Wendy Long and Laura Ingraham Refute Character Attacks on Donald Trump by Establishment Republicans as Foolish as Well as False
Presenting character assassination as principled policy difference shouldn't fool any, and won't fool many, registered voters.
Justice Clarence Thomas surely cares about who will be appointed to serve with him on the United States Supreme Court. Recently two of his devoted former Supreme Court law clerks--Wendy Long and Laura Ingraham--took to Twitter to rebuke three prominent establishment Republicans helping Team Clinton and the liberal media perpetuate the myth that presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is a racist, a bigot and a misogynist--failed 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, failed 2012 Republican vice presidential candidate and current Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Senate Majority leader and successful term limits opponent Mitch McConnell, now serving his sixth term as a United States Senator from Kentucky, all of whom are frustrated because the people made Trump the presumptive Republican presidential nominee instead of an establishment Republican.
Long, who hoped that Trump would run for Governor of New York in 2014 and was pleased when he announced his presidential candidacy last year, will be on the ballot with Trump in New York as the United States Senate candidate of the Republican, Conservative and Reform Parties. She served as counsel to the Judicial Confirmation Network, which supported President George W. Bush's judicial nominations, and the Judicial Crisis Network, which opposed President Obama's Supreme Court nominations.
Ingraham is the host of her own popular nationwide daily radio program, editor of Lifezette and a Fox New contributor currently boosting the tv ratings of fellow conservative Sean Hannity.
Friends and fellow conservatives since their Dartmouth days, Long and Ingraham don't want (1) Hillary Clinton to appoint Supreme Court Justices who will amend the Constitution under the guise of reinterpreting it and (2) disgruntled "rule or ruin" Republicans to keep Trump from making America great again because the people chose Trump instead of an establishment Republican politician.
That day Romney was interviewed by CNN's Wolf Blitzer and they had this exchange:
"BLITZER: Do you think [Trump] should get a pass if he stops talking about Judge Curiel?
"ROMNEY: Everyone else can make their assessment. He indicated what he believes in his heart about Mexicans and about race by comments he made about Judge Curiel. He may try to distance himself from that today but we know what he believes, and he didnít just say it once, it wasnít a slip of the tongue which he went back and apologized for. First of all, he has repeated it time and time again, and secondly has never apologized for it, so he obviously sticks by what he believes.
"BLITZER: What would he have to do to win your support?
"ROMNEY: I donít think thereís anything I am looking for from Mr. Trump to give him my support. Heís demonstrated who he is and I decided that a person of that nature should not be the one who, if you will, becomes the example for coming generations or the example of Americans of the world. Look, I donít want to see trickle-down racism. I donít want to see a president of the United States saying things which change the character of the generations of Americans that are following. Presidents have an impact on the nature of our nation, and trickle-down racism and bigotry, trickle-down misogyny, all these things are extraordinarily dangerous to the heart and character of America. So Iím not looking for Mr. Trump to change a policy that more aligns with my own. This is not a matter of just policy, it is a matter of character and integrity.
"BLITZER: Do you think he is racist?
"ROMNEY: I think his comments time and again appeal to the racist tendency that exists in some people and I think thatís dangerous."
Trump is not a racist and what is dangerous is a de facto alliance among strange bedfellows--Team Clinton, the liberal media and disgruntled establishment Republicans--perpetrating a scurrilous myth.
The next day, Ingraham succinctly tweeted "Romney is now effectively working as a Clinton surrogate" and Long boldly tweeted "Romney/Ryan/McConnell, trapped in PC land, KNOW that @realDonaldTrump stands for equal opportunity & justice for all."
No hedging there!
Ingraham and Long are right, and Long publicly rebuking Romney as a liar is especially damning.
In 2007, "Mitt Romney was credited with a political coup last Tuesday when it was announced that Wendy Long has joined his campaign as a senior legal advisor and vice chair of his National Faith and Values Steering Committee. Long is a familiar name to conservatives who follow the courts. She is chief counsel to the Judicial Confirmation Network, an organization of conservative lawyers that has played a critical role in the confirmation battles for appellate and Supreme Court judges including Sam Alito and John Roberts. She was a litigation partner with Kirkland & Ellis LLP and previously a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and to U.S. Appeals Court Judge Ralph Winter (http://spectator.org/45024_judging-mitt/).
Long supported Romney again in 2012 and was on the ballot with him in New York as the Republican and Conservative United States Senate candidate. Unfortunately, Romney essentially wrote of New York except for fundraising purposes and the Democrat candidates running statewide again won easily.
On June 11, Ingraham tweeted "Someone explain how Ryan or Rubio wins in 2020 or 2024 without the @realDonaldTrump voters?" and Long tweeted
"And how Ryan wins even his House seat in 2016 without Trump voters after falsely accusing @realDonaldTrump of racism."
What will happen is up to the voters, of course, but those Republican candidates expecting to win the votes of Trump supporters while defaming him (and implicitly them) should get real.
Warning: Ryan is being primaried, The results of that primary, to be held after the Republican National Convention, should send a strong message to Republican candidates supporting, or thinking of supporting, character attacks on Trump of the serious risk that the votes they win with that tactic will be greatly exceeded by the votes they lose from Trump supporters refusing to be taken for granted by political character assassins unfit for office.
In 2008 John McCain and Sarah Palin, the Republican presidential and vice presidential candidates, publicly disagreed about Alaska energy policy and that principled policy difference did not damage either of them.
Bottom line: Presenting character assassination as principled policy difference shouldn't fool any, and won't fool many, registered voters.
Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member.
Gaynor graduated magna cum laude, with Honors in Social Science, from Hofstra University's New College, and received his J.D. degree from St. John's Law School, where he won the American Jurisprudence Award in Evidence and served as an editor of the Law Review and the St. Thomas More Institute for Legal Research. He wrote on the Pentagon Papers case for the Review and obscenity law for The Catholic Lawyer and edited the Law Review's commentary on significant developments in New York law.
The day after graduating, Gaynor joined the Fulton firm, where he focused on litigation and corporate law. In 1997 Gaynor and Emily Bass formed Gaynor & Bass and then conducted a general legal practice, emphasizing litigation, and represented corporations, individuals and a New York City labor union. Notably, Gaynor & Bass prevailed in the Second Circuit in a seminal copyright infringement case, Tasini v. New York Times, against newspaper and magazine publishers and Lexis-Nexis. The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed, 7 to 2, holding that the copyrights of freelance writers had been infringed when their work was put online without permission or compensation.
Gaynor currently contributes regularly to www.MichNews.com, www.RenewAmerica.com, www.WebCommentary.com, www.PostChronicle.com and www.therealitycheck.org and has contributed to many other websites. He has written extensively on political and religious issues, notably the Terry Schiavo case, the Duke "no rape" case, ACORN and canon law, and appeared as a guest on television and radio. He was acknowledged in Until Proven Innocent, by Stuart Taylor and KC Johnson, and Culture of Corruption, by Michelle Malkin. He appeared on "Your World With Cavuto" to promote an eBay boycott that he initiated and "The World Over With Raymond Arroyo" (EWTN) to discuss the legal implications of the Schiavo case. On October 22, 2008, Gaynor was the first to report that The New York Times had killed an Obama/ACORN expose on which a Times reporter had been working with ACORN whistleblower Anita MonCrief.