There is no shortage of Trump antagonists who use poorly thought out reasons to be opposed to him. The elitists, the donor class, the “establishment”, RINOs, faux conservtives, progressives, and most media are inventing all sorts of reasons why Trump is evil. None of the reasons stick, and for good reason.
Below are some of the most popular complaints against a Trump candidacy.
Trump is a nativist (says the US Chamber of Commerce):
This is really a stupid accusation. What is a nativist but an “American citizen first” proponent. A nativist is the opposite of an internationalist who doesn’t mind taking away US sovereignty or US jobs. A related complaint is that Trump is a a xenophobe – disliking foreigners. He neither said nor implied any such thing. He insists foreigners enter the US legally. He prefers giving US citizens first dibs on jobs. Big business through the US Chamber of Commerce promotes employing foreigners to lower wages for everyone.
Trump is a fear monger (says some faux conservatives):
This is just wrong. Trump “fears” very little, unlike most other candidates who fail to speak the truth because of their fears. He is not mongering fear – he is tapping into the disappointment, anger and frustration felt by the majority of US citizens toward failed US policies; toward the Obama administration’s attempts at destroying the prosperity and standing of our nation in the world.
Trumps is angry (says CNN and Trump):
Yes, this is true. Trump is in lockstep with the anger of most Americans at the course our country has taken over the past 8+ years. Anger at Republicans, anger at the media, anger at Progressives. Anger is the second step of recovery in the Five Stages of Grief, right after denial. That is an understanding way ahead of any other candidate who is still in denial. Interestingly, “bargaining” comes right after “anger”, a quality that is Trump’s forte.
Trump is too brash; an egomaniac (says most RINOs):
I have heard many Republicans and most conservative over the past decade yearn for a candidate who shares their views to be bold and brash to help advance their agenda. Finally they get one and they wish they didn’t get what they asked for. And what national politician with ANY chance of winning is NOT an egomaniac?
Trump is for ethanol subsidies (true, but…):
Oil prices have recently plummeted to below $35 a barrel. Who needs corn to replace cheap oil? But wait a minute. Just 3 years ago oil was hovering over $100 a barrel. What short memories we have.
Even if you believe that ethanol subsidies are a bad idea, consider where does the ethanol issue come down in your list of national priorities? What are the most urgent, important, significant issues and how well equipped and likely are the candidates to effectively address each?"
So consider: Where does the ethanol issue rank relative to illegal immigration, strong borders, energy independence, Islamic threat, trade imbalances, puttting Americans to work, keeping our asses out of uncommitted wars, fewer regulations, strong military, tax policy, etc.
Does Trump’s ethanol policy fit into any of these other policy categories at the moment? In fact it does. It fits into the categories of energy independence, putting Americans to work, and trade imbalances with regard to reducing oil imports.
Granted, oil prices have crashed and, aside from putting Americans to work (Iowans in this case), corn for fuel doesn't make as much sense as it did when oil was $80 a barrel barely a year ago. But in the overall scheme of things, the ethanol issue is probably down to 7th or 8th place in importance among all the issues we face.
Trump is not conservative (says National Review):
Wow, what a hit piece National Review came out with last week! National Review, the magazine of the elitist moderates. What would Buckley think?
From my perspective, Trump is hitting all the right “conservative buttons” that I believe are important to the survival and prosperity of our nation. But Mychal Massie of The Daily Rant descirbed the priority not so much as “conservatism” but “problem solving” and “pragmatism”. Here is an excerpt…
“…I neither view nor do I believe Trump views himself as a conservative. I stated it was my opinion that Trump is a pragmatist. He sees a problem and understands it must be fixed. He doesn’t see the problem as liberal or conservative, he sees it only as a problem. That is a quality that should be admired and applauded, not condemned.
“Viewing problems from a liberal perspective has resulted in the creation of more problems, more entitlement programs, more victims, more government, more political correctness, and more attacks on the working class in all economic strata.
“Viewing things according to the so-called Republican conservative perspective has brought continued spending, globalism to the detriment of American interests and well being, denial of what the real problems are, weak, ineffective, milquetoast, leadership that amounts to Barney Fife Deputy Sheriff – appeasement oriented and afraid of its own shadow. In brief, it has brought liberal ideology with a pachyderm as a mascot juxtaposed to the ass of the Democrat Party.
