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With his derogatory comments about Senator John McCain’s (R-AZ) time as a prisoner of war, Donald Trump now has the entire political establishment basically calling for his head on a stick — which might just be where he really wants them.

You see, Donald Trump’s campaign strategy is to pitch him as the one man who’s taking on the entrenched politicians. It’s what’s helped him surge to first place in the new ABC News/Washington Post poll with 24 percent of Republican voters, nearly double the numbers of Scott Walker (13 percent) and Jeb Bush (12 percent).

And now he has every politician openly denouncing him as a disgrace. His latest move is a tricky gambit indeed, and even the Post’s analysis is uncertain of what’s going to happen next.

McCain himself appeared Monday on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, and gave a clever response as to whether Trump personally owed him an apology.

“No, I don’t think so,” he said. “But I think he may owe an apology to the families of those who have sacrificed in conflict and those who have undergone the prison experience in serving their country.”

The senator spoke of the men who suffered alongside him in captivity: “A great honor of my life was to serve in the company of heroes — I’m not a hero.”

McCain also put a lighthearted gloss on having called Trump supporters “crazies,” calling it a “term of endearment.”

Meanwhile, The Donald appeared on the Today show to say that the media was falsely manipulating what he had said — to which Matt Lauer responded by simply reading Trump’s actual words back to him.

It all started last week, when McCain complained that a rally Trump held in Phoenix really “fired up the crazies.” In response, Trump lashed out at McCain on Twitter, calling for the 2008 Republican presidential nominee to be defeated in the primary for his Senate seat next year.

And notably, Trump invoked McCain’s military service — and badmouthed his performance at the Naval Academy: “Graduated last in his class at Annapolis – dummy!”

Trump kept up the McCain bashing on Saturday. “I supported him for president. I raised a million dollars for him — that’s a lot of money,” Trump said at the right-wing Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa. “I supported him, he lost — he let us down. But you know, he lost — so I never liked him as much after that, because I don’t like losers.”

The conservative activist audience was laughing at Trump’s roasting of McCain. But then the event’s moderator, GOP spin doctor Frank Luntz, called McCain “a war hero.”

“He’s not a war hero,” Trump fired back petulantly. “He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured, okay? I hate to tell to you.”

(While speaking to reporters afterward, Trump did clarify just a bit: “If a person is captured, they are a hero as far as I’m concerned.”)

The Republican National Committee, which in theory is supposed to be a neutral referee of the presidential race, took the extraordinary step of releasing a statement by spokesman Sean Spicer:

Senator McCain is an American hero because he served his country and sacrificed more than most can imagine. Period. There is no place in our party or our country for comments that disparage those who have served honorably.

Almost immediately, nearly all the other Republican candidates pounced on this, and declared their respect for McCain’s war service. But probably the toughest of all was Rick Perry, who for some time has taken the lead role in attacking The Donald. On Saturday, released this statement (with underlining in the original) — calling upon Trump to drop out:

Donald Trump should apologize immediately for attacking Senator McCain and all veterans who have protected and served our country. As a veteran and an American, I respect Sen. McCain because he volunteered to serve his country. I cannot say the same of Mr. Trump. His comments have reached a new low in American politics. His attack on veterans make him unfit to be Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Armed Forces, and he should immediately withdraw from the race for President.

But notably, one other Republican candidate has not bashed Trump: Ted Cruz

“You want me to say something bad about Donald Trump, or bad about John McCain, or bad about anyone else — I’m not going to do it,” Cruz said. “JM is a friend of mine, I respect and admire him, and he’s an American hero. And DT is a friend of mine. The rest of it — you can throw rocks at Republican candidates, I’m not going to engage in that process.”

Ted Cruz is also the same man who previously defended Trump’s candidacy after NBC fired him from the Apprentice TV franchise in the wake of his comments about Mexican immigrants.

“When it comes to Donald Trump, I like Donald Trump. I think he’s terrific. I think he’s brash. I think he speaks the truth,” Cruz said three weeks ago. “And I think NBC is engaging in political correctness that is silly and that is wrong.”

The takeaway from this should be obvious: When Donald Trump eventually crashes out, Ted Cruz wants to be there to welcome his supporters.

Also on Saturday, the Republican Party’s previous nominee for president chimed in to praise the nominee who came before him — and condemn a man aspiring to be the next one:

Trump responded right back on Twitter to Romney — and to McCain.

On Sunday, Trump was interviewed by Martha Raddatz on This Week, where he continued to lay into McCain on the issues of veterans’ care and immigration — and also continued his praise of those soldiers who aren’t captured.

“People that fought hard and weren’t captured and went through a lot, they get no credit,” Trump said. “Nobody even talks about them. They’re like forgotten, and I think that’s a shame, if you want to know the truth.”

Trump also added: “I want to give them credit, because frankly they don’t get the credit. John McCain gets credit — he was elected a senator, et cetera, et cetera, and we give him all the credit.”

Trump then wrote a guest op-ed piece in USA Today, completely digging into McCain on veterans’ care, immigration, Iraq, Iran — and on the particularly sore point of losing the 2008 presidential election to Barack Obama.

Thanks to McCain and his Senate colleague Bernie Sanders, their legislation to cover up the VA scandal, in which 1,000+ veterans died waiting for medical care, made sure no one has been punished, charged, jailed, fined or held responsible. McCain has abandoned our veterans. I will fight for them.

The reality is that John McCain the politician has made America less safe, sent our brave soldiers into wrong-headed foreign adventures, covered up for President Obama with the VA scandal and has spent most of his time in the Senate pushing amnesty. He would rather protect the Iraqi border than Arizona’s. He even voted for the Iran Nuclear Review Act of 2015, which allows Obama, who McCain lost to in a record defeat, to push his dangerous Iran nuclear agreement through the Senate without a supermajority of votes.

