The white supremacists flocking to Donald Trump

 A Klansman flies a KKK flag at an annual Klan gathering made up of members from several US states on May 02, 2015 in St Louis, Missouri

Could Donald Trump be reigniting racism in this country like we haven’t seen since the Civil Rights movement? One life-long Republican friend of mine urged me recently to check out the term “cuckservative” being bandied about on Twitter. He explained the term was loaded with racism and the people using it happen to be white, fervent Trump supporters.

“It’s a rallying cry for white supremacists and ‘neoreactionaries’ who, for whatever reason, seem to back Trump,” wrote Daily Beast reporter Matt Lewis, who’s done some excellent writing on the topic. And Lewis is right.

I did a cursory search on Twitter and very unsavory things surfaced. A cuckservative refers to a white man who betrays the Republican party and his race by supporting policies like amnesty for illegals, gay marriage, criminal justice reform, and black voter outreach that threaten white dominance in America. For the record, I don’t support gay marriage or illegal immigration, but there’s a way to talk about these issues without being a bigot.

Trump may not be behind the term, but Trump’s frontrunner status and rise in the polls has coincided with the rise in the cuckservative movement and his support from white nationalist groups. Tweets like these are indefensible.

Notice how #cuckservative mongers also glorify the confederate flag in their avatars.

During the CNN Republican debate, there was even this tweet by prominent conservative pundit and Trump supporter Ann Coulter.

Coulter said she was merely noted the Republican candidates were pandering to Israel and she has always been a supporter of Israel. Ok, if that’s true why did Coulter write that? The tweet has been retweeted over 2,000 times. As a Trump supporter, was Coulter trying to appeal to Trump’s base?

“Trump would repudiate any association with people like me, but his support comes from people who are more like me than he might like to admit.” Jared Taylor, white nationalist.

On June 28, the Daily Stormer, America’s most popular neo-Nazi news site, endorsed Trump for President, urging white men to “vote for the first time in our lives for the one man who actually represents our interests.”

The editor of the white nationalist magazine American Renaissance, Jared Taylor, boasted that while Trump “would repudiate any association with people like me, but his support comes from people who are more like me than he might like to admit.”

Michael Hill, who is leader of the League of the South, another pro-white, pro-confederacy group, condemns immigration, interracial marriage and the influence of “Jewry” — and loves Trump.

“I love to see somebody like Donald Trump come along. Not that I believe anything that he says. But he is stirring up chaos in the GOP, and for us that is good,” Hill said.

As a black conservative chick who has supported the disruptive nature of Trump’s presidential campaign, blowing up GOP political machine of white elitists, I find these revelations stomaching curdling. I’ve got my eyes wide open. I may be a Right-wing conservative but I’m no racist and will NEVER turn a blind eye to blatant racism within my party.

While the Republican candidates continue to reveal themselves to voters, I’ll be waiting for Trump to rebuke this #cuckservative nonsense and show his true colors. The Republican Party needs a nominee to broader our tent of voters — not restrict it to members of the Klu Klux Klan.

Refusing to own a gun may cost Jeb Bush dearly

First published September 8, 2015 in the Telegraph

Republicans love guns as much as they hate big government. Maybe I should say: real conservatives take their right to bear arms and defend themselves under the US Constitution’s second amendment VERY seriously. There’s a reason why you see so many bumper stickers reading “God, country, guns” on Republicans’ cars.

During the 2008 campaign, Democrat presidential candidate Barack Obama opined that conservatives from small towns “cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment.” All of this is true. But Republicans of all stripes, center to right wing, were outraged by Obama’s condescending, snide remarks. In fact, it was remarks like these and his policies that gave birth to the Tea Party movement in 2010.

Republican candidate Ted Cruz, rated highly by the NRA  Photo: AP

Nothing gets a conservative — or indeed the National Rifle Association, one of America’s most powerful lobby groups — more riled up than Democrats assaulting legal gun ownership. Each time there’s a mass shooting by a lunatic in America, Democrats are quick to blame “lax gun laws” not the madmen behind the trigger.

“Violence is raging out of control in this nation and liberals don’t want Republicans to defend themselves”

America’s most violent cities, Chicago, Baltimore, and Washington DC, are governed by Democrats and have the most prohibitive gun laws. This summer the nation’s capitol recorded 105 homicides — already more than 2014. The DC Police Department is offering $2,500 to people who surrender illegal guns.

