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Former AZ Governor Jan Brewer Endorses Donald Trump

Former AZ Governor Jan Brewer Endorses Donald Trump

“As a Washington outsider, Mr. Trump gets it.”

I must admit, I was not particularly moved when Governor Chris Christie endorse Donald Trump for President.

However, today, there is an endorsement from someone I have respected for quite some time.

The former Arizona governor who famously wagged her finger at President Barack Obama and who signed the state’s controversial 2010 immigration law, on Saturday endorsed celebrity billionaire Donald Trump in the Republican presidential race.

“For years I pleaded with the federal government to do their job and secure our border,” [said Jan] Brewer, who left office in early 2015, said in a written statement released Saturday by Trump’s campaign. “Today, we can elect a President who will do just that — Donald J. Trump. Mr. Trump will secure our borders, defend our workers and protect our sovereignty. Mr. Trump will stand for our law enforcement, our police and our immigration officers. Mr. Trump will actually enforce the rule of law.

“As a Washington outsider, Mr. Trump gets it,” Brewer added. “He will listen to the people and fight for the citizens of the United States.”

Brewer’s greeting of President Obama on the tarmac in 2012 was one of the few heart-warming moments I have had during his administration.

…As Brewer told pool reporters on the scene, Obama took umbrage at Brewer’s recent memoir. She minced no words on the cover: “Scorpions for Breakfast: My Fight Against Special Interests, Liberal Media, and Cynical Politicos to Secure America’s Border.”

And she minced no words describing her impressions of Obama as they sparred over her state’s tough immigration enforcement law, which is now the subject of a Justice Department witch-hunt. Brewer called Obama “patronizing” and “condescending.” I’d say she was excruciatingly polite.

According to Brewer, “He was a little disturbed about my book. … I said to him that I have all the respect in the world for the office of the president. The book is what the book is. I asked him if he read the book. He said he read (an) excerpt.” In the shadow of Air Force One, Obama complained that Brewer hadn’t “treated him cordially” and then stalked off while she was responding mid-sentence.

Photogs captured the fracas on film. The civility police gasped at Brewer’s “disrespectful” finger-pointing. On cue, one progressive commentator insinuated the gesture was a “racist” jab tantamount to lynching.

While the primary process is still continuing, and flocks of black swans are on the horizon, the Republican candidate has yet to be chosen.

As I have noted before, I am prepared to vote for the Republican, no matter who is selected. However, I deeply respected Brewer’s willingness to fight for her state, and I will now be a little more comfortable pulling the lever for Trump if he is the last man standing.

I wish my Republican friends joy in the upcoming set of elections, where they still have a say in who will ultimately be picked. As a Democrat, my options are about to become much more limited.

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I will now be a little more comfortable pulling the lever for Trump if he is the last man standing. Not exactly a strong endorsement, but hey, it’s honest. Frankly I am surprised to see this on LI.

JimMtnViewCaUSA | February 28, 2016 at 7:58 am

“an endorsement from someone I have respected for quite some time.”
Me too.
I “liked” the Gov on Facebook months and months ago. Haven’t seen anything objectionable, quite the reverse.

Trump is just one guy. Congress will largely ignore him. But he may bring in helpers much better than he is. Hard to imagine that with Hillary in charge.

    Trump fans have been saying for months that Trump is the antidote to congressional Republicans’ failure to roll back the Obama agenda (which never made sense on any level).

    Trump fans have been wanting him to “blow the whole thing up” or “burn the place down” — destroy the GOP, ride roughshod over Congress.

    But in your scenario, the RINO Congress keeps being RINOish, while Trump acts like the Democrat in drag that he is. (That’s a long way from what the Trump fans are fantasizing about.)

    Unless Trump’s massive negatives throw Congress to the Dems, and the White House to Hillary.

Hillary and Trumph are two sides of the same coin – a bad penny.

As I recall, she went out with rather low ratings from conservatives after she flopped and caved on ObamaDoggle (ACA).

