Daily Commentary – Wednesday, April 20, 2016 – Even Though This Was Taped Last Night, I’m sure Donald Trump Was Victorious in the NY Primary
- Looks like Trump and Clinton were likely victorious. One thing for sure, the US political system seems like a joke
Daily Commentary – Wednesday, April 20, 2016 Download
WOW DONALD, THAT IS MIGHTY BIG OF YOU …
Donald Trump said Sunday in Staten Island, NY. “I hope it doesn’t involve violence, and I don’t think it will. But I will say this, it’s a rigged system, it’s a crooked system. It’s 100 percent corrupt.” Really Donald, you are still whining about this near one week later? With regards to Trumps comments that he hopes there is not violent, I would say, you are hardly doing anything to prevent it as you get people to a fever pitch with your rhetoric. There are plenty of things in politics that are rigged and corrupt, however, this is not one of them. I wonder is this is how he acts in his own business when he has to follow the rules that are set up to bid a contract? It is disconcerting that Trump does not seem to grasp the delegate process that has been around forever. If he cannot understand and navigate his way thru this process, what is he going to do when it comes to the electoral college and the job of president of the United States?
Folks, you don’t get to be a king when you are president. Note to Republicans, isn’t that one of your main gripes about Barack Obama?
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Sunday that he hopes a contested Republican convention in July “doesn’t involve violence” if he is denied the nomination during second-ballot voting.
“I hope it doesn’t involve violence. I hope it doesn’t. I’m not suggesting that,” Trump told reporters on Sunday here in Staten Island. “I hope it doesn’t involve violence, and I don’t think it will. But I will say this, it’s a rigged system, it’s a crooked system. It’s 100 percent corrupt.”
Trump said Saturday that the Republican National Committee is in for a “rough July” if he does not receive the nomination despite his overwhelming delegate lead. If the billionaire fails to cross the 1,237-delegate threshold necessary to clinch the nomination outright, anti-Trump conservatives hope to challenge him at the convention and install an establishment-friendly alternative.
More from Ann Althouse …
Said Donald Trump today. Does he sound like he’s encouraging violence even when he’s saying he hopes there won’t be violence? If so, it’s because he doesn’t say “I don’t want violence” or “I urge my supporters to refrain from violence.” There’s something oddly passive about “I hope it doesn’t involve violence” — as if he holds no sway with his supporters, as if he’s suggesting it’s up to the other side to resist doing the things that will necessitate violence from my people. So I hear a vague, deniable threat. And this too contains a vague, deniable threat:
DONALD TRUMP, THE BOY WHO WHINED WOLF …
There is no doubt that the mood of the country is against establishment government and that is especially the case where Republicans are against the establishment GOP politicians. Thus the rise of outside candidates like Donald Trump and Ted Cruz on the Republican side and Bernie Sanders for the Democrats. However, Trumps latest whine that he was screwed in Colorado and it was unfair is tiresome and old. If Trump wins, everything is golden, if he loses, a travesty has taken place. Now Trump is claiming the process is stacked against him. Really? Truth be known, the GOP set up the primaries and caucuses to benefit the front-runner.
If Trump does not understand the delegate process, who is going to explain the electoral college to him?
Let’s get a couple things correct, Trump lost in Colorado because he failed miserably on following the rules of how tat state’s delegate process works. Donald, the rules are the rules. But I guess the rules don’t apply to Donald Trump. Wow, just what we need, another president like Obama who thinks the rules don’t apply to them. My personal opinion with Trump is that he has no idea what the delegate process is and has no idea that it is different from state to state. I think Trump actually believed that every state has a vote like a general election. Welcome to the Republic that is the United States from its founding. Trump was supposed to know the rules when he decided to run. No one just changed the rules for these state delegate processes just to screw over The Donald. Really Mr. Trump, get over your self. Trump said during a town hall with CNN, “We’re really way up in votes in votes, in terms of the voters. But the Colorado thing was very, very unfair.” And I am sorry to say to all the Trump supporters and mis-guided Conservatives who support Trump, he is beginning to sound like a whining liberal.
Donald Trump said Tuesday night that the political system is “stacked against me,” and accused the Republican Party of conspiring to stop him from clinching the party’s nomination.
At a special CNN town hall in New York City ahead of next Tuesday’s crucial New York primary, Trump said: “I know the rules very well, but I know it’s stacked against me by the establishment.”
His comments elicited a tough response from Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, who tweeted: “Nomination process known for a year + beyond. It’s the responsibility of the campaigns to understand it. Complaints now? Give us all a break.”
The feud between Trump and rival Ted Cruz engulfed the RNC Tuesday night, after the GOP presidential front-runner at CNN’s town hall blasted “unfair” results in Colorado. He was swept there in the delegate hunt by Cruz at a party convention this weekend. A similar outcome emerged from Louisiana, where he won the primary but Cruz is seeking to sway delegates.
