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Fiorina Answers What Trump Called ‘Gotcha’ Foreign Policy Questions.
Republican candidate Donald Trump Thursday accused conservative talk-show host Hugh Hewitt of asking him “gotcha” questions on overseas coverage, however fellow contender Carly Fiorina answered them with little problem. The much-ballyhooed “loyalty pledge” that the Republican National Committee demanded Donald Trump sign was supposed to “box in” Trump, leaving him no way of running as a third-party candidate if he fails to win the GOP nomination.”Nonwhites see Trump negatively by a vast 17-79 percent… That said, whites are the majority group – 64 percent of the adult population – and they now divide evenly on Trump, 48-49 percent, favorable-unfavorable. Basic Qasem Soleimani, the chief of the Quds Drive in Iran, and about different prime Mideast officers — and Trump attacked him. “Nicely, that may be a ‘gotcha’ query, although, you already know, once you’re asking me whose operating this, this, this,” Trump advised Hewitt. “In fact. Surely that is not an entirely insignificant get for Republican leaders — it makes it perhaps marginally less likely that Trump will launch a third-party bid.
So while racial and ethnic polarization is on the rise in views of Trump, it remains even higher for Clinton.” The Republicans already lost virtually the entire black vote (scoring just 4 percent and 6 percent of black voters the last two elections). The once-reclusive commander of Tehran’s legendary intelligence gathering and covert war operations across the Middle East and South Asia has lately emerged as a major figure in Iran, with celebrity-like status and an outsized presence on the Web. Instead of asking how the Republican Party can get Donald Trump out of the picture, he should be asking what is wrong with the Republican Party that such a seemingly serious presidential candidate can sustain such a commanding lead in the polls. Now, by pushing toward the nomination a candidate whose brilliant plan to “make America great again” is to build a giant wall to keep out Mexican rapists, they’re headed the same route with Hispanics.
His silvery-bearded image has appeared in photographs from the world’s battlefields, on posters brandished at political rallies and in pop music videos. So ubiquitous has he become, in fact, that a photograph of him supposedly shaking hands with astronaut Neil Armstrong on the surface of the moon in 1969 was circulated on social media.
Here’s what Trump said, according to CNN: “The best way for the Republicans to win is if I win the nomination and go directly against whoever they happen to put up. We additionally that the Quds forces have been in Syria and an entire bunch of different nations within the Center East.” “The questions you’re asking are on the coronary heart of the menace that we face, that our ally, Israel, faces, that the world faces,” Fiorina stated. Just a few weeks ago, for instance, establishment GOP spokesghoul George Will spent a whole column haranguing readers about how Trump was ruining his party’s chances for victory. Under Suleimani’s leadership, the force is believed to have armed allies and assassinated rivals in an effort to defend Iran’s Shiite Muslim revolution and project its influence across the region. But there he was earlier this year, according to photographs circulated on the Internet, apparently drinking tea outside Tikrit at the start of the Shiite led-government’s campaign — heartily endorsed by the U.S. — to take back the city from Islamic State fighters.
Even if the notion that Trump was ever treated unfairly is absurd, is there any reason to doubt that a whole lot of GOP primary voters will be very receptive to this interpretation of what happened? After the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Iran was reported to have provided intelligence to the U.S. to help its forces overthrow the Taliban in Afghanistan. Surely a lot of these voters are also happy to believe that said feckless and ineffective GOP leaders want Trump to disappear not because he risks destroying the GOP brand among Latinos but because he’d disrupt their cozy Washington arrangement in which they aren’t willing to do what it takes to stop President Obama. He argued Romney wouldn’t have won even with a 45 percent bump in the Hispanic vote. “He needed more votes, obviously,” Ponnuru wrote, “but he didn’t need more Hispanic votes in particular.” Ponnuru was echoing an idea already expressed by the conservative commentariat. Iran’s ambassador “called repeatedly for breaks” during the talks, Crocker said. “I couldn’t quite figure out why, and then later discovered that whenever I said something that he didn’t have covered in his points, he would need to call back to Tehran for guidance – he was that tightly controlled.
Whether or not it’s true that a Republican candidate can win the White House with a minus-51 percent net unfavorable rating among Hispanic voters (Trump’s well-earned current number) is sort of beside the point. If at any time in coming weeks and months, Trump even so much as hints that Republicans are treating him unfairly, mass panic will again set in, without anyone even knowing by what objective metric “fair treatment of Trump” can even be gauged. Trump didn’t fare much better when it came to name recognition of many of the region’s other militant leaders, but dismissed such questions as “gotcha” tactics. “As far as the individual players, of course I don’t know them.
But Trump has proved astoundingly adept at growing the ranks of his supporters by broadcasting coded messages of all kinds- messages that have hit their marks, and then some. The decision by huge masses of Republican voters to defy D.C.-thinkfluencer types like George Will and throw in with a carnival act like Trump is no small thing. I haven’t been, you know, in a position to meet them,” he said. “If, if they’re still there [after the election], which is unlikely in many cases, but if they’re still there, I will know them better than I know you.”
