Lion of the Blogosphere

The attacks on Trump

Trump “University”: This was a pretty bogus business. Trump should be ashamed of himself for letting his name be associated with that. Does the guy have no shame?

While I would love someone with the demeanor of Mitt Romney to be president, unfortunately that’s not going to happen. In fact, the upper-class demeanor of Mitt Romney turned off the blue-collar white voters he needed to win states like Ohio. Trump will crush Hillary in Ohio.

Trump ties made in China: I think that putting a billionaire real estate developer’s name on a tie is ridiculous. Who would buy such a tie? And Why would Trump want to get involved with a silly side business like that anyway? Does he really want his name everywhere that badly?

But of course the ties are made in China or some other place with low wages. Nothing is manufactured in the United States. During the last week on this blog, we mentioned that luxury paper notebooks like Moleskine and Baron Fig, and eyeglass frames and lenses are all manufactured in China. Good luck buying anything manufactured in America.

No, I don’t find it hypocritical for someone to say we need to do something about China stealing all of our jobs, while personally taking advantage of cheap Chinese labor to cut business costs. I don’t expect any businessman to voluntarily take on much higher costs when every other business isn’t doing that.

And for that matter, I don’t find it hypocritical for Warren Buffett to speak out against the tax breaks he personally takes advantage of. Every rich person takes advantage of those same tax breaks. Why should Buffett pay higher taxes? He has already done his part to advise Congress to take away the tax break. But Congress refuses to listen to him. At least the Republicans in Congress refuse to listen to him.

Polish illegal immigrants working on his construction project: Probably the thing with construction projects is that you hire a bunch of contractors who then hire subcontractors, and you don’t look too closely about whether everyone is 100% legal with how they obtain their workers. That’s probably standard operating procedure in New York City real estate. If you were to take the attitude of Rubio, you would never eat out at a restaurant or hire a lawncare company, because there’s such a good chance those businesses have illegal workers.

Also this happened more than 30 years ago. Before Rubio was arrested for doing only God knows what in a parked car with a gay pornography producer.

Tax returns: I don’t know what anyone expects to find in his tax returns. Nothing interesting has ever been found in a candidate’s tax returns, except that they make a lot more money than the average voter. Ted’s returns would be the most interesting because I’d like to know how much money his wife is making at Goldman Sachs.

Maybe Trump is doing with his tax returns what Obama did with his birth certificate? He’s going to hide them for a while and let everyone go crazy making a big deal about them, and then release them in October making everyone seem silly because whatever’s actually in them is going to be a lot more boring than the speculation.

Israel: Trump was Grand Marshal of the Israel parade in 2004. That should be enough said! The Jerusalem Post also says: “[Trump] has consistently and strongly supported Israeli positions on many critical issues, including the Iran nuclear deal and Israeli- Palestinian relations. He has also criticized US President Barack Obama for his attitudes toward Israel and warmly praised Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.” Although the stupid leftist Jerusalem Post hates Trump anyway because he’s against immigration. Suicidal liberal Jews would rather have an Israel-hating immigrant-loving Muslim-loving Barack Obama in the White House so they can feel morally superior to the working-class whites (including working-class Jewish whites).

Trump’s use of seasonal foreign workers: Every hotel and resort takes advantage of H-2B visa workers. Once again, why is Trump going to put his hotels at a huge disadvantage over every other hotel? As a businessman, he’s going to take advantage of the laws to make as much money as possible. That’s what I would do if I owned a business.

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In a case of me missing the obvious last night, I’ll point out now that all of these attacks against Trump came from Rubio, a guy who in all previous debates avoided sparring with Trump.

Rubio obviously entered the debate having memorized all of these anti-Trump talking points, prepared to use them against Trump as he did.

But as I wrote last night, this is too little too late. I don’t see anything about this debate changing the current polls which show Trump winning every state on Tuesday except for Texas, which will be won by Cruz and not by Rubio. Cruz will then say he won two states to Rubio’s zero states, he has way more delegates than Rubio (even though TX isn’t winner-take-all, Cruz is still going to win a hell of a lot of delegates there), polls show Rubio losing in Florida, it’s Rubio who should drop out and not Cruz.

Of course Rubio won’t drop out, and neither will Cruz, and Rubio and Cruz will split the anti-Trump vote until Trump has won the majority of delegates.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 26, 2016 at 9:24 am

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  1. While I do not think it is hypocritical to buy from China, the Warren Buffett analogy does not apply. Warren Buffett was specifically talking about income taxes, like when he would complain that his secretary pays a higher tax rate than he does. That sounds all noble when he demands increases in his income taxes…except income is a small fraction of his wealth. He may be taxed less on $50 million dollars a year in income compared to his secretary, but he is worth $50 billion, most of it in unrealized capital gains, which he would never demand be taxed but would raise enormous amounts of money. At his level of wealth, monetizing $50 billion dollars to live on while paying very little in income taxes is child’s play.

    In other words, Buffett is not demanding any real financial penalty on himself. People who believe this are simply reasoning by connotation.

    Trump, on the other hand, would be cutting off all of his real estate and hospitality interests from the benefits of hiring illegals. His proposal is far more egalitarian than anything Buffett suggests.


