Everything with you is either the best or the worst. There’s no nuance.
The hair. The theatrics. The loud noises he makes with his mouth. His dramatic Twitter feed. Donald Trump is a lot of things and he’s enjoying a successful campaign thus far, much to the surprise of pundits everywhere. He soars with a 10-point lead in polls.
After an interview on Meet the Press with Chuck Todd, Donald Trump sweat through most of Chuck’s questions, but I don’t think its likely to deter Trump fans from continuing to be Trump fans. He speaks to the more modern Republican, and like Bernie Sanders in the Democratic race, he doesn’t mince words. Trump doesn’t even know what mince means.
Trump has the most modern stance on Planned Parenthood out of all the Republicans running for President.
Todd lobbed Donald Trump a softball in the beginning, asking about whether he supports women’s rights to abortion and whether he would defund Planned Parenthood (PP) completely, also calling out Trump’s flip-flop on the issue.
Donald Trump answered that he would allow abortion in cases of rape, incest, and life of the mother, but would deny them in other cases. He said he would not defund PP because the clinic is important to women who partake in services other than abortion.
His stance on PP looks good by comparison to his opponents. Some of the other Republicans running are still debating on whether they should allow abortion even in instances where life of the mother is threatened or fetuses conceived by rape.
In the Republican primary debate on Fox, Governor Scott Walker (R-Wisc.), former Governor Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.) and Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), all have taken the stance that an unborn child’s life is more important than its mother’s. They believe babies conceived in rape are all little gifts from God. They want Planned Parenthood shut down for good.
In the Republican debate, Jeb and Governor Chris Christie (R-N.J.) bragged about defunding Planned Parenthood, even though evidence shows that the state funds they pulled from the women’s health clinic were never allotted to abortion in the first place and only took funding away for pap smears, family planning and STD screening and treatment.
Trump at the very least is willing to acknowledge that Planned Parenthood serves a larger purpose of stopping abortion from happening in the first place. He still says things like he “cherishes women” and he doesn’t realize the infamous PP secret video recordings were debunked within hours of their release, but at least he isn’t running on taking down PP. Most Americans agree by majority with keeping the women’s health clinic; it’s a more modern conservative stance for him to take.
But then the interview took a dark turn down foreign policy lane.
When Todd asked Trump about other issues, such as Saudi Arabia’s funding of terrorists, NATO, the Iran deal, and Ukraine, Todd couldn’t control his, “You’re dumb and I feel like I’m talking to a toddler about foreign policy” face when pressing Trump for clearer answers, which he never really received, just more verbal diarrhea.
Trump even goes on to admit he gets his foreign policy advice from TV news:
TODD: Who do you talk to for military advice right now?
TRUMP: Well, I watch the shows. I mean, I really see a lot of great… you know, when you watch your show, and all of the other shows, and you have the generals, and you have certain people you like.
TODD: But is there somebody, is there a go-to for you? You know, every presidential candidate has a go-to…
TRUMP: Probably there are two or three. I mean, I like Bolton. I think he’s a tough cookie, knows what he’s talking about. Jacobs is a good guy.
TODD: You mean Ambassador Bolton?
TODD: You mean Colonel Jack Jacobs?
TRUMP: Colonel Jack Jacobs is a good guy, and I see him on occasion.
The interview continued to spiral from there.
After talking about world issues, and Trump attacking them as if they were all business deals while offering nothing substantial, Todd steers the interview to things Trump has said in the past, such as whether he believes that Obama is an American citizen.
Trump says he doesn’t like to talk about that anymore, but he did flaunt his own college records at Wharton School of Finance.
Todd sarcastically rebutted Trumps brag, saying:
I’ve never heard you say anything about Wharton before.
Trump likes to brag that he went to the best school and was a great student, often and loudly. Most psychiatrists would probably sum this up to Trump’s inner child needing Daddy to recognize his accomplishments.
And Todd calls him on it, asking:
Why do you feel it’s important to tell us that all the time?
Trump gives his answer about the country needing a powerful business person in office to make deals.
However, Todd wasn’t satisfied, saying:
Right, but, I guess I go back to why do you have to tell us all the time that you went to Wharton? People know you’re successful. They see you’re successful, they assume you’re smart. Why do you have to tell us all the time?
Trump tried to reiterate that the country needs successful business people because we’re getting killed by China, Japan and Mexico. He said:
Mexico is killing us. They’re killing us in trade.
At this point Todd looked as if he wanted to chuck the rest of the interview and go have a beer.
He fired back at Trump:
How is Mexico killing us? The Peso is worth less today than it even was five years ago. How are they killing us? Their GDP is lower than ours.
Which left Trump scrambling giving anecdotal evidence that several companies have moved their plants to Mexico, such as Nabisco and Ford, but Todd wouldn’t let him off the hook, citing how absurd that was seeing as though immigrants are flocking to the U.S. to find jobs instead of staying put in Mexico where Trump says all the jobs are going.
But Trump was even so bold as to call Mexico the new China in job creation.
Laughing and incredulous, Todd asks:
Where?! Where is the evidence for this?
Todd continued to make a mockery of Trump’s campaign by asking if the billionaire would be transparent on who he met with in the White House. Trump said no, but that he would support transparency in campaign financing — also, somewhat of a modern stance that his opponents have been silent on, given how much Koch money is on the line for their campaigns.
Trump even went so far as to call Jeb a puppet for lobbyists, saying:
When Jeb Bush raises $114 million dollars, I know those people that gave him the money. I know every one of them. I used to be one of them. I know those people. I mean, I gave to everyone. He’s a like a puppet for those people. He’s a puppet!
Trump said he would support a ban on lobbyists during his administration.
The Meet the Press host then asked Trump how he felt about Affirmative Action and Trump said he was fine with affirmative action, saying he’s met a lot of great people that way. Also, a modern stance compared to most Republicans in the race.
So given that Trump actually is the candidate taking a modern stance on some issues, should the Republicans, who haul out the same, tired rhetoric election year after election year, be worried that he’s doing so well in the race?
He may talk like a fourth grader, he may not be able to outline his clear stances on issues, but voters across the country are tired of ranking poorly in the world. People are tired of politicians who don’t serve their interests because they serve the rich. And conservative women are tired of male politicians policing their reproductive organs. And on those points, Trump is like any other candidate running.
Watch the entire interview here:
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