Every time you think it can’t get any stranger, Trump opens his mouth

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What a strange day. With a lot of Bernie supporters still adamant that no, it really really isn’t over, a lot of Republicans are realizing that yes, it really really is.

There is no better, saner Donald Trump coming to save them from this nightmare of a meltdown. There can be no general-election “pivot,” no sudden injection of judgment, rationality or decency on behalf of their nominee. There is only Trump, as we know him, and Trump is a disaster.

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, who has openly toyed with joining Trump on the Republican ticket, was asked three times on national TV this morning whether Trump is fit to be president. That isn’t, or shouldn’t be, a difficult bar to clear. Yet three times, Corker refused to answer. If you aren’t willing to say in public that your party’s presumptive nominee is at least fit for office, how in the hell are you going to convince the rest of the country to make him president?

And on and on it went.

“This is the most un-American thing from a politician since Joe McCarthy,” U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham said, referring to Trump’s ongoing attacks on a “Mexican” judge. Graham had long been a Trump critic, but in recent weeks he too had begun to make noises about “supporting our nominee”. Those days appear to be over, for him and perhaps for others as well. “There’ll come a time when the love of country will trump hatred of Hillary,” he predicted of his fellow Republicans.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, the highest elected official in the GOP, openly admitted today that Trump’s attacks on U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel are “the textbook definition of a racist comment,” calling it “absolutely unacceptable.” Yet somehow, Ryan then went on to find a way to accept it, arguing that a President Trump would be more likely to enact GOP policies than a President Clinton.

Can’t you see the bumper stickers now? “Vote for the racist: It’s important!”

It’s the response from the Trump camp that really takes it over the top, though. Bloomberg News had reported yesterday about a bizarre conference call among Trump and his top surrogates, in which Trump supposedly told his backers to double-down on criticism of the judge and to turn the tables on his critics.  “The people asking the questions—those are the racists,” Trump was quoted as saying. “I would go at ’em.”

That seemed too ludicrous to be true, even for Trump. But sure enough, there was Trump surrogate Jeffrey Lord on CNN today, attacking Ryan as a racist. (And yes, the expression on the face of GOP consultant Ana Navarro is priceless).

“Speaker Ryan has apparently switched positions and is now supporting identity politics, which is racist. I mean, I am astonished, astonished,” said Lord, who is listed among those on Monday’s conference call. “I am accusing anybody, anybody, who believes in identity politics, which he apparently now does, of playing the race card. The Republican establishment is playing this. Senator McConnell is playing this. These people have run and hid and borrowed the Democratic agenda of playing the race card. It is wrong.”

Wow. “You’re a racist!” “No, YOU are!” “No, YOU are!”

This is not something from which an already long-shot campaign can recover.  We all know who and what Trump is. Those Americans who hadn’t yet fully tuned into the campaign now know it. Ryan, Corker and the rest of the GOP establishment know it too.  Their strategy at the moment seems to be to implore Trump to hide his true self a little better, at least through November, when he can presumably return to his irrational self after becoming president. Somehow, they have convinced themselves that this is a good plan for their party and their country.

But it has no chance of working, and the reason is obvious.

Trump is an utter narcissist. And someone so thoroughly and ardently in love with himself could never agree that he has to change or even pretend to change. “We will overcome,” Trump reportedly said in that conference call. “And I’ve always won and I’m going to continue to win. And that’s the way it is.”

Whatever you say, Mr. Trump. Whatever you say.

 

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Pizza
Pizza

Not hard to understand Donald's marketing program when you realize it's all about Trump brand promotion.  ( He's not campaigning to be President. ) 

Bill OrvisWhite
Bill OrvisWhite

Bill and millions of others are excited about this Real Man who WILL shake up the Washington establishment. Old-style RINOs, liberals and their sympathizers NEED TO be put on notice that Washington WILL BE under new management. The people who are yesterday's news WILL BE rightfully fired to pave the way for a new era of unlimited job growth, renewed faith in The Lord Almighty and a strengthened defense system that will protect America from radical jihadists and all other enemies who wish to destroy this once-free nation. Good night. Amen, Bill 

RantNRave
RantNRave

"Math? You mean the math of a front-runner so weak that it took her months to finally put away a complete unknown "


@Donnie The Pinko SYMPATHIZER


You cons got bigger fish to fry.


A big old stinky loud mouth  Piranha known as


The Chump.


Karma is a dish best served cold.


K

OldEngineer
OldEngineer

Who am I?

Insider, long time buyer of political favors

Zero proven success as an elected official

Wears huge designer pants suits

Has massive ugly cankles

Facing criminal indictment

Plans to increase the deficit by $9 trillion

Crazy Liberal Democrat

Trump 2016!

tireOfIt
tireOfIt

Tele-prompter Tump sounds much different.   How many Xanax was he on last night.

honested
honested

@tireOfIt 

Probably won't get to see that but three or four times until he shows his staff just how yuuuuuge he is wingin' it.

Let him fly the plane straight into the ground!

OldEngineer
OldEngineer

@honested @tireOfIt Yep - it seriously looked like he was in agony speaking from a prepared speech. It even threw off his normal wild hand gestures and repetition.

DaltonbywayofBickley
DaltonbywayofBickley

@OldEngineer @honested @tireOfIt I was in Reagan airport during his "foreign policy" speech. I sat down and thought, "that voice sounds vaguely familiar." Then, I turned and looked at the television screen and realized it was Trump, not yelling, which made him almost unrecognizable. I think the anti-immigration (really anti-brown people) crowd won't listen to these types of speeches. They may still vote for him, but if he shifts to this most of the time, their zeal may fade. I find it confirms my opinion of him that his next speech will be a case against the Clintons rather than about anything aspirational he wants to do. His "foreign policy," speech was just an attack on Obama and Clinton

Kamchak
Kamchak

Gushing comment in 3...2...1....

