Is “Trumpmentum” A Thing? *Open Thread*

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I have spent the weekend being astounded at the responses and attacks by people whom I had previously considered rational as they embrace All Things Trump. At a political group for which I am Administrator, one woman even declared she didn’t care about Trump’s numerous sexist comments because “we are big girls.” Um, yes, those of us who are adults ARE big girls, but that doesn’t mean we should embrace a man who treats women like crap.

Never mind a man who attacks a moderator after the debate is over for having the AUDACITY to ask him a legitimate question, as Trump did to Megyn Kelly (and whose campaign co-chair weighed in to support his cowardly bullying). Or Trump’s attacks of a fellow competitor, the only woman running on the Republican side, Carly Fiorina.

It seems, though, that “Trumpmentum,” as Mytheos Holt from The Federalist termed it, IS a thing, mind-boggling as that is:

[…] The anti-Trump case is comprehensive, so let’s review it. Trump identified as a Democrat until recently. He supports trade protections more draconian than even some unions propose. He speaks about his religion without a trace of fluency. He openly opines about whether he’d be dating his own daughter if they weren’t related. And he supported a “one-time” wealth tax. This reads like someone who’d only run for the GOP nomination as an extended exercise in concern trolling.

Yet until Thursday’s debate Trump was surging in the GOP field, where his former liberalism is apparently both forgiven and forgotten. His relentless love affair with gaffes that would end any other politician’s career have instead gotten him branded as a truth-teller in some circles. His undisciplined speech-making apparently comes off as authentic. Far from turning off voters and making him unrelatable, his Shelleyite “look on my works, ye mighty, and despair” brashness is apparently now considered endearing. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

There is a reason that these people continue to support him no matter what. They are akin to Obama sycophants, in my opinion, not giving a damn about Trump’s history (and Kelly, by the way, was pure “class” as this BizPacReview article notes in her reaction to Trump’s attacks). There is no other way to look at it from my own personal experience of this weekend, and the responses people gave to EVERY single fact that was brought up, including when they were attacking first Kelly, then Erik Erickson, for having the audacity to ask real questions (Kelly), and for holding Trump accountable for his boorish behavior (Erickson), and that is this: neither one of them is running for office. But Trump IS.

That leads me to this excellent post by Chicks on the Right that my dear friend, Gina, passed on to me. I wish I could reprint the whole thing here, and I hope you will read it all. Here is some of the Chicks on The Right discussing Trumpmania:

But he’s (Trump) also made people kind of insane. I hate to say it, but some of his most ardent supporters have gone and lost their minds. They don’t care that he can’t offer a single, tangible solution to any issues facing our country. They don’t care that he can’t answer a single, “how would you…” question. They don’t care that he’s boorish and arrogant and that he openly admits that he pays people off so that they’ll return favors later, a la The Godfather. They don’t care about his past record which is decidedly UN-conservative. They don’t care that he’s donated to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, two of the worst politicians this country has ever seen.

None of that matters, because Donald “says what’s on his mind” and “tells the truth.” In other words, they’ve bought right into the reality show spectacle that is Donald Trump. They’re all, “He’s built businesses and has created jobs!” as if that somehow negates his behavior or his documented stances on the issues. As if it negates the fact that the way he’s solved his own economic issues is by declaring bankruptcy. Are you willing to have him do that with the US economy too?

[…]

I feel like we’re living in bizarro world, where people literally want to turn the White House into a Jerry Springer episode. Trump feels slighted by the debate questions, and takes to Twitter to call everyone a dummy or a clown or a slob. THIS is what people want as president?!?!? Someone who is so thin-skinned that he can’t even deal with Megyn Kelly criticizing him? How the hell is he going to manage Putin? Or Iran? Or ISIS? Is he just going to engage in Twitter wars with them and call them names? Or worse, is he going to be so hot-tempered that he’ll just throw nukes at everyone?

I have totally lost patience for people who blindly follow Trump without questioning his highly questionable record. I had no problem with people rooting for him early on, as someone who would stir up the conversation. I still don’t. In fact, I continue to believe that he serves a purpose in this race. But I have a problem with people who refuse to allow us or anyone else the space and the right to thoughtfully consider all of the candidates, especially since it’s so freaking early. And I have a big problem with people who insist that if we aren’t supporting Trump all the way that we’re RINOs. Get a grip, people. He’s not the messiah you’re making him out to be. In fact, y’all are acting like Obama followers right before the 2008 election. Stop putting him on a pedestal and open your eyes to the fact that he’s got serious flaws. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

I couldn’t have said it better myself. That Trump gave money to REID and PELOSI, never mind CLINTON, then brags about it during the debate that it was a quid pro quo kind of thing should have raised LOTS of flags for these folks, but no. Not that, not his treatment of women, not his bluster, his bullying, his lack of any real solutions, NONE of that seems to matter, a la Obama supporters.

Frankly, it is freaking me out, and I hope to HELL people come to their senses and soon.

How about you? This is an Open Thread.

