Trump doesn’t want support; he demands submission

(AP)

Having completely alienated our neighbors in Mexico, Donald Trump ventured this week to New Mexico to find new targets to offend and insult. He found one in Susana Martinez, the governor of the state, ripping her at a public rally in Albuquerque for things such as an influx of Syrian refugees, the number of people on food stamps in the state and its unemployment rate.

“We have to get your governor to get going,” an animated Trump told the crowd. “She’s gotta do a better job, OK? Your governor has got to do a better job. She’s not doing the job. Hey, maybe I’ll run for governor of New Mexico. I’ll get this place going. She’s not doing the job.”

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (AP)

Martinez is Trump’s fellow Republican. She’s the chair of the Republican Governors Association. As a female governor in a party with few female role models, as an Hispanic-American leader in a party where few Hispanics feel welcome, she is respected within the party as someone with national political prospects.

Yet Trump, needing support from Hispanic and female voters, went to her state and publicly trashed her. Why? Because Martinez has dared to withhold her endorsement, and has even expressed misgivings about Trump’s proposals to “build a wall” and engage in mass deportation. It’s the same reason he also took out after Mitt Romney again this week, accusing the 2008 GOP nominee of “choking like a dog” and mocking him for walking “like a penguin.”

As others have noted, Trump really isn’t that interested in winning the support of fellow politicians. He is a bully, and what he craves is their submission. Once Chris Christie endorsed him, Trump took visible joy in treating the New Jersey governor as a personal lackey, publicly poking fun at his weight and even telling him that he could no longer eat Oreos. When Rick Perry endorsed Trump and offered himself as a potential vice president, Trump could barely contain his glee. “He said the worst things about me,” Trump chortled after Perry’s statement. “This politics is a dirty business, I have to tell you. And I’ve never seen people able to pivot like politicians.”

If and when Paul Ryan succumbs, the speaker can expect Trump to perform the same kind of victory dance over his fallen body, because he has no respect for anybody other than himself.

In recent days I’ve had people suggest that if Trump is somehow elected, it won’t be so bad because Republicans in Congress and in Washington would be able to rein him in. That thought process baffles me. They haven’t been able to stand up to his bullying at any point in this process, and for the moment he is still Donald Trump, private citizen. Will Republicans who kowtow to him now suddenly find their backbones once they have to refer to him as “Mr. President”? Is Trump himself going to grow more amenable to guidance once he’s elected president of the United States of America and they start playing “Hail to the Chief” every time he enters a room?

No. The bullying and arrogance now on display would grow exponentially should Trump ever get the power of the presidency behind him. They will be applied in every aspect of the job, from congressional relations to foreign policy, with disastrous results. That’s not a maybe, that’s a guarantee. And people who today proclaim themselves aghast at the fact that Hillary Clinton disobeyed the rules about establishing an email system will stand by and applaud obediently as Trump ignores every rule, law and custom established to rein in executive power. They love him because he promises to be the strongman, the Big Man, and he shows every intention of making good on that promise.

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Norris Freeman
Norris Freeman

Larry Rich who gave you permission to leave the trailer park? Do they know that you are missing? Vote blue in November and keep America safe from those republican dummies like trump.

Ashley Carter
Ashley Carter

Trump is not qualified to be president! He has the vocabulary of a 4th grader. WWIII will happen if he is elected!

Renea Mitchell
Renea Mitchell

This country continues to fall apart. Trump is not a good candidate for president

Tim Tinklenutz
Tim Tinklenutz

Bookman, you and M.L. need to come out of the closet. Happy for you!

Larry Rich
Larry Rich

Come november use your brain,vote red not for hillary the dishonest,liar and corrupt politican.

Inoa Inoa
Inoa Inoa

His Panics. Yep, he's right about one thing.

Trevor Stricklin
Trevor Stricklin

It's pretty easy to tell by the violent anti-Trump protests the liberals are conducting who is demanding submission.. The AJC seems to top it's self almost hourly with dumbass liberal agenda articles.. It's comical..

