Update: Hugh Hewitt on Trump: I don’t think it’s a gotcha question to ask about the forces surrounding Israel. Excuses, excuses. GOP voters won’t care that Trump does not know the names of the killers. GOP voters will listen to Limbaugh who provided Ronald Reagan’s answer to the gotcha questions of his era, “It doesn’t matter if I know their names. They need to know mine.”
Wanna know why Donald Trump is so triumphant? Look at what happened this week with JeBush and Hugh Hewitt.
Let’s look at JeBush v. Trump first.
Donald Trump slaps JeBush around all the time. It’s like Bugs Bunny the hare, versus Elmer Fudd the doofus.
To borrow from Bugs, JeBush can’t catch a cold let alone get a clue. Meanwhile the hair, er, hare, in the guise of Donald Trump runs rings arrrrrrrround the fellow.
We’re not the only ones who’ve noticed that Donald Trump hits Bush on the least substantive yet most substantive issue there is. What do we mean? Donald Trump is not blasting JeBush on illegal immigration amnesty nor Common Core. Those are substantive policy debates that Trump has in reserve ready to deploy whenever he so desires.
What Trump attacks is JeBush’s low energy level. That’s a substantive attack that goes right to the issue that attracts so many people to Trump. When Trump speaks about illegal immigration, or economic issues he does so with a sense of urgency and a burst of energy that leaves the viewer with a sense that Trump really, really understands how deeply important those issues are. JeBush? After JeBush speaks the urge is to grab a pillow and snooze some more even after catching all those Zzzzzs during the JeBush speech.
Trump’s attacks against JeBush resonate because Trump says JeBush is low energy then when you see JeBush at some event or other JeBush reinforces the Trump message by being, well, low energy.
This week though we saw Donald J. Trump pounce as JeBush reinforced another Trump truth about JeBush. Yeah, Spanish.
This week JeBush roused himself from his low energy doldrums to attack Donald Trump. JeBush sounded as if he was alive. JeBush went to town to trash The Donald. Trouble is that JeBush launched his attack against Trump in Spanish.
This attack via Spanish was a big mistake by JeBush and Trump recognized it was a big mistake immediately with a grand counterattack.
Let’s unpack this episode because it says so much about Bunny Trump and Elmer JeBush. This is what we so generously wrote about JeBush on the day he announced his exploratory effort:
As much as we might be sickened by this news and as little as we like Jeb we admit that he is an extremely formidable candidate. His pluses? He’s from Florida, his wife is Latina, he speaks Spanish around the house so he is very Spanish fluent (unlike that boob Barack who pretended to be so smart but his claims to Spanish ability are restricted to recognizing items on the Taco Bell menu), the business establishment loves him, he’ll have tons of money, he’ll have tons of the best operatives in the political world, his dad and brother have been president so he has experience in national campaigns, his son just got elected to statewide office in Texas (a counter along with W. to Perry and Cruz for Texas support), he has executive experience as a very successful Florida governor, he is viewed as sane, he is not afraid to take on the conservative wing of the Republican Party, he can credibly claim to be able to attract Latino/a support, he looks “presidential”, his family is reconciled to a run, his dad and to some extent his brother are highly regarded, and for a long time he has been considered a high probability “winner”.
All those advantages, except one, have heretofore been usurped by Trump or negated by Trump. All except one.
That one quality JeBush has that Trump cannot match is the Spanish speaking ability. It is a very real JeBush strength. Or at least, it was. Until this week.
Donald Trump wrote the book The Art of the Deal. It’s clear after this week that Trump read The Art of War. The one strength JeBush has, Trump has removed.
From here on, despite all his protestations, JeBush will be wary of using Spanish to his advantage. Trump pointed out the obvious. JeBush, fear filled to attacked Trump because JeBush wanted to wage a happy campaign, decided to attack Trump, but not in English. In Spanish. All this does is reinforce Donald Trump’s messages about a cowardly JeBush who craves to be loved by illegal immigrants and who carries all the baggage of amnesty.
JeBush would like to turn this into an attack on the virtues of multi-lingualism. But that is not the problem with JeBush’s attack, in Spanish, against Trump. Many Americans are well aware that almost always Muslim countries will release articles or publish letters in English that are anodyne. But in their native tongues these same Muslim countries will distribute virulent literature that attacks the West, American, and America’s allies and virtues.
That’s the problem with what JeBush has done. He is timid and sweet in English. But his words are nasty and vile in Spanish. Trump called attention to the JeBush doublespeak and from now on JeBush will arouse suspicions whenever he speaks Spanish again. In vulgar terms, Donald J. Trump, strategist in the art of war, just pissed in JeBush’s water.
CNN better not drink the water either. Donald J. Trump has defiled their reservoirs as well. The urinal is named Hugh Hewitt.
