Showing posts with label Chris Christie. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Chris Christie. Show all posts

August 9, 2023

You'd almost think Trump is running against Megan Rapinoe who literally could run circles around him

 

By Hal Brown

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This was in Salon today:

Why Donald Trump and the right can't leave women's soccer alone

This is from The Advocate yesterday:
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This is from The Advocate in 2019:
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Do a Google News search for Trump and Meagan Rapinoe and this is what you see:

Yesterday at a rally in New Hampshire Trump mocked Chris Christie for his weight:

Trump mocks Chris Christie's weight: 'Don't call him a fat pig'


This was Christie's response on Twitter and my reply:



When I posted this I had no intention of writing on this subject. Then I read the article in Salon about Trump and Megan Rapinoe 

I don't believe in fat shaming. If you are reduced to attacking the appearance of someone you don't like it means you have nothing of substance to say. It is also not just petty but wrong so I do it knowingly with Trump with just a smidgen of guilt.

Like in court, if one side opens the door the other side is able to pursue the subject. I'm not sure I would have advised Nancy Pelosi to say Trump was morbidly obese though I can see how she bears a grude against him. (See: Nancy Pelosi called President Trump ‘morbidly obese.’ Is he? ) Remember how Trump Jr. attacked her husband who was literally attacked. Then Trump senior joined the Paul Pelosi conspiracy caucus (article).

Trump, the preening narcissist who has promoted those stupid electronic cards depicting himself as Superman and other lean and muscular macho men is easy to mock for his, dare I say kindly, aspirational fantasies rather than calling them delusions. 

Does one even have to photoshop him to make him look less, let's say, phsycially fit than he really is? (See how kind I am being?)

It shouldn't go unnoticed that when Trump attacks President Biden he will try to hit him on being a communist or Marxist, he'll use versions of "Sleepy Joe", and other ways to say he has dementia or is stupid. He has made fun of Biden who has largely overcome a stuttering problem everytime he stumbled over a word. I'm not sure if he has come up with new attack lines but in 2018 and 2019 when he was still on Twitter he tweeted:

"Welcome to the race Sleepy Joe. I only hope you have the intelligence, long in doubt, to wage a successful primary campaign. It will be nasty - you will be dealing with people who truly have some very sick & demented ideas. But if you make it, I will see you at the Starting Gate!"

 "Joe Biden got tongue tied over the weekend when he was unable to properly deliver a very simple line about his decision to run for President. Get used to it, another low I.Q. individual!"

Looks to me like it’s going to be SleepyCreepy Joe over Crazy Bernie. Everyone else is fading fast!

Crazy Joe Biden is trying to act like a tough guy. Actually, he is weak, both mentally and physically, and yet he threatens me, for the second time, with physical assault. He doesn’t know me, but he would go down fast and hard, crying all the way. Don’t threaten people Joe! 

Low IQ, crazy, threatening people, sick and demented, creepy, acting like a tough guy... of course Trump uses a form of projection when he frequently accuses others of things he has done and what he is. 

The only insult Trump hasn't hurled at Joe Biden actually would have a rhyming ring to it. He'd never use it because it is absurb and would open him to ridicule. 

Can you imagine the blowback if Trump call him Fatso Joe?

Here's a web search (click image to enlarge):


A personal note:

I am a fan of Megan Rapinoe Like millions of other soccer enthusiasts I was talking about the heartbreaking loss the American women's team suffered in the World Cup finals to Sweden. The only difference was that my partner and I were having dinner with her daughter, son-in-law, and their 10 year old daughter who is a super soccer player. We were celebrating the fact that her club soccer team just won a third place in a hard fought regional tournament. 

They regularly go to Portland Thorns games (Portland is called the Rose City, get it, Portland Thorns). They are our own professional women's soccer team. In 2022 they won the National Women's Soccer League championship.


Rapinoe  and her sister (who was sidelined due to an injury) were star players for the University of Portland's Portland Pilots so we consider her a hometown hero. Not that very many people in Portland are going to vote for Trump, let another any other Republian who may run for president, but his attacking "our Megan" can't be going over well with too many people here.

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May 31, 2023

Mirror mirror the wall who has the most charisma of them all, Christie or Trump?

 By Hal Brown

Chris Christie scores a knockout against Trump out when it comes to having entertainment value by himself and pitted against Trump it will be a Thrilla in Manila with Chris as Ali and Donald as Joe Frazier. Trump will probably win the primary but Christie will make the race exciting.

The expected formal announcement from Chris Christie that he will run for the GOP nomination has been discussed on MSNBC today (below) and elsewhere in the media (here).


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All of the other announced or potential GOP candidates are treating Trump with kid gloves. It's become a cliche to say they treat him like Voldemort, he whose name must never be uttered. To use this comparison, Christie hopes to be Harry Potter. Fans know whose wizardry ultimately prevailed in the battle between good and evil.

Both Donald Trump and Chris Christie are larger than life. I mean this figuratively, not literally although Christie, who revealed in 2013 that he secretly underwent lap-band surgery for the sake of his wife and kids, if Trump feels threatened by his candidacy will bear the brunt of Trump's bullyish jabs about his being overweight. Trump might call him "corpulent Christie" although corpulent isn't a commonly used word and Trump isn't exactly svelte himself. More likely Trump will just call him fatso.

Although like everyone I know I find it difficult to grasp why so many people think Trump is charismatic. On the other hand in his own unique way I do think Christi is charismatic although outside of New Jersey where he was elected governor twice by decent if not overwhelming margins I am not sure people in the rest of the country find him as engaging as New Jerseyites.

Charisma is defined as a personal quality, evident in the way an individual communicates to others, that makes someone more influential. This power to attract attention and influence people can be embodied in the way someone speaks, what someone says, and how someone looks when communicating. Reference.

Trump is a showman. More than anyone else running to be, or rumor to be considering running, for the GOP nomination Christi is a showman. Like Trump, he is quick with the quip. He thinks on his feet. He is animated. Using boxing as a metaphor, Trump is Mike Tyson and Christie is Muhammad Ali. Trump wouldn't hesitate to bite an opponent's ear, Christie for all his heft would float like a butterfly and make every jab sting like a bee. 

There was a time not long ago when Christie didn't show any signs of taking on Trump, let alone taking him on aggressively. For example consider this from an August, 2022 Salon article describing him as a lapdog for Trump in 2016:

How Chris Christie's 2016 "lock her up" speech fueled Trump's rise — and brought us here

Former New Jersey governor may want distance from Trump now — but he was happy to be Trump's 2016 attack dog

Christie has not only wanted to be president since he realized that it might be possible.  In 2012 he ran in the GOP primary. He has also opportunistically played the long game by attached himself Trump because he thought this would benefit him down the road.

Christie is a veteran of down and dirty New Jersey politics. His Bridgegate scandal showed how far he'd go to punish those who crossed him. I'd consider his politics middle-conservative rather than far-right extremist. Rather than analyze them you can read them on Wikipedia.

For sheer entertainment I find Christie fun to watch. While he may not met the rules for being in the GOP primary debates because he won't poll high enough, if those in charge of deciding who makes the stage want a larger audience they will make sure Christie is there.

Not that many people would watch a cage match between a 900 pound gorilla and a bunch of capuchin monkeys. Put a second 900 pound gorilla in the cage and it would be must-see TV.


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