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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, then 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.
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