National Politics - 2016

Rick Manning: Rise Of “The Donald”

GOP ELITE HAVE ONLY THEMSELVES TO BLAME || By RICK MANNING  || Donald Trump is leading in at least one poll for the Republican Party nomination for President. The Economist/YouGov poll shows 15 percent of Republican respondents identified Trump as their first choice with 12 percent having him as their second….


|| By RICK MANNING  || Donald Trump is leading in at least one poll for the Republican Party nomination for President.

The Economist/YouGov poll shows 15 percent of Republican respondents identified Trump as their first choice with 12 percent having him as their second. The next best showing was by Jeb Bush who trailed by four points in first place ballots and another five when asked to name a second choice.

What is The Donald’s secret?

An unwavering commitment to an issue, and a willingness to not play by the well-scripted political rules on the right.

What Trump was supposed to do, according to the rules, was back down on his remarks, declare them to be “inartful” as the late Mario Cuomo once did in relation to a slur he uttered against hunters and gun owners many years back, and slink back to reality television.

Rather than play the game of saying he was sorry that people were offended as is common practice when the left offends Christians, veterans, or others, Donald Trump instead doubled down; and when NBC’s Univision broke their contract with him, he sued.  When Macy’s decided that they were going to discontinue his clothing line, he didn’t care.  When the PGA cancelled their engagement at one of his golf courses, he laughed saying he wasn’t returning their deposit and he will rent it again and get double the money for the weekend.

And the people cheered.

The people cheered because they are sick of mealy-mouthed politicians who promise to fight Obama’s executive amnesty tooth and nail, and then cut-and-run at the first sign of opposition. Trump stood firm resisting the attempts by his “business partners,” the media, and the political elites to bully him into submission.

All the “right” people in the Republican Party attempted to tell the rest of us that we should be quiet on the impact of the flood of illegal immigrants and the disastrous catch-and-release policies pursued by the Obama administration.

Then the horrific San Francisco sanctuary city murder of Kathryn Steinle happened. Trump didn’t have to say another word. His point was made. Politicians from D.C. didn’t flock to San Francisco to Ms. Steinle’s funeral. There were no Al Sharptons, Jesse Jacksons or Eric Holders stirring the pot.

The murder itself crystallized Trump’s warning. The failure to secure our borders and to enforce our immigration laws is a dangerous and disastrous policy.

Suddenly, the rape trees that have begun to spring up in Arizona’s Sonora Desert have seeped into the news, even though this gruesome phenomenon of hanging rape trophies up on trees has been widespread since 2009.

Rather than excoriate Trump, the real question the political elites should be forced to answer is why were you silent?

(To continue reading this column, click the link below …)

Rick Manning is president of Americans for Limited Government, one of the country’s most influential conservative organizations. Follow him on Twitter @RManning957.  His column – reprinted with permission – originally appeared on NetRightDaily.

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DogWhistle July 13, 2015 at 9:29 am

The rise of the Donald?
More like, the demise of the Republican Party.

Daniel Boome July 13, 2015 at 10:23 am

But the latest HilClint lie….??? Demise of the Democrat Party? Nah, must a resume enhancement.

Don't be so sure.... July 13, 2015 at 11:40 am

I think you’re really underestimating Trump’s appeal….he might have high unlikability among the Left, but Hilliary has the same on the right.

Be Careful July 13, 2015 at 9:34 am

You know, this racist anti-immigrant dog and pony show will only get you guys so far, with each other, but there will be hell to pay come election time.

E Norma Scok July 13, 2015 at 10:50 am

I don’t think he’s anti immigrant; he’s anti illegal immigrant.

Is there another country in the world (including Mexico) that you can just show up and stay, and become a citizen by just being nice? And if there is..would you want to live there?

Daniel Boome July 13, 2015 at 12:54 pm Reply
John Sargent July 13, 2015 at 3:06 pm

I hate to break it to you, but MOST Americans are descended from immigrants who did just that, came right in, no questions asked other than ‘What’s your name?’ The first immigration restriction laws in the U.S. were in 1875 and designed to keep Chinese out. Later it was Catholics from Eastern Europe.

Daniel Boome July 13, 2015 at 12:51 pm

I didn’t know illegal was a race.

Please. July 13, 2015 at 4:14 pm

I’m sorry. I missed the part where Trump called out Russian, Serbian and Ukranian immigrants. He only mentioned Mexicans, dummy.

Daniel Boome July 13, 2015 at 5:51 pm

Oh wow, you’re right, genius. I’ll let Trump know that the aforementioned are also immigrating here en masse illegally.

Jonny Logic July 13, 2015 at 10:50 am

I dislike when people compare everything to Hitler and the Nazi’s, but this is exactly what I think about when I see and hear Trump. The Mexicans are Trump’s Jews. The weak-minded are always looking for someone to blame for why they don’t have more or for someone to be protected from. If its not the Mexicans, its ISIS. If not ISIS, its those rioting blacks. You figured we would have gotten passed this Jedi mindtrick political rhetoric, but I guess it still works. SMH

Daniel Boome July 13, 2015 at 12:47 pm

Let the immigrants pass straight through, let ISIS terrorize, and give “those who seek to destroy, space to destroy”. Got it. Liberal utopia here we come.

