Lion of the Blogosphere

The David Duke/KKK accusations against Trump

This is just another sandbagging question by the liberal MSM to try to make Trump look like a “racist” because someone supports him. No matter how Trump answers the question, the MSM smugly thinks they made Trump look like a “racist.”

Hillary also has millions of supporters, and I’m sure there are some miscreants, villains and bad characters among that group, but Hillary never gets asked questions like that because the MSM is on her side.

Trump did his usual thing, which is to NOT start acting like a “cuckservative” when the MSM does stuff like that to him. As soon as he starts putting MSM questions into a hierarchy into which some of them are deserving of a cuckservative response, he has lost to them.

No one voting for Trump cares about this incident. This is just the liberal MSM talking to themselves about how “racist” Trump is, which is what they have been doing already for the last eight months. This is not going to hurt Trump on Super Tuesday. That Trump stands up to the political correctness that the MSM uses to control all of the other Republicans is why the voters like Trump.

Trump hurt himself before South Carolina by going against Republican orthodoxy at the debate beforehand. Trump had a fine debate in Texas this week, and Trump is probably going to say, after he sweeps Super Tuesday, that he’s not doing any more Republican debates because he has won and the only reason the GOP wants to hold more debates is because they are out to get him, and if any other candidate had as strong of a lead as he did after Super Tuesday there would be no more debates, and Trump would be right about that.

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Did Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, really disavow Trump, or is it just a rhetorical advice to allow him to continue to praise Trump while maintaining plausible deniability?

“We all want a saint-like president with brilliant and rational policies, but a saint would never make it through the primaries.”

I personally just want a president with Mitt Romney’s demeanor but with Trump’s policies on immigration. Romney was able to make it through the primaries, but he was not able to make it past the blue-collar white vote in Rust Belt states. I believe that Trump can win the Rust Belt, even Pennsylvania which has been voting Democratic in presidential elections since 1992.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 29, 2016 at 8:26 am

Posted in Politics

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  1. Trump can’t start boycotting the debates until after he wins OH and FL, right? I don’t think he will. Plus I think he enjoys going toe to toe with Rubio and Cruz, they are out of his league and everybody knows it.

    Otis the Sweaty

    February 29, 2016 at 8:33 am

  2. It’s not going to hurt him now because he’s only competing against other Republicans. It would later on…but then he’ll just turn around and denounce the KKK, because he doesn’t need the white nationalists anymore.

    I disagree with you about the white nationalist support…I think he’s got it and he needed it to get this big. I’m not that worried, because 2016 America is not 1933 Germany.


    February 29, 2016 at 8:49 am

    • He never needed the White Nationalist. They’re numerically insignificant. Any WN or KKK endorsement of Trump doesn’t add a single voter to his column and threatens to take some away (see Scott Adams posturing). I don’t even know why the KKK would do it unless they truly are that stupid. Knowing how toxic they are, they should endorse Hillary, citing some vague dog whistles.

      Mike Street Station

      February 29, 2016 at 9:54 am

  3. I agree with you that it’s BS, especially since he had already directly said on Friday that he disavows Duke. But I don’t think the CNN interview came across as standing up to political correctness. It just came across as evasive.

    He could have chosen to confront Tapper and said that he won’t play this game, or he could have said, “sure, yet again, I disavow them.” Instead he contradicted his previous responses by saying he didn’t know anything about Duke. Then he tweeted the clip of his previous disavowal, which emphasized the contradiction between “I disavow, okay?” and “I don’t know anything about him.” And now he is reiterating the disavowal and saying he couldn’t hear Tapper well. It seems as if he didn’t want to play along with the hostile question, but couldn’t formulate a good way to smack it down. He hasn’t come across as confident or standing up to his attackers – which is no doubt what Tapper wanted.

    Same thing with the accidental Mussolini quote and his reaction later. There were ways to defuse it effectively but “it doesn’t matter who said it, I just want to post interesting quotes,” isn’t one of them.

    Maybe it won’t matter much.


    February 29, 2016 at 9:03 am

    • “It seems as if he didn’t want to play along with the hostile question, but couldn’t formulate a good way to smack it down.”

      Did he really do such a bad job at smacking it down, or are you letting the MSM formulate that opinion for you?

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 29, 2016 at 9:05 am

      • I honestly think my opinion is based on my viewing of the clip. There have been times when I read accounts of Trump “being a clown” but when I saw it I thought it was fine. This one I didn’t like. I think Tapper put him in a position where being confrontational would have worked and saying, “sure” would have worked, but I didn’t think the approach Trump chose worked. Could be wrong.

        By the way, sorry if my comment came through multiple times – the connection was failing after I hit the button so I wasn’t sure whether it had been submitted.