Hugh Hewitt will be one of the moderators of the second GOP debate on September 16 to be televised by CNN. Donald Trump is busy prepping the battlefield for that debate. Trump has been attacking Hewitt as the same defenders of the GOP establishment try to bolster Hewitt.
Why is Trump going after Hewitt? Well, they got into a wrangle as Hewitt asked a bunch of “gotcha” questions to Trump concerning the not yet dead leaders of Muslim terror groups and nations. But that is not the strategy behind the Trump take down of Hewitt. Trump is prepping the battlefield of the next debate because Donald Trump knows who Hugh Hewitt is.
Hugh Hewitt is a Trump hater who does not think Trump is qualified to be president. Yet, Hugh Hewitt will host the second debate. Who is Hugh Hewitt? Hugh Hewitt is a Trump hater:
Next GOP Debate Moderator Hugh Hewitt Comes Out Against Trump
Now the question becomes whether a nationally syndicated radio host who thinks Trump doesn’t have the “temperament” to be president — Hugh Hewitt — can be a fair moderator in the next debate.
Hewitt, a nationally syndicated radio host through Salem Communications, will, along with CNN’s Jake Tapper, moderate the next GOP debate on Sept. 16 at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California. Salem Communications is the same company that owns Red State—whose founder Erick Erickson, a Fox News contributor, chose not to invite Dr. Ben Carson to his gathering of GOP candidates and activists this past weekend in Atlanta and disinvited Trump.
This weekend on Meet The Press in an exchange with host Chuck Todd, Hewitt admitted he doesn’t think Trump can be president of the United States.
“Hugh Hewitt, let me start with you,” Todd asked Hewitt. “Does Donald Trump have the temperament to be president?”
“No, no he doesn’t,” Hewitt replied. “A disappointing part of this debate is it was a 9-10 debate in a 9-11 world. We have the Iran deal coming up, the most consequential deal facing probably the next 30 to 40 years in the world. It got very little attention. The Russian cyber attack on the Pentagon got very little attention.”
“Is that the candidates’ fault or the organizers’ fault?” Todd interjected.
“Well, it’s both,” Hewitt said before blaming Trump for Fox News’ mistakes. “Donald stepped on a lot of important stories. The New York Times has a story on Hillary Clinton’s server. Only Scott Walker brought up Hillary Clinton’s server. So I thought what he did to build the audience, it was enormous, at the same time I wanted a different issue set talked about so the Republican primary voter lost.”
When Hewitt appeared on Morning Joe on MSNBC on Monday morning, he doubled down in his belief that Trump doesn’t have the “temperament” to be president of the United States. During that appearance, Hewitt did criticize the Fox News moderators for in his opinion being “out to embarrass Donald Trump” while not spending enough time talking about important issues.
Host Joe Scarborough later in the segment—before Hewitt doubled down on his anti-Trump comments—noted that “Hugh Hewitt, by the way, has not been positive about Donald Trump.”
“There are a couple things about temperament,” Hewitt said on Scarborough’s show. [snip]
These are hardly the only times where Hewitt has shown himself to be opposed to the candidacy of Donald Trump for president. While he was appearing on Sean Hannity’s Fox News program in late July, Hannity opened a segment with Hewitt by asking: “Hugh, as I know, you’ve been a bit of a critic of Donald Trump.”
“Yeah,” Hewitt agreed. [snip]
“I do, and I was very critical of the comments about Sen. McCain but I will say this and I think it’s true about every one in the race on both sides of the aisle and of all the presidential candidates for the past many years, Donald Trump is the only one about whom it is likely a broadway musical will be made,” Hewitt replied, mocking Trump’s candidacy. “That is what he is. I have never said that before but it occurred to me on vacation—I’ve been on vacation for a couple of weeks. He’s vastly entertaining.”
A moment later, Hewitt predicted that Trump’s overwhelming support among Republicans “won’t last.”
“It won’t last, I don’t think it will last, I’m skeptical of it lasting,” Hewitt said.
On Meet The Press on Sunday, when Hewitt was giving his opinion on the exact same thing, he said “the Trump thing will—as David [Brooks] says, the 20 percent is going to go I think to 10 but the candidates need to keep talking about big issues.”
Todd, the Meet The Press host, got the joke. “Hugh, are you wishing it away?” Todd asked Hewitt.
“No I don’t think so,” Hewitt replied.
In addition to Hewitt’s criticisms of Trump, he has also predicted Republicans will fail in 2016—and that current Democratic frontrunner former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be the next president.
Hugh Hewitt will not be an impartial moderator at the CNN debate. Hugh Hewitt is another Jorge Ramos – an activist without a clue. Hugh Hewitt will not be fair. Hugh Hewitt will demand candidates hew to his line of thinking at the debate. Hugh Hewitt has to be called out. Now. Before the debate. Trump is doing his job.