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Donald Trump Promises To Put Sarah Palin In His Cabinet If He Is Elected President

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Is Trump trying to alienate the GOP even further?

POLITICUS USA

Donald Trump is threatening America with a promise to put Sarah Palin in his cabinet if he is elected president.

Audio of Trump:

According to Politico, Trump said that he would put Palin his cabinet or seek her advice:

“She’s really somebody who knows what’s happening. She’s a special person. She’s really a special person. And I think people know that and she’s got a following that’s unbelievable,” he
continued. (Palin has more than 4 million Facebook followers.)

“I’m looking at some of these candidates, they’re weak, they’re ineffective and to a degree that’s almost hard to believe. And, you know, they like the Sarah Palin kind of strength. You just don’t see very much of it anymore,” Trump mused.

He noted that Palin has come up in his interactions on the campaign trail. “I’ve still got people saying, ‘Oh, get Sarah’s support, get Sarah’s support.’ No matter where I go, everybody loves her.”

There are only two things that Sarah Palin has ever been good at, and they are failing and quitting. If America did not have enough of a reason to vote against Donald Trump, the idea of Palin serving in a presidential cabinet should be enough to scare voters away in droves.

The Trump circus is an out of control joke that has now added Sarah Palin as a featured clown. It is impossible to imagine Donald Trump’s cabinet because this man is never going to be elected president. It is natural that two phonies who have been playing Republicans for years with empty bluster and cartoonish behavior would team up to suck all of the oxygen out of the 2016 campaign.

Just when voters thought that the Republican primary could get less intelligent, Sarah Palin and Donald Trump have teamed up form the ultimate dumb Republican dream team.

Jason Easley

Jeb Bush’s Response to Trump’s Comments About Mexicans Show the Personal Side of Politics

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POLICY.MIC

As Donald Trump’s verbal incontinence drives the national Republican establishment to tear at its scalp with nail-bitten fingers, the billionaire candidate’s most outrageous invective may actually be doing some good — for his most powerful opponent.

Trump’s now-familiar comments about Mexican immigrant “rapists,” and his subsequent doubling down on the epithet, has provided an opening for former Florida governor and current presidential candidate Jeb Bush to highlight his own personal connection with the immigrant story. In an interview with Telemundo conducted entirely in Spanish (in which Bush is fluent), the once-and-future front-runner and father of three biracial children opened up about the damage that Trump’s rhetoric has done to the Latino community, his commitment to enacting immigration reform and how his own family connection has shaped his response to the immigration debate.

“I was hurt, hearing somebody speaking in such a vulgar fashion,” Bush said in response to Trump’s comments. “This makes the solving of this problem much more difficult when we have politicians talking like that. We cannot progress.”

Jeb Bush with his son, George P. Bush | Source: LM Otero/AP

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6 worst right-wing moments of the week — Megyn Kelly will never be the adult in the room

6 worst right-wing moments of the week -- Megyn Kelly will never be the adult in the room

Megyn Kelly (Credit: Fox News)

This article originally appeared on AlterNet.

SALON

The Fox News talking head offers a head-scratching take on Sandra Bland, while the Donald declares his fascism

1. Donald Trump takes his fascist tendencies out for a spin.

For such a huge bully, Donald Trump sure is a whiny thing. On the one hand, he — much like the Glenn Close character in Fatal Attraction — will not be ignored (see next item). On the other hand, he does not like when people say mean things about him. Whah whah whah.

The blowhard Republican frontrunner had a little hissy fit this week after the Des Moines Register published an editorial suggesting he should quit running for president. The piece also called Trump a “bloviating sideshow.” Trump did not mind the “bloviating” part because he’s not entirely sure what the word means. But a sideshow? How dare they. Everybody knows Trump is the whole show, the only show in town and the greatest show on earth. And did they mention he is very very rich?

