“And I will guarantee it personally like we do in the world of business. … I will guarantee that those are going to be the first judges that I put up for nomination if I win.” ~ Donald Trump, March 20, 2016
“We are going to choose from — most likely — from this list, but at a minimum, we will keep people within this general realm.” ~ Donald Trump, May 18, 2016
One of the most honorable compliments that you can give a man is that “he’s a man of his word.”
That statement cannot be made about bloviating billionaire and reality TV actor Donald Trump — unfortunately — and here’s further evidence.
Here’s what Trump said in March, literally a few weeks ago, as a politician, while speaking to the Palm Beach County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Day dinner at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club, where he floated the idea of pre-selecting a list of Supreme Court candidates that he would pick from (underscore added):
“I am going to give a list of either 5 or 10 judges that I will pick – 100 percent pick – that I will put in for nomination. Because some of the people that are against me say, ‘We don’t know if he’s going to pick the right judges,’ ‘Supposing he picks a liberal judge’ or ‘Supposing he picks a pro-choice judge.
I’m going to get a list of anywhere from 5 to 10 judges and those are going to be the judges that I am going to pick. It will be one of those judges. And I will guarantee it personally like we do in the world of business. … I will guarantee that those are going to be the first judges that I put up for nomination if I win.”
Trump did announce that list, in an attempt to pacify concerned conservatives, on Wednesday, May 18, then immediately opened the escape hatch and said that his SCOTUS list is not a guarantee, it is not chiseled in stone, but is only a list that he may “most likely” choose from when nominating a Supreme Court justice. He added that his actual choice may very well actually just be within the “general realm” of the list.
Trump told fanboy Sean Hannity (and of course, it went completely unchallenged):
“We are going to choose from — most likely — from this list, but at a minimum, we will keep people within this general realm.”
Assuming numbers like “100 percent” and words like “guarantee” still have some meaning, Trump did not exactly “tell it like it is” as he mistakenly gets credit for doing when he pre-announced his list.
Further proof that Donald Trump’s words mean absolutely nothing — nothing. He cannot be trusted. But unfortunately, he knows that his sycophantic followers — mesmerized by a cult of personality — won’t hold him accountable.
It should be extremely easy for the lifelong NY liberal to make the case that as horrible as he is, he should be better than corrupt liar Hillary Clinton, but because his words are utterly worthless, that case is not as easy to make as it should be.