If you’re one of the millions of Americans who are finding it harder and harder to tell the difference between Republicans and Democrats, the Orlando terrorist attack didn’t help matters. Once again, establishment Republicans, in their rush to distance themselves from Donald Trump, sound scarcely different than Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
Trump represents a truly new approach to national security – one that is unencumbered by the political correctness, corporate cronyism, and outright fear that has handcuffed Republicans for the last eight years. We are in the middle of a serious, life-and-death war, and Trump is one of the only Republicans who seems to actually get it.
On Monday, Trump renewed his proposal to place a temporary moratorium on Muslims and expanded that proposal to include anyone travelling from countries known for harboring terrorists.
“We have to screen applicants to know whether they are affiliated with or supporting radical groups and beliefs,” he said. “We have to control the amount of future immigration in this country, and we have to prevent large pockets of radicalization from forming inside America.”
He criticized President Obama for his failure to name the true enemy, and even mentioned in an interview that Obama might “have something else in mind.” Critics took this as Trump hinting that the president might be a supporter of Islamic terrorism in some way, though Trump denied that and revoked the Washington Post’s press credentials for running a headline with that theory.
As expected, President Obama slammed Trump for his comments. As expected, Hillary Clinton did the same. What else are they going to do?
But it’s a damn shame to see Republicans do the same.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, who never misses a chance to remind the public that his support of Trump is purely nominal, said, “I do not think a Muslim ban is in our country’s interest.”
No, obviously we should keep letting them pour in here from countries that would wipe America off the map if they had the firepower to do so. That’s definitely in our “interest.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham said, “I don’t think he has the judgment or the temperament, the experience to deal with what we are facing.”
No, we need more politicians like the ones we’ve had for the last twenty years – the ones who have somehow made this problem worse with every passing day. More politicians like Hillary Clinton.
Sen. Bob Corker said, “Traditionally, this is a time when people rally around our country, and it’s obviously not what’s occurred, and it’s very disappointing.”
The very fact that you can refer to what we “traditionally” do in the wake of a terrorist attack might be a sign that something is broken, don’t you think?
There are times when it feels like Donald Trump arrived – at this time, in this way – to fulfill some unwritten prophecy. In the unlikeliest of forms, an American hero has emerged. This week was one of those times, and it’s becoming increasingly clear that if our nation is to be saved, Trump is the only man for the job.