Rush Limbaugh: Anatomy of an Obsession

It’s important, as we careen towards November, that Rush Limbaugh‘s single-minded focus on the Clintons is the main reason that his media empire grew to such great heights during the 1990s. At this point, lobbing verbal bombs at Hillary seems almost reflexive. Listeners would tune in on their radios daily during the Clinton administration to hear Rush attacking Bill and Hillary for any number of sins (Whitewater, Travelgate, etc.)

And so it came to pass that the radio show wasn’t enough of a platform for spotlighting the sins of Bill and Hillary Clinton. Rush Limbaugh, the TV show ran in syndication for four years and was produced by future Fox News head honcho Roger Ailes. In fact, there has been much speculation that had the Limbaugh TV show been more successful, Ailes would not have been available to crank up Fox News

Limbaugh’s television show was supposed to be an conservative alternative to those late night shows that were (allegedly) brainwashing America with their liberal slant. After all, how many times did parents shake their head in horror at some lefty drivel spouted by Arsenio Hall (answer: None)

One particular incident from the Limbaugh TV show is particularly instructive and we’ll work from this source material

It was November 6, 1992 and America had just elected it’s first Baby Boomer president. Millions of Americans were becoming comfortable with the First Family to be and the prospect of having the first child in the White House since Amy Carter in the 1970s. This You Tube video is our best visual preservation of Mr. Limbaugh’s TV show from 11/06/92 and a transcript will help us navigate what happened

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It’s unclear why Mr. Limbaugh is wearing a hat which appears to rep Yale. I’m not sure if he’s paying tribute to his fallen leader, George H.W. Bush or sending a bat signal to his future leader, George W. Bush, but I’m sure that, whatever the reason, it’s hilarious. Perhaps Yale had just instructed women on campus that “no means no” or some other liberal claptrap

In any case, the master is riffing on a piece by David Hinckley of the New York Daily News

So, my friends, in today’s New York Daily News right here, holding it here in my formerly nicotine-stained fingers, it’s the obligatory in-out list. Every time there’s a massive change somewhere, people are in, people are out. I’m now out. It says about me on here, Rush Limbaugh, loud-mouthed conservative and Bush favorite, trusts no one to the left of Pat Buchanan. He’s out.’ You know, they wish. In their dreams

The crowd slavishly applauds, as though fed their cue from a blinking sign in a television studio. Oh, wait!

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David Hinckley of–of the New York Daily News wrote this, and what he has–he’s got–it’s very strange. He says, In: A cute kid in the White House. Out: Cute dog in the White House.’ Could–could we see the cute kid? Let’s take a look at–see who is the cute kid in the White House

He pivots, like a true pro, to see what’s on the monitor. This pops us

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He then mock protests, as though he is terribly offended

No, no, no. That’s not the kid

Then, this picture shows upLimbaugh4

That’s–that’s the kid. We’re trying to..

Crowd applauds because the sign tells them to

Later, El Rushbo pleads

There I go. My friends, I apologize again. I — that’s the third time the crew makes a mistake by showing you Millie the dog when I intended to show you Chelsea Clinton, and then I followed with that terrible story. I’m — I hope you’ll forgive me. I’m fatigued. I’m tired. I really don’t — in fact, you know what I’ll do? Let’s pretend this is a daytime talk show and that I’m a guest on, say, Sally, Phil or whatever. How can I make amends to you for what I just did? I can spank myself. People who spank themselves, next RUSH. Watch this. (Rush stands)

I’ll do it with my left hand. I — I’m right-handed, so it won’t hurt as much. Do it with my left hand.

(Rush spanks himself, screaming and crying; written on screen, Ouch!!!’)

It’s actually much worse when you realize that he admitted they did that joke three (3) times. In various forums over the years, Limbaugh has claimed it was a technical error, which is a lie because:

  1. His television show was pre-recorded (vs. live), so any technical errors could have been fixed with editing before air
  2. Otherwise, what’s the damn joke

On November 10, 1992, Limbaugh offered a “heartfelt” apology

And I’m terribly sorry. I don’t — look, that takes no talent whatsoever and I have a lot of talent. I don’t need to get laughs by commenting on people’s looks, especially a young child who’s done nothing wrong. I mean, she can’t control the way she looks. And we really — we do not — we do not do that on this kind of show. So put a picture up of her now and so we can square this.

