Posts Tagged ‘Donald Trump
You have to watch this video. I think at one point Michael Moore says he is in a theater in Ohio, though I don’t recognize it. I don’t think it’s Cleveland. Maybe it’s Columbus or Akron or Cincinnati. He’s reading something from a notebook. I can’t tell from the clip if these are his words or if it’s a letter that was written to him. I took the time to type up this transcript of it in case the video gets yanked by YouTube.
This is Michael Moore explaining why he believes Donald Trump will win. If you listen to his voice, I think he secretly wants Trump to win because no one else in politics has ever embraced the causes that Michael Moore claims he is all about: namely, punishing companies that move American jobs down to Mexico or overseas. Listen to Moore’s voice when he gets to the part where he talks about Trump giving Ford executives hell and promising them that if they dare close factories and move them to Mexico that he will slap a 35% tariff on any cars they try to bring back into the US so that no one will buy Fords again. Michael Moore wanted to cheer.
People are so angry right now and they hate the Establishment so much that I find it hard to believe that they won’t seize the opportunity to burn the Establishment to the ground on November 8th. That’s sure what Michael Moore seems to want to do.
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…there are people that are planning to vote for Trump. And they are not…they don’t necessarily like him that much…and they don’t necessarily agree with him…they are not racists and rednecks. They are actually pretty decent people.
So, after talking to a number of them, I sort of wanted to sort of write this and…
(Reading now…so I guess he did write this)
Donald Trump came to the Detroit Economic Club and stood there in front of the Ford Motor executives and said: if you close these factories, as you are planning to do in Detroit, and rebuild them in Mexico, I am going to put a 35% tariff on those cars when you send them back and nobody’s going to buy them.
It was an amazing thing to see.
No politician — Republican or Democrat — had ever said anything like that to these executives. It was music to the ears of people in Michigan and Ohio and Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The Brexit states. You live here in Ohio. You know what I am talking about.
Whether Trump means it or not, it’s kind of irrelevant because he’s saying the things that people who are hurting. And it’s why every beaten down, nameless, forgotten working stiff who used to be part of what was called the middle-class loves Trump.
He is the human molotov cocktail that they have been waiting for. The human hand grenade that they can legally throw into the system that stole their lives from them. And on November 8th — election day — although they have lost their jobs. Although they’ve been foreclosed on by the bank. Next came the divorce and now the wife and kids are gone. The car’s been repossessed. They haven’t had a real vacation in years. They’re stuck with the shitty Obamacare bronze plan. They can’t even get a fucking percocet.
(Yells) They have essentially lost everything they had…except one thing. The one thing that doesn’t cost them a cent and is guaranteed to them by the American Constitution: the right to vote.
They might be penniless. They might be homeless. They might be fucked over and fucked up. It doesn’t matter because it is equalized on that day. A millionaire has the same number of votes as a person without a job: ONE.
And there is more of the former middle-class than there are in the millionaire class. So, on November 8th, the dispossessed will walk into the voting booth, be handed a ballot, close the curtain, take that lever — or felt pen or touchscreen — and put a big fucking X in the box by the name of the man who has threatened to upend and overturn the very system that has ruined their lives: Donald J. Trump.
They see that the elites who have ruined their lives hate Trump.
Corporate America hates Trump.
Wall Street hates Trump.
The career politicians hate Trump.
The Media hates Trump…after they loved him and created him. Now, they hate him. Thank you, Media.
The enemy of my enemy is who I am voting for on November 8th.
Yes, on November 8th, YOU — Joe Blow, Steve Blow, Bob Blow, Billy Blow, Billy Bob Blow, all the Blows — get to go and blow up the whole goddamn system because it’s your right.
Trump’s election is going to be the biggest FUCK YOU ever recorded in human history.
And it will feel good.
[Click above to embiggen: whenever you want to go around town calling Democrats “liberals,” you should remember this piece of work, Democrat Kathleen Kane…who was convicted of using her public office to terrorize and persecute her political enemies. Only an idiot would still call Democrats “liberals” after seeing what they do in office.]
One of the things I see Republicans do all the time that helps Democrats a lot is whenever a writer on the Right uses the word “liberal” to describe any Democrat. To me, that is like cutting a check for $100 and sending it to the DNC for every time you say or write that word. Focus groups prove over and over again that “liberal” is a word that the general public enjoys hearing and they have a good connotation that comes with it: they think it means open-minded, generous, kind, and caring. They associate it with sentences such as, “I would like a liberal helping of sprinkles on my ice cream sundae” and “While on vacation, I am looking forward to applying suntan lotion liberally to wherever Channing Tatum will let me touch him.”