And as an extra bonus: The perennially wrong (but somehow influential) neoconservative maven Bill Kristol, who had previously been defending Trump’s candidacy against the media backlash, finally had to say on Sunday that he was “finished” with the man, asserting: “He’s dead to me.”

Ah, but the reality of Bill Kristol getting everything wrong — that one still lives on.

Photo: Businessman and Republican candidate for president Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a campaign event in Laconia, New Hampshire, July 16, 2015. (REUTERS/Dominick Reuter)

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  1. Stuart July 20, 2015

    Starting to think people are giving false answers to pollsters — given the 2014 elections and the recent British election, both with results very different than the polls. Answering a polling question is very different than casting a ballot for real.

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    1. jmprint July 21, 2015

      I don’t trust polls, who is to say the button you pressing on your computer is not for a different purpose then what is indicated on print.

  2. Siegfried Heydrich July 20, 2015

    Is Trump going to tank now? I very strongly doubt it. The problem
    with this line of thought is that it completely ignores the very basis
    of the problem, which is what a rabid pack of snarling curs the GOP base has become. You’re assuming that Trump will crash & burn because of the punditry.
    However, you’re falsely assuming that he cares one whit about you or I
    or the ‘lamestream media’ thinks or says. Also, his base regards any media criticism of Trump to be a validation of their views.

    There is an boundless
    supply of hate filled rubes who idolize him and hate everyone /
    everything else, especially those they consider traitors to the cause.
    That would be the republicans who are not on board with Trump. They like
    what he says because it NOT anything that ANYONE else would say. The
    more vile, nasty, vicious, lowbrow, contemptible, scurrilous, and petty
    Trump behaves, the more they will idolize him. Remember, most of these are people who think that pro ‘rasslin’ is for reals . . . And that UN troops in black helicopters are going to kick in their doors, take away their guns, and force them to convert to Islam.

    He’s not going
    away, period. As long as the hate base is solidly behind him, it doesn’t
    matter what you, I, or anyone either inside or outside the GOP says,
    because those are all liberal democrats (especially members of the crypto-democratic
    republican party like Boehner) who are afraid to tell the truthiness. The more you
    attack him, the more tightly the base will cling to him. The more you
    point out how much he’s damaging the GOP, the better they feel about
    him, and the more they will champion him. Think ‘Mussolini’, only
    without Mussolini’s wit, charm, nuance, and subtlety. Not to mention good looks.

    Trump is
    the logical culmination of all of the hate and bombast that the GOP and Fox has
    been promoting within the party. He is the ultimate product of the Fox
    sausage making machine, and is striving to out-Rush Rush. He is the end product of the Lee Atwater / Karl
    Rove / Frank Luntz process. He is the voice of the base, and the base
    will hang onto him as long as he feeds their outrage and fury addiction,
    If he can fix them up with a new jolt of anger every day, they will
    support him forever.

    Get used to it, this is the new normal for the
    republicans.

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    1. Monty Montgomery July 21, 2015

      you go Trump…keep up the good work. All of us haters would rather see you in office than any politician. At least we know who and what you are.

      1. joyce July 21, 2015

        Keep hating, Monty. Hate doesn’t make a country great, and neither will narcissist Trump. If you think he’s looking out for the little guy, you are dumber than he is (or DUMMER, asTrump stupidly posted)

        1. Monty Montgomery July 21, 2015

          thank you Joyce for your intelligent opinion, not. Go and elect another lying politician, just see what happens to your liberties next. Good luck with the future that you apparently embrace…..you will need it.

          1. jmprint July 21, 2015

            You obviously live a boxed world, and tell me you are a christian too.

          2. Monty Montgomery July 21, 2015

            why of course I don’t. Would be better off believing in Santa Claus or the tooth fairy. Just that I don’t believe a word that comes from a politician’s mouth.

          3. jmprint July 21, 2015

            Now I understand, no love in the heart is a hard life. Too bad!

          4. Monty Montgomery July 22, 2015

            the difference is that I am willing to speak the truth and you are the real hater yet unwilling or unable to see it

          5. jmprint July 22, 2015

            Ok let me see, you have no room in your heart to believe in Jesus Christ. You support vulgarity, you care about no one but yourself and you proclaim you are a hater, and now you say I’m the real hater, I do think you are a little confused, but either way have a nice day and thank God for it.

          6. Monty Montgomery July 22, 2015

            you are the one who apparently believes in God..yes, then you better go and ask for forgiveness..as you are the one breaking your own religion. So does your church teach you to be so hateful, or is it that it would not mattered what I say…you would try to find fault in my thinking? You are really judgmental in your actions and words. Maybe its the rafter in your eye. Judge not lest you be judged, I said I did not believe in God..never said that I was not raised in the church.

          7. Monty Montgomery July 22, 2015

            are you praying for me yet?…ah, didn’t think so…….read your bible and learn how to treat others if you want them to treat you in the same manner.

          8. jmprint July 23, 2015

            You are a funny guy. My response was to you loving Trump and being a hater. This is what you posted:

            “you go Trump…keep up the good work. All of us haters would rather see you in office than any politician. At least we know who and what you are.”

            Looks like you are a cool-arrow like him. I am not a holy roly, I don’t belong to a religion, that’s for followers, create my for men, and born again christians. I try as hard as I can to follow the Word of God, but because I am human like you I make mistakes, but there is no way I could survive without faith. I haven’t pointed out anything to you other then your own words you are a hater, so don’t fuss at me. Trump is a greedy, godless, sob and nothing more. He would love to have America for his own monarchy, I want no part of it.

