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Donald Trump offers only gloom, insults and arrogance - and America loves him for it

He was born rich, and has grown richer outsourcing jobs to China and Mexico. But his supporters don’t care

23 January 2016

9:00 AM

23 January 2016

9:00 AM

Ronald Reagan wooed America with sunny optimism. From the offset, Donald Trump has offered something much darker. He began his presidential campaign on 16 June by declaring that the ‘American dream is dead.’ He said that the country was being run by ‘losers’. ‘We have people that don’t have it,’ he said. ‘We have people that are morally corrupt. We have people that are selling this country down the drain.’ He insisted that only he, Donald J. Trump, had what it took ‘to make America great again’.

This was not ‘Morning in America’; more Midnight in America. Trump’s pitch was gloom, insults and arrogance. Strangely enough, however, that turned out to be exactly what millions of American voters wanted to hear. By trashing the United States and comparing his country unfavourably to himself, Trump tapped into something deep and powerful in the American psyche. Now there are only a few days left before the presidential election process starts, and ‘The Donald’ continues to storm the polls. He probably won’t be president, but it now looks as if he probably will be the Republican nominee — the heir to Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and Eisenhower. It’s a mind-boggling phenomenon.

In the early days of the Trump campaign, commentators on both sides of the Atlantic refused to take Trump seriously. They laughed at his vanity, his facelifts, his fake hair. Some said that he was running simply to promote his TV show, his businesses and his book (his earlier tilts at the presidency did appear to have been PR stunts). Others thought he was another Republican cabaret act; similar to Herman Cain, the pizza magnate who enjoyed a brief success in the 2012 race for the Republican nomination, but with extra ego on top.

Trump, however, soon recognised a weird link between his obnoxiousness and his popularity. Every time the commentariat thought that he had gone too far, he surged in the polls. He said that Mexican immigrants were rapists; his popularity went up. He made a sexist remark about a Fox News anchor’s menstruation; his popularity went up. He mocked a disabled New York Times reporter, his ratings wavered. So he upped his efforts and called for a blanket ban on all Muslims entering the US. His polls rocketed. The experts kept telling people not to worry: political gravity would bring this joker down to earth. Nate Silver, the famous statistician, told the media to ‘stop freaking out about Donald Trump’s polls’. The Trump bubble would pop, he suggested, when it hit the reality of the election cycle, because voters in American primaries don’t make up their minds until late. Others pointed out that in polls for the opening Iowa caucuses on 1 February, Trump had never been in the lead. But earlier this month, Trump moved ahead in Iowa. He is now on 35 per cent in the national polls — at least 15 points clear of his nearest rival, Ted Cruz. The Republican establishment is finally beginning to accept the once-unthinkable idea of a Trump nomination. It’s rumoured that, at a private retreat last week, Republican congressmen were given polling data suggesting that Trump would do better against Hillary Clinton than Cruz, who is associated with the Tea Party and the most toxic aspects of American conservatism.

The party cannot control the nomination process in the way that it did. The hierarchy’s chosen candidate, Jeb Bush, son of one president and brother of another, has failed to make an impact. Their back-up options — Marco Rubio, Chris Christie, John Kasich — have also struggled. One by one, the comforting theories about how Trump’s maverick candidacy might be stopped have been knocked flat. It was said, for instance, that Trump, a thrice-married New Yorker with wobbly views on abortion and gay rights, could not win over evangelicals in southern states. Yet he is now polling above Cruz, the son of a church pastor, across the south.

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It was said that once the weaker candidates dropped out, sensible voters would consolidate their support behind one of Trump’s rivals. But the latest polls suggest otherwise: in a three-way race, Trump might pick up 45 per cent of the vote, while Cruz and Rubio would be on about 30 per cent and 20 per cent respectively.

If Trump fails in Iowa, or in New Hampshire eight days later, his candidacy could suddenly collapse. That’s what happened in 2004 to the Democratic populist demagogue Howard Dean. Yet Trump’s rise is a new challenge to electoral logic and common sense. How can so many Republican supporters pick such a preposterously smug man who surely — surely — has no chance of reaching the White House? This truth is that Trumpmania has nothing to do with ideology, since everybody knows that he has none. Polls suggest just one in seven Republican voters regard Trump as a ‘true conservative’; but a majority say he is ‘bold’, ‘strong’, and (best of all) a ‘Washington outsider.’ In the current climate, those qualities seem to be most important.

Trump’s anti-politics appeal makes him seem like an American version of the insurgent forces now dismantling established parties across Europe. In his willingness to tear down the party he hopes to lead, he is not all that different to Jeremy Corbyn. In his economic nationalism and anti-Islamism, he echoes Marine Le Pen. In his playing to the gallery, he resembles the Italian-comedian-turned-politician Beppe Grillo — though Silvio Berlusconi might make for a better like-for-like comparison.

But the Trump phenomenon is also uniquely American because it is uniquely angry. Trump’s greatest political asset is his rage at the broken promise of America. His ferocious denunciations of politicians and the media reflect the mood of the old American middle class, who increasingly feel that living in the greatest country in the world is not what it was cracked up to be. He appeals to the children of those aspirational Reagan voters who feel abandoned by globalisation and betrayed by Washington. In the 20th century, anger against ‘the system’ was mostly expressed through the American left. It was mixed up with civil rights activism and minority politics. But in the 2000s and early 2010s, what the American anthropologist Peter Wood called ‘the new anger’ moved across the political spectrum — and started to take over the soul of the Republican party.

Trump, more than any of his rivals, is able to tap into the deep wells of American fury — and he knows it. He never misses an opportunity to talk about China, for instance, which feeds the nation’s insecurity about becoming the world’s second-largest economy. ‘I will gladly accept the mantle of anger,’ he said last week. ‘Our military is a disaster. Our health care is a horror show… We have no borders. Our veterans are being treated horribly. Illegal immigration is beyond belief. Our country is being run by incompetent people. And yes, I am angry. And I won’t be angry when we fix it, but until we fix it, I’m very, very angry.’

It doesn’t matter that Trump’s speech jumps about all over place: his inarticulacy is itself an expression of rage. Nor does it matter that his policies for restoring American greatness amount to little more than a few madcap ideas: building a giant wall against Mexican immigration, for instance, or turning himself into a one-man sales operation for all American industry. Angry voters don’t have time for details. They just want someone to share their frustration, even if that person is himself a grotesque example of a global elite that has grown richer as average American incomes stagnate. Trump was born rich, and has grown even richer outsourcing jobs to China and Mexico. But his supporters don’t care. On the contrary, as Trump repeatedly tells them, he’s got so much money he can’t be bought — unlike those politicians in Washington.

As a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, Michael Steele must have spent months wishing that the Trump phenomenon would die down. Last week he admitted that it was time to face facts: people are going to start voting soon. When asked if anyone could stop Trump, he said: ‘That window has closed and I think Donald Trump effectively closed it over the last couple of months… You tell me: who stops him and when do they do it? He’s polling anywhere from 33 to 36 per cent in every poll in the country… You think those percentages are just going to dissipate?’

In the next few weeks, America — and the world — will find out.

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  • celtthedog

    Why is anyone surprised?

    The US is being flooded by Latin American peasantry who have no education, no real job skills and only contribute to the American economy by driving wages down for the working class (“blue collar workers”). By some measurements, American wages, in real terns, have been stagnant since the 70s. Has either the Republican or the Democratic Party done anything to address this? No – they’ve actively conspired (for different reasons) to flood the US market with even more of them.

    I’ve been visiting the US since the 1970s. The US is now effectively a bilingual country with Spanish being virtually an alternative to English. Like it or not, the American people never agreed to this.

    Foreign policy — as Andrew Bacevich asked, “when was the last time we [America] won a war?” One disastrous Middle East intervention after another has done little to inspire confidence in foreign policy elites who appear frankly clueless as to how the US should engage in the wider world.

    An entire generation of young Americans are stuck with what is staggering debt for their university degrees (even in science, technology, engineering and mathematics — or STEM) that simply are not landing them jobs that provide incomes necessary to pay this debt off — thus delaying marriage, buying homes, having children, etc. (I am never so grateful for my degree from a British university when I compare what I paid — nothing — with what young Americans do). That is an entire generation of educated people with poor long-term prospects.

    Needless to say, everywhere in the West has similar problems (and, nearly everywhere else is seeing the rise of outsiders of some stripe or another, whether from the left or the right, as a result).

    But make no mistake, Trump is purely a product of current circumstances — circumstances that both major parties in the US appear oblivious to, or worse, in favour of.

    He may not make it to the White House, but unless some of these issues are addressed, sooner or later, someone decidedly less pleasant will.

    I’m only surprised it’s taken so long.

    • MrJones

      Only the media pretend surprise but it’s fake as their job is to try and distract people from the obvious destruction caused by their banking mafia owners.

    • Mr B J Mann

      The Thatcher only sold council houses for votes:

      The Democrats and Labour and Cameron sold their countries!

      • Tamerlane

        Oh, that’s why Labour don’t want people owning their own home. I get it now, they want their votes.

      • Pip

        Labour and the Tories actually sold their own necks, they just don’t realise yet.

    • quotes

      I agree with much of that but two points:

      1. The USA has never had an official language; the many Dutch, German, French and Spanish speakers who have been there since the start “never agreed” to the predominance of English. It happened naturally. If the same is happening with Spanish, I don’t see the problem.

      2. As “clueless” as American foreign policy may have been, they remain the world’s only superpower more than two decades since the ending of the Cold War, with little to indicate that anyone’s catching them any time soon.

      • Sid Falco

        1 – completely asinine point. /You/ might not see the problem but evidently millions of people do.

        2 – they don’t win anymore.

      • mohdanga

        The US was built by English settlers and immigrants, that’s why English is the predominant language. Allowing tens of millions of poor Hispanics into the country is not a “natural” progression.

    • http://www.ukipforbritain.co.uk/ ukipforbritainwebsite

      I’ve seen it cogently argued that the true unemployment rate in America is 100 million. By normal standards America’s debt is $60 – $210 trillion (http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/study-true-size-of-federal-government-debt-is-210-trillion/article/2565559) Most people in Europe don’t realise what a terrible situation America is in.

      • Jack Rocks

        US debt is $16.3 trillion, so I’m not sure what you’re on about there.

        • http://www.ukipforbritain.co.uk/ ukipforbritainwebsite

          The link gives one explanation. There are others. Most of America’s debts are hidden. The officially stated public debt is just a PR exercise.

          • Jack Rocks

            So, if you’re going to include other debts you have to include assets. If you’re going to include future debts you have to include future assets. These things don’t.

  • Pioneer

    “Strangely enough, however, that turned out to be exactly what millions of American voters wanted to hear.”

    It is not strange. Americans have experienced their country and their future being destroyed. Trump knows what the problems are and is not afraid to talk about them.

    Not sure if he will go all the way, Cruz is gaining momentum.

  • putin

    Trump is going to be President and it’s hilarious that the media still doesn’t realize it yet.

    • MrJones

      yes, landslide

  • Harryagain

    We need someone like him in the UK.
    We have been lied to for long enough.

  • King Kibbutz

    There is nothing unique at all about Trump’s anger. Right across Europe that same anger is felt. It’s just not allowed to be expressed in the mainstream media.

    • Shazza

      I agree. The comments (that are allowed) beneath articles in the MSM referring to the chaos that is the EU, are very, very revealing.

    • Andy JS

      People are angry because elites have messed up the fairly straightforward job of running countries on behalf of their citizens.

      • Pip

        The elites have never run anything for the citizens, the Country and Government is a Corporation and the people are slaves, problem is most are too dim to comprehend this fact.

    • Pip

      Indeed and when the anger does eventually equate to action, those in the Mainstream media who have lied and spun could well have to answer for their deceit, just like the author of this smear piece.

      • Cyril Sneer

        I sincerely hope so.

  • William Matthews

    What it does prove is that people don’t hate the rich. No matter how much the cultural Marxists try and shove that down our throats. What people love is people. Not the glossy sycophants, that look like humans but aren’t, that spout endless disingenuous politically-correct sounding claptrap. See David Cameron / Nick Clegg / Ed Milliband for details. I don’t include Jeremy Corbyn, because even that self-righteous, smug, goblin of a communist, displays a hint of a recognizable human personality more than any of his opponents. Just.

  • pobinr

    Better to slowly be taken over by alien colonisers?
    If that’s gloom then please can we have some of it

  • BillRees

    I always find it amazing that Trump is regarded as eccentric and inarticulate.
    He has identified the problems that the USA seems unable to solve and he is putting forward ideas about how to deal with them.
    Other politicians are dishonest and evasive, in the case of Hillary Clinton, who should be in jail for her abuse of intelligence emails.
    Or we have Barack Obama, who is a spendaholic who has plunged America into levels of debt that it will never be able to repay and which prejudices its security.
    So who are the lunatics who are running the asylum?

    • MrJones

      The banking mafia have been running the asylum since the 1980s buying the politicians on both sides.

    • Shazza

      What the greater MSM don’t realise is that as The Donald is self funding, he cannot be bought. If you combine this with the freedom of speech that is a right under the American constitution , unlike in the UK, he is unstoppable.

      It is highly amusing to note how the BBC/MSM very carefully reported Sarah Palin’s speech when she introduced The Donald – no one of them mentioned her very prescient and wise comment and I paraphrase – PC is just a suicide vest.

      I’m lovin’ it.

  • MrJones

    If he halts immigration for a while and re-industrializes he might save America from the banking mafia’s greed and stupidity.

    • Zhang Wei

      He would also have to dismantle the industrial-military complex which has hollowed out the American economy for decades.

    • Raimo Kangasniemi

      He won’t eat his own kind. Wall Street would be safe, he can’t re-industrialize without the government taking unprecedented lead in economy and Congress would never sign to that and what has stopping immigration to do with banksters and lose of jobs to third world countries?

  • sfin

    ‘American dream is dead.’ He said that the country was being run by ‘losers’. ‘We have people that don’t have it,’ he said. ‘We have people that are morally corrupt. We have people that are selling this country down the drain.’

    I think, for many voters in Europe and America, this is a self evident truth.

    We have been appallingly led for far too long.

    • pobinr

      Like us. Led by EU poodles

    • Marvin

      The human race is evolving into an altruistic suicidal ignorant and asinine species who just cannot see beyond their single cell brains, so never see the true world around them.

      • Kennybhoy

        Devolving.

  • pobinr
    • Malcolm Stevas

      Hmmm, well, it tends to select for the kind of folk (including me) who want to leave….

  • The_greyhound

    Mr Gray seems to have missed Trump’s most obvious advantage : that he will most likely be up against the privileged, stupid, lying, entitled, incompetent harridan Mrs Clinton.

    • WFC

      Ah, but has she got a hairstyle which looks like it might be a wig?

      Examining the various claims about a candidate’s behaviour in office – and before – requires research. Dismissing a candidate because he has a physical feature at which one can point and laugh is much easier. (Unless, of course, said physical feature is a protected characteristic.)

    • NickG

      I’m not so sure, it seems Trump has already been effective in devaluing Hillary’s electability by hitting back twice as hard on her attacks on him for not being feminist friendly.

      • Shazza

        I believe Trump would win any debate against Hillary. She has far too much baggage – Benghazi, e-mails etc. As a grand master of the art of deal making, Trump is not going to play all his cards now. She also represents the old, tired face of politics whereas love him or loathe him, Trump exudes energy and enthusiasm.

        I cannot see the American electorate voting for Bernie Sanders – again he would lose against Trump. I don’t know who else the Democrats could produce out of the hat to run against Trump.

        What is of great interest, is who would Trump choose as his running mate? Ben Carson?

        Popcorn time.

    • Bram

      I can concur with most of those qualification except one: stupid she is not and neither incompetent. Lying, conniving, dishonest, entitled, manipulative – most certainly. It will win her the White House, where she will be only marginally less catastrophic than that obverblown self-imporant pompous and utterly hollow toad Trump. Sorry, but the pair of them fill me with complete horror.

  • WFC

    Oh dear.

    You’ve tried the superior smirks at the hair. Didn’t work.
    You’ve tried giving him the “Reagan treatment”. Didn’t work.
    The snide asides and dishonest evaluations didn’t work either.
    The mindless abuse and stereotyping of his supporters hasn’t worked.
    The “why oh why” isn’t working.

    Here’s a thought … why not try some honest, objective, evaluation free, reporting for a change?

  • Malcolm Stevas

    So Trump “..probably will be the Republican nominee — the heir to Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and Eisenhower. It’s a mind-boggling phenomenon” Mind-boggling indeed. If he made it to the White House, who knows, perhaps he would show more gravitas, more common sense and so on. As things are, he lacks credibility. Being endorsed by Palin does not improve things either.
    However, he’s one of those candidates for whom reckless un-Presidential talk, and aggressive buffoonery, seems only to endear him to his fans.

  • davidofkent

    It may be that the Americans have at last recognised their mistake in electing Obama twice. He has been a lame duck president for all of his time in office. Donald Trump is probably popular because he looks like a man who will get things done. Obama has spent seven years saying ‘Yes, we can – maybe, sometime, never’.

