Well, of course they are - isn't that what every "constitutional conservative" believes?:
“In your opinion, what are the top three functions of the United States government?” asked Robert Kitelinger, an Army veteran.
“Well, the greatest function of all by far is security for our nation.
I would also say health care, I would also say education,” Trump said.
Pop quiz: Tell me (1) where in the Constitution that health care or education are listed as enumerated powers of the federal government, and (2) why an ostensibly "Republican" candidate would give such an answer.
But answer quickly, because he's about to change the options:
“I mean there are many, many things, but I would say the top three are security, security, security.
That's the top one repeated three times. What does this mean? Army, Navy/Marines, Air Force? Pentagon, CIA, and Homeland Security? One if by land, two if by sea, three if I gotta pee? Thor, Hulk, and Iron Man? What? And does that mean that Hawkeye and Black Widow are handling the other two priorities? Where do the Sokovia Accords fit into this?
“So, top three, you’re saying, security-” host Anderson Cooper said.
“Security. I would say, I say all top three are security.
Okay, he's confirming the second trio, whatever it means.
But, health care, education would be probably three that would be top, and then you can go on from there,” Trump said.
Dammit. Which trio is it? Already I'm rolling out the Agent Smith vid....
Pity Anderson Cooper - no, really - trying to make coherent sense of this mess:
“So in terms of federal government role, you’re saying security, but you also say health care and education should be provided by the federal government,” Cooper said.
“Well those are two of the things, yeah, sure,” Trump said. “There are, I mean there are obviously many things: housing, providing great neighborhoods and safe neighborhoods.”
Pop quiz: Where in the Constitution is housing or "providing great, safe neighborhoods" enumerated power of the federal government? Also, does Trump even know how to count, because now we're up to five priorities, and there were only supposed to be three.
“Because aren’t you against the federal government’s involvement in education? Don’t you want it to devolve to States?” Cooper said.
Understand this, Trumplicans: Anderson Cooper is telling Trump what is in his own ostensible campaign platform, which the candidate should know better than anybody else.
Try to make sense of this answer. I dare you. I double triple-dog dare you:
“No, I want it to go to States, yeah, absolutely. I want, right now–” Trump said.
No? Yes? Maybe? Can anybody follow this? What?
“So, that’s not part of what the federal government’s role should be?” Cooper said.
Cooper was trying so hard, wasn't he? Almost as if he should be receiving combat pay.
“No, the federal government, but the concept of the country is, is the concept that we have to have education within the country.
"No, the federal government" what? Should be where education is administered as a top priority? Devolved to the States? Enshrined as the "concept of the country"? What does that even mean? If he devolves it from the federal level, does this mean that all schools within the country will have to be outsourced to Canada?
And we have to get rid of Common Core and it should be brought to the State level,” Trump said.
What? If we get rid of Common Core, how would it exist to be brought to the State level? Would he get rid of it or move it?
“And federal health care, run by the federal government?” Cooper said.
“Uh, health care. We need health care for our people. We need a good – ObamaCare is a disaster. It’s proven to be –” Trump said.
“But is that something the federal government should be doing?” Cooper said.
“The government can lead it, but it should be privately done. It should be privately done. So that health care, in my opinion, we should probably have – we have to have private health care. We don’t have competition in health care,” Trump said. [emphasis added]
Um, if the government is leading it, the government is doing it. And if the government is doing it, it will not be "privately done".
Trumplicans, admit it: The above tossed word salad is an utter and total embarrassment. Your candidate does not know what the Frigga....
....he's trying to talk about. He is unprepared, he is unqualified, he is unworthy....
....of the presidency of the United States, the Republican presidential nomination, and the support and votes of any of you.
And any that support and vote for Donald Trump anyway are as unworthy as he is.
UPDATE: Trumps says, "Women must be punished for abortion"....
....then - surprise! - walked it back, drawing the rebuke of the pro-life movement that can spot a phony when it sees one:
“Mr. Trump’s comment today is completely out of touch with the pro-life movement and even more with women who have chosen such a sad thing as abortion,” said Jeanne Mancini, President of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund. “Being pro-life means wanting what is best for the mother and the baby. Women who choose abortion often do so in desperation and then deeply regret such a decision. No pro-lifer would ever want to punish a woman who has chosen abortion. This is against the very nature of what we are about. We invite a woman who has gone down this route to consider paths to healing, not punishment.”
Being pro-abortion, Trump thinks pro-lifers want to punish the wannabe-former mothers instead of the abortion industry that victimizes them and murders their babies. So he gave the answer that he thought pro-lifers would want to hear, proving that he's not a pro-lifer at all. Yes, it really is more obvious than the proverbial hairlip.
It's also a remarkable blunder for an otherwise consummate conman, which is another way of saying that conmen are at their best when they stay out of the weeds of details in which they are not fluent:
[T]hese political compromises are necessary in order to cobble together a palatable and defensible....public policy position that might someday actually be able to win the argument in mainstream America.
Part of the goal is to remove the ability for pro-[abort]s to demagogue the issue by scaring vulnerable women. Now, thanks to Trump, that’s back on the table. [emphasis added]
He's a wrecking ball, demolishing every last plank of constitutional conservatism in the eyes of the general electorate.
On the bright side, he's now behind Ted Cruz in Wisconsin by double-digits.