Trump Now Tripling Down on McCain Attacks

Donald Trump isn’t just doubling down on his vile comments about John McCain, he’s tripling down on them. Now he’s written an op-ed piece in USA Today blasting the other Republican candidates who have criticized them, saying that he doesn’t need to be lectured by a bunch of “failed politicians.”

A number of my competitors for the Republican nomination have no business running for president. I do not need to be lectured by any of them. Many are failed politicians or people who would be unable to succeed in the private sector.

I especially like the claim about his opponents being “failed politicians.” The only thing he could mean by that is that a few of them have lost elections (Huckabee and Santorum, for instance). Imagine Donald Trump running in the Republican primary in 1860 — “I don’t need to be lectured by Abraham Lincoln, who is such a loser that he couldn’t even get elected to the Senate in 1854 or 1858 and couldn’t win the vice presidency in 1856.”

He called McCain a “loser” because his plane got shot down over Hanoi while on a bombing run, which makes everyone who ever got captured during war a “loser” as well. Someone said on Twitter the other day that Donald Trump is like if a comments section ran for president, which is a brilliant line and absolutely true. We’ve really never seen anything quite like this in a major presidential campaign.

It is incredibly fascinating to me to watch Donald Trump campaign, in the same way that it’s fascinating to people watch while some douchebag with too much cologne (think Dan Aykroyd and Steve Martin as the two wild and crazy guys from 1970s SNL) tries to pick up every woman in a bar in succession. I stare at him while thinking “Does he really not realize that everyone in here is watching his pathetic behavior and thinks he’s an asshole?” He’s absolutely oblivious, but unlike the cologne-wearing douchebag in a bar, he’s a celebrity and he’s rich. And that means he has fans who will cheer on anything he does, no matter how appalling or stupid it is. And he’s such a raging narcissist that he’s able to convince himself that everyone loves him. And his claims in this op-ed are just so incredibly stupid:

During my entire business career, I have always made supporting veterans a top priority because our heroes deserve the very best for defending our freedom. Our Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals are outdated dumps. I will build the finest and most modern veterans hospitals in the world. The current medical assistance to our veterans is a disaster. A Trump administration will provide the finest universal access health care for our veterans. They will be able to get the best care anytime and anywhere.

He acts as if as president he can just do anything he wants, as if he’ll be a dictator. “I’m going to build a wall on the Mexican border.” Really? Because conservatives have been demanding that for a long time, but you can’t just snap your fingers and make it happen, you actually have to pass a law to do it and that requires getting Congress on board. The same is true of building more VA hospitals and increasing funding for the VA, it has to go through Congress. Obama has been trying to do that for years, with very little to show for it. Trump apparently thinks he can make Congress do whatever he wants by threatening to call them losers if they don’t. Good luck with that strategy.

We’ve just never seen anyone like this run for president before. Anyone who thinks they should be president has a huge ego, that’s a given. But we’ve never seen anyone quite this narcissistic or megalomaniacal before. We’ve never seen anyone who treats political debates like a playground flame-fest or an internet chat room. He’s done everything but resort to “your mother wears combat boots” and “I’m rubber and you’re glue.” It’s really quite amazing — and appalling — to watch.

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  • kenn

    Not enough popcorn in the world…

  • John Pieret

    Trump is right to this (small) extent. Getting captured by the enemy doesn’t make you a hero. Risking your life in combat where you could be captured, risking all for your fellow soldiers, acting honorably in captivity … those are the kind of things that make you a hero even in an unjust war like Vietnam.

    The most Trump ever risked was being captured by beauty contestants in Atlantic City and being made to pay palimony.

  • http://www.facebook.com/using.reason usingreason

    Losers, like people that run companies into the ground and declare bankruptcy over and over…

    and over?

  • Phillip IV

    Donald Trump isn’t just doubling down on his vile comments about John McCain, he’s tripling down on them.

    Which might be the best thing to do, in his situation. After all, his best bet are the people at the extreme right of the Republican base, the Freeper crowd – and you can’t win points with them by apologizing, which they always perceive as weakness, no matter how much it would be called for.

    While merely shouting longer and louder has a pretty good track record of winning this same crowd over, again no matter the context.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    And he’s such a raging narcissist that he’s able to convince himself that everyone loves him.

    The only people who don’t love Trump are Democrats and other losers.

  • http://denkeensechtna.blogspot.com Deen

    Does he not realize Republicans hate universal health care? Especially if it’s going to be paid by taxes?

  • StevoR

    A number of my competitors for the Republican nomination have no business running for president.

    Quite true! Chalk it up.

    I do not need to be lectured by any of them.

    Also true – although omitting the fact that Trump is about to fail even bigger and look even sillier than any Repub potential nominee beforehand and prove himself the biggest loser of all – and not in the reality show title sense of the word!

    So what next Trumpster? :

    http://www.funnyordie.com/articles/c4b1cf1d7c/trump-up-5-points-in-the-polls?_cc=S2d___&_ccid=wr84h9.nrszcq

    I wouldn’t be surprised..

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    He acts as if as president he can just do anything he wants, as if he’ll be a dictator.

    I’m pretty sure that’s exactly what he intends to be. And his supporters will cheer him on every step of the way.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    I will build the finest and most modern veterans hospitals in the world.

