- Here's The Thing So Many Ignorant Americans Can't Grasp About 'Commie' Bernie Sanders By : Peter Ross
Most people and media pundits who emphatically denounce Bernie Sanders and his supporters -- give reasons which all generally boil down to the fact that he is the reincarnation of Karl Marx and he wants to turn the U.S. into a communist state. That he is so far left of centre that he's basically off the chart. Australian Pete Ross explains why they are dead wrong. On the contrary his "wacky" ideas of free education, free healthcare, regulating banks and corporations and so on are all actually staple ideas of many of the happiest and most prosperous countries in the world. America likes to brand itself 'the land of opportunity'—yet your poster boys for innovation go to Harvard," but from elsewhere in the world, the cost of that opportunity is shockingly high. It looks more and more like the land of oligarchy, where those with privilege move higher and higher up more and more easily, and those below have to scramble with all their might, sacrificing everything and never making a bad decision to even have a shot at being upper middle class. Land of opportunity, huh? Yeah, when the next Facebook is founded by a guy working out of a college dorm at Indiana State, you might be able to say that without irony.
- Trump 'The Kremlin Candidate' Begins General Election Campaign in a Massive Hole By : Steven Shepard
Reports indicate that in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Vladimir Putin's propaganda network is picking sides. The presumptive GOP nominee trails Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders by polling margins not seen in a generation. Despite Trump's frequent claims to the contrary, he trails Clinton, his most likely opponent, in nearly every hypothetical general-election poll thus far – often by wide margins. Overall, the HuffPost Pollster average of public polls gives Clinton a 7-point edge, 47 percent to 40 percent. A CNN/ORC International poll conducted just before Tuesday's Indiana primary found Clinton leading Trump by 13 points among registered voters nationally, 54 percent to 41 percent. If Trump's vote share among white women was 50 percent – which would be down from Romney's 56 percent four years ago – that would mean Trump would have to win about 85 percent of white men to win, an astounding percentage and dramatically better than Romney's 62-percent share.
- Donald Trump is The Nominee From Hell: The Early Numbers are in, And They Spell Disaster For The GOP. Trump's is Burning Republicans To The Ground By : Heather Digby Parton
After the 2012 election, post-mortem suggested how the GOP could stay competitive. Trump's undoing all of that work. Trump's election would be catastrophic for the country. Luckily, there's still a chance to stop that from happening. But the damage he's doing to the Republican Party is is severe and, by the time he's finished, it may not be recoverable. Clinton would wallop Trump by 49-36 percent if the election were held today and she'd best Cruz 48-39 percent, according to the poll of 604 likely Florida voters. Needless to say, this is very bad news for the GOP. Unfortunately for them, Donald Trump may be a flash in the pan, but his dominance in the media ensures that the Republican Party is going to be indelibly branded with the garish Trump logo for some time to come. The long lasting effects of this campaign on the Republican Party are profound. By the time the GOP establishment recognized their problems with women and Latinos and young people and attempted to ameliorate them, it was too late. Then, as luck would have it, Trump came along and exploited these dynamics with such an ugly ferocity, and with such success, that it was like trying to push back the tide. If all these numbers hold up and continue to go in the same direction, the GOP won't do a postmortem after this election. Trump is pouring gasoline on the Party and setting it on fire — there won't be enough of it left to conduct an autopsy.
- This Racist Clown Could Really Win: Ma. Hillary's Lead on Donald Trump is Far From Commanding By : Matthew Rozsa
Trump could end up capturing more primary votes than any GOP candidate in history. Do not write him off in November. We need to start worrying about the realistic possibility of a Trump presidency. The problem isn't simply that Clinton's lead over Trump is far from commanding (the most recent polls peg it at anywhere from 3-to-11 percent), but that Trump has inspired so much more enthusiasm than her. Anyone following the Democratic primaries has noticed that most of the enthusiasm, if not the votes, have been going to Bernie Sanders; by contrast, there is little question that Trump is sweeping the Republican Party by storm. While there are factors other than excitement that determine electoral outcomes, Trump certainly has an edge over Clinton in motivating his supporters to actually turn out on Election Day. Democrats should not be complacent about this.
- We Must Shame Dumb, Bigoted & Racist Trump Fans: The White 'Working Class' are Not Victims! By : David Masciotra
It's not smug liberalism to point out Trump backers are ignorant, bigoted and low-educated. What's dangerous is to sympathize with them. White voters in the decades leading up to the Great Society initiative had no objection to generous social programs of assistance for the poor, disabled and illiterate. The Homestead Act, the GI Bill, Social Security, the rural electrification policies of the New Deal, and other public aid programs were uncontroversial – popular with the white working class, because they were the sole beneficiaries of government largesse. It was not until the federal government started spending white tax dollars on anti-poverty relief for "spics" and "niggers" that low-income white voters went into hysterics about the evils of dependency. Up until the Great Society, most government programs were, like Southern hotels and diners, white only. The real story of demographic change in American culture is not the fairly obvious and boring transformation of party constituencies, but the "browning of America." It is not only the presence of minorities, but the power of minorities – in American institutions at all levels – that has many white voters running scared, straight into the arms of a billionaire who just a year ago was probably indifferent to their existence. Trump voters are not deifying their candidate because liberals are mean. They are doing so for the exact reasons they have given journalists and pollsters. They don't like immigrants, and they believe m
- Drumpfism: Donald Trump Thinks He's a God. Even Worse, His Racist Supporters Agree By : Phil Torres
He's wrong about so much, but implores his fans to believe him. Scarily, they do. Call this religion Drumpfism -- after the Trump family's original last name: Drumpf. The appeal of Drumpfism is its similarity to Christianity, the predominant religion among American conservatives. For example, at the heart of Drumpfism is a demand to have faith in the impeccable judgment and sagacity of Donald Trump. Rather than present verifiable evidence to corroborate his claims, Trump habitually implores his audience to "believe me," a locution that translates as "take a leap of faith and simply trust in my abilities." As the right-wing Fox News commentator Charles Krauthammer puts it, Trump is "running a campaign on belief." When it comes to building a "beautiful wall" along our southern border or defeating China, Trump's answer is essentially identical to what Christianity tells its followers: "Have faith in God [i.e., Trump] and don't ask too many questions." In a conversation with his disciple Thomas, of "doubting Thomas" fame, Jesus says: "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." This is the central epistemology of Drumpfism, and it's proven to be quite effective among a segment of the American population.
- Donald Trumps Disdain For Women Oozes 'Stinkily' From His Rear Orifice By : Cody Cain
This week, Donald Trump reminded us of something very important: he is "chronic" misogynist who cannot help himself. Women see right through Trump's nonsense about how he loves and cherishes women. A recent Gallup poll shows that a whopping 70% of women have an unfavorable opinion of Trump. Therefore his most recent attack on Hillary Clinton has fallen flat. Ironically, and apparently unbeknownst to Trump, Hillary is actually regarded as being very strong on the military as a so-called hawk, even to a fault. In fact, various Republican military hawks have themselves said that Hillary is stronger on the military than Trump.
- A 'Schlonging' in The Making: How Winning The Nomination Could Be 'Misogynist' Trump's Worst Nightmare By : Adele M. Stan
The ancient Greek philosophers saw misogyny as evidence of fear of women. Whatever the original roots of the showman's misogyny, the polls would indicate he has good reason to fear women in November—those, at least, who turn up at the voting booth. Which may explain Trump's urging, in his latest victory speech, of Bernie Sanders, Clinton's flagging Democratic challenger, to run as an independent in the general election. An independent progressive would presumably peel off votes that would have otherwise gone to the Democrat. As Clinton's nomination became all but sealed on Tuesday night, the pundits barely seemed to register the historic nature of it. For the first time, a woman was almost certain to be the standard-bearer of one of the two major political parties in a presidential election. But Donald Trump surely noticed. With his male challengers falling away, Trump is now faced with two outcomes he likely once deemed improbable, if not impossible: that he could win the nomination of the Party of Lincoln, and that he could lose the biggest game of his life—to a woman.
- The GOP's Eve Of Destruction: The 'Base' Will Drink Kool-Aid No More as Republicans Prepare For Defeat in The Fall By : Richard North Patterson
By now, one need not catalog the ignorance, truculence, misogyny and racism which will doom Republicans in the fall. But these fatal flaws have given Trump a base of support among primary voters as obdurate as granite. He has become the bone in the GOP's throat which cannot be dislodged. Lodged within a perception of "strength" a.k.a "Make America Great Again" a.k.a ["Make America White Again"] - is racial animus exacerbated by the election of Barack Obama. It is salient that Trump first surfaced riding the Trojan horse of birtherism, jam-packed with loathing of our first black president. That Trump rallies seethe with racial antagonism is no accident — he is the avatar for those who feel that whites, not minorities, are the victims of discrimination and disdain. Confronted with this disturbing phenomenon, the GOP establishment ran in both directions: some surrendered too soon; others went after Trump too late. The most shattering is the fear and loathing between Trump's blue-collar base and the wealthy donors and ideological conservatives who have labeled them electoral lowlife. This poisonous contempt is the party's due bill for all the years of diversionary rhetoric designed to win votes from working-class Americans. But the establishment's true agenda — lower taxes, free trade, deregulation and fiscal discipline — did nothing to improve their lives. Donald Trump is the expression of their anger, not the cause. They are through with drinking the GOP's Kool-Aid. In short, t
- To a 'Lobotomized' Press: Donald Trump Will Never (Ever) Be Presidential, Once a Thug, Always a Thug! By : Eric Boehlert
The Republican frontrunner is now getting credit for not insulting his opponents. Has our press been lobotomized? We'll soon know for sure whether Trump has any plans to abandon the thuggery that's defined his campaign to date. But his absence from the Sunday shows the past two weeks suggests the campaign may be trying to throttle back his media availability to some extent. Instead of dashing in front of television cameras, or speed dialing into news programs, Trump has taken a step back, as witnessed by his recent Sunday show hiatus. In the unlikely event Trump actually manages to find a softer, more "presidential" tone, and become slightly media shy, will the press dial back its obsessive, celebrity-like coverage, and apply a more critical eye to his wild claims? We've seen the drill over and over. He insulted Mexicans! He insulted Sen. John McCain! He insulted Megyn Kelly! He insulted Carly Fiorina! He insulted the Pope! He insulted Ted Cruz's wife! Months of news cycles have been robotically handed over to the Trump shiny-object coverage.
