TRUMP’S SET-TO WITH MEGYN KELLY
HAS SERVED TO ENHANCE HIS APPEAL
Life and politics go on while I’m consumed with final preparation of my book manuscript.
Donald Trump is certainly on the move (he was recently here in Michigan). The guy’s hot; there’s no question about that. Whatever he says — no matter how outlandish — his numbers just go up and up.
The little tiff with Fox News’ number-one news babe, Megyn Kelly, seems to have enhanced his appeal. And somewhat tarnished hers.
No easy task, that. Megyn Kelly is usually one of the sharpest, toughest, most incisive interviewers on television (not to mention that she’s eye-candy to the max, outrageously beautiful).
For whatever reason, poor Megyn seems to have judged that she could burnish her “fair and balanced” credentials by skewering The Donald, especially for his nasty remarks about women.
Trump was having none of it, and retorted that he’d only been nasty to Rosie O’Donnell: a guaranteed laugh from his followers, who are likely not big fans of “The View.”
Then, to top that off, he made his infamous post-debate quip about Megyn having “blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her…wherever.”
No one bought the disingenuous “clarification” that he meant “her nose.” It was clear he was calling Megyn premenstrual.
One would have expected Trump to be struck dead on the spot by the goddess of feminist wrath. Instead, Megyn has faced questions about her journalistic ethics and fealty to conservative principles.
Which proves once more that The Donald can do no wrong. At least for the present.
And if you think his constituency consists only of “angry white men,” you should check out Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, two black women whose YouTube show, “The Viewers View,” is gaining traction. I don’t know if these ladies are professional comedians, but their video evisceration of the “tabloid Barbie doll” — “Megyn Kelly, or Kelly Megyn, whatever your name is” — was hysterical and underscored the breadth of Trump’s appeal…
“You hit below the belt, Kelly. You hit below the belt, girl. But blow on this: leave my man, Donald Trump, the hell alone! If you’ve got something you’re going to tell him, run it by us first! Run it by me first and I’ll let you know if you have permission to come for him!”
For all I know they could be on the Trump campaign payroll. And if they are, it’s money well spent. But theirs was far from the only criticism Megyn Kelly has received.
Steven K. Bannon and Alex Marlow, chairman and editor, respectively, of Breitbart News, objected strongly to Megyn’s assertion that her behavior as debate interrogator was merely a demonstration of “good journalism.” They took her to task for what they saw as her “gotcha” tactics in questioning all the Republican contenders.
“She put multiple candidates on the end of her skewer, and grilled them like kebab. In terms of asking fair questions, however — questions designed to elicit information of value to GOP primary voters without demonizing the person being asked — Kelly’s journalism wasn’t journalism at all, but attention-grabbing of the highest order.”
That’s the sort of professional-to-professional criticism that hurts, whatever face of equanimity she might try to show about it.
It’s all red-meat-to-the-dogs, as far as The Donald is concerned. You can see he’s having the time of his life.
At some point, however — if his campaign is to be something more substantial than a political reality show — Trump has to go beyond the quips, the blustering bravado, and the glittering generalities about how he’s going to make us the greatest nation in the world again. Eventually, even Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson will want to know just what The Donald intends to do as President.
So far, what we’ve heard most about is his confidence in the “flexibility” that’s served him so well in business.
Yeah…well…flexibility is important. But then, who has ever shown himself to be more flexible than Barack Obama? From the beginning, his approach has been to present himself as all things to all people. That flexibility has succeeded brilliantly at twisting the country out of shape.
Meanwhile, Republicans continue to say stupid things that risk alienating all those Donald Trump supporters. None more stupid than South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham…
“As a party, we are better to risk losing without Donald Trump than trying to win with him.”
Right, Lindsey. That’s the way to ensure a third term of national destruction, whether it’s Hillary, Bernie Sanders, or good old Joe Biden in the White House.
Only Ted Cruz is very sensibly keeping his mouth shut about The Donald. He seems to get it that nobody cares if Trump says nasty things about Rosie O’Donnell — or even slightly crude things about Megyn Kelly. They realize that, as Steven K. Bannon and Alex Marlow put it…
“The true war on women is happening in the Middle East, with the help of cowardly Democrats; it’s happening in Europe, where genital mutilation is reaching nearly every corner of the continent; and it’s happening in the United States, where Democrats back sex-selective abortion and a record 56 million women are out of the work force during this Democratic administration.”
Donald Trump may be something less than a gentleman. But right now our country is something less than strong and secure. People want to hear those who would be President talk about that.
More to the point, they want somebody to do something about it.
Here’s a link to the Bannon and Marlow critique of Megyn Kelly’s “good journalism” on Breitbart News…
Writing for the Religion News Service, Christian author, Trevin Wax, raises questions about why so many Christians are attracted to Donald Trump, whom Wax calls…
“a serial adulterer who won’t take back misogynistic comments and who publicly trumpets the fact that he doesn’t make mistakes that require God’s forgiveness … ?
“I’m talking about some of the people in red states who go to church regularly, read Christian fiction, watch Veggie Tales with their kids, and are generally conservative in their political views.”
Things that make you go: Hmmmmm…
Getting more specific, Ben Johnson of Life Site News highlights The Donald’s less than unequivocal stance on Planned Parenthood after recent revelations about PP’s trafficking in the body parts of aborted babies…
“Trump responded that ‘maybe some of the things are good and I know a lot of things are bad.’
“The abortion aspect of Planned Parenthood…absolutely should not be funded,’ he said.”
However, he wouldn’t commit to defunding PP overall — which is something that should really make you go: Hmmmmm…
A successful businessman like Donald Trump knows well enough that money is fungible — which is to say replaceable and interchangeable. Money the government puts into one part of Planned Parenthood offsets money that’s withheld from another.
Still, Lindsey Graham’s stupid remark about being better off without The Donald suggests why a poll taken back in January showed a third of Republicans ready to bolt the GOP.
Well, nothing lasts forever. The Republican Party came on the scene back in 1854, and it may disappear in 2015…
In which case, God bless Ted Cruz, one of a very few sensible voices in the GOP, who observed…
“I am grateful to Donald Trump for forcing the media to talk about illegal immigration. Illegal immigration is a tremendously important challenge facing this country, and it is an issue where I have been leading the fight for many years.”
Cruz may emerge as the last man standing.
Has kind of a nice ethnic ring, don’t you think?…
As I said above, Donald Trump may be something less than a gentleman. But it’s hard to quarrel with his take on Rosie O’Donnell. Once upon a time she had a warm on-screen presence, coming across like everybody’s favorite sister-in-law or next-door neighbor (see “Sleepless in Seattle”).
No more. At some point she decided to declare herself a lesbian (as if anybody needed to know her sexual predilections) and redefine herself as harpy-in-charge. Well, she has her own inimitable style — no question there — as evident in a recent rant about the so-called … (wait for it) … “war on women”…
“I’d like to take my period blood I no longer have and write, ‘you’re all assh—s,” she added of public figures opposing women’s rights. “I’d like to smear it all over some people’s faces.”
Where does such anger come from?…