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3/11/2016

Donald Trump Calls Off Tonight’s Campaign Rally In Chicago

Filed under: General — Dana @ 9:57 pm



[guest post by Dana]

A Trump rally scheduled for tonight on the University of Illinois at Chicago Pavilion was cancelled due to safety concerns resulting from clashes between protesters and supporters, both inside and outside of the arena. The campaign released this statement:

Mr. Trump just arrived in Chicago and after meeting with law enforcement has determined that for the safety of all of the tens of thousands of people that have gathered in and around the arena, tonight’s rally will be postponed to another date. Thank you very much for your attendance and please go in peace.

But a spokesman for the Chicago Police Dept. said, not exactly:

CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tells The Associated Press that the department never told the Trump campaign there was a security threat at the University of Illinois at Chicago venue. He said the department had sufficient manpower on the scene to handle any situation.

Guglielmi says the university’s police department also did not recommend that Trump call off the event. He says the decision was made “independently” by the campaign.

After the Chicago PD released the clarification, Trump still claimed law enforcement had advised him to cancel:

“I think I did the right thing. You know, I came here and met with law enforcement, and I said ‘What do you think?’ They were very professional. They said, ‘It would be better not to do it, because if you do it tonight, you could have a clash and people could get hurt.’ I did not want to see people get hurt.

He continued to double-down on his claim:

“We met with security and the law enforcement, who I think did a terrific job, and they told me it’d be best not to go in and do the speech,” Trump reiterated in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity.

When asked again by Hannity on whether law enforcement motivated his decision, Trump again responded affirmatively.

I guess it’s easier to blame the authorities rather than having to admit to being a “disgrace” and “weak” for allowing a group of protesters to take over, right?

But what struck me as a bit ironic was Donald Trump complaining about being denied his First Amendment right to speak tonight:

“And we made a decision, even though our freedom of speech was violated totally.

Because you know, nobody is a bigger champion of the First Amendment than Donald Trump:



This has nothing to do with free speech – this is taunting, and all it does is cause trouble.”

“She should be much more responsible because what she’s doing is completely irresponsible!”

“She’s a person that is doing this for her own purpose and she’s doing a terrible thing for our country!“

“…if she went after, instead, JESUS, instead of the Muslim, went after JESUS, let’s see how long she’d last! If she went after the African-Americans, and went after the N-WORD, where she was positive on it as opposed to… let’s SEE how long she would last! That would also be freedom of speech! Let’s see if she has the guts to do that. …

All she’s doing, she is a provacateur! All she doing is provoking and taunting people!!”

And let’s not forget Trump’s other crusade to protect the First Amendment.

It’s utterly amazing that the leading GOP candidate, whose campaign slogan is “Make America Great Again,” has no real respect for that which has already made America extraordinarily great, unless it’s his speech being stifled.

And about whether his inflammatory rhetoric on the campaign trail may have played a part in tonight’s protests?:

“Until today, we’ve never had much of a problem,” Trump later told CNN’s Don Lemon. Asked if he had any regrets about the charged rhetoric at his rallies, Trump was defiant.

“I don’t have regrets,” Trump said. “These were very, very bad protesters. These were bad dudes. They were rough, tough guys.”

From his own campaign event 30 miles away (where no brawling was reported), Ted Cruz weighed in about Trump, and tonight’s turn of events:

“In any campaign, responsibility starts at the top,” Cruz told reporters in Rolling Meadows, Illinois.

“When you have a campaign that affirmatively encourages violence,” he continued, “you create an environment that only encourages that sort of nasty discourse.”

“When the candidate urges supporters to engage in physical violence, to punch people in the face, the predictable consequence of that is that is escalates. Today is unlikely to be the last such incidence.”

–Dana

169 Responses to “Donald Trump Calls Off Tonight’s Campaign Rally In Chicago”

  1. Hello.

    Dana (0ee61a)

  2. If he actually means his own event security rather than real law enforcement I wouldn’t be surprised if the Trump story is reasonably accurate. (Of course I also wouldn’t be surprised if that’s what Trump wanted to hear and so that’s what they said because he paid them to say it).

    Soronel Haetir (86a46e)

  3. “When you have a campaign that affirmatively encourages violence,” he continued, “you create an environment that only encourages that sort of nasty discourse.”

    Cruz is so blatantly opportunistic and lame

    harvardtrash ted, please to understand… if Mr. Trump affirmatively encouraged violence

    the results would be pretty effing spectacular

    you’re such an effing geek

    happyfeet (831175)

  4. Soronel Haetir,

    How telling it is when virtually everything Trump claims must first be run through a truth detector/accuracy scan.

    Dana (0ee61a)

  5. I’m not a Trump supporter, but if it comes down to him or whichever current hero of the fascist regime known as the Democratic party takes the nomination, I’ll hold my nose and vote for him. It’s high time that someone stand up for the right of others to assemble without the loony left doing everything it can to suppress or silence those with whom they disagree. And while I don’t condone what the 78-year-old redneck did to the fool who attempted to disrupt a rally earlier this week, I sure did get some vicarious satisfaction from it.

    Dagwood (d51cb9)

  6. What should be noted is Uof I at Chicago is where Billy the Bomber Ayers is a professor.
    This a a far-let, radical stronghold. A bunch of sickos.

    jb (8a9f1d)

  7. Satisfaction is condoning, Dagwood.

    DRJ (15874d)

  8. We are devolving into more and more stupidity. Whether you like, love or HATE Donald Trump, what happened in CHICAGO tonight is evidence and verification of WHO AND WHAT, the LEFT is.
    VIOLENCE, CHAOS, repeat as necessary. It’s organized. THIS IS OUR FOE.

    Get it yet??

    GUS (a084f0)

  9. Rioters just won the nomination for president trump. Canada turd crud kaput. So is little punk robot.

    trump 1 (90a6bd)

  10. They should tear gas that pack of useless lives that don’t matter.

    mg (31009b)

  11. Frank Luntz thinks Trump canceled the Chicago rally on purpose to dominate the news prior to the voting on Tuesday. He has a series of tweets about it @FrankLuntz.

    DRJ (15874d)

  12. Thank you.

    Some of you openly support the necessity of Trump…kudos for integrity. Others, most, encourage his candidacy…perhaps in hopes of SMOD.

