Posts Tagged ‘politics’

Party of Lincoln: Hostile Takeover

July 22, 2016

Party of Lincoln: Hostile Takeover
In a 76-minute harangue, presidential nominee Donald Trump announced the official beginning of his general election campaign and the official end of the Republican Party, the party of Lincoln. The GOP is now the party of fear mongering, resentment, race-baiting, xenophobia, anger, deceit, and hate.

Trump real estate, resorts, and “universities” are sold through Fear of Missing Out. In this sulfurous speech, the Trump presidency is being marketed though fear of marauding hordes of barbarians and brigands, a dystopian future American hellscape. How can we be saved? “I am The Way the Law and Order candidate,” declares The Donald.

But we all know that Mr. Trump is no statesman, he’s a Reality TV star. So how did his astounding diatribe rate as entertainment?

“Donald Trump’s Acceptance Speech Paints Apocalyptic Vision From a B-Movie,” Maureen Ryan, Variety

More:

“Donald Trump’s Caesar Moment,” Jeff Greenfield, Politico

“Why Trump sounded more like a strongman than a movement conservative,” James Hohmann, Washington Post

“Trump paints a grim portrait of the U.S. and casts himself as its only savior in GOP acceptance speech,” Mark Z. Barabak and Noah Bierman, Los Angeles Times

“Donald Trump’s RNC Speech Was a Terrifying Display of Nightmarish Authoritarianism,”Peter Suderman, Reason

“Trump conjures a mythical vision of a dark America as he doubles down on campaign themes,” Gwynn Guilford, Quartz

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Republican Party Bends Knee to Trump

July 20, 2016

Republican Party Bends Knee to Trump
At the Republican National Convention on Tuesday, Reality TV star, celebrity golf cheat, and overgrown spoiled rich kid Donald J. Trump was confirmed as the 2016 Presidential Candidate of the Republican Party. He achieved this position by espousing ethnic cleansing, violence, racism, and isolationism. The Republican Platform supports his policies that would crash the world economy, destroy the environmentspread nuclear weapons among nations, and build concentration camps on American soil.

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Trump TV Reality Show in Cleveland

July 19, 2016

Trump TV Reality Show in Cleveland

Donald J. Trump, middle-aged spoiled rich kid, a 6-times-bankrupt businessman, and former reality TV star, is featured in a TV miniseries this week in Cleveland, Ohio (“the Open-Carry State”). Speakers include minor show-biz celebrities who didn’t make the cut for Mr. Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice series:

Scott Baio, from the 1982 TV show Joanie Loves Chachi

Kimberlin Brown, soap opera actor (The Young and the Restless [1973], The Bold and the Beautiful [1987])

Ben Carson MD, former surgeon, a motivational speaker, … somehow

Chris W. Cox, Executive Director of the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action

Jerry Falwell Jr., gun-totin’ Christian lawyer famously sired by televangelist Jerry Falwell Sr.

Natalie Gulbis, 492nd-ranked LPGA golfer (and “Blonde Bombshell,” adds the Daily Caller)

Laura Ingraham, right-wing radio host

Brock Mealer, “inspirational speaker” and car crash victim

Willie Jess Robertson, Duck Dynasty TV personality and duck call company executive

Phil Ruffin, Las Vegas casino owner, partner in the Trump International Hotel and Tower

Antonio Sabato Jr., underwear model

Darrell Scott, pastor of Cleveland’s New Spirit Revival Center, a “prosperity church

Lisa Shin, optometrist, of Korean Americans for Trump (founded in April), who formed a new non-certifying optometry association and then resigned from it; one of very few non-blonde  women speaking at the Convention

Melania Knaus Trump, Slovene-American former model and the incumbent Mrs. Trump

Tiffany Trump, out of Marla Maples by D.J. Trump, Internet celebrity who is famous for being well-known

Dana White, President of the mixed martial arts organization Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)

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GOP Convention: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

July 18, 2016

GOP Convention: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
During this week’s GOP Convention in Cleveland, you can’t carry tennis balls or water pistols near the event arena, but you can carry a gun. Ohio is an “open carry” state. What could possibly go wrong?

But don’t try to carry firearms into Quicken Loans Arena, though. Republican conventioneers may not care about the safety of ordinary citizens, but they’re concerned about their own hides, especially if they can put the “gun-free zone” blame on those “Nanny State” Secret Service killjoys. Actually, privately owned Quicken Loans Arena never allows patrons to carry any weapons, but Republicans aren’t going to blame a business for saying what happens on its own premises.

More:

“Cleveland Police Union Asks Kasich To Suspend Open Carry Laws For RNC,” Sara Jerde, TPM Livewire

“Journalists are getting trained like war correspondents to cover the US conventions,” Maria Muriel, The World (PRI)

“What’s a University For? Case Western Suddenly Shuts Down to House Riot Police,” Belt Magazine

“Your Guide to Cleveland’s Security Nightmare,” Eric Levitz, New York Magazine

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Trump Role Model: Saddam Hussein

July 7, 2016

Trump Role Model: Saddam Hussein

Donald Trump, Tuesday night in Raleigh, North Carolina:

“Saddam Hussein was a bad guy, right? … But you know what he did well? He killed terrorists. He did that so good. They didn’t read ’em the rights, they didn’t talk. They were a terrorist, it was over.”

