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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump reacts after filing his declaration of candidacy to appear on the New Hampshire primary ballot in the Secretary of State's office in Concord, New Hampshire, November 4, 2015.  REUTERS/Brian Snyder

The DAILY CALLER recently asked whether I would support Donald Trump in the general election if he were the GOP nominee. Assuming (correctly) that I felt deep reservations about the Trump candidacy, they also wanted to know whether my objections focused more on his position on the issues, or to his personality.

Actually, my problems with The Donald involve an “all of the above” reaction.

 

Of course, his personality makes it impossible to imagine a successful Trump presidency. We’ve just experienced a seven-year tutorial on the disastrous impact of a chief executive who’s unable to work effectively with Congress and unwilling to seek consensus. Unfortunately, Trump’s imperial ego makes Obama’s surly intransigence look as accomodating as Mr. Rogers’ neighborliness. Paralysis and polarization won’t strengthen the Republic in a time of foreign, domestic and economic crisis.
Then there are The Donald’s  “issues” positions – or lack thereof. No, a promise to build a big, beautiful wall and deport 11 million (with their families) does not constitute a plausible or comprehensive agenda. He claims that his “unpredictability” constitutes a great strength, and so refuses to tip his hand to either foreign or domestic adversaries about his plans for confronting significant challenges. But if a candidate’s intentions are unpredictable, then they are also unknowable – thereby destroying all chance for the electorate to make a meaningful decision about the nation’s future.
Finally, the biggest problem for this Republican doesn’t involves Trump’s personality or policies, but rather his electability. Romney, in his losing effort, won white females by a crushing margin of 14% (56% to Obama’s 42%). Trump cannot conceivably replicate that historic success with white females against Hillary Clinton, a white female candidate. This means his only hope lies in winning a vastly increased portion of the non-white vote, which constituted 28% of the overall electorate last time. That portion of the vote will be bigger this time, and Trump possesses no chance to top Romney’s pathetic 26%  when it comes to Latinos and Asians– forced deportation is even less popular than “self-deportation” among immigrant communities. A Trump candidacy would guarantee Republican losses in every swing state, as well as possible losses in Texas and Arizona, where Latinos comprise a significant and growing portion of the electorate.
The real tragedy of a Trump candidacy wouldn’t be an assured and devastating loss at the presidential level, but the likely defeat in Senatorial and House races that could put hard-won GOP majorities in both houses in jeapordy. In that context, a third party candidacy by a credible, mainstream conservatie might be advisable in order to rally anti-Trump Republicans to come out to vote for GOP Congressional candidates while supporting the conservative alternative. Remember, around 70% of national Republicans still oppose Trump’s nomination, and a majority of those who support other candidates say they’d never vote for The Donald. In a deeply divided field it does seem possible that he could win the nomination, but the GOP majority that backed the other candidates will find it tough to reconcile with a bullying blowhard who scurrilously and personally attacked their favorites.
On the air, Ive repeatedly promised to support the Republican nominee, whoever it happens to be. But Trump’s recent reconsideration of his own similar promise should perhaps lead to reexamination of that pledge for the sake of the survival of a credible conservative alternative in American political life.
Voting for Hillary over Trump would be unthinkable and idiotic — a wasted vote, since she would win in a landslide regardless of how broken-hearted conservatives cast our ballots.
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  1. Rachel Bordeaux  •  Dec 1, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    I will proudly vote for Donald Trump. He will win votes from Republicans, Democrats, Independents, etc. Mr. Medved, your attempts to sway listeners toward Marco Rubio are largely a failure. You are no conservative. You have misappropriated the term.

    • Nani  •  Dec 1, 2015 at 4:59 pm

      Rachel, you will PROUDLY vote for a man who is an embarrassment? Honestly, say what you will about Trump, the one thing no one, not even his supporters can deny is the man really and truly is embarrassing.

      You do realize that what you say on the net stays forever, right? You really can’t see that your children, your relatives will one day read that you proclaimed your intention to PROUDLY vote for Trump?

      Wow.

      • TexasPatriot  •  Dec 16, 2015 at 8:59 pm

        The GOP and shills like you are the embarrassment. Trump is destroying their pyramid scheme that they have been playing. The jig is up. Trump 2016

      • Esteban  •  Mar 9, 2016 at 11:36 am

        You seem more concerned with how other people will view someone for voting for candidate they believe in, and trying to embarrass them. The only embarrassment is your lack of dignity in understanding that people may have different political tastes than you.

