Author: LOLGOP

Maybe Donald Trump just doesn’t understand

Maybe Donald Trump just doesn’t understand

Here’s a subtle way to point out that Trump is the least qualified candidate for president we’ve ever seen

You can’t see it in the polls — which show Hillary Clinton leading by more than 10 percent in states that would give her 298 electoral voters — but Donald Trump’s campaign has done one very smart thing recently.

Trump has stopped doing interviews with anyone but the friendly folks/Trump advisors at Fox News. The last interview he gave to a non-Fox employee was the one where he attacked the Khan family.

So you can understand why they’ve pulled back.

But even in his “friendly” interviews, he often betrays his complete lack of policy knowledge — even about the defining policy of his campaign.…

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What if it only gets worse after Trump?

What if it only gets worse after Trump?

Unlike “Conservatism,” the “alt-right” has a natural constituency beyond billionaire donors

You probably lost your ability to be shocked by the time a man whose only political credential was demanding the first black president’s ID won his first Republican presidential primary.

But we have to take a moment to register some outrage over a moment that will go down in history — way down in history.

The white nationalist “alt-right” has surrendered its unofficial role as Trump campaign’s unofficial muse and meme factory and officially taken over the Trump campaign in the form of Breitbart.com’s publisher Steve Bannon.

“The alt-right sees limited-government constitutionalism as passé; it holds that only nationalist populism on the basis of shared tribal identity can save the country,” writes former Breitbart editor and anti-“alt right” conservative Ben Shapiro.…

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This poll should be a flaming warning for Republicans — and insurance companies

This poll should be a flaming warning for Republicans — and insurance companies

A USA Today/Rock the Vote poll reminds us that the phrase “young Republican” is an oxymoron:

In the new survey, half of those under 35 say they identify with or lean toward the Democrats; just 20% identify with or lean toward the Republicans.

Greg Sargent points out that you can’t blame this entirely on Donald Trump (though Republicans probably will for decades to come):

The Republican Party’s failure to evolve on gay rights, immigration, and other issues was already alienating young people, as even the RNC’s own autopsy into what went wrong in 2012 conceded.

Sargent notes that Democrats have actively targeted Trump’s “chauvinism, his vow of mass deportations, and his own particularly buffoonish brand of climate denialism (he has called climate change a hoax invented by the Chinese).”

But the chart below from PEW points out why so-called millennials were not exactly prone to join the GOP — which was around 90 percent white before they went full Trump — anyway:

There are already more potential millennial voters than Baby Boomers, but you know that young people are far less likely to show up at the polls.…

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If you care about the Supreme Court, you need Trump to go down in a landslide

If you care about the Supreme Court, you need Trump to go down in a landslide

For people who don’t hate their fellow citizens or fear refugees might be lurking in their drywall, there is an endless list of reasons to want Donald Trump to lose in a historic landslide that would at least reminiscent of Obama’s sweep of 2008 — coattails and all.

Here are a few:

  • Trump deserves nothing less and far worse
  • If it’s close at all we’ll get months of his whining about something being rigged, which means more Trump
  • It’s the best hope of injuring the movement that has gleefully embraced Trump’s bigoted demagoguery

But the most important reason Hillary Clinton needs to win big is to execute her agenda, which requires her to be able to appoint Supreme Court justices the way all presidents used to be before Republicans decided their party was dying so it wasn’t worth preserving democracy.…

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Trump’s biggest fans would also be some of Trump’s worst victims

Trump’s biggest fans would also be some of Trump’s worst victims

I’ve spent the last week attempting to develop some empathy for Donald Trump’s diehard supporters.

Given what we’ve learned from the Department of Justice report about the racial bias in Baltimore Police Department, seeking the legitimate grievances of a movement that’s bent on deporting and immiserating millions feels like a luxury — a luxury I know that I can only afford because I was lucky enough to be born into a life of the sort of privileges that make empathy affordable.

But we can’t be just content to beat Trump. We have to shame him into infamy, along with all the other risible elements of the right-wing conspiracy sewer he has elevated. …

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Show us your taxes or pay for your own Secret Service protection

Show us your taxes or pay for your own Secret Service protection

If elected president, would Donald Trump defend our NATO allies if attacked as we’re obligated to by Article 5 of the NATO treaty?

