During the CNN Republican town hall hosted by Anderson Cooper Tuesday night, the host called out Donald Trump for arguing like a five year old.
Cooper had asked Trump about the tweet he sent with the unflattering picture of Heidi Cruz compared with the very flattering picture of his own wife. Trump’s response was, “I didn’t start it.”
Trump repeated that several times. Cooper was not impressed. Cooper replied, “Sir, with all due respect, that’s the argument of a five-year-old. The argument of a five-year-old is he started it.” Trump replied with his version of I know you are, but what am I, “You might say that.That’s the problem with our country.” Cooper continued, “Every parent knows a kid who says he started it.” Trump replied, “No, no, no exactly that thinking. That’s the problem this country has. I did not start this.”
The above exchange was about as deep into policy as Donald Trump got all night.
It has been rare to see anyone in the media call out Trump for his behavior, but Anderson Cooper deserves credit for attempting to slightly raise the bar by beginning to evaluate the Republican frontrunner’s behavior by the standard that this man could be the next President Of The United States.
Instead of sucking up to Trump for ratings, more members of the media need to hold his behavior to a higher standard. Donald Trump is a five-year-old child in a grown man’s body, and the little rich boy who wants to be president could be in for a spanking when he finds his childish shtick completely ineffective against Democrats this fall.
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