The Unbearable Idiocy Of Donald Trump: “All I Know Is What’s On The Internet”

And so it continues. Donald Trump’s oafish plodding toward the goal of finally finishing off the Republican Party rolls on like a political demolition derby, purposefully crashing into the other participants with a strategy of being the last broken down heap of garbage capable of some faintly observable forward motion.

Donald Trump

Spending Sunday on the tube with Donald has been a comic opera starring a furious clown with a painted on scowl who tries pathetically to convince others that he is a guiltless martyr. He was asked several time as he made the rounds of morning news gabfests whether he would accept any responsibility for the violence and acrimony that has become the hallmark of his (and only his) public appearances. His answer every time was an emphatic “No!” But even worse, he seems to have lost all connection to reality as he repeatedly spews easily debunked falsehoods. At this point you have to wonder if he is capable of ever telling the truth (see the Trump Bullshitopedia).

Let’s begin with Trump’s interview on Fox News where he was asked about the hostile environment at his Ku Trump Klan rallies. After absolving himself of any blame he insisted that “Nobody’s ever been hurt” at his anger-mismanagement affairs. That, of course, conflicts with the reality that has been recorded on video of protesters being punched and kicked, and even journalists that have been assaulted, one of whom was choke-slammed to the ground, and another from the conservative Breitbart News website, who was manhandled by Trump’s campaign manager. Trump similarly claimed that no one was hurt on CNN, whose Jake Tapper let him ramble on incoherently for most of the insipid segment.

Then, on Meet the Press, anchor Chuck Todd pressed Trump to acknowledge that a video that he posted on Twitter, associating a protester with ISIS, was a hoax. Trump squirmed uncomfortably while seeking a plausible denial, finally settling for this lame disavowal: “All I know is what’s on the Internet.”

Really? That’s how Trump wants to characterize his scope of knowledge about his own communications, as well as his foreign policy expertise? I’m not sure if that is an improvement from the last time he commented on foreign policy saying that he gets his information “from the shows” on Sunday morning. So far as I can tell, he must be referring to Dora the Explorer or Scooby Doo. Also, Trump has used the Internet excuse previously after he was caught re-tweeting comments from white supremacists. So not only is he an idiot, he is also incapable of learning.

The further adventures of Trump on Twitter include a ludicrous swipe at John Kasich, about whom he said “Because Gov. Kasich cannot run in the state of Pennsylvania-he cannot win the nomination- & should not be allowed to compete in Ohio on Tue.” Trump is dishonestly referencing a challenge to Kasich’s ballot qualification that has been filed by a student in PA. However, there has not been a ruling in the case and Kasich’s attorney has argued for dismissal because the challenge was filed after the deadline. In any case, that would not preclude Kasich from running in any other state.

Trump also tweeted a threat to Bernie Sanders saying that “Bernie Sanders is lying when he says his disruptors aren’t told to go to my events. Be careful Bernie, or my supporters will go to yours!” First of all, Sanders was telling the truth and Trump has no evidence to prove otherwise. More to the point, Trump is issuing a blatant threat to do what precisely what he falsely accused Sanders of doing. And Trump’s supporters, unlike Sanders’, are known to be violent. In effect, Trump is saying “That’s a nice rally you’re having over there. Sure would be a shame if anything happened to it.”

Finally, Chuck Todd sought to hold Trump accountable for inciting violence at his rallies by revisiting Trump’s promise to pay the legal fees of anyone who attacked the protesters (video below). As noted here on News Corpse, that was a blatant solicitation to commit a crime. Trump replied that “I’ve instructed my team to look into it.” If Trump eventually decides to keep his promise to the assailant, then he is effectively conceding that his offer was intended to indemnify him for a violent act. If he breaks his word, then not only does he demonstrate his lack of character, but it doesn’t change anything with regard to his intent to solicit violence.

It remains a mystery to me that there is anyone who could, with good conscience, support this proudly ignorant, violence advocating, racist, misogynistic, wannabe dictator. The only explanation is that his followers are just as warped as he is and share his repugnant views and lack of discernible intellect. And that presents a problem for the nation, even after Trump flames out. His supporters will still be part of the electorate and eligible to shape its future by their votes. That makes his glassy-eyed disciples even more dangerous than he is.

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Sunday Funnies: Recently Uncovered Video Of Donald Trump’s Childhood

Donald Trump, the media-designated front-runner for the Republican nomination for president, is said to have attained this status due to his straight talk and authentic style of connecting with GOP voters. Of course, Trump’s alleged lead is a myth that is exacerbated by shallow punditry and the media hunger for ratings.

Donald Trump

Trump has never led more than a small flock of GOP loonies, with 75-80% of poll respondents choosing other candidates. And he has consistently had the highest unfavorables of any candidate, Republican or Democratic. The only reason that Trump is ahead of his rivals now is that there are so many of them. When the roster is whittled down the remaining candidates will all be beating Trump.

As for his so-called plain speaking appeal, Jack Shafer at Politico put Trump’s rhetoric through the Flesch-Kincaid test where Trump scored at the third grade level. That’s probably still somewhat higher than most of his Tea-vangelical supporters. And despite his compulsion to repeatedly remind everyone how smart he is (something actual smart people never need to do), his public utterances invariably contradict him. This morning, for example, Chuck Todd asked Trump from whom he would get advice on the military were he president. Trump said that “I watch the shows,” referring to the Sunday morning news programs in the same way that fans of soap operas refer to their “stories.” He’s still in Reality TV mode.

