The Trump “campaign” circus continues to roll on. In an interview filled with Trump’s signature braggadocio, he doubles down on some of his previous positions when speaking with Fox Business Network host Stuart Varney, and also raises the possibility of a new terrorism solution that flies in the face of the U.S. Constitution.
During the conversation Varney brings up some of the tactics being used by the UK to combat the 1,000 or so homegrown ISIS terrorists, including revoking passports for ISIS fighters and closing certain mosques.
Varney asked, “And closing some mosques, would you do the same thing in America?” Trump responded, “I would do that. Absolutely. I think it’s great.”
Trump retreated a little when asked if closing a mosque (in the U.S.) would even be possible, answering, “Well, I don’t know. I mean, I haven’t heard about the closing of the mosque. It depends, if the mosque is, you know, loaded for bear, I don’t know. You’re going to have to certainly look at it. But I can tell you one thing, if somebody goes over and they want to fight for ISIS, they wouldn’t be coming back.”
Trump also repeated his previous claims that George W. Bush bears responsibility for the 9/11 attacks, and even added former President Bill Clinton to the mix, saying “Now, was Clinton possibly, also guilty? Yeah, yeah sure. He should have maybe been more vigilant. And he actually said he knew about Osama bin Laden. I knew about Osama bin Laden, because I wrote about him in my book, I think 19 months before the World Trade Center came down.”
While Osama Bin Laden was already a well-known terrorist in the years leading up to 9/11, Trump repeatedly mentions his book, seemingly alluding to the fact that he predicted 9/11.
When responding to a question about Democrat-supported paid family leave in the U.S., which is the only industrialized country in the world not to offer paid maternity leave, he responded, “Well, it’s something that’s being discussed. I think we have to keep our country very competitive, so, you have to be careful of it, but certainly there are a lot of people discussing it.”
Regarding a $15 an hour minimum wage, he said “We have to keep our similar answer. You have to keep our country competitive. One of the reasons companies are leaving is because salaries are too high. You look at what’s going on in Vietnam and China and so many different places, we have to be very very careful about that…We have to be very, very competitive, or we’re going to lose all of our jobs in this country…I want to be competitive with other countries, and that’s what we’re competing against, and that’s what we’re losing to.”
Never mind the fact that the U.S. doesn’t directly compete with countries like Vietnam in most industries, as our labor force is highly skilled and highly capital-intensive (you aren’t going to find Vietnam designing and building things like automobiles, airplanes, and computer chips).
Trump also said he disagreed with free universal pre-K, which has been proposed by Hillary Clinton, and he expressed his desire to repeal Dodd-Frank, which was passed by Obama in 2010 and is meant to mitigate the types of things that led to the Great Recession. Unsurprisingly, he also expressed his support for building the Keystone XL Pipeline, and said he opposes breaking up big banks.
When asked about a no-tax pledge, he said he can think about it, but wouldn’t make the pledge on the show. He went on to explain that he wants to bring the corporate tax down to 15%, and also repeated his bold-faced lie that the U.S. is the highest-taxed country in the world.
In response to a question about his new role as a politician, he says “My whole life has been dealing with politicians…I get along with everybody, I get along with Democrats, with Republicans, I get along with everybody. My whole life is that.”
On a lighter note, he also expressed his disdain for tattoos, and answered with hesitance when asked if he would hire someone with visible tattoos.
Trump also said he would easily beat Joe Biden, who just announced he would not run for President, and regarding the current race, he said “I’m leading the pack by a lot, actually.”
Agree with him or not, you have to admit Trump is entertaining, which makes sense because he is a celebrity personality, not a legitimate politician. And refreshingly, unlike most of the other candidates, at least we know where he honestly stands on the issues.
The full interview with Fox head is available on Youtube.