1 The Complete Obama Timeline March 2016 On March 1, a CNN



1 The Complete Obama Timeline March 2016 On March 1, a CNN
The Complete Obama Timeline
March 2016
On March 1, a CNN/ORC poll shows Hillary Clinton defeating Donald Trump 52-44, but
Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz within the poll’s margin of error. Bernie Sanders would
defeat Trump 55-43, Cruz 57-40, and Rubio 53-45. HotAir.com’s Ed Morrissey notes,
“This poll uses a sample of 920 registered voters, not likely voters—so we’re not even
sure they’re voting in primaries, let alone the general election. …Most presidential
elections are about the economy, and Trump leads Clinton by 13 points and Sanders by
21 on that issue. National security issues are a mixed bag; Trump edges Clinton 33/30 on
terrorism, while Clinton leads Trump on foreign policy 37/21, with Sanders a distant
third in both cases. On immigration, Trump leads Clinton 31/25 and Sanders by 15
points. It’s difficult to look at that and credit either Rubio (who comes in second among
Republicans on all of these issues, including immigration) or Cruz with having a better
chance of beating Hillary or Bernie in November, at least with the data in this poll.”
A national poll this early in the campaign—let alone one that surveyed only 920 people—
means little. Jimmy Carter led Ronald Reagan in the polls throughout most of 1980, yet
lost by a wide margin in November. (This is not to equate Trump with Reagan, or even
suggest Trump cannot lose the nomination. It is merely to point out that eight months is a
long time on a political calendar—especially when, according to The Washington Post,
147 FBI agents are investigating the Democrat frontrunner.) [89940, 89941]
The CNN/ORC poll is inconsistent with polling data that, according to NYPost.com,
show Clinton could lose to Trump in New York: “A publicly disclosed Siena College poll
of Long Island voters last week found Trump narrowly beating Clinton among Long
Island voters, 41 percent to 38 percent…” Westchester and Long Island are “key suburbs
often viewed as crucial swing bellwethers on how statewide elections will turn out.”
[88569, 88608]
If Trump is the nominee and wins at least the states won by Mitt Romney in 2012, he
starts off with 206 of the 270 electoral votes needed for victory. New York’s 29 electoral
votes would give him 235. If Trump wins New York, he can win Florida, which also has
29 electoral votes. Trump’s total would be 264. Almost any other state (such as Nevada,
Iowa, Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Michigan) would put Trump over the top. Although
many Republicans may say in March that they would never vote for Trump, they may
change their minds by November. In addition, Trump will gain a substantial number of
Democrat crossover votes—such as those of blue-collar union workers who won’t follow
the lead of their socialist union bosses. (As noted previously in this Timeline, almost
20,000 Democrats in Massachusetts have switched their registration in time for the
March 1 primary. The assumption is that many did so to vote for Trump.) [88571, 88572,
BrevardTimes.com reports, “In what many political analysts are calling the ‘Donald
Trump Phenomenon,’ over 7,000 Florida voters have left the Democratic Party in the last
six months leading up to the deadline to register to vote in the Florida Presidential
Preference Primary, according to figures released by the Florida Division of Elections.
From August 2015 to February 16, 2016, 7,779 Florida registered voters left the
Democratic Party. In the same time period, Republicans gained 104,131 voters. As of
February 2016, there are now 4.2 million registered Republican voters in Florida and 4.5
million Democrats. Non-Party-Affiliated voters also grew by 5,000 voters in the last six
months. The deadline to switch parties and/or register to vote for the Presidential
Preference Primary in Florida was February 16, 2016. Although Florida’s Presidential
Primary Election is on March 15, 2016, over a half million voters have already voted by
mail and Early Voting begins March 5, 2016 which gives newly-appointed establishment
favorite Florida Senator Marco Rubio little time to gain enough momentum to catch up
with Donald Trump in his home state where Trump leads Rubio by 44% to 28% among
likely Republican primary voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll.” [88768]
In a poll of American Muslims by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR),
47 percent support Hillary Clinton. She is followed by Bernie Sanders (25), Donald
Trump (11), Marco Rubio (4), Ted Cruz (2), and John Kasich (1). [88815]
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich endorses Donald Trump. [88614, 88635]
A judge in Illinois throws out a challenge to Ted Cruz’s eligibility to serve as president
because he is not a natural born citizen on the grounds that the paperwork was not
properly filed. [88871]
Garry Kasparov, former chess champion and Soviet dissident, writes, “I am enjoying the
irony of American [Bernie] Sanders lecturing me, a former Soviet citizen, on the glories
of Socialism and what it really means! Socialism sounds great in speech soundbites and
on Facebook, but please keep it there. In practice, it corrodes not only the economy but
the human spirit itself, and the ambition and achievement that made modern capitalism
possible and brought billions of people out of poverty. Talking about socialism is a huge
luxury, a luxury that was paid for by the successes of capitalism. Income inequality is a
huge problem, absolutely. But the idea that the solution is more government, more
regulation, more debt, and less risk is dangerously absurd.” [88762]
At TheHill.com Mike Lillis writes, “[M]ost leading Democrats seem to view the real
estate mogul [Trump] as an election-year gift, an instigator who will alienate women and
minorities while prompting establishment Republicans to steer clear of the polls. …But
there’s another group of Democrats warning that Trump’s unconventional approach—and
the success it’s brought him in the GOP primary—means the rules underlying past
elections are out the window this time. They’re concerned that Democratic leaders and
strategists may be misreading the currents propelling Trump’s rise, and they’re
cautioning against the notion that a Trump nomination would pre-ordain the next
Democrat in the White House. …Juliette Kayyem, former assistant secretary at the
Homeland Security Department under …Obama, is warning that qualifications alone
might not be enough in the current political environment. ‘There’s something going on
here that can’t be put into a nice little corner of, ‘Well, he’s just an anti-establishment
Republican.’ Trump is something else,’ she told KCRW. ‘He’s breaking all the rules. I
think those rules will impact the general against Hillary, as well.’” [88609]
Obama meets with Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA), chairman of the Senate Judiciary
Committee, to discuss the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin
Scalia. (Despite the meeting, the Committee remains resistant to holding hearings on any
Obama nominee.) [88615]
FreeBeacon.com reports that leftist billionaire and Obama pal George Soros “was at the
White House late last year to meet with …Obama’s controversial top adviser on ISIS,
according to the White House visitor log. Soros, joined by top aide Michelle Vachon and
Bulgarian political scientist Ivan Krastev, met with White House ISIS czar [Robert]
Malley late in the afternoon on October 8, 2015 in the Executive Office Building,
according to a recent update of the log. The White House did not return a request for
comment on the topic of the meeting with Malley, the senior advisor to the president for
the counter-ISIL [ISIS] campaign in Iraq and Syria. Though Malley wouldn’t be named
ISIS czar until a few weeks later, the terrorist force was almost certainly the topic of
discussion at the meeting.” [90301]
As noted previously in this Timeline, the anti-Semitic and serial Israel-basher Robert
Malley served as Bill Clinton’s Special Assistant for Arab-Israeli Affairs (1998-2000). In
May of 2008, Obama removed Malley from his list of official advisors after it was
reported that he had met with the terrorist group Hamas, but Obama continued to rely on
his advice and support. Malley’s family had close ties to terrorist Yasser Arafat, founder
of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the Fatah movement. [452, 453,
55306, 55307]
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, author and former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for
Economic Policy and associate editor of The Wall Street Journal, reviews some of the
fake photographs from the 2012 Sandy Hook school shootings in Newton, Connecticut.
He writes, “Perhaps the most unusual feature of the Sandy Hook story is the large number
of photographs that have been released in order to document the story. It is as if there is
no event without the proof supplied by the photographs. This is unusual. When, for
example, the FBI murdered approximately 100 men, women and children in the Branch
Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, the reality of the victims did not have to be
established with a large number of photos establishing that the victims were real people
with real families. When workers ‘go postal’ and shoot their coworkers, photos are not
used to prove that those killed were real people with real families. When an airplane
crashes, the event does not have to be verified with news coverage of grieving relatives.
Yet photos are a defining characteristic of Sandy Hook. It is almost like the photos are
the event. The importance of Sandy Hook photos is of concern when so many experts
demonstrate that so many of the photos are photoshopped. Among the Sandy Hook
photos are photos that are collages of separate photos that have been put together. Others
have people inserted into photos. There are a large number of YouTube videos in which
people knowledgeable about the techniques of photo alteration demonstrate problems
with the photographs.” [88822, 88929]
At WND.com Jerome Corsi writes, “Former U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova is confident
Department of Justice prosecutors have convened a grand jury in the Hillary Clinton
email case, based on comments from Attorney General Loretta Lynch.” (In an interview
with Fox News’ Bret Baier, Lynch did not deny that a grand jury had been convened—
which suggests it has been.) “…DiGenova, who was U.S. attorney for Washington, D.C.,
for four years, during which time he handled cases involving international drug
smuggling, espionage, insider trading, public corruption, the Racketeer Influenced and
Corrupt Organizations Act and more, also told WND he was confident the FBI is in the
process of developing a solid criminal case against Hillary Clinton. If there’s no
prosecution, said diGenova, who served as chief counsel for the Senate Rules Committee
as well as counsel to the Senate Judiciary, Government Affairs and Select Intelligence
committees, there will be ‘an eruption you cannot believe’ within the intelligence
community.” [88616, 89019, 89051]
At FreeBeacon.com Adam Kredo reports, “The Department of Homeland Security
removed the names of nearly 1,000 individuals suspected of terrorism ties from the U.S.
terrorist watch list, according to newly released documents obtained by an advocacy
group under a Freedom of Information Act request. …‘The documents appear to confirm
charges that Obama administration changes created a massive ‘hands off’ list,’ Judicial
Watch said in a statement. ‘Removed data from the terrorist watch list could have helped
prevent the San Bernardino terrorist attack.’” [88623, 88624, 88625]
Breitbart.com reports, “An email containing the whereabouts and plans of murdered U.S.
Ambassador Chris Stevens passed through Hillary Clinton’s private server, dispatches
released Monday [February 29] in the final group of messages from Clinton’s emails
reveal. …The email is one of several giving away Stevens’ location and movements.”
[88650, 88651, 88682]
Reuters reports a spike in the number of illegal immigrants crossing the border, driven by
fears of “tighter policing and new policies to halt illegal immigration if [Donald] Trump
or another Republican wins the Nov. 8 election. …‘If Trump wins, we’re all screwed and
all Latinos are screwed,’ Isaias Franco, a 46-year-old from El Salvador who was deported
from the United States late last year and is now trying to get back, said at a migrant
shelter in Ciudad Juarez, just across the border from El Paso, Texas. …U.S. Customs and
Border Protection (CBP) data shows 150,304 migrants were detained trying to cross the
U.S.-Mexico border between October and February, up 24 percent from the same period
last year.” [88657]
Veteran Democrat pollster Pat Caddell tells Breitbart.com that Donald Trump and Bernie
Sanders appeal to Americans “who feel the country is in decline, who feel that they are
getting screwed, their children’s futures are at stake, and nobody gives a damn about it in
Washington, which they’re correct [about], and the things that they believe in are mocked
and ignored. This is the makings of a Jacksonian Revolution. …[F]or the establishment to
understand how to take Trump seriously, they would have to understand what his voters
are about, and since they cannot recognize the legitimacy of those claims… it’s
impossible for them to calculate the figure of the threat coming. Now they see it, and now
the empire is trying to strike back.” The members of the “establishment” in both political
parties “have a mistaken view that the American people are here to serve them… as
opposed to their job is to be the servants of the people. They’ve got this relationship
backwards, and they’ve been running Washington and politics and corruption of
unimaginable proportions to their benefit. And what’s happening is the American people
want their sovereignty back. This country will not go gently into that good night of
decline.” [88168]
“…[I]t’s not that immigration may be the most vital [issue], but nonetheless, [Trump’s]
argument about it is: You either have a country or you don’t. Even if you don’t like what
he’s saying… or agree with his solutions, for most Americans that’s a pretty hard thing
not to agree with. Same thing on the [temporary] Muslim ban. I don’t agree with that. But
he is touching a chord and saying, ‘We have no security, we don’t know how to control
this, we’re so PC [politically correct], and we are making our country vulnerable.’ And
that issue of security in America is really high.” [88168]
“…You’ve got 70-some percent of the American people who believe flat out that both
political parties have failed economically and that we need a different approach. We have
had this pantomime—this kabuki theater of politics for too long, and now people are
worried. And they’ve been worried, but now they’ve decided to do something about it.
…[The] tipping point is the American people being willing to overthrow their leadership
through the democratic process. And then if that doesn’t work and they manage to be
screwed out of that, then that will not go over well. …All of what I’m saying summed up
is this country is in revolution. …[T]he establishment will not deal with the fact or give
credibility [to the concerns]. When they attack Trump the way they do with the personal
viciousness and stuff… what they’re saying to the American people is: ‘This is you. Get
back in your box.’ And they have left the building, folks.” [88168]
Donald Trump wins the primaries in Georgia (with 39 percent), Alabama (43), Arkansas
(33), Tennessee (39), Virginia (35), Vermont (33), and Massachusetts (49). (Cruz was
supposed to do well in Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee and “sweep the south” because
of the evangelical vote—which he wrongly assumed would not go to anyone who is not
strongly conservative. Many pundits believe Mitt Romney lost to Obama in 2012 because
he was not conservative enough. The reality is that he lost because he was a lousy
candidate who allowed the Obama campaign to define him as a greedy, uncaring Wall
Street “one-percenter” who played polo. Some argue that Trump is not only not
conservative enough for their tastes, he is a Democrat in GOP clothing. But, according to
New York voter registration records, Trump has been a registered Republican for at least
25 years.) [88626, 88627, 88636, 88639, 89510]
Cruz may be attracting much of the evangelical vote, but his connections to Dominionism
theology will be used as a club by Hillary Clinton to crush him in the general election if
he is the Republican nominee. In November 2015 Cruz attended the National Religious
Liberties Conference in Iowa, where he was introduced by an influential anti-gay pastor
from Colorado, Kevin Swanson. At the event Swanson said, “Leviticus 20:13 calls for the
death penalty for homosexuals. Yes. Romans, chapter 1, verse 32, the apostle Paul does
say that homosexuals are worthy of death—his words, not mine! And I am not ashamed
of the Gospel of Jesus Christ! And I am not ashamed of the truth of the word of God, and
I am willing to go to jail for standing on the truth of the word of God!” Later at that same
event, Swanson introduces Cruz to the audience. Cruz has told CNN’s Jake Tapper,
“Listen, I, I don’t know what this gentleman has said and what he hasn’t said.” [89007,
89008, 89023, 89065, 89179, 89415]
It is worth noting that Ted Cruz is not the conservative champion many make him out to
be. At Detonite.com, former Cruz supporter Mary B. Blair writes, “Ted Cruz, defeated
and outcast in October 2013, went before Mitch McConnell [R-KY] and asked for
redemption. It was just after the media and his colleagues pummeled him for the
government shutdown, and Ted didn’t want to spend the rest of his term as a pariah. Who
would? McConnell put him on the National Republican Senatorial Committee as Vice
Co-Chair in charge of Grassroots Outreach beginning in January 2014. …The NRSC
funded the 500-page opposition research on Matt Bevin, the Tea Party challenger in the
Kentucky Senate Primary race where McConnell crushed Bevin with tales of his support
for corporate bail outs and re-branding him ‘Bailout Bevin.’ It was masterful, and
McConnell and the $21 million DC-funded campaign swatted the Tea Party candidate
like a bug. The NRSC, co-chaired by Sen. Ted Cruz, funded opposition to a fellow Tea
Party candidate? I did not know that. How is it possible that Sen. Cruz helped
McConnell, the epitome of the DC cartel, crush the same Tea Party that carried him in to
office?” [90056]
“…In essence, Cruz is able to fool people in 2015 using the same approach he used in
2012 to get elected. To insure that deception, he adds an element of cult-like affiliation
via religion and now various psychological targeting. The masterful stroke of Senator
Cruz’s story in 2012, about how he told his wife, Heidi, that he wanted to cash in her
retirement, liquidate their net worth, to put it all on the line to make a last ditch effort to
get elected to the Senate was pure fund-raising gold. Unfortunately, thanks to his FEC
filings, we now know that no such thing occurred. He got two low interest ‘sweetheart’
loans from Goldman-Sachs and Citi Bank. He filed the disclosure with the FEC, all right
He just didn’t tell the voters in Texas. It would have made him look like he was owned
by donors, not the Tea Party independent voice he made himself out to be.” [90056]
Blair notes Cruz’s not-so-conservative accomplishments: “Joined forces with Mitch
McConnell in October 2013; Would not campaign for conservative challengers in
2013/2014; Gave $200,000 from his Leadership PAC to the NRSC; Advocated for
500,000 additional H1-B immigrant visas; Ran to the border with Glenn Beck for illegal
aliens, soccer balls and teddy bears; supported comprehensive immigration reform (along
with Senator [Marco] Rubio); Voted to support the Iran Deal—to include [Bob]
Corker/[Ben] Cardin Amendment (only Senator Tom Cotton voted against); Voted to
support TPA—the gateway to Trans Pacific Trade Deal.” [90056]
At NewsWithViews.com Kelleigh Nelson notes, “After appearing at the Kevin Swanson
Iowa rally last November, candidate Cruz hosted his own anti-LGBT hate fest in South
Carolina. Cruz’s ‘Rally for Religious Liberty’ was held at Greenville’s Bob Jones
University, which once famously argued that its racist policies were protected under the
First Amendment. Among the speakers at Cruz’s event were Dominionist Tony Perkins,
president of the Family Research Council, would-be reality TV stars the Benham
brothers, also Dominionists, and anti-gay Houston activist and Dominionist, Dave Welch.
Perkins is also a United Nations Non-Governmental Organization member. Phillip ‘Flip’
Benham, another Dominionist pastor, once arrested and prosecuted for stalking the judge
who heard Kim Davis’s case, is also endorsing Ted Cruz. And, Senator Ted Cruz, isn’t
backing away from the endorsement of Mike Bickle, a controversial evangelical pastor
who once characterized Hitler as ‘a hunter’ sent by God to go after Jews who don’t
convert to Christianity.” [89023, 89024, 89415]
The reality is that Hillary Clinton and the Democrats will destroy Ted Cruz if he is the
Republican nominee. They will use video of events like a December 2015 event in
Nashville where Cruz stood onstage as a minister, Gaylon Wiley, calls on everyone in the
audience to hold up their arms and “lay hands on Ted Cruz.” Other videos show
evangelist preacher Kenneth Copeland declaring that Cruz has been “called and
anointed” by God to be president. The Clinton campaign will also have a field day with
videos of Cruz’s minister father. The Clinton team has also certainly noticed that the
Cruz campaign logo features the Pentecostal “tongue of fire” symbol, and Cruz’s father is
a pastor with the “Purifying Fire International Ministry.” Fair or not, Clinton will portray
Cruz and his father as intolerant, Bible-beating zealots intent on making U.S. laws
consistent with their religious views. (After winning the March 1 Texas primary, Cruz
said, “For the candidates who have not yet won a state, who have not racked up
significant delegates, I ask you to prayerfully consider uniting.” Using a word like
“prayerfully” might not seem significant, but Cruz often sounds like “a Bible-beater
yellin’ up a revival at a river crossing camp meeting,” and Clinton—and the primarily
leftist, atheist and agnostic mainstream media—will most certainly use that against him.)
[89049, 89133, 89134, 89135, 89189, 89190]
In the Massachusetts primary, Trump wins 311,313 votes—far more than the 266,313
Mitt Romney won in the 2012 primary. Through the first 15 races in 2016, Trump has
garnered 3.365 million votes; Romney had 2.519 million through the first 15 contests.
[88683, 88684, 88699]
As GOP establishment lackey Karl Rove shows excitement over Rubio’s momentum in
Virginia, he is interrupted as Fox News calls the state for Trump. (Rubio is an
establishment neoconservative all the way, who talks about fiscal responsibility but does
nothing to reduce the size of government, backs U.S. interference in the governments of
other countries, supports the use of preemptive wars, supports the United Nations, and
supports international treaties and organizations in an effort to someday establish a “one
world government.” In addition, one of Rubio’s classmates at the University of Miami
was Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus.) [88629, 89300]
Hillary Clinton wins the Georgia (71 percent), Arkansas (66), Tennessee (66), Alabama
(78), Texas (65), Massachusetts (50), and Virginia (64) primaries. (All of them are states
she will lose in November if she is the Democrat nominee.) [88626, 88627]
In Massachusetts, Bill Clinton violates election laws by visiting several polling places
and greeting voters. (Election laws prohibit campaigning within 150 feet of voting
booths. NYTimes.com reports that the Secretary of State’s office “called ahead to Mr.
Clinton’s next stop, in New Bedford, to remind those poll workers of the rules.”) [88718]
Bernie Sanders wins the primaries in Vermont (with 86 percent) and Oklahoma (52) and
the caucuses in Colorado (59 percent) and Minnesota (62). [88626, 88654]
Ted Cruz wins the primaries in Texas (44 percent), Oklahoma (34), and Alaska (36).
(Although Cruz wins 43.8 percent of the vote in Texas, WashingtonExaminer.com notes,
“[T]he average primary showing by Republican candidates who won their home state in
the last 100 years has been 78.5 percent, according to the Smart Politics blog from Center
for the Study of Politics and Governance at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey
School of Public Affairs.” Cruz avoided embarrassment by winning his home state, but
he will not be the Republican nominee.) Cruz’s victory margin in Alaska is a mere 627
votes. [88619, 88621, 88626, 88628, 88639]
Because Cruz does not win at least 50 percent of the vote in Texas, its 155 delegates will
be shared with Trump. (The state has a 20 percent threshold for sharing. Having failed to
gain 20 percent, Rubio, Kasich, and Carson win no delegates form Texas.) [88633]
There are scattered reports of voting machines improperly switching votes from Trump to
Rubio. [88656]
Marco Rubio wins the Minnesota primary, with 37 percent of the vote. [88639, 88658]
Trump has more delegates than Mitt Romney had at this point in 2012. Trump has 321 of
the 1,237 needed to win the nomination; Cruz has 221; Rubio, 107; Kasich, 24; Carson,
6. [88645]
Despite having one only one state (a liberal state that was the only one that went for
Walter Mondale in 1984), Rubio gives a victory speech that makes it sound as if he had
swept the nation.
Using a teleprompter, Cruz delivers an angry, off-putting speech in which he repeats a
multitude of lies about Trump’s positions. (Cruz falsely claims that Trump wants to
expand ObamaCare, for example.) The pretentious Cruz says, “For the candidates who
have not yet won a state… I ask you to prayerfully consider our coming together.” (Cruz
makes the remark before Minnesota is called for Rubio, the object of his “request.”)
Rather than hold a victory celebration with a room full of reporters, Trump calls a press
conference, congratulates Cruz and Rubio on well-fought races, and answers questions
from reporters. (Trump’s move is shrewd. His words are conciliatory; he acts
presidential; his manner is calm yet strong. Trump has clearly switched to general
election mode, focusing on defeating Hillary Clinton and sending a message to the voters
that he is the inevitable Republican candidate. The downside of the press conference is
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie remaining behind Trump after introducing him; it is
awkward for Christie and awkward for the viewers.) [88634, 88637, 88638, 88648,
Those Democrats who believe Hillary Clinton can easily defeat Donald Trump in
November should take note of voter turnout. Compared with primary voting in 2008,
Republican turnout is up in Alabama (up 53 percent), Arkansas (67), Georgia (32),
Massachusetts (15), and Minnesota (77), while Democrat turnout is down in Alabama
(down 27 percent), Arkansas (34), Georgia (30), Massachusetts (9), and Minnesota (4).
Republican turnout is up because of enthusiasm for Trump and disgust at the GOP
establishment. Democrat turnout is down because there is little enthusiasm for Clinton.
(According to The Washington Post, more than one million more Republican votes have
been cast so far in the 2016 primaries than Democrat votes.) Most of the enthusiasm on
the Democrat side is for Bernie Sanders. After Clinton sews up the nomination, even that
enthusiasm will dissipate. Clinton cannot win if millions of Democrat voters stay home,
and she does not have the advantage Obama had in 2008: the black vote and the white
guilt vote. Despite what current polls say, there is a potential for a massive win by Trump
in November. Rather than resist Trump, the Republican establishment should embrace
him and use him to help boost their chances of maintaining the Senate—which they may
lose, regardless of the identity of their nominee. [88620, 88646, 88652, 88653]
Hillary Clinton wins 7 of 11 contests and media pundits fall over themselves declaring
her the inevitable Democrat nominee. Donald Trump wins 7 of 11 contests and the
pundits declare he has a tough fight ahead with Ted Cruz and underperformed. [88630,
In election night coverage, CBS’ John Dickerson makes the absurd claim that the
Democrat party “is moving towards the center.” (Dickerson has apparently not noticed
that socialist Bernie Sanders is in the race.) Panelist Jamelle Bouie calls the Trump
campaign racist, saying, “I think it was earlier today, you had black students ejected from
one of his events simply for being black.” (The Black Lives Matter activists were ejected
because they were disturbing the event, not because they were black.) Peggy Noonan
observes, “I believe we are seeing a great political party shatter before our eyes. What we
have seen tonight is more dramatic, contentious, and almost violent in language than
anything that happened in 1976 when Ronald Reagan took on an incumbent sitting
Republican President [Gerald Ford], more dramatic than 1964 when a whole new
ideological school of thought came in and knocked over the Republican establishment.
This is something.” [88640]
On March 2 Michelle Obama delivers an address marking Women’s History Month and
gushes about the administration’s decision to allow women in combat: “Thanks to
brilliant, fearless women like General Vaught, today, more than 200,000 women are
serving our country in just about every role and rank. They’re flying fighter jets, training
new recruits; they’re graduating Army Ranger School—and I met those graduates. They
are awesome. Fierce! And as you’ve already heard, they will soon be welcome [most
likely forcibly] in every combat unit in our armed forces. So there is so much progress to
celebrate.” (Why the nation should celebrate placing even more Americans in harm’s
way in future unjustified wars is not explained.) [88739]
Judicial Watch reports, “A convicted crack dealer who left prison early as part of the
Obama administration’s mass release of federal inmates has been indicted by a grand jury
for fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend and her two kids in Columbus, Ohio. The gory crime
drew national attention because the children, ages 7 and 10, were murdered to eliminate
them as witnesses in the brutal massacre of their 32-year-old mother. This week a grand
jury in Franklin County returned a 10-count, death-penalty indictment against the ex-con,
35-year-old Wendell Callahan, for the triple murders. …Callahan should have been in jail
when the crimes occurred, but he was released four years early because federal
sentencing guidelines for crack dealers got reduced. The change is part of …Obama’s
effort to reform the nation’s justice system as a way of ending racial discrimination.”
Ben Carson issues a statement: “I do not see a political path forward in light of last
evening’s Super Tuesday primary results. However, this grassroots movement on behalf
of ‘We the People’ will continue.” Carson will not participate in the March 3 GOP debate
in Detroit. (This Timeline believes Carson will ultimately endorse Trump.) [88632,
88642, 88673]
A Mitchell poll in Michigan shows Donald Trump in first place with 39 percent; he is
followed by Marco Rubio (19), Ted Cruz (14), John Kasich (12), and Ben Carson (9).
Justin Raimondo writes at Original.Antiwar.com, “March 1, 2016, will go down in
history as the day the incubus of neoconservatism was banished from the Republican
party—and, in effect, destroyed as a viable political force. …Three realities are clear
from the [primary] results: 1. Marco Rubio is finished. …The much-vaunted ‘Marcomentum’ exists only in the minds of a few neocon pundits: insofar as the voters are
concerned, that conceit is a joke. But then again, the neocons have always existed in their
own world: these are the same people who, to this day, insist that the Iraq war wasn’t a
disaster, it was actually a great victory. [Former NSA director General William Odom,
who would know more than the editors of National Review and The Weekly Standard,
called the Iraq War “the greatest strategic disaster in U.S. history.”] …2. The anti-Trump
vote will continue to be divided. …3. The neocons are determined to split the GOP.”
[88681, 88954]
Raimondo continues, “…The neocons hate Trump because his foreign policy is the exact
opposite of their imperialist delusions. He wants to withdraw US troops from Europe. He
wants to do the same in the Pacific theater. He demands that these countries start paying
for their own defense. This is treason as far as the neocons are concerned. …What really
horrifies them, however, is Trump’s sharp critique of the Iraq war, which he calls ‘a
complete disaster,’ and his condemnation of George W. Bush’s legacy. He dared not only
to question the dogma that ‘Bush kept us safe,’ but he also targeted the neocons who
surrounded him… This is why the neocons are determined to destroy Trump. After all, if
The Donald says he’s ready to prosecute Hillary over her emails, why wouldn’t he go
after the neocons for lying us into war—for causing the death of many thousands under
false pretenses? Trump can be vindictive—and this is one area where one can only hope
that he lives up to his reputation.” [88681]
Matthew Boyle writes at Breitbart.com that Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) “is plotting to
take the Republican nomination away from Donald Trump using surreptitious tactics at a
so-called ‘brokered convention,’ according to an audio recording of his campaign
manager in a private meeting with high dollar donors in Manhattan obtained exclusively
by Breitbart News. Last Wednesday evening [February 24] in New York, according to
CNN, Rubio campaign manager Terry Sullivan met privately with a group of supporters
and top donors to chart Rubio’s path forward heading into Super Tuesday after abysmal
performances from the first-term Florid Senator so far. During the meeting, Sullivan
walked Rubio’s money men through the scenario he envisions he will use to stop Trump.
An audio recording of Sullivan giving the PowerPoint presentation obtained exclusively
by Breitbart News shows Sullivan plotting for a brokered convention.” [88675, 88676]
The Republican establishment hopes to keep Trump from winning the 1,237 delegates
needed to capture the nomination. If he is even one vote short at the convention, most of
the delegates are free to vote as they see fit on the second round of voting—and most of
the delegates are people who have attended conventions before and likely have stronger
ties to the establishment than to Trump. Sullivan admits as much in the audio recording:
“None of them look like a Donald Trump supporter. None of them look like a Donald
Trump supporter. …[S]hould this go to the convention, that’s a real problem for Donald
Trump because he’s got to start persuading these same—the people that he’s getting
booed at [sic; by at the debates], that he’s talking about these debates that he’s mocking,
you know what those are? You know what I like to call them? Delegates.” [88675,
Boyle continues, “Sullivan, in his donor meeting, also laid out that [like Obama] Rubio
has been planning to run for president since right after he got into the U.S. Senate,
something that may explain Rubio’s serious delinquency as a U.S. Senator. Rubio has the
worst attendance record—for voting and for committee hearings, including hearings
regarding matters of national security—of any member of the U.S. Senate at this time. A
senior adviser to Trump, Stephen Miller, even went so far on Wednesday to suggest that
Rubio has ‘defrauded’ the taxpayers of Florida and should repay his salary of more than
$1 million over his time in the Senate back to the treasury with interest.” Sullivan even
states, “[I]t was my job to start thinking of these things [Rubio’s presidential run] years
ago and start planning this, should he want to make that decision, so that he was ready on
day one.” [88675, 88676]
At USAToday.com Tavis Smiley writes, “[T]he conventional wisdom is that black voters
have forgiven the Clintons for their attempt to diminish Obama’s 2008 presidential
campaign, and this time around, they’ve got Hillary’s back. Except everyone knows that
in this presidential election cycle, conventional wisdom left the building long before the
train ever left the station. Something tells me that if Donald Trump is indeed the
Republican nominee, it might be a miscalculation for Democrats to assume that black
voters are a lock for their nominee, even with the first black president [Bill Clinton] and
Barack Obama both campaigning for her. …For many black voters, I think it’s fair to say
that, at the moment, at least, Trump is no [Mitt] Romney. Consequently, there is no
reason to believe that if he is his party’s nominee, Donald Trump wouldn’t make a
serious play for black voters. Who knows how much he might skim? In a close election,
it might not take much.” [88641]
BirtherReport.com reports on Maine Governor Paul LePage’s appearance on the Howie
Carr radio program. “When asked why he chose to throw his support behind Trump as
opposed to one of the other remaining candidates in the race, LePage responded that his
decision was rather simple. LePage, a U.S. citizen born in Maine, revealed that two of his
adult daughters were born in Canada during the 70s when LePage was living and
employed there. LePage told Carr that he and his wife were required to have their
daughters naturalized. LePage continued, stating that he had sought an answer as to
whether or not either of his Canadian-born daughters could ever become President.
LePage told Carr that his inquiry resulted in an unequivocal ‘No.’ Lepage’s daughters,
born in Canada to two U.S. citizen parents, are not natural-born citizens. As such, LePage
was told that neither daughter is eligible to hold the office of President of the United
States.” [88669, 88670, 88671, 88728, 90139]
It is reported that former Republican candidate Mitt Romney will reportedly deliver a
“major speech” on March 3. It seems unlikely that Romney will endorse a candidate. The
Republican establishment despises Ted Cruz and certainly would not send Romney out to
endorse him. Rubio has won only one state and may lose his home state of Florida.
Romney will look like a fool if he endorses Rubio and Rubio’s campaign then collapses.
Romney is also unlikely to announce his own candidacy. The voters have already rejected
the establishment’s Jeb Bush, and are not about to embrace an establishment candidate
who blew a better-than-decent chance to defeat Obama in 2012. If Romney’s sole
purpose is to deliver a “stop Trump” speech, that will only further anger the antiestablishment voters and boost Trump’s support. [88643, 88659]
It is worth noting that in 2012 many unemployed Americans stayed home rather than vote
for Romney, not because he was wealthy but because they believed—correctly or not—
that he and people like him had outsourced their jobs. Trump is even wealthier than
Romney, but the unemployed do not believe Trump cost them their jobs. They blame
China, Mexico, Japan, and crony capitalists like Romney. It will be totally ineffective for
Romney to plead with the unemployed and the underemployed to not vote for Trump.
Obama, Hillary Clinton, Mitt Romney, former House Speaker John Boehner, current
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY),
and Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) have done nothing to create
jobs. The voters are angry. They hold almost all the politicians of the last 20 years
responsible, and they certainly are not going to accept advice from Romney.
Rush Limbaugh comments, “One of the three-prong strategies [for the GOP
establishment is] to wait it out and hope that Trump doesn’t get to 1,237 [the delegates
required to win the nomination]. There’s another part of that strategy. If it looks like that
might happen, Romney [would] enter the race at the end, like before the California
primary, and go in there and actually having contested as a candidate. And then the party
unites and coalesces around Romney. I kid you not. This is an establishment dream.
There are some in the Republican Party to [sic; for] whom that is the solution. It boggles
the mind. They’re gonna [sic] send Romney out there to ring the warning bell. But of all
people to send out this warning? To describe what they’re doing, you can’t avoid
sounding mean, unbelieving. It’s really hard. Why don’t they send [John] McCain out?
Why don’t they send [Bob] Dole out?” [88643, 88649]
WND.com notes, “Romney and his political allies have made no secret of their disdain
for Trump. Stuart Stevens, who advised Romney during his failed 2012 presidential
campaign, said Tuesday night that Democrat front-runner Hillary Clinton is better suited
to be commander in chief. ‘Personally, I think Hillary Clinton would be a better president
than Donald Trump because I think that Donald Trump is a dangerous person and is
someone who would embarrass America,’ Stevens said on Bloomberg’s ‘With All Due
Respect,’ the HuffPost Politics reported. ‘I have no desire to see Hillary Clinton as
president of the United States,’ he added. ‘I will not give her my vote, but I can’t support
Donald Trump.’” [88643]
At FoxNews.com veteran political strategist Ed Rollins (who is no fan of Donald Trump)
writes, “Game over! This was a rout, America. Winning seven states and the vast
majority of delegates is a landslide. Donald Trump and the millions of his supporters
have changed American politics and the Republican Party for the foreseeable future. The
nomination is within his grasp and if he does what he said he would do Tuesday night: ‘[I
will] be a unifier!’ he may be a very viable candidate against Hillary Clinton in the fall.
After his victories Tuesday night in multiple states and his second place finish in others,
Trump is in an unstoppable position. Whether the junior senators from Texas and Florida
choose to pursue him, it doesn’t matter, the end is near. Trump, who is an unconventional
candidate, to say the least, has tapped into the anger and frustration across America and
has mobilized voters to turn out in record numbers. Love him or hate him, be inspired by
him or be appalled by him, Trump has totally dominated a political cycle like no other
politician I’ve seen in decades.” [88644, 88668]
“…Trump is getting stronger by the day and his supporters are locked in and not going
away. And no one has mastered the media like this since Teddy Roosevelt and his rough
riders. What’s ahead is a Republican Party that either becomes part of his movement or
splinters into many pieces. No matter what Trump does or says, the nomination is his for
the taking. Winning politics is a game of addition. Trump needs to be more careful in his
words and in his thoughts. He needs to be a more gracious winner. He has convinced
many voters that he is a leader and a change agent. Now he needs to add substance and
surround himself with some advisers who can add to that substance. Thursday night’s
GOP debate should be taken to a higher plane. All sides need to back away from the
name calling and argue over the differences in policies. All the candidates need to tell us
how they will make the United States a better place and how they will beat Hillary and
the Democrats this fall and why they should.” [88644]
“In the very near future, the Republican leadership of the Congress and the nation’s
Republican governors need to sit down and do a ‘Trump negotiation’ session. Why?
Because they need to see if they can find common ground to run on. Trump is the
ultimate salesman and he needs to sell these guys on his candidacy and convince them
that together they can make it work. If not, a holy war lies ahead that will destroy the
Republican Party as we know it. And worse, Hillary Clinton may end up becoming
president. Just as I underestimated Donald Trump, Republicans will be foolish if we
underestimate Hillary Clinton.” [88644]
At HumanEvents.com Ann Coulter writes, “I don’t work at a television network, but I
saw Trump ‘disavow’ David Duke a half-dozen times before Jake Tapper asked him to
disavow Duke again last Sunday. The question served absolutely no journalistic purpose.
No new information was sought. It was just a smear, for the sole purpose of getting the
words ‘KKK’ into the same sentence as ‘Donald Trump.’ …David Duke has never been
accused of rape. Hillary’s most prominent supporter has. Will she be asked to disavow
Bill Clinton? …Does Hillary believe any of her husband’s accusers? How many sexual
assault accusations must there be before she disavows him? …As far as I know, David
Duke has also never supported cop-killing. Boatloads of Hillary’s supporters do—and she
plays footsie with them by endorsing #BlackLivesMatter. I will give Hillary the benefit
of the doubt, and say I do not believe that she personally supports cop-killing. But why is
she seeking the votes of murderous thugs? What kind of campaign is she running that
attracts such people? Will she disavow them? Is she willing to state forthrightly that cops’
lives matter?” [88647]
“…I am not aware of David Duke ever inciting a mob that went on to commit murder. Al
Sharpton has—and no Democrat can run for president without kissing his ring. …David
Duke doesn’t speak at Republican national conventions; Sharpton was given a prominent
speaking slot at the Democratic National Convention less than a decade after his
demagoguery outside Freddy’s ended in the deaths of seven innocent people (this was
also a quarter century after Duke left the Klan). Duke isn’t invited to the White House to
advise Republican presidents. Sharpton has officially visited Obama’s White House at
least 72 times. …Jimmy Carter was endorsed by Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and Obama
was endorsed by Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez—as well as his own friend,
Pentagon-bomber William Ayers. Bernie Sanders has supporters who admired the
world’s greatest mass murder, Josef Stalin. But never, ever, ever will Democrats be asked
to ‘disavow’ the lunatics who support them. The ritualistic demand for ‘disavowals’ is a
game played exclusively with Republicans.” [88647]
Gabriel Sherman writes ay NYMag.com, “According to three Fox sources, Fox chief
Roger Ailes has told people he’s lost confidence in [Marco] Rubio’s ability to win.
‘We’re finished with Rubio,’ Ailes recently told a Fox host. ‘We can’t do the Rubio thing
anymore.’ Ailes was already concerned about Rubio's lackluster performance in GOP
primaries and caucuses, winning only one contest among the 15 that have been held. But
the more proximate cause for the flip was an embarrassing New York Times article
revealing that Rubio and Ailes had a secret dinner meeting in 2013 during which the
Florida senator successfully lobbied the Fox News chief to throw his support behind the
‘Gang of 8’ comprehensive immigration-reform bill. ‘Roger hates seeing his name in
print,’ a longtime Ailes associate told me. ‘He was appalled the dinner was reported,’ the
source said. …Fox’s corporate support of Rubio has also been a growing source of
tension with the network’s more conservative talent. Sean Hannity was furious that the
Times article reported how he went along with Rubio’s immigration proposal. Ailes is
now back to searching for a candidate the channel can rally behind. ‘He’s thinking, ‘What
do we do about the whole damn thing?’' one of the news executive’s friends said.” (Of
course, no network should not be rallying behind any candidate of either party—
especially one that brags that it is “fair and balanced.”) [88660, 88661, 88667, 88693]
Meanwhile, Trump’s Republican rivals are angry that the frontrunner has been given a
plum Saturday (March 5) speaking slot at the American Conservative Union’s annual
Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). (Laughably, the Rubio campaign is
complaining the most, even though Marco Rubio had planned not to address the group
and then decided he would.) According to Politico.com, “The anti-Trump super PAC
Make America Awesome this week launched a petition calling on the ACU to rescind its
invitation to Trump. If plans for Trump’s speech proceed, the group is planning some
form of protest at the convention center hosting CPAC in the Maryland suburbs of
Washington, according to Liz Mair, the GOP strategist behind the PAC.” (A childish
anti-Trump demonstration will only boost support for Trump.) [88662, 89740]
Democrat strategist Mudcat Saunders (a Bernie Sanders supporter) says, “I think Trump
could beat her [Hillary Clinton] like a tied-up billy goat. There are many areas in key
swing states like Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania that look like
Sherman went through and didn’t burn anything. Empty factories, empty buildings, few
opportunities for young people. It’s sad. It should be no surprise to anybody that voters in
those areas are gravitating to Trump.” [88694]
Herman Cain, one of the 2012 GOP presidential candidates, says he will support Donald
Trump if he is the 2016 nominee. “I think they [those planning to resist Trump if he wins
the nomination] ought to stand back and get over it. Support whoever the nominee is, is
what the mantra ought to be for the Republicans. …Now they are panicking. So now they
are saying, some of them …they won’t even support him if he’s the nominee. That will
be the death of the Republican Party.” [88757]
WashingtonPost.com reports, “The Justice Department has granted immunity to a former
State Department staffer, who worked on Hillary Clinton’s private email server, as part of
a criminal investigation into the possible mishandling of classified information, according
to a senior law enforcement official. The official said the FBI had secured the
cooperation of Bryan Pagliano, who worked on Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign
before setting up the server in her New York home in 2009. As the FBI looks to wrap up
its investigation in the coming months, agents are likely to want to interview Clinton and
her senior aides about the decision to use a private server, how it was set up, and whether
any of the participants knew they were sending classified information in emails, current
and former officials said.” (The Post report suggests a grand jury has already been
convened and has heard some testimony. It also suggests that an indictment of someone
is on the horizon.) [88685, 88686, 88691, 88692, 88702, 88703, 88705, 88761]
Mexico’s finance secretary, Luis Videgaray, says, “Under no circumstance will Mexico
pay for the wall that Mr. Trump is proposing. Building a wall between Mexico and the
United States is a terrible idea. It is an idea based on ignorance and has no foundation in
the reality of North American integration.” (By “North American integration” Videgaray
may mean the “North American Union” desired by many “globalists.” They envision an
elimination of borders between the Mexico, the United States, and Canada, with free
trade and the free passage of all residents. Having seen how Europe is destroying itself
with its European Union, one might be hard-pressed to justify such a scheme in North
America, but globalists do not care about the citizens. They care about corporate profits
and government power.) [88845, 88846]
On March 3, ahead of Mitt Romney’s speech slamming Donald Trump, Trump releases a
short video showing Romney’s flip-flops on issues. [88663]
At the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, Mitt Romney lambastes Donald
Trump in a strong but ill-advised speech that will likely backfire (and which was
probably partly written by the Rubio campaign). Romney, who has apparently forgotten
that he heaped monumental praise on Trump when he endorsed him and gave him a fat
check in 2012, excoriates Trump in every way possible. After personally attacking
Trump, Romney warns that Trump will now attack him—as if Trump should ignore his
comments. Romney’s attack includes one monumental lie: he ridicules Trump for saying
he wanted ISIS to defeat the Syrian regime. In fact, Trump had stated he welcomed
Russia’s efforts to defeat ISIS. Laughably, many of Romney’s criticisms of Trump apply
to himself. (He inherited his wealth, he changed positions on various issues, etc.) [88673,
88674, 88687, 88688, 88689, 88695, 88698, 88707, 88708, 88710, 88821]
Romney blasts Trump for having been involved in several business bankruptcies, but
Romney’s Bain Capital was involved in far more than Trump. According to Ronald
Reagan’s former budget director, David Stockman, “During [Romney’s] 16 years at Bain
Capital, fully one-fourth or $600 million of the firms cumulative $2.5 billion of profits
were scalped from companies which went bankrupt soon after Mitt and his partners got
out of town with the loot.” (It is, of course, easy to avoid bankruptcy: never start a
business, never invest in a business, and never create jobs. Trump has reportedly owned
more than 500 companies. Perhaps 10 have been failures. His success rate is
astounding—and far better than that of Romney’s Bain Capital. Had Trump simply
enjoyed his inherited wealth and played golf non-stop he would not have had those 10
failures. But he also would not have had 400+ successes and created tens of thousands of
jobs.) [88673, 88674, 88687, 88688, 88689, 88695, 88698, 88707, 88708, 88710, 88821,
Romney (who was recently secretly visited by his former running mate, Paul Ryan in
Utah) does not endorse Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, or John Kasich. Nor does he state that he
is entering the race. Many will assume that Romney is hoping that no candidate wins the
1,237 delegates needed to win the nomination, with the convention then turning to him to
“save” the party. (Such an outcome would likely guarantee a Democrat victory in
November. Millions of angry Trump supporters will stay home in November rather than
vote for Romney—who could have been elected in 2012 had he gone after Obama with
the ferocity with which he went after Trump. The reality is that the Republican
establishment would rather see Hillary Clinton win than Donald Trump. Clinton would
mean business as usual: the borders will not be sealed; cheap labor will continue to enter
the United States; the federal government will continue to spend billions of dollars on
wasteful “pork”; and the neocons will keep making money on unwarranted foreign wars.)
It is worth noting that Mitt Romney’s father, George Romney, who failed spectacularly in
his attempt to win the Republican nomination in 1968, did his best four years earlier to
scuttle the campaign of the 1964 GOP nominee, Barry Goldwater—who had defeated the
liberal Republican establishment’s preferred candidate, Nelson Rockefeller. George
Romney and many others in the establishment of both parties falsely portrayed Goldwater
as a lunatic who would destroy the world in a nuclear war. The reality was that the
establishment did not want Goldwater upsetting the military-industrial complex’s moneymaking machine. Fast forward to 2016 and little has changed. Goldwater has been
replaced by Donald Trump; George Romney has been replaced by his son; and the
military-industrial complex has been replaced by the military-media complex. The game
is the same: stop an outsider from upsetting the apple cart. [88750]
It is also worth noting that Romney delivered his speech in front of a backdrop that
repeated the name, “Hinckley Institute of Politics.” (Whether that was intended to be a
subtle reminder of Ronald Reagan’s would-be assassin, John Hinckley, Jr. is not known.
Hinckley’s family owns oil companies and reportedly knows the Bush family. In fact, at
the time of the Reagan shooting NBC reported that Scott Hinckley was scheduled to have
dinner with Neil Bush, the son of then-Vice President George H. W. Bush. The
Republican establishment did not like Reagan any more than the Democrat establishment
liked John F. Kennedy. Kennedy was forced to accept the establishment’s Lyndon
Johnson as his running mate; Reagan was forced to accept the establishment’s George H.
W. Bush as his running mate. Johnson then became president after the assassination of
Kennedy. Bush had to wait because the attempted assassination of Reagan failed. If
Donald Trump is the GOP nominee in 2016 but is forced to accept an establishment
running mate, he would be wise to keep his bulletproof vest on and his Secret Service
detail close.) [89198, 89200]
John Nolte writes at Breitbart.com, “On behalf of the Republican Establishment that has
lost the popular vote in 5 of the last 6 presidential elections, the man who Candy Crowley
turned into a quivering puddle of loser, stood before the cameras late Thursday morning
to hurl naked McCarthyism at Republican frontrunner Donald Trump. It’s fine to attack
Trump, or anyone, on substance and legitimate differences of opinion and style, but this
was pure MittCarthyism: ‘I predict that there are more bombshells in his tax returns. I
predict that he doesn’t give much if anything to the disabled and to our veterans. I predict
that he told the New York Times that his immigration talk is just that: talk.’ …With no
evidence, nothing to back up his accusations, the same Mitt Romney who lacked the
nerve to prosecute Obama over Benghazi, demanded a fellow Republican prove he’s not
a communist liar, thief, or felon. …Even though he lost what should have been a lay-up
against a failed president, Romney always struck me as a man of character, a weak man
in many ways, but still a decent man. Today, though, Romney revealed himself as just
another con man, another GOP demagogue terrified at the idea of an outsider upsetting
the business-as-usual that made him filthy rich while the middle class treaded stagnant
water.” [88719]
Romney’s statement is likely only the opening barrage by the Republican establishment,
which will likely trot out a number of well-known politicians and personalities to slam
Trump—at least until the March 15 primaries. Romney’s appearance demonstrates how
little the GOP “elites” understand the electorate. If they so fear Trump, why did Romney
not issue a statement in June or July of 2015? The establishment did not do so because it
expected Trump’s campaign to fizzle out before it even started. The “plan” was for Jeb
Bush to easily win the nomination, but Marco Rubio was the back-up candidate if Bush
failed. (In fact, they likely envisioned a Bush-Rubio ticket facing off against Hillary
Clinton.) The party elites thought they could control the events, but foolishly misread the
electorate. They learned nothing from Congressman Eric Cantor’s defeat in Virginia.
They learned nothing from their loss in 2012. They learned nothing from the Tea Party
phenomenon—although Marco Rubio and others took advantage of it to win office and
then promptly abandoned Tea Party principles. Romney’s appearance is a sign of
desperation. It will do little but solidity Trump’s support among the millions of voters
who refused to be fooled again by the empty promised of the establishment candidates on
both parties.
The establishment will fight to the finish, and that will include rule changes at the
convention. One of the Republican rules requires that the nominee win a majority (not a
plurality) of the delegates in at least eight states. There is a possibility that only Donald
Trump will meet that requirement. The rule was designed to clear the way for Mitt
Romney by keeping Ron Paul or Rand Paul from even getting their votes counted at the
convention. But Romney did not defeat Obama in 2012 and therefore did not become the
GOP’s default candidate in 2016. The rule now works against an establishment that wants
to block Trump. If only Trump meets the eight-state requirement but does not enter the
convention with 1,237 delegates, the rule will be changed so that the delegate totals of
one or more other candidates can be counted and read aloud on the first ballot. After a
few rounds of balloting—and some behind the scenes wheeling and dealing, threats, and
bribery—the delegates would be encouraged to coalesce around a non-Trump alternative.
Of course, if Trump fails to reach 1,237 yet nevertheless has more than every other
candidate on the first ballot, any attempt to switch support to deny Trump the nomination
would lead to many of his supporters sitting out the election—and ensure that the
establishment candidate loses to Hillary Clinton.
Rush Limbaugh observes, “This is the same Mitt Romney who told an audience just last
week, folks, that Americans are so angry… He was explaining the anger in America, and
his theory was that Americans are angry because we’re not facing the big challenges of
climate change and income inequality. Just last week in a speech. Oh, yeah. Yeah, yeah.
We’re angry, you’re angry because you’re mad that Washington isn’t taking climate
change seriously.” [88708]
CNN.com reports, “Mitt Romney has instructed his closest advisers to explore the
possibility of stopping Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention, a source
close to Romney’s inner circle says. The 2012 GOP nominee’s advisers are examining
what a fight at the convention might look like and what rules might need revising. ‘It
sounds like the plan is to lock the convention,’ said the source. Romney is focused on
suppressing Trump’s delegate count to prevent him from accumulating the 1,237
delegates he needs to secure the nomination. But implicit in Romney’s request to his
team to explore the possibility of a convention fight is his willingness to step in and carry
the party’s banner into the fall general election as the Republican nominee. Another name
these sources mentioned was House Speaker Paul Ryan, Romney’s running mate in
2012.” (In a matter of a few weeks, the Republican establishment seems to have united to
stop Trump. Regrettably, over a period of seven years they could not unite to stop
Obama. The only conclusion is that they did not want to stop him.) [88711]
Cleveland.com reports, “Cleveland is seeking to buy 2,000 sets of riot gear, including
riot-control suits and collapsible batons, as part of the city’s latest move to spend a $50
million federal security grant for July’s Republican National Convention.” [88837]
Attorneys for Ted Cruz represent him in a New York court in a case challenging his
eligibility to serve as president. The case will likely be thrown out on technical
grounds—the challenge was not filed within a required legal deadline. (Cruz and Rubio
opponents face the same challenges that blocked Obama opponents. Courts throw out the
cases on technical grounds; or the judges argue that they have no jurisdiction over the
issue; or the judges rule that the challenge must be filed after the election; or, after the
election, the judges rule that the challenge should have been filed before the election; or
the judges absurdly rule that the issue of natural born citizen status is a political issue,
rather than a legal issue. The reality is that the courts are afraid to go near the question of
what the Founding Fathers meant by the term natural born citizen—born on U.S. soil to
two U.S.-citizen parents—because the Democrat and Republican establishments do not
want the question answered.) [88714, 88794, 88848, 88858, 88982, 88983, 89015,
DailyCaller.com reports, “An Egyptian immigrant in the U.S. on a student visa is getting
deported after making threatening remarks about Republican presidential candidate
Donald Trump. According to the website Egyptian Streets, Emad El-Din Ali Mohamed
Nasr El Sayed was arrested three weeks ago after police say he posted a death threat
against Trump on Facebook. ‘I am willing to kill Donald Trump and serve a life
sentence,’ El Sayed said on Facebook. ‘[T]he whole world would thank me for doing
that.’ It may or may not have been serious, but in any case it appears likely to cost El
Sayed. He was arrested by local police Feb. 12.” [88696]
In a Detroit Free Press poll in Michigan, the number are: Trump, 29; Cruz, 19; Rubio, 18;
Kasich, 8; Carson, 8. [88697]
Facebook refuses to remove an “Assassinate Donald Trump” page, stating, “We reviewed
the Page you reported for having a credible threat of violence and found it doesn’t violate
our Community Standards.” [88700, 88701]
In a February 26-28 Gallup poll, Donald Trump leads Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz on the
issues of the economy and jobs (64 percent), the federal budget deficit (61), immigration
(52), national defense and terrorism (46), health care and ObamaCare (44), abortion (29),
getting things done (56), improving U.S. standing in the world (48), protecting
Constitutional rights (38), and dealing with Congress (35). Trump trails Cruz in the issue
of governing as a true conservative (25 versus 42), and trails Rubio on having the right
temperament (25 versus 36 percent). [88833]
Newsbusters.org writes, “For all that the liberal media and politicians rake CEOs over the
coals for being paid too much, it turns out there is a group of people getting paid even
more. Turns out, the average college president is making $377,261 per year, more than
twice the annual haul for the average CEO, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of
Cleveland and CBSNews.com.” [88704]
WND.com reports, “One of the key individuals involved with ticket allocation for
Thursday’s Republican debate is Mitt Romney’s niece, Ronna Romney McDaniel.
McDaniel, the Michigan Republican state chair, was part of an elite group tasked with
dispensing tickets to Fox News’ presidential debate in Detroit, Michigan. The Republican
National Committee allocated 400 tickets to the state party, but only 50 of them will go to
the public.” [88706]
The Trump campaign releases its health care plan and announces that Senator Jeff
Sessions (R-AL) will head the campaign’s national security advisory committee. [88712]
The remaining Republican candidates—Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and
John Kasich—debate in Detroit, Michigan. As expected, Cruz and Rubio attack Trump,
and Trump returns the fire. All three engage in childish, petty insults and lies (primarily
from Cruz) about each other. It is unlikely that the viewers learned anything new, and
unlikely that any of candidates lost or gained much support. The Fox News moderators,
also as expected, ask questions designed to provoke controversy rather than elicit
thoughtful responses. They encourage Cruz and Rubio attacks on Trump, but do not
encourage attacks on Cruz or Rubio. (As usual, the “debate” is not really a debate in the
traditional sense, and after 11 events the viewers tire of hearing that one candidate’s
father was a bartender and another was a mailman. Apparently the politicians have to
discuss the jobs their parents had because they never had real jobs of their own. When
questions essentially boil down to, “In 60 seconds, how will you balance the budget and
achieve world peace?” the candidates and the viewers are done a disservice. They are not
debates; they are livestock shows at county fairs.) [88713, 88723, 88729, 88731, 88742,
As usual, the candidates generally avoid answering questions directly and providing
details of their proposals. Asked how he would solve the problems of Detroit’s
unemployment and decay, Cruz spends his entire 60 seconds describing the
unemployment and decay. Asked how he would cut spending, Trump merely says he will
slash waste and fraud. Rubio talks about Ronald Reagan’s vision. Kasich brags that he
balanced the federal budget, even though it has not run a surplus since Dwight D.
Eisenhower was president in the 1950s. (Anything Kasich accomplished in the House he
largely owes to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.) “Go to MarcoRubio.com” or “Go
to TedCruz.org” do not go unsaid. Asked how he would solve the problems of Detroit’s
unemployment and decay, Cruz spends his entire 60 seconds merely describing that
unemployment and decay. Given additional time, he says he would impose tariffs on
foreign goods (not long after Trump is criticized for saying the same thing to protect
American jobs). The entire event is laughable—as are most of the so-called debates.
Both Rubio and Kasich state they would send U.S. ground troops to Syria, Iraq, and
Libya. Rubio says defeating ISIS “will require a specific number of American special
operators, in combination with an increase in air strikes.” Kasich says, “We have to be
there on the ground in significant numbers… and we have to be in the air.” [88740]
Rubio criticizes Trump’s immigration proposals—which takes some nerve, considering
Rubio has received over $2 million in campaign cash from Disney (which has fired
several hundred tech workers in Florida after first forcing them to train their foreign
replacements under the much-abused H-1B visa rules). [88727]
Rubio, and Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, go after Trump for the class action lawsuit filed
against his Trump University—which provided training in marketing, finance, sales, and
real estate. (Megyn Kelly even compares Trump to convicted con man Bernie Madoff.)
After five years in existence, a single complaint led to a change in the name to TEI
(Trump Entrepreneur Initiative) and closure of the business completely. A new attorney
general in New York, Eric Schneiderman, then chose to go after and harass Trump,
demanding documents and depositions. At RedStateWatcher.com Bill Still, notes that the
judge in the case “specifically stated that even the attorney general ‘does not plead the
elements of fraud but only statutory violations which do not rise to the level of fraud.’
…The decision in favor of Trump dealt a severe blow to the political ambitions of
Schneiderman. Before he came after Trump, The Observer, a New York newspaper put
it, ‘Schneiderman had personally appealed to Donald Trump and members of his family
for campaign donations even as the paperwork for this suit was being readied. [He] was
grandstanding and the suit was essentially bogus.’” [88732, 88733, 88747]
The vast majority of Trump University’s 10-20,000 students were satisfied with the
classes. A small handful filed a lawsuit charging fraud, and others joined in when they
smelled money. The lawsuit will fail once the plaintiffs are placed on the witness stand
and forced to testify under oath. They will be hard-pressed to claim fraud when, after the
completion of their courses, they gave the business high marks on written evaluations.
Rubio (or perhaps Mitt Romney) attack ads feature former Trump University students,
who praised the program—and even registered in multiple courses, hardly something a
dissatisfied student would do. Trump will win the court case—but it will not be
concluded soon enough to vindicate him. [88732]
DCWhsipers.com notes, “The Trump University legal action represents a tiny fraction of
Donald Trump’s business empire. He is right when he recently told reporters he could
easily have settled at any time. That is what the lawyers want—a quick and easy check to
have them go away. Trump refuses to play that game. He does not appear to be a man
who easily conforms to what is little more than a shakedown. Mitt Romney and the GOP
Establishment that is now aligning with him against Trump, is now using Trump’s refusal
to play the civil lawsuit game against him. The American Future Fund has created a
series of infomercials with victims reading from a prepared script intended to call out
Donald Trump as a con man. (Note the timing of that term in conjunction with the Rubio
campaign’s use of it—both American Future Fund and Rubio spoke it against Donald
Trump at the exact same moment.) The Mainstream Media is now pushing these
American Future Fund ads, but neglecting to explain they are being created by affiliates
of the Mitt Romney 2012 campaign.” [88733]
During a debate commercial break, Trump hands the Fox News moderators a document
showing them that Trump University’s Better Business Bureau rating was A+ (on a scale
of F to A). They ignore the document, even though they had minutes before claimed the
rating was much lower. (It is true that the school had previously been given a D- rating.
That prompted actions to improve the business and the rating. The Fox debate moderators
chose not to mention the improvement.) [88741, 88802, 88935]
On March 4 former Virginia Governor Jim Webb, who dropped out of the Democrat
presidential race, appears on Morning Joe and says he will not vote for Hillary Clinton—
but has not yet decided whether he will vote for Donald Trump: “If you’re voting for
Donald Trump, you may get something very good or very bad; if you’re voting for, uh,
Hillary Clinton, you’re gonna [sic] be getting the same thin [four more years of Obama
policies]. Do you want the same thing?” [88725]
Much to the chagrin of Obama, well-respected civil rights activist Charles Evers endorses
Donald Trump. He states, “I think he’s the best one right now. He’s someone like me: he
speaks from the hip. He’s not a politician. …We need more and more jobs.
Unemployment is way up here [in Mississippi]. He’s hired more employees, more
people, than anyone I know in the world. …I see nothing to show he is a racist. I don’t
want any party to assume they’ve got all the black vote. …I believe in him first of all
because he’s a businessman. I think jobs are badly needed in Mississippi.” [88766,
88767, 88817, 88834]
In a WABC radio interview, football legend Mike Ditka tells Sid Rosenberg and Bernard
McGuirk, “Obama is the worst president we’ve ever had. Barack Obama’s a fine man. I
mean, he’s pleasant. He would be great to play golf with. He’s not a leader. This country
needs leadership. It needs direction. It needs somebody that steps up front. We need
somebody like Ronald Reagan. Every once in a while you’re going to get punched in the
chops. But you keep going forward. That’s all there is to it. You know it’s not always
going to be a perfect situation, but to do what he does, there’s no leadership there. I think
that becomes very disgusting to me. …If I were to vote tomorrow, I’d probably vote for
Trump.” (In 2004, Ditka was approached by Illinois Republicans to run against Obama
for the U.S. Senate seat. Ditka declined. Whether he would have defeated Obama can
never be known, but Ditka most certainly would have gained more votes than the
eventual GOP candidate, Alan Keyes—who lost 70-27.) [88776, 88777, 88778]
Mitt Romney embarrasses himself further with an appearance on the Today program,
where he says, “Well, I’ve wanted to be involved in the campaign, if you will, as a bit of
a referee. And when there were some foul balls, be able to call them and see if I can’t
keep people, if you will, guided on the path to, uh, becoming our next president. But the
time came when Donald Trump’s outrage had reached such a level that I simply had to
speak out. I mean, I, you get to the point where you say, your grandkids are gonna [sic]
say to you, ‘Papa, what did you do to stop Donald Trump?’ And I had to, I finally had to
get out and speak.” (Perhaps Trump doesn’t want his grandchildren asking, “¿Por qué
tengo que aprender español?” (“Why did I have to learn Spanish?”)) [88716]
It is worth comparing the early 2012 Republican primary vote totals with the 2016 totals:
New Hampshire
South Carolina
Through the first 15 primary and caucus states in 2016, Trump has accumulated 844,738
more votes than Mitt Romney won in 2012. Of the 15, Romney did better than Trump in
only two states: Vermont and Texas. But the 2012 Texas primary was not until May 29,
at which point Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Michelle Bachmann, and Jon Huntsman
had already dropped out of the race. (Romney’s only opponent was Congressman Ron
Paul (R-TX).) [88748, 88749]
Kellyanne Conway, a pollster and head of a Ted Cruz political action committee, slams
Mitt Romney’s anti-Trump remarks. She tells Breitbart.com, “Here’s the deal. They’re
going to give us Hillary Clinton. Why? Because if you mistreat Donald Trump—sure, he
signed the pledge, but that’s a two-way street. He said if he’s treated well and fairly, he
won’t run third party. If you have a Clinton who can’t get 50 percent but can get in the
forties, if you have a Republican who cannot get the support of the full party for whatever
reason, and then you have a third party, you give the election to Hillary Clinton. Bill
Clinton won in 1992 with less than 50 percent of the vote [because of third-party
candidate Ross Perot]. If these people [in the Republican establishment] want to give us
Hillary Clinton—it’s hard for her to get there on her own. Hillary Clinton gets 41 to 42
percent in the election before she gets out of bed… Getting her the next eight or 10 points
is hard. Men hate her. They’re 48 percent of the electorate. They don’t trust her. They
don’t like her. They don’t think that she’s honest or ready for the job. The gender gap
with Hillary Clinton in a two-person race—the gender gap would be so exclusive with
men, that we can rename the gender gap ‘the Democratic party’s problem with men,’ not
the Republican party’s problem with women. All of that washes away if you give Hillary
Clinton a three-way race and you give her a path to become the next president of the
United States, with 44, 45 percent of the vote. And these people will all own it.” [88715]
The likelihood is that Mitt Romney considered entering the 2016 contest more than one
year ago, but chose to bow out because he believed Jeb Bush would have the nomination
sewed up—based on the anticipated financial backing of establishment donors. The
assumption of many was that the GOP ticket would be Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio. But
with Bush having collapsed like a circus tent in a storm, and Rubio’s circus wagon
having broken an axle, Romney is hoping he can now retrieve the tent poles and set the
tent back up under his own banner. But the circus has already left town with Donald
Trump. All Romney can do now is travel ahead to every town and tell people not to buy
tickets for the next Trump sideshow. So far, however, the tickets are selling out.
At NewsWithViews.com Kelleigh Nelson notes the February 26 document from GOP
consulting firm Data Targeting which outlines the possibility of a third-party run for
president in 2016. The study concludes, “[I]t is possible to mount an independent
candidacy but will require immediate action on the part of this core of key funding and
strategic players.” (North Carolina and Texas has the toughest signature requirements for
getting on the ballot. If Trump essentially locks up the nomination on March 15 and
activists then start going door-to-door in North Carolina and Texas with petitions for a
third-party run, it will be clear that the Republican party elitists will want Mitt Romney
challenging Trump. They know a three-way race between Trump, Romney, and Hillary
Clinton will put Clinton in the White House—but they prefer her to Trump. The neocons
own a lot of Silicon Valley stocks fueled by cheap labor and defense contractor stocks
fueled by the war machine—and Trump threatens both.) [88721, 88722, 88723]
Donald Trump announces he will address a rally in Wichita, Kansas on March 5 rather
than address the Conservative Political Action Conference. (The move is wise. Trump’s
event will have 20,000 supporters applauding and cheering. Anti-Trump forces were
planning a massive walk-out of his CPAC address in order to humiliate him—and the
media would eagerly and repeatedly replay the incident. CPAC is unlikely to return the
$150,000+ Trump has donated to the organization over the last five years, yet allows antiTrump merchandise to be sold at the conference.) [88717, 88720, 88726, 88730, 88744,
FreeBeacon.com reports that the Clinton campaign has been paying Hillary Clinton a
salary for being the candidate. The total so far: $254,000. “While it is legal for candidates
to pay themselves from campaign funds, the rule was established and intended for
candidates who are not well off and quit their jobs to run for political office. Bill and
Hillary Clinton are estimated to be worth over $100 million dollars combined, with
Hillary’s net worth estimated around $30 million and Bill’s estimated around $80
million, according to previous reviews of financial disclosure reports. Clinton’s campaign
did not respond to a request for comment on the payments by press time.” [88724]
At the Conservative Political Action Conference, Ben Carson announces the suspension
of his presidential campaign. He does not endorse another candidate, but warns, “We
cannot afford to give the Democrats all of this ammunition. I wish that people would
remember what happened last time and how the Republicans were destroying each
other.” Carson criticizes Mitt Romney’s attack on Trump, saying, “People who think
Donald Trump would be the worst thing that ever happened—you make a really big
mistake by trying to thwart the will of the people.” Carson points out that campaign
rhetoric has to be taken with a grain of salt: “He would feel terrible if he had a presidency
that was not successful. And he’s smart enough to know that he cannot have a successful
presidency with some of the things that he’s talking about, so he would appoint people
who were very, very good and very, very smart and he would largely stay out of their
way.” [88753]
Author and columnist Michelle Malkin excoriates the Republican party establishment at
CPAC. She says, “It’s not people outside the party that [sic; who] have thrown the
conservative, grassroots base under the bus. It’s the people who have paid lip service to
limited government while gorging on it.” She slams Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL),
saying, “It wasn’t any outside candidate that [sic; who] is not a part of our movement
who conspired with the ‘gang of eight’ [to produce amnesty legislation]. It was people
with Rs by their name.” (Malkin pulls no punches. She draws cheers from conservatives
who agree with her, and boos from supporters of pseudo-conservatives like Jeb Bush and
John Kasich.) Malkin refers to the presidential campaign as a “pageant of the
imperfects.” [88774, 88775]
DCWhispers.com writes, “Marco Rubio was grabbed by the scruff of the neck two weeks
ago by his Establishment masters and told to get more aggressive against the insurgent
campaign of Donald Trump. Rubio complied, was embarrassed by a poor showing on
Super Tuesday, and has since been all but left to politically wither and die by the very
same Establishment that so recently promised him its support. While GOP contemporary,
Senator Ted Cruz successfully, albeit somewhat anemically, defended his home turf of
Texas on March 1st, rumors of anti-Rubio internal polling data in Florida has the Rubio
campaign bracing for what now appears to be its imminent demise. Rubio thought
himself elevated by his recent, and somewhat tawdry, attacks on Donald Trump. Instead,
it appears Mr. Rubio is getting schlonged JEB!-style and quickly being left alone to
twitch out his remaining days leading up to the Florida primary on March 15th, the very
primary the campaign was so confidently declaring it would win just a week earlier.
