For 9 months, Donald Trump has bullied Megyn Kelly. On May 17, Fox aired their one-on-one interview, and it is eye opening. Trump paints a self-portrait of a vindictive, vengeful and insecure man who equates being presidential with being “soft.”

If there’s one thing we’ve learned about Donald Trump, it’s that his brain’s self-editing function is practically nonexistent. For instance:

Now, in a much-hyped interview with Megyn Kelly, he effectively admits that he lacks the temperament to be president.

If I were soft, if I were presidential … in a way it’s a bad word, because there’s nothing wrong with being presidential, but if I had not fought back in the way I fought back, I don’t think I would have been successful,” he told Kelly.

Trump boasted that if someone punches him, he punches back “ten times harder.”

And he said this:

Um, when I’m wounded, I go after people hard, okay? And I try and “un-wound” myself.

Judging from his behavior, his definition of being “wounded” is anything that’s remotely difficult, factual, or challenging to his unprepared mind (that is, anything he doesn’t know). Now imagine that kind of person in the Oval Office.

Trump argues to Kelly that he’s a “counter-puncher” who is only responding to the attacks against him.

“I respond pretty strongly, but in just about all cases, I’ve been responding to what they did to me,” Trump said.

So Trump is either unfamiliar with the very concept of diplomacy, or he dismisses it out of hand as “weak.”

He is essentially telling us that he has no sense of proportionality.

And that is a fatal personality flaw for someone seeking the presidency.


[Peter Daou contributed to this article.]

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