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Donald Trump is Not Obligated to Defend Other Candidates, Condemn Own Supporters

Updated on September 20, 2015

Some Candidates Are Running Against You...And There's Nothing Wrong With That

Donald Trump is running for president as a Republican. He is loud and obnoxious. He has no electoral political experience. I do not support him.

However, I am tired of Democrats whining whenever a Republican candidate does not immediately condemn any untoward utterances any questioner or commentator makes about a Democrat. Right now, Donald Trump is embroiled in a brouhaha over erroneous comments about Barack Obama and Muslims made by a supporter. Instead of condemning the comments, Trump gave a glib sidestep and said that he would "look at things."

Do candidates have an affirmative obligation to condemn offensive comments their supporters make about their opponents? No, they do not.

Expecting candidates to condemn any untoward comments made by their own supporters is rather silly. And, since there is a hefty liberal bias among the media, this expectation would hinder Republican candidates far more than Democrats. When supporters of a Democratic candidate make slanderous comments about a Republican, do we immediately demand a public condemnation from the candidate? I do not seem to recall many brouhahas over controversial criticisms of Republican figures like Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, or Trump himself.

Insisting that politicians condemn controversial remarks made by their own supporters seems rather un-American. The candidates who are targeted by the remarks can stand up for themselves or have their supporters refute the attacks. Demanding that candidates self-regulate their own supporters discourages open and active political discourse. It also disadvantages less mainstream candidates like Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders, whose supporters are likely to be more zealous and vocal.

If you feel something wrong was said, you should condemn it. Insisting that candidates apologize for their own supporters is a step too far. It forces those candidates off message and unfairly advantages insider candidates who enjoy a "silent majority."

Sometimes you need a little heat in political discourse. You need to stir the pot a little bit. We should not let our social media generation's obsession with outrage reduce political anger to milquetoast snark. People are angry and say the wrong things, even offensive things. This may not be pleasant, but it is American.

I will not vote for Donald Trump, but he should not have to apologize for his vocal supporters.

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    • lovemychris profile image

      Leslie McCowen 

      2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      It's quite logical. Check the audiences. Did you see them cheer when Rubio said Boehner quit?

      2 guys in Boston beat someone up after hearing Trump!

      They reach people thru the politicians...many of whom support the movement.

    • nicomp profile image

      nicomp really 

      2 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Sure. Let's leap from a comment at a campaign rally to an armed revolt. That's logical.

    • lovemychris profile image

      Leslie McCowen 

      2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      No--to show for the extremists who want an armed revolt in this country. A dangerous and REAL situation!

      I believe Trump is a Domninionist, like Palin and Cruz.

    • nicomp profile image

      nicomp really 

      2 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Do you think the questioner was a plant? Was he there to embarrass Trump?

    • lovemychris profile image

      Leslie McCowen 

      2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      PC only works one way.

      You can say any foul thing you want about Muslims.....not about anyone else.

      And people were afraid to speak out against Iraq Invasion, for fear of being called un-American.

      Now they have this PC thing....if you're pro-choice, that means you like to butcher babies....

      PC is alive and well.

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      bradmasterOCcal 

      2 years ago from Orange County California

      Calvin

      I agree with your opinion on the candidates not having to be in the shoes of the supporter.

      Political Correctness has been the enforcer previously, but PC violates and chills free speech.

      It is better to have people vent their thoughts through speech, then to have them silently fester.

      I am curious to know why you wouldn't vote for Trump, you really didn't give a reason.

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      Leslie McCowen 

      2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      1.Can you please show where this "hefty liberal bias" exists in the media?

      I certainly don't see it.

      2. If that planted agent had said "We have a problem in this country...the Jews. What are you going to do about it?"

      .......do you think we would be demanding Trump say something?

      I know of a Palestinian college professor who was fired from his job because of angry tweets made against Israel during one of their recent bombardments of Gaza.

      Do we have double-standard of hate-speech going on here?

      Quite honestly--it exists here on HP....I think it's everywhere.

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