Donald Trump Has Already Shown Us Who He Is
Extremists Begin To Howl Over Trump's Erratic Lurching On Immigration
Immigration Hardliner Finds Hope in Donald Trump's Treachery
Immigration was the star property of the Trump campaign. They’ve taken a wrecking ball to it.
Former Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush says he doesn't believe Trump has had a sincere policy evolution on immigration. . . ."I don't know what to believe about a guy who doesn't believe in things. This is all a game."
WATCH: Colbert on Trump’s “what do they have to lose?” outreach to minorities
[NB: It looks as if Trumpy has pissed off and alienated his base AND won't pick up any significant new support for doing it. A two-fer!]
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"I don’t think it’s a softening," Trump told CNN's Anderson Cooper when the host noted that Trump actually said there could be a "softening" of his policy on deportation. “I’ve had people say it’s a hardening, actually.”
Trump Denies He’s ‘Softening’ on Immigration, Though That’s Literally What He Said Two Days Ago
Hurricane Katrina is a natural disaster
"He hasn't changed his position on immigration. He's changed the words that he is saying," Katrina Pierson said on CNN. . . . [The panel laughs at her]
Trump spokesperson Katrina Pierson reveals the secret of understanding Trump
How's that book tour going, Annie?
Just today her new book In Trump We Trust was released, a genuflecting, tour de force of leader principle obsequiousness. As many have noted, in the book itself she writes that Trump can do anything, change his position on anything – none of it matters. She and they are that devoted. Everything except shift on immigration.
So today, the very day her book comes out he shambles his way to embracing the Rubio/Bush ‘Amnesty’ agenda he spent the last year railing against and using as a cudgel to destroy the Republican establishment’s favored ones. . . .
[Ann Coulter] "This could be the shortest book tour ever"
[NB: The book -- perfectly -- is called "In Trump We Trust." I hear Coulter is already working on a revised edition, to be called "In Trump We Trusted"]
Limbaugh is pissed: http://crooksandliars.com/2016/08/rush-limbaugh-wigs-out-over-trump-pivot
Palin is pissed: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/palin-upset-trump-wishy-washy-immigration
When Rachel Maddow points out to Kellyanne Conway that Trump's "extreme vetting" is unconstitutional, she replies, well that's just your opinion. Well, no it's NOT
Trump campaign CEO was charged with domestic violence
Hillary Clinton delivers a blistering speech, full of quotes and documented facts, showing the convergence of the Trump campaign and the alt-right movement. It was Trump who chose the head of Breitbart.com, ground zero for right fringe conspiracy theories, as the new HEAD OF HIS CAMPAIGN. It was Trump who invited Nigel Farage, anti-immigrant nut-job from Britain, to come campaign for him in Mississippi. Clinton calls for Republicans to reject the politics of hate, racism, and paranoia, and to support her. A remarkable moment in the campaign, and maybe the beginning of the end for Trump once and for all
Watch it! http://washingtonmonthly.com/2016/08/25/quick-takes-clintons-speech-in-reno/
Full text: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/08/transcript-hillary-clinton-alt-right-reno-227419
[Excerpts] A man with a long history of racial discrimination, who traffics in dark conspiracy theories drawn from the pages of supermarket tabloids and the far reaches of the internet, should never run our government or command our military. . . .
We all remember when Trump said a distinguished federal judge born in Indiana couldn’t be trusted to do his job because, quote, “He’s a Mexican.” Think about that. The man who today is the standard bearer of the Republican Party said a federal judge was incapable of doing his job solely because of his heritage. Even the Republican Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, described that as “the textbook definition of a racist comment.” To this day, he’s never apologized to Judge Curiel. . . .
This is someone who retweets white supremacists online, like the user who goes by the name “white-genocide-TM.” Trump took this fringe bigot with a few dozen followers and spread his message to 11 million people. His campaign famously posted an anti-Semitic image – a Star of David imposed over a sea of dollar bills – that first appeared on a white supremacist website. . . .
Through it all, he has continued pushing discredited conspiracy theories with racist undertones. Trump said thousands of American Muslims in New Jersey cheered the 9/11 attacks. They didn’t. He suggested that Ted Cruz’s father was involved in the Kennedy assassination. Perhaps in Trump’s mind, because he was a Cuban immigrant, he must have had something to do with it. Of course there’s absolutely no evidence of that. Just recently, Trump claimed President Obama founded ISIS. And then he repeated that nonsense over and over. His latest paranoid fever dream is about my health. All I can say is, Donald, dream on. This is what happens when you treat the National Enquirer like Gospel. . . .
It’s what happens when you listen to the radio host Alex Jones, who claims that 9/11 and the Oklahoma City bombings were inside jobs. He said the victims of the Sandy Hook massacre were child actors and no one was actually killed there. Trump didn’t challenge those lies. He went on Jones’ show and said: “Your reputation is amazing. I will not let you down.” This man wants to be President of the United States. . . .
Trump likes to say he only hires the “best people.” But he’s had to fire so many campaign managers it’s like an episode of the Apprentice. The latest shake-up was designed to – quote – “Let Trump be Trump.” To do that, he hired Stephen Bannon, the head of a right-wing website called Breitbart.com, as campaign CEO. To give you a flavor of his work, here are a few headlines they’ve published: “Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive and Crazy.” “Would You Rather Your Child Had Feminism or Cancer?” “Gabby Giffords: The Gun Control Movement’s Human Shield” “Hoist It High And Proud: The Confederate Flag Proclaims A Glorious Heritage.” That one came shortly after the Charleston massacre, when Democrats and Republicans alike were doing everything they could to heal racial divides. Breitbart tried to enflame them further. Just imagine – Donald Trump reading that and thinking: “this is what I need more of in my campaign.” . . .
