Posts Tagged ‘ Trump ’

The classic symptoms of medium-grade mania

Aug 5th, 2016 12:01 pm | By

Even chronically insipid David Brooks sees it.

Trump has shown that he is not a normal candidate. He is a political rampage charging ever more wildly out of control. And no, he cannot be changed.

He cannot be contained because he is psychologically off the chain. With each passing week he displays the classic symptoms of medium-grade mania in more disturbing forms: inflated self-esteem, sleeplessness, impulsivity, aggression and a compulsion to offer advice on subjects he knows nothing about.

I hadn’t thought of mania…except maybe subconsciously I had, since I had thought of grandiosity, which tends to remind me of mania. Anyway yes – the guy is high on himself.

His speech patterns are like something straight out of

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Aug 5th, 2016 7:23 am | By

A striking opinion piece in the NY Times by a former honcho at the CIA. When he was a government official he kept his presidential preferences to himself; he’s voted for both Democrats and Republicans; he’s not a member of either party. Now, he wants to explain why Hillary Clinton is a better choice than Donald Trump. Better. Not just preferable, but better.

Two strongly held beliefs have brought me to this decision. First, Mrs. Clinton is highly qualified to be commander in chief. I trust she will deliver on the most important duty of a president — keeping our nation safe. Second, Donald J. Trump is not only unqualified for the job, but he may well pose a

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Because we’re a little disadvantaged

Aug 5th, 2016 6:25 am | By

Slate picks out a sentence uttered by Donald Trump as a glowing example of his way of changing the subject every six words or so. It’s very…what it is.

Look, having nuclear—my uncle was a great professor and scientist and engineer, Dr. John Trump at MIT; good genes, very good genes, OK, very smart, the Wharton School of Finance, very good, very smart—you know, if you’re a conservative Republican, if I were a liberal, if, like, OK, if I ran as a liberal Democrat, they would say I’m one of the smartest people anywhere in the world—it’s true!—but when you’re a conservative Republican they try—oh, do they do a number—that’s why I always start off: Went to Wharton, was a

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He has never served any other cause except for his own greed and wealth

Aug 4th, 2016 5:20 pm | By

Some veterans are unhappy with Trump. The Guardian reports:

The backlash against Donald Trump escalated on Thursday as angry US military veterans arrived on Capitol Hill urging Republican leaders to withdraw their support for the party’s nominee.

The protest came after a torrid week for the maverick candidate, whose criticism of Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the parents of an American Muslim soldier killed in Iraq in 2004, triggered a Republican revolt.

“Maverick”? That’s a stupid word for what he is. (It was a label for Palin, too. I guess it’s a euphemism for totally unqualified and unfit?)

The veterans presented a petition on Thursday to the office of Senator John McCain , a Vietnam war veteran and former

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Clint Eastwood says “We’re really in a pussy generation”

Aug 4th, 2016 11:56 am | By

Yeah. Goddam women everywhere, saying things. It was better in the good old days when they never left the kitchen. Fucking them on the linoleum was a little uncomfortable, but worth it for the silence.

He said it in an interview for Esquire (Please come in, Sir, your pussy will be with you shortly). He said it while endorsing Trump.

Eastwood, who said he hasn’t officially endorsed anyone yet and admitted “I haven’t talked to Trump,” also railed against what he perceives as a culture of “political correctness” in America. “We’re really in a pussy generation. Everybody’s walking on eggshells. We see people accusing people of being racist and all kinds of stuff. When I grew up, those things weren’t

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Trump says nukes are on the table

Aug 4th, 2016 10:48 am | By

That item about Trump’s wanting to use the nukes? I didn’t post about it yesterday because there was only one source, but ThinkProgress has collected examples of his saying it in public on the record, so.

On Wednesday, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough passed on an intriguing piece of gossip: Donald Trump, speaking with a “foreign policy expert,” repeatedly asked “why can’t we use nuclear weapons.”

Scarborough’s claim was thinly sourced. He didn’t reveal the identity of the expert advising Trump or even where he learned the information. Information attributed to anonymous sources is inherently suspect.

But one need not rely on anonymous sources to glean Trump’s views on nuclear weapons. He has broached the subject repeatedly on the campaign trail.

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A much higher state of Red Alert

Aug 3rd, 2016 5:40 pm | By


Republicans nominate dangerously insane person to lead America, then panic when he proves he’s dangerously insane

They knew that about him when they nominated him. It’s too late to freak out about it now. They should have done that before they nominated him, not after.

