Houston Chronicle Endorses Hillary: Racist Putin-Like Donald Trump Is A Danger To The Republic

From the editorial board of the Houston Chronicle:

The Chronicle editorial page does not typically endorse early in an election cycle; we prefer waiting for the campaign to play out and for issues to emerge and be addressed. We make an exception in the 2016 presidential race, because the choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is not merely political. It is something much more basic than party preference.

An election between the Democrat Clinton and, let’s say, the Republican Jeb Bush or John Kasich or Marco Rubio, even the hyper-ideological Ted Cruz, would spark a much-needed debate about the role of government and the nation’s future, about each candidate’s experience and abilities. But those Republican hopefuls have been vanquished. To choose the candidate who defeated them – fairly and decisively, we should point out – is to repudiate the most basic notions of competence and capability.

Any one of Trump’s less-than-sterling qualities – his erratic temperament, his dodgy business practices, his racism, his Putin-like strongman inclinations and faux-populist demagoguery, his contempt for the rule of law, his ignorance – is enough to be disqualifying. His convention-speech comment, “I alone can fix it,” should make every American shudder. He is, we believe, a danger to the Republic.

Hit the link for much, much more. (Tipped by JMG reader Mark)

  • DaddyRay
  • PickyPecker

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    • NancyP

      That’s good

  • Gene

    this wont swing Texas…not yet..
    but, in OH, and VA, and FL, Romney (semi sane) republicans will read of it and go “no…I CANT vote for the Trump freak” and feel it gives them permission

    Here in GA, Trump and Clinton are in a statistical tie (41 to 40). I am sure he will win the state, but it will be CLOSE, and the Rethuglicans will have to spend money here for the first time in…forever. in 4..8 ..years, we are the next VA. in 12 years…TX flips.

    that changes…everything

    • PLAINTOM

      I think we have an unlikely ally in Ohio, Kasich. Every sitting Governor has a political machine in place and I truly believe Kasich will quietly use his people to stop any Trump ground game in Ohio.

      • Bruno

        I hope so. I wish it didn’t have to be quiet. I guess he thinks it’ll hurt him in future elections.

      • NancyP

        Kasich may be a smug more-Catholic-than-thou guy, but he IS relatively sane. Plus, I think he values his own reputation enough to not want the taint of Trump on him.

        • Reality.Bites

          Let’s have no more talk of Trump’s perineum

  • PickyPecker

    Houston Chronical failing! No one reads! No circulation! Sad!!

    • MikeBx2

      It’s like you can read his mind. haha

    • Christopher Smith

      Love the deliberate misspelling! Sad!!

  • Carl

    This is the most black and white election in my life. I don’t have time for any “they’re both equally bad” or “write in vote” buffoonery. We need everyone together on this one. Turn out is everything.

    • Ernest Endevor

      This is a time to make a coalition government, left and right, united behind Clinton to defeat a common enemy.

    • Gerry Fisher

      All hands on deck….

  • PickyPecker
    • greenmanTN

      It’s not funny! Do you have ANY idea how hard it is to read in bed with a cat sitting on your forehead?! πŸ˜„

  • RainbowPhoenix

    That’s gotta sting coming from a Texas paper.

  • JT
    • Michael Rush

      do he bite ?

    • dafs

      I feel this is really offensive to man-eating sharks

  • PickyPecker
    • Michael Rush

      Trumplethinskin !

  • AtticusP

    Troompa-Loompa’s anti- Houston Chronicle tweets will be delicious!

    Why are Republicans not at least embarrassed by this candidate and his puerile behavior? They should be outraged.

    What a cognitive disconnect it must take for one to continue to support a deranged orangutan that is so clearly unfit to hold the office for which he has become a nominee!

    • PLAINTOM

      That’s the gift of Trump that keeps on giving. Not only is Trump going to lose this election but all these GOP groups and individuals are destroying any shred of credibility that formerly possessed.

    • Bruno

      This question should be directly posed of Marco Rubio every day until November.

    • canoebum

      For the general membership of the GOP to have such a revelation would require recognizing that the party has failed, on a massive scale, and must close down completely and start again with a new concept, as a new party. It is inconceivable today, but if the loss in November is truly great, the remaining sane ones that still believe in governance, will have to break from the Tea Party once and for all. Personally, I don’t believe they are capable of that level of introspection and acceptance. We shall see.

  • Michael Rush

    You can have a BIG AND TASTY for just
    one dollar more than Trump pays in taxes

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4QNXnNftWk

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Shameless how they stooped to make their dollar burger look huge.

      • Michael Rush

        ” IT’S YUUUUUUGE – TRUST ME ” – Donald

      • Michael Rush

        They have to hire tiny hand models .

  • Octavio

    Who did the Houston Chronicle endorse in previous elections. Bush II, McCaine the current governor?

  • Todd

    O/T ……….. apparently Trump has done an interview with Maureen Dowd where he disparages the deceased Muslim soldier’s mother for not speaking at the DNC (i.e., she wasn’t allowed).

    He also says he’s ‘sacrificed’ by working very very hard, creating thousands of jobs and becoming extremely successful.

    That will go over *well* with military personnel and the families of deceased and injured soldiers.

    • Bruno

      Dowd too? There’s already video of him saying the same thing to George Stephanopoulos.

      • Lazycrockett

        He probably did the Sunday rounds and said the same BS to each of them.

    • Michael Rush
    • “The Republican Party has lost any claim to be the party of patriotism — the Democrats just took that from us” is the current meme among the depressed and despairing GOP conservative pundits.

  • PickyPecker
  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    If anyone is interested, Sharktopus is now playing on Scy Fy.

    It’s quite lame, I recommend it.

