Why Rural America Voted for Trump

Why Rural America Voted for Trump:

“The difference between Republicans and Democrats is that Republicans believe people are fundamentally bad, while Democrats see people as fundamentally good,” said Mr. Watts, who was in the area to campaign for Senator Rand Paul. “We are born bad,” he said and added that children did not need to be taught to behave badly — they are born knowing how to do that. “We teach them how to be good,” he said. “We become good by being reborn — born again.” He continued: “Democrats believe that we are born good, that we create God, not that he created us. If we are our own God, as the Democrats say, then we need to look at something else to blame when things go wrong — not us.”

That’s not actually what Democrats believe.

America’s Berlusconi

America’s Berlusconi:

Trump will probably pursue what is essentially a permanent political campaign, injecting himself directly into conversations. Berlusconi has often used television, especially his own commercial channels, to that end. Instead of giving interviews he cannot control, Berlusconi has often worked with favored acolytes, or simply talked directly to the camera. When he was in office, many a political talk show was interrupted by a phone call from the prime minister demanding to have his say.

Donald Trump's Lies Versus Hillary Clinton's Lies

Donald Trump's Lies Versus Hillary Clinton's Lies:

When Hillary Clinton gets pressed on her somewhat slippery answers about why exactly she decided to use an off-label email server, she ends up looking evasive. She looks and acts like a normal human being who’s been caught out in an embarrassing situation. She’s admitted that she did the wrong thing, but she also doesn’t think she should suffer any consequences for it. It’s not a great look.

Trump, by contrast, is shameless. What’s his plan for ISIS? It’s a secret. If the generals are so dumb, why would he ask for their plan? He’ll get different generals.

Trump hasn’t learned. He doesn’t know basic facts about the world, and he doesn’t care. The question now is whether the American people will.

This sums it up. Hillary is basic political spin. She’s not even that good at it. Trump is a nutter detached from reality.

Milania's Speech

I don’t care one bit about the speech but the actions of the Trump campaign after the speech are fascinating. They started by stating that Milania wrote the speech. They denied the initial plagiarism charge. They claimed that other speeches had used similar sentences before. And they ended it by blaming a speechwriter.

What’s fascinating is the incongruity of the claims. Milania wrote the speech, but is was someone else fault. Also, there was no plagiarism that was someone else fault.

And they don’t care. They are immune to cognitive dissonance.

The media have reached a turning point in covering Donald Trump. He may not survive it.

The media have reached a turning point in covering Donald Trump. He may not survive it.:

It happened because the Post’s David Fahrenthold and some other reporters did what journalists are supposed to do. They raised questions about Trump’s fundraiser, and when they didn’t get adequate answers, they investigated, gathered facts, and asked more questions.

It was excellent work — time-consuming, difficult, and ultimately paying dividends in public understanding. And Trump’s attack on them for doing their jobs the way those jobs are supposed to be done couldn’t have been better designed to get every other journalist to want to do the same. They’re no different than anyone else: When you make a direct attack on their professionalism, they’re likely to react by reaching back to their profession’s core values to demonstrate that they can live up to them. Trump may have wanted to intimidate them, but it’s likely to have the opposite effect.

Wow, journalism. It gets stuff done.

Trump Hangs Up When WaPo Reporters Ask Him About Posing As Publicist

Trump Hangs Up When WaPo Reporters Ask Him About Posing As Publicist:

they were 44 minutes into a call with Trump about his finances when they asked if he ever employed a man named John Miller as his publicist. Trump immediately went silent, and then the line went dead, they wrote.

Fisher and Hobson wrote that when they called back, Trump’s secretary told them, “I heard you got disconnected. He can’t take the call now. I don’t know what happened.”

Total embarrassment.

24% Opt Out of a Clinton-Trump Race - Rasmussen Reports™

24% Opt Out of a Clinton-Trump Race - Rasmussen Reports™:

Trump is more toxic within his own party than Clinton is in hers. If Trump is the Republican nominee, 16% of GOP voters say they would choose a third-party candidate, while five percent (5%) would stay home. Sixty-six percent (66%) would vote for Trump, but 10% would vote for Clinton instead.

If Clinton is the Democratic nominee, 11% of Democrats would vote third-party, while three percent (3%) would stay home. Seventy-five percent (75%) would support the nominee, but 11% say they would vote for Trump.

Among voters not affiliated with either major party, nearly one-third say they would opt out: 21% would choose a candidate other than Trump or Clinton, and 10% would stay home. Trump leads Clinton 38% to 27% among unaffiliated voters.


Here are the many ways Trump's big foreign policy speech made no damn sense

Here are the many ways Trump's big foreign policy speech made no damn sense:

We have to be both stable and completely unpredictable: Trump repeatedly said the United States had “no coherent foreign policy” and needed to again become a stable and dependable ally. How to do that? “We must, as a nation, be more unpredictable.”

I don’t think Trump understands the difference between platitudes and policy.

