A scuffle apparently broke out yesterday at a Trump rally in Reno when a self-proclaimed Republican protester tried to wave a “Republicans Against Trump” sign at the rally. Trump supporters reportedly attacked him and tackled him in an attempt to take the sign away from him. Somewhere in the melee a member of the crowd yelled “GUN” and the Secret Service rushed Trump from the stage. But there was no gun, there was no threat, there was just the usual storm around the groundlings at a Trump rally.
But it gets more interesting…the Trump campaign on several counts is calling this an assassination attempt and despite the fact that no weapon was found and no body has been taken into custody…they aren’t backing off of the story. I can’t understand why they can continue to get away with such nonsense.
Shouldn’t the individual who yelled “GUN” be held accountable? Isn’t this akin to the oft quoted yelling “FIRE” in a theater?
But let’s get back to the gun thing for an instant. Isn’t the candidate in full and total support of the 2nd Amendment? So shouldn’t a gun not be an unusual occurrence at a Trump rally? Shouldn’t we be assuming that many of his core supporters are packing? Why would a gun be a big surprise? Oh wait, only good guys with guns count.
And a number of videos are running around of the protester. Here’s an interview with Good Morning America.
On Thursday night Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump each gave speeches roasting the other at the annual Alfred E. Smith Dinner to benefit charity, as has been an election year tradition for a number of years.
However, Donald Trump’s remarks about Hillary Clinton were notable in that they seemed to cross the line from roasting to attacking, drawing boos from the crowd in attendance.
Donald Trump was booed Thursday night at the annual Alfred E. Smith Dinner after delivering a series of jabs at his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, including trying to riff on a controversial remark he made at the latest presidential debate about her being a “nasty woman.” Clinton also didn’t play nice, however her jokes appeared to be more well-received by the crowd.
The dinner in New York, to benefit charity, is supposed to be a light-hearted roast where the presidential candidates take jabs at themselves and each other, but the event came just a day after the particularly nasty third presidential debate.
During the debate, the candidates didn’t shake hands or acknowledge each other before or after the forum.
Trump, who spoke first, tried at first to keep things light-hearted, but quickly turned to harsh criticism about Clinton, who he described as “corrupt.” His remarks drew boos from the crowd, unprecedented for the event in the memories of observers.
If you’d like to watch for yourselves, here’s full video of Donald Trump’s speech at the Alfred E. Smith dinner, with Trump’s remarks crossing from roast to attack at about the 10:41 mark.
And here’s video of Hillary Clinton’s roast of Donald Trump.
I know it goes without saying, but after watching and re-watching Donald Trump’s speech, it’s clear to me that he’s completely and utterly incapable of being anything other than a small, petty, spiteful man.
According to a new report in the Washington Post, in 2005 Donald Trump bragged in vulgar terms to Billy Bush of “Access Hollywood” about how he liked to kiss, grope and try to have sex with women. In a conversation recorded on a hot microphone, Trump told Bush, “when you’re a star, they let you do it,” referring to his inappropriate behavior towards women he was attracted to.
Watch for yourselves.
Donald Trump’s comments are absolutely reprehensible, and I can’t fathom how the Republican Party can continue to hold him up as the standard-bearer of the same party which traces its roots to Abraham Lincoln.
Watch as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump laughs and smiles as his surrogate Don King uses the n-word while introducing Trump at a campaign event.
Disgusting and indefensible….that’s Donald Trump, Republican presidential nominee.
This is too funny not to share.
Earlier this week the campaign of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton released an ad highlighting the strong support Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has received from white supremacists across the nation.
Here’s the ad.
As a followup to the ad, on Thursday Hillary Clinton gave a speech in Reno, Nevada in which she accused Donald Trump of allying with racists and racist ideas. Here’s just a snippet from Clinton’s speech.
The man who today is the standard bearer of the Republican Party said a federal judge was incapable of doing his job solely because of his heritage.
Even the Republican Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, described that as “the textbook definition of a racist comment.”
To this day, he’s never apologized to Judge Curiel.
But for Trump, that’s just par for the course.
This is someone who retweets white supremacists online, like the user who goes by the name “white-genocide-TM.” Trump took this fringe bigot with a few dozen followers and spread his message to 11 million people.
His campaign famously posted an anti-Semitic image – a Star of David imposed over a sea of dollar bills – that first appeared on a white supremacist website.
