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Monday, November 14, 2016

For the Record: When Enlightened People Laughed at the Idea of Trump Actually Winning the Election -- Videos

By Rick Pearcey • November 14, 2016, 02:01 PM

"Enlightened" and settled opinion regarding the then-yet-future-but-no-doubt-certain fact that Donald Trump could never ever in a million years win election to the U.S. presidency is on view in the video "When People Laughed at the Idea of Trump Actually Being Elected President."

Said enlightenment is brought to you by the likes of Seth Myers of SNL, CNN's "Reliable Sources," "Ron" Reagan, Jr., Fox News, "Real Time With Bill Maher," Obama, MSNBC, Jeb Bush, George W. Bush, Nate Silver, NBC's "Meet the Press," and more.

As this footage documents, settled consensus would meet objective fact as the American people mobilized "to set things aright" on E-Day, Nov. 8, 2016. (Hat tip: The Outlaw Josey Wales)

Thus CNN's Wolf Blitzer announced skirmish after skirmish, battle after battle, as citizen warriors for freedom fanned out across this land. Allied forces had indeed landed on the beaches of everyday America and were making remarkably rapid progress inland toward liberating a people groaning under foreign occupation.

For additional historic footage of E-Day, Nov. 8, 2016, see this "Trump Won't Win" video provided by the American resistance.

Once again, absolutely rock-hard elite opinion was felled by the stubborn facticity of a people in revolt against their oppressors. 

This second video features figures such as Obama, Charles Krauthammer, CNN's Fareed Zakaria, Karl Rove, Jeb Bush, CBS's Bob Schieffer on "Face the Nation," John Kasich, Mitt Romney, Marco Rubio, The goils of "The View," Jorge Ramos of Univision, and more.

And once again, by the video's conclusion, there goes Trump winning the dang election.

When it comes to settled "truth" these days, much that elite society claims to know just "isn't so" (Hat tip: Ronald Reagan).

Perhaps politically correct society could use a heavy dose of critical thinking. Not the pretend kind that's in vogue in Washington-controlled government schools. But the real thing.

For a bunch so addicted to "orientations," ruling class elites have somehow missed one of the most important orientations of all: reality orientation.

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Hillary Snubbed as Trump Names Priebus Chief of Staff, Bannon Chief Strategist

By Rick Pearcey • November 13, 2016, 06:50 PM

Fox News reports:

President-elect Donald Trump on Sunday appointed Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus as his White House chief of staff.

Trump also announced that campaign CEO Steve Bannon, the executive chairman of Breitbart News, will be his chief strategist and senior counselor.

All indications are that Hillary Clinton has be shut out of this process, receiving no pay-to-play bribes or other gifts in return for her role in elevating the proflies of Priebus and Bannon.

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Gohmert: Trump's Wall Will "Get Done," and There Are "Billions" Available for It

By Rick Pearcey • November 11, 2016, 04:01 PM

Lauretta Brown reports at CNSNews.com:

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) appeared on "Fox & Friends" on Friday morning to discuss President-elect Donald Trump's campaign promise to "build a wall along the southern border."

Gohmert assured host Steve Doocy that the wall "will get done," arguing that in the past "there's been billions of dollars appropriated for a virtual wall," but "Janet Napolitano head of Homeland Security, she just said, you know what, I don't want to do that, and we let her get away with disobeying the law."

Doocy asked Gohmert if he thought Trump would run into a wall with Congress in delivering on his promise to build a wall.

"He may have trouble with some," Gohmert replied, "but I've been thrilled the way our Republican leadership this week has just gotten all excited about Trump. You know, as my friend Paul Ryan said, gee he was hearing voices none of the rest of us heard. Well actually, Steve, some of us were hearing those voices, and we were telling them, but apparently they weren't listening.

"It will be awesome to have a president and a cabinet that will follow the law," Gohmert said, according to CNSNews.com.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Election 2016: The Dream Called America Dodges a Bullet -- Now What?

By Rick Pearcey • November 9, 2016, 07:23 PM

We dodged a bullet last Tuesday. A bullet directed at the heart of the American dream.

In the timely defeat of Hillary Clinton and in the stunning victory of Donald Trump and Mike Pence, a significant battle has been won. Much, however, remains to be done -- at levels strategic and foundational -- if we are to carry days beyond this day.

As a matter of strategic import, we must restore the real-world governing centrality of the U.S. Constitution, as written and not as killed by secularists and their dead "living" "Constitution" -- which they then mangle to make it say and ratify whatever it is they want to do to have their way with the American body politic.

It is a simple fact: The freedoms so central to a humane life here in the U.S. cannot be sustained, and are not being sustained, by mere lip service to a bunch of words on a piece of paper called the Constitution. This is what the presidential oath of office has been reduced to -- just a perfunctory act on Inauguration Day, the content of which is denied all the other days by that massive non-Constitutional monopoly of establishment power that is the federal government, its eyes and tentacles reaching and probing every aspect of our individual lives.

That is not freedom. That is not human dignity. We are made for better than this.

And so we can be thankful that Hillary Clinton's defeat derails what clearly would have been a successful effort to radicalize the Supreme Court by inserting extremist activists pretending to be justices. Pretenders -- not judges, but partisan operatives. Not justices, but political hacks. Using their position to legalize brutality, empower the executioners, and create "law" out thin air. What an inhumane disaster an anti-Constitutional Clintonized court would have been.

Also as a matter of strategic and foundational import, we must restore the Declaration of Independence -- to which the Constitution is inextricably linked. To which it is wonderfully and ingeniously linked. Such that to delink these two foundational documents is to occasion great harm and sorrow. It is to strike at the heart of that liberating dream and beckoning land which is called America.

In fact, if we allow political elites -- whether Republican or Democrat -- to alienate the Constitution from the principles of human freedom and human dignity set forth in the Declaration rooted with practical realism in an actually existing Creator -- well, let's just say that's how tyrants can use the "form" of the Constitution to deny its liberty and thereby impose an authoritarian, centralized power regime upon "We the People." 

What a gross and outrageous offense to the human being. We bearers of publicly actionable unalienable rights endowed by the Creator are made for better than this.

Thus the disaster of Washington elites so alienated from the American people of today -- in very large measure because these elites are already so alienated from those "magnificent" words of the Declaration and the Constitution, to quote Martin Luther King, Jr. Were it not for those magnificent words, there would have been no Martin Luther King. And never could there have been that shining, bright light of cultural advance displayed in the magnificent words of his epochal speech "I Have a Dream."

And so, because of the electoral outcome last Tuesday, we live to fight another day. We live to face down the spiritual terror aching to be unleashed yet more by extremists against the Constitution and Declaration -- by yet more aggressive figures to arise and attack in the mold of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

These are the soft-spoken suit-and-tie totalitarians. The professionally aggrieved pantsuit propagandists.

They call it "transforming America" -- in reality, it's an attack on America. An attack on the indispensable foundations of human freedom and human dignity. An assault on the heart of the American body politic that is rightfully so challenged, and so uplifted to the challenge, by magnificent Constitutional and Declarational words conveying liberating principles that speak to the very center of every human being.

To add insult to injury, and offense to indignity, this attack is so extremely dishonest.

They call it "liberation." They call it "equality." "Diversity." Words and slogans whose hidden purpose is to dominate and control, to elevate into power an elite "more equal" than "We the People," and to impose a phony diversity the better to divide -- that the controllers might more easily conquer and rule.

What dishonesty, how inhumane, and such disrespect. We the human beings are made for so much more than this.

So, yes: Congratulations, O America. We live to fight another day. America lives to fight another day.

Let us make the most of who are. Let us make the most of what America as America always can strive to be. A walking dream from the mind of the Creator. A land of light, liberty, and humanity.

No perfection, it is true. And yet enough of a marvel to draw the people of the world to the beacon of our borders and the shining of our shores.

Note: This column, republished at 3:51 pm, Nov. 10, 2016, has been updated and edited from an earlier version.

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Saturday, November 5, 2016

Election 2016: 3rd Party and Hillary Clinton's "Spiritual Terror"

By Rick Pearcey • November 5, 2016, 09:11 PM

We stand on the eve of one of the most profound moments in our nation's history. I mean this, and I affirm this, with all of my heart, soul, strength, and mind.

That is what Election Day 2016 is. For good or for ill, E-Day Nov. 8, 2016, presents us with a choice that will decisively impact every single one of us on the very deepest of levels of who we are.

The results of this day will affect us immediately in the concrete realities of our daily lives -- reaching even into matters of life and death. Even more, the results of E-Day will immediately and decisively affect the very structure and direction of who we are as a people and as a national community, whether we shall stand for great good and beauty or for great ill and ugliness.  

To help clarify the gravity of this election, consider "The Parable of the Three Firefighters":

As dusk approached, a mother and father were working together in their garden. They heard shouts and saw smoke and firelight coming from a direction that could only mean their home was on fire and their three children at risk.

They dropped their gardening tools and rushed home to hear voices say, "Mom! Dad! Help us!" The father rushed toward the home to save the children, but collapsed before entering, so hot was the blaze. He was pulled to safety.

Two firefighters appeared on scene, one slightly earlier than the other, both ready to work. Because of logistics, only one firefighter with truck and crew could be positioned to quell the flames.

The first firefighter arrived and said truck and crew were ready and that fire hoses could be deployed to put out the fire, save the children, and keep the house from burning down. This firefighter was long-approved by pillars of the community. The only problem was that this firefighter's fire hoses would be filled with gasoline.