Donald Trump says illegal immigration is at a record high. He's wrong

Donald Trump says illegal immigration is at a record high. He's wrong:

According to recent estimates by the Center for Migration Studies, the number of immigrants living in the country without authorization has fallen to the lowest level since 2003, thanks in part to a major buildup of border security started by President George W. Bush and continued by President Obama.

The decrease among Mexicans has been particularly stark, with net migration of Mexicans to the U.S. falling to lows not seen since the 1940s, according to Pew Research Center.

Which all begs a question: Why has Trump focused on illegal immigration now, given that it’s a less significant phenomenon than it was in the past?

It’s possible that he just doesn’t know and it doesn’t occur to him to ask.

One of Trump’s defining features is that he thinks he is right about everything all the time and never considers that he might be wrong. When reality doesn’t line up with his beliefs he attacks the messenger as being politically correct or a lightweight or for the way they talk or look.

Breitbart spokesman quits over Trump incident

Breitbart spokesman quits over Trump incident:

“My own personal observation is that there is a cycle of behavior that is escalating and it’s happening exclusively at Donald Trump events,” he said in the statement. “It is wrong, disgusting and indicative of an ugliness that is contaminating the public and political discourse in our country. Life is too short to invest your time in things you don’t believe and aren’t passionate about. That is why I made the decision to resign from representing Breitbart.“

The One Weird Trait That Predicts Whether You’re a Trump Supporter

The One Weird Trait That Predicts Whether You’re a Trump Supporter:

In fact, I’ve found a single statistically significant variable predicts whether a voter supports Trump—and it’s not race, income or education levels: It’s authoritarianism.

That’s right, Trump’s electoral strength—and his staying power—have been buoyed, above all, by Americans with authoritarian inclinations. And because of the prevalence of authoritarians in the American electorate, among Democrats as well as Republicans, it’s very possible that Trump’s fan base will continue to grow.

Worth a read.

Tea and Trumpism

the conservative explanation of the GOP’s onset of DTs is, as best I can figure, that base voters are victims of celebrity; what they really want is a true conservative, but they’re being hijacked and hoodwinked by someone who makes good TV.

Meanwhile, the liberal version, as I’ve seen it, seems to be that Trump is appealing to resentment that ultimately rests on economic failure: working-class whites have been left behind by soaring inequality, but they mistakenly blame immigrants taking their jobs.

But are Trumpists being hoodwinked? Are they members of the suffering working class who don’t understand why they’re hurting? OK, here’s my guess: they look a lot like Tea Party supporters

(via Tea and Trumpism - The New York Times)

Trump Is the Poison His Party Concocted

Trump is a byproduct of all the toxic elements Republicans have thrown into their brew over the last decade or so — from birtherism to race-based hatred of immigrants, from nihilists who shut down government to elected officials who shout “You lie!” at their commander in chief.

It was fine when all this crossing-of-the-line was directed at President Obama or other Democrats. But now that the ugliness is intramural, Trump has forced party leaders to decry something they have not only tolerated, but encouraged.

(via Trump Is the Poison His Party Concocted - The New York Times)

Trump: Trump Casinos Tarnish Trump Name

Trump: Trump Casinos Tarnish Trump Name:

He wants a court order demanding the company either fixes the hotels or takes off his name, which, according to the lawsuit, “has become synonymous with the highest levels of quality, luxury, prestige and success.”

He has a point there, somewhat. They have an agreement to keep the hotels looking the way Trump considers classy and by letting them look shabby, it makes his name look shabby.

An Apology to Donald Trump: Please Keep Talking

An Apology to Donald Trump: Please Keep Talking:

every little thing he says and does should be covered fully and thoroughly. Because the more that happens, it seems, the more Trump is revealed to be unserious and manipulative. It’s like forcing a kid to smoke a carton of cigarettes. The only thing that will alleviate America’s taste for Donald Trump is more exposure to Donald Trump.

Excellent point. Likewise, Mr. Trump should be encouraged to get into twitter arguments with comedians.

Donald Trump: Let's Tax the Rich to Pay the National Debt | Crooks and Liars

Trump, a prospective candidate for the Reform Party presidential nomination, is proposing a onetime net worth tax on individuals and trusts worth 10 million or more. By Trumps calculations, his proposed 14.25 percent levy on such net worth would raise 5.7 trillion and wipe out the debt in one full swoop.

"No one has put forward a plan to make this country entirely debt free as we enter the next millenium," Trump said in a written statement.

"The plan I am proposing today does not involve smoke and mirrors, phony numbers, financial gimmicks, or the usual economic chicanery you usually find in DisneylandonthePotomac," Trump said.

"By my calculations, 1 percent of Americans, who control 90 percent of the wealth in this country, would be affected by my plan,” Trump said.

"The other 99 percent of the people would get deep reductions in their federal income taxes," he said.

From Crooks and Liars

I liked this idea at the time but I’m sure it wouldn’t work as well as one might hope. Taking 5.7 trillion in debt off the market would be chaotic to say the least.