Apparently, Donald Trump wasn’t impressed with or inspired by many of the speeches at the Democratic National Convention. Throughout the event, the DNC speakers focused largely on criticizing and otherwise disparaging the Republican presidential nominee, and according to a statement Donald Trump made at an Iowa campaign rally, he didn’t like what the DNC speakers had to say.
As CNN reports, Donald Trump told attendees at the Iowa rally that he was so angry at the people who spoke out against him at the DNC that he wanted to “hit a number of those speakers so hard, their heads would spin.”
While Donald Trump has a history of using the word “hit” as something of a euphemism, meaning that he wants to verbally attack an opponent rather than physically assault them, in this situation he appeared to be talking about making physical contact, because he went on to add that he “was going to hit this guy so hard his head would spin.”
“I was going to hit one guy in particular, a very little guy. I was going to hit this guy so hard his head would spin, he wouldn’t know what the hell happened.”
The Donald Trump campaign refused to respond to media requests regarding who the “little guy” might be, but speculation began to run rampant almost immediately regarding who Trump might have been talking about. After all, a lot of people said some pretty nasty things about Donald Trump at the Democratic National Convention, so the list of who he could have been referring to included virtually every Democratic speaker at the DNC.
According to the New York Times, Donald Trump may have been referring to former Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg. Ironically, Bloomberg is not a Democrat at all, but rather an Independent. He and Donald Trump have been very publicly feuding for months now, and it appears that Donald Trump may have just escalated the war of words between the two men without actually naming names.
In a recent Fox Business Network interview, Donald Trump had a few unkind words for Mr. Bloomberg, words that didn’t bode well for the relationship between the fellow billionaire businessmen.
“He was a friend of mine. As far as I’m concerned, he’s not a friend of mine anymore.”
Michael Bloomberg has been a very vocal critic of Donald Trump’s presidential aspirations for much of the duration of Trump’s campaign. When he had the opportunity to speak at the DNC, Mr. Bloomberg didn’t bother restraining his thoughts or holding back when it came to his feelings about former reality TV star Donald Trump’s big plans for the future of America.
“I’m a New Yorker and I know a con when we see one. The bottom line is: Trump is a risky, reckless, and radical choice.”
Given the tumultuous relationship between Trump and Bloomberg and Michael Bloomberg’s harsh critique of Donald Trump at the DNC, it is very likely that Mr. Bloomberg could be among those that Donald Trump wants to “hit.”
He could also be the “very little man” whom Donald Trump wants to “hit… so hard his head would spin.”
Whether Donald Trump wants to hit Michael Bloomberg (or anyone else) literally or figuratively, expressing a desire to “hit” someone who doesn’t support your political aspirations is neither kind nor presidential.
While there is substantial speculation that Michael Bloomberg could be the “very little man” Donald Trump referred to in his Iowa speech, the truth of the matter is that quite a few folks had not-so-nice things to say about Donald Trump at the DNC.
For example, Hillary Clinton’s running mate Tim Kaine spent a good portion of his time on the DNC stage having his say about Donald Trump, and none of what he had to say was positive. During his Iowa rally, Trump called out Kaine directly.
“He said a lot of things about me, I never met the guy. I mean the things that were said about me. I mean, should I go through some of the names?”
What do you think? Was Donald Trump referring to Michael Bloomberg when he talked about a “very little man”? Is it okay for a presidential candidate to talk about wanting to “hit” political opponents? Does it matter if Donald Trump was talking about physically hitting people or just using a euphemism?
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