While my friend @sueinrockville spends some time with her family, I get to keep up our new tradition on my own this week. There is a lot of Trump news, as always. Republicans have to be crazy as loons to allow this idiot to be nominated, and this is why.
In the last few days, Trump has offered to debate Bernie Sanders, Bernie accepted and ultimately, Trump chickened out. His reasoning was obviously an attempt to reach out (do a reacharound?) to Bernie Stans because, in a single paragraph, he articulated exactly what the Stans want to hear.
“Based on the fact that the Democratic nominating process is totally rigged and Crooked Hillary Clinton and (Debbie) Wasserman-Schultz will not allow Bernie Sanders to win, and now that I am the presumptive Republican nominee, it seems inappropriate that I would debate the second-place finisher,” Trump said in a statement. (Source)
Of course, it was Trump, so it wouldn’t be in character to only say one stupid thing in a day, so he spoke to a group of California voters that, apparently, scientists and everyone else with knowledge of climate in the state is wrong and that he is the fixer of all things. He told a crowd in Fresno,
“They don’t understand — nobody understands it,” he said, adding that, “There is no drought.”
He’s obviously a quick study since he learned everything he needed to know after spending a half hour before the rally talking to about 50 farmers, who complained about their water problems. He told them,
“We’re going to solve your water problem. You have a water problem that is so insane. It is so ridiculous where they’re taking the water and shoving it out to sea,” Trump said to cheers at a rally that drew thousands. (Source)
The funny thing is, Trump had better get used drought because he promises to cause a lot more of them. While pandering at a conference of petroleum moguls in South Dakota, the Big Orange one promised to somehow cancel the Paris Accords. You know, because US Presidents like Trump can apparently do things like that. He also promised to bring back the coal industry full-force. Again, no details on how he plans to force energy suppliers to switch back to coal, but dadgum it, he will do it!. (Source) This article also demonstrates what a fraud Trump is, citing a Playboy interview he did in 1990.
“The coal miner gets black-lung disease. His son gets it, then his son. If I had been the son of a coal miner, I would have left the damn mines,” he told Playboy. “But most people don’t have the imagination – or whatever – to leave their mine.”
Asked Thursday about the Playboy comment, Mr Trump responded in an email.
“I never had the imagination to leave the real estate industry, until I recently decided to make America great again,” he said. “We tend to follow up our father’s footsteps, and that’s the lifestyle we want, even if it’s tougher than other alternatives.
“Being a coal miner is really tough, but that’s what they love and unlike Hillary Clinton, I am going to make sure they have they have their jobs for many years to come.”
Future Senate Minority Leader “Yertle the Turtle” McConnell also weighed in on Trump, assuring us all that we have nothing to worry about because the Senate and the Constitution will protect us from Trump.
“Well, one thing I’m pretty calm about is that this is nowhere near the most divisive period in American history,” he said in a preview of an upcoming CBS interview. “But what protects us in this country against big mistakes being made is the structure, the Constitution, the institutions.
“No matter how unusual a personality may be who gets elected to office, there are constraints in this country. You don’t get to do anything you want to.” (Source)
What McConnell apparently doesn’t realize is that, because of the Constitution, he probably won’t have any say in the first place, since it is likely that Democrats will take control of the Senate and it’s unlikely they’ll choose him as their majority leader.
However, look at that statement carefully. If that’s not a warning that his own party’s nominee is batshit crazy and should not be promoted by any Republicans, what is, exactly? If HE is worried that Trump will make “big mistakes,” why the hell would anyone with a brain vote for him?
Of course, as usual, Caribou Barbie (Sarah Palin) stepped in and protected The Donald from the “lamestream media” with her usual word salad:
When is someone in the Republican Party going to buy her a dictionary, or at least send her to Wasilla Community College? She rips into the Republican “establishment” and assures Trump voters that they’re not really “stupid.” Um, yeah. Someone other than Barbie here is going to have to confirm that. Good God! If you can make it through five minutes of this without wanting to hurt yourself, you’re better than I am. (A special thank you to John McCain for foisting this windbag on us.)
Of course, it’s not all about Trump. The entire GOP is purely batshit crazy. And dangerous.
The one thing we have to make sure everyone knows is that Donald Trump is not an outlier. Everything he says is pure Republican orthodoxy. For example, there is Joe Dendy, who was Chairman of the Republican Party in Cobb County, Georgia, who is extremely vocal against laws that allow trans people just go take a shit in peace, without being hassled. Well, while he was advocating for laws to limit the rights of LGBT people, he was allegedly molesting little boys. Dendy has been arrested and charged with child molestation for at least two incidents in which he did just that. (Source) It is just plain true that more Republican lawmakers have acted inappropriately than trans people, making their concern over trans folks in restrooms ring a bit hollow; a solution without a problem that just makes everyone else’s rights just that much less.
This past week, in Congress, another Georgia Republican Rep. Rick Allen, violated the Constitutional separation of church and state while using the House chamber to condemn other Congressional colleagues as “sinners” if they supported equal rights for anyone of whom he did not approve. He read Bible verses that condemn homosexuality. As the opening prayer, Allen read passages from Romans 1:18-32, and Revelations 22:18-19, both of which call for the deaths of those who commit homosexual acts, just before Republicans voted to reject a spending bill that included an amendment that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity which, of course, are the opposite of the Republican position. (Source)
When it comes to rights, Republicans are all about fewer of them, not more. For example, for all of their talk of “states’ rights,” it is obvious that when they say “states’ rights,” they mean only the state. Apparently, your local or municipal government can suck it, as far as the GOP is concerned. Case in point: since 2011, when Governor Scott Walker was elected and voters handed over the state to Republicans, the state of Wisconsin has passed 128 laws that place strong limits on local government and dictate everything a local government can do from the state house. (Source)
Then there’s the Republican lawmaker in Tennessee who put a video on his Facebook page encouraging residents of that state who receive traffic camera tickets to just burn them and ignore them. You know, because, as a lawmaker, he really can’t do anything about them. I hate these laws as much as anyone, but encouraging anyone to simply ignore the law and the potential consequences is typical Republican behavior; completely irresponsible. This news item explains why:
And to show the depth of the disarray in the GOP, check out how the Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity, as well as RedState and Club for Growth are all going after a Republican lawmaker, Renee Ellmers in North Carolina, simply for not towing the line perfectly on abortion. For one bill that limited exceptions for rape victims to only those reported to police and she urged that the exception be broader and because she didn’t fully support a proposed 20-week abortion ban. She was all for HB2, however, so you’d think they’d be happy. (Source)
We’ll be back next week with more GOP shenanigans. Seriously, the hardest thing is whittling them down to an acceptable portion. Republicans are crazy.