Come to think of it, The Donald is a lot like Idi Amin!
Come to think of it, The Donald is a lot like Idi Amin!
It must be the hair! I mean, he’s the only man in the world who spends more time at the beauticians than a teenage girl getting ready for a prom date. I’ve met black women, who after getting their coif perfect, are more likely to ask you to run your hands through their locks than Trump. And guys, you KNOW the quickest way to a short relationship is to mess with a sister’s hair! :)
Even more interesting is the fact that Trump, despite his white supremacist base – draws more black voters in polls than does Carson.
Last week, Survey USA released an eye-catching poll showing how Donald Trump would fare in head-to-head match ups against potential Democratic nominees Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, and Al Gore. The most shocking result was not that he beat all four of the candidates. What made everyone’s jaw hit the floor is that he received more than 20 percent support among African American voters in every match up.
Normally, the GOP would be ecstatic about a Republican garnering this much support from the much sought-after African American voter base, but Trump’s success as a divisive, anti-establishment candidate has resulted in most onlookers responding with disbelief and/or alarm.
How does a candidate who holds political rallies in Alabama with supporters screaming “white power” and has been endorsed by the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer receive over 20 percent support of African American voters in a national poll?
And better yet, why isn’t Ben Carson, the only African American presidential candidate — who according to a recent Monmouth poll is tied with Trump in Iowa with 23 percent, receiving a similar level of support amongst African American voters?
“Donald Trump has a certain swagger about him that I think registers with people. Especially if he is talking about trying to make government work for the people,” said Donald E. Scoggins, a lifelong Republican and president of the Republicans for Black Empowerment. “I think Trump’s support is primarily personality driven.”…
The GOP rarely presents candidates who appeal to African Americans. Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, when he only won 6 percent of the African American vote and was consistently plagued as being out of touch and aloof, speaks to the significance of this problem.
Carson also shows how difficult it is for the GOP establishment to relate to black voters. Through his success as a surgeon and author, Carson has been known throughout the black community and specifically black churches for decades. African Americans are not only willing to listen to him, they already have, but as a candidate his appeal has fallen flat. His criticisms of Black Lives Matter and the protests in Ferguson and Baltimore following the deaths of Michael Brown and Freddie Gray has made him appear out of touch with the black community, including conservative blacks.
Carson’s belief that racism and poverty can be eradicated through individual acts and not structural change resonates with white conservatives, but is loathed by black Americans. The BLM movement aims to tackle systemic and institutional racism to improve the lives of black Americans. The civil rights movement of the 1960s was about confronting and breaking down the racist and institutional structures in America that prevented black advancement.
He expresses a belief in individual liberty and freedom as a universally uplifting force and this resonates with Republican voters. Black voters, even the conservative ones, more closely relate to collective, community-based initiatives that tackle large problems that negatively impact the entire community. Carson most certainly is apart from this community…
Geez…I there anyone in America the current crop of Republican candidates hasn’t pissed off…Except the Joe Six-Pack brain dead old white guys?
After sequentially pissing off black folks, Hispanic folks…The Reprobates try for a triple play with Asians!
Jeb Bush proved for the millionth time Monday that he’s the worst candidate promoted as a presidential “frontrunner” since Ted Kennedy in 1980. Bush’s latest gaffe, you probably heard, involved his claim that he’s not scapegoating Latinos with his complaints about “anchor babies,” because the real “anchor baby” scammers – people who aren’t Americans but have children here so they become citizens — are “Asian people,” not Latinos.
Bush brushed off a suggestion that he’s alienating Latinos with his “anchor baby” rhetoric by pointing to “my background, my life, I’m immersed in the immigrant experience.” Then he stepped in it: “Frankly it’s more related to Asian people coming into the country…taking advantage of birthright citizenship.”
Suddenly it seems the GOP field has a new political scapegoat: Asians! There aren’t as many of them as there are Latinos, though they’re the fastest growing “minority” group in the country. The same day Bush slurred Asians on the illegal immigration issue, Gov. Scott Walker demanded President Obama cancel his meetings with Chinese president Xi Jinping, because…toughness? He didn’t really say.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump’s China-bashing has long rivaled his Mexican-bashing when it comes to identifying a top foreign scapegoat for our problems. As the stock market plunged again Monday, Trump had an excuse to lay it on thicker.
“I’ve been telling everybody for a long time,” he said in a video. “China’s taking our jobs; they’re taking our money. Be careful — they’ll bring us down. You have to known what you’re doing — we have nobody that has a clue.”
And from the back of the pack Gov. Chris Christie yelled, “Me, too!” claiming that the federal debt “has been given to us in large measure by the Chinese” and “as the Chinese markets have a correction” the U.S. will suffer.
There’s a weird pause when Bush blasts Asian immigrant parents. You could hear him hesitate mid-sentence, as if he knew he was stepping in it again – and then he carried on with his thought because, why not? He’s in free fall already. Also: these are Republicans we’re talking about; they don’t know discretion or restraint when it comes to sharing their racial theories. It’s like he’s sitting with the fellas at his private club, talking about “those people.”
