If you ask Donald Trump supporters why they support him, one of the things you’ll often hear is that they view him as some sort of “tough guy” who “tells it like it is.” It seems many of these folks have mistaken arrogance and ignorance for actual strength, confidence and honesty.
The truth is, aside from being one of the most dishonest individuals to run for president, he’s also one of the most thin-skinned and whiny ones I’ve ever witnessed. This is an individual who lashes out like a petulant child anytime he’s criticized, while endlessly crying about how “unfair” things are whenever the election doesn’t seem to be going his way.
It’s a textbook example of the bully mentality. Your typical bully is really nothing but an insecure coward who preys on people they feel are weaker than they are in a sad effort to make themselves feel more powerful and strong. However, these bullies are often the biggest crybabies of anyone whenever the tides are turned on them.
Well, that’s exactly what Donald Trump is.
Throughout the 2016 election, Trump has whined about a “rigged system” that’s out to get him. When Fox News’ Megyn Kelly dared to call him out during the first GOP presidential debate, he spent the next few months whining about her “unfair” questions. Even after a 3-hour debate he whined about how debates were too long and he might not participate in more unless some of his demands were met. Then after Fox News refused to pull Kelly from a debate just before the Iowa Caucus, Trump simply refused to participate in the event, seemingly too afraid to face Ms. Kelly. Later during the primary when, for a brief time, it looked as if his spot as the leading GOP candidate was in jeopardy, he began accusing the party of working against him. Then for the last few weeks he’s been setting up his potential loss in November by pushing this idea that the election is going to be rigged and that there’s no way Clinton could possibly beat him unless it was.
While his supporters are naive enough to believe all this nonsense, any rational person paying attention to what Trump’s doing can tell that he’s already laying the foundation for the excuses he’s going to use if he’s defeated in November by “predicting” that he could very well lose — but only if the process is rigged. That means when he (hopefully) loses this election, a good chunk of his supporters will believe that Clinton “fixed” the entire process.
Well, Trump cemented his status as one of the biggest cowards in all of politics on Monday when he pushed the idiotic idea that the presidential debates shouldn’t have any moderators, because — you guessed it — the debates are apparently “rigged” against him.
Here’s what Trump said:
I think, maybe, we should have no moderator. Let Hillary and I sit there and just debate. I think the system is being rigged so it’s going to be a very unfair debate. And I can see it happening right now. Everyone’s saying that he [Lauer] was soft on Trump. Well now, the new person’s going to try and be really hard on Trump just to show the establishment what he can do. So, I think it’s very unfair what they’re doing. I think we should have a debate with no moderators, just Hillary and I sitting there talking.
He’s referring to widespread criticism of Matt Lauer during the Commander-in-Chief forum where many people felt he was much tougher on Clinton than he was on Trump — which was absolutely true. I wouldn’t say Lauer was overly hostile in his questioning of Clinton, but he didn’t push back against Trump nearly as much. Not only did Trump repeat the widely debunked lie about his opposition to the Iraq War, but he also blatantly advocated for war crimes — and Lauer didn’t challenge him on any of it.
What this really boils down to is Trump is terrified that his lies are going to be fact-checked to a huge, national audience with direct quotes and/or video proving what he’s saying is untrue. It makes absolutely no sense to have a presidential debate without moderators.
What also makes this so ridiculous is we’ve never seen a candidate whine about this stuff like Trump has. Presidential debates have gone on for decades, and while there have been issues every once in a while, most have been relatively problem-free.
Then again, this is what I’ve been predicting for several weeks. I’ve publicly posted on Twitter and Facebook that if Trump gets crushed during the first debate, he’s going to refuse to participate in the last two. What he’ll do is claim (which is pretty much what he’s already claiming now) that the debates are slanted toward helping Clinton and they’re all part of the “rigging” he’s been talking about for months to prevent him from winning. He’ll claim he’s being treated “unfairly,” then simply refuse to show up for the next two unless demands that I’m sure would be completely ridiculous were met.
Throughout this election Donald Trump has proven over and over that, while he likes to portray himself as some macho, tough talking alpha male type who “tells it like it is” — he’s really nothing more than an insecure, sniveling coward who’s terrified of his bullshit being called out directly to his face.
Watch the clip below via CNBC: