Posts Tagged ‘GOP’

Trump Is Running a Hat Business, Not a Campaign

August 26, 2016

Trump Is Running a Hat Business, Not a Campaign
“. . . Trump’s organization spent more money in July on the now-iconic ‘Make America Great Again’ red hats, Trump T-shirts, and mugs than on the staff whose job it is to run the campaign,” observes Zaid Jilani. The campaign paid more than $1.8 million for T-shirts, mugs, stickers, and the trademark hats but only about half that ($921,000) on staff and consultants.

More:

“Donald Trump is Spending More on Hats and Other Merchandise Than on Campaign Staff,” Zaid Jilani, The Intercept

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GOP Finds the 24 Hispanics Who Back Trump

August 23, 2016

GOP Finds the 24 Hispanics Who Back Trump
After some extreme vetting, the Republican Party found two dozen Spanish-surnamed Americans who support the GOP presidential candidate. Four are rogue Evangelical pastors and the rest are long-time GOP party hacks, including one from Puerto Rico, where American citizens can’t even vote for President. Donald Trump has less support among Hispanic voters than any Republican candidate since 1996.

Mr. Trump met with his “Hispanic Advisory Council” atop the border wall Trump Tower on Saturday. Participants said the candidate suggested that he wants to figure out a “humane and efficient” manner to deal with undocumented immigrants. They took this to mean some kind of a path to legal status rather than a vaguely sinister reference to ethnic cleansing.

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Even a Lobbyist for Tyrants Couldn’t Make Trump Look Good

August 19, 2016

Even a Lobbyist for Tyrants Couldn't Make Trump Look Good

When Paul Manafort took the helm of the Trump presidential campaign, Republican Party pros were relieved. Here was a guy whose lobbying firm made torturers and tyrants look warm and fuzzy, or at least nearly human. He had done it for Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines. For Jonas Savimbi of Angola. Even Mobutu Sese Seko. Surely he could make Donald Trump look … almost normal.

But Mr. Trump isn’t Nigeria’s Sani Abacha, Somalia’s Siad Barre, or Ukraine’s Viktor Yanukovych. He’s Donald Trump, and doesn’t want a makeover. He likes being Donald Trump, whose outrageous, erratic behavior made him the terror of the GOP playground and won him the nomination. He thinks he can win the presidency the same way, so he doesn’t want to change. Or maybe he just can’t change. In any case he yanked Paul Manafort from the campaign’s driver’s seat and installed Breitbart bad boy Stephen Bannon as his campaign’s CEO, someone as irresponsible as he is. Mr. Bannon will applaud and double-down on every bizarre Trump statement and conspiracy theory. The Trump-Bannon campaign should complete the meltdown of the Republican Party.

More:

“Trump shakes up campaign, demotes top adviser,” Robert Costa, Jose A. DelReal and Jenna Johnson, Washington Post

Update:

Paul Manafort resigned from the Trump campaign Monday morning in order to spend more time with his family lawyers.

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Trump: X-Ray the Minds of Immigrants and Tourists

August 17, 2016

Trump: X-Ray the Minds of Immigrants and Tourists
Celebrity golf cheat and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump outlined his anti-terror plans Monday, calling for “Extreme Vetting” to root out people with evil minds before they can enter the United States. Would-be travelers and immigrants would have to pass a test (devised at Trump University, no doubt) to find out if they have bad thoughts or beliefs. That would work because people never change their minds or lie.

Since recent acts of terror have been committed by U.S. citizens, to make this policy effective we’ll all need to undergo “Extreme Vetting.” The values test outlined by Mr. Trump requires recognition of gay rights, but we don’t know if that means Mike Pence will be deported.

More:

“Donald Trump Proposes Ideological Test for Entry to the United States,” Christina Wilkie and Elise Foley, Huffington Post

“Trump proposes ‘extreme vetting’ test for immigrants who may support Isis,”Dan Roberts, The Guardian

“Why Trump’s immigration ideas won’t work,” Nahal Toosi, Politico

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Trump: Ah, THAT Explains It.

August 15, 2016

Trump: Ah, THAT Explains It.
Gracie Allen and Pat Paulsen did it first, but Donald Trump is really nailing this presidential campaign thing. Trevor Noah explains:

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Paul Ryan, the GOP’s Bad Parent

August 12, 2016

Paul Ryan, the GOP's Bad Parent

Congressman Paul Ryan (R, WI-1) is Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, highest-ranking Republican and the party’s Big Daddy. He has not withdrawn his endorsement of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, despite having denounced Trump’s statements about once a week.

