SAN DIEGO, May 23, 2016 — Conservatives have been heartened to see an impressive list of trusted names endorsing or interacting with Donald Trump. The list is long; it includes Rudy Giuliani, Ben Carson, Newt Gingrich, Chris Christi, Rick Perry, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, Jeff Sessions and a whole host of esteemed, retired military generals.
Should Trump win the election and keep such leaders in close proximity—possibly placing some on his cabinet—he would be gathering a rich resource of wise, qualified counselors.
Trump is a loose cannon who speaks without a filter. That’s why the ability to take counsel will be so important for his potential presidency.
However, while “President Trump” would be foolish to ignore advice, candidate Trump should continue to ignore it. He should pay no attention to anyone who tells him to “tone down the rhetoric.” Many of the experts who are telling him that also predicted that he wouldn’t last a month in the primaries.
Trump has already proven that he knows how to take on an opponent. Certainly, many of his methods were unorthodox, and insults hurled at fellow GOP candidates were often unfair and untrue.
But in a campaign against Hillary Clinton, he wouldn’t need to make anything up. The facts are insulting enough in their own right.
The moment Clinton brags about the importance of experience, Trump can call up her stellar record as secretary of state. Topics like Benghazi and her email server do not have to be spun to be damaging, and it would be hard to make up anything as bad if you wanted to.
The only advice Trump should listen to right now is the advice to RAISE the rhetoric rather than to water it down.
He’ll need to use all his ammunition when Clinton looses her salvos in the fabricated “war on women” that Republicans are accused of waging every single election year.
The sparring has already begun.
“I think the only card she has is the women’s card,” Trump has said on more than one occasion.
To which Clinton replied: “The other day, Mr. Trump accused me, of playing the, quote, ‘woman card.’ Well, if fighting for women’s health care and paid family leave and equal pay is playing the woman card, then deal me in.”
Since then, Trump has skillfully reminded Clinton of her husband’s confirmed affairs and accusations of rape by Juanita Broderick. He has also reminded her how she not only stood by her husband in the face of surfacing reports, but launched scorched-earth campaigns against his accusers.
His would-be advisers in the chattering class would have warned Trump not to push back so hard. But when unleashed, Trump showcases that rarest of qualities among Republican candidates: a fire in the belly to win.
The only advice Donald Trump needs right now is, “Do not back down!”
In that vein, I’d like to stuff this in his suggestion box:
Dear Mr. Trump,
You will soon discover that fighting the Clintons is not as easy as taking out Jeb or Marco. The Clintons are true masters of the art of personal destruction. They do it with the ruthless efficiency of a well-oiled machine.
You can never make them stop. No matter how hard you fight back; no matter how many women come forward to say the New York Times misquoted them; no matter how often your wife, daughter, former female employees, and former Miss Universe contestants stand up to defend you, Hillary Clinton will continue to paint you as a sexist misogynist.
So try this: The next time Hillary calls you “anti-woman,” tell the world that in your heart of hearts, you feel that you are a woman!
With the latest interference by the Obama administration about public schools accommodating transgender students, and with Hillary putting her finger to the wind, embracing every new piece of political correctness, she won’t be able to say a word.
Clinton spokeswoman Xochitl Hinojosa recently told the Washington Post, “Hillary Clinton applauds the Obama administration for taking actions this week to stand up for the rights of LGBT people—and particularly for the rights of transgender people—across the country … As president, she will fight to make sure all Americans can live their lives free from discrimination.”
Clinton might still think herself out of this trap. She might suggest that you are only making up your inner gender. She might point out that that a man who thinks he’s a woman would never pursue and marry a beautiful bride like Melania.
Then, sir, you can return with your zinger: “Mrs. Clinton, when I say that I’m a woman inside, I mean that I’m a lesbian woman.”
This is Bob Siegel, making the obvious, obvious.
Bob Siegel is a weekend radio talk show host on KCBQ and a columnist. Details of his show can be found at www.bobsiegel.net