Friday, August 12, 2016

Trump Rebuffs Hugh Hewitt's Life Preserver

Donald Trump is not an easy guy to defend.

"In a radio interview later Thursday morning on the Hugh Hewitt Show, Trump would not back away from his "founder" line of attack against Obama even when offered an out by the host, who suggested to the Manhattan billionaire that "I know what you meant. You meant that he created the vacuum, he lost the peace.”

“No, I meant he’s the founder of ISIS. I do," Trump interrupted Hewitt to say. "He’s the most valuable player. I give him the most valuable player award. I give her too, by the way, Hillary Clinton.”

“But he’s not sympathetic to them," Hewitt replied. "He hates them. He’s trying to kill them."

“I don’t care. He was the founder," Trump said. "The way he got out of Iraq, that was the founding of ISIS.”

Trump also claimed on Thursday that the Islamic State is rooting for Clinton to win in November. “Oh boy, is ISIS hoping for her,” he told the NAHB crowd in Miami. “Is China hoping — can you imagine China? They’d come in. You ever negotiate with the Chinese? They’re tough. They’re tough. You gotta him them back with a lot of energy.”

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It is to laugh. He seems really to like this claim that the President of the United States 'founded ISIS' and for this reason not just doubles and triples down, but seems to take every possible opportunity to say it again and again.

It may be that he's now decided that his sinking in the polls is because he has in fact pivoted. Most think it's because he hasn't.

"The Manhattan billionaire bristled at the notion that referring to the president and his former secretary of state as the co-founders of a terrorist group intent on killing Americans was somehow inappropriate. He said that he has been successful thus far as a political outsider throughout the election cycle by speaking his mind, and if that ends up costing him the general election, so be it."

“Is there something wrong with saying that? Are people complaining that I said he was the founder of ISIS?” Trump said. “Look, all I do is tell the truth. I'm a truth teller. All I do is tell the truth.”

“If at the end of 90 days I fall in short because I'm somewhat politically incorrect even though I'm supposed to be the smart one and even though I'm supposed to have a lot of good ideas, it's okay,” he continued. “I go back to a very good way of life.”

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I'm looking very forward to him going back to that good life as well.

But I think this is part of what''s happening. He has decided that the reason he has sunk post convention is because he tried to pivot.

An interesting theory is that Corey Lewandowski actually helped him:

"As big of a hothead and a clown as Lewandowski was/is, I think he did much more for Trump then people (me included) realized."

Totally off topic, I'm happy for my girl, Debbie Wasserman-Schutlz:

"Less than two weeks after publicly signing on to help the campaign of ousted Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s challenger, Bernie Sanders’ top political and media strategists are no longer working for Tim Canova."

"The abrupt change, confirmed to POLITICO by multiple people familiar with the move, means the Washington-based trio of Tad Devine, Mark Longabaugh, and Julian Mulvey — who steered Sanders’ much-heralded ads during his primary bid — have exited the south Florida race that increasingly appears to be going Wasserman Schultz’s way."

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The whole premise of supporting Canova never made much sense. Sure, the Berners convinced themselves that DWS is the Devil Woman-along with the other Devil Woman, Hillary Clinton-but DWS's district likes her and voted 70% for Hillary.

In other news, it seems Russia hacked a lot more than was initially realized. For some reason, they only hack Democrats. Like Julian Assange also does.

As for Assange, you have to wonder what his real political agenda is. This is someone who once hacked the communications of climate scientists. Doesn't this at least strongly suggest he's anti climate science and therefore on the Right?

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