I want to believe Trump. I want to trust that he is truly, permanently transformed to a Constitutionalist. My gut says this.
I will never vote for Donald Trump because he’s a pro-gun control, pro-single-payer health care, pro-eminent domain, pro-abortion, and pro-statism liberal who will immediately revert to form when he’s finished selling his fauxservatism to people he patently views as rubes. I will never vote for Donald Trump, because absolutely nothing he can say or do will cover the fact he is obviously and blatantly lying every time his thin lips move and his freakishly tiny hands pound the podium. ("With God As My Witness, I Will Never Vote For Donald Trump", Rick Wilson, Feb 23, 2016)
"Donald Trump is not a Republican. He's a hypocrite and a con man" Jeb Golinkin
Trump is all about Trump. He is a Napoleon, stepping in when Jacobin radicalism fails. Many loved Bonaparte, even after he led France to ruin. Trump would be as much a dictator as Hillary, perhaps more so. The Constitution dies under either one of them. I did not donate to rhe Clintons, nor have them at my wedding. BTW, I happily voted for Mitt. I do not need a perfect candidate, just one who respects constitutional law. It is like voting for Senator Palatine or Count Dooku. Either Hillary or Donald is voting for the Dark Side. (FB Comment, Gerald Smith )
"Better socialism than nationalism with its brown shirts" (FB Comment, Mike Tannehill)
The fact that none of the three remaining candidates is really part of the GOP establishment is actually a sign of the total victory the Tea Party has won over the party regulars. This is a good thing. The Republican establishment was, depending on your view, either ossified or rotten to the core.
But the question going forward is what will replace the old establishment. Will it be a revived, middle-class conservatism of the Mike Lee school? Or more libertarian-ish? Rubio and Cruz offer compelling, but distinct visions.
What separates them from Trump is that they are looking to revolutionize the party from the inside. Trump is staging a hostile-takeover of the party from the outside. And what he wants to replace the old establishment with is neither Republican nor conservative. ("Is Marco Rubio Really an 'Establishment' Candidate?", Jonathon V. Last, Feb 24, 2016, The Weekly Standard)Update 2016-04-14
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I would love to believe that he has all the honorable things in that article. I am seeing a thin skinned, spiteful man that will be your worst enemy if you cross him. I do not see a man that has shown any scruples to our Constitution.
I see a man that wants trade barriers instead of more free trade.
I see a man that will likely get us in more and more serious war.
I do not see a man who wants to defend the liberty of the people.
I see a man who seeks support by appealing to popular desires and prejudices rather than by using rational argument. (see demagogue)