While I obviously can’t predict what the future will hold, I will say that, without a doubt, the 2016 election is going to go down as one of the strangest in American history. Especially on the Republican side of things where the party is on the verge of self-destruction over the increasing possibility that Donald Trump is going to be their nominee.
But in a testament as to how bizarre this election has been, I found myself agreeing with Glenn Greenwald, George Will and Glenn Beck – on the same day. Despite the fact that these three men couldn’t be more different, and that they’re three individuals who I really don’t care for, I was in full agreement with what each of them had to say about Trump.
Glenn Greenwald told Democracy Now! that Ted Cruz is more dangerous than Trump (something I’ve been saying for months) because he’s a genuine “religious extremist,” while saying that the main reason why the Republican party opposes Trump so fiercely is because he’s being open and honest about the bigotry, ignorance and racism that’s driven their party for years. Something that the GOP has tried to keep more subtle and hidden in their rhetoric.
And Greenwald is absolutely right on both accounts.
Then there was Republican analyst George Will who mocked the idea that you can attack the vulgarity of Trump and his campaign because that is his campaign.
“We’re asking the wrong question,” Will said. “The wrong question is will his coarseness and vulgarity hurt his candidacy – his coarseness and his vulgarity are his candidacy.”
Will is absolutely correct. When you look back over the last few months, the more vile and vulgar Trump acts… the more his supporters love him. I’ve stopped asking the question of “What’s going to bring down Donald Trump?” and started asking the question “What would it take for his supporters to turn on him?” Because at this point, there doesn’t seem to be anything he can say or do that will dissuade his voters from supporting him.
Finally there was Glenn Beck. A person who, in my opinion, is either literally insane or one of the best con artists in politics. This guy has gone from being a blithering idiot on Fox News to someone who really seems to think he’s some sort of prophet that was sent here by God.
Be that as it may, he chimed in on the fact that millions of “Christians” have flocked to Trump’s side.
“No Christian, no real Christian, I don’t mean a judgmental Christian, I mean somebody who’s living their faith, no Christian says, ‘I want that guy. That guy is the guy for me.’ Nobody,” Beck said.
Again, I completely agree. Though I would also say the same thing for any Christian who listens to Beck and thinks he’s a “Godly” person. As a Christian myself, I’m not sure Jesus Christ would be too thrilled with a fear-mongering clown who’s made hundreds of millions of dollars by exploiting hate and paranoia.
But he’s right when he says that “no real Christian” could support someone like Trump. How do you even mentally mesh your support for someone as arrogant, vile and ignorant as Trump with the teachings of someone who stands for practically everything that’s opposite of the values of the person you think should be president? It makes absolutely no sense.
You know things are really out of whack when, in the same day, I’m agreeing with these three particular individuals. But we’re all united (as are millions of other Americans) in the fact that we all see through Donald Trump’s Bullshit Mountain of propaganda and lies.
That’s sort of the 2016 election in a nutshell, isn’t it? A year where very different people who would otherwise be in almost complete disagreement with one another have become united in their disdain for one Donald J. Trump – overwhelming frontrunner for the Republican party’s presidential nomination.