Bob Vander Plaats is not letting Donald Trump get to him, but he is responding to Trump’s charges and quite correctly asking Iowa voters: do we really want a guy like that in the White House? National Review reports:
When he took the stage here to kick off Cruz’s townhall-style event, Vander Plaats immediately referenced his ‘little spat’ with Trump over Twitter, and cited it as evidence that Trump lacks the ‘judgment and discernment’ to be president.
This wasn’t an isolated incident, Vander Plaats argued. He pointed to four episodes that he said similarly demonstrated Trump’s poor judgment: His assertion last summer that he’d never asked God for forgiveness; his ridiculing John McCain for being captured as a prisoner of war; his apparent mocking of a disabled reporter; and his recent claim that he could ‘shoot somebody’ without losing any support for his presidential bid.
Vander Plaats told the audience of several hundred here that Trump ‘is a friend of mine,’ but quickly added, ‘That kind of pride, that kind of arrogance, in my opinion has no business in the White House.’
Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at the American Principles Project.