Donald Trump despises the media, and so do I. He says the media is out to get him, and they are.
I love Donald Trump. He never changes.
Even Thursday night in Charlotte, when he said he regrets a few words he has said. Sure he has insulted people. So have I, and I have been insulted sometimes. I deserved it.
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Still, I would never vote for him, even for dogcatcher.
When Trump brought his primary campaign to Winthrop University in January, I predicted his romp to the Republican nomination, running roughshod over such poor alternatives as those who claim God told people to vote for them.
Trump won the nomination because, without question, he is by far the best of those who ran from his party. He insulted people who deserved it.
Trump events are huge. Trump never bores.
Now some in his party have turned on him and the media who wish they were covering a coronation instead of an election are bawling that Trump won’t change and never softens his stances and that he is a threat to democracy and worse. Some even want him to quit the race.
Trump may be a bully and a loudmouth, and his words show that he is trying to incite fear of Hispanics and Muslims, but the people of his party chose him. Those people and those who believe Trump is a buffoon will decide in November.
Not the Republican Party and not the media.
Disagreeing with people’s choice for president is not the same as demanding that their choice be taken from them. Those who say Trump should quit the race are un-American.
The possibility that he will get demolished in November is just as important as what happened to such awful candidates as Michael Dukakis, George McGovern, Walter Mondale and John Kerry.
Meanwhile, Democratic primary voters chose the most unlikable woman in American political history. And still, Hillary Clinton might become president – and with ease.
Those people who made Trump the nominee are mad as hell at an America they see as weak on crime. They are millions and they are loud and brash. They are right.
There was barely a ripple a couple of weeks ago when President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 214 drug dealers who sold poison to kids. The liberals say the crimes were non-violent, over-sentenced.
Look at any courtroom anywhere. Drug crimes almost always have uncountable guns attached. Guns have death attached.
Trump and his supporters know you stop the drugs, you put the gun and drug offenders in prison, you have safer kids.
But almost all of his supporters are white in a country where, unless you can make inroads among Hispanic and black voters, you probably can’t get elected president.
Trump calls Hispanic kids born right here in America to hard-working immigrant parents anchor babies and wants to change the citizenship laws and refuses to apologize. He calls Mexican immigrants criminals. He apologizes for nothing.
He calls for Muslims to be screened. Told it is illegal, he says make the screening even tougher.
Trump has claimed for almost a decade that President Obama was not born in America. He has called Obama the founder of ISIS and worse and never has backed down.
No question, Obama was born in Hawaii. Obama is a Christian, he has fought radical Islam on all fronts and – like his politics or not – he has been a capable and qualified president who has made the people of his country proud.
Trump doesn’t care one bit.
Trump slams Gold Star parents who lost a Muslim son to bullets and bombs. Millions of veterans bare their teeth in anger. Local Gold Star families seethe.
Trump says it all anyway. Maybe that’s one thing he regrets.
Still, Trump doesn’t back down from anybody. To hear him tell it, he is the only candidate who has ever created a single job. Tens of thousands of them. Just ask him, he’ll tell you. Don’t ask, and he will tell you anyway.
If it wasn’t for Trump, there would be no vigorous national debate on immigration and terrorism and crime and cartels and gangs and drugs and violence and jobs. We are lucky to have the guy. If he wasn’t the nominee, we would be bored stiff with talk of health care and abortion, when what is right in front of us is worry about paying the mortgage and gang violence and drug violence and gun violence.
That’s why Trump won so big in the primaries – and why he probably will lose so big in November.
Trump never changes. Ever. A few regrets are not changing who he is.
People die from gun wounds as big as garbage can lids all over the country, and Trump calls for more guns everywhere from church to games to playgrounds. He claims that a vote for Clinton is a vote to take away guns and brings up the Supreme Court and the Second Amendment and the media – and political types have coronaries.
The people who selected Trump the Republican nominee love their guns. They want more guns everywhere. They claim guns save lives. Their math is a bit off.
Trump wants a military large enough for troops to stand shoulder-to-shoulder along the border with Mexico under a wall so large it blots out the sun. He says so again and again. No regrets there.
His supporters love it. The many tens of millions Hispanics in America – who are among the hardest-working group of people to ever immigrate to a country, plus the millions who have been here for hundreds of years and are more American than anybody named Trump – not so much.
That’s where the chasm lies.
As Trump was working his way Thursday through shooting guns near Charlotte and raking in millions from the rich before his speech, the Hispanic immigrants did what they always do – work.
A guy named Roberto Salazar worked with a paint crew in Rock Hill. Every guy there, all Hispanic and, except for one born here, all from Mexico. They had paint spatters from hair to feet. A second crew was doing house framing. Others, landscaping and more.
Every one of them wakes up before the sun to look straight at a life of manual labor to feed kids and parents and siblings. As Trump started to speak Thursday night, they started to wash the paint from their faces.
Salazar said Trump makes all Hispanics out to be bad.
“All people want is to take care of their families,” he said.
In the United States, if you are born here, you are an American. Almost all immigrants, they just want to work and raise kids without starvation and poverty. Some risk everything – jail, deportation – to be good parents in America.
To deny those people the dignity of their labor and love, to threaten to kick them out of America by the busload, that’s where Trump crosses the line.
Trump likes his immigrants wearing pageant gowns, not work boots.
And that’s why, as much as I love him, I can’t vote for him.