For seemingly the millionth time this primary, Donald Trump has made an outrageous comment with little basis in fact. Trump claimed that he probably would have prevented 9/11 because his immigration policies would have been so tough that “there’s a good chance that those people would not have been in our country.” Of course, Trump forgets that 14 hijackers came on tourist visas, four came on business visas, and one on a student visa–none of which are covered in his immigration plan.
This incident reminds us that, with so many great minds in the race, conservative Republicans should stop rushing to flag of whichever candidate spouts off the loudest, brashest statement–especially if it’s a false or unhelpful one.
Instead of hearing about what Republican candidates plan to do about the economy, federal government spending, and foreign policy, we waste time having to dissect Trump’s typically unhelpful attacks on a floundering Jeb Bush. Instead of showing the American people the value of conservative plans, Trump festers more petty infighting in a crowded field of presidential candidates. He constantly reaches out to smite fellow candidates, not on the basis of policy failure, but with personal attacks.
Trump’s bluster, however, only goes one way: he shies away from attacking Democratic candidates with the same fierceness he attacks his GOP “allies.” As I have pointed out previously, he also lacks conservative principles, and is far too friendly with the Clintons.
Trump should not be an option for conservatives, even if you buy his “conservative” credentials. We need a conservative who can win, not just a “conservative” and not just a “winner.” Trump is neither.
Conservatives–real ones, not Jeb Bush or Donald Trump–need to take control of the Republican primary. Conservatives need to focus on the issues, and not waste time psychoanalyzing every single comment ever made by another candidate. Republicans played right into the media’s hands at the second GOP debate, despite Governor John Kasich’s vain pleas.
Discuss the future of our infrastructure. Discuss the business climate. Talk tax rates. Talk about the massive, growing federal debt. Address educational needs. Tell us how you’ll stop the Islamic State. Show the American people why you’ll make a good president. GOP candidates have done some of these things, but they have been overshadowed by the chaotic statements of Trump, Ben Carson, and Carly Fiorina.
We need to make this election about providing credible plans and strategies. We need to make it about showing Americans why conservatives should be able to have full control of the government. We need to make about why conservative principles help working families.
We have plans, we have candidates, but we need leaders.
Leaders need to emerge from this field of candidates–or from outside the field altogether–and keep the GOP from tearing itself apart over the shrill words of one Donald Trump. This election is about making America greater, not being beholden to a media agenda and the interests of a self-proclaimed–but false–prophet.