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Quick Reaction to Trump acceptance speech

Quick Reaction to Trump acceptance speech

Controlled. Red Meat. Might Resonate.

I just sent this in for Morning Insurrection. (If you don’t subscribe, you should here.)

“TRUMP SPEECH – It was very good. Controlled, focused, full of ‘red meat’ for people left behind in the economy. And it was controlled. Did I say controlled? Of course, I’m writing this as the speech is nearing the end, and he hasn’t hit Twitter yet. But in the moment, it’s possible to believe that he has a message that may resonate.”

Some highlights:

Those left behind

Rigged system – an appeal to Bernie supporters

“I’m with you”

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I have to admit, it was a good speech!
There were an awful lot of promises in there that will he will probably note be able to achieve, but he gave the impression that he would honestly be trying to accomplish them. That was the most charismatic speech I have heard from him.

I would vote for nearly anybody other than Hillary, and have basically viewed this race as the lessor of two evils, but that speech tonight actually gave me some hope that Trump might do a decent job. I certainly agree with most of what he said. Now hopefully he will win and get a chance to prove his merit.

    heyjoojoo in reply to fogflyer. | July 22, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    I agree – probably among the best speech I’ve ever heard at a RNC Convention. Trump really sounded like he was part of the people. I think he learns quickly and picks up on things remarkably fast. He makes that connection he needs to make.

    Can you imagine Hillary doing that? Neither can I.

      murkyv in reply to heyjoojoo. | July 22, 2016 at 6:09 pm

      He’s been connecting with the people like that at his rallies since the very first one over a year ago.

      That’s why his venues went from hotel ballrooms to stadiums in just a few months.

      While the other candidates couldn’t fill a Waffle House.

I need a cigarette and I don’t even smoke.
Weeeew. That was in many ways very similar to his campaign speeches but at the same time it was very different.

It was a good speech. Moreover, as a Cruz supporter, I have to say that the Stones’ close out was a good choice.
I hope Trump wins in November.

He needed a speech that anyone could understand. Check. He needed to tell truths that both Republicans and Democrats have been afraid to utter for the last 30 years but which has driven his campaign. Check. He needed to step away from the social issue nonsense that would’ve been HRC’s first line of attack against a Cruz type. Check. And he needed to do it without crashing through the guard rails. Check.

Off to a good start. Cruz will be forgotten by tomorrow.

The GOP is now the Trump GOP conservative populist america first nationalist.

The transition of the GOP to the light side of the force is now complete.

That pretty much nails it.

Glad I lived long enough to see the next Reagan. God bless Donald Trump and God bless the USA.

Common Sense | July 22, 2016 at 12:02 am

Great speech and now the general election starts!

stevewhitemd | July 22, 2016 at 12:02 am

Good speech. A couple ad libs that weren’t in the text definitely helped.

I’d like to see him modulate his voice a little more. He did that at times tonight. He’s more effective when he’s not shouting all the time.

I didn’t feel a natural flow or rhythm; in a way that was good — it felt less scripted and less ‘professional’, more his own words. I’m sure he had writers to help with this speech, but they left his voice in.

So overall, a good effort. I think the contrast between him and Hilarity will be clear to all.

I don’t think it gets any better for Trump. Still there were many rough patches, like the way he said LGBTQ (to be fair, I’m not sure there is any elegant way of saying it) or his grimacing.
The way he promised to send our economy into a tailspin is a deal breaker for me. Single most important issue, actually.
While I agree with the general sentiment about the terrorism, law enforcement and immigration, Trump doesn’t have my trust. Single speech changes nothing, sorry.
To sum: no sale. Still prefer Hillary, the devil we know, the devil we can oppose.

    Confused. Couldn’t you oppose President Trump like you would oppose President Clinton? Yet you’d rather have the devil you know, when the one you don’t know may not even be a devil?

      No. I still hopes to resurrect the Republican Party as a natural home of conservatism. As such we can work on it develop into an effective opposition to Hillary. To oppose Trump I’d have to join the Democrats. Conservatism will be dead. I’m in it for my country, not for some guy who ran on the republican platform which, apparently, should be enough for me to believe that he’s the lesser of two evils.
      I know Trump is not trustworthy and is not qualified to be the President of the United States. I know it by looking at him, looking at his life, his statement, his friends and family.
      Hillary, I know who she is. I can survive four years of her. Then, hopefully, we can replace her with a conservative.
      And if this really is it, if this really is the end of conservatism, then I need to take few years off to figure out what, if anything, American politics have to offer to me. No need to rush.

