After a protester turned off the lights at his Atlanta campaign rally and the lights came back on again, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump yelled, “Get those lights out! Off! They’re too bright!” Trump then led the crowd in a repeated chant of his request to turn the lights out. According to Yahoo Politics, Trump described the lights as “brutal” and asked if they were “coming from the dishonest press.” When the lights were turned off again, Trump exclaimed, “I like that much better.”
Trump then took advantage of the situation by using it to teach his audience a lesson on America’s political system. Trump compared the situation to that of renters whose lights have been turned off and who consequently take “huge” deductions from their rent payments. Trump then described the thought process that is involved in taking such deductions as “sick thinking.” But then, Trump quickly explained that it nevertheless is the kind of thinking that “we really need for our country.”
If this observer’s interpretation of Trump’s comments is correct, it appears that he was saying that the current state of affairs in America is to find alternative solutions to problems instead of dealing with them directly. In other words, instead of addressing the problem directly when the “lights go out,” America sidetracks the issue by reducing its “rent payment.” It appears that Trump used the lights to highlight his point that when he is elected president, that he will deal with issues directly instead of reducing America’s “rent payment.”
In the meantime, GOP Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said on “Morning Joe” on Monday that he believes that the GOP race now is a contest between Trump and Rubio. McCarthy also stated that the “momentum” is with Trump and that he has more than a “50 percent chance” of attaining the GOP nomination.
On Saturday, Trump, who already has made a point of continually questioning Ted Cruz’s right to run for president because of his Canadian birth, retweeted the link to an online article that suggested that Rubio’s right to run for president is questionable. Rubio is the son of Cuban immigrants to the United States.
The last time this observer checked, the children of Cuban immigrants, just like the grandchildren of German immigrants, have a right to run for president. And, yes, the majesty and promise of the American dream is reserved for all Americans, of all ethnic backgrounds, nationalities and ideals; even for a son of Cuban refugees who believes in the rights of all immigrants to assimilate into our diverse society.