- 'Cooning' Uncle Ben Carson Tries To Convince Trevor Noah He's Not Insane For Backing Trump — and He Fails Miserably By : Brendan Gauthier
No matter how he tries to explain it, Ben Carson still can't give a good reason for supporting Trump. Dr. Ben Carson, a former brain surgeon is a despicable excuse for a black man -- and earns the "Uncle Tom" label because, quite frankly, he demeans other black people, all while masquerading as a crusader for black causes. How a man so talented in medicine could be such a dimwit outside of said practice is, in itself, a medical mystery.
- Donald Trump's Avenging Angels: How The Orange-Haired Monster Has Rewritten The History of American Conservatism By : Rick Perlstein
We used to talk about Goldwater, Reagan and Buckley. That just doesn't cut it any more. Trump's political debut, after all, came in response to a mugging. Following the infamous attack on a female jogger in Central Park, Trump purchased full pages in four New York newspapers demanding, "Bring Back the Death Penalty. Bring Back Our Police!" All the hallmarks of his present crusade against "political correctness" were in evidence, such as the harkening to that bygone day when men were men, cops were cops, and punks were punks. He concluded: "I miss the feeling of security New York's finest once gave the citizens of this City." As I previously reported, these same police straight-jacketed by liberal timorousness had already coerced the rape suspects into confessions later proven to be false. The now-infamous Ku Klux Klan march through the streets of Queens in 1927, when The New York Times reported "1,000 Klansmen and 100 policemen staged a free-for-all," in which according to one contemporary news report all the individuals arrested were wearing Klan attire, and that one of those arrestees was Donald Trump's own father -- Fred Trump.
- Trump's Sleazy Nomination Path: Bribery, Threats of Violence and Fantasizing Loud About Bullying Convention Delegates By : Amanda Marcotte
Trump is taking a three-pronged approach to winning the nomination in a contested convention: Bribing delegates to vote for him, threatening those who won't take bribes, and hitting the media hard to argue that he is allowed to play dirty because the other guys started it. He has started to flirt more openly with the idea of using a bribes-and-threats strategy to win the nomination, even though he continues to pretend that he's not doing what he's clearly doing. Trump has been using surrogates like Roger Stone to create threatening chatter about violence at the convention and stalking of delegates who vote against Trump, but Trump turned up the volume this weekend by making a thinly veiled threat of violence if he doesn't get his way at the convention in July. By now, after nearly a year of living in our dystopian Trump nightmare, it should be clear that he cannot be killed off by ordinary means. That requires some respect for common decency or, barring that, having something to lose that can be held against them. Trump has neither and positively relishes crashing through and destroying all the carefully laid plans of career politicians.
- Desperate Trump Makeover: His Months of Bullying & Classless Tactics Have Backfired — But His Strategy Shift Won't Save Him at The Convention By : Sean Illing
Trump's trying to "professionalize" his campaign by hiring veteran GOP operatives, but it's likely too late. Trump's only viable path to the nomination includes reaching the magic 1,237 delegate total – otherwise the race will be blown wide open. As Ed O'Keefe pointed out, "When the presidential nomination vote is held at the convention, 95 percent of the delegates will be bound to the results in their states for the first vote.....But if Trump falls short, the convention will cast a second ballot in which more than 1,800 delegates from 31 states – nearly 60 percent of the total – will be unbound and allowed to vote however they want. By the third round, 80 percent of the delegates would be free." Given Trump's paltry support among party insiders, a free-for-all scenario would heavily favor Cruz.
- 2016 is Already Decided: The 'Kangaroo' Benghazi Hearing, a Rotten Trump and a Backward GOP Has Already Clinched it For Ma. Hillary By : Doug Sosnik
Here's How You Know: The most decisive phase of the election has passed; and it's not looking good for the GOP. Regardless of how you do the math, the current environment paints a picture of a Republican Party at the verge of implosion during the most critical period in the presidential campaign. Assuming little changes, years from now people will look back at the decisive nine-day period in mid-October last fall when the stage was set for the 2016 elections. In this narrow window, Hillary Clinton soundly routed Bernie Sanders in the first and single most important Democratic debate of the season, Vice President Biden announced that he wouldn't run for president and Clinton publicly demonstrated her strength and fortitude during 11 hours of testimony in front of the House Select Committee on Benghazi—a hearing that resembled a Kangaroo Court. Meanwhile, loudly and in full view, sitting high atop the polls facing little or no resistance, Donald Trump was gathering steam toward the Republican nomination and a backward-looking Republican Party was gasping its last breath.
- Unilateral Surrender of Power: How The GOP Made Obama One of America's Most Powerful Presidents By : Zachary Karabell
By stonewalling new laws and new budgets, Congress handed control to the White House. Republicans are hardly passive victims of an overweening executive; they are, in fact, paying for their own unilateral surrender of power. The GOP-dominated Congress has sought to weaken and undermine Obama and instead has achieved the opposite. Unable to pass significant legislation after the Affordable Care Act, the Obama White House filled the vacuum by creative use of executive authority, setting a potentially risky precedent for the future balance between the branches but spurred, ironically, by the very opponents who were trying to contain him.
- Inside Ted Cruz's Dark, Twisted World: Why His Far-Right Social Views are Even Scarier Than You Think By : Heather Digby Parton
It will come as no shock that Ted Cruz is an extremist. But it might surprise to learn just how extreme he is. Ted Cruz's confrontational political philosophy is revolutionary. His policy agenda is at the farthest edge of conservative movement thinking, even including gold buggery and the abolition of the IRS and half a dozen other agencies and functions of the federal government. His foreign policy advisers include anti-Muslim cranks like Frank Gaffney. His ideology is doctrinaire right wing conservative. And he is a fanatical conservative evangelical Christian whose beliefs place him at the fringe of an already non-mainstream worldview. And then there is his father Rafael Cruz, who is counted among the most militant extremist preachers in the country and who believes his son was sent by God to turn America into a theocracy.
- Hey, Democrats, Stop Gloating — Your Party is Imploding Right Before Your Eyes, Too By : Steve Almond
The enduring lesson of Campaign 2016 for Democrats is that the center cannot hold. Republicans aren't the only party facing an historic rift. Over the past two weeks, it's become increasingly obvious that grassroots liberals are thoroughly disgusted by their own party establishment. A growing plurality of democratic voters wants a true progressive agenda. If Clinton and party insiders ignore this reality, such voters will begin to look elsewhere. They will not view themselves as having left the Party. The Party will have left them.
- Trump Chokeholds and Tries To Hijack America By : Roger Simon
Trump does not have a tight core. His advisers do not work on policies; they work on chokeholds. And should Trump become president they may already be planning to force NBC to change the name of its premier Sunday show from "Meet the Press" to "Beat the Press." Unlike Ronald Reagan, Trump has no ideology to fall back on. Unlike Richard Nixon, Trump is not power-hungry. He is like a kid who steals cars to take a joy ride, not because he wants a car. Today, Trump wants to joyride the United States. After eight years, he'll give it back. He thinks it won't matter; he thinks you won't mind. That's how foolish he really is.
- Donald Trump is a Domestic Terrorist: Why The Demagogue's Violent Provocations Demand Judicial Action By : Alton Frye
Trump threatens riots if he's not nominated. Let's let the courts decide if this is politically protected speech. He laments that his followers cannot follow the practice of older days when protesters were carried out of political meetings on stretchers. He expresses regret that he cannot punch protesters in the face. While he may not have engaged in violence himself, his inflammatory comments are virtual invitations for others to do so on his behalf — witness his campaign manager's arrest for assault. Allowing Trump's terrorism to hover over the political process is poisonous to America's political health. No one should be allowed to threaten his way to power.
- Spreading Hate Has Backfired on Right-Wing Media: How Fox News Unwittingly Destroyed The Republican Party By : Cody Cain
For years, Fox News has profited from its vicious, divisive rhetoric — and now a steep price is being paid. The Republican Party has been fomenting anger and discontent in the base of its own Party for years. The mechanism through which this hate has been disseminated has been the network of extremist media of right-wing talk radio and the Fox News Channel, which is essentially talk radio transposed onto television. From Nazi Germany in the 1930s to Bosnia and Rwanda in the 1990s, history is replete with examples of propaganda's effectiveness as a tool for shaping public opinion. Propaganda is powerful stuff. Many people are susceptible to it and can be swayed by it, especially the less educated. The base of the Republican Party became a Frankenstein. It became radicalized into an extreme movement that turned against the established order, including the leadership of the Republican Party itself. It has become a monster of its own that is now roaming the countryside and terrorizing the very political party that created it.
- Bill Clinton Needs To Go Away: Why His Presidency Has Become a Political Liability By : Daniel Denvir
In a widely circulated video last week, Clinton defended programs that have ballooned both prison and poverty rates. Bill Clinton is no doubt his wife's double-edged sword: Though he is among the most charismatic politicians of his era, he's also prone to saying things that make campaign life rather awkward. The big problem, however, isn't just that Bill Clinton can't keep his mouth shut. It's that his right-leaning New Democrat policy record is a bad fit for today's liberal politics.
