Brooks: Trump Used Bankruptcy Laws, And Now He’s ‘Outfoxed’ by Delegate Laws

New York Times columnist David Brooks argued that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump “was perfectly willing to use the amoral bankruptcy laws to his own advantage. And now he’s just getting outfoxed in the amoral delegate laws” and that such laws are “by some logic…to prevent Donald Trump, and people like Donald Trump, who are of the moment” because the party has an “an organizational structure in which they make decisions” “because you want a party to have consistency over time” on Friday’s “PBS NewsHour.”

Brooks said, “Well, as others pointed out, as a businessman, he was perfectly willing to use the amoral bankruptcy laws to his own advantage. And now he’s just getting outfoxed in the amoral delegate laws.”

After clarifying that by “amoral,” he meant “the laws are the way they are.” Brooks continued, “I think, A, they’re in touch with the American tradition. We do not live in a straight-up Athenian democracy. We live in a republic. We have an Electoral College. We have a United States Senate, where the two senators from Wyoming have the same power as the two senators from California. And we have, in that tradition, and that spirit, we have a delegate selection process where it’s just not a straight-up democracy, where, as Reince said, it’s, every big organization, whether it’s General Motors, or the Boy Scouts, they have an organizational structure in which they make decisions. And the people who are more invested in the organization, are more senior in the organization have more power than the people who are not. And that’s for very good reason. It’s because you want a party to have consistency over time. You want it to have a structure where you — people have to compromise with each other. And basically you want it to have a series of stability, so you don’t get carried away by momentary fads and crazy demagogues. So, by some logic, this structure exists to prevent Donald Trump, and people like Donald Trump, who are of the moment.”

Brooks later stated of Trump, “[I]f he was winning, he wouldn’t be complaining.”

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