Donald Trump’s campaign advances several conflicting narratives. On one hand, his campaign routinely claims to be a unifying, electable force- that he attracts conservatives, moderate Republicans and centrist Democrats.
On the other hand, he maintains that he is unifying the Republican Party. A quick glance around the GOP landscape will quickly reveal that not only has Trump alienated the “establishment” GOP, but one half of conservatives adore Trump while the other half of conservatives have declared that they would vote for Mayor McCheese before egomaniacal billionaire.
If empirical evidence is not enough to destroy the “Trump unites the GOP” narrative, take a gander at Sarah Palin’s recent fundraising effort…
After shocking many conservatives by endorsing Donald Trump for the presidency, Sarah Palin has seemed to realize that the way to conservative checkbooks is not with The Donald. In an email sent-out by her PAC, SarahPAC, Trump isn’t even mentioned. However, urging people to donate to help “elect new conservatives in 2016,” the email invokes the name of Ted Cruz , the man who from whom she distanced herself when she embraced the flashy reality TV star.
The email claims that because of her efforts, America was set on the right track by electing conservative leaders “like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul.”
That’s correct. However, where, exactly, is that enthusiasm for constitutional conservatives now?
Trump supporters might be able to maintain that Trump’s brashness is a necessary evil at this time of crisis in America. However, any who embrace Trump should not simultaneously posture as a proponent of constitutional conservatism.
Trump’s appeal is that he may be able to hammer-away at encroaching liberalism that threatens our republic. It is not that he will return our nation to a balance of constitutionally-limited government.
If that is Mrs. Palin’s objective, then it seems remarkably clear that she made a mistake in her choice for endorsement.
If that should be the case, it is hypocritical to embrace Trump for the headlines and fundraise off those who are fighting to keep the Constitution afloat.
Shame on her.
— Brandon Morse (@TheBrandonMorse) March 29, 2016