Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Trumps Shallowness Runs Deep ; GOP Nominee Complains about Debate Schedule While Russia Bullies

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Trumps Shallowness Runs Deep ; GOP Nominee Complains about Debate Schedule While Russia Bullies

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WASHINGTON In the 1870s, when Boss Tweeds Tammany Hall controlled New York City, and in the 1950s and 1960s, when Chicagos Democratic machine was especially rampant, there was a phenomenon that can be called immunity through profusion: Fresh scandals arrived with metronomic regularity, so there was no time to concentrate on any of them. The public, bewildered by blitzkriegs of bad behavior, was enervated. What Winston Churchill said about an adversary He spoke without a note and almost without a point can be said of Donald Trump, but this might be unfair to him.

His speeches are, of course, syntactical train wrecks, but there might be method to his madness. He rarely finishes a sentence (Believe me! does not count), but perhaps he is not the scatterbrain he has so successfully contrived to appear. Maybe he actually is a sly rascal, cunningly in pursuit of immunity through profusion.

He seems to understand that if you produce a steady stream of sufficiently stupefying statements, there will be no time to dwell on any one of them, and the net effect on the public will be numbness and ennui.

So, for example, while the nation has been considering his interesting decision to try to expand his appeal by attacking Gold Star parents, little attention has been paid to this: Vladimir Putins occupation of the Crimea has escaped Trumps notice.

It is, surely, somewhat noteworthy that someone aspiring to be Americas commander in chief has somehow not noticed the fact that for two years now a sovereign European nation has been being dismembered.

But a thoroughly jaded American public, bemused by the depths of Trumps shallowness, might have missed the following from Trumps appearance last Sunday on ABCs This Week.

When host George Stephanopoulos asked, Why did you soften the GOP platform on Ukraine? removing the call for providing lethal weapons for Ukraine to defend itself Trump said: [Putins] not going into Ukraine, OK? Just so you understand. Hes not going to go into Ukraine, all right? You can mark it down and you can put it down, you can take it anywhere you want.

Stephanopoulos: Well, hes already there, isnt he? …

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