The mainstream media is making a Big Deal about Trump’s refusal to commit to accepting the “outcome” of the election.
Despite the mainstream media meme that Trump is a big liar, Trump is actually not very comfortable with lying, so he gave an honest answer. Hillary lied. We know damn well that if there’s a close election in a swing state, that Hillary is going to contest it just like Gore contested Florida.
Do you remember when Jeb Bush and Kasich said during the first Republican debate, more than a year ago, that they would support the Republican nominee? Both liars.
I personally don’t think that Trump should simply concede to HRC if there was fraud committed to prevent him from winning. How could that happen? Remember, many on the left think that Trump is like Hitler, and if you could prevent Hitler from being elected Chancellor by violating the election laws, and thereby prevent World War II and the Holocaust, wouldn’t you do it?
Will maybe be live-tweeting.
Best outcome for Trump is if Hillary has a health episode during the debate. Wouldn’t that be grand! But she managed to survive the last two debates so she probably will be able to survive this one without such an episdoe.
At The Center for Public Integrity, an analysis of journalist donations to the Clinton and Trump campaigns.
Nearly all of that money — more than 96 percent — has benefited Clinton: About 430 people who work in journalism have, through August, combined to give about $382,000 to the Democratic nominee, the Center for Public Integrity’s analysis indicates.
About 50 identifiable journalists have combined to give about $14,000 to Trump. (Talk radio ideologues, paid TV pundits and the like — think former Trump campaign manager-turned-CNN commentator Corey Lewandowski — are not included in the tally.)
Unfortunately, the 50 who gave to Trump are not identified in the article. I assume that none of them do traditional journalism for major news media. For example, I bet that 100% of journalists at the NY Times are not voting for Trump.
The Washington Post has a story about Derek Black, the son of white nationalist Don Black, the founder of Stormfront.
The short summary is that he was raised to be a white nationalist leader, but when he went to a liberal college, he became converted into being, as far as I can tell, a True Believer in the liberal viewpoint on race and immigration.
This story demonstrates that, for most people, what you believe in is not based on logic (not saying that hating Jews is logical, but that there are racial differences in intelligence is scientific truth), but is based on social connections. When Derek was adopted into a group of people who all shared liberal views, he had a genuine conversion and became a believer in the liberal viewpoint.
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Certain people are immune to this type of persuasion. I believe that Donald Trump is one of them. That’s why the liberals are so afraid of him.
I was going to write about how suddenly, at the most convenient time for the HRC campaign, a bunch of women have mysteriously surfaced with stories about how Donald Trump sexually assaulted them. At the pro-Trump sites like Drudge, there are links to articles that debunk many of those claims, which make all of the claims suspect and not believable.
But the issue is bigger than that. The left has become unhinged.
As I have been saying for some time, the left is a lot smarter than the right. On the right, you have #NeverTrumpers who think that HRC can win and then they can come back in 2020 with a “real conservative” (although why they think a “real conservative” can win the nomination in 2020 when such a person couldn’t win in 2016, and do they think that Jeb Bush is a “real conservative?”), and you have some mainstream GOPe types who think Trump has no chance of winning so they should just focus on winning seats in Congress. But the left is behaving like this is the most important election ever and they are doing everything possible to stop Trump at all costs. The left is smarter than the right, so this behavior means that they think the election is very close and they must use every dirty trick possible in order to win. Also, the left thinks that President Trump is a much more horrible outcome than President Bush.
The left is smarter than the right. That explains why, in the long run, during the last 80 years or so, the left has won on every issue it has put its sights on. With one possible exception: the left used to be anti-capitalist. Somewhere along the way, the left joined forces with the corporations and the financial institutions. This unholy alliance has made the left that much more powerful.
From segregated schools at the beginning of the 1950s, today all racist thought-crimes are policed by the mainstream media. Homosexuality has been normalized. From restricted immigration from the Great Depression until 1965, today we are closer to achieving the leftist goal of open borders.
