TRUMP VS. TRUMP

Ken Berwitz


I\’m no fan of Steven Colbert.  But, on Thursday night, he had a terrific little segment:  a debate between Donald Trump….and Donald Trump.

Excerpted from German Lopez\’s article at vox.com:

On Ted Cruz: In January 2016, Trump said, “Idon\’t think Ted Cruz has a great chance, to be honest with you. … He\’s a nastyguy. Nobody likes him. Nobody in Congress likes him. Nobody likes him anywhereonce they get to know him.” In December 2015, “I really do. I likeTed Cruz a lot.”

On Iowans: In January 2016, Trump said, “Ilove Iowa. We\’ve done really well here.” In November 2015, “Howstupid are the people of Iowa?”

On Hillary Clinton: In July 2015, Trump said,”Hillary Clinton was the worst secretary of state in the history of theUnited States.” In March 2012, “Hillary Clinton, I think, is aterrific woman. I mean, I\’m a little biased, because I\’ve known her for years. … I think she really works hard, and I think she does a good job. And I likeher.”

On Megyn Kelly: In December 2011, asked by Fox Newshost Megyn Kelly if he\’d be a better moderator than her, Trump responded,”No, I could never beat you. That wouldn\’t even be close. There would beno contest. You have done a great job, by the way. I mean it.” In January2016, Trump said, “I have zero respect for Megyn Kelly. I don\’t thinkshe\’s really good at what she does. I think she\’s highly overrated.”

The fourth example is particularly damning, because Trump\’sstated reason for not going to Thursday\’s debate is that Kelly is a bad, biasedmoderator — because Trump believes she was unfair to him in the firstRepublican debate last summer. Yet Trump seemingly held a very different viewjust a few years ago, perhaps because it was more convenient for him back then.

What should we be making of this?  

That Donald Trump, true to form for the general run of barroom loudmouth types, has no problem changing his views, completely, on a dime, and no concern at all about sounding ridiculous for doing so – the theory being that if he says it stridently enough and loud enough no one is going to challenge him.

Well, he\’s being challenged.  And so are the people who are intrigued enough by Trump to consider voting for him.  

Remember:  what you like about him today may be the same thing you hate about him tomorrow.  Because – again in true barroom loudmouth form – when given a choice of talking intelligently or talking loudly, Donald Trump chooses loudly just about every time.

Let\’s see if it all comes crashing down on him in Iowa.  

I don\’t know if that will happen.  But I can hope.  And, believe me, I do.

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