Team Rubio does not sound nearly so confident today. With a voice hoarse, eyes oddly
vacant, and forced mannerisms that have lost their confidence, Marco Rubio has the
appearance of a political lost soul, a soul he happily sold to the Establishment devil that
has since banished him to failed campaign damnation. Last night, Donald Trump
repeatedly referred to the junior senator from Florida as, ‘Little Marco.’ The problem for
Marco Rubio is how much he represents that description.” [88734]
CNSNews.com reports, “The number of Americans not in the labor force last month
totaled 93,688,000, 374,000 fewer than the 94,062,000 not in the labor force in January—
and the labor force participation rate also improved, with 62.9 percent of the civilian
noninstitutional population either holding a job or actively seeking one. …The Bureau of
Labor Statistics says the economy added 242,000 [mostly part-time] jobs in February
(compared with a revised 172,000 in January), and the unemployment rate was
unchanged at 4.9 percent for the second month in a row. …Among the major worker
groups, the unemployment rates for adult men (4.5 percent), adult women (4.5 percent),
teenagers (15.6 percent), Whites (4.3 percent), Blacks (8.8 percent), Asians (3.8 percent),
and Hispanics (5.4 percent) showed little or no change in February.” [88737, 88738,
The Burning Platform’s Jim Quinn writes, “Even though the equally manipulated GDP is
at 1% or below, retail sales are plunging, corporate profits plummeted by 15% in the 4th
quarter and Challenger & Grey corporate layoff announcements were up 42% in January
versus last year, our fraudulent friends at the BLS [Bureau of Labor Statistics] announced
glorious employment figures this morning. The Establishment data that gets all the
headlines blared that 242,000 net new jobs were created in February. Of course, 129,000
fake birth/death jobs were factored into that number. Anyone with a functioning brain
(excludes Wall Street economists, CNBC shills, and any government apparatchik) knows
that more businesses have been closing than opening for the last four years as Obamacare
and government solutions destroy the economy. Rather than adding 129,000 jobs, small
businesses likely subtracted 50,000 jobs in February. That would put the true number at
about 60,000.” [88760]
“In a shocking coincidence, Trim Tabs, a privately run independent company that
monitors actual real time payroll withholding tax info issued a report two days ago which
said the number of new jobs created in February was between 55,000 and 85,000, based
on actual withholding tax data. If you are employed, payroll taxes are automatically
extracted. This data cannot be manipulated by the government propagandists. It reveals
the truth. No seasonal adjustments, tweaks or phantom jobs added. It’s pure tax data.
…The falsity of the headline numbers is borne out by the fact wages plunged in February.
Average weekly earnings crashed from $878.15 to just $872.04, and at -0.7%, this was
the biggest monthly drop in the entire series history. …The work week is 0.2 hours lower
than last February. The average working stiff is stuck with a part-time, low paying,
service job with no benefits. Do you think Trump’s soaring poll numbers have anything
to do with this ‘fantastic’ jobs recovery?” [88760]
“So, we have the BLS reporting tremendous job growth over the first two months of
2016, while actual payroll tax data and actual corporate layoff announcements showing
little or no growth. Who to believe? Wages are dropping. The number of hours worked is
dropping. The number of part-time jobs is soaring. The number of self-employed EBay
sellers is going up. Retail sales are terrible. Polls show most people think the economy is
on the wrong track. Corporate profits and all economic indicators indicate recession.
Establishment politicians are being tarred and feathered. Do you believe the facts or do
you believe the government manufactured propaganda, propagated by their corporate
MSM mouthpieces, and peddled by the Wall Street criminal bankers?” [88760]
Obama states, “This morning, we learned that the U.S. economy had created 242,000 jobs
last month. That’s two months in a row at the unemployment rate of below 5 percent.
And over the past three months, our workforce has grown by 1.5 million people. That is
progress. Overall, America’s business has now created new jobs for 72 straight months,
six straight years of job creation—14.3 million new jobs. In fact, our businesses have
created jobs every single month since I signed that job-killing ObamaCare bill. …In other
words, the numbers, the facts don’t lie. And I think it’s useful, given that there seems to
be an alternative reality out there from some of the political folks that America is down in
the dumps. It’s not. America is pretty darn great right now, and making strides right
now.” [88827]
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 134 million workers in the United
States in January 2009, when Obama entered the White House. In January 2016 there
were 143 million. The increase has been 9 million, not 14.3 million. Obama conveniently
counts jobs created (many of which have been low-paying, part-time jobs) but ignores
jobs lost to come up with his total. That is, if the economy creates 14 million jobs but 5
million people lose their jobs, the net gain is only 9 million. Further, the population has
increased substantially since January 2009, and millions of students have graduated from
college since that date. Obama has little to brag about, and he knows it—which is why he
is playing fast and loose with the figures. [88828]
According to TheBlaze.com, Ted Cruz’s new national spokesman—hired to replace Rick
“dirty tricks” Tyler—has been in trouble more than once for hiring illegal immigrants.
According to a February 26-March 3 Gallup poll, 54 percent of Republicans and
Republican-leaning independents have a favorable image of Donald Trump. Marco Rubio
scores 53 percent; Ted Cruz manages only 48 percent. [88745]
ThePostEmail.com reports on an eligibility challenge filed in Texas. It charges that Ted
Cruz is not a natural born citizen and therefore cannot serve as president. (In a 2012
interview with Michael Medved, Cruz defined a natural born citizen as one having “two
citizen parents and born on the soil.” In an August 13, 2011 interview with a Republican
Texas State Committee member Cruz said it is a “mistake” for conservatives to resist the
interpretation of the Fourteenth Amendment that claims mere birth on U.S. soil—even to
illegal immigrant parents—makes one a U.S. citizen. In an August 22, 2015 interview,
Cruz said, “I think we need to end birthright citizenship. …I’ve had that position for
many years.” No, he has not. He changed his position after he saw the support Donald
Trump was getting because of the issue.) [88754, 88755, 88857, 89362, 89393, 89989]
A Donald Trump rally in New Orleans is disrupted by Black Lives Matter protesters.
BizPacReview.com writes that the activists “were met by a sea of angry Trump
supporters. Things got intense as the two sides clashed, with NBC correspondent Katy
Tur describing the atmosphere as ‘scary.’ …The protesters were eventually ejected by
security, but there were plenty of video clips posted on social media capturing the intense
moments.” (Some protesters apparently do not understand the nature of free speech. One
does not have unlimited free speech rights on someone else’s property, just as a driver’s
license does not give on the right to take someone else’s car. It is likely that such protests
will continue at Trump events. The protesters will likely be encouraged—and perhaps
even paid for—by the anti-Trump forces. The establishment goal is to convince the voters
that “nominating Trump will lead to chaos in the streets, so you may as well support
Marco Rubio, Mitt Romney, or Paul Ryan.”) [88764]
On March 5 the Daily Mail reports, “A German water park that has been the scene of two
sex attacks by migrants have announced plans to segregate men and women. The plan
will involve banning men and teenage boys from using the waterslides at certain times
when only women, girls and very young boys will be allowed access.” (Apparently it
does not occur to German officials to improve security and arrest the Muslims who attack
young girls.) [88803]
Meanwhile, Breitbart.com reports almost half of Swedish women are afraid to be out in
the dark because of fears of being raped by refugees. “Many women were so afraid of
trying to get home in the dark, they would go to lengths to avoid it. Almost one third said
they’d rather stay at a friend’s house overnight than try and get home, should they be
caught out by the falling sun. …Today, Sweden has been called [the] rape capital of the
west, and despite efforts to debunk the title it still has significantly higher than average
rates of assault. …One major concern is that many of these men remain free after
offending, having been handed extremely short sentences or not having been caught at
all. …[T]he police stopped revealing the identity of offenders in crimes where migrants
were involved to avoid seeming ‘racist’…” Police in Östersund, Sweden warn women
against traveling alone at night. Pamela Geller observes, “They’re scared because of the
Muslim invaders. And yet instead of doing anything to stop the invaders, Sweden (and
Europe in general) are just bringing in more of them. Europe is committing suicide before
our eyes.” [88804, 88805, 88917, 88918, 89063]
In Salt Lake City, police shoot Abdullahi Mohamed, a Muslim teenager who refused to
stop beating a homeless man. The Associated Press headline: “Refugee shot by Salt Lake
City police fled violence, squalor in search of a ‘better life.’” (The 17-year-old Mohamed
reportedly already had four felony arrests and stabbed his father when he was 11 years
old.) [89194, 89197]
ZeroHedge.com warns about the calls for the elimination of $100 bills and the imposition
of negative interest rates: “[T]he excuse given for banning big bills is that it combats
crime. And maybe it does. But in the end the rationale is simple: if there are no more
physical banknotes, people have no economic autonomy. Let’s say consumer spending is
stagnating. No problem, take rates to -20% [negative 20 percent]. We bet they’ll start
spending then—either that or see their deposits haircut by 20%. In short, no cash means
no effective lower bound and with no lower bound, the economy can be completely
centrally planned—for all intents and purposes. Consumers not spending? No problem.
Just tax their excess account balance. Economy overheating? Again, no problem. Raise
the interest paid on account holdings to encourage people to stop spending.” [88806,
88807, 89196, 89254]
Among others, Lawrence Summers, former Treasury Secretary under Bill Clinton,
advocates eliminating $100 bills. Negative interest rates in Japan have led to a dramatic
increase in the sale of home safes. If one loses money by keeping it in the bank, one may
as well stuff it under a mattress. But if governments eliminate large-denomination
currency, the citizens are forced to deal electronically with all financial transactions. One
way around that government control is to keep gold and silver. But even that is not
foolproof. Shortly after becoming president, Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered gold to be
confiscated. Americans were paid $20.67 per ounce, in paper currency, for the gold they
turned in. The government then “declared” the price of gold to be $35 per ounce—after it
had collected it. In 1971 President Richard M. Nixon made the abysmal decision to
eliminate the gold standard completely, which gave the Federal Reserve free rein to
inflate the money supply to finance federal deficits. That, in turn, led to massive price
increases. The federal government follows the same disastrous policies today. [88006,
88807, 89196, 89254]
It is worth noting that even with a positive interest rate a depositor loses wealth simply by
keeping his money in the bank because the inflation rate is greater than the interest rate.
If, for example, one has $1,000 in the bank and it earns interest of one percent, one year
later the deposit would be $1,010. But that $1,010 would not be enough to buy goods that
had cost $1,000 one year earlier, because an inflation rate of three percent would raise the
price of those goods to $1,030. That one loses wealth by saving it is perfectly acceptable
to the federal government, which wants Americans to be consumers rather than savers—
based on a failed understanding of how capitalism and a free economy function. It is
through savings that capital is accumulated. That capital can then be loaned to
entrepreneurs to start businesses and create jobs. (There would have been no Model T
automobile had Henry Ford not been able to borrow the money needed to build his
On YouTube, filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza posts a trailer for his upcoming film, Hillary’s
America. (It will be released in July, at about the time of the Democrat National
Convention.) [88788, 89185]
A few dozen supporters of Donald Trump get revenge on Ted Cruz, and walk out of his
speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) when he ridicules
Trumps’ “Make America Great Again” message. [88717, 88720, 88726, 88730, 88744,
88751, 88758, 89725]
Cruz wins the straw poll at CPAC, with 40 percent. He is followed by Marco Rubio (30),
Trump (15), and John Kasich (8). [88770]
In a March 4-5 ARG poll in Michigan, John Kasich leads with 33 percent. Donald Trump
follows with 31; Ted Cruz has 15 percent; Marco Rubio, 11. (The Michigan primary is
March 8.) [88782]
Marco Rubio addresses a sparse crowd at an event in Jacksonville, Florida. [88847]
Trump addresses a rally in Wichita, Kansas, and then heads to Orlando, Florida—where
the line to enter the event is 10 blocks long. [88756, 88758]
DailyCaller.com reports, “Conservative icon and talk show host Glenn Beck is under
federal investigation for apparently threatening to repeatedly stab GOP frontrunner
Donald Trump. While Glenn Beck has since insisted that his murder threat Friday was
actually directed at his co-host, the Secret Service appears to be taking the threat
seriously and is unwilling to leave the matter up to chance, CBS11 reports.” (It is clear
from the conversation that Beck said if he were on the debate stage next to Trump he
would stab him repeatedly. Beck’s words: “If I was close enough and had a knife, really,
I mean, I, the stabbing just wouldn’t stop.”) [88752, 88765, 88784, 88808, 88843]
Beck is arguably in need of professional counseling. He has claimed that God took
Justice Antonin Scalia from the nation so that the voters could see the necessity of
electing Ted Cruz. Cruz’s father, Rafael Cruz, has stated, “Saint Antonin Scalia—and I’m
referring to him as a saint because I believe he should be named one because he died for
this country and for Christianity—was one of the last surviving crusaders and fighters
against the evil that is sweeping across America today. He was a true constitutionalist and
a living, breathing embodiment of conservative, traditional America. The fact that he is
no longer among us opens up the opportunity for Obama or somebody else to name the
wrong person as the next Justice of the Supreme Court. If Scalia’s replacement were to be
another liberal, we might as well all commit mass suicide right away. And speaking of
suicide, I would like to add that I wholeheartedly believe that that was how Justice Scalia
actually died. I don’t believe he died in his sleep; I believe he consciously and willingly
went to meet our Lord, Jesus Christ, and I also believe he only had one reason to do it—
to show the people of America why my son should—no, scratch that,—must be the next
President of the United States. My son is a conservative and a traditionalist, just like
Scalia was, and I know it was Scalia’s wish that my son Ted becomes President. I know
this because he told me so.” (If Ted Cruz is the Republican nominee, the Democrats will
crush him like a bug in the election. He and his father will be mocked incessantly.)
According to PJMedia.com, Vice President Joe Biden’s recent one-night visit to Mexico
to apologize to Mexicans for Republicans wanting a secure border cost $538,528 for
hotels alone. (Whether he returned with any tequila and sombreros is not reported.)
Republican and Democrat caucuses and primaries are held in Kansas, Kentucky, and
Maine. Democrats caucus in Nebraska. Primaries for both parties are held in Louisiana.
None of the five states allow crossover voting, which means Trump cannot get the
“Reagan Democrat” votes he received in some previous states. Trump also has a
disadvantage in caucus states, where substantive GOP “ground games” help some
candidates more than others. The Democrat caucuses are advantageous to the candidate
farthest to the political; left, while the Republican caucuses are advantageous to the
candidate farthest to the political right. (The only remaining GOP caucus states are Utah
and Hawaii; the rest are primary elections.) [88787]
It is worth noting that it is easier to cheat in caucuses than in primaries. The primaries are
run by the states and operate like elections. The caucuses, however, are run by the
political parties, which makes it easier for political operatives to engage in shady tactics.
One woman from Kansas, Glenna Young, writes on Facebook: “I am writing to [Kansas
Secretary of State] Chris Kobach! My son & his family stood in line for 3 to 4 hours &
never got to vote. Three Trump votes gone! It was horrible! It was a set up from the very
beginning! Cruz workers were blocking the doors! How did they get away with it? Cruz
workers would go around the line & pick out the Cruz voters take them to the front of the
line so they finished faster. This was in Wyandotte county! In Johnson County where
there was total chaos it was a 3 hour wait! The time limit was from 10 to 2 & it took us
2.5 hours. They said the computers were slow!” There are also reports of Cruz supporters
voting twice. [88792, 88802]
Democrat-socialist Bernie Sanders defeats Hillary Clinton in the Kansas and Nebraska
Hillary Clinton wins the Louisiana primary.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-KS) wins the Kansas caucuses with 48 percent of the vote. (Trump,
who finishes with a mere 23 percent, had a slight lead in some pre-caucus polls but spent
little time and money in the state—knowing Cruz might have the edge because of the
evangelical vote. In fact, Rick Santorum won the Kansas caucuses in 2012 with 51.2
percent; Mitt Romney had only 20.9 percent. Like Romney, Trump never seriously
contested the state. Mike Huckabee won the 2008 Kansas caucuses with 59.58 percent of
the vote—and then promptly went nowhere.) [88769, 88771, 88790, 88791]
Cruz wins the Maine caucuses.
Trump wins the Louisiana primary and Kentucky caucuses—but by smaller margins than
polls had suggested. (Trump has been damaged because of his last two debate
performances, television attack ads, and perhaps Mitt Romney’s criticism. In early voting
by mail, Trump trounced Cruz in Louisiana. In election day voting, they were each at
about 40 percent.) [88772, 88787]
Trump essentially does as predicted by the polls. He slightly underperforms the polls in
Kansas and Kentucky; he slightly over performs in Louisiana and Maine. Cruz over
performs in all four states while Rubio underperforms in them. Essentially, Cruz picked
up most of the support Rubio has lost. [88819, 88820]
Marco Rubio and John Kasich win no states. In the first 19 GOP contests, Rubio has one
victory (the Minnesota caucuses) and Kasich has none. The voters overwhelmingly prefer
candidates the Republican establishment fears or hates (Trump and Cruz). If neither
Trump nor Cruz accumulate the 1,237 delegates necessary to capture the nomination on
the first ballot at the convention, it will be interesting to see who the establishment backs.
It might be wise to engineer a Trump-Cruz ticket. (A Cruz-Trump ticket would never
happen because Trump would turn down the vice president spot.) If the establishment
changes rules at the convention or wheels and deals to nominate someone other than
Trump or Cruz (such as Mitt Romney or Paul Ryan), millions of Republican primary
voters will be incensed and may desert the party for good. The establishment is in a bind.
It does not want Trump or Cruz to be the nominee, but those two candidates have won 18
of the first 19 primaries and caucuses. Romney’s attack on Trump was an arms-flailing,
desperate effort to stop Trump that may only have made the voters even more opposed to
a party establishment that has made decades of promises yet delivered no results.
The problem Cruz faces is that he has tailored his campaign to appeal to the voters he
believes stayed home in 2012 and did not vote for Mitt Romney: evangelicals (because of
Romney’s Mormon religion) and hard-core conservatives. But by appealing to those two
groups, Cruz is turning off some of the other voters: those who may be religious but do
not think a candidate should be overly zealous about his religion, and the more moderate
Republicans who want solutions to problems but who are not strict ideologues. (The more
moderate Republicans want a border wall and job security, but they are not willing to lose
the November election to Hillary Clinton over the issues of abortion and same-gender
marriage—where Clinton would pound Cruz repeatedly.) Trump, on the other hand, has a
broader appeal than Cruz—and he is intentionally broadening it even more as he looks
ahead to the post-convention fight against the Democrat nominee. (Trump can say he is
pro-life, but he will not say abortion should be prohibited altogether because that would
give the victory to Clinton.) Trump may be insufficiently conservative to win the
nomination, but Cruz may be too conservative to win the general election.
On the other hand, Cruz may be more of a neoconservative than a conservative.
According to The Marshall Report, his wife Heidi “sat on a Council on Foreign Relations
task force for the North American Free Trade Agreement… right up until 2011 when Ted
announced he was running for the Senate!” Heidi Cruz was “‘SPECIAL’ Assistant to
Ambassador Robert B. Zoellick? Do you know WHO he is??? Mitt Romney put Zoellick
on his team and caught great criticism over it but we didn’t hear about that through Fox
or anyone else now did we! …Zoellick is a former U.S. trade representative, deputy
secretary of state, president of the World Bank, and vice chairman of Goldman Sachs.
…Zoellick played a key role in the passage of the Central American Free Trade
Agreement, the U.S.-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement, the Jordan Free Trade Agreement,
and the restoration of fast track negotiating authority via the Trade Act of 2002. He was
also a top U.S. negotiator during the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)
negotiations that lead to the formation of the World Trade Organization (WTO).” On
April 22, 2015, Cruz and Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) co-authored an opinion piece
supporting Trade Promotion Authority to give Obama “fast-track” authority to engage in
trade deals without the approval of Congress. [88796, 88798, 89816, 90119]
Longtime political operative Roger Stone later adds at DailyCaller.com that Heidi Cruz is
“a high-powered Bush insider, who served as deputy to National Security Advisor
Condoleezza Rice before signing on as a Deputy to U.S. Trade Representative Robert
Zoellick, neocon stalwart and former Chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Zoellick wired a cushy job for Heidi when she landed at Goldman Sachs as a partner.
Goldman would, of course, go on to make a secret $1 million loan to fund Ted’s U.S.
Senate campaign while both Cruzes lied about the source of funds being Heidi’s
retirement savings. …Ted and Heidi Cruz have had a sometimes troubled relationship
punctuated by bouts of physical separation that began when two young Christians on the
fringe of protestant evangelicalism met while working on the Bush-Cheney 2000
presidential campaign. Ted and Heidi began their married years as a Washington-insider
‘power couple,’ before Ted left Heidi to continue her investment banking career in
Washington, while Ted returned to Texas to pursue his political ambitions.” [89316,
“…In an article dated March 18, 2015, BuzzFeed reporters McKay Coppins and Megan
Apper published a heavily redacted police report that described a bizarre incident
involving Heidi Cruz in 2005. According to the police report, around 10 p.m. on the night
of Aug. 22, 2005, the Austin Police Department dispatched Officer Joel Davidson to an
intersection a couple of miles west of the Texas City’s downtown. ‘A passerby had called
to report that a woman in a pink shirt was sitting on the ground near the MoPac
Expressway with her head in her hands, and no sign of a vehicle nearby,’ Coppins and
Apper wrote. ‘When the officer arrived, he found the woman on a swath of grass between
an onramp and the freeway. She said her name was Heidi Cruz.’”
“…He [Officer Davidson] asked what she was doing by the expressway,’ Coppins and
Apper continued. ‘(S)he replied that she lived on nearby Hartford Street, and ‘had been
walking around the area.’ She went on to tell Davidson that she was not on any
medication and that she hadn’t been drinking, aside from ‘two sips of a margarita an hour
earlier with dinner.’ He wrote that he ‘did not detect any signs of intoxication.’ While the
heavily redacted police report did not claim the incident involved a suicide attempt,
Officer Davidson did put into writing that he believed Cruz was a ‘danger to herself,’
noting that he found her sitting 10 feet away from heavy traffic, unable to explain what
she was doing there.” [89316, 89317]
Donald Trump calls on Marco Rubio to drop out of the race so he can go one-on-one
against Ted Cruz in Florida on March 15. (Trump knows full well that Rubio will not
quit, because Trump is more likely to win Florida if both Cruz and Rubio are in the race.
Trump’s statement is merely a taunt. If Rubio loses Florida, of course, many will be
calling on him to quit, to make it easier for Cruz to win a few states in the hopes of
denying Trump the 1,237 delegates needed to win the nomination.) [88786, 88787]
On CNN, looney lesbian leftist columnist Sally Kohn says, “…And I’m worried. When
[Donald Trump] he institutes internment camps and suspends habeas [corpus] we’ll all
look back and feel pretty bad.” (Habeas corpus, meaning “You have the body” in Latin, is
a court order that commands the government that has imprisoned someone to produce the
individual so the court can determine legality of custody. Suspending habeas corpus
essentially means people can be locked up without cause. Article I, Section 9, Clause 2 of
the U.S. Constitution states, “The Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be
suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require
it.” President Abraham Lincoln suspended habeas corpus during the Civil War. Kohn is
absurdly suggesting that a President Trump will order the arrest of people with no
justification, to hold them in prison without trials or justification.) [88831, 88832, 88893]
On March 6 former First Lady Nancy Reagan dies at age 94. NBC tweets: “BREAKING
NEWS: Former first lady Nancy Reagan has died. She was 94.” (The tweet is
accompanied not by a photograph of Nancy Reagan, but a photograph of wax figures of
her and her husband. The shameless tweet is later deleted.) [88773, 88800, 88809]
At CommentaryMagazine.com Michael Rubin writes, “Colin Kahl, Vice President Joseph
Biden’s National Security Advisor, reportedly told a conference at the RAND
Corporation that the $100 billion released to Iran under the terms of the Comprehensive
Joint Plan of Action (JCPOA) were ‘being used for domestic investment, to the dismay of
[Qods Force chief] Qassem Soleimani.’ Really? It would be useful for Kahl and the
White House to provide details—perhaps even a balance sheet—to justify that statement
because, frankly, it appears to be based more on wishful thinking than reality.” (The
Obama administration claim is total nonsense.) [88864]
On Face the Nation, Donald Trump (who gives the appearance of supporting Ted Cruz
more than any other candidate) warns that the GOP “is really playing with fire” if it
mounts a third-party challenge against him. “A third party means absolutely they [the
Democrats] will have four or five very liberal judges [on the Supreme Court] as opposed
to four or five very conservative judge. …Frankly, we are building up numbers that have
been incredible within the Republican Party. Whether it is South Carolina or New
Hampshire, the numbers are astronomical and I don’t think they’ve ever seen anything
like this. …I get along with people. I am a unifier. I am very much a unifier and maybe
people don’t see that, but they will see that. My relationship with people has been very
great over the years.” (Trump has mentioned as possible future Supreme Court nominees
Circuit Court Appeals Judges William H. Pryor, Jr. and Diane S. Sykes. Both are good
choices and neither would displease conservatives.) [88779, 89529]
Also on Face the Nation, Ted Cruz plays the “secret information” card, claiming, “I think
an awful lot of reporters—I can’t tell you how many media outlets I hear, you know, have
this great exposé on Donald [Trump], on different aspects of his business dealings or his
past, but they said, ‘You know what? We’re going to hold it to June or July. We’re not
going to run it now.’” (This is the oldest political trick in the book, and merely follows
Mitt Romney’s charge that Trump is “hiding something” in his tax returns—when
Romney has no way of knowing what is in those returns. Of course, if Cruz is privy to
damaging information he would be wise to release it as soon as possible so that he can
defeat Trump in the primaries. It makes no sense to damage Trump later in the process, at
which point the Republican establishment might very well turn to someone other than
Cruz to be its nominee.) [88816, 88892]
Face the Nation’s John Dickerson tells Hillary Clinton he has “talked to Democrats and
they worry that somebody is going to get indicted.” She responds, “Well, there is no basis
for that.” She claims she is “delighted” that Bryan Pagliano, who set up her server in her
Chappaqua, New York home, “has agreed to cooperate, as everyone else has. And I think
that we will be moving toward a resolution of this…” [88826, 88852]
On Meet the Press, The New York Times’ faux conservative David Brooks says, “Yeah,
uh, this [Republican primary fight] is gonna [sic] go on for a long time, and this is IranIraq war, uh, I, I want them both (Donald Trump and Ted Cruz] to lose, uh, and I think
that’s gonna [sic] happen. I still think I’m the last person in America—this is not TrumpCruz. This is gonna [sic] go on for months. …If you get A attacking B, and B attacking
A, [then] C, you’re gonna [sic] get a C. You’re gonna [sic] get a C. It’s going to be
Rubio. I’m telling you, it’s gonna [sic] be Rubio. Right now, you have the conflict
between the conservative, the philosophical conservative wing, which is the National
Review crowd, and the rogue wing, which is talk radio and Trump. And so it’s interesting
to see how that breaks down. Right now, Trump has the advantage in that, because the
conservative movement is less conservative than it was ten years ago. The financial crisis
has hit people hard, and they want a government that’s on the side of the little guy as long
as it’s not filled with liberal values. So, Trump, in the short term, but we’re prepping the
establishment. Do not panic! There’s gonna [sic] be lots of this! Wait for Rubio!”
(Brooks is mistaken if he believes Rubio is more conservative than Cruz. Rubio, like “the
National Review crowd,” is hardly conservative in its support of open borders, amnesty,
and unwarranted wars.) [88801]
On Fox News Sunday, Rush Limbaugh says of Mitt Romney’s attack on Trump, “[I]t’s
not unprecedented. His dad [George Romney] did much the same thing against Barry
Goldwater with a cabal with Republican establishment guys back in 1964. The
establishment—this isn’t new—the establishment not wanting outsiders, not wanting
conservatives, isn’t anything new. …Donald Trump has put together a coalition… that’s
exactly what the Republican Party says that it needs to win. And, yet look what they’re
doing. They’re trying to get Trump out of the race because they’re not in charge of it,
they’re not on control of it.” [88780]
Limbaugh also warns of “utter chaos” if the Republican establishment tries to steal the
nomination from Donald Trump if he goes into the convention with a majority of the
delegates: “If that happens, there’s a walk-out. If that happens, then you’ve got utter
chaos, because it will exemplify, typify exactly what has happened to the Republican
Party at its base.” Although Limbaugh has not endorsed anyone, he says there is a “much
bigger upside than downside” to Trump. “A lot of people disagree with me on this, but
the people who want somebody not of Washington—it’s serious this time, the disconnect
between the Republican Party establishment and the Democratic establishment, and the
people of this country is longer, broader, wider than I have ever seen it. These people in
the establishment have been telling us they’re the ones to fix everything, and everything
they’ve tried to fix, they’ve botched.” [88830]
Also on Fox News Sunday, Mitt Romney says, “It would be absurd to say that if I were
drafted I’d say no.” (Translation: I am hoping for a brokered convention that chooses me
to be the nominee.”) “It was a big night for Ted Cruz,” says Romney. “That’s because
people are starting to take a better look at Donald Trump.” On Meet the Press, Romney
says he would accept the nomination if offered it at the Republican National Convention,
and strangely says he will endorse no one until after March 16—one day after the winnertake-all March 15 primaries. (The message may be: “If Marco Rubio wins Florida, he’ll
get my endorsement. If not, he won’t.”) [88781, 88818]
Donald Trump tells Fox News Sunday, “I may cut the Department of Education. I believe
Common Core is a very bad thing. I believe that we should be, you know, educating our
children from Iowa, from New Hampshire, from South Carolina, from California, from
New York. I think that it should be local education.” (Ronald Reagan had promised to
eliminate the Department of Education but never did so—possibly because an attempted
assassination kept him from taking actions the establishment considered too dramatic or
controversial. A case for eliminating the department can easily be made. In addition to
saving a fortune by terminating thousands of employees, the student loans could be sold
to the highest bidder—generating hundreds of billions of dollars in revenue for the
federal government. The government should not be in the loan business.) [88903]
DCWhispers.com writes, “Ted Cruz is fond of declaring he has defeated Donald Trump
six times. While that is true, it should also be noted that Trump has defeated Cruz twelve
times and in states that hold actual primary elections versus the far fewer votes that are
cast in the tightly-controlled caucus format that so far, account for five of the six Ted
Cruz victories. In short, Trump has garnered six hundred thousand MORE votes than Ted
Cruz so far in the GOP primary battles, a number that is undeniably Yuuuuuuge. That
600,000 is made even more significant when one factors in the undeniable cross-over
appeal for the Trump campaign that number represents. It is why just this morning,
various Democrat pundits openly declared their far greater fear of Hillary Clinton having
to face Donald Trump than Hillary Clinton having to face Ted Cruz.” [88785]
“That is not mere partisan spin, but rather, basic reality founded within the very voterturnout numbers Donald Trump is generating. The Trump campaign, while maintaining
very respectable numbers among Republican conservatives, is even more impressively
pulling moderate and independent voters representing a cross-section of race, gender, and
political affiliation. His detractors are attempting to demean him by calling him a
‘nationalist.’ That effort is actually a compliment. Trump’s political loyalties have an
appeal not to party, but to country, an appeal which is so clearly resonating with so many,
for it is the difference between calling oneself a Republican first, or an American first.
More and more voters are now choosing the latter.” (As this Timeline has noted, Trump is
running as an American, rather than as a conservative—and that is what has brought out
the huge crowds.) [88785]
“As Donald Trump has himself stated many times of late, his campaign now extends
beyond a mere political endeavor and has evolved into a movement. It is why Ted Cruz’s
victories to date, with the sole exception of his somewhat tepid Texas victory (historically
low for a home state candidate) has been confined to far smaller turnout, closed caucus
environments. When fewer people are allowed to vote, Ted Cruz often wins. When more
people are allowed to vote, it has been Donald Trump who has won nearly every contest,
and his +600,000 vote advantage over Cruz is undeniable proof of that. It is also why
Establishment Republicans are so desperate to destroy the Trump campaign. Ted Cruz
represents a far more typical, conservative Republican candidate—one who says things
that fall within that narrow political spectrum, one who requires money from big donor
pockets like Big Oil and the Legal Lobby in order to survive, and one who ultimately, can
be far more easily controlled by the powers of both political parties.” [88785]
“Trump represents the unknown, a brash, self-funded, behemoth who is breaking nearly
every rule of conventional modern-era politics. The Establishment has no idea what
Donald Trump might do were he to win the White House, and that scares the hell out of a
whole lot of entrenched powers. Interestingly, it appears that is EXACTLY what millions
of Americans want, though. It is why Trump’s rallies are crowds of many thousands
events while his political contemporaries are happy to have a few hundred show up. It
also means that in a general election, when voters can easily cross to support any
candidate they choose, Donald Trump represents the single greatest threat to the political
establishments of BOTH parties. Tens of millions of dollars are being spent to destroy
Donald Trump, dollars represented by both extremes of the far left and the far right, and
the collective interests of those who have long used both sides to remain in power. No
other candidate currently faces such an onslaught against them as does Donald Trump. To
survive such an attack would be a remarkable achievement in and of itself. To not only
survive but ultimately win the GOP nomination would be unprecedented. Will history be
made, or will it merely repeat itself as it did in 2008 and 2012? America will know soon
enough.” [88785]
In an NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll in Michigan, Donald Trump leads with
41 percent, followed by Ted Cruz (22), Marco Rubio (17), and John Kasich (13).
According to NBC, “Trump leads the GOP pack among almost every demographic
group—men, women, Republicans, independents, moderate GOP primary voters and
conservatives. He’s even ahead of Cruz by one point among white evangelicals, 30
percent to 29 percent. But Cruz leads Trump among ‘very conservative’ GOP primary
voters, 43 percent to 30 percent.” (The previous day’s ARG is an obvious outlier; it
shows Kasich in first place with 33 percent.) The NBC poll also shows Hillary Clinton
and Bernie Sanders defeating Trump or Cruz in a general election matchup in Michigan.
[88782, 88789]
In a CBS News/Battleground Tracker poll, Trump leads in Michigan with 39 percent,
followed by Cruz (24), Rubio (16), and Kasich (15). [88811, 88823]
As anticipated, Marco Rubio wins the GOP primary in Puerto Rico. [88793, 88799]
Bernie Sanders wins the Maine caucuses. [88797]
Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton debate in Flint, Michigan. Illustrating her ignorance
of weapons in a discussion of gun control, Clinton says, “I know some of the parents
from Sandy Hook. I want people in this audience to think about what it must feel like to
send off your first grader, little backpack, maybe, on his or her back, and then the next
thing you hear is that somebody has come to that school using an automatic weapon, an
AR-15, and murdered those children.” (The AR-15 is not an automatic weapon. Virtually
no one in the United States owns an automatic weapon, the possession of which has been
strictly controlled since the 1930s.) [88814, 88824, 88825, 88838]
Asked about the Flint water crisis, Clinton says, “We will commit to a priority to change
the water systems and we will commit within five years to remove lead from
everywhere.” (If lead is removed from “everywhere,” virtually every car-owner will be
left without transportation—because their vehicles rely on lead-acid batteries. Even if
Clinton only means removing lead pipes across the country, that certainly could not be
accomplished within five years.) [88863, 88874]
After the debate, an open microphone catches MSNBC’s Kristen Welker telling Clinton
campaign communications director Jennifer Palmieri, “I’m gonna [sic] ask you about
Flint.” (MSNBC reporters apparently like to give some of its interviewees a “head up”
before their interviews.) During the interview, Palmieri twice calls the debate
“substantative [sic; substantive].” (Palmieri was possibly chosen by Clinton for talents
other than communications.) [88829]
At PJMedia.com Roger L. Simon comments on the debate: “Not only are the Democratic
debates boring, they’re puerile and cliché-ridden non-events that could scarcely be called
debates and are about as interesting as a four a.m. advertorial for cleanser on a cable
channel—softball games in extremis. Part of the reason is that the media is so pathetically
in the tank for the Democrats they don't dare ask them a tough, or even challenging,
question. No Megyn Kellys here. Not by the proverbial country mile. An example
Sunday night was when Anderson Cooper finally brought up the touchy question of
Clinton’s emails, ever so gently asking Hillary how she would respond to Trump's
promised attacks on the scandal that could emerge, after the FBI investigation, as one of
the most serious political crimes in American history. Rather than answer the question,
Clinton quickly changed the subject to how she had more voters, so far, than Trump. The
evasion was so obvious you could drive the whole Russian army through it and probably
part of the Polish as well. But did Cooper follow up? He didn’t even blink and moved on
to Sanders, inviting him to attack Trump for calling the senator a communist. It was
journalism at its most slavishly biased. Cooper was so far gone, so throughly [sic;
thoroughly] corrupted, he probably didn’t even realize what he did.” [88838]
Also at PJMedia.com, Victor Davis Hanson comments on the Trump phenomenon: “I
doubt Trump will lose much of his 35-45% support in the next rounds of elections. It
does no good for his critics to point out that he never reaches 50% margins in either
elections or polls, when he can still win primaries well enough without gaining half the
electorate. His genius so far has been to turn his third of the electorate into proof he’s a
winner because his opponents never united to marshal a majority against him. In other
words, Trump counted on the egos of his opponents to outweigh their concerns for their
establishment party. His 35% is unimpeachable, and the anti-Trump 65% is at this late
date still hopelessly fragmented. The more candidates talk about ‘uniting’ around an antiTrump candidate, the more they sound like medieval proverbial mice who dream of
someone else putting a warning bell on the marauding cat.” [88839]
“…The children of Republican elites do not sit in classes where a quarter of the students
do not speak English. When that specter of diversity looms, parents yank their kids and
put them in the prep schools of Silicon Valley… Their children are not on buses where an
altercation between squabbling eight year olds leads to a tattooed parent arriving at your
home to challenge you to a fight over ‘disrespecting’ his family name. The establishment
Republicans have rarely jogged around their neighborhoods only to be attacked by pit
bulls, whose owners have little desire to speak English, much less to cage, vaccinate, or
license their dogs. They have never been hit by illegal-alien drivers in Palo Alto. In other
words, they do not wish to live anywhere near those who, as a result of an act of love, are
desperately poor, here under illegal auspices, and assume California works and should
work on the premises of Oaxaca.” [88839]
“…The point is that most of the Republican establishment sees illegal immigration not as
legality or illegality, right or wrong, chaos or order, but only in terms of electoral politics.
Discomfort with illegal immigration is mostly an abstraction, one that Trump yahoos and
‘nativists’ and ‘xenophobes’ whine about—and by such whining supposedly undermine
the future demographic visions of beltway handlers. …[E]ven when [Trump]
demagogues illegal immigration, and slurs and smears, his supporters do not care about
the impracticality of his wall or his baiting of Mexico (whose leaders are far more racist
than is the American working class). They care only that someone for a moment seems
mad like they are, and does not lecture them on their own supposed biases and
shortcomings. The way to further empower Trump is certainly to parody and mock his
supporters. …[A]t least for a while longer, millions of Republicans and lots of Reagan
Democrats would gladly prefer to be wrong with Trump than right with anyone else.”
On March 7 WashingtonExaminer.com reports, “There are a record 61 million
immigrants and their American-born children in the United States, including an estimated
15.7 million illegally here, according to a new analysis of 2015 U.S. Census data. …The
analysis by the Center for Immigration Studies found that 45.3 million, or three-fourths
of the 61 million, are legal immigrants and their children. The report out Monday notes
that the so-called ‘Gang of Eight’ immigration bill supported by GOP presidential
candidate Sen. Marco Rubio would have doubled that number of legal immigrants.”
Kelleigh Nelson notes the threats against Donald Trump’s life. Radio talk show host and
Ted Cruz supporter Glen Beck: “If I was close enough and had a knife, really, I mean, I,
the stabbing just wouldn’t stop.” Republican strategist Rick Wilson: “They’re still going
to have to go out and put a bullet in Donald Trump. And that’s a fact.” John Kasich’s
Illinois campaign co-chairman, Pat Brady: “You gotta [sic] take Trump out with a head
shot. You’ve gotta [sic] be ready to rip his head off.” New York Times columnist Ross
Douthat tweeted: “Good news guys I’ve figured out how the Trump campaign ends”—
with a link to an assassination scene from the movie The Dead Zone. New York
Magazine’s Jonathan Chait: “Will simply offer a $100 million bounty for Donald Trump,
dead or alive.” (Had any of those threats been made against Obama, the individual would
be in big trouble—or at least get a visit from the Secret Service.) [88808]
Author and economist Gary North writes, “The Republican establishment is frantic over
Trump. Trump has called the political establishment's bluff. He has made an end run
around their vetting process. …Robert Kagan is a Republican, a former adviser to Hillary
Clinton, a ‘nonpartisan’ Brookings Institution staff member, a member of the Council on
Foreign Relations, and a member of Yale’s secret society, Skull & Bones. He is probably
the #1 neoconservative theorist in foreign policy. …He is at the top of the CFR’s
academic establishment. He has recently written a column in which he calls for the
creation of a third party as a way to stop Trump.” [89153, 89773]
“…Here is a major neocon saying that the Republicans ought to pull a Teddy Roosevelt,
to get Hillary elected, just as Teddy got Woodrow Wilson elected in 1912. I have said
that Tea Party voters should vote against any mainstream Republican [in] the general
election. At least, they should stay home. They should make it clear to the leaders of the
party that RINO candidates will lose. Tea Party voters should simply kill the chances of
RINOs to be elected. …Now we have a major neocon Republican academic, who plays
for both CFR Team A and CFR Team B, calling for the election of Hillary Clinton as a
way to protest Trump.” [89153]
“…The Republican establishment will throw the election to Hillary. There will be no
third party. There will be a shifting of funds. When Trump’s supporters learn in
November that the Republican establishment has taken a dive, they will enter the ranks of
the permanently alienated. They will get even in future elections. Then Tea Party
members should make their move. The Republican Party is wobbling. ‘When something
is wobbling, push it.’” (The Weekly Standard’s neocon and delusional editor, Bill Kristol,
later suggests possible third-party tickets: Mitt Romney and General John Kelly; Senator
Ben Sasse (R-NE) and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley; Supreme Court Justice
Clarence Thomas and Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-KS).) [89153, 89738]
DCWhispers.com writes, “Ted Cruz supporters enthusiastically proclaim Mr. Cruz to be
a ‘political outsider,’ choosing to ignore Cruz’s nearly twenty-year long affiliation at the
highest levels of the Republican Party. Cruz’s own path to the Senate in fact began with a
meeting intended to get the blessing of fellow Republican Texan, George W. Bush, a man
whose presidential campaign Cruz worked for in 2000. While Ted Cruz repeats the
mantra that he is an establishment outsider, his actual political history is that of a very
motivated and determined political insider willing to do and say whatever he deems
necessary to further himself. …The term ‘self-promoter’ is hardly new to the halls of
Congress, but it is applied by his own colleagues to Ted Cruz possibly more than any
other sitting member of that institution. It is that near-constant, willful self-promotion that
has turned Republicans who might ideologically support Cruz’s positions, to ultimately
turn against him on a personal level.” [88810]
“Ted Cruz is so widely disliked among his fellow senators not because of his claims of
being anti-establishment, but for the simple fact nobody trusts him. They have witnessed
time and again Cruz promising them one thing, and then after his office conducts voter
response data, do a sudden 180 and declare himself against that which he initially and
quietly suggested he would support. For Ted Cruz, it is said by his many detractors that
the only ideology that truly matters, is Ted Cruz. It is why these same fellow senators
watched Cruz quickly cozy up to Donald Trump during the initial months of the GOP
primary race. The Texas senator both saw and heard the positive voter response to
Trump’s simple, albeit effective, campaign rhetoric and Cruz wanted to make certain he
benefited by affiliating himself with the then-nascent Trump phenomena.” [88810]
“Cruz was determined to ride the Trump wave as a means of yet more self-promotion of
the Ted Cruz brand. And it worked. As other politicians who took Trump on were
quickly dispatched, Cruz remained largely untouched, though behind the scenes, he was
said to be informing his staff he would happily attack Mr. Trump when the time was
right. That time has clearly arrived for the senator. Just as he rode on the initial Trump
momentum, Cruz has just as quickly jumped onto the Republican Establishment’s antiTrump craze. It is that seeming absence of personal principles that was the motivating
factor in Senator Jeff Sessions [R-AL], long believed to be a Cruz supporter, to instead
come out publicly in support of Donald Trump.” [88810]
“…Cruz was marginalized by politicians who found him to be far too political. Few
trusted Ted Cruz to do anything that didn’t first and foremost, do something to further
Ted Cruz. It is that Cruz-first prospective that has left a trail of dissatisfied colleagues
dating back to Cruz’s time at the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice.
(Hardly the resume of a political outsider.) For the entirety of his adult life, Ted Cruz had
collected a government paycheck and used those taxpayer-funded jobs to work his way
up the Establishment food chain. And now, with the unlikely emergence of Donald
Trump, Cruz finds himself in the position of having that Establishment grudgingly look
to him to be their savior—and he is to this point, happily obliging them.” [88810]
“Pressure has been mounting within the GOP to have some among the Senate endorse
Ted Cruz. This plan has taken longer than originally anticipated, because so few in the
Senate were willing to do so because of their deep, personal dislike for the Texas senator.
Trump’s [March 1] Super Tuesday victories have forced these personal dislikes to be
pushed aside in favor of what some perceive to be a narrowing window to ‘save’ the
Republican Party. Ted Cruz has let it be known he is the Establishment’s last best hope to
defeat Donald Trump and thus ensure that same establishment continues years into the
future. Mr. Cruz enjoys the significant and well-funded pockets of Big Oil, the Legal
Lobby, and the Chamber of Commerce, among others, to assist him in this endeavor. Ted
Cruz didn’t want to destroy the Republican Establishment, he merely hoped to be its
newly-anointed ruler. With that same Establishment now eyeing the mortal threat they
perceive to be a Donald Trump presidency, it appears Mr. Cruz might yet be given that
opportunity.” (What Cruz does not realize is that the establishment needs him only to
stop Trump from winning 1,237 delegates to the convention. If Cruz does that, he will be
cast aside in favor of Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, or some other establishment lackey. The
best Cruz can hope for is the vice presidential spot as a consolation prize. He will not win
the nomination.) [88810, 88812, 88813, 88876]
NYTimes.com reports, “Earle Mack, a Brooklyn-born businessman and former
ambassador under President George W. Bush, is the major force behind a ‘super PAC’
that is attempting to draft the Representative Paul D. Ryan, Republican of Wisconsin and
speaker of the House, as the party’s presidential nominee. Mr. Mack said in an interview
that he would spend up to $1 million on ‘The Committee to Draft Speaker Ryan,’ which
was formed last week, but has kept its backers secret until now. Mr. Ryan has disavowed
the group, which is plowing ahead anyway.” [88885, 88886]
A Marco Rubio rally at the Tampa Convention Center attracts only a few hundred people,
according to Townhall.com’s Rebecca Hagelin. She asks one attendee, “Are you a Rubio
supporter?” He replies, “No, I’m just here to see the train wreck.” [88868, 88869, 88870]
HuffingtonPost.com reports, “Billionaires, tech CEOs and top members of the
Republican establishment flew to a private island resort off the coast of Georgia this
weekend for the American Enterprise Institute’s annual World Forum, according to
sources familiar with the secretive gathering. The main topic at the closed-to-the-press
confab? How to stop Republican front-runner Donald Trump. Apple CEO Tim Cook,
Google co-founder Larry Page, Napster creator and Facebook investor Sean Parker, and
Tesla Motors and SpaceX honcho Elon Musk all attended. So did Senate Majority Leader
Mitch McConnell (R-KY), political guru Karl Rove, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI)
GOP Sens. Tom Cotton (AR), Cory Gardner (CO), Tim Scott (SC), Rob Portman (OH)
and Ben Sasse (NE), who recently made news by saying he ‘cannot support Donald
Trump.’ Along with Ryan, the House was represented by Energy and Commerce
Committee Chair Fred Upton (R-MI), Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) and almost-Speaker
Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), sources said, along with leadership figure Cathy McMorris
Rodgers (R-WA), Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-GA), Financial Services
Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) and Diane Black (R-TN). Philip Anschutz,
the billionaire GOP donor whose company owns a stake in Sea Island, was also there,
along with Democratic Rep. John Delaney, who represents Maryland. Arthur Sulzberger,
the publisher of The New York Times, was there, too, a Times spokeswoman
confirmed.” [88861, 88862, 88899, 88930, 89064, 89154, 89696]
In a variety of polls in Michigan, Donald Trump leads by 13, 18, and 22 points. [88835,
In a Monmouth University poll in Michigan, Trump leads Cruz 36-23; Kasich has 21;
and Rubio has 13. [88890, 88891]
In a Monmouth University poll in Florida, Trump leads Marco Rubio 38-30; Ted Cruz
has 17 and John Kasich has 10 percent. [88840, 88841, 88842, 88890]
In a PPP survey, Trump leads in Ohio with 38 percent; Kasich has 35; Cruz has 15;
Rubio has 5 percent. [88889]
In a We Ask America poll in Illinois, Trump leads with 32.64 percent; Cruz has 19.9;
Kasich has 18.41, and Rubio has 11.34 percent. [89091]
A poll by the anti-Trump “Our Principles PAC” has Trump in the lead in Florida with 35
points. Rubio has 30; Cruz has 16; and Kasich has 9. (The PAC is funded by Nebraska’s
billionaire Ricketts family, which owns the Chicago Cubs baseball team.) [88844]
Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg announces he will not run for
president. [88836]
National Review.com asks, “If There is a Brokered Convention, Which Name is Your
Top Choice?” The choices given are Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Nikki Haley,
John Kasich, Mike Lee, Mitt Romney, Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan, Ben Sasse, and Donald
Trump. [88849]
WND.com’s Joseph Farah endorses Ted Cruz for president—conveniently forgetting
every article ever posted at his web site that has explained why Obama is not a natural
born citizen. (Farah once wrote that the issue will “plague Obama throughout his
presidency. It’ll be a nagging issue and a sore on his administration, much like Monica
Lewinsky was on Bill Clinton’s presidency. It’s not going to go away, and it will drive a
wedge in an already divided public.” (The consistency-challenged Farah apparently
believes, “If you can’t beat them, join them.”) [88883, 88884, 88906]
Reuters writes, “Foreign diplomats are expressing alarm to U.S. government officials
about what they say are inflammatory and insulting public statements by Republican
presidential front-runner Donald Trump, according to senior U.S. officials. …[O]fficials
declined to disclose a full list of countries whose diplomats have complained, but two
said they included at least India, South Korea, Japan and Mexico.” (Mexico opposes
Trump because it does not want an end to illegal immigration to the United States. It
opposes a border wall, even though it has its own on its southern border with Guatemala.
South Korea and Japan oppose Trump because he has argued that they should be paying
for the decades of free defense provided for them by U.S. troops.) [88859]
On the Fox Business Channel, Judge Andrew Napolitano comments on Hillary Clinton’s
claim that she is “delighted” that Bryan Pagliano has been granted immunity to testify
about his work in her email server. Napolitano says, “She should not be delighted and, in
fact, she’s not delighted. I suggest to you she’s terrified—terrified because of what Mr.
Pagliano knows. He was present at the creation of the conspiracy within the office of the
Secretary of State to violate federal laws requiring transparency and to violate federal
laws requiring the proper care and handling of state secrets. …Here’s the question that
she doesn’t want to hear him answer; ‘Mr. Pagliano, how did you migrate secure state
secrets into a not-secure venue? Did Mrs. Clinton give you her password’ If the answer is
yes then she’s committed another crime.” [88826, 88852]
“From what we hear, the Justice Department’s inquiry will be concluded around May,
and then a horrific ‘Catch-22’ will confront Mrs. Clinton: [The FBI will say,] ‘Mrs.
Clinton, our investigation is completed; would you like to come in and be interviewed by
us?’ No lawyer… whose client has been investigated for a white-collar crime would ever
say yes to that question without knowing what the Feds know and the Feds won’t tell the
lawyer what they know. On the other hand, Mrs. Clinton is running for president of the
United States. If she refuses to go in for that interview, her opponents will have a field
day; ‘Wait a minute, you say you’re innocent; you don’t want to tell the FBI?’ Either
way, she loses. …The case for prosecuting Mrs. Clinton for espionage is well-known,
well-documented, and [has been] publicly-revealed already. That is how strong the case
against her is.” [88852]
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders appear in a town hall event on Fox News. They
appear separately, and are asked questions form the audience and moderator Bret Baier.
Clinton claims her “free college” plan will be less expensive than Sanders’ scheme—and
then says she will also cover some non-tuition expenses. (How she will provide more for
less money is not explained, except for a vague claim that colleges will have to reduce
their costs. She may as well promise free $10,000 vouchers for the purchase of a new car
with the claim that the automakers will slash their prices. Like most leftists, Clinton is an
economic idiot—but that does not mean her promises of “free stuff” cannot get her
elected.) [88850]
Miserably unaware that there can be no such thing as a right if it comes at the expense of
someone else, Sanders claims that just “being a human being” is enough to entitle one to
health care. He claims his plan will save families $5,000 per year on health care—
precisely double the savings promised by Obama. (Obama was lying and he knew it.
Sanders may be even more dangerous, because he might believe his own lies.) Sanders
also says “young people should not be forced” to pay their college loans. Instead, he
wants to “impose a tax on Wall Street speculation.” (There are about 20 million
Americans currently attending colleges and universities, according to nces.ed.gov. In
addition, “For the 2013-14 academic year, the average annual price for undergraduate
tuition, fees, room, and board was $15,640 at public institutions, $40,614 at private
nonprofit institutions, and $23,135 at private for-profit institutions. If one assumes
$20,000 per student per year, the cost of funding those educations for 20 million students
would be $400 billion per year. Sanders would decimate investment and job creation if he
taxed Wall Street an additional $400 billion per year.) [88866]
Clinton insists, “Nothing I sent [in emails from my person server] was marked classified,
or that I received was marked classified. (Once again, Clinton uses lawyerly language to
confuse the issue. Government documents are not marked “classified.” They are marked
“confidential,” “secret” or “top secret.” Clinton may as well claim none of her emails
were marked “purple dinosaur.” She can get away with such evasions because she knows
the average voter is uninformed. She will not be able to get away with them when
questioned by the FBI.) Meanwhile, TheBlaze.com posts 23 emails received by Clinton
via her unsecured server that were clearly marked confidential or secret and had to be
heavily redacted before their release. [88882, 88887, 88894]
Clinton also insists she opposes restriction on abortions—even late-term abortions. She
gives herself some wiggle room, saying, “I have been on record in favor of a latepregnancy regulation that would have exceptions for the life and health of the mother.”
(The “wiggle room” is that Clinton does not limit the exception to physical health. Like
many other leftists who support late-term abortion, she considers the mother’s mental
health as part of the equation. Thus, a baby due on May 6 can be aborted on May 5 if the
mother does not “feel” capable of taking care of the baby. Not surprisingly, moderator
Bret Baier does not press Clinton to clarify her position.) [88897]
Ted Cruz cancels a March 8 campaign event in Mississippi—a state he is likely to lose in
the primary election, despite the endorsement of Governor Phil Bryant. (In various recent
polls in the state, Donald Trump has leads of 7, 13, 18, and 24 percent.) [88853, 88854,
88855, 88856]
According to a national Rasmussen poll, “36% of Likely Republican Voters say they are
likely to vote for Trump if he runs as a third-party presidential candidate. That’s
unchanged from last July when we first asked the question, but it now includes 24% who
say they are Very Likely to vote for Trump if he runs independently, up six points from
18% in the previous survey.” [89123]
On Sean Hannity’s radio program, Ben Carson says he supports Donald Trump over the
GOP establishment. [88901, 88902]
On March 8 Hawaii and Idaho hold caucuses, while Mississippi and Michigan hold
primary elections.
On YouTube, video is posted of the shooting of LaVoy Finicum after the weeks-long
Malheur National Wildlife Refuge stand-off in Burns, Oregon. (To many, it will appear
as though the killing of Finicum by federal officers is clearly unjustified. According to
some reports, he was shot in the back three times.) [87090, 87092, 87197, 87202, 87208,
87209, 87229, 87246, 87483, 89025, 89026, 89366, 89367]
The White House releases a medical report on Obama. HuffingtonPost.com notes, “Over
the past two years, the 54-year-old president not only lost 5 pounds but—somewhat
bizarrely—grew half an inch… He is now listed as 175 pounds and 6 feet, 1.5 inches tall,
compared to 180 pounds and 6 feet, 1 inch in May 2014. In that time, Obama also
improved his body mass index from 23.7 to 22.8, and his resting heart rate dropped from
62 to 56 beats per minute. …A former smoker, [Obama] continues to use nicotine gum
on occasion and takes Nexium as needed for acid reflux symptoms, according to the
report.” [89005]
Iran conducts multiple ballistic missile tests (with “Israel must be wiped out” written in
Hebrew on the sides of the missiles), and then threatens to walk away from the ObamaKerry nuclear agreement. Araqchi, Iran’s deputy foreign minister, Abbas Araqchi, states,
“If our interests are not met under the nuclear deal, there will be no reason for us to
continue. If other parties decide, they could easily violate the deal. However, they know
this will come with costs.” (Translation: “Obama gave us back our $100+ billion, so we
now have no reason to honor the agreement.”) Laughably, Vice President Joe Biden says,
“A nuclear-armed Iran is an absolutely unacceptable threat to Israel, to the region and the
United States. And I want to reiterate which I know people still doubt here. If in fact they
break the deal, we will act.” (The Obama administration will not act, and Iran knows it.)
[88913, 88914, 88915, 88916, 88958, 88959, 88960, 88961]
Jeh Johnson, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, tells the Senate
Homeland Security Committee, “We have to do more in Central America, which is the
heart of the problem. Just in my 26 months in office, I have learned that as long as you
have powerful underlying push factors—poverty, violence, drought, and the like—there’s
only so much border security that you can accomplish—whether it’s more personnel or
more walls to deal with people who are motivated to leave their homes and travel
thousands of miles to come here.” (Rather than properly secure the border, Johnson
apparently wants to spend far more money creating jobs and alleviating poverty south of
the border. Apparently jobs for Central Americans take precedence over jobs for U.S.
citizens.) [88942]
New York Teamsters union member Antonio Caracciolo, who has started a “Teamsters
United For Donald J. Trump” Facebook page, tells Breitbart.com, “We all like Trump.
…We went out and we went against those trade agreements. We need to stop the free
trade because it’s hurting our country. Basically, this is why Trump is more appealing to
me, close the borders …work on the currency manipulation and the trade deficits.
…Hilary Clinton talks about jobs, but the trade agreements caused Ford to be able to
move to Mexico…” According to Caracciolo, there is some support among Teamsters for
Bernie Sanders but “very little” for Hillary Clinton (whose husband signed the North
American Free Trade Agreement into law). [88987, 89140]
At NewsWithViews.com Jim Kouri writes, “The multi-billionaires Charles and David
Koch brothers, arguably the nation’s most powerful and generous conservative donors in
the United States, decided they will not use their $400 million Political Action
Committee to attempt to stop Republican front-runner Donald Trump’s juggernaut to the
presidential nomination, according to political strategist Michael Baker. …The decision
to drop ‘Plan B’ [to install Mitt Romney as the GOP nominee] and any other anti-Trump
activity by the billionaire industrialists is one more example of Republican establishment
inability to derail the real estate magnate Trump’s bid for the White House, and their
hope for another nominee appears to be dashed since the Koch brothers will not launch a
highly financed anti-Trump campaign. …According to a Trump political strategist, Roger
Stone, the Koch brothers made the decision because they decided based on several recent
incidents that spending millions of dollars attacking Trump would be futile and a waste of
resources better used in Senate, House of governor races. They decided that none of the
attacks against Donald Trump stick.” [88865]
The Associated Press reports, “Israel on Tuesday disputed a White House claim that
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ‘surprised’ the Obama administration by canceling a
planned visit to Washington, saying that the White House knew Netanyahu was
considering not coming. Netanyahu had been expected to visit later in March on a trip
coinciding with a major pro-Israel group’s annual summit, but his office said he would
not travel because he did not wish to come at the height of U.S. presidential primaries.
The spat comes amid tense relations with …Obama in the last year of his presidency, and
shortly before Vice President Joe Biden was set to touch down in Israel.” (Ron Dermer,
Israeli ambassador to the United States, later states that no meeting was scheduled and
thus it was not canceled.) [88872, 88888, 89321]
While Vice President Joe Biden visits Israel, four separate Palestinian terrorist attacks
result in the deaths of an Israeli and an American tourist named Taylor Force (a student at
Vanderbilt University and West Point graduate who served in Iraq and Afghanistan), and
the wounding of 11 people. White House press secretary Josh Earnest tells reporters, “It
has been the long standing policy of the United States that the tensions between the
Israelis and Palestinians would be significantly reduced by pursuing a peace process that
results in a democratic and secure Israel living side by side in peace and security with a
viable, contiguous, prosperous Palestinian State. We haven’t made a lot of progress.
…These kinds of attacks are outrageous and are worthy of worldwide condemnation.
Targeting innocent civilians is not at all appropriate, of course, and is entirely
inconsistent with the recognition of the way that human beings relate to one another even
if they have significant difference of opinion. We condemn this kind of attack in the
strongest possible terms.” (Translation: “It’s Israel’s fault.”) [88873, 88911, 88912,
State Department spokesman John Kirby states, “The United States condemns in the
strongest possible terms today’s outrageous terrorist attacks in Jaffa, Petah Tikvah, and
Jerusalem, which tragically claimed the life of U.S. citizen Taylor Allen Force and left
many others severely injured. We offer our heartfelt condolences to the family and
friends of Taylor and all those affected by these senseless attacks, and we wish a speedy
recovery for the injured. As we have said many times, there is absolutely no justification
for terrorism. We continue to encourage all parties to take affirmative steps to reduce
tensions and restore calm.” (Translation: “Even though the attacks were by Palestinians
and the Israelis did nothing more than act in self-defense, the Obama administration
blames the Jews too.”) [88927]
International Business Times “covers” the terrorist attacks with the headline, “Israel:
Three Palestinians shot dead as US vice president Joe Biden arrives for talks.” (Although
the story explains that the Palestinians were shot in response to their actions, the headline
suggests the Israelis are in the habit of shooting Palestinians for no good reason. Some
may wonder if its June 12, 1994 headline was, “Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman
Anger O. J.”) [88875]
The White House announces that Obama will not attend the funeral of Nancy Reagan. He
will instead attend the South by Southwest [music and film] Conference in Austin, Texas.
(Obama also skipped the 2011 funeral of former First Lady Betty Ford. Bill Clinton did
not attend the funeral of Pat Nixon. George W. Bush did not attend the funeral of Lady
Bird Johnson. Jimmy Carter did not attend the funeral of Mamie Eisenhower. Ronald
Reagan did not attend the funeral of Bess Truman.) [88879, 88880, 88881, 88948]
On the Fox Business Channel, Ted Cruz supporter Andrea McWilliams complains to Neil
Cavuto that if Trump is elected his wife Melania would be the “first foreign-born First
Lady in a century.” (McWilliams is apparently not concerned that Cruz was born in
Canada.) [88910]
In an interview with CBN, Ted Cruz says, “Listen, Donald does well with voters who
have relatively low information, who are not that engaged and who are angry and they
see him as an angry voice. Where we are beating him is when voters’ get more engaged
and they get more informed.” (Translation: “Trump supporters are stupid and I don’t need
them to win the White House.”) [89075, 89076]
Sarah Palin responds to Cruz’s insult via Facebook: “Calling GOP frontrunner supporters
‘low information’ disengaged voters, Ted Cruz’s insinuation reeks of all the reasons
America knows ‘the status quo has got to go.’ The arrogance of career politicians is
something at which the rest of us chuckle, but Cruz’s latest dig strays from humorous into
downright nasty. Cruz is right, though—independent, America-first, commonsense
conservatives supporting Donald Trump ARE ‘low information’ when it comes to having
any information on Cruz’s ability to expand the conservative movement, beat Hillary
Clinton, unify and lead the nation. Where’s information on any Cruz success whilst in his
short, half-term U.S. Senate seat, proving his resume’s advantage over another career
politician’s lawyerly executive inexperience that includes never having created a single
private sector job, but boasting of his constitutional law teacher creds? (Remember
America experimented with that resume before; how’d that work out for the country?)”
ESPN removes NFL legend Mike Ditka from its Sunday Countdown program—probably
because of his anti-Obama and pro-Trump comments. (ESPN is owned by the notoriously
leftist Walt Disney Company.) [88931, 88932, 88978]
CNN.com reports, “Mitt Romney recorded robocalls for both Sen. Marco Rubio and Gov.
John Kasich’s presidential campaigns in states that are voting on Tuesday, CNN has
confirmed.” (Romney has not endorsed a candidate, but wants both Rubio and Kasich to
win their home state primaries. That is, Romney wants no one to win the nomination on
the first ballot, in the hopes that the convention will turn to him as the party’s “savior.”)
In a Florida Decides poll, Donald Trump leads with 42 percent in the sunshine state;
Marco Rubio trails with 22; Ted Cruz has 17; John Kasich has 3 percent. Trump leads in
all demographics: gender, age, income, and education. Trump also edges Hillary Clinton
in a general election match-up, 45-44. Trump leads Clinton among men; Clinton leads
Trump among women. Trump leads among voters age 50 and older; Clinton leads among
voters aged 18-49. Trump wins the white vote; Clinton wins the black vote. Clinton leads
Cruz in Florida, 46-44; she leads Rubio 45-44. [88895, 88896, 88963]
In a Chicago Tribune poll, Trump leads his GOP opponents in Illinois with 32 percent.
He is followed by Ted Cruz (22), Marco Rubio (21), and John Kasich (18). [89083,
Townhall.com’s Matt Vespa writes, “For the matchups with Clinton, it’s an interesting
duel when you include the Donald. He wins 14 percent of the black vote, which isn’t
good, but for a Republican—it’s not too shabby.” “Not too shabby” is a gross
understatement. In the 2012 election, Obama won 95 percent of the black vote in Florida
(according to exit polls). Obama defeated Mitt Romney in Florida 50-49; they were
separated by a mere 73,189 votes. If Trump wins the nomination and can win 14 percent
of the black vote in Florida in November, he will be president. [88963, 88964, 88965]
In an ABC/Washington Post national poll, Trump leads with 34 percent; Cruz has 25;
Rubio has 18; Kasich has 13. In one-on-one match-ups, Cruz leads Trump 54-41 and
Rubio leads Trump 51-45. [88898]
Rush Limbaugh correctly observes, “I’m telling you that if Trump gets elected, you’re
gonna [sic] see more unity between the Republicans and Democrats in stopping any
Trump authoritarianism than you have ever seen in your life. Because they’re gonna [sic]
hate it, they’re gonna [sic] despise the guy, and they’re gonna [sic] align together to stop
him if he tries executive orders. …Trump is not gonna [sic] be able to get away with
Obama-ism because Obama has a compliant Republican Party. Trump is gonna [sic] have
a Democrat Party that’s not gonna [sic] say, ‘You know what? We can’t stop him. We’re
afraid of offending people.’ They’ll be talking impeachment on Day Two! After the first
Trump executive order. …All these comparisons [about] Trump and Obama, I understand
’em, but Obama is only getting away with it because the Republican Party is nonexistent. Well I’m telling you, the Democrats don’t play that way. Trump, if he wins, will
be a Republican, and if he does authoritarian stuff that the Democrats want, then I
guarantee you the Republicans will stand up and stop him. He’s not African-American,
he’s not a minority, they won’t be worried about any of that.” [88900]
Hillary Clinton wins the Democrat primary in Mississippi—winning black voters by an
89-11 margin. In an upset, Bernie Sanders defeats Clinton in Michigan. [88904, 88938]
Donald Trump wins the Republican primaries in Mississippi, Michigan, and Hawaii. Ted
Cruz wins in Idaho. [88905, 88907, 88926, 88936]
Rather than a victory celebration at a campaign office, Trump holds a press conference at
one of his Florida hotels. After his statement he takes questions—and for almost an hour
garners uninterrupted (and free) media attention. [88909, 88925, 88937, 88943, 89002]
In Dearborn, Michigan, where about 40 percent of the voters are Muslims, Bernie
Sanders wins 59 percent of the Democrat primary vote and Donald Trump wins 39
percent—despite Sanders being Jewish and Trump calling for a temporary suspension of
Muslim immigrants. [88919]
Sanders’ upset victory in Michigan is a good sign for Trump. The Sanders’ voters are
largely white, blue-collar Democrats upset that they have lost many factory jobs to
Mexico, China, and Southeast Asia. They hold Bill Clinton responsible for some of those
lost jobs because of his support for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA),
and they have no reason to believe Hillary Clinton can restore any of them. Perhaps
Sanders and Trump cannot either, but the voters in Michigan seem willing to at least give
them a chance. If Clinton becomes the nominee it may be that many Democrats who
supported Sanders will cross party lines and vote for Trump. That may also be the case in
Ohio and Pennsylvania. If Trump can pick up a substantial number of “Reagan
Democrats” in the “rust belt” states he may be able to overcome the advantage Clinton
has among die-hard Democrats, blacks, and Hispanics. Sanders’ victory in Michigan
likely worries the Clinton camp not so much because he won the state, but because it
suggests Clinton can lose it to Trump if he is the Republican nominee.
Freedom Friday radio host Carl Gallups tweets that he is “heading to Phoenix in coming
days for meetings with Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Stay tuned for something AWESOME to
come out [of] this!” (Gallups has teased his audience more than a few times over the
years, suggesting Arpaio’s “cold case posse” was about to break something new and
damning about Obama with regard to his forged birth certificate, forged Selective Service
registration form, and stolen Social Security numbers.) [88939, 88986, 89058, 89124,
On March 9 the Chicago Tribune announces it will not endorse a Democrat before the
March 15 primary in Illinois: “This being a free country, Hillary Clinton and Bernie
Sanders are welcome to pander however feverishly they wish, promising vast new
expenditures by a federal government already committed to wildly more spending than its
taxpayers and its low-growth economy can afford…” The Tribune endorses Marco Rubio
on the Republican side, writing, that “he offers Illinois voters the framework of a
presidency that realistically could exist.” (The Tribune seemed not to care about wild
spending when it endorsed Obama in 2008.) [89003]
Sky.com reports, “Tens of thousands of documents, containing names, addresses,
telephone numbers and family contacts of Islamic State jihadis, have been obtained by
Sky News. Nationals from at least 51 countries, including the UK, had to give up their
most personal information as they joined the terror organisation. Only when the 23question form was filled in were they inducted into IS. …[T]he key breakthrough from
the documents is the revealing of the identities of a number of previously unknown
jihadis in the UK, across northern Europe, much of the Middle East and North Africa, as
well as in the United States and Canada. Their whereabouts are crucial to breaking the
organisation and preventing further terror attacks. …One of the files marked ‘Martyrs’
detailed a brigade manned entirely by fighters who wanted to carry out suicide attacks
and were trained to do so. …The files were passed to Sky News on a memory stick stolen
from the head of Islamic State’s internal security police, an organisation described by
insiders as the group’s SS.” [88956, 88957]
Shoebat.com writes, “You probably never heard about this but in December, House
Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) successfully pushed through Congress his $1.1 trillion
omnibus spending bill that will also fund visas for nearly 300,000 more Muslim migrants
over the next 12 months. The omnibus bill also funded sanctuary cities, illegal alien tax
credits, and changed federal law to allow for a massive increase in low-skilled H-2B
workers—an immigration expansion opposed by more than nine in ten GOP voters. Yet
at the first gathering of all House Republicans since the omnibus’s passage, Politico
reports that GOP lawmakers gave Ryan a standing ovation at the close of this week’s
Republican Congressional retreat.” [89044]
In Montgomery County, Missouri, police arrest Pablo Antonio Serrano-Vitorino (aka
Pablo Serrano), an illegal immigrant from Mexico, for killing one person in Missouri and
four in Kansas. WashingtonPost.com reports, “A federal immigration judge ordered
Serrano-Vitorino deported in absentia in 2002, said ICE press secretary Gillian
Christensen. In 2003, he was convicted of a felony in California and sentenced to prison,
where ICE officers encountered him. In 2004, he was deported to Mexico, but at some
point, illegally reentered the country.” [88972, 88985, 89181]
In an interview with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, Obama says of his decision not to
attack after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad crossed the “red line” with use of chemical
weapons, “I’m very proud of [that] moment. The overwhelming weight of conventional
wisdom and the machinery of our national-security apparatus had gone fairly far. The
perception was that my credibility was at stake, that America’s credibility was at stake.
