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The convention began with a prayer for God to bless his chosen political party, from a black preacher who announced it was fitting and proper to do so “because we are electing a man in Donald Trump who believes in the name of Jesus Christ.” And because “our enemy is not other Republicans, but is Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party.”

Rev. Mark Burns is a devotee of the “prosperity gospel.” At a Trump rally in March, he had said: “There is no black person, there is no yellow person, there is no red person, there’s only green, people! Green is money!”

The game Trump and Burns are playing is an old one. A candidate, party, or movement can’t be racially divisive if black people are out front spouting its praises. Early in the 1960s, the John Birch Society toured a black former Communist Party member who affirmed that, yes, Moscow did really intend to turn America’s Southern states into a black-run colony of the Soviet Union—and that this whole civil rights thing was all a communist plot. In the 1970s, Ronald Reagan had a black loyalist on the Republican National Committee, Dr. Gloria Toote, to help him make his case that the “Negro has delivered himself to those who have no other intention than to create a Federal plantation.”

Even George Wallace kept a pet Negro for the same purpose: Clay Smothers, a state legislator from Texas who once introduced a bill to ban homosexuals from public university campuses. In 1977, when the federal government sponsored a historic national women’s convention in Houston, chock full of feminist and gay rights activists, Smothers spoke at the massive counter-rally Phyllis Schlafly organized across town. “I have enough civil rights to choke a hungry goat. I ask for public rights. . . . Let’s do something about these misfits and perverts over in the Sam Houston Coliseum. I want to segregate my family from them!”

In Cleveland, Pastor Burns had competition. Sheriff David Clarke Jr. of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, a black version of Arizona’s Joe Arpaio, took the stage on the opening night. Dressed in full formal cop regalia, Clarke bellowed, “Ladies and Gentleman, I would like to make something very clear. Blue! Lives! Matter!”—predictably dragging in Rev. Martin Luther King’s “seamless garment of destiny” to make the case. Clarke calls Black Lives Matter a “hate group,” and is one of the rare law enforcement officials to ally with the National Rifle Association.

He likes riding in parades on horseback, wearing a cowboy hat, and posing with rifles. In 2006 he forced his deputies to sit through mandatory evangelization sessions from something called the Fellowship of Christian Centurions. In a series of radio advertisements in 2013 he advised residents of Milwaukee that because the local constabulary could no longer protect them they should arm themselves. He hosts a “David Clarke: The People’s Sheriff” podcast on Glenn Beck’s “The Blaze” platform.

Clarke was such a hero in the House of Trump that one of the biggest draughts of applause on the final evening of the convention came when his face merely appeared in the film clip introducing the candidate.

But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. We’re still on Night One. Let me tell you what else happened, in case you couldn’t bring yourself to watch. Or, if you did, some madness you might have missed.

There was the pimping out of grieving parents: three of them, all identified on the telescreen above a chyron that read: “VICTIM OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.”

Two of the three had lost children in car accidents for which undocumented immigrants were responsible—and as everyone knows, red-blooded, native-born Yankees never are. “I call them illegal aliens,” Sabine Burden said, to roars. The driver only got 35 days in jail for the accident. Because Obama.

“We are electing a man in Donald Trump who believes in the name of Jesus Christ.”

In Berlin, 80 years ago, the sign would have read, “VICTIM OF JEWS.” It’s always someone.

On Tuesday I spent an emotional morning with my hosts, Henry Halem and Sandra Perlman Halem, who have lived for 48 years in Kent, Ohio, where Henry was an art professor at Kent State University and was on campus on May 4, 1970, when four students at a Vietnam War protest were shot to death by National Guardsmen. Henry and Sandra relive the day like it was yesterday.

Sandra is a playwright and the oral historian for the Kent State Memorial. I studied Kent State closely for my bookNixonland. On April 30, 1970, Richard Nixon went on TV to deliver an Orwellian argument about how he was shrinking the Vietnam War by expanding it, by invading neutral Cambodia. He had no choice, he explained: “My fellow Americans, we live in an age of anarchy, both abroad and at home. We see mindless attacks on all the great institutions which have been created by free civilizations in the last 500 years . . . great universities are being systematically destroyed . . . If, when the chips are down, the world’s most powerful nation, the United States of America, acts like a pitiful, helpless giant, the forces of totalitarianism and anarchy will threaten free nations and free institutions throughout the world.”

