The reviews of Donald Trump's grand foray into foreign policy agreed on one thing, which is that Trump can't even agree with himself. His Wednesday speech was an exercise in self-contradiction, a feast of incoherence, a walk up the down escalator.
He pledges to be the best of friends but threatens to abandon alliances. He wants America to shun nation building but create stability. He plans to spend more money but waste less.
He vows to be consistent but unpredictable. He intends to restore respect, even as people around the world lower their opinion of America a bit more every day he remains in the race.
How does Trump reconcile his incompatible promises and implausible visions? He doesn't, and he's never tried. Inconsistency is not a defect in the product; it is the product. His supporters don't hold his carefree contradictions against him. Some don't care, and some embrace them.
In three of the biggest swing states -- Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida -- Republicans were particularly downbeat about the prospect of a Trump-Clinton contest.
"There is positively no way for Trump to win in Pennsylvania," said a Republican from that state.
"Trump cannot and will not carry Ohio," a Republican from that state insisted. "He will do well in Appalachia and in the Mahoning Valley, but he will get killed in the rest of the state. The danger for the GOP is losing Rob Portman, which is a very real possibility under this matchup."
Added a Florida Republican, who like all participants was granted anonymity in order to speak freely, "Trump is grinding the GOP to a stub. He couldn't find enough xenophobic, angry white Floridians to beat Hillary in Florida if he tried."
During one of his abrupt verbal asides on the political stump Wednesday night in Indianapolis, Donald Trump proudly noted another endorsement from the sports world.
The former heavyweight champion, of course, has a history in Indianapolis. It was here where he was convicted of raping beauty pageant contestant Desiree Washington in 1992 -- and subsequently spent three years in prison.
"Mike Tyson endorsed me," Trump told the crowd. "I love it. He sent out a tweet. Mike. Iron Mike. You know, all the tough guys endorse me. I like that, OK?
"But Mike said, 'I love Trump. I endorse Trump.' And that's the end. I'm sure he doesn't know about your economic situation in Indiana. But when I get endorsed by the tough ones, I like it, because you know what? We need toughness now. We need toughness."
Legendary Indiana basketball coach Bobby Knight endorsed presidential hopeful Donald Trump at a rally in the state Wednesday ahead of next week's primary. "If you people will do this, if you will do this, you will be having our government take its first step toward what all of us want America to be like," Knight told the crowd. Knight, who ranks second all-time in wins with 902, was infamous for angry tirades, including one where he tossed a chair across the court arguing a foul call. He also joked in a 1988 TV interview, "I think that if rape is inevitable, relax and enjoy it."
Sen. Lindsey Graham tore into Donald Trump's speech on foreign policy, calling it "unnerving," "pathetic" and "scary."
The South Carolina Republican former presidential candidate told WABC Radio on Wednesday that the speech was "nonsensical" and showed that Trump "has no understanding of the world and the role we play."
"This speech was unnerving. It was pathetic in its content, and it was scary in terms of its construct. If you had any doubt that Donald Trump is not fit to be commander in chief, this speech should've removed it," Graham said. "It took every problem and fear I have with Donald Trump and put in on steroids."
He added: "It was like a guy from New York reading a speech that somebody wrote for him that he edited that makes no sense." And: "It was not a conservative speech. This was a blend of random thoughts built around Rand Paul's view of the world."