Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has long been accused by those skeptical of his campaign to lack principles. When he launched his campaign, Trump shot up to immediate prominence with his strong stance on illegal immigration but given his stance in 2013 when he told a group of illegals “You’ve convinced me,” many have wondered what his true stance is.
Trump did not do much to assuage the doubters when he remarked during an interview that “everything is negotiable.” A New York Times reporter even claimed that during an editorial board interview, Trump said, off the record, that he does not believe everything he says. Though his campaign denied that accusation and Trump refused to okay the release of the off the record conversation, it left many wondering who is the real Trump. On Monday night, Trump himself added fuel to the fire with another statement that is a real headscratcher.
During an interview on the ultra-Trump friendly network FOX News’ Bill O’Reilly, Trump admitted that he has no set of core beliefs. Instead, he looks around to see what is going on in order to determine where he stands. Although he did mention facts as being one basis, it will be troubling to some that Trump outright admitted that he has no set of principles upon which he stands, confirming one of the biggest criticisms of his campaign.
“Do you believe there’s a personal component inside the president’s personality that sympathizes with the Muslim world and doesn’t want to taint the Muslim world with terrorism. Is that what it’s about?” O’Reilly asked Trump.
“I don’t believe anything. I see things,” Trump said. “And whether it’s the Iran [nuclear] deal, whether it’s not wanting to mention the words radical Islam or radical Islamic terrorism or other things, Bill. You look at what’s going on. I mean it’s not a question of what I think, but you look at facts.”
“This isn’t thinking. This is facts,” Trump added.
What Trump very obviously fails to understand is that ‘thinking’ and principles are two separate things. If he believes nothing, then how are the American people supposed to trust how he will govern if he becomes president?