    • Lazycrockett

      Logan’s Run in on TCM in about an hour.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        Not part of out package πŸ™

        • Lazycrockett
          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            Not on netflix either πŸ™

          • Love the film, always have, but I always thought it was funny how the entire society had been conditioned to believe that watching people get sucked up into the air where they eventually explode is actually a good thing to have happen.

          • lymis

            More reasonable than the book, which posited that giving 18 year olds the vote would mean that they’d successfully legally pass executing everyone at the age of 21. (They raised it to 30 for the movie.)

          • Indeed, many forget the overtly political intent of the original novel. And it was NOT progressive.

    • PickyPecker
    • Jeffrey

      Sharktopus may be my favorite film title ever. I must have missed it at the Oscars this year.

  • Lazycrockett

    What is the Houston Chronicle considered, Left, Right, Liberal, Conservative?

    • Bruno

      Center-right. Texas.

    • Dramphooey

      Last time they endorsed Romney and they endorsed Bushes prior to that. There was an exception in 2008 but similar to Trump I think Palin may’ve been too much for them. http://blog.chron.com/txpotomac/2008/10/a-half-century-of-chronicle-endorsements-11-r-2-d/

      • Lazycrockett

        Wow that’s big deal then. Sweet. I like that they went with saving the republic notion. Should play with a lot of Texans.

        • Dramphooey

          Hopefully but I wonder if saving the republic will play well with people who think army maneuvers are an invasion.

          • Lazycrockett

            hmm true.

  • Jeffrey

    Yay! Im the only one who doesn’t have a meme for this so this will have to do

    • Lazycrockett
      • PickyPecker

        can never go wrong with a Lucille Bluth gif!

      • Jeffrey

        Love Lucille!

      • delk
    • Dave B

      His shoes are the same color as Trumps face.

      • Jeffrey

        That’s the link!

      • Michael Abbett

        I didn’t notice he was wearing shoes until you mentioned it…

        Mercy.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      That time when Melania’s personal trainer stepped in Donald’s makeup.

    • Michael Rush

      Why do I feel like I DO want to see sausage being made ?

    • Steverino

      I want to have my beefcake and eat it, too.

    • Is it warm in here? Oh my.

    • e’ville_globeguy

      Well, at least I’m no longer thinking about….uh, what’s his…uh…what were we talking about?

  • Bruno

    Wikipedia: As of April 2016, it is the third-largest newspaper by Sunday circulation in the United States.

  • Duane Dimitrov

    Uh….the danger to our North American republic is called “the conservative movement.”

    It’s not just Trump.

    These Super Dooper Uber Patriotsβ„’ are, in fact, a bunch of crazy, incoherent, authoritarian bigots being continually led by an ever-changing cast of pied pipers.

    Sadly, where the real Pied Piper led children to a cave where they murdered, the conservative pied pipers of today only lead their moronic, gullible marks to the voting booth…which is terrible for our American republic.

    It would, in fact, be preferable that the racist, generally bigoted aunts and uncles of America–relations that we all have–were in fact led to caves where they were in fact bludgeoned to death.

    Sadly for American democracy, that most modest of proposals has not, nor will, happen.

    • My fantasy doesn’t involve pain or death, just being “voted” off the planet. They get their own exact duplicate of Earth inside a Dyson sphere called Conservatopia where they can drill and shoot to their hearts content. They can’t come back here either, after they blow themselves up or burn up in the polluted hell they’ll make. (Alien tech provided wishes.)

    • NancyP

      The tragedy is that a sizable percentage of these people used to be better. Not saints, but better. They used to be hospitable, support their local fire protection district volunteer firemen, set up disaster aid contributions, etc, lend each other a hand with farm equipment or other repair, etc. The racism – that’s always been there, unfortunately. Somewhere along the line, these Trump followers lost their independence of mind. Now rural Missourians are no longer following the state motto, “Show Me”.

      • Duane Dimitrov

        Um, I’m not sure these folks were ever “better” as you say.

        But trump gains his support from the moronic and easily led–which is a definite subsection of humanity–and the economically dispossessed.

        Rural America is a shitshow of Mad Max proportions, and it’s only getting worse. I mean, what economic activity is there outside of cities? Very little, as resource extraction and agriculture are highly automated. And getting more so!

        These are the people left behind by the modern economy, and there’s no going back. And Trump tells them they can, in fact, turn back the clock! And they love to hear this pied piper!

  • moebym

    OT, but relevant. John McCain’s granddaughter is voting for Hillary: https://medium.com/@ccmccain/for-this-republican-never-trump-means-im-with-her-10321e751c6d#.9ra81tx3v

    She included a message for the Bots: “And I started to realize that for some, ‘voting your conscience’ has become a euphemism for protecting your self interest. An exercise in privilege.”

    • Bruno

      Except that in the case of the NaderBots, it doesn’t protect their self-interest at all. But it is an exercise in their privilege to have a tantrum.

      • moebym

        I think of it this way: “voting their conscience” protects their self-interest in that it assuages their egos.

  • Bruno

    Trump now ahead in Polls Only forecast: http://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2016-election-forecast/?ex_cid=rrpromo Clinton has been going down in all 3 forecasts little by little all day.

  • greenmanTN

    I suspect this will be the first of many such editorials since you can’t have two brain cells that rub together and come up with a different answer than “Oh HELL no!

  • In my lifetime, never has a presidential candidate from either of the two major parties been described in the press as “a danger to the Republic.” NEVER.

    Until Trump.

    • PickyPecker

      His base will eat it up…..’He’s an outsider! He’ll shake things up! yadda, yadda. SAD!!

      • Yes, Trump’s core supporters will eat it up…and the still sane Americans will, hopefully, think twice about supporting Trump only because he’s the GOP’s disastrous nominee.

        As I said in the other thread: Political races aren’t won at the far extremes of the ideological spectrum. They’re won in the middle, which is where most of the voters are.

