Among the endless egomaniacal boasts coming out of the leading candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, one statement that struck me as particularly easy to refute was his comment that Bernie Sanders "showed that he's weak" by allowing Black Lives Matter protesters to take his microphone at a recent event in Seattle.
"Believe me, that's not going to happen to Trump," Richie Rich assured us.
"I would never give up my microphone. I thought that was disgusting. That showed such weakness, the way he was taken away by two young women -- the microphone; they just took the whole place over."
Of course, it would be galling for Trump to give up the mic to anyone, but especially so if it were young black women (I know, he cherishes women and has a "great relationship with the blacks.")
But this one is easy to put to the test, and I'm surprised it hasn't happened already.
Why aren't representatives of Black Lives Matter, immigration advocates, and other groups protesting Trump? Why aren't they trying to take the microphone from him? Are they afraid of what might happen? Do they really believe Bernie Sanders is more out of touch with their agendas than Donald Trump?
It would be revelatory to see young black women, or young women, or Latinos, or anyone, challenge Trump for his microphone. Trump would have three choices: 1) give up the mic and look "weak," (and worse yet for him, look like he is willing for someone else to speak; 2) have his handlers force the protesters off the stage, and look like the thug he is; 3) hang onto the mic and browbeat and denigrate the protesters. This third option is, of course, the most likely, and the one he has engaged in without challenge his entire adult life.
But it would be an interesting chapter in the Trump candidacy to see what would happen. It is hard to imagine any of these outcomes making him look good, and yet, looking bad appears to be his campaign strategy, and it is working well.
So here it is, a call to protest Trump wherever he goes to speak. It is one thing to talk down to people while sitting next to the escalator at Trump Tower, another to have to deal with someone standing 12 inches from you telling you they want to be heard.
My mouth continues to hang open when I read that Trump is thought to be "one of us" by people who earn under $50,000 a year and don't have a college degree. The only reasonable conclusion to reach about that is these folks like the bullying, the bravado and bias he always has on display.
How else to explain why people who are struggling financially and don't have a great deal of education can identify with an Ivy League, thrice married (twice to women 18 and 24 years younger than he) billionaire? "One of us"? Really?
What's keeping protesters from confronting Trump? At the very least, it would be great theater, and great theater seems to be the predominant theme of the 2016 campaign thus far.
But I think someone trying to get the microphone would be far more than great theater. I suspect it would reveal a Trump who may not cherish women, may not have a great relationship with the blacks, and may not look that brave when face to face with those who take him on directly.