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Quote:Further adventures in prestige for presidential hopeful Donald Trump, who has announced his membership of perhaps the least exclusive gentleman’s club in his collection: Guys Who Reckon They Could Totally Have Slept With Princess Di. Though this establishment tends not to be listed in their Who’s Who entries, for a certain generation of big-hitting men it is somewhere to feel like you’ve made it (just not with Princess Di). Such are the badges of achievement: black Amex, private jet, story about how Diana would have given you one but for whatever reason, didn’t. In comments made soon after the princess’s death in 1997, unearthed again this week, Trump told the US radio host Howard Stern not just that he would have, but that he could have. “Why do people think it’s egotistical of you to say you could have gotten with Lady Di?” wondered Stern, masterfully. “You could’ve gotten her, right? You could have nailed her?” “I think I could have,” agreed Trump.
Now we know the secret of Trump’s success – sex appeal | Marina Hyde | Opinion | The Guardian

Quote:This Chris Christie endorsement of Trump is real signal to GOP establishment that they had better begin thinking about Trump as the future,” former House Speaker Newt Gingrich tweeted Friday.
Christie Endorsement of Trump Shakes Up GOP Primary | RealClearPolitics
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#2
Quote:Sen. Ted Cruz speculated Sunday that Republican presidential rival Donald Trump might be delaying the release of his tax returns because of possible ties with the mob.
Ted Cruz: Do Donald Trump tax returns have mafia ties? - Business Insider

This is the Republican primary..
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#3
Quote:On Twitter, I suggested that Trump was pugnacious, pugilistic, preening and puerile, and asked for other P words to describe him. The result was a deluge: petulant, pandering, pathetic, peevish, prickly, pernicious, patronizing, Pantagruelian, prevaricating, phony, presumptuous, potty-mouthed, provocative, pompous, predatory and so many more, including the troubling “probably president.”
Donald the Dangerous - The New York Times
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#4
Quote:Further adventures in prestige for presidential hopeful Donald Trump, who has announced his membership of perhaps the least exclusive gentleman’s club in his collection: Guys Who Reckon They Could Totally Have Slept With Princess Di. Though this establishment tends not to be listed in their Who’s Who entries, for a certain generation of big-hitting men it is somewhere to feel like you’ve made it (just not with Princess Di). Such are the badges of achievement: black Amex, private jet, story about how Diana would have given you one but for whatever reason, didn’t. In comments made soon after the princess’s death in 1997, unearthed again this week, Trump told the US radio host Howard Stern not just that he would have, but that he could have. “Why do people think it’s egotistical of you to say you could have gotten with Lady Di?” wondered Stern, masterfully. “You could’ve gotten her, right? You could have nailed her?” “I think I could have,” agreed Trump.
Now we know the secret of Trump’s success – sex appeal | Marina Hyde | Opinion | The Guardian
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#5
Conservative commentator Megan McArdle doesn't seem to be a fan..

Quote:The man once praised for finally saying the unsayable at a Republican debate -- that the Iraq War was a mistake -- was suddenly talking about putting tens of thousands of boots on the ground in the Middle East. He backtracked on his backtracking on H1B visas. He said he didn’t condone the violence that had taken place at his rallies, and then, when confronted with his own words suggesting violence against protesters, suggested -- in suitably subdued tones -- that, well, they deserved it. It was as if he’d read that you’re supposed to pivot to the general, and failed to understand that you were supposed to selectively tack toward the center on key issues, rather than randomly retracting things you had previously said, some as recently as 30 seconds ago.
Trump's Clumsy Pivot to the General Election - Bloomberg View

She better get used to having him around..
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#6
But she does have a point with his stance against the Iraq war and his present desire to put tens of thousands (really?) boots on the ground in the Middle East..

Is there any reason to suspect it will have a better finish this time around? I don't think we have any business there, to be honest. Too complicated. Too many opportunities for collateral damage and unforeseen consequences, and simply too expensive.

