In his last debate performance, Donald Trump demonstrated that the reason he threatens the GOP establishment is that he belongs in the other party.
Saturday’s GOP debate finally clarified the Donald Trump phenomenon. After months of dominating the polls and millions of words of analysis, the grueling slog of the primary race is finally bringing the facts into sharp relief.
Donald Trump isn’t a revolutionary.
He’s not a conservative. He’s not even a populist.
He’s a Democrat.
In the Greenville, S.C., debate, Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz both got under Trump’s skin, and he cracked.
He shouted his true feelings, and they were ugly to see. Regarding the Iraq War, Trump made it quite plain that he believes the fever-swamp “Bush lied, people died” narrative of the radical Left.
The transcript could not be more clear.
Trump: You do whatever you want. You call it whatever you want. I wanna tell you. They lied.
John Dickerson: Okay.
Trump: They said there were weapons of mass destruction. There were none. And they knew there were none. There were no weapons of mass destruction.
Not only is Trump ignorant of the thousands of chemical weapons found in Iraq, he’s spouting talking points you likely won’t even hear from Hillary Clinton. But he wasn’t done. Not by a long shot.
Regarding the horror of 9/11, only a committed leftist would pin the undeniable failure of America’s security apparatus on George Bush and George Bush only, but that’s what Trump did.
Again, the transcript is clear:
Trump: How did he keep us safe when the World Trade Center . . . The World — I lost hundreds of friends. The World Trade Center came down . . . during the reign. He kept us safe? That’s not safe. That is not safe.
There is no mention of the failures of two successive administrations, including the Clinton administration’s wholly inadequate response to the Africa embassy bombings and the near-sinking of the USS Cole.
An alleged Republican can’t even muster up a fair criticism of Bill Clinton at a GOP debate?
But, again, he wasn’t done.
When the conversation turned to Planned Parenthood, incredibly he had this to say:
Cruz: You said, “Planned Parenthood does wonderful things and we should not defund it.”
Trump: It does do wonderful things but not as it relates to abortion. Cruz: So I’ll tell you what . . .
Trump: Excuse me. Excuse me, there are wonderful things having to do with women’s health.
These are standard Democratic talking points, intentionally designed to obfuscate the fact that when you pump hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars into a business, you help the entire business — not just the portion funded.
He knows that. Everyone involved in the debate knows that.
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