Well, so much for all the “act presidential” stuff. Donald Trump was back to being Donald Trump Monday, describing Gov. John Kasich’s eating habits as something awful to look at.
In fact, according to Politico, Trump is chafing under his new team’s direction to be more dignified, a stance which has never, as far as anyone has ever seen, suited him. And his new de facto campaign manager, lobbyist Paul Manafort, is all the worse for it.
From the Politico piece:
Donald Trump is bristling at efforts to implement a more conventional presidential campaign strategy, and has expressed misgivings about the political guru behind them, Paul Manafort, for overstepping his bounds, multiple sources close to the campaign tell POLITICO.
Trump became upset late last week when he learned from media reports that Manafort privately told Republican leaders that the billionaire reality TV star was “projecting an image” for voters and would begin toning down his rhetoric, according to the sources. They said that Trump also expressed concern about Manafort bringing several former lobbying colleagues into the campaign, as first reported by POLITICO.
Now Trump is taking steps to return some authority to Manafort’s chief internal rival, campaign manager Corey Lewandowski . . .
Campaign insiders say it has become increasingly clear that Trump, for all his boasts about his ability to become more “presidential,” is simply unwilling or perhaps unable to follow through, and resents efforts to transform him . . .
Trump expressed concern after learning about Manafort’s moves to bolster the campaign by bringing on associates from his lobbying days, as well as his pitch to leery Republican Party leaders.
At the risk of sounding unpresidential myself, Kasich is indeed a disgusting eater. Just look this, if you can bear it. Note how he wraps his mouth around about half the pizza at one point. View him, near the end, very subtly lob some stray pizza onto his fork with his index finger instead of his knife.
But the really offensive thing here is how he eats his pizza with a fork in the first place. As a New Yorker myself, I can tell you that this is absolutely unacceptable, and indeed, disgusting. I don’t know how they eat pizza in Ohio, but a New Yorker would not be caught dead daintily slicing up pizza with a fork and knife. They might be caught dead after doing so.