Natalie Bennie, Columnist
It’s hard to believe that the Republican front-runner in the 2016 presidential election was a registered Democrat for the first nine years of the millennium. When examining the creation of such a situation, only one option seems clear: Donald Trump is a plant by the Democratic Party. While this may seem preposterous, the facts support the case.
Trump has no political experience and his most articulate foreign policy plan is to make the Mexican government build a big wall. Add in some run of the mill misogyny, veteran shaming and racism, it’s hard to believe anybody would take such a man seriously. Yet, Donald Trump continues to inch and squirm his way to the top of the polls.
Take a look at Trump’s past political stances and actions. His 2000 book The America We Deserve details his backing of universal health care. He publicly stated in 1999 his staunch belief in a woman’s right to choose her reproductive decisions, and he called for broad legalization of drugs in 1990.
One of the most glaring mismatches between the Trump of the aughts and the Trump of 2015 is his opinion of Hillary Clinton. In a Mean Girls-esque turnaround, Trump’s unwavering support of Hillary, including giving her a front row seat at his wedding and donating over $100,000 to her Foundation, has turned into sudden wrath. This change leaves many questioning the true nature of his alliance with the leading Democratic candidate.
Moving into foreign policy, pundits and analysts agree: the Hispanic vote will be instrumental in deciding the next president of the United States. The GOP knows they need to curry favor to Hispanic voters. Why would they support a candidate who has time and again gone out of his way to become a caricature of American xenophobia, casting an image of all Mexicans as “criminals” and “rapists,” sent by the government to take down America?
Even with the purported intelligence of a savvy businessman, Trump espouses some of the nation’s most bizarre movements. Since 2007, he has repeatedly taken to his Twitter to warn of the link between vaccines and autism, though the science linking the two has been unequivocally debunked. Similarly, Trump spearheaded the birther movement calling President Obama’s citizenship into question.
Just as the fanciful link between vaccines and autism was obliterated, so was the asinine call for Obama’s birth certificate. There remain fringe groups on both of these issues, posting to their Facebook pages in frenzies, bolstered by the support of Trump.
Moreover, Trump championing these issues forces other GOP candidates to address them, providing easy fodder for Democrats and moderates alike to poke fun at the party’s entertainment of such far-flung theories. The Democratic Party could not dream of a better roadblock to throw into the GOP race.
Trump, simply put, is a troll. While better funded and more well-connected than most others, Donald Trump is nothing but an intentional farce planted by the Democratic Party to force the Republicans to become more extreme, alienate a core group of voters, and spend vital campaign time addressing Trump’s general absurdity.
If not, what’s the other option? If he’s neither a troll nor a Democratic double agent, then that means that millions of Americans are happily supporting an unabashed crony capitalist, a man who tells women they’d be more beautiful “on [their] knees,” and a politician willing to destroy ties with our third largest trading partner. They’d be willing to vote for a man with no political experience. They’d be wanting a president who’d be a danger to every woman and minority in the country.
Now that would be crazy.