Trump Foreign Policy Speech a Stumbling Contradiction

The Context

Following resounding victories in five states on Tuesday --- and a big win in his home state last Tuesday --- Donald Trump pivoted toward the general election with a foreign policy speech. The speech was received with confusion by pundits and commentators, but lauded by Trump supporters like Ann Coulter as a historic.

What's in a Name, Really?

Story after story yesterday on television, radio and print referenced Ted Cruz mistakenly calling a basketball hoop a "ring" instead of a "rim." Audio from one mic sounds like he actually got it right, but either way, Cruz's slip of the tongue pales in comparison to what Trump said during his "historic" foreign policy speech. And it seems to have gone unnoticed.

"Yesterday, in the foreign policy speech --- you know, something that actually matters --- Donald Trump read his teleprompter and said "Tan-zayne-eah," and he was going to help us in "Tan-zayne-eah" instead of "Tanzania." But don't mention that. Because really what we need is a president that knows the difference between a 'hoop' and a 'ring,'" Glenn said Thursday on The Glenn Beck Program.

Tomayto, tomahto.

"Donald Trump might think that the Tasmanian Devil comes from Tan-zayne-eah," Glenn added sarcastically.

All Tapped Out of Logic

Critics of the Republican front-runner won't be surprised Trump's speech was long on rhetoric and short on specifics, rife with contradictions. The contradictory statements even had CNN's Jake Tapper scratching his head.

"I don't fully understand the contradiction that he seems to propose when it comes to going after ISIS even tougher than they're being pursued now, while also not getting involved in another war in the Middle East. That seems to be completely contradictory," Tapper asked a guest on The Lead With Jake Tapper.

In typical Trumpeter fashion, the guest gave his, "Yeah, but Trump!" answer.

"I think the coherence of what he stated and what has been different for probably the last --- at least the last 50 years --- is in one word, and that's winning," the guest said.

Winning is Not a Strategy

Bill Clinton probably wanted to win, both Bush's really liked to win, so it stands to reason they didn't go into a conflict hoping for a loss. Co-host Pat Gray was quick to point out the idiocy of the Trump supporter's comment.

"Has anybody said, 'Hey, let's get into this war and we'll lose big. We'll lose. We'll lose a lot of blood and treasure, and it will be great,'" Pat said.

Glenn agreed.

"That's not a strategy, that's a goal," Glenn said. "It contradicts itself. So how is his strategy going to work?"

Common Sense Bottom Line

Anyone can have the occasional slip of the tongue, and we shouldn't rake them over the coals for it. But knowledge about your subject matter --- especially in a significant foreign policy speech --- is important. More important than incorrectly naming a basketball hoop.

Listen to this segment from The Glenn Beck Program:

Featured Image: Using teleprompters, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers a speech about his vision for foreign policy at the Mayflower Hotel April 27, 2016 in Washington, DC. A real estate billionaire and reality television star, Trump beat his GOP challengers by double digits in Tuesday's presidential primaries in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Deleware, Rhode Island and Connecticut. 'I consider myself the presumptive nominee, absolutely,' Trump told supporters at the Trump Tower following yesterday's wins. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Sen. Ted Cruz: NOBODY should be afraid of Trump's Supreme Court justice pick

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to weigh in on President Donald Trump's potential Supreme Court nominees and talk about his timely new book, "One Vote Away: How a Single Supreme Court Seat Can Change History."

Sen. Cruz argued that, while Congressional Democrats are outraged over President Trump's chance at a third court appointment, no one on either side should be afraid of a Supreme Court justice being appointed if it's done according to the founding documents. That's why it's crucial that the GOP fills the vacant seat with a true constitutionalist.

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Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to talk about why he believes President Donald Trump will nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death.

Lee, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee that will consider and vote on the nominee, also weighed in on another Supreme Court contender: Judge Barbara Lagoa. Lee said he would not be comfortable confirming Lagoa without learning more about her history as it pertains to upholding the U.S. Constitution.

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This week on the Glenn Beck Podcast, Glenn spoke with Vox co-founder Matthew Yglesias about his new book, "One Billion Americans: The Case for Thinking Bigger."

Matthew and Glenn agree that, while conservatives and liberals may disagree on a lot, we're not as far apart as some make it seem. If we truly want America to continue doing great things, we must spend less time fighting amongst ourselves.

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'A convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists': Why is the New York Times defending George Soros?

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday, Glenn discussed the details of a recent New York Times article that claims left-wing billionaire financier George Soros "has become a convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists who have falsely claimed that he funds spontaneous Black Lives Matter protests as well as antifa, the decentralized and largely online, far-left activist network that opposes President Trump."

The Times article followed last week's bizarre Fox News segment in which former House Speaker Newt Gingrich appeared to be censored for criticizing Soros (read more here). The article also labeled Glenn a "conspiracy theorist" for his tweet supporting Gingrich.

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