RUSH: The town hall meeting last night, Breitbart news. The headline: “Crowd Boos When Donald Trump Mentions Scott Walker, Paul Ryan in Janesville, Wisconsin,” which is Ryan’s hometown.
“Trump knocked Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz earlier in the day, and the crowd booed when Trump mentioned Walker’s name.
‘Total state debt is 45-billion dollars… very high, one of the higher ones. Twenty-thousand fewer people in labor force than seven years ago,’ even though population has grown, Trump stated as he read aloud statistics about Wisconsin. Trump noted he was unsure if these statistics were accurate, but went on to say, ‘He’s not doing a great job.'” And the audience cheers.
The audience booed Scott Walker, the governor, and Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the House, in his hometown, Janesville, Wisconsin. Trump was mocking Walker. “‘He doesn’t look like a motorcycle guy to me,’ Trump mocked of Walker, who rides motorcycles. Trump continued, ‘Unemployment rate, they have down 20 percent. That can’t be possible?
‘800,000 food stamp recipients,’ Trump listed, ‘Middle class hit very, very hard due to loss of manufacturing jobs.'” He goes on to talk about how many jobs lost to Mexico since NAFTA. He said that both — I’m just doing a juxtaposition — hang on for just a second for a different take on this. Trump goes on to rip both of them, Walker and Ryan, because they support the Trans Pacific Partnership, Obama’s massive Pacific Rim trade deal that he says will make NAFTA look like a baby. And Breitbart reports that the audience loved it all, ate it up, cheered Trump left and right and just booed Walker and booed Paul Ryan.
And Breitbart concludes, hey, this is a great night for Trump, it was a kick night for Trump because these guys, he was able to personify them as members of the establishment, what he’s running against, and the audience ate it up. It’s also noted in the Breitbart story that: “Washington Post’s Dave Weigel noted that at least 4,000 people were in line to get into the venue to hear Trump speak, but it only held about 1,000 people.” So, now, this was a Trump rally, not the town hall meeting.
But let me move over here now to Daniel Horowitz at the ConservativeReview.com, and the headline: “Is Trump Running to Make Socialism Great Again? — This campaign season has come full circle. The closing argument of the GOP frontrunner, the man who has garnered so much support under the guise of being the anti-establishment candidate, has now exhibited the palest of pale pastel characteristics of the very establishment the voters hate.”
So Horowitz claims that Trump is exactly what he’s running against. He is the guy he’s campaigning against. He’s every bit the establishment type of person as the people he’s criticizing, that he thinks just like the establishment people. And Horowitz then says, “One of the more insightful questions asked at last night’s town hall in Milwaukee was directed at Trump by a man who wanted to know the top three functions of government. Trump initially answered, ‘security, security, security,’ but then struggled to name other core functions.” He couldn’t think of any. But then he could.
“He then settled on health care and education,” as two of three top functions of government. Health care and education. Mr. Horowitz writes, “This is a man running for president who, if he secures the GOP nomination, will debate Hillary Clinton in the fall over the fundamental role of the federal government. It appears there won’t be much of a debate,” because there won’t be much of a difference between Trump or Hillary.
“Speaking like a typical establishment Republican who is too diffident in his own views to correctly define the role of government and how it helps the average person, Trump continued to defend federally controlled healthcare.” And then a transcript of questioning from Anderson Cooper to Trump is published here. The indication here is that Trump doesn’t know what he’s talking about when it comes to policy. He doesn’t know anything.
It’s not that he’s dumb, he’s just ignorant. He hasn’t studied it, doesn’t really care about it, and so when he doesn’t know he relies on his instincts, and his instincts, according to Horowitz, the Conservative Review, take him right to massive, big government running everything. And in this we should all be worried. Everybody should be frightened. Because Trump is not who he claims to be.
An example. Anderson Cooper says to Trump: “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?”
Trump: “Well, those are two of the things. Yes, sure. I mean, there are obviously many things, housing, providing great neighborhoods…”
Horowitz writes, “For good measure, he tossed in housing! Free housing, great neighborhoods! Bernie Sanders all the way! When CNN host Anderson Cooper questioned him further about his support for these traditionally Democrat views, he explained that of course the states should control education (thereby contradicting himself again within 10 seconds).”
And the column, the story is pretty much devoted to this theme that Trump gets tripped up when asked specific questions that it is assumed anybody running for president would be able to rattle off. Give me three primary functions of government. If you stutter around and can’t come up with any, then you don’t know anything. And then when you think about it and because you’re stuck here, then you come up with three things and end up sounding exactly like Hillary Clinton on it. “Well, government’s gotta provide housing, government’s gotta provide health care, government’s gotta provide education.”
It is therefore concluded that Trump, not only is he not a conservative, he may as well be a Democrat masquerading as somebody who is not. So those are the two juxtapositions here, and there are many more than that. But these are two juxtapositions of what happened last night. We have the Breitbart piece where Trump was a hero, and he went in there and he just jammed Walker, and he jammed Ryan, and his audience ate it up. Trump was on message, and the crowd loved it, and he was really riffing great on anti-establishment.
Go over here to ConservativeReview.com, and you get a report on Trump as basically an incompetent, unaware know-nothing who was exposed into exhibiting the undeniable fact that he is a liberal at heart. I don’t know what I think about that. I’m just telling you what happened.
RUSH: Is this an editorial? (interruption) So this is an endorsement? Okay, it’s the Wisconsin Journal Sentinel in Milwaukee. Yeah, opinion editorial. I assume this is an endorsement. “John Kasich, the GOP’s Best Hope, Can Win and Govern — After terrorists murdered 35 people in Brussels last week, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz competed to see who could fashion an American police state response more quickly. Trump demanded that the United States close its borders to Muslims and torture Muslim captives.”
I don’t think Trump said that, but I can’t… I’m sorry, I can’t correct this. It would be misinterpreted. “Cruz suggested forebodingly that police patrols were needed to ‘secure Muslim neighborhoods.'” Well, that again is not entirely true, but (sigh), moving on… “And Ohio Gov. John Kasich? ‘One guy says we should patrol Muslim neighborhoods and the other says we should withdraw from NATO and have a religious test on who comes into the country? Do you think we’re going to fix this problem with these approaches?’ he asked during a meeting Tuesday with Journal Sentinel reporters and editors.
“‘If you want to find out about the radicals inside of the Muslim community, you frankly have to ask a Muslim. ‘We have to have communication between the civilized world — all of us together against these murderers. And that takes US leadership,'” and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says, “Kasich had a smart, pragmatic answer. He is, in fact, the only thoughtful candidate with a fundamental belief in long-standing democratic principles who remains standing in the GOP primary field.
“The Editorial Board normally avoids recommendations for political office. But the Republican presidential campaign this year demands a stand: We recommend John Kasich in the Wisconsin Republican primary on April 5. … To get the nomination, Kasich must win it on the floor of the Republican convention in July because,” they write, “he has no mathematical chance of winning outright before then.” They don’t tell anybody why.
NOBODY’S VOTED FOR HIM!
Anyway, there you have it, the Wisconsin Journal Sentinel in Milwaukee endorsing John Kasich.