How can Donald Trump, a man with a zero-respectability factor at this point, continue to inspire, let alone have, a fan base? Don’t they know their emperor has no clothes? There’s nothing to see, folks, but we’ll just let the guy speak for himself.
The following is taken from the transcript of the second debate*:
COOPER: Have you ever [kissed women without their consent, grabbed their genitals, sexually assaulted women]?
TRUMP: No, I have not. And I will tell you that I’m going to make our country safe. We’re going to have borders in our country, which we don’t have now. People are pouring into our country, and they’re coming in from the Middle East and other places.
We’re going to make America safe again. We’re going to make America great again, but we’re going to make America safe again. And we’re going to make America wealthy again, because if you don’t do that, it just — it sounds harsh to say, but we have to build up the wealth of our nation.
Wait. What does the Middle East have to do with grabbing a woman’s genitals?
TRUMP: But I want to do things that haven’t been done, including fixing and making our inner cities better for the African-American citizens that are so great, and for the Latinos, Hispanics, and I look forward to doing it. It’s called make America great again.
No, it’s called ANSWER THE QUESTION.
TRUMP: And I’ll tell you what. I didn’t think I’d say this, but I’m going to say it, and I hate to say it.
Please don’t say it.
TRUMP: When I speak, I go out and speak.
What does that mean?
TRUMP: We’re going to be able to. You’re going to have plans…
COOPER: What does that mean?
TRUMP: Well, I’ll tell you what it means. You’re going to have plans that are so good. . .
But . . . never mind. You were asked a question about Muslims, remember that one?
QUESTION: Hi. There are 3.3 million Muslims in the United States, and I’m one of them. You’ve mentioned working with Muslim nations, but with Islamophobia on the rise, how will you help people like me deal with the consequences of being labeled as a threat to the country after the election is over?
TRUMP: Well, you’re right about Islamophobia, and that’s a shame.
. . .
Now, to solve a problem, you have to be able to state what the problem is or at least say the name.
Please tell us that wasn’t part of your response to that woman.
TRUMP: She won’t say the name and President Obama won’t say the name. But the name is there. It’s radical Islamic terror. And before you solve it, you have to say the name.
The name is Idiot. Or asshole. Whichever you prefer.
TRUMP: I was against — I was against the war in Iraq. Has not been debunked.
Has so. Even Bernie–
TRUMP: Bernie Sanders said that Hillary Clinton has very bad judgment.
TRUMP: And I will tell you very strongly, when Bernie Sanders said she had bad judgment, she has really bad judgment. . .
TRUMP: And, again, Bernie Sanders, it’s really bad judgment.
Oh–I mean, what?
TRUMP: She’s not doing any me favors. But by doing all the others’ favors, she’s doing me favors.
So she isn’t, but she is ? We don’t get it.
TRUMP: No, I didn’t say that at all. I don’t think you understood what was — this was locker room talk. I’m not proud of it. I apologize to my family. I apologize to the American people. Certainly I’m not proud of it. But this is locker room talk.
You know, when we have a world where you have ISIS chopping off heads, where you have — and, frankly, drowning people in steel cages, where you have wars and horrible, horrible sights all over, where you have so many bad things happening, this is like medieval times. We haven’t seen anything like this, the carnage. . .
Carnage, indeed. Wrought by you, the United States Republican Presidential nominee, who brags about grabbing women’s crotches, who publicly ridicules disabled persons, who incites violence, who calls women pigs, who boasts about his penis size. . .
You’re right, Donald, we haven’t seen anything like this. It’s a disaster, a total disaster.
TRUMP: Obamacare is a total disaster. And not only are your rates going up by numbers that nobody’s ever believed, but your deductibles are going up, so that unless you get hit by a truck, you’re never going to be able to use it.
Please, please, hit us with a truck to put out of our misery. Surely this is all a bad dream–
TRUMP: We have enough problems in this country. I believe in building safe zones. I believe in having other people pay for them, as an example, the Gulf states, who are not carrying their weight, but they have nothing but money, and take care of people.
**23. Texas – Median household income: $53,035 Poverty rate: 17.2%
39. Florida – Median household income: $47,463 Poverty rate: 16.5%
44. Louisiana – Median household income: $44,555 Poverty rate: 19.8%
47. Alabama – Median household income: $42,830 Poverty rate: 19.3%
50. Mississippi – Median household income: $39,680 Poverty rate: 21.5%
Just sayin’, Donald. There appears to be somethig very, very wrong with your balance sheet.
TRUMP: I have a very, very great balance sheet, so great that when I did the Old Post Office on Pennsylvania Avenue, the United States government, because of my balance sheet, which they actually know very well, chose me to do the Old Post Office, between the White House and Congress, chose me to do the Old Post Office. One of the primary area things, in fact, perhaps the primary thing was balance sheet.
We’re tumbling down, folks.
TRUMP: We are old. We’re tired. We’re exhausted. . .
We are. We ARE.
TRUMP: It’s a mess.
It is, Mr. Trump–wait, are we actually agreeing with the man?
TRUMP: . . .I disagree. I disagree.
Down, down. . .
TRUMP: How stupid is our country?
Is that a rhetorical question? I mean, at this point, what can we say?
TRUMP: All I say is this. General George Patton, General Douglas MacArthur are spinning in their grave at the stupidity of what we’re doing. . .
It’s true, it’s all true, and we’re spinning . . . falling . . . oh hell, what’s the difference? This would be hilarious it wasn’t so bloody tragic.
TRUMP: You know what’s funny? She went over a minute over, and you don’t stop her. When I go one second over, it’s like a big deal.
RADDATZ: You had many answers.
TRUMP: It’s really — it’s really very interesting.
It’s really very something, that’s for sure.
TRUMP: It’s just words, folks. It’s just words.
*WHEW* For a minute there, we thought. . .