(Photo shown of Bill and Chelsea Clinton, who is making a sour face)

(Laughter and applause)

Bearing one’s soul is often an emotional exercise

One of my favorite stories from the Limbaugh canon is when Rush and Bill came face-to-face at a New York restaurant in 2007. Longtime Limbaugh listeners might have expected Rush to spew invectives at Clinton, detailing how he’d ruined the country, or some such thing

Instead…

I reached out my hand, “Mr. President, it’s a pleasure to meet you”. We shook hands and so forth , and he hung around for two or three minutes, maybe five

Here’s hoping that in the future, Limbaugh comes into contact with former President Hillary Rodham Clinton at some swanky Manhattan steakhouse. And, in my mind’s eye, they exchange pleasantries and chat amiably for a few minutes, as Limbaugh’s current wife tells him to turn up his hearing aid

But, would you really blame her if she slapped the snot out of him?

NASCAR is Dying

NOTE: In this piece, NASCAR refers to the Sprint Cup Series, which is NASCAR’s premiere series and what most people think of when they think of the term NASCAR

I’d like to think that the current death spiral for NASCAR started when it’s chief executive endorsed the Klan’s favorite presidential candidate

But, that’s a little simplistic. As far as I can tell, NASCAR’s current problems began on February 18, 2001. Dale Earnhardt died on the last lap of the Daytona 500 and the sport has been looking for the next Intimidator ever since Again, a little simplistic, but there’s an element of truth to it. In a sport where the old-timers always talk about how things will never be as good as the “good old days,” it’s just not possible that any of today’s drivers will ever measure up to Dale Earnhardt, Sr. Think about it: Earnhardt probably knew real moonshine runners, the people who founded the sport. His father and grandfather raced on dirt tracks for money that barely covered their expenses. With all due respect to legacy driver Austin Dillon (an immensely talented star who pilots the number 3 car made famous by Earnhardt), do you think Austin rolled around on the garage floor looking for ball bearings the night before he drove 300 miles to go make twenty bucks at a dirt track? But, is that even what NASCAR is about? Is the “dirt track hero” narrative something that excites today’s younger consumers/fans? After all, today’s NASCAR (particularly the Sprint Cup series) is less about Jim Bob and more about Jimmy John’s™ being “freaky fast” The numbers tell a striking story. The first five races of the season showed steep declines in television viewership

Daytona — 6.6 final rating (down 14% from 2015), 11.4 million viewers (down 15%) Atlanta — 4.1 final rating (down 27%), 6.8 million viewers (down 28%) Las Vegas — 4.4 final rating (down 4%), 7.2 million viewers (down 7%) Phoenix — 4.0 final rating (down slightly), 6.6 million viewers (down 5%) Fontana — 4.0 final rating (down 7%), 6.8 million viewers (down 7%)

And it hasn’t gotten better since then

NASCAR Sprint Cup racing from Charlotte earned a 3.2 overnight rating on FOX Sunday evening, down 11% from last year (3.6), down 18% from 2014 (3.9) and the lowest overnight for the race since moving to FOX in 2001 — including rainouts. The race has now set or tied a multi-year low in five of the past seven seasons and each of the past three. Overnight ratings have now declined for all-but-three Sprint Cup races this year, with seven of the 13 down by double-digits and six hitting a multi-year low. The 3.2 overnight is not just low by Charlotte standards, tying the second-lowest overnight for any Sunday Sprint Cup race on FOX. This season has produced the three lowest Sunday overnights, with Bristol also earning a 3.2 and Richmond setting the low bar at 2.9

