The “Make America White Again” Crusade Continues, Starring Donald J. Trump & Friends

Because he has done so well among all demographic groups in the Republican primaries so far, Donald deftly added one last (unexpected) constituency hostage this past week… everyone who didn’t attend the Wharton School of Finance and other assorted dummies. (“I love the poorly educated”). With that clean sweep, it was time to get back around to solidifying his original base, so Trump pivoted back to racists, bigots, neo-Nazis, and white supremacists over the weekend.

1. Demonstrating the wise, contemplative demeanor of a seasoned leader,  Trump retweeted a Mussolini quote that had been placed out there by Gawker.  They explain how they reeled in the Greatest Negotiator Ever… The Man Who Cannot Be Fooled…. here.Screen shot 2016-02-28 at 2.40.38 PM

Like any street thug, dictator, or strongman bully creep, Trump LOVED it and wanted to share it with the world as if it were his own thought. Here’s the exchange on Meet the Press with Chuck Todd, as he defends the indefensible. Remember, this highly educated moron/oaf DIDN’T apparently recognize or have the common knowledge that Mussolini was known as “il duce,”– the leader, the chief.

TODD: You know right now on Twitter, there is a trending retweet of yours. You tweeted someone from “ilduce2016″ — it was a Mussolini quote, but you didn’t know it was Mussolini when you retweeted it, it said, “It is better to live one day as a lion than one hundred years as a sheep.”* That’s a famous Mussolini quote, you retweeted it, do you like the quote? Did you know it was Mussolini?

TRUMP: It’s okay to know it’s Mussolini. Yeah, look Mussolini was Mussolini. Its a very good quote, it’s a very interesting quote, and I know it… I saw it… I saw what… I know who said it. But what difference does it make whether it’s Mussolini or somebody else? It’s certainly a very interesting quote.

TODD: Well…

TRUMP: That’s probably why…

TODD: Mussolini…

TRUMP: I, between Facebook and Twitter…

TODD: …was a fascist.

TRUMP: …have fourteen million people who…

TODD: …do you want to be associated…

TRUMP: …want to be able to vote. It’s a very interesting quote and people can talk about it.

TODD: Do you want to be associated with a fascist?

TRUMP: No, I want to be associated with interesting quotes, and people, I have almost fourteen million people between Instagram and Facebook and Twitter, and all of that and we do interesting things. And I sent it out, and it certainly got your attention didn’t it?

TODD: Well, it is trending on Twitter right now. Mister Trump, I have to leave it there. Stay safe on the trail. We’ll see you Super Tuesday. It could be a big night for you.

2.  “Will you unequivocally condemn (former KKK Grand Wizard) David Duke and say that you don’t want his vote and that of other white supremacists in this election?” Jake Tapper asked Trump on CNN’s “State of the Union.” As always, when trapped, Trump lied and lied and lied. Or that tall bubble he lives in on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan is more insulated than we thought. “I don’t know anything about David Duke, OK? I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists. So I don’t know. I mean, I Screen shot 2016-02-28 at 2.50.20 PMdon’t know — did he endorse me or what’s going on? Because I know nothing about David Duke. I know nothing about white supremacists. And so you’re asking me a question that I’m supposed to be talking about people that I know nothing about.”

 

3.  Ever since last week’s debate, Trump has been out trashing US District Judge Gonzalo Curiel. According to Business Insider: “at a Saturday rally in Arkansas, Trump discussed the “Hispanic” judge while panning a lawsuit against Trump University, which critics accuse of being a scam. “I think the judge has been extremely hostile to me. I think it has to do with, perhaps with I’m very, very strong on the border — very, very strong on the border,” Trump told Wallace. “We have a very hostile judge. Now, he is Hispanic, I believe, and he is a very hostile judge to me.” Wallace seemed perplexed. “Why even bring up that he’s Hispanic? I mean, it does raise the question,” he asked Trump. Trump said he brought up the judge’s ethnic background because the media reports on how Hispanic voters have an unfavorable opinion of his candidacy. Trump famously launched his campaign last summer while accusing the Mexican government of sending rapists and murderers across the border. “Because you always bring it up, Chris. Because you always say how the Hispanics don’t like Donald Trump. You always bring it up in your poll numbers. You say the Hispanics don’t like Donald Trump. You’re Screen shot 2016-02-28 at 2.57.21 PMthe one that brings it up,” Trump said. “I don’t think I ever brought it up,” Wallace replied.

Funny, I could barely recognize Judge Curiel as Hispanic without the sombrero.  I mistook him for a real American.  He was approved by the US Senate in a voice vote in 2012.

 

The Five Establishment Stages of Nominee Trump: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance

 

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Thursday night in North Charleston during the Fox Business Cavalcade of Liars, Ted Cruz, world-class sleazeball, launched a laser-guided call to Iowa Evangelicals to reject “New York values,” defined as “socially liberal or pro-abortion or pro-gay marriage. Focus [is] around money and the media.”  He fake apologized the next day, as noted here by CNN.  Screen shot 2016-01-16 at 1.00.11 PM

Donald Trump channeled his Inner Rudy and responded by invoking 9/11, saying “….no place on earth” could have handled the events “more beautifully, more humanely.  I’ve never seen anything like it. And the people in New York fought and fought and fought, and we saw more death and even the smell of death—nobody understood it… And it was with us for months. The smell. The air. And we rebuilt downtown Manhattan, and everybody in the world watched, and everybody in the world loved New York and loved New Yorkers, and I have to tell you, that was a very insulting statement that Ted made.”  Yes, boys and girls, Donald Trump was hurt both personally and on behalf of all New Yorkers by Cruz’s vicious, nasty words. A session or two with some high-quality Gotham grief counselors should help him get over it.