And so for me to press the pause button at that moment, I knew, would cost me
politically. And the fact that I was able to pull back from the immediate pressures and
think through in my own mind what was in America’s interest, not only with respect to
Syria but also with respect to our democracy, was as tough a decision as I’ve made—and
I believe ultimately it was the right decision to make.” [88967, 88968]
On the issue of the disaster created by him in Libya, Obama blames Great Britain and
France, whining, “When I go back and I ask myself what went wrong, there’s room for
criticism, because I had more faith in the Europeans, given Libya’s proximity, being
invested in the follow-up.” (In Obama’s opinion, Europe did not do enough to help him.
But Europe never wanted the fight in Libya in the first place.) “The degree of tribal
division in Libya was greater than our analysts had expected. And our ability to have any
kind of structure there that we could interact with and start training and start providing
resources broke down very quickly.” (Translation: “We didn’t know what the heck we
were doing.”) [88967, 88968]
On the subject of ISIS, Obama tells Goldberg, “There’s a scene in the beginning [of the
Batman movie The Dark Knight] in which the gang leaders of Gotham [City] are
meeting. These are men who had the city divided up. They were thugs, but there was a
kind of order. Everyone had his turf. And then the Joker comes in and lights the whole
city on fire. ISIL [ISIS] is the Joker. It has the capacity to set the whole region on fire.
That’s why we have to fight it.” (Obama does not realize that he broke down the order by
pulling all the troops out of Iraq and by ousting Muammar Gaddafi. It was he who
removed those who maintained the order.) Obama also says, “ISIS is not an existential
threat to the United States. Climate change is a potential existential threat to the entire
world if we don’t do something about it.” [88967, 88968, 89020, 89021, 89022, 89063]
Attorney General Loretta Lynch tells the Senate Judiciary Committee, “I can assure you
that neither I nor anyone from the Department [of Justice] has briefed [press secretary
Josh] Earnest or anyone at the White House about this matter [the Hillary Clinton email
investigation] or any other matters.” BizPacReview.com notes that on January 29 Earnest
told reporters, “Some [Department of Justice] officials have said that [Clinton] is not a
target of the investigation.” (Either Earnest or Lynch lied.) [88980]
Lynch also states that the Department of Justice has discussed taking possible civil
actions against “climate change deniers.” She says, “The matter has been discussed.”
(She should have said, “The suggestion was immediately dismissed as violating First
Amendment rights.” “Big brother” is apparently considering taking legal action against
businesses and organizations that dare to suggest mankind is not causing “global
warming.”) [88988, 89012, 89031]
DailySignal.com later comments, “Lynch is apparently following in the footsteps of
California Attorney General Kamala Harris and New York Attorney General Eric
Schneiderman, both of whom have opened up investigations of ExxonMobil for allegedly
lying to the public and their shareholders about climate change. None of the public
officials involved in this abuse of the prosecutorial power of the government recognizes
the outrageousness of what they are doing or are urging the FBI and the Justice
Department to do. They want to investigate and prosecute corporations and individuals
for their opinions on an unproven scientific theory, for which there is not a consensus,
despite inaccurate claims to the contrary. Not only does this represent a serious blow
against the free flow of ideas and the vigorous debate over scientific issues that is a
hallmark of an advanced, technological society like ours, but it is a fundamental violation
of the First Amendment. Will the FBI’s possible investigation include going after
dissenting scientists who publish articles or give speeches questioning the global climate
change hypothesis?” [89031]
“…The absurdity of this would be laughable if it were not so serious and so dangerous.
The very idea that the FBI, the most powerful law enforcement agency in the United
States, has had a referral from the attorney general of the United State to investigate
whether those who disagree with the climate change theory meet the legal ‘criteria for
which’ the Justice Department ‘could take action’ is evocative of Franz Kafka’s chilling
novel, ‘The Trial.’ …[T]his is also reminiscent of the old Soviet Union, where Joseph
Stalin persecuted those whom he thought had the ‘wrong’ scientific views on everything
from linguistics to physics. Both Lynch and Whitehouse might want to read Aleksandr
Solzhenitsyn’s book, ‘In the First Circle,’ in which he outlined the Soviet government’s
suppression of dissenting scientists and engineers. Or perhaps General Lynch should
review the Inquisition’s persecution of Galileo Galilei for disagreeing with the consensus
of his time and advocating the Copernican theory of the universe.” [89031]
“What Lynch should have said… is that the duty of the U.S. Justice Department (and the
FBI) is to fairly enforce the laws of the United States in a dispassionate, non-ideological
manner based on the facts, not to investigate those who hold disfavored views regarding
scientific controversies. The fact that she did not do that, but instead has actually referred
this issue to the FBI, should concern everyone who believes in the rule of law and fears
the unbridled power of the government.” [89031]
Carly Fiorina endorses Ted Cruz. She says, “It is time to unite behind Ted Cruz. …Other
people in our party are kind of horrified by Donald Trump. Here’s the thing: We’re not
going to beat Donald Trump by having our party tsk tsk over our voters. We’re going to
have to beat Donald Trump at the ballot box. …We knew Ted Cruz is a leader and a
reformer. He is willing to take on the status quo in Washington D.C. [and he is] proud to
be known by the enemies he’s made in the D.C. cartel.” (In 2015 Ted Cruz’s super PAC,
Keep the Promise, gave Fiorina’s campaign $500,000. It can be assumed the logic was
that Fiorina could be used to attack Hillary Clinton and Trump while keeping Cruz’s
“hands clean.”) While still in the race, Fiorina told CNN’s Dana Bash, “Ted Cruz is just
like any other politician. He says one thing in Manhattan, he says another thing in Iowa,
he says whatever he needs to say to get elected, and then he’s gonna [sic] do as he
pleases. I think the American people are tired of the political class that promises much
and delivers much of the same.” [88908, 88933]
Fiorina’s endorsement prompts one from Meghan McCain—which may not please her
Senator-father John McCain (R-AZ), who has bashed Cruz on several occasions. [88979]
DCWhispers.com writes, “GOP frontrunner Donald Trump won big in Michigan last
night. Really-really big, or as the New York billionaire is fond of saying, it was a
yuuuuuge victory. And nobody was watching more closely than Hillary Clinton and her
cadre of Clintonites. While Hillary eventually fell to a 74-year old socialist opponent in
the Michigan Democrat primary, it was Trump’s resounding thumping of his own GOP
primary opponents that is of far greater concern to Hillary’s hopes of returning to the
White House in 2017. Prior to last night’s Michigan vote, Clinton held a commanding
lead over Sanders in a multitude of polls. And then she lost. What happened is something
Democrat operatives are whispering about but willfully neglecting to speak of outside of
their own closely guarded circles. Michigan represents ‘rust belt’ politics of the kind that
for nearly three decades has been the sole realm of the Democrat Party. Not since Ronald
Regan has Democrats had to face a Republican opponent who so consistently speaks the
language of the working man and woman.’ Until now.” [88902]
“Michigan voters went big for Trump and in doing so, signaled it is more than willing to
do the same if the choice is between Trump and Clinton. Team Clinton now knows this to
be [the] present threat to them because what took place in Michigan is also appearing to
possibly take place in other rust belt states like Ohio—and without those, Hillary
Clinton’s path back into the White House is increasingly unlikely. And now on the heels
of last night’s impressive Michigan victory for Trump are further rumblings that when
the Bernie Sanders campaign winds down (and it will) up to a third of his voters are
willing to cast their vote for Donald Trump in the General Election in yet another
example of the astounding crossover appeal that is the Trump campaign.” [88902]
“Despite a media and political onslaught the likes of which the modern era of American
politics has never seen before, Trump is building a considerable coalition of support that
crosses both parties, gender, race, and socio-economic status. There were about 100,000
MORE votes cast for Republicans candidates in Michigan last night than Democrats in a
state that has not voted for a Republican president in almost 30 years. The people whose
business is politics are looking at these numbers and are confounded by them. Donald
Trump wasn’t supposed to be moving the needle like this so late into the primary
season—but he is. Most candidates would have long ago withered under the nearconstant 24/7 barrage that has been the elite’s treatment of the Trump campaign. Mr.
Trump has stumbled on occasion, but he has never been knocked down or completely off
his game by the smears, allegations, and the hundreds of millions of dollars devoted to
his demise. Donald Trump has long said he would defeat Hillary Clinton in a one-on-one
presidential match-up. Last night, Michigan made clear to everyone paying attention he
might just be right about that.” [88902]
Ron Unz writes, “Based on absolutely everything I’ve read in my daily NYT+WSJ,
Trump certainly seems an ignorant buffoon and a loose cannon, but being a loose cannon,
he rolls around randomly, not infrequently in the correct direction, which is more than I
can say for nearly all of his Republican rivals. …[J]ust a couple of weeks ago, Trump
blasted the [Iraq] war and the Bush Administration lies behind it on nationwide television
during a Republican debate, inducing total shock within the Republican commentariat,
shock that turned into apoplexy when he immediately afterward won a landslide victory
in ultra-rightwing and pro-military South Carolina. Sometimes a single bold and honest
statement delivered on national television can cut through endless layers of media lies
and propaganda… Earlier this year, an ardent Trump supporter declared that his favored
candidate was 95% a clown but 5% a patriot, and therefore stood head-and-shoulders
above his Republican rivals, and this sounds about right to me.” [88954]
The Republican National Committee files two lawsuits seeking access to Hillary
Clinton’s records. According to WSJ.com, “The first lawsuit seeks access to all text and
BlackBerry messages sent and received by Mrs. Clinton during her time at the State
Department. Republicans also are seeking all emails sent and received by several top
aides to Mrs. Clinton, including her former Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills, top policy staffer
Jake Sullivan, and technology consultant Bryan Pagliano. A second case asks for any
communications between State Department officials and Mrs. Clinton’s presidential
campaign after she left office in 2013. …Both lawsuits cite the Freedom of Information
Act, or FOIA.” [88922, 88923, 88924]
In a CNN/ORC poll, Donald Trump leads John Kasich 41-35 percent in Ohio; Ted Cruz
has 13; Marco Rubio has 7. In Florida, Trump has 40 percent; Rubio has 24; Cruz has 19;
Kasich has 5. Trump trails Hillary Clinton by 7 points in Ohio; Cruz trails Clinton by 9.
In a Newsmax/Fabrizio, Lee & Associates poll, Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump 4544, but Trump leads among independent voters by 47-31 percent. (With that great a lead
among independents, Trump would be expected to defeat Clinton. But because no
candidate has locked up the Republican nomination yet, Clinton’s one-point overall lead
suggests only that many Republican voters are not yet ready to state they support Trump.
Once each party selects its nominee, the polling of head-to-head match-ups will be more
meaningful. But the fact that Clinton trails Trump by such a wide margin among
independents should have the Democrats worried.) Pollster Tony Fabrizio comments,
“They don’t necessarily like him. But they dislike her more. …Undecideds haven’t gone
to Clinton because they don’t like her, they haven’t gone to Trump because they don’t
necessarily like him. But all other things being equal, Trump would have an easier time
getting them back than she would, just based on party fidelity and ideological grounds.
So there’s upside for him that isn’t built-in for her.” [88970]
In national Reuters polling, Trump has 40.4 percent; Ted Cruz has 25.3; Marco Rubio has
12.9; John Kasich has 11.6. [89055]
Academy Award-winning Actor Jon Voight endorses Donald Trump. [88934, 88941]
Marco Rubio addresses an almost-empty stadium in Hialeah, Florida. [88945]
In a March 5-8 Fox News poll, Trump leads in Florida with 43 percent. He is followed by
Rubio (20), Cruz (16), and Kasich (10). FoxNews.com writes, “Here is what’s driving the
vote: a 63-percent majority of likely Republican primary voters feels ‘betrayed’ by
politicians in their party—and they go heavily for Trump over Cruz (49-18 percent), with
Rubio and Kasich way behind (12 percent and 11 percent respectively). In addition, just
48 percent of Sunshine State GOPers approve of the job Rubio is doing as senator, while
38 percent disapprove. Among voters who approve of his performance, Rubio bests
Trump by 12 points, yet he trails the Donald by a whopping 62 points among those who
disapprove.” Also in a Fox News poll, John Kasich, the state’s popular governor, leads
Trump in Ohio, 34-29. Cruz has 19 percent; Rubio has 7. (Why Kasich is popular in Ohio
is unclear. As a Congressman he voted for the North American Free Trade Agreement,
which cost Ohio thousands of jobs. He also voted for the Bill Clinton “assault weapons”
ban. Kasich supports the flawed Common Core education standards, and his “soft
money” campaign fund has accepted $488,375 from leftist George Soros fund managers.)
[88946, 88947, 88952, 89156, 89236, 89273, 89526]
In a Quinnipiac poll in Florida, Trump has 45 percent; Rubio has 22; Cruz has 18; Kasich
has 8. In its Ohio poll, Trump has 38; Kasich has 32; Cruz has 16; Rubio has 9. [88973]
In a Suffolk University poll in Florida, Trump has 36 percent; Rubio 27; Cruz 19; Kasich
10. [88996]
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders engage in a debate in Miami, broadcast on Univision.
Although Sanders’ proposed solutions to many of the problems facing America are
appalling, it is clear that he has a better understanding than Clinton of how some of those
problems arose. Clinton’s performance is masterful. She skillfully avoids answering
questions, changes the subject, and inserts a multitude of facts, figures, names, and dates
into her responses to fool viewers into believing that she did answer the questions and
knows what she is talking about. In general, Sanders’ responses to question are more
clear and direct, while Clintons’ are “safely” worded in an effort to offend no one. (In
doing so, she may sometimes offend everyone.) [88949, 88951, 88974, 88977, 88984,
On education, where both candidates agree that the government should provide “free”
public college and university educations, Clinton says, “We’re going to refinance
everyone’s student debt… My plan for debt-free tuitions… will eventually eliminate any
student debt… The government has to quit making money off of lending money to young
people.” (Her scheme would not eliminate student debt; it would merely shift it from the
students to the taxpayers. She is correct that the government should not earn interest
lending money to students for education. It should not be lending or giving them any
money. The financing of a student’s education should be the responsibility of the student
and his family. If they choose to borrow money, they should visit a bank. The federal
government should get out of the student loan business entirely. It can start by selling all
existing student loans to the highest bidders.) [88949]
Clinton defends the government’s Export-Import Bank; Sanders’ correctly excoriates it
for being the “Boeing Bank”—because it lends billions of taxpayer dollars to huge
corporations (including General Electric) that should not receive benefits form the
taxpayers. [88949]
Because the debate is on Univision, several questions are about immigration and the
pandering candidates are essentially forced to admit that they would never detain, arrest
or deport an illegal immigrant and would allow all their relatives into the United States to
avoid “breaking up families.” Promising never to deport children, while also promising
never to break up families, essentially means no one would ever be deported but
unmarried, childless criminals—and most of them are not being deported either. (It does
not occur to Univision or the candidates were broken up by the one or two family
members who entered the United States illegally, leaving their families behind. HBO
comic Bill Maher later remarks, “Did you see the Democratic debate on Univision about
a week ago? Because there has been a real change with the Democrats, too. Mission
Creep, I would call it. I understand their position was comprehensive immigration
reform. Now, in front of Univision, it seems to have morphed into, ‘[if] you get across
that river [the Rio Grande], you’re here to stay.’”) [88949, 88950, 88990, 89557]
Asked by Jorge Ramos if she will drop out of the race if she is indicted, Clinton blows off
the question and says “it’s not going to happen.” She again insists she never sent or
received any emails marked “classified,” knowing full well that the markings are
“confidential,” “secret,” and “top secret.” (The FBI certainly has agents watching the
broadcast and recording her every word on the subject of her email server.) [88949,
Ramos does not shy away from confrontations. He plays a video clip of Patricia Smith,
mother of Benghazi victim Sean Smith, accusing Clinton, Obama, and others of lying to
her when they claimed “it was a video.” Ramos asks, “Did you lie to them?” Clinton
says, “She’s wrong. She’s absolutely wrong,” and uses the “fog of war” excuse, claiming
she was “scrambling to get information that was changing, literally by the hour…” The
reality is that when she met with Patricia Smith and other grieving family members, she
knew the video excuse was phony. Clinton is a shameless liar—yet manages to get
applause from the audience with her lies. [88949, 88974, 88976, 88984, 88991, 89040]
On March 10 author and economist Peter Schiff writes, “One month ago, the January jobs
report was enlivened by a healthy .5% jump in average hourly earnings. At the time, I
argued that such good news would be a one-time event as it resulted from the increases in
minimum wages that kicked in at the start of the year in many states across the country.
As predicted, the momentum was fleeting. In February, average hourly earnings did not
increase the .2% that was expected but fell .1%. The drop may not seem like much, but it
is the first decline since December 2014, and one of only six declines in the past ten
years, according to BLS data. Making matters worse, average hours worked declined
from 34.6 hours to 34.4. Combining falling wages and falling hours translated into a .7%
decline in weekly earnings, the biggest drop ever measured in that statistic…” [88955]
“The truth is that the big numbers in job creation do not reflect healthy economic growth
but a fundamental shift in the labor force away from high-paying, full-time jobs to lowpaying, part-time jobs. The February ‘household’ survey of job creation shows that 78%
of the jobs created were part-time, and 82% of those were in the low-paying service
industries such as food service and retail. This partially explains February’s data that
shows exports at the lowest level in almost five years. It’s hard to export the things
created by bartenders and waiters. Meanwhile, we lost much higher-paying full-time jobs
in manufacturing, mining, and logging that would have produced things capable of being
exported. Yes, jobs are being created, but only at the expense of higher-paying jobs that
are being destroyed.” [88955]
“…Companies have been incentivized to cut their full-time work force by a variety of
costly and burdensome regulations that are largely the result of the Obama
Administration. If a company replaces a full-time worker with two part-time workers, the
statistics count that as a job gain. But this only holds up if you count quantity while
ignoring quality. The view from the street looks quite different, as workers prefer one
good job to several bad ones. This is why rallies for Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders
are so well-attended. The underemployed are fed up with platitudes from the elites and
they flock to these outsider candidates, who seem to understand their pain.” [88955]
NYPost.com reports, “The Justice Department is drawing up an indictment that lays
blame for the 2013 cyber-attack against a dam in Westchester squarely on hackers
working for the Iranian government, a law enforcement source confirmed to The Post.
The FBI has been investigating since the discovery of the breach, with the indictment
expected to be handed down soon, the source said.” [89018]
Cecilia Munoz, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, whines that there
is “no federal assistance for purchasing diapers, unlike other essentials like food or health
insurance. …This can lead to serious health problems for babies and parents. Young
children can end up hospitalized with problems like urinary tract or staph infections.
Imagine the stress of not being able to afford the basics that your baby needs—not a
small matter for struggling parents and caregivers. When families can’t afford a healthy
number of diapers for their babies, they’re faced with a choice between buying diapers
and paying for food, rent, or utilities like heat. That’s a choice that no family should have
to make. In the worst case, over time these kinds of stressors can contribute to the
incidence of abuse and neglect of young children.” [89226]
FreeBeacon.com reports, “The White House has reportedly narrowed its list of potential
Supreme Court nominees down to five people, and four of them have donated to Barack
Obama’s political campaigns. The five federal judges who will be interviewed by the
White House for the nomination are federal judges Sri Srinivasan (who has donated
$4,250 to Obama), Jane Kelly ($1,500 to Obama), Paul Watford ($1,000 to Obama),
Ketanji Brown Jackson ($450 to Obama), and Merrick Garland, who has not donated to
Obama.” [89178]
WashingtonPost.com reports, “Richard Trumka, the president of the AFL-CIO, thought
he’d have a pretty simple job in 2016: turn out his 12.7 million union members to support
the Democratic presidential nominee. But it turns out Trumka’s task may be very
different and perhaps more difficult: preventing a significant share of union households—
which typically favor Democrats in elections—from defecting to Donald Trump if he’s
the GOP standard-bearer.” (Like most labor union leaders, Trumka is a socialist.) [89037,
CNN’s Carol Costello interviews Donald Trump’s former butler, Tony Senecal, who
worked for the billionaire for 20 years. When he praises Trump, calling him “an entirely
nice guy,” Costello cuts short the interview. [89038, 89039, 89210]
In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Trump says, “I think Islam hates us.
There’s something, there’s something there, there’s tremendous hatred there. There’s a
tremendous hatred. We have to get to the bottom of it. …And we have to be very
vigilant; we have to be very careful; and we can’t allow people coming into this country
who have this hatred of the United States.” (Journalists fall all over each other criticizing
Trump’s statement, apparently unable to comprehend that the statement “Islam hates us”
does not mean every Muslim hates every American and vice versa, just as Ronald Reagan
calling the Soviet Union the “evil empire” did not mean every Soviet citizen was evil and
worthy of annihilation. Those same journalists apparently do not recall what they wrote
in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks: “Why Do They Hate Us?” –
HuffingtonPost.com, September 12, 2001; “Why do they hate us?” – CSMonitor.com,
September 27, 2001; “Why Do They Hate Us?” – Newseek.com, October 14, 2001;
“Why do they hate us?” – Harvard Gazette, September 9, 2011. A Google search of
“why do they hate us” yields more than 90 million results.) [89311, 89312, 89313]
At NewsWithViews.com Dave Daubenmire writes, “What is it about Donald Trump that
has drawn so many to his side? Donald Trump is a MAN in a nation where manhood is in
very short supply. …The South was supposed to be Cruz country… the heart of
Christianity where clinging to Bibles and guns is passed through the DNA from
one generation to the next. …Yet supposed Ted Cruz voters pulled the lever for
Donald Trump. Something BIG is going on in America and most people have yet
to put their finger on it. Why are ‘Christians’ voting for Donald Trump? …Trump,
not Cruz has swept the south. Something HUGE is happening before our very eyes. Now,
before you get yourself into to tizzy, you have to understand that I am not supporting the
crude, crass, calloused side of Trump. In fact, many of the things I hear him say make me
cringe. But we cannot deny that the things that he does that make American’s queasy are
the same things that draw people to him. America is starving for manhood. America is
looking for a MAN.” [88962]
“…The Christians in the South have analyzed the situation that is confronting this nation
and although they would like their President to be someone who shares their values, their
belief in God, and their quiet faith, they realize that the times demand a warrior…
someone to stand and fight against the thieves who are stealing this nation. Trump makes
women feel safe. Trump says what the average Christian man is thinking. They are sick
of PC America and pastors and politicians too cowardly to speak the truth. They see The
Donald as a man who doesn’t bend to pressure and doesn't need their approval. …They
are sick of compromise. They look in the pulpits and they look at the politicians and they
see nothing but capitulation. Let's all get along types. America is not electing a king or a
pastor and because they are so disgusted they are ready to roll the dice on a gambler from
Atlantic City. …Masculinity is making a comeback in America. It is no more
complicated than that.” [88962]
After various media outlets eagerly report that actor Chuck Norris has endorsed Ted Cruz
for president, Norris tells WND.com, “I would like to clarify for the record that I have
NOT officially endorsed any candidate for president, contrary to what has been widely
reported in the media., Each of the remaining Republican candidates have strong points
and, as I’ve said in my WND culture warrior column, I believe some have the potential to
be great presidents. However, I am going to let the citizens of America decide who they
think would be the best candidate for the GOP. When the candidate is decided, I will
support that person enthusiastically.” (Only one thing can be certain: Norris will not
endorse Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders.) [88969, 88998]
The North American Law Center (NALC) writes Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos:
“In light of the attached official citizenship records for Sen. Rafael Edward (Ted) Cruz in
Calgary, Alberta Canada, dated December 22, 1970 (attached) and a document
confirming the renunciation of his Canadian citizenship dated May 14, 2014 (attached), is
it your official opinion as the Chief Elections Officer for Texas that U.S. Senator Rafael
Edward (Ted) Cruz was in fact a legal citizen of Canada in November of 2012, when he
ran for, was elected and certified by the Texas Secretary of State as the new U.S. Senator
representing the good people of Texas, as a legal citizen of Canada?” (Not only is Cruz
not a natural born citizen of the United States, and therefore ineligible to serve as
president, he may not have been ineligible to serve as U.S. Senator. At the very least, he
intentionally chose not to disclose to voters in Texas that he was a Canadian citizen. At
the time of Cruz’s birth, Canada did not allow dual citizenship. Canada considered him to
be a Canadian citizen. He therefore could not serve in the U.S. Senate. By renouncing his
Canadian citizenship in 2014, Cruz essentially admitted that he was a Canadian citizen
when he ran for the U.S. Senate in 2012. Cruz should not only be forced to quit the
presidential race; he should be removed from the U.S. Senate.) [90024, 90025]
In Florida, Jeb Bush meets with Ted Cruz and, separately, with John Kasich. (One day
earlier, Bush met with Marco Rubio.) [88971]
Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) endorses Ted Cruz. [88994, 89011]
Ken Lanci, a prominent businessman, lifelong Democrat, and former mayoral candidate
in Cleveland endorses Donald Trump. [89102]
At Yahoo.com Michael Isikoff reports, “Ted Cruz has rebuffed a request by the Federal
Election Commission to disclose more information about some $1 million in loans he
received from two major Wall Street banks during his 2012 Senate campaign. In a letter
to the FEC this week, the treasurer of Cruz’s 2012 campaign turned down a request by
agency auditors to reveal in writing ‘the complete terms’ of two personal loans Cruz
received from Goldman Sachs and Citibank—the proceeds of which, he has since
acknowledged, he used to finance his upstart race for the Senate. ‘They’re stalling on
what they should have disclosed four years ago,’ charged Craig McDonald, executive
director of Texans for Public Justice, a liberal advocacy group that has filed one of two
complaints with the FEC over the loan issue. ‘This is a critical point in the presidential
campaign, and they don’t want any more new information about it coming out now.’”
[89849, 89850]
DailyCaller.com reports, “Neil Bush, the son of President George H. W. Bush, who
defrauded U.S. taxpayers out of $1.5 billion dollars in the savings and loan scam, and
later peddled influence for the Chinese government, (who plied him with Chinese
prostitutes) has formally endorsed Senator Ted Cruz for president. You can’t make this
stuff up. …The Bush-Cruz connection is clear. Ted was George W.’s brain when he ran
for president. A top policy adviser, Ted maneuvered for Solicitor General in Bush World
but settled for a plum at the Federal Trade Commission. Ted’s a Bush man with deep ties
to the political and financial establishment. Ted and wife Heidi brag about being the first
‘Bush marriage’—they met as Bush staffers. Cruz was an adviser on legal affairs while
Heidi was an adviser on economic policy and eventually director for the Western
Hemisphere on the National Security Council under Condoleezza Rice. Condi helped
give us the phony war in Iraq. Heidi then went to the Bush U.S. Trade Representative as a
top deputy to U.S. Trade Rep. Robert Zoellick, who wired Heidi’s membership in the
Council on Foreign Relations and job at Goldman Sachs. The bailed-out bank then loaned
Cruz $1 million secretly to finance his Senate race. [Cruz] would also borrow an
undisclosed $1 million loan from Citicorp.” [88999, 89032, 89915]
“Cruz has become quite adroit at saying one thing while his history shows him doing the
other. Rather than the outsider he claims to be, Ted Cruz is the ultimate insider, former
top Bush 41 policy aide and globalist, Ivy Leaguer, and establishment insider. There is no
better example of this than Calgary Ted’s actions surrounding the big Wall Street banks
and their secret funding of his political ascension. Oil and Gas Millions fund this guy.
Cruz has been gorging at the table of the ultimate insider of all insiders—Goldman Sachs
and Citibank. His TPP support is the proof in the pudding. Cruz and his establishment
puppet masters are engaged in an aggressive strategy against Trump. The false narrative
of course being that Cruz is the outsider while Trump is the insider. Nothing could be
farther from the truth. In its most simplistic terms—the power elite have no leverage over
Trump—nothing. Cruz, on the other hand, is the establishment’s quisling, spawned by the
Bushes and controlled by Wall Street, who became a strident ‘outsider’ only four years
ago.” [88999, 89032]
Ben Carson meets with Donald Trump. (The meeting may suggest a Carson endorsement.
If Carson is at Trump’s March 11 press conference, that suggestion becomes a certainty.)
At the White House, Obama meets with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. During
a joint press conference after their meeting, Obama and Trudeau pledge to fight “climate
change” (as if Canada couldn’t use a few extra degrees). Obama criticizes the Senate for
declaring it would not act on his eventual Supreme Court nominee. (Article II, Section 2
of the U.S. Constitution states that the president “shall nominate, and by and with the
advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint ambassadors, other public ministers and
consuls, judges of the Supreme Court.” Obama never fails to note the “nominate” power,
but often neglects the “advice and consent” limit.) [88992, 88997]
Obama also tells reporters, “I do all kinds of soul searching in terms of, are there things
that I can do better to make sure that we are unifying the country. But I also have to
say… that objectively it’s fair to say that the Republican political elites and many of the
information outlets, social media and news stations, talk radio, television stations have
been feeding the Republican base for the last seven years a notion that everything I do is
to be opposed, that cooperation or compromise somehow is a betrayal, that maximalist,
absolutist positions on issues are politically advantageous, that there is a ‘them’ out there
and an ‘us’ and ‘them’ are the folks who are causing whatever the problems you’re
experiencing and the tone of that politics, which I certainly have not contributed to.”
(Obama has been one of the most divisive leaders in American history, yet has the nerve
to claim he has had absolutely nothing to do with the divisions that have arisen since he
came on the political scene.) [89000]
Obama also cannot resist playing the race card, adding, “You know, I don’t think that I
was the one to prompt questions about my birth certificate, for example. I don’t
remember saying, ‘Hey, why don’t you ask me about that?’ ‘Why don’t you question
whether I’m American or whether I’m loyal or whether I have America’s best interests at
heart.’ Those aren’t things that were prompted by any actions of mine, and so what
you’re seeing within the Republican Party is, to some degree, all of those efforts over a
course of time creating an environment where somebody like a Donald Trump can
thrive.” (Questions arose about Obama’s birth certificate because he has kept his past
shrouded in secrecy, and conflicting reports led people to wonder who he was and where
he came from. When he finally did release a birth certificate, it was an obvious forgery—
and the fraud was covered up by a mainstream media that placed leftist ideology above
integrity.) [89000]
At a state dinner honoring Justin Trudeau, Obama says, “Where else could a boy born in
Calgary run for president of the United States?” (Obama is sending two signals with the
comment: 1. “I won the battle with my opponents over my birth certificate and claims
that I was born in Kenya.” 2. “Don’t think we Democrats won’t go after Cruz because of
his birthplace if he is the Republican nominee.”) At the dinner, Malia Obama wears a
gown by designer Naeem Khan that originally retailed for $17,990. Natasha (Sasha)
Obama wears a dress, also by Khan, that sells for $19,990. [89017, 89237, 89769]
At BizPacReview.com Richard Pollock reports, “Department of Justice officials have
impaneled a federal grand jury in the Hillary Clinton email case and FBI agents have
launched a second, separate investigation on political corruption involving the former
secretary of state’s official activities and the Clinton Foundation, a former U.S. attorney
told The Daily Caller News Foundation. Joseph E. diGenova, who served as U.S.
attorney for the District of Columbia for four years, said Wednesday he believes the FBI
is investigating two separate Clinton scandals. ‘The Bureau has between 100 and 150
agents assigned to the case. They would not have that many people assigned to a
classified information case,’ he told The DCNF, addressing Clinton’s use of a private
email server located at her New York home. ‘Based on reports that agents are asking
questions about the foundation, it seems to me to properly the subject is a second prong
of the investigation,’ he said.” [88981, 89019]
In a Florida Times-Union poll, Donald Trump has 43 percent; Marco Rubio has 24; Ted
Cruz has 21; John Kasich has 10. In a Trafalgar Group poll in Florida, the numbers are
42, 23, 21, and 11, respectively. [89054]
The CBS affiliate in Pittsburgh reports, “Nearly 46,000 Pennsylvania Democrats have
switched to Republicans since the beginning of the year. According to Penn Live, some
experts attribute the mass exodus to Donald Trump. There’s even a title for the
movement. It’s called ‘Ditch and Switch’ and calls for lifelong Democrats to abandon the
party, register Republican, and help ensure Trump’s place in the general election.”
At Salon.com feminist icon Camille Paglia writes, “Well, [Donald] Trump may still be a
carnival barker, but he’s looking more and more like a president! Along with most media
pundits in the Northeast, I found it improbable if not impossible that Trump could survive
his klutz-o-rama cascade of foot-in-mouth flubs, from carelessly categorizing Mexican
immigrants as rapists to hallucinating about ‘thousands’ of Muslims cheering the fall of
the twin towers from the mean streets of New Jersey. Surely he would soon implode and
pouf into fairy dust! But only a few weeks after that interview of mine in Salon, I
suddenly realized that Trump’s candidacy had a broad support that few had expected or
discerned. The agent of my revelation was a hilariously scathing, viral Web blog video
posted by Diamond and Silk—Lynette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, two AfricanAmerican sisters and former Democrats in Fayetteville, North Carolina. hey were
reacting with indignant outrage to the first GOP debate, broadcast by Fox News from
Cleveland on August 6 and hosted by Megyn Kelly, whose loaded questions had
impugned Trump as a sexist.” [89001]
“…[Their] fiery endorsement blew me away because it demonstrated how Trump was
directly engaging with a diverse coalition in ways that the mainstream media had
completely missed. I felt, and still do, that Trump is far too impetuous and thin-skinned
in his amusingly rambling, improvisational style. The American president, who can
spook markets or spark a war with a rash phrase, must be more coolly circumspect. And
aspirants to the presidency shouldn’t care what small fry like bobble-head TV hosts say
or do. A leader must have the long view and show an instinctive capacity to focus and
prioritize. Nevertheless, Trump’s fearless candor and brash energy feel like a great gust
of fresh air, sweeping the tedious clichés and constant guilt-tripping of political
correctness out to sea. Unlike Hillary Clinton, whose every word and policy statement on
the campaign trail are spoon-fed to her by a giant paid staff and army of shadowy
advisors, Trump is his own man, with a steely ‘damn the torpedoes’ attitude.” [89001]
“He lives large, with the urban flash and bling of a Frank Sinatra. But Trump is a
workaholic who doesn’t drink and who has an interesting penchant for sophisticated,
strong-willed European women. As for a debasement of the presidency by Trump’s
slanging matches about penis size, that sorry process was initiated by a Democrat, Bill
Clinton, who chatted about his underwear on TV, let Hollywood pals jump up and down
on the bed in the Lincoln Bedroom, and played lewd cigar games with an intern in the
White House offices. Primary voters nationwide are clearly responding to Trump’s brand
of classic can-do American moxie. There has been a sense of weary paralysis in our
increasingly Byzantine and monstrously wasteful government bureaucracies. Putting a
bottom-line businessman with executive experience into the White House has probably
been long overdue.” [89001]
“If Mitt Romney had boldly talked business more (and chosen a woman VP), he would
have won the last election. Although the rampant Hitler and Mussolini analogies to
Trump are wildly exaggerated—he has no organized fascist brigades at his beck and
call—there is reason for worry about his impatient authoritarian tendencies. We have had
more than enough of Obama’s constitutionally questionable executive orders. It remains
to be seen whether Trump’s mastery of a hyper-personalized art of the deal will work in
the sluggish, murky, incestuously intertwined power realms of Washington.” [89001]
From my perspective as a fervent supporter of the ruggedly honest and principled Bernie
Sanders, Trump with his pragmatic real-life record is a far more palatable national figure
than Ted Cruz, whose unctuous, vainglorious professions of Christian piety don’t pass the
smell test. Trump is a blunt, no-crap mensch, while Cruz is a ham actor, doling out fake
compassion like chopped liver. Cruz’s lugubrious, weirdly womanish face, with its prim,
tight smile and mawkishly appealing puppy-dog eyebrows, is like a waxen mask, always
on the verge of melting. This guy doesn’t know who the hell he is—and the White House
is no place for him and us to find out.” [89001]
Frequent Fox News Wall Street contributor Charles Gasparino tells Fox’s Neil Cavuto,
“People have called him [Marco Rubio], told him to drop out. These are major donors.
They told him that handing this over to [Donald] Trump is the equivalent of Chris
Christie hugging, hugging, Barack Obama in 2012.” (Gasparino’s comments should be
taken with a grain of salt as he opposes Trump. Of course, there are probably some
donors who do want Rubio to drop out so that Ted Cruz can win enough delegates not to
win the nomination, but to block Trump from winning it. The GOP “elites” would then
do their best at the convention in July to give the nomination to someone other than
Trump or Cruz. Cruz is naïve if he believes the “donor class” is uniting behind him. They
are using him.) [89014]
Talk radio’s Mark Levin comments on the problem of serious crimes being committed by
illegal immigrants: “There is a big, ugly side of illegal immigration. There’s [sic; there
all] all kinds of crimes being committed by people who aren’t supposed to be here,
foreigners in this country who are not being tracked. Some are deported. Some come
back. They have no problem getting back into this country. All we hear about are little
children, but everybody who’s in this country illegally is not a little child. Forty to 45
percent of the people who are here illegally have overstayed their visas. They’re not
children. That’s a crime. But there’s other people in this country who are criminals. They
don’t love America. They love killing Americans.” [89181]
“…We keep talking about pathways to legalization, pathways to citizenship. The proopen borders crowd, the anti-American sovereignty crowd keeps talking about what
American traditions and values are. You see, ladies and gentleman, this is the problem.
How many times have we been told that if just one person is put to death under our death
penalty, who is innocent, that should be enough to eliminate the death penalty altogether?
How come we’re never told if just one illegal alien kills five people, that should be
enough to secure the border? But apparently it’s not. They talk about gun control. How
did this illegal alien get a gun? I’ll tell you how. He doesn’t follow our gun laws, he
doesn’t follow our immigration laws. We have a porous border, so sickos like this can
come across the border, terrorists can come across the border—five dead people because
we don’t secure the border. Now I hear it said, ‘Well, American citizens do this, too.’
And they should be punished. But they’re American citizens. That doesn’t mean we open
the whole world up to this.” [89181]
The remaining four Republican candidates debate in Miami, in an amazingly civil
evening in which no insults are hurled. (Whether a pre-debate “deal” was arranged by
foursome is not known.) Civility aside, Ted Cruz cannot resist telling at least one lie
about Trump: Cruz claims that Trump “would not rip up this Iranian nuclear deal.” But
Trump has consistently called the agreement one of the worst he has ever seen. Cruz
claims he will tear up the agreement, but it is far too late for that: Iran has already gotten
its $100+ billion back, and Russia, China, and Europe are not about to reimpose
sanctions. Cruz gets in one dig at Trump in his closing statement. He says, “What an
incredible nation we have, that the son of a bartender and the son of mailman and the son
of a dishwasher and a successful businessman, can all stand on this stage, competing and
asking for your support.” (Cruz’s not-so-subtle message: Trump would have been a
failure without inherited wealth.) [89009, 89010, 89027, 89035, 89036]
During the debate, CNN’s Jake Tapper confronts Trump on the issue of supporters at his
rallies roughing up protesters. (Tapper does not ask Rubio the same question, even
though video exists of supporters of his rallies doing the same thing. Tapper apparently
wants Trump to do what Bernie Sanders has done: submit, hand the microphone over to
protesters, and walk off the stage.) [89016, 89028, 89043]
In Miami, Florida, 17-year-old student and burglar Trevon Johnson is shot and killed by a
homeowner as he robs her house. Johnson’s cousin, Nautika Harris, later says, “I don’t
care if she have her gun license or any of that [sic]. That is way beyond the law… way
beyond. He was not supposed to die like this. He had a future ahead of him. Trevon had
goals… he was a funny guy, very big on education, loved learning. …You have to look at
it from every child’s point of view that was raised in the hood [sic]. You have to
understand… how he gonna get his money to have clothes to go to school [sic]? You
have to look at it from his point of view.” (The teen-ager who “loved learning”
apparently never learned that burglary is illegal and that there are other ways to “get his
money.”) [89491, 89492]
On March 11 Ben Carson formally endorses Donald Trump for president. (Carson’s
endorsement of Trump is likely more meaningful than Senator Mike Lee’s endorsement
of Ted Cruz. Virtually all of Lee’ fans were already supporters of Cruz, and Lee’ state,
Utah, will vote for the Republican in November regardless of who the party nominates.
Carson, on the other hand, may bring to Trump some votes that might otherwise have
gone to someone else.) [89006, 89011, 89050]
Conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly endorses Donald Trump. [89045]
To the surprise of no one, National Review magazine endorses Ted Cruz. [89048]
ThePoliticalInsider.com writes, “Political insiders and operatives on Twitter are buzzing
about new rumors concerning Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). This news comes just after the
12th Republican debate which was hosted on CNN, and days before key primaries in
Florida and Ohio. The Stop Trump PAC has been hinting at a major news bombshell for
days. But apparently, the supposed news has less to do about Trump than it does about
Cruz! The buzz focuses on Cruz and Tea Party activist Katrina Pierson. Pierson is a
former consultant for Cruz’s United States Senate campaign and is now the national
spokeswoman for businessman Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, which makes this
a particularly uncomfortable situation. What do you think is going on here? WOW!”
[89879, 89880]
An activist judge in Ohio rules that 17-year-olds can vote in the Ohio primary as long as
they turn 18 before the November 8 election. According to TheHill.com, Secretary of
State Jon Husted “bashed” the ruling in a statement: “This last minute legislating from
the bench on election law has to stop. Our system cannot give one county court the power
to change 30 years of election law for the entire state of Ohio, 23 days into early voting
and only four days before an election. We will appeal this decision because if there is a
close election on Tuesday we need clarity from the Supreme Court to make sure that
ineligible voters don’t determine the outcome of an election.” [89061
Catherine Herridge and Pamela L. Brown report at FoxNews.com, “Former Hillary
Clinton IT specialist Bryan Pagliano, a key witness in the email probe who struck an
immunity deal with the Justice Department, has told the FBI a range of details about how
her personal email system was set up, according to an intelligence source close to the
case who called him a ‘devastating witness.’ The source said Pagliano told the FBI who
had access to the former secretary of state’s system—as well as when—and what devices
were used, amounting to a roadmap for investigators. ‘Bryan Pagliano is a devastating
witness and, as the webmaster, knows exactly who had access to [Clinton’s] computer
and devices at specific times. His importance to this case cannot be over-emphasized,’
the intelligence source said. …The intelligence source said the FBI is ‘extremely
focused’ on the 22 ‘top secret’ emails deemed too damaging to national security to
publicly release under any circumstances, with agents reviewing those sent by Clinton as
well her subordinates including former chief of staff Cheryl Mills.” [89062]
While dignitaries attend the funeral of Nancy Reagan, Obama speaks at a music and film
event in Texas and attends two fundraisers. (Michelle Obama draws the short straw and
attends the funeral.) [89029, 89078, 89171]
CNSNews.com reports, “A little over two years after Obama campaign bundler and
LGBT advocate James ‘Wally’ Brewster arrived in the Dominican Republic,
accompanied by his spouse, Bob Satawake, to assume his duties as U.S. ambassador,
calls are growing in the conservative country for his recall. Church leaders, politicians
and education officials in the Caribbean island nation are clamoring for his removal, and
a petition was lodged with the White House this week accusing him of promoting an
‘LGBT agenda inconsistent with the Christian cultural values and tradition of the
Dominican Republic.’” [89047]
In an interview with Breitbart.com, veteran Democrat pollster and strategist Pat Caddell
comments on the popularity of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders: “What’s happening is,
the economic anxiety—the tremendous alienation that exists, and the concerns about
national security, and particularly China—are all fueling this nexus issue, which is all
being expressed in concrete terms over these trade deals. …It’s everywhere, in every
constituency. But remember, just this last August, Senator Mitch McConnell [R-KY] and
[then-House Speaker] John Boehner [R-OH], when Barack Obama was on his rear—
having had the rug pulled out from under him by Democrats, and on the verge of a major
defeat, in advance of the Iran deal—who came riding to his rescue but McConnell and
Boehner—as I assume after they got the phone call from the Chamber of Commerce—
and managed to finagle whatever way they did it, to resurrect TPA [Trade Promotion
Authority], the authority… and to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, if you’re
looking at it politically.” [89052]
“You had [Marco] Rubio, who said his foreign policy had three legs to the stool, and the
third one was TPP [Trans-Pacific Partnership]. You had [John] Kasich, who has been a
big supporter of free trade… and I believe, I haven’t gone back and looked, but I think he
was in Congress in ’93, and if so, I bet you he voted for NAFTA [North American Free
Trade Agreement]. How much you wanna [sic] bet? Somebody ought to look that one up.
That’s the real point this morning, that could change the election in Ohio. If he did, as I
suspect, voted for NAFTA, he could get killed on this now.” [Kasich did vote for
NAFTA.] [89052]
In West Palm Beach, Florida, Marco Rubio says, “Clearly John Kasich has a better
chance of stopping Donald Trump in Ohio than I do. The voter in Ohio who’s motivated
by stopping Donald Trump and comes to the conclusion that John Kasich is the only one
who can beat him there, then I expect that’s the decision they’ll make.” (Translation: “I
can’t defeat Trump in Florida and I won’t be the nominee, but if I don’t help the
establishment block Trump I have no future in politics.”) [89080]
A Donald Trump rally in Missouri is delayed for about 15 minutes because of unruly
A Trump rally in Chicago is then postponed for safety reasons as a result of
overwhelming numbers of protesters. The demonstrators include Black Lives Matter
advocates and Bernie Sanders supporters—socialist-leaning university students
demanding free tuition. Many protesters chant, “Bernie! Bernie!” Others yell, “We
stopped Trump! We stopped Trump!” One protester’s sign reads, “Muslims welcome
here.” Some wear shirts that read, “Muslims United Against Trump” and “FTP” (“Fuck
the Police”). A communist hammer-and-sickle flag is also spotted. One police officer
suffers a head injury from a thrown brick. WND.com notes, “Friday’s protests come just
one day after Grammy-winning artist [and convicted felon] Chris Brown called for mobs
of black people to provoke Donald Trump’s supporters at rallies. ‘What you need to start
doing—all these black people, go together 40, 50 deep. See what they do then,’ Brown
said in a video posted to his Instagram account on Thursday, WND reported. ‘God will
have his revenge. F--k Trump and f--k the pigs,’ Brown added.” The leftist MoveOn.org
has also been encouraging protests at Trump events, and various Facebook pages
promoted the Chicago protest. [89033, 89041, 89042, 89046, 89056, 89057, 89060,
89066, 89067, 89070, 89073, 89074, 89093, 89099, 89107, 89111, 89122, 89155, 89166,
89167, 89259, 89483, 89826]
In addition to MoveOn.org, at least three other organizations are involved in the protests.
According to DailyCaller.com they are ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End
Racism) Chicago, which is anti-capitalist, pro-union, pro-open borders, anti-war, and
anti-police; the Illinois Coalition of Immigrant and Rights Reform; and the pro-amnesty,
racist La Raza Chicago. [89122]
With a stronger police presence, of course, the rally could have been held. Protesters
inside the pavilion could have been ejected and protesters outside could have been
prevented from entering. But the Chicago Police are alarmingly outnumbered—despite
advance indications that thousands of protesters were planning to converge on the event.
(Whether Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel—a Hillary Clinton supporter and Obama’s
former chief of staff—wanted the police to be unable to control the situation is not
known. A company called Monterrey Security reportedly provided some of the security
for the event, and may be connected to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel—a Clinton
supporter.) [89085, 89212, 89230]
SecondCityCop.blogspot.com notes, “The media is downplaying the ‘protests’ as
isolated. It seems they aren’t broadcasting footage of the debris being thrown across
Harrison [Street] by Sanders/Hillary supporters at Trump fans. They also aren’t
mentioning the hordes running through the UIC parking structure breaking the windows
of cars with Trump 2016 stickers. We haven’t seen any mention of the Eisenhower
[Expressway] takeover, nor the Incident Team call-outs from assorted Districts. It’s
almost like they’re ashamed that the UIC tradition of supporting leftist terrorists
([William] Ayers and his spawn) has come home to roost. Last report was at least two
cops needed numerous stitches to close up wounds. A speedy recovery to the injured.”
[89230, 89231, 89483]
One attendee reports, “The first protestors began around 5:30 when two young white
males pulled off their coats to reveal t-shirts with anti-Trump slogans. At this point I
noticed the police presence inside the rally was a mere 8 police officers, bolstered with
hands-off event staff. [The pavilion holds about 11,000 people.] …One entire bleacher
row was filled with protesters and they began chanting and throwing around torn up
signs. A few people who began standing up and screaming, and were slowly escorted out
by police. The police kept leaving the protesters unattended throughout this, taking 4-8
officers to escort protesters out one at a time. A black man in a black jacket ran up to the
front stage, bumped into the podium, and attempted to speak, but was wrestled down by
two men in suits. As they escorted him through the crowd, he took a swing at a Trump
supporter. The men escorting him were incredibly gentle and restrained themselves from
using any force.” [89085]
After it was announced that the rally had been canceled, “the protesters began to descend
into chaos. Aside from a few mild ‘TRUMP’ and ‘USA’ chants, the Trump supporters
were mostly quiet and bewildered as the protesters began to scream, chant, and run
around the main floor area in a huge pack, flipping off the rally attendees and swearing at
them. There were a few tense altercations between the two groups, but from what I saw at
this point, no violence. The rally was instructed to leave the pavilion, and I have to admit,
the Chicago Police messed up bad here. We walked straight out of the building and into
enormous packs of protesters screaming at us, with little police presence to protect the
Trump supporters. …Obviously I did not see everything that occurred as I wandered the
protest grounds outside the cancelled Chicago rally. What I did see, however, was fear.
Fear from the rally attendees for their immediate safety, and fear of Donald Trump from
the protesters. More than that, I feel that I experienced today, for the first time in my life,
true totalitarianism and authoritarianism, expressed laterally from citizen to citizen, in
order to silence opinions from being shared. This enforcement was shared through sheer
numbers and intimidation, and in a few cases, violence.” [89085]
“…This cannot go on. As I finish this, I feel a sense of utter dread and hopelessness for
what is becoming of the youth in this country, particularly those of the regressive left. So
polarized has political opinion become, that dissenting thoughts on college campuses are
now seen as hateful. These people deal in absolutes. They [believe they] are right, and
whatever means they must take to achieve their ends, they will do it. They will not stop
themselves from violence or censorship. They will do it, and they will call hell down
upon you if anyone dare does upon them the same. Tonight I went to the Trump Rally to
hear the thoughts of not only the man who was supposed to come and speak, but the
people who support him. I found respect. I found calmness. I found peace. The truth is, I
am a legal immigrant, not a US citizen. I am not American. I am not white. I cannot vote.
After tonight, I support Donald Trump.” [89085]
Ann Coulter tweets, “For those who like their daily Hitler analogy: Lefty brownshirts just
forced cancellation of a peaceful Trump rally in Chicago.” [89034]
Some will argue that the Trump campaign erred in choosing the Chicago campus of the
University of Illinois as the location for the rally. It is located in an area that is
overwhelmingly Democrat, and the students are primarily Bernie Sanders fans immersed
by their professors in leftist propaganda. Many pundits may ask, “Why did Trump hold
his rally there?” when he could have chosen a stadium like the Allstate Arena in the
Chicago suburb of Rosemont. Of course, many pundits who might ask that question also
accuse the Republican candidates of ignoring voters who have traditionally not supported
their party. If the Republican does not campaign in the poor neighborhoods or at the
universities he is accused of snubbing blacks, Hispanics, and students; if he does reach
out to them he is accused of provoking confrontations.
Inasmuch as Donald Trump is routinely a few steps ahead of the media and the pundits,
he may have scheduled and chosen the Chicago event intentionally—knowing there
would be leftist protesters with Che Guevara t-shirts, communist flags, and Black Lives
Matter banners acting like hooligans in front of television cameras. The event gets
canceled, but the voters watching on television think, “I’m not going to let those savages
tell me who I can or cannot vote for!” Instead of addressing 11,000 supporters in a
basketball stadium, Trump gets free media air time—through which he can address
millions of viewers, just days before important primary elections in Illinois, Ohio,
Florida, and North Carolina.
The protesters may believe they are victorious because they shut down the Trump event,
but most are probably too young and naïve to know about the protests at the Democrat
National Convention in Chicago in 1968. That civil disruption helped Republican
Richard M. Nixon win the election that year, partly on a restoring “law and order”
campaign. The net result of the protests may be more support for Trump.
Not only do many not recall that Nixon got elected partly on the “law and order” issue,
Ronald Reagan was overwhelmingly reelected governor of California, partly because of
his tough stance on student demonstrators and rioters at the University of California at
Berkeley in 1969. When “hippie” students took over an empty plot of campus land and
demanded that it be made a “people’s park” rather than a parking lot, Reagan ordered
Berkeley police and Highway Patrol officers to evict them. One student was killed and
more than one hundred people were injured. A state of emergency was declared and
National Guard troops were brought in. At a press conference, Reagan scolded university
officials: “Those people told you for days in advance that if the university sought to go
ahead with that construction, they were going to physically destroy the university. Now
why did you—?” Reagan, interrupted by a university official who said he “offered to
negotiate,” responded, “Negotiate? What is to negotiate?” Reagan walks out after stating,
“All of it began the first time some of you who know better and are old enough to know
better let young people think that they have the right to choose the laws they would obey
as long as they were doing it in the name of social protest.” Reagan won the battle and
the war—and Donald Trump knows it. [89094]
It is almost a certainty that some of the protesters are paid. Some even refuse offers to be
interviewed on camera to explain why they are protesting—probably because they do not
even know, beyond cash in an envelope from MoveOn.org and other George Sorosfunded groups. Hispanics protest Trump’s events because they oppose his plans to secure
the border and not grant amnesty. They do not protest Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and John
Kasich events because they know neither of them are serious about border security and
blocking amnesty. (If Cruz, Rubio, or Kasich wrest the nomination from Trump, the
protesters will simply redirect their energies to that candidate. They will not be going
away—and will be out in full force at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland
in July.) [89073, 89082, 89108, 89132, 89232, 89236, 89259]
The Clinton campaign is also likely involved with funding and organizing the
demonstrators—paying them both to protest and to carry Bernie Sanders signs. The
protests not only may turn some voters against Trump (although they may have the
opposite effect), they may also turn some voters against Bernie Sanders. For Hillary
Clinton, therefore, the protests are a “two-fer.” She gets the media to rail against Trump,
who she fears most in the general election, and she can perhaps put a dent in Sanders’
support. (Billionaire George Soros is as much a pal of Clinton as he is of Obama, and his
money is being passed around in ways not obvious to the general public.) [89236]
“People for Bernie [Sanders]” tweets, “Remember the #TrumpRally wasn’t just luck. It
took organizers from dozens of organizations and thousands of people to pull off. Great
work.” (Clearly the anti-Trump protest was well-coordinated, with professionally printed
placards, chartered buses, and advanced planning. The effort certainly included Bernie
Sanders supporters and Black Lives Matter protesters, as well as MoveOn.org—and
money from leftist troublemaker and former Nazi sympathizer George Soros.) Attending
the protest is William Ayers—Obama’s domestic terrorist radical pal. [89060, 89095,
89232, 89236, 89259]
Student protester Kamran Siddiqui tells reporters, “Trump represents everything America
is not and everything Chicago is not. We came in here and we wanted to shut this down.
Because this is a great city and we don’t want to let that person in here.” [89095]
Protester Jermaine Hodge says, “Our country is not going to make it being divided by the
views of Donald Trump. Our country is divided enough. Donald Trump, he’s preaching
hate. He’s preaching division.” [89095]
Another protester, possibly Black Lives Activist Quovadis Green says the goal was to
allow Trump “to take the stage and [then] completely interrupt him. The plan is to shut
Donald Trump all the way down.” [89095]
Obama states, “What’s happening in this primary is just a distillation of what’s been
happening in their party for more than a decade.” [89096]
At his own campaign event in a Chicago suburb, Ted Cruz milks the protests for all they
are worth, saying, “When you have a campaign that affirmatively encourages violence
…that is facing allegations of physical violence against members of the press, you create
an environment that only encourages this sort of a nasty discourse. Today is unlikely to
be the last such incident.” (By saying the Chicago protest is unlikely to be the last Cruz
is, in effect, encouraging more such demonstrations.) [89096]
Campaigning in another Chicago suburb, Bernie Sanders says, “We’re not going to let
Donald Trump or anyone else divide us.” (Sanders is either oblivious to the fact that his
supporters were doing the dividing at the Trump event, or knows the media will not make
an issue of it.) [89096]
Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and John Kasich quickly go to the airwaves to argue that Donald
Trump is responsible for what happens at his events. Rubio calls for everyone to be more
politically correct. Cruz calls the protests a “predictable consequence” of Trump’s
campaign, and tells Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, “A campaign bears responsibility for
creating an environment when the candidate urges supporters to engage in physical
violence.” (Of course, it is not the Trump supporters encouraging violence; it is
supporters of Bernie Sanders and Trump’s GOP opponents.) Also on The Kelly File,
National Review’s Rich Lowry denounces the violence but places partial blame on Trump
because he “thrives on the polarization.” Kasich claims Trump “created a toxic
environment.” (None of the three argue that Bernie Sanders is responsible for his
supporters who disrupted the Trump rally.) [89072, 89079, 89095, 89104]
Some might argue that Trump’s Chicago rally actually saved lives in the city, as without
an event to protest many of the thugs might have stayed in their own neighborhoods and
engaged in their usual weekend shooting sprees.
On March 12 Milwaukee Country Sheriff David A. Clarke, appearing on Fox News, says
of the previous evening’s protests in Chicago, “First of all… these are rebellions, and
they’re brought on by riot-starters who show up at these things to create chaos. This is a
threat to order and liberty in the United States of America. Look, these presidential
candidates and their supporters have every right to participate in this process… and for
that to be thwarted by these bullies, these goons, is downright wrong. Look, the Chicago
Police, the officers, were under-resourced last night. Shame on the Chicago Police
administrators for not putting their line officers in a position to be able to accomplish
their mission, which is to have this rally go on. This rally was canceled in the name of
public safety? Why don’t we cancel these rebellions in the name of public safety? Donald
Trump’s First Amendment rights were squashed last night because of the cancellation of
this rally.” [89146]
“I expect the people who show up at these rallies to stand up for themselves, and don’t
back down to these bullies and these goons and …have your voice heard as well. The
numbers are on your side. Look, the people who show up at the Trump rallies or anybody
else’s rallies, they’re not asking for trouble. They didn’t start this stuff but I don’t expect
them to back down. I expect the police to do what they have to do to make sure that these
events can be pulled off. I expect law-abiding citizens, if the police need a hand, to step
in. Keep in mind, for the people [who] attend these rallies, that the numbers are on your
side. They’re not advocating for violence, and I’m not either. But I’m not gonna [sic]
back down and I don’t expect them to back down either.” [89146]
“…Look at some of the rhetoric and the language used by Mrs. Bill Clinton and Bernie
Sanders at their rallies and at their debates. They criticize the police, they attack the
police, they stoke up racial animosity. [Obama] is the one that [sic; who] created this
division, stoking up racial discord, class warfare, gender warfare for the last eight years.
For people to blame this on Donald Trump is way out-of-bounds. …These [protesters]
are anarchists. They advocate violence and chaos in the name of virtue. …Why do
Trump’s rallies tend to draw them? Because he’s a threat, and so they’re gonna [sic] go
after the person who has the most support right now… and he’s the biggest threat to what
they’re trying to advocate for, and that is to bring down our legally-constituted
government. …You have to identify these creeps for who they are. They’re anarchists.
…They advocate violence and they advocate chaos to bring down our legally constituted
government. So no matter what you do other than shutting down these rallies and never
holding them, and having these candidates never say anything and having their supporters
never say anything, that’s the only way against an anarchist that’s going to work. This
has to be crushed, because these people’s voices—I don’t care whether these goons don’t
like what the candidates are saying. Because if it weren’t Donald Trump and it were Ted
Cruz or Marco Rubio who was attracting 10, 15, 20 thousand at rallies, the same thing
would be happening. They’re going after the person they see as the biggest threat.”
At NYTimes.com Ross Douthat indirectly but with little subtlety predicts or encourages
the assassination of Donald Trump—noting the Roman leader Caius Marcius Coriolanus
(who legend has it was assassinated), George Wallace (the Democrat governor from
Alabama who ran for president several times and who was paralyzed in a 1972 attempt
on his life), and Huey Long (the Louisiana governor who was shot to death in 1935, one
month after announcing he would run for president). Some might wonder how the media
would react if a conservative writer discussed Obama in the same breath as Abraham
Lincoln, William McKinley, and John F. Kennedy. [89406, 89407, 89408, 89409, 89410]
Commenting on Douthat’s column, Bionic Mosquito writes, “To add insult to
assassination, Ross [Douthat] throws in a Hitler comparison—not directly, because that
would not be ‘neutral.’ Instead, he offers Sinclair Lewis’s Buzz Windrip: ‘…the novel
describes the rise of Berzelius ‘Buzz’ Windrip, a populist United States Senator who is
elected to the presidency after promising drastic economic and social reforms while
promoting a return to patriotism and traditional values. After his election, Windrip takes
complete control of the government and imposes a plutocratic/totalitarian rule with the
help of a ruthless paramilitary force, in the manner of Adolf Hitler and the SS.’ …You
have to be a pretty good writer to draw on the politics of Lenin, call three times for an
assassination attempt, and make a Hitler comparison—all without saying so directly even
once.” [89410]
Campaigning for his wife Hillary, Bill Clinton is confronted by a member of the audience
about anti-gun legislation signed by Clinton in the 1990s. Clinton’s smoke-blowing
response does not please the man, who is then escorted out of the room. Clinton says,
“Are you too afraid to listen? You see, the one thing I hate about bullies is they’re all
chicken in the end. They’re all chicken.” (Had Trump made the same remark to a
protester he would have been criticized for rhetoric that inflames his supporters.) [89191]
Ronnie Hernes, writing at NewsWithViews.com, provides a primer on Dominionism, the
religious faction to which Ted Cruz belongs. “Dominionism simply means ‘dominance.’
In our parlance here it means Christian dominance. The concept is as old as recorded
history. It’s a desire to take over the world and remake it in your own image. …They
believe that Almighty God Himself cannot get the earth back unless the Dominionists
first create a Christian government over all the world, starting right here in the United
States. The Dominionists will create this Kingdom of God. …The Dominionists are a
self-aggrandizing lot. Not just any Christian will do. …These people, the chosen
Dominionists, the ‘elect’ mean to be ‘Regents’ or kings—but only until Christ shows up
again to claim His place. They are identifying a New Apostolic Reformation (NAR).
…The NAR founder is C Peter Wagner. Others include Chuck Pierce, Bob Jones, Paul
Cain, Cindy Jacobs (who claims she can cast out gay demons), Mike Bickle, Rick Joyner,
Bill Johnson, Todd Bentley, and Lou Engle.” [89065, 89133, 89415]
“…Let’s start with a lot of recognizable names that appear on several Dominionist lists:
George W. Bush, Rick Perry, Tim LaHaye, Pat Robertson, Ted Cruz, Gary Bauer, Scott
Walker, Rick Santorum, Jim DeMint, Bob McDonnell, John Thune, Christine O’Donnell,
Mike Pence, Glenn Beck, Erick Erickson, Haley Barbour, James Lankford, John
Ashcroft, Newt Gingrich, Peter King, David Barton… Probably Dominionists: Marco
Rubio, Guy Benson, Rand Paul, Ron Paul, Mike Lee… Likely influenced by the
Dominionist movement: Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Justice
Clarence Williams [sic; Thomas], Justice Antonin Scalia, Robert Bork, Irving and Bill
Kristol, Alan Keyes, William J Bennett, J Danforth Quayle, Allan Bloom, John
Podhoretz [sic; Podhoretz], John T Agresto, and very especially, Michael Ledeen… And
Special Dominionist mention to: Mitt Romney, Mormon. Mormons have long espoused
the One World Mormon Order. And note his unbridled vicious lying attack on Donald J
Trump in case you have any doubts. As will be noted shortly, Dominionists have NO
PROBLEM with doublespeak or misrepresenting in order to further their personal goals,
Christian or otherwise.” (Cruz’s wife Heidi is the daughter of Seventh-day Adventist
missionaries.) [89065, 89133, 89415]
Marco Rubio reneges on his pledge to support the Republican nominee. Asked if he
would support Donald Trump, Rubio says, “I don’t know.” [89121, 89127]
At a campaign event in Dayton, Ohio, a would-be attacker named Thomas DiMassimo
lunges toward Donald Trump after jumping a barrier. Secret Service agents quickly
surround Trump and DiMassimo is apprehended. Whether he had a knife is unclear, but
blood is seen on the hand of one of the security officials. RedStateWatcher.com posts
photos of the attacker, who appears to use the Twitter name “Marlon Bando.” At 4:37
a.m. he posted the message: “If I can get good thoughts and prayers from my TL it would
be appreciated I’m at this you know what rally bout to you know what [sic].” [89068,
89069, 89071, 89081, 89086, 89087, 89089, 89097, 89098, 89100, 89103, 89120, 89141,
DiMassimo, a leftist and a supporter of Bernie Sanders, has been filmed at previous
protests while dragging and stepping on an American flag. In a March 11 Twitter
message he wrote, “I’ve had about all I can take form the violent Trump ralliers [sic].
Saturday I’m going to check my people and spit on their false king.” DiMassimo’s
mother, Faye DiMassimo, is a government official overseeing a “Renew Atlanta” project.
[89068, 89069, 89071, 89081, 89086, 89087, 89089, 89097, 89098, 89100, 89103,
89120, 89141]
Introduced by fervent supporter Pastor Darrell Scott, of the New Spirit Revival Center
Ministries, Donald Trump addresses a massive rally in Cleveland, Ohio. [89142]
Former House Speaker John Boehner endorses fellow Ohioan John Kasich for president.
He later says he supports House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) for president: “If we don’t
have a nominee who can win on the first ballot, I’m for none of the above. They all had a
chance to win. None of them won. So I’m for none of the above. I’m for Paul Ryan to be
our nominee.” (It is impossible for Kasich to win the nomination in the first ballot, which
makes Boehner’s two statements totally inconsistent. He endorses someone who cannot
win, and later in the day endorses someone who says he has no interest in the job.)
[89163, 89330]
NYPost.com reports that the increase in the minimum wage in Seattle, Washington has
(predictably) results in higher unemployment. An American Enterprise Institute study,
“worked up from Bureau of Labor Statistics’ monthly surveys, shows that, between April
and December last year, Seattle saw the biggest employment drop in any nine-month
period since 2009—a full year into the Great Recession. The city unemployment rate rose
a full percentage point. Before the minimum-wage hikes begin, Seattle employment
tracked the rest of the nation—slowly rising from the 2008-09 bottom. But it started to
plunge last spring, as the new law began to kick in. Furthermore, Seattle’s loss of 10,000
jobs in just the three months of September, October and November was a record for any
three-month period dating back to 1990. Meanwhile, employment outside the city
limits—which had long tracked the rate in Seattle proper—was soaring by 57,000 and set
a new record high that November.” [89176]
At CanadaFreePress.com, Douglas V. Gibbs writes, “Professional Protesters have arrived
in Chicago, and scored a win for their efforts to silence opposition to liberal left politics
because they believe their freedom of speech is more important than anyone else’s, and
all others must be silenced. The claim of hate-speech is an attempt to silence opposition.
Trump’s verbalized positions regarding immigration and the influx of terrorists through
the import of Muslim migrants is the claimed reason for the protests in Chicago last
night, but the people accusing Trump of being a hater showed America their own version
of disgusting hate. The hypocrisy of the liberal left was apparent to everyone, except
them.” [89082]
“Anti-Trump protesters, some violent, pretty much all of them calling The Donald a
racist, or chanting “Black Lives Matter,” had nothing to do about Trump, and everything
to do about the culture of intolerance and divide created by the Obama administration.
Donald Trump is the Republican Party front-runner, so he was the target. If it had been
Cruz in the lead, the same thing would have happened, but instead at a Cruz rally. These
people believe the propaganda they are being fed by the leftist establishment, and the
tilted media coverage, which tells them that all Republicans are evil racist bigots…
despite the fact that the argument is based on lies, bad politics, and is in reality a
projection of Democrat Party candidate attributes.” [89082]
“Let me clarify a little more. These people were taught to be agitators, in the style of Saul
Alinsky, by the most famous Alinsky community organizer of all time, Barack Obama.
