Donald Trump, at the third GOP debate in Boulder, Colorado, didn’t hold back in his very first question regarding his “comic book presidency” of building a wall (paid for by another country), deporting 11 million immigrants, and reducing tax rates to unrealistic rates.
Bantering back and forth with moderator John Harwood, who called Trump out on his “greatness” magically fixing everything, exposed Trump for being an unrealistic:
HARWOOD: Mr. Trump, you’ve done very well in this campaign so far by promising to build a wall and make another country pay for it.
HARWOOD: Send 11 million people out of the country. Cut taxes $10 trillion without increasing the deficit.
HARWOOD: And make Americans better off because your greatness would replace the stupidity and incompetence of others.
TRUMP: That’s right.
HARWOOD: Let’s be honest. Is this a comic book version of a presidential campaign?
That didn’t sit well with Trump, who told the moderator point blank, “it’s not a very nicely asked question the way you say that,” as the audience laughed. Then, in typical Trump fashion, went on to describe how people A) love him, B) how he loves the Mexican people, and C) how he’s great:
Larry Kudlow is an example, who I have a lot of respect for, who loves my tax plan. We’re reducing taxes to 15 percent. We’re bringing corporate taxes down, bringing money back in, corporate inversions. We have $2.5 trillion outside of the United States which we want to bring back in.
As far as the wall is concerned, we’re going to build a wall. We’re going to create a border. We’re going to let people in, but they’re going to come in legally. They’re going to come in legally. And it’s something that can be done, and I get questioned about that. They built the great wall of China. That’s 13,000 miles. Here, we actually need 1,000 because we have natural barriers. So we need 1,000.
The Great Wall of China was built thousands of years ago and was built in different time periods in different Chinese dynasties (from the fifth century to the sixteenth century). But that’s besides the point.
Without any specifics, Trump rambled on how, because he’s so great, he’ll get the Mexican government to pay up:
And Mexico is going to pay for the wall. … People say, ‘Oh, how are you going to get Mexico to pay?’ A politician cannot get them to pay. I can.
Harwood called Trump out on his inability to actually change the tax code, saying:
I talked to economic advisers who have served presidents of both parties. They said that you have as much chance of cutting taxes that much without increasing the deficit as you would of flying away from that podium by flapping your arms.
Citing Kudlow gain, Trump pivoted. Like he does on everything.
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