Trump: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Donald Trump

Trump is the gift that keeps on giving. Hillary will be able to run any attack ad she wishes against Trump. All she needs to do is find the most unpopular side of any issue, and then claim that Trump supports that unpopular position. But wouldn’t that be lying? No, lying is when Trump accuses Hillary of lying about his record. Here’s an example:

Washington (CNN) Donald Trump on Wednesday night charged Hillary Clinton was misrepresenting his position by saying he wants nuclear arms for Japan — but the presumptive Republican nominee previously has said exactly that.

At a rally in Sacramento, Trump said that Clinton “made a speech, she’s making another one tomorrow, and they sent me a copy of the speech. And it was such lies about my foreign policy, that they said I want Japan to get nuclear weapons. Give me a break.”

He added, “See they don’t say it: I want Japan and Germany and Saudi Arabia and South Korea and many of the NATO states, nations, they owe us tremendously, we’re taking care of all those people and what I want them to do is pay up.”

But in an April interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News, Trump said, “It’s not like, gee whiz, nobody has them. So, North Korea has nukes. Japan has a problem with that. I mean, they have a big problem with that. Maybe they would in fact be better off if they defend themselves from North Korea.”

Wallace asked, “With nukes?”

“Including with nukes, yes, including with nukes,” Trump responded.

I keep pointing out that Trump’s been on both sides of every issue, that he’s the least “authentic” person ever to run for President of the United States. And yet his deluded fans support him precisely because they think he’s the only authentic candidate. Or they admit that all his non-immigration views are fake, but at least he’s sincere on immigration, which is what really matters. OK, do these Trump immigration views seem sincere?

The Republican Party will continue to lose presidential elections if it comes across as mean-spirited and unwelcoming toward people of color, Donald Trump tells Newsmax.

Whether intended or not, comments and policies of Mitt Romney and other Republican candidates during this election were seen by Hispanics and Asians as hostile to them, Trump says.

“Republicans didn’t have anything going for them with respect to Latinos and with respect to Asians,” the billionaire developer says.

“The Democrats didn’t have a policy for dealing with illegal immigrants, but what they did have going for them is they weren’t mean-spirited about it,” Trump says. “They didn’t know what the policy was, but what they were is they were kind.”

Romney’s solution of “self deportation” for illegal aliens made no sense and suggested that Republicans do not care about Hispanics in general, Trump says.

“He had a crazy policy of self deportation which was maniacal,” Trump says. “It sounded as bad as it was, and he lost all of the Latino vote,” Trump notes. “He lost the Asian vote. He lost everybody who is inspired to come into this country.”

The GOP has to develop a comprehensive policy “to take care of this incredible problem that we have with respect to immigration, with respect to people wanting to be wonderful productive citizens of this country,” Trump says.

Amen, I couldn’t have said it better.

(For those who don’t know, “comprehensive” is a code word in the immigration debate. And if you are an anti-immigrant Trumpista, then you don’t want to find out what it implies.)

If you want to see some amusing work by master contortionists, just read how the gullible Trumpistas spin this in the comment section. Some will insist the unfair press is making up quotes. Others will claim Trump’s had a since road to the White House, err, I mean road to Damascus conversion on immigration. Remember, even Trump has acknowledged that he can shoot someone in the middle of 5th Avenue and it doesn’t matter to his supporters. The only question is whether his supporters will constitute 50.1% of the electorate in November. Right now there’s a 24% chance of that happening.

The Republican candidates who opposed Trump were even more incompetent than they appeared. All they had to do during the debates was read out Trump’s actual view so immigration, every time the question came up. If they had done this early in the campaign, before he got momentum, the xenophobes never would have flocked to his campaign.

Ross Perot was a colorful, populist, protectionist business tycoon, with weird conspiracy theories, who ran for President in 1992. Perot’s high point occurred in June, when he actually led the field, polling at 39%. It was all downhill from there, as voters got serious about the fact that we were actually electing a President, and that having a crazy person in charge of foreign policy might not be a good idea.

And hot off the press:

Donald Trump sought to tout his support among African-Americans on Friday by pointing out a black man in the crowd and calling him “my African-American.”

“Oh, look at my African-American over here. Look at him,” Trump said. “Are you the greatest?”

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About Scott Sumner 492 Articles

Affiliation: Bentley University

Scott Sumner has taught economics at Bentley University for the past 27 years.

He earned a BA in economics at Wisconsin and a PhD at University of Chicago.

Professor Sumner's current research topics include monetary policy targets and the Great Depression. His areas of interest are macroeconomics, monetary theory and policy, and history of economic thought.

Professor Sumner has published articles in the Journal of Political Economy, the Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, and the Bulletin of Economic Research.

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