Due to recent events involving several candidates for President, billionaire Presidential candidate Donald Trump now feels that he is free to criticize GOP candidates Governor Scott Walker, (Wis.), Senator Lindsey Graham, (S.C.), and Democrat former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, according to ABC News on Saturday. Trump had drawn much criticism for his recent comments to the effect that Clinton was “the worst Secretary of State in our country’s history,” and that GOP Arizona Senator John McCain, a former Presidential nominee himself, was “not a hero.” Trump also had received much dismay for publicly releasing Graham’s private cell phone number while speaking in South Carolina.
All of this seemed to change for Trump when the controversy surrounding Hillary Clinton’s personal email account and the possible release of classified information escalated last week. Trump likened the alleged release of classified government information via email to a “criminal act,” and compared it to the revelation concerning General David Petraeus and his release of classified information to his lover. Trump stated that the revelation “destroyed” Petraeus and made him a “ruined man.” Trump then characterized the accusations against Petraeus as being much less serious than those against Clinton when considering the content of what actually was released. Trump claimed that Petraeus:
“Did much less than Hillary in terms of information, in terms of importance and in terms of volume.”
Trump then proceeded to berate Walker, stating that he was a supporter of Common Core who changed his mind as soon as he realized that this was an unpopular position to take. Trump described Walker as performing “terribly” as Governor and accused him of being a “flip flopper” (a politician who changes his or her mind a lot).
Trump described himself as “retaliating” for previous comments made about him at a Walker fundraiser. Trump explained that he felt that he had a right to attack Walker, stating:
“Finally, I can attack. Finally.”
Despite his recent derogatory comments about other politicians of both major political parties, Trump nevertheless drew a large crowd in Oskaloosa, Iowa. It seemed that although some people did not agree with all of Trump’s comments, that they admired him for speaking his mind and for not being afraid to stand by his comments. As Karen Lambers of Des Moines, Iowa stated regarding Trump:
“One thing I really like is he’s not afraid to say what he thinks and stand up for it.”
Trump has spent a great deal of his campaign time criticizing other candidates and politicians. He has yet to zero in on any other issues besides securing the border and the illegal Mexican immigrants that he describes as rapists, drug addicts and criminals. He also has promised to erect a wall along the border and to make Mexico pay for it. He has yet to explain his positions on more global issues such as the nuclear weapons agreement with Iran or Pope Francis’s summit meeting on climate change and global warming at the Vatican.