I watched the Donald Trump & Family interview on 60 minutes last night. The family was fine but it is very hard for me to watch The Donald and quite frankly, I just can’t imagine him behind the desk in the oval office. All I can see when I try is a clip of him firing somebody on The Apprentice. (chuckle) Part of the issue is that he has a very limited vocabulary when speaking. I’m not saying that he is unintelligent or that he doesn’t understand lots of different words, only that he doesn’t use them. Everything is “terrific” or “fantastic” or “totally” and this hyperbolic way of communicating makes it difficult for me to take him seriously and it always has.
Here’s what I learned…
1) He was asked how he was going to build a wall on our southern border with Mexico and rather than giving a detailed response he retorted sarcastically with “It’s called construction, it’s what I do.” The poor guy is so thin skinned that he can’t even respond reasonably to a query about one of his featured campaign promises. He admitted that much of the wall might just be fencing which can’t make his supporters very happy because we already have fencing that is easily defeated.
2) Pursuing justice for Hillary Clinton. He said that the Clinton’s are “good people” and that he doesn’t want to hurt them. As I predicted, Trump will pardon her if an indictment is ever brought by his Justice Department. More rancid meat for his most ardent supporters.
3) Melania’s initiative as First Lady is probably going to be anti-cyber-bullying. I almost laughed when I saw the look on Leslie Stahl’s face at that one. Melania can start with her husband. To Stahl’s credit, she followed up with another question about how Melania feels about Donald’s behavior online. Apparently, she isn’t always proud of it and tells him. That’s good news. Now, he needs to just start listening to his wife.
4) LGBTQ fears. He seemed to be surprised that they were concerned about his presidency since he expressed his support for them at the RNC Convention over the summer. He must not have gotten the memo that the Democrats had invested a lot of energy into fear-mongering LGBTQ issues in order to motivate that voting block during the campaign.
5) Latino fears. He said that the first thing that would happen is that illegal immigrants who have committed crimes in the USA would be rounded up and deported. If their home countries are unwilling to take them back then he will incarcerate them. I predict that he will soften on illegal immigration as it pertains to illegals who are here and have not committed any other crimes other than coming here illegally. He will get on board with a pathway to citizenship much to the dislike of his supporters.
6) He gave no details on how he is going to destroy ISIS. One moment he talked about how we have great generals and then in the very next he doubled down on the idea that he knows more on how to defeat ISIS than they do. It was a bizarre response to the question on ISIS.
7) He is not going to take the $400,000 salary for President. He will accept $1 only. He also plans to take no vacations. That will be a welcome change after the last 16 years of vacationer-in-chiefs. Maybe that’s a little unfair but it seems to me like Bush and Obama played a whole lot of golf and cleared a lot of brush on the ranch. (chuckle) Trump is a work-a-holic and I believe this will be one of his greatest strengths as president.
8) His greatest focus will be on jobs, re-establishing a robust economy. This is where he shined in the interview and I hope that he invests 90% of his energy in this area and doesn’t get sidetracked into the social/cultural nonsense that conservatives usually do when they are in power.
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