The Delusional Press for Power of the Anti-Trump Crowd

By | 2017-05-23T22:34:27+00:00 May 19th, 2017|
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Over the last few years, I have several times had occasion to cite Charles Mackay’s 19th-century classic Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds. The title by itself captures something essential about our situation. But the particulars of the stories Mackay tells form an engaging collage of social history quite apart from the general argument. The book offers amusing accounts of such febrile public insanity as Tulipomania 17th-century Holland, when a single tulip bulb of a rare species could be traded for the price of a mansion.  

The bouts of commercial madness are as admonitory as they are hilarious—beware contemporary South Seas Bubbles! But there are some other lessons of a political, or of a political-psychological nature, that bear incisively upon our current experience circa 2017 in the United States.

In the preface to the 1852 edition of his book, Mackay notes that nations, like individuals, have their “seasons of excitement and and recklessness, when they care not what they do.”

We find whole communities suddenly fix their minds upon one object, and go mad in its pursuit; that millions of people become simultaneously impressed with one delusion, and run after it, till their attention is caught by some new folly. . . .

We’re there, friends. The “one object,” the single “delusion” that has caught the attention of impressionable crowd of the media is Donald Trump. It is he they pursue with excitement, recklessness, and madness. And just this last week, in the frenzy of l’affair Comey, they have reached that critical state that Elias Canetti, in his magnum opus Crowds and Power, called “the discharge,” that moment when the individuals who make up a crowd shed their individuality and begin behaving as a single entity.

Canetti’s analysis of crowds is deeply idiosyncratic. But he grasped one key element of the phenomenon, summed up in the second noun of his title: The activity of the crowd is intimately bound up with the desire for and the exhibition of power.

The “one object,” the single “delusion” that has caught the attention of impressionable crowd of the media is Donald Trump. It is he they pursue with excitement, recklessness, and madness. And just this last week, in the frenzy of l’affair Comey, they have reached that critical state that Elias Canetti, in his magnum opus Crowds and Power, called “the discharge,” that moment when the individuals who make up a crowd shed their individuality and begin behaving as a single entity.

In its mounting hysteria, the anti-Trump frenzy exhibits both sides of the crowd phenomenon: the dissolution of individuality and the scrambling after power.  

Anti-Trumpers sound more and more alike, as Max Boot, David Frum, Ross Douthat, David Brooks, Peter Wehner, Jonah Goldberg, and others grow soft and fuzzy around the edges, like Wither in C.S., Lewis’s That Hideous Strength, and seemingly merge into a single skirling voice. Trump is “unfit for office!” He is “infantile” and must step down! The 25th Amendment should be invoked to remove him from office!

Can anyone distinguish among these hoarse imprecations? And more to the point, does anyone outside the commentariat pay them any heed? When you look at a smudge of organic matter under a microscope you see a bustling world of activity. To the busy hydropods on the slide, their movements seem important, definitive even. But to the world outside, it is a meaningless jumble—infectious, possibly, and therefore potentially dangerous, but intrinsically besides the point.

It is the same with the hysterical anti-Trumpers.

Yesterday, I had the misfortune to be stuck in an airport for some hours while waiting for a delayed plane. The entertainment provided was a feed of CNN which for the entire time went from talking head to talking head to repeat, mantra-like, the the half-dozen talking points about Trump, Russia, James Comey, Impeachment, Sources say, Obstruction of Justice, Russia, Comey, Impeachment, Abuse of Power, Russia, Trump, Russia, Secrets, National Security, Russia, Comey, Impeachment.  

And so on. I had not had such a large dose of the MSM in years. It was more nauseating than amusing, but, seen from the outside it did have a certain malignant comedy.    

Reality check:

  • There has been an intelligence investigation into Russian interference with the U.S. election since at least last July. It has turned up nothing—that is to say, nada, rien, zilch—to indicate collusion between Donald Trump and “the Russians.”
  • James Comey worked for Donald Trump. Trump probably ought to have fired him the day he was inaugurated. In any event, he was completely within his rights to fire him at any time.  
  • The meme that Trump fired him to stop an investigation into Michael Flynn’s alleged “ties to Russia” is false. How do I know? James Comey told me.
  • Donald Trump did not “leak” or otherwise reveal “highly classified” national security secrets to the Russian Ambassador when he met with him last week. How do I know? Trump’s National Security Advisor, H. R. McMaster told me.

And on and on and on. The crowd that is the anti-Trump brigade speaks with one voice because it has become one mind.  

Ross Douthat writes that we should invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office because, “like a child,” he “blurts out” national security secrets to impress foreign visitors.

But Trump did not tell the Russians any secrets. The whole story is ridiculous on its face. What Ross Douthat really meant was that he does not like Donald Trump, ergo he should not be President and if no legitimate grounds to impeach him can be found (they can’t) we should use Constitutional legerdemain to correct the election of 2016.

And here’s where the issue of power comes in. Ross Douthat, like the other faces of the anti-Trump deity, cannot absorb the fact that the people voted contrary to his wishes. It is he, Ross Douthat, and people like him, who should decide who gets to be President. Not the ill-informed, unwashed multitudes who voted for Donald Trump. Their efforts are nothing less an attempt to reverse or repeal the results of last year’s Presidential election. Donald Trump should acknowledge and publicize that fact.  

The media, having descended into its crowd posture, cannot countenance any Trumpian success. He has to fail, because in their group-think world, Trump’s success entails their eclipse.

Although he is not moving with the dispatch or thoroughness that some of would like, Donald Trump represents an existential threat to the swamp dwellers in Washington and their enablers in the media. Hence their hysteria, and their unanimity. If he succeeds, Trump will render them not just irrelevant but powerless.

And although you would never glean this from the monolithic, hysterical anti-Trump eructation that is the mainstream media’s reporting on Trump, he is actually having notable successes on many fronts. Not every front, mind you, but on many fronts. There is the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch and nomination of many federal judges; there is Trump’s energy policy, which has made the United States the world’s premier energy producer; there is his battle against onerous and counter-productive regulation, an ongoing project; there is his dismantling of Obamacare, another ongoing project; his tax-plan, which if enacted will be a gigantic spur to growth; there are his foreign-policy initiatives, which, with a bit of luck, will come to be seen as brilliant statesmanlike forays on the model of Nixon’s initiatives in Russia and China.

I could extend the list. But here’s the point: it wouldn’t matter what Trump accomplished. The media, having descended into its crowd posture, cannot countenance any Trumpian success. He has to fail, because in their group-think world, Trump’s success entails their eclipse.

They are not necessarily wrong about that, by the way. But their dishonesty, compacted with their hysteria and cynical bid for power, is a disfiguring testimony to the loss of political sanity.  

Some people think that the anti-Trump cohort is winning because that is all they hear or read about. Every time they turn on CNN or open The New York Times it is the same story.  

But the unanimity is illusory. It is a tiny fraternity shouting at you as it talks to itself. It really is a form of insanity, sad to witness, but dangerous if left unchecked.

About the Author:

Roger Kimball
Roger Kimball is Editor and Publisher of The New Criterion and President and Publisher of Encounter Books. Mr. Kimball lectures widely and has appeared on national radio and television programs as well as the BBC. He is represented by Writers' Representatives, who can provide details about booking him. Mr. Kimball's latest book is The Fortunes of Permanence: Culture and Anarchy in an Age of Amnesia (St. Augustine's Press, 2012). He is also the author of The Rape of the Masters (Encounter), Lives of the Mind: The Use and Abuse of Intelligence from Hegel to Wodehouse (Ivan R. Dee), and Art's Prospect: The Challenge of Tradition in an Age of Celebrity (Ivan R. Dee). Other titles by Mr. Kimball include The Long March: How the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s Changed America (Encounter) and Experiments Against Reality: The Fate of Culture in the Postmodern Age (Ivan R. Dee). Mr. Kimball is also the author ofTenured Radicals: How Politics Has Corrupted Our Higher Education (HarperCollins). A new edition of Tenured Radicals, revised and expanded, was published by Ivan R. Dee in 2008. Mr. Kimball is a frequent contributor to many publications here and in England, including The New Criterion, The Times Literary Supplement, Modern Painters, Literary Review, The Wall Street Journal, The Public Interest, Commentary, The Spectator, The New York Times Book Review, The Sunday Telegraph, The American Spectator, The Weekly Standard, National Review, and The National Interest.
  • Mr. Coffee

    It is V.P. Pence and establishment Republicans who have everything to gain by quickly ushering Trump out of the White House. It is also V.P. Pence and those in the White House and Republicans in Congress who believe their fortunes will rise with Trump gone who are leaking on the hour. Obviously, it is not Democrats leaking. Politically, Dems would be better off with Trump continuing as an albatross for Republicans.

    • Dian Marshall Smith

      Other than conjecture, where’s your proof? Aren’t you doing with this statement exactly what the press is doing to the President? Never forget the many Obama loyalists still planted strategically throughout the White House, who undoubtedly bribe lower level admin staff to blab what they see and hear.

      ALWAYS ask the Admins and Janitors what is REALLY going on. It is amazing what people will say unguarded in their presence. I believe this is the real source of the leaks.

  • Severn

    What Ross Douthat really meant was that he does not like Donald Trump, ergo he should not be President and if no legitimate grounds to impeach him can be found (they can’t) we should use Constitutional legerdemain to correct the election of 2016.

    Those are the two most notable features of the neverTrumpers.

    1) They’re really not very bright.

    2) They’re convinced that they are very bright indeed, indeed that they are an intellectual elite and deserve to lead us all.

    In fact the psychological profile of the neverTrumpers is exactly like that of the left.

    • Panope Vreeland

      Articles by pundits like Jonah Goldberg and Kevin Williamson read like high school boys who just read three Wikipedia articles. Basically, they also bank on conventional wisdom and things never changing. When things start to change they are exposed as the middlebrows (if that) that they’ve always been.

      • Skinner

        God, how I cannot stand those guys.

        • SeverelyLtd

          I like both of them, particularly Jonah, but this is a sad period in his political punditry.

          • bsdunek

            I have also been very disappointed in the stands they have taken against Trump. I would have thought they would have been supporters. Oh, well …

          • Flatley

            As those writers possess at least some measure of resistance to transparent populist themes, it is not at all surprising that they are not Trump supporters.

          • John Baldwin

            Or if not supporters at least able to put aside their differences with Trump and do some thoughtful analysis.

          • Hominid

            “thoughtful analysis” = Trump worship.

          • TooTall7

            Right on cue!

          • bullmoose117

            The ignorant cult of self righteous goobers – and prideful!

          • sosumi idk

            Yes, I didn’t vote for Trump, and I have reservations about him, but once he was elected – well, he’s the POTUS now, it really isn’t still up for negotiation.

            But for them it is still up for negotiation. If that means sedition, oh well.

          • Hominid

            Why would you think they would support a Lib huckster?

          • Christine Golden

            Because it’s the only way they can get those tax cuts for Wall Street that they incessantly bleat about.

          • TrustbutVerify

            Consider that the things Trump has done are those things he said he would do and THEY said he would not in calling him a Lib huckster like our still butt hurt never-Trump friend Hominid. So, just like with the election and their reading of the electorate, there were and are (not surprisingly) wrong about Trump. They just can’t admit they were wrong and take what he is doing that is good for conservatism because it is more important they be right and that the people they support SAY the right conservative things and never do them than to support someone actually DOING the right conservative things.

          • Bunky

            Exactly.

          • TooTall7

            You’re close but no cigar. They’re too small to admit they’re wrong.

          • bshirt

            100% on the money. The little snowflakes are upset.

          • TooTall7

            Thanks! Here’s to hoping they stay that way.

          • USMC Mustang

            I’m of the opinion that they are really in need of a nice, lacy hankie.

          • Stick

            Jonah sold out to Manhattan Privilege. It’s what guys from West Manhattan seek to achieve in life. He’s a globalist.

          • mistermcfrugal

            I used to like Jonah but now absolutely despise him. Fox would be wise to rid itself of him

          • TooTall7

            I feel your pain! I used to hang on their every word.

            Used to!

        • Hominid

          You’re ruled by your emotions, like all Libs.

        • Jonah Goldberg milked one popular but superficial idea – the ‘Liberal Fascism’ theme – for all it was worth.

          Nepotism also played a big role in his career – his mother is Lucianne Goldberg, a literary agent notorious for her role in the Monica Lewinsky affair.

      • Botoxosi

        Jonah was the quintessential fat loser who has never gotten over never getting la id in high school and hated people like Trump, the cool, rich jock who had it all….

        • Flatley

          What a revealing theory you have put together here.

          • maribel

            Exactly

          • Don Obie

            THE NEVER TRUMPERS ,THE DEEP STATE AND THE MEDIA ARE PUSHING THE 1-2%ERS WHO CAN’T BELIEVE RUMP IS REALLY GONNA DRAIN THE SWAMP AND CUT THE DEBT AND KILL THE 1-2%ER DREAMS TO BE AS RICH AS HRC & BILL AND EVEN $69 MILLION AUTHOR OBAMA.

          • Epstein’s Mother

            Have you tried Belkin? They make great keyboards. I’ve never had one have a broken caps-lock key like you’ve got. You should check them out.

          • John Whalen

            Are you supposedly saying something important with all those Caps.?

          • TooTall7

            Funny and revealing.

        • Hominid

          You have an infantile world view.

        • TooTall7

          Lol!!!

        • bullmoose117

          Trump cool? Really that’s what you think?

      • Hominid

        Baseless.

      • sosumi idk

        I can’t believe I liked both once. Their writing seems to me to have deteriorated badly – I can’t know how much is the writing and how much is the reader 🙁

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    • Hominid

      You project – it’s the psyches of the Trumpsuckers that are identical to the Lib-Leftists. They’re whiners and losers who want government to take care of them.

    • Epstein’s Mother

      I’m always a bit surprised when Trump supporters claim that their opponents are not very bright. You know, given that you just voted for an orange version of Kanye West, whom even his own staff now refers to as a “moron”.

      I mean, really. Come to grips with it. You voted for a reality TV star, and, 3 months into his presidency, even his own party is talking impeachment. And you think the other guys are dumb?

      • TrustbutVerify

        RINO Never-Trumpers were talking impeachment as a vehicle before he was elected (since the nomination), if you’ll remember. Wishing doesn’t make it so, or create a crime where there is none. That is what is meant by not very bright (their strategic thinking has a great big hole in it) and middle brow (the electorate moved their food dish and they are lost because they haven’t the imagination to change their mindset).

        • Epstein’s Mother

          Just FYI, “RINO” doesn’t mean a Republican who disagrees with you. A “RINO” is a Republican who disagrees with fundamental Republican principles. You know, like free trade.

          And in what world of yours isn’t threatening Comey not witness intimidation? (Hint: it has to be one where 18 USC 1512(b) doesn’t exist.)

          • TrustbutVerify

            Ummm…Trump is the chief executive and Comey works for him. He is allowed to direct the DOJ and to direct the FBI to do things, and fire the FBI Director if he chooses, so there is no question of obstruction of anything. Not to mention the testimony of Comey himself, and McCabe, and others that no obstruction has occurred (not to mention NO COLLUSION or evidence of collusion with Russia) If it had happened, as you and the RINOS of the Establishment and the MSM try to imply from Comey’s memo, COMEY was required to report it immediately if he suspected such had occurred under NUMEROUS statutes and professionally as a lawyer (disbarment being possible for NOT reporting it). But let’s have Alan Dershowitz explain it to you: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2017/05/20/dershowitz_calls_special_counsel_mueller_good_news_for_trump_hes_going_to_find_no_crime.html

            As to your claim about RINOS, the statement stands as it is the RINO caucus of McCain, Graham, et al who are the Never-Trumpers. That they also run parallel with the Establishment members who want the status quo – those who say all the right conservative things the Jonah Goldberg and National Review pundit crowd like to hear but who never actually DO those conservative things – is not a coincidence.

          • Epstein’s Mother

            I notice that you don’t address my point that you, in fact, are a RINO. After all, you’re rejecting key parts of what it means to be a Republican — key elements that have been central to being a Republican for the past 60 years. Sorry, Pumpkin, but you don’t get to redefine Republicanism just because you decided to join the party. McCain’s position hasn’t changed. It’s the Trumpkins, who voted in someone opposed to the Republican Party, that have.

            And, no, the President doesn’t get to direct the FBI investigations. Thats why the FBI director has a 10 year term. The president can fire him, sure. But then, as now, he faces obstruction of justice charges if that FBI director was investigating something the president didn’t want investigated. As Trump had admitted is the case.

            Admitted it. To the Russians.

            No, really. You can look it up. Why else do you think the FBI director has a 10 year term?

            So keep putting lipstick on that pig. It won’t make her pretty or stop Trump from being impeached.

          • TrustbutVerify

            I don’t address because 1) you don’t know me 2) it is untrue and 3) it is merely silly ad hominem. I am not a Republican, I am a constitutional conservative, thank you. I am certainly not an “establishment” Republican beholding the Chamber of Commerce, for instance, which would require support of unchecked immigration and amnesty to be a “Republican” in their minds. Sorry, Mutha, but you don’t get to define Republicansim at all because nobody made you the authority in charge of anything but your own keyboard. I would submit that the current brand of what you call “Republicanism” is the aberration compared to Republicans of the past.

