It did not take long for the alleged momentum of Ted Cruz on Semi-Super Saturday to vanish into thin air.
Winning stacked caucuses is one thing, winning primaries is another. In 15 minutes flat, Donald Trump was declared the winner of the Michigan primary. Trump also won Mississippi.
Hillary Clinton resoundingly won Mississippi, but is struggling in early returns in Michigan. However, even if Sanders pulls off a surprise upset, it won’t matter in the least.
The Washington Post notes Trump Projected Winner in Michigan; Trump and Clinton Won Mississippi.
Billionaire Donald Trump has been projected as the winner of the Republican presidential primary in Michigan, according to exit polls and early returns. Earlier on Tuesday evening, Trump also won the Republican primary in Mississippi – giving him a pair of victories in far-flung and very different states, and demonstrating that furious attacks by his rivals and his party’s elite have not stopped Trump’s momentum.
The Associated Press projected Trump’s victory 15 minutes after the last Michigan polls closed at 9 p.m. Eastern time.
In the Republican race, Trump’s two victories give him 14 total. His rivals have won eight states altogether. In early returns from Michigan, Trump was leading his closest rival – Ohio Gov. John Kasich – by about 10 points.
Trump talked about politics, saying he could defeat Clinton by building a coalition with crossover Democrats : “We have Democrats coming over, very importantly. We have independents coming over,” Trump said. “With all of these people coming over, we’re going to have something very special….We will take many, many people away from the Democrats.”
I believe Trump is correct. If nominated, which is highly likely, he will pick up votes that Evangelical, super-conservative Ted Cruz cannot possibly do.
A reader asked if I am openly rooting for Trump.
Yes, I am. I am sick of establishment, war-mongering candidates like Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio.
Apparently, so is the country.
In a related post, please see Semi-Super Saturday: Needs vs. Expectations. Trump’s Bluff
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Drew Terry (@drewterryvt) said:
Trump also got a solid hour of prime time uninterrupted airtime on all the cable networks.
If they really wanted to stop him, would they give him so much free airtime?
Seriously, I think the so-called “establishment” might just really want Trump, but they have to act like they hate him because if they were in favor of him, he would not have the same appeal. They all wanted Romney and that didn’t work, so maybe they went the other way this time. What billionaire wouldn’t want another billionaire in the White House?
You must not subscribe to the WSJ. Boy do they hate Trump. I mean, they HATE him: http://www.wsj.com/articles/staring-at-the-conservative-gutter-1456791777.
Old Guy said:
Drew Trump is a master at manipulating the media. All of this air time on every media outlet as the establishment does their best to try and alter voter views on the man, because they are scared to death of him is laughable and sad at the same time. I too like Trump but I am waiting to see what the Republican part will do to change the outcome of the primaries just like they did with Rand Paul in 2012. Watching the Republican party basically implode because their anointed one did not make it to the final cut is scaring the hell out of them.
The Republican party is about to become a thing of the past in national elections if they do not get behind Trump. Career politicians and their big backers want him out and thus all the media coverage. Candor is not something politicians want and now it is so bad they are claiming the gestures used by his supporters is equal to being a Nazi! The USA has and is falling on bad times when your own party hates you and your supporters.
I like Trump because he comes from the private sector and has actually hired people and wants to put a stop to all of these wars.
Hillary is a criminal and should be indicted.
Bernie is pandering to freebie land and wants an increase of 15 trillion in taxes. More then the total output of the private sector in the USA. People actually believe his crap.
Rubio is arrogant, war mongering and never worked a day of his life in the private sector.
Cruz is pandering to the extreme right and like Bernie making promises that can never be kept.
Trump is not holding to any money interest, pisses everyone off because he is not politically correct. Indeed he has made mistakes and is brash. But I am so tired of pandering and rich politicians talking bad about rich people. I just want to facepalm when even Bernie talks bad about banks, (which I do agree with) and yet he has donations from them.
Long post but currently Trump would get my vote.
Ron J said:
“If they really wanted to stop him, would they give him so much free airtime?”
Because, as the head of CBS said, it is good for ratings, and thus the bottom line. Romney did not trash Trump for the fun of it. The Goldman Sachs globalists do not want Trump to be President.
“Require price transparency from all healthcare providers”
“Remove barriers to entry into free markets for drug providers that offer safe, reliable and cheaper products. Congress will need the courage to step away from the special interests and do what is right for America”
“…do what is right for America”
Old Guy said:
Ron Ratings is not the only game in town. TPTB are scared of Trump I know some in my circles run the democrat party for the state. They are scared and having said that TPTB are doing their best to character assassinate him, bring up all of his previous problems and skip over everyone else’s problems including Hillary’s. You get a quick blurb about the investigation just before sports and off they move onto the sports. This is done deliberately.
TPTB owners of networks still cannot figure out why their scheme to discredit the man does not work. They forget he worked and hired people in the private sector. Not one of the other candidates have done this including Hillary. People can relate to that more then broken promises and how career politicians promise the moon only to screw their voters these days.