A few days later, to a gathering of employees in the halls of the Pentagon, Nixon sharpened the contradictions between those Middle Americans and their sons fighting loyally in Vietnam—“I’ve seen them, they’re the greatest”—and “these bums, you know, blowing up the campuses.”

A politically opportunistic Republican governor named James Rhodes barked out a briefing to visiting journalists: “They’re worse than the Brownshirts and the Communist element and also the night riders and the vigilantes. They’re the worst type of people that we harbor in America.

And I want to say this: they’re not going to take over a campus.” That rhetoric set the table for Middle America’s response to the wave of student protest that followed.

Some veterans of Kent State, desperate to wrench meaning out of the meaningless, cling to an interpretation of what happened next as some sort of elite conspiracy: the president passing down an order through his loyal janissary Rhodes, down through the ranks of the National Guard units he commanded, to stage a useful little massacre to show the homegrown dissidents who was boss.

Sandy Halem, who has interviewed hundreds of witnesses on all sides of the tragedy, knows better. These scared, poorly trained weekend warriors were not crack cadres of centurions, but ordinary people who read their newspapers and watched their Walter Cronkite and heard students preaching about revolution and anarchy. Saying things like, as Jerry Rubin had on the Kent State campus a month earlier, “Until you are prepared to kill your parents, you aren’t ready for revolution.”

The young protesters naively presumed the guardsmen’s guns could not possibly have been loaded (the black students, better schooled in the ways of the world, knew they were, and had already high-tailed it off campus). They threw rocks, tossed back tear gas canisters, and mocked the soldiers. The guardsmen who loosed the volleys of 67 shots almost certainly believed they were acting in defense of their lives. They had been conditioned by their president and their governor to believe they were facing down monsters.

Recalls Halem: “The next day, when I returned to school, in Akron, Ohio, a teacher came to me, and he swore that he knew somebody at Robinson Hospital who said, ‘Allison Krause had syphilis, and a knife on her leg.’ I was told that!”

Allison Krause was one of the four students killed that day.

“I said, ‘What are you saying? That that’s a crime? Because, if she did have syphilis, that was a reason to shoot her?’”

Which is where Donald Trump comes in, Halem observed. This is how political violence works. “You begin to take all kinds of ways of changing people’s perception: who the Other is. And as soon as you can lower the Other—which, you know, Trump has done wonderfully. He’s used the word rapist. That’s a horrible word. Murderer . . . One group has been lowered; a different group has been raised. And the difference is that the one group can tell the other group to leave. Put on buses and taken away.”

“Those of us who understand what that kind of language did in World War II are thrilled that the Germans gave up war—because they were good at it. They understood that ability to lower the human threshold.”

What she said next might make us wonder whether Trump isn’t, in a certain respect, worse.

“My concern today is that he has no understanding of the power of his words. My fear is that he doesn’t understand he has a book of matches in his hand. And any time he dehumanizes a group—a group, not an individual—he allows people who are either in charge or are supposed to keep the peace, or the police, or whatever, he makes them afraid just enough that the hair trigger pulls.”

I ventured to the convention hall, to hear who would be dehumanized next.

“You know, it used to be called ‘invasion.’ Now it’s called illegal immigration.”

I’m interviewing a minister of Christ’s Gospel from Cleveland, Janet Porter, who in the 1990s had been a spokesperson for John Kasich’s House Budget Committee. Back when “he was a conservative,” she says. Chris Christie has wrapped up his already-infamous speech that had delegates braying for Hillary Rodham Clinton to be hanged from the neck until she is dead. For sins like once saying that Assad of Syria was a “reformer,” a common, bipartisan opinion at the time. Yet the Torquemada of Trenton piled at her feet the 400,000 corpses who died “at the hands of the man Hillary defended.”

“We must ask this question: Hillary Clinton, as an awful judge of the character of a dictator-butcher in the Middle East, guilty or not guilty?”

“GUILTY!” of course.

