Today brings wall-to-wall coverage of yet another “YUGE” win by Donald Trump, this time in Nevada. What is missing from a great deal of this coverage are the numerous complaints about, and documentation of, the massive caucus fraud perpetrated by Trump supporters. I have heard not one morni”ng show (and I checked out three different ones) of the massive fraud that led to Trump’s largest margin of victory yet.
Since the media continues to refuse to do its job, or rather, because the media refuses to do its job well (more on that below), it is up to others of us out here in the blogosphere to make clear just what the other candidates are up against when it comes to Trump. From Vice News:
Donald Trump has won the Nevada caucuses, but not without a lot of headaches for voters and overwhelmed caucus chairs. Massive crowds, volunteer captains who failed to show up, and alleged double-voting lent a circus-like atmosphere to some of the caucus locations Tuesday night and will potentially undermine Nevada’s results.
Richard Schlueter, who balloted for Trump on Tuesday, said that when he arrived at Palo Verde High School in east Las Vegas to vote the crowd was still so dense he had trouble finding the table that had been set up to accept and count ballots. Once he finally located it, Schlueter discovered that the precinct captain who was supposed to be in charge hadn’t turned up and that “some lady” had assumed the seat instead and began checking the IDs of voters who crowded around the table.
“This caucus is a chaotic thing,” said Schlueter, a retired nuclear submarine engineer. “We don’t know who’s who, who’s voting for what. Some precinct captains are very good and very serious about their precincts, but mine didn’t even bother to show.”
And that’s from a Trump supporter. It was much worse than even this makes it seem:
Though no official reports had been made, plenty of anecdotes from caucusgoers and journalists flowed on social media.
Joyce Rice Ross, a Trump supporter who caucused for the first time Tuesday, said she had watched the Iowa caucuses on TV and “it seemed so easy.”When she turned up at Palo Verde, she was shocked. “Here it’s just random. It’s a mess.”
To put it mildly. But wait, it gets worse:
The messy process comes just days after the Nevada College Republicans sent a letter to their members on Friday informing them that “due to a loophole,” they could caucus twice this year, once for Democrats and then again for Republicans to “ensure that a Republican is put in the White House in 2016.”
The “loophole,” Nevada political writer Jon Ralston explained, would allow Republicans who had already registered to vote to turn up at a Democratic caucus on February 20 and switch parties on-site. The voter would ostensibly vote for whichever Democratic candidate they perceived to be the weaker nominee (according to many Republicans, that would be Sen. Bernie Sanders). But because the GOP locked its in voter rolls on February 13, the last-minute party-change would not be recorded, allowing them to vote in the Republican caucus Tuesday night as well.
The Nevada Democratic Party immediately released a statement condemning any plans to double caucus, warning potential double-voters that such a move could be a felony. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
And then there was this charge from the man himself, Donald Trump (h/t Facebook friend), “Trump demands no video recording as his supporters openly count votes in Nevada.“
Gee – what could POSSIBLY go wrong with that?! And where the hell is the RNC in disqualifying votes in the precincts they KNOW committed fraud? It is 2008 all over again, it seems, in every way (“You Hate It From Barack Obama, But You Love It From Donald Trump.” (h/t Facebook friend).
And naturally, the media has already declared Trump the Republican nominee. I mean, really – just go ahead and stop the Primaries now since Trump, who has LESS THAN 100 DELEGATES, has already been declared the winner by the Media Establishment. It would save us all a lot of aggravation and sleepless nights.
Which leads me to the vast media culpability in Trump’s rise. Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist has an outstanding piece today. For space reasons, I cannot do it justice, and I urge you to read the entire piece. That said, here is a highlight of her piece:
This, my friends, is how to stuff and burn a straw man. It’s almost Trumpian in that way. Nobody would say Trump is “only” winning because he gets so much free media. They’d probably simply want to talk about the fact that he gets so much free media and how that helps him in ways other candidates would only dream of. Or, as one Republican campaign advisor noted, Trump got 157 times as much coverage as his candidate did in the month of January.
Trump gets 15x Rubio’s free network media coverage.
The coverage disparities are — and have been — staggering. See “Why Do CNN, MSNBC Cover Trump Three Times As Much As Fox Does?” Various studies have shown cable channels covering Trump three times as much as all other candidates combined. One cable network gave Trump 70 percent of all their mentions of GOP candidates.
Confessore defends these disparities by saying Trump’s been the front-runner since the summer. But there are multiple problems with this, the most obvious being that they began their outsized coverage of him before he even announced, and that disparities in quantity of coverage — and we are not even talking about the quality of same — have compounding returns. The first poll that actually counted was a poll that Trump lost — but nothing prior or subsequent to the Iowa caucus changed the dynamic of around-the-clock breathless coverage of the media’s favorite candidate. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
But the Election season isn’t all the news going on. One major issue I don’t want to lose is President Obama trying to push to move the terrorists from Gitmo into our country in contravention to US Law. Here is my US Senator, Tim Scott, speaking out about this lunacy, especially as it relates to Charleston:
The Congress absolutely MUST stand up to President Obama, enforce existing law, and not allow him to transfer dangerous terrorists into our nation.
There is more going on, of course, and feel free to discuss any and all of it. This is an Open Thread.