So the GOP is now facing its worst nightmare: What if Trump is for real? That behind all the bluster, beneath the weird hair, is a guy who just might be able to clean out the Augean stables of the Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Party that continues to cling to power in Washington.
The Democrats — with their eminently indictable presumptive nominee, Hillary Clinton — don’t like the idea of fundamental change any better than the Republicans. They prefer GOP opponents who don’t fight back, lose gracefully, and keep their seats at the national trough .
Mr. Trump’s angry certainty that immigrants and other losers are destroying the country while the cultural elites that look down on him stand by and do nothing resonates strongly with the less-educated, lower-income whites who appear to be his base.
5:02 PM EDT
He probably wants an interview that is why he changed his stance. I think the reason Donald Trump has become so popular is because we are tired of the same crap from Democrats and Republicans alike. Tired of the same people being bought over and over. The difference is, Trump doesn’t need to be bought. He tells it like it is, and doesn’t say politically correct BS. This country has turned into a bunch of pansies.. There should be terms placed on Congress. Things need to change. Look at our business, it’s all outsourced. How long do you think our country can survive with more and more businesses going overseas or to Mexico? This country is in deep trouble. We have people actually saying how good Bernie Sanders is. He is a SOCIALIST! Has our country become so screwed up that people are actually wanting to put a socialist in office? What’s next? Communism? Wake up Sheeple…
Trump says he won’t participate in GOP debate on Fox News
8:57 PM EST
ALL RIGHT!!! Thank God!!!
Why in the world Donald Trump would help fill the coffers of the
“ANYONE BUT TRUMP” network, FOX, was beyond me!
America doesn’t need any more so-called “debates”.
We KNOW who the next president is going to be!
8:58 PM EST
” Madame President. “
8:47 PM EST
So now right wingnuts are claiming Fox is part of the main stream media bias against them. Con’s love being the victim in every situation. The only true media personalities they like are Chris Plante, Savage Nation and Mark Levin. Quacks all of them.
8:47 PM EST
8:46 PM EST
By snubbing Fox he shows
he is not beholden to the republican RIno establishment,
inflicts payback on Fox for putting all the national review people on Fox all week and for all the cheap shots and underhanded moves by the likes of Megan Kelly and Greg Gutfeld over the last month,
send a LOUD message to all independent voters and disaffected republicans and democrats that he is not in the tank for any media outlets as Hilary is clearly working in lockstep with PBS, CBS, NBC, ,MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, BLoomberg ,
Trump is five steps ahead of everyone in the Chess Game and most of them don’t even realize it’s a chess game yet.
8:45 PM EST
Trump is such a wily coyote!
Either way he wins. If he stays out of the debate, he’s showing his followers that he’s taking on the media establishment (even though its one of the unofficial arms of the Republican Party) and how he has them eating out of his hand like The Boss he says that he is. If he decides to go ahead and participate, he’s showing how much of a deal maker he is to ingratiate himself with lowly “bleeding” media types and once again be able to chew up the scenery and make mincemeat out of Bush, et al.
He’s absolutely unstoppable and unflappable; the poor man’s cartoon image of Daddy Warbucks, thumbing his nose and showing his middle finger at everyone and everything we losers believed in about the practice of politics in America.
America, you deserve him.
As you may know, it takes a candidate about $1 billion to be elected president. Looking at the list of candidates it appears only three can raise this kind of money:
Donald Trump (self-financed), Hillary Clinton (financed through the Clinton Foundation and the world), and Jeb Bush (financed by Bush-family IOU’s).
If voters want more of the same (an extension of Obama, only worse), they should vote for Clinton.
If voters want more from the Republican “establishment,” they should vote for Bush.
If voters really want to “Make America Great Again,” they should listen to what Trump has to say, not how he says it. God knows he is telling the truth.
Our federal government is corrupt, inefficient and ineffective. And in the past several years, the Clintons and Bushes have been a big part of this.
Look at what Trump has done in the past few weeks: He has turned the political world upside down by telling it like it is. The Republicans don’t know how to handle him and the Democrats are scared of him.
We don’t need another establishment politician as president. Trump is a successful businessman who knows how to get things done. I’m tired of the status quo; I’m willing to elect someone who knows how to get things done.
I can’t stand to think of a Clinton vs. Bush campaign, or, worse yet, one of them being our next president.
I’m not saying there are no other good candidates; there are. However, I don’t think any of them can raise enough money to make a meaningful impact on the electorate. Isn’t it sad that the office of president goes to the person who can spend the most money?
W Smith NYC 4 hours ago
I’m a liberal Democrat but I would vote for Donald Trump because he will shake up a system that desperately needs to be rocked to its foundations. I’d also vote for Bernie Sanders for the same reason. God help the USA is it’s a Bush vs. Clinton election of more business as usual serving the same interest groups while the country circles the drain. 310 million people in the US is enough. 200 million was already plenty. Resources are limited and a larger population is a liability not a boon. All immigration should stop as a matter of environmental and resource protection.
