Monday, August 29, 2016

Trump and Bannon and Breitbart

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The Trump campaign has pushed aside Putin-ite Paul Manafort and turned to the far-right (or "alt-right") wingnuts from Breitbart instead. They are vowing to use a scorched earth policy to defeat Hillary Clinton in November. Meanwhile, there is idle chatter of a "pivot" away from racism, sexism, and hate, but no real evidence that it is anything but talk. With Steve Bannon from Breitbart now in charge, there is little chance that Trump will ever change. But Bannon also comes with a host of excess baggage, such as anti-Semitism, voter fraud, and possible wife abuse, so how long will he last in Trumpland?

Stephen Bannon, executive chairman of Breitbart News, was the campaign’s new CEO. Pollster Kellyanne Conway was now Trump’s campaign manager.
... Bannon’s hiring is widely perceived as a turning point in Trump campaign strategy. Instead of Paul Manafort’s attempts at polishing his diamond-in-the-populist-rough candidate for the establishment Republican set, Bannon is likely to steer Trump toward more rough and tumble lines of attack....Trump called into question Clinton’s health more explicitly. “To defeat crime and radical Islamic terrorism in our country, to win trade in our country, you need tremendous physical and mental strength and stamina,” he said in Wisconsin. “Hillary Clinton doesn’t have that strength and stamina.”
...In a 2015 Bloomberg Businessweek profile, Bannon told a reporter of the site’s bravado, even in the face of contradictory facts: “We’re honey badgers. We don’t give a shit,” a reference to an ancient internet meme from 2011. It seems impossible to conclude that at least some of this spirit won’t seep into the Trump campaign.

From The New York Times
. . . Mr. Bannon was appointed a day after the recently ousted Fox News chairman, Roger Ailes, emerged in an advisory role with Mr. Trump. It was not lost on Republicans in Washington that two news executives whose outlets had fueled the anti-establishment rebellion that bedeviled congressional leaders and set the stage for Mr. Trump’s nomination were now directly guiding the party’s presidential message and strategy.

Friday, August 5, 2016

#GOP Meltdown in Progress

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Trump's constant weird statements, tweets, and gaffes are causing a crisis and meltdown inside the Republican Party that is almost unprecedented in American history.

His poll numbers are tanking, and staff members have been described as "suicidal" and looking to jump from the sinking ship. Republicans down-ticket are distancing themselves or endorsing Hillary Clinton - also an incredibly rare event in modern politics.

All this is a nice 55th Birthday for President Obama, not to mention the fact that Obama hit an all-time high on his approval ratings. And for all the Dems, the talk isn't just about taking the Senate back, but the House as well, not to mention the White House.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Trump Keeps Attacking Gold Star Family

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Donald Trump thinks he has made more sacrifices than a Muslim soldier who gave his life for this country. And he doesn't mind attacking the man's Gold Star Family to gain support among his racist voters.

And this has been going on now for a week.

From USA Today
Khan spoke on the final night of the Democratic convention, giving a moving tribute to his son before bashing Trump.
"If it was up to Donald Trump, he never would have even been in America," Khan said. "He vows to build walls and ban us from this country. Donald Trump, you're asking Americans to trust you with their future. Let me ask you, have you even read the United States Constitution?"
Khan held up a pocket Constitution and offered to lend it to Trump.
"You have have sacrificed nothing, and no one," he finished.
...In an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, Trump fought back against the idea that he hadn’t made any sacrifices.
"Who wrote that? Did Hillary's script writers write it?" Trump said. Khan declined the use of a speechwriter, according to Politico
"I think I've made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard,” Trump said.
Trump also went after Ghazala Khan, who stood beside her husband during his speech but did not speak. Trump implied that she may not have been allowed to speak because of her religion.

Tonight Trump's spokeswoman went on CNN and blamed Obama for the soldier's death in 2004. The only problem is that Obama wasn't President in 2004 - he didn't get elected until 2008! Idiot!

Trump Tosses Baby from Rally

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Donald Trump has decided that nothing will be sacred in this election season - not even small babies. You know, Mitt Romney used to unintentionally make babies cry too, but he never banished them from his rallies for God's sake.

He sounds like a mean comic in a nightclub instead of a Presidential candidate. And who are the jerks laughing in the audience? Is this really happening in our country?

From CNN
"I love babies. I hear that baby cry, I like it," Trump said at a campaign event here as a baby could be heard crying in the audience. "What a baby. What a beautiful baby. Don't worry, don't worry. The mom's running around, like, don't worry about it, you know. It's young and beautiful and healthy and that's what we want."

But less than two minutes later, as the baby continued to wail, Trump took back his words.
"Actually I was only kidding, you can get the baby out of here," he said to laughs. "I think she really believed me that I love having a baby crying while I'm speaking. That's OK. People don't understand. That's OK."