Donald Trump Is Trying To Buy The Free World

Donald Trump is the worst thing to happen to the Republican Party since Todd Akin opened his mouth that one time. While Akin was mostly a setback for the Missouri Republican Party—albeit an isolated injury that contributed to the Democrats retaining control of the U.S. Senate—Donald Trump is a train wreck with a national platform. He speaks without prepared remarks, he cares little about messaging, and he cares only about himself.

Politico wrote an interesting piece about Trump’s supporters that asked a burning question:  “Who exactly is supporting him?” The results were largely inconclusive. He appears to be creating an unholy coalition of business interests, Tea Party conservatives, and libertarians. Even though Trump’s popularity derives from all parts of the GOP, the support by those in the Tea Party appears to hurt Senator Ted Cruz the most.

Trump’s supporters are enamored with his wealth. They argue he will never be “bought” by evil lobbyists and special interest groups. Yet when Trump’s political contributions are examined, his supporters are nowhere to be found. His contributions include donations to Hillary Clinton in 2002, 2005, 2006, and 2007. He contributed over $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation. He donated $5,000 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and $20,000 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

In 2006, Donald Trump donated $1,000 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

Locally, I have witnessed Trump supporters attack Georgia’s elected Republicans for merely affiliating with the Democrats in the 90s and annihilate conservative Republican candidates for donating to Democrats, yet they turn a blind eye to Trump’s donations. It’s hypocrisy at its finest. But don’t worry, Trump will build a 5,000-mile wall between the United States and Mexico and make Mexico pay for it. These are the same people that love to pound their fists on the table and say “It’s all about principle”.

(While we’re on the subject, please note first generation immigrants commit less crime than native-born)

The conservatives supporting Trump are doing more damage than good to their brand. Rarely do I acknowledge Ted Cruz, much less praise him, but the man is battle tested. He has gone to war with liberals and the GOP’s business wing. If the right wing of the Republican Party wants the White House, supporting Donald Trump is not the correct avenue.

Donald Trump’s wealth does not protect him from lobbyists nor does it enable him to speak without consequences. After the ugly remarks he made at his campaign announcement, he has gone on a media tour to reiterate his incorrect statements and ignore any and all facts. It serves him right to have other Republican candidates disown his remarks.

At the end of the day, Donald Trump is merely attempting to buy the free world. It is clear the border is not his top priority; otherwise he would have donated to groups pushing for border control. Instead, he donated to Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid.  These are the people he gave his money to support HIS principles.

I leave you with a quote from Martin O’Malley’s press secretary, “What’s important is who’s peaking in January—not July.”  I’ve never looked forward to winter this much.

40 comments

  1. FranInAtlanta says:

    Have been surprised at friends and kin who “love” him. Was disappointed when Romney (who I have wanted for our President since 2006) sought his endorsement.
    My take is that he is a Hillary Dirty Trick – reminds me of Nixon manipulating the Dems in 1972 to give us a choice between him and McGovern.

  2. xdog says:

    It’s enough to bring proverbs to mind. Reaping what you sow. What you get when you lie down with dogs.

    I understand how gopers who are interested in winning elections could be dismayed by Trump’s antics but I haven’t heard one yet who would admit publicly that Trump ranks high in the polls because he says explicitly what many goper stalwarts have said and believed and been encouraged to believe privately and in coded form for generations. Sorry it’s embarrassing for so many when those beliefs are shouted aloud but gopers have been so busy embracing the ignorant and the aggrieved for so long that it’s a little unseemly when they complain about the noise.

    • Jon Richards says:

      Have you considered that most Republicans actually don’t believe what Trump is selling?

      Yes, there are some who are solidly in Trump’s camp, but that doesn’t include most primary voters, much less the mainstream GOP.

      In fact, what you see is the mainstream national GOP speaking out against Trump’s ideas much in the same way that the mainstream Georgia GOP was quick to condemn Sam Moore after he introduced measures that would enable child molesters to loiter at schools, or homeowners to shoot police without consequences.

      If there is an issue with the “GOP stalwarts,” it’s that they have been too slow to condemn birthers and other fringe elements that do much to tarnish the party’s brand.

      • xdog says:

        Jon, what I see is the ‘mainstream national GOP’ trying to capitalize on Trump’s latest remarks about McCain to force him from the race and let his supporters realign with the so far less bumptious candidates. The fact that Trump has been a blowhard on other matters doesn’t seem to bother the mainstream at all.

        Priebus is as mainstream as it gets and when he ‘reached out’ to Trump, all he asked was that he tone down his remarks, with no suggestion they were extreme or out of line or just wrong. Jan Brewer is savvy and respected and Sherrif Joe is a hero and they both stood up with thousands of others for Trump just last week.