    February 26, 2016 at 9:41 am

    • “he is worth $50 billion, most of it in unrealized capital gains, which he would never demand be taxed but would raise enormous amounts of money”

      Republicans could always stick it to him by taxing unrealized capital gains. That would show him. I’m in favor.

      And it should be pointed out that Republicans, not Democrats, cut his inheritance taxes.

      Furthermore, Congress should abolish the ability to avoid paying capital gains taxes if you donate assets to charity.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 26, 2016 at 10:03 am

      • I’d like to see all wages and salaries completely untaxed at any level. Then apply the progressive tax structure to all passive income, capital gains, etc. The rest of govt. funds can come from tariffs.

        Andrew E.

        February 26, 2016 at 10:56 am

      • He should just pay his secretary more. I forgot the exact number but someone estimated she was paid a pitiful $60K. For a man of his means, that’s unspeakable.


        February 26, 2016 at 3:44 pm

      • 60k is pretty good for omaha though. Besides, I’m sure buffet would just tell us its not him thats paying her, its the market. gotta love those billionaires!


        February 26, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    • Can we come to a compromise on Buffett? He’s an awful man. He has been holding back rail safety for years.(1) He is a vicious hypocrite, and his entire persona is a calculated lie.

      And he has a good point on taxes. Judging the position, not the man, that’s clear. And if he’s bluffing on the grounds that a fair hunk of the political establishment won’t take him up (which is almost certainly the case, then why not call his bluff?



      February 26, 2016 at 10:48 am

      • “Can we come to a compromise on Buffett? He’s an awful man. ”

        No compromise, I always thought he was a total prick. Back in 2008/9, when the market was blowing up, he said that (paraphrasing) anyone could make money on the stock market with a balanced fund. What a liar. He is not your average investor, he buys entire companies.

        Although I have to admit I kvelled a little when he went to Israel and bought some of their companies and oohed and aahed. But that’s because I hate the BDSers more than I hate Buffett.


        February 26, 2016 at 12:39 pm

      • Buffett has authorized one biography, Snowball, for which he granted lots of hours of interviews with the writer, Alice Schroeder, after developing a ten year acquaintance.

        “He spent a huge amount, I’ve estimated 2,000 hours, of concentrated time with me, and through this direct experience I gleaned impressions of him. ”

        That is an enormous amount of time, considering what his time is worth.

        I read it. She revealed that he is a money grubber who sold his sister’s bicycle as a kid help give himself more investment capital.

        Buffett has rejected Schoeder, who has in turn become a critic.


        February 26, 2016 at 12:48 pm

  2. Ivanka married a Jew and she is hot. That’s doing something for Israel!


    February 26, 2016 at 9:47 am

  3. “Suicidal liberal Jews would rather have an Israel-hating immigrant-loving Muslim-loving Barack Obama in the White House so they can feel morally superior to the working-class whites (including working-class Jewish whites).”

    Well that’s something they have in common with Christian liberals. Feeling morally superior is more important than simple survival. Survival is prole.

    Mike Street Station

    February 26, 2016 at 9:49 am

    • It’s not just Christian liberals. Christian conservatives have been some of the most smugly vocal proponents of amnesty and mass immigration you’ll find in this country. The Mormon church leadership are among the worst in this regard, and it’s no coincidence that Trump is polling weakly in Utah (about 18% in the last I saw).


      February 26, 2016 at 10:40 am

      • Mormons have been engaged in aggressive proselytizing among Hispanics for years. I’ve seen them in many neighborhoods in NYC, including Inwood, Washington Heights, Woodside, Corona, Spanish Harlem, Mott Haven, and Fordham.

        Lewis Medlock

        February 26, 2016 at 1:24 pm

      • I’d say that there is something of a disconnect between the leadership of the Mormon church and rank-and-file Mormons. Many/most Mormons are in favor of aggressive policing of the border. While there are more differences on deportations, most would be in favor of deportation of illegals for property crimes (to say nothing of violent crimes or DUIs).
        My suspicion as to why Utahns are not supporting Trump is that he is not an honest man, he has a bullying or brash persona around him, and he is vulgar.

        Half Canadian

        February 26, 2016 at 4:08 pm

      • It’s very simple. A large percentage of the growth of the Mormon church is hispanic and membership is very important to the quorum.


        February 26, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    • “Well that’s something they have in common with Christian liberals.”

      Yeah, but Christian liberals are supposed to be that way. Christianity being the religion of there is neither Jew nor Greek male nor female, love thy enemy, etc. Yes I know that later on Christian patriarchs formulated intelligent just war theses, etc., but that was way later. The core of the religion is very masochistic.

      And, more important, however insane Christian liberal-ness is, when Jewish liberals deliberately overlook Obama’s history of consorting with Jew haters such as Edward Said, Jeremiah Wright (a 2nd degree anti-Semite, friends with Farrakhan, etc., Pfleger), these are guys who actively promote violence against Jews, who support those who kill Jews for being Jewish. However f’d up Christian liberals are, I don’t know if they go THAT far.

      ” Feeling morally superior is more important than simple survival. Survival is prole.”
      BINGO. Lion, you should do a post on this. It’s really so true, at least in the modern post WWI world. I think that WWI was the last case of the gentleman officer class. It survived into WWII, but only in bits and pieces, Poppy Bush being an example. WWI destroyed the concept of the elites serving with honor.


