The Donald is dying the death of a thousand cuts.
In his public life, he bragged about his sexual conquests–which included married women. Republican voters nominated him in spite of that known baggage. Under the radar, however, many otherwise stalwart conservative women questioned whether they could support him.
Then, the bombshell dropped: footage of him bragging about unsolicited kissing, pursuing married women, and “grabbing [them] by the p***y.”
After that, women have come forward, accusing him of unsolicited kissing and groping. Could those accusers be fictitious? You bet. They certainly do sound opportunistic, given that The Donald has been in the public eye for almost four decades. Trump has threatened to sue his accusers, although it will almost certainly be a case of “too little/too late”. The election is in two weeks, and such lawsuits will take months if not years. The damage is done.
Now, a porn actress–Jessica Drake–has come forward accusing Trump of propositioning her.
If Trump survives this and wins the election, then he has more lives than Rasputin.
The only reason he still has a chance is because his opponent, Hillary Clinton, is easily the most corrupt politician in American history to seek the Oval Office. Had the DoJ treated her like anyone else not named Clinton, she’d be lucky to get 5 years on a plea bargain.
Will the Jessica Drake accusations be the final nail in Trump’s political coffin? I don’t know.
While some would be incredulous that Trump would even put himself in the same company as a porn star, I am neither surprised nor shocked at it. Here we have a man who has been, by his own admission, sexually licentious for much of his adult life. Given that his fortune has provided him access to those popular in that industry, it is not surprising that he would use his influence to hang around in their circles. Drake may have rebuffed him, but I’m hardly naive enough to think that others didn’t accept his proposals.
If one is given to debauchery, then it ought not be surprising that they seek those who are popular in the debauchery industry. Josh Duggar had trysts with a porn star. Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer was forced to resign when he was outed as a client of a high-end “escort.” That Trump would attempt to bed a porn actress, given his known baggage, should not be a shocker.
Right now, this election is pitting Jezebel against Nebuchadnezzar.
We know that Jezebel was totally evil.
We know that Nebuchadnezzar was generally evil, but–after his fiery furnace fail, and seven years of eating grass–turned out pretty good.
Should a Christian vote for Trump? I don’t know: that’s totally your decision. Is Trump merely a “lesser evil”, or does he have enough strength in his platform that makes a case FOR his Presidency? That’s for you to decide.
He talks a great nationalist talk; he’s right on immigration; he’s right on many issues of foreign policy; he’s right about the cartels that are screwing the health care industry; he’s right about abortion.
But can he be believed?
Do his past indiscretions nullify his platform?
A friend of mine–one of the sharpest people I know–had this to say:
For those who keep questioning why I continue to support a (racist, sexist, homophobe, islamophobe … name your own distorted propaganda characterization), here is my response:
I don’t care at all for the “character” issues in this election. Ceteris paribus, character would matter in this or any other election, but as is generally true, ceteris is not paribus.
I support Trump because of the following things that matter to me:
1. He proposes to enforce the immigration law. His opponent has made it clear, on the record, that she supports open borders. If you want to see the consequences of open borders, look at Europe.
2. I shudder to think what kind of people Clinton will nominate for the courts.
3. Trump seems more inclined for us to mind our business. Clinton has a proven track record of meddling in the affairs of other nations, with disastrous results. Many have died as a consequence of her awkward attempt at foreign policy.
4. Trump opposes untrammeled free trade. Clinton seems to want to continue this particularly destructive feature of the status quo.
5. Trump’s position on abortion is soft, and I have some doubt that his opposition to abortion is entirely sincere, but Clinton has made it clear, on the record, that she supports unrestricted abortion, using federal funds, right up to the moment of birth.
6. Clinton represents the elitist, wonkish crowd who got us into this mess. Trump, for all that he is a rich man who has participated in the system, is not one of them.
For these and several other reasons, I support the Trump candidacy. There are a number of things he favors that I don’t agree with. The Republican who would have come closest to my views was Ted Cruz – whom I detest on character grounds. I have said that I support Trump because I oppose Clinton, but my opposition is on the grounds of issues. I would have supported Cruz had he been the nominee, because of his positions on these and other issues, even though I despise him.
I am done with discussing Trump’s badly flawed character. If your response to the above is “yes, but Trump is a bad person,” I will ignore you. I would be glad to discuss the issues.
My case: barring a catastrophe–and trust me, you don’t want that–it’s going to be Hillary or Trump.
No third candidate will win. Any discussion of that is moot: Evan McMullin has no chance. Even if he and Gary Johnson took enough votes to throw the election into the House of Representatives–and neither will get so much as a single state–then Hillary will win. A critical mass of Republicans will oppose Trump; the entire Democratic caucus would get behind Hillary, and Hillary wins.
Barring a catastrophe, It will be Hillary or Trump.
You know what you are going to get with Hillary.
- She will make federal court picks–lifetime appointments–who will enshrine the Marxist-Leninist agenda of the Left.
- She will continue immigration policies–importing terrorists–that have been disastrous for Europe.
- She will finish off the health care system, giving us a government-run system that will be abysmal.
- She will sell us out to Europe, Canada, Central and South America, and China.
- She will bring us closer to full-on war with Russia.
- She will unleash the federal regulatory apparatus on conservatives of all stripes. Lois Learner will look like Ron Paul when Hillary is done with the Tea Party.
- Get ready for federal attacks on gun rights.
The problem is whether Trump means what he says, or whether he is is really of the same mind as Hillary?
He is carrying the torch for a semi-conservative nationalist movement that is the “alt-right”; baggage aside, he is where he is because the alt-right is gaining steam, and that will continue irrespective of the election results.
Fair disclosure: I am not a prophet; I claim no special anointing. The following is my own assessment, and I am not even completely sure of myself, as this election is a total crapshoot.
My prediction: it will be a rout in the downcard. Republicans will lose the House and Senate. Badly.
But Trump will win.