I’ve made it clear I have no sympathy for Trump supporters who, out of nowhere, magically realize he’s incompetent and terrible. Say what you want about Donald Trump, but he’s never really hidden who he is. It takes willful ignorance and denial to not recognize that Trump is a truly awful human being and unfit leader.
So when I saw a story concerning conservative Rev. O’Neal Dozier quitting the GOP over Trump’s behavior, the first thing I thought was, “Was he not paying attention to everything Trump said and did, not just during his campaign, but throughout his life?”
As reported by the Sun Sentinel:
The Rev. O’Neal Dozier, the outspoken and often controversial Broward pastor, is resigning from the Republican Party, citing what he said are President Donald Trump’s attitudes toward blacks, legitimizing of white supremacists and overall “ungodly character.”
“I believe Donald Trump is mentally ill. I believe he is unfit for the presidency. I know these are strong words. But I have studied the man. This type of behavior doesn’t come from sane people,” Dozier said in an interview in which he also said the president has demonstrated “racist tendencies.”
“We are in trouble. I fear for my county. I fear for my nation. Donald Trump is not the right person for the office of the presidency,” Dozier said. “He’s hurt the nation politically, socially, spiritually, morally and in every other way. He truly has. … Every day there is some foolishness, some chaos that Donald Trump has started. All kinds of stuff. It’s ridiculous.”
And make no mistake about it, Dozier is not anything close to a moderate. He’s best known for his hard-line stances against Muslims, same-sex marriage and abortion, and he once called President Obama “the forerunner to the anti-Christ.” So I don’t want to see any Trump supporters claim that this was some “on-the-fence moderate who turned on him,” or some “deep state element trying to spread fake news.”
Though I’m still confused.
Again, say what you want about Trump, but everything Dozier just described about him is exactly who he’s always been. Was it not “ungodly character” to call most Mexican immigrants “rapists and criminals,” mock a man with disabilities, belittle POWs, call his political opponents childish insults, brag about sexually assaulting women, and use rhetoric that inspired white nationalism and Nazis?
I’m sorry, but every time I see a story about someone who voted for Trump who now regrets it, I can’t help but wonder what political campaign they were following during the 2016 election.
Maybe it’s just me, but I’m not seeing many differences between Trump before and after last year’s election.
It’s a testament to how awful the GOP has been for quite a while now that its embrace and support of a credibly accused child molester in Alabama, while obviously a major story — isn’t really all that surprising.
Don’t get me wrong, hearing that anyone who once supported Trump has finally realized that he’s a revolting human being is great news. We need all the help we can get fighting against his cult of supporters. Still, as glad as I am to see people who once were on the “Trump Train” jumping off as quickly as they can, I’ll never understand how they could have watched the same campaign he ran as the rest of us and not have seen all these terrible things about him.