How Did Trump Happen? Please Explain!

Trump, the Joke, became the GOP candidate! Out of 17 choices, all bad as far as I am concerned, Trump won! Even the media pundits were saying he wouldn’t be in long. The Media covered him 24 hours a day because he was supposed to be a Joke. And by doing that they gave him free air time and some of the voting public didn’t take him as a joke and started to fall for Trump’s Carnival Barker’s Schtick.

Here’s a new post for you to fill with reasons and excuses why Trump won as Candidate for the GOP when even the Republicans don’t want him.

And it’s not really any better on the Democratic side. So much animosity from the voters who back Hillary Clinton and the Voters that back Bernie Sanders. Media already has Hillary winning but Bernie is running close and the polls say he’d win, in some cases by double digits, over Trump and Hillary is almost dead even with Trump.

This is the strangest election in my lifetime! Have at it!

987 thoughts on “How Did Trump Happen? Please Explain!”

  1. @toniD:

    yes the M$M continue to think it is up to Bernie to tell “his” people to get behind Hillary. They just don’t get it!
    We the people do not take orders from Bernie, Bernie follows our wishes because WE are funding His continued involvement in the process.

    If Hillary wanted our vote she should have cut ties to Wall Street, and the wealthy upper class back in the ’60’s.

    Bernie and our platform is better for America than anything this country has seen since FDR.

    Yes Hillary before Trump, but that choice is made in the Booth in November,
    not now.

  2. The Road To Trump! How In The Hell Did America Ever Get Here?

    Donald Trump is actually the presumed Republican nominee?! How the hell did we get to this point?

    At least 33 shot in Chicago so far over Fourth of July weekend

    At least 33 people have been shot in Chicago so far this Fourth of July weekend, most of them in traditionally violent neighborhoods on the South and West sides despite stepped-up police patrols in those areas.

    Between Sunday afternoon and early Monday, 13 people were shot over 17 hours in the city. They included a 15-year-old boy shot in the foot, a 16-year-old hit in the elbow, a 17-year-old wounded in the thigh, and a woman hit in the chest by a bullet fired through the window of a home.

    Many of those shootings occurred in Little Village, Roseland, Gresham, Lawndale, East Garfield Park and Englewood — neighborhoods with troubling rates of gun violence, according to data collected by the Tribune.

    Last week, Chicago’s top cop announced that thousands more law enforcement officers would hit the streets over the weekend, saying he was “sick and tired” of the violence plaguing the city. He made the announcement Friday after three people were killed and 21 more were wounded over 24 hours. [more]

  3. Dr. David Romei @DavidRomeiPHD

    Major Powers help #Israel to humiliate and oppress the people of #Palestine. Tragic #Crimes. via @jdforward

    How Israel Succeeds in Watering Down Criticism From Major Powers

    Ahead of the release last week of a report on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by the Quartet of Middle East mediators, the word from diplomats was that it would be hard-hitting, especially on Israel and its settlement building.

    The United States, the European Union and the United Nations were fed up with Israel’s consistent violation of international law, which views all settlements on occupied land as illegal, diplomats said. While Russia, the fourth Quartet member, might be more restrained, Israel was set for a serious ticking off.

    Those concerns reached Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office. Officials briefed that he was determined to talk the Quartet down. He flew to Moscow to see President Vladimir Putin, and met U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and the EU’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, in Rome.

    In the end, after weeks of delay, the report was mild in the extreme. Israeli settlement-building was criticized but not called illegal. The prime focus was on Palestinian incitement. One regional analyst described the overall impact as “banal.”

    Palestinians were outraged. Chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said the Quartet had attempted to “equalize the responsibilities between a people under occupation and a foreign military occupier.” The international community had given in, he said. [more]

    Connie Schultz
    2 hrs ·
    The New York Times

    Trip Gabriel for the New York Times: “Since the Republican Party’s 19th-century founding, not one of its nominees has won the White House without carrying Ohio, a most diverse and perennially hard-fought state.

    “But as Republicans head to Cleveland to nominate Donald J. Trump in two weeks, a convention city chosen with Battleground Ohio much in mind, a vortex of headwinds are rising against Mr. Trump in the state.

    “The barely concealed disdain of Gov. John R. Kasich, a former rival who has not endorsed the presumptive nominee, echoes through the state’s Republican leadership, whose full engagement in the fall campaign will be needed to turn out voters.”

  4. Genetically engineered (GMO) food relies on dangerous pesticides and increases corporate control over the food system. GMOs should be labeled so we have a voice in what we eat.

    You’ve probably heard news reports that GMOs are safe to eat, but the fact is, genetically engineering our food supply carries risks to farmers, the environment, and people living near the fields that are heavily sprayed with the herbicide RoundUp, which the World Health Organization recently said is a probable human carcinogen. Furthermore, the government approves GMOs for the food supply based on data submitted by the companies that want to sell them.

    That doesn’t sound “safe” to us.

    Meanwhile, most GMOs are engineered to withstand exposure to powerful weedkillers or produce their own pesticides. In fact, most of these crops are used in animal feed—which fuels factory farms. Learn more about how the industry “greenwashes” GMO crops.

    There is No Consensus On GMO Safety

    The same media reports touting the safety of GMOs ignore a growing portion of the scientific community that says they are far from safe and criticize the weak regulatory system that is designed to not find safety problems. Learn about why there is no consensus regarding the safety of GMOs—in fact, the evidence shows a potential for harm, especially to our environment.

    Many Countries Label GMOs. Why Doesn’t The U.S.?

    People in over 60 countries across the world have the ability to choose whether or not they buy GMO foods, because labeling is required. But not here in the U.S., where powerful interests lobby to keep us in the dark about what we’re eating. Learn more about our work to require GMO labeling.

