July 20, 2016, - 5:40 pm

Melania Trump: I Called it On What Really Happened w Speech; But “Explanation” is Worse – Knowing Theft

By Debbie Schlussel

I Called It A Day Ago (Follow Me on Twitter) . . .


Yesterday, I correctly guessed why Melania Trump’s speech shoplifted Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Hussein Obama’s speech from eight years ago–that she’s a fan of Mrs. Hussein Obama’s (which should trouble anyone and everyone). But it’s still a story because of Trump campaign ineptness. And the Trump campaign “explanation” is making things worse.

Plagiarism is theft. Plain and simple. And conservatives can’t have it both ways. You cannot call out Joe Biden as I and many other conservatives repeatedly have over the years, and then–when your own candidate’s surrogate (in this case, Mrs. Trump) does it–make excuses. Either plagiarism is wrong–and it is–or it isn’t. Two wrongs don’t make a right. Principles over partisanship. If it’s okay only when GOPers do it, then the GOP is useless and stands for everything you fraudulently claim to be against. So, I’m sick and tired of hearing all the “conservative” excuses for Melania Trump’s speech theft, which today was blamed on the speechwriter, but is really all on Melania. It’s funny that these are the same thieves who’ve stolen repeatedly from me and made excuses for that, too. Honor among thieves.

And I called the whole thing correctly yesterday. As I noted then on Twitter–a day before the Trump campaign admitted it and while everyone was blaming the then-anonymous speechwriter–I knew that Melania Trump was a fan of Michelle Obama. After all, as we know, the Trumps are really liberals parading as conservatives (and I say this as someone who voted for Trump and will vote for him again, but is not fooled by him for a second). So, it’s no surprise that Mrs. Trump hearts Mrs. Obama. Real conservatives and their wives who truly get it, loathe Michelle Obama. And I noted–calling it a day before the truth came out and confirmed me–Mrs. Trump’s fan worship of Mrs. Obama is why those quotes got in her speech. I surmised she read the speeches, picked out quotes, gave them to the speechwriter who thought they were Mrs. Trump’s, and ended up in the speech. Today, the Trump campaign’s Meredith McIver admitted that’s what happened.

But McIver’s statement makes it worse. First, it keeps the story going. Second, it shows that Mrs. Trump is the real plagiarist. Since Melania knew those quotes were from Mrs. Obama and she picked them out, she knew that a whole paragraph in the final product was stolen. And yet she read them and presented them as her own anyway, when she could have pointed out to the speechwriter that these were the ones she herself picked from the speeches. I thought Melania Trump was smart and shrewd. But clearly she isn’t, because she duped the speechwriter and thought she’s be able to dupe America with her knowing plagiarism and not get caught. By doing so, she handed the liberals and the media the story that has become the narrative of Trump’s convention instead of focusing on promoting a President Trump. Also, Melania told Matt Lauer she wrote the speech herself with “as little help as possible” from a speechwriter. That was a lie, too. I guess lying and plagiarizing is the way of life in Slovenia? Just like it is in the Clinton family. Only the Clintons lie about bigger and more important things (for now)–which should have been the Trump campaign response. (And the Clintons are generally smarter and more shrewd, so they lie on things on which they won’t easily get caught.)

And then there’s the speechwriter. Ms. McIver was negligent and sloppy. She should have googled the quotes Mrs. Trump gave her and realized they were stolen like a cheap pack of gum. But she didn’t. And this should tell you something about the kinds of people and lack of diligence a Trump Presidency will bring. Yes, we all know a Hillary Presidency is far worse. But a Trump Presidency will be sloppy and incompetent like this, so you shouldn’t expect anything better than that. This is who Trump hired for his campaign and this is who will be in a Trump White House. Personnel is policy.

In any event, let’s hope this is the biggest faux pas of the Trump campaign. Sadly, I think it’s just the beginning of more. And that’s sad. I thought Donald Trump Jr. hit it outta the ball park last night with his speech. I wished he were running for Prez instead of his more erratic dad. But his speech was overshadowed by the Melania controversy and the Trump campaign giving it more fuel for a second day. Time to move on.

