Whatever you think of Donald Trump, his presidential candidacy promises to be very entertaining. Even Bill O’Reilly could hardly keep a straight face during their nearly 11-minute interview tonight.
The interview was wide ranging, with a lot of focus on foreign policy. Trump polished off Syria, Iran and ISIS (don’t forget, he has a “foolproof” policy for demolishing ISIS that he can’t reveal unless he’s elected). But Trump’s plan for taming Putin was just too much for O’Reilly.
TRUMP: I would be willing to bet I would have a great relationship with Putin.
O’REILLY: Based on what? You’re two macho guys? I mean, you know, come on!
TRUMP: Based on a feel… You know, deals are people.
O’REILLY: You sound like George W. Bush. He looked into his soul and said he was a good guy. Come on!
TRUMP …I’m not saying 100%, but I think I would have a very good relationship with Putin.
Later, O’Reilly got to Trump’s plan to build a wall along the Mexican border and make Mexico pay for it.
O’REILLY: I actually laughed when you said you’re gonna build this giant wall from San Diego to Brownsville and the Mexicans are gonna pay for it. The Mexicans aren’t gonna pay for the wall!
TRUMP: Let me tell you, the Mexicans are the new China…
O’REILLY: They’re not gonna pay for the wall!
TRUMP: You have to let me handle that, OK?
O’REILLY: Tell me how you’re gonna make ‘em pay for the wall.
TRUMP: … I’ll start charging for their product coming into this country. Mexico is living off of the United States. …The wall will go up and Mexico will start behaving. Mexico is not our friend
O’REILLY (dubiously): Or you’ll break them economically.
TRUMP: I will do something that they will not be thrilled.
O’Reilly was equally skeptical about Trump’s ability to deal with Congress.
O’REILLY: Now you realize Congress is going to have to OK all of this. They’re going to have to OK you destroying Mexico, they’re going to have to OK you putting a tariff on China. You really think you’re gonna get it through?
TRUMP: Absolutely. I’ve been dealing with politicians all my life.
O’REILLY: They’re going to fold under you?
TRUMP: ...That’s what they do, Bill.
O’REILLY: So just like Putin – you’re gonna make him your friend – you’re gonna be able to make Congress your friend, too. You think.
TRUMP: Absoutely, I think so. Absolutely.
If you, too, are laughing at the possibility that Trump could actually believe his own hype, consider his possible effect on the rest of the candidates. O’Reilly noted Trump’s famously thin skin and queried if Trump will “slash and burn” through the rest of the field.
In short, there’s every reason to expect he will. “I've been dealing with politicians all my life; they are all talk no action. ...They're controlled by the lobbyists, they're controlled by donors and they're controlled by special interests," he said. "I won't be the nicest. ...I'm not gonna 'slash and burn,' I'm gonna be honest. ...If we have another politician, this country’s going down,” Trump warned.
Watch the BS below, from tonight’s The O’Reilly Factor. And then you may want to stock up on popcorn because it could be lots of fun watching Republicans eat their own.
He’s now denied hiring actors to work in his crowd, so we’ll see if he’s off to a (f)lying start!
Simple, d d: they (Fox) believe it, too.
And why the hell is everyone so afraid to mention Trump’s birtherism?! For crying out loud, just this past February, Trump said that he “still believes the computer-generated, long-form birth certificate for Barack Obama posted on the White House website April 27, 2011, is fake.” Yet, no one on FOX “news” who is discussing Trump’s entrance into the Presidential race can be bothered to mention it? Geez.
We could name a few from the past, Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain, Sarah Palin and batshirt-crazy Michele Bachmann come to mind but the names are soon forgotten for most of them, they take the campaign money and run, leaving the Party stuck with their wacky policies and weird proposals.
Democrats have fewer scam artists because most liberals believe in democratic government and actually want to win and govern not just make a fast buck.
It’s also possible television MIGHT call the GOP debates “EARTHQUAKE II: THE SEQUEL”
While I don’t think he can realistically contend to win the nomination my guess is that Bill and other members of the Republican Party are worried he’ll come across as cartoonish and make the entire party look foolish that’ll it’ll frighten off the independent and moderate voters in the general election towards a most likely Hillary who comes across to me as slightly left of center which would be more appealing to those who are on the fence.
Well, there’s your problem, Donny — all those payoffs put you in the red; no wonder you had to declare multiple bankruptcies . . .