          9. Monty Montgomery July 23, 2015

            guess you did not ask or me to be forgiven then? no prayers? maybe just for yourself then? were they answered? didn’t think so. but you can ask for Santa to bring you some common sense at Christmas.

          10. The lucky one July 21, 2015

            With ya on Santa, but you can’t really believe that Trump is not a politician, not a very skilled one granted, but everything he says is for effect.

          11. Monty Montgomery July 21, 2015

            and it is working

          12. The lucky one July 21, 2015

            Hard to say at this point, Very few races have one leader from wire to wire. But yes apparently it is working when he has people who “don’t believe a word that comes from a politician’s mouth” believing him when he is playing politics.

        2. Monty Montgomery July 21, 2015

          Neither does trying to take away our country’s past, or making it into something that is was not. Food for thought…

          1. CrankyToo July 21, 2015

            What you consider “food for thought” would amount to a starvation diet for any rational person.

          2. Monty Montgomery July 21, 2015

            well hello CRANKY Too, name says it all……………………

          3. CrankyToo July 21, 2015

            Not by half, dipstick.

          4. Monty Montgomery July 21, 2015

            oh you really hurt my feeling with that clever remark……not hardly!

          5. charleo1 July 21, 2015

            Grrrr, you’re so angry! Who cares? The rest of us still have a Country to run. You think Trump tells the truth because you think he’s not a politician? He’s running for office, isn’t he? What do you think a politician is/does? The only non-politicians in power, or seeking power are unelected Dictators, Kings, heads of Islamic Republics, and Terrorists Organizations, and so on. I know that various charlatans, and propagandists have made a concerted effort to manipulate, and radicalized you, and others to support wild political insurgencies like the astro turf T-Party, in hopes of unseating Barack Obama. Well, as you can see it didn’t work. These things seldom do. And when they do, it’s never good. And so now, you’re what they’re left with in the GOP. An angry, disgruntled, and frustrated guy, who’s ready to listen to anyone who is willing to vent all that manufactured rage at the entire situation right along with them. Well, that’s a drinking buddy, not a person qualified to lead the Country. What you, and the played like a fiddle, Right Wingers need, is a good anger management program to clear your heads.

          6. idamag July 23, 2015

            Actually, I think Trump is very clever on this one. He is mirroring the so-called Republican Party and if they can’t see themselves as they are, too bad for them.

          7. charleo1 July 23, 2015

            The truth is, guys like Monty have been perpetually angry since the Democrat with the decidedly non orange tan moved into the White House. Which until that happened, had thought the name, “White House,” actually excluded occupants of any other color. A point that might be a lot harder to make, if the guy that preceded Obama hadn’t been such a total screw up. Or, if guys like Monty had started waving their Don’t Tread On Me Flags, wearing their tricornered hats, and spewing their anti Federal Gov. venom, when the debt tripled. Or there were no WMDs found in Iraq. Or even when the economy cratered. But no. They didn’t get all Donald Trump, until the Republicans lost the election. And the Country, against all odds, had gone and elected the first African American to the highest office. It was then it became bat sh!t crazy time for Monty.

          8. idamag July 23, 2015

            When Trump made his racist remarks, his poll numbers jumped. Tells a whole lot about the radical right. They will accept a convicted war criminal over a Black Man. They will vote for someone who has a very poor vocabulary and thought process if he is White.

          9. idamag July 23, 2015

            If the man-on-the-street wants health care, he is a drag on society and self-serving. However, if the oil industry gets huge government subsidies, but pay no taxes, the farmer gets farm subsidies and land bank money, the sugar industry is government subsidized and the corn industry is government subsidized – oh well, that’s business as usual. Oh, and did I forget to mention the Congress who takes umpteen number of paid leave days, get’s single payer health insurance and full retirement after two years while they yammer about the so-called takers,

          10. Monty Montgomery July 21, 2015

            what, someone take away your snap money? Maybe wanted you to pay full price on your rent?

          11. Monty Montgomery July 21, 2015

            guess you will be going hungry

          12. CrankyToo July 22, 2015

            That’s exactly what I said – that one would starve on what you consider “food for thought”. Thanks for confirming my point, Dumba$$.

          13. Monty Montgomery July 22, 2015

            take away your self serving way of life, with your expectations of everything is to be free and see how long you last…sunshine

          14. welfare hog…………..

          15. BillP July 21, 2015

            Nice generalizations though not any details to backup these grandiose clams.

          16. Monty Montgomery July 21, 2015

            the world we now live in and the way people feel entitled about everything. or have you not noticed?

          17. BillP July 22, 2015

            Now all are doing I babbling. You still haven’t explained your original comment. You sound like a walking sound bite.

        3. Monty Montgomery July 21, 2015

          yea, all of the protesting and rioting that has been going on….who is the real haters?

          1. joyce October 2, 2015

            you mean to say. Who ARE the real haters? grammar check.

          2. My grammar matched the desired group of people.
            Try giving an opinion on the subject matter next time, nobody cares about your trivial grammar check…..it’s rude.

      2. jmprint July 21, 2015

        And just what is he, a canard greedy SOB, who would bring America to a rubble if allowed, hey but at least you know who he is. Monty you are a hater, good to know who the haters are.

        1. Monty Montgomery July 21, 2015

          you bet, as I am glad to know who the morons are as well.

          1. jmprint July 21, 2015

            Voters are way past 12 years old and assume you are talking about your friends.

          2. Monty Montgomery July 21, 2015

            had a job every day at the age of 12 and have been working ever since (45 yrs), what is your excuse?

          3. jmprint July 21, 2015

            I don’t need excuses to know what is in my heart. I have been working since I was 14, at 16 when I became a full time worker, within seven years I was promoted to management, and haven’t stopped since. Became self employed at 21 and still after 34 years in business. Oh what I could have accomplished if my daddy had left me 2 million dollars. But all the hard work made me a better person, what kind of work did you do that made you so sour in life. I pay both ends of my social security and medicare, if the republicans have any say so, I will not get to see any of it. Most Democrats are not lazy as the republicans like to pretend. Looks like we are pretty close to the same age.

