By Roland S. Martin
Earlier this week it was reported that former NBA slam-dunk champion Anthony “Spud” Webb was planning to become head coach of Rick Cabaret’s New York stripper basketball team.
From the moment I read it, I cracked up laughing, knowing full well that my long-time friend and golf buddy, who also happens to be president of basketball operations for the NBA’s Texas development league team, the Legends, would never do such a thing. The press release was a joke.
I even left him a voicemail Wednesday saying it was funny and ridiculous at the same time, and the next day his publicist released a statement calling it an “ill-fated attempt at humor.”
No harm, no foul, Spud, and anyone taking it seriously needs to learn to laugh.
So when I began to see tweets Friday about the maniacal real estate mogul Donald Trump moderating a Republican presidential debate in Iowa on Dec. 27, I had the same reaction as the Spud strip team press release: This is a bad joke.
But according to the conservative website NewsMax.com, they really have asked Trump to be the moderator of a real GOP presidential debate, hoping the men and women who desire to be commander-in-chief will show up to be quizzed by a reality TV show star.
If this “debate” is real, it will represent one of the stupidest ideas in the history of presidential politics, and if the Republican National Committee has any decency, it would quickly denounce this madness and say that none of its candidates will bother even responding to this stunt.
As I’ve written before, Donald Trump is a political chump who shouldn’t be taken seriously. To watch all of these GOP candidates make a pilgrimage to meet with him is ridiculous. It’s not like he’s disgraced former President Richard Nixon, who often hosted candidates wanting to discuss foreign policy, especially as it related to China.
The only thing the late Nixon and Trump have in common is that both are disgraceful.
It’s time that real Republicans and conservatives put an end to this silly infatuation with Trump. It’s highly questionable as to whether he’s actually a billionaire. His ideas about politics are about as useful as Flavor Flav’s marital advice. And discussing the issue of character and the presidency would make Trump a laughingstock to the world.
But let’s just call this what it is: a publicity stunt by Newsmax to gain more subscribers to its growing media empire and for Trump to bask in the glow of being taken seriously by candidates who want to occupy the White House.
If we’ve reduced the presidency of the United States to a reality show, we deserve to get our butts kicked economically by China, and we might as well let Russia become the world’s biggest superpower.
Any candidate who would even consider showing up to take questions from Trump should have his or her head examined — and then be summarily booted out of the race.
In fact, you know what? Let’s go ahead and let Trump moderate a debate. This will allow us to quickly narrow the field of candidates, “Survivor”-style. Any candidates who show up to get quizzed by Trump we’ll immediately vote off the GOP presidential island. There is no way anyone could take them seriously.
Sorry, folks. Let’s not even toy with the idea of Trump moderating a NewsMax debate. I’d rather tune in to strippers playing basketball than see the GOP presidential candidates stripped of their dignity.
Roland S. Martin is an award-winning CNN analyst and author of the book “The First: President Barack Obama’s Road to the White House as Originally Reported by Roland S. Martin.” Please visit his website at RolandSMartin.com. To find out more about Roland S. Martin and read his past columns, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.
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