Donald Trump: lazy, stupid, or both

Donald Trump is a big fat liar. He lies when it’s obvious he’s lying, he lies when it hurts him, and sometimes both:

A few things are obvious here. First, Fields didn’t hallucinate anything, as both Lewandowski and Trump have implied. Second, Lewandowski did indeed grab Fields by the arm, just as she says. Third, Trump was already walking away from her at the time. Fourth, it doesn’t really look very serious. Fields is obviously a little nonplussed, but otherwise fairly unscathed.
The whole thing is crazy. It’s a minor incident, and all Lewandowski had to do was give Fields a quick call to apologize for grabbing her in his haste to catch up with his boss. Incident over.

He’s obviously a pathological liar, that’s the only explanation that makes sense. Why else would he make his lies so obvious, why else would he lie when doing so actually hurts him?

Donald Trump is also either an idiot, doesn’t care about actually doing the job he’s running for, or both. Here’s the latest proof (yeah, I’m relying on Kevin Drum):

At the CNN town hall last night, an audience member asked Trump, “In your opinion, what are the top three functions of the United States government?”

In his panic to pick two subjects—any two subjects—Trump managed to light on precisely the two that every conservative in the country thinks the federal government shouldn’t have a role in. So then Trump fumbles around and starts talking about “the concept of the country” that we have to have education. Brilliant! And Common Core has to be “brought to the state level,” because apparently Trump has no idea that Common Core has been a state program from the very start.

Then we get to health care. “We need health care for our people,” but it should be privately supplied even if the government leads it. This, of course, is precisely what Obamacare is: a program that coordinates and regulates health care provided by private suppliers. But apparently Trump doesn’t know that either.

And sometimes things just all go together:

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said Wednesday that women who get an abortion should receive “some form of punishment” if it is ever outlawed, drawing swift condemnation from activists on both sides of the divisive social issue.

Within hours, Trump’s campaign sought to take back his comments in two separate statements, ultimately saying the billionaire businessman believes abortion providers — and not their patients — should be the ones punished.

If he had taken any time to prepare he would have known the stated position of anti-abortionists:

We have never advocated, in any context, for the punishment of women who undergo abortion,” Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the national anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List, said in a statement.

“As a convert to the pro-life movement, Mr. Trump sees the reality of the horror of abortion — the destruction of an innocent human life,” Dannenfelser said. “But let us be clear: punishment is solely for the abortionist who profits off of the destruction of one life and the grave wounding of another.”

The March for Life, which organizes anti-abortion events each January in Washington, said on Twitter: “No pro-lifer would ever want to punish a woman who has chosen abortion. This is against the very nature of what we are about.”

Since he didn’t prepare he gave the logical answer for someone who opposes abortion, the woman needs to be punished–but anti-abortionists know this is unpopular so would never say it. They might imply it, and might actually support it in countries where abortion is illegal even if the woman will otherwise die or even if the ‘woman’ is a 9-year old child (the Catholic Church wanted her mother charged with murder) who was continuously raped by her step-father.

Women are punished for having an abortion in countries such as Chile, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Ecuador (I’m sure there are many other countries but there doesn’t seem to be an obvious list that I can find). And it makes sense, if abortion is murder does it really make sense not to punish the woman? Of course not, but that’s an unpopular position so you get silly statements like: “No pro-lifer would ever want to punish a woman who has chosen abortion”. Poor Trump, being castigated for giving the answer most anti-abortionists would like to but can’t.

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