        You sound a bit to certain of the future, which, of course, you have no way of knowing. Don’t believe you are the authority on “true” conservatism either.

        gulfbreeze in reply to edgeofthesandbox. | July 22, 2016 at 8:10 am

        And you think Hillary and Dems will give you “free market, hawkish, pro-family” policies?

        If so, you’ve been asleep for the last eight years, and know absolutely nothing about where Hillary and Dems intend to go in the next 4 years.

        “After five and a half years as Chair of the DNC, I could not be more proud of the fact that this platform is poised to be the most progressive, inclusive and ambitious one in the Democratic Party’s history.”

        — DNC CHAIR DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

        Educate yourself! Download the DNC party platform draft here:

        https://www.demconvention.com/platform/

        Then let us know where you find your “free market, hawkish, pro-family” policies that you can not only live with, but PREFER!?!? in Hillary.

        buckeyeminuteman in reply to edgeofthesandbox. | July 22, 2016 at 9:28 am

        Hope is not a course of action, it’s an election campaign strategy. Remember? After 8 terrible years we thought we could get a conservative and look where we’re at. With 4 or 8 years of Hillary on top of Obama’s 8 I think getting a real conservative will be that much harder.

        heyjoojoo in reply to edgeofthesandbox. | July 22, 2016 at 4:09 pm

        you’re in it for the establishment. I suggest you progress in 2016, otherwise the Trump train will leave you in the dust.

      scooterjay in reply to oldschooltwentysix. | July 22, 2016 at 8:08 am

      No doubt!

    So, you prefer Hillary who you KNOW will pack the SCOTUS with people who will gut the first amendment, eliminate the second, and trash the fifth?

    And you honestly expect the Republicans in the Senate to OPPOSE her?!

    Sure. Spend the next four years “opposing” Hillary, the same way you opposed Obama the past 7+, and then wonder how things got to be so bad.

    That attitude is precisely why there even is a Trump.

Mark my words: This speech will put Trump even or ahead of Hillary in polls by Monday, when the Democratic convention begins.#RNCinCLE

— Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) July 22, 2016

Keep in mind that Luntz has been critical of Trump.

    Barry in reply to RodFC. | July 22, 2016 at 12:34 am

    Luntz is a tool of the corporate globalist crowd. Pushpolls, whatever you pay for.

    By November he’ll be claiming he saw it coming all along…

Oh and that little tie “magazine” of Serriff’s Joe was great too.

The professor is right, it was a speech which spoke to the middle of the country and will resonate.

He means what he says.

Didn’t watch it but read it. It read fine, and if delivery was good (which sounds like it was good), probably effective.

Some word analysis was done on pre-released text…

I – 64 times
We – 60 times
America – 19 times
Freedom – 1 time
Liberty – 0 times
Constitution – 0 times

    And pro-life?

      VaGentleman in reply to edgeofthesandbox. | July 22, 2016 at 5:52 am

      Pro life is irrelevant if you don’t have the court. If your gal Hillary gets in, that won’t happen for at least 40 years, if ever. Your willingness to support Hillary destroys all the conservative values you claim to have.

      gulfbreeze in reply to edgeofthesandbox. | July 22, 2016 at 8:36 am

      Why are you worried about Trump being pro-life? You just said above you “still prefer Hillary, the devil we know”!

      VaGentleman has you pegged exactly. Your reasoning is daft.

      You actually believe Hillary will nominate a pro-life SCOTUS justice to replace Scalia or how many other justices in the next 4-8 years? Or are you counting on SCOTUS existing with 8 justices until 2020 when St. Teddy will descend from the heavens above D.C. on a white horse to slay all progressives and moderates from both parties and usher in some “1000-year Reign of Conservatism”?

      Oh yes, I believe your cause is noble. Unfortunately, it has no basis in reality.

