Ted Cruz thought he zinged Donald Trump good when he accused him of “New York values.” But one New York value that Trump has mastered is the put-down.
Carter noted how Trump’s spot-on zingers buried Jeb Bush (“low energy”) and burned Cruz (“he’s a nasty guy”).
Now The New York Times reports that Trump’s jibes about Bill Clinton’s bad-boy reputation are hurting Hillary among women voters. Trump called her an “enabler” who led hard-edged attacks on the women in Bill’s “bimbo eruptions.”
Trump’s attacks, the Times said, have led to second thoughts about Clinton’s candidacy among young women and feminists. One said:
“You have to give Trump credit. He’s a genius at poking and prodding his competitors until he finds their soft spots.”
Maybe it’s troubling that the presidential campaign is driven by a man whose greatest talent is hurling personal insults perfectly suited to an iPhone/Twitter age.
It certainly should trouble Democrats who think Trump would be easy to beat in November.