BY MARK HENSCH
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Thursday said Republicans should expect dire consequences if they nominate Donald Trump as their standard-bearer in the 2016 White House race.
Graham argued Trump would lose any general election he enters next year.
“I see [the GOP] getting killed if he is the nominee,” he told the Boston Herald.
“We are not going to elect a man president of the United States who has said the things he’s said about John McCain, who believes that most illegal immigrants are drug dealers and rapists, who has openly espoused the fact that he thinks the president of the United States was born in Kenya,” said Graham, himself a 2016 contender.
Graham criticized Trump for his long 2011 campaign demanding that President Obama prove he was born in the U.S.
“I am confident that President Obama was born in Hawaii and that he’s a decent guy who’s a bad president,” he said.
“But Donald Trump is a guy who went around the country and openly said he spent thousands of dollars … claiming that the president was born in Kenya,” Graham said.
“I don’t see a birther becoming president,” he added.
Graham also attacked Trump for his feud with McCain, an Arizona senator and close friend of Graham’s.
“John McCain is not a loser because he was captured, John McCain is a hero because he risked his life in the service of his country in an unpopular war,” he said.
“When it comes to the military member, military service and understanding the needs of our armed forces, there is no better voice in Washington than John McCain,” added Graham, who achieved the rank of colonel in the Air Force.
Trump sparked national controversy earlier this month by mocking McCain’s time as a prisoner during the Vietnam War.
“He’s a war hero because he was captured,” Trump told hold Frank Luntz during the 2015 Family Leadership Summit on July 18. “I like people that weren’t captured.”
McCain and Trump have sparred over the businessman’s anti-illegal-immigration rally in Phoenix on July 11.
McCain said earlier this month Trump “fired up the crazies” by conducting the event.
Laura Wilkerson’s son Josh was killed by a classmate in the United States ILLEGALLY from Belize. Since then, she has been lobbying lawmakers about immigration laws, telling the sad, gory details of his death over and over to any federal or state committee that will have her.
The Pearland teen was found dumped in a Fort Bend County field in 2010. He had been strangled, suffered multiple fractures to his face and was burned. His assailant, who is serving life in prison, told the jury he was angry because the boy kicked his dog.
“This was our family’s 9/11 terrorist attack by foreign invaders,” she testified last week in front of a U.S. Senate judiciary committee. “Americans are dying daily at the hands of criminals we don’t even know are here.”
It wasn’t until billionaire presidential candidate Donald Trump inflamed the national debate on immigration, referring to immigrants here illegally as killers and rapists, that Wilkerson said she felt like anyone was listening. Trump’s comments, following the fatal shooting of a woman on a San Francisco pier earlier this month, helped launch him to the top of the polls. He denounced the city’s so-called sanctuary law for allowing the suspected shooter,His infamous words on immigration hit home for mom who lost her son.
Last Thursday the U.S. House passed legislation on partisan lines that would withhold federal funding from states and cities with policies inhibiting the enforcement of immigration law or that prohibit law enforcement from inquiring about someone’s immigration status.
That would include Houston, which since 1990 has banned officers from asking about someone’s legal status. Its written policy allows police to contact immigration authorities only if someone is arrested on a criminal charge greater than a Class C misdemeanor and the officer knows the person is here illegally. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office has also prohibited such inquiries since 2009, as has San Antonio police. Under a federal program, however, everyone booked into any city and county jail in the state automatically has their fingerprints sent to a Department of Homeland Security immigration database.
We need this in place and now. Our kids do not deserve to die because of a problem within our control. Help support the folks making this happen. It can be reversed.
Written by Katie McGuire. Send your hate mail to the author at email@example.com, or feel free to mean tweet me at @GopKatie, where I will be sure to do very little about it.
More genocidal lies from the jihadi-in-chief —
Iran: Obama Admin Lying About Nuclear Deal for ‘Domestic Consumption’ By Adam Kredo, Free Beacon, July 30, 2015
U.S. downplays Iranian victory to ‘soothe’ fear over deal
Senior Iranian officials are accusing the Obama administration of lying about the details of the recent nuclear accord in order to soothe fears among U.S. lawmakers and Americans about the implications of the deal, which will release billions of dollars to the Islamic Republic while temporarily freezing its nuclear program, according to reports from Iran’s state-controlled media.
As Secretary of State John Kerry and other senior Obama administration figures launch a full-court press to convince Congress to approve the deal, Iranian leaders are dismissing the rhetoric as “aimed at domestic consumption.”
Kerry and other top administration officials have been defending the deal on Capitol Hill in recent days, claiming that it will rein in the Islamic Republic’s contested nuclear program and fix its nuclear “breakout” period, the time required for it to obtain the amount of highly enriched uranium necessary for a nuclear weapon, at one year.
