Trump apologists are being overworked as a result of the Dear Leader’s pathetic debate performance Wednesday night. The most common defense of his ridiculous and dangerous comments on vaccines is ‘he just wants to space out the shots given to tiny children, how is that unreasonable?’ No, that is not just what he believes. According to the transcript, he explicitly suggested that vaccines cause autism as well:
“Autism has become an epidemic. Twenty-five years ago, 35 years ago, you look at the statistics, not even close. It has gotten totally out of control.
I am totally in favor of vaccines. But I want smaller doses over a longer period of time. Because you take a baby in — and I’ve seen it — and I’ve seen it, and I had my children taken care of over a long period of time, over a two or three year period of time.
Same exact amount, but you take this little beautiful baby, and you pump — I mean, it looks just like it’s meant for a horse, not for a child, and we’ve had so many instances, people that work for me.
Just the other day, two years old, two and a half years old, a child, a beautiful child went to have the vaccine, and came back, and a week later got a tremendous fever, got very, very sick, now is autistic.
I only say it’s not — I’m in favor of vaccines, do them over a longer period of time, same amount.”
If you can defend this you lack intelligence or humanity. Pick one.
This isn’t the first time the Donald has fallen into conspiracy theorist territory either. After all, he led the birther movement for a long period of time. I’m just waiting for him to make his next Jeb Bush insult “why should we elect a guy whose brother did 9/11” or “why should we support Israel, the Jews did 9/11.” The man isn’t just dumb, isn’t just mean, he is dangerous too.
I’ve lost respect for a lot of people so far. Ann Coulter, Mark Levin, Rush Limbaugh, and much of the crew at Breitbart to name some. I would expect a Trump defense from mouthbreathers like Michael Savage, but these individuals, hated though they are by the left, have always struck me as intelligent, funny, and frequently spot on. No more. If they continue this pandering to the lowest common denominator and follow Trump down the rathole of Jenny McCarthy logic, they should be excommunicated from the conservative movement.
Trump is not a conservative. He supports single payer, is weak on defunding planned parenthood, questions our commitment to allies like South Korea, likes affirmative action and D.C. statehood, supports Kelo v. New London, opposes reforming Social Security and Medicare, hates free trade, wants more taxes in many places, (e.g., tariffs and investment taxes), has donated to leftists, has praised leftists, has insulted prisoners of war, and has no knowledge of world events or policy specifics. He is also a conspiracy theorist, a misogynist, a crony capitalist, and probably a bigot.
But no, let’s not oppose him for the things listed above. Let’s go ahead and gang up on guys like Marco Rubio for daring to help draft a piece of legislation that we ended up not liking, for which he has even apologized and changed his stance. Honestly, seeing the hostility from so-called “base” members against Rubio, but their willingness to give Trump a pass, is like watching a crowd of people cheering a murderer but curb-stomping a jaywalker.
If you consider yourself “conservative” but support a man who bashes a warrior like Rand Paul with second grade insults, you aren’t a conservative and you aren’t a nice person. Rand Paul has stood up for right-leaning positions his whole career in politics. He is not a sell out, and he is not a member of the “establishment.” Why do people cheer when Trump derides this great man? Not when he criticizes him (which is fine because no one is above being criticized), but when he launches pure pathetic insults Rand’s way. Because those cheering it are under some weird spell.
Why do Trump supporters cheer when he vomits childish insults at Carly Fiorina? A smart, talented, articulate woman who has solid stances on everything from abortion to foreign policy to the economy? Why do they laugh at his factually inaccurate jabs at Scott Walker, who has gone through hell the last five years of his life, becoming public enemy number one, all to prove a point about public sector unions that conservatives have wanted to make for decades but haven’t been able to? Because Trump supporters aren’t conservative, aren’t smart, and aren’t nice.
I’ve spent a lot of time trying to explain this notion to them: dislike from the establishment is not reason enough to support someone. It’s not a reason to oppose someone either. Put simply, the establishment dislikes a Ted Cruz for entirely different reasons than Trump. Cruz is targeted because he is a conservative purist who bucks the Washington hierarchy, fights even when it goes against GOP leadership, and often puts the health of the party at risk for the sake of broader conservative philosophies. The establishment hates Trump because he is certifiably insane.
I’m sure the establishment also hates Kim Jong Un and ISIS. Just because they don’t like someone doesn’t mean we should like that person. Pretty simple right? Apparently not.
If you’re an anti-vaxxer/birther who thinks the only thing that matters is rounding up people for deportation, then go ahead and support your once in a lifetime candidate. I’ll be over on planet reality, with Charles Krauthammer, George Will, Michelle Malkin, Jonah Goldberg, Thomas Sowell, Steven Hayes, Bill Kristol, Steven Crowder, David Burge, and so many more. There’s plenty of room, so feel free to join at anytime.