Posts Tagged ‘ Donald Trump ’

NATO and Trump’s misconceptions

August 2, 2016
posted by

Sheldon Richman Center for a Stateless Society
by Sheldon Richman  

"Trump consistently shows an inability to close the deal -- ironic, no? Time and time again he's picked up on a piece of a legitimate issue, seemed uninterested in facts and arguments that would develop the point into a decent campaign issue, then botched it. I think I know why: Trump's shtick is that the US is the aggrieved nation: because of weak and stupid leaders it has been taken advantage of every which way. That's great fodder for a populist demagogue whipping up ignorant voters. Hence, he certainly can't say anything to suggest that rather than being the victim, the US is the victimizer." (08/02/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/45852  

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Trump wants to make churches the new Super PACs

August 2, 2016
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Emma Green  

"Why have some religious conservatives decided to support Donald Trump for United States president? Leaders have named their reasons: He's promised to appoint pro-life Supreme Court justices; he's allegedly good at business. But they have also consistently cited something else, perhaps more unexpected: the tax code. Trump has promised to repeal the so-called Johnson Amendment, a 1954 provision that prohibits tax-exempt organizations from participating in political activities. ... Since 2008, a group of predominantly conservative, Protestant churches have participated in Pulpit Freedom Sunday -- a day started by the conservative legal group Alliance Defending Freedom, when hundreds of pastors across the country give explicitly political sermons in protest of the IRS's rule." (08/02/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/08/how-trump-is-trying-to-put-more-money-in-politics/493823/  

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Donald Trump: Unprincipled populist

August 2, 2016
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Thomas L Knapp -- photo by Avens O'Brien William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"The final disposition of the ruling class is the rub with most 'populist' agitators: They aim to topple the existing ruling class and replace it with another. They don't want to get rid of the power elites; they just want to BECOME the power elites. And they promise that their constituents (the righteous masses) will ascend to power with them. Principled populism aims to end the existing class division altogether. By either limiting or liquidating government, it proposes to make the formation or existence of a 'political class' impossible. In a genuine populist society, a libertarian society, honest labor and free exchange are the sole sources of wealth and power." (08/01/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/6991  

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Why Khizr Khan is Paul Ryan’s worst nightmare

August 2, 2016
posted by

Conor Friedersdorf The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf  

"Before, Republicans could always maintain, with at least some veneer of plausibility, that they would of course repudiate a politician who crossed a certain line. With Donald Trump as their standard-bearer, that line has been shown to encompass a candidate who, feeling attacked by the father of a fallen soldier, finds that his first instinct is to lash out at the man's grieving wife, the fallen soldier's mother, impugning both with ignorant, derogatory speculation rooted in prejudice. In this way, Trump brings shame to everyone and everything his campaign touches. For Ryan and other informed Republicans who back him, the inescapable conclusion is that neither naked racism nor prejudice are deal-breakers for them in the head of their party or their country." (08/01/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/08/why-khizr-khan-is-paul-ryans-worst-nightmare/493796/  

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McCain, other Republicans condemn Trump’s disgusting comments on parents of dead soldier

August 1, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"John McCain is joining the chorus of Republicans condemning Donald Trump's attacks on a slain Muslim-American soldier's parents, who made an emotional case against Trump's candidacy at the Democratic National Convention. ... McCain's condemnation of Trump's remarks echoed sentiments expressed by Republican leadership on Capitol Hill. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan also issued statements strongly defending the Khan family." (08/01/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/mitch-mcconnell-paul-ryan-defend-khizr-khans-sons/story?id=41031777  

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Clinton or Trump? Pick your poison.

August 1, 2016
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"Clinton or Trump? It's your choice. Socialism or fascism. Take a look at Venezuela. Or Cuba. Or North Korea. If Clinton has her way, that’s the direction in which America will continue to head. ... If you want to get a good idea of where Trump will take America, just consider Benito Mussolini's Italy or, for that matter, Franklin Roosevelt's 1930s America. Trump is determined to make America great again, and he's not going to let anything get in the way of that goal -- not Congress, not the judiciary, and certainly not the Constitution." (08/01/16)

http://fff.org/2016/08/01/clinton-trump-pick-poison/  

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Trump campaign strikes right note on Melania’s nude pictures

