After Gracious Concession Speech, Trump Reprises His Roll as Petulant Child

Donald Trump Petulent Child

For the first time in several months, I had complete and total respect for something that Donald Trump said. After a stunning defeat to Ted Cruz in the Iowa caucus, his concession speech was mature and properly tempered. Then, silence. Was he rethinking everything? Would he allow his candidacy to mature after learning the depths of the mess he’s created for himself? No. He returned the next day to hitting Twitter with excuses and insults.

It started with a reversal of his bravado about how he’s dominating in this poll and that poll. The polls love him. The people love him. That’s what he’s been saying for a long time. He’s also been very conspicuous in declaring that he would win Iowa, that he had no doubts, and that he’d spent a lot of time in Iowa. After losing, he reversed course completely and tried to blow it all off:

There was the usual drumbeat of calling the situation unfair. It’s becoming so common that it’s starting to sound like a punchline. It doesn’t matter whether it’s the media, the voters, the other candidates, a question, a situation… the whole world is apparently unfair to Trump. Thankfully, we only had to see it pop up a couple of times today in his Twitter feed.

In Trump’s own mind, he deserves a lot more credit than he’s getting. This is particularly humorous considering that he’s been getting heaps of praise for weeks about how well he’s doing, how he’s mostly self-funding his campaign, and of course the fact that he gets more coverage than all of the other GOP candidates combined.

Finally, he had to start tossing out insults. That’s his way. He insults people. His graciousness towards Ted Cruz and the people of Iowa was wiped away by a pair of Tweets that revealed how he really feels about them both.

It was nice to see a humble side of Donald Trump even if it only lasted for a brief moment. The bombast has returned. He has a huge lead in the polls going into New Hampshire. Will they fail him again or will he turn entertained enthusiasm into a victory the second time around?

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