The only thing I want to hear Trump “plagiarize” is the oath of office, come next January. (But I’m not too excited about it since I’m no dummy and I don’t believe any of his promises–about the wall, about deporting Muslims (on which he’s flip-flopped at least 12 times in as many months), etc.)

By the way, there’s hope for Melania Trump. She is not a journalist or professional writer. Monica Crowley is and she not only got away with BLATANT plagiarism, but she’s now the online opinion editor of The Washington Times and still a FOX News contributor (maybe she had sex with Roger–NO, I’m not kidding).

Like I said, “conservatives” eschew property rights and endorse Communist-style takings when it’s convenient for their rip-offs of others’ written work.

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44 Responses

Exactly – the thing about “the lesser of two evils” is that Hillary is indeed the greater evil – but Trump, as noted here, is not exactly a Pulitzer (or Nobel, or whatever) Prize. Indeed, many of those with a brain who support The Donald, have more the analyses Debbie brought to the table: they support him, not because they think he’s so great, but that they are far more scared to death (as they should be) of Hillary, what she represents, and her particular values – in short, by default, with reservations, and with absolutely no illusions whatsoever. Oh, that and all the rent-a-mob leftist agitators organized on a moment’s notice by Obama’s community-organizing friends and funded by Soros, and with whom the Democrats are all aligned in principle.

ConcernedPatriot on July 20, 2016 at 6:17 pm

I actually thought the speechwriter’s press release today was a nice recovery on the campaign’s part.

Trying to get votes from Blacks & women (praise of Mrs. Obama without explicitly sacrificing principle) and showing how ‘kind’ he is to women, i.e. not firing his speechwriter. Finessing this as best could be done under the circumstances to a reachout to women, which he needs to win. Opportunist, yes, but on a smaller scale than we’re used to seeing in major national campaigns.

Without doubt the original denial of plagiarism was amateurist and inappropriate, but this was a very minor part of her speech, & was blown up by the press in a way it wouldn’t have been done for others (ref. all the other plagiarisms reported in the last couple of days).

I don’t know whether Trump will carry out his promises or not, but at least he is saying something about Muslims & border security, which, in and of itself, puts him above 99% of other politicians.

Who will win the election? I’ll make a prediction. If either McCain or Ryan loses his primary, it is 50/50. If both lose their primaries, it is Trump’s election, and if neither loses, it is most likely Hillary’s election.

LA: Trump has said these things to win the nomination and now to win the general election. But talk is cheap. I give no credit to con artists for having uttered the con to their victims. If I did, then the Nigerian scammers would be the greatest citizens of the world. Trump is a Nigerian scammer with better accoutrements. We’ll see if he does even one thing he promised. But I doubt it. If he gets in, he may not even nominate any of the judges he claimed he would for the Supreme Court. Everything so far in his life has shown us that he isn’t to be trusted. I voted for him in the primary and will in the general only because Hillary is worse and I thought he had the best chance of any GOP candidate to beat her. DS

Little Al on July 20, 2016 at 6:23 pm

Yup. Its a question of right and wrong.

And doing bad things should have consequences.

A man can’t disown his wife but he can and should tell her lying for him isn’t a good marriage.

You should always tell each other and other people the truth.

Perhaps the Trumps have learned something from this sorry episode.

Honesty is always the best policy, period.

NormanF on July 20, 2016 at 6:44 pm

This issue of deception in the society (and plagiarism is a form of deception) reminds me of a classic comedy bit from more than 56 years by the comedy team of Nichols and May, referred to as the “water cooler” bit. Before I get to it, just a primer on the comedy team and the “water cooler” piece, though, amazingly it pretty much stands on its own, even after all these years.

Nichols and May created a new kind of topical comedy that never existed before. Mike Nichols studied with legendary acting trainer Lee Strasberg, and then went on to work in Chicago’s Compass Players, the predecessor of the iconic Second City group. Elaine May also became a founding member of the Compass Players. Legendary manager Jack Rollins soon discovered them and Nichols and May became one of the most beloved comedy teams of the 1960s. (Jack Rollins would go on to manage, with partner Charles Joffe, such performers as Woody Allen, Lenny Bruce, Dick Cavett, Billy Crystal, Robert Klein, David Letterman, and Robin Williams.) Mike Nichols and Elaine May parted ways, by both have had amazing careers since, as writers and directors spanning decades.

