Glad to see the GOP’s basket of deplorables making HRC’s case for her:
Louisiana Senate candidate and former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke says he’s pleased that vice presidential nominee Mike Pence declined to call him “deplorable” in an interview on Monday.
“It’s good to see an individual like Pence and others start to reject this absolute controlled media,” Duke told BuzzFeed News. “The truth is that the Republican Party in Louisiana — I received the vast majority of Republican votes for United States senator before and for governor before that in my state. The truth is the Republican Party is big tent. I served in the Republican caucus. I was in the Republican caucus in the legislature. I had a perfect Republican voting record. It’s ridiculous that they attack me because of my involvement in that nonviolent Klan four decades ago.”
Spencer’s ideas about race are intertwined with his support for Trump. Spencer explained that he likes Trump’s immigration policy, which not only calls for mass deportation of undocumented immigrants but also reduces legal immigration into the country. (Spencer’s ideal policy would also favor immigrants from Europe.) But as Spencer put it, it’s Trump’s more intangible qualities that make him a hero of the alt-right. To Spencer, Trump’s brash style suggests a white savoir, unwilling to be bullied by the politically correct crowd.
“I don’t think our support of Trump is really about policy at the end of the day,” Spencer said. “I think it’s really about Trump’s style, the fact that he doesn’t back down, the fact that he’s willing to confront his enemies…You look at that and you think, ‘This is what a leader looks like.'”
Spencer continued, “It really is about him and it’s about, in a way, projecting onto him our hopes and dreams. There’s something called ‘me magic,’ and that is a self-fulfilling prophecy…We want to make Trump; we want to imagine him in our image. And that is maybe—you can see that in a meme of Trump as a Napoleon or Trump as some figure out of the Dune novels in an arcade of the future in a robotic suit of armor fighting enemies. All of that stuff is silly, all of that stuff is ridiculous, but it actually gets at something real and that is that we want something more, we want something heroic, we want something that is not defined by liberalism or individual rights or bourgeois norms. We want something that is truly European and truly heroic.”
For this description, Spencer was greeted with much applause by his fans in the room. He elaborated that rather than a multicultural America, his ideal is a white empire. He described his “dream…ethno-state” as “a homeland for all Europeans,” which would take an “imperial form.”
“America, we like our guns. We want to start shooting again. And Donald gives us the opportunity to feel like we can shoot again. Americans are tired of being pushed around by Muslims and Mexicans. Everywhere you look, the Muslims, the Mexicans. I mean, my God…. Americans are tired of it… We want to start shooting again. And Donald says we can shoot again. Shoot the Mexicans. Shoot the Muslims. Shoot the liberals. Shoot everybody.” – Harlem hate Pastor James David Manning.
“Somebody asked me yesterday, I did an interview and they said, ‘Do you think it’s possible, if Hillary Clinton were to win the election, do you think it’s possible that we’ll be able to survive? That we would ever be able to recover as a nation?’ And while there are people who have stood on this stage and said we would not, I would beg to differ. But I will tell you this: I do think it would be possible, but at what price? At what price? The roots of the tree of liberty are watered by what? The blood, of who? The tyrants to be sure, but who else? The patriots. Whose blood will be shed?
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence refused on Monday to say David Duke, the former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, is a “deplorable” supporter of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
CNN’s Wolf Blitzer pushed Pence, Trump’s running mate, to respond to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton saying on Friday that half of her rival’s supporters fit into a “basket of deplorables.”
“There are some supporters of Donald Trump and Mike Pence who ? David Duke, for example, some other white nationalists ? who would fit into that category of deplorables, right?” Blitzer asked.
First, Pence dodged.
And then there’s this rally:
From The Hill:
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Monday called for a debate with Democrat Hillary Clinton without a moderator.
He said a debate with a moderator could be “rigged” and would be unfair.
“I think maybe we should have no moderator. Let Hillary and I sit there and just debate, because I think the system is being rigged so it’s going to be a very unfair debate,” Trump said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”
“I think we should have a debate with no moderator, just Hillary and I sitting there talking,” he said.
Trump cited last week’s “Commander-in-Chief Forum” on NBC moderated by Matt Lauer, whose performance was panned, including by The New York Times and Clinton’s campaign.
“The system is being gamed,” Trump declared Monday. “They all said I won and that Matt Lauer was easy on me. Well, he wasn’t. I thought he was very professional, I have to be honest. I think he’s been treated very unfairly. ”
“What they’re doing is they’re gaming the system so that when I go into the debate, I’m going to be treated very, very unfairly by the moderators,” Trump said.
Oh, this is good:
Hillary Clinton said Friday that “half” of Donald Trump’s supporters could be grouped in “the basket of deplorables” at a fundraising event in New York City.
“You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the ‘basket of deplorables’. Right?” Clinton said to applause and laughter from the crowd of supporters at an LGBT for Hillary fundraiser where Barbra Streisand performed. “The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you name it.”
“And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up,” she added.
Clinton then noted, as she has several times in the past, that Trump has “given voice” to white supremacist and anti-Semitic voices on the Internet.
“He tweets and retweets their offensive hateful mean-spirited rhetoric,” Clinton said. “Now, some of those folks — they are irredeemable, but thankfully they are not America.”
Which is pretty damn accurate. I don’t think that all of Trump’s supporters are racist, sexist, xenophobic, and homphobic, but the racists, sexists, xenophobics and homophobics are certainly overwelmingly Trump supporters.
Trump then tweeted this:
Wow, Hillary Clinton was SO INSULTING to my supporters, millions of amazing, hard working people. I think it will cost her at the Polls!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 10, 2016
I need to wrap my head around that tweet. He’s claiming that this will upset his supporters so much that they will not vote for Clinton. Dude, isn’t that what your supporters were going to do in the first place?
Clinton should show more respect for the people who shriek "lock her up!" and wear "Trump that bitch" buttons. pic.twitter.com/W5QcVpf3Cv
— digby (@digby56) September 10, 2016
I guess Hillary shouldn't expect votes from these people after someone explains to them what "deplorable" means pic.twitter.com/wZKfIWnNQO
— TBogg (@tbogg) September 10, 2016
That’s what I said!
Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson fired back Friday morning against critics that have been lambasting him for his “What is Aleppo?” gaffe Thursday morning, reminding voters that Donald Trump has “said 150 things that should be disqualifying.”
It definitely made Johnson look out of touch on foreign issues but I’m not sure why this should disqualify him when Trump tweets more outrageous things before breakfast.
Gary Johnson is still getting blowback over his Syrian fumble this morning, but he says he’s prepared to face whatever the consequences may be.
The libertarian candidate followed Morning Joe with an appearance on The View, where he told Whoopi Goldberg that there was “no excuse” he could offer for the slip-up. Even so, Johnson defended his familiarity with Aleppo’s importance, elaborated his approach to dealing with ISIS, and acknowledged that Mike Barnicle did ask him a fair question.
“It’s how you deal with adversity that ultimately determines success,” Johnson said.
Also, good on Johnson for owning it.