Candidate Trump another sign of our slide toward idiocracy

ap382545944587_wide-e47ab7b020107eeeced16a0ec44ab1fb9b13201e-s700-c85-1If you’ve missed Stephen Colbert, or at least the pompous, angry, extremely ego-centric, completely ill-informed and over-the-top version of Stephen Colbert that the comedian played on “The Colbert Report,” I have wonderful news.

Donald Trump — yes the pompous, angry, extremely ego-centric, completely ill-informed and over-the-top Donald Trump — is running for president. And the real-life Donald is much more deliciously wacky than the fake Colbert. He is much more truthier. He is much more everything, as he himself will tell you.

Sure, Colbert could claim that “I’m the frosting on America’s cake, and I’m willing to let you lick the bowl.” But only the Donald could tell us, as he did in his announcement, that “I’m going to be the greatest jobs president that God ever created!”

Immigration? President Trump is going to “build a great wall on our southern border and have Mexico pay for that wall!” The ObamaCare websites? “I hire people, they do a website, it costs $3.”

China? Phhht. “I beat China all the time, all the time.” Apparently, the only time that the Donald was wrong was the time he thought he had made a mistake.

On a more serious note, Trump’s announcement represents a potential nightmare for the GOP, particularly if he polls high enough to be included in the debates. And if so, the party will have brought it on itself. It chose to feed the delusion that it now has to manage.

During the 2012 cycle, all the GOP candidates, including Mitt Romney, went to visit Trump and seek his blessing, treating him as a major party figure. Trump has also been invited repeatedly to speak to the annual CPAC convention in Washington, where such invites are a coveted sign of respect. The Republican parties in Iowa and New Hampshire have invited him to appear and to campaign, just like any other candidate. At no point has anyone in the party stood up to him and called him the fool that he is, at least politically.

And if he does well in a poll or two, if things start to roll his way — well, less egotistical people than the Donald have let it all go to their head, convincing themselves that they have a chance. Remember, because I bet Trump does: At one point in the 2012 cycle, Herman Cain was the leading GOP candidate.

Trump is dangerous because, like Cain, he takes those elements of the GOP message that are only hinted at and he makes them explicit. He is, for example, the perfect embodiment of the notion that wealth is a sign of being God’s chosen, as he himself will tell you. “I have total net worth of $8.73 billion,” he said Tuesday. “I’m not doing that to brag. I’m doing that to show that’s the kind of thinking our country needs.”

Diversity?

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems with them. They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” It’s the kind of stuff that Iowa Rep. Steve King could only dream of saying.

Now, maybe I’m wrong when I worry that such talk will resonate with at least some in the GOP base. So let me take the wiser course and defer to the judgment of someone who has much more well-honed sense of how that demographic will respond.

“This is gonna resonate with a lot of people, I guarantee you,” Rush Limbaugh said Tuesday. “(The media) are gonna relegate it to the carnival characteristics of the campaign and so forth, but it’s gonna resonate, just like Perot did. Do not misunderstand this. It is gonna resonate with a lot of (people).”

 

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JoeBobJoe
JoeBobJoe

                   This is the best jay can do .  Rachel (I am what i am, Dolezal).  This should be great news  to gotnolife and diVisual.    As they are libertard/louts    Rachel is a  picture of the entitlement, libertard  obama pay my phone, rent mentality.   Ok,  I now  feel black,  give  me my entitlements

bu2
bu2

I can see it now!


Now on cable!  You can be a campaign manager.


Compete for the opportunity of a lifetime-Donald Trump's Campaign Manager Apprentice.  8 pm every Thursday!

BeeJay
BeeJay

Hillary Clinton — yes the pompous, angry, extremely ego-centric, completely ill-informed and over-the-top Hillary Clinton — is running for president. And the real-life Hillary is much more deliciously evil and obnoxious than the fake Hillaries. She is much more everything, as she himself will tell you.

barkingfrog
barkingfrog

Trump lambasts critics....


"They're loser," Trump said. "They're just losers. They sit there; they haven't done anything. Think about it: I've built a $9 billion net worth. I've employed tens of thousands of people. I do a television show; it becomes one of the biggest shows on all of television. NBC renewed it again; they're begging for me to do it. I write a book called 'The Art of the Deal'; it's the No. 1-selling business book of all time. And I've got a jerk named Krauthammer or George Will saying, 'Oh gee, he doesn't deserve to be in the race,'" he said.

 http://finance.yahoo.com/news/donald-trump-fires-back-jerk-142109279.html

barkingfrog
barkingfrog

The idiocracy populated by idiocrats espousing an idiologue of idiotry.

