During his September 6 broadcast, conservative talk radio host and recent Trump detractor Mark Levin announced a change of direction saying he is now going to vote for Donald Trump for president. Not because he loves him some Trump, but because Hillary Clinton has to be stopped.
As he warmed to his tepid endorsement, and it was, indeed, a begrudging one, Levin reminded his audience that Trump is no conservative. For that matter, Levin also said we can’t even rely on Trump to stay on track with what he’s already said.
But saying this is “a binary election, at least for the country,” Levin endorsed Donald Trump. “Either Trump or Clinton will be president of the United States,” Levin said, He then went on to insist “I’m going to vote for Donald Trump” because “Hillary is so awful.”
Levin also noted that his pledge to vote for Trump should not be seen as a sudden blanket approval of everything Trump does or says.
“I take no responsibility for the dumb things he says,” Levin warned his audience, “or the dumb things his surrogates say. Just as I took no responsibility for the dumb things any candidate I vote for says. Whether it’s Congress, Senate Supervisor, State’s Attorney, other presidential candidates, I have no control over these people, I don’t run their campaigns and I don’t advise them.”
Ultimately for Mark Levin, the plain fact of the matter is that Hillary Clinton is simply too dangerous to the country to be allowed anywhere near the White House. Period. End of story.
This is quite a change from Levin’s past claims that he would never vote for Trump. However, his logic is pretty inescapable. The choice is Hillary — a woman who stands against everything American and who won’t allow conservatives to have any say at all in the nation’s governance — or Trump — an erratic self promoter who nonetheless will at least be receptive to things conservatives want (even if only a little receptive).
Levin joins fellow talk radio host Dennis Prager who months ago said he would never vote for Trump in a primary but would vote Trump if he became the GOP nominee because Hillary is the single worst, most dangerous candidate the Democrats ever floated for president. And after the anti-American Obama, that is really saying something.
For his part, Prager recently wrote a piece urging #NeverTrump fanatics to dump their opposition for the sake of the country.
Prager was especially dismissive of the #NeverTrumpers’ “conscience” argument, the idea that their refusal to support Trump means they can sleep with a clear conscience because they haven’t compromised their principles in order to vote for The Donald.
“I don’t find it compelling,” Prager wrote, “because it means that your conscience is clear after making it possible for Clinton or any other Democrat to win.”
The goal for every conservative, Prager said, is to defeat the left. That means we sometimes have to vote for flawed candidates, certainly. But we cannot flee the battle field and let the enemy win simply because we don’t have a flawless general. It is pushing the perfect at the expense of the good as far as Prager is concerned.
He also noted that political purity (or moral purity, by some people’s reckoning) is also not a compelling argument not to vote Trump.
In the 2016 presidential race, I am not interested in moral purity. I am interested in defeating the left and its party, the Democratic Party. The notion (expressed by virtually every #NeverTrump advocate) that we can live with another four years of a Democratic president is, forgive me, mind-boggling. To that end, with at least one, and probably multiple, additional leftists on the Supreme Court, a Republican presidential victory in 2020 would mean little. All the left needs is the judicial branch, especially the Supreme Court. Left-wing judges pass so many left-wing laws that they render those who control Congress, and even the White House, almost irrelevant.
This is eminently logical reasoning.
In fact, it is the #NeverTrumpers who are steeping in illogical reasoning.
Of course, the anti-Trump folks on the right are most certainly right about how ill-fitting Trump is both for the conservative cause and the White House itself. Just as Mark Levin said, Trump is not a conservative. In fact, he’s barely a Republican at all. He has no history of supporting conservatism and it is clear he has no intellectual understanding (or interest in) the movement.
But let’s look at the #NeverTrumper argument. They insist they are sick and tired of being treated as the redheaded step child by the GOP. They have had it, they say, with being ignored and their voices not listened to. It is time the Republican Party listened to the voice of the people, they sonorously intone.
