Fox News is showing Donald Trump who is really in charge of the Republican Party by trashing the Republican presidential frontrunner for flip-flopping on North Carolina’s bathroom law.
WALLACE: Trump raised some new questions this week about his conservatism when he opposed North Carolina’s new law which was — will set restrictions on which bathrooms transgender people can use. Here is what your candidate had to say.
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TRUMP: First of all, I think that would be discriminatory in a certain way. It would be unbelievably expensive for businesses and for the country. Leave it the way it is.
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WALLACE: But that night Trump reversed himself and said, well, no, it’s actually a state’s rights issue.
Simple question, Paul, what does Trump think about the North Carolina law?
MANAFORT: Trump thinks what he said, that it’s a state’s rights issue.
WALLACE: But he also said he thinks leave it alone. Leave it the way it is.
MANAFORT: But it’s not a reversal. I mean, he told you what his position is and you just had him on air, he said it’s a state’s right issue. Period, end of sentence.
WALLACE: Wait. Wait. Wait. But 12 hours before or eight hours before, he said leave it the way it is and that there doesn’t need to be any change. It’s a problem in search of a solution.
MANAFORT: Which it is.
WALLACE: Let me rephrase, it’s a solution in search of a problem, that there’s not really a problem there.
MANAFORT: What he said, he was asked a question of his personal opinion in the afternoon and then he was asked, “How do you handle the issue?” And he answered that in the evening.
WALLACE: His personal opinion stands?
MANAFORT: What stands is what he said when he was asked the specific question of what should happen to this issue and he said it’s a state’s rights issue, it should be handled by the states.
So much for Fox News playing nice with Donald Trump. Trump’s break from the Republican Party on the bigoted bathroom laws that were passed in North Carolina and Mississippi lasted for less than 12 hours. Donald Trump is transforming into just another Republican politician.
The state’s rights argument was a complete flip-flop. Trump has moved from anyone should be able to use any bathroom that they want to well, it is up to each state to decide if they want to legalize discrimination.
Even Donald Trump will have to toe the Fox News line. Trump isn’t evolving into a more presidential candidate. Donald Trump is being absorbed into the Republican Party. The only difference between Trump and Mitt Romney was personality. The Republican Party is trying to take away the only quality that was unique to Trump and tone him down to being the garden variety angry conservative white man that appeals only to the GOP’s ever shrinking tent.
Fox News is showing who is really in charge of the Republican Party, and it isn’t Donald Trump.
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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