by Steve Beynon
132 days ago
Posted In: 2016 election
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This isn’t Trump’s first time running for president. The
real-estate tycoon has been gunning for the presidency for 16 years. In 2000,
he was seeking the nomination for the Reform Party and qualified for the
Michigan and California ballot. Trump won both states. He also used to identify
as a Democrat, even going as far as contributing more than $100,000 to Hillary
with the campaign?
You don’t need to be a political junkie to have heard about
Donald Trump. Trump has been at the top of the Republican polls for virtually
the entire election. He has been unstoppable.
If this election has shown anything, it’s that Americans are
tired of the establishment, politically correct culture and the pre-packaged
and focus-grouped candidate that says all the right things. The 69-year-old GOP
behemoth hasn’t been a darling of the party. Republicans have been very open about their desperation to get
rid of Trump and a brokered convention might even be possible.
This frontrunner has done an incredible job encapsulating
and appealing to the anger of Americans and their frustration of the political
has grown tired of political correctness on campuses
and in the political arena. Constituents want their politicians to acknowledge
that terrorism and human rights abuses are prevalent in Islam and there is a
cultural issue within that world. Many folks also want their politicians to use
specific language and not beat around the bush with talking points. Donald
Trump is brash, and that is a dose of fresh air for a lot of people. We
shouldn’t underestimate how attractive unguarded rhetoric is to conservatives
who feel increasingly shut out of important conversations.
is taking a page out of the Bernie Sanders book by not taking big donations, or at least from people expecting something in return.
Perhaps that’s not as impressive as the Sanders campaign, considering the huge
checking account, but it is still valuable to have a candidate that isn’t a
slave to special interests. He also wants to go after hedge fund managers and
tax the wealthy. “The hedge fund guys are getting away with murder. They’re
making a tremendous amount of money — they have to pay tax,” Trump said in an
interview with CNN. If campaign finance is your
issue, Trump might be one of the better Republican options.
Harvard Law School
professor and (sorta) ex-Democratic presidential candidate Lawrence Lessig says a President Trump could be the best thing to happen in
the fight against campaign finance. Lessig even said
he would consider running on Trump’s ticket as a third party.
is a winner. It has been easy to paint him as a joke candidate, but we wouldn’t
be questioning the inevitability of Jeb Bush if he had a huge lead in the
national polls in the lead-up to Iowa and New Hampshire.
New York billionaire has a long history of courting Democrats — even
financially supporting Hillary Clinton, who still might be the Democratic
nominee. Trump also donated $20,000 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign
Committee in the 2006 cycle as opposed to only $1,000 going to the Republican
Campaign Committee in the same cycle.
only has he contributed a lot of money to the left over the years, he is
arguably the most liberal of the Republican candidates. He supports progressive
taxation. He thinks it’s OK for Planned Parenthood to receive federal funding so
long as it doesn’t go toward abortions (how it’s currently set up). And he also
opposed the invasion of Iraq. Donald Trump was also originally for an assault
weapons ban, but flipped-flopped on that for the campaign. It also isn’t clear
on whether or not he wants universal background checks for firearms purchases.
too often values rhetoric over reality. The whole “I’m going to build a wall
and make Mexico pay for it” policy point is insanity. Some of the talking
points are surgical applause lines and the crazy stuff is what got him to the
top of the polls. He seems too addicted to crowd support and appearing strong.
Voters would be wise to be weary of how Trump might handle a catastrophe such
as a major attack against the United States, a plague or economic collapse.
However, it is impossible to know who the real Trump is and who the entertainer
The GOP frontrunner called for a ban on all Muslim
immigration into the U.S. There’s been a lot of debate on whether or not this
is constitutional or if the president even has the power to close American
borders to a specific group.
Many legal scholars have cited the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952,
which gives the president authority to suspend the entry of any and all aliens
deemed “detrimental” to U.S. interests.
Others argue that the ban would violate the First Amendment
with freedom of religion and the Fifth Amendment with the right to due process.
However, the rebuttal is that if immigrants never get here in the first place,
they aren’t entitled to those rights.
The thousands of refugees coming into in Europe and the
United States is a complex issue. It’s a humanitarian issue and whether the
reason they’re refugees in the first place is American foreign policy is debatable.
However, there’s a reality that these people are coming from
a very volatile area and the background checks are virtually useless. There
have been refugees arrested in the U.S. and Europe already on charges of terror. The primaries are
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by Steve Beynon
135 days ago
The battle for Iowa and New
Hampshire kicked into high gear at Thursday’s Republican debate, featuring a
smaller cast of candidates. Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz,
John Kasich, Chris Christie and Jeb Bush took the stage and engaged in one of
the debate’s bloodiest battles as the Feb. 1 Iowa caucus looms.
Yes, this election starts in two
Bromance Between Trump and Cruz Is Over
Some of the debate’s most
electrifying moments are when these two went head-to-head exchanging blows to
win over the Iowa’s Republican base. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas came out on top in
this battle, towering over a seemingly desperate Donald Trump. However, polls
indicate Trump might still win the war for the early primary states.
The Texas senator’s citizenship has
been in question lately, however this is more of an attempt to resurrect the
birther movement than any real questioning of the Constitution. Let's not forget
Trump was a major player in the birther movement against President Obama.
Section 1 of Article Two of the U.S.
“No Person except a natural born Citizen,
or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this
Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any
Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of
thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United
Cruz was a Canadian citizen born to an American mother and
most interpretations would consider him “natural born.” However, there are some
arguments against Cruz’s eligibility. The Constitution does not clearly define
what natural born is.