OK, fine. So, what was their answer during the primaries — and for some even now? They want to run some guy who no one voted for at all and ignore the voices of the millions of regular people who voted for Trump.
How is that any different than what they claim they have suffered at the hands of the GOP?
There is also no logic in the claim of #NeverTrumpers that Trump is so bad that he’ll ruin the country.
To imagine Trump could ever be worse than an extremist like Hillary who has dedicated her life to destroying everything that makes America great is sophistry at its worst.
The truth is, while Trump is no conservative, he is also not a doctrinaire anti-American like Obama and Hillary.
Where Trump differs from Obama and Hillary is that is the latter two candidates have for their entire history prior to running for the White House shown they are stiff-necked, unbendable, anti-Americans. They are extremist, socialist-styled, doctrinaire left-wingers whose entire life previous to the White House proved they would do their level best to tear down the U.S.A.
While it is true all of Trump’s current center right supporters are ignoring his liberal past just as moderates ignored Obama’s in 2008 and 2012, the difference between Obama and Trump is that Trump is no agenda-pushing, America-hating, leftist like Obama is. Trump is just a run-of-the-mill liberal without any doctrinaire communist passion behind his assumptions. Where Obama passionately believes in his socialist doctrine and feels the U.S. needs to be punished because of it, Trump is just a guy who grew up being fed liberal pap and he accepts it at face value without ever having put any time and intellect into examining it all. Trump’s liberalism is just received wisdom spoon fed at birth, not a cause to punish the country at any cost.
It seems clear that Trump won’t work specifically to undermine the Constitution, the law, and the American way of life as Obama has done and as Hillary will continue to do. While a President Trump may end up hurting those great things around the edges here and there, at the very least it won’t be his goal to tear those things down like it has been Obama’s and will be Hillary’s.
Trump is also a capitalist and, unlike Obama, Trump understands that the U.S.A. is great because of private capitalism, not despite it as Obama thinks.
So, with a President Trump we’d get a general liberal who has no left-wing cause to push but who is also a booster of capitalism.
In that respect, if Trump were to become president, it wouldn’t be anywhere near as terrible as it would be if Hillary Clinton were to win the White House.
Finally, I’d like to reiterate that if Hillary wins the White House conservatives and Republicans will have no say whatever in how the country is run. Even if the GOP maintains control of the House and Senate their tepid “leadership” will allow Hillary to get away with most if not nearly all of her destructive agenda.
On the other hand, the fight in the Republican Party is never stirred more than when it has a leader of its own to defeat! If Hillary wins you’ll see the linguini spine of the GOP reign supreme. But if Trump wins, you’ll suddenly find Republicans with the gumption to stand up and fight.
So, if you are worried that Trump will become a dictator, stop being foolish. History shows that it is impossible for someone center right to become a dictator in the U.S.A.
I’ll leave you today with Denis Prager’s list of nine reasons you must vote for Trump:
- Prevent a left-wing Supreme Court.
- Increase the defense budget.
- Repeal, or at least modify, the Dodd-Frank act.
- Prevent Washington, D.C. from becoming a state and giving the Democrats another two permanent senators.
- Repeal Obamacare.
- Curtail illegal immigration, a goal that doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with xenophobia or nativism (just look at Western Europe).
- Reduce job-killing regulations on large and small businesses.
- Lower the corporate income tax and bring back hundreds of billions of offshore dollars to the United States.
- Continue fracking, which the left, in its science-rejecting hysteria, opposes.
And I’d say these are the least of the reasons.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Warner Todd Huston
Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago-based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com and BigJournalsim.com along with all Breitbart News sites, RightWingNews.com, CanadaFreePress.com, and many, many others. He has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs across the country to discuss his news stories and current events and has appeared on TV networks such as CNN, Fox News, Fox Business Network, and various Chicago-based news programs. He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the book “Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture” which can be purchased on amazon.com. He is the owner and operator of PubliusForum.com. Follow Warner Todd Huston on Twitter @warnerthuston or email the author at firstname.lastname@example.org.