            As to the rest of your BS, a 10 year term doesn’t mean he can’t direct the person that works for him as Alan Dershowitz explained so well (and you obviously didn’t bother to read or watch – hence your continued ignorance on the matter). Your argument is fallacious 1) as Comey testified to Congress in March AFTER the dinner in February that nobody had attempted to obstruct the investigation 2) as McCabe JUST testified to Congress that no obstruction or attempt at obstruction has occurred and 3) the investigation continued (and wasn’t being conducted by Comey, but by investigators who kept on doing what they were doing after Comey was gone).

            As to the Oval Office BS story you are referencing, everyone in the room has said ALL of the things reported never happened, including LAVROV. That an unnamed source hostile to Trump who wasn’t in the room is saying something different and a hostile press will report it as “fact” to generate “fake news” and you will parrot it and continue to parrot it after it has been debunked shows the quality of your thinking and the extent of your never-Trump butt hurt attitude. Get over it. Your guy lost in the primary. Hillary lost the election. Fair and square. Trump beat them.

            So, no, really you SHOULD actually look it up and perhaps take a course or two on Government before you try to comment on things you don’t understand.

          • Epstein’s Mother

            Dershowitz isn’t a constitutional scholar. His area is criminal law. Also, he’ll say or write anything you pay him to — or are you suggesting that OJ really is innocent?

            And, no, I dont determine what makes a Republican. The Republican Party does. And we have 50 years of their platforms to tell us that, no, Trump isn’t a Republican. And neither are his supporters.

            Everyone in the room. Except Trump. You always seem to ignore him. Because he admitted it. And we have official WH meeting summaries to support it. Just FYI, that’s not hearsay. Those summaries confirm obstruction of justice, sufficient for the House. (No, the House doesn’t have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt. Dershowitz is out of his depth on that)

          • TrustbutVerify

            Wow. You also need a course in jurisprudence along with Government. You see, to charge someone you need a predicate act – a crime. With no crime, no charges. This is not a Constitutional issue, but one of statute and law proscribing and prescribing what constitutes a crime under those statutes and laws. Everything Trump has done is certainly within his Constitutional authority and the Plenary and Unitary powers of the Executive. As Dershowitz points out, there is no crime committed – no statute or law violated – no matter how much you dislike Trump or disagree with him.

            You have your opinions because you are ignorant or miseducated as to the points you are making. If you actually research the facts, rather than relying on your feelings and letting them lead you to believe whatever you read that is negative about Trump, perhaps your attitude will change. But that would require an open and inquiring mind, Mutha. Based on your statements, doesn’t seem likely.

            Oh, and NO you don’t have official White House meeting summaries or statements by Trump. You have the word of an anonymous source that said these things – the WaPo et al go to pains to say “WE HAVE NOT SEEN THE MEMO, BUT WE WERE TOLD” re both Comey AND the White House meetings . And misconstruing what Trump says to narrowly fit what they WANT him to have said doesn’t make it so.

          • Epstein’s Mother

            So you’re saying that the NYT ran with a story quoting a summary that either exists or doesn’t exist and which is sure to be subpoenaed by Congress if it exists — so that the NYT story will be either confirmed or debunked in short order and the NYT knows this. And you think they ran with the story without being pretty sure it’s accurate?

            Really? You think that’s the case? You want to put money on that?

            Also, since we’re talking jurisprudence, Congress can decide something constitutes obstruction even if it doesn’t meet the criminal definition. Yeah, I know. But it’s true. A high crime and misdemeanor doesn’t actually have to be a crime. Shocking. But there it is.

          • TrustbutVerify

            Again..Wow! Ummm…yeah, exactly that re the NYT, WaPo etc. Who do you think will report they were wrong and manufactured the report? Themselves? They are the media and they decide what they will print and, surprise, it won’t be that they purposely published fake news to undermine a President they don’t agree with because they are biased. Perhaps this will explain it for you: https://shorensteincenter.org/news-coverage-donald-trumps-first-100-days/?utm_source=POLITICO.EU&utm_campaign=ab6d830a9d-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_05_19&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_10959edeb5-ab6d830a9d-189799085

            Examples? NYT/WaPo/McClatchy report throughout the campaign on information on Trump’s campaign from surveillance. They post a headline “Trump “wire-tapped” in Trump Tower”. Trump posts twitter based on their reporting. THEY then claim that he lied with ludicrous attempts to construe what he said as meaning Obama personally traveled to Trump Tower, unscrewed the phone and put in a bug. Then we get the charge from Judge Nap that the British HAD surveilled Trump…and the MSM and Brits had a fit!

            What did we find out? After throwing a fit and lying about it…the Brits admit that, yes, they ARE the ones who turned the information over to the US. What else did we find out? That, yes, Susan Rice unmasked people in these intercepts and that the intercepts had NOTHING to do with Russia and were private political communications of Americans.

            The only identifiable crimes in any of that would be 1) surveillance of American citizens 2) unmasking said citizens for a non-National Security reason after claiming it WAS about National Security and 3) the leaks of classified intel (re Flynn) that relied on those intercepts and unmaskings. Now, how was all of that reported and have you seen any retractions? So yeah, I’ll put money on it because it happens ALL THE F’ING TIME.

            Sorry, but no. They have to have an actual crime, not just some political BS. But beyond that, they would have to have evidence of a predicate act, and they don’t nor will they. For instance, Slick Willy was impeached for perjury in a civil case and the underlying and associated acts. Not for lying to the American people or for sexually harassing an intern.

          • AEJ

            Accolades for all your replies. Here’s what I’ll put money on: you and I, and a bunch of others who read Epstein’s Mother, wouldn’t want him on our jury.

          • Epstein’s Mother

            Wow. So you’re saying somebody came up with proof that, when the country elects an incompetent reality TV start with narcissistic personality disorder, whom his own staff calls a “moron,” that the news media reports on this. Truly shocking.

            No, sorry, witness intimidation is an identifiable crime. So is violation of the Emoluments Clause. And so is obstruction of justice. Now, you may wish this wasn’t the case. And I’m sure there are some paid hacks out there willing to tell you that firing the FBI director because he was investigating you, and then telling the Russian ambassador that that’s exactly what you did, somehow isn’t “obstruction” for purposes of the House impeachment charges. But they’re either idiots or lying.

            And, let’s be honest here, you know as well as I do that you can’t tell the difference. After all, you seem to think that impeachment requires a criminal offense. Anyone who told you that is wrong. So — are they idiots, or are they lying?

          • TrustbutVerify

            No, Harvard came up with the proof though their study. What is remarkable is the use of “fake news”by the Dems and MSM and people like you because they don’t like losing an election, being out of power, and the possibility that the country will be turned back from the ruinous progressive path and policies that you love so well. You are apoplectic and hysterical about policies the Dems, including Hillary and Obama, supported less than 10 years ago but have somehow become anathema when we return to those policies! Obama will be all but erased from history and his time in office a momentary blip on the radar. Imagine if we turn the clock back to the policies of the ’80s! We will rescue the country and put it back on the correct path – which means adherence to the Constitution and the Rule of Law.

            Then you go off into fantasy, fever swamp land just to prove the hysterical overreach. One, it has been determined by past Supreme Court rulings that things like a foreign person purchasing a hotel room in fair exchange – or a house or anything else where equitable value is received in a transaction – would not violate the Emoluments Clause. Again, however, receiving hundreds of millions of dollars in donations to a Foundation, such as the Clintons ran, that does nothing with the money but fund their travel and staff salaries with more than 90% of the money, would certainly violate the Emoluments Clause – and did. As with all things, if you want to know what dirty deeds the Dems have done, just look at what they accuse the Republicans of doing and you can bet that is it – both displacement and a smoke screen for their own illegality.

            So, you see, you don’t believe that Hillary actually violating the Emoluments Clause with hundreds of millions of dollars was real but that the made up violations by Trump, for the price of a few hotel rooms and dinners (which are allowed under the clause as determined by the Supreme Court) is a damning indictment. If nothing else, this should point out to you how unbalanced and fantastic your conspiracy theories are. I will tell you what I told the never-Trumpers in the campaign every time they came up with the next scheme to thwart the will of the people voting for
            Trump – all you are doing is setting yourself up for another, bigger disappointment when it doesn’t happen.

            This is all fantasy and political smoke screens from Dems and the media. If you read the accounts of Hillary’s campaign, you will find that ALL of these memes were developed within 48 hours of the loss by her staff to explain the loss. The MSM has faithfully carried the water for four months. But what they are coming to realize is the precipice they are on – both the Dems and the media. The Dem leaders have pulled back because they realize they have nothing and they don’t want to be seen by the voters as trying to thwart a legal election and reverse it by extra-legal means. They know what this would mean to their future. The MSM executives, if not the rabid journalists and editors, know that their credibility is on the line. They have put it out there and looked like fools in the service of their cause – but if they push it too far and the bubble pops with the public, they go down forever.

          • Epstein’s Mother

            Just FYI, “fake news” isn’t “news I don’t like.”

            And, no, Hillary didn’t violate the Emoluments Clause, because that money didn’t end up in her pocket while she was in government. And, no, they are not allowed under a clause as determined by the Supreme Court. (I’d love to see that citation.)

            A few years ago, someone tweeted asking whether you could impeach a president for incompetence. The answer is, yes, yes you can.

          • TrustbutVerify

            Just an FYI – the “fake news” people got their panties in a bunch about was just click bait by websites on social media. Everyone knew what it was – it is no different than the push polls done by politicians all the time. What “fake news” has become, however, is the MSM just reporting anything and everything – with a thin veneer of “anonymous sourcing – to try to thwart or bring down a President they didn’t want to be elected and that they disagree with.

            Again, if you want to know what the MSM/Libs/Left are actually up to themselves, see what they are accusing the Right of doing. It is uncannily accurate. So when the NYT reports on Oval Office conversation through anonymous sources, for instance, and everyone that was actually IN THE ROOM refutes the story, yet the NYT/MSM still try to make an issue of it – that is “fake news” or propaganda as it used to be called. When the MSM gave up its thin coating of non-partisan professionalism and became advocates – which actually happened sometime ago but is now blatantly evident because they don’t care who knows – they lost the ability to shape opinion to their will.

            What they are beginning to realize is that they overstepped and are on the verge of reaping the whirlwind – and it may be too late for them anyway.

            Whether Clinton violated the Emoluments Clause through her association with the Clinton Foundation is ambiguous because there are no specific instructions for how to handle foreign government donations to a charity that has ties to a State Department employee. The department’s own rules don’t address this scenario, either. But she used the money to cover travel expenses for Clinton Foundation activities, which is “in her pocket”, and to pay staff that worked for her at both State and the Foundation.

            Dave Kopel, a constitutional law professor at Denver University, said he believed the clause’s intentionally broad phrasing about gifts of “any kind whatever,” would cover indirect gifts via the foundation. Then there is Bill….there is a corresponding law to the Emoluments Clause, the Foreign Gifts and Decorations Act, that says federal government employees and their spouses can face a civil penalty if they accept gifts from foreign governments.

            None of this has ever been litigated, but there is at least a case to be investigated. Especially given the problems with the Clinton Foundation IRS 990 filings for their financials that had to be withdrawn for several years and redone (we still haven’t seen the revisions”, because if they were left as they were there was REAL trouble on the horizon. As long as they restate them appropriately and pay any fines, that will be OK with the IRS…but the public might still have a BIG problem with it.

            As to your last statement, that is ludicrous and NO, no you can’t. That is why we have elections – otherwise Carter would have certainly been impeached if it were possible (and it isn’t).

          • Epstein’s Mother

            A president can be impeached for any reason the House decides. Including incompetence. Seriously. Under common law at the time the Constitution was drafted, “high crimes and misdemeanors” included appointing incompetent subordinates.

            And while I agree that Clinton’s stuff shouldn’t have been allowed, that really was an area for govt ethics and GAO. This is the president. And it’s ongoing and more flagrant. He’s already been warned and ignored the warning.

          • TrustbutVerify

            First, there is nothing for Trump to be “warned” about – perhaps you missed the part about the Supreme Court having ruled (re the Foreign Gifts act) that an exchange of money for goods and services of like value” (such as a meal or hotel room) would not qualify. So there is no “there there” with Trump, whereas Hilary was doing it left and right even if the press and Comey and Holder and Lynch and YOU give her a pass on it.

            Try to fly that “high crimes and misdemeanors” rhetoric past anyone with a brain – which leaves out Maxine Walters and any of the other loony left – and you’ll get laughed out of town. The Congress is still Republican and likely to stay that way. No such proceedings will be occurring.

          • Danny Alt

            If someone obstructs a Federal Investigation into a possible violation of law,
            and that investigation ends in the knowledge that the initial suspect(s) did not commit the crime
            or ends in the investigators inability to adequately prove that the suspect(s) committed the crime,
            or the investigation reveals no crime was committed..,
            any one of those realities does not then retroactively permit those that obstructed the Federal Investigation to obstruct that Federal Investigation.
            The obstructors remain vulnerable to an Obstruction of Justice Charge.

          • TrustbutVerify

            Again, a misunderstanding or misinterpretation – willful or otherwise. The obstruction is the predicate act, if it occurs. What was said above was that such a predicate act, obstruction, has to occur and there has to be sufficient, legally obtained, substantive evidence of the predicate act that would lead to a successful prosecution (or arguably so). In these types of crimes, as Professor Dershowitz points out if you bother to watch or read the link I posted, it then goes to intent – which is hard (read impossible) to prove. As Comey realized when he didn’t report it, as he would be required to do under various statutes, what Trump said does not rise to that level by a mile nor would it be provable.

            However, sometimes in can be proven – such as with Hillary and her emails. She had a server. The presence of her server and her use of it to receive classified emails showed intent (even though USC 18 does NOT require intent and specifically says “negligence in handling” classified material is sufficient for violation of the statute). The set up and use of the email server was the predicate act that led to the violations of the other sections of USC 18 – one in which the real, verifiable presence of the server is prima facia evidence of intent to use the server for the purposes of sending and receiving emails to avoid State Department IG and lawful Congressional oversite. That Comey, after listing all the violations of USC 18 would invent the presence of “intent” as a standard in the statute is less unbelievable than the fact that, after inventing it, he had bald faced evidence of the intent that he invented! If you want to know why he should be fired, this would be Exhibit A.

          • Danny Alt

            It was not my intent to misrepresent facts, that is something I “try” not to do.
            I apparently entered a conversation late and misunderstood your post.
            I apologize and concur with almost all you said.
            As to Comey’s firing, I felt Obama should have fired him last fall; I felt Trump, on inauguration Day should have requested his resignation.
            But, in keeping Comey on past the announcement of the FBI investigation, into possible collusion by Trump “associates” and The Russians, after publicly singing Comey’s praises, Trump placed himself in a politically and possibly legally (not knowing all the facts) awkward position.
            And the justification to fire Comey had [defacto] exceed its expiration date.

          • TooTall7

            “Not knowing all the facts.” Boy, you can say that again.

          • Epstein’s Mother

            Also, Dershowitz is smart enough to know that you don’t need a statute or law violated for the House to impeach and the Senate to convict. So, again, he’s not an idiot. Which means he’s a liar.

          • TrustbutVerify

            Ummmmhmmmm….you go on believing that in your fantasy world, Mutha, and see how that comes out for you. Just like with the election. As my grandad used to say, “Crap in one hand and wish in the other and see which one fills up first.”

          • Epstein’s Mother

            At this point, I really don’t care if he gets impeached. His agenda is dead. Good enough for me to take.

            Or do you disagree with that, too, and think McConnell isn’t telling the truth when he says exactly that? In which case, I’ll have to ask: how’s that wall going?

          • TrustbutVerify

            Oh, that is a hoot! It is four months in, he is halfway to repealing Obamacare, has a conservative Supreme to replace Scalia (instead of Garland), has revoked all or nearly all of Obama’s executive orders already, and has started on the border wall and immigration. (In case you didn’t notice, money was already appropriated for the wall previously and he has discretionary money that can be used – that is why they have bids and specifications out for construction). We also, finally, have an actual budget and not a continuing resolution. He has YEARS to go and his agenda is moving forward. That you think it is dead due to this puny, petty BS is hilarious! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

          • Epstein’s Mother

            If you think getting a bill through the House by 3 votes even though you have a 30+ majority is “half way,” you clearly don’t know how our government works. McConnell has already said it’s DOA. Along with his tax plan. Along with his budget. Along with his wall.

            Incidentally, since it looks like Obamacare his here to stay, you might want to have that giggling checked out. They actually have medication for they today, and it’s covered.