Guilty of not overthrowing Assad in Syria; though the mob had already also found her guilty of not not overthrowing Qaddafi, rendering her responsible for “Libya’s economy in ruins, death and violence in the streets, and ISIS now dominating the country.” Then she was charged with personally arranging the kidnaping of “hundreds of innocent young girls two years ago [who] are still missing today.”

For haven’t you heard? The crimes of Boko Haram that happened after Hillary Clinton was secretary of state are hers alone to answer for, because she had complied with the request of the Nigerian government and the pleas of academic experts on Nigeria to refrain from designating Boko Haram a foreign terrorist organization, in part because that would make it illegal for NGOs to even communicate with members of the group to urge them to renounce violence, or to conduct scholarly inquiry.

And, of course, she was the one who planted the bomb that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens in Benghazi.

I observe to my interviewee that, as a historian, I’ve never observed this intense lynch-mob mentality at a political convention.

“Well, you know, what’s interesting is, if we look at the facts, Hillary Clinton is really getting away with murder.”

What does Rev. Porter mean by “murder”?

“Well, look at our ambassador in Libya. And by the way, he was an open homosexual. She should be prosecuted for a hate crime. . . . She turned her back on our American ambassador and let him die.”

I ask her how this all compares to 1983, when during Lebanon’s civil war the Reagan administration ordered sentries at the U.S. barracks in Beirut to keep their weapons unloaded and the gate wide open, and a truck bomb killed 241 U.S and 58 French servicemen and six civilians.

I ask her about Reagan’s response—“Anyone who’s ever had their kitchen done over knows that it never gets done as soon as you wish it would.”—after a second jihadist attack killed 24 at an embassy annex in Beirut the following year because security precautions requested by Congress had not been completed. (I can be mean that way.)

She mumbled, “Well, you know, everyone makes mistakes.” Then moved on to Clinton’s “pattern, of not mistakes, but actually things that are systematically costing American lives.”

I later do a little research. Rev. Porter’s rap sheet at People for the American Way’s “Right Wing Watch” reveals that she advocates for a law to outlaw abortion from the moment a fetal heartbeat can be detected. Her “Don’t Target Our Daughters” campaign has focused on Target’s “invitation to predators”— by which she means the retail chain’s nondiscriminatory restroom policy. She has, “long warned that increasing acceptance of gay rights will turn Christians into criminals who will eventually be rounded up and tossed in jail.” And she produced a documentary arguing that LBGTQ activists should be criminally charged for “grooming” children for homosexuality.

And this was just someone I buttonholed at random for a reaction to Chris Christie’s speech. Throw a rock in this crowd, and you’re likely to hit someone who pines for the days when justice was served by throwing rocks.

I sought out a moderate Republican state legislator from Illinois I had interviewed the previous Friday and asked what he thought about Chris Christie’s auto-da-fé.

“The Democratic convention, the Republican convention,” he responds, “let me tell you, Rick, they come here and they drink the Kool-Aid.” That’s just the way it is.

I ask if he was comfortable with the chants.

He pauses uncomfortably.

“It’s a political convention.”

I tell him about the chilling interview I just did with the minister.

You’re gonna hear some crazy stuff at both conventions. That’s just somewhat part of the game.”

I think of a quote from a wise old conservative that the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

A few other acts were on the undercard on Wednesday:

Laura Ingraham, always leading the party’s anti-immigrant crusade: “I asked, ‘Mom, why are people burning the American flag?’ And she looked at me, and she answered, ‘Honey, because their parents didn’t teach them about respect.’” The radio hate-talker belies her panegyric on respect by describing Hillary Clinton as “the woman who orchestrated America’s decline.”

Phil Ruffin, a magnate in casinos, dog tracks, petroleum, convenience stores—and real estate deals like the Trump International Tower in Las Vegas: “If Donald tells you something, put it in the bank.”

Florida Attorney General Pam Biondi: “Lock her up—I love that!” A phrase she would be wise to avoid after accepting a $25,000 donation from the Trump family foundation four days before announcing she would not be joining a probe of Trump University.

A Hispanic state senator from Kentucky: “Hispanics believe what Republicans believe.” (Did I hear a boo?)

