Wednesday, April 6, 2016

"Trump is so shallow he could drown in a coffee cup"

No, no one other than me has said that - to the best of my knowledge. But it is a reasonable inference given Trump's handling of his anti-abortion stance. As Steve Benen (MSNBC/MaddowBlog) reports, Trump took five different positions in three days.

... it’s important to acknowledge what we’re learning about Trump’s skills at the mechanics of running for president. At some point over the last year or so, the New York Republican decided he’d run as anti-abortion candidate. Given the state of the GOP’s platform over the last few decades, this made tactical sense.

But note the degree to which Trump never even considered familiarizing himself with any of the details – such as, say, whether he supports policies that would punish women who try to terminate unwanted pregnancies. After Wednesday’s problematic interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, common sense suggests Trump should have taken a moment to huddle with aides and nail down specifically what his position will be.

Except, that obviously never happened (or if it did happen, the candidate promptly forgot what it was he was supposed to say). On Thursday, Trump tried to blame the context of the Matthews interview – the defense didn’t hold up when MSNBC released an unedited clip of the exchange – and on Friday, Trump still had no idea what he was talking about on the issue, even though he must have known the questions were coming.

In other words, this is a reminder, not just about the limits of his knowledge, but also Trump’s indifference towards doing his homework. The Republican frontrunner hasn’t even tried to demonstrate competence, apparently because he hasn’t felt like he’s had to. He’s gotten this far without having any idea what he was doing on numerous important issues. Will Trump change now, and even if he does, is it too late?

It shows how far you can go in American politics without knowing much about anything.

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