So, here's some thoughts on Donald Trump's that ended up on the cutting room floor from my weekend column.
Trump also lies about who he is.
Trump claims that “nobody reads the Bible more than me,” and then turns around and quotes “Two Corinthians,” rather than “Second Corinthians” and tries to put money in the communion plate at a church while sitting next to his third wife.
As I mentioned last week, Trump's favorite Bible verse is reportedly Exodus 21:22-25. This shows the Donald is special, because, in a lifetime of churchgoing, I've never, not once, heard any Christian choose that passage as their favorite. Mollie Hemingway helpfully explains why this is troublesome if Trump really is a Christian.
A regular churchgoer and Bible-reader the Donald is not.
Trump brags that he’s given more than $102 million to charity in the past five years. The Washington Post looked at the list Trump’s campaign provided and discovered that it included none of his personal cash. He’ll let his golf resorts give away free rounds for charities to auction off, but money out of his own pocket? Nope.
It’s been more than two months since Trump, in a pique, skipped a televised debate to raise money for veterans charities. Much of that money still hasn’t made it to the vets.
In 2008, I, along with many other conservatives, held my nose and voted for Sen. John McCain—a moderate Republican and author of a much touted campaign finance reform legislation that was rightly struck down after being revealed to be little more than an incumbent protection act.
In 2012, conservatives held their nose and voted for Romney, another moderate whose intrusive government health insurance reform—dubbed “Romneycare”—was the model for Obama’s disastrous takeover of the healthcare industry.
Trump is far more liberal and far less serious than either one of those failed candidates.
My column contained a couple paragraphs on Trump's inability to speak the "conservative" language because, a) he isn't a conservative, and b) he's can't be bothered to learn to fake it. These next two graphs I trimmed for space.
Conservatives winced in 2012 when Mitt Romney tried to assure voters of his conservative bona fides by noting that he was a “severe conservative”—an adjective never before used by any actual conservative—who somehow managed to get elected governor of deep-blue Massachusetts.
Trump is no Romney.
Writing this column was a bit of unique experience for me. Usually my writing is pretty focused and I'm pretty good, going through the process, at staying focused. This week there was so much that I felt I needed to say, but I was limited on the space available to say it.
Also, I did my best to make a conscious effort to separate Donald Trump from his supporters. My liberal counterpart Tom Fulks can bash Trump supporters all he wants; it doesn't hurt his preferred candidate(s). I was making a heartfelt plea to that small segment of Trump supporters that could hopefully be swayed from voting for an egotistical megalomaniac who would do serious damage to the nation.
If I got just one, it was worth it.