The second firefighter was gruff and disliked by some of the neighbors. But his truck and crew were ready and his fire hoses could be deployed immediately to save the children and keep the house from burning down. And there was water in the hoses of his fire truck.

A third firefighter and his fire truck were on the way. Some said he was the best firefighter the community had ever known. "It would be best to wait for him," they said. But he and his crew were many miles away and there was little chance he could arrive in time to put out the fire, save the children, and keep the house from burning down.

The mom and dad almost allowed the first firefighter and crew put out the fire. But the parents smelled the gas in the nick of time and discovered the fire hoses were filled with gasoline, not water. So they said no to the long-approved firefighter because they loved their children and knew the result would be a disaster.

The mom and dad liked the third firefighter and listened when neighbors said, "It would be best to wait for him." But the parents understood that the third firefighter and his crew were many miles away and there was little chance they would arrive in time to put out the fire, save the children, and keep the house from burning down.

So the mom and dad decided in favor of the second firefighter, even though he was gruff and disliked by some of the neighbors. For his truck was ready and his fire hoses could be immediately deployed to save the children and keep the house from burning down. And there was water in the hoses of his fire truck.

And there was singing and great rejoicing as the children were saved and much of the house preserved, to be rebuilt better and stronger than before, because mom and dad acted wisely on the day when fire threatened the future of them all.    

In "The Parable of the Three Firefighters," the first firefighter represents Hillary Clinton. As the initial responder, Mrs. Clinton with her crew is ready to "put out the fire." Unfortunately, her fire hoses are filled with gas -- that is, applying her solutions to America will only make matters worse in our country, in fact, dramatically and potentially catastrophically worse.

It is important to grasp that what Hillary Clinton will unleash is a form of spiritual terror. Consider the spiritual terror of immigration chaos in a nation without effective borders. Common sense tells us that just as the human body needs skin to regulate what is allowed in physically, even so a nation needs a border to regulate what is allowed in nationally. As human skin is to the health and growth of a human body, even so national borders are to the health and growth of a humane nation. No skin, no body; no border, no nation.

A healthy body politic therefore respects strong borders to protect our domestic life against criminals, drugs, cartels, Islamic terrorists, and so on. A healthy nation rejects illegal immigration and carefully regulates legal immigration to ensure that only those who love what it means to be American are allowed the privileges of citizenship. To do otherwise is violence against the spirit of America and places the lives of our sons and daughters -- in fact, all of us -- in harm's way.

We have already seen how eight years of the Obama regime have brought home murder, sexual assault, drug abuse, Islamic jihad into America, and more. It's hard to see how any humane person could knowingly vote in ways that enable a Hillary Clinton to assume the office of the U.S. presidency.

Much the same could be noted in relation to the spiritual terror that a President Hillary Clinton would unleash regarding Islamic terror, which she refuses even to name. Imagine going to a doctor unwilling to name a life-threatening cancer, lest he be accused of being "cancer-phobic." Such a doctor would be a quack -- and a deadly one at that. Enabling the elevation of such a person to high office would be unconscionable. To the office of the U.S. president? Insane.  

But let us not fail to mention a deeper aspect of Clinton's spiritual terror, and that is the anti-Constitutional terror and anti-Declaration of Independence terror that will be unleashed across America in a Clinton regime should we allow her to occupy the office of president.

The core of America, that genius of America, that enduring mainstream of America, is located in the Declaration of Independence for all to see. It is that to which the next president will swear to "preserve, protect, and defend" when taking the presidential oath of office.

The core, the enduring mainstream genius, is the political vision that accepts the real-world, publicly actionable principle that an actual and real Creator, and not any merely human state, is the ultimate source and ground of human freedom and human dignity.

Hear these words, O America:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. -- That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. . . ."

These principles express the ultimate core of what the next president is pledging allegiance to when taking the oath of office and swearing before America and the entire world political fidelity to the U.S. Constitution. A Constitution whose purpose is what? To enflesh the amazing liberating principles set forth in the Declaration of Independence. And thus is released a spiritual liberty into the world, to be expressed humanely and holistically across all of life, both publicly and privately, including political life.

But it is this spirit of liberty, O America, that Hillary Clinton does not want you to hear or understand or accept. She the secularist rejects the actual and real Creator of the Declaration and instead would impose her politically correct Trinity of Almighty Diversity, Totalitarian Tolerance, and Authoritarian Equality.

That she will unleash her spiritual terror is not a matter of speculation, for she is on record calling for the enforcement of her agenda. "Laws don't count for much if they're not enforced," she proclaimed at the sixth annual Women in the World Summit. What she calls "rights" "have to exist in practice -- not just on paper."

This proclamation is a warning. Hillary Clinton will use "law," law that stands in violation against the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence. Should Mrs. Clinton assume the White House, you can expect her to begin unleashing spiritual terror upon America and upon the world. Millions upon millions will be impacted grossly and inhumanely. And she will begin immediately.

Donald Trump is the second firefighter in "The Parable of the Three Firefighters." By his own recorded words, he can employ sexually gross language that is very offensive, and he can be gruff on the campaign trail. His flaws are not to be dismissed, and they are not to be minimized in any way.

To be balanced, let us also not dismiss nor minimize that he shows no track record of being someone who wakes up each morning thinking about advancing an extremist vision that is alien to the norms of human freedom and dignity. And for all his gruffness, note that Trump has taken positions that can help quench the flames that are currently threatening to engulf our nation.

On immigration, he wants good people in and bad people out, and he understands that nations without borders are not nations much longer. On destroying pre-born American citizens, he stands against partial-birth abortion. On the economy, he wants to lower taxes, which assists families by helping create jobs.

On the military, he wants to rebuild all branches of the armed forces, which decreases the likelihood of war because bad guys may be crazy but they're not stupid -- few want to take on a strongly armed opponent. "Peace Through Strength" is a valid principle of life, whether we're talking foreign or domestic policy.

Getting rid of Obamacare. Excellent. Getting rid of Common Core and returning education to state and local control. Excellent again -- and a primary strategic move toward breaking that bastion of propaganda currently known as the public schools. This is a generationally positive move that we need to see immediately, if not sooner.

The point is that the gruff firefighter disliked by some of the neighbors happens to be on hand with water in his fire hose. This marks him as qualitatively superior to Hillary Clinton, who has gasoline in her fire hose. With him, the children are saved and so is much of the family's home. With Hillary, the more she helps, the worse things get.

The third firefighter in our parable is Evan McMullin -- or someone like him. McMullin is a former CIA operative whom some people regard as a true conservative, a candidate who most matches their principles, and so on. An alternative to Donald Trump.

For the sake of discussion, let's grant that McMullin (or some other third-party candidate who has recently entered the race) is 100% of what we are looking for in a president.  On all levels, he's everything anyone could want.

There remains a huge problem. As the third firefighter, McMullin is too far away to reach the house in time, and relying on him to get there will result in the destruction of your home and in the irreplaceable loss of your children.

"The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it" (Prov. 27:12). Prudence sees the danger of waiting for McMullin, and prudence says avoid that danger, which can be done because the second firefighter is on hand to do the job.  

Applying this to elections, wise ethical voting means we are responsible not just for inputs (our vote) but also outcomes (the impact of our vote). Ethics is not privatized: It applies not merey to personal choices but also to public results.

With near mathematical certainty we know Hillary Clinton, if elected president, will seek to enact an extreme, inhumane, and harmful agenda. Our own family members may suffer, and perhaps die, as the direct result of her having been elected into office. Just think of inhumane disasters such as Obamacare, illegal alien crime, and Islamic terrorists parachuted into our neighborhoods as "refugees."  

In election 2016, it is clear that a McMullin has zero chance of winning. He's the firefighter "too far away." But by touting him, and encouraging others to do so, some people may thereby enable the election of Hillary Clinton, the firefighter with gasoline in her fire hose.  

It is a certainty that innocent human beings will be killed as the direct result of Hillary Clinton in particular being elected to office, because her inhumane, extremist set of political principles out of their inner essence allow and even encourage the use of human beings as so much meaningless political fodder to be consumed on the road to attaining, maintaining, and expanding political power. And that's just her vision. In addition, her biography includes a well-documented history of pursuing that power selfishly, criminally, and morally corruptly.

What a terrific shame, and what a sad irony, if evangelical Christians by their voting enable such a person to occupy the White House and be positioned to work her will, to have her way, with the American body politic.

Christians would thereby be agents enabling her to unleash spiritual terror not just upon Christians themselves but also upon the whole of America, with grave implications for the world beyond our shores. "Love thy neighbor" means caring how our vote impacts our neighbor's neighborhood, both at home and abroad.

As we stand on the eve of Election Day 2016, the unnatural disaster of a Hillary Clinton presidency is avoidable. I don't mind -- that is, it's understandable -- when people upset with Donald Trump take a swing at him. He's a big guy and seems able to take care of himself. I do mind it when that swing ends up hitting my family and hurting my loved ones.  

Let's vote morally wisely, protect our kids, and elect to live and fight another day. If that third-party guy is good, he'll be back in four years. And so will we.



Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Shock! TSA Inspects Pastor's Bible -- And What Voter Wisdom Requires November 8

By Rick Pearcey • November 1, 2016, 06:13 PM

Todd Starnes writes:

The pastor of a Texas megachurch said he was stunned when a government agent stopped him at a TSA checkpoint so his Bible could be inspected.

