Donald Trump: America’s First Responder


I support Donald Trump, and I’m going to vote for him in November.

There, I said it. Now, let me explain why.

For a while now, I have made it known that I am fully on board the “Trump Train.” And I am far from alone. Even so, on social media and elsewhere, a number of folks have told me that they are currently sitting on the fence, unsure whether to join me. Others have stated in no uncertain terms that they plan to remain at the station.

It is to them that I write.

As an initial matter, it bears noting that we Trump supporters are a diverse group. We don’t drink “Trump Kool-Aid” or any such nonsense. Many of us are not particularly thrilled about the prospect of a Trump presidency. Most of us are realistic about what Trump offers—and what he does not.

That having been said, we are, like the nominee himself, pragmatists. We are also afraid.

First Responder

For those who are considering joining us, I would offer the following simple, straightforward analogy that explains why, after much soul-searching, I climbed on board a train with a destination unknown:

Simply put, Donald Trump is a political first responder. Please allow me to explain.

If you woke up in thePolice Car Lights 01 - untitled darkness of night to the sounds of someone breaking into your home, you would likely call 911. When the police arrive, would you turn them away because you don’t like the individual responders—how they look, who they are, or their race, age, sex, or any other characteristic? Of course not. You would allow them to help you in your time of need. There will be time to evaluate, even criticize, them later.

Similarly, if you found yourself in a horrible car accident, pinned in your car and bleeding, would you turn away an offer of assistance—whether from a good Samaritan or an emergency first responder—because you prefer someone else? Of course not. Again, you would allow the person who is there with you to help you in your time of need.

Stopgap Measures

Both of the above situations represent stopgap measures. Stopgap measures are often needed to preserve life. As an emergency physician, I see this principle in practice every day.

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If you come to me suffering from a heart attack, I am not the cardiologist or surgeon who can either place a cardiac stent or perform bypass surgery. Would you reject my help because of that? Of course not. While I am not a cardiologist or cardiothoracic surgeon, I am the link in the physician chain specially trained to do three things: (1) keep you alive while the cardiologist or surgeon is summoned; (2) minimize the damage to your heart, brain, and other organs while we await your definitive treatment; and (3) ease your pain while we wait for your cure.

I am not your cure; I am your life saver so that your cure can happen. I stop the damage while your cure is being arranged. Would you reject my offer of assistance just because I cannot, on my own, fix your struggling heart? Would you reject my offer of assistance because we do not know if, in fact, I will succeed in keeping you alive? Would you reject my offer of assistance because I may cause you some pain or injury in the process of attempting to keep you alive?

Of course not. You are too practical for that. Because in that moment, I am all that you have. And I am enough. Am I the greatest physician in the world? No. But I am here, I am ready and able to help, you need me, and I am enough.

Similarly, if you come to me with a broken hip, as an emergency physician, I am powerless to repair your broken joint. That will require the assistance of my friend and colleague the orthopedic surgeon. In the meantime, I make sure that despite your broken bone, your surrounding nerves continue to function. I ensure that you still have blood flow around the break. These endeavors ensure that with appropriate surgery, recuperation, and physical therapy, you will walk again. As we wait, I also give you medicine to ease your pain. I make sure that you are the best candidate for a surgical cure, and I take away your pain. Would you reject my offer of help just because I cannot, myself, fix your broken bone? Would you reject my offer of help because we do not know if, in fact, I will succeed in easing your pain and ensuring neurologic function and blood flow? Would you reject my offer of help because I may cause you some pain or injury in the process?

Of course not. You are too practical for that. Because in that moment, I am all that you have. And I am enough. Am I the greatest physician in the world? No. But I am here, I am ready and able to help, you need me, and I am enough.

In both cases, are you going to waste time in my Emergency Department obsessing over the likely size of your surgical scar or how long you will be out of work? Would you reject my offer of assistance on the basis of either concern?