Dumb women will vote for Hillary most likely as they think it is historic to have a woman in the white house but forget she is a frigging criminal and if not running for election and getting a by in this administration she would be indicted and people are just stupid to vote for her IMHO. I worked that field for over 20 years I know what would happen if you or I committed the offenses. We would be brought up on treason.
I have a lot of problems with Donald Trump. But I have greater problems with the people who have publicly arrayed themselves against him – in and out of politics. If the enemies of my enemies are my friends, than Trump would be my man. I just wish I had confidence in his competency. He has not been nearly as successful as his hype suggests and has only really benefited himself and those closest to him.
so not like the community organizer then.
But do not put a Trump bumper sticker on your car because as I hear it the ever peaceful and loving libtards are having shit fits when they see them and menacing the driver.
So much for being so enlightened as they constantly tell us with frequency higher than that of a vegan mentioning that “Hey I’m vegan”
“as I hear it…..” yes, rumor is always, ALWAYS fact. So is everything you read on the net.
The late great Spike Milligan had a saying: “All twats should wear funny hats so you can see them coming.”
Trump is in the business of handing out funny hats to the corrupt political filth and their corporate media whores.
I don’t think that anyone is much surprised at who is wearing them.
“Yes, I am. I am sick of establishment, war-mongering candidates like Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio.”
How to stop Trump is a big topic at the annual World Forum of the American Enterprise Institute which is being held at Sea Island, GA – just a few miles from Jekyll Island where the Federal Reserve was conceived. From ZeroHedge:
I think America is finally fed up with bad hunters and politicians. Just sayin.
“Yes, I am. I am sick of establishment, war-mongering candidates like Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio.”
I’d love to see a Trump / Sanders presidential debate.
No doubt it would change not only the US, but the entire world, politically, and economically.
Rubio fell flat on his face. 5% in Mississippi. 🙂 He’s too arrogant to drop out prior to the FL primary. Trump will have to humiliate him in front of his home state constituents. Then he’ll stick his tail between his legs and walk away.
Trump’s biggest weakness is all the big money wanting to take him down.
Trump’s biggest strength is the common man’s disgust with the status quo political system..
Which will prevail? Good or evil?
Not much difference between Trump and Clinton. Both of them view the 0.1% as their “Base”.
Congratulations – you’ve won the award for most retarded comment on the internet today!
I will vote for Trump or Sanders. I will not vote for Hillary-she lost Michigan to Sanders HA!
My daughter told me everyone she knows is going to vote for trump but no one is going to admit it. I told her a lot of people will be doing the same thing.
Billy Walrus said:
Trump will soon be announcing his plan to deal with the eleven million illegals – camps throughout the nation where they can be gathered for the final solution. It’s going to be huuuuuugggggggge!
Trump is way to smart to announce any particular policy. Running for office is like being on the witness stand — don’t give ’em anything they can pick apart. Trump has done very well so far by being long on bombast and short on specifics. I’m guessing he’s going to ride that horse all the way to November.
Notice how they open up the article with “Billionaire” Trump.
Why don’t they begin mentioning Hilary withe “Under Criminal Investigation, Mrs. Cllinton….”
The media gets amazing ratings. His speeches are different every time…like a comedy act. Trump wine,water and steaks. It’s fascinating
“I am sick of establishment, war-mongering candidates like Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio.”
Ditto! Control by AIPAC and neocons goes a long way to explaining the consistent war-mongering of both major parties.
Here’s a fantastic article that deals with that. A bit about the author is included to quell the usual, ridiculous “antisemitism” attack that follows whenever the undue influence on U.S. politics of a particular foreign power is even mentioned.
About the author, Philip Giraldi, from Wikipedia:
Philip Giraldi is a former counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer of the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and a columnist and television commentator who is the Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest, a group that advocates for more even handed policies by the U.S. government in the Middle East. Giraldi is a founding member of the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity.
YouTube video interviews with Philip Giraldi include at least one on the Ron Paul Liberty Report:
Hating on Trump
It could be about Israel
PHILIP GIRALDI • MARCH 8, 2016
Now we all know that many of those who are hating on Donald Trump are doing so because he is threatening the cozy-crony-politico-predatory-capitalist system that has made so many of them fat and rich. He is intending to break their rice bowls as the Chinese would put it or, in a more American vernacular, the gravy train might be ending. To be sure The Donald is warning that he will do just that, even if he will find in practice, if elected, that turning the ship of state around might well be a task beyond the ability of any aspirant to the presidency.
But while pure self-interest might well be driving many of the chattering nonentities that populate our congress and the senior political appointee ranks in government there is something nevertheless extraordinary in the level of venom and sheer hatred that is being spewed at random about a potential Trump administration. It is not uncommon to read or hear that Trump is seeking to overturn the Constitution of the United States and establish a dictatorship that will promote his allegedly warped views of what must be done to correct America’s domestic and foreign policies, suggesting that our form of government is so fragile that it can be subverted by one man.