Critics have noted that the deal provides Iran with billions of dollars in sanctions relief that could be spent on terrorism and lifts bans on Iran’s export of weapons and construction of ballistic missiles.
When addressing claims this week by the administration that the deal shuts down Tehran’s nuclear infrastructure, Iranian officials scoffed and said that the Obama administration is misleading the public in order to sell the deal.
Hamid Baeidinejad, an official in the Iranian foreign ministry and one of the country’s nuclear negotiators, scoffed on Wednesday at the Obama administration’s comments, saying that they were meant to placate an American domestic audience.
“The remarks by the western officials are ambiguous comments which are merely uttered for domestic use and therefore we should say that there is no ambiguity in this (nuclear) agreement,” the Fars news agency quoted Baeidinejad saying in an interview with state-controlled radio.
Baeidinejad said that the Obama administration is misleading Americans about the deal in order to “calm opponents in the Congress and Zionist lobbies to soothe the internal conditions prevailing over debates on the nuclear agreement in that country,” Fars, which is also run by the Iranian state, reported.
As Congress spends 60 days reviewing the deal, which it may reject, the Iranian parliament is undertaking the same task.
During a meeting on Wednesday with Laurent Fabius, the French foreign minister, President Hassan Rouhani of Iran urged world powers to keep its commitments under the deal.
These includes lifting sanctions on the nearly $100 billion dollar financial empire of the Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and agreeing to bar American inspectors from all Iranian nuclear sites.
“The Iranian government is standing strong on the path of (implementing) the agreement and we will remain committed to our undertakings as long as the other side remains loyal to its obligations,” Rouhani was quoted as saying during a meeting in Tehran with Fabius, who served as a key negotiator for the French.
Rouhani said the agreement could help Iran become a key player on the international stage.
“This agreement is not against any country and our cooperation and consultations to settle the regional problems, including fight against terrorism, humanitarian aids, and materialization of nations’ demands can prove it,” Rouhani was quoted as saying.
Meanwhile, Fabius was met at the airport by Iranian protestors who accused him of serving as an Israeli spy.
“The protesters chanted slogans such as ‘Aids, A French Gift to Iran’, ‘We Neither Forgive nor Forget’, ‘Fabius, Servant of the US, Spy of Israel’ and ‘No Welcome to Aids Lord,’” according to Fars.
Cotton makes the most of his frustratingly limited time, zeroing in on a handful of key points:
(1) Cotton makes clear that the Corker/Cardin legislation, which was signed into law by President Obama, requires that Congress receive every single word of the finalized Iran deal. Having discovered and confirmed the existence of secret side agreements within the overall accord, Cotton wonders whether or how the administration will adhere to that provision of the law. Kerry responds that such matters must be classified in order to respect the privacy of the IAEA. Cotton’s framing is outstanding: “The Ayatollahs will know what they agreed to, but not the American people.” Brutal.
(2) The Arkansas Senator drills down on reports that Iran may be permitted to provide its own soil samples as part of an important nuclear “inspection,” likening this alleged concession to allowing an athlete to submit a urine sample for a drug test without supervision. Kerry says that the US government is “satisfied” that this arrangement — which he’ll neither confirm nor deny — will “provide the answers we need.” The Associated Press quoted a nuclear expert casting doubt on that claim yesterday, arguing that the process in question may not prevent Iran from tampering with the sample they turn over.
(3) With Gen. Dempsey’s help, Cotton demonstrates that Iran is chiefly responsible for providing specialized IEDs to terrorist insurgents in Iraq, who have used the deadly devices to kill hundreds of American soldiers. Cotton’s point is obvious: This is a regime with a great deal of American blood on its hands and whose leaders still chant “death to America.” This deal rewards those very people with a huge cash injection that can and will be used to promulgate terrorism. The agreement does not require Iran to cease or even diminish its terrorist activities, regional meddling, and human rights abuses. Kerry serves up a word salad about pressuring Iran on these other fronts in the future, and notes that American sanctions won’t be lifted against certain American-murdering criminals within the regime. But other Western sanctions are lifted against those individuals as part of the deal, to which the Obama administration has agreed. Kerry’s distinction is meaningless.
Editor’s note: A version of this item is cross-posted at HotAir.com
Why would Obama listen to any military leader? He doesn’t even listen to those he hand-picked to do his bidding. He has nothing but disdain for our military and despises them in the extreme. He has never taken our leaders’ advice and I wouldn’t expect him to do so on Iran. He doesn’t care how the deal hurts America or puts the world in danger, he cares about appeasing the Mullahs, plain and simple. Dempsey is exiting stage Left and I bet it can’t be soon enough for him. This presidency will go down as the most disastrous foreign policy experiment ever for the United States. And the results of this monstrous capitulation are to die for.
From Weasel Zippers:
AYOTTE: “Just to be clear, when you came before the committee then you said under no circumstances should we relieve pressure on Iran on those issues. So was it your military recommendation that we not agree to lifting of those sanctions?”
