During an interview on ABC’s This Week, George Stephanopoulos took apart Donald Trump and revealed that the Republican Mr. Fix It is an emperor with no clothes.
Stephanopoulos asked Trump what he would do about the mass shootings problem, and Trump revealed that he had no answer.
Stephanopoulos: But what would you do about it? You sound pretty passive.
Trump: No, I’m not passive at all. I can tell you people say ‘oh, were going to stop it,’ it doesn’t work that way. This has taken place whether its this type of crime or other crimes, taken place forever, from the beginning and you go out a million years from now you’re going to have problems and even if you have a very tough system you’re going to have people that slip through the cracks and it’s a very sad situation and you have to — great vigilance, I mean, you have to show great vigilance, and watch and be careful and security and everything else. But no matter what you do you will have problems and that’s the way the world goes.
Stephanopoulos: That’s your answer, ‘were going to have problems.’
Trump: Now George I can say, were going to do this and that and it’s never going to happen again, you have sick people in this country and throughout the world and you’re always going to have difficulty. That’s why you have newscasts.
Stephanopoulos: But you’re Mr. Fix-it, you’re Mr. Can-Do.
Trump: I know that, I know that and I think I’ll do a fabulous job, and I will make things a lot better // no matter what you do, you’re going to have difficulties, people are going to slip through the cracks.
Donald Trump used a version of Jeb Bush’s stuff happens answer to brush off the question of what we as a society can do to deal with the epidemic of mass shootings that are happening in the US.
Trump sales himself as a non-politician Mr. Fix It, but he is solutions are not solutions at all. During a recent Fox News interview, Trump suggested that he would be okay with Putin taking over Syria. The Trump tax plan blows up the budget deficit by giving a huge tax cut to the wealthiest Americans, and the Republican frontrunner has no plan to deal with gun violence and mass shootings.
For a non-politician, Trump is sounding just like an ordinary Republican who is running for president.
Stephanopoulos did a great job with the interview by asking Trump the tough questions. Donald Trump can’t steamroll Stephanopoulos, which means that the truth eventually comes out. The free ride is over for Donald Trump.
As the media questions get tougher, Trump is wilting under the pressure of being a candidate. The media is no longer satisfied with Donald Trump as entertainment. They want answers, and so far Donald Trump has been heavy on style but devoid of substance.
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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