My theory is that Trump is a nutcase. What’s yours?

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In a rally this morning intended to mark his moment of triumph, Donald Trump once again implicated the father of Ted Cruz in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, even suggesting that the National Enquirer should win a Pulitzer. (The text of Trump’s drive-by character assassination is below).

An astonished Brit Hume then tweeted:

 

Why indeed? Why, on the first day of his general election campaign to try to win undecided voters and reassure the world that he has the stability to serve as president, would Trump do such a stupid thing?

We have two possible answers to Hume’s question.

CHOICE ONE
: Donald Trump is an amoral nutcase, driven by inner demons to lash out against opponents in the most irrational of ways, at the most irrational of times, without regard to the consequences because throughout his spoiled, pampered life, there have been no consequences.

CHOICE TWO: Rafael Cruz really did conspire with Lee Harvey Oswald to assassinate Kennedy, a fact that the FBI, CIA, Warren Commission, congressional investigations and uncounted journalists and authors have all covered up until the National Enquirer revealed the truth, and until Trump broke through that wall of silence to tell us the truth.

As far as I can tell, that pretty much exhausts the universe of possible explanations, but if someone would like to propose a third explanation, I’m certainly open to hearing it. Until then, and after weighing the evidence carefully, I’m putting my money firmly on Choice One: Donald Trump is an amoral nutcase.

Which leads me to a more important question: Why has the Republican Party nominated an amoral nutcase driven by inner demons to serve as president of the United States of America, in charge of the nuclear football? Why would they want to invest the full powers of the federal government in such an irrationally vindictive human being?

And no, I have no possible answers to that one. It has me as stumped as I can possibly be.  It’s not that they can’t see it — any eight-year-old can see it. And surely it’s not that they just don’t care, that like Trump they have been sucked into a vortex of self-delusion and self-destruction and no longer give a good damn about the consequences.

That couldn’t be it either. Could it?

The promised transcript is below:


TRUMP: “His father. I don’t know his father, I met him once. I think he’s a lovely guy. I think he’s a lovely guy. All I did was point out that on the cover of the National Enquirer there was a picture of him and crazy Lee Harvey Oswald having breakfast. Now, Ted never denied that it was his father. Instead he said, “Donald Trump!” — I had nothing to do with it!

“This was a magazine that frankly, in many respects, should be very respected. They got OJ, they got Edwards. If that was the New York Times, they would’ve gotten Pulitzer Prizes for their reporting. I’ve always said, “Why didn’t the National Enquirer get the Pulitzer Prize for Edwards, and OJ Simpson, and all of these things?”

“But anyway, so they have a picture, an old picture, having breakfast with Lee Harvey Oswald. Now, I’m not saying anything. Here’s how the press takes that story. This had nothing to do with me. Except I might have pointed it out, but it had nothing to do with me, I have no control over anything. I might have pointed it out. But nobody ever denied — did anyone ever deny that it was his father? It’s a little hard to do, because it looks like him.

“So here’s the story, they say, “Donald Trump and his conspiracy theories, he went out and said his father was with Lee Harvey Oswald, and he assassinated the president.” What’d I do?

“…I know nothing about his father, I know nothing about Lee Harvey Oswald. But there was a picture on the front page of the National Enquirer which does have credibility, and they’re not going to do pictures like that because they get sued for a lot of money if things are wrong. There’s a picture, and that’s the only thing I know.”

 

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Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

The sluice is open. Proceed upstairs with caution.

Cherokee51
Cherokee51

Perhaps already posted:


http://election.princeton.edu/2016/07/25/the-polls-are-always-bouncing-to-the-left-and-to-the-right/


So far, the median swing is 2 percentage points.

Two points is an unimpressive change. Recall that in states won by Mitt Romney (R) in 2012, Trump has been lagging by about 9 percentage points. A CBS crosstab (can’t find at the moment – perhaps a reader can help) reports that Trump’s progress was made entirely with Republicans – whose support went up by 2 points. This suggests that with the majority of reluctant Republican voters, Trump didn’t close the sale. And, of course, it remains to be seen whether his increase in support is lasting.

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

Here's the deal...the Democratic party is in absolute shambles going into the DNC.  Bernie has a choice to make as he addresses the convention tonight.  He can either (a) join lock step with the other Hillarybots  and sing kumbaya OR  (b) he can take this opportunity to tell the truth that, the overwhelming evidence through WikiLeaks, is that the system was rigged, the DNC conspired to hand the nomination to Hillary.  Option B blows up the entire convention.  Option A REALLY pisses off his supporters and they stay home in November OR, GASP!, vote for Trump. My popcorn popper is working overtime.  Dayum!!!  This is going to be GREAT! 