  • Andy JS

    I find the writer of this article to be the smug one, rather than Trump.

  • Gilbert White

    Trump only needs to say he will create a million jobs for indigenous Americans now?

  • Marvin

    The human brain is a wonderful lump of grey matter, that if used wisely or even widely, must be the best part of the human body ever to evolve. BUT! then many, many species of the flawed and unevolved semi humans use very little of this organ, and prefer to exist in the past when knowledge, intelligence and experience was virtually non existent. Then we have the group of humans who just are incapable of seeing and deducting the real world around them. Absolutely void of the dangers and doom coming down the track at an enormous speed. AND then we have the seers of this doom and Armageddon who are treated like racist demented fools by pure extreme blind altruism of tolerance for the very thing that will end civilised life on Earth.

  • James Chilton

    Trump is brash – even crass at times. The ‘intelligentsia’ on both sides of the Atlantic regard him with contempt. Yet he does connect with the so-called blue collar vote among white people. He speaks to them in a working class New York accent which is authentic and pugnacious. He offers simplistic solutions to complicated problems. It’s what a lot of Americans want to hear after being patronised by Ivy League types for so many years.

    If he gets in, he will probably change his tune a bit. Meanwhile, the spirit of contrariness inclines me to wish him well.

    • mohdanga

      Amongst my group of friends, mid 50ish, all professionals (doctors, surgeons, dentists, lawyers, small business owners, investment advisors, accountants), they all support Trump….we are sick of politicians that pander to special interest groups, implement and continue policies that are to the detriment of the country, and regard the West as some kind of dumping ground for the world’s ills. How can he be worse than the Teleprompter-in-Chief?

      • James Chilton

        If Trump gets the Republican nomination, the liberal media will go into overdrive in an all-out effort to discredit him. How much influence an hysterical anti-Trump campaign will have, is, of course, guesswork. My guess is that the American people will get cold feet and elect grim-visaged Hillary.

        There’s a whole lot of ruin in a nation. But if Hillary becomes Madam President, she’ll work night and day to create new calamities.
        I think we can count on that.

        • mohdanga

          She will be a disaster, full stop. Disastrous as a Secretary of State.

  • Suleiman

    He also offers a lot of positives : security is among them.

    • General-Zod

      What does he know about security? Building a wall around the united states border worder would be the most expensive construction project in human history. It would cost trillions. He knows nothing, he is not a politician. He’s a blowhard bigot.

      • mohdanga

        Somehow Hungary managed to put up a 200 mile fence along its border in one week to keep out the Syrian ‘refugees’….but the US, the most technologically advanced society ever, can’t build a wall along its southern border?
        Oh, right, he’s a “bigot” because he doesn’t want the US to be overrun by tens of millions of illiterate Hispanics and millions more unassimilating Muslims. Carry on.

        • notfredreed

          See walls in Israel, walls built now in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, see Soviet “systiema” which was an incredibly tight border control system, etc.

          “All” you have to have to build effective wall is the will to do so. Not that walls are optimum, in-country fines on illegal immigration would be much cheaper and at the same time more effective.

          • mohdanga

            You have it right, it is the will to do something that matters, and unfortunately for the US, their spineless politicians don’t have any.
            It’s very odd the media will immediately jump upon Trump’s suggestion of a wall as “undoable”, yet they never report on the success of the walls you mention.

      • notfredreed

        Is that why Saudi Arabia is building the wall and Egypt too?

        Has Israel’s wall not worked? Has Berlin Wall not worked in the sense of controlling population movement?

        There is an easier and cheaper way of course: fines. Fine anybody hiring illegal immigrant, with half of the fine going to the informer. Question is whether Trump would have enough guts to use this approach.

        • General-Zod

          A wall would do nothing. Israel’s border – Israel is the size of New Jersey. Egypt and Saudi Arabia have land masses that dwarf in comparison to the United States. That wall would cost an incredible sum of money and have zero effect on illegal immigration. Not only that, it would create a hostile relationship with Mexico and make the United States an embarrassment to the world

          There are already countries (UK, Germany) who are talking about banning Donald Trump from entering the country should be become President. He has no idea what he is talking about. How he would have to get permission and funding approved by Congress, he’d never get it. There is zero chance that Congress would spend that massive sum of money, more then what they spent on the Iraqi and Afghanistan wars on a stupid wall. It won’t happen.

          • notfredreed

            A wall would work unlike you pretend, because the world’s longest border – that of former Soviet Union – was sealed airtight by elaborate wall (not just the wall, but you get the idea). It’s not the wall that is lacking, it’s lack of political will to make it more effective. Besides, if long wall is ineffective, why should a short one of the same kind be effective? You’re trying to present irrelevant factors as relevant ones. That UK and Germany talk about banning Trump is only a proof UK and Germany trample happily on freedom of speech and their political culture is going down the drain. And yes, Trump knows very well what he’s talking about, the “open borders” elites just don’t like it. Majority of Americans and increasing chunk of European countries do. Even France (heard about victories of National Front in France? True Finns in Finland? Sweden Democrats in Sweden?, etc)

          • General-Zod

            The bottom line is that 2 of Trump’s major campaign policies, building a wall along the American border and banning Muslims from travel to the US would have a devastating impact on America’s foreign relations. No President in American history has acted this way.

            Banning people of a religion into the United States, the bastion of Democracy and the most powerful country in the world. A country that prides itself on freedom. You don’t seem to understand that Germany has one of the most powerful economies in the world and one of the most respected societies. I am German, and yes there are some serious problems with cultural erosion, but Germany would never take the step to tell Muslims to leave the country. Not stop Muslims from other countries from entering. The same with the UK.

            Trump does not know what he is talking about. He has no political experience at all. None. He lacks political leadership qualities in every way. I don’t think you understand what the ramifications would be if Trump tried this, he would fail of course because Congress would stop it. But the fact that an American President – should he be elected – would try this would permanently harm America’s already sullied reputation.

            Trump is a blowhard who is making promises that he cannot keep. The low brows that he panders to think he can because the average Trump supporter has the IQ level of a 7 year old.

            He is lying through his teeth. Not only that, he has said some of the most disgusting things a candidate has ever said. He’s an embarrassment. Insults Muslims, Mexicans, Women, Minorities, Veterans, Arabs and Chinese – the last 2 countries hold a huge amount of our debt. Talking about negotiating better deals with them lol. He is the very epitome of free market capitalist. He offers nothing to the average American.

            America is supposed to lead the way in terms of freedom. He would find himself impeached if he tried to do what he is promising. He won’t win.

            The educated world, business leaders and aware political observers are amused by Trump and his gong show. That is all he is. A walking gong show.

          • notfredreed

            Saudi Arabia flat out to accept any migrants/refugees from Syria. Somehow, it did not ruin their foreign relations. Denmark flat out closed the border and refuses to accept ANY Muslims. Somehow we do not see demonstrations against Denmark.

            Anybody but rabid left knows that Islam is not a religion of peace at all. It’s just “mokita” (a Papuan word for the truth we all know, but agree not to talk about). So no, USA would not suffer at all if it banned Muslims immigration. It’s what population of most countries world-wide want anyway, even if they do not say it loud. See success of National Front in France, True Finns in Finland, Sweden Democrats in Sweden, etc.

            As one American judge put it, a bill of rights is not a suicide pact. Similarly, desire to help refugees should not be invitation to ruin country’s political system. They can only be helped in insignificant numbers, because with stagnant social-democratic economies such countries can not afford to accept large numbers of migrants in simple economic terms anyway, see https://foreignpolicy.com/2016/02/10/the-death-of-the-most-generous-nation-on-earth-sweden-syria-refugee-europe/ .

            Trump is not a blowhard at all, he simply discovered political niche – half the American nation. You don’t see this not because Trump is wrong, but because politics worldwide is becoming increasingly polarised: http://anepigone.blogspot.com/2012/06/our-polarized-politics.html

            The same kind of attitudes pervaded political discourse when Reagan was elected and formulated policy about Soviet Union. I recommend Peter Schweitzer’s “Victory” for getting a bunch of evidence how Reagan was right and his supposedly simplistic view was historically correct while the views of supposedly sophisticated intellectuals (like Turow, Samuelson, etc) turned out to be completely wrong.

            Same with Trump today: he’s merely saying realistic, un-pinked views that the left simply does not like, because it wishes the world were different. No, Mexicans will not enrich USA in either cultural or economic way. No, diversity does not work (http://www.boston.com/news/globe/ideas/articles/2007/08/05/the_downside_of_diversity/?page=full). No, Islam is not religion of peace (see http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Front_Page/FD16Aa02.html for evidence how it is incompatible with modern ways, and so it has to explode into violence, because otherwise it is certain to die). No, Islam is not compatible with democracy, since Islam insists on unity in society and political pluralism that is precondition of democratic government is LITERALLY a heresy in Islam.

            Trump merely expresses views like that, which are shared easily by half of any society. But the left is so dumb nowadays and shouts so loud that anybody who dares to express doubts about sacred cows of the left (diversity, feminism, Islam) is seen as “blowhard”.

          • General-Zod

            So tell me friend, in specific detail, what Trump has promised you that appeals to you. What foreign policy? what economic policy?

          • notfredreed

            Building the wall on border with Mexico (second-best) and stop admitting low IQ immigrants: http://www.lagriffedulion.f2s.com/sft2.htm

          • General-Zod

            But that’s just the problem. Mexicans are doing jobs that American’s won’t do. Like hardcore labor. They wouldn’t be coming here if Americans were. The US has been fighting illegal immigration for decades. It doesn’t work, they spend more money on it then the immigrants take out of the system. I am saying illegal immigration is right. The wall is a joke. Trump would never get approval for that. The most expensive construction project in human history. It would cost trillions. Plus forever destroy our relationship with South America and stain our reputation as the leader of democracy.

          • notfredreed

            Also in second generation the children of those Mexican immigrants will not do those jobs either. They will get accustomed to pleasant life and then USA would have only the costs and political corruption like corruption they practice enthusiastically in Mexico. It’s very shortsighted to believe that relative gains off immigration from Mexico would be sustained in USA.

            Re “jobs Americans won’t do”:

            1. There’s a lot of uneducated Americans that would take such jobs provided they paid enough in economy with relatively high costs of living.

            2. Anybody will do any work provided they’re paid enough to do that. Heck, I’d dig ditches all day long if somebody paid me $2M per year. It’s just a matter of price (of labor). The US has not been fighting illegal immigration at all. USA has been enthusiastically trying to import cheap labor as much as possible.

            3. For really hard jobs, there’s always machinery and automation to help with that (and with corresponding increase in productivity, but hey, hiring a bunch of cheap Mexicans is easier, so managers do that).

            Foreign policy:

            South America for the most part hates USA anyway, no matter what USA does or does not do. It’s a result of their leftist worldview. The only thing USA could do to satisfy them is die and make place for another “progressive” Honduras in place. So USA would not lose absolutely anything that is not already lost in relations with SA.

          • General-Zod

            Russia does not have a cement wall running the length of their border. It spans 8 time zones. Building the Berlin wall is nothing compared to building a 2000 mile wide wall. Why wouldn’t it work? money. Trump would never get the money to spend it. Congress would tell him to eat it.

            You aren’t thinking of the political consequences, the economic consequences. America does not have the money to build that wall, they never will. It is useless to talk about it. It will never get built. The American debt is nearly 20 Trillion. It could cost several trillion to build that wall. You think Congress is going to allow that stupidity? Sell more of America to China? nobody even has that money to lend.

          • notfredreed

            I specifically mentioned not the Berlin wall, but Soviet Union’s “wall”: it had the longest border in the world. It had built so called “systiema”, an elaborate border control system, that was extremely effective in controlling both those who wanted to get out or in. So yes, building effective “wall” on border of USA would work.

            And if Congress does not give Trump money for that… I see the future of US Congressmen: hanging from lamp posts. If Trump even asks for money for wall and gets turned down, guess who gets blamed by majority of Americans?

            America EASILY has money to build the wall. It would not even significant in American budget. Bulgaria managed to build the wall that considering their smaller economy and so much lower GDP per capita vs the length of the wall puts a lot higher cost on them in comparative terms than USA. Bulgaria is not known as the richest and best functioning country in the world. Wall is easy, actually, you simply try to frame a simple job in terms of supposedly impossible.

            But it’s true that American Congress does not *want* the wall: business lobbies want cheap labor and Democrats want votes and cheap nannies for themselves.

            It’s going to be the conflict: American nation + Donald Trump vs the Congress and leftist and rightwing lobbyists. The Congress is not likely to come out of this conflict unscathed.

            Given the pervasive and fundamental lack of spine in such bought-and-sold politicians, all of a sudden they might change their position very quickly as they do whenever they sense the danger to their sinecures. It’s nowhere near as unlikely as you try to frame it.

          • notfredreed

            A wall woudl do a lot. Since Israeal is correspondingly smaller, the effort for them is also comparatively large, no? Cost and effort in building the wall for USA would be comparable per capita for Israel and for that matter Bulgaria, for whom building quite effective wall presents cost comparable per capita as for USA. Somehow Bulgaria did it, why should USA be unable to? All it takes is actual will to do so. It would not have zero effect on immigration. It would diminish it to a trickle. Much like Soviet “systiema” was the most effective means ever built of containing population and preventing infiltration. And the Soviet Union was less productive than USA and it had a lot longer border to tighten.

            Maybe the wall will not happen, but that does not mean it wouldn’t work, as examples of countries I’ve given does work.

            Of course, in-country fines for hiring illegal immigrants would be much more effective. But that does not mean that properly built wall – like Egyptian wall that has installations preventing building underground tunnels – would not work.

          • General-Zod

            But we are talking about a wall that would combine the lengths of all of the countries you speak of. The logistical challenges alone would be a nightmare. How high would it be? How deep would you have to bury it to discourage tunneling? 100 feet? Drug Cartels have dug far deeper. The terrain challenges. It would have to be staffed. The united states is not a country that builds walls, they build bridges with the world.

            Soviet comparisons don’t apply. Stalin killed millions of his own people, let alone minorities. Communism spread fear. The US is a democracy. Look at the Viet Kong, they created tunnel networks that eventually ended up being like a giant hundreds of miles long ant colony. A wall wouldn’t work.

            Besides, ultimately, America’s woes really have nothing to do with Mexican illegal immigration. Islam creates security issues. But it’s a far cry from the key issues. Health Care, Education, Unemployment, modernizing the economy, uncertainty in the economy and Wall Street. Those are the key issues.

            Trump only has 2 cards to play and all they are are distractions. Illegal migrants cause some financial burden, but the US spends in a day in a war campaign what it costs them to deal with the consequences of illegals.At the end of the day, it is not important.

            Trump focuses on walls and muslims because he really only has that and insults towards other candidates. What happens if he wins the Republican nomination and faces off against Hillary Clinton? He won’t be pandering to the crowd anymore. He will have to present real strategy, policies. She will crush him in debates. The democrats don’t like him, he has alienated huge swathes of demographics, moderate republicans don’t like him.

            For trump it’s China, Muslims or Mexicans. Ask him about specific financial policies or key questions and he goes off the vague rails. Don’t take my word for it, you can find literally dozens of sites online that tracks what he says.

            At the end of the day, a wall along the American border would have no benefit at all. There are dozens of other ways to sneak immigrants into the US.

          • notfredreed

            Country has “length”? Or border has length? Re technology: http://www.voanews.com/content/egypt-plans-gaza-buffer-zone/2501043.html “Al Arabiya said the Egyptian military was planning to build what amounted to a moat, filled with sea water, along the 9-mile border between Gaza and the Sinai, to flood existing tunnels and deter building new ones.”
            Egyptians can figure it out. You can’t.
            The logic in your claims is also rather fubr’ed, so to speak: “Stalin killed millions of his citizens” => “Soviet Union did not face economic cost or logistical nightmares in building its border control system”.
            Yes, I fully agree: your premise that has absolutely no relation to your conclusion results in aforementioned conclusion.

            Meanwhile, in the real world Soviet economy was 40%-50% of US economy, roughly and at the time (estimates of CIA and Russian econometrician Igor Khanin). Let’s make it 50%. USA-Mexico border length: 3145 km. Border length of Soviet Union: 60,000 km. So Soviet Union was ~19 times longer. Couple that with roughly half of the US the economy means that economic burder – ignoring horrific conditions in Central Asia or in Siberia, vs easy and accessible terrain in southern USA – was ~38 times bigger for Soviet Union. And somehow SU managed to build virtually impenetrable border control system.

            But I see your point: since Stalin had gulags, economic burden did not apply to SU. Neither did logistical problems apply to SU. Absolutely. Perhaps it was due to economic system and politics of Soviet Union that worked *so much better* than USA that they were able to overcome economic burden and logistics of building impenetrable “wall” 60,000 km long.

            (Well, I did not check if you have a sarcasm detector, however unlikely. Sorry.)

