[guest post by Dana]
Donald Trump, during a speech in South Carolina, said this:
“Common Core we’re gonna keep.”
— Josh Perry (@MrJoshPerry) February 11, 2016
Which is confusing, because last night while giving his victory speech in New Hampshire, he said this:
We’re getting rid of Common Core. We’re going to educate our children…
(at the 10:15 mark)
Trump defenders are saying that he just misspoke and that there was more to the speech than just the sound bite. I tend to agree with Amanda Carpenter:
Trump will say whatever the moment calls for. Which leads me to Ted Cruz’s new campaign ad which is aimed at Trump, the action figure who pretends to be a Republican:
I don’t think it’s as good as his previous ads, but it clearly makes the point that Trump is the Great Pretender who speaks out of both sides of his mouth. Which is funny because that is essentially the gist of Trump’s new ad aimed at Cruz in “What Kind of Man”. In this ad, Cruz is portrayed as the “worst kind of Washington insider”:
Of course it matters not a whit to loyal Trump supporters that the accusations brought forth in this ad have been handily debunked or explained.
FURTHER THOUGHTS BY PATTERICO: Trump very likely had a brain fart there, enabled by the fact that he doesn’t even know what Common Core is. But here’s the real problem: Trump tried to cover it up by claiming he was talking about Jeb Bush’s policy:
I was referring to the fact that Jeb Bush wants to keep common core.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 11, 2016
That is a lie and Trump is a liar. The Right Scoop has the full context of his remarks and he was in no way, shape or form talking about Jeb Bush at that moment.
I had at least one person I usually like getting upset with me and calling me a “horse’s ass” on Twitter for pointing this out.
@Patterico i think you're being a horse's ass and I wish to end this silly microparsing horseshit.
— The Scandalous DJT (@AceofSpadesHQ) February 11, 2016
(It’s OK, I’m a big boy, I can take it.) But when Trump lies, we have to call him on it. We can’t keep holding him to a different standard than others because we think he’s a buffoon. I plan to flesh this argument out in the future, but I’m sticking a flag in the ground here for now.