I personally have taken quite a bit of flack for supporting Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) while also voicing my concerns about Donald Trump. (By the way, you should also notice that some of my colleagues at Eagle Rising are avid Trump supporters and have written vocally in his defense.) It’s not just me either — many conservatives who oppose Mr. Trump are being castigated as RINOs (and worse). I think the criticism is unfair. I’ve tried to explain that I understand why some conservatives support Mr. Trump, but that I have too many questions about his conservative credentials (and his character) to give him my vote.
Apparently, the editorial board at the Washington Post has experienced similar concerns. They recently met with Mr. Trump in an effort to understand him better, but they came away from the meeting with just as many questions about his candidacy as they had going into the meeting.
However, one question (and the subsequent answer) perfectly encapsulates one reason that so many conservatives just can’t bring themselves to support Mr. Trump’s candidacy. When Editorial Page Editor Fred Hiatt asked an important and relevant question about Chinese military aggression in the South China Sea, the answer from Trump was… amazing. (You can see the full transcript from the interview here.)
Hiatt: ‘So what do you think China’s aims are in the South China Sea?’
Trump: ‘Well I know China very well, because I deal with China all the time. I’ve done very well. China’s unbelievably ambitious. China is, uh… I mean, when I deal with China, you know, I have the Bank of America building, I’ve done some great deals with China. I do deals with them all the time on, you know, selling apartments, and, you know, people say ‘oh that’s not the same thing.’ The level of… uh, the largest bank in the world, 400 million customers, is a tenant of mine in New York, in Manhattan. The biggest bank in China. The biggest bank in the world.
China has got unbelievable ambitions. China feels very invincible. We have rebuilt China. They have drained so much money out of our country that they’ve rebuilt China. Without us, you wouldn’t see the airports and the roadways and the bridges; I mean, the George Washington Bridge is like, that’s like a trinket compared to the bridges that they’ve built in China. We don’t build anymore, and it, you know, we had our day. But China, if you look at what’s going on in China, you know, they go down to seven percent or eight percent and it’s like a national catastrophe. Our GDP is right now zero. Essentially zero.’
Um. What? Come again?
This is what so many conservatives (politicians, pundits and average Joes alike) have been questioning for the last 6 months of the campaign. When Donald Trump speaks on policy, there is literally ‘no there, there’. On a whole host of issues from Healthcare to China, there is nowhere for conservatives to grasp on to Donald Trump’s candidacy. We want concrete policy ideas upon which to hang our ‘hats,’ and with candidate Trump many of us just can’t find it.
I hold no ill-will towards anyone who chooses to support Mr. Trump, but the only reason I can find to support him is that he isn’t Hillary Clinton… and I need more reason than that to happily support a candidate.
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