Donald Trump says he doesn’t understand why everybody attacks him. All the while, he is relentlessly attacking everyone who disagrees with him. Not by challenging their policies, but by questioning their intelligence. The other day it was Carly Fiorina’s voice giving him a headache.
Yesterday, it was Rand Paul lacking a functioning brain:
Truly weird Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky reminds me of a spoiled brat without a properly functioning brain. He was terrible at DEBATE!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 11, 2015
From the description, it would almost seem Trump is projecting, since that’s how he comes across to many of us. And again, if Trump has so many great ideas, where are they? Why devote so much time to compiling insults?
Why, several days after the fact, did Trump decide Paul debated like he lacked a functioning brain? Why did he not notice this fact at the outset? Well, as it turns out…
Rand Paul has been running a Donald Trump is a fake conservative meme on Twitter, but there is a difference between challenging someone’s ideological bona fides and saying they lack a functioning brain.
In fact, Rand Paul has been tweeting links to an op-ed he wrote and posted on his website why he thinks Trump is not a real conservative, which is more than Trump has done by simply hurling insults. Trump could at least explain to us his reasoning in saying Paul lacks a functioning brain.
— Dr. Rand Paul (@RandPaul) August 10, 2015
Turns out, Trump probably did not think this until Rand Paul spoke last night, when Paul appeared on the O’Reailly Factor Monday night and explained himself:
I got started in the Tea Party movement, which was largely a rebellion against fake conservatives – Republicans who grew the size of government and voted for the bank bailout. Donald Trump was for that bailout, he was for ObamaCare before he was against it, he was for gun control before he was against it, he has said Democrats were better for the economy. So we should be very careful before people consider voting for him. I think he’s a fake conservative, I don’t think he’s been consistent about anything except promoting himself. What is his philosophy? The people are going to eventually ask whether the emperor has any clothes or if the emperor has a brain!”
At this point, Eric Bolling, standing in for O’Reilly, warned Paul, “Donald Trump is not afraid to take shots at anyone, and you may be his next target.”
Sure enough. First thing you know, as we saw above, it is Rand Paul who lacks a functioning brain. Like clockwork is Donald Trump.
This tit-for-tat could go on until the primaries, and likely will. With 16 candidates, Trump is unlikely to run out of targets, and the only Republican so far to be openly pro-Trump is Ted Cruz. Unsurprisingly, Trump has had nothing but compliments about Cruz, tweeting last night (just to contrast his with Rand Paul’s performance), that “@SenTedCruz had a very good debate, far better than Rand Paul.”
Eric Bolling was spot on, though it didn’t take a Nostradamus to predict Trump’s attack. And now that Roger Ailes has gone crawling on his hands and knees to Trump, criticizing him has just become much more difficult.
It is ironic that, if Ailes keeps his word, Fox News might actually – for the first time – approach “fair & balanced” with regards at least one topic: Donald Trump. Which doesn’t say much for the chances of one Rand Paul’s odds.
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.