Republicans have shifted into a much higher state of Red Alert because Trump’s erratic antics are revealing just how reckless their decision to nominate him really was, and how reckless their continued support for him really is. In other words, Trump is now threatening to damage the party in far worse ways than Republicans had bargained for, because he’s revealing in inescapably clear terms the real character and qualifications of the person they knowingly

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Lunging from one controversy to another

Aug 3rd, 2016 2:38 pm | By

Republicans are reacting with shock and horror to the sudden news that their candidate for the presidency is none other than real estate tycoon and “reality” tv star Donald Trump.

The Republican Party was in turmoil again Wednesday as party leaders, strategists and donors voiced increasing alarm about the flailing state of Donald Trump’s candidacy and fears that the presidential nominee was damaging the party with an extraordinary week of self-inflicted mistakes, gratuitous attacks and missed opportunities.

Well stone the crows! It turns out the candidate is not a responsible competent grown up who knows how to behave, but instead, it’s real estate tycoon and “reality” tv star Donald Trump.

Trump’s top campaign advisers are failing to instill discipline

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Baby baby baby

Aug 3rd, 2016 11:35 am | By

This has been going around since yesterday when Trump got peevish about a crying baby at one of his appearances.

Obama’s a baby-whisperer. Trump not so much.

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This isn’t a situation where you have an episodic gaffe

Aug 3rd, 2016 10:53 am | By

Yesterday Obama pointed out that Trump is unfit to be president.

Speaking in the East Room of the White House while Mr. Trump rallied supporters in a nearby Virginia suburb, the president noted the Republican criticism of Mr. Trump for his attacks on the Muslim parents of an American soldier, Capt. Humayun Khan, who died in Iraq.

But Mr. Obama said the political recriminations from Republicans “ring hollow” if the party’s leaders continue to support Mr. Trump’s campaign.

“The question they have to ask themselves is: If you are repeatedly having to say in very strong terms that what he has said is unacceptable, why are you still endorsing him?” Mr. Obama said. “What does this say about your

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Trump put the Purple Heart in his pocket

Aug 3rd, 2016 9:21 am | By

My friend Tasneem Khalil asked some probing questions about the whole “soldier killed in battle” thing yesterday.

Worshipping the dead soldier is one of the highest rituals of a national security state. Like many other places, we actually have special monuments for this in Bangladesh and India. It is then not surprising to see that even a petulant scumbag like Donald Trump can not get away after insulting two Gold Star parents whose son died in Iraq. This is the same guy, mind you, who got the GOP nomination after calling Mexicans rapists and advocating a blanket ban against Muslims.

Captain Khan was undoubtedly a brave man but was he a hero? A hero for whom? Would any of

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Missing: kindness, honesty, dignity, compassion and respect

Aug 2nd, 2016 6:21 pm | By

The first Republican Representative to ditch Trump.

Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY) is the first Republican member of Congress to announce he’ll vote for Hillary Clinton this November.

Regarding the reasons he was resolved not to support Trump in the first place, Hanna wrote that they “were simple and personal. I found him profoundly offensive and narcissistic but as much as anything, a world-class panderer, anything but a leader.”

“I never expect to agree with whoever is president, but at a minimum the president needs to consistently display those qualities I have preached to my two children: kindness, honesty, dignity, compassion and respect,” he continued. “I do not expect perfection, but I do require more than the embodiment of

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Strong women don’t

Aug 2nd, 2016 3:41 pm | By

The male Trumps are of course very clued-in and wise about sexual harassment. Like Eric Trump for example:

In an interview with “CBS This Morning,” the son of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump seemed to think that women allowed sexual harassment to occur.

Eric Trump was responding to a comment his father made in a USA Today piece, in which he said that his daughter Ivanka would either find a different career or job if she was harassed in the workplace.

“I think what he’s saying is, Ivanka is a strong, powerful woman, she wouldn’t allow herself to be objected to it,” the younger Trump said. “And by the way, you should take it up with Human Resources, and I

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“We need a strong leader who will stand up for America”

Aug 2nd, 2016 2:32 pm | By

Sheriff Joe Arpaio is speaking at a Mike Pence event today.

Arpaio, a longtime supporter of Trump, spoke on his behalf at the convention.

“I have spent 55 years in law enforcement,” Arpaio told delegates and attendees. “Fifty-five years, I’ve always regarded my work [and] missions critical, but my most important mission has just begun: to help elect Donald Trump president of the United States. The stakes are high. We need a strong leader who will stand up for America and put the interests of her citizens first.”

