Senator Ted Cruz is taking a lot of heat from the establishment media and opponent Donald Trump for his attack on Trump’s “New York values.” Trump’s comeback invoking 9/11 was good politics, but it didn’t really rebut the essential point at the heart of Cruz’s attack. And that is, “Is Donald Trump a movement conservative and does he share the values of the conservative movement?”
In the second of my four-part series on Donald Trump’s New York values the answer in a word is “NO,” and emphatically “NO” if you are a cultural conservative concerned about the destructive influence of a popular culture that, in the glamorization of vulgarity and objectifying women, has often found in Donald Trump its leader and most glamorous poster boy.
Cultural conservatives who are inclined to give Donald Trump a look should start with Trump’s obvious lack of familiarity with the Bible and Biblical living and perhaps conclude their analysis with one key fact up front: Donald Trump builds and owns gambling casinos and strip clubs.
If you voted against casino or “river boat” gambling in your state, if you don’t want strip clubs and “adult entertainment” in your community, and you oppose government-franchised slot machines and “adult industries,” why would you want a president who has made billions from these exploitive and ungodly industries?
And Trump’s role in glamorizing the vulgarity and exploitation of women goes way beyond his often vile public feuds with other entertainers, like Rosie O’Donnell and Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, and would no doubt prove to be politically devastating in an attack ad.
You see, Trump’s history of being a leader in glamorizing vulgarity isn’t ancient history or a business venture of his youth that he abandoned once he made his money.
In 2013, that’s just two years ago, Trump's Taj Mahal casino in New Jersey was the first in the country to include a strip club, complete with "modified lap dancing" and a "male revue" for women. (WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT: You can get a very mild taste of the Taj Mahal show through this link.)
Five months ago when Donald Trump appeared at the Values Voter Summit he brought with him his childhood Bible and a picture of his youthful confirmation in the church. But he also revealed a strange lack of familiarity with Christian living and the language of Christian life, which led one unnamed attendee to wonder if he’d ever opened his Bible after receiving it.
Those questions were only reinforced yesterday when Donald Trump spoke at Liberty University and drew chuckles when he mangled the traditional recitation of a verse important to the school – before even getting to the passage itself.
“Two Corinthians, right?” he asked students according to Western journalism’s Christopher Agee.
Instead of recognizing he had not cited “Second” Corinthians, as the book is known; Trump restated his line over the sound of scattered laughter.
“Two Corinthians 3:17*,” he said according to multiple reports. “That’s the whole ballgame.”
Cultural conservatives recognize that when we elect a president we are not electing a Sunday school superintendent, neither are we insensitive to Christ’s admonitions to judge not lest ye be judged, so do not judge Donald Trump for how he chose to make his fortune.
Rather keep in mind what sort of character our greatest presidents have displayed: Washington, Lincoln and Reagan to a man were godly men, thoroughly grounded in the Judeo-Christian ethical, moral and intellectual tradition.
This great religious tradition, the foundation of American exceptionalism, is now not just out of favor, it is virtually unknown among the secular urban elite who share Donald Trump’s New York values and apparently believe, as he does, that glamorizing vulgarity, strip clubs and gambling does not debase our culture and those who participate in it.
* Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
2 Corinthians 3:17 KJV