Obama has created division in this country, and if anyone dares disagree with the leftists,
the result is violence, intolerance, and a call to silence those who dare to disagree with the
leftist views. Last night was a direct result of the division, and hate, that Obama has
caused. They want violence. They want riots. They want revolution that will bring about
their leftist age of socialism. They think it is chic. They prove, instead, that they are
imbeciles.” [89082]
“Understand, the division and violence was not the fault of Trump, Cruz, or the GOP. It
was the fault of the sheep out there acting like animals because they’ve been trained to
act like wild stooges by the Democrat Party, and the rhetoric that comes out of the
Obama administration, and what these people have been taught by the education system,
the media, and the entertainment industry. …And, this protest has been in the plans long
before Trump even emerged. The plans to do this kind of thing to whoever the GOP
front-runner was planned over the last three years. The liberal left believes they have
America headed in the proper direction for their agenda, and they will do anything and
everything to stop any opposition. Dry runs have already happened, beginning with
Ferguson, Missouri. …Last night’s protest was the work of community organizers,
socialists who know the Alinsky plan. This was orchestrated carefully, and it has less to
do with Trump, and more to do with the fundamental transformation of the United
States.” [89082]
“…Statist agitators clothe their efforts in proclamations of peace, love, tolerance,
diversity, multi-culturalism, and community, when in reality the goal is to silence the
opposition angrily and violently. They claim the other side is hateful, and racist, when it
is them who are acting with hate, who are filled with violent anger, and who spew their
own racial division. They want the fires of violence. They want to stop their opposition,
no matter what it takes. Karl Marx believed that once communism was achieved, the big
government system of socialism would fade away. But, in his theories, he admitted that
the way to achieve utopia was by force, through big government control, violent statism
and individualism-crushing bondage. Remember, with people like we saw last night in
Chicago, the ends justify the means, so there are no limits to what they are willing to do,
and they become more emboldened to seek unsavory methods as the level of leftist power
grows, and they believe they are within reach of the ultimate prize. They are poking us in
the chest, waiting for the Republicans to lash out, to fight back, so they can point fingers
and say, ‘See?’” [89082]
JihadWatch’s Robert Spencer (no fan of Donald Trump) writes, “Is there no candidate
who understands the importance of the freedom of speech? [Marco] Rubio comes closest
to articulating it… but then shows he doesn’t understand it himself. He says: ‘Whether
you disagree with someone or what he’s about to say… you don’t have a right to take
away the First Amendment right of people to speak freely.’ But then he says, ‘I think he
[Trump] bears some responsibility for the general tone.’ So the thugs shut down the
Trump rally, and it is at least partially Trump’s fault, because he told people (obviously
facetiously) to beat up people who were trying to disrupt his events. No one should call
for any kind of violence, even jokingly, in these overheated times, but the idea that the
Leftists shut down Trump’s rally because he said that is ridiculous. Do Rubio, Cruz and
Kasich think that the Leftists who shut down Trump’s rally don’t think of them in much
the same way they think of Trump—as ‘racists’ and ‘bigots’ who must be violently
opposed? Maybe they do, because their rallies haven’t been shut down. But that’s
coming, and that day is coming faster now that the three of them have tacitly encouraged
the rioters by claiming that Trump is at least partially responsible for what they did.”
“In that scenario, you see, it becomes incumbent upon Trump not to say anything that
Leftist thugs might dislike, or he will bear partial responsibility for what they do. Cruz,
Rubio and Kasich, of course, will also have to be careful not to ‘create an environment’
that might force the Left-fascists to shut them down as well. But unless they become
clones of Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, they will inevitably end up creating that
‘environment’ anyway, despite their being more decorous and careful than Trump. And
then they will be responsible for what they get, won’t they? The simple principle has
been utterly forgotten, but it is nonetheless still true: no one bears responsibility for
anyone else’s actions, unless that person is being coerced. No matter what he has said,
Donald Trump didn’t force the Leftists to shut him down, and he bears no responsibility
for doing so or for “creating an environment” in which these kinds of things happen. The
only people responsible are the Leftist thugs themselves. They could have reacted in any
number of other ways to what Donald Trump has said and advocated, just as Muslims
don’t have to riot and kill when they see cartoons of Muhammad, and if they choose to do
so, they alone bear the responsibility for their actions.” [89105]
Cruz’s attack on Trump, blaming him for the leftist protests in Chicago, changes the
minds of some voters—against Cruz. Second Amendment activist Jan Morgan writes on
Facebook: “I have officially withdrawn my endorsement and support for Ted Cruz. His
decision to blame Trump for the actions of liberal lunatic protesters in Chicago is
unconscionable. He should have used this opportunity to take a stand for free speech.
Instead, he sides with the protesters and lies about Trump, saying he encourages violence.
That is the most outrageous and desperate thing I have seen a candidate do in this race. I
have made a grave mistake by misreading this man and his character. This was the final
straw in a week of issues I have had with Cruz and his decisions. Donald Trump will win
this nomination in spite of the establishment GOP, in spite of their new boy, Cruz, their
old boy, Romney… And, I predict if the GOP establishment tries to jack with the
people’s choice, Trump will pull out, run 3rd party, and will still win the general election.
Call me enraged tonight. I cannot believe I fell for this act.” [89106, 89136]
Leftist media pundits, all distraught because Trump responds to protesters by saying,
“Get ’em outta here!” seem unable to recall Obama’s remark at a June 13, 2008 campaign
event in Philadelphia: “They’re going to try to scare people. They’re going to try to say
that ‘that Obama is a scary guy.’… If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.
Because from what I understand folks in Philly like a good brawl. I’ve seen Eagles fans.”
(The pundits should be asked, “Which candidate endorsed violence? Which candidate
had members of the New Black Panther Party supporting him by wielding billy clubs at a
Philadelphia polling place on election day in November 2008? Which president’s
attorney general dismissed federal charges against those Black Panthers?”) [89109,
The English writer Evelyn Beatrice Hall (1868-1956) once wrote, “I disapprove of what
you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, John
Kasich, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and many media pundits are essentially stating:
“I disapprove of what you say, and because it is politically expedient and I will defend
the leftist protesters who will not let you speak.”
On Newsmax.tv, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee says of Donald Trump,
“Here is a guy who has said some very inflammatory, very intemperate things and rather
than it hurt[ing] him, it has actually propelled him because that’s how people feel. People
are angry. I think we’re seeing nothing less than the overthrow of our government… It’s
a peaceful overthrow so far. We’re going to do it by ballots, not bullets, thank God, but
this is a revolution. The people are that upset with the ruling class and frankly, they ought
to be. Nothing would be better for this country than to have an utter disruption of the
ruling class in Washington.” [89088]
“He [Trump] has been the Teddy Roosevelt who’s charging up San Juan Hill and there is
no retreat. Win or lose, he’s going to dig in and he’s not going to ever pull the troops
back. …There’s [sic; there are] a lot of Americans who are so glad that if Donald Trump
is president, he’s not going to give an apology tour to the rest of the world. He’s not
going to go around and say, ‘We’re so sorry, we didn’t mean to offend you, oh my gosh
let’s have a beer summit, let me sit down and weep and cry.’ No he's going to say what
he said. America needs to win again and that is why he is rising.” [89088]
Of the anti-Trump protests in Chicago, Huckabee says, “It isn’t his fault. This was not
some spontaneous uprising of some disaffected young people. …[But Trump should use
those events] to remind people that the answer to free speech is not to shut someone
down, the answer to free speech is more speech.. If you don’t like Donald Trump, don’t
vote for him. If you don’t like Donald Trump don’t go hear… his speech, but don’t keep
other people from hearing because what they did last night, those protesters, they shut
down his speech but they gave him the entire weekend news platform. I will assure you
that this helps, not hurts, Donald Trump.” [89088]
A Trump rally in Kansas City, Missouri is repeatedly interrupted by protesters—until
Trump threatens to press charges against anyone breaking the law. [89090, 89092]
With 37 percent of the vote (but only 1,059 votes), Marco Rubio wins Washington,
D.C.’s Republican Caucus—a surprise to no one inasmuch as Rubio is the most
“establishment” of the four remaining candidates, and Republicans living in D.C. do not
want to lose their jobs. John Kasich comes in second with 36 percent (1,009 votes);
Donald Trump has 14 (391 votes); and Ted Cruz has 12 (351 votes). [89101, 89125,
Ted Cruz wins the also next-to-meaningless Wyoming caucuses, with a mere 644 votes.
Rubio gets 189 votes; Trump 70; Kasich none. [89111, 89126, 89155]
On March 13 Muslim jihadists shoot and kill 16 innocent people at a beach resort in the
Ivory Coast. Some of the victims are children, who are shot because they do not follow
Islam. According to FoxNews.com, the killers “most likely targeted a U.S. delegation led
by the assistant commerce secretary [Marcus Jadotte], who was visiting the country…
There was no indication any Americans had been killed or wounded in the attack,
according to the source. …The delegation was supposed to arrive at the scene of the
attack, Etoile du Sud, a hotel popular with Westerners. The delegation had not yet made it
to the hotel when the attack occurred.” [89149, 89152]
Breitbart.com reports, “Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party braced for a backlash at key
state polls Sunday over the German leader’s liberal refugee policy, while the right-wing
populist AfD prepared to scoop up the protest vote from angry voters. More than 12
million voters are electing three new regional parliaments for the southwestern states of
Baden-Wuerttemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate, as well as eastern Saxony-Anhalt in the
so-called Super Sunday polls. The elections are the biggest since a record influx of
refugees to Germany, and are largely billed as a referendum on Merkel’s decision to open
the country’s doors to people fleeing war. …Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union
(CDU) was bracing for one of its poorest showings in years, particularly in its traditional
stronghold of Baden-Wuerttemberg, with a poll published late Thursday by ZDF public
television showing support plummeting by 10 percentage points to 29 percent—putting it
for the first time behind the Greens—while the AfD snatched 11 percent.” [89150, 89151,
Fox News Sunday plays a 2005 video from a Hillary Clinton appearance in New Delhi.
At the India Today Enclave, Clinton said that job outsourcing “is a, a, [sic; an]
inevitability. There, there is no way to, uh, legislate against reality, so I think that, uh,
you know, the outsourcing will continue…” (Translation: “Millions of Americans are not
going to get their jobs back.”) [89177]
Christine Rousselle writes at Townhall.com, “Addressing a rally, Hillary Clinton hit Sen.
Bernie Sanders (I-VT) for his supposed absence during her attempts to reform healthcare
in the early 90s. ‘And I always get a little chuckle, when I hear my opponent talking
about doing it. Well I don’t know where he was when I was trying to get healthcare in
’93 and ’94.’ The Sanders camp, however, had one hell of a comeback: Sanders was not
only metaphorically standing behind Clinton’s healthcare reform plan, he was literally
standing with Clinton at one point.” (A video shows Sanders standing directly behind
Hillary Clinton at a Health Care Reform event at Dartmouth College in 1993 or 1994.)
Remarkably, the Associated Press “fact checks” a statement made by Donald Trump
during a debate: “Islam treats women horribly.” The AP absurdly claims, “No such
generalization is supported by the diverse circumstances for women in the Muslim
world,” and then “proves” its case by noting, “The United States has yet to see a woman
as president…” (Apparently the genital mutilation of millions of young Muslim girls,
forced marriage of pre-teens, stoning of rape victims, prohibitions against education,
driving, and employment, and demanding head-to-toe coverage and male chaperones is
not evidence of horrible treatment—but the United States is far more evil because it has
not yet put Hillary Clinton in the White House. If the AP’s statement was not so
despicable it would be laughable.) [89168]
On Face the Nation, Donald Trump observes, “It’s a whole different standard when it
comes to a Republican conservative versus a liberal. If people went to their [Democrat]
rallies and disrupted their rallies like my rallies are disrupted, the press would stick up for
them [the Democrat candidates] and would make all sorts of excuses about how terrible it
is. So, we have two standards in this country. It’s very unfortunate. The press is
extremely dishonest.” [89180]
On ABC’s This Week, Ted Cruz says, “I think it’s a disaster for the country because if
Donald [Trump] is the nominee, it makes it much, much more likely that Hillary Clinton
wins the general [election].” Of Marco Rubio and John Kasich, Cruz says, “I like and
respect both of them, but neither one of them have any possibility of beating Donald
Trump. It’s mathematically impossible. I would say if you’re thinking of supporting one
of them, we would welcome you to our team. If you don’t want to see Donald Trump as
the nominee, if you don’t want to see Hillary Clinton as the president, then come join us.”
(Cruz is mistaken. It is certainly not mathematically impossible for Rubio or Kasich to
win the nomination. Collectively, Trump, Cruz, Rubio, and Kasich have won fewer than
half the delegates; 1,401 have yet to be won, with 1,237 needed to capture the
nomination. Although Rubio and Kasich have won fewer delegates than Trump (460) or
Cruz (370), neither has been mathematically eliminated. Trump needs 777 of the
remaining 1,401 delegates.) [89138, 89145]
CNN, whose pundits have criticized Donald Trump for encouraging violence, stoops to a
new low—with an interview of Thomas DiMassimo, the man who rushed the stage in
Ohio and tried to attack Trump. (Why DiMassimo is not in jail is not clear; he certainly
would be had he tried to attack Obama or Hillary Clinton.) The assaulter says, “I was
thinking that I could get up on stage and take his podium [sic; lectern] away from him
and take his mic[rophone] away from him and send a message to all people out in the
country who wouldn’t consider themselves racist, who wouldn’t consider themselves
approving of what type of violence Donald Trump is allowing in his rallies, and send
them a message that we can be strong, that we can find our strength and we can stand up
against Donald Trump and against this new wave he’s ushering in of truly just violent
white supremacist ideas.” (DiMassimo apparently believes that an act of violence is
justified in order to protest what he believes is violence at rallies.) [89117, 89118, 89165]
DiMassimo also says, “I have the right to non-violent civil disobedience, and it’s not
even anything about Donald. I’m focused on the microphone. ’Cause the second I can get
to the microphone and I can clutch it in my hands, I can speak, and I’ve robbed him of his
power. I’ve robbed him of his voice. Even for a moment, that moment transcends. It
transcends across images on social media. It transcends time. It shows you that …we can
keep you from becoming the worst president in the history of the United States.” (The
clueless DiMassimo seems to believe that rushing a stage and pushing a candidate aside
to grab the microphone is “non-violent.” In addition, the First Amendment right to speak
does not include speaking at a pavilion rented by someone else. Essentially, Trump “paid
for that microphone.” DiMassimo has the right to peacefully protest outside political
events. But if he wants him own private audience he will have to pay for it.)
Apparently confident he will win Florida on March 15, Donald Trump cancels a March
14 Miami rally and replaces it with an event in Ohio. [89119]
In a Landslide Communications poll in California, Donald Trump leads Ted Cruz 38-22;
John Kasich has 20 percent; Marco Rubio has 10. [89131]
In a March 9-10 NSON Opinion Strategy poll of Republican voters in California, Trump
has 38.3 percent; Cruz has 22.4; Kasich has 19.7; Rubio has 10.0. (Trump leads in all
demographic groups, which suggests that he would remain in the lead even after the
Rubio votes shift to another candidate.) [89383]
According to new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls, Trump leads in Florida
with 43 percent; Rubio has 22 Cruz, 21; Kasich, 9. In Illinois, Trump has 34; Cruz, 25;
Kasich, 21; Rubio, 16. In Ohio, Kasich leads with 39 percent; Trump has 33; Cruz, 19;
Rubio, 6. [89139, 89144, 89174]
In a CBS poll in Florida, Trump leads Cruz 44-24; Rubio has 21 percent. In Illinois,
Trump leads Cruz 38-34. In Ohio, the CBS poll has Trump and Kasich tied with 33
percent each. [89144, 89174]
In a High Point University poll in North Carolina, Trump leads Cruz 48-28; Kasich has
12; Rubio has a mere 8 percent. [89175]
At a rally in Bloomington, Illinois, Donald Trump welcomes onstage a man wearing a tshirt that reads “Legal Immigrant for Trump.” The man says, “I came to this country
when I was five years old, and my dad went through hell to get us citizenship. We did it
by the book. I’m here [at the rally] because the media does not separate legal immigration
from illegal [immigration]. People spill out their guts to come here legally and it’s just
really a shame that they give it a bad name.” [89148]
Actor Danny DeVito—apparently unaware that his considerable wealth came from
capitalism—endorses socialist Bernie Sanders for president. [89204]
At a town hall event in Columbus, Ohio, Hillary Clinton says (using her occasional fake
southern accent), “We’re gonna [sic] put a lotta [sic] coal miners and coal companies
outta [sic] business.” (Why she believes it is a good idea to do that or admit that publicly
is not clear, but it will not help her win votes in Ohio or West Virginia.) [89114, 89157,
89192, 89205]
Clinton says, “I am already receiving messages from leaders, and I am having foreign
leaders ask if they can endorse me to stop Donald Trump. And I am like [sic], ‘No, this is
up to Americans, thank you very much.’” (Clinton would be wise not to have leaders of
failing socialist countries in Europe endorsing her. That would likely work in Trump’s
favor.) [89113]
Asked about the high cost of health insurance under ObamaCare, Clinton tells a woman
in the audience “I do want you to keep shopping.” (Clinton apparently does not
understand how ObamaCare works. One cannot “keep shopping” because of limited
enrollment periods under ObamaCare. Further, the only ObamaCare policies one can
purchase are those offered at the ObamaCare web sites.) [89115, 89159]
Bernie Sanders says, “I am not proposing—and very often it gets misunderstood—I am
not proposing free college for all. What I am proposing is free tuition at public colleges
and universities. That is what I am proposing, and I am also proposing to substantially
lower the outrageous level of student debt that millions of people in this country are
currently carrying.” (Sanders cannot lower the cost of college with his proposal. In fact, it
will increase the costs. When millions of young people can receive a “free” college
education, the schools will be overwhelmed with applications for enrollment. Those
schools would be foolish not to increase tuition rates because no student will object to
someone else paying those increased costs. Further, because the poorest students would
be able to enroll in college and there will not be enough room for all of them, the not-sopoor will be forced to seek openings in private schools. The private schools, having more
applicants than openings, will also increase prices. Sanders may as well offer free
Chevrolets for poor people, which would increase the price of all vehicles because
demand would outstrip supply.) [89228]
Sanders also says, “What we have got to do, not just as a party but as a nation, make sure
that federal contracts and money goes to those people who need it the most.” (Sanders
apparently does not care about being careful with taxpayer dollars. Federal contracts
should be granted only to the lowest of all qualified bidders.) [89229]
TheGuardian.com notes the “startling phenomenon [of] the voter who is feeling the Bern,
but also has eyes for the Donald” (that is, Bernie Sanders supporters who might flip to
Donald Trump if Hillary Clinton defeats Sanders in the primaries). “…As one
respondent, a 34-year-old male IT technician, put it: ‘Bernie and Trump agree a lot on
healthcare, Iraq war, campaign finance and trade. I really want to move on to something
new, new ideas from outside the box. Maybe Donald Trump can provide that.’ …In an
NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey conducted by Hart Research Associates this
month, 7% of Sanders voters said they could see themselves supporting Trump. …A
woman, 55, who described herself as a homemaker, said: ‘Both Trump and Sanders are
non-establishment candidates who are not bought by the special interests that have
control over policy and legislation because of their ‘bribes’.’ One male Sanders fan
wrote: ‘Trump is an obnoxious vulgar blowhard who says foolish things. However,
unlike Clinton—but like Sanders—at least he is an outsider who understands that the
government and the economy are broken.’” [89137]
DCWhispers.com posts video from a campaign event disproving journalist Michelle
Fields’ claim that Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski “as grabbing me
down” and tried to throw her to the floor. Previous video showed nothing more than
Lewandowski and Fields in a crowd of people following Trump, with Lewandowski
reaching his arm forward at one point (after which Fields was already out of the camera
frame), but that was enough for the Trump-haters to assume the worst. The newlyreleased video, taken from a different angle, shows nothing more than Fields backing
away as Trump walks away from her, while Lewandowski moves his body sideways to
get past Fields. If he touches her at all, it is nothing more than the slight brush
encountered by someone in a crowd. [89128, 89129]
DCWhispers.com writes, “As you watch the video… remember that almost every
member of the Mainstream Media has been siding with Michelle Fields and against the
Trump campaign for what Fields described as a violent moment that terrified her and one
she would never want to have happen to someone else. She even filed a police report
outlining the what she has repeatedly described as an ‘assault.’ …Now the most recent
video showing what actually took place is proving highly damaging to Michelle Fields’
credibility. …She posted a photo of bruises on her forearm and claimed Lewandowski
put them there after grabbing her and almost pulling her to the ground. …This video
gives significant credence to that claim and places Mr. Fields in potentially troubled legal
waters. Filing a false police report against someone is serious crime.” [89128, 89129]
“If you saw the Megyn Kelly interview you will recall how tearful Michelle Fields was as
she struggled to retell the ‘horror’ of what was done to her. You will also likely recall
Megyn Kelly shaking her head and declaring how she couldn’t believe, ‘it has come to
this.’ That’s true, it is difficult to watch the lying, hateful, vitriol being promoted by the
Mainstream Media against Donald Trump. …Share [the video] far and wide so that
others can finally know the truth of what is being done and demand figures like Megyn
Kelly and others apologize for their misrepresentation of this story immediately. As for
Michelle Fields, her future will be decided by her employer, Breitbart News, and the
legal authorities involved in her seeming and willful misrepresentation of fact.”
(Lewandowski is “weighing potential lawsuit against [the] ‘reporter’ who made and then
filed, apparent false claims of assault against him.” Late on March 13 Fields and Ben
Shapiro resign their positions with Breitbart.com. Fields has been sympathetic toward
Trump; Shapiro, a former Trump supporter, is now vehemently anti-Trump. According to
GotNews.com, Shapiro’s change in allegiance comes with his start of a web site, The
Daily Wire, which is funded by two Texas billionaires who support Ted Cruz.
Breitbart.com hires back Patrick Howley, who had been suspended for doubting Fields’
“assault” claim.) [89128, 89129, 89130, 89158, 89164, 89170, 89182]
Garth Kant reports at WND.com, “A letter from a U.S. Capitol Police officer contains a
series of bombshell revelations in the case of Miriam Carey, the unarmed, black, single
mother who, with her one-year-old daughter in tow, was chased and gunned down by
federal agents in the heart of the nation’s capital, after apparently doing nothing more
than making a wrong turn at the White House. The letter reveals: Capitol Police officers
believe Carey was murdered. Officers on the scene were made to change their statements.
Officers had never seen an investigation handled in that fashion. Officers expected the
government to stonewall inquiries into the case. The Capitol Police chief and assistant
chief were so uncomfortable with the case that the former considered resigning and the
latter actually did. The letter was sent anonymously in a U.S. Capitol Police envelope to
Carey family attorney Eric Sanders, who then provided it to WND. The attorney, a
former New York Police Department officer himself, said the author of the letter is
definitely a Capitol Police officer speaking on behalf of other such officers who ‘know
inside details only an employee would know.’” [89143]
On I Am Cait, Caitlyn Jenner (previously Bruce Jenner) says, “I don’t think my views
have changed politically since transitioning. You know, we’re talking about our
economy. We’re talking about our country surviving. We’re talking about an economic
system that can prosper. Just because I am a woman now, doesn’t make me all of a
sudden liberal. …I would never, ever, ever vote for Hillary [Clinton]. We’re done. If
Hillary becomes president, the country is over. You can’t fix immigration; you can’t fix
the economy. It’s got to stop. We don’t have a country. And Hillary will not do it.
…What has she done? She was a lousy senator. She was horrible! Look at all of the
things that are going on in the Middle East, all because of what she did. Look at
Benghazi! She lied to us! She’s a f**king liar! [Do] You want a person who is going to
lie to you? And then lied again about it, lied again about it, lied again about it? And then
all of her emails? She’s a political hack. That’s all she is. She’s done nothing!”
(MRCTV.org notes, “Jenner recently vocalized support for Republican presidential
candidate Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, even offering to serve as Cruz’s ‘trans ambassador.’”)
In Framingham, Massachusetts, four illegal immigrants from Guatemala rob, assault, and
rape a young woman. Two of the four had been deported but made their way back into
the United States. [89511, 89512, 89513]
On March 14 NYTimes.com reports, “The Obama administration is expected to withdraw
its plan to permit oil and gas drilling off the southeast Atlantic coast, yielding to an
outpouring of opposition from coastal communities from Virginia to Georgia but dashing
the hopes and expectations of many of those states’ top leaders. …The decision
represents a reversal of …Obama’s previous offshore drilling plans, and comes as he is
trying to build an ambitious environmental legacy. It could also inject the issue into the
2016 presidential campaigns, as Republican candidates vow to expand drilling.” [89285]
Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) comments, “Once again, [Obama] has shown that it
is the exception when he keeps his word, rather than the rule. …I’m constantly reminded
of that scene in Animal House, where the older fraternity brother puts his arm around
Flounder after they’ve just demolished his brother’s car. He basically says, ‘Hey, you
messed up. You trusted us.’ …Obama has just good-naturedly said, ‘Oh, you actually
thought I was going to keep that promise and let you drill out there because that would
make us energy independent? You fools! Don’t you realize I just gave Iran a hundred
billion dollars? Do you think I’m really going to be serious about becoming energy
independent?’” [89436]
Florida’s popular attorney general, Pam Bondi, endorses Donald Trump. [89184, 89233]
Donald Trump and John Kasich are tied 38-38 in a Quinnipiac poll in Ohio. Ted Cruz has
only 16 percent; Marco Rubio has a pathetic 3 percent. [89162]
In a Monmouth University poll in Florida, Trump has 44 percent; Rubio 27; Cruz 17. In a
Quinnipiac poll Trump has 46; Rubio 22; Cruz 14; Kasich 10.
Prominent and economist and investor Marc Faber endorses Donald Trump. Faber says,
“I would vote for him for the simple reason that I think he’s the only one that can really
defeat Hillary Clinton and I would do anything if I were an American not to get Hillary
Clinton as a president, anything. They basically hate Trump because he’s not the party
insider. He brings some fresh air into the whole process.” Of support for Bernie Sanders,
Faber says, “I don’t know which is more discouraging: that young people are becoming
comfortable with socialism, or that they have no idea what it is. Any definition of
socialism involves government ownership of the means of production and distribution.
It’s most assuredly not private ownership of business or a market economy. So for
starters, young people have embraced some kind soft collectivism and mislabeled it as
socialism.” [89224, 89318]
In a national March 10-12 YouGov poll, Trump breaks the mid-way barrier and has 53
percent support. Cruz is at 22; Kasich 11; and Rubio 10. (Trump has gained ground with
the collapse of Rubio and Ben Carson having dropped out of the race. Cruz seems to have
gained little from the departure of other candidates and has been hovering around 18-22
percent for months.) The candidates’ favorable/unfavorable ratings are: Trump, 66/33
(+33); Kasich, 63/29 (+34); Cruz, 57/40 (+17); Rubio, 53/45 (+8). Among likely GOP
primary voters, 59 percent fell Trump is “ready to be commander in chief”; 74 percent
expect he will be the party’s nominee; 41 percent believe he cares more about himself
than the country. Interestingly, immigration is not the primary reason for support for
Trump. Those polled listed “not politically correct” (39 percent) as their primary reason,
followed by “business success” (22), “something else” (22), “immigration policy” (13),
“trade policy” (2), and “tax policy” (1 percent). [89187, 89188, 89214]
The YouGov poll also shows that 75 percent of Republican voters believe the GOP
“establishment” should support Trump if he is the nominee. (The percentage was only 44
in late February.) [89253, 89254]
The Senate votes 49-40 to confirm John B. King, Jr. as the new Secretary of Education.
King supports the much-despised Common Core standards—but that did not prevent 7
Republicans from voting for confirmation: Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Bill Cassidy (RLA), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Susan Collins (R-ME), John Cornyn (R-TX), Orrin Hatch
(R-UT), Mitch McConnell (R-KY). [89261, 89320]
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), the lone Democrat voting against King, states, “John
King’s tenure [as former commissioner of education] in New York was very adversarial,
leaving families, students and teachers without a voice on important issues and therefore I
cannot support his nomination at this time.” Al Graf, a member of the New York state
legislature, says, “[King’s] lack of experience in the classroom led to policies that
resulted in the near-destruction of public education in New York state. He was
unqualified and unfit to hold the reins in New York. Why is the federal government now
trying to impose his type of failed leadership on education for the entire country?”
Ann Coulter tweets, “Sources inside Chicago Police Dept: [Mayor] Rahm [Emanuel]
ordered cops to make no arrests at Chicago Trump rally.” (Emanuel helped Hillary
Clinton with a “twofer”: the protests were an effort to make both Donald Trump and
Bernie Sanders look bad. The protesters may even have been promised beforehand that
they would not be arrested.) Coulter also reports that the Chicago Police told Trump, “It’s
your call, but if you go ahead, it’s going to get real ugly.” (Yes, protests can get “real
ugly” if lawbreakers are not arrested.) [89215, 89216, 89217]
Trump may actually find himself in a better position to win the Republican nomination if
Kasich wins Ohio, assuming Trump defeats Rubio in Florida. If Trump were to win both
Florida and Ohio, both Rubio and Kasich might drop out of the race, and Trump might
have difficulty winning some of the remaining states in one-on-one match-ups with Cruz.
If Rubio drops out but Kasich wins Ohio and stays in the race—funded by a Republican
establishment that fears Trump and hates Cruz—Trump can keep winning states if Cruz
and Kasich divide the opposition. If Trump falls even one delegate short of the 1,237
needed to win the nomination, the odds may be high that he would be denied the
nomination. On the other hand, if Kasich loses Ohio he may still remain in the race
(provided he can keep the campaign funds coming in) because he wants to remain viable
all the way to the convention. He knows that if no one captures 1,237 votes, he would be
less objectionable to the “establishment” than Trump or Cruz. Kasich certainly does not
want to fold and see a convention that awards the nomination to Mitt Romney or Paul
Trump wants to win every race on March 15 and see both Rubio and Rubio drop out.
Although that leaves Trump in one-on-one contests with Cruz, Trump will have a
massive delegate advantage as well as the “inevitably” claim. The more the voters believe
Trump is inevitable and the eventual candidate, the more difficult it would be for the
elites to attempt to wrest the nomination from him at the July convention. Trump believes
he can beat Cruz in most of the remaining states, and he may be correct.
Former federal prosecutor Joseph DiGenova tells talk radio’s Laura Ingraham, “What
these people [anti-Trump protesters] are trying to do is shut down the free speech of a
candidate. Many of these people will be charged with state crimes, mostly civil disorder,
disorderly conduct and things like that If, in fact, they were ever to touch a political
candidate or get close enough to try and grab a candidate, I’m convinced at that point the
US attorney in that district would file a charge. Even this Justice Department understands
that the protection of presidential candidates is an important public function, even of the
most politicized US Department of Justice in 50 years. …There are plenty of statutes that
deal with the protection of federally protected individuals that could be used… attempted
assault, assault, breaking lines… all of those things. When you break lines, with the intent
to commit a crime or to stop someone or touch someone or prevent speech, all of those
can be prosecuted. The question for US attorneys around the country is, do they want to
use those resources in a situation like this? I think if this goes on and continues, the
Justice Department is going to have to make a policy decision and instruct US attorneys
in US cities to prosecute these people for various federal offenses. It is a crime to cross a
security line. Once a security line set up and you are told you cannot cross it and are
given fair warning and notice, if you cross it, you have committed a crime—a federal
crime. Usually these are handled by the local authorities who do a very good job of
prosecuting things like this. But, at a certain point, when it becomes disruptive of the
political process and its aim is to do that and to shut down a candidate, the Justice
Department has an obligation to start really going after these people.” [89547, 89548]
“Where did [Donald] Trump come from? I’ll tell you where he came from. He came from
an incompetent Senate and House Leadership that, for seven years, didn’t know how to
message against [Obama]. Seven years of incompetence from [John] Boehner and
[Mitch] McConnell. And, they wonder why there’s a Trump. There’s a Trump because of
Obama and incompetent Republican leadership. And, Trump is serving a very valuable
purpose, whether people like that or not. …DiGenova: I’m furious at Ted Cruz, [John]
Kasich, [Marco] Rubio for making excuses for these attackers [Trump rally
demonstrators]. Those guys should be ashamed of themselves, all three of them. They
should be on offense against the attackers, not criticizing Trump. Believe me, very short
sighted and really an embarrassment for them to not go gung ho against the attackers.”
[89547, 89548]
Introducing Hillary Clinton at a campaign event in Chicago, Congressman Luis Gutierrez
(D-IL) calls for one million immigrants to be made citizens in time to vote in the
November elections. Gutierrez also praises the thugs who shut down Trump’s campaign
event on March 11. According to DailyCaller.com, Clinton relied on a Spanish translator
to address the crowd. (If the people in the guidance do not speak English they cannot be
U.S. citizens—because one must speak English to pass the citizenship test.) [89169]
Leah Barkoukis reports at Townhall.com, “According to newly released data from U.S.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement, 124 illegal immigrant criminals who were
released from prison by the Obama administration have been charged with murder since
2010.” [89203]
Russian President Vladimir Putin announces that he will start to withdraw “the main
part” of Russian armed forces in Syria. [89183]
At LewRockwell.com Paul Craig Roberts later observes, “Having stripped the Islamic
State of offensive capability and liberated Syria from the Washington-supported
terrorists, Putin has now shifted to diplomacy. If peace fails in Syria, the failure cannot be
blamed on Russia. It is a big risk for Putin to trust the neocon-infested US government,
but if ISIS renews the conflict with support from Washington, Putin’s retention of air and
naval bases in Syria will allow Russia to resume military operations. Astute observers
such as Professor Michel Chossudovsky at Global Research, Stephen Cohen, and The
Saker have noted that the Russian withdrawal is really a time-out during which Putin’s
diplomacy takes the place of Russian military capability.” [89316]
“With ISIS beat down, there is less danger of Washington using a peace-seeking ceasefire
to resurrect the Islamic State’s military capability. Therefore, the risk Putin is taking by
trusting Washington is worth the payoff if the result is to enhance Russian diplomacy and
elevate it above Washington’s reliance on threats, coercion, and violence. What Putin is
really aiming for is to make Europeans realize that by serving as Washington’s vassals
European governments are supporting violence over peace and may themselves be swept
by the neoconservatives into a deadly conflict with Russia that would ensure Europe’s
destruction. Putin has also demonstrated that, unlike Washington, Russia is able to
achieve decisive military results in a short time without Russian casualties and to
withdraw without becoming a permanent occupying force. This very impressive
performance is causing the world to rethink which country is really the superpower.”
By a vote of 393-0 the House of Representatives approves a non-binding measure
condemning as genocide the killing of Christians and other groups by ISIS. (The Obama
administration has so far been reluctant to use the “G word”: genocide.) [89206, 89207,
At Tappan Zee High School in Orangetown, New York, school superintendent Bob
Pritchard pushes politically correctness to the limits by banning the use of swastikas in
the student production of The Producers. (The Mel Brooks play ridicules Hitler and
Nazism. Removing Nazi symbols from the play would be tantamount to filming a sequel
to Gone with the Wind in Japan. Whether Pritchard would object to the use of a hammer
and sickle flag in a play about the Soviet Union is not known.) [89223]
WND.com reports, “A group called ‘Conservatives of Faith’ is inviting Republicans who
oppose the nomination of Donald Trump to an all-day meeting in the capital Thursday to
plot a strategy to deny him the party’s nomination and, if that fails, find a candidate to
run a third-party challenge on Election Day, WND has learned. The hosts of the session
to be held at the Army-Navy Club are listed on the invitation as Robert K. Fischer, the
president of a furniture store in Rapid City, South Dakota; Erick Erickson, a blogger and
radio talk-show host in Atlanta who founded RedState.com; and Bill Wichterman, senior
legislative adviser for the lobbying firm Covington and Burling in Washington, a former
special assistant to the White House under George Bush and a former policy adviser to
Sen. Bill Frist. The website for Conservatives of Faith is under construction.” [89186,
Todd Palin, husband of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, is severely injured in a
snowmobile accident. (Leftists immediately unleash hate-filled comments on social
media.) [89201, 89219]
At an MSNBC-sponsored “town hall” meeting, Hillary Clinton says, “Is Libya perfect? It
isn’t. But did they have two elections that were free and fair where they voted for
moderates? Yes, they did. So, you know, changing from a dictator [Muammar Gaddafi]
who has hollowed out your country, to something resembling a functioning state and
even hopefully more of a democratic one, doesn’t happen overnight. And we’ve got to
continue to support the Libyan people to give them a chance because otherwise you see
what’s happened in Syria with the consequences of millions of people flooding out of
Syria, with more than 250,000 people killed, with terrorist groups like ISIS taking up
almost, uh, uh, huge swaths of territory, as big as some of the states in that area, so, yes, I
mean, Libya was a different, uh, kind of, uh, calculation and we didn’t lose a single
person…” [89208, 89209, 89212, 89213]
The four Americans killed in Benghazi apparently were not persons. Of course, not only
is Clinton wrong about lost lives, she is also wrong to suggest that her Libyan adventure
was a success. It was not. The reality is that Libya was relatively stable under Gaddafi,
especially after the removal of Saddam Hussein frightened him to death. Libya is now
overrun by radical jihadist mobs, al-Qaeda, and ISIS. Gaddafi had to be removed not
because he was a military threat (he was not), but because he sought to establish a goldbacked currency in Africa, just as Saddam Hussein sought to do in the Middle East. The
United States, the European Union, and international banking community could not
tolerate that because it would destroy the false image of dollar/euro integrity and stability.
The phony strategy of printing dollars and euros to “create wealth” is exposed when gold
is used. Hussein and Gaddafi therefore had to be eliminated. [90285, 90286, 90287]
On March 15 primary elections are held in Florida, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio, and
Missouri. (Although some argue Ted Cruz has an edge in Missouri because of its
evangelical voters, it has an open primary that allows Democrats and independents to
request Republican ballots—which works in Trump’s favor. Illinois also has an open
primary.) [89221]
In settlement of a lawsuit, the Department of Housing and Urban Development will
require Maryland’s Baltimore County to spend $3 million per year for 10 years to create
1,000 “affordable housing units”—in the city of Baltimore and in its suburbs. [89801]
The infamous hacker “Anonymous” posts a video on YouTube.com in which he
confronts Ted Cruz: “This is anonymous. This is an open letter to you, Senator Ted Cruz.
Your lying during this presidential campaign has gotten out of control. You have
committed voter fraud to steal votes that do not belong to you. The fraud you have
committed against Mr. [Ben] Carson will not be tolerated. You thought that you would
get away with this but anonymous will not let this go without repercussions or
consequences. ‘Anonymous’ does not forget. We will not sit and watch the citizens of
America fall for it any longer. Almost every word that comes out of your mouth is a
complete lie and you, Mr. Cruz, have been hiding behind some very dirty secrets that lie
beneath the surface—secrets that you believed would never haunt you.” [89787, 89788,
89789, 89791, 89792, 89829]
“But as you should know by now, Mr. Cruz, we are ‘Anonymous.’ We expose the fraud
that seeks to have power over our great country. It’s time that America knows your deep
and dirty secrets. We have done our homework, Mr. Cruz, and since you can’t stop your
disgraceful and political manipulation, it’s time that we tell America what’s hiding
behind the curtain. Have you heard the expression, ‘candy wrappers?’ [‘Candy wrapper’
is urban slang for a condom.] Do you recall visiting prostitutes?” (According to
TheBlaze.com emails related to the web site Ashley Madison have been linked to the
Senate office of Ted Cruz. That site promotes extramarital affairs. It is not known who in
Cruz’s office used the site.) [89787, 89788, 89789, 89791, 89792, 89810, 89811, 89829,
“Mr. Cruz, we are now demanding you exit this race for presidency immediately or
‘Anonymous’ will launch a campaign to release all of the information that we have
found. Your so-called underground acts that you think were done in the dark will be
brought down for all the public to see. It will be sent to every media outlet to publicize
your disgusting behavior. We ensure you it will go viral on every social media platform
in a matter of minutes. Mr. Cruz, your disgusting campaign ends now. Your attempt to
gain power with ulterior motives that include your wife will also be exposed. There’s
nothing form your past that won’t haunt you. Trust us. This your warning, Mr. Cruz. We
are ‘Anonymous.’ We are legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us.”
[89787, 89788, 89789, 89791, 89792]
Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban delivers a major speech on immigration. He
says, “[T]oday Europe is as fragile, weak and sickly as ‘a flower being eaten away by a
hidden worm.’ Today, 168 years after the great Wars of Independence of the European
peoples, Europe, our common home is not free! Ladies and Gentlemen, Europe is not
free. Because freedom begins with speaking the truth. Today in Europe it is forbidden to
speak the truth. Even if it is made of silk, a muzzle is a muzzle. It is forbidden to say that
those arriving are not refugees, but that Europe is threatened by migration. …It is
forbidden to say that immigration brings crime and terror to our countries. It is forbidden
to point out that the masses arriving from other civilizations endanger our way of life, our
culture, our customs and our Christian traditions.” [89541, 89542]
“…It is forbidden to say that Brussels [headquarters of the European Union] is now
stealthily devouring more and more slices of our national sovereignty, and that in
Brussels many are now making a plan for a United States of Europe—for which no one
has ever given authorisation. Ladies and Gentlemen, Today’s enemies of freedom are cut
from a different cloth than the royal and imperial rulers of old, or those who ran the
Soviet system; they use a different set of tools to force us into submission. …[But the
peoples of Europe are slowly awakening, they are regrouping, and will soon regain
ground. Europe’s beams that rest on the suppression of truth are creaking and cracking.
The peoples of Europe may have finally understood that their future is at stake: Now not
only are their prosperity, cosy lives, jobs at stake, but our very security and the peaceful
order of our lives are menaced as well. At last, the peoples of Europe, who have been
slumbering in abundance and prosperity, have understood that the principles of life that
Europe has been built on are in mortal danger.” [89541, 89542]
“…This time the danger is not attacking us the way wars and natural disasters do,
suddenly pulling the rug from under our feet. Mass migration is a slow stream of water
persistently eroding the shores. It is masquerading as a humanitarian cause, but its true
nature is the occupation of territory. …At first, they talk about only a few hundred, a
thousand or two thousand relocated people. But not a single responsible European leader
would dare to swear under oath that this couple of thousand will not eventually increase
to tens or hundreds of thousands. If we want to halt this mass migration, first we must
curb Brussels. The main danger to Europe’s future does not come from those who want to
come here, but from Brussels’ fanatical internationalism. [Brussels is roughly one-quarter
Muslim. Belgium imported its terrorists, and the problem will not go away even if ISIS is
destroyed in Syria and Iraq.] We should not allow Brussels to place itself above the law.
We shall not allow it to force upon us the bitter fruit of its cosmopolitan immigration
policy. We shall not import to Hungary crime, terrorism, homophobia and synagogueburning anti-Semitism.” [89541, 89542, 89877]
“There shall be no urban districts beyond the reach of the law, there shall be no mass
disorder. No immigrant riots here, and there shall be no gangs hunting down our women
and daughters. We shall not allow others to tell us whom we can let into our home and
country, whom we will live alongside, and with whom we will share our country. We
know how these things go. First we allow them to tell us whom we must take in, then
they force us to serve foreigners in our own country. In the end we find ourselves being
told to pack up and leave our own land. Therefore, we reject the forced resettlement
scheme, and we shall tolerate neither blackmail, nor threats. The time has come to ring
the warning bell. The time has come for opposition and resistance. The time has come to
gather allies to us. The time has come to raise the flag of proud nations. The time has
come to prevent the destruction of Europe, and to save the future of Europe.” [89541,
On Fox & Friends, John Kasich says, “There’s no way I would team up with Donald
Trump. No way. Forget it.” [89225]
On Morning Joe, Bloomberg Politics managing editor Mark Halperin calls Donald
Trump “one of the two most talented presidential candidates any of us have covered. He
just is.” [89235]
Dr. Donald Miller and Walter E. Block start a “Libertarians for Trump” (LFT) group.
Block writes, “LFT has its work cut out for it in mobilizing massive support for Donald
Trump within the libertarian community. For there are some libertarians who oppose
supporting any politician for political office, even a 99% pure one such as Dr. Ron Paul.
…[But] Suppose we were all slaves, and the master said we could have a democratic
election; we could vote for overseer Baddie, who would whip us unmercifully once per
day, or overseer Goodie, who would do exactly the same thing, but only once per month.
We all voted for the latter. Is this incompatible with libertarianism? Would this make us
worse libertarians? Anyone who thinks so does not really understand this philosophy.”
[89195, 89954]
“…There are several issues upon which libertarians do not and cannot support Donald
Trump. For example, protectionism. But, typically, regarding the issues where Mr.
Trump deviates from libertarianism, so do the other candidates. …But, the perfect is the
enemy of the good. It is our goal to throw our weight behind the candidate who has a
reasonable chance of actually becoming President of the United States whose views are
CLOSEST to libertarianism. When put in this way, it is clear that The Donald is the most
congruent with our perspective. This is true, mainly because of foreign policy. And, of
the three, foreign policy, economic policy and person liberties, the former is the most
important. As Murray Rothbard and Bob Higgs have demonstrated over and over again,
US foreign policy determines what occurs in economics and in the field of personal
liberties. Foreign policy is the dog that wags the other two tails.” [89195, 89954]
“We readily concede Mr. Donald Trump is no Ron Paul on foreign policy or anything
else for that matter. However, compared to his Republican alternatives, the Donald stands
head and shoulders above them. He has said, time and time again, things like ‘Look at
what we did in Iraq. It’s a mess. Look at what we did in Algeria. It’s a mess there too.
And we’re going to repeat our mistakes in Syria? Not on my watch.’ Would Cruz or
Rubio ever say anything like that? To ask this question is to answer it. And, very
importantly, who is the one candidate who went out of his way so as to not antagonize
Russia and Premier [President Vladimir] Putin? It is the Donald, that is who. Do we
really want to fight World War III with Russia? With Mr. Trump at the helm, we
minimize the chances of this catastrophe occurring. …Yes, future President Trump wants
a strong military, but with only a few exceptions, fewer than the other Republican
candidates, only to defend our country.” [89195, 89954]
In an interview with Claudio Grass, Managing Director at Global Gold Switzerland,
economist and Mises Institute Senior Fellow Thomas DiLorenzo says, “In reality, what
this new [Federal Reserve] policy—which is the same as the old policy—does is induce
businesses to invest more on durable goods like cars and houses, which is why there are
new bubbles in these markets, at least in some regions. The price-per-square-foot of Las
Vegas real estate, for example, is now higher than it was just before the crash of 2008.
There’s also a student debt bubble and a stock market bubble, in my opinion, thanks to
the Fed’s single-minded and very simple policy of print, print, and print some more
[money]. Rather than reducing some of the wild and reckless speculation on Wall Street,
the government bailouts of the speculators created a ‘moral hazard problem’ that will
encourage even more reckless speculation. If the speculative investments pay off, they
keep the profits; when they go bust, they can count on another round of ‘too-big-to-fail’”
bailouts.” [89196]
“…The cultural Marxists have adopted the advice of the philosopher Herbert Marcuse,
who is really the ‘godfather’ of cultural Marxism [along with Theodor Adorno, Max
Horkheimer, Walter Benjamin, Erich Fromm, Friedrich Pollock, Leo Lowenthal, Jurgen
Habermas, Alfred Schmidt, Axel Honneth, and Siegfried Kracauer]. He preached that
free speech is really a tool of oppression because it leads to critiques of ‘utopia,’ by
which he meant communism. This is where all the vicious crackdowns on campus free
speech come from the cultural Marxists will say that they are doing the morally correct
thing to censor speech by conservatives or libertarians, for such speech may be critical of
their ideology. They are totalitarian-minded, fascist thought control police and dominate
almost all university administrations in the US. It is creating a real dumbing down of
American youth, for much of their university education is now indoctrinated in left-wing
platitudes rather than the development of critical thinking.” [89196]
“Right now my money is on Donald Trump being the next president. If that happens,
there will be a less ‘isolationist’ foreign policy, for Trump does not want to risk starting
World War III, unlike all of the ‘neoconservatives’ who run both of the main political
parties. That is why he is so hated and despised by the Republican Party establishment.
He would like to do more business with countries like Russia rather than start a nuclear
war with the Russians. They, on the other hand, want to see endless military aggression in
the Middle East and elsewhere. This is why they will do everything possible to defeat
Trump, including putting all of their Big Money behind Hillary Clinton or whomever the
Democrat Party nominee is. If I were Donald Trump I would also double or triple my
personal security detail.” [89196]
“As for economic policy, Trump could hardly be worse than Obama or his predecessor.
He has said that he hates taxes and does everything in his power to minimize his own tax
burden, which is certainly a good instinct. Since he’s a billionaire, he can’t be bought off
on any policy, which is really the main reason why the GOP oligarchs hate him with a
red-hot passion. But if he wins and becomes a politician, there is always the chance that
he will succumb to a more interventionist economic policy so that the media will say
nicer things about him. Vanity seems to be one of the man’s hallmarks.” [89196]
BizPacReview.com notes a recent visit by a New York Times reporter to a Trump
campaign office in Florida, who expressed “astonishment at the number of non-white
people and immigrants working in it. …[I]t found a diverse group of Trump supporters
that included numerous immigrants. ‘For a campaign frequently depicted as offering a
rallying point for the white working class, the people volunteering to help Mr. Trump
here are noteworthy for their ethnic diversity,’ the report says. ‘They include a young
woman who recently arrived from Peru; an immigrant from the Philippines; a 70-year-old
Lakota Indian; a teenage son of Russian immigrants; a Mexican-American.’ The group
was also politically diverse, including lifelong Republicans as well as libertarians and
even ex-Democrats. Several are immigrants or the children of immigrants, who
emphasized they arrived in the U.S. legally, often taking many years to navigate the
process and become full citizens. Besides concerns about immigration, many also hope
Trump can improve the U.S. economy or shake up a stagnant Washington, D.C. political
environment.” (Translation: Reality is often not what the leftist media believes it to be.)
[89218, 89220]
In national Reuters polling, Donald Trump has 37.3 percent; Ted Cruz has 18; Marco
Rubio, 13.5; John Kasich, 8.3. [89234]
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich tells Breitbart.com, “If Trump gets big numbers in
Florida, you’re not going to be able to stop him. You’ll just tear the party apart. …It’s
childish nonsense [to encourage a contested convention]. There are two potential
presidential nominees. One is named Donald. One is named Ted. The idea that some
clever Washington intellectual or power broker—put quote marks around ‘power
broker’— can step into an election in which millions have voted and magically change
the trajectory of history? It’s goofy. There’s [sic; there are] two players standing. …If
Trump is at 45 percent does he negotiate with Cruz? They will band together and have 85
percent of the delegates between them. Both of these guys are committed to breaking up
the old order.” Likely referring to Mitt Romney, Gingrich asks, “How is somebody who’s
never run [in the 2016 primaries] going to stand up on national television and on social
media [as the brokered candidate] and not get run out of town?” [89249]
Politico.com reports, “Three influential leaders of the conservative movement have
summoned other top conservatives for a closed-door meeting Thursday in Washington,
D.C., to talk about how to stop Donald Trump and, should he become the Republican
nominee, how to run a third-party ‘true conservative’ challenger in the fall. The
organizers of the meeting include Bill Wichterman, who was President George W. Bush’s
liaison to the conservative movement; Bob Fischer, a South Dakota businessman and
longtime conservative convener; and Erick Erickson, the outspoken Trump opponent and
conservative activist who founded RedState.com. ‘Please join other conservative leaders
to strategize how to defeat Donald Trump for the Republican nomination,’ the three
wrote in an invitation… that recently went out to conservative leaders, ‘and if he is the
Republican nominee for president, to offer a true conservative candidate in the general
election.’” (The meeting is scheduled for March 17.) [89280, 89281]
CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelly whines, “In North Carolina, about 1,000 voters
cast provisional ballots because they didn't have enough identification to meet the state's
new, strict voter ID law. The law was passed even though voter fraud is almost unknown
there. Opponents say the law is meant to silence minority voters.” (It is absurd to claim
that voter fraud “is almost unknown” in the state, because if no one’s identification is
checked it would be almost impossible to catch anyone cheating. One may as well claim,
“There are no counterfeit bills because we haven’t found any.” If the counterfeiter does a
good job no one would know they are counterfeit. The very fact that as many as one
thousand voters cast provisional ballots proves the system works. An individual who does
not have valid photo ID is still permitted to vote, but that provisional ballot is simply held
aside and counted after the identity of the voter has been confirmed. No one is denied the
right to vote—but in most cases the number of provisional ballots is far less than the
victory margin. If there are 1,000 provisional ballots cast and every contest was won by
more than 1,000 votes, the inherent delay in the counting of those ballots is meaningless.)
[89277, 89278]
Hillary Clinton wins the Democrat primaries in Florida, Ohio, Illinois, and North
Carolina. [89238]
In her victory speech, Clinton—apparently forgetting her husband’s Oval Office
history—slams Donald Trump, saying, “our commander in chief has to be able to defend
our country, not embarrass it.” An angry-sounding Clinton shouts throughout most of her
speech—prompting leftists to denounce as sexist those who dare criticize her tone.
(Whether they think it is also sexist to criticize Ted Cruz’s grating, nasal voice is not
known.) [89270, 89271, 89272]
Clinton, clearly thinking highly of herself, says, “This may be one of the most
consequential campaigns of our lifetime. The next president will walk into the Oval
Office next January, sit down at that desk, and start making decisions that will affect the
lives and the livelihoods of everyone in this country—indeed, everyone on this planet.”
(Those who criticize other candidates for making unreasonable promises should pounce
on Clinton’s claim to impact the lives of seven billion people. Assuming that she cannot
improve all their lives, they should be very worried that she might make them worse—as
she and Obama did with interventions in Egypt, Syria, and Libya.) [89283]
Donald Trump wins the Republican primaries in Florida, North Carolina, and Illinois.
[89238, 89262, 89263, 89279, 89282]
John Kasich wins the Republican primary in Ohio—his first victory of the campaign.
(Although Kasich wins Ohio, he manages only 46.8 percent. If he cannot break 50
percent in his own state—even after his opponent, Marco Rubio, encouraged his
supporters to vote for Kasich—he will not be able to beat a Democrat in November.)
Kasich addresses supporters at his victory rally, saying, “We are going go all the way to
Cleveland and [sic; to] secure the Republican nomination.” [89276]
Marco Rubio announces he is suspending his campaign. During his speech to supporters,
Rubio is heckled by someone wearing a Trump baseball cap who yells out, “You lost,
Marco!” Rubio says, “That’s okay, he won’t get beaten up here.” (The heckler is not a
Trump supporter. He has been spotted at Hillary Clinton events wearing a Hillary t-shirt.
One of the oldest political tricks in the book is to “wear the enemy’s uniform,” infiltrate a
crowd, and then do something to make the enemy look bad. Leftists, for example, have
attended Tea Party events with Nazi flags and made sure they were captured by television
cameras.) [89238, 89248, 89284]
Not counting Missouri, Trump has won 18 of the first 27 states. Ted Cruz has won 7;
John Kasich has won 1; Marco Rubio has won 1. (The Republican establishment will
destroy the party if Trump were to fall a few delegates short of 1,237 and the “elites” give
the nomination to someone else.)
While the Missouri race is too close to call at the end of the evening, the Republican
contest draws about 780,000 voters—far more than the 252,000 in 2012, the 588,000 in
2008, or the 123,000 in 2004. (Donald Trump is clearly bringing out huge numbers of
voters—and the Republican establishment appears eager to throw that all away by
fighting him to the bitter end.)
Republican Party rules require that the nominee must have won a majority of the
delegates in at least eight states. Donald Trump is the only candidate to satisfy that
requirement. Ted Cruz may conceivably satisfy the requirement with more primary
victories. John Kasich is almost certainly not going to do so. “Rule 40” was originally
implemented in 2012 to protect Mitt Romney from a Ron Paul challenge in 2016. (The
party wrongly assumed Romney would defeat Obama and then run for reelection in
2016.) But the rule now works against the Republican “elites,” because they may find
themselves with Trump and Cruz as their only alternatives; they could not simply give
the nomination to Jeb Bush or Paul Ryan. (Of course, the party will get around the rule
by changing it before the convention convenes—the will of the people be damned.)
Conservative Warren Davidson wins the Republican primary in Ohio’s 8th congressional
district. Davidson faces Democrat Corey Foister in a June 7 special election to fill the
seat left vacant by retiring House Speaker John Boehner.
Politico.com reports, “John Kasich’s campaign announced a quartet of high-profile
additions to its national strategy council on Tuesday night, fresh off the Ohio governor's
victory in his home-state primary, as he tries to force a contested convention in Cleveland
this July. ‘Governor Kasich showed tonight how you defeat Donald Trump and bring our
party together,’ chief strategist John Weaver said in a statement. ‘This is going to be a
long road to the nomination in Cleveland, and we’re thrilled to grow our team of advisers
with some of the best minds in the Republican Party.’ Those joining the effort include Stu
Spencer, who served as Ronald Reagan’s chief strategist for his two gubernatorial
campaigns in California in 1966 and 1970 and his two presidential campaigns in 1980
and 1984; Charlie Black, who advised Reagan and both Bushes in the White House, as
well as Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign; former Rep. Vin Weber (RMN), who advised Newt Gingrich leading up to the 1994 midterm elections as well as
serving as a top adviser to presidential candidates Bob Dole, George W. Bush and Mitt
Romney in past campaigns; and longtime Tennessee operative Tom Ingram, who served
in a similar capacity for erstwhile candidate Jeb Bush.” [89250]
“Kasich’s campaign, in its announcement, made sure to note that Spencer ‘played a
central role’ in helping President Gerald Ford secure the GOP nomination at the 1976
convention, the last such time there was a contested convention, which is the governor’s
sole path to the Republican nomination at this juncture. Black also worked on Reagan’s
1976 presidential campaign, which lost out to Ford at the convention in Kansas City,
Missouri.” (Kasich has the audacity to brag that he will “bring the party together” while
at the same time adding to his staff people whose job will be to divide the party against
front-runner Donald Trump in order to wrest the nomination from him.) [89250]
On March 16 the primary election results in Missouri show Donald Trump with a narrow
lead over Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton with a narrow lead over Bernie Sanders. Trump
wins far more of the counties than Cruz, but Cruz wins those in the southwest corner of
the state that have the most evangelicals. (Unofficial totals show Trump with 382,093
votes and Cruz with 380,367; Clinton has 310,602; Sanders has 309,071. Whether Cruz
or Sanders will demand recounts remains to be seen.) [89245, 89246, 89290, 89338]
On Morning Joe, former Obama campaign manager David Plouffe says, “There are a lot
of things that [Donald Trump] says that are sort of against Republican orthodoxy that
he’s getting criticized about that a lot of swing voters will be open to. He sucks all of the
oxygen out of the room. He’ll say anything about anyone any time. That’s a tough thing
to deal with, as we’ve seen. …I do think he’s got the chance to over-perform in the
southern part of Virginia, for instance, in some of the Midwest states. …He says some
things that if people can listen to him, if they can get by the bluster and bigotry, he’ll
have a chance.” [89292]
On the Today program, John Kasich says, “Let me tell you, neither Cruz not Trump can
win the general election. You know, they can’t come into Ohio with the philosophies they
have and win. You can’t win Ohio; you can’t be president. Nobody’s gonna [sic] get
enough delegates to win at the convention. Everyone’s gonna [sic] fall short. And that
was what was so big about Ohio. I’m not out to stop Donald Trump or stop anybody else.
By winning yesterday in Ohio, I’ve dealt him a very, very big blow to being able to have
the number of delegates.” (The absurdity of Kasich’s statements are monumental. He
claims no one can win the 1,237 votes to secure the nomination on the first ballot when,
in fact, Trump and Cruz can and Kasich cannot. He claims Cruz and Trump cannot defeat
Hillary Clinton but he can—despite having won only one of the first 29 primaries and
caucuses contests. He claims he is “not out to stop Donald Trump,” yet brags that he
“dealt him a very, very big blow.” Kasich is nothing more than the typical politician
millions of people have come to hate: someone who will lie and distort reality with ease.)
In a “normal” presidential election year, someone like Kasich who has no prayer of
winning the nomination would drop out of the race. The remaining candidates would
“duke it out” until one emerges with a majority of delegates. Even if the front-runner fell
short of the necessary delegate count, the party would support him and enough delegates
would be released in order to give that front-runner the nomination on the first ballot. But
2016 is not a normal year: The Republican establishment fears Donald Trump and hates
Ted Cruz.
If the party elites cannot stop Trump, they may offer him a deal: “We will support you in
the general election, provided you accept John Kasich as your vice presidential running
mate.” Trump might be wise to accept the deal. Trump can win Florida in the general
election, and Kasich can help him win Ohio. (Trump may be able to win Ohio without
Kasich. In the March 15 primary Trump won about 50,000 more votes than Clinton.)
Without those two states the Democrat candidate would have a difficult time gaining the
270 electoral votes needed to win the White House. Further, without campaign cash
coming from the Republican Party coffers and donors getting on board, Trump would
have to spend his own money on his campaign—something he would rather not do.
Although Kasich is certainly a liberal Republican who many would not prefer at the top
of the ticket, as vice president he can do less harm—and his experience on the House
Budget Committee can help Trump considerably. If Trump and Kasich can work well
together they may be a good combination. Lastly, if Clinton is forced out of the race and
a Trump-Kasich ticket faces a Joe Biden-Elizabeth Warren ticket, Kasich’s
“compassionate conservative” side will help him in debates against Senator Warren. At
the same time, Trump’s “common sense conservatism” will help him fend off Biden, who
might wilt under attacks from Trump. [90071]
A Trump-Cruz ticket may be less likely, because Trump knows Cruz will face legal
challenges from the Democrats (including Florida Congressman Alan Grayson) on the
natural born citizen issue, and the Democrats will savagely attack Cruz over his religious
zealotry. A Trump-Cruz ticket, announced before the convention, may be the only way
Trump can gather enough delegates to prevent the establishment from blocking his
nomination. But because Trump is the “anti-establishment” candidate on the ticket, he
does not need another one in Cruz. Accepting Kasich as his running mate will help calm
the nerves of establishment elites and donors. Of course, many will argue that Trump
should choose a female running mate or a military running mate. But selecting someone
like South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley would serve no purpose, as Trump can win the
state without her and, like Marco Rubio, she is an “anchor baby” born to non-American
parents. Former Congressman Allen West could be a potential Trump running mate.
Although he brings no needed “geographical balance” to the ticket, he has military
experience and has the added advantage of being black. (On the other hand, the
establishment dislikes West—as demonstrated by the fact that congressional district lines
were redrawn in Florida in order to keep him out of the House of Representatives.) This
Timeline believes that if Trump becomes the nominee (without having to negotiate a deal
to do so) he will surprise everyone with his vice presidential pick. [89643, 89989]
The Washington Post editorial board—apparently completely unaware of the meaning of
the word democracy—declares, “To defend our democracy against Trump, the GOP must
aim for a brokered convention.” (Translation: “The people cannot be trusted with
democracy and the right to choice their own leaders. That should be left to the bosses of
political parties.”) [89369]
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich later observes, “…I think the hysteria of the left is
going to get worse and worse all summer. The Post is typical of that. They can,
somehow, swallow two thousand confidential and secret emails by Hillary Clinton, they
can swallow two billion dollars at the Clinton Foundation, they can swallow all sorts of
unanswered problems and conflicts with Hillary because, after all, she’s on the left, and
therefore, she’s of the truth faith. …What’s gonna [sic] get worse, I predict, is when it
begins to sink in that Trump is going to be prepared to go into the African-American
community, to actually go into neighborhoods that the Democrats think are closed to
Republicans. You had somebody the other day at MSNBC that [sic; who] said, ‘Well, he
shouldn’t campaign in Chicago or St. Louis or Cleveland, because they’ve had raciallysensitive shootings.’ Now, the idea that an American candidate for the American
presidency has any neighborhood he can’t go in will tell you just how far the left has
gone towards thinking it owns the country. The Washington Post is part of the left,
unfortunately. That editorial represents, accurately, the hysteria of the left.” [89388]
Einer R. Elhauge, Petrie Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Founding Director
of the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, files an amicus brief in support of Barry
Korman and William Gallo v. New York State Board of Elections and Rafael Edward
(“Ted”) Cruz. Elhauge makes the case that Cruz is not a natural born citizen, as the term
was understood by the drafters of the U.S. Constitution and is therefore not eligible to run
for president of the United States. [89309, 89310, 89875, 90292]
While he was a teenager, Cruz’s father, Rafael Cruz, supported Fidel Castro. He was
briefly jailed by the Fulgencio Batista regime. Cruz then fled to the United States and
attended the University of Texas under a student visa. He eventually received a “green
card,” allowing residency in the United States. Cruz then married an American woman
and in 1964 they moved to Canada. Cruz—and perhaps his wife—then became Canadian
citizens. In 1970 their son Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz was born. By becoming a Canadian
citizen, the elder Cruz’s green card was rendered void. In 1974 the family returns to the
United States—with Cruz and his son entering the United States as Canadian citizens.
The elder Cruz does not relinquish his Canadian citizenship until he becomes a
naturalized U.S. citizen in 2005. Toronto lawyer Stephen Green, past chairman of the
Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration, states that Ted Cruz is a
Canadian. In May 2014 Ted Cruz renounces his Canadian citizenship. There is no
evidence that Cruz ever became a U.S. citizen. He has not released a Consular Report of
Birth Abroad, which his parents should have requested from a U.S. Embassy office in
Canada in 1970. Even if they had done so, Ted Cruz would only be considered a
naturalized U.S. citizen, and not a natural born citizen. He is not eligible to serve as
president. If he never became a U.S. citizen he is not even eligible to serve in the U. S.
Senate, and by renouncing his Canadian citizenship in 2014 he is arguably an individual
without a country. (Cuba, however, likely considers him a Cuban citizen because he was
born to a Cuban father.) [89875]
Italian-born model Fabio Lanzoni is sworn in as a naturalized United States citizen. He
says, “I’ve been in love with this country since I was 14 years old. [Becoming a citizen]
was like getting married.” He also observes, “I think the [election] is going to be the most
incredible TV you’ve ever seen in your life—nobody is going to watch the reality shows
anymore. Donald Trump speaks his mind. If you like it or you don’t like it, at least you
know where he stands. …If you want to come to this country, the American people are
the greatest people on Earth and will welcome you with open arms. But you have to go
through the system—laws are made to be respected.” [89422]
Congressman Tom Reed (R-NY) endorses Donald Trump for president. Reed states,
“Now is the time to unite behind the candidate who I believe will be our nominee,
Donald Trump. We must move beyond the bombastic rhetoric to positive discussion
about creating jobs and improving the lives of all Americans. We all care about
improving people’s lives—that should always be our focus.” [89461]
Ted Cruz-obsessed talk radio host Glenn Beck, less than thrilled that John Kasich is
remaining in the race, tells his audience, “Kasich, I mean, excuse my language, but, you
son of a bitch, the republic is at stake. This is not like a normal race. The republic is at
stake!” (Not only is Beck obsessed with Cruz, his radio studio is a replica of the Oval
Office; he apparently likes pretending to be president.) [89325, 89326]
Marine Corps General Robert Neller tells the House Armed Services Committee there
have been increased numbers of air accidents over the last three years because of budget
cuts. “We track this very closely and the simple fact is we don't have enough airplanes to
meet training requirements for the entire force.” WashingtonExaminer.com notes, “On
Jan. 14, two CH-53E Sea Stallion helicopters collided during nighttime training off
Hawaii, killing all 12 Marines aboard. Training has taken a hit in recent budget cycles as
military officials work to fund today’s wars at the expense of future readiness under tight
budgets. Officials have told lawmakers that they were mortgaging the military’s future to
ensure troops who deploy today are as safe and prepared as possible.” [89354, 89355]
Obama nominates D.C. Appeals Court Chief Justice Merrick Garland to fill the vacancy
created by the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Garland is nowhere near
as politically to the left as Obama’s two previous nominees, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena
Kagan, but is pro-union and anti-business. Garland is left of center—although the media
is falsely claiming he is “center-right.” Leftists will not like the choice because Garland is
not an extreme leftist; conservatives will not like the choice because Garland has anti-gun
votes in his career. In any event, the Senate Judiciary Committee is unlikely to even hold
hearings on Garland. Obama chose Garland so that the Democrats could criticize the
Republicans for being so ideologically stubborn that they would deny a moderate a seat
on the court. [89239, 89251, 89264, 89265, 89298, 89319, 89654]
Obama makes the expected comments, that he is doing his job and that Congress must
now do its job, etc. Laughably, he says, “Our Supreme Court really is unique. It’s
supposed to be above politics… and it should stay that way.” (Most appointments have
been political, and that certainly includes Obama’s past appointments: Sonia Sotomayor
and Elena Kagan.) [89241]
The Judicial Crisis Network calls Garland “a reliable fifth vote for a laundry list of
extreme liberal priorities like gutting the Second Amendment.” [89298]
WashingtonExaminer.com writes, “Opponents of the Environmental Protection Agency's
far-reaching climate rules are urging Senate Republicans to oppose [Obama’s]
nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, which could upset the
balance at the high court in favor of the Obama climate agenda. …Garland has been
lenient with the EPA on its power plant rules. In one of the recent EPA cases he presided
over in the appeals court, Garland sided with the agency in denying petitioners’
arguments that the court vacate costly mercury and air pollutant rules for power plants.”
Juanita Duggan, CEO of the National Federation of Independent Business, states, “Judge
Garland has an extensive record, and based on our initial examination we have grave
concerns… A cursory examination of his record points to a judge who nearly always
sides with regulators, labor unions and trial lawyers at the expense of small businesses.
Small business has been under heavy pressure from the EPA… and the rest of the
alphabet soup of regulators that have expanded their power over the private sector.”
Garland was appointed to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals by Bill Clinton. Author Jack
Cashill notes, “Whatever his merits, Garland served as Deputy Attorney General Jamie
Gorelick’s ‘principal deputy’ during the two most corrupt years in American political
history—the years leading up to Bill Clinton’s reelection in 1996—and that service alone
should kill his candidacy. Although Garland has no known connection with the TWA 800
investigation, it happened during his watch, and his boss oversaw its unprecedented
misdirection. …Gorelick and the Clintons pulled off the most successful cover-up in
American peacetime history. As a reward, the otherwise unqualified Gorelick was named
vice-president of Fannie Mae in 1997, in which job she made more than $25 million
during the next six years.” [89319]
“Thanks to a mother lode of unearthed CIA documents and one key FBI video, we now
know that Gorelick breached her own ‘wall’ to allow the CIA and FBI to work hand and
glove in the subversion of the TWA 800 investigation. Senators need to ask Garland what
he knew about TWA 800 and when he knew it. Garland was deeply involved with
another questionable investigation, that of the Oklahoma City bombing. In fact, he
supervised the prosecutions of Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols. What someone
needs to ask Garland is what happened to John Doe No. 2,” as a Middle Eastern man at
the scene who “was the most hunted man in the world until, without explanation, he just
kind of went away, again without the media even commenting on his disappearance.
Perhaps Garland could shed some lights on his whereabouts.” [89319]
“Garland was also involved with the Olympic Park bombing. As the reader may recall,
security guard Richard Jewell was patrolling the grounds of Centennial Park in Atlanta.
Right around midnight he spotted a large olive-green military-style backpack under a
bench. He immediately shared this info with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Jewell
and the GBI agent then started to clear an area around the pack. Soon afterward, the pack
exploded. Two people died, and more than a hundred were injured. If Jewell had not seen
this 40-pound bomb, it might have killed hundreds. Likely fearing an Islamic connection
as they did in Oklahoma City, the Clinton people turned on the transparently innocent
Richard Jewell and hounded him all the way to the November election. Our senators
might want to ask who authorized the hounding. In fact, there are a lot of questions they
should ask, and to start, they might call in Gorelick and Hillary as character witnesses.”
