He’s the Front Runner

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Remember in the 2012 race for the Tea-GOP presidential nomination when Donald Trump briefly became the front runner even though he wasn’t a declared candidate? If you do, then you won’t be surprised that The Donald is again leading the pack in the latest USA Today poll.

USA Today poll

Steven Rosenfeld on Alternet: “The open question is how much damage can Trump to do the GOP brand and the nominating process…”

Another question is when will one of the other 15 Tea-GOP contenders dare to criticize Trump or point out that he would make a ridiculously awful President? Are they afraid to take on such a luxurious, high-end top candidate for fear of being called a loser or a dummy? Do they think that by not attacking Trump they can inherit his racist supporters when Trump drops out?

From Their Lies To His Ears: The Right-Wing Media Myths Making Up Trump’s Campaign Platform

  1. #1 by Larry Bergan on July 17, 2015 - 2:22 pm

    I don’t know, but I think Trump’s popularity has outlasted any of the 2012 Republican candidates. It seemed like all of them were popular for about a week.

  2. #2 by Larry Bergan on July 18, 2015 - 8:20 pm

    While we’re on the topic of things that are just crazy, I couldn’t resist sharing this. This kid is GOOD!

  3. #3 by Richard Warnick on July 20, 2015 - 8:53 am

    How Did This Monster Get Created? The Decades of GOP Lies That Brought Us Donald Trump

    Heather Cox Richardson writes (on Salon.com) that the Tea-GOP since Nixon has relied on something she calls the “apocalyptic redemption story.” Rather than bore voters with policy proposals, you simply repeat the fact-free claim our country is in terrible trouble and only your candidate can save it. This worked even better after Reagan got rid of the FCC’s Fairness Doctrine.

    This disregard for fact in favor of narrative appears to have become so accepted in the Republican Party that it is now openly driving Republican presidential candidates. Trump’s celebrity candidacy follows the formula. According to him, America is in free fall, with GDP below zero, unemployment at 18-20 percent, and the country overrun by minorities—his venom reserved primarily for Mexicans who, he says, are drug dealers, criminals and rapists.

    “Our enemies are getting stronger and stronger by the day and we as a country are getting weaker.” Politicians can’t “make America great again” because they are “controlled fully by the lobbyists, by the donors, and by the special interests.” Trump promises to be a “great leader” who has simple answers: He will bring back jobs, make sure Iran doesn’t get nuclear weapons, reduce the debt, in short, find a way to do everything fast and well. “Sadly,” he says, “the American dream is dead. But if I get elected president I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before.”

    Right on the same page as the article, here’s this paid ad:

    Trump ad

  4. #4 by Richard Warnick on July 20, 2015 - 9:49 am

    This weekend cable TV news was full of Trump’s casual insult aimed at Senator John McCain. It’s nothing new. The Tea-GOP is known for smearing and mocking Vietnam War heroes. But usually the target is a Democrat.

    The Breathtaking Hypocrisy Of The Republican Freak Out About John McCain, In One Letter

    In 2005, John Ellis (“Jeb”) Bush sent a thank-you letter to the so-called “Swift Boat Veterans For Truth” (who lied about John Kerry’s war record). James (“Rick”) Perry also was a proud supporter of the Swift Boat Liars.

    Josh Marshall: Trump’s campaign “is the logical end result of the Tea Party-ization of the GOP since 2009.”

  5. #5 by Richard Warnick on July 20, 2015 - 11:18 am

    Kali Holloway on AlterNet:

    [Trump’s candidacy] has pretty much turned the Republican presidential race from a mere carnival of sadness into a shitshow of epic proportions.

    …With Trump… there’s nothing to decode in his speeches, no dog whistles you have to strain to hear; it’s all loud and wrong and right there on the record, with no pretense of being anything but ugly and hateful.

    …And without the big show of pretending to be a decent human being that his competitors put on.

    …[W]hen John McCain — the man who gave us Sarah Effing Palin — says Trump has “fired up the crazies,” we can only hope some researcher out there is developing a medication for people suffering from alarmingly low levels of self-awareness.

  6. #6 by Richard Warnick on July 21, 2015 - 10:41 am

    The latest poll has Trump at 24 percent, basically double the support of either Walker or Bush.

    Pundits are expecting Trump’s numbers to go down as a result of insulting Senator John McCain, however Trump supporters generally aren’t fans of McCain.

    • #7 by Larry Bergan on July 21, 2015 - 1:15 pm

      Rick Santorum must be devastated. He didn’t even show up on the poll. I, generally mistrust polls, unless they support my position. :)

  7. #8 by Richard Warnick on July 21, 2015 - 5:04 pm

    Thom Hartmann: The Big Political Issue Shaking Under Our Feet in the Presidential Election

    When Reagan came into office, we were the world’s largest importer of raw materials, and the world’s largest exporter of finished, manufactured goods. We imported iron ore and wool, and exported TVs, cars, socks, shirts and Levi jeans. We were the world’s largest creditor — we even loaned other countries money to buy our manufactured goods, through a slick little device called the Export-Import Bank.