        • Bruno

          I feel like if they could just rehabilitate Clinton’s likability/honesty ratings SOMEWHAT, this thing would be totally in the bag.

          • PickyPecker

            as I reminded a couple of friends just last nite…..the convention just concluded and THE GAME IS NOW AFOOT!

          • Skeptical_Inquirer

            I think that what would help is a feeling that some of the things on the platform will be dealt with.

            Rodney King was beaten up in 1991 yet the problem of violent cops still exists. Wall Street gave us a crash that went global but many of the same people who caused it were never punished. The minimum wage (and the restaurant industry’s over reliance on tips) has been stagnant. Pro-choice has been really on the losing side for quite a few years.

          • Bruno

            How does one convey that though? The truth is, without 60 votes in the Senate and Dem control of the House, saying she’ll fix those things might be empty promises. It’s unlikely we’ll get that scenario in Congress. I like the idea of Hillary saying she’s worked with Republicans before, and would take steps to get everything you mentioned on the table. I think she’s doing that. And if people believe she’ll try, and that she has the political skills to work across the aisle, maybe she can make change happen.

          • Skeptical_Inquirer

            I think people actually liked the Congress people sitting and protesting and demanding votes on gun control. I don’t mean they should do it for every issue but it did go viral. The thing is that people can’t see backdoor negotiations so they need something that they can witness. Someone who’s savvier with social media might be able to come up with something.

            It’s like how so many people didn’t believe there was a problem involving cop behavior until there was actual video proof of downright bizarre behavior showing that it really existed.

          • Bruno

            The abundance of video evidence really makes it more and more real every day, with each one. I think what we’re talking about more generally, though, is how to get Washington working again. Which is something that maybe tRump voters feel too, although they’ve resorted to scapegoating and blaming and racism. But for everyone else, it would be good to have some constructive outline of how Clinton intends to break the gridlock, even if she has to work with centrists and right-wingers. Otherwise, the House Dems can sit on the floor all they want, but the gridlock remains in place.

          • Gerald Parks

            The way to get Washingto working is …Republicsns NEED to go to work!
            They have been IN control and refuse to work …no votes on any meaningful legislation …just BS …the vast majority of Americans don’t want.
            The GOP/Republicans EARNED The name The Party of No ..by being/leading the TWO worst Congress’ in US history. (13 and 14th Congress’).
            Sad truth …today’s Congress piss poor approval rating IS due to GOP/Republican governance! AKA obstruction.
            They and they alone ARE the gridlock!
            MSM does not make the distinction and most Ameticans don’t pay enough attention to know the difference. And have bought into the lie of “both sides do it”.

          • CanuckDon

            Hasn’t that basically been the GOP’s strategy? Block every reasonable attempt to correct things to make the Dems look bad and then heavily promote and manipulate the idea how bad the Dems are at being in power of the nation. It’s truly sickening how well it works at times. The only major problem for them now is they didn’t foresee how all of this pot-stirring and manipulation created a hostile environment for a purely, unique demigogue to take control. Life imitates art.

          • Gerald Parks

            Right you are!

            And their Party has been hijacked in a hostile take over …their “deep” bench beaten, abused and humiliated. Shown to be weak, cowardly, unimaginative, wimps.

            AND the leadership of both Houses of Congress…just TODAY …have shown themselves to be weak, cowardly, unimaginative, wimps by not denouncing and repudiating the disrespectful comments and lies THEIR nominee for POTUS made to the parents of a fallen soldier!

            “They sacrifice nothing and no one!” Khan …Father of fallen US Soldier

            Truer words have not been spoken.

          • Traxley Launderette

            It’s called optics.

            Some people can’t appreciate the space within a home for sale, so sellers pay a “stager” a pantload of money to strip out their personal things to make it look like a fucking generic Pottery Barn catalog. Surprise: They buyers usually still wind up buying am empty house.

            Other people aren’t aware of local, state, or national (screw international, they don’t speak English) events unless there’s a teaser during a,commercial break during CSI:Bumfuck.

          • Gerald Parks

            Sheese …enough with that likability BS!
            I LIKE competence …sanity … and stability in the person I am entrusting with my vote to be POTUS.
            I can pretty much guarantee that you nor I will be sharing a beer or sipping Chardonnay with the next POTUS!
            So …please …enough with this BS …the constant repetition of it doesn’t make it true or real.

          • Bruno

            Hey, I don’t care to like her, but what I’m saying is that it would help her nail down this election. Other people care, I can’t help that.

          • Gerald Parks

            Are you grown?
            You can’t make people “like” you …by not being yourself.
            Some people will like you and some people won’t.
            However, by taking care of your business, treating people with respect, demonstrating your intentions with action … many, many many people will respect you!

            And your enemies will fear you BECAUSE they fear what those who do respect you will do to them in retaliation.

            Exhibit A … the DNC Convention …and all the speeches …and great memorable quotes!

            Those quotes and the reactions to them are dominating the news cycle!

            Hey … “authentic” people are just …themselves!

            That is why the saying “when someone shows you …themselves … believe them!” is so powerful.

          • Bruno

            OK, well I was hoping to get someone to block today but it just wasn’t happening. Thanks for the opportunity. BTW after the “are you grown?” part I didn’t read anything after. Have a nice life, ASSHOLE.

          • Gerald Parks

            Point proven!
            Thank you …I will contiue to have a NICE day and life!

          • Queequeg

            The convention brought out her more prtsonal, caring side.

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          • Mihangel apYrs

            unfortunately, “likeability” and such qualities are important to some people.

          • Gerald Parks

            I know …it’s just proven to be a piss poor standard for choosing a POTUS in 21st century America!

            Bush 2 was said to be a guy they could have a beer with.

            The irony … Bush is a recovering achololic and it is said that he does not drink!

