My name is Andy Naselli, and I am a professor at a college and graduate school in Minneapolis.
The pressing issue for the Republican party right now is what to do with Donald Trump. I understand that people are deeply concerned with the direction our nation is going (I’m one of them), and many well-meaning Trump supporters are right to be angry. But I question whether they are right to support Trump. (If you are leaning towards voting for Trump, then please don’t be offended by what I’m about to say. I’m not attacking you personally but instead sharing concerns about Trump.) My wife, Jenni, and I have three little daughters, and we would like a president whom our daughters can respect. Here are seven reasons Trump concerns us:
1. Trump disrespects women. In his book Think Big he publicly brags about committing adultery with other married women, whom he calls “top women in the world." He doesn’t even express remorse. He boasts about it. He left his first wife for his second wife, and he left his second wife for his third. He said of his daughter Ivanka, “If Ivanka were not my daughter, I would be dating her.” And he says vile and disgusting things about women, publicly calling some women "dogs," "fat and ugly,” and much worse. (He also freely mocks the disabled and even POWs who've been caught.)
2. Trump aligns himself with racists. He has repeatedly retweeted white supremacists praising him. And just last Sunday he repeatedly refused to denounce the Ku Klux Klan during a TV interview (which he backtracked on after receiving significant pushback).
3. Trump has a track record of supporting pro-abortion Democrats. His official party affiliation was with the Democrats from about 1970 to 1987 and 2001 to 2009. He has given money to Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and Hillary Clinton. He now claims to be pro-life, but he has no record of doing anything substantial to support the pro-life cause. He has recently been praising Planned Parenthood for doing good things for women, which is like praising North Korea for doing kind things to humanity. He said that his sister would make a terrific Supreme Court Justice, but as a federal judge in New Jersey she wrote an opinion supporting partial birth abortion. I think the abortion issue is the big E on the eye chart: if you get that wrong, what does that say about your moral judgment elsewhere?
4. Trump is a con artist. He promises to make America great again and that he'll fight for the little guy. But throughout his life he has used his inherited wealth to buy politicians and enrich himself at the expense of the little guy. He has used bankruptcy laws four times to cover for his failed business dealings. He set up Trump University—a fake university that swindled people who signed up for expensive seminars. He promised to help people get rich in real estate and then swindled them out of millions of dollars. He does not care about the little guy. He’s a con artist who wants only to trick the little guy into buying whatever he’s presently selling. And right now he’s trying to sell us on the idea that he will go to Washington, shake things up, and fight for conservative principles.
5. Trump is a demagogue. A demagogue is a political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular desires and prejudices rather than by using rational argument. That is exactly how he is running his campaign. He doesn’t offer real answers to the pressing questions of our day. Instead he essentially says over and over, "I am the greatest. Everything I do is the greatest. I am tremendously wealthy. Everyone who disagrees with me is a loser. I am going to build the biggest and best wall along the Mexican border and make Mexico pay for it."
6. Trump is shameless. Just last week he asserted, "Nobody reads the Bible more than me.” Yet he says that he has never asked God to forgive him for anything—and that he never asks other people to forgive him either. He also says that he doesn’t forgive others; he favors vicious revenge.
7. Trump is emotionally unstable. He has the emotional stability of a spoiled toddler who throws temper tantrums. He’s an unpredictable volcano.
Character matters. I’m not saying that Trump must have the high character necessary to be a pastor. But he is not morally qualified to be the principal of Blaine High School. And he is running for President of the United States of America. Trump may be the most immoral, least qualified person to ever run for President.
So the number one issue for conservative Republicans right now is to stop Trump. We should coalesce around the most electable conservative candidate remaining. My top choice was originally Ted Cruz, but my wife and I are voting for Marco Rubio because he gives Republicans the best chance of beating Trump.