We’re living in a UFC world. There’s a reason that UFC is being valued at $4 billion. It’s because, more than any sports entity this century, they’ve adapted to the digital lifestyle of young consumers. It’s very easy for UFC fans to share clips on social media with their friends. It’s easy for UFC fans to interact during big fights on twitter, which has become the best sports bar ever. Unless NASCAR pushes fans to share spectacular crashes, which seems a bit morbid, they’re probably not going to be social media friendly. Coca-Cola™ isn’t in the snuff film business Which, gets to the heart of the problem: NASCAR has become too corporate. With billion-dollar brands as part of the equation, it’s impossible for anybody to have any fun. It’s one thing for Jethro to fight Clem, but when it becomes Metro PCS™ endorser slugging it out with Skittles™ spokesperson, it becomes a little less dangerous and a lot more boring So, given the unassailable facts, what is NASCAR to do? So far, a lot of nothing. And, to be fair, in today’s media landscape, there is value to being able to attract an audience of 5 or 6 or 7 million viewers. So, the big brains who run the sport will continue to point to that and not address existential problems which threaten the future of the sport Which brings us back to this guy

 

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He’s been repeating that he got more votes than any Republican presidential candidate ever received in history (also true of Mitt Romney in ’12 and John McCain in ’08, etc.). He insists that he’s energized the base. He brags that he’ll bring new people into the fold Meanwhile, America has changed. It’s less white, less male-dominated, and more diverse. The America that could have elected Donald Trump president isn’t there anymore. And, due to the sycophantic bubble he lives in, he won’t make the changes he needs to in order to appeal to more people because he doesn’t think he needs to make any changes Which means we should be pretty close to a NASCAR driver who debuts by wrecking half the field and fighting the other half. He’ll curse profusely in interviews on national television and smoke unfiltered Camel™ cigarettes as he signs women’s ample breasts unapologetically in front of their children. He’ll do Fireball™ shots at the drivers’ meeting and make You Tube videos of him wiping his rear end with NASCAR fine notices. And NASCAR will enjoy a spike in popularity, but the march towards irrelevance will continue On the hood of his car: Make Racing Great Again

Kenneth Starr, Jesse Helms, and Bill Clinton

As Donald Trump continues his I Love the 90s tour, it’s instructive to look back and remember some of the details relating to the impeachment of our 42nd president

Kenneth Starr was a pivotal character in the impeachment of Bill Clinton. He had been appointed as a special investigator to look into Whitewater. For those of you not old enough to remember, Whitewater was the Benghazi of it’s time: Conservatives relentlessly pursued it, knowing that it would end the Clintons. In the end, nothing was there. There’s a reason that Donald Trump doesn’t add this to the litany of Hillary’s sins. Even he knows the witch hunt was bollocks

It seems impossible to believe, but the expansion of the Whitewater investigation lead us down the primrose path to the discovery of Monica Lewinsky and her affair with President Clinton. Conservatives were so enraged at Bill Clinton and his “far left” policies that they went to great lengths to try to destroy him, politically. One of the political figures most intent on destroying Clinton was North Carolina’s senior senator, Jesse Helms

Helms served thirty years in the United States Senate and delighted his supporters by mocking Ted Kennedy and, generally, opposing anything that didn’t help Big Tobacco. Helms said no quite frequently and he said it loudly. This earned him the title of “Senator No”, which he wore proudly

By the time the 90s dawned, Mr. Helms needed some new material. His homophobia still scored points for the fans, but he needed a little something that let him pivot and refresh his act. Enter Slick Willie

Bill Clinton stood in stark contrast to Jesse Helms. He was handsome, well-spoken, Ivy educated…hell, Bill Clinton had even been to Europe…AND LOVED IT! Jesse Helms made it his life’s work to hound Bill and Hillary Clinton, with some help from his buddy Lauch Faircloth

In one particular episode, Mr. Helms said that if Mr. Clinton was so popular on military bases in North Carolina that “he’d better have a bodyguard” if the president visited. Mr. Helms quickly called the comment “a mistake”, but his fans loved it

And, so it was, that when it came time to appoint a special investigator to Whitewater, Mr. Helms made sure his lawyer buddy from the Big Tobacco wars was put in charge: Mr. Starr

Mr. Starr has been in the news a bit recently. First, he made some surprising comments about the man who was impeached, in great part, thanks to his efforts

