Can Trump “Trump” the Traditional Model of a Republican?

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Nathan Shube, Editor in Chief

According to the Republican National Committee’s website, the RNC (otherwise known as the GOP) endorses principles which include the “traditions of family life and religious liberty,” among others. If these key principles are at least in part taken to reflect what it means to be a Republican in 2016, the question arises, is Donald Trump a Republican?

The question may be simple, but the answer most definitely isn’t. In terms of the issue of traditions of family values, DonaldTrump’s track record is hazy. Although he stands firmly against the idea of gay marriage, he himself has been married three times, maybe a common situation with marriage but hardly “traditional.” When asked whether a gay or lesbian individual would have reason to question Trump’s less than traditional marriage situation, Trump responded that that individual would “have a very good point,” according to the Huffington Post.

His views on issues of faith and religious liberty also leave Trump outside the GOP box, at least when it comes to evangelicals.  He clearly doesn’t embrace religion in a way that that makes him comfortable speaking on the topic. In July the presidential candidate was asked by Frank Luntz if he had ever asked God for forgiveness for something he did wrong to whichTrump replied, “I don’t bring God into that picture.” When discussing the incarceration of Kim Davis, a country clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, Trump, according to MSMBC, said that he agreed she should be incarcerated because the Supreme Court had ruled, and she had broken the law. If Trump’s religious views don’t quite square with other Republicans, he has also come under fire from Fox news, widely considered to be supportive of Republican and conservative candidates and issues.

The crux of this controversy stems from what Trump considered to be unfair treatment at a debate moderated by Megan Kelley, a Fox news anchor. Trump refused to attend the most recent Republican debate because Kelley was again moderating. According to The New Yorker, Fox fired back with a press release sarcastically stating, “We learned from a secret back channel that the Ayatollah and Putin both intend to treat Donald Trump unfairly when they meet with him if he becomes president.” If Fox News can’t back a candidate and his ideas don’t line up with many mainstream Republicans, the question of whether Trump is an actual Republican begs to be answered. The answer is no. However, will that hinder him from getting the nomination? With Super Tuesday soon approaching, and Trump continuing to win more delegates, more and more it looks like Trump might win the Republican Primary Election.