Thursday, September 29, 2016

Locomotive Breath, OR, an Ode To Donald Trump... (The All Time Loser)

And, The All Time Winner Has Got Him By The Balls!

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UPDATE - 10/2/16

As a growing majority of Americans see Trump as the lying, ill informed, manipulative old man that he really is.

Americans see Hillary Clinton as the winner of the first presidential debate by a near-record margin in ABC News/Washington Post post-debate polls, with nearly half saying Donald Trump got his facts wrong and one in three saying he outright lied. His unpopularity grew slightly.

While views of both candidates remain broadly negative, 64 percent of Americans now express an unfavorable opinion of Trump overall, up 5 points from its pre-debate level. Fifty-three percent see Clinton unfavorably, not a significant change.

Trump's pre-debate unpopularity had matched its low for the campaign, suggesting the debate may have slowed momentum in his favor. Clinton, for her part, saw a +4 gain in favorability to 45 percent, not large enough to be statistically significant but her best since early August, just after the conventions.

Their weak favorability ratings aside, 53 percent of adults say Clinton won the debate, while just 18 percent say Trump won, with the rest either calling it a draw or expressing no opinion. The wide gap in views of who won, compared with the slight movement in favorability ratings, reinforces findings in past years that debates tend to have relatively little direct impact on views of the candidates, although they can exert more subtle influence on the race.

But Trump also is on the short side of other results in this poll, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates. Fifty-four percent say Clinton mainly got her facts right in Monday’s debate; just 29 percent think Trump mainly stuck to the facts. And while 21 percent think Clinton intentionally lied, 32 percent say that about Trump.

The view that Clinton won extends across demographic groups other than Republicans; the only difference is the degree. Even among Republicans, fewer than half, 45 percent, say Trump won, while 83 percent of Democrats pick Clinton. Independents go 50-14 percent in Clinton's favor. And even conservatives see Clinton as the winner, if by a comparatively narrow 40-27 percent.

There are other divisions. Men say Clinton won by 48-19 percent; among women it's 58-18 percent. Whites divide by 44-26 percent in Clinton's favor; nonwhites pick Clinton by 72-5 percent. And while whites who lack a college degree divide 35-29 percent between Clinton and Trump, that expands to 58-21 percent among whites with a four-year degree.

Results are similar among registered voters; they pick Clinton as the debate winner by 51-21 percent over Trump. And Clinton's favorable-unfavorable rating among registered voters is 43-55 percent; Trump's, 37-61 percent.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016


We Hope Republicans Continue To Enjoy the Clown Car That Trump Has Turned the GOP Into

We also Wish Conservatives Much Luck In Rebuilding Conservatism Into a Rational Philosophy Once You Dump Trump (Drumpf) 

Just a little fact check.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Fabricating BS - The Trump Campaign, the NRA, and the NRC...

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More BS from the NRA, NRC, and the Trump Fabrication Factory. Of course the Nuge is found at the center shoveling the brown stuff.
In Trump’s ad, Nugent says, “The Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence, the Ten Commandments, the golden rule. We the people, choosing our own pursuit of happiness: It doesn’t happen anywhere else in the world. Hunting, fishing, trapping: We the people own these precious renewable natural resources. It’s a way of life, which is why conservation is the greatest success story in the world here in America. Hillary Clinton is against all these things. She will destroy the freedom that is uniquely American. Donald Trump will safeguard the things that make America the greatest place in the world.”

Nugent is promoting the Trump ad on his Facebook page, just hours after claiming victims of a September 17 stabbing spree at a Minnesota mall are “pathetic” and “embarrassing” because they were unarmed.

At the end of the ad, Trump says, “Political correctness, Hillary Clinton, and Washington insiders are trying to take away our Second Amendment rights and they’re really trying hard like never ever before. That’s wrong, and it won’t happen when I’m president. I will protect your rights. I will protect your Second Amendment.”


