Mark Grimm

 

Trump As Debate Moderator? Get Real!

Donald Trump hosting a GOP presidential debate may seem like a bad joke, but the joke will be on any presidential contender who participates in this farce on December 27th.

Trump has already “played the media” for far more publicity than he ever deserved regarding the presidential race. Yes, the media is drawn to colorful characters because they attract viewers and readers, but why would any serious presidential candidate take part in the Trump show? As long as we have body bags coming back from Afghanistan and Iraq and nine percent unemployment, we can agree the presidency is serious business. Pandering to Donald Trump will make any Republican candidate look weak and lessen the chances any one of them will beat Barack Obama next year.

One might ask, “What exactly are Trump’s journalistic credentials?” Is highlighting fights between Omarosa and anyone else who comes near her one of them? To their credit, contenders Ron Paul and Jon Huntsman have refused to take part in the Trump debate. Trump responded by calling Paul a “clown-like candidate.” A Paul spokesman said, “the selection of a reality television personality to host a presidential debate that voters nationwide will be watching is beneath the office of the Presidency and flies in the face of that office’s history and dignity.”

Who’s the clown?

The writer is a Republican elected official and political consultant.

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