      February 26, 2016 at 11:47 am

    • That’s the Christ story in a nutshell. You want a god on the cross who forgives his oppressors and dies morally superior OR a god who blasts his oppressors with thunderbolts?


      February 26, 2016 at 1:34 pm

  4. Sheldon Adelson is taking a neutral approach to Trump, and so are his newspapers in Israel:


    February 26, 2016 at 9:53 am

  5. Trump is mocking Rubio on Twitter now. Maybe he is shifting gears. He keeps spelling “choker” as “chocker,” for some reason. An auto-correct problem?


    February 26, 2016 at 10:01 am

    • Maybe it’s a gay foam party thing?

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 26, 2016 at 10:11 am

      • I dunno, but if it is, that would be a great way to bring up the issue without bringing up the issue. Let reporters ask, “what does he mean by that?” “Oh urban dictionary says…”

        Mike Street Station

        February 26, 2016 at 10:44 am

      • He should never bring up the gay issue, but bringing up the fact that Rubio was arrested is IMO kosher. (Unless Trump also has an arrest in the closet, which is possible.)

        Rubio is slimy as hell otherwise and his rise to the top is littered with problems from a purely political POV. It’s a target-rich environment.

        This is NOT guilt by association. Rubio used his influence to help the drug dealer:

        I think that influence peddling on behalf of a drug dealing in-law is legit. Do you?


        February 26, 2016 at 12:00 pm

      • Oops, meant to say, “I think that using this against Rubio is legit.” Not that influence peddling on behalf of a convicted drug dealer is legit. Sorry!


        February 26, 2016 at 12:01 pm

      • He deleted and re-posted the tweets with the spelling corrected. I assume Trump himself chooses the wording of these tweets. Do you think he types them himself and hits the button to submit them, or dictates them to someone who posts them? They are too consistent with his real personality for the wording to be chosen by someone else. They should at least use a computer so that they can get a good look at what they are about to send out. Using a phone for that isn’t good. It makes you mistake-prone and also hasty.


        February 26, 2016 at 3:36 pm

      • He should never bring up the gay issue

        He didn’t bring up the gay issue with the lisping, blatantly gay Lindsey Graham. Maybe because Graham had no chance and not a challenge.

        Rubio’s arrest with the gay guy should be for others to bring up not Trump himself.


        February 26, 2016 at 9:09 pm

  6. Trump’s counter attacks expose how weak a debater Trump really is. Instead of hitting Rubio repeatedly for being an open borders, crony capitalist, he is reduced to making lame personal insults.

    Cruz and Rubio successfully exposed Trump as the buffoon he is. Hillary can/will do the same.

    But it’s not important. Partly it’s because even when Trump is beat, he doesn’t look defeated and appears to not even realize it himself. But mainly it’s because elections aren’t debate contests. We support Trump and will continue to do so because he is at least nominally against open borders whereas everybody else is in favor of them.

    Otis the Sweaty

    February 26, 2016 at 10:42 am

    • “he is reduced to making lame personal insults.”

      Yeah. Trump is a poor debater, but I still think he isn’t preparing for the debates much at all. Did anyone notice when Trump accidentally said that “Canada” would pay for the wall and then quickly corrected himself? And remember, the guy is almost 70. He thinks he can rely on being quick witted alone to win debates and he could probably improve significantly by actually preparing. He defaults to cheap insults and he should memorize better stuff to default to.


      February 26, 2016 at 11:21 am

    • His weak debating skills are important to me, and would be a terrible problem against Hillary.

      I wrote about this after the SC debate. But his “performance” was a wild success in the alt-right circles. They didn’t give a good goddamn that he was incapable of framing an argument rationally. They just loved the way he bulldozed and gutted and eviscerated that pathetic Jeb. Alright.

      But it won’t work against Hillary. He’d better up his game against her. Can he? I don’t know.


      February 26, 2016 at 11:50 am

    • Sadly, I am inclined to agree. Trump struggled pretty badly on substantive answers to policy questions. Imagine the Trump we saw last night in a one on one, tightly moderated general election debate against Hillary. He will have to have probably over an hour of rehearsed, substantive policy proposals. Calling Hillary a washed up old bitch will be awesome, but if that’s all he has in October, he’s cooked. A performance like he had last night in a general election debate, combined with the 24/7 media onslaught, would equal losing the general in an embarrassing landslide, and worse- a president Hillary.

      Sagi Is My Guru

      February 26, 2016 at 12:05 pm

      • Obama lost the second debate with romney pretty badly. Even the liberals were mad.

        Obama still won in 2012


        February 26, 2016 at 9:24 pm

      • JJF, I think it was the first debate that Romney wiped the floor with Obama. Wasn’t the second debate the Candy Crowley debacle? Not that it matters.


        February 27, 2016 at 1:20 am

      • Trump looks like a candidate who is running his whole campaign himself instead of employing professional expert advice. That’s working only because the Republican establishment has closed to door to anyone else that cares about America and America’s working families. It helps that Trump has the right alpha male leader schtick.

        But Hillary isn’t the minor leagues. Hillary is the Battle of the Bulge.

        People really pay attention to debates. Romney went up more than 5% against Obama by winning the first debate and Obama never recovered his previous margins. That wasn’t enough because Romney started out far behind but it was the only time he made real progress.

