In a glorious moment during the CNN town hall held for the remaining GOP candidates, Anderson Cooper took Trump down a few pegs by telling him that he’s acting like a child.
I object. Trump is not acting like a child — he’s acting like a petulant, spoiled child.
“I didn’t start it.”
People will support Trump for any number of reasons. Some of them really believe that deportations and wall building will make this country great again. They’re demonstrably wrong, but they’re so epistemically certain and emotionally invested that God himself couldn’t change their minds.
Others, however, support him for “refusing to give into political correctness.” How I’m not sure. Trump is incredibly politically correct, since attacking Mexicans and Muslims is the expected course of action for politicians on the right wing, thereby making it “politically correct” by default.
But what do I know? Other than how to properly use words, that is.
Still more like him for “speaking his mind.” Which, since he usually speaks in word salad, isn’t a compliment.
The bottom line and the great attraction to Trump is that he’s acting like a bully. And, as Anderson Cooper accurately noted on Monday, a child.
Cooper brought up Trump’s attempt to threaten Cruz by promising to “spill the beans” on Cruz’s wife, Heidi, after retweeting a photograph of her next to Melania Trump.
Trump responded by shrugging and commenting, “I thought it was a nice picture of Heidi. I thought it was fine. She’s a pretty woman.”
Because that’s all that matters when you’re dealing with a woman — how she looks. Gentlefolk of the Internet, Donald Trump: putting the “ass” in “crass” on a daily basis.
“C’mon,” Cooper said. “You’re running for president of the United States.”
Trump then did something he’d never done all campaign: he accepted responsibility for his actions like an adult and promised to change his ways.
Just kidding! He instead protested, “I didn’t start it.”
Now, if that sounds familiar to you, it’s because you have a five-year-old in your home. And that’s what Cooper proceeded to call Trump out on acting like:
Sir, with all due respect, that’s the argument of a five-year-old. Every parent knows a kid who says, ‘He started it.’
Trump contested this, saying, “That’s the problem. Exactly that thinking is the problem this country has. I did not start this.”
The party of personal responsibility summed up in the argument of a five-year-old. I couldn’t have asked for a better representative of everything conservatism stands for than Donald Trump. It’s a damn shame he stands a really good chance of getting elected.
Cooper then noted that it was an anti-Trump super PAC that sent out racy photographs of Melania and that neither of the Cruzes had anything to do with it. Trump, however, didn’t care, telling everyone: “My wife was a very successful model.”
And that Trump is a very successful presidential candidate speaks volumes for the country. None of it is good, mind you, but it still speaks volumes.
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