White male GOP establishment wrong about Trump

First published March 20, 2016 in the Toronto Sun

To the American news media and Republican Party’s dismay, Donald Trump continues to be the 250-kilogram gorilla of a frontrunner in the 2016 presidential election.

Trump is by far and wide the heir apparent to the GOP nomination. Yet, reading the Wall Street Journal’s editorial editorial the day after March 15, when Trump won another round of contests, except Ohio, one was left with the impression that Trump was the biggest loser. Kasich finally won Ohio, the only contest he’s won so far.

Yet, the Journal observed he “won convincingly in his home state” and should “take the nomination brawl … all the way to the convention floor in Cleveland.”

The paper’s refusal to acknowledge Trump as the clear frontrunner, along with the GOP establishment’s ruling class, is exactly why voters are choosing Trump.

In 2012, Republican candidate and eventual nominee Mitt Romney was winning more contests than his competitors and the Journal urged other candidates to drop out of the race. In 2016, Trump is winning more contests and the newspaper is urging candidates to stay in the race to stop Trump.

The Journal isn’t the only GOP group pushing its arrogant, white, educated male “we know better than you” snobbery on conservatives.

Political pundit and radio host Erick Erickson announced that he along with “a small group of grassroots conservative activists” committed to blocking Trump’s nomination. “We are committed to ensuring a real conservative candidate is elected,” wrote Erickson.

Oh, the arrogance of Erickson and his mostly white club telling voters they know what “a real conservative is but the rest of us don’t.”

Appearing on CNN, political pundit and writer Matt K. Lewis, whom I admire, had this to say about Erickson:

“I think Erick Erickson is an example of somebody who I hope could be the future of the conservative movement as a leader, an adult. Someone, who is sort of up and coming, because that’s what’s really been lacking.”

With all due respect, no one elevated Erickson or anyone to speak on behalf of the conservative movement. Lewis’ dismissive comment is akin to liberals calling on black race hucksters like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson to speak for all black people.

Conservatives have spoken. Voters are gravitating to Trump’s authentic campaign. Trump isn’t running for president because he made a career off being a politician or needs the money. He’s not telling voters what he thinks they want to hear but what he’ll do. While his style is blunt on immigration, national security and the economy, Trump’s policies are in tune with voters’ concerns.

From political consulting, lobbying, Hill, campaign and journalism jobs, Erickson and Lewis are very much a part of a club that keeps others like minorities and Americans without college degrees out. At the same time, these “few good men” want to dictate to conservatives whom they should vote for. The Republican political machine, made up of a very few, is afraid of losing its power and influence, which translates into a revolving door of jobs and money for its members.

The #NeverTrump movement needs to accept the simple fact that voters have fired the GOP Establishment this go round because the exclusive club of white males has done a lousy job of picking Republican nominees in 2008 and 2012. The jig is up!

How Trump Wins – Even When He Loses

Donald Trump should be thankful to the protestors who shut down his rally on Friday in Chicago.  Their actions ended up boosting support for him – even among some Democrats. The protestors, or rather, Bernie Sanders recruits, snuck into the University of Illinois auditorium disguised as Trump supporters.

They came with one purpose in mind: to incite Trump supporters into violence by calling them racist.  Why?  So the mainstream would do the same, regardless of the facts.  And that’s exactly what happened.

The news coverage blanketed Trump with blame even though he cancelled the event at the last minute, fearful that people would be harmed.

Meanwhile the Bernie Sanders supporters, who caused the violence, were held blameless.

How do I know Sanders supporters were responsible? My friend, whom I will simply call Marie and who lives in the Chicago area, attended the rally with her teenage daughter.  She told me what she saw.

Marie took her 14-year-old daughter out of school early to stand in line ‪at 1:30pmCT to hear Trump speak that evening, almost five hours ahead of time.

Marie’s daughter’s teachers had been Trump-bashing in the public school she attends, so Marie was determined to have her daughter judge for herself – by attending a rally and hearing Trump directly.

Two hours into the wait, Marie said she got seats 25 feet from the stage. Throughout the afternoon I received excited texts and photos.