A mixed bag, at best…

    Gremlin1974 in reply to Ragspierre. | February 28, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    Yea, but I still found it surprising. Gov. Brewer is a smart lady, and Trump isn’t that convincing except to his cultists. So I am surprised she can’t see through him.

    It honestly makes me wonder how many of these endorsements are in exchange for payment.

DINORightMarie | February 28, 2016 at 9:08 am

I just “unliked” her page on FB.

She caved on too much….and now this. Trump is Hillary’s evil male twin, IMHO.

You can’t trust him; you can’t believe him; and, you can’t expect him, as President, to behave in any other way than he has in this election.

Hillary will tear him to SHREDS over his record, over his shady dealings, over his bankruptcies, over his womanizing, over his many yet-to-be-revealed abuses of women.

What a NIGHTMARE that anyone is endorsing him. Especially a so-called Conservative – especially a woman!

My guess: the fix is in somewhere, the word is out: Rubio is the establishment RINO choice. Keep Ted Cruz out at ALL costs!! Pretend to like Trump, to support Trump, and we’ll support you/your PAC/your candidates in upcoming elections……. Brewer is no fool. She, like Nikki Haley, has her reasons – and it’s not because Trump says he’ll build the wall or stop amnesty……

    That’s too bad, DinoRight…and I am sorry to see you go. However, I have always been 100% honest about my position – I will pull the lever for any Republican candidate.

    I would have preferred almost anyone else. However, it appears at this point, Team Republican is going to pick Trump for its banner carrier.

    I didn’t cave, and if another man gets the nod, I will be happy to vote for him.

    It appears that the biggest pleasure I will have this election cycle is voting against Hillary Clinton…twice.

    I remember Brewing caving on some things too.

    It’s funny how Trumpsters have been railing against Republicans who caved on this or that, or just failed to roll back the whole Obama agenda while he’s still president — but now they’re saying how great it is for people to abandon their principles and get on the Trump Train because there’s a big crowd of people doing the same.

    Going along with the crowd appears to be the new Golden Rule of Trumpism.

    conservative tarheel in reply to DINORightMarie. | February 28, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    this is my fear ….

Trump is leading Clinton in the polls for the general election at RCP. Don’t look at their summary on the front page as this is the same numbers they have posted for over a month.

They show Clinton beating Trump but when you look at the general election poll link you will see that in Georgia, Florida, and Ohio the Feb 22 and 24 polls show Trump beating Clinton.

We know Clinton will be the Dem Nominee. The DOJ will delay and the FBI will fume but no indictment will be produced until after the election.

Trump’s rise over Clinton comes because of his back to back wins in conservative states and there is more coming.

Trump will be the nominee unless the GOP stupidly decides to attempt to steal the Nom at the convention. And then they will implode so I don’t know what will be the end result.

And all the talk of unfavorables? They’re showing Trump’s unfavorables during the primary but comparing the to the unfavorables of the Nominees of their respective election year.

Things change once the Nominee becomes clear. That’s why Hillary has such large numbers due to the knowledge that she will be the nominee. This allows the fence sitters to make a clear choice and the polls reflect that.

Trumps numbers will improve once it is clear that he is the presumptive nominee and if the convention is honest then after he is nominated they will improve more.

Look for almost a clean sweep. Exceptions will be Minnesota and possibly Michigan but perhaps not due to the justifiable fear of the middle and lower class both white and minority about the rise of Muslims in their states.

Pretty much every other state will go Trump. They know what Hillary means: 4 more years of Obama politics and policies.

    Radegunda in reply to jakee308. | February 28, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    A majority of the electorate was fooled into seeing Obama is a wise leader and a messianic healer and unifier.

    A large part of the electorate is still capable of being willfully deluded, since they believe that Trump is many things he is manifestly not — honest, trustworthy, principled, selfless and self-sacrificing, and truly concerned about the little people.

    Seeing Trump as any of those things requires even more self-delusion than tacking a heroic image onto the relatively unknown Obama.

    Ragspierre in reply to jakee308. | February 28, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    Der Donald is a living, breathing, stinking bag of instant buyer’s remorse for anyone contemplating voting for the Collectivist thug.

