Monday, May 02, 2016

Trump Flinches From Attending White House Correspondents' Dinner

by JASmius

For any actual Republican, this would make perfect sense.  White House correspondents dinners are crammed to bursting with the three archenemy categories of animals that Pachyderms can never gain from indulging: Democrats, the media, and Hollywood celebrities (in the latter category of which Donald Trump has resided up until now; hence, the fakery of his claim to be a "Republican").  And it was, of course, headlined by Godbama himself, so it was plainly and simply enemy territory that could never be "held".

For any actual Republican, that is.  But Donald Trump is one of them; always has been, still is, always will be.  And even in the context of the current ongoing charade, doesn't his "tough guy" persona/brand pretty much demand that he storm these particular gates and try to not just take and hold this piece of "enemy" territory, but dominate it?  Wouldn't the boos and catcalls of his appearance have been just the kind of rightwinger-duping sympathy ploy Trump could use to try and unify the GOP behind him in the only (i.e. combative) way realistically open to him?  And wouldn't the instantly viral vid of Donald Trump viciously insulting Barack Obama to his face energize his base to the stratosphere and further sway non-Trumpers?  Why would the man who has soared to the hostile takeover of a major political party on the wings of almost two billion dollars in free media promotion pass up a golden opportunity like that?

Because, perhaps and perchance, he isn't a tough guy after all, but a....pussy:

Donald Trump says he skipped the joke-a-second White House Correspondents' Dinner because he felt the media wouldn't give him a fair shake in reporting about his reaction to it.

"The press is very dishonest and therefore it's easiest not to go," Trump said Monday in a phone interview with Chris Cuomo on CNN's New Day program. "I would have loved to have gone. I felt I would have a great time if I go, but no matter how great a time, I knew they obviously would be talking about me. No matter how great a time I would have, wouldn't matter.

"They would say, 'Donald Trump was humiliated. Donald Trump had a miserable time.' You know? That's what they did last time [in 2011]."

To that cowardly, lame-oid cop-out, there can only be one riposte:

Plus, that two billion dollars of free media were all in fawning settings like (most of - see below) this CNN/Cuomo phone interview - not even face-to-face with the fawning interviewer, much less in a setting where he'd be face-to-face with opponents who could return his caustic fire.  Trump isn't interested in honest "combat" between "warriors"; he wants the "FIGHT!  FIGHT!  FIGHT!" to be in abstentia and stacked in his favor.  Remember how when it got down to him and Ted Cruz, he ducked any further debates?  Care to picture how fall debates with Hillary Clinton would go for him?  And why he will only not duck those bouts as well because he will be so hopelessly behind in the polls that he'll have to try any avenue to make up that canyonesque gap?

Think of it this way, Trumplicans: Your hero ducked a "fight" with Barack Hussein Obama.  Mr. Panzy-Ass Mom Jeans himself.

But it's not as if O didn't take his shots anyway:

Obama noted Trump's absence at the rollicking media event in which reporters and politicians gather together and savagely skewer each other.

"I am a little hurt he's not here tonight. We had so much fun the last time. It is surprising. You've got a room full of reporters, celebrities, cameras, and he says, 'no'. Is this dinner too tacky for the Donald?" the commander-in-chief quipped.

No, actually, it was clearly too much for his brittle, Obama-esque ego to handle.

Maybe there is something to Marco Rubio's "little fingers" observation after all.

Incidentally, Trumpoids, if you'd like a sneak preview of the kind of non-fawning media treatment that is going to descend upon your Dear Leader in the very near future, it came in this same CNN/Cuomo interview:

Chris Cuomo: You said [Mrs.] Clinton’s statement that “I know how to deal with men who go off the reservation — “ you said two things about that. One, you said “no she doesn’t, she doesn’t do well with those men.” I want you to explain that. You also said something that I thought was curious to Fox yesterday, you said “I think Hillary Clinton saying that to me or about me is inappropriate.” How can you find her saying that inappropriate but saying that [Red] China’s raping the U.S., you know, that that’s appropriate for you to say. That she’s playing the woman card, that that’s appropriate for you to say, but her saying she knows how to deal with men who go off the reservation, that’s inappropriate? How do you see that?

Donald Trump: Well she’s taken, she has been taking a lot of heat for that statement, not from you obviously but, you know they do call it the “Clinton [News] Network,” but she has taken from others a lot of heat having to do with that statement. And I think it’s a very harsh statement, it’s basically like “I can handle men, don’t worry about me, I can handle men” If I made that statement about women, it would make front page headlines.

Cuomo: Yeah, you basically did. You said all she’s got is that she’s a woman.

Trump: Now I won’t even bring up the fact that the Indians have gone wild on that statement. You know that, okay. The Indians have said that statement is a disaster statement and they want a retraction. I’m not gonna get into that.

Cuomo: Well you just did get into it, I had not really heard that.

Trump: I’m not bringing that up, I’m saying—

Cuomo: You did bring it up. You did just bring it up.

Trump: I think it’s a very nasty statement to men. And if I made that statement, it would be a big, big story. [emphases added]

"The Indians have gone wild on that statement....and they want a retraction".

That one's meme-bound.  No wonder Cuomo was snickering throughout this interview.

And you wonder why I'm not going to ride shotgun on this doomed farce of an expedition?  You Trumpeters will have that embarrassing death march all to yourselves.

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