A lot of older people use the word “liberal” and I think they are fools…but I get how older people have a hard time changing how they’ve always done something. The building that I call “The Sears Tower” is now actually called “The Willis Tower”…but when I (or just about any other Chicagoan) call that building “The Sears Tower” we are not helping Democrats win elections in any way. Each and every time that a Republican calls today’s Democrats “liberals” they are helping Democrats with their branding…because people who don’t follow politics much think that “liberal” still means someone who likes to recycle, who was a hippy in the 1970s and who makes their own jam and sells it by the road now, or who is a bleeding heart and means well but is often harmlessly misguided. That is what a “liberal” used to be, circa 1987 or whenever…but those people don’t exist anymore.
The people who foolish Republicans keep calling “liberals” are actually fiendish monsters who seem more at home in the Soviet Union than what is supposed to be America.
With 14 days left to go in this election, let’s take some time to sit back and think about what assumptions can be made that are true. Let’s also ask some questions about what’s really going on and how many lies the tee-vee is telling right now. What do we really know?
1. The Media lies and people working in Media knowingly and deliberately lie in ways designed to help make Hillary Clinton president in 2016. This is an interesting phenomenon for anyone who supported Hillary in 2008, because back then the Media lied and succeeded in helping to keep her from becoming the Democrats’ nominee. The two most memorable pigs that year were Chris Matthews and Tim Russert: they aggressively came at Hillary every day during the primaries, telling her to surrender and to give the nomination to Obama. Repeatedly, they would say there was no chance she could win…and that her supporters should not even bother heading out to vote because it was a lost cause. None of this worked very well on Hillary’s supporters though: because we were Democrats, we knew what the Media was doing and recognized this as Alinsky trickery. Hillary ended up getting more than 18 million votes in the primaries (more than Obama had), though superdelegates defected to Obama and handed him the nomination.
These Media tricks work really well on Republicans though. I’ve never fully understood why. I think maybe Republicans are either just gullible or they are mostly honest people…so they like living in the fantasy world where the tee-vee tells the truth, like it did in 1950-something when it used to be in black and white and mostly honest people sat behind the anchor desk. Republicans tend to be people who still send loved ones Christmas cards full of cash…and are surprised when postal workers steal them (disappointing whatever grandchild never got his or her card in the end). Republicans are the people who stop and listen when homeless people come up and say “Can I ask you a question?”…and never see the pickpocketing or mugging coming once the predator has them right where they want them.
So, when the tee-vee tells Republicans that there’s no way for Trump to win and that the election is over, Republicans for some reason believe that. There’s always a large number of people every year who should be voting Republican but who stay home and allow Democrats to win. I will never understand why they do that, but I think a large part of it is that they obey the tee-vee when the tee-vee tells them to stay home. Democrats will never, ever do that because Democrats all instinctively know that the tee-vee lies.
2. Is any Republican dumb enough to “stay home and teach somebody a lesson” this year? Here’s another thing that I never understand, but it happened in 2008 and 2012: this whole thing where Republicans fold their arms and sit on the couch and say “I ain’t gonna vote ’cause I’mma gonna teach them a lesson!” Well, how did that work out?
[Click above to embiggen: the lone Hillary Clinton sign I’ve been able to spot anywhere in Chicago.]
One of the strangest things about this election is the dearth of yard signs or visible support of Hillary in Chicago. This summer, I actually saw more people walking around with “Hillary for Prison” tees than anyone wearing Hillary-supportive gear. People still have their Bernie Sanders signs in their windows…and I see a few Gary Johnson signs here and there. But very little visible support for Hillary.
Part of it, I think, is that a lot of the visible Obama support was values-signaling, where the people plastering their homes or cars with Obama signage wanted to tell the world they were voting for a black man…because that proved they were good people. They were the smarties and YOU were the dummies for not drinking his Kool-Aid. And they wanted you to know that their house was a house full of smarties, where inside everyone was singing the creepy “Obama’s Going to Change It, He’ll Rearrange It” song to their cult-leader.
I don’t think anyone feels that supporting Hillary makes them a good person…and that’s her incompetent campaign’s fault. They didn’t do anything to make people feel that voting for a woman to be president is a big deal or something to be proud of. I think her campaign had a duty to TEACH people that this is something to be proud of because that would be a key to her winning. This is what campaigns are supposed to do: to give people a reason to vote FOR someone. If I had run her campaign, the slogan would have been: It’s Time For A Woman To Be President…which could be shortened to “It’s Time.”