        February 29, 2016 at 9:13 am

  4. Ron Paul ran into a similar problem when he received a (small) donation from a Stormfront admin (or someone involved w/ it). RP was put to the test on tv. People kept coming up w/ stuff “proving” he was some kind of secret racist, like the whole newsletter thing. It was clear from the start RP didn’t have a racist bone in his body. But that doesn’t stop the attacks.

    Romney was also accused of racism bc of (the antiblack history of) his mormon faith and some mildly disrespectful comment on poor people. Reagan, Bush (both), McCain, all have been accused of racism.

    I don’t think Trump could prevent any of this, either way he responds. Even Bernie Sanders was accused of racism, bc he didn’t cheer for reparations. What chance does someone like Trump have?

    Disavowing or not, it wouldn’t help. But it wouldn’t hurt to tell KKK types to go to hell, either.


    February 29, 2016 at 9:26 am

    • Ron Paul spoke in coded language to the White Nationalist people. Trump is clueless about them.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 29, 2016 at 9:31 am

      • I highly doubt Trump is clueless about these types. A large proportion of his most active twitter support comes from the alt-right. And he’s on Twitter all the time.

        Trump didn’t handle this as well as he could have, and I notice that CNN has the incident as a lead story for the second day in a row. I believe this type of negative press has an effect on late deciders, who typically choose someone other than Trump. The south is not what it once was and for most decent people there is strong pressure not to be associated with racism.

        Tapper’s question was the very definition of gotcha journalism. The question itself is a weapon because it casts Trump as the top choice of an evil man. Racism is the Number 1 deady sin in America – if you don’t disavow unequivocally on the spot, you might as well light a cross in a Mississippi corn field (in the media’s eyes).


        February 29, 2016 at 10:09 am

    • Ron Paul did have racist (albeit true) stuff in his newsletters. He says they were ghostwritten and I believe him. Paul never struck me as much of a racist and even his Judeophobia was pretty mild. Mostly Paul just hated war and had a bizarre fixation on the Federal Reserve.

      After the election of Obama and the end of the “War on Terror” and subsequent discrediting neocon policies in the GOP Paul became less obsessively against “empire”. He now spends most of his time ranting against the Fed, probably because in the aftermath of 2008 he now sees the Fed as the greatest evil facing America.

      For the record, Trump should absolutely not denounce the KKK or Duke. Fuck playing the left’s game. If Stormfront and Duke want to support him, so be it. Not Trump’s problem. Nor is he responsible for the beliefs and speech of every single one of his 10s of million of supporters.

      Otis the Sweaty

      February 29, 2016 at 10:30 am

      • Ron Paul’s newsletters were ghostwritten by Murray Rothbard and Lew Rockwell.

        Lewis Medlock

        February 29, 2016 at 1:20 pm

  5. I agree that his contradiction of his previous disavowal was weird. It seemed like he was either deliberately trolling or that he had a momentary bout of senility.


    February 29, 2016 at 9:41 am

    • or that he had a momentary bout of senility

      I was thinking that too, especially since I read that his father had such issues. My biggest fear with Trump is that he will not perform well in debates against Hillary. She’s VERY smart and was a much better debater than Obama, and Trump is a political novice who’s never been tested in a one-on-one debate.


      February 29, 2016 at 12:17 pm

  6. The KKK hasn’t killed anyone in 40 years. Black Lives Matter inspires cop shootings and drives up the crime rate today. And it’s invited to the White House.

    The biggest cuck in the world is Joe Scarborough. I saw him on TV this morning, basically crying about this, about how he grew up a Southerner, and how could Trump believe that any Southerner would like this. It was only 20 years ago that David Duke himself ran for governor of Louisiana and actually won the white vote.

    Regarding the Muslim ban, I remember him saying a few months ago “I oppose this. Not for PC reasons, but because we need to win the War on Terror!!”

    He’s the definition of a cuck.


    February 29, 2016 at 10:26 am

  7. On “On Point” on NPR right now a caller from TN, a caller, “39-year old black man”, is definitely voting for Trump.

    His answer to the “controversy”: “Nobody is taking that Duke endorsement seriously except for people who want use it to club Trump over the head.”


    February 29, 2016 at 10:34 am

    • The best explanation on Twitter is that people who support Trump have priced in the raaaaacism in their decision to support him.

      The second best was Ed Realist pointing out that white nationalists have voted GOP for at least 20 years now. That’s not a pearl clutching moment but really, *now* the GOPe cares?


      February 29, 2016 at 10:56 am

      • I’d prefer to call them White Nationalists rather than white nationalists. Being both white and nationalist doesn’t make one a racist or a Jew hater, but the White Nationalists are that.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        February 29, 2016 at 11:29 am

    • I didn’t even know David Duke was still alive. When was he last in the news – 1992?


      February 29, 2016 at 12:43 pm

  8. “I personally just want a president with Mitt Romney’s demeanor but with Trump’s policies on immigration.”

    I want Elizabeth Warren to become an immigration patriot and RUN.


