The Republican debate that took place in South Carolina Saturday night proved that politics is indeed a dirty game. Charles Krauthammer said of politics, “Every two years the American politics industry fills the airwaves with the most virulent, scurrilous, wall-to-wall character assassination of nearly every political practitioner in the country and then declares itself puzzled that America has lost trust in its politicians.” This sentiment couldn’t be truer this campaign season as both Republicans and Democrats have created new playbooks for this presidential season with personal character attacks which have left the voting public shrugging their shoulders and shaking their heads. Saturday night’s Republican debate was no exception.
One insult that was most repeated was the word “liar.” There was Donald Trump who said that Senator Ted Cruz, (TX) was “the biggest liar,” when Cruz attacked Trump as not being too liberal on matters such as abortion, Planned Parenthood and a supporter of the Clintons. Trump said about Cruz, “You are the single biggest liar,” said Trump. “You’re probably worse than Jeb Bush. This guy lied about Ben Carson, when he took votes away from Ben Carson in Iowa, and it just continues. This guy will say anything. He’s a nasty guy, and now I know why he doesn’t have one endorsement from any of his colleagues.” Wow.
One may have come to expect this type of tirade from Trump, who is the front runner. Trump is the front runner due to his blunt language and lack of political correctness, but Saturday other candidates tried, unsuccessfully, to convey their messages in the same tone and bluntness that only Trump can use to his advantage. When Senator Marco Rubio called Senator Cruz a “liar” on the subject of Rubio’s changing views on illegal immigration. Then in a moment that made the viewer want to look away, like they were watching a car accident, was when the two Senators did a verbal Spanish speak off. It was as horrible as it sounds. One senator trying to get the other to trip up on their Spanish skills. Apparently, neither Senator realized that English is the preferred language of the United States.
As a teacher, if your third graders behaved in such a matter, you would keep them at lunchtime but voters don’t have that luxury. Trump is different because this is how he has behaved since he announced his candidacy for President. To watch the other candidates use this tactic just comes off as desperate and not genuine. The fact is that Donald Trump won New Hampshire and according to polls he is winning quite impressively in South Carolina. This shows that he has become the voice of those tired of politics as usual and that voters believe that how Trump’s campaign is being run is his alone. So try as they may, the other candidates just come off as frauds. It is simple, Senator Cruz, Senator Rubio, and Governor Bush, “you’re no Donald Trump.”