I think that would have worked well for her. Personally, I feel in my gut that Hillary’s going to lose on November 8th and everyone will have a meltdown because no one on her campaign thinks there’s any chance she can lose. No one in the Media believes she can lose. And she is just this giant dirigible that they think is coming in for this safe landing and they have the champagne on ice and all their gowns picked out for the big party…and I just think it’s going to be KABOOM! and the Hilldenburg is going to crash and burn.
It all makes me sad for this brief moment, but then it becomes obvious to me that her campaign’s own hubris and stupidity is behind all this…and that probably works out to be a huge blessing for America. Hillary sold her soul to the Devil in the form of George Soros and his globalists and I think the American people realize that voting for her means erasing our borders and surrendering our sovereignty. Democrats want to completely replace the American population with colonists from the Third World because Democrats could never convince Americans that the Left’s way of thinking is better. So, Democrats ingeniously decided to just eradicate Americanism by flooding the country with millions of people who hate America and have no concept of liberty and democracy. These people come from the worst hellholes in the world and are used to powerful, totalitarian governments. Democrats want to make America into a hellhole and rule over “the New Americans” as totalitarians. Hillary has signed onto all of this like she is Eva Peron.
What: The Alfred E. Smith (Al Smith) Dinner. Not to be confused with the Alfred E. Neuman anything.
When: Thursday 10/20/16 at 750pm CT
Where: The Waldorf=Astoria in NYC (live streamed on CSPAN.org)
Who: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, having to pretend to be comedians for a surreal and bizarre evening
Why: Beats me. I think these events, including that White House Press Corps laughfest they do every year, are stupid. I know that this one raises money for charity, but there are lots of ways to raise money for charity. Have a bake sale instead. Sell chocolate bars like we always had to in Catholic school. But, don’t make presidential candidates come to the Waldorf and beclown themselves. I think this dinner is one of the most bizarre things we do during an election: pause the campaigns and have the candidates do a standup comedy routine. It’s like we ripped a page out of the script of the movie Idiocracy. This thing is even more strange in 2016, now that they are doing this the night after the last presidential debate. Prior to today, I didn’t think this Al Smith Dinner thing could be any stranger…so, shows what I know. I’m going to start keeping quiet about how strange I think something is from now on, since people seem to take that as a dare to be even stranger.
Since it’s you who is reading this, I am going to watch this whole thing — no matter how strange it gets — and take notes on it. But, only because we are friends like that (and have been through so much together already). I will be using CSPAN’s stream on the Internets via the Googles while computering. This will not be a transcript, but my livestream reflections on what happened as it all happened. I will not be going back and fixing typos and all that. This is just me capturing the moment for you, as if I was live-texting it or Tweeting it or whatever, like people do now. I am a really fast typist, thanks to Sister Adelaide’s 7th grade typing class at the Immaculate Conception School…but I am not a court reporter. You wish I was a court reporter, but I am not. Not all your wishes come true, hoss.
[Click above to embiggen: what came to mind when she walked out tonight in her President Snow Halloween Costume from The Hunger Games.]
Who: This will be a debate between Tea Leoni and Nick Nolte. Seriously, if you don’t even know who is debating then I don’t now why you are reading anything on a political site. This might end up being the most-talked-about debate that’s ever happened anywhere this week. This whole month even. At the very least, this whole year! Either the Hilldenburg or the Trumptanic is going down. One shall stand. One shall fall. Where the hell have you been?
What: Third and final presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump
When: Wednesday 10/19/16 at 700pmCT
Where: Technically Las Vegas, but most will be watching it via the YouTubes via the Internets. I will be watching the CSPAN feed so I don’t have to listen to the talking heads, but I’m using YouTube as a backup in case CSPAN freezes up.
Why: Because we are friends like this, I will watch the whole thing for you and do a live stream of thought while taking notes. I’m not going to correct typos or edit this afterwards, so it’s not a transcript. It is just my thoughts on what happened and what was being said as it all happened. I will try to be informative and entertaining, in an informtaining kind of way. People like to complain about political events and say they aren’t fun to watch, but to me this is as exciting as any sportsball match. It’s like ancient Roman gladiatorial combat. And everything possible is stacked against Trump. He is like a saber-toothed tiger in the Coliseum and every dirty trick is being employed by all sides. The stage is set for him to make and change history if he wants to. He really is the master of his destiny if that’s what he wants to do. So far, he sure has been more fun to watch than Mittens Romney or John McLame ever were.
