Obama Just Said Something About Trump That Could Give The Donald A Huge Boost

With a clear focus on Donald Trump’s campaign, President Obama expressed a yearning Monday for Republicans to move away from the “unrecognizable” place they now inhabit.

He also said he looks forward to the day when Republicans are done venting their frustrations and drop their support of Trump or Sen. Ted Cruz.

Obama’s comments may not have the power to change the dynamics of the Republican race. Former Obama operative David Axelrod Monday called Trump “a perfect counterpoint” to Obama and the “antithesis” of the president.

Or, as a poster named Lee told the New York Times, “Want to know why Trump resonates? For every complaint about Trump, compare him to Obama. Trump is the mirror image one-up to Obama. ”

Obama was interviewed by Politico correspondent Glenn Thrush. In looking at this year’s presidential election, Obama said the critical contrast is not between Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, but between the Democratic candidates and their Republican counterparts.

“When I ran against John McCain, John McCain and I had real differences, sharp differences, but John McCain didn’t deny climate science,” Obama said. Trump has questioned the research surrounding climate change.

“John McCain didn’t call for banning Muslims from the United States. You know, John McCain was a conservative, but he was well within, you know, the mainstream of not just the Republican Party but within our political dialogue,” Obama said.

“And that’s where, ultimately, any voter is going to have to pay attention is the degree to which the Republican rhetoric and Republican vision has moved not just to the right but has moved to a place that is unrecognizable.”

Obama said he hopes for a more “constructive” candidate than either Trump or Cruz.

“Well, my hope — not just for me or the Democratic Party but for the Republican Party and for America – is that this is an expression of frustration, anger that folks like Trump and, to some degree, Cruz, are exploiting. It’s real within the Republican Party and the Republican base, but that after this venting, Republican voters will settle down and say, ‘Who do we want actually sitting behind the desk, making decisions that are critical to our future?’” Obama said.

Trump was also on the mind of former Obama advisor David Axelrod, who penned a piece for the New York Times of the billionaire.

“Relentlessly edgy, confrontational and contemptuous of the niceties of governance and policy making, Mr. Trump is the perfect counterpoint to a president whose preternatural cool and deliberate nature drive his critics mad,” Axelrod wrote.

“So who among the Republicans is more the antithesis of Mr. Obama than the trash-talking, authoritarian, give-no-quarter Mr. Trump? His bombast allows no room for nuance or complexity. He proudly extols his intolerance as an assault against ‘political correctness,’ and he vows to bring the world to heel, from Mexico to China to Syria and Iraq.

“The robust condemnations Mr. Trump has received from media and political elites have only intensified the enthusiasm of his supporters, many of whom feel disdained and forgotten by the very same people who regularly mock and chide their man for his boorishness.”

h/t: Business Insider

John McCain Just Got Asked Who He’d Support For Prez, His Unexpected Response Might Surprise You

Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain has no idea who he will support in the 2016 GOP primary now that Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is out of the race.

McCain answered the question regarding a possible endorsement during an interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. McCain said he didn’t have a candidate to support.

“I do not. I think it’s better for me to stay out of it,” McCain said. “I’m still in mourning. I still believe that if Lindsey could have gotten into the top tier he would have gotten traction but, eh that it, I, I’ve been wrong in every prediction so far so maybe I ought to quit.”

McCain, who was the 2008 GOP presidential nominee, said he understood the public appeal of GOP presidential contender and businessman Donald Trump, but had nothing to say about it other than “the obvious.” He said Americans are dissatisfied with Washington politics and a number of other things.

McCain said in other interviews this month that he would support the Republican presidential nominee, regardless of who gains the nomination. He said that includes Trump.

“I’m a loyal Republican,” McCain said. “I believe the best way to shape the agenda of the next president of the United States is to be part of the team and make my influence felt as strongly as possible.”

The senator said he would be ignoring his duties as someone elected by the people if he left the GOP.

“For me to walk away from the party of Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan would be I think an abrogation of my responsibilities to the voters,” McCain said.

Paying For Patriotism

Editor’s note: This article originally appeared at OtherWords.org.

I go to a lot of Major League Baseball games. I really love the sport.

