Trump also doesn’t try to hide his support for Social Security and Medicare, or pretend he’d push for massive cuts of two of the most popular social welfare programs that have ever existed, unlike almost all of his fellow Republicans.
gazzer 3d ago
All the wise people said that Ronald Reagan couldn’t possibly win either. I’m talking of course about journalists and pundits who think they know so much more than the rest of us.
Go back and look at some of those nasty insulting quotes above about Trump and you will see people who are becoming unhinged.
dallasdunlap 3d ago
I remember Reagan. The difference between Reagan and Trump is that Reagan served two terms as California governor and was a stalwart of the Goldwater-conservative movement.
But the media treated Reagan as a right wing nut, “just an actor,” “crazy” etc. right up to the first month or two before the 1980 election.
Donald Trump on Sunday turned his fire on hedge fund managers, calling them “paper-pushers” who do not pay their fair share of tax, in the latest attack of his bombastic presidential campaign.
Mr Trump, who leads the race for the Republican presidential nomination, indicated he would close a loophole that lets hedge fund and private equity managers pay taxes at a lower capital gains rate instead of as income tax.
…Vowing to reform the tax law, Mr Trump said on Sunday that he would target hedge fund managers. “They are energetic. They are very smart. But a lot of them — they are paper-pushers. They make a fortune. They pay no tax. It’s ridiculous, OK?”
“The hedge fund guys didn’t build this country. These are guys that shift paper around and they get lucky.”
Juvenis 2 hours ago
Don’t like the guy , but in this case he is absolutely right .
Jerryjb 2 hours ago
Give Trump credit. He goes in American politics where the others fear to tread. He is beholden to no one. He touches on the shibboleths of our time. On this idea, I’ll give him credit. He has a real solution. A clever tactical move also. He has now forced Mrs. Clinton to abandon her monied Wall Street allies. Smart.
Sircornflakes 5 hours ago
The populist Trump strikes again.
On the subject of elites, I spoke to Scott Miller, co-founder of the Sawyer Miller political-consulting firm, who is now a corporate consultant. He worked on the Ross Perot campaign in 1992 and knows something about outside challenges. He views the key political fact of our time as this: “Over 80% of the American people, across the board, believe an elite group of political incumbents, plus big business, big media, big banks, big unions and big special interests—the whole Washington political class—have rigged the system for the wealthy and connected.” It is “a remarkable moment,” he said. More than half of the American people believe “something has changed, our democracy is not like it used to be, people feel they no longer have a voice.”
Jack Jolis 6 minutes ago
Not saying I disagree with Peggy, (at least not here), but I did find it amusing that she mentions “New York’s Long Island” among the places she’s observed the Trump phenomenon from — because make no mistake, Peggy’s “New York’s Long Island” vantage point ain’t Queens, or even Hicksville, Levittown or Babylon — but rather the limousine-liberal Hamptons.
Braden Glett 11 minutes ago
Yes, America hates the elites, but they also are totally fed up with candidates that are focus-grouped to death and so scripted that you really can’t tell what they stand for (e.g., Jeb! – who is so dull that they have to put an exclamation point after his name). You elect them, then they do what they really think needs to be done, which is generally preserving the status quo (like Jeb!’s brother did).
Americans are also fed up with the politically correct speak, where the liberal media gets indignant and then the GOP candidates all dance to their tune, groveling for forgiveness – something Trump knows better than to do.
HENRY VREELAND 15 minutes ago
Both parties have lost touch with the average voter. In the days of machine boss and the ward heeler, the family short of coal or when the man of the house just lost his job was known by name whether active in politics or not. Today the party knows only the “base”. By definition, those intensely involved in a “cause” . (extremist? fanatic?) Reliance on such a small segment means that Joe sixpack and his wife don’t exist. I think Mr. Trump’s support comes from these forgotten voters.
I have no answers. Do you?