Trump started using this against the Texas senator once he
started gaining in early states, positioning himself as a heavyweight. However,
to clear the air, the Fox Business moderators started the citizenship topic.
This virtually cleared the stage; the only thing that mattered was Trump and
“You know, back in September, my friend Donald said that
he had had his lawyers look at this from every which way, and there was no
issue there,” Cruz said referring to his Canadian birth. "There was
nothing to this birther issue … Now, since September, the Constitution hasn't
When Trump was asked by a moderator why he was bringing up
the citizenship issue now, Trump fired back with the kind of honesty we seldom
get: “Because now he's going a little bit better [in polls]. No, I didn't care.
Hey look, he never had a chance. Now, he's doing better. He's got probably a
four- or five-percent chance.”
The Texas senator continued his fire against the
real-estate giant, saying he “embodies New York values,” suggesting Iowa and New
Hampshire voters should think twice about the billionaire’s roots.
“Not a lot of conservatives come out of Manhattan,” Sen.
Cruz said. He has also suggested Donald Trump is a New York liberal pretending to have
Trump defended his hometown, reaching for a very cringe-worthy use of 9/11.
"We took a big hit with the World Trade Center —
worst thing ever, worst attack ever in the United States, worse than Pearl
Harbor because they attacked civilians," Trump said. "They attacked
people having breakfast. And, frankly, if you would've been there, and if you would've
lived through that like I did with New York people — the way they handled that
attack was one of the most incredible things that anybody has ever seen."
While the bromance might be over going into Iowa, both
candidates suggested they might pick the other one to be their vice president
if they take the White House. Perhaps a Cruz/Trump is on the table for the
Sen. Rand Paul Goes Down Honorably
The Kentucky senator didn’t qualify for the main stage
debate. However, he was invited to the undercard debate along with Carly
Fiorina, Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee. Rand Paul refused to be seen as a
second-tier candidate and didn’t show up to the lesser debate only to share a
stage with reject candidates.
Sen. Paul hasn’t dropped out, but you might have had a
better chance of winning the Powerball than getting a President Rand Paul.
This didn’t stop Paul’s fangirls from showing up in the
chanting “WE WANT RAND!” in the
middle of the main debate.
Instead, The Daily Show was kind enough to offer the
senator his very own “Singles Night” debate. Host Trevor Noah and
Sen. Paul drank bourbon for 20 minutes and talked policy.
You can read CityBeat’s profile of Sen. Rand Paul here.
Dr. Ben Carson Is Over
When asked his first question on Thursday night, Carson
responded, "I was going to ask you to wake me up," which might have
been funny if he wasn’t the candidate known for looking like he is sleeping all
The famous neurosurgeon has been an oddity this entire
race. I covered Carson’s visit to Cincinnati last year and even had the
privilege of meeting him. However, something felt off about him.
I’m less referring to the man’s politics and more about
his mode of thinking. His arguments are typically muddled, and myself and most
others covering this election are commonly left scratching our heads wondering
what exactly Carson is talking about.
His supporters at the rally weren’t attracted to any
specific policies of Carson’s, but literally everyone I interviewed said the
same thing: They liked that he wasn’t a politician.
Wanting someone who isn’t a politician is attractive, but
sometimes you need a politician to do politician things: like make a good case
for why they should be president. Donald Trump isn’t a politician, but he is an
excellent communicator and doesn’t fall asleep during debate.
Carson’s campaign has been a disaster. He was a GOP star
for part of the summer, but his own staff says he’s difficult to work with and the brain surgeon has had issues
with senior-level staff leaving.
During the debate, Carson described an ominous string of
threats and fantasized a doomsday scenario of terrorists detonating a nuclear
bomb, eliminating our power grid, setting off dirty bombs and unleashing ground
attacks in the streets.
While that sounds like a plot to a Michael Bay movie, that
scenario is technically possible but sounds a little off-the-rails. Perhaps
doomsday scenarios should be debated in the Pentagon, not a mainstream debate.
“The fact of the matter is, [Obama] doesn't realize that we now live in
the 21st century, and that war is very different than it used to be before,”
Carson said. “Not armies, massively marching on each other and air forces, but
now we have dirty bombs and we have cyber attacks and we have people who will
be attacking our electrical grid.”
Carson might have had his 15 minutes of fame, and his
polling has been in free-fall since the Paris attacks. This candidate isn’t
just weak on foreign affairs — he is quickly losing relevance and will fade into
Where is Sen. Marco Rubio?
Marco Rubio has virtually forgotten he is a senator of Florida and debate viewers may have forgotten he
was a contender.
Rubio wasn’t talking policy and was largely overshadowed
by the boxing match between Cruz and Trump. However, the junior senator tried
to bring attention his way with attacking Obama.
“I hate to interrupt
this episode of Court TV. But I think we have to get back to what this election
has to be about. OK? Listen, this is the greatest country in the history of
mankind. But in 2008, we elected a president that didn’t want to fix America.
He wants to change America. We elected a president that doesn’t believe in the
Constitution. He undermines it. We elected a president that is weakening
America on the global stage. We elected a president that doesn’t believe in the
free enterprise system.”
the debate came to its conclusion, Rubio engaged his competition on tax plans.
As both Cruz and Rubio got lost in the weeds, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
reminded the senators the topic was about entitlements.
Rubio said he would be happy to talk about entitlements.
already had your chance Marco,” Christie responded. “You blew it.”
Florida senator had a quick rise in the fall, but has lost all of the polling
support he gained. He is almost back where he was at the end of the summer
coming in at a distant third with 12 percent average among national polling.
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