Lion of the Blogosphere

Donald #Trump update

1. I am very disheartened that Trump gave an economic policy speech in which he’s trying to sound more like Mitt Romney than Donald Trump. How well did that work out for Mitt Romney? Endorsing tax cuts for the top 1% is a betrayal of Trumpism.

2. The unprecedented media onslaught, with the intent of destroying Trump’s candidacy (because media elites have decided that Trump is too “dangerous” to be president and they no longer need to pretend to be impartial), appears to be working.

3. Some mainstream Republicans are continuing to sabotage Trump. Don’t they understand that the only way to prevent a liberal Supreme Court for decades is to help Trump win?

Trump’s only hope right now is:

1. Another ISIS attack big enough to to scare people into voting for him.

2. Hillary’s health problems manifest too obviously for the media elites to keep covering up.

3. Devastating Wikileaks release.

Some other external events which would help Trump are unlikely to happen because elites will stop them from happening:

1. Black Lives Matter riots. The elites will keep them on a leash until after the election.

2. Economic crash. The Fed (which works for the Obama administration) will keep money supply super-loose until after the election. If one believes in conspiracies, then one would believe that the Illuminati will cooperate with the Fed to ensure that any economic crash happens after the election.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

August 9, 2016 at 9:06 am

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  1. Lion, did you just reference the Illuminati?

    Is Trump’s situation that bad?


    August 9, 2016 at 9:09 am

    • Rifleman

      August 9, 2016 at 10:55 am

      • i said in an earlier thread that trump’s tax plan was a something to get the paul ryan types to support him or stfu, so lotb should calm down with his criticisms of trump’s tax plan.


        August 10, 2016 at 9:26 am

  2. There have been many dark theories about the media, media ownership and the advantages to a small elite of having an ethnically divided populous. The events of the past two weeks have provided a lot of corroboration for these theories. Scott Adams is right. We must endorse Hillary for our personal safety.


    August 9, 2016 at 9:25 am

  3. We’re way overtaxed. I really liked Trump’s economic proposals.

    Andrew E.

    August 9, 2016 at 9:29 am

  4. Obligatory Wikileaks reminder. I guess you don’t have a lot of faith in them?


    August 9, 2016 at 9:37 am

    • Oops, I forgot, I updated the post.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      August 9, 2016 at 10:16 am

    • They have already inoculated by claiming that its the Ruskies behind it. You dont like the Ruskies do you? We cant have foreign countries influencing our elections (excepting of course the Guardian letter writing campaign to Ohio)

      I already saw a Politico report cautioning that the future emails could be ‘salted’ with fake info among the real. So this think the positioning is for MSM to ignore future releases.

      Lion of the Turambar

      August 9, 2016 at 11:02 am

  5. “1. I am very disheartened that Trump gave an economic policy speech in which he’s trying to sound more like Mitt Romney than Donald Trump. How well did that work out for Mitt Romney? Endorsing tax cuts for the top 1% is a betrayal of Trumpism.”

    Take a look at who’s stopped supporting him in the polls to understand why.


    August 9, 2016 at 9:38 am

  6. Trump should’ve gotten more serious by now. The Khizr Khan thing was an obvious trap and he fell into it like a fool. And while I love “Trumpism” I’m starting to wonder if Trump himself is up to the presidential task if he’s getting outmaneuvered by painfully childish and obvious DNC tactics like these which he should have been able to repel with ease and a laugh.


    August 9, 2016 at 9:45 am

    • It may have been a trap either way. Had he said nothing they (the Deep State) would have pounced anyway, pointing out repeatedly his refusal to respond (implying he was guilty of Khan’s charges). I noticed almost immediately following their appearance CNN was calling it a historic speech or some such other super hype. The Deep State was ready to pounce.

      This episode should be seen as The Empire Strikes Back. They have no intent of allowing him to be President. If that means exposing themselves a little, I guess they’re willing to do so. Now we know or have confirmation. A victory of sorts. It is hard to swallow, but being deprived of naivete is a gift. Weird to think Alex Jones wasn’t so crazy after all.


      August 9, 2016 at 10:50 am

      • IHTG

        August 9, 2016 at 11:02 am

    • …wonder if Trump himself is up to the presidential task if he’s getting outmaneuvered by painfully childish and obvious DNC tactics

      Trump is not intellectual and he doesn’t have a good team around him to test fast response material.

      He just wings it too often.

