Rhetoric Trumps Answers

I'm a small business man and I was just wondering... When is this economy gonna turn around?

I'm glad you ask that. I say now is the time to roll up our shirt sleeves and get to the bottom of this. The only way we're going to defeat this thing is if we all do it together.

This dialog is from an episode of Cheers. Sam Malone asked Councilman Kevin Fogerty the question because Frasier Crane bet him $10 he would only get politician's rhetoric for an answer. Sadly, only Frasier recognized it as such as the rest of the gang thought it was a poignant answer.

But hey, this is fiction, a situation comedy tactfully written to aggressively exaggerate real life. Right? No one could be this dismissive of questions in the real world. Or could they? You know what they say is stranger than fiction? That's right: Donald Trump.

Mr. Trump makes Councilman Fogerty look like an amateur. I'm not sure if he has even answered one question since announcing his candidacy for president. Even the softball question lobbed at him by Stephen Colbert about President Obama's birthplace. Trump simply said he doesn't talk about that anymore. Amazing since not long ago he couldn't shut up about it.

Or when recently a man, after calling Obama a Muslim, flat out asked Trump, "That's my question. When can we get rid of 'em?"

"Em" meaning Muslims.

Trump didn't answer the question by defending President Obama. He didn't answer the question by defending Muslims. He didn't answer the question by even hinting that killing or deporting all the Muslim in this country might not be Christian (or legal). In fact, he didn't answer it at all.

We are going to be looking at a lot of different things. A lot of people saying that. -- Donald Trump.

I know -- where's John McCain when you need him? Probably getting shot down like all those other non-hero pilots who became POWs.

It's so bad it's gotten to the point where media folks are tired of saying, "But you didn't answer the question" and just let him slide. Here are some excerpts from the last GOP debate moderated by Jake Tapper.

What would you do right now if you were president, to get the Russians out of Syria? -- Tapper

So, number one, they have to respect you. He has absolutely no respect for President Obama. Zero.

Syria's a mess. You look at what's going on with ISIS in there, now think of this: we're fighting ISIS. ISIS wants to fight Syria. Why are we fighting ISIS in Syria? Let them fight each other and pick up the remnants.

I would talk to him. I would get along with him. I believe -- and I may be wrong, in which case I'd probably have to take a different path, but I would get along with a lot of the world leaders that this country is not getting along with.

We don't get along with China. We don't get along with the heads of Mexico. We don't get along with anybody, and yet, at the same time, they rip us left and right. They take advantage of us economically and every other way. We get along with nobody. -- Trump

So, you -- just to clarify, the only answer I heard to the question I asked is that you would -- you would reach out to Vladimir Putin, and you would do what? You would... -- Tapper

I believe that I will get along -- we will do -- between that, Ukraine, all of the other problems, we won't have the kind of problems that our country has right now with Russia and many other nations. -- Trump

Tell Governor Christie how much your plan [to forcibly deport 12 million people] will cost, and how you will get it done. -- Tapper

Correct. First of all, I want to build a wall, a wall that works. So important, and it's a big part of it.

Second of all, we have a lot of really bad dudes in this country from outside, and I think Chris knows that, maybe as well as anybody.

They go, if I get elected, first day they're gone. Gangs all over the place. Chicago, Baltimore, no matter where you look.

We have a country based on laws. I will make sure that those laws are adhered to. These are illegal immigrants. I don't think you'd even be asking this question if I didn't run because when I ran, and I brought this up, my opening remarks at Trump Tower, I took heat like nobody has taken heat in a long time. And, then they found out with the killing of Katie, from San Francisco, and so many other crimes, they found out that I was right.

And, most people, many people, apologized to me. I don't think you'd even be talking about illegal immigration if it weren't for me. So, we have a country of laws, they're going to go out, and they'll come back if they deserve to come back. If they've had a bad record, if they've been arrested, if they've been in jail, they're never coming back. We're going to have a country again. Right now, we don't have a country, we don't have a border, and we're going to do something about it, and it can be done with proper management, and it can be done with heart. -- Trump

Kind of makes you dizzy, doesn't it? I once asked him how much his watch cost and found out his dad had tennis elbow and never played golf on a rainy Sunday afternoon unless his horoscope said "Good things are coming your way." Yes, I'm making that up, but it sounds legit.

As Trump continues to dominate in the polls, it becomes evident that having the answers is not too important to his supporters. Apparently neither is having knowledge or integrity.

And how did that Cheers episode end? Woody Boyd, the simple-minded bartender with no political record at all was elected.

It's looking better and better for Donald Trump, isn't it?