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He’s Mean, but Is He at Least Bright?

Tuesday, Mar 29, 2016
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I have said from the outset that I would vote for Donald Trump if he were chosen as the Republican nominee. I am contemptuous of much of what he does; I don’t trust what he says, and I have no reason to believe that he actually holds conservative values. But, if Trump becomes the GOP nominee, he will be the only alternative to the left ruining America for another four years.

Really, though, their ruining could go on for much longer than four years. With two or three more left-wing Supreme Court justices, the left wouldn’t need to win the presidency or Congress in order to “fundamentally (transform) the United States of America,” as President Barack Obama promised in 2008. With a leftist Supreme Court, the Court will transform America simply by legislating from the bench. Leftist justices seem to regard their role as promoting social justice, not judging according to the rules of justice within the constraints of the Constitution. As far as domestic policy is concerned, the presidency and Congress will become irrelevant with a majority leftist Supreme Court.

I can chew gum and walk at the same time. Therefore, I could vote for Trump in the general election, while at the same finding much of what he says and does unacceptable. As I explain to all those who ask, between a Republican I don’t want to win and a Democrat I don’t want to win, I will vote for the Republican.

There is a profoundly fascist element to the American left and the political party that it controls (the Democratic Party). Some American leftists and Democrats are fascist students and faculty who violently take over college presidents’ and deans’ offices and shout down non-leftist speakers. Others are left-wing thugs who disrupt Trump events by screaming obscenities, carrying obscenity-laden posters, raising their middle fingers, and in some cases, spitting on the overwhelmingly peaceful attendees.

Having said that, the possibility of Trump being the GOP nominee seems to be approaching reality. Whenever I begin to hope that, knowing this, Trump will at least begin to act intelligently, he does something so stupid that makes my heart sink.

His latest outrage was a tweet with a photo of his wife, Melania, (looking like the beautiful model she is) next to an unflattering photo of Sen. Ted Cruz’s wife (who, as it happens, would look quite attractive in a professionally posed photo) with the caption:

“NO NEED TO ‘SPILL THE BEANS.’ THE IMAGES ARE WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS.”

I know Trump did this in reaction to an utterly objectionable Facebook ad, which was created by an anti-Trump PAC to target Mormon voters in Utah. The ad featured a risque photo of his wife from a British GQ Magazine shoot in 2000 (five years before she married Trump).

Nevertheless, any man who feels compelled to announce to the world that his wife is more beautiful than another man’s wife shows meanness, immaturity and insecurity.

But it is a lack of intelligence — or a lack of intelligent judgment, if you will — that may actually stand out the most in Trump’s tweet. Did he give any thought at all to winning the general election? It would seem that he didn’t, because if he did, he would understand what everyone except his most fervent supporters understands: Such a tweet repulses most Americans, both male and female.

How would Trump respond if an aide asked him, “Donald, do you think that tweet will help convince an undecided voter to vote for you?”

Well, Trump apparently has few or no aides who would ask him such a question. In fact, Trump has boasted about consulting with himself (at least with regard to foreign policy). As Politico reported: “Asked on MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ who he talks with consistently about foreign policy, Trump responded, ‘I’m speaking with myself, number one, because I have a very good brain and I’ve said a lot of things.'”

In addition to meanness, immaturity and insecurity, the my-wife-is-way-more-beautiful-than-your-wife tweet revealed that Trump is either not very intelligent or lacks intelligent judgment. And the latter is actually more disconcerting than the former. The argument that only a very bright man can be a successful businessman only reveals the fact that few Americans have actually interacted with billionaires. Indeed, very bright billionaires exist; but they are no more common than very bright professors, plumbers or doctors.

I don’t know what Cruz’s chances are of winning in the general election. But he certainly wouldn’t come close to losing 50 states. With more tweets like this, Trump could do just that, proving that intelligence without intelligent judgment is worthless.

 

This column was originally posted on Townhall.com.

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