        Trump will need to do better. We’ll see if he’s willing to accept the personal advice and practice that he will need. If not, it will be his Waterloo.


        February 27, 2016 at 1:49 am

      • owentt-On the contrary, I think the more people see clinton the more they will dislike her, no matter how finely crafted her words are.


        February 27, 2016 at 10:37 am

    • Trump is a) generally unpredictable – might cause destabilising constitutional crises and b) not someone that I trust at all to fulfill his campaign promises. Heck, I’m not sure I trust that his campaign promises would cross his mind once during a 4 year term if he were elected. Also c) all else equal, I agree with Lion that I’d rather have men of Mitt Romney’s bearing than Trump’s running the country. I am very glad for Trump’s effect on the Overton window so far. I hope he wins the nomination because I think it will accelerate the realignment of the parties in salutary ways. If he fails to actually get elected … that might be for the best. No downside if he loses the debates with Hillary.

      Greg Pandatshang

      February 26, 2016 at 12:12 pm

      • “I agree with Lion that I’d rather have men of Mitt Romney’s bearing than Trump’s running the country.”

        I would too, all things being equal, but I want that wall, or whatever is the functional equivalent of the wall. And a Romney or Romney like candidate will never give it to me.

        Mike Street Station

        February 26, 2016 at 12:43 pm

      • My hope is that a bunch of young politicians, or young men & women in business who intend to go into politics, will learn from Trump’s example.

        They will have benefited from Trump’s cleaning out the mold, destroying PC taboos, etc. He really has been a breath of fresh air. But I think that is all he is. I don’t care about Trump. I care about America. We need someone with Trump’s sound nationalist ideas, but who is dependable, sane, and not an egomaniac.


        February 26, 2016 at 12:44 pm

      • Megadittoes @ Gothamette. minor dittoes @ MSS. I agree that all else is not equal, which is why ,y main points were a) and b), with c) as an add-on. As Kevin Michael Grace pointed out during his recent conversation with M. B. Dougherty, Pat Buchanan was articulate and respectable, and they acted like he was a neo-nazi. Now it’s no more Mr. Nice Guy, no more Mr. Plea-ea-ease.

        Greg Pandatshang

        February 26, 2016 at 3:52 pm

      • Re Overton, I’m starting to worry that he will tar the immigration issue for everyone for a long time if he fails badly. It will always be associated with him.

        Mrs Stitch

        February 27, 2016 at 1:56 pm

  7. i’m really on the side of otis. trump just doesn’t have any intellectual ammunition behind anything he says. people like scott adams attribute all of his words and stuff to some sort of great over-arching master plan but in reality he just says sh1t that comes into his head. sometimes it’s spot on, sometimes its stupid, but ultimately it doesnt matter because he’s somewhere nearing the sociopathic spectrum and doesnt have a sense of shame so he can just avoid any trouble whenever what he says was wrong. the end. he’s entertaining but he’s all platitudes and you guys should know better than to be completely uncritically over heels for somebody like this. it’s a testament to how important immigration is in your country that so many are willing to support him on his increasingly flimsy sounding words because he provides hope something will be done, at the very least, for the illegal side of the immigration equation. that being said, vote for him and hope he does win because he’s the only chance you guys have left.

    james n.s.w

    February 26, 2016 at 11:10 am

    • Well that’s it. I would never have considered Trump, or someone like him in the past, but our immigration issue has become so desperate that it’s moved to the top of my domestic policy concerns. Trump is the only one who is interested in doing something about it, so it’s Trump or nothing.

      Mike Street Station

      February 26, 2016 at 12:46 pm

      • I think Vox put this very well on Tuesday:

        Is Trump going to govern like Obama? Or like the Bushes? Perhaps in many ways, but unlike the other Republican candidates, that is unlikely in regards to the only issue that matters at the moment: immigration. Trump is the only one talking about a wall, talking about stopping Muslim immigration, and even talking about deportations. And that, I strongly suspect, is the real fear of Trump opponents like Sarah. It’s not that they think he will govern like Obama on immigration and the American national interest, but they fear that he won’t.

        That is why Trump is the only candidate who is worth supporting in 2016, despite being a member of the corporate-political elite, because he is an unpredictable rogue member of it and the only one that might – MIGHT – make a positive difference in the near future in the American national interest. Of course, he also may well not, but we already know beyond any shadow of a doubt that none of the other candidates are worth a damn.

        He isn’t an ideal candidate, he probably isn’t even a good candidate, and he certainly isn’t a trustworthy candidate, but nevertheless, at this point, he is the only possible candidate.


        February 26, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    • Lots of people here criticize Trump. Actually no one here is w/out reservations. Go to a real alt-right site for that.


      February 26, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    • Trump: 2016 Alt-Righters :: Sarah Palin: 2008 Neocons

      Average Man

      February 26, 2016 at 10:29 pm

  8. Andrew E.

    February 26, 2016 at 11:15 am

  9. Lion, have you seen the NY Times’ Propaganda campaign? Right now the headlines on website are:

    G.O.P. Debate Turns Raucous as Rubio Lays Into Trump

    Trump Intimidates Critics by Riling Up Twitter Followers

    Rubio Could Lose Super Tuesday and Still Win (haha!)

