Opinion

Opinion

Trump is out to trick voters

April 22, 2011

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In bridge, a trump card is held in reserve for winning a trick. In politics, Donald Trump is anything but reserved and appears to think he might trick enough voters to win the next presidential election.

There’s plenty to draw on when critiquing a possible Trump candidacy. His multiple marriages (three) and affairs provide fodder for the media and contrast poorly with President Obama’s “family values” image as husband of one wife and father of young daughters, whom he clearly loves.

In recent weeks, Trump has been trying to gain a toehold in the evangelical community, which is especially influential in Iowa, where caucuses begin the process of nominating a presidential candidate.

In an interview with David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network, Trump described Christianity as “a wonderful religion.” In answer to a question about his faith, Trump said, “I believe in God. I am Christian. I think the Bible is certainly, it is ‘the’ book. It is the thing.”

To evangelical ears, that lacks substance. While a candidate’s faith should matter only if it affects policy, if someone wishes to use his or her faith to win votes, then voters ought to be able to judge the depth of that faith as a means of determining their credibility.

What should we make of Trump telling Brody that people send him Bibles all the time and that he stores them “in a very nice place”? “There is no way I would ever throw anything, to do anything negative to a Bible. I would have a fear of doing something other than very positive so actually I store them and keep them and sometimes give them away to other people.”

Does he read the Bible and believe what it says? How about the parts concerning marriage, divorce and fornication? Would that be something Trump should take to heart? Brody didn’t ask and Trump didn’t volunteer. He did say he goes to church “as much as I can. Always on Christmas. Always on Easter. Always when there’s a major occasion.” Christians know a lot of people who attend church only on Christmas and Easter and special occasions. They are usually not serious about their faith. Not to judge, but if Trump intends to use faith to win votes from people of faith, then those people have a right to determine whether he is sincere or simply trying to manipulate them.

Trump also appears shifty when it comes to judging our “worst” president. In 2007, Trump said President George W. Bush was “the worst president ever.” In 2008, he said Bush should be impeached and that he was “impressed” by then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. But this year he says President Obama is “the worst president ever.” He is also on record as saying Jimmy Carter was the worst president.

Trump has donated to many liberal Democrats, arguing that since he lives in liberal New York City he had no other choice. Really?

Conservative talk show host Mark Levin isn’t buying it. On a recent broadcast of “The Mark Levin Show,” he asked, “Where was (Trump) during the tea party’s rise and throughout the battles it was having? Why was he donating to Senator (Chuck) Schumer, Congressman Anthony Weiner and Hillary Clinton’s campaigns when the tea party was beginning to rise?” Levin also notes that Trump wants universal health care and asked, “How is that conservative?” Trump also has flipped from pro-choice on abortion to pro-life because, he told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, two married friends who wanted to abort their child, decided not to and now are happy they didn’t. Pro-lifers won’t be impressed because Trump didn’t mention the baby’s right to life.

Donald Trump is no conservative. In fact, it’s hard to say which party he’s affiliated with. In 1987, he was Republican. In 1999, he switched to the Independence Party. In 2009, when he first considered the presidency, the New York Daily News reported, “The Donald switched his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican.”

One thing’s for sure, if he runs for president, he could harm the eventual Republican nominee. Maybe that’s why so many in the liberal media are promoting him while President Obama’s approval ratings continue to fall.

Cal Thomas is a columnist for Tribune Media Services. His email address is tmseditors@tribune.com

Comments

DeaconBlue 6 years ago

Multiple women. Multiple wives. Plenty of cash. He is not as good looking as Bill Clinton. But hey, his money can make up for looks.

He sounds like a liberal womans dream.

Vote the Trump card gals.

whats_going_on 6 years ago

that ridiculous pile of overgrown wildgrass he calls hair is to die for, are you KIDDING me? ;-)

cato_the_elder 6 years ago

"One thing’s for sure, if he runs for president, he could harm the eventual Republican nominee. Maybe that’s why so many in the liberal media are promoting him while President Obama’s approval ratings continue to fall."

That's the salient point in this column, and it's deadly accurate. Ross Perot got Bill Clinton elected. As weak as the field of Republican candidates presently is, if that doesn't change and gadfly Trump decides to run it could indeed prove helpful to the current occupier of the White House.

7texdude 6 years ago

Don't forget that Ralph Nader helped steer votes away from Al Gore. In a tight race, it made a difference.

Keith 6 years ago

Ever since y'all pretended a lightweight like Sarah Palin was top ticket material, every tinhorn and crazy feels competent to run. It's your party, enjoy it.

pizzapete 6 years ago

There might be some truth to that.

Richard Heckler 6 years ago

The fact is the republican party is no more. The demise began with Reagan/Bush. The hostile takeover was successful and avoided a ballot process for a "third party" .

The repub party in reality is the neoconservative christian fundamentalist party. They control the candidates,the money and the media. The blond hair guy will never see the light of day.

I say Jeb Bush is their favorite son no matter who else steps up and this is who will get the money etc etc etc.

This is but one aspect of this neoconservative christian fundamentalist party voters should be wary of....

