I must confess that I got a bit bored with my promised unethical Trump quote of the day feature, since on most days there are so many of them. After a while they are predictable and redundant. It’s best to just assume that Trump is being unethical, and wait until he crosses a new line before highlighting an example of his despicable nature. I think threatening another candidate’s wife is a new line: has any Presidential candidate ever directly and publicly threatened an adversary’s wife? Would any previous candidate survive public outrage if he did?
This attack was particularly outrageous. Trump, whose calling card is Rationalization #2 A, Sicilian Ethics or “They had it coming,” was reacting to an offensive ad by a pro-Cruz group in Utah, which released a nasty ad featuring a nude photo Trump’s trophy wife Melania once posed for with the caption “Meet Melania Trump, Your Next First Lady. Or, You Could Support Ted Cruz on Tuesday.” It wasn’t Cruz’s ad, and he could not, under the law, have anything to do with it (not that I would put it past his campaign anyway.) Cruz responded by tweeting that Trump had shown that “you’re more of a coward than I thought.”
I have suggested that Trump could have been reduced in the public’s eyes had a Republican opponent effectively repurposed Joseph Welch’s “Have you no sense of decency?” televised kill shot that ended the career of Joseph McCarthy. None of them were equal to the task or smart enough to attempt a Full Welch, and it’s too late now. The question, however, should still be asked of Trump’s supporters, and often. Do they realize what their support of this revolting human being for the highest office in the land says about them?
Both ends of the news media, conservative and liberal, have been pushing the nonsensical argument that there is something wrong with pronouncing Trump supporters irresponsible, irrational and dumb as dirt, because this just reinforces their resentment against “the elites” and “the establishment,” which is their motivation for supporting Trump in the first place. Ergo, the proper response of those Americans who see clearly that electing a raging narcissist and bully as our President is to treat Trump supporters as if they aren’t dangerous fools like their pet candidate.
By not condemning irresponsible and irrational behavior, however, the culture ratifies it. Trump supporters are now the equivalents of terrorists, no longer caring about the damage they cause or the basic values they reject as long as they make their “point.” We should call them what they are. Now they are supporting a man who thinks it’s appropriate to threaten the innocent family members of adversaries.
They have no decency. They are a disgrace to their nation. They are betraying its values and well-being, and nobody should hesitate to let them know it.