— “Trump: Saddam killed terrorists ‘so good,'” Associated Press

These claims are nonfactual. Saddam killed no terrorists; he killed political opponents and ethnic minorities.

Mr. Trump previously claimed the world would be “100 percent better” if dictators like Saddam and Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi were still in power. Like them, Donald Trump wants to torture people, execute them without trial, and then kill their innocent relatives.

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Trump: Not Big in Japan

June 21, 2016

You know the viral “Japanese Donald Trump Commercial” going around, in which a J-Pop princess swoons over America’s Cheeto-colored emperor? It’s really satire by a yank, Mike Diva. Banzai!

More:

“What’s Going on With That Bizarre Japanese Trump Ad?” Andrew Breiner, Roll Call

Related:

“Why Donald Trump’s plan for Japan would be a nightmare for Asia,” Sheila A. Smith, Vox

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Paul Ryan’s ObamaCare Replacement Plan

June 17, 2016

Paul Ryan’s ObamaCare Replacement Plan

You know the GOP healthcare plan House Speaker Paul Ryan promised would be a better replacement for the Affordable Care Act (“ObamaCare”)? Turns out it’s not a plan, it’s a white paper — you know, kind of like a plan, but without all those nerdy numbers and pesky details. Expect the white paper snow job next week.

More:

“Paul Ryan’s Promised Obamacare Replacement Plan Shockingly Turns Out Not to Exist Again,” Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine

Related:

“Trump’s healthcare plans trouble GOP,”Peter Sullivan, The Hill

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Trump University: The Hammer Is Coming Down

June 9, 2016

Trump University: The Hammer Is Coming Down

Woodrow Wilson was the president of Princeton. Dwight D. Eisenhower was president of Columbia. Donald J. Trump was … hey, what ever happened to Trump University?

Oh, right, it was a scam. It’s in the courts in New York and California. The Donald apparently bought off similar lawsuits in Texas and Florida by donating to the campaigns of state Attorneys General.

Spoiled rich kid, mob associate, and tax cheat Donald Trump failed at selling vodka, beauty pageant tickets, and steaks, but it’s his failed Trump University scam that has him in court as a defendant. Mr. Trump is incensed — he likes to be the plaintiff. Trump has sued or threatened to sue nearly everyone who’s crossed his path and, according to USA Today, he is the plaintiff in 1900 current lawsuits.

And he’s being sued just for taking money from poor single mothers and the elderly. Those losers had it coming. And since that sleazy Washington Post sued to have that biased judge unseal the Trump U salesmen’s playbook and testimony, valuable trade secrets are now worthless — and there are still plenty of gullible marks out there just waiting for the next Trump con job.

Trump University’s founder is scheduled for his own oral exam sometime after the general election. American voters will be tested on November 8th.

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Textbook Racism

June 8, 2016

Textbook Racism

House Speaker and former Wienermobile driver Rep. Paul Ryan has decried GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s remarks about the judge in the Trump University fraud trial:

“Claiming a person can’t do their job because of their race is sort of like the textbook definition of a racist comment. If you say something that’s wrong, I think the mature and responsible thing is to acknowledge it.”

Rep. Ryan said this against the window-dressing of a DC drug and alcohol rehab center, where he also vowed to escalate his party’s assault on the poorest Americans.

More:

“Ryan: Trump’s comments ‘textbook definition’ of racism,” Heather Caygle, Politico

Related:

“Fact Checker: Sorry, Donald Trump, the Trump University judge was just following the law,” Michelle Ye Hee Lee, Washington Post

“Donald Trump’s smear campaign against a federal judge, explained,” Dara Lind, Vox

“Trump, the ‘Mexican’ judge and racism we’ve seen before,” Eric L. Muller, Charlotte News & Observer

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Bernie vs Trump: Epic Kvetch-Fest Called Off

May 31, 2016

Bernie vs Trump: Epic Kvetch-Fest Called Off

Last Wednesday night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel goaded tax cheat, mob associate, and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump into agreeing to debate the issues with Democratic contender Bernie Sanders. Trump later specified a condition: a $10 million contribution to charity. His bluff was called by Cenk Uygur of Young Turks and tech CEO Richie Hecker, who offered to donate the cash.

So much for “promises kept.” Trump reneged.

In a voluminous press release of 116 whole words — several of them over 2 syllables long — Mr. Trump declined to debate Senator Sanders, saying he won’t debate a loser.

More:

“Donald Trump Says He Won’t Debate Bernie Sanders,” Janet Hook, Wall Street Journal

“Trump says he’s no longer open to debating Bernie Sanders,” Sean Sullivan, Washington Post

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