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5 Right-Wing Outrages This Week

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5 Right-Wing Outrages This Week

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at Trump Tower in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., May 31, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

By the end of the week, the fresh shocks of the most disturbing moments of the third and thankfully final presidential debate were beginning to subside. A madman who is perfectly comfortable taking down our democracy because his ego is bruised is uncomfortably close to being president. To recoin Michelle Obama’s well-worn phrase, when Trump goes low, he somehow manages to redefine the word low. To Trump’s chagrin, he also inadvertently provided Hillary Clinton with one of her catchiest campaign slogans thus far, “nasty woman,” a mantle an awful lot of newly minted millennial Hillary voters are now sporting with pride.

Tailspinning wildly, Trump has been showering his supporters with some of the whiniest drivel ever heard on the campaign trail. On Saturday, he treated the soggy masses to his sad version of his first 100 days.

Here are some of the low points of the week from Trump and the rest of the country’s right flank.

1. Trump’s first 100 days: First, deploy all the lawyers!

Win or lose, Donald Trump is bent on revenge after the election. In a speech demonstrating his visionary leadership style Saturday, Trump laid out his plans for his first 100 days, and they were just as inspiring as you might imagine.

“All of these liars will be sued after the election,” Trump told a crowd in historic Gettysburg, PA, referring to the 10 and counting women who have come forward to accuse him of sexually inappropriate touching in recent weeks. “I’m so looking forward to doing that.”

The thin-skinned candidate has long been a vengeful guy. Just ask real billionaire Richard Branson who went public this week with a description of a bizarre and unsettling lunch the two shared some years ago during which all Trump talked about was getting even with five of his enemies. The encounter confused the hell out of Branson, who has since concluded that, “Mr. Trump’s temperament is irrational, aggressive and he lacks informed ideas on how to grow jobs in America.”

Although, he does keep his lawyers fairly well-employed, it should be said.

Back when Branson had his somewhat stomach-turning lunch with Trump, he was only gunning for people who declined to lend him money when his businesses failed. Running for president has been a huge boon to Trump’s enemies list, and he can’t wait to start settling those scores.

It’ll be such fun for him. Whee!

2. Trump decided it was a really good idea to go after inceasingly popular Michelle Obama.

The first lady has been getting a lot of attention lately for speaking poignantly and powerfully about the harm men like Donald Trump can do and her shock that such a vile nincompoop is running for president. Even right-wingers like Glenn Beck find themselves nodding in agreement and commending her rhetorical gifts. Donald doesn’t like that. He does not care how popular the first lady has become. He’s taking her down. Trouble is, he has no ammo.

In one of his soaring speeches in North Carolina, Friday, Trump said, “We have a bunch of babies running our country. They’re losers. Babies. Losers.”

That is verbatim.

“We have a president, and all he wants to do is campa-a-a-ign,” Donald said. “His wife, all she wants to do is campa-a-a-ign.”

Ooh, yeah, that’s terrible. Why would anyone with any sway, who cares about the future of the country want to be out campaigning now? Crazy. It’s not like there’s something important at stake. Anyway, women shouldn’t be out on the campaign trail. They should know their place, right smack at the other end of Trump’s short, unwanted fingers. Putting women in their place is right where Trump was headed with this.

“And I see how much his wife likes Hillary,” Trump continued, still not able to say Michelle Obama’s name. “But wasn’t she the one that originally started the statement, if you can’t take care of your home — right? — you can’t take care of the White House or the country.”

“Where is that? I don’t hear that. I don’t hear that. She’s the one that started that. I said, ‘We can’t say that, it’s too vicious.’ Can you believe it? I said that.”

Hahaha, right. Too vicious for you, Donald! Good one. You would never go there.

Of course, Michelle Obama, whose daughters were still quite young when her husband was first running for president, was not talking about Hillary Clinton at all when she said in 2007: “So our view was that, if you can’t run your own house, you certainly can’t run the White House. So, so we’ve adjusted our schedules to make sure that our girls are first, so while he’s traveling around, I do day trips.”

She was talking about herself.

Using women to take down other women. That’s novel.

3. Speaking of women taking down other women, Mrs. Trump.

At first glance, Melania Trump did a good job of seeming like a decent sane person this week in her softball interview with Anderson Cooper. She reported that her husband had apologized to her about bragging he could grab pussy without a woman’s consent, and that she accepted his apology. But, she pointed out, it was not his fault. Billy Bush made him do it. Donald is, she acknowledged, a big kid, barely more mature than their 11-year-old, Barron.

What a zany, fun household. We’re seeing sitcom!

