Thursday, February 25, 2016

A Month of the Trump Stump

In the last 30 days ... trying to understand the candidates, their positions and qualifications, it has been particularly difficult as Donald Trump continues to shape the conversation.
‘I Love the Poorly Educated!’ Off the cuff comments by Trump are often both surprisingly inappropriate and almost incomprehensible.
“I’d bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding.”  Despite both the constitution and international law, Trump insists he would institute torture.
“I’d like to punch him in the face.”
Trump responding to a heckler.
“He took 50 bullets, and he dipped them in pig’s blood,” Trump says, describing a fictitious slaughter of Muslims by General John Pershing.  “And he had his men load his rifles and he lined up the 50 people, and they shot 49 of those people. And the 50th person he said ‘You go back to your people and you tell them what happened.’”  Fortunately, it never happened, which is enough of a problem by itself, but suggesting the religious insult and slaughter of Muslims might be a good example is stunningly ill informed and the worst of bad judgement.  The legend about Pershing is well known to be fictitious.  Pershing himself was strongly opposed to anything that would provoke religious extremism.   And as for Trump's recounting, "Read it in the history books," Trump says.  But it's not in the history books, it's fiction.

Tonight's debate was a bit of a free for all.  More insults than information, it is reminiscent of conflict among juveniles with little of substance available to the listener.

“This guy’s a choke artist,” Trump declares, pointing to Marco Rubio, and, “This guy’s a liar,” he says, turning to point to  Ted Cruz.

I'm at a loss to understand his appeal.

Max Lucado suggests, "The stock explanation for his success is this: he has tapped into the anger of the American people. As one man said, “We are voting with our middle finger.” Sounds more like a comment for a gang-fight than a presidential election. Anger-fueled reactions have caused trouble ever since Cain was angry at Abel."

The Trump University looks like it will surface as an issue, perhaps soon.  Trump's tax records have still not been released.  Both are likely to be troublesome.