Donald Trump is the worst thing to happen to the Republican Party since Todd Akin opened his mouth that one time. While Akin was mostly a setback for the Missouri Republican Party—albeit an isolated injury that contributed to the Democrats retaining control of the U.S. Senate—Donald Trump is a train wreck with a national platform. He speaks without prepared remarks, he cares little about messaging, and he cares only about himself.
Politico wrote an interesting piece about Trump’s supporters that asked a burning question: “Who exactly is supporting him?” The results were largely inconclusive. He appears to be creating an unholy coalition of business interests, Tea Party conservatives, and libertarians. Even though Trump’s popularity derives from all parts of the GOP, the support by those in the Tea Party appears to hurt Senator Ted Cruz the most.
Trump’s supporters are enamored with his wealth. They argue he will never be “bought” by evil lobbyists and special interest groups. Yet when Trump’s political contributions are examined, his supporters are nowhere to be found. His contributions include donations to Hillary Clinton in 2002, 2005, 2006, and 2007. He contributed over $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation. He donated $5,000 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and $20,000 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
In 2006, Donald Trump donated $1,000 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
Locally, I have witnessed Trump supporters attack Georgia’s elected Republicans for merely affiliating with the Democrats in the 90s and annihilate conservative Republican candidates for donating to Democrats, yet they turn a blind eye to Trump’s donations. It’s hypocrisy at its finest. But don’t worry, Trump will build a 5,000-mile wall between the United States and Mexico and make Mexico pay for it. These are the same people that love to pound their fists on the table and say “It’s all about principle”.
(While we’re on the subject, please note first generation immigrants commit less crime than native-born)
The conservatives supporting Trump are doing more damage than good to their brand. Rarely do I acknowledge Ted Cruz, much less praise him, but the man is battle tested. He has gone to war with liberals and the GOP’s business wing. If the right wing of the Republican Party wants the White House, supporting Donald Trump is not the correct avenue.
Donald Trump’s wealth does not protect him from lobbyists nor does it enable him to speak without consequences. After the ugly remarks he made at his campaign announcement, he has gone on a media tour to reiterate his incorrect statements and ignore any and all facts. It serves him right to have other Republican candidates disown his remarks.
At the end of the day, Donald Trump is merely attempting to buy the free world. It is clear the border is not his top priority; otherwise he would have donated to groups pushing for border control. Instead, he donated to Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid. These are the people he gave his money to support HIS principles.
I leave you with a quote from Martin O’Malley’s press secretary, “What’s important is who’s peaking in January—not July.” I’ve never looked forward to winter this much.