This week, Donald Trump criticized most of his opponents for the GOP nomination. Not satisfied with just criticizing his opponents, Mr. Trump then unleashed with another of his conspiracy theories, parroting some gossip from the internet that said “Kelly was sidelined as a result of the Trump dispute.”
Mr. Trump weighed in on the topic, saying that “’There probably was’ a connection” but that he “wouldn’t know about it.” He added that “people were very very surprised that all of a sudden she decided to go away for 10 or 11 or 12 days.”
Does America need a president who frequently spouts conspiracy theories but who is shaky about policy? Based on his actions, that’s who Mr. Trump is. First, he was a birther, insisting that President Obama isn’t a US citizen. He said that repeatedly. Now, he’s spouting off about Megyn Kelly even though, by his own admission, he doesn’t “know about it.”
What’s more, Mr. Trump apparently doesn’t have a governing theory or a grasp of policies. When the Planned Parenthood videos were coming out, Trump insisted that Republicans should shut down the government to defund Planned Parenthood. Then Mr. Trump reversed course, saying that Planned Parenthood does some good things before retreating to the Planned Parenthood position that the federal government should only fund the good parts of Planned Parenthood.
Apparently, Mr. Trump doesn’t have a policy adviser. If he did, he’d know that his position doesn’t make sense. If the federal government stopped subsidizing Planned Parenthood, they’d be faced with the difficult decision of whether to continue funding abortions or funding free health care screenings for cancer, performing mammograms and dispensing birth control to women who couldn’t afford it.
Planned Parenthood is funded by the federal government, state governments, the sale of baby parts, corporate sponsors and individuals. That money goes into a single checking account. It isn’t like the federal money goes into a checking account titled “Planned Parenthood, Good Parts” so that it’s only used for health screenings. The money coming in from corporate sponsors doesn’t go into a checking account titled “Planned Parenthood, Abortion Services.”
Mr. Trump says that he’ll fight for the American people so that he can “make America great again.” That sounds fantastic but it isn’t convincing. How can he fight to make America great if he doesn’t know what policies will make America great again?
Having the desire to do something positive is a great start but it’s hardly the only thing required. To affect positive changes, you need a blueprint highlighting your priorities. At this point, Mr. doesn’t have that blueprint.
Until he publishes that specifics-filled blueprint, thoughtful people will have the right to question his temperament and his ability to govern effectively.