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Why The Media and Other Republicans Continue To Attack Donald Trump

 

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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.

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    JoAnn Roy
    July 22, 2015 Reply

    Agree 100% !!!

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    USMC Vet
    July 22, 2015 Reply

    Perfect write-up Pags, perfect! I think while most Republicans, conservatives, and military folks 100% disagree with Trump's comment on McCain, most could still support this guy because he has leadership qualities that we have lacked for years now. Unless the other Republican candidates grow a "pair", Trump will continue to be at the top of the polls despite this gaff.

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      linda jacobson
      July 23, 2015 Reply

      totally agree. i don't always agree with everything mr trump says, or even how he says it, but boy, i love the fact he gives it right back to them, and doesn't run away from being rich. he's brash and bold and just doesn't care what they say about him. i don't know if i'll vote for him next yr, but i'm so looking forward to the debates in a couple of weeks.

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    Stephen K. Ames Sr.
    July 22, 2015 Reply

    My father taught me when dealing with crazy people,you have to make them believe you are crazier than they. It works. Trump has that quality. If Trump gets elected,,,the whole crazy World will snap to attention.

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    Judith Sumpter
    July 22, 2015 Reply

    We are never going to have the other politicians speaking their mind likeiTrump because, as you said, they are AFRAID! Afraid of the lobbyists, affraid of the big donors, afraid of not being politically correct. As for Trump not apologizing for his McCain comment, why should he? Is McCains service recordtnot in question? Is he not known asethe "songbird" in Vietnam because he came in singing everything he knew then recorded 32 propaganda spots for them? Did he not fight tooth and nail making sure war records were sealed for eternity to protect himself? I would question his "war hero" status myslf.

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    Carole Moorhead
    July 22, 2015 Reply

    Donald doesn't have anyone to answer to. He's not bought and paid for like all the others. He's at least making this political environment a lot more interesting! All of this is why everyone is afraid of him, he's just going to call it like he sees it. He may not always be PC but he's being honest, something we aren't use to!

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    pamela anderson
    July 22, 2015 Reply

    Absolutely! It's about time somebody tells it like it is!

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    Dana Glaser
    July 22, 2015 Reply

    I agree, he may not get the nomination, but I like what he has to say . He may not be the best speaker per se , but he doesn't use a teleprompter or notes. To be honest the way things are he would get my vote . Washington is seriously overdue for a major change, and he might just be the one to do it .

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    GENE Kennedy
    July 22, 2015 Reply

    Why? Because they can't control him. He is fearless. Go TRUMP.

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    Billee Blue
    July 22, 2015 Reply

    Donald Trump is leading the Republican pack because he dares to speak the truth and he is stepping on toes, for that reason the lobbyists are stepping up their campaign of spin doctors to take Donald down... Nit picking his every word. Maybe some of candidates should embrace Donalds ideas, they might go up in the ratings.

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    Rachel
    July 22, 2015 Reply

    I like people who refuse to put up with bull**** from bozos. Trump is a man who won't be a prisoner of the "Thought Police". Maybe you have to have grown up in NY to appreciate that quality. He's a man's man. And too many of the men today act more like women...yuk.

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    Robert Simon
    July 22, 2015 Reply

    What really irritates me about John McCain is he doesn't give a hoot about veterans cause if he did he would have fixed the VA in his state after all the vets there died waiting to see doctors there. As far as immigration is concerned, Trump has it right when he speaks out about it. If people come to this country and then won't obey our laws and try to assimilate then they don't need to be here, end of discussion.

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    freda mcclure
    July 23, 2015 Reply

    I like Donald Trump. I think he tells it like it is. I will vote for the republican thatwins the primary

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    Daniel
    July 23, 2015 Reply

    I hope he wins, he has balls' he stands his ground he does not pull up his shirt and run he researches everyone before he goes after them when they are running backwards trying to put him down because he is right , so what if he mouths off and i am a veteran my dad was a pow we took it as he was going after McCain not us as veterans, we need change look what all the Lawyers, corporate owners stock owners in medical, power, oil have done to this country f,,,,cked it up for those that worked to build this great country Clinton, McCain, Bush all a big joke we need new in the house the government and this is america we dont pull our pants down lets be great again.

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    Daniel
    July 23, 2015 Reply

    Go gettem Trump for us crazies.

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    Jason
    July 23, 2015 Reply

    The rest of the Republican field attacking Trump backfired on me. It made me feel defensive towards Trump and less enthusiastic about ever voting for one of them. Plus it seems like a poor strategy. Since they all (or most of them) bashed Trump it doesn't help any one of them in particular. They are part of this big herd cannibalizing each other. It makes Trump stand out all the more as unique which he certainly is. When everyone picks on Trump so many of us can relate to him as an underdog. When he doesn't apologize or backdown it is awe inspiring. First, because we have never seen anything like it before but also because it feels like he is sticking up for us....all of us that are not part of the elite or feel like outsiders for whatever reason. We have someone yelling back at the same forces in society we would love to yell back to. How cool is that?! I totally understand Trump's appeal because it is working on me.

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    Patricia Burt
    July 23, 2015 Reply

    I agree with the article & the responses! I love that he isn't polictically correct & doesn't care what the other politicians think!

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    Kitty Sandridge
    July 23, 2015 Reply

    Example: We have had a Actor as President, and a Peanut Farmer as President and now we want a Business Man for President who knows what he is doing. He is smart and in a position to help our country and I wish people would quit fighting him !! He is the very best we have !!

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      Kitty Sandridge
      July 23, 2015 Reply

      BTW: We have already the worst of the lot so let Trump do his thing because he can only do better !

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    Wicked Witch from the West
    July 23, 2015 Reply

    Frankly the more I hear "The Donald" the more I like him. I find myself praying he keeps running and wins. If the Republican's are so foolish that he runs third party, they will just be slitting their throat, and they will lose another election because they are out of touch.

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    Brian Bouchillon
    July 29, 2015 Reply

    You're absolutely right!

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    donald watkin
    August 9, 2015 Reply

    they attack every 1 ........plz let donald trump put a end to this stupid PC .......“Thought Police”

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