Trump's entrance in many ways has been a breath of fresh air. Like him or hate him, he has stirred up emotions in what is typically a less than engaging period of politics. He's not afraid to say what the average American is already thinking in many cases. He's not politically correct. He recognizes the mess that our country is in. He is the perfect outsider to blow up the Washington DC Cartel made by both parties. Many Americans, including myself, feel the American government has forsaken them and is no longer representative of the people's hopes and dreams on a large scale. Many Americans don't care who it is or how it happens; they just want someone to blow it up and start it over. In this kind of environment that eccentric, no holds barred approach by Donald Trump, and even the Capitalism overthrowing Bernie Sanders, has picked up major traction all across the country.
While I've never cast a vote for Trump, I have supported his stances on several policies. But the one thing that always kept me from truly getting behind him was his attitude and lack of morals. I'm a pretty open-minded person in most every aspect of my life. I go to great lengths to try and see the other side of the equation so I can at least have a viable argument if I feel the need to oppose it. Trump claims to be a Christian and while his brand of Christianity isn't one I would feel comfortable hanging my eternity on, that's between him and God to a large extent. Trump is a card carrying Presbyterian and thus very likely believes in predestination as many in the Presbyterian denomination do. That doctrine alone would seemingly cause Trump to believe that he is saved, or at least predestined, to go to Heaven, thus making him a "great Christian." And while this is not an article on the fruits of predestination, I will say that many of "The Donald's" fruits in general look and smell rotten.
Trump has had his fair share of indiscretions. Go to YouTube and look up any number of videos with Trump in them and you'll see and hear him doing and saying all kinds of heinous things. One of his favorite topics is women. Trump has had no problem calling women "fat pigs, ugly, repulsive," and more. He bashed Carly Fiorina's looks. He told Megyn Kelly that she was "bleeding everywhere." He's told women that he'd have them on their knees. And the list goes on and on and on. Many American men are actually get excited about this kind of talk. In fact, many people, both men and women alike, engage in talk like this about people they know. Up and until now however, no one has been so blatant about putting it out there for all to see and hear.
Donald Trump is the master of the media cycle and doesn't mind making his own headlines if people have made it through the day without hearing his name. To do that, he uses his favorite social media app, Twitter. Peruse through the @donaldjtrump Twitter account and you'll see all kinds of insults about everyone under the sun, but especially women. I've tried to look past a lot of it and stay focused on the issues and the need to reform Washington. But as the days and weeks have gone on, it's become almost impossible. Do we really want a President who will spend the next four years tweeting about Congresspeople and others in the country who don't agree with him? Do we really need a President to disparage women for the next four years on Twitter? And let's not pretend he wouldn't. Let's not buy into the lie that he'll become more presidential when he's supposed to. This is this man's character and the leopard doesn't change his spots. Anything other than a divine touch from the Lord and what we've seen is a glimpse of the real Donald Trump trying to achieve the most powerful office in the world.
Still, up until today really, I had made up my mind that the unknown of what Trump would represent in Washington would be better than the known results of Hillary Clinton in office. Whether Trump really believes his rhetoric and will really stick to it, no one truly knows, but I'm pretty sure we know what we're getting with Clinton. I planned up until today to "hold my nose" and vote for Trump if he gets the nomination just like I did Mitt Romney in 2012 and John McCain in 2008. But minus something groundbreaking happening, I just can't do it, and I hate I'm saying that.
Donald Trump finally pushed the rock over the cliff in his latest attack aimed directly at Ted Cruz's wife, Heidi. You may have seen the Twitter war. A Super PAC that has donated lots of money to the Cruz campaign released an attack ad on Trump showing his wife, Melania, posing naked during a photoshoot for the cover of GQ magazine. The ad asks the American voter if they really want America's first lady to have posed nude for the world to see. The ad in my opinion was classless. In my opinion, a candidate's family needs to be off limits from attacks. Predictably, Trump became angry at the ad and accused Ted Cruz of running it. Cruz denied it and the Super PAC "Make America Awesome" chaired by Liz Mair, admitted to running the ad, and proudly so. Trump used the occasion to threaten to "spill the beans" on Heidi Cruz apparently angling at exploiting her admitted bout with depression in 2005 where Heidi Cruz apparently became a danger to herself according to reports and her own testimony. To this threat, Ted Cruz called Trump a coward if he attacked Heidi and commented that Trump's wife was lovely and Heidi was "the love of my life."
None of that stopped Trump however as he unleashed an onslaught against Ted & Heidi Cruz today with an ad depicting Melania Trump in a model shot next to Heidi Cruz in what appears to be either a badly timed video capture photo or very possibly a picture from 2005 when she was battling depression. When I saw it, my stomach turned. I wanted to throw up. It's sickening to see how shallow and how demeaning one person can become to get what they want. Ted Cruz has obviously responded calling Trump a coward and telling him to leave Heidi alone. Some say Trump was protecting his wife, but let me tell you why that doesn't add up.
First, attacking anyone's wife and kids should be way beneath a professional individual, especially someone running for the most powerful position in the world. Common decency, chivalry, and the gentlemen's unwritten code suggest purposefully trying to humiliate a woman or child is beyond disgraceful. In fact, in times gone by, a man that would try to attack a woman and disparage her reputation would be ushered out the backdoor and properly dealt with.
Second, "Lyin'" Ted Cruz said he did not run the attack ad on Trump. Instead of finding proof that he did, Trump jumped at the chance to launch a vicious attack thus again proving the man's temperament is a danger to the country. The idea of "shoot first, ask questions later" might sound tough in a video game or Hollywood movie, but this is the real world with real people in it.
Third, the attack ad used a picture that Trump's wife willfully, proudly, and openly posed for. This wasn't a secret image shared between husband and wife. Melania Trump took her clothes off for the world to see and was paid handsomely for it. Not only that, but it was in a GQ magazine which targets men. She posed nude so that men could look at her. This ad used that picture and asked what may honestly be a legitimate question. The picture Trump dug up and contrived of Heidi Cruz was certainly not one she purposefully posed for. It was not one that depicted her in the best light. It was not one she was proud of or had been paid for. Plain and simple, Trump wanted to humiliate Heidi Cruz and make fun of her breakdown.
Which leads to the fourth and final point. What kind of individual makes fun of a woman, or any individual for that matter, that suffered a major crisis in their past which led to depression that resulted in them becoming a danger to themselves? What kind of human being does that? What kind of man enjoys humiliating a Christian woman who has had her own struggles? Who other than a sick, self-absorbed, cold-hearted lowlife enjoys digging up people's past struggles and hurts to humiliate them all over again after they've healed from it? That man right now is Donald Trump and that kind of man can NEVER be the President of the United States. His sitting in the Oval Office would be a disgrace to the great leaders America has been blessed with like George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and Ronald Reagan.
If your opinion of this matter is that all is fair in political love and war, then I'm sorry to say that you've become overcome with the blood-lust of political fodder. I lost every bit of respect for Donald Trump today. I understand that his kids seem to be great people. I understand that many of the tens of thousands of people he has employed has loved working for him. I understand that he supposedly has a big heart and it has been on display throughout the years for certain causes. But what I also understand is that Donald Trump seems to only have room in his heart for one person, and it is himself. And I'm convinced that Trump knows how to be whoever he needs to be and to make deals with whoever he needs to make deals with to get whatever it is he truly wants.
That kind of man can't be trusted. Any man that joyfully seeks to humiliate a wife, thus her children, and desires to exploit a person's most hurtful and harmful time in their life, isn't fit for the office of President. In fact, I'd say the only position they are fit for is probably knees down at an old fashioned altar.