His genuine empathy for human beings is absolutely clear. It is powerful, it is palpable. The folks of Arkansas really understood that

 

Umm…thanks? I can only imagine the mix of emotion that must have entered Bill Clinton’s mind when he read that

Also, Kenneth Starr may or not still be president of Baylor University

So, you see, when you see Donald Trump revisiting Monica Lewinsky and the impeachment of Bill Clinton, it’s another great gift from the wellspring that is/was Jesse Helms. His legacy lives long and now his words are coming out of the mouth of a tangerine billionaire

On behalf of the citizens of North Carolina, you’re welcome

A Thousand Words

 

Photo credit: Mark Binker, WRAL.com (twitter.com/binker)
Photo credit: Mark Binker, WRAL.com (twitter.com/binker)

What you see above is a man who finally understands that his empire is crumbling. We’ve been given few glimpses in history to the exact moment that someone realizes it’s over. Governor Pat McCrory finally realized he had followed a path of doom around 1:30 pm on April 19th, 2016. That’s when he was informed that the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against barring Gavin Grimm, who was born a woman, but identifies as a man, from using the men’s restroom. Legal experts say that the ruling puts North Carolina’s controversial HB2 out of commission

Maxine Eichner, a University of North Carolina law professor who is an expert on sexual orientation and the law, said the ruling — the first of its kind by a federal appeals court — means the provision of North Carolina’s law pertaining to restroom use by transgender students in schools that receive federal funds also is invalid

“The effects of this decision on North Carolina are clear,” she said, adding that a judge in that state will have no choice but to apply the appeals court’s ruling

Already, some are comparing the McCrory pic to this

Andy Card tells President Bush America has been attacked
Andy Card tells President Bush America has been attacked

Shortly after 9:00 am on September 11th, 2001, President George W. Bush was told by Chief-of-Staff Andrew Card that planes has crashed into the World Trade Center. That wasn’t the photo that struck me when I saw McCory’s moment. This one was

Y.A. Tittle

That is Hall of Fame quarterback Y.A. Tittle, photographed on September 20, 1964 as a member of the New York Giants, after being hit by John Baker of the Pittsburgh Steelers at the old Pitt Stadium. Tittle suffered a concussion and a cracked sternum on the play. He would play the rest of the season, but the once-mighty Giants finished with worst record in the league. In 1963, he threw 36 TD passes (a record that stood until Dan Marino broke it in 1984) and earned MVP honors. The next year, he was done

The photo became one of the most celebrated sports photographs of the entire 20th century. It captured a celebrated athlete at a moment of vulnerability, at a time when sports media portrayed football players as masked gladiators, conquering any obstacle they pleased. Humanity wasn’t part of the equation in 1964. Tittle would be tagged as “weak” and “helpless” for many year thanks to his moment captured in time

Ironically, the photo was beneficial to Baker, who used it when he ran for Sheriff of Wake County, NC (where he was born and raised) in 1978. He won and served for 25 years. Wake County is where Pat McCrory lives…for a little while longer

It was only yesterday that the fresh-faced former Mayor Pat took the oath-of-office and became the monstrous Governor Pat. Currently, North Carolina is a national punchline and McCrory shoulders a large portion of the blame. He continues to squawk that his solutions are “common sense”. He goes on television with a smile that’s so forced that it’s surely been applied with a sandblaster. Mr. Binker’s picture is a true glimpse inside McCrory’s soul. The consultants are far away and he’s trapped with his own thoughts. The neurons fire rapidly and he searches for the moment it all went wrong

Back to our friend, Mr. Tittle: He finally learned to embrace that awful photo. In 2009, he put it on the back cover of his autobiography. He told the Los Angeles Times

That was the end of my road. It was the end of my dream. It was over

Pat McCrory has just awoken from his dream. Let’s hope North Carolina is about to awake from it’s nightmare

 

Joe Paterno Endorses Donald Trump

On Thursday’s Brad & Britt Podcast we chatted with former Penn State coach Joe Paterno. Paterno’s name was in the news because Donald Trump held a rally in Pittsburgh Wednesday and seemed unaware that Mr. Paterno has been dead for four years