The Trump campaign also selected a prominent white nationalist leader as a delegate in California. They only dropped him under pressure.
When asked in a nationally televised interview whether he would disavow the support of David Duke, a former leader of the Ku Klux Klan, Trump wouldn’t do it. Only later, again under mounting pressure, did he backtrack.
And when Trump was asked about anti-Semitic slurs and death threats coming from his supporters, he refused to condemn them.
Through it all, he has continued pushing discredited conspiracy theories with racist undertones.
If you’d like to watch Clinton’s speech in its entity, you can watch it below.
Yesterday Randy Bryce of the excellent Iron Stache blog posted a piece questioning why Julie Meyer decided to challenge incumbent Democratic State Rep. Christine Sinicki in the 20th Assembly district. In his piece Bryce pointed out the many positive things Rep. Sinicki has done during her time in office, but he also noted the recent behavior of Julie Meyer’s husband Michael Meyer, who showed up at a campaign event for Rep. Sinicki and then seemed to challenge one of Rep. Sinicki’s sons to a physical altercation following the event as seen in the video below.
To add context to the video, the person taking the video is Jim Sinicki, one of Rep. Sinicki’s sons. The person yelling from his vehicle at Jim Sinicki is Michael Meyer, husband to Julie Meyer, Rep. Sinicki’s challenger in the Democratic primary. At one point in the exchange, Meyer yells, “If you’re feeling froggy sir jump” at Jim Sinicki. I was present during the exchange between Michael Meyer and Jim Sinicki, and Meyer’s statement seemed to me to be an attempt to provoke a physical altercation with Jim Sinicki.
In addition to his behavior after Rep. Sinicki’s event, Michael Meyer got into a confrontation with Sinicki’s supporters during her event, as you can see in the video below.
What’s truly troubling about Michael Meyer’s behavior during and after Rep. Sinicki’s event is that he has a history of engaging in harassing behavior, resulting in a harassment restraining order being issued against Michael Meyer until September 25, 2016. According to the Wisconsin Circuit Court Access website the court found Michael Meyer had engaged in a pattern of conduct against an individual that established grounds of harassment on his part, and a harassment injunction was issued against him.
Court finds that there has been a pattern of conduct that respondent has engaged in and finds that the petitioner has established grounds of harrassment by the respondent. Court therefore affirms the decision entered on 9/25/12 by Comm. Honrath and that the injunction shall remain in full force and effect.
As I noted above the harassment restraining order against Michael Meyer is in effect until September 25, 2016.
Watch as Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders gets booed by his own supporters after he called on them today to support presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her running mate Tim Kaine.
As many of you know I was a strong and proud supporter of Sen. Sanders’ presidential campaign, but I can’t support this kind of behavior. While I appreciate the disappointment so many of Sen. Sanders’ supporters feel at the lengths the Democratic establishment went to hinder Sanders’ campaign, there will come a time when the Democratic establishment is held accountable for their undemocratic behavior.
This election is too important to “sit it out” or vote for a third party candidate, because we can’t allow Donald Trump to win this election and turn our country into the worst version of itself.
Earlier today Republican U.S. Senator and failed presidential candidate Ted Cruz refused to endorse Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, confirming that the 2016 RNC Convention is an absolute clusterf–k.
The official theme of the penultimate night of the Republican National Convention was supposed to be “Make America First Again.”
And Ted Cruz didn’t disagree.
He just disagreed that putting Donald Trump first was the best way to do it.
In an emotional, precedent-shattering address Wednesday, Trump’s vanquished primary rival followed his own conscience — and pursued his own agenda — by refusing to endorse his party’s newly minted nominee while implicitly putting himself forward as an alternative party leader should Trump crash and burn in November.
Watch for yourselves:
As far as I can tell, what Ted Cruz did earlier today is unprecedented, and it speaks volumes about the disarray of the Republican Party.
Yesterday presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump announced Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate, and Trump made the announcement in the most bizarre way possible. As Ezra Klein of Vox noted, Trump spent most of his speech announcing Mike Pence as his running mate talking about his favorite subject – Donald Trump.
What started as farce continued as farce. Trump emerged without Pence. He spoke, alone, at a podium adorned with Trump’s name, but not Pence’s. And then Trump proceeded to talk about himself for 28 minutes. There is no other way to say this than to say it: it was the single most bizarre, impulsive, narcissistic performance I have ever seen from a major politician.
Watch Trump’s bizarre speech for yourselves.