To read Donald Trump's Twitter this week, you'd almost think he let a sixth grader take over the keyboard. But no, it seems that the 66-year-old business magnate was indeed responsible for a Tweet that called Arianna Huffington ugly this week.
No more wondering if chivalry is dead, folks. I believe she's been taken out behind the barn and put down. Grown men are showing their anger at critical news stories by picking on the publisher's looks. What's next? Will the Trumpster ask someone to give him a cootie shot (that's circle, circle, dot ...)?
The childish insult, which also included Trump's assertion that Huffington's husband Michael made a "good decision" in seeking a divorce from the well-known liberal, is more of the same from a man who waged a ridiculous campaign against the president of the United States over the status of his birth certificate. What's more, it's sadly indicative of the state we are at in our nation, when intelligent discussion of important issues is lost in favor of petty insults and slights.
We could fight fire with fire, debate matters of national importance with facts. It's been said that you can attract more flies with honey than vinegar. Well you can attract more people to your side of a debate with reason, with sanity, with a certain amount of respect.
Instead, we have a world of Donald Trumps, who remind me of my 7-year-old when she's frustrated and unable to think of a good answer. She tells me "you're mean" because in 7-year-old terms that's a baaaaad thing.
She hasn't thought of ugly yet. But she's 7. It's only a matter of time.
I wonder what he'd think if I could walk up to Trump today and tell him, "Gee, Donald, you're just edging out a 7-year-old with your insults, aren't you proud?"
The words are so ridiculous they're almost laughable (almost), as if people like Trump have held onto these barbs since puberty, just waiting for the opportunity and the chutzpah to use them. Only the right time for playground taunts has long since passed. They are no longer cowering in the back of a classroom, hiding from the bullies' spitwads.
Now they are adults. If only they'd act like it.
What do you think of Donald Trump's insult? Is it inappropriate?
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