National Politics - 2016

Donald Trump Lands Key SC Establishment Endorsement

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR, PRESUMED JEB BUSH BACKER COMES OUT FOR “THE DONALD” INSTEAD GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump is set to receive the endorsement of S.C. lieutenant governor Henry McMaster at an event in Lexington County, S.C. this evening, multiple sources familiar with the impending announcement tell FITS. Buzz about this “First…

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR, PRESUMED JEB BUSH BACKER COMES OUT FOR “THE DONALD” INSTEAD

GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump is set to receive the endorsement of S.C. lieutenant governor Henry McMaster at an event in Lexington County, S.C. this evening, multiple sources familiar with the impending announcement tell FITS.

Buzz about this “First in the South” shocker began building when the elder Palmetto political statesman was spotted boarding “Trump Force One” on the Columbia Metropolitan Airport tarmac Wednesday afternoon with his wife, Peggy McMaster.

Reportedly joining the McMasters on the plane were Ed McMullen, Trump’s top South Carolina strategist, and Jimmy Merrill – his Palmetto State director.

The confab is said to be a prelude to McMaster endorsing Trump at a Lexington County rally on Wednesday evening – one at which the two politicians will appear together before 5,000 Trump supporters.

McMaster’s nod comes a day after this website issued its endorsement of Trump – and a week after one of U.S. Senator Ted Cruz‘s top Palmetto State grassroots supporters switched her support to “The Donald.”

The endorsement of “Governor McMaster,” as he is known at the S.C. State House, represents a huge shock to the status quo in early-voting South Carolina – where the GOP establishment is girding for one final stand against the Trump insurgency.  Most Palmetto politicos figured McMaster would follow the lead of liberal U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham – a fellow client of neo-Confederate S.C. political consultant Richard Quinn, who is reportedly in negotiations with supporters of former Florida governor Jeb Bush.

Bush has been aggressively courting the endorsement of S.C. governor Nikki Haley, who has yet to weigh in on the 2016 race – but has been harshly critical of Trump.

Albeit ineffectively so …

Obviously this website has taken a dim view of McMaster – in fact we’ve repeatedly referred to him as a “dim bulb” – yet this is the second endorsement in which he’s shown a surprisingly savvy independent streak.

In 2010, McMaster also threw the state’s political establishment a curveball by endorsing then-S.C. Rep. Nikki Haley in a “Republican” runoff election.  His decision caught observers off guard given the extent to which Quinn and his minions worked behind the scenes to sink Haley during the 2010 GOP primary.

“Governor McMaster has a keener political sense than any of you in the media give him credit for,” a SCGOP executive committee member told us.  “This is twice he has taken the unexpected path.”

McMaster served two terms as South Carolina’s attorney general from 2003-2011.  He was elected lieutenant governor in 2014 – defeating up-and-coming Democrat Bakari Sellers for the post.

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94 comments

Andy January 27, 2016 at 5:43 pm

This just proves he’s much smarter than Haley. He is a “dim bulb”, hers is burned out!

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TheBeatles January 27, 2016 at 5:57 pm Reply
TheBeatles January 27, 2016 at 9:24 pm Reply
Fleet January 27, 2016 at 5:57 pm

90% of the folks in SC couldn’t name the lieutenant governor. Big deal.

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Squishy123 January 27, 2016 at 6:21 pm

Andre’ Bauer

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Fleet January 27, 2016 at 9:22 pm

OK, except for that one.

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Scooter January 27, 2016 at 9:35 pm

Damn.

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fl ? p January 28, 2016 at 4:27 am

With how often he was in the news due to bad driving or bad flying does he really count?

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Yawn January 27, 2016 at 6:00 pm

A dim-bulb joins all the other dim-bulbs in supporting Trump?
Why is this news?

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Squishy123 January 27, 2016 at 6:21 pm

So who would you vote for and why?

