by T. Christopher, Republican Redefined
Donald Trump made an appearance in a recorded segment on the Today Show Thursday where host Meredith Vieira got the Trumpster to weigh in on a rather expansive list off issues. The video was edited and clipped, so the topics discussed come across in a rather jumbled order, so I’ve pulled a few highlights and shared them below.
TRUMP: ”I’m only interested in Libya if we get the oil.”
On Foreign Affairs Generally
TRUMP: ”We take care of ourselves first.” We go to Afghanistan. We build a road; we build a school. Two days later, they blow up the road and the school; we start building the road and the school again.”
On not declaring his intentions to run for President
SUMMARY: Trump says he can’t because he has the “highest rated show on NBC.” He says he’d have to abandon Celebrity Apprentice and that’s not fair to NBC.
On the Birther Issue
SUMMARY: He doubles down on the Birther issue, again. He reiterates the point that he’s “less sure now” than when he began inquiring about the birth certificate issue. He also admits that he has people down there (in Hawaii) right now, and “can’t believe what they’re finding.”
On the Tea Party
TRUMP: ”The Tea Party has done an amazing service for our country.”
On why he’s considering running
TRUMP: ”I love this country, but this country is going to hell. I would run a great, great country. This country will be great again… ”The world laughs at us. They won’t be laughing if I’m President.”
Just a few thoughts on this interview and on Trump, generally. I have said it before, and I will probably say it again; Trump is good for Republicans, right now. He may even be good for Republicans come primary season. He is running around right now raising all the questions that everyone on the Right would love to raise, but won’t for fear of being out-casted; black-listed; and ostracized.
Admittedly, I have no knowledge of Trump’s intentions, but I’d very much like to see him in the primary race. I don’t think he’d win, but I think he’d do one hell of a job trying to. As we’ve already seen, nothing’s off limits with this guy. He challenges conventional wisdom and widely accepted views; and I respect that. I may not always agree with him or his approach, but I would like to know that we will have at least one candidate in the Republican primary willing to take the tough positions on issues. I do believe we’re going to need a lot of that in the run-up to 2012.
Related discussion: Memeorandum.