Source: The New Democrat
I disagree with Rob Reiner on one thing in this video that Donald Trump wasn’t vetted at all. I would argue that he wasn’t even vetted properly. We know all about how dangerous, undisciplined, unqualified, bigoted, lacked character, lacked the most basic personal credentials that no Republican pre-Trump would give any other Republican or Democrat a pass on as far as being their presidential candidate, during the Republican primaries and he still won.
Donald Trump, labeled Mexicans as rapists when he announced for President in June, 2015.
Donald Trump claimed that John McCain, wasn’t a war hero because he got captured in Vietnam.
Donald Trump’s sexist attacks on then Fox News’s Megyn Kelly during the first Republican presidential debate was just a couple months after his attacks on Mexicans.
Donald Trump, came out for a Muslim ban in December 2015.
The Trump University stories and how he screwed people that went to that money pit of a so-called university started breaking in early 2016.
In early spring 2016 Trump tells his supporters at one of his reality shows, I mean campaign rallies to beat the hell out of people who protest against him and he’ll pay their legal fees.
Donald Trump’s attacks on a gold star military family that lost their son during the Iraq War and implying that the soldier’s mother didn’t speak out because they don’t allow that in the Muslim faith.
The Access Hollywood tape in October 2016.
The three debates where Hillary Clinton clearly looked and sounded more ready to be President than Donald Trump.
We had a tone of information and more importantly real facts and not alternative facts ( to quote White House Counsel Kellyanne Conway ) that was public for why Donald Trump wasn’t just not qualified, not intellectually prepared to be President, lacked the character, the temperament, to be President, but represented a real danger to our country and government, well before he became President of the United States and the man still won. The real question is not whether Donald Trump was vetted or not, because of course he was with all the media attention that each of these stories about him got, but the real question is why Donald Trump, not just became President of the United States, but how does a man with his background, lack of qualifications, intelligence, and character, win the Republican nomination for President in the first place and put the country through this.
To go to the point that Rob Reiner made about the two-party system not working and that we need a strong Democratic Party and Republican Party, that’s how Donald Trump wins the GOP nomination in the first place, because we have a weak two-party system that’s about destroying the other party and not advancing an agenda that can draw popular support among American voters that’s positive and shows voters who don’t belong to either party why they should give Democrats or Republicans enough power to govern the country.
If we had just one party that was considered responsible enough to govern and offered that positive agenda, that party would not only have complete control of Congress, but with enough political support to actually govern. Republicans, have one, but not the other right now. A better scenario would be two strong and popular political parties that actually competed against each other with both having popular agendas leaving Americans to think I like both parties, so I’m going to let them govern together. With one party in the White House and other party having control of at least one chamber of Congress.
I would argue that Donald Trump, first won the GOP nomination because he wasn’t just anti-establishment, but he’s anti-Conservative. He’s not a Conservative, never has been and has only being a Republican officially since 2011 or so and has always been an Independent in actuality as far as how he looks at politics and has never fitted in well with either party. We essentially have an Independent in the White House right now. The Republican Party is no longer a conservative party. They’re a reactionary in the moment party that pretty much only makes decisions based on what they believe will help them politically at the given moment. At least at their leadership level and that fits Donald Trump’s empty all the bullets in the gun first, figure out what all that means later approach to politics. Where everything is about now and spontaneous and thinking, intelligence, preparation, homework, is for losers.
Donald Trump, didn’t first win the GOP nomination ( which was impressive enough ) because he was a Goldwater Conservative Republican who was going to turn the Federal Government back to what Conservative-Libertarians believe is the 10th Amendment role of the Federal Government which is basically no safety net or regulatory state and let the states deal with those issues themselves. Most Trump voters not only like the Federal safety net, but depend on it for their daily survival. We’re talking about lower income blue-collar, older voters, who are also veterans, for the most part.
Donald Trump, won the GOP nomination because he against what the Republican Party traditionally believes in including things like character and knowledge, temperament. Who brought bigotry out in the open and made to seem OK to a lot of Republicans and even Independents. Had Trump run as a traditional Conservative Republican, he not only doesn’t become President, but he never wins the GOP nomination, because there were 17 other Republicans who were more qualified and better suited to being President of the United States, including several Republicans who are young enough to be is sons.