          • TrustbutVerify

            Oh, geez. Wow again. Look, the bill is – even in reconciliation – a funding bill. That has to originate in the House. The Senate is restricted as to what they can do by their own rules on reconciliation bills. No matter what they pass, and they will pass something, the two bills will go to a joint committee for negotiations for a final joint bill. One that will have to pass both the House and the Senate. Republicans are more than aware they have to do it, even if RINO squishes really don’t want to – the close vote was due to them. Once they realize they can’t derail it – as they just found out – the bill will pass (as long as they don’t try to appease the moderates and hack off the conservatives who have more votes). The Dems are just making themselves the “dummy” in this little game of bridge by not participating.

      • The Demon Slick

        You think you are standing up to the powerful but in truth you are serving them. They want to choose who runs things, not the voters. In truth you are looking to overturn the will of the American people in favor of things that they rejected.

        • Epstein’s Mother

          By “the will of the American people,” you mean the 30% who voted for Trump, right?

          Just FYI, the “American people” actually voted for Clinton, by 3 million votes, and 2% of the total. It was just a factor of Trump getting 78,000 more votes in 3 states that got him the electoral college. If you’re going to pull that “will of the people” nonsense, sorry, but it doesn’t work your way. And with Trump’s approval ratings now in the upper 30s, you know as well as I do that he’d lose the election today.

          • TrustbutVerify

            Ummm….again, you need a good course in Government, Mutha. Our electoral system, for reasons explained in Federalist No. 68, is based on the electoral votes of the states, not a plurality of the popular vote…and for very good reason as this election demonstrated. So the fact that Hillary won more votes in limited regional areas had no bearing on the results of the election. Perhaps if you Dems realized that – and bringing this up points to you being a Dem not a never-Trumper – Hillary would have run a different campaign. Just as, if it had been based on the popular vote instead, Trump would have run a different campaign with different strategy.

          • David

            Shh… don’t tell Epstein’s Mother how his logic is flawed, let them run in 2020 with that same strategy!

          • AEJ

            Yes. Just let them keep talking.

          • Epstein’s Mother

            Then don’t pretend it’s the “will of the people” when you admit the will of the people is irrelevant.

          • TrustbutVerify

            Ah, but it is! Just not the concentrated, narrow, regional political desires of LA, Boston, NYC etc. Rather the will of the populace as a whole through proportional representation – as further demonstrated in the Congressional majorities in the House and Senate which extended to the Electoral College. As elucidated in Federalist 68, that is EXACTLY what was intended with this system.

          • Epstein’s Mother

            No, sorry, “the people” are not geography. They are a collection of individuals. And if individuals prefer to live in cities, that does not suddenly make individuals living in rural areas suddenly more representative of “the people.”

            Federalist 68 was not interested in “the will of the people.” After all, the President, under Federalist 68, wasn’t even an elected position, but an appointed one — appointed by electors. Which is why Hamilton says:

            It was equally desirable, that the immediate election should be made by men most capable of analyzing the qualities adapted to the station, and acting under circumstances favorable to deliberation, and to a judicious combination of all the reasons and inducements which were proper to govern their choice. A small number of persons, selected by their fellow-citizens from the general mass, will be most likely to possess the information and discernment requisite to such complicated investigations.

            So, tell me — what was the name of the elector you voted for? And how did you know that elector was going to make the right choice so that, as Hamilton says:

            The process of election affords a moral certainty, that the office of President will never fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications.

            We know that Hamilton’s next sentence — ” the little arts of popularity, may alone suffice to elevate a man to the first honors in a single State; but it will require other talents, and a different kind of merit, to establish him in the esteem and confidence of the whole Union,…” — obviously no longer apply to the nation-wide elections we hold today.

            Sounds like that little but significant change we made to how the electoral college is selected did exactly the opposite of what Hamilton wanted.

          • TrustbutVerify

            And again, Wow! You should take that governments course! For purposes of residency, governance and voting, we have these geographical entities known as “States”. They were developed as states in the classical use of that word – with political powers, autonomy, and governance. Within those states, there are further representative subdivisions of Two Senate seats and various proportional House seats based on populations. These subdivisions have electors also based on population that, much like Senators, equalize the balance of power between small and large states as each state has 2 – but the House is proportional representation so that large states still have appropriate representation. The electoral college maintains that balance in the election of the President. It isn’t that rural areas are more representative, but that they are represented EQUALLY and cannot be dictated to by the large, urban centers. So, when Trump wins Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida but loses Madison, Detroit, Cleveland, Philadelphia and Miami – he STILL wins the state and by winning those states, while losing the cities, he still won the election. Otherwise for the first 150 years or so, all our Presidents would have been from New York. Everyone has been fine with this system, until the whiny Dems threw a tantrum and have to change the game (rig it) so that it favors them. Sorry, Mutha, not happening. You lost. Get right with it.

            When Hamilton was writing, there were no political parties or infrastructure. The parties have been grafted onto that structure and have served the role of the “persons, selected by their fellow citizens” as the electors come from among the party and elected officials the people have chosen to represent them. This used to result in the parties just picking the candidates in proverbial smoke-filled rooms in the past, but that changed and we now have the primary system and voters select the candidate and that is ratified by the parties at conventions. You should really study up on the history of all of this because, again, you are apparently ignorant.

            Hamilton’s words as the the “little arts of popularity” reflect his time – not a time when Hillary’s whole raison d’etre for her campaign was “I am a woman and it is my turn”. So, please, don’t act like Trump is the first politician to rely on popularity to win an election (imagine that!) or that the lack of popularity somehow conveys gravitas. It reflects the will of the people. Dems and the MSM continue to reject the lessons at their peril. You, however, by not educating yourself will merely remain deluded.

          • Epstein’s Mother

            Actually, that has nothing to do with the Constitution. States dont have to have a winner-take-all allocation of electoral votes. Change that, and the “will of the people” will actually reflect who wins the presidency. In the meantime, you’re hanging your hat on a justification that you would have opposed as undemocrqtoc had a Democrat won that way.

          • TrustbutVerify

            Ummm…again, you should check out history. The Dems, after the 68 debacle, are the ones that changed the rules on the primaries and election laws to what they are now (they controlled most all of the state legislatures back then, so the Republican Party accepted the changes). These are your rules. But, anyway, yeah it would be challenged all the way to the Supreme Court – by the Dems! If you look at the map from the last election, proportional voting allocation – which would still fall to the Congressional District level and not be a raw vote – would make things WORSE for the Dems. It also wouldn’t have changed the outcome.

            Oh, and no – if Hillary had won we wouldn’t have revolted because she won the election. We didn’t revolt when Obama won. We accept the system. No, we would have revolted when she started trying to enact her agenda if it impinged on our Constitutional rights….but not because she won.

          • Epstein’s Mother

            Actually, Ohio and Maine have proportional representation. The states can do whatever they want. And, no, it would not have made things worse, since it wouldn’t necessarily fall to the congressional district level.

            Face it, Trump lost by 3 million votes and he won the electoral college by 78,000 votes in 3 states. He would lose today — and if Georgia is any indicator, the Republicans will lose the House in 2018. Trump will resign shortly thereafter. His approval rating is at 38%, which is pretty much the lowest possible that any presidential candidate can get, since there will always be 38% who will support a candidate just on partisan grounds.

            And if you really think a democracy can sustain having the will of the majority thwarted permanently on geographical grounds, then you had better work to significantly lessen the power of presidency. Because you know and I know that that is just not a sustainable situation.

            “Will of the people” indeed.

          • TrustbutVerify

            Ummmmm….we’ve been around for over 250 years with this system and it works fine except for your and the Dems whining whenever you lose, as if it is your God given right to win elections. If anything you said had any bearing on the election – since you are only talking about fantasy – it might be different. 3 million votes make no difference, but they also stopped counting everywhere else when the results were clear, so many votes in areas that didn’t matter don’t even get counted –
            except when California and NY etc keep counting just to push the issues (many military votes, even in Florida in 2000 for instance, go uncounted). But the point is you, and the Dems, are just trying to find a way to subvert a system that doesn’t work for you…and that supports a vastly different country than what YOU want to change it into. Sorry – that is why you lost the election, not the system.

          • Epstein’s Mother

            See, that’s actually “fake news” — they don’t stop counting when it no longer makes any difference. Whoever told you that was lying. And you can tell, because they publish the final count and only the final count is certified.

            And when the Democrats win in November 2018, and if the Supreme Court rejects gerrymandering, I expect to hear lots of Republican wailing and gnashing of teeth. Particularly after the investigations of Trump start in earnest. (“Oh, my goodness! Republicans never ran constant investigations of Democrats before!”)

          • TrustbutVerify

            Heavy sigh. It costs money to count votes – they end it as early as possible. If they process all the ballots on the first run through and the person wins by 200,000 votes and there are 100,000 outstanding paper ballots it makes no difference in the results. So when the losing candidate concedes, they stop counting – both because they conceded and because it doesn’t matter. That is the final count that is certified. Except in the case of CA that went on for days trying to make a point – as did other cities in liberal land. How about we talk about the voting, you know, where places like Detroit had tens of thousands of more votes than voters? All of that will soon be getting explored by Trump’s new commission. So hold on to your hat, Mutha.

            Again, look at the map from the election. You really think the Dems are going to take the house? Because your boy Nate Silver says it isn’t very likely unless things get worse. This will all play out to the detriment of the Dems by then…oh the wailing and gnashing of teeth from the Dems when they lose again. You are worse than ignorant, you are a fool if you think otherwise. Will they gain seats? Maybe, but not anywhere near the “wave” they would need to change the House. The Dems will likely lose several seats in the Senate. So keep chasing those unicorns instead of fixing your party, Dems.

          • Epstein’s Mother

            I don’t know who told you that, but it’s clearly wrong. Every vote is counted, aside from what you’d expect from human error and spoilage. That’s why official totals don’t come out for days later.

            You might want to look that up.

            And, yes, “unless things get worse.” Over the past 120 days, tell me when has it not gotten worse for Trump? And that’s putting aside the possibility of a recession which, if historical trends are followed, is likely.

          • TrustbutVerify

            Dude. C’mon. If you haven’t guessed I’ve been involved in government and counting votes. Nobody told me, it is what I have witnessed in multiple states. So, please don’t tell me what I know. Ballots are all pretty much optically counted now in any but the smallest areas, so the vote totals for votes the day of are immediately available. What is left is the remaining paper/absentee ballots and spoiled ballots. If there aren’t enough to make a difference in any races, they don’t bother to count them.

            You might want to look that up.

            Unless things get worse, which means “something that actually occurred is uncovered” as in, you know, evidence beyond Dem/MSM innuendo, rumors and wishful thinking. Because that is all it is right now. As Dr. Victor Davis Hanson said, it is the MSM/Dems’ version of the “Big Lie”. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2017/05/20/victor_davis_hanson_whole_trump-russia-collusion_story_is_a_big_lie.html

            Before the year is out, we’ll have 3.5% to 4% growth in GDP. So no hope for you there, Mutha.

          • Epstein’s Mother

            Spoiled ballots don’t count, so of course they’re not counted. And absentee ballots can be easily optically counted. Since the law in every state I’ve seen requires them to be counted for the official count, you’re saying that, while nobody ever told you they’re not counted, you’re pretty sure this is the case because…?

            You’re confusing when they declare a winner with when they publish the official results.

            The only way the US economy can produce 3.5%-4% GDP growth is by overheating. Which means a recession in 2018.

          • TrustbutVerify

            Again, Wow. You just need to give up and go to bed. Each state and county has rules for reviewing spoiled ballots if it is a close enough race. That was the whole thing about Florida, for God’s sake! Gore wanted to change the rules on HOW those ballots were examined AFTER the election was run by the agreed rules. The absentee ballots take weeks to count and they start counting them before the date of the election, so much of the early vote is known on election day. But the ballots mailed at the end of the cycle don’t arrive until near the election and they have to be opened and counted – which takes several days, especially if they matter (the election is close). Again, if the winner is up by more votes than the total of the ballots outstanding – especially if there is a large margin for the winner – they are never counted. You seem to be hung up on “told” but this is a fact of operations…especially after the loser concedes. They certify their final counts and send them on to the state at that point. But, again, California spent the money and kept counting for days to enlarge Hillary’s margin. You may think it is different, but it is not…not every vote gets counted in those cases…only when there is a close race.

            You’re just confused in general. Remember what Mark Twain said and try to live by it: “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.”

            Dude, the economy grew at 7% to 9% under Reagan…you have no idea what you are talking about. The GDP grew from between 7% to 9% from 1980 to 1990 – even up to 11% in 1983 as you can see in the historic GDP numbers below. Go to bed and stop being silly.

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9b28a199181407f51101c0fcf78fa48db2519764b9343becc3315ce69b5eb2da.png

          • Epstein’s Mother

            Look at real GDP growth rate.

            http://www.multpl.com/us-real-gdp-growth-rate

            Or put it in context

            http://www.tradingeconomics.com/united-states/gdp-growth

            The trend-line is downward. Reagan came off of stagflation and was at the start of the computer revolution. Even the Chinese aren’t going to be hitting 7-9%. Sorry, the demographics just aren’t there for you, plus most macroeconomists suspect that the Great Recession caused a permanent downward resetting of economic growth, world-wide. No, this is “regulation.” If it was, it wouldn’t be global. It’s demographic. The US may experience blips of 5%, but no real economist expects anything other than 2% as a long-term trend.

            And we’re not talking about spoiled ballots. They’re spoiled. They don’t get counted. That’s the point.

          • TrustbutVerify

            Mutha, are you an economist now? Do you actually know what you are looking at, or are you Googling until you find a line going down that you like and saying, “Well, there you go! Says what I want it to say!” Put it in context? OK – Obama was the first President to NOT have over 3% growth at any time in his term, coming OFF a huge recession, which has NEVER happened. His policies were repressive relative to business and economic growth. By removing those road blocks we get to over 3% growth naturally. By lessening the corporate tax from 35% to 15% and bringing the $3 trillion dollars in money sitting offshore back into the United States, we will add another 3 to 4% growth – just not by the end of this year. But we will be back up where the economy should be.

            Just because you and the Dems believe in the “New Normal” that your pet economists throw out to explain Obama’s failure, don’t take that rationalization as the sine qua non for the economy.

            What do demographics have to do, specifically, with the growth of the economy? Explain that one, Mutha, if you can find a way. We have the highest per worker productivity in the world and have for some time. So what are you talking about? Is the population going to collapse? We won’t have workers? Because the reduction in illegal immigrants will increase wages and move unemployed citizens back into the work force.

            Spoiled/rejected ballots, on the first count, are any ballots that don’t go through the machine and get counted for whatever reason – there are also spoiled ballots that are messed up by the voter and returned to the registrars (put in an envelope and a new ballot is given to the voter). The first type of ballot is subject to review (rejected by the machine for some reason) while the second type (in the pouch, are not).

            On punch ballots, it could be hanging chads that cause a ballot to be rejected by the counting machine, as you may remember. On second count before certification, they had a process in Florida in 2000 (for instance) for seeing if a chad was “hanging” which indicated the hole had been punched for sure, but that the paper was still attached and fouled the machine. If you’ll remember, Gore wanted any dimple – not clearly punched, perhaps even a mistaken choice, whatever – to be counted (just in heavily Democratic areas, too). In other areas it can be because of a slight mutilation of the form, a misfeed in the machine, a bunch of things. After that count, if they can’t be read or discerned according to the rules, ballots are REJECTED, Again, go ask what YOUR local election rules are relative to counting – they print them up for you and they are probably on line.

          • Epstein’s Mother

            No, I’m not an economist. But I did sleep at the University of Chicago. And had 2 Nobel prize-winning economists as profs.

            So are the IMF and the OFR “pet economists”? What about the Bank of England? (And, no, transferring a bunch of offshore cash into the US isn’t going to boost economic growth aside from that one-time accounting benefit. Growth requires investment and that money offshore can already be used for investment, it just can’t be returned to shareholder without being taxed. And, I get that maybe you haven’t been paying attention to current events, but investment capital is dirt cheap right now.)

            No serious economist believes 4-5% growth is achievable. See what I wrote about the Great Recession and a permanent reset.

            And, yes, we are running out of workers. Particularly vis-a-vis retirees. As is China and all of the developed world. Please. This is basic economics. Read up on this.

          • TrustbutVerify

            Well whooop de freaking doo! Did you become them? Do you have their credentials? Because you should be better educated about these matters from University of Chicago – unless of course you are one of the young, indoctrinated liberals rather than the older crop that were taught to think for themselves rather than parrot the doctrinaire slogans of their party. You appear to be the former by your comments.

            Yes, the International Monetary Fund is run by liberal economists like Paul Krugman (not that he is in the IMF, just an example of an economist like them) who spout this stuff not based on economic conditions, but their political beliefs and convictions as to how things SHOULD be. They continue to deny the very numbers I just posted for you from the 80s even existed – they continue to say it was impossible even though it happened. Get that? That explains them. So the liberal bureaucrats at the IMF and Office of Financial Research do not outweigh the real world or other economists simply because of where they work….especially when they have been so wrong so often.

