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From the moment he announced he was jumping into the race for the Republican nomination for president, Donald Trump has been mercilessly attacked. But, why? Is it his hair? Bombastic personality? Business acumen? His TV stardom? Nope, it’s his tiny level of concern over what the political and media elites think of him.
Over the weekend, Trump held a rally in Arizona to bring attention to something politicians and the media are doing their level best to ignore — illegal immigration. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said Trump’s visit to Phoenix, “fired up the crazies.” That raised the level of a once-mundane rhetoric between the two to a new high — or low depending on your perspective. In response, Trump was laying into McCain when pollster Frank Luntz reminded the billionaire that McCain is a war hero. Trump quickly quipped that he wasn’t a war hero — than that he was a war hero because he was captured. He then said, “I like people who weren’t captured, I’d hate to tell you.”
That attempt at humor was certainly over-the-line and I think Trump should have said it was an off-the-cuff attempt at humor that fell flat — but, he didn’t. That’s who he is. He just doesn’t care what the establishment thinks of him. In fact, compare it to Martin O’Malley who, many of you don’t know, is running for the Democrat nomination. He was at an event recently where some of the recent racial uprisings were being discussed. He dared say, “All Lives Matter,” He was booed and the comments weren’t well received. Instead of pulling a Trump and sticking to his guns, he found a microphone and camera and apologized for the comment. Yes, he really did apologize for saying All Lives Matter!
Networks drop Trump and he calls them stupid and finds a different network. Web sites say they won’t cover his campaign, he makes fun of them directly and laughs in their faces. A politician calls his supporters “crazies” and Trump tells the world he raised over a million dollars for him when he ran in 2008. Another politician calls Trump a jackass and the businessman responds by outing the politician for asking for help and he tells the world the lawmakers personal cell number.
A guy who just doesn’t care and has no fear of alienating lobbyists and donors is a scary man to take on in a political race. You attack him and he has no hesitation in attacking back. You skirt issues and he takes them on. I’m not saying Donald Trump is going to be the nominee and I really think he should have simply said the “captured” comment was a bad attempt at levity. That said, I am hoping his brand of fearlessness will rub off on the others so we get some unfiltered, unafraid straight talk for a change about pressing issues affecting all of us and our families.