Among his least desirable characteristics — and there are many — Donald Trump is a coward. The Hill reports:

Donald Trump said early Tuesday that he is unsure if former President George W. Bush lied about weapons of mass destruction heading into the 2003 invasion of Iraq, softening his rhetoric from the campaign trail.
“I don’t know if he lied or not,” he told host George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “I just know that there are no weapons of mass destruction.”

So soon does he abandon his emphatic accusation that Bush knew there were no WMD’s! Might it be the firestorm that erupted, the comparison to MoveOn.org language, the outpouring of affection for the former president?

In fact this is a pattern for Trump. He imitated the hand motions of a New York Times reporter with a disability. He then denied doing so. He insulted Carly Fiorina’s face. Then he said he was referring to her persona. He said in reference to a Fox New anchor “She had blood coming out of her whatever.” And then denied it was a crude, sexist slur. He called for a complete halt to all Muslims entering the United States. When criticized, he said he only meant for a “pause.”

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This is akin to a child ringing a neighbor’s doorbell and running away. He loves to taunt, insult, belittle and mock. What he cannot do is take ownership of his words and actions, no doubt because despite his denigration of “political correctness” he knows at some level how revolting were his original words and positions.

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Trump’s opponents have scolded him, criticized his utterances. But they have yet to dent his image as a strong winner. They’ve point to his abject ignorance on everything from Social Security (his silly idea to save it by eliminating waste, fraud and abuse) to Syria (he apparently still thinks we share interests with Russia, making him as obtuse as Secretary of State John F. Kerry). Maybe pointing out that he cannot even withstand a news cycle or two before he begins back-peddling will cast him in a different light.

And while we are on the subject of winners, where are his tax returns? His wealth — based on a huge (YUUUUGE!) inheritance from his father — has always been a subject of debate. He lists his worth at $10 billion, while most public estimates put his wealth at $4.5 billion. That estimation puts him in 121st place on the Forbes richest Americans list. While income is not the same as net worth, it is a clue, especially if he went back decades as Jeb Bush has done in releasing 33 years of records. Perhaps Trump is too scared to release his current or past tax records because they would suggest a less than tremendous business performance.

Like most braggarts and bullies, Trump (who could have put his inheritance in a conservative investment portfolio and done as well as the Trump empire) offers loud talk instead of real courage and boasts rather than quiet confidence. It is about time his opponents started pointing that out.

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