Birther Boy Donald Trump was back on On The Record last night with some new advice for Republicans on the so-called “fiscal cliff.” But he also wants you to know that if only the Republicans had listened to his advice in the first place, they would have won the election.
As Greta Van Susteren explained it in her introduction, Trump thinks Republicans have a “nuclear weapon” in their negotiating arsenal: the debt ceiling. Because I’m sure nobody in the GOP has thought of that yet. Trump said:
I think they are in the strongest position if they only knew. The debt ceiling is coming up in a very short period of time. Frankly, if you remember, on your show I said that they should not agree to extend the debt ceiling beyond the election and when they did that and as soon as they did that, they lost the election. They would have won the election had it come due before and they would have won that if they stuck to it. But they didn’t do it.
But nevertheless, the debt ceiling has to be agreed to. They have the cards. I just don’t think they know it, unfortunately. They should get everything they want, based on just the debt ceiling alone… including huge reductions on expenditures.
Trump had some more advice for the Republicans: "They should put the debt ceiling in with everything else they’re negotiating and make an overall deal. And don’t worry about the fiscal cliff. Because I believe it’s totally overrated."
He also said people should stop worrying about going over the cliff because “lots of good things can happen.” Instead, he urged Republicans to “worry about making a great deal. Not a small deal, but a big deal. An overall deal that’s gonna get the credit rating of this country back and do lots of other good things.”
Neither Trump nor Van Susteren mentioned whether he has the ear of anyone in Congress – and I suspect that’s because he doesn’t. So why does this guy – whose own kids find him an embarrassment – keep getting presented as a serious pundit on Fox? My theory is that he has lunch or plays golf or squash or something with Roger Ailes, that Ailes likes his “insights” and thinks he’s a good addition to the Fox News airwaves.
In any event, Trump lost his credibility with mainstream America long ago with his birtherism. But on Fox News, he's not just a serious pundit but a presidential strategist!
Duh, you are so right about that! Maybe they play poker or some drinking game.
We got a preview of the coming attractions, and it will be very ugly for the Republican Party.
Anyway….on Christmas Eve, my sister-in-law drunkenly confided in me that although she liked Romney, she never thought he would win. She was really disappointed that Donald Trump had not been the candidate. He would have won for sure!
When I asked why she thought he was qualified to be president, she exclaimed “Haven’t you ever seen his show???”
This shit just can NOT be made up!
Trump should be asked whenever he is interviewed what “unbelievable” evidence his guys found in Hawaii that he said was going influence the 2012 election. He should be asked what evidence his guys found that causes him to think that Obama wasn’t a good student in college. He should be asked why he attempted to set up his own GOP presidential debate and then cancelled it. He should be asked why he repeatedly discussed running for President and then cancelled.
The reality is he just likes getting attention for himself, and he’ll say whatever outrageous thing comes to mind at the moment without any filter. Fox News’ use of him as a “go-to” interview is yet another indication that they are less interested in providing actual reporting than they are in stoking partisan conflicts.