Imagine what a candidate like the presumptive Republican nominee would sound like, if he were discussed on the stump by Donald Trump.
Look, the Republican Party is being led by a man with some dark secrets. Scary dark stuff—you know people can’t believe it. There’s something going on with Donald Trump. It’s inconceivable.
Trump seems to operate by three ground rules. First, facts don’t matter. Second, innuendo is wonderful. Third, “there are a lot of people that think …” counts as a credible source of information.
This is the code by which Trump suggested that President Obama is a traitor—or at least sympathetic to the vile ideology embraced by the terrorist who killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla. My colleague David A. Graham reported:
“He doesn’t get it or he gets it better than anybody understands—it’s one or the other and either one is unacceptable,” Trump said on Fox News. He had already called in a statement Sunday for Obama to resign from office. Trump added on Monday:
“Look, we’re led by a man that either is not tough, not smart, or he’s got something else in mind. And the something else in mind—you know, people can’t believe it. People cannot, they cannot believe that President Obama is acting the way he acts and can’t even mention the words “radical Islamic terrorism.” There’s something going on. It’s inconceivable. There’s something going on.”
During an interview on NBC’s Today show, Trump offered a slightly softer version of the accusation, suggesting Obama was willfully blind: “There are a lot of people that think maybe he doesn’t want to get it.”
So what would it look like if I applied those same ground rules to Trump?