Does Acting “Presidential” for Two Hours at a Debate Make Trump Electable?

Following Thursday’s Republican debate, the pundits were all a flutter about how “presidential” Donald Trump was. He was really restrained tonight. It was almost presidential. He didn’t toss a punch at Ted Cruz. How presidential. He didn’t light anyone on fire. Super presidential.

I feel like I’m watching dodo birds.

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It’s as if by acting “presidential” for two whole hours–which for Trump means not being a crass jackass who lies repeatedly and talks about his junk on live TV–he suddenly becomes electable. Although he did lie, but I’ll set that aside, because it’s exhausting refuting every one of Trump’s fabrications.

Am I supposed to simply disregard Trump’s laughable display of ignorance during the Israel/Hamas portion of the debate? Trump claimed to be the most pro-Israel candidate on stage because he was the “grand marshal of the Israeli Day parade,” and because he has a Jewish son-in-law. Meanwhile, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio offered substantive answers regarding the conflict, and noted that you can’t be neutral in a negotiation between Israel and a terrorist organization.

Trump’s like the jock in every high school movie–crazy popular despite being a jerk who has the mental capabilities of a newborn.

Outside the scope of the debate, Trump’s behavior has been deplorable. I’ve gone over the list a million times at this point, but I’m going to try something different this time. Let’s take a look at just a few of Trump’s more reprehensible moments in video form.

Openly mocking a disabled person in front of a crowd of thousands

Saying he wanted to punch a protester in the face, and telling a crowd that he longed for the “old days,” when protesters would be “carried out on a stretcher.”

Saying “He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero ’cause he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured” when referring to Senator John McCain’s five years of torture as a Prisoner of War in Vietnam.

Saying the military would obey him, even if it broke the law–with specific reference to torture, and targeting terrorists’ families.

But he was super presidential for two hours on Thursday, so we’re good to go.

Marco Rubio and John Kasich may not be conservatives, but I would still (very) begrudgingly vote for them in the general election because there are aspects of their platforms that are indeed conservative. But Trump? He’s so far from conservative, so far from “presidential,” so nasty and cruel, that if he died saving a child from a burning building, I’d still be proud I didn’t vote for him.

So, to all the dodo birds out there who think that pretending to be presidential for a single debate makes someone electable despite months of vile words and actions, try turning your brain gears a little faster because you’re not quite up to speed.

If Trump wins the nomination, no amount of “presidential” behavior will save him from video recorded examples of his disgusting and brutish behavior. He’ll get crushed by Hillary in the general (as nearly every poll indicates), and the rest is history.

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