DEMPSEY: “Yes. And I used the phrase “As long as possible.” And then that was the point at which the negotiation continued. But, yes, that was my military advice.”
I’m not a big Kelly Ayotte fan, but good for her on this one. Dempsey just came right out and said that Obama did not follow his military advice on Iran and sanctions on the nuke deal. Not that it will matter. There is a paragraph in the secret Iranian side deal, paragraph 36, I believe, that gives any future president or Iran an out on this deal with 35 days notice. That means that Iran can take the deal, get $150 to 200 billion and then nix the agreement whenever they choose to do so. This was never a valid agreement, it was meant to give money to the Iranians so they could finish what they started – their nuclear weapons program and the destruction of Israel. It is Islamic wealth redistribution. If Dempsey were truly honest, that is what you would hear from him.
Trump’s lead GROWS over Jeb and other Republican rivals as he captures 25 per cent in new Reuters poll
Billionaire Donald Trump is leaving the country on a high note, flying from New York to Glasgow, Scotland on Wednesday night as a new poll gives him a commanding lead in the race for the 2016 U.S. Republican presidential nomination.
The Reuters/Ipsos poll found 25 per cent of GOP voters want to elect a President Trump, resulting in a double-digit advantage over his nearest rival Jeb Bush
The former Florida governor trails with 12 per cent.
Trump told DailyMail.com during an interview on Wednesday morning that he planned to spend Thursday, Friday and Saturday attending the Women’s British Open golf tournament at his Trump Turnberry Resort.
‘For four years I’ve looked forward to going to this,’ he said. ‘You know, they pick ’em four or five years in advance. And now what happens? Hah!’
IT’S STILL DONALD: Trump is now in a commanding lead among Republcian presidential candidates, polling 25 per cent while his nearest rival Jeb Bush is stuck at 12
DEBATE PREP? Trump will spend the next three days at Turnberry, his Scottish golf resort that is hosting the 2015 Women’s British Open
‘So I said, “Do I go?”‘
He chuckled at the timing, now that he’s the GOP front-runner. ‘And the answer is, I’m going but I’m not coming back on Sunday. I’m coming back on Saturday.’
Trump will fly aboard his private Boeing 757 aircraft from New York’s LaGuardia Airport to Glasgow Prestwick International Airport in Scotland.
The five-day rolling online poll from Reuters had Trump at 15 percent among Republicans on Friday before he rocketed to 24.9 percent on Tuesday.
That huge jump will all but ensure that the nascent presidential campaign’s first significant domestic Trump news blackout – three days with nothing but golf interviews – will leave him in good stead.
Separately, a St. Pete Polls survey of nearly 2,000 Florida Republicans found that neither Bush, the former governor, nor Marco Rubio, the state’s junior senator, leads the pack.
Once again, it’s The Donald, with a 26-percent showing. Bush is in second place with 20 per cent.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker polled 12 per cent in Florida, followed by Rubio with 10, Ben Carson with 5, Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. John Kasich at 4 apiece, and Rand Paul at 3.
The Florida poll has one major limitation: It ignored half the field, including long-shots Sen. Lindsey Graham; former Sen. Rick Santorum; governors Chris Christie and Bobby Jindal; former governors George Pataki, Rick Perry and Mike Huckabee; and businesswoman Carly Fiorina.
It’s unclear whether, or to what extent, giving pollsters a longer list of names might have robbed Trump, Bush or others of some of their support.
Trump, who announced his candidacy for the November 2016 election six weeks ago, has gained ground even as political rivals leveled criticism at him for remarks this month belittling the military service of Senator John McCain, the party’s candidate in 2008.
The 69-year-old real estate mogul and reality TV star seems certain to take the stage at next week’s Fox News debate, which will use national polls to determine which 10 of the 17 Republican candidates in the field can participate.
Reuters/Ipsos polling also shows that should Trump mount an independent bid next year and run in a three-way race, he will likely drain support from the Republican nominee and allow the Democrat to cruise to victory.
Trump has refused to rule out an independent run should he fail to secure the Republican nomination.
STILL IN SECOND: Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor who is leading the GOP field in fundraising, is still polling less than half the support Trump can command early in the campaign
In a matchup with Democratic Party front-runner Hillary Clinton and Bush, Trump would tie Bush at about 23 percent among likely voters, with Clinton winning the White House with 37 percent of the vote.
About 15 percent of those polled said they were undecided or would not vote.
The five-day rolling poll was based on a survey of 425 Republicans and has a credibility interval of plus or minus 5.5 percentage points. The three-way race poll, taken at the same time, used a sample of 1,280 Americans and has a credibility interval of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3179279/POLL-Trump-leads-Republican-presidential-race-25-percent-Reuters-Ipsos-poll.html#ixzz3hQBcrcyD
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