  5. This election fraud lawsuit could actually save us

    An official lawsuit that is being filed against the DNC regarding the discrepancy with exit polls versus electronic voting machine tallies has now morphed into including the cancellation of exit polls for California and New Jersey shortly before the primaries were held last Tuesday.[more]

    Ex-Pentagon chief: Iran, China or Russia may have gotten to Clinton server

    Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he believes foreign countries like Russia, China and Iran may have hacked the private email server Hillary Clinton used while secretary of State.

    “Given the fact that the Pentagon acknowledges that they get attacked about 100,000 times a day, I think the odds are pretty high,” he said Thursday during an interview on “The Hugh Hewitt Show.”

    Gates said he agreed with former acting CIA Director Mike Morell’s claim that the server had probably been hacked by either Russia, China or Iran.

    He added that the fact that classified intelligence has been found on the server was “a concern for me.”

    “I never used email when I was head of CIA or head of the Department of Defense,” Gates said. [more]

    [Some of this was just confirmed by FBI director Comey although he’s not recommending charges against Clinton]

  6. Bill Moyers:
    Tea Party Has ‘Sucked The Soul Out Of The GOP’

    Let’s take a moment to close our eyes and think of a cigar smoke-filled room in a local Georgetown bar. The time is early November in the year 2008. Inside this room are some of the most powerful members of the Republican party with many of their deep pocketed supporters. Then comes the historic proclamation for the first time in the history of these United States: a person of color by the name of Barack Obama is declared the winner of the ?presidential election. What happens next has been widely reported and from the perfect vision of hindsight, the only word that was spoken was short and sweet and to the point, “Obstructionism”.

    Regardless of its harmful effects, the Republicans, led by the radicalized Tea Party faction began what was a full-scale attempt to block every legislative initiative put forth by this President, even if it were polices that were at some time prior supported by the same Republican party. In short, if Obama was for it they were against it. ?Within this struggle, the main push back from the GOP was over the purposed Affordable Care Act, which at some point was coined Obamacare. To many,this was an offensive racial slur itself.


    Recently, Bill Moyers on his show Moyers & Company, said:

    “Tea Party Republicans and their rich supporters have sucked the last bit of soul from the Grand Old Party of Abraham Lincoln,? turning them first delusional, then rabid, with the aid of conservative mouthpieces like Fox News and ?’ulti-millionaire fabulous’ Rush Limbaugh.

    “At least let’s name this for what it is ? sabotage of the democratic process. Secession by another means. And let’s be clear about where such reckless ambition leads. As surely as night must follow day, the alternative to democracy is worse.? ??When the president refused to buckle to their extortion, they threw their tantrum. Like the die-hards of the racist South a century and a half ago, who would destroy the Union before giving up their slaves, so would these people burn the place down, sink the ship of state, and sow economic chaos to get their way.”


  7. Here’s a good article that explains Trump and people like him. It’s long but interesting:

    20 Diversion Tactics Highly Manipulative Narcissists, Sociopaths and Psychopaths Use to Silence You

    Toxic people such as malignant narcissists, psychopaths and those with antisocial traits engage in maladaptive behaviors in relationships that ultimately exploit, demean and hurt their intimate partners, family members and friends. They use a plethora of diversionary tactics that distort the reality of their victims and deflect responsibility. Although those who are not narcissistic can employ these tactics as well, abusive narcissists use these to an excessive extent in an effort to escape accountability for their actions. [more]

  8. The Stupid Is Contagious As Paul Ryan Mangles The Meaning Of Independence Day

    By Jason Easley on Tue, Jul 5th, 2016 at 10:03 am

    In his Independence Day statement, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan confused Memorial Day and Independence Day by thanking everyone who died on the 4th of July.

    Another long but good read addressing all the attacks on Bernie by the Dems and Hillary followers:

    Establishment Democrats’ Sick Obsession With Attacking Sanders

    Smell that? It’s smoke. Smoke pouring out of the ears of establishment Democrats. It’s not because they Feel the Bern. It’s due to two reasons: (1) they are furious at Sanders; and (2) their mental wheels are continuously grinding, creating massive internal friction, as they come up with one inane reason after another to blast the senator from Vermont.

    You all know what I am talking about. The endless stream of articles and posts pouring forth from the commentariat of the Democratic establishment, as well as the self-righteous comments by Clinton supporters on articles about Sanders, not to mention the vituperative remarks on Twitter. Here’s an example from yesterday’s Washington Post, by Stuart Rothenberg, “How Bernie Sanders missed his moment.” It’s worth quoting at length because it contains many of the accusations that are hurled at Sanders. [more]

  9. Free Don Siegelman
    51 mins ·

    Dana has revived her petition to the President! You can find the link on the Home Page of the website

    Please sign it if you have not yet. It needs just over 36K signatures to reach the goal of 100K. Pass it along and encourage everyone to help by giving it their signature of approval!…

    This was the last 4th of July for him to have to spend in prison, finally, for his sentence will be up in the new year.

    Here is an Independence Day message we’ve received from Gov. Siegelman as he endured ‘Independence Day’ one more time at Oakdale, and wanted to pass it along to those of you who, no doubt, had him on your mind at some point during the long holiday weekend.

    He writes:


    When I was governor, I would remind citizens that the Fourth of July, our Independence Day, was more than the grand fireworks displays, that the Spirit of America came from feelings much deeper than our proud military parades, the red, white and blue bunting.

    It was more than the national anthem that we so proudly sing, more than our star spangled banner which we so gallantly wave, it was more than the pledge of allegiance that we willingly give.

    Independence Day, the Spirit of America, goes much deeper. It’s a feeling and belief that all men and women are created equally under the law by one God, that all of us should be free to pursue our own vision of happiness and prosperity regardless of race, creed, color, national origin or religion.

    I envisioned an America where people respect those in uniform, the military services, our police and firemen. Where teachers give their lives to help raise a village of children and where the village look after those children and help guide them along a straight path and that in return, all would ensure that our elderly live out their golden years in dignity.

    Independence Day was a celebration of our system of laws where everyone is guaranteed equal justice under the law.

