After the Billy Bush video, Nebraska’s top elected Republicans ditched Donald Trump.
Governor Pete Ricketts said he won’t give any more money to Trump, and it was reported Monday morning that Ricketts cancelled a planned fund raiser with Mike Pence scheduled for Tuesday.
Senator Deb Fischer took it a step further and said Trump should step down and let Mike Pence be the candidate on the GOP ticket.
Of course both of those are significant because they were Trump supporters and both were post-primary converts from other candidates.
There is no reason to believe that for both, their motivation for dumping Trump was based upon their view that the video makes him unsuitable for office.
But both are also likely to have information at their disposal that indicated Trump’s numbers are irredeemable, and that further support could jeopardize their offices as well as the GOP-held Congress. Today’s polling (post-video / pre-debate) have Clinton in a landslide.
Many pollsters view Trump’s loss of suburban women to be the death-knell for the campaign. It is certainly a strong argument.
And others such as Senator Ben Sasse are also on the bandwagon of dumping Trump. Sasse’s spokesman says that Nebraska’s junior Senator plans on writing-in Mike Pence’s name on his ballot.
Some have suggested that Sasse, whose stance of supporting some third-party candidate was condemned at the Nebraska GOP convention, has now been redeemed. Some delegates may see it that way.
But Sasse’s problem at the time was that he had just written his Facebook manifesto where he was specifically calling for a third-party candidate to opposed Trump and Clinton. The resolution at the convention condemned any proposal for a third-party candidate by an elected Republican.
Fischer, and others have called for Trump to step down and be replaced by another Republican — on the Republican ticket. This was similar to those who wanted to make something like this happen at the GOP Convention in Cleveland — pursuant to the rules.
While Sasse will likely get props from many #NeverTrumpers for being…NeverTrump, he still never followed up on the main points from his original Facebook manifesto: Go big, support a candidate who ALL Americans could agree on, legislate on the items ALL Americans agree on.
You know, the easy stuff.
This was after Sasse never supported a candidate in the Primary. And never offered an alternative to Trump. And now Sasse is, like many others, simply a Mike Pence guy.
And a few follow-up notes from the debate.
It is clear that the main-stream-media does not want Trump to win, is actively supporting Hillary and probably sees it as their proud duty to help her get elected.
But if we don’t keep calling them out, there is no reason to think they won’t just keep it up, while the rest of the public ignores them.
For instance, NBC claims that they’re “fact checking” and point out that when Trump said Hillary had “acid washed” her emails, well she did not actually use acid.
Or from the slightly less comically edged, Trump said to Hillary…
“You were there as Secretary of State with the so-called ‘line in the sand.’”
“No, I wasn’t, I was gone,” Clinton replied.
Now it you want to read the full background on the info, go to Politifact and see that she was SoS when the “red line” was drawn. But she was no longer in the office — though re-endorsed the position — when the “red line” of using chemical weapons was crossed.
Politifact notes that that there is some wiggle room, but that her argument that she “wasn’t there” is mostly false.
But the website POLITICO? Oh, they say Hillary was telling the truth and Trump was wrong. Again, this is your impartial media, who has now simply thrown caution to the wind and declared, “We want Hillary!”
Or there is Trump declaring that by supporting Hillary, Bernie Sanders “signed up with the devil.”
So, ignoring the colloquialism used when one gives up their principles — a “deal with the devil“, the media has declared, “Trump just called Hillary the devil!”
(Always reminds me of Lisa Simpson giving in to the other 3rd grade girls that, oh yes, she wants to marry her sandwich — “Did you hear that?! She admitted that she wants to MARRY her sandwich!!!“)
And that’s where the press is today.
At this point, if Trump loses, it will be difficult to say that anyone other than Trump “lost it” for him.
But if we keep letting these things go by, then we are just in for more of it the next time around. It happened with Trump. It happened with Romney. It happened with McCain.
And it WILL happen with the next GOP nominee, if we stop calling the media on it.
And by the way, how many “citizens” were on that stage? Thirty or so? And the questions they picked out to ask the candidates included:
“What’s a positive about the other person?”
“Do you think you can be a devoted president for all people?”
THOSE were the best ones up there???
What were the rest?
“Can you share your favorite color, and/or cloud shape?”
(Hillary: “Thank you very much for that excellent question…“)
Oh, and there was this one to Hillary from Anderson Cooper:
“Secretary Clinton, does Mr. Trump have the discipline to be a good leader?”
Whew! It’s a good thing there were TWO moderators to handle these tough questions for her.
And by the way, someone give the Vegas odds that there won’t BE a third debate…
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