A national party nominee referencing violence against his foe is unforgivable. He does not deserve the debate stage. Further, this: “ISIS is honoring President Obama,” Trump said during a rally in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. “He’s the founder of ISIS. He founded ISIS. I would say the co-founder would be ‘Crooked’ Hillary Clinton.”
Seriously, this man is inciting violence. We are in a dangerous place.
Meanwhile, Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills have to go.
Recently released emails demonstrate these two crossed the line. Both are snake bit, have been for a long time. Time for them to head for the graveyard that is littered with Clinton lap dogs.
I’ve never seen anything like this in a major party nominee. Seemingly inciting violence against his foe in vague words that his team actually must try to walk back:
“If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks,” Mr. Trump said. He added: “Although the Second Amendment people — maybe there is, I don’t know.”
That is simply outrageous. This man should be shunned. For starters, Hillary Clinton has every right to refuse to debate him. He does not deserve the stage.
David Gergen on CNN last night: “This is wrong. It is wrong to raise the issue of violence. It is against the law to threaten any federal official. … Dog whistles go to crazies.. It’s a shameful statement to be making.”
Jonathan Wackow, former Secret Service, CNN: “These statements have ramifications. .. What about that one person who says maybe this is my moment.”
Jeffrey Toobin on CNN: “What Trump said today is certainly the kind of comment that would merit a visit from the Secret Service.”
Former CIA/NSA Dir. Michael Hayden on Trump: “If someone else had said that he’d be in the back of a police wagon.”
CNN recapped the Trump economic speech and Elizabeth Warren decapitated it:
In addition to tax cuts, Trump also proposed a moratorium on financial regulations, which conservatives say hinder economic growth.
“Cut regulations massively,” @realDonaldTrump? No rules & no accountability means people get ripped off & markets blow up. Remember 2008?” Warren said. “A ‘moratorium’ on agency regulations means stopping new rules on shady payday lenders & too-big-to-fail banks, @realDonaldTrump.” …
“W/o rules, @realDonaldTrump, too many huge banks juiced profits by cheating ppl on mortgages, credit cards, etc, then crashed our economy,” Warren said.
We have all seen the “Daisy” commercial multiple times. Obviously the Republican candidate for President in 1964 was dooming us all to a nuclear conflagration unless we would have the good sense to vote for Lyndon Baines Johnson. We have all heard the quote “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.” The man was capable of anything, and we were all afraid.
In the wake of the Kennedy assassination and the loss of “Camelot”, this was a risk we could not take. The end result was a political wipeout never seen before.
More than a half century later, I am longing for a Republican party that was that sane and remembering a man whose reputation was in many ways the opposite of what was presented to the public. To put it simply, Barry Goldwater was a good man. Compared to the current Republican candidate and the party as it exists, he would be a worthy opponent but more than likely he also now would be a Democrat. Why do I believe this? Because of his actions after that overwhelming defeat.
After Goldwater again became a senator, he urged Nixon to resign at the height of the Watergate scandal, warning that fewer than ten senators would vote against conviction if Nixon were impeached by the House of Representatives. The term “Goldwater moment” has since been used to describe situations when influential members of Congress disagree so strongly with a president from their own party that they openly oppose him.
The GOP now has a candidate thoroughly rejected by whatever bit of sanity left in the party … a massive meltdown and “Goldwater moment”.
All of the above was on the political front, but Barry Goldwater was a whole man. He was a ham radio operator who regularly “chatted” with other aficionados all over the globe. He was a photographer well known for his images of his beloved Arizona and the indigenous people and he was so “conservative” that he rejected the concept that intrusive religion had any part in politics and was a strong advocate of gay rights and freedom of religion: “You don’t need to be straight to fight and die for your country. You just need to shoot straight.” … and: “I think every good Christian ought to kick Falwell right in the ass.”
So right now, I’m missing Barry. I’m missing the Republican party of my childhood. I hate what the GOP has become and I think Senator Goldwater would be ashamed. This year he would have also been a truly great GOP candidate.