Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Response to A Long Way

(See: Just Above Sunset: A Long Time)

Reading Janell Ross's Washington Post piece on Donald Trump's defense of his use of the term "anchor babies" reminded me of something most people seem to have missed.

Here's what she said:
Trump defended the term’s use and comments made during his announcement speech reiterating the unfounded claim that the Mexican government is engaged in a coordinated effort to send the dregs of its society to the United States.
What it reminded me of is that, while probably most normal people, or at least those with a brain, would agree with her contention that his claim is "unfounded", I'm betting that Donald thinks he actually explained, to twenty-five million people, how he knows that Mexico is purposely sending rapists across our border.

He said it during that first GOP debate, in an exchange with Fox's Chris Wallace:
WALLACE: Mr. Trump, I’ll give you 30 seconds — I’ll give you 30 seconds to answer my question, which was, what evidence do you have, specific evidence that the Mexican government is sending criminals across the border? Thirty seconds. 
TRUMP: Border Patrol, I was at the border last week. Border Patrol, people that I deal with, that I talk to, they say this is what’s happening. Because our leaders are stupid. Our politicians are stupid. 
And the Mexican government is much smarter, much sharper, much more cunning. And they send the bad ones over because they don’t want to pay for them. They don’t want to take care of them. 
Why should they when the stupid leaders of the United States will do it for them? And that’s what is happening whether you like it or not.
And while we're on the subject of "stupid"...

He heard it from Border Patrol agents! His answer was so unbelievably stupid that nobody seemed to understand it to even be his answer!

You see, in his travels around the world, looking for suitable places to build wonderful and excellent quality golf courses, he has a lot of dealings with Border Patrol, the people who patrol our borders on the lookout for rapists and whatnot, and they invite him to their homes where, over dinner, they regale him with stories of their conversations with Mexico's top leadership, some of which have confessed to them that...

Okay, enough of that. All you need to know is, his evidence that Mexico is intentionally sending its dregs comes from conversations he's had with Border Patrol agents! You would think reporters would be asking him more questions about this, although I'm pretty sure hardly anybody even noticed that he said it. It's just too stupid to sound like a real answer.

All I can say is, if this guy ever becomes president, the founding fathers are going to have a lot of explaining to do.

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