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Prior to Super Tuesday’s primaries and caucuses, Donald Trump’s ceiling of support seemed to be in the 35%-36% range. He won handily in New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. It’s particularly noteworthy that those 3 states were open states where Democrats were allowed to cause mischief or where independents could vote.

Yesterday’s events were closed events, with only Republicans voting. This table shows yesterday’s results:

Combining the 4 events together, Sen. Cruz got 41% of the votes cast. Meanwhile, Trump got 33.3% of the vote.

I haven’t hidden my disgust with Trump. If I were king for a day, I’d banish him to Gitmo and throw away the key to his cell. I’ve got great company in not respecting Trump. Steve Hayes’ article lowers the boom on Trump, especially this part:

The worst of these moments may have come when Trump mocked the disability of a journalist who had criticized him. At a rally in Sarasota last November, Trump was discussing Serge Kovaleski, a reporter for the New York Times. “The poor guy, you’ve got to see this guy,” Trump said, before flailing in a manner that resembled a palsy tremor. Kovaleski suffers from arthrogryposis, a congenital condition that affects the movement and positioning of his joints.

When Trump was criticized, he said he couldn’t have been mocking the reporter because he was unaware of Kovaleski’s condition. That wasn’t true. Kovaleski had interviewed Trump a dozen times and said they had interacted on “a first-name basis for years.” Trump then accused Kovaleski of “using his disability to grandstand.”

This came up last Friday, as I drove my 8-year-old son to see the Washington Capitals play. I’ll be gone on his birthday, covering presidential primaries, so this was an early present.

My son and his older sister have followed the campaign, as much as kids their age do, and they’re aware that I’ve traded barbs with Trump. So we sometimes talk about the candidates and their attributes and faults, and we’d previously talked about Trump’s penchant for insulting people. On our drive down, my son told me that some of the kids in his class like Trump because “he has the most points,” and he asked me again why I don’t like the Republican frontrunner.

I reminded him about the McCain and Fiorina stories and then we spent a moment talking about Kovaleski. I described his condition and showed him how physically limiting it would be. Then he asked a simple question:

“Why would anyone make fun of him?”

Why indeed?

I’d flip this around a bit. I’d ask what qualities or policies would convince me to vote for Mr. Trump. In terms of national security policy or taxes, regulations, federalism, the Constitution and the rule of law, I find Mr. Trump utterly deficient. Listening to Trump answer a question on national security is torture. At times, he’s said that he’d “bomb the s— out of ISIS.” At other times, he’s said he’d talk Putin into taking out ISIS. Bombing the s— out of ISIS sounds great but that’s just part of the threat ISIS poses. That does nothing to stop ISIS from radicalizing Muslims in Europe or the United States. Apparently, Trump hasn’t figured that out, mostly because he doesn’t even have an elemental understanding of foreign policy.

On national security, Trump says he’ll be strong and frequently pronounces himself “militaristic.” But he doesn’t seem to have even a newspaper reader’s familiarity with the pressing issues of the day. He was nonplussed by a reference to the “nuclear triad”; he confused Iran’s Quds Force and the Kurds; he didn’t know the difference between Hamas and Hezbollah. The ignorance would be less worrisome if his instincts weren’t terrifying. He’s praised authoritarians for their strength, whether Vladimir Putin for killing journalists and political opponents or the Chinese government for the massacre it perpetrated in Tiananmen Square. To the extent he articulates policies, he seems to be an odd mix of third-world despot and naïve pacifist.

Like Steve Hayes, I’m a proud member of the #NeverTrump movement. While pundits like Sean Hannity and Andrea Tantaros talk about Trump like he’s a conservative god, I won’t. That’s because I care more about the principles that make conservatism and capitalism the most powerful forces for positive change.

Why anyone would vote for a disgusting, immoral liberal like Donald Trump is mind-boggling. Personally, I won’t.

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10 Responses to “Trump vs. Cruz & #NeverTrump”

  • JerryE9 says:

    That’s what concerns me. Heaven forbid that Trump actually gets the nomination, but if he does, I am afraid there are too many people who will believe that not voting for Trump and not voting for Hillary somehow puts a third candidate, better than either, on the ballot. It doesn’t. Failure to vote for the lesser of two evils allows the greater evil (Hillary) to win.