    Subotai Bahadur in reply to fwiffo. | July 22, 2016 at 3:22 am

    The analysis may have been done on pre-released text, but it must not have been complete. I know I heard Constitution at least 3 times. That puts the other numbers in question, too.

    stevewhitemd in reply to fwiffo. | July 22, 2016 at 9:04 am

    Definitely mentioned the Constitution when he promised to appoint a SC Justice like Scalia to replace the late Scalia.

    buckeyeminuteman in reply to fwiffo. | July 22, 2016 at 9:30 am

    I and We were probably used that many times in Obama’s speech. “We are the ones we have been waiting for.”

This speech was basically a call for justice.

Do we allow Hillary to get away with her crimes, or do we elect a person who will uphold the law?

I, for one, think this speech made it an easy choice.

Also, anything that terrifies Van Jones politically, is a bonus in my opinion. Trump hit this speech out of the park.

    Observer in reply to Paul. | July 22, 2016 at 8:35 am

    Yes, if that commie Van Jones disliked the speech, it must have been good.

    If nothing else, Trump has the right enemies.

Yes indeed. As some noticed a while back, Mr. Trump is a talented man with a goodly array of useful skills.

On the other hand … Hurricane Donald’s hair is still a national catastrophe—perhaps almost as bad as President Zach Taylor’s disreputable trousers, legendary in their day—but I think any fair-minded American would agree that the coiffures of the Trump women make up for it. He was wise to use them for tactical support. This is a man cognizant of his weaknesses, and able to compensate where necessary.

“You Can’t Always Get What You Want”

So, this time around the empty chair is being replaced by an empty suit.

That must be what you need.

    Clearly a failure. The man has accomplished nothing in his entire life. Cripes, just look at those children of his–the sheer sense of entitlement alone.
    /////////

    David Duke got exactly what he wanted.

      The problem with inbred cultural paranoia is while trying to keep you safe (often in very counterproductive ways) it can also make you stupid. Hitler doesn’t live under every rock and leaders who combine compassion to protect, employ, and uplift all citizens with national pride and a country first trade and foreign policy aren’t coming for your children in the night.

      Also claims that Trump won’t appoint conservatives to Supreme court are just lies not based on any evidence. It is a lie designed to try and rationalize one’s own irrational and illogical thinking.

      There is absolutely no question whatsoever that Trump will appoint conservatives to supreme court. He says it over and over and even published a list from whom he would make appoints. Something nobody has ever done before.

      You support Hillary because you are either a fool or because everything you claim here to believe is a lie and you are just a left wing democrat pretending to be a disaffected republican.

        No, Hitler doesn’t live under every rock, but that Trump’s speech is liked by David Duke 100% is pretty serious. It’s not just that I’m not interested in Trump’s agenda, the people who are interested in it are the ones I oppose.
        I know that Trump will not appoint conservative judges because a) he already stated that and b) he has no use for conservative judges. There is nothing in his personal history, there was nothing in his nomination speech, that would indicate Trump has the worldview of a person who will appoint conservatives to SCOTUS.
        Yes, I’m a left democrat because, as we know, everyone else loves Trump.

          Such childush reasoning. Hillary’s speeches are liked 100% compared to Trump’s by every jew hating knife wielding middle east muslim killer, and Hillary wants to import millions of them to a neighborhood near you. She also wants to make sure Iran gets nuclear weapons. But for you and your magical thinking the real existential threat is what some powerless moron in Louisiana says on the internet. Some jews will still be voting democrat while the democrats are building the walls around the new ghettos.

          Again Trump will appoint cobservatives to supreme court. That FACT is supported by all available objective evidence. And you support Hillary who promises to appoint people who actively deride our constitution in the mold of RBG. You can count on Hillary putting the first jew hating closet supporter of the muslim brotherhood on the court but noooo that doesn’t bother you at all.

          Every Jew-hating middle eastern dictate doesn’t like Hillary’s speeches 100%.
          “All available objective evidence” can never predict future behavior. Only the crystal ball!

        murkyv in reply to JYLD. | July 22, 2016 at 6:26 pm

        Wish I could give you a Thumbs Up the size of Trump Tower for that post.

        Kudos!

VaGentleman | July 22, 2016 at 5:53 am

A really good reaction on Virginia Right.

http://www.varight.com/opinion/cruz-fails-trump-sails-either-you-are-part-of-the-solution-or-you-are-the-problem/

Speaking of the VA delegation and the anti-Trump revolt:

“To put it simply, these people fought tooth and nail to attend a Convention where they were bound to vote for someone whom they objected to. There was no shortage of willing Trump supporters lined up to be Delegates. So these folks pledged to support the nominee knowing they would not and pledged to cast their votes as directed by the voters, something to which they also objected. And they fought hard to put themselves in this position.

