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Trump Vs. Ben Carson — And Starbucks?

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Trump Vs. Ben Carson — And Starbucks?

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What does it say when Donald Trump is now almost the voice of reason in the Republican presidential field?

At a massive rally Monday night in Springfield, Illinois, The Donald rolled out his latest stand-up routines, taking on such topics as Ben Carson and the de-Christmasing of the holiday season. The big question: Will any of this new material make it into Tuesday night’s GOP smackdown?

“With what’s going on in this election, I’ve never seen anything like it,” Trump told the crowd. “People are getting away with murder, I never saw anything like this. You can say anything about anybody — and their poll numbers go up, no matter what you do.”

One might initially think Trump was talking about his own various comments about Mexicans, John McCain, Megyn Kelly, or a host of other targets of his wrath — and the fact that his own poll numbers kept going up after those various public outrages. But he then made it clear he was talking about his current major adversary, Carson — and the questions that the media has raised about Carson’s inspiring life story of sin and redemption (which you can purchase in the form of the good doctor’s memoirs).

“If you try and hit your mother over the head with a hammer, your poll numbers go up! I never saw anything like it. Now I haven’t seen that yet — but you know, probably, that’s gonna happen,” Trump said as the crowd laughed. “It’s a weird — a lot of weird things are happening. This is a strange election, isn’t it? Man!”

“You stab somebody,” he continued, “and the newspapers say you didn’t do it! And you say, ‘Yes I did, I did it!’ ‘No, you didn’t!’ ‘Yes I did! I stabbed him, and it hit the belt!’ And they said you didn’t do it. If they said I didn’t do it, I’d be so happy! This is the only election in history where you’re better off if you stab somebody. What are we coming to?”

But just in case you thought Trump was suddenly sounding just too sane, he then made sure to go right back into the fetid swamps of the latest right-wing grievance: The Starbucks holiday seasons cups.

“Today, I read — and I have Starbucks, they’re my tenants. Did you read about Starbucks? No more ‘Merry Christmas’ on Starbucks — no more,” he said, as the crowd booed. “I wouldn’t buy — hey look, I’m speaking against myself. I have one of the most successful Starbucks in Trump Tower. Maybe we should boycott Starbucks, I don’t know. Seriously, I don’t care. By the way, that’s the end of that lease. But who cares, who cares? Who cares?”

Trump concluded: “I will tell you — lots of big things, lots of little things — you can call this anything you want,” as he gave the applauding crowd this assurance: “But if I become president, we’re all gonna be saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again, that I can tell you.”

Photo: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a news conference to promote his new book Crippled America in Manhattan, New York City, November 3, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan Mcdermid

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  1. Independent1 November 11, 2015

    Just about every time The Donald gives a speech he proves he knows absolutely nothing about just how much authority our president really has; and he demonstrates that openly to the crowd – who since they’re mostly clueless voters just get hoodwinked by The Donald’s ignorance. In the speech documented by this article, he’s giving them the impression that the president can dictate to Americans what religious expressions they must use during the religious holidays. Wow!! And millions of Americans are clueless enough to want this bigot to be president??

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    1. latebloomingrandma November 11, 2015

      Won’t he be shocked when Congress doesn’t do exactly what he demands. Someone should remind The Donald that Congress has the power of the purse.

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  2. ram1020 November 11, 2015

    With decisions to be made on how we spend government money, how we raise government money, how we balance economic growth that creates good paying jobs with responsible energy policy, we talk about Starbucks cups! I personally do not know any Christian that is upset by the current cups, or that feels that cups with ornaments, trees, snowflakes and the like are somewhat more biblical.

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    1. latebloomingrandma November 11, 2015

      Exactly. What a phony controversy when we have real problems.

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  3. Shaymamma8 November 11, 2015

    This is such a ridiculous controversy. Who cares about Starbucks coffee cups? The coffee is so overpriced, why waste your money.

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  4. Cloudherder November 12, 2015

    So he is going to kick the Starbucks out of Trump Towers for changing their cups? Someone should pursue this to see if he does … As trivial and psycho as it is, it is a great example of whether he follows through with his blathering idiocy.

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