    I hate my fellow American…especially those in Tennessee who voted for our assured demise.

    pieter (ec44a2)

  13. Chess, not checkers:

    Frank Luntz: Chicago #TrumpRally of 25,000 was canceled but he was able to speak on 3 cable news networks to millions of viewers.

    DRJ (15874d)

  14. Veterans, older folk that should know better…all put their angry concern in him with a false hope.

    No one questioned the candidate that says he is the best businessman ever…says him and who else?

    pieter (ec44a2)

  15. Cruz will suffer recrimination for stating most Trump supporters are low information. How else can they be described without further insult? Those who support Trump are either wilfully delusional or perverted in political intent.

    No mercy. Those who purport a viable Trump future are deficient in every meaningful way.

    pieter (ec44a2)

  16. Trump is America. Most of us are apparently attracted to the vapid, shallow, ill-thought message that offers solace in the now. No consideration for unfunded welfare “entitlements”, unreasonable taxation or the unconstitutionally ridiculous oversight bureaucracy…

    Most of you are clowns…focused on BS rather than the 20-150 trillion dollar reality.

    pieter (ec44a2)

  17. We are doomed.

    40 years of parents ignoring the dispensation of civics and meaningful American history in our schools.

    Gee, what did we expect in our abrogation? Now we understand all ills are the fault of white supremacists, our founders are fatally flawed without redemption, socialism-communism just needs one more chance…

    I’m a conservative, a successful willphilosophy premised on thousands of years of proof…doesn’t matter to my supposed peers…no concern for the lessons of history, however googled.

    Did I mention we are doomed? We are. Trump will be your republican nominee, he will lose…most Americans will never understand their complicity with this sad political failure. They were angry and somehow unaccountable.

    pieter (ec44a2)

  18. Darn kindle…philosophy, not willphilosophy. Jesus, I truly hate this accursed device.

    pieter (ec44a2)

  19. Either this thread is broken or some of you are perhaps cowards to comment…just wondering.

    pieter (ec44a2)

  20. Meh. Unpayable trillions in debt, unaccountable bureaucracy and the diminishing future of any political hope is unworthy of comments…

    Squirrel! You deserved Obama and now readily approaching Trump.

    Clowns, cowards…

    pieter (ec44a2)

  21. Whiskey, weed, and if necessary heroin.

    Seeking forgiveness from the Lord, buying ridiculous amounts of ammo and hoping when unwarranted during the latter primary states…we do what we can with these feeble human traits.

    Trump is America…turns out your fellow American is a dolt. They have victomhood feelz, doesn’t care remotelabout any progeny, really thinks the communion wafer is a little cracker, and only has a fuzzy clue that the entirety of valued history occurred during their own lifetime.

    pieter (ec44a2)

  22. Good night or at least I hope so,

    We are all Trumpers now. Your fellow a Americans said so. Not winning the presidency or even the party primary will ever remove the taint of our yuuuuge collective Trumpism. Millions have made this painfully so…for ever. With generational consequence. All hail Reagan 80s as our peak and no respite from a suicidal decline thereafter.

    Your fellow American, previously esteemed in hopeful attributes…is now a proven selfish retarded.

    Good night, for tomorrow you’re assured face time with these ubiquitous clownshoe wearing idiots.

    pieter (ec44a2)

  23. I wish Trump would have spoke. Chicago a blaze would bring back democrat history. Let the fire begin.

    mg (31009b)

  24. Just so you know- Every barn has a loaded shotgun or rifle in it.

    mg (31009b)

  25. President Kenja loves what he has accomplished. He should be compensated with brass.

    mg (31009b)

  26. Some of you people who I’ve respected in the past are completely unhinged right now and you need to stop and take a few deep breaths. You are even linking to Frank Luntz analysis.

    jcurtis (5055ca)

  27. Donald Trump is an example of the harm mothers who have a boy can do if what they really wanted was a girl.

    nk (9faaca)

  28. And if there’s one thing you can take to the bank, it is that the Chicago police can “handle” unruly minorities.

    nk (9faaca)

  29. Some of our Serbian friends are fervent Trump supporters (they may have even been at the rally) and I can’t wait to tease them that Trump turned tail in Chicago the way Milosevic did in Kosovo.

    nk (9faaca)

  30. Heh. jcurtis called me unhinged.

    DRJ (15874d)

  31. Educate me, jcurtis. Why was Trump afraid of protesters if the Chicago police weren’t wortied?

    DRJ (15874d)

  32. Plus, why is Luntz wrong? Convince me that Trump — the master media manipulator — had no desire or reason to use these protests to cancel the rally and get endless media attention in the markets where the voters will be voting on Tuesday.

    DRJ (15874d)

  33. Trump is savvy. He knows how to manipulate the media and his followers enjoy that abut him. He is having to escalate to keep the media attention. At first it was a few non-PC words, then a vulgar word, then a call for mild violence, and now fear of outright violence. What’s next? Shootouts in the street? Will that be the price we have to pay to keep Trump in the news?

    DRJ (15874d)

  34. Frankly, DRJ, I think this shows Trump is all talk and bluster and no balls. It also shows that Soros and Moveon.org are not going to sit quietly by and let anyone but their hand-picked communists get elected. Finally, think it roves that theses kids really do listen in college since now they’re moved the very ideals taught to them by their commie professors from their classrooms to the streets. All those practice protests against conservative guest speakers can now be turned on the candidates.

    Rev. TrusTED Hoagie ™ (eb7063)

  35. Both sides were badly mistaken if they thought Mayor Emanuel was going to let things get out of hand down there. That’s a premier area of Chicago with major universities, major hospitals, Chicago’s best Catholic high school, Greektown, Little Italy and “historic” neighborhoods, not to mention a major interstate interchange.

    nk (9faaca)

  36. Last time we had the most unpopular dictator in American history and the flaccid GOP could not secure 80% of the Electoral College total needed to win.

    This time we have a total meltdown of the ruling Party such that turnout is off 20% and the Right’s voter support will be split three ways!

    You people are too stupid to live. May God’s judgement fall on this benighted nation and quickly.

    DNF (755a85)

  37. Hoagie,

    I agree Trump is all talk. He won’t do much of anything.