Okay, now for the “Water Cooler” bit. All you need to know is that this was done in January 1960, and that as a result of the revelation that certain TV quiz shows were rigged, the House Committee on Legislative Oversight, under Representative Oren Harris, held hearings starting in October 1959, investigating the scandal. Nichols and May also tie-in speeches by politicians in their comedy bit.

I hope you enjoy this 5 1/2 minute “Water Cooler” scene:


Ralph Adamo on July 20, 2016 at 7:36 pm

You know, I thought this bimbo plagiarizing would be the STOOPIDEST thing that could have happened. I thought about it and every time I had to kick it back because it was sooooo bloody stupid!

You can’t make this stupid sh** up.

DS is right…the GOP and Conservatives making excuses for plagiarism are frauds. Wrong is wrong. Try having someone plagiarize from you. It don’t feel good.

I may not be able to vote Trump in Nov. Sorry, but I barely wanna do it now (and I really don’t wanna..) but I can’t back someone so bloody stupid. They must be Libtards because they have NO CLUE how evil and full of hate they are.

Gosh, how can she be so stupid. And liking The Wookie…that’s a deal breaker right there…

Skunky on July 20, 2016 at 9:33 pm

Unfortunately, by the time Donald Jr runs, there won’t be enough white people left in America for him to get elected

tommy helms on July 20, 2016 at 10:40 pm

Actually, DEBBIE hit it out of the park, especially with her one liner about Monica and Roger Ailes, who I’m sure likes a good cigar as much as I do. Back when I started watching Not So FOX(y)-Snooze, it didn’t take me long to realize that the on-camera females were in large part more desirable than a lot of porn stars.

They’re not as good looking as they used to be, and I stopped watching what USED to be Mark Levin’s favorite news channel (he no longer has one) 5 1/2 years ago, but it’s obvious that the female on-camera “help” has to have an ummmmm, uhhhhhhh, . . .

well, they have to look hotter than chicks at “other channels.” Yeah, that has NOTHING to do with orders coming from the top. [Roll eyes while I roll another joint.]

And about this “plagiarism” thing, yes, it shows how sloppy, dumb and LIBERAL the Trump camp is, and YES, EVERYBODY WHO SUPPORTS DEMOCRATS IS TALKING ABOUT IT!!!

Not that they would have voted for Trump anyway, as though a vote for Trump would really make a difference in the long run. It’s like asking New Yorkers when they would prefer to get nuked, March 18, 2018 or April 11th. Uhhhhh, yeah, big difference, 24 more shopping days if Trump is the Prexy.

Tick, tock, tick, tock, tick, tock, . . .

and America died to the tune of . . .

“they all wanna come but they nevah wanna leave.”

OH, HOW CLEVER!!! When Tennessee Ernie Ford sang 16 Tons it actually meant something TO and IN America.

Talk about plagiarism.

This song just means we’re deader than we already were. And believe me, I know death when I see it. I’ve been working for funeral directors since 1979.

Alfredo from Puerto Rico on July 21, 2016 at 12:25 am

Ruh, rohhhhhhhhhhh!!! I’m reading that Ted Cruz has been a weewee, weewee, baaaaaaaaaad boy.

Bet they don’t let him play in any reindeer games. Ohhhh, deer!!! Well, we all know the old adage about ten bullets and a deer.

None of this matters, folks. Debbie hits it out of the park more than Babe Ruth, Ted will be put on a Cruise to a dark hole in a rock out West, and the party will go on . . .

until He comes. Be afraid, be very afraid, but don’t pay too much attention to the Demmicans and Republicrats. You’ll only have 24 more shopping days if Trump gets in. If that suits your fancy, then run out and buy a fancy suit. Maybe you’ll be wearing it when the bombs fall. You’ll make a nice looking corpse, and believe me . . .

I know a nice looking corpse when I see one.