Paterno chatted with Brad and Britt and informed them that things are great in heaven and that he fully supports Trump’s presidential bid. Paterno also revealed that he lunches regularly with other legendary coaches like Ohio State’s Woody Hayes and Alabama’s Paul “Bear” Bryant. Paterno goes on the congratulate North Carolina for passing their controversial “bathroom bill” and says that Governor “Scotty McCreery” is doing a fine job running The Old North State

JoePa is asked about Johnny Manziel a/k/a “Johnny Football” and what he would do about the unruly first round pick from Texas A&M. The legendary coach said, in no uncertain terms, that Manziel could greatly benefit from the “tough love” that he and the other coaches in heaven (like Bryant or Michigan legend Bo Schembechler) could provide

As for the social situation in heaven, Mr. Paterno informed us that once you get beyond the pearly gates, it’s not required that you be faithful to the person you married on earth. Mr. Paterno feels this is a great selling point that is being overlooked and he’s encouraged the management of heaven to really emphasize this great benefit, as it would motivate many people to seek The Kingdom of Heaven

Finally, Mr. Paterno is asked about the late actress Natalie Wood, in light of Wood’s husband, Robert Wagner, finally talking about her death after 35 years. Paterno says that he sees Ms. Wood on a regular basis and she evens puts on shows for everyone in heaven and she, apparently, looks amazing. Paterno leaves us with a hearty “Go Penn State!”

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Interview: NC Senator Dan Blue (D) On NC’s HB2

Brad and Britt spoke with NC state Senator Dan Blue (D) about North Carolina’s controversial HB2 law, the so-called “Bathroom Bill”. Blue detailed the special session of the General Assembly that took place in March and how Democrats were completely shut out of any discussion about HB2

Blue went on to detail the economic damage done to the state, including the cancellation of a PayPal operations center in Charlotte, which would have provided about 400 jobs. Deutsche Bank, Red Hat, and many others have decided against planned expansions in North Carolina. Additionally, Charlotte and Raleigh have both reported several conventions or gatherings that have either cancelled or said they will not consider coming to the state, costing North Carolinians millions in hotel tax revenues, restaurant revenue, and related revenues

Blue stated that it was his hope that Governor McCrory and Republican leaders will see the light and repeal HB2 so that North Carolina’s image can recover nationally. Brad and Britt bring up the fact that tourism season in the state is just beginning and many NC families rely on tourism to put bread on the table. A tourism boycott could severely hurt North Carolina families. Additionally, North Carolina agriculture is a $70 billion a year industry that could suffer from a boycott

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Occasional Trump Dump 03/22/16

THE BIG STORY: The day started with news of the attacks in Brussels and ended with DJT threatening The Cruzer’s Old Lady. Let’s dig in…

Trump predictably exploited the tragedy in Belgium and used it to push (again) for torture when it comes to terrorism suspects

“We need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized”

No word on what constitutes a “Muslim neigborhood” (it’s down at the end of Crescent Street, it’s Jihad Hotel…you’ll be so lonely baby…you’ll be so lonely baby…you’ll say Allahu Akbar). Trump also took to the twitter to criticize Obama for staying in Cuba

He was also nice enough to throw down an “I Told You So”

History has taught us, great leaders know how to heal in times of trouble and nothing is more soothing than an “I Told You So”. Millions of Belgians slept more peacefully tonight because Donald J. Trump’s ego rubbed one out

For the record, the above tweet was published two hours and five minutes before

Remember when Jesus said “I knew you dumbasses were going to run out of bread and fish” before he fed the multitude?

You really must read this transcript of DJT’s Monday meeting with The Washington Post‘s editorial board. It’s kind of the greatest thing ever published. So many highlights, allow me to hit a few

HIATT: Well, forget Freddie Gray, but in general, do you believe there are disparities in law enforcement?