    In 2007, I spent the 4th of July in the basement of the oldest maximum security prison in the United States. I had been hand cuffed and shackled, chained, taken from my family and friends without warning. Instantly transformed from Governor Siegelman to a felon, being tossed into solitary confinement by a judge and prosecutors who were on a mission, a political mission.

    My eyes were opened. I had not done what I had been accused of doing, yet I had been convicted and whisked from the courtroom by a system that had been high jacked, corrupted. A system that works for those it wants to work for and slams those it wants to slam.

    This 4th of July, as I sit in federal prison in Oakdale, I’ll be thinking about you, the true Spirit of America, and working together to restore justice for all.

  10. Mrs. Betty Bowers, America’s Best Christian
    7 hrs ·

    My heart goes out to the angry, paranoid viewers of FoxNews. Yet one more Obama and/or Clinton “scandal” the channel ginned up for ratings has fizzled. Bless their hearts.

    Lee in Iowa @Lee_in_Iowa

    icymi, GOP bragged of cutting Embassy security. Here’s Chaffetz (R), eg:

    Republican Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) admits the GOP cut embassy security funding on CNN interview.


  11. The Hill @thehill

    Clinton camp reacts to FBI decision: “This matter is now resolved”

    Dan Abrams Verified account @danabrams

    To those advocating conspiracies on FBI decision, Comey’s not only one of nation’s most principled people, he’s also a Republican

    Jordan ‏@JordanChariton 8h8 hours ago

    Imagine if @BernieSanders was the candidate being investigated for the same thing—think “no prosecutor would recommend charges”?

    The Hill ‏@thehill Jul 4

    JUST IN: Wikileaks publishes more than 1,000 Clinton war emails

    Abby Martin @intownmom

    @thehill Very sad when American public has to rely on Wikileaks for public transparency & oversight & causes national mistrust of DC Elites.

    Robin Hood Tax ‏@RobinHoodTax 7h7 hours ago

    Privatization does not provide for better service, it provides for more expensive ones to line a few pockets #Greed


    by Tom Cahill

    October 28, 2015 – The next time you hear someone complain about how the poor get “all this free stuff,” show them this.

    The costliest programs are, by far, corporate welfare and entitlements for the top 1 percent. Fox News has been working hard to tear down proposals to provide Medicare for all, institute tuition-free public college, boost infrastructure spending, and expand Social Security.

    “That’s not fiscally possible unless the federal government starts seizing private assets,” said Bill O’Reilly.

    But O’Reilly is wrong. The money can easily come from eliminating the costliest entitlement programs for the top 1 percent and multinational corporations. Here’s a breakdown of the most superfluous giveaways to the rich and how much they cost the rest of us:

    1. Tax Breaks for obscene CEO bonuses ($7 billion/year)
    Currently, the biggest corporations are exploiting a 20-year-old loophole that allows them to write off inflated compensation packages for CEOs, billing stock options, and performance-based bonuses to taxpayers. In 2010, the Economic Policy Institute found out that the biggest corporations cost Americans $7 billion by writing off inflated executive pay. Between 2007 and 2010, this loophole accounted for more than $30 billion in corporate welfare. According to The Guardian, fast food industry CEOs cost taxpayers $64 million through this loophole.

    That $7 billion could singlehandedly fund the annual budget for the National Science Foundation — which, as I recently reported for US Uncut, funds 11,000 scientific research projects each year and has funded 26 Nobel laureates in the last 5 years.

    2. Tax cuts for luxury corporate jets ($300 million/year)
    Currently, corporations can claim a huge tax deduction every year by writing off purchases of corporate jets, lavish cars, and chauffeurs as “security” for their top executives. A Bloomberg analysis from 2011 showed that these tax breaks for some of the wealthiest Americans cost the rest of us $300 million each year. While that may not sound like much, that’s approximately 50 percent of the annual budget for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the brainchild of Elizabeth Warren that protects Americans from the financial sector’s most predatory schemes. [more]

  13. Jack Warren‎
    Thom Hartmann Listeners
    14 hrs ·

    “I don’t understand the disproportionate focus on a half day in Benghazi vs. more than a decade in Iraq.

    When people say they just the facts, I think: We still don’t know when the decision was made to invade Iraq, or who was involved. We still don’t know why the intelligence was so warped.

    We don’t even know how many Americans died in Iraq, because there has been very shoddy record-keeping on contractors’ deaths.

    Yet some people, many of them in Congress, keep on calling for more info about Benghazi. What am I missing?”

    Why Do So Many Americans Care More About Benghazi Than About The Iraq War?

    Foreign Policy by Thomas Ricks:

    I don’t understand the disproportionate focus on a half day in Benghazi vs. more than a decade in Iraq.

    When people say they just the facts, I think: We still don’t know when the decision was made to invade Iraq, or who was involved. We still don’t know why the intelligence was so warped.

    We don’t even know how many Americans died in Iraq, because there has been very shoddy record-keeping on contractors’ deaths.

    Yet some people, many of them in Congress, keep on calling for more info about Benghazi. What am I missing?

    I asked some smart friends recently. One, retired Army Col. Charles Krohn, wrote back that:

    “Tom, it’s easier to understand the simple (Benghazi) than the complicated (Iraq). On the scale of misleading the Republic into acting against its best interests, however, Iraq is a million times more shocking, exactly as you suggest. [more]

  14. Patrick M ‏@andendall 3h3 hours ago

    We say our fond farewells to the place where Stand Your Ground means getting very wet feet.…/

    Kelly O’Donnell ‏@KellyO 3m3 minutes ago

    Obama announces change in Afghanistan posture…8400 troops through the remainder of his presidency

    The White House ‏@WhiteHouse 6m6 minutes ago

    “The United States will maintain approximately 8,400 troops in Afghanistan into next year” —@POTUS

    The White House ‏@WhiteHouse 22m22 minutes ago

    “Even as we remain relentless against those who threaten us, we are no longer engaged in a major ground war in Afghanistan.” —@POTUS

    Jewish Daily Forward Verified account @jdforward

    Congressman @RepTedDeutch on Gun Control: “We Will Not Stop until We Get a Vote.”