    DRJ (15874d)

  38. Despair is a sin, gary.

    nk (9faaca)

  39. The primaries are the time to hash out who we are and where we stand, DNF. It isn’t losing to do this. Holding our side accountable and pushing them to answer to us is the point, because this is when they listen and make promises we can hold them to (or kick them out if they don’t keep them).

    It’s also the best time to hold the media accountable. Drudge, Breitbart and Fox have chosen sides, too. Liberal politicians and media don’t care if we criticize them — it’s almost a badge of honor for them — but we can influence conservative politicians and media. We need to do that because they can be just as corrupt and self-serving as the left, and we can’t let that happen if We The People want a say in how government and society works.

    DRJ (15874d)

  40. DRJ,

    I would argue the media is very savvy in giving the GOP candidate with the highest disapproval rating the most time on the air. Clinton is a very poor candidate with very low approval and honesty ratings. She still beats Trump rather handily at this point and Trump is rather unlikely to improve once the media fulfills its self imposed obligation to destroy him.

    Rick Ballard (ebfe0b)

  41. DRJ, conspiracy theory much?

    ropelight (afbacb)

  42. I knew you would appreciate it, ropelight. Especially you.

    DRJ (15874d)

  43. Absolutely, Rick, but that doesn’t mean Trump won’t capitalize on it. He knows how to spot people’s weaknesses.

    DRJ (15874d)

  44. Welcome to 1968. Riots in the streets – racial disturbances – Vietnam (GWOT). Brought to American cities by the descendants of the same student anarchists of the 60’s.

    crazy (cde091)

  45. This reminds me of when he pulled out of the FOX debate as well. Is this a pattern of bailing out in the face of criticism, or when he doesn’t feel he’ll be able to sufficiently dominate the message? The bravado is cracking and weakness is showing through.

    Tom Ryberg (2c5752)

  46. I hope voters see it that way, too, Tom. Trump is all hat and no cattle.

    DRJ (15874d)

  47. These thuggy rioters have just presented The Donald with a sweeping win in Ohio to go with his victory in Florida. Voters will line up in the rain to vote for Trump after seeing these violent degenerates pressing their anti-American, anti-First Amendment, mob rule agenda.

    ropelight (afbacb)

  48. 39. Jesus is my Righteousness.

    “All men are grass”.

    As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”

    4Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. 6You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8All these are the beginning of birth pains.

    9“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

    15“So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’a spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand— 16then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17Let no one on the housetop go down to take anything out of the house. 18Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak. 19How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! 20Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. 21For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.

    22“If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. 23At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. 24For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.

    This people cannot tell the weather looking into the sky.

    DNF (755a85)

  49. And the riots raged, man he was stupid to do so, sarc.

    narciso (732bc0)

  50. Trump is a master at this manipulation of the media. This cancellation was based upon his determination that he would get more airtime and more publicity by cancelling rather than going through with the rally. He has assured himself to be the news until Tuesday.

    Meanwhile, who’s Corey Lewandowski??

    Dana (0ee61a)

  51. On renumbering, 40. It isn’t despair but observation.

    DNF (755a85)

  52. ropelight,

    Your Donald never lets a crisis go to waste.

    DRJ (15874d)

  53. Grammy-winning artist Chris Brown is calling for mobs of black people to provoke Donald Trump’s supporters at rallies.

    Do you support Trump? Tell the world with this brand new bumper sticker: “DONALD TRUMPS THE REST”

    The Republican front-runner has dealt with unruly race activists crashing his rallies for months, but news that one of them was punched in the face on Thursday in Fayetteville, North Carolina, was too much for Brown to bear.

    “Man, this s–t is getting crazy,” Brown, 26, said in an Instagram video. “Black people getting assaulted at f—ing rallies where you’re supposed to talk at. … What you need to start doing — all these black people, go together 40, 50 deep. See what they do then. Keep touching us, motherf—er.”

    Roughly 200,000 people “liked” the post.

    “God will have his revenge. F–k Trump and f–k the pigs. Without our black culture, Asian culture, Latin culture, Muslims and any race that you don’t approve of help you to be who the f–k you are,” Brown added as text accompanying the video.

    Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2016/03/black-mobs-50-deep-urged-to-provoke-trump-voters/#LEl5KPhbYTcoA2c0.99

    Guys like this create Trump supporters every minute they speak. BTW, Chris Brown is a poor ghetto rapper whose net worth is over $30 million. Poor abused minority just h8 that white man privilege.

    Rev. TrusTED Hoagie ™ (eb7063)

  54. After ferguson, baltimore, new haven, Hanover mizzou you really think it’s about trump?

    narciso (732bc0)

  55. More from Cruz:

    Cruz found some levity only when he was asked if Trump’s policies might have inspired the protests. Some of the activists captured by news cameras carried signs referencing Trump’s proposed ban on Muslim entries to the United States, or his comment that Mexico was letting “rapists” cross the border.

    “At the end of the day, finding Donald Trump’s policies is a difficult endeavor,” said Cruz.

    Yep.

    Dana (0ee61a)

  56. Who do you think wins: Hillary or Trump?

    The Emperor (4e6818)

  57. Join this discussiin, Emperor. Distraction is a loser’s option.

    DRJ (15874d)

  58. Cruz is not a Messiah, I had hoped for wisdom but it ain’t happening.

    DNF (755a85)

  59. Here’s Cruz discussing handling protesters:

    We pledge allegiance to the Constitution. But we don’t pledge allegiance to men. And this is very much, each of us should be asking to work for 330 million Americans. And what I am doing is pledging my allegiance to you. And part of that is reflected on how you approach protestors, because if you are the monarch from on high, then the protestor is disloyal and needs to be cast out and punished. You know, my approach, often, Hugh, with protestors, is if they’re being civil, I’ll often engage with them. You know, we had an event up in Maine, a huge rally in Maine. There were several college kids that stood up and began protesting. And I said all right, stand up, tell me what your concern is, let’s talk about it, let’s talk about illegal immigration. Let’s talk about climate change. And I ended up having an impromptu ten minute debate with a protestor on substance, and said listen, if you don’t have a right to shout down this event. If you’re disruptive the police officers will escort you out. But if you want to engage in civil discourse, we can talk about it. In fact, I remember there was one event, Hugh, you may have seen a video of it online where we were doing an event outside the White House protesting this terrible Iran deal and focusing on the American hostages.

