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Mitt Romney, Trump, out of touch

(2016-03-31 09:15:33) 下一个

If you think you're one of Trump camp, think again - Do you think he's thinking serious about you? Top 0.001% live in their own world so far out of reach for the public. Like Mitt Romney, Trump as well, is so "out of touch" in a real world of the ordinary people.

Thinking how hard women fight for controlling their own body for a century, you'd be shocked to hear this simple fact: A guy of 70-year-old made such insensitive comments:

 
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Donald Trump’s big abortion flip-flop, and how the media should handle it

 
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Donald Trump's 'evolving' stance on abortion

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump stirred up controversy when he said there should be "some sort of punishment" for women who have abortions. Here's a look back at how he "evolved" into his pro-life views. (Jenny Starrs/The Washington Post)

For about an hour on Wednesday, the press had a straightforward story to tell: Donald Trump said that, if he had his way and abortions were to be outlawed in most cases, then there would have to be "some form of punishment" for women who illegally terminate their pregnancies.

But almost as quickly as the first reports of Trump's controversial remark were posted online or read on the air, the Republican presidential front-runner recanted: "If Congress were to pass legislation making abortion illegal, and the federal courts upheld this legislation, or any state were permitted to ban abortion under state and federal law, the doctor or any other person performing this illegal act upon a woman would be held legally responsible, not the woman," he said in a statement. "The woman is a victim in this case, as is the life in her womb."

All this unfolded several hours before Trump's original comment — made in a taped interview with MSNBC's Chris Matthews — was even broadcast as part of a prime-time special.

 

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Responding to a question from MSNBC's Chris Matthews, Republican front-runner Donald Trump said women who have illegal abortions should be punished. Here's where other candidates stand as well. (Sarah Parnass/The Washington Post)

So how the heck are the media supposed to characterize Trump's position going forward? How much weight should we give to the first stance he took, versus the second?

Trump has put us in this position before. In an interview on CNN last month, he repeatedly declined to reject the support of former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, claiming not to know anything about him or white supremacists. Then he disavowed Duke and blamed a faulty earpiece for his original response to a question he supposedly didn't hear.

In November, Trump told NBC News that he would "absolutely" create a database of American Muslims. Then he said he never suggested such a thing (the reporter did) before settling on the explanation that what he really meant was a database of Syrian refugees.

If there is a method to this madness (and that is very much an open question), it seems to be this: Trump uses these reversals to set up oversimplified press accounts that he can easily criticize as unfair. This was especially true of his flip-flop on Duke. While the media fixated on his appalling refusal to condemn the notorious Klansman from the outset, Trump complained to supporters that journalists were ignoring his many subsequent repudiations.

"If you look on my Twitter account, almost immediately after the program, they were disavowed again," he said at a March 3 debate, referring to the KKK. "You know, it's amazing. When I do something on Twitter, everybody picks it up, goes all over the place. But when I did this one, nobody ever picks it up."

As I wrote this week, reporters do Trump a favor when they don't fully contextualize his comments and/or exaggerate them. They hand him an opportunity to cast himself as a victim of the "dishonest" media he constantly rails against.

On the abortion punishment remark, journalists would do well to prominently disclose Trump's swift retraction.

And the broader implication — which ought to be the real focus here, anyway — is that Trump appears not to stand firmly for much of anything. Yes, Trump said that he favors an abortion punishment, but does anyone think he would really crusade for such a law as president? What, besides that "big, beautiful wall," would he really crusade for?

The relentless questioning by Matthews that led to the punishment comment exposed, more than anything else, that Trump simply hasn't thought through his positions. He says he wants to ban abortions, with exceptions for rape, incest and threats to the health of the expectant mother — a common Republican stance. But how would the ban actually work? As Matthews pressed, it was clear that Trump hadn't given the particulars much, if any, consideration.

This is the story of the billionaire real estate magnate's light-on-policy, largely unprincipled campaign. This is the story that accounts of his abortion punishment flip-flop should tell.

 
Callum Borchers covers the intersection of politics and media.
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TJKCB 回复 悄悄话 Mitt Romney/Trump out of touch 来源: TJKCB 于 2016-03-31 09:03:33 [档案] [博客] [旧帖] [给我悄悄话]
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? 俺观察媒体整人有操作顺序,先问Trump,然后问别的Candidates怎么看,即可 -Narnar- ♀ (0 bytes) (17 reads) 03/31/2016 postreply 09:25:08
? You got it! Trump's first reaction is his truth - exposing the R -TJKCB- ♀ (0 bytes) (7 reads) 03/31/2016 postreply 10:42:12
? 7,knowhow 藏在在操作顺序里,是位置,顺序,效果对谁都一样,除非是神 -Narnar- ♀ (0 bytes) (4 reads) 03/31/2016 postreply 10:52:57
? 这个顺序,别人想失误都没给机会 -Narnar- ♀ (0 bytes) (0 reads) 03/31/2016 postreply 20:51:37
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