Trump has not felt so miffed since Forbes wrote an article saying tht he was not nearly as rich as he claimed to be some years ago. Well, he was pretty miffed on Monday when “Morning Joe” talked about other candidates besides Trump (again, see next item). And he was miffed when John McCain made fun of him. So, yeah, scratch that. He is often miffed.

In response to the editorial, Trump did what any reasonable, American-democracy-free-speech-loving demagogue would do. He banned that mean old newspaper from his event in Iowa. So there.

More of the editorial that stuck in The Donald’s craw:

“By using his considerable wealth, his celebrity status, and his mouth to draw attention to himself, rather than to raise awareness of the issues facing America, he has coarsened our political dialogue and cheapened the electoral process….He has become ‘the distraction with traction’ — a feckless blowhard who can generate headlines, name recognition and polling numbers not by provoking thought, but by provoking outrage.”

Nice. Distraction with traction. Might have to steal that.

After the editorial, Trump issued a statement condemning the paper’s “dishonest reporting,” demonstrating, among other things, that he cannot tell the difference between editorializing and reporting.

And also that he is a total chump. A chump with some fascist tendencies, to boot.

2. Donald Trump whines to ‘Morning Joe’ about not getting enough attention. ‘Morning Joe’ laughs and laughs and laughs.

“Morning Joe” got his morning laugh this week, courtesy of The Donald, who was interviewed on the show.

“I was just listening to you,” Trump said, after being introduced, “and I was listening to you talking about [Jeb] Bush and [Marco] Rubio and a couple of others and you sort of forgot to mention my name even though I’m creaming them all in the polls. I don’t understand what you’re doing.”

Scarborough guffawed, “Donald, what are you talking about? What are you talking about? We’ve been talking about you for a week. What are you talking about?”

Yeah, but you also talked about other people, Trump replied. And that’s not okay with me. “You were talking about [John] Kasich and you mentioned Bush and Rubio and somebody else that I won’t mention because I actually like that person,” Trump replied. When Trump is king, errr, president, people will only talk about people he wants to talk about.

Scarborough remained flabbergasted, and struggled to find a different question to ask. “What are you talking about?” he said again. “What are you talking about, Donald? How thin is your skin? I’ve been talking about you for a week.”

Trump, as is now well known, never backs down, no matter how trivial the fight. “When you were talking about Bush who, by the way, is about ten points lower than me, you sort of mentioned like, you know, ‘Can Kasich beat Bush?’” he whined. “Well, you know, excuse me, what about Trump? I mean, you know, we are ten points ahead.”

And also, he is very very rich. Did he mention that? And not a loser, like all those other losers. Losers!

3. Important political thinker Dennis Rodman is all in for Donald Trump.

Turns out North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump have something in common, other than laughable hairdos. Dennis Rodman is a big fan of both of them.

Rodman tweeted his valuable support for Trump this week.

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The Trumpster appreciated that very much and tweeted back the love. He loves anyone who loves him. And hates anyone who hates him, and resents anyone who doesn’t talk about him enough, and bans anyone who criticizes him. All of these things could also be said of Kim Jong-un.

4. Megyn Kelly really needs to shut up, about pretty much everything.

Another week, another opportunity to be offensively wrong-headed about major news events. Fox darling Megyn Kelly’s “The Kelly File” this week was stuffed full of those moments.

Earlier in the week, Kelly discussed the video of the arrest of Sandra Bland, the woman who was pulled over in Texas for not signaling while black, and arrested for smoking a cigarette while black. Sure enough, Kelly found a way to blame Bland for her own arrest, brutalization and ultimate death.

“Even if you know the cop is wrong, comply and complain later,” she advised, leaving out the more valuable piece of advice, which is to always be white, especially when quarreling with a police officer. Frequent guest, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, who comes in handy whenever you need a black man to blame other blacks for their assault and death at the hands of police officers, also offered some sparkling commentary. He did not like Sandra Bland’s language, young lady. Such language would have embarrassed him if he had been Bland’s father. No word on whether the trooper who pulled Bland over and threatened to “light her up” with his taser, would have made Clarke a proud papa, had he been his son.

