Donald Trump’s juvenile behavior apparently is contagious. Initially, Trump foolishly said that Sen. McCain wasn’t a war hero. That provoked a thoughtful response from Gov. Rick Perry, a military veteran as well as being a successful governor. Unfortunately for Lindsey Graham, he made the attack personal by calling Trump “’the world’s biggest jackass’ during a television interview.”
Trump responded by acting like a spoiled rich brat by reading “Graham’s personal cellphone number and showed it to TV cameras at a campaign event,” which is characteristic for Mr. Trump. Apparently, the next presidential candidate on Trump’s hit list is Gov. Perry. Trump. Trump’s latest infantile statement about one of his opponents is that Gov. Perry “put on glasses so people think he’s smart. People can see through the glasses.”
Thus far, people have mainly focused on Trump’s juvenile antics. It’s time to figure out why Mr. Trump is this disrespectful and what this would mean to a potential Trump administration. Based on Mr. Trump’s actions, it isn’t a stretch to think that a Trump administration would be similar to the Obama administration in terms of temperament. Let’s compare the two.
When Republicans have raised substantive objections to President Obama’s policies, President Obama has frequently responded with trash-talking, during which time he’s usually listed what he thinks are accomplishments. Saying that President Obama is thin-skinned is understatement.
When Mr. Trump insisted that Sen. McCain wasn’t a war hero, event moderator Frank Luntz pushed back, which led to Trump saying that McCain was a war hero because he’d gotten captured before saying that he preferred heroes “that weren’t captured.”
Yesterday, after Sen. Graham made a personal attack, Trump gave out Sen. Graham’s personal cell phone number before launching his attack against Gov. Perry. Thus far, Trump has shot his mouth off in terms of securing the border. That’s a dramatic contrast with Gov. Perry.
When President Obama refused to secure the Tex-Mex border, Gov. Perry stepped into that crisis and fixed it. He didn’t shoot his mouth off. He didn’t engage in name-calling. There wasn’t any infantile behavior from Gov. Perry. He just fixed the problem facing his state.
Thanks to his decisions and actions, Gov. Perry turned over a southern border that’s under control to his successor, Gov. Abbott.
In summation, Trump has criticized his opponents as being incompetent. He’s said that Gov. Perry started wearing glasses “so people would think he’s smart.” Earlier, he criticized Scott Walker, saying that “Wisconsin has lots of problems.” Trump has an interesting definition of “lots of problems.”
In Wisconsin, Gov. Walker’s reforms have led to massive property tax cuts. Gov. Walker’s expansion of school choice had led to Wisconsin being one of the best states in terms of education. Unemployment is down and the workforce participation rate is stable.
If that’s Trump’s definition of a state with “lots of problems,” most states would sign up for those ‘problems’.