Donald Trump has risen to the heights of the GOP thanks in large part to his bold candor. Taking-on anyone and everyone, Trump’s candor is centered on the promotion of Trump. It is one of the things that has made him so successful in both business and politics.
However, though he has been accused of being a bully, Trump has some tough advice for those who feel that they, too, have been bullied: get over it.
In a much-hyped interview with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly set to air on Tuesday, Trump reportedly told Kelly that those who are bullied “gotta get over it.”
The Associated Press previewed a clip from the interview and offered a summary of the excerpt:
Trump says he’s a counterpuncher who goes after people when they go after him, only 10 times harder.
Asked if he was ever bullied, the Republican presidential candidate said no. But he said bullying doesn’t just happen to children. “People are bullied when they’re 55,” he said.
Kelly responded pointedly, with a smile: “Can happen when you’re 45.” She is 45.
“You know, it happens, right?” Trump went on, as if he didn’t hear her. “But you gotta get over it. Fight back, do whatever you have to do.”
The slight jab by Kelly is in reference to the feud that has existed between the two. Early in the GOP race, before Fox News developed an adoration for Trump, Kelly was one of many media personalities targeting Trump for unfair scrutiny. Like a dominant boxer setting the tone of the fight in the first round, Trump pushed back hard and some said a little too hard.
Since then, Kelly has pretended to be the victim of Trump’s bullying and the two seem to be working on making up to some degree.
In essence, while Trump is prone to bullying anyone who dares to oppose him and his wishy-washy agenda, he is correct. Bullies are cowards and do not respond to weakness. They respond to force. The current anti-bullying campaigns taking place in America center on a promotion of tattling and the legitimization of feelings.
How one needs to deal with a bully is to fight back. On the schoolyard, that means a right hook to face. In the political arena, that means calling egomaniacal billionaires out for their smears and lies.
For Megyn Kelly, that means sniveling and lobbing passive-aggressive barbs at someone looking to bury the hatchet.