Donald, Duck!

Trump_cartoonDisclaimer:  The above tweet was created by Time’s Donald Trump Insult Generator

The Donald was never my kinda guy. I never watched The Apprentice, and I never walked out of a Trump casino one thin dime richer than when I walked in. So when the Trumpster became a candidate for the presidency, I assumed it was merely a stunt pulled by a bored and wealthy narcissist with an insatiable hunger for the spotlight. I was a Cruz guy or a Walker guy or a Carson guy or an Anybody-but-Jeb guy. Trump was a joke, right? “Make America Great Again.” How did a bombastic, blustering boor with too much money and too few manners intend to do that?  But a funny thing happened on the way to the caucuses. The Donald started off in first place, and the more he blustered and bashed, the better his polling numbers got.  And the better his numbers got, the more the mainstream media and the GOP establishment attacked him.  And the more the mainstream media and the GOP establishment attacked him, the better I liked him.  After all, if the enemy of your enemy ain’t your friend, The Donaldthen who the hell is? Maybe, I thought, The Donald is just what America needs at this low point in her history — a president who’s not afraid to rip the quills from the spines of the politically correct, and to counterattack the liberal media with a few barrages of his own.  There’s really no reason to be polite to people who are out to destroy you.  Even if they’re on the same side:

Donald J. Trump is not often criticized for remaining silent, but on Friday, other presidential candidates rebuked him for not correcting an apparent supporter who said Barack Obama was a Muslim who was not born in America … Mr. Trump, in a statement released late Thursday through a spokeswoman, defended his decision not to correct the man. “The media wants to make this issue about Obama,” Mr. Trump said in the statement. “The bigger issue is that Obama is waging a war against Christians in this country. Christians need support in this country. Their religious liberty is at stake.”  (Donald Trump Does Not Correct a Man Who Called Obama a Muslim)

Let’s forego the preponderance of evidence for what Obama once called “my Muslim faith.”  Let’s forget his implacable hostility to Israel, ignore his unwavering support for the Muslim Brotherhood, disregard the prisoner swap that sent 5 top Taliban commanders back to the Middle East (3 of who have now joined the ranks of ISIS), discount the Benghazi debacle, and forgive the many inane statements that only a committed Islamophile or a damned fool would utter ( “Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance.” “Islam has always been part of America” “Islam is not part of the problem in combating violent extremism – it is an important part of promoting peace.” etc., etc.). Let’s even overlook the fact that 29% of all Americans believe he’s a closet Muslim. In what twisted universe is it Donald Trump’s duty as a Republican candidate for president to defend the likes of Barack Obama?

The Republican establishment — those uni-horned strategists who once gifted the GOP with losers like John McCain and Mitt Romney — considers the popularity of The Donald to be roughly equivalent to an outbreak of herpes.

Quiet conversations have begun in recent weeks among some of the Republican Party’s biggest donors and normally competing factions, all aimed at a single question: How can we stop Donald Trump? Republican strategists and donors have assembled focus groups to test negative messages about Mr. Trump. They have amassed dossiers on his previous support for universal health care and higher taxes. They have even discussed the creation of a “super PAC” to convince conservatives that Mr. Trump is not one of them. (Talk in G.O.P. Turns to a Stop Donald Trump Campaign)

These are the people our parents should have warned us against — the ones with pricey zip codes, offshore bank accounts, and plenty of rope which the leftists will eventually use to hang them:

Remember when Donald Trump was cajoled into pledging Republican loyalty by promising not to run as an independent? … Mark McKinnon was the chief media strategist for President George W. Bush … that means he is well-connected and experienced inside the Republican establishment. NPR’s Robert Siegel called him up to ask him about Donald Trump’s popularity and what it means:

“…Scenario three is wild and improbable, but think about it. [Trump] starts to gather enough delegates where it actually looks like he could win the nomination. The Republican establishment completely freaks out. They get together and say, this is unacceptable, but it looks like it’s going to happen. So we go off, and we create a new Republican Party as an Independent candidacy and draft somebody who’s tanned, rested and ready to go and with a lot of money, somebody like Mitt Romney …the fact is that it will be the big-money donors who get together and say, we need to figure out an alternate solution. And it will be all about the money and who they back.

