Yep. This is what we’ve come to.
The frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination made dick jokes during a nationally televised debate. When Senator Rubio sunk to “The Donald’s” childish level by making jokes about his hands, Trump couldn’t help but respond in the least adult manner possible.
And he’s the leader in this race. Seriously, think about that for a moment.
I have a longer post in the works discussing the myriad reasons why Donald Trump is unelectable. But for now, let me just say this goes way beyond penis insecurity.
But wait, there’s more! How about honesty?
Politifact rated 82 out of 105 of Trump’s public statements (a whopping 78 percent), to be false, or mostly false, with another 14% as “half true.” A perusal of factcheck.org comes up with similar results. This is a man who is truly honest in his public speeches just 8% of the time.
8 percent! Even taking into account the selective nature of fact checking, that’s still a woeful percentage for a statistically significant number of public statements.
There’s an increasingly likely chance he could become President, or at least be a finalist. More than 3 million Americans in 15 states so far have cast ballots for him, and he’s projected to win a great majority of the next contests, totalling several million more.
Is this a reflection of the quality of the candidates, or of the American people themselves? Remember, 17 candidates started out running for the Republican nomination. And the guy who lies more than 3/4 of the time and brags about the size of his dick during a debate is the best of those 17?
There’s been so much analysis of a longing for outsiders, and a distaste for “the establishment.” Career politicians are passe. That’s definitely worth considering and understanding. And there’s plenty to write about and discuss there. But even with this new thirst for outsiders, Donald Trump is who Republican primary voters want? Racism, misogyny, nativism, dishonesty, and now… dick jokes?
If he’s still leading in the polls over the next few days, I’ll have to conclude that a plurality of Republican primary voters simply don’t care what kind of person their Commander in Chief is, as long as that person reflects and articulates their frustration and anger.