And once they got to the Convention they tried unsuccessfully to change the rules to thwart the will of their fellow Virginian’s and impose the will of a few people who supported the candidate who came in 3rd place. They attempted to disenfranchise my vote and that of everyone else not a Cruz supporter.

This was an unconscionable act from a handful of people who claim to have a conscience?

Whatever acts they find objectionable in Mr. Trump, their tactics and disregard for the voters of Virginia betray their feigned moral objections to the nominee. Such calloused indifference to others makes them as morally deficient as they believe Donald Trump to be.”

And it gets better. The section on how Trump wins and will win is excellent.
Well worth the read.

“But in the moment, it’s possible to believe that he has a message that may resonate.”
Damned with faint praise. Wow, Professor, you won’t give an inch, will you?

America’s longest suicide note ever!

    gulfbreeze in reply to jennifer a johnson. | July 22, 2016 at 8:50 am

    I agree your flurry of TDS posts indicate terminal status.

    I will not stand by and ignore the “see something, say something” warnings.

    I’ve called 911 for you. I trust they’ll reach you in time.

Welcome to the church of Donald Trump Superstar and the New Progressive Right RNC!

I prefer the crazy hair over plain old crazy cankles!

I imagine we will have the lowest voter turnout ever this year. What a choice, and wWhat an indictment on our population that this is the best we can do to select a leader to run our country during these perilous times. The era of the statesman is over. The era of charlantry began with Obama and will apparently continue.

    Old0311 in reply to gasper. | July 22, 2016 at 9:13 am

    TR died long ago.

    JYLD in reply to gasper. | July 22, 2016 at 11:05 am

    On the contrary the v turnout for Trump will be Yuuge.

    Barry in reply to gasper. | July 22, 2016 at 11:16 am

    “I imagine we will have the lowest voter turnout ever this year.”

    You few nevertrumpers living in your self imposed bubble have no clue what is and has taken place.

    The republican primary had a record turnout. The D primary had a low turnout. The republican candidate for president will receive a record number of votes in the general.

      gasper in reply to Barry. | July 22, 2016 at 12:46 pm

      The primaries are not the general. There is no enthusiasm, only anger. Fully half the electorate are unhappy at this time. Trump received 47% of the primary vote and the other candidates won 53%. These percentages only pertain to Cruz, Rubio and Kasich. What are those other 53% of voters going to do? Some will follow Trump, but not all. Same thing will happen on the Democrat side. Not all Bernie’s followers will follow Clinton. To me, this all leads to low turnout. 13 million voted for Trump in the primaries – there are 146.5 million registered voters. 86% of those voted in the 2012 election. And yes, many of Cruz’s supporters are angry about the way Trump spoke of Cruz’s wife and father – but I imagine many Trump supporters do the same thing to others – so why be concerned about a little thing like “honor”. It’s a foreign concept.

        Barry in reply to gasper. | July 22, 2016 at 8:04 pm

        “To me, this all leads to…”

        Living inside your little bubble will do this.

        You simply have no clue, all because you are a “sore loser”.

        TDS has blinded you all to basic politics.

        But hey, not to worry, the new TDS meme is impeachment. You’ll get to hang on to that for the next 8+ years…

      gasper in reply to Barry. | July 22, 2016 at 11:22 pm

      Barry says: “The republican candidate for president will receive a record number of votes in the general.” The most popular votes in a General Election were for Obama in the last election – 69,498,516. I will bet you a $100 donation to LI that Trump does not exceed that number this November.

        Barry in reply to gasper. | July 23, 2016 at 12:05 am

        Not a gambler. Sinful.

        I will note however, that in this election cycle, I have been correct every.single.time.

        Because this one is easy for anyone not blinded by TDS.

        By the way, you’re number, 69,498,516, is incorrect.

        Rounding off just a bit, Obama beat Romney 65.50 million to 60.75 million.