In order to convince the American people of the legislation’s merits, its proponents assured that passage would not influence America’s culture significantly. President Johnson called the bill “not a revolutionary bill. It does not affect the lives of millions”, while Secretary of State Dean Rusk and other politicians, including Senator Ted Kennedy, hastened to reassure the populace that the demographic mix would not be affected; these assertions would later prove grossly inaccurate.
Donald Trump’s nativist bandwagon
11:10 PM EST
Trump has unintentionally done this country a tremendous service. He has flushed into the open the ugliest and most hate-filled among us. Thank you, Donald, for exposing the $$$$ on the bottoms of the nation’s shoes. Now the rest of us can do some cleaning.
11:12 PM EST
That’s why he will be in office. Trump/ Carson 2016
11:09 PM EST [Edited]
The cost of child birth in America:
A.) $2,000 prenatal care.
B.) $3,300 to $37,000 in California(assuming no extreme complications).
C.) Up to $71,000 for a c-section in California(assuming no extreme complications).
– Multiply that times 350,000 Illegal births per year. That’s a lot of tomatoes picked.
11:12 PM EST
Your excluding WIC, food stamps, cost of check ups
11:15 PM EST
Who pays for that? Oh yeah, everyone sucked into Obama care, besides the illegals and their anchor babies. No wonder rates are skyrocketing next year
11:03 PM EST
It amazes me how many liberals prefer to reward people for not obeying laws and rules. Whether it be illegal aliens, criminals, bankers, etc. All the libs say it is OK. We forgive you and America and Americans will take care of you.
Our politicans don’t care about us. They only care about staying in power and getting rich….and getting their friends rich.
United States of Nicaragua
11:01 PM EST
Liberals need to rethink their plan of transforming the United States into a Central American toilet.
Mid Atlantic Yankee
11:03 PM EST
Come up with that one all by yourself?
11:04 PM EST
What a stupid comment.
No one is trying to transform America into anything.
It’s all in your head.
10:42 PM EST
Reading these comments used to make me angry. Small-minded people like Nuke Deals for Dummies and XDemocratX, writing their obviously ignorant comments, would really irritate me. But, then, we Liberals are smarter than Conservatives, and as the population gets more educated and more diverse, these Conservatives will become more and more of a minority until, eventually, they will disappear.
Nuke Deals for Dummies
10:57 PM EST
40% of Democrats are high school dropouts and the majority of Democrats live in poverty because of character flaws.
10:59 PM EST
And 90% of Republicans are border-line personality disordered.
Nuke Deals for Dummies
11:11 PM EST
You crossed that border.
10:42 PM EST
Mr. Hiatt is dead right (for once). As an American whose German ancestors came here in 1678, and whose Norwegian ancestors on the other side arrived in 1902, I completely endorse his idea that America is the land of immigrants where once we are born here, we’re proud German or Norwegian – AMERICANS. Too bad the xenophobes today don’t understand that is also their legacy and history!
11:00 PM EST [Edited]
So, the Chinese “tourist” baby or the child who was born to Saudi “students” and who are raised in their parents’ countries should be “Americans”? When I taught in the Middle East, one of my Lebanese students arranged for his pregnant wife to give birth in the US TWICE, and the kids were raised in the Middle East. What makes them “Americans”?
The former president and the Democratic front-runner for the White House were seen strolling with their dogs at the edge of the water in front of the $50,000-a-week rental in Amagansett, New York (inset). Hillary, dressed in a tunic, matching trousers and straw hat led the way with Maisie, whose breed is unknown, while Bill walked Tally, the couple’s toy poodle. They are to be joined at the four-bedroom retreat by their daughter Chelsea, son-in-law Mark Mezvinsky and their baby Charlotte. Hillary is under growing pressure over her use of a private email account, and is to hold fundraisers while in the Hamptons to boost her campaign’s war chest.
Amid concerns about Mrs. Clinton’s softening poll numbers and her exclusive use of a personal email server as secretary of state, she will interrupt her Hamptons stay next week to travel to the Midwest and try to shift attention back to her campaign message by unveiling new policy positions.