Yet if you’ve been to a baseball game in the last decade, you’ve probably noticed some changes. National Guard members now perform flag ceremonies between innings. Military recruits are enlisted right on the field. Surprise reunions of deployed men and women and their families play out before an audience of thousands.

The games have morphed into choreographed patriotic events. Who’s paying for this hoopla? As it turns out, the Pentagon.

Arizona Republicans John McCain and Jeff Flake announced recently that over the past four years alone, the Pentagon has shelled out at least $6.8 million for Major League Baseball, the National Football League, and other sports leagues to “honor” troops with cheap stunts at sporting events. The details are listed in a new Senate report.

The total tally may top $10 million — and even reach $100 million, if you count the military’s marketing deals with NASCAR.

The senators call this military marketing “paid patriotism.”

For millions of your tax dollars, the Pentagon is buying things like ceremonial first pitches for recent veterans, club-level seats for vets at football games, and airport greetings for returning service members.

If that sounds crass to you, you’re not alone.

“We appreciate if they honor the men and women in uniform, but not to get paid for it,” said McCain, himself a decorated war hero.

“If the most compelling message about military service we can deliver…is the promise of game tickets, gifts, and player appearances,” his report concludes, “we need to rethink our approach to how we are inspiring qualified men and women to military service.”

I’d go further than that.

Patriotism is a good thing. It can be unifying and inspiring. But what we’re seeing at sporting events isn’t patriotism. It’s nationalism — propaganda, even — and it’s potentially dangerous.

The Pentagon even pays for “sponsored” renditions of God Bless America.

Irving Berlin wrote that song in 1918 as a show tune for a revue called Yip Yip Yaphank. Years later, it served as the official campaign song for both Franklin Roosevelt and his Republican opponent Wendell Willkie. In the 1950s, it was adopted by the fledgling civil rights movement before becoming a rallying cry for supporters of the Vietnam War in the ’60s.

On September 11, 2001, God Bless America began a new life when members of Congress sang it on the steps of the Capitol — supposedly spontaneously — as they gathered to mourn the terrorist attacks from earlier that day.

Since then, it’s become an official part of Major League Baseball games. In several stadiums, the tune has replaced Take Me Out to the Ballgame in group sing-alongs during the seventh-inning stretch.

In fact, this former show tune has become mandatory in some places.

In 2008, a fan at Yankee Stadium was restrained and then ejected by police officers for attempting to leave his seat for the restroom while the song was playing. The following year, three minor league fans of the now-defunct Newark Bears were ejected from the stadium for refusing to stand during the song.

If it’s freely chosen, standing for the national anthem is patriotic. Forcing people to stand for God Bless America isn’t.

This is about more than taxpayer money. The government has no business propagandizing the American people.

OtherWords columnist John Kiriakou is an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies. He’s a former CIA counterterrorism officer and senior investigator for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. OtherWords.org.

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by WesternJournalism.com.

John McCain Visited The Navajo Nation. He Left With A Pack Of Furious People Chasing Him (VIDEO)

Sen. John McCain received a less than cordial welcome on Friday during a visit to the Navajo Nation in northern Arizona, which ended with protesters appearing to literally chase him off the reservation.

The senator, along with Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, went to the tribal land to participate in a celebration honoring WWII’s Navajo Code Talkers and speak with other tribal and community leaders. However, protesters at both locations the senator and governor went sought to disrupt the visit.

“The primary reason why there was such a strong resistance to McCain’s presence was because of the issues we’re facing around water rights,” Kim Smith, one of the protesters, told the Phoenix New Times. “As young people, we’re realizing that if we do not stand up for our water, we will be left with none.”

Protesters chanted “Water is life” in their native language and waved signs reading “McCain = Indian Killer” and “McCain’s not welcome here.”

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye raised the issue of the EPA-triggered mine spill in neighboring Colorado, which sent 3 million gallons of toxic sludge into the Animas and San Juan Rivers. The EPA temporarily banned the water’s use downstream, which included the Navajo Nation.  

Water from the San Juan river is a lifeline to the reservation, where it is used for farming and ranching.

“I keep saying when are we going to hear from the White House? Not a word. When somebody wins the Super Bowl or an NBA Championship, they get a call, right? And when something like this happens and people are suffering, nothing,” President Begaye said according to Native News.

