As the last few days have shown, it's pretty clear that Ted Cruz's "New York Values" remark has wounded Trump's pride. Spin it as the latter might with invocations of William Buckley and 9/11, your typical flyover state resident knows exactly what Cruz meant by those words. With the "bromance" between the two now over, Trump is resorting to blatant hypocrisy in attempt to hit back at Cruz. Yesterday, he paid a visit to ABC News' This Week, where he told George Stephanopoulos:
"I don't think Ted Cruz has a great chance, to be honest with you...Look, the truth is, he's a nasty guy. He was so nice to me. I mean, I knew it. I was watching. I kept saying, 'Come on Ted. Let's go, okay.' But he's a nasty guy. Nobody likes him. Nobody in Congress likes him. Nobody likes him anywhere once they get to know him. He's a very –- he's got an edge that's not good. You can't make deals with people like that and it's not a good thing. It's not a good thing for the country. Very nasty guy."
Leon has already done a great job of explaining how this shows that Trump has no ability to read or judge people, but what really stoop out to me is how hypocritical is is for Trump to bemoan someone's nastiness. Trump has basically been the insult comic candidate from day one of his campaign.
His rivals for the nomination are some of his biggest targets. Marco Rubio has been one of his biggest targets. Business Insider has a "Greatest Hits" list of Trump's Rubio insults. Here are a few highlights, in case you don't remember:
- "I think he's highly overrated. I think he's an overrated person. I don't think he's going to make it."
- "He's nowhere in the polls. Personally, I don't think he's going to make it."
- "I think he's a highly overrated person. I've called him a lightweight. I think he's a lightweight. I hope I'm wrong about that."
And then there was this one where he managed to hit both Rubio and Bush, another of his favorite targets:
"I called him a lightweight. I said at one point he was a lightweight. And I don't mean to be insulting, but I do describe people somehow well. I describe Jeb Bush as a 'low-energy' individual, and unfortunately for him, that stuck. And it's true, he's a low-energy person. That doesn't make him a bad person."
While we're talking about Bush, let's not forget the insult contest the two of them engaged at one of the debates last month. That entire debate was known for its nastiness, but somehow, Trump managed to be involved in the worst exchange from it.
He's also made Carly Fiorina a target, but this time, he didn't resort critiques of her intellect or campaign performance. Instead, he made an issue of her looks to Rolling Stone's Paul Solotaroff:
"Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that?" Trump said to Solotaroff. "Can you imagine that, the face of our next president."
He seems to understand that the optics of a man making fun of a woman aren't the best, but that did not cause him to walk back what he said:
Trump added, "I mean, she's a woman, and I'm not s'posedta say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?"
As disgraceful as this interview was, it might not be the most shameful remarks he's made about women while running for President. To me, at least, the worst remarks he's made are the ones that got him kicked out of last year's RedState Gathering:
"You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes," Trump told CNN's Don Lemon on Friday night. "Blood coming out of her wherever."
He's tried to spin that by saying he meant her nose, but is that really what the average person is going to think of when someone makes that kind of remark about a woman? His distaste for Kelly has not abated since then. Last Monday, for example, he tweeted this out:
.@megynkelly recently said that she can’t be wooed by Trump. She is so average in every way, who the hell wants to woo her!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2016
Trump evidently has a problem with insulting women. It's not just confined politics and the media. Fortune has a great list of all the notable times he's insulted women, and the list more members of the media, contestants from The Apprentice, opposing counsel in a court case, and others.
Even the disabled are not safe from his mocking. Back in November, as you might remember, he made fun of New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski, who suffers from arthrogryposis. A written description doesn't do the remarks justice, so here's video:
And really, the list of insults Trump has doled out over the last few months could go on and on. You could write a book detailing all the times he has made fun of people on the campaign trail. Someone might already be doing so. If there's one thing I've learned over the years, though, it's that the people who dish it out the most typically cannot take it in return. Ted Cruz's "New York Values" remark is probably the best example of this from this campaign. If he's so stung by it that he feels the need to whine about it constantly, then perhaps he should find a better shtick to use on the campaign trail, because it only makes him look even more hypocritical than he already is.