Bill O’Reilly Revealed Donald Trump Has No Idea What A President Actually Does
You'll be forgiven if on Monday night you skipped watching the two possibly angriest old white dudes in America yell at each other about how the lack of discipline in the inner cities is ruining the country — a viewing spectacular also known as Donald Trump's appearance on The O'Reilly Factor . However, host Bill O'Reilly was actually pretty tough on Trump in this interview. He spent a while unsuccessfully trying to needle Trump on whether he still wants mass deportations of immigrants — leading to Trump, of course, to say he would kick millions of people out of the country, but apparently do it nicely, or maybe just follow up on Obama's immigration policy. O'Reilly also also tried to get specifics from Trump about how he thinks crime in Chicago could be combated.
In trying to get an answer from Trump about how he plans to fix problems in Chicago, a city that has seen a murder spike this year, O'Reilly was left talking to a wall.
Trump: When I was in Chicago, I got to meet a couple of very top police. I said, "How do you stop this? How do you stop this if you were put in charge?" to a specific person, "Do you think you could stop this?" He said, "Mr. Trump, I would be able to stop it in one week." And I believed him 100 percent.
O'Reilly: How? So did he tell you how he would be able to stop it in one week?
Trump: No. He wants to use tough — he wants to use tough police tactics.
O'Reilly: But you have to have a warrant to arrest people. You can't beat them up. You have to have a warrant to arrest them. You have to have—
Trump: All I know is this. I went to a top police officer in Chicago, who is not the police chief ... I said, "How do you think you do it?" He said, "Mr. Trump, within one week, we could stop this horror show that's going on."
I would like to point out several of the craziest things about this exchange:
- Trump does not seem to realize that the president does not have the power to appoint city police chiefs.
- O'Reilly had to actually point out to Trump that warrants have to be used before the police can lock people up and that the police can't just indiscriminately beat people.
- Trump thinks that crime in Chicago could be solved in a week.
- Trump thinks that the problem with police in this country is that they're not tough enough on the people they're supposed to protect.
- Trump implicitly trusts some random police officer he talked to in Chicago and thinks that if he says it, it must be more true than anything said by any large amount of experts.
Or I could just sum up all of these points and say the craziest thing that we've learned from this exchange: Trump has literally no idea what he would do as president to fix the problems in Chicago he spends so much time talking about.
What would you expect, when Trump won't travel to black communities even as he asks for their votes?
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