No Joke

Trump enters the RNC stage

A year ago he was nothing but a joke, then he became one of 18 contenders for the Tea-GOP presidential nomination. Like the others, Donald Trump came up with gaffes that seemed designed to alienate voters – for example, saying your wages are too high. One by one, the other candidates exited the clown bus. Then Trump became the presumptive nominee, to the horror of most Americans including many Tea-GOPers.

Tonight he officially became the nominee, the first time a major political party has decided to run a candidate for the White House who has never before held elective office since General Dwight Eisenhower. He is also the most unpopular presidential candidate in the history of polling, just ahead of, you guessed it, HRH Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The elite pundits and Dem politicians tell us that Trump is a phony candidate running what amounts to a phony campaign. They could be right, but can they explain why the polls are tied within the margin of error?

Note to Dems: You can still nominate Bernie Sanders in Philadelphia next week. He has not suspended his campaign. The super-delegates will decide.

UPDATE: Apparently Donald Trump wants to live in the White House, but hopes to outsource the actual job of being President to Mike Pence.

  1. #1 by Larry Bergan on July 20, 2016 - 5:58 pm

    Vice president would be In charge of domestic and foreign policy, huh. That pretty much covers it. Looks like what it doesn’t cover will go to Trump’s kids. You’re right, this is no joke at all.

  2. #2 by Larry Bergan on July 20, 2016 - 6:08 pm

    A lot of people are really upset at Bernie. I’m still behind whatever he decides. Apparently, Ralph Nader is a fan and thinks Sanders’s endorsement was right on (starting at 4:30 in):

    I have great respect for Nader and have seen him live at two events in Utah. Listen to his great answer to Jorge Ramos’s question about Trump’s wall and deportation policy at 12:30 in.

    The whole interview is very good, and Nader thanks Ramos for having a much better program then the Sunday morning shows. Duh.

  3. #3 by Richard Warnick on July 21, 2016 - 2:56 pm

    Donald Trump is a master of so-called “reality” TV. This ought to be called the “GOP-WWE convention.” They even had a cage-match promoter at the podium! Ted Cruz getting booed off the stage last night while The Donald went on camera and smiled knowingly was pure WWE.

    7 takeaways from wild night at GOP convention

    Seems to me the political pundits are trying desperately to interpret Trump’s convention according to their pre-conceived notion of how big a disaster it’s supposed to be. But it’s actually going well for Trump. I don’t know about anybody else, but I have totally lost count of the times the so-called experts said it was all over for the Trump campaign.

    The polls still show Trump tied with Hillary. They can’t explain that so they don’t even try.

  4. #4 by Richard Warnick on July 21, 2016 - 2:59 pm

    Florida polls Stein at 14 percent. Johnson is behind Clinton by single digits, and Trump beats her by 5. It is a true four way race.

  5. #5 by Larry Bergan on July 21, 2016 - 5:11 pm

    Jill Stein is only on the ballot in 20 states, and as much as I I’d like to smoke a “doubie” without breaking the law, I don’t want Gary Johnson to take my mothers social security away.

    A truly painful election. How could “the greatest country on the face of the earth” end up with a situation like this, when Bernie Sanders is standing right there.

    You’d better believe we’re going to make the DNC and the media pay for this!

  6. #6 by Richard Warnick on July 21, 2016 - 8:17 pm

    Watching Ivanka’s speech now. She’s terrific. Preceded by a video bio of Trump narrated by Jon Voight. The final night of Trump’s convention is ending on a triumphant note.

  7. #7 by Richard Warnick on July 21, 2016 - 8:28 pm

    Trump speaking now. Promising to solve the actually nonexistent problem of rising crime and terrorism, linked to the also nonexistent problem of out of control undocumented immigration. If elected, he can claim success on day one.

    • #8 by Larry Bergan on July 21, 2016 - 9:50 pm

      I noticed that.

      He actually said that police deaths have gone up 50% in one year. Wow!

  8. #9 by Richard Warnick on July 21, 2016 - 8:45 pm

    Trump waxing eloquent, “no patience for injustice.” Medea Benjamin tries to unfurl a banner, gets grabbed by security and ushered out. Trump doesn’t miss a beat.

    • #10 by Larry Bergan on July 21, 2016 - 9:55 pm

      It’s hilarious. I was watching PBS when the protest sign got held up and I think it was Gwen Ifill who said something like, “they are taking the woman out of the stadium”.

      Apparently Gwen doesn’t get out much, if she doesn’t know who Medea Benjamin is.

  9. #11 by Richard Warnick on July 21, 2016 - 8:53 pm

    Best anti-Hillary section of the speech (pretty good, IMHO):

    Big business, elite media and major donors are lining up behind the campaign of my opponent because they know she will keep our rigged system in place. They are throwing money at her because they have total control over everything she does. She is their puppet, and they pull the strings.

    That is why Hillary Clinton’s message is that things will never change — “never ever.” My message is that things have to change – and they have to change right now. Every day I wake up determined to deliver for the people I have met all across this nation that have been neglected, ignored, and abandoned.

