Trump dials idiot up to 11, and his Trumpeters follow

Spinal_Tap_-_Up_to_ElevenYou can’t make this shit up. The GOP today does its own version of Spinal Tap by dialing it up to 11.

Martin Longeman writes at the Political Animal Blog, Trump Takes Idiot to Eleven in Scotland:

Writing in the New York Times, Ashley Parker casts some shade on Donald Trump’s triumphant reaction to the U.K.’s decision to separate from the European Union.

Early in June, Mr. Trump did not even know what Brexit referred to, and as recently as Wednesday, Mr. Trump said that his opinion on the referendum was insignificant because he had not been following the issue closely.

Amazingly, Trump landed in Scotland today to promote his golf course, seemingly without realizing that the Scots are pissed as hell about the outcome of the referendum.

In a stunning display of tone-deafness, he told the assembled reporters how great it was that the U.K. has asserted its independence. And then proceeded to explain how the tumbling English pound would help his golf course make money.

Ewen MacAskill, a reporter for The Guardian, had an interesting exchange with Trump.

Asked about [Prime Minister David] Cameron, [Trump] expressed sympathy for him, even though there had been what he described as rough patches, presumably a reference to the former prime minister’s criticism of the presumptive Republican candidate. Asked about Boris Johnson, he declined to comment.

Trump said his relationship with the UK was a “love-fest”. I asked Trump why Cameron was not prepared to meet him. He replied: “David Cameron would have met me. David Cameron was negotiating to meet me. But I do not think he wants to meet anyone right now.”

I said no senior UK or Scottish politician wanted to meet him, citing Nicola Sturgeon and Alex Salmond, and suggested it was because he was toxic. Taking offence at the question, he described me as “a nasty, nasty guy”.

Nothing unusual there.

Trump’s overall reaction, including in an official statement he placed on Facebook, was completely oblivious to the strong possibility that the Brexit vote will effectively end the United Kingdom as a country by leading to Scottish and Northern Irish independence.

The people of the United Kingdom have exercised the sacred right of all free peoples. They have declared their independence from the European Union, and have voted to reassert control over their own politics, borders and economy. A Trump Administration pledges to strengthen our ties with a free and independent Britain, deepening our bonds in commerce, culture and mutual defense. The whole world is more peaceful and stable when our two countries – and our two peoples – are united together, as they will be under a Trump Administration.

Setting aside that Scotland was the worst possible place to make this pitch, it’s not clear that anything “British” will remain after all the ramifications of this vote play out. Whatever Britain was, it is no longer that.

Of course, since Trump didn’t even know what Brexit was until sometime in the beginning of this month, it’s pretty clear that he’s just winging it.

Steve Benen adds, Republicans think ‘it’s America’s turn’ for a Brexit of our own:

The parallels are not precise, but they exist. In the Brexit vote in the U.K., younger voters overwhelmingly voted “Remain,” while older voters voted “Leave.” The more education a British voter had, the more likely he or she was to want to stay in the European Union. Voters in urban areas generally backed remaining in the E.U.; voters in rural areas did not.

You probably see where I’m going with this: the demographics of the Brexit vote had some noticeable similarities to the kind of left-right divide we see in the United States. It’s contributed, as we discussed earlier, to observers drawing a nationalistic line between Brexit supporters in the U.K. and Donald Trump supporters in the U.S.

The Washington Post had a good piece on domestic Republicans joining the Brexit celebration, even as global markets suffered a sharp slide.

Today, while stock markets careened and media coverage has asked whether British voters just sparked a “DIY recession,” a few conservatives have embraced the vote. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), one of the critics of the president’s remarks, told supporters on Facebook that Americans needed to heed Brexit.

“The results of the ‪#‎Brexit‬ referendum should serve as a wake-up call for internationalist bureaucrats from Brussels to Washington, D.C. that some free nations still wish to preserve their national sovereignty,” Cruz wrote. […]

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), an occasional Cruz ally who has become the Senate’s biggest booster of Donald Trump, had an even more supportive reaction.

He did, indeed. The far-right Alabaman, arguably Trump’s closest congressional ally, issued a lengthy statement with an all-caps headline that read, “Now it’s America’s turn.” Sessions applauded Britons who cast a “strong vote … not out of fear and pique but out of love for country and pride of place.” [B.S. It was anti-immigrant xenophobia, something with which Sen. Sessions is all too familiar.]

PalinFormer half-term Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) published a bizarre online harangue that began, “When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another. The UK knew — it was that time. And now is that time in the USA. The Brexit referendum is akin to our own Declaration of Independence. May that refreshed spirit of sovereignty spread over the pond to America’s shores!”

Batshit1I swear I’m not making this up.

Palin went on to complain about “globalists who tend to aim for that apocalyptic One World Government that dissolves a nation’s self-determination and sovereignty… the EU being a One World Government mini-me.” She added – again, in all seriousness – concerns about “UN shackles.”

It’s all quite persuasive, isn’t it? In fact, I’m now convinced: the United States should definitely leave the European Union.

Oh wait.

Cruz stressed the significance of “national sovereignty,” though America’s sovereignty is not in doubt. Sessions believes it’s “America’s turn” to, well, he didn’t actually specify exactly what it’s our turn to do. Palin wants us to embrace the “spirit of sovereignty,” apparently because she has some unidentified problem with the U.N.

Oddly, none of these Republicans mentioned immigration, which seems like the easiest and most obvious explanation for the Brexit results. Why not just acknowledge what it is about this vote that the right is most eager to celebrate?

