This morning, Donald Trump let us all in on the joke

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OK, I think I finally get it now.

As you probably know, Donald Trump spent the previous two days driving home the preposterous argument that President Obama and Hillary Clinton are the literal co-founders of ISIS, a group that has its origins in the “Al Qaeda in Iraq” movement that grew out of our 2003 invasion.

And when Trump was offered several chances in the last two days to back away from the charge, he emphatically declined.

“He was the founder of ISIS, absolutely,” Trump said on CNBC. “Is there something wrong with saying that? Why? Are people complaining that I said he was the founder of ISIS?”

“I know what you meant,” talk radio host Hugh Hewitt told Trump in an interview, trying to open the door back to sanity so that his guest could walk through it. “You meant that he created the vacuum, he lost the peace.”

“No,” Trump said firmly. “I meant he’s the founder of ISIS. I do.”

So this morning we awake to this:

(For the cognoscenti of Trump twitters, it was posted via Android, which means it came from Trump’s personal device, not from his staff.)

I think we have now been given the Rosetta Stone of the Trump campaign, the secret code by which it can now be understood. The entire campaign, you see, is an exercise in sarcasm, a joke. The talk about the wall is sarcasm, because really, who could believe such nonsense in the first place? And Mexico would build it? Come on. You took that seriously?

Likewise, the anti-immigrant schtick, the flirtatious eye-batting with Putin, his toying with Republican leaders until they surrendered every last shred of personal dignity, his “I, alone” braggadocio, his refusal to build a ground game or undertake any of the minimal steps needed to build a viable campaign.

Once you understand that it has been a bizarre piece of performance art all along, doesn’t it suddenly make a lot more sense, every little bit of it?

And while we’ve all been the suckers in this joke, those who have supported Trump and have taken him seriously through all this, those who embraced him as their messiah figure who would restore this country to its proper owners — sorry, folks, but you are the biggest suckers of us all. You saw this as a serious campaign for the presidency, with the fate of the country on the line; Trump saw it as a chance to grab the spotlight and be worshipped as a folk hero by the gullible. Guess who was right.

Look at the Hugh Hewitt interview:

When Hewitt suggested that the “founder of ISIS” stuff might be a mistake, Trump insisted otherwise. “No, it’s no mistake. Everyone’s liking it. I think they’re liking it.”

When Hewitt suggested that personally, he would have used different language, Trump again stuck to his guns.

“But they wouldn’t talk about your language, and they do talk about my language, right?”

It certainly explains his refusal to change his campaign style despite overwhelming evidence in the polls that what worked in the GOP primaries has been a disaster in the general election. He can’t be bothered to change because really, he just doesn’t care enough. If he takes half the Republican Party down to defeat with him, again, he really doesn’t give a damn because he has nothing invested in the party or those people anyway.

As he put it Thursday, “At the end it’s either going to work or I’m going to, you know, I’m going to have a very, very nice long vacation….it’s OK. I go back to a very good way of life.”

That is not the language of a man dedicated to fighting for a cause and for his people.  That’s not how Bernie Sanders left the battlefield. Nor are those the words of someone who feels any sense of obligation to the millions who have invested their hearts, souls and checking accounts in his success. They are the words of a spoiled brat who has been treating this whole thing as a lark, and who treats his supporters as nothing more than sources for the adulation that he craves, and that he extracts from them so easily.

It’s just been a joke.

 

 

 

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Paul42
Paul42

Reality sheetz - 

rimsky
rimsky

Rocks were also thrown at police as they attempted to disperse crowds in the Burleigh area. Officers were making "multiple arrests" in the Sherman and Burleigh districts, police said./////

It is not the city you silly.  It is confined to two districts.

td1234
td1234

BLM of Mil. has cleaned their FB page after all the death threats towards white folks. 

rimsky
rimsky

@td1234 Like Trump's diiiing dooong wants Hillary in front of a firing squad.

Kamchak
Kamchak

MILWAUKEERIOTGHAZI !

td1234
td1234

Yes, from a far left progressive site: 


"The reports led to hundreds of protesters gathering in parts of the city. The protests escalated into violence and riots on Saturday night, leading to the destruction of several businesses and vehicles, including at least one police car. Protests remained tense and sometimes violent on Sunday night, although there was no widespread property damage on the second day of demonstrations.

Even before we knew much about the police shooting, including Smith’s identity and race, it was protested by Black Lives Matter activists as just another example of the racial inequities in the criminal justice system — an issue that rose to the national spotlight after the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2014. The anger behind these disparities, along with longstanding racial tensions in Milwaukee, apparently fueled the riots."


http://www.vox.com/2016/8/14/12472896/milwaukee-wisconsin-riots-police-shooting

td1234
td1234

@StraightNoChaser @td1234 Oh so burning down the city, shooting at cops and threatening white folks is not news to the progressive left. 

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@td1234 @StraightNoChaser Ask Glenn Beck he's white too.  You are a closet bigot that trolls on a keyboard everyday.


Glenn Beck and Milwaukee Alderman Khalif Rainey responded to the weekend’s violence by tacitly threatening more riots because BLM is "misunderstood" and if “oppression,” “unemployment” and “injustice” wasn’t addressed. Neither Beck nor Rainey explained what this had to do with an armed man with a lengthy criminal record aiming a gun at police officers.