"I couldn't believe it. I literally couldn't believe it," said Gene Lingerfelt, the pastor of Faith Christian Center in Arlington, Texas.

Situational awareness requires that no one in America today should be stunned that government officials are targeting the Bible and Christians for "special treatment."

Situational awareness also requires realizing that this is the kind of "America" we will get a millionfold if people vote unwisely this presidential election and Hillary Clinton ends up occupying the White House.

You may have noticed in the news lately (for a couple of decades), that there is an extremist, fanatical secularism quite at home in the corridors of power -- from the hollowed halls of Congress (yes, I mean hollowed) to the personally invasive TSA lines at American airports and to so many strategic sectors in American society (Hollywood, the media, academia, the corporate world, and so on).

And if you notice how these folks respond to honest questions, you realize that this secularism is rather cultist -- that is, it operates like the worst kind of anti-intellectual, authoritarian dogma set-up that thinking people and the Biblical information so properly reject.

At the top of the observable political heap of committed secularists stand the likes of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton -- people who are ideologically and politically committed to removing emancipatory Judeo-Christian thoughtforms and social norms from every single strategic sector of American life. These people understand what is at stake, and they move to defend and expand their oppressive vision by all means possible. 

Clinton, Obama, and their multitudes of organized, billionaire-funded followers will push and grab and inspect and take for themselves whatever it is we will allow them to take. They will grab your Bible just as they already are grabbing your money, your land, your children, your words, your conversations, your sermons, and your jobs.

In this comprehensive, visionary, principial, and strategic assault, if it's yours, they want it, they claim it, they take it. All must be inspected and watched and measured to ensure compliance with the endless commandments and regulations emanating outwardly from that monopoly of power concentrated in Washington, D.C.

They will exercise this oppression and inhumanity in the name of various secular mythologies advanced by soothing fables for the weak, such as  "church-state separation," the "right to choose," and "you hurt my feelings." Media and other secularist operatives will do so as well, in the name of blind, vengeful self-righteous obedience to the humanity-denying gods and goddesses of almighty Diversity, totalitarian Tolerance, and authoritarian Equality.

And as we approach November 8, this also needs to be said:

What we see today is nothing -- absolutely qualitatively nothing -- compared to what we may see if Hillary Clinton occupies the Oval Office.

For Mrs. Clinton and her army of allies have been committed for decades to advancing their vision -- which is so totally out of and alien to the American mainstream -- and she will enforce that alien vision with as much power as post-Constitutional political calculations will allow. For many people -- for our friends, our neighbors, our families -- the resulting pain will be incalculable.  

And if previous performance is a reliable guide, we can expect a President Hillary Clinton to strike against those who would defy her will and who have dared speak fact and wisdom to politically correct mythologies and their destructive impact upon everyday Americans.

It is important to realize that her extremist gods and goddesses of secularism demand obedience. They require, as deity substitutes, that all resistance be crushed, destroyed, if not driven out of the land -- first out of the public spaces, and then driven out to the ends of the earth. The U.N. and massive trade deals would be apt vehicles for that.

Thus far Hillary Clinton has been more than willing -- as a matter of fidelity to her idolatrous political ethos -- to sacrifice marriage, morality, freedom, science, and humanness on her journey to self-fulfillment, to secure her rightful place in history, to hold power above all power, and to stay out of jail. And to be the first "woman" president in a gender-identity world where "woman" no longer means anything in relation to objective reality.

It seems to me, therefore, that no thinking or compassionate person would knowingly cast a November 8 vote whose real-world result enlarges the possibility of a Hillary Clinton occupying the White House.

For if that eventuality comes to be, I say again, what we see today is nothing -- absolutely qualitatively nothing -- compared to what we may very well see if Hillary Clinton takes the White House.

If you think that suggests "vote Trump," I agree.

Trump is flawed, and that is not to be dismissed. It is not to be minimized. We must also not dismiss or minimize that he shows no track record of being someone who wakes up each morning thinking about how he's going to attack the foundations of the American republic.

In qualitative contrast, such a destructive commitment is required by Hillary Clinton's extremist secularist vision and politics. On the basis of that vision, a very ugly result out into our society is primarily a matter of her actualizing what are the practical real-world outworkings of the inner secular, post-Constitutional principles to which she is committed.

In the news virtually daily, we see that Hillary Clinton's biography includes a public, governmental record of advancing herself and her politics on the basis of her flaws, including gross criminality while holding high public office.

Perhaps most concerning of all for caring people, America as America simply cannot exist to the degree that someone like Hillary Clinton occupies the White House and is allowed to systematically inject her extremist and alien ideological secularism into the foundations of the American body politic.

Without those solid foundations, it is naive to think America as America can withstand the pressures of external or internal attack. A land once committed to human freedom and dignity in community with God and neighbor (see the Declaration of Independence) will be all too easily tossed by barbarians upon the ash heap of history.

As surely as day is eclipsed by night, to vote in a way that enables Hillary Clinton to land in the office of the presidency is to court profound disaster, beginning the very day the final election returns come in.

By contrast, to vote Trump is to give ourselves, our friends, families, communities, and nation a new day to struggle forward on behalf of human freedom and human dignity.

I say, "vote Trump" not because Trump is the answer -- he's good on some issues, not good on others -- but because the enduring American mainstream points the way (again, see the Declaration of Independence) and the defeat of Clinton buys strategic time to prepare for strategic victory.

Giving a humane American resistance time and space to organize, resist, and overcome is a morally good outcome. Voting against Clinton, against that which principially assures utter defeat if not effectively countered -- in this election and beyond -- is a morally good means to accomplish that morally good outcome.



Thursday, October 27, 2016

Megyn Kelly Deserved Newt Gingrich's Smackdown

By Rick Pearcey • October 27, 2016, 10:52 AM

Daniel John Sobieski writes at American Thinker:

Juanita Broaddrick and Paula Jones, among the many victims of sexual predator William Jefferson Clinton and his serial enabler, Hillary Rodham Clinton, welcomed Newt Gingrich's smackdown of the star of Fox News's The Kelly File on Tuesday night.

As Gingrich pointed out, Kelly, along with other mainstream media talking heads, was beating the Trump Access Hollywood tape into the ground while reciting the Clinton mantra that Bill's sexual assaults while holding public office were "old news" and no longer relevant.

Gingrich rightly felt that Bill's escapades are relevant, as well as Hillary's handling of his "bimbo eruptions" as she looked the other way and rode his coattails to power.

Hillary, along with Kelly, has attacked Trump's attitudes toward women, even as Hillary, apart from being Bill's serial enabler, once laughed about getting the accused rapist of a 12-year-old girl off, and as the Clinton Foundation accepted money from governments and private donors that support sharia law and its serial abuse of women.

As far as we know, Trump has accepted not a single drachma from those who endorse marital rape, the stoning of women for adultery, and other barbarities. Trump versus Bill Clinton?  Close, but no cigar.

Read more.



Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Where Clinton and Trump Stand -- on Every Major Issue

By Rick Pearcey • October 26, 2016, 10:31 AM

John Perazzo writes at Frontpagemag.com:

In poll after poll, a majority of American voters have reported that they hold an "unfavorable" opinion of both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Nevertheless, there are enormous differences in the policy positions which these two candidates embrace.

Following is a comprehensive overview of exactly what their positions and agendas are, with regard to the major issues confronting the United States.

In some instances, background information is provided in italicized print, so as to place the candidates' positions in proper context.

Go here to see the candidates' positions on the following:

Syrian refugees; immigration, amnesty, and borders; sanctuary cities; 2nd Amendment; Obamacare; healthcare and illegal aliens; ISIS and terrorism; the Supreme Court; voter ID laws; early voting and voter registration; felon voting rights; taxes; death tax and corporate tax; minimum wage; Clinton and the 2008 financial crisis; Social Security; infrastructure spending; school-to-prison; school vouchers; preschool for all; "free" college; partial-birth abortion; taxypayer funding for abortion; reforming criminal justice; releasing "non-violent" offenders; voting rights; climate change; climate change and solar panels; fracking; and gender "pay gap."

Not included in the above is the difference between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump regarding that species of human freedom specified as "religious freedom." On this, please see, "Hillary Clinton Is No Champion of Religious Freedom: It's Laughable That She Pretends to Be Otherwise. And here, Trump supports Sen. Mike Lee's "Bill to Protect Religious Liberty."



Thursday, October 20, 2016

Dark & Unaccountable: Debate Offers Frightening Preview of Hillary's America

By Rick Pearcey • October 20, 2016, 01:32 PM

Daniel Greenfield at Frontpagemag.com commends last night's presidential debate for raising "the core issue": What kind of America awaits us in the outcome of this election?

Will we be an America that lives in freedom under the Constitution? Or will we live in bondage under an unaccountable Hillary?

Greenfield writes:

Hillary’s vision of government . . . is dark and unaccountable. From the beginning of the debate, she made it clear that she does not wish to be accountable to the Constitution.

Her email cover up made it painfully clear that she does not want to be accountable to the American people.

Instead Hillary would like everyone in the country to be accountable to her.

A mass of regulations and enforcers will force everyone to be accountable to the dark and unaccountable force in the White House.

Read more.



