Well, another Republican debate has come and gone, and we were once again treated to the insane ramblings of a bloated circus peanut who has somehow become the most talked about person on the planet and the leading Presidential candidate from one of this country’s two major political parties. And just as we witnessed in previous debates, this half-orangutan displayed little knowledge of anything other than his own sense of greatness, throwing out inane non-answers to real questions about real issues. And, just like before, the complete ignorance of one Donald J. Trump will not hurt him one bit with his loyal fanbase because bigotry and racism trump all.
During Tuesday night’s CNN debate, we were privy to two separate moments that would have buried every other single candidate in United States electoral history, yet you know for an absolute fact that they will have no effect whatsoever on Trump’s poll numbers. First off, we had The Donald’s batshit answer regarding the internet and ISIS, revealing to all the world that he has no earthly clue how the internet works.
Following up on comments he’s made on the campaign trail about “closing the internet” and getting Bill Gates to do something about it, Trump was asked how he planned to stop ISIS from using social media to recruit. In Trumpian fashion, the celebrity billionaire told Wolf Blitzer that he use “brilliant people “penetrate the internet” because we need to be open to closing areas” where are enemies are as we don’t want the to “use our internet.”
Apparently, the former Apprentice host believes that the internet runs exactly like one’s WiFi. As one would imagine, many mocked Trump for his beyond stupid answer. (He even got booed in the debate hall.)
Trump doesn’t want terrorists using our internet, as if it’s like blocking them from logging onto our wifi or something.
— Elise Foley (@elisefoley) December 16, 2015
That Trump answer made me think of those GE ads. “Do you know what the Internet is?”
— Jonathan Capehart (@CapehartJ) December 16, 2015
Nothing in Trump’s answer indicated he knows what the Internet actually is.
— Lawrence O’Donnell (@Lawrence) December 16, 2015
— The Nightly Show (@nightlyshow) December 16, 2015
Trump: “Our Internet.” The United States doesn’t own the internet, you moron.
— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) December 16, 2015
Later on in the evening, Trump was once again confronted with a question that completely baffled him, and he tried to bullshit his way through it. Conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt asked him a question regarding the country’s “nuclear triad,” which is the three components of America’s nuclear arsenal. After talking about the age of submarines and missiles, he wanted to know if a President Trump had a priority when it came to upgrading any one of the areas.
Well, it was clear that Mr. Number One In The Polls had no earthly clue what Hewitt had just asked him, so he gave this answer.
“Well first of all, I think we absolutely need someone we can trust who is total responsibility who knows what he or she is doing that is so powerful and so important. And one of the things that I’m frankly most proud of is that in 2003, 2004, I was against going into Iraq because you are going to destabilize the Middle East. I called it, I called it very strongly and it was very important.
But we have to be extremely vigilant and careful when it comes to nuclear. Nuclear changes the whole ball game. I would have said get out of Syria, get out. If we didn’t have the power of weaponry today, the power is so massive that we can’t just leave areas that 50 years ago or 75 years ago we wouldn’t care, it was hand-to-hand combat.
The biggest problem this world has today is not President Obama with global warming, which is inconceivable, this is what he’s saying. The biggest problem we have today is nuclear proliferation and some maniac, having some madman go out and get a nuclear weapon. In my opinion, that is the single biggest problem that our country faces right now.”
Hewitt once again asked him, specifically, if he had a priority when it came to upgrading one of the three components of the nuclear triad. This was Trump’s response:
“For me, nuclear, the power, the devastation, is very important to me.”
Egads. So, let’s break down that word salad, shall we? When asked about the nuclear triad, the real estate mogul feels that he totally called the Iraq War being a Very Bad Thing, global warming is a hoax and stupid, nuclear is very important to him and the power is just like, wow man.
The Republican frontrunner was made to look even dumber when Marco Rubio popped in and gave a refresher course on what the triad is, followed by him responding on his areas of priority.
Just like with Trump’s internet answer, many took to Twitter to remark at the orange one’s ignorance.
If Trump’s complete ignorance of policy actually mattered that answer on nuclear triad would sink him.
— Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza) December 16, 2015
Trump on the nuke triad: “I just think nuclear – the power and the devastation are very important to me.” That is my only debate comment.
— Matt Bai (@mattbai) December 16, 2015
Trump watched a nuclear triad on PPV once, hid the bill from Melania.
— Ana Marie Cox (@anamariecox) December 16, 2015
HEWITT: Which part of the nuclear triad would you prioritize? TRUMP: I was told there would be no math
— Matt Ford (@fordm) December 16, 2015
But, in the end, none of this matters. The rational thinking porion of this country knows that Donald Trump is a cartoonish buffoon who is woefully unsuited to become the leader of the free world. Yet, he likes to say really offensive things, whether they be racist, Islamophobic, misogynistic or just plain hateful and bigoted. As long as he keeps doing that, he’ll have a big chunk of the GOP base in his back pocket.
And this nation will be the worse for it, even if he gets stomped in a general election.