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Donald Trump is awful, and Canadian conservatives will gain nothing by supporting him

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Donald Trump is a disgusting human being, a stain on conservatism and a blight on the body politic. So why are so many Canadian conservatives Trump supporters?

A recent survey found that 25 per cent of Canadians expressed “confidence” in the U.S. president. And while the survey didn’t disclose the domestic preference of those giving thumbs up to Trump, it’s a safe bet they don’t dig Justin Trudeau (or Jagmeet Singh, if they’ve heard of him).

Which would put them into either Andrew Scheer or Maxime Bernier’s camps. But what do they, as conservatives, like about the Trump offer?

Is it the overt racism, such as when Trump recently called Andrew Gillum — the black candidate for the Florida governorship — a “thief” despite no evidence — whatsoever — of criminal behaviour?

Or is it the succour Trump gave to white nationalists in the wake of last year’s Charlottesville marches, in which the president found good people on “both sides” of the issue, despite one side chanting blatantly anti-Semitic slogans?

Or perhaps it’s Trump’s remarkable ability to make everything — even the strafing of elderly Jews in their house of worship by a radicalized white extremist — about him?

Maybe it’s how Trump chooses to inflame, rather than calm, issues........

© Ottawa Citizen