“Immigration isn’t a Republican problem – it isn’t a liberal problem – it is a problem that threatens the very fabric and infrastructure of America. It demands a pragmatic approach not an approach that is intended to appease one group or another.
“The impending collapse of the economy isn’t a liberal or conservative problem it is an American problem. That said, until it is viewed as a problem that demands a common sense approach to resolution, it will never be fixed because the Democrats and Republicans know only one way to fix things and the longevity of their impracticality has proven to have no lasting effect. Successful businessmen like Donald Trump find ways to make things work, they do not promise to accommodate.
“Trump uniquely understands that China’s manipulation of currency is not a Republican problem or a Democrat problem. It is a problem that threatens our financial stability and he understands the proper balance needed to fix it. Here again successful businessmen like Trump who have weathered the changing tides of economic reality understand what is necessary to make business work and they, unlike both sides of the political aisle, know that if something doesn’t work you don’t continue trying to make it work hoping that at some point it will.
“As a pragmatist Donald Trump hasn’t made wild pie-in-the-sky promises of a cell phone in every pocket, free college tuition, and a $15 hour minimum wage for working the drive-through a Carl’s Hamburgers.
“I argue that America needs pragmatists because pragmatists see a problem and find ways to fix them. They do not see a problem and compound it by creating more problems.”
…or by devisively calling it a Republican/Democrat, liberal/conservative, or black vs. white problem.
Trump insults women (says Rosie and Megyn):
Trump focuses his critical feelings and comments on the deserving. That is part of the lack of “political correctness” at the core of his being. And that is a significant reason for his popularity: He fearlessly says what he believes needs to be said. That is an asset; not a liability. Bluntness is also a part of his “schtick.”
But he uses that quality judiciously. He could not have succeeded in business and raising business-savvy daughters without a huge respect for women.
Trump insults Mexicans (says El Chapo):
That’s right. El Chapo, the Mexican drug lords, and the Reconquista Movement (Mexico and Mexican’s attempt at the reconquest of the American Southwest for Mexico), along with the ignorant or complicit media make every attempt to pervert Trump’s words. Trump got our attention, and that of every candidate, regarding the big problem of illegal immigration, drug smuggling, human smuggling, illegal immigration, and the huge potential for terrorist entry that comes from which border? C’mon, you know this. Yes, the MEXICAN border. Very good.
Trump is mean spirited against immigrants (says Cruz and Rubio):
That’s right, Cruz and Rubio have a history of promoting an unbridled influx of immigrants (legal and illegal) to fill the jobs Americans don’t want. Tell me that when record numbers of our citizen workforce is out of work that American don’t want these jobs.
There are hundreds of examples of a “foreigner first” mentality and government policies. One example is in Orlando, where DisneyWorld colluded to replace American workers with foreigners. Disney is now subject to a well-deserved lawsuit.
Trump insults Muslims (says CAIR):
Yes, CAIR, the Council of American Islamic Relations, the propaganda arm of Islam in the United States (much like the propaganda arm of Nazis during WWII) is upset with Trump. Muslims everywhere want to demonize anyone who speaks the truth about Islam. They particularly hate anyone who proposes effective measures to reduce the potential for Islamic-generated mayhem in this country. God forbid we call a moratorium on Muslim immigration until we figure out why we are so stupid about the Muslim intent to terrorize and subvert our nation.
Trump isn’t experienced in foreign policy (says Hillary):
With foreign policy experience like Hillary’s, who needs enemies? Common sense and a pro-America attitude that Trump brings to the table will be miles better than the “experience” Hillary and our current State Department bring to the table.
Trump only recently became a Republican (said Cruz):
Teddy’s accusation hit a stone wall with the recent release of Trump’s voting record. Trump voted as a Republican for the last umpteen years, or is it two decades?
Trump is a very dangerous man (says Glenn Beck):
Glenn Beck is foaming at the mouth against Trump. He said he would rather vote for Bernie Sanders if Trump was nominated. That should tell us something about Beck’s thought processes. So much for principle that Beck used to be known for.
And the catch-all complaint:
Trump is too harsh/ vindictive/ reactionary/ mean/ defensive/ offensive/ uncouth/ disrespectful/ too casual (says the Republican establishment and Hah-vid elitists):
And I say: Finally we have a fighter who is not afraid to say what most of America is thinking. Finally we have the antidote to the failed Republican Establishment that is going nuts because they may be losing control of their perks and power. It is about damned time.