The feud between Mayor Marty Walsh and 2016 presidential hopeful Donald Trump could’ve been over by now. On Friday, Walsh took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in City Hall Plaza surrounded by members of his administration, but not before extending the challenge to state Attorney General Maura Healey, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, and Trump.
Trump could have accepted. He could have shellacked his hair in place, dumped some ice water on himself with cameras rolling, and raised a tremendous amount of visibility and awareness for the ongoing fight against ALS. Best of all, his beef with Walsh could have ended on a charitable note, and he could go right back to never really wanting to build in Boston.
But Trump isn’t one for conventional wisdom—or even plain, ol’ wisdom. Prior to a campaign rally at Winnacunnet High School in Hampton, New Hampshire Friday night, a reporter asked Trump if he had accepted Walsh’s challenge.
“He’s a clown, Marty Walsh,” Trump said. “I don’t even know who he is. This guy, he spends all this time and effort and money on an Olympic Bid, and then he goes out and he’s talking about ice bucket challenges. Get a real mayor.”
Of course, Trump knows who Walsh is. After Trump made some less-than-savory comments about Mexican immigrants while announcing the launch of his presidential campaign, Walsh said that some apologies would be needed before the mastermind behind Trump Steaks would be allowed to build a hotel in Boston. Then Boston 2024 fell through.
Boston's Mayor Walsh wasted a lot of time and money on going for the Olympics, and then he gave up. I don't want him negotiating for me!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 27, 2015
If these two men could keep it up for the rest of August, lobbing shots at one another in high school auditoriums all across the Granite State, they just might fill the gaping hole in the summer news cycle left in the doomed Olympic bid’s wake. Thanks in advance, guys.
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