Far too often people seem to get caught up in momentary fads or emotional trends that often cloud their judgment. To paraphrase a common theme in Sun Tzu’s The Art of War: Every battle is won or lost before it’s ever fought. In other words, always see the bigger picture when going into “battle.”
However, in politics, emotion often trumps reason.
Take for instance the recent surge of Donald Trump to the forefront of the GOP presidential race. Now, am I saying I believe Trump stands a chance at winning? No, I don’t. My belief has been that he’s someone who’s going to eventually push things too far and say something he can’t walk back. That seems to have happened when he took a ridiculous cheap shot at Sen. John McCain, essentially saying the only reason he’s considered a hero is because he got captured. While it might not impact Trump too much in the polls, personally, I’m predicting a fairly sizable dip.
But liberals shouldn’t be trying to throw Trump under the proverbial bus, they should be embracing him. After all, he’s the embodiment of a persona that was literally created by the tea party and the conservative media – in particular Fox News.
Trump the “political figure” and presidential candidate doesn’t exist today if the tea party didn’t make bigotry within the GOP acceptable to display publicly and Fox News didn’t give him a forum on which to spew his ignorance.
Just think about this for a moment: Trump is a birther – and leading the GOP presidential field. And as we all know, the whole birther nonsense is basically just an accepted form of racism with the Republican party and conservative voters. It’s a way they can say “we don’t recognize/want a black president” without saying that specifically. But make no mistake, that’s exactly what they mean.
When you look at what Trump’s doing, he’s nothing more than a right-wing blog personified. He’s the blog that’s pushed the idea that illegal immigrants are swarming the United States bringing infectious diseases, crime and “anchor babies.” He’s the blog that pushed the idea that President Obama really doesn’t love America and might not even be American. He’s the blog that mocks diplomacy while “talking tough” about war, Iran and ISIS – even if nothing he says makes any sense. He’s that blog that doesn’t care if what he’s saying is true or even remotely factual, just as long as conservatives react positively to what’s being said.
To be honest, Trump doesn’t “offend me.” Not because I don’t find his words offensive, but because he’s not saying anything I haven’t been hearing from conservatives for years. To his credit, he’s just the only Republican who’s been willing to say these things directly and specifically while many others have only subtly hinted to them.
When you have a babbling idiot standing on a stage calling Mexican immigrants criminals and rapists – who then finds himself surging in the polls soon after – that tells you a whole lot about those who support that particular political party.
As a progressive, I couldn’t be happier that Donald Trump has suddenly become the face of the GOP. Not because I support him as a presidential candidate, but because he’s a “monster” that only exists because of the ignorance, hate, bigotry and ridiculousness that’s been driven by the tea party and propped up by the conservative media.
So yes, we should embrace “The Donald.” Not because we agree with what he’s saying, but because his hateful and bigoted rhetoric is a perfect representation of almost everything for which the Republican party and the conservative media stand.
They created him – and now they don’t seem to know what the hell to do about him.
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