It seems so easy to me, this is how I would do it…
Chuck Todd: Welcome to Meet the Press Mr. Rutstein
Me: Thanks Chuck. Glad to be here
CT: Before we get started, how goes it on the campaign trail?
JR: Great. I feel fantastic, we’re winning on all the important issues and I am doing better than anyone expected. People told me that it is a grind, but I am enjoying meeting lots of really amazing Americans and here I am on Meet the Press having a great hair day. No comb over needed to cover up anything going on here! [pointing to head]
CT: Are you trying to make a point about Donald Trump’s hair?
JR: What? Of course not, I didn’t even say his name. You are already starting conspiracy theories about me? Haha. All I did was talk about my own hair
CT: But mention of a comb-over must be a reference to Mr Trump? Should you apologize for a personal attack?
JR: Attack? Only you would think that. My grandfather on my mothers side had a comb-over. It was awful. We used to make fun of it all the time. I would joke with him about it. What are you hiding under there? A comb-over must be made for covering up things. I wonder if that is a metaphor. Chuck, how can you be so incompetent to read that statement as a reference on someone else? I was talking about me.
CT: Are you saying that Mr Trump is hiding something?
JR: No of course not. You said that.
CT: Then what are you trying to say?
JR: I was just pointing out that I am having a good hair day and that got me to thinking how long ago it was normal to have comb-overs to hide baldness or other stuff. I don’t have to do anything like that and I am proud of that fact.
CT: And that’s it? You don’t think you are commenting on Mr Trump in a way that is unfair?
JR: No. Mr Trump is a very successful man. He has made a lot of money, as he so often points out, on properties all over the world. I really find it incredible that he sold his Atlantic City properties and made a lot of money on them right before the whole market there fell apart. As I travel around the country I meet people that work in jobs that are being systemically eliminated by the market or technology or competition from overseas. It’s heartbreaking when you see something falling apart like that. You see it happening to real people, just like the folks in Atlantic City. I know lots of people that lost their jobs in 08-09. I just tell them that if I were President that I wouldn’t give up on them. I wouldn’t abandon their jobs and let it go under. I would work with them. Work with their leadership. Work with the local government to find a way to help them reinvent themselves or the product or the market in a way that let them be successful. That’s what great leadership does. I want to be a leader that is great and wouldn’t cut and run.
CT: So Mr Trump abandoned the people of Atlantic City?
JR: I didn’t say that. I don’t know what he knew when he decided to sell those casinos. I just know what he has stated for the record, that he made a lot of money and now Atlantic City is near failure.
CT: But you are saying that he has a tendency to not support the notion of sticking with something when the going gets tough?
JR: Where are you getting this from? I was just talking about how I would do things. This country is in debt. United States as a business takes in less revenue than we have in expenses. No one can continue to live like that. The good news is that we still have a huge balance sheet and intrinsic value. So we still have a lot of potential to use all that capital and natural talent of the American people to rebuild this great country. Would I as President choose to sell now and still make a big profit by liquidating those assets and giving up on the American people? No. But I wish I made lots of money and could live an extravagant lifestyle and travel on private jets and helicopters, no matter what my financial situation and the finances of my friends and neighbors. If I did, and then let’s say over time, just like the US government, I found myself deeply in debt, and I filed for bankruptcy numerous times, well I am the type of person that has the capability to roll up my sleeves and cut back my personal spending habits and find a way to use my God-given resources to rebuild. If the bankruptcy court told me that I could only live on $5,000 per month instead the $75,000 that I had been spending, I would find a way to do it
CT: Mr Rutstein, you are describing the exact situation Mr Trump went through in the late 90’s. Are you making a statement about Mr Trump’s bankruptcy practices? Or how he handled his personal lifestyle while in bankruptcy?
JR: No you are making that inference. I am talking about how this country needs a President that can survive financial tumult without giving up on the American people. Our current President has resolved the fact that we should just concede certain realities of the economy and I don’t feel that way.
So you see where I am going with this. The guy is not that smart. You use his own words against him but just in general pronouncements about reality that could be linked to his actions or persona. But you let the press make the linkage and perpetuate it as news. Never do your own dirty work. If you see a team working successfully out of the ‘wildcat’ formation, you wouldn’t try it too? The guy found a winning strategy, steal it! Come on political operatives, this isn’t hard. Trump is a joke, just make it easy for us to see.