Donald Trump united two unlikely foes with his controversial statement regarding John McCain’s war hero status not being relevant because he “was captured.”
Conservative icon, Rush Limbaugh, and socialist, ex-CNN host, Piers Morgan, have finally agreed on at least one thing – Trump’s brazenness is the source of his popularity.
Limbaugh told his sizable audience on Monday that Republican establishment should take notice of Trump’s unrepentant style – after all, according to recent polls, Trump’s winning.
But, few “Trumpisms” have ruffled conservative feathers like his statement about McCain.
“[McCain] was a war hero because he was captured,” Trump infamously said in retaliation to a verbal jab by McCain.
Many Americans were deeply offended that Trump would insult a war hero, and subsequently the billionaire did walk-back his statement, albeit without apology.
Limbaugh urged his listeners to see the bigger picture. His defense of the billionaire even made the New York Times:
“The American people haven’t seen something like this in a long time,” the radio host said, speaking to the unique nature of the emerging 2016 Republican presidential contest, in which harnessing anger and money may be crucial ingredients for success.
“They have not seen an embattled public figure stand up for himself, double down and tell everybody to go to hell.”
Limbaugh wants to see Trump’s unapologetic technique – that is skyrocketing him in the polls – used as a life-lesson for Republican leadership.
“Trump can survive this, Trump is surviving this,” Limbaugh said.
“This is a great, great teachable moment here, this whole thing with Trump and McCain.”
It seems Americans are finding grit and authenticity a refreshing change as opposed to the sugarcoated, populist-speak robotically-regurgitated by D.C. elites (Democrat presidential contender Martin O’Malley is a perfect example of this as he spinelessly apologized to his rabid base for daring to publicly say “all lives matter”).
In a Daily Mail op-ed, Morgan pointed out Trump’s unabashed style in dealing with his previous inflammatory immigration comments, and now, the McCain controversy.
[Trump] doubled-down on his comments, swiftly turned them into a wider national debate on the undeniably important issue of illegal immigration in the United States, and insisted he’d win the Latino vote at the election.
You don’t have to agree with him to recognize that this was a master-class in how to turn a potentially overwhelming, campaign-ending negative into a vote-winning positive.
They may be on to something.
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