To Democrats, Donald Trump Is No Longer a Laughing Matter

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As of last night, more than 450,000 people had signed up to the call to ban the US presidential hopeful for hate speech in the wake of calls to ban Muslims from the US.Trump and Cruz are also one-two in South Carolina, according to a survey released Thursday by Winthrop University, with the New York businessman leading the Texas senator 24%-16%.London’s man in Washington has broken with diplomatic convention to attack Donald Trump’s anti-Islamic rhetoric after the Republican presidential candidate claimed that the UK had a “massive problem” with Muslims.†Introductory offers to be billed 4 weekly as per the following – The Australian Digital Subscription $4 per week to be billed as $16 4-weekly; The Australian Digital Subscription + The Weekend Australian (delivered Saturday) $4 per week to be billed as $16 4-weekly; The Australian Digital Subscription + 6 day paper delivery $8 per week to be billed as $32 4-weekly.

That was a key takeaway when 29 self-described Trump supporters huddled in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday night to field an array of questions about Trump, the billionaire businessman turned Republican presidential front-runner. Started two weeks ago, before Trump’s comments that the US should bar all Muslims and that parts of the UK were no-go zones for police, it has comfortably passed the 100,000 threshold required to force the Commons to consider debating the issue.

Trump, who last week announced during a campaign rally that he intended to come to Israel by the end of December, took to Twitter on Thursday to cancel the trip. Among the participants, support for Trump grew over the hour and a half they answered questions about Trump’s temperament and insults he’s lobbed at rivals and the media, mirroring the pattern of deepening support for him over the life of his candidacy.

However, until yesterday another petition demanding the UK close its borders had attracted almost as many signatures – but received less coverage in the media. Jeb Bush, meanwhile, is at 3%, his lowest showing in this poll. “Most of the interviews for this poll were conducted before Trump made statements concerning a ban on Muslims entering the United States,” CBS noted. We are very proud of our Muslim community in the United Kingdom.” Sir Peter – who was Britain’s ambassador to Turkey when al-Qaeda launched a suicide attack on the UK consulate in Istanbul that killed 15 people in 2003 – told the gathering that jihadist groups did not truly reflect Islam and warned that Mr Trump’s rhetoric made it harder to fight terrorism. This petition on Parliament’s website – called ‘Stop all immigration and close the UK borders until ISIS is defeated’ – had attracted 444,000 signatures as of 6pm.

Sir Peter’s outspoken comments marked a departure from the time-honoured practice of foreign envoys in Washington of not commenting publicly on American domestic politics, particularly on elections. But despite the interest created in the Trump petition, this one had been all but ignored by the liberal media and the BBC, which promoted the Trump petition via its BBC News Twitter account. No other candidate pulls more than 2%. “Trump leads across multiple categories of voters from a high of 35% among those who wish to create a database of Muslims in the U.S. to a low of 22% among Evangelical Christians, who will make up nearly 60% of the S.C.

Since the 1970s, a dominant strategy, growing out of the Conservative Movement, had propelled Republican candidates into office using a tested combination of positions on defence, small government, lower taxes and social conservativism. At the start of the night, 10 people said they were at nine or 10, noted David Merritt, managing director of Luntz Global, a political firm led by longtime Republican strategist Frank Luntz, who conducted the focus group.

The petition refers to a warning in February from Dr Jamie Shea, Nato’s Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, that Islamic State terrorists might inflitrate Europe posing as Syrian refugees. The billionaire candidate posted a series of Twitter messages following a chorus of criticism from politicians, including David Cameron, as well as the Metropolitan Police, which dismissed his additional claim that police officers in London feared for their lives in some supposedly “radicalised” London neighbourhoods. Sources in the Prime Minister’s Office said that they first heard of the cancellation via Trump’s tweet, and that his campaign had not informed them beforehand. Full offer terms and conditions apply – see www.theaustralian.com.au for full details. * Value calculated as at 24/11/15.Offer includes a free Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8” Tablet Model SM-T350NZAAXSA (WiFi Only).Please be aware introductory offers must be purchased before 18 December 2015 for delivery before Christmas Day.

Jeb Bush also responded to their invitation, but was unable to attend, he said. ‘‘Listen, our message very clear: It’s what is the next president of the United States going to do to unite this country in an effort to save police officers? Whites now make up a smaller proportion of Americans, meanwhile Republicans’ reliably pro-business economic platform has alienated voters who have seen their incomes fall as inequality surged.

Their political ideology spanned from strongly conservative (seven) to moderately conservative (17) to moderate (four) and who identified as one moderately liberal. The source said that while a photo-opportunity with Netanyahu would have been good for Trump, it would not outweigh the negative publicity already coming out of Israel ahead of the visit.

She told the Guardian: ‘The more I looked at Donald Trump and the remarks he has made before entering the presidential race, the more my hackles were rising. The union represents nearly 5,000 members from about 200 locals across the region, according to Flynn, but has not received much attention from candidates campaigning in the early-voting state. We will supply your contact details to JB Hi-Fi, who will deliver this tablet only to your registered subscription address and will email you with dispatch details.