        Adding the additional R voters Trump will get, 10 million, and subtracting all 107 of you nevertrumpers, that will put trump well over your boy Obama.

          gasper in reply to Barry. | July 23, 2016 at 8:26 am

          You’re right about the 2012 number but the 69 million still stands as the highest popular vote – in 2008. Sinful? With some of the vile comments you make on theis board? I guess gambling is not yur way of sinning, but you have certainly fine-tuned many other ways. I think you made a comment you’re not willing to back up. As they say, “talk is cheap”; action takes courage. Now we know.

          Barry in reply to Barry. | July 23, 2016 at 11:18 am

          “With some of the vile comments you make on theis board?”

          Care to point out those “vile” comments?

          An internet bet is worth precisely what it is. Nothing. Might as well threaten someone for what it is worth.
          I’ve donated to LI, have you?

          You think challenging someone to a bet proves something?
          November will be the only proof. I’ll be proven right or wrong. It would not be the first time I was wrong, but it will be the first time in this election cycle I have been wrong.

          You have nothing from which to base your comment on other than “wishes”. I have the current primary results, showing a huge uptick in republican voter turnout.

          We shall see.

          JYLD in reply to Barry. | July 23, 2016 at 4:23 pm

          Ok here is my prediction. Trump wins with 62 million votes to Hillary at 60 Million. There is a chance however it could be a blow out with Trump at 66 Million and Hillary at 59 Million.

          gasper in reply to Barry. | July 23, 2016 at 6:02 pm

          Do I donate to LI: regulary and have done so for quite some time. That’s why this “bet” is a win win. Barry, you sound so…”liberalish”. Just like the Obamabots slobber in their worship,so do you and your cohorts. And like them, so sanctimonious and so defensive at criticism of their ineptness. To paraphrase Shakespeare: “You are a piece of work”. Lot of rough edges that are not finished or polished. Just like your candidate.

      gasper in reply to Barry. | July 24, 2016 at 9:13 am

      Apologies for the “vile comment” comment. I confused your name with someone else’s which is similar.

Prior to his speech, I felt that Trump would probably be a bad president, but since I KNOW that Hillary would be bad, I would have to vote Trump. I am more optimistic now and if Trump can keep this up, I’ll be voting for him with some enthusiasm.

I see some comments on the importance of staying away from social issues. As a social conservative, I believe that it is social issues – the decline of marriage and the family, abortion, secularism (government replacing God), etc. – that are largely to blame for the mess we are in. These are important issues. At the same time, Trump is not the person to trumpet them. He would come across as insincere and pandering. He has plenty of ammunition as it is. Perhaps a little lip service now and then, but his focus needs to be on other issues.

I believe that Hillary was the anointed Democrat and John Ellis was the anointed Republican. Now that is an indictment of our system! The fact that there is a new player means that there is hope for the system. Even the fact that Rafael kinda almost made it means there is hope for the system. Or would you just prefer John Ellis?

I would love to see a proper immigration system set up and enforced, have a less intrusive and smaller federal government, but Trump has yet to lay out how he would go about accomplishing any of that (some of his policy proposals would actually increase the size of the federal government).

Yes, some red meat, like school choice and vouchers, but no substance on how he would help implement that.

In addition, he has supported and used eminent
domain to his benefit and really took advantage of
a lot of people with his Trump University.

2016 is “none of the above” for me. I’ll just write in my wife’s name. She has her doctorate, works for a Fortune 500 company, been married to the same guy for 23 years, is a great mom and her ethics are above reproach.

Just HAS to punch that Tar Baby…!!!

Poor, pathological, thin-skinned narcissist Der Donald…

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2016/07/trump-takes-a-victory-lap.php

He simply has no control. It’s crazy to put this puke in power.

    KirbySalad55 in reply to Ragspierre. | July 22, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    Ah the old powerline morons. In 2012 they told us incessantly how Romney was the man, the winner that the GOP must nominate. They still think, along with Rove, that Romney won in 2012. Just waiting for the count to come in from Ohio.

    Glad to see that you finally admit Ted Cruz is a disgusting tar baby. You got that right.

    Now that the convention is over and the nevertrumpers were crushed and thanks in YUUGE part to the cry baby antics of Cruz that got him boo’d off the stage, Trump has been freed to tell the truth about the narcissistic little bitch tar baby Cruz.

    I really liked the line about maybe funding a superpac to oppose Cruz in 2018 and beyond.