Another black preacher, naturally.

A fracking magnate, lying about “American energy independence.”

A pyramid scheme huckster. (I’m saving a whole article for her.)

On Thursday, when Ivanka Trump introduced her father, I returned to the most haunting thought that Sandra Halem left me with.

“You have to be able to be willing to walk through sewage to go where these people are going,” she observed. “It scares me. It really gets scary.”

She had disappeared into a dark place then gathered herself to say, “I come from a family where there was sexual abuse.” She recalls Donald Trump saying were Ivanka not his daughter, he would want to date her because she’s so hot.

“You don’t ever talk about your daughter sexually. Ever. . . . He is sexualizing her. He is giving her away sexually. He is putting her in a box.”

“Why does he do it? It makes you more powerful.”

You shudder when you hear something like that, when you write something like that down.

Donald Trump spoke.

Then the Most Reverend Roger W. Gries, auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of the Cleveland Catholic Diocese, prayed.

He began with a cackle: “You brought another championship to Cleveland tonight,” he said, in direct address to God and the Republican Party, which then received his benediction as God’s one true holy political vessel.

He prayed for “those about to be born, and those about to see You at the end of life.” He prayed for those present to be imbued with “the courage to bring the pro-life platform of this 2016 platform of the Republican National Convention to fulfillment”—the kind of right-wing homily Catholics hear at Mass every Sunday. He prayed for “all our beloved safety forces.” He prayed for “all our men and women in uniform.”

Boilerplate, really.

He sought God’s blessing for “all those who seek to serve the common good by seeking public office, and especially Donald J. Trump and Michael Pence.” Then he prayed that “we will bring America back to life, bring America back to work, and bring America together, one nation under God.” I wondered if he meant that this Trumpian God he worships believes that America under Barack Obama is dead.

I told myself I was being ungenerous, and kept listening. And recalled something I thought I heard earlier in his benediction.

I reviewed the tape. And there it was: a Catholic bishop had indeed beseeched the Almighty to make Donald Trump and Mike Pence “worthy to serve you, by serving your country.”

His country.

God is a Republican.

America is his chosen land.

Donald J. Trump is his prophet.

These thugs actually believe it. God help us that they might be stopped.

Rick Perlstein is The Washington Spectator’s national correspondent.

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48 Comments

  1. Dominick Vila September 10, 2016

    The scariest part of all this, besides the damage that Trump would inflict on our foreign and domestic policies, social programs, values, traditions, and voting rights, is what will his supporters do if he does not win the election? Will they accept it, the way most Americans do, or will they react violently? Remember, for many of his supporters Trump is much more than a presidential candidate, he is a 21st century Messiah, and many of his worshipers may not take what they would be perceive as an attack on Divine intervention lightly.

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    1. dtgraham September 10, 2016

      Concerning values, traditions and rights, I’ve actually lost track of the number of media outlets that Trump has banned from his campaign. He also wants to change the constitution so that he can sue any newspaper which says things about him that he doesn’t like. If he should ever somehow manage to get elected, I’m sure that he’ll start on the internet too.

      Maybe next year I’ll be replying to you on the KKK Nation or the Trumponian Memo.

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        1. yabbed September 11, 2016

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          1. PrecipitousDrop September 11, 2016

            Maybe Disqus profits from it.

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    2. PrecipitousDrop September 10, 2016

      After Trump loses the election — and everybody* knows that he will — there will be an uproar over how it was “rigged.” That’ll be enough to divert the loudest voices for at least six months. Most of Trump’s supporters can’t concentrate that long anyway. Sure, there might be some ugly stuff right after the election, but it will be diverted by the Thanksgiving holiday and the Trump U Fraud trial scheduled to start November 28th. Then there’s Xmas and the New Year, mini-dramas from lame duck sessions in the House and Senate.
      In the US, we prefer diversion to protest. We donate thousands of dollars to injured pets and go ballistic over programs to feed hungry children. We’ll be fine, Dom. Just like now.

      * Everybody includes: Reince Priebus, Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Trump’s campaign, Scott Baio, The Republican party, the DNC, all of the Kardashians (even Rob), Vladimir Putin, all of the Trump kids, the Duggars, the Duck Beards. Y’know. Everybody.

