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It was him. Donald Trump is a pathetic weak little man.
Muslim-smashin’, Mexican-bashin’ tough guy Donald Trump seems to have been caught red-handed denying that he impersonated a non-existent spokesman to tell reporters how awesome he is. (Meet Trump Organization spokesman John Miller, who you can’t meet because he doesn’t exist.) Trump denied this notwithstanding the fact that he admitted to doing this in a legal deposition years ago. The story was bubbling all day. But when The Washington Post (attack organ run by Trump Arch-Nemesis Jeff Bezos) confronted him with the deception on the phone, he first went silent on the reporters and then hung up.
In this week’s address, Grammy Award-winning artist Macklemore joined President Obama to discuss a disease that affects far too many Americans: addiction.
In his weekly message, Governor Markell highlights the work of Stand By Me, a financial empowerment program celebrating its fifth anniversary.
Delaware’s Jack Markell is the country’s most popular Democratic governor, at least according to a new Morning Consult Poll.
“Joe Biden took months to decide he wouldn’t run for president — but he was sold on Elizabeth Warren as his running mate from the start,” people familiar with the situation told Politico.
“And he still thinks the Massachusetts firebrand would be Hillary Clinton’s best choice to replace him as the nation’s No. 2 in January 2017.”
I’m convinced it is going to happen. Warren solves the Bernie problem completely, and she has been auditioning for the role of attack dog during her Twitter War with Trump. And she is awesome. Clinton-Warren!!!
Donald Trump selected a white supremacist to be a delegate for him in California. Trump now says it was a database error, as in his database of white supremacist supporters got accidentally merged with a list of potential delegates. (I’m not sure that is a good excuse, Donald).
Vice President Joe Biden told ABC News on Tuesday that while he would have made for the “best president,” he was not able to devote himself to a campaign after the death of his son, Beau Biden.
“I had planned on running. It’s an awful thing to say. I think I would have been the best president. But it was the right thing, not just for my family, for me,” Biden told ABC’s “Good Morning America” in an interview that aired on Wednesday. “No one should ever seek the presidency unless they’re able to devote their whole heart and soul and passion into just doing that. And Beau was my soul. I just wasn’t ready to be able to do that.”
So he was going to run until Beau died last summer. Wow. That makes me wonder how the primary would have turned out in hindsight.
Yesterday presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton repeated her stance that we would reform Obamacare with a Public Option or Medicare Buy In. From Bloomberg:
At a campaign stop Monday in Northern Virginia, Hillary Clinton reiterated her support for a government-run health plan in the insurance market, possibly by letting let Americans buy into Medicare, to stem the rise of health-care costs.
“I’m also in favor of what’s called the public option, so that people can buy into Medicare at a certain age,” the Democratic presidential front-runner said during a roundtable with local residents at the Mug’N Muffin coffee shop. “Which will take a lot of pressure off the costs.”
While Clinton long has supported including a public option in the insurance market, her campaign said she was floating the idea of letting Americans not yet of retirement age buy into the Medicare system as one way of accomplishing that. She’s also open to creating a separate government-run option on the Obamacare exchanges.
The idea of a government-run insurance option long has been favored by the liberal wing of the Democratic Party, but it was stripped from the final version of Obamacare legislation in the face of firm opposition by Republicans and the insurance industry.
Clinton has endorsed a public option on her website, though it seldom comes up on the campaign trail.
Martin Longman has a thoughts on the coming landslide and what it will mean for the two political parties. I have similar, but different thoughts.
I see some are taking a Washington Post headline as gospel from God and are concern trolling Hillary as a result. The reality is Donald Trump has already reneged on his supposed tack to the left. He “backtracked on his remarks about raising taxes on wealthy Americans, saying the rich might simply get a smaller tax cut than he originally proposed,” Reuters reports. Said Trump: “I’m not talking about a tax increase. I’m talking about a tremendous tax decrease, OK? I’m not talking a raise from where they are now; I’m talking about a raise from my low proposal.”
Trump is going to do this all election long. Trump says one thing that sounds like a complete departure from not only his past proposals and statements and carved in stone GOP orthodoxy, have some idiots in the press go nuts over it, declaring that Trump is now the GREAT LIBERAL CANDIDATE, and then Trump takes it all back later in the day. Let’s not fall for it time and again.
From John Stoehr’s “The Donald’s Trump Card Isn’t an Ace: The media narrative that Donald Trump is winning over white working-class voters is false” at U.S. News: “That Trump performed more or less on par with his rivals in Rust Belt states suggests that his supporters were already firmly conservative or already primed to choose any Republican, populist or otherwise, according to Andrew Levison, author of “The White Working Class Today” and analyst for “The Democratic Strategist,” a journal of public opinion and strategy. Indeed, Levison observed in a March white paper, Trump performed best not with Midwestern Reagan Democrats but with white working-class Southerners. This, he argued, isn’t due to Trump’s “right-wing version of economic populism” but “the racial and xenophobic elements of his platform.”