- America's Ignorant Future: We Let The Idiots Take The Wheel -- Donald Trump, Fox (Fixed) News and How We Let Our Democracy Rot By : David Masciotra
The Disgraceful state of politics is tied to collapse of education. Philistines are marching, swarming Trump rallies. Two-thirds of Americans cannot name a single Supreme Court justice, and half are incapable of identifying all three branches of government. Forty-two percent of the public does not believe in evolutionary biology, while 24 percent believe that the sun orbits the earth. Nearly a quarter of Americans read below the fifth-grade level, which helps to explain why only 29 percent read a newspaper, and why 24 percent of Americans do not read even one book a year. To divorce the abysmal state of education from the downward turn of American politics straight into the sewer is to deny the connection between drinking battery acid and vomiting. The philistines and modern-day know-nothings are on the march, and they all seem to show up at the Trump rally. In a recent essay, when I pointed out that Trump's supporters are delusional to blame Mexicans and Muslims for their problems, and that when searching for suspects responsible for their hardships, they would have more luck with a mirror, many liberals condemned me as a "snobbish" and "heartless." While the former is possibly true, the latter is not. Compassion does not necessitate lying to people in order to coddle and comfort them in their own self-destructive behavior. Studies showing that Trump's supporters are the lowest educated of all constituencies, and that they are highly susceptible to laughable conspiracy ....
- Bribery, Threats and More: Donald Trump's Got an Evil But Cunning Strategy To Win a Brokered Convention By : Amanda Marcotte
Trump's team is crafting a plan to pay off and threaten delegates, and a ready excuse to justify unethical choices. Public statements and behavior from the Trump team suggest they have a strategy is place, one that will be as effective as it is unethical. Piecing it together from public statements, it seems they have put together a simple but deadly three point plan. Bribery is point number one: Trump could fly delegates in on his private jet, offer them all-expenses paid trips to his own resorts, and wine and dine them at the convention. To make it worse, convention rules were written before super PACs became a thing, meaning that these groups can lavish all sorts of money on delegates and use anonymity to skirt convention rules barring corporate money from influencing events.
- Ignorance, Racism & Rage: The GOP's Transformation To The 'Party of Stupid' Started Long Before Donald FrankenTRUMP By : Amy Kittelstrom
Shift from conscience-driven party of Lincoln to anger-driven party of Trump/Cruz has been 50 years in the making. The presidential candidacy of the bigoted, misogynist, ignorant Trump is a creature of the party's own making. First, Republicans allowed bigotry safe haven under the guise of morality, in the very name of morality, by broadcasting scary tales of black urban life as though it were proof of the irredeemable inferiority of African Americans. Second, the Republican Party adopted fixed positions on issues. Finally, the Republican Party has increasingly refused to engage in meaningful dialogue with its opponents. To echo the words of Malcolm X in 1963, the Trump candidacy is as clear a case of chickens coming home to roost as ever history did see.
- This Time Around Republicans are 'Openly' Talking About How The Will RIG The 2016 Elections By : Bob Cesca
The GOP's Worst Kept Secret: Republicans Can't Stop Blabbing About Their Plans To Suppress The Vote and Rig Our Electoral System. More People voting hurts Republicans — so they're openly trying to prevent it. Participation in the democratic process should be simple and universal. But, once again, fear of skin color is being exploited in order to win elections for Republicans. Coupled with the well-worn Southern Strategy, one of the two major political parties in America is oppressing minority voters in an attempt to win elections.
- Donald Trump's 'Days of Rage': As The GOP Primary Reaches its Tipping Point, Trump Prepares For All-Out-War at Cleveland Convention By : Heather Digby Parton
Ted Cruz won big last night, dramatically increasing chances of a brokered convention. Trump accused Cruz of stealing the Wisconsin primary with the illegal help of his Super PAC and the GOP establishment. It is tantamount to a declaration of war. This is about to get ugly.
- 2016 Elections is a War For America's Soul: How Wealthy 'Post-Slavery' White Elites Protect Themselves By : Heather Cox Richardson
It's the elites vs the people in this presidential campaign, and nothing less than democracy is at stake. Like today's Republicans, slaveholders advanced the elitist version of America when they realized that they no longer controlled a majority of the popular vote. They were accustomed to using the government to advance their own interests, and had no intention of permitting their domination of the country to erode. To entrench their authority, they glorified their culture, rewrote American history, manipulated the laws, and tried to override the popular will. Republicans today are in the same predicament, and they are using the same formula. Even if all Americans could vote freely, the gerrymandering that took place after the 2010 census meant that Republicans could hold the House even without a majority. Republican donors poured money into state campaigns in 2010 with the express purpose of enabling Republicans to redraw state districts, and it worked. In 2012, House Democratic candidates won 1.37 million more votes than Republicans candidates did, but took only 201 seats. The Republicans took 237. Also in 2010, the Supreme Court's decision in the Citizen's United case guaranteed that elites can contribute their money freely to have disproportionate influence on elections.
- It's So Much Worse Than Trump: The History of The Modern GOP is Bathed in Racism, Bigotry and Dog-Whistles By : Phillip Cryan
The party of Lincoln? Sure, in 1858. Today's GOP wants to pretend Trump is an outlier. They should look in a mirror. Sadly, the bigotry, misogyny, and white-supremacist demagoguery on ugly display right now in the Republican presidential primary race are no aberration. They are as American as apple pie. A crushing electoral defeat this November for Trump and everything he stands for would be one very important step toward sending some of the ugliest, most bigoted parts of our political culture where they belong (and where some of us may have wrongly allowed ourselves to think, until recently, they already resided): a past we can all celebrate having put behind us.
- Trump's Most Terrifying Interview Yet: Why His Sit Down With Bob Woodward & Robert Costa Should Have America Petrified By : Heather Digby Parton
In a conversation with the Washington Post, Trump demonstrated exactly why he's so dangerous (STUPID) in 2016. The interview is long but it's well worth reading. It does leave you with a sense of a Donald Trump you don't normally see in such an extended way and it's downright surreal that he's very close to winning the Republican nomination for president. How is it possible that a man with such overwhelming solipsism and titanic ego can have so little knowledge to show for it?
- The GOP Doesn't Hate Trump's Ideas, They Just Hate His 'Revealing' Optics By : Daniel Denvir
Last week provided evidence anew that the GOP's anti-Trump crusade is motivated by politics, not principle. There's a lot to find terrifying about Trump. The call to close the border to Muslims. The misogyny. The description of Mexican immigrants as rapists and murderers. The incitement to violence. But what really rattles the Republican establishment is that that he vocalizes the hateful red meat, which the establishment has dished out to its base for years, in the all-too-honest language in which the base is fluent. That and his economic and foreign policy heresies, and the fact that he's a rich guy in trashy nouveau riche garb, appealing to the rabble's worst arriviste pretensions.
- Donald Trump is The Pinnacle of Republican — And American — Stupidity By : Conor Lynch
Why his campaign consummates decades of rising anti-intellectualism: It's not that we've never seen anyone like Trump before. He's just finishing the job begun by Reagan, Bush & Palin. Since 2008, ignorance has increasingly become a political principle in Republican circles. After Obama defeated McCain and Palin, the reactionary Tea Party movement arose, and anti-intellectualism and extremism began to infiltrate the GOP. (While the Republican establishment has long exploited the ignorance of voters, it managed to keep the more reactionary figures in line, until recently.) Leading Tea Party Republicans like Michele Bachmann, Ben Carson, Scott Walker, Mike Huckabee, Rick Perry, and of course, Donald Trump, have found tremendous success in being about as unsophisticated and uninformed as possible. Trump represents the culmination of Republican — and American — stupidity. For many voters, his ignorance of both foreign and domestic issues is offset by his bold and folksy rhetoric, along with his absolute confidence, which, as Bill Maher recently noted, "is perfect for the country that scores low in math and science but off the charts in self-esteem." Trump, of course, didn't invent the politics of simplemindedness. Republican patron saint Ronald Reagan was incredibly ill-informed and even hostile toward learnedness, but he was an actor who could pull off inspiring speeches with a kind of paternal charm. The same cannot be said for our last president, George W. Bush, whom ....
- The 'Intellectual Right' Gyrates To Pretend 'Trumpism' Wasn't Always Part of The Racist, Satanic Republican Party By : Neal Gabler
Trump coverage is the smoking gun and CNN is the corpse. The media have always gone easy on Paul Ryan(House Speaker), way too easy, treating him as if he were a real economic guru, when, in fact, no one who worships Ayn Rand as the prophet should be anywhere near government — or books. But the pining for Ryan in the "smart" right-wing media just goes to show how utterly baffled the right-wing press is. Guys like Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush enabled them to indulge their fantasies of a smart, gentle conservatism that allegedly worked, never mind that the George W. Bush administration proved it didn't. Now Donald Trump has blown up those fantasies, and the right-wing media are as confused as the right wing itself.
- Uh-Oh: Where Does All The 'Racist' White Rage Go When Donald Trump Loses and The 'Make America WHITE Again' Dream Fizzles? By : Michael Bourne
They are too angry to sit still. Too many to ignore. But too few to elect a president. Where do they go after Trump? Trump is openly at war with his own party, and even if that badly splintered organization magically unites behind him after the convention, there simply are not enough angry white people in America to elect him president. We may already be getting a chilling preview of a possible post-Trump future in the spasms of seemingly random gun violence such as those at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs and the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston. Neither of these alleged shooters has been brought to trial and there is much we do not know, but what is clear that we are in the midst of an unprecedented epidemic of mass shootings, a disturbing number of which seem to be carried out recently by emotionally troubled white men harboring right-wing views.
- Latest Projections: Electoral Doom For Both Trump and Republicans in November By : Sean Illing
All the numbers spell disaster for Trump. Larry Sabato's prediction in a Clinton-Trump matchup shows an electoral college rout for Democrats. As The Washington Post reports, "If Donald Trump secures the Republican presidential nomination, he would start the general election campaign as the least-popular candidate to represent either party in modern times…Three-quarters of women view him unfavorably. So do nearly two-thirds of independents, 80 percent of young adults, 85 percent of Hispanics and nearly half of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents." Experts estimate that Democrats are likely to secure 347 Electoral College votes to a paltry 191 for Republicans (again, this is assuming it's Clinton versus Trump). Given Trump's limited appeal with women, minorities, and independents, a landslide victory for Clinton – or Sanders, for that matter – is more than a little plausible.