August 1, 2016
posted by

Elizabeth Nolan Brown Reason
by Elizabeth Nolan Brown  

"The cover of this Sunday's New York Post featured a first for a future-First-Lady hopeful: a nudie pic. 'You've never seen a potential First Lady like this!' the Post promised under the headline 'The Ogle Office,' beside a photo of Donald Trump's third wife, Melania (Knauss) Trump, nude except for a few bracelets and stars strategically added over her nipples. The image -- and more like it inside the paper -- comes from a photo shoot that the Slovenian-model turned billionaire's wife did in 1995 for a now-defunct French men's magazine. In another GOP era, such a revelation about a presidential candidate's wife might make for quite the scandal. At least it would make for some uncomfortable hemming and hawing from the campaign, plus an apology from the wife and/or candidate and platitudes about America's moral character. But this is Donald Trump's party now." (07/31/16)

http://reason.com/blog/2016/07/31/trump-campaign-right-on-melania-nude-pic  

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The 2016 election by the numbers

July 31, 2016
posted by

Liberty Unbound Libertarian Unbound
by Jon Harrison  

"In a previous essay I predicted the electoral demise of Donald Trump. Election Day is more than three months away, and a lot can happen in that amount of time. All human activity is fraught with uncertainty; no one can predict with absolute assurance what will happen tomorrow, much less who will be elected president in November. That said, I offer the reader my analysis of the Trump-Clinton race, with a state-by-state breakdown that I strongly believe reflects what will happen in November." (07/29/16)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1584  

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Hair

July 31, 2016
posted by

Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"I don't know about you, but every time I see Donald Trump on TV, no matter what he is doing or saying, my attention is drawn like a magnet to, of all things, his hair. I just can't help it; it's like it happens against my will. And I unwillingly submit to this negative subliminal message -- his hairstyle makes him look like a dufus. It detracts from his appearance. It detracts from his message. It detracts from his credibility. It's embarrassing. It's so unnecessary. Trump is a handsome man. Maybe the two beautiful women in his life who he loves and trusts the most, wife Melania, and daughter Ivanka, should take him aside together, sit him down, and gently suggest to him that the 1970s was 45 years ago now." (07/30/16)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2016/07/hair.html  

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Trump’s nomination and backward immigration policy

July 28, 2016
posted by

Abigail R. Hall Blanco Independent Institute
by Abigail R Hall Blanco  

"Alas, this is not the first time that Trump has accused immigrants of possessing inherent criminal tendencies. In the past, he's referred to Mexican immigrants in particular as criminals, drug dealers, and 'rapists.' As I noted in my earlier blog, this narrative simply fails to match up with the statistics. Study after study after study has found that both illegal and legal immigrants are less likely to commit crimes or be put in jail than their native counterparts. ... In a similar way, Trump’s concern for the 'resources' taken by immigrants once again doesn't stand up to empirical investigation (or a two minute search of any internet search engine for that matter). Ku and Bruen, for example, found that when it comes to public benefits like Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), low-income immigrants use these services at a lower rate than native-born individuals. Moreover, a practical mountain of studies has found that immigrants, illegal included, pay far more in taxes than they receive in public assistance." (07/28/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/07/28/trumps-nomination-and-backward-immigration-policy/  

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Neither Clinton nor Trump would reduce the national debt

July 28, 2016
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Peter Suderman Reason
by Peter Suderman  

"Tonight's Democratic National Convention featured a brief video starring former Obama administration economic adviser Gene Sperling. Sperling brought up a topic we haven't heard a whole lot about at this year's DNC: the federal debt. His point was that GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump would be far worse for the national debt than Hillary Clinton. By all accounts, Sperling was right: Although Trump's economic plans are frustratingly vague and difficult to pin down, every credible attempt to estimate has found that his plans would massively increase total debt. ... But here's the thing: Hillary Clinton would also let the debt rise substantially. Under her plans, according to the same CRFB analysis, debt held by the public would rise from $14 trillion to $23.9 trillion over the next decade. Gross national debt would rise from $19 trillion to more than $29 trillion." (07/27/16)

http://reason.com/blog/2016/07/27/neither-clinton-nor-trump-would-reduce-t  

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Trump urges Russia to hack Clinton’s email

July 27, 2016
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The Great Cornholio Politico    

"Donald Trump invited Russia to hack Hillary Clinton's emails on Wednesday, asking them to find 'the 30,000 emails that are missing' from the personal server she used during her time as secretary of state. 'It would be interesting to see, I will tell you this, Russia, if you're listening I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,' the Republican nominee said at a news conference in Florida. 'I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.' The discussion of Putin comes amid Democratic accusations that Russia was behind the hacking of the Democratic National Committee's emails. Trump said that's a 'sideshow' to distract from the contents of the emails." (07/27/16)

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/trump-putin-no-relationship-226282  

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Hillary Clinton’s dangerously coherent foreign policy

July 25, 2016
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Reason Reason
by Thaddeus Russell  