The Nazis are happy with Trump. “White men in America and across the planet are partying like it’s 1999 following Trump’s decisive victory over the evil enemies of our race,” exulted Andrew Anglin at the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer. “He is getting white people excited for the first time in my memory,” said a Stormfront participant. “Look at the crowds when he gets the cameras to pan out. They’re huge (or should I say YUGE?) and almost 100% white. It is fantastic to see.”
New York Times: “Hoping for a moment of party unity, Mr. Trump had scarcely declared victory in Indiana when the cascade of rejection began, starting with the announcement by George Bush and his son George W. Bush, the only former Republican presidents still living, that they would not back his candidacy. And on Thursday night, Mitt Romney, the party’s 2012 nominee, said he intended to hold to his earlier pledge not to vote for Mr. Trump, according to an audio recording of his remarks.”
“Mr. Romney’s remarks came just hours after House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, the nation’s highest-ranking Republican elected official, delivered an embarrassing blow to Mr. Trump, declaring that he had not yet proven himself worthy of an endorsement.”
And now Jeb Bush and Lindsay Graham say they won’t vote for Trump. Trump reacted as maturely as you’d expect. And he has now turned against his top fellater Joe Scarborough because Joe said he wouldn’t vote for Trump unless he dropped his Muslim ban.
In this week’s address, President Obama recognized all mothers in celebration of this upcoming Mother’s Day, including First Lady Michelle Obama.
In his weekly message, Governor Markell recognizes the Delawareans who have devoted their career to public service, and talks about the positive impact of their work in building a safe and strong communities.
I am bombastic. I use hyperbole a lot. I am also not afraid to attack and insult others when I feel they are being insulting towards me or my candidate. I am very much a believer in politics being a two way street, meaning that if you give it you better be prepared to take it.
I’ve been told that my invective towards Bernie and his supporters in the Open Thread is perhaps impeding the healing process as we move the nomination fight to the general election. And that’s right. I was doing it in response to the invective towards Hillary and her supporters I have seen on Twitter, Facebook and here at DL, because, like I said, I give as good as I get. But, if we continue in this vein, we aren’t going to heal and be friends and allies again.
So I am going to stop. I will not be posting negatively about Bernie Sanders, his campaign or his supporters anymore. Indeed, it is likely my only posts about Bernie in the Open Thread will be about drafting the platform and his contributions to that process. And even then, I will only be posting the commentary of others rather than adding my own commentary. I will be mostly focusing on the General Election in the Open Thread from here on out.
And I would like to personally apologize to any Bernie supporter who feels or was insulted by my commentary.
So, a lot happened yesterday. Speaker Paul Ryan, the highest ranking elected Republican in the country, broke with his party’s presidential nominee and said he could not support Trump. It is not surprising, but it is shocking when you stop to think about that. Trump responded as you would expect, childishly and petulantly, shooting himself in the foot in the process. He said “Oh yeah, well I don’t think I can support Speaker Ryan’s agenda.” Speaker Ryan’s agenda, such that it is, is the conservative agenda. That was a fucking bullhorn signal to conservatives that Trump is not on their side. That might have devastating consequences, all because Trump is an immature child who always has to respond insultingly. And I am somehow supposed to fear this man? Yeah, no.
We also got a lot of leakage in the Hillary Clinton/FBI story, which always tells you that the investigation is wrapping up and a conclusion has been reached on the nature of it. CNN reported that “some of Hillary Clinton’s closest aides, including her longtime adviser Huma Abedin, have provided interviews to federal investigators, as the FBI probe into the security of her private email server nears completion[.]” While the investigation is still ongoing and will conclude after a final interview of Hillary herself, “so far investigators haven’t found evidence to prove that Clinton willfully violated the law.” Meanwhile, The Washington Post is reporting that “[p]rosecutors and FBI agents investigating Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email server have so far found scant evidence that the leading Democratic presidential candidate intended to break classification rules[.] This was always going to be a Republican non-scandal, just like Whitewater, just like Benghazi. The most disappointing thing about the Democratic primary this year was seeing just how many supposed progressives gleefully repeated Republican talking points about Benghazi and her emails.
The map is based upon current general election polling. Yes, Hillary is currently leading Trump in Utah, Mississippi, Arizona and Georgia. I would not expect that to continue in Utah and Mississippi. But Arizona and Georgia will be this year’s competitive battleground.