- 'President' Trump Vows To Punish 'Criminal' Women Who Have Abortions By : Amanda Marcotte
Donald Trump says he wants to punish women who have abortions, making him just like every other "pro-life" politician. "There has to be some form of punishment," Trump said of his proposed abortion ban. Later on Wednesday, Trump attempted to walk back his position -- by shifting to the apparently more acceptable belief that women are drooling idiots who cannot be trusted with something as simple as a medical decision regarding their own body.
- The American Freedom Party (Racist White Nationalists) Propose a Cabinet For 'President Trump' By : Jason Linkins and Dana Liebelson
White Nationalists Have Figured Out Who Should Be In President Trump's Cabinet. Ann Coulter, Elon Musk and a certain plucky senator from Vermont are included. In a lengthy press release circulated Monday, AFP director Tom Sunic, who claims to be a Croatian diplomat, lays out the party's ideal membership of Trump's cabinet, one that will definitely work to provide a "bulkhead against the forces that are destroying the peoples of European extraction worldwide." AFP's chairman, William Johnson, an attorney based in Los Angeles, is nominated as secretary of agriculture, apparently based on his experience as a "farmer." He notes that food stamps and food subsidies will be "powerful tools to achieve repatriation of... illegal aliens." To make things not as #TrumpCabinetSoWhite as they could be, sleepy-eyed Uncle-Tom, Dr. Ben Carson would take over the role of surgeon general. Anti-immigration kook Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) is the AFP's choice to run the State Department. The aforementioned Coulter would serve as — oh, man, you guys — the director of homeland security(because she would "do what needs doing," and who thought those four words could ever sound so terrifying). Finally, Alaska's former HALF-Governor Sarah Palin -- would be President Trump's chief of staff, a role that would involve dismantling a number of other government posts, among them the secretary of education. So, the most difficult and demanding job in any presidential administration would be given to .....
- Donald Trump's Reign of Bullshit: He's Not Lying To Us, He's Just Completely Full Of It! By : Eldar Sarajlic
The more likely reason for the mainstream conservative opposition to Trump is the fact that he threatens to reveal the true face of American conservative politics. Namely, the bullshit he produces every day has only so much success in hiding what lies beneath: the deeply embedded instinct for racial and economic domination, white over black, rich over poor. This deep structure rises to the surface at every Trump rally, whenever a mass of his supporters gathers together. Hands raised to a Nazi salute, beatings of blacks, journalists and dissenters are the flip side of the bullshit rhetoric. Basically, Trump threatens to reveal something most conservative politicians are trying to hide: that American conservatism is not an ideology of limited government or public virtue, but as Corey Robin argues, a "mode of counterrevolutionary practice" to preserve hierarchy and power of white and rich elites over non-white and poor masses. There's a difference between a liar and a bullshitter -- and it helps explain the essence of Donald Trump. Trump has successfully made language irrelevant, at least among his supporters (potentially half of the country). He indicated this himself when he said that his supporters are so passionate about him that even if we walked down Fifth Avenue and shot a person they would still love him. Although it did not sound like that, this was a statement about language, and not about Trump's potential murderous actions. What he meant by this is that his
- 1,237: Donald Trump's Giant Convention Con-JOB By : Mickey Edwards
The front-runner is desperately trying to change party rules, turning a loss into a win he doesn't deserve. Trump's contention is that even if he falls short, it's clear that as the primary front-runner he is the overwhelming choice of Republicans; and, to deny him the nomination would be, in effect, stealing it from him. But actually, by that measure, to allow the convention to nominate Trump without his having won the requisite number of delegate votes would be the real theft: The truth is, Donald Trump is not the overwhelming choice of most Republicans. In fact, Trump is a man thoroughly despised by most Republicans. We have clear evidence of this embarrassing fact because Trump, with his bluster and insults, has made the nominating contest almost entirely about him: For months, voters have been deciding for or against Donald Trump, the main question being which of the candidates arrayed against him would be the one best positioned to stop him. More important, however, than the effect on the Republican Party, a Trump nomination could result in putting the presidency of the United States in the hands of a dangerous and bigoted demagogue who would not only undermine any claim to American exceptionalism—our constitutional commitment to human values and the rule of law—but also possibly draw the country into a series of high-level confrontations with nations around the world.
- The World is Horrified: A Donald Trump Presidency Would Damage America For Decades By : Phil Torres
Donald Trump would be scarier than George W. Bush: His unserious, incendiary approach would damage America for decades — and we should be terrified. A Trump presidency would result in a catastrophic deterioration of our already compromised moral authority in the world. Trump has repeatedly said that he would "bomb the shit out of them," meaning the Islamic State. Perhaps this sounds like a good plan to the predominantly uneducated white people who support Trump, but to scholars who actually study the phenomenon of Islamic terrorism, bombing in the group would have catastrophically negative consequences for U.S. national security. I suspect that Trump and his followers will never know just how much his unprofessional, incendiary, uninformed approach to politics will compromise our wounded reputation and even-more-wounded moral authority in the world today.
- Donald Trump's Shocking Ignorance of Government Policy, Laid Bare -- at WAPO Editorial Board Meeting By : Eugene Robinson
The Post's Eugene Robinson says that the transcript of the meeting -- "is one of the most chilling documents I've read in a long time." "I am appalled at how little he knows — and truly frightened." Please read the transcript. Then decide whether it's conceivable to put a man who knows so little in charge of so much.
- Obama's Popularity is Spiking — Further Dooming The GOP's Chances of Saving its Sinking Ship By : Simon Maloy
Another reason for Republicans to feel terrible: Republicans argue that Barack Obama is a uniquely disastrous president, but his approval rating is on the rise. Other than a recovering economy and policies supported widely by the electorate, it's probably safe to assume that the Republican primary is also helping Obama. Trump, the GOP frontrunner is galumphing about on the national stage and insulting just about every minority group as he encourages violence at his rallies and picks petty fights with women on TV and making dick jokes.
- Most Racists Back Donald Trump: New Poll Suggests Racial Resentment Above All is Driving Trump's Rise By : Sean Illing
Trump has easily exploited identity politics, seducing white voters who project their anger against minorities. The border wall is a symbolic gesture, a metaphorical middle finger to the nebulous "other." It won't bring back any jobs; it won't resuscitate the manufacturing sector; and it won't make America any whiter or safer than it already is. But for the disillusioned Trump voter, it's a palliative nevertheless. The Trump voters tend to believe their "losses are being caused by other group's gains." Like all fascists (and Trump may not be a fascist, but he employs fascistic rhetoric), Trump is giving people predisposed to fear the "other" the boogeymen they need. Even better, he's promising to build a giant wall to keep them out.
- The Poisonous and 'Circular' Conservative Thinking That Caused The Flint Water Crisis By : Dana Milbank
It's a vicious cycle: Washington(Federal Government) devolves power to the states. When states screw up, conservatives blame the federal government, worsening the public's already shaky faith. Having tied the hands of the feds — in this case, the EPA — they use the failure as justification to restrict federal power further, thus giving more control to the states, which caused the problem in the first place.
- What 'Populist' Bernie Sanders Has Achieved By : John Cassidy
It's too early to say what Bernie Sanders's legacy will be, but he has already done more than just pull Hillary Clinton to the left. Even Republicans have been taking up some of Sanders's themes. "The top one per cent under President Obama, the millionaires and billionaires that he constantly demagogued, earned a higher share for our national income than any year since 1928," Ted Cruz said earlier this year. Donald Trump has talked about the need to raise taxes on hedge-fund managers and leveraged-buyout tycoons. John Kasich has rebranded himself as a champion for the poor and excluded. Of course, the regressive tax policies that Cruz, Trump, and Kasich are advocating would exacerbate inequality, rather than reduce it, but the fact that Republicans have felt obliged to address these issues at all surely owes something to Sanders and the populist wave that he represents. Arguing powerfully and passionately Sanders has repeatedly and effectively assailed money in politics: "American democracy is not about billionaires being able to buy candidates and elections," he said in launching his campaign. "It is not about the Koch brothers, Sheldon Adelson, and other incredibly wealthy individuals spending billions of dollars to elect candidates who will make the rich richer and everyone else poorer..... This is not democracy. This is oligarchy."
- The ReTRUMPlican Party: A Thug With Money Has Taken Over The GOP By : Timothy Egan
Crackpot Party Crackup: The Republican Party, under Trump, is headed for a combustive breakup. Ronald Reagan envisioned a shining city on a hill. Trump represents nothing more than a thug with money. Come July Republicans will be forced to accept many awful, un-American stands when Trump becomes the standard-bearer. If you're young, nonwhite, science-based and civil, there will be nothing in it for you. And these stands will be rejected in every precinct of the United States where hope still beats hate, which is a majority, albeit a shrinking one.
- Donald Trump's New Foreign Policy Advisers Are as Rotten as His Steaks By : Shane Harris
The wannabe POTUS rolls out his global brain trust: a collection of charlatans including a Christian hate-monger and a Bush-era official who blocked investigations of his pals.
- The Blind Leading The Dumb: Like Bush Trump Just isn't Very Smart By : Lawrence M. Krauss
Trump just isn't very smart, in spite of his frequent self-assessments to the contrary. Like George W. Bush he has very little intellectual curiosity about the world around him, and like Bush, he seems to be relatively unaware of his own limitations in this regard. But unlike Bush he appears to have few knowledgeable resources to lean on, and little willingness to do so if he did. Either Trump only talks to those who play up to his delusion, or he simply doesn't listen to those who might burst his bubble. Either way, that is a cause for worry. We have seen in Iraq, or following the flooding in New Orleans, how a president without a willingness to question the basic facts that advisors may provide him with, can embroil this country in dangerous and ultimately disastrous policy decisions. For all of his bravado, obnoxiousness, hatred, and vitriol, the scariest thing about Trump is his unique combination of ignorance about the world, convolved with ignorance about himself.
