It’s Time To Take On Trump

Is Donald Trump the Republican Party’s “Music Man”?

Is he the celebrity con man who’s going to lead the GOP’s parade of candidates from now all the way until next November?

I hope not, but so far that’s exactly what the 2016 script is looking like.

Trump — a political novice — has been leading the Republican’s presidential marching band all over the political landscape. His campaign’s theme song should be “Seventy-Six Trombones.”

He’s been calling all the tunes, attracting all the media attention and the biggest crowds, killing in all the polls and making a lot of professional politicians and their campaign managers look like a squad of high school baton twirlers.

Over the weekend, Trump fleshed out his awful immigration policies.

They include erecting a “strong, strong” wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, making Mexico pay for its construction by docking remittances, deporting all illegal immigrants from the States and revoking birthright citizenship guaranteed by the Constitution.

Trump’s policies for achieving “real immigration reform” have a populist appeal. They are music to the ears of GOP hardliners, too; but they’re impractical, unrealistic, stupid and unconstitutional.

Yet when members of the Republican Party’s elite corps of presidential wannabes were contacted by the media earlier this week, not one of them had the courage to really go after Trump or his bad policy ideas.

Chris Christie, the tough-guy governor from New Jersey, muttered something like “Everything’s on the table.”

Scott Walker, the brave union-busting governor of Wisconsin, dodged a question about ending birthright citizenship for kids born in the U.S. to parents who came here illegally.

Carly Fiorina turned uncharacteristically soft, saying she agreed with some of Trump’s tough positions on immigration but questioned his ability to implement them.

John Kasich, Ohio’s no nonsense governor, didn’t bash Trump personally; but at least he pointed out that hunting down people who are here illegally is not doable, right or humane.

At first, Jeb Bush, a virtual liberal on immigration, barely took issue with Trump’s foolish and impossible promise to build an impenetrable wall along the Mexican border.

But on Wednesday, Jeb came out against “anchor babies,” proving that Trump is setting the agenda and changing things.

No candidate I heard noted that deporting millions of illegal immigrant families would take years and cost billions in court costs, since every deportee would be entitled by law to a hearing and an appeal.

No principled conservative-libertarian candidate pulled out his pocket-size copy of the U.S. Constitution and pointed out that ending the birthright citizenship would mean having to first pass a constitutional amendment.

Republicans and conservatives are running out of time. Trump is already too off-the-charts to be hurt by anything he says, and he’s too rich and egotistical to fade away. He’s going to be around next fall causing trouble for the GOP.

Some Republican presidential candidate  — Ben Carson? Carly Fiorino? Rand Paul? — needs to stand up now and separate themselves and the Republican Party from the Party of Trump before it’s too late.

Some gutsy candidate has to step out of the GOP’s marching band and pound home the truth about “The Music Man” — that he is an idiot and he and his ideas do not represent the Republican Party or conservatism.

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BREAKING: Shock Poll Just Released Shows The 2016 Race In Totally Uncharted Territory

It was just days ago that Western Journalism reported on the results of a new CNN/ORC poll showing that Donald Trump, the candidate who has literally upended the 2016 presidential contest, is a serious competitor in the general election. Pundits and politicians said it could never happen — the brash billionaire businessman could never sustain the excitement, maintain the momentum, and become a serious candidate for President of the United States.

But he has, and now a just-released poll from Rasmussen Reports contains data that will shock the socks off both Republican and Democrat power brokers. This, as they say, is a true game-changer.

As Trump prepares to head to Mobile, Ala., for a campaign rally that promises to be the biggest of the campaign season so far — with as many as 40,000 supporters packed into a football stadium — what could be the biggest news of the presidential polling season is hitting the streets. The Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of 1,000 likely voters finds a stunning expectation among Republicans:

…57% of Likely Republican Voters now think Trump is likely to be the Republican presidential nominee next year, with 25% who say it’s Very Likely. That compares to 27% who felt a Trump nomination was likely two months ago when he formally announced his presidential bid, a finding that included just nine percent (9%) who said it was Very Likely.

At the time that the fast-talking, flamboyant real estate mogul and reality TV star launched his presidential campaign, he scored near the bottom of the GOP pack. Now he leads the field — consistently and often by wide margins in national as well as state polls — and in many respects, Trump is setting the agenda for the race.

