Last night on Hannity Frank Luntz said that the Trump campaign will lose because “he is always looking for a fight.” To which the Trump spokesman replied, “We’re not looking for a fight, but if someone wants one we’ll finish it.” Frank raised hands palms up and shrugged as if to say, see that’s what I mean.
I disagree with Luntz. What a lot of people are looking for is someone who will not back down to the MSM lapdogs and the swarm of PC BS artist who gather when anyone tells the truth about one of their sacred cows, like illegal aliens. Remember his impolitic truisms on that issue and refusal to back down are what catapulted Trump to the top of the polls.
Pundits and political opponents who take Trump lightly and resort to name calling like crazy, unserious, rodeo clown, cancer on the Republican party etc. are making a huge mistake. Trump has attended the best schools. Trump is worth 10 BILLION DOLLARS – or as the Donald will tell you, he’s very rich. He has written bestselling books. He has stared in his own hit TV shows. He singlehandedly resurrected the commercial value of televised beauty pageants. He is a magnet for publicity. He never goes quietly, ask Rosie O’Donnell.
So why in the world would anyone start out by calling him names? The Donald is a way more serious candidate than Lindsey Graham, Rick Santorum, George Pataki or Mike Huckabee all of whom have less than a 0% chance of winning in my humble opinion. Why aren’t the pundits telling those candidates to get out of the race for the good of the party?
If you go after the Donald you do it on substance. That’s hard to do right now because he has a ground swell of support for the issue the MSM lapdogs wanted to pillory him over. Rick Perry sounded absolutely unhinged when called the Donald a cancer on the Republican Party. YGBSM! Trump is a Caligula, D.C. outsider. He does not talk in pol speak. That is refreshing. Rick Perry tried to tell us illegal aliens were the salt of the earth while the Donald told us they were criminals violating our laws and he’d secure border. The Donald is clobbering Perry. Why? Because he’s right about that issue and Perry is wrong. If Perry keeps it up, he’ll be well on his way to joining the 0% club.
If Rats want Trump out of the race smoke him out on the issues like single payer healthcare, taxes and abortion. All of the angst in the Republican Party over Trump is self-generated. Instead of attacking Trump for being right on the illegal alien issue, candidates ought to be co-opting the success he’s having. As in “Of course we need to secure our border. Of course Mexico needs to do more in that effort.”
The AFLCIO forbade its members from accompanying The Donald on a trip to the border yesterday. Unions are about as popular as biker gangs these days. They have their small circle of rabid supporters but are avoided by just about everyone else. I guarantee Trump will do his jujitsu on this snub saying in Trump fashion, “The rank and file love me. They are doing a wonderful job. I’ll win most of their votes. The union bosses are doing a horrible job, just a horrible job. They do not care about their members, who love me because I tell the truth and support them unlike the union bosses who wouldn’t let their rank and file join me today. That’s why most Americans hate unions.” He’ll be more popular than ever.
So the bottom line is to respect Trump and smoke him out on the issues. He’s a much better at street brawling than any of Caligula, D.C. wimps – right Lindsey. Any effort to diminish him by name calling will have the Caligula, D.C. crowd licking their wounds and making the Donald appear stronger.