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By Mark Finkelstein | July 25, 2015
Shades of 1968 and the Days of Rage? Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors has announced that “any opportunity we have to shut down a Republican convention, we will.”
Appearing on today’s Melissa Harris-Perry show on MSNBC, Cullors also blithely spoke of “the murder of Mike Brown” in Ferguson, MO. Neither of the co-guest hosts sitting in for Harris-Perry, Richard Liu and Janet Mock, challenged Cullors’ characterization. This despite the fact that even Eric Holder’s Justice Department found no wrongdoing on the part of the police officer who shot Brown.
Question: what would be the effect on the election if Black Lives Matter seriously disrupted the Republican convention?
JANET MOCK: What action do you want to see the candidates take for what the movement is calling for?
PATRISSE CULLORS: I think first off we want candidates to actually call movement leaders sit and have meetings with us, have a conversation with us about what’s happened this last year since the murder of Mike Brown.
. . .
MOCK: What is your plan for the Republican candidates specifically after Jeb Bush and his idea of saying that #black lives matter is just a slogan?
CULLORS: Yes. And we — many folks have asked why would you go after the Democratic party? They’re on our side. What about the Republican party? And trust and believe that any opportunity we have to shut down a Republican convention, we will. We will make sure that our voices are made loud and clear. And we also want to be clear that the Democratic party isn’t off the hook.
The GOP’s smear campaign, working overtime to mock and discredit Donald Trump, has backfired so badly that Trump is now #1. Americans are actually beginning to see that Trump will fight for the American people.
The Telegraph had this to sayregarding Trump and some of the GOP’s fear and smear:
For Donald Trump the entrepreneur, it was a damaging week. Two major television networks severed ties, Macy’s dropped his clothing line, and Carlos Slim, the even richer Mexican tycoon, ended a joint venture with him.
But for Donald Trump, the inveterate showman and Republican challenger for president, the week was a triumph, as he climbed in the opinion polls and dominated media coverage, despite the backlash against his decision to condemn Mexican immigrants as rapists and drug traffickers.
“Wow, Huffington Post just stated that I am number one in the polls of Republican candidates,” the brash billionaire bragged as the week closed, citing the liberal media outlet that has been a platform for many of the strongest attacks on him. “Thank you, but the work has just begun!”
Mr. Trump was touting his first place in an average of 105 polls. Of the 14 candidates who have declared, Trump topped the field with 13.6 per cent support to 13.3 per cent for Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor and son and brother of two past president, respectively.
The Republican hierarchy is not laughing as he rides an anti-establishment populist tide, shooting from the hip with his overheated rhetoric. They are concerned, not because they think he has a chance of securing the nomination, but because they fear he could influence the election by scarring the party’s reputation.
“Donald Trump is like watching a roadside accident,” Ari Fleischer, a former spokesman for George W Bush, told Politico. “Everybody pulls over to see the mess. And Trump thinks that’s entertainment. But running for president is serious. And the risk for the party is that he tarnishes everybody.”
Mr. Trump’s rivals in the race were, at first, unsure how to respond. Marco Rubio, the Florida senator and son of Cuban immigrants, finally, on Thursday, called the comments “not just offensive and inaccurate, but also divisive.”
Jeb Bush, whose wife is Mexican and who delivered his declaration speech in English and Spanish and supports creating a path for legalizing the status of undocumented immigrants, said: “His remarks do not represent the values of the Republican party and they do not represent my values.”
But he defended his stance and said he had become a “whipping post” for speaking up on immigration and crime. The lone fellow candidate to speak up for Mr. Trump was Ted Cruz, the Texas senator whose father is Cuban, saying he “speaks the truth.”
This is what attracts grassroots supporters such as Ken Crow, a leader of the Tea Party in the first-voting caucus of Iowa. He reeled off a list of reasons why he was backing Mr. Trump. “Americans are sick and tired of corrupt government and career politicians,” he said. “He will straighten out the economy and defend our borders. Americans want a John Wayne right now, someone who’ll be a champion of our country.”
The Trump candidacy is playing up strains between Tea Party activists and senior party figures, with Mr. Fleischer adding that his comments were irresponsible and “hurtful.”
And John Weaver, an adviser on John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, noted: “I remember growing up in Kermit [Texas], every time the carnival came to town it drew a big crowd. But nobody wanted the carnival barker to be mayor.” (Read the full story at The Telegraph)
Now, Trump leads in North Carolina and is beating Bush, according to Newsmax, the Washington Examiner, and the Charlotte Observer:
Trump’s momentum “just keeps on building,” according to the PPP website, though the poll found Trump drags the bottom of the GOP field among those who could likely beat Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.
Still, Trump leads the GOP field in North Carolina with 16 percent, followed by Jeb Bush and Scott Walker at 12 percent each; Mike Huckabee at 11 percent; Ben Carson and Marco Rubio at 9 percent; Rand Paul at 7 percent; Ted Cruz at 6 percent; Chris Christie at 5 percent; Carly Fiorina at 4 percent; Rick Perry at 2 percent; Lindsey Graham, Bobby Jindal, and Rick Santorum at 1 percent each; and John Kasich and George Pataki at less than 1 percent each.
On April 14th, before Trump even announced and while everyone was so skeptic he would run or even when most doubted he would even make it, we stated:
“I suspect Trump will run, win, and rid us from one wicked wretch: Hillary Clinton.”
I never doubted that Trump will make it.
I was talking with my dad about what is going on in the news and he came up with a great idea to put over 500,00 people back to work now, and reduce the deficit. Ready?
- Immediately approve all oil leases for pumping now. Order the wells that were shipped to Brazil to do deep water drilling, back to the gulf and start pumping as much as we can get of the ground.
- Sign an executive order to develop and drill Anwar. In that order add that half of all the oil we pump out of Anwar be shipped to China to pay down our loans from them.
Based on the wells that are inactive, and the others that are about to hit, this action would immediately put almost 500,000 people back to work.
Maybe this could be one of the questions we should ask the Republican candidates?