By Hunter Wallace
In the latest issue of National Review, Rich Lowry and Ramesh Ponnuru are worried that Trump’s gauche comments will diecredit the worthy causes of immigration restriction and fighting political correctness:
“Which brings us to another reason Trump would be a disastrous champion for conservatives: He taints and discredits the important cause of controlling immigration, and would do the same to conservatism generally in the unlikely event that he became the nominee. Deterring illegal immigration and reducing legal immigration would serve the rule of law, promote national cohesion, and help both native-born and immigrant low-wage workers. This agenda is routinely dismissed, however, as an expression of nostalgia for a whiter country — or worse. Every time Trump suggests that people who have come here from Mexico are mostly drug runners and murderers, he makes it easier to think that legitimate conservative concerns about immigration are tantamount to racism. …
Trump responds to this kind of criticism by casting himself as a brave dissenter from political correctness. Here, too, he discredits a worthy cause. Conservatives and some honorable liberals have stood up against the oversensitivity and censorship of legitimate political viewpoints that has spread from college campuses over the last three decades. Trump appears to confuse simple decency with PC. Republicans should not embrace this confusion by cheering him on …”
I hated the tax plan.
Pat Buchanan panned it as supply-side economics on amphetamines. I think it hurt Trump with his own supporters, but won him little support among establishment voters who support Bush, Rubio, and Fiorina. As long as National Review is attacking him for catering to “nostalgia for a whiter country – or worse,” he will still be holding the winning hand. More than anything else, lots of Trump supporters are driven by sheer hatred of effete bow-tied cuckservatives like Rich Lowry, and see his candidacy as their instrument to punish his ilk.