Trump's Rookie Mistake

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    Some time ago, Donald Trump declared that he could kill somebody and his supporters wouldn’t care. He might want to rethink that arrogant certainty. If the results of the Wisconsin primary are any indication, Trump really can’t just do anything at all and count on lots of people voting for him.

    Last week, Trump was asked if abortion was illegal, what should happen to women who have abortions? Trump answered, the woman should be punished. It was a logical response: something is illegal, you get punished for doing something illegal. Trouble is, logic is not the right answer. Trump muffed a gotcha question. You might call it a rookie mistake. He’s not a seasoned politician, he doesn’t have ready answers to gotcha questions. We might even cut him some slack. Except that, a rookie is supposed to learn from his mistakes, not ignore them, not compound the mistake.

    Yesterday, Priests for Life held a discussion session. Various media reported that Donald Trump had promised to participate by calling in. Trump did not call in, nor did he let the organization know he was reneging on his commitment. What really happened? According to the Priests for Life website, Trump blowing them off is untrue.

    Meanwhile, the position of Priests for Life regarding women who have had abortions is that they are already being punished by guilt and regret. They need support, not more punishment. Priests for Life is open to speaking to Donald Trump and all candidates about abortion.
    Donald Trump and the Pro-life Movement: It's an Open Door

    So, what is Donald Trump’s stance on abortion? He needs to clarify it. It appears that some in the media are building on Trump’s goof-up on that illegal abortion question. They aren’t going to just let it go. Is Trump into punishing women? Is he Pro Choice? Pro Life? Pro Whichever way the wind’s Blowing? As of this morning, his official website does not mention abortion at all. Shouldn’t he put this fire out already?

    That he hasn’t, makes you wonder. Could the talk that Trump really doesn’t want to be president and this whole thing has been an ego stroking lark, possibly be true? Could it be that Trump has discovered that running for president is rather hard work, is tired of it all, and is willing to scuttle his own campaign by inaction?

    If Trump does want to be president, is it possible that his self-esteem is so enormous that he really thinks he can get away with saying anything and even not saying anything and still get elected?

    We may never know what motivates Donald Trump. Many of his supporters are more concerned with immigration, national defense and the economy than they are about abortion. Even so, following his embarrassing bungle on the abortion question, surely his supporters, and potential supporters, would like to know what he really believes about abortion.

    Trump needs to up his game if he plans to play to the finish.
     
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    Good piece Peony. It is an interesting subject, and one that is a minefield for those who are afraid of taking an honest and open stand. Few people would be surprised by the answers to questions on abortion, from most of the professional politicians. We would not be surprised that moderates would love to straddle the fence, either. Abortion is often framed as an emotional discussion. But Mr Trump was not sandbagged with a gotcha question. He was asked a probative question that goes to the heart of the abortion debate. He answered off-the-cuff as he always does.

    Some of us who know a bit about Donald Trump, believe we know what he is doing. He has written and spoken about how he likes to be 'unpredictable.' In his book, Art of the Deal, Donald Trump says he uses a rhetorical tool he calls, “truthful hyperbole.” Trump does not write and boast so much about being a good businessman, as much as he writes and boasts about being a Deal Maker. The trouble is, most of the deals Trump has made involve getting himself out of terrible situations he alone, has gotten himself into.
     
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    Trump, Clinton, Cruz...they're all dummies
    America should have a "real tough guy" as a President
    David Duke should be perfect for that: he knows what he wants and he's not a bankster's puppet
     
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    David who?

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    But, he is an trickster!!

    "Gifts over $100 will receive The Illustrated protocols of Zion, and will be tallied with any previous gifts for the lowest certified number. As special thanks those who give over $500, you will be invited to a personal phone conversation with me and a gift of $1000 will provide you with an invition to a personal visit with me! Thank YOU for your support." David Duke Online
     
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    Trump did NOT say that he could kill someone and his supporters would not care. That was a liberal lie.


    His answer on Abortion and punishing the women who broke the law was a "rookie" mistake and a gotcha question.

    He admitted he was wrong about that, and has moved on.

    The rest of the OP is attempting to make a mountain out of a molehill.
     
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    Donald Trump doubles down on claim he could ‘murder’ someone and not lose voters

    We all know the Washington Times is such a liberal voice. :eek-52:

    Great campaign slogan: Vote The Rookie! :bang3:

    Trump is a circus act, without the big tent.
     
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    He was referencing how the media describes the determination of his supporters.

    And "rookie" is just lib code for an outsider that you don't like.
     
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    Trump has been a liberal his entire life and is now trying to con the country into thinking he's a conservative. Just imagine how many rookie mistakes the completely unqualified, undisciplined, hotheaded Trump would make.
     

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