Elections are never pretty. The battles between candidates get vicious in tight races, especially when the most powerful political position in the world is at stake – the presidency of the United States. So in the heat of battle, statements are often made to undermine one’s appointment rather than focusing on contrasting opposing policy positions. No example of attempted character assassination – or dearth of viable policy – is more visible than among the interactions of the Republican presidential candidates, with all their name calling and disparaging remarks aimed at each other. However, after a candidate wins the nomination, his/her opponents usually rally around the winner to support the nominee and project party unity.
However, as should surprise no one, this does not appear to be the case with Donald Trump. During at a rally this past Sunday in Maryland, the Republican presidential frontrunner mocked candidates who praise their opponents during concession speeches, saying if he loses Americans will likely not hear from him again.
“They fight like hell for six months, and they’re saying horrible things, the worst things you can imagine. And then one of them loses, one of them wins. And the one who loses says, ‘I just want to congratulate my opponent. He is a brilliant man, he’ll be a great governor or president or whatever. I’m not sure you’re ever going to see me there.”
Again, one should not be surprised by the hypocrisy inherent to Trump’s statement, as this line of thought has not stopped him from graciously accepting endorsements from defeated candidates Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson. Of Christie’s endorsement in particular, Trump noted; “Generally speaking, I’m not big on endorsements. This was an endorsement that really meant a lot.” Not surprisingly, given the bully that is Trump, he appears to equate political acumen with bullying as he praised Christie’s toughness as New Jersey’s governor and and then prompted to publicly humiliate the prideful Governor for his failures.
Trump who is never lost for words also had excoriated past winners claiming they have too much humility. “Half the times [the winners] put them in the administration — that’s how they get rid of them.” Trump surely doesn’t think he’s going to lose, but…
“I don’t think I’m going to lose, but if I do, I don’t think you’re ever going to see me again, folks. I think I’ll go to Turnberry and play golf or something.”
Actually, we can only hope that Trump loses and fades into the background given his bullying and anti American racist xenophobic tirades, but what is the likelihood of the egomaniacal Republican
presidential candidate “reality TV show star” of fading into the background?