I just spent the evening watching the second CNN Town Hall featuring GOP presidential candidates John Kasich, Jeb Bush and Donald Trump.
Kasich seems better suited to the town hall format than to the debate stage. But he wasn’t worth having to wait 40 minutes for the proceedings to start.
Jeb Bush was so boring that I actually switched to MSNBC to watch Bernie Sanders talk about socialism. When Bernie was done, Jeb was still on stage.
So, yes, I waited for Trump.
While he was diplomatic regarding his exchange with the Pope over the proposed wall in Mexico, he dodged two key questions. One on health care and one concerning his allegation that former President George W. Bush lied about WMDs in Iraq.
When Trump was asked how he would replace Obamacare, he spoke about Syria. He did mention health savings account and health insurers competing across state lines, but his basic line was, “Trust me. You’ll get to keep your doctor and have lower health insurance rates.” How is that any different from what President Obama promised?
One questioner in the audience did object to Trump accusing former President Bush of lying about WMDs in Iraq in last Saturday’s debate. Trump said he heard other people say that Bush lied about WMDs. No, Mr. Trump, you made that assertion. Anderson Cooper even re-read his quote and he pretended he had never said it. Trump pivoted to talking about refugees in Germany and Sweden before trolling out yet another Michael Moore/Daily Kos?Democratic Party talking point, “Iraq didn’t knock down the World Trade Center”. Who in the Bush Administration ever said such a thing?
The point here is like Obama, Trump doesn’t take responsibility for the things he says.
It is unbelievable that the frontrunner in the Republican Party is basically indistinguishable from Cindy Sheehan and yet is probably going to win South Carolina by a 2:1 margin. God help us.
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