Saturday, August 8, 2015

Attacked from the Rear: Lindsey Graham Calls for GOP to Dump Trump


The blood is in the water and the sharks are swimming in an orgiastic frenzy as the full fury of the establishment is turned on billionaire usurper Donald Trump. With Trump’s debate clash with Fox News bimbo Megyn Kelly – who is being treated like Mother Teresa today – triggering a shock and awe carpet bombing, sock puppet opponents are going in for the kill. The establishment is not about to let Trump wriggle off the hook again like he did when he deftly escaped the ambush over drooling old John McCain’s “war hero” hagiography. 

This time they are ready to crucify him upon the cross of political correctness based on a phantom statement about blood from Kelly’s vaginal orifice and Lindsey Graham is bringing the nails. Never mind that Trump never actually uttered a word even remotely associated with a woman’s sexual organs, the media was happy to put the words into his mouth and now, as the Fantastic Four’s Ben Grimm used to say: It’s clobberin’ time!

Leading the pack of attackers despite bringing up the rear in polls is the perpetually mouthy South Carolina Senator who is the belle of the ball of the Sunday morning talk show circuit. With his media friendly persona, the Palmetto State princess has now launched the trial balloon for what will likely be a full out effort by the GOP to oust Trump. The Washington Post conducted an interview with Mr. less than one percent in the story entitled “Graham says Trump is Inflicting Permanent Damage on GOP, Urges Party Leaders to Stop ‘tiptoeing’” from which I excerpt the following:

Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) said Saturday that fellow presidential candidate Donald Trump's derogatory commentary has begun inflicting permanent and possibly fatal damage to the Republican Party brand and urged GOP leaders to stop "tiptoeing" around the billionaire businessman and to confront him directly and unequivocally.

In an interview with The Washington Post, Graham said Trump's personal attacks on Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly after she questioned him in Thursday night's primary debate were "an affront to all women" and undermine the Republican Party's urgent mission to appeal to more women voters.
“I think we’ve crossed that Rubicon, where his behavior becomes about us, not just him," Graham said. "I hope the party leadership will push hard. I hope that those seeking the nomination to be the standard bearer will unequivocally reject this. People gave Mr. Trump a pass on the [debate] stage. I understand that to a point, but we’ve crossed a line here that can’t be ignored. There can be no more tiptoeing around this.”

AND

Graham, a long-serving senator from South Carolina, was relegated to the undercard debate on Thursday because of his poor standing in national polls. He said the party's deep bench of talented candidates is being overshadowed and undermined by Trump, who helped draw a record cable television audience for the main debate.

"Everything is being placed in jeopardy by the antics of Mr. Trump and we’re at a crossroads as a party," Graham said. "The good news is that 24 million people watched the Republican debate. The bad news is that 24 million people watched the Republican debate."

Graham urged his fellow presidential candidates, as well as party leaders like Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, to state clearly that Trump's message "is not who we are, not where we're going to take the country and not what we believe."
“It’s just like driving by a car wreck without rendering aid," Graham said. "Donald Trump is an out of control car driving through a crowd of Republicans and somebody needs to get him out of the car. I just don’t see a pathway forward for us in 2016 to win the White House if we don’t decisively deal with this.”

Graham is correct that the Rubicon has indeed been crossed but the mock outrage over Trump’s altered comments about Ms. Kelly are nothing but a fa├žade, something to sell to the chumps and rubes. What was Trump’s final offense? How about when during an exchange with Fox's Brett Baier during the debate when he stated that the entire system is a farce and that wealthy people like him are able to easily buy political influence.

Excerpted from the debate transcript (some chatter cleaned up):

BAIER: Mr. Trump, it’s not just your past support for single- payer health care. You’ve also supported a host of other liberal policies. Use — you’ve also donated to several Democratic candidates, Hillary Clinton included, Nancy Pelosi.

You explained away those donations saying you did that to get business-related favors.

And you said recently, quote, “When you give, they do whatever the hell you want them to do.”

TRUMP: You’d better believe it.

BAIER: So what specifically did… they do?

TRUMP: If I ask them, if I need them, you know, most of the people on this stage I’ve given to, just so you understand, a lot of money.

TRUMP: Many of them.

TRUMP: I will tell you that our system is broken. I gave to many people, before this, before two months ago, I was a businessman. I give to everybody. When they call, I give.

And do you know what?

When I need something from them two years later, three years later, I call them, they are there for me.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So what did you get?

TRUMP: And that’s a broken system.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What did you get from Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi?

TRUMP: Well, I’ll tell you what, with Hillary Clinton, I said be at my wedding and she came to my wedding.

You know why?

She didn’t have a choice because I gave. I gave to a foundation that, frankly, that foundation is supposed to do good. I didn’t know her money would be used on private jets going all over the world. It was.

But…

(BUZZER NOISE)

BAIER: Hold on. We’re going to — we’re going to move on.

Yes, Trump must go right now before the billionaires who are underwriting over a dozen other GOP candidates close their checkbooks to Reince Priebus and the RNC. America owes Donald Trump a debt of gratitude for those few minutes of truth broadcast on national television that would have never gotten through the media blockade otherwise.

Interestingly, Senator Graham's comments come only a day after he had acknowledged that if Trump were to win the Republican party nomination that he would "hold his nose" and "vote" for him.