          4. idamag July 23, 2015

            That is so sad for you. Your work ethic did not leave you with any time to read.

          5. Monty Montgomery July 23, 2015

            don’t worry, your time will come and then you will actually have to fend for yourself….sad for you!

    2. jmprint July 21, 2015

      I for one CANNOT get used to it. I do not want to live in a country run by Mussolini, Stalin, Hitler and any look alike or wanna be. I will be fighting for the opposite, and make sure that others are listening.

    3. CrankyToo July 21, 2015

      Great post! All except that last sentence. I don’t think you can reasonably use the words “normal” and “Republicans” in the same sentence any more.

  3. Dominick Vila July 21, 2015

    Donald Trump’s financial and political successes are due, largely, to his arrogance, despotism, the disrespect he demonstrates towards every one else, his greed, and the fact that he, unabashedly, loves to rock the “establishment”, a euphemism used to describe accepted norms of conduct.
    He could care less who he steps on, who he insults, or who he threatens. Anything that elicits attention, and results in the support he needs to achieve a specific goal, is fine with him. With that in mind, it is unrealistic to expect him to apologize for anything, including what he said about a wounded American veteran, which could be easily interpreted as an insult to all disabled American veterans. Apologizing would be an admission that there is something inherently wrong with the Trump brand, and that is simply not going to happen.
    As scary as the probability of Trump being the GOP nominee is, the most perplexing part of this political, or social, phenomena is the fact that almost one fourth of registered Republican support his candidacy, see nothing wrong with what he says, and plan to vote for him!
    When I heard what he said about Sen. McCain, I thought he had committed political hara kiri. It doesn’t look that way. In fact, it seems that the nastier Trump is, the more his followers love him.
    There are many consequences to what is happening in the USA. Dismay among our closest allies being one of them. The most obvious, however, is that the Republican party has been hijacked by the most radical members of our society, and that it is about to implode. As a Democrat, I should rejoice, as an American I deplore what is happening because I believe that the best solutions to our problems are reached when we consider alternatives, and the opinions of others.

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    1. jmprint July 21, 2015

      That’s because they are just as bigoted as he is. Take one to groom the other.

    2. Monty Montgomery July 21, 2015

      what others? illegals?

  4. itsfun July 21, 2015

    Anyone that has the political establishment on both sides worried is okay with me. DT is saying a lot of things that people on both sides of the aisle want to say but don’t have the guts to say. We are starved for politicians that aren’t afraid to answer questions without putting a PC spin on them.

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    1. The lucky one July 21, 2015

      Yes Trump puts the DT spin on them. What has Trump said of substance? Just a lot of bragging and swagger or as they say in Texas, all hat and no cattle.

      1. itsfun July 21, 2015

        He is a straight talker and people seem to like that. Everyone running for office is dong a lot of bragging and have plenty of swagger. That is what people running for office do. He won’t be controlled by the RNC. He is surging in the polls. Maybe this says people are sick and tried of politicians that just preach what the RNC or DNC tell them to do. Instead of having debates and ideas and elections, why not just listen to the RNC and DNC and then vote for one of them. The person in office doesn’t matter, just the hidden party leaders and money people matter. That’s how policy is made in Washington. We the people is just a nice touchy , feeling, anymore.

        1. The lucky one July 21, 2015

          Agree with most of what you said. However Trump’s “straight talk” is all BS. I can go into any tavern , start a conversation with those who have had a few already and get “straight talk”, full of all the prejudices. unquestioned beliefs and bold statements that riddle Trumps bloviations. Trump has yet to make any substantive statements as to how he would accomplish his ridiculous claims.
          My feeling is that he is in the race as a stalking horse for Walker. Wait and see if he denigrates Walker as he’s doing with the others. Cruz is hoping to avoid the abuse by repeatedly sucking up to Trump and of course there is the prospect of picking up Trump’s followers when he inevitably drops out, the political maneuver comparable to the bankruptcy technique he has used so well to build his wealth at the expense of others.

          1. jmprint July 21, 2015

            I am so glad you recognized the cool-arrow for what he is, it’s refreshing, thanks.

          2. itsfun July 21, 2015

            Trump is saying what people want to hear. You’re right you can go into any tavern and get straight talk. However these people vote. I think Walker has a good chance to be the last one standing in this. One thing we never hear is how Trump has negotiated several millions of dollars with leaders of foreign countries and their representatives. He has multi million dollar businesses in just about every country. It has to take a lot of skill to negotiate with those folks. He knows how to get things done, and we definitely need someone that knows how to do that.

          3. The lucky one July 21, 2015

            Maybe he’s negotiated deals and maybe it’s been his representatives. It’s very likely Trump is just the front. I have seen absolutely nothing in his public behavior and statements that would lead me to the conclusion that he is an astute negotiator. God help us if as prez he would arrange deals the way he does now. We can’t just declare bankruptcy ad walk away without a scratch the way he does.
            He’s saying what SOME people want to hear, just like any other politician. It’s easy to play to people’s fears and prejudices.

          4. itsfun July 21, 2015

            I wonder who may have hired these representatives.

          5. The lucky one July 21, 2015

            I suppose the same person who hired the reps who negotiated the four deals that ended up as bankruptcies. It’s not hard to be successful when you start out with millions and have no scruples.
            I know public personas can be misleading but does Trump seem to you like he is a quick witted thinker. He contradicts himself often and may seem articulate to the bar crowd but c’mon you seem to be smarter than that. Tell you what though, I’d pay top dollar to watch a “debate” between him and O’Reilly. I’d be sure to wear a raincoat to protect against all the hot air and spittle that would be flying but the laughs would be worth it.