[Click above to listen via the YouTubes on the Internets: from The Trammps to the Trumps = what The Donald’s campaign song should be for the next three weeks: Burn, Baby, Burn…Burn the Establishment to the ground and salt the earth so it can never reconstitute.]
With 20 days left in the election, people who never pay much attention to politics will be tuning in now. I imagine even the hapless “undecideds” (the people who must stand there in absolute tears in a corner of Baskin Robbins for hours and hours, never able to pick out anything to stuff into their waffle cones…because if TWO choices are simply TOO MUCH for them, then how in Hell would they manage with 31 flavor-choices?) will be trying extra hard to be less undecided in these next three weeks. Here are ten things I’d love to see Donald Trump do in tomorrow’s Third and Final Presidential Debate that would prove to people that he’s not the typical Republican and that he would be the only political figure in decades who’d actually change corrupt Washington. Hillary is more of the same and preserving the elite status quo; Trump needs to tell people how he’d burn the Establishment to the ground once and for all.
1. Call for the immediate resignation of FBI Director James Comey and Attorney General Loretta Lynch and demand that Congress subpoena FBI special agents to determine why a grand jury was not convened to review the FBI’s findings regarding Hillary’s email server. Promise to expose all the corruption at the FBI and the Justice Department and clean house. This means special prosecutors and grand juries and jail time for officials who obstructed justice for political reasons.
2. Encourage the remaining honest people who still work at the FBI (all three dozen of them) to come forward and be whistleblowers and national heroes. Get that ball rolling. Anyone working in the Hoover Building or in field offices who values the oaths they took needs to know that the American people have lost trust in the FBI. This is supposed to be America, not the Soviet Union. The FBI no longer behaves the way an American law enforcement agency is supposed to behave. The FBI has completely lost its honor. That won’t change unless Comey is ousted and held accountable for his corruption. Strip him of his pension and frogmarch him out of the building. Trump should light the match that starts that internal rebellion and gives the push needed for everyone who wants to spill the beans on Comey’s corruption to come forward. That Hoover Building is pretty much the modern equivalent of the Bastille and the anger people feel towards Comey and the FBI’s corruption keeps building, no matter how much the Media wants to ignore that.
3. Talk about the IRS being corrupt and being used as a political weapon by Democrats. Call for the dismantling of the IRS and sweeping reform of our tax system so that an entity like the IRS would not even be needed. Simplify our tax system and eliminate the most odious department of our bureaucracy. Also, talk about other entities that are used by Democrats to push the Left’s agenda and harm America: the EPA, the Education Department, the Department of Energy. All of these entities no longer follow their true stated missions and instead are used as political weapons by Democrats. All of that needs to change because this is not how the American federal government is supposed to work.
4. Hammer home how much voter fraud is going on in this country and how Republicans have been too chicken to ever talk about it. The American people have lost faith in the integrity of our election system and believe that elections are rigged. Talk about how our election system is worse than the Soviet Union or a banana republic in South America. Dead people vote. Non-citizens are voting. People are voting in the names of the elderly. College kids are voting in their home state and also in the state where they go to school. Homeless people and union thugs are bused around town to vote multiple times in the day by Democrat “community organizers.” We need one vote for every citizen of age and one vote only…not as many votes as Democrats can bus people around to cast.
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ADVICE TO DONALD TRUMP: Start demanding resignation of FBI’s James Comey and AG Loretta Lynch – by Kevin DuJan
[Click above to embiggen: FBI Director James Comey, one of the most corrupt and despicable high-ranking officials of the corrupt and despicable Obama Regime. He needs to resign, like yesterday.]
Dear Mr. Trump,
You’re putting yourself out there like no Republican who has ever run for office has ever put himself out there. Keep punching hard every day, sir. All us Deplorables (and I myself am a gay Deplorable in Chicago who backed Hillary Clinton in 2008, when I was still a Democrat and being a Democrat back then didn’t mean you were a crazy, far-Left, totalitarian) admire your courage and resilience.
In these last weeks of the 2016 presidential race, why not hit as hard as possible in all the ways that a Republican candidate is not supposed to hit? Keep speaking the truth and pointing out the
Emperor Establishment has no clothes leg to stand on. Swing for the fences Mr. Trump and be our nation’s greatest truth-teller.
Publicly demand that FBI Director James Comey immediately resign his post and also call for the resignation of Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Both of these people are despicable and shameless and reek of corruption. Order them to resign in disgrace today and keep repeating that order every damn day through November 8th.
