A Serious Question for Trump Supporters

I’m not going to ask you why you’re a Trump supporter. I’m not sure I want to know the answer.

Donald Trump Backyard Photo Sign at Night - West Des Moines, Iowa
(Image: “Donald Trump Backyard Photo Sign at Night – West Des Moines, Iowa,” by Tony Webster, on Flickr under Creative Commons.)


I will ask this, since it’s been reported that he’s unlikely to show up to the Fox News Channel debate:

Since Trump postures and preens and presents himself as a hard-nosed negotiator, a savvy dealmaker, and a “uniter,” how can he be unwilling to face a particular female reporter (Megyn Kelly) as the moderator of a debate?

Note that I didn’t say he was unable to face her, nor did I say he was afraid to face her — although it does appear that way despite his campaign’s protestations to the contrary. But at the moment he certainly appears unwilling to face her. In addition, he has been rather vocal in the past about not liking the way she asked him questions, even though it’s her job to ask questions and most reporters who take their jobs seriously ask tough questions. How does his unwillingness — or even his complaining about her being one of the moderators — show him as anything but weak, and petulant, and maybe a little pathetic?

Oh, hell, I will ask the question anyway. In all seriousness, how can you support Trump?

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5 Responses to A Serious Question for Trump Supporters

  1. If he continues to do well after his good showing in NH, I wonder if he’ll actually show up at the March debate that Megyn Kelly is supposed to moderate.

  2. S R H (@BlackSheep0ne) says:

    I can only speculate, but perhaps he feels he can draw more attention to himself without appearing as nasty to her as he has previously appeared.

  3. Conan says:

    Personally, I almost convinced he’s running a 5th Column campaign, trying to ensure Republicans don’t win the general election. He seems to be pandering to the lowest common denominator for extreme positions, ensuring he has a strong following among the wacko right base (depending on the issue being argued). If they manage to sideline him and nominate someone else, he’ll probably run independent to tube the party If he wins, he’s alienated anyone in the middle. If he wins and appears to be leading in the general, he’ll do something to throw the general. Given his previous issue positions/statements, it’s hard to reconcile with what he’s saying now. Just one possible conspiracy theory…

  4. Ryan J says:

    I cannot imagine there’d be much overlap between folks interested in your blog and folks able to answer that question.