This man is no longer a joke in the corner, but someone who is aiming to become leader of one of the most powerful nations in the world,” she said. ‘There are few things a person in my position can do against a person like that but make use of this country’s wonderful laws and procedures. Trump got the message that there is no place in Israel for a racist, chauvinist person like him. “This is a victory for Israel’s democratic values, the values that the prime minister abandoned in his insistence to meet [with Trump],” Rozin added. “The American voters will throw this racist and international pyromaniac in the trash can of history,” Tibi said. “I assume Netanyahu is disappointed Trump won’t be coming to his office.” “Most people are relieved that he reconsidered,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said. “The situation in Israel is particularly volatile.” Republicans, meanwhile, face a potentially much deeper change: they have to stop catering so exclusively to a core white, pro-business, often Christian mindset in order to grow the party in a less traditionally Christian, more ethnically diverse and economically unequal America.

While there is currently a federal death penalty, states have their own laws on capital punishment and governors and legislatures have the authority to decide what those statutes look like independent of a presidential executive order. Since so much of US campaign politics revolves around symbols, rather than policy, there is a clash over what images and ideas Republicans should embrace today.

In states that have the death penalty, killing a police officer is often already considered an aggravating factor in deciding whether a defendant will be eligible for capital punishment. This leaves Midwestern and Southern white Republican voters feeling embattled, and hence, more defiant towards the looming demographic and political changes. Since the terrorist attacks in Paris last month, and more recently in San Bernardino, California, Trump’s campaign has focused largely on concerns about national security, although he’s offered mostly vague details as to how to combat Islamic State, the extremist group the attackers pledged allegiance to. Trump also expressed support for local police departments using military equipment, which the Obama administration has worked to curb following complaints about officers using riot gear and armored vehicles to confront protesters in Ferguson, Missouri. ‘‘Every time I see a conflict, I see a van pull up, I see an armor-plated Humvee pull up. The resulting power vacuum has been seen in the inability for the Republicans to field serious candidates that appeal both to the base and to the wider masses.

The Republican power vacuum can be seen even in Congress, where House speaker John Boehner, frustrated in his efforts to bridge the wishes of the defiant Republicans (government shutdowns, Benghazi probes) with more moderate reps, found there was no immediate successor willing to jump into his place. Moreover, he’s said he saw “thousands of people” cheering in New Jersey as the World Trade Center towers collapsed in the September 11 attacks — a claim debunked as false by local law enforcement and elected officials.

We’ve got to let our police have the finest equipment and the finest training and if we don’t,’’ he said, ‘‘we’re making a tremendous mistake as a country.’’ Trump also acknowledged the backlash Thursday to his proposed Muslim ban, but told those gathered that he’d taken far more heat for his comments about Mexicans criminals entering the country illegally. ‘‘We’ve had a pretty interesting couple of days,’’ said Trump. ‘‘We have people talking. With uncertainty about the future direction for the Republican Party, an internal civil war broke out – and the more extreme voices seem to be winning. With less than two months until the first votes are cast in the 2016 nominating contests, Trump still has not ruled out a possible run as an independent should he not secure the Republican nomination. “If (Republicans) don’t treat me as the front-runner … if the playing field is not level, then certainly all options are open,” Trump told CNN on Wednesday.

Offers are available to new customers with an Australian residential address who have not held a digital subscription with The Australian in the 6 months preceding subscribing for this offer. With the middle class shrinking and the incomes of white male workers stagnating, the sense of backlash towards incumbents is strong – something Bush family scion Jeb is learning. In this free-for-all of fear, the imagery of guns have a special appeal, harking back to frontier ideas of the rugged individual battling their way in an unforgiving environment.

Moreover, 14 of the 29 participants said they would back Trump’s third-party run if Senator Ted Cruz of Texas were the GOP nominee and Clinton was at the top of the Democratic ticket. Thursday’s event, which was closed to the general public, attracted around 150 protesters, who gathered in front of the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel with signs denouncing Trump’s plan. Yet, at the University of Texas at Austin where some say prohibitions on carrying weapons endanger students, two guns rights groups are staging on Saturday what one organiser called a “fake mass shooting” to bring attention to their cause. “It’s a fake mass shooting, and we’ll use fake blood,” Matthew Short, a spokesman for the gun rights groups, Come and Take It Texas and DontComply.com, told the Austin-American Statesman.

Now is the time to stand up, take a walk, speak out against the lies and put an end to the gun free killing zones.” “We want criminals to fear the public being armed,” he said. “An armed society is a polite society.” (Mr Short and other organisers of the event were not immediately available for further comment.) “Staging a mass shooting during an anxious time for students – finals week – not only breaks rules but shows real disrespect for the feelings of students, faculty and staff who don’t want to have guns around them in the first place, but will be forced to put up with guns in public places in 2016,” history professor Joan Neuberger, who helps lead Gun Free UT, a gun-control advocacy group, said. Bird said in a statement, pointing out that the Westboro Baptist Church has also been denied the right to stage events at the school. “If they do not, it becomes a criminal trespass matter. We suggest that any outside organisations planning such events on campus relocate them to other space where they would be allowed.” The mock mass shooting comes to Austin as the university struggles with the right of students to bear arms. The Cocks not Glocks protest was a nod to the fact that the sex toys remained illegal on campus under existing obscenity laws, even as gun laws were being relaxed.

In 1966, it was there that Charles Whitman, a 25-year-old architectural engineering major and ex-marine, gunned down 14 people from the campus’s tower in what may be the first mass shooting in modern memory. “The crime scene spanned the length of five city blocks … and covered the nerve centre of what was then a relatively small, quiet college town,” Pamela Colloff wrote in an oral history on the 40th anniversary of the tragedy. “Hundreds of students, professors, tourists, and store clerks witnessed the 96-minute killing spree as they crouched behind trees, hid under desks, took cover in stairwells, or, if they had been hit, played dead.”

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