It’s not a matter of whether or not Donald Trump sitting out of the last GOP debate before the Iowa caucus would hurt his brand. The reason Trump runs every time he gets the chance is for the sake of continued relevancy — much like his turn as a reality TV star.
In the end, this entire debate fiasco is just another opportunity for Donald Trump to be all about Donald Trump — and that’s precisely why the man will never be president. Of course, Trump skipping out on Megyn Kelly, Fox News, and his Republican rivals won’t affect the affection held for him by his base. He confidently stated that he could “shoot somebody” in public and still not lose a single vote.
That’s probably true. However, it’s also true that there are four distinct reasons why this situation demonstrates that “The Donald” is headed anywhere but the White House.
— ABC News (@ABC) January 28, 2016
First and foremost, his behavior demonstrates a remarkable lack of maturity. Now, in the past there have been temperamental presidents and even elected officials that have murdered. However, we are in the 21st century, in a world working towards diplomatic rather than chaotic solutions.
The President of the United States cannot afford to “pick up his red ball and go home” whenever a world leader says or does something that he or she disagrees with. That is not a luxury that Donald Trump will possess. World leaders have boycotted events such as the Olympic Games in the past.
However, Donald Trump cannot afford to go on a Twitter rant every time someone says something he doesn’t like. Trump cannot go out of his way to throw insults and make idle threats. Such antics will not only decrease our standing in the world, but run the risk of firing up our enemies in a way that would further endanger the American public.
— Variety (@Variety) January 28, 2016
Speaking of decreases in American safety, Donald Trump was quoted by CNN as saying that as he would reverse Obama’s executive orders on gun control. The New York Post notes Obama’s most recent effort was in part meant to close vital loopholes that would keep guns out of the hands of anti-American terrorists.
And so Donald Trump has gone on record as vowing to take steps to make Americans less safe, something no sensible president would attempt to do.
To put it bluntly, Donald Trump’s behavior is great television, but bad politics.
Third, consider Donald Trump’s presentation of himself before the world up until now. Do you really think that anyone outside Donald’s loyal GOP base takes this man seriously on the issues? Be perfectly honest here. Do you think that electing this man to the White House would aid or seriously harm our foreign policy aims?
It would be great for the ethnocentric xenophobes of the uneducated variety. However, prepare to wear a paper bag over your head every time you exit the borders of the United States. You think it was bad abroad when George W. Bush was in office? All signs point to “laughing-stock” territory.
— Forbes (@Forbes) January 28, 2016
And that brings me to the fourth and final reason Donald Trump won’t be president. As reported by The Hill, a recent poll demonstrated that many Americans would simply be too embarrassed to have him as their president. We’re talking Sarah Palin levels of “don’t let that person near the Oval Office!” In fact, it was the presence of Palin (and shadow of Bush) that can be credited with keeping John McCain from winning the presidency in 2008.
It’s looking increasingly like the “either/or” option is taking root among GOP voters, which has forced Ted Cruz ahead of the pack as a serious challenger for the Republican nomination. A showdown with Cruz in a debate, in a head-to-head contest for the nod, is probably as close to winning the presidency as one Donald Trump will ever get.
This is true regardless of whether or not he wins the nomination. Should he lose, he’ll probably not even make the ticket as it’s doubtful any Republican candidate is willing to repeat McCain’s error in choosing a Palin-type. Should he win, his hateful rhetoric will have isolated virtually every voting block needed to get to the White House.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 28, 2016
For all the talk of Democrats willing to vote for Trump, there is also talk of Republicans crossing party lines to vote against him. And as for which group is more than willing to head to the polls come Election Day, I’d bet money on the “anyone but Trump” Republicans.
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