So. You thought the spectacle of the Republican front-runner reassuring the world concerning the yuuuge size of his "pocket Donald"* during a televised official debate was the lowest this campaign season could sink? Pshaw. Just before the Utah caucus, an anti-Trump PAC bafflingly named "Make America Awesome" began the bathysphere plunge into even profounder depths of nastyness with this ad:
The picture comes from a nude photoshoot which Melania Trump did for a men's magazine (British GQ) years ago. Mrs. Trump, who is said to speak five languages and has a degree in architecture, can hardly be dismissed as a bimbo even if she was once willing to show off her more primally-appealing assets (and she is not the first person
about whom such questions have been raised in a political context). I agree with John Amato's assessment
-- while Donald Trump is a horrible person, this line of attack was thoroughly slimy.
out-slimes The Donald, and the impresario of insults soon showed the amateurs at Make America Awesome how it's really done. Wrongly assuming that the "support Ted Cruz" admonition meant the ad came from the Cruz campaign (it was based on Cruz being the sole viable alternative to Trump left in the race), he launched his counteroffensive with the following:
Having thus embraced the principle of "an eye for an eye, a wife for a wife" (maybe that's in his alleged favorite book
somewhere?), Trump escalated further with this absolute gem:
The mind reels at the possibilities for memes exhibiting Mr. Trump himself similarly photographed at the moment of an unflattering facial expression, and I hope anyone with the relevant skills will exploit them to the full now that he has effectively declared open season. But the real question, of course, is this: Has the Republicans' contest, with this exchange, finally reached the bottom of the vomitous morass of teeth-gritting cringe into which they have dived -- or can it get even worse? I'm not optimistic. It's still more than seven months to the election, and this is
Donald Trump we're talking about.
But this is quite bad enough. The degeneration of the Republicans is staggering (try to imagine McCain, to say nothing of Eisenhower, campaigning on the basis of "Nyaah nyaah, I've got a big dick and your wife is ugly"). Then there's the issue of Trump's appeal to a certain critical voting bloc -- I'll give Nate Silver
the final word:
We can dream. Maybe nobody has told The Donald about the Nineteenth Amendment?
[*Kudos to Samantha Bee
for this epithet.]