FLINT HILL, Va. — There is a deep economic anxiety driving Republican voters toward the blunt-spoken presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump. It is more than just anger at the political class or rebellion against political correctness. It reflects decades of lost jobs and falling wages for a swath of blue-collar Americans, who saw their opportunities diminish and developed a sense that someone has stolen something from them.
Rick Buchanan explains it by talking about his industry, construction, where the share of Hispanic workers has doubled over the last 15 years, to more than a quarter of all workers, according to the Labor Department.
“The Hispanics have taken over the construction industry,” Buchanan, a general contractor, said on a recent afternoon at a gathering of conservative activists near the Shenandoah Valley. “All my drywall guys are Hispanic. Plumbers, painters, framers, they’re at least half Hispanic.” For white workers, he said, “these people are taking their jobs. Literally, taking their jobs. I see it. Almost all the white guys are gone. There’s almost no black guys.”
Trump, he added, is the only candidate in the swollen Republican field willing to call out that shift and how it hurts native-born, blue-collar workers: “He is hitting a chord with not only the lower-income people – I consider myself middle class, and he’s resonating with me, too.”
Buchanan and his fellow activists blame illegal immigration for suppressing American wages, for bleeding money from taxpayers, for sapping young workers’ hope and pushing them on to welfare. It’s a perspective shared by many of Trump’s supporters, who, polls show, are drawn from a group that has taken an economic beating throughout the 21st century. Those supporters appear to be responding to Trump’s rhetoric against Mexicans, the Chinese and especially establishment Republicans, whom they blame for not doing enough to turn their fortunes around.
5:28 PM EDT
Why is Donald Trump winning? Could it be that stupid people find stupid policies appealing?
Liberals abhor the Trumpnado and focus on the negative rather than the positive. Liberals also ignore the inconvenient truth.
Rick Buchanan’s complaints are warranted. Cheap Mexican labor has damaged the compensation of Americans in the construction industry for years.
Locally, many inspectors, construction foremen and union organizers estimate that in the last few years they have come to represent anywhere from half to 90 percent of the work force at residential job sites in the Puget Sound region. They dominate unskilled-labor crews and are prevalent among drywallers, framers, roofers and other semiskilled trades.
And it’s an open secret that many of these workers are here illegally.
4:11 PM EDT
GO DONALD 2016 AND THE HELL WITH YOUR CRITCS! Donald has the economic sense to restore this country to where it should be. GO DONALD 2016! There are MANY of us who need you to run this country and love you!
The number of people ordered deported from the country but not detained has increased 17% in the last three years, from 143,582 in 2012 to 168,680 in 2015, according to federal immigration figures released to the House Judiciary Committee.
12:15 AM EST
I’ve gone Clinton-Nader-Nader-Nader-Obama-(Gary) Johnson. You wouldn’t think me for a Trump voter, but if the election were today, he’d get my vote. People on the far left live in a bubble just like people on the right, they don’t realize how many people have had enough with illegal immigration and anchor babies.
Donald Trump’s comments offend many U.S. Latinos, but not all
Mexican Elites Secretly Agree With Donald Trump
They’re all hating on him now, but the fact is, when they’re just among themselves, Mexico’s elites roundly agree with The Donald on Mexican immigrants.
Of the many different reactions to Donald Trump’s inaccurate and insulting comments about how Mexican migrants to the United States come from the bottom of the barrel, one of the most interesting has been that of wealthy and powerful Mexican elites who are suddenly long on indignation and outrage but short on memory and self-awareness.
That’s because Trump’s dismissive comments about how the United States has become a “dumping ground” for castaways from Mexico sound like something you’d hear bandied about at a Guadalajara country club or a fancy banquet in Mexico City.
After all, Mexico—like the rest of Latin America—is not exactly a model of social equality. There is prejudice and discrimination, pecking orders to which one must adhere. And those who leave the country are often ignored and forgotten.
So it is interesting that Trump has became so unpopular with the Mexican elites, who are usually content to watch from a safe distance the divisive immigration debate in the United States. If you’re a doctor or lawyer or businessman in Mexico City, and you shop at Louis Vuitton and spend your summer vacations in Europe, the plight of poor and uneducated Mexican migrants in the United States must seem like someone else’s problem.
Mexico is a country divided—by political parties, generations, skin color, geography, urban vs. rural. You name it. But the deepest division has to be based on class lines.
The elites are so busy feeling superior to most of their countrymen that few of them take the time to think about how their country benefits from those who migrate to the north.
In fact, that’s one thing that Americans and Mexicans have in common: Both groups are too proud to admit how dependent they are on Mexican migrants who work in the United States, and acknowledge how much those migrants contribute.
About 12 years ago, when I was part of the editorial board of the Dallas Morning News, my colleagues and I had a meeting with the governor of one of the states in Mexico. Not only did he not acknowledge the contributions of immigrants to his state via remittances, but when I brought up the point, he actually fought me on it. That money, he said, went into private hands and not public coffers. Thus, he insisted, while helpful to individual families, it had no impact on his state’s economy.