(Some might wonder if Clinton appointed Garland to the Circuit Court as a reward for
“keeping his mouth shut.”) [89319]
There is likely only one way Garland could be approved: late summer polls showing that
Hillary Clinton would trounce the Republican candidate on election day. The Senate
Republicans might then argue, “Well, it would be better to confirm the moderate Garland
than give Clinton the opportunity to pick someone from the far left.” In fact, the Senate
could even wait until after the November election. If Clinton wins the White House, the
Senate could then confirm Garland to avoid a Clinton pick in early 2017. (In that
scenario, Garland would be under intense pressure to withdraw. Whether he made a deal
with Obama to do so is not known.) [89239]
A more bizarre scenario is even a possibility. If Clinton wins the election and Senate
Republicans chose to confirm Garland before Clinton is sworn in, Senate Democrats
could conceivably stage a filibuster to deny Garland a spot on the Supreme Court. That
is, the Democrats would block Obama’s own nominee because he is not far enough to the
left, in order to give Clinton the opportunity to appoint someone on the far left shortly
after her inauguration. That scenario would be even more likely if the GOP loses control
of the Senate in the November elections. (In any event, Garland is a political pawn in the
game. Obama nominated him knowing the Senate will probably not act. Garland should
be insulted.)
Many on the left had hoped Obama would nominate a woman or a black (or a black
woman). His choice of Garland leaves them without some ammunition to use during the
campaign season. They will be unable to call Republicans racists and sexists for not
confirming Garland. It will, in fact, be difficult for many on the left to feel sympathy for a
Jewish male jurist who is not extremely radical. (They may prefer to hope that the
election gives them Democrat control of the Senate and a president Hillary Clinton who
nominates someone to the left of Karl Marx.)
Politico.com’s Marc Caputo tweets, “Obama nominates the most-qualified bowl of
politically tepid oatmeal for the Supreme Court. Republicans declare the pick too spicy,
hot.” [89244]
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) tweets, “Republicans are backing down so
quickly that they’re already bargaining about what month they will fully cave and
confirm Obama’s nominee.” [89268]
According to TalkingPointsMemo.com, “Despite Senate Majority Leader Mitch
McConnell (R-KY) flat-out rejecting Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, a number of
Republican senators said… they would meet with Judge Merrick Garland.” (The list so
far: Charles Grassley (R-IA), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Jeff Flake (RAZ), Susan Collins (R-ME), James Inhofe (R-UT), Rob Portman (R-OH).) [89301,
At PJMedia.com J. Christian Adams writes, “Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to
replace Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court means the White House has decided
to play chicken with Senate Republicans. It means …Obama believes Garland can be
packaged as a reasonable moderate to force Senate Republicans to go wobbly. It also
means that President Obama is playing the long game, instead of short-term electoral
politics. Picking Garland instead of more progressive alternatives shows Obama is
sacrificing any turbocharging effect on the Democrat base in the fall in exchange for,
what he must believe, is a chance to make Senate Republicans buckle. …Don’t be
deceived. Garland may have rendered some unsurprisingly moderate opinions on
criminal justice or Gitmo, but once on the Court he’ll provide the final vote to preserve
big government in areas such as deference to federal agencies and federal health care
control. He will be a reliable fifth vote on transformational social issues, and he has
already displayed hostility to Second Amendment rights. …Obama could have appointed
a progressive radical or someone who would energize racial voting blocs this fall.
Instead, Obama has started a game of chicken. He thinks Republicans will flinch first.
This time, Obama has misread them.” [89295]
ChristianPost.com reports, “The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) failed to
vet 73 employees with terrorism ties working at 40 U.S. airports, recently-obtained
documents assert. The local FOX-affiliated WFXT-News media outlet has acquired
information through the Freedom of Information Act that indicates these workers, who
have been employed with private airport businesses, have worked at 40 airports across
the country. It remains unclear which of these workers are currently employed.
…According to the media outlet, these employees were not properly vetted because the
TSA did not have full access to terrorist databases during their hiring. Terrorism-linked
employees have been flagged at Boston's Logan International Airport, Denver
International Airport, Honolulu International Airport, Dallas Love Field, San Francisco
International Airport, and Los Angeles International Airport, among others.” [89377,
89378, 89402]
Black Lives Matter activist an “rapper” Tef Poe tweets, “Dear white people if Trump
wins young niggas such as myself are fully hell bent on inciting riots everywhere we go.
Just so you know” and “Trump wins aint [sic] no more rules fammo [family and friends].
We’ve been too nice as is.” [89383, 89384]
Donald Trump announces he will not participate in the March 21 GOP debate on Fox
News. Instead, he says, “I’m doing a major speech in front of a very important group of
people that night.” (Trump will address the annual American Israel Public Affairs
Committee, or AIPAC, conference.) Trump argues on Fox & Friends that there have
been enough debates: “How many times can you answer the same question?” (Trump is
wise to avoid what would be an ambush, with attacks coming from Ted Cruz, John
Kasich, and the three Fox News moderators.) [89240]
John Kasich says he will not attend the Fox debate if Trump does not participate. (By
refusing an opportunity to debate the issues one-on-one with Ted Cruz for two hours,
Kasich is admitting that the purpose of the debate is to attack Trump.) Fox News then
cancels the debate. Ted Cruz turns down a Fox offer to host a two-hour town hall meeting
with him in place of the debate. [89242, 89269, 89327]
Florida Governor Rick Scott endorses Donald Trump. (That is, Scott jumped to the front
of the parade as it was passing his state.) [89243, 89289]
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, an anchor baby who had previously endorsed
anchor baby Marco Rubio, switches her allegiance to Cuban-Canadian Ted Cruz. (None
of the three care to endorse Article II, Section 1, Clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution.)
[89323, 89324, 89331]
In an MBQF poll in Arizona, Donald Trump leads with 37 percent; Ted Cruz has 23
percent; John Kasich has 15 percent. (Among early voters, Trump leads Cruz 41-24.)
Meanwhile, John Kasich wastes campaign cash running ads in Utah—a state he has zero
chance of winning. (The Utah caucus and Arizona primary are held on March 22. Cruz
will probably win Utah because of the massive Mormon vote—and because, notes
Breitbart.com, the vote tabulation will be done by the British firm Smartmatic Group,
whose chairman serves on the board of George Soros’ Open Society Foundation. Trump
will likely win Arizona because of his tough immigration stance—and endorsements
from former governor Jan Brewer and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.) [89332,
89333, 89353, 89465]
Donald Trump has 100 more delegates than Mitt Romney had at the same point in
2012—when the media was calling Romney unstoppable. Cruz is being played for a fool
by the GOP elites. They know he cannot win 1,237 delegates for himself, but hope he can
prevent Trump from doing so. If both Trump and Cruz fall short of 1,237 delegates, the
nomination will not go to Cruz.
Meanwhile, CNN.com reports that “Senior Senate Republicans are calling on Sen. Ted
Cruz to rebuild his strained relationships with his colleagues and apologize to Majority
Leader Mitch McConnell before the party establishment considers consolidating behind
his presidential bid. …Republican senators said that Cruz must return to Capitol Hill and
make the case directly to his colleagues to help ease long-festering tensions. And a large
number of Republicans said the fence-mending starts with this: Apologizing to
McConnell for calling him a liar last year on the floor of the Senate.” (This Timeline
believes the demand is a move to humiliate Cruz, while he continues his crusade to wrest
the nomination from Trump. If the Republican establishment has no intention of allowing
Cruz the nomination and is only using him to block Trump so that an “acceptable”
candidate can be chosen at the convention, the Senators who hate Cruz may as well milk
the situation for all it is worth.) [89335, 89336]
On CNBC, Republican National Committeeman and rules committee member Curly
Haugland essentially gives the voters the middle finger, saying, “We have a problem with
the media, ha ha, unfortunately, the cable networks are trying to determine our nominee.
…Ha, ha, ha, ha… Yeah, that’s a problem. The, uh, media has created the perception that
the voters will decide the nomination and that’s the contest, that’s the conflict here. The
question is… hee, hee, hee… What I’m trying to say is that there’s a—we’re just one of
the political parties, there’s [sic] many political parties, but political parties choose their
nominee, not the general public, uh, contrary to popular belief.” Asked by Becky Quick,
“Why bother having the primaries?” Haugland replies, “That’s a very good question.”
[89257, 89293, 89303, 89304, 89322, 89328, 89413, 89696]
Rush Limbaugh, commenting on Haugland’s remarks, asks, “Well, then what is all this
about? Is this just a scam for money to be spent and earned? Is that what this exercise is?
Is the entire primary process nothing more than a fundraising and fund allocation effort?
It’s how the party gives back to the media with ad buys. It’s how the consultants earn
their money by being hired by the candidates who then raise the money, the consultants
devise the ad buys from which they get 15 percent, is this how party members stay
wealthy and stay connected while creating this illusion that the voter outcome actually
determines things here?” [89293]
Donald Trump tells CNN, “I think we’ll win before getting to the convention, but I can
tell you, if we didn’t and if we’re 20 votes [delegates] short or if we’re 100 short and
we’re at 1,100 and somebody else is at 500 or 400 cause we’re way ahead of everybody, I
don’t think you can say that we don’t get it automatically. I think you’d have riots. I
wouldn’t lead it, but I think bad things would happen.” (Leftists and members of the
Republican establishment immediately pounce on the comment, claiming that Trump is
encouraging violence. But Trump is correct. If he falls just short of the 1,237 delegates
needed to win the nomination outright, yet leads Ted Cruz by hundreds of delegates and
John Kasich by even more hundreds of delegates, all Hell will break loose if the
convention gives the nomination to Kasich, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, or Jeb Bush. The
GOP elites will never allow Ted Cruz to win the nomination, partly because he is hated
by virtually every Senator and partly because Hillary Clinton would decimate him in the
general election. The anti-establishment voters may not realize that the only alternatives
are therefore Trump or an establishment pick. If Trump enters the convention with
1,300+ delegates the party elites dare not try to take the nomination away from him. But
if neither Trump nor Cruz reaches 1,237, neither will be allowed the nomination. The
establishment will have been wheeling and dealing long before the convention,
threatening and bribing delegates to ensure that power stays within the establishment.)
[89291, 89347]
DCWhispers.com writes, “It started as a rumor that has now been initially verified by
various alternative media sources. The gist of the lowdown goes something like this:
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell [R-KY] has decided he fears a Donald Trump
presidency far more than a Ted Cruz one, and wants the Texas senator to return to D.C.
post-haste to make amends so that the entirety of the Republican Machine can then move
to support Mr. Cruz with McConnell’s blessing. …It would see where Trump is involved,
all can be forgiven within the Republican Establishment. McConnell apparently utilized
the go-between services of Cruz’s fellow Texas senator, John Cornyn. It was Cornyn who
initially approached Cruz and relayed the urgency from McConnell that they make
amends and work together to push Trump off the primary stage. Potentially troubling for
Cruz supporters are initial suggestions Mr. Cruz was open to the idea. The Cruz
campaign is in a precarious position following a very poor primary showing last night in
which it appears Cruz was shut out and had particularly poor showings in the crucial
General Election states of Florida and Ohio, making his General Election viability appear
that much more questionable. Will Ted Cruz be willing to silence is often-repeated
remarks about a corrupt ‘D.C. cabal’ and in fact join forces with said cabal in order to try
and salvage his presidential campaign? His supporters are no doubt hoping Mr. Cruz
holds firm to his refusal to join the ranks of the Establishment elite. Anything less would
likely be viewed as a terrible betrayal.” [89247, 89275]
Also according to DCWhispers, a few weeks before the Ohio primary “Kasich was told
by a small but highly influential cartel of D.C. elite[s] to win Ohio at all costs and then
prepare himself for what would be a brokered convention this summer that would see him
emerge by the third or fourth floor vote, as the party’s nominee. This is not speculation.
This is fact. Today the above scenario was confirmed by Charlie Black’s public
comments today [sic] to MSNBC that the party is preparing for that very scenario. Black
indicated the delegates now allocated to Donald Trump would prove less than motivated
to stay with Mr. Trump should there be a floor vote, at which point they would be freed
from having to support Mr. Trump. Black then indicated Ted Cruz’s delegates would be
more ‘dedicated,’ but so long as enough delegates were corralled to the John Kasich side,
the smallish in number Cruz delegates would be easily minimized. It should be noted that
Mr. Black’s lobbying firm works with both Democrat and Republican clients as well as a
broad swath of corporate interests. Black is a former campaign manager for John
McCain’s failed 2008 bid, as well as an ‘informal’ adviser to Mitt Romney in 2012 and
[he] also worked within the George H. W. Bush and Ronald Reagan administrations.”
“Interestingly, Black is also pitting himself up against Trump supporter, Roger Stone, a
former colleague of Mr. Black’s. …Black was officially hired by the Kasich campaign as
part of a ‘strategy council’ which appears primarily purposed to prepare the candidate for
the brokered convention scenario—a scenario Mr. Black has been repeatedly speaking to
since that hire. He relishes the idea of a convention where delegates become ‘free agents,’
and also has hinted at ongoing outreach to the now suspended Rubio campaign to have
Mr. Rubio’s cooperation in securing his delegates for Mr. Kasich come convention time.
Black also referred to the possibility of having millions of Trump and Cruz votes wiped
out by a brokered convention to be a ‘historic’ opportunity. Some have suggested it is
Black, who in 2013 was among those working behind the scenes for the now infamous
‘Gang of Eight’ immigration reform bill, who had Kasich come out even more openly in
favor of a similar immigration reform proposal and it is Donald Trump’s more aggressive
‘protect the border’ views that appear to have Mr. Black most concerned. As for the will
of the voters, it appears Charlie Black has little use for those voters, and even less respect
for them.” [89288]
ElectLeaders.com writes, “A high ranking Cruz campaign official has told Elect Leaders
that [Ted] Cruz is in negotiations with [Donald] Trump to become his Vice Presidential
Nominee after Rubio dropped out Tuesday. Sen. Cruz has been the most consistent
performer in primaries behind Trump. They are seeing the writing on the wall and want
to negotiate from a point of strength which will evaporate over time. The official stated
Mr. Trump is interested in using Sen. Cruz’s ground game in the general election, likes
his appeal to the conservative base and his stance on immigration. Of the other options
for VP none hold as strong of an opinion on immigration outside of Governor Jan Brewer
from Arizona who is also being considered. Senator Cruz in exchange for his support is
wanting to be named to the Supreme Court if an opening occurs while Mr. Trump is
president. Mr. Trump does not see this as an issue and a small price to pay to bring Sen.
Cruz his fundraisers, donors and staff on board.” (This Timeline does not believe the
story, but includes it here until it can be confirmed or disproven. Of course, the reality is
that if Trump is a few delegate short of capturing the nomination on the first round of
voting he will most assuredly make a vice presidential deal in order to reach 1,273
delegates. The Republican establishment knows that and will ensure that the deal does
not include Cruz.) [89258]
Aaron Klein reports at Breitbart.com, “With little fanfare and almost no news media
attention, some of the same radical groups involved in shutting down Donald Trump’s
Chicago rally last week are plotting a mass civil disobedience movement to begin next
month. They intend to march across the East Coast in order to spark a ‘fire that
transforms the political climate in America.’ The operation, calling itself Democracy
Spring, is threatening ‘drama in Washington’ with the ‘largest civil disobedience action
of the century.’ …‘We will demand that Congress listen to the People and take
immediate action to save our democracy. And we won’t leave until they do—or until they
send thousands of us to jail,’ the website for Democracy Spring declares, channeling
rhetoric from the Occupy movement. The group is backed by numerous organizations,
including the George Soros-funded groups MoveOn.org, the Institute for Policy Studies,
and Demos. …Another group endorsing Democracy Spring is the Democratic Socialists
of America (DSA). The DSA’s Chicago branch drove protesters to last weekend’s nixed
Chicago Trump event,…” (The far-left Demos, which Obama helped found, has
partnered with ACORN and Project Vote.) [4315, 4360, 4361, 4362, 89255]
Ann Coulter writes, “To the extent it’s still standing after yesterday, the Stop Trump
movement is comforting itself with the world’s biggest lie: that John Kasich is the
embodiment of the Republican Party, while Donald Trump is the bastard stepchild. It’s
exactly the opposite. It is no longer a question of what the party wants. The voters—
remember them?—keep showering Trump and Cruz with Ceausescu-like percentages.
The combined vote for Trump and Cruz is a ringing chorus of what this party wants: a
wall, deportation, less immigration and no job-killing trade deals. In other words, what
the party wants is the diametric opposite of what the donor and consultant class wants.
One would have to search the history books to find a party establishment so emphatically
rejected by the voters as today’s Republican Party has been.” [89260]
“…Only Ted Cruz was smart enough—or hated the Republican establishment enough—
to adopt Trump’s pro-American immigration policies. Now the only question for voters
is, which one is more electable: a Holy Roller preacher, or a brash alpha male billionaire?
They've crushed the rest of the field—winning large majorities of Hispanics along the
way, incidentally. Between them, Trump and Cruz have won 77 percent of the delegates
(1,067) …Gov. John Kasich is as awful on immigration as Rubio, but he’s so boring, no
one can ever remember anything he says. He opposes deporting illegal aliens because
that’s not ‘the kind of values that we believe in.’ (‘We’ being ‘the Democratic Party.’) He
bleats that illegals are ‘made in the image of the Lord,’ which would require America to
admit everyone in the world—provided they can pass the rigorous background check of
being human.” [89260]
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (an anchor baby), flips her support from Marco
Rubio (an anchor baby), to Ted Cruz (a Cuban-Canadian).
Although John Kasich never collected enough legal petition signatures to appear on ballot
for the April 26 Republican primary in Pennsylvania, Marco Rubio’s campaign drops its
legal challenge. Kasich will therefore be on the ballot. (Apparently election laws can be
broken if no one complains.) [89266, 89267]
In an evening editorial, The Wall Street Journal criticizes Donald Trump for saying if he
enters the convention with hundreds more delegates than anyone else yet still falls short
ot the 1,237 needed to win in the first round of voting, he should nevertheless be entitled
to the nomination. “A GOP convention can’t steal something Mr. Trump doesn’t own.
Since 1860 the rules have required a candidate to have a delegate majority to win on the
first ballot—not a mere plurality. If a candidate fails, the rules allow delegates to support
someone else. If Mr. Trump can’t win a majority of Republicans, he can’t win a majority
of Americans in November.” (The Journal is apparently unaware it is arguing that no one
should then be given the nomination. If Trump enters the convention a few delegates
short but nevertheless with the lead, no other candidate will have won a majority either.)
[89341, 89342]
Sharon Rondeau, editor of ThePosteEmail.com, reports that she has filed a request for a
copy of the SF 171 Application for Federal Employment form completed by Senator Ted
Cruz (R-TX) when he first sought employment with the government. The form includes
the question, “Are you a U.S. citizen?” (Inasmuch as Cruz worked in the administration
of George W. Bush log before he renounced his Canadian citizenship in 2014, how he
responded to that question is something the voters deserve to know. If he responded “No”
to the question and Hillary Clinton obtains a copy of the form after the Republican Party
chooses its presidential and vice presidential nominees, the entire campaign could be
impacted.) [89296, 89287]
Obama hosts a White House reception in honor of Women’s History Month and praises
Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards for “making sure that women’s health care is on
the front burner.” (It is assumed Richards will not be honored if there is a Saving the
Lives of Children Month.) [89374]
On Hannity, NationalReview.com’s A. J. Delgado points out that it is a federal crime
(under H.R. 347) to disrupt a political event at which Secret Service Agents are present.
On March 17—St. Patrick’s Day—House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) whines,
“Last night, we had a celebration of the Irish-American heritage. While I do not have
Irish grandparents, I do have Irish grandchildren, and one of them was there at the dinner
and we talked about immigration. …So, and what it’s about is all the Irish who are
here—50,000 who are here who can’t even go home for a family funeral because the law
would not allow them to come back into the country. They are not here, shall we say,
fully documented, and we need to change the law, comprehensive immigration reform.”
(Those 50,000 individuals should have considered funeral in the old country before they
chose to come to and remain in the new country illegally.) [89390]
The Daily Mail reports, “The Queen [Elizabeth II] refuses to come to London to meet
…Obama next month. Instead, accompanied by his security circus, he’ll trundle to
Windsor [Castle] in his bomb-proof, seven-ton limo for lunch. He’s due to stand
alongside the PM [Prime Minster David Cameron] and urge Britain to stay in the EU
[European Union]. ‘But he’d be well advised not to give a pro-EU sermon over lunch
after the row about the Queen supporting Brexit [British exit from the EU],’ says my
source.” [89470]
Yemen-born Mufid Elfgeeh, a Rochester, New York pizzeria owner, is sentenced to 22.5
years in prison for attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization by
recruiting ISIS jihadists. [89445]
CNSNews.com reports, “A Sept. 24, 2015 internal e-mail from the Environmental
Protection Agency’s Region 5 Water Division Branch Chief Debbie Baltazar suggests
that the federal agency might not want to ‘go out on a limb for’ the community of Flint,
Mich., which has been suffering from lead-tainted water since 2014 when the city
switched its water source from Lake Huron to the Flint River. ‘We’ve included
information on Flint’s financial practices, as we think Susan needs to be aware,’ the email said, referring to then Region 5 EPA administrator Susan Hedman, who later
resigned in January over her handling of the water crisis. ‘Perhaps she already knows
this, but I’m not sure Flint is the community we want to go out on a limb for,’ Baltazar
added.” [89391]
At a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the Flint issue,
chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) says of the email, “It’s one of the more offensive,
concerning things I’ve seen, that there were people—more than one that were making
decisions and thinking, well maybe Flint isn’t who we should go out on a limb for. Are
you kidding me? Of all the communities out there, Flint is the number one place that they
should have been going out on a limb for. It’s depressed economically. They’re going
through their own economic crisis, and there’s internal discussion at the EPA, deciding
whether or not we should go out on a limb for [the city].” (The EPA waited for months
before it acted on the information it had about lead-tainted water in Flint. According to
the 2010 census, 56.5 percent of Flint residents are black. Whether that is why the EPA
chose not to “go out on a limb” is not known.) [89391]
Secretary of State John Kerry—facing a deadline from Congress—reluctantly admits that
ISIS is guilty of genocide. He states, “In my judgment, Daesh [ISIS] is responsible for
genocide against groups in territory under its control, including Yazidis, Christians and
Shia Muslims.” (Conveniently, Kerry adds Shi’ite Muslims as victims. That gives the
Obama administration an “out” when criticized for not admitting refuges to the United
States. If it admits Muslims it can say, “We are admitting targets of genocide.” Why
Kerry only mentions ISIS as the perpetrators of genocide is not clear. Al-Qaeda and other
terrorist groups are also killing Christians simply because they are Christians. Radical
Muslims killed as many as 500 Christian farmers in just the state of Benue, Nigeria over
the last month.) [89297, 89306, 89307, 89308, 89315, 89329, 89403]
Kerry’s declaration is apparently meaningless, however, as White House press secretary
Josh Earnest tells reporters there are no plans to step up attacks on ISIS: “The military
action we have done [sic; taken] has been robust.” (Translation: “The Christians will still
be killed, but Obama will condemn their killings in slightly stronger terms.”) [89344]
In Brazil, millions of angry citizens continue to call for the impeachment of corrupt
socialist president Dilma Rousseff. She further digs the hole she is in by attempting to
appoint as her chief of staff former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (“Lula”) in an
effort to protect him from criminal corruption charges. NYTimes.com writes, Lula
“found himself at the center of an uproar over the release of intercepts of telephone
conversations in which he discusses ways to attack the officials investigating his dealings
and says, ‘Why can’t we intimidate them?’ The intercepts, made public by Sergio Moro,
the judge overseeing the inquiry into the colossal graft scheme around the national oil
company, set off a fierce debate over the limits of surveillance in Latin America’s largest
country and whether Ms. Rousseff and Mr. da Silva conspired to obstruct investigations.”
(Both Rousseff and Lula may escape prosecution because of bribes, threats, and longtime associations with other crooked politicians. The corruption is so widespread that this
Timeline will not be surprised if there is a military coup.) [89358, 89359, 89360, 89506]
Sharyl Attkisson reports, “More Cubans have flooded the U.S. than any time since the
Mariel boatlift in 1980: more than 40,000 in the past year.” [89379]
WashingtonExaminer.com writes, “John Kasich’s decision to join Donald Trump and
skip the upcoming Republican presidential debate on Monday has left party insiders
scratching their heads. The Ohio governor is behind in the polls and losing the race for
delegates to the nominating convention in Cleveland. Even after winning the primary in
his home state on Tuesday, Kasich faces an uphill climb to the nomination, and the
exposure on national television could only serve as a boost, Republican strategists said
Wednesday. …‘It’s a dumb move,’ said one Republican operative who would prefer the
GOP nominate someone other than Trump. ‘I have no idea,’ added a second Republican
insider who feels similarly, when asked what Kasich’s logic could be. ‘I would think that
a guy who can’t pay for ads would want all the TV exposure he could get.’ …‘It’s
insane,’ said a Kasich supporter, who requested anonymity to avoid criticizing the
governor publicly. ‘If he wants to be looked at as the adult in room—and he does—then
he should continue to be up on stage acting like the adult.’” [89334]
Kasich’s decision to skip the debate is not insane if a deal has already been made to give
him the vice-presidential spot behind Trump. Under that scenario, Kasich would not want
to spend two hours helping Cruz bash Trump in front of a large television audience.
Kasich’s “job” may now be to stay in the race and prevent Cruz from racking up victories
by dividing the anti-Trump vote, while building up his own name recognition in states
other than Ohio.
In national Reuters polls conducted March 10-16, Donald Trump leads his Republican
opponents with 47.7 percent. Ted Cruz has 22.0 percent; John Kasich has 11.9; Marco
Rubio has 10.2. (With Rubio having suspended his campaign, Trump would still maintain
a significant lead even if all of Rubio’s voters switch their allegiance to Cruz and
Kasich.) [89400]
Proving politics makes strange bedfellows, Senator Lindsey “Grahamnesty” Graham (RSC) endorses Ted Cruz. Graham’s weak statement: “I’m gonna [sic] be doing a
fundraiser with and for Senator Cruz. I think he’s the best alternative to Donald Trump.
John Kasich, I think, is the most viable general election candidate. I just don’t see how
John gets through the primary [sic; primaries].” (Graham—who hates Cruz—does not
explain why Kasich, who won only one primary election and could not even reach 50
percent in his own state, would be a “viable general election candidate.”) Donald Trump
tweets, “Lyin’ Ted Cruz lost all five races on Tuesday-and he was just given the jinx—a
Lindsey Graham endorsement. Also backed Jeb. Lindsey got 0!” [89343, 89345, 89346,
In a clip from a Fox News special to be aired March 18, former Secretary of Defense
Robert Gates discusses the actions in Egypt that led to the removal of President Hosni
Mubarak: “Literally, the entire national security team recommended unanimously
handling Mubarak differently than we did, and [Obama] took the advice of three junior
backbenchers in terms of how to treat Mubarak. One of them [possibly Samantha Power,
if not Susan Rice or Valerie Jarrett] saying, ‘Mr. President, you gotta [sic] be on the right
side of the history.’ And I would be sitting there at the table, and I’d say, ‘Yeah, if we
could just figure that out, we’d be a long way ahead.’” (Obama’s eagerness to abandon
ally Mubarak led to the radical Muslim Brotherhood coming to power with the election of
Mohamed Morsi. Fortunately for the Egyptian people, they did not wait too long to oust
Morsi.) [89339, 89340, 89404, 89405]
The allegedly anti-establishment Ted Cruz names Frank Gaffney and other establishment
neoconservatives to his national security team. Gaffney is president of the Center for
Security Policy. TheHill.com writes, “Gaffney has come under criticism from the
Southern Poverty Law Center, which claims he’s ‘gripped by paranoid fantasies about
Muslims destroying the West from within.’ …As recently as last year, [Gaffney] was
calling for government watchdogs to explore the ‘extensive’ connection between
longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin and the Muslim Brotherhood, ‘as well as
[Abedin’s] other problematic, and possibly criminal, activities.’ …Also on the [Cruz] list
is Elliot Abrams, a former diplomat and senior fellow at the Council on Foreign
Relations. So is former National Security Agency general counsel Stewart Baker, ex-Sen.
Jim Talent (R-MO) and Ilan Berman, vice president of the American Foreign Policy
Council think tank. Two other people from Gaffney’s Center for Security Policy are
listed as Cruz advisers: former CIA analyst Fred Fleitz and research and analysis vice
president Clare Lopez.” (More than a few on the list have never seen a war they didn’t
like. The Democrats will have a field day excoriating Cruz over his choices.) [89348]
On October 14, 2008 Frank Gaffney wrote, “Another question yet to be resolved is
whether Mr. Obama is a natural born citizen of the United States, a prerequisite pursuant
to the U.S. Constitution. There is evidence Mr. Obama was born in Kenya rather than, as
he claims, Hawaii. There is also a registration document for a school in Indonesia where
the would-be president studied for four years, on which he was identified not only as a
Muslim but as an Indonesian. If correct, the latter could give rise to another potential
problem with respect to his eligibility to be president. Curiously, Mr. Obama has, to date,
failed to provide an authentic birth certificate which could clear up the matter.” (Why
Cruz, who is not a natural born citizen, would dare to select Gaffney for his advisory
team is not clear. Why Gaffney would even be willing to work for Cruz is also not clear.
If Gaffney thought Obama was ineligible to serve as president because he believed he
was born in Kenya to a Kenyan father, why would Gaffney believe Cruz, who was born
in Canada to a Cuban-Canadian father is eligible? Some people apparently cast integrity
aside when offered a job.) [89349]
FreeBeacon.com reports that Obama “sought to increase the amount of money available
for the federal government to spend on former presidents in advance of his White House
exit. In his budget requests for fiscal years 2016 and 2017, Obama proposed hikes in the
appropriations for expenditures of former presidents, according to a report from the
Congressional Research Service published Wednesday.” (As he leaves office, he wants a
17.9 percent increase in spending for George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W.
Bush—and himself.) [89350]
Douglas Ernst reports at WND.com, “Thousands of anti-Trump activists in New York
City claim they will converge on Trump Tower this weekend to protest the billionaire’s
so-called ‘fascist policies.’ A Facebook page set up by Cosmopolitan Anti-fascists has
roughly 5,000 RSVPs for a protest at the 68-story building hovering over 5th Avenue.
The event, which appears to be the Big Apple’s attempt to answer anti-Trump protests
March 11 in Chicago, will be held Saturday at noon. Approximately 15,000 people said
they are interested in attending.” (Whether the New York City jails have room for 15,000
additional people is not clear.) [89351]
Politico.com reports, “House Speaker Paul Ryan [R-WI] met Thursday night at a pricey
French restaurant here with some of the Party’s biggest donors to assess a political
landscape dominated by one vexing question: what to do about Donald Trump. The
dinner was a highlight of a secretive two-day conclave, convened under heavy security by
a donor group headed by New York hedge fund manager Paul Singer, that is being
viewed as a pivotal moment for the big-money effort to block Trump from the
Republican presidential nomination. Sources familiar with the gathering said it was not
intended to rally a last-ditch anti-Trump cabal, and that, in fact, there was a diverse array
of opinion represented among the donors in attendance. Some seemed open to supporting
Trump if he wins the nomination, while others are backing his remaining rivals Ted Cruz
and John Kasich. But many of the two dozen or so donors in attendance—including
Singer and Chicago Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts—have given millions to super PACs
devoted to attacking Trump or supporting his now-vanquished rivals, including Marco
Rubio, Scott Walker and Jeb Bush. Now, however, it’s becoming increasingly likely that
efforts to derail Trump by defeating him in primaries and caucuses are futile.” [89352]
To counter charges from media leftists and the Republican establishment that Donald
Trump is a racist, Derek Flynn writes at ImpulseToday.com of stories that prove the
opposite: “In July 2015, author Ronald Kessler was interviewed by Newsmax about
[Trump] business practices… in regards to building a golf course in the south. ‘When
Donald opened his club in Palm Beach called Mar-a-Lago, he insisted on accepting Jews
and blacks even though other clubs in Palm Beach to this day discriminate against blacks
and Jews,’ Kessler said. ‘The old guard in Palm Beach was outraged that Donald would
accept blacks and Jews so that’s the real Donald Trump that I know.’” In 1997,
“…Abraham Foxman gave praise to Trump for bringing the issue of discrimination at
private country clubs to light. Foxman was the president of the Anti-Defamation League
back then. He told the following to the Wall Street Journal: ‘He put the light on Palm
Beach. Not on the beauty and the glitter, but on its seamier side of discrimination. It has
an impact.’ Foxman praised Trump for what he did and for encouraging other private
clubs throughout Palm Beach to desegregate their resorts as well.’ This is an example of
the real Trump. He was fighting against discrimination way before he ever ran for office
by getting local planning regulators to change their exclusive policies. Trump was
determined to make big changes and he beat the odds in doing so.” [89363]
In March 14-16 Emerson College polling in New York, Donald Trump leads Ted Cruz by
a whopping 52 percent: 64-12. John Kasich garners a mere 1 percent. Trump’s
favorable/unfavorable percentages are 71/23; Cruz’s numbers are 52/44; Kasich’s are
54/34. [89356, 89394, 89397]
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) meets with several donors and political operatives over
dinner in Palm Beach, Florida. According to NYTimes.com, the meeting is “hosted by
the hedge fund executive Paul Singer. …Mr. Singer and other major donors have
financed Our Principles PAC, which is advised by the strategist Brian Baker and was
founded in late January with the goal of halting [Donald] Trump’s rise. Matt Baume later
writes at TheStranger.com, “We have no way of knowing what exactly they talked about,
but we can probably guess they weren’t trading cake recipes. …According to the
participants, there's nothing unusual going on, no big deal, just some of the most
powerful people in the world meeting secretly to talk about nothing in particular. ‘This
shouldn’t be construed as an anti-Trump event and that’s certainly not why Speaker Ryan
is going,’ said an unnamed aide in Paul Ryan’s office. I can’t think of a more trustworthy
source. …[T]here’s some wild speculation from some amateur pundits that the GOP
might run a third-party candidate, fracturing the votes three ways between Hillary and
Trump and whoever they run. And then if they were able to siphon off enough votes from
the two mainstream candidates, Congress gets to appoint whoever they want to be
president.” (If no candidate wins 270 electoral votes on November 8, the House of
Representatives gets to select the next president—and it is allowed to choose anyone.)
[89431, 89432]
On The O’Reilly Factor, Geraldo Rivera says, “I predict that Trump may get as much as
25 percent of the African-American vote. Why? Because he’s anti-free trade or unfair
trade. He’s anti-immigration, [and] the immigrants [are] perceived by black Americans to
being in direct competition to them [for jobs].” (Whether Trump could garner 25 percent
of the black vote remains to be seen, but this Timeline believes Trump has the potential to
win more of the black vote than any previous Republican presidential candidate.) [89380]
On Hannity, Sean Hannity says, “If they [Republican Party elites] are going to be that
self-destructive [and steal the nomination from either Donald Trump or Ted Cruz], and if
they’re going to pout, and if they’re going to pick up their little toys, and they’re going to
go home like a bunch of babies, they will destroy—there will be no Republican Party at
the end of this. Because if they’re successful, guess what? Cruz and Trump supporters are
walking out. And I’m walking out with them.” [89381]
On March 18 police capture Salah Abdeslam, the main remaining fugitive from the
November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris. He is apprehended in the Brussels suburb of
Molenbeek. Abdeslam and one other terrorist are wounded; a third is killed in the raid.
After the arrest of Abdeslam, dozens of Muslims in the area attack police with bottles and
stones. According to DeMorgen.de, “the whole neighborhood” knew where Abdeslam
was hiding and refused to tell the police. (Abdeslam was supposed to blow himself up in
the November 13, 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris, but lacked the courage to do so. Had he
done so, the death toll would have been greater than 130.) [89357, 89364, 89365, 89401,
89443, 89444, 90213, 90214]
WND.com reports, “The Islamic State’s Cyber Army used an online cellphone app to
post a ‘kill list’ of names, addresses, phone numbers and other personal information on
36 police officers in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. The FBI said this week it is
investigating the case but analysts say it’s obvious why ISIS chose to target the
Minneapolis-St. Paul area. The area is home to America’s largest Somali refugee
community and has been a hotbed of Islamic terrorist recruitment dating back to at least
2007. Since then more than 34 young Somalis have left Minnesota to join the ranks of
foreign terror groups, including the Islamic State in Syria and al-Shabab in Somalia.
Others have been convicted of sending material support to overseas terrorist
organizations. …Yet, the Obama administration has kept the pipeline of new Somali
‘refugees’ well-oiled. They continue to come at a rate of 700 per month, most of them
coming from United Nations’ camps in Kenya—camps that the Kenyan president has
threatened to shut down because of their suspected ties to terrorist attacks inside his
country.” [89399]
The Telegraph reports, “Iran’s Revolutionary Guard is planning to build a statue of the
US sailors who were captured in Iranian waters earlier this year, a senior officer said.
…Commander Ali Fadavi, the head of the Guard’s naval forces, said the monument of
the surrendering Americans would be a ‘tourist attraction.’” (Pamela Geller writes, “The
weak, feckless and traitorous Obama administration has handed these people a license to
build nuclear weapons. Meanwhile, they gleefully flaunt their hatred of America and
Israel, and determination to destroy us both. If we had any kind of genuine opposition
party, the Iran deal would have been an impeachable offense.”) [89448, 89449, 89540]
The town of Östersund, Sweden cancels an “Earth Hour” environmental event during
which all lights would be turned off for 60 minutes—out of fear of Muslim refugees
attacking women during that hour. [89450, 89543, 89544]
On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy says the Republican
establishment has to “either defeat Donald Trump on the first ballot, or basically coronate
him, because the party is already extremely fractured. I believe that the secret meetings,
which are apparently taking place in the hopes of maybe a brokered convention and
denying Trump that on the first ballot are extremely dangerous and extremely bad for the
party, if that happens. …I think if the institutional power of banks and corporations went
against Donald Trump it would actually help him and make him stronger. You know, in
1964, 1976, the last time there were divisions in the Republican Party at the conventions,
they lost badly in the general election. This is far worse than ’64 and ’76. …[John]
Kasich’s people think that he’s going to win in these blue states, beat Donald Trump and
Ted Cruz. [Kasich] will go into a brokered convention and John is going to emerge as
sort of the guy to bring the party together. I think he’s delusional.” [89396]
Ruddy also appears on CNN, where he tells Don Lemon, “This [anti-Trump violence] is
all taking place in March. This is only the start. I think it’s going to be an explosive
summer. It’s going to be off the charts. I think the various groups that are already out
there that have been agitating, they’re going to be ramping up and I think you’re going to
see a counter side. Trump has, whether it’s large numbers or not, very devoted followers.
…One of the problems is there is really no Republican Party left. [Party chairman Reince
Priebus is] a disaster. You now have one candidate [Donald Trump] dictating the terms of
debates, when he’s going to show up, what he’s going to do. It’s a really bad situation.
The game is over [for Fox News]. They just had a candidate say I’m not showing up at
your debate. Fox is being regularly pilloried by him [Trump] and there are studies that
show Republican viewers are not so happy with Fox. They were effectively a super PAC
for Marco Rubio, [who] came in almost 20 points behind in his home state and Fox said
he was going to win.” [89479]
DCWhispers.com writes the political “operatives are preparing to instruct delegates NOT
TO VOTE on the first ballot, thus ensuring Donald Trump, even if he has a majority of
the delegates, will fall short during the first ballot vote at the convention and then those
delegates will be freed to vote for someone else. And to ensure the viability of this very
scenario, the Republican convention rules committee is preparing to finalize this action
during its meeting a week before the convention.” (Republican National Committee rules
committee member Curly Haugland claims it does not matter how many delegates a
candidate wins in a primary because, in his opinion, the delegates are not bound to any
candidate. It is unclear, therefore, why primary elections should be held if party activists
can vote however they choose. In any event, if Haugland succeeds in changing the
convention rules to strip the nomination from Trump if he has more than 1,237 delegates,
all Hell will break loose. Some speculate that Trump will have in excess of 1,400
delegates as the convention opens. Whether Haugland plans to lock 200 of them in the
bathroom for the first round of voting remains to be seen.) [89412, 89413, 89414]
Donald Trump’s family continues to receive death threats. NYPost.com reports, “A letter
that contained white powder and a threatening message was sent to the Central Park
South home of Donald Trump’s son on Thursday. The envelope with a Massachusetts
postmark was addressed to Eric Trump, 32, at his apartment in the Trump Parc East,
according to sources. The letter contained a threatening message that implied that Donald
Trump’s children would be hurt if the GOP candidate did not withdraw from the
presidential race… Eric’s wife, Lara Yunaska, opened the envelope and white powder
fell out, prompting police, fire crews and the FBI to respond. It was not clear what the
powder was.” Trump’s sister, federal appeals court Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, also
receives a threatening letter. [89417, 89418, 89459, 89460]
U.S. District Court Judge Jill Parrish dismisses a lawsuit challenging Ted Cruz’s
eligibility to run for president because he is not a natural born citizen, claiming the
plaintiff, Walter Wagner, does not have a “particularized and personalized concrete
injury.” Parrish also declares that Cruz is a U.S. citizen—which is irrelevant. (The issue
is whether he was born a natural born citizen. He was not.) [89462]
At NewsWithViews.com Florida homebuilder Thomas Ertl writes, “In this year’s
primaries, the Republican electorate is repudiating 40 years of Republican bipartisanship
in the economic and cultural dismantling of America. This revolt against the established
order is truly historic and it did not begin with Donald Trump, but Trump recognized
what was going on and positioned himself to represent this Movement in the current
presidential election race and, because he did, he is seeing his popularity soar. The people
see in him a leader who represents them, and who is quickly earning their trust because
he speaks their language and seems to have the track record and strength of personality to
bring them and their principles out of 40+ years of political wilderness. Especially with a
strong leader, this rebellion by the conservative rank and file has the potential to change
the political landscape for a very long time.” [89368]
“…The Republican Party is in the process of committing political suicide as it rejects the
people’s choice for president. If they are successful, the ramifications of their arrogance
will be felt for a generation. This may well involve the introduction of a new federal
conservative party to replace the dying husk of the 162-year-old GOP. Over the past four
decades, the Republican base has voted dutifully for the Party’s candidates and has sent
their sons off to fight Republican Neo-Con wars, and what have they got for it? Political
civil war by Party leadership that is willing to go great lengths to exploit these foot
soldiers of the party to advance their own interests. Amazing! The Republican
Establishment would prefer a Hillary Clinton presidency than Trump’s victory. That is
where their ideological loyalty lies. Trump, to his credit, is smoking out of the
Republican tent the Neo-Cons and liberals who really belong in the Democratic Party. As
he wins more races, the curtain will be pulled back further on the Party bosses.” [89368]
According to Newsmax.com, “More than $63 million has been spent on advertising on
radio and television blasting Donald Trump since the Republican front-runner won the
New Hampshire primary in February—nine times what was doled out beforehand.”
The media take note of a September 2014 interview in which Hillary Clinton said, “Every
time I went to countries, like China or Russia, I mean [sic], we couldn’t take our
computers, we couldn’t take our, you know, personal devices, we couldn’t take anything
off the plane, because they’re [foreign government hackers are] so good. They would
penetrate them in a minute—less, a nanosecond. Uh, so we would take the batteries out,
we’d leave them, on the plane…” (Clinton clearly understood the risks of hacking, yet
nevertheless used an unsecured private home server for her work-related emails.
Clinton’s public statements on the issue are certainly being documented by the FBI.)
[89370, 89371, 89395]
Obama takes time out from his ESPN viewing to select his 2016 NCAA basketball picks.
He believes Kansas will win the title. [89372, 89373]
CNN.com reports that Marcelas Owens, the chubby, 11-year old black boy who stood at
Obama’s side as he signed ObamaCare into law in 2010, is now a 17-year-old
transgender: “After years of questions, she is starting to tell family and friends what she
has long known: Though born male, she’s long identified as a female. ‘I’m going through
a reinvention process,’ she says. ‘I’m growing into adulthood. I’m not the Obamacare kid
anymore.’” [89485]
DCWhispers.com writes, “Here is a portion of the Cruz-related statement from Mitt
Romney. See if you can read between the lines and see what Mr. Romney is actually
saying here: ‘The only path that remains to nominate a Republican rather than Mr. Trump
is to have an open convention. At this stage, the only way we can reach an open
convention is for Senator Cruz to be successful in as many of the remaining nominating
elections as possible. I like Governor John Kasich. I have campaigned with him. He has a
solid record as governor. I would have voted for him in Ohio. But a vote for Governor
Kasich in future contests makes it extremely likely that Trumpism would prevail. I will
vote for Senator Cruz and I encourage others to do so as well, so that we can have an
open convention and nominate a Republican.’” [89375]
“Romney goes out of his way to NOT give an endorsement of Ted Cruz, but rather admit
he’s merely using Cruz as a stop-gap against Trump to try and ensure a contested and
then a brokered, Republican convention where ‘a Republican’ can be the party’s
nominee. Mitt Romney has no intention of seeing Ted Cruz be that nominee. This leads
to yet another troubling question, one that has been repeated here on several occasions of
late: Why is Ted Cruz so willing to be a pawn in the Republican Establishment’s war on
Donald Trump? Within the last 24 hours, Cruz has received an endorsement and promises
to help fund raise from [Senator] Lindsey Graham [R-SC] and now a declaration from
Mitt Romney that Cruz will be used by Romney to defeat Trump at the convention.”
“…[Romney] showed up in Ohio to publicly support John Kasich, knowing Kasich was
likely to win that state’s primary as it is the same state Kasich is governor of. Then
Romney makes another show of support for a different candidate in Utah, one of but a
very few state primary/caucus elections Trump is likely not to win. Mitt Romney wants
to be seen as a winner heading into the Republican convention, a convention he want’s
[sic; wants] to ensure is contested and then brokered whereby Donald Trump’s delegates
and the millions of votes those delegates represent, are wiped out. Is the picture becoming
more clear?” [89375]
Author and long-time political consultant Roger Stone writes at LewRockwell.com,
“Despite his historic run in the primaries, [Donald] Trump will never, repeat never, get
the nomination if this bunch [of Republican Party elites] can stop him. Forget about them
conceding Trump the victory once he gets to the magic 1,237 (Fifty percent of the
available delegates). They’ve cooked up a strategy to be employed at all costs to steal
delegates from Trump so that he’ll fall below 1,237 on the first ballot, and then, before
the second ballot to present one of their group (Mitt Romney, call your office) as the
Savior of the Grand Old Party. While each state’s individual law governs, most delegates
are not bound to the candidate that brought them once the first ballot is over. Stall Trump
on the first ballot and the Bush-Romney-Rubio-Kasich-Ryan-McConnell combine can go
really to work. Cleveland, ladies, and gentlemen, won’t be for the faint of heart.” [89376]
“The insiders have poured over the rules of the Republican Party (well, heck, they
WROTE those rules in the first place) and they have found a way to lie, cheat and steal
Trump out of enough delegates to force a second ballot. Here is how they plan to do it:
Rule 16 (d). This byzantine concoction of legalese, simply put, says that nobody can be a
delegate if he is from a state where voters who are not registered Republicans can vote in
the Republican primary. Like Massachusetts, where Trump got 22 delegates. Not like
New Hampshire, where Democrats and Independents can officially re-register as
Republicans going into the polling booth, vote on a Republican ballot, and re-register as a
Dem on their way out, all on the same day. But like Arkansas, where Trump racked up 16
delegates. Let me put it another way: in New Hampshire, Republican primary ballots are
only given to registered Republicans, even if the voter registered as a Republican exactly
7-1/2 seconds before getting the ballot and switched back to Democrat 12 seconds after
he voted Republican. The point is the voter was an official Republican when he got the
ballot and voted. Other states omit this nicety and just ask voters which ballot they want
when they walk in, regardless of their registration. The GOP bigwigs plan on challenging
Trump’s delegates from those states.” [89376]
“But all is not lost to The Donald’s cause—far from it. If he is close to the magic number
on the first ballot he has the Vice Presidential nomination to barter with on the second.
Widespread voter fraud in Texas and Oklahoma and the structure of the ballot in Ohio
could sustain challenges before the entire convention to the seating of those delegations.
After all, this is precisely how Dwight D. Eisenhower wrested the nomination from Bob
Taft in 1952. But make no mistake: the Big Steal is ON.” [89376]
Stone’s arguments are valid. But the Cruz supporters naively believe they can stop Trump
from accumulating the 1,237 delegates needed to win the nomination so that Cruz can
somehow miraculously win the nomination on the second or third ballot. That is
preposterous. The Republican establishment is using Cruz to block Trump, and if and
after he does that he will be discarded like a piece of used facial tissue. The goal of the
elites is to stop Trump, and then wheel and deal with threats (withdrawal of party support
in the fall campaign) and bribes (ambassador positions, etc.) to give the nomination to
Mitt Romney. Romney then selects South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley or New
Mexico Governor Susana Martinez as his running mate, in an effort to “broaden the base”
and attract female and Hispanic votes.
Trump cannot afford to enter the convention with only a few delegates more than the
1,237 he needs. If that happens, the rules committee will come up with a way (such as
Roger Stone describes) to get Trump’s total delegate count under the magic number. If
Trump is intelligent enough to know the long knives will be out to get him, and if Cruz
can figure out that he is being used, the two should join forces. Ahead of the convention,
Trump can offer Cruz the vice presidential spot, and Cruz can release his delegates to
Trump. The combined total puts Trump so far ahead of 1,237 that he cannot be denied the
nomination. Trump supporters will be satisfied. Cruz supporters will be less satisfied, but
at least not left out in the cold. The only losers are in the Republican establishment—who
have earned that loss.
Mitt Romney writes on Facebook, “This week, in the Utah nominating caucus, I will vote
for Senator Ted Cruz. Today, there is a contest between Trumpism and Republicanism.
Through the calculated statements of its leader, Trumpism has become associated with
racism, misogyny, bigotry, xenophobia, vulgarity and, most recently, threats and
violence. I am repulsed by each and every one of these. The only path that remains to
nominate a Republican rather than Mr. Trump is to have an open convention. At this
stage, the only way we can reach an open convention is for Senator Cruz to be successful
in as many of the remaining nominating elections as possible. I like Governor [John]
John Kasich. I have campaigned with him. He has a solid record as governor. I would
have voted for him in Ohio. But a vote for Governor Kasich in future contests makes it
extremely likely that Trumpism would prevail. I will vote for Senator Cruz and I
encourage others to do so as well, so that we can have an open convention and nominate
a Republican.” [89423]
Romney is not endorsing Cruz; he is merely voting for him in his home state of Utah in
an effort to stop Donald Trump. Romney has no use for Cruz other than preventing
Trump from winning 1,237 delegates. After the last primary election, Romney will have
no use for Cruz and will discard him like a company bought and destroyed by Bain
Capital. (Whether Cruz understands he is being used by the establishment is not clear—
but it will be clear to him if the nomination is somehow given to Romney. Those who
believe Cruz is anti-establishment should stop to ask why members of the establishment
would now urge people to vote for him. If one believes both Trump and Cruz are antiestablishment, it makes more sense to support the frontrunner the establishment fears,
rather than the second-place candidate the establishment hates.) [89423]
At Investor’s Business Daily Stephen Moore writes, “If Donald Trump wins the
Republican nomination, which looks probable—though I’m still hopeful Ted Cruz can
catch him—he will have reshuffled the deck in a way no one has since Ronald Reagan
transformed the GOP into a conservative party. Trump is remaking the GOP into a
populist/reform party of working class/evangelical and entrepreneurial class voters. He is
completing what Ross Perot tried to build in 1992 with his Reform Party. For the
Washington Republican establishment this is a disaster, much worse than the election of
Barack Obama. Because they’re the first people who’ll get run out of town and find out
what it’s like to lose their jobs to an alien.” [89486]
“…Meanwhile, the Super PACs keep raiding their millionaire and billionaire checkwriters for more tens of millions of dollars in TV ads denouncing Trump. Can anyone
imagine Democrats doing that to Hillary Clinton? Bernie Sanders practically genuflects
in front of her. If Republicans had spent their $100 million roughing up Clinton rather
than Trump, the GOP would be in much better shape and the ‘Trump can’t win’ mantra,
already dubious, would be all the less convincing. Instead, the Republican intelligentsia is
thumbing its nose at Trump and even making the banal argument that Hillary in the
White House would be better.” [89486]
“Huh? This is the Hillary Clinton who wants to raise tax rates to 50% or more; favors
abortion on demand with no exceptions; wants trillions for new spending and debt; would
shut down America’s oil, gas and coal production; will double down on ObamaCare; and
was the architect of the disastrous foreign policy of leading from behind. Other than that,
she’s conservative enough.” [89846]
“…[A]fter two decades of chasing after blue-collar Reagan Democrats, the GOP finally
has a candidate who lures them into the party—only to treat them as outsiders, lowinformation voters and even racists. What bothers me most is that Republicans don’t
seem to be learning anything from Trumpism. …On these pages I’ve criticized Trump’s
Fortress America position on immigration and trade. But this year at least, the voters
don’t agree with me. They do want the [border] wall. They do want to get tough with
China. They do think foreign goods are taking American jobs. They do want to keep out
Muslims. They do want a balanced budget and an end to foreign aid. And they won’t be
intimidated by the thug tactics of the left” [89486]
“If Trump wins the nomination and then the election, he will do so by forging a new
coalition of voters. He will lose many highbrow Republicans, but he will gain millions of
independents and blue-collar Democrats—commonsense workers who’ve been crushed
by Obama’s anti-business policies. They would be a coalition of voters who want to put
America first. And maybe it’s about time.” [89486]
According to a March 16-17 national Rasmussen survey of likely Republican primary
voters, Donald Trump leads Ted Cruz 43-28 percent; John Kasich trails with 21 percent;
87 percent believe Trump is likely to win the nomination. [89385, 89386, 89420]
MRCTV.org reports, “U.S. Customs and Border Protection apprehended a passenger
traveling into the United States from Vietnam at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in
Houston Thursday for carrying 55 dead seahorses in his luggage. Because, as everyone
clearly knows, federal law limits the number of seahorses that can be carried by a single
person to four. …And even as Americans rest easily knowing they are safe from the
dangers of too many imported ocean animals, …Obama’s Immigration and Customs
Enforcement (ICE) also released 30,558 criminal aliens already convicted of a collective
92,347 crimes back into American communities in 2014. Only three percent had been
deported as of July 2015. It’s not yet known whether illegal alien seahorses brought to the
United States against their will are granted adequate legal representation.” [89387]
At the delusional NationalReview.com a delusional David Harsanyi declares, “The GOP
Should Steal the Nomination from Trump.” The democracy-hating columnist writes,
“Voters don’t decide the nominations; delegates do—preferably in smoke-filled rooms
where rational decisions about the future of a party can be hashed out. The Republican
party is not a direct democracy. It crafts its own rules, and it can change them.” Harsanyi
even suggests a third-party candidate to “help sink Trump and elect Hillary Clinton.
Electing a weakened and corrupt Democrat that Republicans would unite against in
Congress is a far better reality than allowing a charlatan to hollow out a party from
within.” [89389]
Police clash with leftist protesters outside a Donald Trump campaign event in Salt Lake
City, Utah. At the event, Trump again brings up Ted Cruz and the natural born citizen.
Trump asks, “Is he really a natural born Citizen? He’s got a lot of problems. …He was
born in Canada, lived there for four years. He was a citizen of Canada [until] 15 or 16
months ago… Can you believe it? He became a United States Senator, and then he said,
‘I didn’t know I was a citizen of Canada.’ Lyin’ Ted, lyin’ Ted. He didn’t know. He was
a joint [dual citizen]; he was U.S. and he was Canada. And, you know, that’s not the way
it’s supposed to work; you’re supposed to be born, like here, here, here…” [89419]
In Rogers v. Bellei (1971) the Supreme Court wrote, “Citizenship by birth is established
by the mere fact of birth under the circumstances defined in the Constitution. Every
person born in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof becomes at once a
citizen of the United States, and needs no naturalization. A person born out of the
jurisdiction of the United States can only become a citizen by being naturalized, either by
treaty, as in the case of the annexation of foreign territory; or by authority of Congress,
exercised either by declaring certain classes of persons to be citizens, as in the
enactments conferring citizenship upon foreign-born children of citizens, or by enabling
foreigners individually to become citizens by proceedings in the judicial tribunals, as in
the ordinary provisions of the naturalization acts.” Ted Cruz was “born out of the
jurisdiction of the United States” and therefore “can only become a citizen by being
naturalized…” Thus, he cannot be considered a natural born citizen and cannot legally
serve as president. [89991, 89992]
In United States v. Wong Kim Ark, the Court wrote, “The Fourteenth Amendment of the
Constitution …contemplates two sources of citizenship, and two only: birth and
naturalization. Citizenship by naturalization can only be acquired by naturalization under
the authority and in the forms of law. But citizenship by birth is established by the mere
fact of birth under the circumstances defined in the Constitution. Every person born in the
United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof becomes at once a citizen of the
United States, and needs no naturalization. A person born out of the jurisdiction of the
United States can only become a citizen by being naturalized, either by treaty, as in the
case of the annexation of foreign territory; or by authority of Congress, exercised either
by declaring certain classes of persons to be citizens, as in the enactments conferring
citizenship upon foreign-born children of citizens, or by enabling foreigners individually
to become citizens by proceedings in the judicial tribunals, as in the ordinary provisions
of the naturalization acts.” Ted Cruz can only be considered a naturalized citizen, not a
natural born citizen. [89991, 89992]
On March 19 two U.S. citizens and three others are killed in a suicide bombing in
Istanbul, Turkey. As usual, the Obama administration issues a meaningless statement:
“The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s terrorist attack in
Istanbul, Turkey. Two American citizens were among those killed in this heinous attack.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and loved ones of those killed, and we
wish a speedy recovery to those injured.” [89439, 89446, 89447]
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) writes, “On Sunday [March 20], …Obama will touch down
in Cuba for what promises to be one of the most disgraceful trips ever taken by a U.S.
president anywhere in the world. This is an Obama presidential trip whose ultimate
results will be giving away legitimacy and money to an anti-American regime that
actively undermines our national security interests and acts against our values every
single day. …Obama’s entourage will sleep in hotels controlled by the Cuban military
that were confiscated by the regime and are among the $7 billion in unpaid legal claims
owed to American property owners. When …Obama arrives in Havana on Sunday, he
will visit Catholic Church sights and church officials, yet he’s inexplicably expected to
skip St. Rita Church, where the Ladies In White have shed much blood and received
routine beatings at the hands of the Castro regime for simply demanding their loved ones’
freedom.” [89489]
“On Monday, …Obama will showcase the most damaging part of his Cuba policy: the
lawless, one-sided weakening of the LIBERTAD Act that seeks to enrich American
businesses and the Castro regime’s police state, without any concessions from Cuba that
lead to greater freedoms for the Cuban people. The Obama-Castro state dinner promises
to be another low point of this visit, one that I fully expect will be attended by some of
the Castro regime’s biggest low-lifes who will seek to exploit this opportunity to mock
this president, his administration and the American people.” [89489]
“On Tuesday, the irony should not be lost on anyone that …Obama will be giving a
speech at yet another property confiscated by the Castro regime. …Obama’s decision to
end his trip at a baseball game is a fitting symbol of this trip and of his entire Cuba
policy: he thinks this is a game. What’s not a game is the repression, intimidation and
exploitation Cuba’s baseball players face and that has led to many of them defecting the
first chance they get, and that would probably lead some of them, should they be able to
meet and speak freely with …Obama, to ask him directly for asylum and a flight to
freedom on Air Force One.” [89489]
As a whole, …Obama’s trip to Cuba and his policy of one-sided concessions to this
regime are as naïve as his world view and as misguided as his foreign policy affecting
other parts of the world. America should be standing with our allies and democracy
advocates around the world, not embracing, enriching and empowering our enemies, the
way …Obama is about to do in Cuba.” [89489]
A few dozen leftist demonstrators block a major road leading to a Donald Trump rally in
Arizona. Some protesters chant, “What do we want? Dead Trump!” and “Get this clown
out of our town.” (The event goes on as scheduled, and three protesters are arrested.)
[89421, 89427, 89428, 89435, 89442, 89451, 89456, 89457, 89458, 89482, 89502,
Speaking at the Trump rally is Mary Ann Mendoza, whose police sergeant son Brandon
Mendoza was murdered by a drunken illegal immigrant driving the wrong way on a
freeway. Breitbart.com notes, “Although the alien had been convicted of previous crimes,
he had not been deported.” Mrs. Mendoza Breitbart News that Trump is “the first person
that I ever felt gave a damn about what’s happening to us,” while Ted Cruz is “not
steadfast in his word. When you have big money backing you and you want the
presidency as bad as he does, you’re obviously going to do what you need to do in order
to made good on your promises to the people who backed you and made it possible for
you to get into the office. Big money is backing Cruz, and he’s going to become a puppet
to those people directing him [to do] what they want.” [89430]
Mendoza continues, “…We need somebody who is going to stand solid in their stance on
closing the borders. It’s time for somebody to stand up to Americans and make sure that
our voices are heard first; we’re the people who have lived here, worked here, and paid
our taxes all of our lives. Donald Trump is the only one who’s talked about this at his
rallies. Every time he gets an opportunity, he talks about the fact that this has affected us.
And it’s not just losing lives. It’s losing jobs, [and] the debt that our country is going into
because we’re supporting all of these illegals. We finally have somebody who has
listened and who has actually voiced it. …Some of these other candidates are so afraid to
even talk about stopping illegal immigration. Who are they afraid of offending? The
illegals?” [89430]
“…I’ve had nobody; none of my senators in my state have reached out to me. None. And
this was a very high profile killing; it was on the news for two weeks here. …None of my
senators have reached out to me. None of the representatives have. Nobody has. …So
when Donald Trump came through [Arizona] and actually invited me to speak at his
rally, and I was able to meet with him, that’s the first person that I ever felt gave a damn
about what’s happening to us. …In the beginning, I believed the things [Cruz] was
saying, but as time has gone on and he’s done an about-face depending on the crowd he is
speaking to, it made me realize that he’s not somebody I can trust. …And [John] Kasich
talking about approving amnesty within the first 100 days in office. I’m not interested in
anybody who’s willing to put American lives at risk. I’m not interested in voting for
anybody like that.” [89430]
Bernie Sanders tweets, “The idea that a mother is living here and her children are living
on the other side of a nation’s border is wrong and immoral.” (Sanders is correct. The
mother committed a wrong and immoral act by deserting her children.) [89440]
WashingtonExaminer.com writes, “The largest U.S. Border Patrol union local is praising
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for being the ‘only candidate’ to
support their tough mission, an almost endorsement that is the latest boost for the front
runner's campaign. ‘Mr. Trump is the only candidate that has publicly expressed his
support of our mission and our agents. He has been an outspoken candidate on the need
for a Secure Border and for this we are grateful,’ said a statement from Art Del Cueto,
president of Local 2544 of the National Border Patrol Council, the representative of
18,000 agents.” [89425, 89426]
In New York City, a few hundred leftist protesters demonstrate near Trump buildings.
(Organizers had hoped for thousands of protesters.) [89433, 89434, 89451, 89480, 89481,
Reverend Franklin Graham writes on Facebook, “Trump Madness—It’s ‘trumping’
everything in the news, even March Madness. Do you believe protesters blocking the
road to his rally to stop people from getting there today? There are those who
passionately support him and others who are adamantly against him. He’s a political
phenomenon like our country hasn’t seen before. I don’t think America has ever had a
presidential candidate opposed by both establishments, Republican and Democratic, as
well as the sitting president. I just hope that as a result of this unforgettable campaign
season, politicians on all sides will get the message loud and clear that Americans are
tired of the status quo and the corruption that has gripped Washington. Join me in praying
for the 2016 elections and for the future of this nation.” [89500]
DCWhispers.com writes, “Not only is Donald Trump winning in some of the largest
delegate prize states in the nation, he’s winning big. REAL BIG. First up is the New
York primary on April 19th with 95 total delegates up for grabs. Trump leads in New
York by nearly 45 points according to the Real Clear Politics polling average. This more
than substantial lead in the GOP primary is also sounding alarms within Democrat
circles. It appears that for the first time in a generation, (if Trump is the Republican
nominee) Democrats will actually have to spend campaign dollars defending New York
in the General Election. Mr. Trump is apparently pulling a lot of blue-collar New York
voters to his campaign—a remnant of what was known as ‘Reagan Democrats.;” [89429]
“Next is the primary in Pennsylvania on April 26th, also a critical General Election
battleground state that offers up 71 total delegates. Mr. Trump currently leads
Pennsylvania by an impressive 22-point margin, and like New York, much of that
support is blue collar Republicans and Democrats who appear increasingly willing to vote
for Trump. Then comes the mega-delegate rich state of California on June 7th.
Statistically, Trump might very well have the majority delegate count locked up some
time in May, but should his current support figures hold, California appears ready to push
him over the top if need be with its 172 total delegates. Mr. Trump currently has an 11point lead in that state. The above lays out the very scenario the Republican
Establishment is currently so concerned about and is going so far as push for a change of
the convention rules in an attempt to divert delegates away from Trump to ensure a
brokered convention, a move Mr. Trump rightfully warned would upset a whole lot of
Republican primary voters.” [89429]
In a Y2 Analytics survey in Utah, Ted Cruz predictably finishes in first place with 53
percent. He is followed by John Kasich (29 percent) and Donald Trump (11). If Cruz
wins at least 50 percent in the March 22 caucuses he will be given all 40 delegates.
(Some consider the Y2 Analytics poll flawed and doubt that Cruz will hit 50 percent. If
Cruz falls below 50 percent but still comes in first place, Trump and John Kasich will
win shares of the delegates—provided they reach the 15 percent level.) [89471, 89487,
According to WashingtonExaminer.com, Donald Trump will meet with a few dozen
Republican members of Congress while in the nation’s capital to address the American
Israeli Public Affairs Council (AIPAC) conference. Trump campaign manager Corey
Lewandowski states, “Mr. Trump is continuing his outreach to Washington and there has
been an overwhelming positive response.” (Some leftist rabbis and Jewish activists plan
to walk out of the event when Trump speaks, or perhaps cause a disruption.) [89438,
89441, 89464, 89468]
NYTimes.com reports, “Republican leaders adamantly opposed to Donald J. Trump’s
candidacy are preparing a 100-day campaign to deny him the presidential nomination,
starting with an aggressive battle in Wisconsin’s April 5 primary and extending into the
summer, with a delegate-by-delegate lobbying effort that would cast Mr. Trump as a
calamitous choice for the general election. Recognizing that Mr. Trump has seized a
formidable advantage in the race, they say that an effort to block him would rely on an
array of desperation measures, the political equivalent of guerrilla fighting. There is no
longer room for error or delay, the anti-Trump forces say, and without a flawlessly
executed plan of attack, he could well become unstoppable.” [89466, 89467]
“But should that effort falter, leading conservatives are prepared to field an independent
candidate in the general election, to defend Republican principles and offer traditional
conservatives an alternative to Mr. Trump’s hard-edged populism. They described their
plans in interviews after Mr. Trump’s victories last Tuesday in Florida and three other
states. The names of a few well-known conservatives have been offered up in recent days
as potential third-party standard-bearers, and William Kristol, editor of The Weekly
Standard, has circulated a memo to a small number of conservative allies detailing the
process by which an independent candidate could get on general-election ballots across
the country. Among the recruits under discussion are Tom Coburn, a former Oklahoma
senator who has told associates that he would be open to running, and Rick Perry, the
former Texas governor who was suggested as a possible third-party candidate at a
meeting of conservative activists on Thursday in Washington.” [89466, 89467]
On Justice with Judge Jeanine, actor Scott Baio endorses Donald Trump. Baio says, “He
speaks like I speak, he communicates with people very well. I want him, as any one
person can do, to go into Washington and blow it up. They’re [the Democrats are] going
to attack whomever the Republican nominee is, and we need somebody to relentlessly,
relentlessly attack Hillary. It’s the only way we’re going to win. I’m trying to be a classy
guy, but to win elections nowadays, the Democrats and liberals attack viciously.
…Conservatives want you to live your life, liberals want you to live their life.” [89455,
On March 20 Ohio Governor John Kasich says on Face the Nation, “Frankly they
[Senate Republicans] probably ought to all sit down and meet with the guy [Obama
Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland]. …Whoever gets elected president should be
in a position to be able to pick, you know, who they want and the American people will
either decide by voting for a Republican or Democrat what the makeup of the court is.”
Kasich even suggests that if he were elected president he would consider Garland for the
Supreme Court: “Well, [Garland] received, you know, overwhelming support. I think
even from Senator [Orrin] Hatch [R-UT], so of course we’d think about it. The way we’d
do it… is we look at a person’s record. I want a conservative who’s not going to make the
law, but interpret the law. And somebody of high standing.” Remarkably, Kasich adds, “I
don’t care about their peccadilloes from thirty years ago.” (Garland has opposed Second
Amendment rights—a position which should hardly be considered a “peccadillo.”