    I have visited the laid-off factory workers, and the communities crushed by our horrible and unfair trade deals. These are the forgotten men and women of our country. People who work hard but no longer have a voice.


    Full text of Trump’s draft

    • #12 by Larry Bergan on July 21, 2016 - 10:00 pm

      “They are throwing money at her because they have total control over everything she does. She is their puppet, and they pull the strings.”

      Yeah. That part made my spirits go down.

  10. #13 by Richard Warnick on July 21, 2016 - 8:57 pm

    Promising now to save LGBTQ people from ISIS terrorists. Cheers and chanting in the room. “It is so nice to hear you cheering for what I just said. Thank you.”

    • #14 by Larry Bergan on July 21, 2016 - 10:01 pm

      I couldn’t for the life of me tell what they were chanting.

      Tony Perkins couldn’t have been happy. He was on with the PBS crew for a minute last night.

  11. #15 by Richard Warnick on July 21, 2016 - 9:06 pm

    All in all, fact-challenged demagoguery. But it was high quality demagoguery.

    He’s ending with the promise of a “great border wall.” Saved the best for last.

  12. #16 by Richard Warnick on July 21, 2016 - 9:16 pm

    Oh wait, still going. Blaming the Clintons for NAFTA, Chinese trade deal, TPP etc. Coming back to his earlier theme of “Americanism, not globalism.” Promising to renegotiate NAFTA.

  13. #17 by Richard Warnick on July 21, 2016 - 9:27 pm

    Tax cuts and jobs. Speech is way over time now, but who cares?

    “We will repeal and replace disastrous Obama care. ”

    “We will fix TSA, which has been a disaster. ”

    Promising help with student loans and to fix the Veterans Administration.

    Says he will fix wasteful government spending in the first 100 days. Chants of “Yes you will!”

    Now saying he will defend 2d Amendment by appointing another Scalia to SCOTUS.

    Thanking evangelicals for support. Offering to let religious institutions back into politics.

    Balloon drop almost a half hour overdue. I think he’s ad-libbing now. Talking about his dad and mom, sisters and brothers.

    • #18 by Larry Bergan on July 21, 2016 - 10:05 pm

      So Christians will be able to organize politically without worrying about losing their tax exempt status, as if they don’t do that now.

  14. #19 by Richard Warnick on July 21, 2016 - 9:30 pm

    “We don’t win anymore, but we are going to start winning again.” Back on script.

    “History is watching us now.”

    Again– “I am your voice… I’m with you, I will fight for you, and I will win for you!”

    Finally ends with “We will make America great again!” Seems to be a problem with the balloon drop… OK now it’s working.

    Playing “All Right Now” by Bad Company. More balloons and confetti. Mike Pence and Trump family on stage.

  15. #20 by Richard Warnick on July 21, 2016 - 9:50 pm

    The longest acceptance speech anyone can remember, but Trump nailed it. About 1:14.

  16. #21 by Larry Bergan on July 21, 2016 - 10:07 pm

    Trump got a call from “Queen” saying not to play their songs. He just can’t help himself. I wonder if “Bad Company” is upset.

  17. #22 by Richard Warnick on July 21, 2016 - 10:07 pm

    Chris Matthews noted that Trump in one speech rejected almost everything the Bush dynasty stood for. Wars, so-called “free trade” deals, and tolerance of immigration.

    OTOH Trump is supporting additional tax cuts for the rich, while posing as the friend of the common man.

    • #23 by Larry Bergan on July 21, 2016 - 10:21 pm

      He also said wages were too high, before saying it would be hard to live on $7.25 hour.


      Of course nobody who worked as hard as his little beauties, (and they are beautiful), would ever have that problem.

      His 9 year old was cracking me up. He looked totally out of it all night.

  18. #24 by Larry Bergan on July 21, 2016 - 10:10 pm

    It’s been interesting to listen to David Brooks all week. He is supposed to be “The News Hour’s” right wing guy, but hasn’t said one good thing about Trump. He’s definitely in the Republican establishment. I’d bet anything he wanted Bush.

  19. #25 by Larry Bergan on July 21, 2016 - 10:15 pm

    You can go ahead and substitute “police state” everywhere Trump said “law and order”. Play nice with low wages, or the shields and helmets will be right up your rear.

  20. #26 by Nathan Erkkila on July 22, 2016 - 5:42 am

    Still better than Hillary

    • #27 by Larry Bergan on July 22, 2016 - 10:09 am


      Follow Bernie Sanders. It’s not time yet. It should be, but it’s not.

      I’m not happy with the situation, but I sure as hell don’t want Trump’s brat kids bossing me around, with the power of the state behind them.

