Donald Trump has had a way with words during his entire campaign. Although he might not be one of the most articulate speakers ever to contest for the presidency, Trump has catapulted himself into the public imagination by infusing political incorrectness in his speeches, which border on being brazenly crass at times.
But while Trump’s poll numbers have skyrocketed every time he has made such remarks, his detractors have been left less than impressed by his affinity towards making personal attacks on his political opponents. More than once, Trump has taken to mud-slinging and name-calling as viable approaches to showing his rivals down, as was evident again from his bizarre Twitter feud with fellow Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz.
Last week, Trump had threatened to “spill the beans” on Cruz’s wife after an independent PAC aligned to Cruz had attempted to shame Trump’s wife, Melania Trump, for nude modeling in an advertisement. The ad was reportedly aimed at increasing the turnout among members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ahead of the Utah primary last Tuesday.
Ted Cruz had shot back at the real estate mogul for his “classless” act, but just when it had looked like Trump might pull out of the completely unwarranted string of attacks, he worsened the feud by sharing this image on his Twitter feed.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 24, 2016
But as assured as Trump can be of his statements having no repercussions in the presidential race, that certainly cannot always remain the case. His recent rallies have been witness to massive protests from minority groups, women, and millennials, who have repeatedly had disparaging comments made about them by Donald Trump during his campaign speeches. And now it appears that his infamous statement about Ted Cruz’s wife might not actually go down well with Republicans in Wisconsin, where the next primary is due on April 5.
During a radio appearance with influential radio host Charlie Sykes ahead of the primary, Donald Trump was grilled for more than 10 minutes, with Sykes reprimanding Trump at one stage and asking him to stop behaving “like a 12-year-old bully on the playground.”
To which Trump answered, “He [Cruz] started it.”
Later in the interview, Sykes took Trump to the task for his views on women. The real estate mogul has made a string of misogynistic statements during his campaign, something he has not only not apologized for in later speeches, but has even gone on to reaffirm with many more outrageous statements of similar ilk. Sykes insisted that Trump issue an apology to the women he has offended over the course of the last several months.
— Dan O'Donnell (@DanODradio) March 28, 2016
Trump, however, repeatedly shied away from doing so and attempted to prove his credentials of being pro-women in many of his business choices.
“I was a leader at breaking the glass ceiling,” Trump claimed at one point during the interview, referring to his decision to allow women to enter the construction business at a time when not many corporations had women executives on their boards.
Sykes reiterated that Donald Trump’s stances on women could prove detrimental to his chances of doing well in Wisconsin, a state generally typified by conservative voters who might not be impressed with his views.
It was clear by Trump’s answers to each of the questions that he did not have a clear-cut recourse up his sleeve.
During the rest of the interview, Charlie Sykes did not relent and kept posing uncomfortable questions to Donald Trump, even calling his entire Republican campaign a “giant fraud” at one stage.
You can listen to the entire interview here (via SoundCloud).
This is perhaps the first time that someone has been so outright while dealing with Donald Trump, and if this interview is anything to go by, Trump might be in a difficult time in Wisconsin, both electorally and otherwise.
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