            You are wrong about the money off shore – it has already been distributed and these are the remaining corporate profits. So, no, the shareholders already got their money. This is money that, if brought out of foreign banks to the US for any reason, is subject to a 35% tax. Sorry, you are just believing the smoke and mirrors thrown up by the Dems to preserve a tax that does them no good. There are about 30 companies that hold most of this money, such as Apple and Pfizer. If the money is brought back on shore, we get the 15% in taxes AND the money would be reinvested here. What good is it doing US in the Caymans. Again, spouting doctrinaire pronouncements from your Dem leaders, Mutha – think for yourself.

            To believe them, you would have to think them to be serious economists – which is a conflicting statement if you know economists. You can write whatever you want about a permanent reset, as can they, it doesn’t make it so (why I said it is not the sine qua non…I read what your wrote, and it is BS). As I said, those guys you are quoting say the 80s never happened because it conflicts with their theories due to their adherence to Keynesian economics and their rejection of the Laffer curve along with the Austrian School of Economics. So pick your economists, but any economist that rejects actual data from actual events and goes with theory due to their political ideology is sort of suspect, don’t you think?

            HAHAHAHAHA! You’re are very funny, Mutha. You DO just pick up whatever meme the Dems put out in the papers, don’t you? There are between 93 and 96 million working age people out of the workforce right now in this country, the labor participation rate is near the lowest it has ever been. Some of those are people retiring, but a vast majority are NOT – they are unemployed and the economy is not generating enough jobs to employ them. In many sectors, this is because government policy has been to allow them to use H1B visas, for instance, to bring in programmers from India rather than use more expensive US citizens that are more than qualified for the work. So, yeah, we’ll lower their corporate taxes – but that money is going to be used to pay US workers after we shut off programs like that. It isn’t that we don’t have the jobs, it is the system that has been set up – by the guys at the Chamber of Commerce and such – to get cheap labor through using these programs (and promoting illegal immigration and amnesty).

            As to China, they have SEVERAL demographic problems – pick your poison. Not only are they getting older, but their manpower faces depletion from the one-child policy. They have several men for every woman – and those men are all getting older with fewer to replace them because…ding, ding, ding….you have to have a man and a woman to make a child and you have to have two children just to maintain population. So China has a bunch of aging, single men that are going to die off. They did this so they would have cannon fodder for their military. However, that will soon collapse of its own weight. The risk is that they will go to war while they still have the capacity to use these single men.

            This is all basic economics, look it up – just not in Krugman’s column. Expand yourself a little.

          • Epstein’s Mother

            So — those numbers you cite; did you crunch those numbers yourself? You say the IMF denies their accuracy. Are you sure of their accuracy because you you crunched them? Because, if you didn’t, then you are obviously picking one group of experts over another. What is the reason for your choice — other than that they agree with your prejudices?

            And, no, the labor participation rate is not near the lowest it has ever been. If you’re going to be making a fact-based argument, you should get the facts right. The rate right now is about 63%. That’s the same as it was in 1977. Labor force participation rates in the 1940s to the early 1970s were in the 58-59% rate. You’ll notice that the participation rate increases with the baby boomer generation. And now that they’re retiring, …

            You’ll also notice that labor force participation rates in the United States have been in decline since 1999.

            https://data.bls.gov/generated_files/graphics/latest_numbers_LNS11300000_1948_2017_all_period_M04_data.gif

            Please name your “real world economists.” No, really.

            And just FYI, Krugman has a Nobel. I know you hate this fact. But there it is.

          • TrustbutVerify

            No, Mutha, you don’t have to crunch the numbers – the St. Louis Federal Reserve and Bureau of Economic Analysis do that for you from government reports…without legerdemain used by economists to twist the numbers to fit their theory. So, yeah, official government reports of official government numbers is my source – not politically contrived numbers.

            We don’t know whether historians will call it the Great Expansion of the 1980’s or Reagan’s Great Expansion, but we do know from official economic statistics that the seven year period from 1982 to 1989 was the greatest, consistent burst of economic activity ever seen in the U.S. In fact, it was the greatest economic expansion the world has ever seen – in any country, at any time. Yet the economists YOU cite deny it happened – the Dems deny it happened, libs deny it happened. Why is that?

            The rates increased after the 50s because – ta dah! – more women entered the work force! So the numbers naturally increased – but nice bit of BS spinning you tried there, Mutha.

            As to Krugman, is that really where you want to hang your hat? As Jeffrey Sachs wrote tin 2015:

            … rather than a new recession, or an ongoing depression, the US unemployment rate has fallen from 8.6% in November 2011 to 5.8% in November 2014. Real economic growth in 2011 stood at 1.6%, and the IMF expects it to be 2.2% for 2014 as a whole… [It is likely] that aggregate growth for all of 2015 will be above 3%.

            Sachs, who is every bit as left wing as Krugman, writes:

            Not one of [Krugman’s] New York Times commentaries in the first half of 2013, when “austerian” deficit cutting was taking effect, forecast a major reduction in unemployment or that economic growth would recover to brisk rates. On the contrary, ‘the disastrous turn toward austerity has destroyed millions of jobs and ruined many lives,’ he argued, with the US Congress exposing Americans to ‘the imminent threat of severe economic damage from short-term spending cuts.’ As a result,’Full recovery still looks a very long way off,’ he warned. ‘And I’m beginning to worry that it may never happen.’

            And Sachs makes the more general point that you can believe in progressive government without buying into Krugman’s kooky economic theories:

            There is nothing progressive about large budget deficits and a rising debt-to-GDP ratio. After all, large deficits have no reliable effect on reducing unemployment, and deficit reduction can be consistent with falling unemployment.

            University of Chicago economist John Cochrane writes that Krugman’s economic view of the world is not taught in any major economics graduate schools, is not taken seriously at academic conferences and is not considered acceptable by any professional economics journals.

            Monetary economist Scott Sumner points out that there is no empirical evidence to support Krugman’s views:

            … it would be useful to do a more systematic study of fiscal austerity, but the Keynesians don’t seem to know how to do so. All I see are cross sectional studies that mix together countries with an independent monetary policy, with those that lack an independent monetary policy (like the Eurozone members.) Mark Sadowski did a regression with only those countries having an independent monetary policy, and found the effect went away. No correlation between austerity and growth. This objection to Krugman’s graphs has been made over and over again, but he never responds.

            So Krugman, who espouses your brand of economics and “data crunching” (read manipulation) is a prime example and why I use him to illustrate your thinking – you should rethink it. I could go on about Krugman, but let me kill two birds with one stone – here are 15 Nobel winning economists that disagree with Krugman – and you and to who you may refer in that regard:

            Kenneth Arrow Stanford University Professor of Economics, Nobel Laureate in Economics

            Robert Engle New York University Professor of Economics, Nobel Laureate in Economics

            Eugene Fama The University of Chicago Professor of Economics, Nobel Laureate in Economics

            Lars Peter Hansen University of Chicago Professor of Economics

            Oliver Hart Harvard University Professor of Economics

            James Heckman University of Chicago Professor of Economics, Nobel Laureate in Economics

            Finn E. Kydland University of California at Santa Barbara Professor of Economics, Nobel Laureate in Economics

            Robert Lucas University of Chicago Professor of Economics, Nobel Laureate in Economics

            Eric Maskin Harvard University Professor of Economics, Nobel Laureate in Economics

            Harry Markowitz University of California at San Diego Professor of Economics, Nobel Laureate in Economics

            Dale Mortensen Northwestern University Professor of Economics, Nobel Laureate in Economics

            Roger Myerson University of Chicago Professor of Economics, Nobel Laureate in Economics

            Edmund Phelps Columbia University Professor of Economics, Nobel Laureate in Economics

            Thomas Sargent New York University Professor of Economics, Nobel Laureate in Economics

            Thomas C. Schelling Harvard University and University of Maryland Professor of Economics, Nobel Laureate in Economics

            William Sharpe Stanford University Professor of Economics, Nobel Laureate in Economics

            Vernon Smith Chapman University Professor of Economics, Nobel Laureate in Economics

            Oliver Williamson University of California at Berkeley Professor of Economics, Nobel Laureate in Economics

          • Epstein’s Mother

            Dude. Really. You’re becoming Trumpian. 1982-89 was not the greatest economic expansion in the world. From 1992 to today, China’s economic growth has never dipped below 6.9%, and was frequently north of 10%. In relative and absolute terms, it was higher. 1982-89 was not even the greatest economic expansion in the 20th Century in the US — that belongs to 1961-69. Nor was it the longest — that was Clinton, 1991-2001.

            And none of those economists you list, to my knowledge, have suggested that the US economic growth rate could be boosted to 4-5%. All you’ve done is listed a bunch of economists who disagree with Krugman’s Keynesian stimulus ideas. You’ve not listed any who think reducing regulation can boost US economic growth all that much. (The consensus is about 0.5% — nothing to sneeze at, but 2.5% from 2%, not 4-5%.) Demography is your killer here.

            http://www.frbsf.org/economic-research/publications/economic-letter/2016/october/new-normal-for-gdp-growth/

            And, incidentally, the regulatory burden in the US was higher in the 1960s and 1970s. Yet growth was higher, until the Oil Shock permanently shifted it downward. The Reagan boost did not affect the long-term trend line, though it did break stagflation (again, nothing to sneeze at).

          • TrustbutVerify

            Dude. Really. Go look up the economists and data for yourself, there is plenty out there! Do your own research, educate yourself, and get our of your “only the liberal Dems are correct about anything” mindset – it will help you reexamine those numbers you quote re China and Bill Clinton (the Reagan Boom carried through Bush to Clinton – so that would be 1980 to 1992 and beyond). It created $30T in new wealth – so please, get a life and get a clue.

            Now, I am trying to run a business and don’t have time to keep pissing around with your foolishness during the work week. But here is a paper for you, one more time, with a whole bunch of data and attributions that you can follow up on. http://www.nber.org/papers/w21035 As you will see, this argues that tax cuts targeted at the lower 90% (not the upper 10%) do spur growth, which is why overall tax reductions across the board make sense and work.

            If you can open your mind and keep your head from exploding, you will see there are two mechanisms in play that indicates the top 10% also spur the economy. One is that a cut in tax rates makes the risks of entrepreneurship more appealing. The other is that higher income earners, if taxed less, might save more and this will then finance the next round of investment in industry, thus creating jobs. That second is rather important: it’s the flip side of what Ben Bernanke means when he talks about the great global savings glut. Having more savings around will reduce the risk adjusted return to capital, just what everyone is talking about. More savings will thus reduce that rate and so presumably spur more entrepreneurship and so on. However, the usual channels by which we think that top 10% income tax cuts might affect employment aren’t likely to make themselves known over the 5-7 or so years of the average business cycle. They just take longer than that.

          • Epstein’s Mother

            I just provided you with the economic data. Which part of it do you disagree with?

            Also, I get the feeling you don’t understand that paper. It doesn’t say a tax cut targeted at the lower 90% spurs growth. It says that a tax cut at the lower 90% spurs more job growth than at the top 10%. A 2-3% increase in the job growth rate for tax changes at the state level. Over 2 years. That means that if a state is adding 100,000 jobs over 2 years, a 1% tax decrease in state GDP yields an extra 2000-3000 jobs over 2 years.

            Nowhere did I see the author suggesting that that pays for itself in increase in tax revenue.

            The point of the article isn’t that a tax decrease increases jobs, but that a tax decrease for the top 10% doesn’t do jack.

            And, no, the economic data does not suggest that a tax cut on the top 10% increases entrepreneurship. That’s an article of faith on your part. And on Bernanke, it runs exactly the opposite direction. If you’ve got too much savings, more savings is not going to increase entrepreneurship. Capital is very cheap right now.

            Lowering taxes is not going to jumpstart the economy more than it will cost in economic drag because of the increase in federal debt. No serious economist argues otherwise.

          • The Demon Slick

            We voted. Trump won. Get over it.

          • Epstein’s Mother

            Keep that in mind in November 2018.

          • bullmoose117

            Trump is embarrassing you. Perhaps you should get over him.

          • The Demon Slick

            I am very proud of my President Donald Trump.

          • pomeroo

            It is “just a factor” of Hillary piling up a margin of nearly SIX MILLION popular votes in two heavily-taxed far-left states that were uncontested by Trump.

          • Epstein’s Mother

            And Trump won by piling up 78,000 votes in 3 states that almost certainly wouldn’t go for him today.

      • Bailey Reynolds

        You’d have to be a moron to believe anonymously quoted hearsay, served up by angry partisan hacks. And for the record – I didn’t vote for Trump. Unlike the angry left and the idiotic Republican never-Trumpers, I can see things clearly. The president’s enemies are a bunch of butt-hurt losers who are incapable of seeing/hearing past their little Beltway bubble. If they could/would, they’d understand their hysteria is only strengthening support for the president everywhere between LA and NY. You know, where it counts, electorally speaking.

        • Epstein’s Mother

          You mean those anonymous sources consistently later confirmed by Trump himself? You mean strengthening support for him into the 38% range? Even Republicans in Congress now say that, in a choice between believing an anonymous source in the WP or believing Trump, the WP wins every time.

          How exactly does Trump manage to recruit anyone these days?

          McMasters: “I was in the room, and the WP story is completely incorrect.”

          Trump: “No, they nailed it. I gave away secrets in a yuuge way!”

          McMasters: “But the president is allowed to declassify any information. So he wasn’t giving away anything classified!”

          Trump: “Oh, yeah. I gave the Russians our nuclear launch codes. They’re good people!”

          • Bailey Reynolds

            Trump isn’t trying to recruit anyone. Unbeknownst to the media, they are doing that job for him.

            Nothing the media has breathlessly reported has turned out to be true, in the actual court of law sense. You remember that, right?

            Your polls are garbage, just like they were prior to the election. So who cares what they say? And no one gives a rat’s a$$ what bought-off Republicans in congress think or say. People out here in the real working world think even less of Democrats in congress.

          • Epstein’s Mother

            Uh, yeah. Nobody cares what Congress thinks.

            So how’s that wall going? Or Trump’s budget? Did Dodd-Frank get that “number” done on it? Tax reform? Muslim ban?

            Tired of winning yet?

            I think you’re going to care what Congress thinks when they threaten to release Trump’s tax returns and Trump resigns to “spend more time with his family”.

          • jwbe

            Nut job alert. You do realize that Congress can’t release tax returns? At least I would hope that your intelligent enough to understand how it works. Or not, you voted for HRC and you are likely just another Millennial, educated in a system that handed out grades like candy to make you feel better about yourself.

            By the way, while you and your ilk are worried about non-stories and pushing a new Cold War because you aren’t bright enough to understand the nuances which lost you the election, Trump is re-writing the Obama legacy, one executive order after another. Stripping away your god’s actions. So feel free to continue your childish rants and your monitoring of how many scoops of ice cream Trump had.

          • Epstein’s Mother

            Uneducated moron alert: Yes, Congress can. You might want to look up Internal Revenue Code Section 1603(f)(4)(A). In fact, you might want to look up a little history, and how Congress published Nixon’s tax records.

            https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/congress-has-the-power-to-obtain-and-release-trumps-tax-returns/2017/02/07/aa53254c-ea63-11e6-80c2-30e57e57e05d_story.html?utm_term=.1e679a6b04db

            Funny how it’s always the people who did poorly in school who make complaints about the education system….

          • Epstein’s Mother

            Also, just FYI on those “garbage polls” — I know that you Trumpkins will find this shocking, given, you know, math not being your thing and all. But the November 2016 election polls were right. The polls said Clinton was leading by 2%. And she won the popular vote by 2%.

            And that means that if the current polls are even vaguely in the ballpark — well, then, November 2018 isn’t looking pretty for Donnie, is it? If he can’t get anything through Congress now, how’s it going to work with a Democratic House?

          • Bunky

            Hillary has a 95% chance of winning.
            There’s no path to 270 EV’s for Trump.
            Ha, ha, ha, ha, ….
            Suck it up buttercup because it isn’t changing to please you.

          • Epstein’s Mother

            Look at the actual poll results. Says she wins by 2%. And she won the popular vote by 2%

            In the meantime, Trump now has only 38% approval.

            Tired of winning yet, Pumpkin?

          • Bunky

            You know how a person wins the presidency?
            By winning the electoral college vote.
            So far four presidents have not won the popular vote.
            In the meantime, I’m not tired of reduced illegal immigration.
            I’m not tired of obamacare going away.
            I’m not tired of law and order and border security.
            I’m not tired of fighting islamic terrorism.
            I’m not tired of mining.
            I’m not tired of pipelines.
            I’m not tired of manufacturing jobs coming back.

            Keep dreaming about 38%, snowflake.
            I swim in your tears and laugh at your foolish delusions.

          • Epstein’s Mother

            Illegal immigration has been down for 10 years now. And Obamacare isn’t going away.

            And no manufacturing jobs are coming back. Unless you count robots.

          • Bunky

            Sure illegal immigration was down during the obammy years because the illegals were only riding on top of trains getting here.
            Others were getting first class airfare from obutthole!

