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Saturday, November 28, 2015

International criticism of Donald Trump - Is American media asleep?

American media continues reporting on Donald "Trump the Chump" campaign circus rallies. Yet, few seriously challenge Trump's carnival barker bombastic stump speech fiascos. He's insulted nearly everyone who dares to publicly challenge him.

Now, the international community is beginning a drum beat warning to Americans about the lunacy of a Trump candidacy, should he be nominated to run for the leader of the free world.

In fact, in the international community, Republicans are painting Americans as stupid for allowing Donald Trump to receive any media attention, when qualified candidates are sitting on the sidelines waiting for their second act. Obviously, the Republican mainstream candidates like Governor Jeb Bush or Governor John Kasich, two who could save the party from extinction, are being obfiscated by the Trump carnival.  Of course, Democrats are delighted to see the Republicans fight among themselves for who among them can be the most negative in the line up of candidates. Republican candidates are like wooden ducks on a carnival game skeet shoot. They all look alike while they're moving in one direction. Yes, Carley Fiorina even blends in with them.

America's Republican voters must get a reality check on the stupidity of a Trump the Chump presidential candidacy. 

Perhaps, the French Ambassador's input will help. He is frankly telling Donald Trump to mind his own business.

French Ambassador tells Trump: "Armed Citizens Defend Selves 'Only in the Movies'

Newsmax is reporting on just how dangerous the Trumponian concept of "defending ourselves with guns" won't work.

Armed citizens are able to defend themselves "only in the movies," French Ambassador to the United States Gerard Araud said this week, striking back at GOP front-runner Donald Trump's contention that it is important for people to arm themselves.

Further, he told Fox News' "Special Report" that he sent a tweet to Trump calling him a "vulture" after the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris, when a tweet reappeared on the candidate's Twitter page that was posted in January, after the Charlie Hebdo attacks.

“It was a theater, a theater hall," Araud told Special Report. "Imagine a theater hall and suddenly people enter with machine guns and are really killing people … It is only in the movies someone is using his gun to defend himself.”

Trump's initial repeated tweet, "Isn't it interesting that the tragedy in Paris took place in one of the toughest gun control countries in the world?” was quickly taken down and replaced with another that said "My prayers are with the victims and hostages in the horrible Paris attacks. May God be with you all."

Araud also quickly took down his own tweet, that not only called Trump a "vulture," but said the initial tweet was "repugnant."

But, even though Trump's tweet was taken down, he's still saying that Paris, where guns are prohibited, would have been safer if its citizens were armed.  (Does "Trump the Chump" realize how a defender against a terrorist must know exactly who's shooting? Therefore, the defender must be a sharpshooter to respond with a mortal shot. Moreover, a defender with a handgun could never outshoot the horror of an AK47.)

Yet, just one day after the attacks, Trump told a rally in Beaumont, Texas, that the ISIS attack in Paris might not have happened if French laws allowed for more people to carry guns.

"The toughest gun laws in the world: Paris," Trump said, during a campaign rally crowd of about 8,000. "If they were allowed to carry -- it would have been a much, much different situation."

On Nov. 15, two days after the attacks, Trump was quoted on NBC's "Meet the Press" as commenting that "you can say what you want, but if [the French people] had guns, if our people had guns, it would have been a much, much different situation.”

And a week later, Trump doubled down on ABC's "This Week," commenting that "If in Paris some of those people had guns, you wouldn’t have had the horror show that you had where [none of the innocents] had guns.”  (Donald Trump clearly wasn't in Paris during the terrorist attacks. He wasn't at the scene during the attacks on Charlie Hebdo or November 13th. Therefore, he has virtualy no idea what would've helped to save people or how an uncoordinated response might've even caused more carnage. In fact, we'll never know what anyone could've done to save lives. Nevertheless, what we do know is that the Paris terrorist attackers launched their killing spree, with clandistine accuracy. What would've helped was more on the ground basic intelligence.)
With the French Ambassador challenging Donald Trump "the Chump" about his "know nothing" postion on gun ownership in the face of surving a terrorist attack, the chances of the international community accepting Trump as the leader of the free world are close to zero.
Instead of making America great again, the idea of a Trump executive administraton might actually make our nation the laughing stock of the world. 

American media must stop enabling "Trump the Chump"; but, instead, they must report on the consequences of the unthinkable. Our nation's independent media must wake up and show journalistic leadership, by analyzing the damage a "Trump the Chump" candidacy is doing to the Republican party and the disaster his leadership will be if, God Forbid, he's ever nominated.

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