So many links, so little time!
When I last posted, Donald Trump’s supporters were reeling from the outrageous protests at his Arizona rallies on Saturday, March 19. One man’s future nosedived when he punched and kicked a protester wearing the American flag shirt walking in front of the woman with the KKK hood. The Trump supporter faces a suspicion of misdemeanor assault charge. Meanwhile, the protester, a Bernie Sanders supporter, got his 15 minutes of fame with several media interviews.
An off-duty policeman recorded his impressions of the Tucson rally. He went to hear what Trump had to say for himself and found nothing offensive. On the other hand, he found the protesters fearsome, ‘hateful’ and ‘crazy’. He worried he was going to be attacked from behind. Someone else who went tweeted, ‘This is insane’. Yet another account (reader’s comment) said that the protesters went berserk when a local television channel showed up to film the crowd. After the film crew left, they quietened down.
Not everyone who had tickets for the Tucson rally was able to attend. A Mexican community organiser and Soros Fellow from New Orleans organised the two-hour roadblock on the highway leading to the venue. Only three arrests were made. For those wondering if Sheriff Joe Arpaio should have had more of his men out there, Tucson is in Pima County, not Maricopa.
Meanwhile, memories of the violent Chicago protests which had occurred on Friday, March 11, were alive and well. A Reddit contributor gave a lengthy, considered first-hand account of the cancelled rally, pronouncing it ‘true totalitarinanism and authoritarianism’ in denying peaceful people their right to hear and see Trump. Whilst a UIC university professor said that ‘Bernie’s people’ were not involved, she acknowledged some of the protesters might have been his supporters. It later transpired that they were allegedly assisted by Glenn Beck supporters. Beck supports Rafael ‘Ted’ Cruz.
Whoever’s involved, this is probably not the last of the mayhem. One blogger suggested several sensible soundbites Trump can use in future to counter, if not pre-empt, future protests.
Returning to Soros for a moment, it is revealing that Soros Fund Management contributed $202,700 to John Kasich’s campaign. Kasich has received a lot more favourable media coverage since Marco Rubio dropped out after the Florida primary. He doesn’t have a chance of winning the nomination but could peel off Republican votes from Trump.
After Arizona, Trump spent time at home on Sunday, March 20. His youngest son Barron turned 10 that day. Trump has since deleted the tweet, which had a photo of him and Melania with the boy. Barron looked preoccupied, perhaps worried. He normally looks a little chirpier.
That evening marked the start of a busy week for the GOP frontrunner. He hosted a ‘Big Republican Dinner’ at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach.
Trump spent Monday in Washington, DC. He met with a group of high-ranking Republicans who introduced him to Congressmen and Senators, possible allies for the future. Afterwards, he gave a press conference at the iconic old Post Office building which he is converting into a hotel. A woman with a press card asked if he needed any decorators, saying she said she had experience in that field. Trump invited the immaculately dressed woman onto the stage and offered her a job, arranging for her to meet the man in charge of hiring who was standing a short distance away.
On Monday evening, Trump spoke at the AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) conference. His and Hillary Clinton’s addresses were the most applauded. Time was wrong to say that Trump received a ‘muted’ response. I watched it on YouTube.
Although some anti-Trump attendees walked out as soon as he approached the podium, Trump introduced his speech by saying that he formed his policy on Israel with his son-in-law (Jared Kushner). Time omitted that detail in their transcript. Contrary to earlier reports which positioned him as being lukewarm on Israel, he said that he would ‘dismantle the disastrous deal with Iran’, Obama ‘may be the worst thing to ever happen to Israel’, Hillary Clinton was no better and that, as president, he would veto a UN Security Council resolution relating to Israel and Palestine. He also said that, if elected, he would plan to meet immediately with Benjamin Netanyahu. Trump closed by reminding the audience of his credibility:
My daughter, Ivanka, is about to have a beautiful Jewish baby.
Ivanka converted before she married Jared.
On Tuesday, March 22, voting took place in Arizona and Utah. Trump won the former with 47.1% of the vote. Meanwhile, in neighbouring Utah, it was just the opposite. Glenn Beck, a Catholic who converted to Mormonism several years ago, sees Cruz as the hero of a Latter Day Saints prophecy. According to them, the Constitution will ‘hang like a thread’ in the final days and only one man will be able to restore it. Beck also said at a Cruz rally that the Book of Mormon would protect freedom in our time.
Mormon fervour for Cruz was further boosted when a PAC independent of but supportive of his campaign broadcast an anti-Trump ad ending with a photo of Melania from a spread GQ published in 2000, well before she married the billionaire. The ad asked whether she would make a suitable First Lady. Trump tweeted Cruz, warning that he would ‘spill the beans’ on his wife Heidi.
Cruz denied any direct involvement with the advert, however, it would be highly unusual for any candidate to not know the content of an ad, even if it came from an independent PAC.
When it came to the Brussels attacks that same day, Trump looked positively prophetic. Even the left-wing women on The View marvelled, correctly recalling that he predicted events in Belgium’s capital in January. Two out of four of them reluctantly agreed that Trump had his finger on the pulse.
Piers Morgan must think so, too. He interviewed Trump on March 24 on Good Morning Britain. Trump thinks we will probably vote to leave the EU. Hmm!
The rest of the week largely revolved around the article which appeared in the most recent edition of the National Enquirer about Ted Cruz’s alleged affairs. Here is a readable photo of the article. Cruz claimed the attacks were ‘garbage’ and that it was Trump’s fault. Trump replied that he had nothing to do with the story and issued a statement to that effect on Facebook. The controversy continued for two days.
Trump then turned his attention to global issues — NATO and terror. The Guardian reported that he made these points on a Sunday morning news programme on ABC:
“I think Nato is obsolete,” Trump says. “I’m not saying Russia is not a threat but we have other threats, and Nato doesn’t discuss terrorism.”
“We pay, number one, a totally disproportionate share of Nato,” Trump continues, before rambling about how “we’re the ones always fighting on the Ukraine” …
Trump wants Nato “readjusted to take care of terrorism or we’re going to have to set up a new coalition” because “terrorism is out of control.”
Sunday ended on a high note as Ivanka gave birth to Theodore James. The Guardian wondered if he would be nicknamed Ted. They’ll probably call him Theo, but, if not, at least Cruz’s nickname comes from his middle name of Edward. Phew!