Watching the debate last night was like watching the scene out of a movie. If you’ve seen ‘Good Will Hunting’ there is a scene where Chuckie (played by Ben Affleck) sits in for Will (Matt Damon) at a job interview with some think tank geeks. Chuckie talks a great game but clearly has no idea what he’s talking about.
That was Donald Trump on the debate stage last night. Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and John Kasich ran circles around Trump explaining policy positions with attention to detail and with confidence. Then there was Donald Trump. If he would have said, “Pull my finger”, to Jake Tapper, it would have likely been the smartest thing he said all night.
There were several jaw dropping moments of imbecility provided for the audience by Trump and yet somehow, Trump earned an ‘A’ from frequent Morning Joe guest, Mark Halperin. That just confirms what I said about some in the media “propping up” the clown.
Here they are (and I am pulling these directly from the CNN Transcript):
1. On Israel:
TRUMP: First of all, there’s nobody on this stage that’s more pro Israel than I am. OK. There’s nobody. I am pro-Israel. I was the grand marshall, not so long ago, of the Israeli Day Parade down 5th avenue. I’ve made massive contributions to Israel. I have a lot of — I have tremendous love for Israel.
Emphasis mine. He actually said he was better for Israel because he was in a parade. And if you notice, he was a second away from saying he has a lot of Jewish friends and thought better of it.
2. On Tiananmen Square:
TAPPER: Mr. Trump, some of your Republican critics have expressed concern about comments you have made praising authoritarian dictators. You have said positive things about Putin as a leader and about China’s massacre of pro-democracy protesters at Tiananmen Square, you’ve said: “When the students poured into Tiananmen Square, the Chinese government almost blew it, then they were vicious, they were horrible, but they put it down with strength. That shows you the power of strength.”
How do you respond…
TRUMP: That doesn’t mean I was endorsing that. I was not endorsing it. I said that is a strong, powerful government that put it down with strength. And then they kept down the riot. It was a horrible thing. It doesn’t mean at all I was endorsing it.
Emphasis mine. Riot? He actually called pro-democracy protests a “riot.” The protesters were calling for for government accountability, freedom of the press and freedom of speech. Some “riot.”
3. On Social Security:
BASH: Senator Rubio, I know you want to get in. Hang on one second, I just want to follow up with Mr. Trump. You’re talking about waste, fraud and abuse, but an independent bipartisan organization, the Committee For a Responsible Federal Budget, says improper payments like you’re talking about, that would only save about $3 billion, but it would take $150 billion to make Social Security solvent. So how would you find that other $147 million?
TRUMP: Because they don’t cover most of the subjects. We’re the policemen of the world. We take care of the entire world. We’re going to have a stronger military, much stronger. Our military is depleted. But we take care of Germany, we take care of Saudi Arabia, we take care of Japan, we take care of South Korea. We take — every time this maniac from North Korea does anything, we immediately send our ships. We get virtually nothing.
We have 28,000 soldiers on the line, on the border between North and South Korea. We have so many places. Saudi Arabia was making a billion dollars a day, and we were getting virtually nothing to protect them.
Foreign aid is a great bogey-man, but as Senator Rubio pointed out moments later, that aid makes up less than one percent of our budget. There is no way Social Security’s shortfall can be made up by yanking our troops out of South Korea and Germany. He pulled that out of his ass because he doesn’t have a clue.
These aren’t even very difficult issues. But watching Trump try to talk his way through these issues was painful. He’s like the student who didn’t do the required reading, trying in vain to fake it while the teacher sits there with a bemused smirk knowing the kid has no clue what he’s saying.
The man is not fit to be President.