      The response to Khan could have been a winner. Ask why Khan is supporting the woman whose Senate vote led to the death of his son and 10,000++ Muslims in Iraq…..and then her support for war and devastation in TWO MORE Muslim countries – Lbya and Syria.

      Ask if the Constitution waving Khan wants something like the US constitution to be the law of the land in the Muslim world or would he prefer the intolerant and bigoted rule of Sharia law?

      Of course the lazy and unprepared Trump blew it.


      August 9, 2016 at 11:02 am

      • Ermahgerd! Hillbot!

        Lion of the Turambar

        August 9, 2016 at 11:54 am

    • Trump should get a bruiser assistant or two who can trash talk the small fry all week long, rather than doing it himself. And some dedicated diggers who can quickly get the background on the clowns they throw at him.


      August 9, 2016 at 11:19 am

  7. If it makes you feel any better, there’s no way Trump is going to pass this plan. It’s not his passion, & anybody who has been listening to his speeches knows this.

    Plus he’ll have enough trouble with trade agreements and immigration to keep him occupied for a while.


    August 9, 2016 at 10:08 am

  8. One solid piece of advice Trump should take is to start paying for TV and radio ads. With the media dropping the pretense of impartiality and going on full attack against him, it’s one of the few ways left to him to promote his message unfiltered. Furthermore, it’s feeling beleaguered to be a Trump supporter. Every time I pick up a newspaper, be it the New York Times, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, or my local, there are at least two or three Trump bashing articles on the front page. Even today, two weeks after it was news, USA Today is still beating the Khizr Khan drum with a front page piece. Hillary Clinton is trotting out, at pre-planned weekly intervals, some new establishment Republican to denounce Trump, which I expect to continue until election day. I don’t watch television but I hear it’s about the same. It’s cumulatively fatiguing.

    Trump is fixated on the dollars and cents of TV ad buying, but underestimating the psychological value of knowing that our ship’s guns are still firing. I also think you need to help your people with sub-110 IQs by giving them soundbite arguments and messages to use against the opposition. In looking at online political fights on Twitter and elsewhere, my sense is that our side is handicapped by a lack of attack and defense memes provided from up top, which the Clinton people are getting in spades. That also has to be the case in family and social circle arguments too. It’s another factor that I think is responsible for the withering away of his soft support.


    August 9, 2016 at 10:11 am

    • The fact he is running at 40% without significant ad buys should actually reassure Trump supporters. These poll numbers will tighten as he runs ads and I suspect he will rise again after the debates.

      Paul Rise

      August 9, 2016 at 10:58 am

      • It’s late in the game and he should be doing it already. To shore up the support he’s slowly bleeding away, if nothing else. I’m also not confident about the debates. Hillary has done plenty of debates and didn’t damage herself much in any of them, while Trump, being an amateur politician, has had plenty of rickety moments, and the risk of a stumble is worse in a 1-on-1 debate where he can be closely pressed on some issue he doesn’t have much to say on.

        I also think it’s dangerous for our side to be harping on #HillarysHealth, because it’s setting up a situation where Clinton just has to show up for a debate without keeling over and she passes expectations. But #HillarysHealth is a case where well-intentioned grassroots Trump supporters were stepping forward to fill a void because the leadership up top wasn’t providing anything.


        August 9, 2016 at 11:37 am

      • And if the people moderating the debate are from the mainstream media who have now decided that defeating Trump is more important than impartiality, that could be very bad for Trump.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        August 9, 2016 at 11:39 am

  9. I totally agree with this analysis – Trump is going to need a lot of help from ISIS to keep his narrative front and center. Cop shootings would help his case too.

    I think they will keep a lid will be kept on everything else- BLM riots, bad economy etc.

    Lion of the Turambar

    August 9, 2016 at 10:11 am

  10. “1. I am very disheartened that Trump gave an economic policy speech in which he’s trying to sound more like Mitt Romney than Donald Trump. How well did that work out for Mitt Romney? Endorsing tax cuts for the top 1% is a betrayal of Trumpism.”

    I can’t imagine why this would give you any pause. Trump was basically reading off a script. He’s trying to stop GOP defections, of which there have been plenty and will probably be more this week. His economic plans presented as part of his campaign are mostly irrelevant. The only thing that matters is trade and immigration. This other stuff can be trimmed around the edges AFTER he’s elected.

    Keep your eyes on the prize.