Marie is a white 50-year-old independent voter. She’s also one of those folks “without a college degree” that the GOP Establishment likes to mock.  A real estate agent, who lost everything when the market tanked in 2011, but rebuilt her business selling bank-owned foreclosed properties.  Marie turned to hard work and determination to get herself back in her feet, not handouts and food stamps.  The Trump rhetoric appealed to her.

With so many people waiting for so long, when it was then announced that Trump would NOT be speaking after people, Marie reported that it was like igniting “an emotional bomb” inside the building.

Protestors, made up of college students and adults under 30 years of age, revealed themselves as Bernie supporters.  “They went crazy,” she said, “chanting things like ‘Go home this is our school’ and ‘Fuck Trump.’ ”

Describing the scene as a “well planned ambush,” Marie recalled that the protestors ripped Trump signs out of hands and provocatively tore them into pieces.

Fights starting to break out, as the heckling of Trump supporters continued.  And so frightened for her daughter’s safety, Marie asked a security guard for help.  She was pointed towards the nearest exit.

Upon reaching the parking lot, Marie found protestors blocking the exit. As she waited, Marie saw three or four Asian teenage boys, visibly shaken and afraid. They, like so many others, had come, peacefully, to hear Trump speak and found themselves in the middle of a virtual riot.

Next morning when I spoke to Marie, she told me she was still upset at what she had seen and by the fact that the media distorted the facts. “I really need to talk to you to help me wrap my mind and heart around what I experienced last night. The rally protesters were so evidently there only to disturb a peaceful event.  My daughter actually went to the rally as a Bernie supporter – she left FIGHTING for Trump.  I had to hold her back 15 times,” Marie said.

Unfortunately, neither the liberal nor conservative mainstream media are not reporting Marie’s story or others like it, or the fact that Trump cancelled his appearance out of concern for everyone’s safety.  Buried in a lengthy Washington Post article, there was a brief mention that Trump’s campaign plays an audio recording before his rallies telling supporters not to harm protestors.

It’s interesting that Trump is the only candidate who has supporters of Democrat presidential candidates consistently disrupting his events. When will Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton be held accountable by the media for encouraging this violence through their silence assent?

Americans are angry indeed that the country has become intolerant of free speech and political correctness.  Words to the unwise: if you don’t want Trump to win, stop pulling stunts like Chicago.  It only emboldens people to show even more fervent support for him.

I would take Donald Trump over the self-serving Republican nobility any day

First published March 4, 2016 in the Telegraph

Mitt Romney, the biggest Republican loser of the 2012 presidential election, has declared 2016 Republican frontrunner Donald Trump unfit to be president.

“Here’s what I know,” he said. “Donald Trump is a phoney, a fraud. His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University.”

In a 20-minute speech Romney unleashed a personal character assassination of Trump. Calling Trump a “twisted example of evil trumping good,” Romney’s venomous diatribe seemed more imbued with full of fear and loathing for a man who’s doing what he failed to do in 2012: win.

Smug and smiling, Romney stood behind a podium and lectured Americans, who’ve overwhelmingly voted for Trump in contest after contest, that they don’t know what they’re doing. In other words, Romney told voters that they’re stupid and it was time for an intervention — for the party’s ruling class to tank the people’s choice. Romney knows best.

“Frankly, the only serious policy proposals that deal with a broad range of national challenges we confront today come from Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and John Kasich. One of these men should be our nominee.”

Since when did losers of past presidential races pick the winners of tomorrow’s? The truth is that voters don’t care who Romney wants to be the Republican nominee. America isn’t a monarchy where the establishment gets to crown our next King.

Moreover, Romney is the poster boy for the Republican establishment and exactly the problem with the party. He lost the nomination in 2008 to Senator John McCain. Because Romney was runner up to McCain in 2008, the establishment picked him to be the Republican nominee in 2012. Conservatives had little enthusiasm for Romney but the establishment propped up his weak candidacy with tons of money, forcing him on voters. Then he lost miserably.

At some point these people will have to stop focusing on how to stop Trump and acknowledge he is not only winning, but is doing so for the most rational of reasons: he is clearly conservative voters’ first choice, whether they like it or not.

