Agony of a Trump voter

Donald J. Trump is a jerk. I feel as if I have a right to say that. I voted for him. He may be a jerk, but he’s my jerk.

It was a difficult decision, probably the toughest call of my voting life. As a fiscal conservative, I was an early supporter of Ted Cruz, and I favored many other candidates in the crowded GOP primary over Trump – most of them, in fact. As the field narrowed, I kept thinking, “Oh, please, not him.” I wasn’t exactly a #NeverTrumper, but I was certainly in the #Anybody-BeforeTrump camp, although that is perhaps splitting hairs.

Then Trump won the primary, and I had to climb out of the depths of despair over the fact that my choice for president was Trump or Hillary Clinton. With thousands of available candidates who could be good presidents, the best our political system could come up with was this pair?

Don’t get me wrong. I was never, ever going to vote for Clinton. After eight years of President Obama’s statist stranglehold on this country, I’m not sure we could have survived another four or eight years of the same thing.

No, my choice was whether to vote for Trump, cast a protest ballot for a third-party candidate or simply sit out the presidential race.

I finally decided after months of agonized deliberation that anything but a vote for Trump would be the coward’s way out. One of those two people was going to be president, and if I chose not to vote for one, it would be the same as a vote for the other. I could either have Clinton as president, and get absolutely nothing on my agenda addressed, or Trump as a chief executive who might at least give me some of what I wanted.

So now we have President Carnival Barker Clown, and I get some of the credit or some of the blame. You’re welcome, or I’m sorry, take your pick.

And I must say that ... I have been ... pleasantly surprised.

With The Donald as president, I have gotten more than some of my agenda. Trump chose a Supreme Court justice who doesn’t think the Constitution is his personal plaything. He has rolled back Obama’s devastating regulatory state. He has brought a semblance of sanity back to foreign policy. He has tackled, however gingerly, our byzantine tax system. Even some of the things I don’t like – such as his protectionist approach to trade – are things I shouldn’t be shocked over, since he is merely doing what he promised to do as a candidate.

He is still a jerk, of course. As one of his Indiana newspaper columnist critics has said, he is “a loose cannon with a total disregard for Washington, D.C., protocol,” lacking “even the appearance of presidential behavior.”

That’s Trump’s problem, the whole “presidential appearance” thing. All our presidents have been jerks if you stop and think about it. You cannot even consider leading the free world unless you are a monumental narcissist with an ego that crowds every other normal human attribute out of your brain. But they have been jerks completely within the political process, which we are conditioned to not even notice as we play our own parts in that process.

Donald Trump is a jerk in ways we are not used to, so we notice.

And I can live with that, nervously. I feel a little like I did when I was a fan of Indiana University basketball coach Bobby Knight, cheering him on because of his flamboyance

and winning ways, but always worried about the next stupid thing he would say or do. Donald Trump is my Bobby Knight of politics.

But now I have another really tough political vote to cast – whether to choose Luke Messer, Todd Rokita or Mike Braun as the GOP candidate to take on incumbent U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly. The main thing each of them desperately wants me to know is that he is really 1 million percent for our wonderful Make America Great Again president, and the other two are slimy, swamp-loving rats not worthy to touch the hem of Trump’s royal robes.

To which I respond: I don’t believe them, I really don’t, even though they’re trying to sound just like me, at first against Trump and now willing to give him a chance. Right up until the end of the primary, Marco Rubio-supporting Rokita was calling Trump “vulgar, if not profane” and saying “at some point you have to be presidential.” Even after the primary, Messer was accusing Trump of race-baiting and saying he was a “hard candidate for Republicans to swallow.”

What else do they have? Certainly, it is generally a good idea for a Republican Senate candidate to support his president, but we can’t forget that the man is mostly a populist. What conservative lines would they draw that they don’t think he should cross?

For what it’s worth, I’m leaning against Messer. He and Rokita are both members in good standing of the swamp they promise to drain, and each basically wants a more elevated position in the swamp, but Messer seems much more at home there. That gives me a choice between Rokita, a prickly personality who promises to out Bobby Knight-Donald Trump, and Braun, who voted in a lot of Democratic primaries before seeking his Indiana House seat as a Republican.

Right now, I slightly favor Braun simply because he’s the outsider who (so far) hasn’t been tainted by Washington. But that could change. I’m a voter, so I’m allowed to be fickle.

And just in case you think I am making too much of this whole Trump business, answer this question: Who proudly told Fox News that he had voted with the president “62 percent of the time”? Joe Donnelly.