    #NEVERTrump

    Gremlin1974 in reply to jakee308. | February 28, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    Yes, but those polls are basiclly useless until the nominee is chosen, because they will change dramatically.

There will be more endorsements.

The conservative purists here who continue yapping their ignorant, intolerant, holier-than-thou nasties and mean attitudes are demonstrating exactly why what they want will not win in this election.

    Helen in reply to janitor. | February 28, 2016 at 11:24 am

    I don’t consider myself a conservative purist, however, I have a hard time listening to Donald Trump (always have), exhibiting behavior I wouldn’t want any kid to exhibit. How have we sunk so low? I don’t know about ‘ignorant, intolerant, holier-than-thou nasties and mean attitudes’, I just want better for my country.

      janitor in reply to Helen. | February 28, 2016 at 11:51 am

      Well then look at Donald Trump’s own kids and see how they turned out.

        Radegunda in reply to janitor. | February 28, 2016 at 11:58 am

        His kids aren’t running for president, but it’s pretty funny that your defense of Trump’s appalling character is to point out that his kids appear to have turned out much better than him — which probably means they got their manners from their mother.

        Radegunda in reply to janitor. | February 28, 2016 at 12:00 pm

        People have said that Chelsea Clinton is nicer than her mother and apparently more decent than her father. By your logic, that means Hillary is great.

          janitor in reply to Radegunda. | February 28, 2016 at 12:39 pm

          I was responding to the comment “exhibiting behavior I wouldn’t want any kid to exhibit”. (Arguendo. I haven’t seen any such behavior.) But in any event, not something to be worried about.

          As for “nice”, I’m not advocating for “nice”. I simply was responding to another “Trump isn’t nice” concern.

          Gremlin1974 in reply to Radegunda. | February 28, 2016 at 5:39 pm

          Chelsa is also not nearly as bright as either of her parents, especially her father.

        Radegunda in reply to janitor. | February 28, 2016 at 12:10 pm

        Ivanka must have thought it was very nice and paternal when her father publicly expressed lust for her body.

        Helen in reply to janitor. | February 28, 2016 at 1:01 pm

        I watched Barbara Walters interview the Donald and his offspring many years ago. He struck me as a very controlling father, demeaned them on camera about no smoking, drinking, etc. (they were adults at the time). It just seemed very disturbing to me. I’m sure his money translated into a lot of control, if I had to guess. As for his behavior that I wouldn’t want exhibited by children, just look at his bullying style. I don’t necessarily want ‘nice’ either, but I do expect a little maturity out of my president. We’ve had 8 years of petulance, not looking forward to another 4-8 from this guy. That said, if he’s the nominee, I will be forced to vote for him as I will never vote for Hillary or Bernie. Hopefully, if it is Trump, he’ll grow up a bit and be a better president than I am expecting at this time.

          Radegunda in reply to Helen. | February 28, 2016 at 1:17 pm

          If Trump hasn’t grown up by age 69, he’s never going to. And his fans are telling themselves that his juvenile behavior means “authenticity” and therefore trustworthiness.

          As for Obama, at least he tries, most of the time, to project am image of maturity and thoughtfulness in public. Trump thinks he doesn’t have to. Apparently manners are for little people.

          Some of his fans say his demeanor represents average Americans — which doesn’t say much for their idea of average America. But it actually represents the spoiled rich brat who gets away with things that the rest of us could not.

          I grew up very average, maybe below average economically — and no one in my extended family behaves as badly as Trump.

          It’s absolutely shameful that Trump and his minions keep bringing up the “non-politically correct” canard to excuse his glaring lack of old-fashioned manners and decency.

          Gremlin1974 in reply to Helen. | February 28, 2016 at 5:41 pm

          The problem I have with he bullying attitude is in business when you bully you either win or lose money. In the position he is running for his bullying could cost soldiers their lives.

      Gremlin1974 in reply to Helen. | February 28, 2016 at 5:38 pm

      If you really want to better the country then I think you would support a candidate who hasn’t changed their stance on every single position of importance within the past 2 years, like Trump has.