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Yawn January 27, 2016 at 6:32 pm

Bernie, because he actually has policies that help everyone. I’d vote for Hillary too. We can’t go back to 2008, that’s all the GOP is offering. Who are you voting for?

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GOP FORWARD TO THE PAST January 27, 2016 at 6:50 pm

That is simply not true. How can you say that?. The GOP will not stop at 2008. We are going to get us back to 1908. We are more comfortable with that time period. Besides, many of our members were born around that time.

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Squishy123 January 27, 2016 at 7:16 pm

You must under 25 years old. How is me paying more taxes going to help me?

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Bingo! January 27, 2016 at 7:17 pm

He’s under the delusion that you paying more taxes is going to help him.

He’s a fool.

Squishy123 January 27, 2016 at 7:19 pm

Most people are Democrats until they get out in the real world and see how the Democrats fuck them over for doing well. Sanders has come out and stated that he will raise taxes if elected.

Bingo! January 27, 2016 at 7:23 pm

There’s a lot of people that don’t do well, and they use their vote to take others money because they blame everyone but themselves.

That’s why rich people lobby government and payoff politicians sometimes, they are trying to stop the masses from voting away their money. Sure, some of it is greed or protection from competition, but much of it is simply trying to stop the legal plunder of their wealth by those envious of their position.

Yawn January 27, 2016 at 8:04 pm

Well beyond 25, unfortunately. I understand ‘socialism’ isn’t just a word used to scared simple minded people. I don’t mind paying a little more in taxes, it’s about what you get back from your taxes. If the wealthiest and largest corporations paid their part, then we wouldn’t even need to pay more. As it is, nearly all of our tax dollars go to defense. Sorry you’ve been duped by wealthy people into thinking you should get nothing back and if you do, you’re some kind of mooch. It obviously works well…

rockylovesflipfaggotsuglydog January 27, 2016 at 6:24 pm

Yawn.Nope.Think man think!

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Yawn January 27, 2016 at 6:30 pm

Most of Trump’s supporters are proven to be low-intelligence and on the bottom end of the economic spectrum. Thanks for backing that up.

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Aha January 27, 2016 at 6:01 pm

That is why Will endorsed Trump last night. He is town tonight. Trump doesn’t believe in conserving fuel. In Iowa last night, SC tonight and back to Iowa tomorrow for his fundraiser.

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grandtangosuglydog January 27, 2016 at 9:58 pm

Trump wacked em.Trump hired Santorums get out the vote guy from 2012 and the deal is done.

Trump on cruise control.

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vicupstate January 27, 2016 at 6:01 pm

What’s the downside? Trump is going to win here, and even if something changes and that doesn’t happen, it certainly isn’t going to be Bush that does win.

Shooting fish in a barrel.

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rockylovesflipfaggotsuglydog January 27, 2016 at 6:22 pm

I am starting to think you have been to the ‘pogo/GT School of Politics’.Your observations appear to be rational at times.

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Fannin, Fannin & Bobannin, LLP January 27, 2016 at 11:45 pm

You will be served. But you’ll have to go around to the back door.

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fl ? p January 28, 2016 at 4:18 am

Can you get the FCC to come and get my cat out of the tree? Ooh, and I’ll need to file my taxes with them too. LMAO!!!!!

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Fannin, Fannin & Bobannin, LLP January 28, 2016 at 8:02 am

You are highly suspect as well. Are you a plant? If so what kind? Palmetto, pine, loblolly? We here at FF&B, LLP are betting you are a loblolly pretending to be a man pretending to be the real flip/pogo, who may or may not be our client. Whatever or whoever you are, you know what? Forget you. Forget us. Seriously, forget you ever heard of us. We don’t want any trouble with those commie environmentalists crazy Boz has on speed-dial if we try to cut you down.

You never got this message.