In the elaborate con that is American electoral politics, the Republican voter has long been the easiest mark in the game, the biggest dope in the room. The people who sponsor election campaigns, who pay the hundreds of millions of dollars to fund the candidates’ charter jets and TV ads and 25-piece marching bands, those people have concrete needs. They want tax breaks, federal contracts, regulatory relief, cheap financing, free security for shipping lanes, antitrust waivers and dozens of other things.
All you have to do to secure a Republican vote is show lots of pictures of gay people kissing or black kids with their pants pulled down or Mexican babies at an emergency room. Call it the “Rove 1-2.” That’s literally all it’s taken to secure decades of Republican votes, a few patriotic words and a little over-the-pants rubbing. While we always got free trade agreements and wars and bailouts and mass deregulation of industry and lots of other stuff the donors definitely wanted, we didn’t get Roe v. Wade overturned or prayer in schools or balanced budgets or censorship of movies and video games or any of a dozen other things Republican voters said they wanted. While it’s certainly been fun laughing about the lunacies of people like Bachmann and John Ashcroft and Ted Cruz, who see the face of Jesus in every tree stump and believe the globalist left is planning to abolish golf courses and force country-dwellers to live in city apartments lit by energy-efficient light bulbs, the truth is that the voters they represented have been irrelevant for decades.
At least on the Democratic side there was that 5-10 percent of industry policy demands that voters occasionally rejected, putting a tiny dent in what otherwise has been a pretty smoothly running oligarchy. In a development that has to horrify the donors who run the GOP, the candidate Trump espouses some truly populist policy beliefs, including stern warnings about the dire consequences companies will face under a Trump presidency if they ship American jobs to Mexico and China.
All that energy the party devoted for decades telling middle American voters that protectionism was invented by Satan and Karl Marx during a poker game in Brussels in the mid-1840s, that just disappeared in a puff of smoke. And all that money the Republican kingmakers funneled into Fox and Clear Channel over the years, making sure that their voters stayed focused on ACORN and immigrant-transmitted measles and the New Black Panthers (has anyone ever actually seen a New Black Panther? Ever?) instead of, say, the complete disappearance of the manufacturing sector or the mass theft of their retirement income, all of that’s now backing up on them.
The party worked the cattle in their pen into such a dither that now they won’t rest until they get the giant wall that real-life, as-seen-on-TV billionaire Donald Trump promises will save them from all those measles-infected rapists pouring over the border. Trump supporters have gone next-level, obsessed with gooney-bird fantasies about “white genocide,” a global plan to exterminate white people by sending waves of third-world immigrants across American and European borders to settle and intermarry. The white-power nerds pushing this stuff don’t like the term RINO (Republican In Name Only) and prefer “cuckservative,” a term that’s a mix of “cuckold” and “conservative.” Cuck is also a porn term that refers to a white guy who gets off on watching his wife take it from (usually) a black man.
So you can see why the Internet lights up when Donald Trump tosses Jorge Ramos from a presser and tells him “mine’s bigger than yours” (Trump was referring to his heart, but again, whatever). All of Trump’s constant bragging about his money and his poll numbers and his virility speak directly to this surprisingly vibrant middle American fantasy about a castrated white America struggling to re-grow its mojo.
They made sure their voters’ idea of an elitist was Sean Penn hanging out with Hugo Chavez, instead of a Wall Street bank financing the construction of Chinese factories. For reasons that are, again, obvious to everyone but Republican voters, this “woe is us” narrative is never to fly with the rest of the country, including especially (one imagines) the nonwhite population. Every other issue, from taxes to surveillance to war to jobs to education, will take a distant back seat to this ongoing, moronic referendum on white victimhood. Merle Haggard is one of the most name-checked singers in modern country music, honored by a string of songs — including Eric Church’s “Pledge Allegiance to the Hag” and Mo Pitney’s “I Met Merle Haggard Today” — that tip their hats to the pioneering outlaw. As it turns out, the respect isn’t exactly mutual. “I can’t tell what they’re doing,” he recently told The Forum of Fargo-Moorehead, speaking candidly about the current leaders of the genre he once helped popularize. “They’re talking about screwing on a pickup tailgate and things of that nature.
Haggard admits to having a soft spot for Sturgill Simpson, the left-of-center Kentuckian whose music rustles up the same defiant, drug-friendly vibe as Seventies outlaws like Waylon Jennings. “He comes out and does a great show,” says the Hag, who’ll share a bill with Simpson this Sunday evening in, appropriately, Moorehead, Minnesota. Kris Kristofferson, another legend who’s received his fair share of shoutouts from today’s hitmakers, rounds out the lineup, further proof that Simpson has been accepted by the living grandfathers of country music. The album hit Number One on the country albums chart back in June, proving it’s not just tailgate screwing that sells. 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings.
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