Eric Trump is just so proud of his father for not attacking Hillary Clinton for her husband’s infidelity.
What is courage? The dictionary defines it as “the ability to do something that frightens one,” and that works, but surely courage runs deeper. It is that quiet inner fortitude that allows you stare into the face of true danger without blinking. It’s the calm strength in the face of adversity. It is, according to Eric Trump, the refusal to mock your political opponent for her husband’s infidelity. And Eric Trump ought to know because his father displayed just that sort of courage during Sunday’s debate.
“I mean, he very well could’ve looked down — and he said it when he came off the debate stage, ‘I wasn’t gonna respond to that question because I saw Chelsea in the front row, and I just wasn’t gonna go there out of respect for her,’” Eric Trump told host Simon Conway of 1040 WHO Iowa radio. “And that was a big moment for me and probably will actually become, my life and this campaign, and probably will be something I’ll always remember.”
There, there. It is only natural to feel the sharp hint of prideful tears at stories of such bravery. Indeed, one wonders how the younger Trump himself made it through such a moment without throwing himself on the podium and attacking Clinton for the fact that her husband cheated on her himself.
“I mean, he really took the high ground where he had the opportunity to go very, very low,” the younger Trump went on. “And I’m proud of him for doing that. I mean, I’m really proud of him for doing that. And I think people recognize that. I mean, there are a lot of people who came up to me, including many in the media, who said listen, he could’ve just crushed her on that last question. And he would’ve probably hurt a family if he did. I don’t know, I think that took a lot of courage in so many regards, and I think he really answered that well and took the high ground and kept the high road.”
The high road. That’s the road for Donald Trump, and he evidenced it by making it clear during the debate that he had steeled himself and was resisting the temptation to say something “extremely rough to Hillary, to her family.”
Although, he did say he might bring it up at the next debate. Courage, after all, isn’t so much not bringing up your political opponent’s husband’s infidelity during a debate, but knowing when to bring it up. That’s courage.
Listen to the whole clip below, via Buzzfeed.
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