Donald Trump has been whining about being bombarded with “gotcha questions” about the Middle East on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show.
I thought Hewitt was fairly gentle and respectful in the interview—see the transcript—and that Trump did a fine job of embarrassing himself with his ignorance of the players and issues in the region. But Trump’s natural response, whenever he does a face plant, is to blame someone else. In this case, he dismissed Hewitt as a “third-rate radio show announcer.”
Hewitt is such an insignificant third-rater that Trump has appeared on his show five times before. But this merely confirms what a lot of us have been thinking about Trump’s bluster: that it’s overcompensation for a profound insecurity, for a delicate ego that needs stroking.
I know Donald Trump is new to politics, so let me offer him a pro tip: you don’t get to claim exemption from difficult or even hostile questions. You’re going to get a lot more of them, from here to Super Tuesday, and—if he makes it that far—from here to next November. And for the whole of his presidency. So buck up, sissypants.