Donald J. Trump has this annoying habit of talking past whatever point he’s trying to sell.
The presumptive Republican presidential nominee told Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly last night he’d be willing to consider asking Congress for a declaration of war against the Islamic State and other terrorist organizations.
I’ve talked already about that in this blog. It’s not an altogether nutty idea, unlike so many of the things that fly out of Trump’s mouth.
Then he goes on.
Trump told O’Reilly that the United States is letting “tens of thousands” of terrorists into the country.
Really? Tens of bleeping thousands of ’em, Donald?
There you have it. The candidate of fear strikes again.
He tosses out statements with no basis in fact. There is not a single shred of evidence that “tens of thousands” of terrorists have taken up residents in the United States. Indeed, the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, the Border Patrol, state and local police agencies, Drug Enforcement Agency and the whole array of agencies charged with protecting us are rounding up bad guys every single day.
As for the war declaration, I don’t have a particular problem with that, either.
However, I see it more as a proactive approach to fighting terrorists rather than as a reactive one.
Will it ever occur? I doubt it, not even if Donald Trump were to (here comes that shudder again) become the next president.