KUTGF
KUTGF

Businessman Donald Trump is a fact checker’s dream … and nightmare. He spouts off so many “facts,” often twisted or wrong, that it takes a lot of time to hack through the weeds. So here are some of the highlights — and lowlights — of Trump’s announcement on June 16 that he will seek the Republican nomination for president.

As is our practice, we do not award Pinocchios when we do a roundup of facts in a major speech. But astute readers should be able to figure out the Four-Pinocchio whoppers.  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/wp/2015/06/17/fact-checking-donald-trumps-presidential-announcement-speech/

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One fav: 


“I have assets — big accounting firm, one of the most highly respected — [says] 9 billion, 240 million dollars. And I have liabilities of about $500 million. That’s long-term debt, very low interest rates.”

The Fact Checker has learned from long experience never to trust Trump’s numbers when he talks about his wealth. Our colleague Allan Sloan dissected Trump’s claim of $9 billion in assets and found it wanting for six key reasons. As Sloan put it: “Trump’s balance sheet is certainly over-inflated and doesn’t seem to be tethered to much of a financial reality…. If he had presented this balance sheet to me in a personal finance class, I’d have given him a short message: ‘You’re fired.’”

Bulls_3y3
Bulls_3y3

@KUTGF   So what??  The GOP offers choices so DON'T VOTE for HIM if you disapprove...  Pretty simple sport

gotalife
gotalife

trump could be our hitler.

gotalife
gotalife

This country's democracy is over.


It is all about money.

corps and bankers united with government is called fascism.


We are nazis now.

Ralph-25
Ralph-25

Donald Trump plays 'Rockin in the Free World' as his theme song and then follows with a paranoid speech about building a 'wall' all the way across the Southern Border? This guy is a true loon and another American embarrassment.

JamVet
JamVet

@Ralph-43 

I suspect that Neil Young will stop that TV clown from using his music.

What in the world do the conlosers think?

Oh, right!

They have NO talent in their own ranks so they have to try and steal liberal talent!

Always good for a laugh at their pathetic expense...

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@JamVet @Ralph-43 

"I suspect that Neil Young will stop that TV clown from using his music."

That already occurred.  BTW, Neil Young is a Canadian citizen, and his preference is for Sen. Sanders.

gotalife
gotalife

Does it matter who wins when corps and banker bribes controls our pols like puppetts.


I think not.

td1234
td1234

@gotalife It matters on social issues but you are correct that economically it matters very little. 

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@td1234 @gotalife lol . . .r ight, because the party of no government wants the government all up in your social business . . . just not your economic business.

gotalife
gotalife

They thought reagan was a party crossing joke too.

LeninTime
LeninTime

Hilarious. Donald Trump 'knows how wealth is created'. 

Forget being born while crossing 3rd base. This guy was born with his right foot placed firmly over home plate, and with a turbo pack on his back. 

Yeah, the guy knows a thing or two about 'wealth creation'. Lol.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@LeninTime

Look, it's Very Hard when you start out with just 100 million or so of your Daddy's money to invest in a booming NYC real estate market so leave the Donald ALOOOOONE.

td1234
td1234

@LeninTime Tell that to Gates, Dell, Buffet, Rockefeller, Jobs... 

Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth

Uh ohhhhhhh. Poor Hillary (CNN):

"majority of voters in three key presidential swing states view Hillary Clinton as not honest and trustworthy, according to a new poll out Wednesday. The Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll finds that by margins of 8 to 14 percentage points voters in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania are skeptical of Clinton´s trustworthiness. In Florida, 51% of voters hold the negative view of Clinton, compared to 43% who feel she is trustworthy. In Ohio, 53% of voters find Clinton not trustworthy, compared to 40% who do. And in Pennsylvania, 54% of voters don´t find her honest, while 40% do."