            While obuttf*ck’s lazy a$& couldn’t pick up that “magic wand” to move jobs back Trump did.
            http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/terence-p-jeffrey/us-adds-28000-jobs-manufacturing-and-8000-government
            http://advancedmanufacturing.org/manufacturing-adds-jobs-durable-goods/

            Obamacare is dead and you know it. When the taxes go away you can kiss lib*ta*rd chances for the next election goodbye.

            When you finally pull your head out of your a$& you’ll hear a loud popping sound. You may notice everything is not brown and smelly.

          • Epstein’s Mother

            Oh, Sweetie, if you stopped with the meth, you actually could finish that GED. And without Obamacare, how are you going to deal with your meth-mouth?

          • Bunky

            When confronted with the facts you can only use logical fallacies as a riposte.
            I’ve wasted enough of my time on you.

          • Epstein’s Mother

            Sweetie, name the logical fallacy. I challenge you.

          • pomeroo

            In other words, you are claiming that RINOs who are part of the swamp that Trump is committed to draining prefer the word of nameless Democratic sources to the word of a president who showed them how to fight back.

          • Epstein’s Mother

            Just FYI, if the Republican Party has been small government and pro-free trade for 60 years, those guys aren’t the RINOs

            And, yes, when you’ve got a guy willing to lie about such easily checked things as the size of his crowd at election, someone believing an anonymous source over a pathological liar is just common sense.

          • bullmoose117

            The word of Donald J. Trump means what exactly?- he promised to immediately classify China as a currency manipulator, to immediately recognize Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel and sent poor Pence out to say that he fired Comey because of the Hillary emails.The enemy of your enemy is not always your friend.

          • pomeroo

            Why do you lie to people who are much smarter and more knowledgeable than you?

          • Epstein’s Mother

            Sweetie, when a smarter person tells you something, don’t challenge them if you don’t have rock-solid evidence to support your claims. You’re just going to keep embarrassing yourself.

            McConnell already said the House bill would have to be significantly modified to get through the Senate, since it would have to be a reconciliation bill. On top of that, he doesn’t currently even have the Republican votes. So, yeah, they’re going to change the name of Obamacare, but that’s about it.

            http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39821789

            Oh, and did you notice that the CBR passed by Congress explicitly excluded any money to build a wall? It also pretty much ignored all of Trump’s budget?

            https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/30/us/politics/bipartisan-agreement-reached-to-fund-government-through-september.html

            Is that a “lie” as well?

            Sweetie, most people are going to be smarter and more knowledgeable than you, so don’t even try this game. At least until you finish that GED.

          • pomeroo

            Face it, sucker, you’re just another leftist moron braying mindlessly.

            Yes, Obamacare is dead–finished–kaput.

            Good riddance to bad garbage.

            The wall WILL be built.

            The Demon-crats are trembling at the prospect of Mueller finding nothing to support their Big Lie. Who will be the first member of your team to smear the special counsel they pretended to want?

            Here’s the little secret you and your fellow lefties overlook: Barack Obama’s DOJ, the most lawless in our nation’s history, spent months breaking laws and turning over every rock to find something–anything!–to bring down Trump.

            They found ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

            You lose again…

          • Epstein’s Mother

            Keep telling yourself that. And tell me if you’re tired of winning yet.

          • pomeroo

            Nope, I never get tired of winning and the best is yet to come!

            Live with your losses, sucker.

          • Epstein’s Mother

            So how’s that wall coming? Get that Muslim ban in place yet?

          • pomeroo

            The wall will be built. Nobody ever advocated a Muslim ban, as you know.

            Your beloved Obama had eight years to wreck America. Trump has had four months to start restoring this nation’s greatness.

          • Epstein’s Mother

            Yes, and Mexico’s going to pay for it, huh?

            Keep faith alive…

          • pomeroo

            If Trump doesn’t keep his promises, he won’t win a second term. Your intellectual and moral superiors are not agenda-driven ideologues like you.

          • Epstein’s Mother

            Funny how you imagine you’re an intellectual superior when you’re still working on that GED.

            And, no, Trump isn’t going to win a second term. He’s not even going to get any of his legislation through a Republican Congress.

            How did you like that continuing budget resolution? Lots of money in there for the wall, right?

          • pomeroo

            You shouldn’t mock GEDs, dunce. You don’t have one.

            Admittedly, neither do I, but I was too busy getting an advanced degree.

            Trump gave a magisterial speech on the threat of radical Islam. You were too blinded by your irrational hatred to notice.

          • Epstein’s Mother

            Yes, of course. Just FYI, advanced degrees don’t come with a plastic “telescope” in a box of cereal.

            The fact you think Trump gave a good speech while sucking up to the largest funder of terrorism in the ME is proof of that.

          • pomeroo

            Your utter helplessness to alter a single event in my life mirrors your overall impotence.

            Yes, Trump told the Saudis what an American president should have told them long ago. Whether or not they will turn out to be reliable allies remains to be seen.

          • Epstein’s Mother

            Told them that we support them no matter what?

            Yeah, see, your knowledge of the Middle East is only rivaled by your inability to tell what makes a good negotiator.

          • pomeroo

            My knowledge of the Middle East greatly exceeds your own.

            Trump’s negotiating skills have made him very rich. By contrast, you are an anonymous troll infesting the bowels of the internet.

            To rid America of the deranged deal your beloved Obama foisted on the electorate through deception and outright lies, Saudi cooperation will be necessary.

          • Epstein’s Mother

            Really. Please tell.

            And, no, Trump’s a famously bad negotiator. He was born rich, and squandered his dad’s money.

            Tell me, since you know so much about the Middle East, no doubt having been there many times, how many Iranians were involved in 9-11? How much Iranian backing does ISIS have?

        • bshirt

          They’ll never forgive lying, thieving Hillary losing. The snowflakes are very upset.

          • Epstein’s Mother

            Hey, you don’t see me all whining and butthurt that “No one in the history of the world has ever been treated more unfairly!” waa waa waa

            Oh, I’m sorry, what were you saying again, Pumpkin?

          • Bailey Reynolds

            Sad, but true.

        • Michael Eastburn

          Right on. And, as I added in a previous post, this has morphed from being “sore losers” to a coordinated attempt to subvert a democratically-elected government. That’s the real story here, whether or not Robert Mueller is interested in it.

          • Epstein’s Mother

            So what part of what Trump’s opposition is doing is unconstitutional or illegal? Or do you think a single election is the be-all and end-all of how policy is decided in the United States?

            I got a feeling you’re going to be quite disappointed.

          • Bailey Reynolds

            Amen to that.

      • Michael Eastburn

        No, I think YOU’RE dumb. Because you’re falling for the Democrat-Media complex’s transparent attempt to undo a free and fair election, in collusion with disloyal people working in our own government. You know, the 95% who donated to Hillary.

        As for those “Impeach Him” Republicans you seem to admire, either 1) they’re gullibly falling for all this obvious nonsense, or 2) they’re just looking to cover their own asses and get re-elected.

        For the record, I did not vote for Trump. And he’s certainly added fuel to the fire, through his own incompetence. But we should all be more worried about this coordinated attack on our democracy, unless and until there’s actual evidence of an impeachable offense.

        • Epstein’s Mother

          So you’re saying all those tweets — that’s part of the “Democrat-Media conspiracy”?

          This isn’t a “coordinated attack.” This is Trump’s incompetence coming home to roost. Just as so many predicted before the election. I mean, seriously, what did you expect? The country elected a reality TV star with no experience in anything other than losing money and franchising his name, and with very clear psychological issues. You really think you can just pick any old idiot up off the street and the guy would make a good president?

      • pomeroo

        Yes, the conservative guys who are useful idiots for the leftists hellbent on destroying America are certainly dumb.

        • Epstein’s Mother

          Says the person who voted for a reality TV star with narcissistic personality disorder for president.

          • pomeroo

            Yes, I voted for a celebrity who promised to do what none of the geldings who run under the Republican banner have the stones to do.

            You are a mindless leftist who traffics in Big Lies. You recognize the existential threat Trump poses to your mission to take down America.

    • You nail it, Severn, but I would never have believed this possible before Trump. It’s almost like an Invasion of the Body Snatchers. I hear or read what they say and I wonder, who are these people? I think Trump Derangement Syndrome is a real malady, and they got it bad.

    • “In fact the psychological profile of the neverTrumpers is exactly like that of the left.”

      True on the psychology of the two groups. Dynamic is very similar – cronyism, reliance upon centralized, corporate media to amplify their message.

      There’s also a substantial Venn overlap between the progressivism of the left and the neoliberalism of the phony-con right. Both believe in Open Borders, both believe in technocracy, both believe in globalism – it’s no wonder they’ve made common cause in beating back the resurgence of the populist, nationalist right.

    • sosumi idk

      It’s not that they aren’t bright. They are.

      It’s that their cognitive dissonance is blinding them to relevant information.

  • RJones

    It is great to observe and theorize about what is happening. But what is really needed at this time is reaction and preparation for what comes next. Because this is not only a phenomena of the media. It is also one of democrats and their never-trump republican allies who do have power. It is a mistake to think this is just going to burn itself out “because theyre all deluded.” These people are intent on over-turning the election. We must focus on ensuring that does not happen, regardless of anything any investigation finds. If comey, lynch, clinton, obama can get away with committing crine, we must insist the same standard applies to trump. And then be prepared to back that up, including confrontation if necessary. Unfortunately, all this is almost certainly bad for the country. But to not do it is to concede to the destruction of our democracy.

    • Stick

      Trump is evidence that they don’t have power. They have titles.

    • Dian Marshall Smith

      I concur. HOWEVER, out here in the ‘burbs of the SF Bay Area, most people are laughing at the press feeding frenzy. They are “eating their young” so to speak, and in doing so, ensuring that their credibility with the public at large is that of Pravda in the days of the USSR.

      The reason they tried so hard to disarm us is they knew with hildebeast as their fearless leaders, the days of complete and total control – and FEMA camps – was finally at hand. The militarization of local police, and all the urban military drills over the last eight years should have been a clue; as was the purge in the military of anyone loyal to the U.S., and actually asking if they were willing to follow ANY orders. So, yes, this is a temporary stay of execution.

      But what scares the so-called “elites” to death is President Trump’s unpredictability, and his uncanny ability to connect with American people on his own, thereby reaching beyond their “democratic operatives with bylines” now publishing rumors of rumors. In the back of their tiny, power hungry brains is also the thought that Americans are now in possession of 340 million firearms (even though they did their best to dry up ammo and put gun manufacturers out of business). I believe their chatter is an echo chamber where they try to out-impress each other, but in doing so, impress no one else. Real Americans are disgusted by them appointing themselves as demi-gods who must tell us “what to think,” as Morning Mika so charmingly put it.

      May they burst into a fireball on the road of life, where we look in our rear view mirrors like in the movie ‘Mad Max’ and watch them burn-burn-burn like Rome from their own hubris. Arrogance will be THEIR downfall. But do pray nonetheless.

      • roastytoasty

        May they all go down in flaming flames!
        I wonder if Trump has the courage to call for overt action against Deep State from the army of people who attend his rallies? I wonder if Trump ever imagines it would come to that? I hope he does. Several million people descending on D.C. or storming that big info-storage facility out in Utah–with the intention of burning both places to the ground would be impossible to resist. Trump could definitely lead that kind of action and people who love liberty would follow. It would be another shot heard ’round the world…

        • Bailey Reynolds

          I didn’t even vote for the guy; but you can sign me up. I’m with you all the way against the demonic Deep State.

        • bullmoose117

          Yeah a pitchfork army of goobers. Perhaps they could go to war with the “resistance” That would work out well. We could just kill each other. That would be great!

    • orenv

      In less than two years we have the opportunity to throw out another thousand democrats from office. We need to look for some RINO’s to boot out too.

      • maribel

        That won’t be difficult, Some deliberately non-supportive Rs have to go.

        • bshirt

          A truly massive under-statement. The rino crown needs to go.

    • Bailey Reynolds

      I’m reading a historical novel that leads up to the American Revolution (Jeff Shaara’s “Rise to Rebellion”). The similarities in what led to our break with England with the power-mad arrogance of our Beltway/Manhattan/LA elites, is uncanny. The arrogance – that they, the elites know better than we the simpletons and rabble, is astounding. They wish to overturn the results of an election won fair and square by the outsider they hate; and we the people cannot allow this to happen. We must be ready to literally meet them in the streets if we have to. If we allow the elites to bring down the president, our country, as we have known it, will be lost forever. I fought in one war already for this country I love; I will fight again if I have to, this time against these enemies from within. They better start thinking about that – the multitude of others like me out there who aren’t so willing to just roll over and let the criminals win.

  • Stick

    What we’ve witnessed is the entire Manhattan Media (the real power) and Democratic Party (the puppets) swear allegiance to the Crusade to Save Fair Maiden Hillary’s Honor from the dishonesty, cruelty and all around nose picking behavior of Trump and his valet Putin. Oddly, in this tale, the Black Knight that struck Maiden Hillary so grievously and denied her her just reward has now turned out to be the White Knight when dispatched by the Prince of Democratic Darkness – Donald Two Scoops. Clearly, a dragon must be slayed.

    You will note that this story bears a remarkable resemblance to the tale of the UTube Video Caused Spontaneous Riot of Crew Served Weapons Consuming Maiden Hillary’s Ambassador. Then there was the tale of the Holy Grail of the Unsecured Server that the Black Knight/White Knight seemed to save Maiden HIllary from. Methinks the White/Black Knight might be bipolar – but who knows?

    What future tales will our Hogwarts educated scribes will visit upon us? You do know they have special powers and can fly through the air on broomsticks? We live in very religious times. Keep your guns loaded.

    • Dian Marshall Smith

      I loved reading this.

    • andrewp111

      Maiden Hillary was the ultimate victim of the Tweeting Wiener (Carlos Danger). If it wasn’t for him, she would be President today.

      • Stick

        Pray for the poor knave Wiener. He trusted that his life insurance policy, Maid Hillary’s emails, would protect him from the reach of those horrible bigots that believe sharing photos of one’s junk is somehow wrong. One should remember that Maid Hillary has seen many of her most loyal subjects die in prison of mysterious means. No one seems to know why this is.

    • Lee Cowan

      This fits perfectly with a thought I had this morning. Somebody needs to create a comic book of Orange DT, Corruption fighter. Get the mighty army of kids out there to join our side!

  • Roy_Lofquist

    It used to be worse. I can remember when you had to walk all the way across the room to change the channel.

  • Margaret Walker

    It is really a coup attempt to reverse the results of an election. Trump won, fair and square, because there are enough Americans left who still want some say in their government and an economy that will provide them with jobs and a decent lifestyle. The elites want power and money for themselves and damn the “deplorables.” Their mask is off, I pity the backlash against the media and naysayers in the establishment if they succeed in toppling this president. I welcome this special counsel who will resolve the “russian” issue and hope he will also wxpose the abuses of power in the unmasking of americans to spy on them that Obama developed. Was Petraeus caught in that web? Who did they blackmail? I want to see justice all around.

    • bullmoose117

      Backlash of the 35%

      • Margaret Walker

        You aren’t good at math either

  • Robbins Mitchell

    What we have here is mass hubris on steroids…bulked up to appear stronger and more threatening and imposing than it actually is….and it has to keep the volume cranked up to 11 all the time to maintain that illusion….which only hastens its eventual inevitable demise

    • David

      The left has options between an identity crisis in admitting their platform is inherently flawed and begin to reform their message, or double-down and keep building up the walls of denial and delusion at any cost. They seem to be choosing the latter.

  • Adobe_Walls

    They (the media) have chosen the form of their destructor. They have learned nothing over the last few years and seemed baffled by, when not completely unaware of, the disdain with which they are held in by the public. Their only protection lies not in the 1st amendment per se but rather in the public’s belief that they serve a constructive purpose making them vital and necessary to us not the elitists. There is very little time left for the media to return to their proper role of reporting the news fairly, instead they have doubled down on activism.

  • roastytoasty

    Mr. Kimball, you killed it right here and I Thank You for laying it out in terms even a child could understand. I wonder how Jonah Goldberg could put his name to his best-selling “Liberal Fascism” and still go on like he does about Trump? Goldberg should read the book his research assistants wrote for him.

    • Hominid

      Trump IS a Liberal fascist, dummy.

      • Ray Runge

        Repetitive chants is a poor form of persuasion in the public square. Not unlike the gauze clad Hare Krishna’s of the early 70’s.

    • RJones

      That is an excellent observation…There’s only one word for it: Liar. Okay maybe some others- hypocrite, traitor, fake, sellout, despicable. There are others that come to mind.

  • RegulatorJohnson

    The media has gone mad. But the American people are very sane. They work for a living and pay their bills. Just look at Chicago and ask the question – what has Obama done for the people of Chicago? What have the swamp dwellers in DC done for your family?

  • claymore cluepile

    exactly so…….therefore…thank you for a good article, penetrating discernment, and balanced analysis….MAGA.

  • sirselby

    I don’t disagree with Kimball’s main point but he ignores the fact that many of Trump’s problems are self inflicted. The man “shoots from the lip” and can’t seem to control himself. At the very least and much like Obama his lack of experience is showing. And you would think he would have been far more cautious since he must have certainly known that he would not get the panting puppy dog adulation that Obama got.

