The only reason Donald Trump won’t repudiate the disgusting racists who argue his cause–who are indeed as bad or worse than the Left’s race-baiting white-haters–is because he needs them.
Besides a pathological inability to refuse any kind of compliment, regardless of from whom it originated, Trump needs his coterie of ugly sub-basement dwellers because they force those who rely on rational, free thought to deal with irrational arguments and relieve him of responding to real criticism.
From Charles C.W. Cooke at NR:
Thus do many progressives interpret conservative opposition to immigration reform as hatred toward Hispanics. Thus do many progressives regard conservative opposition to affirmative action as “racism.” Thus do many progressives explain that, by lambasting President Obama — who remains popular among black voters — conservatives are disparaging not just the president himself, but those who like him. And thus, apparently, do many Republican primary voters take harsh criticism of Donald Trump personally.
So if we criticize Trump on say, being for partial-birth abortions, and favoring his sister Maryanne Trump Barry, as a Supreme Court Justice (she wrote opposing New Jersey’s law against the barbarous practice), we are attacking good conservatives who believe Trump will magically make all their dreams come true.
It’s very helpful to the intellectually lazy to never have to acknowledge your critics, but dismiss them as “losers” and have a phalanx of trolls online do your bidding.
While Trump is glad to acknowledge people like Jerry Falwell, Jr., Sarah Palin and even Willie Robertson, he refuses to disassociate himself from others like retired professional baseball player John Rocker. Rocker is a Macon, Georgia native–which is where Erick Erickson happens to live. He is an alum of First Presbyterian Day School, a place with which Erick (and I, as a resident of central Georgia) is very familiar.
Rocker is also a boorish, ugly racist. In 1999, Rocker said some pretty terrible things to Sports Illustrated.
The biggest thing I don’t like about New York are the foreigners. You can walk an entire block in Times Square and not hear anybody speaking English. Asians and Koreans and Vietnamese and Indians and Russians and Spanish people and everything up there. How the hell did they get in this country?
Imagine having to take the 7 train to the ballpark, looking like you’re (riding through) Beirut next to some kid with purple hair next to some queer with AIDS right next to some dude who just got out of jail for the fourth time right next to some 20-year-old mom with four kids. It’s depressing.
Here’s what he says about Trump in 2016:
I’ve always wanted to see the person that’s like, “Yeah, I’ve made these comments, these are my beliefs, and you know what? If you don’t like it, stick it,”
Donald Trump is that guy.
You betcha. Until Trump repudiates his own ugly sub-basement dwellers, he’s no better than CAIR, who won’t denounce Islamic terror, or President Obama, who won’t denounce militant anti-cop Black Lives Matters activists.
But Trump will never denounce them, because in fact he needs them.