    But today, after 35 years of Reaganism and so-called “free trade,” America is now the world’s largest importer of finished, manufactured goods, and the world’s leading exporter of raw materials. We ship iron ore, coal and wood to China, and get it back in the form of computers in nice cardboard boxes.

    We are also now the world’s largest debtor nation, net-in-debt to the rest of the world to the tune of $11 trillion — our trade debt — with an annual trade deficit that floats around $500 billion.

    Ross Perot, it turns out, was right. Every trade deal we’ve entered into in the past 30 years has lost us jobs, industries and good wages. When Reagan came into office the nation’s largest employer was General Motors, and they paid high-school graduates a solid $40-$50/hour (in today’s dollars) with benefits and job security. Today, our nation’s largest employer is Walmart, with an average pay of around $9/hour — and even GM is hiring new workers at $14/hour. As Bernie Sanders points out, our trade policies have been largely responsible for the loss of over 60,000 factories just in the past 15 years alone.

    Donald Trump understands this, as does any businessperson who regularly travels between the US and Mexico, China, or any of the other countries to which we’ve outsourced our jobs. And he’s speaking bluntly about it to anybody who will listen.

  8. #9 by Larry Bergan on July 21, 2015 - 8:04 pm

    Thom Hartmann’s got a point there, but so does “The Onion“.

  9. #10 by Richard Warnick on July 22, 2015 - 9:43 am

    Eric Boehlert: How the Press Missed the Trump Surge

    In a 2014 poll, two-thirds of Tea-GOPers indicated they still think President Obama is an illegal immigrant. Therefore, Trump.

  10. #11 by Richard Warnick on July 29, 2015 - 1:19 pm

    President Trump Would ‘Love’ To Include Sarah Palin In His Cabinet

    “Everybody loves her,” he said, adding that many people “like the Sarah Palin kind of strength, you just don’t see very much of it anymore.”

  11. #12 by Trump for the dump!! on July 29, 2015 - 2:57 pm

    Going to be great having him president. Palin can run interference and counterpoint on inane progressives..she can be the Donald’s pit bull so he doesn’t have to be disturbed by their bleating.

  12. #13 by Larry Bergan on July 29, 2015 - 8:07 pm

    Yeah Trump-for-dump. She’d make a great secretary of state, wouldn’t she. Yikes.

  13. #14 by Trump for the dump!! on July 29, 2015 - 10:32 pm

    She would be awesome, I would let her go to her mission meetings packing heat. Trump would for sure??when he is president soldiers are going to get their guns back…with bullets.

    Way past time. Arm the military, disarm the police, and take away all their homeland security toys. Triumph will end this countries idiot run left and right.

  14. #15 by Richard Warnick on July 31, 2015 - 12:35 pm

    How Donald Trump Is Causing the 5 Stages of Republican Grief

    While Republicans may try to attack Trump on issue after issue as a way to try to damage the blustery billionaire, it’s not clear that will do anything but bolster his outsider cred among voters who actually share some of the same values — even if mainstream Republicans would like to disown the most inflammatory versions thereof.

    …[T]hey may well recognize that their ideological celebration of the rich and of demagoguery have delivered them precisely the candidate they’ve asked for.

  15. #16 by Richard Warnick on August 11, 2015 - 1:28 pm

    Trump Reserves The Right To Burn Down The Republican Party

    On Tuesday, Trump said he was still considering a third-party run if he’s not “treated fairly” by Republican Party leaders.

  16. #18 by Richard Warnick on August 28, 2015 - 12:14 pm

    In military strategy, the quickest way to victory is to act “inside your opponent’s decision cycle.” On TPM, Josh Marshall has pointed out that this is why Donald Trump is the Tea-GOP front runner. By being outrageous, he has forced the media and other candidates to react to him on a daily basis. Therefore he always has the initiative and they are caught flat-footed again and again.

  17. #19 by Richard Warnick on September 3, 2015 - 3:54 pm

    The Shocking Truth About Donald Trump: He’s Actually the Least Terrifying GOP Candidate

    The fact that Trump is the most progressive of GOP candidates, at least when it comes to certain policies, simply shows how very backwards the GOP actually is.

    • #20 by Larry Bergan on September 3, 2015 - 5:25 pm

      Trump broke every rule when he said:

      I would change it. I would simplify it. I would take carried interest out, and I would let people making hundreds of millions of dollars a year pay some tax, because right now they are paying very little tax and I think it’s outrageous. I want to lower taxes for the middle class.

      And he doesn’t support cutting Social Security and Medicare.

      That’s nice, but I’ll stick with Sanders who is for both those things and isn’t a self loving lunatic.

      • #21 by brewski on September 5, 2015 - 10:47 am

        Trump agrees with me and what I have been saying for years.

  18. #22 by Richard Warnick on September 28, 2015 - 2:13 pm

    Trump’s Tax Plan Is A Big Giveaway To The Wealthiest

    OK, Trump does want to eliminate the carried interest loophole. BUT he would also cut the top capital gains tax rate to 20 percent, cut the top income tax bracket to 25 percent, and eliminate the estate tax.

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