A CNN poll now has 49 per cent of Republicans supporting Trump. If any other candidate were winning with such momentum, the GOP would be calling for remaining candidates to drop out of the race right now, as they did with Romney in 2012.

Instead, the establishment trots out Romney, a failed candidate from the last cycle to tell voters that their choice is wrong. Desperate times require desperate measures and the GOP refuses to come to grips with the fact that they can’t control this election. That’s what Romney’s speech was really about.

The most laughable line of the night was when Romney, the son of a millionaire, whose father ran for president in 1968 and lost, mocked Trump for the same: “He inherited his business, he didn’t create it.”

After the miserable loss in 2012, the GOP promised to expand the party base. They didn’t. But Trump has. In states from New Hampshire to Nevada and Georgia, Trump is winning all groups — young, old, moderate and conservative.

Trump’s unashamed articulation of every economic, national security and immigration fear shared by Americans today after seven years of Obama continues to serve him well.

American jobs have gone to China and Mexico or been stolen by illegal immigrants here at home. The US now has the lowest labour participation rate in over 30 years. And Americans are tired of it all.

They see Trump as their man to change all that, not the establishment hacks he is competing against – or of course Clinton, whose hallmark is decades of “crony capitalism” and non-achievement. The only thing in Romney’s speech that made sense was when he denounced the Clintons as “trading their political influence to enrich their personal finances.”

But the truth is, the GOP establishment finds Trump’s candidacy abhorrent because it represents an unravelling of business as usual: their own power and influence, bought rather than earned. They can’t throw money at Trump and hope to control him. Trump purports to answer only to the people who vote for him, the very people the GOP has chosen to ignore.

Stuart Stevens, chief campaign strategist for Mitt Romney’s losing 2012 campaign, wrote in the Daily Beast: “A Vote for Donald Trump Is a Vote for Bigotry”.

This is rich. Romney lost that election to Obama because he ignored minority and women voters. Hiring virtually no minorities or women, Romney ran one of the whitest male-dominated campaigns in recent memory. As a result he earned 60 per cent of the white vote – the largest since any presidential candidate since 1988. And then lost.

Over the past four years, Stevens and his clan, including the Republican National Committee, have done nothing to grow the party beyond its college educated white base. This is quiet bigotry at work. Is it therefore any real wonder people are sick are stumping for Trump?

While I am troubled with some of Trump’s clumsy mistakes, such as his apparent flirtation with white supremacist groups, I’ll take him over the GOP’s self-serving ruling class any day of the week.

Super Tuesday: Donald Trump needs to condemn the KKK right now

First published March 1, 2016 in the Telegraph March

Brash billionaire Donald Trump, the Republican presidential frontrunner, has proclaimed he doesn’t know anything about the white supremacist movement or David Duke. Hogwash, as I believe the saying goes. That’s like saying you’ve never heard of apple pie.

Trump’s statement would be laughable if it wasn’t so offensive. Founded after the Civil War, the Ku Klux Klan was a white supremacist group dedicated to preserving segregation.

And they killed blacks when it served their purpose. During the Civil Rights’ era, the KKK’s repugnant actions knew no bounds.

The Klan was rampant in the segregated American south. They lynched blacks and killed Civil Rights leaders with impunity.

Their hooded white robes and burning of crosses in blacks’ front yards represented a new depth of evil in American society: A warning of murders to come if blacks didn’t stop activating for equality.

Recently, David Duke, a former grand wizard of the KKK and avowed white nationalist, told conservatives to vote for Trump to save their white heritage.

“Voting for these people, voting against Donald Trump at this point, is really treason to your heritage,” Duke told listeners of his David Duke Radio Show.

Duke clarified he wasn’t endorsing Trump. And when asked about Duke in media interviews, Trump simply said he “disavowed” Duke, a wimpish, equivocal term which was immediately pounced on by the media.

During an interview this weekend, CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Trump three times to “unequivocally” condemn Duke and the white supremacist groups who professed support for Trump.

And just like the apostle Peter, Trump three times denied knowing Duke, the most famous Grand Wizard of the KKK.

“Well just so you understand, I don’t know anything about David Duke, OK? I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists. So I don’t know” … ” I know nothing about David Duke. I know nothing about white supremacists…,” Trump retorted.

