I double down and re-endorse Donald Trump for President of the United States! SEVERAL UPDATES

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I double down and re-endorse Donald Trump for President of the United States! SEVERAL UPDATES

Mr. Grenville: There is a small mat­ter of you mis­in­form­ing her in regard to your intel­lec­tual apti­tude it might bet­ter for Miss Romana (I) to be appraised as to the extent of your family’s prop­erty before she learned of the deception.

Regi­nald Bas­set: Of course she might not mind being man­a­cled to a chap who was men­tally neg­li­gi­ble once she’s seen the size of his coun­try estate!

Mr. Grenville: I have observed that this is often to be the case with young ladies sir.

Doc­tor Who the Aun­tie Mat­ter 2012

I woke up Sat­ur­day morn­ing to the breath­less head­line that Ladd Ehlinger’s pre­dic­tions con­cern­ing oppo­si­tion research con­cern­ing Don­ald Trump had come true as per this head­line: Trump recorded hav­ing extremely lewd con­ver­sa­tion about women in 2005.

I sus­pect the spe­cific phrase that has made folks like Paul Ryan cut and run is this as quoted by Allahpundit:

“And when you’re a star they let you do it,” Trump says. “You can do anything.”

“What­ever you want,” says another voice, appar­ently Bush’s.

“Grab them by the p — y,” Trump says. “You can do anything.”

Stacy McCain has declared this game over

This elec­tion is over. Write “30” at the bot­tom and file it.

and Allah­pun­dit says this:

If Clin­ton can’t win the elec­tion after this, she was never going to win the elec­tion, period.

And in any stan­dard elec­tion year with any stan­dard pol as the stan­dard bearer of a party this would be true.

How­ever there are two basic rea­sons why this isn’t nec­es­sar­ily true

  1. this is not a nor­mal elec­tion year and Trump is not a nor­mal candidate.
  2. His Oppo­nent is Hillary Clinton.

Now I con­cede this is bad, not only in terms of what was said but what it implies. I strongly dis­ap­prove of it as I sus­pect many oth­ers like me do.

And that’s why I’ve cho­sen this moment, Catholic Blog­ger that I am, to dou­ble down and re-​endorse Don­ald Trump for Pres­i­dent of the United States!

Why would I do this? Quite sim­ple, I’m not going to let myself be played. Let me explain.

To those who have endorsed Don­ald Trump, the idea that he is both boast­ful and vul­gar has been a given, it has been fac­tored into the equa­tion con­cern­ing him. Fur­ther­more his pub­lic per­sona has been out there for decades and he has never pre­tended to be any­thing other than what he is. I fur­ther sus­pect the vot­ing pub­lic has already fac­tored this into their image of Trump and it is unlikely that this rev­e­la­tion is going to move those who haven’t made up their minds one way or the other despite the shocked faces at CNN.

Fur­ther­more the base rea­sons why many of us decided to endorse Trump have not changed:

…I know that there will be times that Don­ald Trump will dis­ap­point­ment me just as I expected Mitt Rom­ney to dis­ap­point me on social issues and John McCain to dis­ap­point me on immi­gra­tion and George W Bush who dis­ap­pointed me on spend­ing and the bank bailouts.

But while Trump will occa­sion­ally dis­ap­point me (when he does I’ll call him on it) I am con­vinced he will nei­ther per­se­cute me nor strip me of my rights for hold­ing my Con­ser­v­a­tive Catholic beliefs and act­ing on them.

I am very sorry to say I can not make that same state­ment about Hillary Clin­ton, and I’m even sor­rier to see the day when I would say this about a pres­i­den­tial candidate.

Noth­ing on that tape changes these truths. Clin­ton is going to per­se­cute me, Trump is not.

Fur­ther­more in terms of elec­tabil­ity there is one thing that still favors Don­ald Trump, Hillary Clinton.

Hillary Clin­ton is the worst can­di­date for any office that I have seen since Martha Coak­ley. There is noth­ing at all lik­able about her. She is dis­liked and dis­trusted by the pub­lic by huge num­bers, includ­ing many of those who will even­tu­ally vote for her.

More­over the fac­tor that I men­tioned in my Trump endorse­ment still remains the same

I think that the sight of women and gay men being beaten by left­ists because they sup­port the pre­sump­tive GOP nom­i­nee, hav­ing it hap­pen in full sight of police ordered to do noth­ing AND SEE­ING THOSE OFFI­CERS CHOOS­ING TO LET THEM BE BEATEN means that they can not count on the author­i­ties to obey their oaths of office if they think doing so might cost them their jobs.

