Wednesday, December 9, 2015, Don Lemon on CNN interviewed Donald Trump for about 50 minutes (long enough for an hour examination!) at 10 PM, on "CNN Tonight" with the primary link here
Trump claims he is saying what the grass roots really thinks but doesn’t want to admit. He did “waffle” at the edges a bit on the “ban (almost) all Muslims” from entering the country. But he said we had to admit, we have a problem. We don’t know why this particular religion generates a minority with such an existential religious or cult-like hatred of the rest of the world.
Trump was incorrect this evening in saying that Farook was radicalized by his wife. Later information suggests he had already considered an attack in 2012 and may have let the marriage be arranged to abet his terrorist plans (Fox story), as a sham. So Farook had been heavily radicalized long before the Islamic State was getting a lot of attention and had started its Internet recruiting (which Trump wants to stop, as below).
Trump seems willing to sacrifice individual people for the common good if those people are on the periphery of what he sees as a national security problem. Tuesday, he was reported on NBC as wanting to turn off a lot of the Internet, at least “amateur” use of it that allows recruiting. I can imagine how he could back up this idea with existential arguments (my main blog, Tuesday).
This sacrifice might be appropriate when we are truly at “war”, and major terrorist acts might be interpreted as war against a civilian population, as with London in 1940 when bombed by the Nazis. Asymmetric warfare makes smaller actors much more dangerous to large civilian populations than in the past. Terrorism intends to promote political strife by forcing governments to attack their homelands (so they can claim victimhood) and also to reduce personal freedoms in the western countries that get attacked. So Trump is playing into the plans of terrorists.
Trump defended the usual right wing position on gun control, which is that gun control simply disarms citizens but doesn’t keep weapons out of the hands of determined criminals or enemies. Some on the right, including sheriffs in rural areas, make the “Swiss” argument that citizens have a moral obligation to be able to defend themselves and their families.
Some political commentators still maintain tonight that Trump has a good chance of getting the GOP nomination and even getting elected, because of grass roots support.
Trump keeps on characterizing himself as a “smart guy” who can fix all the world’s problems himself. That sounds like Lyndon LaRouche in the 1970s.
I would ask, why doesn’t Trump talk about protecting infrastructure, most of all the power grids (all three of them), which of course are fundamental to the Internet (and to our way of life). He hasn’t mentioned EMP or solar storms or cyber-terror (as with books like “Lights Out” or “One Second After”) the way Newt Gingrich has.
Above, Omarosa says “Trump is too real for the GOP”.