For conservative voters, issues 'Trump' words, awful as they are
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Our attention in this country is constantly deflected from the most important issues by the penchant of liberals and the media to focus our attention and outrage on marginal issues in the world of rhetoric.

For election cycle after election cycle — the current one no exception — liberals have been consumed with feeling good at the sounds of words, while conservatives have remained focused on using hard-spoken truths to put this country back on the right track. Democrats have deftly deployed feel-good talking points and targeted politically incorrect language to undermine Republican candidates.

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There is no defending Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA MORE after his most recent and worst scandal yet. But that doesn’t change the fact that our country lives amidst the same crises that originally inspired his presidential bid and the earnest campaigns of his prior GOP competitors.

In the world of the Democrats, it matters far more what words are spoken and how you feel about rhetoric than real policies put in place and the country’s trajectory.

The U.S. is dealing with a staggering $19 trillion debt, a sluggish economy, inner cities gripped by violence, failing public schools, a nascent revolution against law and order, and waning influence around the globe. Republican policies and values are needed now more than ever.

In the realm of conservative and libertarian philosophy, there are keys to unlocking American prosperity, restoring our position in the world, protecting us from foreign and domestic dangers, and reversing the downward trajectories of our most endangered populations.

But the liberal media and politicians have squarely focused on Trump calling a woman fat 20 years ago and disseminating recordings of his boys’ club banter from 10 years ago. They will have this country believe that how we feel about these latest gaffes is more important than any of the substantial issues facing our country. 

Former president Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonMarching toward a debt crisis The tragic cycle of genocide denial has returned: This time, Nigeria John Lithgow releases poem on the downfall of Acosta MORE has been accused of sexual assault by Kathleen Willey and of rape by Juanita Broaddrick. Eight other women have accused him of sexually harassing them. Hillary enabled her husband, going great lengths to help him lie and cover up his crimes.

According to ex-Secret Service agent Gary Byrne, who was posted outside of Bill Clinton’s Oval Office, he and other agents witnessed Clinton and intern Monica Lewinsky embracing, kissing, and even having sex on the Oval Office desk. Hillary was critical in her husband’s defense in the Lewinsky case, using her “vast right-wing conspiracy” media appearance to set the tone of the White House’s response to the scandal.

These are real actions, perpetrated by actual Democrat leaders. But the media rarely talks about them. None of it matters, because the Clintons wrap themselves in politically correct, feel-good rhetoric. In the world of liberalism, words matter more than actions or policy.

A spectacular failing of Trump is that he used this liberal device on himself, sabotaging himself through rhetoric so easily cast as deplorable and misogynistic.   

It must be acknowledged, of course, that the line between rhetoric and character is thin. For months, Republican voters have focused on their beliefs in core conservative policies, hoping that a watertight barrier existed between Trump’s rhetorical gaffes and his values as a person. But the tape that surfaced on Friday gives weight to the argument that Trump’s rhetoric is indeed a fair reflection his character.

If Republicans want any hope of winning this election — and future elections for that matter — their candidates must show good character from the moment they step on the national stage. Of equal importance, the American public has a responsibility not to be distracted by the nebulous rhetorical gaffe of the day.

We must keep laser focused on the real issues that are affecting this country now, and address those issues through strong leadership.

Kristin Tate is a conservative columnist and author of the book "Government Gone Wild: How D.C. Politicians Are Taking You For a Ride And What You Can Do About It."
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