Nevertheless, with so much of the media spotlight being cast on Trump, it is important to put his life in context. Particularly with regard to his early childhood development that reveals with stark clarity how he came to be the person he is today. As the son of privilege, little Donny was pampered and fawned over by his wealthy parents who set him up in business and eventually bequeathed him a couple hundred million dollars (which his poor business skills squandered). And to further flesh out Trump’s formative years, News Corpse acquired this exclusive video of a young Don expressing himself in much the same way that he does today.

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The resemblance is obvious. And it doesn’t take much effort to chart the path from Trump’s greedy Narcissism as a juvenile to the political hogwash he espouses now. What’s more, those positions – from immigration, to taxes, to Iraq/Iran, to reproductive rights, to marriage equality, to Climate Change, to guns, to health care – are completely in line with with the Republican Party that he represents. So even when he is ultimately laughed off the stage, the GOP regulars will soldier on with the same agenda, albeit somewhat less foolishly articulated (not much, but somewhat).

Chuck Todd Is A Political Analyst?

Chuck Todd is the NBC News Political Director and Chief White House Correspondent. I wonder what qualifications were required for those posts. Listening to Todd’s comments today on Morning Joe suggest that not much actual research or knowledge of current political events were deemed a prerequisite in landing his job:

The key portion of his remarks reveals some sort of tunnel vision on his part as he struggles to explain left-wing criticism of Obama’s healthcare initiatives:

“I think we’ve all been wondering at what point…you know…what would it take for the left to start actually criticizing the White House […] Would there be something that they would get upset about from the White House, and this is the first time we’re seeing that.”

The first time? Apparently Todd doesn’t read Paul Krugman, who has been blasting the President on his economic proposals. Todd hasn’t been watching Keith Olbermann or Rachel Maddow who have been fiercely critical of Obama’s timidity with regard to torture and the prosecution of those responsible for it. Todd must be oblivious to the attacks from advocates of civil liberties and same-sex marriage. And Todd must have missed the free press activists who are hammering the White House for not living up to their promises on transparency.

The left may be many things, but it is not above circling the wagons and firing away at itself. Todd has bought the right-wing fallacy that the media is liberal and that the Obama administration is enjoying special treatment. That has never been true, but that doesn’t stop the rightist propaganda machine from alleging it. One thing they never acknowledge is that Fox News is the #1 national cable news network, and they are notoriously, and viciously, critical of Obama, democrats, and liberals in general.

How the right can assert that the media is liberal while Fox, most newspapers, and virtually all of talk radio, are firmly in the conservative camp, is unfortunate but understandable given their self-serving agenda. What I don’t understand is how professional journalists, who aspire to practice their craft ethically, can be so taken in by the dishonest representations of partisan operatives and, as a result, disseminate the sort of nonsense that Todd is dispensing here.

[Update] Todd responded to an emailer (thanks, ecostar) saying:

“I love getting attacked on things like this. There’s a difference between venting and deciding to act upon the anger and what I was point out was the specific acting out by moveon on rahm and health care. Sounds like some blogger decided to either misrepresent what I said or somehow didn’t understand the context. But thanks for being a ranter in your attack.”

So Todd doesn’t think that all of the advocacy groups connected to the issues addressed above are acting on their complaints? MoveOn is just the latest to act. He should check with the ACLU, the Human Rights Campaign, FreePress.net, Brave New Films/Foundation, etc. His answer is a complete dodge that only further engulfs him in disinformation.

Feel free to let Todd know that this is NOT the first time that the left has been critical of Obama, and it is NOT the first time that media mainstays like him have misrepresented that fact:

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Republicans Admit It’s Over For McCain

Republican strategists Mike Murphy and Peggy Noonan were interviewed today by NBC’s Chuck Todd. At the conclusion of the segment a hot mic overheard them expressing a somewhat more pessimistic view of the election than is generally acknowledged. The conversation centered on the qualifications of McCain’s VP pick, Sarah Palin. [A rush transcript of is included below]

On substance, I couldn’t agree more with the comments of these loyal Republicans speaking honestly amongst themselves. However, I do have a problem with the manner in which this became public.

A couple of months ago, Jesse Jackson was caught making disparaging remarks about Barack Obama. He also was picked up by a hot mic in the studios of Fox News. I had some harsh criticism for the Fox insiders who released the tape:

“Television news studios are not places where recordings are made accidentally. It is, of course, what they are designed for. So people invited inside for appearances ought to be aware that tapes are rolling and mics are hot. But they should not be expected to keep their mouths shut from the time they enter the building until they drive off the lot. They ought to be permitted to have private conversations without fear that they will end up on the evening broadcast.”

I have the same complaint with the release of this video. If someone makes a speech wherein they say something embarrassing, it is fair game. But in-studio guests (or in this case, outdoor remote guests) need to be given extra leeway because they are micced the whole time they are there and the producers have total control of the environment and the product.

As much as I like to hear Republicans declaring McCain’s candidacy over, I cannot approve of those who brought it to light.
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