    • Rizzo  •  Dec 3, 2015 at 9:27 pm

      I agree… Michael has picked our last 2 Republican “loser” candidates. He is the last person who should be giving us advice on who are candidate should be.

      • Nani  •  Dec 4, 2015 at 2:14 pm

        Actually, Mitt was picked by the Hugh, Laura, Ann, Hannity who wanted someone they could control. Bush’s refusal to be their puppet is one of the main reasons they turned on him. And despite all the screaming about McCain being a “RINO”, McCain won the nomination. His downfall came about when he picked Palin, who was these talk show hosts’ pick.

        When are you guys going to get it? It isn’t Republican politicians who lied to you and made promises that anyone who knows how the system works KNEW couldn’t be kept, it was these talk show hosts who said, give US the power and sold out America for ratings.

    • American  •  Dec 4, 2015 at 11:44 pm

      I will proudly join you in voting for Trump, the next president of the United States! 🙂

      • Nani  •  Dec 6, 2015 at 5:06 pm

        You do realize that supporting Trump after all he has said and done says more about YOU than it does him, right?

    • David Marshall  •  Dec 6, 2015 at 7:19 am

      This is a truly bizarre post. If Medved isn’t conservative, who is?

      I know I’m conservative. My first vote was for Ronald Reagan. I was battling the war of ideas with Marxists 30 years ago.

      I wouldn’t be caught dead voting for Trump, and I’m surprised any other Republican would, either. He’s a truly abominable human being, the least of which is, his “conservative” policies are as phony and as recent as his hairdo. I’d vote for a lame flea on the back of John McCain’s dog, or ANY of the other Republican candidates, before I voted for that jackass.

      • Skip  •  Dec 11, 2015 at 7:33 am

        Merged is just a “centrist”

        He may have conservative proclivities but he has no vision and no energy
        He is part of the problem
        Why do you allow the left to dictate the norms of your behavior?
        What have the other so called conservatives actually done for us?

      • John D. Fiat  •  Feb 29, 2016 at 10:07 pm

        Are you kidding? You actually think that Neocon, Israel-Firster, Michael Medved is a conservative? The other day he spewed out every liberal talking point about immigration. He said you can't build a wall. He said you can't deport people. He said that illegal immigrants just want to come out of the shadows, and he refers to them as undocumented workers or people unlawfully residing in the U.S. (just like his liberal cohorts). He said that the "undocumented" will pay fines (lol) and should be rewarded with a "pathway to citizenship." He even mocked real conservatives about the word amnesty. He said amnesty was merely a slogan (though I think he meant mantra). But the mantra (or slogan) is "pathway to citizenship" not amnesty. Amnesty is just a word, but a very important word. A word that it seems Medved doesn't know the definition of. I mean, if you actually believe that those parasites will pay one peso in fines, you are a complete idiot!

    • Jon F.  •  Dec 10, 2015 at 7:27 pm

      Medved is ignorant of both Lationos and Asians. He is like a computer: putting in bogus statistics and then stupidly outputting bad conclusions. I lived and worked in East LA for ten years where there are many 2nd, third and fourth generation Latinos. Nearly all I spoke with want an end to our porous voters. They ARE LATINOS but they have had enough. The many I spoke with feel immigration across our southern border needs to be stopped. These people are here, and got here years ago, they have no brothers, sisters, or others who want to come here, and if they do, they would rather they don’t come. They put America first. As for Asians, most of them hate big government. I mean the apex of big goverment is communism, and Red China is abhorrent to them. The LA Times used to print out pages and pages of the biggest income tax cheats, and 99% of the names were Asians – do I need to say more?. I have been “on the ground” and worked with Asians and Latinos, and believe me, Trump will clean Hillary’s clock. Medved has a vested interest in keeping the Republican Establishment intact. He is among the Bush, McConnell, and McCain crew, that are the biggest losers around. It is time for a change. Get of the bus and take a hike, Medved. If you want to be counter-productive to our future president then get lost.

