No longer just shouting down free speech when it disagrees with their own opinions, anti-Trump liberals have been increasingly violent. We’ve seen punches thrown, shoving, throwing debri, chasing and tackling, homes vandalized, and even death threats for those expressing support for the next President. In an incident 25 July 2016, a man was shot in Cleveland for the offense of expressing support for Trump.
The 60-year-old victim said he thought Trump would make a good president. 45-year-old Darnell Hall said he would not. Hall then left the establishment, retrieved a weapon, returned, and brandished the weapon which discharged and hit the victim in the leg.
This is not a heat-of-the-moment exchange. Said liberal left, retrieved, and returned showing malice of forethought. He is free on a mere $15,000 bond.
Last week, Trump delayed announcing Pence as his VP choice for a day because of the horrific terrorist attack in Nice.
Today, a man yelling Allah Akbar gunned down children in Munich.
This afternoon, the Virginia Supreme Court struck down Governor McAuliffe’s sweeping executive order to give voting rights back to 200,000 felons, jeopardizing a Democratic victory in November in a barely-blue battleground state.
Two hours later, under the shadow of the ongoing manhunt in Germany and as appalling details continued to emerge, Hillary announced Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate.
The big difference between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton is that no one — Trump included, most likely — knows what a Trump presidency would look like. Everyone appears to know what a Clinton presidency would look like.
After the Nevada Democrat convention went full-out cra-cra, the talking heads are having a field day. Fiscal Times says to get ready for a third party run from Bernie Sanders. MarketWatch lectures Bernie that he has to decide if he’s a Democrat or a revolutionary. But I think that Professor Larry Sabato has it right: imagine the things Sanders will be able to demand when he goes to the DNC convention with 40% of the delegates in his pocket.
…think about what you can do with a raucous group of 40% of the delegates. He’ll want all sorts of platform planks, he’ll want influence on VP pick, he may want to control some of the scheudle [sic]. This is going to get really stick and messy…
At least Romney has thrown in the towel on the #NeverTrump movement and finally abandoned the idea of recruiting a candidate for a third-party run.
I fully expect Trump to start pulling away from Hillary in the polls as he starts focusing his rhetoric in her and Bill’s direction. I missed the interview with Hannity wherein he described Bill’s assault as rape but that’s just the beginning for Bill (we’ve already seen the “crooked Hillary” label stick … I wonder if he’ll start saying “rapey Bill“).
In other news, the video Hillary Clinton lying for 13 minutes straight has over 7 million views on YouTube. It will be interesting to see how damaging a similar video for Trump will be once that is published (the authors said he would be next) but I doubt that it will have the same impact. Everyone knows that the Don’s positions have changed and solidified with his entry into politics and he doesn’t have the same disappointing history of expected truth-telling as Hillary.
Meanwhile, Trump is starting to show his “presidential” persona to the voters. Scott Adams has a great analysis of Trump’s interview with Megyn Kelly. In addition to his positioning to win over women (really, read the “excuse me” section of the analysis … hilarious), Adams notes the change in behavior now that Trump isn’t trying to take out 16 simultaneous threats:
Voters worry that the dangerous-sounding guy Trump plays on television is real. So Trump successfully showed his sane side in the interview. Everything he said sounded reasonable enough, especially the part where he said he wouldn’t have gotten so far in the campaign without getting ugly. You know that’s true.
Then Trump proved he can modulate his behavior on demand by…modulating his behavior on command. Trump was personable and even a bit humble with Kelly. He turned a professional enemy into what looks like a friend, and he did it right in front of our eyes. Kelly even mentioned that she gave Trump her cellphone number. The two of them got along great, and we got to watch. It all looked genuine to me. No sign of any insanity.
One other thing that you probably didn’t see mentioned in the mainstream press (Drudge featured it for a bit): Chelsea’s husband shut down his pro-Greek hedge fund after losing 90% of investors’ money:
The kid was betting on a bankrupt welfare state’s ability to right its course, Hahahaha! He should blame his parents, both former Democrat members of Congress (and one – the father – an ex-con imprisoned for fraud). Nobody but a clueless liberal would bet serious money on a welfare state reforming itself. Yet somehow young Mezvinsky, was able to raise $25 mill.
Another nut that didn’t fall far from the tree. I wouldn’t trust him to hold my dog’s leash, much less with anything of real value. Which pretty much goes for everyone in that crowd. Who are you going to trust with your tax dollars, your 401K investments, your children’s futures … politician Hillary or businessman Don?
Disclaimer: I fully expect to be disappointed in a Trump presidency, particularly in domestic and economic policies. OTOH, I expect another Clinton presidency to be an unmitigated disaster from which the country will never recover.
The Weekly Standard shouts You Won’t Believe What Donald Trump Thinks The Federal Government’s Top 3 Roles Are.
Indeed, in one breath, Trump says education is one of the top 3 functions of the federal government, in the next he agrees that yes, he wants to push education down to the states. It’s as if he doesn’t see the conflict.
- This is one of the many things he is lying about to get elected and momentarily lost where he is in the campaign. Perhaps he wasn’t planning on backtracking on this issue until the nomination was in the bag at which time he will be pursuing Dem voters.
- He believes in pushing the responsibility down to the states but keeping oversight at the federal level (which will be the same as it is now, just different verbiage shrouding the truth).
- He a pathological liar and the only reason to vote for him is to destroy the GOP that has betrayed us.
Out of curiosity, I placed the top 4 remaining presidential candidates in Google Trends to see how interest has grown or shrunk over time.
Searches for The Donald dwarfs the others. Does it mean anything? Certainly not a predictor, right?
But just for fun:
The NRO is back at it again, labeling Trump a con artist:
The chorus of politicians and critics calling Donald Trump a con artist grows louder every day. During my seven years as an enforcement attorney at the Securities and Exchange Commission, I got a close-up view of many con artists and their scams. Watching Mr. Trump gives me an acute feeling of déjà vu.
What about decades of sending “conservative” politicians to Washington only to be disappointed time and again as they cowardly failed to stand up to Democrats or, worse yet, joined hands across the aisle and ruled like Republicrats … laughing all the way to the bank? Elected time and again by a voter base shackled to them by a two-party system that protects incumbents, making empty promises with fiery rhetoric that is the very definition of sound and fury that signifies absolutely nothing.
So I ask, where does the real con artist sit? In the seat of power.
Pat Buchanan asks if this is the death of the GOP, or a rebirth:
Lately, 116 architects and subcontractors of the Bush I and II foreign policy took their own version of the Oxford Oath. They will not vote for, nor serve in a Trump administration.
Talking heads are bobbing up on cable TV to declare that if Trump is nominee, they will not vote for him and may vote for Clinton.
This is not unwelcome news. Let them go.
Amen. Trump will build his own team and it won’t be based on the failed policies of the past.
Read it all but I can’t resist repeating Pat’s money quote:
Quote of the Day comes from RCP in an excellent article: What the Media Miss About Trump’s Appeal:
The public’s sense that, whatever Trump’s failings, he is actually competent. That’s a compelling proposition to many Americans, who don’t think Washington bureaucrats or bloviating senators could organize a two-car funeral.
Exactly. Which is why he is pulling Reagan Democrats and will be an even more powerful force against Hillary once Bernie is out of the picture.
Trump has just stepped it up a notch. In an interview with Sean Hannity, the Donald said that other people have been prosecuted for less, that she is being protected, and that he would have no choice but to prosecute her.
“If I’m the nominee, this is not gonna be a subject that’s gonna die down very easily,” said Trump.
Hopefully, this is one promise he’ll actually keep.