What I find interesting is Donald Trump, the Art of the Deal, proclaims to be such a shrewd business man and able to close big deals was ill-prepared for Colorado and its delegate process. When he got his hat handed to him by Cruz in a big way, Trump did not take it like a man, he whined, blamed others and called the system unfair. I really have to wonder whether this guy has the make up to be president.
Cooper pointed out that Cruz had invested a lot of time and effort in Colorado “going out, reaching out to people who wanted to be delegates, to run the process.”
“I mean, it was a whole electoral process to get delegates,” Cooper said.
But Trump wouldn’t budge, repeating his argument that the rules were simply stacked against him. He further said he would have won Colorado had the rules not been changed last year to the current system.
“You disagree with the process as it was in Colorado,” Cooper said. “But you had months to prepare.”
The CNN anchor continued:
Your critics say it says something about your leadership ability — for somebody who touts himself as somebody who’s an organizational genius, who’s created this amazing business organization, that you couldn’t create an organization on the ground that could beat Ted Cruz’s organization.
Trump again responded by touting his overall status at the Republican frontrunner.
“Well, if my organization’s not so good, how come I’ve won many more states than him?” he said.
CRUZ CRUISES IN COLORADO WITH SLEEP SWEEP OF DELEGATES …
Ted Cruz completed the clean sweep of delegates Saturday night in the Republican Colorado convention. As reported at the Denver Post, the Texas senator won all 34 delegates awarded in Colorado in what amounts to a stunning rebuke of Republican front-runner Donald Trump.What might be most interesting is that Sen. Cruz completed the sweep by winning all 13 delegates at the state convention in Colorado Springs, the largest in history with nearly 8,000 in the crowd. Record number of people and they were not there for Donald Trump. Even though Trump is likely to win the New York primary, he is from NY so one would expect The Donald to win, Cruz’s landslide victory in Colorado, combined with recent wins Wisconsin and Utah have amounted to a recent trend in his favor and against Trump.
Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz has swept the Colorado GOP convention, winning all 13 of the state’s at-large delegates.
And after also winning all 21 delegates awarded at the congressional district conventions throughout the week, the Texas senator leaves Colorado with a complete shutout of his opponents.
In a statement Saturday night, Cruz said the win proves that Republicans are coming together behind him.
“Today was another resounding victory for conservatives, Republicans, and Americans who care about the future of our country,” Cruz said in the statement. “Utah, North Dakota, Wisconsin, and tonight’s incredible results in Colorado have proven this: Republicans are uniting behind our campaign because they want a leader with real solutions who will bring back jobs, freedom, and security.”
The victory offers a glimpse into the Cruz campaign’s organizational advantages over GOP front-runner Donald Trump, who has struggled, facing staff tumult and reports of inadequate delegate preparation that kept some picks off the ballot.
REALLY? ALIENATING MILLIONS OF AMERICAN VOTERS COULD HURT THE GOP IN A GENERAL ELECTION … NO SH*T SHERLOCK!!!
According to a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll, a third of voters would support Donald Trump if he is denied the nomination by the Republican party in a contested convention. HUH? Folks, educate yourself. If Trump garners the necessary delegates to win the GOP nomination for president, no one can block him. Second, if Trump or Cruz do not win the proper amount of delegates to win the parties nomination on the first ballot, they have won nothing. Third, who the hell are you people to say, it’s Trump or you will throw the election to the Democrats? That makes me wonder what you are in the first place? The idea that as Red State opines, ‘Win or Lose, Trump Could Screw The GOP Either Way,’ is just another example of what the establishment Republicans have brought on themselves. They have gone from no way to lose, to just possibly, no way to win.
My position is as follows and I am in no way an establishment Republican supporter; however, truth be told, I am also not a fan of Donald Trump. I do not believe either Trump or Cruz will gain the necessary amount of delegates to win the nomination on the first ballot. That being said, I believe that one way or another, only either of those two should be eventually nominated. If the GOP establishment suddenly comes up with a candidate that never participated in the process and they make that person the nominee, then I would also not vote for the GOP candidate. The party would be blown up and go the way of the Whigs. I would suggest that Trump and Cruz bury the hatchet and form their own third party ticket. I would vote for that. However, if either Trump or Cruz is nominated by the Republican party, I would vote for either one. There is too much at stake for Hillary Clinton to be president. Grow up America and take a good look at who the real enemy is and its not either GOP candidate.
Poll results HERE.
A third of Republican voters who support Donald Trump could turn their backs on their party in November’s presidential election if he is denied the nomination in a contested convention, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.
