By John Breneman
Expanding upon his recent observation that “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters,” likely GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump added today that if the people he shot were Muslims and Mexicans, he would probably even gain voters.
Trump went on to say that if he shot Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, he would definitely widen his current lead in the Iowa polls over a mortally wounded Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
Now, a new video — which depicts Trump saying the exact of opposite of everything he currently claims to believe on guns, taxes, abortion, universal health care, the Clintons and Obama — promises to bolster his support even further among the broad cross-section of morons, boneheads and white supremacists who are his strongest supporters.
Created as an attack ad by Republicans who are horrified at the prospect of a reality TV nominee, the highlight reel is expected to offer further proof of Trump’s increasing certainty that nothing can stop his inexorable escalator ride from Trump Tower to the White House.
This amid mounting evidence that millions of Americans will be happy to elect him to the office once held by George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, as long as he keeps saying he will “make America great again” without offering any specifics other than banning Muslims and building a wall on the southern border.
His pledge to be “the greatest jobs president God ever created” apparently resonates with his conservative Christian supporters, who will certainly be unfazed to watch footage of his past declaration that he would not favor banning partial-birth abortion because “I am pro-choice in every respect.”
Trump fans on the Christian right are no doubt already convinced of his piousness after watching him wave a Bible while quoting from “Two Corinthians” and seeing him respond to a question about whether he has ever asked God for forgiveness by saying, “When I drink my little wine … and have my little cracker, I guess that is a form of asking for forgiveness.”
Donald Trump claims he strongly supports the Second Amendment, or as he calls it “Two Amendment.”
Those who favor zero restrictions on firearms — heartened by Trump’s recent comments about shooting people in New York City — will surely overlook past statements such as (“I hate the concept of guns”) as long as he keeps claiming he supports the Second Amendment, or as he calls it “Two Amendment.”
Veterans and other supporters who might be interested in his credentials to serve as commander-in-chief of the world’s most powerful military will likely give him credit for being smart enough to use his connections to dodge the Vietnam draft.
Military-minded Trump supporters also gain confidence from his patriotic salute to 2008 presidential election “loser” John McCain, the Arizona senator and former POW who blew it by being shot down over Hanoi in 1967, getting himself stuck in a North Vietnamese prison camp and allowing himself to be tortured by Communists for over five years. (“He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero cause he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured, OK, I hate to tell you.”)
People who are moved by Trump’s call to lock down America’s borders and send 11 million undocumented immigrants back to Mexico will certainly see archival footage of his past statements on immigration (“How do you throw somebody out that’s lived in this country for 20 years? You just can’t throw everybody out”) as further proof of the corrupt nature of the liberal media. After all, as Trump himself has clearly stated, at least half of the journalists who cover his campaign are “scum” and “horrible people.”
Sarah Palin is a likely Cabinet appointee under President Trump.
And it is doubtful that any true Trump supporter would ever question his compassion for women’s issues after watching him wax poetic about his love for his own daughter and how “if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.”
Trump now looks likely to win the Feb. 1 Iowa caucuses, wowing voters there with his comment “How stupid are the people of Iowa?” after Ben Carson briefly surpassed him in the polls last November.
Barely able to contain their glee at the thought of a Trump presidency are a disaffected bloc of voters who are so angry with what Washington and Wall Street are doing to our country that they believe America needs a calculating, billionaire chief executive who feels free to blurt out any crude joke or insult, incendiary statement or outright lie that pops into his head.
Many political pundits have written thoughtfully about how Donald Trump is successfully tapping into the anger demographic. Less so about how he continues to get away with insulting every person in this country with his Trump-centric interpretation of how a potential president behaves in the United States of America.
Rumor is our possible next president is about to unveil a new talking point in which he says: “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue with a megaphone and announce that I’m a lewd, crude, greedy, racist, fascist, misogynist, flip-flopping, psycho-narcissist who believes poor and middle-class voters are losers and suckers and I wouldn’t lose any voters, OK?”
(I’m John Breneman and I disapprove of Trump’s message.)