Senator Mike Rounds spent a lot of time at a Yankton meeting last month shouting Donald Trump’s campaign slogan and blaming the media for the negative tone of the Presidential campaign:
Rounds said he’s been disappointed in what he’s witnessed throughout the election campaign.
“I think the tone in this presidential election has been revolting,” Rounds said. “I think we ought to be talking facts. I think we ought to be talking policy. We ought to be talking about what we’re going to do to make America great, and I think it’s up to the press and up to the people asking the questions to continue to pound on the fact that that’s what the American voter wants. They want facts, they want plans, they want the vision but they also want to know how you’re going to get things done. They want results and we all want to make America great again, but I also think that if they make a commitment, that that candidate will honor that commitment” [Rob Nielsen, “Rounds Discusses Contentious Election Cycle During Yankton Stop,” Yankton Press & Dakotan, 2016.04.01].
Rounds is revolted, but it’s up to the press to demand discussion of the facts. Ah ha.
Asked about the big jerk who really is responsible for much of the revolting primary discourse, Senator Rounds again deflected, talking not about what Trump says and stands for now but how Trump spoke in some private meeting two years ago:
While Rounds didn’t highlight a candidate he favored for the GOP nomination, he took time to speak on a meeting he had with frontrunner Donald Trump.
“I’ve met Mr. Trump,” he said. “I met him two years ago or so. I can tell you that our conversations were normal, reasonable and businesslike.”
Like Senator John Thune (also here) and Rep. Kristi Noem (though she was more straightforward back when her guy Marco Rubio was still in), Senator Rounds can’t take off his weasel skin and call Donald Trump out.
The South Dakota Democratic Party says calling Trump out for his scummery shouldn’t be that hard:
Donald Trump: not normal, not reasonable, not businesslike, not Presidential material. Just say it, Mike!