5 Right-Wing Moments This Week: Trump Confidently Says More Colossally Stupid Things
1. Can Trump survive his latest idiocy?
When he isn’t combing over his hair, or counting his billions, Trump enjoys calling people losers. “Losers” may well be Trump’s favorite word, along with the phrase, “I’m really rich.” Calling people losers makes Trump feel terribly clever. It is his favorite comeback when someone insults him, like Jon Stewart. Or, say, John McCain.
Yeupp, add John McCain to the pile of GOP-ers who have earned that moniker from The Donald. In Trump world, McCain is a loser because he was taken prisoner during the Vietname War. "He's a war hero because he was captured," Trump said in an odd ploy for the prisoner-of-war vote. “I like people who weren't captured,”
Like himself, for instance. Trump heroically evaded capture in Vietnam by getting a medical deferment for bone spurs. No shit. That's what he told the New York Times, although he could not quite recall which foot. Nor could he get either of his feet out of his mouth. WIll this end Trump's little run? Maybe. If so, we'll have to acknowledge that in this country, the base is perfectly okay with insulting Mexican immigrants, but former soldiers? No way, no how.
It is likely Trump got all fired up at McCain because McCain accused him of “firing up the crazies” during a rally in Arizona.
They’re not crazy, Trump said. That’s not a nice thing to say about the idiots who like me.,
2. Trump proposes absurd solutions to mass shootings.
There has never been a person who likes the sound of his own voice more than Donald Trump. Now that he’s a GOP frontrunner, he’s loving the big megaphone he’s taken possession of, spouting off whenever he pleases, being asked what he thinks about everything. And people have to listen! He’s leading the pack! He’s very very rich, too!
The Donald’s reaction to the shootings of military personel in Chattanooga was just as off-base as you might expect. Of course, blowhard Trump uttered his nonsense with all of his characteristic certainty. It was the lack of guns which caused this multiple shooting tragedy. "We have to start doing something with these gun-free zones," lifelong NRA member Trump said in an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "They were sitting there and they were just targets for this madman."
The other problem Trump sees in the country is that law enforcement has gone soft. "We're going to have to get much tougher on law enforcement," Police are afraid to do anything because they fear losing their jobs, Trump claimed. Which is strange, since even the cop who choked Eric Garner to death on video, costing the city 5.9 million dollars, has a shot of getting back on patrol
Nope, you won’t see any of this namby pamby criminal justice reform Obama is talking about during a Trump presidency. And you won’t see cops being afraid to gun people down in the streets anymore.
3. Bill O’Reilly tells viewers something he acknowledges might not be true but feels he must because it is really really scary.
Sometimes Bill O’Reilly shows a glimmer of recognition that he’s an old fool, does not actually know what he is talking about, and that he is simply a hysteria-mongering purveyor of faux news. One of those fleeting moments of self recognition occurred this week, when, in the wake of the Chattanooga shootings, the O’Reilly Factor host said the following words: “There is one sensational report tonight that I have to mention, even though it is not exactly clear whether it is accurate.”
He has to mention it. He's busting, Jerry!
And anywy, why would he, a purported news man who gives it to his viewers straight, need to find out if something he said on the air was actually accurate? Checking things out for accuracy is for chumps.
The rumor, O'Reilly decided to use his considerable clout to perpetuate was, of course, the one about ISIS tweeting its link to the Chattanooga shootings. That’s an O’Reilly kind of rumor. The kind that then enables him to say, “If ISIS is involved, even indirectly, all hell is going to break loose in this country.”
And he'll be right there, to report on that hell, exaggerate it, and stoke it with rumors.
And blame Obama, of course.
4. Scott Walker says God wants him to run for president.
Arch-conservative Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced he was running for president this week. Unfortunately for him, this exciting news was largely drowned out by Trump bombast.
But that’s okay because Walker is pretty sure he has God in his corner. In fact, he emailed his faithful followers that running for president is “part of God’s plan for me.”
How did God communicate that message to him? Well, God works in mysterious ways don’t forget. Suffice it to say that Walker's “relationship with God drives every decision in my life.”
It drives, for instance Walker’s war on women’s right to abortion, and his opposition to same-sex marriage. Presumably, it also drives his desire to shame food stamp recipients by making them take drug tests, as well as his union-busting mania, opposition to raising minimum wage, and deep cuts in public education. God really does not want kids getting a good education.
God also helped Walker out of that corruption pickle Walker was in, by stacking the Wisconsin Supreme Court with judges who are friendly to Walker.
That was nice of God, wasn't it?
5. Iowa tea partier Steve King makes a very bizarre claim.
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro recently had the audacity to suggest that the GOP has alienated and continues to alienate Latino voters. This may have something to do with Donald Trump’s recent statement that Mexican immigrants are “rapists and murderers” and the fact that not that many GOP-ers backed away from that assertion.
It may also have to do with the fact that Republicans have fought tooth and nail against Obama’s attempt to grant amnesty to the children of undocumented immigrants.
So Castro recently told MSNBC that the GOP can “kiss the Latino vote goodbye.”
In response, the GOP’s chief immigrant-basher-before-Trump, Iowa’s Steve King, who notoriously accused immigrants from Mexico, Central and South America of having “cantaloupe calves” from all the dope they are smuggling, took offense.
He shot back, cluelessly: What does Julian Castro know? Does he know that I’m as Hispanic and Latino as he?
Nope, we’re willing to wager Castro did not know that. Nor did we. Nor did anyone in the universe.