The Rasmussen Reports survey finds that it’s not only Republicans who feel Trump is likely to capture the nomination. In the “all likely voters” category, The Donald is viewed as a viable candidate to be reckoned with. Just as socialist Bernie Sanders is proving to be a formidable campaigner in the Democrat race, now Trump is seen to be not just a scrappy contender, but the man to beat for the party’s top spot in 2016.

“Among all likely voters, 49% think Trump is likely to be the Republican nominee, including 17% who say it’s Very Likely. That compares to 23% and seven percent (7%) respectively in the earlier survey. Forty-eight percent (48%) now say Trump is not likely to win the nomination, with 21% who feel it is Not At All Likely,” according to Rasmussen.

In the Friday release of the results of its shock poll, Rasmussen Reports notes that previous surveys have found that voters agree with Trump that the U.S. needs to build a wall along its border with Mexico. “They also believe overwhelmingly that illegal immigrants convicted of a felony in this country should be deported. Trump made both proposals in a policy paper he released last weekend that calls for getting tough on illegal immigration.”

Among the reasons given for Trump’s popularity and forward momentum with voters is his virtually unfiltered outspokenness, his willingness to say almost anything about anybody. Newsmax is reporting that Trump took dead aim at one of the Democrats ready to charge into the party spotlight should the Clinton campaign continue to run off the rails. Speaking about former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, Trump fired off an insult the likes of which one rarely hears, even in the most brutal and bloody political arenas.

In an interview with Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro, Trump said of O’Malley’s quick apology after being criticized by members of the Black Lives Matter movement for countering that “all lives matter” that the former governor “apologized like a little baby, like a disgusting, little, weak, pathetic baby, and that’s the problem with our country.”

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Planned Parenthood’s Favorite Republican Candidate. They Support…

Our Republican candidates have all been united in pledging to cut federal funding for Planned Parenthood, except for one. There’s one Republican candidate who wants to keep the alleged good parts of it

“What I would do when the time came, I’d look at the individual things they do, and maybe some of the individual things they do are good. I know a lot of the things are bad. But certainly the abortion aspect of it should not be funded by government, absolutely. I would look at the good aspects of [Planned Parenthood], and I would also look, because I’m sure they do some things properly and good and that are good for women, and I would look at that, and I would look at other aspects also.”

Planned Parenthood was quick to applaud this Republican’s statement.

“He seems to have realized that banning all abortions, shutting down the government, and defunding Planned Parenthood are extreme positions that are way too far outside the mainstream for even him to take. We hope that the rest of the GOP field will wake up and reconsider their extreme and unpopular positions on [abortion].”

Big praise from Planned Parenthood? For a national Republican candidate? Who could this be? Whoever could this…

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Frankly, hide your babies.

Oh, well that makes sense.

Donald Trump told Hugh Hewitt, about a week or so earlier, that he would cut funding for Planned Parenthood…until he changed his mind and is now Planned Parenthood’s favorite Republican candidate.

Okay honestly, isn’t the right to life one of those “closed-handed” issues? I disagree with nearly every candidate on some form of politics, but this is bigger than that. This is about principles. If the Republican party abandons core principles completely, in favor of celebrity, they deserve to lose.

I’d like to see Donald answer for this, but he won’t. With his supporters, he doesn’t have to. He’d probably just say something like: “If you don’t support Planned Parenthood, you’re a loser. And frankly, the Donald doesn’t want the vote of a loser.”

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Beck Asked Hannity A Big Question About Trump. His Response Was Lights Out.

In a Facebook post published last week, radio host Glenn Beck posed a lengthy question to other conservative pundits regarding their explicit or tacit support of Donald Trump in the 2016 Republican presidential primary.

This is not an attack, this is an honest question. I will delete and ban any vulgar or hateful answer.I really want…

Posted by Glenn Beck on Thursday, August 13, 2015

Acknowledging the front-runner’s capability of reflecting “what people are feeling” on issues such as immigration, Beck asserted that he is the wrong choice to lead the GOP to victory.

He summed up Trump’s ostensible faults:

He is part of the problem when he by his own admission, buys politicians; he said he identifies his “policies more as a democrat”; he makes President Obama look truly humble; he was very pro abortion until very recently; he still says “don’t defund planned parenthood”; he is pro “assault weapon ban”; he is in favor of a wealth tax that would just “take money out of people’s bank accounts”; he is for boots on the ground in Iraq and ‘taking the oil’ from the Iraqi people; he is a progressive ‘republican'; he says single payer health care works; he said he would give people more than just Obama care; the First Lady would be the first to have posed nude in lesbian porno shots; he said that he keeps all the bibles he is given in a “special place” out side the city – and he only goes to church on Christmas and Easter; he is generally not a likable guy; he has around 16% favorability with Hispanics and he has gone bankrupt 4 times.

