Hoping to get a little bit of President Trump’s mojo to rub off, Republican candidates are trying out the insult thing.
The problem for them, as the GOP presidential primary candidates found out when they tried to emulate Trump themselves, is that it doesn’t work for everyone. You have to mean it.
According to the Washington Post:
And it is apparent on style, where many Republicans are racing to keep up with Trump’s torrent of controversy and strife, whether by donning “Make America Great Again” hats in ads or by hurling schoolyard insults.
“The politics of nicknames is the order of the day and not going away anytime soon,” said Republican consultant Jai Chabria, who long advised Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R). “But beyond President Trump, there are very few candidates who can actually do the nickname thing very well.”
Below are 12 minutes of Trumpian insults that appear to have been compiled by someone from Turkey, where I gather political correctness doesn’t prevent such things.
Start watching. You might find you can’t stop and will make it through the entire video.
Do I admire this? Not too much. Society won’t work if everyone acts like this. Is it funny as hell? Yes.
But Trump’s insults also said something important that voters picked up on. It showed them he wasn’t full of it, basically. Sure, he lies, but he’s not full of crap. There’s a distinction.
Trump is direct. He says what he actually thinks. Or more accurately, he says what he actually wants. Therefore he might do what he actually thinks and wants. Which I think we’ve seen him doing.
And he’s fearless. And that’s what voters ultimately wanted. Someone who wouldn’t just talk about changing things, but who would do it.
That’s what the insults told voters.
“Do you really want to use that word in this forum?” he’s asked in one of the segments when he employs the word “damn” during an appearance before the Family Leadership Summit, a gathering of social conservatives.
“I will, I will. Because people want to hear the truth,” he said to applause that surely surprised his questioner.
Now that takes guts. And in order to try to reverse America’s downward trajectory, voters understood you need guts, not polite.
And watch how his insults allow him to completely dominate his GOP opponents. Voters saw who the strongest character in the room was. This was primal.
Note that this video went up in March 2016. He hadn’t even gotten started on Hillary.