    Taking Note: Rubio and Cruz Leave Trump Sputtering


    February 26, 2016 at 11:48 am

    • Yeah, that’s what makes the current meme that Trump has reached the top because none of the other campaigns have criticized him so asinine. Sure, they haven’t spent much money on attack ads, but they haven’t had to. The media has been doing it for free, and it’s been an onslaught — in intensity and volume — that no other candidate has had to face in my lifetime.


      February 26, 2016 at 3:17 pm

  10. To respond directly to issues raised in the post…..

    1. Trump should be ashamed of himself for letting his name be associated with that. Does the guy have no shame?

    None. Not a whit. And wasn’t the “University” his idea?

    2. Does he really want his name everywhere that badly?

    Yes. He is a roaring egomaniac. He does the big venues because he can’t deal with people on a one to one basis. This turned out to his advantage because the electorate is in a dangerous, revolutionary mood, but will prove to be a problem later on. Much as I would love to believe he is tough, I have my doubts about his ability to manhandle the Chinese.

    [Parenthetically, my unease about the Chinese is really uncharacteristic of me. I have nothing but respect for the Chinese as individuals as for their culture. But they are robbing us blind, and we need a nationalist president to stand up to them.]

    About the taxes – I think he’s concerned that they will reveal he is less wealthy than he claims. He claims to be worth $10BN, Forbes says he’s worth $4.5BN, maybe he’s really worth “only” $1BN? Being megabucks wealthy is part of his swagger. Bloomberg always undercounted his wealth, brushed it off, and it turned out he was about 3X as rich as he said he was. Now, THAT’s a plutocrat, for ya!


    February 26, 2016 at 11:55 am

    • Taxes don’t say anything about one’s net worth, except that someone who made 10 million last year probably has a much higher net worth than someone who made 50,000 last year.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 26, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    • There’s no way in hell he’s worth $10 billion. Even Forbes estimate of $4.5 billion might be generous because Trump has been charming Forbes for decades, & they’re probably scared of him attacking them if they downgrade him

      Trump unsuccessfully sued New York Times writer Tim O’Brien for suggesting in 2005 that Trump was only worth $200 million, which would not be that impressive considering the fortune & brand Trump inherited.


      February 26, 2016 at 12:40 pm

      • The thing is, Trump values his “brand” (i.e. the Trump name) at something like $8 Billion. So yeah, it’s totally ridiculous. But who cares?

        Sagi Is My Guru

        February 26, 2016 at 3:21 pm

      • I never said he was worth $10BN, in fact I indicated skepticism that he is worth $4.5BN. Being rich is part of his persona, if he is worth less than $4.5BN, he’d be diminished in aura.


        February 26, 2016 at 5:26 pm

  11. OT, but Nate Silver has an article complaining about Trump rising from 50% to 75% in betting markets between South Carolina and the last debate. He argues that Trump’s Nevada performance was comparable to his polls, and that Trump’s endorsements were less important than Rubio’s endorsements over the same period.

    Trump’s Nevada performance showed that Trump can do well in low-turnout caucus states. His Iowa performance was a fluke, due to either poor ground game, evangelicals, or Iowa being first.

    Rubio’s endorsements are priced in. He’s the last (viable) establishment candidate standing. He’s supposed to get endorsements. On the other hand, Trump is hated by the establishment. Trump getting endorsements is a sure sign that even political insiders believe that Trump will win. It’s like insider information that a company will do well.


    February 26, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    • “He argues that Trump’s Nevada performance was comparable to his polls”

      That’s true, but the establishment always believed that the polls lied and that people would wise up finally. That Trump petformed comparable to the polls that were never believed means that he exceeded expectations.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 26, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    • Nate Silver is a gay and hates Trump. Once Trump wins the nomination Nate Silver and 538 will have officially lost all credibility. And they had it in spades after 2012.

      Nate Silver gave up the credibility of his brand in exchange for nothing.

      Otis the Sweaty

      February 26, 2016 at 12:45 pm

      • Nate Silver’s hostility is baffling. He’s been saying that Trump is totally unqualified and a disaster and incapable of being president for months. Then he’s been drooling over Marco Rubio as the great right hope. Yes, qualified, effective, and capable Marco Rubio.

        Maybe he’s just dreaming Rubio will come out of the closet and be the first gay president.


        February 27, 2016 at 2:06 am

      • He’s a very straight acting gay person. I think he described himself as culturally straight or something along those lines. If he hates him for demographic reasons it’s because of his elite education and jewish background.

        Lloyd Llewellyn

        February 27, 2016 at 3:06 am

    • Silver is locked into the old “Party Decides” paradigm he learned when he was starting out and can’t adjust to a new reality because of cognitive dissonance. Just look at his sidebar: he lists the number of endorsements each candidate has, but not the number of delegates they’ve won, even though the latter is what counts.


      February 26, 2016 at 7:25 pm

  12. Trump University was a scam but he just contracted out the use of his name, another company ran and set up the whole thing. With the Polish workers, I believe they were hired by a subcontracting company and not Trump’s company, but they worked on a building owned by Trump.

    Trump looked bad in those exchanges with Rubio, even though there were good answers he could have given. Instead he just deflected and insulted. The insults normally work for Trump but here it just looked like he had nothing real to say on the matter. Maybe he was surprised by Marco’s attack and was caught off guard. I think this was easily Trump’s worst debate due to Marco’s attacks.