    Mike Street Station

    August 9, 2016 at 10:21 am

  11. the election result will be determined partly by events but also this election is a test of the remaining strength of the mainstream media vs. the alt media. conservative internet media like Drudge and Breitbart have been pro Trump, and lots of bloggers, and social media as well. of course the rest of the media has been in an anti-trump frenzy. if enough voters are still listening to the mainstream media then he will have a hard time winning. I think many potential trump voters have tuned out the msm so it’s not as bad as it seems.


    August 9, 2016 at 10:36 am

  12. The elites are going to get a very nasty surprise come November


    August 9, 2016 at 10:48 am

  13. If you’re openly hoping for a terror attack to help your candidate win, you’ve already lost — and degraded your own morality in doing so.

    Look, Lion, deep down you know Trump isn’t fit for the presidency. Even if “Trumpism” is the right policy prescription, his deep character flaws render him a poor vehicle for promotion and implementation. You might think you know Trump, the hard-edged New Yorker, but you’ve never seen him in a position of real political power. His inability to choose his battles alone disqualifies him.

    It should tell you a lot about Trump that a figure as well-know and not well liked in Clinton is poised to crush him in an electoral landslide. For christssakes, SOUTH CAROLINA is now a toss up.

    Now he has sold you out for the orthodox GOP tax plan. He even used the bullshit phrase “death tax,” meaning he wants the heirs of billionaires to pay NOTHING when they inherit massive, unearned fortunes, further consolidating extreme wealth in fewer families — families like the Trumps and Kushners — mediocrities whose family legacy of wealth affords them status and prestige they otherwise could not have attained themselves. Trump’s own son-in-law received affirmative action for rich kids by his felon father buying him into Harvard — denying an academically worthy student admission. Trump promises to keep this gamed, corrupt system in place.

    Start preparing yourself psychologically for The Donald’s defeat, because it is assured.

    Jack R.

    August 9, 2016 at 10:54 am

    • “his deep character flaws”

      Pffft. There have been effective leaders with Trump-like personalities in the past. Those personalty types are pathologized in today’s feminized culture, and the world suffers from their loss.


      August 9, 2016 at 11:08 am

    • I’m glad you’re here to Correct the Record!


      August 9, 2016 at 11:08 am

      • So true. Thanks CTR!

        Panther of the Blogocube

        August 9, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    • The death tax is stupid and wrong. Good for Trump in wanting to end it.

      Andrew E.

      August 9, 2016 at 11:09 am

      • It’s an estate tax and it’s not wrong. First, almost nobody pays it. Even many super rich people like Gates and Buffet are for it.

        Only 2 out of 1000 estates pay estate taxes. I’m surprised it’t that many. 2 out of 1000 people have a 10 million estate or 5 mil if single.

        The money for the govt has to come from somewhere. It might as well come from huge estates.

        I would exempt 10 million for a couple or single person and raise it to 55% over 50 million

        As long as we have income taxes and the govt is involved in our personal business then the estate tax should stay.

        From the link.

        “Much of the money that wealthy heirs inherit would never face any taxation were it not for the estate tax. In fact, that’s one reason why policymakers created the estate tax in 1916: to serve as a backstop to the income tax, taxing the income of wealthy taxpayers that would otherwise go completely untaxed.”

        The only question I have is that wouldn’t the inheritor have to pay taxes on the assets when they sell them if the estate tax wasn’t there.


        August 9, 2016 at 7:17 pm

      • Gates and Buffett (and many others) have thoughtfully stashed their fortunes in trusts, foundations, and whatnot, so estate taxes are basically irrelevant to them. However, propose a wealth tax on charitable foundations and see the Democrat elites go nuts.


        August 9, 2016 at 7:46 pm

      • The govt will collect 245 billion in 10 years from it. The rich are paying something. That money has to come from somewhere else if there is no estate tax.


        August 9, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    • Trump has done a fantastic job in the face of enormous odds. Will he win? i don’t know, he has the entire establishment trying to destroy him every day. the media onslaught truly is unprecedented (prime example, the phony baby story – complete BS but broadcast on all the media and Hillary references it in her speeches now). and you know they are also working on assassination if all the media attacks fail. but it’s ludicrous for anyone to talk about Trump’s alleged “character flaws” when his opponent is the most vile and corrupt person imaginable.


      August 9, 2016 at 11:19 am

    • “Look, Lion, deep down you know Trump isn’t fit for the presidency.”

      And Hillary is? Trump is vastly more “fit” than that psychotic hag.