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      1. dtgraham September 11, 2016

        I tend to agree. On Friday, Nate Silver of 538 had Hillary’s chances of winning at 79% and Trump’s chances at 21%. He’s apparently cleaning up with independents, but he loses with virtually everybody else. Short of a hail mary from Julian Assange, I just don’t know what Trump’s path to victory is. It’s awfully hard to see.

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        1. Dominick Vila September 11, 2016

          What everybody should pay attention to is not the popular vote, but the Electoral College numbers, and Hillary’s lead in that area is almost insurmountable.

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          1. Mama Bear September 11, 2016

            Here is a box score of sorts that we can keep track of the electorals:
            https://www.archives.gov/federal-register/electoral-college/allocation.html

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          2. Dominick Vila September 11, 2016

            I counted about 211 for Hillary, and that did not include Florida or Ohio.

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          3. dtgraham September 11, 2016

            The Republican’s internal numbers tell them that they have to have about 47% of the Hispanic-American vote to have a good shot at winning the White House. Trump has 19% of the Hispanic vote presently according to polling numbers.

            He can partially make up for that with the way he’s doing so well with Independents (49% to 29%), but only partially. His miserable numbers with Hispanics, Asians, and African-Americans make his route to victory seem very difficult to see.

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        2. Paul Bass September 12, 2016

          Independents – Just another name for a GOP too embarrassed to use the name republican.

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      2. Dominick Vila September 11, 2016

        I liked the inclusions of the Kardashians. 🙂

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      3. yabbed September 11, 2016

        Don’t forget Deplorable Donald has a rape trial on the court docket as well. He is accused by 3 women of rape, including one who was 13 years old at the time she and a witness claim he raped her repeatedly at Jeffery Epstein’s.

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      4. Aaron_of_Portsmouth September 11, 2016

        That’s a pretty extensive list of “the usual suspects” you’ve rounded up partner, and it gives any sane person the “willies” thinking of the troubling qualities of them all.

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    3. bojimbo26 September 11, 2016

      His `supporters` will give him ( if he`s around ) his IOU`s back ( for the money ) and he will give them his middle finger .

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      1. PrecipitousDrop September 11, 2016

        Uh-oh. Middle finger. In Trump’s Navy, that’s a fatal offense. He recommended shooting.

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    4. Jon September 11, 2016

      Trump has started telling his supporters and the deplorables who support him that this will be the LAST CHANCE to elect a Republican president. His deplorables understand that to mean that whites will be minority voters in 2020. He is telling them that their days and dreams are finished if he is not elected. For them this is truly the end of days. It is win or die by fading into an ignored minority group. The deplorables are already unbalanced. He just keeps pouring more gas on the fire. I used to think that thoughts of post election violence were exaggerated and paranoid. The more Trump lies and his supporters accept those lies as gospel, I fear it is not paranoia but a realistic possibility.

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      1. PrecipitousDrop September 11, 2016

        Any grand uprising after Trump loses the election will be diffused and dissipated by the greater furor of how, who, and what RIGGED THE ELECTION. That’ll take months. Trump and his supporters can’t concentrate that long.

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      2. Insinnergy September 11, 2016

        It’s the last chance because the GOP have made their party the party of racist, angry, bigoted white people.
        They have then gerrymandered to hold power, and are trying to suppress the vote for those who are unlikely to vote for them.
        Despite this they are at risk of losing Presidency for the third time, the Senate, and just maybe the House.
        The % demographic of minorites and millennials keeps growing… their voter suppression, gerrymandering and general pissing on principles of Democracy they laud so much, can only take them so far.
        They have no end game…

        Normally this would be fine… but the issue so critical to this election is the Supremes.

        This election will be one of the last elections where the GOP in their current form are even competitive. Unfortunately if Orange-colored Fluffy-hair McF**kface gets in, then he may decide 2-4 Supreme court judges. Then the delusional GOP can cling to power for longer and keep f**king up America for everyone who isn’t white, even if they lose everything else…

        At least until there’s enough of a majority against these disfunctional knuckle-draggers that there’s a chance to actually change the Constitution.
        Because the Supremes must interpret the Constitution. Change it and the Judges have no choice.