          • General-Zod

            I sensed your sarcasm. But my argument is rooted in the here and now. The present world. Russian and Eastern Bloc walls were built with equivalent of slave labor. We would have to pay professional tradesman to build this wall. Legions of them. Practically of every conceivable trade. It would all be Union labor, which would drive the costs through the roof. Masons, Carpenters, Milrights, Plumbers, Pipe Fitters, Electricians, Heavy Equipment operators, experts in building on difficult topography, dozens more.

            The wall could take years to build. Far longer then Trump would be in Office. It is not financially possible. There is no way that Congress will add Trillions in debt to try and stop something that creates a fraction of the financial problems that illegal immigration makes.

            You see what I am saying right? This is the year 2016, not Soviet Russia who was an isolationist Communism haven. It would cost the US hundreds of Billions just to fix the levy system in New Orleans to put it to the standard to allow it to withstand a category 5 hurricane. That project alone would seem like a science fair project in comparison.

            That money would have to come out of Healthcare, the Military, Education, Infrastructure, State budgets, all for what? building a giant wall around a country that would be virtually financially crippled? The US is already at 100 percent debt to income ratio.

            Economic consequences? A serious blow to trade relationships with Mexico and South America. Politically it would cause terrible damage. The US and Mexico do giant amounts of trade with each other. Trump saying that he would get mexico to pay for it lol. The entire GDP of South America alone couldn’t pay for that wall.

            Globally it would build resentment towards the United States to historic levels among the Spanish population. There is nothing good that will come of it.

            NOTHING to justify the cost. Trump could never convince Congress that building a wall is a priority. He is using the wall as a deflection tactic.Intelligent and sensible human beings know that this wall will never happen.

          • notfredreed

            Re VietCong: they were building tunnels *in the country*. Not on the border. Does not apply at all. And don’t try twisting it into idiotic propaganda. Nobody with half a pig’s brain can fall for your distortion. Next.

          • notfredreed

            America’s problems have very much to do with Mexican immigration: unskilled laborers depress wages for less skilled and lower IQ Americans. (Incidentally, that makes them vote for Trump)

            The elites of course like that outcome: they detest low-income whites for not being leftist and progressive and having social-democratic worldview. So it’s two birds with one stone for them: http://www.johnderbyshire.com/Opinions/RadioDerb/2015-11-06.html#07

          • notfredreed

            ” Illegal migrants cause some financial burden, but the US spends in a day in a war campaign what it costs them to deal with the consequences of illegals.At the end of the day, it is not important.” – nope. Wait a generation and the Mexican immigrants will turn from small economic asset to a significant economic burden.

          • notfredreed

            “For trump it’s China, Muslims or Mexicans. Ask him about specific financial policies or key questions and he goes off the vague rails. Don’t take my word for it, you can find literally dozens of sites online that tracks what he says.” – did it work out for you when Reagan was elected? Same problem here. The president does not have to be oracle. His main skill is in selecting right people to deal with specific technical problems. Obama selected you know who for creating ACA. Specific enrollment IIRC to ACA was 1.8M people vs 8M people expected last year – that’s not a small problem, that’s a disaster for this system, since only the sickly people signed up while healthy people eschewed the system, completely breaking up economics of this solution. How did Obama’s people working on this issue work out for you?

            And don’t answer against facts that they did. They did not, plain and simple. IT system is so bad that ACA people in denial have earned a recent sarcastic South Park episode for this.

            In general, if Trump gives evasive answers for some questions that Democrats irrationally believe into, he’s not giving them chance to produce a propaganda blast against him. At the same time, he hammers his messages to voters on issues the voters care about, and he has the guts to say it against establishment hatred. That’s clever political strategy. He looks like a winner.

            Re moderate Republicans supposedly hating Trump – well, correct that to “establishment Republicans hating Trump”. See here: http://www.spectator.co.uk/2016/02/coming-to-terms-with-trump-is-like-an-early-stage-cancer-diagnosis/

            Immigration: immigrants are not as valuable as drugs to smuggle them into USA. Build a wall, institute some fines for businesses and people for hiring them, and presto, immigrants are gone. All it takes is a small bit of political will to do that.

            The *real* opposition to wall is not because it would not work, for the simple reason that Saudi Arabia wall on Yemen border works, that Egyptian wall near Gaza strip works, and Soviet Union systiema worked, and so USA wall would work easily – it’s because building a wall is a *major act of political will working against illegal immigration*. If you can say A, you can also say B. So the goal of left-liberal elites is stopping the people from saying A.

          • notfredreed

            But in general it’s good for Trump and for political side I favor if you underestimate Trump. Confucius, err, Sun Tzu says: “Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak”.
            Good.

          • notfredreed

            And once again, since you seem impervious to facts: Saudi Arabia FLAT OUT REFUSED to take any Syrian refugees. So did Egypt. Even they do not want to take people who are their relatives after all, being Muslim and Arab. So did Denmark flat out refuse to accept any migrants (half from Syria, half from Egypt, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia, Etiopia and other parts of Syria).
            Somehow. It. Did. Not. Do. Anything. For. Their. Foreign. Relations.

          • General-Zod

            What are we talking about now? The Mexican wall or Syrian refugees. Donald Trump has two stances on Muslims:
            1) To refuse more refugees to absolutely zero until according to his words ‘we get this thing under control’.
            2) To refuse Muslim tourists from entering the United States. Although he has specifically indicated that it is Muslim Arabs, he seemed to be unaware of the massive non Arab population of Muslims.

            You are talking about countries who have horrible reputations in the first place,with the exception of Denmark. Their foreign relations have nothing to do with the United States. With the exception of Denmark, none of those countries happens to be a Democracy.

            You can’t compare the America with a backwater country. Islamic Law states that you HAVE TO help a fellow Muslim. Saudi Arabia refusing to take in refugees shows you convenient nature that Islamic leaders choose to exploit Islam.

            Let’s talk about Saudi Arabia. Let’s see: Women have no rights, they kill gays and lesbians, slavery is still an accepted part of culture there, public executions take place weekly, and of course they were one of the largest sponsors of terrorism in the world. They don’t have foreign relations to worry about, they sell Oil. Once they run out of Oil, they’ll be living on a pile of sand with nowhere to go.

            I am not saying that we shouldn’t stop refugees from coming into countries, nor am I saying that we should bring in refugees – but we have to do something to help them. They can’t live in UN camps forever.

            As far as Donald Trump refusing Muslim tourists – if you don’t think that will damage American relationships with the Arab world – you clearly are out of touch with reality. Donald Trump is already despised by the UK, Germany and France. A bigot for a President of the most powerful Democracy in the world would have have serious consequences. Don’t bother comparing the United States to hypocritical Islamic countries.

            The US has prided itself on being a country built on immigration and having an enormous reputation for providing foreign and humanitarian assistance. Banning Muslim tourists from entering the United States, are you blind? It would be different if the US was a Communist country or a Dictatorship. But they are not, it is inconceivable that an American President would take those steps. Donald Trump is already hurting the American reputation as it is and he hasn’t even won the nomination for his own party.

            Clearly your argument is leveraged on comparing the US to useless Islamic states that have zero interest in protecting their own people.

            You really can’t see the forest through the trees can you? Imagine an American president who refuses people entry into America (the land of the free) based on their religion.

    • Raimo Kangasniemi

      Every candidate claims to offer security.

  • http://www.3spoken.co.uk/ Neil Wilson

    “He said that Mexican immigrants were rapists; his popularity went up.”

    No he didn’t. The media invented that.

    “He made a sexist remark about a Fox News anchor’s menstruation;”

    No he didn’t. The media invented that.

    And so the media is doing all his work for him – by doing all the lying. Thereby proving his point about corruption.

    The media will elect Donald J Trump president in the same way they elected Jeremy Corbyn.

    • General-Zod

      No, he clearly said all of those things. I heard him say it. What’s wrong with you? These were quotes that got him fired from his own TV show and caused him to lose business relationships that brought him millions of dollars in personal profit.

      • http://www.3spoken.co.uk/ Neil Wilson

        He didn’t at all.

        If you want the actual process, and what he actually said, there is a forensic examination in this video: https://youtu.be/Gw8c2Cq-vpg

        • General-Zod
          • General-Zod

            “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her… wherever.”

            — Trump of GOP debate moderator Megyn Kelly during a CNN interview in August 2015

          • General-Zod

            When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best….They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

          • http://www.3spoken.co.uk/ Neil Wilson

            their, not “they’re”.

            He was referring to a 2010 amnesty international study that showed that 60% of unaccompanied illegal woman and children crossing into the US from Mexico are subject to rape and sexual assault from Mexican gangs.

            So are you accusing Amensty of lying as well? Or don’t you care about women and children being assaulted.

          • General-Zod
          • General-Zod
          • General-Zod
          • http://www.3spoken.co.uk/ Neil Wilson
          • General-Zod

            Refuted how? are you not watching him saying those things live? He said them live. The videos clearly show him saying these words in public, on record, at rallies. You can’t refute them. They are public record. He stands by the comments. What is there to refute?

          • mohdanga

            Take a look at the stats for Mexicans in US jails.

          • http://www.3spoken.co.uk/ Neil Wilson

            And you have inferred what you want to hear from that – assisted by the media.

            He said nothing of the sort. In particular in the last comment he referred to a man in exactly the same terms.

            Go watch the video and learn how your mind has been twisted.

          • General-Zod

            The only mind that is twisted here happens to be yours. You clearly cannot grasp reality. The man has gone on public record and said those things. Would you like for me to find you the videos?

          • http://www.3spoken.co.uk/ Neil Wilson

            They are in the video I linked – with the explanation as to why you have got it wrong.

            Your mind has been manipulated by the media and your own prejudices. Unsurprisingly the majority of people heard it the *other* way, and that’s why they are voting for him.

          • http://www.3spoken.co.uk/ Neil Wilson

            Do you deny that some mexican immigrants are rapists – as demonstrated by the report by Amnesty International.

          • General-Zod

            They have rapists in every country. How many homegrown rapists are in the United States already? He has no answer for any serious questions. He is all bluster and no fact.

            Listen to the garbage he is spewing. First of all, he has no idea that he can’t even enact such a policy. Secondly, there are already countries saying that they will not work with him or let him into their country regardless of whether he wins or not. The Saudi’s own 2 Trillion in US Treasury Bonds, what do you think will happen if Trump tries that garbage?

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdpF2XCDFSM

          • http://www.3spoken.co.uk/ Neil Wilson

            I ask you again do you deny that some mexican immigrants are rapists?

          • General-Zod

            Why does that even matter? No Presidential candidate has ever made such a blanket comment. Do you know how many women have been raped by Mexican immigrants? He’s human refuse. There were 174,000 rapes in the United States last year. Did he make any mention about what he was going to do about the rapists that already live here?

          • Cyril Sneer

            “Did he make any mention about what he was going to do about the rapists that already live here?”

            So what you’re saying is this – we already have rapists here at home so adding another few thousand from Mexico won’t make any difference.

          • http://www.3spoken.co.uk/ Neil Wilson
          • Sid Falco

            it’s alway leftist perverts who see sexual allusion everywhere.

          • Cyril Sneer

            lol the Huffingtonpost… do you have any source that isn’t a lefty comic?

          • Andy M

            If anything, the link you posted shows Trump in a good light. The quotes given clearly show he is not calling all people of any nationality anything in particular. He clearly makes that point. I also note you didn’t respond to the detailed video Neil Wilson posted. That’s most probably because it contains some uncomfortable truths that wouldn’t flatter your political agenda.

      • General-Zod

        I watched the debate, I watched him and heard him say those things. Don’t bother arguing with me over it. The Mexican comment got him fired from The Apprentice.

  • http://www.workinprogress.com Nicetime

    If he’s a poacher turned gamekeeper, if he understands the game and can offer job and border security, is anyone surprised that his supporters don’t care? Left and right have failed the peoples of the ‘West’ for decades. We had unprecedented growth and improvements in living standards but we have been in steady decline for years now, as our benefits systems sucked in economic migrants and exported real jobs. Our political class is obsessed with the human rights of deviants and criminals. We are at the point now where the trajectory is apparent to all. It’s no wonder there’s a reaction. I hope Trump makes it all the way

  • http://www.3spoken.co.uk/ Neil Wilson

    ” his inarticulacy is itself an expression of rage.”

    He speaks using Grade 4 language because that’s where the people who will vote for him sit.

    • GB

      If you had anything above grade 4 you wouldn’t use argumentum ad personam but a proper argument. But perhaps you haven’t got any.

      • Rab iBurns

        “argumentum ad personam” – ooh, et tu, Brute!

      • Little Black Censored

        “ad personam”
        Hark at the inclusive language!

  • thetrashheap

    The natural opposition to neo-liberalism is nationalism.

    There are forces out there trying to deliberately destroy the homogeneity of nations. Immigration is making the poorest poorer and reducing their chances of ever getting out of it.

    The last hotel I stayed in Chicago had no poor white or black people in it. It was all Mexicans. This has a massive impact on a huge section of society. A section of society who only the mavericks on right give a voice to

    Ultimately the rich establishment got greedy, the left got insanely idealistic and together they have created a monster they will not be able to control.

    This is midnight for the western world. the two corner stones of neoliberal ideology, One that debt doesn’t matter and two that culture and social homogeneity don’t matter. Are two ridiculously flawed ideas. But they don’t hit a wall straight away. While the money is printed the good times roll. The infux of people take a while before they can start exercising political power and affect more than outside the voiceless local working class. But we are reaching the end of the magic money tree and the end of pretending multiculturalism is in anyway different from tribalism

    It will take the nationalist right to fix whats coming to western world, what we are as a people at the end will be very different to what we were in our heyday. We messed up badly.

    • Pip

      The only thing lies and liars have to fear is the truth and right now if I were the likes of Blair, Cameron, Obama or Merkel I would be very very afraid indeed as no slimey Lawyer is going to be able to save them this time.

  • Raimo Kangasniemi

    Politicians considered as bad jokes until too late have ended in power before with disastrous results. So don’t count President Trump wreaking havoc on global stage out yet.

    I would say that his success is a direct result of the policies of GOP itself. It’s economic policies have been hitting their own voters for decades and it was only a matter of time until mix of ideology and religion would not be enough to keep the Republican oriented masses voting for the “right” candidates.

  • Polly Radical

    And how exactly is he any more deranged than Hillary Clinton?

  • Maureen Fisher

    Imagine a Corbyn premiership and a Trump presidency. They’ll have to talk to each other.

  • quotes

    Trump has grasped the falsity of the hedonistic attitude to life. Nearly all western thought since the last war, certainly all “progressive” thought, has assumed tacitly that human beings desire nothing beyond ease, security, and avoidance of pain. In such a view of life there is no room, for instance, for patriotism and the military virtues. Trump, because in his own joyless mind he feels it with exceptional strength, knows that human beings don’t only want comfort, safety, short working-hours, hygiene, birth-control and, in general, common sense; they also, at least intermittently, want struggle and self-sacrifice, not to mention drums, flag and loyalty-parades … Whereas Socialism, and even capitalism in a grudging way, have said to people “I offer you a good time,” Trump has said to them “I offer you struggle, danger and death,” and as a result a whole nation flings itself at his feet”

    • Marshal Phillips

      Trump himself is living the grand hedonistic New York City with three marriages with two being with immigrants. His personal life style is very luxurious, over the moon, with inherited wealth, and Manhattan income properties galore. Many view him with envy and admiration.

    • Ambientereal

      The society is a pendulum, and the leftists have brought that pendulum too far to the left, therefore creating a huge force in the right direction. The leftist base their social theory in the living standard that the right produces, while the right needs no one to develop its ideas. The left is destroying the “soul” of the society by highly contaminating it. That contamination is so far advanced and endangers the survival of the american culture so, that the people will be in favor of the extreme decontaminating measures that Trump offers.

  • Mary Ann

    The most important qualification for a President of the US is diplomacy a quality that Trump is totally lacking.

    • Yusuf B

      So how has he managed a $10 billion company?

      • Marshal Phillips

        Four bankruptcies so far. He inherited his wealth and properties.

    • WTF

      The sort of diplomacy that Obama showed by giving away the farm to Iran ! That really worked well didn’t it. Consider this, as a business man I’m sure Trump has far more experience at dealing with opponents or friends than Obama had as a 2nd rate community organizer in Chicago where gun law rules in black neighborhoods..

    • mohdanga

      Yeah, how’s the diplomacy of Odumdum, Kerry, and Clinton worked out? Next!

      • Marshal Phillips

        Rather well, especially since Bush wrecked everything with his Rush to War fueling and creating ISIS terrorism. US is leading the world in fighting international terrorism.

        • mohdanga

          The Mid east is a disaster, Iran getting a nuke….that’s “rather well”?? OK, then.
          So Islamic terrorists attack the West and that’s Bush’s fault?

          • Marshal Phillips

            Yes, Bush’s Rush to War destabilized Iraq and set off this whole ISIS thing which Obama and his collation of nations now has to deal with.
            Obama just got Iran to get rid of nuke capability under pain of continuing UN sanctions etc. Inspections continue and if Iran starts up its nuke plan again; sanctions return promptly.