But bashing Asians, while it might help with the party’s white base, hurts the GOP long term, as Asians are probably the best prospects for conversion if Republicans ever decide they need to make a play for non-white voters. They used to be a fairly reliable if small component of the Republican electorate.
This week, 2016 election coverage got its biggest shot in the arm since Donald Trump put his hat in the ring. Iowa candidate Deez Nuts, not to be confused with the Dr. Dre song, hit the scene and had the Twitterverse buzzing.
Google Trends says more people are interested in fake candidate Deez Nuts, who waspolled at 9 percent in North Carolina by Public Policy Polling. Many local news stationscovered candidate Nuts’s rise, which was very funny because news anchors were forced to say “Deez Nuts” on live television. In fact, people are so interested in Deez Nuts, it’sdiverting a lot of attention away from the Trump campaign.
The real Deez Nuts is a libertarian-leaning Iowa teenager who registered the candidate in his hometown of Wallingford. The closest thing to an original Deez Nuts I can point to isthe track titled “Deez Nuts” by Dr. Dre (feat. Daz and Snoop Dogg) from his 1992 album, “The Chronic.”
Just a few days ago some folks claiming to be from BlackLivesMatter – Seattle disrupted a planned speech by Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in Seattle.
The Bernie Sanders campaign website has revealed a new section devoted to racial justice a day after activists claiming to represent Black Lives Matter Seattle interrupted the candidate at a social security rally in Westlake Park. The racial justice link is now under the his campaign website’s “issues” tab.
Here’s what the Bernie Sanders issues tab looked like yesterday:
And here’s what it looked like today:
“We need a societal transformation to make it clear that black lives matter and racism cannot be accepted in a civilized country,” the new section reads. The website adds that input from the Black Lives Matter movement ought to help “reinvent” policing in America and help the federal government work toward a model police training program.
When asked if the website change came in response to yesterday’s interruption, Sanders’ communication director Michael Briggs said the new racial justice platform “was already in the works.” He added that it “consists mostly of information already on the website from a speech last month to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.”
“We must reform our criminal justice system,” Sanders said in his address to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference on July 25. “Black lives do matter. And we must value black lives.” He mentioned Sandra Bland, Michael Brown, Rekia Boyd, Eric Garner, Walter Scott, Freddie Gray, and Tamir Rice specifically.
On Saturday, Marissa Johnson, one of the activists claiming to represent Black Lives Matter Seattle by interrupting Sanders, said that she wanted Sanders to “take responsibility for his actions” at the July Netroots Nation conference, where Sanders was interrupted by Black Lives Matter activists. “Bernie, you were confronted at Netroots by black women who said black lives matter, and you have yet to apologize or put out a criminal justice reform package like Obama did,” Johnson said.
A week after the Netroots conference, Sanders laid out his vision for criminal justice reform in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference speech, naming community policing, a federal police training model, education and skills training for the incarcerated, and ending the incarceration of young people as initiatives that he believes need to be pursued.
The Clown Bus has a full head of steam up as it’s candidate pool tries desperately to find yet another segment of the American Population that hasn’t been insulted. Last week it was The Donald pissing off the entire Armed Services on his read the John McCain (and by extension any of the American Soldiers who had been captured and tortured during the Vietnam War) wasn’t really a hero…Because the enemy had captured him. Never mind that you can see the evidence today of his 5 years of being beaten and abused.
Now, the requisite, honorary Black Clown candidate in the Republican candidate pool mouths off, not only defending Trump – but going further to say that prisons are so cushy in the US, that the incarcerated don’t want to leave!
I’d love to see the good Doctor spend a week in a SuperMax…And tell everyone about the Health Spa.
Retired neurosurgeon and presidential candidate Ben Carson said Tuesday that he thinks the focus on Donald Trump’s recent incendiary comments is “petty” and that the real estate mogul has no reason to drop out of the 2016 race.
“For us to get caught up in a controversy of well, ‘What did Donald Trump mean when he said that?’ — It just seems so petty to me,” Carson told reporters after speaking to a group of teenage Republicans in Arlington, Va.
Several Republican presidential contenders have said Trump should be disqualified from the presidential race for saying that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is not a war hero. Carson disagreed.
“I’m not sure from listening to what he said that he think that Mr. McCain is not a hero,” Carson said. “He has repeatedly said yes, he is a hero, so I don’t know where that comes from that he’s disqualified.”
In the interview in which he said McCain was not a war hero, Trump also said that the Vietnam veteran held in prisoner for five and a half years was “perhaps … a war hero” and “a war hero because he was captured.”…
In addressing the young Republicans, Carson also said that he, like President Obama, had visited a federal prison.
“I was flabbergasted by the accommodations — the exercise equipment, the libraries and the computers,” he said. He said he was told that “a lot of times when it’s about time for one of the guys to be discharged, especially when its winter, they’ll do something so they can stay in there.”
At the same time, Carson said that too many Americans are going to prison.
“We’re not doing things the right way,” he said. “A lot of people that we incarcerate don’t need to be incarcerated.”
After the event, he elaborated.
