GOP Leaders Are Driving Their Base Into The Arms Of Donald Trump

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Remember that picture of Chris Matthews looking upset at the announcement of a Republican sweep in the midterm elections?

There he was — arms crossed, frowning intensely — looking at the results like a man who just lost a lot of money at a game of cards.

It was gleefully shared around by Republicans and conservatives rejoicing in the fact that Congress was now back in the hands of the GOP, with the hope that President Obama’s agenda would finally be put in reverse.

If only Matthews and those same Republicans could see what would happen in the GOP-controlled Senate on July 26.

The MSNBC host’s frown would’ve turned into an ear-to-ear grin. All those optimistic conservatives would’ve shed a few tears at the thought of the brutal disappointment that awaited them this congressional term.

On Sunday, Sen. Mitch McConnell and other Republican leaders kneecapped conservative amendments to a highway bill proposed by conservatives including Ted Cruz and Mike Lee. This action protected funding for Planned Parenthood, killed legislation targeting sanctuary cities and resuscitated the Export-Import Bank. (RELATED: McConnell Angers Conservatives By Blocking Defunding Planned Parenthood, Kate’s Law)

Planned Parenthood, sanctuary cities and the Export-Import Bank are anathema to grassroots conservatives. Two of the measures — on Planned Parenthood and sanctuary stories — had outrageous national stories that provided the needed impetus for action.

Instead, the future of Planned Parenthood’s half-billion-a-year funding, sanctuary cities and the Ex-Im bank were all saved from the jaws of defeat by Republican leaders.
It would be easy to say this result was shocking. But it’s not. This latest incident is par the course from the Republican masters of Congress. But it was.

Up until to Election Day, these GOP chieftains promised to bring sweeping change to D.C. and duke it out with Obama.

They have done everything but what they promised to do.

On executive amnesty, they rolled over and played dead.

On Obamacare, they put up half-a-fight before giving it more funding.

On abortion, they previously allowed a few moderate members to derail popular legislation on the eve of January’s March for Life.

The only thing Republican leaders have shown any muscle in trying to get through is Trade Promotion Authority — a measure requested by Obama to give him more power and less congressional oversight.

Naturally, Trade Promotion Authority is despised by the base and could hurt the GOP in the upcoming election season. (RELATED: The GOP’s Foolish Embrace Of Obama’s Trade Deal)

To call Republican leaders useless would imply that they are, in fact, doing nothing on behalf of their core constituency. It’s worse than that. Republican leaders seem to doing their most to fight against their own base.

And it’s not like powerful GOP figures don’t publicly air their contempt for the people who keep them in office. John McCain called all the people who showed up to hear Donald Trump speak in Arizona “crazies” — even though those same people narrowly saved him from an electoral upset in 2010 after the senator acted like a border warrior in the primary race.

It’s not much of a surprise, then, that rank-and-file Republican lawmakers now have a historically-low favorability rating among voters in their own party.

Anyone wondering why Donald Trump keeps surging in polls in spite of all the establishment hand-wringing can stop wondering.

Congressional Republican leaders have no one to blame but themselves for the unhappiness of conservative voters. What’s the point in voting Republican if the party is going to do nothing it promised when it attains power?

This question is rarely posed to Democrats, who always seem intent on pushing their agenda and working for their interest groups. It would be one thing if Republicans were alienating conservative voters to uphold principles, but that’s certainly not the case.

There’s an argument to make that the Republican Party simply exists to perpetuate the personal prestige and power of its leaders rather than to promote the principles and interests of its followers.

That’s why nearly a third of Republican voters are choosing a reality-TV star with a treasure trove of insults over veteran politicians this election cycle.

A positive result of this tumult could be the party getting a clue and adopting a firmer posture and an agenda more in tune with its “Silent Majority.”

However, the GOP could very well double-down on its current path and pave the way for even more disappointments and failures in the future.