        • Cyril Sneer

          You moan at bush for fueling terrorism whilst not bothering to mention Obama. You should try reading something other than the MSM.

          • Marshal Phillips

            Creating ISIS is more accurate for Bush. Obama’s dealing with Bush’s rush to war with slight intel, a foolish cowboy move that upended a country which spawned terrorism now spreading over the entire middle east.
            This will be a very costly and long term war which now engulfs the world.
            Don’t know MSM, but I read the Economist, Wall St Journal, USA Today, NY & LA Times, Google International News and other Internet online sources.

          • notfredreed

            It was Arab “spring” (more like “nuclear winter”) enthusiastically embraced by Obama that resulted in ISIS. Not Bush. There was no Bush in Syria for example. No theocracy in Egypt or in Libya caused by Bush. It is directly attributable to Clinton and Obama.

          • Marshal Phillips

            Iraq War, which destabilized Iraq and the region, was BEFORE Arab Spring by several years. Facts matter.

          • notfredreed

            Yes, facts indeed matter, such as Obama’s reply to Libya, Egypt and Syria, which was way AFTER 2nd Gulf war. Nothing much happened in the region before Leonid Obama got his hands on Arab “Spring”. Iraq was not the most peaceful of countries, but ISIS did not start in the earnest before Obama destabilized the REST of the Arab world.

          • Marshal Phillips

            Iraq and the region was destabilized by the unnecessary Rush to War to find weapons of mass destruction based on faulty military Intel. Since that time indeed~Iraq was not the most peaceful of countries!.understatement of the century.

          • notfredreed

            Iraq alone would not create ISIS. It took Obama with Libya, Egypt and Syria to do that. You’re trying to lie for sake of blaming GWB which is what you want to begin with, so you’re unwilling to recognize that only recent and large scale Arab “Spring” has really done that.

          • Marshal Phillips

            ISIS stands for Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Nothing to do with Egypt`s April Spring. Egypt had a strong military government and April Spring was Egyptian people rising up, but the Muslim Brotherhood overreached and now Egypt is back to ~normal~ with a strong military government in control again.

          • notfredreed

            Iraq has been nowhere near as bad as propagandists like you try to present it. It was doing OK until Obama got his scholarship in action on Arab “Spring”.

          • Marshal Phillips

            Arab Spring was Egypt; nothing to do with Iraq.

        • notfredreed

          Oh yes, sleeping on the watch while ISIS was created and grew was just splendid. Embracing “Arab Spring” like monumental idiots, that worked out great too, right? It takes morons so stupid that they actually believe in their own propaganda to take desire for Caliphat for a desire for democracy and “national” self-expression (I put “national” in quotes because there are no nations there, they’re just different tribes of Arabs who speak Arabic and have political system of Islam, camouflaged as spiritually dry Potemkin village pretending to be religion). Leonid Brezhnev was just as stupid when marxists in his social circles convinced him there was a working class oppressed by capitalists in Afghanistan that dreamt of being liberated by Soviets. Same kind of idiocy has been exhibited by Obama and Clinton.

    • King Zog

      “The most important qualification for a President of the US is diplomacy…”

      Diplomacy is for diplomats.

      • Marshal Phillips

        and presidents too.

    • WTF

      For diplomacy read Bull S*** ! Snowden revealed a lot about American diplomacy and what people thought about other countries leaders and that worked well didn’t it !

    • notfredreed

      Was it not the same with Ronald Reagan and his “simplistic” message about Soviet Union being Evil Empire?

  • Marshal Phillips

    Trump proposes that Mexico build and pay for a wall along its very long boarder with US.
    This is unrealistic, especially since Trump has built his campaign around insulting Mexicans.
    He’s been the star of a long running TV reality show and Americans all know something about him.
    In my view, his populist appeal has more to do with voters being cool to the other Republican candidates who are largely appealing to white Christian evangelicals opposed to abortion and gay civil rights. As always, the economy, which has improved under Obama, will decide the election and especially among minority and independent voters.

    • Yusuf B

      Has he? He did say that Mexico send a lot of bad people as well as good. But I am guessing you missed that.
      Apologies, do not answer… carried on reading your comment and realised you’re missing a bit of grey matter if you think Obama has improved the economy! Maybe you should check his last budget.

      • Marshal Phillips

        “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with them to us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. And, I assume, some are good people.” Later, he clarified to include “killers” too. He also said: “The Mexican government is much smarter, much sharper, much more cunning. And they send the bad ones over. They don’t want to pay for them. They don’t want to take care of them.” He kicked Jorge Ramos, a reporter, out of his press conference: “Go back to Univision!” He has blamed blacks and Hispanics for violent crimes across US. He has called Latinos “rapists.” He has insulted Governor George Bush with jabs about Bush’s Mexican-born wife repeatedly. He bragged about his supporters beating up a Hispanic man protesting his insults to Mexicans.

    • Patrick Roy

      Say what? The economy has IMPROVED UNDER OBAMA??? Wow. Check yourself before you wreck yourself.

      • Marshal Phillips

        After eight years of George Bush with his expensive unfunded health care entitlements, tax breaks for the rich and the major corporations, and his very costly Iraq War, the US economic meltdown was The Worst Since the Great Depression. Today ALL leading economic indicators show a vast improvement.

        • Visitor

          He checks FACTS, not Fox News.

    • King Zog

      “Trump proposes that Mexico build and pay for a wall along its very long boarder with US.
      This is unrealistic…”

      Well, his hair is unrealistic, but then again, there it is.

      • Marshal Phillips

        Trump shall over-comb.

    • Pioneer

      1) Rubbish. He hasn’t insulted Mexicans. He tells it like it is.

      He has a lot of support among legal Hispanics.

      The propaganda you are repeating comes from illegals, leftists (Democrats) and vile organizations like La Raza.

      2) The economy has not improved under Obama. It is a catastrophe.The debt is enormous. Americans not working at record levels, number on food stamps at record levels.

      • Marshal Phillips

        Trump’s polling among US Hispanic and Latino voters is very low compared to their overwhelming support for Democrats. You cannot insult you way into the presidency as Mitt Romney found out by insulting “47%” of American voters.
        US minorities will decide the next election. Blacks, who support Democrats, and Hispanics/Latinos along with Asians (who also support Democrats) will not vote for Trump in any significant numbers as all polls are showing.
        And YES if you actually read the Leading Economic Indicators for US economy in Wall Street Journal and other financial news outlets and government figures, you will see that the economy has rebounded from the George Bush worst economic meltdown since the Great Depression. Facts matter in elections. And it’s still the economy and still the minorities that will decide.

        • Lasagna42

          Eh, Trump can insult his way to the presidency. He needs to win the primaries – still highly unlikely, I think – but if he pulls that off, my bet is he wins the general.

          There’s a lot wrong with your post. First, Asians aren’t overwhelmingly Democrats, not like African-Americans are. In any case they are an extremely small slice of the population.

          Second, although Hispanics are a huge chunk of the population, they are concentrated in very few states, none of which are swing states, with all the limitations to voting power that implies. Here’s a fun interactive graph: http://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2016-swing-the-election/. Play around with the Latino vote; it’ll show you how little even huge swings in that vote mean to either party.

          Trump needs to convert a host of white folks (presumably the remainder of the Reagan Democrats) and/or a chunk of the black vote. If his message can win the Republican primary – remember, this is a guy who is not even close to an actual conservative – I expect he can sell himself to plenty of angry moderates and liberals. Closing the borders is a big step; raising taxes on the wealthy is another; wild promises about bringing industry back to the US seals the deal.

          And you’re missing the point with your “Leading Economic Indicators” argument. The average citizen doesn’t give a f!ck about that. They care that their health care costs keep going up despite promises they wouldn’t, that their safety nets keep getting cut, that they’re incomes aren’t keeping pace with inflation, that the cost of education has gotten out of reach. And both parties have dirty hands on all these issues. Makes Trump appealing, even if he’s full of it.

          • Marshal Phillips

            Average readers may or may not be concerned with the Leading Economic Indicators, nevertheless they are the standard to judge Obama’s achievements. Especially since he had to inherit Bush’s Worst Economic Meltdown since the Great Depression. Actual facts do matter.
            The political reality is this like Mitt Romney’s mistake of insulting 47% of the voters is being repeated by Donald Trump, you can’t insult your way to the presidency. Hispanics, blacks, Asians and their associates, colleagues, and friends will not vote for Trump, Period. A successful candidate cannot win with out the Hispanic/Black, and Asians; today. It is what it is.

          • Lasagna42

            Maybe. I could easily be wrong, but I think you’re going to be very surprised and dismayed. The Left has become pretty deaf to what people actually think and care about, and I think you’re exhibiting some of that here.

          • Marshal Phillips

            As someone who is nearly 75, from middle America, main street, middle class, once Republican, older retired, professional, observant of the American political/economic/minority situation with voting and winning. Extremists like Trump are off-putting to minorities and others who can empathize with those Trump demonizes with overblown hateful insults. He’s comes off too strident. I surmise he’s a classic narcissist, but that is only an informed opinion.

          • Cyril Sneer

            Well said.

          • kernals

            After Trump runs, Asians and Latinos will be voting like blacks

      • kernals

        He doesn’t tell it like it is, he says what people like you want to hear.

  • Rorschach

    I don’t know how Trump manages to get away with. Somehow he has convinced hard right conservatives that he is the new Ronald Reagan and is “anti establishment” and taking on “the elite”, despite until relatively recently holding very liberal and progressive positions and being a large donor to the Democrats and friend to the Clintons. It should be obvious that he isn’t genuine.

    • seangrainger

      You really should have a mirror image ink-blot as yr foto.

  • Ambientereal

    We need many Trumps to keep alive the western vision of life.

  • Arnold Vere Ward

    People who know Trump personally seem to have only good things to say about him. He also says that which people think but are afraid to say out loud. For example my wife – successful in her career – and many women like her fear Muslim misogyny (no other word for it) and immediately went from being a Clinton cheerleader to a Trump cheerleader when Trump said he would restrict Muslim immigration.

    • Hybird

      Keeping Muslims out is common sense. What is happening in the UK, Sweden, Germany etc etc etc shows that allowing them to settle anywhere in the West was/is a big, big mistake – arguably the biggest mistake made in the entire history of Western civilisation.

  • WTF

    If the truth is gloomy we all need to hear it to do something about it. If the US vetting system is broke and terrorists can get in, best to raise that ‘gloomy’ problem than sit around like brain dead libtards believing all is right with the world. Trump just raises it as it is despite it being inconvenient to your liberal dogma.

    Consider this Mr. Gray, would you rather continue sweeping under the carpet all that ‘gloom’ of young under age girls being gang raped by Pakistani men or actually do something about it. Sounds like you would prefer to live in a fantasy world where the gloom of terrorism, be-headings, gang rape, stoning etc are covered up to protect our sensitivities !

    • Rab iBurns

      He would like social workers to teach those Pakistani men to be nice libtards too, all paid for by the undeserving rich.

      • WTF

        Yep, its as if saying pretty please to these sc**bags ever worked, perhaps cutting off a few of their gonads might prove a policy that changes their mind set.

  • mohdanga

    So what if Trump is rich? The Roosevelts were rich, the Kennedys were rich, the Bushes were rich, many other presidents have come from wealthy families. Not sure why it’s an issue with Trump.

    • milford

      Perhaps because he’s telling the truth.

  • Augustus

    The reason Donald Trump is so popular is his refreshing approach to matters, his non-PC utterances, and his flawless manipulation of the MSM whose elitist liberals have never been so clearly put in their place. The man doesn’t need them for news. Trump IS the news in the US. And he’s not in the pockets of the donating parties. “He probably won’t be president”. Why not? A nice business executive cabinet, no political nonsense. Action! Clean up the mess and start over!

    • Wee Mental Davie

      I know. What’s not to like ?

      If we’re lucky, it might even catch on over here.

  • Robin Blackhurst

    I have not seen such a determined and organised effort to discredit an enemy of the corrupt establishment since – the last one.

  • Erwin Rommeow

    America want’s to see it’s treasonous elites and their political parties burned to the ground and Donald Trump just pulled up in a gasoline tanker, handing out matches.

    • Speedy

      if only we could do the same to our own treacherous elite

    • Visitor

      Elites. Trump, born wealthy, an is now a billionaire, is not an elite? You are naive at best, and stupid at worst. Pathetic.

      • Pioneer

        He may be a billionaire, but he understands regular folk. He is planning to tax the rich more – himself included.

        His style is not to everybody’s taste, but he is in it to try and save America from destruction.

        I think he is making mistakes now the field is narrowing. Instead of challenging Cruz with substantive policy questions, he is using the leftist media attack tactics.

        That will put some people off him.

      • Cyril Sneer

        Being born wealthy doesn’t make you one of the elite. It just makes inadequate people like you feel even worse about yourself.

  • Patrick Roy

    FYI – he’s going all the way. Nevermind the blowhard antics, his policies and proposals are pretty sound. AND, he’s the only person who can pull in the numbers to beat Hil(lie)ry Clinton, who is a disgusting self-centered disgrace.

    PS he never said all Mexicans were rapists, I believe that he did say that Mexico was not holding back their worst from entering the US, and why wouldn’t they? Additionally, he never proposed a blanket ban on Muslims – this was tied to a condition that vetting processes were more sound and a certain level of knowledge about “what is going on” was imparted. The man has called for logic and the rule of law, spoken some hard truths – and people can’t take it. Too bad, he’s here to stay.

    • WTF

      Much the same as France wants to dump the worst of migrants to the UK or Pakistan and their worst. Merkel fell for it and the German women are paying the price for her gross incompetence.

    • Pioneer

      He said They are sending THEIR rapists.

      That is accurate, they make no attempt to stop their criminals crossing – often repeatedly to attack Americans – murders, rapes, etc. Kate Steinle is an example. Murdered by someone who already been deported FOUR times.

      That has been deliberately misrepresented by the MSM as THEY’RE rapists.

  • seangrainger

    Primaries aren’t caucuses and vice versa. Listen to Alistair Cooke, mate.

  • http://www.ukipforbritain.co.uk/ ukipforbritainwebsite

    There’s one basic flaw in the item above – Trump is right! (How anyone can be unaware that Obama will be seen as the most reckless, dangerous, corrupt and incompetent President in US history amazes me! But then the MSM hasn’t been reporting the true story of his presidency for the past 8 years),

    • Visitor

      It’s likely that you’re dumb, which explains why you think the way you do. You must also be desperate. Trump is a joke, a clown with a mail-order bride, who thinks he can PURCHASE the presidency, or intimidate and bully his way into it.

      • http://www.ukipforbritain.co.uk/ ukipforbritainwebsite

        Unlike Obama? The worst, most corrupt President in history!

  • WTF

    Its way past time we changed the format of political, religious &
    social debates to stop prevaricating, spin & lies from all the usual
    suspects as well as the partisan articles like this one from Freddy Gray.

    Firstly, all questions should be put one at a time alternatively between
    ‘combatants’. They will be no longer than 1 minute in duration and must
    be on subject otherwise that question will be forfeited.

    Secondly, the ONLY answer a responder can give to a question, (and they
    must be questions not statements) is YES, NO, Don’t Know or Don’t Care.
    Optionally the responder can add a “Yes, because …….. or No,
    because………” lasting no more than 1 minute to back up their yes /
    no answer. If the response is don’t know or don’t care, no other
    response is allowed and its time for the next question.

    For too long deniers of the truth have got away with avoiding the facts
    and I suggest this new format would prevent spin & deviation away from the
    subject matter of the question. Perhaps we could start here with real
    questions & answers being enforced by moderators and instead of them having a
    political agenda where many moderators censor comments, we could
    actually enforce honest debate for once.

    If this took off with on line forums lets move it to live TV and make it
    even more interesting by giving anyone who breaks the rules a short taser
    shot, it would certainly focus the minds and likely extract the truth for
    once. Clinton vs Trump, Anjem Choudary vs Sean Hannity and of course
    Nigel Farage vs David Cameron would be perfect matches for live debates
    assuming the usual suspects don’t chicken out.

    How about it folks, a good idea even though it would probably never happen.

  • milford

    …’a few madcap ideas: building a giant wall against Mexican immigration’ It’s not so mad. The Chinese did it to great effect and they’re no dullards.

    • WTF

      Hungary I believe has done it and I calculated that based on comparative GDP it would be even easier for Trump to do it even if he can’t get Mexico to pay. Its hilarious watching all the libtards saying you can’t do it like its an impossible construction project when in truth its their political dogma that makes them say that.

      • Visitor

        Trump loves power. He will do and tell you anything you want to hear to get power, and that’s what is happening.

        Word of the wise: you campaign in poetry and you govern in prose.

        • WTF

          All politicians love power but some are beneficial to a country despite that but others like Merkel & Obama are a disaster.

        • Little Black Censored

          “Word of the wise: you campaign in poetry and you govern in prose.”
          Let me think about that for a minute… no, I give up.