Even worse than this is the obvi­ous ques­tion it raises: If left­ists are will­ing to resort to vio­lence and boast about it before an elec­tion when it might hurt their abil­ity to per­suade the peo­ple to vote for them, how much more will­ing will they be to vio­lently sup­press their polit­i­cal foes when such behav­ior is rewarded with elec­toral vic­tory by the people?

What will that tell a pop­u­lace that has already been arm­ing itself non­stop for the last 46 years?

And that not even count­ing the basic cor­rup­tion, the whole­sale theft, the sell­ing of the office of the pres­i­dent of the united states and the enabling of both islamic ter­ror and our ene­mies in Rus­sia, Iran, North Korea and China that will take place and the sub­se­quent nuclear arms race that will follow.

There is also the whole busi­ness of Trump’s words vs the Clinton’s actions, my post from August really applies well here: (new empha­sis here)

Our friends in the press and in cul­ture say we should judge Don­ald Trump unac­cept­able by his words. They don’t like what he’s said about the bor­der, about Rosie O’Donnell, about Kahn, about Islamic Ter­ror etc etc etc. By these words in their eyes Don­ald Trump is unac­cept­able as pres­i­dent of the united states

These same peo­ple how­ever do not want us to Judge Hillary Clin­ton /​Barack Obama by their deeds. From pay­ing ran­soms that finance ter­ror to Iran for hostages (It’s not really ran­som), for expos­ing clas­si­fied data to the rus­sians and lying directly about it repeat­edly, Hillary Clin­ton actu­ally left peo­ple to die in Beng­hazi, actu­ally blamed a video for it, actu­ally impris­oned the per­son who made said video.

Clinton’s actual poli­cies turned vic­tory in Iraq into defeat, Syria into a mess, cre­ated ISIS, desta­bi­lized Libya, enabled Rus­sia in the Ukraine and the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood in Egypt.

And that’s not even going into using the Clin­ton foun­da­tion for pay­ola or pro­tect­ing Bill Clin­ton from the con­se­quences of his actions when it comes to sex­u­ally abus­ing women.

That also gives a clue as to how Trump should deal with this busi­ness, but that for a fol­low up post.

Those two fac­tors along American’s uncer­tainty in the Obama econ­omy mean that this tape notwith­stand­ing this race isn’t over and any­one who thinks it is hasn’t been pay­ing atten­tion for the last year.

Clos­ing thoughts:

  1. The irony of course is the truth of Trump’s state­ment. There is noth­ing that increases a per­son of the oppo­site sex’s tol­er­ance for bad behav­ior, mediocre looks, advanced age or dis­gust­ing habits as wealth power and fame. It’s the equiv­a­lent of beer gog­gles and has cul­tur­ally acknowl­edged as a fac­tor in woman’s selec­tion of a mate since time immemorial.
  2. This release isn’t about con­vinc­ing the gen­eral pub­lic that Trump is unac­cept­able. If this was the Amer­i­can Cul­ture that I grew up in then Stacy McCain would be absolutely cor­rect, how­ever it not. Thanks to the cease­less efforts of the left and the media we no longer have the cul­ture that I grew up with that would have rejected Trump en masse over these remarks. We have a coarser, more vul­gar cul­ture where right and wrong are flex­i­ble things and stan­dards are not what they are. One might even say that the left has enabled the con­di­tions that will allow Trump to get past this with minor if any dam­age to his prospects.

No this is about con­vinc­ing those who still have to val­ues to allow the elec­tion of some­one who not only is directly opposed to all you hold dear but will per­se­cute you on every level. This is about trick­ing you into let­ting go of your one chance to stop your own destruc­tion. They want you to lose your nerve. Fur­ther­more they want the GOP to lose their nerve and the press will do all they can do enable it.

In other words they are count­ing on you to be suckers.

I’m still vot­ing Trump and I’m still encour­ag­ing you to keep your nerve and do the same.

Update: It’s clear that many in the GOP are cut­ting and run­ning in pub­lic and urg­ing Trump to pull out of the race, that is sheer idiocy is self evi­dent for three reasons.

