Donald Trump’s Circus Act at the Values Voter Summit

Posted on September 26, 2015


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Donald “The Boomerang” Clown. He doesn’t make you laugh or cry, he just makes you feel embarrassed for him. Trying to make others the fool, he merely makes a buffoon of himself.

My general reputation as a writer – and my outlook with regard to elections, is that I believe less is more when it comes to mixing religion with politics. This is not to say that I think that agnostics or atheists are preferable for elected office. By no means. It’s simply that I am naturally suspicious of the possibility that matters of faith might be exploited for political purposes and that certain voters that may be otherwise sympathetic to conservative principals might be alienated by an overwhelming emphasis on religious matters and heavy handed social conservatism.

My authority on this is Jesus Christ himself, who instructed His disciples and followers in the way of retreating to one’s own closet or private devotional space and not parading their religious bonafides down the public thoroughfares as did the theological exhibitionists of His day, the Pharisees.

With this in mind, the 2015 Values Voter Summit sponsored by the Family Research Council and the appearances of a handful of GOP hopefuls there, held some pleasant surprises. Some pleasant surprises and some appalling spectacles. Appearing at the event were Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio and Donald Trump. In this – Part One of the report, I’ll deal primarily with the Trump situation and in a later installment, cover the highlights and lowlights of the rest of the pack.

Trump, cynically aware that some patronizing with respect to the Christian religion is de rigueur in a group such as he was addressing, brought his family bible with him for a little show and tell. He treated the bible, less as a touchstone of authentic faith than a ticket or a backstage pass for the event. The price of the dalliance, if you will.

As is typical – nauseatingly so, Trump began immediately launching into a litany of boasts, beginning with his educational background, grouping the Wharton Business School with Ivy League schools because of its affiliation with the University of Pennsylvania. Next he felt obligated to interject a virtually indecipherable reference to his “The Art of the Deal” book.

Donald Trump’s chatty, gossipy cadence; reminiscent of a group of Jewish women, in which one of them dominates the discussion by incessantly kvetching – obscures to a degree, the fact that, from beginning to end, Trump’s ramblings are largely incoherent. It’s even more obvious when you look at it all on a transcript.

Before too long, and after having made essentially zero sense, Trump decides that it is time to light up one of his opponents. The target du jour, in this instance happened to be Marco Rubio:

I mean, you know, like, you have this clown, Marco Rubio. I’ve been so nice to him. (Chorus of boos.) I’ve been so nice. I’ve been so nice. And then — no, but he’s in favor of immigration, and he has been. He has been. It was the gang of eight. And you remember the gang of eight. It was terrible. (Scattered applause.) And then he went down in the polls. And you have to stay. You know what? If you believe in something, you have to be true to yourself. You have to be. You have to be.

Didn’t he remind Megyn Kelly how “nice” he was to her before he savaged her with the menstrual blood reference? That was flat out obnoxious, but because Donald Trump can’t quit while he’s behind, he added this little gem:

But it was the gang of eight and it was really, really — you talk about weak on immigration; nobody weaker. And all of a sudden he goes down in the polls and all of a sudden he starts changing his tone. But you never really change your tone. You remember that.

It shouldn’t have been difficult to identify an incredible contradiction in the above quote. Donald Trump, who has supported and taken money from Democrats and who has been on record in previous years, supporting a host of policies that are anathema to the average GOP voter, tells the attendees that “you can never really change your tone” – which is an inarticulate way of saying, politically oriented people always continue to embrace closely held positions even if they opportunistically adopt new ones for public consumption. This would amount to a self indictment of Donald Trump himself. Yes, Mr. Trump, I will remember that.

In all frankness, I am not a Marco Rubio guy.  If he wound up getting the nomination, I probably would punch the ballot next to his name with less than luke warm enthusiasm. Even so, Trump referring to Rubio as a “clown”? That was more than a shake my head or face palm moment. That was a moment that drove home the realization that a lot of people – too many people, are swallowing something very toxic, with potentially deadly side effects – Donald Trump snake oil.

Trump was roundly booed, but since Trump assumes the press is nearly as foolish and easily manipulated as his cult following, claimed that the boos were really not boos at all, but rather, cheers. Mr. Trump – I watched boos and cheers growing up and I became very familiar with them (not in a personal sense, mind you), and I can easily tell them apart. They are not identical twins.

He wasn’t done tossing boomerangs yet. The last one was a cherry on top of the sundae. Referring to Rubio’s veiled, indirect (and legitimate) criticisms of Trump, the Donald said this:

And I said why is he doing that? And sometimes the Republicans do it more than anybody because they want to sort of catch on. They want to get into the publicity cycle. And all you’re doing is hurting yourselves. I mean, it’s a bad thing. All you’re doing is hurting yourselves.

“All you’re doing is hurting yourselves”. Precisely. All you are doing is hurting yourself Mr. Trump, because behaving like the most opinionated, loudest and most obnoxious drunk in a bar, is going to wear out your welcome with all but the most naive and gullible potential voters.

Trump also unwittingly endorses Carly Fiorina (a Value Voters Summit no show), when he analogizes the Iranians not involving women in their government affairs and deliberations:

“…and by the way I have to say, to the women, it’s all fellas over there. They haven’t figured out that women are smarter than men. They haven’t figured this out yet. (Laughter, applause.) A little detail. They’ll figure. It’ll take another 150 years, but they’ll figure it.”

Hopefully, Mr. Trump, you’ll figure it out sooner than later.

Trump prattled on aimlessly about his money and that he’s really a nice person. Let me ask you this. Have you ever known a genuinely nice person that had to convince anyone by frequently reminding them that they were a nice person? Have you? Right, I already knew the answer. The same goes for insisting that one really is a Christian. Trust me honey, people will figure that out soon enough without a single word out of your mouth.

Nothing of any substance proceeded forth from the bull horn that is sometimes mistaken for Trump’s mouth. What was left was a recital of everything Trump has said, nearly verbatim from the time of his first media interview, followed by several more minutes of gloating about his poll numbers and again – kvetching about all the money he’s turned down and all the things he’s sacrificing to play the Moses character.

There is much more that was of interest at this summit, which I intend to cover in more detail in my next column, because as usual, Trump has succeeded at sucking not only all the fresh air out of this report, but also in the room he was speaking in at VVS.

Mostly he just sucks.

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