Friday, August 12, 2016

Daily Trumpeter

The "Second Amendment people" business aside, Trump continues his campaign of lies piled on more lies, now charging Clinton and Obama with being responsible for ISIS. And as usual, when challenged, he doubles down to the cheers of his mob.

Trump's campaign of incitement: "... Mr. Trump’s crowds remain big and loud, but they’re angrier and more malevolent, and so is Mr. Trump. ... Right now Mr. Trump is losing, and this very likely terrifies him. Maybe he doesn’t know how to control himself, or comprehend why he should. Or he is simply satisfying his boundless need for attention. But his behavior this week raises a more disturbing scenario. Perhaps he has given up on winning through civil means and does not care about the consequences of his campaign of incitement." New York Times Editorial Board

Republicans to RNC: No more money for Trump. Dozens of Republicans [over 70] have signed an open letter urging Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus to shift resources away from the Trump campaign to House and Senate races instead. According to a report by Politico, the letter urges the RNC to shift resources to vulnerable congressional races in order to "prevent the GOP from drowning with a Trump-emblazoned anchor around its neck." “We believe that Donald Trump’s divisiveness, recklessness, incompetence, and record-breaking unpopularity risk turning this election into a Democratic landslide," the letter reads, according to the report, which urges "the immediate shift of all available RNC resources to vulnerable Senate and House races."

What keeps Trump from becoming president? "Donald Trump should not get up in front of people and talk." Paul Waldman at the Washington Post/Plum line.

"Lock them up" - with love, maybe? Crowd: “Lock her up!” they chanted from the moment they gathered, under an afternoon thunderstorm, outside the Florida Panthers’ arena. When Trump blasted the news media, they changed the chant to “Lock them up!” Trump: “There’s so much love in the room,” he said, without irony. Miami Herald

From the NRA with Love - to a Loose Canon. "Donald J. Trump’s candidacy has driven away throngs of Republican elected officials, donors and policy experts. But not the National Rifle Association. With Mr. Trump increasingly isolated and hobbled by controversies of his own making, the powerful gun-rights group has emerged as one of his remaining stalwart allies in the Republican coalition: the institution on the right most aggressively committed to his candidacy, except for the Republican National Committee itself." New York Times

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