According to Donald Trump’s son, Eric, something specific pushed his father to run for the Republican presidential nomination. And contrary to a popular belief, it wasn’t the 2012 White House Correspondent’s Dinner.
“I think, honestly, the Iran nuclear deal was one of the things that made him jump into the race,” Eric said in an interview with a New York radio station Sunday. “I think that was a game changer for him. That is when he finally said, ‘Kids, I am going to do it. I am going to give this a real shot.”
Trump has spoken frequently of his disdain for the deal. In a well-received speech at AIPAC this year, the billionaire said that as president, he would make scrapping the deal his “number one priority.”
Politically, it’s hard to tell whether this proposal will help Trump or hurt him. In fact, it’s hard to really tell much of anything about the Iran nuclear deal. Everything you read is awash in ideology. The deal’s complexity is such that it’s almost impossible to get a holistic sense of what it actually means. Most Americans, if they’re honest with themselves, have either chosen a side based on the Republican/Democrat divide or they’ve decided not to care one way or the other.
As it turns out, this widespread apathy didn’t happen by accident.
The problem with understanding the Iran deal isn’t that it’s too complex or boring for the average American to fully comprehend; the problem is that Americans have been intentionally denied the facts. As we’ve just recently learned, the Obama administration – in cooperation with a George Soros-funded group called the Ploughshares Fund – manipulated reporters and spread their propaganda far and wide to make sure they got the deal they wanted. They gave the world a false choice: Either we sign this deal or we go to war with Iran.
So we signed the deal and gave a rogue Islamic regime billions of dollars to abandon a nuclear program they were only pursuing so they could get this deal in the first place. Now, should Iran choose to seriously pursue nuclear weapons, they will have the funds with which to do it.
The Iran deal itself is disastrous, but what’s worse is the precedent it sets. It sends a message to the world’s rogue leaders: If you want to get America to the negotiating table, just start building a nuclear arsenal.
You think, by any chance, Kim Jong Un is paying attention?