"Rebuilding America's Defences," openly advocates for total global military domination” (using our military sons,daughters,fathers,mothers,cousins,brothers,sisters etc etc etc all in the name of corporate american interests) A very dangerous position which threatens OUR freedoms our economy and the nations security http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Project_for_the_New_American_Century

Recognize any of these names:

Such a Reaganite policy of military strength and moral clarity may not be fashionable today. But it is necessary if the United States is to build on the successes of this past century and to ensure our security and our greatness in the next.

Elliott Abrams / Gary Bauer / William J. Bennett / Jeb Bush /

Dick Cheney / Eliot A. Cohen / Midge Decter / Paula Dobriansky / Steve Forbes /

Aaron Friedberg / Francis Fukuyama / Frank Gaffney / Fred C. Ikle /

Donald Kagan / Zalmay Khalilzad / I. Lewis Libby / Norman Podhoretz /

Dan Quayle / Peter W. Rodman / Stephen P. Rosen / Henry S. Rowen /

Donald Rumsfeld / Vin Weber / George Weigel / Paul Wolfowitz /

Behind the scene:

Newt Gingrich / George Herbert Walker Bush / James Baker / Vice Adm John Poindexter

50YearResident 6 years ago

There will never be another "Bush" in the White House. Jeb doesn't have a snowballs chance in He11.

Bill Getz 6 years ago

I wish James Baker were thirty years younger. As for the Trumpster, look to Italy for his cognate. He's like Berlusconi, except that Trump, at least, has the redeeming grace to date women over 18, as far as we know.

Richard Heckler 6 years ago

Of course Cal does not want Trump. Trump is not one of them......

Orwell 6 years ago

Apparently Cal's concern is that Trump is the wrong liar. He prefers other extremists telling a different set of lies.

cato_the_elder 6 years ago

Au contraire. Obama's dismal popularity ratings have been earned by no one but the Bamster himself.

Live with it.

cato_the_elder 6 years ago

Unless he continues to perform as one who was never qualified to hold the office in the first place and a viable Republican candidate emerges.

It's still early, pal.

verity 6 years ago

". . . the current crop of losers to form a circular firing squad."

Love it!!

cato_the_elder 6 years ago

Obama does an excellent job of smearing himself. In truth, Obama's the gift that keeps on giving. Any Republican candidate with the qualities of a Ronald Reagan would destroy Obama in 2012.

Richard Heckler 6 years ago

We got our own Cal's choice in Sam Brownback a definite neoconservative christian fundamentalist reckless economic thinker.....

50YearResident 6 years ago

Look for Brownback to announce he is running for president within the next 18 months. Isn't that why he ran for Kansas Govenor, to use that position as a jumping off point. Wait and see, that is my prediction. Ofcourse, he will never be elected, no matter how bad he wants to be President.

verity 6 years ago

One can only hope---if he runs at least it'll keep him out of Kansas for awhile. And, yeah, he has about a snowball's chance . . . unless his God interferes.

pizzapete 6 years ago

Dude, all politicians are out to trick voters.

yourworstnightmare 6 years ago

Trump is a fool and a joke.

It is telling about the GOP in how much support he has garnered. The GOP are flailing about trying to latch on to any candidate that says the right buzzwords.

In the case of Trump, the buzz word was "birther".

However, he did not say the correct religious right buzz words, ergo this column.

A mormon, a hillbilly, and an egomanical businessman walk into a bar...

What a maroon...

Paul R Getto 6 years ago

Palin/Beck in 2012. It's a no brainer. This is going to be a fascinating, expensive, ugly and nasty election cycle. Aren't they all?

verity 6 years ago

I actually agree with Mr. Thomas.

Now I have to go take a shower.

Paul R Getto 6 years ago

Sam did so well the last time; wonder why he is encouraged? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iowa_Republican_caucuses,_2008 100% of precincts reporting[8] Candidate Votes[8] Percentage Delegates Mike Huckabee 40,954 34.36% 17 Mitt Romney 30,021 25.19% 12 Fred Thompson 15,960 13.39% 0 John McCain 15,536 13.03% 3 Ron Paul 11,841 9.93% 2 Rudy Giuliani 4,099 3.44% 0 Duncan Hunter 506 0.42% 0 Alan Keyes 247 0.21% 0 John Cox 10 .01% 0 Hugh Cort 5 0% 0 Tom Tancredo 5 0% 0 Vern Wuensche 2 0% 0 Sam Brownback* 1 0% 0 Cap Fendig 1 0% 0 Total 119,188 100% 34

50YearResident 6 years ago

God wants him to run for president.

jonas_opines 6 years ago

Nice. Criticizing the lack of civility, and referring to them as loons at the same time. That's some A-Grade dissonance there.

jonas_opines 6 years ago

In the context of my comment, yours doesn't even make sense.

(I mean, past a fifth grade comeback type of sense)

jafs 6 years ago

So you don't believe in civility?

Oh well, that's too bad.

Mike Ford 6 years ago

dumblicans always call names and flip the rebuttal. ancient fox secret. With the dummies I hear on here if pretty obvious he'll fool some of you genuises.

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