piston wrote:Like it or not, even the Fox channel debate team, and I remind you that Fox is associated with conservatism across the nation and beyond, were prepared to deal with Mr. Trump's incivility because he is as unpredictable as a live hand grenade. From the LA Times:
The script — which Baier didn't have to use — took a page from Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice" TV show. It went like this: "Mr. Trump, in your business you have rules. You follow rules. We have rules on this stage. We don't want to have to escort you to the elevator outside this boardroom."
"We're hoping we don't have to use it," Baier said later. "[But] we're locked and loaded."
He was clearly set up with questions that weren't good or substantive, and were designed to suppress the aspects about him that are resonating with people. That is, the aspects about him that many would agree with and find appealing. There's no doubt the questions were designed to sabotage him and cast him in the most negative light. That's not what good moderators should be doing for these debates. Nor is it what the media should be doing.
You say that I don't get the point but you continue to overlook the most obvious fact about Trump: his incivility. It's as though rules, any rule, don't apply because he is a financial "winner" engaged in a crusade against political "losers."
No, my point is it should be up to the voters which rules apply -- not the moderators (or the media). Trump is breaking traditional rules, i.e. he's not being politically correct. He's doing and saying things other candidates never do, but it's not negatively affecting him in the polls.
I am in no position, and neither are you, to ascertain what makes him popular among white male Republicans but his bluntness, rudeness, vindictiveness against all who criticize him, and hatefulness may well be part of the answer to that question.
He's not just popular among white males, but I've heard he's polling quite well with Hispanics too and generally polls very well for the general election. He's not vindictive or hateful at all from what I've seen, and I think people are by and large coming to same conclusion. Yes, he's often blunt, crass at times, and unapologetic, but not hateful. And this 'war on women' thing is 100% total BS, with Trump or anyone else in the Republican party. It's something the DNC totally made up, but sadly probably some women think it's actually true. It never ceases to amaze me how gullible people are and how easily they will believe stuff like this because they want it to be true.