I need to start prioritizing better and keep my coffee pot in my bedroom so that I can have a mug ready at 5:dark o’kiss my ass. Because with my bedroom TV that I can’t rewind, there was already another Most Ridiculous News Story Diverting Attention From Important Headlines Today that I couldn’t confirm until I got downstairs to hear about it on the TV that tells me the truth.
This is almost politics only in the sense that it involves the two Republican front-runners, but it’s … well … I don’t really know what it is. Except that Donald Trump is making fun of Senator Cruz’s wife Heidi on Twitter, and has created a full on Twitter war (again) with Senator Cruz. The triggering event makes me roll my eyes so far into the back of my head it’s triggering a migraine.
Some group that I have no interest in researching put out an ad that showed Donald Trump’s wife, former model Melania Trump, lounging nude with a caption saying,
“Meet Melania Trump. Your next first lady. Or, you could support Ted Cruz on Tuesday.”
Not for nothing, but I can see why Trump wants to defend his wife’s honor, but dude… she was a model. She modeled nude. It happened. It wasn’t a secret. It’s not like it’s even on the same wavelength of denial or level of seriousness as having ties (I love that euphemism) to the Ku Klux Klan. And not for nothing else, but resorting to putting their wives side by side in an effort to embarrass Mrs. Cruz to show, you know, how hot his wife is using a professionally done photo of his former-model wife and an admittedly unfortunate candid shot of Senator Cruz’s wife was beyond the pale.
I would say it was below the belt except that Heidi Cruz is an accomplished, apparently charming, intelligent, caring, loyal woman. Donald must have really scoured the internet for an unflattering photo of her. There really shouldn’t be any surprise at all that Donald would resort to school yard bully tactics and insulting a woman’s appearance in order to also insult her husband, his competitor.
Senator Cruz did offer an amazing loving-husband response on CNN the next day a.k.a. yesterday a.k.a. Wednesday:
“Heidi, my wife, she’s the daughter of missionaries in Africa, she’s my best friend in the world, and if Donald wants to get in a character fight, he’s better off sticking with me, ’cause Heidi is way out of his league,” Cruz said during an interview on CNN’s “New Day” with Chris Cuomo.
“It reveals a lot about character,” Cruz continued of Trump’s tweet Tuesday night that the Texas senator better “be careful” or “I will spill the beans on your wife!”
“It reveals a lot about class, that Donald’s instinct is to try to attack my wife and sully her,” Cruz continued. “That should be beneath Donald.”
Cruz speculated that Trump was taking a personal tact because “he had a very bad night last night” in Utah, where Cruz took around 70 percent of the vote, allowing him to claim all of the state’s 40 delegates. Trump, on the other hand, won Arizona, a winner-take-all state worth 58 delegates.
Trump fired off his tweet citing an ad from a super-PAC that showed an image of his own wife, Melania, posing nude during a magazine photoshoot. Cruz emphasized he has “nothing to do with” the outside group.”
What I’d like to know, Mr. Drumpf, is if this is really the most important thing that you need to worry about? A Senator who returns your school yard bullying with some sanctimonious fife about how righteous and pure his wife is?
And yes, Senator, you’re the stellar husband defending your wife’s honor and you’ve now earned the best sex of your life for the rest of your life, and maybe a man cave of your very own, but come on. This would be ridiculous on any given slow news day. Not that I wanted to even address this, but taking a nude photo or dozen, especially as a professional model, doesn’t attest to ones character. The French President Nikolas Sarkozy is married to a former model, Carla Bruni Sarkozy, who had a nude photo taken of her in 1993 that, in 2008, sold for U.S.$91,000. They met in November 2007 shortly after he divorced and they married only two months later. She’s not a French citizen, but Italian. So scandalous. And apparently, prior to her marriage, there were rumors to her dating Trump. I would be most concerned about her decision making skills as they relate to dating Trump, but in the end she did marry President Sarkozy.
What makes it exceptionally ridiculous and hard to stomach on top of all of the other disgusting things about this entire campaigns is that the day this *nontroversy erupted was the same day as the Belgium Terror Attacks. So honest to God, shame on you both. Shame on the news for giving you both air time.
While hearing about the attacks in Belgium and reading about the attack in Turkey does bring on emotional fatigue and anxiety, it’s still important to know what’s going on and how our current politicians and world leaders are handling things. It’s important to know how our candidates plan to handle things. We need to know how this will affect our lives presently and in the future. We need to know how to discuss these things with our children, especially when our daughters come crying because their Muslim friends tell them how fearful they and their families are for their lives due to how the Republican candidates and top politicians are responding. When our daughters are afraid that people in the streets will murder their friends, it’s a problem that we need to figure out and I don’t need all of this frivolous crap clogging up my TV or newsfeeds.
It’s now Thursday and in some strange alternate reality, this ridiculousness about whose wife is more attractive and whose wife has more character because whose wife took nude photos and whose didn’t is still a big enough deal to derail the Republican political …. chiznit. It’s still in the news. It’s still being called a story. No…. no. A “top story.”
It’s not even amusing. It’s not light-hearted in an effort to get us to smile in the midst of tragedy and chaos.
It’s ridiculousness and distraction, and it’s treating the voters with the presumption that they’re not smarter than a fifth grader.
If the Republican Party, with the help of the media that supports them, feels they need to lead undecided Republican voters, Trump Supporters, and others who are considering Trump over Cruz or “I’ll vote Trump if Hillary gets the nod over Bernie” by the nose to vote for Senator Cruz and make The Right Choice in the voting booth… then the situation is really more serious and sad than I thought. What happened to reason and common sense? Logic? Or, you know, at least insulting each other’s policies and platforms rather than each others wives and their wives appearances.
I’m really relieved that when my state votes in the primaries, it will be a closed primary and I get to vote Democrat.
*Nontroversy: An event or situation that is essentially when someone has made a mountain out of a molehill; the difference is when it’s been picked up by national and sometimes international media up to and including television news and it’s referred to as a “controversy” where people are experiencing contrived “outrage” and are now “speaking out” about said “controversy”