Trump’s *Face The Nation* interview

I read through the transcript of Trump's appearance on this morning's Face The Nation. There went ten minutes of my life that I will never get back.

Much of the chatter throughout the day has focused on Trump's word-salad answers about what may or may not be in the latest version of the Republican healthcare bill. Are pre-existing conditions covered? Aren't they? Will there be markets, and if so, how will they be structured? Judging from Trump's dissembling and inconsistency, he either doesn't know, doesn't care, or (more likely) both. Pundits have spent the day trying to parse the rambling interview for some clue as to what is actually in the bill and what Trump's position is.

It doesn't matter.

Trump has not changed his position on any of this. He has no position and he never has. His words do not mean anything, and any time spent trying to divine a policy direction from what Trump says is wasted.

What is useful about interviews like the one today on Face The Nation is that they provide a view into exactly how divorced from fact and meaning Trump is. If your initial impulse is to laugh at this stuff, keep in mind two things: 1) Trump's base eats this stuff up, and 2) the more of these sorts of interviews and speeches he gives, the more he hacks away at any semblance of meaningful public discourse.

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