I’m still a Cruz guy or a Walker guy or a Carson guy or an Anybody-But-Jeb guy, but Election Day is a long ways off and The Donald is one persistent S.O.B.  So who knows?  After a few drinks next November, I just might leave the bar with him.

UPDATE: EXCLUSIVE: Liberal Group Publicized Trump ‘Muslim Question’ Guy Years Ago  A man who looks exactly like the notorious “Muslim question” guy from last week’s Donald Trump rally was previously the star of a liberal anti-Tea Party campaign, Breitbart News has learned. The man, whom some suspect to have been a liberal or Democratic plant in Trump’s audience, was featured in a meme in the spring of 2013 that was credited to aattp.org, the website of the group Americans Against The Tea Party.  We know now that the left-wing media and activists were aware of this man more than two years before last week’s Trump rally, where he stated that President Obama was a Muslim and sparked mainstream-media controversy. Trump was criticized for not repudiating the man for his comments.

PTG

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About Bob Mack

Retired since 2003. Military Service: U.S. Army, 36th Artillery Group, Babenhausen, Germany 1966-67; 1st Signal Brigade, Republic of Vietnam, 1967-68 Attended University of Miami, 1969-73
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11 Responses to Donald, Duck!

  1. Ike Jakson says:

    Great thinking, Bob. And I like the closing line.

    IkeJ

    • Bob Mack says:

      Thanks, Ike. Here’s a similar thread from The American Thinker:

      […] For the time being, the giant megaphone the Tea Party previously used to mobilize the silent majority into political involvement and to wake up the Republican establishment has been taken up by Donald Trump. In normal times, a candidate of Trump’s background and narcissistic temperament would simply not be viable. But the failure of the GOP leadership to marshal what’s necessary for an effective opposition party has been so egregious that many are willing to consider Trump. He has shown that he is no fool who can be walked over, as well as being a tough negotiator and a winner — three critical qualities that are the antithesis of the present Republican establishment.

      To his credit, Trump has used this megaphone to break the chains of political correctness and put the media in their place. He has singlehandedly increased the viewership of Republican debates by three or four-fold over audiences of past presidential election cycles. No doubt, many viewers have been drawn in by the entertainment value of the Donald. But they are also exposed to the conservative and commonsense ideas and personalities of the other candidates.

      • Ike Jakson says:

        Mack

        From where I am sitting [and right now Africa is a good position from whence to observe current World developments] I would say that America may one day have reason to thank the Trump for breaking the deadlock, whether he is elected or not.

        I like your common sense; thanks for having me though I am of little use to anyone at present.

        IkeJ

  2. bobmontgomery says:

    Many of us out here are rapidly losing respect for a whole flock of “conservative” pundits, commentators and personalities who have reduced themselves to name-calling not only Trump, but many of his followers, thumbs-uppers and supporters, who get summarily lumped in with “white nationalists, birthers, and even cultists”. It gets so bad they pounce on even a non-remark, as you point out above. And they will take remarks out of context, or paint the butt of some of Trump’s targets as pure as the driven snow, when everyone in the room knows better.
    In this, these self-appointed referees put themselves in the same class as the Lefty protagonists who have elevated half-truths to an art form.
    Yeah, Trump is Trump. Everybody knows that. But these people needing hysterectomies (oops!) are not doing their establishment buddies any good by driving the base further off the reservation.
    Fortunately, there are normal people like you to cut through the BS and give us a break.