The results are bad news for Trump’s rivals as well as party elites opposed to the real estate billionaire, suggesting that an alternative Republican nominee for the Nov. 8 presidential race would have a tougher road against the Democrats.
“If it’s a close election, this is devastating news” for the Republicans, said Donald Green, an expert on election turnout at Columbia University.
The Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted March 30 to April 8 asked Trump’s Republican supporters two questions: if Trump wins the most delegates in the primaries but loses the nomination, what would they do on Election Day, and how would it impact their relationship with the Republican Party?
Sixty-six percent said they would vote for the candidate who eventually wins the nomination, while the remaining third were split between a number of alternatives such as not voting, supporting a third-party candidate, and switching parties and voting for the Democratic nominee.
BIG WIN FOR TED CRUZ IN WISCONSIN …
The Republican primary in Wisconsin went big for Sen. Ted Cruz as he defeated Trump, 48% to 35%. Is Donald Trump in trouble, or is this just a speed bump in the road? One thing is for certain, this Cruz victory greatly increases the odds that the Republican Party will hold its first open convention in four decades this July. Last night following his victory at his rally in Wisconsin, Cruz said he is “more and more convinced” that he can win the nomination. “Either before Cleveland or at the convention in Cleveland, we will win the majority of delegates.” Cruz looks to gain an overwhelming majority of the delegates in this huge win.
After Sen. Ted Cruz’s big victory in the Wisconsin primary, Republicans enter a new and critical phase in their volatile nomination battle, with Donald Trump’s rivals and those in the party establishment who are determined to stop him sharing a single objective: to keep the GOP front-runner as far short of a first-ballot convention victory as possible.
According to ABC News, preliminary exit poll results suggest a coalescing of the anti-Trump vote behind Ted Cruz in the Wisconsin presidential primary – raising the specter of a ceiling for Donald Trump.
Politics really does make strange bed fellows … Or, the enemy of my enemy is my friend.
Former Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush endorses Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. However, is the endorsement too late and will it even matter in the long run? In fact, could it hurt Cruz? Red State opines it could be the kiss of death. What it does show is the continued efforts of the establishment to prevent Donald Trump from being the GOP’s presidential nominee. Jeb Bush has been extremely outspoken about Trump’s “divisiveness and vulgarity.” Is it just possible that the establishment would is warming up to Cruz and would rather have the Texas senator as president as compared to Trump? Many pundits had thought just the opposite as Ted Cruz as been a principled conservative in the US Senate and a thorn in the side of establishment republican politics.
In a surprise announcement, Jeb Bush will endorse Ted Cruz on Wednesday as an antidote to the “divisiveness and vulgarity” of Donald Trump, providing a badly needed boost to the Texas senator – but it’s one that comes dangerously late in a game that Trump is dominating.
Cruz, in New York City on Wednesday, planned to celebrate with a victory lap of three network morning shows. The endorsement comes 32 days after a beaten Bush dropped out of the GOP presidential race, and eight days since Sen. Marco Rubio abandoned his own quest after being rebuffed by Bush, his fellow Floridian and one-time mentor.
Bush says in a statement to be released by the Cruz campaign: “Ted is a consistent, principled conservative who has demonstrated the ability to appeal to voters and win primary contests.”
“For the sake of our party and country, we must move to overcome the divisiveness and vulgarity Donald Trump has brought into the political arena, or we will certainly lose our chance to defeat the Democratic nominee and reverse President Obama’s failed policies,” the statement continues.
The news will surely irk Rubio, who could have benefited greatly from Bush’s embrace. But a Republican source said: “Jeb came to believe Marco was not up to the job of being President. It was never really under serious discussion.” POLITICO reported on Monday that Rubio had rejected the idea of joining a “unity ticket” with Cruz.
Bush and Cruz sealed the endorsement agreement with a phone call on Monday. “They have kept in touch over the last few weeks and Senator Cruz has been diligent about keeping Governor Bush up to date on his campaign,” a source close to Bush said.
WILL MARCO RUBIO ENDORSE TED CRUZ?
It is being reported that former GOP presidential candidate and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is close to endorsing current Republican presidential candidate and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. One can never get enough endorsements but one also has to wonder whether it will make a difference. If Cruz wants to catch front-runner Donald Trump and minimize establishment candidate John Kasich, an endorsement from Rubio probably could not hurt. Except for his position on illegal immigration, Marco Rubio is a pretty strong conservative. A Rubio endorsement might have meant a little more had Marco gotten out of the race before the Florida primary where he got soundly defeated by Trump We shall see what happens. In the end conservatives do need to stick together.
Marco Rubio is close to endorsing Ted Cruz, but the two proud senators — and recent fierce rivals — have some details to work out first.
