What, you’re tired of what WC is saying about The Donald? Let’s look at what others are saying.
The guy paid $29 million for a 282-foot yacht, sailed on it once, got seasick and never sailed again. He likes tall models with foreign accents. He dyes his hair. He likes to read about himself. What else do you want to know?
Donald Trump’s vitriolic attacks against Megyn Kelly and his extreme, sick obsession with her is beneath the dignity of a presidential candidate who wants to occupy the highest office in the land. Megyn is an exemplary journalist and one of the leading anchors in America — we’re extremely proud of her phenomenal work and continue to fully support her throughout every day of Trump’s endless barrage of crude and sexist verbal assaults. As the mother of three young children, with a successful law career and the second highest rated show in cable news, it’s especially deplorable for her to be repeatedly abused just for doing her job.
Not since George Wallace has there been a presidential candidate who made racial and religious scapegoating so central to his campaign.
Can you name one other thing that Garrison Keillor and Glenn Beck agree on? As of March 4, 2016, the New York Times had tallied up more than 200 people that The Donald had insulted, libeled and threatened in his Twitter messages. That’s certainly a different kind of leadership. But it may not be what America needs in a presidential candidate.3
The Trump campaign requires all volunteers to sign a contract, which includes this gem of a clause:
2. No Disparagement. During the term of your service and at all times thereafter you hereby promise and agree not to demean or disparage publicly the Company, Mr. Trump, any Trump Company, any Family Member, or any Family Member Company or any asset any of the foregoing own, or product or service any of the foregoing offer, in each case by or in any of the Restricted Means and Contexts and to prevent your employees from doing so.
Note the absence of an expiration date? So much for the First Amendment. How hopelessly insecure does The Donald have to be to insist on this kind of unconstitutional silliness in a volunteer contract? The Donald is so insecure that he bullies his own volunteers?
Adult, grownup, responsible Republicans are groping with the problem that their other choices may be worse. At first blush, that’s hard to imagine, but consider:
There’s the Cruz missile, a Senator even other Republican Senators loath. So far he has been endorsed by exactly two (2) senators, one of whom, Sen. Lindsay Graham (R, Confederacy), earlier noted “If you killed Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate and the trial was in the Senate, nobody could convict you.” A Cruise Missile (not to be confused with the Cruz missile) is designed to MIRV. You know, multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle, designed to carry multiple thermonuclear warheads, each highly destructive. So maybe there’s not that much difference.
Then there’s Governor John Kasich (Who?), who won the Ohio primary. Okay, he had a special advantage, what with being governor of Ohio. And it’s true, he only got 46.8% of the Republican votes, against The Donald’s 35.8%. Not exactly an overwhelming victory. Come on, Governor Kasich can’t get a simple majority in his own state?
And that’s all that’s officially left. And you don’t even get to those two choices if The Donald gets enough delegates to get the nomination on the first ballot. And The Donald is over half way, with 678 first ballot delegates against 1,237 needed for the nomination. Faced with the spectre of a “bloviating ignoramus”4 as their presidential candidate, the Grand Old Party is becoming hysterical.
It’s terrifying. It’s embarrassing. But an ignorant, superrich bully, a narcissist, a man who claims to like Sarah Palin, could be the Republican presidential candidate.
- This may be a rare, notable case of Dr. Frankenstein attacking the monster he created. ↩
- Yes, another Dr. Frankenstein struggling to control a monster he helped create. ↩
- What the Donald reminds WC of is nothing so much as an Internet Troll. There’s merit to the idea. But it doesn’t advance the challenge of what to do about The Donald. ↩
- George Will, back in 2012. ↩