Saturday, August 22, 2015

Trump: 'We Don't Have Time For Political Correctness'

The first debate of the 2016 presidential cycle was held on August 3, 2015, on Fox News.  Donald Trump was leading in the republican polls at the time, and so he had center stage.  To the dismay of many republicans, the Fox News debate moderators did their best to take trump down.  Trump responded as only Trump can, and instead of going down he stepped up.

Consider the following exchange with Megyn Kelly and Trump.

MEGYN KELLY, FOX NEWS CHANNEL: Mr. Trump, one of the things people love about you is you speak your mind and you don't use a politician's filter. However that is not without its downsides, in particular when it comes to women. You've called women you don't like fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals. Your twitter account--

DONALD TRUMP: Only Rosie O'Donnell.

KELLY: For the record, it was well beyond Rosie O’Donnell.

TRUMP: I'm sure it was.

KELLY: Your Twitter account (This was said to raging applause by the republicans in attendance) has several disparaging comments about women's looks. You once told a contestant that it would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees. Does that sound like the temperament of a man we should elect as president? And how do you answer the charge from Hillary Clinton, who is likely to be the Democratic nominee, that you are part of the war on women?

TRUMP: The big problem this country has is being politically correct. I've been challenged by so many people and I don't frankly have time for total political correctness. And to be honest with you, this country doesn't have time either. This country is in big trouble. We don't win anymore. We lose to China, we lose to Mexico both in trade and at the border. We lose to everybody. Frankly what I say and oftentimes it's fun, it’s kidding, we have a good time. What I say is what I say. And honestly, Megyn if you don't like it, I'm sorry. I've been very nice to you although I could probably not be based on the way you have treated me, but I wouldn't do that. But you know what? We, we need strength, we need energy, we need quickness and we need brain in this country to turn it around. That I can tell you right now.

Emphasis added by me.  And for saying this, the media figured Trump was going to tank in the polls.  But that didn't happen: he went up in the polls.  At the present time, as of August 22, 2015, Trump leads with 24% of the vote, with Jeb Bush in second with 13%, Ben Carson with 9%, and Marco Rubio with 8%.  

What the media failed to understand is that the people in the country are fed up with political correctness. Indeed, rather than angering voters with what he said, he inspired them. Trump was actually feeding into the anger in this nation.  In essence, what he was saying was exactly what voters wanted to hear. 

For this reason, his poll numbers went up not down.  He is not politically correct, and tells it like it is.  And the voters are ecstatic, thinking things like: "It's about time!"  The media doesn't understand it.  The republican establishment doesn't understand it.  But Trump continues to be honest, and he continues to lead in polls.

Quite frankly, people are sick of political correctness.  They are sick of people telling us we need to be offended by words and flags, when we aren't.  We are told we must filter our words and our symbols, when we don't want to.