Those who support Donald Trump claim he is allowed to be rude, insulting and, yes, a racist because he is ranting and railing against “political correctness.”
In other words, they say supporting fairness, equality and tolerance is wrong while insults, racial slurs and threats are more in keeping with how Americans should conduct themselves.
Donald Trump is a bullying, obnoxious man who lashes out at people to, I believe, cover for his lack of knowledge on issues or compassion for the people who claims he wants to serve.
After playing his anti-politically correct card to a willing audience, he won the Republican nomination to run for President in this turbulent election year.
But his act is, finally, appearing to wear thin and his carnival sideshow appears to be failing.
He is under fire from both Republicans and Democrats for his harsh, insulting and vile treatment of an American Muslim couple who’s son — a U.S. Army Captain — died in battle.
In Ashburn, Virginia, Tuesday, those attending a Trump rally in a high school auditorium saw Trump turn his wrath on a mother and baby that he, just seconds earlier, praised and claimed he loved.
The baby began to cry during Trump’s speech and he said:
Don’t worry about that baby. I love babies. Don’t worry. The mom’s running around like — don’t worry about it, you know. It’s young and beautiful and healthy, and that’s what we want.
Then, 55 seconds later, Trump turned on the kid and mother:
Actually, I was only kidding: You can get the baby out of here. I think she really believed me that I love having a baby crying while I’m speaking. That’s okay. People don’t understand, that’s okay.
Dana Milbank of The Washington Post reported on the incident and noted:
After attacking prisoners of war, virtually every racial minority in the United States and even the parents of a fallen U.S. soldier, it was perhaps just a matter of time until Trump got around to attacking a mother and her baby.
After the rally a group of college-age kids who brought “Hillary for Prison” t-shirts and Trump baseball caps to the the event said what they saw disgusted them.
“I learned he really likes himself,” John McDermott told Milbank.
Andrew Celio noted Trump talked about himself and his proclaimed wealth more than about any real issues facing the nation.
“He has a golf course,” he said. When asked if he is still inclined to vote for Trump, Celio said “I’m less inclined.”
“That was a waste of time,” Davis Rosser said to Milbank. “I’ll grudgingly vote for Hillary.”
Political pundits and watchers say Trump appears worried that his campaign is faltering and could lose in November. He is now claiming the “election will be rigged,” a standard political distraction that means “I’m gonna lose and I need a reason to blame it on anyone but me.”
Robert Kagan, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, says this about Trump:
One wonders if Republican leaders have begun to realize that they may have hitched their fate and the fate of their party to a man with a disordered personality.
The fact that Trump could not help himself, that he clearly did, as he said, want to “hit” everyone who spoke against him at the Democratic convention, suggests that there really is something wrong with the man.
During the primary season, as Donald Trump’s bizarre outbursts helped him crush the competition, I thought he was being crazy like a fox. Now I am increasingly convinced that he’s just plain crazy.
A lot to think when we vote for the next President of the United States.