This CNN reporting is making the Internet rounds this morning:
Just four years ago, Donald Trump took a drastically different position on what is now his central issue: deporting undocumented immigrants in the United States….
Asked [by CNBC] about his views on immigrant labor, Trump said, "You know my views on it and I'm not necessarily, I think I'm probably down the middle on that also. Because I also understand how, as an example, you have people in this country for 20 years, they've done a great job, they've done wonderfully, they've gone to school, they've gotten good marks, they're productive — now we're supposed to send them out of the country, I don't believe in that.... I don't believe in a lot things that are being said."
That final line characterizes the politician Trump in toto. He is the perfectly malleable man — a wholly unprincipled cipher who doesn't believe in a lot of things that are being said by him. The wholesale absence of principles is a common but not indispensable feature of the political demagogue, and here, Trump is more Joe McCarthy than Huey Long, who at least had some sympathy for the Everyman. For Trump, the Everyman is just another mark, for whom I too would have sympathy, if only he weren't so willfully blind to the bloody conspicuous con artistry of Donald Trump.