TRUMP: I’ve read where there are and I’ve read where there aren’t. I mean, I’ve read both. And, you know, I have no opinion on that. Because frankly, what I’m saying is you know we have to create incentives for people to go back and to reinvigorate the areas and to put people to work.  And you know we have lost million and millions of jobs to China and other countries. And they’ve been taken out of this country, and when I say millions, you know it’s, it’s tremendous. I’ve seen 5 million jobs, I’ve seen numbers that range from 6 million to, to smaller numbers. But it’s many millions of jobs, and it’s to countries all over. Mexico is really becoming the new China. And I have great issue with that

 

Would you care for some balsamic vinaigrette on your word salad?

Trump had a discussion about libel with WaPo‘s excellent columnist Ruth Marcus

MARCUS: So in a better world would you be able to sue me?

TRUMP: In a better world — no — in a better world I would be able to get a retraction or a correction. Not even a retraction, a correction.

RYAN: Well, now, you’ve been a plaintiff in libel suits so you know a little bit of the elements …

TRUMP: I had one basic big libel suit, it was a very bad system, it was New Jersey. I had a great judge, the first one, and I was going to win it. And then I had another good judge, the second one, and then they kept switching judges. And the third one was a bad judge. That’s what happened. But, uh…

RYAN: But there’s standards like malice is required. Would you weaken that? Would you require less than malice for news organizations?

TRUMP: I would make it so that when someone writes incorrectly, yeah, I think I would get a little bit away from malice without having to get too totally away

And then the subject of violence at Trump’s rallies came up

HIATT: Sorry, when you say we don’t condone violence —

TRUMP: I say that.

HIATT: You say that. But you’ve also said, “In the good old days, he would have been ripped out of his seat so fast, you wouldn’t believe it.” Isn’t that condoning violence?

TRUMP: No, because what I am referring to is, we’ve had some very bad people come in. We had one guy — and I said it — he had the voice — and this was what I was referring to — and I said, “Boy, I’d like to smash him.” You know, I said that. I’d like to punch him. This guy was unbelievably loud. He had a voice like Pavarotti. I said if I was his manager I would have made a lot of money for him, because he had the best voice. I mean, the guy was unbelievable, how loud he was. And he was a swinger. He was hitting people. He was punching and swinging and screaming — you couldn’t make — so you have to stop. You know, there is also something about the First Amendment, but you had to stop

DJT is such a businessman that he was trying to figure out a way to make money off the vocal talents of a protestor

And on and on it went. The transcript should be required reading in high schools and colleges across America. Or maybe source material for improv night at “Yuck Yucks” in Moline

Also, this happened

What the hell does he know about Mrs. Cruz? She looks like she’s never done anything worse than return a library book seven minutes late. Here’s what homeboy was so pissed about

Melania

Which was distributed by the “Make America Awesome PAC”, which supports Cruz. Cruzer fired up his twitter

OOH! #twitterfight. Suck on that, Aaron Burr!

But, seriously: Heidi is a serious player on The Street that is Wall, so the implication here is that DJT has some pic/video from the 80s that’s stars Heidi in something resembling Wolf of Wall Street meets Caligula. Stay tuned

Trump yarmulkes sell like hotcakes at AIPAC

This is one of the most depressing pictures EVER!

Yarmulke

The seminal religion of Judaism has been set back at least 3,000 years. Seriously, what do you do if someone shows up at your Temple wearing one of those bad boys? I’m guessing we won’t see this

Trump Muslim

anytime soon. How about this one?

Trump Muslim

Occasional Trump Dump 03/16/16

I’m speaking with myself, number one, because I have a very good brain and I’ve said a lot of things

–DJT on who he consults re foreign policy

THE BIG NEWS: One day after killing it in IL, NC, FL, and MO, Our Hero was back on the attack. Trump said that if the GOP Establishment™ screws him out of the party’s nomination, there will be blood in the streets

In fact one of Trump’s supporters said there would be riots if Trump didn’t win the nomination at the convention, though riots themselves “aren’t necessarily a bad thing.”

