Saturday, August 6, 2016

What Passes for News With Donald Trump

Now having him simply endorse Paul Ryan is treated as major news.

"Republican nominee Donald Trump endorsed Paul Ryan at his Friday night rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin, just days after rattling the GOP by withholding his support for the House speaker in his primary."

"In our shared mission to make America great again, I support and endorse our Speaker of the House Paul Ryan," Trump said, stressing the need for party unity as he read from a set of notes on his podium. “We need unity. We have to win this election. This is truly one of the most important elections in my lifetime."

"Acknowledging the need to work with Congress to accomplish his agenda, Trump went on to endorse Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, both of whom he also had pointedly declined to endorse in recent interviews."

“While I’m at it, I hold in the highest esteem Sen. John McCain for his service to our country in uniform and in public office and I fully support and endorse his reelection," Trump said.

"Trump, who previously criticized McCain for being captured as a Navy pilot during the Vietnam War, enraged Republican Party officials earlier this week when he refused to endorse some of the party's leading lights. On Friday, citing Republican icon and former President Ronald Reagan, Trump reversed his position, stressing the need to bring back the GOP's "big tent."

“I need a Republican Senate and a House to accomplish all of the changes that we have to make,” the New York billionaire said. “So I embrace the wisdom that my 80 percent friend is not my 20 percent enemy.”

"Praising Ayotte as "a rising star" in the GOP, Trump touted the virtues of party unity."

“Working hand-in-hand we will grow our majority in the House and in the Senate,” he said. “Arm-in-arm we will rescue the nation from the Obama-Clinton disaster that has bled our country dry and spread terrorism unabated across the world.”

"Ryan is expected to easily defeat his challenger, Paul Nehlen, but Trump’s hesitation to endorse the GOP's congressional leader raised new concerns this week as the party looked to project a unified front following the Republican National Convention."

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Talk about the bigotry of low expectations. Now Trump simply endorsing the leaders in his own party is treated as major news.

"Are we really supposed to be on pins and needles over whether the GOP's WH nominee plans to endorse the GOP's House leader? Seriously?"

"Trump endorsing Ryan is worthy of sending breaking news alerts? Seriously?"

We'll see how much Ayotte, McCain, and Ryan tout Trump's endorsement. Ryan already said he was not counting on Trump's endorsement-ie, he doesn't need it. 

Kelly Ayotte 'Is voting for Trump but not endorsing him.' I wonder how excited she is by this endorsement? Her Democratic rival likes it. 

"Maggie for NH Press Secretary Meira Bernstein released the following statement on Trump’s endorsement of Kelly Ayotte:

“Donald Trump has now made the Trump-Ayotte ticket official. After Ayotte stood by Trump while he attacked our veterans, Gold Star families, Americans with disabilities and more, Trump has returned the favor. While Ayotte has said she ‘appreciates’ Trump’s support, Granite Staters do not appreciate the backward Trump-Ayotte agenda of defunding Planned Parenthood, overturning Roe v. Wade and obstructing the Supreme Court confirmation process. In November, voters will have a clear choice between Kelly Ayotte, who always puts her political party and special interest backers first, and Maggie Hassan, who consistently fights for the people and small businesses of New Hampshire.”

On the other hand, guess who was also at this Trump rally?

"Nehlen went to the Trump rally..."

Yep. Paul Nehlen, Paul Ryan's primary opponent next Tuesday.

"In a statement released in anticipation of Trump's announcement Friday, Nehlen praised Trump's leadership while claiming that his reluctance to endorse the House speaker "sent a clear signal to Wisconsin voters that Ryan is not his preferred candidate in this race."

“Given his stature as our party’s official nominee, Mr. Trump’s decision to support the Republican Speaker is appropriate and is a display of true leadership,” Nehlen said. “Unlike Speaker Ryan, Mr. Trump has made clear that this election is not about himself and is not about advancing his own personal agenda.”

"The Trump campaign had claimed earlier this week that its policy was not to endorse in Republican primaries, even though he had previously endorsed North Carolina Rep. Renee Ellmers, who lost her seat in June after her district was redrawn. Trump's running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, has also endorsed Ryan."
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Clearly the Trump endorsement carries a lot of weight.

Nehlen talks like Trump himself, bragging about being a businessman who wants to monitor 'every mosque in the country.'

This kind of says it all:

"Ryan, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Sen. Ron Johnson did not attend Trump's Green Bay rally, citing other obligations. Nehlen, however, tweeted that he was in the crowd."

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So is this enough to turn things around for Trump after about as bad a week as a Presidential nominee from one of the two major parties has ever had?

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