But her mixed messages about her husband’s level of maturity were only part of the problem. On closer inspection, there was quite a bit of misogyny lurking behind her words and viewing women as the real predators seems pretty firmly ensconced in her worldview. Since boys will of course be endearing if potty-mouthed little boys, Melania blames the women. Women, those manipulative creatures, are always hitting on her husband, sometimes right in front of her, throwing themselves at him “unappropriately,” a pissed Mrs. Trump said. This was in the context of talking about sexual assault allegations, so the unmistakable conclusion is that she is implying some women ask for it.

Also, these women reporters writing these nasty articles about her husband (those nasty women), are they doing a good job? Melania wondered. Are they looking into the “backgrounds” of his accusers? Maybe these women journalists haven’t studied their journalism 101. As for Natasha Stoynoff, the People magazine writer who said Trump forcibly kissed her at Mar-a Lago, the most important thing Melania wants you to know is that she was never friends with Stoynoff and would not recognize her on Fifth Avenue, despite the fact that Stoynoff attended the Trumps’ wedding. (And the most important thing Mr. Trump would have you know, is that Stoynoff is not his idea of attractive enough for him to get all rapey with.)

Melania’s other main message of the evening, apart from the women who are stalking her husband, is that it’s all a vast left-wing conspiracy. All of it.

So conspiracy theories and misogyny are the flavor of Kool-Aid being downed in the gold-plated Trump household.

4. Trump supporter Curt Schilling, who is not Jewish, is pretty sure he knows what’s good for the Jewish people.

Among the many outstanding citizens inspired by Donald Trump’s run at the presidency is former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, who, glory be, has said he is planning a run for the Senate in 2018.

This marvelous wannabe public servant and meme aficionado who has bravely spoken out in support of his pal Donald Trump’s right to ogle underaged girls is also pretty sure he knows what is good for the Jews.

Appearing with Jake Tapper on CNN, Schilling first thought it was a good idea to point out that Tapper is “a person of the Jewish faith,” and then demanded an explanation for the voting behavior of Tapper’s tribe. “Democrats hate Israel,” Schilling said in essence. “Why are Jews Democrats?”

Yeah, you’re a Jew, Jake! Riddle me that!

“Well,” Tapper was forced to point out, “I don’t speak for Jews….” Nevertheless, in his temporary role as King of the Jews, he stammered out that some Jewish people might have other things on their minds.

“I would imagine, just to try to answer your question, uh, that for many Jews who support Democrats it has more to do with Democratic support for social welfare programs than with Israel…. But some Jews who support Israel do vote Republican,” Tapper said.

Schilling thanked Tapper, because he genuinely seeks to understand how “someone of your faith” can feel the way some Jews do.

Because they’re being wrong.

5. Oops! Hard-right Arizona governor Jan Brewer just helped Hillary bigly.

Sometimes Republican women do help out other women, though sometimes it is quite inadvertent, and only while they are insulting another group of people for no good reason.

With Trump’s lead rapidly shrinking in bright-red Arizona, Governor Jan Brewer was asked whether she thought part of the reason might be because of the rising number of eligible Latino voters in the state, especially Mexicans, whom Trump has described as “criminals and rapists.”

She was unperturbed. “Nah,” she told the Boston Globe. “They don’t get out and vote. They don’t vote.”

Brewer is a well-known expert on Latinos. And she’s totally down with profiling them. After all, she’s the one who signed the law saying law enforcement can stop people they suspect of being in the country illegally.

But she might want to check her numbers before insulting and galvanizing what could potentially be a rather large group of voters. According to Pew Research, the number of eligible Latino voters is projected to be 40 percent higher than it was in 2008,” a huge jump.

So, thanks Gov. Brewer. Your diss might just be their command.

Photo: U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at Trump Tower in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., May 31, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri



  1. Dan S October 24, 2016

    You know how you can tell a Republican is lying ? Because every time they speak it more often than not is a lie. The likes of Curt Schilling & Jan Brewer are not an aberration but something fundamentally wrong in the GOP like a cancer. Unless they start getting real help the cancer will kill this party, guaranteed

    1. itsfun October 24, 2016

      Hillary and Obama make anyone look like the most honest person in the world. They are both proven liars and Hillary is just a unconvicted criminal.

      1. Dan S October 24, 2016

        Oh please don’t keep whining. The idiot Republicans nominated someone with 6 bankruptcies & sexually assaulting many women over the years. It’s disgusting & the sooner he’s locked up ???? the sooner everyone off will be. He’s facing a trial over Trump U defrauding countless victims & next month will be facing charges of raping a 12 yo. America is sick of Trump & the countless lies he keeps spewing. Good riddance

        1. itsfun October 24, 2016

          You don’t know if Trump sexually assaulted any women. We do know Billy Boy Clinton did. Apparently you don’t believe in innocent until proven guilty. You and Obama just jump to conclusions before you know any of the facts. Hillary and Obama are proven liars. Any average citizen that did what Hillary has done would be in prison, not running for office. America is sick of corrupt politicians like Hillary. She couldn’t care less about you or any citizen. She is just after money and power and her actions prove that.

