Trump unshackled, declares war on the GOP

EddieMunsterAfter Donald Trump’s disastrous debate performance on Sunday night, the next day the GOP’s alleged boy genius, Ayn Rand fanboy Paul Ryan, “the zombie-eyed granny starver from the state of Wisconsin,” told his GOP Caucus that “i’m done with ‘The Donald,’ I’m going to focus on protecting our GOP majorities,” a self-interested act of trying to preserve his title of Speaker of the House. Paul Ryan Turns Focus From Donald Trump to House Races, Roiling G.O.P.:

House Speaker Paul Ryan dealt a hammer blow to Donald J. Trump’s presidential candidacy on Monday, dashing any remaining semblance of Republican unity and inviting fierce backlash from his own caucus by announcing that he would no longer defend Mr. Trump.

Mr. Ryan’s stance drew an immediate rebuke from Mr. Trump, who posted on Twitter that Mr. Ryan should focus on governing “and not waste his time on fighting Republican nominee.”

Mr. Ryan informed Republican lawmakers on a morning conference call that he would never again campaign for Mr. Trump and would dedicate himself instead to defending the party’s majority in Congress, according to five lawmakers who participated in the call and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Effectively conceding defeat for his party in the presidential race, Mr. Ryan said his most urgent task was ensuring that Hillary Clinton did not take the helm with Democratic control of the House and Senate, two lawmakers said.

The reaction from hard-liners was swift and angry. Over the course of an hour, a stream of conservative lawmakers urged their colleagues not to give up on Mr. Trump and chided Mr. Ryan for what they described as surrendering prematurely in the presidential race.

One of the conservatives, Representative Dana Rohrabacher of California, attacked the Republicans stepping away from Mr. Trump as “cowards,” three lawmakers said. Another, Representative Trent Franks of Arizona, said, using graphic language to describe abortion, that allowing Mrs. Clinton into the White House would end with fetuses being destroyed “limb from limb.”

Trying to quiet the uproar, Mr. Ryan interjected after about 45 minutes to assure members that he was not withdrawing his endorsement of Mr. Trump, but rather doing what he felt was in the best interests of the House.

A man of courage and character he is not.

Early Tuesday morning, Trump entertained the media villagers by going on a Twitter tirade against Paul Ryan and Tea-Publicans who are abandoning him. Donald Trump Berates Paul Ryan and ‘Disloyal’ Republicans:

Donald J. Trump lashed out at Speaker Paul D. Ryan and other critics within his party on Tuesday in a barrage of Twitter posts deriding the highest-ranking Republican as a feckless leader and warning that those who have been disloyal risked handing the election to Hillary Clinton.

The early morning attack escalated the war between the Republican presidential nominee and those party establishment figures who have abandoned him since the emergence of a 2005 video that showed Mr. Trump demeaning women in lurid terms.

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In a mood to settle scores, Mr. Trump also assailed Senator John McCain of Arizona for selling him out. The two men clashed last year when Mr. Trump declared that Mr. McCain, a decorated veteran who was captured and imprisoned in Vietnam, was not a war hero. They later made amends but the relationship unraveled when Mr. McCain denounced Mr. Trump for boasting about sexually assaulting women in the video.

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Trump has increasingly been trying to fire up his base of supporters by ridiculing Republican leaders and threatening retaliation against any who abandons him. Donald Trump Vows Retaliation as Republicans Abandon Him:

The Republican Party was at the brink of civil war on Sunday as Donald J. Trump signaled he would retaliate against lawmakers who withdraw their support from his campaign, and senior party leaders privately acknowledged that they now feared losing control of both houses of Congress.

Even before Mr. Trump’s second debate against Hillary Clinton, the party faced an internal rift unseen in modern times. A wave of defections from Mr. Trump’s candidacy, prompted by the revelation of a recording that showed him bragging about sexual assault, was met with boastful defiance by the Republican presidential nominee.

On Twitter, Mr. Trump attacked the Republicans fleeing his campaign as “self-righteous hypocrites” and predicted their defeat at the ballot box. In a set of talking points sent to his supporters Sunday morning, Mr. Trump’s campaign urged them to attack turncoat Republicans as “more concerned with their political future than they are about the country.”

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[M]uch of the party appeared to be in a state of paralysis, uncertain of how to achieve political distance from Mr. Trump without enraging millions of voters who remained loyal to his campaign.

By Tuesday, Trump declared war on the GOP, says ‘the shackles have been taken off’:

Donald Trump declared war on the Republican establishment Tuesday, lashing out at House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (Wis.), Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) and other GOP elected officials as his supporters geared up to join the fight amid extraordinary turmoil within the party just four weeks before Election Day.