(32) comments

strtdude

Slysi, All presidents, for sure in the last 100 years, have been corporate clowns. Are you trying to say Obama wasn't ? Trump is a corporate clown on steroids and I knew that it is what the corporate imperialists desired for the sake of the final act. Now, nothing is sacred. Get it ?

fire111

Ok Joe! Wasn't your original post that NONE of the uranium mined in the U S by Russians allowed out of the country? I thought I saw that claim. Well we know that was a lie! Now if you want to trust an Iranian or a Russian or a North Korean... you probably will trust scurrilous Obama officials. Hey just sayin. What we know is that your claim is false. Uranium One emailed a statement to "The Hill", confirming it DID export uranium to Canada. 25% of that fuel eventually made it's way outside North America to Europe and Asia. Hmmm... Asia! Don't believe China needs uranium nor Russia! Wonder who...

strtdude

This voter has no agony about voting for Trump . I am getting exactly what I voted for. Full clown disclosure of the office. Trump is doing just what he was hired to do. Turn the office of the president into a joke and the rest of society will more readily accept their loss of living standards and political balance. So now that we see that The presidents have all been corporate hacks. Where do we go ? See what I mean when I say folks, it's over.

fire111

Gosh this is the first time I ever heard you claimed to have voted!

slysi

OH REALLY ?Seems like more has been done in a few months than eight years of the LIAR OF THE CENTURY .....AND ,TRUMP didn't even get a NOBLE MEDAL !

Patriot23157

Joe King your right if I don't agree with the Leftest views I'm in denial. I go by facts, name any facts that show Trump collusion with Russia. There are none! Now there are some facts of Hillary and the DNC colluding with Russia. Russian company buys 20% of US uranium, Same company donates millions to Clinton Foundation after deal, and Bill Clinton gets $500,000 speaking fee in Russia after deal.. Also Hillary Clinton and the DNC paid a foreign entity 12.4 million dollars for the Steele Dossier to a British former spy who's sources were Russians. There are financial records to prove donation to Clinton foundation and Bill's speaking fee. If it was not true they would have come forward with proof(crickets) I have not heard of one thing in the "Steele Dossier" being confirmed. I have not heard one person state that Hilary Clinton and the DNC didn't pay for the "Steele Dossier"(crickets). So who is really in denial.

common sense

Patriot, dont you know you can't deal in facts anymore. If the media, Hillary, Comey, Perez etc. All say it is true then it must be because they are all honorable and truthful. At least that is what they say about themselves.

Leeet

Here is a FACT for you, patriot......How about the day the President of the United States allowed ONLY RUSSIAN REPORTERS, IN THE WHITE HOUSE and NO AMERICANS??? Remember that? If President Obama had done that, FoxNews would STILL be 'reporting' that.......if President Kennedy had done that, they would have shot him for TREASON.....my, how our world has changed.....

slysi

HOW about when OBAMA was accidentally caught telling PUTIN to wait until I win the election and we'll talk about that ? ....THAT WAS UP & UP ?? You LIBS forget ( what you want to forget ) fast !

Joe King

your spewing facts from Fox Entertainment (aka propaganda)....Did you know the that the uranium that is owned by a russian company, like others.. can not...repeat can not leave the US? IT can only be used in the US....but lets not report the entire facts to boast your claims... I have also yet to hear the Dossier is real or accurate either? Just, you don't like it.... THe fact the entire investigation departments have it and know about it is concerning.... but lets still bring up Hillary to divert and distract...because thats all you got....no other talking points...just that....

fire111

Here we go again Joe! Kind of correct about the nuke fuel, but wrongo again! An article in "THE HILL", dated 11/2/17, by John Solomon and Alison Spann, they found other than to your export claim. NRC said no permit was issued to ship out of country. But after a few well placed sales of stock the new company was able to ship into Wyoming. Then to Canada. Then to Europe. This only went on for "2 years". Wonder where it went from Europe! Iran? North Korea?

Joe King

Hey fire...please don't pick and choose...here is the the paragraph from said above article...."“The transfer of the U.S.-supplied uranium from Canada to Europe noted above also was subject to applicable Section 123 agreements,” the NRC noted. Section 123 is the part of the Atomic Energy Act that allows for the U.S. to share civilian nuclear technology and goods with allies." It went to our allies....as per agreement...not to some unknown nation or Russia....

Average Joe

This Gentleman read my mind!
As for the Mueller thing, it's all an establishment witch hunt.

