Team Trump Struggling to Fill National-Security Jobs

From The Daily Beast:

Team Trump is struggling to fill numerous key slots or even attract many candidates because hundreds have either sworn they’d never work in a Trump administration or have directly turned down requests to join, multiple current and former U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the transition efforts told The Daily Beast.

Team Trump didn’t expect to win until the campaign’s internal polling a month before the election signaled a possible victory. That’s when senior Trump officials went into overdrive, trying to build a bench of experienced national security candidates with top secret clearances willing to work for a Trump presidency—and they met resistance across the landscape of experienced GOP national security professionals.

One person who met last month with Trump’s national security and homeland security transition team leader said that she confessed that many candidates had flatly rejected attempts to recruit them, believing that Trump was unfit to hold the office of commander in chief.

Trump: ‘It is so nice that the shackles have been taken off me’

Wait, the gloves weren’t already off before?

Donald Trump celebrated his freedom from the Republican establishment Tuesday, boasting that it’s “so nice” to be unchained.

Trump’s tweet was a tacit attack on House Speaker Paul Ryan, whom the Republican nominee has continued to lash out at since the top elected Republican on Monday told his conference he would no longer defend Trump.

“It is so nice that the shackles have been taken off me and I can now fight for America the way I want to,” Trump tweeted.

The real estate mogul also highlighted the chasm in the Republican Party, conceding that Democrats are “far more loyal” than the GOP. More than two dozen Republicans have either said they will no longer support their nominee or called on him to step aside from the top of the ticket since a tape emerged Friday showing Trump speaking in incredibly lewd terms about sexually assaulting women.

“With the exception of cheating Bernie out of the nom the Dems have always proven to be far more loyal to each other than the Republicans!” Trump wrote.

Trump began blasting Ryan on Twitter at about 8 a.m., when he posted a tweet criticizing the GOP leader for not supporting him and followed up by calling him “weak and ineffective.”

Trump’s apology to women with all the BS removed

Yeah, apologizing for saying something awful and then following up by saying, “But Bill Clinton has said much worse” is the kind of thing you would accept from an orange toddler. Trying to pass it off as something that was said long ago when he was an immature 60 year old man isn’t going to help your case either.

Trump was sent into a tailspin with just the mention of Alicia Machado’s name at the last debate. It got under his skin so much that he sent off those weird 3am tweets and spent the week defending himself by saying that she really had gained weight and was awful. And that was just from a 10 second line that Hillary threw in at the end of the debate. If that sent him into a deep orange rage, then this is going to make him go nuclear at the next debate. I wouldn’t even be surprised if he carries out a blue dress and throws it down in front of Hillary. Good luck with that strategy. The Trump camp seems to keep forgetting that Bill isn’t the one running and that bringing this up to the woman who actually is running for president and is the woman who was cheated on is actually going to pose her as a human being who has been hurt in the past by her husband’s cheating. This is a terrible strategy but an awful human being who only got this far because the GOP has turned into a joke of a party that offers refuge to those in the populace who crave the good old days when they could say anything they want about gays, blacks, immigrants, and women without having to face any consequences.

And on a closing note, this is a comment from Justin in another thread on this blog:

On behalf of guys, I’d like to point out that this isn’t “locker room talk,” it’s “lowest type of person talk.” I’m sure most men have heard this sort of stuff at some point, but it’s less normal than it is a barometer of who is a worthless assclown.

THIS! Trump and his deplorable basketcases are trying to imply that this is how all guys talk to each other when we’re in our “No Girls Allowed” clubs and it’s bullshit. Not all men feel that we have the right to just grope women and assault them by grabbing their pussies like their sole purpose is to be our fuck toys. Trump is a terrible excuse for a human being and he has been exposed by his own words. Being exposed has always been his worst fear. Now we get to watch him react to that. I don’t think it’s going to be pretty.

Donald Trump Makes History

With zero major newspaper endorsements:

With just a little over a month until election day, Donald Trump has racked up zero major newspaper endorsements, a first for any major party nominee in American history.

While newspaper endorsements don’t necessarily change voters’ minds, this year’s barrage of anti-Trump endorsements could actually move the needle come November, experts say.

“It’s significant,” Jack Pitney, professor of government at California’s Claremont McKenna College, told TheWrap. “The cumulative effect of all these defections could have an impact on moderate Republicans.”