  2. Shayne Tueller  •  Dec 1, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    I completely agree with what is said here. Donald Trump doesn’t have the right temperament or discipline to be President of the United States. Juvenile name calling and bully tactics might be acceptable in high school but not in making America great again. Furthermore, being a successful businessman doesn’t translate to being a successful head of State. Trump is as incompetent as our current POTUS but for different reasons…

    • American  •  Dec 4, 2015 at 11:50 pm

      But a politically inexperienced card-carrying member of “Man’s Country,” who smoked a lot of dope, and espoused classical Marxism was so compelling that you voted for him twice. Got it. Shayne on *ignore.*

  3. Nani  •  Dec 1, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    Michael, I feel for you. It’s horrible to have to choose between another 4 years of Obamanism and 4 years of a man who is a plain embarrassment.

    The GOP has mere months to get rid of the so called base who hates a party they have zero respect for. But get rid of them they must. And SOON. This so called base have willingly painted the only party able to stop the Liberal agenda as racist, intolerant, and mean. Now they can add over the top embarrassing and flat out bullying. The GOP MUST rid themselves of them and make them what they were before they pretended to be the base: irrelevant.

  4. Ron  •  Dec 2, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    I am a black conservative living in Illinois, and I CAN’T WAIT to vote for Donald Trump!! Mr.Trump is smarter than Michael thinks he is, and he will do a great job as President. Once he get’s the nomination, I will make regular trips to Chicago and campaign for him.My job as a conservative will be to hold Mr.Trump accountable for his promises should he win the nomination.Everyone who is against Mr.Trump is less successful than him,and have employed fewer people. Trump 2016.

  5. Jim Bird  •  Dec 2, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    “…70% of Republican voters will not vote for Trump if he gets the nomination.” That consistent 25% Trump has, no matter what he says, are the Republican voters who WILL NOT VOTE if Trump, Carson, Fiorina, Cruz or maybe Rubio DON’T get the nomination. Who’s to blame? Ans: The Republican crony capitalists – McConnell, Boehner, the Bush’s, McCain, et al, including the other would be nominees still campaigning. Those empty suit cowards always caving to Obama’s madness CAN ONLY BLAME THEMSELVES for selling out endlessly to those who elected them to office. THEY DID IT, THEY OWN IT.

  6. Jim Bird  •  Dec 2, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    “Of course, his personality makes it impossible to imagine a successful Trump presidency.” Has Obama been successful? I think you’re sensing what Republicans have been screaming about since 2006. Continuously lied to with the proverbial knife in the back just hours, it seems, after every election cycle. WTF do you expect us to do????? The Party is done and you know it and so does most everyone else. Your insistence on “making nice” towards Obama is truly insulting to your longtime listeners. Nothing personal here Michael but we are totally outraged by the actions of the old guard GOP leadership who are relentless in allowing the country to be destroyed. I think the laughing and chuckling by you and others about Ombama’s destruction is the most grating of all for me – we get the finger from the left and the right.
    We’re all Socialists now – where’s my free welfare money?

  7. Deaun Welch  •  Dec 3, 2015 at 1:36 am

    If Mr. Trump gets the GOP nomination, we will be welcoming Hillary Clinton as president. God forbid.

    • Rizzo  •  Dec 4, 2015 at 6:02 pm

      The ONLY way Hillary wins is if establishment Republicans turn their back on our nominee. We TRUE conservative Republicans have supported your weak nominees in the past. Now it’s your turn.
      Perhaps, for the first time in my life, I will have the opportunity to vote for a conservative.

      • American  •  Dec 4, 2015 at 11:53 pm

        I had that opportunity early. I was able to cast my first vote for Ronald Reagan shortly after graduating high school and joining the U.S. military. I hope you finally have your opportunity in the next presidential election.

      • David Marshall  •  Dec 6, 2015 at 7:22 am

        Trump, a conservative? Sorry, Rizzo, you either know nothing about the man, have a very unusual way of defining that word, or are truly delusional.

      • Nani  •  Dec 6, 2015 at 5:18 pm

        Fact is that 20% of voters are Liberal, while another 20% will vote Republican. Of the latter, there are about 3% “real” conservatives or Hard Right. You don’t even have the numbers to win elections (which is why you pretend to be the base of a party you hate and have zero respect for). The 60% are “Independent” meaning they lean left on some issues, right on others. They do NOT vote blindly under D or R.