    Lyin Ted is just one creepy smirking liar whose biggest LIE has been that he loves the country and the constitution. He showed clearly on Wednesday that the only thing he loves is himself and his own ambition, and that he was quite willing to destroy both the country and the constitution if that possibly improved his chances at being able to run in 2020.

    Cruz isn’t worth the three day old spit one might find on the sidewalk. Cruz started the personal stuff, first with many lies about Trump and taking the Hillary position that Trump was responsible for the violence of leftists in Chicago and then with peddling 15 year old nudie pics of the beautiful mother and wife Melania.

    Mess with the bull and you get the horns.

    But the really best part was that on Wednesday night Cruz surrendered for all to see any pretense of the moral high ground. He did what he has done all his life. He just can’t help himself. Its why he has NO FRIENDS. He turned himself into the ass and the villain in the story and turned Trump into the sympathetic victim.

    As Monica Crowley noted on FBN, at the close of the convention on Wednesday night Trump was all rainbows and puppies, thanks to Cruz of Moronia.

      Ragspierre in reply to KirbySalad55. | July 22, 2016 at 3:44 pm

      Wows, Gary, let that full-tilt, T-rump sucking freak flag fly…!!!

      Der Donald only flucked himself with this crazy, adolescent girl rage today.

      Poor, poor lil’ Donelle T-wamp.

      Ragspierre in reply to KirbySalad55. | July 22, 2016 at 3:50 pm

      “Ah the old powerline morons. In 2012 they told us incessantly how Romney was the man, the winner that the GOP must nominate.”

      I don’t know. Why don’t you post some support of “incessantly” and Powerline blog’s support of Romney as the nominee.

      Or is that just one of your ad hominem lies, because they are reporting accurately on your little yellow god?

      I do know that Ann Coulter was all about Romney that cycle.

      Put up some posts where you slime her, you lying SOS.

      ‘K…???

      Ragspierre in reply to KirbySalad55. | July 22, 2016 at 7:09 pm

      “Mess with the bull and you get”…

      the nasty, tough, crappy T-rump steaks!

      Prime steaks are NOT hard to source. They are rare (no pun intended). But if you’re flacking the BEST, you better be FLUCKING providing the best.

      Of course, Der Donald was just defrauding his buyers…

        Barry in reply to Ragspierre. | July 22, 2016 at 8:10 pm

        You’re admitting you’ve eaten a trump steak?

        Imagine that. Did you have some whine with it?

        Ragspierre in reply to Ragspierre. | July 22, 2016 at 9:46 pm

        No, I’ve never been so stupid as to buy ANYTHING Der Donald is selling.

        Don’t forget where I’m from or what my undergrad degree is in. I have friends with PhDs in beef cattle management and meat marketing.

        They spit on your T-rump.

          Barry in reply to Ragspierre. | July 22, 2016 at 10:18 pm

          Got it, you have no idea what a trump steak tastes like.

          Actually, I don’t recall that you have shared your undergrad degree. If you did I forgot or missed it. What is it?

          I know where your from, and they do have good beef there. I travel to Texas frequently, was just there two weeks or so ago. 2nd to real BBQ (eastern Carolina of course), Texas.

          Are your PHD friends billionaires?

          Ragspierre in reply to Ragspierre. | July 23, 2016 at 8:46 am

          As so often, you get nothing.

          I don’t have first-hand, personal knowledge of how a T-rump steak tastes. I do have a very good idea how they tastED before that went bust, like so many T-rump money-grubbing efforts.
          http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/273968/donald-trump-steaks-bad-reviews/

          No. All of my PhD friends are normal people. It seems I’m not prone to form friendships with people driven to become oligarchs. I’m grateful.

          Barry in reply to Ragspierre. | July 23, 2016 at 11:30 am

          It’s always so easy to show your bias.

          Your link cheery picked the bad ratings only.

          Only a total of 21 ratings, not exactly a good sample. Of the 21, 10 are “5 star” and 1 “4 star”. Over half then are the highest ratings.

          I have never eaten a trump steak, nor would I ever purchase steak online. Too easy to just call you up and have you ship me some of that Texas beef… Actually, I do have beef jerky sent to me from out in Littlefield, cuz there ain’t nothing else like it in the world.

I agree that this speech was controlled and that it might have resonated in terms of content (not delivery; it sounded like an hour-long Howard Dean scream). Trump just can’t stop himself from being himself, however, and the very next morning undermined this impression with his continued rantings about Ted Cruz and Cruz’s father.