        The mainstream was curiously silent as well when Iowa Steve King noted canteloupe-sized calves on all those coke-lugging immigrants. They didn’t have anything to say either when Tom Cotton campaigned on the ISIS/drug cartel collaboration to sneak across the border and attack Little Rock.

        Although I’m sure it wasn’t your intent, in your last graf you seem to agree with my main point that Trump is the gop and the gop is Trump. In electoral terms birtherism served you guys well and the mainstream let it go on, even abetted it, for years before they decided that yep, that’s extreme. The gop made Palin a pinup until they decided she was past her sell-by date. Gopers get Mr. DuckDynasty to speak to CPAC and love what he serves up and they’ll keep asking him until he’s a complete embarrassment.

        The modern gop has made hay out of encouraging celebrities to get up on their hind legs and spew nonsense, and now that they have to deal with one who’s both a willful child and a billionaire their only concern comes when they see their ‘brand’ taking a hit.

      • Dr. Monica Henson says:

        Jon, whether most Republicans “actually don’t believe what Trump is selling” remains to be demonstrated. Like the marriage equality issue offered, this is a sterling opportunity for the GOP to redeem itself in the eyes of those who have watched it shackle itself to the wingnut base and pretty much stay there for several years.

  3. saltycracker says:

    Yawn. A straight talking wild haired Trump could be as good for the GOP as the sleazy Clinton could be for the Demos. To learn from, unless old style Louisana politics is your bag.

    The people want authenticity in their politicians (David McCullough) to be able to judge their candidate. I want to believe that’s the message to the field not the substance of his positions. He will carry the moment but not the day.

    So far the GOP candidates have not stood up with the same energy and a platform most can get their teeth into. Sans that, the vote will go with a low life that while looting will throw something their way vs. a bunch that thinks you should earn it. Jambalaya anyone ?

  4. joe says:

    I love Trump. He says all of the things that we all think, yet nobody else will say, e.g. McCain (and many others) are heroes for their service in Vietnam, but in the Senate, McCain has been crappy. Mexico has some great people, but the great people do not become illegal immigrants. Trump does not speak elegantly, but he does speak truthfully. Of those who have no government experience, Trump leads the pack.

    I am leaning toward Walker.

    • benevolus says:

      “the great people do not become illegal immigrants”.

      There is perhaps a tiny sliver of population somewhere between “rapists” and “great people”.

  5. jiminga says:

    Trump won’t win the nomination but his candor is forcing SOME of the candidates to talk about the issues with which Americans are concerned. The rest are talking about Trump….at their peril. Rather than talk about the other candidates they should be talking about plans.

  6. George Chidi says:

    I’m watching the Donald Trump debate play out between self-styled conservatives on comment threads. It’s both hilarious and terrifying.

    Policy positions don’t matter. Experience is irrelevant. Character can be ignored. The only thing that appears to matter is whether someone can be called a liberal with sufficient venom.

    It doesn’t matter that Trump is an unelectable clown. It doesn’t matter that he’s campaigning like Mussolini in a hairpiece. It doesn’t matter that he’s deeply insulting to constituencies the Republican Party needs to have a hope in hell of winning an election. It doesn’t matter that Trump’s criticism is the height of hypocrisy, given his draft dodging.

    It does matter, however, that Trump might be a liberal in disguise.

    It doesn’t matter that McCain still can’t raise his left arm above his head because of his treatment as a POW. It doesn’t matter that McCain has called for a bombing campaign on Iran. It doesn’t matter that McCain was the nominee of his party eight years ago. It doesn’t matter that the American Conservative Union gave him a 91 percent rating last year.

    It does matter, however, that McCain might be a liberal in disguise.

    Those are the terms of the debate on the right. Is (fill in the blank) a filthy liberal or not? Not what you said. Not what you did. What can we call you. It is the raging adolescent id of the Republican Party on display, fed by four years in a social media echo chamber.

    Trump won’t be the nominee, of course, nor will anyone of his ilk. The question is how the screaming horde will react to the winner. After eight years cast as the reign of Obama the Antichrist, I don’t think they’ll take it quietly.

    • Baker says:

      All of Trump’s glaring character flaws are out there and basically known…if you’re willing to overlook all that and still like him, I’m afraid the only thing that might convince them is to tell them that, despite what he’s doing in this moment, he’s not one of them.

      As I mentioned to you on the Fbook, 15-20% of Americans believe in fortune-telling. 15% believe in bigfoot. The 15% of people who are fans of Donald Trump who believe that he would make a good president are just really LOUD. And with really active Facebook accounts.

      • George Chidi says:

        And as I mentioned on Facebook, Republicans insist on embracing figures like this.