F.B.I. Web Surveillance January 28, 2016 at 8:11 am

He was up playing in the kids rooms and posting at 3:00 A.M. on Fits.I doubt you get a response this early.Wait until he gets the coffee for the staff at Fits?

fl ? p January 28, 2016 at 8:40 am

Me and GT have an adopted kid but he moved out of the house. You are funny! If you were from the FCC I would be scared, but only because GT runs an unlicensed gay radio station in his trailer. LMAO!!!!!!

F.B.I. Web Surveillance January 28, 2016 at 8:43 am

A lot of activity in your trailer at 3:00 A.M. last night. Did you ever find your favorite bong?

fl ? p January 28, 2016 at 8:44 am

GT had it up his bum. Oh my!!!!!!!! We had a great time. If Bernie becomes prez it will be legal eventually!

F.B.I. Web Surveillance. January 28, 2016 at 8:47 am

We just heard somebody named ‘Will’ say Starbucks today for coffee,not Circle K. Better get moving before you lose your job.We will be here all day.

fl ? p January 28, 2016 at 8:52 am

You so funnay! I’m going to get the FCC to investigate everyone! LMAO!!!!

Obamacare/ACA January 28, 2016 at 8:56 am

You’re employee may be forced to pay for your health insurance under Obamacare since he has you working 24 hours a day.Please call us.Deadline is 1/31/2016.

fl ? p January 28, 2016 at 9:02 am

Already insured homie! Thanks Obama! Hopefully Bernie will make health care even better!

Rocky Verdad January 28, 2016 at 11:54 am

That one’s funny. You tear me up!

fl ? p January 28, 2016 at 9:00 am

I never got your message? I was wanting to get served in the back door too. I was hoping that cute DA would do it but my impersonator seems to be full of shit. Someone must have packed that fudge pretty tight! LMAO!!!

Squishy123 January 27, 2016 at 6:20 pm

Don’t forget Jakie Knotts is also backing him, that should help him convincingly take the state.

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Willie is Sic January 27, 2016 at 6:23 pm

I think it’s time for the IQ test! Sen. Hollingsworth was right.

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dwb619 January 27, 2016 at 9:13 pm

Senator WHO???????????

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Willie is Sic January 27, 2016 at 10:18 pm

It was Fits’ auto spell check. Write Hollings and see what comes up.

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Blogger For Hire January 27, 2016 at 6:29 pm

Trump must be a member of Fits’ favorite “Whited only Country Club”, at Forrest Acres CC, along with Foghorn and his other fellow biggots.

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Vicky S January 27, 2016 at 8:13 pm

Haley played her cards and has now lost any possible political future when she dumped on Trump…..smiling now and hoping she goes away now.

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Bulwinkle January 27, 2016 at 8:14 pm

Jakie Knotts and Henry McMaster – endorsed. Praising Schumer, Reid and Pelosi. I’m so glad Donald is shaking up the establishment!

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The Colonel (R) January 27, 2016 at 8:17 pm

I’m willing to bet that half the residents of our fair state can’t even name the light goobernor lieutenant governor of our fair state. For the rest that can, most have already decided which way they lean so once again, this means very little.

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Rocky Verdad January 27, 2016 at 8:26 pm

Again, unless you’re planning to run for Governor.

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fl ? p January 27, 2016 at 8:32 pm

Henry McAssblaster?

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Scooter January 27, 2016 at 9:31 pm

Don’t bet on it.

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The Colonel (R) January 28, 2016 at 9:37 am

Don’t bet on what, the meaninglessness of this endorsement or that half our residents can’t name, er, uhm what’s his name?

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fl ? p January 27, 2016 at 8:32 pm

Comes out for Donald? Was he in the closet? I know what that’s like. LMAO!!!

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tomstickler January 27, 2016 at 9:10 pm

The Rude Pundit may have figured out the real reason for The Donald’s feud with Megyn.

http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2016/01/donald-trump-and-megyn-kelly-two-snakes.html

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Eddie Chitwood January 27, 2016 at 9:52 pm

Wrong again ferret face!