"To Clinton and other inheritors of Wilson's calling, Trump's specific sins are what some have crudely called isolationism. Rather than seek U.S. military dominance as a means to extend American influence, Trump has insisted that other nations bolster their militaries and defend themselves, which Clinton dismissively reduced to a demand to 'let more countries have nuclear weapons.' ... What Clinton offers instead of Trump's 'truly dangerous path' is a foreign policy built upon the classically Wilsonian idea that America 'is an exceptional country' that is the 'last, best hope on earth.' She promises to 'secure American leadership' and to prove, through diplomacy and military action, that 'our country represents something special, not just to us, [but] to the world.' Unfortunately, presidents with these coherent ideas have been the most dangerous of all." (07/25/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/07/25/hillary-clintons-dangerously-coherent-fo  

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Donald Trump’s war on Islam, beheld live from the Cleveland floor, part 2

July 25, 2016
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The Intercept The Intercept
by Mattathias Schwartz  

"Few have explained the essence of Make America Great Again with the clarity of Grandpa Simpson. 'I used to be with it,' he said, to his son Homer and his son's friend Barney, having caught them rocking out in front of a mirror. 'But then they changed what it was. Now what I'm with isn't it, and what's it seems weird and scary to me.' Then came the curse: 'It'll happen to you.' Grandpa Simpson's words echoed the two questions that Rudy Giuliani asked on Day 1: America! What happened to it? Where did it go? I looked to the delegates for answers." (07/24/16)

https://theintercept.com/2016/07/24/donald-trumps-war-on-islam-beheld-live-from-the-cleveland-floor-part-two/  

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Should we feel the Johnson?

July 25, 2016
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Unqualified Offerings
by Thoreau  

"Trump is certainly scaring a lot of people away from the GOP. However, if all he does is scare people away then all it will mean is an internal GOP conflict where they fight over how conservative they should or shouldn't be. If you want to see them fundamentally change (as opposed to just recalibrating) then some of those voters need to bolt for someone other than Hillary Clinton. Otherwise the only real fact on the ground will be that the Trumpeters were there and ran the show and while they failed they were at least there, unlike the guys who bolted. Plus, it's not like Mitt Romney (surely a moderate in comparison with Trump!) exactly rocked the world in 2012. I don't want to be in a country where one of the two parties is in a negotiation between Ted Cruz and the Trumpeters. I hold out hope that a showing of support for Gary Johnson could shake it up by turning that GOP civil war into a 3-way battle." (07/23/16)

http://highclearing.com/index.php/archives/2016/07/23/19272  

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The Trump campaign: A pre-mortem

July 24, 2016
posted by

Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Jon Harrison  

"The Trump campaign went into the Republican convention virtually tied with Hillary Clinton in most national polls. Whether the show in Cleveland helped or hurt Trump will be known in coming days, but poll numbers in July mean nothing for November. And in November Trump will go down, possibly in a landslide. To this point Trump has shown an almost magical ability to overcome obstacles (many of them self-generated) that would have destroyed any other candidate for the presidency. On the road to Cleveland he vanquished no fewer than 16 rivals, including some of the biggest names in the GOP. Yet it seems clear that he has no more chance of stopping Hillary than Merlin had of stopping King Arthur's marriage to Guinevere." (07/23/16)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1580  

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The hollow men

July 22, 2016
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Jeffrey Goldberg  

"The neediness of politicians has always fascinated me; the pathological desire for relevance; the plasticity of belief in the service of self-aggrandizement; the depths plumbed in order to stave off insignificance, which can be as frightening as non-existence itself. One of my favorite politicians, Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, is almost morbidly needy. His desire for attention made him into a brilliant retailer, mainly of himself, but also of his ideas, and intermittently, of his state. His neediness made him greatly entertaining. But it also caused him to betray his own principles. I recognize that it took millions of Republican primary voters to bring America to this frightening moment, a moment in which a preposterous grifter of authoritarian bent whose mental health is the subject of pervasive and anxious speculation, has become a major-party nominee for president. But it was men like Christie who were indispensable in the creation of this moment. Donald J. Trump could have been stopped." (07/21/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/07/the-hollow-men/492320/  

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Trump serves up heaping helping of narcissism for convention closer

July 22, 2016
posted by

The Great Cornholio Bloomberg    

"Donald Trump gambled that Americans share his vision of a nation teetering on disaster, accepting the Republican Party’s presidential nomination in a speech Thursday where he cast himself as a renegade outsider who is the last, best hope to stand up to a discredited and depleted establishment. 'I am your voice,' he told a cheering convention hall in Cleveland. In the face of dangerous immigrants, unwieldy debt, and an unsafe world, Trump argued, his America-first vision and business savvy made him uniquely qualified to reverse the decline." (07/21/16)

http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-07-21/trump-goes-on-cruz-control-with-speech-that-could-transform-race  

