Monday on Fox News Channel’s “Special Report,” Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer offered his thoughts on real estate mogul Donald Trump’s early success as a presidential candidate.
Krauthammer, however, deemed Trump to be a “rodeo clown” and said his tactic were “not serious politics.”
“Well, he’s tapping in, but he’s essentially — he’s done it in a way that the word offensive is too weak,” Krauthammer said. “It’s an insult. An entire immigrant group. He did not make a distinct between legal and illegal immigrants. That’s his entire campaign. All our problems are from Mexico, from China, from Saudi Arabia, and Japan. He will make them pay. But that elevates him to a guy actually with ideas. These are eruptions, barstool eruptions. And the pity is this. This is the strongest field of Republican candidates in 35 years. You could pick a dozen of them at random and have the strongest cabinet America’s had in our lifetime and instead all of our time is spent discussing this rodeo clown.”
“Trump has decided that our problem is we need essentially an economic declaration of war on Mexico,” he continued. “And that’s where all this is headed. Tapping in, yes, but that’s not — politics has to be slightly above tapping in. It’s a way to tap in and respond responsibly. He says I’ll build a wall and I’ll make Mexico pay. I’ve been supporting building a wall for ten years, but the idea you’re going to make Mexico pay is simply absurd, but he likes to tap in and to play on that. That’s not serious politics.”
(h/t RCP Video)
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