At first, I really tried to like Donald Trump as a candidate. I really did.
Unfortunately, it isn’t going to happen anytime soon.
I, as well as many of the American people, thought that The Donald’s entrance into the 2016 GOP primary race was going to be a “breath of fresh air”, at a time when our elected officials aren’t doing what we, the voters, have asked them to do. At times he does deliver that fresh air.
However, too often it seems that “Donald Trump’s ego” trumps “Donald Trump the presidential candidate”, and what I mean is that his affinity for taking shots often seem to be made in poor taste. Look, I’m all for a candidate that “tells it like it is” (Gov. Christie sure isn’t doing that in my opinion), but there’s a difference between not catering to the political correctness movement, and just being insolent to your colleagues. Mr. Trump’s barbs more often than not fall into the latter category.
Don’t believe me yet? For examples, let’s take a look at a few of Mr. Trump’s “track record” of highly-controversial tweets.
I look forward to the debate on Thursday night & it is certainly my intention to be very nice & highly respectful of the other candidates.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 30, 2015
Was that really your intention, Mr. Trump? You seem to have forgotten it quite quickly when you had a couple of choice words for [mc_name name=”Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)” chamber=”senate” mcid=”P000603″ ]:
Truly weird Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky reminds me of a spoiled brat without a properly functioning brain. He was terrible at DEBATE!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 11, 2015
Of course, we can’t forget the debacle that ensued when RedState’s very own Erick Erickson disinvited Mr. Trump from the 2015 RedState Gathering:
Small crowds at @RedState today in Atlanta. People were very angry at EWErickson, a major sleaze and buffoon who has saved me time and money
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 9, 2015
.@redstate I miss you all, and thanks for all of your support. Political correctness is killing our country. "weakness."
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 8, 2015
No, Mr. Trump, the decision to disinvite you was not motivated by “political correctness”. It is simply because of the fact that you make comments that transcend political correctness; they cross into the area of being blatantly offensive.
In response to Mr. Trump’s comments about Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, Carly Fiorina, another 2016 Republican presidential hopeful, tweeted what certainly more than a handful of Americans were thinking:
Mr. Trump: There. Is. No. Excuse.
— Carly Fiorina (@CarlyFiorina) August 8, 2015
Couldn’t have said it better myself.
Both Mr. Trump and his supporters have made claims recently that he is very similar to one of the greatest presidents in American history, Ronald Reagan. However, there is one key glaring difference: President Reagan spoke with a certain charisma that united almost all of the Republican Party, leading to the biggest landslide election ever in 1984. He certainly didn’t throw around invectives like Mr. Trump currently is doing. Mr. Trump’s usage of volatile rhetoric has exacerbated the establishment vs. more conservative schism in the current Republican Party, essentially making himself a wedge issue; pitting Trump supporters against Trump opposers. The invectives, paired with the semi-oft, narcissistic finger-pointing, make Mr. Trump seem like the kid who lashes out whenever he doesn’t get exactly what he wants; except this “kid” is quite a few years too old, and is trying to maintain an electable image in the face of public scrutiny.
Mr. Trump, you are currently leading the polls by a wide margin. This race is yours to lose. It isn’t only about you; you still need to treat your fellow candidates and critics with respect.
Mr. Trump, it’s no longer time for child’s play.