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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Trump Thugs Planned to Intimidate Minority Voters


From the campaign where candidate Trump calls Hillary "crooked" at every rally:






Trump Loyalists Planned Voter Intimidation Using Fake ID Badges, Fake Exit Polling — Until HuffPost Asked Them About It

The “Vote Protectors” are affiliated with Trump adviser Roger Stone.


Vote Protectors, the anti-voter-fraud group hosted by Donald Trump ally and political dirty trickster Roger Stone, plans to send volunteers to monitor polling places in nine cities with high minority populations on Election Day, Stone said last week. Untrained poll-watchers have intimidated voters in previous elections. But Vote Protectors is going further than its predecessors. 

 Stone’s group created an official-looking ID badge for its volunteers to wear, and its volunteers planned to videotape voters and conduct fake “exit polls,” efforts that election experts say risks intimidating and confusing voters. 

Or at least that’s what the group was planning to do before The Huffington Post asked Stone about it on Tuesday. The controversial Trump ally, long known for his bare-knuckled political tactics, said that key proposals on his group’s websites were there without his knowledge, and assured HuffPost that he would operate within the confines of election law.

And this from David Leonhardt of the NYTimes:


Trump is scarier than Goldwater. He is scarier because he resembles a double agent dreamed up by liberal screenwriters. He embodies almost every left-wing caricature of Republicans that Republicans despise. He is a racist and a sexist — having refused to rent apartments to African-Americans, retweeted neo-Nazis, besmirched Muslims and Latinos and boastfully molested women. 

For years, Republicans have been frustrated by liberal sensitivity on race and gender. Comes now Trump, spewing bigotry. He is also an unrepentant denier of reality. Do you remember that Al Franken wrote a jeremiad against conservatives called “Lies: And the Lying Liars Who Tell Them”? I imagine the book’s title offends you. Yet it now feels like a preview of a candidate who almost every day makes immediately disprovable claims. [...] 

 The best path is the hardest one. Only an unambiguous rejection of Trump will banish Trumpism for 2020 and beyond. Only a lopsided loss, with millions of Republicans so repelled by him that they vote for someone they never imagined they would, sends the message that bigotry, lying and authoritarianism violate Republican values — your values.

And Ross Douthat, conservative NYTimes columnist, does some soul searching and writes this truth:


"Some conservatives told themselves that Fox and Drudge and Breitbart were just the evolving right-of-center alternative to the liberal mainstream media, when in reality they were more fact-averse and irresponsible. Others (myself included) told ourselves that this irresponsibility could be mitigated by effective statesmanship, when in reality political conservatism’s leaders — including high-minded figures like Paul Ryan — turned out to have no strategy save self-preservation."

14 comments:

Clearwater, Florida said...

So Megan Kelly and Newt Gingrich got into a shouting match last night were Newt said to Kelly that she's obsessed with sex. That coming from a guy who screwed around on his first wife with wife #2 and then LITTERALLY screwed his soon to be #3 wife while they were both screwing in #2 wife's marital bed!! Gingrich while Speaker of the house condemned Slick Willy and Monica while humping his own mistress? Yep.

And Gingrich said Kelly was obsessed with sex. How many times has Kelly been married?

Shaw Kenawe said...

Clearwater,

Gingrich, Giuliani, and Trump have nine wives between them. All of them had affairs while still married to their several wives. And then Gingrich tells a once married Kelly that SHE is obsessed with sex?

Here's what's even more amazing: The present Evangelical base of the GOP sees nothing wrong with this, while at the same time they've demonized a real family man -- Barack Hussein Obama -- who's managed to stay faithful to his one and only wife. Someone tell me how that makes any sense. The only way to explain this complete hypocrisy is that "religious" people who support those Three Sex-a-teers and who trash Obama are not to ever be trusted on moral matters.

Ducky's here said...

Now for a little comic relief
This is their populist champion.

Meanwhile, back at the mothership, they are completely finished with Megyn Kelly.
Seems they can tolerate women who stand up against this misogynist bully. She's fascinated with sex not the Orange Man.
The right has been backed into a corner as they come to realize that Donnie Tiny Hands is forcing them to justify what they have become.
The evangelicals seem to be having the easiest time justifying Donny Tiny Hands, IMO.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Ducky,

We're witnessing their hypocrisy laid bare because we've seen how easily they discard their so-called moral values for a snake oil salesman.

Shaw Kenawe said...


This:

Libertarian VP Candidate Admits Defeat, Tells Voters To Pick Clinton Over Trump

Dave Miller said...

Ducky et al?

Do I have to leave the evangelical tribe? I know plenty of compadres who are not going to vote for him, but for the most part, we must remain closeted for fear of retribution.

His support is heavy among the older "classic" moral majority people. Amongst the younger set however, as evidenced by the Liberty Univ students turning on their leader, his support is nowhere near as strong.

But I can't understand how it is as high as it is with the old guard. In my opinion, I better never hear them say again, character matters.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Dave: "Do I have to leave the evangelical tribe?"

Never! My niece is a true Christian who practices her faith and sticks to her values, and she is all in for Hillary. I know you have problems with her, but Hillary isn't even close to how repulsive Trump is. Not. Even. Close.

I have read many, many Evangelicals who have been true to their values. Ducky and I are not talking about them. We're astonished by the so-called "Christians" who have been justifying their support of the repulsive serial adulterer, sexual predator, and alleged fraudster and child rapist.

Barack Obama never came close to anything approaching what Donald Trump is, and yet these "Christians" rejected this faithful, loving husband and father.

Can someone explain this to me?

BB-Idaho said...

Having a number of serious evangelical acquaintances, at least part of their problem with politics is a lack of that most Christian of values- empathy .
And yet, some are empathetic, volunteer, work with kids and still view Trumpenstein
as some sort of saving saint. Abortion and LGBT are fighting words to them and
interestingly, so is evolution. Like most non-empathetic types, their idea of
freedom concerns their own, even at the expense of others. And we all agree, Dave
is among the exceptions.

Shaw Kenawe said...

BB-Idaho,

Dave is among the true Christians who lives his faith, as does my niece. As do many others. The "Christians" who support Trump astonish me and many, many other Americans.

Flying Junior said...

For you, dear Newtie!

Enjoy yourself!

Connie said...

Perhaps to respect our kin and kindred who are genuine Evangelicals those who espouse the attitudes of people like Tony Perkins are named Dominionist or Christian Supremicist.

Shaw Kenawe said...



FJ, Hilarious!!! Perfect for Newtie. And Julie Annie. And Donald "Grab 'em by the Pussy" Trump! Great representatives of the family values political party.

Shaw Kenawe said...


Connie,

That's exactly what they are: Dominionists or Christian Supremacists. Good idea.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Clearwater, Florida

Did you see this on Newt Gingrich from Jim Wright of Stonekettle Station?:

Why is this guy still a thing? He got tossed out of office 20 years ago by his own party literally for being an asshole. He hasn't improved with age. Why in the hell is anybody, left OR right, giving this guy air time? Why in the hell would you buy his books? He was a failure at government. He got himself outmaneuvered by his political adversaries. He got himself run out of Washington by the voters. He got himself defeated by Mitt Romney and ultimately by Barack Obama. He's been wrong about EVERYTHING. Marriage. Politics. Economics. America. This guy was so shitty, the house replaced him with Dennis HASTERT. Think about that, take all the time you need. Google Hastert if you need to.

Newt's only got ONE party trick, he hates Bill Clinton. That's it. That's the whole thing. Twenty years, that's all he's got. Hates Bill Clinton.