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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Trump and "Created Equal"

Trump is speaking in Gettysburg today.  Lincoln started the Gettysburg Address by referring to the core idea of the Declaration of Independence:
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
In 2006, Trump did a video to promote a book that bore his name as coauthor. (He does not actually "write" any of his books.) At one point, he explicitly denied that proposition.
The world is not fair. You know they come with this statement "all men are created equal." Well, it sounds beautiful, and it was written by some very wonderful people and brilliant people, but it's not true because all people and all men [laughter] aren't created—now today they'd say all men and women, of course, they would have changed that statement that was made many years ago. But the fact is you have to be born and blessed with something up here [pointing to his head]. On the assumption you are, you can become very rich.
This comment occurs at about 8:25 into the video.

A Trump defender might say that he was talking about intelligence.  But Lincoln anticipated that line of reasoning and had a response:  "By this rule, you are to be slave to the first man you meet, with an intellect superior to your own."