Donald Trump met with House Republicans on Thursday in Washington, trying to make a good impression. Unfortunately, he has promised to do more than possible and made himself look bad in the process. He declares he will defend Articles of the Constitution that simply do not exist.
Representative Mark Sanford of South Carolina met with Trump, but he seemed concerned with the GOP’s presumptive presidential candidate’s ability to grasp even the basics of the Constitution.
After meeting with reporters at lunch, the representative mentioned that the
candidate did not really appear to understand the promise he was making to them. According to the Washington Post, Sanford said:
‘I wasn’t particularly impressed. It was the normal stream of consciousness that’s long on hyperbole and short on facts.
‘At one point, somebody asked about Article I powers: What will you do to protect them? I think his response was, “I want to protect Article I, Article II, Article XII,” going down the list. There is no Article XII.’
Either Trump was not prepared, or he is not as bright as he believes he is. Traditionally, Trump goes in to meetings relying on his personality and an unique ability to adapt to whatever situation greets him. That just doesn’t work in Congress. It isn’t possible to gloss over facts without people noticing.
A second Republican, Representative H. Morgan Griffith of Virginia, expressed a problem with the way Trump communicated. He said he felt “uncomfortable” with Trump’s language, but Griffith didn’t mind the billionaire’s Constitutional error. Instead he said:
‘When he made the comment about the Constitution, I love this article and that article, I assumed he was talking about the amendments, because he was off on the numbers.’
The two representatives were not as critical of the presumed candidate as they were of Hillary Clinton’s too-smooth politicking. Sanford said:
‘He may be loose on some facts, reckless on some, but there’s not malicious intent there.’
Representative Bill Flores of Texas felt that Trump is constantly improving. Flores said:
‘If you look at the trajectory of his unforced errors, he’s getting better. I mean, he’s not where we want him to be, but he’s getting better.’
Faint praise sounds, well, faint.
For some of the awkward Republican endorsements, check out this video:
H/T: Washington Post.
Video via: Washington Post