Longtime FBI agents are reportedly furious about Comey’s corruption and how his actions have permanently caused the American public to lose all respect for the FBI. In my opinion, Comey should be brought up on corruption charges in some way for aggressively thwarting any real investigation into Hillary Clinton’s actions regarding her bathroom email server. He belongs in a jail cell right next to Hillary. You might want to look into renovating Alcatraz the way you rehabbed that old Post Office on Pennsylvania Avenue. There are a lot of current and former Obama appointees who should spend the rest of their lives shivering on Alcatraz Island.
The ongoing WikiLeaks releases show that Loretta Lynch and others in the Injustice Department colluded to ensure that Hillary would never be charged for anything she did, no matter what she did. When it was obvious that her shenanigans would lead back to Obama as well, James Comey and Loretta Lynch made sure the investigation was obstructed. Isn’t that a crime?
As someone who supported Hillary’s 2008 race for the White House, I am angry at Hillary Clinton for her extremely bad judgment and her clear belief that the laws of this country do not apply to her. It horrifies me that the Clintons, Comey, Lynch, and others all colluded to ensure that evidence was destroyed and the right questions were never asked so that Hillary would never be prosecuted. Isn’t that a criminal conspiracy that Hillary-Comey-Lynch and others engaged in to hide Hillary’s wrongdoing from public scrutiny?
Mr. Trump, the American people need you to speak for us and rectify all this. We may be irredeemably and unapologetically Deplorable, but we don’t have a megaphone like you have right now in this moment in history. Start shouting from the rooftops for James Comey’s immediate resignation and also for the resignation of Loretta Lynch. Start pressuring Congress to do whatever it can to take away their pensions too and for the remaining honest people in the Injustice Department to look into whatever corruption and conspiracy charges can be brought against these two indecent hacks for the revolting actions they took in covering up all that Hillary Clinton did.
If Hillary Clinton really did nothing wrong, a trial would have shown that. If she was innocent, she would have been easily exonerated. But she was never put on trial the way that everyone else is put on trial when they are caught doing even 1/10th of what she did with her bizarre bathroom email server. No one else who endangers national security and willfully violates confidentiality protocols has the FBI Director and Attorney General run interference for them.
Mr. Trump, please do what no Republican ever does — because they are all quivering fops — and use your megaphone to make history: sound the clarion call that James Comey needs to be removed from the FBI by the end of next week and Loretta Lynch needs to step down from the Injustice Department with him so they both can be hauled before Congress and/or prosecuted for their obstruction of justice.
If you do this, the cheers from the American people will be deafening. It would awaken the slumbering giant at last.
The entire Obama Regime will quake with fear as the American people finally see the champion we have been waiting for manifest before us and take charge in the way that none of the spineless Republican “leaders” have ever taken charge.
Toppling James Comey and Loretta Lynch would be like the storming of the Bastille during the French Revolution. It would be the start of a Second American Revolution against the fatally corrupt federal government in Washington. The fall of the Establishment begins with demanding accountability at the Injustice Department.
Every Deplorable out here, from coast to coast, is counting on you because you, Mr. Trump, are the only person who can demand James Comey’s and Loretta Lynch’s resignations and make it happen.
Please make America great again by beginning the cleanup of the Injustice Department today.
This is how you win the election, Mr. Trump…but showing the American people that you are the fighter we have been waiting for but never believed would actually appear.
[Click above to embiggen: this is what my October Surprise would be for Democrats = promising, as President, that Donald Trump would declare Jerusalem to be the true capital of Israel and start moving our embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.]
Someone asked me what I would tell Donald Trump if I had a minute with him in an elevator and had any ideas for how he could win this election.
The first thing that came to mind would be for Trump to declare that Jerusalem is the true capital of Israel and that once he is president he will move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
You might not realize this, but in 1995 the United States Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act that recognizes Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. But every president, including Bill Clinton, has been too scared (or, let’s just say it since everyone’s using the word these day, too much of a pussy) to actually enact this bill and put it into practice.
Jerusalem is the true capital of Israel. This is the will of the Israelis. I am 40 years old and for my entire lifetime the Middle East has been a perpetually dysfunctional and messed up hellhole…except for Israel.
I went to Catholic school my whole life and every teacher I had always taught us to love Israel and to admire the Israelis, who are the most industrious, hardest-working, and resilient people on the planet. Israel stands as the West’s bulwark against the madness of Islam. The Israelis are the guardians of the gates of Hell and are perpetually besieged.
Decades upon decades of doing whatever Muslims want has never gotten us anywhere. So why not break from these failures and stand with America’s only true friend in that hellhole of a region?