You see where I am going?  Just as the KKK has misused Christianity others can do the same with any cause.  Take your southern strategy and  GTF outa here td. It's over, you get that over.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@td1234 Now go back into your race dividing bag and pull out stats on past police shootings or interactions in Milwaukee.  See td what you are failing to see and you may not want to see is that this shooting has more than likely set off a keg of dynamite from past actions.  No one is supporting or condoning anyone having a loaded gun and getting killed by the police, that's a false narrative that is being perpetrated by bigots like you.  Now stand down with that BS.

breckenridge
breckenridge

Given all the desert and sand there is in Saudi Arabia, you'd think they'd be able to field a decent women's beach volleyball team in the Olympics.  Lots and lots of room to practice. But then again, playing in a full burqa instead of a bikini has to limit mobility considerably.  Oh and peripheral vision too, those little eye slits would be a definite deterrent.

Never mind then.

rimsky
rimsky

US election: Trump team 'must disclose pro-Russia ties'

http://www.bbc.com/news/election-us-2016-37080909

I know I posted this topic in the early morning.  That got Mr. Pinko all riled up because it was from NYT.

This is what BBC is saying.

I don't know what RT or Sputnik is saying.  Got to check them out too.


td1234
td1234

The media does not seem to excited about covering these riots.  


"Milwaukee, Wisconsin (CNN)After a weekend of furor, violence and calls for peace, Milwaukee residents struggle to find calm in a city long marred by racial tensions.

The turmoil ignited after Saturday's shooting death of an armed African-American man, Sylville Smith, by a black police officer."
More chaos took place during a protest early Monday in northern Milwaukee when bullets and other objects flew. At least one person was shot and hospitalized, and an officer was wounded after a rock broke the windshield of a police car, Milwaukee police said.Shots rang out in three locations, and a squad car was pelted with bricks, rocks and glass bottles, police said. Another car was also set ablaze during Monday's fracas.

honested
honested

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StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@td1234 1) It's not a BLM protest as I pointed out to you on yesterday and 2) When someone pulls a gun on a cop then they should be shot.  3) Keep it moving with your BLM racist BS today.

OldEngineer
OldEngineer

@td1234 Yup - I could barely find anything about it on the Google - 


About 927,000 results (0.34 seconds) Search ResultsIn the news



Paul42
Paul42

@Philo_Farnsworth

I wouldn't be surprised if ostrich attacks were more statistically significant, either.  Of course, you'd have to be in the group with enough dough for an African safari.

Good thinking, JR!

goat diddler
goat diddler

Target audience for this particular meme...

rimsky
rimsky

After 911 Trump cashed in government funds at the tune of $150,000 even though his businesses were not affected by 911.


Hillary Clinton (new in the Senate) worked successfully on health legislation to provide help to the first responders who breathed in toxic PCBs.

breckenridge
breckenridge

@rimsky 

The immediate aftermath of 9-11 was crazy.  A lot of people loaded up on cash.  And I'm sure there were also many like a buddy out in Arizona, who refused to leave his home unarmed for a few weeks.

Yeah, like the Saudi terrorists were going to target him next.

rimsky
rimsky

Judging from down below Trump posters are like those limited edition thingie.  Where can I get one?  In time it will go up in value.  LOL

OldEngineer
OldEngineer

@rimsky I dunno, but I got a really neat "survey" in the mail last week. Really definitely wanted to hear from me. They so care about me! Had to use the "other amount" - zero - on the GOP contribution line though.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

Trump's claims that he has a huge support are delusional.  I was down along the NH Seacoast most of the weekend in the high rent district - I was away from the liberal academic ghetto.  This is prime Republican territory - plenty of signs for Sununu for Gov., Guinta for Congress.  Number of Trump signs - zero.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@PaulinNH When I was in Wood bridge VA the Republican headquarters located there did not have one Donald Trump sign posted.  In fact it looked like it was closed everyday that I rode by.    

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@Menace @PaulinNH  I don't know whether it is an overall support issue, people voting for him but not publicizing the fact or a complete lack of a ground game.

honested
honested

@Menace @PaulinNH 

In my neighborhood, the TWO chump signs total, are in the yards of know cranks and have been there for over a year.

Paul42
Paul42

@PaulinNH

Joe Scarborough made the same point speaking with Rep Steve King this morning.  Said his Florida panhandle district was as, or more, conservative than King's western Iowa district.  The thing they have in common?  

You see hardly any Trump signs.  Lousy, nonexistent organization.

(and that's why it's all the liberal media's fault!!!!)

Paul42
Paul42

@OldEngineer

Don't see much of anything in this DFW area.  I'll be going to the northern Dallas (affluent) area in a bit.  I'll let you know what I see.

My own Congressman's weekly reports have steered clear of anything dealing with the Trump fiasco and are instead concentrating on such issues as summer travel safety, what happened at town halls, etc.  


Menace
Menace

@PaulinNH  I've noticed that too.  Very few Trump bumper stickers, lawn signs, etc here in rapidly changing Gwinnett county.

OldEngineer
OldEngineer

@Philo_Farnsworth I've seen several. Four in my neighborhood, six on the drive in. Hmmmm - must be she has a staff or something.

breckenridge
breckenridge

@PaulinNH 

Yesterday, on a very conservative website, I found a list, republicans of note, who are not supporting Trump.  I did a cut and paste, was going to post the list here here, but it was too long and disallowed.