          6. itsfun July 21, 2015

            A debate between those two, may end up in a knuckle dance..

          7. The lucky one July 21, 2015

            Even better but I think they are both all hot air with no physical courage. They’d both want to have a champion to fight for them like the kings of old.

          8. nana4gj July 21, 2015

            Which is unfortunate. It used to be that Leaders, and those aspiring to be Leaders in government in this country, aspired to create a higher purpose; to inform and educate the masses, not keep them ignorant; to unite people to a common cause for the benefit of the country, not to divide and conquer; to raise people up, not feed their worse instincts.

            I think to argue in support of “saying what people want to hear” when it means catering to the most base instincts of the people, is not a goal to have; it is not something to be celebrated and awarded. We should be asked to be better than that and our Leaders should show the way, not descend to our lowest level.

          9. itsfun July 21, 2015

            Are you saying only the political elite have the smarts to tell me what I want and what is best for me. Are you saying the average American is to stupid to know what is right or wrong? What base instincts are so bad they can’t be celebrated or awarded? To me a politician telling the truth as he sees it and not as a political party tell him see it is showing the way. He is ascending to the truth, which is not in Washington today.

          10. jmprint July 21, 2015

            Trump is doing the very same thing. They tell him to hate immigrants and he hates immigrants, but he sure does like their cheap labor and good work. So who is the hypocrite? He was a democrat, when his business wasn’t doing so well. All of us were hurting at the same time. He is just an opportunist. We do not need a leader like him. Speaking your mind doesn’t constitute TRUTH.

          11. nana4gj July 22, 2015

            I’m saying that any politician who must rely upon stirring up anger and divisiveness, on slander and insults, on being more outrageous than the next one, on lies and distortion, and greed, who cannot learn from history but uses it to inflame and obstruct progress, who has little to offer for adulthood other than unbridled personal ambition, and who believes in angry politics, is ill suited for many elected offices, particularly, the Presidency of the US. There cannot be a dozen and a half extraordinary men and women who are qualified for the office of the US Presidency.

        2. jmprint July 21, 2015

          “Maybe this says people are sick and tried of politicians that just preach what the RNC tell them to do” . . . and you were on board until your hynASS threw the lasso and lassoed you in.

          1. itsfun July 21, 2015

            politicians on both sides do what their party leaders tell them to do.

          2. jmprint July 21, 2015

            No, Democratic politicians tend to try and help their fellow men.
            They tend to follow equality and justice for ALL. All politicians are human, humans tend to follow their greedy behavior and some democrats will stray, but most don’t.

          3. itsfun July 21, 2015

            Republicans bad people, Democrats good people. You can’t really believe that. There are good and bad on both sides and neither side has a monopoly on good or bad.

    2. jmprint July 21, 2015

      Guts has nothing to do with it. Vulgarity is easy to spew, being a good person is the hard issue.

      1. itsfun July 21, 2015

        Being a good person and a politician have nothing in common anymore.

        1. jmprint July 21, 2015

          Please explain to me why most christians are followers of the NRA, oops meant to say RNC.

          1. itsfun July 21, 2015

            You believe Republicans are bad people and most Christians are Republicans. Why do you think most Christians are bad people? The NRA is standing up for the constitutional rights of Americans. I am just curious as to which radical group you belong to?

          2. nana4gj July 21, 2015

            I venture to say the Republican Christian is akin the Pharisee that Jesus threw out of the Temple in the one and only recorded fit of anger that he displayed.

          3. itsfun July 21, 2015

            Are you a Muslim? You sound like one.

          4. nana4gj July 22, 2015

            The problem about making assumptions is that one can often be wrong. No, I am not Muslim. I am Roman Catholic. I detest hypocrisy in any organised religion, my own included.

          5. jmprint July 21, 2015

            Most christians are republicans because they believe in the pulpit. I know a lot of good Christians, they are not phony or pretenders, they don’t go around judging others faults, they pray, they teach the Word of God and they leave the judging to judgment day. What I don’t like is the blend of NRA, Church goers and KKK all mixed together to make the false christianity that we have today. I don’t belong to any group, I came out of my mom chute all by myself, don’t need others to do thinking for me.

          6. Polana July 21, 2015

            ‘With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion” Steven Weinberg.

            “If politician found he had cannibals among his constituents, he would promise them missionaries for dinner” HL Mencken

            All these Goofy Odd People that run for the office will promise U 40 virgins for your vote and the usual cut taxes (for the rich), jobs (4 illegal immigrants- U R right DT), and a wars in the Middle East (none of them possibly even know where/what middle East is. LOL

    3. nana4gj July 21, 2015

      We are not “worried”. We are appalled at this man as well as confounded that the RNC accepts anyone to run for the highest office of the land. How can it be that almost 18 individuals are equally competent to apply for the job of President of the US. IMO, it demonstrates a lack of seriousness or the gravitas for the role and responsibilities of a President of the US, as well as a lack of respect for the people of this nation. IMO, it is making the GOP even more irrelevant than it is because of policies and ideology and confirms that they made a huge mistake in running off their statesmen and doing so in an inglorious manner, to replace them with what they have today.

      1. itsfun July 21, 2015

        Having many qualified candidates is a good thing. When a party only has 1 or 2 qualified candidates it says bad things about that party. One of the great things about our country is the ability of anyone to run for office. Trumps lead is growing every day. Career politicians should be worried when the only non-political hack is leading. Tells me, the people are sick of lying political hacks.

        1. jmprint July 21, 2015

          Sad thing is out of 16 candidates, non qualify.

