The amazingly low bar

How many times does Donald Trump have to say things that are 100% patently false before Republicans start to abandon him for the embarrassing charlatan and ignoramus that he is?  Presumably, an infinite amount as long as he has an R next to his name and blames all our nation’s problems on everybody except white men.  Ugh.  It’s telling that his breathtaking ignorance on California’s drought is not even front-page news.  This is not just regular politics.  This is a shocking level of ignorance and gullibility (as Ezra Klein and others have persuasively argued).  Anyway, the AP report:

FRESNO, Calif. — Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told California voters Friday that he can solve their water crisis, declaring, “There is no drought.”

California is, in fact, in midst of a drought. Last year capped the state’s driest four-year period in its history, with record low rainfall and snow. [emphasis mine]

Speaking at a rally in Fresno, Calif., Trump accused state officials of denying water to Central Valley farmers so they can send it out to sea “to protect a certain kind of three-inch fish.”

“We’re going to solve your water problem. You have a water problem that is so insane. It is so ridiculous where they’re taking the water and shoving it out to sea,” Trump said at a rally that drew thousands.

Seriously, Trump talks to a few farmers unhappy with California’s water politics and feels himself sufficiently informed to pronounce “there is no drought.”  Hubris, gullibility, stupidity, you name it.  This guy should be nonwhere near Oval Office.  The fact that somewhere in the low 40’s percent of America thinks he should be is perhaps the most disturbing part.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State

3 Responses to The amazingly low bar

  1. Michael Barr says:

    This country is done. The slow decline has accelerated. When Bob Dole says Republicans should support Trump then we’re toast. Dole says what do you expect him to do, “support the opposition”? The next sentence that follows naturally from this question is “No! I will support a dangerously foolish and uniformed narcissist.”

  2. John F. says:

    It’s gonna be fun to watch when he’s in the Oval Office!

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