Further, his position was not “decades ago.” Kasich later claims he was only being
“polite” with his comments about Garland.) [89437, 89452, 89478, 89504, 89504, 89556]
Also on Face the Nation, members of a Florida focus group respond to a video clip of
CBS’ Scott Pelley interviewing Hillary Clinton: “You could turn off the sound and still
see on her face that she was lying. She was the worst liar I think I’ve ever seen in my
life.” “She lied about lying.” [89493, 89494]
On ABC’s This Week, Donald Trump observes, “We do have some people that [sic; who]
have never voted before [supporting Trump]. I don’t know what’s going to happen [if
Trump is robbed of the nomination by rule changes]. You’ll have a lot of very unhappy
people. I think for the Republicans to disenfranchise all those people—if that happens,
they’re not voting. And the Republicans lose. …You know, look, these people are
fervent. They want to see positive things happen for our country. I would certainly say
that. I don’t want to see riots. I don’t want to see problems.” [89463]
On Fox News Sunday, John Kasich says, “I think we need to finish the border [wall], and
once it’s finished, people cannot sneak in. They shouldn’t sneak in now. They’ve got
to… be sent home. We should have a guest worker program. And for the 11.5 million
[it’s probably closer to 20 million] who are here illegally, if they’ve not committed a
crime since they’ve been here, I would give them a path to legalization where they pay a
fine, back taxes, delay in any kind of benefits they get. I think is a reasonable approach,
but not a path to citizenship.” (It is impossible to collect back taxes from illegal
immigrants because they have been working illegally with stolen Social Security
numbers or for cash “under the table.” The IRS would not be able to calculate taxes owed
because it would be impossible to determine how much income had been earned. Kasich
is either lying or he is an idiot.) [89509]
“My position has not changed. The idea that we’re going to go into communities and
yank people out of their homes and leave their kids on the porch crying, that’s not what
we’re going to do. That’s, that’s just, that’s more promises that will never happen, and
the people will become more cynical. I don’t make promises, by and large, that I can’t
keep. I try to keep what I say. And I, I’m not [sic: I have not] deviated from this position
at all.” (Like Obama, Kasich makes the false argument that there are only two options:
legalizing illegal immigrants or deporting all of them. Another option is to do neither: do
not make any effort to deport 10-20 million people, but do not give them legal status
either. Let them “live in the shadows” for the rest of their lives in the United States,
always afraid that an immigrations officer is watching their every move. Further, it is
absurd to claim that children would be “left crying on porches.” Any illegal immigrant
who commits a crime and is ordered deported could most certainly be allowed to take his
entire family with him.) [89509]
On Meet the Press, Kasich says, “Let me tell you, they [illegal immigrants]… can have a
path to legalization and not citizenship. And any other position than that just isn’t going
to work… I hate to tell you that. It isn’t going to work.” Kasich insists his plan is not
amnesty but, of course, it is. If legal status is given to people who entered the United
States illegally, they have not been held accountable for their crime. That is the definition
of amnesty: overlooking or forgetting (“amnesia”) a crime or wrongdoing. (Further, it is
naïve to believe that at some future point the government would not consider granting
citizenship and therefore voting rights to millions of illegal immigrants who had been
granted legal status. It is absurd to think that the first step would not eventually be
followed by the second.) [89509]
David Catanese writes at USNews.com, “[I]n interviews with U.S. News, many RNC
[Republican National Committee] members conveyed they were keenly aware that drastic
eleventh-hour changes to party statute that threatened to undermine the will of the voters
would never be broadly acceptable, and conversely, could inflict long-term damage on
the GOP. ‘It’s still important to them that the perception is that the process is fair,’ says
Peter Feaman, a Republican National Committeeman from Florida. ‘Otherwise they
know it’s bad for the party.’” (Apparently the process does not have to be fair; it merely
has to be perceived as fair.) “Nonetheless, the RNC rules meeting that convenes on the
eve of the Cleveland convention is setting up to be a high-stakes event that will establish
the guidelines for how a contested nominating process would proceed, if Trump is denied
the 1,237 delegates he needs to win on the first ballot.” [90141]
PoliticalWave.org notes that in May 2008 Ted Cruz went to work for the leftist law firm
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. Between 2007 and 2008, 94 percent of the firm’s $551,000 in
campaign contributions went to Democrats. About $190,000 went to Obama. In July
2009 Cruz represented the Texas Retired Teachers’ Association in demanding more
money from Obama’s stimulus legislation. Cruz once fought against a small American
business, Tire Engineering and Distribution L.L.C., by representing the Chinese firm
Shandong Linglong—which was found guilty of stealing blueprints and forced to pay $26
million in damages. In December 2011 Cruz represented pharmaceutical company B.
Braun in a case involved an insufficiently tested drug called Pentaspan. [89809, 90026]
MarineCorpsTimes.com reports, “The U.S. is sending a detachment of Marines to Iraq
following a deadly attack on a coalition base in northern Iraq that left one Marine dead
and eight more injured. The Marines and sailors headed to Iraq are with the 26th Marine
Expeditionary Unit, according to the U.S. task force running the war against the Islamic
State group. The detachment will augment Marines and sailors already fighting ISIS… It
is not immediately clear how many Marines and sailors from the 26th MEU are
deploying to Iraq or whether they are replacing any of the Marines injured in Saturday’s
rocket attack.” [89495]
Obama visits Cuba. He is joined by his wife, daughters, mother-in-law, and several dozen
members of Congress—including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and five
Republicans: Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Senator Dean Heller (R-NV), Congressman
Tom Emmer (R-MN), Congressman Reid Ribble (R-WI), and Congressman Mark
Sanford (R-SC). Neither Fidel nor Raul Castro greet Obama at the airport, which most
will see as a major sign of disrespect—along with the rounding up of “Ladies in White”
dissidents earlier in the day. Among those arrested is the group’s leader, Berta Soler, who
addresses Obama via AFP: “You said you would not come here unless there had been
advances in human rights—and that hasn’t happened.” [89453, 89454, 89469, 89472,
89473, 89489, 89490, 89505, 89507, 89685, 89686]
While Obama plays nice with Cuba and expands tourism to give the communist island
nation millions of additional dollars, Cuba has given the United States nothing in return
for those relaxed relations. It still protects, for example, four fugitives whose gangs were
responsible for the killing of 17 police officers in the United States: Assata Shakur
(Joanne Chesimard, the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army killer of New
Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster); Charles Hill (plane hijacker and killer of New
Mexico State Police Officer Robert Rosenbloom); William Guillermo Morales (an
explosives expert and bomb maker for FALN (Fuerzas Armadas Liberacion Nacional);
and Victor Manuel Gerena (a member of the Los Macheteros gang). [89473, 89474,
89475, 89476, 89477]
Dr. Rich Swier posts a list of 187 leftist or leftist-leaning groups and organizations “that,
in recent years, have received direct funding and assistance from George Soros and his
Open Society Institute. [89484]
Jim Hoft reports at TheGatewayPundit.com, “Only three protesters were arrested [for
blocking a highway leading to the Trump rally in Arizona]. …The lead protester who
chained her neck to a pickup truck was Jacinta Gonzalez from New Orleans. …Jacinta
shut down traffic for two hours in Arizona. Jacinta Gonzalez is a trained community
organizer and [George] Soros Fellow. Jacinta is from Mexico but lives in New Orleans.
…It’s not clear if she is an American citizen.” [89682, 89683]
BizPacReview.com reports, “A woman arrested for slapping a police horse in the face
during a protest last Saturday at the Donald Trump rally in Kansas City has been
identified as a hard-left activist and ‘one of the most vocal leaders’ of a radical
progressive group. April J. Foster, 29, was arrested on Friday and charged with abuse of a
police service animal after being identified by a caller to the Tips hotline, the Kansas City
Star reported. According to a police report, Foster first screamed in the horse’s face to
scare him and when that didn’t work, she hit the horse with her open hand. …The
Gateway Pundit reported that on her Instagram bio, Foster describes herself as a ‘worker,
writer, commie, feminist [and] trans[exual].’ She also appears to be a member of the
communist group, Progressive Youth Organization.” [89501]
Donald Trump announces he will provide a list of 5-10 judges he would consider for the
Supreme Court if he were elected president. [89497]
Newsmax.com reports, “U.S. Air Force General Lori Robinson has been selected as the
next head of the U.S. military's Northern Command, which would make her the first
woman to head a U.S. combatant command, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on
Friday. The position, which is subject to Senate confirmation, is one of the most senior in
the U.S. military and would make Robinson—who now leads U.S. air forces in the
Pacific—the top general overseeing activities in North America.” [89498]
Republicans schedule twice-weekly pro forma sessions over the two-week Senate Easter
recess to prevent Obama from making a recess appointment of Merrick Garland to the
Supreme Court. [89499]
On March 21, while in Cuba, Obama joins in a group photo taken in front of a building
that displays a huge portrait of revolutionary assassin Che Guevara. [89496]
At a joint news conference with Obama, Cuban dictator Raul Castro says, “This
cooperation is beneficial not only for Cuba and the United States but also for our
hemisphere at large. …The blockade stands as the most important obstacle to our
economic development and the well-being of the Cuban people. That’s why its removal
will be of the essence.” (There is no blockade; there has only been a U.S. trade embargo.
A blockade would mean the U.S. Navy forcefully preventing Cuba from engaging in
trade with other nations. Cuba has been free to trade with all nations other than the
United States. Its people are not destitute because they cannot buy American goods; they
are destitute because of the tyranny of communism.) Castro also calls for the United
States to void its 99-year lease and return the naval base at Guantanamo Bay to Cuba—
which Obama would eagerly do if he thought he could get away with it. [89517, 89523,
Obama says, “I bring with me the greetings and the friendship of the American people.
…Cuba is sovereign and rightly has great pride, and the future of Cuba will be decided
by Cubans, not by anybody else… [A]s you heard, President Castro has also addressed
what he views as shortcomings in the United States, and we welcome that constructive
dialogue as well. Because we believe that when we share our deepest beliefs and ideas
with an attitude of mutual respect, that we can both learn and make the lives of our
people better. …If we stay on this course, we can deliver a brighter future for both the
Cuban people and the American people.” [89517]
Asked about political prisoners, Castro replies, “The United States shouldn’t be immune
to criticism. Human rights issues should not be politicized… our stance on human rights
will not change. …What political prisoners? Give me a name. Give me a list. It’s not
right to ask me about political prisoners in general. Please give me the name of the
political prisoner, and with this, I think this is enough [questioning from the media].”
[89517, 89523]
Castro denigrates the United States, saying it lacks universal health care, equal pay for
women, and equal education for all. Obama—never one to turn down a chance to criticize
his own country—says, “I personally would not disagree with him.” [89705]
The eminently unqualified White House Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes
justifies Cuba’s detention of political prisoners, saying they broke Cuban criminal laws.
(Rhodes apparently believes it is acceptable to have laws against citizens criticizing their
government.) [89560]
The Department of Justice requests a motion to cancel a court hearing related to Apple’s
refusal to help the FBI “crack” the encryption on an iPhone used by the San Bernardino
terrorists. The implication is that the FBI may have figured out how to decipher the data
without the help of Apple. [89579]
Donald Trump names some of the members of his national security team: Senator Jeff
Session (R-AL), chairman; counter-terrorism expert Walid Phares, advisor to the House
of Representatives and an instructor at National Defense University; Carter Page,
managing partner of Global Energy Capital and former fellow at the Council on Foreign
Relations; George Papadopoulos, director of the international energy center at the
London Centre of International Law Practice and former research fellow at the Hudson
Institute; Joe Schmitz, former inspector general at the Department of Defense; General
Keith Kellogg, an executive vice president at Virginia-based CACI International, a
Virginia-based intelligence and information technology consulting firm with clients
around the world. [89503, 89571, 89728, 89737]
At a rally in Palm Beach, Florida, Trump says, “So …Obama landed in Cuba, and the
head of Cuba [President Raul Castro], who was there for the Pope and he was there for
other dignitaries that come in, but he wasn’t there for the president of the United States. I
mean, we are amateur hour, folks—amateur hour! And honestly, Obama should have
turned the plane around and left. No, he should have. He should have turned it around,
should have said bye-bye… we’ll see you in a couple of years, maybe a couple of
decades. …Number one, he has his people call up, say, ‘Who’s going to be greeting the
president?’ If they say nobody—you don’t go until somebody’s there because you don’t
want to look like a fool. Can you imagine if I were in that position and I landed and
nobody was there? They would say, Donald Trump must be incompetent to allow a thing
like this to happen.” (According to the Associated Press, “Obama was greeted by top
Cuban officials.”) [89508, 89520]
At Newsmax.com former Ronald Reagan budget director David Stockman writes, “It’s
actually pretty easy. At an apt moment very soon, Trump should offer Governor Kasich
the VP slot and Senator Cruz the vacant Supreme Court seat. Such a grand bargain would
not only clear the primary field and quash any backroom hijacking of the nomination by
the Washington GOP establishment; it would also permit each man to play his highest
and best role at this great inflection point in the nation’s history. That is, Donald Trump’s
job is to destroy the Republican/Neocon establishment and bring working class America
back into a modern version of a McKinley-style Republican Party. Ted Cruz’ task is to
spend a lifetime bringing strict constructionism back to the high court, thereby helping to
restore constitutional restraints on a leviathan state that fundamentally threatens personal
liberty and economic freedom and prosperity in America. And, yes, there really isn’t
much for a washed-out, me-too Republican pol like Kasich to do at all. Except to get out
of the way and exercise his apparent talent for preacherly uplift as America’s eulogist-inchief at foreign state funerals.” [89522]
Rush Limbaugh comments on the protests at Trump events: “They’re not Trump protests.
…Because Trump has an attitude about these protesters, and because he says he’s not
gonna [sic] tolerate it and because he doesn’t tolerate it, you have a bunch of people who,
because the Drive-Bys [the ‘drive-by media’] want you to think this—I mean, it’s
understandable. The Drive-Bys want you to think that it’s Trump [who is] responsible for
all this, that Trump and his very existence, Trump and his speeches, Trump and his rallies
are causing otherwise normal and sane people to lose their minds and start protesting and
shutting things down.” [89525]
“…We are in the midst of the official, long hoped for, long-awaited transformation of this
country from capitalism to socialism by the left and the Democrat Party. They’re not just
going to abide by the results of an election if they lose it. They’re not gonna [sic] sit by
and let this happen. And they never have. They have always used what is commonly
called public protest or dissent or what have you. What it’s become now borders on
criminal behavior. Let me give you an analogy to explain what I mean. Let’s take protests
at abortion clinics. Let’s say protests at Planned Parenthood. What are the rules for those?
Well, Planned Parenthood’s what? It’s a private company, whatever you want to call it,
organization. It’s private. It isn’t public. So anybody that wants to protest what goes on in
there cannot walk in and start harassing employees and start beating up employees. They
have to stay outside the building, in many cases they’re required by law to stay a few feet
away.” [89525]
“Imagine what you would do, imagine what Obama would do, imagine what anybody
would do if anti-abortion protesters stormed Planned Parenthood facilities, actually went
inside and started beating up people that work there and trashing the place. Do you think
anybody would say, ‘It’s the time-honored art of American dissent. Isn’t it wonderful?
Look at what these protesters are doing.’ No. It would properly be called criminal
behavior. There would be arrests, and the cops or anybody would go in there and kick
them out and get rid of them, forcibly remove them, as should be the case.” [89525]
“Well, it’s the same thing at a Trump rally or any of the other rallies. These are private
events. They are not rallies held by an American politician open to the public. They are
private rallies paid for by the candidates. They rent the arena. They have to provide
security. The Secret Service does not go into the crowd and keep order. The only thing
the Secret Service does is react to what they think might be a threat to the person that
they are assigned to protect. And in this case, it’s candidates. …And in no instance is a
protester allowed to come in there and do what they’ve been doing without being kicked
out and arrested. But that’s not how this is portrayed. This is portrayed as normal,
everyday American people protesting what they think is the dangerous Donald Trump.
These are purposefully planned and executed strategies to disrupt these events.” [89525]
“…These are not protests. These are provocations and riots in waiting. Shutting down a
highway as they did is not lawful. It’s not a protest. It’s not dissent. It is criminality, and
it needs to be dealt with as such. These are private events. Protests do not have the right
to enter and disrupt them. In no other circumstance would this be tolerated. You can
come up with any number of analogies in addition to the Planned Parenthood, but that is
probably a good one ’cause do you know how many people would tolerate something like
that? Zilch. Even on our side, zilch, zero, nada.” [89525]
About 40 cry-baby students at Emory University protest because someone wrote proDonald Trump messages on sidewalks with chalk. At the administration building, they
shout, “You are not listening! Come speak to us, we are in pain! It is our duty to fight for
our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and support each other. We
have nothing to lose but our chains.” One student whines, “I’m supposed to feel
comfortable and safe [here], but this man is being supported by students on our campus
and our administration shows that they, by their silence, support it as well… I don’t
deserve to feel afraid at my school.” University president James W. Wagner actually
takes time to meet with the students.” (The cost of being coddled and insulated from
reality at Emory University is as follows: tuition, $45,700; fees, $614; housing, $7,720;
food, $5,410; books, $1,224; travel and incidentals, $2,390. The school does not list the
cost of mental health care.) [89667, 89668, 89702, 89797, 89846, 89938, 90220]
Wagner says campus security camera footage will be reviewed to determine the identity
of the dastardly individuals who dared to write a name in chalk on campus sidewalks.
(The university apparently even has a chalk rule that declares “chalk cannot be on
columns or walls, it must be done on horizontal, ground surfaces and areas where rain
can easily wash it away. Failure to comply with these policies results in a clean up [sic;
clean-up] fee. Chalking also may only remain for 48 hours. After this time, another group
can chalk, if they reserve their chalking through 25Live [the school’s ‘reservation
service’].”) According to EmoryWheel.com, Wagner told protesters that if the culprits are
students, “they will go through the conduct violation process, while if they are from
outside of the University, trespassing charges will be pressed.” (Meanwhile, ISIS is
killing Christians in the Middle East and gang members are killing each other in Chicago,
Detroit, and Los Angeles.) [89667, 89846]
At TheAtlantic.com Conor Friedersdorf (who opposes Trump) writes, “Can you imagine
how campus progressives would have reacted if a university president threatened to have
someone punished or charged with trespassing for chalking ‘Obama 2012’ or ‘Bernie
2016’ on campus sidewalks? But these students see no need for viewpoint-neutral
standards about politicking in presidential elections. The shortsightedness of all involved
is staggering. Set aside the brazen illiberalism of their actions and briefly consider this
from a consequentialist perspective. …[I]f the sidewalk-chalker is unmasked and
punished, the effect will be to fuel the popularity of Trump 2016, not to undermine it.
This is so obvious to everyone outside the bubble of campus leftism that I begin to
wonder if activists at Emory don’t understand that, or just don’t actually care about
outcomes beyond their bubble.” [89846]
Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts signs legislation repealing an absurd regulation that
required 2,100 hours of training and a cosmetology license before one could braid hair.
State Senator Nicole Fox tells DailySignal.com, “For somebody who is a young single
female, potentially a young single mom, who doesn’t have a lot [of] resources and is
already struggling to make ends meet, cosmetology in the state of Nebraska is
expensive.” (Only 16 states allow hair-braiding without a license. The license
requirement is peddled as a “consumer safety” issue, but in reality is nothing more than a
regulation that keeps consumer prices high by protecting existing businesses from
competition.) [90106]
WashingtonPost.com reports, “Data provider IHS announced a $13 billion merger
Monday that would make it the latest U.S. company to move its headquarters overseas,
where it would face lower taxes. Colorado-based IHS is merging with the smaller
London-based Markit in what is known as an ‘inversion,’ in which U.S. companies are
bought by or merge with foreign firms to reduce U.S. corporate tax burdens. The new
combined company, IHS Markit, would be based in London and have a corporate tax rate
in the low-to-mid-20-percent range. That is far lower than the 35 percent corporate tax
rate in the United States. IHS said some key operations would remain in Colorado.”
ThePosteEmail.com posts a letter from an “Army brat”: “I was born overseas while my
father was in the Army. Both my parents are natural born. I am not. When I joined the
military in 1974 I had to apply for a Naturalization Certificate. I would have had to have
done so a year later anyway when I would have turned 18 if the law requiring me to do so
had not been repealed that year. I had to provide my birth certificate and my form FS-240
Report of Birth. I am a Naturalized citizen and at best that is all Ted Cruz is.” [89533,
89534, 89535]
From FS-240 Report of Birth is the Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA). According
to the State Department, “A child born abroad to a U.S. citizen parent or parents may
[emphasis added] acquire U.S. citizenship at birth if certain statutory requirements are
met. The child’s parents should contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate to apply
for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad of a Citizen of the United States of America
(CRBA) to document that the child is a U.S. citizen. If the U.S. embassy or consulate
determines that the child acquired U.S. citizenship at birth, a consular officer will
approve the CRBA application and the Department of State will issue a CRBA, also
called a Form FS-240, in the child’s name.” [89533, 89534, 89535]
Ted Cruz has never released his CRBA—if he even has one. If his parents never filed for
U.S. citizenship for him, he was born a Cuba-Canadian citizen (he was born in Canada to
a Cuban father). If his parents did file for citizenship for their son and it was granted,
Cruz is only a generic U.S. citizen; he is not a natural born citizen. Natural born citizen
status applied at birth and is automatic, based on the circumstances of that birth (on U.S.
soil to two U.S.-citizen parents). One does not need permission from the government to
be a natural born citizen; it is either one’s status at birth or it is not. The State
Department’s own forms and rules prove that Ted Cruz is not a natural born citizen. At
best, he is only a generic U.S. citizen, ineligible to serve as president. If Cruz has no
CRBA, he cannot even serve in the U.S. Senate legally.
ThePostEmail.com’s Sharon Rondeau writes, “Cruz’s campaign has ignored direct
requests to release his documentation. It has been speculated by some that Cruz arrived in
the United States at the age of four without documentation and that he was legalized by
the change in immigration law effected by Congress and signed by President Ronald
Reagan in 1986 which awarded US citizenship to approximately 2.7 million illegal aliens.
…If a child born abroad to two US-citizens, one of whom was serving in the military, is
considered a naturalized U.S. citizen, how can Cruz claim the higher standard of ‘natural
born Citizen,’ particularly with no documentation?” [89534]
In Spokane, Washington, Bill Clinton encourages an audience to vote for his wife,
Hillary, and says, “If you believe we’ve finally come to the point where we can put the
awful legacy of the last eight years behind us, and the seven years before that when we
were practicing trickle-down economics and no regulation in Washington, which is what
caused the crash, then you should vote for her, because she’s the only person who
basically had good ideas, who’s gonna [sic] tell you how she’s gonna [sic] pay for ’em
[sic], can be commander in chief, and is a proven change-maker with Republicans and
Democrats and independents alike.” (A Hillary Clinton spokeswoman quickly claims that
the “awful legacy” comment referred to Republicans in Congress. The reality is that the
Clintons hate Obama—and vice versa—and Bill Clinton has frequently made statements
criticizing Obama that later need “clarification.”) [89532, 89565, 89570, 89572, 89637,
89706, 89742]
At ZeroHedge.com Tyler Durden writes, “[T]he American Republic has been hollowed
into a shell that is maintained for PR purposes. Beneath the propaganda, the
Establishment runs the nation for its own benefit. The people are ignored, because they
are powerless in this hollow shell of democracy: their only role is to provide bodies,
talent and blood for the Imperial armed forces, pay taxes if they have any money, and be
content with their food stamps if they don’t. …The United States has reached a crossing
the Rubicon moment: either Hillary Clinton is indicted for knowingly violating statutes
regarding State Department security, or the rule of law and the Republic are dead. This is
a binary moment: we either let Hillary evade the laws that were established to protect the
security of the nation and confess there is no rule of law now for the Oligarchy, or the
agencies tasked with defending the nation indict her. There is no middle ground. If
Hillary isn’t indicted, the rule of law, i.e. no one is above the law, is dead.” [89552]
“…Once the Oligarchy is above the law, the Republic is already dead. Once the people
have lost the ability to influence the central state’s policies and decisions, the Republic is
dead. Once the elected officials can no longer impose the nation’s statues [sic; statutes]
on the Oligarchy (or have lost interest in doing so because they are all corrupted cronies),
the Republic is dead. Once the nation’s agencies of law enforcement are stayed from
indicting, prosecuting and jailing members of the Oligarchy, be they super-wealthy
politicos like Hillary or super-wealthy Wall Street bankers, the Republic is dead. The
Democratic Party bosses and special interests have already selected Hillary as their shooin candidate for the Presidency, and these Oligarchs and special interests won’t let any
pesky details like laws protecting the security of the nation stand in the way of their Not
So Quiet Coup.” [89552]
“The nation’s Deep State… has at least grudgingly approved Hillary as the next neoconservative (never met an Imperial entanglement or drone strike she didn’t like),
neocolonial (we’re going to put the ‘little people’ in their rightful place, i.e. under our
management) Imperial President. A vote for Hillary, unindicted Oligarch, is a vote in
favor of the destruction of the rule of law and the Republic. This is the Rubicon every
voter must decide to cross or refuse to cross: vote for Hillary (destroy the Republic and
surrender to Imperial Oligarchy) or refuse to vote for an unindicted Imperial Oligarch.”
In a March 17-20 CNN/ORC poll, Donald Trump leads with 47 percent. He is followed
by Ted Cruz (31 percent) and John Kasich (17 percent). Five percent would choose
someone else or have no opinion. In addition, 6 out of 10 Republicans want the candidate
with the most support in the primaries to win the nomination, even if he falls short of the
1,237-delegate majority. [89576, 89642]
In a March 17-20 New York Times/CBS News poll, Trump has 46 percent; Cruz has 26;
Kasich has 20. [89577]
Every presidential candidate but Bernie Sanders (who is Jewish) addresses the annual
American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference in Washington, D.C.
Many observers will have the impression that most in the audience believe Donald
Trump was sincere, while Ted Cruz, John Kasich, and Hillary Clinton were giving polltested statements and saying only what they thought the audience wanted to hear. (For
example, both Cruz and Trump say they will move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to
Jerusalem—but the audience believes Trump will actually do it.) The audience also
laughs along with Trump, whose humor is self-deprecating. By the end of his address,
AIPAC warms up to Trump. Hillary Clinton attempts to argue that she stands with
Israel—not an easy feat considering she supports Obama’s Iranian nuclear agreement.
[89514, 89515, 89516, 89521, 89524, 89527, 89528, 89555, 89573, 89855, 89856]
Trump tells the AIPAC audience, “When you live in a society where the firefighters are
the heroes, little kids want to be firefighters. When you live in a society where athletes
and movie stars are heroes, little kids want to be athletes and movie stars. You cannot
achieve peace if terrorists are treated as martyrs. Glorifying terrorists is a tremendous
barrier to peace.” (At WashingtonTimes.com Charles Hurt later writes, “It was one of his
first speeches delivered to an audience that wasn’t filled with Republican Party faithful. It
was his first major address of the general election. And he aced it. …Seven months of
Mr. Trump giving speeches like that will erase this notion that he is some kind of carnival
barker. After seven months of this kind of measured, presidential campaigning,
Republicans will be happily unified behind a statesmanlike leader and ready to support
him against a lying, dissembling, washed-up politician who has a remarkable career of
failure on the world stage [Hillary Clinton].” [89855, 89856]
Outside the AIPAC event, one would-be attendee is beaten up by pro-Palestinian thugs
who shout, “Burn in Hell, you Zionist scum!” Among the protesters is Obama’s Marxist
pal Medea Benjamin. She holds a sign that reads, “Another Jew Against AIPAC.”
[89536, 89537, 89538]
With Jodie Evans, Benjamin founded the radical activist group Code Pink. In September
2008 they met with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in New York City, and
promoted his speech at Columbia University. His appearance was coordinated by longtime Obama friend Rashid Khalidi, and possibly encouraged by Zbigniew Brzezinski, an
anti-Semite and Obama foreign policy advisor who taught international relations at
Columbia University. Columbia, Obama’s alma mater, received $100,000 from the Alavi
Foundation, a Muslim organization believed to be controlled by the Iranian government,
shortly after Ahmadinejad was scheduled to speak there. According to
BigGovernment.com, Obama met with Evans “at a high profile Hollywood fundraiser
just days after she attempted to storm the stage during Sarah Palin’s acceptance speech.
…Evans had committed identity theft that enabled her to sneak past security at the
Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota. After the incident, the
mainstream media refused to report on the ties between Obama and Jodie Evans.”
Code Pink has placed ads on the Muslim Brotherhood web site www.ikhwaneb.com.
Evans has publicly called for the kidnapping of former President George W. Bush, his
wife Laura, and other members of his administration in “citizens’ arrests” for war crimes
related to the September 11 terrorist attacks and the Iraq War. Despite Code Pink’s
activities, Obama has shown no reluctance to appear in public with Evans, who has been
a frequent visitor to the White House—and who stated in a June 2008 interview that
Osama bin Laden had a “valid argument” for the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.)
[104, 215, 220, 355, 395, 6160, 6163, 6322, 6481, 6523, 6860, 6861, 6862, 6863, 6864,
6865, 14760, 15281, 15282]
Remarkably, Liz Mair, the pro-amnesty, pro-Ted Cruz founder of the anti-Trump PAC
“Make America Awesome,” tweets, “How pissed are Trumpkins right now that their hero
is talking to the Jooooooos?” (Cruz will no doubt disavow any knowledge of Mair, who
apparently finds it terrible that Trump would address “Jooooooos” at the American Israel
Public Affairs Committee gathering. The despicable woman then has the audacity to
complain about tweets criticizing her disgusting message. Mair’s Mair Strategies was
once paid $15,000 per month to provide consulting services to the Republic of
Azerbaijan—which is 95 percent Muslim.) [89669, 89670, 89729, 89730, 89830]
On Special Report, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) criticizes Obama for his trip to Cuba:
“Today I think was a disastrous mistake from … Obama. …Obama’s traveled to Cuba
with movie stars and rock stars. The radical left has always found Cuba, Fidel Castro and
Raul Castro chic and sexy. They’d like to put posters of Che Guevara on the wall because
he was a young, rugged-looking revolutionary. Now, mind you, he’s [sic; he was] a
homicidal maniac who tortured and murdered people, but the left idealizes him and it’s
really sad that [we have] a president sitting there sipping mojitos with these Communist
dictators that [sic; who] hate America. He has no time to visit the dissidents, no time to
visit the ladies in white. You know, my dad was in prison and tortured by [former Cuban
president Fulgencio] Batista. My aunt was imprisoned and tortured by Castro’s thugs.
America’s always been a voice for freedom. And under Obama, what he’s doing with
Cuba is what he’s doing with Iran. …In Cuba, …Obama is sending billions of dollars to
Raul and Fidel Castro, they will use those billions to oppress and torture and murder their
citizens and to export terrorism throughout Latin America and undermine America. I
think today was a tragic mistake.” [89566]
Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani tells a gathering of Columbia University
College Republicans, “The way I look at it, there really are only three people who will be
the next president of the United States. One’s Hillary Clinton, the other’s Donald Trump,
and the third is Ted Cruz. So I’ll choose between those three. I’ll give you a hint: It won’t
be Hillary Clinton. I seriously doubt it will be Ted Cruz. But I just want to think about it
a little bit more before I do anything formally. …I think that you gotta [sic] pick. This is
the hand you’re dealt, and you’ve gotta [sic] work with it. You’ve gotta [sic] pick one of
those three.” [89584]
On March 22 at least 31 people are killed and 180 or more are injured in three morning
rush-hour suicide bomber attacks at Zaventem Airport in Brussels, Belgium and a metro
station. ISIS takes credit for the attacks. [89531, 89539, 89553, 89554, 89558, 89578,
89586, 89587, 89589, 89590, 89591, 89596, 89597, 89599, 89610, 89614, 89615, 89616,
89638, 89693]
Airport employee Alphonse Youla says, “I heard a man shout some Arabic words then an
explosion… then a second explosion, a massive explosion, much bigger. It was a horror. I
saw at least seven people dead. There was blood. People had lost legs. You could see
their bodies but no legs.” [89587, 89600]
On social media, Muslims celebrate the attacks, while ISIS hands out candy. [89594,
89595, 89604, 89607]
Two nuclear power plants in Belgium are evacuated and security is increased.
TheBlaze.com later reports, “After the Paris terror attacks in November, Belgian
authorities reportedly discovered 12 hours of footage indicating that Islamic State
adherents were spying on a senior official with Belgium’s nuclear power program,
according to Derniere Heure, a French-language newspaper based in Brussels. The video,
which was purportedly taken at the home of the research and development director of the
nuclear program, was allegedly captured by a hidden camera concealed in the bushes
outside; police later found the footage in a Brussels apartment. Reports indicate that it
was Ibrahim and Khalid El Bakraoui—the two brothers identified by authorities as
suicide bombers responsible for Tuesday’s Brussels attack—who recorded the footage at
the scientist’s home, though CBS News reported on Thursday that it could not
independently confirm the claim. That said, the outlet reported that a U.S. official
confirmed that the brothers were involved in secret surveillance of a nuclear official and,
potentially, a nuclear facility.” [89592, 89593, 89740, 89741, 89757]
Less than 10 minutes after the attack in Brussels, Foreign Policy magazine tweets a plug
for an article: “Obama says climate change is more of a threat than ISIS. Why are
Republicans laughing?” [89563, 89564]
On Fox & Friends, Donald Trump says, “Brussels was an absolutely crime-free city, one
of the most beautiful cities in the world. And now you look at it, it’s a disaster. …Our
government has absolutely no idea what’s happening. But they’re [Muslims are] coming
into our country, they’re coming in by the thousands. And just watch what happens. I’m a
pretty good prognosticator. Just watch what happens over the years; it won’t be pretty.
…Look, people will come in, but we have to be very, very careful as to who comes into
our country, or we’re going to have problems like you’ve never seen. We probably
already will have [even without more Muslim immigrants]. But we’re going to have
problems like you’ve never seen before.” (Earlier in the year Brussels ran an ad campaign
intended to make tourists believe the city was a safe place to visit.) [89575, 89611,
89612, 89620, 89621]
On the Today program, Donald Trump says he would reintroduce “waterboarding” if
necessary to protect Americans: “Waterboarding would be fine. If they can expand the
laws, I would do a lot more than waterboarding. You have to get the information from
these people.” On the Fox Business Network, Trump says, “You need surveillance. You
have to deal with the mosques, whether we like it or not. These attacks …they’re not
done by Swedish people, that I can tell you. …As president …I would be very, very
tough on the borders, and I would be not allowing certain people to come into this
country without absolute perfect documentation.” [89581, 89582]
Also on Today, Daily Beast world news editor Christopher Dickey complains, “It’s a
huge political issue because there already was rampant Islamophobia in this part of the
world. And now, you have a situation where people who were not inclined to look
suspiciously at Arabs and Muslims, now they’re terrified. …[I]t certainly is going to
make it more and more difficult for Muslims and Arabs to integrate into European
society. The level of suspicion is very high, and that translates into xenophobic politics.
The kind of thing we see with Geert Wilders in the Netherlands, or Marine Le Pen in
France, or the really, really fascist Nazi parties in Germany—not in Germany, but in
Greece. So I think all of that translates into a situation of more and more of a cultural
divide. Harder and harder to integrate people. And then that, of course, will be used for
more recruiting by the jihadists.” (From Dickey’s perspective, it is the fault of the
targeted victims if they are terrified. “Islamophobia” is not making it difficult for
Muslims to assimilate; the Muslim jihadists have no intention of assimilating. They
intend to destroy western culture and turn Europe into Eurasia—and they are slowly
succeeding.) [89608, 89609]
Vocativ.com similarly whines, “Immigrants from northern Africa and Middle Eastern
countries living in Europe are bracing for an anti-Islamic backlash following the series of
bombings that tore through Brussels on Tuesday. …Some migrants in the groups tried to
defuse the situation, saying it was unclear who stood behind the attack, although there
were witness reports of shouts in Arabic seconds before the explosion. ‘Every call in
Arabic doesn’t mean coming to a certain conclusion. It could be someone who says it out
of fear,’ wrote Hilal Kus from Bastogne, Belgium, a town about 45 miles from
Luxembourg.” [89617, 89618, 89619]
In a video message, Mischael Modrikamen, co-founder and leader of Belgium’s People’s
Party, vice-president of the Alliance for Direct Democracy in Europe, and publisher of Le
Peuple, says, “I fully support Donald Trump. I am not a professional politician, and I also
want to restart, to reset our current and inefficient political system here. America should
not become another Brussels. It was once a vibrant, entrepreneurial, joyful, peaceful city.
That was before. Brussels is becoming a third-world city, with a majority of Muslim
migrants within 15 to 20 years, according to demographic studies. …Mr. Trump, we have
this in common: We speak the truth. We name things. Of course, the political and media
elites will never forgive us for that. But ordinary citizens, the voiceless, are not fooled…
Mr. Trump, make America great again. You are an example for many of us here in
Europe.” [90076]
Ted Cruz states, “We need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim
neighborhoods before they become radicalized. …For years, the West has tried to deny
this enemy exists out of a combination of political correctness and fear. We can no longer
afford either. Our European allies are now seeing what comes of a toxic mix of migrants
who have been infiltrated by terrorists and isolated, radical Muslim neighborhoods. …We
need a president who sets aside political correctness. We don’t need another lecture about
Islamophobia.” (More police cars driving around Muslim neighborhoods will do nothing.
The weapons and bombs are hidden in houses and apartments, not laid out on city
sidewalks, and the radicalization is taking place inside the mosques and the prisons.)
[89581, 89582, 89605, 89606, 89613, 89689, 89690]
Cruz spokeswoman Alice Stewart later adds, “We know what is happening with these
isolated Muslim neighborhoods in Europe. If we want to prevent it from happening here,
it is going to require an empowered, visible law enforcement presence that will both
identify problem spots and partner with non-radical Americans who want to protect their
homes. Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies all have divisions that target
threats like drugs, gangs, human trafficking and organized crime. Radical Islamic
terrorism is a significant and growing threat in this country, but this administration
refuses to recognize it because they are afraid of being labeled ‘politically incorrect.’ In
New York City, Mayor [Bill] de Blasio succumbed to unfounded criticisms and
eliminated the efforts of law enforcement to work with Muslim communities to stop
radical Islamic terrorism.” [89605, 89606]
Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the [Hamas-linked] Council on American-Islamic
Relations, states, “It’s really beyond belief that you have one of the leading presidential
candidates calling for law enforcement to target religious communities totally based on
the fact that they are of a particular faith.” [89605]
French President Francois Hollande states, “Through the attacks in Brussels, the whole of
Europe has been hit. France will implacably continue the fight against terrorism both on
the international level and at home.” [89559]
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls says, “We are at war. We have been subjected for
the last few months in Europe to acts of war.” (The war with radical Islamist in Europe
goes back to at least March 11, 2004, when jihadists killed 192 people in coordinated
bombings of the Madrid train system.) Jihad Watch’s Robert Spencer writes, “We are at
war? Do tell, Valls. With whom are we at war? ‘Violent extremists’? How do you
propose to fight this war if you won’t acknowledge what the enemy ideology is, and keep
importing into your country more people who adhere to that ideology? And when did this
war start? This morning? Earlier? Last year, when the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists and
patrons at the Hyper Cacher supermarket were murdered? Or earlier still? Maybe in the
630’s?” [89601, 89602, 89603]
The White House issues a meaningless Twitter message: “The thoughts and prayers of
the American people are with the people of Belgium.” [89546]
In interviews on several networks, GOP candidate John Kasich says, “When people die
and bleed in Europe, America also bleeds.” (Whether that inane statement will stop the
next terrorist attack remains to be seen.)
Obama responds with a brief statement from Cuba: “I want to comment on the terrorist
attacks that have taken place in Brussels. The thoughts and the prayers of the American
people are with the people of Belgium. We stand in solidarity with them in condemning
these outrageous attacks against innocent people. We will do whatever is necessary to
support our friend and ally, Belgium, in bringing to justice those who are responsible.
And this is yet another reminder that the world must unite, we must be together,
regardless of nationality, or race, or faith, in fighting against the scourge of terrorism. We
can, and will, defeat those who threaten the safety and security of people all around the
world.” [89545, 89574]
In prepared remarks, Obama says, “Here’s my message to the Cuban government and the
Cuban people: The ideals that are the starting point for every revolution, America’s
revolution, Cuba’s revolution, the liberation movements around the world, these ideals
find their truest expression, I believe, in democracy.” [89823]
Humberto Fontova later comments on Obama’s absurd statement: “Oh, I know… I know,
the media, your professors, The History Channel, Francis Ford Coppola, etc. etc. all
claim the Cuban revolutionaries were noble ‘nationalists’ who were pushed—kicking and
screaming—into the arms of Mother Russia by blockheaded Yankee ‘bullying.’ Pure and
perfect baloney—like practically everything that the above sources claim about the
Cuban Revolution. In fact, the leaders of the Cuban ‘liberation movement’ (as Obama
calls it) were Soviet vassals from the get-go. …Raul [Castro] and Che [Guevara] had
barely entered Havana in January 1959 when more of their Soviet chums showed up to
eagerly offer some ‘hands-on’ advice—which was eagerly accepted and implemented.”
“…Most of Cuba’s economic infrastructure—especially tourism facilities—are owned by
Cuba’s military. Hence every penny spent in Cuba by foreign investors and tourists lands
in their pockets. Every shred of observable evidence proves that travel to Cuba and
business with its Stalinist mafia enriches and entrenches these KGB-trained and heavilyarmed owners of Cuba’s tourism industry. They’re the only outfit in Cuba with guns and
they remain the most highly motivated guardians of Cuba’s Stalinist and TerrorSponsoring status-quo. Please note, amigos: there is no ‘doing business with Cuba,’ as
liberal and moronic libertarians claim. There is only doing business with the KGB and
GRU trained Stalinist fat-cats who occupy Cuba. Hence, as long predicted by almost all
‘crazy right wing!’ Americans of Cuban heritage, while today (and mostly thanks to
Obama) Cuba is enjoying record foreign investment and record tourism. Cubans are
suffering record repression. Case closed.” [89823]
Obama also remarks, “I know these issues are sensitive, especially coming from an
American President. Before 1959, some Americans saw Cuba as something to exploit,
ignored poverty, enabled corruption.” Obama’s comment is total nonsense. Fontova
responds, “To hear these Democratic presidents, those poor, stupid, corrupt Cuban
natives were pushovers for sharp Yankee robber barons. You’d never guess this from the
media, Hollywood or your professors (or speechwriters for Democratic presidents) but in
1953 more Cubans vacationed in the U.S. (and voluntarily returned to Cuba) than
Americans in Cuba. Yes, pre-Castro Cubans found the U.S. ‘a nice place to visit but they
certainly wouldn’t want to live there.’ All this despite the friendliness and quaint habits
of the natives—and despite the ability to emigrate from Cuba virtually at will and get
U.S. visas virtually for the asking.” [90445]
“…[I]n 1959 U.S. investments in Cuba accounted for only 14 per cent the island’s GNP,
and. U.S. owned companies employed only 7 per cent of Cuba's workforce. In 1958 the
Cuban Embassy in Rome had a backlog of 12,000 applications for immigrant visas from
Italians clamoring to immigrate to Cuba. ‘A simple way to take measure of a country is
to look at how many want in—and how many want out,’ famously quipped Tony Blair.
Well, Millions of people ‘voted with their feet’ in favor of pre-socialist Cuba. …The
Media loves to dwell on how a few U.S. mobsters once bribed a few Cuban politicians to
allow a few casinos in Havana. To hear them tell it, this tiny sideline of an economy that
was overwhelmingly Cuban-owned, export and manufacturing-oriented, and provided
Cubans with a per-capita income higher than most Europeans made Cuba a hopelessly
wretched place screaming for a communist revolution.” (Obama and many other
apologists wrongly claim that the United States destroyed Cuba. It was Fidel Castro and
communism that destroyed Cuba.) [90445]
After his speech, Obama heads to a baseball game. He defends his trip, stating, “The
whole premise of terrorism is to try to disrupt people’s ordinary lives.” (“Ordinary
people,” of course, do not have the luxury of 24x7 armed security.) Obama tells an ESPN
reporter, “We do a lot of tough stuff as president. And by definition you don’t end up as
president if you don’t handle stress well. Nothing is more stressful than throwing out a
first pitch.” (The shameless Obama—who did not even throw out the first pitch—jokes
about the stress of his job, while Brussels deals with terrorist attacks that left 31 dead and
as many as 200 wounded.) [89561, 89660]
Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett tweets, “Cuba has an extraordinary resource—a system of
education which values every boy and every girl.” [89715]
Secretary of State John Kerry issues a statement—in which he manages not once to use
the words Islam, jihad, radical, ideology, ISIS, or Muslim: “Today’s abhorrent attacks in
Brussels are an assault against the Belgian people and the very heart of Europe. Our
thoughts are with all those in Brussels, including the injured and the loved ones of those
who were killed, and with the first responders and security personnel who are working
tirelessly to keep Brussels safe. The U.S. Embassy in Brussels is making every effort to
account for the welfare of American citizens in the city, and in the days ahead we stand
ready to provide whatever support the Belgian Government may require. As I made clear
this morning in a conversation with Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, the
United States stands firmly with our ally Belgium and with all of Europe in the face of
this tragedy. Attacks like these only deepen our shared resolve to defeat terrorism around
the world.” [89580]
State Department spokesman John Kirby insults the intelligence of the American people,
telling reporters the terrorism in Brussels “isn’t about a religion. This is about a warped
and brutal, depraved ideology that continues to be attractive to a small number of people
in the Muslim faith—radicals and extremists—and we don’t believe that it is indicative in
any way of the Muslim faith or the people who practice Islam as a religion, but it is a
group that remains deadly, remains lethal, and we are going to remain focused on
defeating them.” [89661]
The Associated Press’ Matt Lee walks out on the press briefing after Kirby’s refusal to
provide information on the number of American victims of the attacks in Brussels. Lee
asks, “Why can’t you just say the number that you have confirmed, and qualify it by
saying it’s incomplete and it could rise? If the State Department is not able to give even a
preliminary, albeit incomplete count, why?” Kirby: “Because there isn’t a confirmed
count right now. The number keeps fluctuating as you might expect it will in a situation
that is this fluid.” Asked again, Kirby refuses to say how many Americans are known to
have been killed or wounded. Lee then asks, “Can you say that you know of three
missionaries, Mormon missionaries?” Kirby: “I can’t confirm the specific individuals.”
Lee then walks out. (Clearly, the Obama administration want to downplay the fact that
there were American casualties in the Brussels attacks.) [90691, 89692, 89708, 89760]
Hillary Clinton calls the attacks “deeply distressing” and issues an empty statement:
“Today’s attacks will only strengthen our resolve to stand together as allies and defeat
terrorism and radical jihadism around the world. …It’s unrealistic to say we’re going to
completely shut down our borders to everyone. I know that Americans have every reason
to be frightened by what they see, we’ve got to work this through, consistent with our
values.” (No one is saying the United States should “completely shut down [its] borders
to everyone.” No one is saying Brazilian tourists should not visit Disney World, that
Japanese tourists should not visit Hollywood, or European tourists should not shop or see
plays in New York City. They are saying only that the southern border should be sealed,
illegal immigrants should be kept out, and tens of thousands of impossible-to-vet Muslim
refugees should not be welcomed into the United States. Clinton apparently does not
believe the act of self-defense is an American value.) [89598, 89622, 89623]
TheConservativeTreehouse.com reminds readers, “It was January 27th when Donald
Trump gave a stark warning to Brussels Belgium, and the New York Times mocked him
for it.” The Times whined, “Mr. Trump argued that Belgium and France had been
blighted by the failure of Muslims in these countries to integrate.” Trump told the Fox
Business Networks Maria Bartiromo, “There is something going on, Maria. Go to
Brussels. Go to Paris. Go to different places. There is something going on and it’s not
good, where they want Shari’ah law, where they want this, where they want things that—
you know, there has to be some assimilation. There is no assimilation. There is something
bad going on. …You go to Brussels—I was in Brussels a long time ago, 20 years ago, so
beautiful, everything is so beautiful—it’s like living in a hellhole right now.” (Trump was
most certainly right and the Times was most certainly wrong: Belgium and France have
been blighted by the failure of Muslims to integrate.) [89549, 89550, 89650]
Ted Cruz uses the terrorist attack in Brussels to attack Trump: “Well, I will say [fake
sigh], it is striking that the day after Donald Trump called for America weakening
NATO, withdrawing from NATO, we see… Brussels, where NATO is headquartered, the
subject of a radical Islamist terrorist attack.” On March 21 Trump told The Washington
Post, “We certainly can’t afford to do this anymore. NATO is costing us a fortune, and
yes, we’re protecting Europe with NATO, but we’re spending a lot of money.” Trump
did not call for an end to NATO; he called for European nations to start paying their fair
share. Cruz apparently believes U.S. taxpayers should forever continue to foot the bill for
the defense of Europe, Japan, and South Korea. Further, it is certainly not Trump’s
conversation with The Washington Post that is responsible for the terrorist attacks in
Europe; it is absurd European immigration policies that welcome jihadists with open
arms. [89551, 89567, 89569, 89870]
At LewRockwell.com David Stockman, former director of the Office of Management and
Budget under Ronald Reagan, writes, “The fact is, NATO has been an obsolete waste for
25 years. Yet the denizens of the Imperial City [Washington, D.C.] cannot even seem to
grasp that the 4 million Red Army is no more; and that the Soviet Empire, which
enslaved 410 million souls to its economic and military service, vanished from the pages
of history in December 1991. …[T]he Russian economy is a glorified oil patch and
mining town with a GDP the equivalent of the NYC metropolitan area. And that’s its
devastating Achilles Heel. …The plain fact is Russia is an economic and military
weakling and is not the slightest threat to the security of the United States. None. Nichts.
Nada. Nope. …Naturally, Trump’s GOP rivals crawled out of their time warps to
calamity-howl the very idea of getting realistic about NATO.” [89857]
“…[W]hen it comes to foreign policy, [Ted Cruz] is just plain whacko. He has been so
pumped full of neocon ideology that he fairly oozes jingoistic bile: ‘It has been Russia’s
objective, it has been Putin’s objective, for decades to break NATO. What Donald Trump
is saying that he would unilaterally surrender to Russia and Putin, give Putin a massive
foreign policy victory by breaking NATO and abandoning Europe.’ Needless to say,
there is not a single accurate point in that statement. The truth is more nearly the
opposite. And that begins with George H. W. Bush’s 1989 promise to Gorbachev that in
return for his acquiescence to the reunification of Germany, NATO would not be
expanded by ‘a single inch.’ NATO should have declared victory and been disbanded.
The defense budget should have been drastically reduced to a homeland defense force
because there were no industrial state enemies left in the world.” [89857]
Pat Buchanan later notes, “The first NATO supreme commander, Gen[eral Dwight D.]
Eisenhower, said in February 1951 of the alliance: ‘If in 10 years, all American troops
stationed in Europe for national defense purposes have not been returned to the United
States, then this whole project will have failed.’ As JFK biographer Richard Reeves
relates, President Eisenhower, a decade later, admonished the president-elect on NATO.
‘Eisenhower told his successor it was time to start bringing the troops home from Europe.
‘America is carrying far more than her share of free world defense,’ he said. It was time
for other nations of NATO to take on more of the costs of their own defense’ No Cold
War president followed Ike’s counsel.” [89965]
“…Ike did not intervene to save the Hungarian freedom fighters in 1956. Lyndon
Johnson did not lift a hand to save the Czechs, when Warsaw Pact armies crushed
‘Prague Spring’ in 1968. Reagan refused to intervene when Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski, on
Moscow’s orders, smashed Solidarity in 1981. …While [Donald] Trump is focusing on
how America is bearing too much of the cost of defending Europe, it is the risks we are
taking that are paramount, risks no Cold War president ever dared to take. Why should
America fight Russia over who rules in the Baltic States or Romania and Bulgaria? When
did the sovereignty of these nations become interests so vital we would risk a military
clash with Moscow that could escalate into nuclear war? Why are we still committed to
fight for scores of nations on five continents? Trump is challenging the mindset of a
foreign policy elite whose thinking is frozen in a world that disappeared around 1991. He
is suggesting a new foreign policy where the United States is committed to war only
when we are attacked or U.S. vital interests are imperiled. And when we agree to defend
other nations, they will bear a full share of the cost of their own defense. The era of the
free rider is over. Trump’s phrase, ‘America First!’ has a nice ring to it.” [89965, 89967]
At Original.Antiwar.com Justin Raimondo later writes, “NATO became obsolete when
the Berlin Wall fell and the Soviet Union disintegrated. Yet instead of going the way of
the horse-and-buggy, it grew until it reached the very gates of Moscow—in spite of a
promise by George H. W. Bush that NATO would freeze its membership if Mikhail
Gorbachev would allow East Germany to reunify with the West. What [Donald] Trump is
proposing is the dissolution of NATO as we know it—essentially an anti-Russian
alliance—and its reconfiguration into an instrument devoted to counterterrorism. Indeed,
later on in the interview with the [New York] Times, he suggests that NATO could be
scrapped, and a new institution devoted to a more current problem—terrorism—would
take its place.” [90142]
“This is a direct challenge to the military-industrial complex in this country, which
lobbied heavily for NATO expansion in the post-Soviet era and made multi-billions.
NATO requires member states to upgrade their militaries to meet certain standards, and
of course it’s just a coincidence that they invariably turn to US military contractors to do
the job. The prospect of this pot of gold being snatched away from Lockheed, Boeing,
General Dynamics, and all the rest has the War Party in a lather—no wonder the
neoconservatives (whose think tanks are largely funded by these characters) [are]
shouting ‘Never Trump!’” [90142]
Raimondo—no great fan of Trump—nevertheless concludes, “The point is that [Trump]
has changed the foreign policy discourse in the Republican party, wresting it from the
heretofore iron grip of the neocons and successfully selling a demonstrably less
interventionist policy to GOP primary voters. You’ll recall that the pundits routinely
discounted Rand Paul’s presidential campaign on account of his anti-interventionist
views—which are quite mild compared to Trump’s. Given Trump’s popularity, however,
from this day forward they won’t be able to get away with that again. The terms of the
debate have been irrevocably changed—and that is Trump’s great achievement, for which
he must be given full credit.” [90142]
HuffingtonPost.com’s Sam Stein whines, “Obama just can’t move his focus away from
the Middle East/terrorism. His Cuba trip now overshadowed by today’s events.” (Stein is
apparently upset that Obama’s spring break trip is interrupted by reality.) [89562]
On MSNBC, Stein wonders, “[W]hy is Brussels and Belgium at large being the epicenter
for this? What is it about that city that allows something like this to fester?” (Answer:
Brussels has a huge Muslim population, in neighborhoods the police are afraid to enter,
and where terrorists can hide without much fear of being “ratted out.” According to the
Daily Mail, “Police in the district of Schaerbeek said their pleas for help were
ignored…”) The Atlantic’s Washington editor, Steve Clemons, blames the “ease of
getting guns here.” (Clemons is apparently unaware that the deaths and injuries were
caused by bombs.) [89655, 89859, 89860]
NBC’s Andrea Mitchell remarks that the Brussels terrorist attacks are “going to have big
implications for the migration crisis in Germany and elsewhere because there is a popular
notion that migrants are somehow connected with the terror threat. Whether or not that’s
true, that is the reality. And there has been most recently last week in Germany, a bad
election for Angela Merkel with the right-wing parties gaining strength…” (That
“popular notion” is based on reality—something Mitchell apparently has difficulty
grasping. With regard to Merkel, many would argue that one reaps what one sows.)
The Washington Post editorial board, apparently unware that Obama is the current
temporary occupant of the White House, writes, “The horror in Brussels is a rebuke to
[sic; of] Trump’s foreign policy.” (When Trump became president and implemented his
foreign policy is not noted.) “One one [sic; on one] side are those who support the
internationalist response of …Obama, who said the United States ‘will do whatever is
necessary to support our friend and ally Belgium,’ and who asserted that ‘we must be
together, regardless of nationality or race or faith, in fighting against the scourge of
terrorism.’ That view was broadly shared by Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie
Sanders and Republican John Kasich. Against them is the radical isolationism of Donald
Trump, from whom the Brussels bloodshed prompted another call to ‘close up our
borders,’ and who on Monday questioned the value of U.S. support for NATO allies such
as Belgium.” [89634, 89697]
Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani blasts Obama, saying, “It’s outrageous that
the President of the United States is not in the Situation Room right now planning on how
to destroy ISIS. And, what’s he doing? He’s sitting with a dictator watching a baseball
game while innocent people are being killed in a war! …An attack on a NATO ally, in
case [Obama] never read the treaty, is an attack on the United States of America. He has
an obligation to defend that country. It’s just like an attack on us. I don’t know if he’s
ever read the treaty. [Obama’s] knowledge of history is quite questionable. …You don’t
send a picture of yourself laughing [at a baseball game] while people have just been
blown up at a level that… is the equivalent of September 11 to our allies.” (In August
2014 Obama issued a brief statement after the beheading of journalist James Foley—and
then headed to a golf course in Martha’s Vineyard. Clearly, the true nature of Obama is
seen when he does not have to worry about winning votes.) [63029, 63071, 63090,
63091, 63092, 63096, 63097, 63257, 89588, 89648]
At JihadWatch.com Robert Spencer writes, “It’s time for votes of no-confidence. It’s
time for the governments of Britain, France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, and
more to fall. I’m not talking about violent revolution. There are mechanisms for the
peaceful replacement of governments in most European nations at times when the
existing government is seen widely to be inadequate for the task at hand. It is time to put
those mechanisms to use. The existing governments are responsible for policies that have
turned Europe into a war zone, and that war is just beginning. The political and media
elites have failed Europe and the free world, and put Europe on a course toward civil war
and bloodshed unseen on the continent since the days of Hitler. A new Hitler is in
Europe. It is not Donald Trump. It is not the ‘right-wing.’ The new Hitler is very much
like the old Hitler: he hates Jews. He has contempt for the historical patrimony of
Western civilization. He means to rule by an iron fist and subordinate every other power
to his will. He respects only strength, and despises weakness. The new Hitler is not just
one man, but millions—millions who believe in an ideology that teaches warfare against
and subjugation of free people under its heel.” [89624]
“Historically, Europe saw the threat that the men who held to this ideology posed, and
shed blood to resist their advance. Now, the sons and heirs of those who gave their lives
to make sure their children and their children’s children would live free have flung open
the gates and invited in those who would enslave them. They have invited them into their
countries in massive numbers, and vilified and ostracized anyone who dared note the
lessons of history and the content of the invaders’ ideology. This morning, as a result of
these policies, Brussels is engulfed in chaos and the grief of blood shed in war. There will
be much, much more to come of this.” [89624]
“It is time to sweep them out. All of them: the multiculturalists, the cultural relativists,
the internationalists, the levelers, the elites who have brought this death and destruction
upon Brussels today, and Paris yesterday, and the rest of Europe tomorrow. Europe, if it
is to survive as a home of free people, must turn out its entire political and media
establishment. This can still be done peacefully, and must be done quickly. If Europe is to
survive as a home of free people, it needs governments who recognize that the ‘refugees’
storming into their countries now include an untold number of jihad murderers who mean
to kill their people and destroy their societies, and who have the courage to stand up and
stop that refugee flow, and turn it back. Saudi Arabia has tens of thousands of airconditioned tents for hajj pilgrims, and not one refugee. Why? Because they have noted,
correctly, that there are jihad terrorists among the refugees.” [89624]
“This is a war. It is a war for survival. It is a war that will determine whether Europe (and
North America is not far behind) will live in freedom or slavery. The present European
political and media elites are inviting the slavery of their people. They must be soundly
repudiated. Too much is at stake to continue to countenance their self-delusion and
fantasy. Those who are struggling to survive cannot afford to be unrealistic about what
they’re facing. In the United States also, we need leaders who will speak honestly about
the nature and magnitude of the war we’re in. Surely there are some people in Europe
who are both able to lead and willing to tell the truth. It is time for them to be peacefully
installed in power—before it’s too late, as it very soon will be.” [89624]
Jews in Brussels cancel two major events celebrating Purim. Rabbi Menachem Margolin,
head of the European Jewish Association, states, “The Jewish community here in
Brussels and in Europe in general is not surprised. We’ve been receiving alerts for a long
time now. Despite the shock the city experienced, we were not surprised. Of course, we
feel the concern and the pressure, but we were really not surprised by everything that’s
going on in the city. It was only a matter of time before such an attack happened. …The
fact that the terrorist from Brussels was able to hide in the city for several months means
there was someone helping him, which is why I believe these were not the last attacks
we’ll be seeing here. The routine right now is difficult. There’s a feeling of insecurity.
The holiday events are being canceled and we’re listening to the security forces.” [89687,
Some suggest that the terrorist attacks in Brussels could help Donald Trump, as many
voters view him as the toughest candidate on the issue of fighting terrorism, sealing the
orders, and keeping jihadists from entering the United States disguised as refugees. That
belief is arguably supported by the panelists on ABC’s The View. Three of the four
women on the program—which routinely spreads leftist opinions—even have decent
words to say about Trump. Sunny Hostin says, “…I’m so tired of seeing this senseless
death, I thought Donald trump sounded really reasonable.” Others agree that Trump was
correct when, in January, he warned about the dangers of jihadists in Brussels. [89644,
89684, 89703]
WashingtonTimes.com reports, “A federal appeals court spanked the IRS Tuesday,
saying it has taken laws designed to protect taxpayers from the government and turned
them on their head, using them to try to protect the tax agency from the very tea party
groups it targeted. The judges ordered the IRS to quickly turn over the full list of groups
it targeted so that a class-action lawsuit, filed by the NorCal Tea Party Patriots can
proceed. The judges also accused the Justice Department lawyers, who are representing
the IRS in the case, of acting in bad faith—compounding the initial targeting—by
fighting the disclosure.” The IRS argues that “privacy concerns” prevent it from releasing
the documents. (That is, the IRS wants the names of its victims to remain private.)
[89585, 89784, 90107]
Campaigning for her mother, Chelsea Clinton notes the “challenge of kind of [sic] the
crushing costs [of ObamaCare insurance] that still exist for too many people, who even
are part of the Affordable Care Act and buying insurance.” (Obama will not be pleased
by the remark.) [89834, 89910]
John Kasich’s campaign team cries foul over reports that Ted Cruz is falsely claiming
that Kasich’s name may not be on the ballot in New York. [89932, 89933, 89947]
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addresses the American Israel Public Affairs
Committee. He says, “In all these cases, the terrorists have no resolvable grievances. It’s
not as if we could offer them Brussels or Istanbul or California or even the West Bank.
That won’t satisfy their grievances, because what they seek is our utter destruction and
their total domination. Their basic demand is that we should simply disappear.
…Palestinian children are taught to stab Jews. They’re taught that the goal of the
Palestinian people is not to establish a state on the West Bank, but in all of Israel, in
Akko, Haifa, Nazareth, Jaffa. …At the U.N., Israel, the Middle East’s only true
democracy, is slandered like no other country on Earth. At the U.N., Israel is subjected to
consistent, systematic discrimination. Only Israel is permanently scheduled for
condemnation at the U.N. Human Rights Council. Not Iran, not Syria, not North Korea.
Only Israel is hounded by U.N. bodies expressly established to delegitimize its very
existence. Only Israel is condemned every year by 20 hostile resolutions in the U.N.
General Assembly.” [89662]
“…Now, I know there’s some skepticism about my views on this, so let me state
unequivocally—and here’s the acid test. I’m ready to begin such negotiations [peace
negotiations with the Palestinians] immediately, without preconditions, anytime,
anywhere. That’s a fact. But [Palestinian Authority] President [Mahmoud] Abbas is not
ready to do so. That’s also a fact. There is political will here in Jerusalem. There is no
political will there in Ramallah.” [89662]
On Aaron Klein Investigative Radio, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John
Bolton says, “Well, I think that the pressure is definitely building [for the FBI to act
against Hillary Clinton]. And just to take the politics out of this for a second, what Hillary
Clinton and her top aides did was not just make a few small violations of laws to protect
classified information. They made wholesale violations, and they did it for a sustained,
indeed for a four-year period. So this is far more serious than what happened to General
[David] Petraeus. And it’s one reason why I think both the FBI and I believe the people
in the Justice Department, the prosecutors who would oversee the handling of the case,
are moving more and more to the conclusion that serious indictments are warranted here.
Now look, it’s possible in this administration that politics will triumph over the legalities,
but I think if that does happen, there’s a real risk for Obama and for the attorney general
[Loretta Lynch] that the FBI will explode.” (Jerome Corsi later notes at WND.com that
Lynch was a litigation partner for eight years at a major Washington law firm that served
the Clintons. Lynch was with the Washington-headquartered international law firm
Hogan & Hartson LLP from March 2002 through April 2010. According to documents
Hillary Clinton’s first presidential campaign made public in 2008, Hogan & Hartson’s
New York-based partner Howard Topaz was the tax lawyer who filed income tax returns
for Bill and Hillary Clinton beginning in 2004.”) [89663, 89948]
“And a lot of things that we don’t know about, that are not on the public record at the
moment will come on the public record. It may not be the same thing as hiring Archibald
Cox in the Watergate investigation. But if this potential prosecution is tanked for political
reasons, it’ll be a very loud explosion. And it will stain Obama’s legacy forever, it will
damage Loretta Lynch’s professional reputation, and I think it will have a profound
impact on the presidential election.” [89663]
Dick Morris and Eileen McGann write, “Ed Klein, one of the best investigative
journalists on Hillary’s trail, says that his sources tell him that the ‘Justice Department is
close to empaneling a grand jury and deciding whether to grant statutory immunity to
Huma Abedin, Hillary’s closest adviser.’ Klein, who rarely gets it wrong, notes that such
a development would force Abedin to testify under oath, facing perjury charges if she
lies. He also adds that he is ‘also told that Hillary herself will most likely be forced to
testify.’ Klein has previously reported that the FBI has notified Hillary’s three closest
aides, Abedin, Cheryl Mills, and Jake Sullivan, that they will be required to testify. Klein
concludes that these developments indicate that FBI director James Comey is ‘moving
inexorably’ toward recommending an indictment of Hillary. Klein says that his sources
say that Attorney General Loretta Lynch would likely duck the decision on indicting
Hillary, punting it to a special counsel to give it at least the appearance of nonpartisan
impartiality.” [89676]
JudicialWatch.org reports, “Judicial Watch today released 276 pages of internal State
Department documents revealing that within two days of the deadly terrorist attack on
Benghazi, Mohamed Yusuf al-Magariaf, the president of Libya’s National Congress,
asked to participate in a Clinton Global Initiative function and ‘meet President Clinton.’
The meeting between the Libyan president and Bill Clinton had not previously been
disclosed. The documents also show Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s staff coordinated
with the Clinton Foundation’s staff to have her thank Clinton Global Initiative project
sponsors for their ‘commitments’ during a Foundation speech on September 25, 2009.”
On Special Report, syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer says, “Well, Obama gave
the terror bombing 51 seconds of his speech today in Havana. I thought the whole story
of his presidency and its foreign policy was seen in the split-screen. On one side, you had
the video footage of the attack in Belgium—this is the real world—and on the other side
was Obama in the fantasy world he inhabits, where Cuba is of some geopolitical
significance—in his mind, but none the real world. If Cuba disappeared tomorrow in a
volcanic eruption like Santorini, nobody would notice geopolitically, but Obama had to
go ’cause this is legacy. This is settling the Cold War arguments of the academic left of
Obama’s Columbia University days, the people who worship the Cuban Revolution, the
Sandinistas. Obama had his picture taken in front of a relief of Che Guevara, which sort
of stated his worldview of his adolescent days and now he does it as president. On the
one hand is the real threat to the world. You heard from Chairman [of the House
Homeland Security Committee Michael] McCaul [R-TX], this is hair-raising stuff, that
the Belgians are completely outmanned, the Europeans have no way of tracking, and that
we are completely in the blind—we don’t know what we don’t know. That’s the real
world. Obama calls it the JV team. He pretends it’s contained and controlled. It is not.
Instead he does this sort of ideological holiday trip in Cuba while the world burns.”
[89657, 89782]
On MSNBC, Chris Matthews remarks, “I grew up in a big city, Philadelphia, which I’m
proud to always say. And Peter—Congressman King [R-NY] understands this—when
there’s a big fire, you want to see the mayor on the other curb, watching it. You don’t
want to hear [that] they phoned it in. [Obama] off base today.” [89658]
The State Department issues a terror alert for Europe. It reads, “The State Department
alerts U.S. citizens to potential risks of travel to and throughout Europe following several
terrorist attacks, including the March 22 attacks in Brussels claimed by ISIL [ISIS].
Terrorist groups continue to plan near-term attacks throughout Europe, targeting sporting
events, tourist sites, restaurants, and transportation. This Travel Alert expires on June 20,
2016. U.S. citizens should exercise vigilance when in public places or using mass
transportation. Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid crowded places. Exercise
particular caution during religious holidays and at large festivals or events.” (Why
European travel should become safer on June 20 is not explained.) [89666, 89671]
Donald Trump easily wins the GOP primary in Arizona (and its 58 delegates); Ted Cruz
easily wins the Utah caucuses (and 40 delegates); Hillary Clinton wins the Democrat
primary in Arizona; Bernie Sanders wins the Idaho and Utah caucuses. (Trump has won
19 of 29 state contests; Cruz has won nine; John Kasich has won one.) [89628, 89629,
One Utah voter writes, “Just got back from my caucus… My head is still spinning.
…Got my credentials, but no presidential ballot. They said those would be delivered to
our caucus room. …Someone shows up with a stack of probably 250 ballots. The precinct
chair splits them up, and starts handing stacks of them out and tells people ‘take one and
pass it down.’ No checking credentials, IDs, NOTHING. I'm sitting at the end of a row
and people start handing me stacks of extras. I literally had over 50 ballots in my hand.
…I was in Party leadership for 6 years and no, this is absolutely not normal. I then asked
if I could observe the vote count, and I was told my observations where not needed and to
leave the area while the ballots were being counted. I left the room (things were already a
complete Charlie Foxtrot at this point) and wandered over to my friends’ precinct caucus
to see if it was just as much a cluster. His caucus was just getting to the presidential
ballot, and as I walked in the door I was handed ANOTHER BALLOT. Again, no
credential check, no ID check, NOTHING. No, I didn't vote again… I went back to my
precinct and they had the results: 74% Cruz, 14% Trump, 11% Kasich. Now just imagine
this kind of outright incompetence/manipulation happening in 2000 precincts across the
state. …There were no apparent controls, no credential checks, no ID checks, and ballots
being handed around like napkins. UTAH RESULTS ARE A COMPLETE SHAM. And
it just cost Trump 40 delegates.” [89659, 89675]
At a fundraiser for the National Republican Congressional Committee, the party’s 2012
loser, Mitt Romney, says, “Donald Trump has had several foreign [sic; foreign-born]
wives. It turns out that there really are jobs Americans won’t do.” [89720]
On March 23 Ted Cruz appears on CBS This Morning and is immediately confronted
with a statement from New York City police commissioner Bill Bratton: “He [Cruz]
doesn’t know the hell what is he talking about, to be quite frank with you [when Cruz
suggests more police patrolling in Muslim neighborhoods]. I took great offense at that
statement. I have almost a thousand Muslim officers in the NYPD. Ironically, when he is
running around here we probably have a few Muslim officers guiding him.” Cruz tells
Charlie Rose, “Well, listen, it’s not surprising that the Democratic political henchmen of
Mayor de Blasio are coming after me and under the instructions of mayor [Bill] de
Blasio. …It was ISIS [that] has declared jihad and is waging war on us. And …Obama
and Hillary Clinton and sadly, mayor de Blasio, the elected Democrats are so bound up
by political correctness they refuse to utter the words radical Islamic terror terrorism and
they refuse to be serious to defeat it.” [89733]
Norah O’Donnell asks Cruz, “Let me ask you, how many Muslims are in America?” Cruz
responds, “I don’t know the number off the top of my head.” O’Donnell: “So, you’re
saying that law enforcement should surveil Muslims and you don’t even know how many
Muslims there are in America? There are three million Muslims in America. Law
enforcement is overwhelmed.” Cruz: “So, you’re saying we can’t defeat radical Islamic
terror?” [89733]
Gayle King asks, “There are so many people that [sic; who] say that your comments are
decidedly anti-Muslim and that you’re playing right into the hands of ISIS, that you’re
giving them ammunition to come after us, to really take action against us, that you’re just
teeing it up for people to come after us.” Cruz replies, “Gayle, with all respect, people are
fed up with the political correctness of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, where
following the Paris attacks, following San Bernardino and, no doubt, following Brussels,
…Obama goes on TV. He will not say radical Islamic terrorism. Instead, he lectures
Americans on Islamophobism [sic; Islamophobia]. Islamism is a political and theocratic
philosophy that commands its adherence to wage violent jihad to murder infidels, which
they define as everyone else.” (Cruz is similarly attacked on NBC’s Today program and
ABC’s Good Morning America, and by CNN’s Anderson Cooper, who goes so far as to
mention Japanese internment camps in World War II.) [89733, 89734, 89735, 89736]
Jeb Bush reluctantly endorses Ted Cruz, issuing a statement: “Today, I am endorsing Ted
Cruz for President… Washington is broken, and the only way Republicans can hope to
win back the White House and put our nation on a better path is to support a nominee
who can articulate how conservative policies will help people rise up and reach their full
potential. …Ted is a consistent, principled conservative who has demonstrated the ability
to appeal to voters and win primary contests. For the sake of our party and country, we
must move to overcome the divisiveness and vulgarity Donald Trump has brought into
the political arena, or we will certainly lose our chance to defeat the Democratic nominee
and reverse …Obama’s failed policies.” [89583, 89625, 89651]
Bush’s endorsement of Cruz will no doubt anger Marco Rubio, who several weeks earlier
would have liked to have received it himself. But the Bush move is not, of course, a
signal that he wants Cruz to be the party’s nominee. It is a desperate signal to wealthy
establishment donors to give cash to the Cruz campaign in order to block Trump—so that
the convention can award the nomination to someone other than Trump or Cruz. If the
establishment must accept Cruz it will do so grudgingly—and not mind if Hillary Clinton
defeats him in November. It bears repeating: the Washington establishment (aging and
ineffective politicians, lobbyists, and defense contractors) hates Cruz but fears Trump.
