Making sense of Trump's contradictions

Trump’s shifting positions

“The Republican president-elect has the most contradictory and confusing platform in recent history.” –Jane C. Timm, NBC News


Immigration deportations

July 29, 2014: Trump told CNN he would deport the estimated 11 million people in the country illegally, unveiling a major campaign theme.

Sept. 2, 2016: “Obviously, I want to get the gang members out, the drug peddlers out. … And then we’re going to make a decision (on other undocumented immigrants) at a later date once everything is stabilized.”

Muslim ban

Dec. 7, 2015: Trump calls for a “”total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the country.

Oct. 9, 2016: “The Muslin ban is something that in some form has morphed into an extreme vetting from certain areas of the world.”

ISIS and U.S. generals

Nov. 12, 2015: “I know more about ISIS than the generals do.”

Sept. 7, 2016: “I will ask my generals to present to me a plan within 30 days to defeat and destroy ISIS.”

Nuclear warfare

Sept. 26, 2016 (debate): “I would certainly not do first strike.”

Sept. 26, 2016 (same debate): “I can’t take anything off the table.”

Climate change

Sept. 24, 2015 (tweet): “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing noncompetitive.”

May 17, 2016: “At a minimum I will be renegotiating those agreements, at a minimum. And at a maximum I may do something else,” Trump said in regards to the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Nov. 22, 2016: “I think there is some connectivity” between humans and climate change,…

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