        2. nana4gj July 22, 2015

          The key word here, is “Qualified”.

  5. The lucky one July 21, 2015

    “People that fought hard and weren’t captured and went through a lot, they get no credit,” Well Donnie you’ve got 5 or 10 billion, depending on whether you believe Trump’s numbers or those that are more objective, what have you contributed to bettering the lives of veterans. My guess is $0000000.

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    1. jmprint July 21, 2015

      What about the Trump park, they could go visit at no charge.

      1. The lucky one July 21, 2015

        LOL, and he may also give them a discount on a Trump for Prez T-shirt. he’s quite a guy.

  6. Thomas Martin July 21, 2015

    This is sheer entertainment. I wonder what the Donald says about his own mother?

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    1. The lucky one July 21, 2015

      Haven’t you heard, Donald was a virgin birth and then he raised himself making his first million by the time he was five.

      1. jmprint July 21, 2015

        And never used an illegal to do his dirty work.

      2. Thomas Martin July 21, 2015

        Ha, ha, ha, ha. No wonder he is a derelict.

    2. nana4gj July 21, 2015

      How many more groups of people and individuals have to be insulted and maligned to be sufficiently “entertained”? How many more people need to be convinced that throwing around Trump’s money at every problem and issue, is going to happen and will even solve everything? How many people believe that any or all foreign country will give a “flying f-” what Trump thinks about them and believes they will be at the mercy of the will and largesse of Donald Trump in this world of globalization, where every country is forming alliances, but Trump’s, and the Republicans, are intent to do the opposite.

      How “entertaining” is all of this?

      If people could listen, really listen to what he says, he is drowning in his own bombast and exaggerated hyperbole, stumbling around this morning, and sounding very dumb, just plain dumb.

  7. FT66 July 21, 2015

    Too much hypocracy. What has happened to “Freedom of Speech” folks tout every now and then especially republicans. Doesn’t apply also to Donald Trump? If not why?

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    1. old_blu July 21, 2015

      He can have his freedom of speech, as long as he understands there are freedom of consequences that go with that.

      1. FT66 July 21, 2015

        If consequences are to rise in polls, him and his supporters like that, I suppose!

        1. old_blu July 21, 2015

          Oh, don’t get me wrong I hope he gets the nomination, he’s really good for the “left”.

          1. FT66 July 21, 2015

            Agreed.

    2. The lucky one July 21, 2015

      I haven’t heard anyone, especially dems or liberals (why would they want to shut Trump up) say Trump shouldn’t be allowed to pontificate all he wants. Some have questioned the stupidity, lies, hypocrisy and meanness he displays but they are just exercising their free speech rights.

      1. nana4gj July 21, 2015

        It is not for anyone but Republicans, and the RNC, to determine whether or not Trump can “pontificate” under their banner all he wants. It is the RNC who determines the fitness of a candidate to engage in the political campaign for the frontrunner of that political Party for the office of President, ie, to debate, to argue the case.

        The RNC, unfortunately, just wants a Winner. That’s their criteria. Who Can Raise The Most Money, Who Can Appeal To The Base, Who Presents The Best Image, which is why they end up with the most crass candidates, because the RNC has already rigged the electoral process. Now, they just focus on who can garner all of those guaranteed votes.

    3. jmprint July 21, 2015

      He should be able to act like a peacock and display his colorful self.

    4. nana4gj July 21, 2015

      Yes, Freedom of Speech, is a Given. But the rest of us also have the Freedom to let one another know when their speech is insulting, inappropriate, and offensive.

      If we are wise, we will determine if that speech exercised with the right of Freedom, is sane, or, if it exposes pathology, since speech is the expression is what is in the heart, mind, and soul, of an individual, and, is therefore, one of the evaluations of character and integrity, as well as values.

  8. Eleanore Whitaker July 21, 2015

    All of us who live in the NY Metro area know The Donald to be “Bush Heavy” without the TX drawl. Anyone who has ever had to listen to The Mouth of The Deal knows Trump for what he is…a wheeler dealer who believes in his own CEO autonomy…He beats Cheney in that CEO posturing by miles.

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  9. old_blu July 21, 2015

    Stay tuned next week. “Trump sues . . . . everyone”.

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    1. phylin July 22, 2015

      He sued a country. What’s next? A continent? Or a village in Alaska?

  10. disqus_Cc20uRF6eN July 21, 2015

    Elect TRUMP, a Prez with REAL B A L L S

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    1. old_blu July 21, 2015

      I’m sure hoping he gets the nomination, but he won’t.
      He’s the best thing that’s happened to the Democrats since Palin.
      GO TRUMP !

    2. jmprint July 21, 2015

      If you like monarchy, move to england. Golf balls don’t make America better.

    3. Wedge Shot July 21, 2015

      Except they are in his mouth. Donald Trump, all mouth full of balls but basically a coward that never fought anyone but his ex wives and lost every every time he did.

      1. oldtack July 22, 2015

        Hey Wedgie
        Are you possessed with any meaningful dialogue? Or does your mentality limit you to asinine one or two line garbage? Just wondering. And – have a nice day.

        1. Wedge Shot July 27, 2015

          Get in your kiddy car and tell us how it feels to drive 10 miles per hour. Make a comparison to flying a fighter jet and then tell us how you would have performed over Hanoi during a bombing run.
          Tell us all about how heroic you were sitting in your chair watching TV. Never judge a man whose shoes you didn’t walk in and never judge a man that was a POW for 5 years.

          1. oldtack July 27, 2015

            Then – why are you judging me? You do not know me nor have you ever walked in my shoes. All I see in your post is a meaningless attempt at dialogue not worthy of reply. Continue your one and two sentence posts and do have a good evening – Troll.