Fred Henry
Fred Henry

Jake Buckman is an idiot you got no sense I'd rather Trump taking care of us and protecting us and any liberal anywhere you're an idiot

Vee PM
Vee PM

I would rather hear a news report on this story about Obama that the media is trying to bury: Obama sued in government cover-up May 10, 2016 When President Barack Obama was elected, he promised to make his administration the most transparent in U.S. history. He not only broke that promise — he may as well have set it on fire. And now his administration is going to have to answer for its secrecy in court. The White House and several federal agencies have just been slapped with a major lawsuit by the Cause of Action Institute, a government watchdog group. CAI is the latest to accuse Obama, his top aides, and federal agencies of repeatedly breaking the law and refusing to release public documents, especially when they pertain to sensitive issues or administration scandals, like the Hillary Clinton email controversy. According to a CAI press release, the group sued 11 federal agencies, plus the Office of the White House Counsel (OWHC) and White House Counsel Neil Eggleston, “to end the Obama administration’s practice of delaying government responses to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests that the administration considers politically sensitive or embarrassing.” The Obama administration has long been criticized by the press as one of the most obstructionist in all of U.S. history. According to analysis by The Associated Press, Obama’s administration set a record for censoring government files or outright denying access to them last year. In the last year, Obama’s administration took longer to turn over files when it provided any, said more regularly that it couldn’t find documents, and refused a record number of times to turn over files quickly that might be especially newsworthy. The administration also acknowledged in nearly 1 in 3 cases that its initial decisions to withhold or censor records were improper under the law. According to CAI, the Obama administration even created a secret process where government agencies have to route many FOIA requests through the White House Counsel’s office before responding. The White House’s backlog of unanswered FOIA requests at year’s end grew remarkably by 55 percent to more than 200,000. It also cut by 375, or about 9 percent, the number of full-time employees across government paid to look for records. That was the fewest number of employees working on the issue in five years. Now, the CAI lawsuit will ask a federal judge to demand that the Obama administration stop its stalling tactics and start complying with FOIA requests. “The Obama administration … has interfered in the FOIA process in ways that violate the statute and hinder its purpose of federal transparency,” CAI said in its release. “Although President Obama came into office with promises of transparency, his administration’s actions have not matched such rhetoric.” Under the president’s instructions, the U.S. should not withhold or censor government files merely because they might be embarrassing, but federal employees last year regularly misapplied the law. According to The Associated Press, in emails obtained from the National Archives and Records Administration about who pays for Michelle Obama’s expensive dresses, the agency blacked-out a sentence under part of the law intended to shield personal, private information, such as Social Security numbers, phone numbers or home addresses. But it failed to censor the same passage on a subsequent page. The sentence: “We live in constant fear of upsetting the WH (White House).”

Michael Shadrick
Michael Shadrick

Seems to me the demos are the real bullies, 1st with same sex marriage and now with transgenderism.

Michael Shadrick
Michael Shadrick

Simple, the judicial branch should not legislate, nor should the executive branch should not legislate. Our government is suppose to have separation of powers. And the states have no bussiness marrying anyone, whether straight or gay. I'd like the gov't to have less say over our lives. I guess you want the gov't to control every aspect of our lives? Just wait till the gov't comes for you because you violated some rule a faceless bureaucrat made up. And when it comes to transgenderism, it is a fraud being perpetuated on the American people by the bullies in power. That includes the media and other NGOs. The so called transgender people need compassion and real help, not for others to let them indulge in their fantasies. Ryan McLean & April Rice-Smith opinions are like noses, everyone has one and they all smell.

April Rice-Smith
April Rice-Smith

So, as far as you're concerned it's only bullying when others get their rights. I'm sure you didn't see telling two consenting adults who they could and couldn't marry as bullying?

Ryan Mclean
Ryan Mclean

gee I didn't realize anyone was bullying and forcing anyone to get a gay marriage or a sex change…wow interesting info there

Ryan Mclean
Ryan Mclean

and tell us again how gay marriage affects you ? crickets chirp

Ryan Mclean
Ryan Mclean

and you've totally contradicted yourself and too dumb to realize it or are you just a typical hypocrite…people like you claim to want less government but you want to tell others who they should marry and what others should be doing in their bedrooms…not to mention what women should be doing with their bodies..youre a joke…you and the religious loons are ALL about enacting laws that CONTROL everyone else you don't like..get real

April Rice-Smith
April Rice-Smith

Ryan Mclean, I feel like my IQ might have dropped for a few moments while reading Michael Shadrick foolishness. I can't give him or any other bigot anymore of my time on this matter today. Smh

