Thursday's HOT MIC

Thursday's HOT MIC

Here's what Erick Erickson wrote at The Resurgent this morning:

Long term, the defense of Clinton by the left made it far easier for both sides to embrace even more deeply flawed leaders. His character transmitted down. The President was getting orally serviced in his office by someone not his wife. It must be okay for others too. Or look now at the polling suggesting some men think Trump deserves a high five and applause for fulfilling their own fantasy of sex with a porn star. Let's watch the breakup of families over the next generation. Hey, the President did it. Let's watch kids engage in bullying tactics like the President. That's already happening.

Sure, we are getting some short term good policies. We are getting good judges. We are getting tax reform. We are also getting an evangelical movement that no longer thinks morality matters in our leaders. After all, he is not a pastor, just a President.

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There is no guarantee that a moral man will make a good political leader. But there is, I think, a guarantee that the long term consequence of an immoral leader who gives you short term policies you like will be far more devastating long term than the moral man who fails to deliver short term policies you like.

That's been my objection to Trump all along. While he may do some -- even many -- things we agree with during his time in office, the long-term consequences of his morally bereft leadership will be detrimental to the culture and the nation. I know it's a minority opinion on the right these days and that we're all supposed to parrot the "he's a president, not a pastor" line in defense of Trump, but I refuse to be inconsistent in my insistence that we need leaders with a strong moral compass. I said that when Clinton was in office and repeated it when serial adulterer Newt Gingrich was running for president. (I said at the time that if a man's own wife can't trust him, why should the American people?) I understand that many conservatives made their peace in 2016 with the view that personal morality is unimportant for the president of the United States (contrary to what most of them wrote and believed when Bill Clinton was president), but that's a bridge too far for me. (And no, I didn't vote for Clinton, I'm not a liberal, and I don't want the leftist to win.) (And yes, I know that makes me a vile cuck who hates America.)