Monday, May 09, 2016

Trump Glass House in Peril: Opponents' Lying and Lack of Honor

First a disclaimer. Here are the ground rules I will attempt to stick to during the campaign. I will try really hard not to criticize Donald Trump unless he attacks other Republicans, conservatives, the Constitution, historical American heroes, individuals not in politics who don't support him, or basic morality. If he's attacking Democrats, they can fend for themselves.

Donald Trump and Governor Jeb Bush
Okay, Trump is criticizing other Republican leaders. He's complaining about the lying and lack of honor of his Republican opponents
Senator Lindsey Graham
like Jeb Bush and Lindsey Graham for pledging to endorse the nominee and not following through.

He has a point. It is a lack of honor to make a promise and not carry through. Though usually we give some leeway when exceptional circumstances come up.

However, the charge is astonishing considering Trump's own past life and his campaign to date.

In political terms, he has termed his 180 turns as "flexibility" in changing a position he has assured people that he supports.  The linked list above is more than a month old and doesn't include his "living" minimum wage change or moderating the Republican platform on abortion (among a rapidly increasing list of changed positions that I am unable to keep up with).

In campaign terms, Ben Carson assured us that Trump was lying (as all politicians do) when Trump said that Carson had a pathology like a child molester. Though Trump himself never said he was lying or wrong about the charge. Further, Trump calls people nasty and liars when they oppose him and nice guys when they stop opposing him. And he easily makes shameful slanders against family members of his political opponents as with Ted Cruz's father, Pastor Rafael Cruz.

And there are Trump's own fluctuations in declaration on whether he would support the nominee.
Donald Trump said Tuesday that he would no longer support the eventual GOP presidential nominee if it were someone else — even if it's rival Ted Cruz — because "I've been treated very unfairly" by the Republican National Committee and the party establishment.
"No. I don't anymore," Trump told CNN host Anderson Cooper in Milwaukee when asked about honoring the pledge he signed with the RNC at the outset of his campaign. "We'll see who it is."
That's just the tip of the ice berg on political stuff, but Trump's glass house is also huge and fragile regarding his personal life.

He is a serial adulterer merrily helping all his paramours to break their wedding vows to their husbands.
“If I told the real stories of my experiences with women, often seemingly very happily married and important women, this book would be a guaranteed best-seller (which it will be anyway!). I’d love to tell all, using names and places, but I just don’t think it’s right.” (“Trump: The Art of the Comeback”)
Trump cheated on his first wife. It's unclear about his second and third. But, Trump's word is not his bond in marriage or politics.

Trump thinks of his daughter in dating terms. Not only no honor but no filter on incest.

Then, of course, there's Trump's four bankruptcies in which he broke his signed agreements with creditors. But, that was legally sanctioned not honoring one's promises.

Has there been a modern public person with more lying and less honor than Donald Trump? Hard to think of one. It's difficult to put the glowing personal responses of Ben Carson and Sarah Palin with the known facts. If the nation wasn't at risk, one would only have pity for the withered soul of Donald Trump.


MAX Redline said...

I don't like The Donald, and never have. That said, I'd be surprised to find some day in the no-too-distant future that he's not the USA president.

MAX Redline said...

Has there been a modern public person with more lying and less honor than Donald Trump?

Granny comes to mind....

T. D. said...

Max, they are pretty close. I was just reading the twitter feed for Donald Trump and for Elizabeth Warren. Talk about gagging. I wouldn't let either of these people feed my dog let alone be president or vice-president.

MAX Redline said...

For me, Granny and Fauxahontas are out. And on the Repub side, it's the guy who wears a ferret on his head. This election sucks.

T. D. said...

Silver lining, Max, is it doesn't matter a whit how we vote in Oregon.

Even if it did, I always vote as far as my beliefs will allow me to go. Haven't yet voted for vile. Don't intend to do so now.