Later in the week, Kelly was talking to a Lafayette, Louisiana police sergeant about the horrific shooting at the movie theater there. The shooter was, at this point, identified as an older white man. “Any reason to believe there might be a connection to ISIS, or radical Islam, or terror as we understand it in this country?” Kelly asked, headscratchingly. She had to ask that nonsensical question. She just had to. She is required by FoxNews law.

Seriously, can we just dispense entirely with the notion that Kelly is the smart one over there?

5. Scott Walker is a walking, talking ALEC talking point.

Scott Walker has many friends at the American Legislative Exchange Council because he agrees with the arch-right-wing lobbying group about absolutely everything. It’s almost as if it simply transplanted all of its ideas directly into his head. Hmmmm. Maybe it did. Either that or he has simply plagiarized all of ALEC’s ideas—like destroying what little is left of unions, starving schools of money, waging war on women’s reproductive rights, keeping people in prison as long as possible, and making it really hard for people to vote.

It was time for Walker to indulge in a little brag-fest at ALEC’s annual meeting this week in San Diego.

“We took on the unions,” he said. “We passed … regulatory reform. We defunded Planned Parenthood and passed pro-life legislation. We passed castle doctrine and concealed carry — so law-abiding citizens can protect themselves and their famil[ies], and their property. And I’m proud to say in our state, as blue as it is, our state now says it’s easy to vote but hard to cheat — you need a photo ID to vote.”

The audience lapped it up. It was a major oozing lovefest. Seriously, get a room.

Walker then criticized President Obama for espousing the view that climate change is a major threat to future generations, which is ridiculous, of course. Everyone knows climate change is a threat to generations right here, right now.

h/t: Capital & Main 

6. Bobby Jindal does not think a mass shooting should be used as an excuse to talk about gun control.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who thankfully has suspended his run for president, freeing up his seat in the Republican clown car for some perhaps bigger clown, does not want to talk about guns. Some innocent people watching a movie were just gunned down in his state by a right-wing extremist who expressed his hatred for feminists and liberals—but why should that occasion a discussion about how obscenely easy it is to get guns in this country? What do you want to do? Prevent more tragedies or something?

“We are less than 24 hours out, we’ve got two families that need to bury their loved ones. We’ve got families waiting for their loved ones to leave the hospital and are praying for their recovery,” Jindal said at a press conference Friday. “There will be an absolute appropriate time for us to talk about policies and politics, and I’m sure that folks will want to score political points off this tragedy, as they’ve tried to do on previous tragedies.”

Hmmm, political points. Is that what they’re calling keeping guns out of the hands of mass killers and toddlers these days?

Jindal told reporters he might be happy to discuss gun policy later. How about never? he asked. Is never good for you?

, ALTERNET

Something Embarrassing Happened When Donald Trump Made ‘Veterans For Trump’

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POLICY.MIC

When billionaire Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump used July’s Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa to attack former prisoner of war Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) service record by belittling the fact that he was shot down and captured in Vietnam, he might have anticipated that his words might anger pro-military Republicans.

Trump fired back by claiming he also had the support of former service members as well, announcing the creation of new group called Veterans For Trump. But while the people listed on the campaign’s web site do appear to be veterans, three separate veterans contacted by The Guardian claim that they are not “for Trump.”

Whoops.

“I don’t know anything about it,” 88-year-old World War II veteran Ernie Fusi told the paper. “I haven’t told anyone I want to get in on that. I’m not going to do any campaigning … I don’t like it, ’cause I haven’t given anyone permission to send my name around.”

Trump on the campaign trail in Iowa. | Source: Charlie Neibergall/AP

Another veteran from Laconia, New Hampshire, Donnie Richards, added “I’m not doing that. I’m just a regular citizen who hasn’t made up his mind yet who I’m voting for.”

