Trump’s mad March

So many links, so little time!

When I last posted, Donald Trump’s supporters were reeling from the outrageous protests at his Arizona rallies on Saturday, March 19. One man’s future nosedived when he punched and kicked a protester wearing the American flag shirt walking in front of the woman with the KKK hood. The Trump supporter faces a suspicion of misdemeanor assault charge. Meanwhile, the protester, a Bernie Sanders supporter, got his 15 minutes of fame with several media interviews.

An off-duty policeman recorded his impressions of the Tucson rally. He went to hear what Trump had to say for himself and found nothing offensive. On the other hand, he found the protesters fearsome, ‘hateful’ and ‘crazy’. He worried he was going to be attacked from behind. Someone else who went tweeted, ‘This is insane’. Yet another account (reader’s comment) said that the protesters went berserk when a local television channel showed up to film the crowd. After the film crew left, they quietened down.

Not everyone who had tickets for the Tucson rally was able to attend. A Mexican community organiser and Soros Fellow from New Orleans organised the two-hour roadblock on the highway leading to the venue. Only three arrests were made. For those wondering if Sheriff Joe Arpaio should have had more of his men out there, Tucson is in Pima County, not Maricopa.

Meanwhile, memories of the violent Chicago protests which had occurred on Friday, March 11, were alive and well. A Reddit contributor gave a lengthy, considered first-hand account of the cancelled rally, pronouncing it ‘true totalitarinanism and authoritarianism’ in denying peaceful people their right to hear and see Trump. Whilst a UIC university professor said that ‘Bernie’s people’ were not involved, she acknowledged some of the protesters might have been his supporters. It later transpired that they were allegedly assisted by Glenn Beck supporters. Beck supports Rafael ‘Ted’ Cruz.

Whoever’s involved, this is probably not the last of the mayhem. One blogger suggested several sensible soundbites Trump can use in future to counter, if not pre-empt, future protests.

Returning to Soros for a moment, it is revealing that Soros Fund Management contributed $202,700 to John Kasich’s campaign. Kasich has received a lot more favourable media coverage since Marco Rubio dropped out after the Florida primary. He doesn’t have a chance of winning the nomination but could peel off Republican votes from Trump.

After Arizona, Trump spent time at home on Sunday, March 20. His youngest son Barron turned 10 that day. Trump has since deleted the tweet, which had a photo of him and Melania with the boy. Barron looked preoccupied, perhaps worried. He normally looks a little chirpier.

That evening marked the start of a busy week for the GOP frontrunner. He hosted a ‘Big Republican Dinner’ at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach.

Trump spent Monday in Washington, DC. He met with a group of high-ranking Republicans who introduced him to Congressmen and Senators, possible allies for the future. Afterwards, he gave a press conference at the iconic old Post Office building which he is converting into a hotel. A woman with a press card asked if he needed any decorators, saying she said she had experience in that field. Trump invited the immaculately dressed woman onto the stage and offered her a job, arranging for her to meet the man in charge of hiring who was standing a short distance away.

On Monday evening, Trump spoke at the AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) conference. His and Hillary Clinton’s addresses were the most applauded. Time was wrong to say that Trump received a ‘muted’ response. I watched it on YouTube.

Although some anti-Trump attendees walked out as soon as he approached the podium, Trump introduced his speech by saying that he formed his policy on Israel with his son-in-law (Jared Kushner). Time omitted that detail in their transcript. Contrary to earlier reports which positioned him as being lukewarm on Israel, he said that he would ‘dismantle the disastrous deal with Iran’, Obama ‘may be the worst thing to ever happen to Israel’, Hillary Clinton was no better and that, as president, he would veto a UN Security Council resolution relating to Israel and Palestine. He also said that, if elected, he would plan to meet immediately with Benjamin Netanyahu. Trump closed by reminding the audience of his credibility:

My daughter, Ivanka, is about to have a beautiful Jewish baby.

Ivanka converted before she married Jared.

On Tuesday, March 22, voting took place in Arizona and Utah. Trump won the former with 47.1% of the vote. Meanwhile, in neighbouring Utah, it was just the opposite. Glenn Beck, a Catholic who converted to Mormonism several years ago, sees Cruz as the hero of a Latter Day Saints prophecy. According to them, the Constitution will ‘hang like a thread’ in the final days and only one man will be able to restore it. Beck also said at a Cruz rally that the Book of Mormon would protect freedom in our time.

Mormon fervour for Cruz was further boosted when a PAC independent of but supportive of his campaign broadcast an anti-Trump ad ending with a photo of Melania from a spread GQ published in 2000, well before she married the billionaire. The ad asked whether she would make a suitable First Lady. Trump tweeted Cruz, warning that he would ‘spill the beans’ on his wife Heidi.

Cruz denied any direct involvement with the advert, however, it would be highly unusual for any candidate to not know the content of an ad, even if it came from an independent PAC.

When it came to the Brussels attacks that same day, Trump looked positively prophetic. Even the left-wing women on The View marvelled, correctly recalling that he predicted events in Belgium’s capital in January. Two out of four of them reluctantly agreed that Trump had his finger on the pulse.

Piers Morgan must think so, too. He interviewed Trump on March 24 on Good Morning Britain. Trump thinks we will probably vote to leave the EU. Hmm!