The Irak war cost $2-4 trillion, depending on who to believe. What did we get for that? And this isn't even counting the human cost.
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#7
Quote:Yet many commentators argue that these manifestations of hostile passions are misleading, a kind of Trump-l’oeil, as it were, and that what really is driving the Trump phenomenon is a very rational and reasonable set of economic grievances. George Friedman, president of the national security analysis consultancy Stratfor, argues that it is “the simultaneous economic disaster and deligitimation of [the] values” of the lower middle class, due largely to the decimation of manufacturing industries by globalization, that has triggered an angry backlash. Thomas Frank contends that because “Trump appears to be a racist,” pundits are too quick to assume that “racism must be what motivates his followers,” whereas the issue that really agitates both the candidate and his supporters are “destructive free-trade deals.” A trio of comparative politics scholars notes that Trump is actually “riding waves of socioeconomic and cultural change that have swept over many nations” and that the United States is but one of many countries that have witnessed the emergence of “a reaction against globalization” with the same characteristic mix of economic grievances and racist trappings that Trump exemplifies. These same scholars also observe that these right-wing populist movements tend to draw support disproportionately “from people with lower levels of education.” .. Some observers have argued that Trump exemplifies the authoritarian personality, who answers his supporters’ craving “for order and a fear of outsiders,” but that is not the right way to think about Trump. He is not an authoritarian but a celebrity.
Trump-l’Oeil

Quote:People get worked up during presidential campaigns. But the rise of Donald Trump has provoked conservative intellectuals to express their dismay in existential tones. Conservative writers have used terms like unmitigated, unalloyed, potentially unsalvageable disaster to describe a Trump nomination and have declared that they are “fighting for our movement’s existence.” Marco Rubio has made this kind of talk the lingua franca of his once relentlessly chummy campaign, warning that the Republican Party “would split apart” were Trump to prevail. Trump’s opponents have planned for the kinds of dire, schismatic responses not seen in generations of American presidential politics: using the party’s summer convention, normally a scripted infomercial, to wrest the nomination from him. Or even bolting the GOP to start a third party.
Why Is Trump Driving Conservatives So Crazy? -- NYMag

Quote:The fear inspired by Trump is not merely that he would blow the party’s chances of winning the presidency (though he probably would), or even that he would saddle it with long-term damage among the growing Latino bloc (though he would do that as well). It is that Trump would release the conservative movement’s policy hammerlock on the Republican Party.
Why Is Trump Driving Conservatives So Crazy? -- NYMag

Quote:While only 28 percent of Americans say “whites [are] losing out because of preferences for blacks and Hispanics,” that number is 43 percent for Trump supporters. ABC poll analyst Gary Langer concludes, “This view is one of the strongest independent predictors of preference for Trump vs. his GOP competitors, along with … support for deportation and support for banning Muslims.”
The Case for Shutting Down the Republican Party | New Republic
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#8
Quote:Trump's favorability numbers are without precedent for a modern general-election candidate, according to a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll. His net-favorability rating was a negative-39, the lowest in the history of the NBC/WSJ poll for a major presidential candidate.
Obama approval rating could be GOP problem - Business Insider
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#9
Here is Marc Faber (the author of the Gloom, Boom andDoom report), recoiling from his usual Fed bashing, morphing into a Trump supporter: 

Quote:This isn't the firebrand's first foray into the political sphere. Following the 2012 presidential election, Faber said that Barack Obama's re-election was "very negative" for the U.S. economy.
Faber: I'd Vote For Trump Because 'Hillary Clinton Will Destroy the Whole World'

How did that work out, Faber?
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#10
Quote:Conservatives in Hollywood fret about the entertainment industry’s liberal tilt so many closet their beliefs, but the perceived need to tiptoe around Tinseltown’s Democratic legions has the virtue of binding their little tribe together, yielding an underground community spirit. In huddles at film sets, studio offices, homes and cafes they groan about Black Lives Matter, lament Hillary Clinton and decry the socialist catastrophe named Barack Obama. Occasionally they gather en masse to hear visiting Republican speakers address a semi-clandestine club, Friends of Abe (FOA), over beer and pizza in Brentwood. The camaraderie, however, is cracking. Donald Trump’s insurgent campaign for the Republican presidential nomination has sent a fault line snaking through Los Angeles, shaking solidarity among Hollywood’s conservatives.
'It’s a civil war in slow-mo': how Trump's rise is cracking Hollywood conservatives | US news | The Guardian

Quote:In truth, nationalism sufficiently strident can get by with an eclectic or completely vague economic program both in promise and in practice. Fascism may have appealed to the economically insecure, but it did not appeal by giving them an economic answer. It appealed by giving them an enemy.
Roots and Rot: Dodging the Blame for Donald Trump - The New Yorker

Quote:The point is simple. 'Movement conservatives' can field a candidate. But other than general arguments about civility and anti-authoritarianism or just bad taste, it's hard to know how they would be able to distinguish themselves from Trump on any significant issues. The reasons they really don't like Trump are points of temperament and emphasis where he is likely closer to their voters than they are.
Why NeverTrump is Doomed, Doomed, Doomed
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