        This is well known and the reason why all politicians will move to the center come the general election. Even if every conservative voted for Trump, he’d STILL lose. You guys just do not have the numbers. And honestly, it doesn’t help that Trump is a total embarrassment.

      • Rizzo  •  Dec 8, 2015 at 6:51 pm

        David Marshall…. relax. Go back and read my post. I did NOT mention Trump. I said, “Perhaps, for the first time in my life, I will have the opportunity to vote for a conservative.”
        Sorry, but your boys Bush, Graham and Kasich don’t fit the bill.

      • Rizzo  •  Dec 8, 2015 at 6:53 pm

        Sorry Nani… you’re just wrong.

        PRINCETON, N.J. — Conservatives continued to outnumber moderates and liberals in the U.S. population in 2014, as they have since 2009. However, their 14-percentage-point edge over liberals last year, 38% vs. 24%, is the smallest in Gallup’s trends since 1992. The percentage of U.S. adults identifying themselves as politically conservative in 2014 was unchanged from 2013, as was the percentage of moderates, at 34%, while the percentage considering themselves liberal rose a percentage point for the third straight year.

    • John D. Fiat  •  Feb 29, 2016 at 9:42 pm

      Perhaps. But he has a way better chance against her than does Cruz or Rubio. In fact, Cruz and Rubio are so weak that they wouldn't even be able to beat Colonel Bernie Sanders (and his communist chicken). That would be the ultimate nightmare, right? So, that is yet another reason to vote for Trump.

  8. David Rupel  •  Dec 5, 2015 at 2:16 am

    Gee, Michael —

    I commend you on the truly BRILLIANT way you ducked the question on how you would vote on Hillary vs Trump!

    I caught your response to a caller today who brought up Trump’s recent statement he would kill the family members — including children — of Islamic terrorists.

    So this is your idea of another “:unfortunate remark” by Trump???

  9. BARBARA FADER  •  Dec 6, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    What are we going to do about defeating Trump? We need to stop this madness. Can’t believe he is still leading.I fault the rest of the republicans. What next?

    • Nani  •  Dec 7, 2015 at 2:02 pm

      Fault the conservative media who made promises they KNEW could not be kept. Blame the so called base that HATE Republicans and have zero respect for them. In fact you can tell who they are because they refuse to call themselves Republicans. Most of all, blame those who will sell out America for ratings.

  10. Glenda  •  Dec 8, 2015 at 5:19 am

    We must handle something. Islam is not a “religion” as we understand the term. It is much more. It includes Shariah law. And it is all-encompassing. If we continue to cede the fact that it is not a “religion” as we define it, our constitution will be used against us. This will happen, it is their plan (one of many), so we need to start hashing it out now.

  11. Cora  •  Dec 8, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    Trump is right. Please don’t be too offended by his rhetoric, remember he is a negotiator. When he sounds extremist, he is at his starting point to solve a problem. We have many immigration problems, “radicalized” muslims being the big one. As far as Islam is concerned, most elected officials and the media haven’t a clue about what they are dealing with. The first of the five pillars of Islam is the proclamation of faith which includes following all the rules and laws given in the Koran, or sharia. The other 4 pillars are prayer, charity, fasting and the pilgrimage to Mecca. Many of the Koranic laws and rules are extremely oppressive and cruel, and intolerant to our rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The goal of Islam is to submit every person on earth to the rules and laws given in the Koran, often by and allowed by, violence of any kind. If a muslim is truly committed to pillar #1, why in the world would we allow him or her to come here to prey on us! How many soviet communist party members would we have allowed in during the cold war? How many german Nazi party members would we have allowed in during World War 2? Until the muslim world reforms itself concerning sharia, it would be wise to not allow anymore muslim immigrants into the United States.

  12. Kyriakos Kyrkos  •  Dec 8, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    I have been a listener to your show for long time, i am not sure for how much longer. I will proudly vote for Donald Trump and so are you, when Trump gets the nomination.

  13. Jon  •  Dec 9, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    Mr. Medved, I have been a fan of yours for years and your knowledge and intellect have few rivals, but you appear to be weak when you try to defend the republican establishment and when you try to make Mr. Trump out to be the devil. The establishment types like Bohner and McConnell are the major reasons that Donald Trump finds himself at the top of the polls today. As a thinking person I can see that Trump would not be the ideal replacement for a president but after enduring the likes of Obama, Bohner, and McConnell, I believe the american people are ready to vote in a fire hydrant as long as it wasn’t from Washington. Also, Rubio is polished and I know you respect that in a person, but he is also a puppet of some of the most powerful men in the world which makes him one more type of man America doesn’t need right now. Please stop trying to tell us that there has been a republican party these last 6-10 years and let the people have their fun with Trump for now, the machine will pick who it picks.