Jonny Logic July 13, 2015 at 1:34 pm

How exactly have these immigrants ruined our great nation? How has ISIS, which WE created BTW, terrorized us? And please explain how today’s immigrants are worse than the dirty Italians, Jews, Irish, Chinese, Germans, Japs, etc. of history past? Or should I ask Faux News, since they are obviously your omniscient Lord?

Daniel Boome July 13, 2015 at 2:04 pm

Why do you liberals seem to always think it helps your case to end your posts with some irrelevant pot-shot at Fox News? You don’t even watch Fox News, you just throw out the typical liberal clichés about them, all the while ignoring or praising MSNBC, which is far more biased and unfair (just to your side). Anyways, here is my response, courtesy of my “omniscient Lord”.
Nobody has said “these immigrants” are ruining our great nation. That’s where you get yourself all tied up into knots when trying to debate this issue. You can’t even be honest and so we end up arguing past each other. The focus has never been on “immigrants” per se, simply “illegal” immigrants. I understand what you’re trying to do in equating the concern over Mexican immigrants with specious historical concerns that were levied against Europeans and Asians, but you miss a key point in all of that. Those immigrants of the past had stigmas attached to them that had nothing to do with their citizenship status. For the most part it was solely based on the importation of certain (non-criminal) behaviors. Although that does sometimes creep into the debate we have today about Mexican immigrants, it’s extremely rare and beside the point. By having those in our country illegally, we create the concerns that get attached to them. The rapes, murders, thefts, etc. are all a result of having improper means of documentation and sanctuary policies that allow these people to go on without consequence. Even when deported, they come back in as though they have a clean record. If you want to equate Trump raising that issue with Hitler arbitrarily assigning blame of war and economic problems to Jews then be my guest. I actually do think using Hitler and the “Nazi solution” ideas are fair game when comparing political logic, but your attempt to compare couldn’t be further off. Trump isn’t even assigning blame to Mexicans (he has said he doesn’t blame them for coming here), he is merely pointing out the flaws in US immigration policy. That policy is what has ruined our nation.

Jonny Logic July 13, 2015 at 3:38 pm

Actually, I DO watch Fox News (always good a laugh), as well as CNN, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, NBC, etc. So move on.

And you didn’t answer the question HOW EXACTLY these horrible Mexicans and our ‘failed’ policy has hurt this nation so severely. Rapes? Murders? Yeah, white natives never do those things.

Daniel Boome July 13, 2015 at 4:09 pm

You decided to show your Foc derangement without any provocation, so don’t blame me.

Once you are only able to make a point by putting words in people’s mouth. No one ever said anything about “horrible” Mexicans. I explained exactly how our safe haven and undocumented policies perpetuate and incentivize criminal activity, but you decide to bring a red herring about natives up. Ironic for someone named “logic”. We’re not comparing group problems, we’ve advocating for changes that will solve existing problems.

Jonny Logic July 13, 2015 at 4:17 pm

I am still waiting for specific examples of how these ‘wonderful’ immigrants (feel better) are causing so much harm that Republicans feel the need to crucify them. Besides being an easy scapegoat (see ISIS).

Daniel Boome July 13, 2015 at 6:35 pm

You’re not interested in examples, you just want to control the vocabulary. Now we’ve got “crucify” and “scapegoat” in the mix.

If you really watch cable news as you claim, surely you couldn’t have possibly missed the recent examples of sanctuary policy victims in Jamiel Shaw and Kate Steinle, who are only the tip of the iceberg. You can argue all you that what happened could have happened at the hands of a native. Hypothetically, that’s obviously possible. But what we know factually is that the murderers in the two aforementioned cases were roaming around free as birds (as felons) due to lax federal and local law regarding the handling of those in the country illegally and undocumented.

Jonny Logic July 14, 2015 at 8:44 am

Yes, I am interested in examples. That would be why I asked multiple times. Wow, 2 whole immigrants is what you came up with!!!! We are going to condemn all illegals, call them rapists and drug dealers and berate them relentlessly because of your 2 examples. Yeah, let’s do this, because we really don’t have any other issues in this country. SMH

Daniel Boome July 14, 2015 at 9:19 am

Ok, I’m done. You aren’t remotely interested in the truth. I have to spell out every thing for you. You specifically asked for SPECIFIC examples, I gave them to you (noting that they were merely the tip of the iceberg) and explained how they relate to the problems with our immigration policy. I told you that you didn’t care about examples, then you tell me you do and don’t like when I give them to you. The statistics that back up how illegals and crime go unchecked are staggering, leading crime to continue to pile up without consequences. You just don’t care about it because it hasn’t personally affected you yet. Bottom line, however, is even if you want to disagree with all of this you can’t honestly believe this comparable to the propogangist scapegoats that Hitler made me Jews. We have legitimate concerns about unchecked open borders and the consequences that come from that. If you believe there is no problem with that, then make your case, but don’t bring in your weak and specious Hitler comparisons.