Bush’s endorsement of Cruz reflects something else: Bush wants the political career of
his son, George P. Bush, to proceed smoothly—so that he can seek the White House in
the future. The younger Bush is currently the Texas land commissioner, and he cannot
afford to run afoul of the junior senator from his state. (In 1994 George P. Bush somehow
avoided jail despite an attempted break-in at the home of Cristina Cohen, an ex-girlfriend
girl he was stalking. It can be assumed that money exchanging hands kept Bush from
having a criminal record.) [90315]
TheConservativeTreehouse.com explains why John Kasich is staying in the race:
“Because if Kasich dropped out according to Ohio election law all of his 66 delegates
become bound to the second place finisher, Donald Trump. John Kasich cannot exit the
race without helping Donald Trump. Senator Ted Cruz knows this. Senator Ted Cruz
does not want Governor John Kasich to leave the race because of it. Yet Ted Cruz goes
on TV demanding a Kasich exit. When you accept these fundamental truths, you clearly
see, yet again, the GOPe scheme involves Ted Cruz.” The Republican establishment
needs Kasich to stay in the race to keep those 66 delegates from going to Trump, but it
also needs Kasich to keep Cruz from getting 1,237 delegates should Trump stumble. That
is, the party elites want no one to reach 1,237—so that the nomination can be awarded to
someone other than Trump, Cruz, or Kasich. (It is later reported that Ohio’s 66 delegates
would not, in fact, automatically go to Trump if Kasich drops out of the race.) [89724,
TheGuardian.com reports, “Two of the suicide bombers who blew themselves up in the
twin Brussels attacks that killed at least 31 people on Tuesday have been formally named
by prosecutors, as police searched for a suspect captured on CCTV at Zaventem airport.
The Belgian federal prosecutor, Frédéric van Leeuw, confirmed media reports that
Ibrahim el-Bakraoui, 29, detonated one of two devices that exploded at Zaventem airport,
killing himself and 11 others and injuring more than 90. His younger brother Khalid, 27,
was responsible for a third explosion, just over an hour later in a metro carriage at
Maelbeek station on the rue de la Loi, near offices of the European commission, van
Leeuw told a news conference. At least 14 people died in that attack, with more than 130
wounded. …But two others from a group of three men caught on a CCTV camera
wheeling loaded baggage trolleys across the hall have not been identified. One of these
men was the second airport suicide bomber, the other a suspect who survived after
leaving behind a suitcase containing a ‘very large explosive charge’ and who is being
actively sought. Belgian media have suggested the surviving attacker was Najim
Laachraoui, but reports that he had been arrested were later retracted.” [89626, 89627,
89694, 89695, 89704]
According to Reuters, “Both brothers have criminal records, but have not been linked by
the police to Islamist militants until now… Brahim [Ibrahim] El Bakraoui, 30, was
convicted in October 2010 for firing a Kalashnikov assault rifle at police and wounding
an officer after a robbery in Brussels earlier that year. He was sentenced to nine years in
prison. In 2011, his brother Khalid was given a sentence of five years for car-jacking.”
[89701, 89758, 89759]
JihadWatch.org’s Robert Spencer comments, “Then in 2016, they were both free,
unsupervised, and able to amass material that they used yesterday to carry out the jihad
massacre in Brussels. Why weren’t they still in prison? Arguably, Khalid might have just
been freed after serving his full sentence, although it is unlikely that he did, but Brahim
should have been in prison until 2019. And even in 2019, Brahim should have been kept
under surveillance: a man who would fire an assault rifle at police is not likely after a
prison stretch to become a loyal, law abiding citizen. The problem is that in Europe now
there are just so many such men that authorities simply do not have the resources to keep
tabs on all of them—and that is just the situation that the Islamic State is counting on and
hopes to exacerbate until the system finally collapses altogether. …The fact that they had
engaged in any criminal activity at all, particularly firing an assault rifle at police, should
have given authorities an inkling that they had contempt for Belgian non-Muslim society,
and those authorities should have known that such contempt can be an indication of
Islamic supremacism. But such lines of thought are condemned in America and Europe as
‘Islamophobic.’” [89700, 89701]
According to SkyNews.com, “Ibrahim El Bakraoui was detained in the Turkish city of
Gaziantep last June near the Syrian border and then deported to the Netherlands a month
later at his own request, said [Turkish President] Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The Turkish
leader said Belgian consular authorities were told about his deportation in July. But El
Bakraoui was later freed as Belgian authorities ‘ignored our warning that this person is a
foreign fighter,’ said Mr Erdogan, without saying when. The president’s office later said
he was released as ‘no links with terrorism’ were found by Belgian officials.” [89759,
As a result of the terrorist attacks in Brussels, Poland announces it has abandoned its
pledge to take in 7,000 refugees. Prime Minister Beata Szydl states, “We must put an end
to terrorism in Europe. We must not be afraid. After what happened in Brussels
yesterday, it’s not possible right now to say that we’re okay with accepting any number
of migrants at all. I will be very clear: at the moment, I don’t see a possibility for
migrants to come to Poland.” [89716]
The Associated Press tweets, “The Islamic State group has trained at least 400 fighters to
target Europe in deadly waves, the AP has learned.” [89630, 89631, 89704]
The State Department offers a grant of up to $1.5 million to produce a “television drama
series” in Afghanistan aimed at “countering violent extremism among young people in
contemporary Afghan society.” According to WashingtonExaminer.com, the offer reads,
“This grant will fund the development and broadcast of a television drama series in which
young people grapple with everyday frustrations and lack of opportunity, while growing
and learning through new experiences. The drama will be grounded in reality, but will
also contain compelling creative content (i.e. storytelling, resonant narratives, strong
characters, sophisticated production, etc.). …In short, it will strive to be entertaining
while challenging viewers to engage in critical thinking by placing characters in
situations where they are faced with a choice: support universal values of tolerance and
peace or be drawn into the dark world of extremism.” (Pamela Geller comments, “John
Kerry and Co. probably think this is going to work. They refuse to admit that Muslims
are motivated to go jihad by the Quran and Sunnah, and so they tell themselves that a TV
show will dissuade these young Muslims from doing what their holy book and prophet
command them to do. The madness is that this man is the Secretary of State, and that
people take him seriously.”) [89755, 89756, 89775]
Obama, having traveled from Cuba to Argentina, again says ISIS “is not an existential
threat” to the United States. Perhaps unaware of the history of World War II or the war in
Vietnam, he says “carpet bombing” ISIS is “contrary to our values” and “an
extraordinary mechanism for ISIL [ISIS] to recruit more people. …When it comes to
defending the United States or its allies and our core interests, I will not hesitate to use
military force where necessary, but how we do that is important. We just don’t go ahead
and blow something up just so we can go back home and say we blew something up.
That’s not a foreign policy.” [89632]
Obama warns about “Islamophobia,” saying, “Any approach that would single them
[radical Muslims] out and treat them for discrimination would not only be wrong, it
would be counterproductive because it would reduce the anti-bodies we have to reduce
terrorism. …It’s challenging to find, identify very small groups of people who are willing
to die themselves and can walk into a crowd and detonate a bomb.” (It is even more
difficult when Obama is unwilling to allow surveillance of radical mosques.) Laughably,
Obama says, “We defeat them [terrorists] in part by saying, ‘You are not strong. You are
weak.’” [89632, 89633]
In an address to young people in Buenos Aires, Obama says, “You don’t have to settle for
the world as it is; you can create the world as you want it to be.” (The pronouncement is a
revised version of a statement made by Saul Alinsky in his book, Rules for Radicals.
Obama has used the phrase, or a variation of it, on numerous occasions.) “You have the
freedom to build the world in powerful and disruptive ways. …[S]o often in the past,
there’s been a sharp division between left and right, between capitalist and communist or
socialist. And especially in the Americas, that’s been a big debate, right? Ah, you know,
you’re, you’re a capitalist Yankee dog, and oh, you know, you’re some, you know, crazy
communist, you know, that’s [sic; who is] gonna [sic] to take away everybody’s property.
And, I mean, those are interesting intellectual arguments, but I think for your generation,
you should be practical and just choose from what works. We don’t have to worry about
whether it neatly fits into socialist theory or capitalist theory—you should just decide
what works.” (Translation: “Tyranny is acceptable, as long as the trains run on time.”
“Choose from what works” ignores the moral side of the issue. Tyranny and assassination
squads “work” for some people.) [89800, 89805, 89815, 89944, 89955]
Meanwhile, the perpetually oppressed Michelle Obama addresses an audience of young
Argentinian girls to promote her “Let Girls Learn” initiative. She says, “As I got older, I
found that men would whistle at me or make comments about how I looked as I walked
down the street as if my body were their property, as if I were an object to be commented
on instead of a full human being with thoughts and feelings of my own. …I began to
realize that the hopes I had for myself were in conflict with the messages I was receiving
from people around me. As a girl, my voice was somehow less important, that how my
body looked was more important than how my mind worked; that being strong and
powerful and outspoken just wasn’t appropriate or attractive for a girl.” [89873]
A teacher who reports that Muslim students cheered the terrorist attacks is quickly told by
authorities not to complain. Pamela Geller comments, “They can’t stop who knows how
many jihadis from blowing up a number of targets in Brussels, but they can descend on a
teacher within hours of a tweet.” [89640, 89641]
WashingtonExaminer.com reports, “An Obama administration envoy for closing the
Guantanamo Bay prison confirmed Wednesday that Americans have died as a result of
the release of an unspecified number of prisoners from the facility. Paul Lewis, the
Department of Defense’s special envoy for Guantanamo Closure, told a House Foreign
Affairs Committee that some Americans have died at the hand of at least one released
detainee, although he would not say in an unclassified setting exactly how many or the
circumstance surrounding their deaths.” [89634]
NYTimes.com reports, “The Labor Department on Wednesday released the final version
of a rule requiring employers to disclose relationships with the consultants they hire to
help persuade workers not to form a union or support a union’s collective bargaining
position. The department said the rule, which will be published on Thursday and apply to
agreements made after July 1, is necessary because workers are frequently in the dark
about who is trying to sway them when they exercise their labor rights.” The one-sided
rule applies only to employer, not labor unions—which spend small fortunes hiring
people to “persuade” workers to vote for union representation. [89726, 89727, 90151]
HotAir.com adds, “Consider for a moment how little interference there is from the
government on the part of labor union organizing activities. On second thought, it’s not
even a lack of interference so much as it’s outright participation and empowerment.
When the unions identify a workplace where the employees are not yet under their
thumb, they move in relentlessly to try to get them to sign on. (And to sign over part of
their paychecks to the unions to be used in political activism, regardless of the wishes of
the worker.) …I was down there on the ground in Chattanooga for large portions of that
fight [when the United Auto Workers tried to organize a Volkswagen plant] and I can tell
you that the union advocates (who were not employees at the plant, by the way, but paid
UAW staffers sent in from outside) were everywhere. They freely went in and out of the
plant, speaking to not only the workers, but the management. They showed up in local
bars buying rounds of drinks and talking up the UAW. They were lobbying the heck out
of everyone in the state legislature and pitching to every local news reporter who would
give them the time of day. Were they required to ‘disclose’ the identity and activities of
all these people? Of course not. They could simply run roughshod over the locals,
pretending they were simply concerned citizens. The deck is stacked in favor of the
unions in Washington and the NLRB in its current form works as their handmaidens. It’s
frankly amazing that there are any Right to Work states in the country at all.” [89726,
89727, 90151]
In a Quinnipiac poll, Donald Trump has 43 percent; Ted Cruz has 29; John Kasich has
16. In head-to-head contests, Trump beats Cruz 46-37; Trump leads Kasich 56-25;
Hillary Clinton defeats Cruz 45-42; she defeats Trump 46-40; Kasich defeats Clinton 4739; Bernie Sanders beats Trump 52-38 and Cruz 50-39; Kasich defeats Sanders 45-44.
[89635, 89636, 89642]
Political strategist Dick Morris writes, “Love him or hate him—and mostly they love
him—Donald Trump’s candidacy will have increased Republican primary turnout by 14
million votes over the 2012 levels. With a bit more than half the primaries completed,
19.4 million people have voted thus far in GOP primaries, equal to the total of 19.3
million in all of the 2012 primaries through the end put together. The Republican primary
turnout is on a pace to reach 33 million voters, an increase of 14 million over 2012—a
75% increase in turnout. The vast new turnout reflects the massive number of voters who
are first time participants in Republican primaries, drawn out to vote by the Donald
Trump candidacy. In the Michigan primary, for example, the New York Times exit poll
showed that half of those who turned out reported never having voted in a GOP primary
before.” [89664]
In a Newsmax/Fabrizio, Lee & Associates survey, Clinton leads Trump 45-44, but “By a
37 to 27 percent margin, voters said Trump is better suited than Clinton to keep the
United States safe from terrorists. Trump also won—40 to 32 percent—on the question of
which candidate would do the best job ‘of standing up to’ China, Russia, Iran, and North
Korea. …Trump’s advantage on national security is even more pronounced among voters
who designate ‘terrorism and homeland security’ as their No. 1 issue. These voters see
Trump as more capable than Clinton by a huge 51 percent to 19 percent margin. …When
voters were asked to choose which candidate would be better able to solve the illegal
immigration problem, Trump led Clinton by a 41 to 26 percent. …Among voters who cite
U.S. immigration policy as a reason why they believe the country is on the wrong track,
Trump is seen as more capable to address the issue by a staggering 79 to 5 percent
margin.” [89639]
Pollster Tony Fabrizio observes, “The Clinton people should be quite alarmed that after
four years as the secretary of state, Clinton trails Trump on standing up to our enemies
and protecting America from terrorism. …The notion that a ‘foreign policy/ national
security’ election would benefit Clinton, given her chops, clearly is not evident in these
results.” [89639]
In a March 20-22 Fox News poll, Donald Trump leads Ted Cruz 41-38. John Kasich has
17 percent. [89672]
In an Emerson College poll in Wisconsin, Ted Cruz leads Donald Trump 36-35 percent.
[89673, 89674]
After an anti-Trump PAC posts an ad featuring a photograph of Donald Trump’s wife
Melania—a former model—from a racy GQ magazine photoshoot in the year 2000,
Trump tweets, “Lyin’ Ted Cruz just used a picture of Melania from a G.Q. shoot in his
ad. Be careful, Lyin’ Ted, or I will spill the beans on your wife!” Cruz tweets, “Pic of
your wife not from us. Donald, if you try to attack Heidi, you’re more of a coward than I
thought.” (The ad is not directly from the Cruz campaign; it is from an anti-Trump PAC
founded by Cruz supporter Liz Mair. It is absurd to believe that Cruz staffers do not
coordinate actions from those PACS—even though it is technically illegal to do so. As
far as Heidi Cruz being “off limits,” that is also nonsense. If Cruz’s wife had never had
anything to do with politics, attacks on her would be inappropriate. But Heidi Cruz has
been involved in politics, having “sat on a Council on Foreign Relations task force for the
North American Free Trade Agreement…”) [88796, 88798, 89644, 89645, 89646, 89647,
89652, 89717, 89719, 89830, 89915]
Strangely, the ad ran only in Utah—a state which Cruz was expected to win and did win
handily. The ad therefore served no purpose, unless its purpose was simply to anger
Trump in order to force a response that would work against him. (Some might argue that
Mormons have no business criticizing Trump for having had three wives, inasmuch as his
were at least in succession, rather than simultaneously. In an August 14, 2015 Facebook
post, radio crackpot Glenn Beck, a fervent Mormon and Cruz supporter, wrote that if
Trump is elected, “the First Lady would be the first to have posed nude in lesbian porno
shots.”) [89852, 89853]
On CNN, Cruz says, “And, and if Donald [Trump] wants to get in a character fight, he’s
better off sticking with me ’cause Heidi is way out of her—his league.” (It does not take
long for people to recall a line form the movie The American President, in which actor
Michael Douglas says, “[If] You want a character to debate, Bob, you [had] better stick
with me, ’cause Sydney Ellen Waid [Douglas’ wife in the movie] is way out of your
league.” (This is not the first time Cruz has lifted a movie line—without attribution. The
fact that he said “her” and then corrected himself to say “his” is an indication that he
“forgot his line.” His response was scripted—as are almost all of his statements. The
phoniness of such speech does not go unnoticed by millions of voters.) [89678, 89679,
89680, 89717, 89719, 89997]
In a Stanford University “policy” speech about national security, Hillary Clinton offers
the usual platitudes about solidarity, working with allies, and sharing intelligence
information. Her delivery and tone are calm, slow, and deliberate—almost to the point of
comatose, in an obvious effort to differentiate herself from Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.
She offers no solutions to the threat of Islamic terrorists—and of course does not even
call them that—but ridicules Trump and Cruz for their anti-terrorism, strong border
positions. She slams Cruz for saying he would “carpet bomb” ISIS, and says, “So when
Republican candidates like Ted Cruz call for treating American Muslims like criminals
and for racially profiling predominantly Muslim neighborhoods, it’s wrong, it’s
counterproductive, it’s dangerous.” Clinton also remarks, “Slogans aren’t strategy.” (She
does not mention her “reset button” with Russia, Obama’s “hope and change,” “It Takes
a Village,” or the State Department’s ridiculous “bring back our girls” hashtag.) [89707]
BizPacReview.com reports, “A Latina ‘for Donald Trump’ is paying a steep price for
choosing to express support for the GOP nominee at his recent rally in Tucson, Arizona.
Betty Rivas, owner of Sammy’s Mexican Grill…, attended Trump’s recent Tucson rally
holding a sign that read: ‘Latinas support D. Trump.’ Trump called her on stage briefly
and, well, the rest is history. Now, self-righteous thugs ironically outraged over Trump’s
‘intolerance’ have no qualms expressing their own intolerance and have begun terrorizing
this poor woman. According to KGUN9, Rivas and her entire family are being threatened
and harassed with vulgar, racist slurs. Her business is also now in jeopardy.” [89649]
Ann Coulter writes, “After multiculturalism struck this week, [Brussels region president
Rudi] Vervoort said, ‘I would like to express my support to the victims of the attacks of
this morning…’ Twitter bristled with supportive hashtags, the Belgian flag and
professions of solidarity. The Times editorialized: ‘Brussels, Europe, the world must
brace for a long struggle against this form of terrorism.’ All this would be perfectly
normal if we were talking about an earthquake or some other natural disaster—something
humans have no capacity to prevent. But Muslims pouring into our countries and
committing mass murder isn’t natural at all. It’s the direct result of government policy.”
“It’s as if the government were dumping rats in our houses, and then, whenever someone
died of the plague, those same government officials issued heartfelt condolences, Twitter
lit up with sympathetic hashtags and the Times editorialized about effective rodent
control, but no one ever bothered to say, Hey! Maybe the government should stop putting
rats in our houses! When people are killing in the name of their religion, it’s not an
irrelevancy to refuse to keep admitting more practitioners of that religion. But this is the
madness that has seized Europe and America—a psychosis Peter Brimelow calls ‘Hitler’s
revenge.’” [89677]
“Apparently, what we have learned from Hitler is not: Don’t kill Jews. To the contrary,
the only people who openly proclaim their desire to kill Jews are… Muslims. What
we’ve learned from Hitler is not: Don’t attempt to seize hegemonic control over entire
continents. The only people vowing to conquer the world are… Muslims. And what
we’ve learned from Hitler is not: Beware violent uprisings of angry young men. The only
hordes of violent, angry young men are, again… Muslims. (And Trump protesters.) But
instead of learning our lesson and recoiling with horror at this modern iteration of
Nazism, we welcome the danger with open arms—because the one and only lesson we’ve
learned from Hitler is: DON’T DISCRIMINATE!” [89677]
USAToday.com expresses sympathy for Muslims in Belgium, writing, “It’s already been
a rough few months for Belgian Muslims in the wake of November’s terrorist attacks in
Paris and the search for suspects in Belgium: Lockdowns, increased security and raids on
homes. Now, in the wake of the country’s deadliest terrorist attacks Tuesday, Muslims
who live in Belgium fret more fear, suspicion and harassment is on the way.” (It has been
even rougher for the more than 200 victims of Islamic terrorism in Brussels. Those
Muslims who fear a backlash might in the future consider telling the police where the
terrorists are hiding and making bombs.) [89698, 89699, 89751]
CaPoliticalReview.com points out that the ballot for the California primary on June 7 will
contain names of several candidates who have dropped out of the race if they do not
request their removal. The names Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Marco Rubio,
Carly Fiorina, and Jim Gilmore will remain on the ballot unless the former candidates
request, by March 31, that the secretary of state remove them. (Rubio reportedly does so
on or before March 28.) [89681, 90039, 90040, 90041]
At a town hall event in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Obama says that Americans do not have
a great enough awareness of what happens outside the United States and most only speak
English. (Obama also speaks only English.) [89721]
At a press conference with Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri, Obama says, “Groups
like [ISIS] can’t destroy us; they can’t defeat us; they don’t produce anything. They’re
not an existential threat to us.” Obama also says, “I’ve got a lot of things on my plate, but
my top priority is ta [sic; to] defeat ISIL [ISIS], and ta [sic; to] eliminate the scourge of
this barbaric terrorism that’s been taking place around the world. And, we see highprofile attacks in Europe, but, eh, they’re also killing Muslims, throughout the Middle
East, people who are innocent, uh, people who are guilty only of worshipping Islam in a
different way that this organization…” (ISIS is apparently not an army of Islamist killers,
it is only an “organization.” From Obama’s perspective, no one should be upset that ISIS
fighters are killing Christians and Jews because they are also killing other Muslims.)
While Europe collapses under the weight of Muslim immigrants, Obama hits the dance
floor with a tango dancer. The White House insists Obama has been “regularly updated”
on the events in Brussels. [89709, 89711, 89714, 89718, 89743, 89782]
On The O’Reilly Factor, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani charges that with
her foreign policy action Hillary Clinton “helped create ISIS” and “could be considered a
founding member of ISIS.” [89803]
On March 24 a man in the “advanced stages” of planning a terrorist attack is arrested in
the Paris suburb of Argenteuil. Six people are arrested in Brussels. (The arrests may or
may not be connected.) [89752, 89753, 89764, 89776, 89777, 89778, 89779]
British Prime Minister David Cameron calls on Christians to “reach out” to Muslims.
“Our brothers and sisters who are Muslims, they want our assistance. We should be
reaching out and wanting to help them battle against extremism. We have to build
stronger and more resilient communities. We have to make sure that people who are
drifting into an extremist mindset are yanked back. …In the end our values are far
stronger, far more appealing than anything they have to offer… It’s not weak because we
question our own faith. It’s immensely strong. …We are rational rather than extremist,
but don't mistake that for lack of passion. …We shouldn’t be embarrassed about that.
Sometimes people wonder if you say Britain is a Christian country that is somehow
‘doing down’ other faiths. Absolutely the reverse. …I’m not saying our country has
reached some sort of perfection when it comes to building a multi-race, multiethnic,
multi-faith, multicultural democracy, but I think it’s pretty remarkable what we’re
building in our country… a country where wherever you come from, whatever the colour
of your skin, whatever god you worship, you can aim to make it to the very top.”
(Whether Cameron’s remarks prompt uncontrollable laughter from London’s Muslim
neighborhoods is not reported.) [89761, 89762]
The U.K.’s The Register reports, “Hackers infiltrated a water utility’s control system and
changed the levels of chemicals being used to treat tap water, we’re told. The cyberattack is documented in this month’s IT security breach report… from Verizon Security
Solutions. The utility in question is referred to using a pseudonym, Kemuri Water
Company, and its location is not revealed.” Robert Spencer adds at JihadWatch.org, “The
location of the utility has not been revealed and its name has been changed in Verizon’s
report, but given the fact of Verizon’s involvement, this likely happened in the U.S.—all
the other incidents discussed in the report linked in The Register’s article took place in
America. And we know that jihadis have long wanted to poison the water supply.”
WashingtonTimes.com reports that Obama “brought along a second, smaller Air Force
One for his family to enjoy a day of sightseeing in Argentina on Thursday. After dancing
the tango at a state dinner in Buenos Aires Wednesday night, [Obama and his wife] took
their daughters aboard the government plane colloquially known as ‘baby’ Air Force One
Thursday to fly to the scenic town of Bariloche in southern Argentina. It’s a Boeing 757
used when traveling to places where the runway is too short for the primary Air Force
One. The larger Air Force One, a 747-200, was parked alongside the smaller plane at the
airport in Buenos Aires, according to pool reporters traveling with [Obama]. It costs
about $206,000 per hour to fly the larger plane, which [Obama] is expected to use for the
10-plus-hour flight back to Washington late Thursday night.” [89783]
Politico.com reports that two seats at the head table at an April 15 San Francisco
fundraiser for Hillary Clinton will cost a mere $353,400. Among the guests: actor George
Clooney and his wife Amal. [89711, 89712]
Reuters writes, “Soon after Hillary Clinton’s arrival at the State Department in 2009,
officials in the information technology office were baffled when told that a young
technician would join them as a political appointee, newly disclosed emails show. The
technician, Bryan Pagliano, was running the off-grid email server that Clinton had him
set up in her New York home for her work as secretary of state. But even as years passed,
Pagliano’s supervisors never learned of his most sensitive task, according to the
department and one of his former colleagues. Pagliano’s immediate supervisors did not
know the private server even existed until it was revealed in news reports last year, the
colleague said, requesting anonymity because of a department ban on unauthorized
interviews. …[N]ewly disclosed emails show Patrick Kennedy, the department’s
undersecretary for management, oversaw the hiring of Pagliano. But Clinton and the
department continued to decline this week to say who, if anyone, in the government was
aware of the email arrangement.” (In other words, Pagliano’s job at the State Department
was a payoff for setting up Clinton’s server and keeping his mouth shut.) [89793, 89794]
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker tells reporters, “I think if it’s an open convention, it’s
very likely it [the Republican nominee] would be someone who’s not currently running. I
mean, who knows. The one thing I qualify—it’s like the qualifications you see on those
ads you see for car dealerships. I think any of us who comment on this election have to
qualify that almost every prediction’s been off, so it’s hard to predict anything.” [89795,
89796, 89804]
At Georgetown University, Vice President Joe Biden scolds Senate Republicans for not
acting to confirm Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland. (On the Senate
floor in 1992, Biden argued that then-President George H. W. Bush should not nominate
a Supreme Court Justice in his final year in office: “…President Bush should consider
following the practice of a majority of his predecessors and not—and not—name a
nominee until after the November election is completed.” In 1987 Biden worked to
successfully block the nomination of Ronald Regan’s Supreme Court nominee, Robert
Bork. In 1991 Biden led the “high-tech lynching” of Bush nominee Clarence Thomas, but
Republicans prevailed and Thomas was confirmed.) [88342, 88347, 88352, 88354,
88417, 89713]
At Salon.com feminist Camille Paglia (a Bernie Sanders supporter) writes, “[Donald]
Trump may be raw, crude and uninformed, but he’s also smart, intuitive and a quick
study who will presumably get up to passable speed as he assembles a brain trust over the
coming months. Whether Trump can temper his shoot-from-the-hip impetuosity is
another matter. There is a huge gap between the teeth-gnashing fulminations of the antiTrump mainstream media and the perfectly reasonable Trump supporters whom I hear
calling into radio talk shows. The machinations of the old-guard GOP establishment to
thwart Trump voters and subvert the primary process are an absolute disgrace. But it’s
business as usual for tone-deaf party leaders who, barely more than a day after the
discovery of Antonin Scalia’s corpse last month, stupidly proclaimed there would be no
hearings for an Obama nominee to the Supreme Court.” [89731]
“Republicans need to wake up and realize that Trump’s triumph is not due to some
drunken delusion by a benighted rabble but is a direct result of the proven weakness of
their other candidates. Ted Cruz, the last one still standing, is bombastic, sanctimonious
and coldly sharkish behind that forced smile. Is Cruz a truly convincing model of
Christian values of charity, compassion and humility? Jimmy Carter did it way better
than this. Cruz seems consumed by a vainglorious conviction of his own destiny, tied to
an apocalyptic view of history. He reminds me of glad-handing televangelists like Jimmy
Swaggart and Jim Bakker, who were loved and trusted by so many but whose careers
ended in disgrace.” [89731]
“…I think [John] Kasich won the first GOP debate but then blew it. He has exactly the
kind of gubernatorial executive experience and legislative budget-balancing record that
are sorely needed in the White House. But Kasich’s unfocused, overblown, compulsively
self-referential rhetoric is a major liability. And his skills as a public figure are
embarrassingly rudimentary: he blurts, lurches, and waves his arms around like a
windmill. He lacks patience, subtlety, and finesse. Not presidential. So the GOP is stuck
with Trump, and through every fault of their own. Are we really hurtling toward a
Trump-Hillary slugfest?” [89731]
“…The now widespread claims that Sanders voters will automatically vote for Hillary in
the general election aren’t true in my case: I will never cast my vote for a corrupt and
incompetent candidate whose every policy is poll-tested in advance. If Hillary is the
Democratic nominee, I will write in Sanders or vote for Jill Stein of the Green Party, as I
did in 2012 as a protest against Obama’s unethical use of drones and the racially divisive
tone of his administration. …Voters have a tremendous opportunity this year to smash the
tyrannical, money-mad machinery of both parties. A vote for Bernie Sanders is a vote for
the future, while a vote for Hillary Clinton is a reward to the Democratic National
Committee for its shameless manipulation and racketeering. A primary vote for Donald
Trump is a rebuke to the arrogantly insular GOP establishment, which if he wins the
nomination will lose its power and influence overnight.” [89731]
Ted Cruz calls Donald Trump a “sniveling coward” for attacking his wife, Heidi. [89786,
According to a national Rasmussen Reports survey, “63% of American Adults believe
it’s at least somewhat likely there will be a terrorist attack similar to the one in Brussels
in the United States in the next year.” [89732]
At ThePostEmail.com Sharon Rondeau writes that Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) “is a
naturalized citizen, according to her official biography. Hirono, who ran against former
Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle for the seat in 2012, makes no secret of the fact that she
was ‘an immigrant’ naturalized as a U.S. citizen in 1959, which coincided with the
admission of Hawaii to the union as its 50th state. Hirono was born on November 3, 1947
in Fukushima, Japan to a Japanese father and U.S.-citizen mother who apparently did not
lose her U.S. citizenship. …U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, who declared himself a presidential
candidate one year and one day ago, was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada to a U.S.citizen mother and a Cuban father. His life story relates that after his father left his
mother and him to resettle in Houston as a Canadian citizen, the elder Cruz reconsidered
his decision and reunited with his wife and son in Houston in 1974. It is unreported on
what basis the young Cruz and his mother were able to enter the U.S. at the time.”
“…Last week, a child born abroad to two natural born U.S. citizens, one of whom was
serving as a corporal in the U.S. Army, provided his or her birth registration as recorded
by the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service office in Germany in 1957. The
individual additionally informed The Post & Email that when registering for the military
him- or herself after high school, he or she was required to present a ‘Naturalization
Certificate.’ How, then, can Ted Cruz claim to be a ‘natural born Citizen?’” Both Hirono
and Cruz share the same birth circumstances (birth outside the United States to a nonAmerican father and an American mother). If Hirono is only considered a naturalized
U.S. citizen, Cruz cannot be considered a natural born citizen. [89739]
Commander Charles Kerchner (Kerchner v. Obama) reports that the appeal of Elliott v.
Cruz to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court “is proceeding steadily. Unlike the case in NY,
this case in PA was timely and correctly filed per all PA laws. This case goes directly to
the merits of Ted Cruz’s lack of constitutional eligibility to be President and Commander
in Chief. And of course per the last sentence of the 12th Amendment, Ted Cruz is also
not eligible to be the VP either. Two Amicus Curiae briefs have been submitted to the
court advising the court that Ted Cruz is absolutely constitutionally not eligible to be
President and Commander in Chief or VP since he is not a ‘natural born Citizen’ of the
United States to constitutional standards.” (Kerchner v. Obama was a well-prepared and
thorough challenge to Obama’s eligibility to serve as president. The Supreme Court
refused to hear the case—probably because it feared race riots and social upheaval if it
ruled against Obama. Knowing they could not rule in favor of Obama, the Justices took
the cowardly way out. Whether that will happen with Elliott v. Cruz remains to be seen.)
[89763, 89764, 89802, 89981]
On March 25 the Defense Department announces that U.S. Special Operations forces
have killed Abd al-Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli, also known as Abu Ala al-Afri, the
number two man of ISIS. (This Timeline suspects that the operation to kill al-Qaduli had
been ready to proceed for some time, but Obama was reluctant to authorize the operation
out of fear it might fail and result in U.S. casualties. Faced with criticism over his
baseball game visit and tango dancing, Obama then gave the operation the go-ahead to
change the media subject and make him look like he is doing something to combat
radical Islam.) [89744]
At a train station in Brussels, a man with a bomb in a backpack who holds a woman and
little girl hostage is shot in the leg by police. The woman and child are unharmed, and
police reportedly safely detonate the bomb. [89819, 89820]
In Glasgow, Scotland, a devout Muslim named Asad Shah writes on Facebook, “Good
Friday and a very Happy Easter, especially to my beloved Christian nation. Let’s follow
the real footstep of beloved holy Jesus Christ and get the real success in both worlds.”
WesternJournalism.com reports, “Hours later, he was dead. Mohammad Faisal, a family
friend, said a bearded Muslim entered the shop Shah operated on Friday afternoon. They
spoke. Then the man stabbed Shah in the head with a knife, Faisal said. Faisal said
Shah’s brother, who was at his job next door, came in the shop to find the attacker sitting
on his brother’s chest, laughing.” [89847, 89864]
An ISIS suicide bomber kills 29 at a soccer stadium south of Baghdad. [89899, 89900]
Father Tom Uzhunnalil, a Catholic priest who was kidnapped by Islamist gunmen in
Yemen, is crucified by ISIS. [89953, 89958]
Yenisafak.com reports that a “$100 million mega-mosque” in Lanham, Maryland, will
soon open. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan “is expected to open the mosque
during his official visit to the US between March 29 and April 2. America’s largest
mosque complex, officially known as the Turkish-American Culture and Civilization
Center, was built with Turkish funding under the supervision of the Turkish religious
foundation (Diyanet).” (It is assumed that Obama will visit the mosque with Erdogan,
who once stated, “The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our
bayonets, and the faithful our soldiers.” Erdogan, Obama’s closest foreign leader friend,
also once said, “Democracy is like a train. We shall get out when we arrive at the station
we want.”) [89890, 89891, 89946]
People who live near the Masjid-Al-Aman mosque, near the border of Queens and
Brooklyn, continue to complain about the excessively loud azan, or call to prayer,
broadcast over speakers as early as 6 a.m. According to Gothamist.com, “neighbors have
filed 156 noise complaints” against the mosque. Pamela Geller writes, “‘The DEP
(Department of Environmental Protection) did not fine the mosque, despite ongoing
violations (five times a day), because of the ‘short duration’ of the Muslim prayer.” The
mosque is violating existing laws. But the DEP didn’t fine them because Muslims are a
special class and everyone is afraid to offend or insult them. Accommodation always
gives way to more demands, more accommodations. The irony, of course, is how we are
constantly being schooled, admonished by Muslims and Islamic apologists about mutual
respect and mutual understanding, when what they really mean is submit, shut up, stand
down. Clearly they want to force non-Muslims to move out of the neighborhood. Islamic
imperialism in modern-day America.” [90009]
Meanwhile, the Islamic Society of Wichita cancels a fundraising appearance by Sheikh
Monzer Taleb after Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-KS), a member of the House
Intelligence Committee, notes his links to the terrorist group Hamas. Pompeo states,
“Sheikh Taleb has been very clear personally in the things that he has said that he was a
part of Hamas. That the destruction of Israel is something that he would like to see
happen and he has made no bones about it. …We often have Islamic leaders who will say
they’re against violence but their acts betray that. They play footsie with, they hang out
with, they’re affiliated with folks who are bad actors and that’s what this was.” Mosque
spokesman Hussam Madi pleads ignorance, saying, “We don’t have any knowledge of
any connections as of such.” [90010, 90011]
According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Over the winter, officials at the [Atlanta
VA] medical center completed installation of a new anti-climbing fence atop the parking
decks used by thousands of veterans each month. The fence is 10 feet tall and constructed
with welded mesh wire. Officials also enclosed the lower levels of the decks with regular
chain link fencing. The $850,000 project is a response to a pair of incidents where
suicidal veterans threatened to jump from the decks. In both instances, the veterans were
talked down and received care and treatment for their mental health issues. …The VA in
Atlanta has been plagued by suicides in the past.” (Some might argue that the $850,000
should have been used to improve mental health care at the hospital. The Obama
administration apparently believes it is reasonable to build walls to keep veterans in but
not reasonable to build walls to keep illegal immigrants and terrorists out.) [90110]
Columnist Don Surber writes, “Federal appellate judges Stephen Reinhardt and Miranda
M. Du ruled that the United States cannot deport an illegal alien because he is a drunk.
Carter appointed Reinhardt. Obama appointed Du. Reinhardt turns 85 in two days. They
applied the 14th Amendment to the case. [But] The 14th Amendment applies to legal
citizens. From their decision: ‘Is it rational for the government to find that people with
chronic alcoholism are morally bad people solely because of their disease?’ The answer
is hell yeah to the hell yeah power. We owe an illegal alien absolutely nothing. Tell me
again about this grand principle behind the Never Trump movement. Tell me what
rationalizes electing Hillary. Is it because a liar named Michelle Fields filed a false
assault charge against Trump’s campaign manager? Is it because a Washington Post
editor cannot handle a compliment from Trump? Is it because he wants to kick illegal
aliens out of the country much to the chagrin of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and
other power brokers in Washington? My money is on the latter.” [89771]
Asked about Donald Trump’s threat to “spill the beans” on Heidi Cruz, Trump’s
spokeswoman Katrina Pierson tells MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki, “Spilling the beans is
quite simple when it comes to Heidi Cruz. She is a [George W.] Bush operative; she
worked for the architect of NAFTA, which has killed millions of jobs in this country; she
was a member on the Council on Foreign Relations who—in Senator Cruz’s own words,
called a ‘nest of snakes’ that seeks to ‘undermine national sovereignty’; and she’s been
working for Goldman Sachs, the same global bank that Ted Cruz left off of his financial
disclosure. …Her entire career has been spent working against everything Ted Cruz says
that he [allegedly] stands for.” [89817, 89821, 89822, 89828, 89848]
Trump campaign spokeswoman Katrina Pierson tweets, “What’s worse? People who
actually believe the trash in tabloids, or the ones who know it’s false & spread it
anyway?” The tweet is in response to a National Enquirer story accusing Ted Cruz of
“hiding FIVE different mistresses! …The ENQUIRER reports that Cruz’s claimed
mistresses include a foxy political consultant and a high-placed D.C. attorney! …There
are also whispers of other intimate late-night sessions Ted has had in Washington—and
even a wild sex worker makes the cut!” (It is worth noting that although the National
Enquirer is a “supermarket rag” known for its outrageous headlines and fake stories, the
publication has also often been proven right on reports of extramarital affairs—as in the
cases of golfer Tiger Woods, former Senator John Edwards, former Senator Gary Hart,
Bill Cosby, race-pimp Jesse Jackson, and Bill Clinton.) Some might argue that Pierson’s
tweet is a smart political move because it brings attention to something many might not
even have been aware of. That is, National Enquirer may sell more copies, and, “Is Ted
Cruz is jerk?” may be the hit topic at office water coolers for a few days. [89745, 89746,
89747, 89748, 89770, 89772, 89780, 89787, 89799, 89806, 89812, 89813, 89814]
Rumors also suggest that the five women in Cruz’s “Cuban mistress crisis” include
Amanda Carpenter, a former Washington Times columnist who was a member of Cruz’s
Senate staff until July 5, 2015, and Sarah Isgur Flores, who worked for former candidate
Carly Fiorina’s political action committee. Heavy.com notes, “A Ted Cruz-affiliated
Super PAC, Keep the Promise I, donated $500,000 to rival Carly Fiorina’s presidential
campaign in July 2015. The Washington Post noted that the donation was ‘unusual’ at the
time… As goes the theory, when Fiorina found out about the affair, Cruz silenced her
with a half-million-dollar donation.” (Regardless of whether the reports of Cruz affairs—
which Breitbart.com allegedly has been sitting on since early February—have any basis
in reality, they will likely not go away for a while. Donald Trump, of course, has the
assets to hire investigators to dig up anything that his opponents have been trying to
hide—and that includes Cruz, Mitt Romney, and Hillary Clinton.) [89745, 89746, 89747,
89748, 89749, 89750, 89840]
According to TheDailyBeast.com, “For months and months, anti-Cruz operatives have
pitched a variety of #CruzSexScandal stories to a host of prominent national publications,
according to Republican operatives and media figures. The New York Times, The
Washington Post, Bloomberg News, Politico, and ABC News—reporters at all those
outlets heard some version of the Cruz-is-cheating story. None of them decided to run
with rumors. Those publications’ representatives all declined to provide on-the-record
comments when The Daily Beast reached out for this article. Breitbart News, the
notoriously Trump-friendly conservative outlet, was also pitched the story of Cruz’s
extramarital affairs, according to a source close to the publication. That source said an
operative allied with Marco Rubio—but not associated with his official campaign—
showed the publication a compilation video of Cruz and a woman other than his wife
coming out of the Capitol Grille restaurant and a hotel on Tuesdays and Thursdays. But
the outlet opted not to report on the video, which demonstrated no direct evidence of an
affair. …A Rubio spokesman wasn’t immediately available for comment.” Democrat
strategist Kirsten Powers says, “I also happen to know that one of the people that [sic;
who] was shopping the story around very aggressively is somebody who’s completely
anti-Trump, and is anti-Cruz also… it’s not a person who’s in any way supportive of
Donald Trump.” (One rumor suggests there is a Ted Cruz “sex tape” that has been
purchased for blackmail or extortion purposes, while some people are scrambling to
determine how many Senate votes Cruz may have missed on Tuesdays and Thursdays.)
[89806, 89827, 89829, 89986, 90099, 90100]
DCWhispers.com writes, “It is a story some are now calling ‘everything or nothing’—a
political hot mess whispered of for weeks and just yesterday pushed into the somewhat
mainstream via a tawdry National Enquirer expose by the same award-winning journalist
who broke similar revelations like the John Edwards sex scandal that effectively ended
Mr. Edwards’ political career in 2008. Social media is now in on the act, with
#CruzSexScandal the #1 trending topic in the Twitterverse which of course, means the
memes are being made up double-time at this point. But Twitter trending and memes,
though certainly important in the realm of public perception, do not a definitive sex
scandal make. Unfortunately for Mr. Cruz, speculation does appear to be forming into
something beyond mere rumor now that some mainstream reporters are indicated factual
support of at least some of what was detailed in the National Enquirer expose.
Washington Times’ Drew Johnson indicating at least two of the women involved in that
report were ‘accurate’ and headlined that information with the tag, ‘COMING CLEAN.’”
“…The ad [featuring Melania Trump] predictably created anger from Donald Trump,
which then quickly escalated into remarks by both Ted Cruz and his own wife, Heidi
Cruz. That ongoing back and forth sniping is said to have been a planned event by the
Cruz campaign to try and intermingle the Cruz-Trump dispute with the pending National
Enquirer story in an effort to confuse voters as to what was really going on. Initially it
appears to have worked as the Mainstream Media has focused almost entirely on the
Trump-Cruz back and forth involving the defense of their respective wives, and almost
no attention by this same Mainstream Media has been devoted to the Cruz sex scandal
story.” [89765]
“Adding yet another layer of intrigue to the Enquirer edition, and seemingly very much
linked to the Melania Trump ad, is the involvement of former Carly Fiorina campaign
staffer, Liz Mair. Just days prior to Mair’s newly-formed Make America Awesome antiTrump PAC initiated the now-infamous Melania Trump modeling pic political ad, came
the endorsement of Ted Cruz by Mair’s former boss, Carly Fiorina. This in turn reminded
some in the media to recall a very odd $500,000 transaction that took place between a
Ted Cruz Super PAC and Carly Fiorina Super PAC back in July when both were still
(apparently) competing against one another for the GOP nomination.” (Although it is
illegal for candidates to coordinate activities with political action committees, the Make
America Awesome PAC shares the same address as the Carly for America PAC: P.O.
Box 26141, Alexandria, Virginia 22313. Mair, it should be noted, owes her political
allegiance to whoever is signing her paychecks. She worked for Scott Walker, until his
campaign tanked; then Carly Fiorina, until her campaign tanked; and now supports Cruz.)
[89765, 89888, 89914]
“…Clearly someone thinks the $500,000 payment and the now-emerging potential sex
scandal issue are somehow related. Do suggestions that the Ted Cruz campaign actively
prepared for the sex scandal story weeks in advance give validity to the National
Enquirer’s claims? Does the link between the Cruz and Fiorina camps which includes a
former staffer for Fiorina now working for a pro-Cruz Super PAC and a still-mysterious
$500,000 payment between the two add yet more validity to those same claims? What
else is known too is that there are some Cruz campaign operatives who have effectively
gone ‘dark’ since the National Enquirer story came out yesterday. Again, that fact does
not in and of itself fully validate the National Enquirer claims but rather points to a
political campaign likely working double-time to try and manage the potential fallout.
The only undeniable thing at this point is this: Ted Cruz has a wife and two children.
They are the ones who would be most impacted should these revelation[s] prove true—an
impact that extends far beyond a current political campaign. America would all do well to
remember that as this story progresses, should it progress any further at all.” (Of course,
many voters might wonder how Ted Cruz could persuade one woman to have sex with
him, left alone five.) [89765]
Donald Trump issues a statement: “I have no idea whether or not the cover story about
Ted Cruz in this week’s issue of the National Enquirer is true or not, but I had absolutely
nothing to do with it, did not know about it, and have not, as yet, read it. Likewise, I have
nothing to do with the National Enquirer and unlike Lyin’ Ted Cruz I do not surround
myself with political hacks and henchman and then pretend total innocence. Ted Cruz’s
problem with the National Enquirer is his and his alone, and while they were right about
O. J. Simpson, John Edwards, and many others, I certainly hope they are not right about
Lyin’ Ted Cruz. I look forward to spending the week in Wisconsin, winning the
Republican nomination and ultimately the Presidency in order to Make America Great
Again.” (Although Cruz supporters blame Trump for the National Enquirer story, they
pretend they know nothing about the actions of the anti-Trump PAC that is helping Cruz.
Trump reportedly knows National Enquirer CEO David Pecker.) [89766, 89767, 89768,
89807, 89831]
Politico.com apparently believes the accusations against Cruz may be true, as it trots out
a story titled, “How Much Should We Care About Ted Cruz’s Alleged Affairs?”
Columnist Jack Shafer wonders “whether the press has any business reporting on the sex
lives of politicians. At one time in Washington, politicians—even the president—could
have lovers on the side and get away with it as long as they were circumspect about it
(Lyndon Johnson, John Kennedy, Dwight Eisenhower, Franklin Roosevelt, and so on
back to the founding). …[W]hy do a politician’s dalliances matter? Why do we care?
Why do we hunger to read about them even if we don’t care about hypocrisy or the
national security implications? …Here’s what haunts me most about this story. Today,
the cable channels and the Web are filled with high-speed speculation about a story that
many of us (including me) have not yet read. What if Cruz is innocent? To borrow a
phrase uttered by an exonerated Reagan administration official, where will Cruz go to get
his good name back?” (Shafer has not read the National Enquirer story, yet feels
obligated to suggest that Cruz’s marital dalliances do not matter. But while they may not
matter to him, they will likely matter to the many voters who have been led to believe—
largely by Cruz himself—that the evangelist candidate is as pure as the driven snow.)
HollywoodLife.com writes, “Uh oh. The Ted Cruz cheating allegations are gaining more
attention as more pieces of the puzzle fall together. On Mar. 25, a reputable reporter from
the ‘Washington Times’ backed up the ‘National Enquirer’ claims, saying at least a few
are ‘accurate.’” [89939]
The Obama administration admits that at least two Americans were killed in the terrorist
attacks in Brussels, but at least four Americans are unaccounted for. After meeting with
Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, Kerry says the United States “is praying and
grieving with you for the loved ones of those cruelly taken from us, including Americans,
and for the many who were injured in these despicable attacks. We—all of us
representing countless nationalities—have a message for those who inspired or carried
out the attacks here or in Paris, or Ankara, or Tunis, or San Bernardino, or elsewhere: We
will not be intimidated. We will not be deterred. We will come back with greater resolve,
with greater strength, and we will not rest until we have eliminated your nihilistic beliefs
and cowardice from the face of the Earth.” (This is not the first time Kerry or Obama
have labeled the radical Islamists “nihilists”—a completely absurd claim. The use of the
word is meant to suggest that the terrorists are irreligious and lack values and loyalties.
Of course, the terrorists are religious fundamentalists whose values and loyalties most
civilized people find repulsive. The terrorists are not anarchists by any means. They
create disorder not for the sake of disorder, but for the sake of establishing order under a
caliphate.) [89781, 89818]
It is later reported that Americans Justin Shults and his wife Stephanie were killed in the
Brussels attack at the airport. Both were accountants who moved to Brussels un 2014.
In a Franklin & Marshall poll in Pennsylvania, Donald Trump leads John Kasich 33-30,
with Ted Cruz at 20 percent. Hillary Clinton leads Bernie Sanders 53-28. [89808]
In national Reuters polling, Trump leads Cruz 54.7 to 37.9 percent in a head-to-head
match-up, with 7.4 percent saying they would not vote if Trump and Cruz were the only
choices. [89835]
Although Ted Cruz has, in public, been calling for John Kasich to drop out of the race so
that he can fight Donald Trump one-on-one, Kasich campaign strategist John Weaver
says that is the “opposite of what they [the Cruz strategists] say in private.” In several
Twitter messages, Weaver writes, “Cruz camp is disingenuous about division of targeting
re: Trump. On multiple levels, Cruz camp has reached out to us (and vice versa) to ensure
Trump is denied 1,237. They know what we know: only path to nomination for Cruz or
us is through open convention. Only action to date has been unilateral by us re: AZ
(which they knew in advance). Even Mitt has urged Cruz to work with us! To no avail.
As usual, they want it both ways, appearance of attempt to work together/victim, but no
action. To question John Kasich motivation is underhanded and opposite of what they say
in private. Facts are JK [John Kasich is] best positioned in most states moving forward &
in general election.” [89838]
The reality is that neither Kasich nor Cruz is likely to win the nomination. Kasich is too
moderate to gain the support of most conservative primary voters, while Cruz is too
extreme to win the support of moderate primary voters. Neither Cruz nor Kasich can win
the 1,237 delegates necessary to secure the nomination on the first round of voting at the
Republican National Convention in July. All they can possibly do is block Trump from
reaching 1,237. That will either result in Trump wheeling and dealing before or at the
convention in order to reach 1,237, or the nomination being awarded to someone other
than Trump, Cruz, or Kasich.
For the second night in a row, riots take place in the Stockholm suburb of Alby. Cars are
set ablaze and police and firefighters are attacked when they attempt to respond. (The
area is home to many immigrants from Syria. Armenia, and Iraq, but “Swedish law
forbids police to record the ethnicity and origin of the perpetrators.”) [89895]
On the PBS NewsHour’s Shields and Brooks segment, New York Times’ faux
conservative David Brooks says, “I spent the last week so repulsed by Ted—by Donald
Trump, I’d forgotten how ugly Ted Cruz could be, but he reminded us this week [by
calling for increased police surveillance in Muslim neighborhoods]. Ah, you know, uh, as
I said, and as everyone says, the reason we have terrorism is not because the prophet
Mohammed came down and not ’cause there’s a religion called Islam. The reason we
have terror, uh, is that, uh, young men are alienated and feel that they can wage war and a
just war against societies that are, uh, racist and xenophobic and crushing toward them,
and if you want to spread that message a good way would be to have extra police
operations, du, du, directed at, eh, Muslim neighborhoods.” (From Brooks’ perspective,
terrorism by uncivilized savages is caused by civilized society defending itself against
that terrorism.) [89929]
On March 26, 2016 Brussels’ “March Against Fear” event, scheduled for Easter Sunday,
March 27, is canceled—because of security concerns. Jihad Watch’s Robert Spencer
observes, “Belgians can thank their leaders, who have brought this problem upon
themselves with their disastrous policies regarding Muslim immigration.” (“Je suis
Charlie Hebdo” has apparently been replaced by “Je suis un lâche” (“I am a coward”).)
[89790, 89865, 89878]
Meanwhile, Breitbart.com reports, “A central German regional railway is launching a
special women and children only area for their trains, a move which has triggered
controversy. The announcement from the central German Regiobahn line came earlier
this week, with the network stating the new compartment on their Leipzig and Chemnitz
would admit women and young children only. …Yet despite the recent mass sex-attacks
in Germany, and the official advice to young women that the best thing to do is to keep
groping migrant men ‘at arm’s length’ to prevent rape, the railway denies the segregated
trains has anything to do with sexual harassment.” [89892, 89893]
Canada’s new leftist Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, complains that a guide for
immigrants wishing to become citizens is wrong to refer to “honor killings” as
“barbaric.” Trudeau states, “The use of a word as pejorative as ‘barbaric’ has more of an
opportunity to set someone’s hackles up…” (Some might argue that individuals who do
not consider honor killings to be barbaric should not even be allowed into one’s country,
let alone be allowed to become citizens.) [89931]
DailyCaller.com reports, “In an email sent to supporters, a prominent US antidiscrimination Muslim group announced that it’s ‘requesting a meeting with FBI Director
James Comey’ and is ‘demanding’ that it cancel an informant program reportedly set to
‘be formally introduced next week.’ ‘The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination
Committee demands that the FBI cancel the launch of its controversial ‘Shared
Responsibility Committee’ program,’ the email states. ‘Since learning about the program
last fall, ADC has frequently expressed serious concerns about the initiative, which is
part of the government’s Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program.’” [89901,
89902, 90008]
AlArabiya.net reports, “Ibrahim El Bakraoui, one of the Brussels suicide bombers, was
on a US counterterrorism watchlist before the November attacks in Paris and his brother
Khalid was put on the list shortly afterward, sources familiar with the matter said. Reuters
previously reported that both brothers had been known to US authorities before the
March 18 arrest of Salah Abdeslam, a French national who prosecutors say had a key role
in the Paris attacks. Belgian prosecutors have identified Brahim El Bakraoui as one of
two suicide bombers who attacked Brussels’ Zaventem Airport on Tuesday, while they
say Khalid El Bakraoui carried out a suicide bombing at Brussels' Maelbeek Metro
station, near European Union headquarters.” (Pamela Geller writes, “This shows how
effective these watchlists are—not at all. They give the appearance that law enforcement
officials are on top of the situation, when they aren’t. Probably those who were in charge
of keeping track of the Muslims on this watchlist [sic; watch-list] was [sic; were] too
busy doing outreach at the local mosque to watch El Bakraoui closely.”) [89861]
The United Kingdom’s Daily Star reports, “Police believe the mystery ‘man in white’
photographed beside the two Brussels airport suicide bombers is Mohamed Abrini—a
Paris suspect who travelled to the UK last year. Belgian police now believe the mystery
man is one of the perpetrators of the Paris massacre, which killed 130. Abrini, 31, is the
man in beige wearing glasses, a blue hat and pushing a trolley that carried the largest of
the three explosive devices through the airport on Tuesday morning. CCTV caught him
running from the scene shortly before two blasts went off in the departures lounge. …The
Morrocan-Belgian was well known to police who put an international arrest warrant over
his head on November 24—less than two weeks after the Paris attacks. He had previously
been spotted in the Renault Clio that was used as a getaway car when terror suspect Salah
Abdeslam chickened out of pulling the detonator on his suicide vest. And he was pictured
with Paris massacre mastermind Salah Abdeslam on November 11—two days before
their assault on the capital. It was later sensationally revealed that the sick terrorist staked
out a British football ground before the cell tried to attack the Stade de France stadium
after the attacks.” [89863]
Breitbart.com reports, “The deadly terrorist attacks in Brussels last week and in Paris last
November are dress rehearsals for a coming ‘big’ attack inside the United States, a
leading Islamic State-allied militant claimed in an exclusive interview. Abu al-Ayna alAnsari, a Salafist movement senior official in the Gaza Strip, made the claim in a prerecorded, hour-long interview to air in full on Sunday [March 27] on ‘Aaron Klein
Investigative Radio’…” Al-Ansari says, “The Islamic State is a state. The Islamic State
has agents all around the very sensitive facilities in the world, like metro stations, like
airports and other places whether in the West or in the Arab world. We have our
mujahedeen implanted in those facilities as workers, as employees, even in the security
field in the airports. And they were recruited to work with the Islamic State and we
proved that we succeeded to reach a very deep infiltration in these facilities. We showed
it in Sinai with the Russian jet. We show it now. And everybody should understand. This
is a state. This state will not disappear. It will only become bigger because this is the
message. This is the prophecy of Muhammad and this is the promise of Allah.” [89903,
89904, 89963, 89964]
In his pre-recorded weekend Internet address, a tone-deaf Obama reaffirms his “openness
to [Muslim] refugees” and plans to bring at least 10,000 Syrians into the United States.
He calls Muslim-Americans “our most important partners in the nation's fight against
those who would wage violent jihad. That’s why we have to reject any attempt to
stigmatize Muslim-Americans, and their enormous contributions to our country and our
way of life. Such attempts are contrary to our character, to our values, and to our history
as a nation built around the idea of religious freedom. It’s also counterproductive. It plays
right into the hands of terrorists who want to turn us against one another—who need a
reason to recruit more people to their hateful cause.” [89905, 89906, 89907, 89911,
89924, 89936]
Obama plays golf at Andrews Air Force Base. [89825]
Jack Kerwick writes at Townhall.com, “Contrary to what he and his boosters in some
quarters of talk radio would have us think, Ted Cruz is most definitely not a Washington
‘outsider’ or ‘anti-Establishment’ candidate. For years, until as recently as 2013, Cruz,
alongside such insiders as George W. Bush, advocated on behalf of legalizing the
country’s millions of illegal immigrants. And though he and his defenders would have us
believe otherwise, most Americans know that legalization, being the first step, as it were,
to citizenship, is indeed amnesty. …In the early 2000s, Cruz joined the board of HAPI,
an organization comprised of ‘conservative’ Hispanics interested in advancing a ‘proimmigration’ agenda. HAPI worked closely with the Bush administration. Every proposal
included legalization. In fact, among the policies that Cruz and his colleagues at HAPI
supported was John McCain’s and Ted Kennedy’s ‘immigration reform’ act of 2006!”
“Robert De Posada, a former Director of Hispanic Affairs for the RNC and a founder of
the ‘Latino Coalition,’ meets Cruz’s current protestations that he never supported
legalization in principle, but only as a strategy to derail the Gang of Eight’s plans, with
incredulity. ‘It’s just a flat out lie. Period. There’s just no truth behind it.’ …Cruz
witnessed [Donald] Trump’s meteoric rise over his stance on this issue and recalibrated
accordingly. The Texas senator had never been the hard-liner against amnesty that he
would now have us believe that he is. …As for abortion, even as Cruz blasts Donald
Trump for the latter’s assertion that Planned Parenthood does some good, we shouldn’t
lose sight of the fact that Cruz, who has been in the US senate for six [sic; four] years,
only began calling for the defunding of Planned Parenthood after it came to light that the
country’s largest abortion provider traded in baby parts.” [89824]
AvengerSocial posts an interview with an alleged female “escort” who has “worked for”
Ted Cruz. She claims, “I was 18 and my regular client in Dallas gave him [Cruz] the
contact. It is not unusual for this to happen, many clients for the service I worked with are
lobbyist, donors, attorneys and politicians. That is why, I am scared for my life that you
found me. …[H]e never said anything about being married. He seemed to need mothering
of some sort, before we engaged in some of his requested acts. …Sometimes I would
dress as a Catholic school girl for role play, that is popular with many clients though.
Other times he would request for me to dress like a judge. Who am I to judge my clients?
I just do what, I am paid for and go on my way.” She claims Cruz visited her in
“Houston, Dallas and I have been to Alexandria [Virginia] as well. …In the beginning,
[he would visit] every time he had business in either of the locations. He would even pay
for my flights to Baltimore then rent a car for me to drive to Alexandria.” [89833]
Asked if she had ever seen Cruz’s wife, the prostitute responds, “Yes, many times were
close calls. I guess that is why I am terrified how I was found. …After this, I will have to
move again. I am leaving Texas and I wished I had never met him. I never experienced
this kind of problem as an escort. I knew, when he said he was going to run for president
that I would be at risk. As a senator, I was not worried. I have met many politicians doing
this service but never had my life been at risk. …I was getting weird calls with no way to
call it back. The number would be local and I would answer to silence. None of the calls
were of the same number, so I threw away the phone. …[I]t is why I feel threatened
and… he [Cruz] has not called since January. This is when all the strange calls started.”
(The story may be a complete fabrication and will be removed from this Timeline if
warranted.) [89833]
Derniere Heure, a Belgian newspaper, reports that a guard at a nuclear plant was found
shot to death and his security credentials were stolen. [89836, 89837, 89858]
According to journalist Bill Stills, “The brother of one of [Ted] Cruz’s lovers, who
regularly appears on CNN as a contributor, confirms his sister’s involvement with Cruz.
‘It’s true. They were together only a few times. She was transfixed by Ted. He has a way
of selling ice to an Eskimo.’ The brother said that his sister is married, with children, and
that the affair occurred ‘right before Ted’s campaign for [the] Senate, [and] they’d get
together when Cruz visited D.C. The whole family knows; everybody knows about this.’
According to the source, the shocked husband “knows all about this, but still loves her. It
was a mistake, but everybody makes mistakes. Ted Cruz is like Clinton though—he preys
on young admiring women.’” [89840]
Still continues, “‘Randy Ted,’ as the [National] Enquirer labeled him, is accused now of
having at least eight affairs in multiple places, such as closets and bathrooms on
campaign buses. Cruz lashed out at a Wisconsin news conference today, according to
NBC News: ‘It is a tabloid smear and it has come from Donald Trump and his
henchmen.’ However, evidence of the trysts is just starting to build, and no doubt will
continue for days. …Senator Cruz’s denial of the trysts comes at a bad time for Cruz, as
Politifact recently tabulated the truth of Cruz’s recent statements. Of 98 Cruz statements
Politifact examined, only six were judged to be true. Yep, ‘lyin’ Ted’ only tells the truth
about six percent of the time.” [89840]
If the allegations against Cruz are true, the fact that the information is only coming out in
late March may explain Trump’s strategy. Earlier in the campaign, Trump left Cruz more
or less alone, and people wondered why he was not attacking him. Trump instead focused
on “low-energy” Jeb Bush and “Little Marco” Rubio, who were the greater
“establishment” threats. One by one he eliminated the competition. Down to only the
grating John Kasich, who won’t win anything, and Cruz, Trump now attacks Cruz—his
only real competition. Trump likely had his anti-Cruz ammunition lined up ages ago, but
chose to keep his powder dry until he needed it. Now that he needs it, he is using it.
Trump more than likely has a mountain of dirt on all the current and potential candidates
(Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, and Elizabeth Warren) and is parceling it out
only as it becomes necessary. Trump may be a brilliant political tactician—or he is very
In a SurveyUSA poll in Michigan, Hillary Clinton beats Donald Trump 49-38; she beats
Ted Cruz 49-39; she loses to John Kasich 46-41, Bernie Sanders would beat all three
GOP candidates, Trump would lose 55-36; Cruz would lose 56-35; and Kasich would
lose 47-42. (In 2008 Obama won Michigan by 14 points. In 2012 the unpopular Obama
nevertheless won Michigan by about 10 points. A poll suggesting a similar Democrat win
in 2016 is not surprising.) [89842]
In an Emerson College poll in Wisconsin, Cruz leads Trump 36-35, with Kasich at 19
percent. In a Basswood Research poll Cruz leads Trump 36-31 in the Badger State, with
Kasich ar 21 percent. [89845]
WND.com reports, “Signaling a potential crack in the Senate GOP roadblock against
considering Barack Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme
Court, Senator Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley has indicated he would
accept submission from the White House of the standard questionnaire for nominees.
…[O]n Tuesday [March 29], Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois is scheduled to be the first
Republican senator to meet with Garland, the senator’s office announced Friday. A day
earlier, Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran said that, while he doesn’t support Garland, he believes
Obama’s nominee deserves a hearing. And, for her part, Maine Sen. Susan Collins has
said she will meet with Garland—and has been pushing colleagues to do so and hold
hearings as well.” [89851]
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) wins the Democrat caucuses in Washington (defeating
Hillary Clinton 73-27 percent), Alaska (82-18), and Hawaii (70-30). Sanders tells CNN’s
Jake Tapper, “In terms of super-delegates, a lot of super-delegates have pledged for
Secretary Clinton, but I think when they begin to look at the reality—and that is that we,
in poll after poll, are beating Donald Trump by much larger margins than Secretary
Clinton—I think the momentum is with us.” (Clinton has 1,243 delegates; Sanders has
975; 2,383 are needed to win the Democrat nomination. Clinton has 469 super-delegates;
Sanders has 29.) [89839, 89841, 89843, 89866, 89867, 89868, 89871, 89872, 89875,
On March 27, Easter Sunday, at least 72 are killed and 300 or more are injured when a
suicide bomber detonates his explosives in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park in the eastern city of
Lahore, Pakistan. Most of the dead are reportedly women and children. One witness tells
AFP, “It was overcrowded because of Easter, there were a lot of Christians there. It was
so crowded I told my family not to go.” Obama has no comment, and leaves it to the
National Security Council to issue a statement. [89876, 89896, 89897, 89913, 89934,
State Department spokesman John Kirby says, “The United States stands with the people
and Government of Pakistan at this difficult hour. We send our deepest condolences to
the loved ones of those killed and injured, and our thoughts and prayers are with the
people of Lahore as they respond to and recover from this terrible tragedy. Attacks like
these only deepen our shared resolve to defeat terrorism around the world, and we will
continue to work with our partners in Pakistan and across the region to combat the threat
of terrorism.” [89898]
White House press secretary Josh Earnest delivers a similarly meaningless statement:
“The United States condemns in the strongest terms today’s appalling terrorist attack in
Lahore, Pakistan. This cowardly act in what has long been a scenic and placid park has
killed dozens of innocent civilians and left scores injured. We send our deepest
condolences to the loved ones of those killed, just as our thoughts and prayers are with
the many injured in the explosion. The United States stands with the people and
Government of Pakistan at this difficult hour. We will continue to work with our partners
in Pakistan and across the region, as together we will be unyielding in our efforts to root
out the scourge of terrorism.” (The relevance of including a “scenic and placid park”
description, even if accurate, is not clear. Neither the Kirby nor the Earnest statements,
mention that the victims were Christians celebrating Easter who were no doubt targeted
for their faith.) [89898]
News.Sky.com reports, “A man identified as Faycal Cheffou has been charged with
terrorist murder after the Brussels attacks which left 31 people dead. Cheffou has also
been charged with participation in a terrorist group and attempted terrorist killings,
Belgian prosecutors said in a statement. The self-styled journalist was one of several men
detained in police raids on Thursday [March 24]. …Brussels mayor Yvan Mayeur told
Belgium’s Le Soir newspaper Cheffou was known to authorities and is ‘dangerous.’
…Two other men, Aboubakar A. and Rabah N. have also been charged with terrorist
activities and membership of a terrorist group, according to prosecutors.” (Cheffou is
later released for “lack of evidence.”) [89894, 90017, 90018]
In a lengthy New York Times article, Matt Apuzzo—who has apparently never heard of
Islam—writes, “The brothers who carried out suicide bombings in Brussels last week had
long, violent criminal records and had been regarded internationally as potential
terrorists. But in San Bernardino, Calif., last year, one of the attackers was a county
health inspector who lived a life of apparent suburban normality. And then there are the
dozens of other young American men and women who have been arrested over the past
year for trying to help the Islamic State. Their backgrounds are so diverse that they defy a
single profile. What turns people toward violence—and whether they can be steered away
from it—are questions that have bedeviled governments around the world for
generations. …Despite millions of dollars of government-sponsored research, and a
much-publicized White House pledge to find answers, there is still nothing close to a
consensus on why someone becomes a terrorist. [90015, 90016]
A pipe bomb explodes in an alley near Disneyland in Anaheim, California. There are no
injuries. [90088, 90089]
On Face the Nation, Secretary of State John Kerry claims, “Everywhere I go, every
leader I meet, they ask about what is happening in America [with the presidential
campaigns]. They cannot believe it. Uh, I think it is fair to say that, that, that, uh, they’re
shocked. They don’t know where it’s taking the United States of America. It upsets
people’s sense of equilibrium about our steadiness, about our reliability. Um, and, uh, to
some degree, I must say to you, uh, some of the questions, the way they’re posed to me,
it’s clear to me that what’s happening is an embarrassment to our country.” (Those who
believe the 2016 political campaign is rough and rude are ignorant of the history of
politics—in the United States and throughout the world. Kerry should sit through an
afternoon listening to insults hurled in the United Kingdom’s House of Commons, where
he will hear things far more biting than “low-energy Jeb, “little Marco,” “lyin’ Ted,” and
“look at his small hands.”) [89922]
With regard to the risks of radical Islamist terrorists, Kerry says, “I mean there are
realities that there are dangers around. I don’t want to scare anybody. I don’t think you
have to be. The odds of being hit by a terrorist are far less than the odds of an injury in
the course of daily life whether it’s an accident in an automobile or a home or elsewhere.