The anger directed against Trump is unique, one might note, as it also includes demands to somehow overturn the popular will expressed in primaries and caucuses to obtain a candidate that is more in tune with what the Republican establishment is seeking to promote as the “national consensus.” That Trump is voicing an overwhelming American middle class perspective on the evils of mass illegal immigration matters not a whit to the Mandarins whose only concerns on that issue center on the availability of a supply of cheap labor to clean their McMansions and swimming pools.
But there is one significant difference between Trump and the “establishment,” be they Democrats or Republicans that has not been highlighted. I would suggest that quite a lot of the depth and intensity of what we are experiencing is actually about Israel. Trump is the first high level politician aspirant within living memory to challenge the notion that the United States must stand by Israel no matter what Israel does. Even while affirming his affection for Israel, he has said that Washington must be even handed in its efforts to bring about peace between Israelis and Palestinians, implying that Tel Aviv might have to make concessions.
Trump has also added insult to injury by delinking himself from the blandishments of Jewish political mega-donors, who largely call the tune for many in the GOP and among the Democrats, by telling them he doesn’t need their money and can’t be bought. His comments have challenged conventional interest group politicking in American and have predictably produced a firestorm reaction in the usual circles. Robert Kagan announced that he would be supporting Hillary, who famously has declared that she would immediately call Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu upon taking office as a first step in moving the relationship with Tel Aviv to “the next level.” It is to be presumed that Kagan and his fellow neocons will be experiencing a welcoming vibe from at least some of the Democrats as the neoconservatives have always been liberals at heart on nearly all issues except foreign policy, rooted by them in the “unshakable and bipartisan bond” with Israel.
Yancey Ward said:
While this data is purely anecdotal, my own parents are the poster children for this primary season. Both are retired, thoroughly white working (formerly at least) middle class people with no religious affiliations. My mother had voted Democrat every election of her lifetime until 2012 when she held her nose and voted for Romney. My father was a Reagan Democrat (and a union member) who never returned to the Democrats. When Tennessee held its primary last week, I was shocked when my mom told me she voted for Trump, and shocked again when my Dad told me he voted for Sanders! My father told me he would vote for Trump if the choice is between Trump and Clinton. My mother was a strong Clinton supporter in 2008, but is fully in Trump’s camp til the end.
Putting this together with the primary results so far, I am guessing there is tidal wave in progress among white working class people who are religiously agnostic (though, no doubt, nominally Christian). Right now, Trump and Sanders are splitting this vote with Sanders taking the younger part of the demographic and Trump taking the rest. Clinton is winning almost exclusively because she is taking 80+% of the black vote. If Trump can avoid a brokered convention, and I think he will do exactly that now after last night, Trump vs Clinton might not even be a close race in November if Sanders is giving Clinton such fits now.
First of all, good for them for voting against the establishment party machine vetting process that more people are FINALLY realizing is THE CAUSE of the endless string of bought and paid for, promise everything but deliver nothing candidates they ALLOW you to vote for.
Here’s something to pass along to them. This site author at the web site links below has clearly shown before and in detail that medical costs, our largest nation budget issue by far, can be driven down by 80% with no loss in quality simply by ENFORCING EXISTING LAWS.
Bernie has the right goals, but simply fails to realize that many of the problems he wants to fix are CAUSED by government. Thus, he doesn’t strike at the root cause of the problems, instead trying to fix them with MORE government actions.
High medical costs are CAUSED by the government exempting the medical and pharma sectors from EXISTING laws.
High college costs are CAUSED by student loans where the lenders are protected by the government from student loan defaults, thereby allowing them to loan any amount to anyone for any useless degree and, just as importantly, raising the “price the market can bear” to heights far above what it could previously bear – a student’s income from a part-time job. Thus, the price colleges charge has naturally risen to what the market can bear. Basic economics.
How To Fix The Budget
And Trump’s medical reform plan that fits in exactly with the above:
Trump’s Medical Plan, By The Numbers
The conclusion of that second column:
Now this is, admittedly, assuming that Trump is actually able to implement his proposal and you can bet that there will be a lot of corporations and pressure groups that are going to do everything they can to derail it, especially when it comes to anything that has to pass through Congress.
But I will remind you that while the Executive (which is the part of the government the President controls) cannot make laws it is the Executive’s job to enforce laws and there is a large body of law, specifically 15 USC, that makes felonious any attempt to monopolize a market or fix prices.
The executive is empowered to enforce existing laws without any act of Congress whatsoever.
In fact, barring passing a new law there is absolutely nothing Congress — or the lobbyists — can do to stop him or any other President from doing so.
The reason none of the recent Presidents have done so ought to be obvious; they, along with Congress, have all been bought and paid for.
David Sisler (@davesizzle) said:
Trump could either end war mongering or else be the worst one of all. He strikes me as being very volatile.
Of course all this stuff about him being another Hitler is sheer garbage. In a lot of ways, he is what liberals have been saying they want in Republicans: allowing legal abortions, pledging not to cut Social Security or Medicare, praising much of Planned Parenthood. But they just want their cheap, illegal immigrant help too much (Zoe Baird, Charles Ruff and Kimba Woods types) to support someone who says (gasp) he will enforce the laws as written.