Donald the Fire-Breathing Dragon

Posted: July 21, 2015 in Uncategorized

Donald the Fire-Breathing Dragon

RCP ^ | Eugene Robinson

Posted on 7/21/2015, 7:38:28 AM by RoosterRedux

Don’t be sure the McCain episode is the beginning of the end of Donald Trump’s bizarre presidential campaign. Don’t even be sure it’s the end of the beginning. Attacking him with censure and shame is like trying to destroy Godzilla with electricity: It might just make him stronger.

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Why should anyone pay the slightest attention to the Trump circus? Because the most recent polls — to the GOP establishment’s great consternation — show him in first place. Also because Trump, rather than any of his more experienced rivals, is setting the agenda for the race.

On Saturday, he committed what for most politicians would be a fatal gaffe. Speaking extemporaneously at a candidates’ forum in Iowa, Trump turned his rhetorical blunderbuss toward Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who had accused Trump of using outrageous statements about illegal immigration to incite the “crazies” in the GOP base.

“He’s not a war hero,” Trump said of McCain. “He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.” Trump also derided McCain’s academic record at the U.S. Naval Academy and his record as a senator.

It says something about our politics that denigrating McCain’s war record was seen as more transgressive than claiming the government of Mexico is deliberately sending hordes of rapists and other criminals across the border into the United States. McCain served in Vietnam as a Navy pilot; he was shot down and endured years of torture and abuse as a prisoner of war.

As with his outrageous comments about Mexicans, Trump refused to take back his slur of McCain. The other candidates pounced, expressing such horror-filled dismay that you’d think Trump had summoned the media to watch him set fire to the American flag.

(Excerpt) Read more at realclearpolitics.com …

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