In my recent article Trump’s New York Values: The Poster Boy For Debasing American Culture I pointed out that Donald Trump made much of his fortune by engaging in and promoting businesses that most conservatives would not want located in their hometown or neighborhood, let alone in the White House.
Since posting my series, “Donald Trump’s New York Values” some of my friends and readers have asked me to explain why I think Donald Trump’s decidedly anti-conservative lifestyle is an important consideration in this year’s election.
In that series I observed that Donald Trump’s Playboy lifestyle and his brazen “I never ask forgiveness” defense of it would make him the most thoroughly secular candidate for President – ever.
For the secular urban elite who run the establishment media my concerns may be puzzling, but for voters who are people of faith this is no small thing, and as the Iowa Caucuses approach it is important that faith-first voters recognize what a vote for Donald Trump actually means.
- * It means electing as President a thrice married self-confessed serial philanderer who openly carried on an adulterous affair with Marla Maples, the woman who became his second wife, while still married to wife number one.
* It means electing as President a man who was not shamed, but reveled in the publicity, when The New York Post famously quoted then-mistress Marla Maples on its cover as saying "Best Sex I Ever Had" next to picture of him with a gloating smile on his face.
- * It means electing as President a man who used fashion model Melania Knauss, now his third wife, to pose nude in his private jet for British GQ to promote his “luxury brand.”
* And it would mean making America’s First Lady out of that same Melania Knauss, who famously told shock jock Howard Stern that the secret to a happy marriage is “We have incredible sex at least once a day… Sometimes even more.”
* It means electing as America’s President a man who has made public discussion of sex and his sex life part of his “brand” for decades. Including such comments as “If I told the real stories of my experiences with women, often seemingly very happily married and important women, this book would be a guaranteed best-seller (which it will be anyway!). I’d love to tell all, using names and places, but I just don’t think it’s right.” (“Trump: The Art of the Comeback”)
* It means electing as President a man who back in 2003 used Melania Knauss, the woman who is now his third wife, as the object of this exchange with Howard Stern. Stern asked Trump whether Knauss was taking birth control pills, Trump said yes. Stern then ribbed Trump about his second wife, Marla Maples, whose unplanned pregnancy gave him his daughter Tiffany.
"I bet you still pull out, just to make sure?" Stern asked. "No, I don't. [Melania's] just amazing," Trump said. Stern also asked Trump whether he made sex tapes, to which the billionaire responded it wasn't "his thing."
* It means electing as President a man who told Esquire Magazine in 1991, “You know, it doesn’t really matter what [the media] write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.”
* It means electing as President a man who said of the sanctity of marriage, “When a man leaves a woman, especially when it was perceived that he has left for a piece of ass—a good one!— there are 50 percent of the population who will love the woman who was left.” ( Vanity Fair, September 1990)
* It means electing as President a man who called in to tabloid television show TMZ and threatened to show defense attorney Gloria Allred his penis. “I think Gloria would be very very impressed with [my penis],” bragged Trump.
* It means electing as President a man who said of his own daughter, Ivanka, posing for Playboy, “It would be really disappointing — not really — but it would depend on what’s inside the magazine. I don’t think Ivanka would do that, although she does have a very nice figure. I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.”
* And it means electing as President a man who shares with Bill Clinton the friendship of convicted sex-predator Jeffrey Epstein, of whom Donald Trump said, "I've known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy. He's a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it — Jeffrey enjoys his social life."
Donald Trump professes to be a Christian and says the Bible is his favorite book. While we should not judge a man's heart or motive, we can and should evaluate his words and actions.
How much do the faithful Christians supporting Donald Trump know about his history?
Very little I suspect, given that my short list of things a vote for Donald Trump actually mean is in no way exhaustive.
As the Iowa Caucuses fast approach, I commend to my friends in Iowa the words of Hebrews 13:7, "Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith."
Having read this article, and now knowing what you know about Donald Trump and his contempt for the principles of Biblical living, why would you help make him a role model for your children and grandchildren by elevating him to the presidency?
And more to the point, what will God’s judgement on America be if we elect a President who openly and proudly brags about flouting God’s laws, and we still choose to entrust him with our country’s future?
I urge all faith-first voters to understand that voting for Donald Trump means putting in the White House a man who proudly rejects living according to Biblical principle. America’s greatest presidents, such as Washington, Lincoln and Reagan, have been Godly men. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, in that same mold, is a Godly man who lives according to Biblical principles and who can be trusted with our country’s future. I urge all cultural conservatives and faith-first voters to vote for Ted Cruz in their Republican caucuses and primary elections.
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