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Jeff Goldstein on Trump Supporters

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 10:16 pm

Jeff Goldstein is not pleased with Trump supporters:

If you are a Trump supporter you learned nothing from this site, nothing from me, nothing from conservatism, nothing from Classical Liberalism, nothing from constitutionalism, nothing from the entrenched establishment dominance over our vote and our lives, nothing about federalism, nothing about a party system, and nothing about morality, ethics, or consistency.

. . . .

Donald Trump backed John Kerry for President. He told us Hillary Clinton would make a wonderful SoS. He believes his bravery barebacking coeds is analogous to spending time in the Hanoi Hilton. His policy positions, if you can ever pin them down, are incoherent, shallow, and often times completely at odds with one another. He’s a conspiracy theorist whose progressive attitudes are running interference for a leftist movement to nationalize state party behavior and create the conditions for a rejection of the electoral college and state autonomy. He’s anti-federalist, and to him, the most heinous person on earth is the man who — having written the 31-state amicus in Heller; having crossed to the House to help defeat the Gang of 8 amnesty bill; having beaten President Bush’s DOJ in Medellin to protect US sovereignty; having stood up and called out Mitch McConnell for his lies and GOP establishment kabuki theater; having stood for his state (and for those of us whose state reps wouldn’t) in opposition to ObamaCare; and having won two cases preserving 1A religious liberty before SCOTUS — is running against him, a man whom he’s branded a liar, an adulterer, an establishment puppet, a Trojan Horse for a New World Order, a fake Christian, and a mean person nobody likes or can work with.

Donald Trump is everything I’ve spent years condemning.

Fuck him, and fuck every last one of you who would even consider casting a vote for this gauche, tin-plated con man — no matter how much gold leaf he deploys to elevate his needy, narcissistic facade among cultists, morons, and the easily taken.

Good post. Goldstein has also done quite a good job lately on Twitter defending Cruz and attacking Trump.

Corey Lewandowski Apparently Will Not Be Prosecuted For Battery Charges Against Michelle Fields

Filed under: General — Dana @ 5:41 pm

[guest post by Dana]

So, it looks like *Little Lyin’ Lewandowski will not be prosecuted for battery against reporter Michelle Fields:

The decision not to press charges against Corey Lewandowski is scheduled to be announced on Thursday afternoon by Palm Beach County State Attorney David Aronberg.

Fields may still pursue a defamation case against Lewandowski, a source said.

Further, this from Aronberg:

…[H]e pointed out that Jupiter police had a low “probable cause” standard to cite Lewandowski for battery. But the responsibility for moving forward with a full-blown prosecution rested with Aronberg’s office, which had to consider whether a crime occurred and whether they believed a jury of Floridians would prosecute.

“We have a higher standard to go forward with a prosecution,” he said.

Michelle Fields responded to the news:

Prosecutor’s office told me they would inform me of decision tomorrow. If reports true, guess they decided to leak to reporters first. Ugly.

And Katy Tur of NBCNews is reporting:

Inside source tells @nbcnews state attorney tried to cut deal where Lewandowski publicly apologized to Fields. Source says Fields agreed, but it’s unclear if Lewandowski did.

Fields just confirmed this:

For those asking, office of prosecutor asked 2 weeks ago if I’d be ok with an apology from Corey. I said ya but haven’t heard back about it

As of this writing, I cannot find a comment from either Lewandowski or Trump regarding the decision.

Also, as has been said: The exercise of prosecutorial discretion is not innocence

(*A mash-up of Trump’s nicknames for Cruz and Rubio, but it seems to be far more fitting when combined and referring to Lewandowski.)


UPDATE BY PATTERICO: As I said a while back:

[I]f prosecutors decide not to file charges — and they may so decide — the same people saying that the prosecutors should exercise discretion will take the non-filing as TOTAL VINDICATION OF LEWANDOWSKI and PROOF THAT THE WHORE WAS LYING!!!!!11!1!!!

But you can’t stop stupidity.

You sure can’t.

Ted Cruz Rips Trump, Heidi Cruz Speaks Out

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:47 am

Two good clips for you. In the first, Cruz mercilessly rips the Sniveling Coward as a whiny, crying, screaming sore loser.

In the second, Heidi Cruz speaks out about Ted, the attacks from the Sniveling Coward, and much more. It’s my first real chance to hear from her, and I like her.

About Paul Ryan Riding In To “Save The GOP”

Filed under: General — Dana @ 7:07 am

[guest post by Dana]

Paul Ryan:

Let me be clear: I do not want, nor will I accept the nomination for our party,” Ryan said.

Speaking to the party delegates, Ryan said he believed they should only choose from someone who has participated in the primary in the case of a brokered convention.

“Count me out: I simply believe that if you want to be the nominee for our party to be the president, you should actually run for it,” he said. “I chose not to do this, therefore I should not be considered. Period. End of story.”

Said the Speaker of the House who claimed at least 5 times he would not run for Speaker of the House. Skeptical about about his statement regarding a possible nomination in light of his previous statements about not running for Speaker of the House? Apples and oranges, people, apples and oranges.


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