    February 26, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    • Trump should admit it was a scam and a mistake to sell his name, but he didn’t realize it at the time.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 26, 2016 at 12:25 pm

      • Once you go down that path, where does it end? Is he going to apologize for “Trump: The Board Game”? Denounce his shilling for Stuffed Crust Pizza? Express regret for letting Grimace in to his office for a Mickey D’s commercial? Body slamming Vince McMahon? When Trump says in the debates he’s been greedy entire life he isn’t joking around. He’s never been embarrassed by the sort of things rich Manhattan elites would be normally be embarrassed about. That quality was the key to his success in life. He’s not going to suddenly start apologizing at this late date.


        February 26, 2016 at 1:40 pm

  13. As I watch this thing unfold, I get the impression that Trump is Pat Buchanan without the anti-Semitism. I don’t know how anyone could think that of Trump–no one survives as a player in New York real estate without having to deal with Jews.

    As a member of the Tribe myself, I also completely concur with your characterization of our American landssmen (Israelis have completely different mindsets motivated by survival). I always say that if Hitler were non-white, we’d be lining up and fighting for priority position for the gas chambers.


    February 26, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    • ” I always say that if Hitler were non-white, we’d be lining up and fighting for priority position for the gas chambers.”

      That sir, was hilarious!

      Mike Street Station

      February 26, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    • Whenever the is a military conflict between Israel and the Palestinians my liberal NY Jewish friends always come out with these pamphlets pictures of Black Ethiopian Jewish soldiers wounded in battle. You’d think half the Jewish soldiers in Israel are Black.

      Its like they need to feel that Zionism is pro-people of color thing to be comfortable with it.


      February 26, 2016 at 2:09 pm

      • “Its like they need to feel that Zionism is pro-people of color thing to be comfortable with it.”
        Exactly. Plus pro-gay, etc., and feminist, etc. I no longer read the online Jewish press, because they are full SJW on those subjects, and they think it’s perfectly logical to be in favor of an ethno-state and their form of liberalism. Just because Israel gives minorities more rights than any of the neighboring countries, doesn’t mean that Israel is a equal rights state. (Which I totally support.)


        February 26, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    • My jewish grandmother was going on and on about how Trump was the second coming of Adolph Hitler and was totally speechless when I told her that his daughter had converted and married into the faith. Most people accusing him of antisemitism are similarly ignorant.

      Lloyd Llewellyn

      February 26, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    • You should check out this:

      Long winded as usual, but the part that’s relevant is Pfleger’s relationship w/Farrakhan, and Wright. Obama is on their side, in that group. And Jews support Obama. It’s really sick. Israelis are nothing like this.


      February 26, 2016 at 4:10 pm

      • Israelis are nothing like this.

        That’s because Israelis are not real Jews.

        They are all NY city Italians who converted to Judaism and moved to Israel.


        February 26, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    • There are enough Israeli left wing liberals, it is not so different to any other western country in that sense.


      February 26, 2016 at 4:26 pm

  14. Tim Carney had a good article in the Washington Examiner about how Hillary will use Trump’s scams against him in his general election.

    Trump is trying to position himself as the candidate of the little guy. But his scams have always been at the expense of the little guy.

    You can imagine the ads she’d use:

    “When Donald Trump needed workers to build his towers and staff his resorts, he went with foreign workers and illegal immigrants, not you. When Donald Trump was looking for factories to make his designer ties, he went to China, not America. Donald Trump does like using working Americans for one thing, however — paying thousands of dollars in tuition for degrees at his bogus university.”

    The idea that a billionaire celebrity was ever going to be credible as the candidate of prole America was always absurd. The “uncaring” label stuck to Romney and it will stick to Trump.


    February 26, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    • The idea that a billionaire celebrity was ever going to be credible as the candidate of prole America was always absurd.

      No it isn’t, the polls clearly show that. Plus Trump is actually challenging the establishment and media on issues important to the “proles”. Immigration, trade, wars, political correctness.

      The “uncaring” label stuck to Romney and it will stick to Trump.

      No it wont because Romney and Trump are two totally different people.

      Plus, since when does “prole America” want to be “cared for”. That’s embarrassing. Sounds pathetic.

      They don’t want a “carer” they want a FIGHTER!

      That’s Trump, obviously not Romney or the other Republican soulless robots.


      February 26, 2016 at 9:14 pm

  15. Christie just backed Trump. This is yuge.


    February 26, 2016 at 1:12 pm

  16. I agree with everything Gothamette said.


    February 26, 2016 at 1:13 pm

  17. Nothing is too unseemly for today’s prole Republican base. Trump could dress up like Elvis from now until the election and would still get nominated. By God, I listened to about twenty minutes of Meghan McCain’s radio show the other night and was thoroughly disgusted with how prole she is. Her father must be ashamed. Arch Prole Chris Christie just endorsed Trump. GOP prole drift is at ramming speed.


    February 26, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    • Would you rather have Republican White prole or Democrat black, Mexican, third world prole led by SWPL/SJW White left wing freaks?

      Got to be realistic.


      February 26, 2016 at 9:28 pm

  18. It wasn’t just Trump University. He also teamed up with two bit hustler Robert “Rich Dad” Kiyosaki to hock get rich quick books and multilevel marketing schemes. You do have to ask yourself..what kind of man dies such a thing? And do you want him to be leader of the free world?


