The Great Political Debate
If I said to you that a leading political figure, in the mix of becoming President of the United States, was in the middle of a major heated public debate, cast your mind to the wind and try to imagine what that intense debate might be.
Consider, for a moment, that there is a significant meeting in Paris right now about Climate Change with more world leaders than any other meeting ever. Or that world security against terrorism is a critical issue, particularly in Paris with France under a terror alert. Or that international tensions are high with Russia having recently had one of his planes shot down over Turkey. Not to mention there being another mass shooting by a domestic terrorist at a Planned Parenthood facility.
Okay, then, so what big, heated, public debate would you imagine that this major political figure would be in the midst of?
That would be Donald Trump having a Twitter snit with supermodel Chrissy Teigen.
Apparently he said and then she said and then...well, no matter, I'm not going to quote it. What was said doesn't matter. I don't mean from her end. Basically, she told him off in blunt terms and he didn't like it. So, of course Mr. Trump did what any political leader would do -- he got petulant and started going back-and-forth with a model in 140 characters or less.
No matter what you think of Barack Obama -- or Hillary Clinton, or Bernie Sanders, do you see any of them getting into a snit-fit public debate on Twitter if a supermodel -- if pretty much anyone -- snapped at them in a tweet? Then again, do you even see Marco Rubio, John Kasich, Lindsay Graham, geez, probably even Chris Christie, who likes to bully people as a hobby and needs the attention, getting into a Twitter debate with a model??
But there's Donald Trump, running for the Republican nomination as President of the United States, and leading in polls for the past several months, snarking back-and-forth with Chrissy Teigen. Seriously.
If Donald Trump (R-Trump Towers) can't handle Chrissy Teigen, who for all I know might be a lovely, bright, insightful person, or not, and gets that pissed off when someone, anyone criticizes him or says something in disagreement about him that he doesn't like how do you envision him sitting down with Vladimir Putin? Or Xi Zinping of China? Or even Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, president of Mauritius? (Worse, she's a woman, and we know the challenges that Mr. Trump has in that arena.)
Of course, a lot of this might go a long way to explaining with three new polls show Mr. Trump dropping into second place. Something that would no doubt also make him more petty and peevish than usual. All the more so because he's not only behind, but behind Dr. Ben Carson.
So, I suppose I can undersand Donald Trump feeling unloved and needing to debate with someone he felt he could defeat. Not that he did. But it's the thought that counts.
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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