    Y’know, a billionaire could do that without running for any office at all.

  • http://cycleninja.blogspot.com cycleninja

    When Trump speaks about “I’m gonna do this,” or “I’m gonna do that,” he’s actually no better than every other presidential candidate in history, IMHO. They have to get the people to think that a vote for them is going to be a vote for change, instead of a different flavor of gridlock.

  • whheydt

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Trump does think that all he would have to do as President is order the changes at the VA he’s talking about. That’s probably how it works in his own business and there is no one there who is going to say “No” to him. He probably thinks of President as CEO of the country and expects it to work the same way. That’s part of why even successful businessmen aren’t necessarily good in public office positions. As it is, we have both Trump (how many bankruptcies?) and Fiorina (look at the mess she got kicked out of HP for creating) touting the same general idea that their (dubious) business acumen is the key to being a good President.

  • lorn

    I always wondered how a guy with, what, four bankruptcies, three failed marriages, a man whose primary method of winning in the business world is having more resources to throw around than his opponents and being a bigger dick, a man who started life with a silver spoon in his mouth, and avoided service in Vietnam through medical and academic deferments ( a bone spur in his foot) … can call anyone a loser. Seems to me his record is highly checkered. His success are all rooted in his organization having access to more money while his many failures are all personal.

    Of course in the world of plutocrats there is but one virtue, having money; and only one sin, not having money. In those terms he is a winner. On a personal level … not so much.

  • lorn

    Historically successful businessmen are not successful presidents. In business you can give orders and expect them to be carried out, pick and choose which issues you will address, and easily allocate money and resources to get things done. Presidents can do none of that without the cooperation of the other branches of government.

    Everything that gets done is accomplished by indirect mens. Mixing metaphors, it is like using herd of cats to push a rope up a hill. Trump would suck at that sort of thing.

  • xuuths

    Pierce R. Butler, but tRUMP is not a billionaire, even though he loudly “claims” he is. Just another of his lies, repeated at high volume, constantly.

  • Mobius

    I liked John Stewart on the Daily Show last night. Donald Trump is an inspiration to Asshole Americans.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    Historically successful businessmen are not successful presidents.

    Well, we’re okay then — Trump isn’t a successful businessman.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    I always wondered how a guy with, what, four bankruptcies, three failed marriages, a man whose primary method of winning in the business world is having more resources to throw around than his opponents and being a bigger dick, a man who started life with a silver spoon in his mouth, and avoided service in Vietnam through medical and academic deferments ( a bone spur in his foot) … can call anyone a loser.

    So who’s going to call him out on any of that? Will spoiled draft-dodger Bush Jr. criticize his lack of a service record? Will chronic adulterers Henry Hyde and Newt Gingrich criticize his failed marriages? Will Mitt Romney of Bane Capital fame

    (or anyone who ever supported Enron or BP for that matter) criticize his business acumen? Will any of the Republicans who supported the Iraq war criticize his foreign policy ideas? Will any of the immigrant-bashing racists criticize him for scapegoating illegal immigrants? Will anyone in the “businessmen are demigods who must never be questioned” crowd question his accomplishments as a businessman?

    Don’t make me laugh. The Republicans are stuck with Trump for the long term, and therefore so are we. This will not be over quickly, and it will not be enjoyable.

  • carpenterman

    I’m telling you: a stalking horse. The establishment republicans are letting Trump be the biggest clown in the circus so they can all claim the status of ring leader, or at least lion tamer. As long as he goes away after the primaries, he’s only going to help the Republican candidate.

    BONUS PREDICTION: the Republican candidate will be NONE of the current crop of clowns. It will be someone most of us haven’t even heard of yet. You read it here first.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    carpenterman “BONUS PREDICTION: the Republican candidate will be NONE of the current crop of clowns.”

    So he’ll be from a new crop of clowns?

  • John Pieret

    Modus:

    So he’ll be from a new crop of clowns?

    It’s not like the Republicans have any shortage of them. The GOP is the Russian Steppes of clown crops.

  • John Pieret

    There is no bottom to Trump’s douchebaginess barrel. At a campaign speech, Trump, miffed that Lindsey Graham called him a “jackass” (sounds pretty mild to me) gave out Graham’s cell phone number to the crowd and suggested they “give it a shot.”

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  • magistramarla

    Velociraptor,

    LOL – Thanks for reminding me of that movie – it’s one of my favorites.

    It’s one where the assholes really do get their comeuppance.

  • dan4

    As awful as Trump is, the “loser” characterization of McCain was a reference to him losing to Obama in ’08, not to “his plane getting shot down over Hanoi while on a bombing run.”

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    dan4 “As awful as Trump is, the “loser” characterization of McCain was a reference to him losing to Obama in ’08”

    If true, that would make Trump a bigger loser, for not even getting far enough to lose against Obama in the 2012. And I think we can all agree, that would be ridiculous.

  • dingojack

    carpenterman (#18) – As I stated before – The winner of the Republican nomination is likely to be the second or third place-getter in the polls (at this stage), based on the results from mid-July 2007/mid-July 2011… You heard here first(ish)!

    Dingo

  • dingojack

    cycleninja (#10) – ‘Tail Gonna’ tRUMP?

    :) Dingo