        Do you remember the “47 percent” commentary from Romney in 2012? That wasn’t deadly. He could have recovered from that. But the peanut gallery sealed it. He said it — and conservative chatterboxes embraced it. They still are — the whole maker/taker, moocher parasite language is still in play. It’s not that the electorate heard him say it. It’s that they saw Republicans cheering it on, just like during the primary debates when crowds applauded candidates who said that society should let uninsured people die.

        People didn’t vote against Romney. People like Romney. I like Romney. People voted against his supporters. People don’t hate the Patriots or the Phillies because the team is bad. People hate them because their fans are obnoxious.

        It’s not just that Trump is polarizing — it’s that many Republicans view this as a good thing, a feature not a bug. My way or the highway, you’re either a conservative or a dirty liberal and the middle ground is for liberals who want to lie about being conservative, right? And let’s use fun name-calling language while you’re at it. Libtards. Lie-berals. Commies. Socialists. What have you.

        Republicans are all not going to be able to magically turn this off during election season. Too many have been talking like this for too long without anyone in the echo chamber calling them on it. This is more true now than four years ago.

  7. greencracker says:

    “He speaks without prepared remarks, he cares little about messaging …”

    Maybe this is part of what contributes to his popularity. Prepared remarks + on-message = BOOORRRRING! Talking points are lifeless.

    Talking points are like the computer that answers 1-800 customer service lines: “Press 1 for my schools plan. Press 2 for my views on Iran.”

    All the answers are bland, committee-approved and there’s no 0 to press to speak to a real human.

    I’ve never heard The Donald give a speech in real life. I don’t know if he really believes the any of things he says. But I suspect whatever he does in a speech/interview, make you want to punch a wall or make you want to dance, he ain’t putting you to sleep.

    Who are the good stump speakers out there? Is there anybody, that when you see them step to the mic at a rally and ask for your votes, you don’t yawn after a couple minutes and look for a way out of the room?

    I get that Trump going around under the Republican banner is bad for Brand GOP. But I submit that any brand might look into the value of a little more showmanship than what’s out there.

  8. Three Jack says:

    It’s disturbingly interesting that Trump is considered to be wacked because he wants to secure the border, restore America’s status as the prominent market in the world, reform the tax code and take on our enemies via strength. But Bernie Sanders is normal despite being an admitted socialist who wants government to control wealth by redistributing income to those who don’t do for themselves along with other batsh*t crazy ideas. We indeed live in a strange time.

    “I don’t buy the war hero thing. Anybody can be captured. I thought the idea was to capture them. As far as I’m concerned he sat out the war.” Al Franken, circa 2000 regarding John McCain.

    • benevolus says:

      Yikes, there must be libraries full of jokes by comedians about politicians. What’s the point? Trump is actually auditioning for a job on SNL?

      • Three Jack says:

        Point – this is not the first time somebody cracked wise about McCain’s service and it certainly did not end Franken’s political career as he went on to become a senator even though he had no elected experience.

          • Three Jack says:

            Whether or not he was joking, the real point is how media decides who is wacked and who is not by their reporting. Trump, totally wacked if you follow media reports. Sanders drawing huge crowds to hear his ‘populist’ message according to the same media.

            I long ago gave up getting pissed about the double standard applied by most in media, but still like to point it out.

  9. notsplost says:

    “Donald Trump is the worst thing to happen to the Republican Party since Todd Akin opened his mouth that one time. ”

    Well that certainly seems like hyperbole. What did Trump actually say? I’d have preferred that he call out McCain’s awful war mongering record as a Senator instead of questioning his heroism, but last I checked we still have a 1st amendment and speaking your mind should be encouraged, not met with censorship.

    Trump is attractive precisely because he speaks his mind and doesn’t back down. His high polling numbers are more of an indictment of the clown-car bunch of candidates the GOP is trying to push than anything else. If he can sustain this into next year I’d be surprised, but I suspect some candidate will emerge from the Paul/Cruz/Trump trio who will win a bunch of primaries and send the media and the mainstream GOP into fits of apoplexy.

    Since I’m voting for Bernie Sanders this will all be mere entertainment. Pass the popcorn, and enjoy the karma …

    • Charlie says:

      “…but last I checked we still have a 1st amendment and speaking your mind should be encouraged, not met with censorship.”

      How intellectually lazy do you have to be to see a criticism of someone and somehow decide that criticism = censorship?

      Mr Trump has the right to be a carnival sideshow and an ass. The rest of the world continues to have the right to point that out.

      • notsplost says:

        I’m not accusing you or the author of censorship, but when organizations like the Des Moines Register call for a candidate to drop out based solely on words, that is close enough to censorship for government work.

        The “un-fit” to be President lines (again not from this blog, but other parts of the media) are not merely criticism – they’re an attempt to drive out a legitimate candidate from the public sphere.

