By Ron Hart
Donald Trump, a heroic man who dodged serving in the Vietnam War on five deferments attributed to “bone spurs,” questioned Sen. John McCain’s war hero status.
The two men then had a battle of egos, publicly calling each other names. It is sad. Usually white male Republicans only argue this much in an HOA meeting over fines for bringing glass containers to the pool.
Trump has extensive experience in ‘Nam. He was there in 1989 to set up a sweatshop to make his flowered ties for Macy’s. A lot of good men were lost due to terrible working conditions, but Trump soldiered on. Macy’s recently discontinued carrying Trump’s fashion line and now men emulating his fashion sense will have to hunt or trap their own hairpieces.
Before the McCain mess, Trump’s life was threatened by drug kingpin “El Chapo,” on the lam from a Mexican prison. With most Americans pulling for a Mexican drug lord, this is unprecedented. He got out of prison by digging a $5 million tunnel, or as Democrats call it, a pathway to citizenship.
Like Bernie Sanders, Trump remains a disruptive sideshow in the campaign run-up. What both candidates have tapped into is the resentment of American voters who seem to be willing to give them both some leeway to disrupt the political elite. And, Trump has addressed the tough issues that politicians like to dodge.
The Donald’s problem is that he has his own businesses and is surrounded by sycophants telling him all day long that everything he does is great. “Yes, Mr. Trump, your hair looks great that way. I have never seen a more natural hue of orange hair since Pete Rose rocked that color in the ‘80s.”
When he leaves the gold-plated cocoon of Trump Tower, the reality of the political world besieges him. It’s a world where words have consequences and the leftist media is lying in wait to interpret any nutty thing he says as indicative of the Republican Party as a whole. Trump’s thoughts, of course, are not.
He is becoming the Todd Akin of this election. Democrats like to scour 315 million Americans to find one Republican with odd views. Then they amplify those beliefs as if they are the views of the entire GOP. This well-worn path of the “drive-by” media serves the Democrats well. Trump is their “useful idiot.” Keep in mind, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) said the same thing Trump did about Sen. McCain.
So far, Trump feels he has sewn up the Hispanic vote with his Mexican rapist comments. Now he has the veteran vote by disparaging McCain’s war hero status. He goes to Ames, Iowa and belittles religion. Everyone knows you go to Iowa and profess to love two things: Jesus and ethanol. To be fair to Trump, it’s hard to believe in God when you think you are God.
Logically, Trump polls well with women. He has what women look for in a man his age: billions of dollars and a stress-induced red face that might indicate an impending heart attack.
He is also polling well in my home state of Tennessee. We have long been partial to a man in a coonskin cap.
Trump did come out against gay marriage, which makes sense. Any man with hair like that has not been near a male hairdresser. Trump believes marriage is between one rich man and his considerably younger wife of foreign origin whom he rotates every eight years.
The brush-up with McCain comes after The Donald lost his Miss Universe pageant distribution deal with broadcasters for insensitive illegal immigration remarks. They refused to telecast his broads. He really doesn’t differ from McCain with his pageant competition; McCain used that same process to pick his running mate in 2008.
Trump is mucking up issues other GOP contenders have to address. This could be the first circus act in history where the elephants have to clean up after the clowns.
The man is disliked by 57 percent of his party. He has donated more money to Democrats than Republicans. Trump is only about Trump and will likely bow out at some point since he will not win the Republican Party’s presidential nomination. But he might run as an Independent and be as disruptive as Ross Perot was. That’s just like Trump, leaving the Grand Old Party for a younger one.
(Ron Hart is a libertarian op-ed humorist columnist, author, and TV and radio commentator. He can be contacted at Ron@RonaldHart.com or RonaldHart.com.)