    HH: I did. That’s on…

    TC: And we had protestors from Code Pink that began yelling us down. And I invited Medea Benjamin, who’s the head of Code Pink, I said listen, you can’t shout this down and silence our speech. But if you want, pick one of you, and they picked Medea Benjamin, come on up to the microphone. I’ll give you my microphone. You make the case they this deal is a good deal, and I’ll argue the other side. And we had about a 25 minute impromptu, civil, respectful debate on the substance. I think that’s reflective of a candidate who views the voters with respect, not as potential subjects for a monarch.

    (Yes, I realize Chicago protests were mobs, however I think that Cruz reflects a truth that is lost on Trump: if challenged on policy or platform, or whatever the issue at hand may be, it is incumbent upon the person applying for the job to do their best to engage and persuade whom they are engaged with that they are indeed the best candidate for the job. And if that means debating an issue, then so be it. (which Cruz has done on the campaign trail)…

    Dana (0ee61a)

  60. Obama won in 2008 not because of a stronger Democrat base but an unmotivated and uninspired Republican base. But in 2016, the Rep’s are pretty much fired up and ready for change. I don’t even think the Dems are that enthusiastic about their nominees. Trump is the man to fire up the GOP and attract voters from other places. Hillary is a known politician, a liar and a none performer. Trump wins. The sooner you guys bury the hatchet and rally round Trump the sooner you can come up with a strategy to defeat Hillary.

    The Emperor (4e6818)

  61. DNF,

    Were you looking for a Messiah? Because I wasn’t. I was looking for a candidate who was an unabashed Conservative, unafraid to stand on those principles and values, and whose adherence to those principles and values meant far, far more to him than winning. Because at the end of the day, he would have to live with himself, his family, and the millions of people supporting him as a true Conservative. IOW, I want someone in the White House who is willing to risk losing because he has remained true to himself – and to the American people. I want someone who is not a chameleon, changing his colors as often as the wind changes direction. Because let’s face it, a rudderless ship will not keep us safely in port and out of the path of the raging storms of destruction.

    Consistency means something.

    Dana (0ee61a)

  62. Hillary won’t get the Democrat nomination, she’s damaged goods. The Jackass party isn’t the Stupid party, they won’t go with a predetermined loser. Hillary won’t voluntarily step aside so Obama’s so-called Justice Department will leak enough damning evidence to force her out.

    Obama will then get the ticket he wants: Biden/Warren.

    ropelight (afbacb)

  63. Code pink, the enablers of hamas and the jayvee protostate, dialogue with them, sniffle.

    narciso (732bc0)

  64. 2. If he actually means his own event security rather than real law enforcement I wouldn’t be surprised if the Trump story is reasonably accurate. (Of course I also wouldn’t be surprised if that’s what Trump wanted to hear and so that’s what they said because he paid them to say it).

    Soronel Haetir (86a46e) — 3/11/2016 @ 9:59 pm

    Trump’s version of events can not be “reasonably accurate” if the definition of the term “reasonably accurate” hinges on the entire Trump campaign’s inability to tell the difference between law enforcement and their own private security. From Trump on down.

    That would be like claiming Trump’s version of events about buying stolen diamonds was “reasonably accurate” when he insists he bought them from a reputable jeweler with a business license to operate a shop on 5th Avenue. When in fact he bought them from a jewel thief, selling them out of a van in Queens.

    Pharmacist, drug dealer, they both sell drugs, right? Close enough to be “reasonably accurate.”

    Steve57 (79ea4f)

  65. @DRJ
    I thought we are on a bashing Trump thread.:)

    The Emperor (4e6818)

  66. You will note that as Rubio disappears all of the others are gaining.

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2016/03/11/laura_ingraham_the_issues_are_what_took_out_marco_rubio.html

    It does not matter that Cruz never supported the Gang of Eight, or did not give TPP his public support, he is walking the tightrope of not caving to either Trump supporters or the GOPe now, in his campaigning.

    Failing to choose between the deep blue sea and the devil is still a choice.

    DNF (755a85)

  67. I would call it a The Truth About Trump thread, but at this point that’s something we have to do everyday.

    DRJ (15874d)

  68. Have they not eyes, how often have events proven different from the narrative?

    narciso (732bc0)

  69. Why was I moderated,

    narciso (732bc0)

  70. 63. Principles are a subset of the Law. In a sense the Law is a gift to those who cannot Walk with their God in personal relation, but invariably iniquitous men cannot keep the Law, as principles conflict inextricably.

    Wisdom demands that we adjust to circumstances and events as God brings them into our lives, knowing that we abide whereas the Law is passing away.

    DNF (755a85)

  71. Given Trump’s run, the most depressing thing about this whole run-up to the election is that it seems highly likely that the Democrats will be successful in thwarting conservatives and choosing our nominee for us.

    They win again.

    Republicans. The people that refuse to learn.

    Dana (0ee61a)

  72. “Trump has a full head of hair”. Reasonably accurate?

    I’ll make a reasonably accurate prediction. Trump will not show his income tax returns because they will show negative income, and zero income tax paid , due to business loss deductions. What Reid claimed about Romney. Trump is as phony as a Woolworth’s diamond necklace.

    nk (9faaca)

  73. #70, Perhaps you triggered the multiple obtuse comment filter.

    ropelight (afbacb)

  74. narciso @ 70,

    I just checked and didn’t see a comment from you stuck in moderation…

    Dana (0ee61a)

  75. Chris Brown is a known abuser of women. You’d think he’d be a Trump supporter – abuse of women (and support of the abuse of women) is probably Trump’s only consistent trait.

    Leviticus (a8efb0)

  76. What about you Liviticus? You keep your hands to yourself or on little boys?

    ropelight (afbacb)

  77. #65, I can be more arcane if you like.

    narciso (732bc0)

  78. 78. I suspect you aren’t quite as tread-worn as some here, what was your age again?

    DNF (755a85)

  79. Leviticus @76, why would Chris Brown the known abuser of women have to be a Trump supporter when he also has the choice of putting the Clinton crime family back in the WH?

    Steve57 (79ea4f)

  80. 72. Even so one still has choices. People have hardened in place and refuse to budge.

