Monday, November 30, 2015
Donald Trump

The Secret To Trump’s Ratings

How to explain Donald Trump? It has nothing to do with polls, political rhetoric, tactics, strategy, or history. It has everything to do with reality TV — which the chattering classes don’t know jack about. Some of us might even be proud of that. Yuuuuge problem.

November 30, 2015

Endorse This: Donald Trump Says ‘Take It Easy’ To The Facts

Chuck Todd tried an earnest, but probably hopeless tack: by appealing to civic responsibility and the seriousness of seeking the presidency.

November 30, 2015

Trump Cancels Event With Black Pastors After Other Clergy Raise Concerns

Other clergy warned the planned attendees against giving legitimacy to “Trump’s racially inaccurate, insensitive and incendiary rhetoric.”

November 30, 2015
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee speaks at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition Forum in Des Moines

Iowa Continues Its Importance For GOP, Despite Spotty Record Of Picking Presidents

Since 1980, when Iowa held its first seriously competitive GOP caucuses, the first-place finisher has gone on to win the party’s nomination less than half the time.

November 29, 2015
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Complex in Birmingham

Trump Giving The People What They Want

The dwindling coven of grown-ups on the right complain that Trump is doing serious damage to the Republican “brand.” Which he is. But it is difficult to feel sorry for the GOP. After all, it has brought this upon itself.

November 29, 2015
Trump, mocking disabilities, political cartoon

Cartoon: Trump Says He Would Never Mock Anyone

“Here’s a blind guy! Ha ha! He can’t see!”

November 29, 2015
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Trump Denies Mocking Reporter’s Disability At Campaign Rally

Kovaleski “should stop using his disability to grandstand and get back to reporting for a paper that is rapidly going down the tubes,” Trump said in a statement,

November 27, 2015

This Week In Crazy: A Cornucopia Of Claptrap

This Thanksgiving, take some time away from the warm hearth of fellowship and family time, and join me as we wallow in the mire of right-wing mendacity, ignorance, and fear. There’s plenty of room.

November 27, 2015

Trump Denies Mocking ‘New York Times’ Reporter’s Disability

Reporter: Saddest part is, “it didn’t in the slightest bit jar or surprise me that Donald Trump would do something this low-rent, given his track record.”

November 26, 2015
U.S. President Barack Obama pardons the National Thanksgiving Turkey during the 68th annual presentation of the turkey in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington

Thanksgiving: In A Time Of Malevolence, Renewed Appreciation For Barack Obama

Donald Trump promises to make Americans proud of our country again, but the spectacle of furious thousands cheering him at a rally evokes revulsion and shame. So when President Obama speaks out to defend immigrants and refugees from his brand of scurrilous abuse, I feel a deep sense of gratitude

November 26, 2015

Trump: Watch Who Moves Into Your Neighborhood — Then Call The Police!

Trump: “Report them! Most likely you’ll be wrong, and that’s okay. But let the local police go in and check out, and you’ll get rid of this stuff.”

November 25, 2015
U.S. Senator Cruz greets businessman Trump onstage as they address a Tea Party rally against the Iran nuclear deal at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

Bromance On The Rocks: Surging Ted Cruz Begins To Poke Donald Trump

Cruz is tentatively beginning to take on the brash New York billionaire after months of cozying up.

November 25, 2015
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson pauses as he speaks to the media following a fundraising luncheon in La Jolla, California

Post-Paris: Which Candidates Gain, Which Don’t

Is Paris making voters think more about the commander in chief part of the job of president?If so, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton are up.

November 25, 2015

New Kasich Video: Beware — Donald Trump Is Like Hitler

There’s been lots of talk about the fascist tendencies of Donald Trump’s presidential campaigns — but now one of his Republican rivals is officially going there.

November 25, 2015

Late Night Roundup: Stephen Colbert Takes On ‘NostraDonald’

Stephen Colbert examined Donald Trump’s amazing ability to predict future events — if they’d already been in the news.

November 25, 2015

All Hail Der Donald!

Do not say you were not warned. Der Donald has warned you. Security is going to rule in America. And unthinkable things will be done. Don’t believe me? Ask him.

November 25, 2015

Trump Lawyer Warns Republicans About Super PAC Attack Ads

Threatening an independent bid again — if GOP treats the candidate badly: “If they break that agreement with him, as they say ‘woe be on them.'”

November 24, 2015

Trump: ‘Hey, Am I Going To Check Every Statistic?’

Donald Trump has now done the impossible: He’s got a Fox News host begging him not to spread racist paranoia that he’s picked up from right-wing talk radio.

November 24, 2015
Trump, Ben Carson, visions, political cartoon

Cartoon: The Trump-Carson Ticket Emerges

“After all, we share many of the same visions…”

November 24, 2015

Jeb Bush Says Trump Sending Back Refugees ‘Appalling’ — If Refugees Are Christians

But does he feel the same way against sending back Muslims? “No.”

November 23, 2015

Trump Statement On Muslims Cheering 9/11 Draws Outrage

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump’s insistence that he saw Muslims cheering on 9/11 has drawn criticism for being inaccurate, and for politicizing an already emotional topic for Muslims in the U.S.

November 22, 2015
Demonstrators interrupt U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Worcester, Massachusetts

Donors Line Up Behind Kasich Super PAC Planning Trump Attack

Nearly a dozen big Republican donors backing different presidential candidates are coming together to help fund an advertising campaign attacking front-runner Donald Trump, who faced sharp criticism from rivals this week for his inflammatory comments about Muslims.

November 22, 2015

This Week In Polls: Trump Wins — And Refugees Lose

Perhaps most pointedly, two different surveys show a majority of Americans opposed to taking in refugees, making the issue very lucrative for Republicans.

November 20, 2015

Two Republican Rivals Blast Trump For Muslim Database Comments

Trump, when asked by reporter if there should be a database to monitor Muslims in the United States: “I would certainly implement that, absolutely.”

November 20, 2015

This Week In Crazy: Jesus, Get Your Gun!

What would Jesus do? Oppose background checks, naturally.

November 20, 2015
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