The Jerusalem Embassy Act is valid and is just sitting there ready to be used. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama could have used it. They chose not to.
Donald Trump should announce that one of the first things he does after becoming President is to put the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Act into action and begin the process of constructing the new American Embassy in Jerusalem, with full United States recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel.
I think this move would cause massive internal destabilization on the Left. It would also cause all Leftists to meltdown. Their brains would literally melt, because it’s been the practice of our last three presidents to just ignore this act that Congress passed and pretend it doesn’t exist.
If Trump really wants to shake the Establishment to its core, he should side with the good guys (Israel) in the way that Harry Truman once sided with the good guys when Truman recognized the existence of Israel back in 1948.
What better way for Trump to make it clear to all Americans that he is the change candidate than showing that he is brave enough to defy the Establishment and move a chess piece towards an actual solution to the hellhole that is the Middle East. Once and for all resolving the question of Jerusalem is the first step towards a permanent border solution and the resolution of the endless squabbling that has monopolized US foreign policy focus longer than most of us have been alive.
Let Hillary Clinton try to explain why she’s against putting into practice a law that’s been on the books since her husband was in office, but the Establishment never wanted to put into play.
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[Click above to embiggen: On November 8th, one larger-than-life political titan will go down in flames. Either the Establishment or the Deplorables will win and nothing will ever be the same.]
We’re down to 25 days left until the most bizarre election in our lifetimes. Either the Hilldenburg or the Trumptanic will be annihilated on November 8th. The Establishment is pushing hard for the Clinton Restoration…while the American people are in open rebellion against the globalist elite.
Today I think it’s worthwhile to spend some time as friends talking about what forces are currently in play. That’s the first step towards wrapping our heads around what could happen 25 days from now. Let’s start with some assumptions and decide if they are safe to make.
(1.) ASSUMPTION: Did John McCain and Mitt Romney lose because millions of people sat home (since they were too disgusted to vote for either of those Cocktail Partiers)? This is something that no one in the chattering classes ever talks about and you’ll never read about it in any of the books that the Establishment puts out that re-write election history. But for those of you out there who paid attention in 2008 and 2012, do you remember people being so unenthused with McCain and Romney that they just sat home to teach the GOP a lesson? These same people — the ones who sat it out in 2008 and 2012 — seemed to get up off the couch and vote for the Tea Party rebellion in 2010 and 2014. Remember how the Establishment claimed that Democrats would win big in those mid-term elections…and then how shocked the State Media was when historic losses were suffered by the Establishment? Recall how Eric Cantor was eviscerated and humiliated in 2014, despite that toad being one of the Establishment’s favorite pets? There’s something happening that no one has been smart enough to really identify…and it’s all about people who hate the Wonder-Bread-and-Mayonnaise sandwiches that the Establishment tried to force down people’s throats in the last two presidential races. A great many people seemed to say, “F*** that! This’ll teach them!” Only, the Establishment never learns…and so those idiots tried to force Jeb Bush and then Little Marco Rubio on us in the primaries. People openly rebelled and demanded a pendulum swing as far away from McCain/Romney as possible…and that launched Trump.
QUESTION: Are all of the people who didn’t bother to vote in 2008 and 2012 going to show up this time, since Trump is the polar opposite of a Cocktail Party elitist? If we can agree that the assumption above is correct — and that those wins by the GOP in 2010 and 2014 are because the people who stayed home in 2008 and 2012 actually got up off the couch and went to vote in the mid-terms — then the question is whether those people will come out to vote for Trump this time. Logically, I can’t imagine any other candidate who could ever take on the Establishment the way that Trump is doing. If you hate the Establishment and John McCain and Mitt Romney made you sick, then I can’t imagine that you would be anything but excited to vote for Trump and watch the Establishment burn to the ground.
Personally, I think that Trump is gaudy and a little strange. Looking at other presidents we’ve had, I think we’ve had some oddballs occupying the Oval Office. I believe that Jimmy Carter is one of the strangest and most unappealing people to have ever lived. Trump’s hair and orange tan are off-putting and his decorating style is gaudy, let’s be real about that…but, man, just look at Jimmy Carter from that 1976 campaign. That was a special kind of hideous. And America decided to send Arkansas to the White House in 1992, with everything that came with that. So it’s not like we are a nation that holds gaudiness and/or weird looks against people. Trump also benefits because here the alternative to him is another four years of the Clintons…and they’ve proven that they haven’t changed much since 1992 (and just got older and both look like they are physically falling apart at this point).