- Ex-KKK Leader: Why Racists Like Trump By : Jen Yamato
Former KKK Grand Dragon Explains Why Racists Like Trump. Scott Shepherd, once a high-ranking member of the Ku Klux Klan—and David Duke's ex-right-hand man—discusses why Donald Trump is appealing to white supremacists. Trump speaks to the issues that America's white supremacists care about. "They're latching onto him because his campaign is pretty much in line with their beliefs," says Shepherd. "They all feel like they've not been given a fair handshake, and that their rights have been taken and priority has been given to people of color."
- Donald Trump is a Delusional Cry-Baby: In the GOP's Long-CON, Rich White People are The 'New Victims' By : Chauncey DeVega
Fox News, Trump and the Republican Party have taught (lied to) conservatives the insane fiction that they are marginalized. Donald Trump knows his audience well and how best to pluck their strings of discontent. He is a master merchant of white (right-wing) victimology. The notion that white people are "victims" in the United States is absurd. As a group, white Americans have more wealth, income and other financial assets than all other racial groups combined. White families hold 90 percent of the national wealth. Hispanic families hold 2.3 percent of the national wealth. Black families hold 2.6 percent of the national wealth.(via Demos Group).
- 25 Things Trump Can Say By : John Sammon.
The point is he could say these things and not only get away with it, but his supporters would cheer and vote for him
- Sticking it To The GOP: Obama's Nomination of Merrick Garland is a Lot More Ruthless Than it Looks By : Elias Isquith
The president's nomination of an alleged moderate has some liberals scratching their heads. They shouldn't. Merrick Garland Is Obama's Rope-a-Dope Nominee. The president has learned to let the GOP punch itself out. Merrick Garland, the appellate chief judge whom President Obama has nominated to the Supreme Court, is not going to become a Supreme Court justice before the election or probably ever. One imagines that both he and Obama are aware of this. He is a prop, chosen to spend the next eight months as a prop. What Garland does—and he should be commended for doing it—is take the bullet for whichever candidates-in-waiting Democrats really hope to get on the Supreme Court one day, whether that's Sri Srinivasan, Paul Watford, Jane Kelly, or whoever. Had any of those candidates been nominated, Republicans would have deemed them radically liberal from the start and drawn the bad-faith argument backward from there, just as they're going to attempt with Garland now.
- The Trump Supporters Hate Map: Tracing Acts of Harrassment and Violence at Rallies from Coast to Coast By : Steven Rosenfeld
Everyone knows that Donald Trump likes to lift himself up by putting others down and viciously attacking people. But Trump has also encouraged his supporters at rallies to get aggressive and violent with protesters in their midst. This has led to incidents across the country where Trump supporters have targeted minorities—and similar behavior has emerged beyond campaign rally sites.
- The Beast Is Us 'WHITE PEOPLE' Not Donald Trump By : Timothy Egan
Donald Trump's supporters know exactly what he stands for: hatred of immigrants, racial superiority, a sneering disregard of the basic civility that binds a society. Educated and poorly educated alike, men and women — they know what they're getting from him. This idea that people are following Trump only for the celebrity joy ride, that if they just understood the kind of radical, anti-American ideas he advocates they would drop him, is garbage. It's certainly no coincidence that the race haters, immigrant bashers and religious hucksters who've been at the fringe for some time are all in for Donald Trump. With media complicity, Trump has unleashed the beast that has long resided not far from the American hearth, from those who started a Civil War to preserve the right to enslave a fellow human to the Know-Nothing mobs who burned Irish-Catholic churches out of fear of immigrants. The German magazine Der Spiegel called Trump "the world's most dangerous man." The Germans know a thing or two about the topic.
- No, Not Trump, Not Ever By : David Brooks
Donald Trump is an affront to basic standards of honesty, virtue and citizenship. He pollutes the atmosphere in which our children are raised. He has already shredded the unspoken rules of political civility that make conversation possible. He is a childish man running for a job that requires maturity. He is an insecure boasting little boy whose desires were somehow arrested at age 12. He surrounds himself with sycophants. In his savage regime, public life is just a dog-eat-dog war of all against all.
- Yuk it Up, America. While You Still Can By : Roger Simon
Simon says: That's all Trump wants: a good time. A steak, a bottle of wine and knocking the heck out of somebody. The front-runner of the Republican Party is pretending to be an unabashed bigot and outright thug.
- Ted Cruz's 'National Security' Team is a Rogue's Gallery of War-Mongering Torturers and 'Cuckoo-For-Cocoa-Puff' Bigots By : Staff Writer
Notorious Islamophobe Frank Gaffney To Join Cruz National Security Team. Frank Gaffney, the head of the Center for Security Policy (CSP), is reportedly a member of GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) national security advisory team. The Southern Policy Law Center has termed CSP an anti-Muslim hate group, and Gaffney has a history of pushing bigoted anti-Muslim smears and conspiracy theories.
- What Will a Trump Presidency Look Like? 'The Rise of the Nazis' Is a Pretty Good Guide By : Thom Hartmann
Hundreds of hours a day of right-wing programming pour out of television and radio stations nationwide, and conservative extremists (and their politician puppets) are the most common guests and experts on network news and weekend political TV shows. It was a set-up that was perfect for a fascist like Trump, and he is not the first one to employ this formula to rise in power. As you can see, the formula is indeed simple. Identify real problems within a society, such as crime, poverty and unemployment. Invent a conspiracy about who is responsible for these problems. Say it is led by a specific group (Muslims, immigrants, liberals), and hyperinflate a few anecdotes to make that conspiracy seem vast and powerful. It was the formula Hitler used, and as Trump has proven, it still works today. It is, in fact, the most consistently reliable way for demagogues to gain power. It works because it's gradual but relentless, and progressively absorbs — and then intimidates or co-opts — both government and the media. Even many of the so-called liberal news networks perpetuate those extremist views by failing to denounce the hateful smears against Muslims and African Americans and Mexicans and women. Former MSNBC producer Jeff Cohen told me (and wrote in his book "Cable News Confidential: My Misadventures in Corporate Media" that he was ordered by the network always to have at least two conservatives on the Donahue show whenever one liberal appeared, "and three conservatives to Michael M....
- Republican Gotterdammerun: The Eminent Demise of the Republican Party By : John Sammon.
Trump and Cruz are the best things to happen to Hillary Clinton: Approximately 45 percent of the women in this country are Democrats as opposed to 25 percent Republican. How can Trump or Cruz win this block? How do you think most women, who are Democrats, will vote given the chance for the first woman president in history? Approximately 80 percent to 70 percent of blacks in the country are Democrats. Let's assume they are not as fond of Hillary as they were of Obama, the first black president in American history. Let's assume Hillary gets only 60 percent of the African American vote. That leaves 30 percent or less for Trump and Cruz. It's a better-than-even-money bet that both Trump and Cruz are too extreme for all Republicans. If we're generous, we could say that either one of them would get about seventy-five percent of the Republican vote. Trump has said he will throw Hispanics out of the country and Hillary will run countless TV ads showing Trump saying we need to build a wall against Mexicans. Hillary will get a landslide Hispanic vote, ninety percent or better. The Republican Party is doomed because it cannot offer up a candidate that has cross-over appeal to races, groups, ideologies, in other words, the ability to pull votes from people who don't look like you and who don't believe what you believe. The fact that the Republican Party can't seem to understand that lacking a centralist candidate, a candidate whose views are moderate enough to draw from the center of the
- Obama's 'Gangster' Move in Nominating Merrick Garland For Supreme Court is Another Big Nightmare For The GOP By : Paul Campos
Obama's gutsy "Godfather" move: Merrick Garland nomination is as big a GOP nightmare as Donald Trump. Trump or Cruz is likely to go down in flames, taking GOP senators with him. So do they take the best deal possible? Obama's nomination puts these senators in a terrible bind. If they carry through with their we-just-made-it-up-on-the-spot principle, and refuse to even give an indisputably moderate nominee such as Garland a hearing, they will look like petty obstructionists to swing voters in their home states (engaging in petty obstruction tends to be the kind of thing that makes you look like a petty obstructionist). All 24 of them might just go down with Trump or Cruz in November.
- 'Marco-BOT' Shuts Down: The End Of Marco Rubio's Campaign is a Dodged Bullet For America By : Jonathan Chait
Rubio's foreign policy was pure retrograde neoconservatism. On social issues, he defended a complete ban on abortion without exception, even in cases of rape and incest. His propensity to panic under pressure would have made him all the more dangerous in office. His substantive extremism would have proven a liability in general election campaign, but it was entirely plausible to believe that Rubio could have smuggled his right-wing policies past the electorate by running on cheerful slogans and a winning smile. The potential to do so is why Rubio may well find himself atop his party's ticket in a future election. In the meantime, his failure is a bullet dodged.
- King of Punks By : John Sammon.
Trump Supporters are Often Under-Educated Young White Guys (Punks). This is the man who said he would be a "Uniter" of the country and Trump said it with a straight face. Does he actually believe this? Trump dismissively explains away acts of violence with the turgid shit-stink retort, "He just got carried away."
- Deluded Uncle-Tom: Ben Carson Endorses Trump -- Who Once Compared Him To a 'Child-Molester'; Says He Received 'Wisdom From God' By : Sophia Tesfaye
This despicable excuse for a black man -- earns the "Uncle Tom" label because, quite frankly, he demeans other black people, all while masquerading as a crusader for black causes. Take a look at his remarks during a visit to Harlem this past August and you"ll see a wide assortment of instances where Carson was dismissive to black causes in lieu of Republican talking points, while criticizing the 90+ percent of black voters who support democrats. There are two fields commonly associated with high degrees of intelligence: rocket scientist and brain surgeon are lauded as the "smartest" professions around, according to various streams of our vernacular anyway. But Dr. Ben Carson, a former brain surgeon, disproves that theory practically every time he speaks. How a man so talented in medicine could be such a dimwit outside of said practice is, in itself, a medical mystery.
