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posted Friday, May 6, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 18
Donald Trump hasn't learned a thing
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Donald Trump hasn't learned a thing

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Donald Trump is known for many things. Besides his massive fortune and his role in the reality TV show Celebrity Apprentice, he is perhaps best-known for his iconic hair. But it's becoming increasingly clear that the heyday of The Don has passed, as he's recently dedicated himself to giving news writers a bizarre new story to cover each week.

This week, he gave LGBT publications around the globe a gem of an example of just how strange his politics have become when he came out against marriage equality - based on his experience with golf putters - in an interview with The New York Times. Here's what Trump said: '[Marriage equality] is like in golf. A lot of people - I don't want this to sound trivial - but a lot of people are switching to these really long putters, very unattractive. It's weird. You see these great players with these really long putters, because they can't sink three-footers anymore. And I hate it. I am a traditionalist. I have so many fabulous friends who happen to be Gay, but I'm a traditionalist.'

What does that even mean? These 'Trumpisms' have got to stop.

OK, let's just be honest here. We all realize that what Trump said, and continues to say, is ridiculous. So why do we care? Because (God help us all) the man is a possible candidate for the Republican nomination for president. Just when you though the GOP couldn't get any more out of touch, here comes Trump in all his combover glory.

But President Obama does not seem bothered in the least. Trump ended last week getting straight-up owned at the White House Correspondents' Dinner by the comic stylings of both President Obama and Saturday Night Live head writer Seth Meyers. You might think that after the birth certificate fiasco, Trump would take a new tack and start acting like a serious, well-behaved candidate with less diarrhea of the mouth. Not so much.

The most bizarre part of this is that, for a so-called traditionalist, he's certainly been married more times than most traditionalists would like. As website Wonk Room's Zack Ford put it (using Trump-friendly golf terms): 'Trump can only see things in the world as attractive or unattractive, and he has no time for anything he finds 'very unattractive.' Just ask the many girls he objectifies and humiliates when they enter the Miss USA pageant. His taste is a minefield of sexism bunkers and LGBT sand traps that have little to do with improving others people's lives. Trump's campaign hasn't even teed off yet, but he's already shanking his approach.'

The 2012 campaign is months away. It is anybody's guess what Trump will have said by then.

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