Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Daily Trumpeter: Elizabeth Warren, Paul Ryan, Alexander Pope, and more

Sen. Elizabeth Warren gives a fire-breathing, blistering, scathing assessment of Donald Trump at TalkingPointsMemo. Here is a sample.

Warren first cited a comment Trump made in 2006 that he "sort of" hoped the housing market would crash because it could help his business.

"Donald Trump was drooling over the idea of a housing meltdown because it meant he could buy up more property on the cheap. What kind of a man does that? What kind of a man roots for people to get thrown out of their house? What kind of man roots for people to get thrown out of their jobs?" Warren asked in a speech at the Center for Popular Democracy.

"I’ll tell you exactly what kind of a man does that," she continued. "It is man who cares about no one but himself. A small, insecure money-grubber who doesn’t care who gets hurt, so long as he makes a profit off it. What kind of man does that? A man who will never be president of the United States."

I am sympathetic. Trump should never be president. But note two things. (1) He keeps winning. The real story is less about Trump and more about the social and economic forces at play among those who vote for him. (2) I can't help the nagging feeling that critics of Trump have underestimated him - and continue to do so. What's left for him? Wife #4? Nope. Another amazing real estate deal? Been there, done that. Run for the Senate? He buys politicians. The Presidency? Hmmmm. Why not? To achieve that goal he has become an astute observer of his potential base of support. And he understands the use of modern media. Trump is no bumbling fool. He is so dangerous because he is competent at what he does. So prattle on, Never-Trumpers and bloggers. Trump is a few delegates away from the GOP nomination and thus a few votes away from the Presidency.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is rumored to be close to endorsing Trump, a report also in TPM. Much earlier in the campaign season I predicted the possibility of a third political party - the American Authoritarians. I just did not anticipate how spineless is the GOP establishment. They proved that by folding like a soggy peso in a beach bar. So my prediction was correct - there is a third party led by Trump, formerly known as the GOP.

Following in this blog are two more posts featuring essays about Trump: Poet Alexander Pope rises from the grave to opine on the ascendancy of Trump, and Reporter Mort Rosenblum sends "A Field Report for Reasonable People Who Support Trump."

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