Donald Trump, Wandering Aimlessly
Yes, Donald Trump was arrogant, rude, and factually out of touch with reality throughout the third and last presidential debate of 2016, held last night. There are plenty of people combing through those problems.
This morning, I want to look at something much more basic: Coherence. Donald Trump seemed incapable of holding a single thought in his head for more than a few seconds at a time. Trump went wandering aimlessly through sentences that began ambitiously, but quickly drifted off course.
The following are word for word transcriptions from Donald Trump’s performance last night
“The Supreme Court: It’s what it’s all about. Our country is so, so — it’s just so imperative that we have the right justices.”
“It’s all about the Constitution of — of — and so important, the Constitution the way it was meant to be.”
“In the audience tonight, we have four mothers of — I mean, these are unbelievable people that I’ve gotten to know over a period of years whose children have been killed, brutally killed by people that came into the country illegally.”
“I was up in New Hampshire the other day. The biggest complaint they have — it’s with all of the problems going on in the world, many of the problems caused by Hillary Clinton and by Barack Obama.”
“We are — right now, we’re getting the drugs, they’re getting the cash. We need strong borders. We need absolute — we cannot give amnesty.”
“As far as moving these people out and moving — we either have a country or we don’t.”
“As far as Japan and other countries, we are being ripped off by everybody in the — we’re defending other countries.”
“I would say the only way — because those stories are all totally false, I have to say that.”
“I’d like to mention one thing. Trump Foundation, small foundation. People contribute, I contribute.”
“So let me just give you one other thing. So I talk about the corrupt media. I talk about the millions of people — tell you one other thing. She shouldn’t be allowed to run.”
“Iran should write us a letter of thank you, just like the really stupid — the stupidest deal of all time, a deal that’s going to give Iran absolutely nuclear weapons.”
“Iran. Oh, yeah, they’re making — I mean, they are outsmarting — look, you’re not there, you might be involved in that decision.”
“If you think that going into Mosul after we let the world know we’re going in, and all of the people that we really wanted — the leaders — they’re all gone. If you think that was good, then you do.”
“It has fallen from the — from any standpoint. I mean, what do you need, a signed document?”
“A lot of this is because of Hillary Clinton, because what’s happened is, by fighting Assad, who turned out to be a lot tougher than she thought, and now she’s going to say, oh, he loves Assad, she’s — he’s just much tougher and much smarter than her and Obama.”
“We don’t know who the rebels are, and when and if — and it’s not going to happen, because you have Russia and you have Iran now.”
If Donald Trump can’t discipline his mind to go through the basic logic required to speak in complete sentences, how can he ever hope to master the intricate nuances of public policy and diplomacy required of the President of the United States?