“If they fulfill their obligations to us, the answer is yes,” the GOP nominee said last month.

Trump complained about our allies not meeting their financial obligations and questioning our need to protect him. Certainly, he’d hold himself to same obligation.

Trump is the first major party presidential nominee in generations who won’t release his tax returns. He won’t release them, he says, because they’re being audited, though he could. He won’t release returns from 2008 and before which he admits are not being audited because they’re “linked.”

Now he says that he won’t release his returns because they cost Mitt Romney the presidency, a theory that no other analyst seems to share and directly contradicts Trump’s general argument that Romney lost because he “choked.”

What we do know about Trump’s taxes from the returns we’ve seen is that he often  paid as little as no — zero — taxes.…

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REMINDER: Republicans were trying to steal this election and the courts stopped them

REMINDER: Republicans were trying to steal this election and the courts stopped them

The most openly racist GOP nominee ever is spewing the right’s most racist lies to attack voting rights

The last few weeks has seen a series of victories for voting rights like we haven’t seen since 2012 — the last time the GOP tried to sway a presidential election by placing unnecessary burdens on voting.

The Nation’s Ari Berman explains:

In the past 10 days, courts have issued six major decisions against GOP-backed voting restrictions in five different states.

On Friday, an array of new voting restrictions were struck down in North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Kansas. This followed rulings the previous week softening voter ID laws in Texas and Wisconsin and striking down Michigan’s ban on straight-ticket voting.…

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This is why I’m excited about electing Hillary Clinton in 2016

This is why I’m excited about electing Hillary Clinton in 2016

If you don’t have some doubts about a candidate you’re supporting for the most important job in the world, you’re not an adult.

And if you can’t tell the difference between a person who denies climate science, wants to deport 11 million people, reverse Roe v. Wade, target Americans based on religion, and take health insurance from 20 million Americans and one who doesn’t, you’re probably not going to be convinced by a blog — even a really good one.

But, hey, you clicked.

I understand the urge Republicans feel to make the argument that both major party candidate for president are equally terrible.…

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There has never been a more important election for the working poor

There has never been a more important election for the working poor

A vote for Trump is vote to rip health insurance from 10 million low-income Americans

The greatest tragedy in American politics is that most poor people don’t vote.

This dooms us to escalating wealth inequality that’s becoming indistinguishable from economic feudalism.

And the second greatest tragedy is that that anyone might be tricked into suggesting that Donald Trump is somehow a champion of the downtrodden.

On a personal level he opposes workers, opposes higher wages and engages in the exact sort of exporting of jobs he blames for nearly all of our economic woes.

But what’s even more rotten is his policies would be catastrophic for millions of Americans who are finally getting ahead thanks to Medicaid expansion.…

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There is something you can do about it

There is something you can do about it

Four more Ruth Bader Ginsburgs or four more Samuel Alitos

My wife doesn’t usually try to scare me on purpose. She knows I’m already prone to dreams in which Trump wins and we all end up with Vladimir Putin faces — like in that one Twilight Zone.

So when she sent me this piece that’s going around by Tobias Stone, I knew we had reached the point in this election when we all grab our ears and flop like fish until we exorcise the thought of any Republican — let alone Birther Trump — winning the presidency.

Here’s the scariest part of Stone’s piece, in case you missed it:

As the events that led to the First World War unfolded, there were a few brilliant minds who started to warn that something big was wrong, that the web of treaties across Europe could lead to a war, but they were dismissed as hysterical, mad, or fools, as is always the way, and as people who worry about Putin, Brexit, and Trump are dismissed now.…

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Trump has already made David Duke relevant again

Trump has already made David Duke relevant again

And he’s changing brains for the worse

Donald Trump says America is a hellscape. Either he’s been spending too much time at Trump rallies — or he actually has a strategy that requires us to believe that historically low crime, record-high employment and the most secure border in generations are terrible things.

If you’re masochistic like me you spend much of your time reading about why we should be very worried about the prospect of a President Trump, usually served with generous portions of “here’s how it happened in Germany.”

George Lakoff has a post up today that sums up the mess we’re in: “Even if he loses the election, Trump will have changed the brains of millions of Americans, with future consequences.”

And we know this is true because former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke has been inspired to seek a U.S.

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