          • Visitor

            You must not be very intelligent. If Donald “The ego” Trump gets into power (I pray he doesn’t), then you will be very disappointed when he cannot “deport” Mexicans or “ban Muslims” from migrating.

          • Sue Smith

            If that was Australia there would be a small oligarch of activists taking the Australian government (ergo, the people) to the High Court to overturn democratic parliamentary decisions. It happens here ALL THE TIME and the people are fed up with it. If you say anything about this the standard retort (always from the Left) it’s “the rule of law”. Well, “the law” may not benefit the nation and no law should be set in stone but revised periodically to suit changing circumstances. In short, no “law” is absolute or right.

      • http://northbaylandscaping.com BarKingFish

        The wall should also save lives as people of Mexico will quit trying to escape their country only to die in the process.

        • WTF

          Just like those from North Africa !

      • Kongatthegates

        Its a madcap idea because they can go on a boat, plane, car or truck. I dont think most of them are hoofing it

        • Pioneer

          Many are hoofing it. Particularly the drug shippers, and rapists/murderers – back and forth to viciously attack Americans, almost at will.

          If they arrive by plane there are ways of asking for passports/visas. Roads and airports can be protected by border guards. Sanctuary cities must be abolished, and those responsible tried and the guilty subject to long prison sentences.

          If you enter Mexico from the US, the Mexican border guards will demand the correct paperwork.

          • WTF

            Get rid of Obama style policies and with the right will you can start clearing out the undesirables.

          • Sue Smith

            I’ve said this before; Obama was only elected in the first place because of a national tendency towards political correctness. No use complaining about rampant pc culture because the horse has well and truly bolted. Americans now think it’s working for them!!

          • Sue Smith

            Listen up!! Drug trafficking is a SUPPLY economy – they are merely catering for a NEED. Stop taking the drugs and the problem is solved. Not rocket science.

            I used to say that about the British gutter press when people complained. I argued it was a dual paradigm: newspaper/reader. One could not exist without the other.

        • WTF

          Sure but the checks are tightening and the immigration loop holes will be closing.

      • Pioneer

        Just reduce the foreign aid to Mexico.Then you can say Mexico has paid. Not difficult.

        Trump might try something more dramatic – tariff of some kind possibly, but he can always reduce the “aid” payments instead.

        • WTF

          Its still money and will pay for a wall.

  • http://northbaylandscaping.com BarKingFish

    Get use to Trump he’s here to stay and will most likely become president. When people and said Trump was talking crap I believed them but, after hearing what he was saying for myself I think Trump is right.

  • Visitor

    Cruz and Rubio appeal to the same group. If either Cruz or Rubio falls away, one would gain the other’s votes, and jump past Trump in the Poll. Cruz is at 30 and Rubio at 20. If Cruz falls out. Rubio would likely jump to 50.

    • Pioneer

      They are very different.

      Rubio is a mass immigration/amnesty extremist. Big supporter of the repulsive “gang of eight”.

      The only people who support Rubio don’t know that. He is a deceiver.

    • jack

      If Cruz dropped out, more than half his supporters would support Trump.

      hard to know where Rubio supporters will go….Probably to Jeb

      • Lasagna42

        Would ANYONE go to Jeb? Seriously, is he anyone’s second choice?

        I suspect that Rubio’s voters would go split in some way between Cruz and Trump. The media seems to have picked Rubio as their darling. I understand why – young, minority, earnest, pro-immigration, whatever else – but he is extremely conservative by every measure.

  • kevin foy

    Morning in America was when Reagan was running for re-election you sap. You think Trumps going to be running for election saying everything is great in America, but hey I can make it greater. That’s not Reagan beat Carter, it was same line as Trump, the country is a mess and i’m going to make it better. They also like Trump said Reagan was idiot!

  • UnionPacificRX

    Trump is the only person I know in recent times who does not cow tow to the liberal mindset. He will retort to ugly questions posed by the liberal media in a heart beat. We love him for that

    Trump is the only “elite” who can stand up to the established elite. They have been the puppet masters of Washington D.C. for Decades and we love him for that

    Trump is a stellar business man who took a few million dollars his father gave him and made it into 10 billion dollars. He is the head of 5 hundred corporations. That takes leadership, straight talk and diplomacy. He has beaten odds that others would shy away. We love him for that.

    • http://www.jbjd.org jbjd

      The money his father gave him, in today’s dollars, is $229,000,000. (He also inherited his father’s political connections.) Trump values his brand “Trump” at $3 billion in his FEC filing. His total wealth is around $4 billion. His company is private, family-owned. When he tries to do anything else but build buildings, he falls flat on his face: Trump Mortgage, Trump Airlines, Trump University… Trump can only hope to keep making money off his name by bamboozling unsuspecting rubes like you into buying his hype, the name itself has value. For goodness sake, the man doesn’t even write his own books!

      • UnionPacificRX

        Fine. then who do you believe would be make a good President? Come on jbjd you seem to know it all. so stop trashing Trump and put forth your choice. bet you do not have a clue.

        • http://www.jbjd.org jbjd

          Carly Fiorina. Less platitudes, more plans.

          • UnionPacificRX

            Couple of things about Fiorina
            She is a rhino Republican who worked with John McCain.
            She supports global warming
            She took donations from special interest groups. Trump has never taken any money from anyone.
            She supports the “dream act” of alien children, which is one way for aliens to enter the nation or often called “anchor babies”.
            She does not have one hundredth the qualifications as a business person as Donald Trump the merger she created between 2 companies ultimately laid off 30 thousand workers
            She ran for Senator in California and lost.
            She is not even among those who have debated in the Republican debates. If that is your choice after the nightmare the US has gone through for 8 years I do not think she has a snow balls chance in H*ll to win.

          • Tysquarious Jefferson

            LOL the only thing Carly stands for is more mexicans and more wars in the middle east

  • tom kincade

    In trump Americans see a winner and they love winners first is first and second is nobody and he can’t be bought as he said he has too much money to be bought unlike some others he makes the Clinton’s feel they are on benefits

  • Jacobi

    Trumpism is the inevitable reaction of a democratic society whose fears for their culture and sense of
    identity are ignored by governments and media .

    It is not unique to USA

    That reaction has certainly found its voice loud and clear in the USA. But it is now fiercely emerging in Germany, France, Poland, Sweden, Denmark. It is even slowly and cautiously emerging here in the UK!

    It is pertinent to Christians and secularists. It is essentially against denial of identity and increasingly
    Islamisation of society .

    Whether Trump wins or not in the USA is not now the issue. The reaction is now out in the open and cannot be ignored any more either by politicians, or the press – or the Christian church.

    And no more so is this true than in Europe and in UK!

  • ohforheavensake

    America doesn’t love him. About 30%-40% of people who’ve registered as Republicans and who’re going to vote in the primaries love him. In the wider US, he has the highest negative rating of any GOP candidate.

    http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/donald-trump-is-really-unpopular-with-general-election-voters/

    • Lasagna42

      He definitely does. But those numbers can change. If he manages to win the primary – far from a forgone conclusion – my bet is he wins the general.

  • Dave Francis

    DONALD
    TRUMP, A DIFFERENT TYPE OF POLITICIAN WHO THE SPECIAL INTERESTS CANNOT BUY.

    Consider
    the facts about Washington DC, where corruption
    seems to be the name of the game. The less wealthy politicians fall over
    themselves to find a lobbyist that will shell out for their campaigns and
    enough funds for the champagne breakfasts and luxury dinners for the whole
    family. One thing about Democratic Socialist Bernie Sanders he has effectively
    run his campaign by skirting any money (as far as I know) from the wealthy deep
    pocket payouts as George Soros, a self confessed extreme Socialist who
    contributes blank checks to undermine our Democracy. Sanders and Hillary
    Clinton otherwise are in the same boat, who will jump on any issue promising to
    author anything that the so called Progressives like to hear. Only most of
    these predominant issues must be funded by taxpayers, which already have the
    yoke of mandates around our neck from the Obamas people, such as financially
    supporting illegal aliens.

    WHY IS TRUMP TAKING ON THIS HUGE NIGHTMARE RUNNING A NEW
    GOVERNMENT, INSTEAD OF JUST ACCESSING A LUXURY LIFE OF THE AFFLUENT, BECAUSE HE
    HAS SEEN OUR COUNTRY IN UPHEAVAL FROM POLITICIANS WHO CARE ONLY FOR THEIR OWN
    FUTURE AND IGNORING THE CRIES FROM THE DISENFRANCHISED, THE VETERANS, THE
    SENIOR CITIZENRY, THE HOMELESS, AND THE ABJECT POVERTY. A WEAK, INEPT PRESIDENT
    WHO WILL FUND $$ HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS,
    REFUGEES, OVERREACHING SPENDING ON GREEN COMPANIES THAT HAVE GONE BANKRUPT AND
    OUR NAVY MEN BEING INSULTED BY IRAN’S REVOLUTIONARY GUARD AND APOLOGIZING. AN
    INCOMPETENT ADMINISTRATION THAT HAS ALLOWED ‘THIS FIRST FAMILY’ INCUR MILLIONS
    OF DOLLARS FLYING ALL OVER THE WORLD ON LUXURY VACATIONS.

    Just
    Remember that most of the politicians, such as John Kasich is just another
    political hack. They all must rely on Super PAC’s, or large dollar amounts to
    combat each other, for any forward motion to get their name in the public
    floodlights. In the center of power struggle are Chris Christie, Rubio, Cruz,
    and most of the rest trying to become nominee in the Presidential race and have
    had no choice but to take money from special interests and all affluent
    backers. My guess the framers of the Constitution would be turning in their
    grave if they knew of the corruption in Congress or agencies of the government;
    we already aware of this dark unimpressive performance of this President, who
    believes himself a King and has directly, interfered with our culture.

    Whether it’s
    the GOP Establishment, Democrats or Liberals none can survive without money.
    The winners are always the contributors to the legislators and are forever
    interfering with the interests of the people. Simply to state the wealthy will
    always demand the inevitable ‘pound of flesh’ returned at some time in the near
    future and that goes for Obama before he ever set foot in the Oval Office. Millions of free thinking American patriots
    have found that one inviting tear in the corruption spawned in Congress and
    that is the only man who can alter our road towards economic oblivion. Donald
    Trump, master of the contract, billionaire, and the brilliant nemesis of the
    political class and has the integrity and trust that cannot be bought by
    corporate, industrial buyers, unions or any mega concerns. They have no power
    over the Donald to do their bidding and discern how to communicate with the
    American people.

    DONALD
    TRUMPS ADVOCATES MUST BE SURE TO VOTE, STARTING WITH THE IOWA CAUCUSES AND THE NEW HAMPSHIRE PRIMARIES AND SO ON. BE ALSO AWARE
    THAT OBAMA’S PEOPLE WILL USE ANY METHOD THEY HAVE TO DERAIL CLEAN ELECTIONS,
    INCLUDING USING NON CITIZENS IN VOTING. THIS STARKLY STANDS OUT AS THE
    POLITICAL WING OF THE LEFT, HAVE USED THE COURTS TO STOP ANY IMPLEMENTATION OF
    HAVING TO SHOW ANY OFFICIAL ID TO VOTE.

    If you want to believe the diseased headlines
    from the liberal mainstream media, I have that proverbial bridge you can buy
    for a dollar across the Potomac? Want to watch the REAL news both National and foreign and
    not infested by spin and propaganda then check out ONE AMERICAN NEWS NETWORK on
    cable. For instance CNN news outlet is by far the most Liberal Progressive or
    Fox, which tends to move its watchers to the right. I personally fluctuate
    between the two, but mostly end up on http;//www.oann.com
    because it’s specific in retaining its unbiased assault on the truth of both
    nationwide and foreign news that is thoughtfully covered.

    All the promises have faded from the
    Republican Party, wishing that the American people are so involved with living
    from one paycheck to the next, or remaining unemployed or underemployed or just
    given up looking, that they will not notice that Congress approved a $$Trillion
    dollar Omnibus budget that funds everything that they considered from bad to
    worse. It funded everything Obama wanted, from Syrian refugee settlement;
    catering to illegal alien families who are still surging across the Southern
    border that Mexico refuses to halt on their side.
    Anybody who can see through this conspiracy as those in a fiat secret society
    are incessantly demanding more and more cheap labor, squeezing out citizens and
    lawful immigrants of their right to jobs The winners are the Democrats led by
    Obama who physically trying to change the Demographics of our culture. Obama
    has gone well beyond his power, to pass executive orders for a future amnesty,
    colonizing our country with illiterate and peons that siphoning off money in
    our welfare system.

    The future
    of our Democracy is firmly entrusted in the hands of the Supreme Court, baring
    the responsibility on a country based on the laws of the Constitution or the
    orders of usurper who will be remembered for the damage he has done to this
    great country. We will have to wait until June, if Texas who filed the lawsuit and the 23
    states that adjoined to stop Obama illegal immigration amnesty of up to five
    million.

    My choice
    for the next President is Donald Trump; he gets my vote, some relatives, and
    most of the family. I have also influenced many old soldiers as myself, neighbors,
    and even some Democrats who have followed the same routine as their parents
    without considering their actions. NONE OF THE NOMINEES FOR PRESIDENT ARE AS
    FREE FROM INFLUENCE AS DONALD TRUMP. NOTHING CAN STILL STICK TO HIM AND
    LOBBYISTS ARE TURNED AWAY WITH THEIR CHECK BOOKS STILL FULL OF THEIR BRIBES.
    Today its very different, an excellent chance to return America to its place in the world. Barach
    Obama has instigated a balkanization in our communities, twisting the rule of
    law to instigate violent upheavals in different states, setting off racial
    prejudice and using political correctness as affirmative action. Obama is the
    cause himself by allowing millions of illegal aliens to arrive here, causing
    the outbursts of hopelessness from Americans, specifically African Americans
    whose jobs have been stolen by foreign nationals and the complicity of business
    owners.

    Once Obama
    is out of the White House, first orders of the day will be to build the wall
    stretched along perimeter for a thousand miles with Mexico and the US. Second the implementation of
    Mandatory E-Verify and more ICE agents to detain and deport illegal aliens
    working. Almost immediately the rescinding of all of Obamas executive orders,
    which seeing that the Amnesty before the judiciary is part of the executive
    orders can be dissolved and those illegal immigrants thinking they are safe
    will be routed out.

    If Obama can
    write his own orders, so can the next President careful not to overreach his
    power. The keystone pipeline will be on the agenda for more independent oil
    from Canada. Coal as an energy source will go
    back into production, using new methods to clean it, as a cheap energy source.

    Many
    agencies that are influenced by bureaucrats, as the (EPA) Environmental
    Protection Agency, the Department of Education will be returned to local
    control and with good oversight by experts to be elected by Donald Trump a
    reshuffle or Abolishment of the IRS, which became a political antagonist under
    Obamas sway? Hopefully all those
    government officials involved in Hilary Clinton, Sen. Harry Reid and anybody
    else involved in wrong doing inside Dept of State or White House elected
    officials will not escape the accountability. we will now for sure, if Hillary
    Clinton is indicted for mishandling of top secret document, or a higher
    hierarchy of ‘For your Eyes only’ emails that could have ended in the data
    hacked by China or other foreign dictatorships.

    • Pioneer

      Not may will bother to read such a long post.

      Still, you get an uptick for trying to make the points.

      • Sue Smith

        Absolutely. Less is always more on the internet!!

    • http://www.girlsaskguys.com/dating/q1290877-why-are-white-men-so-weak Big Bad Wolf

      Your wife, mother, sister wants to be raped by 3 men, Bernie says so:

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

      • Sue Smith

        Bernie Sanders – one foot in the grave and another on a banana skin!!

      • Get the GOP out

        Bernie says sux off you little twit.

        • http://www.girlsaskguys.com/dating/q1290877-why-are-white-men-so-weak Big Bad Wolf

          The same Bernie who protected his bosses FED Reserve, sabotaging Ron Paul’s audit the Fed Bill? That Bernie?

  • Torybushhug

    Reagan was condemned early on by the liberal chatterati as a shallow dumb actor and warned us the west would fail under him

    • Jack Rocks

      Yes but as Farage pointed out, Reagan had a lot of blue collar voters. I don’t know if Trump can say the same.

      • jack

        Trump has many blue collar voters, probably more than Reagan. Reagan was very anti-union and most union members voted for Carter…Trump has been more pro-American jobs and anti-free trade which appeals to the unions and American workers.

        • Jack Rocks

          Well we’ll see.