Cruz has to ask for the Rubio’s endorsement, and both sides need to decide that it will make a difference, according to sources familiar with the thinking of both senators.
Rubio and Cruz, who are more friendly with each other in the Senate than they are with longer-serving colleagues, occasionally chatted and patched up their sometime-rocky relationship on the campaign trail heading into Florida’s primary Tuesday, when Rubio was blown out by Donald Trump and subsequently quit the presidential race.
The buzz about a Rubio endorsement of Cruz intensified after the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Thursday reported that the Florida senator called his Texas colleague “the only conservative left in the race.”
Rubio, who returned to work Thursday in the Capitol, told reporters “I don’t have any announcement on that today” when asked about a Cruz endorsement. Rubio indicated, though, that he might have something to say soon.
“There’s time to prevent a Trump nomination, which I think would fracture the party and be damaging to the conservative movement,” Rubio said, stressing that he’s not interested in being anyone’s vice-presidential pick or running for Florida governor.
Socialist Bernie Sanders Gains on Clinton Ahead of Tuesday Primary Contests in Ohio, Illinois & Missouri
DON’T LOOK NOW HILLARY, YOU GOT A SOCIALIST ON YOUR TAIL …
Just before today’s Tuesday Democrat primary votes, self-proclaimed socialist Bernie Sanders is leading Hillary Clinton in Missouri and has cut into the Democratic front-runner’s lead in Ohio and Illinois. The three states are considered a toss up. The MSM can make all the claims they want about the dysfunction on the GOP side, it is actually the Democrats that are in complete disarray and face a possible civil war in the party. It is remarkable to think that Sanders is posing any challenge to Clinton. However, it shows just how wounded a candidate she is, just how much the Democrats despise the establishment also, and just how Far Left the Democrat party has become.
The race for the Democratic presidential nomination is tightening, with Bernie Sanders closing in on Hillary Clinton in two important contests.
Sanders is leading Clinton in Missouri and has cut into the Democratic front-runner’s lead in Ohio and Illinois, according to a new survey the left-leaning Public Policy Polling (PPP).
All three states now look like toss-ups, with the PPP poll showing Sanders trailing Clinton by just 5 points, 46 percent to 41 percent, in Ohio.
The change is particularly notable because several polls in Ohio at the beginning of the month showed Clinton with a 20- to 30-point lead over the Vermont senator.
The race has drawn much closer since Sanders’s surprise win in Michigan; he also trailed by double-digits in that state weeks before its primary.
In Illinois, Clinton gets 48 percent in the PPP survey compared to 45 percent for Sanders.
In Missouri, Sanders gets 47 percent to 46 percent for Clinton, according to PPP.
Clinton has larger leads in two other states holding contests on Tuesday: Florida and North Caroli
Ahead of the all important Republican primaries in Florida and Ohio come the following polls. All of them have Donald Trump either leading, tied or a strong second. Marco Rubio is looking at a potential disastrous Tuesday night where he may get shut out of all of the delegates and even finish third in Florida.
MARIST POLL – FLORIDA
Donald Trump appears way out a head in Florida of Marco Rubio in the latest Marist poll. Rubio’s main concern should not be whether he can win his own home Senate state of Florida, but whether Ted Cruz will beat him out for second place.
- Donald Trump 43%
- Marco Rubio 22%
- Ted Cruz 21%
- John Kasich 9%
If Marco Rubio finished third in Florida, how could he ever justify continuing his campaign? The RCP average of polling as Trump way out ahead. It would seem that the Florida primary will be called shortly after all the polls close and the only thing in doubt is whether Rubio will suffer the humiliation of a third place finish in his own state.
- Donald Trump 44%
- Ted Cruz 24%
- Marco Rubio 21%
- John Kasich 9%
NBC-MARIST POLL – OHIO
Kasish hold a 6 point lead over Trump; however, that was before all hell took place on Friday and over the weekend in Chicago and Ohio at Trump rallies where the LEFT tried to shut down Trumps free speech. There is no way to know how that type of bullying will play with the voters.
- John Kasish 39%
- Donald Trump 33%
- Ted Cruz 19%
- Marco Rubio 6%
- Donald Trump 33% (tie)
- John Kasish 33% (tie)
- Ted Cruz 27%
- Marco Rubio 5%
The polls in Illinois, Missouri and North Carolina all have either Trump in first place or a strong second. In Illinois, Donald Trump leads with 38% as Ted Cruz is a close second with 34%. Trump is also way out ahead in the polls in North Carolina and Missouri. In the Show Me state its a two team race between Trump and Cruz. Which begs the question following Super Tuesday, Part Deux … Rubio and Kasich need to drop out and make this a final table pairing of two of GOP political presidential game of Texas Hold Em.