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Monday, December 7, 2015


Waiting for the spectacular Trump collapse has turned out to be a longer game than the conventional wisdom predicted. 

The Trump Percent – 

an idiom for the maximum number of Republicans the billionaire real estate mogul will ultimately attract to his restless coalition – 

looks like a more durable number as each day passes.

He's still pulling more than 20 percent of the GOP vote, 

a small dip from when he crossed into the 30 percent range at the beginning of last month. 

  Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump called Monday for 

“a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”

 In the most dramatic reaction to date from a presidential contender to recent terrorist attacks, 

Trump argued that anyone belonging to the faith should be considered a potential threat. 

The ban would presumably apply to immigrants, tourists and business travelers.

 It would also include Muslim-American citizens outside of the country 

who are looking to return, Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks confirmed.

Is why so many are willing to give Trump the benefit of the doubt is that

they know that they have thought similar things, but just don’t inappropriately say it in public?

Since San Bernardino many Americans have begun looking with suspicion 

towards their Muslim neighbors or co-workers wondering if they are sleeper Isis supporters. 

Trump speaks to the fears many Americans feel but keep private due to the PC environment in which we all live.

Trump is taking a page from Hitler's rise to power 

and fanning the fears of events and of suspected minorities to boost his popularity.

What do you think?


  1. From the other side of the world I really, really hope that Trump is expressing a minority view. And I shudder to think of the directions your country would be taken with him as its president.

    1. Me, too. Trump confounds the experts. I do not hold out much hope for any of the candidates. :-(

  2. Trump appeals to yahoos and secret bigots and people who are so frustrated and angry they can no longer think clearly. But personally I want him to win the nomination because then he'll be flattened by someone like Bernie Sanders, and I'm not so sure Sanders or Hillary could defeat evil menaces like Cruz or Rubio.

    When I was growing up there were good, normal Republicans. What the hell happened?

    1. Helena, I'm sure the average, decent German citizen asked that when Hitler was rising to power. Sigh.

      Yes, Bernie Sanders seems like he would make a good president. :-)

  3. Hi Roland - I bet Helena knows more than many Americans, and certainly more than I do about American politics.

    The clips I see of Trump - really worry me ... doesn't anyone think of the future and what these remarks will mean/bring.

    I think I leave the comment as is ... seriously disturbing ... Thanks for posting - Hilary

    1. Trump just keeps on becoming more and more disturbing as he keeps on rising in popularity despite his wild statements. (Shaking his head) :-)

    2. Even worse today ... heaven help us all.

    3. I haven't read the news yet today -- I may not now!

  4. I think he's an idiot.
    Sometimes he does say what others wouldn't dare, and in instances like this, he's just crazy. And I think he's been just crazy enough that he won't win the nomination.

  5. I was worried about this title. It does make you feel uncomfortable that he can get a rally and he is a very spoiled man. If he became President which is very unlikely he would have a come to Jesus meeting with the CIA he would learn exists.
    I am not surprised we have people who want simple answers. When he held a rally in Macon, GA, it demonstrated that he cannot hold his own in a major market like Atlanta. Time will tell. But I think he is flaming out.

    1. I try for titles that grab your attention -- which is why I ended it as a question. :-)

      People have thought he was flaming out before, but come a disaster, and he is right back riding the bandwagon to popularity again. :-(