We have heard the refrain numerous times from Trump supporting idiots (pardon the redundancy); if he gets to the convention with the highest number of delegates, he should be given the nomination … or we would be disrespecting the decision of the voters.
My response is two-fold.
- First, the delegates have no obligation to vote for Trump – on the contrary, as representatives, their first obligation is to their own conscience and judgment – which they should submit to no one. This applies whether or not he gets to 1237 before the Convention. Furthermore, I submit that their loyalty to the party, its platform and its reputation should stand higher than any regard for any candidate, no matter how many supporters he has amongst the larger population.
To quote Edmund Burke (h/t: Jay Cost):
It ought to be the happiness and glory of a representative to live in the strictest union, the closest correspondence, and the most unreserved communication with his constituents. Their wishes ought to have great weight with him; their opinion, high respect; their business, unremitted attention. It is his duty to sacrifice his repose, his pleasures, his satisfactions, to theirs; and above all, ever, and in all cases, to prefer their interest to his own. But his unbiased opinion, his mature judgment, his enlightened conscience, he ought not to sacrifice to you, to any man, or to any set of men living. These he does not derive from your pleasure; no, nor from the law and the constitution. They are a trust from providence, for the abuse of which he is deeply answerable. Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays, instead of serving you, if he sacrifices it to your opinion.
Convention delegates need to be aware of the threat Donald Trump poses to the GOP as an institution if he is allowed to occupy the top of ticket; 95% of voters vote a straight ticket, especially in Presidential election years. The Republican Party has spent the last 8 years building itself up, winning a majority of the House, Senate, Governorships and State Legislative seats. With Trump, each and every single one of these achievements is in serious danger of being undone. The new voters Trump supposedly brings out of the fever swamps to the party would be dwarfed by the number of previously disengaged people who will come out to vote to keep Trump away from the Oval Office. The vast majority would not bother to individually weigh their choices for every office downballot. They would just tick the square or circle marked ‘D’. It would be 1974 all over again – this time with the loss of the White House, and any chance of any form of an effective opposition at any level of government to a President Hillary Clinton and a weaponized liberal Federal bureaucracy.
Which is why the threat that the coalition of low IQ personality cultists, Birthers, 9/11 Truthers, Neo-Nazis, unrepentant segregationists, modern day know-nothings, WWE and Jerry Springer afficianados that Trump has brought out of the fever swamps would be upset and no longer call themselves Republicans should have no bearing on the decision to deny Trump the nomination other than to make it more attractive.
Apart from the fact that up to 90% of them have never voted before, most would not vote again if Trump is not on the ballot. In addition, welcoming their presence into the Republican coalition, as some idiots claiming “pragmatism” e.g. Jon Huntsman, would fundamentally taint the GOP in the eyes of the wider electorate for years to come.
It is exactly to avoid such a taint that the Republican Party in Louisiana chose to run away from David Duke (who – surprise! – has endorsed Donald Trump) when he ran for Governor and ended up in the run-off against a certified criminal in Edwin Edwards in 1991. Yes, the situation is exactly the same.
Make no mistake, we are better off and stronger without Trump voters than we are with them. To put it in the proper context; an anorexic gaining a much needed 20 pounds is to be celebrated, unless the bulk of that weight happens to be from a cancerous tumor growing somewhere on his body. Cutting off the tumor would negate the weight gain, but no doctor would deny that the patient would be stronger and healthier without it.
Trump voters are a like such a cancer on the GOP, and much like a cancer, they chose to flare up and fly their crazy flag at the most inopportune times. With at least one Supreme Court seat vacant and many more looming, Obamacare collapsing, Obama and Clinton’s foreign policy leaving everywhere they have touched around the world in a shambles, Trump voters essentially chose to sabotage what was almost a guaranteed Republican win.
I say it’s time to cut them off and let them go their own way, and damn the consequences. And now is better than later. Because giving in to them now means David Duke, or some other skinhead in 2020, or a porno actress who will campaign in a bikini (or in the nude). It raises the possibility of Republican primaries at the state and local level being entered into and won by vapid reality TV stars, Kluckers, and convicted criminals still in prison.
- Second; it is the height of irony and absolute hypocrisy for any Trump voter to complain about a lack of respect.
To a man (and woman), Trump voters are disciples of the notion that a public lack of manners, civility and basic decency are the hallmarks of what it means to be a great man and a prime qualification for the Presidency. And as a result they have given their passionate and unshakeable support to a proudly corrupt, vow-breaking, gutter-mouthed excuse for a human being. In fact, for an overwhelming majority of Trump voters, the more crass, indecent, ignorant and ill-mannered Trump behaves, the more passionately they support him.
Online, I have encountered more than one Trump enthusiast, while repeatedly claiming to be a ‘Proud Conservative Evangelical Christian’ – excusing Donald Trump’s history of cheating on his wives and sleeping with other men’s wives as evidence of his being a “real man” who we cannot expect to be satisfied by one woman. Another informed everyone that the men whose wives Trump has slept with should take it as a ‘compliment’ and further claimed that he would be proud if his wife cuckolded him with Donald Trump – because it shows off her ‘great taste’ in men.
Which brings me back to the main point, Trump voters’, and their votes, are not deserving of respect, not least because of their support of a man precisely because, not in spite of the fact that he has demonstrated no respect for anyone or anything – including the office he seeks.
People who have rejected civility, manners, decency and respect as marks of weakness, deserve nothing but the insults, disregard and contempt that they have chosen to reward.
Men and women who laugh and clap, high-five each other, and praise Trump’s “business acumen” when they hear of his abuse of eminent domain laws to turf people out of their homes for his projects have no cause for complaint if delegates at the convention decide to use the rules turf their little fingered god out of the nomination.
Simply put; without Trump, we may lose the Presidency. With Trump, we lose everything.