            Though he looked fairly drunk at the memorial for those LEO’s in Dallas last month. Even his wife put a little distance from him as he “gyrated” on the stage.during a solemn period of the program.

        • Ninja0980

          Indeed, which is why Clinton or O’Malley etc. were the only logical choices.
          Bernie would have gotten clobbered, just like Trump likely will.

          • Absolutely. There is no doubt that Clinton has her problems and vulnerabilities. But the Berners seemed to think Sanders would’ve been immune to negative attacks and the usual opposition research. If anything, his past is far more controversial and contains far more of the buzzwords and memes which make the average American voter uncomfortable. Right now, Trump has his childish nickname for Clinton. ‘Crazy Bernie’ would’ve only been the start at what he would throw at the Senator, and some of it would stick.

            Sanders’ people absolutely had one thing going for them to a degree Clinton didn’t: Raw enthusiasm. But an energized and enthusiastic voter still only gets one vote, and the rank-and-file Dems picked the other candidate by a significant margin. A larger margin than the current President had back in ’08 when Clinton graciously conceded.

            Just my own opinion here, but I can far more easily see an undecided independent moderate or even center/moderate Republican deciding Clinton is acceptable (and vastly preferred) over Trump than seeing them do the same for Sanders — who practically everybody agrees is rather left of Clinton on the spectrum. (Of course I do have a little bias here because my 73 year old mother is precisely one of those GOP voters. She’s horrified by Trump.)

            The Republicans began eroding their own electorate by catering too much to their far-right radicals. As I see it, not only does Clinton have the political organization to take advantage of that in a strategic way, ideologically she’s going to be significantly more palatable to the centrists and Republicans who are denouncing Trump even now.

          • AtticusP

            What a clear, cogent analysis! Well done! Thank you!

          • You’re very kind.

          • AtticusP

            Not at all. Well deserved praise.

          • Ninja0980

            Agree 100% with what you wrote.
            Sanders got hit with some slightly negative coverage here in NY over his past and he basically had a meltdown.
            How do you think he would react when the attacks against him, his wife and everything else would come at him 24/7?
            Also, given how concern for children is used for votes, all Trump had to do was point out Bernie voted against the Amber alert and his numbers would have dropped like a rock, especially among women.
            You can’t win being far left in this country…. and hopefully this fall you’ll prove you can’t win by being far right either.

          • Gerald Parks

            Great observations and well satd …I have to agree!

        • NancyP

          Yes. The real chances are with the “country club Republicans” (who by now ought to understand that Trump will have a YUGELY bad impact on the economy), the hipsters who wanted to vote for Trump, the more sane of the Sanders holdouts (who ought to be concentrating on House, Senate, state, and local races now), and the wives and girlfriends of unemployed Angry White Men.

      • AtticusP

        Sadly, that’s spot on.

        “If all them lib’rul faggots are against Trump, it’s because he says everything I’ve been bitching about ever since the Muslim Kenyan desecrated our White House.

        “YOU ESS AY! YOU ESS AY! YOU ESS AY!”

      • Stephen Elliot Phillips

        There were a lot of ordinary people in bavaria who liked the new “upstart” man who talked about how weimar wasnt working.
        and history showed how that ended.

      • JCF

        The Drumpfenkorps may view “the Republic” as little different from “the Establishment” that they (and TBH, Berners) have been taught to despise.

        “Burn it down! Burn it ALL down!”: it’s the season of nihilism. And for billionaires who can afford to flee…well, to anywhere they want to, nihilism of the masses is Just Peachy. [Not saying all billionaires are like this, just that they could all AFFORD to be.]

      • Blake Jordan

        His ardent supporters are a lost cause, it is the middle grounders we are fighting for!!!

      • greenmanTN

        He’s a breath of fresh air! Eau de bullshit.

    • RoFaWh

      A friend of mine in Seattle, a now-retired internist, a serious, thoughtful man, used very similar language wrt one of the Bushes: “the republic is in danger”.

      • Oh, there’s never been any shortage of individuals willing to say it, in both the current and previous elections. Hell, there are Berners who literally said it about Clinton, despite the absurdity.

        ‘Described in the press’ is the cogent point.

      • Ernest Endevor

        The language wasΒ right then and the administration devastated the Middle East and gave us ISIS. It also wrecked the economy and harmed millions of Americans. So the prediction wasn’t wrong. And was never made against Bush 1. It was only Bush 2 who provoked such a reaction. Correctly. That Trump offers a new and more devastating spin doesn’t devalue the prediction. We were right the first time and we’re right now.

        • Ninja0980

          Bush 1 was smart enough to know that going after Saddam was a bad idea.
          Too bad his son didn’t follow in his footsteps.

      • lymis

        Did your friend the internist publish that in the national press?

        Seriously, we’re having former REPUBLICAN national security professionals coming out against this guy. This is unprecedented.

    • GayOldLady

      But Julian Assange is still hanging the spectre of more revelations over Hillary’s head. He told Anderson Cooper last night that wikileaks would release more emails that people would find interesting. I don’t know what the hell that means, but I feel certain he and Russia will do everything in their power to throw the election to Trump. I think there’s little doubt that Assange is working with the Russians otherwise he’d be an equal opportunity hacker!

      • TuuxKabin

        What I’m having trouble wrapping my mind around is this:

        drumpf’s draggle, rethugliscum base are suppose to be anti-communist. No?

        How do they figure in their needless noodles/noggins their candidate is doing a good thing being BFF’s, or wha’ ev’ to Putin and all things satanically soviet? Our country’s sworn enemy since Adam and Eve left the Garden of Eat In.

    • Queequeg

      I was thinking of Mitt Romney yesterday. I certainly didn’t support him, but I never thought he was careless or crazy enough to intentionally destroy the country. The same can not be said for Trump. He’s a sociopath.