In the meantime . . .

“Ya load 16 tons and whaddaya git,
Another day older and deeper in debt, . . .”

Alfredo from Puerto Rico on July 21, 2016 at 12:39 am

I agree, D.J, is sharp. His brother today was ok, I thought they might be equal, but D.J is superior. Cruz, destroyed his career most likely, if he was magnanimous, he could have road the wave for a long time. Dork. Why did repubs try to spin, who knows, silly. That is the problem, both parties just ride together to the end, and its stupid. There are things you are right about and things you are wrong about, neither party is omnipotent. Neither.

MrBigBrain on July 21, 2016 at 12:42 am

Debbie post is excellent as usual.

Here is Donald Trump Jr.’s full speech that Debbie referred to and I agree with her assessment of it.


JeffE on July 21, 2016 at 1:36 am

And what about an imam delivering the closing prayer at the RNC? Pathetic and hilarious at the same time.

Trump is not going to do anything decisive if he were to win the election. Watch more open borders, more teeming masses from Mexico, and more Muslims, unto the death of America.

Lawrence on July 21, 2016 at 4:25 am

Donald Jr. has always been the political one. He is a registered Republican. As many readers know, Eric and Ivanka weren’t even registered to vote in the NY primary.

BTW, Cruz effectively endorsed Hillary last night. One indication, when he went over the issues that affected conservatives, he failed, unless I missed it, to mention the nomination of Supreme Court Justices. For him, an experienced attorney to make this omission was very telling, and a signal to his supporters to stay home, effectively supporting Hillary.

Little Al on July 21, 2016 at 6:08 am

And, of course for Cruz and the other hacks who did not honor the Pledge, the breaking of this promise indicates how seriously we should take their other campaign promises.

Little Al on July 21, 2016 at 6:27 am

What did she say? All the time she spoke, all I could think of was her counterpart alternative: Bill Clinton

I’d rather have Melania in the WH than have Bill Clinton return. I also agree with Deb that Trump is not a Conservative ideologue.

Personally, I feel Hillary is un-electable. She and the media just don’t know it yet. They’re in denial! There’s a reason a senile old man gave her all she could handle in the primaries.

So what did Melania say? What part of her speech did she steal? Would anyone be surprised if someone born in a Communist and/or Socialist country had some left-wing habits still in their character? You know… “Intellectual property? What’s that?”

Neither Republicans or Democrats have been good for small business over the past 24 years. Trump might be an improvement, but I don’t see him getting much help from his wife. She may turn out to be a political liability.


There is NO Santa Claus (aka TINSC)

There is NO Santa Claus on July 21, 2016 at 8:34 am

“After all, as we know, the Trumps are really liberals parading as conservatives (and I say this as someone who voted for Trump and will vote for him again, but is not fooled by him for a second).” …..I could not have said it better myself. And as was pointed out by Debbie, Trump has flip-flopped many times on core issues and promises. A NY Liberal!!!

unholyone on July 21, 2016 at 9:38 am

I don’t get it? This is a big nothing-burger. Also, I completely disagree with DS about D.Trump, as his campaign is now talking about eliminating entire Federal bureaucracies, making it easy to fire Federal workers hired by Barry Soetoro, build a Wall, freeze immigration, and etc etc etc…Just wtf do you want from the guy?

Please tell me which of the sixteen GOP candidates would have promised or tried A-N-Y of this, if they were elected? MAYBE Rand Paul, but no chance with any of the others. Take a flipping chill-pill and let’s see what happens.

