Trump’s Exceptionalism Explained

From: politico.com,  by Jack Shafer,  on Feb 19, 2016,  see the article HERE. Donald Trump doesn’t cross the line. He erases it. Time and again Mr. Mouth Almighty has recklessly insulted, defamed, mocked and affronted his fellow citizens. He has instigated stupid feuds and is now quarreling with the pope. He has gaffed repeatedly on policy matters. He has indulged himself in nutty conspiracy theories. And—how to put this delicately?—he has lied like a con artist, and when caught has squirted ink into the water to obfuscate. Two weeks ago, he denied having called John McCain a “loser,” which he … Continue reading

Trump Reflects Changes in American Culture

From American Thinker:  By Michael Bargo, Jr. Critics of Donald Trump love to state that he is a clown, his campaign speeches are reminiscent of a carnival sideshow, his language is too outrageous, he tends to argue too much, and he fights back when attacked. He does not practice the sort of calm demeanor, tone, and professionalism we are accustomed to seeing in political candidates who run for the White house. But what these critics may not realize is that in the last fifteen years, America’s cultural tone has changed. Donald Trump’s mannerisms and antics simply reflect changes in American … Continue reading

5 numbers that explain why Trump won South Carolina

From: politico.com,  by Steven Shepard,  on Feb 20, 2016,  see the article HERE. Donald Trump’s South Carolina coalition was comprised of downscale voters who want a candidate who “tells it like it is” to bring change to Washington. That’s according to voters surveyed by exit pollsters as they left precincts throughout the state on Saturday — giving Trump a resounding victory over Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. Rubio was boosted by Gov. Nikki Haley, whose final-week endorsement carried the Florida senator into an apparent second-place ahead of Cruz. Cruz, meanwhile, was buoyed by the most conservative voters, but he failed … Continue reading

Trump, Lies, and Bankruptcy

From: nationalreview.com,  by Kevin D. Williamson,  on Feb 16, 2016,  see the article HERE. A pattern emerges. Donald Trump is a habitual liar, and the thing about habitual liars is that they lie habitually. In a testy exchange with former Florida governor Jeb Bush, Trump insisted that he’d never gone bankrupt, and that claims to the contrary are a lie. That’s the Trump magic right there: Lying about your business history is one thing, lying that your critics are lying about it is another. Trump has a peculiar way of speaking about bankruptcy: He has a deep aversion to the … Continue reading

If Trump Sues Cruz, Then Cruz Gets To Question Trump Under Oath!

Ted Cruz revealed Wednesday that Donald Trump had threatened to sue him (again) over a campaign ad, one that shows Trump calling himself “very pro-choice.” Cruz’s response (said smiling): Sue me. The Cease and Desist letter, dated Tuesday from Trump attorney Jeffrey Goldman, threatens legal action over Cruz’s ad that shows a 1999 clip of Trump claiming he would not ban partial-birth abortions, the campaign said. “So Donald, I would encourage you if you want to file a lawsuit challenging this ad, claiming it is defamation, file the lawsuit,” Cruz said. According to Fox News’ legal analyst Judge Napolitano, it’s a … Continue reading

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire!

From: townhall.com,  by Rebecca Hagelin,  on Feb 15, 2016,  see the article HERE. “Liar, liar, pants on fire!” The schoolyard bully that would be president, Donald Trump, now daily reaches such new lows of sophomoric language and behavior that even seasoned political watchers who have “seen it all” are shaking their heads. He’s being so childish that it would have been no surprise had he added the “pants on fire” part to his tantrum against Ted Cruz Saturday night. If the stakes weren’t so high, it might be amusing to watch the Donald have his temper tantrums: from the bright red face, … Continue reading

