Donald Trump is The Deplorable One

Posted on September 13, 2016 by

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de·plor·a·ble adj.  [dih- plawruh-b uhl]

      1.causing or being a subject for grief or regret; lamentable.

      2.causing or being a subject for censure, reproach, or disapproval; wretched; very bad.

Hillary Clinton has come under fire in the last several days for remarks she made Friday night in New York City Speaking before an audience  at a LGBT for Hillary fundraising gala, the Democratic Presidential candidate said:

“You could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorable    …The racist, sexist, homophobic,xenophobic, Islamaphobic– you name it…some of those folks–they are irredeemable, but thankfully they are not America.”

Predictably, outrage from the Trump campaign followed. On Monday, Trump said Clinton
“…insulted all Americans when she said that half of his supporters could be put in a ‘basket of deplorable” and that Clinton exhibited “total disrespect for the people of our country ” While I agree with Trump that it is not a good idea to insult the electorate, Clinton’s accusation is not without merit. Absent any significant proposals, Trump backers are obviously latching on to something. Which leaves us with the man himself. A populist demagogue who will say anything he thinks may help get him elected. Ideologically,  Trump doesn’t appear to stand for anything beyond his bottom line. What’s left is his “Cult-of-Personality”. Sorry folks but The Donalds lack of substance, questionable statements, and bad behavior reflects poorly on you.

Choose Your Friends Wisely, For They Are a Reflection On You.

One of the first things my Mother taught me as a child was the dangers of “guilt by association.”  It is impossible, of course, to divine the hearts and minds of Trump’s supporters, but Trump, himself, has provided ample evidence of his own deplorable opinions and behavior. Trump has insulted women, minorities, Muslims, politicians, and American voters who don’t support him. In one instance calling the voters of Iowa “stupid” due to their support of Dr. Ben Carson. Where I come from that would be called insulting Americans.  Trump is a bully who engages in the same acts he condemns when it is convenient for him, and who behaves like a spoiled child when he doesn’t get his way. Donald Trump has made no secret of his feelings for those who don’t support him, and no one is asking him why he has seemingly turned his back on half of the electorate. It is obvious to me that he believes he plays by a different set of rules. Not a quality I am looking for in a potential leader of the free world. If your candidate doesn’t share your values, then why in the world are you supporting him?

The Same Rule Applies to Your Supporters

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Trump may or may not be a racist, but if you are he apparently welcomes your support. When Louisiana politician and former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke (pictured above) encouraged listeners to his radio show to volunteer for  Trump’s campaign with a white nationalist statement, Trump claimed not to know who he was. Part of Duke’s statement:

“Voting for these people, voting against Donald Trump at this point, is really treason to your heritage.”

When pushed to disavow Duke’s support Trump said that he needed to know more about him in order to make that decision. History shows that Trump is indeed very familiar with Duke. In the year 2000, Trump said that he was considering a run at the Reform Party candidacy, but that he decided against it because he did not want to be associated with Pat Buchanan who was supported by Duke. At the time, Trump called Duke “a bigot, a racist, a “problem.” Trump ultimately denounced Duke, but the damage had already been done. The votes of Duke and his supporters were more important to Trump than their racism until the media spotlight became too bright. Again, I am not calling Donald Trump a racist, but a lowest common denominator, win-at-all-costs philosophy is not a strong character trait.

The Duke controversy was revisited again on Monday night when vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence declined to call him deplorable. I concede that the reporter’s question might be considered loaded politically, but we are not talking about the local PTA. Hillary Clinton, herself, summed it up best on Twitter: “If you won’t say the KKK is deplorable, you have no business running the country.” To be fair to Pence he did call Duke a “bad man”, but also expressed his belief that the issue was simply a “mere distraction.”

Life Changing Election

I don’t write these things about Donald Trump because I am a lifelong Democrat or a fervent Hillary supporter. In fact, I couldn’t be farther from either of those things. (Full disclosure, I voted for Bush. Twice!) Normally in an election such as this I would be inclined to vote for the Republican candidate. If for no other reason than they allegedly favor smaller government, But this time I cannot bite that bullet. Now,  If only Gary Johnson knew about Aleppo…

 

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