These optics matter because I think there’s a weird balance that’s struck when the public considers how equally unappetizing Trump’s gaudiness and the Clintons’ sleaziness are when taken together. It all cancels out in a zero sum sort of way. To me that takes us back to who will sit out the election and who will be fired up to come out and vote. And I return to my premise that people will be fired up to come vote AGAINST the Establishment.
(2.) ASSUMPTION: Few people are super-excited about electing the first female president and doing so is not a motivator. Hillary’s campaign in 2008 made a conscious decision not to emphasize the “historic first female” part of her candidacy. I’m not sure why. Maybe because Obama was already doing the “historic first black” thing and Hillary thought she had a better chance if she ran as “just one of the guys” and downplayed the fact that she was a woman. She wanted to be seen as strong and as equal to the men. Maybe that worked and perhaps it’s why she actually beat Obama in the primaries with 18 million+ votes (and should have been the nominee if the superdelegates had not abandoned her). This time around, that catty and conceited campaign manager of hers, Robby Mook, decided to get very Alinksy and run a super-negative campaign…not an aspirational one where she focused on being the first female president. Sure, you’d hear people try to gin up attacks on anyone not supporting her as being misogynistic…and Mook is rolling out these October surprises to malign Trump as being anti-woman. But no one has ever made a classy, lofty, idealistic argument that it’s time our country had a female president and that woman should be Hillary Clinton.
If I had been on her campaign team, that’s the sort of campaign I would have ran for her. I would have gone back to the marketing done for Geena Davis’ old show Commander-in-Chief, which had great promotional billboards saying “A Woman Will Be President.” That’s actually the slogan I would have used for Hillary-2016: A WOMAN WILL BE PRESIDENT. None of this “Stronger Together” crap or that weird hospital sign she uses, with the H-with-an-arrow-through-it (that looks just like the road signs directing you to a hospital on the interstate). At this point, no one should ever feel bad for Hillary Clinton about anything because of the weird things she’s done in recent years to violate the public’s trust…but even those of us who poured our hearts and souls into her 2008 campaign should not feel bad about her losing this current election since Hillary Clinton clearly makes terrible decisions when it comes to her staff.
She was raging the other day about why she is not 50 points ahead of Trump and all I can say is that she picked the worst possible person to run her campaign, because Robby Mook is an idiot with pudding for brains. If they had hammered A WOMAN WILL BE PRESIDENT over and over again, I think they would have been so much more effective than doing this scorched earth thing where they just focus on relentlessly convincing people to hate Trump. This is clearly a “Change Election” and drilling in A WOMAN WILL BE PRESIDENT is one way they could have made Hillary Clinton be the change candidate. When the first female president is elected in the future, it will be a woman who is smart enough to use A WOMAN WILL BE PRESIDENT as her campaign slogan.
QUESTION: If people are not excited to vote for Hillary to make history because she totally bungled that part, can pudding-for-brains Robby Mook rile people up enough with hatred for Trump to head out to vote against him? I don’t think hatred is ever a motivator for people to actually do something constructive or time-consuming. The Left uses hatred to rev black people up with that Black Lives Matter garbage, but all that does is get people to riot and burn down their own neighborhoods. So, hatred as a motivator can encourage people to commit violence. But, can hatred make them go out into the cold and stand in line for 30 minutes to an hour and then go through the trouble of voting? I was very motivated on September 29th when I early-voted here in Chicago because I was so angry about what FBI Director James Comey did in fixing the investigation so that Hillary would not be charged with anything. I was truly angry at that man, but I don’t hate him. But my anger at him eclipsed any bad feelings I would have had if I didn’t vote for Hillary, out of old loyalty to her from 2008. I woke up early, got dressed, rode the Red Line downtown, went down to the Board of Elections early voting room in the basement of the county building, and stood in line to vote as soon as the office opened. Then I had to take the little electronic card, figure out how to put it into the machine, read a bunch of stuff, figure out how to cast my ballot…and then I spent about 20 minutes jumping through all the other hoops and doing all the checks they make you do to ensure that the machine recorded my vote the way that I wanted.
I don’t know how someone who is motivated by just hatred for Trump is expected to do all of this. If your motivation is hatred, you are acting on a primal/animalistic level like a cave person. You can set fires and smash things and bite and claw and scratch, but can you really use hatred as fuel to go through all the mess you need to go through to cast a ballot? And let me tell you, doing all this on September 29th was so much easier than doing it on November 8th when it will be an absolute madhouse everywhere. I believe that most people still vote on the actual election day. I avoided so much grief by doing all this early…but there was still grief. I had to be patient, fill out a form on a clipboard, deal with government workers, utilize outdated/backwards machinery, etc. I just don’t see how making people hate Trump is supposed to encourage people to come out and vote for Hillary.