The left is afraid that, unlike with other Republican presidents, Donald Trump can actually turn back the clock and significantly reverse the gains the left has made. The issues the left cares about:
Eradicating (perceived) racism
Preventing climate change
Notice that, over time, the right has slowly come around to adopting the leftist positions. It just takes two decades or so. Only on the abortion issue (a subcategory of eradicating gender) has the right held firm. (I don’t agree with the pro-life movement, this is just an observation that the right has held firm on that one issue.)
The left believes that if Donald Trump becomes president, he will be able to substantially reverse much of the progress the left has made in these areas. And that will happen not because Trump is a genius, and not because Trump understands all of this and what he’s doing, but his simple 1950s values (before the left completely transformed our values) combined with his loud voice will turn the tide of public opinion and the power of government against these things. Instinctively, Trump is opposed to the left on these issues.
To many on the left, Trump is like Hitler. If you could stop Hitler by making up a bogus claim about how Hitler once sexually assaulted you, or bribing someone to say so, wouldn’t you do it?
One wonders why the left simply doesn’t have the power to just assassinate Trump. Or maybe they do have that power and are just keeping it as a last resort if Trump wins the election. (Maybe you are thinking “that’s a crazy paranoid conspiracy theory!” But think about it. The left thinks Trump is like Hitler. If you could assassinate Hitler and prevent the Holocaust, wouldn’t you do it?)
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And why is the race much closer than polls show? For reasons previously discussed here and elsewhere on pro-Trump websites. People have been shamed into not saying publicly (to a pollster or even on the internet) that they will vote for Trump, but will vote for him in the privacy of the voting booth. And Trump inspires voter turnout among his supporters in a way that neither McCain nor Romney were able to do, and at the same time HRC is much less inspiring to Democrats than Obama, so models that predict likely voters are flawed when used for this election.
The people on the left are smart enough to understand this even though many on the right don’t get it.
Another interesting email from liberal pro-HRC journalist Brent Budowsky, sent 1/21/16. Brent is highly critical of how badly HRC’s campaign is going.
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Date: 2016-01-21 20:36
Subject: Hillary almost 100% negative
Almost every message being projected outward from her campaign is negative, and a candidate with high distrust ratings should not be doing this, and my phone has been ringing and my email box has been full with Democrats who like me who support her but who, like me, are appalled and losing confidence.
I have never seen anything like this.
This campaign is devoid of positive messages, uplifting appeal, and coherent rationale.
And bluntly, it is getting to the point where every word she utters, there are more young people and first time participants in politics who support Bernie who would not support her in a general election no matter how hard I and others try to persuade them…..and whoever persuaded her that running for Obama’s third term is the way to win a general election is far removed from American politics in 2016, and if they think she can constantly shift her position they do not understand the depth of distrust of her and the damage it does….
and they do not understand in the modern communications environment she cannot be a centrist one day and a liberal the next day because images and impressions are formed and locked in far earlier than in the 1970’s to 1990’s.
This is a campaign that has never had a compelling rationale and now has lost its way into a sea of negativity…..the way for her to be elected is to solve the first problem, and develop some uplifting reason for voters to support her, and not to create a second problem, running a negative campaign without a positive message and vision…..
8 point programs, no matter how worthy, do not create a purpose or a rationale or an inspiration……negative politics from a candidate with high negative ratings attacking a candidate with positive high ratings is the political road to hell.
I strongly suspect she has been sold a bill of goods from Obama consultants who became Hillary consultants, but whoever is the cause, and whatever is the motive, something is horribly and terribly wrong with this campaign…..and when Dan Pfeiffer says on CNN that this is not a change election he has his head nine feet up his ass…..this is a change election, dammit, and Hillary Clinton is running as the candidate of the status quo and that is the worst possible place to be…..and her sycophantic adoration of Obamacare is absurd and totally out of touch with the reality of general election politics….
This campaign is in very, very big trouble and I see zero evidence that Hillary Clinton either understands this, or understands why….
