Posts Tagged ‘Republicans’

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.

Related:

“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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Trump & Gnats

July 27, 2016

Republican strategist Rick Wilson explains how Donald Trump is giving gnats a bad name.

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President Trump: The Brand

July 26, 2016

 

President Trump: The Brand

Last Thursday, Donald Trump’s acceptance speech in Cleveland was supposed to finally outline the policies and particulars he would implement if elected. It didn’t.

So how would President Trump govern? We found out recently when the New York Times reported that, back in May, Donnie Trump Jr. approached a Kasich senior staffer about making the Ohio governor The Donald’s running mate and “the most powerful vice president in history.”

“When Kasich’s adviser asked how this would be the case, Donald Jr. explained that his father’s vice president would be in charge of domestic and foreign policy.

Then what, the adviser asked, would Trump be in charge of?

‘Making America great again’ was the casual reply.”

That’s in keeping with the current Trump business model. He doesn’t build anything; people pay him to put his name on things they build. The candidate even told us he saw image-building as the president’s chief role last September:

“Our country needs to be glamorized. The branding of our country is at an all-time low. Now, ‘branding’ might not be the most beautiful word to use, but the fact is the country has been labeled so badly.”

‘The thing about branding,” Bill Clinton reminds us, “is … you can be fact-free.”

So if the Republican ticket wins in November, President Trump will subcontract the real work of governing to VP Mike Pence, who should have spoken to all the subcontractors Donald Trump has screwed  before signing up.

More:

“Report: Trump Plans to License His Name to His Administration, Not to Run It,” Eric Levitz, New York Magazine

Related:

“Trump’s Brand Bonanza,” Jennifer Rooney, Forbes

“Brand Trump: How the developer-cum-TV star-cum-presidential candidate became a living product,” Robert Klara, Adweek [2011!]

Update:

“Kasich: Trump Jr. called aide to float VP offer,” Will Cadigan, CNN

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NBA Flushes North Carolina’s All-Star Game Down the Toilet

July 25, 2016

NBA Flushes North Carolina's All-Star Game Down the Toilet
The 2017 NBA All-Star game will be moved from Charlotte, North Carolina to another location because of the Tarheel State’s bathroom legislation, the Association announced last Thursday.  The “Bathroom Law,” aka HB2, requires people to use gender-separated bathrooms and changing rooms according to the sex on their birth certificates, which denies transgender people access to public facilities.The All Star Game isn’t just a single pro hoops contest; it’s a 3-day weekend series of events for basketball fans, supported by the NBA, league sponsors, and local businesses, and the cancellation will cost state businesses an estimated $100 million.

ARRGHHH!!! responded North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, or words to that effect. The NBA’s Charlotte Hornets issued a perfunctory statement accepting the situation and urging Carolinians to get it together or lose any chance at the 2019 All Star Game.

Other businesses and events have also cancelled plans for activities in North Carolina. Over 200 CEOs of major companies (including the state’s largest employers) have signed an open letter urging the law’s repeal. Scores of state, county, and city governments have forbidden government-related travel to North Carolina due to the law.The bathroom law is flushing billions of dollars in business activity and tax revenue down the toilet.

More:

“The NBA Has Moved The All-Star Game From North Carolina Because Of Anti-LGBT Law,” Kevin Draper, Deadspin

“NBA pulls 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte over HB2 law,” Sports Illustrated

“NBA will move 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte over HB2 law,” Tim Bontemps, Washington Post

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“House Bill 2 could cost N.C. $5 billion a year, report says,” Katherine Peralta, Charlotte Observer 

“Police officers have no idea how to enforce North Carolina’s new ‘bathroom law,” Mark Abadi, Business Insider

“North Carolina’s ‘bathroom’ law is about more than who’s in the next stall,” Paul Woolverton, Fayetteville Observer

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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

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“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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Ask Not What Melania Trump Can Do For You ….

July 20, 2016

Melania Trump (Laura Benanti) takes Stephen Colbert’s Late Show podium to explain that she did not plagiarize Michelle Obama’s speech.

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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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