Donald Trump is given to superlatives, so let’s do him the honor of pronouncing him the most fabulous whiner in all of American politics....Under a different title, Lowry's piece had previously appeared in the New York Post.
Trump grabbed the characterization and owned it:
Trump said he agreed with conservative author Rich Lowry that the celebrity real estate tycoon turned GOP presidential candidate is “the most fabulous whiner in all of American politics.”So I guess Trump really is Ross Perot.
“Well I think he's probably right, I am the most fabulous whiner. I do whine, because I want to win,” Trump said on CNN's “New Day” when host Chris Cuomo asked about Lowry's remarks....
“I am a whiner, and I'm a whiner and I keep whining and whining until I win. I want to win for our country, and I'm going to make our country great again,” Trump said on CNN.
Perot, you may recall, was called "crazy" so many times during the course of his 1992 campaign that he made Willie Nelson's "Crazy" into a campaign theme song. (Watch him wallow in the word "crazy" and dance to the song at an election-eve campaign rally here.)
I assumed infantile hostility was Trump's default mode when attacked, so I'm actually surprised that he's taking an insult and wearing it as a badge of honor. But if he's shrewd enough to do that, maybe he'll take the next step: encouraging his fan base to proudly declare themselves "whiners," just the way Perot urged his voters to call themselves "crazy," because they weren't doing what the political establishment wanted them to do. It was silly, and it didn't get Perot elected, but he did run up a pretty good vote total. If Trump doesn't do this, maybe his fans will just start proudly proclaiming themselves whiners on their own. It wouldn't surprise me.