Why Liberals Should Be Embracing Donald Trump

jon-stewart-white-house-donFar 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.

That’s why I’m absolutely loving Trump the presidential candidate.

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.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Michael Siever

    Fox “news” is doing everything in their power to keep The Donald off the stage when the GOP debates come on, because they are legitimately scared of him and know how unelectable he is, even though he spouts of everything they’ve tip-toed around saying, if not said flat out themselves.

    But, the fact is Donald Trump will not be our next President, because he isn’t interested in the slightest of being President; this is more about him making money off of running for President. And if tRUMP decides to run as an independent after he gets squeezed out by the GOP, he will just siphon far-right voters off from the GOP base, guaranteeing a Democratic President for the next term.

    • buricco

      We can only hope that the Democratic base doesn’t wind up splitting between Clinton and Sanders, because that, on the other hand, will prolly lead to Tronald Dump in the white house.

      • Sunnysmom

        I’d hope Democrats are smarter than that. There’s too much at stake and we know it. I’d rather have Sanders, but if Hillary’s in then she’s my President.

      • Michael Siever

        That’s the way I see it. I’m voting for Sanders in the primaries, assuming he makes it to Super Tuesday, since I live in Texas, but I will vote for Clinton, whom I’m 95% sure will receive the nomination.

      • buricco

        I dunno. I have a sinking feeling.

    • Sunnysmom

      The scariest part of Trump for me is that it’s really showcasing the crazies. John McCain was right on that. It emboldens a level of fringe we don’t get to see often. Go to Trump’s FB page for a real eye-opening experience. The furthest right of the right, willing to harm other people physically for their skewed perceptions.

  • kathy_lowen

    “Trump is nothing more than a right-wing blog personified.” Yup, there you have it, and letting everyone see that in all its naked ‘glory’ is exactly what scares the hell out of the GOP.