Remember after the first debate, when Donald Trump and his family and advisers were just gushing with pride over how “disciplined” he was and what “restraint” he showed in not raising the issue of Bill Clinton and his affairs and alleged sexual assaults? Let’s refresh our memory. Trump himself:
Trump: “I’m Really Happy I Was Able To Hold Back On The Indiscretions In Respect To Bill Clinton.” Moments after the conclusion of the first presidential debate on September 26, Donald Trump told CNN’s Dana Bash, “I’m really happy I was able to hold back on the indiscretions in respect to Bill Clinton. Because I have a lot of respect for Chelsea Clinton.”
And his pal Newt Gingrich:
Fox’s Newt Gingrich Was “Very Proud” Of Trump For Not Bringing Up Infidelity: “He Was A Gentleman.” In an interview on Fox News host Sean Hannity’s radio show, Fox contributor and Trump surrogate Newt Gingrich said he was “very proud that at the very end when she attacked him and went off on this whole rant about women … I’m sure he said to himself, ‘a president of the United States shouldn’t attack somebody personally when their daughter is sitting in the audience.’” Gingrich continued, saying, “He proved that he had the discipline to remain as a decent guy even when she was disgusting.” Gingrich added, “he came off looking like a gentleman and she came off looking pretty mean and miserable” for bringing up Trump’s previous demeaning public statements about a beauty pageant winner whom he thought had gained too much weight.
“I mean, he very well could’ve looked down — and he said it when he came off the debate stage, ‘I wasn’t gonna respond to that question because I saw Chelsea in the front row and I just wasn’t gonna go there out of respect for her,’” the younger son of the Republican nominee told host Simon Conway of 1040 WHO Iowa radio. “And that was a big moment for me and probably will actually become, my life and this campaign, and probably will be something I’ll always remember.”
He continued, “I mean, he really took the high ground where he had the opportunity to go very, very low. And I’m proud of him for doing that. I mean, I’m really proud of him for doing that. And I think people recognize that. I mean, there are a lot of people who came up to me, including many in the media, who said listen, he could’ve just crushed her on that last question. And he would’ve probably hurt a family if he did.
“I don’t know, I think that took a lot of courage in so many regards and I think he really answered that well and took the high ground and kept the high road.”
Yes, he’ll always remember the incredible courage his father showed by taking the high road. So now that he decided instead to take the low road, will they all be coming out to condemn him, as they should if they had a shred of intellectual honesty or consistency? Yes, that’s a rhetorical question. Of course they won’t. Because they’re frauds, every single one of them. But reporters and TV hosts should damn well ask them that question.