UPDATE: So that happened:
Needless to say, please don’t call it.
Perhaps the best part of the “Donald Flub” from over the weekend, is that it’s drawn out a number of pots who should not be calling the kettle a “jackass.”
The latest Republican Presidential candidate to wade into the debate over Trump’s commentary on John McCain’s military service is Lindsey Graham, who cautioned the current Republican frontrunner that he’s starting to sound like like the rear end of a donkey. He would know, I suppose, since Lindsey Graham is, well, the king of…you know.
After Trump undermined the military service of Graham’s longtime colleague Sen. John McCain, Graham had a clear message for his GOP rival.
“I don’t care if he drops out. Stay in the race, just stop being a jackass,” Graham said Tuesday on “CBS This Morning.”
Graham, who recently retired from the Air Force reserve, said the attention surrounding Trump is “turning into a circus.”
“I’m looking for him to be a responsible member of the 16-person primary and stop saying stuff like this,” Graham said. “The world is falling apart. We’re becoming Greece. The Ayatollah’s on the verge of having a nuclear weapon, and you’re slandering everybody and anybody to stay in the news. You know, run for president, but don’t be the world’s biggest jackass.
Leeeeeets be fair here. I may not agree with Donald Trump’s interpretation of John McCain’s service record, but he’s hardly the reason that the sixteen-person Republican Presidential field can be rightfully considered a flying circus. And while Trump is a very successful businessman who has a lot to offer the field in terms of economic advice, I hardly think that the GOP was waiting with bated breath for The Donald to bring an air of professionalism to the crowded field.
Lindsey, on the other hand, didn’t need to comment on the media circus. After all, the only reason another primary contender would have for involving themselves in Trump-driven controversy is to gain a tiny bit of the limelight. Most contenders have stayed far away from the fray, hoping either to pick up the Trump crowd once he moves back into the mushy middle of the pack, or to avoid making nonsensical statements they’ll come to regret hours later when Donald Trump calls them out in a press release. Graham hasn’t gotten a lot of press lately, since he’s not the only one considering bombing Iran on the first day of his Presidential tenure. What better way to prop a flagging presence up than getting into a very public tussel?