People who have been predicting that Donald Trump will not be the Republican nominee appear on the right side of that guessing game. Trump today leads the field of Republican presidential aspirants at 32 percent, according to a new CNN poll. Yesterday, speaking from behind a rostrum with the words "Tea Party Patriots." Trump described President Obama as stupid. He said we are being led by "very stupid people." He was talking about Obama's nuclear arms deal with Iran, a complicated deal that Trump apparently thinks he understands well – a part of his expertise regarding foreign affairs. Trump appears more like an arrogant and ill-mannered teenager than he does someone with the temperament and intellect needed in the White House – a president more able in his ability to measure those who differ with him.
Yesterday referring to one of his rivals, Carly Fiorina, he told a Rolling Stone writer, "Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?" He added, "I mean, she's a woman, and I'm not supposed to say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?"
Today the conservative columnist George Will wrote that Trump's promises are "probably as malleable as his principles" and that "some of his rivals for the nomination, disoriented by their fear and envy of him, are making the GOP seem like the party of boneless wonders." Ruth Marcus has written of Trump's "boastful ignorance" and described "intellect, experience and temperament" as essential qualifications for a president. And, with Trump in mind, Fareed Zakaria writes of "crazy rhetoric and outlandish ideas."
Many of us support the idea of a president who is strong, accurate and active, and we don't see Trump as the person who has the mentality for it.
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