- The 'Long' History of U.S. Presidential Penis Innuendo and How Misogynist Trump Plans To 'Unman' Clinton By : Joseph Cummins
Trump and Rubio have taken the unmanning to new heights, but it's been a feature of U.S. politics since the beginning. With Hillary Clinton as the likely Democratic nominee, if Trump makes it to the general election, he'll be faced with an entirely new problem in presidential politics: How do you "unman" a woman? So far, for Trump, the answer to that question has been a two-step process. He insinuates Clinton is more manly than feminine: He's made sarcastic remarks about her "pantsuits," hinted that she's a lesbian and remarked on the length of her "disgusting" bathroom break during the Democratic debate in December. And then, with comments like "She goes home, goes to sleep. I'm telling you. She doesn't have the strength. She doesn't have the stamina," he unmans her.
- Noam Chomsky: 2016 Election Puts US at Risk of 'Utter Disaster' By : C.J. Polychroniou
"American democracy, always limited, has been drifting substantially toward plutocracy," Noam Chomsky says. "But these tendencies are not graven in stone." "It is presumed that the fifth extinction was caused by a huge asteroid that hit the earth. Now we are the asteroid." "Trump's predominantly white supporters can see that their image of a white-run society is dissolving before their eyes." "American democracy, always limited, has been drifting substantially toward plutocracy. But these tendencies are not graven in stone."
- Louis C.K. on Donald Trump: 'The Guy is Hitler. He's an Insane Bigot. He is Dangerous' By : Marianne Zumberge
Louis C.K. is the latest public figure to criticize Donald Trump, calling him an "insane bigot" and comparing him to Adolf Hitler. C.K. added, "Trump is not your best. He's the worst of all of us. He's a symptom to a problem that is very real. But don't vote for your own cancer. You're better than that." "Trump is a messed up guy with a hole in his heart that he tries to fill with money and attention. He can never ever have enough of either and he'll never stop trying. He's sick. Which makes him really really interesting. And he pulls you towards him which somehow feels good or fascinatingly bad. He's not a monster. He's a sad man. But all this makes him horribly dangerous if he becomes president. Give him another TV show. Let him pay to put his name on buildings. But please stop voting for him. And please watch Horace and Pete."
- How Trump Stole The Gullible, Ignorant and Racist Viewers From Fox News and The GOP By : Phil Torres
Too Loony For Fox News: Fox created the Fact-Free GOP, then Trump stole it away. Gullible Fox viewers are the most misinformed. That made it easy for Donald Trump to fill vacuum of ignorance, fear. On the one hand, at least seven studies to date show that Fox News denizens constitute the most misinformed news audience in the country. One study even found that Fox News viewers are more misinformed than people who don't watch any news at all. From climate change to Obama's birthplace to the Iraq War to Obamacare, conservatives are far more likely to hold demonstrably false beliefs — often with tremendous, unshakable confidence. On the other hand, and even more significantly, Fox News instills in its viewers a formidable distaste for critical thinking. It encourages dogmatism while discouraging curiosity. It teaches people to care more about "what" a belief says about the world than "why" one should accept it. It propagates what philosophers would describe as bad epistemology.
- Looming Disaster For The GOP: There's No Escaping The Impossible Choice of Donald Trump vs. Ted Cruz By : Sean Illing
The hard reality of this losing battle is starting to sink in among party insiders. In a week or so, Republicans will be staring their worst nightmare in the face: Trump and Cruz will be the clear favorites heading into the convention, and there will be no good options left. As Mel Martinez, former Republican National Committee chairman told Politico, "Deny Trump, there is division. Accept Trump and there is division. Not a good scenario." Such is the dilemma the Republican establishment now faces. They can't stop Trump, who is devouring the party and its brand, without uniting behind a single candidate. But every candidate they've rallied behind, from Jeb Bush to Marco Rubio, has imploded. Now the choice is to back Trump or Cruz, both of whom are disastrous general election candidates.
- This is How The GOP Imploded: The Real Story Behind The Conservative Crack-Up, and The Creation of Donald Trump By : Heather Cox Richardson
Donald Trump used right-wing rhetoric to steal the conservative base. But this crack-up has been a long time coming. Today's split in the GOP -- is really a fight among members of the Movement Conservative faction that currently dominates the party. And its leaders themselves created this crisis. To cripple Barack Obama's attempts to resurrect government activism, they put their traditional rhetoric about racism and communism into overdrive. It has torn apart their uneasy coalition. Obama warned them. In 2010, he told the House Republican caucus that "if the way these issues are being presented by the Republicans is that this is some wild-eyed plot to impose huge government in every aspect of our lives, what happens is you guys then don't have a lot of room to negotiate with me." But Movement Conservatives kept running in 2010 and afterward on the promise that they would repeal or destroy Obama's legislation and the president himself. And when the provisions of the U.S. Constitution and the separation of powers made that impossible, their supporters grew even angrier.
- The GOP's Big Lie: They Want Us To Believe Trump's Hateful Rhetoric isn't Part of The Conservative Tradition By : Kim Messick
The claim that Trump's supporters are not "conservatives" it total baloney. To say this is to engage in what logicians refer to as "stipulative definition" — the attempt to settle an argument by defining it out of existence. When properly understood, Trump's supporters emerge squarely within the conservative tradition. Their "ideology" is among the classic strands of conservative thought, and their distinctive sentiments — the outrage and distrust we hear so much about — have always provided the darker energies of conservative politics. The Republican leadership has both strategic and tactical reasons for wanting to evade these facts.
- Deluded Republicans are Trying To Tie The KKK To 'Progressivism' & Modern Democrats By : Daniel Denvir
Why Republicans blaming Democrats for the KKK are profoundly wrong: In the wake of Trump's David Duke controversy, many Republicans have tried to tie the KKK to progressivism. Prior to the 1950's into '60's -- white supremacist Southern Democrats were a key part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal Coalition. They used their large numbers, unity and seniority to exclude as many black people from as much of the New Deal benefits and protections as possible and to stop the federal government from doing anything about lynching. Then the black freedom movement and white allies insisted on civil rights. In reactionary response, those white southern Democrats left the Democratic Party en masse, as evidenced by Strom Thurmond's Dixiecrat presidential campaign in 1948 and Richard Nixon's opposition to school busing and play for segregationist Alabama Gov. George Wallace's constituency. These white southern Democrats became Republicans -- aligning with President Richard Nixon's Southern Strategy. The right (Republicans) depends on convenient historical amnesia not only to excuse their segregationist forbearers but to defend contemporary white supremacy.
- GOP Crackup Has Democrats in Stitches as Romney, The 2012 'Flip-Flop Maestro' Super-SLAMS Trump By : Edward-Isaac Dovere
Thursday in the Republican Party was like hilarious fan-fiction for Democrats to hate read until they hurt from all the laughing. It started with Mitt Romney and Donald Trump erupting into a civil war. It ended with Trump bragging about the size of his penis and shouting back and forth with "Little Marco" Rubio and "Lying Ted" Cruz, then pledging to support the Republican nominee no matter what in the last question, before immediately starting to wiggle out of that pledge in a post-debate interview conducted before he'd even left the stage. Not to mention Trump's insistence that he could get the military to commit war crimes by sheer force of will.
- Enough With The Nonsense About a Horrified GOP Establishment. They Created Trump, and are as Racist as He is! By : Chauncey DeVega
This is Your Republican Party: The Establishment is as Racist as Donald Trump — and Created Him. The violence at Donald Trump rallies is also an additional indicator of the fascist and authoritarian tendencies that are driving his campaign and subsequently winning broad support among broad swaths of the Republican Party base. I too would like to thank Donald Trump for reminding the (white) American public what has been obvious for many decades but that too many members of the political chattering classes have been afraid to publicly state in a direct and unapologetic manner: the Republican Party is the country's largest white identity organization; in the post-civil rights era conservatism and racism are now one and the same thing.
- What's at the Heart of Right-Wing Outrage Culture? An Unshaking Belief in an 'Ultimate Truth' By : Staff Writer
While stereotypes of liberals and conservatives will always fall short of reality, Americans who self-identify as conservative are much more likely to believe in an ultimate Truth (see Figure 5.3 below). Researchers have longer theorized about the fundamental differences in liberal and conservative moral perspectives, but these data suggest that conservatives tend to view their moral beliefs as worthy of "universal recognition," as William F. Buckley, Jr. said. In other words, both liberals and conservatives have strong values, but conservatives are more likely to feel that their values reflect an ultimate Truth. In the end, outrage discourse provides an emotional charge to one's moral identity. While there is a vast and ever-expanding outrage industry, no one embodies the essence of this phenomenon like Rush Limbaugh. He didn't invent outrage discourse, but he is one of its most talented practitioners. Limbaugh listeners are a near-homogeneous demographic group. They are middle-aged and middle-income white men who believe in "Truth". They collectively feel the sting of a historical paradox—they have been taught to be proud and commanding men, yet lack the political and economic power they think they deserve. Theirs is a frustrated, entitled masculinity, and Limbaugh is their moral beacon.
- 'Super-Bigot' Kris Kobach: The Most Terrifying Trump Endorsement Yet By : Heather Digby Parton
Kris Kobach Is The Most Racist Politician In America Today. He is the legal mastermind behind the wave of anti-immigration laws sweeping the country.
- From Threatening The House Speaker To Ejecting Black Students From Rallies, Trump Previews His Hate-Filled Vision For The Presidency By : Adele M. Stan
Beyond the possibility of a Trump presidency -- lies perhaps an even greater problem. Win or lose, Trump has unleashed a beast that has long lived in limited captivity amid the American electorate. Outward expression of contempt for those one resents—whether through epithets, violence, or mere coarseness — is no longer a pursuit reserved for those on the fringe of American politics. It's gone mainstream, thanks to Trump, each baldly stated prejudice now packaged as a legitimate political position. Liberals and progressives had best be thinking strategically about how to deal with the aftermath of a Trump candidacy. Whether he wins or loses, it's going to be ugly.
- Trump -- a Shady, Egomaniac, Bombastic Liar Traps The GOP By : E.J. Dionne Jr.