Thursday, September 29, 2016

Gingrich: Miss Universe Attack May Blow Up in Clinton's Face -- Video

By Rick Pearcey • September 29, 2016, 11:37 AM

It seems a few details regarding the life and times of Miss Universe Alicia Machado were left out of Hillary Clinton's attack on Donald Trump in their first debate.

"All of a sudden, Machado is a very strange victim to rally the left around, and I think this thing may blow up in Hillary's face," Newt Gingrich tells Sean Hannity on Fox.

See this video for additional context and Gingrich's full response.



Monday, September 26, 2016

Where to Watch Tonight's Clinton vs. Trump Debate

By Rick Pearcey • September 26, 2016, 08:30 AM

The debate begins at 9 p.m. eastern time and "will be broadcast everywhere," Paul Singer reports at USAToday.

"All the major networks will have it live, the cable networks will have it live, it will be livestreamed on websites, social media platforms and even broadcast on live radio," Singer explains. Even "Facebook and Twitter will both livestream the debate."



Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Liars: CNN Falsely Adds "Racial" to Trump's Profiling Comments

By Rick Pearcey • September 20, 2016, 11:09 AM

The Hill reports:

CNN added the word racial to Donald Trump's Monday comments on terrorism and immigration and is running headlines reporting that the GOP presidential nominee is advocating "racial profiling."

But a review of the transcript of Trump's comments to Fox News that CNN quoted, however, shows that Trump never put the word racial in front of profiling.

Thomas Lifson over at American Thinker suggests that CNN, in view of this episode plus simlilar reportorial shortcomings, "rename itself CPN, the Clinton Propaganda Network'."

Read the entire Hill story here.

Related
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Anderson Cooper and the Crisis of Journalism
Collaborationist Watch: The Slave Press



Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Trump's Childcare Plan Can Backfire Bigtime

By Rick Pearcey • September 14, 2016, 01:47 PM

Newsmax and other media outlets are reporting that Donald Trump has unveiled a childcare plan that will help ensure a "better future for all Americans."

The political key to a "better future for all Americans" is for the federal government to perform its obligations as set forth in the Constitution, which is designed to safeguard the ethos set forth in the mainstream of mainstream U.S. documents -- The Declaration of Independence.

Legislating childcare out of Washington, D.C., is not among the constitutional obligations of the federal government.

To some, such an initiative may seem compassionate, fair, liberating, and so on. But even if well intended, in its strategic, real-world impact, it is none of these things.

In fact, it is like a mom who overly mothers a child. The result is infantilizing, not liberating. Enfeebling, not empowering.

In the norms of life for human freedom and dignity, there really is too much of a good thing.

Good government is a good thing, but there is a point at which good government becomes bad government when it tries to do that which is not within its responsibilities.

Hugs are good. But being hugged to death is not.

Childcare is the exclusive purview of parents and is far too important to be managed out of Washington, D.C. Real love respects boundaries.

Note: These remarks first appeared today on my Facebook page, edited for publication here.



Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Trump Surges to 3-Point Lead Over Clinton in LATimes Tracking Poll

By Rick Pearcey • September 13, 2016, 08:58 AM

Joel B. Pollak reports at Breitbart:

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump surged to a 3-point lead over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times tracking poll on Tuesday. Trump now leads Clinton 45.8% to 42.8%, his largest lead since Aug. 31 and a 4.4% spike since Sep. 11.

"The improvement in Trump's numbers follows a weekend in which Clinton referred to half of Trump's supporters as a 'basket of deplorables,' and appeared to collapse at the 9/11 Memorial in New York City, raising serious concerns about her health," Pollak reports.

Read more.



Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Amy Schumer: I'll Move to Spain If Trump Wins

By Rick Pearcey • September 7, 2016, 09:37 AM

Someone might want to warn Spain. Here's the story.



Thursday, August 25, 2016

Trump's Hillary Clinton "Crooked" Ad Tops More Than 4 Million Views

By Rick Pearcey • August 25, 2016, 11:47 AM

More than 4.2 million views thus far. Watch "Crooked" here.



Friday, July 22, 2016

"Make America Great Again?" Homosex PayPal Founder's RNC Speech Further Muddies Waters on Trump's Agenda

By Rick Pearcey • July 22, 2016, 12:29 PM

Lisa Bourne writes at LifeSiteNews:

Trump's mixed message on social issues was further augmented by the choice to feature [homosexual PayPal founder Peter] Thiel because of PayPal's record of support for Planned Parenthood and homosexual activism.

PayPal has spent years on Life Decisions International’s Planned Parenthood Boycott list, landing there as recently as 2015

The global payment company bowed several years ago to homosexual activist pressure to deny service to a Christian ministry and a Christian blogger because of their so-called "hate" and "extremism."

PayPal's more recent fiscal move against the state of North Carolina for enacting legislation supporting its residents’ privacy and security was a blow to both religious freedom and jobs in the area.

"PayPal pulled out of plans to open a global operations center in Charlotte in response to Gov. Pat McCrory having signed H.B. 2 into law, overturning the Charlotte City ordinance forcing businesses to give biological males access to female restrooms and showers. PayPal's move cost the area 400 jobs," Bourne writes.

Comment: If Donald Trump wants to "make America great again," he will need to reject any form of extremism that despises the building blocks of human freedom and dignity, as expressed politically and governmentally, for example, in the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.

Despite its politically correct public relations, the homosexualist LGBTQ agenda is a prime example of such extremism, for it 1) despises the verifiable Judeo-Christian worldview that undergirds the U.S. founding, 2) despises an open, honest, fair, and fact-based analysis of its extremist viewpoint, and 3) is trying to replace the only known adequate basis for human freedom and dignity with a relativistic will-to-power agenda that has far too much in common with the brutal and bloody fascisms and socialisms of the 20th century than with any basis that could possible "make America great again."

Both intellectually and in practice, this homosexualist extremism bespeaks an agenda that is fanatical, imperious, and dangerous. Its pride is precisely the kind of pride that "goes before destruction."

Intelligence, freedom of thought, a respect for the facts of life, the affirmation of human freedom and dignity -- in a verifiable life in community with God and man, as opposed to the fear-of-facts anti-community required by homosexualist fanaticism -- this is the humane and mainstream position of the American experiment in political and human exceptionalism.

If Trump wants change that is positive and humane, this is the way to go. To share in the extremist LGBTQ agenda is to internalize the seeds of your own destruction.

This is true of individuals and of nations. But for the free-thinking person and for a liberty-minded nation, this need not be so and indeed cannot be so.

It is impossible to "make America great again" while rejecting the principles that made America great in the first place.

Surely, Donald Trump knows skyscrapers need strong foundations if they are to last, and that a mixture of shoddy work with exemplary work is a recipe for disaster -- no matter how good the PR or how shiny the press releases. May he apply that lesson to the challenge of making America great again.



Friday, July 15, 2016

Trump Picks Pence

By Rick Pearcey • July 15, 2016, 10:48 AM

"Donald Trump has called Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and offered him the vice presidential slot on his ticket," CNN reports, and "Pence has accepted."



Tuesday, July 5, 2016

"The System Is Rigged": Trump Responds to FBI Decision Not to Criminally Charge Hillary Rodham Clinton

By Rick Pearcey • July 5, 2016, 01:16 PM

Leah Barkoukis writes:

Despite finding that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was "extremely careless" in her use of a private server, that top secret information was stored, sent, and received on it, and that hostile foreign actors probably gained access to her emails, FBI Director James Comey announced Tuesday morning that the agency does not believe criminal charges are appropriate in this case.

Reacting to the news, presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump reminded his Twitter followers that the "system is rigged," pointing out that Gen. David Petraeus was punished for far less.

In another Tweet this morning, Trump said, "FBI Director said Crooked Hillary compromised our national security. No charges. Wow!"

Update: My View, From my Facebook page . . . 

The corruption in DC is deep and wide. Anyone who thinks this corrupt system -- Obama, Hillary, the Democrats, the Republican elites, the slavlish, imperialistic, enslaving bureaucrats -- that despises the rule of law and the roots of human freedom is anything but an unmitigated disaster is in for a rude series of cataclysmic awakenings.

There is hope. There is salt and light to be applied and to guide. We are witnessing how lawlessly entrenched are the rigged politics of sleaze in places high and low. Rooting it out to protect new generations from terror without and terror within is clearly the task at hand.

This catastrophe called the federal government is in free-fall. Fortunately, there is no reason on God's good earth that America and Americans need to fall with it.

The Spirit of 1776 lives. It lives not because it is "American" or happened in 1776. It lives because it is rooted in a verifiable vision expressing eternal principles that are publicly actionable in the here and now.

The Declaration of Independence states it pretty well -- this document despised by federal elites even as political mouthpieces are only to happy to co-opt its language for their insidious designs. It is the poison stealing the labelling of the cure.

The America that lives will turn away from the idolatry of the secular elites, the comforting religion of the freedom-haters, the fanatical "faith" of the totalitarians and their extremist corrupt privilege.

The Americans who live will turn to the reason for human dignity, to the rationale for wholistic freedom, to the verifiability of a Creator who acts into history, and to publicly actionable truth that liberates any who would grasp its hand, struggle to stand, and then walk proudly and humbly anew in a once-again great and powerful and compassionate land.



