Last night was the first debate of the 2016 elections, and it was a sideshow circus! Chris Christie and Rand Paul went at it (which was fabulous to see). Others seemed to be invisible (like Walker) and one, who had it right, really shined (Ted Cruz). Ben Carson surprised me the most — he came out being witty and gave answers that had me smiling.
Donald Trump was declared the winner in an online poll taken by Drudge Report (receiving 38% of the vote), but was he really the winner? He was definitely loud, rude, brash, and had no real plan on how he would “make America great again”. Moderator Megyn Kelly started the questions with how “The Donald” has treated women saying, “You’ve called women you don’t like, fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals”. Trump bit back with, “…only Rosie O’Donnell”.
Kelly reminded him that it went way beyond O’Donnell saying,
No it wasn’t. For the record, it was well beyond Rosie O’Donnell. Your Twitter account has several disparaging comments about women’s looks. You once told a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice it would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees. Does that sound to you like the temperament of a man we should elect as president?
Trump poo pooed it away by saying that the problem with America is that we are too “politically correct”. I agree with that statement, but not about how he has seemingly treated women. He acted more like a pig on stage than a presidential candidate.
Frank Luntz, a Republican pollster, held a focus group directly after the debates where Trump didn’t fair as well as the Drudge poll. Many of them had a “positive opinion” about Trump before the debates, but that all changed. One man said he was, “…mean, angry, with no specifics; he was bombastic.” Another man said, “…he just let me down. I expected him to rise to the occasion and look presidential, and he didn’t”.
Moderator Bret Baier asked all ten candidates if they would support the Republican nominee if it wasn’t them, and Trump was the only one who answered no. If he’s not the winner, will he just run to the corner and have a temper tantrum? That’s something a spoiled egomaniac would say.
I agree that Trump has hit a nerve that many politicians have not been loud enough on, or even have mentioned at all, illegals jumping our borders. Americans are fed up and he has capitalized on that feeling. Trump made it clear where we stand globally as well saying,
And to be honest ,you, this country, doesn’t have time either. This country is in big trouble. We don’t win anymore. We lose to China. We lose to Mexico, both in trade and at the border. We lose to everybody. And frankly, what I say, and oftentimes it’s fun, it’s kidding, we have a good time — what I say is what I say. And honestly, Megyn, if you don’t like it, I’m sorry. I’ve been very nice to you, although I could probably maybe not be based on the way you have treated me. But I wouldn’t do that.
He has used his business strategy to win over low-information voters and has catapult himself into the pole-position — for now. He has gained a fan base, but that’s exactly what they are, fans. The Donald is a celebrity who knows business. He doesn’t know how to run our country. I would be willing to bet that he doesn’t know our Constitution either, which is a key component to being President.
He admitted on stage that he has essentially paid off politicians, including Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi, to get them into his back pocket for future favors. Politicians are hard to trust, let alone the ones fraternizing and supporting progressives like the Clinton’s – whom, I would say, a majority of Americans loathe. That’s not acceptable under any circumstances. He isn’t a conservative by any means, but at the moment he’s running as a “Republican”.
Trump mania is the latest fad in the long road ahead before the primary. The shock value that Trump provides may be working for now, but it won’t last forever. When it comes down to brass tacks, there is no real substance. Just ride the wave until it eventually reaches the shore and fizzles. Then maybe we can get down to real business.