April 1, 2016

NOT A REPUBLICAN:

Trump's Presidential Hopes Hinge on Democrats Voting for Him (Edward Morrissey, March 31, 2016. Fiscal Times)

Just when movement conservatives felt that the cognitive dissonance produced in this cycle could not possibly run any deeper, Donald Trump has managed to blow minds yet again.

During a CNN Town Hall Forum, broadcast live on Tuesday evening, an audience member asked Trump, "What are the top three functions of the United States government?" After asking for the question to be repeated, Trump responded, "Well, the greatest function of all by far is security for our nation," a sentiment shared by conservatives, Republicans, and no small numbers of independents and Democrats as well.

Conservatives have made that argument as a reminder of how the Constitution sets limits on the reach of the federal government. Trump has relied on this priority in defense of his proposals to deport 12 million illegal immigrants and to block Muslims from entering the US.


However, Trump's answer did not stop there. "I would also say health care, I would also say education," he finished, while emphasizing that security came first. Anderson Cooper, moderating the forum, didn't quite believe he'd heard Trump correctly. "So in terms of the federal government's role," Cooper asked, "you're saying security, but you also say health care and education should be provided by the federal government?"

"Well, those are two of the things," Trump replied. "There are obviously many things, housing, providing great neighborhoods."

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