    • Bob Mack says:

      Bob, apropos of the mainstream media, I offer this Facebook comment from a fellow Vietnam vet:

      On Walter Cronkite’s 1968 “revelation” that we had to “get out of Vietnam,” from a speech given in 2000 by General Fredrick Weyand;

      “After Tet, General Westmoreland sent Walter Cronkite out to interview me. I was in Command of the Forces in the South around Saigon and below and I was proud of what we’d done. We had done a good job there. So, Walter came down and he spent about an hour and a half interviewing me. And when we got done, he said, ‘well you’ve got a fine story. But I’m not going to use any of it because I’ve been up to Hue. I’ve seen the thousands of bodies up there in mass graves and I’m determined to do all in my power to bring this war to an end as soon as possible’.”

      “It didn’t seem to matter that those thousands of bodies were of South Vietnamese citizens who had been killed by the Hanoi soldiers and Walter wasn’t alone in this because I think many in the media mirrored his view…”

      “When I was in Paris at the Peace Talks, it was the most frustrating assignment I think I ever had. Sitting in that conference, week after week listening to the Hanoi negotiators, Le Duc Tho and his friends lecture us. Reading from the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Herald Tribune, the Atlanta Constitution, NBC, CBS, you name it. Their message was always the same. ‘Hey, read your newspapers, listen to your TV. The American people want you out of Vietnam. Now, why don’t you just go ahead and get out’?”

      And my response:

      Tet ’68 was when I learned firsthand that the mainstream media could not be trusted to report the truth if the truth contradicted their paradigm.

      • bobmontgomery says:

        Bob – What you write about, and do so as a participant, one who lived not only the war but the entire Vietnam Era saga, is a national stain that can never be fully erased. WE know about Cronkite. Thing about him is, if he was so passionate about it, he could have walked away from his position as a news anchor, but he used his reporter’s desk to subvert his country. Pundits and writers today are more concerned about the horror of displaying the Confederate flag and the travails of six generations removed than what was done to the hearts and minds of hundreds of thousands of US vets and patriotic Americans who are still living today, not to mention, of course the 55,000 KIA or those lying in the mass graves in Nam, and the millions in Cambodia. And these pundits I mention above are all to often willing to accept the premise of the “Vietnam was a mistake, or even a sin” meme, just as they, and some of the presidential would-be’s today try to distance themselves from Iraq. They haven’t yet started in on the “WW2 was a tragic mistake”, or ‘misguided American hegemonial maneuvering”, but they will.

      • TomR,armed in Texas says:

        I could have written the above and your reply. TET 68 was my awakening to the bias of our “free press”. My homecoming was two months after TET and I came home proud and elated that we had won the war. Walter and LBJ told me otherwise. It’s been mostly downhill with my optimism since but not my patriotism.

        As to your Trump evaluation you speak for me. I am fed up with the GOP/RNC. Perry was my first choice but he stepped in his own shit attacking Trump and Perry is history now. Cruz is my next choice but I am supporting Trump for his sticking it to everyone I want to stick it too. If Trump is the final candidate I will vote for him. If he is not, at least he is shaking up the “good old boys” and putting PC where it belongs. In the shitter. Trump has actually brought back some of my optimism.

        • Bob Mack says:

          I think a lot of the negative reporting during Tet came about because all the “war correspondents” living it up in their Saigon apartments were jolted into reality when the streets were suddenly full of rampaging Charlies. The free ride had come to an abrupt halt, and the scribes weren’t happy about it.

  3. Kid says:

    Can’t add to your post which I agree with but will say I like Carly a lot now since the last debate. She has solid positons on whetever they asked her about and she’d be an aircraft carrier agains hilrod’s leaking dingy if it came to it. Even if the hildebeast isn’t in the other side at election time, Carly has some very good positions. She could rock congress with her woman status jsut as barry has done with his half black status.
    I like Cruz too.

    • Bob Mack says:

      Is it just me, or do these so-called debates seem more and more to be like political versions of “American Idol” with moderators and Beltway pundits judging the contestants?

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