Donald Trump fell apart and could give a clear answer when he was a simple question about the kind of judges that he would appoint on ABC’s This Week.
Transcript via ABC’s This Week:
STEPHANOPOULOS: Let’s talk about some of the issues. Judges.
What kind of judges will you appoint?
Will they be conservative?
What does that mean to you and how will you ensure it?
TRUMP: Well, first of all, we have a lot of judges that have to be appointed because we have a lot of openings in terms of judges. And I’m very happy about that, to be honest, because I think, you know, appointing judges is a very important and a very, frankly, a very, very important element of what we’re doing.
STEPHANOPOULOS: But Ted Cruz says he’s going to appoint rock rib conservatives with a paper trail.
What are you going to do?
TRUMP: Well, I’m going to appoint conservative judges. I’m going to appoint people that have great reputations, that are great with the legal profession…
TRUMP: Well, I can say like any — you know a judge who is a totally underrated and not spoken is Justice Thomas. I mean, if you look at — if you look at some of the judges that we have like on the Supreme Court, Justice Roberts turned out to be a nightmare for conservatives. I mean…
STEPHANOPOULOS: But how are you going to…
TRUMP: Wait, let me first say. Ted Cruz, was the one that really wanted Justice Roberts to go on the Supreme Court. You know that, right? Have you heard that?
STEPHANOPOULOS: So, how are you going to make sure you don’t get a Justice Roberts? Are you going to ask your appointees…
TRUMP: Well, excuse me, excuse me, how are they going to make sure? Bush appointed him. And Cruz was the biggest advocate. Cruz fought like hell to get Justice Roberts in there.
Justice Roberts turned out to be an absolute disaster. He turned out to be an absolute disaster because he gave us Obamacare.
So, you tell me, ask Cruz, why did he push…
STEPHANOPOULOS: I’m asking you. How are you going to make sure?
TRUMP: No, I’m asking you, why did he push so hard to have a judge who has absolutely set the conservative movement back and said everything…
STEPHANOPOULOS: When I interview him, I’ll ask him. How you’re going to make sure you don’t get betrayed by your appointees.
TRUMP: I will study it carefully. I will work with people that I respect, conservative people, and we’ll appoint judges that will be good. And I don’t think I’ll have any catastrophic appointment like Justice Roberts, which was really more than anybody else, pushed by Cruz and Bush.
Notice how Trump could answer the question, so he tried to question Stephanopoulos. When that didn’t work, Trump came up with the solution that he will simply study all of the potential federal judges in the United States and pick the ones who are the most conservative. Trump has absolutely no idea what he is talking about.
Donald Trump would be a complete disaster as president. Trump doesn’t seem to understand how our government works, or that the president doesn’t have time to “study” judicial appointments.
Republican voters don’t care that Trump knows nothing. They don’t care that Trump has no plan. If Republicans nominate Trump, the scrutiny will be turned up and his house of cards will come tumbling down. Donald Trump can’t answer simple questions about what he would do if elected. This fact should tell voters all that they need to know about the empty desperation of the Republican Party.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and 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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