Donald Trump isn’t an idiot but he’s definitely ignorant. Yesterday, Trump criticized RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and the RNC for Colorado’s caucus system.

What’s apparent is that Donald Trump doesn’t pay attention to details. It’s apparent because he said “It’s a disgrace for the party. And Reince Priebus should be ashamed of himself. He should be ashamed of himself because he knows what’s going on.” That statement is exceptionally telling.

First, it’s telling because it’s clear that he doesn’t understand the concept of federalism. Having attended Minnesota’s precinct caucuses, their county conventions and other conventions, I’ve yet to hear of a time when the RNC dictated how we ran our conventions. It’s blindingly apparent that Trump doesn’t understand that each state has its own rules.

Perhaps more importantly, it’s clear that Trump wouldn’t know a strict constructionist judge if he met one. It’s apparent that Trump thinks that the federal government should make most of the decisions. Limited government conservatives cringe when they hear a politician who thinks that Washington needs more authority. Trump also said this:

It should go to a vote in Colorado like other places. … The best way to do it would be just a vote, should be a vote of the people. That’s the way it should be done. The delegate situation is a very unjust way of doing things.

Spoken like a man who prefers mob rule. Truer words were never spoken than these:

Asked if he would call for Priebus to step down should he become the nominee, Trump responded, “I haven’t given that any thought.”

The notion that Mr. Trump gives anything a thought is laughable. He’s the quintessential non-thinker. He’s the poster child of what happens when people don’t think things through.

5 Responses to “Trump’s ignorance shining through”

  • JerryE9 says:

    Actually, Minnesota’s caucus/”straw poll” was made binding on the National convention delegates because of RNC rules governing the primary schedule. We could have gone later and NOT had delegates bound, but chose the other path. Nonetheless, those were the State Party rules, everybody knew what they were, and everybody that turned out at caucus had a voice in who the delegates were and which candidate they were bound to on the first ballot. Rubio put in the effort and got the most delegates. Trump finished third. Think we could get him to complain about US? :-)

  • Gary Gross says:

    That’s true, Jerry, but, like you said, we had a choice. It’s worth noting that our caucus system is part of Minnesota state statutes. How each party allocates delegates are a choice to a certain degree.

  • eric z says:

    So what did you expect? That Trump was going to say the Colorado caucus system is as faultless as a John Harrison timepiece for determining Longitude?

    Of course it’s a broken system; details aside; else Trump would have hammered the one Senator most hated by his colleagues in the Senate.

    What was it Lindsey Graham said about if Cruz were assassinated on the floor of the Senate; getting a conviction among a jury of Cruz’s peers?

    Cruz is a joke.

    One not funny, as when he tells one. He’s just a brat who never grew up and Trump should be saying that.

  • Gretchen Leisen says:

    Trump and the majority of US citizens are apparently ignorant of the concept of a constitutional republic. Gary – you called it correctly. Trump does not understand representative concepts, and that each state determines their process. That is what a federal system does. Relying on a direct vote for everything is a sure road to mob rule.

  • Gary Gross says:

    Gretchen, that’s exactly right. Democracies are mob rule. Constitutional republics are the best form of government.

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