Not including the ones who have the misfortune to be in the Maricopa County prison system, of course. Arpaio doesn’t want A Strong Leader (a führer) to put their interests first, … Read the rest


Aug 2nd, 2016 2:01 pm | By

Two of Trump’s sons have paid big bucks to slaughter charismatic megafauna in Africa.

Animal rights activists are revolted by a series of trophy photos that have emerged showing Eric and Donald Trump Jr. posing with a dead elephant, kudu, civet cat and waterbuck while on a big game safari in Zimbabwe last year. In one photo, Donald Jr. proudly holds a dead elephant tail in one hand and a knife in the other.

“Look at me! I made this animal dead because I have a big gun! Animals are losers, they don’t have guns.”

The big game safari was organized through a company called Hunting Legends. The Daily Mail reports that there are trophy fees for the deer-like

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Has no one told Johnny Walnuts that Donald Trump IS the Republican Party’s official nominee?

Aug 1st, 2016 4:31 pm | By

(No, it’s not going to be all Trump all the time from now on. But…clear and present danger, and all that.)

Jim Wright says what I say – McCain doesn’t get to say Trump doesn’t represent the Republican Party, because he obviously and absolutely does.

John McCain said this morning Donald Trump does not “represent the views of our Republican Party, its officers, or candidates.”

Donald Trump doesn’t NOT represent the views of our Republican Party.

Its Officers.


Has no one told Johnny Walnuts that Donald Trump IS the Republican Party’s official nominee for President of the United States and in point of fact DOES represent the Republican Party, its Officers, its members, and all its Candidates

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He comes back with a certain bravado

Aug 1st, 2016 4:00 pm | By

Fareed Zakaria called Trump a bullshit artist on CNN this morning.

Zakaria pointed to the pattern that has emerged in Trump’s efforts to defend or clarify his controversial statements.

“Every time it is demonstrated that Donald Trump is plainly ignorant about some basic public policy issue, some well-known fact, he comes back with a certain bravado and tries to explain it away with a tweet or a statement,” Zakaria said.

“Bravado” is a very sweet way of putting it. Psychopathic shamelessness is how I would put it.

“It’s entertaining,” Zakaria said of Trump’s shtick, “if the guy is trying to sell you a condo or a car. But for the president of the United States, it’s deeply worrying.”

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And the government will no longer be the government

Aug 1st, 2016 3:19 pm | By

Also they’re coup-plotting.

At a Monday campaign event in Columbus, Ohio, Donald Trump teed up for a potential challenge to the integrity of the fall general election, an escalation of his rhetoric about the “rigged” primary system.

“I’m afraid the election’s gonna be rigged, I have to be honest,” Trump told the crowd.

While Trump has often questioned the integrity of the primary contests in both parties, his newest remarks seemed to begin laying groundwork for him to contest the Nov. 8 election results.

“Contest” it as in inciting a coup to overturn it. That’s the logic of what he’s saying, whether he realizes it or not.

It was a line of attack that longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone

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Aug 1st, 2016 12:58 pm | By

John McCain isn’t happy with Trump’s attacks on Khizr and Ghazala Khan.

Mr McCain, a war veteran and the party’s 2008 presidential nominee, thanked the Khan family for immigrating to America, adding “we’re a better country because of you.”

“I cannot emphasize enough how deeply I disagree with Mr. Trump’s statement,” Mr McCain said in a statement.

“I hope Americans understand that the remarks do not represent the views of our Republican Party, its officers, or candidates.”

Ah  no. Sorry but that claim is dead in the water. You can’t say that when the guy who made the remarks is the Republican candidate for president. You’re stuck with them, because you’re stuck with him.

Mr Trump took to Twitter

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An aura of crude strength and machismo

Aug 1st, 2016 12:22 pm | By

Robert Kagan on Trump back in May:

We’re supposed to believe that Trump’s support stems from economic stagnation or dislocation. Maybe some of it does. But what Trump offers his followers are not economic remedies—his proposals change daily. What he offers is an attitude, an aura of crude strength and machismo, a boasting disrespect for the niceties of the democratic culture that he claims, and his followers believe, has produced national weakness and incompetence. His incoherent and contradictory utterances have one thing in common: They provoke and play on feelings of resentment and disdain, intermingled with bits of fear, hatred and anger. His public discourse consists of attacking or ridiculing a wide range of “others”—Muslims, Hispanics, women, Chinese, Mexicans,

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