Lawmakers in these cities allow illegal guns to proliferate, yet force law-abiding citizens to remain unarmed, sitting ducks. As a Republican and resident of DC, I know something about this. Recently, I received a threat on social media which finally prompted me to apply for a concealed carry pistol license. It’s a nightmare. The gun ownership guidelines run 15 pages long.

First I took the 30-minute online gun safety class. Next, I have to complete two and half-day firearms training that can only be taught by one of the 18 trainers approved by the DC Metropolitan Police Department. I have to pay a total of $536 fees for fingerprinting, background check, training, and so on. The biggest insult is I have to prove I have “a good reason to fear injury” and other arbitrary requirements set up by the DC Police Chief.

“The fact that an applicant lives or works in a high crime area, in and of itself, is not a sufficient reason for the issuance of a Concealed Carry Pistol License,” the application states.

Violence is raging out of control in both the city and the nation and liberals don’t want Republicans to defend themselves. This is brings us to Jeb Bush.

The Telegraph asked various Republican presidential candidates how many guns they own. Jeb Bush is one of only two who own none. While governor of Florida, Bush signed the “stand your ground” gun law that allows citizens to use deadly force if necessary to defend themselves against attack rather than retreating. He also received an A+ rating from the NRA for his gun policies as governor. But many conservatives will ask, “How does Jeb not own a gun?” They may even assume Jeb’s so rich he pays bodyguards to protect himself and his family against crime.

  Photo: Telegraph

Either way, Jeb’s lack of gun ownership is a big problem. It further reinforces the widely held belief among conservatives that Jeb is a “Republican in Name Only” (RINO). Jeb supports a pathway to amnesty for illegal immigrants. Last year, he even lamented that they break the law to come to America out of “an act of love” to help their families. Then there’s Jeb’s support of Common Core, national educational testing standards, which most Republicans disdain.

I don’t believe you have to own a gun to protect America’s 2nd amendment. But I’m not running for president. To many conservatives, Jeb’s lack of gun ownership is yet another sign how out of touch he is with his party. The son and brother of former presidents, Jeb keeps claiming he’s more conservative than Donald Trump. But his Jell-O like policy positions prove otherwise and won’t help him win working class white voters, who cling to their guns and whom Bush needs to win the nomination.

Who is the real Jeb Bush? That’s the burning question that continues to dog his campaign. Along with the fact that Jeb appears to think he’s entitled to the GOP nomination. From the looks of Jeb’s tanking poll numbers, he’s not even trying. Maybe it’s time for Jeb to get a gun — and a personality.

Fiorina: Queen of Debate Night

Donald Trump stumbled and tumbled during the CNN Republican debate and Carly Fiorina snatched the crown from him, becoming the heir apparent to the party’s frontrunner status.

“All of us will be revealed over time and under pressure,” Fiorina calmly quipped when asked to elaborate about her comments on Trump.

And revealed Fiorina was. Her command of the issues and measured responses made her queen of the night and the decisive winner of round two in a long series of debates to come. From the moment she opened her mouth, over the 3 hours of grueling debate poorly-moderated by CNN’s Jake Tapper, all eyes were on Fiorina.

Trump and Fiorina sparring like boxers in a ring dominated the first hour. But where the other candidates got into a yelling match with Trump, Fiorina never looked at Trump or let him ruffle her feathers. This took the hot air out of Trump’s bully persona. When Tapper asked Fiorina what she thought of Trump’s comments about her not having a pretty face, she faced the audience and simply said:

“I think women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said.”

Indeed we did. The audience roared, including me (not myself) – from my couch! And Trump gave Fiorina a flummoxed stare, followed by this muted response.

“She’s got a beautiful face, and I think she’s a beautiful woman.”

Jaws dropped at the Reagan Library where the debate was held. From this moment on, the evening was Carly’s vagina monologue.  From foreign policy to domestic questions, the Republican Party’s lone female candidate outperformed every man on that stage – on every issue.

Asked about the threat of Russia and Syria, Fiorina replied with a dizzying accuracy.

