Georgia politicians Jack Kingston and David Perdue are odd voices of support for Donald J. Trump’s campaign for the White House.
Kingston is what you might call the “epitome of the establishment” in Washington, D.C. He was a staunch supporter of John Boehner, and while he has often voiced his support for conservative principles, he usually votes with the GOP when other conservatives speak out against the party. (Kingston’s lifetime Heritage Action Score is 76%, marking him as a conservative leaning moderate.) Kingston voted to support the awful “Cromnibus Bill,” he voted to save the terrible “Export-Import Bank,” and on Transportation, Agriculture and HUD, he has consistently supported BIG government federal bureaucracy over conservative principles.
Meanwhile, Senator David Perdue, while not a career politician, is a businessman who has made his career dealing with the establishment of both parties in Georgia and the nation. His voting record has been about as bad as Kingston’s, earning the Senator a 74% score from Heritage Action during his time in Congress.
The point is that both men can speak the language of conservatives, but when it comes to their votes in Congress, they are consistently establishment. Which is what is so shocking about a recent op-ed they co-wrote at Townhall, in which they argued that Donald Trump is the only chance we have to “shake up” Washington, D.C.
It’s not that I disagree with their premise, I believe that Trump is the only hope we have to change the “business as usual” morass in D.C. this election. If Hillary Clinton wins, we will have at least 4 more years of the villainous cronyism and corruption that has plagued the nation during the Obama era. However, I find it odd that Perdue and Kingston are the voices advocating for such change, seeing that they have been a big part of the problem.
However, the op-ed is less about convincing Clinton supporters or traditional Democrats into supporting Mr. Trump and more about convincing wary Republicans to do so. Their piece isn’t about changing the culture of Washington, it’s about keeping Hillary Clinton out of the White House… which makes a lot more sense.
Sadly, it’s not that Perdue and Kingston are looking to “shake up” Washington. No, they’re just looking to stop Hillary Clinton.
I think we can all agree that Hillary needs to be stopped, but once we defeat her the Perdues and Kingstons in D.C. should be darn sure that we’ll be coming for them too. While they may not want to “shake up” the Washington establishment, the rest of us sure do.
Here’s the core of Perdue and Kingston’s pro-Trump/anti-Hillary argument:
Putting Donald Trump in the White House is our best chance to finally achieve our shared goal and change the direction of our country.
Trump is our only chance to shake up the status quo in Washington. Trump is our only chance to stop excessive spending and over regulation sucking the very life out of our free enterprise system. Trump is our only chance to restore American leadership around the world with a strong foreign policy.
Not only does Hillary Clinton have a pattern of questionable ethics and integrity, but she has repeatedly pledged to go even further with Obama’s radical agenda. Those policies have failed the very people Democrats claim to champion and left too many Americans behind.
Nothing will change if Clinton is elected.