It is hard to know who is willing to stand up for Donald Trump these days.
Well…. there’s always James Dobson:
Dr. James Dobson, founder of “Focus On The Family”:
“Trump appears to be tender to things of the Spirit.” http://drjamesdobson.org/news/dr-james-dobson-on-trumps-christian-faith
But when you peak outside Mr. Dobson’s narrow little world, he seems to stand pretty much alone. There does not seem to be much positive being said about the Republican nominee for president of the US and the negatives just keep piling up.
Without really even having to work at it, here is a small sampling of what seems to be the prevailing opinion presented in the media on Donald Trump:
Thomas M. Wells, one-time trump attorney and business man:
“Donald Trump was then, as he is now, larger than life, particularly in his own eyes, and at the same time frighteningly small, with very little moral grounding. He was then, and still is, all ego and show.”
Frank Bruni, NYT Columnist:
Trump isn’t just uninformed, as his recent comments on Ukraine reaffirmed. He’s a repository of almost every character trait that we warn children against and reprimand them for.
Richard Hanna, three-term Republican Representative:
“I think Trump is a national embarrassment. Is he really the guy you want to have the nuclear codes?” Hanna said he finds Trump “deeply flawed in endless ways” and “unrepentant in all things” including the use of bankruptcy laws to avoid the consequences of his choices.
Mitt Romney, businessman and Republican politician:
“Mr. Trump is a con-man and a fake. …. He is a phoney, a fraud. His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University.”
Glenn Beck conservative political commentator:
“Donald Trump is a dangerous man.”
David Bahsen, businessman, Republican, and founding Trustee for Pacifica Christian High School of Orange County:
He is crude, dishonest, and as likely to make America great again as Pat Buchannan and Michael Savage… I am not called to defend a man whose character I find repugnant, whose intellect I find lacking, and whose qualifications to lead I find non-existent.
Stuart Stevens, former Mitt Romney political strategist:
“An idiot is running for president.”
Stephen F. Hayes, conservative columnist:
“Trump is a complete and utter disgrace. An embarrassment to humanity.”
Fareed Zakaria, CNN commentator:
“Every time it is demonstrated that Donald Trump is plainly ignorant about some basic public policy issue, some well-known fact, he comes back with a certain bravado and tries to explain it away with a tweet or a statement,” Zakaria said. “He did it on Brexit, he did it on the nuclear triad, he did it really on how the U.S. debt markets work, he thought that Tim Kaine was the governor of New Jersey, and now with this…. It’s sort of amusing, to watch — how’s he going to pull it off this time? What is he going to argue? Usually, he adds that the press hates him. But there’s a term for this kind of thing: This is the mode of a bulls*** artist. And it’s sometimes amusing, it’s entertaining if the guy’s trying to sell you a condo or a car. But for a president of the United States, it’s deeply worrying.”
Robert Kagan, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and conservative commentator:
“It is not just that he is incapable of empathy. It is not just that he feels he must respond to every criticism he receives by attacking and denigrating the critic, no matter how small or inconsequential. If you are a Republican, the real problem, and the thing that ought to keep you up nights as we head into the final 100 days of this campaign, is that the man cannot control himself. He cannot hold back even when it is manifestly in his interest to do so. What’s more, his psychological pathologies are ultimately self-destructive.
“Imagine such a person as president. What we have seen in the Trump campaign is not only a clever method of stirring up the anger in people. It is also a personality defect that has had the effect of stirring up anger. And because it is a defect and not a tactic, it would continue to affect Trump’s behavior in the White House. It would determine how he dealt with other nations. It would determine how he dealt with critics at home. It would determine how he governed, how he executed the laws, how he instructed the law-enforcement and intelligence agencies under his command, how he dealt with the press, how he dealt with the opposition party and how he handled dissent within his own party.
“His personality defect would be the dominating factor in his presidency, just as it has been the dominating factor in his campaign.
“His ultimately self-destructive tendencies would play out on the biggest stage in the world, with consequences at home and abroad that one can barely begin to imagine. It would make him the closest thing the United States has ever had to a dictator, but a dictator with a dangerously unstable temperament that neither he nor anyone else can control.”
Bret Stephens, American Pulitzer prize winning journalist for the Wall Street Journal:
“Conservative die-hards may try to hold fast to the excuse that Hillary Clinton was, is, and always will be “worse,” but the argument can’t be sustained indefinitely. Mrs. Clinton is not the apotheosis of evil. She may be a corner-cutter and a liar, and she’ll almost surely appoint liberals to the Supreme Court. But at least she’s not a sociopath.”