Thursday, June 23, 2016

Trump Meets With More Than 1,000 Evangelical, Pro-Life Leaders

By Rick Pearcey • June 23, 2016, 07:35 AM

Lisa Bourne reports at LifeSiteNews:

Over 1000 evangelical, pro-life and conservative leaders assembled for a closed-door meeting with Donald Trump Tuesday, ready to size up the presumptive GOP nominee and his commitment to issues of concern to faith-based voters.

Originally planned as a private gathering of 400 social conservatives, "A Conversation About America's Future with Donald Trump" was organized by the Christian groups United in Purpose and My Faith Votes.

Attendees of the invitation-only event were treated to a mixed bag of answers from Trump and came away with varied reactions.

The event drew some 50,000 questions for Trump on topics such as religious freedom, homosexuality, abortion and Supreme Court appointees, submitted to organizers in advance.

"Religious leaders heard responses to their liking from Trump in the areas of religious freedom and potential Supreme Court appointments, but some expressed concern afterwards that he didn't say enough on the life issue, and appeared to skirt other matters, including directly addressing threats to religious liberty via the advance of the gay rights agenda," LifeSiteNews reports.

"This is the beginning of the conversation. Not the end," Tony Perkins of the Farmily Research Council said, according to LifeSiteNews.

"Immediately after the meeting the Trump campaign announced a new evangelical executive advisory board, who will also lead a larger faith and cultural advisory committee, to be announced later in the month," LifeSiteNews reports.

"While it remains to be seen whether evangelicals and other Christians will get behind the Trump candidacy," LifeSiteNews concludes its report, "the consensus at the end of the day was that Christians must unite and mobilize to exercise their substantive voting bloc, and conversations between them and Trump would continue over the months leading up to the election."



Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Trump Endorses Rep. Renee Ellmers, Who Led Revolt Against Pro-Life Law

By Rick Pearcey • June 7, 2016, 09:52 AM

"Donald Trump has made his first endorsement since becoming the presumptive Republican nominee, backing Rep. Renee Ellmers, the North Carolina congresswoman who led a revolt to scuttle the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in 2015," Ben Johnson reports at LifeSiteNews

"Ellmers is facing a tough primary challenge from fellow incumbent Rep. George Holding and numerous other pro-life conservatives [today]," Johnson writes.

In a robocall Trump reportedly states: "Boy is she a fighter . . . . I need her help in Washington so we can work together to defeat ISIS, secure our border, and bring back jobs and frankly so many other things. And Renee knows how to do it. She gets it."

Trump's endorsement of Elmers is "just another disappointment from Mr. Trump and his campaign," states president of Students for Life of America Kristan Hawkins, LifeSite reports. "Either his endorsement shows a lack of understanding of our human rights movement or a lack of caring."



Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Trump Accuses Cruz's Father of Helping JFK's Assassin -- Video

By Rick Pearcey • May 3, 2016, 09:40 AM

Jeva Lange writes at The Week:

Hold on to your tinfoil hats -- Donald Trump just accused Ted Cruz's father of possibly having a hand in the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

The comment was made during Trump's phone-in to Fox and Friends on Tuesday, when the Republican frontrunner was asked about Cruz's father, Rafael Cruz, who has been actively imploring evangelical voters to support his son.

"You look at so many of the ministers that are backing me, and they're backing me more so than they're backing Cruz, and I'm winning the evangelical vote. It's disgraceful that his father can go out and do that," Trump ranted.

"Then things get weird," Lange writes.

"Trump goes on to claim that Rafael Cruz is an unidentified man in an August 1963 photograph with JFK-assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, where the pair is seen handing out pro-Castro pamphlets in New Orleans," Lange recounts.

"However, the theory that the mystery man in the photograph is Rafael Cruz was first floated by the dubious tabloid National Enquirer, and has since been dismissed as 'another garbage story in a tabloid full of garbage' by Cruz's campaign," Lange writes.

"Experts on the JFK assassination also agree there is no evidence at all to corroborate Rafael Cruz's affiliation with Oswald in any way," Lange notes.

"Not everyone is convinced, apparently," Lange writes. 

"Nobody talks about it . . . What [Rafael Castro] was doing with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before the death -- before the shooting. It's horrible," Trump said, according to Lange.

The story concludes with video from Fox and Friends; Trump makes his assassination comments around the 5:10 mark.



Thursday, April 28, 2016

Boehner: Ted Cruz "Lucifer in the Flesh"

By Rick Pearcey • April 28, 2016, 01:48 PM

Thus the D.C. Establishment hates Cruz but is "texting buddies" with Trump.

Of the two GOP presidential hopefuls, therefore, which one is more likely to smite the heart of darkness on Capitol Hill?



Wednesday, April 27, 2016

If Cruz Wins in Indiana . . .

By Rick Pearcey • April 27, 2016, 08:37 AM

The possibility of Donald Trump reaching the "magic number of 1,237 and win the nomination without a contested convention all comes down to next week's primary in Indiana and the big California primary on June 7," Daniel Horowitz writes at Conservative Review.

"If Cruz wins Indiana next week, he will be well on his way to blocking the path for Trump to clinch the nomination outright."

Read more.



Thursday, April 14, 2016

Trump's "Triumph of the Will"

By Rick Pearcey • April 14, 2016, 09:03 AM

"Trump's policy -- to the extent he has any policy -- is all nationalist, all socialist," Robert Morrison argues in American Thinker.



Wednesday, April 13, 2016

WPost: Cruz Likely to Block Trump on 2nd Ballot at GOP Convention

By Rick Pearcey • April 13, 2016, 11:19 AM

Ed O'Keefe writes at the Washington Post:

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is close to ensuring that Donald Trump cannot win the GOP nomination on a second ballot at the party's July convention in Cleveland, scooping up scores of delegates who have pledged to vote for him instead of the front-runner if given the chance.

The push by Cruz means that it is more essential than ever for Trump to clinch the nomination by winning a majority of delegates to avoid a contested and drawn-out convention fight, which Trump seems almost certain to lose.

The GOP race now rests on two cliffhangers: Can Trump lock up the nomination before Cleveland? And if not, can Cruz cobble together enough delegates to win a second convention vote if Trump fails in the first?

Read more.



Friday, April 8, 2016

Trump Cancels California Trip to Focus on NY Amid Signs of Campaign Trouble

By Rick Pearcey • April 8, 2016, 09:33 AM

Loren Gutentag reports at Newsmax:

Although Republican front-runner Donald Trump had announced his plans earlier this week to visit California and attend a press conference on Friday at his golf club in Rancho Palos Verdes, the Los Angeles Times reports the trip has now been canceled amid mounting questions on whether he can capture the presidential nomination without a contested party convention this summer in Cleveland.

"Mr. Trump has rescheduled his California trip and will be campaigning in New York," said Hope Hicks, Trump's spokeswoman. "He looks forward to returning to California in the weeks ahead."

"According to the LA Times, the change in plan comes as Trump and his advisers are trying to regroup after a devastating loss to Sen. Ted Cruz in Wisconsin," Newsmax reports.



Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Pew: Trump Has Benefitted From Evangelicals' Support, But . . .

By Rick Pearcey • April 5, 2016, 06:16 AM

"He's Not the First Choice of the Most Committed," announces the headline of a Pew Research story by Jessica Martinez and Gregory A. Smith. They write:

Donald Trump is at the head of the Republican field due, in part, to the strength of support from many self-described "born-again or evangelical" Christians in the early primary and caucus states, according to the exit polls.

His success with evangelicals has surprised many observers because of his background; he is a thrice-married man who once described himself as "pro-choice," and appears not to share some of the beliefs embraced by one of the country's most socially conservative religious groups.

But a new Pew Research Center poll shows that among evangelicals, Trump performs far worse with the roughly two-thirds who are most religiously committed.

Whereas half of white evangelical Republican voters who attend religious services less than once a week say they’d like to see Trump get the GOP nomination, just 31% of churchgoing GOP evangelicals say the same.

Click here to read more.



Monday, April 4, 2016

Eve of Wisconsin: Two Polls Place Cruz Over Trump

By Rick Pearcey • April 4, 2016, 10:18 AM

Sandy Fitzgerald reports at Newsmax:

Two polls released over the weekend for the Wisconsin primary election show Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in the lead over Donald Trump heading into Tuesday's vote.

According to a CBS/YouGov poll released on Sunday, Cruz came out over Trump by 43 percent to 37 percent, and in a  Loras College poll out on Saturday, Cruz took the lead by 38-31 percent.

Click to read more.



Thursday, March 31, 2016

Sabato Crystal Ball: Electoral College Landslide for Hillary in Trump Race

By Rick Pearcey • March 31, 2016, 09:47 AM

Cathy Burke reports at Newsmax:

Longtime political analyst Larry Sabato is predicting an electoral college blowout for Hillary Clinton in a November general election matchup with current GOP front-runner Donald Trump.

In the University of Virginia political science professor's "Crystal Ball" prediction, the Democratic presidential front-runner beats Trump 347-191.

"Although a Clinton-Trump matchup could be an 'electoral embarrassment' for the GOP, Sabato writes that because of the political polarization in the country, Clinton would likely take less than 55 percent of the two-party vote," Newsmax reports.


Friday, March 25, 2016

Ted Cruz: "Let Me Be Clear: This National Enquirer Story Is Garbage" -- Video

By Rick Pearcey • March 25, 2016, 02:59 PM

The U.K. Guardian has video of remarks by Ted Cruz in response to a National Enquirer story alleging that Cruz has had affairs with five different women.