    DNF (755a85)

  81. You represent your idol well, ropelight.

    Leviticus (a8efb0)

  82. What about you Liviticus? You keep your hands to yourself or on little boys?

    ropelight (afbacb) — 3/12/2016 @ 7:33 am

    That is so beneath you, ropelight.

    Dana (0ee61a)

  83. Hahaha no it’s not.

    Leviticus (a8efb0)

  84. I did not know that about Chris Brown, Levidicus. It doesn’t surprise me since that seems to be standard MO for many of these “rocker” types. Kinda’ like “Chris Brown does drugs”. Wow, I’m stupefied!

    Rev. TrusTED Hoagie ™ (eb7063)

  85. Pinch back twice as hatd, whose motto is that, hint he’s been running the country for seven years.

    narciso (732bc0)

  86. narciso:

    Have they not eyes, how often have events proven different from the narrative?

    Can you elaborate? This can have several meanings and I’d like to know what you mean.

    DRJ (15874d)

  87. 81. Even though I regarded Romany and Seamus’ sh!t alike I relented and voted for the former because however wrong y’all were about “electability” that was the only choice I had.

    I like Cruz, more as a Supreme than Exec, but the problem today is the argument of his “electabilty” cannot even be made in good faith.

    DNF (755a85)

  88. How long before a gun is brandished or fired off at a rally?

    Rev. TrusTED Hoagie ™ (eb7063)

  89. Were you talking about Obama and punching back twice as hard?

    DRJ (15874d)

  90. I like Cruz, more as a Supreme than Exec, but the problem today is the argument of his “electabilty” cannot even be made in good faith.

    Too what are you referring?

    Dana (0ee61a)

  91. Yes ajtocorrect, how many examples do you need o’keefe, sanford, iraq,tucson, etc

    narciso (732bc0)

  92. Narciso I suspect you of using voice recognition. But mine works better. Also, I type in the capitals and punctuation.

    nk (9faaca)

  93. 91. Plainly Cruz is not attempting to unite the Right, bringing together three factions, as obviously it cannot be done: ‘Burn it Downs’, Conservatives and the Elite cannot coexist.

    The only faction that alone could plausibly gain victory is the former.

    DNF (755a85)

  94. Or it could just be that it works better on an Android.

    nk (9faaca)

  95. 95. Siri was beheaded in two days on mine.

    DNF (755a85)

  96. Some of the establishment are moving to Cruz. I expect that will intensify after Florida votes.

    DRJ (15874d)

  97. 94. Frankly, I think those who impute Conservatives and the Elite can win against Biden/Warren, Sanders/Warren, etc., are reprehensible liars.

    DNF (755a85)

  98. Why was I moderated

    Clearly, moderation is off on this thread. It’s not the only thing that’s off.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  99. narciso,

    I’m sorry for being obtuse but are you saying liberals hit back so we need someone like Trump?

    DRJ (15874d)

  100. When the current occupant of the White House — among other inflammatory rhetoric and reactions he’s known for, and inflammatory sycophants he’s known to hang out with — said something along the lines of if his opponents bring a knife to a fight, he’ll bring a gun, and the media shrugged it off or winked at him, I’d say we crossed that bridge-above-uncharted-waters a long time ago.

    Mark (003427)

  101. 97. Kabuki theatre or as Rubio put it “House of Cards” fantasy.

    Going forward failure to vet rumor and spin is tantamount to dishonesty.

    DNF (755a85)

  102. Buying the media narrative, throwing an innocent man to the wolves.

    No I don’t mean that, but this is the reality.

    narciso (e628d4)

  103. No, DNF, I’m not a reprehensible liar. jcurtis beat you to it. I’m unhinged.

    Now that we’ve established my mental status, please tell us which Republican you think can win the general election and why.

    DRJ (15874d)

  104. Look, Trump is all about publicity. It’s why he puts the TRUMP! name on everything he does: towers, casinos, steaks, whatever. He knows how to get other people to say the word TRUMP.

    Expect the next few weeks to be about the Leftist attacks on the peaceable Trump fans. Suburban families caught up in riots while they attempt to engage in their civil rights. He’d love to get dogs and tear gas involved if he could. Then, when it’s at it’s peak, there will be some violent push back, oh so reluctantly, and everyone on the GOP side will say good.

    And all the time the TRUMP name will be at the top of the news cycle.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  105. * too many apostrophes

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  106. How do you think we should deal with that reality, narciso? Give up, cheat, what?

    DRJ (15874d)

  107. 102. Rubio has even go so far as to tell his OH supporters to vote Kasich to stop Trump.

    So the plan is to hamstring Cruz with the tenace of some few hundred Elite delegates at convention and steal the nomination on the third ballot or thereafter.

    If any of you think that will end well you are irredeemable.

    DNF (755a85)

  108. I agree, Kevin. Trump will encourage this for as long as it works for him, no matter how violent it gets,, and then he will try something else when it stops working. It’s working as long as it keeps people angry and watching.

    Trump has learned how to make politics about ratings, and it isn’t hard since both are about who has the biggest numbers. You don’t need everyone to like you to have winning ratings. You only need an impassioned percentage.

    DRJ (15874d)

  109. It may not end well but this is the hand we have to play.

    DRJ (15874d)

  110. 104. What I’ve said for weeks, months more likely, Trump and Cruz need to unify behind the curtain.

    Possibly this is already in the works, but there is no alternative except total failure.

    Romany-level failure.

    DNF (755a85)

  111. If Ronald Reagan’s likability or visceral appeal could be melded onto the face and voice of Ted Cruz, the current mess wouldn’t be such a mess and the better candidate would be giving Trump a harder run to the nomination.

    Mark (003427)

  112. I’m just cynical enough to wonder what Trump paid the demonstrators. The news coverage alone is worth it; no ad campaign could be as effective.

    The Gentle Grizzly (f4d71f)

  113. 110. Your Maginot defense has been tried, no matter how noble you believe the effort it will be a laughingstock and catcall.

    DNF (ffe548)

  114. The longer this goes on, the more impassioned the Trump supporters will become. But the NotTrump folks will become more impassioned and motivated, too. Will there be a bigger pool of NotTrumps out there, or Trumps?

    I don’t think anyone knows, but Trump’s percentages have been fairly stable. The NotTrumps have more theoretical growth potential, but a race war inour cities might change that. What a legacy that would be for Obama and Trump.