Leeet

sort of like the Birther thing?

biker1

Hey, the "birther thing" was encouraged by the republicans, who had the right. The media almost completely ignored it. But the media is making no bones about their dislike of Trump and prove it every day with their "fake news."

slysi

truth be told

Leeet

This gentleman exhibits what is wrong with 'politics' in America today. Don't agonize over with R or D to vote for, vote for the best PERSON who will get the most done for our Country.......

RickVerde

Kinda hypocritical coming from you.

Leeet

ouch, rv, that really hurt....how about not making a personal attack and tell us RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW......Who are you backing for Indiana Senator and Why? I know you will be a straight shooter, no politics, no hypocrisy..........

Leeet

How so, rv? Joe Donnelly is by far the LEAST partisan candidate of the four........

Average Joe

Surely you jest, Leet.
Donnelly has voted straight D party where it counted and middle when it didn't. Especially now when his reelection is in the balance, he votes for the home folks at the last minute. Schleps around in an RV for commercials, give me a break. What a con man.

RickVerde

Donnelly, “Least Partisan” ??? That’s the funniest thing I’ve heard in a while. Joe is Nancy’s puppet, always has been.

Jonas

Boy are you Trump haters going to cry REALLY BIG TEARS when he gets a Nobel Peace Prize for his work thus far with North Korea. His prize will be for action while obuma's was for talk only that did absolutely NOTHING!!

global hoosier

Trump has been acting like a guilty guy ever since evidence started accumulating.
Why would he and Putin talk about Russian hookers AT THEIR VERY FIRST MEETING. It just doesn't make sense. Would you make such talk with anyone on first meeting.
The dossier is proving to be true, with corroboration from Comey on many major points. I think Putin has tapes of Trump in bed with one of those gorgeous girls. Where are the evangelical ministers on this one?

bettermethanyou

Global, you are like the people who still think today that there is something to "The Da Vinci Code" even though it was a fictional work. The Dossier was a piece of fiction according to it's author and was written based on a personal hatred Steele had for Trump. What I'm really anxious to see is that if Mueller will end up charging Hillary and her campaign with collusion, because that is the only collusion that is founded on fact.

global hoosier

You cannot bum rush Mueller into finishing his probe, which is so vast due to the widespread criminality by the Trump gang.
As to the SD NYC criminal probes, they are the best at following money trails, and our mob boss con'ster cannot pardon himself from criminal charges.
I join in predicting, like Atty. Avenatti, that Trump will resign, now that Cohen is about to be indicted

bettermethanyou

No one has been charged with anything yet. You are making quite a jump to resignation. As for cohen, I wonder why Comey didn't take the same action against Hillary. The FBI is no longer the law enforcement agency it once was, it is now totally compromised because Obama demanded that anyone around him buy into HIS ideology in order to participate, amd Comey politely obliged.

Joe King

your biased is preventing you from the facts...13 Russians, 3 russian corporations, and 4 americans have been charged. Manafort (trump campaign chairman), Papadopoulos (campaign adviser), Flynn (former national security adviser), and Pinedo. Your arguments shouldn't be towards the investigation branch....wait, wasn't that the GOP statement a few years ago? This is your GOP leader...you own....deal with it..

Patriot23157

Michael Flynn- Charged with lying to FBI. Lied about talking to a Russian ambassador to the US. He didn't remember a casual conversation in 2016 while Obama was president and Flynn was not part of Trump camp. Flynn was fired by Trump for lying.
Paul Manafort and Richard Gates- charged with tax evasion and money laundering,
lobbying on behalf of Ukraine. This all happened before Trump became a presidential candidate. Manafort work as Trump campaign manager for a few months in 2016.
George Papadopoulos- Charged with lying to FBI. Lied about trying to contact foreign persons with dirt on Hilary. Papadopoulos was an early foreign policy adviser for Trump’s presidential campaign in early 2016. Before joining Trump campaign as a volunteer, Papadopoulos was an adviser for Dr. Ben Carson’s own 2016 presidential campaign. This was his only political experiance.
Richard Pinedo- had no connection to Trump.

Joe King

patriot....your denial of reality is amazing....collusion doesn't happen overnight....this is why Mueller is taking is time to link the puzzle pieces for you...maybe he will use pictures.... Tic Toc....between trump, pruit, and the rest he fired or were indicted...won't be long....Making america great again.....

MichaelFort

Bum rush? This has been going on for over a year. It is high time it is finished. If he has any evidence of Trump's collusion with the Russian government to affect the 2016 presidential election he needs to lay it out now or forever hold his peace.

Joe King

and people are still talking about emails and bengazi.....only been a year....will get back to you after in a few more...seems fair

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