- Donald Trump, April 8, 2011, New York Times
For as much as conservatives love to reference the Constitution, I'm always amazed at how very little they actually know about it and, for that matter, the Supreme Court. They are correct to recognize the fact that the Constitution is what makes our country great because it is, after all, the very document that created our country. Without it, the United States of America would no longer exist. Literally. So its quite alright for anybody (even our presidential hopefuls) to give a shout out to the Constitution from time to time, but if you do we're going to need you to actually know something about it. Like...oh I dunno...what it actually says would be a good place to start I suppose.
Now before I get to the PWNE-AGE of Donald Trump, a quick word on the Constitution. I'm quite sure that we could randomly pick any sentence out of the Constitution and my personal interpretation of that sentence would be different from your personal interpretation of that same sentence. And it also stands to reason that if we were to ask 100,000 people about that same sentence from the Constitution, we would probably get 100,000 different answers. With all this room for ambiguity and personal interpretation, how in the world can anybody ever know what the Constitution actually says? Well, fortunately for you and I, the Founding Fathers, in their infinite wisdom, created this thing called the Supreme Court. And the Supreme Court's job is to provide all 300 Million Americans with ONE interpretation for each sentence, clause and phrase contained in the Constitution. So, for example, we don't have to guess if there is a right to privacy in the Constitution because the Supreme Court has already established for us a long time ago that there is. With this in mind, let us now turn to "The Donald."
MSNBC's Savannah Guthrie sat down with Donald "The Birther" Trump this week (Video below) and asked him the following questions about his views on abortion, which he switched, by the way, from Pro-Choice to Pro-Life:
GUTHRIE: Is there a right to privacy in the Constitution?
TRUMP: I guess there is. I guess there is.
GUTHRIE: So, how does that --
TRUMP: Why do you -- why just out of curiosity, why do you ask that question?
GUTHRIE: Well, I'm just -- wondering how that squares with your pro-life views.
TRUMP: Well, I don't -- it's a pretty strange way of getting to pro-life. I mean, it's a very unique way of asking about pro-life. Why are you -- what does that have to do with privacy? How are you -- how are you equating pro-life with privacy?
GUTHRIE: Well, you know, about the Roe v. Wade decision.
TRUMP: Yes, right, sure. Look, I'm for pro-life -- I am pro-life. I've said it.
Now, please allow me to translate the Constitutional significance of this conversation:
Now if you're feeling sorry for "The Donald" because he didn't know what was in the Constitution and, thus, got PWNED on national television then don't. This is what happens when you're all talk and no substance. Sure, most Americans don't know what's in the Constitution, but most people also don't "run" for President either. If you're going to parade yourself around on national television, claiming that you have what it takes to be President, and tearing down the current one in office, then maybe - just maybe - you might want to sit your butt down first and actually read through the document that creates the office you claim you'd be good at: The Constitution.GUTHRIE: Is there a right to privacy in the Constitution? (this is a test. the answer is "yes" b/c the Supreme Court has already interpreted that certain sentences within the first ten amendments to the Constitution (aka the "Bill of Rights") give us a fundamental Right to Privacy)TRUMP: I guess there is. I guess there is. (so far, so good)GUTHRIE: So, how does that --TRUMP: Why do you -- why just out of curiosity, why do you ask that question? (Trump doesn't get it because he doesn't KNOW that there is a Right to Privacy in the Constitution. He merely guessed, so now he's confused)GUTHRIE: Well, I'm just -- wondering how that squares with your pro-life views. (she is, of course, making a reference to the fact that the Right to Privacy was the EXACT REASON WHY the Supreme Court ruled that abortion is still legal in the 1973 landmark case Roe v. Wade and then again in the 1992 landmark case Planned Parenthood v. Casey which upheld Roe)TRUMP: Well, I don't -- it's a pretty strange way of getting to pro-life. I mean, it's a very unique way of asking about pro-life. Why are you -- what does that have to do with privacy? How are you -- how are you equating pro-life with privacy? (It's "a very unique way" of asking about pro-life? Um, no, actually it is THE WELL ESTABLISHED way that you get to the issue of pro-life in the Constitution that you claim to love so much. Dumbass. He's still not putting 2 and 2 together at this point. He has NO IDEA that the Supreme Court ruled on this over 30 years ago. In Roe v. Wade, and again in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the Supreme Court ruled that because there is a fundamental Right to Privacy in the Constitution, and because that Right to Privacy must necessarily encompass a woman's right to choose what she wants to do with her own body, the states are therefore prohibited from banning a woman's choice for abortion.)GUTHRIE: Well, you know, about the Roe v. Wade decision. (in translation: You have now been PWNED!!!! Thank you for playing. Goodbye.)TRUMP: Yes, right, sure. Look, I'm for pro-life -- I am pro-life. I've said it. (not only is this response too little too late, it also dodges Guthrie's real question of how Trump can claim to recognize the Right to Privacy in the Constitution yet simultaneously claim to be Pro-Life. But alas, we know exactly how this contradiction is reconciled: Trump doesn't know jack$h!t about the Constitution. That's how.)
Did Trump get PWNED or did Trump get PWNED?
Combining this with his birther views, can the media stop treating Trump as a serious candidate now?
Why do conservatives, and in particular Republican Tea Partiers (Palin, Bachmann, etc.), seem to be the group that is most ignorant to the actual contents of the Constitution when they claim to love it so much?
Does Trump's flip-flop on abortion sink his campaign chances with the GOP?
Does this remind you of Sarah Palin's interview with Katie Couric?