It was a weird day on the Sunday talk
shows, with a Democratic debate on Saturday night, bipartisan deals actually
being made in Washington, and front
runner Donald Trump sounding
Bernie Sanders appeared on ABC, where
he said of Donald Trump “I think you have
a pathological liar there.” He also proposed free college tuition, with a tax on Wall Street, creating 13 million jobs by closing tax loopholes, and universal family and medical leave with a tax on the middle class. On the same show, Cokie Roberts declared of Sanders, “you still have a 74-year-old Democratic Socialist who is too far to
the left to win a general election.”
Chris Christie popped up on This Week as well, where he called for ground troops in Iraq and Syria, said we're already in World War Three, and said he would be comfortable with Donald Trump as Commander-in-Chief.
Speaker Paul Ryan was on Meet the Press, where he said of President Obama,
“I think he's one of the most polarizing
Presidents we've ever had.”
But the most absurd moments came in interviews with Donald Trump on ABC's
'This Week' and NBC's 'Meet The Press'.
He called Hillary Clinton “weak, frankly.
She's got no stamina, she's got nothing," and
said “She couldn't even get back on
the stage last night.”
He criticized U.S. interventions in the Middle East under both President Bush and Obama, but also called for U.S. troops to re-invade and seize control of the oilfields indefinitely.
He bashed President Obama for not having good relations with Vladimir Putin. When George Stephanopoulos pointed out he's alienated all of Britain and Germany, he turned on the host, saying, “I know you want to be so politically correct all the time,” and saying friends of terrorists should turn them in, “but they're not going to turn them in with attitudes like your attitude.”
On Putin's praise for him, he said, “I'll accept that on behalf of our country,” and said
“I didn't praise him, he praised me,” following that stating “He is a strong leader. What am
I gonna say, he's a weak leader?”
He vigorously defended accusation Vladimir Putin against accusations that he murdered journalists, saying "I think our country does plenty of killing too." He defended that statement, citing U.S. actions in Iraq and Libya, adding “we're the ones that have
really empowered Iran, not Russia.”
When George Stephanopoulos asked,
“It's our fault that Russia is selling missiles
to Iran?” Trump responded, “Of course it's our fault.”
In any case, Trump said, “In all fairness
to Putin, you're saying he killed people.
I haven't' seen that,” and “I don't think it's
been proven. Has anybody proven that he's killed reporters?” and “sure, there are allegations. I've read those allegations over the years, but nobody's proven that he's killed anybody,” and “He's always denied it,” and “you know, you're supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, at least in our country.”
On the other hand, Trump defended his discredited claim he saw people on television in New Jersey celebrating on 9/11 saying “There were people celebrating.” When the host pointed out “There were not people celebrating in Jersey,” he said “there were articles written about it. Don't tell me that,” and “Of course there were, George.”
So, Bernie Sanders proposes free college and is unelectable; Chris Christie thinks we're in WWIII, and Barack Obama is polarizing; Hillary Clinton lasts through an 11-hour hearing, and Donald Trump can't handle a debate longer than 120 minutes, but Clinton has no stamina; the U.S. shouldn't invade the Middle East except to take ownership of the oilfields; the well-founded accusations against Vladimir Putin are just allegations, and in fairness, he's innocent until proven guilty; but the unfounded accusations against Americans celebrating on 9/11 must be true, although discredited, “of course” they're true.
And that's the most ridiculous thing that happened this Sunday.