The first Republican debate ended with no clear winner emerging. Sure, there were plenty of gotcha questions, but Donald Trump didn’t answer any questions in detail, except the one explaining his support for Democrats in the past. His followers will latch onto his bombastic, red meat, xenophobic rhetoric, missing that Trump personifies exactly what these supporters hate about Washington. He eloquently described buying politicians and peddling influence. He represents the worst part of big money greasing palms in DC. I would have asked him why he wanted Hillary Clinton at his wedding, since he said his big donations compelled her to attend.
Nothing Trump said demonstrated he studied the issues and did some research prior to this debate. His performance reminded me of Sarah Palin, who reveled in throwing out the same sort of red meat rhetoric, devoid of any substantive details. If he doesn’t bother to read up on and research the complex issues facing America for this debate, one can only wonder how he would handle them as President. It speaks to a narcissism that echoes the current occupant at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, another “I am the greatest” ego.
The other non-politician on the stage, Ben Carson, displays a genuine humility and seriousness. He talked about studying issues, while Trump acts like the details are beneath him. Interestingly, Carly Fiorina, another non-politician, shone in the earlier debate, specifically because she does her homework. Trump has lots of money, as he reminds us in every other breath, so why didn’t he hire top-notch coaches to prepare for this debate? I suspect the answer is he thinks his money will buy him the Presidency, after all that is how he understands the American political system. Sadly, so many conservatives are so angry at the state of our country and fed-up with Washington and the GOP establishment that they hunger for the red meat he’s offering. In reality, all he really has to offer is bologna.