Trump supporter:  Ted Cruz is a pussy

Update – 3:39 p.m. EST: Ted Cruz responded Tuesday afternoon to Donald Trumps’s remarks made Monday evening, accusing the New York real-estate mogul of being light on “the substance”, AP is reporting.  “He can’t defend his record,” Cruz told reporters from a diner in Manchester, NH. “For example, a vote for Donald Trump is a vote for Obamacare.”

 

Donald Trump’s attempt to deliver a barb at GOP rival Ted Cruz’s position on enhanced interrogation temporarily sidetracked at a Manchester, New Hampshire, rally when during a brief interruption, a supporter shouted:  “He’s a pussy” to describe the Texas senator.

Halting momentarily, Trump paused and said:

“She just said a terrible thing!  You know what she said? Shout it out,” Trump demanded.

Although the woman repeated her depiction of Cruz, she was unable to reach the entire audience, to which Trump responded:

“Okay, you’re not allowed to say and I never expect to hear that from you again.  She said — I never expect to hear that from you again! — she said: He’s a pussy.  That’s terrible!”

Met with applause and laughter, Trump leniently rebuked the woman for her rough language and proceeded to remind the crowd of occasions where his supporters uttered similar critiques of presidential candidates and he was assailed by the media for not responding judiciously.

Trump halted the interlude and stated:  “You’re reprimanded, okay?

Watch the exchange in its totality here:

Analysis

To his credit, Trump did offer a perfunctory reprimand; however, it would have been noble had he followed with a spirited defense of the Texas senator verifying his manhood.

It is doubtful Trump’s handling of this affair will fly under the radar as Hillary Clinton’s refusal to scold a supporter and defend Carly Fiorina did in November 2015.

Addressing a small crowd in Derry, New Hampshire, Clinton listened intently as a man claiming to be a former Hewlett-Packard employee bemoaned his discharge along with 20,000 others at Fiorina’s hand.

“Every time I see her on TV I want to reach through and strangle her,” the man said despairingly.

Clinton shrugged, laughed and followed with:  “I wouldn’t mess with you.”

These are two foremost examples of the pathologies which plague civil and political discourse.  Instead of advancing valid criticisms of opposing candidates’ positions, political rallies have been reduced to moments intended to cast candidates as heroes, but more often arrive as conventions where those consumed with ungovernable rage inflame sentiments rather than having candidates remedy them.

Fortunately for Mr. Trump, he had the grace to keep the diversion brief and condemn the remark.  If Trump wants to be taken seriously, he must appear more statesmanlike, act with less malice, avoid the irresistible temptation to mock opponent’s personal qualities with street-level humor and display more charisma and sincerity.

We would consider these qualities admirable and worth striving for.

 

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