Trump supporters claim to be finished with politicians and want someone who speaks the brutal, politically incorrect truth. But anyone fed up with the broken system in Washington needs to take a long look at some of the comments coming from The Donald at last night’s debate. He admitted to giving money to politicians in exchange for favors - including Hillary Clinton! Even worse, he was proud of it. Can someone who takes advantage of the broken system really do anything to change it?
Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it may contain errors:
In the adult table, the big loser was Donald Trump. And while he continued to say things in a way that Americans will connect with, I think he showed himself as a bully. As very unpresidential. As somebody who could not back up his big words with actual facts. More importantly, he demonstrated that he is actually part of the problem.
When he was asked about immigration and he was asked about, why isn't this happening? Can you tell us about Mexico? What he said was, because our politicians are stupid.
That's not true. Our politicians are not stupid. Some of them are. They're corrupt. They are bought off by big business, big donors, and they don't listen to the people because they want the cash, they want the power. They want the position. And Donald Trump in a most amazing paragraph I've ever heard any presidential candidate say, identified himself as the problem. But he's so lacking self-awareness, that it didn't connect with him. But I do believe it connected with the American people. Listen to this.
VOICE: Fifteen years ago you called yourself a liberal on health care. You were for a single-payer system, a Canadian-style system. Why were you for that then, and why aren't you for it now?
DONALD: First of all, I'd like to just go back to one -- in July of 2004, I came out strongly against the war with Iraq because it was going to destabilize the Middle East. And I'm the only one on this stage that knew that and had the vision to say it, and that's exactly what happened.
VOICE: But on Obamacare.
DONALD: The Middle East became totally destabilized, so I just wanted to say.
GLENN: Rand Paul was against it.
DONALD: As far as single-payer, it works in Canada. It works incredibly well in Scotland. It could have worked in a different age, which is the age you're talking about here. What I'd like to see is a private system without the artificial lines around every state. I have a big company with thousands and thousands of employees, and if I'm negotiating in New York or in New Jersey or in California, I have like one bidder. No one can bid. You know why? Because the insurance companies are making a fortune because they have control of the politicians. Of course, with the exception of the politicians on this stage. But they have total control of the politicians. They're making a fortune. Get rid of the artificial lines, and you will have yourself great plans. And then we have to take care of the people that can't take care of themselves. And I will do that through a different system.
RAND: News flash, the Republican Party has been fighting against a single-payer system for a decade. So I think you're on the wrong side of this, if you're still arguing for a single-payer system.
DONALD: I'm not -- I'm not -- I don't think you heard me. You're having a hard time tonight.
VOICE: Mr. Trump, it's not just your past support for single-payer health care. You've also supported a host of other liberal policies. You've also donated to several Democratic candidates. Hillary Clinton, included. Nancy Pelosi.
GLENN: This is it. Listen to this.
VOICE: Explaining those donations, saying you did that to get business-related favors. And you said recently, quote, when you give, they do whatever the hell you want them to do.
DONALD: You better believe it.
JEFFY: You better believe it.
DONALD: If I ask them, if I need them -- you know, most of the people on this stage, I've given to, just so you understand, a lot of money.
RAND: Not me.
VOICE: Not me.
VOICE: But you're welcome to give me a check, Donald, if you would like.
DONALD: Many of them. But I have --
VOICE: Donald if you end your campaign, I hope you will give to me.
DONALD: Good. Sounds good. Sounds good to me, Governor.
I will tell you that our system is broken. I gave to many people. Before this, before -- two months ago, I was a businessman. I give to everybody. When they call, I give. And, you know what, when I need something from them, two years later, three years later, I call them, they are there for me. That's a broken system.
VOICE: So what did you get from Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi?
DONALD: Well, I'll tell you what, with Hillary Clinton, I said be at my wedding, and she came to my wedding.
DONALD: You know why? She had no choice because I gave. I gave to a foundation that frankly that foundation is supposed to do good. I didn't know her money would be used on private jets going all over the world. It was.
GLENN: Okay. Stop. He has proven himself as being part of the problem. Up until two months ago, well, do you have any principles? He talked later about his bankruptcy. And in his bankruptcy, he said, yes, I used the system. I used the system. Well, we're looking for somebody who says, I know this is the system. But I'm not doing it. Because this is wrong. I care about my country more than I care about my success. And if anybody believes that this man gave, you know, half a million dollars or whatever he gave to the Clinton Foundation, if you think he did that so he could have the Clintons come at his wedding, there's two problems. One, he is fiscally irresponsible. Two, he's so friend-less he has to buy his friends. That doesn't make any sense at all.
We do not want somebody who buys their way into the system. And he's proud of it. He is proud of it.
The big loser last night was Donald Trump. Clearly the big loser.
Featured Image: CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 06: Republican presidential candidates (L-R) Ben Carson, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Donald Trump participate in the first prime-time presidential debate hosted by FOX News and Facebook at the Quicken Loans Arena August 6, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. The top-ten GOP candidates were selected to participate in the debate based on their rank in an average of the five most recent national political polls. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)