An Old Recording Of Megyn Kelly Talking About Penises, Breasts, And How She Has Sex, Proves Trump Was Right Kelly Is Absolute Trash

http://shoebat.com/2015/08/08/an-old-recording-of-megyn-kelly-talking-about-penises-breasts-and-how-she-has-sex-proves-trump-was-right-kelly-is-absolute-trash/

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mamatiger92 January 28, 2016 at 8:45 am

Trump cheated on wife #1 with wife#2 and on #2 with #3 & had a child out of wedlock while married to #1.
Trump calling anyone trash is laughable.

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Eddie Chitwood January 28, 2016 at 8:51 am

Kelly is a lying ,cheating bimbo whore that used her 1st husband doctor to put her thru law school (he found the trailer trash reading cue cards on local news)and then dumped him because he wanted children.

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fl ? p January 28, 2016 at 8:53 am

Trump is gonna get the wife beater vote all right!

mamatiger92 January 28, 2016 at 8:54 am

None of which changes the fact that Trump is also a cheating whore.

fl ? p January 28, 2016 at 8:54 am

And possibly worse if the allegations regarding past wives is true

Eddie Chitwood January 28, 2016 at 8:57 am

A rich cheating whore that will be President.

mamatiger92 January 28, 2016 at 8:59 am

Quite possibly.

fl ? p January 28, 2016 at 9:04 am

If America can survive 8 years of Georgie Jr. we can survive anything.

Rocky Verdad January 28, 2016 at 9:32 am

When you’re that kind of carne asada – you gots to share.

Rocky Verdad January 28, 2016 at 9:31 am

No, proves Kelly is super hot. She Maurice-a-licous!!!! Bet she’s tangier than mustard-based BBQ sauce.

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Rocky Verdad January 27, 2016 at 9:40 pm

Trump’s been great for America. We can now use his name for stuff. Like – “Hey, you’re a big Trum.”

Or, this one – Arron Bundy and has patriots were upset that many people were sending them Trumps in the mail.

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Jose Wales January 27, 2016 at 9:48 pm

U.S Presidents and Statesmen are on every piece Of U.S. currency. So Will Barack Obama Be Placed On The FoodStamp Card?

A muslim, a socialist, and a communist walk into a bar. The bartender says hello Mr. President.

What does Barack Obama call illegal aliens? Rocky’s family

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ImpaledNazarene January 28, 2016 at 4:05 am

Rocky really is a dim-witted illegal alien socialist

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Rocky Verdad January 28, 2016 at 9:30 am

My attorney from Flipsa Tool PA says this is another one for the file.

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fl ? p January 28, 2016 at 4:20 am

Rocky is a good person, too bad we can’t say the same about you…

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Bible Thumper January 28, 2016 at 6:16 am

Yeah, but you don’t call Rocky, cute.?

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Just Askin January 28, 2016 at 8:04 am

Have you ever tried tried replying to a comment and it won’t post-a message in red comes up ‘can’t reply to a account that doesn’t exist’ or some such? Then the message disappears.

fl ? p January 28, 2016 at 9:09 am

That’s probably Disqus getting ready to IP ban someone.

Rocky Verdad January 28, 2016 at 9:29 am

Usually means Flip killed another Disques account – and is about to claim he’s been hacked.

Bible Thumper January 28, 2016 at 11:16 am

I’ve had all kinds of issues. Some comments are accepted when others are not. I’ve seen the names change on some disqus accounts, but leave their other comments from the same person, name unchanged.

fl ? p January 28, 2016 at 8:28 am

That would make Tango jealous! LMAO!!!

Rocky Verdad January 28, 2016 at 9:28 am

Handsome and a damned fine dresser!!! Blue oxford button down, light cotton tan kakis, slip on Brazilian shoes, crazy socks, and those cool shades that just scream – Low Country coooool!!!!

Jose Wales January 28, 2016 at 8:01 am

Posting at 3:00 A.M. faggot? Lock the doors kids.

