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Dealing with the Trump Bully PDF Print E-mail

How Jeb Bush Should Handle the Bully that is Donald Trump.

At the recent GOP debate, Jeb Bush finally tried to stand up to Donald Trump. Trump responded, as all bullies do, but insulting the person who challenged him. Jeb's response was polite, but his attempt at smiling made him look like a school boy who had mustered up the courage to challenge his bully and was doing his best to pretend that the insults didn't bother him.

What should Jeb! Have done instead? Well, I actually teach how to stop bullies and Jeb's approach was a good start but incomplete. To put a bully in their place and to get to them to stop, you have to remove the reward they get for being rude. For Trump, you have to not let him gain status from putting other people down.

What I recommend to people and to kids dealing with a bully is have something to say WHEN, not if, the bully challenges you. In this case, because Trump is running for president, Jeb should respond with something along the lines of - "That's not how a president should act." Doesn't matter what insult Trump pulls, the response is - "that's not how a president should act." Or - "I personally, don't think that's how a president should act."

The big problem Jeb had wasn't what he said, it was how he said it. He tried to challenge Jeb, but then got owned. Why? Because he looked beaten. He smiled an awkward smile while someone was bullying him. That kind of signals submission.

What he should have done is had an emotionally neutral expression. And made eye contact with Trump. Look directly at him and have a stone cold face. When Trump is done insulting him, look right at the camera and with a stone cold expression say in a calm non-accusatory matter of fact way - that just not how I think a president should act.

He should not engage in the substance of ANYTHING Trump says. Just - that's not how I think a president should act. The shear repetition of this phrase will have the impact of dissing Trump and sowing doubt in people's minds while allowing Bush to appear professional and above the fray. He will not engage while clearly engaging and will change the narrative to - what did Trump say now to - oh my goodness - he's so not presidential.

The most important thing for Bush to do is to practice a neutral face. The attempt at smiling while being berated is the wrong approach. You have to be neutral. Neutral response. You aren't amused by Trump. You aren't annoyed by his attacks. It's just a fact, he's not acting presidential.

And that's how you stand up to a would be presidential bully.

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