  1. No mat­ter how much you dis­like what Trump said on that tape, he won the pri­maries. He was legally and legit­i­mately cho­sen as the nom­i­nee of the GOP. Unless he drops dead or has a stroke or some­thing it would be an ille­git­i­mate act to replace him on the ticket, par­tic­u­larly with some­one, how­ever qual­i­fied, who did not draw a sin­gle vote in the primaries.
  2. No mat­ter how much you dis­like the Trump vot­ers, if you are a GOP incum­bent or can­di­date in any state or coun­try but the most red, you will need their votes to win an elec­tion. Going after Trump is not going to win you any lib­eral lean­ing vot­ers and is going to cost you con­ser­v­a­tive ones, you would be much bet­ter off say­ing some­thing like this

    “I am happy to accept Don­ald Trump’s apol­ogy to America’s women for his intem­per­ate pri­vate remarks on that tape and in that same spirit I invite [insert opponent’s name here] to demand that Sec­re­tary Clin­ton apol­gize to Amer­i­can peo­ple, to america’s women to the woman abused by her Hus­band and defamed by the Clin­tons and their sur­ro­gates for polit­i­cal gain.”

  3. Finally do you really think the Democ­rats are going to allow Trump to be replaced on the bal­lot at this stage? There will be law­suits in 50 states chal­leng­ing any attempt to pull him and the Bob Tor­ri­celli prece­dent notwith­stand­ing you aren’t going to see a judi­ciary uphold­ing such a move.

Update 3: For the 2nd time since decid­ing to sup­port Trump after he clinched the GOP nom­i­na­tion a per­son I know and respect has asked to be pulled from my email list because of a post. That’s their right of course and I’ll respect it but I sug­gest reject­ing my opin­ion is not going to make real­ity any bet­ter for con­ser­v­a­tives, par­tic­u­larly under a Clin­ton administration.

Update 4: I respect Jonah Gold­berg whose point is valid:

Either way, this video is not an aber­ra­tion. It is not a spe­cial cir­cum­stance. It’s him. There’s no pivot in him. There’s no “pres­i­den­tial” switch to flip. He’s Don­ald Trump all the way down.

How­ever given the real­ity that either Don­ald Trump or Hillary Clin­ton will be the next pres­i­dent of the United States I ask Jonah this question:

If we con­cede that Don­ald Trump’s char­ac­ter is bad, Would it be bet­ter for the coun­try to have a Pres­i­dent of poor char­ac­ter who will be under intense scrutiny by the press, pols and law enforce­ment agen­cies (Trump) or to have a Pres­i­dent of poor char­ac­ter who will be given a pass and or defended by the press, the pols and appar­ently the FBI regard­less of what they say or do (Hillary).

I sub­mit and sug­gest the answer is clearly the former.

Update 5: insta­lanche thanks Glenn. If you like this piece check out my inter­views with atten­dees of a Trump rally in Bed­ford NH here, but I have to dis­agree with the word use of “Happy” it’s more like necessary.

Right now a lot of peo­ple are for­get­ting that for good or I’ll the only thing stand­ing between us and the finan­cial, mil­i­tary, secu­rity, cul­tural and con­sti­tu­tional rights dis­as­ter that a Hillary Clin­ton admin­is­tra­tion would be is Don­ald Trump.

Peo­ple are in panic and when the line is break­ing some­one has to pick up the flag and shout “FOR­WARD”. And if it costs some me some read­ers then so be it.

Update 6: Hey look at all those democ­rats in that video lin­ing up behind Bill Clin­ton to sup­port him after impeach­ment on 12/​19/​1998. I won­der how many of them are now say­ing Trump is unfit for the pres­i­dency due to his words?

Update 7: How to Han­dle the tape at the Debate Tomor­row? Roy Bean the Clin­tons and Alin­sky their surrogates


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Mr. Grenville: There is a small matter of you misinforming her in regard to your intellectual aptitude it might better for Miss Romana (I) to be appraised as to the extent of your family’s property before she learned of the deception.

Reginald Basset: Of course she might not mind being manacled to a chap who was mentally negligible once she’s seen the size of his country estate!

Mr. Grenville: I have observed that this is often to be the case with young ladies sir.

Doctor Who the Auntie Matter 2012

I woke up Saturday morning to the breathless headline that Ladd Ehlinger’s predictions concerning opposition research concerning Donald Trump had come true as per this headline:  Trump recorded having extremely lewd conversation about women in 2005.

