After quickly deciding the Maclean’s Canadian leaders debate was boring, I gave up on that and managed to find an online feed of the FOX News Republican presidential debate from Cleveland.
Honestly, I thought it was really good — lots of good exchanges and points made. The debate hosts gave the candidates their best shots with hard-hitting questions.
Of course, it was dominated from start to finish by Donald Trump, but whether or not you think he performed well is an open question. There are polls out there suggesting voters think he won the debate. Then there are other people who insist he was terrible.
Inside the arena in Cleveland it was obvious a lot of people in there really do not like Trump at all. People were booing him a lot of the time, including right at the start when Trump threw up his hands and refused to rule out a third-party run for President in the very first question on the stage.
Then came the hard-hitting question from Megyn Kelly, who referred to Trump’s disparaging descriptions of women as “fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals” and asked Trump if he was part of the “war on women.”
Trump responded “I think the big problem this country has is being politically correct.”
That, in a nutshell, explains why Trump’s candidacy has taken off. People are fed up with political correctness and with getting embarrassed by the Iranians and the Mexicans. That’s exactly the message Americans want to hear, whether you like it or not. “I frankly don’t have time for total political correctness and to be honest with you this country doesn’t have time either.”
But then what does Trump do? After the debate he goes around on Twitter trashing Megyn Kelly, saying she “bombed” as moderator and trashing her unprofessionalism over the question she posed to him. So Trump is whining and complaining, even though he hit a big home run response to her hardball question to him.
This, my friends, is the problem with Trump and his candidacy — he’s continually feeling the need to feud with people and tick people off, including people in the Republican Party. And it’s all going to catch up to him eventually. Someone will emerge in the Republican Party as the consensus alternative to Trump, and it is plainly obvious the GOP rank and file, similar to the people who were in the audience in Cleveland last night, will coalesce around that individual just to keep Trump out.
Who will that person be? I have a very hard time thinking it won’t be Jeb Bush in the end. We shall see.
Update: Hoo boy, has Trump ever put his foot in it again with some even worse comments about Megyn Kelly — something to do with “blood”. Story here.