I fully intended on ignoring the politics of the election until the election was actually in the same year….but yesterday having a conversation I was confronted with all sorts of stuff I just could not let go……I had to pop off.
The gentleman was upset that Trump had caved and signed the GOP loyal pledge….what pledge you ask?
Donald Trump has come to heel, agreeing to support the eventual Republican presidential nominee and not run as a third-party candidate, the AP reports. Despite being the only candidate to publicly mull a third-party run during the August GOP primary debate, Trump signed a party loyalty pledge today. The pledge was circulated by the Republican National Committee to all candidates.
Prior to Trump agreeing to the loyalty pledge, sources tell CNN, most supporters calling into his campaign about the pledge wanted Trump not to sign. While the pledge is not a legally binding document, Trump says he sees “no circumstance under which I would tear up that pledge,” FOX News and NBC report. According to the AP, a third-party run would have made the path to the presidency much easier for the eventual Democratic candidate.
My ‘friend’ was upset that trump has just stopped himself from running as a 3rd party candidate…..I did not agree…..for one, it is not legally binding and Trump can opt out any time he feels like it…..and two……I see it differently….I see it that the RNC has basically said that if Trump is the nominee then all other candidates will pretty inclined to support him. I see it as the RNC caving to Trump not the other way around.
The gentleman went on to say that he supported Trump because he is an outsider, that he is non-traditional unscripted candidate….I had to disagree with him to his dismay……I pointed out that Trump’s speeches have not changed since early July….”Bush is low energy”…..that people love him, (insert nationality), that he has lots of money and so on……
Since it has not changed then he is basically doing what all politicians do…..give a “stump speech”. I do not see anything he has said or done since July as unscripted or non-traditional.
He then told me that all that may be true but at least Trump has a plan when it comes to international situation…..I once again disagreed with him…..I said that telling the world he would build a wall is not a solution that has very much validity…….then I told him about a question that Trump was asked about ISIS and the Middle East…….
Donald Trump may have spent last night on Wikipedia after what the Washington Post describes as “some uncomfortable moments” during an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt yesterday. Touching upon foreign policy with the presidential candidate who’s said he would be “so tough” on ISIS, Hewitt asked questions not only about ISIS, but about other terror organizations and military groups—and Trump, for the first time maybe ever, seemed unsure of himself. “Are you familiar with General Soleimani?” Hewitt asked Trump, referring to the commander of the Iranian Quds Forces, an elite military group. Trump offered a hesitant “Yes, but go ahead, give me a little, go ahead, tell me.” When Hewitt continued with, “He runs the Quds Forces,” Trump replied, “Yes, OK, right,” before then jumping into how “the Kurds, by the way, have been horribly mistreated by us.”
Hewitt had to point out he meant the Quds, not the Middle Eastern ethnic group, then pressed Trump on the names of those who run Hezbollah, al-Qaeda, the Nusra Front, and ISIS. Trump seemed dismissive, telling Hewitt, “I knew you were going to ask me things like this” and adding it didn’t matter who was in charge of these groups since he’d get rid of them as president. He also said he considered these “gotcha” questions and that it would be “ridiculous” if Hewitt brings them up again when he moderates the next GOP debate later this month. Who did answer many of Hewitt’s questions with more accuracy: Carly Fiorina, whom the host interviewed in the same episode, the paper notes. Trump seemed to recover his confidence midway through the spot, however, telling Hewitt that if he becomes president, “I will be so good at the military, your head will spin,” the New York Times notes. (A veiled threat?)
To me he has less answers to international problems than my dog……I reminded my ‘friend’ that this was to be the foreign policy election…….once again he was not amused……
Finally, I pointed out that if Trump keeps on this tack and becomes the nominee it will be the first time that a person would be elected without every touching on solutions to our problems.
And that if he does not know an answer it is your fault for asking such a silly question…..I still do not understand the fascination……but that is just me.
After our conversation this gentleman took his leave but not before telling me that I was a “buzz kill”……I gave him my apologies for pissing on his parade…..we then parted and I went on drinking coffee and having a huge “Cinnabon”…….it was almost as satisfying as my talk with the gentleman……