    • kernals

      Well now the Conservative chatterati is denouncing Trump so it’s different

  • Deene-Ann Whittenford

    pathetic….article….considering we will look like europe by next year if we lose this election to a socialist or worse criminals like the Clintons…Trump may have warts and vulgar language but I’ll take him anyday at this stage of our implosion…he may not know it all but by God he will hire people who will tell him the truth and what must be done…unlike O who has nothing but Muslim advisors or did you not know t hat…do you know what the Muslims plan to do worldwide..do you believe there are moderate ones? yes, maybe moderate til the end then they will cut your head off too…get your ladies scarves for if they are not covered in a few y ears they will be raped…and in Sharia it will be her fault and he will go free…start getting some expertise about who the enemy really is now…it is no longer covert but out in the open and it ain’t donald trump ….Have you had conversations with the abused women, sisters, children in this “religion”..which is more political than a religion… Did O tell you what great plans he had for America? Actually , he has to read what he’s going to do because he has others telling him…you watch a man who has what is called an emotional center which many american men no longer have thanks to the feminizing of men…so , all the ‘boys’ are aghast at a blustering , red faced..let’s see what did you say “jumps all over the place”….honey. you will be jumping all over the place too when you see your children raped and being forced to pray in schools reciting the Koran…Get some therapy, preferably jungian to learn about the collective unconcious and find out what is happening…try reading Jung on Politics , that might help you to not be so flustered over a ‘warrior archetype’ ..you on the other hand are not quite fully masculine to write this. We must fight now…talking has failed….try reading what Arjuna heard Krishna tell him when he said he did not want to go to battle.and kill people he knew..K> replied .they are dead already you must fight….we have a planet full of dead souls who have no individual consciousness…if we do not kill this hydra with many heads we are finished.

  • voidist

    and tell me Fred the desperate journalist……what does your darling clinton offer…?

    you do know clinton dont you ? the guy who smoked but did not inhale….the guy

    who made 100 million from the presidency after he left office…..these are your gods Fred..?

    i am so glad false preists like you have run into equally profane gods…..no Fred, dont

    pretend sudden sense of rightousness after prostituting your self to your corrupt poli-buddies…

    …and switch the lights off on the way out and then oxidise

    • Tom Sykes

      Being anti Trump does not mean being pro Clinton.

      If I was a US citizen I would be asking why the a wealthy and stable democracy of 320 million people throws up a choice between a demagogue and a charlatan.

      • Lasagna42

        We’re asking ourselves that, believe me. 🙂

        Who knows what will happen, but my gut tells me that in a Trump vs. Clinton matchup, Trump wins. I don’t like the guy one bit, but I will never vote for HRC. Feel the Bern!

        Anyway, it’s not actually all doom and gloom. If Bernie topples Clinton or even comes close and/or Trump wins the nomination, what we’re seeing is a shakeup in US politics. This is a very, very good thing. Both parties are pretty useless right now, and need to be torn down and rebuilt as something actually useful.

        Clinton’s coronation was a disgusting affront to democracy, and personally offensive to people like me who have given a lot of time and money to the party. That nonsense has to end.

      • voidist

        the establishments favourite name is clinton…lets get that one right from

        the start….bought by wall streets top names by the most so far

  • BillWAF

    I am not a Trump supporter, but tell me how does a real estate developer and manager outsource jobs to China and Mexico?

    • Sue Smith

      I think it means he has other businesses apart from property development.

      • BillWAF

        If that is the case, I would like to see some evidence.

        • Sue Smith

          It’s all there on Wiki.

    • Jack Rocks

      It’s my understanding (someone worked this out) that if he’d just banked the money his parents left him (around $800m) and accrued the interest from investing it, he’d have around $8bn today. So what he’s basically done is taken his inheritance and lost most of it by running various businesses.

      • jack

        Not true. Trump’s Father died in 1999 his children inherited $300 million which was split among his 5 children. Thus Donald Trump received an inheritance of $60 million in 2000 after his mother died….the S+P 500 is still lower today, 16 years later.

        his father did help him tremendously and lent him $1.2 million when he was 21 so he could start his own real estate investments.

    • Lasagna42

      I was wondering this too. I’d like to see specific examples of Trump outsourcing construction work in the United States to China and Mexico.

  • Sue Smith

    Trump and Palin are national embarrassments, but so is the do-nothing preacher Barack Obama. What has happened to the GOPs – the party of Lincoln?!! I feel despondent about the current state of the USA. Friends email me of their despair and I hear their familiar cries, “low wages, unemployment, gun control, a culture of political correctness on steroids, out-of-control healthcare, Obama’s anti-democratic tendencies”. It’s awful.

    Our retiring Australian Ambassador to the USA said on television last night that “the American middle class hasn’t had an increase in living standards for nearly 30 years, while we have enjoyed one in Australia”. Suddenly the cloud lifted when I heard that. Instead of dealing with economic realities, the ‘progressives’ want to re-arrange deck chairs on the Titanic and try to distract the people with their “ooooh, look over there” distractions. This will not stand.

    • Jack Rocks

      Unfortunately Trump isn’t either.

      • Sue Smith

        No argument from me there!! They have NOBODY.

        • Jack Rocks

          I honestly can’t agree with you. The problem is more the two party machine system and the huge amount of money you need to campaign these days (Presidential elections are what, $2,000,000,000!?). It’s insane.

          On the plus side, Executive Orders notwithstanding, the balance of power in the US was cunningly crafted to prevent the idiot in question, should you elect one, from doing any lasting damage.

          • Sue Smith

            Though our routes were the same, our ‘destination’ (conclusions) were very similar. The system is NOT ideal. I still submit they have NOBODY.

            My sister is in NYC at the moment and a volunteer on the “Hillary for America” campaign. She has a Masters degree in US Studies from Sydney University and has formed some strong networks in the US through the university. I don’t know why she’s supportive of Clinton, but I suspect gender has a lot to do with it!!

            We can all have our shallow reasons for voting the way we do.

          • Cyril Sneer

            Your friend is sexist then clearly.

          • Pioneer

            They haven’t prevented the current POTUS from causing immense damage.

        • Lawrence James.

          American elections are the best arguments for hereditary monarchy.

          • Sue Smith

            The American system has worked extremely effectively – until now. The people have enjoyed stable democracy and this is now finding its limits. A new model is in order and I believe that model should include a political party LEADER – or other high-ranking member – being nominated AND supported, just as we enjoy in UK, Canada, Australia and NZ.

            The American model is a dinosaur in this day and age. What it has become is a screaming match and it’s such a bad look for the USA – a country I regard with great affection and esteem, overall.

            The nation as a whole is characterized by a “can do” sensibility.

    • http://www.workinprogress.com Nicetime

      Given that you identify the same problems that Trump and his supporters identify, what is it about Trump that has made you reject him out of hand? Politics is about what’s possible, and if Trump can resonate outside the base, and cause blue collar democrats to break away, his candidacy is possible. I think you have to look through the bluster and see what the man has achieved

      • Sue Smith

        Trump might have the personal following but he doesn’t have the mien or class to be the leader of the free world. He’s a loose canon – a little like Putin.

        • Cyril Sneer

          Putin is anything but a loose cannon. Try to not to pay too much attention to MSM propaganda, next you’ll be thinking he’s a kiddy fiddler because the MSM told you he was.

    • http://www.workinprogress.com Nicetime

      Actually, another thought, Australia has compulsory voting, which I suspect is what has ensured their governments reflect the will of the people more closely than is true of either the US or UK. It’s certainly an experiment I’d like to try in Britain

      • Tom Sykes

        Let’s put it to the vote.

      • Sue Smith

        Compulsory voting is fraught, though. There are many thousands of people who don’t know what’s going on in politics and vote for any old candidate. We have a wreck of a Senate at the moment – a dog’s breakfast really – because there are unprecedented numbers of individuals standing and tens of thousands of voters who don’t take it seriously enough to consider the ramifications of their handiwork.

  • Tamerlane

    ‘I’ve noticed that everybody that is for abortion has already been born.’
    Legend.

  • douglas redmayne

    I hope Trump wins the US presidency. Every Liberal alive to see it would feel as though they had been punched in the face. I hope UKIP take note.

  • Tom Sykes

    Our health care is a horror show… We have no borders. Our veterans are being treated horribly. Illegal immigration is beyond belief.

    He could be speaking about any state in Western Europe!

  • Tom Sykes

    As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.

    HL Mencken

  • Andy M

    Trump is a needed figure. There is a reason why Trump is loved by many for his insults and arrogance – because he is there to balance out the very same thing from the Left wing, who day-in, day-out, spout the same type of insults and arrogance at other people who simply hold a different opinion to them on certain issues. So whether or not Trump actually cares, or actually believes what he says, or is only out for himself or not, he is performing a much-needed service to those who he is representing, who did not feel they had anyone speaking for them prior to him. The Left MUST be challenged and challenged with the same arrogance as they have. You know you are doing something right if the Left hate you.

    • Sue Smith

      Trump is the Left but WITH a sense of humour!!!

      • Cyril Sneer

        Impossible, Trump is a human being.

  • zanzamander

    You say he offers only…gloom!

    The man is a breath of fresh air, he brings happiness to thousands of his supporters who queue up to attend his rallies and millions outside watching on TVs etc. He is full of optimism and with a tag line of “Lets make America Great again” how can you say he is full of gloom.

    Obviously, you being the establishment media, in other words, a lefty liberal elite, it is no surprise that you’re clueless about aspirations and hopes of ordinary people. You just keep plugging the same old same old, why don’t you.

  • Lasagna42

    Articles like this always forget to compare Trump to his likely rival. Yeah, Trump is rich and part of the elite. Therefore we should vote for Hillary???? Please.

    Trump v. HRC = Trump.
    Trump v. Bernie = Bernie.

    • Tom Cullem

      Nail on head.

  • disqus_gyVdkG6MAh

    So, building a Mexico border fence; is this gloom, insults or arrogance?

    • Cyril Sneer

      Common sense.

      • Sue Smith

        Not if you rule out flying over them at 35,000 feet!! Or less.

        • Cyril Sneer

          Ok they need a really tall fence.

  • LittleRedRidingHood

    People are sick of snivelling, lying, arrogant politicians. They welcome straight, non-pc talking however, bad the news is.

  • Cyril Sneer

    I didn’t feel gloom when he talked about banning muslims, I felt utter relief that finally we have someone who echos our concerns and what many of us have been saying for years.

    What makes me despair is the inane horsesh t spoken by the let them all in liberals.

    • Lawrence James.

      This visceral reaction and other remarks above and below about politicians echo the views expressed across Germany after 1930 – here is a man who says what I think and whose hatreds are my hatreds. Beware of what you wish for.

    • General-Zod

      Clearly you have no understanding of the American Constitution. Trump does not have the authority to do such a thing, nor would he ever be given authority to do such a thing. The consequences of his actions would have a detrimental impact on American foreign policy as we would be in violation of dozens of UN charter laws.

      Not to mention alienating the entire Arab world. Saudi Arabia owns $2 Trillion worth of American debt, what do you suppose would happen if they decided they wanted their money back because of Trump? Everything he has proposed – he has no authority to do. He would need Congressional approval and he would never get it.

      He is talking like Hitler.

      • Lorenzo

        “Saudi Arabia owns $2 Trillion worth of American debt, what do you
        suppose would happen if they decided they wanted their money back
        because of Trump?”

        Trump might say, “Come and get it, if you’re feeling lucky.”

        • Tom Cullem

          LOL.

        • General-Zod

          Trump would be impeached if he did that. Not only would that happen, but it would cause a global stock market crisis. Do you honestly think that there won’t be terrible consequences if Trump did this? It doesn’t mater anyways, he is appealing to low brow republican bigots who spend more time itching their crabs then reading books. Donald Trump would never be given the power to do this. You keep falling for this garbage he is spewing.

          He could perhaps halt immigration, but Congress last year upped immigration to the United States to 1 Million people a year, so I doubt will happen. But a President banning people coming into a country based on their religion? I feel sorry for you if you actually think he has the power to do that.

          • Lorenzo

            I don’t see anything in the Constitution, legislative debate, or settled law about reading books vs. crab scratching so shut your trap until you grow up or acquire a rudimentary understanding civility and a basic grasp of reasoned discourse.

          • Tom Cullem

            Congress upped legal immigration to the US, which can well absorb one million people from across the globe. What the American people are angry about is illegal immigration and one ethnic group getting a privileged entry that poor people throughout Africa, the Middle East, and Asia would give anything to have.

          • Cyril Sneer

            Impeached eh… whilst the Obamanut colludes and supports the same people the yanks were bombing ten years previous in the war on terror.

            Don’t feel sorry for me, you’re the one concerned about him doing something that you say is not possible to do.

        • Sue Smith

          John Wayne Trump. “Come on, Blanket Head”!!

      • Tom Cullem

        Oh nonsense. And what is more, the likelihood is that the Americans are already subjecting Muslim visitors and immigrants to far more intense scrutiny than others already. Of course, he has no authority to ban all Muslims from the US. But I imagine the families of the 14 people slaughtered in San Bernardino, CA a couple of months ago due to the US government’s failed vetting process failure, wish he did.

      • Tom Cullem

        And btw, I would be curious as to where you got the figure on the Saudi Treasury holdings, as the US Treasury has consistently refused to disclose same: it groups those holdings with those of other major oil export nations who also hold American debt. Norway holds I believe close to $70bn. Switzerland holds nearly $230bn. And given its current oil woes, my guess is the Saudis would be more apt to sell those Treasury holdings to raise cash. And they actually don’t give a Tinker’s curse for the migrant Muslims, or they’d be letting them into those miles of empty air conditioned tents they refuse to lend to any of their brethren.

        According to my research, the 12 largest oil exporters hold collectively the largest amount of American Treasury holdings, and the best guess is that together it comes to $289bn, not $2tn. So, where did you get your figures?

      • Cyril Sneer

        “He is talking like Hitler.”

        Hahhahahahaaa!!

        “Not to mention alienating the entire Arab world”

        HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA!!

        Oh my sides are splitting…. *wipes tears*

        F ck the arab world and f ck Saudi Barbaria.

        Oh and you speak nonsense by the way but I assume someone has already told you this.

      • Tysquarious Jefferson

        MY SIDES.

        We banned socialists from immigrating, we can ban muslims too. Do something about it, UN.

        “He is talking like Hitler”
        So?

  • http://www.brandaware.co.uk/ Paddy Briggs

    Truly excellent and insightful analysis. Maybe Jeremy Corbyn should take a leaf out of Trump’s book. Be angrier. Don’t moderate his views but strengthen them. Don’t even try to occupy the Centre ground and raise his voice when he speaks. Sock it to us. We might respond !

    • Johnnydub

      Jesus Christ. Corbyn is a buffoon. He has never met an anti west nutjob he didn’t side with.

      • Sue Smith

        Yes, that’s hugely worrying – and a shocking indictment of where your society is going!!

  • http://twitter.com/#!/DavidWLincoln David W. Lincoln

    Freddy, what happened to the momentum the Republicans gained in 2010 & 2014, by winning the House and the Senate, respectively?

    As long as people are hopping mad at the likes of McConnell, Boehner, and similar ilk, they get behind Trump.

  • DaHitman

    Perhaps Americans like him because he speaks his mind and lefties like you, Freddy hate him?

    • General-Zod

      And that means what? Speaking your mind is only as good as what comes out of your mouth. What comes out of his mouth is just hate fueled speech. I don’t think you need to be worried about the ‘lefties’, Trump’s impact on the United States should he somehow become President would be resoundingly negative globally.

      • DaHitman

        Well he upsets leftists like you so he can only be a good thing. As for hate perhaps you should read the Koran and you might understand why Muslims are murdering people around the world.

        Lets not pretend it’s only leftists and their Muslim friends who will be upset if he becomes President

        • General-Zod

          I am not a leftist. I am a Conservative. I am not talking about dissecting the Quran. I am well aware that is filled with violent passages. You can’t see the forest through the trees. He does not, will not, nor will he ever have the power to do what he says he wants to do. Yet you are falling for his rhetoric like it is the gospel. It’s a waste of time to even debate this with you.

          • DaHitman

            Why are you here worrying then?

            And you are no Tory, you have more in common with the English hating Labour Party

          • General-Zod

            Oh you are identifying me as a socialist or a liberal because I oppose that baboon? And the self destructive, hate filled garbage that he is spreading. Are you following reality or are you following your own hatred? Because your hatred blinds you to reality. If Trump somehow managed to do what he is proposing – the consequences for the United States would be severe. The idea that a Presidential candidate has gone on record as saying Mexicans are murders and rapists, talking about how great it is to be a black person in America, talking about how Muslims are evil, saying horrid things about women, a guy who mocks the disabled, he’s a national embarrassment.

            The only thing he will accomplish after this election is the destruction of the Republican party. He knows nothing about politics. Nothing. He clearly demonstrates that he knows nothing about politics. This article clearly states why he acts like this. Because he cannot answer questions in a clear and concise manner, he’s good at whipping up the bowl, but not making a dish out of it.

          • DaHitman

            No I’m saying it because you are clearly a naive easily led moron who believes Taqiyya but its nice to see you are ashamed of being a lefty. Oh and he’s still leading the polls

          • General-Zod

            I am a Canadian and I have voted Conservative for 20 years. You are the moron. What polls is he leading in? Republican party nomination? wow. The talent pool there is painfully thin. Is he winning on a nation stage, no.

            You resort to name calling because you clearly can’t defend the man with any sort of sane reason. You actually think that crude piece of garbage can win? lol. He has no Presidential qualities. None. He is not diplomatic, compassionate, patient. He is impulsive, egotistical and full of hubris. He sued an ex Miss America contestant for 2 million dollars because she made fun of his hair. Knowing she was broke, had an autistic son and a husband who was killed in Iraq.