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Cruz’s “non-endorsement”

July 21, 2016
posted by

Daniel Larison The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  

"Cruz is counting on a Trump loss, which is not a bad bet to make, but he also seems to think that the millions of Trump primary voters that already chose not to vote for him the first time will reward his self-serving display from last night in a future cycle. Many people, including Dreher, have mentioned that Cruz preserved his 'honor,' and that has struck me as a very odd way to interpret what he did. Like anything else Cruz has done in his political career, he put on a show last night because he thought it would give him a political advantage and aid his future ambitions." (07/21/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/cruzs-non-endorsement/  

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Reducing immigration will not satisfy Trump voters, and it’s a bad idea anyway

July 21, 2016
posted by

Alex Nowrasteh Cato Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh  

"Ross Douthat and Reihan Salam's recent New York Times article laying out a policy response to Trumpism argues, in part, that their preferred immigration policy will help the GOP avoid the likes of a demagogic megalomaniac such as Donald Trump. Unfortunately their policy ideas address neither the symptoms nor the causes, real or imagined, of Trump's rise." (07/20/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/reducing-immigration-will-not-satisfy-trump-voters-its-bad-idea-anyway  

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RNC: Cruz booed after refusing to endorse Trump

July 21, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"Ted Cruz sensationally withheld an endorsement of Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention Wednesday, earning a chorus of boos from the floor before he was upstaged in a power play by the GOP nominee himself. In a dramatic development, as Cruz wrapped up his speech, Trump suddenly appeared in the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. He walked to join his family in a VIP area and flashed a thumbs-up -- a gesture that transmitted clear anger at the Texas senator's behavior. ... As delegates began to protest, Sen. Cruz's wife, Heidi Cruz, was heckled by Trump supporters shouting 'Goldman Sachs!' and escorted out by security." (07/21/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/20/politics/ted-cruz-republican-convention-moment/  

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Trump staff writer takes blame for Melania speech

July 21, 2016
posted by

The Great Cornholio Politico    

"Donald Trump's campaign for [not quite two] days refused to admit that Melania Trump's primetime convention speech contained passages lifted from Michelle Obama's 2008 address -- then suddenly released a statement Wednesday admitting that it was. Trump Organization staff writer Meredith McIver, in a statement taking responsibility for the plagiarism incident, said she had 'offered my resignation to Mr. Trump and the Trump family, but they rejected it.' ... The incident even briefly split the top ranks of the Republican National Committee, whose chairman Reince Priebus said Trump should 'probably' fire whoever was responsible, while his top lieutenant fiercely defended Melania Trump. That RNC official, chief strategist Sean Spicer, mockingly compared passages of the would-be first lady's speech to quotes from Twilight Sparkle from 'My Little Pony.'" [editor's note: Yes, I pretty much nailed what happened yesterday morning in a post at my blog. Wonder why it took the campaign almost two days to admit it? - TLK] (07/20/19)

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/trump-staffer-melania-speech-meredith-mciver-225878  

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Secret Service investigates Trump adviser who said Clinton should be executed

July 20, 2016
posted by

The Great Cornholio Washington Post    

"The Secret Service is investigating one of Donald Trump's most outspoken supporters, a New Hampshire state representative who said this week that Hillary Clinton should be shot for treason. 'The U.S. Secret Service is aware of this matter and will conduct the appropriate investigation,' Nicole Mainor, a spokeswoman for the Secret Service, said about the comments from Al Baldasaro. The investigation was first reported by the Daily Beast. Baldasaro, a Republican from Londonderry, N.H., is a former Marine who calls himself Trump's 'veteran advisor.'" (07/20/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/07/20/secret-service-investigates-trump-advisor-who-said-clinton-should-be-executed/  

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Trump and the failure of the GOP

July 20, 2016
posted by

Daniel Larison The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  

"Had the Bush administration not presided over multiple disasters, most of them of their own making, there would have been no opening or occasion for the repudiation of the party’s leaders that we have seen this year. ... Party leaders spent decades conning Republican voters with promises they knew they wouldn't or couldn't fulfill, and then were shocked when most of those voters turned against them." (07/20/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/trump-and-the-failure-of-the-gop/  

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Republicans officially nominate Trump/Pence

July 20, 2016
posted by

The Great Cornholio USA Today    

"Delegates to the Republican National Convention officially selected Donald Trump and Mike Pence as their candidates for president and vice president Tuesday, one day after a contentious opening session that saw an insurgent rebellion quashed and a featured speech questioned. ... The open-carry state of Ohio and city of Cleveland had braced for major protests, but the streets stayed mostly quiet." (07/19/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/2016/07/19/gop-coronation-day-arrives-trump/87283502/  

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