America may want to start preparing for the fact that their Presidential picks from the Good Ol’ Party for Elections 2016 may come down to either Jeb Bush or Donald Trump. America votes for who they know and right now those two names are stealing the media spotlight. And yes, for them, that’s intentional. That’s how you get on the ticket. And it seems the candidates are playing the “who can be nastier” game to make sure their name stays at the top of everyone’s minds. And apparently, it seems to come natural to both of them. Jeb Bush, who less than a month ago had a 13% chance of becoming the next President was exposed recently as the Presidential candidate that believes single mothers should be publicly shamed. According to CNN July 13, Donald Trump says about Bush, “Do you want that guy to be President?” Meanwhile, Trump, who less than a month ago had less than a 1% chance of becoming the next President, feels honoured to be called a racist by Democratic Presidential hopeful, Hillary Clinton. Do you want that guy to be President, America?
It’s just a few weeks away until the Good Ol’ Party debates. These are debates where attendance will be decided on by Fox News and CNN. The candidates with the loudest voices and the highest popularity ratings will be the candidates that Fox and CNN choose to debate.
It’s a critical moment for a campaign, not getting the invite essentially means, “Thanks for coming out, try again next election season.” CNN is reported today on the Trump campaign noting that it has made “rhetorical abuse a hallmark of his fledgling Presidential campaign.” Among many targets of Trump abuse even this early in Elections 2016 season, Trump has targeted Fortune 500s, his critics, and fellow GOP members.
And, if you were to ask Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump has also targeted Mexicans and illegal or, undocumented immigrants during his early steps on the campaign trail. He was called on that fact recently by CNN’s Anderson Cooper who questioned Trump about a 35-year-old lawsuit where undocumented Polish immigrants were suing Trump for wage theft. Trump’s best response to that was,
“Anderson, when you have to go back 35 years to tell me about something, I think that’s pretty pathetic, to be honest with you.”
The “that happened a long time ago” defense was the same one that Jeb Bush used when questioned about the single mother comments he made back in 1994, 1995, and 2008. Neither Bush nor Trump has said out loud, “I don’t believe that any more” about single mothers, or undocumented immigrants, respectively. But they both think it’s a bad idea to talk about it out loud, all the while referring to each other as the one candidate America shouldn’t vote for.
And it seems that anyone that runs against Trump should prepare to be belittled whenever possible. In addition to calling CNN’s Anderson Cooper pathetic, Trump has reportedly insulted more GOP candidates than any other candidate. Bush policies specifically Trump refers to as “weak” and a “total disaster” according to CNN today. That’s interesting since those two terms alone are opposite.
Bush policies are either devastating or they are weak, they can not be both. But Trump is enjoying his time in the spotlight and showing off what a jerk he can be. It’s not enough, apparently, to slam Jeb Bush and his polices. Trump took his mean-ness, and possibly his racism, to an all new level on Twitter recently as well when he tweeted,
“#JebBush has to like Mexican illegals because of his wife.”
CNN reported that Trump allegedly said he did not authorize that tweet, “but that he certainly doesn’t regret it.” Jeb Bush has not responded to any of this, short of making some comments that he is “unconcerned.” Supporters in the Bush camp are suggesting the hopes are that taking the high road may actually make Bush appear more Presidential. Mac Stipanovich, devoted Bush supporter and lobbyist from Florida told CNN,
“I think it actually helps Jeb in the long run that a crazy son of a [bleep] is after him all the time. You can tell more about a man by his enemies than his friends, and if you want to have an enemy in Presidential politics, let it be Donald Trump.”
Meanwhile, Trump supporters are saying, Jeb Bush hasn’t seen anything yet. Really? Attacking someone’s spouse isn’t enough in Presidential politics? Trump may want to be careful, despite the fact that he has reportedly been brewing a “preoccupation” with Jeb Bush that is “years in the making.” Trump thinks Jeb Bush is entitled when it comes to the Presidency.
Really? Many Americans find it laughable that Trump, who is constantly bragging about how his money will get him into the Oval Office, is using the word entitled. That’s a lot like the Presidential pot calling the Presidential kettle a racist. And there are a lot of Presidential hopefuls, American voters, and people pretty much everywhere, calling Trump a racist after remarks that he made when announcing his campaign.
But he thinks money will change everybody’s minds when it comes time to go to the polls. When Trump announced his campaign earlier last month he reminded everyone how rich he was, and how that was an advantage according to Media ITE News.
“I don’t need anybody’s money. It’s nice. I don’t need anybody’s money. I’m using my own money. I’m not using the lobbyists. I’m not using donors. I don’t care. I’m really rich, I’ll show you that in a second. And by the way, I’m not even saying that in a braggadocios … that’s the kind that’s the kind of thinking you need for this country.”
No, the voters living from one disability check to another on ramen noodles probably don’t find that “braggadocios” at all. It seems that America is quickly learning that more and more members of the Good Ol’ Party just don’t “get it” when it comes to issues that matter to Americans. Generally speaking, most Americans don’t want a President that thinks single mothers should be publicly shamed, any more than they want one that is “braggadocious”, a racist, and quickly developing a reputation of being mean.