Clinton's actual  positions on firearm issues and gun control:

I support Brady Bill and closing the Charleston loophole

Reverse gun manufacturer immunity; let them get sued

Don't shield gun manufacturers from lawsuits: I vote that way

Rein in idea that anybody can have a gun anywhere, anytime

Balance lawful gun ownership & keeping guns from criminals

Give local police access to federal gun tracking info

Let states; cities determine local gun laws

Against illegal guns, crack down on illegal gun dealers

Get assault weapons; guns off the street

Prevent unauthorized firearm use with "smart gun" technology.


I believe weapons of war have no place on our streets. We may have our disagreements on gun safety regulations, but we should all be able to agree on a few things. If the FBI is watching you for suspected terrorist links, you shouldn’t be able to just go buy a gun with no questions asked. You shouldn’t be able to exploit loopholes and evade criminal background checks by buying online or at a gun show. And yes, if you’re too dangerous to get on a plane, you are too dangerous to buy a gun in America. 

Hillary, June 13, 2016

No where does HRC say she does not support the right of citizens to lawfully keep and bear forearms for lawful purposes. Only rightwing wingnuts believe otherwise.

The RNC and Trump Campaign Defining Republican Dishonesty as They Push America Left...

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HRC, Michelle Obama, and Kaine have it exactly right. Pence, Conway, Priebus, and Christie as usual have it  exactly wrong. With the RNC and the Trump campaign institutionalizing racism there really is no where to go but left.

Read the full Washington Post article BELOW THE FOLD.

Via: Memeorandum

Saturday, September 17, 2016

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Here at this weblog we find ourselves in complete agreement with the following.

September 17, 2016 By Taegan Goddard

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates writing in the Wall Street Journal:

Mrs. Clinton has time before the election to address forthrightly her trustworthiness, to reassure people about her judgment, to demonstrate her willingness to stake out one or more positions on national security at odds with her party’s conventional wisdom, and to speak beyond generalities about how she would deal with China, Russia, North Korea, Iran, the Middle East—and international trade. Whether and how she addresses these issues will, I believe, affect how many people vote—including me.

At least on national security, I believe Mr. Trump is beyond repair. He is stubbornly uninformed about the world and how to lead our country and government, and temperamentally unsuited to lead our men and women in uniform. He is unqualified and unfit to be commander-in-chief.

Via: Memeorandum

Trump, the Hypocrite and Phony...

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Using political connections to get sweet deals for himself and his real estate businesses is a Trump legacy. We'd call that pay to play in light of Trump's self admission that he donates to politicians of both parties so when he needs them they are there for him.

The way Donald J. Trump tells it, his first solo project as a real estate developer, the conversion of a faded railroad hotel on 42nd Street into the sleek, 30-story Grand Hyatt, was a triumph from the very beginning.

The hotel, Mr. Trump bragged in “Trump: The Art of the Deal,” his 1987 best seller, “was a hit from the first day. Gross operating profits now exceed $30 million a year.”

But that book, and numerous interviews over the years, make little mention of a crucial factor in getting the hotel built: an extraordinary 40-year tax break that has cost New York City $360 million to date in forgiven, or uncollected, taxes, with four years still to run, on a property that cost only $120 million to build in 1980.

The project set the pattern for Mr. Trump’s New York career: He used his father’s, and, later, his own, extensive political connections, and relied on a huge amount of assistance from the government and taxpayers in the form of tax breaks, grants and incentives to benefit the 15 buildings at the core of his Manhattan real estate empire.

Since then, Mr. Trump has reaped at least $885 million in tax breaks, grants and other subsidies for luxury apartments, hotels and office buildings in New York, according to city tax, housing and finance records. The subsidies helped him lower his own costs and sell apartments at higher prices because of their reduced taxes.


The following just out from THE HILL:

After several weeks of positive news cycles and polling gains brought about by a more disciplined campaign, Donald Trump has committed a series of stumbles in recent days that experts see as a return to “bad Trump.” 

GOP strategists are urging Trump to get back on track before the first presidential debate in nine days, while Democrats are exhaling after a week of panic brought on by Hillary Clinton's own setbacks.

Trump has seemed to slip back into his primary-election style, stirring up controversy and lashing out at critics as he rode a wave of quickly improving poll numbers. Read The Rest Below the Fold.

