Trump’s Second Language

Last night I had the pleasure of joining fellow Resurgent contributor, Jason Taylor on his weekly radio program, Hahn America Radio. We had a great time talking about the presidential race and politics in general.

One of the first things we talked about was Trump’s latest outlandish comments pertaining to the Second Amendment. Trump said, “If she (Hillary) gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know. But I’ll tell you what, that will be a horrible day.” Jason’s cohost, Dan (the man) last name unknown, raised an excellent point by saying the most troubling thing to him about this statement was how Trump refereed to second amendment people as “them” and not “we”. This should not be surprising to anyone paying any attention to this race. After all,  Trump has held every side of every position on multiple occasions in the past few years.

What is most ironic is that Trump speaks conservatism as a second language, very similarly to Mitt Romney. Romney famously referred to himself in 2012 as “severely” conservative. The only word most of us use severely before is injured or constipated. I don’t write this to bash Romney, or even Trump for that matter but to say this: As the GOP looks ahead to 2020, let’s nominate someone who refers to conservatives as “us” and not “them.” Maybe the results will be different.

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