I understand that a certain percentage of Republicans support him because he voices our disgust with the direction of the nation and the lack of leadership in the the party. I understand his refusal to be politically correct is attractive. This is not enought to be a serious candidate for President.
I also understand all the media attention. The mainstream media loves the circus. Trump attracts viewership as people tune in to see a live catastrophe. Who will he insult next? What vulgar or embarrassing gaffe will he next utter? Yet he has no shame and continues to bluster.
He clearly lacks any depth on policy, and where we do know his positions most of them are not conservative. Come on people. It is not enough to say things are bad and that other people are stupid (e.g., Rand Paul) and ugly (e.g., Carly Fiorina). To borrow an old (commercial and) political line: where is the beef?
I give you two examples of his idiocy (for the sake of time...I'm sure you can think of many). First on immigration. He, in an around about way, states that our immigration policy is broken. 'Around about' because he expresses the frustration most of have that our borders are insecure and we paradoxically provide more incentives and benefits to illegal immigrants. He crudely speaks of the caliber of immigrants. Okay, I can live with the gist of his description of the problem, even if I think he is offensive.
However, it is his solution that shows his idiocy. He is going to build a wall. Yes, most of us agree we should definitely construct some kind of physical barrier to control the illegal immigration. Even many of the establishment Republicans give lip service to this. But Trump speaks as if this is a new idea and he wants to bring some credibility to the statement by saying, "That's what I do; build walls, And it will be a good wall. And the Mexicans will pay for it!" (Claps and cheers.)
Uhh, the Mexicans will pay for it? Why would they do that, Donald? "Because I will make them, and it will be like no wall you ever saw. Trump builds walls!" (Cheers and claps). Really? We're going to accept that drivel from a candidate for President? And just because you say it will be "good" I'm suppose to say, "well then that settles it? You got my vote." Does anybody really know what he means by 'good'? It is so simplistic to be meaningless.
The second example comes from a recent flap when he did not object to unflattering talk about Muslims and the claim that our President was a Muslim. "We have a problem in this country. It's called Muslims," an unidentified man who spoke at a question-and-answer town hall event in Rochester, New Hampshire on September 17th. "You know our current president is one. You know he's not even an American." Trump interrupted the man, chuckling, "We need this question..."
"Anyway, we have training camps growing where they want to kill us," the man continued. "That's my question: When can we get rid of them?"
Then comes Trump's idiotic "answer." "We're going to be looking at a lot of different things. You know, a lot of people are saying that and a lot of people are saying that bad things are happening. We're going to be looking at that and many other things." He then moves on to another question.
Now the media and some of his political competitors took him to task for not challenging the man's statement that the country's problem is Muslims, and that President Obama is a Muslim and not an American. I understand where they are coming from, but a candidate is not required to go about correcting his audience or questioners. And some have also countered that he does not need to defend Obama's faith - Obama can do that.
What gets me is the total lack of a cogent answer. One of Trump's beauty pageant contestants could come up with a better response. "A lot of people are saying bad things are happening?" That is the depth of his thinking on the issue? And his solution: "We're going to be looking at that and many other things." Good, I'm glad that is settled.