Ayup. Trump continuing to repeatedly prove himself to be the phony that he is.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Trump - The Birther Movement's High Profile Conspirator

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Donald J. Trump, republican nominee for president of the USA and a man with zero integrity has just today announced he now believes President Obama was born in the United States of America. This after being one of the highest profile conspirators in the debunked birther movement.

Of course Lyin Donald, true to his character, blamed HRC for the controversy. Which is of course just more of the Trump brown stuff we've become so accustomed to hearing, and, smelling.

Lets take a look at some of Lying Trump's birther pronouncements.


1. March 17, 2011, to ABC News, explaining why he finds Obama's early life (and therefore origins) to be suspect:
"He grew up and nobody knew him. You know? When you interview people, if ever I got the nomination, if I ever decide to run, you may go back and interview people from my kindergarten. They'll remember me. Nobody ever comes forward. Nobody knows who he his until later in his life. It's very strange. The whole thing is very strange."

2. March 30, 2011, to Fox News:
"I have a birth certificate. People have birth certificates. He doesn't have a birth certificate. He may have one but there is something on that birth certificate — maybe religion, maybe it says he's a Muslim, I don't know. Maybe he doesn't want that. Or, he may not have one." 

3. April 7, 2011, on NBC's Today Show:
"I have people that have been studying it and they cannot believe what they're finding. He spent $2 million in legal fees trying on to get away from this issue, and if it weren't an issue, why wouldn't he just solve it? I wish he would because if he doesn't, it's one of the greatest scams in the history of politics and in the history, period. You are not allowed to be a president if you're not born in this country. Right now, I have real doubts."

4. April 25, 2011, to CNN's Anderson Cooper:
"I've been told very recently, Anderson, that the birth certificate is missing. I've been told that it's not there or it doesn't exist. And if that's the case, it's a big problem."

5. April 27, 2011, at a press conference in New Hampshire, following the White House's release of Obama's birth certificate (the president himself would release his "official birth video" at the White House Correspondents' Dinner on Apr. 30):

"I feel I've accomplished something really, really important, and I'm honored by it. You have to ask the president, why didn't he do it a long time ago? ... It is rather amazing that it all of a sudden materializes. A lot of people have to look at it, experts will look at it."

6. May 29, 2012, during an interview in which CNN's Wolf Blitzer asked Trump to comment on Obama's 2011 birth certificate release:

"Everybody's entitled to your opinion. You know my opinion and you know his opinion and that's fine. We're entitled - as he said yesterday in the airplane — we're all entitled to our opinions and he's entitled to have his opinion. I don't happen to share that opinion, it's wonderful."

When Blitzer told Trump that he was "beginning to sound a little ridiculous," Trump shot back: "You are, Wolf. Let me tell you something, I think you sound ridiculous." He continued, "Many people put those announcements in because they wanted to get the benefits of being so-called born in this country. Many people did it."

Trump cannot back away from is birtherism, unless the media and knowledable Americans turn a blind eye to Trump's ODR (Obama Derangement Syndrome. Something they have so far done.

For the full article, complete with videos of Lying Trump click on the LINK.

Colin Powell, former Republican Secretary of State, in a private email called Lyin Trump a national disgrace. He is ABSOLUTELY RIGHT!, on any, if not all levels.

Some quick links to other articles, HERE, HERE, and HERE.

Trump's gig? Fabricate, vacillate, deflect, and count on Americans to either be grossly ill informed or just too busy to check the facts.

Trump appeals to the dark side in America. He must be defeated.

Monday, September 12, 2016

HRC and Another Misstep...

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HRC has a problem, it isn't her health. It is her tendency to secrecy.

If HRC has pneumonia (walking or otherwise), something her physician confirmed she does, she certainly was aware of this before Sunday. Wouldn't it have been better to let the public know this? Especially in light of the rightwing and Trump's tendency to fabricate "facts" that suit their narrative.

Perhaps HRC decided to keep her pneumonia quiet because she knows the media and the Trump campaign would have jumped on it like flies on a cow pie. Which of course is exactly what the media did following her exit from 911 remembrance ceremonies and her stumble. So, wouldn't it would have been better if she had preempted the media and the Trump campaign by making a statement, followed by a detailed medical report on her general overall health status?

