Trump Victory Speech and Morning-After Comments Hint at How Atrociously Sexist His Attacks on Hillary Will Be
Over the centuries the country has witnessed many a historic victory speech. Tuesday night, we got Trump's version of "presidential."
“When a boxer knocks out the other boxer, you don’t need to wait for the decision,” he told the assembled crowd of reporters and supporters gathered in Rome, New York, following his decisive five-state primary sweep. “I’ve got millions more votes than Cruz. Kasich was 1 in 41, now it’s 46. Why is he still here? Ben Carson did better and so did Chris Christie. Even Marco Rubio had more delegates than Kasich has right now.”
Trump’s metaphor of the GOP nomination race as a boxing match is a fitting one. Indeed, Trump has emerged as the fighter with the biggest right hook. And like all heavyweight greats, with each knockout, his confidence is growing.
“Today we came up even against Hillary, but we will beat her so easily,” said Trump, his steely gaze fixed on taking the belt. Taking cues from his WWE experience, Trump continued to drive this point home, adding, “I think she’s going to be much easier to beat than some of the 16 people I recently ran against.”
For much of the speech, Trump seemed to have already claimed the presidency. To that end, here are a couple of things we can look forward to under the reign of President Trump:
“We’re going to have a great relationship with China; we’re going to have a great relationship with Putin.”
“We’ve got to build our military up; a lot of great things are going to happen.”
In fairness, Trump’s speech wasn’t all gloating. He also demonstrated on several occasions his firm grasp of irony masquerading as self-awareness. “I’m not a hateful person; I’m a person who loves people,” said Trump, who might as well have added the proviso, as long as those people lack melanin. It would seem, though, that Trump has picked up on his over-the-carpet racism, adding for further emphasis, “I’m a unifier; I unify people.”
But to be clear, by unifying people, Trump was specifically referring to conservatives within the Republican Party. “Look at our win in South Carolina, a Cruz stronghold,” said Trump. “I won because of the evangelicals; the evangelicals have been unbelievable, and I won there.”
Isn’t it a big relief to know evangelicals seem to be opting for Trump over Cruz?
Going back to Clinton, Trump echoed a sentiment he’d shared earlier in the day on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “I think all she’s playing is the woman’s card; she’s got nothing else going. Frankly, if Hillary Clinton was a man, I don’t think she’d get 5 percent of the vote. The only thing she’s got going is the woman’s card, and the beautiful thing is women don’t like her. And look how well I did with women tonight.”
On Wednesday morning he told “Morning Joe” he was still recovering from Hillary's shouting. Nothing sexist about that. "I haven't quite recovered—it's early in the morning—from her shouting that message," Trump said. "And I know a lot of people would say you can't say that about a woman, because of course a woman doesn't shout. But the way she shouted that message was not—that's the way she said it, and I guess I'll have to get used to a lot of that over the next four or five months."
Probably because he knows Clinton is the hands-down favorite in a general election, Trump tried to plug the idea of a Sanders independent run to siphon off votes. He disguised this as a compliment to Bernie. “The Democrats have treated Bernie very badly, and frankly I think he should run as an independent,” said Trump, who seems to have borrowed some of Sanders’ own talking points regarding the Vermont senator’s fellow Democratic candidate. “I call her crooked Hillary. She’d be a horrible president, she knows nothing about job creation; her husband signed NAFTA, which was a disaster for this country. Hillary would be horrible for this country. She knows nothing about jobs except jobs for herself.”
Consider his answer to one reporter’s question, “Would you consider Governor Chris Christie as a potential running mate?” “I think he’s fantastic, certainly he’d be someone who…” Trump said, trailing off before he was able to finish the sentence.
Aside from his obvious baiting of Sanders to run as an independent to divvy the Democratic vote, Trump assured his audience he's still the same old tin-earred braggart he always was. “Look, I’m not changing; I went to the best schools. I’m like a very smart person; I’m going to represent our country with dignity very, very well. My personality is what got me here.”
Oh, and if you were wondering, he’s not changed his position on that wall. “Our border will be very, very strong, and we will build the wall; just remember I said it.”
How could we ever forget.