Here is a transcript of what Cruz stated (as captured on video and available at the Guardian):

Three days ago, Donald Trump sent out a tweet threatening my wife, Heidi, attacking her directly.

Now Heidi has done nothing to Donald. The next day, the National Enquirer publishes a story.

It is a story that quoted one source on the record -- Roger Stone, Donald Trump's chief political advisor.

Let me be clear: This National Enquirer story is garbage

It is complete and utter lies.

It is a tabloid smear.

And it is a smear that has come from Donald Trump and his henchmen.

It is attacking my family.

And what is striking is Donald's henchman Roger Stone has for months been foreshadowing that this attack was coming.

It's not surprising that Donald Trump's tweet occurs the day before the attack comes out.

And I would note that Mr. Stone is a man who has 50 years of dirty tricks behind him. He's a man for whom a term was coined for copulating with a rodent.

Well, let me be clear: Donald Trump may be a rat, but I have no desire to copulate with him.

And this garbage does not belong in politics.

Jim Hoft at the Gateway Pundit states that he contacted one of Cruz's supposed mistresses, and here is her reply:

It's ridiculous. Anyone with half a brain knows it's false . . . I don’t think the article is true. I can't see Cruz being like that . . . All I know is it's not me. There's a reason they don't use my name. They know it's BS.

The Washington Post reports that it "has not been able to confirm any of the allegations made by the Enquirer."

Meanwhile, a poll by the Washington Free Beacon shows Cruz extending his lead over Trump to 4.8% in Wisconsin.

In addition, a Fox News poll show Cruz surging against Trump nationally -- with Cruz at 38% and Trump at 41%, a statistical tie "within the poll's 5-point margin of error."



Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Gingrich on Hannity: It's "Either Trump or Cruz" -- Video

By Rick Pearcey • March 15, 2016, 10:35 AM

Speaking on Hannity last night, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich sees no "path for anybody else" other than Donald Trump or Ted Cruz after today's GOP Super Tuesday II, featuring primaries in Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, and Florida.



Friday, March 11, 2016

2016 Finalists: Trump Lead Over Cruz "Is Real But Far From Secure" -- Rasmussen

By Rick Pearcey • March 11, 2016, 10:36 AM

Pollster Scott Rasmussen writes:

Doing the math for the Trump campaign's magic number today shows that the front-runner still has a lot of work to do.

"Everything up until now has been a warm-up for the real action," Rasmussen states.

"Trump and Cruz will face each other in roughly two dozen primaries and caucuses between March 15 and June 7. That competition will select the Republican nominee."



Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Florida Fireworks: Carly Fiorina Endorses Ted Cruz

By Rick Pearcey • March 9, 2016, 01:44 PM

David Rutz reports at the Washington Free Beacon:

Carly Fiorina, the only woman who ran for the 2016 Republican nomination, endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) on Wednesday in a surprise appearance in Miami, Florida.

Fiorina praised Cruz as a "leader and a reformer," and as a true "constitutional conservative" who had the best chance to beat frontrunner Donald Trump, saying "it is time to unite" behind him. She relayed a story that she went to vote in the Virginia primary earlier this month and, even though she saw her own name, she checked the box for Cruz.

"Part of her reason, she said, was that Cruz bucked the 'status quo' as a senator in Washington," Rutz reports.

"He's willing to take on the status quo in Washington, D.C., whether it's replacing the IRS or finally fixing the Veterans Administration so our veterans get the care that they deserve, or finally fixing our immigration problems," Fiorina said in her speech, which can be seen on Youtube.

"I can tell you from personal experience," she said, "in order to lead, you must challenge the status quo, and when you challenge the status quo, guess what. You do more than ruffle feathers. You make enemies. It is part of it. It is the price of leadership."

As Rutz reports, "Fiorina added she was 'horrified' by the prospect of Trump winning the nomination, but party leaders would not be able to lead the fight against him."

"We’re going to have to beat Donald Trump at the ballot box, and the only guy who can beat Donald Trump is Ted Cruz," Fiorina told the rally.

Fiorina also made the case that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton "are two sides of the same coin."

And that coin is an "incompetent and corrupt" establishment coin.

Therefore, neither Trump nor Clinton are going to "reform the system," because "they are the system," Fiorina said.

"Hillary Clinton has made millions of dollars selling access and influence from the inside, and Donald Trump has made billions of dollars" operating from outside-in, "buying people like Hillary Clinton."

In short: "They are the system. They will not reform it."

As she concluded, Fiorina said, "There are big differences between progressives and conservatives. And we need to remember those differences as you head to the ballot box on Tuesday. . . .

"We, as conservatives, we know that no one of us is any better than any other one of us.

"We know that each of us is gifted by God. We know that all of us want to live lives of dignity and purpose and meaning.

"And we know that our values, our principles, our policies work better to lift people up regardless of their circumstances.

"It is progressives who believe that some are smarter than others, some are better than others, so it's okay if some decide for others and choose for others. That is not who we are.

"So my fellow conservatives, my fellow Republicans, you have a very important job on Tuesday. And I say to you: It is time.

"It is time to take our party back. It is time to take our government back. It is time to take our country back.

"And so, it is time now to unite behnd the one man who can beat Donald Trump, who can beat Hillary Clinton, who can beat the D.C. cartel. It is time to unite behind Ted Cruz."

"Cruz and Fiorina embraced on the stage after her speech, which was enthusiastically received," Rutz reports.

"Trump won Michigan, Mississippi and Hawaii on Tuesday, while Cruz took Idaho, making the GOP fight look increasingly like a two-man race. Trump leads the delegate count with 458, with Cruz in second at 359. Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, the other two remaining candidates, are well behind," Rutz concludes.

Watch on Youtube the Fiorina endorsement of Ted Cruz.



Monday, March 7, 2016

Romney Refuses to Rule Out Accepting GOP Nod at Contested Convention

By Rick Pearcey • March 7, 2016, 10:26 AM

The U.K. Daily Mail reports:

The former governor of Massachusetts and the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, has refused to rule out becoming nominee again this year at [a] contested convention.

On NBC's Meet the Press, Romney said that he doesn't think anyone in the Republican party should say no to being nominated.

He said: "I don't think anyone in our party should say, 'Oh no, even if the people of the party wanted me to be president, I would say no to it.' No one is going to say that."

But if the GOP tries to replace, say, Trump with Romney at the convention, "there’s a walkout," warns Rush Limbaugh, as quoted at Newsmax.

“If that happens, then you've got utter chaos," says the king of talk radio.



Friday, March 4, 2016

Post Debate: Without Rubio in the Race, Cruz Would Dismantle Trump

By Rick Pearcey • March 4, 2016, 07:56 AM

Daniel Horowitz writes:

Ted Cruz won this debate so handily that even the members of the media, who have largely ignored him throughout this debate, admitted he broke through the pack.

Cruz dismembered Donald Trump and made the case that he is the only consistent conservative who has the temperament to be president.

Also, unlike Rubio, Cruz did it with a sense of seriousness and sobriety instead of getting into the gutter with Trump.

Read more.



Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Christian Post: "Donald Trump Is a Scam. Evangelical Voters Should Back Away"

By Rick Pearcey • March 1, 2016, 07:40 AM

Billy Hallowell reports at The Blaze:

The Christian Post, a website that describes itself as the largest evangelical news site in the U.S., has, for the first time in its existence, taken a specific editorial position in a presidential race, telling its readers that Donald Trump is "especially bad."

"We the senior editors of The Christian Post encourage our readers to back away from Donald Trump," opens an op-ed from the site’s senior editors.

As the most popular evangelical news website in the United States and the world, we feel compelled by our moral responsibility to our readers to make clear that Donald Trump does not represent the interests of evangelicals and would be a dangerous leader for our country."

Read more.



Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Newsmax TV: Pollster Predicts Trump-Cruz Ticket

By Rick Pearcey • February 24, 2016, 08:55 AM

"They'll throw the establishment over, and you'll find Donald Trump and Ted Cruz running, probably with Trump as president and Cruz as vice president," pollster Matt Towery predicts on Newsmax TV.



Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Rubio and the Establishment's Game Plan

By Rick Pearcey • February 23, 2016, 08:06 AM

We now know the GOP Establishment's game plan, writes Steve McCann at American Thinker:

The Republican Establishment has finally exposed their game plan for the 2016 presidential nominating process. Go all out for Rubio, destroy Cruz’s character and set up a one on one between Trump and Rubio

If Rubio cannot win the nomination outright, then make certain that the entire process ends up in a brokered convention. They are convinced that Trump, as he appears to have a ceiling of around 35-40% among Republican voters, easily can be defeated by another candidate. 

The question is who, and their overwhelming answer is Rubio, as the donor class is opening up their wallets and the endorsements of establishment politicians are flowing.

 But that game plan, even if successful, may not end well for the GOP.

"Marco Rubio is the epitome of the perfect candidate of the Ruling Class," McCann writes, "as he will perpetuate their strangle hold on the levers of power and will insure that their standard of living and status will not be threatened."

Is Trump a viable alternative? Perhaps not.

McCann writes, "I do not support Trump for various reasons having to do primarily with his unbridled narcissism as well as not being able to fully trust who he is, as he has been and still is on both sides of the political spectrum on virtually every issue.” 

McCann concludes with a warning that GOP Washington elites will surely ignore, based on their previous performance.

