It is no secret to readers of this blog or my social media that I am highly skeptical of anything Trump. I have no plans at this point to vote for him and I will give my vote to a qualified 3rd party candidate. However, the question concerning the direction of this nation and Trump’s general acceptability is not without merit. I have watched this election debacle play out with no small degree of sadness and, believe it or not, compassion for Donald. He is absolutely clueless to some extent as to the can he has opened with the released tape. While my compassion will not override my obedience to Scripture, it has made me ask the question, “Is there anything Donald can say to make this all go away?”
I want to suggest that there might be a way. While it would not change the strategic way I plan to vote, it would begin to heal this nation, salvage his legacy, and restore decorum to the political process.
I suggest a press conference just a day or two before the last debate. Donald needs to give the following remarks without Teleprompter in a genuinely heart-felt and true manner:
“I want to take a few moments and return to the inappropriate and foolish words I was recorded saying some years ago. I want to first say how grateful I am for the forgiveness and love of my wife and family who have shown me unconditional love and support. It is more than I deserve. I would also like to thank those who have supported and defended me these past days through something that was indefensible. Your loyalty, kindness, and friendships have humbled me and touched my heart. I put you in a position that was not of your making. I embarrassed you and that is my fault. It is at this point concerning my heart that I need to share a few things.
I grew up and entered my adulthood having no real sense of faith in Jesus Christ or moral compass. I lived for myself and my desires. The truth is that while this one thoroughly inappropriate conversation has been revealed, there are perhaps hundreds more I have had through the years which may never be revealed. It simply unveils the fact that while I may have been a successful businessman, I have not been nearly as successful in my personal life and for that I have tremendous regrets.
Several pastors on my spiritual advisory board have contacted me and are helping me understand the gravity and the significance of this moment. I am new at this and do not always know the right words to use to communicate the depth of my sorrow. I have asked God to forgive me and I want to ask the American people to forgive me. My old life has contributed to the place we are at as a nation and I would like the chance to use the rest of my life to repair what I participated in breaking. Whether I am elected as President or not, I am going to dedicate my life to that end. I would ask the Clintons to join with me in a genuine act of repentance, seeking forgiveness from those we wronged in this manner, so that no matter who wins on November 8th this nation can truly start to heal.
I understand that for some this will appear political or strategic, but all I can say to that is time will bear witness to my sincerity. If the media chooses to focus on these things all I can say is I was wrong. There is no excuse for any man to say these type of things. If I could, I wish I could go back and redo those moments. Obviously, I cannot. So I will live in that regret and use it as a springboard to be a better man in the future.
Thank you America for listening and reflecting on what I have said. I really want the best for you and your families.”
If something like that is really in Donald’s heart, then perhaps there is yet hope for this nation.