It’s no secret that lately, Donald Trump has sucked the proverbial oxygen out of the room. His bombastic style has his supporters and detractors equally riled up. Whether it’s comments decrying Mexicans as “drug dealers and rapists,” his low-blow at John McCain’s prisoner of war status, or the spectacle of publicly announcing Lindsey Graham’s phone number, Trump knows how to make headlines.
What he doesn’t seem to know, however, is what he would actually do were he elected President.
Perfectly showcasing the depth of his candidacy is DonaldJTrump.com, his official campaign website. It contains no issues page, but helpfully informs you that “Mr. Trump has over 7 million followers on social media.”
One can read about how much expensive property he owns and learn all about his foray into reality TV. You’re out of luck however, if you’re curious about how he would handle diplomatic relations with Iran or reform our nation’s healthcare system.
That Donald Trump doesn’t have an issues section on his website shouldn’t surprise anyone.
Trump’s political speeches tend to be rambling, barely coherent declarations of self-promotion, often citing how rich he is and listing off people who allegedly ask him for favors. Trump has made vague policy commentary in the form of statements such as “I will build a great, great wall on our southern border. And I will have Mexico pay for that wall, mark my words.”
Trump also laid out a hypothetical scenario in which he will, “call up the head of Ford,” who will then wait until the next day to call him back, to “play it cool.” Suddenly, Ford will decide not to build a plant in Mexico and instead bring the jobs to the United States. Voila! How such lofty goals will miraculously be achieved is anybody’s guess.
In Trump’s mind, he appears to have the magic touch, no policy analysis or political finesse required. His campaign is, as we say in Texas, all hat and no cattle; something former Governor and presidential candidate Rick Perry has made note of regarding Trump on more than one occasion.
The best guesses we have as to Trump’s political positions come from his bumbling attempts at speech-giving, which are primarily rants about various “losers,” “morons,” and “hypocrites.” The most substance ever produced by Trump on actual policy comes from his books and prior public statements, so as informed voters, we’ll have to look there.
Take what Trump wrote in his book “The America We Deserve” about health care. He called for a single-payer system that is further to the left of Obamacare, and reflects a position held by self-avowed socialist presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. He also called for an “assault weapons ban” and described himself as pro-choice in the same book.
We can also learn about Trump’s theory on the intersection of crony capitalism and political giving with this statement from only 4 years ago “So what am I going to do — contribute to Republicans? One thing: I’m not stupid. Am I going to contribute to Republicans for my whole life when they get heat when they run against some Democrat and the most they can get is 1 percent of the vote?” This certainly explains his wheel-greasing donations to politicians such as Harry Reid, Chuck Schumer, and his alleged rival Hillary Clinton.
Politicians can of course, have sincere and informed changes of heart from time to time. But Trump’s “evolution” and current lack of substance smacks of political opportunism. This is a man who went from hiring undocumented workers for his various real estate projects to fashioning himself as an immigration hardliner when he felt the political winds necessitated it.
All things considered, Trump sounds a whole lot more like a con-man than an outsider who “tells it like it is.”
Trump 2016: Make America Great Again! By yelling a lot and depending on people’s ignorance?