“If she’s going to play [the woman card], which she started about a week ago, talking about oh, he mentioned and, you know, the whole thing, playing up the women’s card very, very strongly, and if she’s going to play that game and if he’s going to be out there campaigning, then he’s certainly fair game, and I think just about everybody agrees with me on that,” Trump said on NBC’s “Today Show” by phone.
Nearly every single time Trump opens his mouth, he makes a childish fool of himself. This is no exception.
First, he consistently exaggerates the criticism he receives and has never yet learned from any of it. Hillary and many others have pointed out Trump’s obvious sexism, along with his racism and his religious bigotry. But if the criticism has been “played up . . . very, very strongly,” that has certainly escaped my notice. Trump must have no clue that criticism will become far more harsh if he wins the Republican nomination. Right now, the Democrats have no need to pay too much attention to him but the gloves will be removed once the candidate is named.
Second, he seems not to realize what a profound difference there is between a sin that has been exposed, repented of, and forgiven, on the one hand, and a sin which is currently quite active. Trump is committed to his sexism and likely will never repent of it, since he seems morally incapable of recognizing any flaw in himself. That is a far more serious problem that Bill Clinton’s sins of yesterday.
Third, Trump — perhaps because he is surrounded by toadies who lack the courage to speak the truth to him — often speaks as he does here of his certainty that “just about everybody agrees with me.” Because he is blind to his own shortcomings, he is deaf to the many loud cries against him and against all he stands for.
He is simultaneously hyper-sensitive about criticism, taking everything way too personally, and completely insensitive to what the criticism means. This is a sign of extreme immaturity at best, mental instability at worst.