“Pathetic” seems to be the favored word of Donald Trump whenever someone calls him on that as well. He has called Anderson Cooper pathetic, and also Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton. After Trump made his remarks against Mexicans when he launched his campaign, Hillary shot back and alluded to a Presidential candidate who might be a racist.
Donald Trump told Instagram Hillary Clinton was pathetic. But when he had his political face on during a radio interview with Hugh Hewitt he said he was honored, and that she misunderstood his comments as he was talking about border security, and not about race in general. But it does seem like he was talking about race in general.
How else can one take a Trump tweet about a Bush family member with an obvious Mexican reference? It’s not just a mean low blow to attack a candidate’s wife, it’s also a mean racist low blow. When Trump first made anti-Mexican comments early in the campaign, Hillary Clinton called him on it. According to Politico, what Trump actually said was,
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people. But I speak to border guards and they tell us what we’re getting. And it only makes common sense. It only makes common sense. They’re sending us not the right people.”
Hillary Clinton found those comments inflammatory and racist, though she was very careful how she worded her statements on that. In the wake of the Charleston, South Carolina, shootings however, Democratic Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton knew that what the country needed to hear in that moment was, saying those things is not okay, for anybody. Politico reported that what Clinton actually said was,
“A recent entry into the Republican Presidential campaign said some very inflammatory things about Mexicans. Everybody should stand up and say that’s not acceptable. You don’t talk like that on talk radio. You don’t talk like that on political campaigns….[that kind of talk] is emblematic of the type of rhetoric coming from the right that helps inspire racist sentiments.”
Trump’s response was swift, and not exactly the kind of response America might look for from someone with his eye on the Oval Office. After criticizing Clinton for her mischaracterization, he then said he was honored. He tried to backpedal using the buzz word border security.
“Number one, I’m honored. And number two, I believe strongly in a very, very strong border. Some people thought it was a racist statement but it’s not. All I do, is I want to have borders. Now, if that is incendiary, if that is being tough or unfair, you let me know.”
Many people, including NBC and Macy’s, have let Mr. Trump know. By dropping him and attempting to disengage with all things Trump, Nike and Macy’s have said, “We’re letting you know.” The truth is Trump’s comments went so far past the line with the issue of racism trumping border control in a matter of seconds.
His comments weren’t about border control, they were about degrading Mexicans. At least that is how it is being perceived by, well everybody in the free world except for the Trump camp, who is honored that his racist sentiments are being scrutinized by big people. Even if he thinks those big people are pathetic. Even the Republican party is worried and wringing their hands about ‘what to do with him’ according to the New York Times July 9. Some would say it’s saying something if the GOP is worried about morally bankrupt candidates.
It’s one thing to do some politicking and grandstanding when you are running a Presidential campaign. It’s a whole other thing to start off pretending to talk about border control when you’re really just expressing some ignorant things about Mexicans. And that appears to be precisely what Trump did in the eyes of many.
And according to the New York Times last week, that has the GOP worried. Some are even saying that no matter what the polls say, if Trump goes as far off the line as he has already, the upcoming debates may be the end of his political game. And those are GOP members saying this to the New York Times. It’s a bad sign for a political candidate, no matter what the polls say, when their own party is wringing their hands over them.
The first debate for Elections 2016 will be Aug. 6. The New York Times reports that Fox News has set the criteria and it all depends on polls standing. Donald Trump has made the cut so far and is very comfortably in the top ten. One of his advisors, Michael Cohen, told the New York Times,
“He’s 100 percent going to do the debates. I believe he’s either leading or tied for first place in the polls, and certainly qualifies to have a seat on the stage.”
Cohen also told the New York Times he is well aware that the GOP isn’t exactly rushing to give Trump a big hug. He had a quick response for that, that seems very, Trump formed. Cohen said as far as the GOP is concerned,
“They fear him because he’s not part of the establishment.”
Maybe Cohen doesn’t realize that being “part of the establishment” is a requirement if you want to be President of the United States. Many Latino Republicans are upset as well. Naturally. They are not only upset with Trump, but with other GOP members who aren’t stepping up to nip all of this in the bud. Hector V. Barreto, an advisor to every Republican campaign since 2000 said,
“The Republican Party is going to have to be much more aggressive in dealing with him. And I would expect my party to do that, to call him out. Maybe this is our Sister Souljah moment when we say, ‘He is not a Republican, he does not represent us, he needs to get off the stage.’”
What are the chances that Donald Trump’s political career is going to end with the upcoming debates for Aug. 6? Only time will tell. One thing is for certain. Mitt Romney is a happy guy. Finally there is a Presidential wannabe in the GOP who is making it very easy for America to forget not so innocuous phrases like, “binders full of women.”
Is Donald Trump a bad idea for the Oval? Is Jeb Bush any better? Watch the video here with the full interview between Donald Trump and Anderson Cooper where Cooper calls Trump out on racism, and Trump fires back with “pathetic.”