    DRJ (15874d)

  115. 112. And Reagan was a Conservative stalwart for decades prior to victory.

    DNF (ffe548)

  116. 78 rev Ted

    I don’t know about rallies but I read that there were 21 shootings in 24 hours in Chicago.

    pinandpuller (0845e7)

  117. DRJ–

    If Trump is still at 35-40% in a two-man race, Cruz wins. So Trump has got to expand his market share. He may not get more people to like him, but he can probably get more people to say his name. It’s almost an invocation.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  118. @DRJ. The truth about Trump is whilst we all thought he would at some point fizzle away in the darkness yet he continues to shine ever so brightly, obscuring the light of others. The fact that Carson would bypass Cruz and endorse Trump speaks volumes. Maybe there’s something about this Trump phenomenon we are missing. Cruz is not going to win the nomination except for some act of God. The truth is that Trump has brought so much life and energy to the republican race and many are shitting their pants now about the possibility of a Trump presidency.

    The Emperor (4e6818)

  119. DNF,

    It sounds like you think things are so far gone that angry voters, and possibly race wars, are good things if they wake voters up. If so, where is the limit on how far a politician should incite his supporters?

    I don’t want conservatives to be sheeple and I don’t support protesters who want to stop speech, but how can Trump govern any better than Obama when he uses the same divisive, in-your-face tactics with his supporters?

    DRJ (15874d)

  120. Kevin,

    I agree, and I know Trump knows it, too. It’s a hard argument to resist in inflammatory elections. I wish I could see the future and know how it turns out.

    DRJ (15874d)

  121. An angry and obviously person just lunged at Trump. Now tell ropelight, happyfeet and papertiger how it’s all Trump’s fault because Nazi SSalute.

    Rev. TrusTED Hoagie ™ (eb7063)

  122. I wish I could see the future and know how it turns out.

    Well, DRJ according to some guys here you can see how it turns out. Read Mein Kampf.

    Rev. TrusTED Hoagie ™ (eb7063)

  123. *unbalanced sorry.

    Rev. TrusTED Hoagie ™ (eb7063)

  124. 122. In spades. I’ve had enuf BS for one day.

    DNF (ffe548)

  125. Trump has told his supporters to knock the crap out of protesters throwing tomatoes, and he promised to pay their legal bills if they did it.

    That doesn’t entitle anyone to attack Trump or his supporters. Period. However, because Trump chose to get down in the mud, he can’t get the benefit of a clean hands defense. In other words, he can’t feign surprise and play the innocent victim.

    DRJ (15874d)

  126. We are supposed to be civilized people. Conservatives used to be the grownups, but now too many of us act and talk like toddlers having a tantrum — and we say it’s allowed because we are so angry. Would you let your children get away with that argument?

    DRJ (15874d)

  127. Yet more evidence that Trump not only approves of violence against protesters, he doesn’t even know or agree with his own damn campaign about the issue. In Birmingham, where the Black Lives Matter protester was beat up, Trump didn’t have a problem with his supporters’ actions, rather he endorsed it:

    “Maybe he should have been roughed up because it was absolutely disgusting what he was doing,” Trump said Sunday morning on Fox News, less than 24 hours after his campaign said it “does not condone” the physical altercation.

    Dana (0ee61a)

  128. The use of he word “Maybe” qualifies the statement as a hypothetical, not an approval, Dana.

    Rev. TrusTED Hoagie ™ (eb7063)

  129. The anger is understandable. I think we all have a laundry list of things we are angry about and would like to see remedied. However, while a person may skillfully tap into that anger to build a coalition of support, the more said person skillfully manipulates the angry masses, the more that anger will continue to bubble up to the surface and demand release. Picture trying to sit on an inflated beach ball and keep it underwater without using your hands. After a point, you just can’t keep it under water, no matter how hard you try. It has to pop up and out. Trump understands this. He knows that the anger of the voters, if not properly controlled and channeled into an effective and thoughtful method to produce wanted change, will demand release anyway it can. And when it erupts, which it will, it will inevitably be in an ugly burst of emotion.

    The idea isn’t to stoke the fires of anger. It’s to acknowledge it and then produce a cohesive policy and plan to remedy the situation. A plan that is built on unwavering principles and ideals. Not built on empty rhetoric.

    Trump knows that he is so weak on substance that the only way to keep the masses excited about him is to continually play on their anger, build it up, justify it, and let it erupt however it may. Win-win: they feel better, he stays at the forefront of the news cycle.

    Dana (0ee61a)

  130. Hoagie @ 129,

    Click the link and listen to the audio of Trump making the comments, and then let me know whether that changes your mind.

    Dana (0ee61a)

  131. “Maybe” is conditional. It conveys that “Maybe it’s wrong to rough protesters up” or “Maybe it’s right.” It’s not approval but it condones those who approve.

    DRJ (15874d)

  132. Thus, Trump’s campaign says it doesn’t condone that behavior but Trump clearly does.

    DRJ (15874d)

  133. “because Trump chose to get down in the mud, he can’t get the benefit of a clean hands defense”

    Which is why the bag lady is preparing for a bum fight general election with the hallucinating wino. The LAT and WaPo have already published pleas to the GOP to stop the hallucinating wino and if he can’t be stopped, they (with the help of the rest of the MSM), will defend the bag lady. They already have all the quotes and file footage necessary to do the job.

    Rick Ballard (ebfe0b)

  134. Trump has canceled an Ohio rally because of security concerns.

    DRJ (15874d)

  135. This just happened. pic.twitter.com/GrB8A8cKE5— Michael Casagrande (@ByCasagrande) March 12, 2016

    Dana (0ee61a)

  136. The following is from Otto Lamp’s article in Politics as Unusual 3/12/16

    Chicago, the First Trap Laid by the Left (and the Right) Against Trump

    The day after Trump’s cancelled Chicago rally a few things seem obvious.

    *** The left desires wholesale violence at a Trump rally.

    They didn’t just plant one or two protesters; whole sections inside the area were occupied by protesters. They were prepared to become active once the rally began–to move about the floor, to take over the stage, and to get in people’s faces. Plus, I have no doubt there were a number of protestors scattered in who had a specific job: to be the spark that causes the fire.

    And that was just inside the arena. The circumstances outside easily could have led to a Ferguson type event. It’s a wonder violence didn’t break out yesterday.