RantNRave
RantNRave

"Bernie is not conceding, saying, "...the struggle continues..."  Break out the family sized popcorn bowl.  This is going to be fun for all!"


@Down In Out In Albany


That is his right.


BTW


Popcorn stock shot up when The Chump


became YOUR nominee.


But I hear even the pigs won't eat popcorn now !


heeheeheeheeheeheehee


RantNRave
RantNRave

"has there ever been a candidate wearing a white jacket at that historic moment?

schnirt"


@FogMOO


Oh the smell of hate and ignorance is stinking up what could


be a beautiful day.


Why is it always the usual suspects??


Do you people sleep  well at night??


Or do you lie awake thinking of  spreading your


hate and ignorance and hope it sticks.


BTW 


IT STINKS !


K

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@RantNRave

No hate for either. I just think both sides could've done better but I'll accept your parties choice and the people's choice on the GOP side.


rimsky
rimsky

@FIGMO2 @RantNRave Hillary got over 1.8 mill votes yesterday in CA.  

I did not know CA had 1.8 mill parties.

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

No way to know exactly how much the AP-led media blitz to declare Hillary Clinton the winner and the primaries over on the eve of the CA primaries may have preempted turnout, but now the media can get on with pushing its preferred candidate without the Sanders nuisance.

That slightly stale odor is the collective 'WHEW' of the media exhaling and exclaiming: "FINALLY!". 

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

@OldEngineer @Donnie_Pinko 

Math? You mean the math of a front-runner so weak that it took her months to finally put away a complete unknown , benefiting from every advantage that her cosy relationship with the party machine could bestow on her and with a media on her side to boot that was not only compliant but aggressively pushing PR campaigns on her behalf? And yet still wouldn't have limped over the finish line but for the pledged superdelegates she inherits from her establishment connections?

rimsky
rimsky

@OldEngineer @Donnie_Pinko Well quite a few were saying yesterday that Hillary supporters were going to stay home.  

I guess the pundits had to eat crow again.

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

@OldEngineer @Donnie_Pinko 

Yeah, they were correct, but did you not read my above post? The whole point is that they ran with a saturation campaign of pronouncements of Hillary's 'clinching' the nomination on the eve of the California vote, thus undoubtedly discouraging many would-be voters in states voting the next day.

RantNRave
RantNRave

"Once there was this unbelievably classy product called Trump Vodka. The Donald doesn’t drink, and promised he’d donate all profits to charity. There’s no record he ever donated a penny. I don’t know about you, but I’m shocked."


@Omark


Don't trust ever y thing you see and hear.


Even SALT looks like  SUGAR !

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

I know there have been presidential candidates wearing white shirts when they clinched a primary win but has there ever been a candidate wearing a white jacket at that historic moment?

schnirt

This is day two of an historical day one? 

OldEngineer
OldEngineer

@FIGMO2 Trump's suit was pretty special too - had a slit in the back for his new masters to stick their hand in to control his mouth.

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

Bernie is not conceding, saying, "...the struggle continues..."  Break out the family sized popcorn bowl.  This is going to be fun for all!

rimsky
rimsky

@DownInAlbany Every passing day Bernie's foot print is getting smaller.

Yet you are hanging to it.  

Desperation is showing.

RantNRave
RantNRave

"I wonder how the inner Trump Trolls feel today with the "new and improved" version of their guy. Until the next time without the teleprompter that he'll "never use," of coarse."


@OldEngineer


Never trust a person that has let you


down more than two times.


Once was a WARNING,


twice was a LESSON and anything


more than that is simply


TAKING ADVANTAGE!


OldEngineer
OldEngineer

@RantNRave I'm quite amazed that he can say so many diametrically opposite things (sometimes literally in the same paragraph) and the minions accept that as not conflicting.


My personal favorite (so far) - Trump on “Meet The Press” 05/08/16:  “And business might have to pay a little bit more. But we're giving a massive business tax cut.”

LordHelpUs
LordHelpUs

Sheesh!  Moonbat's a mean drunk...

rimsky
rimsky

Those Trump's fingers look shorter when viewing through the teleprompter.  

Matches his IQ.

OldEngineer
OldEngineer

@rimsky I wonder how the inner Trump Trolls feel today with the "new and improved" version of their guy. Until the next time without the teleprompter that he'll "never use," of coarse.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@Peachs

I can appreciate the can-do attitude and the I'll fight until my last breath stick-to-itivness that Bernie has, but the financial reality of running a campaign cannot be ignored.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@Peachs 

I'll leave the "first black/ first woman" things for the historians to hash out.

Peachs
Peachs

@Kamchak @Peachs we need to make being president not about money but about people representing the people. The whole mess we have in the general is a money game, and the people are left out.  


If Hillary becomes the first woman president she will be the most unpopular president since Jimmy Carter, and like they blame the south for Jimmy, they will blame women for Hillary. 


With Obama, it wasn't at all about his race, to him, it was about what was needed for America, that is what made him a great president and he leaves one of the most popular ever polled. 

omark
omark

Once there was this unbelievably classy product called Trump Vodka. The Donald doesn’t drink, and promised he’d donate all profits to charity. There’s no record he ever donated a penny. I don’t know about you, but I’m shocked.

Peachs
Peachs

@omark A plane heading to a mountain.  We should have run Nun and Carter this term instead of an off year election, they could have won. 

goat diddler
goat diddler

A Drumpf Airlines plane?... Oh wait... That went bankrupt a long time ago...

Whoever ran that airline though... We need THAT person to lead the country...