  • JT

    Saw douchebag Flynn on Maher try to BS his way out of Drumpf’s insanity and his own pandering to hatred of Hillary. A lot of “I don’t think he really means …” nonsense. In defense of his own incitement of the boobs to chant “lock her up” he said that was just an expression of frustration. Another Rethug said Drumpf critics were putting too much into “wordsmithing”. Lying douchebaggery.

    • Bruno

      I just hate that the ones who are distancing themselves from the rhetoric and anger feel they can get away with such ridiculous excuse-making. It’s a bad reflection on themselves, too.

    • BearEyes

      the ‘lock her up’ bit and other ‘crooked’ this and that all give permission to the trumpanzees to lash out against anyone not them to vent their anger at whatever. Ugly!

    • lymis

      The answer to that is simple. Candidates for president of the United States should not be “saying things they don’t mean” at campaign events.

  • thom

    so, hypothetically and with crossed fingers, what would a Clinton victory look like? obviously trump will spout off every conspiracy theory he can come up with. she hacked the voting machines, she intimidated voters, she murdered someone, voter fraud!
    will America be over him and ignore him? will Republicans in Congress? will he be a pundit on fox?
    maybe, he’ll have his own show.
    can Clinton have as much success as Obama did with a obstructionist congress? I think she can.
    i think if trump loses then every somewhat sane republican will disavow him and you’ll have a split in the GOP. one, headed by Ryan or Nikki Haley, will be traditional conservative, small government republican. and they’ll work hard to get minority support. the other wing headed by trump or someone like him, will be hardcore nationalist.

    • TampaDink

      Donnie the commie con man has stated that in the (unlikely) event of losing that he will retreat from public life. We should all be so lucky!
      I think that we can expect an endless stream of lawsuits. He may try to sue every precinct where he does not win….in every state. I think that he’ll also attempt to insert himself into political discourse…making outrageous claims against Madame President & everyone in her administration. Time will tell.
      First things first, we cannot allow any room for complacency on election day.

      • AJ Drew

        “Donnie the commie” is cute, but… eh, “Don the con” is more apt, eh?

        • TuuxKabin

          “Donnie the commie” is good, since the rethugliscums are so anti-commie. “Don the con” works too, because of his shady business/financial deals. I’m adding, “Donnie Connie” because it feminizes him, with a touch of the ‘con’ as well.

          • AJ Drew

            Oh Tuxx, I wanna love you, but why is feminizing shameful? Meh, I think I know what you meant, cuz T would hate that, but f T and let us work to vote for a feminine POTUS. Still friends? Hope so!

          • TuuxKabin

            AJ, dollingk. It is feminizing to him. And he’s thin skinned enough to let it bother him. Where as I can be called a faggot, a spic, a wet back, a bean or any number of slurs that I have a thick skin enough to not let it bother me. As I hope a lot of us have the same tough coat.

            I wish there were more female leaders in the country. Most of my bosses were female, most of them were terrific to work for.

            And for shores, still friends. Thank you for bringing the matter up. I hope I was able to clear the matter to our understanding. So, I hope you still wanna love me, cuz, I do you.

            ‘Chay?

          • AJ Drew

            Jah. Uff da. And ok. (May I still call you “old bean” or is that not ok?) lolz?

          • TuuxKabin

            Jah. Uff da. Like it. Where’s it from?

            Call me what you like, just don’t call me late for dinner. And ‘old bean’ is good. Hope you are too. xo

          • Acronym Jim

            And all this time, I thought you were a posh lumberjack of Tuvaluan decent.

          • TuuxKabin

            Tuuxkabin is maya, for ‘where are you going?” The avatar is Sage, un malix (a mixed breed/mongrel) who was constantly running off when she could. Our houseman looked at her once, after catching her half way out the door, and asked her, ‘tuuxkabin?’ Posh lumber jack? ‘Chay, wha’ ev’s. And we did go on a Tuvaluan music listening jag for a while once we first heard their style. Used it for lullaby.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fg2Fuhzdebk&list=PLIqw60PSqnMc_nM4hOTov6N1TkR2lZbSD

          • John30013

            How do you figure lack of capitalization = feminine? That’s not in any English grammar book I’m aware of…

          • TuuxKabin

            I think your reply is directed for TampaDink, rather than AJ Drew? Capitalization at the beginning of a proper noun is grammatically correct. We’re slamming drumpf by not capitalizing the first letter in his name(s). At least I am.

          • John30013

            You’re right, I misread the thread. Apologies, AJ.

          • TampaDink

            I also rely on not using any caps….he doesn’t deserve any respect.

          • John30013

            I like those too, and you have inspired me to come up with “Dosve-Donny”, which is an apt pun on Trump’s connections to the Russians and them “thanking” him for his “service”.

          • TuuxKabin

            Ah, vedy goot dollingk, vedy goot, dahj Boris and Natasha approve, dah.

        • TampaDink

          I’ve taken to referring to him as donnie the commie con man because he allegedly abhors being called donnie, the “commie” is referencing his recent dalliances with espionage & the “con man” because that is clearly all that he is.

          • AJ Drew

            Yeah, I get it, and “donnie the commie con man” is apt.

          • TampaDink

            Of course, every time I type that, in my head I’m hearing…
            “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”.

      • “…he will retreat from public life.”

        Promises, promises.

        • TampaDink

          Another example of him spewing things that he would’t dream of following through on.

        • You may have misspelled “Lies, lies.”

    • cleos_mom

      I’d guess the ‘have his own show’ option.

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    So this happened in Hawaii…

    • AJ Drew

      blame the gahz. Proof!

    • DaddyRay

      Free Hugs

    • Robert Conner

      It’s HILLARY! Run!

    • Bruno

      There is a tRump volcano about to wipe out all Hillary voters from the isles.

