National Review’s Jonah Goldberg: Moral Leaders Need to Stop Dismissing Trump’s Character

National Review senior editor Jonah Goldberg joined Glenn on today’s show to talk about President Donald Trump’s first year, both good and bad, and why it’s dangerous for moral leaders to make excuses for his deficiencies.

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Glenn wanted to know: Why is there no middle ground on Trump? People can’t seem to be able to support him on good things while criticizing him on bad things.

“It’s all or nothing on both sides,” he lamented.

Voters have every right to decide which political leader will benefit their lives more. But Goldberg pointed to comments from Family Research Council President Tony Perkins as an example of extreme and misguided support for Trump. If evangelical leaders want to make excuses for Trump’s reported affair with a porn star, where do they draw the line?

“Going way out there to offer, as [Tony] Perkins called it, a ‘mulligan’ to Trump and basically minimize or dismiss his personal character … I think that’s really problematic for people who pretend to be or claim to be a leading moral authority,” Goldberg said.