Saturday, September 5, 2015

The Petulant Donald Calls Hugh Hewitt a "Third-rate Radio Announcer"

Hugh Hewitt is a prominent, unabashed conservative. He supports Republicans and donates to Republican candidates. He currently hosts “The Hugh Hewitt Show – Opinion and Information With a Twist.” His twist is no histrionics, no ad hominem attacks, nothing bombastic, no vituperation, no flame throwing. His is a show of fairness and respect for his guests, which include many prominent liberals. His show is one of reasoned discourse. The show is carried by over 200 radio stations on the Salem Radio Network with about 2 million weekly listeners. He’s been on the air for 15 years. He early recognized the value of the internet. Transcripts are posted online shortly after each show. The commentator used to periodically appear on FoxNews. He is now a regular on CNN. Hugh graduated from Harvard cum laude in 1978, and then ghost wrote for former President Richard Nixon. He graduated from the University of Michigan Law School Order of the Coif in 1983. He worked in several capacities in the Reagan Administration, including Special Assistant to the Attorney General. He was the founding Executive Director of the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, California. He has published several successful books, including “If It’s Not Close, They Can’t Cheat: Crushing the Democrats in Every Election and Why It Matters,” and “Searching for God in America: The Companion Volume to the Acclaimed TV Series.” That’s not all. Professor Hugh Hewitt has been a colleague of mine since 1996. He is the last of the 1995 inaugural faculty members of the Dale E. Fowler School of Law at Chapman University. His “day job” is teaching Constitutional Law to law students. A petulant Donald Trump just called him a “Third-rate radio announcer” because he didn’t like a question Hugh asked him on his show for which the candidate foolishly tried to fake an answer. Hugh asked Trump if he was familiar with General Qasem Soleimani. Trump hesitantly and akwardly faked a “Yes,” and then asked for a refresher. The genial host replied he was the head of Quds. Trump misheard; he thought Hewitt said “Kurds,” which set Trump off supporting the Kurds. Hewitt thereupon educated Trump that the Quds are the radical division of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. A follow-up question was if Trump knew the difference between Hamas and Hezbollah. The candidate did not, but responded to these questions by saying he will learn when it becomes necessary since many will be gone by then anyway. That’s a credible response, but Trump wouldn’t leave it at that. He probably realized that he responded poorly. Thus, in his usual manner, he lashed out at Hugh Hewitt, giving him the Megyn Kelly treatment. He couldn’t call Hugh a “Bimbo,” so he referred to Hugh as a “third-rate radio announcer.” That was an interesting characterization since Thursday was the fifth time in 30 days the Donald had been on the radio show of this “third-rate radio announcer.” One assumes that if trump were as smart as he claims to be, he would not have wasted time on the Hugh Hewitt Show. Hugh Hewitt now resides in Trump’s bombastic Fifth Circle of Hell, which includes Megyn Kelly, George Will, Jonas Goldberg, and Charles Krauthamer. These are all true conservatives, which Donald trump is not. He is currently a conservative through opportunism. Megyn Kelly simply asked Donald Trump about his views on women in light of several of his apparently sexist statements. These legitimate questions are but a prelude to what the obviously thin-skinned Trump would face in a general election. He’s like the neighborhood bully who can dish it out, but can’t take it. We already have one narcissistic President. We don’t need two in a row. If Donald Trump had ever served as an apprentice, he might have learned some humility. Instead, he's the spoiled child who relied on Daddy's money and political connections to succeed. Hugh Hewitt is scheduled as one of CNN’s moderators during the September 16 Republican Debate.

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