  14. Rizzo  •  Dec 10, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    I thought Michael was all about being inclusive and “Big Tent”?
    He always wants to include people, just so long as they agree with him and his non-conservative viewpoints. He is such a purist.
    How do you think a Republican will win, when you alienate the base with your constant and consistent attacks on conservative values/candidates?

  15. Brian Harmon, Retired Econ Professor  •  Dec 20, 2015 at 12:13 am

    My first vote in a presidential race was when I held my nose and voted for Nixon in 1972, but I supported Goldwater in 1964. Unfortunately, I could not vote for him because I was 13 years old and 21 was the voting age at that time.
    Those who say Michael is not a conservative based on his opinions would have to say Reagan wasn’t either. Michael agrees with Reagan on absolutely every issue I can think of. Reagan even supported amnesty for illegal aliens. (To be fair, at that time most immigrants became Republicans when they became citizens, so what was the downside?:)
    Now, maybe these so-called “hard core” conservative Republicans think that Reagan was not a conservative. After all, he was NEVER rude, obnoxious or a blowhard. He didn’t do as much as he wanted to, but he stood for what he believed.

    • Rizzo  •  Dec 29, 2015 at 10:45 am

      Brian,
      If you are referring to The Immigration and CONTROL act of 1986, that was an Act of Congress, not some executive action by Reagan. I recommend you read it. That act was suppose to be the solution, but the “control” mechanisms have been ignored in subsequent Congressional and Executive administrations.
      We don’t need further amnesty or additional laws, known as comprehensive immigration reform. We need adherence to the current laws.

      We CONSERVATIVES would LOVE a Reagan-type candidate to step forward. We would vote for Reagan in a heartbeat. It is the ESTABLISHMENT that constantly rejects Reagan. Ford O’Connell, who worked on Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) 2008 presidential campaign, says if Republicans want to win the White House in 2016, they need to break free of the “obsessive Reagan disorder. Ronald Reagan is dead. Accept it.”

  16. Jack  •  Jan 15, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    Still wondering how Michael would vote if Trump in the nominee? He did not answer.

  17. John D. Fiat  •  Feb 29, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    "Blinded by hubris, enthralled by the possibilities of unlimited power, the neocons – and their liberal internationalist doppelgangers on the other side of the political spectrum – didn’t see the nationalist backlash coming."

    an excerpt from a column titled, "Nationalism and It's Discontents: The Meaning of Trump"
    by Justin Raimondo from antiwar.com

  18. John D. Fiat  •  Feb 29, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    Trump isn't a pure conservative? Well, duh, that's the only reason why we even have a shot against Hillary Clinton. Mr. Trump's celebrity has provided the only chance we have against a Marxist, Globalist, nanny-state nightmare, so quit being stupid and vote TRUMP!!!!

    Furthermore, We all know that Trump is not the perfect conservative, but he is way more conservative than Mr. open borders, "amnesty is just a slogan" but a "pathway to citizenship isn't a mantra" Medved (at least on the issues that matter).

    P.S. Cruz or Boobio couldn't beat Colonel Bernie Sanders or even a bucket of his Communist Fried Chicken! (they sure like eating it though)

  19. Dixie  •  Mar 1, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    Jews from all stripes (Mr.Potter) hate him because he can't be controlled or bought (George Bailey), that is what irritates them more than anything else.

    In the end it's really comes down to "Is it good for Jews".

  20. Becky  •  Mar 4, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    I just don't understand how Medved can go non-stop day in and day out bashing Trump. Is it entertainment for his listeners? Try to imagine your state your mind if your whole career involved phone call after phone call explaining again and again why Donald Trump is not suited for POTUS.

  21. John  •  Mar 10, 2016 at 1:52 am

    Ass hole Medved ! Low life hater . Rubio fan boy . You ugly loser . Trump will show you hater

  22. trula schock  •  Mar 17, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    Savvy article ! I am thankful for the details – Does someone know if my assistant can get ahold of a template a form copy to use ?