W: Trump talks about and promises a ton of things, none of which he will do. Big deal. Talk is cheap. Good to know you buy the con. Remind us of your contact info so we can send it to the Nigerian scammers. You’re ripe for the pickin’. I voted for Trump in the primary and will in the general ONLY because I think he is better than Hillary (which is a very low standard), not b/c I believe he will do a single of the many things he’s promised (including getting Starbucks to change back to the Christmas cups, as if he could do that–absurd). If you really think he will eliminate federal bureaucracies, I’d love to know which strain of crack you’re smoking. You must face the reality that Trump is a big government guy who wants to keep funding Planned Parenthood and entitlements. And that the GOP is the ultimate partner in Congress for liberals who perpetuate these bureaucracies. Republicans will never get rid of anything. They only expand government, just like the Dems. It’s nice to dream, but please face reality. DS

waynesteapartyworld on July 21, 2016 at 11:23 am


    If this is not a big deal, then how serious was Mr. Trump when he promised to confront theft of intellectual property by China in his acceptance speech? Frankly, I wasn’t listening that hard to Melania Trump; just thinking that she’ll be better to look at than Bill Clinton (her alternative if Hillary wins in November).


    I’m glad you realize that Republicans and Democrats are merely a tag team that appear to argue policy. Too much of our political discourse revolves around taking money from “person A” and giving it to “person B” while the politicians take their cut. It doesn’t matter whether the money flows from rich to poor or the other way around. Nobody is making anything.

    Wealth is created when raw materials are combined by human labor utilizing capital tools. This makes the raw materials more valuable than they were before. THAT is how wealth is created. It is not created by pushing money from here to there and taking one’s cut.

    8 years of Bush Administration policies saw a GOP that was content to let Saudi Arabia plunder our economy (while they took their cut) and erode Israel’s strategic depth. 7 years of O’Bama has seen more of the same. The disastrous environmental regulations spoken of today were written in the Bush Administration. O’Bama merely had to implement them to take credit.

    Note that there were no Bush Administration speakers at the GOP convention. No Bush Sr. No Bush Jr. No Cheney. No Quayle. No Powell. No Rice. No Jeb. All of them no-shows! I took great comfort in that. That is because they are all rooting for Hillary. Hillary is a woman who’s husband was best described by Barbara Bush (with George Bush Sr. sitting by her side nodding in agreement): “He’s like another son to us!”

    If Bill Clinton is like another son to George and Barbara Bush, that makes Hillary part of the Bush family. No wonder they were absent at the GOP convention. They’re all rooting for Hillary!

    In conclusion, let us consider that for better or worse, Donald Trump has enough personal wealth that he doesn’t need PAC money to run for POTUS. As such, he is not restrained by multinational corporations the way others are. This frightens a lot of people who find him unpredictable. It doesn’t frighten me. It’s what I wanted for a long time.

    Perhaps I should have been more careful what I wished for. Eh?


    There is NO Santa Claus (aka TINSC)

    There is NO Santa Claus on July 25, 2016 at 7:33 am

      It’s not just those GOP Establishment RINO’s you mentioned who are pulling for Hillary. The Koch brothers have also indicated they would financially back her campaign. So much for them being conservative (as if anyone believed they were in the first place). And yet the far-left loonies will still hate the Koch’s guts anyway, while praising to the stars the likes of George Soros and Tom Steyer.

      Oh yeah, and Debbie’s bringing up the Nigerian scammers led me to this observation. Although Trump is only a hair’s breath better than Hillary, I can sum it all up another way: Voting for him is as much a crapshoot as playing the slot machines at any of the casinos that once bore his name. And for all the reasons she mentioned. Yet even the same, if Hillary gets in, we as a nation are all doomed, because you know she will do exactly what she promised she’d do. Talk about lose-lose . . .

      ConcernedPatriot on July 31, 2016 at 11:59 am

Don’t worry, any day now Trump’ll flip-flop on his “firing federal workers hired by Obama” pledge, as well.

ConcernedPatriot on July 21, 2016 at 11:53 am

A great post Debbie as usual. For starter I thought that Trump’s daughter Tiffany did a good job “humanizing” her dad. Donald Jr. however did a great job with his speech. You either have that stage presence or you don’t and out of all of his children he has it. Poor Melania though looks like she was set up by the idiot speech writer Mclver. She should’ve done her homework and not pulled so much from the Wookie’s howling from 08. I have to ask though who do you think looked better doing it Melania or the Klingon War Bride. No Contest as far as I’m concerned. To hear girly men like Matt Lauer and Rachel Maddow tell it you’d think that Melania created the zika virus and spread it over the Clinton Foundation. They’ll talk about this until their queen the Butcher of Benghazi has her coronation next week. Like I said before with the dummycrats it’s all about the optics. Which is funny because the press kept using the split screen with the very beautiful Mrs. Trump and Geraldine from The Flip Wilson Show. Trump needs to hit his speech out of the park. He can not afford anymore mistakes because now that he’s the nominee it’ll be him against the Clinton Machine, Benedict Arnold RINOs like Romney, Hollyweird, NAALCP, BLM, Code Pink, CAIR, La Raza and ABCNBCCBSNPRPBSMSNBCCNNFOXNEWSUNIVISION.