“If it means because it’s in there fighting the fact that our establishment Republican party has gone corrupt and decided to ignore the voice of the people and ignore the process,” Trump supporter Scottie Neil Hughes told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Wednesday

Sure. Those positive riots in Chicago in 1968 were a fantastic travelogue for the Windy City. People who craved beatings boosted tourism to the Windy City™ 178%. And that wacky Chicago Seven™ trial was such a hoot and a welcome sideshow for America

The line between funny and sad has always been a thin one, but I believe we’ve long since decimated that sucker

The Economist Intelligence Unit warns that a Trump presidency could mean worldwide disaster

A British research organization has warned that a Donald Trump presidency could have a dangerous impact on the world economy, increasing the potential of Islamic terror attacks and of a trade war with Mexico and China.

The Economist Intelligence Unit released its updated global risk assessment, ranking the election of Trump a 12 on a scale of one to 25 — the same number it assigned to the possibility that jihadi terrorism would destabilize the global economy

So, the (allegedly violent) Muslims that Trump wants to keep out of the country would cause as much damage as he would. Super. Does this mean he’d ban himself (temporarily) from entering the U.S.? Gosh, I hope so

On Trump’s instagram, he released this beauty today

Is this what we want for a President?

A video posted by Donald J. Trump (@realdonaldtrump) on

Please, Lord: Someone beat the crap out of his instagram. I’ll even pay the legal bills

It does bring up the question: What if Hitler had been able to use social media? Would his reign of terror have started sooner? Ended later? Doesn’t all of this point to a horrible job of parenting by his mother and father? At what point did they just declare young Donnie “hopeless” and decided to let him become a huge asshole? Was there a moment where he could have been saved?

PBS inadvertently exposes Trump supporters sporting spiffy white supremacy tattoos

PBS

That 88 on her left hand doesn’t mean she graduated from high school in 1988. Apparently, it’s white supremacist code for “Heil Hitler” (H being the 8th letter of the alphabet, so H twice is HH or Heil Hitler)

Thhhhhheeeesssee are the people in your neighborhood…

But, it’s okay because, as Samantha Bee found out from Trump supporters, the white supremacists love America, too, and it’s okay for them to support Trump because everyone can come together on their love for America

REALLY!

(I cued it up to the pertinent portion, but you should peruse the whole thing. It’s terrific…and terrifying)

Those deputies in NC who jumped on the victim of an assault at a Trump rally on 3/9 were disciplined today

Latinos are getting naturalized so they can stop Trump

Figures from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services show a 14.5% jump in naturalization applications in June-December of 2015 compared with the same six months in the previous year. Federal data does not break down those applications by race, but grass-roots organizations, like the Florida Immigrant Coalition, say their naturalization drives across their swing state are filled primarily by Latinos.

“They feel very unsafe with his words,” said Florida Immigrant Coalition spokesman Ivan Parra. “They want to be respected. For them, it is an emergency.”

What a delicious irony! People becoming legal, inspired to stop the very man who slandered them. Quick! How do you say “TAKE YOUR WALL AND SHOVE IT” in Spanish? I gotta get that printed on a t-shirt

Florida Governor Bat Boy Rick Scott endorsed The Donald today

More on DJT’s preference for well-done meat

A gray, rock hard piece of once beautiful flesh. Once, full of promise, now, the carcass is a pitiful reminder of what it could have been

Was I too “on the nose” with that one?

Daily Trump Dump 03/14/16

THE BIG STORY: One day before some key primaries (including the yooge ones in FL and OH), the violence at recent Trump rallies was discussed MANY times in the media. The sheriff of Cumberland County, NC even briefly considered filing charges against Trump over the violence that happened at his rally in Fayetteville last week (our own Brad Krantz has some thoughts on that here)

DJT’s terrible spokesmouth spokesperson Katrina Pierson didn’t go to the movies in the 1980s. Sarah Palin used racial slurs  dog whistles to denounce recent protestors at Trump events

What we don’t have time for is all that petty, punk ass little thuggery stuff that’s been going on

Sure, Sarah. Because time is super tight for you. What with your appearances on Fox your own TV network radio career teaching the kids about birth control all your “projects”, it’s just great that your able to ahow up for these Trump rallies at all. By the way, get well wishes to The First Dude. Kind of easy to see how that happened: After a number of years of being married to Sarah Palin, wouldn’t you be tempted to just take your snowmobile snow machine and crash it into a tree?

