During a New Hampshire town hall on Thursday evening, Donald Trump was asked what his plans are to bring jobs back to America and Trump responded by spending most of his time attacking the media, Bernie Sanders and complaining about the heat in the room.
Greg Sargent of the Washington Post writes: This video of Trump talking to a voter worried about jobs should worry Republicans.
Greg explains the problems Trump may have with the town hall format, if this answer is an indication of how he will behave on Sunday.
Asked by a recent college graduate who is struggling to find work how Trump’s plans would help him, Trump got started by launching into a monologue about the heat in the room that lasted a full 30 seconds. Note that during that ramble, Trump also managed to segue into a complaint about “dishonest” media coverage that had portrayed him as “sweating” at a different previous event.
Trump did then spend a solid minute reiterating his message about trade and about how he’ll stop companies like Apple from manufacturing parts of the iPhone in multiple other countries (presumably through Trumpian tariffs). But then, at a moment when he intended to extol the greatness of the people of this country, he veered off once again into a discussion of how big the crowds were at his rallies, and theninto a discussion of how those crowds were bigger than those at Bernie Sanders’s rallies, and from there intostill another discussion, of how Sanders “made a deal with the Devil” by endorsing Hillary Clinton. When Trump finally found his way back to his trade message, he wrapped up with only the most cursory nod to the person who had originally asked the question.
Trump blamed Apple for all the job woes in America, but maybe Donald should explain why almost all of his branded products aren’t made in America either?
Throughout the entire town hall, which was a practice run for the second presidential debate, Trump lashed out at his critics, politicians and opponents, which is his usual MO.
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Trump was supposed to take twenty questions, but since he rambles on so much, he only fielded twelve.
CNN’s Anderson Cooper and ABC’s Martha Raddatz will have a tough time moderating this debate for sure.