Why does he do this? What does he, or anyone else, gain by intentionally antagonizing other people?
Yesterday, President Trump made a speech in Pennsylvania, to boost congressional candidate Rick Saccone’s chances against Democrat Conor Lamb – who, in an effort to win this seat, has essentially run as a Republican as well.
All Mr. Trump had to do was talk up Saccone, remind people that, no matter how “Republican” Conor Lamb pretended to be, he was going to be voting with hard left Democrat agenda, and, given that this is steel country, brag about his tariff proposals.
But, as all too often happens, his persona as The World’s Richest Barroom Loudmouth” came out loud and clear.
Among the unnecessary antagonistic bloviatings, we have these:
On Oprah Winfrey:
“I would love Oprah to win. I would love to beat Oprah. I know her weakness. “Wouldn’t we love to run against Oprah. I would love it. I would love it. That would be a painful experience for her.”
On Chuck Todd:
“You ever see the story? Where it’s 1999. I’m on ‘Meet the Press,’ a show now headed by sleepy eyes Chuck Todd. He’s a sleeping son of a bitch, I’ll tell you,” Trump said. “And they showed it this morning, 1999, and I’m talking about North Korea, ‘You gotta take them out now.’”
On Maxine Waters:
“She’s a low-IQ individual.”
Why? WHY? What is the point of this, other than to be insulting? What is the point of this other than to needlessly antagonize the people he is talking about?
I can already tell you the explanations you’re likely to get from Trump lovers, because of how many times I’ve already heard them in the past:
-“It’s just Trump being honest and non-political.”
-“Finally, a President who says what he means and means what he says, instead of hiding behind BS political talk”
-“They hate his guts and dump on him all the time so why shouldn’t he give it back to them? They deserve it.”
– “You keep telling me his comments are stupid, obnoxious, blah, blah, blah. But they’re so ‘stupid’ that they got him into the White House. So who’s the stupid one?”
Yes, every one of the above points has an element of truth to it. But that does not change the fact that they are 100% antagonistic with 0% value.
Donald Trump did not win the presidency because of such comments. He won the presidency because his opponent was so deficient that, even with his penchant for making such comments, he was preferable to her.
(One of the two best comments that came out of the 2016 election – and I wish I could remember who said it – was “Donald Trump is the only candidate Hillary Clinton could beat, and Hillary Clinton is the only candidate Donald Trump could beat”.)
Speaking as bluntly to Mr. Trump as he speaks to and about others, let me tell him that it is time to cut the crap and start at least trying to come across like a world leader instead of kim jung-un with a more expensive (though not necessarily better) haircut.