"If the Establishment succeeds in foisting Marco Rubio on the Republican electorate at the expense of both Donald Trump and Ted Cruz," McCann writes, "the Republican Party will end up on the ash heap of history. There will be a political earthquake."



Wednesday, February 10, 2016

New Hampshire Gives Muslim Ban Huge Thumbs Up

By Rick Pearcey • February 10, 2016, 10:38 AM

"New Hampshire voters are in love with Donald Trump's plan to temporarily ban all Muslim immigration into the U.S.," Douglas Ernst reports at WND.

"Exit polls of Republican primary voters on Tuesday showed strong support -- 66 percent -- in favor of the immigration component of Trump's strategy to combat terrorism."

Read more.



Friday, February 5, 2016

NH Poll: Trump Flat, Rubio and Cruz Gaining

By Rick Pearcey • February 5, 2016, 09:00 AM

Mike Flynn reports at Breitbart.com:

A new NBC/Marist poll finds Donald Trump with a 13-point lead in New Hampshire, down 6 points from the middle of January. With the state voting Tuesday, Trump has 30 percent support, followed by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) with 17 percent and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) with 15 percent.

Trump's support is unchanged from two earlier NBC polls of the Granite State, going back to the beginning of January. Trump's lead has shrunk as both Rubio and Cruz have gained support in the past two weeks.

Rubio has gained 6 points since mid-January, while Cruz has gone up 3 points. Rubio's support is still fluid, however, as 13 percent of his supporters say they could still change their mind. Only 6 percent of Trump and Cruz supporters say they might change their mind.

"John Kasich and Jeb Bush round out the top five in New Hampshire, with 11 and 10 percent respectively," Breitbart reports. "Their support is also unchanged from the middle of January."



Wednesday, February 3, 2016

DeLay: Trump "Throwing Chairs" Out of Trump Tower

By Rick Pearcey • February 3, 2016, 11:47 AM

"Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay told Newsmax TV on Tuesday that the Iowa caucuses were a referendum on New York values -- and conservatives across the board rejected Donald Trump for Ted Cruz as a result, leading the Texas senator to victory," Todd Beamon reports at Newsmax.

"'Cruz did a great service to everybody when he talked about New York values,' DeLay told The Steve Malzberg Show in an interview," according to Newsmax. "It was 78 percent of the people that voted last night didn't vote for Donald Trump," DeLay said, Newsmax reports.

"That's onerous for Donald Trump," DeLay also said, accordiing to Newsmax. "I'm sure he is regrouping and firing people and throwing chairs out his Trump Tower window right now because he didn't get what he expected -- or at least what he told the American people."



Tuesday, January 19, 2016

"The Nation That Gave the World the Magna Carta Is Dead"

By Rick Pearcey • January 19, 2016, 09:25 AM

Pamela Geller writes at Breitbart:

The British Parliament on Monday debated whether or not to ban Donald Trump from the country for the crime of saying that in light of jihad terrorist attacks, there should be a temporary moratorium on Muslim immigration into the U.S.

I did not expect for one moment that the Brits would ban the U.S. presidential candidate who may very well be the next President of the United States. A nation whose national self-esteem (or what’s left of it) is rooted deeply in its place in history would be infamous for having banned the leader of its closest ally, the one that saved her from the Nazi onslaught.

"On the other hand," Geller continues, "maybe they will ban Trump. After all, the British government banned me from entering the country for standing up against jihad terror. To ban Trump for calling for a temporary moratorium on Muslim immigration would just be more of the same. The British government, egged on by the left, seems determined to silence any and every voice against jihad terror and Islamization. The consequences for Britain will be catastrophic."

Geller concludes: "What’s bitterly ironic is that Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron, a lapdog of Islamic supremacists, has just called on immigrants to learn English within two-and-a-half years of arriving in Britain, or face deportation. If Trump had said that, the British left would be working up another petition denouncing him. Will Cameron be banned from the country?

"The nation that gave the world the Magna Carta is dead."



Thursday, January 7, 2016

"Open Rebellion": Trump Is Winning the War on Political Correctness

By Rick Pearcey • January 7, 2016, 08:27 AM

Jeffrey Lord writes at American Spectator:

Donald Trump has declared war on political correctness. And suddenly the Washington Post realizes Trump is winning the war.

This is a war that could not be won soon enough. To borrow from one of history’s terms for World War II, the war on political correctness is "the good war."

Why is Trump winning and hit the "proverbial political jackpot"? "Polls show the fury at political correctness goes across the political spectrum and is resented by large numbers of both whites and blacks," Lord writes.

Lord zeroes in on Trump's method: "He takes a subject that has about it 'elephant in the room' qualities -- something that's right there but no one wants to address because it's too sensitive."

And then, "breaking all the PC rules," Trump "turns the spotlight on the elephant -- and everyone gasps in disbelief. What follows next is endless conversation about the elephant -- with Trump leading the way. And winning support as a direct result."

Lord notes that political correctness is a form of totalitarianism "that has descended on all manner of 'ordinary' Americans" who "can see it every day in their own lives -- and they don’t like it. In fact they detest it."

For example, "they read the story of Major Nidal Hassan" (the American Islamic terrorist who murdered 13 and wounded 32 U.S. soldiers at Ft. Hood, Texas, in 2009), and they "understand instantly how all those American soldiers on American soil wound up mass murdered -- because of political correctness."

It's "offensive," you see, to question a person's religion. Feathers were not ruffled. Real-world result: mass murder.

Americans "don't like it," Lord continues. "In fact, with Trump leading the way, they are now in open rebellion against it. Which goes exactly to the Washington Post's amazed realization of just 'Why Trump may be winning the war on 'political correctness'."

"He is winning," Lord concludes. "It's a war that cannot be won soon enough."



Monday, January 4, 2016

Democrats Not Confident Hillary Can Beat Trump

By Rick Pearcey • January 4, 2016, 08:35 AM

Greg Richter reports at Newsmax:

Some Democrats are losing faith that their presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton can win in a general election fight against Donald Trump, the fierce-tongued GOP front-runner who already has obliterated many of his opponents in his own party.

Early polls indicated Clinton would easily defeat Trump in a November head-to-head matchup, but a more recent Rasmussen poll shows the two in a statistical tie. 

"According to the Washington Times, some of Clinton's supporters still believe she can best a Trump candidacy," Newsmax reports, "but others fear her past provides too much grist for Trump, who already has gone after her husband, former President Bill Clinton, for his past with women, and has said Hillary Clinton is partially to blame for the creation of the Islamic State (ISIS) because of her time as President Barack Obama's secretary of state."



Monday, December 21, 2015

"Um, the Uh, Uh": Hillary Staffer Stammers While Defending Clinton "Videos" Attack on Trump

By Rick Pearcey • December 21, 2015, 10:40 AM

David Rutz reports at FoxNews.com:

Hillary Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri struggled Sunday to defend her boss' claim that videos of Donald Trump's anti-Muslim rhetoric were being used as recruitment tools for the Islamic State.

Appearing on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Palmieri appeared uncomfortable backing Clinton's claim at Saturday's debate that fact-checkers from the New York Post and PolitiFact have debunked.  

"Um, the uh, uh, you know, Donald Trump, I think, was talking–uh, you know, what Secretary Clinton was saying last night is that one of the many dangerous things about Donald Trump is that, uh, his hot rhetoric, saying we shouldn't allow Muslim refugees into the country, is being used, and this is something that [an international group] has, who monitors social media and uh, on ISIS, has said --" the Clinton staffer is quoted as saying "before Stephanopoulos cut in," according to Fox News.

"But there have been no videos," Fox quotes Stephanopoulos as saying.

"Well, what they have said is that they are using him -- he is being used in social media by ISIS as propaganda," Palmieri reportedly said "sounding almost out of breath." Fox reports.

Hillary Clitnon "didn’t have a particular video in mind, but he's being used in social media, and uh, you know, what they haven't found is the video Mr. Trump keeps talking about, this alleged mystery video of thousands of people in Jersey cheering the collapse of the World Trade Center. But it is true he is being used in social media by, um, ISIS, to, to help recruit and propaganda," Palmieri said, according to Fox.

“But to be clear, you don’t have a video, as she said," Stephanopoulos stated, Fox reports (emphasis added).

Meanwhile, "She's" -- that is, Hillary Clinton's -- "a liar and everybody knows that," Donald Trump said Sunday on Meet the Press, in response to Clinton's accusation made during Saturday evening's Democrat debate, Newsmax reports.



Thursday, December 10, 2015

Ted Cruz Refuses to Slam Trump, But Offers Own Plan to Bar Refugees

By Rick Pearcey • December 10, 2015, 07:42 AM

Sandy Fitzgerald reports at Newsmax:

Ted Cruz is still refusing to slam his GOP rival Donald Trump over his plans to ban Muslims from entering the country, but told Fox News on Wednesday that a bill he introduced on Tuesday to place a moratorium on Syrian refugees will better help protect Americans from Islamic extremists coming into the United States from countries where the Islamic State holds power.



Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Reuters Poll: Trump Leads GOP Field by Nearly 20 Points

By Rick Pearcey • December 9, 2015, 08:37 AM

"GOP frontrunner Donald Trump is leading the rest of the GOP field by roughly 20 points, according to a Reuters poll," Breitbart reports.

