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Disclaimer: this article is not in support or in rejection of Donald Trump for president; it’s simply meant to shed light on some aspects of the GOP leaders’ mindsets which have defied logic. I am not a fan or an opponent of any candidate or party.

Warning: if you are a Trump’ supporter, you may not be able to “stomach” the discussion below. Beware!

Republicans have a Party to run, and a country to destroy; Democrats want to make history at all cost; it’s an impasse. Luckily, I have the solution to save the country.

The impasse voters of both Partys face this presidential elections cycle seems insurmountable; they have to choose between two “unliked” candidates. However, I came up with the most creative solution both Partys can agree on. Maybe I should run for office, I am already reaching across both aisles, and if there is a third aisle, I can reach there too.

Hmm! Hmm!

The solution is very simple, it would spare voters on both sides any surprise; as you read through, it will become so obvious, so simple you’d shake your head in disbelief; even a caveman could have thought of it.

Never Trump
I watched in awe on major TV networks a parade of political celebrities (GOP and DNC leaders, commentators, political experts, pundits, etc.) publicly condemning Trump’s outrageous statements and opposing his candidacy for the office of the presidency.

I also watched in amazement a number of celebrities (Politics, Sports, Business and yes even religious leaders such as Jerry Falwell Jr.) who have come out in support of Donald Trump.

I further watched in disbelief some of the same people who adamantly made a case against Trump have now offered to support him.

And I become confused.

Which is it? Is Trump okay or is he not? He cannot be both unfit to represent “your party”, unfit to be president and okay to be the nominee.

Insanity Reigns
Of course, most Republicans who jumped into the #NEVERTRUMP bandwagon have already walked back their position and offered the most illogical rationale (forgive the oxymoron, more on that later) for preferring Trump over Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders;  those same individuals already concluded that 1) Trump doesn’t represent their Party 2) Trump is unfit to be Commander-In-Chief 3) Trump is Unstable 4) Trump is Dangerous 5) Trump alienates people 6) Trump is a liar 7) Trump is a dictator 8) Trump incites violence but somehow those individuals are able to justify supporting him.

Even the most insane individual, deprived of all reasoning ability, would be able to figure out that it doesn’t make any logical sense to embrace something or someone which is deemed wrong or bad. Unless of course those individuals who wanted nothing to do with Trump but will support him anyway are sicker than the most insane individual.

If you’re confused at this point, I did a great job illustrating how ridiculous it is for anyone who claims NOT to want Trump but will support him anyway; we’ll have more to say on that later.

Put differently, Republicans are so insane they’re willing to gamble the future of the country at any cost, even to support a candidate they deem unfit, insane, unstable, a demagogue and incapable.

There is never any blatant proof (such as this, such as now) which has exposed the Republicans for being callous opportunists who would watch the country go down in history from “what used to be the greatest country in the world” to a place where most people in the world would avoid coming. It is unbelievable! Insanity is neither a strategy nor a solution. As you might have already guessed, politicians in Washington couldn’t care less about the country; they do not care a bit about the electorate. “Country first” is just a slogan just like “Make America Great Again” is.

Justifying Nonsense with Nonsense
For the past few months leading up to Donald Trump clinching the nomination of the Republican Party, I’ve listened in dismay the most non-sensical argument Republican candidates (two in particular, Bobby Jindal and Marco Rubio) made in support of Donald Trump for president of the United States. Both Rubio and Jindal and an army of other Republicans continue to make the same argument, the gist of which is that Donald Trump is a son of a b#$%, he’s not a Republican, he’s not a conservative, he is a liberal, he cannot be trusted with the nuclear code, he’s unstable, he’s a bigot, he alienates women, he vilifies Hispanics, he hates Muslims but I will support him over Hillary (or Sanders). Did you get all that?

Before I discuss the “Hillary” part of the argument, allow me to indulge you in what Mr. Rubio said shortly after dropping out of the race in March “This boiling point that we have reached has been fed, largely, by the fact that we have a frontrunner, in my party, who has fed into language that basically justifies physically assaulting people who disagree with you… How are you going to be the commander-in-chief of the U.S. armed forces when you have men and women of the Muslim faith who serve us in uniform? Who could be killed in action? We’re going backwards here. This is a frightening, grotesque, and disturbing development in American politics.”

Those words are mild in comparison to what Rubio had to say later all the while offering his support for Trump just a few days ago “I support Trump — but he’s still an ‘erratic conman’ who shouldn’t have nuclear codes; he is ‘wholly unprepared to be president of the United States.’ This is the most important government job on the planet. And we’re about to turn over the conservative movement to a person that has no ideas of any substance on the important issues…The nuclear codes of the United States — to an erratic individual — and the conservative movement — to someone who has spent a career sticking it to working people.”  I don’t have a degree in English but it sure makes no sense whatsoever to an individual with a sound mind to grasp the rationale Mr. Rubio attempted to express using so many contradictory logic in one statement.
The little I acquired in english classes led me to believe that if it doesn’t sound right, it is simply because it is not.

The second most outspoken GOP figure against Trump, Bobby Jindal, former Governor of Louisiana (Jan 2008 – Jan 2016) had the most damning thing to say about the Republican presumptive nominee, “Donald Trump is a ‘shallow, unserious, substance-free, narcissistic egomaniac and a madman who must be stopped.” However you slice and dice that statement, Bobby Jindal was very clear, specific and made no reservation in regards to Mr. Trump. It was not personal; Jindal truly believed the country would be best served with someone other than Trump.