      • #28 by Nathan Erkkila on July 23, 2016 - 5:56 am

        Are you familiar with the Progressive Era? You should be because the middle class as we know it only exists because of the progressive era. That era spawned out of the sins of the industrial revolution. They were called sins for a reason, but they amounted to the unfair treatment and standards towards the proletariat. This along with an economic downturn with farmers lead to the formation of the Labor Party and eventually the Progressive Party. It was the last 3rd Party to make a significant impact and that lead to the Republican Party pandering to them. This is where we get the big 3 of the era. Roosevelt, Taft and Wilson. All of them got many bills and amendments through that affect us to this day. We have Women’s Suffrage, the FDA, workforce safety, minimum wages, the end of child labor (Though that came a little later) and because people were getting wealthier, the manufacturing of goods went away from capital goods to consumer goods such as common household appliances.

        Why do I bring this up? Because right now, we are seeing a shrinking middle class and a widening wealth gap. This disillusion has been around since the crash in 2008 and it’s why we have the Tea Party, why we had Occupy and why Sanders did so well for a while and is still doing well with independents. Of course Clinton is the antithesis of all that. She wants nothing more than to take your money and give it to her criminal friends on Wall Street. The worst of it is that she is a Democrat. This is important because she didn’t get to where she is now without working the shaft as she sucked the Koch Brothers dicks. The Democratic Party houses the few actual progressives in American politics and we have shown that the people want progress. The problem with that is that if she wins, then that sends a message to the Democrats that it is okay to be corrupt. That they don’t have to care about the people and if that happens, there will NEVER be another progressive era. Not within your lifetime, not within your great great great grandchild’s lifetime. We cannot allow this to happen. She must lose in November, even if that means Trump becomes president. Losing to Trump will show that her corruption didn’t work and that the Democrats have to go to the left. She under no circumstance must be allowed into the white house. Neoliberalism must die.

        • #29 by Larry Bergan on July 23, 2016 - 1:22 pm

          But Nathan, have you seen the tactics of Trump in action this week? An operative of Trump’s, Roger Stone, and Alex Jones literally crashed a TYT broadcast in session at the Cleveland convention, to force Cenk Uygur into a confrontation so they could film it, then lie about what happened.

          These Nazi’s mean business. If you think any kind of progressive media is going to survive four years of Trump, you’re kidding yourself.

          I know, I know! I want Hillary and the DNC to pay also. I’ve seen the Wikipedia report, and it’s enraging, but let’s think about this.

          We’re talking Nazi’s here.

          • #30 by Nathan Erkkila on July 25, 2016 - 5:48 pm

            All I’ve seen last week was Cenk being irrational just because Alex Jones showed up. The republican’s weren’t throwing a tantrum. That however is irrelevant. I like Cenk and unlike you, he actually doesn’t support Hillary.

            A progressive era won’t survive under Trump, it will start because of Trump. If you get a frog into water that is already hot, it will jump out. If you put the frog into cool or lukewarm water and then turn up the heat, then the frog will sit there until it boils to death. Hillary Clinton wants to slowly ease us into a plutocracy so that the rich can get richer. With Trump, if he really screws up, then we can build a new progressive era from the ashes of the Bourgeois.

          • #31 by Larry Bergan on July 25, 2016 - 6:26 pm

            I wouldn’t call what Alex Jones did, “showing up”. He had his hands all over Cenk and then refused to leave when told repeatedly to do so. I think Cenk had the right to deck him.

            If you want to elect a president who will screw up, why not just have Clinton. Nobody’s buying this democrats are the party of the people crap anymore. This isn’t the 90’s.

            Something I saw told me that Yugar, himself isn’t “Bernie or Bust”, but I could be wrong.

  21. #32 by Richard Warnick on July 22, 2016 - 9:34 am

    This is what Trump said. It was effective.

    • #33 by Larry Bergan on July 22, 2016 - 10:24 am

      Well, that article is going right into the sickening file.

      We get that you like Trump, Michael Goodwin. You didn’t need to get your spit all over us.

  22. #34 by Larry Bergan on July 22, 2016 - 11:16 am

    This is hella funny!

    Laura Ingraham realizes she’s giving a Nazi salute at the Republican convention and tries to get out of it.

  23. #35 by Richard Warnick on July 22, 2016 - 1:30 pm

    Speechwriter Stephen Miller did the job right.

    Campaign officials say that Mr. Miller, more than anyone else on the campaign, has achieved a mind-meld with the candidate, capable of channeling Mr. Trump’s blunt, short sentences into well-argued addresses with stylistic flourish…

    Mr. Miller has been warming up crowds at Mr. Trump’s rallies since March…

  24. #36 by Larry Bergan on July 22, 2016 - 5:48 pm

    Looks like Laura Ingraham’s lawyers got a little message out to whoever put that video up at YouTube. Too bad; it’s one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen.

  25. #37 by Richard Warnick on July 25, 2016 - 2:08 pm

    Based on the current polls, Nate Silver projects a win for Trump.

    Nate Silver map

    Silver, who correctly forecast both the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections, has Trump winning in the swing states of Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina, Iowa, Nevada, and New Hampshire.

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