ElemennoP
ElemennoP

Since it's open season on anyone wanting to be POTUS I found this from author Evan Thomas:


"Richard Nixon sometimes spoke like a classic anti-Semite in the White House, yet saved Israel. He made some racist remarks, yet he desegregated the public schools of the South and institutionalized affirmative action. He was a conservative who signed more social welfare legislation than any president except LBJ and FDR. He was a free marketer who implemented wage and price controls. He was a leading anti-communist who opened up Red China and established détente with the Soviet Union. He was a good man who could be bad, a bad man who could be good."


Nothing as contradicting as a politician.

barkingfrog
barkingfrog

@ElemennoP 

 
The law and order President that committed a felony while in office and was 

pardoned by his successor which he appointed.

td1234
td1234

Doom, 


Do not think you saw this yesterday but wanted to make sure you saw it. 

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Doom, 


I stand corrected. It is reverse. The top 1% make 18.5% of all the money but pays 35.1 % of all Federal income tax. The top 1% equals anyone making over $388,905 household income per year. 



The bottom 50% of all households makes 11.55% of all income and pays 2.89% of all income taxes. The bottom 50% has household income below $34,823 per year. This money does not count the almost $1 trillion per year that is taken from the top 50% and given to the bottom 50% in the forms of direct money payments or programs like SNAP, TANF or Medicaid. 


http://taxfoundation.org/article/summary-latest-federal-income-tax-data

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@td1234 the top 1% take 18.5% of everything. They leave the 50% with 11.55%. and still they complain? amazing. such moochers

td1234
td1234

@consumedconsumer Taking? How about they are earning what they receive. That 1% are producing a good or service that is in demand by society and as a result society is willing to pay a price for those goods or services. 


If you do not like Bill Gates, Michael Dell, Larry Ellison or the CEO of Apples being multi billionaires then do not purchase a computer, IPhone or Smartphone. If you do not like the money the Walton's have then do not shop at Walmart and if you do not like the money the Koch brothers have then do not buy gas, paper plates or most of the chemicals you use in your house to clean it. 

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@td1234 @consumedconsumer The 1% is filled with trust fund babies that earn nothing but profits on investments made with someone else's money. Go listen to Creflo Dollar with your prosperity gospel crap. He's in the 1% too. 

Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

@td1234 @consumedconsumer For some strange reason, it seems appropriate to mention here that I use POM toilet paper.  Probably because I just read another load of crap that td posted.

td1234
td1234

@consumedconsumer Gates? Buffet? Dell? Google owners? Ellison? 


Where is your list of trust fund babies? 

Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

@td1234 @consumedconsumer As for any 1%er out there, they can make all the money they want so long as they pay an appropriate amount of the taxes needed to sustain this country and the amount they currently pay is not there yet.

td1234
td1234

@Numbers_R_Us Wrong again. It is not the responsibility of of some to "sustain" the people that do not want to take responsibility for their own-selves. 


If you want to party or play and not get an education or actually work then do not expect me to feed you.  

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@td1234 @consumedconsumer oh, and as for shopping at walmart . . . i'd be happy if my tax dollars didn't go to subsidizing their employees while the owners walk away will billions

Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

@td1234 Perhaps there should be a more concerted effort placed on expanding the base of those burdened with higher income so they too can be burdened with higher federal income tax.

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@td1234 keep on with that not wanting to take responsibility line, there. it'll take you and your party far. 



td1234
td1234

@consumedconsumer Yes seriously. According to Tax foundation there are a little more than 3,000 households in the US that make up the top 1%. Show us how many of them are nothing but trust fund babies. 

td1234
td1234

@consumedconsumer @td1234 When you convince enough people not to shop there then they would go out of business and you perceived problem would be solved. 


If I was a betting man then I would bet that most of your very family shops are Walmart on a regular basis? 

Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

@td1234 @Numbers_R_Us Wrong, td.  Every citizen here has a responsibility to this country and all its citizens whether you like it or not.  Part of that responsibility is to pay a portion of taxes that is commensurate with their income and the benefits they derive from being a citizen of these United States.  And remember to tithe when you go to church like a good little christian so they can feed all those poor lazy people that refuse to take care of themselves.

td1234
td1234

@Numbers_R_Us Since when do we have the responsibility other than common mutual interest to other individuals? 

Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

@td1234 @Numbers_R_Us I know you cannot stand the thought of promoting the general welfare and yet you remain here, td.  I'm sure you can snap up an island near Branson and set up your own preferred form of government if you work hard and save every penny.