          2. Wedge Shot July 28, 2015

            Because you attacked a man that put his life on the line many times and at many places. You post your crap while sitting in your comfortable chair and then want to judge a military man that many consider a hero. McCain said he is not a hero but we know better.
            As for you kiss off.

          3. oldtack July 28, 2015

            Goodbye Troll. And have a Great Day.

  11. Wayne Thorson July 21, 2015

    Trump has no balls. He has never spent one day in the military yet he wants to talk tough and send our troops back to the Middle East to fight a war that we can’t win. If NATO wants to get involved then it’s another story. For him to find fault with a POW is way below the belt.

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  12. oldtack July 21, 2015

    John McCain set the record straight in his latest release. He made two statements to the effect “Trump does not owe me an apology” and “i’m no Hero.”. He expounded on his imprisonment and on those he deemed as “heroes’ those that fought in the field and those that lost their lives.
    It seems the ones outraged are all the “wannabes” that are vieing for favor in the republican side of the Presidential “race”.
    I still think McCain got shot down because he disregarded orders and left the flight plan which put him in a dangerous position. He was eager for the “kill” and his rashness almost cost him his life.

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    1. nana4gj July 21, 2015

      John McCain has never declared himself a “hero”. He has been celebrated a hero by others, who awarded him medals. There is other history of the circumstances of his captivity that must justify others calling him “hero”. He is the most well known POW because he returned home and went into politics.

      None of the POWS that survived have returned to be public people. None of them deserve to be called “losers”. All of them probably suffer, among other things, the syndrome of “survivor’s guilt”, and a personal sense of having failed the mission. I wish them to know that the majority of us do not share that judgment. IMO, they failed at nothing. They fit my concept of “hero” because they fought the fight, walked the walk, and, hopefully,returned with the same grit to heal, to thrive, and to enjoy all of the blessings of life. Whatever the circumstances that led to McCain’s captivity, he more than paid for them and he could have accepted that offer of release, leaving the rest of the POWs, but, he didn’t. Sometimes, people grow from adverse and trying experiences more than they grow in school or otherwise.

      One has to wonder about the character, integrity, emotional health, and values of anyone who would include POWs in their target group of political strategies. Limiting his attack on the politics, policies, record of McCain, the Senator, would have been sane and appropriate. Using McCain’s capture and captivity, his military experience, his scholarship at the Naval Academy, with which to attack him as a political opponent, is just ugly and pointless, coming from a man who was deferred 5 times and was a pretty party boy, living a hedonistic life during that war.

      It’s also classless, crude, and dumb. All of his oratory, on any given subject, indicates he is dumb, not very intelligent and is arrested in social development at around the age of 10 years old, not all 10 year old’s, but a 10 year old son of wealth who was a spoiled and indulged Brat, and never made to grow up, but, protected with wealth to be a Brat forever.

      There is nothing concrete about his positions on issues, either. They follow the same pattern of grandiosity, self delusion and grandeur, and all seem to be full of solutions that include throwing “thousands” of dollars at the problem, and denigrating anyone involved in them, including foreign countries,”putting every one in their place”.

      The best outcome, if he persists with this ego-maniacal trip resulting from his Narcissist Personality Disorder, is that he runs as an Independent, splitting the votes with Republicans, contributing to a Democratic victory.

      Because Scott Walker expects to declare war on Iran, Day One, and then “talk with allies” about nullifying the Iran Deal, which those allies and the UN will never do and will have already implemented by then, regardless of what the US does or wants to do, so his war will belong only to the US, with Israel a cheerleader, nothing more, and US sanctions being meaningless, at least for Iran and the rest of the signatures. Jeb Bush will assemble his Cabinet, discuss with allies, and then nullify it, and by that time, no one will care what the US does, the Deal is in full implementation. Rubio will shut down the Cuban Embassy in DC and ours in Havanna and probably invade Cuba, to avenge his “ancestral heritage”, in an attempt to eliminate Communism and restore the corrupt and greedy kind of government that provoked the revolution in the first place. Perry would make of the US what he has made in Texas, and, take my word for it, no one should want that, IF, he is not convicted for what he has been indicted for, over here in the hinterlands of Red Neck Crazy, albeit, very conservative and evangelical Red Neck Crazy.

      Trump is one of those things that his adoring crowds should take care what they wish for. The rest of them are amateurs, not well informed, and, frankly, juvenile. None are statesmen of the level that foreign countries have been accustomed to in the President of the US. They tried, already, with that kind and learned an important lesson. This is not the time in our world for unknown amateurs. This is the time for the US to continue with strong, rational, intelligent, experienced, respectable leadership, that is dependable, not mercurial or instinctive.

      1. oldtack July 21, 2015

        I agree with you. And I appreciate his personal declamation on the Hero business. I don’t agree with McCain on all of his positions but then , he has his agenda and reasons.I like the way he put the definition of “Heroes” in it’s right perspective.

        Trump? I’m no supporter of Trump. But I find it interesting how, in his bombastic way, he has totally thrown a monkey wrench in the Campaign.It’s going to be “Interesting” to say the least.

      2. highpckts July 21, 2015

        Well said nana4gj! Well said!!

    2. Wedge Shot July 21, 2015

      WTF! You don’t know a GD thing about flying a fighter jet and damn little about how to even wipe your own as^.
      What a stupid little person you are.

      1. oldtack July 21, 2015

        Wedgie – you don’t know a GD thing about me and I do not want to know a GD thing about you. So meanwhile – go F yourself – and have a nice day.

      2. oldtack July 21, 2015

        Wedgie
        Are you a Jet Pilot? Were you on the Forrestall or the Orskany in the fall of 1967? Do you know anything about Operation Rolling Thunder? Are you familiar with the VA 163 Saints Squadron or Yankee Station?

