This post originally appeared on AddictingInfo.org.
CNN’s Republican debate got off to a baffling start, when Republican front-runner Donald Trump was asked to explain how his “ban Muslims” plan would actually help in the fight against ISIS. His answer was at various times a trainwreck, a word salad, and just weird.
To defend America, Trump returned to his plan to build a “great wall” across the southern border of the United States. He still hasn’t explained how he would pay for it or how it would help, but Trump insisted that it would stop both drug abuse andterrorism.
“Our country is out of control,” Trump insisted. “People are pouring across the southern border. I will build a wall. It will be a great wall.”
How will that help stop terrorism? Trump’s logic:
“As far as in the migration…where they’re going…tens of thousands of people with cell phones with ISIS flags on them… I don’t think so, Wolf. They are not coming to this country. And if I’m president… and if Obama has brought some to this country they are leaving, they’re going. They’re gone.”
Despite saying absolutely nothing that made sense, Trump received a roaring applause from the Republican crowd. Apparently, just linking ISIS to Mexico to Obama was enough to get the conservative base fired up. It spoke volumes about the level of discourse we would see during the Republican debate.
Inexplicably, CNN host Wolf Blitzer didn’t challenge Trump on any of it. Trump just spewed out nonsensical garbage and got away with it. So we are left to try to figure out what Trump means when he says “tens of thousands of people with cell phones with ISIS flags on them” – which people? Flags on their phones? What is he talking about?
Welcome to the Republican primary circus.
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