It’s undeniable that Donald Trump has dominated headlines over the last few weeks. In fact, I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen a candidate dominate headlines for as long as the current Republican presidential frontrunner has since he announced his candidacy a few weeks ago. Though what I’ve undoubtedly found most interesting about all of it is the fact that the conservative media is split between trying to take him down (Fox News’ tactics) so he’s no longer exposing the ignorance of the Republican party, and the hard-lining far-right aspects of the conservative media that still very much agree with him.
Several things Trump has said since announcing his candidacy have been attention-getting, but I think far too many people are hung up on the tone of his comments rather than the actual context and the big picture real world effects they could have. Don’t get me wrong, Trump’s comments (especially about Rosie O’Donnell and Megyn Kelly) were disgustingly misogynistic and flat-out awful, and I’m certainly not trying to “rate insults” as some people have suggested – but if you look at the context of what many of these other candidates have said, Trump isn’t even in the “Top 5” as it relates to Republicans who I find far more offensive.
So I thought I would list those five and prove why they’ve been far more vile than Trump.
5. Scott Walker: Besides being someone who’s openly bragged about stripping unions of their collective bargaining rights (screw those greedy teachers, right?), and one of the many Republicans who backs legislation that seeks to shame women into not having an abortion, just a few weeks ago he literally suggested that having gay Boy Scout leaders could be putting children “in danger.” Yes, because being a homosexual clearly means that you’re a sexual deviant. Well, at least according to Walker.
4. Ted Cruz: I don’t even know where to begin. He is, without a doubt, one of the most dishonest politicians in all of Washington. You know your rhetoric is ridiculous when it’s not really even “news” when you compare Americans who support equality for homosexuals to Islamic radicals. There’s a huge difference between opposing gay rights and comparing those who support equality for gay Americans to people slaughtering women and children in the Middle East.
3. Jeb Bush: His recent comments (he claims he “misspoke”) when he declared we spend too much on women’s health in this country made the headlines, but let’s not forget that just a couple of months ago he flat-out said he didn’t believe that gay Americans were capable of providing loving homes or families for children.
2. Marco Rubio: While Trump’s back and froth exchange with Kelly drew most of the headlines, for me the sleaziest moment of the night came with Rubio publicly stated that he opposes any and all abortion – even in the cases of rape or the mother’s life being in jeopardy. In other words, to Rubio, pregnant women are walking incubators who no longer have any control or say-so over anything that’s happening to their bodies, even if their life is in danger.
1. Mike Huckabee: I’m not sure if many of those reading this are aware, but just a couple of months ago Huckabee declared that he was willing to call down fire from God to rid the Earth of false prophets who dare claim to be Christian while supporting gay rights. Basically, he said he wants to call upon God to kill those of us who claim to be Christians while supporting gay rights.
But that’s just one of several absurd comments the former Fox News host has said recently.
I’m fairly certain most everyone heard about his “oven” comment he made basically comparing President Obama to Hitler by claiming that the president was marching Jews straight into “the oven.”
Then there was just a couple of days ago when he declared America a “dangerous place” because of same-sex marriage and abortion.
Oh, then that time he said he wasn’t opposed to using the military to prevent women from having abortions or when he said he might have been “transgender” if it would have allowed him to shower with teenage girls in high school.
Or how about that time he defended a molester?
Now, I understand why Trump is in the news. He’s loud, abrasive and says whatever’s on his mind. But it’s hard for me to be “offended” by anything he says because he’s nothing more than an arrogant blowhard who doesn’t even believe a lot of the crap that spews from his mouth. A lot of it is just him trying to get attention and pander to conservatives so that he can stay at or near the top of Republican polls for as long as possible.
But for these other clowns, in my opinion, they’re far worse than Trump. The biggest difference is what they’re saying has become so common within the Republican party that comparing the president to Hitler; gay rights advocates to terrorists; suggesting homosexuals are an endangerment to children; or a woman’s life is worth less than that of a fetus isn’t ” shocking news” – is just everyday rhetoric from the likes of the GOP.
That pretty much tells you all you need to know about Republicans and the “values” for which they stand.