        If Hillary gets in then she chooses the Supremes… America finally begins to move forward again out of the racist, sexist, corrupt dark ages…
        And until the “Party of Stupid” stops actively pandering to the worst of human nature they won’t see any power at all for decades.

        Maybe the Democrats can actually fix a few things in this period… free from the money-grubbers:
        Fixing Infrastructure… Removing Money from Politics… Proper Districting… Reducing Military spending… Protecting the right to Vote… Immigration… etc
        Who knows.

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        1. PrecipitousDrop September 11, 2016

          She has my support.
          Let’s find a way to get more registered Democrats to the polls more often than once every four years. That’s more important than a lone Democratic president.

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        2. Jon September 11, 2016

          Should Trump win and the Republicans maintain their majority in the Senate with 2 to 4 seats to fill on the Supreme Court, the future looks bleak for civil rights, voting rights, the environment, fair elections, women’s rights, privacy, freedom of speech and much more. I hope every democrat in every precinct in America works to get out the vote. Some elections I drove people to their polling places so they could vote. Almost every one I went door to door to register eligible voters and offer rides to their polling place if they needed one. There was more of course but getting the eligible voters to show up and vote was the most important to me. While it is important every election, this one it’s absolutely vital. A lot of work needs to be done. Everyone can rest on 11-9.

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    5. dpaano September 12, 2016

      Personally, I think he’s the devil incarnate!!! I keep looking for the mark of the beast under his toupee!!!

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  2. yabbed September 11, 2016

    Or as they are commonly known: The Deplorables. It is mind boggling that Americans accept racism, misogyny, and white supremacy as admirable traits in a man and his following who wish him to be President of the United States. It is shameful, embarrassing, and absolutely deplorable.

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    1. Mama Bear September 11, 2016

      she picked a wonderful word, didn’t she?

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      1. yabbed September 11, 2016

        Hillary picked an entirely appropriate and fitting word for the racists, misogynists, and white supremacists who support the deplorable Donald Trump.

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        1. Joan September 11, 2016

          Now her surrogates need to make her statement work. People with any minuscule shred of common decency will not want to be aligned with the Trumettes and their bigoted, mysogenist, white nationalism. By explaining what she meant to reporters they can continual tie Trump and his supporters to David Dukes and other alt right dangerously deluded groups. Use his own words, use polls that show their bigoted beliefs, show video footage of his supporters voluntarily showing their true hateful views. There is no disinfection like sunshine, let there be light.

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          1. dtgraham September 11, 2016

            In the end Joan, Americans are far too sensible to elect a Donald Trump to the White House.

            Incidentally, I like the deplorables too. It works politically, but I thought the Trumpanzees was hilarious. Someone coined that here.

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          2. PrecipitousDrop September 11, 2016

            I, too, like Sec. Clinton’s use of ‘Deplorables’. It may be the single most important foreign policy statement made during the entire campaign. The rest of the world is horrified by Donald Trump.

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          3. dtgraham September 11, 2016

            I think the rest of the world understands that the United States, it’s vaunted constitution and all that it stands for, is far greater and far more lasting than Donald Trump. Donald Trump is just a blip in the sands of time. Every country gets Trumped by it’s politicians once in a while.

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          4. PrecipitousDrop September 12, 2016

            Nuclear weapons explosions don’t take much time either, graham. Trump is the candidate who has asked, openly and repeatedly in the press, why we don’t “use them.” He has expressed the desire to encourage other countries to develop nuclear weapons programs. He has insulted NATO and shrugged our responsibility to other nations under Article 5.
            Other nations’ citizens suffer under poor leadership, graham. The international community is distressed by Trump because the entire world suffers when the United States is poorly governed.

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          5. Paul Bass September 12, 2016

            But we did survive the shrub…

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          6. PrecipitousDrop September 12, 2016

            Thousands of Iraqi citizens did not survive George W Bush, Paul.
            World financial markets were brought to their knees and are still, painfully, trying to recover, but — yes — we did “survive.”

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          7. Paul Bass September 12, 2016

            “When the US catches a cold, the world gets pneumonia!”

