ABC This Week’s George Stephanopoulos took apart Donald Trump and exposed the billionaire as an empty suit by doggedly pressing him for specifics.
Transcript via ABC’s This Week:
STEPHANOPOULOS: OK. But, let’s talk about you right now and your new immigration plan. You’ve been talking about on the stump, all of opponents having to react to it at this point. Jeb Bush one of the people that reacted to this thing, it’s going to cost hundreds of billions.
Are you willing to pay that price? And where are you going to get the money?
TRUMP: Well, first of all they’re wrong. And, you know, Jeb is a very low energy person. He’d never be able to do it. He’s the one that said they come out of an act of love, OK. This is an act of love. These are people coming and many of them — you look at what’s happening with the crime. Many of them are really causing tremendous problems. And they would be out really fast, immediately. First day we start that movement.
We need a wall. We have to get a wall. We need great security. And we’re going to have a wall that will be not let people in, George.
And, by the way, legally, if you’re legal you can come in. And we’ll cherish you for coming in.
STEPHANOPOULOS: But let me press you on the costs right there, Mr. Trump. They’re saying $400 billion to $600 billion. It would require big government apparatus to take everybody down. If you don’t think those numbers are right, how much is it going to cost and where are you going to get the money?
TRUMP: Well, it’s costing us $130 billion a year and that’s peanuts compared to what the real cost is, George, for the way we have it now. You have so many illegals. We don’t even know how many illegals. I hear 11 million. I hear 30 million.
The government has no idea. We have lost control of our country. We’ve lost control of our borders. The government has no idea how many illegals there. I’ve been hearing 11 million for five years. Then the other day I heard 30.
Nobody has any idea (INAUDIBLE)…
STEPHANOPOULOS: So if there’s no idea, how are you going to round them all up?
Where are you going to get the money, where are you going to get the forces?
Exactly how are you going to do it?
What are the specifics here?
TRUMP: George, it’s called management. And the first thing we have to do is secure the border. But it’s called management. And we’ll get people back in, the really good ones, we’re going to expedite it, so they get back in, so they can at least come in legally.
But we have to do it…
STEPHANOPOULOS: You keep declaring how you’re going to do it…
TRUMP: It’s management.
STEPHANOPOULOS: — but you don’t say…
TRUMP: We don’t…
STEPHANOPOULOS: — how.
TRUMP: Excuse me, George?
STEPHANOPOULOS: You declare how you’re going to do it, but you don’t say how.
George Stephanopoulos tore Trump apart by not letting the celebrity ramble on with vague platitudes. Stephanopoulos treated Trump like a real candidate, and the billionaire fell apart.
Donald Trump’s is going to “manage” the deportation of 11 million people, and he has no clue how he is going to pay for it.
The media is starting to get tired of Trump’s antics. CNN and MSNBC both dumped Trump’s big rally in Alabama on Friday night, because it became clear after about 20 minutes that the speech was more of the same incoherent and unfocused rambling that makes up all of Trump’s speeches.
The Trump surge exists because of the tons of free media coverage that he has gotten, but the networks are getting tired of the same routine. Donald Trump is getting stale, which is why the media is beginning to press him to see if there is any substance to his candidacy.
Donald Trump made for easy coverage during a dull summer, but as voters start to pay attention, the coverage of the candidates will change. Donald Trump will need to evolve into a being a serious candidate, or he will fade away.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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