Animal-style french fries have a rightful place in the United States. Animal-style politics courtesy of Donald Trump do not.
As a native Californian taking refuge in Virginia, I always encourage others to sample and try In-N-Out’s animal-style french fries. (For those unfamiliar with animal-style fries, they are french fries topped with a Thousand Island-style dressing made from ketchup, mayonnaise, and sweet pickle relish.) These fries truly live up to their name: they are messy, but oh so delicious. Although animal-style fries are enjoyed by countless Americans, it’s a shame many are endorsing animal-style politics.
Trump’s “strength” is seen in his relentless pursuit to prey on those who pose a threat him or his empire. He had the audacity to mock a disabled man. He had the gall to criticize a woman’s face. He compared one of his recent endorsers to a “child molester” with pathological tendencies. He trashed a respectable female reporter who dared to ask him a tough question. He threatened a prominent family in Chicago for not appeasing him. (Need I go on?) Despite unleashing these attacks, he proceeds to bark and howl.
A few days ago, Trump tweeted that rival Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) used a suggestive yet publicly available photo of his wife, Melania, in a SuperPAC ad. He proceeded to say he’ll “spill the beans” on Heidi Cruz:
Lyin' Ted Cruz just used a picture of Melania from a G.Q. shoot in his ad. Be careful, Lyin' Ted, or I will spill the beans on your wife!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 23, 2016
Much to the chagrin of Trump, Cruz had no direct involvement in this ad since campaigns are legally barred from colluding with SuperPACs. (Campaigning 101.) More importantly, the Make America Awesome PAC that’s responsible for the ad is anti-Trump but not affiliated with Cruz in any shape or form. (Facts are stubborn things, especially for Trump loyalists who excuse the candidate’s indefensible behavior on the pretext of “making America great again.”) Cruz also condemned the ad in question–a fact largely ignored by Trump and his surrogates. As expected, Cruz took the high road and responded with the following:
Donald, real men don't attack women. Your wife is lovely, and Heidi is the love of my life. https://t.co/pprXhIMzUT
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 24, 2016
.@tedcruz on Heidi: "She’s dealt with a lot of garbage in the business world…Heidi Cruz is not scared 1 iota by a bellowing Donald Trump."
— Betsy Klein (@betsy_klein) March 24, 2016
Then Trump retweeted an unflattering photo of Mrs. Cruz paired side-by-side with his model wife yesterday morning, which immediately prompted Cruz to address Trump’s antics before the media:
Instead of debating Cruz on policy matters and substance, Trump skirts serious conversation by mudslinging, hurling insults, and channeling his inner clown. Even worse–he threatens to defame a formidable candidate’s spouse who is devoted to her husband and successful in her own right.
What could be so dangerous about Heidi Cruz? She’s a woman who excelled in the private and public sectors. She’s a woman who overcame depression. She’s a woman who got her undergraduate degree at Claremont McKenna College and later got her MBA from Harvard Business School. And more importantly, she’s a woman who successfully juggles motherhood and a career. (I’m shocked–SHOCKED, I tell you, by all of her “biggly” accomplishments!)
Given Trump’s animalistic tendencies, The Daily Beast even suggested Mrs. Cruz is far more qualified to be president:
In his world, a woman’s physical attractiveness—measured by his own subjective standards—is the most important thing about her, and unless that attractiveness is off his personal charts, her value is zero.
And so he believes that women who pose threats to his candidacy—like Megyn Kelly, Carly Fiorina, and now Heidi Cruz—can be destroyed with schoolyard bullying.…
Heidi got her B.A. in economics and international relations from Claremont McKenna College and a master’s the following year in European business from the Université libre de Bruxelles in Brussels. Five years later, she received the MBA from Harvard Business School.
After Harvard, Heidi worked for George W. Bush’s presidential campaign as an economic policy aide, which is where she met Ted.
Trump moved to New York City after his graduation from the University of Pennsylvania’s business school. He started off with a personal net worth of $200,000 (the equivalent of $1.4 million today), according to what he wrote in his first book, The Art of the Deal. At the time, his father, the real estate developer Fred Trump, had a business worth $200 million. (How much Fred gave Donald at the start of his career is a matter of some debate, but it is in the millions.) Upon his arrival in Manhattan, Trump started going to Le Club, a glitzy nightclub, and associating with a lawyer who introduced him to mobsters as he got his start in real estate.
Let’s reserve animalistic behavior for our furry friends in the Animal Kingdom, shall we? It’s imperative to refrain from animal-style politics going forward.