Donald Trump had a Weird Thursday Morning Town Hall

On Thursday morning Donald Trump may have had one of the oddest campaign mornings of any presidential campaign in recent history.

For most other presidential campaigns, a Town jump 4 love like the one that Trump endured on NBC’s Today Show would mean political suicide; for Trump… it may just be a bump in the road to the White House.

Three incredibly out of place moments could spell the end for Trump’s presidency:

  1. Trump argued that transgendered people should be allowed to use whatever bathroom they like and to not allow them to do so is “discriminatory.”
  2. Trump argued that the GOP pro-life platform has to be changed to approve of exceptions for abortion.
  3. Trump argued against removing Andrew Jackson from the $20 bill and replacing him with Harriet Tubman.
  4. Trump argued that we should raise taxes on the wealthy.

Let’s begin with the last one, #4. Look, the one thing Donald Trump has been consistent about since the 1980s is that he believes we should be raising taxes on the wealthy. I know some of you don’t believe it, but it’s true. He reiterated this belief that we should raise taxes on the wealthy again Thursday morning. I disagree. It’s bad policy. The wealthiest among us could be doing more good by investing their money and creating new wealth than they could by paying higher taxes. It’s economics 101.

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Now #3. This part of the interview starts off okay, with Mr. Trump explaining that this was all happening because of politically correct hypersensitive nonsense. Which is generally true. However, after speaking about the bad politically correct reasons for the change Trump launched into historically misinformed tirade that had him praising Andrew Jackson as a paragon of American virtue.

“Well, Andrew Jackson had a great history, and I think it’s very rough when you take somebody off the bill… (Jackson) had a history of tremendous success for the country, Trump said. “(The $20) really represented somebody really that was very important to this country. I would love to see another denomination and that could take place. I think that would be more appropriate.”

Angry Donald TrumpHere’s the problem with praising Andrew Jackson. He was a big government statist who abused his powers as President, and undermined the rights of innocent American citizens. After ignoring the Supreme Court’s opinion on the Cherokee Nation, Jackson used the US Military to forcefully take their land, homes, and possessions and then forced them to move halfway across the country to the plains states. 4,000 Cherokee died on the “Trail of Tears”, which could also be called the most egregious and unjust example of “eminent domain” in our nation’s history. Also, and more ironically (because it’s one of the good things he did), Andrew Jackson destroyed the First National Bank and hated the idea of paper federal dollars. He wouldn’t want to be on the $20 bill.

Now for #2. Donald Trump continued his strident support for abortion exceptions when he was asked about changing the Republican platform to approve of exceptions for abortion.

Q: Would you want to change the Republican platform so that exceptions would be made on abortions in the case of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother?

A: “Yes I would. Absolutely, for the three exceptions, I would,” he said. Trump was then pressed further and asked if he would make an exception to protect the “health” of the mother. “I would leave it for the life of the mother, but I would absolutely have the three exceptions.”

This prompted pro-life activist Abby Johnson to write:

Donald Trump,

I love many people who were conceived from rape or incest. They do not deserve to die for the crimes of their father. They are fully human and fully alive. All human beings, no matter how conceived, have been given infinite dignity and worth. They have just as much purpose as you do. In fact, the people I know who were conceived in rape have more integrity in their pinky finger than you have in your entire body. I hope that one day you see the error of your ways. I hope that you one day understand that ALL children in the womb deserve equal protection. But until you do, you have absolutely NO business running for president…and please stop calling yourself prolife. You are far from being a person who values the lives of others. Thanks.

Donald Trump has been consistent in his argument that he is “pro-life” with exceptions throughout the campaign, but the fact that he would like to change the GOP’s platform to make it more abortion friendly may shock some of his pro-life supporters.

However, the most outrageous moment from the morning was likely Trump’s comments on the currently ongoing transgender/bathroom controversy. When asked by MSNBC’s Willie Geist about the ongoing debate between liberal and conservative states over bathroom laws, Trump strayed far from the GOP orthodoxy.

Willie Geist: “Mr. Trump, please be specific. Tell us your views on LGBT, how you plan to be inclusive as president. Speak about North Carolina bathroom law in particular.”

Donald Trump: “North Carolina did something that was very strong, and they are paying a big price and there’s a lot of problems, North Carolina, what they are going through with all of the business that’s leaving and the strife– and that’s on both sides. Leave it the way it is. There have been very few complaints the way it is. People go, they use the bathroom that they feel is appropriate, there has been so little trouble.”

transgender_bathroomThen NBC host Matt Lauer followed up with a related query.

Matt Lauer: “So if Caitlyn Jenner were to walk into Trump Tower and want to use the bathroom, you’d be fine with her using any bathroom she chooses?”

Donald Trump’s response? “That is correct,” Trump responded. He added that he also didn’t support putting in new bathrooms: “I think that would be discriminatory in a certain way.”

A few things here; first when Mr. Trump says “Leave it the way it was” he seemingly fails to understand that the law changes in North Carolina (and other states) were not initiated by conservatives. No, the changes came in response to liberal activists CHANGING the local laws and forcing their skewed morality onto innocent citizens. For example, the North Carolina law was passed in response to liberal city commissioners in Charlotte changing the local laws to allow transgenders to use whatever bathroom they choose.

Secondly, I don’t think he (or anyone in the liberal media) understands what the word discrimination means. Today, people view the word “discrimination” as a negative thing, but it doesn’t have to be. We discriminate in good ways all the time. In sports, male basketball players aren’t allowed to play in the WNBA; that is discrimination… and it makes perfect sense. There are a multitude of similar examples that could show how individually and corporately we discriminate against certain people, ideas, and things all of the time. Bathroom laws are a logical and useful example of discrimination, and Mr. Trump is wrong to say that it is a negative thing to ask men and women to use different bathrooms.

I’m not sure that Thursday’s Town Hall will cause Mr. Trump any real problems, but I don’t think it was the best day of his campaign.

Here are are the four pertinent segments from the Today Show town hall.

On Transgender Bathrooms:

On Abortion:

On Harriet Tubman and the $20 Bill:

Raising taxes on the wealthy (the money line comes at around 1:45):


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