The next day, in an appearance on the Today Show, Trump parsed his remarks like a lawyer defending a mass murderer, blaming his comments on a faulty earpiece and saying he needed more information about white supremacist groups before he would “disavow” them.

“Now I go and I sit down again, I have a lousy ear piece that is provided by them and, frankly, he talked about groups. He also talked about groups and I have no problem with disavowing groups, but I’d at least like to know who they are.”

What more information does a US presidential candidate need to forcibly denounce white supremacy in 2016? Trump has never shied away from strong words. He’s denounced Muslim terrorists and illegal immigrants. Why not white supremacists? Or is he showing he really will do and say anything to get the nomination?

Go back to 2000 and an interview with Today Show’s Matt Lauer. Trump then, without hesitation, called Duke “a bigot, a racist, a problem.”

Contemplating a run for the presidency at the time, Trump said he wasn’t going to run for president under the Reform Party because Duke had just joined it.

In other words, in 2000, Trump knew exactly what Duke stood for. What has changed now?

Let me hazard a guess. Trump is learning lessons from the Nixon White House win by pursuing the so-called Southern Strategy: amass all the white votes he can, even those which are undeniably racist.

I have often defended Trump’s policy positions, but this latest mishap, if it is indeed one, leaves me gasping.

While no candidate can control who goes into the voting booth to cast a ballot for him, there is no honour in this strategy. Trump would be better reminding himself of another successful president: Ronald Reagan who publicly rejected the Klan’s endorsement in 1984.

It’s fantasy politics for Trump to believe he can say things like this and still wrest the black vote from Hillary, who seems poised to win the Democrat nomination, not least because of her (misplaced) appeal to African Americans.

Trump must now do what Barack Obama was forced to do in 2008 when he distanced himself from his friend and former pastor, Jeremiah Wright, over racist sermons he gave while Obama was a parishioner of his church.

Trump needs to stand down this mines ends and soon. It merely feeds the beast. For instance, when an all-white high school boys basketball team lost a playoff game in Des Moines, Iowa to a more racially mixed team the players shouted Trump’s name to insult their victorious opponents.

I’m certain this isn’t the kind of legacy Trump wants his campaign to teach young people in America.

You can’t be President of the United States of America in the modern world and lead people to believe you sympathize in anyway with the KKK or white supremacy.

This isn’t 1964, when Barry Goldwater won the GOP nomination because he refused to vote for the Civil Rights Act and lost the election.

But more importantly, the math isn’t on Trump’s side. The white vote alone and certainly the racist white vote won’t get him elected to the White House.

 

Black people shouldn’t be fooled by Hillary Clinton

First published February 25, 2016 in the Telegraph

Black voters appear to be sleepwalking towards Hillary Clinton on the assumption that they have no choice. This would be a major mistake. They should not be taken in by her lies and false claims to represent black communities. Her real record reveals a more disturbing truth which she is counting on black voters to be dumb enough to ignore.
A damning video produced by the Republican National Committee portrays Hillary as a privileged white Democrat politician who ruthlessly “dog whistled” against Barack Obama in 2008.

The video, entitled “The Clintons Hope You Forget,” shows Americans a litany of ugly, racist attacks which the Clintons waged against Obama.


For instance, stumping in South Carolina in 2008, Hillary remarked that Dr. King’s dream was kick-started when President Lyndon B. Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act.” In other words, as NBC Meet the Press host Tim Russert later told Clinton, it was as if Hillary implied “it took a white man to get blacks to the mountaintop.”
And Hillary’s racial attacks didn’t stop there. The Clintons will say and do anything to get elected. When it was politically convenient for Hillary to paint Obama as a hater of white Americans, that’s exactly what she did.
“Senator Obama’s support among hardworking Americans, white Americans is weakening,” Hillary boasted.
In the book Game Change published in 2010 and widely reported by both the liberal and conservative media, Bill Clinton was reported to be outraged that Senator Ted Kennedy endorsed Barack Obama as a candidate in 2008 over Hillary.
“A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee,” Bill yelled at Kennedy. So much for equality.
During Hillary’s 2008 campaign, the book noted: “Bill Clinton’s main assignment was continuing to make phone calls to super delegates, in which he pressed the case for Hillary and against Obama aggressively – at times too aggressively. Clinton’s message, sometimes implicitly, sometimes explicitly, was that the country wasn’t ready to elect an African American president. Some recipients of the calls found them discomforting, others embarrassing; few found them effective”.

