Drive to Take Down Trump: Can it Work?

25 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Donald Trump on terrorism suspects: ‘They’ deserve waterboarding.

At times, we can react by laughing or with incredulity . . . such as when Dr. Crises bring out the best and worst in people, as has been demonstrated vividly this past week by the behavior of President Obama and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.

A video released online Tuesday by the Kasich campaign attacks Trump for his rhetoric against various minority groups, invoking the theme of needing to stand up for people before it’s too late.Asked what he would do on issues like trade deals or terrorism, he warns that bad things are happening “all over the place.” His policies as president might or might not include the subject at hand “and a lot of different things.” All ethnic groups will “love” a Trump presidency.

Speaking to thousands at a packed Columbus, Ohio, rally, Trump said techniques practiced until late in the Bush administration and disavowed by current president Barack Obama should be brought back because they work. Obama was cool and restrained, analytically clear, and appropriately apolitical in describing how the United States will work with France in combating the Islamic State. Marco Rubio strains to explain his personal finances and billionaire patron. “I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down,” he said last week, speaking of 9/11 and collapse of the twin towers. “And I watched in Jersey City where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down.

Air Force veteran and Vietnam POW, paraphrasing the late German pastor Martin Niemoller: “You might not care if Donald Trump says Muslims must register with their government because you’re not one. Yet the verbal shortcuts and salesmanlike stretches that he has relied on for months — generalities used to dodge questions, and questionable recollections — are tripping him up as the tenor of the campaign has grown more serious.

Perhaps most important, Obama embodied America’s best self by combating the panicky, anti-Muslim sentiment that’s loose in the country following the Paris attacks. A Senate Intelligence Committee report last year concluded that harsh interrogation techniques failed to produce information that the CIA couldn’t have obtained elsewhere or did not already have. Trump had said a day earlier that he believed the US should bring back enhanced interrogation techniques, including waterboarding, because they are “peanuts” compared with the torture methods of Islamic State.

And he has a knack for muddying the waters with catchall phrases that allow his supporters and detractors to read whatever they want into his statements. As evidence, Trump cited a September 18, 2001, story in The Washington Post that said, in the hours after the attacks, authorities “detained and questioned a number of people who were allegedly seen celebrating the attacks and holding tailgate-style parties on rooftops while they watched the devastation on the other side of the river”. And you better hope there’s someone left to help you.” Kasich has punched at Trump multiple times over the past few weeks, especially ahead of Trump’s rally Monday night in Columbus, Ohio. But his refusal to be pinned down on the details of his positions has repeatedly prompted reporters and interviewers to engage in a guessing game as to what he means. Ohio GOP Chair Matt Borges was in the press pen after Trump’s speech, seemingly defending Kasich’s record against Trump’s, though Borges was not there in an official capacity for the campaign.

Trump told a Yahoo News reporter on Thursday that steps would have to be taken to monitor American Muslims “that were frankly unthinkable a year ago,” the reporter asked if that might include registering Muslims in a database or requiring them to carry a special form of identification. Carson revealed an equal ugliness of the soul, saying: “Well, what we were talking about is the reaction of Muslims after the 9/11 attack and if they were in a celebratory mood. This is a time when the essence of leadership is clarity and restraint — when even politicians should put aside their usual braggadocio and self-aggrandizement for the good of the country. We’re beating the governor of Ohio in his own state.” Trump continued to mispronounce the governor’s name – “Kay-sitch” in lieu of the correct “Kay-sick” – throughout his jabs at his fellow Republican rival. The two sparred during the past two Republican debates as well, arguments that gave Trump ample ammunition with which to rile and excite his supporters.

Trump seemed to treat it quite seriously. “I would hate to do it, but it would be something that you’re going to have to strongly consider,” he said. BillO challenged his retweeting, over the weekend, of bogus homicide statistics exaggerating the rate at which African-Americans kill white people. “This bothered me, I gotta tell ya,” said O’Reilly, rarely if ever bothered by harsh talk about African Americans. “You tweeted out that whiles killed by blacks — there are statistics you picked out from somewhere — at a rate of 81 percent and that’s totally wrong. The FBI and local law enforcement agencies work 24/7 to build this sense of trust and cooperation so that when Muslim communities see extremists in their midst, they will report them to authorities.

The stench is translating into ugliness at Trump rallies, where the beating of protesters is reminiscent of George Wallace’s segregationist crusade of 47 years ago. Quite frankly, racism and religious bigotry pose a much greater threat to the security of this country, to the workings of democracy, than the threat of a Syrian infiltrator or the undocumented worker from Central America trying to keep body, soul and family together. Let’s state the problem in the simplest terms: If Muslim Americans come to believe that prominent leaders (such as the top GOP presidential candidate) view them as less worthy of rights and protections than others, then the job of the Islamic State’s recruiters will become easier. Trump, the Fox News host Bill O’Reilly chastised him for a Twitter message that contained false statistics claiming that black-on-white murders are much higher than they are. Trump has shown that this year, voters care less than they ever did. “The electorate, at least the Republican electorate, is a little skeptical of specificity this year,” said Matt Latimer, a speechwriter for President George W.

Voters are weary of unfulfilled promises from politicians, he said. “What they’re looking for is attitude and tone.” There is a distant echo of Barry Goldwater, whose 1964 presidential campaign helped bring about the conservative revolution in the Republican Party. Trump’s supporters often say he gives voice to things that no one else will say; Goldwater’s slogan in 1964 was “In your heart, you know he’s right.” “This is Trump’s first go, and he seems — judging by the polls, he’s succeeding on his own terms,” Mr.

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