Trump is just cruder about it: It's true that anti-Trump Republicans found common ground in excoriating Trump for his equivocation in condemning the Ku Klux Klan and the racist leader David Duke. "This party does not prey on people's prejudices," insisted House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). In fact, the party has subtly and not so subtly played on racial resentment — birtherism, the claim that Obama is a Muslim, Ronald Reagan's famous "welfare queen" reference — for decades.
- Robert Reich: Dear GOP Establishment, Brace For a Painful Reckoning With the Reality You Created By : Robert Reich
By squeezing wages and rigging the economic game in your favor, you have invited an unprecedented political backlash — against trade, immigration, globalization, and even against the establishment itself. The pent-up angers and frustrations of millions of Americans who are working harder than ever yet getting nowhere, and who feel more economically insecure than ever, have finally erupted. American politics has become a cesspool of vitriol. Republican politicians in particular have descended into the muck of bigotry, hatefulness, and lies. They're splitting America by race, ethnicity, and religion. The moral authority America once had in the world as a beacon of democracy and common sense is in jeopardy. And that's not good for you, or your businesses. So what are you going to do now? Will you help clean up this mess — by taking your money out of politics, restoring our democracy, de-rigging the system, and helping overcome widening inequality of income, wealth, and political power?
- Donald Trump Has Dropped The GOP's Mask: Conservatism and Racism are One and The Same Thing By : Chauncey DeVega
Not all Republicans are racists. But racists are more likely to be Republicans. Donald Trump knows this to be true. He has built a political campaign around that fact. Ultimately, Republican Party elites are nervous about Donald Trump because he has taken their "polite" "dog whistle" racism and replaced it with a loud speaker. Post-civil rights GOP is our largest white identity group. Maybe we should thank Trump for making it so obvious. The Republican Party and the "conservative establishment" do not disagree with Trump's racism, xenophobia, prejudice and bigotry toward Hispanic and Latino immigrants, non-whites, Muslims and women. They are just embarrassed and aghast that Donald Trump has dropped the mask of racist gentility and exposed the racist id of today's Republican Party and movement conservatism for the world to see. Hispanic puppets Ted Cruz & Marco Rubio, Donald Trump and other Republicans will enthusiastically deny that the Republican Party has any connections to the Ku Klux Klan. Part of their spin will be focused on an erroneous and dishonest reading of American history where "Southern Democrats" are reimagined as a group other than the core of today's Republican Party. The other deflection will be centered on the lie that the Republican Party is the "true party of civil rights" in America. Empirical reality does not support such a description of the contemporary Republican Party. The idea that the Republican Party is a force on the side of expanding and ...
- Trump is Despicable — But Rubio and Cruz are The 'Real Monsters' By : Amanda Marcotte
Liberals should be rooting for Trump — and he'll be easier to beat come November. He's run the best campaign, one that speaks to what Republican voters want to hear, and, by that measure, he deserves to win the nomination, so that Hillary Clinton can wipe the floor with him in November. Look, someone has to win the Republican nomination. In this particular contest of villains, Trump is the least-bad option. Cruz seems like a sociopath who thinks he's a prophet. Rubio just perpetuates that myth that the politics of nihilism are OK so long as the figurehead is handsome and genial enough. A Trump nomination, on the other hand, would puncture any remaining illusion that the Republican Party is a home for serious people, instead of a den of misanthropes and bullies that see politics solely as a way to preserve their own privilege while screwing over everyone else.
- A Gay GOP Activist Tells Why He Has Quit The GOP - Trump's Party of Hate & Intolerance By : Jimmy LaSalvia
Jimmy LaSalvia: The GOP is the straight, white, Christian party: This is why Donald Trump is winning — and why I left a party of intolerance and hate. Republicans reject cultural diversity of any kind. It explains Trump, and why I can't be a gay GOP activist anymore. The Republican rejection of multiculturalism is why the GOP front-runner was afraid to unequivocally condemn the Ku Klux Klan, the white supremacist organization, in his interview on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday. That cultural disconnect is also why Trump's Republican Party will fail to win a national election ever again. A coalition that includes bigotry is untenable. They can't win again because that's not who Americans are anymore. Today, most Americans embrace and celebrate our new modern multiculturalism, and candidates who don't are simply unacceptable to us.
- Bully Chris 'FATs' Christie Endorses as LePage and The BIGOT Brigade Come on Board The 'Trump Circus' By : Gideon Resnick
Insult-Slinging Escalates as Christie Backs Trump: Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey -- who 19 days ago "hated" Trump, now likws him? In a surprising move after Marco Rubio had a strong debate performance, Donald Trump unveiled the endorsement of Chris Christie on Friday. Meanwhile, Cuban Immigrant Marco Rubio on Friday accused The Donald of "wetting" his pants and applying excessive make-up to his "sweat-moustache" during debate breaks. "He's not going to be the nominee," the senator said, when asked if he would back Trump if he won the nomination. "The Republican Party would be split apart if he became the nominee, because we cannot allow the party of Reagan to be taken over by a con man." The unrestrained hurling of insults between Rubio and Trump marked another new era in this highly unpredictable campaign season. Meanwhile, anti-immigrant bigots -- Governor Paul Lepage (America's Dumbest Governor) and Sheriff Joe Arpaio or Arizona -- and even French bigot -- Jean-Marie Le Pen have climbed on board. Le Pen endorsed Trump via Twitter days after ex-KKK leader David Duke had donne likewise.
- Demographic Death-Spiral: 8 in 10 Hispanics Have Unfavorable View of Trump, Poll Says By : Dan Balz & Scott Clement
A Washington Post and Univision News poll finds that among Hispanic voters, the Republican front-runner trails Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders by historically large margins in general election matchups. Trump's negatives among Hispanics are the worst in GOP field. Hispanics clearly prefer the Democratic Party to the Republican Party overall and on a host of important issues, though the poll suggests most are not passionate about Democratic leadership or Obama's presidency.
- Trump - a 'White Trash Billionaire' & 7 Astounding Confessions From Conservatives About the Dismal State of the GOP and Their Likely Nominee By : Steven Rosenfeld
Trump is a white trash billionaire -- and Rubio and Cruz need to say so. They must explain that Trump is an entitled mess whose business record is so questionable that he managed to bankrupt a casino; that he is an unashamed fraud who didn't even wait to be elected president before folding on Planned Parenthood and Obamacare, exactly like the "feckless" Congress he is running against; that he is feigning religiosity to appeal to people he believes are rubes; and, above all, that whatever he may be pretending now, he has spent a lifetime screwing the little guy. Trump is more interested in what is good for Donald Trump than in what is good for America. Trump's hard-ass approach to problems would be very dangerous for our nation... (And) everything he says is either an outright lie, or something he is merely saying because it is convenient.
- Me Me Me Love By : John Sammon.
How big am I? I'm called "The Donald," that's like Caesar being called "Caesar," they didn't call him Julius. Are you called "The Dave?" Are you called "The Roy?" No! Only I am called "The Donald." That's how big I am. You can't get any bigger than that.
- GOP vs. Black & Brown People: Republicans are Betting All Their Money on White America By : Heather Digby Parton
The only way to win national elections solely with white support is to get rid of everyone else. Sound familiar? Just as the African American communities have traditionally been harassed and intimidated at the ballot box through various schemes to prevent them from voting, there have also been concerted efforts at vote suppression where Latinos live. The Hispanic population is the fastest growing ethnic minority in the country -- already to a point where even if Republicans were able to boost the white vote and suppress the black and brown vote in 2016, they are not going to be able to hold back the tide. This is one reason they are so terrified of Comprehensive Immigration Reform and a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented workers. After the horrible way they've treated Hispanics, they know that it will be a cold day in hell before they will get their votes.
- GOP's Trump Panic: South Carolina Rout Leaves Republicans Looking For Something, ANYTHING To Save Them By : Simon Maloy
With Donald Trump riding comfortably on top, conservatives scramble to explain why he's not actually winning. Now as the GOP nominating contest moves on to Nevada and then the multi-state delegate bonanzas in March, anti-Trump Republicans and conservatives are panicking and trying to convince themselves that Trump is not the political force that he seems to be. One senses in all the establishment's dramatic and desperate acts a belief that somehow, some way, this Trump creature who defies comprehension will somehow be brought low by a timely resurgence of the Republican Party that these pundits and officials have known and understood for so long. They're waiting with increasing impatience for a cavalry that, for all they know, doesn't exist anymore.
- Fall of The House of Bush: How Last Name and Donald Trump Doomed Jeb By : Ed OKeefe, Dan Balz & Matea Gold
Why Jeb Bush was never going to be president: Jeb's is one of the most startling failures in the modern history of American politics: the fall of the House of Bush. It is a human story about the struggles of one of the most successful former governors in America in his bid to become president, like his father and brother, set against the backdrop of one of the strangest political cycles the country has seen in years. The candidate and his team misjudged the degree of Bush fatigue among Republicans. Second, Bush and his team miscalculated the role and power of money and traditional television commercials in the 2016 race. Third, Bush ran a campaign that, whether deliberate or not, was rooted in the past, managed by loyalists who admired Bush and enjoyed his confidence but who, like the candidate, found themselves in unfamiliar political terrain. The final indignity in a campaign that had suffered through many came three days before Saturday's primary, when South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley endorsed Rubio rather than a man she described as a friend and mentor.
- Majorities of Republicans Haven't Voted For Trump. But They May Get Him Anyway By : Dana Milbank
The good news is only 32.5 percent of South Carolina Republicans voted for Trump. The bad news: Trump may not need the support of a majority of Republican voters to secure the nomination. The long-awaited consolidation behind a consensus alternative to Trump has finally begun. Jeb Bush, after gaining a second wind in New Hampshire, has joined Chris Christie on the sidelines, and Rubio, after his sound-bite disaster in New Hampshire, appears to have returned as the consensus anti-Trump. Perhaps the most disturbing of Trump's latest outrages — beyond lashing out at the pope or again implying that Obama is Muslim — was his decision to validate a hateful Internet hoax. In South Carolina on Friday, Trump was defending torture (he said the United States should "go much further" than waterboarding) when he told a story of Gen. John Pershing, who allegedly dipped bullets in pig's blood before executing Muslim prisoners in the Philippines. "He lined up the 50 people, and they shot 49 of those 50 people, and he said to the 50th, you go back to your people and you tell them what happened," Trump proclaimed. "And in 25 years there wasn't a problem." Despite the racist lie, on Sunday, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus told ABC's George Stephanopoulos that it would be a "no-brainer" to support the nominee, even if it's Trump. "Winning is the antidote to a lot of things," he reasoned. The voters may yet get it right, but that doesn't mean the Republican Party will.
