For those of you who had better things to do than watch another two hours of Donald Trump lying about the country and evading any real issues, News Corpse presents the following documentation of his performance at last night’s Republican primary debate. In summary it can be said that Trump reaffirmed his status as the most ignorant and arrogant presidential candidate in modern times. And there seems to have been an agreement among the candidates to refrain from making themselves look like colicky infants by engaging in insult slams and tantrum throwing. That could be a problem because those may be the only reasons why anyone watched.
What you will see from this chronicle of events is that Trump continues to say almost nothing that is intelligible and is beginning to challenge Sarah Palin as the master of tossing up a word salad of incoherence.
Asked why voters should trust him on jobs despite his hiring of foreign workers and having his products made in China and Mexico:
Because nobody knows the system better than me. I know the H1B. I know the H2B. Nobody knows it better than me. I’m a businessman. These are laws. These are regulations. These are rules. We’re allowed to do it.
[And continuing] First of all, I think and I know the H1B very well. And it’s something that I frankly use and I shouldn’t be allowed to use it. We shouldn’t have it. Very, very bad for workers. And second of all, I think it’s very important to say, well, I’m a businessman and I have to do what I have to do. […] We have to sort of take a strong, good, hard look and come up with plans that work. And we’re rushing into things, and we’re just — we’re leading with the chin. We’re leading with people that don’t know what they are doing in terms of our leadership.
So Trump is totally in favor of using laws that are bad for workers so long as it’s good for him, and he knows everything about it, and he’s a businessman, so he’s allowed to do it. Then he boldly declares that we need leaders who can lead in terms of leadership. How inspiring.
Asked to cite his specific objections to Common Core, which he called a disaster:
Education through Washington, D.C. I don’t want that. I want local education. I want the parents, and I want all of the teachers, and I want everybody to get together around a school and to make education great.
Apparently Trump is ignorant of the fact that Common Core is a program that was initiated at the state and local level with input from parents and teachers and is comprised of standards that are entirely voluntary. Following this response he diverted to announce that Ben Carson is endorsing him. So the man who believes that the pyramids were built to store grain will be advising Trump on education issues.
Asked to clarify his opposition on Common Core given that the standards are voluntary and were the product of state and local development:
You’re right, Jake. But it has been taken over by the federal government. It was originally supposed to be that way. And certainly sounds better that way. But it has all been taken over now by the bureaucrats in Washington.
No, actually. It has not.
Asked for his plan to keep Social Security solvent:
Well, first of all, I want you to understand that the Democrats – and I’ve watched them very intensely, even though it’s a very, very boring thing to watch – that the Democrats are doing nothing with Social Security. They’re leaving it the way it is.
[And therefore] I will do everything within my power not to touch Social Security, to leave it the way it is; to make this country rich again. […] it’s my absolute intention to leave Social Security the way it is. […] We’ve lost our jobs. We’ve lost everything. We’re losing everything. Our jobs are gone, our businesses are being taken out of the country. I want to make America great again and I want to leave Social Security as is. We’re going to get rid of waste, fraud, abuse and bring back business.
Those dang Democrats want to leave Social Security the way it is, but Trump isn’t having any of that saying that “I will do everything within my power not to touch Social Security, to leave it the way it is.” That’s telling ’em. And for good measure Trump added that he is opposed to military spending on the foreign deployment of troops, which has nothing to do with the Social Security Trust Fund. For the record, Democrats don’t want to leave it the way it is. They want to strengthen it with measures like increasing the income cap that allows the rich to avoid paying into it.
Asked about his recent claim that “Islam hates us:”
I mean a lot of them. I mean a lot of them. I’ve been watching the debate today. And they’re talking about radical Islamic terrorism or radical Islam. But I will tell you this. There’s something going on that maybe you don’t know about, maybe a lot of other people don’t know about, but there’s tremendous hatred. […] Now I will say this, there is tremendous hatred. The question was asked, what do you think? I said, there is hatred. Now it would be very easy for me to say something differently. And everybody would say, oh, isn’t that wonderful.
What the f*** is he talking about? The vast majority of the billions of Muslims are quite friendly to the U.S. and most of the Muslim countries are our allies. Trump’s obsession with hatred is characteristic of his personality and his campaign and, more troubling, is counterproductive to resolving the issues with the minority of Muslims who engage in terrorism and who do not represent Islam.
Asked about opening diplomatic relations with Cuba:
I would want to make a good deal, I would want to make a strong, solid, good deal because right now, everything is in Cuba’s favor. […] I would probably have the embassy closed until such time as a really good deal was made and struck by the United States.
I think what Trump is trying to say is that he would want to make a deal. And consistent with his role as the Monty Hall of the Republican Party, he is keeping the details of his deal a secret so that the American people won’t know that behind the curtain there is a a potato wearing a toupee.
Asked if he thought that he had created a tone where violence was encouraged at his rallies:
I hope not. I truly hope not. I will say this. We have 25-30,000 people — you’ve seen it yourself. People come with tremendous passion and love for the country, and when they see protest — in some cases — you know, you’re mentioning one case, which I haven’t seen, I heard about it, which I don’t like. But when they see what’s going on in this country, they have anger that’s unbelievable. They have anger. They love this country. They don’t like seeing bad trade deals, they don’t like seeing higher taxes, they don’t like seeing a loss of their jobs where our jobs have just been devastated. And I know — I mean, I see it. There is some anger. There’s also great love for the country. It’s a beautiful thing in many respects. But I certainly do not condone that at all, Jake.
It’s so beautiful. Watching patriotic citizens express their love for America by assaulting their fellow citizens who have different opinions (or skin color) than they do. These angry patriots are justified in beating up other Americans because of the loss of jobs – that actually have been growing for 72 straight months.
[And then] We have some protesters who are bad dudes, they have done bad things. They are swinging, they are really dangerous and they get in there and they start hitting people. And we had a couple big, strong, powerful guys doing damage to people, not only the loudness, the loudness I don’t mind. But doing serious damage. And if they’ve got to be taken out, to be honest, I mean, we have to run something.
For the record, there has not been a single incident of a protester at a Trump rally hitting anyone or being otherwise violent or dangerous or causing damage. That’s just a flat out lie by someone with a long record of lying (see the Trump Bullshitopedia).
Asked what should be done to avoid a party revolt if no candidate has a majority of delegates at the GOP convention.
Make me president.
Note that Trump didn’t say to make him the nominee, but jumped right to making him president, which goes way beyond the jurisdiction of a political party convention. What else would you expect from a megalomaniacal wannabe dictator?
[And later] I know it better than anybody that probably ever lived. And I will tell you this, I know the system far better than anybody else and I know the system is broken. And I’m the one, because I know it so well because I was on both sides of it, I was on the other side all my life and I’ve always made large contributions. And frankly, I know the system better than anybody else and I’m the only one up here that’s going to be able to fix that system because that system is wrong.
In that hysterical paragraph Trump stated that he “knows” better than anybody five times. Who is he trying to convince? All he is proving is that he has been a part of the broken system for decades, which doesn’t make him the best choice to fix it. It makes him guilty of exploiting and sustaining it for his own selfish benefit. Which is ironic because that’s exactly why he’s running for president.
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Donald Trump never offers any substantive proposals to solve any of the problems that a president would face, and he didn’t in this debate either. He simply repeats a chorus of boasts about his alleged brilliance and his standing in the polls. Then he insists that he will put an end to every trouble that vexes America by ending them, he will fix every problem by fixing it, and he will make America great again by making it great again. With that sort of specificity it would be idiotic to support his candidacy. Lucky for him there is no shortage of idiots in the Republican Party.