Recently Charlie Sykes was on with Megyn Kelly and made quite the pronouncement, one with which I wholeheartedly agree: if you vote for Trump, you are essentially endorsing every crazy thing, every insult, he has made (h/t piper):
The Weekly Standard has the salient quote just to make sure you get the full impact of Sykes’ comments )h/t Facebook friend):
“Yeah, well Donald Trump is a serial liar, a con man who mocks the disabled and women. He’s a narcissist and a bully, a man with no fixed principles who has the vocabulary of an emotionally insecure 9-year-old. So no, I don’t want to give him control of the IRS, the FBI, and the nuclear codes. That’s just me.”
“But at some point—if you understand, and this is not just ideological, it’s not just the fact that he’s abandoned one position after another or that he has the penchant for internet hoaxes or conspiracy theories. I mean a week ago tonight, remember, he was peddling the notion that Ted Cruz’s dad had something do with the JFK assassination. So there are people who say that just because of party loyalty we’re supposed to forget all of that. I just don’t buy that. Because I’ve cautioned my fellow conservatives, you embrace Donald Trump, you embrace it all. You embrace every slur, every insult, every outrage, every falsehood. You’re going to spend the next six months defending, rationalizing, evading all that. And afterwards, you come back to women, to minorities, to young people and say, that wasn’t us. That’s not what we’re about. The reality is, if you support him to be president of the United States, that is who you are, and you own it. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
“The reality is, if you support him to be president of the United States, that is who you are, and you own it…”
And there you have it. Couldn’t have said it better myself. If, after all the insane things Trump has said, and the immoral, unethical, irresponsible things he has done, someone still supports him, that says a whole helluva lot about them.
And to that point, Greg Gutfeld made an excellent statement about Trump and his antics on The Five. While I no longer watch the Trump Channel (aka, Fox News), sites like The Right Scoop provide great Greg Gutfeld quips about Trump, including this one:
No kidding!! Someone who made the kind of insulting, demeaning, bullying comments to and about anyone would NEVER be allowed to be on the network that champions All Things Trump.
This reminds me of when Obama was running, and people like my younger brother who works at a flagship state university was all gung-ho Obama. Meanwhile, had Obama applied for a teaching position at the same university based on his flimsy record AND his plagiarism, he NEVER would have gotten hired there. But he is worthy to be the President?? I think we have already found out how fallacious that line of reasoning is, and the same goes for The Donald.
There are any number of claims Trump has made throughout the course of this campaign that have highlighted the difficulty Trump has with the truth. His recent boasts about his abilities to garner votes from certain populations is a case in point. It is one CNN decided to check out for themselves. The Right Scoop has two videos showing both the reality about Independents and Women. Suffice it to say, the ol’ Trumpster didn’t do so great with either group. Shocking, I know.
But there are some options for those of us in the Never Trump camp besides being “bitter clingers,” though we can still be bitter that with such a deep bench, the presumptive nominee is someone who never should have even made Water Boy. I mean, really – how could we NOT be bitter?? That said, Liz Mair has a piece in The Federalist that outlines four different paths people can take to circumvent the Trump takeover. Here are a couple of options:
[…] 1. Support the Libertarian Party Candidate
Perhaps the most straightforward way to avoid casting a vote for either Hillary or Trump is vote for someone else who will be on your ballot. Thanks to the Libertarian Party’s performance in recent elections, this will be an option for a lot of disaffected voters—whether or not they decide to exercise it.
2. Keep Working the Delegates
When Never Trump activists committed to doing whatever it takes to stop Trump tell people they’re prepared to keep working Republican Convention delegates to get them to do what is necessary to keep Trump off the general election ballot, they tend to get a response that is somewhere between puzzled and bemused.
But there are Never Trumpers, including some with ample experience of rules fights, who argue that at the convention, delegates can, should, and will be pressured to throw out the entire rule book and do what they want, as members of the Republican Party, a self-governing entity. A lot of the delegates will be tempted, at the least. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
There is much more to both points, and two remaining options as well, including forming a new party altogether. That concept seems to be gaining some steam, and rightly so. The Conservative Movement has been hijacked, and was allowed to be, I might add. Forming a new party may take more time than is available before the election, but clearly, either the Republican Party needs to be reclaimed, or drop-kicked for something better.
The delegates have NOT been apportioned yet, as I keep mentioning. And as Mair noted, Cruz has a real way with the delegates. So unless Trump crosses that magic threshold before the Convention, there is always some hope that the true Conservative delegates will NOT allow Trump to become the Republican standard bearer. Id they do, there really is no difference at all between the two parties. In my opinion, that is.
There are options to voting for Trump, but as Sykes said, if one DOES, that person owns every assholic, terrible, insulting, bullying, abusive thing Trump has said or done. Hope they can live with it, but the rest of us shouldn’t have to do so.
That’s what I think. How about you? This is an Open Thread.