    Radegunda in reply to janitor. | February 28, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    This isn’t about conservative “purism.” It’s about having any principles at all aside from ego and lust for power and status.

    Those are Trump’s only steady principles. And his fans have abandoned or changed their own “principles” just to defend him and sustain their superhero fantasy.

    Not lot ago, they were railing against the “he can win” approach to choosing a nominee, and railing against the “RINOs” who aren’t sufficiently conservative in office, and insisting that Trump is the solid-gold answer to the RINO problem and an unbending champion of conservatism and the Constitution.

    When the evidence against that bizarre notion became too overwhelming, Trump fans shifted to “Hey, do you want to be a purist or do you want to win elections!”

    Never mind that Trump’s lead in the primaries is a result of many voters’ refusal to hold him to any standards whatsoever, so it’s all circular.

    But his negatives are still much higher than Hillary’s, and he easily matches her in the lying department (“Nobody reads the Bible more than me!”). Sure, a lot of people consider her “unlikeable,” but a lot of people regard Trump as an appalling, obnoxious fraud. At least Hillary tries to project some dignity.

    Ragspierre in reply to janitor. | February 28, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    “There will be more endorsements.”

    Wul, duh.

    Sadly, and disgustingly, some of them will be like Palin and Brewer…fire sales of principle and contradiction of former positions.

    T-rump has made it clear he’ll assure that Uncle Sugar hangs on to Western States’ land.

    Oh, and he’ll assure that there’s no “drill, baby, drill” on them, too.

    He said so, you fool. He’s just a New York Collectivist thug.

      Rut Row,

      Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) endorsed Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Huntsville Sunday evening. Sessions promised a “Gang of Eight” type of immigration reform bill would not will be passed in a Donald Trump presidency.

      “There is an opportunity this year, Tuesday, and we have the opportunity — we have an opportunity Tuesday. It may be the last opportunity we have for the people’s voice to be heard. You have asked for 30 years, and politicians have promised for 30 years to fix illegal immigration,” Sessions said.

      “The American people have known for years these trade agreements have not been working for them,” Sessions stumped. “We now have and will soon have a vote on the Transpacific Partnership TPP), Obamatrade, and it will damage America. It will create a commission that undermines our sovereignty, and it should not pass. Donald Trump when he gets elected president will see it does not pass.”

      Sessions said Trump is not perfect, but nobody is and endorsed the candidate.

      “This movement, he doesn’t take money from political groups and lobbyists. He is committed to leading this country in an effective way. You know, nobody is perfect. We can’t have everything, can we, Mr. Trump? But I can tell you one thing, I think at this time in my opinion, my best judgment, at this time in America’s history, we need to make America great again!” Sessions said, repeating Trump’s campaign slogan.

      “I am pleased to endorse Donald Trump for the presidency of the United States,” Sessions endorsed.

      “We are in a movement that must not fade away,” Sessions told the crowd. “The bosses are you. The people in Washington are public servants and they serve you.”

      Immediately after the Sessions endorsement

    Milhouse in reply to janitor. | February 28, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    Nobody is more ignorant than con-man Trump.

Funny that Trump didn’t “get it” until the moment he decided to run for president. There’s much that he was very, very wrong on until age 69, when he saw that the GOP ticket would be his best shot for the presidency.

    janitor in reply to Radegunda. | February 28, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    Five comments in a row. Sock puppet trolling for traffic.

      Radegunda in reply to janitor. | February 28, 2016 at 1:06 pm

      In other words, you have no response to the plain fact that Trump’s “principles” today are quite different from his “principles” of a year ago, or even his “principles” of yesterday.

      You’re the one telling people they should abandon their principles and get on the bandwagon with your superhero – just as Trump fans have turned their own arguments upside down.

I wonder if he told her afterward, “Get on the plane and go home. It’s over there. Go home.” — as he did to his good friend Chris Christie after Christie nobly endorsed him.

Once Trump gets what he wants out of you, he says “go away.” Or he sues you if you somehow impede his ego-building aims.

Never Trump

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