    *** The left expected violence to break out yesterday.

    Within moments of the rally’s cancellation, people started condemning Donald Trump’s rhetoric, and blaming Trump for the violence at the rally. These condemnations of Trump carried on throughout the evening.

    Umm…what violence?

    Violence did not break out at the rally. There were a few protesters smashing cars in the parking lot and blocking roads, but violence did not break out. And, as far as I can find, there are no reports at all of Trump supporters engaging in violence of any kind. So, why the flurry of Trump condemnations?

    Because, that was the planned narrative. The plan was to spark violence at a Trump event, and then blame it on Trump’s rhetoric and his supporters. The plan went astray when Trump and his supporters failed to take the bait. But, those whose role in the play was to condemn Trump didn’t know the plan to spark violence had failed, so they dutifully played out their assigned part–condemning Trump for the violence that had actually not occurred.

    *** This is where it gets disturbing.

    Among the “condemn Trump” chorus were a number of people who should have been on our side–including the other GOP candidates. Their initial statements were all eerily similar: the protesters may have been wrong, but it was primarily Trump’s fault for using rhetoric that promotes violence.

    Umm…what violence?

    It’s almost as if their statements were prepared ahead of time–as if they knew what was coming; as if they too had been given a role in the play, and dutifully playing out their assigned part.

    The implications of this are disturbing. It wasn’t just the left behind Chicago, it was the right as well. Together, they conspired to create what they hoped would be a knock-out blow to the Trump campaign. Thankfully, that blow didn’t land, but undoubtedly more are coming.

    Whether our candidates were in on the plan, or were simply userful-idiots being fed lines by their handlers is unknown. What is clear is the powers in GOP (the real powers, the men behind the candidates’ thrones) have committed themselves to stopping Trump at all cost and using all methods.

    We are in uncharted territory. Where it goes from here, I do not know. I do know that vigilance should be the rule of the day. More traps like Chicago are being set. We cannot afford to fall into them.

    ropelight (afbacb)

  137. One reason people are so mad is that Obama has marginalized, attacked and demeaned us every chance he gets. The solution is not to do the same in return, no matter how gratifying that be emotionally.

    The Founders knew that debate that comes from free speech is the way to actually resolve problems. Give people a voice instead of silencing or intimidating them. That’s why Cruz tries to engage his hecklers and critics in debate when possible.

    If we continue down this path where getting even us the goal, we may succeed in electing a President but we will ultimately fail as surely as Obama and the Democrats have.

    DRJ (15874d)

  138. DRJ, I have spent some time thinking about this fellow. And Jackson. And Long. Late at night, I even worry that the whole Trump campaign is a scam to get HRC elected (I almost wrote “re-elected”).

    Eric Hoffer’s “The True Believer” helps.

    Anyway, I have a theory. I think that Trump is a “reactive” thinker. He isn’t into specifics. He really has no future plans. He simply has reactions to what is taking place at the time. So he has tapped into this awful frustration many people feel.

    Which takes us back to the Andrew Klavan video.

    I understand the desire to raise a middle finger to the establishment—right or left. That’s why Sanders does well with some non-establishment Democrats.

    What I don’t understand is raising that middle finger, nominating someone who cannot win in November (can you imagine what the press will do digging into his records?—they are holding off HOPING he gets nominated), and getting yourself a President you say you abhore.

    Cutting off your nose to spite your face comes to mind.

    Want to raise a middle finger? How about Cruz?

    But we appear to be in “Idiocracy” right now. President Biff Tannen will never happen. What we will very probably get is President Grandma who will force us to eat whatever she thinks best…while lining her pockets.

    Simon Jester (874c20)

  139. Trump knows that he is so weak on substance that the only way to keep the masses excited about him is to continually play on their anger, build it up, justify it, and let it erupt however it may. Win-win: they feel better, he stays at the forefront of the news cycle.

    The problem with that is, of course, that if he miscalculates that anger can turn on him. Not easily, and probably not all at once, but once it does there is no recovery. Perot found that out.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  140. Kevin M,

    While I think he willingly (and easily) slides in and out of positions as supporters demand, he is too savvy to not understand the incredibly precarious balancing act he has undertaken. I sense his entire underlying theme these days, is “String it out, just keep stringing it out”. Whether it’s not letting a crisis go to waste at his campaign rallies or the debates, or whether it’s something inflammatory that he intentionally says to keep himself in the limelight, he just wants to keep stringing it out through the critical primary states. As he is wont to say, “Then we’ll see”…

    Dana (0ee61a)

  141. In this upside-down world, it’s fascinating to observe the former Bruce Jenner (per a link at the drudgereport) coming out in support of Ted Cruz while also sounding rather forgiving towards Trump. That (wo)man has a good head on her shoulders.

    But the venom she’s receiving from the GLBT crowd is a reminder that what’s fueling the rage from the protesters in Chicago against any Republican, even one as unhinged and inflammatory as Trump, is not that person’s dishonesty, bigotry (real or imagined), intolerance (real or imagined), boisterousness or anger, but his/her non-liberal stance on issues and policies.

    Mark (003427)

  142. Tell you where it goes from here; Trump wins,and big. Those images will do more to solidify his support among white working and middle class voters than anything else. A trap was laid by the SJWs, and Trump deftly not only avoided it he allowed the Left to step into it’s iron claws themselves. The Left and the Dem candidate(who ever it will be) is now aligned with Occupy, BLM, La Raza and Move On forever. There is no mask any more, they want it all and they will stop at nothing and try to roll over anyone who gets in their way. And frankly the only person in the GOP to stand up to them is Trump. The antics are only surpassed in awfulness by the limp response of Cruz, Kasich and Rubio.

    Bugg (db3a97)

  143. I agree Trump seems reactive (as Simon Jester said) and like he’s stringing it out (as Dana said). They go together to me. Trump has good media and political slogans/tactics but he has no basic principles or goals. It’s as if Lee Atwater has come back as the candidate instead of the man behind the scenes, so there is campaigning but without substance.

