The Five Establishment Stages of Nominee Trump: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance


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Thursday night in North Charleston during the Fox Business Cavalcade of Liars, Ted Cruz, world-class sleazeball, launched a laser-guided call to Iowa Evangelicals to reject “New York values,” defined as “socially liberal or pro-abortion or pro-gay marriage. Focus [is] around money and the media.”  He fake apologized the next day, as noted here by CNN.  Screen shot 2016-01-16 at 1.00.11 PM

Donald Trump channeled his Inner Rudy and responded by invoking 9/11, saying “….no place on earth” could have handled the events “more beautifully, more humanely.  I’ve never seen anything like it. And the people in New York fought and fought and fought, and we saw more death and even the smell of death—nobody understood it… And it was with us for months. The smell. The air. And we rebuilt downtown Manhattan, and everybody in the world watched, and everybody in the world loved New York and loved New Yorkers, and I have to tell you, that was a very insulting statement that Ted made.”  Yes, boys and girls, Donald Trump was hurt both personally and on behalf of all New Yorkers by Cruz’s vicious, nasty words. A session or two with some high-quality Gotham grief counselors should help him get over it.

If Trump’s polling momentum becomes real voting momentum in the upcoming races in Iowa and New Hampshire and beyond, that response may be taken for the moment Trump moved from blustering cartoon character/reality show clown to real human being. With one allegedly from-the-heart moment, a guy who has been willing to say anything about anything and anyone to get attention is transformed?  All is forgiven?  Because of a prepared beatdown of Loathsome Ted?  Nicely summarized here by Peter Wehner, establishment Republican, in a NY Times piece called Why I Will Never Vote for Donald Trump… recall some of the fact-free bile spewed by Trump, the Leader of Angry America, Pissed Off and Proud of It: 

It is little surprise, then, that many of Mr. Trump’s most celebrated pronouncements and promises — to quickly and “humanely” expel 11 million illegal immigrants, to force Mexico to pay for the wall he will build on our southern border, to defeat the Islamic State “very quickly” while as a bonus taking its oil, to bar Muslims from immigrating to the United States — are nativistic pipe dreams and public relations stunts. Even more disqualifying is Mr. Trump’s temperament. He is erratic, inconsistent and unprincipled. He possesses a streak of crudity and cruelty that manifested itself in how he physically mocked a Times journalist with a disability, ridiculed Senator John McCain for being a P.O.W., made a reference to “blood” intended to degrade a female journalist and compared one of his opponents to a child molester.

Never letting a chance to play the aggrieved victim pass, New York City itself feigned offense at Cruz’s “New York values” taunt.

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This, from the same publication that actually, really hates Trump.Screen shot 2016-01-16 at 12.17.19 PM

The reviews came flowing in after the last debate, lauding Trump as showing decency, spontaneity, sincerity, a humanity that we had not seen during the campaign.  Really?  C’mon….. are you that naive to believe Trump wasn’t just repeating his standard 9/11 spiel and using it to answer a question that was never actually posed to shut down Cruz?  Cruz didn’t ask, “Donald, how did New Yorkers, many of whom are pro-choice social liberals, respond after 9/11?”  Because Trump is every bit the Masterdebater that Harvard Law grad Ted Cruz is, he technically whacked Ted with his response.  The ever-enabling media of all stripes fawned over the moment, and since then we’ve seen a quick slide to stage 5 of the Five Stages of Trump Steamrolling the Party…. acceptance…

….coming from the guy, who if he’d had his way, would have taken over the rebuilding of downtown Manhattan, rebuilding the World Trade Center with taller buildings that would have been called Trump Towers Too.  Ok, I made up that last part.  He wanted them called Twin Towers Two.  I apologize to everyone who was offended by my insult, even though Trump said in 2009: “I’d rather have nothing than what they’re building…. It’s a terrible design. It was designed by an egghead architect who really doesn’t have a lot of experience at designing something like this.” Sounds a bit like some sour grapes from a guy who got rejected as the Rebuilding Face of NY for the project.

I’m surprised Trump isn’t already selling those “We Are All Donald” tees in shops and on the streets in the NY metropolitan area.

Alzheimer’s patient Trump embarassingly remembering things that weren’t real…. and forgetting things that were…



Don’t give him your vote.  Extend to him your pity.  These episodes of public embarrassment for such an accomplished man make it all that much harder watch The Unraveling.  The misstatements of fact (to call them lies is so mean and judgemental and assumes motive… how dare we go there?) are so unfortunate and difficult to fathom.   Maybe Mr. Trump experienced “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”-style treatment years ago, where documented, public events and relationships were wiped from his mind, such as his obvious, multi-meeting, many-interview relationship with current NYT/former NYDN reporter Serge Kovaleski.  All the more sad since Mr. Trump has publicly claimed he has the World’s Greatest Memory.




Kovaleski had the temerity to challenge Trump’s delusions about “seeing” thousands of Muslims in New Jersey celebrating the downing of the World Trade Center towers on 9/11.  Doubling down on his original delusion and using Kovaleski’s byline about “a number of people allegedly celebrating the attacks” as his “proof,” Trump now forgets he ever met or possibly knew Kovaleski and had no intention of mocking the man’s congenital condition called arthrogryposis that limits the movements of the joints, even though he clearly knew him and he did make fun of him.  Part of Mr. Trump’s attack, seen below, demands that Serge Kovaleski stop “using his disability to grandstand.”  Mr. Trump, of course, at this point cannot be held responsible for anything he says…. and this should be good for another 3 or 4 points among sympathetic Republican primary voters who have family members who’ve suffered from Alzheimer’s.  No political correctness anymore, baby!  I’ll bet Trump was the kind of guy who used to fume at the tv each Labor Day as “Jerry’s Kids” used their “disabilities to grandstand.”