    The New York Times ‏@nytimes 11m11 minutes ago

    “Why isn’t #PrayForIraq trending?” A woman in Baghdad tweeted. “Oh yeah no one cares about us.”

    Alex Seitz-Wald ‏@aseitzwald 33m33 minutes ago

    FBI Director James Comey to testify before House tomorrow on Clinton’s emails.

  15. ATTN: added a new video.
    4 hrs ·

    This DJ just said it’s time for good cops to start calling out bad cops.

  16. Joseph Grabko‎
    Rachel Maddow Fans
    2 hrs ·

    A second video has surfaced of the Alton Sterling shooting, showing a Louisiana paramilitary death squad shooting him multiple times in the chest, only to later remove a gun from his pocket – all while yelling at him to get on the ground, even though he was already laying on his back with a gaping bullet wound to his chest.

    Hard to watch. Don’t click if you don’t want to see it.

  17. @toniD: What disturbed me even more was when the man’s wife spoke and his son, his 15 year old son began to cry, sobbing, painful cry and I cried right along with him. And the men around him pulled him into their arms to try to comfort him.

    This time they have to arrest these police officers because they did commit murder. Nothing this man did warranted him being held down and shot. Not once but several times.

  18. Robert Reich
    8 hrs ·

    This week’s essay: The Huckster Populist

    The tectonic plates of American politics are no longer moving along the old fault lines of “left” versus “right” or even Democrat versus Republican.

    As we’ve seen this bizarre political year, the biggest force welling up is rage against insider elites in both parties, and against the American establishment as a whole – including the denizens of Wall Street, large corporations, and the mainstream media….Continue Reading

  19. Gary Garrett ‏@garypgarrett 14h14 hours ago

    State Dept confirms FBI got it wrong, none of Hillary Clinton’s emails were classified at the time … via @dailynewsbin

    Sarah Reynolds @Sarah__Reynolds

    Join @SSWorks in demanding @CNN stop parroting Wall Street’s anti-SocialSecurity talking points: #SaveSocialSecurity

    Captain Clarion @citizensrock

    There is one #point that the Republican wannabes all made crystal clear—they really are all #liars.

    Truthdig @Truthdig

    Police Kill Black Minnesota Man Pulled Over for Broken Tail Light (Video) #philandocastile

    Zesty Liberal News ‏@zesty_liberal 4m4 minutes ago

    Republicans To Waste More Taxpayer Money On Investigating The #HillaryClinton Investigation

    Alex Seitz-Wald Verified account @aseitzwald

    Speaker Paul Ryan formally asks the intel community not to give classified info to Hillary Clinton.

    Peter Daou ‏@peterdaou 9m9 minutes ago

    Peter Daou Retweeted Alex Seitz-Wald

    But he’s fine with @realDonaldTrump getting it? What a joke.

    LawNewz ‏@law_newz 2h2 hours ago

    Nancy Pelosi Just Had an Accidental Moment of Honesty About the Clinton Investigation … …

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi just confirmed what many have suspected for months — Democratic Party leaders are willing to ignore anything that might get in the way of Hillary Clinton winning the White House.

    In an interview with USA Today on Wednesday, reporter Susan Page described Pelosi as “combative and confident” during the exchange that covered a handful of topics, including the FBI’s decision to not recommend charges against Clinton.

    Page writes Pelosi was “mocking Republicans for promising another ‘investigation of an investigation of an investigation’ into the agency’s recommendation not to pursue criminal charges.” Evidently, the next “investigation” she refers to is the House Oversight Committee’s decision to call FBI Director James Comey to testify about his decision on Thursday. Pelosi apparently also called this decision “subterfuge” and “a waste of the taxpayers’ dollars,” according to the report. [more]

  20. Bill Moyers
    23 hrs ·

    UK role in Iraq War condemned –> Griff Witte at The Washington Post: “A sweeping, multi-year inquiry into Britain’s role in the Iraq War delivered a scathing assessment Wednesday, with investigators blaming the country’s political, military and intelligence leadership for a conflict that could have been avoided and that ended ‘a very long way from success…’

    “In exacting detail, the report lays out a series of failures and misjudgments in a war initially sold to the public on both sides of the Atlantic as a vital intervention to rid Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein of weapons of mass destruction. No such weapons were ever found. The report describes British intelligence painting a flawed picture of Iraqi military capacity, with agencies never considering that the weapons of mass destruction may not exist. The Iraqi leader, it said, posed ‘no imminent threat’ to Britain.”

    Social Security Works
    1 hr ·

    Great takedown of one of the leading enemies of Social Security, Speaker Paul Ryan, from The Nation Magazine’s Katrina vanden Heuvel:

    “It’s not only Ryan’s policy goals that need to be exposed for what they are. It’s also long past time for the political world to recognize that Ryan’s whole career, like Trump’s, is one big con.”

    Bill Moyers
    1 hr ·

    And again –> “You shot four bullets into him, sir. He was just getting his license and registration, sir.” Those words were spoken over the dead body of Philando Castile by his girlfriend. He was a 32-year-old cafeteria supervisor at a Montessori school in St. Paul, Minnesota. In a video circulating widely this morning after being posted to Facebook, the girlfriend documents Castile’s last moments after being shot by a police officer during a traffic stop. Warning: the video is graphic and disturbing.

    “We’re demanding justice; we’re demanding accountability,” Nekima Levy-Pounds, president of the Minneapolis NAACP chapter, said early this morning. “We’re demanding a change to our laws and policies that allow these types of things to happen. Too often officers are taught to shoot first and ask questions last, and that’s completely unacceptable.”

  21. Again on the South side of Chicago… makes me sick. What is happening to this world????

    The Trace
    5 hrs ·

    A 4-year-old was shot in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago Wednesday, the third child to be shot in the area since Monday.