I suspect the specific phrase that has made folks like Paul Ryan cut and run is this as quoted by Allahpundit:

“And when you’re a star they let you do it,” Trump says. “You can do anything.”

“Whatever you want,” says another voice, apparently Bush’s.

“Grab them by the p—y,” Trump says. “You can do anything.”

Stacy McCain has declared this game over

This election is over. Write “–30–” at the bottom and file it.

and Allahpundit says this:

If Clinton can’t win the election after this, she was never going to win the election, period.

And in any standard election year with any standard pol as the standard bearer of a party this would be true.

However there are two basic reasons why this isn’t necessarily true

  1. this is not a normal election year and Trump is not a normal candidate.
  2. His Opponent is Hillary Clinton.

Now I concede this is bad, not only in terms of what was said but what it implies.  I strongly disapprove of it as I suspect many others like me do.

And that’s why I’ve chosen this moment, Catholic Blogger that I am, to double down and re-endorse Donald Trump for President of the United States!

Why would I do this?  Quite simple, I’m not going to let myself be played.  Let me explain.

To those who have endorsed Donald Trump, the idea that he is both boastful and vulgar has been a given, it has been factored into the equation concerning him.  Furthermore his public persona has been out there for decades and he has never pretended to be anything other than what he is.  I further suspect the voting public has already factored this into their image of Trump and it is unlikely that this revelation is going to move those who haven’t made up their minds one way or the other despite the shocked faces at CNN.

Furthermore the base reasons why many of us decided to endorse Trump have not changed:

…I know that there will be times that Donald Trump will disappointment me just as I expected Mitt Romney to disappoint me on social issues and John McCain to disappoint me on immigration and George W Bush who disappointed me on spending and the bank bailouts.

But while Trump will occasionally disappoint me (when he does I’ll call him on it) I am convinced he will neither persecute me nor strip me of my rights for holding my Conservative Catholic beliefs and acting on them.

I am very sorry to say I can not make that same statement about Hillary Clinton, and I’m even sorrier to see the day when I would say this about a presidential candidate.

Nothing on that tape changes these truths.  Clinton is going to persecute me, Trump is not.

Furthermore in terms of electability there is one thing that still favors Donald Trump,  Hillary Clinton.

Hillary Clinton is the worst candidate for any office that I have seen since Martha Coakley.  There is nothing at all likable about her.  She is disliked and distrusted by the public by huge numbers, including many of those who will eventually vote for her.

Moreover the factor that I mentioned in my Trump endorsement still remains the same

I think that the sight of women and gay men being beaten by leftists because they support the presumptive GOP nominee, having it happen in full sight of police ordered to do nothing AND SEEING THOSE OFFICERS CHOOSING TO LET THEM BE BEATEN means that they can not count on the authorities to obey their oaths of office if they think doing so might cost them their jobs.

Even worse than this is the obvious question it raises: If leftists are willing to resort to violence and boast about it before an election when it might hurt their ability to persuade the people to vote for them, how much more willing will they be to violently suppress their political foes when such behavior is rewarded with electoral victory by the people?

What will that tell a populace that has already been arming itself nonstop for the last 4-6 years?

And that not even counting the basic corruption, the wholesale theft, the selling of the office of the president of the united states and the enabling of both islamic terror and our enemies in Russia, Iran, North Korea and China that will take place and the subsequent nuclear arms race that will follow.

There is also the whole business of Trump’s words vs the Clinton’s actions, my post from August really applies well here: (new emphasis here)

Our friends in the press and in culture say we should judge Donald Trump unacceptable by his words. They don’t like what he’s said about the border, about Rosie O’Donnell, about Kahn, about Islamic Terror etc etc etc. By these words in their eyes Donald Trump is unacceptable as president of the united states

These same people however do not want us to Judge Hillary Clinton / Barack Obama by their deeds. From paying ransoms that finance terror to Iran for hostages (It’s not really ransom), for exposing classified data to the russians and lying directly about it repeatedly, Hillary Clinton actually left people to die in Benghazi, actually blamed a video for it, actually imprisoned the person who made said video.

Clinton’s actual policies turned victory in Iraq into defeat, Syria into a mess, created ISIS, destabilized Libya, enabled Russia in the Ukraine and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

And that’s not even going into using the Clinton foundation for payola or protecting Bill Clinton from the consequences of his actions when it comes to sexually abusing women.

That also gives a clue as to how Trump should deal with this business, but that for a follow up post.

