Donald Trump, the right-wing Ralph Nader?

Donald Trump, the right-wing Ralph Nader?
GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump attends the inauguration ceremony of the Trump Ocean Club International Hotel and Tower in Panama City in July of 2011. (Arnulfo Franco / Associated Press)

Hardly a day passed this week, it seemed, without another headline from Donald Trump.

Or, if he didn’t personally offer up a juicy morsel, others leapt in. There was columnist Jonah Goldberg warning that Trump is a “bad deal” for the GOP, while opinion piece author professor Steven Hayward  elaborating on “Trump’s familiar story line.” The business section chimed in, proclaiming “Trump’s mounting losses” and the news section reported that Democrats are pushing “state to ‘dump’ Trump.” 

All of which prompted dozens of readers to praise, criticize, observe  --  and even express some real exasperation over the whole thing.

-- Sara Lessley, letters to the editor department


Paul Weissman of Pasadena was prompted to ask:

Can we please have a day without Donald Trump's name appearing in the newspaper? Or maybe a week, or even a month?  There are many people running for the Presidency right now, but all we hear about is Trump because of his ridiculous and racist statements.

This buffoon craves publicity. Why not deny him the one thing he wants most?  It's no longer news when an idiot says something stupid.  Let's start ignoring this idiot.

Observing the frenzy was Sandra Stubban of Stanton:

I am absolutely not a fan of Trump, but I do have to chuckle at the liberals falling all over themselves to denounce him after taking his remarks out of context. Obviously, free speech applies only if you agree with what the liberals have to say.

Diana Jacobs of Los Angeles commented:

Although I am not a fan of columnist Goldberg, I am open minded and read his work.

Today was quite spectacular. But he missed his own conclusion; Trump is the Ralph Nader of the GOP.

Jim Blumel Sr. of Santa Clarita weighed in:

When the left (i.e. Democrats) disagree with an opinion it is branded as hate speech, and the person expressing the opinion is labeled a racist, homophobe, bigot and hater.  Extreme pejoratives like these are so over-used as to lose their real meaning.

It seems to me the media have some responsibility to tamp down this sort of rhetoric and maintain the true definition of these words.

Paul Kuzniar of Santa Monica has a prediction:

The Donald is no dunce. He's Everyman who tells it like it is. Stay tuned.

Marty Friedman of Manhattan Beach did a double-take:

I must admit my surprise. Goldberg’s treatise on Trump’s impact to the GOP did not find a way to blame Obama. Every other editorial sneaks in a nasty dig at some point.

I did laugh at his comment about Republicans fielding the best candidates in a generation. That doesn't say much for past candidates, nor elected Presidents. The crowded GOP field seems more like a circus to me. It is reminiscent of the replacement election for recalled Gov. Gray Davis. The only thing missing is a body builder and a stripper.

Marcy Rothenberg of Porter Ranch offered her thoughts:

I'd like to thank Goldberg for making the case against both Trump and the GOP. The party was all too willing to allow Donald's birther rants against a legitimately elected president when they thought his bad behavior served their purposes. They have only themselves to blame for the fact that his outlandish statements may now bring them to electoral ruin.

And Ray McKown of Los Angeles found a surprise:

Did my eyes deceive me? Did Goldberg just admit that too many from the best field of Republican presidential "candidates in a generation" have chosen cowardice over truth, because they are afraid of angering Trump's supporters? Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, or President Obama couldn't have made a better case for voting Democratic in 2016!