Patterico's Pontifications


Trump Campaign Essentially Broke

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:35 pm

FEC reporting deadlines were today, and Trump’s financials are historically disastrous:

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Look at that “cash on hand” number — barely over $1MM. And Trump raised $3.1MM in May. Now let me give you some context for how jaw-droppingly low those numbers are. Here is Trump compared to Hillary:

Ted Cruz has almost 4 times more cash on hand:

Trump’s cash on hand is less than that held by 50 House candidates:

As for that paltry $3.1MM amount raised in May, let’s compare it to the amounts raised by past candidates in comparable time periods:

If Trump were truly worth $10 billion, it should be easy to sell some stuff, so as to more than equalize this deficit. But, of course, I have told you for months that he is not worth $10 billion or anything close to it. It’s just another con by a con artist.

If I were someone who cared about Trump winning, I’d be panicking right about now. But then, if I were a committed Trumpkin (not a reluctant “lesser of two evils” voter), I’d be oblivious to facts, logic, and evidence, and would think:

This is fine.

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AG Lynch To The Public: We Are Editing Out Mateen Referencing His Allegiance To ISIS For Your Own Good

Filed under: General — Dana @ 8:02 am

[guest post by Dana]]

Word from AG Lynch is that we will soon be able to read a partial transcript of the calls between Omar Mateen and law enforcement. The censoring is necessary so that the administration can control the national conversation Americans are having about the Orlando massacre and Mateen’s motivations. Given the president’s post-Orlando politicizing, the selective editing will help propel the strained narrative that it was lenient gun regulations in the U.S. that led to the events in Orlando. As the president lectured, “This massacre is therefore a further reminder of how easy it is for someone that lets them shoot people in a school, or in a house of worship, or in a movie theater or a night club. And we have to decide if that’s the kind of country that we want to be. To actively do nothing is a decision as well”.

LORETTA LYNCH: What we’re announcing tomorrow is that the FBI is releasing a partial transcript of the killer’s calls with law enforcement, from inside the club. These are the calls with the Orlando PD negotiating team, who he was, where he was… that will be coming out tomorrow and I’ll be headed to Orlando on Tuesday.

CHUCK TODD: Including the hostage negotiation part of this?

LYNCH: Yes, it will be primarily a partial transcript of his calls with the hostage negotiators.

CHUCK TODD: You say partial, what’s being left out?

LYNCH: What we’re not going to do is further proclaim this man’s pledges of allegiance to terrorist groups, and further his propaganda.

CHUCK TODD: We’re not going to hear him talk about those things?

LYNCH: We will hear him talk about some of those things, but we are not going to hear him make his assertions of allegiance and that. It will not be audio, it will be a printed transcript. But it will begin to capture the back and forth between him and the negotiators, we’re trying to get as much information about this investigation out as possible. As you know, because the killer is dead, we have a bit more leeway there and we will be producing that information tomorrow.


Socialism Succeeds Again: Starvation in Venezuela

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:30 am

Socialism/communism has killed more people than any other belief system in history. Now people are starving in Venezuela:

With delivery trucks under constant attack, the nation’s food is now transported under armed guard. Soldiers stand watch over bakeries. The police fire rubber bullets at desperate mobs storming grocery stores, pharmacies and butcher shops. A 4-year-old girl was shot to death as street gangs fought over food.

Venezuela is convulsing from hunger.

Hundreds of people here in the city of Cumaná, home to one of the region’s independence heroes, marched on a supermarket in recent days, screaming for food. They forced open a large metal gate and poured inside. They snatched water, flour, cornmeal, salt, sugar, potatoes, anything they could find, leaving behind only broken freezers and overturned shelves.

And they showed that even in a country with the largest oil reserves in the world, it is possible for people to riot because there is not enough food.

Vin Scully sums up my reaction:

Anyway. 0 and 2.

Lewandowski Out

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:14 am

New York Times:

Donald J. Trump is parting ways with his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, a move that comes as the presumptive Republican nominee faces challenges as he moves toward the general election.

“The Donald J. Trump Campaign for President, which has set a historic record in the Republican primary having received almost 14 million votes, has today announced that Corey Lewandowski will no longer be working with the campaign,” the campaign spokeswoman, Hope Hicks, said in a statement. “The campaign is grateful to Corey for his hard work and dedication and we wish him the best in the future.”

Mr. Trump had faced increasing concerns from allies and donors, as well as his children, about the next phase of the campaign as he pivots toward a general election.

Mr. Trump has recently seen his standing dropping in recent national polls, and is now facing a barrage of ads by Hillary Clinton and her allies.

Manhandling and bruising a reporter? No problem. Being the campaign manager when Mr. The Donald is tanking in the polls? Unforgivable.

Clarence Thomas’s Wife: The Reports of Justice Thomas’s Retirement Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 1:27 am

Justice Thomas’s wife took to Facebook to dispel the rumor that he was considering retiring after the next presidential election:

For all those who are contacting me about the possibility of my husband retiring, I say — unsubscribe from those false news sources and carry on with your busy lives.

IT. IS. BOGUS! Paul Bedard needs to find a phone in his life and unnamed sources are worth as much as their transparency is.

A funny close friend wrote me: “Next we’ll hear that you and he have bought a small private island near Nevis, with a large satellite dish so that all the Nebraska college sports games won’t be missed, and a large Green Egg that can slow cook the indigenous wild boar. Let us know when you are shipping off so we can all chip in to buy a suitable retirement present for your husband — perhaps matching lounge chairs and umbrellas.”

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