          1. Thoughtopsy October 24, 2016

            How do we know?
            It’s not like 10+ women have come forward and accused him, or that he’s going to court for rape of a minor…

          2. itsfun October 25, 2016

            how many of these women were paid by Hillary or the Democratic Party? How many of the cops in Baltimore were sent to prison after Obama decided they were all guilty? Would that be zero?

          3. Budjob October 25, 2016

            Turnip RAPED a thirteen year old girl,and you still support him! Do you like little girls also?

          4. Dan S October 25, 2016

            Um yeah & & we all know OJ didn’t kill Nicole Brown & Goldman ???? The evidence is quite there & we’ll see if Trump can prove his innocence in a court of law. So many women & they’re all liars ? It was just locker room banter when he graphically described how he’d sexually assault women ? And for the record it’s Hillary Clinton not Bill Clinton on the ballot. Be careful saying anything about Hillary covering for Bill. I’ve seen Melanias defense of Donnie which is a lot weaker argument

          5. itsfun October 25, 2016

            Hillary is the one running and campaigning on women’s rights. All the while she lives with a sexual predator and has done everything she can to destroy the women that have accused Billy of sexual assault. She is calling all of Billy Boy accusers liars and worse. On one hand Hillary is calling for better treatment of women and on the other hand she is enabling a sexual predator. Just more proof of how 2 faced she is.

          6. Budjob October 25, 2016

            Itsfun,Your hero allegedly RAPED a thirteen year old girl,you fucking moron,and you are still defending his actions!!?? Typical Turnip supporter! It sounds as if the best part of you ran down your Mother’s leg!What a fucking scuzbag!!

          7. Budjob October 25, 2016

            itsfun,The FEDERAL Judge has ruled, there is enough evidence to proceed with the case,and,move it forward!

          8. itsfun October 25, 2016

            I know that, how does that prove he is guilty?

          9. iamproteus October 26, 2016

            How does 9 republican led investigations and 11 hours of interrogation, all of which failed to find Hillary guilty of any wrong-doing regarding Bengazi, prove that she is guilty of ANY thing? Oh, that’s right, republicans subscribe to a double standard. Never mind!

          10. iamproteus October 26, 2016

            “Apparently you don’t believe in innocent until proven guilty. ”

            Isn’t that just precious! You, of all people preaching about innocence vs. guilt absent proof! Not a day passes that you and the rest of the conservative goons don’t whine about all of Hillary’s supposed transgressions without any proof whatsoever; just suspicion, innuendo and lies, along with a heavy helping of transference. And then fall all over yourselves trying to absolve Trump of any and all guilt. Perhaps it would be a helpful exercise to look at Trump’s behavior and imagine that it was Hillary who said and did all those things. How would you evaluate matters in that case?

      2. Thoughtopsy October 24, 2016

        It’s going to be so much fun talking to you after the election.
        I hope you stay online specially.

  2. Daniel Jones October 24, 2016

    I’m just waiting for Jan to authorize and outright order the Arizona police (including State Police) to pull over all “potential illegal aliens” over and over Election Day in an effort to outright prevent the Latino vote.

    1. idamag October 24, 2016

      I would not be surprised if she isn’t planning a late purge.

  3. A. D. Reed October 24, 2016

    I have known some Republicans through the years, as fellow board members of my local League of Women Voters, as elected officials in my hometown, and as colleagues in my professional endeavors. Even some in my liberal congregation. All were reasonable and honest, their opinions based on their world view and policy preferences.

    But over the past ten years or so, I have encountered fewer and fewer of those people. They have either changed their registration to Independent or Democrat, or they have aged out and died off. Their replacements all seem incapable of rational thought. They cannot separate personal animus from political beliefs or policy ideas; they use their faith–almost exclusively devout Baptist in this region–as a weapon rather than as an ethical lodestone; they dismiss proven facts with a wave of their hand but propound proven falsehoods as the new gospel.

    So, I, too, have come to the conclusion that you can tell a Republican is lying by this simple test: if words are coming out of his (or her) mouth. It’s reached the point that I truly think some of them do not know the difference between fact and fiction, between truth and a lie, between hyperbole and making stuff up.

    Example: Democratic candidate says, “I have been in combat zones. Traveling in the aftermath of battles, visiting the destroyed villages, touring the hospitals full of the wounded, I have seen what war does when it destroys innocent people’s lives.”

    Republican edited videotape says, “I have been in combat… I have seen … war”

    Republican candidate says, “She lied. She says she’s been at war. But she’s never been in combat, even though she claims she has.”