    • Acronym Jim

      I see the goddess Pele is duly pleased with the nomination of the first woman to run for US President…and everyone knows she ain’t easy to please.

      With that in mind, do not remove any lava rocks from her parlor. She has spent eons decorating.

  • bambinoitaliano

    New Rules from Bill Maher
    https://youtu.be/7hBnwPycFUQ

    • Bruno

      Well, I thought she looked pretty fierce in parts of the convention speech.

      • bambinoitaliano

        If the GOP is going to demonized her, might as well embraced it.

        • Bruno

          Not sure I’m down with Bill on this one, TBH. Strong? Yes. Admit being a liar and crooked? Not in the least.

    • Bruno

      I see Bernie was on there too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHCe7Muy7MU

    • Robert Conner

      Watch this!

  • billbear1961

    He is a danger to the Republic.

  • JT

    Rep. Jack Kingston on Maher recently again confirms that he is a sub-moron.

  • Robert Conner

    I doubt Trump is electable, but I doubted Reagan was electable. That said, if Trump is elected, foreign governments are going to freak the fuck out and make a run on US debt. Millions of people are going to freak the fuck out (as well they should), and make a run on banks. I believe the prudent person, if able, would have $20,000 in cash available without recourse to a bank or ATM. If Trumpster Fire is elected, I predict the stock market drops 1000 points in the 24 hours of trading and that the US endures at least a week-long federally enforced bank holiday.

    • Bruno

      The RNC bounce polls proved to me he’s electable. That doesn’t mean he’ll win, though.

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      Trump has already seriously suggested defaulting on our debt as part of his economic plan, so yes, there would be a global freak-out and sell-off. Not

      • Robert Conner

        Yeah, Trump says he knows bankruptcy like that’s a good thing.

    • AJ Drew

      Meh, even if your imagined scenario happened… don’t jump out of a window (well, unless you were waiting for an opportunity to do so, cuz, hey, I’m liberal.) Just wait it out, we’ll be ok in short order cuz the current (and future) Elite need to eat, too. But yeah, better yet, don’t invest in anything Wall Street and avoid that whole gambling scenario.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      I have to say I’m surprised more corporations aren’t more freaked out by Trump as candidate. I know many are leery of him but there’s not quite enough “Unclean! Unclean!”

    • Hue-Man

      International flight to safety; out of USD into gold, Swiss Francs (interest rate already below zero!), Euro, GBP, Yen. Brexit X 1 million except Brexit caught so many people unawares that they’ll be spooked this time. If polls show Drumpf leading in October, everyone will get out early to avoid the stampede on voting day.

      The scariest scenario is if foreign central banks start dumping USD – what would normally be considered THE reserve currency – who knows how low it could go if there are no buyers. So many contracts around the world are denominated in USD, it would be financial mayhem. Drumpf supporters may just get the chaos they want!

      Give some thought to your own financial position in September….

      • NancyP

        That’s my fear – retirement nest egg gone at age 60.

        • Robert Conner

          I have been suggesting to younger co-workers since 2008 that they put whatever they can’t afford to lose in FDIC insured accounts. Granted, they don’t pay shit in interest, but hopefully some Wall Streeter can’t get his stubby little fingers on the funds as easily as he could if they were in a 401k or stocks.

          • TuuxKabin

            Thank you Robert, we’re meeting with our financial adviser early October to discuss year end strategy. Your advice will come in handy. I wish everyone had a parachute of one kind or another. We’re all in this together and thru shared information may be able to keep some type of cushion.

            Damn. Another benadryl night for sleep, I can tell.

        • TuuxKabin

          I empathize with you. Honestly, I do. I wish I could offer some words of comfort. If you have a financial planner at work, or thru an investment broker, now is the time to start planning a strategy. I’ve copied what Robert Conner has been writing for reference when we meet with our financial planner in early October.

    • Cackalaquiano

      On almost any other topic, I would say that your extreme post is just hyperbolic scare-mongering, but in this case, I’m afraid you’re spot on. Yes Trump can win. Yes it’s going to be chaotic if he does. We do have pretty solid institutions in this country – let’s hope they all hold together.

      • Robert Conner

        Agreed. I was almost embarrassed to write that, but having caught bits and pieces of his acceptance speech, I couldn’t help but think that there are tens of millions of people thinking, “Right on, brother!” That and the fact that we appear to be living in a country that’s gone insane on multiple levels.

  • rednekokie

    I couldn’t agree more!!!

  • Bruno

    Don’t expect much of 47% Mitt. He seems to be appalled that Hillary Clinton raised her arms at her own nomination party. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/romney-trump-could-win

    • Ninja0980

      I think he might endorse Gary Johnson but that will be it.
      He certainly won’t endorse Clinton.

      • Bruno

        I bet he doesn’t endorse Johnson either, because he knows it might flip Utah and deep-down he can’t stand the idea of doing a Democrat any kind of favor. Especially one that has the nerve to look bad to him. I forgot what a sexist, egotistical piece of shit he was, I guess. Won’t happen again.

        • Ninja0980

          True, as it stands, even though Utah will likely be red, the fact it’s even considered to be in play this time is amazing.

          • Bruno

            I wouldn’t be 100% shocked if it went for Johnson without a Romney endorsement or just some tacit winking and nudging. Johnson is from a neighboring state, and aside from the heavy religion factor, Utah does share some similarities with other western states. Johnson could really focus on the state, come off as a nice guy (which I think he is), and actually do quite well there.

          • Ninja0980

            I am nervous about New Mexico and him splitting the vote but in 2012, he ran and Obama still won by ten points or so.

          • Bruno

            Apparently New Mexico has taken a blue turn since 2004. Plus, it’s got a very high population of Hispanic people who are not gonna vote for tRump.

          • We’ll vote Blue here, you can count on it.