Alt-Right is short for “Alternative Right.” The Wall Street Journal describes it as a loosely organized movement, mostly online, that “rejects mainstream conservatism, promotes nationalism and views immigration and multiculturalism as threats to white identity.” The de facto merger between Breitbart and the Trump Campaign represents a landmark achievement for the “Alt-Right.” A fringe element has effectively taken over the Republican Party. This is part of a broader story -- the rising tide of hardline, right-wing nationalism around the world. Just yesterday, one of Britain’s most prominent right-wing leaders, Nigel Farage, who stoked anti-immigrant sentiments to win the referendum on leaving the European Union, campaigned with Donald Trump in Mississippi. Farage has called for a ban on the children of legal immigrants from public schools and health services, has said women are quote “worth less” than men, and supports scrapping laws that prevent employers from discriminating based on race -- that’s who Trump wants by his side. . . .
Of course there’s always been a paranoid fringe in our politics, steeped in racial resentment. But it’s never had the nominee of a major party stoking it, encouraging it, and giving it a national megaphone. Until now. On David Duke’s radio show the other day, the mood was jubilant. “We appear to have taken over the Republican Party,” one white supremacist said. Duke laughed. There’s still more work to do, he said. No one should have any illusions about what’s really going on here. The names may have changed… Racists now call themselves “racialists.” White supremacists now call themselves “white nationalists.” The paranoid fringe now calls itself “alt-right.” But the hate burns just as bright. . . .
Parents and teachers are already worried about what they’re calling the “Trump Effect.” Bullying and harassment are on the rise in our schools, especially targeting students of color, Muslims, and immigrants. At a recent high school basketball game in Indiana, white students held up Trump signs and taunted Latino players on the opposing team with chants of “Build the wall!” and “Speak English.” After a similar incident in Iowa, one frustrated school principal said, “They see it in a presidential campaign and now it's OK for everyone to say this.” We wouldn’t tolerate that kind of behavior in our own homes. How can we stand for it from a candidate for president? . . .
This is a moment of reckoning for every Republican dismayed that the Party of Lincoln has become the Party of Trump. It’s a moment of reckoning for all of us who love our country and believe that America is better than this. Twenty years ago, when Bob Dole accepted the Republican nomination, he pointed to the exits and told any racists in the Party to get out. The week after 9/11, George W. Bush went to a mosque and declared for everyone to hear that Muslims “love America just as much as I do.” In 2008, John McCain told his own supporters they were wrong about the man he was trying to defeat. Senator McCain made sure they knew – Barack Obama is an American citizen and “a decent person.” We need that kind of leadership again. Every day, more Americans are standing up and saying “enough is enough” – including a lot of Republicans. I’m honored to have their support. . . .
Her new ad quotes white supremacist leaders praising Trump: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/08/clinton-ad-kkk-trump-227404
Hillary Clinton’s Alt-Right Speech Isolated and Destroyed Donald Trump
Hillary Clinton unloaded on Donald Trump . . .
Hillary Clinton’s Alt-Right Speech Was Shrewd Strategy
Hillary Clinton's takedown of Donald Trump tried to give Republicans an exit ramp
Clinton Shreds Trump
Hillary Clinton Delivers the Speech of the Campaign
She was giving the press permission to talk about Donald Trump's racism. So far, they've tiptoed around it. But once the candidate herself calls it out, it invites a thousand think pieces about Breitbart, the alt-right, the GOP's history of tolerating bigotry, Trump's troubling background, and dozens of other related topics. Surrogates can blather all they want about this, but it doesn't truly become a mainstream subject until the actual candidate for president makes it one. . . .
Trump responds (don't miss it): http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/08/25/1563860/-Donald-Trump-offers-stinging-rebuttal-to-Hillary-Clinton-s-speech-on-his-hate-movement
They do now, brother, they do now
Trump When Asked About Alt-Right: 'Nobody Even Knows What It Is'
Trump calls Clinton a "bigot." Apart from the blatant ironies, he clearly has no idea what the word even means
How much will the lack of a ground game hurt Trump?
A lot: https://politicalwire.com/2016/08/25/how-much-will-an-unprofessional-campaign-hurt-trump/
Trump Not on Minnesota Ballot
Why some folks are seriously concerned about the Clinton Foundation/State Department nexus
Good idea not to pick a fight with Colin Powell
Said Clinton: “I’ve been asked many questions about emails and what I’ve learned is, what I’ve tried to explain there are no excuses. I want people to know that the decision to have a single email account was mine. I take responsibility for it. I apologize for it. I would certainly do differently if I could.”
Julian Assange seems determined to try to help Trump win
False equivalences: the nadir of "both sides do it" journalism
So let's get this straight. Trump's conspiracy theories are (a) Obama was born in Kenya and (b) Hillary Clinton has serious health problems. Both are demonstrably untrue.
Clinton's conspiracy theories are (a) Trump has a surprising number of Russia-friendly policies and (b) Trump appeals to angry white nationalists and uses extreme language. Both are demonstrably true.
Ladies and gentlemen, your objective and balanced press corps at work.
As predicted, the media is overeager to see evidence of an "evolution" in Trump
“Please, Mr. Trump, attack us just a little less so we can wipe the slate clean on your months of appeals to racism and bigotry and treat you like a regular candidate.”
Will Fox World lose Megyn Kelly?
In other news . . .
Obama still intends to close Gitmo
How technology has changed the definition of death
Appearing on The Apprentice with Donald Trump required agreeing to a series of odd and invasive demands regarding sex, nudity, and food consumption. According to a copy of an NBC contract reviewed by The Daily Beast, contestants had to agree to be filmed, “whether I am clothed, partially clothed or naked, whether I am aware or unaware of such videotaping, filming or recording.” [read on]