“Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that?” Those were the words of Donald Trump to an interviewer from Rolling Stone concerning fellow GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina.
The next day Trump said he was talking about Fiorina’s persona, not her looks. Given Trump’s lack of tact when speaking, I might have accepted his explanation, except for the next part of the quote : “Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?” Clearly he was speaking about Fiorina’s appearance.
Aside from his other faults, this points out a fatal flaw in Trump as a presidential candidate. Either he cannot control himself long enough to think about the words he chooses or he really means the insulting things he says about people. That would definitely be a problem in diplomatic situations for a president. Trump might be able to back-pedal on comments made about other candidates, but in choosing words describing other world leaders, he would not get a do-over. And even worse would be a president who spoke aloud every negative thought about our allies.
I hope the other Republican candidates hang on until the first few primaries and caucuses. Trump may have a following, but the rank and file GOP voters who do not attend campaign rallies will likely vote for other candidates. Trump has the money to keep putting himself in the spotlight, but that does not guarantee the party nomination. I have faith in the voters. I have to – the idea of a president Trump turning all the nations of the world against the US is just too horrible to contemplate.