    GOP accidentally does Clinton a favor with James Comey hearing
    07/07/16 04:11 PM By Steve Benen

    Congressional Republicans had a nice, simply morality tale to tell. The main narrative was a little thin – any story built around email server protocols is going to be dry – but GOP lawmakers had clearly identified protagonists and antagonists. Just as importantly, they’d convinced much of the media that their tale was as important as it was riveting.

    Today, however, Republicans lost the plot.

    On Tuesday, FBI Director James Comey announced that while Hillary Clinton’s email server protocols were careless, no sane prosecutor would find her actions worthy of an indictment. House Republicans, who were counting on an indictment to improve the GOP’s election chances, were apoplectic and hastily threw together a hearing, forcing Comey to go to Capitol Hill to explain himself.

    What Republicans didn’t realize is the degree to which they were doing Clinton and Democrats a favor. NBC News reported on the proceedings:

    FBI director James Comey stuck to his guns Thursday and defended his decision not to charge Hillary Clinton with a crime for her use of a private email server while serving as secretary of state.

    Summoned to appear before the Republican-led House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Comey insisted again that Clinton “did not break the law” and that there was not enough evidence to charge her with a crime. “That’s just the way it is,” Comey said.


  22. GOP in total chaos as Donald Trump threatens top Republicans in private meeting

    After arriving 20 minutes late, Donald Trump created an “awkward” meeting while even threatening his fellow Republicans.

    Standing around, congressional Republicans and other members of the party waited patiently for over 20 minutes before the billionaire real estate mogul decided to arrive fashionably late. Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois described the meeting as “really awkward,” as Trump went through his policy proposals on taxes, trade, and immigration reform, before speaking about his recent controversial comments on former Iraq leader Saddam Hussein, while bashing the media. At one point, Rep. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania asked Trump about his current standing with the Latino community, to which the former host of “The Apprentice” allegedly said, “Hispanics love me.”

    One Republican, who wanted to remain nameless, said that Trump attempted to quote the United States Constitution, but appeared lost when asked if he would defend Article One. “Not only will I stand up for Article One,” Trump told the room of Republicans, stating “I’ll stand up for Article Two, Article 12, you name it of the Constitution.” The problem is that the Constitution only have seven articles, not 12, along with 27 separate amendments. In one of the more tense moments of the meeting, Trump turned his attention to Republicans who have refused to support him, in particular, Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake. Flake refused to offer his endorsement due to Trump’s stance on Mexicans and Muslims, but Trump threatened to go after the senator hard if he didn’t change his tune.
    Further backlash

    House Speaker Paul Ryan was asked to comment on Trump later in the day, and appeared fed up with the topic. Over the holiday weekend, Trump came under fire for using what seemed like the “Star of David” in a tweet attack on Hillary Clinton. Ryan described the tweet as “anti-Semitic,” but the GOP nominee has since defended his use of the image. When asked by reported to comment further, Ryan lost his cool. “I’m not gonna comment on this,” Ryan told ABC News reporter Ben Siegel, “I’m not gonna comment on every tweet!” [more]

  23. Charlie Pierce:

    Republicans Had Another Banner Day of Stupid

    What a 24 hours it was in our nation’s capital.

    As the sun sets on Thursday, and the kangaroo suits are sent to the cleaners to get them ready for the next 93 futile hearings into whatever’s left of the e-mail thing besides the furrowed brows of the country’s green rooms, we bid farewell to a very interesting day in Our Nation’s Capital.

    First of all, He, Trump came to town and met with those Republican legislators who weren’t imaginative enough to come up with a decent excuse to be hiding under the couch. Things apparently did not go well with the senators. He, Trump threatened Jeff Flake’s career, which is roughly akin to pulling an RPG launcher on an angry, but plucky, Pomerarian. Luckily for us all, He, Trump remains a dolt, which Flake politely pointed out.

    Bring us into the octagon, Washington Post!

    Trump said at the meeting that he has yet to attack Flake hard but threatened to begin doing so. Flake stood up to Trump by urging him to stop attacking Mexicans. Trump predicted that Flake would lose his reelection, at which point Flake informed Trump that he was not on the ballot this year, the sources said.

    Get the freaking net. I’m not kidding. [more]

  24. Downtown Dallas: 11 Officers Shot, 4 Fatally, During Protest of Police-Involved Shootings, Official Says
    Dallas Police Chief David Brown said three officers are in critical condition, and the shots were fired by two snipers during Thursday night’s protests. A suspect is in custody, police said.

  25. The Young Turks
    July 1 at 10:30am ·

    A writer for the The Huffington Post showcased the “bewildered” state of the establishment regarding Bernie Sanders’s goals and motivations.

  26. AJE News Verified account @AJENews

    Police say a fifth officer has died in Dallas: “It has been a devastating night”

    ABC News ‏@ABC 36m36 minutes ago

    Dallas transit agency identifies officer killed in line of duty as Ofc. Brent Thompson, 43.

    Bloomberg ‏@business 38m38 minutes ago

    Friday’s U.S. jobs report has even more importance than usual

    This man is insane!

    Bryan Dawson ‏@BryanDawsonUSA 2h2 hours ago

    Meet former Republican Congressman Joe Walsh. A disgrace to all those who fought and died for freedom:

  27. George Hunter ‏@GeorgeHunter_DN 2h2 hours ago

    According to Dallas police, protesters helped capture the shooters. And cops helped shuttle protesters to safety during the attack.

    Dan Haggerty ‏@HaggertyCBS11 2h2 hours ago

    Only non-police victim. Got shot, then shielded her boy from bullets. Recovering at Baylor.

    The Baxter Bean @TheBaxterBean

    ALERT! @SecretService former Republican congressman just threatened life of President Obama on Twitter. #Dallas

    Susan ‏@brookselaine70 4h4 hours ago

    @TheBaxterBean @SecretService He deleted his tweet. He either has the biggest ba**s or is a total moron to threaten the POTUS.