Of the 51 veterans on the list, The Guardian reached a total of three who appeared to have no idea why their names were included. The Trump campaign told the paper it had “written confirmation of support from each of the individuals listed as part of the New Hampshire Veterans Coalition.”

Astroturfing, the practice of faking genuine grassroots support for a candidate or issue, is far from new in American politics. But Trump has deployed the tactic rather conspicuously.

The Hollywood Reporter wrote in June that a New York firm named Extra Mile Casting linked to the official Trump campaign likely paid actors $50 to attend his opening presidential announcement at the lavishly decorated Trump Tower. Activist  Angelo Carusone pointed to a CPAC 2013 speech Trump gave to a nearly-empty room as evidence that his campaign audiences are inflated.

Don’t expect the exposé to phase Trump much – he’s already gone well into offense mode on the veterans controversy, attacking McCain’s record on the issue as weak and insisting that he has letters from real service members showing their support.

Tom McKay

h/t The Guardian

Sen. Lindsey Graham’s perfect response to Donald Trump revealing his cell number

Senator Lindsey Graham aims a golf club at a cellphone, in a video posted on YouTube by Independent Journal Review on July 22, 2015. Photo by YouTube

VOX

If you ever wanted to watch a sitting US senator smash and burn a bunch of cellphones, here’s your chance.

On Tuesday, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump revealed Sen. Lindsey Graham’s cellphone number in a big, bizarre speech. On Wednesday, in a video by IJ Review, Graham responded in the only way that now seems reasonable: He destroyed a bunch of flip phones similar to the one he carries.

Related: One anecdote that shows why a Lindsey Graham presidential campaign would be fascinating

Graham is notorious for his flip phone use. Although he joked about getting an iPhone or Android phone after Trump’s speech, RealClearPolitics reporter Rebecca Berg tweeted that a source close to Graham said that “he’s def keeping a flip phone.”

Just not any of the flip phones in the video, obviously.

Daily News Cover Savages Draft-Dodging Trump and his ‘Foot Boo-Boo’

MEDIAITE

Celebrity plutocrat Donald Trump is losing the NYC tabloid vote, which is no good for him, as that’s also his constituency:

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Unless Trump had an overnight personality transplant, expect him to respond to this with a sneering tweet knocking the Daily News’ circulation.

This Spectacular New Yorker Cover Says Everything About the State of the GOP Primaries

Source: The New Yorker

POLICY.MIC

In recent weeks, real-estate billionaire Donald Trump’s entrance into Republican presidential politics has rapidly escalated from an odd sideshow into a growing insurgency defined more by its vicious attacks on establishment figures than anything else. He’s dubbed undocumented Mexican immigrants “rapists,” trashed his former business partners, seemingly ignored requests from senior Republicans to tone it down and all the while surged in some polls.

But the same tactics that are grabbing so much attention will eventually backfire.

As this fantastic new cover from the New Yorker illustrates, Trump’s actions are a lot like that of a bully deliberately belly-flopping into a pool, doing his damndest to ruin everyone else’s time — who cares if it’s a bad idea, or even where he lands?

Source: The New Yorker

Splash.

Who knows how much time Trump has left until this inevitable plunge to rock bottom? His recent comments on veteran and Vietnam-era prisoner of war Sen. John McCain might prove too much. If not, something else will, or the weight of all the people Trump is alienating could once again push him to the political margins.

But for now, all eyes are still on Trump — perhaps to see whether he grimaces the instant before hitting the water just as much as how big the waves will be.

Tom McKay

Donald Trump feuds with Rick Perry, calls him dumb

Donald Trump gestures at a press briefing where he introduced people whose families were victims of illegal immigrants on July 10, 2015 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, where some shared their stories of the loss of a loved one. The US business magnate Trump, who is running for President in the 2016 presidential elections, angered members of the Latino community with recent comments but says he will win the Latino vote. AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN

(Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

Pot…meet Kettle.

