We are on day 4 of Donald Trump’s No Apologies Tour.
And again, this is usually an entertainment blog, but day by day and even hour by hour, Donald Trump continues to confound critics and embolden his supporters in his run for the Presidency. On Tuesday, during a rally in South Carolina, Trump gave out Lindsey Graham’s cell phone number in response to Graham calling him “a jackass” on a morning news show. Now that’s entertainment.
And I’m not the only one to think so. This week, the Huffington Post with great fanfare took coverage of Trump’s campaign out of its Political section and placed it in Entertainment, right alongside posts such as “Actors Who Have Dated Multiple Costars” and “Kendall and Kylie Spent Their Sunday Posting Swimsuit Pics.”
Trump, who does not play defense, has been especially on the offensive since last Saturday, when, at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, he said that John McCain, who spent five years as a prisoner of war, was a war hero because he was captured. He has resolutely refused to walk back those comments. Appearing on The O’Reilly Factor on Monday night, Trump offered what some are interpreting as a semi-apology in which he said he would totally take it back if there was some misunderstanding. That’s likely as good as it’s going to get.
Trump means never having to say you’re sorry. Apparently, it’s just not the way he rolls. John Wayne once said, in a movie, “Never apologize…it’s a sign of weakness.” People focused on his comments about John McCain may have missed his response to a question about whether he ever sought God’s forgiveness. In a word, no. “I don't bring God into that picture,” he proclaimed. If Trump won’t apologize to God, then what chance does John McCain have?
Not having much practice at apologizing, Trump might perhaps benefit from some learned advice:
Ben Franklin: “Never ruin an apology with an excuse.”
Anonymous: “An apology is a good way to have the last word.”
Lynn Johnston (cartoonist): “An apology is the super glue of life. It can repair just about anything.”
Stephen Covey: It takes a great deal of character strength to apologize quickly out of one's heart… A person must possess himself and have a deep sense of security in fundamental principles and values in order to genuinely apologize.”
Anonymous: “Keep your words soft and tender because tomorrow you may have to eat them.”
But really, how difficult is it to just say, “I’m sorry”? In “A Fish Called Wanda,” John Cleese issues perhaps the most thorough apology yet recorded. Keep in mind, at the time he is being dangled out of an upper story window: “I offer a complete and utter retraction. The imputation was totally without basis in fact, and was in no way fair comment, and was motivated purely by malice, and I deeply regret any distress that my comments may have caused you, or your family, and I hereby undertake not to repeat any such slander at any time in the future.”
There, was that so hard?