  28. There are some bad nasty cops out there that we need to get rid of. The attitude they get with the badge and the gun.

    Like this for instance:

  29. Chicago Tribune
    28 mins ·

    Employers shook off two months of weak hiring and added 287,000 jobs in June, a blistering pace that points to a resilient U.S. economy recovering from a weak winter and spring.

    The Trace
    3 hrs ·

    Five things to know about the sniper shootings in Dallas:

    1. Five police officers, including one transit officer, have died. Six officers and a civilian were also wounded.

    2. Police have identified four suspects in the shooting. Three are in custody and another was killed when exchanging gun fire with police in a parking garage. Another man was mistakenly identified as a suspect and turned himself in, but has since been released.

    3. The attack happened at the end of a protest in response to the deaths of two black men shot by police.

    4. Authorities have completed multiple sweeps of the area and did not find any explosives, contrary to claims of one of the suspects. A large section of downtown Dallas is closed off while police conduct their investigation.

    5. President Obama has called the shooting a “vicious, calculated and despicable attack on law enforcement,” adding that “there’s no possible justification for these kinds of attacks, or any violence against law enforcement.” He said he spoke with Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings on the phone and that the FBI was working with city officials on the investigation.

  30. Valerio De Cesaris ‏@ValerioDeC 2h2 hours ago

    The war is the mother of all poverty

    Syrians living below the poverty line:
    2010: 28%
    2016: 83.4%

    Tim Mak ‏@timkmak 9m9 minutes ago

    Dallas shooter was Army corporal in 284th Engineering Company, of Sanfa Fe, N.M., previously deployed to Afghanistan

    Micah Johnson, Dallas Cop-Killer, Was Black Militant
    The sniper who murdered five officers during a Black Lives Matter protest was a fan of anti-police groups.

    Micah Johnson, 25, of Mesquite, Texas was identified by police as the sniper who shot 12 people during a Black Lives Matter protest in downtown Dallas on Thursday night. Five officers are dead and six others are seriously wounded, in addition to one civilian.

    According to his Facebook profile, Johnson identified as a black nationalist. Activists at Thursday’s night Black Lives Matter march, however, said that the shooter behind the deadliest day for American law enforcement since 9/11 was not part of their protest.

    Dallas police chief David Brown said Johnson “expressed anger for Black Lives Matter” and told a hostage negotiator he “wanted to kill officers.” Three other suspects were taken into custody but Johnson is believed to have acted alone.

  31. Charlie Pierce:

    I Dread What’s Coming. Truly, I Do.

    None of these people need to be dead right now.

    To those of us who are of a certain age, the psychic signposts of Thursday night in Dallas marked a vaguely remembered route to hell. Snipers in buildings. The wounded being rushed to Parkland Hospital, for pity’s sake. And when Don Lemon of CNN made the curious observation that the streets of Dallas seemed an unlikely venue for murderous gunplay, those of us who are of a certain age thought he was out of his mind.

    After all, it was murderous gunplay in the streets of Dallas that was the first inkling many of us of the post-war suburban generation had that, yes, the world could go out of its mind.

    (While we’re on the subject of coverage, all kinds of credit should go out to the local television stations in Dallas, especially the CBS affiliate, which were way out in front on the crucial piece of information that Mark Hughes, whose picture had been released to the media, was not one of the shooters. It took the national cable networks an inexcusably long time to dial back this piece of the story, which is why I went local for my coverage very early on. And it was only the local reporters in Dallas who kept Hughes from being the Abdulrahman Alharbi—or, worse, the Richard Jewell—of the Thursday night horrors.)

    I dread what’s coming. Truly, I do.

    By all accounts, including Radley Balko’s, the Dallas Police Department is the very model of a modern urban law enforcement operation. That is going to be lost in the cacophony (and worse) of what comes next. Just as the events in Dallas profaned the victims in Baton Rouge and St. Paul, whatever vengeance is taken by law enforcement that profanes the victims in Dallas likely will be taken far from that wounded place. The political utility of this awful series of events is going to be manifested in ways loud and indecent. I won’t even dignify it by mocking it, not right away, at any rate. I choose for the moment not to ride with the Hobby Horses of the Apocalypse. [more]

  32. obert Reich
    1 hr ·

    Last night in Dallas, at least one sniper, who said he wanted to shoot white police officers, killed five officers and wounded seven others during a demonstration against recent police shootings in Minnesota and Louisiana. The sniper was killed, and three other people are in custody.

    Video recordings of the recent police shootings in Baton Rouge, La., and Falcon Heights, Minnesota, are graphic evidence — as if we needed it — of the differences in how police and the criminal justice system treat blacks and whites in America. But obviously nothing excuses the violence and carnage in Dallas.

    I don’t recall a period when the divisions in America have seemed so stark – black and white, Muslim and non-Muslim, foreign-born and native-born, Latino and non-Latino, gay and straight, conservative and liberal. It’s a fantasy to suppose we’ve ever been totally and effortlessly united, but I’m not sure why we’re so divided right now. Are the police more brutal? Have economic stresses made us angrier? Can we blame demagogues like Trump and the denizens of rightwing media? Is it the Internet, and easy transmission of violent images and hateful words?
    What do you think?

  33. Jim Hightower
    1 hr ·

    Hightower staff here– Jim is in Orlando fighting for this amendment to the platform, and had a chance to talk to USA today about it.

    Jim Hightower, a columnist, progressive political activist, and author, will present the amendment, which states, “It is the policy of the Democratic Party that the Trans-Pacific Partnership must not get a vote in this Congress or in future sessions of Congress.”

    Hightower called the amendment “political Viagra to stiffen the spine of our party” and said it will save Obama from a greater embarrassment — the TPP potentially passing Congress.

