USA Today - George Pataki: Donald Trump not fit to be president

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Donald Trump is an old-school Know-Nothing, dressed up as a modern-day birther. The Know-Nothing, anti-immigrant, nativist positions were born out of religious and class resentments, and fears not dissimilar to many of those we see today.

George Will recently wrote that Trump is “an affront to anyone devoted to…making conservatism intellectually respectable and politically palatable.”

None other than Abraham Lincoln noted that if the Know-Nothings ever took power, the Declaration of Independence would have to be amended to say that all men are created equal "except negroes, and foreigners, and Catholics." Donald Trump is rehashing that fear of foreigners again. He is appealing to the worst in Americans, instead of the best.

Trump’s ideas are about Trump alone — about him and his future reality show ratings, not about conservative principles. His half-baked plan to send police into small businesses, farms and homes around America to forcibly deport millions, including millions of American citizens born here, here is an invitation to a government so large that it would and should scare all true conservatives. Deporting over 11 million people in America would result in a massive, intrusive police state.

Trump’s proposal to end birthright citizenship is equally distasteful. The answer to illegal immigration is to secure our border, deport criminals and control our visa program not make innocent babies and children criminals.

Donald Trump might ready for prime time, but he is not ready to govern.

Read the full article from USA Today here.

People Over Politics.

  • The current Republican field cries out for a shakeup . . . Do not underestimate [Pataki] . . . He's a stone-cold political killer.
    Huffington Post
  • Don't underestimate the impact of his big brain on the debate stage.
    Mark Halperin
    Bloomberg News
  • Of all the potential candidates, Mr. Pataki has made the most trips to New Hampshire, something that has drawn attention . . .
    Thomas Rath
    former New Hampshire National Republican Committeeman
  • Anyone who says that the 2016 stage has been set has not met George Pataki.
    Ken Salazar
    Former United States Secretary of the Interior
  • George Pataki would make a more formidable Republican candidate than many seem to appreciate.
    Bernie Quigley
    New York Observer
  • Here's a guy who was mayor of Peekskill and figured out how to become Governor of New York. So I wouldn't underestimate him ...
    John McLaughlin
    Gannet Syndicate