“By the way, the reason it is so critically important that every one of us know General Suleimani’s name is because Russia is in Syria right now, because the head of the Quds force traveled to Russia and talked Vladimir Putin into aligning themselves with Iran and Syria to prop up Bashar al- Assad.

Russia is a bad actor, but Vladimir Putin is someone we should not talk to, because the only way he will stop is to sense strength and resolve on the other side, and we have all of that within our control,” she concluded.

The more Carly spoke, the more inept Trump appeared. Instead of studying up on foreign policy issues, he parroted the same talking points. His lack of substance on the issues was glaring. His fallback response to the conflict in the Middle East was that he “would talk to leaders” and hire experts to tell him what to do.

Several times during Carly’s performance, Trump could be seen staring at her in disbelief. Yes, that’s what leadership looks like.

Another moment where Carly shined was her response to Planned Parenthood’s harvesting and selling baby parts after abortion. As the only woman and mother on the stage overwhelmed by testosterone, she was the expert on this issue.

“As regards Planned Parenthood, anyone who has watched this videotape, I dare Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama to watch these tapes. Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, it’s heart beating, it’s legs kicking while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.

This is about the character of our nation, and if we will not stand up in and force President Obama to veto this bill, shame on us,” Fiorina uttered.

The silence in the audience was palatable and her response almost brought me to tears.

GOP contender New Jersey Governor Chris Christie took issue with Trump and Fiorina hogging time (pun intended) to talk about their careers. And like the bombastic politico he is, Christie tried to silence the only woman on the stage.

FIORINA: A track record of leadership is not a game. It is the issue in this election.

CHRISTIE: Stop — and stop playing — and Carly — Carly, listen. You can interrupt everybody else on this stage, you’re not going to interrupt me, OK?

But Carly rose above, brushed off Christie like a gnat, and noted “in the end this election is about leadership,” she said. “It’s not about braggadocio, it is about challenging the status quo, solving problems, producing results,” Carly continued.

Looking utterly bewildered by Fiorina’s deft performance, the 10 men who shared the stage with her, most notably Jeb Bush and Trump, reminded me what’s so very wrong with the Republican Party. Privileged white men dominate it. For the most part, every Republican man running for president in 2016 isn’t doing so because they think they can help America, they’re running because they think they’re entitled.

Halfway through the debate, I forgot who was on stage. Carly was the only voice I heard. Toward the end of this slugfest Tapper confused Senator Marco Rubio with Senator Rand Paul.

“I know we all look alike,” joked Rubio.

And that’s the problem in a nutshell with the GOP, and the reason why Queen Carly owned the evening.



Is Trump Running for President of the Senior Class or America?


Donald Trump needs to tone down the name-calling he’s become so fond of during his presidential run. He’s starting to sound like the high school bully – not like the GOP’s most-popular guy– attacking journalist and insulting competitors.

It’s okay for Trump to call out journalists on their bias (which is rampant among news outlets), as he did with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly and Univision’s Jorge Ramos.  Further, Americans have made it clear that they don’t just like it when Trump speaks in plain English (not Spanish or political jibber-jabber) about the country’s illegal immigration and jobs problems — they love it!

But when the members of the press pose serious questions to Trump (a leading presidential candidate) that he can’t answer, his mouth turns into a blowtorch. After a radio interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, Trump blasted Hewitt as a “third-rate radio announcer.” This, because he couldn’t respond to foreign policy questions.

To be fair, these weren’t just questions. They were tough questions that would have been appropriate for an expert on the Middle East. Also bear in mind, the interview was done over the phone. Hewitt, first asked Trump about the Quds Forces. Trump heard Hewitt incorrectly and thought he said Kurds.

“No, not the Kurds, but the Quds forces, the Iranian Revolutionary Quds forces. The bad guy. Do you expect his behavior to change. . .” Hewitt explained to Trump.

“No, I’m sorry I thought you said Kurds,” Trump relied.

When you listen to the interview, it does sound like Hewitt said “Kurds.”

Trump acknowledged to Hewitt in detail that he knew that Qasem Soleimani is the commander of Iran’s Quds forces. Hewitt then started quizzing Trump on a list of Muslim terrorists. Then he asked Trump the difference between Hamas, Hezbollah and al Nursa.

Trump couldn’t answer these questions and excoriated Hewitt for hurling gotcha questions at him.

