Trumped-up campaign an embarrassment

Published 6:51 pm Friday, October 2, 2015

By Thurman R. Hayes Jr.

Thankfully, America’s “Trump moment” seems to be coming to an end. For Republicans, it can’t come soon enough, as “The Donald” seems to embarrass the GOP more every day.

That a guy who once gave money to the campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Harry Reid can suddenly become identified with Republicans is strange enough. But even stranger is that, according to some polls, many Christians and social conservatives are supportive of Trump.

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How can this be? How could anyone who “votes values” consider voting for this man?

In the 1990’s, Christians were shocked and scandalized by Bill Clinton’s sexual behavior. Think of how many times we heard values voters say, “If his wife can’t trust him, neither can we.”

But Donald Trump doesn’t just fool around — he brags about it. So far he has left two of his wives for some of “the top women in the world” that he boasts about sleeping with.

But it is not just in the realm of sexuality that Trump lacks a moral compass. He has built his wealth in the casino and gambling industry.

Politicians try to justify support of gambling in all kinds of ways: “We’ll use the money for a good cause,” they say. The ugly truth of the matter is that gambling destroys lives and families, especially among the poor and vulnerable.

Would that matter to Trump? Of course not, because all that matters to him is “winning” and getting richer. This is the worldview of Darwinism, not Christianity.

This “survival of the fittest” mentality was blatantly seen in Trump’s attitude to American medical missionaries who risked their lives to fight Ebola in Africa.

Trump mocked them as “do-gooders” who should not be allowed back into our country for treatment. They should “suffer the consequences” for their compassion for the suffering.

Could anything be more un-Christlike than this?

Until very recently, Trump was an enthusiastic supporter of abortion. Of course. It perfectly fits his worldview. He changed his stance when he realized he needed to win Republican primaries. Of course. It’s all about “winning,” right?

The man has no principle but self interest, no God but himself.

In a nation that has enough ethnic and racial division, Trump has eagerly done everything he can to stir the pot. If saying inflammatory things about immigrants will help him win votes, then so be it. Once again, life is about “winning.” If sowing seeds of division helps you win votes, then you sow seeds of division.

I really thought that when Trump made vulgar remarks about a female news reporter that it would do him in, but it did not. Or when he portrayed American POWs like John McCain as losers because they got captured.

The fact that these things did not end his candidacy within hours says something about our culture. We have become so coarse and uncivil that a guy who is clearly gross and arrogant has a certain appeal.

Donald Trump tends to say a lot about himself. But the fact that his candidacy has made it this far says a lot about our culture, where sound bites “trump” substance.

Dr. Thurman R. Hayes is senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Suffolk. Follow him on Twitter at @ThurmanHayesJr.