    • inyouri

      or maybe he just doesn’t give a crap what the MSMDNC thinks.

  • bluesdoc70

    The author is exactly right that the current attempt by democrats the MSM (I repeat myself) and Never Trumpers is predicated on the arrogant notion that they and not the constitutionally prescribed process of an election should decide who is President.

    But the height of their delusion is proven by the belief that together they can bully the Congressional GOP majorities into rescuing the failed democrat party and committing political suicide by helping them get rid of Trump. That’s not going to happen.

  • TakuanSoho

    The establishment is not suffering from “madness”, they are using it as a tool. Far from being mad, they are being extremely deliberate in their attacks. They have done this against every Republican candidate back to Eisenhower, the only difference now is that they are going all in.

    As for the “never trumpers” notice that they are all Neo-Cons. That gives who they are away. The are right wing globalists. They don’t disagree much with what the left wants, except, perhaps, they want to go a bit slower and want the US model rather than the European model. But their over-reaching goal is the same – they want a global government and Trump is threatening it. That is why they hate him and why they want him politically destroyed as soon as possible. This is why they hate him MORE than the Bushes, Nixon, Eisenhower, and even Reagan – Trump is in position to set their agenda back 70 years. He already has disrupted them for 10 years, so it is imperative that they destroy him now – particularly before another Justice retires.

    • orenv

      Nice analysis!! They just think their way of running our lives is better than the D’s.

  • orenv

    The Never Trumpers are really progressives who want to run your lives for you. It must be hard when you have the power, to sit back and let people have a bit of freedom. The progressive never trumpers just cannot help themselves to trying to tell us how to live our lives and what to think. They need to go back and read some of their own articles that talked about freedom and try to take them to heart.

    • Hominid

      Trump is the Prog who wants to run people’s lives.

      • orenv

        May be true. But not yet.

  • Dude1394

    The never trumpets wanted Hillary as potus. They did everything they could do to try and make it happen. They are just more democrats.

    • Hominid

      Lie.

      • RB

        Who did you vote for, the traitor wiretapper leaker McMuffin or the brownie eater Johnson?

        • Hominid

          I refused to participate in that farce of an election – I’m done choosing the “lesser of two evils.”

          • RB

            So you’re never voting again?

          • Sylvester the Cat

            So you’re an Illegal Alien.

  • wolfman jack

    The Deep State.

  • olderwiser

    The single defining characteristic of The Resistance, whether from the liberal progressive left or the Never Trump right, is their pathological terror of their looming irrelevance. Within the Federal Government are the hordes of under-worked and overpaid government employees, justifiably terrified of losing their jobs, as The Trump Administration erases reams of useless and often counterproductive rules and regulations. Of course they are going to try everything in their power to undermine the President, including illegal leaks of classified information.

    Within the media are hordes of talkers and opinion dispensers. The old order is their one area of expertise. They have “sources” in the Federal Government who fed them inside information. They understood the rules, the way Washington has worked, in its own dysfunctional way, for decades. When they talked, wrote, and opined, they used to sound intellectual, even occasionally wise. But for over a year, now, they just appear idiotic. They have been wrong about the American electorate and President Trump day after day. They are afraid, terrified, of becoming what they already are: irrelevant.

    We have gone beyond the point of no return. The old order is no more. The Deep State and Administrative State, etc., are being rolled up like dirty old carpets, and carried out to the dumpster by a new Administration that owes nothing to the talkers and opinion dispensers, or to the legions of government employees who have long stuffed the campaign coffers and ballot boxes for liberal progressive politicians. The old insiders are suddenly all on the outside. And the American electorate has seen that it is possible to bring in a new, exciting team to lead our country.

    We the people are not going back to the old order. And that terrifies all of those old order somebodies who have over the course of the past year become nobodies. What The Resistance and the Never Trump people are really afraid of is not President Trump; it is us. We the people have terrified them by refusing to shut the hell up and vote the way the elitists of the old order told us to vote. So the loony clamor of wild, baseless accusations against the Trump Administration will continue. It is the sound of hordes of frightened, irrelevant people whistling past the graveyard.

    • taxistan

      ^1776

    • Bailey Reynolds

      Excellent post, olderwiser!

    • bshirt

      What an excellent post olderwiser. Very, very well stated sir.

    • bullmoose117

      I had no influence and I have no influence but I have fear of ignorant demagogues and their cult followers.

      • bullmoose117

        What could go wrong?

  • Brian B

    I realize an essay such as this excellent one has only so much room, but it sorely needed a reference to Eric Hoffer’s True Believer as well. For every cynical DNC creep and nevertrump neocon Quisling there are thousands of starry eyed imbecilic puppies lapping up the econo sized chow these Costco Bolsheviks dump in their dog dishes.

    Moreover these last few months have cemented in my mind that my former formulation that the MSM are the propaganda arm of the Democratic Party was wrong and in fact the Democratic Party is the political arm of the Mainstream Media, as Stick also notes below..

  • Historybuff

    Hey roger…

    How easy you Never Truthers role over and accept massive lies from your favorite liar… I find it amazing that any patriotic American would accept the lies that your lord trump has told. You write…

    “It is a tiny fraternity shouting at you as it talks to itself.”

    Now YOU are telling the lies… check RCP polling averages… your lord trump is overwhelmingly rejected… 55% find sleazy trump unfavorable… 55% disapprove of sleazy trump… 58% think America under trump is going in the wrong direction.

    So, keep supporting your liar, roger. Just remember – You will be known by the company you keep.
    HB

    • kenpuck

      David Brooks I don’t worry about….or some others mentioned in this article. They’re power-crazed Democrats in all but name. But as to the “conservative” (I used the word advisedly) #NeverTrumpers…I wish Jonah Goldberg a massive stroke. I hope the wheels fall off Krauthammer’s buggy and he crashes into a lampost. As for Steve Hayes? May he be plastered by a semi. De facto traitors, the lot.

      • Historybuff

        Hmmm.

        I would bet that those you wish such hardship on… just wish that sleazy trump would resign.

        What’s with you trump trolls that you are so nasty?
        HB

        • Hominid

          Trumpsuckers are closet Libs.

        • Christine Golden

          If you want to see true nasty, wander over to the WP and write a strong pro-Trump comment. You’ll be lucky if you escape with your scalp.

          • Historybuff

            Yup.

            Did that for all the obama years… nasty bunch, those liberals.
            HB

        • kenpuck

          Tu quoque. We don’t burn cars or assault anybody or intimidate anybody’s children by trespassing.. It’s just that we cannot abide pompous, myopic, self-righteous stuffed shirts who are unable to see the clear and present danger posed by Soros and his votaries (read present-day Democrats). We’re talking existential threats to America here — to which these dunderheads remain willfully blind.

      • vb

        David Brooks would change his tune if Trump found someone else to put a proper crease in his pants. I think Jonah is trying to be fair and that he recognizes the policy changes voters want. But like many Trump supporters who still like Trump’s policy changes and his appointments, they are getting tired of the constant politics by tweet. The more the people hear about the controversies regarding whether Melania wears a headscarf in Saudi Arabia, the more they will turn off their TVs. I don’t want all the Republican/conservative writers to give up on criticizing Trump when critic is due. I just want them to be measured. There are some blogs I no longer read because the pro-Trump commenters really would defend him if he shot someone on Fifth Avenue.

    • BrooklynNow

      Problem with this argument is that plenty of Americans think the current Dem alternatives are even worse… at this point I wouldn’t make any bets on the assumption that Trump’s unpopularity will translate into massive Dem victories in the midterms.

      If Trump is so unpopular Trump opponents should trust that voters will vote in such massive numbers for Dems in the midterms that they don’t need to advocate for (let alone orchestrate) impeachment i.e. a coup detat.

      • Historybuff

        Your initial point is well taken, but then you say…

        “If Trump is so unpopular…”

        There is no doubt that he is unpopular – note the few Republicans that came to his aid recently on the Comey firing & Russian intelligence divulgance, not to mention the polls that tump reads.

        I would think that 2020 is up to the democrats… who are doing a smashing job of failing too.
        HB

    • InvestLite

      The unfavorable polls are absurd. Just like hillary having a 99% chance of winning on election night. “There is no path.” Now as for the wrong direction polls. Since Trump was sworn in there have been ZERO polls with over 60% wrong track. That was five months ago. In the five months prior to the election there were THREE polls that were UNDER 60% wrong track. Read it and weep, with Trump in charge the average American thinks the country is better off than at any time of NObama’s 2nd Term. Don’t be surprised to see this number continue to rise, however. But it won’t be caused by DJT, it will be caused by the loon dems and media trying to derail him.

      Trump is unraveling his predecessor’s “legacy” and the public approves immensely.

      • Historybuff

        sure

        Just like Mexico is going to pay for trump’s wall… cause trump said so.
        HB

    • Hominid

      He dismisses you with a contemptuous wave of the hand as part of the “hysterical crowd.” Trump can do no wrong and anyone who says otherwise is just part of the “hysterical crowd.”

      • Historybuff

        Yes. The arrogance of the trump cult is getting to be quite worrisome.
        HB

    • Christine Golden

      Are those the same pollsters who said Trump had a 5% chance of winning the election?

      • Historybuff

        Nope. But they are the same ones that trump reads every day.
        HB

    • Sylvester the Cat

      Fake Polls is all you have left to hang on to….sniffle, sniffle….

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/25212df292d35a10d5fc77dbfabfdc4463461bac3af6796953d691221126ac74.jpg

      • Historybuff

        Fake pictures and a fake ‘el presidente’ is all you have.
        HB

    • Bailey Reynolds

      LOL RCP, I will remind you, did not predict Trump’s electoral college win. So keep believing your selected reality! I warn you though, you will continue being wrong and butt-hurt going forward. You will be especially angry when you watch Trump win re-election.

      • Historybuff

        LOL !

        You don’t like RCP polls… which is nothing more than an aggregation of national polling… really is to bad.

        You see, you lord trump uses those same polls… and therefore your expressed nastiness towards any that do not bow to you… your expressed nastiness is directed at your lord trump.

        Bad boy you be.
        HB

        • Bailey Reynolds

          Project much? I will repeat what I said before, your poll aggregate is worthless. Just ask Hillary and Mittens Romney.

          • Historybuff

            Tsk, tsk, tsk… YOU be a bad boy!

            Slime ball trump will be coming after you.
            HB

          • Bailey Reynolds

            Are you capable of posting anything containing thought and/or reason? Don’t answer that – it’s a rhetorical question.

          • Historybuff

            Tsk, tsk, tsk… your russian trump trolls have dummied down a lot in America discourse and discussion.

            “The report said Moscow used a variety of tactics in a bid to sway the outcome.
            “Moscow’s influence campaign followed a Russian messaging strategy that blends covert intelligence operations — such as cyberactivity — with overt efforts by Russian government agencies, state-funded media, third-party intermediaries and paid social media users or ‘trolls,’ ” the report found.”

            http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/06/politics/intelligence-report-putin-election/index.html

            Go back faking things in your own country.
            HB

          • Bailey Reynolds

            Historybuff is using CNN as a source. LOL

    • GeorgeLeS

      Your point is irrelevant to Kimball’s article. He is not talking about the entirety of those who disapprove of Trump, but of the Never Trumpers, who are indeed very few.

      • Historybuff

        Seems with every trump lie, the numbers in Congress increase.

        ?
        HB

  • kenpuck

    David Brooks I don’t worry about….or some others mentioned in this article. They’re power-crazed Democrats in all but name. But I wish Jonah Goldberg a massive stroke. I hope the wheels fall of Krauthammer’s buggy. As for Steve Hayes? May he be plastered by a semi Traitors, the lot.

  • Botoxosi

    These Anti-Trumpers are mostly the losers in high school, the dorks who thought that with Obama they FINALLY would be cool forever. Look at the Millennials, losers in search of meaning and finsing only selfies and no jobs with that all so essential Gender Poetry Major (the day they grow up is the day they will spit on Pelosi…long overdue as well). Now that nonsense has transcended adult world and the Never Trumpers. McCain is THE reason we had Obama, he si such a apathetic old nothing, who give s ash it about his “service”…he is insane now…so of course he can tell us why Trump is bad? Please. Graham could not even win HIS OWN state, so of course the problem is Trump. Yeah ok. Look at the LibChicks, the militants who make the Feminazis look like 50ish homemakers …the ones who thought NOW FINALLY we WILL subjugate ALL men…they are oing insane (Kirsten Powers, look sweetie you doinked Anthony Weiner, you hardly qualify as intellectual, ok sweetheart?) Hillary was and always has been a loser and the issue is not the number of votes she got but that MOST were against Trump…on her own this idiot can not even raise ONE daughter (poor Chelsea, she really thinks she matters…with that “dad”?)
    On and on BUT unlike high school, this time we win and destroy the losers. They have no place to go. I keep hearing about Kamilla Harris…she of the c ock hollster mouth who curses like she has not been la id in a decade, or Tom Perez, (finally an ugly MAN in the dems instead of those bag ugly chicks they prop up (Patty Murray, damn woman get a real hairstyle, ok, you uggggleeeee) whose mother is sad that she let that mouth suckle her. They are losers, weak and unaccomplished.
    I do hope Biden jumps in…or Hillary gain.
    Their followers are our lowers, our weak, our unaccomplished, the true bitter clingers who with one punch to the face run and weep and go away…more punches ARE needed on them, and soon
    But no matter what, the MEDIA are now forcing more and more people TO Trump…we see the insanity of the mob in the media and we are afraid of them, not Trump.
    Maybe we need another real Civil War…too many weak and useless people who are draining things from the rest of us. We fought to show the importance of unity and to free the slaves…now most blacks act like slaves of the DNC and MOST DEMS hate unity…maybe we need to go through it again…

    • Flatley

      Hey champ, Millennials have been fighting your war for going on 15 years now, and we’ll be paying your social security bill for the rest of our blessed lives. I’d shut your trap about us if I were you. Fortunately, I’m not — the Lord be praised.

      • Hominid

        Bullshiite!

        Very few millennials have been “fighting” any wars. You’re a bunch of self-absorbed sissies who would never come close to the sacrifice of military discipline or facing an enemy in the field. And, we paid SS, too, and your college tuition as well, punk!

        • Flatley

          Lol, what it’s been Boomers over in the sandbox this whole time? Get a clue, fossil.

          • Hominid

            Learn to read, dickhead – I mean fewer than 5% of able-bodied millennials serve in the military.

          • Flatley

            Learn to think, champ. What percentage of the military is milennials?

      • Sylvester the Cat
        • Flatley

          Oh, hey, a Nazi. Why am I not shocked to find a dumpster dumpling like you scumming around on this website?

          • Sylvester the Cat
          • Flatley

            I just wish that here in the US we could treat Nazis the way we used to: 30-06 rounds through the skull. Times sure have changed.

            If you were man enough to ever act on your crazed delusions, we’d still have a happy ending (with you either cut down by police or rotting in prison), but we both know you are just going to sit in your slime cave posting pictures anonymously on the internet. Happy trails, bitch.

  • iurockhead

    Well said, Mr. Kimball.
    The salient point for me is that since last July, they have turned up absolutely nothing. What is really disturbing is the growing trend of the press citing unnamed, anonymous chimera sources for their “scandalous” stories about Trump.

  • andrewp111

    Most of the rabid anti-trumpers among the general population are left-wing Feminists. They are the ones swarming the public meetings of GOP congressmen and then running them off the road afterward. The MSM is packed to the gills with feministas. So is Academia. Therefore, the concentration of Trump Derangement Syndrome in the Media and Academia makes perfect sense.

  • KW64

    The GOP must hang together or they will surely be politically hanged separately in 2018. On the other hand, if they fulfill the agenda of ACA reform, tax reform, pass a budget with an increase in defense spending and reduction in redundant or ineffective domestic programs, the independents will be somewhat satisfied and the base will be quite happy. That will prevent existential losses in the individual races next year and set the stage for a competitive 2020 presidential race.

    • Hominid

      Bwahahahaha!!!!

    • SonofaGip

      You left out border wall funding which is the main thing Trump ran on.

  • Flatley

    The irony: The author speaks to “Popular delusions and madness of crowds” to explain “hysterical” anti-Trump voices without bothering to consider the forces which elected Trump in the first place. How delicious. Please keep serving up your lack of self-awareness, Mr. Kimball.

  • MaxMBJ

    Ross Whateverthehellhislastnameis is a pompous prick.

    Jonah Fatberg is a giant douchebag.

    David Frum is a Canadian disguised as a conservative.

    David Brooks is short.

    Pete Wehner is a soft-spoken pimp.

    Max Boot I don’t know but I’ll go out on a limb here and say he’s a Pajama boy.

    • Flatley

      Given your enlightened verbiage I am not surprised you don’t know Max Boot, so let me fill you in. He was born in Russia (points for that from the likes of you) and, as a military historian, author of the well-regarded “Savage Wars of Peace.” Given that he is a military historian, it is not surprising that he has no use for a draft-dodger like Trump.

