Donald Trump is a vain and contemptuous person who seems to judge all things by how they impact him personally. To say that he doesn't suffer criticism well would be serious understatement - because he doesn't tolerate criticism at all. Those who dare to level even the mildest of rebukes toward the "star" will soon feel his fury.
Take, for instance, the case of Mitt Romney. Way back in February of this year, Trump did some public mocking of Romney saying that he should have won the 2012 presidential race, and that it was due to Romney's own political ineptitude that he lost. (It is perfectly alright for criticism to flow from Trump, but totally unacceptable for it to be directed at him.)
Romney responded the next month with a litany of negative observations about Donald Trump. The former Republican nominee said, in part (as noted in an article by Hank Berrien in The Daily Wire):
"… if we make the right choices, America's future will be even better than our past and better than our present. On the other hand, if we make improvident choices, the bright horizon I foresee will never materialize. Let me put it plainly, if we Republicans choose Donald Trump as our nominee, the prospects for a safe and prosperous future are greatly diminished …"Ouch. That had to hurt. Those were not words Trump would be likely to forget. Nor were these, which followed:
"… I am far from the first to conclude that Donald Trump lacks the temperament of be president. After all, this is an individual who mocked a disabled reporter, who attributed a reporter's questions to her menstrual cycle, who mocked a brilliant rival who happened to be a woman due to her appearance, who bragged about his marital affairs, and who laces his public speeches with vulgarity. Donald Trump says he admires Vladimir Putin, while he has called George W. Bush a liar. That is a twisted example of evil trumping good. There is dark irony in his boasts of his sexual exploits during the Vietnam War while John McCain, whom he has mocked, was imprisoned and tortured."
Lots of really solid nuggets in that one - even a mention of Trump's BFF Putin. In that segment of the statement, Mitt even manages to float the noble specter of more establishment Republicans like Shrub Bush and John McCain. But there was more:
"… Dishonesty is Trump's hallmark: He claimed that he had spoken clearly and boldly against going into Iraq. Wrong, he spoke in favor of invading Iraq. He said he saw thousands of Muslims in New Jersey celebrating 9/11. Wrong, he saw no such thing. He imagined it. His is not the temperament of a stable, thoughtful leader. His imagination must not be married to real power."
Good one. Nice examples of Trump telling bald-faced lies - or, as Mitt more graciously puts it, imagining those things. And yet there was more:
"… Here's what I know. Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud. His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University. He's playing the American public for suckers: He gets a free ride to the White House and all we get is a lousy hat."
"As worthless as a degree from Trump University." What a line! Sadly though, those lousy hats whipped up a heck of a pseudo-patriotic fervor and bought a lot of votes. Mitt went on with a look toward the future under a President Trump, foretelling a world that is as sad as it is scary:
"... His domestic policies would lead to recession. His foreign policies would make America and the world less safe. He has neither the temperament nor the judgment to be president. And his personal qualities would mean that America would cease to be a shining city on a hill."
Clearly Mitt Romney was not a man to be trifled with, and he certainly put that blowhard Trump in his place - or did he? Trump, now the President-Elect, decided a few weeks ago that it was time for some payback. He summoned the Mittster, not once, but twice, to his golden tower in New York City where they apparently jawed on some political and international relations stuff. As they were meeting, Trump's lackeys spread the word that Romney was being considered for Secretary of State, a plum appointment that Romney apparently wanted very much.
But then the dates were over and Trump never called. He did manage to tell the press that Mitt "desperately wants" to be Secretary of State - before giving the job to someone else. Poor Mitt had been groped in public and then laughed at.
It was humiliating.
It was also Trump at his personal best. Diplomacy is likely to be a dying art form as we rush headlong into the world of governing through insult-hurling, targeted-humiliation, and late-night Twitter rampages. Trump, the bully, has had Romney - and now he's getting ready to have the rest of us. Assume the position, America, because this is going to be great!