Will this be Donald Trump’s Waterloo? Will this be the mistake that he just couldn’t afford to make?
The Rolling Stone published a story about Trump this past week that described a moment when Carly Fiorina came across Trump’s TV screen and he began mocking her appearance.
’Look at that face!’ he cries. ‘Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?!’ The laughter grows halting and faint behind him. ‘I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not s’posed ta say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?’”
Trump told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren that he was just being an entertainer when he said those things.
“Many of those comments are made as an entertainer because I did The Apprentice and it was one of the top shows on television,” he told Greta Van Susteren on Thursday night. “Some comments are made as an entertainer and as everybody said, as an entertainer is a much different ball game.”
Later in the same interview Trump changed his story and said that he wasn’t actually talking about her face, but about Fiorina’s persona. Which makes no sense considering the actual quote.
On Thursday night, he reiterated what he told CNN earlier — that the face comments were actually about her persona.
“We’re really talking about not a physical thing, we’re talking about the persona. This is a women that gets tremendous publicity,” he said. “I don’t know why…her past doesn’t go along with the publicity she’s getting.”
For any “normal” candidate these comments would probably mean the end. For Donald Trump? I’m not so sure. Trump routinely makes “mistakes” on the campaign trail that would have ended any other politicians career; for Trump they’re just bumps in the road.
On Fox News conservative pundit Charles Krauthammer told Megyn Kelly that this latest Trump faux pas simply proves that she (Kelly) was right all along.
Say, for example, I don’t know, we have a national debate and a female moderator asks Mr. Trump about previous confusions of this kind and afterwards he gets a little bit agitated and complains that the questions were illegitimate and unfair. I think what had just been shown by the Carly remark was that the questions were not just apt, but right on.
I think the story line is pretty clear. We have the anti-establishment candidates way at the top led by Trump and then you’ve got the rest. If you look at the latest national poll you’ve got Trump and Dr. Carson, just the two of them with more than 50% if you combine them. So, it’s the anti-establishments versus the rest of the field. And the question is who is going to distinguish themselves from the rest of the field because as long as the so-called establishment types, a number of about 14 or so, they’re going to split the vote and they’re not going to figure…
It means the people who are not outsiders and who are now languishing in the low single digits or high single digits with Jeb Bush are going to have to step out and distinguish themselves. The field has to winnow. When it winnows down to two or three or four, 30% is not going to be enough to carry the vote. But as long as it remains splintered among the establishment, the former this, the former that, two-term governors and Senators, then there’s going to be Trump, obviously, and Carson leading the field. And I think the real story is going to come from the lower tiers here to see who emerges…
Say, for example, I don’t know, we have a national debate and a female moderator asks Mr. Trump about previous confusions of this kind and afterwards he gets a little bit agitated and complains that the questions were illegitimate and unfair. I think what had just been shown by the Carly remark was that the questions were not just apt, but right on.Facebook and Twitter, and follow our friends at RepublicanLegion.com.