'New York Times' Thinks Calling Trump 'Terroristic' Isn't Enough, Needs 'Toddler' Too
On Monday, the New York Times' Charles Blow decided to set a new record in liberal media Trump-bashing. Blow thought it wasn't enough to call the Republican nominee a "terrorist," he had to add "toddler" in there, too.
You don't have to wear a "Make America Great Again" hat to find this both ridiculous and offensive. Donald Trump may not be a good role model, but a "terroristic man-toddler"? Blow has too much time on his hands:
Donald Trump is a domestic terrorist; only his form of terror doesn’t boil down to blowing things up. He’s the 70-year-old toddler who knows nearly nothing, hurls insults, has simplistic solutions for complex problems and is quick to throw a tantrum. Also, in case you didn’t know it, this toddler is mean to girls and is a bit of a bigot.
Yes, the Republican nominee can't exactly take an insult. As Blow argues, "when he loses at something, anything, he lashes out." Yes, he makes statements off-the-cuff and does not present a clear ideology. Yes, he does indeed treat people unfairly — his attacks on Megyn Kelly, Senator John McCain, and Ted Cruz's family are evidence of that.
But just because Trump has a short fuse doesn't make him a toddler, and just because he insults people doesn't make him a terrorist. Blow goes on to describe Trump's foibles since the last debate, and many of the New York Times author's points are correct, but every argument is tainted by the kind of smugness embedded in his inane headline hyperbole.
That hyperbole did not cease with "terror" and "toddler." Blow described Trump as going "full anti-science" for "insisting that flimflam applause-o-meter polls, many from conservative websites, were in fact proof positive he had won the debate." What do you expect Trump to do? Concede defeat? Did President Obama concede defeat after the first debate in 2012?
Also, this is Donald Trump we're talking about. He loves to cite polls where he won, and he routinely ignores those where he lost. That's his style, one might even say his strategy — and it's not news. Yes, the more scientific polls put Clinton ahead, but Trump has an image to keep up, and even those polls found significant numbers of people who said he won the debate.
Blow also hits Trump over his "sexist, bigoted comments about a Miss Universe, Alicia Machado." The Republican nominee indeed has a flare for the dramatic — and he famously doesn't mind insulting people. But as Concerned Women for America President Penny Nance noted, the Miss Universe pageant is about a contestant's physical beauty, and when a winner puts on weight, that is a legitimate concern for her position as Miss Universe.
Reportedly, the company wanted to replace Machado, but Trump encouraged them to give her time, and encouraged her to lose weight. Machado later claimed that he called her "Miss Piggy" and "Miss Housekeeping" — demeaning comments not outside of Trump's character -- but at the end of the day it is her word against his.
Blow slammed Trump for spending the week "sulking and careening from fat-shaming Machado to slut-shaming her, shooting off a manic insomniac's witching-hour tweet storm." The tweet storm was indeed disturbing, and the Republican nominee told his followers to "check out" an alleged "sex tape" (which led to Machado's then-fiancé dumping her).
The New York Times author is correct in chiding Trump's own lewd history with women (from "if Ivanka weren't my daughter, perhaps, I would be dating her" to ogling over a 12-year-old Paris Hilton), but this isn't exactly news, either. Hillary Clinton did indeed hail Machado as a role model, and Trump's tweets shot down that idea. Just because he has a sordid history of his own does not make the former Miss Universe a model citizen.
Next Page: Blow goes soft on the Clintons — Hillary's heart was "broken" by what the former first lady called "bimbo eruptions."