Ivanka Trump has been anointed by her father as an expert She is in Europe showing her expertise but the crowd did not seem to buy what she was saying. Her father might think she is ready for prime time and the White House staff also has to bow to this arrangement but the rest of the world is not afraid to say the Emperor and his offspring have no clothes.
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Donna Brazile finally admitted that she forwarded debate questions to Hillary Clinton. She had been accused of this during the summer but she made her admission yesterday. The question is why? Why would you give up your good reputation by doing something this stupid. Hillary Clinton has moved on but Brazile’s reputation is damaged. America believes in comebacks and hopefully brazile will get one.
Donald Trump embraced the birther conspiracy and rode it into the White House. He only abandoned it or stopped talking about it when it no longer served his diabolical purpose. Many people thought that when he actually assumed office he would develop a presidential restraint, but we can see that is not happening. Last Tuesday night we saw a glimpse of a real president when he addressed a joint session of Congress and he some saw this as a real turning point but the change was short-lived. Over the weekend he returned to the real Donald…the reality tv Donald. He is the say anything Donald including accusing former President Obama of approving wiretapping at Trump Tower. He said this during one of his Twitter Fits over the weekend. He has nothing to back up his claims other than articles written by his conspiracy theorists pals. It is painful to see his minions come on camera and attempt to defend the indefensible. They are calling for an investigation. An investigation of what? The media is making an effort to hold their feet to the fire as they continue defense of the indefensible. President Obama never really called Trump a liar but now is the time. When you are in a street fight it comes a time that you have to put the rules on the shelve and fight fist for fist. Trump has to be stopped. He is the president but it is time to call a lie a lie and this is not a case of “alternative facts” this is simply straight up lying.
Barack Obama was elected president in 2008 and he took office in 2009. The Republicans were upset and out of anger and frustrations a group splintered from the traditional Republican party. That group became the Tea Party. They carried their flags wore their funny hats and constantly protested. The Democrats initially dismissed them and the president even said they were a part of “silly season”. The Republicans thought they could control them, but the Tea Party had their own agenda, and they were willing to do anything to make it happen.
In 2010 they started supporting candidates that supported their mission and a lot of the traditional GOP stalwarts found themselves on the outside looking in. The Tea Party was against President Obama and anything he endorsed, touched or sanctioned they viewed as poison. As I watched them I could not believe they could sustain this level of zeal, but they did and they elected people to government who had a mission not just to shake up things, but to tear it up if necessary.
Their persistence ultimately gave us President Trump. Now we are starting to see Trump dismiss disgruntled Democrats to his detriment. President Obama was elected twice, but he lost the House and the Senate and the Republicans and the Tea Party did all they could to hogtie his agenda. This is the kind of attitude that the Democrats must adopt if they expect to start the change in 2018. They have to stay agitated, aggravated, and motivated. They are being called sore losers, but in loss one can learn how to win. The Democrats have to have the resolve of the Tea Party and the Democrats will rise again. Hopefully, in 2018.
For the past few days Donald Trump has told his crowds that President Obama and Hillary Clinton were the founders of Isis. He made this statement strongly and often. When given opportunities to reel it in he didn’t. So today via Twitter he declares his statements as “sarcasm”. It’s the media’s fault for taking him seriously. Let’s say this is true and that’s stretching the definition of truth. It is sarcasm. Would a serious candidate actually do this? He got his message out to his people and they will take his statement to heart especially when he employed the president’s middle name to his statement. He got the impact he was looking for and for him that is a win.
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No trying-to-be objective and fair journalist, no citizen who cares about the country and its future can ignore what Donald Trump said today. When he suggested that “The Second Amendment People” can stop Hillary Clinton he crossed a line with dangerous potential. By any objective analysis, this is a new low and unprecedented in the history of American presidential politics. This is no longer about policy, civility, decency or even temperament. This is a direct threat of violence against a political rival. It is not just against the norms of American politics, it raises a serious question of whether it is against the law. If any other citizen had said this about a Presidential candidate, would the Secret Service be investigating?
Candidate Trump will undoubtably issue an explanation; some of his surrogates are already engaged in trying to gloss it over, but once the words are out there they cannot be taken back. That is what inciting violence means.
To anyone who still pretends this is a normal election of Republican against Democrat, history is watching. And I suspect its verdict will be harsh. Many have tried to do a side-shuffle and issue statements saying they strongly disagree with his rhetoric but still support the candidate. That is becoming woefully insufficient. The rhetoric is the candidate.
This cannot be treated as just another outrageous moment in the campaign. We will see whether major newscasts explain how grave and unprecedented this is and whether the headlines in tomorrow’s newspapers do it justice. We will soon know whether anyone who has publicly supported Trump explains how they can continue to do.
We are a democratic republic governed by the rule of law. We are an honest, fair and decent people. In trying to come to terms with today’s discouraging development the best I can do is to summon our greatest political poet Abraham Lincoln for perspective:
“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”
Lincoln used these stirring words to end his First Inaugural Address. It was the eve of the Civil War and sadly his call for sanity, cohesion and peace was met with horrific violence that almost left our precious Union asunder. We cannot let that happen again.
Donald Trump has been off the hook since the day he descended down the escalator. He has painted his own picture of the USA and it is devoid of color. When he sees color he sees terror. Home grown or imported it does not matter. His hatespeak has worked up until now so he was stunned when he finally went a step too far. He insulted a Gold Star family and he is still continuing his No Apology tour but it does not seem to be working like it did in the primaries. The Grand Old Party is in shock, but why? This is the Trump they embraced. He has not changed. He is the candidate they cheered for, winked when he insulted immigrants, disabled and POWs. So why should he change? GOP you got what you deserved.
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Franklin Roosevelt is credited for saying “we have nothing to fear but fear itself”. Last night Donald Trump basically said we need to fear everything and he is the only one who can save us. He told us last night that he is the “law and order candidate”. He received rave reviews which included one from white supremacist David Duke (via twitter). Last night Trump danced with the people who brought him to the dance. Sure he did some lame shout outs to gays and blacks, but he saved his red meat for the already converted. He gave a sincere nod to the law enforcement community and rightfully so, but he did not mention the victims of police misconduct. He expressed his rudimentary understanding of foreign policy by slamming NATO. His remarks in a New York Times article have already set off the nerves meter in Europe. The main message of his speech last night was fear me. He said I have the ability to give you your country back and take you back to the days when you were running things. He played to his base and they salivated as he walked them back to pre-2009. He like all candidates criticized the incumbent, but this campaign started 5 years ago when he questioned the legitimacy of President Obama’s presidency. Trump is a birther and in 2011 he appeared a number of times on the NBC Today show floating his theories. So the campaign started then and is probably one of the things his base loves about him. Listening to Trump last night lets us know who he is and what he stands for and it is more than obvious to me that with him as the leader of the Republican party the tent is closed. Zipped tight and there is truly no room for me.