POLITICO

Donald Trump has jumped back into the ring — this time for an all-out brawl with fellow Republican presidential contender Rick Perry.

Trump started the feud with multiple comments in recent weeks bashing Perry’s work securing the border while serving as governor of Texas.

After several measured defenses of his border policies, on Thursday Perry finally fired back with a more aggressive statement, saying, “What Mr. Trump is offering is not conservatism, it is Trump-ism — a toxic mix of demagoguery and nonsense.”

“Donald Trump continues to demonstrate his fundamental misunderstanding of border security,” said Perry.

Trump tweeted back: “.@GovernorPerry just gave a pollster quote on me. He doesn’t understand what the word demagoguery means.”

”.@GovernorPerry failed on the border. He should be forced to take an IQ test before being allowed to enter the GOP debate,” Trump added, reiterating a trope about the Texas Republican that surfaced after numerous fumbles during the primary 2012 campaign.

The Republican-on-Republican smackdown was Trump’s second of the day.

On Thursday morning, the New Yorker published an interview with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who said that Trump had “fired up the crazies” in the Republican party.

Trump responded by tweeting that McCain “should be defeated in the primaries.”

“Graduated last in his class at Annapolis — dummy!” Trump added.

Right-wing racist whack-a-mole: Confederate flag comes down, Donald Trump pops up

Right-wing racist whack-a-mole: Confederate flag comes down, Donald Trump pops up

Donald Trump; An honor guard from the South Carolina Highway patrol removing the confederate flag from the Capitol grounds, July 10, 2015, in Columbia, S.C. (Credit: Reuters/L.E. Baskow/AP/John Bazemore/Photo montage by Salon)

SALON

Take down the rebel flag and then Trump’s anti-immigration flag goes up. Such hatred is the GOP’s only strategy

Suddenly, with a single flap of the Angel of History’s wings, America has experienced a shuddering change: the American swastika has finally become toxic—a liberation that last month seemed so impossible that we’d forgotten to bother to think about it.

One doesn’t waste energy worrying over the fact that America controls over 700 military bases in 63 countries and maintains a military presence in 156; or that Israel has staged a civilian-slaughtering war approximately every other year since 2006; or that in America there is no constitutionally guaranteed right to vote or that unregulated pyramid schemes fleece Middle Americans out of $10 to $20 billion a year or that a private organization runs our presidential debates, sponsored by the same corporations that underwrite Democratic conventions … on and on and on: permanent annoyances.

Like the Confederate flag.

People Can Change?

While ignorant or insensate bitter-enders will continue to screech, there’s no going back: This thing is toxic even to Republican backbenchers. You could see that on Capitol Hill last week: late Wednesday night, Republicans sedulously repealed a Democratic amendment banning this flag of treason against the U.S. government from U.S. cemeteries. Dozens of Democrats then stood shoulder-to-shoulder on the House floor to all but accuse their colleagues across the aisle of evil. (Imagine the impossibility of them doing the same on, say, gun control.) The Republicans, embarrassed, backtracked—and the amendment’s sponsor, Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Calif.) issued a statement disclaiming responsibility, blaming his leadership instead. (Wedge issue!)

Or watch the awe-inspiring speech of the Republican South Carolina state representative who burst into tears, begging her party-mates to finally come to their senses: “I have heard enough about heritage. I have a heritage. I am a life-long South Carolinian. I am a descendant of Jefferson Davis, okay? But that does not matter!”

So, progress, right? The Republican Party, or at least more of it than we ever would have dreamed, abandoning yesteryear’s bigotry, proving that progress is possible: people can change.

Right?

Baked into the Reactionary Cake

Not so fast. Let’s not forget the juxtaposition: at almost precisely the same moment, Donald Trump announced his presidential campaign with the immortal words: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best … They’re sending people that have lots of problems. And they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” And, immediately, Trump shot to the top of the Republican charts—with a bullet: he’s now the most popular candidate among GOP likely voters, four points ahead of Jeb Bush.