  23. Dave  •  Apr 7, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    I am long-time listener and fan of Michael Medved, but this time I have to say I disagree with him completely! Mike's last two picks for POTUS were total failures and lost the election, so (unfortunately) I don't have a lot of trust right now in his opinion about who will win or not win this election season. I am especially bewildered that he can so boldly suggest that Trump literally has ZERO percent chance of winning the primary election (he said this today on his radio show). That, to me, is just absolutely ridiculous talk. Trump's chances are OBVIOUSLY much better than zero. If that were not the case, then the establishment and people like you and the rest of the media wouldn't be trying so hard to stop him and trying so hard to misrepresent him on everything. It's quite obvious that he has a better than zero chance of winning… Quite obvious indeed!

    No one else has even come close to winning the people that Trump has been winning to the Party and this is what astounds me; Medved is always talking about the essentiality of winning – even if you don't get everything you'd prefer in a candidate. Please, Michael, explain to us all who else has a better shot of winning? Kasich? The guy that barely won a single state… Cruz??? The guy that is hated in the Senate, he is losing by a significant margin on the campaign trail, and we do not see Democrats switching parties to vote for him like we see with Trump.

    Also, I am baffled with all the chatter about Trump not having real policy plans or being able to articulate them… I've read Trump's book and the policy papers on his website and I've listened to so many of his speeches. He is unfairly represented on this point. Yes, he may lack a little as a skillful politician, but that's also what makes him so refreshing to so many people. I do NOT believe the government can only be led by another bureaucrat. Sure Trump will have to do some on-the-job training but that doesn't concern me. We've had plenty of "experts" in office who did little more than make BIG messes worse. Trump will surround himself with people in the know and he will listen, just as he does in business. I believe him when he says he will appoint conservative justices and that he will listen to his military advisers. This is the kind of guy he regularly is. He isn't a dummy. He is capable and well able to do the job.

    But, have you actually listened to Cruz' rhetoric, because that's all I hear is rhetoric. Cruz says he's going to "secure the border" but he doesn't exactly say how (other than when he parrot's Trump). Here's a newsflash, every Republican says that they will "secure the border" and "reform immigration" and has been saying that for years AND THEY NEVER DO IT! Heck, I'm pretty sure Obama even said that… Yet Trump is the only one I'm aware of that has directly, repeatedly, and consistently said how. He told us he'd build a wall… He told us how much it would likely cost… He told us who would pay for it… He told us how they would pay for it… He told us what he would do with illegals… He told us he would put a freeze on Muslim immigration. Those may sound like simple one-liners he just throws out constantly, but Michael they are consistent statements that he's sticking his neck out on. They are absolute specifics you can gauge when he becomes President. Trump's position are also brilliantly simple so that anyone with a 4th grade education can understand and remember his positions. You ask anyone off the street, "what's Cruz' position on this or that?" and I'll bet you they couldn't name a single thing! While Trump is often clumsy on some things and maybe even childish in reactions at times, people like the lack of political correct garbage. They like the plain-speaking. They like that he talks from the hip and heart THE WAY MOST PEOPLE TALK. So he doesn't get every statistic perfect accurate (and you harp on this being so important) yet he honestly has said this in his rallies (over and over again). He has remarked that if he gets the number off a little, every one comes after him. But this is the appeal of a guy like Trump. I too have convictions and I have grasp of a host of facts and news information, but sometimes my recall is in the ballpark rather than flawless, but the principle is accurate and the convictions is based in reality and justifiable and I'm speaking from a position of truthfulness (although sometimes with a little bit of hyperbole). This is Trump! This is why he appeals to folks! I think he has plenty room to shape up and be an even better candidate, but I can see through those weaknesses (they don't bother me) and I recognize the core strength and the stance on values that are most important to our country. I see his love for country and it resonates, so of course I'm waving the banner! I'm sick of the status quo AND of losing!

    What does Cruz give us? Nothing but more political rhetoric… blabbering on about the Constitution as if he invented it… and Cruz panders constantly, which is one of the most annoying things about him, and what makes him completely untrustworthy. He tries very hard to sound like an outsider (usually those are when he's pretending he's Trump), but he is political norm 101 if you ask me. He's like a greasy corrupt televangelist. I honestly don't believe a word coming out of his mouth. And your precious love for politifact even rates his statements as Mostly False. I really don't care for politifact, nor do I think they are fair in much of their weighing of candidate statements in general, but I bring it up because I heard you praise them on today's show.

