Once again, Donald Trump felt so threatened that he needed to seek revenge for some minor slight. After being humiliated in front of a congregation at an African-American church in the troubled city of Flint, Michigan, Trump just had to go on national television and trivialize the event by insulting the pastor.
Trump doesn’t seem to have enough self-control to restrain himself whenever criticized or simply called out on his arrogant behavior. During a visit to Bethel United Methodist Church in Michigan on Wednesday, where he was supposed to be publicly supporting and thanking the church for their work during the Flint water crises, the Republican nominee slipped into a stump speech and began criticizing his opponent, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
Trump was cut short by pastor Rev. Faith Green Timmons in the middle of the speech, when she reminded him that he wasn’t there to campaign.
In a rare and surprisingly gracious move, particularly for the over-the-top defensive Republican nominee, he simply said, “Oh, oh, OK,” and continued with his speech. But instead of simply leaving it alone and walking away with his class intact, Trump decided to lash back and criticize the pastor on national television.
Just like the Gold Star Khan family, Trump simply couldn’t leave it alone, and feels the need to attack anyone — public figure, private citizen, or even a woman of the cloth — who makes the slightest dent in his overblown self-image.
In a phone-in interview on Fox & Friends on Thursday morning, he claimed to have been set up, saying that Rev. Green Timmons was “so nervous.” Trump told the Fox & Friends panel:
‘Something was up. I noticed she was so nervous when she introduced me.
‘When she got up to introduce me she was so nervous, she was shaking. I said, wow, this is kind of strange. Then she came up. So she had that in mind, there’s no question.’
The amateur politician even hinted that the pastor had an agenda in mind beforehand, fully intending to make him look like a fool:
‘She had that in mind, there’s no question about it.
‘Everyone plays their games, it doesn’t bother me. I’ll tell you what made me feEl good — the audience was saying, “Let him speak, let him speak.” And the audience was so great… but she was so nervous, she was like a nervous mess, so I figured something was up.’
According to Scott Detrow of NPR, however, much of what Donald Trump said about the incident at the church afterward wasn’t really true.
‘Pastor Faith Green Timmons introduced Trump to the predominantly African-American crowd of about 50 people, and she didn’t appear nervous at all.’
According to Donald Trump, the audience asked the pastor to let him speak after she had interrupted him to get him back on topic. According the Detrow, this simply wasn’t true:
‘That isn’t true. In fact, several audience members began to heckle Trump, asking pointed questions about whether he racially discriminated against black tenants as a landlord.’
Rev. Green Timmons, rather than making the Republican candidate look a fool, actually stepped in to defend him from the heckling audience. Detrow writes:
‘And that’s when Timmons — who Trump said Thursday had planned to ambush him — stepped in to defend Trump, saying the Republican nominee was “a guest of my church, and you will respect him.”‘
These public moments where Trump decides to inflate his own ego rather than giving credit and some understanding to others is what trips him up every time, and exposes how unprepared and unsuited he is to be president. For one shining moment, the Republican nominee was damn-near presidential, but then he reverted to the inner 4-year-old he really is. Rather than allowing criticism to roll off his back, he must defend every slight from every corner. Rather than being thankful to Rev. Green Timmons for buffer him from a harsh audience, he decided to attack her in front of the whole country — or at least the part of it that watches Fox News.
The Fox & Friends TV segment can seen on the video below from YouTube:
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