Unless they are just trying to suppress Trump support and keep his voters at home by turning them against him. Maybe Mook knows he can’t convince people to vote FOR Hillary (or even AGAINST Trump) but he thinks that by scorching the earth he can just make people sit at home.
But, again, we’re back to Assumption #1 from above about who these people are that play weird games and stay home during presidential elections. If they stayed home to teach the GOP a lesson in 2008 and 2012, who would they be staying home to teach a lesson in 2016 if they fall for what Mook is doing? So, am I to believe that people who couldn’t stomach voting for either McCain or Romney because they were too Establishment are going to miss the chance to vote for the most anti-Establishment candidate we’ve ever had run for high office all because Hillary’s campaign found a tape of Trump talking about how much he likes having heterosexual sex with hot ladies?
(3.) ASSUMPTION: The Republican Elite want Trump to lose so that the Cocktail Partiers can stay in power, so they are rooting for Hillary to win since she will keep them in power (as they are all part of the same Establishment). I feel that this is the most safe of all the assumptions to make. There are so many critters in Republican ranks who would make an absolute fortune if Hillary Clinton becomes president…but whose livelihoods would be destroyed by a President Trump. And I’m not just talking about elected officials or political consultants.
One individual who deserves special attention is Ben Shapiro. This guy has been so blatant about his wanting Hillary Clinton to win because Shapiro will make a lot of money in the next four years writing books and going on speaking tours railing against Hillary. He’s probably got drafts of his next books already written. He knows where and how his bread is buttered and he is eager to nibble on that sweet, delicious, buttery bread. I think a lot of supposedly conservative writers want a Hillary Clinton presidency because this is something they have been masturbating at the thought of for many years at this point. It’s like in a horror movie when Jason or Freddy or Michael Meyers finally shows up, after getting false-shocks or mere glimpses of the fiend here and there for what felt like forever. Well, if these guys have done so well for themselves for this long with Hillary just threatening to become president, they are going to rub themselves raw with her actually fulfilling her supposed destiny (as a harbinger of the apocalypse) and finally achieving her lifelong goal. The books will just write themselves.
There will be endless Clintonian scandals as crazy as Filegate, Travelgate, etc. Not only will all the misdeeds of FBI Director James Comey come to light and everything else involved with those email servers be obsessed about for years, but with Bill Clinton running around like a loose cannon there’s bound to be all sorts of illegal things that he would do as First Gentleman, since he would continue to act like he is the president. If Hillary made so much trouble for herself and the country as the first First Lady to try to operate out of the West Wing, don’t you think that people like Ben Shapiro know that Bill Clinton moving back into the White House guarantees all sorts of malfeasance that will make book-writing easy-peasy for four years? I think all of these people believe that they will finally be able to impeach and remove a Clinton from office by having Hillary move into the Oval…and they just see her presidency as being a chance for nonstop fun and profit.
There is so much sickness involved with the Clintons, on all sides, that having Hillary move back into the White House is just a guarantee for endless scandal, investigations, and Shakesperean high-drama. So many conservative media outlets were formed during the first Clinton administration. Since no one was allowed to really criticize Obama because of his skin color, during the last 8 years a lot of people haven’t been doing as well as they would have liked because they were scared of being called a racist if they had gone after Obama the way that the Left went after Bush or the Right went after the Clintons in the 1990s. Having Hillary back in the White House would mean that the Good Old Days could return again and everyone could get rich with new books, magazine subscriptions, movies, podcasts, and whatever other lucrative things they could come up with to profit from the treasure trove of scandals to come.
They all remind me of impoverished witch doctors in some Third World country who had been struggling without any “patients”…but then in stumbles Typhoid Mary, bringing of all manner of plagues, and they all know they will be eating well and making good bread for years to come once she takes up residence in town and everything unfolds as usual around her.
QUESTION (And this is the big one): Is the number of Republican Elite who want Hillary to win (to serve their own financial interests) larger than the number of Bernie Sanders cultists who will sit the election out? Additionally, is it larger than the number of blacks who will not care about the election because there is not someone the color of hot cocoa, Hershey’s bars, or a caramel frappachino on the ballot? What about the decent and honest blacks who realize voting Democrat gets their community nowhere and so they are going to roll the dice with Trump and vote Republican for the first time ever? There are an interesting collection of variables in play that I don’t think we’ve ever seen before in a presidential election. Let’s take a moment and have a look at them: