Monday, August 8, 2016

Trump to Clinton: Nyah, nyah, nyah-nyah,nyah. You are im-mat-ure.

That sing-song saying was a joke circulating back in my high-school days.

Scriber detects a trend in the endless Trump tweeting attacks. The perfect example is his reaction to his mental stability being questioned - frequently and by many. In response he tries to turn it around and level the same charge against Clinton. The story on that comes from the Daily Intelligencer at New York magazine. Below is the essence.

The attacks on Friday and Saturday show that Trump seems to be trying to deflect and redirect criticisms that have been made against him back toward Clinton. Put another way: Trump’s response to weeks of seemingly effective attacks regarding his mental and moral fitness for office seems to be, “I know you are, but what am I?” As an example, President Obama, in his own escalation of rhetoric against Trump, said last week that the Republican nominee was “unfit to serve as president” and that anyone who has made the kinds of statements that Trump has “doesn’t have the judgment, the temperament, the understanding to occupy the most powerful position in the world.” Said Trump on Saturday, “I’ve always had a great temperament. And you know, I win. I have a winning temperament.” Regarding Clinton, Trump insisted that, “Unstable Hillary, she lacks the judgment, temperament, and moral character to lead this country.”

Translation: Nyah, nyah, nyah-nyah,nyah. She, is, cra-zy too.

In addition to Trump's copy-catting, this kind of response reflects more on the speaker than on the recipient.

The American public is not buying it. Here is more from the Intelligencer.

The results of a new ABC News/Washington Post poll conducted Monday to Thursday indicate that Clinton currently leads Trump by eight percentage points nationally. On the question of whether either candidate had the right personality and temperament to be president, 61 percent of respondents said that Clinton did, compared to 31 percent for Trump.

This is not the first time that Trump has trumped up charges against others that reflect on himself. For example, he accused Mrs. Khan of being silenced and prevented from speaking at the DNC. Turns out that he places gag orders on former spouses - at least on first wife Ivana. Trump accused Mexican immigrants of being rapists, but he himself was accused of rape by Ivana.

Update: As one of this post’s commenters has pointed out, Trump’s new rhetoric also corresponds to one of the more perceptive observations anyone has made about Trump this year — from the ghostwriter of his book, The Art of the Deal:

[Tony Schwartz tweets: ] "Something I saw early on w/ Trump: most negative things he says about others are actually describing him. Read his tweets with that in mind."

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