Friday, January 08, 2016
Trump mocks the press by admonishing an audience member
I try not to write about Donald Trump -- really, I do. But he is like political pistachios. I mean, there he is. Let me have just one more...
The best part about Trump is that the press keeps trying to bring him down, only to set him up for another victory. Remember how the press puffed up a nontroversy when an audience member called the president a Muslim, and Trump didn't say anything? Yes, the press in Washington actually believed that audience members are paid robots; perhaps, they have covered too many Hillary Clinton townhall meetings where plants toss softball questions, as if they were CNN reporters.
On Tuesday, Trump drew a capacity crowd of 1,000 people at Stevens High School in Claremont, New Hampshire, and this came up again. He railed against the Iran nuclear deal, saying Democrats were either dumb, incompetent, “or they have some other agenda that we don’t even know about.”
“They’re Muslims!” shouted a man in the crowd.
“I didn’t say it,” Trump responded. “Oh, I’m supposed to reprimand the man. Who is the man that said that? I have to reprimand him. How dare you?”
The audience roared.
At another point, Trump criticized Missus Clinton, saying, “She goes to an event and then you don’t see her for another week.”
"She's in the bathroom," someone shouted. Trump responded with a joke: “That’s terrible, terrible. You should never say that. You’re admonished. We should throw him the hell out here. Get out of here.”
Republicans love this. Forget everything else -- policies, number of wives, who he is in pictures with -- and look at what is happening. The press is playing its usual petty stuff against a Republican, and for once a Republican is standing up for himself. These incompetent hacks -- social justice warriors in reporter clothing -- keep trying to bring him down with little things. All that does is waste ammo, and immunize Trump from criticism when Team Clinton releases the hounds.
Matthew Dickinson, a professor of political science at Middlebury College in New Hampshire, predicted Trump carries New Hampshire next month.
"I think this is part of his appeal, is he doesn't say things. He doesn't shy away from saying things that people might think but most politicians aren't comfortable saying,” Dickinson told WMUR. "The question, I guess, for most New Hampshire voters -- if not Trump, who? Doesn't seem like there's a lot of support for any particular establishment Republican.”
We shall see.
But right now, he is showing something Obama, Speaker Ryan, and every other presidential candidate are not showing --- leadership.
Either lead, follow, or get out of the way.