      Does the “R” in Jack R stand for “retard”?


      August 9, 2016 at 11:51 am

    • What’s more intriguing to me is that the powers that be know how to prevent terrorist attacks from Islamic terrorists or Black Lives Matter terrorists. The answer is common-sense law enforcement, profiling radicals and cracking down on activities that might lead to violence.

      So what does that tell us? That the terrorist attacks and murder of innocent people we see on a nearly daily basis now is something that the powers that be are complicit in. They are happy to let them happen, and only when circumstance threatens to reveal their role will they hold their hand.

      Panther of the Blogocube

      August 9, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    • Hillary has a medic armed with a pen that injects her with anti-seizure medication follow her around everywhere she goes. can’t be good. I’m not sure she’ll be physically able to keep up the campaign for 3 more months. @Cernovich on twitter has done a great job exposing all this.


      August 9, 2016 at 11:36 am

  14. We can expect the Cathedral to continue to put pressure on Trump. Trump should be equally prepared to destroy them root and branch after November. They have confirmed that there can be no accommodation, and that they would rather swing from the lamp posts than permit the people to elect Trump. Very well. It is also fascinating and gratifying to see the cuck GOPe publically destroy itself in this way, I’d like to add. One of the benefits of Trump however the election goes. Bookmark the news and don’t let the public forget.

    Looking forward, I’m starting to wonder what the Trump-Clinton debates will actually look like. Extremely biased questions, perhaps several strongly biased moderators to argue with while Hillary coughs up her motherboard in the background, appallingly selected audiences … The 2012 debates were hardly fair as I can recall, and those were just to crush a designated loser.

    Better get ready for dirty tricks, Trump campaigners.


    August 9, 2016 at 11:35 am

    • i pray that trump will insist on some non-trump hating moderators, maybe somebody from breitbart or someone like hannity or greta and insist as well on control over who gets invited to sit in the audience. if it’s all msm controlled they will go Candy Crowley on him – or worse.


      August 9, 2016 at 11:40 am

      • I can hardly wait. I actually think there’s a pretty good chance Trump will go off script during the debates and blurt something out that REALLY gets under Clinton’s skin, to the point that she loses her composure and becomes hysterical, shouting “shame on you Donald Trump ” over and over and over again as her handlers try to hustle her off stage and out of view of the cameras. That would be riveting television.

        Sgt. Joe Friday

        August 9, 2016 at 3:01 pm

  15. trump needs to have plan to take the public airwaves away from the lying msm. they’ve overexposed themselves this time, i think the public might be willing to support it. why should america hating liars get to control such a valuable public resource?


    August 9, 2016 at 11:44 am

  16. Says Lion: “And if the people moderating the debate are from the mainstream media who have now decided that defeating Trump is more important than impartiality, that could be very bad for Trump.”

    That’s happening, and the MSM appears to be fine with it. It’s OK though cuz Trump is beyond the pale, which makes it OK to break the “normal” rules. From the NYT:

    “It’s much dodgier for conventional news reporters to treat this year’s political debate as one between ‘normal’ and ‘abnormal,’ as the Vox editor in chief Ezra Klein put it recently. In a sense, that’s just what reporters are doing. And it’s unavoidable. Because Mr. Trump is conducting his campaign in ways we’ve not seen…”


    August 9, 2016 at 12:27 pm

  17. Lion and some of the rest of you are way too excitable. I remember Lion practically writing Trump off in the primary at one point too. This is just one random week in the heart of the summer doldrums. Few people are paying close attention to politics at this point, Trump hasn’t even started running ads, and we haven’t had a single debate. I’m not even sure the Khan thing hurts Trump long term. You really think the American public likes that guy? Let Hillary associate her brand with him. The Orlando terrorist’s Dad was at Hillary’s rally today cheering her on and snapping selfies. By fall it will be Unstable Hillary and her Terrorist Pals.


    August 9, 2016 at 1:11 pm

  18. the budget deficit and national debt have shown themselves to be irrelevant in japan. the boj now owns 1/3d of japan’s national debt, and there’s no inflation. the fed owns 15% of the US debt, and there’s no inflation.

    whichever candidate wins, i predict “helicopter money”.

