President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020 in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
President Donald Trump spoke at Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) today.
Ever the entertainer, Trump had a little fun with some of his Democratic opponents during his speech at the conference.
He was describing how Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) absolutely eviscerated Mike Bloomberg during the last debate, attacking him over non-disclosure agreements he had women sign in the past. Unprepared, he didn’t have much of a response and was completely undone.
every once in a while we’re reminded that donald trump is truly an incredible performer capable of bringing down the house. history will, i believe, remember his charisma as well as his controversies
this is wild. pic.twitter.com/i01crhI1j2
— j.d. durkin (@jiveDurkey) February 29, 2020
From Daily Caller:
“She had those burning embers but ultimately she failed … She was really mean to Mini Mike, the way she treated him,” Trump said about Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s attacks on Bloomberg at the latest debate.
“He didn’t know what hit him. He’s going ‘oh, get me off of this stage,’” Trump said, as he crouched down to mock Bloomberg’s height.
“Get me off! Get me off of this stage!” he continued, as the CPAC crowd went wild, laughing and cheering.
Now that brought down the house.
A reminder of a little history for any who think this is “not presidential.”
Trump’s remarks are mild and humorous compared to some presidential contests of the past. There’s a long and storied tradition of presidential jabs, many of which were pretty nasty and not funny.
A couple of samples?
Thomas Jefferson, one of my personal heroes, a tremendous intellect, apparently had a few petty moments. He hired James Callendar, a journalist, to sling insults at his opponent, John Adams, saying fun things like Adams “behaved neither like a man nor like a woman but instead possessed a hideous hermaphroditical character.”
Then there was the Lincoln-Douglas fight. Stephen Douglas mocked Abraham Lincoln’s looks and accused Lincoln of being a drunk—stating that the future emancipator could “ruin more liquor than all the boys in town together” (despite that that was really more a problem Douglas had than Lincon). Allegedly Douglas called him “two-faced” during a debate in 1858, to which Lincoln supposedly said, “If I had another face, do you think I’d wear this one?” Lincoln’s side gave as good as it got, running handbills mocking Douglas’ height, suggesting he was bigger around than he was tall.
Meanwhile, while Trump is teasing Bloomberg, Bloomberg is making up a lie about Trump calling the coronavirus a hoax. Talk about not presidential.