When The Nominee Rejects The Platform

If tonight’s results in Indiana put Trump on a nearly-certain trajectory to 1,237 delegates, we could end up with the Republican equivalent of The Manchurian Candidate. The GOP platform is, and more importantly¬†ought to be, pro-life, pro-religious liberty, and anti-PC insanity.

The only thing about Trump that isn’t politically correct is his racism and outright misogyny. His use of foul language, threats, doubletalk, and downright lies is more akin to the left than conservative values. He talks like he fights fire with fire, but really Trump is just a flamethrower with no off switch.

Trump can’t run and win with the Republican platform as-is. He would have to modify it to tone down the anti-abortion talk, and to allow whoever wants to use the ladies room to use it, and to force bakers to take sensitivity training because he would get along great with gays.

Problem is, Trump and his supporters won’t be crafting the platform. Cruz supporters will. And they won’t make it staunchly pro-life, pro-religious liberty, and anti-PC insanity because a demagogue Ted Cruz tells them to. They’ll make it that way because they believe it with all their hearts.

Trump will have to denounce his own party’s platform, publicly, and every one of his supporters–some of whom have declared him God’s candidate–will have to kneel before Democrats and leftists and accept their values because Trump does. Trump will veer left to the point where there’s almost no difference between him and Hillary on policy, but he’ll maintain the tough talk just enough to let GOP voters believe he’s faking it to be “less scary” to the left.

First, I find it hard to believe that anyone on the left will be fooled, but look at the 34 percent of Republicans who are fooled (or don’t care). Second, his attack on Hillary won’t be on policy. When did he ever attack anyone on policy? “Low energy Bush,” “pathological Ben,” “little Marco” and “lyin’ Ted” will morph into “crooked Hillary” and “no stamina Hillary.”

On the issues, Trump will blather the same incoherent pabulum on both sides of every issue, leaving everyone something they can claim “yeah, I agree with that” even when nobody can pin Trump down on what they agree with. But we know one thing: Trump’s issues won’t match the issues in the Republican platform.

Sure, on immigration, he’ll be spot on. But on free trade? No. Religious liberty? No. Gay marriage? No. Abortion? No. Small government? No. How can such a man run as a Republican for president?

He will say that the platform doesn’t matter, and that those who crafted it are traitors. It’s that simple. And with that, he will destroy the GOP. Poof, it will be gone, because once the nominee rejects the platform, who can run on it?

There’s no “both and” here. It’s “either or.” Either Trump is stopped from becoming the nominee, or the GOP ceases to exist as the party it’s been for the last several decades.

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Steve Berman

The old Steve cared about money, prestige, and power. Then Christ found me. All at once things changed. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

I spent 30 years in business. Now I write and edit. But mostly I love. I have a wife and 2 kids and a dog and we live in a little house in central Georgia.

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