With the Olympics and a momentous weekend, there is time only for a smattering of the latest news on Donald Trump. There is so much more to report.
First, however, there’s big news on the hacking of the intranet at George Soros’s Open Society Foundation. Bloomberg reported (emphases in the original throughout):
The e-mails and documents posted to the DCLeaks site in early June suggest that the hackers may have a broader agenda than influencing the U.S. presidential election, one that ranges from the Obama administration’s policy toward Russia to disclosures about the hidden levers of political power in Washington.
It also means the hackers may have much left in their grab bag to distribute at will. The subjects of the DCLeaks site include a former ranking intelligence official who now works for a major defense contractor and a retired Army officer whose wife serves on the USS Nimitz, the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. Some of the e-mails go back years.
Grab the popcorn!
Elsewhere, it’s been a hot weekend in Milwaukee, where rioting broke out. One sympathiser gave this eloquent explanation to a local television news reporter:
Ya know Rich people got all the money and they don’t give us none.
The constant trickle of welfare just isn’t enough for some, it seems. Another Tweet has a handy guide to the political party affiliation of Milwaukee’s mayors since 1948. No prizes for guessing Democrat. In fact, between 1948 and 1960 a proper Socialist was in charge.
A few days earlier, leftists cheered Malia Obama’s smoking something. Can you imagine if this had been Sarah Palin’s daughter?
Meanwhile, Donald Trump has been having fun:
I am truly enjoying myself while running for president. The people of our country are amazing – great numbers on November 8th!
Glad to read it. The day he tweeted that message, August 13, he spoke for over an hour to a crowd of about 5,000 supporters at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, and set the house on fire, as it were. It was very hot there — over 100°F — and a raging thunderstorm broke out after the event. The audience was invited to stay in the auditorium until it let up.
This is some of what Trump had to say:
It’s like 100 degrees in here. How do you people do it? You’ve been here for hours. If feels like I’m wearing a sweat suit.
I went from being an insider to an outsider in about two seconds.
Maybe it’s time to take away their [New York Times] press credentials. When they write dishonest stories you can’t read them. We should be a little bit tough. A real garbage newspaper.
Talking about garbage, you have a bad governor here who is supporting Hillary Clinton.
Crooked CNN is so disgusting! Oh, look, their cameras just turned off. BTW, their ratings are going down. I refuse to do interviews there.
Clinton is going to raise your taxes. Just what Connecticut needs.
Your health insurance is going to sky-rocket in November.
A lot of young university-age men were in the audience. Trump criticised Connecticut’s governor for allowing General Electric to leave the state, no questions asked. Trump said the departure was damaging Connecticut economically.
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton held a tiny meeting in an Iowa university bookstore on August 12.
Which brings us to the topic of the media. On August 11, my better half asked, ‘Why is it that I see only Trump articles — and critical ones at that — but never anything about Clinton?’ It’s true, even — perhaps especially — at The Telegraph.
In the US a concerted media effort is taking place to destroy Trump’s campaign. The Conservative Treehouse discussed journalist Sharyl Attkisson’s interview about The Washington Post‘s Carl Bernstein. He recently gave a talk in which he:
urged all of the reporters in attendance to earnestly work at taking down candidate Donald Trump.
Bernstein has also said this is a:
a professional journalistic responsibility …
It’s not just the MSM, either. Award-winning journalist and author Liz Crokin wrote a must-read article for the New York Observer which details how Apple, Google, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook are doing the same. She gives many examples of what has been happening this year:
… the propaganda skewing this election runs much deeper than just the media: our iPhones, iPads, social media networks, Google and even video games are all in the tank for Hillary Clinton—and it’s chilling.
After discussing those media companies, she ended with a pointed critique of CNN’s coverage which is absolutely brilliant.
Speaking of CNN, on August 9, a former Secret Service agent was so incensed by the network’s coverage of Trump’s remarks on the Second Amendment that he terminated his interview. Bizpac Review reported:
Things got real personal Tuesday night between CNN’s Don Lemon and former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino while discussing Donald Trump’s much maligned comment on Second Amendment supporters possibly stopping rival Hillary Clinton.
Perhaps Lemon took exception to Bongino summarizing the hyperventilating on the left as being “in the comical realm.”
Either way, Bongino correctly labeled the charge that Trump was somehow calling for the assassination of Clinton as “absurd” while explaining his point of view.
A slanging match ensued, with Lemon saying:
You should be ashamed of yourself!
After more exchanges, Borgino finally had enough:
You don’t know crap about this, Don! You’re a TV guy! I was a Secret Service Agent! Now cut off my mic! Do what you wanna do!
Lemon couldn’t leave it there though. He accused the ex-Secret Serviceman of
lying to the American people.
In other news, a Reddit moderator lost his job because not only does he have the temerity to support Trump’s candidacy but he also gave an interview to Breitbart:
This apparently made him quite unpopular amongst the /r/Politics moderators, who voted to have him removed as a mod yesterday.