Beck then presented his “honest question,” specifically to fellow conservative notables Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, Michael Savage and Rush Limbaugh.

“Perhaps you are angry and you just want to make someone pay,” he wrote, “or just want something done and you don’t care how it gets done, but what PRINCIPLES does he have that they are attracted to?”

Hannity took the lead, responding with a far lengthier defense – not of Trump the candidate, but of his appeal to a wide range of Americans.

He began by insisting the “leftists out there in the media and elsewhere hoping this will become a ‘food fight’” will be “extremely disappointed,” vowing to honor Beck’s request for a “civil discourse based on facts.”

The Fox News host went on to list 20 specific traits he thinks the next Republican president should possess, following up with a list of qualities he admires in most of the candidates vying for the party’s nomination.

Moving on to Trump, Hannity concluded that Beck answered his own question early on in his Facebook post by acknowledging the billionaire’s strong points. The response then took on 15 specific assertions contained in Beck’s question, at one point using a personal analogy to defend Trump against attacks on his past political positions.

“Glenn,” he wrote, “one of the things I admire about you is how you have changed. Your life story is extremely compelling because of the significant changes you have made in your life.”

Did Sean Hannity make a compelling case for Trump’s presence in the GOP primary? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Disgusting: What Raunchy Rosie O’Donnell Just Said Proves Trump Was On The Mark

If it weren’t for Donald Trump’s highly-publicized quip about Rosie O’Donnell during the primetime presidential debate on Fox News, the foul-mouthed comedian, provocative political blogger and gay rights activist probably wouldn’t be back in the news.

You’ll recall that when debate moderator Megyn Kelly was questioning Trump about his past comments regarding women — comments that some consider disparaging — the billionaire businessman mentioned O’Donnell, with whom he’s had something of a feud in the past. That, plus the candidate’s controversial follow-up remarks about Kelly, apparently turned the spotlight back on for Rosie.

Western Journalism told you how O’Donnell reacted right after the debate to The Donald’s snarky put-down. Now, in typically revolting fashion, she has upped the ante for unpleasantness and spouted off in ways many would no doubt find exceptionally crude and disgusting.

According to CBS News, O’Donnell called in to a satellite radio show to trash Trump and argue that the GOP front-runner is leading a resurgence of the Republicans’ so-called “war on women.”

“Bigger than any specific people, there is a war on women that is happening in this country,” O’Donnell declared, according to the CBS News account of the interview. “Women fought for equality in this country, and right now, politically, it’s being taken away from us.”

The discussion with the friendly radio show host turned to female hormones and menstrual cycles — subjects that Rosie O’Donnell was happy to pursue all the way into decidedly tasteless territory. The CBS report referred to O’Donnell’s comments as “crass jokes.” Others might find different words to describe what O’Donnell said she’d like to do.

“I’d like to take my period blood that I no longer have and write, ‘You’re all a**holes,’” she added. “I’d like to smear it all over some people’s faces.”

Ironically, while it was clear O’Donnell was trying to “smear” Donald Trump and other Republicans, her incredibly crude remakrs about “period blood” would seem to support Trump’s contention that he was referring to the crass comedian when Megyn Kelly questioned his past references to women as “fat pigs, dogs. slobs, disgusting animals.”

Prior to the Trump debate comment that gave O’Donnell a new platform from which to lash out at the GOP, the comedian was generating mostly negative headlines for both professional and personal troubles. As the New York Post noted in a Page Six article on July 7:

After calling it quits on a contentious second go-round on ‘The View’ and a nasty breakup with her wife, television hostess Rosie O’Donnell is also splitting with a prime piece of New Jersey real estate. O’Donnell’s rustic mansion in the upscale community of Saddle River is now on the market for $6.98 million.

Apparently, Rosie O’Donnell is in need of cash or simply wants to dump her lavish homes in New Jersey and Florida in the wake of her breakup with Michelle Rounds, who is reportedly battling with O’Donnell over custody of their 2-year-old daughter as well as money. Their marriage in June of 2012 had been celebrated in the LGBT community.

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