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Is Trump suffering from political affluenza?

January 27, 2016

It’s kind of hard to make deals to save the country when you can’t bear to be in the same room with someone who doesn’t love you.

With his decision to boycott the last Republican debate before the Iowa caucuses because he doesn’t think debate moderator Megyn Kelly will treat him with the deference a man of his stature should command, Donald Trump may have finally committed the unpardonable sin.

His supporters want someone whose political colors match the flag, not his hair.

Trump has had a problem with Ms. Kelly ever since the last debate she helped moderate.  She clearly didn’t frame her questions in the appropriately fawning tone, and it bugged him.

For those who don’t watch her show, Ms. Kelly has a direct and even sarcastic way of speaking that some might characterize as abrasive, even rude. The thing is, she’s like that with pretty much everyone.  It’s kind of her signature. In the world of media, it’s how she carves out her niche. Ms. Kelly is a native New Yorker, born in Syracuse, so Mr. Trump should know how to handle her, since he professes to understand and admire New Yorkers so much.

But this really isn’t about her.

It’s about how well Donald Trump can handle the toughest political post in the nation. At any given time half the country and a great many world leaders are going to hate you.

All in all, this was a really bad time to have a temper tantrum and threaten a news organization that has devoted probably above 60% of its election coverage to you. Roger Ailes isn’t known for backing down, and he didn’t.

The good thing about it is, maybe the country can finally watch the other candidates, not the Donald Trump show.

Thanks, Mr. Trump, we appreciate that.

From → op-ed

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