George Will has been no fan of Donald Trump since at least 2011, when the former spoke at the latter’s Mar-A-Lago Club in West Palm Beach and called him a “bloviating ignoramus.”
I will never be as trenchant as George F. Will. The man is a poetic genius at slinging pejorative infamy. Trump was in 2012, as he is today, more blue-collar and pedestrian in his mud-slinging.
George Will may be the dumbest(and most overrated) political commentator of all time. If the Republicans listen to him, they will lose.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 27, 2012
Will’s stunning prose in September 2015 is absolutely prophetic in defining both Trump and the GOP.
Donald Trump, whose promises are probably as malleable as his principles, promises to support the Republican nominee. Some of his rivals for the nomination, disoriented by their fear and envy of him, are making the GOP seem like the party of boneless wonders.
mal·lea·ble: (2) (a) capable of being altered or controlled by outside forces or influences
On immigration, Trump talks about building a wall and deporting 12 million illegals, then letting them all back in. And this isn’t amnesty? From “60 Minutes“:
Scott Pelley: Let’s assume your wall has gone up.
Donald Trump: Good.
Scott Pelley: Eleven, 12 million illegal immigrants–
Donald Trump: Or whatever the number is.
Scott Pelley: Still in the country, what do you do?
Donald Trump: If they’ve done well they’re going out and they’re coming back in legally. Because you said it—-
Congress must protect our borders first. Amnesty should be done only if the border is secure and illegal immigration has stopped.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 29, 2013
And they crucify Rubio over this but Trump gets a pass.
— Robert A. Redmond (@RealWriter24) January 22, 2016
On trade, Trump threatens to go full Obama with a pen and a phone.
Donald Trump: Let’s say Ford– let’s say Ford moves to Mexico. If they want to sell that car in the United States they pay a tax. Here’s what’s gonna happen, they’re not going to build their plant there. They’re going to build it in the United States.
Scott Pelley: But there is a North American Free Trade Agreement.
Donald Trump: And there shouldn’t be. It’s a disaster.
Scott Pelley: But it is there.
Donald Trump: OK, yeah, but–
Scott Pelley: If you’re president, you’re going to have to live with it.
Donald Trump: Excuse me, we will either renegotiate it or we will break it. Because, you know, every agreement has an end.
Scott Pelley: You can’t just break the law.
Donald Trump: Excuse me, every agreement has an end. Every agreement has to be fair. Every agreement has a defraud clause. We’re being defrauded by all these countries.
Scott Pelley: It’s called free trade–
Donald Trump: No it’s not.
Scott Pelley: –and it is a plank–
Donald Trump: It’s not the–
Scott Pelley: –of the Republican platform.
Donald Trump: Scott we need fair trade. Not free trade. We need fair trade. It’s gotta be fair.
The K-street consultants smell blood in the water. They know Trump can’t possibly live up to his promises. They know that if he wins the nomination, and Cruz loses, their jobs are safe. Because if Hillary gets into office, they’ve got plenty of time to soak donors with “Stop Hillary!” campaigns for years to come. And if Trump wins, they can play the D.C. version of “The Apprentice” amongst themselves.
You don’t get to be Wayne Berman (no relation) of Blackstone Group by being stupid. Or any of the top lobbyists on K street. As a matter of fact, Trump knows many of these people, because they’ve hit him up for support before. Maybe these are the “smart people” he’s got lined up from Wall Street to take on China. Guess what? They’re lobbyists or they pay the lobbyists.
Oh, and the GOP is playing a more dangerous game–they are the “boneless wonders” of whom Will wrote. They think they can use Trump–who’s playing chess with all his pieces on the board–to defeat Ted Cruz, then somehow raise up Rubio or Christie to take down Trump. They’re delusional.
If Trump wins Iowa, he’s going to be near unstoppable headed into the southern primaries, then Nevada and elsewhere. The GOP consultants would rather have Hillary than Cruz. They’ve reprimanded (by dropping them from the Feb. 25 GOP debate) National Review for being true to conservatism and speaking its mind.
For that, the GOP deserves what it gets. To Hell with them.