This campaign season has come full circle. The closing argument of the GOP frontrunner, the man who has garnered so much support under the guise of being the anti-establishment candidate, has now exhibited the palest of pale pastel characteristics of the very establishment the voters hate.
One of the more insightful questions asked at last night’s town hall in Milwaukee was directed at Trump by a woman who wanted to know the top three functions of government. Trump initially answered, “security, security, security,” but then struggled to name other core functions. He then settled on health care and education. This is a man running for president who, if he secures the GOP nomination, will debate Hillary Clinton in the fall over the fundamental role of the federal government. It appears there won’t be much of a debate.
Speaking like a typical establishment Republican who is too diffident in his own views to correctly define the role of government and how it helps the average person, Trump continued to defend federally controlled healthcare.
COOPER: So in terms of federal government role, you’re saying security, but you also say health care and education should be provided by the federal government?
TRUMP: Well, those are two of the things. Yes, sure. I mean, there are obviously many things, housing, providing great neighborhoods…
For good measure, he tossed in housing! Free housing, great neighborhoods! Bernie Sanders all the way!
When CNN host Anderson Cooper questioned him further about his support for these traditionally Democrat views, he explained that of course the states should control education (thereby contradicting himself again within 10 seconds):
COOPER: Aren’t you against the federal government’s involvement in education? don’t you want it to devolve to states?
TRUMP: I want it to go to state, yes. Absolutely. I want – right now…
But then when Cooper followed up again…
COOPER: So that’s not part of what the federal government’s…
TRUMP: The federal government, but the concept of the country is the concept that we have to have education within the country, and we have to get rid of common core and it should be brought to the state level.
Anyone looking to this man for a nominee with a morsel of conservatism or authentic anti-establishment direction has sadly landed on a charlatan who embodies the epitome of what is wrong with tepid republicanism. Strip away the gratuitous boorishness and when it comes to real issues there is nothing but political correctness, uncertainty, and vacillation. Thus we are left with all of the vices of a non-politically correct candidate and none of the virtues.
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