HRC now finds herself on the defensive again because perceptions are she has (had) something to hide. Simply put her lack of transparency on this merely fed the media sharks as well as others.

How this plays out and whether it will negatively affect the HRC campaign remains to be seen. Maybe Clinton learned something from this misstep. Maybe not. We hoe she has.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Praising Putin and Authoritarianism...

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Trump and Pence are doubling down on praise for the ex KGB operative and now Russian president Vladmir Putin. When IT becomes acceptable for an American presidential candidate of a major American political party to praise the authoritarian and brutal leadership and governing ideology of a dictator smart folks will run as fast and as far as possible from that party's nominee.

For Trump to openly praise Putin while trashing our American president says much about Trump's temperament and views on how to govern. Trump is a disgrace to our republic, and, our founding fathers would no doubt be spinning in their graves were that possible.

WASHINGTON — Donald J. Trump’s campaign on Thursday reaffirmed its extraordinary embrace of Russia’s president, Vladimir V. Putin, signaling a preference for the leadership of an authoritarian adversary over that of America’s own president, despite a cascade of criticism from Democrats and expressions of discomfort among Republicans.

“I think it’s inarguable that Vladimir Putin has been a stronger leader in his country than Barack Obama has been in this country,” Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, Mr. Trump’s running mate, said on CNN, defending Mr. Trump by echoing his latest praise for the Russian leader, offered Wednesday night in a televised candidate forum.


In Wednesday’s forum, which was moderated by Matt Lauer of NBC and was devoted to national security issues, Mr. Trump twice denigrated America’s generals; suggested he would fire the country’s current military leadership; and insinuated — vaguely, unverifiably and without evidence — that the intelligence officials who recently gave him a classified briefing about threats to the United States had said that the president had flouted their advice.


In the forum, Mr. Trump said of Mr. Putin that he had been a leader “far more than our president,” and he praised Mr. Putin’s firm grip on Russia.

And after Mr. Lauer highlighted Mr. Putin’s record, Mr. Trump shot back, “But do you want me to start naming some of the things that President Obama does at the same time?”

Such talk is a remarkable break from the traditional boundaries of American political speech. And, as with his past provocations, Mr. Trump once again left his fellow Republicans scrambling to defend what many effectively conceded was indefensible.

Read full article BELOW THE FOLD.

Trump apparently had a certain admiration for this fellow as well.

Via: Memeorandum

UPDATE  9/9/16  10:55 AM

The Washington Post - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump criticized U.S. foreign policy and the American political press corps Thursday during an interview on RT America, a state-owned Russian television network.

In a wide-ranging interview that aired Thursday evening, Trump spoke with journalist Larry King about the presidential race, American intervention in Iraq and the Middle East, and the potential intrusion by Russian hackers into Democratic Party databases. RT, which airs in several countries in English and Russian, is funded by the Russian government; though it characterizes itself as independent, the network has been regularly accused of pro-Kremlin bias.

The interview came as Trump faced sustained criticism for praising Russian President Vladimir Putin, which he has regularly done on the campaign trail — to the discomfort of many members of his own party, who have distanced themselves from the comments.

Simply astounding. The utter ignorance of Donald J. Trump is an embarrassment to the GOP and the Americxan people as a whole.

Continue reading BELOW THE FOLD.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Trump Would Make a Lousy President and Commander in Chief...

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Those among us that actually believe Donald J. Trump would make a good Commander in Cheif and President ought to spend some time considering the following excerpt from a Septembr 7thTIME article. Clear objective thinking and rational analysis is what we need in a president, something DJT has so far failed to demonstrate to America that he actually has these abilities. Leading a nation of some 320 millioin people, the most powerful and influential on the planet requires something much different than running a busuness and scamming consumers to purchase your product.

... In recent months, ISIS has made clear that it’s closely following this election, too—and it has chosen a candidate. Interviews with ISIS members and analysis of social media, including in a recent Foreign Affairs article by Mara Revkin and Ahmad Mhidi, make it clear: “ISIS is rooting for Trump.”