Cognitive Dissonance and the Followers of Donald Trump

From: townhall.com,  by Michael Brown,  on Feb 15, 2016,  see the article HERE. When the legendary boxing promoter Bob Arum was challenged about the veracity of one of his past statements, he famously replied, “Yesterday I was lying, today I am telling the truth.” This leads to the obvious question, “But Mr. Arum, what will you tell us tomorrow?” There is something about Arum’s line that reminds me of Donald Trump, except that: 1) Arum was not running for the office of the President of the United States; and 2) Trump could say the same thing that Arum did but … Continue reading

GOP Debate: Trump verges on tantrums; Rubio, Bush and Cruz all have solid night

From: foxnews.com,  by John Fund,  on Feb 14, 2016,  see the article HERE. The ninth Republican debate was the nastiest. Gone were the early debate focuses on pointing out differences with Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. This was hand-to-hand combat on Saturday night with no insult unsaid. “You are probably worse than Jeb Bush. You are the single biggest liar,” Donald Trump told Ted Cruz after the Texas senator referred to the real estate mogul’s penchant for backing liberal positions. “This guy will say anything. Nasty guy. Now I know why he doesn’t have one endorsement from any of his colleagues.” Cruz … Continue reading

Donald Trump is Negotiating with Voters

Donald Trump is Negotiating with Voters I believe that Donald Trump views his presidential campaign as another negotiation. He’s negotiating with voters for a prize; the presidency. He represents himself on one side of the negotiating table and the voters, en masse, are on the other. It’s like he’s negotiating with a very large Board of Directors. He’s trying to convince a majority of the voters to see things his way and reward him with their votes. A problem for the voters (I’ll call them Primary Voters, or PV) is that the PV entity is made up of millions of … Continue reading

The Pesky Truth Gazette Interviews Donald Trump [satire]

Vol III, number H Our intrepid political reporter Rhyce Saroni was privileged to secure a brief interview with the leading candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, Donald J. Trump. Saroni caught Trump exiting a trendy hair products store (Got a Wild Hair?) in Manhattan and the candidate agreed to answer a few questions. PT: “Buying some hair products, Mr. Trump?” TRUMP: “No, I was checking out the display for my terrific new hair product, Trump Super Epoxy Hair Gel.” PT: “Wow, epoxy hair gel sounds like some really strong stuff.” TRUMP: “Well, let me just say, while checking out one of my many construction … Continue reading

Donald Trump – in his own words

From: theresurgent.com,  by Erick Erickson,  on Feb 5, 2016,  see the article HERE. I can hear the wailing and teeth gnashing already … “those statements are old,” “his position has changed,” “he no longer believes that,” etc., etc., etc. One thing that cannot be refuted is that you’ve just seen Donald Trump make those statements, state his positions, and voice his beliefs. True, he MAY have changed his mind on some of them since, but this video montage shows The Donald stating those positions as gospel at the time that he made them – he certainly believed them then. And he certainly … Continue reading

Donald Trump’s Campaign, Billed as Self-Funded, Risks Little of His Fortune

From: msn.com,  by Nicholas Confessore and Sarah Cohen,  on Feb 5, 2016,  see the article HERE. MANCHESTER, N.H. — Donald J. Trump once boasted that he could someday be the only person to turn a profit running for president. He may be closer than anyone realizes. Mr. Trump’s campaign spent just $12.4 million in 2015, according to disclosures filed with the Federal Election Commission, millions less than any of his leading rivals for the Republican nomination. More than half of Mr. Trump’s total spending was covered by checks from his supporters, who have thronged to his stump speeches and bought … Continue reading

Mr. Trump, What is ‘Not Worth It’?