I’m not defending Trump’s response. But I doubt Hewitt could rattle off all those bad guys from memory. US elections aren’t decided on Muslim terrorists. They’re decided on domestic issues.  However, Trump should have taken a spoonful of humility and done his homework. At a minimum, Trump should have told Hewitt there’s no difference between Hamas, Hezbollah and al Nursa. They’re all terrorists groups sponsored by our enemies who want to kill Americans.

Trump also should have had his campaign foreign policy advisor sitting next to him with background notes like Hewitt presumably used in his studio.

In conducting a Foreign Service exam on Trump, the only question Hewitt forget to ask the candidate was the difference between Sunni and Shiite Muslims.

The Middle East is perhaps the most complicated region in the world. For example, Hamas is a terrorist arm of the Palestinian Liberation Organization based in the Gaza Strip. Hezbollah is based in Lebanon. Both groups are funded by Iran and Syria. Al Nursa is an offshoot of al Qaeda and is fighting in Syria.

“I knew you were going to ask me things like this,” Trump snapped.

Then next time Trump should be prepared.  He’s running for President of the United States not president of the senior class. (No excuses for presidential candidates not knowing the region. But come on, even Obama doesn’t seem to know what a terrorist looks like and he’s been elected twice.)

Undoubtedly, Hewitt conspired with the GOP establishment in pulling this jihad on Trump. Hewitt who will join Dana Bash and Jake Tapper to query candidates at the second debate hosted by CNN/Salem Communications September 16, 2015 . So, there’s likely lots more gotcha in store for Trump.

But when you’re breaking all the rules and still leading in the polls like Trump is, he should expect – and be expected to answer the gotcha questions.

On a related note, initially Trump’s taunts against Jeb Bush were funny. Now, they’ve become redundant.  Winners don’t look like leaders when they’re chasing losers. Trump is clinging to insults like Linus clutches his blanket. It’s time to cling to substance.



The Problem with Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush speaking at the conference

First published August 25, 2015 in The Telegraph

What in the world has happened to Jeb Bush? The man with a powerful last name — who the Republican Party thought could leap into the 2016 nomination with a single bound — looks more like a puny contender than a political Superman.

According to a Rasmussen poll, 57 per cent of Republican voters believe that Donald Trump will be the GOP nominee. A mere two months ago, Trump ranked near the bottom of the 12 declared GOP candidates at the time. He now leads the field of 17 candidates.

Jeb’s got the money and political dynasty but he doesn’t have the message. Jeb’s biggest problem is he thinks he’s entitled to the nomination.

“I mean, look — for the populist, conservative voters, Trump symbolizes everything wrong with the Republican Party — the country-club Republican Party of Jeb Bush,” commented Roger Stone, a former Trump advisor.

“… The notion that he was going to go to Washington to fight the pampered elite — Jeb, you are the pampered elite.”

As Trump spoke to a crowd of 20,000 in Mobile, Alabama this weekend, Bush’s super PAC, Right to Rise, paid a plane to fly a banner over the University of South Carolina Stadium that read:

“Trump for higher taxes, Jeb 4 Prez.”

In politics like sports, winners don’t chase losers, they keep winning. Bush is always nipping at Trump’s heels, like a candidate on the ropes — or more congruently, like an angry puppy. If Jeb’s not tweeting about Trump, Jeb’s angry at Trump and virulently attacking Trump.


At a recent campaign event in New Hampshire, Bush again castigated Trump. This time for not being conservative enough.

“There’s a big difference between Donald Trump and me. I’m a proven conservative with a record. He isn’t,” Bush exclaimed.

That’s quite a paradoxical assertion from Bush, since his critics have consistently and persistently accused him of being a Rino — Republican in name only – especially on immigration. Trump’s immigration plan is more conservative than Bush’s. Trump has unequivocally stated – on paper no less – that he will secure the US borders, end sanctuary cities and deport illegal immigrants. Bush, on the other hand, said that he supports amnesty, which is anathema to conservatives. In 2014, Bush said this about illegal immigration:

“But the way I look at this – and I’m going to say this, and it’ll be on tape and so be it. . . . Yes, they broke the law, but it’s not a felony. It’s an act of love. It’s an act of commitment to your family. I honestly think that that is a different kind of crime that there should be a price paid, but it shouldn’t rile people up that people are actually coming to this country to provide for their families.”