I pushed back. I pointed out that, while those dollars might have started off in private hands, they don’t usually stay there. They get spent—at supermarkets, on utilities, in restaurants, etc. They become public dollars soon enough. And, in the process, the Mexican economy benefits.
Mexico gets the better end of the immigration deal since millions of people who probably couldn’t be absorbed by a fragile Mexican economy instead work in the United States and send home about $25 billion a year in remittances. That’s all gravy, with the only costs being whatever minimal amount the Mexican government spends to maintain a few dozen consulates in the United States.
Incredibly, the Mexican elites are so proud that they actually think they’re the ones keeping the country afloat. But that’s not so. Without the $20 billion a year in remittances sent home by lowly Mexican immigrants toiling in the United States, Mexico would be as financially insolvent as Greece.
As for Trump, let’s remember how the ruckus started. The real estate mogul got into hot water with individuals, media, and corporations on both sides on the border because, in announcing his presidential bid, he glibly characterized Mexican migrants as “people that have lots of problems,” folks who are “bringing drugs” and “bringing crime” and are often “rapists.”
If Trump was seeking attention, it worked. Along the way, he also picked up some support from Republican primary voters.
A new CNN/ORC poll finds him in second place behind Jeb Bush atop a crowded GOP presidential field. Bush is the choice of 19 percent of Republicans, and Trump is preferred by 12 percent.
In the United States, Univision, NBC-Universal, Macy’s and other companies have cut ties with Trump over the comments. Ora TV—a production company launched by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim and former CNN anchor Larry King—also ended its business relationship with Trump. In Mexico, where Trump recently insisted he is loved by the masses, vendors are doing a swift business hocking piñatas created in the Donald’s likeness because nothing says “love” like a firm swat with a broken broom handle. And, more recently, Mexico pulled its contestant out of the Miss Universe Pageant.
Interestingly, one of the first bursts of Mexican outrage occurred on U.S. soil. On June 18, a few days after Trump’s remarks, Fher Olvera, the lead singer of the popular Mexican rock group Mana, zeroed in on the real estate mogul during a concert in Los Angeles.
“He said we were trash,” Olvera told the sold-out crowd at Staples Center. “He said that the people who came from Latin America and Mexico are rapists, thugs, and drug dealers. Those were his words. We feel pity for this incompetent man. I have never heard a speech as violent, or as filled with hatred—not since Hitler.”
Olvera then tried to offer a more optimistic view of the contributions of immigrants.
“Latinos and Mexicans came to this country to build it from the ground up,” he said. “It doesn’t matter what one cabrón said—just remember that he insulted our fathers, our mothers; he insulted everyone. And that is inadmissible. When you go out to vote, which is soon, you know what you have to do.”
Certainly, it’s a tense time for Latinos—especially those in the American Southwest. Trump’s remarks touched a nerve not just with Mexicans and Mexican-Americans in the United States, but also with Colombians, Cubans, Puerto Ricans. Because we know the truth.
Because we can say with certainty to Trump or anyone else who cares to listen that our immigrant parents and grandparents were not criminals, rapists or drug dealers but hard-working, law-abiding laborers who loved and appreciated this country and contributed to it.
After Olvera concluded his remarks, he launched into the band’s rendition of “Somos Mas Americanos”—a pro-immigrant anthem penned by the legendary norteno band Los Tigres del Norte that talks about “America” not as one country but as a pair of continents. The defiant message to Trump, and his supporters: It’s not just that we’re as American as you. Actually, we’re more American than you. And don’t forget it.
But with outrage should come introspection. It’s easy for Mexicans to make Trump a target. But he simply said out loud what many Mexicans who stay behind have long believed about those who fled to the north—that they’re the undesirables who were out of options, didn’t make it, and couldn’t hack it.
Which raises the question: Are Mexican elites upset at Trump for insulting their countrymen, or for stealing their lines?
CDC Official Calls Obama Worst President, Amateur, Marxist After Influx of Illegal Alien Minors
Report: 36K criminals freed while awaiting deportation
Illegal immigrants responsible for almost three-fourths of federal drug possession sentences in 2014
Think about that: 121 times over the past four years, the administration has released an illegal immigrant with prior criminal convictions who went on to be charged with murder. That is one every 12 days.
In one case, an illegal immigrant and felon named Apolinar Altamirano allegedly gunned down a 21-year-old Arizona convenience store clerk, Grant Ronnebeck, over a pack of cigarettes. Altamirano had been convicted of felony burglary and was in the middle of deportation proceedings. But ICE released him after he posted a $10,000 bond — which allowed him to allegedly go kill an innocent young man. Asked by Sens. Flake and Grassley whether she had notified state and local authorities when Altamirano was released, Saldana replied, “ICE does not routinely notify local authorities when a detainee is released on bond from ICE custody.”
Patrick Holcombe 12:19 AM EDT
McCain’s hero card expired when he unleashed Sarah Palin onto the world.