What We Can Learn About The Republican Presidential Candidates From Their Denouncing Of Donald Trump

Surprisingly enough, with all his billions, Trump has never purchased a convertible....

Surprisingly enough, with all his billions, Trump has never purchased a convertible….

Well, it finally happened. After literally hundreds of comments that were profoundly offensive to women, African Americans, Muslims, Jews, and Mexican immigrants, Donald Trump has finally gone too far…. He criticized a WHITE MAN! Earlier this week, “The Donald” (no relation) made fun of John McCain for getting captured in Vietnam. He said of McCain, “He’s not a war hero…. He’s a war hero ’cause he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured, okay?” And it seems that THIS comment, for the republican presidential field, finally compelled them to speak up with a critical voice. Here are some of their responses from Twitter:

As expected, there was plenty of criticism from the other side of the aisle, but I don’t think anyone said it better than Secretary of State, John Kerry. This was the response of a veteran, defending one of his political adversaries:

“John McCain is a hero, a man of grit and guts and character personified. He served and bled and endured unspeakable acts of torture. His captors broke his bones, but they couldn’t break his spirit… which is why he refused early release when he had the chance. That’s heroism, pure and simple. And it is unimpeachable.”

And then there is Senator John McCain’s response to Donald Trump’s Criticism:

“I think he may owe an apology to the families of those who have sacrificed in conflict and those who have undergone the prison experience in serving their country…. When Mr. Trump said he prefers to be with people who are not captured, well, the great honor of my life was to serve in the company of heroes. I’m not a hero. But those who were my senior ranking officers…those that inspired us to do things we otherwise wouldn’t have been capable of doing, those are the people that I think he owes an apology to.”

“We Shall Overcomb.” Someone please buy me this T-Shirt…. Seriously.

Trump could take a few lessons on how to respond to criticism with a shred of honor…. That is, he could learn that there are ways to respond other than simply calling people “Loser, Stupid, Pathetic, Dummy, and Lightweight.” Of course, most people in this country–at least the ones who are able to recognize Trump’s particular brand of toxic incompetence and hypocrisy–have always clearly seen his candidacy for the joke that it is. Except the joke isn’t funny. And the punchline is that the American people lose even more faith in the political process…. If that’s possible.

Here are some things Donald Trump has said that were NOT offensive enough to garner a critical response from the rest of the republican field:

“The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems. When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

“#JebBush has to like Mexican illegals because of his wife.”

“Laziness is a trait in blacks.”

“Our great African-American president hasn’t exactly had a positive impact on the thugs who are so happily and openly destroying Baltimore!”

“I think the only difference between me and the other candidates is that I’m more honest and my women are more beautiful.”

“@ariannahuff [Arianna Huffington] is unattractive both inside and out. I fully understand why her former husband left her for a man- he made a good decision.”

“You know, it doesn’t really matter what they [the media] write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.”

“Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are little short guys that wear yarmulkes every day.”

“I don’t think my daughter Ivanka would pose for Playboy, but she does have a very nice figure. I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.”

It's time to tell this smirking pile of smugness,

It’s time to tell this smirking pile of smugness, “You’re Fired.”

So just to recap, this guy has insulted and offended just about every vulnerable group in the U.S., but it took Trump saying something mean about one of the most powerful men in the country for the republican candidates for president to stand up and say, “You’ve gone too far. And there are polls out there that have this guy polling at #1 right now. Frightening, right? But beyond being frightening, it is so very, very disappointing. There was a little bit of encouraging news this week when Huffington Post said that they were going to file all stories about Donald Trump under “Entertainment” instead of “Politics,” as they deemed that “Trump’s campaign is a sideshow.”

This cat is lees of a joke than Donald Trump. I'm completely honest when I say I would vote for

This cat is lees of a joke than Donald Trump. I’m completely honest when I say I would vote for “The Cat” for president before I’d vote for “The Donald.”

Imagine if one of the republican presidential candidates had, from the beginning, just said, “This guy is a joke. I’m not going to act like he is an actual presidential candidate, because he isn’t. He is a joke. And the joke is on us.” That candidate would be in the lead right now. But it seems like this one comment about McCain may have been the unforgivable sine that inspires the other men in the club to tell Trump that he’s no longer welcome…. Maybe they were keeping him around in the hopes that his shenanigans might make them look more competent… the same way the United States keeps Florida around. Or, maybe they have been keeping him around just to try to hurt people’s confidence in the system…. The same way they keep Fox”News” around. Either way, it’s a disgrace. And we are better than this! 

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5 Responses to What We Can Learn About The Republican Presidential Candidates From Their Denouncing Of Donald Trump

  1. veronica says:

    Great column! And you have to admit that Trump is entertaining. I just wish more people realized what a bigoted idiot he is. I don’t care how many billions he has. He’s just a jackass with money.

  2. I’m with you, brother. Trump is an embarrassment. I do want to say that I think the outrage over his comment about McCain was more because he was insulting veterans, not because he was insulting a white man. As a veteran who disagrees with pretty much everything McCain stands for (and more importantly votes for), I was upset with Trump’s statement because it was so ignorant and insulting to veterans. This isn’t to say that there should not have been more outrage at his other ignorant statements (which, let’s face it, is pretty much everything that comes out of his pie hole), but to say that it was because he insulted a white man is incorrect, in my opinion.

    • theboeskool says:

      Thanks Jesse. I agree that insulting veterans is kind of hallowed ground. But politicians have been insulting veterans with their policies and votes for a very long time now, right? They spend trillions on the Military Industrial Complex, but once they have used up these young men and women, they largely throw them away…. Or at least try to sweep them under the rug–The ones that go one the floor, not the one on Trump’s head.

      Donald Trump has shown contempt for 51% of the population of our country with many of his sexist comments, but there was no universal condemnation there. He can say what he wants about any minority with general impunity, but saying something about John McCain is off limits. There were MANY war heroes in Vietnam–you can find many of them on out streets asking for change. But then, those heroes didn’t have an Admiral as a father, and probably didn’t get a chance to shake Nixon’s hand. And they didn’t have a Yale-graduated U.S. Attorney for a father who was able to send his kids to boarding school, like John Kerry did, either. I think that the outrage over this criticism has more to do with whiteness and privilege that we suspect.

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