Donald Trump is not an ideas male. This has actually been a defining function of his presidency. He’s not a found out policy wonk, comprehending the complex subtleties of law and governance. He is, at his core, just a former video game show host and a bilker.
Never is this more clear than when reporters ask him about public policy problems he’s not gotten ready for. (Naturally, even on subjects where Trump ought to be prepared, like health care, he struggles to put together a coherent thought.)
Trump had no concept how to react, so he simply rambled. However his rambling was revealing. It deserves pricing quote the entire exchange in complete:
Kilmeade: However this is the one stat I’m going to bring you to, and I’m going to ask you if could assault this.
According to an Axios-Ipsos survey, 70% of white Americans state they trust the local authorities. Just 36% of African-
Americans do. How do you attack that problem? How do you change things?
Trump: Well I believe it’s an extremely unfortunate issue. As you know, as a Republican I’m doing very well with African- Americans and with the vote, with the– in surveys and everything– especially, I indicate I haven’t seen one really recently due to the fact that you had the pester come in from China, so that altered things up, but we had the best economy ever, we had the best numbers for African-American employment and joblessness in history. Finest homeownership– best whatever. We had the very best numbers in everything– not just African-American, however the African-American numbers were great.
K: However how do you deal with the law enforcement part of this? How do you manage the law enforcement part of this?
T: Well I think you have to improve than what they have actually been doing. I imply clearly that was an awful thing. And I have actually discussed it numerous times in various speeches. And you know, it’s interesting: I spoke about it when we launched a really successful rocket– an incredible program that culminated on that day and obviously it goes on from there. I then made a speech and it was a speech about the rocket, and I devoted 25% of the speech most likely to what took place– or more– to what happened with regard to George– George Floyd, and it was– and then you listen to news, ‘He doesn’t talk about George Floyd.’ The rocket went off, I then I made a speech, and I talked about George Floyd, but they stated he didn’t talk about George Floyd. Half– maybe even almost half of the speech, however a big part of the speech adhered precisely to that. Therefore, you know, with– with the media you basically– essentially no matter what you do, it’s never ever going to be good enough. The people understand it.
T: And that is among the appeals to social media. I suggest, I would love not to even bother with social media.
I’m able to get my word out magnificently by social networks.. You use social networks too.
K: Right, likewise– T: However we need to get the word out. Look, we need to– Brian, we have to get the cops departments, everybody has to do better, has to do much better. This is a long-term issue. This didn’t occur today. This happened– I indicate, a guy like Drowsy Joe Biden remained in there for 43 years, then he states, ‘I think we ought to do this’– I saw today, he took his mask off for the first time in a while, I have not seen his face for a very long time. And he said, ‘I think we need to do this,’ or ‘I think we must do that.’ And actually then he started speaking through the mask once again. He feels comfortable with the mask on, I think, and– although there was nobody anywhere near him, which is fascinating. He made a statement about what he need to do. I stated, he’s been there for 43 years, he was vice president for 8 years, he didn’t do a thing. His criminal offense bill was a disaster.When inquired about African-Americans, Trump did what he generally does and began speaking about the economic success the nation delighted in prior to the pandemic. His declaring credit for this success is extremely suspicious and contestable, and it was totally unassociated to the question asked. So Kilmeade asked again. And still, Trump had absolutely nothing to state.
So again, he just started discussing himself. He reverted to a comfy topic, declaring that the media was unjust due to the fact that it apparently overlooked his remarks about George Floyd’s death when he appeared at NASA. What he’s really showing is that he has no ideas for how to really address the problems the protesters are calling out. He seems to either be convinced that what he has actually stated about Floyd ought to be enough to fix the problems, or he’s not able to comprehend that there are issues about public policy that have nothing to do with him in specific.
He introduced into a meandering rant about Biden, suggesting that under the Obama administration, nothing was done to repair policing in the United States. While the previous administration surely didn’t do enough, and Biden himself has actually contributed to the criminal justice problems in the country, Trump entirely disregarded the fact that the Obama Justice Department really did take substantial steps towards reform following the demonstrations in Ferguson. Under Trump, those efforts were rolled back.
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