Trump's Supporters Are the Real RINOs
Whom the gods would destroy, they first make Ann Coulter.
Here is a recent Coulter
rant tweet prompted by Donald Trump's cancelation of a Chicago rally because of violent acts by some of the thousands of anti-Trump protestors on the scene:
And the nature of this treasonous act? The usual, perhaps only crime in the Coulter docket since Donald Trump entered the race for president of the United States: criticism of Donald Trump.
Here is the quote, by Ted Cruz, that has Ms. Coulter foaming at the mouth:
[W]hen you have a campaign that disrespects the voters, when you have a campaign that affirmatively encourages violence, when you have a campaign that is facing allegations of physical violence against members of the press, you create an environment that only encourages this sort of nasty discourse.
Never mind that the "unified oligarchy" Coulter decries is a unified oligarchy elected by the American people; the main point is that every word, every syllable, every letter of the above quote is absolutely and verifiably true.
Here is Donald Trump, speaking at one of his own rallies (emphasis added):
[I]f you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them, would you? Seriously. Okay? Just knock the hell – I promise you, I will pay for the legal fees.
Not actually throwing a tomato, mind you – merely getting ready to throw one.
And never mind that (emphasis added) "[l]ast week, at another Iowa rally, a heckler chucked a few tomatoes at Trump and was arrested for disorderly conduct."
It's called law and order.
There is a reprehensible penchant among the Israel-/Jew-haterocracy to draw a moral equivalence between Arabs, who launch rockets, suicide-bomb, shoot, and stab Israeli civilians, and Israelis, who kill the rocketeers, bombers, shooters, and stabbers.
Such is not the case with Donald Trump. Here, there is an absolute moral equivalence between Donald Trump's calls for violence against dissenters and the dissenters' calls for violence. The rhetoric is identical on both sides, morally equivalent on both sides, and equally likely to be translated into action (emphases added):
Just one week after white supremacists and other Donald Trump supporters assaulted multiple protesters at a Trump rally in Kentucky, a similar incident occurred at a rally Wednesday night in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
John McGraw, 78, of Linden, N.C., has been charged with assault and battery and disorderly conduct after punching Rakeem Jones, a 26-year-old black protester, at a Donald Trump rally.
As a group of young, non-violent demonstrators were escorted out of the Trump rally by what appears to be a private security firm, an older unnamed white man can be seen walking right up to the protester — later identified as Rakeem Jones of Fayetteville — and repeatedly sucker punching him in the face.
He allegedly told Inside Edition that, "Next time we see him, we might have to kill him!"
Naturally, Trump condemned what McGraw did; said violence had no place in the Republican Party; let alone at one of his rallies – violence, incidentally, that, at least as the writer is writing this, has not happened at Cruz, Rubio, or Kasich rallies – and admonished his supporters to call for security and let the security professionals handle unruly protesters...
Oh, wait (emphases added):
This morning Donald Trump defended the 78-year-old man who was recently caught on video sucker-punching a black protester being escorted out of a rally. Trump also said he's looking into covering his legal fees.
[Meet the Press's Chuck] Todd asked how that can be true when [Trump] encourages his supporters to fight back against protesters. "You've got to stop them, do whatever you have to do," Trump said." I have no objection to what I said. I would say it again. People are there doing harm, you have to go and you have to use equal force."
So, in Trump World, physically assaulting nonviolent protestors while they are being escorted out by security constitutes "equal force." Who knew?
Jonah Goldberg provides a handy (and worth quoting in its entirety) list of things Donald Trump has said or done that should disqualify him from being even be a member of the Republican Party, let alone its presidential candidate:
- Said it doesn't matter what the media writes about one "as long as you've got a young and beautiful piece of ass."
- Boasted that his ordeal of avoiding the clap while sleeping around so much amounted to his own "personal Vietnam."
- Said that John McCain's ordeal avoiding dying at the hands of his torturers wasn't heroic.
- Avoided military service in Vietnam by claiming to have a medical condition that instantly healed when hostilities ended.
- Bragged — in print! — about bedding married women and admitted to cheating on at least two of his wives.
- Boasted that he "whines until I win."
- Condemned Charles Krauthammer, George Will, Jonah Goldberg and other conservatives with far, far more vitriol than he condemns Vladimir Putin, the butchers of Tiananmen, and David Duke.
- Dismissed Vladimir Putin's murdering of journalists by saying, "I think our country does plenty of killing also."
- Expressed a passionate desire to change the First Amendment so he can punish journalists who don't kowtow to him.
- Praised the mass murder at Tiananmen and criticized Gorbachev for not being as tough-minded.
- Says he "reads the Bible more than anybody" but can't — after months of opportunities — speak intelligently about it for 30 seconds.
- Lies nearly as much as Bill Clinton but with a tenth of the skill.
- Lacks the patriotic seriousness to do minimal homework, even when his ignorance has been pointed out time and again. (Hugh Hewitt asked Trump about the nuclear triad in August. Several months later, when the question came up again Trump was, if anything, more ignorant.)
- Is a man whose business dealings have been shot through with shady practices, mob ties, and fraudulent claims (also known as "lies").
- Exhibits not even a minimal grasp of what the Constitution is about or what conservatism is ("Conservatism means," according to Trump, "to conserve our money").
- Boasted for months that he will torture our enemies and indiscriminately murder their children as a matter of policy.
- Says that the last Republican president deliberately lied us into war and plays coy about whether 9/11 was an inside job.
And, of course, he not only condones violence by his supporters, but actively encourages it; vows to pay their legal fees when they are prosecuted (and visit convicted supporters in prison, too?); and, when confronted with his own words (see Chuck Todd above), doubles down. This explains why Trump canceled the Chicago rally: not because someone might get hurt, but because his supporters might get hurt.
Violence for thee, but not for me!
In an interview given the Sunday before Tuesday's Florida primary, an interview that Trump supporters will eschew but is a must-watch in its 13-minute entirety for everyone else, Marco Rubio perfectly describes, and condemns, the damage that Donald Trump has done to political discourse in this country, and the greater damage he could do if the American people elect him president.
So many Trump supporters, including, sadly, many prominent conservatives (or so the writer thought), cannot see; will not see; or, worst of all, do see but willfully ignore who and what Donald Trump is, presumably because he may be an SOB, but he's "our" SOB. It amply demonstrates how thoroughly this liberal Democratic carpetbagger, who probably really could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue without alienating many (most) of his supporters, has managed to corrupt; degrade; embarrass; and, if he becomes the nominee, delegitimize a great party.
And it demonstrates something else: the so-called Republicans supporting Donald Trump are the real RINOs.