        The hyperbolic criticism of Trump caught my attention. We live in an age where the only thing not tolerated is free expression.

        • benevolus says:

          Is there anything he (or any candidate) could say that would cause you to suggest they drop out? What if he said the moon landing was fake? What if Hillary said the only way to be a patriot is to vote Democratic?

          If you are “non-partisan” and don’t care what happens to the parties then maybe anything goes for you. But these candidates are running for a party nomination and the Party should have some say in who they nominate.

          And I will go on record as saying that I don’t think Trump is a legitimate candidate. He is an entertainer with a huge ego. He is selling himself because it makes himself feel good. He has no real strategy or agenda or vision. He is shooting from the hip like he always does. He apparently has some talent doing this when it comes to real estate (although I believe several of his companies have been in bankruptcy, which means even though he is a billionaire he likely did not pay a bunch of people he owed money to in the past), but not what we hope for in someone who holds life or death power over millions of people.

          • notsplost says:

            Certainly outright treason would qualify as a something to merit calls for withdrawal – say promising to dissolve Congress or loyalty to a foreign power.

            But so much of what Congress does these days qualifies as treason (and loyalty to foreign powers, i.e. TPP) that I’m not sure dissolving it would be such a bad idea.

            We’re all free to draw our own conclusions on Trump and vote accordingly. It’s the monotone chorus of GOP shouters that got my attention – whether it’s coordinated or not is up for debate.

        • Charlie says:

          Please explain to me why the Des Moines Register doesn’t have a first amendment right to call for a candidate to drop out of the race, for any reason.

          Why does Trump have a right to use whatever words he wants, but when someone else responds with the words they want, this becomes censorship?

          I repeat, this is beyond intellectually lazy. It also reeks of an unearned victimhood mentality.

          • notsplost says:

            They have the right to editorialize any way they want, but when viewed in the context of a larger media storm of shouters demanding Trump apologize/pull out of the race it seems that I have the right to question whether “the Lady doth protest too much.” Many of these media outlets (not this blog) are owned by large multinational corporations who have a lot to lose if a Trump (or a Sanders) were to somehow become President.

            You can of course call me anything you want, but ask yourself this: who did more ‘damage’ to the GOP – Trump for questioning McCain’s war record, or McCain in voting for two wars including one in Iraq under false pretenses ( just today we got more confirmation that there were no WMDs?)

            • Charlie says:

              The circular loop of your last three posts tell me that irony and self-awareness is lost on you.

              You are the one that called this censorship. That word has a very specific meaning. It has no place in your argument.

              Instead, you’re trying to redefine it but have in the process revealed full populist victimhood, complete with making the media a false boogeyman.

              Do you know who is loving a Trump candidacy? The media. There’s a reason he’s on every channel when the GOP alone has 16 announced candidates. He makes their job very easy, and gets eyeballs to them.

              The fact that you somehow believe that they will lose money if this continues tells me that you really don’t want to be bothered with fact nor rational thought. You just want someone to scream the things you have decided to be true, and want to whine when others point out that the things you believe “are just that simple” really aren’t.

      • Ellynn says:

        Be careful Charlie, calling Trump an ass can get your personal cell phone number give out on live TV… Of course I’m sure some people would call that ‘speaking your mind’. 😉

  10. saltycracker says:

    The mainstream media could have as much fun with the Clintons, Sanders or the Administration’s direction with their minions but that’s not their agenda.

    • saltycracker says:

      Only if we are crazy enough to nominate Trump vs Clinton then he has my “hold your nose and close your eyes” vote.

  11. John Konop says:

    One thing is very clear, Trump is a dream to drive ratings for TV/Radio/news/talk shows. This is the most commented post on the PP by far on the front page, verse real issues that have been posted. Trump sucks all the oxygen out of room, for the other GOP candidates and real issues. Yet he also will drive up viewership for the GOP debates, and race. A real catch 22……Charlie is correct, if it becomes more about the side show than real issues…not good for the GOP. Trump actually could add some very stimulating, and thoughtful debate on many issues. The problem is Trump is also a celebrity, who loves being provocative first, over real debate on issues. Trump is a very smart guy, this will only open more doors for him to make money, no matter the results. After this run, he will have his own show on politics….why Fox is hyping him. Win-win for Fox and Trump….but could be a bad hangover for the rest of us.

  12. Three Jack says:

    I would argue that Trump’s antics could actually lead to a real discussion about some issues as opposed to the typical stale soundbites regurgitated by stale, pale male pols. Compare candidate announcements of the 16 so far. All but Trump read from almost the exact same script with few if any new ideas offered.

    I don’t always agree with Trump, but he has attracted attention which is more than any of the other candidates have done or will do if they all operate from the same old GOP playbook.

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