Donald Trump: Should Conservatives and Christians Support Him?

Donald Trump mocking reporter Serge Kovaleski

Donald Trump mocking reporter Serge Kovaleski

There is really no good reason why a conservative would support Donald Trump for the presidency of the United States.

Sure, most good people have been hungry to see someone who will publicly articulate some of the “harsh” truths of our time (e.g. that illegal aliens should be sent home), as well as someone who will thumb their noses at the effete GOP establishment.  That sort of thing is refreshing after the utter gutlessness we have seen from Republican “leadership” in the last five to ten years.

Still, that is not sufficient reason to overlook Trump’s overall weakness and unreliability when it comes to policy.  As I and some others have repeatedly pointed out in the past, Donald Trump is a liberal. Sure, he has some conservative leanings, and of course he has, um, changed some of his positions since running for the GOP nomination. When you look beyond the rhetoric at the record, we see that Trump is no better on policy than the same RINOs we enjoy him poking at right now. With Donald Trump, we’d be trading establishment RINOs for a non-establishment RINO.  Not a good deal

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There is also really no good reason why a Christian would support Donald Trump for the presidency of the United States. For all the aforementioned reasons why conservatives should not support Trump, Christians should also withhold support. But Christians should also take a look at the harsh and childish behavior exhibited by Donald Trump in recent months.

Dr. Michael Brown has done so, enumerating some of the personal attacks waged by Trump against his detractors.

The Scriptures teach that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks (Luke 6:45), and so Trump’s consistent pattern of reckless speech points to deeper issues which could make him unfit for the office of the presidency.

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I’m not just talking about his silly attacks on Megyn Kelly (blood), Carly Fiorina (face), and Marco Rubio (sweat) or his more serious attacks on Mexican immigrants (accusing the many of what the few do) and others. I’m talking about his character assault on Ben Carson, comparing him to a child molester who has pathological problems and, most recently, his apparent mocking of the disability of New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski.

Worse still, rather than apologizing for his most recent remarks, he claims he is being unfairly attacked for his comments and alleges that he doesn’t even know what Kovaleski looks like. Is he lying?

Notice that he referred to Kovaleski, who suffers from arthrogryposis, which visibly limits flexibility in his arms, as a “nice reporter,” before saying, “Now the poor guy, you’ve got to see this guy,” flailing his arms as he pretended to be Kovaleski.

Then there are the comments made by Trump that he doesn’t need God’s forgiveness, and that he’s “working” to make it to heaven.  Every Christian knows that there are NO righteous human beings, no, not one.  We already have one narcissistic self-worshiper in the White House right now; do we really want to trade that one in for another, slightly less Marxist one?

But there is yet another most practical reason why a conservative and a Christian should not support Donald Trump for the presidency of the United States.

Cruz_TrumpWhy would a conservative or a Christian support a pale and often bratty imitation of the kind of leadership this nation desperately needs, when there is an extraordinary man like Senator Ted Cruz running for president right now.

Ted Cruz possesses an understanding of our nation’s founding principles, and combines with that understanding a determination to see those principles reestablished, that we have not seen in a public figure since Ronald Reagan

As Ted Cruz pointed out in his book “A Time for Truth,” we are seeing a crop of “the children of Reagan” coming into their own in the political realm right now.  The “children of Reagan” are kids like me (Cruz is three years younger than me) who lived our teen years during Ronald Reagan’s presidency.  We saw what liberalism wreaks on a society (the Jimmy Carter years), and we saw the bold, dramatic difference that conservative leadership can produce in making America strong physically and morally.

Unlike the feckless RINO “leadership” of Reagan’s day like Gerald Ford, or today’s John Boehner and Mitch McConnell, Cruz fully understands Reagan’s call for the Republican Party to unapologetically raise “a banner of no pale pastels, but bold colors which make it unmistakably clear where we stand on all of the issues troubling the people.”  The “pale pastels” of the RINOs offer no inspiration to the American people, especially in contrast to the appealing lies of a political party that promises you loads of free stuff at the expense of someone else.

When we look at the record, where the candidates stand on the issues, it is clear who is the best choice to turn this nation back from the abyss over which we are now careening.

We don’t have to guess how Ted Cruz would govern as president.  We have seen how he behaved while working at the Federal Trade Commission. We have seen how he behaved as Solicitor General for Texas.  And we have seen him go against the corrupt leadership of his own party as a U.S. Senator fighting for the constitutional principles that made America the greatest nation in history.

Ted Cruz has demonstrated he understands the principles upon which America was founded, and he has demonstrated the determination to let nothing and no one stand in the way of restoring America to the right path.

Why should conservatives or Christians support a boorish pseudo-Republican when Ted Cruz is in the race?


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Bob Ellis has been the owner of media company Dakota Voice, LLC since 2005. He is a 10-year U.S. Air Force veteran, a political reporter and commentator for the past decade, and has been involved in numerous election and public policy campaigns for over 20 years. He was a founding member and board member of the Tea Party groups Citizens for Liberty and the South Dakota Tea Party Alliance. He lives in Rapid City, South Dakota with his wife and two children.
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  • DCM7

    We keep hearing so much about Trump in the media because he’s clearly the Republican candidate that the Democrats want to have as an opponent.

    The Democrat media has mastered the art of influencing which Republican candidate gets the attention of the majority of Republican voters. Republican voters really need to stop falling for this.

    • http://www.americanclarion.com/ Bob Ellis

      Well said!

    • franklinb23

      I’m not so sure about that. Trump’s appeal is quite real, and he has a sizable following. He seems to have no filter on his mouth and he says what he thinks, and he can’t be bought by any particular special interest group. That in itself lends people to think he’s going to abide by what he says. After all, he has so much money, what does he care what people think? He’s also tough on immigration.

      It’s not his politics that bother me, personally. I just get the feeling that he doesn’t take this all that seriously. It seems like it’s all another episode of The Apprentice to him. Being the leader of the free world is a heavy, heavy burden, one I’m not sure the Trumpinator is quite up for.

      • http://www.americanclarion.com/ Bob Ellis

        I also get a feeling that he doesn’t take it as seriously as he should. Not that running a business empire is easy, but being responsible for the lives and well-being of over 300 million people in a hostile world (and essentially leading the “free world”) is a TREMENDOUS responsibility that makes running a business empire pale in comparison.

        I understand your point about people thinking his “straight talk” means he’ll do what he says. I have no doubt that this is the case with many people. However, those people should stop and give grave heed to the fact that he has changed his tune on several important subjects…just in time to run for the presidency. I realize people can change their mind-even sincerely so-but when someone changes their mind around the time they run for office, it’s usually a con job.

    • Thisoldspouse

      “We keep hearing so much about Trump in the media because he’s clearly the Republican candidate that the Democrats want to have as an opponent.”

      Indeed he is. Wasn’t this Romney’s case in 2012? Very few Democrats tried to sabotage Romney’s race for the Party nomination, in fact, many supported his nomination.

  • Thisoldspouse

    Trump is nothing but the addled-culture celebrity candidate, like Schwarzenegger and Ventura. Unthinking drones think their outlandish popularity based on well-scripted stunts, whether “reality” shows or “wrestling,” somehow translate to executive leadership.