Trump’s Critics Still Think It’s About the Issues
Who could be so foolish to look at the stunning rise of Donald Trump and still think his popularity is based on his political positions? Sure, there is an element of conservatism to his platform, but Trump has made it abundantly clear that he is not going to drown voters in an onslaught of specific policies. Voters are not showing up in the thousands at his events because they’re electrified by the details of his economic policy. There are no such details. They are there because Trump represents a giant middle finger to Washington, D.C.
This couldn’t be more obvious, but it has apparently escaped David McIntosh, the president of Club for Growth. McIntosh and his organization has been relentlessly critical of the GOP frontrunner, and he released an open letter this weekend with some more thoughts on Trump’s conservatism. Calling him the “most liberal candidate in the whole field on fiscal policy,” McIntosh outlines why The Donald would be bad for America:
Trump came out for socialized medicine that was to the left of Obamacare, and he still thinks it works.
Trump proposed the largest tax increase in U.S. history. That’s not easy to do, but Trump did.
Trump not only supported eminent domain to take people’s private property so developers could use it for casinos and amusement parks, he’s tried to do it himself!
Trump jumped on board with Obama’s tax-the-rich mantra, dismissing a flat tax because he wants rates that “graduate upward.” Note to Donald: that’s the system we have in place.
Trump doesn’t just saber-rattle about trade wars, he wants to take up the sword and rush the U.S. into massive trade wars with huge tariffs that would be a devastating tax on American businesses and consumers.
While these accusations might speak to Club for Growth’s rich donors, they aren’t likely to shift the winds blowing Trump to the top of the Republican field. Especially after Trump exposed the group’s dubious principles. “They’re critical of me because I wouldn’t give them a million dollars,” Trump said in an interview with The Post. “They came to my office, the president of the Club for Growth came to my office; he asked for a million dollars. He asked for it in writing, just to show you how truly stupid he is. I said, ‘You must be kidding.’ I had no interest in doing it. We told them no, and immediately thereafter, he came after Trump.”
And for those who didn’t believe it, Trump released the letter. Now, that doesn’t prove that McIntosh is a man scorned, but it certainly doesn’t help his principled opposition to Trump’s candidacy. Furthermore, it seems a little silly to attack Trump on his “record” when he has not spent a single day in public office. The man has no record. That’s what millions of voters like about him.
More than anything, though, Trump’s supporters like his persona. They like the way he steadfastly refuses to play the game. Has there ever been a politician in history who used his wealth as a strength rather than as something to be embarrassed about? Trump is connecting with voters because they see a real person when he stands in front of a microphone. He exudes strength and manliness at a time when feminism is busy teaching us that men should be more like women. He preaches a brand of patriotism that has been long missing from the political mainstream.
None of this means he would make a great president, of course, and you can’t blame his critics for trying to pull this election back to the issues. In the end, though, Americans have heard it all. Oh right, another Republican who’s going to cut spending and reduce taxes. Where have we heard that one before? Trump has promised one specific thing: a wall at the Mexican border. And for a country being destroyed by illegal immigration, that might just be enough.