The president told McCain that the federal government should create a 90 day supply of potable water for residents to have and assistance in drilling more wells or potentially piping “healthy water” in from the Colorado River.

“Grabbing a plastic bottle of water, President Begaye said Navajo EPA collected water from the river and that after an hour of no movement, the water cleared. He then shook the bottle and said the yellow color returned when they shook the water sample,” Native News reports.

Navajo Vice President Jonathan Nez said that his people have a natural distrust of the federal government and stated that the EPA never apologized to them for contaminating their water.

Beyond the contamination of the Animas and San Juan Rivers, the protesters are upset with McCain regarding “Water Rights Settlement” legislation, which McCain and former Senator Jon Kyl introduced in 2012. It would “have required the Navajo and Hopi tribes to waive their water rights to the Navajo aquifer for ‘time immemorial’ in exchange for infrastructure that would pipe clean water into three remote areas of the reservation. Many in the Navajo and Hopi communities disapproved of the proposal,” according to the Phoenix New Times.

During McCain’s second stop on the reservation Friday at Navajo Nation Museum at Window Rock, more than a dozen protesters positioned themselves outside the room in which he was meeting with Navajo leaders. Some sat in a circle singing a native songs, as police stood guard barring them from entering the room. When the protesters discovered the senator just left through a rear entrance, they raced to the front entrance, but were temporarily barred from exiting by police. After they broke through, more officers met them outside, blocking their advance long enough for the senator and governor to leave.   

In the video, one protester can be heard calling out: “Who do you protect? Who do you serve?”

A group of them took off after the senator’s motorcade, screaming things like: “Get out of here!…Get the hell off our land!”

McCain’s office issued a statement countering the notion that he had been chased off of the Navajo reservation.

Senator McCain was honored to be invited by the Navajo Nation to meet with tribal and community leaders and to speak at the celebration of the Navajo Code Talkers on Friday. It was a great visit and he received a very warm reception from the Navajo community in Window Rock.

He certainly wasn’t “chased off” the reservation – this small group of young protesters had no practical impact on his productive meetings with top tribal leaders on a range of key issues, including the EPA’s recent Gold King Mine spill which threatens to contaminate the Navajo Nation’s water supply.  

h/t: TheBlaze

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Republican Candidates Advise GOP Field Not To Attack Own Party

Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz recently defended rival Donald Trump against the intraparty jabs he’s sustained since announcing his candidacy.

Senator Cruz said in an interview with Politico:

I would … note that an awful lot of Republicans, including other Republican candidates, have gone out of their way to smack Donald Trump with a stick. Now I think that’s just foolish.

After Mr. Trump’s successful rally in Phoenix, Senator John McCain called the thousands of Trump supporters “crazies.”

Senator Cruz remarked:

When you attack and vilify the people at that rally as crazies, it does nothing to help Republicans win in 2016.

Senator McCain’s comments triggered this response from Mr. Trump.

TRUMP CLIP:

Trump: He’s not a war hero.

Mod: He’s a war hero.

Trump: He’s a war hero.

Mod: Five-and-a-half years…

Trump: He’s a war hero ’cause he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured. Okay, I hate to tell you.

Senator Lindsey Graham attacked Mr. Trump for his comments about McCain’s war record.

GRAHAM CLIP:

Graham: And you’re slandering anybody and everybody to stay in the news. You know, run for president. But don’t be the world’s biggest jackass.

Similar to McCain, Trump responded with an even bigger stick

TRUMP CLIP:

Trump: And he gave me his number. And I found the card. I wrote the number down, I don’t know if it’s the right number, let’s try it. 202…

Despite the attacks from the Republican Party, Trump’s poll numbers continue to surge

Chuck Todd Meet The Press clip

Todd: Where does the race stand right now? Donald Trump sticking right there with his 1 in 5 support. Nearly 1 in 4 now, of Republican voters. 23 percent.

Governor Mike Huckabee went on to share his concern that, upon the selection of his party’s presidential candidate, “that person is so bitterly wounded that it becomes quite easy for the Democrat to step over his bloodied carcass and take the victory.”

Can Republican infighting damage the party’s 2016 chances? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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