Does Donald Trump Realize He Just Made a Complete Ass of Himself?
by Mark R. Crovelli
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have to admit that I was somewhat disappointed when the Ron Paul
campaign decided to skip the Republican "debate" being
staged by Donald Trump. I was looking forward to seeing the most
distinguished and honorable politician in the last fifty years making
a fool out the megalomaniacal "moderator" with the appalling
turns out, however, that Ron Paul didnít even have to show up in
order to make a fool out of Donald Trump. Trump is one of those
rare individuals who canít help making a complete ass out of himself
when there is no one else around to do it for him, and this occasion
was no different. Trump took the Paul campaignís bait and spectacularly
The Paul campaign
declined to attend the "debate" precisely because Donald
Trump had been named the so-called "moderator." In the
Paul campaignís words:
of a reality television personality to host a presidential debate
that voters nationwide will be watching is beneath the office
of the Presidency and flies in the face of that officeís history
and dignity. Mr. Trumpís participation as moderator will distract
from questions and answers concerning important issues such as
the national economy, crushing federal government debt, the role
of the federal government, foreign policy, and the like. To be
sure, Mr. Trumpís participation will contribute to an unwanted
true brilliance of this press release should not be overlooked,
whether it was intentional or not. The press release was careful
to identify Trump alone as the sole deal-breaker as far as Ron Paul
was concerned. The campaign did not name Newsmax, a neocon propaganda
outfit that could not possibly be expected to give Ron Paul a fair
shake in any "debate" it sponsored, as a reason for opting
whether the Paul campaign knew in advance that Trump is a gigantic
buffoon who couldnít help making an ass out of himself is unknown,
but the press release could not have produced a better result, because
it clearly hurt the flop-haired billionaireís feelings. He must
have been relishing the idea of having all the Republican presidential
candidates sitting in front of him, intently listening to his pompous
voice somehow finding its way out of those peculiar lips, as if
he was back on The Apprentice. He was finally going to be
someone important in politics, someone the Republicans were going
to have to listen to.
Paul campaignís press release dashed the poor billionaireís hopes
by announcing publicly that Ron Paul was refusing to attend. What
is worse, the Paul campaign listed Trump alone as the reason
for Ron Paulís refusal to attend, calling him a television clown,
in effect, because of the "circus-like atmosphere" he
would generate. Good Lord, what an insult!
feelings hurt, Trump could no doubt have avoided making a complete
ass of himself by expressing his regret that one of the forerunning
candidates was not going to show up to his big event and leave it
at that. But acting gracefully and honorably is not Trumpís style,
and so he decided to open his big mouth (metaphorically speaking
in Trumpís case, of course). What came out of his mouth must have
made the head honchos over at Newsmax cringe.
lashed out at the Paul campaign, saying he was "glad [Ron Paul]
and Jon Huntsman, who has inconsequential poll numbers or a chance
of winning, will not be attending the debate and wasting the time
of the viewers who are trying very hard to make a very important
decision." Since Newsmax and Trump had extended invitations
to both Huntsman and Paul, which they did not have to do,
Trump was playing the part of the spoiled child who, upon learning
one of his classmates wonít be attending his birthday party, screams
out "Good, I didnít want him to come anyway." If Donald
and Newsmax really didnít want Paul and Huntsman to attend, they
wouldnít have extended invitations to begin with. After all, why
would Donald agree to moderate what he considered to be a badly
conceived debate that was scheduled to include distracting nobodies?
Did he agree to moderate a badly conceived debate that included
distracting nobodies just because he wanted to be on TV?
he had limited himself to stating that he was pleased that Huntsman
and Paul were not going to attend, Trump would not have made a complete
ass of himself. Sure, he would have looked classless, which of course
he is, but he would not have completely embarrassed himself. But
Trump could not help tacking on some additional comments to ensure
he looked ridiculous. Itís his style. Itís what heís known for.
a big mouth (again, very metaphorically speaking), Trump
decided it would be a good idea to attack Ron Paulís chances of
being elected. Now, setting aside the fact that Ron Paul has risen
to be a top-tier contender in the polls, Trump made his comments
as the scheduled moderator of this so-called "debate."
Think about that for a minute. Trump is scheduled to "moderate"
the debate to ensure that it is fair, and that each candidate has
a chance to get his message through, and yet he decides it would
be a good idea to attack one of the candidates before the event.
Does that sound like something a moderator would do? Not only that,
but the Paul campaign had specifically questioned Trumpís ability
to moderate as their reason for opting out of the debate, and yet
Trump could not help but say something anathema to moderators everywhere.
The poor guy walked right into the Paul campaignís trap!
this would be bad enough, but Trump really went out of his way to
viciously attack the Paul campaign. He did not, by contrast, go
out of his way to insult Huntsman, beyond saying that he had no
chance of winning, even though Huntsman was also choosing not to
attend. He called Paul "clown-like," (a childish way of
returning the Paul campaignís observation that Trump is a television
clown), and he specifically attacked Paulís poll numbers, even though
they are top-tier at the moment. Think about that for a minute.
Would it really be necessary to viciously attack a candidate that
had no chance of winning, just because he refused to attend a debate?
If so, then why didnít Trump attack Huntsman? Isnít the act of responding
lengthily to a "fringe candidate" an admission that the
candidate is truly consequential?
mention of Paulís poll numbers is the real kicker, however. How
Trump, the named "moderator" of a Republican debate, can
be unaware of how well Ron Paul is polling right now is absolutely
beyond me. Not only that, but if poll numbers are what are important,
then why did Trump not ask for the rest of the candidates with pathetic
poll numbers, like Bachmann, to be excluded from the debate? If
poll numbers do matter, however, (and Trumpís completely delusional
claim that he has polled better than Ron Paul seems to indicate
that he knows they do matter), then how can he claim with a straight
face, as he always does, that Paul has no chance of winning?
answer is that Donald Trump is a moronic television clown, just
like the Paul campaign insinuated, who was not sharp enough to sidestep
an obvious trap. A more brilliant political maneuver could not be
conceived to take down a megalomaniac with a penchant for embarrassing
himself. Itís truly a shame that Donald Trump is not bright enough
to realize what just happened.
Crovelli [send him mail]
writes from Denver, Colorado.
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