Doggone it! It just bugs me when I think someone is being framed, railroaded or unjustly accused of something. Bear not false witness against thy brother.
Donald Trump, in my opinion, did not do well in the first debates. He did not articulate positions clearly or present facts when he could have. He allowed himself to be flustered.
But still I accused him of ungentlemanly conduct in my last post, when I’m not sure he was guilty of such conduct. I based that charge on post-debate headlines claiming he was waging a Twitter war with Megyn Kelly.
Is he, though? According to Rush Limbaugh, who’s been with him, he didn’t use his cellphone at all in Rush’s presence, much less to “twitter.” Men in Trump’s position usually leave the task of social media to younger “apprentices” who are better versed in the language of social media.
In the actual debate, Trump said, to paraphrase, ‘I could deal with you [Megyn Kelly] the same way you’ve dealt with me.’
The audience booed – I’m not certain at whom.
Then, Trump took a step back from the podium, folded his hands and set them on the podium, and added:
“But I’m not going to do that.”
Fox News, which claims to be fair and balanced, left that line out of their replays of that video.
Why, I keep asking myself, would he make such a declaration, and then go back on his word? In fact, he did take the advice he received, and behave like a gentleman, no matter how badly Kelly behaved.
I suspect that Trump has a mole within his ranks of social media experts. They may be high up in management or they may be one of the nameless interns. It may even be someone he thought he was befriending. Company CEOs do make it a habit to meet the employees working for them and allow themselves to be photographed with them.
His campaign managers need to go through the resumes of their social media employees to begin with – anyone who has access to his Twitter account – and also find out who has had access when these tweets have been sent.
There’s also another matter, that of Chris Wallace demanding allegiance of the candidates to the Republican Party, whose debate this was.
Trump initially declared that he only wanted the chance to compete with the other candidates for the nomination. When pressed at the debate by Chris Wallace – and Trump was reluctant at first, but when it was clear Wallace wouldn’t proceed with the debate until he was satisfied – Trump finally gave in and basically said, fine, ‘No, I won’t pledge that I won’t run as a third-party candidate if I’m not nominated.”
Wallace was within his rights to pose the question; it was legitimate. It was both fair and unfair.
The question was fair insomuch as the Republican Party has not always been loyal to its base, or to the candidates who legitimately earned the nomination. In 2008, Mike Huckabee had the clear shot at the nomination. Seeing that was the case, the Texas Republican Party, with none other than Rick Perry as governor of Texas and the Bushes with a strong influence in the Texas GOP, turned their entire cadre of 1,191 delegates over to John McCain, a demonstrably unelectable candidate.
Seeing he couldn’t win without the Texas electoral votes, the front-runner – Huckabee – was forced to resign and turn all the votes he had accumulated over to McCain. By the way, Barack Obama did the same thing in the same election to Hillary Clinton, infuriating her supporters.
Both parties then demand the support of their base, claiming that the primaries were won fairly and squarely when they clearly weren’t, and vote for the candidate the party machine has put up on the platform.
That, above all things, is what angers and alienates the bases from their parties.
I’m here to tell both parties – Republican and Democrat – you can only dip into that well so many times before your constituencies rebel against you, and I will be the first to stand arm-in-arm and shoulder-to-shoulder with both bases (even if I don’t agree at with their platform).
You Democrats are giving your base the choice of only one candidate, who is in serious legal trouble, who stood by as a U.S. ambassador was murdered and subsequently refused to divulge important e-mails when that matter was being investigated.
You Republicans want us to support a third family member – really, a fourth, if you count Sen. Prescott Bush – in a political family dynasty, that evidently used its influence to scuttle the candidacy of the real choice in the 2008 campaign for the Republican nomination for president.
Donald Trump was absolutely right to refuse to declare allegiance to the Republican Party if this is how you do conduct elections, if this how you treat your base, and if compromise is how you intend to do business if elected to office.
Why should any of us declare allegiance to the GOP – or Democrats to their party – if this is what we get in return for our votes? How dare you threaten us with the polemic that if we don’t vote for your candidate that we, the voters, are then guilty of putting the opposing party in office?
Voting is not mandatory in this country. We can vote. And we can choose not to vote. Deal with it.