She will then return to the Hamptons, where she and former President Bill Clinton are renting a beachside estate in Amagansett that costs $100,000 for a two-week stay, and will attend several $2,700-per-person fund-raisers hosted there by her wealthy friends.
The new political code word for the 2016 elections
5:51 PM EDT
“It is not hard to find examples that support Orwell’s thesis in recent years. Self-deportation. Abundance of caution. Strict constructionist. You get my drift.”
Here are some others:
“Undocumented worker” ( illegal alien, employed or not.)
“Teens.” ( mob of criminals aged 15-40 assaulting people or wrecking drug stores.)
“Activist.” ( professional leftist nuisance.)
“Right winger.” ( traditional American from our founding stock.)
“Nativist.” ( American concerned with jobs for Americans.)
Anyone who reads Orwell knows that he had at least as much disgust for the dishonesty of the left as that of the right.
5:53 PM EDT
I agree with you Don, that this writer, like many pundits in this election cycle, is trying to attach a stigma to Trump. Rubin Gerson, Will and Thiessen at the WaPo are all trying to push people toward J.E.B. Bush
Donald Trump Tells Thousands in Alabama: We’ll Make U.S. Better Than Ever
Wizard61 7 HOURS AGO
The 2nd Amendment when adopted guaranteed that all citizens were allowed to bare arms. Then at a later point in time congress passed a law that stated that convicted felons were no longer allowed that right guaranteed by 2nd Amendment. That is how Trump could get the 14th Amendment changed, if congress passed a law stating that a child born of parents not legally in this country then the child would not be an American citizen
oneman-116694410 HOURS AGO
When’s the last time you saw someone, running for President, have a “conversation” with America with nary a note? Obama can’t speak for 2 minutes without a teleprompter. Well done Trump!
nolines10 HOURS AGO
Moron manipulation is easy. No notes needed.
Herron10 HOURS AGO
Chump just proves the GOP base is simply a bunch of poorly educated fools that love used car salesmen and reality TV!
They are no real Americans. They are “TV babies” and should be deported!
RickDarris3 HOURS AGO
Trump is going to get some black, some Latino, some independent, and some Democrat votes too. He tells it like it is and does’t kowtow to the PC media and people of all backgrounds like that.
NO MORE Bush’s. Clinton’s, or career politicians. TRUMP 2016!!
Thousands Attend Trump Rally in Mobile, Alabama
NCWILEY 6 hours ago
I’m voting for Trump… we need someone who really cares about America. He isn’t in it for the money and no one can buy him. I’m giving him a chance
Noz @ NCWILEY an hour ago
Trump is definitely worthy of consideration.
His stance on Anchor Babies and the 14th amendment proves he’s more intelligent than Bushie and a stronger conservative.
When he talks about trade and jobs it’s obvious he has a firm grip on common sense. You can’t say that about Hillary benghazi Clinton.
c.g. CommonSense 17 minutes ago
Interesting to find out how many illegals are working at his hotels……and how many are involved with his construction projects….. two of the biggest industries that hire illegals.
Nemeshisu 8 hours ago
Trump just pulled 20,000. Before today, his biggest crowd was 4.200.
Sanders pulled 28,000 in Portland, 27,500 in Los Angeles, 15,000 in Seattle; 11,000 in Phoenix; 10,000 in Madison, Wis.; 8,000 in Dallas; and 4,500 in New Orleans.
And that is with the media completely ignoring him.
billy3030 8 hours ago
I hope we get a free for all with Trump and Sanders running as independents and then the most likely candidates representing the old guard of Bush and Clinton for their respective party’s. I would love to see a race where there were more than just two candidates when it comes time to vote.
Donald Trump In Alabama: Bring It On
“We’re going to build a wall.”
Marcellus Harrell Fullerton College
Taking red meat to Alabama….how brave….how brave.
Yeah, bring that shit to California, New York, or some other civilized venue.
Brabo Nabo · Stanford University
J.v. Martin The nerve of us thinking for ourselves. The constant irritant to conservatism.
