One can tell a lot about a person’s character and maturity by how they respond to criticisms. Some accept it gracefully and use it as an opportunity to better themselves; others ignore it entirely, refusing to let themselves be distracted by naysayers. Then there’s the presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, who apparently believes that showing leadership is to respond to any sort of criticism by tweeting out a juvenile schoolyard insult, weakly disparaging the other person simply by saying that they are bad! or possibly, sad!
It was no different when highly respected political journalist George Will declared that he was leaving the Republican Party over Trump’s nomination. The rabble-rousing carnival barker took to Twitter to respond, as he insists that he personally does for the vast majority of the many, many attacks that are sent his way each day.
George Will, one of the most overrated political pundits (who lost his way long ago), has left the Republican Party.He’s made many bad calls
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2016
George Will, with biting wit, responded in the best way possible in a Sunday interview with FOX News.
“He has an advantage on me, because he can say everything he knows about any subject in 140 characters and I can’t.”
Trump’s ignorance about everything that doesn’t have to do with sending companies into bankruptcy, firing veterans, and cheating on his wives has been made extremely clear to everyone, which is probably why he loves using Twitter – a medium that inherently restricts any kind of informed debate by limiting the number of characters usable. Will responded with the kind of sophistication that we should really be seeing from a presidential candidate, but unfortunately Trump seems to have no desire to elevate his discourse out of the sandbox and into the realm of grown-ups.
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This is a staff report from former Occupy Democrats Editor in Chief Colin Taylor or contributor Rob Haffney.