Front-Runner Donald Trump may just have crossed a line, one that can’t be un-crossed.
Back before the Iowa Caucus, on January 29th, I wrote here in American Thinker that there were only two possible Trump-Killers:
1. A failure of his crowds to turn out and vote; and,
2. Saying something that was clearly beyond the pale: something more outlandish or confrontational than Republican voters are willing to accept — or ignore
Clearly, the first potential Trump-Killer was a non-starter. His crowds at rallies have indeed turned out to also be crowds at the ballot box. However, the other potential Trump-Killer — that Trump would finally say something so outlandish that he’d turn off voters — remains to be seen.
Unless, of course, what we just saw in the South Carolina debate Saturday night, a week before the South Carolina primary, proves to be that Trump-Killer.
What did we see?
We saw Trump embracing and advocating two related positions that only Ron Paul’s more extreme libertarian conspiracy-theory supporters — or Michael Moore bomb-throwing Democrats — had previously adopted. Trump’s 9/11-bombshell was a one-two punch that either won the support of really unhappy Republicans — or completely put-off conservative Republicans.
This potential Trump-Killer incident began with Trump once again asserting that he did not support the Iraq invasion in 2003, which he deemed a mistake. That, in itself, is not a problem. Many Republicans now see that attempts at nation-building, such as President Bush tried in Iraq, are a mistake.
But then Trump issued a pair of charges that may well have gone too far. Maybe way too far.
First, The Donald made it clear that he thought Republican President George W. Bush actually lied about there being Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq — and did so in order to gain support for the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Facts following the invasion seem to prove that the fears of WMDs in Iraq were either overblown, or the intelligence findings of the CIA, British and Russian intelligence were all completely wrong. However, until now, it took a Michael Moore-like extremist to accuse the President of lying for the purpose of dragging America into a war that few — beyond the President himself — actually wanted to fight.
That conspiracy theory-like one-two punch, which normally gets thrown only from from the far left — or the far right — might cross a line. Especially in South Carolina, where the former President remains quite popular.
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