The despicable Mr. Trump
Well, wouldn’t you know it, the creepy clown chosen by Republicans as their presidential candidate, is neither as crazy nor as spontaneous as he has led people to believe. It is all a reckless bull-in-a-china-shop act, a put-on by a consummate con man, a calculated and malevolent appeal to the worst elements of American society, consequences be damned.
Trump, who is watching the freak show that passes for his campaign go up in smoke, said so himself during his surreal interview last week with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt.
In that interview, which is destined to become a classic of political mendacity and opportunism, the GOP standard bearer accused President Obama and Hillary Clinton of being “the founders of ISIS,” no less.
An incredulous Hewitt, who happens to be a Trump supporter, tried to guide the candidate toward a more rational discourse:
“I know what you meant,” the radio host, assuming the role of a benevolent and understanding teacher, told him. “You meant that he (Obama) created the vacuum, he lost the peace.”
But Trump wasn’t having any of it: “No,” he told Hewittt in no uncertain terms, “I meant that he’s the founder of ISIS, I do.”
Consistent with his modus operandi, Trump tried to walk back from his latest outrageous comments last Friday by falsely claiming he was being “sarcastic.” Yet when Hewitt said during the interview he would use “different language” to criticize Obama and Clinton, Trump’s response left no doubts that his outrageous lies were not sarcastic, a bad joke or a madman’s raving.
“But they wouldn’t talk about your language,” he told Hewitt, “and they do talk about my language, right?”
Yes, “they” do talk about the billionaire blowhard’s language, and that is his only purpose in spouting such absurd falsehoods.
Yet since the disastrous Republican National Convention last month, this has proven to be a self-defeating tactic. Apparently a believer in that old dictum, “there is no such thing as bad publicity,” as he sees his support shrink, a desperate Trump becomes more extreme in his lies and more irresponsible in inciting his supporters to violence.
No, his veiled call to “Second Amendment people” to act against Clinton or his recent accusation that Obama is the founder of ISIS do not mean he is becoming unhinged. They mean that the ignorant showman is not a decent human being who, no matter what, is willing to lie, cheat, insult and defame to salvage his crumbling campaign.
What the arrogant Republican nominee forgot is that the fact that thousands of people talk about his language –and they do-- is a double-edged sword: While his venomous words could fire up his die-hard followers, they also reveal him even more clearly as the ignorant and irresponsible liar he is.
No, the GOP’s creepy clown is not going anywhere near the White House precisely because people remember his language. And the great majority of them think it is despicable.