One day after Ryan announced he would no longer campaign on Trump’s behalf, the GOP nominee said as part of a barrage of tweets that the top-ranking Republican is “weak and ineffective” and is providing “zero support” for his candidacy. Trump also declared that “the shackles have been taken off” him, liberating him to “fight for America the way I want to.”

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“I wouldn’t want to be in a foxhole with a lot of these people, that I can tell you . . . especially Ryan,” Trump said in an interview with Fox News Channel. He said if he is elected president, Ryan might be “in a different position.”

Seriously? The draft dodger who got five deferments during the Vietnam war is talking about who he wants in a foxhole? And Ryan’s speakership is in a precarious position even if Tea-Publicans retain a majority in the House. There may be enough Trump loyalists to retaliate and prevent him from being elected speaker.

“Disloyal R’s are far more difficult than Crooked Hillary,” he wrote for his more than 12 million followers on Twitter, his preferred platform for picking fights. “They come at you from all sides. They don’t know how to win — I will teach them!”

By backing away from Trump, Ryan and his allies were hoping to insulate themselves and their majorities on Capitol Hill from the baggage weighing down the nominee’s flagging campaign. For many, the breaking point was the 2005 video.

But they are suddenly dealing with another problem: an impulsive and bellicose businessman with an army of loyal supporters willing to exact retribution against elected officials they feel have abandoned them. The rift could have profound ramifications for the Republican Party as a whole, shattering any sense of unity and jeopardizing its chances of holding onto the Senate and even, potentially, the House.

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Diana Orrock, a Republican National Committeewoman from Nevada, said she will not vote for Republicans who have pulled their support for Trump — including Rep. Joe Heck (Nev.), who is running for a seat that is critical in the battle for the Senate majority.

“I think they have really irritated a lot of Trump supporters,” Orrock said of Heck and Rep. Cresent Hardy (R-Nev.), who also rescinded his endorsement.

There are three options for Trump’s basket of deplorable supporters: (1) vote for the Democratic candidate; if you cannot bring yourself to do that, (2) vote for a third-party candidate, if one is on the ballot in that race; or (3) withhold your vote by leaving your ballot blank in that race.

Here in Arizona, you can exact your revenge on John McCain. Ann Kirkpatrick is likely to be a one-term senator in any event. You can start plotting against Senator Jeff Flake, who also has vocally opposed Trump, and defeat him two years from now in the GOP primary. And you can start grooming a candidate to run against Ann Kirkpatrick or the Democratic nominee six years from now. Don’t you guys pride yourselves on your “long game” strategy?

Well bring it! Let’s see what long game you’ve got.

19 responses to “Trump unshackled, declares war on the GOP

  1. Trump unleashed assures us we will have a very interesting – and entertaining – finish to this election cycle. Hillary was going to win anyway so we might as well enjoy the show Trump is going to put on in his final days.

    • We were on track to get a head count of the number white supremacists, at least the ones who vote, but now they are defecting to defend the white wimmens.

      Actually, I’m not entertained by any of this. This election has been nothing but abhorrent and it just keeps getting worse, far beyond anything I could have imagined as the worst case scenario.

      I hope this is rock bottom for presidential elections or we are in more trouble than we know.

      • For Sure Not Tom

        I love your skinhead-headcount election description.

        And “white wimmins” is brilliant.

        Your “no corporation left behind” comment about Clinton should be studied at the university level for decades.

        I wish I could load that much punch into just a few words.

        Well done!

        Keep your sense of humor, and have some hope, because I think for the first time ever, people are going to remember the loser of the election.

        Trump and the media have turned this election into reality TV, people who don’t like politics know what’s going on, and the GOP won’t be able count on people’s short memories to pedal their snake oil.

        Trump is a Kennedy assassination/9-11 moment, people are going to remember where they were when it happened.

        We just need to push Clinton to the Warren/Sanders side of the party for four years…. ah, crap.

        Now I’m sad again….

      • I suspect this election is about as bad as it will get. I can’t imagine another Trump-like character out there, and the Clintons will be history someday, so I think this is the nadir of election trash. At least I hope so.

        I find this whole farce entertaining because I have lost any hope it is going to get better. And each day shows me it CAN get worse. What else is there to do but laugh at it? I refuse to let it depress me and I pray that our Nation will be strong enough to survive the results of this election. There is little more I can do so I view it as a dark farcial comedy.

        Try to keep smiling, Liza, and know that this, too, shall pass.

  2. For Sure Not Tom

    I hate to do this to you, AZBlueMeanie, because I think you provide a valuable service, and I clearly love this blog.

    But soon we’ll need to “Palin” Trump.

    Meaning that for a few years, Palin clickbait was fun. What is that fist-fighting old booze-bag going to say today? Or more accurately, attempt to say with her mouth words.

