Trump Said Lots of Nothing During NY Times Meeting

Same ol' Donny.

Screen Shot 2016-11-23 at 8.38.01 AMDonald Trump—despite initially cancelling a meeting with The New York Times— did eventually take part in a lengthy session with the paper’s staffers. Once the meeting was underway, Trump changed his views to fit the audience. Like always.

After raging that he would imprison Hillary Clinton, Trump said he wouldn’t. “Look, I want to move forward, I don’t want to move back,” he explained. “And I don’t want to hurt the Clintons. I really don’t.”

He finally addressed his many white supremacy supporters by stating, “I’m not looking to energize them. I don’t want to energize the group, and I disavow the group.”

While Trump previously said climate change was a conspiracy created by the Chinese government, he told Times staffers he would “have an open mind” to confronting the issue. He also said “I think there is some connectivity [between human activity and climate change].”

When the meeting ended, Trump proclaimed “The Times is, it’s a great, great American jewel. A world jewel.” This was mere hours after he tweeted that the Times was “failing.”

It’s tempting to see this meeting as evidence that perhaps Trump isn’t completely awful. But the truth is this meeting was nothing more than him saying whatever people want to hear. Do you think for one second, if this meeting had been between him and Breitbart News staffers, he’d have said those things?

Trump has no specific stance on anything because he’s not smart enough to take one. Good for the Times for getting this meeting, but nothing has changed.