The rising level of alienation in the party is due to a majority of the base feeling that it is being taken for granted. The GOP expects conservatives to show up Election Day, no matter which policies or candidates are on the ballot — as long as they come with the elephant brand.

Republican lawmakers seem more interested in taking stances on issues like immigration, trade and corporate welfare which are very much out of line with their most reliable voters. At the same time, they expect the core constituency will still vote Red when it comes down to a choice between a Republican and a Democrat.

But the growing discontent and the embrace of Trump should send a clear signal to Republican upper echelons that this demographic is tired of its low priority and lack of respect.

They want their voices heard and their issues addressed.

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In an interview conducted solely in Spanish, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush tells MSNBC he’s “hurt” by GOP frontrunner Donald Trump’s strident criticisms of Mexican criminal aliens coming across the border.

“I was hurt hearing somebody speaking in such a vulgar fashion. This makes solving this problem much more difficult. When we have politicians like that we cannot progress,” said Bush according to a translator. “In a political sense it was bad, and it creates an environment that is worse.”

While Bush has consistently attacked Trump for saying that illegal immigration from Mexico has sparked a massive crime wave, he also acknowledged that voters are, in fact, angry that their country is being invaded by drug runners, human smugglers, rapists,murderers, and drunk drivers.

“People are deeply disaffected. They’re angry. They see the country kind of moving away from its foundational principles. They see the rule of law not being applied,” Bush toldYahoo News earlier in July. “They see here in San Francisco, a sanctuary city, where a person who had been deported five times commits a violent crime—he should have been in prison to begin with—and was released, and this city does not cooperate with ICE. They see this stuff and they’re legitimately angry.”

In 2014, Bush called breaking U.S. law and crossing the border unlawfully was an “act of love.”

‘Black Lives Matter': We Will ‘Shut Down’ GOP Convention If We Can

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Shades of 1968 and the Days of Rage? Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors has announced that “any opportunity we have to shut down a Republican convention, we will.” Appearing on today’s Melissa Harris-Perry show on MSNBC, Cullors also blithely spoke of “the murder of Mike Brown” in Ferguson, MO. Neither of the co-guest hosts sitting in for Harris-Perry, Richard Liu and Janet Mock, challenged Cullors’ characterization.  This despite the fact that even Eric Holder’s Justice Department found no wrongdoing on the part of the police officer who shot Brown.  Question: what would be the effect on the election if Black Lives Matter seriously disrupted the Republican convention? – See more at:

JANET MOCK: What action do you want to see the candidates take for what the movement is calling for?

PATRISSE CULLORS: I think first off we want candidates to actually call movement leaders sit and have meetings with us, have a conversation with us about what’s happened this last year since the murder of Mike Brown.

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MOCK: What is your plan for the Republican candidates specifically after Jeb Bush and his idea of saying that #black lives matter is just a slogan?

CULLORS: Yes. And we — many folks have asked why would you go after the Democratic party? They’re on our side. What about the Republican party? And trust and believe that any opportunity we have to shut down a Republican convention, we will. We will make sure that our voices are made loud and clear. And we also want to be clear that the Democratic party isn’t off the hook.

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MSNBC Tries to Claim Tenn. Terrorist Killed Because he’s a Southern Gun Nut, Not Because He’s Muslim


MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell tried to absolve Islam as a motive for the Tennessee terror attack yesterday by trying to get a classmate of the murderer to say that the killer liked southern culture, guns, and hunting like other southerners do.

Mitchell was interviewing one of Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez’ classmates about what other kids thought of him when he was at Red Bank High School in Red Bank, Tennessee–a city just across the river from Chattanooga.

Mitchell launched into an odd line of questioning about Abdulazeez that confused the classmate. Mitchell wanted to know if the killer was “part of small-town Tennessee activity” like shooting and gun culture.

“Were guns a big part of activities—social or other activities?” Mitchell asked her interviewee abruptly.

“What?” her interviewee responded.

“Did he hunt, did he shoot?” Mitchell prodded. “Was that just part of small-town Tennessee activity?”

