I’m getting very frustrated with my fellow Republicans. I’m a wee tired of Trump supporters overlooking things that he does, when in the past they were very vocal in their criticism of someone else doing a similar thing. Over the weekend, I was asked by a Facebook friend and supporter of Donald Trump on my personal Facebook wall, “Your thoughts on Opportunist Ted’s comments?” He was referring to Ted Cruz’s statement about the Trump rally in Chicago being cancelled. Ignoring the obvious insult to Cruz with the injection of the word “opportunist”, here is a video of the comment’s he was referring to:
I went over the statement, point by point in my response, and here is that response.
Statement by Cruz : “Earlier today, over 30 people were arrested at one rally. And then tonight, as violence broke out, the rally was canceled all together.”
This is a FACT. It is true.
Statement by Cruz: “Now responsibility for that lies with protesters, who took violence into their own hands.”
This is an OPINION. I agree with this opinion. I have always said that, while their may be some other factors involved, ultimately, people are responsible for their actions.
Statement by Cruz: “But in any campaign, responsibility starts at the top. Any candidate is responsible for the culture of the campaign.”
This is an OPINION. I agree with this opinion. I have said many times that I believe that the Black Lives Matter group is emboldened and encouraged by President Obama. It would be hypocritical of me to not apply that standard to a Republican candidate. So, as I said, I agree with this opinion.
Statement by Cruz: “And when you have a campaign that disrespects the voters,”
This is a FACT. It is true. Donald Trump routinely disrespects voters at his rally who try to voice opposition to his views. I have seen video after video of people calmly raising points, and then Trump insulting them, mocking them, and calling them names. I am not referring to violent protesters, or people at his rally that shout, scream, or disrupt them. I am talking about people calmly voicing dissent. I’ve also heard Trump say, “How stupid are the people of Iowa? How stupid are the people of the country to believe this crap?”. So this is an accurate statement.
Statement by Cruz: “When you have a campaign that affirmatively encourages violence,”
This is a FACT. It is true. Donald Trump has repeatedly advocated violence against protesters at his rallies. The infamous, “If you see somebody with a tomato, knock the crap out of them,” comment comes immediately to mind.
Statement by Cruz: “When you have a campaign that is facing allegations of physical violence against members of the press,”
This is a FACT. It is true. Michelle Fields of conservative site Breitbart has said that she was assaulted by someone who was ID’d by another reporter as Trump’s campaign manager. In fact, it was just released that both Michelle Fields and Ben Shapiro have resigned from Breitbart over this very instance. I am not saying the allegations are true, I am saying that it is true there are allegations of physical violence against a member of Trump’s campaign. So this is an accurate statement.
Statement by Cruz: “You create an environment that only encourages this sort of nasty discord.”
This is an OPINION. I agree with this opinion. I was livid on Friday night. In fact, I blogged about it over the weekend, something I don’t usually do, in a post titled Attack on Free Speech. So I strongly believe that everyone has a right to speak, whether or not I agree with what they have to say. I support the protesters right to protest, but I do not support them infiltrating the rally with the intention of stopping the rally.
I do not condone violence of any kind at a protest, regardless of who commits the violence, the only exception being self defense. Anti-Trump people committed violence, which I watched on video. I denounce that violence. I did not see any Trump supporters commit violence on Friday night, but I have in the past. I denounce that violence. I try my best to abide by my principles. When I see something I believe is wrong, I say it is wrong. What I try never to do, is to overlook something that is against my principles when someone I LIKE does it. WRONG IS WRONG NO MATTER WHO DOES IT. Consistency, clarity, and truth, in my opinion, matter the most.
So, I guess the short answer is: I agree with everything Ted Cruz said in the video you posted on my wall. I don’t think he is being an “opportunist”, I think he was giving an honest answer. Which is why I am still supporting him.
After giving that in depth, point by point answer, the response I got from the Trump supporter was:
“You are a Cruz apologist.”
Well, I don’t believe my response makes me a “Cruz apologist”, but I’d like to point out some of the hypocrisy I’ve seen displayed by Trump supporters.
- On Obama: When Obama supports Black Lives Matter, many Trump supports say “He encourages and emboldens them with his words of support.” I agree.
- On Trump: When Trump calls for violence to be used against protesters, they refuse to assign any blame to Trump. I say it is:
- On Obama: When Obama said “If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan”, many Trump supporters say, “He lied.” I agree.
- On Trump: Trump said in a phone interview on MSNBC, “I spoke with law enforcement and made [the call to cancel] in conjunction with law enforcement, and I think we made a wise decision,” but Chicago Police Interim Supt. John Escalante told reporters “The Chicago Police Department had no role. In fact, I can tell you we did assure the Trump campaign that we had more than adequate resources outside the UIC Pavilion and that we guaranteed them we could provide safe access and exit for Mr. Trump.” Trump supporters say, “He meant OTHER law enforcement officials.” I say it is:
- On Obama: When Obama changed his view on a Presidents authority to launch a military strike without congressional authorization, or when he changed his view on Syria, many Trump supporters say, “He is a flip flopper! His explanation for changing isn’t good enough!” I agree.
- On Trump: When Trump said “I probably identify more as Democrat”, or when Trump said in 1999: “I am Very Pro-Choice”, or when Trump changed political parties at least five times, or when Trump changed his position on 3 issues in 2 days, many Trump supporters say, “He is entitled to change his mind” or “He evolved his positions”. I say it is:
Do you see a pattern here? When Obama says or does something they dislike, many Trump supporters lambaste him for it. When Trump does something very similar, it’s either excused or over looked entirely.
Perhaps the most troubling thing for me is, I am compelled to admit something that I’m not pleased about. For years, when talking to friends of mine who are liberal or, at least not as conservative as I am, I often say how much hypocrisy I see when debating liberals/leftists/Democrats. I point out that, no matter what evidence I show many Obama and Clinton supporters, they simply brush it off, and ignore it. Many times the response I get from my friends is, “Many conservatives do the same thing,” to which I immediately say, “I don’t see many conservatives do that, but regardless, two wrongs don’t make a right.” Well, I’m starting to see many conservative Trump supporters do the very thing I’ve seen Obama and Clinton supporters do. It’s disturbing, and in my opinion, it weakens our argument. It’s very simple folks: something is either wrong, or it isn’t wrong. It isn’t wrong when the person you dislike does it, but acceptable when the person you like does it. That’s called:
But hey, I’m just a cop.