The fact is that the liberal mainstream media has gotten a convenient case of amnesia when it comes to the reporting Hillary’s 2008 campaign. But their own headlines tell the story about her “record with blacks”.
The liberal New York Times January 9, 2008 editorial “Unite, Not Divide, Really This Time,” observed: “Mrs. Clinton ran an angry campaign in New Hampshire, and polls showed that voters noticed. She won narrowly, but came perilously close to injecting racial tension into what should have been – and still should be – an uplifting contest between the first major woman candidate and the first major African-American candidate.”
Fast forward to 2016, it’s therefore disturbing to see the sheer numbers of blacks supporting Hillary in 2016 against the backdrop of her past and her poor record with black Americans as a US Senator from New York.

Last weekend, Hillary won the Nevada primary in large part due to the 76 per cent of blacks in the state who turned out for her over Bernie Sanders. Now, polls show Hillary also poised to win on South Carolina primary because black Democrats outnumber white Democrats by 60% and she’s got nearly their entire vote.
But, as blacks fall in line, like they are expected to do, to vote for Hillary this weekend in South Carolina, they should recall her campaign tactics in 2008. Stumping for Hillary, Bill joked during in 2008 that any black man could win South Carolina.
“Jesse Jackson won South Carolina in ’84 and ’88. Jackson ran a good campaign. And Obama ran a good campaign here,” Bill said. Prior to this, Bill mocked Obama’s historic campaign as “the biggest fairytale I’d ever seen.”
These, combined with other racially charged statements, lost Hillary South Carolina in 2008 and yet curiously today, with no evidence of a record to appeal to them, the black vote is sleep walking to her, like a scene from the Walking Dead.
According to Public Policy Polling, in nine states that have more black voters than whites, Hillary’s support among black voters ranges from 63-74 per cent compared to Sanders who receives 12-23 per cent.
I’m scratching my head to understand if there is a reason why black voters are supporting Hillary like zombies beyond the thought that they believe there is no choice.
Her promises to fix racial disparities in America have been too easily made and her pandering to the Black Lives Matter movement and Al Sharpton hardly makes her deserving of the endorsement from Congressional Black Caucus members. Hillary has been in public office for 32 years and she has yet to demonstrate any marked improved on key indicators, such as the high crime, incarceration and unemployment rates among black who represent only 13% of the US population.
So why is it that blacks are flocking to Hillary? It feels like a bad Clinton habit they have only been able to break once, when a black man called Obama ran in 2008.

Yet wasn’t Bill Clinton supposedly the “first black president”, talking and acting like one as he played the saxophone on the Arsenio Hall Show?
In fact, for Bill’s record with blacks look no further than his 1994 crime bill, which incarcerated more blacks than any other President in US history.
Yet, for black voters unpersuaded by Bernie, there is another choice. Looking at the Republican line-up will seem counter-intuitive yet they are a more natural choice than Hillary. Republicans are the ones fighting for issues that improve black lives, not Democrats.
School choice programs championed by Republicans help blacks, who drop out of high school at a higher rate than whites, escape failing public schools. Yet these programs are consistently blocked by Democrats like Hillary who vow to defend the Teachers Union. The D.C. Opportunity Scholarships started by Republican President George W. Bush in 2003 provides scholarships to mostly minority students to attend private schools. Every year of his presidency, Obama made it a priority to cut funding in his White House budget. Former House Speaker John Boehner fought every year to fund the program.
Republicans have also been leading the way on prison reform, finding ways to reduce the prison population for people committing minor drug offense. This benefits blacks, since the federal prison population is 38 per cent black, while blacks are a whole are only about 13 per cent of the population.
Presidential candidate Governor John Kasich (R-OH) signed bill into law to reduce the rising prison population and the cost of housing inmates.
Republicans also champion policies that support marriage and family stability. Data shows that children born to unmarried households, like 72 per cent of all black babies born in the US, have futures of crime and poverty awaiting them not jobs and prosperity.
Perhaps 2016 is the time for blacks to diversify their vote and cast ballots with their eyes wide open for a change. They should not be fooled by Hillary. After voting for over 50 years for the same party, it’s time for a change.

