In response to Leslie Loftis: The Oscars and the GOP – both have lost their way, Earthenware wrote:
This anti-Trumpism is a little confusing.
As far as I can see, it is based on his apparent lack of respect for the Constitution in favour of populism. That would be all very well if his predecessors had been constitutionalists, but they mostly weren’t.
George W Bush introduced the Patriot Act and Mitt Romney had his own version of Obamacare. All the way back to Abraham Lincoln, who was a de facto tyrant, Republican candidates and Presidents (with the exception of Barry Goldwater) appear to have paid only lip service to the Constitution.
So what is different about Trump? I think we know the answer – he’s not the establishment candidate. People can see this and they are so fed up with the Republican establishment doing deals with Reid, Pelosi etc. that they will vote for anyone who isn’t tainted by association.
I don’t personally like Trump because he has made some alarming statements regarding civil liberties but, as Rand Paul wasn’t attractive to most people, who else is there to vote for? Trump’s one attractive feature is that he is the anti-establishment candidate – and that is enough.