This year, ISIS isn’t simply a passive observer of American politics. Since the group’s rapid rise in 2014, ISIS has established a far-reaching, sophisticated propaganda machine. Its members rely on social media to shape public opinion, recruit new members and mobilize followers to carry out attacks. Now, some of them are using those channels to advocate for Trump. In August, one ISIS spokesman wrote: “I ask Allah to deliver America to Trump.” Another supporter declared: “The ‘facilitation’ of Trump’s arrival in the White House must be a priority for jihadists at any cost!!!” ISIS is working to drum up support for the candidate it has called “the perfect enemy.”

That may come as a surprise to some. After all, Trump has spent this election season making a series of combative and bellicose comments on terrorism—from his pledge to kill the families of terrorists, his plans bring back torture of suspected terrorists and his call to ban all Muslims from entering the United States. But the truth is, Trump’s statements and extreme policies aren’t just contrary to our values—they play right into the hands of ISIS.

Trump’s anti-Muslim proposals are likely to inspire and radicalize more violent jihadists in the U.S. and Europe. ...

Trump presents a far greater danger to traditional American values, our civil liberties, and homeland security than does HRC.

Continue reading the full TIME article BELOW THE FOLD.


This just in from TPM. More Trump bellicose claims as he continues to talk from his derriere.

In a 15-minute effort to set the “terribly dishonest” media straight before a speech on school choice in Cleveland, Donald Trump claimed that with him at the helm, Osama bin Laden would've been captured even before the Sept, 11, 2001 terror attacks.

“I would’ve been tougher on terrorism. Bin Laden would’ve been caught a long time ago, before he was ultimately caught, prior to the downing of the World Trade Center,” Trump said during an aside about his record on Iraq.

The GOP nominee went on to say that if he had been in Congress at the time, he would have cast a vote opposing the invasion.

Trump also claimed he gave statements “much closer” to the invasion of Iraq saying he was against the war. He said those statements “superseded” his earlier, much-cited interview with shock jock radio host Howard Stern, where Trump said he did support the invasion.

A Quick Fact Check...

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For those who missed the reportedly ill moderated NBC commander in cheif forum Wedsnesday here is a quick fact chect video.


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Trump and His Hypocrisy... As the Media Overlooks the Obvious

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Below is a quote from a previous post. BB Idaho, the commenter, hit the nail squarely on the head. What would be highly amusing were it not so unfortunate is the media completely ignoring Trump's glaring hypocrisy.

The Alt-Right's total acceptance (think Faux News, Hannity, Ingram, O'Reilly, et all) of his hypocrisy is astounding.

Trump, who by some standards is the poster boy for 'pay to play', quickly donated big cash to the attorney
generals of Florida and Texas, who dropped their cases against the Trump University investigation. While the press and the McCarthyite GOP continue to put the screws to the Clinton Foundation, they are silent about the 'businessman' who publically bragged. "“I give to everybody. When they call, I give. And you know what? When I need something from them, two years later, three years later, I call them, and they are there for me”. He complains about the press, but IMO the press has bent over backwards to give him a free ride.

Thank you BB for pointing this out as only you can.

Election Update: Clinton’s Lead Keeps Shrinking... FiveThirtyEight

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Nate Silver asks ten questions and goes on to provides his insight as he addresses them. Polls are tightening and Trump has indeed been closing the gap between himself and HRC over the past couple of weeks.

FiveThirtyEight is well respected and enjoys an unusually high degree of accuracy in polling data and election predictions. While HRC certainly isn't in any serious trouble as yet the three presidential debates yet remain.

The remaining run to November 8th will be interesting. Hopefully the candidates will focus on issues, provide truthful information, and be VERY specific as to their roadmap for fixing the nation's fiscal and social challenges.

The Questions

1. Who’s ahead in the polls right now?

What’s the degree of uncertainty?

What’s the short-term trend in the polls?

What’s the medium-term trend in the polls?

Which states shape up as most important?