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18 Responses to “Is “Trumpmentum” A Thing? *Open Thread*”

  1. insanitybytes22 Says:

    Well, I can understand some of the Trump hysteria. People want somebody strong enough to fight back, somebody who sticks by their words no matter how stupid. We’re tired of deception and pandering and capitulation. It isn’t rational by any means, it’s not like Trump has good policy ideas or is capable of leading the country, we just want to watch him kick some behind. I almost view him as one of those little plastic boxing toys, the old fashioned ones where you would push the buttons as fast as you could to try and knock the other little plastic guy out. I think Trump represents a very jaded population that doesn’t really believe in politics anymore. It is as if the world has truly gone mad and we are being led insane clowns that we have no power over. I don’t know if we’ll right ourselves, find hope again and start believing in the whole process again or not. Myself I just can’t bother to care yet or to put my faith in anybody. That could all change at some point however, you never know 😉

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      LOL – the “Rock’em Sock’em” robots, right? Yeah, I can see that, but the people he is attacking are the wrong people. I mean, really – Megyn Kelly? There are many others on whom he could train his sights if he was serious abt this, but he isn’t. That says a lot to me.

      But you are right, insanity – he does seem to be the champion for those who are angriest and jaded, the ones who continue to support him no matter how absurd are the things that come out of his mouth.

      Hopefully, this “Trumpmentum” will simmer down and people can discuss the REAL issues within the (extensive) election year. Hey, I can hope, can’t I?

      And good point – it is so early now that it is really hard to settle on just one person. I have a few I really like, and am keeping my eye on them. We’ll see how everything comes out in, say, 4 months or so…

  2. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    I know I heard on tv that Rubio got more time in the debate, but I was wrong. The person who did was the person I THOUGHT had, and that was Trump: http://www.newsnet5.com/news/political/democracy-2016/gop-debate-talking-times-who-got-the-most-time-during-first-republican-debate-in-cleveland

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      He may have got more time but he’s been whining about the whole debate ever since. The big tough guy who is going to take on China and Russia and force Mexico to build a fence is still whining because Megyn Kelly asked him a legitimate question.

      His sycophants may not have liked the question, they may have even been right in thinking it was a “gotcha” question. Well welcome to the blood sport called presidential politics Donny boy. The press always looks for “gotcha” questions for everyone on the right. It’s nothing new. Donald plays the tough guy on television but when someone throws a punch, or punches back, he’s all whine and no shine. A total waste of time IMO but I believe his antics, and those of the fools that support him will bring down the GOP and make Hillary POTUS.

      Quite frankly I will not under any circumstances vote for him. Also quite frankly I don’t see that he would be any better than Hillary or Obama. Maybe worse cause he hasn’t a clue what he’s doing.

  3. foxyladi14 Says:

    Great post Amy.
    Like you, At this time, I am just watching the show. 😀

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

    I don’t “like” Erick Erickson. But he told the truth, at least in this instance, and Trump lied.

    Trump tweets: “Small crowds at @RedState today in Atlanta. People were very angry at EWErickson, a major sleaze and buffoon who has saved me time and money.”

    Erickson tweets: “Sold out event with only three people who protested my decision. By the way, sold out before we announced Trump.”

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I hear you abt Erickson. I don’t really care for him one way or the other, but yeah, this was the right decision for him to make. And it continues to show Trump’s colors that he would make these claims. They are so easily verifiable, too. Ugh.

      Sent from AOL Mobile Mail

  5. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    This is just incredible. Now Trump is trying to claim that Fox News hasn’t treated him very well. Are you KIDDING me with this?? And I am sure his supporters will agree: http://www.westernjournalism.com/watch-the-1-question-trump-just-refused-to-answer-on-live-tv-and-the-stunning-statement-that-followed/

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      What Hogwash! I used to watch the Neil Cavuto show every day. But he had Trump on so much I finally quit watching him at all. He’s been running his mouth at FOX for years.

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  7. kenoshamarge Says:

  8. helenk3 Says:

    Trump should have expected a lot of this. I think he loves it. It takes attention away from Hillary and her e-mails. How many other republican candidates are getting the attention.

    I would never vote for The Donald. As I have said before my youngest daughter worked for a time in his casino in Atlantic City. he was the worst employer off all the casinos.
    He did make the candidates pay attention to what the public wants and feels is the most important problems in this country. I will give him credit for that

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I think he loves it too, Helen. And of COURSE he should have expected this. His reactions to Kelly, Erickson, and now Fox News in general, is incredibly disingenuous. why in the world the same people who keep saying we need him because he is strong, speaks his mind, blah. blah, blah, don’t see that he is playing the VICTIM CARD is beyond me. It would be laughable if they weren’t being so antagonistic and Obama follower-esque abt it…

  9. kenoshamarge Says:

    Sometimes the stupid is so obvious the photo says it all.

    http://townhall.com/tipsheet/leahbarkoukis/2014/08/29/photo-of-the-day-n1884889

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Good Lord, what is wrong with these people?!? Never mind that they are protesting and causing mayhem based on a FALSE narrative. But they think ISIS is better?? By all means, feel FREE to go over there and find out for yourselves, jackalopes.

      Btw, I had to stop following an old, dear friend after she posted something abt seeing how a white guy dealt with the “Black Lives Matter” people interrupting his speech. Ugh. It amazes me how much traction a Socialist is getting with all the current proof (Greece, Puerto Rico) that Socialism DOES NOT WORK.

      People. Sheesh.

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