    DRJ (15874d)

  144. I keep thinking of “A Face in the Crowd.”

    Simon Jester (3a8769)

  145. Maybe so, Bugg, or maybe not. Trump definitely brings out the emotions.

    DRJ (15874d)

  146. Tell you where it goes from here; Trump wins,and big.
    Bugg (db3a97) — 3/12/2016 @ 10:41 am

    A day or two ago Bugg was explaining that polls put Trump ahead of Hillary in New York. He’s behind by 25 in the only poll on RCP.

    Gerald A (7c7ffb)

  147. The left always attacks the ones they fear most.

    ropelight (afbacb)

  148. They hated Michele Bachmann.

    DRJ (15874d)

  149. It’s also possible the left attacks whoever says uncomfortable things about its core interest groups, because defending interest groups is a big part of the Democratic Party.

    DRJ (15874d)

  150. The Left also does its best to help position the people they believe they can beat in the general election.

    Simon Jester (3a8769)

  151. Possibly some of the left does in some way fear Trump the most. That has nothing to do with his chances of getting elected. To say that it does is a non sequitur.

    Gerald A (7c7ffb)

  152. It’s interesting to wonder who liberals fear but, to me, it’s more interesting to think about who the GOPe fears. I think it’s Cruz by a mile.

    The only way it might be Trump is if the establishment thinks he would lose go Hillary, but even that wouldn’t make them too unhappy. Losing doesn’t seem to bother them.

    DRJ (15874d)

  153. Two of the Republican candidates said Saturday they may no longer support Donald Trump should he become the nominee following the violent events at a Trump rally in Chicago on Friday night.

    republican party lol

    happyfeet (831175)

  154. DRJ,

    The establishment has absolutely nothing to fear from an unprincipled windsock. He may possess some intelligence but it is no match for his constantly manifested ignorance. I don’t know that they actually fear Cruz, he will have to compromise, just as all Presidents do. I’m very sure his intelligence coupled with substantive knowledge and a willingness to actually take a well reasoned stand in opposition make them very uncomfortable as well as deeply unsure of their ability to win the type of compromise possible with a preening ignoramus whose primary interest is name placement.

    Rick Ballard (ebfe0b)

  155. here’s a beautiful i found at nullbushes

    “People are not voting for Trump (or Sanders). People are just voting, finally, to destroy the establishment.”

    happyfeet (831175)

  156. *quote* i mean

    a beautiful *quote* i found

    happyfeet (831175)

  157. Right, a Hillary presidency is far preferable to the GOPe than a Trump presidency. Their intentions are clear and unmistakable, they’ve survived and prospered during Obama’s administration and they expect to do the same under a Hillary Clinton administration.

    All that’s needed to guarantee no disruptive outsider candidates upset the apple cart. If the GOPe wants to continue in their safe but subservient position in American politics all they have to do is sabotage Trump. The rest will take care of itself.

    ropelight (afbacb)

  158. That makes sense but I have trouble getting in their heads. Cruz was effective and reasonable when he worked at the FTC so that should comfort them, but they don’t always seem to want effective and reasonable.

    DRJ (15874d)

  159. That was for Rick 155.

    DRJ (15874d)

  160. Sometimes it does seem that way, ropelight, but other times they get as hard as a rock — such as on amnesty.

    DRJ (15874d)

  161. President Trump with Newt Gingrich as his chief of staff would just by itself be an incredibly effective way for to get failmerica out of the humiliating rut she’s stuck in

    the humiliating rut the establishment Rs want the wretched little thing to stay in forever

    happyfeet (831175)

  162. DRJ,

    I lean towards oligarchy rather than establishment when considering the party power structure. The Bush PAC attacks on Rubio were a manifestation of the level of ossification extant in the current oligarchy, placing “it’s my turn, not yours” above rational examination of probable electoral outcomes. Cruz is, in fact, more dangerous to an ossified oligarchy than Trump could possibly be. The probability of Trump beating Clinton is about 1 in 20. His age limits whatever ineffective attempts at change he might try when he wasn’t admiring himself in the mirror even if he did come in as a long shot. Cruz could have a much greater and longer lasting impact simply due to his age and energy level. If Trump can be kept from a first round majority, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Cruz accept VP on a Kasich/Cruz ticket. That’s the possible outcome which would be most acceptable to the oligarchy at this point, although Kasich isn’t a fully fledged member.

    Rick Ballard (ebfe0b)

  163. Wonder why my last comment is still on moderation.

    The Emperor (4e6818)

  164. sometimes it just happens

    happyfeet (831175)

  165. #21 Pieter
    I have a cubic foot of .223 in my garage.
    It was on sale.
    So what?
    I know plenty of people who by ammo in thousand round boxes.
    In California.
    Where magazine capacity is a stupid ten rounds and I need a tool to change magazines.
    Not that I’ll ever get into a gunfight, but if I do by some twist of fate, I’ll have to shoot like a Hollywood good guy…. no misses and unlimited magazine capacity. More likely I’ll be dead.

    Oh and as to Trump, I think the GOP candidates don’t have to support Trump directly to win.
    The right strategy would be to tie the leftist crazies to Clinton. Just say the leftists in Hillary Clintons party want to shout down the speech of a contender for the Presidency rather than engage in serious debate. Unfortunately this has become typical behavior in campus venues… attacking Jewish speakers who support Israel etc….. blah blah blah.

    Haven’t posted in a while but Cruz really bugged me with the way he fired his communications director and then during his speech did the lawyer cheap shot of “even if true”… if it was said during a trial and I was in the box, he just lost all credibility. And for what?
    He’s supposed to be smartest guy in the room smart, but something about running for the biggest office in the land diminishes supposedly formidable intellects

    steveg (fed1c9)

  166. Trump is brilliant. His Chicago rally gets rowdy so he cancels as the cablers loop the same video. Then he calls into Matthews on MSNBC for half an hour. Then Van Sustern on Fox for 20 minutes. Then Lemon on CNN. And later, pal Hannity.

    He reaches the exact TV audience he wanted to reach (not those in the hall) with his rally message; spins why it was cancelled, feigns free speech violations and bigfoots evening Nancy Reagan funeral reports. Brilliant. Just brilliant.

    Trump’s capacity to manage and manipulate 24/7 cable news is masterful. It would make Michael Deaver and the Reagan media team blush with envy.

    Make book. 2016 tickets: Trump/Kasich vs. Clinton/Castro. Trump will win by 2.6% of the popular vote.

    DCSCA (a343d5)


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