A few weeks back I posted an article talking about Trump potentially alienating his own base of support through his endorsement of a congressional candidate whose positions on immigration were virtually the polar opposite of his own.
Now, he has made a statement that could have a similar effect, as it can easily be construed as insulting soldiers who participated in the Iraq War.
According to Politico, Trump made the following statement (reconstructed using both the video and the text on the article):`
“When we got out, we should’ve taken the oil. I’ll never forget some of the pundits — most of them don’t have the brains they were born with — they said: ‘They’re talking about a sovereign country.’ Iraq, crooked as hell. How about bringing baskets of money — millions and millions of dollars — and handing it out?,” Trump said at an evening rally. “I want to know who were the soldiers that had that job, because I think they’re living very well right now, whoever they may be.”
Now, as previously stated, this statement could easily be construed as insulting American soldiers, but it is not a guarantee.
This is because after reading the statement and listening to the audio over and over again, I came to two conclusions:
1) It was a jarbled mess. This is especially evident if you listen to the audio, where it is difficult to tell when he is beginning or ending a sentence because he is rushing to get to whatever point he is trying to make. It is difficult to tell if he is talking about US soldiers or someone else (possibly Iraqi soldiers, as Trump has claimed in a subsequent statement without providing hard evidence) for this reason.
2) If you thought Trump’s statement was properly structured, then it sounds like he is saying that the soldiers did have the job of bringing money and handing it out, but didn’t do that job.
Only time will tell whether or not Trump’s statement, along with his endorsement of pro-amnesty North Carolina representative Renee Ellmers in her failed bid to win the Republican nomination in her bid for re-election, will hurt his numbers in the general election.
After all, what else would you expect when you make statements contrary to the beliefs of the GOP base, which is unabashedly pro-military?
If you support Trump, you should be very worried right now, as you probably don’t want to take time to make sure he doesn’t stray from your positions after all this time.
If you oppose him, you should be crossing your fingers and hoping that the Trump supporters don’t take action even if they are very worried.
Regardless, the Trump Saga continues…
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