Posts Tagged ‘RNC’

Trump Accepts 2020 Republican Abdication

August 28, 2020

Trump Accepts 2020 Republican Abdication

In an interminable speech late on Thursday, delivered in front of his public housing project, Donald J. Trump accepted the abject abdication of the Republican Party, formerly known as the Party of Lincoln. During his 70-minute address Mr. Trump shared a lie every three minutes, visions of American armageddon, and an incurable virus with his packed, maskless audience. In a novel coronavirus twist, the incumbent is running as a challenger, blaming his own three-and-a-half years of failure on his political opponent.

The event was celebrated by fireworks at another federal property, as citizens frolicked in the streets:

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“Trump’s parade of desperate lies reveals one big and awful truth,” Greg Sargent, Washington Post

“There’s No 2020 Republican Platform. There’s Just Trump.” NotionsCapital

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There’s No 2020 Republican Platform. There’s Just Trump.

August 26, 2020

There's No 2020 Republican Platform. There's Just Trump.

On Sunday the 2020 Republican National Committee announced that the 2020 GOP presidential campaign will not have a political platform, just a pledge of fealty to Donald Trump. Perhaps the Republican Party should now be called a Cult of Personality Disorder.

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“The GOP Has No Party Platform. Literally.” Cristina Cabrera, TalkingPointsMemo

“GOP Will Not Write a 2020 Platform, Pledges Undying Trump Support Instead,” Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine

“Why Republicans didn’t write a platform for their convention this year,” Andrew Prokop, Vox

“It’s official: Trump is the GOP. And the GOP is Trump.” Paul Waldman, Washington Post

“The Trump MAGA-verse consumes the RNC,” Tina Nguyen, Politico

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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.

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“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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Republicans: Welcome to Cleveland!

April 5, 2016

Republicans: Welcome to Cleveland!

The city of Cleveland is looking forward to hosting the 2016 Republican National Convention in July. The Cleveland Division of Police is buying snappy new uniforms, riot-control suits that look like samurai armor. Officers will wave hello to visitors with new 26-inch expandable steel batons with weighted tips, and 300 bicycle-riding armored cops will entertain the sidewalk throngs. Cleveland police will also decorate the streetscape with miles of interlocking steel crowd-control barriers.

Congress gave Cleveland $30 million for event security, so the Ohio town is really gearing up to greet the 50,000 visiting GOP conventioneers, including Donald Trump’s legion of goons, bikers, and KKK followers. Suburban law enforcement will lend officers to bring the Cleveland force up to 5,000, but maybe Governor Kasich can have his confetti bomber on call for emergency crowd immobilization, just in case.

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Clint: What Kind of Idiot Asks Me to Speak at a Convention?

September 23, 2012

Clint: What Kind of Idiot Asks Me to Speak at a Convention?

Republicans were nuts to ask him to speak at their National Convention, says Clint Eastwood. “If somebody’s dumb enough to ask me to go to a political convention and say something, they’re gonna have to take what they get,” Eastwood told interviewer Jerry Penacoli.

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“Clint Eastwood: Republicans Were ‘Dumb’ To Ask Me to Speak at RNC,” TMZ

“After the chair: Clint Eastwood’s tormented legacy,” Andrew O’Heheir, Salon

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Fear-Mongering for Fun and Profit

March 20, 2010

Fear-Mongering for Fun and Profit 

The Republican National Committee is planning to raise money from the little guy by scaring the bejesus out of him. The more fear, the more funds for the GOP in the next election cycle. Politico‘s Ben Smith got the Powerpoint RNC Finance Director Rob Bickhart pitched to top GOP fundraisers in February. Ugly stuff.

“Exclusive: RNC document mocks donors, plays on ‘fear,'” Ben Smith, Politico.

“GOP: Nothing To Sell But Fear Itself,” Tim Dickinson, Rolling Stone.

 

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