We had plenty of contradictions and an abundance of hazy assurances during Donald Trump’s mess of a foreign policy speech yesterday. One thing notably missing: Trump’s secret plan to defeat ISIS.
In a June meeting with the Des Moines Register Editorial Board, Trump claimed to have “an absolute way of defeating ISIS,” in vague terms describing the master plan as “decisive and quick, and very very — it’d be very, very beautiful.”
At the time, he declined to elaborate further for fear that other candidates might steal the plan. But now that Trump considers himself the presumptive nominee, there’s no danger of anyone else stealing it. So let’s hear it, Donald.
Listen to Trump tease his “very beautiful” master plan here:
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Donald Trump’s dangerous foreign policy speech was rightly criticized from all corners of America yesterday, but he found praise in…Russia, of all places.
The feeling is apparently mutual.
Trump recently said of Putin, “I think that he’s a strong leader, he’s a powerful leader” and “I think I would probably get along very well with Putin.”
When the most praise you’re getting on “America First” foreign policy is from Russia, it might be time to reassess your priorities…
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Despite repeated assertions that he will “support the Republican nominee“, Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey thinks it’s “outrageous” to tie him to Republican front-runner Donald Trump. Toomey can try to run from Donald Trump, but he can’t run from their shared extremism.
Toomey shares Trump’s vision for tax giveaways for the wealthy and corporations. Like Trump, he’s argued against a fair wage for workers. Toomey and Trump have both denigrated the Black Lives Matter movement while propagating the fantasy that Trump rallies are peaceful places.
Today, Senator Toomey yet again pledged his support to the Republican nominee while recognizing that Donald Trump is in “a very strong position” to be that nominee. Toomey can claim tying him to Trump is outrageous, but the only thing that’s outrageous is how closely Pat Toomey has aligned himself with Donald Trump.
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North Carolina has already lost millions in revenue since Governor Pat McCrory signed HB2 into law five weeks ago, and the hits just keep coming.
Bank of America and the NCAA made headlines this week, calling for North Carolina to repeal the discriminatory law, or else:
CNBC: BofA’s Moynihan to keep fighting controversial ‘bathroom bill’
ESPN: Officials: North Carolina must show proof of discrimination-free zone, or lose NCAA tournament games
Despite the negative effect of HB2 on the state, McCrory as well as Senator Richard Burr continue to defend the anti-LGBT legislation. The Republicans are set on putting their bigoted views ahead of economic security and prosperity for North Carolinians.
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Representatives Mike Kelly, Jeff Miller, and Bill Shuster — the latter two, chairs of the House Transportation and Veteran’s Affairs Committees, respectively — just endorsed Donald Trump. And the GOP frontrunner scored an even bigger nod yesterday, when former Speaker of the House John Boehner drew a line in the sand when it comes to his pick for the GOP nomination.
After calling Ted Cruz, “Lucifer in the flesh” and elaborating that he had “never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life,”Boehner got down to brass tax, saying that he would never vote for Cruz in a general election but, according to the Stanford Daily, “accepted Trump as the presumptive Republican nominee…[and] would vote for Trump in the general election if he becomes the Republican nominee.”
Don’t be surprised if Donald Trump has some kind words for Boehner in coming days. Last night, Trump praised Senate Majority […]Read more after the jump.
Donald Trump’s word-salad foreign policy address today was rife with glaring contradictions — not just internally, but also with the inflammatory rhetoric and foreign policy proposals that he’s been touting for months. (Also, he butchered his pronunciation of Tanzania. Apparently, teleprompters aren’t as easy as he thought.)
Here are a few of Trump’s most obvious contradictions from this afternoon:
OUR ALLIES DONT TRUST US… NOR SHOULD THEY?
“We must as, a nation, be more unpredictable.” (Also today.)
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Donald Trump delivered the first major foreign policy speech of his candidacy and the result was–to be charitable–less than impressive. Trump has relied solely on inflammatory rhetoric to energize the Republican base. That was probably a good decision as today’s disaster reveals how unprepared Trump is to approach matters of substance.
Mike Rogers, the former Republican chair of the House Intelligence Committee, found Trump’s remarks to be “not exactly coherent.”
Fareed Zakaria was even less impressed with Trump’s effort, describing the speech as “rambling to the point of incoherent.”
Nick Paton Walsh, CNN’s Senior International correspondent, referred to parts of Trumps’s speech variously as “a huge exaggeration”, “not true”, “very dismissive”, “somewhat confusing”, and “emblematic of the simplification” of Trump’s approach to foreign policy.
Donald Trump’s campaign has been driven by anger and bombast. With today’s attempted pivot to more substantive issues, Trump demonstrated that his reliance on himself and “the shows” as policy […]Read more after the jump.
TO: Interested Parties
FROM: Jessica Mackler, President, American Bridge 21st Century
RE: Donald Trump Is Dangerous And Fundamentally Unprepared To Be Commander In Chief
DATE: April 27, 2016
“I watch the shows.” That’s where Donald Trump said he got his military and foreign policy advice as recently as August. And Trump’s given us no reason to believe he’s switched up that strategy in the last few months. Day in and day out, Donald Trump continues to prove that he’s woefully unprepared to be commander in chief, demonstrating not just a baffling ignorance of world affairs, but also an erratic and petty temperament that is dangerous and ill-suited for diplomacy. Still, with a seasoned veteran of the 2012 Geneva International Model United Nations on his side, the sky’s the limit.
In all likelihood, Donald Trump’s speech today won’t portray him as any more prepared to be commander in chief than have his past outbursts and moments […]Read more after the jump.
After Trump’s dominating performance last week in New York, he’s on track to secure commanding victories against Ted Cruz and John Kasich across five states tonight and head into Indiana next Tuesday with a majority of wins under his belt. The hastily arranged Cruz-Kasich alliance, which neither candidate seems intent on following too closely, might be too little, too late for the anti-Trump forces to stave off another delegate-rich win for Trump. Even then, there are signs that Trump is the second choice candidate for both Cruz and Kasich supporters, meaning this effort could all be futile.
American Bridge 21st Century President Jessica Mackler released the following statement in response to tonight’s Republican primary results:
“Donald Trump has secured another sweeping series of victories this evening, taking the “Republican front-runner” tag a few steps closer to becoming the ‘presumptive nominee.’ While the Republican establishment still seek out Ted Cruz as an alternative at their pipe-dream contested […]