    Trumpocalypse Now

    August 9, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    • No inflation? I’ll disagree, in 1988 the inflation adjusted earnings for the S&P 500 increased 44.4% over 1987. That was a high mark since 1960 or so, save 2010’s 44.96% increase which I contend is more a function of easy money than economic activity. The previous economic trough was 1982 and the peak in that cycle was 1990, arguably 1988 was a good year and useful baseline (I think most people, if they had a choice would prefer the economic and cultural climate of 1988 over any since).

      If we look at the price of gold and compare it to a constant 1988 price we can readily see that inflation kicked into gear around 2005 averaging around 53% annually since. A gallon of regular gas today is about equal to 1988 prices, but the average price of a new Ford Mustang today should be around $18k instead of the average $24k. The $40 I spent in 1988 to buy a pair of Bass loafers is about the same today, $80 or so, but those are made in Peru. If I want USA made loafers like I had in 1988, I’m spending $250-$300. Etc, etc, you can do this all day

      People aren’t able to easily quantify how miserable life in America has become in part because the figures the government uses are manipulated to hide what is really happening but that’s easily done anyway since the figures are year over year.

      America is Brazil 81 without the self sufficiency

      2 Minute Alpha

      August 9, 2016 at 9:03 pm

  19. Media has an absolute iron grip on The Narrative. It’s extremely disheartening.

    Donald needs to stop picking fights with nobodys AKA Khan before his research team can dig up all the dirt.

    Camp Of The Saints

    August 9, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    • If Clinton wins, as I expect her to, half the country is going to view her presidency as tainted, if not in fact illegitimate.

      The problem is that half will not include the GOP elite or any of the Republicans in congress.

      Sgt. Joe Friday

      August 9, 2016 at 3:12 pm

  20. I subscribe to the ‘conspiracy’ perspective and from my point of view:

    1. The economy is going to crash heinously.

    2. Hillary is unlikely to win the election.

    In fact, right now I am stocking up on nonperishable food items: water, canned meat and veg and dried grains, beans etc. Because I think the crash will be so bad it will force electronic transactions offline for an extended period and then all hell will break loose with food rioting in the cities.

    Lion, what I am telling people is, “if you turn on your TV and you see a horrific disaster event, like a new 9/11, something game-changing that causes fearfulness, then realize time is short before banks and then grocery stores are locked up, so go get cash and go get food. Be quick about it!”

    I am not waiting for the inciting event to show up on the TV. As I say, I am stocking up on food and necessities at this moment.

    I am telling people this advice in all earnestness and I hope you guys absorb and digest it


    August 9, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    • This is not going to happen. It takes a lot longer for a great nation like the United States to fall into that sort of decay.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      August 9, 2016 at 2:47 pm

      • Even the original 9/11 did not cause an economic collapse. The economy was emerging from a mild recession at the time, one fueled by the crash, but the recovery continued with no real interruption. Moreover, while the government panicked, e.g. creating the Department of Homeland Security and the TSA, there wasn’t much grass-roots panic among the public.



        August 9, 2016 at 4:42 pm

      • The rate of decay is slow until it isn’t.

        Half Canadian

        August 9, 2016 at 4:53 pm

      • Unless of course that great nation is given a giant shove by its ruling elites, who seeing nothing but cheap labor and docile serfs to be had allowing massive, out of control immigration by incompatible, hostile foreigners. What could possibly go wrong?

        Sgt. Joe Friday

        August 9, 2016 at 10:07 pm

  21. I agree that the baseline scenario is that Trump loses. He needs one of these external events, or a big turn around in the campaign message. Luckily, these external events are fairly likely, especially Crooked Hillary’s health problems becoming too obvious and a wikileaks deathblow. I find it implausible that the Russians didn’t get into her server.

    There’s also a chance that Trump’s rallies in swing states will be enough to get around the MSM, but yeah, it doesn’t look great right now.

    Economic Sophisms

    August 9, 2016 at 6:38 pm

  22. Trump is using the repeal of the estate tax as a bargaining chip. That’s the first thing he will give up.


    August 9, 2016 at 7:20 pm

  23. Why wouldn’t mainstream Republicans want a liberal Supreme Court? They can still pay lip service to social conservatives without having to do anything about their issues that they really don’t want to do anyway.

    Herb Dregs

    August 9, 2016 at 11:43 pm

  24. Your missing the point about the economic policy. Only .1% of the population will actually listen to the speech and absorb it. Instead, he’s trying to get conservative pundits and politicians on his side, so they’ll publicly support him or at least not oppose him. Few people will hear a given message, but many more will hear the reaction to it.


    August 11, 2016 at 12:50 pm

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