Not happy with bullying his fellow Republicans like Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush around while throwing sexist attacks at Hillary Clinton and other vulgarities at Bernie Sanders and other progressives, Donald Trump has now decided to take on a 10- year-old girl.
Fifth grader Hannah Tandy made national news on Tuesday when she asked Hillary Clinton a question during a session held at Keota High School in Iowa. Hannah asked Clinton what she would do about bullying, since, “I have heard people talking behind my back about not wanting to be near me because I have asthma.”
Clinton hugged the girl and made a strong point about the culture of bullying, even at the presidential level.
“I really do think we need more love and kindness in our country. I think we are not treating each other with the respect and the care that we should show toward each other,” she said to applause from 600 people gathered in the school’s small gym. “And that’s why it’s important to stand up to bullies wherever they are, and why we shouldn’t let anybody bully his way into the presidency, because that is not who we are as Americans.”
Bullies hate being called out, and as could be expected, Trump cried foul. He posted a Twitter message the next day alleging that the question and answer had been staged. Trump, as the most high profile birther conspiracy theorist in America, is no stranger to this sort of bizarre theorizing. He described the interaction as a “staged event,” which is part of conspiracy culture. Events like 9/11, the Sandy Hook shooting, and others have often been described as “staged events” by true believers.
The Hillary Clinton staged event yesterday was pathetic. Be careful Hillary as you play the war on women or women being degraded card.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2015
But Hannah’s mother, Lexie Tandy, doesn’t appreciate the clownish reality TV star and Republican presidential front runner insinuating that her little girl is part of a fake event, and she made that clear to the widely read Des Moines Register:
“I don’t want to get in a big match-up with Donald Trump, but let me tell you, I will be in one if he makes comments about my daughter. She’s 10. She’s just a little girl,” Tandy said.
Tandy said the family plans to frame the Associated Press photo of Clinton hugging Hannah, an outspoken girl whose issues with bullying have been addressed, her mother said. Tandy described herself as a registered Democrat who hasn’t decided which candidate to support.
“But if Hannah could vote, I’m sure she’d be for Hillary,” she said with a chuckle.
Republicans have been getting crushed by women voters for three decades. Even when they’ve won presidential elections they’ve lost the women’s vote. And attitudes like Trump’s are part of the reason why. He can’t understand that a young woman would come up with a real, serious question like that while his campaign has been a never-ending stream of hate and bombast.
Clinton hit the Republican bully exactly where it hurt, and following the vulgar sexual comment he made about her role in the 2008 election against President Obama, it continues to paint the Republicans in a corner with their hostility to women on display to everyone.
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