Trump fans, what has he done to you?

By Neal Larson

When Donald Trump arrived on the scene, like everyone else I was intrigued. I wanted to know what this successful billionaire could bring to the table. And when he without fear or any allegiance to political correctness addressed the immigration crisis like no other politician before, I understood the infatuation, at least for a while. But then I and others started seeing a few disturbing early warning signs.

What began as an early summer fling has turned into a torrid love affair rife with all the addiction and co-dependence of a Kardashian on meth. Perhaps more accurately, the once vibrant political constituency that Trump’s current supporters used to be are starting to look more and more like Whitney Houston after a few years with Bobby Brown. They have abandoned principles that just months ago were cherished and inviolable. Their addiction to whatever opiate The Donald supplies them with is turning a once-robust dedication to true limited government conservatism into an emaciated shadow of decay and blind allegiance.

I want to ask every last one of them, “What has he done to you?”

I think we all understand how he brought them in. Some of us are just flabbergasted at how quickly he wore down and deflowered them. Just this past week, Trump — with all the ungodly pride he could muster — boasted that he could “shoot somebody” in the middle of 5th Avenue and not lose supporters. Some may call that loyalty. Most of us call it a cult. He is their Warren Jeffs. He was insulting his followers and they didn’t even know it, as they follow without scrutiny and judgement. Making that statement would have put any other presidential campaign in crisis mode, yet it only seemed to help Trump. His braggadocio is an asset.

His 5th Avenue gun violence quip may have been mostly a joke, but isn’t there a dark grain of truth to it? It now doesn’t matter how many video clips we show of Donald Trump praising Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi, expressing confidence in Hillary Clinton’s negotiating ability, his fairly recent support for partial birth abortion, or desire to have universal government-funded health care. For that matter, his current support for a liberal eminent domain policy and inconsistent position on gun rights. Aren’t all of these those warning signs, taken as a whole, serving as a big red flag that this guy pretty much says whatever he needs to say whenever he needs to say it to satisfy his next conquest? What am I not seeing?

Yet they all remain, like a harem of little subservient insecure girlfriends who have been convinced there are no other options, and if he doesn’t take them to the dance, nobody will.

If Donald Trump decides to run the IRS or the Justice Department the way he runs his Twitter feed, we should all be very afraid — along with Glenn Beck and Megyn Kelly. He has already said he would eagerly use the same executive power Obama has used. I’m guessing that may be one of the few things he won’t change his mind on. Like all good low-life boyfriend cult leaders, The Donald will always have an excuse, and everything will always be someone else’s fault.

That’s the cool thing about insecure narcissists. They never err.

For a while I had hoped for a true conservative awakening that should have happened by now. The anger that was supposed to be channeled into a productive conservative resurgence is being squandered and hijacked by a bigger-than-life charlatan whose appetite appears unlimited. If elected he will enjoy the sprawling executive power every bit as much as his predecessor.

I hope — and even pray — that Donald Trump will win neither the nomination nor the presidency. But if he does, those who elect him deserve him.

Associated Press award-winning columnist Neal Larson of Idaho Falls is also a conservative talk show host on KID Newsradio 590am, 106.3 and 92.1fm, and also at “The Neal Larson Show” can be heard weekday mornings from 8 to 10 a.m. His email address is