Apart from the usual childish stuff, Trump added that he considers using his own personal fortune to primary Cruz (since then he’s made a stronger claim and tossed in Kasich for good measure.).

It’s almost too surreal to believe. He’s not going after Harry Reid, he’s not going after Nancy Pelosi, he’s not going after any of the long list of vile and despicable Democrats, including the many who are unindicted criminals, oh no! He’s going after Ted Cruz and John Kasich . . . members of his own party (that last is, of course, debatable, but Trump’s still claiming to be a Republican).

I can’t even express the immense disdain and contempt I feel for Donald Trump.

    “He’s not going after Harry Reid, he’s not going after Nancy Pelosi, he’s not going after any of the long list of vile and despicable Democrats, including the many who are unindicted criminals, oh no!”

    Were that true, then he would be in good company with the rest of the GOPe, then wouldn’t he?

    When I suggested the next AG should go after political enemies that are law breakers, like crooked Hillary, you got upset about it. Now you suggest it?

    “He’s going after Ted Cruz and John Kasich . . . members of his own…”

    Simple answer, Cruz and Kasich are doing everything in their power to defeat trump and elect Hillary. They made their selves the enemy. Trump is putting them on notice he will fight back. You don’t like it because you hate trump.

      No, I’m not suggesting that Trump go after those who’ve made it on his long, long “enemies list,” and that type of statement is exactly why I so often give up trying to talk to you. My point was not that Trump should expand his Nixonian enemies list but that if he’s got to have one, should it not include the actual enemies of the American people? I know that’s not too fine a distinction for you to grasp. Personally, I think all enemies lists are insane, despotic, and ultimately destructive to the nations whose rulers have them.

      Cruz and Kascih are doing exactly what to defeat Trump? Not endorsing him? That’s about it. Show me where Cruz (or Kasich, for that matter) has taken one action to defeat Trump since dropping out of their own races where that was their job (along with defeating every other candidate). One email, one article, one tweet, one anything. Their silence may be deafening and is clearly irritating to the arrested adolescent you support, but silence is not “everything in their power.”

      Your admission that Cruz, a Republican Senator, is the “enemy” makes my blood run cold. Your apparent lack of awareness that this presidential “enemies list” is third-world banana republic thinking is beyond worrying. I think I have misjudged you. A lot.

    What Barry said. Plus Kasich is a liberal democrat and Cruz quit the party on Wednesday when he urged people to follow his lead and help elect Hillary.

    Cruz has demostrated since Iowa that he is a lying sociopath who values nothing except his own ego and personal ambition.

      gasper in reply to JYLD. | July 23, 2016 at 6:20 pm

      Cruz is one of the few left in this dying party. This false notion you all have that Trump is a Republican is laughable. Trump is no more a Republican than McConnell, McCain or Ryan are. What exactly is Trump’s (and your) ideology? A Slogan? What exactly does he believe? What do you believe?

        JYLD in reply to gasper. | July 24, 2016 at 12:16 pm

        The only party Cruz belongs to is the Cruz above all else party. He has put himself, his ambition and ego above party, constitution, God and country. You are the fool if you think anything else about Cruz.

        Trump tells everyone what he believes and what he will do. They aren’t slogans. They are a list of strategic objectives. Strategic objectives come first. Tactics to achieve those objectives comes second.

        Trump is for the country and its people. He will destroy the corrupt globalists of the GOPe. Cruz is a full fledged member of the globalist Bush GOPe. Trump will save by transforming the GOP and more importantly he will save the USA from the fate now befalling Europe.

        Trump is the only candidate that has the fresh outside uncorrupted vision, energy, and determination to change the thousands of things that need to be fixed.

Take away the conservatism, the limited-government constitutionalism, the devotion to liberty, the fiscal discipline, the clear-eyed recognition of America’s enemies, and what are you left with? A Republican party whose only real boast is that it can do statism with more adult moderation than the hard Left that has captured the Democratic party. To the extent that, a generation ago, “Republican” was fairly thought synonymous with “conservative,” it thus became a party “Republican” in name only — a party in which all principles were negotiable.

