Hillary Clinton cleaned Donald Trump’s clock and it took to get the job done was three easy questions.
DICKERSON: You have said that he should be asked hard questions now that he’s in the general election, essentially. What are the — give me three hard questions you think he should be asked.
CLINTON: Well, when he says that Americans don’t need a raise and that’s why he doesn’t believe we should raise the minimum wage, what’s that based on? Because, if you look at the evidence — and more than evidence, if you listen to the stories, as I have now for more than a year, of so many Americans who haven’t had a raise in 15 years, it raises serious issues about how well he understands what’s happening in the economy to working people.
DICKERSON: So, his answer would be, he want to create jobs and those jobs will raise wages. That would be — so he has been asked that question, and he just has a different view.
CLINTON: Well, he doesn’t have a view. He has a slogan. And he needs to be really pressed on that.
When he says climate change is a Chinese hoax, what does that mean? Has he ever talked to a scientist, or is he just again assuming a slogan? When he says women should be punished for having abortions, what does that mean, and how would he go about that, or rounding up 11 million, 12 million people, which he again repeated, which would entail the most comprehensive police and military action inside our borders that is imaginable?
And you combine that with a lot of what he’s said about foreign policy and then recently economic policy when he said he’d renegotiate the national debt. Maybe he just doesn’t understand that running our government is not the same as making real estate deals, that putting the full faith and credit of the United States of America at risk would be a horrible outcome.
And it would raise interest rates. It would wipe away savings. It would cause a financial global meltdown. People need to be pressing him. And I don’t think people get, especially in the media, at least so far, into other than just the response, which then is not followed up on.
Donald Trump keeps saying that he will be good for workers and he will bring jobs back, but he never tells voters how he will do this. We know that Trump doesn’t believe that America needs to pay its bills, and he wants to treat the country like one his companies and declare bankruptcy to get out of our obligations.
Trump also said that wages are too high, and then he reversed himself and said that we need to raise the minimum wage. The presumptive Republican nominee doesn’t believe in climate change, wants to deport 11 million people, ban 1.6 billion Muslims from entering the US. He plans on winning on trade by launching a trade war that would devastate the US economy.
Clinton was right. If the media followed up on Donald Trump’s crazy responses, voters would see the contrast between a competent candidate who is fit to govern and Trump.
Donald Trump hasn’t even been the presumptive nominee for a week, and the Republican Party is already falling apart.
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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