Jonny Logic July 14, 2015 at 9:52 am

The reason I asked for specific examples is that recent studies have shown that illegal immigrants contribute no more to crime than do natives. What you did come up with are sensationalized examples, as categorized by your Geraldo himself. You can believe what you want, but I am not going to condemn an entire group of people because 1 or 2 of them committed a crime, even if they are brown.

Tazmaniac July 13, 2015 at 10:53 am

Let’s face the ugly truth. Both sides of the aisle have sponsored illegal immigration for their own greedy desires. The Rs for the profitable cheap labor and the D’s for the votes. Trump is the only one saying this, the truth that is.

Elfego July 13, 2015 at 12:06 pm

Tell it like it is. Politicians in General cannot admit the truth because it would hurt their cause.

Nice Trump July 13, 2015 at 1:11 pm Reply
TroubleBaby July 13, 2015 at 2:07 pm

lol….he’ll say whatever gets him elected…but certainly other pols shouldn’t be condemning him for that. If anything, they should be admiring him for playing the game better than them so far.

TroubleBaby July 13, 2015 at 2:08 pm

Wanna bet Trumpster has himself spent tons of money on employing illegals to build buildings? Or at least mow his lawns?


Nice Trump July 13, 2015 at 2:19 pm

No need to bet. It’s a documented fact. Also, his sweet ass clothing line is made in Mexico. He really, really cares about American jobs, dang it. These suckers cheering for his remarks are dumber than dirt.

Lindsey Graham Sunk July 13, 2015 at 11:26 am

Trump is unstoppable. The more the media attacks him, the more people who flock to stand behind him.

vicupstate July 13, 2015 at 12:44 pm

Well now, we don’t have to rely on the media to attach Trump, we have Lindsey Graham.

grandtangosuglydog July 13, 2015 at 12:36 pm

The same people who seem to support this joke of a candidate/reality tv host are the same ones who supported the child raping Duggars and Bill Cosby. It was all some vast left wing media conspiracy right..? Any one of you want to Invite Bill Cosby or that sick fuck Duggar weirdo to dinner with your daughters??? anyone? thought so. But its all just a left wing media thing right? Right!

Daniel Boome July 13, 2015 at 12:56 pm

Who ever called the Duggar scandal a vast left wing conspiracy? Who ever implied it was a good idea for their daughters to be around Cosby or Josh Duggar? Nice straw man.

Daniel Boome July 13, 2015 at 2:15 pm

What’s your point? You charge the “ones who supported the child raping Duggars”. That’s saying that there are those who deny that Josh Duggar did anything and that therefore anybody who suggests such is part of a vast left wing conspiracy. None of what you cited suggests anybody has ever said anything of the sort, only that the Duggars are true hypocrites. Okay, if you want to argue that point then you should read what somebody says, not what somebody says that somebody else says. In one of those articles cited, Matt Walsh says:
“The backlash has been severe. Not because Josh’s actions were terrible — though they were, of course — but because the Duggars are a prominent Christian family who regularly speak out on contentious social issues like gay marriage. A Christian failing to live up to his faith does not make him a hypocrite. It makes him cowardly, perhaps. It makes him selfish. It makes him flawed. It makes him sinful. It makes him any number of things, but not necessarily a hypocrite. A hypocrite is an insincere person who misrepresents his own beliefs. But saying that you believe something is wrong, only to turn around and do it, doesn’t prove that you never held that belief. It just proves that you were too weak to stand by it.”

and then

“Speaking of hypocrites, I’m going to be very frank with you: I simply don’t believe most progressives actually care that Josh Duggar touched his sisters when he was 14. I don’t believe they are upset about it, or that it offends them, or that they are morally troubled by it. I don’t believe them. I just don’t.I think they’re the real hypocrites.After all, Lena Dunham admitted to inappropriately touching her sister, and she told the story in a jovial way, as if it were an amusing anecdote. Unlike Josh — who repented long ago, and when it was made public owned up to it and apologized again — Lena responded by telling her critics in the right wing conspiracy to ‘back the f**k up, bros.’ While Duggar called his own behavior inexcusable, Dunham described the people upset about her behavior as ‘disgusting old men.’ ”
That’s the real conspiracy accusation, Dunham calling it a “right wing conspiracy”.

ernesto July 13, 2015 at 12:40 pm

please make him your candidate – push him in Iowa and South Carolina. Please – with Donald as candidate the progressive agenda will succeed.

max July 13, 2015 at 2:43 pm

With any luck we could become Cuba!

tyronemamacollards July 13, 2015 at 1:04 pm

I think he is a Judas goat, leading the capricious GOP to the slaughter. Go Don ! They deserve it !


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