    Then after awhile, you stop clicking Palin clickbait, because you start to feel like you’re mocking someone less fortunate than you.

    Then after another little while, you notice less Palin clickbait, because like minds and all, and clickbait without clicks goes away.

    I’m not saying that this site is clickbait, but someone who needs attention like a newborn the way Trump does will need to be ignored or we’ll never be rid of him.

    So soon, for sure after the election, we’ll need to give Trump the Palin treatment. Don’t take it personal.

    I like BforAZ best when it’s local anyway, and I like Bob Lord’s and Jim Hannon’s last few posts about looking ahead.

    • On that note, what should Hillary do about the Supreme Court?
      Should she re-nominate Merrick Garland, or try to push through a younger, more liberal Justice?
      As of today, there are 99 federal judicial vacancies.

      http://www.uscourts.gov/judges-judgeships/judicial-vacancies

      The incoming Senate needs to start work immediately and move judges on to the bench.

      • My personal fantasy SCOTUS pick would be (ret)President Obama. Talk about the right going ballistic. How dare she nominate a constitutional scholar to the Supreme Court! Yeah, I know they’d be saying something more like ‘n-clang’ than “constitutional scholar”…

        • How about Bill Clinton for appointment to the Supreme Court? There is no chance he would waiver from doing what Hillary wants. He has a boatload of liberal credentials. And nothing he ever did matters. He’s perfect!!!

          • For Sure Not Tom

            I know you’re being cute, but Bill Clinton was disbarred and rightfully so.

          • Yes, I know that, but why would a little detail like that get in the way of something Hillary wants. A few phone calls, a little arm twisting, a few nice jobs handed out…nothing can’t be worked out for the Clint0ns. Heck, we are handing her the Presidency…

        • I like it. The Obama’s plan to stay on in DC with their younger daughter in high school, so he could be available.
          And there is precedent, William Howard Taft, our 27th President, was named Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, eight years after leaving the presidency.
          I remember the Obama State of the Union when he talked about Citizens United and Justice Alito going ballistic. The first court hearing after Obama joins, they could hug it out.

      • Hillary should appoint Anita Hill. The nomination alone would give Clarence Thomas a stroke and voila! Another vacancy!

        Kidding aside, if Hillary wins and the Senate changes hands Judge Garland should immediately withdraw his nomination and Hillary should substitute that younger, more liberal justice such as President Obama. That really would serve McConnell and his fellow obstructionists right.

        • For Sure Not Tom

          Clarence Thomas (He Who Shall Not Speak) is married to Ginny Thomas, a former cult member, Tea Party fundraiser, and right-wing activist.

          Thomas, and Scalia, when he was alive, liked to hang out at events funded by the Koch brothers. They both ruled on SCOTUS cases where they clearly had conflicts of interest.

          Clarence Thomas “forgot” to include his wife’s Tea Party earning’s on his tax returns one year, because…embarrassing!

          No conflicts in interest there, no sir. Not a whiff of corruption here.

          When you hear a conservative ranting about how we need Trump to win because of SCOTUS, these are the types of compromised people they want to appoint.

          The GOTeaP is a scam.

          • Clarence Thomas joined the Court in 1991 at the age of 43. So, at age 68, he’s now been on the court for 25 years.
            Merrick Garland is 64.
            I have a sense that if Hillary wins, which I think now may happen, and appoints someone new, Clarence Thomas may decide to retire. I definitely hope that both Ruth Bader Ginsburg (age 83) and Stephen Breyer (age 78) retire in the first year of a Clinton presidency.
            I also think that Democrats will significantly change the rules of the Senate on the first day. Democratic senators Tom Udall and Jeff Merkley pushed for this in 2008, but the old timers wouldn’t go along. It would have made the first two years of the Obama presidency much more successful.

          • Not Tom,
            There is no education or professional qualification to serve on the Supreme Court, so Bill Clinton’s bar status is irrelevant. He could definitely serve on the court.
            Fun fact: We had a Supreme Court justice appointed in 1941 who never graduated from high school, studied law on his own, and passed the bar exam at age 23.

          • For Sure Not Tom

            True, but being “disbarred” makes Clinton a special case.

            Steve was being cute when he suggested Clinton anyway.

          • You are correct, Not Tom, I was being cute in the suggestion. However, we are talking about the Clintons, who have no shame, so I don’t know how ridiculous the idea truly is…(insert dramatic music here)

          • Jim, Not Tom is correct…I was being silly in suggesting Bill Clinton for a Supreme Court Justice. Even if Hillary tried, I have a hunch Bill would be a hard sell to any Senate, whether democrat or Republican controled. I think trying to appoint her husband would be too politically charged to go down easy. However they are the Clintons so it not wise to bet against them on anything.