    February 26, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    • You’re basically right about Kiyosaki, but the original “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” book is pretty good.

      Sagi Is My Guru

      February 26, 2016 at 3:24 pm

  19. Trump got Chris Christy.

    Finally a heavy duty endorsement. It took long enough.


    February 26, 2016 at 1:39 pm

  20. Christie just endorsed Trump.


    February 26, 2016 at 1:52 pm

  21. Trump is a dismal debater, that’s a certainty. But yet he’s come through a “winner” in a dozen debates despite his inability to talk coherent policy.

    The fact that Hillary is smooth as baby sh-t in debates really won’t matter. No one who votes for Trump cares about the fact that he can’t get into deep policy wonkiness. In fact, it’s a feature, not a bug. He WILL drop yuge bombs. He WILL go there. He WILL disrupt both her and the debate format that everyone expects Hillary to outperform in.

    Some prof named Helmut Norpoth claims his statistical model (wrong only once in the last 104 years of elections) predicts Trump has a 97-99% chances of winning the general. Also that he will beat Hill with 54.7% of the popular vote.

    Sounds about right. But then I awoke…..


    February 26, 2016 at 1:56 pm

  22. Since Christie has endorsed Trump, does that mean that MaryK should now also support Trump since like Christie she is a feisty Italian American?

    Is MaryK ashamed of her heritage? If she isn’t, she should support Trump.

    Otis the Sweaty

    February 26, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    • Otis, you’re really taking a big chance with this post. Maybe you’d better stick to calling me a “stupid Christian.” It’s not a good idea to get me angry – remember, I’m 1/4 Sicilian!

      I have never been a Chris Christie fan, and his endorsement of Trump only confirms my suspicions that Trump is a Rockefeller Republican. Christie is simply an ambitions Irish-Italian prole who will go wherever the power is. If Ted Cruz and Ben Carson were the main contenders for the nomination Christie would be boasting of the socially conservative values he learned from Grandpa Rocco and Grandma Isabella.

      The only thing shameful about Italian-Americans is the same thing that is shameful about all of middle America. They know nothing of what it takes to keep a civilization together and have even less interest in learning from the mistakes of the last 40 years. I attribute some of this moral flabbiness to the conservative movement’s cowardice in confronting them seriously over their own moral decline.

      In the 1980’s I could at least take refuge in the Christian Right. At least one segment of the population seemed concerned about civilizational decline. But now it seems that even the CR’s constituency is being swept up in Trumpmania. I never thought things could evolve to this point. My only consolation will be seeing both groups (IAs and the CR) get what they richly deserve when President Trump horrifies them for 4 years with one liberal action after another. This is what they’ll get for surrendering to simplicity and emotionalism.


      February 26, 2016 at 4:05 pm

      • MaryK: it sounds like you need to embrace your Italian heritage and reject the cultural imperialism of WASP Americans. You have forgotten your roots.

        Otis the Sweaty

        February 26, 2016 at 5:08 pm

      • “MaryK: it sounds like you need to embrace your Italian heritage and reject the cultural imperialism of WASP Americans. You have forgotten your roots.”

        Talk about ridiculous, as if behavior was ethnically heritable.

        MaryK: Liberal capitalism sweeps everything before it, in one mighty river, until only the atomized individual is left. Religion is no salvation. Perhaps individuals derive some solace from it, but not civilizations.

        “The only thing shameful about Italian-Americans is the same thing that is shameful about all of middle America. They know nothing of what it takes to keep a civilization together ”

        And the French have done better? The Italians with their sub-replacement birthrates, the English ….I could go on and on. Older civilizations have been swept away by capitalism. The Japanese seem to be doing well, perhaps because they keep out foreigners.


        February 26, 2016 at 5:31 pm

      • “Talk about ridiculous, as if behavior was ethnically heritable”

        Queuing Jayman comment in three, two…

        Mike Street Station

        February 26, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    • “MaryK: it sounds like you need to embrace your Italian heritage and reject the cultural imperialism of WASP Americans. You have forgotten your roots.”

      Was that a comment to indicate that I should support a fascist-style strongman – a la Mussolini? I was born and raised in the U.S. – and I’m half Italian anyway. I support a democratic republic, not a right-wing dictatorship. But even if a dictatorship were necessary to keep Western civilization going (and it may eventually come down to this at the rate we’re going) that would have nothing to do with a vulgarian like Trump. He’s a decadent plutocrat who knows how to con people. Those supporting him are simply taking his word that he really means what he says about closing the borders and ending free trade. In every other respect he is the establishment personified. That so many people fall for his John Wayne shtick shows only that people who are worn out from years of political battle sometimes WANT to be fooled.

      Trump bears no real resemblance to a true American Mussolini type.


      February 26, 2016 at 5:34 pm

      • Voting for Rubio or Cruz is an even stronger indication of WANTING to be fooled.

        Andrew E.

        February 26, 2016 at 5:43 pm

      • Embracing your roots means supporting Trump because most other Italian Americans, including Christie and Giuliani, support him. American conservatism is just WASP cultural imperialism.