    February 29, 2016 at 10:49 am

    • Yes. I love Warren.

      I wish Bernie had doubled down on guns and immigration instead of selling out. If Bernie’s popularity depends on precise ideological conformity, it never had a chance. If it is a genuine reform movement, a few heterodox ideas wouldn’t hurt and might have brought in the needed support in the South.


      February 29, 2016 at 5:33 pm

  9. Isn’t an endorsement by David Duke also Duke’s way of sandbagging Trump? Duke surely knows the implications of his endorsement. Duke has really gone off the rails with his Jew hatred. Trump has an Orthodox Jewish daughter (renamed “Yael”) and many Jewish advisers. And don’t forget, the name is Donald *J* Trump.

    Mark Caplan

    February 29, 2016 at 11:52 am

  10. Why would you want Mitt Romney’s demeanor? It’s obviously not as appealing to voters. Everything about his demeanor during the campaign screamed “I’m rich, and if you’re not rich, you better just shut up and be happy with whatever rich people give you.” The 47 percent thing, “borrow money from your parents,” etc. Romney was a terrible candidate. Trump may be even richer but at least his personality and style make regular people believe he can sympathize with them and even cares.


    February 29, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    • It was worse than “I am rich.” Trump screams “I am rich” and people love it.

      What was wrong with Mitt’s demeanor was it screamed “I am a spineless beta pussy and I am incapable of fighting to stop the liberals or to advance the conservative cause” (assuming he even wanted to do either one in the first place). Same problem as Jeb. Low energy, soft and weak.


      February 29, 2016 at 12:41 pm

      • Meh, from Romney’s perspective, what exactly is the cause that’s need to be fought for or the problem that needs to be fought against? His lot are doing just fine. All we need are some tweaks, especially to the higher tax rates. Nothing to get too exercised about.

        Greg Pandatshang

        February 29, 2016 at 6:35 pm

  11. Just in time for Super Tuesday. What are the odds???

    Crap like this is why people are so angry at the MSM and establishment. Do those fools really think this is going to derail Trump? The only thing this does is make me angrier and more determined to support him.


    February 29, 2016 at 12:18 pm

  12. Trump handled this exactly right. The normal GOP or Dem Politician response to such an absurd question is to stumble, fumble and grovel your way through a bunch of “anti-racist” PC platitudes on queue like a Pavlovian rat. Trump’s reaction was basically “why are you asking such a dumb question” and refusing to play the media’s tiresome game…


    February 29, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    • Stumbling and fumbling is exactly what he did. He could have defiantly called Tapper out for the question OR said “for the last time, I disavow,” but he didn’t do either of those. Instead he stumbled and fumbled. No, it is not fair, but the way he handled it is what enabled the scumbag media to run with it. And I don’t see how anyone could watch that video and think “he handled this exactly right.” The media are evil and full of crap, but Trump messed up.


      February 29, 2016 at 7:54 pm

      • Even if you are right Trump was not on his “A” game during that interview yesterday, it was at least a “B” answer that the MSM is trying to spin into an “F” answer.

        This won’t hurt Trump at all. The media has been saying for months that Trump is racist. So they are still saying that Trump is racist.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        February 29, 2016 at 8:09 pm

  13. Let’s keep in mind that the KKK endorsement was probably the result of the prompting of an FBI infiltrator.

    Q: Why can’t blacks join the KKK?
    A: They can’t pass the FBI background check.


    February 29, 2016 at 12:38 pm

  14. I agree with everything that’s been said here.

    @ Tarl – LOL! There used to be a Mort Sahl joke about the Communist Party, USA: 500 86 year old Jewish people, and 5000 FBI agents. I wonder if they ever ended up spying on each other, as old Jewish commies were so puritanical & dull.


    February 29, 2016 at 1:40 pm

  15. This may be another case of Trump’s luck. Most people realize that he’s not responsible for whatever whacko endorses him, and it takes away attention from Trump U – a genuine problem.


    February 29, 2016 at 1:42 pm

  16. I personally just want a president with Mitt Romney’s demeanor but with Trump’s policies on immigration. Romney was able to make it through the primaries, but he was not able to make it past the blue-collar white vote in Rust Belt states. I believe that Trump can win the Rust Belt, even Pennsylvania which has been voting Democratic in presidential elections since 1992.

    How about an Aaron Hernandez approach to foreign policy where you destroy anyone that disrespects you, like what Aaron Hernandez did to Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado on July 2012 in Boston.


    February 29, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    • There is nothing more despicable then Romney. Despicable man with a despicable manner of a slimy, phony hypocrite.

      “A disqualifying & disgusting response by @realDonaldTrump to the KKK. His coddling of repugnant bigotry is not in the character of America,” tweeted Romney, who has been actively hitting Trump for days.


      March 1, 2016 at 6:39 am

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