The rest of the week largely revolved around the article which appeared in the most recent edition of the National Enquirer about Ted Cruz’s alleged affairs. Here is a readable photo of the article. Cruz claimed the attacks were ‘garbage’ and that it was Trump’s fault. Trump replied that he had nothing to do with the story and issued a statement to that effect on Facebook. The controversy continued for two days.

Trump then turned his attention to global issues — NATO and terror. The Guardian reported that he made these points on a Sunday morning news programme on ABC:

“I think Nato is obsolete,” Trump says. “I’m not saying Russia is not a threat but we have other threats, and Nato doesn’t discuss terrorism.”

“We pay, number one, a totally disproportionate share of Nato,” Trump continues, before rambling about how “we’re the ones always fighting on the Ukraine” …

Trump wants Nato “readjusted to take care of terrorism or we’re going to have to set up a new coalition” because “terrorism is out of control.”

Sunday ended on a high note as Ivanka gave birth to Theodore James. The Guardian wondered if he would be nicknamed Ted. They’ll probably call him Theo, but, if not, at least Cruz’s nickname comes from his middle name of Edward. Phew!

10 comments for “Trump’s mad March

  1. mona
    March 28, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    It is panic stations in the US, Glenn Beck is clearly insane,, Trump is the bull in the political china shop,
    awakening people, no you do not passively accept the status quo, no they are not impotent, the Americans have found their soul, it is lodged in the Constitution, Trump is the mana from heaven.

    • March 28, 2016 at 10:02 pm

      Thank you, Mona! Trump 2016!

      To borrow an old — Nixon — slogan (no association meant between him and Trump), America needs the Donald ‘now more than ever’.

      The silent majority, then, as now, stay the same. Some are a bit older. Younger Americans, not even born 40+ years ago, have just joined it. All were then — and are now — disaffected.

  2. John in cheshire
    March 28, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    I’d vote for Mr Trump but I hope he’s not the false one from the book of Revelation.

    • March 28, 2016 at 10:12 pm

      John, if anyone is, it’s Ted, cloaking himself in religiosity and the Constitution.

      Did people read the Enquirer article? I would highly recommend they do, in case it is true. This has been known about for months. It has been referred to by both Republicans and Democrats as The Thing. We’ll see how it plays out in the days and weeks to come.

      Did people know it took the Dallas Morning News to tell him he had dual nationality? The notional constitutional expert didn’t know that?! (Sigh.)

      His popularity among the Mormons should be sending a signal.

      In case you missed it, here’s a comparison between Trump and Cruz, the man whose father told him at a young age that he was someone who would advance the heavenly kingdom on earth as a ‘king apostle’ (shudder):

      • John in cheshire
        March 28, 2016 at 10:27 pm

        CM, thanks for the information. I know that Mormonism is a false religion. I’m surprised that so many people, especially Americans passively accept that they follow the true Christ. They might just as well call themselves muslims or hindus because they are not followers of Jesus.

        • March 28, 2016 at 10:48 pm

          Thanks, John.

          My point here was partly related to Cruz’s Mormon supporters but mostly about Cruz’s seeming hypocrisy (unless he proves otherwise) which seems to be swaying people. That’s unfortunate — for Christianity, America and the Constitution.

  3. Hereward Unbowed.
    March 29, 2016 at 12:18 am

    I firmly believe that, Donald Trump would be a breath of fresh air, not only for America but for what is known as, the free world and I use that ‘free’ only in its loosest interpretation.

    That, if a Trump presidency would mean, pulling down the scaffolding of a OWG and therein defunding the UN and thus Trump applied himself to decoupling the interlink with the EU – who incidentally provide 40% of the funding of the UN – this would destroy the GS-Soros-Corporate-Internationalists wet dream and that’s all to the good.

    Obarmy, is at it now, fomenting – of a supranational distant unelected, unaccountable single world entity given to enactments of diktat to be facilitated through, transported via vehicles such as the Brussels Empire and the ref: TTIP.
    Oh yes Bam Bam is at it, and attempting to cement the building blocks of OWG in the Americas (Canada is nigh the 51st state and Mexico 51½)……….. look over in the Pacific via the TTP – know it, these trading arrangements stitch-ups are the nuts and bolts of the engine of OWG. Next, throw in the giant conglomerates, hedgers, bankers of the corporate sphere are getting to help draw up the (OWG) blueprint and God help us – that is the very last thing we fucking need to be part of – the UK.

    If Trump can stop all of that, then I say “GO DONALD TRUMP!”

    • March 29, 2016 at 9:55 pm

      Agree fully, and then some.

      I keep thinking of Ross Perot’s warning about those notional trade deals: the ‘giant sucking sound’ of jobs going down the drain. Along with that go sovereignty and prosperity.

      Hillary wants Obamanation to continue. Actually, she and Bill laid the blueprint. Like O, they, too, fooled not only most of the US but also the world. People say, ‘They really cared about people’. Pfffft.

      By the way there is a documentary Wednesday, March 30, 9 p.m., on Channel 4 about Donald Trump, the second by Matt Frei. This one, I think, is called ‘President Trump — Can He Win?’ I shall record to watch later. The first one was quite interesting, even though Frei is not in his camp.

  4. Henry Kaye
    March 29, 2016 at 9:47 am

    Add my voice to all of these messages.

    • March 29, 2016 at 9:58 pm

      Thank you — greatly appreciated.

      Please see my last paragraph to Hereward above re the Channel 4 documentary on Donald Trump tomorrow (Wednesday, March 30, 9 p.m.).

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