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@DownInAlbany

the Democratic party is in absolute shambles

It's funnier when it's our Donnie Pinko posting this.

Headin' upstairs.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Donnie_Pinko @Visual_Cortex

well, the sheets are 404-ing at the moment.

I imagine Jay hates this blog content authoring platform much, much more than we do.

My suspicion is that the answer to Jay's headline question will be "nyet", but "de facto" can mean a lotta things, so...

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

@Visual_Cortex @Donnie_Pinko 

All I can say is. Oh. My. God.

The liberals are absolutely bonkers in their McCarthyite hysteria. 

Un-freaking-believable.

Even in the height of the Bernie Sanders witch hunt I never in my wildest dreams had them going full McCarthyite. 

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

Clinton actually gained ground compared with pre-convention results, going from an even 40% to 40% split to a 44% to 39% edge over Trump. That while Trump expanded his lead with white voters who do not hold a college degree from a 51% to 31% lead before the convention to a 62% to 23% lead now.


Anybody still doubt there is an education gap among Trump supporters ?

td1234
td1234

@Hedley_Lammar It tell me that Trump stands for the working class and middle class over the educational elites and the rich. 

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

Anybody besides me find it hilarious that the people who think that Julian Assange should have been shot after the Manning leaks are cheering the release of the DNC Emails?

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Yes Paul, but just as striking is the overlapping now between the reactions of the far right to Assange and co. (the ones who openly mused here about Snowden being taken out in a black op) and the liberals who are now convinced that Donald Trump is a Manchurian Candidate for Vladimir Putin and that Wikileaks/Assange is a key instrument of the plot.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@Donnie_Pinko Its the lead story on cnn.com


It isnt just liberals asking. 


Do you think the timing was just coincidental ?

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

Anybody besides me find it hilarious that the people who think that Julian Assange should have been shot after the Manning leaks are cheering the release of the DNC Emails?

td1234
td1234

@PaulinNH The Libertarians in and out of the Republican party are cheering for both. 

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@td1234 @PaulinNH Really?  I haven't seen any of them trying to get Chelsea Manning's draconian sentence reduced. 

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@PaulinNH

I was thinking about digging out some of Philo's Greatest Hits on that one.

Believe his favorite term was "dirtbag"?

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

All joking aside, what are the chances that Jay Bookman has not had to completely scrap at least one column planned to accompany the Dem convention opening?

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@Donnie_Pinko @FIGMO2

It's the strangest thing. He's already admitted to not caring for Hillary as his party's candidate but then caring for Hillary is all he's done since.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

Given the latest revelations surrounding the DNC, jay must be running late due to labor pains.

schnirt

A troubling turn for U.S. relations in the Muslim world

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/a-troubling-turn-for-us-relations-in-the-muslim-world/2016/07/24/a159cfee-4f4b-11e6-a7d8-13d06b37f256_story.html?tid=pm_opinions_pop_b

Is all of this Obama’s fault? Of course not. Politics in Egypt and Turkey have been roiled by the failed Arab Spring, the rise of the Islamic State and the megalomania of their rulers, among other forces. But Obama’s attempt to “seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims,” as he put it in his Cairo address of 2009, manifestly backfired in these strategic countries. An important factor was his inconstancy: His administration veered between backing Mubarak and pushing him out; warning against an Egyptian coup and then endorsing the Sissi regime.

INCONSTANCY aptly describes Barack Obama. It's the words that should matter.

[snip]

If Erdogan and Sissi have come to believe in conspiracy theories about the United States, maybe that’s because there’s been no rational way to explain Obama’s behavior.

The 44th president will gratefully walk away from all this in January. His successor will find that the pillars of U.S. engagement in the Middle East for 40 years and more have been replaced by Muslim anchors of an emerging global movement: unfree and anti-American.

Thanks, President Obama! 

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

ooh ooh, almost forgot.

Have you Trumpers figured out what your 5th-grade-level nickname for Tim Kaine is, yet? Or do we learn after Reichsmarshall Limbaugh's address to the faithful at noon today?

Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth

I believe Trump calls him Corrupt Kaine to go with Crooked Hillary.

td1234
td1234

More emails will be released by Wiki. I wonder if the they held back the more controversial ones for release later or they got them all out in the first batch?