Donald Trump's apparent run for the Presidency seems to have the right wing energized, mostly because Trump is staring at the numbers like a gambler in one of his casinos. It's pretty simple math, really: 51% of likely GOP primary voters identify themselves with the birther movement, so it shouldn't really surprise us that Trump, playing to the birther crowd, is firing up some on the right. Of course, most Americans think birthers are nuts, but that's a different article. But in looking closely at "the Donald's" biography, it really makes you wonder... how exactly would the right wing treat Donald Trump if he weren't a Conservative? How would they be treating him if there were a genuine Presidential contender in the GOP field, or if Trump didn't rely on birther conspiracy theories to cook his numbers for him?
First and foremost, they'd call Trump a socialist, a communist, a fascist, and/ or a Marxist, because in his 2000 book The America We Deserve, and in numerous subsequent interviews, Trump rather brazenly supported the idea of universal health care, saying it was the one issue he was liberal on. In an alternate dimension without our same firm grasp on double-standards, Fox News would be railing against Trump day and night for his position on universal health care. But hey, he's a Conservative, so he gets a hall pass, right?
Next up, his business acumen. Trump has filed for bankruptcy a total of four times. He built the Taj Mahal, the largest hotel/ casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey and one of the largest in the world, entirely through bad debt, with shoddy loans and junk bonds. When he ran his empire into the ground, the banks had to offer him a bail out, claiming he was too big to fail, because they had lent him so much money that if Trump's empire collapsed, they'd go down with his ship... well, his yacht, anyway. Don't kid yourself, folks: If the right wing wanted to attack Trump rather than support him, this would be quite the hot topic for them to rally behind, especially with the recession still affecting millions of families.
How would Trump fair in the eyes of the Christian Right? Not so good. He's had countless marriages. He owns a fleet of casinos... evil gambling dens where women in skimpy outfits serve booze to other sinners! Gasp! What about the ten commandments? Well, he's certainly violated the one that says "You shall not make for yourself an idol." I'm sure they could dig up Trump quotes with his using the Lord's name in vain. I've been to his Casinos on Sundays, so that one's broken. He didn't really honor his father when he bankrupted the Trump empire. I'm not sure if he's ever committed adultery or coveted his neighbor's wife, but with his numerous marriages, would anyone really be surprised if he did? He's certainly committed acts of bearing false witness and coveting belongings... that sort of plays into the whole Trump legacy, doesn't it? And the very premise of casinos is for the house to win as much money as possible, while posing the false promise of striking it rich, so that constitutes stealing in some fashion. So by the Roman Catholic list of the ten commandments, Trump's score is a staggering nine broken commandments out of ten. Impressive, isn't it? Add to that his numerous violations of the seven deadly sins, most notably lust, gluttony, greed, envy and pride... five out of seven of those are covered as well. And you could, in a stretch, say that his reality TV catch phrase, "You're fired," falls into wrath, and his seemingly lazy hair cut falls under sloth. It's somewhat remarkable that Trump hasn't been protested by the Christian Right, let alone that so many of them are endorsing his bid for the Presidency.
How would he be treated socially by Conservatives if Trump weren't of their ilk? He'd be labeled an east coast liberal elite, who attended an east coast big-money university (Wharton). His numerous television shows make him a celebrity, which as we all remember from the 2008 campaign is somehow a bad thing (remember all of the criticism then-Senator Obama took for being a celebrity?). He also pals around with the Hollywood elite, with a slew of celebrity friends and endorsers, including Gary Busey. Heck, Michael Jackson was at the grand opening ceremony for the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City!
So there you have it, folks. If Donald Trump were running as a liberal, or if he were running against a legitimate Presidential contender, Trump would be eaten alive by the Right Wing, with only his hair spat out as an unfriendly reminder of just how partisan and volatile the fringe has become. Of course, as a liberal, I'm certainly not complaining about Trump's meteoric rise through the polling figures. If he wins the GOP primary, that just means more liberals and moderates are going to show up at the polls in support of President Obama in November of 2012... and more of the sensible conservatives will be showing up at their polling stations that day as well, to loudly and elegantly state to Mr. Trump "You're fired!"