Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The vilification of Trump.

Sixth in a series.
  • "Trump’s abrasive, Know Nothing-like nativist rhetoric" – Jeb Bush.
  • "[S]et a new standard for disingenuousness and catering to voters’ fears"; "fabricates realities that ignorant people like to inhabit." – James Traub.
  • “[T]oo bigoted and racist” -- Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.).
  • Vile, raging, vengeful, dysempathic, and relentlessly exploitative; foul, profane, and violent language and harangues; constant reversals of positions; compulsive lying – Sam Vaknin, Gulag Bound.
  • Conscienceless demagogue, serial liar, and nihilist with a belief in nothing save himself – Steve Fraser, The Unz Review.
  • Facitilitates “trickle-down racism.” – Mitt Romney.
  • "Megalomaniacal, Misogynist, Racist, Islamophobic, Ableist, Transphobic Hellhound" – Lena Dunham
  • "[S]eems a crude man of action"; creepy; little political knowledge; crudity and buffoonery; blond comb-over real-estate dealer -- Victor Davis Hanson. (Help wanted: Refined man of action.)
  • Racist, sexist demagogue – Arianna Huffington (Please, God. Not a sexist!).
  • A "scatter-shot speaker, a bully, an adolescent, and a narcissist" – Victor Davis Hanson
  • The Anti-Christ – New York Daily News.
  • Somebody "who has divided us, who is grooming brownshirts" – Glenn Beck.
  • "There is no longer a Republican Party rooted in the main street highways and byways of America. What's left of it is not even the xenophobic, nativist, crypto-racist flotsam and jetsam of the populist right that The Donald is successfully calling to arms." – David Stockman.
  • A platform that is "ugly, superficial and stupid." – David Stockman.
  • Guilty of "loose cannon oratory" – David Stockman.
  • Has "absolutely no semblance of a coherent program." – David Stockman.
  • His "pitch is comprised of pure bombast and bile." – David Stockman.
  • Trump "has fashioned his platform by opportunistically scratching the most fearful and bigoted itches roiling the electorate." – David Stockman.
  • "While he contributes to charity, it’s not so clear that being service-oriented has been a high priority for him. He said he got into real estate simply because it’s lucrative." – Stephen M. Krason, Crisis Magazine. (Being a social worker is a great way to accumulate money to donate to charity. And no one else in America engages in any endeavor because it might be "lucrative." Only Trump is that greedy.)
  • Massive business successes "accompanied by shady business practices. . . , questionable associations, loan defaults, using political connections and maneuvering to get what he wants"; eminent domain against a widow to expand his Atlantic City casino operation; a tendency generally to use pressure tactics on those who get in his way. – Stephen M. Krason, Crisis Magazine. (Uses political connections? That cur!)
  • "[C]ampaign has profited from voter prejudice and hatred" – U/I Washington Post writer mentioned in Pat Buchanan article, 3/4/16.
  • Trump represents an "authoritarian assault upon democracy." – Same Washington Post writer.
  • "Moral stain" if anyone embraces Trump. – Same Washington Post writer.
  • A lunatic; a national embarrassment; an exquisite marriage of ignorance and confidence. – Salon.
  • “I would sooner vote for Josef Stalin than Donald Trump” – Max Boot. (Stalin the mass murderer.)
  • “I’m literally losing sleep over Donald Trump.” – Max Boot, C.F.R. fellow, foreign policy adviser to McCain during 2008 presidential campaign.
  • Hillary Clinton “would be vastly preferable to Trump.” – Max Boot
  • “For this former Republican, and perhaps for others, the only choice will be to vote for Hillary Clinton. The party cannot be saved, but the country still can be.” -- Robert Kagan, foreign policy adviser to McCain during 2008 presidential campaign
  • “I’m voting for Hillary” – Joshua Muravchik, neoconservative.
  • “I am very skeptical of [Hillary]. But Trump has degraded American politics in a way unlike anything I have ever witnessed. I can’t say enough bad things about him. His ignorance is staggering and his personality is revolting.” – Joshua Muravchik
  • Trump is "not sophisticated enough to have any political ideology. He is a narcissistic bully, a shrewd marketer, and an amateur politician with authoritarian instincts." – Sam Vaknin, Gulag Bound. (Politicians with authoritarian instincts. So rare these days.)
  • "[B]lusters in such an off-putting and sloppy fashion"; "his barroom rhetoric"; "mean-spirited rhetoric" (of course); "blundered into at least a few legitimate issues"; "the racial incendiary"; "a crude reaction to a smooth and unquestioned racialism"; "his racism, nativism, and xenophobia"; "a loose nuclear weapon" – Victor Davis Hanson.
This from the la-di-da, holier-than-thou Ladies' Auxilliary of the Uniparty. May Mr. Trump carry the day in November and treat us to a spectacle of watching all these hounds come crawling to him on their bellies.

Trump 2016!

5 comments:

  1. Sometimes a man is known by the quality, or lack thereof, of his enemies.

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  2. Wow. I guess all my donations to charity don't count cause I chose my education and profession all on the antiquated notion of reaping monetary rewards for my hard work. So how is it no one is working for free? Or is Mr. Krason the only one so foolish?

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  3. It's utterly irrational. The horror of the "conservatives" is the most instructive. I get that Trump isn't one who's got a great record as a constitutionalist. Point taken. The vitriol is what is remarkable and in stark contrast to the utter lack of outrage over leftist excess and Republican inaction and cowardice.

    Adam Smith understood that everyone benefits when individuals pursue their own interests. For the leftist what propels a man off of the couch into productive enterprise is naked "greed."

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  4. Some of those people are actually worth paying attention to.

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  5. Joseph, taken together they show an unusual level of vitriol and artificial disdain toward. Victor Davis Hanson has many insights but he seems impelled to gratuitously low rate Trump whenever he can. The attacks on Palin were the same with luminaries bending over backwards to find something negative about her. This full-court press seems unseemly to me.

    Whom do you think is worth paying attention to? I presume you mean as regards their views on Trump. What positions of those people do you think warrants attention?

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