Donald Trump is essentially nothing more than a live action version of a right-wing blog running for president. He’s a cartoonish political figure who’s so absurd you could take many of his quotes word for word and make hilarious comedy sketches. Nowadays I don’t even find him all that offensive (though he most definitely is) because his rhetoric is so asinine I just can’t take him seriously anymore.
Take for instance the recent controversy surrounding his support for setting up databases to register and track Muslims.
Or, wait… did he actually say that?
Well, predictably, Trump took to Twitter to deny that he ever said he supports creating a database to track Muslims. His “excuse” for “not saying it” is that the reporter asked him about it and he simply replied to the question. So, yes, technically he never uttered the exact words, “I support setting up a database to register and track Muslims.”
Someone should remind Trump you don’t have to literally say something to have implied meaning. Especially when a reporter specifically asked him about supporting “databases for Muslims” and his response was, “There should be a lot of systems, beyond databases.”
Mind you, he could have simply said “no,” but he didn’t. He said beyond databases.
So, how would he not support databases when he said he was going to go beyond them? How would someone go beyond something that they supposedly don’t support?
Later that day he was asked to clarify his remarks, specifically concerning how his database registry for Muslims would be any different than what the Nazis did to the Jews – and he avoided answering. He didn’t say that was ludicrous or try to clarify what he meant. He avoided answering a very specific question – a question that he clearly understood.
But to listen to the conservative media embarrassingly go out of their way to try to coverup his comments, you would think this was all something liberals just made up. I’ve had conservatives tell me that he clearly was talking about illegal immigrants – even though the initial question from the Yahoo! reporter specifically asked about a “Muslim database.” Trump was then asked how he thinks a database would actually work and his response was it’s “all about management.”
He also went on to say that we’re going to have to do things that we’ve never had to do that might upset some people.
“We’re going to have to do things that we never did before. And some people are going to be upset about it, but I think that now everybody is feeling that security is going to rule,” Trump said. “And certain things will be done that we never thought would happen in this country in terms of information and learning about the enemy. And so we’re going to have to do certain things that were frankly unthinkable a year ago.”
I’m sorry, but that sure as hell doesn’t sound like he’s talking about basic illegal immigration – as many within the conservative media tried to claim.
Breitbart whined that liberals were “smearing” Trump as a Nazi, even though in their very own article they include comments he made to CNN where, once again, he refused to condemn the idea of a database to register Muslims. In fact, they also link an “update” from The Washington Post where Trump’s campaign refused to address whether or not he would support a special registry. So, while they clearly tried to bash the “liberal media,” their own article showcases several examples where Trump continues to imply he might support a database and registry for Muslims.
Then there was The Daily Wire which also denied Trump said anything about registering Muslims into a database. They defended him by essentially saying he’s an idiot who just makes stuff up as he goes along if he doesn’t know how to answer a question:
To understand what Trump actually said, it’s necessary to understand that Trump is essentially a Magic 8 ball when it comes to answering media questions without full information. Trump’s 2016 slogan is “Make America Great Again,” but his secondary slogan could be, “Wing It With The Donald.” His go-to answer when he’s asked questions about topics he doesn’t really get is something along the lines of, “We’re going to have to look at that.”
One slight problem: The questions he was asked weren’t confusing, convoluted or remotely complicated. There was nothing to “look at.” He was asked if he supports a database registry for Muslims and he responded by saying he would go “beyond databases” – those are his words.
It’s pretty sad when even the conservative media is essentially admitting that Trump is a bumbling idiot who just says whatever nonsense pops into his head whenever he’s confused. How presidential.
Then there was Fox News who covered the story somewhat fairly… though they left out one huge part of his comment:
The reporter initially asked Trump whether there should be a database to track Muslims.
“We should have a lot of systems,” Trump responded, but then went on to tout the importance of a strong border and a border wall.
And here’s Trump’s full response:
“There should be a lot of systems, beyond databases,” Trump said in response to being asked if he would support tracking Muslims. “I mean we should have a lot of systems. And today you can do it.”
Notice something missing? Fox News completely cutout the part where he said “beyond databases.” That’s a huge part of why this story took off to begin with.
The bottom line is, Trump was asked if he supports a database registry for Muslims and he specifically said he would go “beyond databases.” Then when he was asked to clarify his remarks – he refused to clarify – and now he’s trying to blame this on liberal bias, with help from the conservative media.
I would say I’m shocked by his response, except I actually predicted it.
Then again, this is what Republicans constantly do. They say something, get called out on it, then they blame the media for being “out to get them” because they know conservative voters are gullible enough to believe them.
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