Those two factors along American’s uncertainty in the Obama economy  mean that this tape notwithstanding this race isn’t over and anyone who thinks it is hasn’t been paying attention for the last year.

Closing thoughts:

  1. The irony of course is the truth of Trump’s statement. There is nothing that increases a person of the opposite sex’s tolerance for bad behavior, mediocre looks, advanced age or disgusting habits as wealth power and fame.  It’s the equivalent of beer goggles and has culturally acknowledged as a factor in woman’s selection of a mate since time immemorial.
  2. This release isn’t about convincing the general public that Trump is unacceptable.  If this was the American Culture that I grew up in then Stacy McCain would be absolutely correct, however it not.  Thanks to the ceaseless efforts of the left and the media we no longer have the culture that I grew up with that would have rejected Trump en masse over these remarks.  We have a coarser, more vulgar culture where right and wrong are flexible things and standards are not what they are.  One might even say that the left has enabled the conditions that will allow Trump to get past this with minor if any damage to his prospects.

No this is about convincing those who still have to values to allow the election of someone who not only is directly opposed to all you hold dear but will persecute you on every level.  This is about tricking you into letting go of your one chance to stop your own destruction.  They want you to lose your nerve. Furthermore they want the GOP to lose their nerve and the press will do all they can do enable it.

In other words they are counting on you to be suckers.

I’m still voting Trump and I’m still encouraging you to keep your nerve and do the same.

Update:  It’s clear that many in the GOP are cutting and running in public and urging Trump to pull out of the race, that is sheer idiocy is self evident for three reasons.

  1. No matter how much you dislike what Trump said on that tape, he won the primaries.  He was legally and legitimately chosen as the nominee of the GOP.  Unless he drops dead or has a stroke or something it would be an illegitimate act to replace him on the ticket, particularly with someone, however qualified, who did not draw a single vote in the primaries.
  2. No matter how much you dislike the Trump voters, if you are a GOP incumbent or candidate in any state or country but the most red, you will need their votes to win an election.  Going after Trump is not going to win you any liberal leaning voters and is going to cost you conservative ones, you would be much better off saying something like this

    “I am happy to accept Donald Trump’s apology to America’s women for his intemperate private remarks on that tape and in that same spirit I invite [insert opponent’s name here] to demand that Secretary Clinton apolgize to American people, to america’s women to the woman abused by her Husband and defamed by the Clintons and their surrogates for political gain.”

  3. Finally do you really think the Democrats are going to allow Trump to be replaced on the ballot at this stage?  There will be lawsuits in 50 states challenging any attempt to pull him and the Bob Torricelli precedent notwithstanding you aren’t going to see a judiciary upholding such a move.

Update 3:  For the 2nd time since deciding to support Trump after he clinched the GOP nomination a person I know and respect has asked to be pulled from my email list because of a post.  That’s their right of course and I’ll respect it but I suggest rejecting my opinion is not going to make reality any better for conservatives, particularly under a Clinton administration.

Update 4: I respect Jonah Goldberg whose point is valid:

Either way, this video is not an aberration. It is not a special circumstance. It’s him. There’s no pivot in him. There’s no “presidential” switch to flip. He’s Donald Trump all the way down.

However given the reality that either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will be the next president of the United States I ask Jonah this question:

If we concede that Donald Trump’s character is bad, Would it be better for the country to have a President of poor character who will be under intense scrutiny by the press, pols and law enforcement agencies (Trump) or to have a President of poor character who will be given a pass and or defended by the press, the pols and apparently the FBI regardless of what they say or do (Hillary).

I submit and suggest the answer is clearly the former.

Update 5: instalanche thanks Glenn. If you like this piece check out my interviews with attendees of a Trump rally in Bedford NH here, but I have to disagree with the word use of “Happy” it’s more like necessary.

Right now a lot of people are forgetting that for good or I’ll the only thing standing between us and the financial, military, security, cultural and constitutional rights disaster that a Hillary Clinton administration would be is Donald Trump.

People are in panic and when the line is breaking someone has to pick up the flag and shout “FORWARD”. And if it costs some me some readers then so be it.

Update 6: Hey look at all those democrats in that video lining up behind Bill Clinton to support him after impeachment on 12/19/1998. I wonder how many of them are now saying Trump is unfit for the presidency due to his words?

Update 7: How to Handle the tape at the Debate Tomorrow? Roy Bean the Clintons and Alinsky their surrogates


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