            Our Republican governor, Susana Martinez, hasn’t endorsed her party’s candidate for President, and pointedly avoided attending his events here during the primaries.

          • Ninja0980

            I fully believe that and have to LOL at some woman and self-loathing gay and black person on Trump’s twitter feed claiming otherwise.

    • Perhaps not, but ‘sitting out the election’ does seem to be on the table for him, and if that’s all we can get, then so be it.

      It’s worth noting that out of all the current year’s GOP would-be nominees, only two of the majors showed up — the con-man Carson and Ted Cruz, the latter showing up only so he could stick a shiv into the Trump candidacy by refusing to endorse him. Rubio video-phoned it in.

      No shows? All the others, including the hosting state’s governor, John Kasich. Plus Romney. McCain. Dubya. Cheney and the rest of the Dubya administration. Bush the Elder. Dole showed up, but sounds like he’s losing his mind.

      • Bruno

        Walker was there, too. I have a faint recall of him being a Republican nominee sometime about 50 years ago.

  • AJ Drew

    I dunno… reading the local news comment section from numerous websites from the South and (surprisingly?) New England areas makes me fret a bit. SO much bitter banter against Clinton, despite (sometimes) acknowledging T’s bs. We just have to vote. (and build a 4 plus year survivable bomb shelter just in case? sigh.)

    • Bruno

      Comment sections are nothing to go by. And New England will have at most one state that’s in play in November.

      • AJ Drew

        I do agree with you, but… the animus isn’t just from a single commenter, nor is it rare. My point was that “we” need to be aware and work against T.

        • Bruno

          There are a lot of people in this country trolling around. Yes, Clinton has a lot of haters and many of them tend to be tRump supporters. We will outvote them.

          • AJ Drew

            Well, *I* will vote. Perhaps the vociferous others will not, at least not enough.

        • Reality.Bites

          Nor is it likely to actually be local. Comments sections are troll magnets.

  • Ninja0980

    The new attack line against the Kahns and other family members who have lost loved ones who spoke at the DNC is that Republicans had speakers too and they were attacked.
    Here’s one key difference.
    None of the family members who spoke this week personally blamed Donald Trump for their loved ones deaths or called for him to be locked up etc.

  • Slippy_World

    Donald’s mom -Mary Trump

  • Cackalaquiano

    Every single newspaper in this country should have already endorsed Hillary and called out Trump as the danger he is. He’s not going to suddenly turn around and become acceptable.

    • Bruno

      It’s a rather unusual step for them to be endorsing this early. It certainly makes sense, because tRump is not going to improve anything, but most papers will probably wait at least until the debate season.

      • Cackalaquiano

        Waiting may be better strategically – average Americans have the attention span of a gnat and won’t remember any outlet’s opposition this early.

        • Reality.Bites

          The kind of people who might be influenced by a newspaper editorial endorsement late in the campaign are the sort of people who don’t read newspaper editorials.

        • Agreed about people’s attention span but by condemning thump now and endorsing Hillary they hopefully will be the snowball that turns into an avalanche. Hit thump hard and often. Don’t give him a chance to regroup. And every hit creates an opportunity for him to prove over and over and over how thin his skin is. How huge his brain isn’t. And just how dangerous he is for America and the world.

          • Cackalaquiano

            Maybe. Honestly, I don’t know what the best strategy is here. He’s been defying all my assumptions so far to get where he is, so I really got nothing at this point.

      • Reality.Bites

        They probably wanted to get in before the crowds. They endorsed Obama in 2008, so there was little doubt they’d endorse Clinton.

        What I want to see are traditionally Republican newspapers endorsing her.

        • Bruno

          This has been pretty traditionally Republican though, despite the Obama 2008 endorsement. The Chicago Tribune would be a big one, and they’re surely not going to endorse tRump. Washington Times will probably endorse tRump, because they’re basically an arm of whackjob Rev. Moon. The NY Post we know what they’ll do, if we can even call that a newspaper. Boston Herald…not sure.

  • Jerry Hinnant

    I find it highly ironic and deeply satisfying that with all Trump has done and all that has been thrown back at him that has been pretty much ignored by the public at large that his Achilles heel and his downfall may come from the words of a Muslim American Father. He son’s death may have more of an impact than he will ever know. He death may have saved America as we know it from being destroyed!

    • AJ Drew

      Mr Khan’s speech causing the downfall of T would be awesome, but… it all comes down to one simple thing… Vote.

  • Max_1

    You would think Trump would be glad the debate schedule is up against two NFL games… Less people would see his tomfoolery. Hillary should insist on moving them to not only show Trump she’s in charge, but also expose a wider audience to his asshole-ishness while giving her a wider audience to show off her Statesmanship.

    It will be the V.P. debates that I want to see…

    • AJ Drew

      I am truly doubting a potential POTUS debate… VP debate, though, yeah, Pence seems to be the type to take it on, and oh wow that would be a spectacle.

      • TuuxKabin

        Spectacular debacle for Pence. We’ll probably see the sole of his shoes before half way thru.

      • Joseph Miceli

        If he chickens out of these debates his goose is cooked. She’ll cut his balls off on in interview after interview. There’s no way he can avoid it.

    • Friday

      He truly has no clue just how many football games on how many nights are going on during football season. πŸ™‚

  • AtticusP

    I just watched both acceptance speeches again on YouTube.

    If I believed in the deity, I surely would think him or her for YouTube.

    Because, while I was watching Trump’s acceptance speech, I couldn’t help but think of what similar speeches in the former Soviet republics must be like. The content was pretty much the same; it was just unsettling to hear it spoken in English by someone who wants me to vote for him to be President of the United States.

    • “I alone can save America” <– the entirety of Trump's speech.

      "We can achieve anything together" <– the core message of Clinton's, which then went on to describe in specific detail all of the things we can do, if we work together.

