Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Rick Perry Takes On Donald Trump

Not too many of Donald Trump's fellow 2016 presidential candidates have truly thrown themselves into the ring against the real estate mogul just yet (many, in fact, likely see themselves as being above swinging punches in The Donald's intellectual weight class). However, Rick Perry is more than game. Today he declared that enough is enough — after all, during one of Trump's Trumpier speeches yesterday, Perry was personally insulted. "[Perry] put on glasses so people think he's smart," Trump claimed. "People can see through glasses."

Not one to be one-upped in the game of "I know you are but what am I," Perry had a few words to fire back at Trump during a speech in Austin, which was calmly titled, "Defending Conservatism Against the Cancer of Trump-ism." In it, Perry offered his supporters a handy glossary of what, exactly, The Donald is:

1. "A barking carnival act"
2. "A toxic mix of demagoguery, mean-spiritedness, and nonsense"
3. "A cancer on conservatism" that must be "diagnosed, excised, and discarded"
4. "Suited to follow the Democrats' example" as a supporter of Hillary Clinton et al
5. A cancer that threatens to "metastasize into a movement of mean-spirited politics"
6. "Too arrogant, too self-absorbed, to seek God's forgiveness"
7. "The modern-day incarnation of the know-nothing movement"
8. An offense to John Adams
9. Senator McCarthy
10. Poison
11. Empty calories

Trump's response is undoubtedly forthcoming. Jeva Lange


  1. I saw an interesting commentary that for the other 9 dwarves who make in onstage with Trump, it is Trump himself who is actually doing them quite a favor, especially for those who do not have a lot of money yet for TV ads. Without a doubt, A LOT of eyeballs will be watching that circus precisely to watch some kind of meltdown. The presence of Trump gives every other dwarf a chance to strut their stuff as they attempt to take down the man who openly says all the shit the rest of them think but don't want to say. Trump is a clown, but a very successful clown who has made a fortune for himself by never backing down from anything. Much as they hate him, they have to all be licking their chops at the perceived treasure that will come with taking him down.

  2. This, perhaps, sums it up perfectly

  3. The more publicity Trump gets, the more outrageous his statements become, and he revels in publicity. Some are predicting that the first Republican debates will out rate the Super Bowl in number of viewers, a historic first.

    1. To me, he's a logical conclusion of the real life caricature that Reagan ultimately became. Trump is saying nothing of substance but blustering endlessly about how great he is. That rabbit scene in the Holy Grail seems like the absolute perfect metaphor to me. It seems ridiculous that a buffoon like Trump is slapping everyone silly, but in the words of John Cleese's character, "BONES of fifty full men lay stroooooooon about es' lair!"

  4. The reaction in the media here is one of incredulity, Trump, Thump or Dunk are just a few of the names by which he is known. No one takes him seriously and there is an increasing feeling of Alice in Wonderland proportions as we await his disappearance down a convenient rabbit ( should that be Gopher )hole. Surely your country cannot be serious about this wind bag. Imagine just for a moment, President Trump flying in Air Force one with the little box and the red button on the seat beside him. A minor tiff with the ruskies and he could not help himself as he pressed the button "your fired".

    Cheers from a fortunately far away Aussie!

    1. I find it interesting that talking head Republican strategists believe it is inevitable that Trump does himself in. Maybe he does, or maybe he goes full rogue, signs Sarah Palin on as his VP and continues to mock the entire process. If he isn't being taken seriously, I don't know why.

  5. Trump has a loyal following among some right wingers. However, I think most of the attention is from the press, who are stirring up their followers daily with wilder and wilder reports of Trump's off the wall statements. The Republican leaders are hoping he will go away, which is unlikely. All the other candidates have condemned his statements except for Ted Cruz, who is somewhat of a maverick himself. I suspect he will dump the Republican Party and go Independent, but that's just my opinion.

  6. , I think most of the attention is from the press,
    Thanks Mick, I had missed the emphasis from the fourth estate. Looking back to our mainstream print media we have done the same as your leading broadsheets. perhaps too much damage has been done, perhaps unjustly; I would however fear for my country if this bloke was to become President. I am grateful for the pointer and better informed as a result.