Of course not. You are too practical for that. You understand that we must first correct the immediate problem that is threatening your wellbeing, even your life—by any means necessary. We can then settle into the process of dealing with the long-term consequences of your injury or illness. There will be time later for you to evaluate the quality of my care. In the future, you may even choose another physician when an emergency is not looming. That is okay.

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My point is this: Like the patients whom I am privileged to treat, our nation is gravely ill and seriously injured. We are gasping for air. We are dying. Absent emergency intervention, we will not make it another four—and certainly not another eight—years. Just look at what is happening on the streets of France. And Germany. And Libya. And around the globe. We are next. That much is certain.

Above all else, in America in 2016, we must be practical. Trump is all that we have. He is ready, willing, and able to help. And he is enough.

Donald Trump is our first responder. He is our emergency physician. He is our stopgap measure to control the disease and limit the injury. He is our tourniquet to stop the bleeding. Trump doesn’t have to fix the entire injury—just stop its progression to death. Like a tourniquet (or seatbelt), once called into action, he may even do some damage. So be it. At least we will still be alive and able to correct whatever situations he creates.

Time for Perfection Later

Trump doesn’t have to be perfect, or even close. He just has to stop the bleeding. He just has to stop the pain. He just has to give us time to figure this out.

That is something that Trump can do. At the very least, Trump can break this deadly cycle. We can look for more perfect constitutionalists, or more committed conservatives, later. Right now, we must save ourselves, and our nation, so that we can have those future debates.

Several years ago while in D.C., I met and spoke at length with then-Congressman, now Indiana Governor and Trump’s vice presidential running mate Mike Pence. In person, Governor Pence is an exceptionally nice, notably striking, extremely impressive gentleman. So perhaps one future solution lies with him. We shall see. Certainly, his speech at the recent RepublDonald Trump at RNC - Flags 01 - untitledican National Convention was a good start.

I hope that those still sitting on the Trump fence can see that the country is bleeding out. We are suffering from multiple wounds, each of which has the potential to kill us. Now, in this election year, we must stop the bleeding, stop the pain, and stop the disease progression by whatever means necessary. We must buy time to right this ship.

If we don’t succeed, we most certainly will die. In that event, having stuck to our conservative values—even to the Constitution itself—will be of little comfort, for our lives—both as individuals and as a nation—will be over.

We need Trump. Our very survival depends upon him. Regardless of how you feel about the man, he is the only one holding the fire extinguisher. Please don’t reject the only man poised to buy us the time we need to fix this mess.

That is why I will vote for Trump in November. Is he the best candidate possible? I’m not sure. Is he the most polished politician? Most certainly not. Can he do everything that he promises? I don’t know. Is he the only person poised to stop the bleeding, stop the pain, and stop the progression of the deadly disease that threatens the greatest nation in the world? You betcha. And in the end, that is why he has my vote. I sincerely hope that he has yours as well.

Please let me know your thoughts.





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Rhonda M. Moorman, M.D., J.D.

Rhonda M. Moorman, M.D., J.D. is a physician and attorney who attended the Harvard Law School with Barack Obama. Currently, Dr. Moorman lives and practices both medicine and law in her home state of Georgia. In medicine, she specializes in emergency and primary care in some of Georgia's most rural communities. In law, she represents primarily individuals, physicians, and healthcare facilities in matters involving medical malpractice and healthcare oversight and regulation. Dr. Moorman also serves as President and CEO of Moorman Media, LLC. She recently published her first book, entitled Mr. Obama and Me: My Classmate, Our President, and the Fight for Your Health. Copies may be purchased at Dr. Moorman also hosts "The Dr. Rhonda Moorman Show - MedLaw Talk" every Wednesday from 6:00-7:00 PM EST on WDDQ Talk 92.1 FM and Red Nation Rising Radio's Justice Channel, with replays on Red Nation Rising every Saturday from 4:00-5:00 PM EST. You may contact Dr. Moorman on Facebook (rhonda.moorman.56, #MoormanMedia), follow her on Twitter (@DrRhondaMoorman), or email her directly at She welcomes your feedback.