Another class move by the thin-skinned Donald Trump. Apparently while I was sleeping (because we are six hours ahead of the U.S.) DJT tweeted out his latest attack on Megyn Kelly, host of the #2 rated news show on cable.
Everybody should boycott the @megynkelly show. Never worth watching. Always a hit on Trump! She is sick, & the most overrated person on tv.
Everybody should boycott the @megynkelly show. Never worth watching. Always a hit on Trump! She is sick, & the most overrated person on tv. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 18, 2016
Is she really “the most overrated person on (sic) tv”? And if so, do we need Donald J. Trump to tell us?
This is troubling on at least four levels.
1. He is a presidential candidate calling for the boycotting of news personality. Even President Obama, with his clear disdain for Fox News, never did such a thing. The freedom of the press is a fundamental value in America and while at present he is merely asking people to freely boycott her, which is legal (even if thuggish and unbecoming of someone who wants to lead the country), you can only imagine how a President Trump would react to his detractors. He has already talked about weakening the laws protecting the press if elected. I have never heard a presidential candidate speak of this need. But he will do anything to keep people from resisting him.
2. He is seeking to use his position to intimidate a journalist. It is one thing to say you disagree with her, another thing to rip her to shreds and attack her character. A huge difference between Megyn Kelly and Donald Trump is that she has substance in her reports and he just responds with insults and personal attacks. If he would simply respond to the argument, that would be fine. But he prefers to just label people, “low energy Jeb”, “little Marco” or “l’yin Ted” and hope it sticks. And now it is “Crazy Megyn Kelly”.
Crazy @megynkelly says I don't (won't) go on her show and she still gets good ratings. But almost all of her shows are negative hits on me! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 19, 2016
If crazy @megynkelly didn't cover me so much on her terrible show, her ratings would totally tank. She is so average in so many ways! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)