I support Donald Trump for president, even though I strongly suspect he’s not really ready for the job now, but can be.
My lack of confidence, at this point, is not my fault, it’s his. I just have this gnawing feeling that while real estate may be his forte, politics and knowledge of things political is not. Again, that’s his fault, not mine.
God only knows, he’s had every opportunity to shore up his weaknesses in this area — but it just seems that his affinity for speaking in loose and transparently uninformed rhetoric is a problem, and not just for me.
In my early twenties — and I’m a lot older now — I knew that our nuclear triad was based on an air, sea and land military strategy. In the most recent CNN debate, Trump heard something about “nuclear” and “triad”, and his eyes glazed over, and that was all he needed to hear — because that’s all he knew. Yet, for decades this strategy has been the backbone of our military deterrence posture — and every nation on earth understood it. Stated simply: while an enemy might be able to knock out two arms of the triad, we’d still have a strong deterrent capability in the one we had remaining, and would use it with devastating force.
Trump’s weakness for detail is excruciatingly painful to his supporters. Trump rips into Washington’s refusal to deport illegals and secure our borders, and he makes a sound argument when he says we don’t seem to take our border responsibilities seriously, even against those who commit serious crimes, like Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, deported five times, only to return and shoot a “beautiful young woman” as Trump referred to her with passion on several occasions. But every time he mentioned the shooting and the “beautiful young woman” I felt he didn’t have a clue what that “beautiful young woman’s” name was.
How devastating can this lack of detail be? Well, just ask Governor Rick Perry who couldn’t remember the three department’s he said he was most passionate about eliminating.
Kathryn Steinle was the young woman’s name, by the way, and the three departments were: Commerce, Education and the EPA. How do I know this? I looked it up before writing this column. It’s called research, and Trump either didn’t take the time to do it himself or he doesn’t have anyone who does it for him. That’s not a strength; it’s a weakness. His fault, not mine.
Of this much I am certain, had either panelist in either of the two debates asked Trump to be more specific, and he stumbled, and he would have, his campaign would be over.
And there’s something else: that smarmy smirk of his. What’s that all about? Adults don’t act that way, and the vast majority of adults don’t like to see others act that way either. Were I working with Trump on his debate technique, I’d slap him on the back of his head every time he did it and tell him to stop it.
In spite of this, he has my vote, and I’m going to tell you why. I, and millions of others remain loyal to him because we believe that he is the only candidate who actually means what he says. He may speak in painful generalities, but I know he will surround himself with people who do know and who share his and my views. And if that’s the case, we all benefit — if he will listen.
As for my other two star candidates: Cruz and Firoina.
I used to think [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ] had that same strength until he started back peddling on his letter under his signature allegedly supporting the “Gang of Eight” amnesty bill championed by [mc_name name=’Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’R000595′ ], but Cruz’s performance on the Greta van Susteren show this December was beyond embarrassing. Why he didn’t just say his letter was a way of smoking out the left, by offering them everything they wanted, and saying he would vote for their bill, if they would just accept one amendment that they didn’t like is a mystery to me. The letter was brilliant and demonstrated Rubio and Schumer’s hypocrisy beautifully. Cruz’s answer was less than inspiring. He was in full retreat.
I used to believe Cary Fiorina was the best suited for the job. She is a strong candidate: knowledgeable, tech savvy and bright, and should be on anyone’s ticket. But for president? Not now, not after she jumped ship when Trump suggested a temporary freeze on all Muslims seeking entry into this country. She cowered in the face of political correctness, and for a woman as bright as she is, she didn’t even know that the power to act as Trump proposed was already in the law. Somebody else actually thought of it before Trump and put it into law. Why couldn’t she have just said she was studying what he said? Still, Donald needs Carly Firoina on his ticket as vice president. Let her clobber Hillary and let Trump take the high road, if that’s even possible.
The fact is, Trump seems to win these debates by default every time. But his time is running out. If he doesn’t know about the issues he raises, what in the world will he do when he faces Hillary or Biden who seem to lie better than they tell the truth and make up facts on issues Trump knows little about?
Remember how Romney stumbled and lost his edge and confidence when, during a debate with Obama, he was challenged by Candy Crowley about his assertion that it took Obama almost two weeks to admit that the Benghazi attack was an act of terror? Romney doubted his facts, he hesitated, and even though he was right, he cowered in front of millions, including his less than honest opponent.
Still, Trump has my support even though at every opportunity he seems to relish trying his supporters’ patience with his unstudied rhetoric.
I will vote for him even though I don’t care much for how he acts. He should pay attention to this: the polls show a growing number of Americans echo this same feeling, which is why his “likeability” ratings are so poor, something he can’t afford to feed much longer.
But on the plus side, and this is so important: he stands by what he says and we who support him, like that very much. We believe he will secure our borders, strengthen our military and CIA, begin to deport illegals one at a time if that’s how it has to be done, bring fiscal sanity back to government as he has done in his own successful business dealings, drastically cut anti-growth regulations, eliminate waste, put an end to political correctness by remaining as lovably politically incorrect as he is, kick the U.N. in the butt, appoint real professionals as ambassadors, raise the flag of American pride and industry high above all others and be proud of it, strike deals with our trading partners that actually protect and advance American interests, never sell us out or apologize for our successes, advance the free enterprise system and bring jobs and businesses back to America by making America, once again, great.
And that, as they say, is that!