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Mary Katharine Ham: Trump’s Jabs Are His Entire Brand


‘A bully’s gotta get punched.’


Federalist senior writer Mary Katharine Ham joined CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 on Thursday night to talk about the GOP debate and Donald Trump’s substance-less debate tactics.

“The jabs are Donald Trump’s entire brand,” Ham said.

She defended Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz’s decision to adopt Trump’s method of deploying personal attacks, explaining that it’s the only way to rattle the real-estate mogul and reveal the shallow nature of his policy ideas.

“The problem with the GOP until now, and Cruz and Rubio frankly, has been that they’re not going after the frontrunner in such a way as to push him off his game — which is to jab, jab, jab,” she said. “A bully’s gotta get punched.”

After last week’s GOP debate, Rubio hit Trump below the belt several times on the campaign trail, leaving the billionaire visibly shaken and upset.

“This last debate you saw the Rubio we should’ve seen five months ago, and this debate we saw the Cruz you should’ve seen five months ago,” she said. “The fact is, this is how you have to fight Trump and then you have to ask him policy questions when he’s off his game.”

“If it had happened earlier, it might’ve made more of a difference,” she said.