Bret Stephens, the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Wall Street Journal, says it is not the issues but Trump's character he dislikes.
That's an interesting case to make.
Just so we are clear on where this man is coming from, two quotes.
Stephens on CNN on May 29:
I most certainly will not vote for Donald Trump. I will vote for the least left-wing opponent to Donald Trump and I want to make a vote to make sure that he has — that he is the biggest loser in presidential history since, I don’t know, Alf Landon or going back further. It’s important that Donald Trump and what he represents — this kind of ethnic quote, ‘conservatism,’ or populism be so decisively rebuked that the Republican Party, the Republican voters will forever learn their lesson that they cannot nominate a man so manifestly unqualified to be president in any way, shape or form. So they have to learn a lesson in the way perhaps Democrats learned from McGovern in ’72. George Will said let’s have him lose in 50 states. Why not Guam, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, too?Stephens on CNN on June 17:
The only person who counts in the administration is the president of the United States. [SNIP] Listen, I think that for the United States, Hillary Clinton, as awful as I find her, is a survivable event. I’m not so sure about Donald Trump. And let me tell you why. Let me add one more point to that, Hugh. The United States survives so long as at least one of its major parties is politically and intellectually healthy. I don’t think the Republican Party, or I should say the Republican Party as the vehicle for modern American conservative ideas, survives with Donald Trump. I think a Donald Trump presidency sets up an Elizabeth Warren ascendancy. And it not Elizabeth Warren, someone of her ilk. And I think that’s dreadful. I think a Donald Trump presidency raises a new kind of version of conservatism which more closely resembles a kind of Father Coughlin, America first populism and nativism and isolationism, than the confident, modern, cosmopolitan, thoughtful, engaged conservatism of Ronald Reagan and Paul Ryan.Which leads to his column on August 1, "Memo to Paul Ryan: Trump’s problem is his character, not his ‘ideas.’ "
What does Bret Stephens know about character?
He is openly working for Hilary Clinton's unanimous election. Why? Not because that would hurt the country -- which it will -- but because it would help him and his ilk hang on to power in a little club called the Republican Party.
To hang on to power, Stephens and by proxy, his employer, Rupert Murdoch, would allow the biggest crook in presidential history
Hillary lied so much that they fired her from the Watergate Committee.
Hillary landed a don't show job at the Rose Law Firm because her husband was state attorney general.
Hillary laundered a $100,000 kickback as a capital gain from cattle futures.
Hillary helped her husband procure women, and aided and abetted his abuse of his office to cover-up his affairs.
Hillary tried to scam investors in the Whitewater fiasco.
Hillary lied through her teeth to cover that up.
Hillary illegally fired staffers in Travelgate.
Hillary stole White House furniture.
Hillary set up a tax-exempt foundation to launder foreign bribes and finance her campaign-in-waiting after losing the 2008 presidential nomination.
Finally, there is this from Eric Boner, who trained and handled canines while in the military to check for bombs. He met Presidents Bush 43 and Obama, and both took the time to talk to him.
Then there is his encounter with Hillary in Turkey:
One of my Last details was for Hillary when she was Secretary of State. She was in Turkey for whatever reason. I helped with sweeps of her DV Quarters and staff vehicles. Her words to me? “Get that Fucking dog away from me.” Then she turns to her Security Detail and berates them up and down about why that animal was in her quarters. For the next 20 minutes while I sit there waiting to be released she lays into her detail, slamming the door in their faces when she’s done. The Detail lead walks over apologizes and releases me. I apologize to him for getting him in trouble. His words “Happens every day, Brother”The only question of character in this Trump-Clinton scenario is that of Bret Stephens. No decent man would even consider her election.
But it's nothing personal, just business. Trump would end the game of selling out American jobs to "free trade" and illegal aliens.
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