Media Goes Off-Message on Donald Trump

Donald Trump has had an easy time of it in the media thus far. Yesterday, something he didn't expect popped up.

What actually happened is not up for discussion here. First, none of us were there, and more importantly, I have no interest in being sued by Donald Trump over readers' comments. (Be forewarned, comments opining on the substance of the allegation and personal attacks on either Trump or his ex-wife's character will be deleted as soon as I see them.)

What is of interest (at least at this site) is how he responds to this unexpected public relations mess, including his response to erroneous public comments by those who work for him. (His lawyer, who also serves as executive vice president at the Trump Organization) has acknowledged his erroneous statements about the law and apologized.

Many have said the test of leadership during a crisis is not the crisis itself, but one's behavior during it. How's Trump doing?

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    "Inarticulate"? (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by oculus on Tue Jul 28, 2015 at 02:13:30 PM EST
    In my moment of shock and anger, I made an inarticulate comment--which I do not believe--and which I apologize for entirely,"

    I thought it was quitre articulate (none / 0) (#3)
    by Reconstructionist on Tue Jul 28, 2015 at 02:17:12 PM EST
     got the point across lucidly and with a great deal of flair.

    Articulate yes, yet legally erroneous, (5.00 / 2) (#10)
    by Peter G on Tue Jul 28, 2015 at 04:43:47 PM EST
    unprofessional, and unethical.

    Well (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue Jul 28, 2015 at 02:16:29 PM EST
    I really don't know what to say about all this. It seems that an old allegation has come up, his lawyer made a stupid comment about it and it goes from there. I seriously doubt this is going to make one iota of difference with GOP primary voters.

    I don't think this is gonna be that bad (none / 0) (#4)
    by CST on Tue Jul 28, 2015 at 02:20:25 PM EST
    Some portion of them probably agree with the statement.

    Listen to the comments they make about rape and abortion.  Or shoot, the rush to defend the Duggars.  At least Trump presumably understands you can still get pregnant from rape.


    Yes (none / 0) (#6)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue Jul 28, 2015 at 02:54:43 PM EST
    and after years of Limbaugh telling them there's no such thing as rape etc. etc.

    I think you said it all (none / 0) (#9)
    by ruffian on Tue Jul 28, 2015 at 03:23:46 PM EST
    Duly noted Boss... (none / 0) (#5)
    by kdog on Tue Jul 28, 2015 at 02:44:45 PM EST
    I had a joke related to Mexican exports all lined up too...but I shall behave.

    Nothing about Trump surprises me any more. (none / 0) (#7)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Tue Jul 28, 2015 at 03:09:19 PM EST
    That said, I believe this to be a matter between him and his ex-wife -- and I suppose now, his lawyer, too. Hardly anything good ever comes from speculation about the nature of other people's personal relationships, regardless of whether those are past or present. And so, I will consider it none of my business.

    Overall, I would say that (none / 0) (#8)
    by KeysDan on Tue Jul 28, 2015 at 03:22:44 PM EST
    the crisis is the Republican party, and that Trump has tapped into and voiced its angst very well.  In that sense, he is more their follower than their leader. However, he is a leader in that he offers no programs, which is just what the Republicans demand. And, repeal of those that are in place, except those that are not recognized as government programs.  

    The suggestion that Trump has had an easy time of it, is likely to result in him having an even easier time of it, if questioners and commenters are intimidated and self-censored. Certainly, charges of a crime or libelous claims would not find their way into TL, but clarifications of comments about public figures, especially anyone who is a candidate for president of the US, not to mention a front-runner, would be helpful.    

    I (none / 0) (#11)
    by FlJoe on Tue Jul 28, 2015 at 05:03:25 PM EST
    saw Cohen on CNN a couple of times, a political pro he was not, he came off as a smarmy hatchet man.

    This whole amounts to a "gotcha" hit job on the amateur spokesman that Trump "hired". The guy obviously did not belong in the big leagues. His melt down became news, allowing the Ivana saga to creep back in.

    The Donald needs to hire some pros quickly, I foresee plenty of oppo smart-bombs coming his way, not to mention the hordes of savage journalists looking for his scalp. I know it's not like bagging a Clinton, but you would still have the eternal gratitude of the GOP.  

    Too bad (none / 0) (#12)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue Jul 28, 2015 at 05:21:12 PM EST
    they don't treat everyone as bad.

    Meet your next Supreme Court nominee (none / 0) (#13)
    by ruffian on Tue Jul 28, 2015 at 06:17:52 PM EST
    Hey, the Very Serious People tell me Trump has a real chance at being elected.

    Speaking of off msg. (none / 0) (#14)
    by FlJoe on Tue Jul 28, 2015 at 07:25:26 PM EST
    "If you're getting high in Colorado today, enjoy it," Christie, a Republican campaigning for the 2016 presidential nomination, said Tuesday during a town-hall meeting at the Salt Hill Pub in Newport, New Hampshire. "As of January 2017, I will enforce the federal laws."
    WTF, is there that many hippie punching votes out there? He never appealed to the evangelicals or other moral scolds before. Dude they just got their ass whipped over Gay Marriage and you hope to gain respect by going all law and over weed? States Rights anybody?

    Poor Chris, mean ole Donald has already bullied everybody in the park, except for a couple of stoners burning one in the bushes. Bizarre.

    It's looking (none / 0) (#15)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue Jul 28, 2015 at 07:28:20 PM EST
    like Rand Paul might be the first causality. Christie might be the next one.