You think that was insensitive?

Donald was so proud of this…

Trump Rose

Gosh! That looks like a real endorsement from baseball’s Hit King™ Pete Rose. Hit King loves Shit King. Match made in heaven. Yeah…not so much

Baseball legend Pete Rose did not endorse Donald Trump nor did the former Reds great autograph a baseball for the GOP presidential front-runner, Rose’s lawyer said Monday night.

Raymond Genco told The Enquirer the baseball in the photo that Trump tweeted on Sunday night was not signed specifically for the billionaire real estate mogul, even though it is addressed to him and includes Trump’s signature campaign slogan

Anti-Trump ad shows women reading negative comments from Trump

This is like Jimmy Kimmel’s mean tweets. It’s meant to appeal to women, obviously, but it’s not clear whether there’s a woman left in America who is unaware that the Republican frontrunner is a pig

Anonymous is going HAM on Trump

Trump has been targeted because according to the masked activist, “yourinconsistent and hateful campaign has not only shocked the United States America, you have shocked the entire planet with your appalling actions and ideas.”

Using the #OpTrump hashtag, the collective is asking for help to bring down TrumpChicago.com on April 1. It also plans to target personal and business sites like donaldjtrump.com, trump.com, trumphotelcollection.com and the candidate’s online presidential destinations including donaldtrump2016online.com and citizensfortrump.com

Let’s look at the polls, just ahead of Mega Tuesday™. DT is killing it in FL. In fact, there’s a better chance of Rubio finishing third than first. The trend on OH has been good for Kasich. There hasn’t been a great deal of polling in NC, but what has been done looks good for DJT. Again, in IL, not a lot of data, but it’s favorable for a Trump victory on Tuesday. Not much polling in MO either, but Trump’s got the advantage there, too. Ohio and Florida are especially important, since they are “winner takes all” primaries, in which the winner receives all of the delegates

Japan worried about Trump’s rise

“To start with they just thought ‘he’s funny’,” said Masatoshi Honda, a professor of politics at Kinjo University. “But recently they’re starting to worry — what happens if Trump wins?”

Don’t worry, guys. I’m sure it’ll be fine

China isn’t thrilled about the prospect of President Trump. QUICK! Someone photo shop him driving a tank at Tiannamen Sqaure

Mormons seem to be sick of Trump

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, do not seem as enthralled with the Trump phenomenon. If a recent primary and caucus in Idaho and Wyoming are any indication, Trump is having trouble appealing to Mormon voters. Idaho has the second largest population of LDS citizens, while Wyoming has the third.

Senator Ted Cruz of Texas pounded Trump in Southern Idaho, a part of the state populated with a large number of Mormons, and in Wyoming, Trump only got seven percent of the vote

Utah, of course, has the largest population of Mormons in the U.S. and can be called the most conservative state in the Union. Discounting Mormon candidate Romney’s results from ’12, George W. Bush had his largest margin of victory in Utah in ’04. McCain beat Obama by 28 points in ’08. This seems to fly in the face of DJT’s claims that conservatives and evangelicals “love me”

Recent endorser Ben Carson says that even if The Donald sucks at being president, it’s only four years

“Even if Donald Trump turns out not to be such a great president, which I don’t think is the case, I think he’s going to surround himself with really good people, but even if he didn’t, we’re only looking at four years as opposed to multiple generations and perhaps the loss of the American dream forever,” Carson told Newsmax‘s Steve Malzberg

“We haven’t hammered out all the details,” Carson said when pressed on whether he had been promised a Cabinet post or something else. “I’m not going to reveal any details about it right now because all of this is still very liquid.”

That should make you feel better: Will President Trump be worse than Surgeon General Ben Carson? And can Ben Carson separate Chris Christie from DJT?

That was from Monday in Hickory, NC. See? That doesn’t look like an event where you’d get your ass kicked, does it? It looks like an infomercial. Maybe you’re being sold a Sham Wow!

Or snake oil…

 

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