Thursday, December 10, 2015

Quote of the year: A "RINO on a rampage", is Trump a Clinton plant?

"But though Democrats sometimes become Republicans, none has proven as potentially destructive to the GOP as Trump. He’s not just a RINO, some say — he’s a RINO on a rampage." - Washington Post.

Having read a while back about a phone call from Bill Clinton (he denied it) to Donald Trump, my "conspiratorial brain" went to work. I've resisted confessing that embarassing line of thought, but now I've discovered I am not alone. The Washington Post published a piece on the evidence that fuels this particular conspiracy theory. Here's a sample.

The mysterious Trump-Clinton phone call.

Donations are one thing [to the Clinton foundation]. A personal phone call between Trump and former president Clinton just weeks before Trump declared his candidacy is, perhaps, something else.

Bill Clinton and Trump chatted in late May, as The Washington Post reported; the Donald became a candidate in mid-June. So what were Trump and President No. 42 discussing? Might it be a plot, years in the making, to ensure that Hillary doesn’t face a challenge from a more level-headed, moderate Republican — like Jeb Bush — who may have a better chance of winning a general election?

“The tone of the call was informal, and Clinton never urged Trump to run, the four people said,” Robert Costa and Anne Gearan reported, summarizing the comments of “four Trump allies.” “Rather, they said, Clinton sounded curious about Trump’s moves toward a presidential bid and told Trump that he was striking a chord with frustrated conservatives and was a rising force on the right.”

“Sounded curious,” eh? That’s pretty curious in itself.

Check out the Post's article for more evidence. They conclude this way.

Faced with this parade — or, at least, faint trail — of circumstantial evidence, some can only conclude that Trump and the Clintons are in it to win it together — by getting Trump to lose it.

“Donald Trump is a false-flag candidate,” conservative blogger Justin Raimondo wrote in July. “It’s all an act, one that benefits his good friend Hillary Clinton and the Democratic party that, until recently, counted the reality show star among its adherents. Indeed, Trump’s pronouncements – the open racism, the demagogic appeals, the faux-populist rhetoric – sound like something out of a Democratic political consultant’s imagination, a caricature of conservatism as performed by a master actor.”

Of course, this would mean that the Clintons — who, for all of their political power, couldn’t beat Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) in the 2008 Democratic primary — would have had to cultivate a fickle, volatile real-estate developer turned reality TV host for more than a decade; bet that he could mount a serious presidential campaign, but one not serious enough to win a general election; and engineer this grand conspiracy without anyone finding out about it. Also, what would be in it for Trump — isn’t he already worth “10 BILLION DOLLARS“?

Then again, there may not be much difference between Trump sincerely trying to win and Trump tanking on Hillary’s behalf.

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