Cartoon_18.14Because Tea-Publicans do not want to be too overt in their xenophobic nativism and racism, like their presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump. Trump has tossed aside the “dog whistle” coded language and “tells it like it is” with a bullhorn of overt racism and bigotry.

But Tea-Publicans who want to get elected know that they have to stick to the “dog whistle” coded language so that a feckless media let’s them get away with it without calling them out for being the xenophobic nativists and racists they are.

Donald Trump’s GOP is the modern day version of the anti-immigrant Know Nothing Party — it is the Mass Deportation Party.

12 responses to “Trump dials idiot up to 11, and his Trumpeters follow

  1. John Huppenthal

    You don’t even mention the 600 point loss for the Dow Jones today. That’s what’s coming to America if we don’t get these force under control.

    First, we need to acknowledge the crime associated with illegal immigration. We also need to acknowledge that we got it under control. Murders in Maricopa county have dropped from 294 to 155, car theft from 33,000 to 11,000 and robberies from 7,000 to 4,000. These are stunning numbers, all since 2007.

    A judge telling a law enforcement official that produced these numbers that they can no longer enforce the law is insane.

    Then, we need some fundamental education on economics. If you don’t have crime issues, immigration is completely beneficial. It’s no accident that Arizona ranked in the top 5 economically for 17 straight years, it’s no accident that Texas is by far the number one state since Arizona put in E verify.

    • I’m glad to see you becoming an Obama fan.

      Para #1. The Dow wouldn’t have had 600 to loose if it had not gained that much, and more, since Obama became President. Re the second sentence—the Dow is in America.
      Para #2. Could be the crime rates are generally down since Obama became President. Part of it is deporting criminals.
      Para #3. What is this about?
      Para #4. Immigrants have lower crime rates than non-immigrants so I’m glad you are encouraging more immigration. Re Arizona’s economic record—maybe all those immigrants were contributing after all.
      Welcome to the Obama fan club!

      • Perfect! Facts DO matter!

      • John Huppenthal

        The Dow is in America, but our loss was half of Euro stock losses. Euro stocks lost the equivalent of 1,200 points.

        Crime has gone down nationally, but nowhere near as much as in Maricopa county. 47 percent reduction in murder, 39% reduction in robbery, 67% reduction in car theft. All since 2007. These are stunning numbers which make the researchers claim that illegal immigrants didn’t commit crime to be an outrageous lie.

        It also shows that you can get these crimes under control. Despite being a border state, our crime levels are now at national averages. But, not for long, Obama and corrupt federal judges are forcing Arizona to return to catch and release of criminal illegal aliens.

        • For Sure Not Tom

          Undocumented immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than citizens.

          For example, they don’t sit around their government supplied computer while collecting a government paycheck posting as various sock puppets on the internets about how great they are.

          See, that’s an educated white man’s kind of crime.

          • John Huppenthal

            You are a perpetual commentator, stopping by frequently to crap in your pants hoping to distract people from the truth.

            Just saying something doesn’t mean its true. The astonishing reduction in murder, car theft and robbery in Maricopa County from 2007 to the most recently reported data, both from the Uniform Crime Data, make your statement an obvious falsehood.

            Murder went down from 294 to 155 or 47%, robbery went down from 7,113 to 4,343 or 39% and car theft went down a breathtaking 67%.

            Also, its not a crime to make sure that morons like you don’t mislead the public on policy, its the opposite of a crime.

          • AZ BlueMeanie

            “You are a perpetual commentator, stopping by frequently to crap in your pants hoping to distract people from the truth.” You are totally lacking self-awareness. Take a look on the mirror, Dude, that describes your trolling to a tee.

          • For Sure Not Tom

            Damn, I really, really just don’t like lying, racist politicians.

          • John Huppenthal

            Insults without evidence. I always bring evidence and logic to the marketplace of ideas. You do most of the time, Blue, FSNT you almost never do. One time, Donahue. Which was helpful. Turns out that not one of Donahue’s published studies has been refereed. And, no wonder, in 6th grade prealgebra, they teach you that y=mx +b and he even screwed that up.

          • For Sure Not Tom

            No evidence? This ain’t a Tea Party website, Falcon9.

            To support my statement that immigrants are less likely to commit crime (from your beloved Cato “think tank”)

            http://www.cato.org/blog/immigration-crime-what-research-says

            To support my statements that you have used sock puppets to promote yourself and your racist views while on government time using government computers:

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjlVX8u8kH0

            Look! It’s you! On TV! It’s unedited and it never gets old. So much blubbering! I only cry like that after watching Field of Dreams.

            You will see your patented cherry picking method of deflecting questions on full display.

            So when I call you racist and disgraced former Arizona politician John “Falcon9” Huppenthal I can back it up.

    • Interesting response.
      Are you agreeing with Trump that Brexit is a good thing, so you are glad that the stock market disagrees and lost 600 points.
      The Republican party seems quite split recently. Do you favor trade? The Brexit will now cause huge trade problems for the UK, and Scotland will now probably leave the UK. So, is that a good thing, to have two separate governments on the island? Does that help NATO to have an independent Scotland? Will we now have a 5 eyes

    • Will we now have a continued 5 eyes intelligence system (US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand), or will we add an independent Scotland? What will happen to nuclear submarines?
      I think Brexit will affect NATO. I think corporations are going to think hard about their English operations. London is probably going to lose some of its appeal as the center of European finance.
      But on the plus side, apparently more tourists will play golf at Mr. Trump’s golf course in Scotland. So, it’s all good.