            I agree, Bush II, was the worst since Reagan, but that is sorta the point. ANY GOP is worse than the last one, because the GOP is doubling down on racist, bigoted, misogynistic views. Only a GOP WORSE than the last one EVER get the nomination!

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          8. dpaano September 12, 2016

            Did we?

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          9. dtgraham September 13, 2016

            The United States is an important country, no doubt about that, but I wouldn’t overestimate it’s impact either. The loose nuclear talk from Trump is concerning though.

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  3. ivory69690@yahoo.com September 11, 2016

    and this is THE CLOWN people want to be Pres. what a joke and Hillary was wrong with the percentage of the DONNY DUMP followers its not 50% it is 100% of any and all of the DUMPSTERS brain dead followers . this is who thy want to run the country and how . his famous ways of fraud , con, and scamming isn’t going to work on the rest of the world . see the rest of the world are not as STUPID &BRAIN DEAD as the CLOWNS followers thy will see him doing his screwing as many as he can (as always ) and in no time the country’s of the world will have their NUKE ROCKETS pointing at the USA . it then will be funny when the fat dough boy of North Korea has a higher likeable rating then DONNY DUMP and the USA BY 100 %

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  4. Elliot J. Stamler September 11, 2016

    VERY BAD ARTICLE BECAUSE IT IS SIMPLY MUCH TOO LONG.
    LEARN BREVITY. OR BREAK THE ARTICLE UP INTO TWO ARTICLES TO BE PUBLISHED ON TWO DIFFERENT DAYS.

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    1. PrecipitousDrop September 11, 2016

      Is your Attention Deficit Disorder giving you trouble, Elliot? Again?

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      1. Elliot J. Stamler September 11, 2016

        I should like you and Aaron to know I have read two of Rick Perlstein’s books in their entirety but a book is not supposed, at least, to be a posted article on National Memo. I do not have ADD and I don’t watch Fox News…apparently you two think my criticism was of Mr. Perlstein’s views which it was not. If you ever wrote for a living, which I have during my working life, you would know that the length of that which you write should be tailored to the forum and audience that you are writing to if it is to have salutary affect.

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        1. dpaano September 12, 2016

          Didn’t bother me….I read the whole thing and thought it was awesome!!

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    2. Aaron_of_Portsmouth September 11, 2016

      You may find a better fit going to a Dunkin’ Donuts that has a local group staring transfixed at FOX News on the screen.

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    3. jmprint September 11, 2016

      It point out false prophecy in the works.

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  5. Aaron_of_Portsmouth September 11, 2016

    There’s so much of a Twilight Zone aura about Mark Burns, and such little space to elaborate on what ails him, I’ll point out two things I think are worth pondering:

    1) The good Reverend spouted the following “gem” of wisdom—““because we are electing a man in Donald Trump who believes in the name of Jesus Christ.”

    REMARK: Trump thinks Jesus is someone who lives in the ‘hood. To paraphrase a line from the late Richard Pryor—“JESUS CHRIST? The boy live over in the projects…”.
    Given that Donald barely knows the first thing about Jesus and His Teachings, the reverend shows a severe lack of knowledge of Christianity to make such a bizarre assessment.

    2) And then there’s this priceless line—“There is no black person, there is no yellow person, there is no red person, there’s only green, people! Green is money!”

    REMARK: Is it me, or does it appear that the good Reverend has a extensive crop of hallucinogenic mushrooms growing on property near the church?
    This statement alone should qualify the good Reverend to be committed.

    This article is further proof of the “Rise and Fall of the GOP Empire” with Caligula, Nero, and company being resurrected in this electoral season and appearing as various characters of conservative tendencies gone berserk.

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  6. Insinnergy September 11, 2016

    Somewhere Jesus is weeping.

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    1. PrecipitousDrop September 11, 2016

      He does a lot of that.

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  7. tbs September 11, 2016

    Article too long. Full of twists of lies and not worth the time to read.

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    1. PrecipitousDrop September 11, 2016

      Thank you.
      Your comments are important to the National Memo.
      Please hold for a representative.
      Your hold time is eternal.

      Reply

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