The Hill explains the bizarre nature of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign:
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said that he wasn’t committed to some of his most controversial policy positions.
Calling into “Fox & Friends,” Trump was asked by co-host Brian Kilmeade about saying his proposed ban on Muslims entering the country was “just a suggestion” earlier this week.
“Yeah. It was a suggestion,” Trump said. “Look, anything I say right now — I’m not the president — everything is a suggestion, no matter what you say, it’s a suggestion.”
“I feel strongly that we have to do something about — when you look at radical Islamic terrorism, we have a president, as you folks know very well, we have a president who won’t even use the term for the World Trade Center, he won’t use the term. And we have to do something, and you’re not going to do something until you know what the problem is.”
Trump on Wednesday subtly walked back his previous demand for a Muslim ban, which he initially made in the wake of terrorist attacks in December.
“It hasn’t been called for yet. Nobody’s done it,” Trump said Wednesday. “This is just a suggestion until we find out what’s going on.”
Political candidates generally and presidential candidates specifically overpromise. Trump may realize that, though it’s unusual, to say the least, to overpromise and then walk back the overpromise before the election. Which, of course, raises the usual trust issues with The Donald.
Walkbacks shouldn’t be a surprise, though, given The Donald’s history, as the Washington Post is chronicling in a book next month, Trump Revealed:
Trump criticized Ronald Reagan. He embraced Bill Clinton. He was “disgusted” by Bill Clinton and called Ronald Reagan his role model. He changed parties seven times between 1999 and 2012, including a stint to consider a run under the Reform Party.
That doesn’t suggest the existence of core values (other than himself), does it?