Yup. I think mr. Trump makes some good points about fixing our immigration process and corruption but he then takes it too far… most hardcore trump supporters I know here in Texas can’t be reasoned with, most have literally told me they don’t care what the facts are, and if the Democrats win that armed force should be used. These aren’t “crack pots” mind you… these are policemen, firemen, active military, doctors, ect.. the three things most of them share is their ethnicity and religion and general age. It’s the first time in my life I’ve actually had to think about my safety and that of my darker skinned family member (we’re all American citizens). I told my dad in 2008, if the GOP keeps losing elections it’s not gonna learn how to “spread it message to new voters” it’s gonna get more extreme… first they’ll go after the illegal immigrants, then immigrants, then fellow American citizens (but they don’t count because they’re not “Patriots”). I say this as a Republican turned independent who got tired of being told to “go back to mexico” and called an “anchor baby” at rallies because I would ask questions.
He reminds me more of the Duce.
Paul Burger Northern Illinois University
A stadium half full of gullible know nothings who vote against their own best interests. Trump was on stage promoting himself not anyone on the crowd, Trump has his best interest at heart not theirs
Oscar Sistrunk Works at Morehouse College
They are not voting against their interest. In their mind they are afraid that lations, people of color, lgbt and women will take away their white male priveliage. They get jobs with less education due to the good old boy network. The Police help them while keeping other down. They know they can not compete on an even playing field. They are scared.
Ryan Lege Vicenza, Italy
Maybe their interests and yours are not the same thing.
Paul Lad Pet Sitter/Walker at Cats & Dogs
Better a wall around Alabama and Mississippi. That would be a fruitful endeavor.
Alex Vagias President at Atalanti Polymer
Trump’s popularity is a direct byproduct of our leaders/politicians unwillingness to listen to the public. They have all known for many years that the American people are unhappy about illegal immigration, but they ignore our protestations and keep trying to stuff it down our throats. I read, once, where 70% of Americans are against illegal immigration. Does that not say something? Like they know better. Now, the politicians are running scared. Good. They didn’t do their job. They’re fired!
Johnathon Jameson Works at Pleasanton Unified School District
I love it how people peg him as far right. Most of his policies are left. He favors fair trade, which is something unions back. He favors funding of planned parenthood. He favors higher taxes. He has more centrist or left positions than right. He and bernie sanders actually have the same policy stance on immigration, trump just uses harsher rhetoric.
Why Donald Trump Won’t Fold: Polls and People Speak
A review of public polling, extensive interviews with a host of his supporters in two states and a new private survey that tracks voting records all point to the conclusion that Mr. Trump has built a broad, demographically and ideologically diverse coalition, constructed around personality, not substance, that bridges demographic and political divides. In doing so, he has effectively insulated himself from the consequences of startling statements that might instantly doom rival candidates.
In poll after poll of Republicans, Mr. Trump leads among women, despite having used terms like “fat pigs” and “disgusting animals” to denigrate some of them. He leads among evangelical Christians, despite saying he had never had a reason to ask God for forgiveness. He leads among moderates and college-educated voters, despite a populist and anti-immigrant message thought to resonate most with conservatives and less-affluent voters. He leads among the most frequent, likely voters, even though his appeal is greatest among those with little history of voting.
…Trumpism, the data and interviews suggest, is an attitude, not an ideology.
For voters like Jan Mannarino, a 65-year-old retired teacher who drove an hour from her home in Green Oak Township, Mich., to see Mr. Trump this month, his defiance of political norms is his single greatest virtue.
“Even if he doesn’t win, he’s teaching other politicians to stop being politicians,” Ms. Mannarino said. “He comes on strong. He could say it gently. But I think no one would listen.”
When people talk about the qualities Mr. Trump would bring to the White House, they describe the raging, merciless executive who fired people for sport on television. Some mention trips to his golf courses, which they admiringly note are impeccably run. A common refrain: “He’s a person who gets things done.”
