Since Donald Trump first announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination, pundits have been waiting for the moment of implosion. Many predicted it would come early, after Trump’s dismissal of Sen. John McCain ‘s heroism as a prisoner of war.
It never happened. Trump went from one seemingly self-destructive pronouncement to the next, but each time he emerged unscathed by the fallout.
If anything, The Donald’s polling numbers soared, prompting him to double down on his spur-of-the-moment edicts.
Right up until this morning, when he was asked by Willie Geist on NBC’s “Today Show” to articulate his “views on LGBT” and how he “planned to be inclusive as a president.” It was a loaded question, to be sure, since the matter of “bathroom laws,” which Geist asked Trump to enlarge on, has as much to do with exclusivity (in this case of the majority of Americans who select the facility that matches their biological gender) as it does inclusivity.
Trump gave this matter-of-fact answer:
Trump’s suggestion to “leave it the way it is” bordered on ambiguity since “the way it is” in most locales remains the way it has always been, but he went out of his way to clarify his position that Americans should be able to “use the bathroom that they feel is appropriate.”
Trump went on to submit that “there has been so little trouble,” but that opinion is short-sighted. These laws are still relatively new and their capacity for endangering traditional bathroom users — especially women and young children preyed upon by perverts posing as transgenders — remains a stark reality.
I doubt very seriously whether his mindless acceptance of a foolish liberal position will be enough to attract diehard progressives, but will it prove to be a bridge too far for people firmly in the Trump camp?