Tim Kaine didn’t waste any time pontificating when it came to his response to Trump’s big meeting with Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto:
Donald Trump choked on the fundamental promise that he’s making in this campaign. He had an opportunity to talk to the foreign leader, by his own words he didn’t bring it up. By the foreign leader’s words he did bring it up and [Nieto] told him ‘we’re not paying for your wall.’ That just shows – I think – that he’s not ready for prime time.
I find it even funnier that he inserted that bit about “prime time” right at the end, which is a crack that Fox News has been using to describe it’s enemies for years. Everyone from President Obama to individual liberal commentators has been described as such, which was taken to mean that they lacked the professionalism and skill required for their position. But now that they’ve opened up a window paranoid and delusional enough for an actual amateur like Trump to slither his way to the presidency it’s come back to bite them in their collective asses.
But rather than making the issue all about his lack of any relevant experience or the psychological and intellectual deftness to actually pull off a presidency Kaine primarily characterized Trump’s maneuvers as cowardly. The reason this is so important is because when he speaks of Trump’s lack of resolve and courage of conviction he’s talking to Trump’s base rather than Clinton:
I think the important thing about leadership is that you’ve got to be consistent. You can’t say different things to different audiences.
So he comes back across the border and all of the sudden it’s all about ‘Mexico’s going to build the wall, Mexico’s going to pay for it.’
But when he’s looking the Mexican leader in the eye he can’t bring himself to say it. That tells me something about his backbone and his resolve.
But that’s not to say that the fact that Trump appears to be having a several-month-long stroke while on stage isn’t an important point. Just take a look at the transcript from the speech he gave just after his return stateside:
Hillary Clinton talks constantly for instance about her fears that families will be separated. But she’s not talking about the American families that have been permanently separated from their loved ones because of a preventable homicide preventable death because of murder. She doesn’t know what she’s doing except for open borders and let everybody come in and destroy our country by the way.
Kaine also pointed out that Trump’s attack on immigrants is as old as America but that it’s unusual for someone running for president to lower themselves to such a task:
This was a dark and disturbing speech and it’s the same sort of language that people like Donald Trump have used against every immigrant group of immigrants that have come to this country. There were Irish Need Not Apply Signs people were against Jews coming from Eastern Europe or Italians coming. This is the sort of language that’s always had a tiny fringe of support in this country but this is a speech that’s not worthy of a president.
But perhaps the worst bit of all – and I think what will register with potential Trump voters the most – is the fact that Trump is being dishonest with his own supporters. He’s trying to tell two different stories for two different audiences and obviously doesn’t think either of them is very intelligent. Kaine argues that Trump’s recounting of the trip doesn’t even make sense:
Well I think this was kind of a Diplomatic Amateur Hour on the part of Donald Trump. What are the odds that he’s been telling the American public for months now we’re building a wall and Mexico’s going to pay for it and that didn’t come up in the meeting? I mean I just find that kind of ridiculous. And even if he’s right if it didn’t come up, why? Did he suddenly just choked and forgot to say anything to the president of Mexico after he’s been saying it everyday for the last several months? So I find his statement, that he didn’t bring up the wall, even if it’s true it shows that he just folded under pressure and didn’t have the backbone to say to the Mexican President what he’s been saying over and over again.
In short, Trump is a punk, a liar, and coward who lacks the intelligence, the temperament, and the testicles to see this country through it’s coming trials.
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