            Trump is an embarrassment to America. He doesn’t even understand how their own Military works. He couldn’t even answer a question about America’s nuclear triad.

            Naive. I’ve worked for Banks for 15 years. No Business leaders take Donald Trump seriously. People have been severing ties with him because he is a toxic wasteland. Even now he has not put forth any foreign or economic policies in general. What it does she in America and I care about this because I have business interests there, is that there is a whole slew of slopped forehead drooling slobs who have an IQ of 14.

            Muricah! Let me guess, you have a Confederate flag tramp stamp?

          • DaHitman

            Canadian, no wonder you talk tripe. Oh and this is the UK so WTF are you going on about the Confederate flag , you are showing your left-wing traits again by suggesting Islam is a feckin race now

          • Pioneer

            Read what he actually said, it is different form the rubbish you posted.

          • Alex

            I’m afraid that with you people “left-wing” is the general term for “people who don’t agree with me”. You are no different from those left-wing idiots who call everyone fascists. Unfettered immigration is the natural social policy that arises from economic liberalism. Economic liberalism is generally a right-wing (that is, establishment) thing since the fall of the aristocracy and it is the cornerstone of the Conservative (not the “Tory”) party.

          • DaHitman

            Another left-wing trait and notice he uses the fascist term which originates from the fascist left, people like Hitler & Mussolini (socialists). Also third world immigration destroys western values http://www.dailymail.co.uk/columnists/article-3412616/How-Labour-turned-London-foreign-city.html

          • Alex

            I can’t understand what you are referring to here

          • DaHitman

            Because socialists try passing their history on the Right even though we beat you http://rexcurry.net/swastikaweb.html

          • Cyril Sneer

            Unfettered immigration only came into play 12 years ago and that was because of the Labour party. Sit back and enjoy how your ‘unfettered immigration is the natural social policy that arise from economic liberalism’ gets turned to nothing as borders close.

            Unfettered immigration is not natural anything, it’s a policy forced upon us by the left. You must be 12 years old or something Alex.

          • Alex

            It is plainly consonant with free market ideology and is often mentioned in the same breath, free movement of goods, free movement of people.

            You have hit upon the reality that the Labour Party under Blair were right-wing pro-market.

          • Alex

            Oh and Labour increased immigration from 1998, not 2004. 2004, at the accession of the eastern EU ststes, saw only a slight bunp.

      • Tom Cullem

        These are the early stages of the electoral campaign and candidates, once selected, tend to move stealthily back to the center when they must appeal to the national electorate and not core bases. Frankly, I find Cruz far more frightening than Trump, who probably does have “New York values”. Cruz is an angry, nasty man who gets along with no one – and his views are, in fact, far to the right of Trump’s.

      • Cyril Sneer

        You don’t have the first clue what hate is. Anything that doesn’t align to your PC world view is probably hate speech.

    • Callipygian

      I’m American and I want freedom and I can’t stand Obama or the Clintons.

      Trump is DIRT.

      • Sue Smith

        You are truly stuck between a rock and a hard place. Along with about 300 million others.

        • Callipygian

          It’s not over yet! I’m hoping that the anti-Trump voters will get behind one Republican and best him.

      • DaHitman
      • Cyril Sneer

        Yeah but banning muzzies is fab.

        • Callipygian

          We can’t lose everything else we value because of a promise that may turn out to be empty.

          • Tysquarious Jefferson

            We will if anybody else gets in, because they’re not even promising to stop immigration.

          • Callipygian

            You trust a single word Trump says? And immigration is ONE topic. There are many others, such as Supreme Court nominations, national security and the maintenance of the military, foreign policy, healthcare policy, education policy, law & order, freedom of speech, economic responsibility, and tax policy. Trump is either weak, incoherent, or MIA on every single one of these crucial concerns. He’s a terrible, terrible candidate.

          • Tysquarious Jefferson

            Immigration is THE topic. Nothing else matters if they keep importing Latinos – Who vote Democratic at 66%. If we lose on immigration, we lose on the Supreme Court, National Security, the Military, Foreign Policy, Healthcare, Education, Law and Order, ESPECIALLY freedom of speech, economic responsibility, and tax policy. Because if we keep importing Democrats, we’ll get Democratic policies. And guess who wants amnesty? Rubio.

            Demographics is the only thing that matters in 2016. We can argue over all of those other things when we’re NOT in danger of being outvoted FOREVER by foreigners in our own country.

  • Spivy

    And the same rage is sweeping across Europe. The treaty of Versailles, which punished the German people ended with Hitler. The Cultural Marxism, and Political Correctness imposed upon the people is having the same effect. It is linked with falling living standards, financial stress and feeling humiliated, just as the Germans felt in the thirties. It is not just America that will feel the force of rage and hatred but Europe too, which awaits its Trump. Maybe Marine Le Penn is up next.

    • Tom Cullem

      Le Pen in all the polls I have seen doesn’t survive a second round against Juppe or Sarkozy or Valls. But she will force the centre-right farther to the right. I am more curious to see if the AfD and the Sweden Democrats rise to power, and whether the German voters actually have the spine to throw out Merkel, not just because of her actions in the current migrant situation, but because of the new revelations about how impossible German authorities have found it to deport illegal immigrants to places like North Africa for years – and that knowing this full well, Merkel still invited another million in. It was in Der Spiegel today.

  • Tom Cullem

    Perhaps Trump having no ideology is the source of at least a good bit of his appeal; the rest of us have rather had a bellyful of ideologues shaping our lives to their fantasy specs instead of our realities. Trump, according to my American friends, isn’t even a real conservative (after the American fashion, and that remark about his “New York values” is something that rings true to my east coast friends, and secretly endears him to them – they are what Americans call “conservative Democrats” and while they admire Sanders, they like Trump better than Mrs Clinton, and they don’t believe the Democrats will allow Sanders to run – given a choice between the largely disliked and distrusted Mrs Clinton and the brutally honest Trump, they are actually considering voting for Trump. George Bush had no experience with foreign policy and the Republicans had no trouble anointing him; Obama had little to none and the Democrats had no trouble running him. In the couple of one on one interviews I have seen, Trump has come across as far more sane and moderated than in his crowd appearances.
    The fact is, the contempt that ivory tower journos and analysts and horrified leftwing ideologues keep heaping on Trump sonly serves to highlight how much more out of touch with people they are than the born-rich Trump is. Mrs Clinton is now slinging mud at Sanders for being a communist and expressing her contempt for policies that “don’t work in the real world”: like single payer universal health care and free university for those who qualify. . . except that those policies have worked in the real world: Scandinavia, most of Europe, Japan . . . It’s a sign of Mrs Clinton’s tone deafness that she doesn’t realise that she is persuading people that they have a better chance of support for single payer health care and Wall Street reform with Trump than with her.
    Trump isn’t refracting American political neuroses so much as the reflexive defences and snobbery of the political and media elites – who haven’t listened to ordinary people in decades, and still aren’t.

    • William Brown

      The irony is that ‘ordinary people’ will be the ones who will be the first to suffer incalculably at the hands of Trump.

      • Generalissimo R M Chair

        As opposed to how they won’t at the hands of any of the rest of Washington’s insiders?

        Do you have any better defence of the rest of the republican field, or the Democrats for that matter, other than “they’re not AS bad”? Because with someone as socially and politically alluring as Trump, you need more than that.

      • Tom Cullem

        I’m really not in a position to call on that, too far away. Certainly, were I an ordinary American, Sanders would be my first choice. But in fact, ordinary Americans have been getting the boot up the jacksie from every side since Reagan – remember it was Mrs Clinton’s husband who pushed NAFTA through and allowed Glass-Steagall to be repealed on his watch – from the view from here, Cruz is far more dangerous to women’s rights and healthcare laws than Trump is.

      • Tom Cullem

        Ed Miliband was born rich, too – grew up in the delightful and very expensive Primrose Hill area of London where his family still owns a townhome worth about 2mn. He never held a real job in his life and went straight from elite schools into politics.

        It’s not as if the British working-classes (I’m unsure whether you are American or British so apologies if I’m telling you things you know) have had their issues (like the compression of wages at the lowest end of the scale by migration, immigration, and illegal immigration) addressed either by Labour or the Conservatives.

        It’s the same story: out of touch political elites apply their ideologies to other people’s lives and when those people object, treat those people as ignorant for disputing the value of those ideologies. Applies across the board. Hence Labour’s loss last May – not that the Tories are held in such great regard.

  • Callipygian

    As an American and a Republican, let me say unequivocally: The Donald is NOT my candidate. He is not a conservative, and he is not a principled Lockean liberal. Certain among us have lost our minds, and I hope that they are overruled by the Sane and Unbroken Wing of the Republican party. Until yesterday, Trump voted Democrat and he even gave money to the Clinton Chaos Machine to ensure that they would show up at his wedding. Personally I’d rather have God than the Devil at the wedding, especially ones with lies as deep and ankles as thick as hers. But Trump has no taste, no class, and no love of liberty.

    Get this jerk out of here. Let the real and the honourable conservatives — Rubio, Cruz, Christie, Fiorina, Jeb, and Kasich, come forward. (Scott Walker: you gave up too soon!)

    • Sue Smith

      Well said. I share your concern.

      • Jambo25

        From what my (largely Republican) American relatives say Cruz is more of an ultra religious Tea Party-ite than Trump. The only one of the others I know much about is Bush and I doubt he’s got much of a chance.

        • Pioneer

          Cruz is not ultra religious. He brings it up in the States where it plays well,of course, that is all.

          • Jambo25

            He plays to that conservative, religious sensibility though. I have no idea what he feels privately.

    • Tom Cullem

      Christie? You’ve used the word “honourable” about Chris Christie??!! Pull the other one, mate: Christie hasn’t got a moral bone in his very large body – this is New Jersey we’re talking about, not I-oway. Cruz is so nasty that if he gets into the Oval Office, he won’t be able to work with anyone, including those on his own side of the asile. Jeb Bush is a wet mess whose Mamma has to come out and threaten Trump, and Scott Walker sold his state to Big Business’s tax interests and then stuck ordinary American labourers with the bill for the hole he left in the stage revenue as a result.

      If those are your panoply of honourable conservatives, Trump is the least of your worries.

      • Callipygian

        You’re completely out to lunch. Go and find someone else to slander, since you apparently must!

        • Tom Cullem

          Dear me, have I stepped on your toes? I do read the foreign press – you are, of course, free to dispute what I said about Gov Walker and Gov Christie – Bush is trailing in the polls and his Mama has sent out a threat to Mr Trump – what is your problem? And lastly, are you asserting that political corruption in New Jersey is non-existent? Really?! Corruption in New Jersey is so rife (I think you call it “pay to play”) that you can see it, as Malcolm Tucker from “The Thick of It” once put it, from Outer Space. And btw, expressed opinions of public personae does not rise to the level of slander.

    • Pioneer

      Withe exception of Cruz and (possibly) Fiorina, the rest of your list are establishment candidates. Voting for any of the establishment candidates is suicide.

      • Callipygian

        Bollocks! Rubio is a fantastic choice with a 98% approval rating by the American Conservative Union (Cruz’s is 100, but that doesn’t mean he is the better man, the greater patriot, or the smarter decision-maker). Rubio could win a national election and he would take America in the right direction by preserving our key freedoms and bolstering our national security. Voting for Trump is voting for a loser in the general election — and he is not a conservative or even a coherent liberal. I agree with this assessment of your plastic idol, Trump the Chump: http://www.weeklystandard.com/the-nominee-we-deserve/article/2000692

    • Cyril Sneer

      Ok cool so that’s at least one person who won’t be voting for Trump.

      • Callipygian

        Amen with knobs on.

    • Tysquarious Jefferson

      What has your ‘principled Lockean liberal’ party conserved? Gun laws are cropping up like weeds. Affirmative action hasn’t been taken down. Two Marxists were appointed to the Supreme Court. Our country is flooded with more liberal-voting latinos every day.

      You can have all the principles you want – it doesn’t matter if you get outvoted at the end of the day. If we keep importing socialist-voting latinos, we’ll get socialism, regardless of how principled we are. Demographics is the only thing that matters in 2016, and NO candidate aside from Trump is willing to do something about it.

      Think Obama was extreme? Wait until 30% of the country is third world socialists and the largely progressive leaning millennials are a voting block. You’ll be praying for things to be as good as when King Barack was in office.

    • Neil Reed

      All establishment,bought and paid for by big money who want to keep the status quo,Give it up Cali,you sound like Jeb Bush! Your going down the wrong road! It isn’t going to happen!

  • Knight of Tipton

    I hope he gets in. It’ll be a laugh.

  • Sue Smith

    I don’t think the whole of America loves him. Here’s a devastating demolition job which will make it nearly impossible for Trump and Palin to get up off the floor!! Note: no criticism of Clinton or the Democrats.

    http://crooksandliars.com/2016/01/stephen-colbert-does-spot-sarah-palin-rant?utm_source=Crooks+and+Liars+Daily+Newsletter&utm_campaign=d4a918acb7-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d4904be7bc-d4a918acb7-326974501

  • http://rantingoldgit.blogspot.co.uk/ Arthur Sparknottle

    People should not forget that Adolf Hitler achieved 36% of the vote in the German presidential election in 1932. Although he didn’t win, he gained so much support that Hindenburg made him Chancellor because he had such a following. When the ailing Hindenburg died in 1934, Hitler abolished the constitution and made himself Fuhrer.

    • Cyril Sneer

      You seem to be fixated with Hitler but it’s a good job that he’s dead and that we won the war 70 odd years ago. I think it’s time to move on Arthur.

  • mactekus

    When you ask Joe Blow what conservatism is, or when they volunteer the definition, don’t be surprised if they give a bizarre or comically wrong set of qualities. To be perfectly honest, we haven’t had anything close to a limited-government conservative in office. Therein lies the problem.

    The debt is $18 Trillion ($10T in 2008). If the Fed ever really started ratcheting up the rates, the interest on the debt could reach a point that we couldn’t service. We need to shrink government and we need to unleash the economic potential of the nation. The fat cats in Washington need to be declawed. The Omnibus bill was a disgrace. A complete capitulation.

    Ted Cruz has stated on the campaign trail that he wants to take the establishment out to the back alley and put two bullets in its head. He may be right that the stranglehold of the special interest are so great that the only way to rectify the system would be to maim it to a significant degree. Cruz truly is a hated man.

    • Tysquarious Jefferson

      Cruz’s wife works on the “North American Community” project and is a VP at Goldman Sachs.

      Cruz is the establishment. You’re being played. Judge the GOPe by their actions more than their words – they want you to believe they hate Cruz, but they’ve been screaming at Trump since he took that elevator ride.

  • Aethelflaed

    How about an article on – The EU offers on gloom, insults, and arrogance – and Europeans hate them for it.

    • Generalissimo R M Chair

      That would be a good one.

    • Cyril Sneer

      Yes but the Speccie wouldn’t get paid.

  • Tony

    I don’t disagree with a lot of what he says. My only problem is that it is him who is saying it. He comes across as arrogant, smug and just plain annoying. What happened to Ron Paul.

  • right1_left1

    Criticizing the conventioanl political establishment is attempting to lift the doom and gloom that has been inflicted by them.

    In fact Trump shouted to the rooftops his business success and how he would ‘get things done’ and make America great agin.
    Totally at variance with what this article claims.

  • Muttley

    Yet another smug metropolitan who hasn’t yet twigged that globalisation is not an unmitigated force for good. Far from feeling “abandoned” by it, More and more people are recognising that it is undermining the social and economic fabric of their countries.

    • Dr Strangelove

      Well of course it is it, but you can more stop globalisation than you can the incoming tide

      • Generalissimo R M Chair

        Costal cities build dams, dykes, levees to prevent flooding.

        And all tides recede. Before they do so, though, they turn – as they are doing right now.

        Just a little food for thought, Doc.

      • Terry Field

        Yes you can.

        • Dr Strangelove

          Ok, get on with it then. Stop globalisation, please keep me posted of your progress.

          • Terry Field

            You do not stop it, you modify it to your interests. Your little country cannot do it, but here in the United States, we are powerful enough to influence events. The right of the citizen is distinct from the power or powerlessness of the consumer.

          • Dr Strangelove

            However the United States government wants globalisation. It represents. US corporations and banks that profit from globalisation, so your Government isn’t going to stop globalisation, quite reverse.

  • vieuxceps2

    Donald Trump’s ratings rise whenever he makes a particularly non-PC remark, Why does it not occur to the commentariat of the world that the reason for it is that he is saying what the normal run-of-the-mill voter thinks? If I lived in the USA and someone suggested it would be a good idea to ban muslim immigration until terrorism had been sorted out, then I would welcome the notion,as it seems did many others. Maybe the politicos and the media and the opinion -formers should take more heed of what the people think?