Black lives don’t matter to Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton – only black votes

First published February 11, 2016 in the Telegraph

Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is running such a white campaign that he rushed to New York City the day after his New Hampshire win to have breakfast with Al Sharpton to buy, I mean beg, for the black vote.

Fresh off the heels of walloping Hillary by 22 per cent margin, one would think Sanders would take a moment to celebrate or head to the next primary state South Carolina to campaign. But ironically for the Democrat Party that professes diversity, Sanders is the whitest candidate running. He represents Vermont, one of the whitest states in the US; he won the New Hampshire primary, one of the whitest primaries (with over 90 per cent white population).
And yet Sanders needs the minority vote to win the Democrat nomination. About 44 per cent of Democrat voters aren’t white and Hillary’s leading Sanders in the minority vote by 40 per cent and has 9 out of every 10 black voters supporting her. The majority of Sanders supporters are, by contrast – you guessed it – white!

Sanders’ solution to his black and brown problem is to break bread with Sharpton in Harlem. The good Reverend Al, who hasn’t given a sermon since I can recall, never met a racial riot or protest he didn’t want to incite.
How insulting to black people that Sanders thinks all he has to do is meet with a buffoon like Sharpton to secure the black vote. As I wrote in my new book Con Job, Democrats “don’t grant blacks permission to be free-thinking individuals”. We’re merely supposed to follow the orders of a profiteer like Sharpton.

Not that Sanders is any better than Clinton, who in 2008 spoke in a “black” accent at a campaign event at a black church in Charleston. Democrats in general take the black vote for granted and insult blacks as political dummies.

While both Sanders and Clinton promise to correct the mass incarceration of blacks in America with criminal justice reform, Clinton is literally lying to black voters. She claims too many black men are needlessly thrown in prison, but she supported her husband’s policies of incarcerating and executing blacks en masse while he was president. Bill may have been America’s “first black president”, as black writer Toni Morrison dubbed him, but he didn’t show blacks a lot of love.

In fact, Bill locked up more prisoners in US history. When he left office in 2001, the US had the highest incarceration rate in the world. Bill was also the architect of the “3 strikes” program and disparity in sentencing guidelines of crack vs. cocaine, all which put more black men than ever behind bars. Hillary wasn’t just a First Lady standing by her man but deeply involved in every aspect of her husband’s presidency. She supported his 1994 $30 billion crime bill, which “created dozens of new federal capital crimes, mandated life sentences for some three-time offenders, and authorized more than $16 billion for state prison grants and the expansion of police forces.”

In her support for her husband’s bill, Hillary said: “These are not just gangs of kids anymore. They are often the kinds of kids that are called ‘super-predators.’ No conscience, no empathy. We can talk about why they ended up that way, but first we have to bring them to heel.”
I agree with Hillary’s assessment, but I’m not a Democrat coddling the black pathology of crime and out-of-wedlock births. The fact is Hillary will say and do anything to get elected and black votes matter to Hillary more than black lives ever will. It’s outrageous for any black American to vote for Hillary. They’d be voting for their demise.
In 2012, according to the US Census, black voter turnout surpassed white voter turnout, 66.2 per cent to 64.1 per cent, for the first time in history. In South Carolina black Democrats outweigh white Democrats by 60 per cent and polls show Hillary leading Sanders with over 70 per cent of the black vote in the state primary. Knowing he’s in trouble in South Carolina and other heavily black states, Sanders went a begging to Sharpton for his endorsement. This is pathetic race pandering at best from Sanders.
What’s so sad is the black vote can be won or bought so easily with these optical illusions from Democrats like Hillary and Bernice. No other race in America but blacks votes solidly for one party and allows themselves to be politically manipulated like stuff animals. For the first time in half a century, perhaps both parties, Democrat and Republican, should try earning the black vote. And maybe black Americans should open their eyes and start voting more with their brains!