A comedian buddy of mine used to say of George W. Bush that whenever he hears him interviewed, he sounds like he’s trying to explain to his dad how the dent got in the car. Listening to Donald Trump answer questions is more like listening to someone toss an instant word salad in order to dodge the question. I think I may have found the holy grail, the quintessential Donald Trump answer:
CHRIS CUOMO: We tried to get your campaign and the other campaigns to hold forth or whether or not they supported the current GI bill. In congress, a sneaky vote in the house — no roll call – is going to cut money from the GI bill to allow for other expenditures for vets. Vets were upset. “No, don’t take money from us and reallocate it. Find the savings elsewhere.” Do you support maintaining the GI bill the way it is and growing it instead of cutting it?
DONALD TRUMP: I don’t want to hurt our vets. We treat illegal immigrants better than our vets. I’m going to help the vets. I’m going to only help them. — unlike Hillary Clinton who thinks the vets are getting too much? They’re not. I’ve traveled, seen so many vets I know so many vets now and have a lot of friends. I have developed great friendships among the vets. Our vets are —
CHRIS CUOMO: Is that a yes, “I do support the current GI bill?”
DONALD TRUMP: No. I want to bring jobs back to our country and make the country grow again. I just traveled. I won so many states in a row in massive landslides and part of the reason was trade. Not what you brought up at the beginning of the show, totally inappropriate. Part of the reason I won was because of trade and I talk trade and I’m the only one that can do anything about trade.
Does he have any idea what the GI Bill is? It doesn’t seem so. Every answer sounds like a high school freshman who didn’t study for a test trying to fake his way through it.