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The Folly of Making Unnecessary Enemies

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Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign manager Corey Lewandowski (C) is seen allegedly grabbing the arm of reporter Michelle Fields in this still frame from video taken March 8, 2016 and released by the Jupiter (Florida) Police Department March 29, 2016.  REUTERS/Jupiter Police Department/Handout via Reuters

When our children were still in preschool, we tried to teach them an important lesson: don’t pick fights with your classmates, and don’t start pointless feuds with your teachers. Apparently, Donald Trump hasn’t learned that lesson.

After a press conference, his campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, grabbed and pushed reporter Michelle Fields. Instead of apologizing when she complained, Lewandowski called her “delusional” and publicly denied he ever touched her. A new video showed he definitely did make physical contact and police have now charged the Trump honcho with misdemeanor battery.

A prompt apology, with maybe a bouquet of roses to accompany it, would have made the whole incident disappear, but now it’s a major distraction feeding the theme of Trump’s arrogant hostility toward women. Making unnecessary enemies rather than useful friends is a terrible characteristic – in candidates, or preschoolers.

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  1. Nani  •  Apr 1, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    Trump supporters haven't learned the first lesson taught in childhood: loyalty. To family, friends, country, groups. Every time they JOINED their Liberal counterpart in bashing all things Republican, they told people thinking of joining the Republican party that they cannot be trusted. Loyalty is the foundation upon which the family stands, the glue that holds friends and members of a group together, the seam that weaves a host of races and traditions into one UNITED fabric.

    If they never got this, why on earth would one expect them to get basic skills like getting along, working for a common goal, and civil communication?

    Trump and his supporters want to blow up the world; they live on a colored blaze of destruction and a high that only an adolescent would appreciate. The rest of us grown up understands that words and actions have consequences–and are mature enough to get that the price is just not worth the temporary high.

    • Rizzo  •  Apr 9, 2016 at 9:21 am

      Nani….. Seriously? Loyalty is the first lesson you learned as a child?
      Blind loyalty, the kind you have suggested, has catastrophic consequences.
      Without making obvious historical comparisons, I urge you to seek a rudimentary understanding of factual events which have resulted from lock-step, blind loyalty… the type of loyalty in which you suggest is the fabric of our society.
      Republicans, by and large, have lost their way. They have become almost indistinguishable from Democrats. Their actions do not deserve our loyalty.
      They ought to do what they say, and say what they do. That's called honesty. Honesty is the first lesson I learned in childhood.
      Most of these politicians lie about what they will do, to get votes, then they side with BIG LIBS.
      We need an honest leader. One, who will DO what he says, and says what he will DO.

  2. Jim  •  Apr 1, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    Your coverage, and that of the media in general, is making a mountain out of a mole hill. You have made it a crusade to denigrate Donald Trump on your radio show since early in the primaries – so much so that I make it a point to listen to you only until you start to put Trump down and then I turn off your program. I used to listen to you every day, and now not so much. Do I think Donald Trump is the ideal candidate? No, but your anti-Trump comments clash with the level-headed rationale you used to portray on your show. You have also painted yourself as a supporter of the Republican Establishment, which has demonstrated to us Republican peons that we don't really count or matter to them.

    • Jerry Carter  •  Apr 1, 2016 at 4:27 pm

      We Agree!!!!!

  3. Glen  •  Apr 1, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    Keep to the policies. The rush of people in the crowds following candidates and especially the zeal of reporters has culminated in rudeness on all parts. I've heard reporters tell how they have been hit in the head with cameras, been pushed and tripped, etc. I would actually blame the assigned Secret Service for allowing this woman to get so close to the candidate. The campaign manager probably had no idea who he was grabbing and pushing out of the way, he was just doing his job. Media wants to make a big deal out of everything and want to make it look bad for whomever they are against. Justice would call for dismissal of any charges, but I am afraid to put a lot of faith in the legal system when it is also run by political persons with an agenda.

  4. DOUG WENZEL  •  Apr 1, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    Friends come and go, but enemies accumulate….

  5. S johnson  •  Apr 1, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    Medved is for the down fall of the GOP, this reporter did not get knocked down and to continue to say she did is only furthering the split in this private party where Reince gets up to tell us they pick the nominee not the voters.this reporter changed her story right after she found out there was a video.
    Hey Mike why don't you stop lying it would do everyone good

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