democrats circle their wagons every time. It’s time we as republicans* get over it and grasp the concept that nobody is perfect. If we only had perfect candidates we would have no candidates at all. Not even me. This attitude is the exact reason we got Obama shoved down our throats- Jack Ryan and the sealed divorce papers. Enough already.

    Friday night, when I stopped by the local watering hole to pick up some Ramadan noodles with glorified ketchup, there was two women at the bar, half baked and very loudly, discussing their sexual preferences. I don’t want to hear it. It seems today everyone is so important (to themselves) that they think everyone want to hear everything about them. It’s really kind of pathetic. But it seems that is the way of the world now. Everyone seems to regurgitate everything about themselves with no compunction. (Think BookFace.)

    *Note: I say republican here because I no longer know what a conservative is. The term has been hijacked just like the TEA Party was hijacked by infiltrating scum-sucking RINOs. Mitch McConnell will fight his own base, but never fight democrats:

    “McConnell said the Tea Party was ‘nothing but a bunch of bullies,’” the source said. “And he said ‘you know how you deal with schoolyard bullies? You punch them in the nose and that’s what we’re going to do.’”

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2013/11/22/exclusive-mcconnell-tea-party-a-bunch-of-bullies-who-me-and-karl-rove-are-going-to-punch-in-the-nose/

    I suspect President Obama brought with him to Washington D.C. “The combine”, which is why we now have a Uniparty in the federal government. The current crop of republicans gave Obama everything he ever wanted in return for similar consideration for the next republican president. (You know, kind of like “Free beer tomorrow” only different.)

    The Republican elite fight their own harder than they ever fought the democrats. More importantly, the GOPe let their people dangle in the wind at the slightest hint of not following the party elites line. There was a guy in Missouri (IIRC) who made a stupid comment about abortion and even when he was thirty point ahead in the polls, the GOPe brutalized him. Then there was Thad Cochran in Mississippi ’14, Lisa Murkowsky gets beat in a primary and they support her write in- then after she wins she retains all her committee assignments, the list is too long. Only the defeat of Eric Cantor saved us from Amnesty. We were mere hours away.

    Let me move on…

    “… Donald Trump said that Planned Parenthood does “wonderful things” for “women’s health.” […] Do you agree?”

    No. That’s the short answer. The long answer is this is an issue that is going to take longer that one presidential cycle.

    “Are you at all concerned that this woman [Katrina Pierson] is the person Donald Trump chose to speak for him?”

    Not at all. When she speaks, she articulates exactly Mr. Trumps positions and I think she does so articulately. She was also arrested for shoplifting. I don’t care. I refuse to toss anyone under the bus. (Or train, as the case may be.)

    “Do you see any inconsistency between his enabling the passage of Obamacare and his claim now that he will repeal it?”

    I think you are conflating the donation with Obamacare. You could say the same thing about people who donate to the republican party. People donated to the RNC to repeal Obamacare and the party did nothing. Isn’t that a form of ‘enabling’?

    “Are you troubled by Mr. Trump’s very disturbing comments about Saddam Hussein and 9/11?”

    See previous comments.

    “As I have said many times, we owe Mr. Trump a debt of gratitude for raising the critical issues of immigration and refugee resettlement.”

    Somehow I knew you would see it my way! Welcome aboard! ;~)

    • Not so fast, my smart friend. I haven’t endorsed anyone yet. I do share your view that it’s RIDICULOUS the way that the GOP effectively unilaterally disarmed a long time ago, as in, we hold our candidates to standards, while the other side doesn’t care if their candidate if a rapist, a hideous congenital liar or even a convicted felon. They support the person they think can win. As usual you provide much needed common sense analysis. I asked the questions, and unlike many Trump supporters, you actually answered them, so kudos to you! Bravo! I am lucky to have a very intelligent friend and commenter like you.

      • My favorite story about how democrats never give in was the south suburban mayoral candidate, a convicted felon, was approached by a reporter and asked about his felony conviction. He said “I wasn’t convicted. I pled guilty!”)

        • Priceless! Yes, that’s EXACTLY what I’m talking about.

        • On a serious note, I would just like to add one point, if I may. The Trump candidacy is not about defeating the democrats in November. Kasich could do that. My pet goldfish, Sushi, could beat either Hillary or Sanders. The Trump candidacy is about showcasing the absolute disdain the elite have for the base. The elite did everything in their power to crush the TEA Party. A Trump victory will mean the end of the RINO elite running the party. Have you noticed Trump never uses the words “TEA Party”? I think it is because the TEA Party has been so abused and infiltrated that their becomes a question in the minds of voters whether a candidate truly believes in it. Those that support the TEA Party, like Allan West, get redistricted out of office, if they survive their election. The Republican Party is the problem.

          We have a golden opportunity, to borrow a phrase from Blago, to destroy the RINOs once and for all.

          Perhaps you, or one of your Cruz supporters, can explain to me how they can support Mr. Cruz when he allows Mitch McConnell’s super PAC to support his candidacy?

          • I hope you aren’t suggesting that I am supporting Ted Cruz because I have made my objections to him well-known. I hope one of his supporters will answer your question. Chances are many of them are unaware of his support by that PAC. I suspect that they would say that if Mitch’s PAC wants to support him, they are more than willing to take the money. I think that they would say that anyone who supports Ted is ACES with them!

          • I would LOVE to destroy the RINOS!! It’s my dream.

    • One more thing: I could really do without the glassy-eyed Ms. Pierson. I can’t imagine why they selected her to represent them. It’s not just her very “colorful” past. She seems like a very dim bulb to me.

      • Her “colorful past”?
        In the 2014 Texas Congressional elections, Pierson challenged incumbent Congressman Pete Sessions in the Republican primary to represent Texas’ 32nd district.[citation needed] Her candidacy was endorsed by Rafael Cruz and Sarah Palin.[citation needed] While U.S. Senator Ted Cruz offered praise, he stopped short of an endorsement.[citation needed] In the election, she received 36 percent of the vote, losing to Sessions, who received 63 percent.[5] Pierson went on to become spokesperson for the Tea Party Leadership Fund.
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katrina_Pierson

        She doesn’t seem all that “dim” to me. Of course Stelter isn’t all that and a bag of chips either:
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIw_53i6A0M (9:40)

        • I think you’re forgetting the support for Obama and the Stand with Trayvon stuff, no?

          • No, I don’t care who she supported before she took the job as spokesperson for Trump. When a person selects a ‘mouthpiece’ like a lawyer perhaps, does that person look at who that person defended previously, or how well that person can put forth your defense?

            I’m not tossing anyone under the train.

          • If I found out I was considering hiring an attorney who had voted for Obama and was part of the “Stand with Trayvon” crowd, that would make me seriously question that person’s judgement. I certainly wouldn’t not vote for someone because of some bimbo spokes dunce, but just sayin …

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