“I think that we need to sometimes ask ourselves, ‘Are we creating an environment that is conducive to comfort where a person would want to stay, versus an environment where we maybe provide them an opportunity for rehabilitation but is not a place that they would find particularly comfortable?'” he told reporters…
Bobby Jindal years ago as a Congressman was a pretty good politician. Met him after Katrina as part of the cleanup and recovery effort. He helped cut through the Bush Administration incompetence and racism, and helped forge a bipartisan coalition to help his State, Louisiana. So it really wasn’t a surprise to see him elected as Governor of the State, despite his disastrous Republican reply to the State of the Union. Somewhere along the way Jindal lost it, and became an idealogue. He has been a disaster for the school system in Louisiana, which already ranked as one of the nation’s worst – he has utterly cratered the State Budget with superfluous tax giveaways putting the State more than $2 billion, and bleeding over $500 million a year…And he has jumped, both feet in – to the culture wars.
He is now regarded by many as a failure as Governor, an ineffective speaker, and a bobblehead who continuously says stupid things that alienate people.
Bobbity is so bad, his polling against the rest of the Republican Clown Bus vying for the nomination to run for President…Is at 0%.
So now he jumps into the False Equivalency game in a desperate attempt to gain even a smidgen of relevancy.
The False Equivalency game is one played almost daily in conservative press and on Faux News. You’ve heard it, I am sure…
That somehow the murder of a white woman in San Francisco by an illegal immigrant likely for financial gain…
Is the same as Charleston, where a State Congressman and Minister, and 7 others were murdered in their Church the name of starting a “race war” by a white supremacist.
That black on black murder is somehow more of an issue than the murder of unarmed black youth by Police, who are supposedly there to protect them and maintain the law.
That the killing of a US Ambassador in Benghazi under Obama somehow is indicative of a failure of the Administration, and is far worse than the killing of 17 Americans in the Bombing of an Embassy In Lebanon in 1983, and the bombing of a Marine Barracks which killed 242 Marines under Reagan… Not to mention over 20 similar attacks against American Diplomats and Trade Representatives under the Bushit.
Among the first GOP candidates to comment on the tragic shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee, was Bobby Jindal. His response was every bit as trite and empty as you’d expect it to be. In an exclusive interview with Breitbart.com, Jindal said:“It’s time for the White House to wake up and tell the truth…and the truth is that Radical Islam is at war with us, and we must start by being honest about that. There have been many bad things that have happened under President Obama. One that stands out to me was the horrible shooting at Ft. Hood…which was clearly an act of terrorism by a Radical Islamist. Yet the White House labeled that horrible act as ‘workplace violence.’ This is grotesque. You cannot defeat evil until you admit that it exists.”
This statement is remarkably simpleminded and dishonest. In what sense has the White House failed to “tell the truth” about terrorism? Like so many Republicans, Jindal is obsessed with the superficial; he’s intentionally oblivious to what Obama has actually done. Obama has made it fairly clear that we’re at war with terrorists, especially Islamic terrorists. He’s been far more effective, in fact, than the previous Republican administration at finding and killing said terrorists (remember bin Laden?).
What’s dishonest about Jindal’s statement is the implication that what happened in Chattanooga is a policy failure on the part of Obama. That’s not at all the case. A man decided to sacrifice his life in order to kill other people. Just as the officer at Fort Hood decided, on his own, to kill innocent people. The truth is that there’s no real defense against that. Life in a free society involves certain risks. All the armies in the world can’t stop a lone gunman before he fires the first shot. This notion that if we dropped more bombs abroad or tightened immigration standards, we’d somehow be immune from attacks of this kind is a Republican fantasy, one no thinking person believes.
When something like this happens, our response should be simple: deal with it and carry on. Terrorism is a tactic — it’s not defeatable. The best we can do is limit the conditions that breed terrorists while fighting them when and where we must, which is what Obama has done since taking office. Exaggerating every isolated attack into an apocalyptic threat plays perfectly into the enemy’s narrative. Yet that’s exactly what Jindal does. Indeed, he warned that yesterday’s shooting (again, perpetrated by one man) is a reminder that we’re being colonized by Muslims.“What’s not acceptable is people that want to come and conquer us. That’s not immigration, by the way, that’s colonization,” Jindal said. This is preposterously stupid on every level. Yes, we’re in a real war. Yes, there are Muslim extremists that want to kill us. And yes, we have to take that seriously. But America isn’t being colonized. Suggesting otherwise is dangerous and needlessly alarmist.
The worst thing we can do, the thing Republicans often do, is blame a single person or party for a terrible and ultimately unavoidable attack. Republicans understand this when it’s the other way around. The logic Jindal uses to pin this attack on Obama applies equally to Bush during 9/11. Indeed, by any measure, the Bush administration was infinitely more responsible for that incident, as it involved dozens of people and months of preparation to which they remained blind. Can you imagine the GOP’s response if a Democratic candidate for president said, the day after 9/11, that it was Bush’s fault, that 3,000 people died because he failed to take terrorism seriously? True or not, they’d have considered that treasonous, at the very least.
Bobbity long ago crossed over into The Donald’s territory… And should be treated a Comedy (as the Donald is by a growing number of News sources) or Political Theater instead of any serious candidate.