Reporter Tony Aiello asked me about Trump’s decision to boycott the latest GOP Debate on Fox News.
My response: “If he can’t handle a hostile debate, how’s he going to handle China or Russia or any of the other 1,001 problems that are going to confront the next president of the U.S.?”
What I also told him, which ended up on the cutting room floor, was:
- This gives the real candidates (such as they are) a chance to talk to voters.
- Trump has only a fraction of the number of paid staffers on the ground in Iowa as some of the other candidates. You don’t win a caucus (which is an entirely different animal than a Primary) with robocalls and TV ads. Not that Trump has spent much money on them either.
- There’s a difference between a candidate who is angry
(and there’s certainly enough wrong with our country today to make voters angry) and a candidate who is hateful and downright mean, like Trump. Americans are not going to entrust the nuclear launch codes to someone who is prone to fly off the handle and attack people.