It seems the entire schoolyard decided overnight they’re tired of dealing with the school bully.
Donald Trump’s blustering presidential campaign has centered on insults and take-downs, with targets ranging from the downtrodden to the politically powerful. From take-downs of desperate refugees seeking asylum in the United States to former rival Jeb Bush, Trump has used being a bully as a tactic and his supporters loved him for it.
Maybe it was an error-laced Twitter tirade Trump unleashed Friday morning that was the tipping point. Trump misspelled the words honor, choker and lightweight to the extent that the real estate mogul was mocked by a very unlikely source — the dictionary.
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) February 26, 2016
It may have been the first time in recorded history that Trump was embarrassed into deleting the tweets.
But not before Rubio again went on the attack and pulled out his phone during a Friday morning speech to make fun of them, to the delight of his audience.
“‘Wow every poll said I won the debate last night,'” Rubio said, reading from his smartphone. “Now this is him about himself, okay — ‘Great honer.’ I think he meant to say honor. I don’t know how he got that wrong because the e and the o are nowhere near each other on the keyboard.”
Rubio then drove it home.
“So how does this guy not in one tweet, three tweets, misspell words so badly?” he asked. “And I only reached two conclusions. Number one, that’s how they spell those words at the Wharton School of Business, where he went. Or number two, just like Trump Tower, he must have hired a foreign worker to do his own tweets.”
Comedian Michael Ian Black pointed out the rumble between the GOP candidates vying desperately for the party nomination has officially reached the grade school level.
“Cruz is a pussy.”
“Rubio is a chocker.”
“Trump peed his pants.”
– Republican presidential candidates, 2016.
— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) February 26, 2016
Watch Rubio’s speech, as posted to YouTube, here:
Vietnamese women strive to clear war-era mines
Inching across a field littered with Vietnam war-era bombs, Ngoc leads an all-women demining team clearing unexploded ordnance that has killed tens of thousands of people -- including her uncle.
"He died in an explosion. I was haunted by memories of him," Le Thi Bich Ngoc tells AFP as she oversees the controlled detonation of a cluster bomb found in a sealed-off site in central Quang Tri province.
More than 6.1 million hectares of land in Vietnam remain blanketed by unexploded munitions -- mainly dropped by US bombers -- decades after the war ended in 1975.
At least 40,000 Vietnamese have since died in related accidents. Victims are often farmers who accidentally trigger explosions, people salvaging scrap metal, or children who mistake bomblets for toys.
Chief Justice John Roberts issues New Year’s Eve warning to stand up for democracy
"In our age, when social media can instantly spread rumor and false information on a grand scale, the public's need to understand our government, and the protections it provides, is ever more vital," he wrote. "We should celebrate our strong and independent judiciary, a key source of national unity and stability."
Trump’s next 100 days will dictate whether he can be re-elected or not — here’s why
According to CNN pollster-in-residence Harry Enten, Donald Trump's next 100 days -- which could include an impeachment trial in the Senate -- will hold the key to whether he will remain president in 2020.
As Eten explains in a column for CNN, "His [Trump's] approval rating has been consistently low during his first term. Yet his supporters could always point out that approval ratings before an election year have not historically been correlated with reelection success. But by mid-March of an election year, approval ratings, though, become more predictive. Presidents with low approval ratings in mid-March of an election year tend to lose, while those with strong approval ratings tend to win in blowouts and those with middling approval ratings usually win by small margins."