  • eric z says:

    Per a Strib item online today, Charlie Weaver is in the same quandry.

    http://www.startribune.com/trump-s-growing-formidability-rattles-many-in-minnesota-gop/371136401/

    Title: Minnesota’s GOP leaders rattled as Trump’s support grows

    ” ‘I’m worried less about my party than I am about my country,’ Weaver said. ”

    Not judging any of the item, just fyi.

    Rubio seems to be fading in the stretch. If he does not get Florida, and Kasich gets Ohio,Rubio might be neither win, place, nor show. Some would not be saddened by such a result.

  • Gary Gross says:

    With all due respect, Hillary isn’t the greater evil. We’ve dealt with losses in the past. We haven’t dealt with a traitor in our midst. Most importantly, on the important things like judges, national security & isolationist economic policies, there isn’t a dime’s worth of difference between Hillary & DJT.

    Finally, I hope we defeat Trump with either Rubio or Cruz. That way, we defeat Hillary, too. Hillary is a weak candidate. What type of candidate is she if she’s having difficulty dispatching a 74-yr-old socialist?

  • Gary Gross says:

    Eric, I can’t believe you read my article. Trump’s support isn’t growing. He got 33.3% of the vote yesterday. I can’t question the fact that his supporters are incredibly loyal. I can question whether his supporters are increasing.

  • eric z says:

    Gary, by your data Cruz got 66 new delegates, Trump 51, with Michigan on the horizon. Cruz did gain ground. No question.

    As to Trump’s policies, he’s not disclosing any, so you are guessing on old information. He’s gotten this far on a cap saying “Make America Great Again” and xenophobia, which is rampant up and down the GOP ranks. Except for the employers, who want the cheap illegal labor; both parties’ elites unite there.

    While a Cruz vs Sanders race would offer more of a choice, a Cruz vs Clinton race – would it bootstrap the GOP down ticket?

    I see Trump having more GOTV power that way. Neither of us will know for sure, since it is now only a hypothetical, and by August the two-party offerings will be set, hypothetical guesses left hanging; and then the setting of “choices” will have many, many, many holding their noses. Staying home.

    Equal evils, absent Bernie. If it is Trump/Clinton.

    Cruz/anybody would energize the anybody vote. How many Senators, which ones, have endorsed Cruz? It’s his colleagues, eh?

  • JerryE9 says:

    “We haven’t dealt with a traitor in our midst.”

    I understand the sentiment, but I still have to believe that a Trump win would be better than a Hillary win. Part of it is the down-ticket effect of having Republicans turn out for the down-ticket. A bigger part, for me, is believing that from what little he has SAID, he sounds better than Hillary and, if he puts together “good people” they can correct a lot of the Obama rot. Also, having to work with Republicans in Congress will keep him right of center, I think.

    With Cruz gaining ground and Rubio fading, we may be on the right track. It will be a clear choice between Cruz and Hillary.

  • Gary Gross says:

    Jerry, Trump says that the government is run by idiots and he’ll get better people to run it. That isn’t possible from the standpoint that most of the administration is already in place. The political appointees can make a little difference but the career employees make most of the decisions. They’re unaccountable. How do you fix that?

  • eric z says:

    Gary, last comment you added brings to mind the VA leadership person locally, and how she played the system.

    So, Gary, How do you fix that without throwing out a baby along with bathwater?

    How do you prune diseased branches without peril to the tree?

    And don’t just duck by saying, “Carefully.”

    It is a question that might need reflection, and ongoing posting – perhaps after November. But it seems to touch upon your feelings within the next above post where “Cut off the head of the snake” is a quick answer, but incomplete. I.e., not pressing for any quick fix ideas, but how do you fix what’s bad, without damage to good things?

  • Gary Gross says:

    You give veterans vouchers so they can go to a regular hospital or clinic. After shrinking the VA’s workload, then you implement tighter reporting requirements, followed by increased oversight.

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