      • AJ Drew

        DTs: me, me me, I alone can save you. (Fuck actual Democracy and the Republic.) Yeah, that sounds helpful for our country. /s

        • Traxley Launderette

          Here’s the thing:

          Trump plays on the wild-eyed fears of the ignorant. He assures them that they can go about their day shopping, eating out in strip malls, watching TLC and A&E, trailering the four wheelers for a beer-soaked rampage through the woods, pounding cases of Bud Light and Monster in the driveway while setting off fireworks, ceremoniously flipping off things they’re afraid to understand, and bullying those who politely ask them to turn it down after midnight. They hate rules, unless the rules apply to other people.

          He’s their perfect leader because he says he’ll do all the heavy lifting for them. There’s a game on in fifteen minutes, and we need to get Madyssin back to her mom’s at 7:00 or she’ll call the cops again.

          Edit: Pure Rural Michigan.

          • AJ Drew

            wow! that was awesome Julia Sugarbaker, no snark intended, cuz wow!

            So, you’re a DT voter? /s

          • TuuxKabin

            You so fresh. /s

          • Traxley Launderette

            Thank you kindly.

            I run into these people everywhere.

            They’re not all angry or ignorant folks.

            They are semi-satiated with convenient food and instant entertainment with intense, frantic visuals and cacophonic soundtracks. Bigger and louder is always better. Quantity is better than quality. It’s Disbey princess pink or Mossy Oak camo. It really is that simple.

            They take freedom of movement for granted, so they’re never in the same place long. They’re high on Lifetime channel sentiment, low on abstract thought — imagination is what CGI movies are for. They’re tribal in that they don’t warm up to people who’ve gone to school or lived other places, unless it’s a military enlistment, and then they’ll go out of their way to thank you for your service, just like in that Superbowl commercial. They’re intensely devoted to the mass-marketed symbols of patriotism without comprending the difference between these totems and the ideals of freedom, constitutional law, and democracy.

            Being educated in school or college gets you fewer drunken bro hugs than posting “graduated from the school of hard knocks” on your Facebook profile.

            The point is this: Their lives are chaotic. Working two unstable jobs, custody arrangements with that bitch or that asshole ex, cousins’ birthdays and summer holidays and riding bikes up north or building a ramp for grandma’s house — there’s no interest in figuring out the rest of the world. It’s unfamiliar, it doesn’t speak English, drives titty-baby little cars, and it doesn’t shop at Menard’s.

            So, it’s good when a guy you saw on television — a guy in a suit, because guys in suits are either rich or they bury your dead aunt — yells and people do things. They watch the guy in the suit on TV and they laugh at how fast the other people run around trying to make the man in the suit like them, except for a couple of the people running around who they like because they were on that one show and it’s sad how they couldn’t make the man in the suit like them. But that’s okay, because it’s not the man in the suit’s fault that they were losers. SMDH

            This man in the suit tells people what to do. He has a plane with his name on it, and a wife who looks like she is in sexy movies. He yells at people and it’s funny how it makes eople mad. But he is not ta

          • djcoastermark

            I think it is safe to say one could substitute any states’ name in your edit.

  • bambinoitaliano
    • Figures.

    • djcoastermark

      Oh he said it,so how many are just going to blindly believe it’s the truth?

    • AJ Drew

      Though I agree, they might want to tone down that headline… meh, then again, dead on.

  • Ninja0980

    https://twitter.com/colleencpa/status/759487248597340160
    From Trump’s twitter feed.
    Calling bullshit on both of these fools.

    • KnownDonorDad

      Still, as always, don’t get complacent.

    • Friday

      One of these days the shills will figure out that only right wingers use ‘Democrat’ as an adjective. πŸ™‚

      • It is so odd that they can make such basic mistake – the basics are nouns, verbs, and adjectives – nouns do not noun nouns! is that so hard to understand?

    • Cuberly

      Milo?

  • Sam_Handwich
  • Gerald Parks

    FUCK !
    Tell us how you REALLY FEEL!
    I image news papers across the Nation will be doing this over the coming 100 days!

  • Queequeg

    A voice of sanity in Texas. Well, wonders never cease.

    • Traxley Launderette

      Wow. “Sanity” and “Texas” in the same sentence.

      • Robert Conner

        Well, in all fairness, they’ve been backed to the wall.

      • TrollopeReader

        usually preceded by “showing another lack of …. “

  • PiperPine

    Bravo and may many more say it!

  • RLK2

    The Russian links need to be investigated officially. Something very treasonous is going on here. I have a feeling Trump is taking cues from Russia due to his financial ties and obligations to Russia. Who knows, maybe the Russians wanted him to run. Dems should play this connection to the hilt. Portray him as unAmerican and as a traitor.

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  • djpaulkraft

    That’s HOUSTON……as in TEXAS!!

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  • Smith_90125

    Vote for Trump if you want overt fascism

    Vote for Clinton if you want overt corporatism.

    And most americans can’t figure out why most of the world does not want to be american.

    • Tigernan Quinn

      Leave.

  • coram nobis

    Meanwhile, religious reax over a shift in the culture wars: it seems that the Democratuc convention was the one with the traditional-values rhetoric.

    http://religionnews.com/2016/07/29/two-conventions-two-nominees-and-a-whole-new-culture-war/

    β€œTake about five paragraphs out of that Obama speech and it could have been a Reagan speech,” tweeted New York Post columnist John Podhoretz. β€œAmerican exceptionalism and greatness, shining city on hill, founding documents, etc β€” they’re trying to take all our stuff,” complained National Review editor Rich Lowry.

    By the time Thursday rolled around, the Democrats were in full family values, American-as-apple-pie mode, and they were selling it to a liberal crowd β€” and a huge television audience β€” as the party’s natural stance.

    (See esp. the New Yorker hyperlink at the bottom about Tim Kaine).