On Thursday in an interview with CNN, Donald Trump uttered a bunch of statements that is likely to attract more of the disaffected among the American electorate. Recent poll results indicate that there may be a lot votes in that segment of the American populace. In August polls Trump is within five to six points of beating Hillary Clinton in a general election.
This bandwagon for Trump may not be the flash in the pan that many Republicans who favor a more traditional candidate would hope. But it’s still early, so the drama is in the question of how long will the Trump boomlet last.
Look at some of what Trump said in the CNN interview. It could prove to be pretty popular.
Trump on Hillary Clinton emails: He compared the Clinton emails to what General David Petraeus did when Patraeus included classified information in emails to a girl friend, and noting that the FBI is investigating the Clinton emails. Trump said, “they [the FBI] only do criminal investigations.”
Trump did not back down on his immigration stance. He insists that illegal residents of the United States must be deported, and one upped this when he added that the children born to undocumented parents should have their citizenship revoked. He questioned the interpretation of the U.S. constitution that says those babies born here are citizens, saying, “No. 1, the 14th Amendment is very questionable as to whether or not somebody can come over, have a baby and immediately that baby is a citizen. OK,” adding that people can’t just walk over the border, have a baby and we pay the baby medical and Social Security.
Trump says, “You know, this country is so politically correct. Nobody wants to take a stance on anything,” People like to use the word undocumented. “I don’t use that word, he says. They’re illegal immigrants. They came over illegally. Some are wonderful people, and they’ve been here for a while. They’ve got to go out. They’ve got to leave.” Then he said the really good ones can come back.
On the military, Trump said, “I would build up our military so strong, so powerful that nobody will mess with us.”
Trump says he likes Pope Francis. Trump reminded his interviewer that he is Protestant, but said, ” I have great respect for the Pope, adding that the Pope seems like a pretty good guy. Trump doesn’t believe the Pope is opposed to capitalism. Trumps says that we better hope that capitalism works, because it is the only thing we have right now and that it is a great thing when it works properly, but right now it is not working properly because of over regulation of industry.
If you look at all these comments and positions carefully you can’t help to think that much of what Trump is saying may ring true to many voters and maybe this guy Trump has some staying power in this race. He speaks without notes and says what is on his mind obviously unobstructed by abstractly argued position papers, or even poll results on a given issue. That is refreshing. But the risk is that at some point he may say something so outrageous that his support will dissipate like the air in a punctured party balloon.