Clause 61: The Pushback Blog

Because ideas have consequences

Je Suis Megyn Kelly

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Every day we ask ourselves: how can this campaign get any more crass, brutish and embarrassing to this nation? Unfortunately, we keep getting answers to this question.

If Donald Trump’s purpose is to negotiate his treatment in the debates, that is not OK. The moderators moderate. They ask probing questions. The moderators, not the candidates, uphold the rules of the debate.

If Trump’s purpose is to score points by attacking people, that’s not OK. Earlier this week, Hillary Clinton recalled Lincoln’s famous appeal to “the better angels of our nature.” Donald Trump appeals to the worse angels of our nature.

While I am no advocate of the language commonly identified as “politically correct”, I can tell the difference between political correctness and abuse. Donald Trump is abusive. The debate would be better without him, because he does not present ideas.

Trump’s assertion that Kelly did not ask him a question, but made a statement, is untrue. Here is a summary of the exchange. Here was the end of Kelly’s question:

Your Twitter account has several disparaging comments about women’s looks. You once told a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice it would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees. Does that sound to you like the temperament of a man we should elect as president?

Being the energetic, skillful genius that he is, Trump may have stopped listening — he already was giving answers — but that does not change the fact that Kelly did pose a question.

And while Trump never verbally answered the question, his behavior has answered it for me: Hell, no!


Written by srojak

January 27, 2016 at 9:41 am

Posted in Politics

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