Michael Shadrick
Michael Shadrick

Hope y'all had a good holiday. 1st off only one question was ask. The answer is that same sex marriage will not effect me, unless I get invited to one by one of my friends and I have to buy a present. If you read my 2nd post correctly you would have seen that I stated that the state has no bussiness in the marriage bussiness. Whether it is straight, gay or other wise. As for the transgender subject, I just believe the it is a product of confused thinking. I don't believe enough real research has been done and in the long run more harm than good is being done to the individuals that suffer from this phenomenon. I believe it does more harm than good, especially when It comes to prepubescent children being given the opposite sex hormones. Of which most likely have adverse effects later in life. So how am I being a bigot or trying to deny anyone of their rights? I think I have proved my point, as bullies call people names an use vulgar language and make disparaging remarks about people they don't know & simply have a different opinion. Like I say opinions are like noses, everybody has one and they all smell. Hope y'all grow up and quit being bullies. April Rice-Smith &;Ryan Mclean.

Justin Dodd
Justin Dodd

This is a worthless article. It's just political opinion, no facts.

R Sloan Simpson
R Sloan Simpson

Mailey McLaughlin people on this page don't get that at all somehow.

Mailey McLaughlin
Mailey McLaughlin

This opinion writer's opinion is all that's in here! I demand an actual article!

Debra Fish
Debra Fish

LOL....Trump is not a bully and Americans of all skin colors love him. Now the corrupt in Washington and the media are terrified. Their money game is ending. .

Issac Reid
Issac Reid

Americans of all colors is ending and u sound like fool. How is the money game ending when trump is one of its biggest players? Just plain dumb.

Debra Fish
Debra Fish

Issac Reid You should actually watch Trump speak and you would know. Search blacks for Trump, Hispanics for Trump, Latinos for Trump, Mexicans for Trump, Muslims for Trump. Maybe the fact that you aren't aware of what is really going on makes you dumb?

Lisa White
Lisa White

Issac Reid, don't feed the troll.

Issac Reid
Issac Reid

You right Lisa White. Debra Fish is always on here spouting foolishness.

Bryan McMichael
Bryan McMichael

There are people of all colors and race that support Trump..

Mike Wright
Mike Wright

No matter who you supported in this 2016 primary election,there is one thing everyone should know by now. It has been the most manipulated, crooked, media coerced election in the history of the United States. We've seen this in other countries, and now here in America. The 1% at the top will not relinquish control. As we remember OUR fallen sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, and brothers and sisters this memorial day, remember that they fought for us, their families, and not a crooked regime of elites controlling our great nation. They fought to keep us safe and free from Tyranny. We owe them all dearly. We owe them an honest president. who serves the people. If we are truly free, we should be able to elect who WE want. Peace to all Our Families fallen Hero's.

Joyce Mitar Morgan
Joyce Mitar Morgan

no man will get submission from me, But I submit myself to God and Jesus Christ....

Scott Smith
Scott Smith

Legal aliens love him. Well, some do. Others fear him.

Jimmy Price
Jimmy Price

No he isn't. Write an article based on evidence not your political opinion.

Hobie Jones
Hobie Jones

Bookman's frenzied trembling has been one of the more enjoyable aspects of this election season. And he has apparently convinced not a soul.

Omustgo
Omustgo

YEA, they were able to rein in obuma....

Christopher Jay Campbell
Christopher Jay Campbell

AJC doesn't get it. People are sick of kowtowing to the endlessly offended. Trump goes up in the polls every time the special snowflakes claim to be offended.

Tommy Jones
Tommy Jones

Trump is just a con man and the rubes like him because they fall for his con.

Steve Hilley
Steve Hilley

Hey Goober.....Trump says he wants to "MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN".....he is less worried about what "other countries" think of him and us....and you know what?.....I don't give a crap about what other countries think of us either....it's time we focused on US the US! Trump UP! Trump ON!

rimsky
rimsky

The atomic bombings of Japan occurred three months after the surrender of Germany, whose potential for creating a Nazi a-bomb had led Einstein to push for the development of an a-bomb for the Allies. Einstein withheld public comment on the atomic bombing of Japan until a year afterward. A short article on the front page of the New York Times contained his view: "Prof. Albert Einstein... said that he was sure that President Roosevelt would have forbidden the atomic bombing of Hiroshima had he been alive and that it was probably carried out to end the Pacific war before Russia could participate." ("Einstein Deplores Use of Atom Bomb", New York Times, 8/19/46, pg. 1). Einstein later wrote, "I have always condemned the use of the atomic bomb against Japan." (Otto Nathan & Heinz Norden, editors, "Einstein on Peace", pg. 589)./////////

This is what Albert Einstein said about the nuclear bomb.