Add Donald Trump to the list of Fox talking heads who are bemoaning the nastiness of the Obama campaign, now that the Democrats are starting to use traditional Republican tactics against them. Talking on the phone to Greta Van Susteren last night, he called the Obama campaign "vicious" and urged the GOP to “fight fire with fire”.
Trump started by telling Van Susteren that he was “just so happy” that Mitt Romney was no longer telling everyone what a nice guy President Obama was. “[Obama is] somebody who will say some very nasty things. He is … not the nice person that some people think. and his popularity rating, while high, I think if people knew the facts, the rating would actually be extremely low." Like others, Trump bemoaned the nastiness of the Democrat campaign. “Vicious. This is worse than [Obama's 2008 primary campaign against Hillary Clinton]. Hillary was one of the worst, meanest campaigns ever. In fact, they say it was number one in the annals of our country, and this is making it look like baby talk. And if the Republicans are not going on fight back and fight with fire -- because if you are not going to fight fire with fire, it is not a very good picture.” (Really? This from a spokesman for a party notorious for nasty campaigns? Pardon me while I choke with laughter, gentle reader. And is Romney really so sweet and virtuous that he can't fight back without encouragement? Remember the recent Republican primary campaign - the one Sarah Palin got so upset about? Amnesia must be epidemic at Fox News. Someone should invent a vaccine.)
So if Obama is so vicious, why do women like him, Van Susteren asked. Maybe they don’t get what’s going on, replied the Donald. But, he added, this won’t be a popularity contest; it’ll be based on the economy. He noted that unemployment is at 8.3%, not counting people who are unemployed and/or have given up looking for work, and 14.1% among African-Americans. . “almost to a point,” said Trump, “where you would say, how can somebody, if you are African-American, how you can vote for the man? He's let you down.”
Who is going to win? asked Van Susteren. Mitt Romney, Trump replied, but it's going to be close. If Romney does win and you could pick any job, asked Van Susteren, what one would you like? After demurring that he was not looking for a job, he allowed that he thought he’d be a great secretary of commerce because he could put the boot to China and India and OPEC. “We don't have a country that we do business with where we are doing well. Everybody takes advantage of the patsy. We are viewed as the patsy. … But I wouldn't let OPEC, I wouldn't let some of these countries that just laugh at our stupidity, they won't be laughing.”
“We'll see you at the convention,” Van Susteren promised as she took leave of him. What he’ll do there I don’t know, but he says he's been invited to speak and has hinted that he’ll play a "wild" role there, possibly on the convention's opening day.
Hmm…..of course no one’s going to turn around and ask Trump, “With the unemployment rate among African-Americans at 14.1%, how can an African-American think about voting for any Republican, considering the Republicans have done NOTHING to improve the employment rate for African-Americans? And, considering the fact that all the recent Voter ID bills that have been passed in the past year have been passed by GOP majority legislatures and have been shown to have had an especially adverse affect on the African-American community, why should the GOP think that they deserve any support from the African-American community?”
Terrific — someone who declared bankruptcy FOUR TIMES as Secretary of Commerce.
More proof that righwingnuts have no sense of irony. And BTW, I’d love to see how The Combover intends to “put the boot to China and India and OPEC” — two sovereign nations and an organization the US isn’t a member of . . . what’s he gonna do, put them on “The Apprentice” and say, “you’re fired!”?