I hope others are being as candid with you, and the Clintons, as I am. I assure you my view expressed here is very widely shared among people who consider themselves her friends…..Brent
Maybe the email below is interesting. John Podesta is replying to Brent J. Budowsky who wikipedia says is “an American political opinion writer and blogger for publications including The Hill, the LA Progressive, and The Huffington Post.”
Sidney Blumenthal is an “American journalist, activist, writer, and former political aide. He is a former aide to President Bill Clinton, long-time confidante to Hillary Clinton.”
Apparently, everyone but HRC thinks that Blumenthal is some sort of nutcase.
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Date: 2016-01-01 20:01
Subject: Re: New Clinton emails
Sid is lost in his own web of conspiracies. I pay zero attention to what he
On Friday, January 1, 2016, Brent Budowsky <email@example.com> wrote:
> John, assume I wrote a thousand words about this. It is disquieting that
> when HRC was secretary of state she spent a good time of time doing gossip
> emails with Sid Blumenthal about various matters, the ubiquitous Lanny
> Davis shilling for himself in pathetic ways, and Neera Tanden gossiping
> about what Soros thinks of Obama. At least Tanden I regard as a serious
> person. Sid and Lanny I do not by standards of a secretary of state or
> potential president.
> I was not in touch with you at the time of the healthcare debate, but what
> Sid suggests does not strike me as your style. I was in very regular and
> close touch with Daschle at the time, and he would never have said to the
> press what Sid suggests, and since I am in the press I know those were not
> his views. I guarantee that based on direct personal knowledge of Tom’s
> views and actions at the time. Blumenthal did not have the slightest idea
> of what he was talking about in his girlie gossip with the secretary of
> state about this. Why she places such great stock over so much time in
> these exchanges with Blumenthal is mystifying to me—and frankly
> This whole subject, to use vernacular, gives me the creeps. Secretaries
> of state, presidential candidates and presidents should not be spending
> their time on this kind of minor league stuff.
> Sent from my iPad
I let other people more motivated than me to go through it and figure out what’s in there. I am sure Trump is paying some people to do that as their primary job. Not sure if the mainstream media cares enough to put any reporters on it full time. They are too busy writing pro-Hillary articles and hit pieces on Trump.
While so far no single release has been devastating, having these emails come out ever day until the election, each day with new revelations about the duplicity of the Hillary team, will over time be devastating and destroy her.
If this video really exists, wow. But I expect the claim is bogus.
“They caused this [anti-Russian] hysteria with a sole goal to distract the public from the essence of what the hackers leaked,” Putin said at an economic forum in Moscow, referring to the hacking allegations.
“It’s basically a way of manipulating public opinion, but for some reason nobody discusses that. They only talk about who did it.”
Putin dismissed the notion that the leaks were in line with Russian goals. The Democrat camp claims that Moscow favors Donald Trump as the next US president and is using cyberwarfare to manipulate the outcome of the November vote.
“They say it was in Russia’s interest. There are no Russian interests involved,” he stated.
This is not to say that Putin should always be believed, but he’s no more of a liar than Obama or the Clintons.
For some reason, the Hillary campaign believes they can win votes by linking Trump to Russia, because they believe that blue-collar whites hate the Russians, and they will vote Hillary if they think Russia is somehow connected to Trump.
What a bunch of hypocrites and liars they are! Back in 2012, the liberals and the Democrats all had a big laugh when Obama told Romney during a debate that “the 1980s are now calling and they want their foreign policy back. Because the Cold War has been over for 20 years.” (Watch on YouTube.)
Anyway, if Russia has the capability to hack into the email accounts of VIPs, I don’t see how it benefits Russia by sending the info to WikiLeaks. It would benefit Russia to keep it secret so that the Americans don’t beef up their cybersecurity. Also, according to Hillary Clinton, Trump is dangerous and will start a nuclear war. All those nuclear missiles are pointed at Russia. If the Clinton campaign believed any of its own rhetoric, then notion that Putin would help to elect the candidate who might obliterate him off the map is absolutely ludicrous.
The idea that the hack is coming from the Russian government is too conveniently beneficial to the Clinton campaign to be believed.