DML OPINION: Three years ago I was invited to speak in Romeo, Michigan. The crowd was filled with 300 Republicans and Tea Party faithful.
I gave a one-hour speech and then showed ten-minutes of video I had captured during a tour of the Rio Grande. I then took questions from the audience.
If you’ve attended one of my speeches, then you understand how frustrated the crowd is after receiving 70-minutes of information which discredits everything Obama says about border security. And so the questions are always the same:
Q: “How do we stop illegal immigration?”
A: “By enforcing the laws and stripping the incentive to come or stay here illegally.
Q: “Why is Obama doing this?”
A: Because he is fundamentally transforming America — he is keeping his promise.
Q: “Who would be the best person to fix the border issue?”
The last question is never easy to answer. Truth is I don’t believe anyone would fix and secure the border like I would. But the good people of Romeo were looking for a much bigger name than mine, and so I answered it this way: “We need a business leader, someone with guts, someone who won’t back down. Donald Trump would be great.” At first, the people of Romeo thought I was nuts — but after a bit of explanation they started warming to the idea.
Notwithstanding the 10-month period when I explored running for president, over the past three years I’ve tossed out Trump’s name as the guy we need in the White House.
Next month will mark one year since he announced his candidacy. And over the 11-months there have been a handful of times when Trump left me scratching my head, but he hasn’t done anything to make me alienate my support for his presidency.
Over the past few days Trump has done two things which made me roll my eyes. Appointing Gov Christie as chairman of his transition team is one of them. Perhaps that’s because I know most conservatives are anti-Christie. But my take is this… if Trump trusts Christie then I’ll support the decision.
Hearing Trump walk back on his tax plan was the other eye rolling moment. It made me uncomfortable simply because it gives the NEVER TRUMP folks reason to say, “I told you so.”
Today, after telling a friend that I was not overly bothered by Trump’s actions (taxes and Christie), I was asked if there is anything Trump will say or do that forces me to jump off the train? I replied, “Yes, there is one thing.”
If Trump walks back on immigration then I am out. I will become one of the people who writes in a name on election day. If he changes his tune on the wall, or if he backs off his plan for mass deportation, then I will no longer support him.
I don’t think he’ll make such a grand mistake. Not only would it tarnish his reputation, not only would it destroy the foundation of his candidacy, but it indicates he isn’t serious. It indicates he doesn’t mean what he says, and that means he cannot be trusted.
If Trump goes to the middle on immigration then all of the other promises he’s made are worthless. And I would never be able to revisit Romeo ever again.
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