From: townhall.com,  by Machael Brown,  on Feb 3, 2016,  see the article HERE. In the aftermath of Donald Trump’s second place finish to Ted Cruz in Iowa, his Twitter feed was surprisingly silent for fifteen hours, a near eternity for the very vocal, Twitter-friendly billionaire. When he did resume tweeting, he did it with typical aplomb, first with positive words about Iowa, and then with one tweet that generated a lot of attention and criticism. But what exactly did he mean? At 11:39 AM, Feb. 2, he tweeted: “I don’t believe I have been given any credit by the voters … Continue reading

Donald Trump (whose pants are on fire) is Proclaimed “King of Whoppers”

Right up front I’ll confess that I’m not a Trump supporter. If you prefer to read articles that extol Donald Trump’s righteous braggadocio, this piece is not for you. In this post you’ll find summarized rulings gathered from two well-known fact-checking authorities and they call Donald Trump’s honesty into question – big time. If you’re a Trump supporter, you may not like the results their rulings represent – it ain’t pretty. Frankly, I admit that I don’t put a lot of stock in the rulings by these so-called fact-checking entities since I’ve seen so many of their conclusions that I believed to be factually inaccurate. As a conservative, I … Continue reading

Why Trump Is Now Losing

From: townhall.com,  by Kevin McCullough,  on Jan 31, 2016,  see the article HERE. I hear the words of the establishment coming out of Donald Trump supporters, just like I heard them from Mitt Romney supporters, and just like I heard them from John McCain supporters. I’ve even heard them from Donald’s mouth personally. “People should vote for me because I’m winning and I’m a winner,” he has continually said some semblance of over and over throughout his time on the trail. He then cites a series of always national polls that show him leading in those polls that study opinion … Continue reading

How Poker Explains Donald Trump’s Campaign

From: Time.com,  by Alex Altman/Des Moines,  on Jan 30, 2016,  see the article HERE. Trump’s principles of political warfare mirror the poker players’ handbook Ask Donald Trump why he’d make a good president, and the real-estate tycoon has a ready answer. “I am a great deal-maker,” he boasts. Maybe so. But it doesn’t explain the rocket rise of Trump’s candidacy, which has been marked by few (if any) meaningful deals. There is, however, a particular talent that Trump has consistently flashed during the GOP nominating contest. He is, by far, the best poker player in the Republican field. Poker is … Continue reading

No More “Islamophobia”

. No More “Islamophobia”   Posted by John Velisek USN (Ret.) on January 29, 2016 There was a debate last night, and some of us actually watched it. I was struck by the intelligence shown by all of the candidates, although I do not think any of the positions that they already held will change. It is my opinion that Iowa is wide open, and there will really be no answers until Monday night or Tuesday morning. For some reason, the Republican National Committee thought having “you tube superstars” ask questions would be a good idea. Because you can have … Continue reading

Where Was Donald?

At the risk of becoming a “one-trick pony,” I can’t help but do another piece on Donald Trump. He’s an endless font of material and new material seems to show up daily. In this essay, I’m going to try to convince some of Donald Trump’s followers that he’s much more interested in what this nomination process can do for HIM, than its function as a mechanism of choosing a president. That should be painfully evident by his decision to skip the Iowa debate. The debates are designed to expose the candidates to the American voters. They give voters better insight … Continue reading

For Years, Trump’s Charity Gave Veterans Little More Than Peanuts

Now he wants to use them as political props From: weeklystandard.com,  by John McCormack,  on Jan 27, 2016,  see article HERE. Emphasis is Garnet92’s. Donald Trump says he’s skipping the final debate before the Iowa caucuses on Thursday night because he’s upset with Fox News and debate moderator Megyn Kelly. Trump will instead hold a “special event to benefit veterans organizations” in Iowa, according to a campaign press release. But the event could come off as a cheap political stunt exploiting veterans, especially because the Donald J Trump Foundation has been far from generous to veterans organizations over the years. … Continue reading

The Pesky Truth Gazette, Vol III, Number G

  Vol III, Number G Donald Trump Has a Morning Ritual That Reveals Who He Really Is. According to Business Insider contributor and author Michael D’Antonio, who wrote “Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success,” Trump begins each day with something of a strange ritual seemingly aimed at boosting his ego. [Does his ego really NEED boosting?] He starts every day around 6:00 or 6:30 by reviewing a stack of clippings of newspaper and magazine articles pertaining to him. These clippings are specially prepared for him by an aide, most likely in an effort to keep him up-to-date on what … Continue reading