      I would have expected similar dismissal of Trump from all true Republicans but, as it turns out, there is hardly such a thing as a true Republican.

  • Joe Miller

    So it’s time to get the people who read books, write, and know stuff out of the ‘conservative movement’.

    Thanks RK.

    • Neoconservatives do not hold a monopoly on reading books, writing, and ‘knowing stuff’. The upcoming generation are not yet in the positions of influence that Neoconservatives have, but the ideology of the latter is not intellectually ascendent. There is a tremendous flourishing of thoughtful discussion happening online about restoring national identity and realism about international affairs to the criteria of true conservative politics.

    • Sylvester the Cat

      What Conservative Movement?

      It conserved nothing, not even the Tranny Invasion of bathrooms.

      You people are a joke.

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/de5bf8d52f43d0a5e35d996be34bd4fa7a5ae4be995b0f135d9d435bc98d7127.jpg

  • The Never-Trumpers speak for “the principals” of American government.

  • jenny McKinney

    bravo mr author

  • PierrePendre

    There’s a recognisable infantility on the part of Trump’s opponents when he does not instantly pass reforms to Obamacare or make the changes to the tax system he promised. The critics don’t want these changes because Obama left everything in perfect change but the fact that Trump does not do everything instantaneously discredits him and his abilities. What they seek is instant gratification which is the basic instinct of infants everywhere. No allowance must be made for grown up debate and agreement on the best way forward. I remember an admiring newspaper article describing Barney Frank and a few advisors huddling over last minute changes to what bec

    • Good point. But you know what they say about sausages. I doubt it’s ever ideal how laws actually get made.

  • swek

    Plan on visiting Trump in jail as he sits behind bars made of 100 percent American steel

  • samton909

    What is so pathetic about this article is that the few Republicans you name have almost nothing to do with it. The media’s insane attempt to undermine the election is almost solely the work of the Mainstream media, along with the Democrats they represent. It is a well thought out plan being executed by them, and the few you name have only a marginal role. By focusing on them and ignoring the main culprits, you engage in precisely the mob mentality that you accuse them of In your phobia about Never Trumpers, you ignore the true culprits,

    • True, but the disloyalty and betrayal of those formerly on one’s side, even few in number, strikes closer to the heart. Notice that many of the NeverTrumpers share zip codes, offices, and MSM screen-time with their politically-correct ‘progressive’ colleagues. Stockholm syndrome. It’s bad enough that they’ve had to play the role of junior partner or token/controlled opposition for the last eight years. But when Republican voters chose Donald Trump over their own Jeb Bush, they chose to throw in their cards with their captors in the MSM.

      • Hominid

        The disloyalty to the Right is on the side of the Trumpsuckers.

        • RB

          The “right” voted Trump the nominee and then the President. Your attitude is the same as the left, disloyalty in your book means someone coming into your precious club without your permission and convincing most of the other club members to follow them and not you.

          • Hominid

            No, the Right did NOT vote Trump – the former Obama voters did that.

          • RB

            You mean you didn’t vote Trump and you are of course “the right”. Do you really think that the massive plurality Trump got in the primaries was all from Obama voters?

          • Sylvester the Cat

            So where does that leave you and your small cadre of friends?

            Somewhere like this?

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f065cb5b38941b01012194bdf5f5ea2d3f340c8c93ba707552ca1ac4e7006404.jpg

          • SonofaGip

            Yep. That’s the dirty little secret. Trump was largely helped by Democrats infiltrating the GOP Primaries.

        • Sylvester the Cat

          Then the Right is dead because no one cares about it anymore.

      • vb

        Bush may have raised a lot of money, but I did not see him as the candidate of choice anong conservatives.

      • Sylvester the Cat
    • Hominid

      Bingo! The neverTrumpers are genuine Conservatives.

      • charliehorse

        What is your definition of “genuine conservatives” living in the swamp?

    • Sylvester the Cat
  • Hominid

    See, folks, any criticism of Trump is just crowd hysteria – just as any criticism of Obie was racism.

    • E. T. Bass

      No, 0bama wasn’t a failed president because he was black. His domestic and international shortcomings were due to the fact that he is a radical leftist. Likewise, Trump will be a great president to the extent he accomplishes conservative agenda items and repairs the damage caused by his predecessor DESPITE the hysterics of an emotionally distraught MSM and the rest of the democrat left.

      • Hominid

        Way to miss the point, dimwit.

        • E. T. Bass

          Way to be in a current events coma for he past eight years there, Einstein.
          He’s that Hope & Change / identity politics working for ya these days?

  • Ross Douthat writes for the New York Times which by itself disqualifies him as one of their many self-infatuated, pseudo-intellectual scribblers (Kristof, Friedman, Brooks) who never seem to be held to account for peddling their idiocies. Think of their predecessors — Walter Duranty (Stalins’s a great guy), Herbert Matthews (Castro’s a democrat), etc.

  • Ray Runge

    The “Never Trump” crowd continues to display a total inability to separate the Trump persona from the body politic’s desire for a change in USA’s direction—-certainly extenuated during the Obama years. Politics are becoming less about labels and more sources of power and the protection and promulgation there of. Fear of losing status and power to a cheeto colored and blunt business man has transformed many a person’s mental status to resemble the look displayed by HRC during the balloon dump at the DNC National Convention.

    • DaddyPhatsax

      Why are you so hysterical?

    • inyouri

      If only we could have saw her face when they threw in in the back of the van like a sack of potatos.

  • Epstein’s Mother

    The US was the premier energy producer for the past several years. It had nothing to do with a pipeline moving Canadian oil that would otherwise be moved, just in a different direction.

    So basically the “great accomplishments” you list are a single judge, that Congress was going to confirm anyway, albeit at the cost of giving up the power to filibuster any future Democratic nominees. You don’t name any of these horrendous regulations that have been repealed, mostly because the only ones Trump has repealed have been those that had not yet gone into effect.

    So, yeah. One judge. In the meantime, even Republicans in Congress are talking about impeachment, but all of this is based on absolutely no evidence, even though Trump himself tweets about evidence existing.

    I get the feeling you’re stretching here to explain why there is so much smoke but there can’t possibly be any fire…

  • TrustbutVerify

    This should be posted throughout the land! It is the most cogent, concise and accurate representation of the current situation I have yet seen. This should be repeated from any organ that can be utilized and the President and his staff should propound upon it daily in such a way that the MSM cannot cause it to be ignored. It should be the singular message from the administration on all of this and directed toward the MSM, the various “opinion makers” in print and media, and the Congress (RINOS and DEMS).

  • Attila

    Jeb looks just as small and unfit to be president as he did in 2016, and the Democrats look increasingly mob-like, delusional and prone towards extremism (hence calling themselves the “resistance”). Resistance to what? In the cases of Maxine Waters, Dick Durbin or Patty Murray would that be honesty and ethics?

  • Rickey

    LOL…..even the intellects that by reputation tout conservative views are often turning out to be frauds. So it goes with Kimball. Trump is a Populist leading the Republican Party off the cliff with his Socialist policies on healthcare, trade, infrastructure spending, punishing high wage earners in tax plan, etc. Trump is unfit for the office and incapable of the leadership we need at home and overseas.

    NeverTrumpAlwaysConservative

    • Sylvester the Cat
      • Rickey

        Yep, you are a Trumper…..completely unable to reply with substance, just with sarcasm.

        NeverTrumperAlwaysConservative

    • Trebor0012

      You may be right that the President is leading the nation down an unfortunate, ill-advised path. But he was elected by The People. Your guy, (or girl) lost, just as mine did, somewhere along the campaign trail. Respect for election results must be maintained or the Country, as a concept, is finished. And do not tell me that it is already finished and that you are on a mission to save or salvage what you can. Any plan to vacate election results is unacceptable, no matter the motivation.

      • Rickey

        I supported Ted Cruz. I can’t say the Country is finished but it’s certainly is on a path where the Constitution will be invoked only when it suits the interest of the political party seeking justification in a dispute.

  • Bailey Reynolds

    Excellent piece. All very sad and true. While I didn’t vote for Trump (I sat out the gen. election), my sympathies and loyalty lies with him; he won the election fair and square. His victory (and the peoples’ victory) over the 1984-ish bureaucracy ripped the mask off of officialdom – and it ain’t pretty. There is definitely a soft coup against Trump (and we, the people) being attempted. It MUST be repelled by all who support the president and our form of government. If we let these tyrants win and bring down Trump’s presidency, all will be lost.

    • Dave781

      Typical Trump troll claims that he didn’t vote for Trump but…
      No one believes you did not vote for Trump.

      • Bailey Reynolds

        I don’t care what you believe or don’t believe. I’m not a troll and I’m not pushing any Trump agenda. I’m just telling the truth as I see it. I’m sorry if that burns you up. I was a conservative Republican from first consciousness to my early thirties. I left the Republican party in disgust over the invasion of Iraq. I voted for Barack Obama twice, as an Independent (b/c I fundamentally saw him as more old-school Republican, as strange as that sounds). I oppose/d Hillary Clinton with a passion b/c she is a danger to this republic. I voted for Bernie Sanders against her in the primaries; and sat out the 2017 general election in protest. So you see, I am no troll; I am a strategic voter who knows of what I speak.

        • Dave781

          Well then my apologies. I never understood why posters think it is necessary to tell us how they voted or (not voted) unless it has some bearing on their comment. Usually it is the sign of a troll but you may be the exception.

          And you ARE pushing the Trump narrative (soft coup, etc.) whether you want to admit it or not.

          • IbSnooker

            What if a ‘narrative’ is actually true? Is it ok then to push it?

          • Bailey Reynolds

            The truth is the truth, Dave781.

      • AEJ

        No Dave, YOU don’t believe him. You don’t speak for everyone.

    • AEJ

      Yes, you are right, it’s an attempted coup; a political coup, and it is the antithesis of “our form of government”.

  • joyo66

    1. You people refuse to look at the business ties of the Trump Klan and where the money goes.
    2. You people are WRONG. He DID tell Russia classified inf. Yes he ca, but it was stupid. He put the lives of Israeli operatives at risk, as well as the lives of Americans overseas, as it will be more difficult to gather information as we are not to be trusted due to a chatty president.
    3. Money laundering is being investigating NY right now. Will be interesting seeing what happens.

  • Bec Collman

    WELL AMIN MUDDASIR SYED! MORE THAN 167 MILLION WHITE
    AMERICANS HAVE BEEN MURDERED AT THE HANDS OF MUSLIMS INSIDE THE UNITED STATES
    AND THE LEFT WING MEDIA HAS COVERED IT UP AND NOT A DAMN WORD.

    THE CALIPHATE IS BEHIND THIS AND THE CALIPHATE IS ISLAM THAT
    HAS PUT THEIR HANDS ON EVERY RACE AROUND THE WORLD!

    LOUIS FARRAKHAN HAS ORDERED THE SLAUGHTER OF EVERY RACE
    STARTING WITH THE WHITE RACE IN EVERY WHITE COUNTRY!

    WHY!

    ALL FOR LAND.

    THE ( AGENDA 21 ) is being pushed by these liberals to
    enslave every race by controlling water, food, land. These liberals are a
    threat to every race around the world! When one race goes, every race will be
    powerless to stop it! You will be enslaved by ISLAM! LOUIS FARRAKHAN HAS BEEN
    PROTECTED BY LIBERALS! DEMOCRATS!

    WHAT IS YOUR FUCKED UP REASON TO SAY ( ( I S L A M A P H O B I A ) )?

    THE DEMOCRATS – YOUR PROTECTORS IN EVERY WHITE COUNTRY ARE
    CALLED ( ( L I B E R A L S ) ) AND THEY ARE A DIRECT THREAT TO EVERY WHITE
    REPUBLICAN THAT HAS THEIR WOMEN RAPED THAT HAS BEEN USED AS AN ACT OF WAR! TO
    DESTROY THE CORNERSTONE OF EVERY COUNTRY AND THAT IS THE FAMILY! AMERICA’S
    FAMILY HAS BEEN DESTROYED AND MORE THAN 43 MILLION MURDERED IN THE LAST 8
    YEARS! FOR THOSE WHO ARE STILL BREATHING!

    STOP LISTENING TO WHAT ( islam ) IS SAYING NOW!

    IT IS WHAT ISLAM IS DOING

    I STOPPED LISTENTING TO ISLAM!

    ISLAM’S ACTIONS IF FINITE!

    EVERY MUSLIM IN EVERY COUNTRY HAVE RUN TO MOSQUESE THAT SAUDI
    ARABIA HAS CREATED!

    THE FACT THAT ISLAM / MUSLIM SAY YOU ARE VICTEM OF SOMEONE
    WHO HAS STOLEN / HIJACKED YOUR RELIGION!

    YOUR ACTIONS ARE CLEAR, YOU RAN TO THE MOQUES THAT WAS
    CREATED AND CONTROLED BY THOSE YOU CLAIM TO HAVE STOLEN YOUR RELIGION AND THAT
    YOU SIGNED UP WITH THOSE VERY PEOPLE!

    You are not ( A / THE ) victim, you are the real treat to
    the white race around the world and to every race that exists.

    You have put your hands on Our children, Our Daughters, Our
    Women and have been murdering our race in every country through ( M U L T I C U
    L T U R A L I S M ) AND ( D I V E R S I T Y ).

    RAPING OUR WOMEN AND TARGETING ALL OF OUR CHILDREN ALL
    AROUND THE WORLD THROUGH SCHOOLS!

    EVERY COUNTRY HAS NOT CLAIMED THAT WE ARE AT WAR WITH ISLAM
    , IT IS ISLAM’S ACTIONS THAT YOU ARE AT (
    W A R ) WITH EVERY RACE AROUND
    THE WORLD THAT IS NOT ( I S L A M
    ).

    It is Saudi Arabia
    that states that ( they will hit their enemies with an IRON FIST! )

    It is the book of the ( Q U R A N ) that has been used as a
    weapon and that you are a follower of that book that has been the centerpiece
    of your RACE WARE!

    MORE THAN 700 MILLION LIVES HAVE BEEN EFFECTED AND FOR EVERY
    GENERATION THAT WILL EVER FOLLOW!

    YOU ARE THE THREAT THAT HAS FOR COUNTLESS GENERATIONS WHO
    HAS BEEN BUYING THE LIBERAL POLOTITIONS THAT HAS LEAD TO MORE THAN 2.5 BILLION
    DEATHS AROUND THE WORLD AND THAT IS INCLUDING America, France, Britain,
    Germany, Italy, Spain, JAPAN, CHINA, ASIA, SOUTH AMERICA.

    You stand for GLOBALISM and slavery and I refuse all three!

    It is ISLAM THAT HAS COMMITED WAR AGAINST EVERY RACE AROUND
    THE WORLD! MURDERED EVERY RACE AROUND THE WORLD!

    TO THE PEOPLE OF JAPAN,
    CHINA, ASIA,
    AUSTRAILIA, ISLAM HAS ONE GOAL AND THAT IS TO EXTERMINATE EVERY RACE AROUND THE
    WORLD!

    ISLAM IS IN YOUR COUNTRIES AND THEY ARE EXTERMINATING EVERY
    RACE AROUND THE WORLD! Chinese, Hispanic, Japanese, Korean, Italian, Latino,
    Mexican, More than 60 islands has been wiped off the face of the earth! Hattie’s,
    France, Canada,
    Russia, Sweden
    has been seized by the UNITED NATION’s LIBERAL ALLIES THAT HAS TAKEN OVER YOUR
    COUNTRIES. HOW! BIG MONEY THAT HAS EDUCATED THEM AND THEY WERE EDUCATED INSIDE
    YOUR COUNTRIES TO FIND OUT HOW YOUR COUNTRIES OPPERATE. ALL TO BRING YOUR
    COUNTRIES DOWN FROM THE INSIDE AND TO MURDER YOUR RACE BY GOING AFTER YOUR
    WOMEN AND CHILDREN FROM YOUR CHILDRENS SCHOOLS TO COLLEGE!

    AND THE UNITED NATIONS HAS USED THEIR CONNECTIONS TO CAUSE
    MASS MURDER AROUND THE WORLD OF EVERY RACE ARE BEING MURDERED THROUGH MASS
    INVASIONS!

    THIS MUSLIM WHO HAS WENT AROUND THE WORLD UNHINDERED BY
    LIBERAL MEDIA AND DEMOCRATS TO CALL FOR THE EXTERMINATION OF THE WHITE RACE
    WHILE INFILTRATING EVERY COUNTRY TO PUT THEIR HANDS ON EVERY RACE ALL AT THE
    SAME TIME TO INCREASE THEIR NUMBERS AND TO USE EVERY COUNTRIES RESOURCES AND
    MONEY TO ATTACK THE PEOPLE IN EVERY COUNTRY, CITY, TOWN TO EVERY CHILDRENS
    SCHOOLS WHILE CAIR USES MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF MONEY TO SUBVERT YOUR RACE, YOUR
    BABIES, YOUR CHILDREN, YOUR DAUGHTERS TO LEAVE YOUR RACE SO THEY CAN
    EXTERMINATE YOU BY COLLAPSING YOUR COUNTRIES FROM THE INSIDE OUT.