” … every time I hear Ryan on another Trump misdeed, I hear my bad-day self talking to my kids.

What? You’ve hit your sister again? You know you’re not supposed to do that. Do that again and you won’t get any bedtime stories! Seriously!

Another fib? Really, haven’t I told you that’s no good? No more of that, sweetie, or this time there really will be consequences!

Ryan can yammer on all he wants. At this point, it’s utterly meaningless and only counts as one more voice in a chorus of Trump enablement.”

—  “Like an ineffective parent, Paul Ryan is just enabling Trump,” Danielle Allen, Washington Post Op Ed

Earlier:

“I used to think Trump was an 11-year-old, an undeveloped school-yard bully. I was off by about 10 years. His needs are more primitive, an infantile hunger for approval and praise, a craving that can never be satisfied. He lives in a cocoon of solipsism where the world outside himself has value – indeed exists – only insofar as it sustains and inflates him.”

— Charles Krauthammer, Philadelphia Inquirer

Related:

“Pataki: Trump ‘the ultimate spoiled rich kid,'” Mark Hensch, The Hill

“Trump’s Temperament: Temper-Bent,” NotionsCapital

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Trump Economic Policy

August 10, 2016

Trump Economic Policy

Donald Trump — meat purveyor, TV reality star, and Republican presidential candidate — trotted out some phrases disguised as an economic plan on Monday. They were phases familiar from the last 30 years of the GOP’s trickle-down, deregulating, big-corporate, no-taxes-for-the-rich philosophy, the failed policies that crashed the world economy when Republican leadership was last inflicted upon the nation, making the rich even wealthier at the expense of the rest.

After lambasting the Republican elites and their policies during the primaries, why is Mr. Trump suddenly embracing the old GOP worldview? Looks like he wants those wealthy guys to fund his general election campaign– he’s peddling high-dollar tickets to fundraising events at the homes of the rich. No wonder he named “six guys named Steve” and other billionaire hedge fund and real estate speculators as his “economic advisers“.

More:

“Sliding Trump Seeks Solidarity With Establishment He Spurned,” Sahil Kapur, Bloomberg

“Donald Trump Sells Out to Trickle-Down Economics,” John Cassidy, The New Yorker

“Trump’s Frankenstein economics,” Ben White, Politico

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“Donald Trump wants to slash your child care bill. But he’s doing it all wrong.” Jeff Spross, The Week

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Trump on the Media

August 5, 2016

Trump on the Media

“One thing I’ve learned about the press is that they’re always hungry for a good story, and the more sensational the better. It’s in the nature of the job, and I understand that.”

— Donald Trump, The Art of the Deal (1987)

More:

“How Donald Trump plays the press, in his own words,” Carlos Lozada, Washington Post

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Trump Explains His Agricultural Policy

August 3, 2016

Republican Presidential Candidate Donald J. Trump first outlined his agricultural policy at the 2005 Emmy Awards in the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California.

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“A Donald Trump presidency could lead to food shortages in the US,” Deena Shanker, Quartz

“Farmers: Trump ‘terrible for agriculture,'” Bill Tomson, Politico

“Here Is the Mysterious High Roller Donald Trump Wants to Put in Charge of Our Food,” Tom Philpott, Mother Jones

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The Sacrifices of Donald Trump

August 1, 2016

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“Khizr Khan responds to the latest from Trump: ‘Typical of a person without a soul,” Stephanie McCrummen, Washington Post

“Trump criticized my silence. He knows nothing about true sacrifice.” Ghazala Khan, Washington Post

“The world saw a grieving mother. Donald Trump saw a Muslim.”
Amana Fontanella-Khan, The Guardian

“Trump Faces Withering Bipartisan Backlash For Attacking Khan Family,” Lisa Lerer and Jonathan Lemire, TPM

“Backlash Grows Over Trump’s Comments on Dead Muslim Soldier’s Parents,” Ben Brody, Bloomberg

“Donald Trump’s Confrontation With Muslim Soldier’s Parents Emerges as Unexpected Flash Point,” Alexander Burns, Maggie Haberman and Ashley Parker, New York Times

“‘Have You No Sense of Decency, Mr. Trump?’” Zachary Karabell, Politico

“The Khan fight highlights a huge GOP problem: No one knows how low Trump can go,” Greg Sargent, Washington Post

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“After Khan speech, pocket Constitution becomes best-seller,” Corinne Segal and Daniel Moritz-Rabson, PBS Newshour

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