For months, Donald Trump has bullied Mexicans, women and especially his fellow Republican candidates. Initially, some of his opponents tried to hit back at Trump after being attacked but Trump, the professional bully, always seemed to win the confrontations by eagerly and swiftly stooping to the most crass insults. Most punishing though was the resulting decline in the polls of those Republican candidates who fought back with Trump.
At that moment in the race, Trump The Bully seemed not only insulated from consequences but threatening to any Republican who would dare to mix it up with him. This emboldened him and his personal attacks seemed to flow even more nasty and toxic.
Like all bullies though, his over-confidence and delusion of invulnerability eventually went too far.
The immature, mysoginist and cruel nature of his essentially saying that Carly Fiorina’s face was ugly stepped so far over the line, even for Republicans, that the fear of retribution for attacking Trump was shattered.
Though Trump’s supporters, even those who are women, won’t be swayed against him by anything he says, many Republicans were offended. This was in fact a cloud with a silver lining for Fiorina, being the only candidate to get some momentum after the first GOP debate, she was now not only turned into a sympathetic figure for many Republicans (especially GOP women) but handed an enormous opportunity by Trump to boost her campaign by taking on a high profile fight with Trump.
A woman fighting a man who started the fight by insulting her appearance? No matter how she came at him, Trump couldn’t bully his way out of that and come out the winner. The cowardly bully Trump recognized this by the next day and tried to dodge responsibility for his bullying by claiming that when he said “face”, he of course wasn’t talking about her face…he was talking about her persona.
After Trump offered this very juvenile, obvious and desperate lie, many in the media focused on the accuracy of the lie itself but missed the real story. Donald Trump, the fearless, hostile bully…was cowering. He was afraid that he would finally suffer the consequences for his bullying and fearfully manufactured a preposterous lie to hide behind. This was (and is) the beginning of the end of the Trump candidacy because once a bully begins to show they’re a coward, as virtually all bullies are, the image of strength so necessary to sustain a bully, begins to evaporate.
Fiorina responded in a very sharp and methodical way, with a cleverly-done ad showing the faces of all kinds of women then making a perfectly surgical stab into Trump over this at this week’s debate.
The cowardice of the bully became revealed even more in that debate and through that conflict. Trump responded to Fiorina’s statement that, “I think women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said,” by proclaiming, “I think she’s got a beautiful face and I think she’s a beautiful woman.”
It’s hard to imagine that anyone listening to Trump thought that he truly believed what he was saying. His supporters might have been rooting for him to be believed but even they knew it wasn’t true. In that moment, the uber bully Trump, rolled over on his back and played dead. He was reduced to blatantly and obviously lying in front of 22 million people while bowing submissively to Fiorina.
The bully acted like a coward.
But that was just Act One for Trump’s performance of “The Incredibly Cowardly Bully” this week.
At a town hall speech yesterday, the first attendee Trump called on to ask a question was a racist, Islamophobic, paranoid, delusional loon (aka Tea Party Republican) who rambled on about Muslims being a big problem in the U.S., President Obama being a Muslim who’s also not American, that Muslims are building training camps in the U.S. and most despicably, asking the potentially genocidal question about Muslims, “When can we get rid of them?”
Here’s the video:
As you can see, Trump’s response to these horrible words was, “We’re going to be looking into that and plenty of other things.”
It seems clear from his demeanor at the beginning and end of that lunatic’s question that Trump didn’t really want to get such an insane question and doesn’t share in those beliefs (Trump’s birth certificate garbage against Obama back in 2012 seems to have been just a publicity stunt).
After receiving that question, Trump appeared to be trying to move on as quickly as he could to put it behind him but he was oblivious to the fact that by not disputing such bigotry and delusions, he was acknowledging them as valid.
So why didn’t Trump pull a McCain and tell that bigot that Obama was Christian and an American and there are no training camps for Muslims to take over America nor will America commit ethnic/religious cleansing? The lesser reason is that Trump is already on record pandering to Birthers and Islamophobes, that Obama isn’t a Christian or American. The primary reason that he didn’t correct the bigotry?
Trump is a coward.
He is greatly afraid of upsetting those who make up his base in the GOP and he knows that many of them are bigots and conspiracy nuts. So out of fear, he couldn’t dispute the bigoted statements by one of his followers.
That was Act Two for “Trump The Coward” and Act Three followed today.
As the firestorm builds up today around Trump for having acknowledged and not having rejected this bigotry, Trump has become more frightened. His campaign released an absurd and disconnected response to the criticism (akin to his “I meant persona!” response to political heat from insulting Fiorina’s face) by saying that what he was referring to in his exchange with the bigot was that Christianity is under attack and needs to be protected.
There’s an old saying, “Don’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining.” That’s far too subtle in this situation, it’s more like, “Don’t drop a piano on my head and tell me it’s only a Post-It note about protecting Christianity.”
But that’s not the Third Act.
Today, The Heritage Action Forum is taking place in South Carolina. All GOP Presidential candidates are attending this substantial Right Wing Republican forum to speak to their base.
At least, all were attending. But the most cowardly candidate? You know, their front runner, Donald Trump? He just canceled at the last minute claiming some urgent business deal just came up…yeah…urgent business…that’s it!
The once-fearless bully Donald Trump who would run towards any camera or stage is now running scared from them, perhaps holed up in his penthouse, cowering under the covers, clutching his binky and crying to himself, “Why is everyone being so mean to me?!”
As mentioned, his followers are mostly stuck on stupid and won’t recognize what a coward this man really is but one hopes that after seeing Trump’s cowardice in three acts, most of the public will clearly see now what a small, cowardly and immature man he really is, how all the braggadocio is just overcompensation for that and how unfit he is to ever be seriously considered for the most powerful position in the world.