    • Sue Smith

      In Australia one commentator (a demographer, actually) refers to the kind of ideologues who promulgate ‘progressive’ rubbish as inner urban “bubble people” – these are people who think AND speak alike. But their over-riding dislike is of the suburbs and ‘suburban people’,believing them to be life forms lower than plankton. Certainly the opinions of those in the ‘burbs are not worth considering, according to the ‘bubble people’.

      There’s quite a bit of truth to this, and it reveals how completely out of touch the “bubble people” are.

      Think ‘Hollywood’ and you get industrial- strength “bubble people”.

    • Callipygian

      Trump, among his many other failings and appalling limitations (including a profound ignorance about just about everything except making money and rabble-rousing), changes his mind every five minutes and contradicts himself at will.

      We don’t know what he stands for, why he stands for it, or how he can justify it to those that don’t automatically share his position. He is a proven shape-shifter and a supporter of liberal politics and policies: until the day before yesterday, he was a Democrat. He is simply not to be trusted. And that includes but is not limited to anything he says about immigration.

      • vieuxceps2

        Your views on Mr. Trump may well be justified, but my point is that his opinions on a number of subjects seem to strike a chord with many ordinary people. I ask therefore,why the powers-that-be do not recognise this and act accordingly? “Vox populi” has become “We know best”.

        • Callipygian

          Populism will get us nowhere. We have a fantastic antidote to the Dems already in the legitimate field of conservative candidates.

          • Terry Field

            Populism?
            Isn’t that what most people encompass, little-fannied one??

      • Terry Field

        You keep lying.
        Why?
        Sexual frustration?????

  • John

    precisely when did the telegraph and spectator become leftist rags?

    • kevinlynch1005

      This article is critical of protectionism. Trump is the arch protectionist. Protectionism is a creature of the left, rather than the right, which favours deregulated free trade. Let the market decide.

  • Callipygian

    Never mind the Trump Chump. According to the Des Moines Register (Iowa’s most important newspaper), “Sen. Marco Rubio has the potential to chart a new direction for the party, and perhaps the nation, with his message of restoring the American dream.” The paper has endorsed him as nominee and therefore as president.

    It’s been a slice, Donald. Now toddle off so the grown ups can get on with the serious business of keeping freedom alive.

    • Pioneer

      Would that be Marco “gang of eight” Rubio.

      • Callipygian

        Irrelevant. He tried dealing with the Democrats; it didn’t work; he changed his mind.

        Next!

        • Pioneer

          Rubio hasn’t changed. Soros is backing him.

          Rubio is still an amnesty/mass immigration extremist.

          • Callipygian

            Oh, rubbish!

          • Pioneer

            Follow the money. Look at the financial backers. Check it out for yourself.

            Rubio is the enemy.

          • Callipygian

            No, YOU are.

          • Pioneer

            You didn’t bother checking the evidence.

            Yelling Rubbish makes you look very silly.

          • Callipygian

            But I’m NOT very silly, and you ARE very ignorant, and I’m here, and god knows where you are. I’m a citizen and a registered voter. You can ‘vote’ in your dreams. Ciao!

          • Pioneer

            You can lead a horse to water…..

          • Callipygian

            …but I can’t make an ignoramus think.

          • Neil Reed

            Ask Bob Dole!

        • Neil Reed

          He forgets where he works too! How many missed votes? I like him,but president,nope!

    • Tysquarious Jefferson

      The Des Moines Register is a leftist rag that has no bearing on what any Republican in Iowa does or says. They’ve routinely polled Donald Trump at 10% under the national average. They’ve endorsed Hilary Clinton and Marco Rubio, both establishment hacks that want nothing more than boots on the ground in the middle east and beaner boots on the ground at home.

      • Callipygian

        Fine: I don’t care. The fact is that Rubio is a fab candidate and deserves to be the nominee, whatever any paper says.

        • Terry Field

          No he is just more of the same.

          • Callipygian

            He isn’t ‘just’ anything. We’ll be lucky to have him!

          • Neil Reed

            What are you smoking? Pass it around,I want to check the results in a control group!

          • Terry Field

            I doubt that you will ‘have’ him, in any sense of the word.
            Red neck.
            `Dummy.

        • a6z

          The ladies love Rubio. He is a good candidate. I resent him a little because people mistake me for him.

          • Callipygian

            I bet your ears are smaller : )

          • a6z

            Thanks. I don’t see the resemblance myself. I don’t look a younger Arnold Schwarzenegger either, not to myself. Other people sometimes see resemblances you yourself don’t see.

            My avatar really isn’t a very good picture.

          • Callipygian

            Do you have a slight gap between your front teeth? I find that rather charming.

          • a6z

            Sorry.

          • Callipygian

            All right, then. A gap between your eyebrows? %^0

          • a6z

            Yeah. Say, could we talk about your looks for a change? Or–here’s an idea so crazy it might just work–given where we are, either Rubio’s virtues or Trump’s (capacious) vices?

          • Callipygian

            Where in the world are you? I’ve lost track.
            Wouldn’t bother giving too much detail on pros and cons here in The Speccie. They’re all English anyway and they don’t have a vote (thank god).

          • a6z

            Followed you there. I only work in outer space, as Captain Kirk said.

            I believe the English have voting system and a national legislating body of some kind.

            Excuse me, the English used to. The British do. The Scots do, separately. I suppose the Northern Irish have one, and the Welsh. And the Cornish. But no, certainly not the English. Too self-effacing.

          • Callipygian

            The Cornish are sad sacks, I’m afraid. Behind Hungary, Lithuania, and somewhere else in Europe for affluence, and they reside in the poorest area of Britain if not the entire UK. Needless to say, socialism has done them no favours. But it’s also a problem for a country that has only one really big-time city, and that city is on almost the other side of the country.

    • Terry Field

      You sound far-off, small, unknowing and…..how to say………………..WRONG

      • Callipygian

        Step back from the mirror and get yourself a life!

        • Neil Reed

          Your the one who needs a life outside the delusional ward! Keep hitting the Hilary pipe and see where it gets you!

        • Terry Field

          You are a red neck.
          Dummy.

  • Kurt Steiner

    The man is playing America (republicans, democrats, and the media like) like a fiddle. He’s a giant mirror for us to reflect on the state of our body politic:

    https://feralyawp.wordpress.com/2015/12/09/donald-j-trump-the-artist-is-present/

    • Pioneer

      Yes, there is something in that. He is making the move now, because he knows it is the end game. Western civilization is on the brink of destruction, he is trying to wake you up to it.

  • Space 1999

    I like him for his ability to reduce the BBC and fellow lefty luvvies into paroxysms of horror!

    Go The Don!

    • Freddythreepwood

      Me too! Wish I could be a fly on the wall at The Guardian’s morning prayers.

    • Jonathan Osborne

      We are horrified because the idea of a blowhard trying to take on the difficult responsibilities of being President that Trump so seriously lacks the qualifications for should scare ANYONE who actually cares about America and her future.

  • anonynomnomnom .

    He never trashed the United States. He trashed the morally bankrupt kleptocracy which rules the United States and their enablers in the media. He doesn’t hate America. He hates YOU.

    And so do we.

    Sleep tight, buttercup.

    • Callipygian

      Speak for yourself, moron.

      • anonynomnomnom .

        I am. Does that frighten you?

        • Callipygian

          I should have thought that being a moron was more *your* problem. So in answer to your question (bored, are you?): No.

          • Blu Soulstn

            Whatever you say you “useful idiot” your one moronic voice in a sea of pro-trump supporters in this comments section. So saddle up there cowgirl and ride on out of here

  • Terry Field

    He is winning, quite simply because he is, in every sense, RIGHT.

  • Guilttripjunkie

    Trump is telling the truth in a time of universal deceit re mass immigration and Islamification in the Western world. People whose fears have been dismissed by the political establishment, now have someone who tells them their their concerns are valid. That is why his support is growing.

    • Terry Field

      Precisely. His sixty promises are in the main how the West was governed when it was the dominant force in the world.

  • King Kibbutz

    Meanwhile, the EU offers continuing massive inflow of muslim immigration at the same time as ‘Europol’ assure us that IS are recruiting this very group in preparation for ‘special forces’ type strikes in major European soft target areas.
    Unbefirkinleivable.

  • Neil Reed

    So you don’t like people who tell the truth. I’m not sure where your abode is and I really don’t care,Trump is correct,the majority of the American people are tired of all the Bullshit,politically correct drivel that has sent this country down a crap hole,loo hole,toilet hole,you get the message. He isn’t perfect,but we will take him. Like most Americans he has faults,but don’t we all! I have friends in low places(middle east) that tell me a third of your lovely immigrants are terrorist ! You will reap what you have sown, I can’t wait. I have my hated AR-15 Colt,a 10mm Colt,a couple of H&K’s,a few Sig’s and have never had to use them accept on pesky little targets,but when the bullshit starts a few million of us will wade into it with our boots on and show you how to end it. I think you are just jealous. I can own guns,drive fast cars, and I have much larger penis than you! To borrow a line,it sucks to be you or in this case you and the EU!

    • Jonathan Osborne

      That is so sad.
      That is so sad.

  • Terry Field

    ‘Donald Trump offers only gloom, insults and arrogance’
    NO
    Profoundly NO
    Socialists and euro-corrupt-eurocrats offer gloom, poverty, insults, lies, manipulation, arrogance and collapse.
    Look at poverty-stricken Britain after the entire post war period of socialism, except for the blessed MARGARET the GREAT

    • Jonathan Osborne

      Based on what?
      You insult people of Europe and then say they are the ones who offer insults, but not you.
      No wonder you support Trump as you’re just as ridiculous.

  • RJ45

    Marco Rubio comes across as too young and inexperienced, maybe in 15 years time.

  • mandelson

    Only one answer to this hatchet job – GO TRUMP!

  • Blu Soulstn

    Every can see the lies clearly.. The lies of the government and Obozo. They are ready for real “hope and change” Did we become a country during happy times or gloomy? Exactly. Go Trump for 2016!!!

    • Jonathan Osborne

      I see you have no grasp on reality. No wonder you support a dullard like Trump.

      • Blu Soulstn

        Dullard.. That’s the word you choose? See you back at Oxford chap

  • trobrianders

    Freddie Gray has no understanding of why a darker message is resonating. Because he has his head up his…

  • a6z

    First, just to declare myself: Trump is a two-bit Caesarist and there is some danger he will take the Republican nomination. So in the main we agree. This post is about where we disagree.

    European journalists misunderstand America, and American journalists Europe. Why should they not? The political cultures differ greatly, and labor specializes.

    For instance “Ronald Reagan wooed America with sunny optimism” rings wrong. One would equally say that of FDR in ’36. It suggests a mood-driven campaign. It was an idea-driven campaign in a sunny mood. (Likewise FDR in ’36.) “Reagan spoke to America, with sunny optimism, of her ancestral liberties.”

    Few Americans feel betrayed by “globalisation” specifically; the word has little purchase here. Most are not sure what name to put on an abstraction that has betrayed them; others pick one almost at random from a familiar menu; but they are pretty sure who has.

    Mr. Gray also has not done justice to some of Trump’s more resonant complaints.

    Still, Mr. Trump is a very broad target and Mr. Gray has hit him fair and square, solid salvos below the waterline.

    For an European, very well done Mr. Gray.

  • Pat_Rich

    My BS meter pegged. Is it just barely possible the writer detests The Donald?

  • Jenny Wren

    Given that he is running away from hostile questioning, I think this may be him in another guise…it certainly explains the hair. http://www.imdb.com/media/rm846889984/ch0004330

    • Pioneer

      Taking on Murdoch is not running away.

      He is the only one brave enough to do it, you idiot.

      • Jenny Wren

        He’s chicken

        • Bertie

          He’s actually making great play of the situation. A propaganda coup for his campaign! You’re clearly too ignorant, or blind, to see that though. I suspect it’s the former.

          • Jenny Wren

            Says Mr Fooled

          • Bertie

            How am I fooled exactly?

            I said he’s making great play of the situation, a propaganda coup – that’s doesn’t mean I’d consider voting for him!! I presume that is the erroneous conclusion you jumped to post reading my comment.

  • Venk

    Trump is O.K. He is forthright and being a pessimist helps in tackling problems.Why should the US welcome people that will destroy it? It is for a particular society to decide who is in and who is out – Doubt if Saudi Arabia will let the hungry and bigoted of the world to come in – just look at the way foreign workers are being treated. The US has already gone downhill over the past few decades and uncontrolled immigration from third world countries following a fourth-rate religion and culture will kill it off.

    • Elle Rewdaine

      So true the British never fault countries like Pakistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia and similar countries who constantly abuse human rights!

  • Jenny Wren

    Look at Megyn Kelly being horrible to him

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2itQkiQUOE

  • Miss Floribunda Rose

    Why is Mr. Trump wearing Elton’s wig? You’d think a billionaire would be able to splash out on something a tad more realistic, wouldn’t you?

  • kayerob

    We do not want to be Europe. So politically correct they would cover up rapes and sexual assault. You don’t have a country without a boarder. When Rodger Ailes called down the thunder with his childish press release, he got it. Trump said they can’t toy with me like they do the others. Now Fox ,who had the advertising rate at 750.000 for 2 minutes, is having to sell for the bargain basement price of 150,000. Trump”s competing event is also being broadcast at the same time.Ailes is calling his daughter and wife and begging him back.

  • http://www.flowerfairies.com/ Whirled Peas

    “…started to take over the soul of the Republican party.”

    The incremental take over of the Republican party was a calculated and planned strategy by free-market ideologues who sowed the seeds of discontent.

    That Donald has swooped in to reap the benefits might be called “poetic justice.”

    And, it might be funny if it were not so terrible.

  • Puk

    I get that Trump is direct and that he does address many of the fears that the political establishment have dismissed the following years. But surely America MUST have a more serious and competent candidate than Trump?

    In most of the world people at least expect the candidates for presidency (or the equivalent), to be serious, well educated, well spoken and that they have some connection to politics and economics – and thus know the system works.

    Trump? Yes he knows real estate and the entertainment industry. But he only received a bachelors degree in economics, nothing more, and only worked “his way up” in his families already well established company? How does that make him eligible to run a country?

    On top of this he is racist, use stereotypes, say things that goes against human rights, the Americans constitution, religious freedom, gender equality etc. He’s an extremist by all means and use scare tactics to get votes.

    He’s also rude, egocentric and lack humility and common curtsy. He comments on the most childish things, and humiliate people in the most disgusting ways, like a third grader, yet adults eat it right up? He tweets about who he finds unattractive, calling people he never spoke to, ugly, losers and “dumb”. It seems like he has no heart.

    It’s not okay to discriminate against an entire religion based on a small percentage of its followers who have become terrorists by twisting the words of the religion to fit their crazy ideals. It’s not okay to marginalize an entire race of people, saying things like all the Mexicans are lazy, that they are all stealing our jobs and bringing drugs into our country.

    He encourage Americans to embrace their own dark side: racism, misogyny, pettiness, religious biggotry, lack of class and a disregard for the truth. “It’s OK to do this. Donald Trump does, and he’s running for president!” Just saw a CNN segment showiing that most of the people they talked to could not identify any republican candidate other than Trump – the media personality and reality television star. Ignorance.

    Her’s a tidbit of the immature and vulgar things he has said:

    “Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not s’posedta say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?” –Donald Trump on Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina

    “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her wherever.” –Donald Trump, insulting Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly over questions she asked during the first Republican primary debate

    “If Hillary Clinton can’t satisfy her husband what makes her think she can satisfy America.” –Donald Trump

    “When Mexico sends its people…they’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”

    “I know where she went – it’s disgusting, I don’t want to talk about it. No, it’s too disgusting. Don’t say it, it’s disgusting.” –Donald Trump on Hillary Clinton taking a bathroom break during a Democratic presidential debate

    “There were people that were cheering on the other side of New Jersey, where you have large Arab populations. They were cheering as the World Trade Center came down.” –

    “breast pumping? .. ew disgusting, disgusting!”

    This might be fun or entertaining for some people, coming from a comedian, but the potential next president?!

    From the outside it seems like America is inhabited by uneducated (and well, incredibly dumb) people, when the rest of the world think things can’t get anymore ridiculous, they do! Its like people take politics as serious as they do the next season of Honey boo boo. It just needs to be as extreme and entertaining as possible! No need for any actual merits or intellect, the village idiot can be president as long as he speaks one sentence that support your own case!

    You might not “care” that the rest of the world is laughing and looking at the people of America in confusion – but with even a smudge of education you must be aware that the opinion of the world is very important to America?

    I just don’t get it!

    “We won with poorly educated. I love the poorly educated.” –Donald Trump

    https://www.google.dk/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&ved=0ahUKEwjIlrjF9K_LAhVpEpoKHUIqBJEQjRwIBw&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.pinterest.com%2Fpin%2F139470919687573317%2F&psig=AFQjCNFQJnEbTHgkrhtBVHhzjacaT2LAsw&ust=1457485953337881

    Oh, or maybe I do.

  • G.l. Villars

    America does not love him, the press and ignorant uneducated people love him. Without the ignorant and uneducated tyrants cannot survive.

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