There’s an enormous amount to learn in this juxtaposition about how conservatism works at its deepest levels. It drives liberals crazy when conservatives dress themselves in the clothes of the great social-justice movements of the past: when they avow that were he alive now Martin Luther King would be a Republican, when they compare their crusades to force pregnant women to give birth to Mahatma Gandhi’s March to the Sea. This is not a new development; indeed, it’s baked into the reactionary cake.

Conservatives understand that the direction of human history is not on their side—that, other things equal, civilization does tend toward more inclusion, more emancipation, more liberalism. That is the great source of their anger. And that, too, is the source of the compulsion to dress reaction in the raiment of liberation. Politically, it is the only way.

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What’s with the comparisons between Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump?

Bernie Sanders, via AFGE / Flickr

Bernie Sanders, via AFGE / Flickr

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If you had told a Very Serious Journalist a year ago that, in July 2015, democratic socialist Bernie Sanders and honey roasted wingnut Donald Trump would be in second place in their respective parties’ presidential primaries, they wouldn’t have even bothered to laugh.

Today, Very Serious Journalists, seeing those two men in second place in their respective parties’ presidential primaries, are writing Very Serious Articles suggesting that the two are equal and opposite flavors of radical. It’s the only way they can make sense of the phenomenon.

They all go something like this:

Bernie Sanders is an uncompromising and avowed socialist who hates the market and your freedom; Donald Trump is an uncompromising and avowed racist who hates Mexicans and their freedom. Both are the distilled essence of their parties’ core ideologies, so the two represent equal and opposite poles on our ideological spectrum. Both have gained momentum by appealing to the frustrations each party’s most radical wings have with their respective establishments. Therefore, Sanders is the Left’s Trump.

As Antonin Scalia would say, that argument pure applesauce. Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump’s similarities start and end with their position in the polls.

Those who make the comparison between Sanders and Trump can only do so by suggesting that Sanders’s views are radical so as to be out of step with the Democratic Party and the country as a whole. As I’ve noted before, Sanders was as liberal as David Vitter was conservative in the last Congress. His proposals for an infrastructure bank, free college tuition paid for by a speculation tax, single payer health care and an income tax increase for those making more than $600,000 per year are progressive, yes, but let’s be clear: They don’t come close to being the ideological analogs of the ideas being thrown around in the Republican primaries.

Rand Paul wants to implement a flat tax. Scott Walker thinks the minimum wage is a “lame idea.” Multiple mid-to-top-tier candidates are on record supporting a constitutional marriage amendment. Ted Cruz and Bobby Jindal want to change or eliminate the Supreme Court. For his part, Donald Trump wants to build a Great Wall of America and have Mexico pay for it, which, by the way, is the only thing distinguishing him from his opponents.

One need only look to see how each candidates’ parties are reacting to them to see the difference. Hillary Clinton has already begun deploying surrogates to cast Sanders as a radical — a Ron Paul figure whose large crowds are themselves indicative of support that runs deep but not broad. The Republican Party, for their part, can’t cast Trump as a radical because of how little separation there is between him and the mainstream GOP — and how popular his racist rhetoric is within their party.

Sanders’s support is a measure of the substantive ideological differences between himself and Hillary Clinton. Trump’s support is a measure of the rhetorical amplification he has given to what the Republican field was already saying. As Ana Marie Cox wrote in The Daily Beast, in anarticle confusingly titled “Bernie Sanders is the Left’s Trump”:

When Democratic base voters flock to Sanders, they are expressing dissatisfaction what current Democratic policies. When Republican base voters flock to Trump, they are expressing dissatisfaction with Republican rhetoric.

Put another way, Bernie Sanders’s support is about Bernie Sanders. Donald Trump’s support is about everyone else.

That makes them different, not similar.

Jon Green