    Republican voter: “That DemocRAT is a liar.”

    You can show them the original tape 100 times, with all the context, all the deleted words and sentences, and they don’t accept it. They insist the Democrat have ADDED stuff, or they simply retort, “She’s still a liar.”

    I don’t think there’s anything a rational person can do with such people other than outvote them, ignore them, and continue working for the good of the country.

    1. Jon October 24, 2016

      My experience dealing with Republicans is similar to yours. At one time you could argue and sometimes persuade them that their position on a factual issue was wrong. For the most part, those days are gone. Facts, truth, logic, common sense, and rationality don’t matter any longer. I think Fox News and alt.right sites like Breitbart News have gone far in destroying truth and persuading people to not think critically. They lie. misstate facts, and mislead people while telling them what to think either overtly or subliminally.

      1. A. D. Reed October 24, 2016

        And it was vice versa, too. I was persuaded by my Republican mayor some 20 years ago that his approach to some local iss (funding, maybe?) was better for the community. He was right. And we’re still friends, though now he’s an Independent. 🙂

  4. Beethoven October 24, 2016

    The majority of Republican voters, especially those who support Trump, seem to have been convinced that facts and truth are a liberal socialist conspiracy that must be rejected to save the country.

    1. itsfun October 24, 2016

      What would Hillary or Obama know about the truth or facts?

      1. Thoughtopsy October 24, 2016

        Well you see those are the things they use to make decisions. Like rational people.
        I realise you don’t understand. Mainly because your daddy Trump uses ego maniacal fantasies and “stuff people are saying” to make decisions.

        1. itsfun October 25, 2016

          Do you mean rational things like drawing red lines? Hillary has no idea what the truth is. She even lies about her lies.

          1. Budjob October 25, 2016

            itsfun,Your hero has a date in Federal Court,on December 16th concerning the alleged rape of a thirteen year old girl in 1992! How do you like supporting a pedophile?

          2. itsfun October 25, 2016

            Unlike you I still believe in innocent until proven guilty. If Trump did rape a 13 year old, he belongs in prison. Preferably in a cell next to Hillary. Then they could really enjoy of company of each other.

      2. Sand_Cat October 25, 2016

        A lot more than you ever have.

  5. itsfun October 24, 2016

    Michelle attacked Trump first. He will always respond when someone attacks him. She only got what she asked for.

    1. Thoughtopsy October 24, 2016

      Yeah. Just like a rabid dog. Or a bear.
      You know… real smart things like those.
      Things with no self-awareness or self-control.

      1. itsfun October 25, 2016

        Nope; Like a man that doesn’t take crap from anyone.

        1. iamproteus October 26, 2016

          LIKE A MAN……that’s about as close as he can get to being an actual man.

  6. Anna Maria Yoakum October 24, 2016

    It is an interesting article with some very insightful comments. I think what’s truly funny is ignoring comments by an obviously alt-right, Trumpet troll. As it trys to spew out some ridiculous accusation or plainly debunked lies, hopping to get attention but getting no reply only the sound of crickets chirpping. Nothing erks a Trumpet troll more than being totally ignored.

    1. james clapper October 25, 2016

      Have to agree .. Not that I would think anything born of common sense sinks into their confused little minds , I will be ecstatically
      happy when this thing is over .. Dealing with the idiocy of adult children is not a good thing .. It is like talking to a stone wall .. The worst thing about this election is discovering
      how easily so many are willing to jump off the cliff of self destruction to chase what is nothing more than illusions ..

      1. Anna Maria Yoakum October 25, 2016

        True. I had a message from a friend on facebook that said the one eye opening thing about facebook is that it showed us which of our “facebook friends” were racist, bigots.

  7. Budjob October 25, 2016

    Trump has a date in Federal Court,on December 16th,concerning the alleged rape of a thirteen year old girl in 1992! Where is the news media??

  8. useyourindoorvoice October 25, 2016

    The real hatred among Republicans started with the McCain campaign and his running mate Sarah Palin. He unleashed stupid and made it acceptable. He unleashed her lying and never stopped it. He unleashed hate speech and gave it a major party platform. he unleashed racism as an acceptable political policy. He was a decent human being, his choice was the beginning of party approved insanity. For all the talk, electing our first black president was the final straw for these people. The more decent ones found a way to hate and do it through politics and positions. The Republican party trained and fed their base and now Trump has opened the cage. But it is theirs to own.

    1. Sand_Cat October 25, 2016

      It was going strong long before that

      1. useyourindoorvoice October 25, 2016

        Agreed, I was shooting for moderation. It was unearthed in to the open with the seal of approval by Sarah Palin. But completely agree it has been ingrained in the party for a very long time. They were just more successful in keeping it under cover.


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