Friday, August 19, 2016

No Donald Trump it was not a poor choice of words

Donald Trump
Donald Trump suffers from a lack of character in contrast to an economy of eloquence. According to Trump: “Sometimes in the heat of debate and speaking on a multitude of issues, you don't choose the right words or you say the wrong thing. I have done that.” When Trump feels he has done that is unknown. This was followed by floating the suggestion sometimes he got into trouble because he was too honest. 

“In the heat of debate?” That is a poor excuse for boorish behavior. There was nothing spontaneous about Trump's reaction to Judge Curiel who made a decision that Trump does not like. It is the basic fabric of Donald Trump to believe that he had been victimized by someone of Mexican decent. He even had time to clean it up. In at least one interview I recall him answering the question with something to the effect of “because I am building a wall” with a tone that said “don't you get it you idiot?” Saying that a judge of Mexican decent is inherently biased because he is building some wall (he really isn't) is not a poor choice of words. It is bigotry.

Days after Trump attacked Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the parents of an Army captain killed in Iraq, Trump told a Virginia television station that he had no regrets. It wasn't a poor choice of words, nor in the heat of debate, that Trump implied that Mrs. Khan might be abused because of her husband's Islamic faith. That was just bigotry in service to Donald Trump.

None of the incidents involving Trump's crude reactions to criticism have anything to do with Trump being truthful. The implication is that he was just being blunt. If Trump wants points, now that he is getting crushed in the polls, then he needs to be honest with an unqualified expression of regret. He might direct specific apologies to the Khan family and to Judge Curiel (among many others that he has offended).

Trump also needs to be honest with the American people. Claiming that he cannot release his tax returns because he is being audited is a lie. The only way to clean it up now is to release the returns. What is he hiding?

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