If Trump’s polling momentum becomes real voting momentum in the upcoming races in Iowa and New Hampshire and beyond, that response may be taken for the moment Trump moved from blustering cartoon character/reality show clown to real human being. With one allegedly from-the-heart moment, a guy who has been willing to say anything about anything and anyone to get attention is transformed?  All is forgiven?  Because of a prepared beatdown of Loathsome Ted?  Nicely summarized here by Peter Wehner, establishment Republican, in a NY Times piece called Why I Will Never Vote for Donald Trump… recall some of the fact-free bile spewed by Trump, the Leader of Angry America, Pissed Off and Proud of It: 

It is little surprise, then, that many of Mr. Trump’s most celebrated pronouncements and promises — to quickly and “humanely” expel 11 million illegal immigrants, to force Mexico to pay for the wall he will build on our southern border, to defeat the Islamic State “very quickly” while as a bonus taking its oil, to bar Muslims from immigrating to the United States — are nativistic pipe dreams and public relations stunts. Even more disqualifying is Mr. Trump’s temperament. He is erratic, inconsistent and unprincipled. He possesses a streak of crudity and cruelty that manifested itself in how he physically mocked a Times journalist with a disability, ridiculed Senator John McCain for being a P.O.W., made a reference to “blood” intended to degrade a female journalist and compared one of his opponents to a child molester.

Never letting a chance to play the aggrieved victim pass, New York City itself feigned offense at Cruz’s “New York values” taunt.

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The reviews came flowing in after the last debate, lauding Trump as showing decency, spontaneity, sincerity, a humanity that we had not seen during the campaign.  Really?  C’mon….. are you that naive to believe Trump wasn’t just repeating his standard 9/11 spiel and using it to answer a question that was never actually posed to shut down Cruz?  Cruz didn’t ask, “Donald, how did New Yorkers, many of whom are pro-choice social liberals, respond after 9/11?”  Because Trump is every bit the Masterdebater that Harvard Law grad Ted Cruz is, he technically whacked Ted with his response.  The ever-enabling media of all stripes fawned over the moment, and since then we’ve seen a quick slide to stage 5 of the Five Stages of Trump Steamrolling the Party…. acceptance…

….coming from the guy, who if he’d had his way, would have taken over the rebuilding of downtown Manhattan, rebuilding the World Trade Center with taller buildings that would have been called Trump Towers Too.  Ok, I made up that last part.  He wanted them called Twin Towers Two.  I apologize to everyone who was offended by my insult, even though Trump said in 2009: “I’d rather have nothing than what they’re building…. It’s a terrible design. It was designed by an egghead architect who really doesn’t have a lot of experience at designing something like this.” Sounds a bit like some sour grapes from a guy who got rejected as the Rebuilding Face of NY for the project.

I’m surprised Trump isn’t already selling those “We Are All Donald” tees in shops and on the streets in the NY metropolitan area.

I want my country back– AMERICAN CONSUMER EDITION. The Quality Goes In Before the name goes on.

I was beginning to get nervous about the survival of the United States, which annually must fight The War on Christmas, as I awaited retail sales figures surrounding Black Friday.  A percent or two in the wrong direction could mean the War may be lost and we’re doomed.  I couldn’t help but notice the number of defective products and services offered in our economy these days as I opened an envelope from Honda telling me I have to AGAIN take my ’06 Accord to get the air bag thing replaced.  Sure this had already been taken care of back in June, I called the dealer and they said this time it’s the passenger air bag thing they’re going to replace, out of an abundance of caution…. my favorite phrase that covers terrorism, recalled products, and all school closings due to more than 1/8 inch of snow.  Amazingly, Takata, the Japanese company that made those things, is over 30 million defective airbag inflators in the hole…. and is still in the business!  I was going to stop at Chipotle for a quick meal on the way over to the dealer, but decided to pass on that due to something called, “headline risk.” That’s where you don’t read beyond the headline, you ignore the facts (like that you’re 300 miles away from a state with documented cases, any danger is probably already past, and the company is working overtime to fix the problem) and unfairly punish a quality entity like Chipotle because there are so many other choices that aren’t in the headlines.

SEARCH FOR SOURCE OF CHIPOTLE E.COLI FACES BIG HURDLES, CDC SAYS-Fox NEWS

Sometimes I eat super-cheap at Costco…. nice alternative… a slice of pizza or a hotdog satisfies, but that’s off the table for now, too.   More headline risk:

E. COLI TIED TO COSTCO MORE DANGEROUS THAN CHIPOTLE OUTBREAK-ABC NEWS

Health officials urged people who bought chicken salad at any U.S. Costco store on or before Friday to throw it away, even if no one has gotten sick.  That’s enough to prompt me to head over the the Consumer Product Safety Commission page to see what else is a danger to my life, even beyond food.  First, I see that Home Depot somehow has not bothered to stop selling 28 different products under recall notice from 2012 to 2015. Ladders that collapse, smoke detectors that don’t detect smoke, and electric ranges that never turn off even after you’ve turned them off.  Mistakes were made. The government’s even recalling The Bostich Electric Pencil Sharpener due to a shock hazard.  I know what you’re thinking….. who the bleep is still using pencils so much that the act of sharpening them STILL needs to be done in one of those electric pencil sharpeners that only the Screen shot 2015-11-26 at 11.20.27 AMcool kids had….. in 1967?  And does the shock hazard occur from just sticking the wooden pencil in there, or do you have to be trying to sharpen your finger?  What was wrong with this one, anyway?

 

RECALL ON BOSTITCH ELECTRIC PENCIL SHARPENERS-WFMY/News 2

 

This concludes my holiday salute to the late Andy Rooney.  Ah, for the days of simplicity and everything made in Amurica, like Zenith (now an LG child)  Happy Thanksgiving!!