I have largely given up watching Fox News, but I have started dvr’ing The Kelly File as of this week. I am glad I have.
Why? Because of people like Marc Thiessen, who appeared Thursday night discussing the recent statements by Donald Trump regarding Nuclear Proliferation, and Abortion, in particular. Thiessen summed up PERFECTLY what Trump is doing, and he does so with passion and eloquence:
Exactly. That is EXACTLY what Trump is doing. He is a liberal pretending to be a conservative, and is acting like a CARICATURE of what a Conservative actually is, especially on issues like Abortion and women.
Charles Krauthammer also weighed on on this most recent Trump controversy, among others, on The Kelly File. His comments were spot on, and funny (the Coulter comment in particular):
Holy moley, did you see those “Unfavorable” ratings?? That is PRECISELY what many of us have been trying to explain to Trump supporters. People dislike him, and many of us dislike him INTENSELY.
Especially for the (LIBERAL) tactics he and his supporters employ, tactics many of us see as being IDENTICAL to those of Obama supporters in 2007-8 to 2012. The Patriot Retort has a great piece on this very issue (h/t piper):
[…] This is how Leftists behave. They use threats and intimidation. They revel in destroying lives. And they do not respect the rights of others — the right to be safe in your own home, the right to bear arms, the right to freely assemble.
The Left has always embraced the Machiavellian belief that the ends justify the means. They want to silence opposing voices, so they can do anything they want to do it. They want to ban guns, so they will do anything they want, including putting the lives and safety of legal gun owners at risk by publishing their home addresses. They want to stop Trump from speaking, so they will invade a stadium and disrupt things, spit on people, shout people down and create such a dangerous environment with no regard for whom might get hurt.
For the Left, the ends justify the means because Leftists are horrible human beings.
Last night, it was reported that former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields had to leave her home after BuzzFeed and Fox News “accidentally” published her home address and phone number. Immediately after it happened, she was hit with a barrage of threats and intimidation.
When news broke that she was forced out of her own home, Trump supporters cheered. They stopped Fields! They stopped Fields!
I put on hip-waders and trudged through the cesspool of different “conservative” website comments sections and was stunned to discover how downright delighted these Trump supporters were at terrorizing Fields to the point of driving out of her own home.
I don’t know what it is specifically about Donald Trump that has made him so successful at blurring the lines between supposed conservatives and these hateful Leftists. But he has done it.
The level of vitriol, rage, spite, and general ass-holery coming from these people who claim to want to “Make America Great Again” is really chilling. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
I don’t know what it is either, but there is no doubt the tactics and the justifications are from the same playbook. Then again, considering Trump is really a Liberal, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that he and his followers are using the same tactics. I am just dumfounded that the followers who decried this with Obots are so willing to embrace it for someone like Trump. Go figure.
No wonder Cruz is rising in places like Wisconsin. He is standing up to Trump for his behavior, especially against women and on abortion. No doubt about it, his star seems to be rising. About damn time, too, if you ask me. From The Hill:
[…] He’s seen a GOP establishment that despised him warm to his presidential campaign, and showed off his policy chops and a sense of humor during a Wednesday night appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”
At a CNN town-hall earlier in the week, Cruz had a well-received moment when he opened up about losing his sister to heroin addiction.
Sweeter still is that Cruz’s shining moments have come amidst a rocky stretch for GOP frontrunnerDonald Trump, who this week saw his campaign manager charged with simple battery and then stumbled badly in an MSNBC interview over abortion.
Both incidents raised new doubts about whether Trump can win over female voters in the fall, giving ammunition to those who argue the GOP should nominate someone else to the White House at their convention — even if Trump is the delegate leader.
A Washington Post-ABC News poll released Thursday found Trump would be the most unpopular major-party nominee in the modern era, while surveys testing a hypothetical match-up between Trump and Hillary Clinton show the Democratic front-runner thumping him in poll after poll. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
Again, if you watched the video with Kelly and Krauthammer, you saw those numbers, but just in case, here they are. From WaPo:
If Donald Trump secures the Republican presidential nomination, he would start the general election campaign as the least-popular candidate to represent either party in modern times.
Three-quarters of women view him unfavorably. So do nearly two-thirds of independents, 80 percent of young adults, 85 percent of Hispanics and nearly half of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents.
Those findings, tallied from Washington Post-ABC News polling, fuel Trump’s overall 67 percent unfavorable rating — making Trump more disliked than any major-party nominee in the 32 years the survey has been tracking candidates. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
That is EXACTLY what many of us have been trying to tell the Trumpanzees. People HATE TRUMP more than they love him. He will LOSE to Hillary Clinton (and I am still not convinced that wasn’t the plan with him all along since he is NOT a Conservative but a Liberal, as he proved again over the past week on not just abortion, but healthcare and education).
I just hope all of this is in time for Cruz’s star to rise to the top, and stay there. If he is not the nominee, we can start practicing saying, “Madam President.” Shudder…
And speaking of “shuddering,” I have to leave you with something, um, cool, to soothe the soul after all of the political talk. That would be the GLACIERS we went past while sailing down the fjords to Ushuaia. Only one came down to the water, but it was quite something. Check them out:
And I had to put this one in. The rainbow actually spanned across the front of the ship. But as you can see, there is sun, rain, rain coming, the rainbow, AND we had a little hail, all within a couple of minutes – literally.
I also wanted to leave you with a little hope for the future. There is something about the incredible beauty of this planet that acts as a balm to the spirit, especially in difficult times. Heaven knows, we have had plenty of those, but even still – seeing a rainbow acts as a reminder that there is still beauty in the world. Amen to that…
That’s it for me. Feel free to discuss whatever is on your minds today. This is an Open Thread.