So people do not have to live in fear.” 89978]
Appearing on ABC’s This Week, Donald Trump charges that Ted Cruz’s campaign
bought the rights to the GQ magazine cover photo of his wife Melania to use in the antiTrump ad in Utah: “From what I hear, he and his campaign went out and bought the
cover shoot. Melania did a cover story for GQ, a very strong modeling picture. No big
deal. But it was a cover story for GQ, a big magazine. And it was, you know, fine. And
from what I hear, somebody bought the rights to it and he [Ted Cruz] was the one or his
campaign bought the rights and they gave it to the super PAC. …He [Cruz] knew all
about it [the ad], one hundred percent. There’s no way in a million years that super PAC
did that without his absolute knowledge.” [89854]
Trump also brings up reports that Ted Cruz is attempting to steal delegates Trump won in
Louisiana. Trump tells ABC’s Jonathan Karl that Cruz’s actions are proof of “what a
crooked system we have and what a rotten political system we have. I have millions of
votes more than ‘lyin’ Ted.’ Millions. Millions of votes more. I have many, many
delegates more. I’ve won areas and he’s trying steal things because that’s the way Ted
works, okay? I have so many millions of votes more. I’ve brought people into the party
by the millions. You understand that. They voted by the millions more. It’s one of the
biggest stories in all of politics. And what do I have? I have a guy trying to steal people’s
delegates. This is supposed to be America. A free America. This is supposed to be a
system of votes. Where you go out, you have elections. Free elections. Not elections
where I won, I won Louisiana, and now I hear he’s trying to steal delegates. Frankly,
whoever at the end, whoever has the most votes and delegates should be the nominee.
And I will beat Hillary Clinton. I haven’t even started on Hillary Clinton yet. I had only
one skirmish with her about two months ago. She didn’t come out so well.” [89886]
In an AM970 radio interview, veteran political operative Roger Stone says, “[T]he
private detectives who are specifically in the article [about Ted Cruz’s alleged extramarital affairs] in the National Enquirer were actually working for and paid by Marco
Rubio.” Asked why anyone should care “who Ted Cruz is sleeping with,” Stone
responds, “[H]e holds himself out as a moral exemplar, and I think it’s the hypocrisy…
that is problematic here. Where’s his lawsuit? Where’s his $100 million lawsuit against
the National Enquirer? …The dirty little secret here is this isn’t just the National
Enquirer. Every major media organization in the country is pursuing this particular story,
and they are well familiar with the names…” Noting the $500,000 the Cruz campaign
gave the Carly Fiorina campaign after one of the five alleged women left his campaign to
work for hers, Stone says, “Now, Ted despises Carly, and Carly despises Ted. What’s the
$500,000 for? Can you say, ‘hush money’?” [89881, 89923]
On Fox News Sunday, Ted Cruz insists, “This story [of mistresses] is garbage. It is
tabloid smear. It came from Donald Trump and his henchmen. The only person quoted on
the record there is Roger Stone, the chief political adviser to Donald Trump. [Stone no
longer works for Trump.] Roger Stone remains the henchman, the hatchet man, the
enforcer for Donald Trump. He’s pushing these attacks. By the way, he’s been pushing
them for many months online. These are complete made up lies. They’re garbage. But,
you know, it’s indicative of just how low Donald Trump will go.” (If they are, indeed,
“made up lies,” Cruz should, as Stone suggests, sue the National Enquirer for millions of
dollars. If he does not do that, it will suggest the reports of Cruz’s extramarital affairs are
true. Attorney Montgomery Blair Sibley, who represented Deborah Jeane Palfrey, “the
“D.C. Madam,” has previously told The Washington Post that information in some of his
former client’s records “could be relevant” to the 2016 presidential campaign.) [89882,
89884, 89885, 89966, 90052]
It is worth noting that Cruz has not directly stated, “I have not had any extramarital
affairs.” Former CIA operative Phil Houston and colleague Don Tennant write,
“Behaviorally, when the facts are the ally of an individual, he or she almost always tends
to focus on the facts of the matter at hand. In this case, if the key fact was that he had not
had these affairs, Cruz would almost certainly have been much more strongly focused on
the denial. That is, he very likely would have made a point of explicitly stating something
along the lines of, ‘I did not have these affairs.’ Yet at no point [in his various statements]
did Cruz say that. He implied it by saying the allegations are false, and that they’re lies,
but behaviorally, such statements are not equivalent to saying he never had the affairs.
Even if we were to overlook that fact and consider his statements to be a denial, there is
an overwhelmingly higher proportion of attack behavior compared to the effort expended
at denial. This type of lopsided attack-to-denial ratio is very consistent with what we have
historically seen with deceptive people when allegations are levied against them.”
“Given the lack of additional information upon which to conduct a more comprehensive
behavioral analysis, this is nothing more than our initial opinion and assessment, and we
will continue to follow this matter very closely. At the same time, we cannot help but
conclude at this point that it’s not looking good for Sen. Cruz.” [89887]
While the Trump supporters blame Cruz for the nasty attacks and the Cruz supporters
blame Trump, the reality may be that the Republican establishment is originating, or at
least stirring up stirring up, the conflicts. Because the GOP elites fear Trump and hate
Cruz, it is certainly in their best interests for the two of them to beat each other up and
turn off large numbers of voters who are too naive to understand that politics has always
been a dirty game and always will be. That people like Jeb Bush and Senator Lindsey
Graham (R-SC) have reluctantly endorsed Cruz is irrelevant if the RNC and the political
action committees are not spending money to help Cruz. Cruz is being used only to block
Trump; there is no establishment fondness for Cruz or eagerness to hand him the
Even if Cruz were to manage to win the nomination, the help he needs to do so will not
come cheap. George Rasley writes at ConservativeHQ.com, “[T]here is no way that the
Republican establishment will enter into an alliance with conservatives without getting
something in return, and the experience of the 1980 Republican Convention and the
Reagan-Bush transition team can offer us some idea of what they might want: An
establishment Republican as Vice President. An establishment Republican as White
House Chief of Staff. A Cabinet packed with establishment Republicans, Washington
insiders and Big Business types. A White House Personnel Office run by establishment
Republican insiders, who will hire their friends to run the government at the sub-cabinet
and Schedule C level. An establishment Republican Chairman of the Republican National
Committee to keep the vast sums of money the GOP raises flowing to their favored
consultants and friends and to continue the policies of the ‘Party of Stupid’ in leaving the
power to set the party agenda in the hands of the establishment media through the
scheduling of debates, choice of moderators and format.” [89889]
The Republican establishment will destroy the party if it blocks Trump’s nomination at
the national convention in July. Through 29 states in the 2016 primary process, 21
million votes have been cast. In 2012 only 19 million votes were case throughout the
entire process. Trump has gained two million more votes than rival Ted Cruz and
enthused the base like no candidate in decades. In Florida, Trump won 66 of 67 counties.
He has won states in the south, northeast, southwest, and midwest, showing widespread
support in all areas of the country—something few candidates can do. The national polls
of Trump versus Clinton match-ups are largely irrelevant because the one-on-one
campaigns will not even begin in earnest until after the conventions. Trump has yet to
unleash his attacks on Clinton—who, it must be remembered by the pundits, still has to
win the all-important “FBI primary.” Whether Trump can defeat Clinton remains to be
seen. Although he has high “unfavorable” ratings, so does Clinton. Trump may very well
defeat Clinton easily, and with a large enough victory he can help the GOP maintain
control of the Senate. For the GOP to not only oppose Trump but actively work against
him is nonsensical—unless the “establishment” is so afraid of Trump upsetting their
money-making war machine apple carts that they prefer a Clinton victory, which is
guaranteed if millions of angry Trump supporters sit out the election because the
nomination has been awarded to Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, or Jeb Bush. If the party elites
prefer Clinton to Trump, the Republican Party deserves to go down in flames.
DCWhispers.com writes, “While it is not undeniable evidence that something more than
a professional relationship took place between Amanda Carpenter and her former boss,
Senator Ted Cruz, the prompt cleaning up of her social media account did not go
unnoticed by some and is now leading to yet further speculation as to the potential
validity regarding allegations of somewhat recent sexual relations between Mr. Cruz and
women outside of his marriage.” One of Carpenter’s deleted tweets: “Really going for it
today RT @Salon: Why I date married men: ‘There’s warmth and there’s space, there’s
intimacy and there’s distance…’” [89912]
“Bill Mitchell, who is should be noted, is a strong supporter of Donald Trump’s
presidential campaign, was among those who noted Ms. Carpenter’s deletions of Cruzrelated messages: ‘Dear Amanda, When you’re accused of having an affair with a
married man, don’t delete all of your puppy love tweets for him the next day.’ Whether
the now missing tweets were ‘puppy love’ or merely an employee’s admiration for her
employer will for now, be left for others to decide for themselves. It does give the
appearance of yet more smoke, though if that should then lead to an actual confirmation
of a scandal fire, remains to be seen. Mr. Cruz has called the accusations of an affair(s)
‘garbage’ and to date, no woman has come forward to collaborate the claims made most
notably in the National Enquirer story last week.” [89912]
Other (alleged but unconfirmed) Carpenter tweets: from February 2, 2014, “@tedcruz
there’s no where [sic; nowhere] to hide since you pushed my love aside I’m outta [sic;
out of] my head hopelessly devoted to you” and April 2, 2014, “@tedcruz you better
shape up because I need a man and my heart is set on you.” [89918, 89930]
In a USC Dornsife/LA Times poll of Republicans in California, Trump leads Cruz 37-30.
John Kasich has 12 percent. (In the September 2015 poll, Trump had 24 percent.) Many
Cruz supporters say they will not vote for Trump if he is the nominee, while many Trump
supporters say they will not vote for Cruz if he is the nominee. (That matters little in
California, of course, which will almost certainly be won by the Democrat nominee on
November 8.) [89883]
LATimes.com reports, “Federal prosecutors investigating the possible mishandling of
classified materials on Hillary Clinton’s private email server have begun the process of
setting up formal interviews with some of her longtime and closest aides, according to
two people familiar with the probe, an indication that the inquiry is moving into its final
phases. …No dates have been set for questioning the advisors, but a federal prosecutor in
recent weeks has called their lawyers to alert them that he would soon be doing so, the
sources said. Prosecutors also are expected to seek an interview with Clinton herself,
though the timing remains unclear.” [89909, 89935]
Fidel Castro responds to Obama’s trip to Cuba with an editorial in the newspaper El
Granma slamming Obama and the United States. [89908, 89942, 89968]
On the North American Law Center (NALC) radio program, lead attorney Stephen
Pidgeon says he has obtained information and documentation showing that Senator Ted
Cruz (R-TX) was born and has always been a Canadian citizen. Sharon Rondeau writes at
ThePostEmail.com, “Pidgeon theorized that Cruz’s candidacy, which he characterized as
‘illegal’ and ‘fraudulent,’ has been endorsed by Jeb Bush and other ‘establishment’
figures to further the ‘New World Order’ takeover of the United States. Pidgeon believes
that ‘international puppets’ are dictating who controls the United States, beginning with
Bill Clinton, who began a pattern of what Pidgeon called ‘looting.’ …Pidgeon said that
Cruz, although having presented himself as a ‘Christian constitutionalist,’ is actually ‘an
operative working for the Bush cabal’ and the North American Union. He is ‘probably an
undocumented alien,’ Pidgeon said… The Post & Email has attempted to obtain a
certified copy of Cruz’s birth certificate, citizenship renunciation application, and
naturalization record(s) of his father or both parents but been denied for ‘privacy’ reasons
by the Canadian government.” [89928, 90105]
On March 28, on Fox & Friends, Judge Andrew Napolitano discusses the upcoming FBI
interviews of Hillary Clinton and several of her top aides: “If they go in, they’re not
under oath, but it’s very, very dangerous, because if they mislead or lie to the FBI, that’s
a felony—the equivalent to perjury—and they can be prosecuted. And they do not know,
and their lawyers do not know, what the FBI knows about them. … would think the
Democrats need to know whether or not they’re about to nominate somebody for
president who might be a criminal defendant in a felony prosecution before November.
They should know that now. Prediction: something will happen by May which is now a
little over a month away.” (The FBI will conclude its investigation, release its documents
to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and recommend indictments. Lynch will then stall by
calling for a special prosecutor, who will conveniently be unable to conclude his report
until after the November 8 elections. Somewhere along the line, however, angry FBI
personnel will leak information to the media. Clinton will then claim the FBI is part of
the “vast, right-wing conspiracy” and try to ride out the crisis. If she survives and is
elected, Clinton will reward Lynch by leaving her in charge of the Department of
Justice.) [89937]
Hillary Clinton campaign strategist Joel Benenson tells NBC’s Kate Bolduan that Clinton
might not agree to any more debates with Bernie Sanders unless he changes his “tone.”
(Translation: “I thought I was going to be crowned the Democrat nominee without having
to put up with any serious challengers.”) [89916]
Fresh from a Cuban baseball game and a terrible tango in Argentina, Obama attends the
annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House. [89917]
Workers remove a fake tombstone for Donald Trump which had been placed in New
York City’s Central Park. The inscription reads, “Made America Hate Again.” [89925,
89926, 89927]
The U.S. Capitol and the White House are placed on temporary lockdown after an
attempted shooting. The culprit is shot and wounded by the police. [89919, 89920]
Reuters reports, “German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said he is planning a new
law that will require refugees to learn German and integrate into society, or else lose their
permanent right of residence.” (Similar laws and regulations already exist in Germany;
they are not being enforced.) [89958, 89959]
While many in Germany fight to save their culture, some people in England seem
determined to destroy theirs. Members of the National Union of Teachers vote to replace
a requirement to teach fundamental British values, which they consider “cultural
supremacism, particularly in the context of multicultural schools and the wider picture of
migration.” [90020, 90090]
The Times of Israel reports, “Islamic State terrorists are planning an imminent attack on
Jewish kindergartens, schools and youth centers in Turkey, according to a report by
Britain-based Sky News Monday. The report came hours after Jerusalem issued an alert
for all Israeli citizens to leave Turkey as soon as possible, citing an Islamic State threat,
and nine days after three Israelis were killed in a bombing in Istanbul. According to Sky
News, citing an ‘intelligence source,’ terrorists are plotting to attack a synagogue which
also doubles as a school and community center in the Beyoglu neighborhood of Istanbul.
The source said the threat was imminent and could happen at any moment. ‘This is a
more than credible threat. This is an active plot,’ the source said. ‘We don’t know when
it’s scheduled for. It could be in the next 24 hours or next few days.’” [89949, 89950]
DailyCaller.com reports, “The terror cell behind the attacks in Paris and Brussels is much
larger than previously thought, according to reports. Authorities have gained increased
intelligence from a string of arrests in wake of the attacks in Brussels last Tuesday.
Arrests occurred in Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Germany over the weekend.”
[90005, 90006]
FoxNews.com reports, “The U.S. Justice Department announced Monday it has
successfully accessed data stored on the iPhone that belonged to the San Bernardino
gunman without Apple’s help, ending the court case against the tech company. …The
government told a federal court Monday, without any details, that it accessed data on
gunman Syed Farook’s iPhone and no longer requires Apple’s assistance.” [89945]
FreeBeacon.com reports, “The federal government is taking steps to fine schools that do
not comply with first lady Michelle Obama’s school lunch rules. The U.S. Department of
Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service issued a proposed rule Monday to codify parts
of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which was championed by Mrs. Obama. The
regulation would punish schools and state departments with fines for ‘egregious or
persistent disregard’ for the lunch rules that imposed sodium and calorie limits and
banned white grains. A West Virginia preschool teacher was threatened with fines for
violating the rules by rewarding her students with candy for good behavior in June 2015.
The teacher ultimately did not have to pay, but the school had to develop a ‘corrective
action plan’ with training on the policies. The government now seeks to make fines
enforceable by regulation. Section 303 of the law requires that the federal government
‘establish criteria for the imposition of fines’ for all the Department of Agriculture’s child
food programs.” [89982]
Daily Mail reporter David Martosk asks Ted Cruz, “Can you please swat down more
definitively this National Enquirer piece by telling us on the record that you’ve never
been unfaithful to your wife?” Carly Fiorina, standing next to him, interrupts to answer
for him: “Let, let, if I may—” Reporter: “No, I’m sorry, I asked the Senator that question,
Mrs. Fiorina.” Fiorina interrupts again: “Well, I’m gonna [sic], I’m gonna comment,
okay?” Reporter: “Do you have first-hand knowledge of his marriage?” Fiorina: “I’m
gonna comment. This is an example of the media playing to Donald Trump’s tune.
Donald Trump is a serial philanderer, by his own admission, and in a week when we have
had a terrorist attack in Brussels, a shooting on Capitol Hill, the president of the United
States in the baseball stands with Raul Castro, and insisting that he be photographed in
front of a portrait of Che Guevara with the two Castro brothers, we are talking about a
scurrilous, ridiculous piece in the National Enquirer? Why do you all dance to Donald
Trump’s tune? Let’s talk about the issues please.” (Cruz never does answer the question
directly and say he never cheated on his wife. He merely calls the story “garbage” and
claims it was planted by Trump.) [89956, 89957, 89971, 89972]
DCWhispers.com comments, “It was an odd thing to see the second-leading GOP
candidate for the President of the United States stand mute, tight-lipped, and flinching as
a former candidate for that same position appeared to be the one in charge. Add to that
the troubling matter of a still-unexplained $500,000 donation that went from a Cruz
campaign Super PAC to a Fiorina campaign Super PAC last summer when both were
aggressively fighting to win the GOP nomination and it makes this most recent display
that much more bizarre. For those who have yet to see this performance, you are either in
for a treat if you are not a supporter of Ted Cruz for president, or will likely be more than
a bit uncomfortable watching just how strained Mr. Cruz appears as he willfully ignores
answering a question regarding his fidelity and then has Carly Fiorina effectively take
over speaking on his behalf. This video is now circulating as even more rumors begin to
mount regarding the allegations of multiple affairs with other women involving Senator
Cruz. Add to that Heidi Cruz having abruptly cancelled previously scheduled campaign
stops in New Jersey this week and these speculations are only intensifying.” [89956,
89957, 90124]
TheConservativeTreehouse.com writes, “What we are witnessing in this [Fiorina running
interference for Cruz] video, via the denials of Senator Ted Cruz, is straight from the [late
political strategist Lee] Atwater school of political management. When infidelities are
discovered: Hide the spouse [Heidi Cruz]; Take her off the trail; Block contact [with
candidate Ted Cruz]; Delete Social Media; Present female spokesperson [Carly Fiorina]
as intercepting agent for candidate; Keep interceptor with candidate at all times; Deny,
Deny, Deny… until denial is no longer a plausible option; The interceptor is to deflect
attention away from the campaign; The Candidate must not answer direct questions;
Reassert candidate’s humility perspective. This becomes paramount to give space if
needed in phase two. Phase Two – Interceptor drops out. When/if the candidate can no
longer hide the infidelity, the reasons for prior obfuscation/denial was ‘embarrassment.’
Phase Two ends with re-entry of spouse to deliver the ‘we will heal/together’ speech.
Surround candidate’s optic with friends and family; or carefully host private one-on-one
interview.” [90000]
At LawNewz.com former CIA operative Phil Houston and QVerity colleague Don
Tennant later write, “What ensued reminded us of the old adage, ‘One lies and the other
swears to it.’ That Fiorina felt compelled to jump in and rescue Cruz from the question
was enormously troubling in itself. Why did she feel she couldn’t just let Cruz respond
categorically that he had never been unfaithful? But an even more troubling dimension
unfolded as Fiorina launched into a harsh attack on Trump, on the media, and,
bewilderingly, on …Obama. The attack behavior was clearly aimed at shifting the
spotlight away from Cruz, because, we believe Fiorina must have feared, the truth was
not Cruz’s ally. …Fiorina was clearly on a mission. When she jumped in to rescue Cruz,
Martosko did his best to cut her off.” [90205]
“…[Fiorina’s] response floored us, because it indicated to us that not only that Fiorina
likely thinks Cruz has indeed been unfaithful, but that she is willing to provide cover for
him—and in doing so, displayed the same behaviors that we have seen from the Senator.
In failing to make the denial that we’ve been waiting to hear directly from Cruz, instead
choosing to go into attack mode, Fiorina has left us to conclude that the greater good in
her mind is to do whatever it takes to prevent Trump from winning, and she sees her
defense of Cruz as furthering that aim. She appears to consider that approach as one
worth taking. That a politician would have no qualms about engaging in what seems to us
to be deception by going on the attack to avoid answering a question is certainly nothing
new. …The interesting twist here is that now we have a politician engaging in what we
perceive as deception on behalf of another politician—a politician who is a former foe,
no less.” [90205]
“…If the truth had been Cruz’s ally, it would have been so easy for him to respond at that
point, ‘Yes, I have always been faithful to my wife.’ Yet he failed to do that. Instead, he
attacked his questioner and repeated his seemingly scripted attack on Trump as the villain
behind the National Enquirer story. …The American public has come not only to expect,
but to accept deception as the norm among politicians, including those vying to become
the President of the United States. More of us need to be unwilling to acquiesce to that
sad commentary. It’s time to challenge that expectation, and refute that acceptance.”
At Latino.FoxNews.com Rick Sanchez writes, “Let me begin with this. If the National
Enquirer wrote a story about me cheating on my wife with five women, I had better be
extremely definitive in my response; because if I’m not, my wife—smelling the guilt—
would kick my ass. OK, let me also tell you that I wouldn’t be angry; in fact, I’d be
ecstatic. It’s fun to count money from guaranteed punitive and compensatory damages in
a multimillion dollar lawsuit. But that’s me. I can’t speak for Senator Ted Cruz except to
say that so far his reaction seems—well, not exactly definitive. He calls it ‘garbage and
false,’ not exactly a denial. Then he plays the victim, calling it an attack on his family;
‘offensive to Heidi and me, they’re offensive to our daughters,’ he writes. Actually, it’s
not an offense aimed at your wife or your daughters; it’s aimed at you, Senator. …Let me
be clear. I don’t know if Senator Cruz has been completely faithful to his wife or has
slept with every aid [sic; aide] he’s ever laid his eyes on. What I do know is that because
he’s positioned himself as the evangelical candidate, he [had] best leave no wiggle room
in his response. And thus far, I see a ton of wiggle and jiggle.” [90045]
In an Optimus Consulting poll in Wisconsin, Donald Trump leads with 29 percent; John
Kasich has 27; Ted Cruz has 25. Trump has wide leads in three of the state’s eight
congressional districts; Cruz leads in two; Kasich leads in one; two are within the poll’s
margin of error. (The GOP “machine” in Wisconsin will pull out all the stops to ensure
that Trump loses the April 5 primary, using vote fraud of necessary. If Trump wins
Wisconsin and then handily wins New York, the likelihood of his winning the
nomination increase dramatically. By helping Cruz defeat Trump in Wisconsin, the GOP
elites hope to shift momentum away from Trump in order to stop him from winning
1,237 delegates. The push at the July convention will then be to nominate someone other
than Trump or Cruz. Cruz naively believes the establishment is moving to his side when,
in fact, they are using him.) [89969, 89970, 89984, 90096]
In a Franklin & Marshall College poll in Pennsylvania, Trump leads with 33 percent;
Kasich has 30; Cruz has 20. [89973]
On March 29 National Journal’s Ron Fournier appears on MSNBC’s Morning Joe,
where he comments on Hillary Clinton’s email problems: “Legally though, there’s a big
bar that you have to get over to prosecute anybody for these crimes, much less somebody
who’s running for president. …I do understand that when somebody is running for
president, there is a higher bar you have to get over because we can’t have a system in
which we’re constantly charging people who are running for president of crimes…
Legally… there is a higher bar you have to get over before you prosecute somebody who
is running for president.” Joe Scarborough properly asks, “Uhh, in what statute is that?”
(There is no higher legal bar—although political shenanigans can interfere with the legal
process. If Clinton is not indicted, it will not because she did not break the law; it will
because Obama ordered Attorney General Loretta Lynch not to indict her. The nation will
then discover whether Lynch puts political allegiances above the law.) [90064, 90065]
Wisconsin’s personality-free governor, Scott Walker, endorses Ted Cruz for president—
likely in part in exchange for assistance in paying off campaign debt. (Senator Ron
Johnson (R-WI) remains uncommitted, doing his best to offend no one in an effort to not
lose his reelection bid. Johnson will probably lose on November 8 to his Democrat
challenger, Russ Feingold—who wants his old Senate seat back.) [89979]
Palm Beach County, Florida prosecutor Dave Aronberg reportedly charges Donald
Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, with misdemeanor battery for an
insignificant incident in which he pushed former Bretbart.com reports Michelle Fields
aside when she tried to ask Trump a question as he left a press conference. (The charge is
absurd. There is more “violence” in ride queues at Disney World. Videos of the incident
show no assault; they show Lewandowski turning sideway to get through the crowd and
touching Fields’ arm.) According to DCWhispers.com, Aronberg is “a lifelong Democrat
with links to the Clintons.” According to WND.com, Aronberg is “a member 150member Florida Leadership Council, which was established by the Democratic Party to
promote Hillary Clinton’s presidential candidacy.” [89961, 89962, 89974, 89976, 89980,
89987, 89988, 90074]
The Cruz campaign quickly issues a statement: “This is what we have come to expect
from the Trump team. Unfortunately, this abusive behavior seems to be part of the culture
of the Trump campaign.” (Lewandowski will almost certainly be exonerated—if the case
even proceeds. But the point of the charges is not to see that he is found guilty; the
charges are meant only to discredit the Trump campaign. Fields will not be helped by
video showing that Lewandowski briefly touched her upper arm, while Fields posted a
photo on social media she claims proved she had bruises on her forearm.) [89961, 89962,
89974, 89976, 89980, 89987, 89988, 90074]
Meanwhile, a member of Donald Trump’s Secret Service detail has stated that Fields
touched Trump twice and was warned to stop; Lewandowski then intervened. The agent
reportedly told the Daily Mail, “She crossed in between agents and our protectee after
being told not to.” Adding to the contradictory reports, intrigue, Washington Post
photographer Jabin Botsford—who said he was not at the event—nevertheless was
credited by the newspaper for a photograph taken there that shows Trump with Michelle
to his right and Corey Lewandowski a few steps behind and to the left of Trump. [89996,
90021, 90022, 90067]
Justifiably or not, Fields has a history of charging abuse. While with Students for Liberty
she claimed she was assaulted; she once claimed she was sexually assaulted by thenCongressman Allen West; she accused New York City police with brutality during an
Occupy Wall Street incident; she claimed actor Leonardo DiCaprio manhandled her
during an interview; and she claimed that journalist Charles C. Johnson hacked her
computer. (Fields also has a book coming out in June, and whining about a ferocious
attack that never happened gives her a mountain of free publicity. People will buy her
book and never read it, but it will be on their coffee tables for a few months to make it
clear they “stand in solidarity with their sister.”) [90001, 90002, 90003, 90042, 90127]
At Takimag.com Gavin McInnes later writes, “For the record, I think Michelle Fields is
full of shit. I think [The Washington Post’s] Ben Terris placated her because she’s pretty
and he’s a horny beta male. I think her bruises are self-inflicted. She didn’t look down at
her arm in the video, which is the first thing you do when someone inflicts pain. I think
she’s an attention whore who wants to dominate the news more than she wants to report
it. She has a book coming out and all this hype is good for sales. She also has a history of
histrionic complaints. I’m dubious of her supporters and suspect many are being overly
chivalrous. This is a common trait among conservatives. When I suggested it’s okay to
hit a woman once for every twelve times she hits you, the feminists I argued with told me
I was wrong because all hits should be one for one, while the conservatives said the
opposite and insisted you can never hit a woman no matter how many times she hits you.
Republicans were equally irrational when Rush Limbaugh used the word ‘slut’ [when
discussing Sandra Fluke]. The left pretends women are big men, while the right insists
they’re still little girls. I’m an egalitarian. If you want to play with the big boys and try to
get a scoop by breaking the rules, you can’t act all incredulous when it doesn’t work out.”
“I think the real reason so many people are jumping on this case is because they already
hate Trump and hope this will solidify the accusation that Trump is a violent threat to our
national security. We have become a nation of wimps who are so dangerously naive, we
prefer infiltration to appearing intolerant. I don’t share this sensitivity. I believe the best
way to deal with violence is better, stronger, smarter violence. If someone gets in your
way, move them. If they attack you, wipe them out.” [90164]
The GatewayPundit.com reports, “Heidi Cruz had planned to hold a fundraiser in Morris
County on Wednesday and attend several campaign events across the state of New
Jersey. She canceled her appearances on Monday. Heidi Cruz has not tweeted in four
days—since Friday—the day after the National Enquirer story [about her husband’s
alleged mistresses] broke.” (Pulling Heidi Cruz from the public spotlight occurs just as
the campaign uses Carly Fiorina to “run interference” for Cruz by defending him from a
reporter’s questions about his alleged affairs.) [89983]
The State Department and the Department of Defense order the families of U.S.
diplomats and military personnel to leave posts in southern Turkey due to “increased
threats from terrorist groups.” According to the Associated Press, “The orders cover the
Adana consulate, U.S. military dependents in Incirlik, Ismir and Mugla as well as family
of U.S. government civilians at Ismir and Mugla. The State Department also restricted
official travel to that which it considers ‘mission critical.’” [89975]
According to TheHill.com, “A newspaper linked to an al Qaeda affiliate reported over the
weekend that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump would mark a ‘drastic
change’ in U.S. foreign policy should he be elected president. The report from the online
al-Masra publication connected to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula offers a look into
how the al Qaeda offshoot views the political campaign playing out in the U.S. …As for
the victory of Hillary Clinton, it will be an extension of the policy of Obama and the
Democrats in the region, while the victory of Trump will be a drastic change in American
policy towards Muslims, since the hostility that Trump bears and the Islamophobia from
which he suffers will have a huge impact in the conflict in the Middle East region and the
Muslim countries in general,’ the al-Masra outlet reported, according to the translation.”
[90057, 90058]
The Associated Press reports, “A Minnesota man accused of lying to the FBI about when
he last contacted the Islamic State group was charged Tuesday in state court after
allegedly threatening to ‘shoot up’ a Walgreens. Abdul Raheem Habil Ali-Skelton, 23,
faces three felony counts of making terroristic threats in connection with Sunday’s
incident at the store in Brooklyn Park, a Minneapolis suburb.” [90012, 90013, 90144]
In a national March 24-25 YouGov poll, 30 percent of Americans “strongly agree” with
temporarily stopping Muslim immigration into the United States; 21 percent “agree
somewhat.” In addition, 59 percent believe “The Islamic religion is more likely than
others to encourage violence among its believers.” [89977]
In an Optimus poll in New York, Donald Trump has 50 percent; John Kasich has 24; Ted
Cruz has 16. [90084]
The disease of political correctness spreads to the Library of Congress, which replaces
the term “illegal aliens” with “noncitizens” and “unauthorized immigration” in its
indexes. (HotAir.com writes, “Submitted for your consideration, the Library of Congress
should henceforth and forthwith implement the following revisions: Rapists shall now be
referred to as unintended copulation initiators. Murderers will be referenced as premature
inhumation operatives. Thieves are to be listed as property misallocation agents.”)
[90062, 90063]
In a national Public Policy Polling survey of Republican voters, Donald Trump leads Ted
Cruz 46-44 if John Kasich is not included. Adding Kasich to the mix leaves Trump with
42; Cruz with 32; and Kasich with 22 percent. [90004]
In a national NBC/Survey Monkey poll conducted March 21-27, Trump continues to lead
Cruz, and Kasich. Trump has 48 percent; Cruz has 27; Kasich has 18. On the
Democrat/socialist side, the poll shows Hillary Clinton leading Bernie Sanders by only
six points, 49-43. Although Clinton leads among women and minorities, Sanders leads
among whites and men. [90029, 90030, 90060, 90061]
Because of the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, a Supreme Court ruling on Friedrichs v.
California Teachers Union ends in a 4-4- tie. The tie leaves in place a lower court ruling
that allows public sector unions to collect dues from employees even if they refuse to
join. NBC’s Luke Russert tweets the idiotic statement, “Effect of #GOP opposition to
Judge Garland---big win for unions.” (Russert is a dunce. The 4-4- tie is the result of
Scalia’s death and has nothing to do with Republican opposition to Obama nominee
Merrick Garland. Scalia likely would have voted to overturn the lower court, and even if
the Senate were eager to hold hearings on Garland there is no way a confirmation vote
would have been held in time for the decision. Once the Court is restored to nine Justices,
the plaintiffs will consider requesting a re-hearing.) [89985, 90031]
In Judicial Watch v. Department of State, Judge Royce C. Lamberth of the District Court
of the District of Columbia issues an order allowing Judicial Watch limited discovery of
State Department officials with regard to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests
that have been stonewalled by the Obama administration—and that relate to Hilary
Clinton’s emails. DailySignal.com writes, “The purpose of the discovery, which,
Lamberth admitted, ‘is exceedingly rare in FOIA cases,’ is to help the court determine
whether the State Department’s search ‘reasonably produced all responsive documents.’
…As Lamberth said (emphasis added), ‘where there is evidence of government wrongdoing and bad faith, as here, limited discovery is appropriate.’ Lamberth called Clinton’s
‘exclusive’ use of ‘her ‘clintonemail.com’ account to conduct official government
business, as well as other officials’ use of this account and their own personal e-mail
accounts to conduct official’ State Department business ‘extraordinary.’ Lamberth also
criticized the State Department’s claim that Judicial Watch was relying on ‘speculation’
or ‘surmise’ over the inadequacy of the department’s search, noting instead that Judicial
Watch was ‘relying on constantly shifting admissions by the Government and the former
government officials.’” [90107, 90108]
“…The bottom line is that Judicial Watch is now going to be able to take limited
discovery to plum the State Department’s ‘constantly shifting admissions’ over the use of
Clinton’s home-brewed computer network by Clinton, her aides, and other senior State
Department officials and the extent of their knowledge about that unsecured system—a
system that would have been a target-rich environment for lone wolf hackers as well as
sophisticated foreign intelligence agencies.” [90107, 90108]
WND.com reports, “Deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office and other
agencies responded to a report of ‘Allahu Akbar’ chanting, turban-wearing men shooting
assault rifles, handguns and shotguns in a remote desert area, officials have confirmed.
The incident took place Sunday [March 27] in the Deep Creek Hot Springs area of Apple
Valley, according to Victor Valley News. …The Victor Valley News said witnesses told
a 9-1-1 operator that more than 100 shots were heard, and five to seven subjects wearing
turbans were seen in the area shooting assault rifles, handguns and shotguns. The news
site said a reporting party told dispatchers there were 15 or more possibly armed men ‘of
Middle Eastern’ descent who were camped out in the area, ‘chanting loudly through the
night in what was believed to be their native language.’ …CBS reported the investigation
involved both federal and local law-enforcement officers, and a total of 17 suspects.
‘Officials say the men were cooperative as they were detained and searched,’ CBS
reported. ‘All 17 men were eventually released because sheriff’s investigators say they
had no outstanding warrants or criminal histories.’ A sheriff’s spokesman said, ‘There
was no evidence found that a crime had been committed by any of the subjects who were
detained and they were released.’” [89990, 90007, 90014]
According to the Associated Press, Marco Rubio “has sent letters to Republican officials
in states where he has won delegates, charging he wants to keep his delegates, even
though he’s no longer an active candidate. Representatives from Rubio’s network said the
former candidate wants to retain his delegates in order to keep his options open in the
coming months. Campaigns are preparing for the possibility of a contested national
convention in July that could feature an intense fight for every available delegate.”
[89993, 90115]
HotAir.com observes, “The only way [Rubio] can ensure they [his delegates] don’t vote
for Trump on the first ballot is to keep them bound to him for that vote. And it’s the first
ballot, remember, that’s all-important for Trump. The delegates he’s won in the primaries
are required to vote for him on that ballot; Team Cruz is hard at work making sure that
Cruz fans are elected across the country as Trump delegates so that, if Trump fails to
clinch a majority on the first ballot, they’ll switch to Cruz en masse once they become
unbound on the second. Every delegate that Rubio releases now becomes an unbound
delegate whom Trump could, in theory, convince to support him on the first ballot, which
increases the chance that he’ll get to 1,237. …What Rubio’s doing here, in other words,
is limiting the number of available unbound delegates to make it that much harder for
Trump to win.” [89994]
Outside a Trump rally in Janesville, Wisconsin, an angry “Never Trump” activist—a
masculine-looking young woman named Alex Drake—punches a Trump supporter in the
face. She is then sprayed in her face with mace or pepper spray. As she walks away she
admits, “I deserved it.” She later claims she was groped. (Some anti-Trump protesters
may be intimidated by “Bikers for Trump” motorcyclists who have started appearing at
Trump events to show their support for the candidate.) [89995, 89998, 89999, 90023,
90051, 90160, 90168, 90217]
On On the Record, the program’s Greta Van Susteren—an attorney—says of the
Fields/Lewandowski controversy: “In my wildest dreams I don’t see how a jury ever
convicts on this with all the ambiguity. In fact, it looks like two Secret Service who were
protecting Donald Trump are reaching for her. I don’t know whether or not that is what is
provoking the bruises or not. That’s the problem. Here’s your reasonable doubt right
there.” [90069]
On Hannity, Dr. Ben Carson says, “I believe that many of them [in the Republican
establishment] would prefer to have Hillary [Clinton] in there [in the White House] than
to have Donald Trump, because she is part of the political establishment and can be
controlled, whereas Donald Trump cannot be controlled. And they’re not interested,
Democrats or Republicans in the ruling class, of having somebody that they can’t
control.” [90093, 90094]
At the Syracuse University Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporter awards
dinner, Obama lectures the media and (laughably) clams he was asked tougher questions
on the campaign trail in 2008 than the candidates in 2016 are being asked. He calls on
media companies to “invest a good chunk of that profit back into news, in public affairs
and to maintain certain standards and to not dumb down the news. There is enormous
pressure on journalists to fill the void and feed the beast with instant commentary and
twitter rumors and celebrity gossip and softer stories. Then we fail to understand our
world and understand one another as well as we should. …When our election campaigns
and our political candidates become completely untethered from facts and analysis, when
it doesn’t matter what’s true and what’s not, that makes it all but impossible for us to
make good decisions for future generations.” [90072]
CNN’s Jake Tapper later responds, “Was …Obama the right messenger? Mr. President,
with all due respect …Maybe, just maybe, your lecturing would be better delivered to
your own administration. …Many believe that Obama’s call to probe and dig deeper and
find out more has been made far more difficult by his administration than any in recent
decades—a far cry from the assurances he offered as he first took office.” Tapper notes
how the administration has retaliated against whistleblowers and fought Freedom of
Information Act requests: “The Obama administration set a record again for censoring
government files or outright denying access to them last year under the U.S. Freedom of
Information Act.” [90073, 90081]
Trump tells CNN’s Anderson Cooper, “I don’t want more nuclear weapons. I think
that—you know, when I hear Obama get up and say the biggest threat to the world today
is global warming, I say, is this guy kidding? The only global warming, the only global
warming I'm worried about is nuclear global warming because that's the single biggest
threat. [W]hen you see all of the money that our country is spending on [the] military,
we’re not spending it for ourselves; we’re protecting all of these nations all over the
world. We can’t afford to do it anymore.” Cooper asks, “But isn’t there benefit for the
United States in having a secure Europe? Isn’t there benefit for the United States in
having a secure Asia?” Trump responds, “There’s a benefit, but not big enough to
bankrupt and destroy the United States, because that’s what’s happening. We can’t afford
it. It’s very simple.” [90120]
On March 30, at the White House Easter Prayer Breakfast (which for some reason is held
three days after Easter), Vice President Joe Biden makes the nonsensical statement that
although there is “a lot of fear and unease around the world… we all practice the same
basic faith but different faiths.” Biden also says his Catholicism is “not fundamentally
different than a doctrine of any of the great confessional faiths.” [90080, 90136]
In Stillwater, Oklahoma, Westwood Elementary School is evacuated after a woman “of
Middle Eastern descent” with a wire a wire hanging from her purse says she is there to
“take the kids to heaven.” She is taken into custody and no bomb is found. [90103,
90104, 90186]
Hillary Clinton ties up traffic in New York City with her motorcade blocking a street
while she gets a $600 haircut at the John Barrett Salon. [90130, 90131]
Judge Andrew Napolitano comments on “gripgate”—reporter Michelle Fields’ scurrilous
charge of battery against Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski: “This is no
place for police and law enforcement. This is the moral equivalent of being jostled in a
subway, of being bumped into by somebody who’s trying to get across the street faster
than you are—something that happens to us every day. Not every unconsented to
touching is a criminal event. And the police and law enforcement and prosecutors have
no place getting involved in this. …[T]his is not a criminal event. If she [Fields] believes
she was injured or harmed by what she says Mr. Lewandowski did she can sue him
civilly where the level of proof is lower and the police and law enforcement are not
involved and she’ll have to prove to a jury what her harm was. …The courts in Florida,
the police in Florida, the prosecutors in Florida ought to have better things to do to
maintain public safety and protect our rights and our property than this. [T]his is a case
that should be dismissed by the courts and never should have been filed in the first
place.” [90027, 90113]
Trump tweets, “Victory press conference was over. Why is she [Michelle Fields] allowed
to grab me and shout questions? Can I press charges?” (Trump is clearly making fun of
Fields for filing charges against Lewandowski. Needless to say, some Ted Cruz
supporters respond to the tweet with comments that clearly show they have no sense of
humor or common sense.) [90048, 90049]
Author Liz Crokin comments, “Wow, I worked for two presidential campaigns, also as a
journalist covering campaigns and in the White House. If I had a dollar for every time I
was pushed, grabbed or shoved. Campaign events are feeding frenzies, if you’re a
reporter covering a campaign event and you don’t get pushed around a lot, literally, then
you’re not cut out for the job. It’s par for the course! Thousands of people show up at
campaign events and everyone is pushing and shoving to get a piece of the candidate and
their staff has a duty to protect the candidate. I was in the White House in the Oval Office
with the press pool one time and an aide or SS agent pushed me after I got too close to
then Vice President Dick Cheney. It never even crossed my mind to file assault charges.
If you watch the video, you can see Trump’s manager is just trying to exit and get people
away from Trump. There are women who are maliciously physically and sexually abused
every day, this is clearly a desperate witch hunt. This country needs to grow a Goddamn
back bone and focus on real issues!”
Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg releases a statement: “Some media
outlets have reported that this office has brought charges against Corey Lewandowski,
campaign manager for Donald Trump. These reports are false. Our office has taken no
action against Mr. Lewandowski. The matter was investigated and charged by the Jupiter
Police Department, not this office. We will await the file from the Jupiter Police
Department and make a decision on how to proceeds in this matter before Mr.
Lewandowski’s May 4th arraignment. Law enforcement charges [are made] on a
probable cause standard. The State has to proceed on a legally higher standard of proof,
which is beyond a reasonable doubt as well as whether there is a reasonable likelihood of
conviction. At this point, our office has not received the case.” (Translation: “We have
seen the video and there is no case.”) [90055]
Attorney Orly Taitz (unaware of Aronberg’s statement) files a “request for criminal
investigation of David Aronberg, state prosecutor for Palm Beach County, for abuse of
process and filing a politically motivated bogus complaint for battery against Corey
Lewandowski, campaign manager for the presidential candidate, Donald Trump.”
ThePostEmail.com editor Sharon Rondeau speaks with a former police officer who
reviewed the “grabgate” video. He states, “One of the Secret Service agents put his hand
out to block her (Michelle Fields), but he was too far away. She’s actually between the
other Secret Service agent that’s behind her trying to get to Trump. You’ll also see to the
left of Trump another agent with his back toward Trump trying to keep the perimeter
clear. She gets tugged back by Corey [Lewandowski], and you’ll see the Secret Service
agent sidestep her to get where he needs to be, and Corey brushes by her to close that
gap. So that’s going to be a security threat, No. 1. No. 2, the statute doesn’t fit at all.
There is no threat of violence; there is no threat of injury; there is no intent. There has to
be an intent. He didn’t single her out. If I were on that detail, I would have grabbed her
by the back of the head. I’m sure her feelings were hurt, but she should have known
better than to run up on a presidential candidate with a Secret Service detail, and they just
moved her out of the way. You never let anybody get that close. She was too close to the
subject. When you’re doing security work, you never let anybody get that close, never.
There’s nothing in society that says you can’t be stopped if you’re a security risk. I have
every right to push you away from my child or my wife if you pose a threat.” [90068]
Rondeau also speaks with Mike Zullo, chief investigator on Maricopa County, Arizona’s
“cold case posse” investigation of Obama’s forged birth certificate and Selective Service
registration form. Zullo states, “If you look at the videotape again, focus on the male
behind Trump in the tan jacket. He is behind the bearded male with glasses, wearing
maroon trousers, directly behind Fields. You will observe what appears to be another
Secret Service agent trying to make his way rapidly to Trump. In doing so he pushes the
male in the tan jacket out of the way into the black-draped table. You can see him
stumble into the table and turn and look to the agent as he rushes past, getting to Trump.
The agent appears to be moving with determination, possibly concerned for Trump’s
safety. Fields, reporter or not, would have been a concern due to her extremely close
proximity to Trump and the fact that she had already made physical contact with Trump.
This changes the whole perception of this video. Fields was not the only person jostled
out of the way that day. It’s at the 11-second mark in the video. Both agents and Cory
Lewandowski were trying to get to Trump. You can see Trump looking at his sleeve as
she was tugging on it. One Secret Service guy is behind her, but then another Secret
Service comes up in the rear. The male in the tan jacket actually has to grab onto the table
beside him and the male in the maroon-colored pants. That shows you that this event is
nowhere near what they’re portraying it to be. …You can see they were trying to close
the gap and better secure their principal [Trump].” [90085]
Newsmax.com reports that “a group of 15 [more or less] conservative female writers” are
demanding that Donald Trump fire campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. The writers
(who are primarily supporters of Ted Cruz) are: “Dana Loesch (Radio America, Blaze
TV); Katie Pavlich, (Townhall, Fox News); Meghan McCain, (America Now Radio,
Cosmopolitan, Fox News); S. E. Cupp, (New York Daily News, Glamour, CNN); Mary
Katharine Ham, (CNN, The Federalist); Christine Rosen, (New Atlantis, Commentary);
Christina Hoff Sommers, (American Enterprise Institute); Bethany Mandel, (The
Federalist, Acculturated); Emily Zanotti, (American Spectator); Elisha Krauss, (AM 870
The Answer); Karol Markowicz, (New York Post); Kristen Soltis Anderson, (Washington
Examiner); Mona Charen, (Ethics and Public Policy Center, Creators Syndicate); Sarah
Rumpf, (freelance); Brooke Rogers, (National Review); and Mary Chastain, (Breitbart).”
DCWhispers.com writes, “Ted Cruz has called the National Enquirer allegations of
infidelity ‘garbage’ and the result of a pro-Trump ‘hatchet man.’ His campaign has
officially declared the claims to be false. Some in the media are now whispering if all that
is true, why no threats of a lawsuit against the National Enquirer? One of the women
believed to have been among those whose image was partially hidden within the Enquirer
story, is former Cruz staffer and current CNN contributor, Amanda Carpenter. After she
issued yet another on-air denial of the rumors of a past affair between herself and the
Texas senator, she was asked why she hasn’t sued the tabloid publication—a suggesting
echoed by Trump spokeswoman, Sarah Huckabee Sanders: ‘For the sake of both Amanda
and Sen. Cruz’s family, I think they should fight back and sue the National Enquirer on
this false story.’ Carpenter refused to address the possibility of a lawsuit, indicating she
simply wanted to ‘get through’ the ordeal. It was an odd deflection given one who
maintains the Enquirer story is without merit and that her relationship with Ted Cruz was,
‘purely professional.’” [90028, 90046]
“It is an even odder juxtaposition to see Ted Cruz just last night once again blaming the
Trump campaign for the sex scandal story, even as evidence has already indicated the
story likely originated from operatives linked to the Marco Rubio campaign. Mr. Cruz is
blaming Team Trump even as Team Trump is telling Cruz to sue the Enquirer if the story
is false. Ted Cruz refuses to bring up the issue of a lawsuit against the tabloid, which
famously broke a similar political bombshell sex scandal story involving former
presidential candidate John Edwards in 2008. Fellow Texan Republican and former
House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said during a recent interview that Mr. Cruz must
sue the publication or risk losing his presidential bid over it: ‘You have to address it and
have to address it soon or it’ll drag you down.’” [90028]
At Townhall.com, National Review’s desperately anti-Trump Jonah Goldberg writes,
“Some argue, in defiance of the rules, that Trump should be the nominee even if he fails
to reach 1,237. My Fox News colleague Sean Hannity says he ‘will support whoever gets
the most delegates,’ which, given the math, means he will support Trump, no matter
what.” (That would not be “in defiance of the rules.” At several conventions the
Republican Party has supported front-runners that entered lacking enough delegates to
win on the first round of voting. For the sake of party unity, delegates switched to the
leader to assure his first-ballot victory. To do so for Trump would certainly not be out of
the ordinary or in defiance of any rule.) Goldberg argues, “It’s one thing to deny the
trophy to the guy who finished a few yards shy of the finish line. It’s another if he misses
it by a mile.” (Goldberg would, however, not be uncomfortable giving the nomination to
Cruz—who will certainly end the primary season missing the 1,237-delegate prize by a
greater distance than one mile.) [90032]
After Ted Cruz and John Kasich suggest they would not support Donald Trump if he is
the Republican nominee, Trump says, “No, I don’t anymore” support the “pledge.” “I’ve
been treated very unfairly [by the Republican National Committee]. Ted Cruz doesn’t
need to support me. I don’t really want him to do something he’s not comfortable with.”
[99036, 90059]
In a March 24-28 Marquette Law School poll in Wisconsin, Ted Cruz leads Donald
Trump 40-30; John Kasich has 21 percent. [90033, 90034]
In Gallup polling, Trump’s favorable/unfavorable ratings are a dismal 30/65, giving him
a -35 total. Cruz is also in negative territory, at 32/48. Hillary Clinton is -11; Bernie
Sanders is +10; John Kasich is +19. [90118]
According to the Associated Press, “Voters are switching their party affiliation in
Pennsylvania at a rate not seen in years, if ever, as their chance to cast ballots in a
competitive presidential primary election approaches. The latest statistics this week from
Pennsylvania’s elections bureau show more than 214,000 registered voters have switched
this year. That amounts to 3 percent of the state's 8.2 million registered voters. [The coal
region’s] Carbon County is among the state’s hot spots. …Among those making a switch,
about half became Republicans, according to state statistics as of Monday. One-third
became Democrats and the rest—about one-eighth—joined a minor party or registered as
unaffiliated. …While some of the Republican gains might have to do with Democratic
Party voters feeling abandoned by their party, most of it probably relates to Donald
Trump’s candidacy, said Bill Heydt, chairman of the Lehigh County Republican Party.”
[90161, 90162]
John Kasich is endorsed by the routinely liberal Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the largestcirculation newspaper in Wisconsin, which praises him for expanding the Medicaid rolls
in Ohio and for being “thoughtful” in his response to the terrorist attacks in Brussels.
(The newspaper has routinely gone after Walker for being too conservative. It is not
surprising that the liberal Kasich won its endorsement.) [90036, 90037, 90038]
Donald Trump is endorsed by the 16,500-member National Border Patrol Council
(NBPC). NBPC president Brandon Judd states, “[W]e are breaking with our past practice
and giving our first-ever endorsement in a presidential primary. We think it is that
important: if we do not secure our borders, American communities will continue to suffer
at the hands of gangs, cartels and violent criminals preying on the innocent. The lives and
security of the American people are at stake, and the National Border Patrol Council will
not sit on the sidelines. As an organization we expect our elected officials to aggressively
pursue the interests of the country. America has already tried a young, articulate
freshman senator [Obama] who never created a job as an attorney and under whose watch
criminal cartels have been given the freest border reign ever known.” [90077, 90078,
90079, 90117, 90254]
“Unlike his opponents, Donald Trump is not a career politician, he is an outsider who has
created thousands of jobs, pledged to bring about aggressive pro-American change, and
who is completely independent of special interests. We don’t need a person who has the
perfect Washington-approved tone, and certainly NOT another establishment politician in
the W.H. Indeed, the fact that people are more upset about Mr. Trump’s tone than about
the destruction wrought by open borders tells us everything we need to know about the
corruption in Washington. We need a person in the White House who doesn’t fear the
media, who doesn’t embrace political correctness, who doesn’t need the money, who is
familiar with success, who won’t bow to foreign dictators, who is pro-military and values
law enforcement, and who is angry for America and NOT subservient to the interests of
other nations. Donald Trump is such a man.” [90077, 90078, 90079, 90117]
“Mr. Trump is as bold and outspoken as other world leaders who put their country’s
interests ahead of all else. Americans deserve to benefit for once instead of always paying
and apologizing. Our current political establishment has bled this country dry, sees their
power evaporating, and isn’t listening to voters who do all the heavy lifting. Trump is
opposed by the established powers specifically because they know he is the only
candidate who actually threatens the established powers that have betrayed this country.
You can judge a man by his opponents: all the people responsible for the problems
plaguing America today are opposing Mr. Trump. It is those without political power—the
workers, the law enforcement officers, the everyday families and community members—
who are supporting Mr. Trump. Mr. Trump will take on special interests and embrace the
ideas of rank-and-file Border Patrol agents rather than listening to the management yesmen who say whatever they are programmed to say. This is a refreshing change that we
have not seen before—and may never see again.” [90077, 90078, 90079, 90117]
“Mr. Trump is correct when he says immigration wouldn’t be at the forefront of this
presidential campaign if months ago he hadn’t made some bold and necessary statements.
And when the withering media storm ensued he did not back down one iota. That tells
you the measure of a man. When the so-called experts said he was too brash and
outspoken, and that he would fade away, they were proven wrong. We are confident they
will be proven wrong again in November when he becomes President of the United
States. There is no greater physical or economic threat to Americans today than our open
border. And there is no greater political threat than the control of Washington by special
interests. In view of these threats, the National Border Patrol Council endorses Donald J.
Trump for President—and asks the American people to support Mr. Trump in his mission
to finally secure the border of the United States of America, before it is too late.” [90077,
90078, 90079, 90117]
The Washington Post’s James Hohmann writes that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker
“carefully avoided taking direct shots at Donald Trump” in his endorsement of Ted Cruz.
…Walker has future political ambitions, including running for reelection as governor in
2018 and maybe running for president again in 2020. Walker’s popularity took a big hit
during his presidential campaign last year. He’s spent the past six months traveling the
state trying to show that he is primarily focused on parochial issues. He may not run for a
third term in two years if his overall approval rating stays mired in the high 30s.”
(Hohmann does not explain why someone who approval rating in his own state is “mired
in the high 30s” would even consider attempting another presidential run.) [90050]
PolitiJim.com writes, “Bill Still reports that he and his wife spoke with an ex-Cruz
campaign staffer with 24 years of political experience. This person claims they had never
quit a campaign until becoming too uncomfortable with the deceptive tactics and
operations of the campaign. They asked for anonymity since they had taken a position
with another campaign, but provided Still his written offer from the Cruz campaign as
proof of his employment. The staffer was part of an internal poll that showed Trump
ahead in Iowa, with Cruz second and Carson a very substantial third place. This person
claims to have made their displeasure known to the staff at the scheme to take Carson’s
votes and eventually quit days before the Iowa Caucus.” [90053, 90054]
“The staffer says Amanda Carpenter was directly involved in the scheme going as far as
to say it was her idea. Conservative media has thoroughly documented how Carpenter
was the first to tweet the news from the first tweet from CNN reporters, and how the Cruz
campaign chose to ignore immediate and continuous opportunities to correct the record.
Instead they blasted the information to every Cruz campaign operative to take advantage
of the misleading first tweet from the CNN reporter.” Also according to the former Cruz
staffer: “Heidi [Cruz] knows about Ted affairs, [and] is ‘ok with it.’ …Cruz extramarital
affairs [are] well known [and] Heidi Cruz sent memo to staff declaring that ‘she knew
about it.’ ‘it was ok’ and staff should not worry about it.” [90053, 90054]
Author Ann Coulter writes, “The only question for Republicans is: Which candidate can
win states that Mitt Romney lost [in 2012]? Start with the fact that, before any vote is cast
on Election Day, the Democrats have already won between 90 and 98 percent of the
black vote and 60 to 75 percent of the Hispanic and Asian vote. Unless Republicans run
the table on the white vote, they lose. If there’s still hope, it lies with Trump and only
Trump. Donald Trump will do better with black and Hispanic voters than any other
Republican. But it’s with white voters that he really opens up the electoral map.
…Excluding third parties and breaking it down to a two-man race, Mitt Romney won 88
percent of the white vote in Mississippi, but only 40 percent of the white vote in
Massachusetts. What sense does it make to talk about his national percentage of the white
vote with disparities like that?” [90083]
“…Romney lost the white vote to Obama in five crucial swing states: Maine (42 percent
of the white vote), Minnesota (47 percent), New Hampshire (48 percent), Iowa (48
percent) and Wisconsin (49 percent). He only narrowly beat Obama’s white vote in other
important swing states—Illinois (51 percent), Colorado (52 percent), Michigan (53
percent), Ohio (54 percent) and Pennsylvania (54 percent). Increasing the white vote in
these states gives Trump any number of paths to victory. If Trump wins only the same
states as Romney, but adds Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Illinois—where Romney’s
white vote was below his national average—Trump wins with 280 electoral votes. …If
Trump wins Florida, he needs to win only two or three of the 10 states where Romney
either lost the white vote outright or won a smaller percentage of it than he did
nationally.” [90083]
“…What’s impossible is for any Republican candidate, other than Trump, to win a single
state Romney lost. Ted Cruz’s corny speaking style is creepy to anyone who doesn’t
already agree with everything he says. He’s the less likable, more hard-edged version of
Romney. Every other Republican is, one way or another, a less attractive version of
Romney. Maybe 50 years of Third World immigration means it’s too late, and even
Trump can’t win. But it’s an absolute certainty that any other Republican will lose.”
(Coulter is correct. Many political pundits incorrectly argue that the Republicans cannot
win the White House unless they offer a “Democrat-lite” agenda to attract black and
Hispanic voters. In reality, Trump is attracting black and Hispanic voters simply by
offering common-sense proposals. In the process, he is bringing to the polls massive
numbers of people who have never voted before. Trump cannot win welfare states like
California or Illinois—but he does not have to. As Coulter notes, Trump needs to win a
slightly larger portion of the white vote in states where Romney failed miserably.)
Money.CNN.com writes, “Patients in Obamacare are sicker and need significantly more
medical care than those in employer-sponsored plans, according to a new Blue Cross
Blue Shield Association report. This raises fresh concerns about the possibility of steep
rate hikes for 2017 and of insurers leaving the Obamacare exchanges. The study, the first
of its kind to look at millions of enrollees across the country, found that Obamacare
members have higher rates of costly illnesses such as diabetes, depression, hypertension,
heart disease, HIV and Hepatitis C.” (Why a study was needed to come to that conclusion
is not clear. Why anyone should be surprised by the findings is also not clear.) [90047]
The White House issues a statement: “Today, [Obama] announced 61 new grants of
commutation to individuals serving years in prison under outdated and unduly harsh
sentencing laws. More than one-third of them were serving life sentences. To date,
[Obama] has now commuted the sentences of 248 individuals—more than the previous
six Presidents combined. And, in total, he has commuted 92 life sentences.” (The White
House may regret its bragging if any of the 248 individuals commits another felony.)
[90066, 90070]
FoxNews.com reports, “A laptop belonging to one of the terrorists who struck in Belgium
last week contained images of the prime minister’s home and office, along with at least
one floor plan, a government official said Wednesday, revealing a possible clue into the
attackers’ potential targets.” [90086, 90087]
Abengoa, a Spanish-owned “green energy” company showered with $2.7 billion in
federal subsidies by the Obama administration, files for bankruptcy. Meanwhile,
CNSNews.com reports that the $2.2 billion Ivanpah solar thermal plant in California,
which “received $1.6 billion in loan guarantees from the Department of Energy, …is
owned by Google, NRG Energy, and Brightsource, who have a market cap in excess of
$500 billion; is paid four to five times as much per megawatt-hour as natural gaspowered plants; is paid two to three times as much per megawatt-hour as other solar
power producers; has burned thousands of birds to death; has delayed loan repayments; is
seeking over $500 million in grants to help pay off the guaranteed loans; burns natural
gas for 4.5 hours each morning to get its mojo going.” [90097, 90098]
According to DailyCaller.com, “The Obama administration recently gave a $270,000
grant to an Islamic charity that has been banned by Israel and the United Arab Emirates
because of alleged financial ties to the terrorist group Hamas and to the Muslim
Brotherhood. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provided the funds
last month to the U.K.-based Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) for its work in Kenya,
according to the federal spending database USASpending.gov.” [90091]
CNSNews.com reports, “As of the end of 2015, there were 71,777,758 individuals in the
United States enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP),
according to data published by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
The 71,777,758 people enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP as of December, according to
CMS, was an increase of 14,478,342 from the average monthly enrollment of 56,274,369
in the period of July through September 2013, just before the ‘State-Based Marketplaces’
opened in October 2013 under the terms of the Affordable Care Act (AKA Obamacare).
That means overall Medicaid and CHIP enrollment has increased 25.7 percent since the
Obamacare marketplaces opened. …According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there
were 149,929,000 persons in the United States in December that had either a full- or parttime job. That equaled 2.09 job holders for each of the 71,777,758 Medicaid and CHIP
beneficiaries.” [90121]
Belgium’s Vice Prime Minister Jan Jambon states that Muslims in his country celebrated
the terrorist attacks in Brussels and the media failed to cover the street demonstrations.
[90101, 90102, 90143]
Reuters reports, “The Pentagon plans to transfer about a dozen inmates of the
Guantanamo military prison to at least two countries that have agreed to take them, a U.S.
official said on Wednesday, the latest move in …Obama’s final push to close the facility.
The first of the transfers are expected in the next few days and the others will take place
in coming weeks, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Among them
will be Tariq Ba Odah, a Yemeni man who has been on a long-term hunger strike and has
lost about half of his body weight. There are now 91 prisoners at the U.S. naval base in
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Most have been held without charge or trial for more than a
decade, drawing international condemnation.” (Prisoners of war are not entitled to trial.
During World War II the United States held tens of thousands of German and Japanese
prisoners for the duration of the war and, aside from war criminal, none had trials. Had
that war lasted 10 more years, those prisoners would have been held for 10 additional
years.) [90134, 90135]
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews presses Donald Trump on abortion, forcing him to make a
gaffe that may harm his campaign to a substantial degree. Badgering Trump on the
possibility that abortion could someday be made illegal, Matthews asks, “Do you believe
in punishment for abortion, yes or no?” Trump responds, “The answer is… there has to
be some form of punishment.” Matthews demands to know if the penalty for breaking
such an abortion law should be “10 cents or 10 years? What?” Trump: “That I don’t
know. I don’t know. …It’s a very complicated position.” (Trump let himself be led into
Matthews’ trap. He should have responded, “What are you talking about? In what state is
abortion illegal? I’m not going to answer absurd hypothetical questions. But if abortion
were against the law, would you suggest no fine or penalty for breaking that law? If there
were none, what would be the point of making it illegal?” Matthews is a master at
badgering interview subjects into saying something they will later regret having said—
and Trump will pay the price, with his opponents saying he is anti-woman and wants to
put victims of rape in jail for having an abortion. The best-case scenario for Trump is that
he will have learned it’s a lot easier to defeat boring Jeb Bush and rookie Marco Rubio
than to go up against media veterans who have decades of experience in tripping up
politicians. The worst-case scenario for Trump is that he will lose the Wisconsin primary
on April 5, and go rapidly downhill from there. Trump may be facing the possibility that
he has run out of supporters who are willing to ignore his many blunders.) [90111, 90112,
90114, 90116, 90128, 90140, 90386]
Trump later states, “If Congress were to pass legislation making abortion illegal and the
federal courts upheld this legislation, or any state were permitted to ban abortion under
state and federal law, the doctor or any other person performing this illegal act upon a
woman would be held legally responsible, not the woman. The woman is a victim in this
case as is the life in her womb. My position has not changed—like Ronald Reagan, I am
pro-life with exceptions.” [90111, 90112, 90114, 90116, 90128]
On Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Ted Cruz jokes about backing up over Donald Trump with his
car. (Whether Cruz will continue to claim that Trump incites violence remains to be
seen.) [90095, 90114]
On March 31 Judge Andrew Napolitano comments on the coming FBI request to
interview Hillary Clinton: “This will be a moment she must devoutly wish would pass
from her as she will face a damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don’t dilemma. Here is her
dilemma. If she were to talk to federal prosecutors and FBI agents, they would catch her
in many inconsistencies as she has spoken with great deception in public about this case.
She has, for example, stated many times that she used the private server so she could
have one mobile device for all of her emails. The FBI knows she had four mobile
devices. She has also falsely claimed publicly and under oath that she neither sent nor
received anything ‘marked classified.’ The FBI knows that nothing is marked classified
[it is marked confidential, secret, or top secret], and its agents also know that her
unprotected secret server transmitted some of the nation’s gravest secrets. The
prosecutors and agents cannot be happy about her public lies and her repeated demeaning
attitude about their investigation, and they would have an understandable animus toward
her if she were to meet with them.” [90092, 90109]
“If she were to decline to be interviewed—a prudent legal but treacherous political
decision—the feds would leak her rejection of their invitation, and political turmoil
would break loose because one of her most imprudent and often repeated public
statements, in this case, has been that she can’t wait to talk to the FBI. That’s a lie, and
the FBI knows it. Some Democrats [such as National Journal’s Ron Fournier] who now
understand the gravity of the case against Clinton have taken to arguing lately that the
feds should establish a different and higher bar—a novel and unknown requirement for a
greater quantum of evidence and proof of a heavier degree of harm—before Clinton can
be prosecuted. They have suggested this merely because she is the likely Democratic
presidential nominee. The public will never stand for that. America has a bedrock
commitment to the rule of law. The rule of law means that no one is beneath the law’s
protections or above its requirements. The DOJ is not in the business of rewriting the law,
but the Democrats should get in the business of rethinking Clinton’s status as their
presumptive presidential nominee, lest a summer catastrophe come their way.” [90092,
In a Public Policy Polling survey in Wisconsin, Donald Trump leads Ted Cruz 38-37;
John Kasich has 17 percent. Bernie Sanders leads Hillary Clinton 49-43. (Wisconsin is an
open primary, which means Democrat voters can ask for a Republican ballot. In previous
races, that has helped Trump, as blue-collar Democrat workers cross over. Cruz is
making a last-ditch effort to win Wisconsin, spending a fortune on ads there. Cruz knows
that Wisconsin is a make-or-break state for him, because he will get pummeled by Trump
in New York. If Cruz loses Wisconsin, the Republican establishment will accept the
inevitable: Trump will reach 1,237 delegates.) [90122]
In Washington, D.C., Donald Trump has meetings with his newly-assembled foreign
policy team, and with Republican National Committee chairman Reince Preibus. (This
Timeline suspects everything now boils down to Wisconsin. If Trump wins Wisconsin,
the GOP establishment will start to fall in line and make deals with Trump. He will
eventually be accepted as the nominee and there will be no substantial fight to take the
nomination away from him—but Trump will be “given advice” with regard to his
running mate, cabinet, and chief of staff picks. If Trump resists, the Republican National
Committee will not open its wallet too much and Trump will be forced to campaign with
his own money. Eager to retain his own funds, Trump will likely accept the deal. If Cruz
wins Wisconsin, the deal will be delayed—at least until the next primary race. This
Timeline also suspects that another shoe will drop in the Cruz mistress story—before the
Wisconsin primary on April 5.) [90123, 90129]
In any event, the 2016 election appears to be settling to a point where the voters have to
choose between the least of five tainted candidates. Out 315+ million people, apparently
the best the two national parties could come up with are an aging hippie Marxist, a lying,
corrupt grandmother, a Canadian TV evangelist, a hotel builder who doesn’t know the
issues, and the son of a mailman who thinks he singlehandedly saved the nation in the
The Pennsylvania State Supreme Court rules in Elliott v. Cruz that Ted Cruz’s name can
remain on the state’s primary ballot even though he was born a Canadian citizen and is
only (at best) a naturalized U.S. citizen, rather than a natural born citizen. Plaintiff
Carmon Elliott will file an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. (If the Supreme Court
agrees to hear the case, Cruz will gain from the absence of Justice Antonin Scalia—who
many would argue would rule against Cruz.) [90125, 90126, 90175, 90176, 90178]
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL), a member of the House Armed Services
Committee, issues a statement: “The Obama Administration’s ‘plan’ for defeating ISIS is
over a month late [due February 15, it was issued on March 24] and lacks a cohesive
strategy. I continue to be deeply concerned the Administration failed to follow the law
and submit the report on time. The late delivery is especially insulting when you consider
how little information is contained in the seven-page document. Either the Administration
didn’t take this request from Congress seriously or they actually lack a real strategy for
combating Islamic extremism and defeating ISIS. Sadly, I fear both of those are true.”
[90132, 90133]
The Daily Mail reports, “Police at Brussels airport have claimed at least 50 Islamic State
supporters are working there as baggage handlers, cleaners and catering staff. In an
astonishing open letter, the officers said they have warned about the terrorist
sympathisers whose security badges give them access to planes, but they remain
employed. The airport police, who are threatening to go on strike because of security
deficiencies, also said they have raised the issue of terrorists scouting the airport to plan
possible attacks.” [90145, 90146]
A third American victim of the terrorist attacks in Brussels is identified: Gail Minglana
Martinez, the wife of Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Kato Martinez and the mother of four
children, was killed. Her husband and children remain hospitalized. [90147, 90148]
In an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, Turkish President Recep Tayyip
Erdogan calls for “an official declaration that Islamophobia is a crime against humanity.”
(Erdogan wants criticism of Islam made illegal.) [90303, 90304, 90305]
USNews.com reports, “The colorful litigator who represented the late ‘D.C. madam’
Deborah Palfrey and threatened this week to release call logs of his former client that he
says are “very relevant” to the 2016 presidential election tells U.S. News those records
already are digitized and posted online. Montgomery Blair Sibley says the records will
become public if he fails to reset a 72-hour countdown clock, which could cut short his
soft two-week ultimatum for federal courts to consider lifting a 2007 gag order that
covers the records, lest he deem that order void. The countdown clock is a safeguard,
Sibley says, that ensures that if he disappears the records will be published. Inevitable
release, he says, may also disincentivize violent acts against him to prevent their
disclosure. The records are stored on four servers around the world, Sibley says, and
dozens of reporters will receive a website link if the clock is not reset. He says he loaded
the information online in January, when he decided to publicly claim the records are
relevant to the presidential race.” [90138]
In Richmond, Virginia, Chad Dermyer, a state trooper participating in a training exercise
at a Greyhound bus station, is shot and killed by an ex-convict. Two other troopers then
shoot and kill the gunman, ex-convict James Brown III. [90152, 90153, 90154]

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