- The Destroyer Cometh: Donald Trump is Running Amok in the GOP 'China-Shop' and Gleefully Tearing The Place Up By : Rich Lowry
If Trump wins the nomination outright, many Republican voters may stay home, and senators and members of the House up for reelection will probably scurry their own way, seeking cover from the loose cannon of a nominee. And no one has figured out a way to handle Trump's bullying. Bush has gotten stronger on stage but has never put Trump in his place. Even Ted Cruz has shrunk before Trump at key moments. The key to Trump's strength, which buttresses all his outrageousness, is that his supporters want someone to blow up the system. So there's almost nothing he can say or do that will discredit him in their eyes, and the least destructive scenario for his defeat — Trump blows himself up — will take some doing on his part.
- Multi-Racial Coalition: Why it's Time For Democrats To Give Up on Swing-Voting Whites By : Elias Isquith
"People of color ... have to be the first thought": Unless Democrats invest in a multiracial coalition, they'll lose, expert and author Steve Phillips says. It's time for Democratic Party leadership to give up on the so-called white swing voter and focus on its real base, people of color? This whole notion around competing for white votes in the middle is a long-standing tradition [of American politics], and it continued up through the 2010 and 2014 midterm elections, when the Democrats ran away from Obamacare and immigration reform and policies that spoke to voters of color in a failed attempt to appease the more conservative white swing voter. The winning formula requires large and enthusiastic participation by people of color. If you get that, then that and the meaningful minority of progressive whites, who almost always vote Democratic, adds up to a majority. But if people don't turn out then Democrats are actually not going to prevail. If the black vote level falls back to the pre-Obama level, the 2004 levels, Democrats would lose Ohio. If the Latino vote level/ falls back to the pre-Obama level, they'd lose Florida. That's what happened in 2010. Democrats ran away from healthcare, ran away from the black president, and then their voter turnout fell by 26 million people, whereas Republican voter turnout only dropped by 7 million people. And that's how Democrats lost the House.
- G.O.P DEAD: The Republican Party Has Cracked and Split into 6 Warring 'Tribes' By : Robert Reich
I'm writing to you today to announce the death of the Republican Party. It is no longer a living, vital, animate organization. It died in 2016. RIP. It has been replaced by warring tribes. Without a Republican Party, nothing stands between us and a veritable Star Wars barroom of self-proclaimed wanna-be's.
- What Are Trump and Sanders? They Are the End of American Exceptionalism By : Carlos Alberto Montaner
The presence of people like Trump and Sanders in the political landscape of the United States totally wipes out the notion of U.S. exceptionalism supported by so many thinkers and ideologues who are convinced that this country has a moral responsibility to mankind. It marks the end of the much-debated and slightly Messianic proposition that the United States is a unique nation, the leading modern republic, different from all others, chosen by God to serve as a model and defend republicanism, freedom, individualism, equality, and democracy, to roundly defeat the fascists, Nazis, and communists, and to confront the murderous Islamists of the new Caliphate.
- Why Obama Should Nominate Barack Obama For The Supreme Court Vacancy By : Ryan Grim
The solution to this political problem is staring at him in the mirror. President Barack Obama could just nominate himself to the Supreme Court vacancy left by the unexpected death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Appointing Obama would put the GOP in the position they've desperately wanted to be in since the man was inaugurated. They'd have the chance to vote him out of office. If he's truly as dangerous and illegitimate a president as Republicans say, then this is their opportunity to get him out of the White House by putting him on the court.
- The GOP's Humiliating Sales Pitch: Why The Establishment is Getting Steamrolled By Donald Trump By : Paul Blest
First it was Jeb, then Rubio. Now moderate Republicans are hoping for... John Kasich? Good luck, guys! For RNC Chair Reince Priebus and the Republican Party, it's time to face facts: The GOP just can't get conservative voters to buy what they're selling. The defeat of John McCain in 2008 created the Tea Party as we know it today. By the time 2012 rolled around, the Republican campaign prior to March was characterized by different terrible candidates — Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain, Rick Perry — outflanking Romney on the right and giving him a serious challenge. When Romney lost in November, Cruz and his allies piled on, arguing that Romney's "centrism" was the reason for Obama's re-election. It's clear that GOP conservatives haven't just lost control of the party; they've also lost their grip on reality. In November, the party is in all likelihood going to put forth one of their two nightmare scenarios as the nominee, and they're going to either have to fall in line behind someone who could very well suffer a Goldwater-like defeat in the general election, or grovel at the feet of Michael Bloomberg to save them.
- Antonin Scalia Was The Forefather of Modern 'Republican Nihilism' By : Heather Digby Parton
Antonin Scalia wasn't just a giant of conservative jurisprudence. He was an architect of right-wing legal extremism. He was also one of the fathers of the modern conservative movement's "you can believe me or you can believe your lying eyes" school of politics. If the 2016 Republican presidential primary is any example, his political legacy is secure.
- Donald Trump's 'White America' is Revolting: New Numbers Show Just How Noxious The GOP Front-Runner's Coalition Is By : Chauncey DeVega
Exit poll data proves it: Trump is the candidate of voters who resent African-Americans and immigrants. Trump performs best among Americans who express more resentment toward African Americans and immigrants and who tend to evaluate whites more favorably than minority groups. ... These findings also support the idea that Trump's appeal mirrors Nixonian populism's blend of racial conservatism with tacit support for the welfare state — a blend often seen in Europe's right-wing populist parties as well as the presidential bid of George Wallace. Donald Trump's particular version of right-wing populism is a direct threat to present day Republican orthodoxy. However, "Trumpania" is not a new phenomenon. Donald Trump's political vision is simply a 21st century version of what sociologists, historians, and others have described as right-wing producerism. Producerism is a belief that society is divided between "makers" and "takers." Right-wing producerism tries to mobilize "real citizens" against "evil" parasites on the "bottom" of society such as the poor, people of color, immigrants, gays and lesbians, "the lazy" and any other subordinate group that can be identified as the Other. Producerism also targets the enemies above, i.e., corporations, Wall Street, international bankers and finance, political "insiders," government "bureaucrats" or "elites" who are imagined as working against the interests of "the people." Donald Trump promises to "Make America Great Again." Trump cannot ...
- Maine's Racist-THUG Gov. Paul LePage Is a Preview of 'President' Trump By : Andrew Kirell
Since being elected in 2010, LePage has repeatedly made use of rants designed to rally white middle-class resentment and garner media attention for his pet causes. In the span of just seven months, frontrunner Trump has dispensed with any sense of decorum or restraint—whether it's calling John McCain a "loser" who, despite surviving a Vietnamese prisoner camp, is no war hero; branding Mexicans "rapists"; making sexist remarks about rival candidate Carly Fiorina and Fox News host Megyn Kelly; demanding an outright ban on all Muslim immigration; or gleefully repeating a fan calling Ted Cruz a "pussy." LePage, too, relishes in "tellin' it like it is" brutishness. It's not hard to envision President Trump, leaning back in his solid-gold Oval Office chair, telling a Muslim-American activist group they can "kiss my ass" after he declines to visit a mosque or entertain religious leaders. All of this seems to be part of LePage's plan to thump his chest and offend or embarrass everyone until he gets his way. Just like The Donald. And just like Trump has lobbed personal insults and veiled threats at media outlets he perceives as unfair, LePage, while at the controls of a flight simulator, publicly joked, "I want to find the Portland Press Herald building and blow it up." A few months after the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris, the Maine governor said he'd "like to shoot" a Bangor Daily News political cartoonist.
- Secrets of Donald Trump's Cult: Why The Angriest & Most Racist White Voters Will Not Leave His Side By : Chauncey DeVega
Trump may have finished second in Iowa, but he's far from finished. His base is as fearful as ever. Trump's most strident supporters are found among the alienated, disaffected, fearful, white working class. As recent research by public health experts, sociologists, economists and others has detailed, the white American working class and poor are, quite literally, dying off. They are killing themselves with pills and alcohol, committing suicide with guns, and dying of despair. For many decades, if not centuries, racism (and sexism for white men) artificially buoyed the life prospects of the white working class in American society. With those palliatives and aids removed, the white working class and poor are left exposed and vulnerable to the realities of the American neoliberal nightmare and the culture of cruelty. They are ill-equipped for life in this new world. Donald Trump knows that a crisis is an opportunity: he is transforming the fear and anxiety of the white American working class into political capital and energy. Energizing the Trump movement are voters who call themselves the "silent majority." These individuals feel strongly that white people, too, face discrimination in this country, and that they are often wrongly accused of being racist. This is stirring anger at the Black Lives Movement. Trump's supporters are also terrified of Muslims and believe that unconstitutional measures should be taken against them. Donald Trump's racial authoritarianism and .....
- Way Too Much Credit: 'Cuban-Immigrant' Marco Rubio Can't Save The 'Extremist' Republican Party By : Heather Digby Parton
The Republicans seem to have talked themselves into believing their own hype that the country is in dire straits, the terrorists are coming in droves to kill us and everyone in the nation is angry and frightened to death about... well, everything. There's a certain political utility in making this case in a presidential primary but at some point reality is going to intrude. But the Mad Max version of the United States these Republicans are talking about doesn't really ring true for more than a limited faction who think the world they knew is disappearing and they will not be able to adjust to the new one. Rubio is so far to the right and the party is so hostile to racial and ethnic minorities that they cannot win a national election. He's got a Hispanic last name and a beautiful young family, but his record shows he's just another right wing extremist.