    “When you see a friend going off and doing something disastrous to himself or to others, you don’t avert your eyes,” said Hightower, former commissioner of the Texas Department of Agriculture. “You have an intervention. That’s what this is.”…/bernie-sanders-seeks-pl…/86824806/

    All In with Chris Hayes
    1 hr ·

    “We are one people. We’re one family. We’re one house. We must learn to live together as brothers and sisters… There are too many guns. Theres too much violence. And we must act.”

    – Rep. John Lewis

  34. From Digby:

    Carnage in America: From Dallas to St. Paul — the infinite cycle of gun violence and tragedy

    5 officers are dead in Dallas: We’re a nation overcome by gun violence and bereft of answers

    Heather Digby Parton

    Thursday afternoon the nation was once more reeling from news of police officers shooting black men, one in deep south big city Louisiana and one in the upper midwest suburban Minnesota. These two cases are a little bit different from the ones we’ve dealt with in the recent past in that both men were legally armed but from what we could tell were not threatening the police. Louisiana, where Alton Sterling was shot point blank while on the ground in police custody, is an open carry state meaning that anyone is allowed to have a gun on their person in public with no questions asked. Minnesota, is a concealed carry state and the other victim, Philando Castile, was shot after telling the officer that he was licensed and armed.

    And then, horrifyingly, came another mass shooting last night, a horrific sniper assault on Dallas Police Officers as a peaceful protest against the Sterling and Castile shootings was coming to a close. This is what it looked like before the shooting started:

    Mediaite Verified account @Mediaite

    Before Terror Struck, Dallas PD Documented Hours of Peaceful Demonstration

    As I write this one of the suspects has killed himself and police are questioning others. I have no idea what motivated this beyond the obvious desire to kill policemen. All I know is that we’ve had yet another mass shooting, this time culminating in 5 police officers dead, 11 shot in a shoot-out on the streets of Dallas Texas. That familiar sense of disorientation has overtaken me as I contemplate yet more carnage caused by gun violence in America.

    I was watching the CNN coverage last night and they featured a tourist on the phone saying that he’d seen a black guy wandering around the protest carrying a semi-automatic wearing camo gear and they’d informed the police. As he was talking, the police released a photo of this man saying he was a suspect and the tourist identified him as the man he saw. Within a short period of time it was determined through social media and video that he was not involved in the shooting and had actually turned his gun over to the police. The man’s name was Mark Hughes and his brother Corey was one of he organizers of the march.

    Hours later the brothers appeared on CBS after Mark Hughes was released and Corey said that he originally brought his brother to the cops because he was afraid that someone was going to shoot first and ask questions later. That was my first thought as well. Open carry is legal in Texas, but a black man is very brave on a good day to do it. Yesterday was not a good day. He was vilified throughout the nation as a suspected cop-killer but he was luckier than Alton Sterling or Philando Castile or the five policemen and the dozens of others around the country who were shot and killed over the past few days. At least he lived. [more]

    July 6 at 9:19am · Fargo, ND ·

    Our new ad, taking on Donald Trump, featuring Major General (Ret.) Paul Eaton with our partners at Priorities USA Action – “For America”.

  36. The Ark Encounter Is A Monument To Man’s Stupidity

    Australian evangelical Ken Ham has finally finished his Christian Monument to the stupidity of man he calls The Ark Encounter in the fertile ground of ignorance in the middle of the Bible Belt replete with dinosaurs. It was Mark Twain who presciently said, “When the end of the world comes, I want to be in Kentucky because everything there happens 25 years after it happens everywhere else.”

    What Ham and company have created is an affront to all known scientific data known to mankind and he and his ilk are lying to deceive because the one thing that ignorance flourishes in is religion. Consider for a moment that not only are the 13,000 known species represented in the Ark but also all the dinosaurs which were until a few years ago, just something scientists made up to make evangelicals looks stupid. Bring in a few billion dollars in Jurassic Park sales and it’s going to be awful hard to sell children on the book of Genesis.

    What Ham has done now is increased the population of the Ark with the thousands of species of dinosaurs that died out millions of years, err, I mean 4000 years ago like it says in the bible. So now there were 2 75 foot Apatosauruses on the ark weighing a combined 50 tons on a boat that was 500 feet long and 86 feet wide. They probably climbed in and went to sleep with the muggles on the ship because carnivores and herbivores have always gotten along.

    WSMV in Nashville reported what the believers were trying to do with this standing abortion to all we know. [more]

  37. @toniD:

    A series of events has cut back on my Keyboard Cowboy time. Also, summertime is when I do all of the outdoor things that I could have done in the wintertime if I were not so averse to freezing my ass off.
    Regarding cops, generally:
    1.) I remain convinced that the job, by its empowered, authoritarian nature, attracts people who should not be cops. The job is a magnet for assholes. Clearly not every cop is an asshole looking for an opportunity to express his/her asshole-ishness but the job itself attracts people who are attracted to authoritarianism and the sanctioned ability to project it.

    2.) The militarization of police forces nationwide has corrupted the culture of “to protect and serve” into Us versus Them (Friendlies versus Enemies). Even good people who choose to become cops can be adversely influenced by the military culture in a police force.

    3.) The gun culture in the U.S., and the advances of conceal-carry and open-carry N.R.A. mindsets in many state legislatures, serve to make cops very, very nervous. With good reason.

    4.) Anyone who thinks that minorities are not targeted by cops, particularly in the decades-long War Against Drugs, should look to see how many University and Wall Street dope-dealer shakedowns have occurred, then compare that number to the street-corner rousts in minority communities. Or compare traffic stop numbers.

    And #4 is not the bailiwick of police forces alone. Bankers and employers of all sorts have exhibited a culturally ingrained racial prejudice for decades.

  38. toniD says:
    July 8, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    The Ark Encounter Is A Monument To Man’s Stupidity

    …there are about 400,000 known species of beetles on this planet. The sheer volume of 800,000 beetles would take up a third of the Ark by volume…

  39. Bill Maher BLASTS Republicans For Failing To Stand Up For Black People

    The shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile touched off outrage across the country as Black Lives Matter rallied in the streets to once again protest the unjustifiable killing of unarmed black men by police.

