How does Donald Trump propose to keep people from dying in the streets?
Shut up. No, you shut up. They just won’t, all right?
My post of Friday morning was too long and had too much transcript in it, but believe it or not, I want to offer another chunk of Thursday night’s GOP presidential debate transcript. In this exchange with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Ted Cruz joined his good friend Marco Rubio in trying to get Trump to explain his health-care plan, specifically the part of the plan that would prevent those who lack health insurance from dying in the streets. It ends up, as in Friday morning’s post/transcript, divulging that there is no plan. And on another subject: No, you shut up.
TRUMP: Correct. I will not let people die on the streets if I’m president.
CRUZ: Have you said you’re a liberal on health care?
TRUMP: Excuse me. Let me talk. If people…
CRUZ: Talk away. Explain your plan, please.
TRUMP: If people — my plan is very simple. I will not — we’re going to have private — we are going to have health care, but I will not allow people to die on the sidewalks and the streets of our country if I’m president. You may let it and you may be fine with it…
CRUZ: So does the government pay for everyone’s health care?
TRUMP:…I’m not fine with it. We are going to take those people…
CRUZ: Yes or no? Just answer the question.
TRUMP: Excuse me. We are going to take those people and those people are going to be serviced by doctors and hospitals. We’re going to make great deals on it, but we’re not going to let them die in the streets.
CRUZ: Who pays for it?
RUBIO: Well, can I just clarify something?
BLITZER: Gentleman, please.
RUBIO: Wolf, no. I want to clarify something.
BLITZER: Gentlemen please. I want to move on.
RUBIO: This is a Republican debate, right? Because that attack about letting people die in the streets…
BLITZER: I want to talk about the economy.
BLITZER: Gentleman, gentleman. All of you have agreed — Senator Cruz…
TRUMP: You know what? Call it what you want.
CRUZ: It’s a yes or no.
TRUMP: Call it what you want. People are not going to be dying on the sidewalk.
Me: Have a nice weekend.