If you are like most ordinary Americans, you probably spent the weekend watching the NFL playoffs, or spending time with your family, or trying to avoid the freezing cold that gripped most of the country. You know, anything other than watching the Democrats “debate” or the political nonsense on Twitter and the cable shows.
Which is regrettable, because people who were paying attention finally got to see what The Donald is like...
...It all started, as most things do where Trump is concerned, with an unhinged Twitter rant Saturday morning. In it, Trump abandoned his cowardly (but politically wise) tack of saying that he believes Cruz is eligible, it’s just that the evil Democrats are likely to make trouble for Cruz over it. He flat out started calling Cruz a “Natural Born Canadian” and furthermore peddling bizarre (and nonsensical) conspiracy theories...
Based on the fact that Ted Cruz was born in Canada and is therefore a "natural born Canadian," did he borrow unreported loans from C banks?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 16, 2016
From there, Trump went to a rally in Myrtle Beach, SC, where he continued this line of attack and was booed by his own supporters...
Things went downhill from there as Trump made the rounds of the Sunday shows. On ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopolous, he made the bizarre claim that he’s “always known” Ted Cruz was a nasty guy, even though he’s had (by his own admission) a public “bromance” with Cruz for seven months...
...This particular rant was especially bizarre for two reasons. First, it was a transparent example of the “Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia” historical revisionism favored by totalitarians. Second, it relied for its factual support almost exclusively on the fact that “nobody in Congress likes him.” For a guy who started his campaign by running against the Republican leadership as being “very stupid,” Trump has now exposed himself as being coopted by the very establishment he once railed against.
Not for nothing, but another piece of potentially bad news for Trump this weekend is that news of a meeting between the Trump camp and the GOP donor class that Trump spent two solid months criticizing leaked to the media...
...During the course of his appearance in Myrtle Beach, Trump somehow took credit for the release of the Iranian prisoners, in spite of the fact that he had never even really mentioned them before:
“So I’ve been hitting them hard, and I think I might have had something to do with it,” Trump said at the South Carolina Tea Party Convention in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
“You want to know the truth, who’s using it? It’s a part of my staple thing. I mean, I go crazy when I hear about this,” he added.
“They’re in one of the worst prisons in the world, and we had to do something, so I’d always talk about it.”
As ... noted yesterday, this is absolute bovine fecal material. Other than an oblique reference to the Iranian prisoners at the anti-Iran rally he co-hosted with Ted Cruz, Trump has been completely radio silent about the Iranian hostages.
[Ed: @TheLastRefuge2 points out that Trump has mentioned the hostages repeatedly, which is accurate.]
As one of my commenters astutely observed yesterday:
If you do not have reservations about Trump by now when would you expect to have one? Trump's attacks make no sense...
Is there anyone not concerned about Trump's wild swings on policy? I do not contest his skills and abilities, I do question the wisdom of attacking a "fellow" conservative. One must assume Trump exists in a unique sphere of existence that allows no challenges.
And this kind of behavior does bother me. It reminds me of another notoriously thin skinned, bombastic, plaster god, who in his mind is god.
It's not just the bombast; it's the iconography, the vitriol, the constant references to self, and the Alinsky-ite demonization tactics that remind me of a certain SCOAMF.
Okay, maybe we can accept that Trump supported the Clinton assault weapons ban, various gun restrictions, and partial-birth abortions because it was, like, a decade ago.
But I'd like to sincerely ask Mr. Trump's supporters what explains his 24-hour, 180-degree turnabout on Senator Cruz?
How about the intellectual underpinnings that take a man from a friendly detente to suddenly vicious diatribes and ad hominem attacks that address everything but policy differences?
Can't we honestly debate policy?
And is this really the maturity level we expect of a president?
Hat tip: BadBlue Real-Time News.