    At least one man took advantage of a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas on Friday night to shoot and kill five police officers in retaliation. This is now sparking escalating rhetoric, hate, and racism among conservatives and attacks against President Obama from Republicans who would rather offer “thoughts and prayers” instead of taking any action at all to halt police shootings or pass tighter gun restrictions that could have prevented the shootings from occurring.

    Bill Maher is so distressed over the lack of restraint among police officers that he offered advice to Republicans on Thursday about how they gain credibility among black people by making one simple gesture for the first time in their miserable lives.

    “Hey, Republicans looking for some credibility with minorities as you get behind Trump: maybe ONCE take the side of shot black people over the cops,” Maher wrote on Facebook. [more]

  40. Footage Shows Counter-Protester Pulling Gun on Portland’s Black Lives Matter March

    Portland Police officers arrested Michael Strickland, 36, who films videos for the website “Laughing at Liberals.”

    Footage obtained by WW shows a counter-protester pulling a gun on a Don’t Shoot PDX march in downtown Portland earlier tonight.

    The footage, taken by freelance journalist Mike Bivins, shows the man in Southwest Third Street, in front of the Justice Center. He pulls the weapon from a belt holster while walking backwards away from protesters.

    Here’s a better video of what happened:

  41. One Shooter; No Snipers—Grossly Inaccurate Police and Media Information About Dallas Killings

    The misinformation spread public fear of a nonexistent cabal of snipers, and attacked Black Lives Matter.

    The mainstream media in the U.S. and abroad badly botched the reporting of the Dallas police shooting that killed five officers Thursday, egged on by speculation by police sources that a team of snipers was bent on avenging the killing of two black men in Minnesota and Louisiana by white cops the day before.

    Even after the Dallas Morning News changed its headline Friday afternoon to read, “Dallas sniper was loner, Army vet with stash of arms, bomb parts at home,” the article’s second paragraph said, “Four Dallas police officers and a DART officer were shot and killed in a coordinated sniper attack that followed a Thursday night protest.”

    The incorrect sniper meme was repeated internationally, such as this headline from the British Mirror, “Dallas police shooting: ‘Black Power group’ claims responsibility for police killings and warns of more assassinations to come.”

    Meanwhile, in the U.S., Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told reporters, “there appears to have been one gunman,” Micah Xavier Johnson, 25, who had “no known links to or inspiration from any international terrorist organization.”

    The team-of-snipers theory, nonetheless, was repeated in media accounts, including with police-attributed information that multiple snipers positioned themselves on elevated ground to triangulate and hit their targets. What had happened instead was Johnson, a military veteran who served in Afghanistan, used armed combat shooting techniques from a position on the ground to shoot cops one by one. [more]

  42. Join the Coffee Party Movement
    14 hrs ·

    “Cotton’s home state, Arkansas, has the fastest growing prison population in the country, and it is one of the most prolific users of VCOs, locking up children as young as eight for these status offenses. The state doesn’t separate juveniles according to their level of offense so kids detained for chronic truancy can be kept with someone charged with a serious crime.”
    Posted by BR

    Senator Tom Cotton Wants To Keep Kids In Jail

    10 Horrifying Facts About GOP Senator Tom Cotton
    One of the worst bullies in the Senate?

    Hailing from Arkansas, 37-year-old Senator Cotton boasts the title of being the youngest member of the Senate, but he spouts the old warmongering rhetoric of 78-year-old Senator John McCain. From Guantanamo to Iran, food stamps to women’s rights, here are ten reasons why Tom Cotton is a dangerous dude.

    1. He penned an underhanded letter to the leaders of Iran that sparked the trending hashtag #47Traitors. On March 9th, Cotton and 46 of his Republican colleagues went behind President Obama’s back by signing an “informative” letter to Iran, saying that a nuclear deal would not last because the next president could reverse it. Secretary John Kerry, one of the lead negotiators in the talks, called the letter “utterly disgusting” and “irresponsible.” Two dozen editorial boards slammed the letter and over 200,000 people signed a petition asking the senators to be charged for violating the Logan Act, a law which forbids unauthorized citizens from negotiating with foreign governments.


  43. Jon Favreau ‏@jonfavs 10h10 hours ago

    Putting Joe Walsh on @CNN is not covering the news – it’s giving hate and violence a public platform.

    W. Kamau Bell Verified account @wkamaubell

    America: where Black people are killed & their families go on TV & white men threaten the president & THEY GO ON TV.

    Breaking911 ‏@Breaking911 34m34 minutes ago

    BREAKING: Alabama Police Officer Shot; Hostage Situation Unfolding –

    msofia7 ‏@msofia7 27m27 minutes ago

    The Koch Shadow Network Is Funding Dangerous Candidates All Over The Country … via @ringoffireradio

    The Hill ‏@thehill Jul 7

    Trump won’t rule out not serving if he’s elected president

    Bernie Sanders ‏@SenSanders Jul 7

    The Stabenow-Roberts GMO “labeling” bill was bought and paid for by Monsanto and the Grocery Manufacturers Association.

    Ian56 ‏@Ian56789 7 Jul 2015

    #TPP #TISA & #TTIP agreements are massive Corporate power grabs dressed up as trade deals

  44. Nina Turner Verified account @ninaturner

    #DemPlatform was unwilling to take a firm stand against the #TPP. Thank you @BernieSanders delegates for standing with the people.

    Nina Turner ‏@ninaturner 19h19 hours ago Orlando, FL

    Amendment 2 make it the policy of #DemPlatform 2 oppose corporate welfare 2 companies shipping jobs overseas was rejected by Clinton folks

    Katie Halper @kthalps

    This is what the Democratic Wing of the Democratic party looks like.#OpposeTPP #DemPlatform


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