GJ Tryon Canada 1 hour ago
To characterize Trump’s appeal as a “personality” issue is laughable. Buchanan has been saying for years that any candidate that took up the immigration fiasco in a robust and unapologetic way would be on the high road to electoral victory. Th journos are in denial on this one because they have been forefront in abetting the pols and money interests who have erected a wall between US citizens and their government. Trump is tearing that wall down.
Joe From Boston Massachusetts 1 hour ago
Well DUH. Even the most casual observer can see that The Donald has to be attracting adherents based on personality and not substance, because there is no substance.
One wonders whether these infrequent voters who find The Donald so appealing because is not PC even understand how the government operates. For example, do they know that Congress controls the purse, and the President can only jawbone Congress, but can’t “FIRE” them?
If these people think that The Donald would act as President the way he acts on a reality TV program, they are gojng to be sadly disappointed, assuming of course that the majority of voters who state that they would never vote for The Donald all stay home on November 8, 2016.
The Donald is most likley to end up a political dead duck. Given that his campaign is entirely bluster and braggadocio, many people see him clearly for what he is -an egotist who has to see his name plastered on edifices, whether he owns any equity in them or not. All facade, no substance. He will give new meaning to the term “Potemkin village.”
David San Diego 1 hour ago
Here’s why I would vote for Trump if the election were held today: I believe that the United States is in free-fall decline. Mass immigration of destitute, uneducated people has left us poorer and less educated. (Surprise.) Mexico has historical claims upon much of our territory, and we are being colonized by Mexico. The population explosion in Latin America is getting worse, not better. (Increase of 20%, from 500 million to 600 million, in last 15 years for which data available, i.e., 1998 to 2013.) The explosive population growth in Latin America is resulting in a mass migration to the United States, over our unsecured borders. We have also imported Islamists over the past 50 years … you are going to get some of those when you allow immigration from Muslin countries. So now we have a surveillance state to guard against what DHS calls “homegrown terrorism”, which is actually IMPORTED terrorism. That’s immigration. Then there’s trade. By allowing “free trade” with low-wage countries, we export manufacturing jobs by the millions. The result is lower wages in the United States, and a larger gap between labor wage income and management salary income. Our income distribution begins to look more like … that of Mexico. Look, folks: I know that Trump is a bombastic buffoon, but he’s the ONLY one I trust on immigration and trade. So I’m supporting him.
Margaret New York 1 hour ago
I’m a lifelong Democrat but I support Trump. So does my husband, who’d been a Republican until he got disgusted by their right-wing nuttiness a decade ago. We both voted for Obama twice, we’re both well-educated (Master’s degrees), we’re in our mid-50′s and have high-paying jobs, we both dutifully vote in every election.
We both thought Trump was a joke initially but he’s basically the third-party candidate we’ve been waiting for (even though he’s nominally running as a Republican). He blasts through both the Dem & GOP party orthodoxies and offers a non-ideological platform. He supports Social Security unlike the GOP, who would gut it. He’s against the trade agreements that have decimated our manufacturing jobs, which both parties sold us out on over the past 20+ years. He supports border control which neither party has really fully grappled with & addressed (I’m pro-immigration but in an orderly way–obviously something is broken since we have 11 million illegal immigrants, and I think that’s a lowball estimate).
To me our country is so politically-polarized by two rigidly-ideological parties, and so far downhill due to four decades of bad decisions, that Trump is like a “Hail Mary Pass”. He’s the big mouth that maybe will shake things loose so perhaps we can make some tough & practical decisions.
I’m very surprised to be saying this but that’s how I feel.
W Smith NYC 1 hour ago
I’m a liberal Democrat that has never voted for a Republican in my life but next year I will vote for Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders. If neither are running, then I won’t vote (which I haven’t done anyway since Obama was elected the first time and let us down with his lack of fight). Why? Because the rest of them are just bought-and-paid-for politicians: Jeb, Hillary, Scott, Marco, etc. They are puppets beholden to their puppet masters and will just further destroy the country anyway. Trump or Sanders, those are the only two chances for real change for a change.