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fl ? p January 28, 2016 at 9:10 am

I’m a good hubby to my Tango, I believe in the Biblical principle that my body is his and his body is mine, and that we shouldn’t deprive each other, so if he wants booty at 3 AM I’m there to get it on! LMAO!!

Rocky Verdad January 28, 2016 at 9:29 am

OK, that’s gross.

Rocky Verdad January 28, 2016 at 9:26 am

Snip it complete – I’m suing – ha!!! I’ll just cut and paste it in. Might be a little later though, the wax machine is broken down.

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Hector January 28, 2016 at 5:38 am

The comments on this blog are no longer worth the time to glance at them. You guys are disappointing.

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Bible Thumper January 28, 2016 at 6:11 am

I’ll try to do better. ?

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King-tut January 28, 2016 at 7:05 am

Zzzzzz wow. Sooo thrilled.

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As if you know it all.

Recite Fed Code by heart.

Always make good judgment calls.

And if you do your homework,

Your opponents will be trounced.

That’s what the law’s about.

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fl ? p January 28, 2016 at 9:08 am

This law firm seems more real than my impersonator’s lawsuit and DA letter. LMAO!!!

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fl ? p January 28, 2016 at 9:07 am

Banana-fanna fo fannin… LMAO!!!

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swampland January 28, 2016 at 8:59 am

Trump’s wants to micro-manage the economy into a state of prosperity. Sky-high import taxes, eminent domain for real estate developers, ethanol subsidies for Iowa farmers, and bailouts for New York bankers. What a great plan. Can’t wait. Trump also has a major likability problem. He insulted John McCain for being a POW, a New York Times reporter for being handicapped, Iowans for being “stupid,” Ben Carson for being a Seventh Day Adventist, and labels anyone who dares to disagree with him as a “loser.” Trump’s “friends” consist of business associates who make money by dealing with him and politicians who attain power by dealing with him.

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mamatiger92 January 28, 2016 at 9:00 am

And, he’s ready to work with the Democrats per his recent remarks:

“I think I’m going to be able to get along with Pelosi. I’ve always had a good relationship with Nancy Pelosi. I’ve never had a problem.”

“I’ve always had a great relationship with Harry Reid.”

“Hey look, I think I’ll be able to get along with well with Chuck Schumer. I was always very good with Schumer. I was close to Schumer in many ways.”

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fl ? p January 28, 2016 at 9:01 am

He’ll probably hand the election to Hillary or Bernie in return for a cabinet position. As long as he gets to fire people I think he’ll be happy.

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yawn January 28, 2016 at 10:39 am

5th time you have posted this in two days.See if Will can get you some new links and quotes before lunch.

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mamatiger92 January 28, 2016 at 10:48 am

Says the person who cut & pasted the same Bernie Sanders story for a week.
**double yawn**

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fl ? p January 28, 2016 at 12:51 pm

It’s because he really loves Bernie Sanders. I can’t blame him, he is awesome.

Jess Sayn January 28, 2016 at 9:33 am

And Will Folks, who gets to go inside in his big spiffy private jet and jizz his pants.

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gunjit January 28, 2016 at 9:49 am

Wonder if Nikki made a promise to endorse Rubio, like quid pro quo. Oh well, what’s a promise anyway, right?

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otis January 28, 2016 at 10:11 am

Is that how she got to speak on the national stage recently?

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Superfly January 28, 2016 at 10:06 am

Fits says McMaster is dumb, washed-up, a racist for being a member of Forrest Acres Country Club and palling around with “neo-confederate RQA”, is a failure at making South Carolina great (again?), yet now that he endorses Trump, it’s “Key”? If Foghorn Leghor the Lt. Gubner is so useless, I don’t understand how Fits concludes his endorsement of Trump is “Key”.

Saw a nice pic of Nancy Mace hugging Trump last night in Gilbert. Must be those checks are still flowing.

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