CNN host Ashleigh Banfield on Monday tried to explain to Trump Campaign Senior Adviser Tana Goertz that the billionaire reality star could not “rule by fiat” and expect to avoid criticism if he became president.
“It’s a little like Groundhog Day,” Banfield pointed out at the beginning of her segment with Goertz. “I have this conversation a lot, but Donald Trump typically attacks a person personally rather than the concept that the person is delivering that he finds displeasing.”
“Is that ever going to change?” the CNN host wondered. “Are we going to see invectives like ‘dummy’ and ‘fat person’ and I can’t even repeat all the ones that he’s used in order to make his point — is he not able to make his point without the foolishness.”
But Banfield’s hopes of a reality-based conversation were immediately dashed.
“Of course Donald Trump is able to make his point, he’s made his point to millions of Americans who have gone out to vote for him,” Goertz replied. “It’s just a matter of if you attack Mr. Trump, he will come back at you and bring out your resume and talk about the things where you failed.”
“So, Mr. Trump definitely will be more presidential if that’s what you want to call it,” she insisted.
“He said he was going to be more presidential,” Banfield agreed. “When does it start? What’s it going to look like?”
“When people stop coming after him!” Goertz insisted. “When people stop attacking him.”
“Tana!” Banfield interrupted. “You never get a break from that as president. Look at the last eight years, look at every presidential administration. You are under the microscope. It is a critique machine.”
“So is this just going to be the way it is?” the CNN host pressed. “Because you don’t get to rule by fiat.”
“Well, Mr. Trump, he’s winning,” Goertz opined. “He’s doing it his way. And the American people are resonating with him, they’re going out and they’re voting for him. So, it is working. And he is going to do it his way. And that way is winning.”
“So, he will most definitely continue to be himself and if people don’t want to be attacked then don’t attack Donald Trump,” she advised.
A few moments later, Republican strategist Tara Semayer observed that she had “never seen someone so thin skinned from New York” as Donald Trump.
“He walks around and brags and praises about how he is a tough guy, he’s a fighter, people like that about him,” she noted. “But goodness gracious, if someone says anything critical or has a dissenting opinion then he acts like a spoiled brat on the playground in fifth grade. This is not how a president behaves!”
Watch the video below from CNN, broadcast May 30, 2016.