Tom Montecito, CA 1 hour ago
It’s odd there is so much disbelief about Trump’s appeal— after years of polling that confirms America, on average, hates The Washington Way, hates career politicians of both stripes, hates the political process that over-complicates everything. At last, there is a candidate who represents the OPPOSITE of all that America has come to loathe.
Even out here, in the Blue-est of Blue states, where “conventional Democratic wisdom” says ‘We are doing great’ (despite lack of water, crumbling infrastructure, swarms of illegal immigrants suppressing wages and consuming public services, and a breath-taking mound of un-funded liabilities to EVERYBODY. We are basically Greece with better guacamole.) an increasing number of people are saying “Hey, maybe we need a no nonsense guy who can look a problem in the eye and say ‘you are fired’.”
He is certainly an unorthodox candidate, but maybe we need an unorthodox leader who will no longer pander. One thing about it, he doesn’t NEED the job and he doesn’t NEED to pay back any political favors in Chicago or LA or Texas. We may find that the very nature of an Un-Politician, by definition, resonates broadly with America right now. I’m guessing Trump has no problem with the phrase “Islamic Terrorist”, at the very least.
cow_duo Silicon Valley 2 hours ago
The reason for Trump’s broad appeal is simple: voters are sick of politicians who are effectively bought by special interests and the top 1% who fund their campaigns. Trump himself may be in the top 1%, but his numerous poorly-considered insults make it clear that he is not and will not be beholden to others. People may not like his policies, whatever they are at the moment, but at least they are his policies, not the policies of other, hidden, and distinctly non-populist interests.
SMB Savannah 5 minutes ago
So the people who shout “White Power” at Trump’s rallies don’t matter? And the mass deportation of 11 million men, women, and children doesn’t matter? And his insults of women and lunatic birther conspiracy theory doesn’t matter.
As a Newsweek article asked last month, “Is Donald Trump a Fascist?”
And that doesn’t matter to Trump’s followers either? Politics of hatred. Once again.
MdmPhx Atlanta, GA 10 minutes ago
I predicted Obama would win in 2008. Not b/c I supported/ voted for him, but because of state of the nation, voter/ citizen sentiment. I now predict Trump will win 2016. I’m not an ignorant voter who likes to hear Trump yell ( as suggested by the author). I do my homework by researching topics of discussion. Trump is correct. The manner in which he delivers his beliefs does not matter to me. Frankly, USA looks more like pre-revolution France than the USA of 1776.. or even 1976! In fact, I believe the problem of illegal immigration/ anchor babies is galvanizing the African-American and Caucasian middle class demographics! Anyone wants #s, sources to back up what I’ve said, just ask.
Foreigners are shaking their heads over U.S.
We just returned from a vacation in Canada, our great neighbor to our north. The first night in our hotel near Toronto, we flipped through the TV stations and paused at one that made us less than proud to be Americans in a foreign country.
Vision TV out of Toronto was airing a program called The Zoomers: TV for Boomers with Zip, hosted by Faith Goldy and Conrad Black, with panelists Pam Wallin, Brian Stewart, Ezra Lavant and Marni Soupcoff, with an appearance by U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Hyman. The show centered around the theme: What’s wrong with America?
To say the least, the observations of this panel were very down on America, with particular note of disappointment in President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party. They observed with dismay the riots occurring in some of our major cities. They noted that for these cities, the Democratic Party leads the cities and states in each of them, providing no solutions to the problems therein.
After discussing America’s foreign policy at length, they summarized that America’s foreign policy is a joke around the world. Ouch!
Regarding the Keystone issue, the panel determined that America is telling Canada, “Sell your oil to China, so we can buy ours from Venezuela.” The closing comment on this program was that they believe the United States of America needs better leadership.
Whoa. This pulled us both up short, after which we felt saddened, embarrassed and betrayed by our country in the eyes of our host country. They didn’t know we were coming so they were not directing their comments to us. No, they were expressing strongly held beliefs on what they see as happening to their neighbors to their south.
Wake up, America. The world is watching — and commenting on — you.
TOM and JEAN HAYWARD