There are attractive presidential qualities in Donald Trump. His willingness to disregard political correctness has undeniably changed the conservative conversation in America. His stance on foreign trade is spot-on and he has tackled illegal immigration in a way no politician has dared (though his commitment to his position does show signs of wavering).
What one cannot say about Donald Trump, however, is that he is the “integrity” candidate. Any “man” who attacks his opponent’s wife’s looks has descended too far into the gutter to ever hold his head up high as a political candidate of character.
But don’t tell that to the diehard Trumpers- the zealots who follow Mr. Trump without question appear more and more resistant to the red flags emerging this election cycle and any perceived attack against Trump is often met with fierce defensiveness.
One such Trump enthusiast is Scottie Nell Hughes, a political commentator for USA Radio Network. During a recent CNN panel, Hughes attempted to defend Trump against criticism and when on the ropes, Hughes turned to “integrity” as a word to describe Trump.
That’s when it went from bad to worse.
The trio of women were discussing Trump’s alleged “war on women,” a nauseating talking point that until his attack on Heidi Cruz was significant “reaching” by leftist operatives.
Hughes defended Trump, saying that she intended to take her eight-year-old daughter to Trump Tower to see what The Donald had built. When asked about his words against women, Hughes defended it with “stick and stones…”
Tara Setmayer pounced. “No, absolutely not. In the Bible it says ‘the power of life and death is in your words’ (Proverbs 18:21). OK? Words matter.”
Also off the top of her head, Setmayer threw-down another Biblical verse:
“‘Out of the abundance of your heart, so shall the mouth speak.’ (Luke 6:45). Words absolutely do matter. And to dismiss what someone has to say is completely disingenuous.”
Though Setmayer sat quietly as Hughes unleashed a hurried praise of Trump, Hughes laughed condescendingly when she was confronted with the Biblical rebuttal that was remarkably appropriate for the occasion. Hughes then made a series of smug gestures as Setmayer rebutted.
On the ropes, Hughes attempted to talk-over Setmayer and outlandishly claimed that Trump was the embodiment of “character and integrity.”
Setmayer took the intellectual kill-shot:
“Really? So the man has been married three times — who publicly shamed his wife when he was cheating on her with his mistress —that’s a man of integrity for you?”
Hughes continued to swing wildly with defenses, but it was too late. CNN Host Carol Costello concluded the standing eight count. “We get the picture,” she said as the segment ended.
One can defend Trump on a “necessary evil” basis. They can defend him on an economic basis. However, at this point, it seems impossible for someone to defend Trump on a “character and integrity” basis and doing so only highlights relentless zealotry on the part of the commentator.