“Um, he actually wasn’t one of the guys I heard about going hunting,” Abdulazeez’s classmate responded. “He wasn’t really that kind of guy.”

So, what was that about? Well, what that is about is that Mitchell was desperate to absolve Islam and was trying to say that Abdulazeez became a murderer because of conservative, Tennessee values, not Islam.

That’s right, Andre Mitchell was trying to blame the South, not Islam, for this mass killing.

Sound the Trumpet: The Donald leads 2016 GOP pack, despite controversy

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is leading the packed field of GOP hopefuls, according to a poll of registered party voters. His popularity is climbing, even as controversy surrounds his campaign due to his remarks on immigrants.

Trump is the first-choice candidate of 15 percent of registered Republican voters, according to this week’s Economist/YouGov poll, followed by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul at 11 percent each. Trump is the second-choice candidate for an additional 12 percent of respondents, while Bush and Paul garnered 7 percent each in that category.

The lead in the polls comes despite Trump’s controversial remarks about illegal immigrants made during his speech declaring his candidacy, calling them “rapists” and “drug dealers.”

In fact, 49 percent of registered Republicans viewed Trump favorably during the July 4-6 survey, compared to just 38 percent during a survey concluded June 15, three days after the businessman announced his candidacy. His unfavorable rating dropped from 47 percent in June to 43 percent in the most recent poll, even as Trump has stood by and repeated his June remarks.

“Mexico doesn’t want people, they’re forcing them into our country, and we’re taking them, and we’re putting them in our jails, in our hospitals, and we’re paying them money through different sources. It’s a disgrace,” Trump told NBC News on Wednesday.

Most of Trump’s GOP competition has condemned the remarks, including former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, but most especially by Bush, whose wife Columba was born in Mexico. Trump and Bush have blasted each other on social media and in interviews since Saturday, when the former governor told the New York Times that he “absolutely” took Trump’s remarks personally. On Monday, Trump retweeted ‒ then deleted ‒ a tweet that said Bush “has to like the Mexican Illegals because of his wife.”

The Republican establishment is also distancing itself from Trump, in the fear of further alienating Hispanics after 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney garnered only 27 percent of the Latino vote in the general election.

“My party is in a hole with Hispanics. The first rule of politics when you’re in a hole is to stop digging. Somebody needs to take the shovel out of Donald Trump’s hand,” said 2016 Republican presidential candidate and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, according to MSNBC

However, fellow presidential candidates Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have defended Trump’s controversial comments.

“I salute Donald Trump for focusing on the need to address illegal immigration. …The Washington cartel supports amnesty and I think amnesty’s wrong,” Cruz said on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press.’ During an interview on ‘Fox and Friends,’ the senator said he didn’t think Trump should apologize for “speaking out against the problem that is illegal immigration.”

Christie told Fox News that he was “not personally offended” by Trump’s remarks.

While Trump’s popularity has risen in the polls, the number of companies telling the businessman “You’re fired” has also climbed.

Macy’s department store, NBC’s various television networks, Serta mattress company, the Professional Golfers’ Association and Phillips-Van Heusen clothing company all cut ties with Trump over his comments. On Thursday, acclaimed celebrity chefs José Andrés and Geoffrey Zakarian pulled out of Trump’s Washington, DC hotel project that is slated to open in 2016, the Washington Post reported.

The Federal Aviation Administration also announced that it will rename airplane navigation codes near Palm Beach International Airport that were named after the real estate tycoon by a retired air traffic controller who is a fan of Trump, according to the New York Times.

“Yeah I’m losing some contracts, who cares. They’re weak and they want to be politically correct. Some of them have already apologized to me and said they made a mistake,” Trump told NBC News. “First of all my company is a massive company and a very rich company, but compared to what I have, it doesn’t matter. Most important – and even if it was a huge amount of money I would still do this.”

Trump has threatened to sue several of the companies, including Macy’s and Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup, for breach of contract.