This doesn’t like a record of a “proven conservative.” Most Republican members in Congress spent the majority of 2014 fighting against Democrats’ efforts to pass a bill granting amnesty to illegals.

Expressing more pent-up anger at Trump, Bush lectured reporters in New Hampshire like a worn down university professor.

“You don’t win when you’re the large, you know, dog in the room, where it’s all about you. You win when you connect with people about their aspirations, not about how great you are, how rich you are, or how this you are or how that you are,” Bush sanctimoniously chided.

Ironically for Jeb, that’s exactly what Trump is doing: connecting with voters. Two black women have become a viral sensation in America, producing videos on, showing their unfiltered support for Trump. They encouraged Trump to bust the truth open about illegal immigration like “a piñata.”

“If we commit a crime in this country, we gon’ go to jail for it. So why is it, they can commit a crime by crossing that border illegal and once they do that we give em shelter?” the sisters opined in their latest engaging video.

Their commentary makes sense like Trump’s ideas. Bush is focused on getting elected. Trump is focused on offering solutions to America’s problems. After nearly eight years of Obama dragging America down economically, Americans want more than politics as usual, and this is driving the old, out-of-touch GOP crazy.

Bush announced he would run for president only it if he could do it “joyfully.” Where’s that perspicacious, joyful campaign? Bush would be wise to start talking more about his ideas and less about his competitor(s).

Trump’s Silencing of Reporter Nothing New, Obama Did it Too


Oh, the horror, the audacity that “Trump kicks Latino reporter out of news conference,” bemoaned the Washington Post August 26, 2015 print edition. So what!

Maybe the media was shocked because Trump’s the first Republican to have the balls to do this in awhile. But he’s certainly not the first politician to put a reporter in his place. Cue: Obama.

In 2012, when Daily Caller White House correspondent Neil Munro interrupted President Barack Obama in the middle of remarks in the Rose Garden, to ask about his immigration policy, the media wasn’t sympathetic. Oh, no, that was a different story.

“Obama interrupted: Disrespectful or latest in ‘era of incivility’?” tacitly opined CNN’s headline, like Munro’s behavior was sacrilegious— or something. The Daily Caller is a conservative news outlet.

Before speaking to a crowd of over 3,000 people in Iowa yesterday, GOP frontrunner Donald Trump held a press conference, where members of the media were observing the raise-your-hand protocol. Two minutes in, Univision anchor Jorge Ramos shouted a question at Trump about his plan for dealing with illegal immigration.

“Sit down. You weren’t called on. Sit down,” Trump told him

Ramos refused, screaming questions like grenades at Trump.

Trump’s bodyguard deported him from the room. Adios Amigo!

Flashback to 2012, here’s what Obama told Munro:

“Excuse me, sir. It’s not time for questions, sir,” Obama fired back. “Not while I’m speaking.”

Later, Munro explained he was trying to ask questions the White House press corps won’t because they report the news the White House decides. Let’s recap, it was disrespectful for Munro, a conservative reporter to interrupt Obama with a question about his immigration policy. But when Ramos, a liberal reporter, did the same thing to Trump, it was Trump who was the bad guy.

It’s about time somebody told these liberal journalists to “sit down” and shut up. Their bias is incredible. But Trump won’t tolerate it because he doesn’t need the media. Trump’s leading the polls. Frankly, the liberal (and conservative) media need him for ratings and that’s driving them nuts.

However, like a gentleman, Trump allowed the illegal alien sympathizer Ramos back into the press conference. Trump answered all of Ramos’ questions with a non-nonsense command of the issue. As a builder/developer, Trump said he could easily build a wall along 1,900 miles of the US border with Mexico.

Growing more indignant with each question, Ramos lectured Trump:

“No human being is illegal, Mr. Trump.”

To which Trump replied:

“Well, when they cross the border from a legal standpoint, they’re illegal immigrants whey they don’t have papers.”

Liberal “reporters,” and I use the word loosely, are used to shutting down debate on illegal immigration. Trump is used to winning. Finally, we have a politician on the right side of the issue, willing to defend Americans for a change instead of border jumpers.