    HERE IS YOUR EVIDENCE, ONE VIDEO SAYS IT ALL.!

    Louis Farrakhan Praises White Genocide “we killing you
    & we ain’t even trying”

    ONE VIDEO THAT IS THE WORD THAT IS BEING USED AROUND THE
    WORLD! CREATED 2005 DURING OBAMA’S RAIN OVER THE UNITED STATES THAT HAS USED
    THE REFUGEE PROGRAM TO USE TAX PAYER DOLLARS TO DESTROY AMERICA,
    THEIR RELIGION, THE WHITE CULTURE.

    THE AGENDA 21 THAT WILL END THE WHITE RACE THROUGH SOCIAL
    JUSTED THAT WAGES CULTURAL TERRORISM ON ALL WHITES ACCROSS THE COUNTYR TO FORCE
    WOMENT TO LEAVE THEIR RACE TO COLLAPS GOVERNMENT! AND THIS IS THE ACTIONS BEING
    DONE AROUND THE WORLD TO EVERY RACE PER THE VIDEO ABOVE.

    Dr. Kamau Kambon wants to kill all white people

    AND THESE PEOPLE ARE BEING PROTECTED INSIDE THE UNITED
    STATES BY THE LIBERAL MEDIA AND THE POLITICAL DEMOCRATS INSIDE CONGRESS AND ALL
    AROUND THE WORLD.

    SAUDI ARABIA’S
    KING SAID IT OPENLY, HE WANTS LAND FOR HIS PEOPLE. WHAT BETTER
    WAY TO KILL YOUR WOMEN THROUGH RACE MIXING.

    kill the white people race mixing

    Race-Mixing…END of the WHITE Race?

    From south Africa
    ( GOOGLE : OBAMA 70,000 GENOCDIE )

    70,000 Whites Murdered in ‘Modern’ South
    Africa; Obama’s African Legacy

    http://americanfreepress.net/70000-whites-murdered-in-modern-south-africa-obamas-african-legacy/

    What is going on in South Africa
    is a slow genocide of the white population. The mounting homicidal violence
    against whites, the denial of access to jobs for whites and the erasing of
    their history and culture mean genocide on the installment plan. Could America
    be next?

    Obama’s African Legacy: Poverty, Crime, Terrorism By Bill
    White. The Democrats protected Obama while he committed crimes as President
    called ( FALSE FLAGS ) to piss off the world.

    This, of course, is why Obama, dancing at the end of strings
    held by international bankers, murdered Qadaffi and destroyed his banking
    system.

    Obama acted like one of the old African chieftains, willing
    to sell his own people into slavery.

    Blacks in America
    are laughing at white people, talking about how white people would be lousy at
    being slaves. YOU MEANS WHITE WOMEN WHO ARE SEX SLAVES AND STERILIZED FROM
    HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF RAPES BY YOU MUSLIMS! SOUTH
    AFRICA IS A PRIME EXAMPLE OF WANTING TO
    FORCE WHITE PEOPLE TO PAY WHITE TAXES JUST LIKE THEY DO IN AMERICA!
    LAUGHING!

    Right Now Mexico
    is now just seeing the mass invasion of their country! but you see. No one is
    talking about the 7 Ocean cargo containers found at the bottom of the ocean
    north east of South America fill with Mexican men and
    children! NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT THAT!

  • Trebor0012

    Vacating the 2016 presidential election results for anything less than proven “high crimes and misdemeanors” will result, at best, in cancerous cynicism regarding Federal power and American elections. At worst, it will result in violence.

  • Random Ami

    I’ve been saying from day 1, since all this Russian brohahua started that the only way I will pay attention to it, is, if someone prove to me that Russians put a gun on the heads of all those workers in Michigan, and Wisconsin, and PA etc, on Election Day, and told them “vote for trump or we kill you!”.

    Until then this is all just made up scandal. A bubble blown out of proportion (and frustration!) from the never trumpers, after they:

    1. Couldn’t prevent trump from entering the race
    2. Couldn’t prevent him from winning the nomination outright with primary votes
    3. Couldn’t prevent the RNC delegates from officially making him the nominee
    4. Couldn’t stop him on his way to the general election regardless all the scandals and negative media thrown at him
    5. Couldn’t prevent him from winning the general election
    6. Couldn’t undo his EC win with protests, popular votes arguments, and recounts.
    7. Couldn’t convince electors to vote against him and then the senate confirmation.
    8. Can’t prove any wrong doing or crime with the Russian “collusion”.

    So now they are invoking the 25th amendment..,if that doesn’t work for them, what else is left? Either assassinate trump or kill themselves and put an end to their own misery.

    And that’s all there is to it. The only 4-years-old tantrumers here are all those anti trumpers that can’t still let go the fact they lost the 2016 elections….moving on.

  • GALTean

    Who do the NTs speak for? In some small measure people like me that’s who. To assume that all who voted for Trump are all in for Trump is a juvenile piece of analysis. Trump was the second worst candidate for President, running close to HRC for the title as the worst. I voted for him, and I can’t stand the guy. I like half of his policies and NONE of his persona. Every time he speaks, it is the proverbial fingernails on the chalkboard…it IS a cringe inducing event to listen to the man. If we could dump him and not destroy the conservative (what little bit remains) movement, I would support it now. But this is still a zero sum game with democraps so we have to play our very weak, and very idiotic, cringe inducing Trumpkin the clown hand.

    • RJones

      The mere fact that we elected him should be telling those in washington everything they need to know. They are either stupid and deaf or deliberately intent on not only not listening but also overturning what we’ve said. What trump says or does no longer matters. This about the American people.

    • GeorgeLeS

      “To assume that all who voted for Trump are all in for Trump is a juvenile piece of analysis.”

      Who assumes that?

      • GALTean

        The author pretty clearly implied that the NTs are in tension with Trump VOTERS…that is not a true assumption…some yes…nowhere near all.

  • mistermcfrugal

    True, and we’ll be smart if disallow a media cabal to wipe out the votes of 60 million people.

  • tedpeters

    I sympathize with the anti-Trumpers… as a personaility I find him embarrassing. However, I would much rather roll the dice with the Donald in charge that see the obsessive-complusive Dems trying to run ever aspect of our lives

  • GeorgeLeS

    Simple enough. It’s been clear from the start that Never Trump is a movement of pure self-aggrandizement, made more intense by having their noses out of joint because hardly anyone cares. NR in particular is in a state of trauma, realizing -but being unable to admit – how far they have fallen from their former status. (Frankly, that fall was inevitable as soon as Lowry took over.) It’s worth noting that when they finally endorsed Cruz, they ran one article backing him, and then almost nothing for a week. Jonah’s distaste for the endorsement was palpable; I still don’t get why French and Williamson were so lukewarm about it. (I do understand Mona and the Rubiettes.)

    There was a truly appalling pair of articles at NRO, about a year ago, by Mark Antonio Wright, which made this very clear. He was thundering about the fire and brimstone which would strike down all who switched to Trump. In context, this looked very much like a six-year-old, holding a trash can lid and a stick, “attacking” a dragon. Except that it’s cute in a six-year-old.

    Also about a year ago, Mollie Hemmingway nailed it in an article named “I Hate Everybody” (or something like that). I too didn’t support Trump for the nomination. In fact – because of where I live – I didn’t bother to vote in November. And I too am sick of his pointlessly shooting off his mouth when it makes it hard for others to support him. But none of that changes the obvious fact that NTers can’t stand it even when he does something they have to endorse. “Stop about Gorsuch, what else has he done?” Well, isn’t that enough? What would Hillary have given us? Had she won, our best bet would have been to confirm Garland before she could name Huma.

  • Jeff

    I do not pretend to understand the neverTrumpers but they are very predictable . And I agree with Severn that the psychological profile of the neverTrumpers is like that of the left.

  • longlance

    Real people who dwell outside the toxic media bubble either ignore, or are wise to, the ranting media mavens and corrupt, subversive Congressional crowd.

  • Chatmandu7451

    Why are the neverTrumpers, the democrats and the liberal/progressive “Fake News” media talking points always the same? Always.

  • Chatmandu7451

    Have you noticed that when the “Fake News” breaks a story the democrats and the neverTrumpers run out to repeat it on TV.

  • Chatmandu7451

    Even with 90% of the “fake news” media and the liberal/progressive rallying around their anti-Trump call for ouster, it still only represents about 20% of the voters.

  • AEJ

    “The press takes him literally, but not seriously; his supporters take him seriously, but not literally” – S Zito

  • MrBiggsEsq

    Someone drew a highly insulting chalk drawing of President Trump on the southwest sidewalk corner
    @ Greenwich Ave and 6th Ave here in NYC yesterday.
    Could someone please wash it off with hot water?

  • Joe in NYC

    No person or clique in the news media “speaks for me,” but I do find myself in continuing agreement with those journalists on the right dubbed the “Never Trump” crowd.

    That said, like most all of those writers I acknowledge and affirm that Trump is indeed the legitimately elected President.

    I’m familiar with the argument — most visibly made on the right by Ross Douthat — that Trump is so manifestly unfit for the position he was duly elected to, a proper course of action would be to use the 25th Amendment to remove him from office. I’m more persuaded by the counter-argument made in response by Charles Cooke (another so-called NeverTrumper) that such an action is not only unwarranted and counter to Constitutional intent but also would be unwise in the extreme, indeed politically destructive, inasmuch as it would essentially amount to a coup by the “elites.”

    As Cooke says, I fully buy the diagnosis, but not that proposed remedy.

    Trump is the President. So be it. If he’s found to be guilty of misdeeds that are revealed in possible impeachment proceedings, throw him out. Otherwise he’s there for the duration. But I fail to see why that reality should prompt his critics to silence themselves. If you like Donald Trump, that’s fine. But I, and other Trump critics, have legitimate reasons — absolutely none of which involves a “quest for power” — to continue to consider him utterly unfit for the office, notwithstanding the fact that he does actually hold it.

    Why are his supporters so completely unwilling to countenance ANY criticism? Didn’t we just labor through eight tiresome years of cult-of-personality politics?

    • Jeff

      It depends on how you define criticism. We have seen an orchestrated attack intended to remove a President from office.

  • PackRatFan

    It seems to me they speak more for the Dims then anyone else and why they can’t be trusted and should be thrown out of office as soon as legally possible. I will never trust them again or waste my time paying attention to what they have to say. That includes all the NeverTrump crowd and especially the talking head pundits! They have destroyed what little credibility they may have had!

    • 1Mojo_Risin9

      Yes, YES, the neverTrump’ers absolutely speak for boneheaded Democrats, plain n’ simple! At this point, after the election of Trump, the negative rhetoric of disaffected [R’s] needs to be shut down, stifle it! This opportunity may never come along again, especially with the state of the left-wing media, so shuttin’ up would be the best solution and then embracing Trump being thankful Hillary didn’t win the election!!

    • bshirt

      Yes, they have indeed. What extremely little credibility the MSM had is a mathematical & statistical zero now.

  • Dave Bishop

    Bill Kristol calls for Joe Lieberman to become President in a bizarre tweet. If that doesn’t wake up you conservatives that the neocons, Rinos and liberal democrats have always been in bed together, you’re clueless. Include those two love birds, Lindsey Graham and John McCain too.

  • Nessie509

    I am a Trump supporter. Wish he’d think before opening his mouth. That might be the “containment” needed.

  • HAPPY

    “……a form of insanity……dangerous if left unchecked.”

    RK should have expanded on this!

    IMO, if this “insanity” consuming the Media types keeps up for say, another year and a half, there won’t be a sane Democrat left.

    Yesterday, we had the Media cheering on the California Dem Convention’s sprouting middle fingers shouting “F*&k Trump!”. I can’t wait for the next public display of “insanity”!

  • pomeroo

    Let’s focus on what many of the Never-Trumpers have in common: their loyalty to the Bush family, particularly Dubya.

    It is glaringly obvious that people like Kristol, Podhoretz, Goldberg and Douthat greatly overrate their intelligence. In reality, they are reasonably smart, but far from brilliant. They made a mistake in evaluating the consequences of ousting Saddam Hussein (I made the same mistake after reading Timmerman’s book) and ignored dissenting voices, such as William F. Buckley’s.

    The election of Barack Obama doomed the neocon’s cherished Iraq project. All hope for establishing a stable pro-American democracy in the heart of the Middle East vanished when a radical leftist who traces all the world’s woes to America rose to power.

    But the venture was always a longshot. And Trump dared question the wisdom of Bush and the people around him. For that offense, he can never be forgiven.

  • RJenIL

    Who do the NEVERTRUMPERS stand for? If the election was any indication, they stand only for themselves and don’t give a hoot about the rest of the party. A pox on your houses.

  • Dixie_Pixie

    #NeverTrump:::: Donald Trump is the comedy relief of the Primary season because Jeb! has the financial backing, experience and Bush name recognition to sweep the Republican Primaries.
    ( Trump won States and Jeb! did not.)

    #NeverTrump:::: Donald Trump will be buried by the 15 other far more qualified candidates except Ted Cruz because no one likes him especially the Senate.
    (Trump keeps winning and gaining delegates)

    #NeverTrump:::: The Nation Review will run an entire edition proving the case that Donald Trump is not a Conservative and no Conservative should ever consider voting for him.
    (Nobody cared if Donald Trump was a Conservative or not.)

    #NeverTrump:::: With most of the other candidates out of the race (sadly Jeb!) the Republicans will rally behind that last few to deny Trump any further victories.
    Except Ted Cruz because everybody still does not like him.
    (Trump keeps winning with Cruz in second place)

    #NeverTrump:::: Sadly Trump has enough delegates to win on the first ballot at the Republican Convention. But the delegates will do their duty to the Party and deny the nomination to Trump.
    By allowing a open Convention to nominate someone else (not Cruz) as the nominee.
    (Trump is voted the nominee on the first ballot)

    #NeverTrump:::: Drat.. Both Trump and Hillary are the nominees. But Donald Trump can be stopped with Bill Kristol’s Strategic Voting Plan. With funding, outstanding staff and a well honed Conservative message, enough States can be denied both Trump and Hillary to throw the General Election into Congress. Granted that Congress will have to pick between Trump, Hillary, Johnson and Stein. But Hillary would be the better choice if Congress does not pick Jeb!.
    (#NeverTrump throws Utah to Trump and Donald Trump wins the General Election)

    #NeverTrump:::: Ok….Donald Trump has the Electoral College votes to win. But with enough pressure the Faithless Electors will do the right thing and deny the Presidency to Trump.
    ( 2 Bush Family Electors deny Trump….But 6 Hillary Electors deny Hillary )
    (Donald Trump is President Elect)
    (Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th President.)

    #NeverTrump:::: Just because Donald Trump is President, the #NeverTrump can make a common cause with the Democrats to force Trump from office. By using the Deep State intelligent resources to find information so damaging, Trump must leave. Giving President Trump the option resign or be Impeached just like Richard Nixon. The MSM has done it before. It can do so again.
    (The “Russian-Trump Connection” flames out as there is nothing to sustain it)

    #NeverTrump:::: Is there any chance we are not the most intelligent, morally superior and mentally resourceful people in Washington……Nope….No Way….Conservatism will prevail !

  • morecotwo

    I hear Comey is changing his story. Will he get away with it?

  • Ann_Banisher

    The screaming never-Trumpers remind me of the guy you frequently see on big city streets.
    He is screaming in an animated conversation with some he, it seems, is really ticked off at.
    The key is not to engage and ask what delusion it is they are seeing.
    Best to just not make eye contact, cross the street, and hope that mental heath services are available.
    The only difference is these guys have a bigger forum.

  • jwbe

    Nailed it. The real anger, from the liberal left, Democratic Party and the never Trumpers in the Republican Party is that they don’t have the control they thought they had. There were 63 million who voted for Trump. That’s a big number which includes many educated, long time Republicans. The elite in DC and NY want to tell everyone what we should think because they feel they are somehow more enlightened. The reality is that they are entirely out of touch with the country. Great article.

  • whburgess

    The anti trumpers speak for conservatives like me. I’m an average working guy who is digusted by egotistical vindictive bullies and particularly con artists like this one. I’m. more disgusted, traumatized even, by the fact that millions of my fellow GOP voters were so easily gamed by this lifelong liberal tv personality, who like most liberals, equate conservatism with a**_holery.

    But most disgusting of all is poeple like this author who refuse to address the objections of these decent poeple who refuse to be complicit in a feces hurling orangutan being the face of conservatism and instead impune their characters.

    So trump, like most drunk drivers, managed to make it home on a few issues. Big deal. This all easy stuff any of the other sane GOP candidates would have done. The fAct that the drunk driver has made it home a few times does not absolve him or his enablers from their disgusting irresponsibility

  • Ironwrkr

    Regarding l’affair Comey….just what did the Russians do? I follow the news closely and they stand accused by some DNC subcontractor of hacking emails. That is all I can determine. Somebody want to give me some guidance?