The official reasons given for voting to remove Minter as a mod were that he hadn’t been actively moderating the subreddit enough to warrant his mod title. It was also claimed that he had “misrepresented the mod team” simply by saying “I try my hardest to make /r/Politics MAGA” and discussing other moderators feelings about his support of Trump, saying “They don’t seem to mind that I support Trump… Now I might be in the minority so my say isn’t always listened to when rules are made.”
… When asked for comment on his sudden removal as a moderator, Minter had this to say, “I feel I was blindsided. This came out of nowhere. No one cared what I said when I supported Bernie. No one had issues with my activity then.”
It’s a pity they could not have transferred him to moderate the marvellous subreddit about all things Trump: The Donald will not disappoint.
But back to the MSM. RealClearPolitics has yet another concern piece about Trump’s failing campaign:
… with roughly three months until Election Day, there is still time for Trump to turn his campaign around. But hope of such a comeback is fast dwindling among party insiders — and the clock is also ticking for susceptible Senate and House candidates who might benefit from additional RNC resources.
I have yet to see a piece on RCP concerning Democrats worrying about who Bernie supporters will vote for in November and how Hillary could claw them back.
The Trumpgasm site isn’t worried about any of that, however:
This race is going to be about competence; it’s not even going to be close. In the end, Hillary’s going to be BEGGING for it to be over. In the end, Donald Trump will win in a landslide …
If you haven’t seen the movie When We Were Kings you should. It tells how underdog Muhammad Ali outsmarted and defeated the best fighter in the world at the time, (George Foreman,) in the prime of his life …
People expected ALI to dance, to avoid being hit, to fight like he did 10 years ago, (when he was younger and faster,) to have any kind of a chance. That didn’t happen. Instead, Ali allowed the younger and stronger foreman to wear himself out, to gas out …
He could be right. The Daily Mail featured a story about a new informal polling application, Zip:
A smartphone app developer claims that his data suggests Donald Trump could win the 2016 presidential election, despite a majority of opinion polls pointing at rival Hillary Clinton as the winner.
Ric Militi, co-founder of San Diego-based Crazy Raccoons, claims data from his app, Zip Question and Answer, points to Trump as the clear winner.
Whereas RCP’s poll average shows Clinton up by several points (of course), Militi claims Zip is more accurate because it reaches 100,000 users a day and questions are conversational, such as this one:
New polls suggest Trump is getting crushed by Clinton. Do they reflect how you are going to vote?
Sixty-four per cent of users said they’d vote for Trump while 36 per cent said they’d vote for Clinton. The latest Reuters/Ipsos poll shows Clinton leading Trump 42 per cent to 36 per cent.
And this one:
California, who you voting for?
Trump got 55 per cent while 45 per cent of users said Clinton. The latest Public Polity Institute of California poll shows Clinton has a 16-point lead over Trump, 46 per cent to 30 per cent.
A Gallup article explains that the red-blue make-up of some American states is changing … to red:
In all, 13 states’ political classifications changed between 2014 and 2015, with 11 of these shifting in a more Republican direction.
The 20 states that Gallup classifies as solidly Republican or leaning Republican account for 152 electoral votes, less than the 187 accounted for by the 14 solidly or leaning Democratic states plus the heavily Democratic District of Columbia.
Electoral votes are the problem, especially in California — unless Zip is right.
Pat Buchanan has an excellent analysis of this year’s political landscape in the United States. It’s well worth a read, and I’m not that keen on the man. It’s hard to disagree with this, however:
If 2016 taught us anything, it is that if the establishment’s hegemony is imperiled, it will come together in ferocious solidarity — for the preservation of their perks, privileges and power.
All the elements of that establishment — corporate, cultural, political, media — are today issuing an ultimatum to Middle America:
Trump is unacceptable …
But what is a repudiated establishment doing issuing orders to anyone?
Why is it not Middle America issuing the demands, rather than the other way around?
Specifically, the Republican electorate should tell its discredited and rejected ruling class: If we cannot get rid of you at the ballot box, then tell us how, peacefully and democratically, we can be rid of you?
You want Trump out? How do we get you out?
In closing, please spare a thought for a Staten Island man and his artist friend who are trying to exercise their First Amendment rights:
While the elite media, leftists activists, and Clinton’s minions explored new human limits in hyperbole yesterday by connecting Donald Trump’s Second Amendment comments to incitement to violence, the GOP presidential candidate’s supporters experienced real attacks.
Arguably, the most dramatic of these episodes involved a vividly colored sculpture by artist Scott LoBaido, whose work was displayed at the home of his friend, Sam Pirozollo. The artwork was torched over the weekend.
The ‘sculpture’ was a large ‘T’ with an image of the American flag on it. Fortunately, the flames did not reach Pirozollo’s house and the fire department arrived in short order.
Pirozollo says he hopes police will escalate the incident to a hate crime. Donald Trump contacted him to thank him for his support and to express his commiserations.
Pirozollo and LoBaido plan on building an even bigger ‘T’ in tribute to their candidate.
There’s no keeping down a true Trump supporter.