While Donald Trump generates a lot of (mostly negative) attention from the press, I’ve said repeatedly that I don’t find him exceptionally offensive. Not because many of the things he’s said haven’t been offensive, but because what he’s saying is basically what I’ve heard much of my life living in Texas. If I want to hear Mexican immigrants called criminals and rapists, all I need to do is find the typical conservative voter I’ve encountered much of my life and ask them what they think about illegal immigrants.
Not only that, but Trump is simply saying directly what the Republican party has typically only subtly alluded to for decades.
Well, there’s another reality about Trump that I don’t think many people realize: He’s possibly the most moderate Republican candidate running for president.
It’s like I said on my Facebook page the other day, if someone told me I had absolutely no choice but to vote for one of the current Republican front-runners (Trump/Bush/Carson/Walker/Rubio) – I wouldn’t hesitate to vote for Trump. I’ll take a pompous blowhard over a bunch of religious fanatics and another Bush any day.
I am by no means a Trump fan, but if I’m forced to choose between five truly awful candidates, I’ll take the one who:
- Has actually admitted universal health care works.
- Admitted that Planned Parenthood does provide much-needed services to women.
- Publicly spoken out against free trade agreements.
- Actually slammed Republicans for trying to cut entitlement programs.
I feel I should reiterate that I’m certainly not a fan of Trump. I’m simply pointing out the fact that when it comes to these other Republican candidates (especially the ones polling in the top 5-10), he’s actually the most sane and moderate of the bunch. That’s not exactly a compliment considering the company he’s sharing.
For example, included among this group of seventeen we have:
- Mike Huckabee who’s said he’s going to call down fire from God to kill false prophets over same-sex marriage. Yes, he really said that.
- Marco Rubio who thinks women are simply walking incubators.
- Jeb Bush who said that gay Americans can’t provide loving families for children.
- Ted Cruz who seems to lie about damn near everything.
- Chris Christie who put lives at risk because a mayor of a small town wouldn’t endorse his re-election.
- Scott Walker who said the Boy Scouts allowing gay Scout leaders puts children in danger.
- Lindsey Graham who hasn’t met a Middle Eastern country he wouldn’t love to bomb.
The list goes on and on. While I would be absolutely embarrassed if Trump became this nation’s president (trust me, he won’t), I would be legitimately terrified for this country if any of these other clowns polling in the Top 10 ended up winning.
It’s a true testament to just how terrible this Republican field of candidates is (and how radical the GOP has become) when Donald Trump is probably the most moderate of their seventeen presidential hopefuls.