That made it a party ripe to be taken over by Donald Trump. But what is now officially Trump’s party has not been my party for quite some time. It is a comfort that Trump will have some solid people around him, but the truth remains that he is uninformed on many topics, ill-informed on others, untrustworthy, and pathologically vindictive. I will never be able to say I want him to win — only that I’m certain I want Hillary Clinton to lose.

Whoever wins, I know that come January, I will be in the conservative opposition to a statist administration, and in search of a new party to call home.

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/438255/donald-trump-republican-party-not-conservative

Andy said it well.

Nobody reads or gives a damn about what the little globalist elitist shits at the national review think.

    Ragspierre in reply to JYLD. | July 24, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Well representing your lying, GroupThink, T-rump sucking cult.

    Andy McCarthy is a true Conservative. People read and admire him.

    Suck that, liar.

      Andy McCarthy like all the shits at NRO is a Bush neocon globalist that is 50 years behind the times. He’s dead and his ideas are dead he just hasn’t stopped moving yet.

      Ragspierre in reply to Ragspierre. | July 24, 2016 at 12:43 pm

      Really? So conservatism and adherence to the Constitution are “dead”?

      What’s your big idea than, lying SOS?

      JYLD in reply to Ragspierre. | July 24, 2016 at 1:43 pm

      The Andy McCarthy NRO perversion of conservatism with its combination of globalism over americanism and Bush neocon foreign policy is dead. Trump is going to restore real conservatism.

      Ragspierre in reply to Ragspierre. | July 24, 2016 at 1:47 pm

      But, moron, all you did is repeat your stupid lies. IF you’d had the intellectual integrity to read the McCarthy piece, you’d have seen he was quite critical of W.

      What is your big new, shiny idea? C’mon, phuc-stick, this is your big chance. Lay it out!

In an extraordinary public rebuke, two influential donors who were among the biggest supporters of Senator Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign excoriated Mr. Cruz on Saturday for his decision not to endorse Donald J. Trump at the Republican National Convention.

The remarks from Robert Mercer of Long Island and his daughter Rebekah Mercer suggest widening fallout over Mr. Cruz’s convention speech, in which he did not endorse his former rival and, instead, suggested that Republicans should “vote your conscience” for candidates “up and down the ticket.”

“Last summer and again this year, Senator Ted Cruz pledged to support the candidacy of the nominee of the Republican Party, whomever that nominee might be,” the Mercers, who rarely comment in the news media, said in the statement to The New York Times. “We are profoundly disappointed that on Wednesday night he chose to disregard this pledge.”

The statement continued: “The Democratic Party will soon choose as their nominee a candidate who would repeal both the First and Second Amendments of the Bill of Rights, a nominee who would remake the Supreme Court in her own image. We need ‘all hands on deck’ to ensure that Mr. Trump prevails.”

“Unfortunately,” the statement added, “Senator Cruz has chosen to remain in his bunk below, a decision both regrettable and revealing.”

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/07/24/us/politics/influential-donors-criticize-ted-cruz-for-his-gop-convention-speech.html?_r=0&referer=http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/07/24/bus-cruzs-biggest-donors-cut-ties/

    Ragspierre in reply to JYLD. | July 24, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    Gorsh…!!!

    TrumpBart hates on Cruz. Now that thar is NEWS…

    What a pathetic moron. IF T=rump is such a winnah!, why are you idiots STILL so obsessed with smearing him?

    It’s all about GroupThink with you, and destroying any one or thought that seems heretical to your little yellow god.

      JYLD in reply to Ragspierre. | July 24, 2016 at 6:57 pm

      As usual a nonsubstantive reply as you run from the truth. You idiot the story is from the New York Times why are you talking about Breitbart.

      Ragspierre in reply to Ragspierre. | July 24, 2016 at 7:10 pm

      r=0&referer=http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/07/24/bus-cruzs-biggest-donors-cut-ties/

      You moron.

      Plus, what “truth”? I saw a lot of rank opinion by some rich puke.

      Now, since I know you’re here, lay out your “new and shiny” version of the “old and busted”, dip-shit. Explicitly. None of that “Trump is mine Fuehrer” bullshit. We already know you are a T-rump sucking cultist. What EXACTLY is your vision?

C’mon, butt-boi.

Or are you a moral coward in addition to being an intellectual black hole?

Step on up, honey. Tell us who you are. Go hot on what your vision of “true conservatives” would be.

Don’t be skeeeeerrrred. Go on the record…

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