Donald Trump’s rambling nonsense of an announcement “speech” was so larded with empty promises and tough-sounding demagoguery – and so devoid of actual plans to achieve his many screwball notions – that, naturally, some people got upset.
One of them was Fox News commentator Dana Perino. She zeroed in on one of Trump’s ideas, that of a Mexican-financed border wall, though she could have chosen any of . . .
“Bring back our jobs from China, from Mexico, from Japan, from so many places. I’ll bring back our jobs, and I’ll bring back our money” or “Save Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security without cuts” or “Get rid of the fraud” or repeal Obamacare and replace it with some other form of universal coverage, repair all the roads, increase military spending – oh, and also reduce the debt.
Really? Trump is not a traditional politician? Promise everything and don’t say how you’ll do it or pay for it? Sounds pretty typical, except much, much more outlandish.
But Dana decided to unleash a torrent of impassioned sanity in response to her co-host Eric Bolling’s celebration of this Trump inanity:
I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I’ll build them very inexpensively, I will build a great, great wall on our southern border. And I will have Mexico pay for that wall.
The Great Wall of Mexico.
On what planet is that actually true? Eric, do you think that you could make Mexico pay for a permanent wall between Mexico and the United States? You could do that? How?
Well, you can only do that on Planet Trump of course!
Please Dana, don’t try to bring us back to earth again. It’s too much fun on Planet Trump, where venting anger passes for a political platform and egomania is a sign of character.
Conservatives, even Rush, seem a little taken with Trump. It’s understandable, because it’s always refreshing to receive unvarnished rhetoric from someone running for office.
But make no mistake. Trump is a demagogue. And in a large, divided field, anything can happen, including the emergence of a dark horse who is making exciting noises and is armed with tons of cash.
Particularly if there’s a crisis in the next year or so, someone like Trump could start to become more widely appealing. And that would be a very dangerous development for the republic.