Let’s give this guy authority over the IRS and DoJ:
I hear the Rickets family, who own the Chicago Cubs, are secretly spending $'s against me. They better be careful, they have a lot to hide!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 22, 2016
Patterico assignment desk: find the protestor that Donald Trump said he’d like to punch in the face, and ask him if he is willing to challenge Donald Trump, a 70-year-old man with Secret Service protection who can issue threats easily, to a boxing match. I wanted to do this myself, but can’t find the guy’s identity anywhere.
There was a Nevada entrance poll (of dubious value) saying Trump won the Latino vote. I think I found the Latinos they polled:
It appears Trump campaign created spam accounts with Latino names who all tweeted exact same thing in past 2 minutes pic.twitter.com/wHacPOK3qM
— Niraj Warikoo (@nwarikoo) February 24, 2016
P.S. I do not agree with the tweeter’s baseless accusation that the Trump campaign was behind this, and have said so publicly. That’s Trey Gowdy style shenanigans.
David Marcus asks: How Close Was Trump to the Mob?
As one of a handful of people within reach of the most powerful office in the world Donald Trump must explain why so much of his early career is peppered with appearances by powerful underworld figures. Had Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, or Scott Walker bought so much as a used car from a known mafioso, it would be front-page news. Trump bought a piece of land for $1 million from the son of Philadelphia’s former mafia Don, and used it to launch a gambling empire.
It isn’t only Trump who has a responsibility here. The news media, which is enjoying his playful romp through electoral politics, needs to wake up on this story. Trump isn’t just fooling around this time. He wants to play in the big leagues, and in the big leagues they play hardball. The major investigative news outlets in this country with the resources and wherewithal to seriously scrutinize Trump’s ties to the mob need to start doing so, sooner rather than later.
Former mafia members need to be interviewed. Transcripts of wiretaps and interviews with the major players in Atlantic City and New York crime syndicates need to be reviewed. The work of Barrett and Johnson, among others over the past decades that show Trump’s underworld connections, need to be re-examined. Gary Hart and John Edwards learned that a serious run for president exposes all the dirty laundry, Trump needs to know that truth applies to him, too.
Yeah, it’s a stupid question to ask. I can’t imagine Hillary doing anything with it.
Note that what Marcus is asking for here, is for Trump to be held to the same standard the media applies to other candidates. Which may remind some of you of my recent post, where I noted the media’s utter refusal to do exactly that — even as Trump goes around saying “nobody does more than me about x” and “nobody knows more than me about y.” Well, the day that was published, I made an appearance on Doc Washburn’s radio show — the most listened-to talk radio program in Arkansas. It is fortuitous that Doc Washburn tweeted out a link to the audio of the interview yesterday, on the same day when Trump made the claim: “Nobody reads the Bible more than me.” Enjoy:
— Doc Washburn (@DocWashburn) February 24, 2016