Among the results:

* Trump: 35%

* Rubio: 15.3%

* Carson: 12.3%

* Cruz: 10.2%

* Bush: 7.4%



Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Surging Cruz in Virtual Tie With Trump in Iowa -- Quinnipiac Poll

By Rick Pearcey • November 24, 2015, 08:04 AM

Sandy Fitzgerald reports at Newsmax:

Ted Cruz has edged into a virtual tie in Iowa with GOP front-runner Donald Trump in a new Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday.

Trump retains a narrow lead of 25 percent of the vote, followed by Cruz with 23 percent, doubling his support from four weeks ago. The difference falls within the poll's 4 percent margin of error.

Here are the results:

Donald Trump: 25%

Ted Cruz: 23%

Ben Carson: 18%

Marco Rubio: 13%

Rand Paul: 5%

Jeb Bush: 4%

Carly Fiorina: 3%

Chris Christie: 2%

Mike Huckabee: 2%

Rick Santorum: 2%

John Kasich: 1%

Jim Gilmore, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki: 0%



Friday, November 20, 2015

Trump: I Would "Absolutely" Use Database to Track Muslims

By Rick Pearcey • November 20, 2015, 08:38 AM

Elliot Smilowitz reports at The Hill

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump says he would "absolutely" use a database to track Muslims in the U.S. "I would certainly implement that," Trump said Thursday, according to MSNBC.

Asked whether Muslims would be legally required to sign up for such a database, the businessman said, "They have to be -- they have to be."

"[The database] would stop people from coming in illegally. We have to stop people from coming into our country illegally," he added.

"Trump had said earlier Wednesday that he believes that the war on terror will require unprecedented surveillance of America's Muslims. 'Certain things will be done that we never thought would happen in this country in terms of information and learning about the enemy,' he said in a Yahoo interview," The Hill reports.

"We’re going to have to do things that were frankly unthinkable a year ago," Trump said, according to The Hill.



Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Report: 9-11 Hijackers Obtained Florida I.D. Cards Under Jeb Bush's Watch

By Rick Pearcey • October 20, 2015, 12:19 PM

Alex Swoyer reports at Breitbart:

GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush is defending his brother, former President George W. Bush, against GOP frontrunner Donald Trump’s reminder that 9-11 occurred under George W. Bush's watch.

But the International Business Times (IBT) reports a number of the hijackers on 9-11 actually obtained Florida drivers licenses -- or I.D. cards -- while Jeb Bush was governor, which allowed them to blend into society.

"Breitbart News' Julia Hahn reported that Jeb Bush’s own writings -- reveal that even the Bushes admit that 'leaky' immigration enforcement was a major driving factor in leading to the terrorist attacks," Breitbart reports.



Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Democrat Debate Tonight -- Donald Trump to Live-Tweet

By Rick Pearcey • October 13, 2015, 10:11 AM

Trump Tweets: "At the request of many, and even though I expect it to be a very boring two hours, I will be covering the Democrat Debate live on Twitter!"

It goes without saying that Trump's live-Tweet coverage of the debate will be the best coverage of anything by anyone, ever.



Thursday, September 24, 2015

Dick Morris: Trump Is Right, "Fox News Is in the Tank for Bush"

By Rick Pearcey • September 24, 2015, 08:46 AM

Newsmax quotes Dick Morris as saying the following on The Steve Malzberg Show

Roger Ailes, the head of Fox News, was [President George H.W.] Bush's main guy and main strategist. I first met Roger in 1988 when he and I worked together on Bush 41's campaign and worked on the negative ads that sank [Michael] Dukakis.

The Bush family has always been intimate with Fox News, and they are protecting Jeb Bush.

"Fox's allegiance to Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida, is why [Megyn] Kelly purposely went after Trump in the first debate, Morris believes," Newsmax reports.

"She never would've done that if she hadn't gotten encouraged from upstairs," Morris said, according to Newsmax. "That's why Trump is correct for not going on there. They are set up for Bush."

As Morris sees it, "As soon as conservatives around the country realize that, which they will as they listen to the biased coverage, the better."



Thursday, August 20, 2015

Video: Trump, Politically Correct Reporter Spar Over "Offensive" Term "Anchor Baby"

By Rick Pearcey • August 20, 2015, 11:10 AM

"Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump debated the use of the term anchor baby with a reporter at a press conference in New Hampshire on Wednesday," Ian Hanchett reports at Breitbart.com.

"Trump was asked, 'You said that you have a big heart, and that you're not mean-spirited. Are you aware that the term anchor baby, that's an offensive term? People find that hurtful'," Breitbart reports.

According to Breitbart, "Trump responded, 'You mean it's not politically correct, and yet everybody uses it?' He then suggested the reporter give him a different term to use, to which the reporter suggested, 'The American-born [children] of undocumented immigrants.' Trump said in response, 'I’ll use the word anchor baby'."

Comment: Well done, Donald. I, for one, am a bit "offended" that "journalists" seem to think their job is to pose as reporters while helping to impose a regime of political correctness -- which is little more than propaganda serving the dictatorship of an oppressive secular progressive elite.

Please, Mr. and Missus reporter: Stop with the posturing and propaganda. Instead, try serving human freedom and dignity by being honest reporters. You want "change"? That would be a massive advance in positive change.

Read the story and watch the video here.



Monday, July 27, 2015

Coulter: Trump Could Win

By Rick Pearcey • July 27, 2015, 10:45 AM

Heather Smith reports at the Daily Caller:

In a D.C.-based radio interview, best-selling author Ann Coulter Friday defended GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump and believes he could be a "nominee who could win" the election.

"Trump is different. We have been lied to for thirty years about immigration. That’s why Trump is striking this chord. He’s attractive. He’s tall. He’s hilariously funny. I think he could be not only a nominee who could win but a third party candidate who could win," Coulter told WMAL Friday.

"She admitted in the interview she has reversed her stance on opposing candidates who were not governors," Smith writes.

"The more I see Trump talk, the more it diminishes the other candidates," Smith quotes Coulter as saying.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Top GOP Strategist Runs to Politico, Smears Trump Voters as "Clowns"

By Rick Pearcey • July 23, 2015, 09:23 AM

"Brilliant," John Nolte writes at Breitbart. "Keep in mind that this is the same GOP Establishment privately and publicly lecturing Trump about 'tone'."

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Attkisson: Trump Said "Exactly Opposite" of What Is Claimed

By Rick Pearcey • July 20, 2015, 10:55 AM

Greg Richter reports at Newsmax:

The Washington Post's reporting of Donald Trump's statement saying that Arizona Sen. John McCain is "not a war hero" miscast the GOP presidential candidate's words, investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson says.

Attkisson, the former CBS News reporter, posted a fact-check of the Post's report on her website, saying that the newspaper had left out the context of Trump's remarks, including the ongoing feud between him and McCain. McCain called Trump supporters at a recent anti-illegal immigration rally "crazies."

Attkisson also noted that although the Post reported Trump's initial statement that McCain was not a war hero, it did not report four instances immediately following in which Trump said that McCain was a war hero. . . .

"Most of Trump's 14 declared Republican presidential rivals said he was wrong, but there was one notable exception," Newsmax reports: Sen. Ted Cruz.

The Texas senator "didn't defend Trump's words, and was quick to say that McCain is a 'hero and a friend.' But he also said he refused to play what he termed a 'media game' of getting Republicans to attack each other," Newsmax reports.

"'I'm not going to go into the gutter with personal attacks impugning character,' Cruz told Bloomberg Politics at the Family Leadership Summit after Trump had made his controversial statement there," according to Newsmax.

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Polls Show "President Trump" May Not Be So Far-Fetched

By Rick Pearcey • July 10, 2015, 10:49 AM

Geoff Earle reports at the NYPost:

Republicans who started off viewing Donald Trump as an amusing sideshow are starting to fret that the real estate billionaire is becoming the main event.

Since he defied skeptics and launched his presidential bid last month, Trump has rocketed in the polls, dominated media coverage and helped steer the debate on issues.

"I don’t know that he even knows how far he takes this," former Rep. Thomas Reynolds (R-NY), who is close to GOP candidate and ex-Gov. George Pataki, told the Post. "He has the wherewithal
. . . He has put together a pretty wholesale ground force in New Hampshire, and that has to be taken seriously."

Taken seriously? Yes -- if impact upon media is any measure. "Trump accounted for a stunning 48 percent of all social-media and tra­di­tional-media conversation about politics over the last week, according to analytics group Zignal labs for the Washington Post," Earle reports. "Trump had 1.9 million mentions, compared with just 448,000 for top Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton."

Trump's 2016 rivals have, as expected, taken notice. But "at first," they "steered clear of his controversial comments about Mexican 'rapists' pouring into the country," Earle reports, "although several took opportunities in the last week to distance themselves from Trump."

According to Earle, "The pushback doesn't seem to have hurt Trump, who continues to poll strongly and is assured a spot in next month’s Republican debate on Fox."

"Trump told NBC’s 'Today' show on Thursday he had 'nothing to apologize for' and credits himself with raising the immigration issue in the campaign," Earle reports.

Earle concludes by noting that "Trump’s success in early polling is undeniable."

Another example of Trump's strength in the polls arrives in the news today with reporting that in the latest "Economist Poll: Trump Leads GOP Presidential Field."

According to this poll, as reported by Newsmax, Trump has a 4-point lead over Jeb Bush and Rand Paul, and a 6-point lead over Scott Walker, Mark Rubio, and Mike Huckabee.

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