Donald Trump likes to call himself a “counter-puncher.” Whenever he is accused of saying something negative or vulgar about one of his opponents, he answers the criticism by saying that “he did not start it.” (Anderson Cooper famously told him that he was acting like a five-year-old). Of course most of his so-called counter-punches are way over the top.
We can come up with dozens of examples of this, but here are two that took place this week:
- Rafael Cruz said that God will punish America if Trump is elected. (We can spend an entire post on that one). Rather than taking this statement for what it was–the spouting-off of a Christian nationalist and dominionist, Trump responded by referencing a National Enquirer story about Rafael’s apparent involvement in the Kennedy assassination.
- Today, GOP Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said that he is not yet ready to endorse Donald Trump. Instead of seeking reconciliation with the Speaker, or perhaps saying he looks forward to talking with the the Speaker about their differences, Trump fired back immediately, saying that he is not yet read to endorse Paul Ryan’s agenda for the party.
No wonder Trump’s favorite Bible verse is Exodus 21:22-25. Eye for an eye.
When Trump is criticized or attacked he is incapable of keeping his mouth shut or staying away from his Twitter feed. This is the guy who is running to become the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, the guy who will have the nuclear codes, and the guy who has to engage in international diplomacy with world leaders.
Trump lacks meekness, humility, and prudence. These are conservative values. They are also values that are essential for any President of the United States regardless of personal ideology.
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Humility is the