Super Tuesday has come and gone, and no doubt you know that Trump took more than a few states, though it was close in a number of them, like Virginia.
And that brings me to my first Spoiler. That would be Gov. John Kasich. Both he and Dr. Carson need to get the hell out of the race already and stop siphoning off votes from the two men who actually have a chance of beating Donald Trump. But Kasich intentionally targeted Virgina, and as The Hill highlights, may have cost Sen. Rubio a win over Trump there:
And he will likely face even more pressure from establishment forces to withdraw, especially considering that Rubio plausibly could have beaten Trump in Virginia had it not been for the Ohio governor’s presence in the race. Trump’s margin of victory over Rubio in the commonwealth was just 3 points, and Kasich won 9 percent of the votes cast.Kasich has fought an optimistic campaign, but he’s running out of road. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
Exactly. He is running out of road and he is taking down the two other frontrunners with him, as is Dr. Carson. Those two Spoilers need to hit the road and now.
But the real Spoiler is Donald Trump himself. He is revealing himself in ways he may not mean to do, though considering how lax the media has been in vetting him (at least during this process – that will likely change should he become the GOP nominee).
One revelation is stunning, and comes via a Federalist piece, “If Trumps Wins The Nomination, I Won’t Vote.” Frankly, this is HUGE, and speaks volumes about how tone deaf Trump’s supporters are to what he actually says. From the Conservative Review:
“You’re describing Donald Trump,” the billionaire businessman said.
“Actually, I was describing Bernie Sanders,” Brzezinski replied.
It may be a reasonable mistake for Mr. Trump. Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump both oppose free trade, both support government-funded healthcare, and both support federal funding for Planned Parenthood. They have both at one time supported a ban on “assault weapons,” they both want to restrict free speech by outlawing Super PACs, they both supported the 2008 auto bailout, and both attacked the Paul Ryan budget as rewarding the wealthy at the expense of low-income Americans.
Yes, you read that right: Donald Trump confused HIS policies with the policies of DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST, Bernie Sanders.
Oh, but wait – there is more. As it turns out, all of that hot air about deporting millions of illegal immigrants was a big ol’ crock. That is not what Trump REALLY believes at all. He was called on comments he secretly made to the NY Times about Immigration, and has had to confess where he REALLY stands on Immigration. Turns out, his stance is the same as – wait for it – MARCO RUBIO’S. Yep. From Politico via Legal Insurrection (h/t Kenoshamarge):
“We had a board meeting [at the New York Times], it was off-the-record, suddenly they leak it, it’s all over the place,” Trump said.
“They said it’s negotiable on the wall,” Hannity said in reference to Trump’s stance on Mexican immigration and his oft-stated promise to build a border wall.
“By the way it is negotiable. Things are negotiable,” Trump said. “I’ll make the wall 2 feet shorter or something.”
Trump was quick to add that the negotiation does not include nixing the idea altogether.
“Building it? Not negotiable.”
“Would it be negotiable about the 11 million?” Hannity pressed. “Maybe let some people stay if they register in a period of time?”
“I would say this,” Trump added, “we will work out some system that’s fair, but we either have a country or we don’t. We need a border. We need a wall.” […] (Click here to read the rest.)
Jonathan Levin from Legal Insurrection made this observation:
This should be causing Trump supporters cognitive dissonance. After all, he shot to prominence early in the race by taking the most aggressive possible stance on immigration. Now he is backpedaling to the exact same position as his reviled Gang of Eight competitor, Marco Rubio. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
Uh, yeah – it SHOULD be causing Trump supporters “cognitive dissonance,” if they actually cared what Trump said. Just today I saw someone call another site a “liar” for REPEATING WHAT TRUMP SAID. I am not kidding you. That is the mindset with which we are dealing. Right there. That. Stunning. Just stunning.
Oh, but wait. SPOILER ALERT: Wanna guess who benefits from Trump’s China policy, and who is hurt by it? You can probably guess, but I’ll tell you: The rich gain, the poor and middle class lose. Those of us who can do MATH knew this already, but here is the proof straight out of the mouth of a Trump endorser, Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY). From The Federalist:
Leaving aside for a moment the undeniable legal, political, and economic hurdles to unilaterally imposing a 45 percent tariff on all Chinese imports, as well as the utter gibberish at the end of Collins’ response about inflation and the federal budget (seriously, I have no idea), let’s take the plan at face value. According to Team Trump, their import tax would (i) force American consumers to pay 10 to 15 percent more for food, clothing, shoes, electronics, and other basic necessities; and (ii) thereby assist American manufacturing companies and their workers.
Put another way, Team Trump has now freely admitted they want to indirectly subsidize U.S. manufacturers via higher prices that American families and businesses would be forced to pay for these domestic producers’ goods.
This is a wonderful admission—one I don’t think Trump himself has made yet—and I applaud Collins for both his honesty and for revealing the blatant immortality of Trump’s plan. For starters, given that the average American household spends about $11,000 on food, clothing, and other similar items each year, a 10 to 15 percent tax on these goods translates to an extra $1,100 to $1,650 per year that American families would have to spend under President Trump for the same stuff that they’re consuming right now—money they could have saved, invested, or spent on other important necessities like housing or health care. […] (Click here to read more of this revealing piece.)
In case you didn’t already know this, one more Spoiler Alert for you: Trump is a fraud, a liar, a con man (as Rubio says), and dangerous. You don’t have to take MY word for it, though, just take his.
And that is why, along with people like James Devereaux at The Federalist, Trump will NEVER get my vote. Never.
What about you? This is an Open Thread.