Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Trump Shenanigans

As I noted on the blog last week, Donald Trump upset the rickety manure wagon that is his presidential campaign by putting a couple of new people in charge. One of those people was a Trump campaign pollster named Kellyanne Conway who has ingratiated herself with the Donald. 

Before that, Conway was employed by a Super PAC that was supporting Ted Cruz during the primaries. While in that capacity, Conway took issue with Trump's insulting style, calling attacks on Cruz and other Republican rivals as "vulgar". 

So what does Kellyanne Conway have to say about Trump's rhetoric now? Well, let's take a look at this quote from Ms. Conway when she appeared on CNN this weekend.   

“He doesn’t hurl personal insults. What he’s doing is he’s challenging the Democratic Party." 

So attacks are vulgar personal insults when directed against Republicans. They are challenges when direct against Democrats. Everybody got that? 


What else is going on with Donald Trump under his new campaign leadership team? Well, you know that whole big central thing his campaign started on, illegal immigration? He's gonna kick out all the illegals and put up a wall to keep 'em from getting back in. We all remember that, right? OK, about that... 

Kellyanne Conway was asked on CNN if Trump still wants a “deportation force” to remove everyone in the country illegally. Her response? 

“To be determined." 

Someone is apparently looking at polls which show Trump facing one hell of a lot of opposition among Latinos. It seems there are not quite enough Non-College Educated Whites (or as I described them here, Stupid People) to put Trump over the top to win the general election. It seems, God forbid, that all sorts of people make up America and gosh darn it, it may be necessary to reach out to them. But after a year plus of angry rhetoric on Mexican immigration, I don't think any softening of Trump's tone or stance over the next month or two is going to do much to win those Latino voters over. On the other hand, if Trump eases up on the hard-line stance he's taken to date, he could erode his already existing support.


It seems Donald Trump found out black people can vote too and has recently made appeals to African-American voters. Here's what Trump had to say on this subject this weekend in Fredericksburg, VA.   

"I fully recognize that outreach to the African-American community is an area where the Republican Party must do better, and will do better." 

"The people hurt most by our open border are low-income Hispanic and African-Americans who are competing for jobs and community resources against new arrivals."  

Trump accused Hillary Clinton of "bigotry," saying she takes black votes for granted. 

It should be noted that Donald Trump made his remarks to an overwhelmingly white audience.


Donald Trump rolled out his first national ad which declares that under Hillary Clinton, illegal immigrants would be able to collect social security, citing a report on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) programs by the Center for Immigration Studies, which opposes illegal immigration.

DAPA and DACA grantees are considered lawfully present in the United States. They can apply for a Social Security number once they receive work permits. They earn Social Security and Medicare benefits through their payroll taxes — meaning they must be paying taxes. To collect the benefits, they must reach retirement age and must have worked for at least 10 years, according to the National Immigration Law Center. 

So yes, illegal immigrants would be able to collect social security the same way fetuses have to pay taxes. Only after time and changes when the immigrants are in fact no longer illegal, have paid into Social Security and have reached retirement age.   


We've mentioned Kellyanne Conway a few times in this post. What's up with Stephen Bannon who was named CEO of the Trump campaign last week. As I mentioned here, Bannon is the head honcho of Breitbart News, an arch conservative website that makes Fox News look like a Clinton Foundation clam bake. Breitbart loves to dredge up various wingnut fringe conspiracies and post 'em as news. One of those conspiracy theories making the rounds is the status of Hillary Clinton's health.  

As I mentioned last week, Sean Hannity of Fox News is beating this particular dead horse and Rudy Giuliani, taking one more shit on his legacy as mayor of New York on 9/11, has taken up the whipping of this particular deceased equine. Giuliani said on Fox News Sunday: 

"I want to point out several signs of illness by her... Go online and put down 'Hillary Clinton illness.' Take a look at the videos for yourself."

The alleged damning videos include on of Mrs. Clinton shaking her head vigorously in a manner that Sean Hannity described as "seizure-esque" and another showing her as Secretary of State tripping while entering an airplane.  

No one ever in the history of stuff has ever shaken their head or tripped entering an airplane so the poor girl must be at death's door. 

Yes, there are "documents" that support this theory of Clinton's very bad health. These documents show Clinton suffered complications from a 2012 concussion including “blacking out,” “uncontrollable twitching” and “memory loss.” It says Clinton has previously been diagnosed as having “Complex Partial Seizures” and “early-onset Subcortical Vascular Dementia.” 

By the way, these documents have been consistently and repeatedly debunked as fake. Yes, Secretary Clinton did suffer a concussion in 2012 which resulted in double vision for a couple of months. By 2013, however, medical records report Clinton showing no continuing negative signs as a result of that concussion. Her most recent medical exam shows Mrs. Clinton in very good health.  

But a little thing like facts never get in the way of a good story, particuarly for Fox News and Breitbart News. With Stephen Bannon at the top of the campaign structure, expect more of this sort of thing if not from Trump himself, then his surrogates like Guiliani.  


Tomorrow on the blog thing, let's talk comic books. The subject: anthologies. Woo! You can just feel the electricity, can't you? 

Until next time, remember to be good to one another. 

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