Based on his unprofessional outbursts during the last Republican debate, Donald Trump has blown a fuse, and is edging ever closer to that inevitable moment when he loses the crucial brain synapse that leaves him drooling and proclaiming himself Prince of the Pangolins, or something similar. He has continued his meltdown with an anti-Ted Cruz rant released on his website as a press release. He laughably accuses Ted Cruz of being unstable, which is like Charles Manson calling Caligula nuts. He recites a number of what he calls Cruz’s lies, but they are just Cruz’s opinions. He is of the general opinion that Trump is lying about being a conservative. That seems fair and reasonable to me. What Cruz is really doing is pushing Trump’s buttons. The Donald can dish it out, but Cruz, like Megyn Kelly, is proving that he can’t take it. Trump is whining, threatening, bluffing and blustering, and generally acting like the pampered, narcissist he has always been. Finally, poor, abused Donald writes this:
“One of the ways I can fight back is to bring a lawsuit against him relative to the fact that he was born in Canada and therefore cannot be President. If he doesn’t take down his false ads and retract his lies, I will do so immediately. Additionally, the RNC should intervene and if they don’t they are in default of their pledge to me.”
I. If Trump believes that Cruz is not eligible and that he has standing to sue, then he has an ethical obligation to sue immediately. Saying he will ignore what he believes to be illegal conduct if he gets what he wants is a form of extortion, and wildly unethical: “I know you are not who you say you are, and I will expose your fraud unless you do my bidding.” No doubt this how Trump, who is slime through and through, thinks and operates in his business. I wonder how ofetn he has gained advantages by threatening to report illegal conduct? Never mind–it is the conduct of a bully and a thug, and a corrupt one.
2. If Trump doesn’t believe that Cruz is really not eligible, then he is lying, and using the threat of a false lawsuit to strong-arm an opponent. That’s unethical, and not how professionals run for office; that’s how unprincipled business moguls run for offices they aren’t qualified to hold.
3. That threat to the RNC is all the Republican Party needs to get rid of Trump. If he is going to constantly threaten to break his pledge and attack the party in the process, it is completely within its rights to eject him from the party and the process. It will be legally messy, but worth it. Make him run, all by himself, as a third part candidate. The Democrats have idiots too—he’ll draw from both parties. The RNC should give Trump an ultimatum: stop insulting Republicans, stop embarrassing the party, stop attacking George W. Bush, and stop threatening to sue everyone, or he’s out. Or, in the alternative,it should abrogate its agreement aggressivly and clearly: launch an official, full bore rejection of Trump, his methods and his personality, and pledge to make certain he is not the nominee. At that point, Trump can throw another tantrum, and quit himself.
4. The GOP has a duty to its members and the country to take advantage of all the “red lines” Trump is crossing now, and cleanse itself. When a guest starts tearing up your party, vomiting on other guests and refusing to behave, you can throw him out. Do it.
Finally, it is now undeniable that while there are many irresponsible, values-deficient, ugly and ignorant fools poisoning our culture and society, and while many, especially criminals, may do more tangible damage, none are more deficient in intelligence, judgment and character, and none are worse citizens, than those who continue to try to put a wretched human being like Donald Trump in the White House, where he can do more harm than any criminal in U.S. history.