Donald Trump’s new $10 million TV ad cites two contradictory tax plans -- one that Trump has explicitly ruled out and another that he has yet to endorse -- raising more questions about what policies the GOP presidential nominee supports.
He supports whatever policies potential Trump voters imagine they support.
Byron York documents how little Trump is saying about the massive failure of Obamacare—cursory mentions that it has failed, should be replaced, and should be denied to illegals—and concludes:
In virtually all of the speeches included here, Trump has devoted a good deal of time to a quixotic mission to appeal to black voters. He has clumsily searched for a way to re-work the deportation part of his immigration policy. And, as usual, he has spent a lot of time doing TV interviews about all sorts of things.
And yet on an absolutely critical issue, one that cuts across health care and economic concerns, and one in which Trump has solid ground on which to attack Clinton, the GOP presidential candidate has spent virtually no time attacking a glaring Democratic vulnerability.
At one point, Republicans made opposition to Obamacare the centerpiece of their attacks on Democrats. Now that the system is actually coming apart, the GOP presidential nominee says virtually nothing at all.
A few thoughts:
- The countless Obamacare repeal votes of the Congress were intended to demonstrate Republicans’ persistence, but instead highlighted their impotence. That impotence fueled Trump’s rise.
If you’ve been watching Donald Trump on the campaign trail over the last week or so, you’ll notice that he has a new slogan, one that seems to have largely supplanted “Make America Great Again,” at least insofar as it pertains to Trump’s largely incompetent outreach efforts to minority voters. That slogan, you might have noticed, is “It Can’t Get Any Worse, What Have You Got to Lose.”
The reality, of course, is that things can get a lot worse - and that includes even in the worst American inner city. Every American has quite a lot to lose by putting a person who doesn’t know what the hell he is doing in the White House. America is not the third-world hellhole Trump believes that it is, and even if it was, nothing he has suggested would make the problem better.
Things were appalling in 1917 Russia, when people turned to Lenin to try to get them out of a disastrous war abroad and a bitter economic situation at home.
The fact that Lenin was quite different from the czar who had led the country into catastrophe might have seemed promising to some people. He was also different from the ineffective Kerensky government that failed in its brief months in office. But the totalitarian government that Lenin established proved to be even worse than its predecessors.
The idea that someone quite different from those who led a nation into disaster can be expected to produce an improvement is a non sequitur that has seduced many people in many places and times.
Germany’s Weimar Republic was nobody’s idea of an ideal government but Hitler’s reign that followed was far worse in every way. Many Americans denounced the rule of the Shah of Iran, but he was never a worldwide sponsor of terrorism, like those who replaced him.
Trump has been criticized for having very little field organization. Trump has responded:
Donald Trump’s campaign has hired a former top aide to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie who was fired amid the Bridgegate scandal, a source with knowledge of the decision told CNN on Friday.
Bill Stepien, Christie’s former campaign manager and deputy chief of staff, is joining the Trump campaign as its national field director, adding a heavy dose of campaign experience—but also controversy—to Trump’s campaign.
First, some ponce in Canada wants an airshow there canceled because it’s loud, and might scare refugees from war-torn lands. If I’d traveled halfway around the world seeking refuge, I’d want an occasional high-decibel reminder that the good guys had some badass shit of their own to protect me. There’s a reason the roar of our jets is called the “sound of freedom.”
Second, this guy specializes in “irregular immigration” which is the latest euphemism for “illegal immigration.” (Via InstaPundit.)