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Brooks: Trump Lacks Gravitas, Knowledge Base and Core to Become Presidential


Friday on PBS’s “NewsHour,” while discussing Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s new campaign chief Paul Manafort telling members of the Republican National Committee that Trump will begin to put forward a more professional tone, New York Times columnist David Brooks was skeptical that Trump could “turn presidential.”

Brooks said, “As far as Donald Trump and what Paul Manafort said, A. It’s not credible. Donald Trump has been Donald Trump for a long long time, he’s not going to stop being himself, and that is a voluble, large, loud, sometimes obnoxious and sometimes appalling campaigner. He’s not going to turn presidential because he lacks the gravitas, he lacks the knowledge base and he lacks the core. And yet now he hired Paul Manafort who’s saying, don’t worry, he’s not a blow hard, he’s just a rank opportunist who’s been putting on a show all this time. I don’t think it’s going to work and I don’t think it’s particularly attractive either.”

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