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Trump sings 'Poor, poor, pitiful me'



It appears Donald Trump spent several hours after the debate Tweeting complaints about how Megyn Kelly of Fox News asked him tough questions during last night's Republican cage match free-for-all presidential candidates' debate.

This leads me to ask how Trump, a gasbag male chauvinist pig, could get so worked up about questions from a woman? And if Kelly's line of questioning bothered him so much, then how would he respond to challenges in the deep, treacherous waters of international relations?

As a story in Salon said today: "As Bret Baier put it to the New York Times before the debate, 'How are you going to go up against the Clinton machine if you can’t handle us?"

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matrixmann
Aug. 7th, 2015 08:49 pm (UTC)
The superior question to this would be: If it bothered him that much honestly, why did he show up to such a debate at all? With his status he could have also said "I'm not coming" and it sure wouldn't have hurt his chances. It wouldn't have been the last crazy thing he had done.
patrick_vecchio
Aug. 8th, 2015 12:43 am (UTC)
I think he saw the event as a way to show how superior to the other candidates he thinks he is, and he was stunned when he realized he was the only person on the stage who had that opinion. Sure, he dominated the event—but not in a favorable way. His exchange with Kelly about women was a serious misstep. That said, the only candidate who had the balls to go after him was Rand Paul. Eventually, those other guys are either going to have to throw down or be thought of as week.
matrixmann
Aug. 8th, 2015 05:51 am (UTC)
If those shows actually are about denouncing your competitors, then it is very poor that only one candidate thought of the need to react to this.
patrick_vecchio
Aug. 8th, 2015 03:05 pm (UTC)
That's the nature of American politics anymore: Denounce your opponent in a wholesale manner instead of admitting that she or he occasionally has good plans. That's precisely the opposite of what I teach college freshman about the strategy for writing a persuasive essay.

The other major characteristic of American politics: Denouncing your opponent's and your opponent's party's proposals without proposing something different and better, Obamacare being a prime example.

People are increasingly tired of how politicians are bought by the rich and powerful to do their bidding. But these same politicians are masters of distraction. They do their best to divide us (Those awful Liberals! Those terrible Conservatives!), thus distracting us from how corroded and corrupt the system is—how politicians are in it for themselves and their masters, and not in it to serve the public good.

Trump is no different; how he has managed to make people think he's any different than other politicians is perhaps *the* definitive statement of his campaign and certainly the epitome of cynicism. He's a master at divide-and-conquer (Mexicans!), and his bluster distracts millions from the fact that his policy proposals are as substantial as a paper plate.

Somebody in the Republican pack is going to have to confront Trump and shut him down to set himself or herself apart from the others. The Donald is, to quote the Bard, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. I just hope this doesn't get done too soon, simply because of Trump's entertainment value.
matrixmann
Aug. 8th, 2015 05:46 pm (UTC)
It's good to hear that there are people which are dissatisfied with how the system runs. Sometimes you get the impression like it's all the time playing blind man's bluff - in the end you get the citizens to do again what you want.
At least you could derive that from the huge election campaigns and the advertising around it in the media.
But I guess, this surely only is a minority...
At least if I see how less people care about the surveillance stuff of their own private data in the States, be it solely the data that enterprises collect about them through the services they offer, it leaves you behind thinking actually they could anything to those people, they still would be content with it and would never dare to fight back just because all this stuff is so comfortable to do, use and endure.
It makes you wonder if they are or if they actually know at all (and last thing would lead you back to the almost race baiting thought again "how stupid are Americans about what happens around them offside of consuming").
patrick_vecchio
Aug. 8th, 2015 06:39 pm (UTC)
j
I don't know where I saw this: A young boy from another land visits America with his parents and observes that the only things he sees people doing are eating and shopping.

The older I get, the angrier I get with the system. I can't do much on a national level, but local and regional politicians are rich targets. As soon as I retire at the end of this year, I'm going to have a lot of fun going after them with a roll of quarters in each fist (metaphorically speaking, of course). As for now, I pretty much wait until somebody hangs a "kick me" sign on his or her ass, in which case I'm more than willing to oblige. The local newspaper gives my stuff good display on its editorial page.

As for data-gathering, that genie can't be put back into the bottle. I'm sure that given the interests you list on your LJ profile page, our exchanges are being watched. And God forbid that you or I know somebody who knows somebody who knows somebody who has a distant friendship with somebody who commits an act of terror halfway around the globe. We'd both be in trouble up to our necks.
matrixmann
Aug. 8th, 2015 07:06 pm (UTC)
Re: j
Regional level is viable beginning to start with.
I don't know, doesn't this sometimes bring up trouble which is noticeable? At least I could get this if you deal with something that exists in your close environment. One knows the drill...

About the putting back, I don't know. Maybe you're right.
Saying, there are just more dangerous things than to be interested in politics and war things. For example, hanging around in the circles of those kids which want to shoot people at their school. The topic has moved a little out of focus, but in those cases, be prepared to be watched by any cop anytime, if not worse.
patrick_vecchio
Aug. 8th, 2015 09:24 pm (UTC)
Re: j
By regional, I mean members of the state Assembly and state Senate. They represent just a few counties. I don't worry about if they can cause any trouble for me. I just am trying to hold them accountable, after all.

It's tough to tell which students—or adults, for that matter—are going to lose their grip on sanity and indiscriminately start killing people. It seems people are always shocked because they had no idea about how troubled these people are.

In terms of being prepared to be watched by any cop, any time, I've got it easy compared to my friends who are black. As one of them said to me, "I can be shot and killed at any time"—and for sure police are outnumbered by wanna-be vigilantes who are looking for any excuse to kill someone.
matrixmann
Aug. 8th, 2015 10:21 pm (UTC)
Okay, state-wise. I thought the town sleaze. This can really sometimes bring trouble to you. Not talking about violence, but - methods of ruining your basis of life, your family peace and making your neighborhood avoid you suddenly. At least that's become a common method here, if you touch the wrong people.

The thing with this group was just an example. I know at the moment they have got other kinds of dangerous groups on the radar because the scene around it has become a little silent and no-one's been trying to do something for a while, but in that scene you can really bet something on it being infested by police or surveillance personnel. Just because the fear for some has become higher through the years of incidents happening and for that police force has gotten a little more watchful. You know, there always grow some youngsters back which are filled with too many hormones, which are overchallanged with their life, which get kicked by other kids and which develop or search for a way for dealing with this and land at violence in the end.
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