Does one candidate appear to have an overall edge in the Electoral College, relative to his or her position in the popular vote?

How do the “fundamentals” look?

How do FiveThirtyEight’s forecasts compare against prediction markets?

What would keep me up late at night if I were Clinton?

What would keep me up late at night if I were Trump?

Find Nate's analysis BELOW THE FOLD.

Friday, September 2, 2016

It Can't Be Happening In The USA...

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Does the above give pause to Americans who are presently inclined to support Trump? Sane people, republicans and democrats alike, who sense the very real danger of a Trump presidency surely hope so. It is unlikely the uneducated, undereducated, xenophobic, and truly frightened Americans presently supporting Trump will change their minds. If America is still the America that once set us apart from the rest we have nothing to fear as Trump will be soundly defeated in a landslide. If not and he wins the presidency relocation is always an option.

Full story BELOW THE FOLD.

On a different but related issue. With update.

Making America Great Again... On Hypocrisy, 1/2 Truths, and Lies

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Found on one of your typical fringe rightwing weblogs. For the conservative/tea party sheeple.

Not bad, if you accept 1/2 out of 5 as being good.  Apparently the Trumpians do..

Thursday, September 1, 2016

A Quick Fact Check Of Trump's Immigration Claims...

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Donald Trump, a man who time and again has demonstrated his aversion to facts, continued his distortions and false claims Wednesday in his major speech on immigration. Following is a brief summary.

As is Trump's wont to do he continues to play on fear, extreme nationalism, xenophobia, and ignorance. There are historical examples of demagogoues and the misery they created for their people and the world. Our electorate ought to revisit the history of a prior era.

“Using the existing laws, millions of people are deported every year.” FALSE

Claims “nearly 200,000 illegal immigrants” booked into Texas jails from 2011 to 2016 “were responsible for more than half a million criminal offenses.” FALSE 
Says “nobody even knows” if there are 11 million immigrants in the country illegally; says there could be 30 million or 5 million. FALSE  
Claims Hillary Clinton’s immigration plan “would functionally end enforcement of visa overstay rules — another open border decree.” NO EVIDENCE  
Claims Hillary Clinton will “close down detention centers for border crossings, meaning she will have an open southern border.” DISTORTS THE FACTS  
Claims “everybody … whether you’ve been a criminal or not” would become “American citizens” under Hillary Clinton’s immigration plan. FALSE CLAIM MADE BY GOVERNOR CHRIS CHRISTIE  (Trump supporter/advocate)

Read the complete Fact Check Report. 

The Truth About Trump's Major Immigration Speech...

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Corey Lewandowski arrives to the floor of Quicken Loans Arena during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Monday, July 18, 2016. CREDIT: AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill

Former Trump campaign manager Cory Lewandowski truthfully discussed Trump's motive behind his Wedsnesday speech on immigration. Which was to lock in the white male vote. Polls show Trump enjoys an approximate 18% point lead over HRC in his demographic group.

Making another one of his paid appearances as a CNN contributor late Wednesday night, former Trump campaign manager made no bones about the fact that Trump’s big immigration speech was aimed at white men.

“Look, I think Donald Trump’s message tonight was the message that he started with back on June of 2015, which was ‘America First,’” Lewandkowski said. “That’s what he believes, and what he is playing to — and if you look at the polling data, he’s got about an 18 point lead in the demographic of white males who are voting in this election.”


“They have a high propensity of voting, and so he’s got about an 18 point lead on Hillary Clinton in that particular demographic,” he continued. “This speech is clearly geared at those individuals right now, to make sure they are there, he has locked them in for the election.”

Lewandowski did go on to mention that, if Trump wants to win the general election, he will have to “expand” to appeal to broader swaths of voters.

Polls have consistently shown Trump solidly ahead of Hillary Clinton in the white male demographic, but trailing overall thanks to his deep unpopularity with other groups.

Before yesterday’s focus on immigration, Trump had spent weeks attempting to court black voters by making a case that their lives are terrible so they have nothing to lose by voting for him. A recent poll showing Trump with zero percent favorability among African Americans suggests it didn’t go well.


Via: Memeorandum