    I truly don't think Cruz can win the majority of Independents, he won't win the black vote, he won't win Democrats…. HE WON'T WIN! Michael, he's already proving himself to be a loser in large part. I am just stunned at how some of the Conservative talk show guys can talk about him like he's a winner when he is NOT winning! Some of his prior endorsements have even left him for Trump. And he constantly lies about Trump's views on things. I don't think it's unreasonable for Trump to refer to him a Lyin' Ted because that is exactly what I have observed this whole time. And I might point out that I actually started as a Cruz supporter. I first chuckled and shook my head at Trump like most everyone else did. I was wrong.

    I see no winning ticket with Cruz. I know this isn't over yet… There's a fight yet to be had, but I see no real path for him to win the nomination. Here's my prediction… Trump will win the nomination and the election. I don't say that because I think Trump's perfect. He's not! But I think he is a whole lot smarter than you and guys like Beck (who once praised Trump by-the-way as the solution for America) and the others are giving him credit for. I think the Left and the Right (i.e. the establishment) are scared of him. That's why they protest his rallies and not Cruz or Kasich. That's why the media (though they love the ratings) beat him up continually but hardly touch the other guys. If I'm wrong and if Cruz LEGITIMATELY wins the nomination, I'll back the true winner… but not if there's shenanigans! I'm tired of Republicans losing and for all the times you and the other talk show guys have ranted on about winning and picking this guy or that guy and then we lose, I'm not putting my confidence in your notion this time. I think you're wrong again, sadly, and I think Trump will likely be our nominee and I pray, if that be the case, that he will be our President.

    I'm not anti-Medved. I still like you and you're an amazingly talented guy and l love the show, but I'm not with you on Trump. If you are proven right, I'll come grovelling back and admit my error. hehehe… but I'm in for Trump 100%! I hope that if I'm right, you'll admit your error and maybe learn from the experience.

    • Brian  •  May 12, 2016 at 1:45 pm

      This post reflects my position exactly. Trump is a New Yorker – a deal maker. He thinks we are getting a raw deal in both government policy and economic policy. These things I agreed with way back when he announced his candidacy. I have been on the fence with Trump and preferred Cruz only because Cruz seemed more conservative and willing to stand on principle. However, Trump is our best shot at winning now that he has won the primaries. People usually love him or hate him, but now there are more "on the fence" people that never hated Trump, just thought his rhetoric was not presidential in terms of humiliating his opponents. Somehow his political incorrectness is winning votes. I still can't say that I would solidly vote Trump, but I would most likely if he was for sure the Republican candidate. I would hope Hillary will win the Democratic ticket so we at least we don't get a open Socialist as our next president.

  24. Robert Waters  •  Jul 1, 2016 at 5:51 am

    Michael, I choose to believe that the Trumpsters who have posted here (and all the others) are gullible rather than stupid. But you are exactly right. Trump is the first candidate in history whose election has been listed by a prominent geopolitics analyst as a top ten threat to world security. He is globally ignorant when it comes to policy, and a career con man who has never run a successful business in his life. He is emotionally immature, and- as you say- an embarassment to our nation.

    Trump was pro-choice, pro-socialized medicine, and pro-amnesty until less than a year ago. He is a lifelong Democrat who voted twice for both Clinton and Obama and invited the Clintons to his wedding. The people who have written above are apparently as ignorant of Trump's past as Trump is of the Constitution and the state of the world.

    I will be sitting out this election for the first time in my life. It won't matter, since the nomination of Trump- the only one of the GOP candidates the polls consistently showed losing to Hillary- will be crushed in any case. The posters above and the other delusional Trumpistas are in for a rude and sorry slap in the face from reality in November, and I predict that no Republican who supported him for the nomination will ever be taken seriouslyi in the Republican party again.

    It will be hard surviving four years of Hillary, but its inevitable. Trump's nomination made it so. But Trump's election would mean the death of the Republican party and the conservative movement as well as the greatest threat to the Constitution and our national security since the CIvil War. I just wish the people who wrote above- and Trump himself- had any idea whatever what they were talking about. We cannot afford to have an ignorant, immature authoritarian as our president.

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