Oh, but evangelical Trumplicans should be proud of their coiffed messiah today:
During an NBC Today town hall Thursday, Donald Trump said he had no problem with transgender people using whatever bathroom they chose and that a controversial North Carolina bathroom law has caused “a lot of problems” unnecessarily.
NBC’s Willie Geist read off a question from Twitter. “Mr. Trump, please be specific. Tell us your views on LGBT, how you plan to be inclusive as president. Speak about North Carolina bathroom law in particular,” he read.
“North Carolina did something that was very strong, and they are paying a big price and there’s a lot of problems,” responded Trump.
“North Carolina, what they are going through with all of the business that’s leaving and the strife – and that’s on both sides. Leave it the way it [wa]s. There have been very few complaints the way it [wa]s. People go, they use the bathroom that they feel is appropriate, there has been so little trouble,” he said. [emphasis added]
Any Trump fans wanna keep perverts out of public restrooms and gymnasium or swimming pool locker rooms? Wanna see religious liberties for evangelical Christians restored and protections of Christian clergy and business owners against "LGBT" legal ambushes and attacks reestablished? Sorry, your Biff Tanen-esque demi-deity won't help you. He'd rather hide in the tall grass with his fellow pusillanimous corporate jackoffs.
TrusTed didn't take long to notice:
So Trump has already sold evangelicals down the river (and note that the media didn't start asking him this kind of policy related question until AFTER the evangelical-heavy States held their primaries/cauci). But let's segue to the political correctness angle. Does this mean that Trump was bullbleeping about being the ultimate anti-PC guy as well? Or is he only politically incorrect about certain things, which is to say, the standard conman tailoring his phony pitch to whatever audience he happens to be working? As I say, most evangelicals in the Republican primaries have already voted. Trump has their ballots in the bank. If he'd been asked this (or, rather, an equivalent) question two months ago, how would he have answered it? My guess is that he would have not only supported North Carolina's bathroom protection law, but urged chemical castration sentences and forced gender restoration surgeries as additional sentencing options. The need for that particular bit of un-PC has past, though, so he's free to "move left," where his true corporatist sentiments doubtless lie anyway.
But I'm sure he thinks he's covered his ass by picking up the Battle of the Twenty Dollar bill:
"Republican" presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Thursday came out against removing former President Andrew Jackson from the front of the $20 bill, saying "pure political correctness" is behind the move.
"Andrew Jackson had a great history, and I think it's very rough when you take somebody off the bill," Trump said during a town hall interview on NBC's Today show.
"Andrew Jackson had a history of tremendous success for the country," Trump added.
The Treasury [Commissaria]t announced Wednesday that it will replace Jackson on the front of the $20 bill with Harriet Tubman, the African-American abolitionist and Civil War spy. Jackson's image will appear on the backside of the bill with an image of the White House.
Personally, I couldn't care less whether Old Hickory or "Alice" Tubman....
....are on the twenty-spot, although given how A-Jack has looked like he was about to have a brain aneurysm for the past decade, it was always a good reminder to me to take my blood pressure medication.
But Tubman is a good compromise replacement, a legitimate (and courageously badass) American historical figure who put her own stamp on positive and noble activism. I'm fine with the replacement or the status quo. Not that Jack Lew ever asked for my permission or anything.
But Trump can never be that straightforward about anything of which he is totally ignorant, which covers a great deal of territory:
"I think Harriet Tubman is fantastic. I would love to leave Andrew Jackson and see if we can maybe come up with another denomination. Maybe we do a $2 bill," Trump said Thursday.
Sounds like "I'm not prejudiced; why, some of my best friends are...." doesn't it? "Harriet Tubman is fantastic," so let's put her on a currency domination that is almost never used....and displace the author of the Declaration of Independence and third POTUS instead.
Other than quantity in circulation, how is there any substantive difference vis-a-vie "political correctness" between bumping Thomas Jefferson and bumping Andrew Jackson? Answer: None. But if Trump were asked that follow-up question, he'd just go on another media-bashing jag.
"I don't like seeing it. Yes, I think it's pure political correctness," he added.
A term he has redefined to suit his own purposes, as Ben Shapiro explains:
Trump isn’t politically incorrect. He’s just vile and stupid, and uses “politically incorrect” as a go-to excuse for being vile and stupid. When it comes to policy, he’s often just as politically correct as Bernie Sanders....
Political correctness to Trump extends primarily to treating people badly or signaling to his alt-right base.
Here’s Trump on cursing in front of children: “Oh, you’re so politically correct, you're so beautiful. Oh, you’ve never heard a little bad language.”
Here’s Trump on insulting women generally: “I think the big problem this country has is being politically correct.” But he thinks Planned Parenthood does wonderful work.
Here’s Trump on his campaign manager grabbing and bruising a woman, then gaslighting her: “I don’t want to be politically correct.”
Here’s Trump on having police throw protesters out of his rallies: “In the good ole days, they’d rip him out of that seat so fast. But today everybody is politically correct.”
Here’s Trump on insulting former POW Senator John McCain (R-AZ) as a loser for being captured: “I will say what I want to say. And maybe that’s why I am leading in the polls. Because people are tired of hearing politicians, and pollsters telling the politicians exactly what to say.”
i.e. "Nobody controls Trump" - including himself, even when it would unquestionably help him.
Here’s Trump on mocking a disabled reporter: “I don’t take that back because the person was groveling in terms of creating statements.” He added, “Never say a disabled person or the disabled, say a person with disabilities. In other words, you say the other, you’re in trouble…So it’s so complicated out there, it’s tough. And we want to be politically correct, but a lot of us don’t have time to be politically correct.”
No, actually, Trump WAS being politically correct in that instance, because the politically INcorrect term he was looking for was "cripple". Or "gimp," take your pick.
Bottom line is, to Donald Trump, the term "politically incorrect" is a license to be what he is....
....not just with consequence-free impunity, but to actually benefit politically from it.
But he doesn't understand what it really means, because it's true definition - the Left's hijacking of the English language to its radical extremist agenda - is not something, as an instinctual leftist himself, with which he has any particular problem, as his siding with the gender impersonators in North Carolina reiterated today.
An exit thought blue plate special, today:
1) Ted Cruz's attack ads just keep getting better and better - I don't know where he got the Hillary Clinton impersonator, but her facial expression just nails it:
2) How about Curt Schilling for a GOP "white knight" if the convention deadlocks?
UPDATE: Another example of how Rush Limbaugh ought to be ready-made, card-carrying #NeverTrump:
Liberals fighting transgender bathroom laws in North Carolina are using the issue as the latest attack on traditional morality, conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh said Thursday.
"After how many thousands of years, the definition of marriage is out the window now, to accommodate a tiny percentage of the population," Limbaugh told his radio audience. "We're not accommodating; we're actively changing how a substantive institution is defined, and it's happened essentially overnight."
Any opposition is shouted down and ridiculed," he said.
Including, now, by the guy for whom he's been flacking for the past nine months.
UPDATE II: Another Cruz marketing coup:
Wow, not even twenty-four hours. Does the Cruz Shop really work that fast or did they anticipate this? Talk about confidently knowing one's enemy.