But as it has been the trend now that Mr. Trump is the GOP nominee, Jindal offered his support for the Trump’s candidacy as follows, “I’m voting Trump, warts and all,” in an op-ed published by the Wall Street Journal on Monday, May 9, 2016. Jindal continues ‘while Trump is by no means an ideal choice for commander in chief, he’s better than the alternative — though not by much. I think electing Donald Trump would be the second-worst thing we could do this November, better only than electing Hillary Clinton to serve as the third term for the Obama administration’s radical policies. I am not pretending that Mr. Trump has suddenly become a conservative champion or even a reliable Republican: He is completely unpredictable. The problem is that Hillary is predictably liberal.”  Ironically, Mr. Jindal makes exactly the case for Hillary to be president.

Those two examples typify the statements made by and the attitude of any GOP figure who previously tagged Trump as dangerous but has now resigned to support him. Their “illogical rationale” to support Trump is to NOT support Hillary because, as they suggested, “she is worst”. That’s exactly what I want to talk to you about.

Who won the lying contest: Hillary or Trump?
What exactly makes Hillary worse than Trump? In which aspect is she worse than Trump? She lies about Benghazi is a frequently cited example to justify that Hillary is worse than Trump. I am not even sure how to discuss that point. A simple logical test suffices to dispel the myth in regards to Hillary’s lies about the Benghazi attack; do you think Republicans (in Washington) would give Hillary a pass if they found her lying about Benghazi? As of date, seven investigations, 21 hearings (9/11 had 22) all led by Republicans investigated the Benghazi attack; there has not been a single report faulting the former Secretary of State, but the Republican conduit (Fox Opinion referred to by most as Fox News) continues to float conspiracy theories in regards to the tragedy, casting thus doubts on the audience’s mind which continues to believe Hillary had lied. It’s time you too put the “Benghazi lie card” to rest; in this aspect, Hillary is not worse than Trump.

If you question any Republican (or anyone who has accused the former Secretary of State) and press the individual for example, her accusers would usually come up empty handed. Some say that she is just a liar. Umm! Umm! Hillary is not any better or worse than others in Washington. Besides, what is new about politicians lying?  Hillary is in good company in Washington; there is not a single politician who can claim otherwise. In fact, politicians thrive on lies and deceptions. So, what makes her worse than Trump again? I almost forgot, according to factcheck.org, (I am too shy to accuse anyone of lying) 92% of what Trump says is a lie; Hillary doesn’t even come close to the GOP presumptive nominee when it comes to lying; she is at 60% according to FactCheck.org. Trump can already claim he is beating Hillary, in lying at least.

On the campaign trails, Mr. Trump’s language, choice of words and behavior are only comparable to Mr. Trump’s language, choice of words and behavior. No one can top that. No one in the right mind would compare Hillary’s language, choice of words and behavior to Trump’s. I came up short trying to decipher the “Hillary is worse than Trump” argument most Republican figures provide as rationale to support Trump instead of Hillary.

The other excuse the shameless “#NEVERTRUMP will support Trump” Republicans provide is that Hillary would be Obama’s third term. Drumroll, Republicans hate Obama; he destroys the country; he made bad deal with Iran; he abandons our friends and emboldens our enemies; we look weak overseas; the country cannot afford another Obama term. For all the “unsubstantiated reasons”, the “#NEVERTRUMP will support Trump” Republicans have already begun the migration towards Trump, now the standard bearer of the Republican Party. By the time I finish to write this column, Trump’s bandwagon may become too small to accommodate the flock of Republican “immigrants” (pun intended) crossing the #NEVERTRUMP border.

Country First or Make America Great Again
Can we have both?

I must first make a confession, it’s between you and me; so, I trust you not to repeat it to others. Ok then! I don’t know how to be a fan of anything or anyone; I am not a sport fan, I am not a (political) Party fan, I am not a celebrity fan which makes me a unique person; objectivity is a natural characteristic of mine.

Now on to our topic; I compare all the “#NEVERTRUMP but will support him” Republicans to an abused woman who makes a (favorable) case for her abuser. Imagine that for a moment. What would possess an abused woman to defend her abuser? Most importantly, why would an abused woman not rush to the alternative? As the “#NEVERTRUMP but will support him” Republicans would like you to know, Trump is a better alternative than Hillary. Seriously?

Seriously!

Would it not be painful to watch an abused woman fight to stay with the abuser because she thinks the alternative might be worst? Contrary to the analogy used here, the Republicans would be hard pressed to prove Hillary is worse than Trump. I understand Hillary is a Democrat but I always thought when push comes to shove, the country would come first, not a political party. It seems I was wrong all this time.

Where Do We Go From Here?
Everything I said earlier is not to support or reject the premise that Trump is bad for the country; as much as I like to boast about my ability to predict the outcome of presidential elections, I do not have a crystal ball to foresee whether Mr. Trump would be a great, good, bad or mediocre president if elected. The issue here is not whether those callous Republicans are right or wrong; based on their assessment of Trump, there is absolutely no rationale which would justify to even contemplate the possibility of supporting Mr. Trump, let alone to support him.

There is no amount of spinning which could explain the irrational decision to support Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton based on the premises discussed earlier. My objective is to bring attention to the fact that if Donald Trump is “that bad”, one cannot justify supporting him under any circumstance.

To suggest otherwise is to offer a hardcore criminal a free pass because he can manage to escape from a high security prison.

Donald Trump doesn’t need to win the general elections; he has already set the country on a path to reform the elections process. He has singlehandedly mobilized a sector of the country which has given up on voting altogether; he has turned political punditry upside down; he has defied the odds and despite all his flaws he has the support of groups who have been disenfranchised, abandoned by their parties. Mr. Trump could indeed be studied by future generations as the great political reformer of our time, a much needed overhaul for our political systems.

Or we can simply roll a dice to pick our next president. May God save us all!

 

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