Election 2016

Donald Trump Went There: The Latest GOP Showdown Was as Juvenile as It Was Frightening

Trump may say contradictory things, but the other guys don't make a whole lot of sense either.

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The 11th GOP debate on Fox on Thursday tackled social issues, foreign policy and balancing the budget. But first the candidates had to address the more pressing matters, like whether Trump accepts support from the KKK. The question confused him last Sunday on "State of the Union," when he was asked how he felt about David Duke and white supremacists in general, and he failed to answer due to what he later said was a "bad earpiece."
 
At the debate, however, he gave what he must have imagined was a convincing disavowal. Watch:
 
 
Trump, as some of his critics have pointed out, can seem like he "tells it like it is," simply because he makes so many often contradictory, even nonsensical statements, pointed out host Megyn Kelly. But then again, what Kelly did not point out is that all the candidates say utterly contradictory things. Kasich wants to lift struggling Americans out of poverty, yet doesn't support a federal minimum wage increase. Cruz rants that wages are stagnant, but vehemently opposes a minimum wage increase. And just weeks ago, Rubio said he wouldn't resort to childish attacks on other candidates, but has spent nearly every moment since the last debate attacking Donald Trump on everything from his small hands to his failed investments.
 
 
"Little Marco," as Trump repeatedly calls him, seemed to score some points about Trump's trade deals, such as Trump continuing to manufacture clothing in Mexico. Rubio also dismissed Trump's business record, saying he "inherited over $100 million" and has exaggerated his own success. In general, if a question wasn't being put to Trump, it was most likely about Trump.
 
 
"I'm changing," Donald Trump said, as explanation for why his positions tend to be a tad inconsistent. But there's one thing that has not changed. He still insists he's building that wall in Mexico, as high as possible, give or take a few inches, because, of course, size matters. 

Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. Follow her @alexpreditor.