        These Groups were engaged in bombing pre-selected bombing s- many of which they risked their lives several time bombing the same targets they had previously bombed. The general consensus all was that the political intellectual idiots in Washington knew nothing about bombing Missions. McCain was a good resourceful Pilot, Impetuous and prone to push the edge of the envelope. He broke formation and proceeded to bomb a vital target in the middle of Hanoi He lined up on his target and went into an attack dive. At about 4000 feet he was hit by an SA2 that blew off the right wing of his Skyhawk. He went into an inverted spin and before impact was able to eject. The force of the ejection broke several of his bones. He landed in East Lake and almost drowned before inflating his vest
        . He had developed into a good pilot. When the North Koreans discovered his identity he received very harsh treatment and was used as a pawn in their discourse with our Government. He was a good and brave pilot but ,in his own words he was not a hero. He was a member of the US Military force carrying out his mission.

        If you were there let us know what you did. If you wish to have meaningful dialogue on the post I and many others will reply.

        If all you can offer is asinine diatribe then don’t waste our time or space on this site.

    3. Polana July 21, 2015

      He is a war monger no matter what. Where was he when Kerry was dragged thru the mud??? Remember, Bomb, bomb, bomb McCain almost singing. He is a hero??? My foot.Thank God and the smart voters that he is not a President, Imagine Palin behind talks w/ other countries, She can’t speak English, and never read any book and C Russia from her window. If both were in WH we would be in a wars bombing every country in the world.U R Right he is no hero, never was. By the way Trump is speaking a lot of truth that nobody wants to talk about it.

      1. oldtack July 21, 2015

        No one dares to talk about it because it isn’t “politically correct” They are scared to think or speak “outside the box”.

  13. Stephan Alan Sonn July 21, 2015

    Tis the season of the man bitch.

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  14. phylin July 21, 2015

    I got an unauthorized glimpse at medical records that show Trump got his deferment because the doctors could not find a brain even under what he has on top of his head..

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    1. geaaronson July 21, 2015

      He has a brain, phlin. The docs were looking in the wrong place.

      1. phylin July 21, 2015

        Yes of course. They were looking in the place they thought he might have a brain..

        1. geaaronson July 21, 2015

          The reason it was in the wrong place was because he had his head up his arse and the brain got dislodged.

          1. phylin July 22, 2015

            Perhaps. On the other hand, how can something that does not exist become dislodged?

    2. Monty Montgomery July 22, 2015

      brainless billionaire businessman……………….who would have thought a brainless person could become so rich before becoming a politician?

  15. Irishgrammy July 21, 2015

    WHAT makes this wretched clown Trump really believe anyone could have beaten Pres. Obama………………believe me compared to the side show going on in the GOP, along with the lackluster Romney/Ryan campaign, simply by contrast, President Obama is the classiest most reasonable man with superior moral integrity in the political arena…….Certainly there is no comparison when it comes to the superiority in intellect, good manners, grace under pressure and decency that President Obama is the embodiment of, while the bloviating narcisst Trump goes his merry way insulting and calling names of all those he has utter distain for, which seems like just about any and every one, like a 13 year old mean girl in the junior high cafeteria ! Trump continues to believe he can get away with behaving in his ill mannered classless actions, spewing contemptible insults with absolutely no modicum of regret, let alone any kind of filter. Those who Trump has been playing to just love the name calling and xenophobia BS and this group would just love it if Trump called the President the N word…. so we know EXACTLY the crowd he is playing to…….WHEN the Donald is done with this game he is playing simply to feed his huge and abhorrent ego, he will have destroyed the chances for the GOPTP with almost ALL immigrants, certainly for all Latinos, for a generation at the least, probably for far longer, but of course he is getting quite a bit of help with that from his fellow cowardly GOP candidates!!!

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  16. tomtype July 22, 2015

    Apparently Donald Trump believes all of our soldiers, when they are about to be captured, should commit hari-kari. That way we can say our soldiers are never captured. But then he seems to be taking the same tack. He is standing up there committing political suicide rather than be captured and made to serve as president.

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  17. 1standlastword July 22, 2015

    Almost all Americans–especially those who aren’t members of the permanent political class–love that Trump is using his money and power of influence to buy a forum to denounce a modern republican party that hasn’t stood for anything but violence, hate and greed for the last 6 1/2-years…and longer some would argue.

    I wish Trump had a style that would force them to take him seriously enough to come clean in public on some of their pernicious ways exhibited over the last 6 1/2 years.

    Trump is for sure clinically narcissistic but he still has enough sanity and foolish courage to risk his life to ATTACK the most morally corrupted party in modern American politics–the republican party. They have exploited our faith, our patriotism and our concept of family values to enrich themselves.

    Yes, I sound partisan but that it is not my intent: it is–however, necessary for what I perceive as the inarguable truth which is the republican party is coming apart at the seams because of its OWN alliances with radical entities with self-serving interests that have NOTHING to do with the People’s business!!!!!

    AND THAT IS WHY TRUMP LEADS THE FIELD AND WHY CONSERVATIVES LIKE HIM!

    A house divided against itself cannot stand! The GOP is on notice!!!!

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    1. S.J. Jolly July 22, 2015

      A classical battle looming in the GOP: Establishment vs. revolutionares. With Trump looking to lead the revolutionaries.

      1. 1standlastword July 22, 2015

        I prefer to think he’s trying to knock them off their center. Trump would lead America to his favorite place and that is bankruptcy–

        1. S.J. Jolly July 23, 2015

          No, Trump’s favorite place is stage center. Bankruptcies just tend to follow, with the distractions from tending to business.

    2. CrankyToo July 23, 2015

      Great post!

  18. idamag July 23, 2015

    Go, Donald! It doesn’t look like it is working yet, but keep trying.

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