Imagine if Jeb Bush, a man who has staked his Republican presidential campaign on the argument that he's a strong leader, had bragged about his whining skills. It'd be a major -- if not kinda odd -- gaffe, no?
Now imagine if Donald Trump, a man who only seems to get stronger when he breaks conventional political rules, bragged about his whining skills.
Actually, don't imagine. Here's what Trump said on CNN's "New Day" on Tuesday morning:
"I am the most fabulous whiner. I do whine, because I want to win," Trump told CNN's Chris Cuomo, referencing conservative author Rich Lowry's National Review column where he called Trump a whiner.
Trump continued: "I am a whiner, and I'm a whiner and I keep whining and whining until I win. I want to win for our country, and I'm going to make our country great again."
You're probably having one of two reactions right now to that.
1. If you're one of the 69 percent of registered voters who don't like Donald Trump (based on a July 23-28 national Quinnipiac University poll) and think he's bad for politics and bad for American democracy, you're probably rolling your eyes right now, saying something like "Classic Trump."
At this point almost two months into his presidential campaign, Trump's said enough weird things that this strikes you as, yes, weird things to say, but with this man it doesn't really surprise you.
2. If you're one of the 27 percent of registered voters who like Trump (based on the same Quinnipiac poll) and think he's single-handedly sending a screw-you message to Washington for you and everyone else who is disenchanted, you're possibly cheering Trump on right now, saying something like:
'Trump whines -- and it works! He's persistent. He's a leader. He's built an empire worth billions, and if he says whining works, then by golly, it works.'
Actually, don't take my word for it.
On Monday, Reddit asked Trump supporters to share why they liked Trump (beware: some strong language in that link). Here's one user's response:
"Every candidate is a greedy and corrupt attention whore, but at least Trump owns up to that instead of hiding behind a do-gooder facade. That tiny sliver of honesty puts him ahead of most politicians in the eyes of the average American."
If Analysis No. 2 above didn't make much sense to you, then let this "whining" episode serve as the latest example that increasingly, Trump supporters and Trump detractors aren't really speaking the same language.