        Otis the Sweaty

        February 26, 2016 at 5:52 pm

      • We are so desperate that we will vote for him because his chance of closing the border and free trade is greater than 0%, which is what you get with all the other guys.

        Dont fret though, Trump is just the beginning.


        February 26, 2016 at 9:30 pm

  23. From the New Yorker :

    Charles Murray, the political scientist best known for writing “The Bell Curve,” and whose last book, “Coming Apart,” was about the struggles of the white working class, told me in an e-mail that he too was inalterably opposed to supporting Trump, but he said the main issue was not so much Trump’s ideology as his character:

    It’s like Wolfgang Pauli’s famous crack, “That is not only not right, it is not even wrong.” He doesn’t even have a bad character. People with bad characters can have strengths. As far as I can tell he has no character. He’s a bully with subordinates. He does business in ways that good businesspeople despise—and he’s not even very good at that. He says things about people, especially his wives, that are so obnoxious that calling them obnoxious doesn’t come close to how awful they are. He constantly lies about things that can be checked. He brags incessantly—really unattractive in itself—but he doesn’t even brag about things that he could appropriately be proud of. The guy is pathetic.

    Bruno from Paris

    February 26, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    • @Bruno,


      February 26, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    • I have to say that this sums up my feelings about Trump.
      But I also see the appeal of Trump as an F-U to the media, the establishment. He’s also the first candidate to take a serious approach towards the border. If he didn’t take that approach, his campaign doesn’t get off the ground. He also stated that he didn’t realize that his statements on immigration would be so popular. That (in my mind) suggests that he’s genuinely honest about this, rather than calculating (unless this statement was a lie . . .)

      Half Canadian

      February 26, 2016 at 4:56 pm

      • Or that his strategy to just say random shit that he doesn’t actually believe and see what gets the best reaction.

        Lloyd Llewellyn

        February 27, 2016 at 2:46 am

  24. So Charles Murray questions Trump’s character. I don’t recall, has he no concerns about Obama’s character?

    Perhaps he is not close enough to Trump to separate his public persona from his true character. A lot of people, who actually know him and who I (sort of) respect seem to think Trump has good character. His brilliant family, and their unconditional and whole-hearted support of him seems to belies the idea that his character is questionable.

    Relax. In what possible way can The Donald be worse than the monstrosity currently slithering around the White House?


    February 26, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    • “A lot of people, who actually know him and who I (sort of) respect seem to think Trump has good character. His brilliant family, ”

      Look, I’m getting sick of the Trumpmania around here. I have also heard a few things about Trump – 2nd hand, mind you, and no names. And none of it good.

      His brilliant family, oy. I strongly suspect that all three of his wives were, well, paid. He catted around on Ivana outrageously, and look up that business that was tabloid fodder for weeks in NYC about Ivana confronting Marla on the ski slopes. Ivana divorced him, not the other way around, and he had to marry Marla because she was pregnant. He divorces her, and picks up another E. European “party girl.”

      I do think he did well by his kids by Ivana, but give her some credit as well. No more. Because his kids aren’t on drugs, don’t call them “brilliant.” They are billionaire’s children, for gosh sakes. They should do well.


      February 26, 2016 at 5:35 pm

  25. Either we have a country, or we don’t.

    That’s why I’m voting for Trump. He is exactly what everyone says he is. But he understands what it means to have a country.

    Sure, vote for more respectable, reasonable Mitt Romney types…they are perfect in every way, except all of them and all of their policies end in the death of your civilization.

    Part of Trump’s appeal to me is that he builds things, and they are beautiful. His big towers in New York, his mar-a-lago in Florida, the best golf courses in the world in the USA and UK. For all his negative qualities, Trump is a builder and someone who understands beauty, even if he is not personally a congenial or beautiful person. He respects civilization. Look at his family, all beautiful, successful, civilized seeming people.

    I don’t want to be a bombastic prole like Trump, because it would make me feel dirty and uncouth to be that way, but I do want to have that same abiltity to respect and create beauty in my world in the same way he has. Maybe he will do that on a national level?

    All of the other politicians are simply grasping strivers, who are guaranteed to sell you down the river for a few pieces of silver, they don’t care about taking care of anything in this world…their motto is “Apres moi, le deluge.”


    February 26, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    • America is an enterprise, A Market Place – not a country. It isn’t nation with an entrenched history, or a defined group with a defined culture. We have vast, diverse and disparate lives — hence why nations don’t exist with cultural diversity, at least not for long.


      February 26, 2016 at 7:43 pm

  26. All of these Trump criticisms assume an embarrassment of riches that simply does not exist. There are no better options than Trump.

    You know what I see when I see Cruz or Rubio or Hillary or Bernie? I just see Obama’s third term.


    February 26, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    • All of these Trump criticisms assume an embarrassment of riches that simply does not exist. There are no better options than Trump.

      Sad but true in a nation of 300+ million.


      February 26, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    • Hillary would be much better than Obama because she is incompetent. Obama is both competent and a brilliant politician, so he is able to do much more damage. Hillary is easier to fight.

      Otis the Sweaty

      February 27, 2016 at 10:39 am

    • Yes they are all bad. The other GOP candidates are amateurishly bad, Trump professionally bad. I mean he has media chops like they don’t have, more spontaneous, but nothing really living upstairs.

      Mrs Stitch

      February 27, 2016 at 3:18 pm

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