Ken B on July 21, 2016 at 12:27 pm

You need to run for office, KenB, great posts as usual, on this and the previous article.

Alfredo from Puerto Rico on July 21, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    Thanks for that Alfredo. You and others here post some great stuff and I just try to keep up. I actually did consider doing just that years ago when GWB was president. However knowing me when it came time to debate my liberal opponent I would probably just slap him or her upside their empty head. Thus ending my run…LOL!

    Ken B on July 21, 2016 at 3:05 pm

Everyone is accepting the camp’s statement that Melania did this purposefully. I think the speechwriter did it, but the campaign won’t admit it’s been infiltrated by a lib looking to sabotage the campaign.

DinaK on July 21, 2016 at 1:37 pm

If this is the only charge against Melanie Trump then she probably said it unknowingly. Consider all of the charges that Chris Christie could bring against Hillary Clinton, you have Benedict Arnold in our midst.

What about the charges involving Bill Clinton and Democratic Billionaire Donor and convicted Slave Owner Jeff Epstein.

What about the other charge against Jeff Epstein, Epstein bought his way out of jail on the little girl charge.

Vol Fan on July 21, 2016 at 3:14 pm

That woman has lost my respect. She is apparently just dumb, and not too ethical.

Worry on July 21, 2016 at 5:16 pm

I still prefer a plagiarist to a rapist for “first lady”. These are our choices.

Suz on July 21, 2016 at 7:02 pm

Plagiarism – big deal. Our current VP was almost kicked out of law school for plagiarism and then stole a speech by a British politician and used it while running for President in 1988. This is in addition to him being a cheap b*stard (during a 10 year period, he and his wife earning on average over $300K per year contributed less than $400 per year to charity). Biden ran the Judiciary Committee. This is a big too-do about nothing. And the women speech writer who took the fall is a registered Democrat.

Cruz screwed himself last night. His speech and non-endorsement of Trump was not based on conservative principles but the result of a personal animus because Trump attacked Cruz’s wife and father. Cruz forgot about the US Supreme Court appointments by the next President. We should thank Justice Ginsburg for her partisan, unethical and moronic comments attacking Trump and for reminding us that she, the wise Latina Sotomayor, and the other lefties including Kennedy do not mean our American civilization well.

Concerned Citizen on July 21, 2016 at 7:10 pm

Yes, and let’s not forget that Cruz and his hack surrogate attacked Melania first before Trump posted those photos. Of course the liberal media and their ‘conservative’ followers never mention this, hoping we all forget.

Cruz’s failure to endorse Trump has nothing to do with family, contrary to Rush and others who can’t stop apologizing for him. It is because of his basic beliefs which he tries to sneakily disguise.

Little Al on July 21, 2016 at 7:50 pm

“Cruz’s failure to endorse Trump has nothing to do with family,..It is because of his basic beliefs which he tries to sneakily disguise.
Little Al on July 21, 2016 at 7:50 pm”

Little Al, what basic belief of Cruz’s are you referring to?

Maybe Ted thinks if Trump loses he can run against Hillary in the next election.

theShadow on July 21, 2016 at 8:31 pm

He is for unrestricted immigration, and all the globalist trade deals. Cruz is finished. If Hillary wins, Cruz & Kasich will share the blame with Romney and the hack journalists supporting them.

How can anyone vote for a man who puts personal opportunism ahead of a Republican victory in 2016?

Do you think you would have heard a peep out of Cruz about immigration and trade if it hadn’t been for Trump?

Little Al on July 21, 2016 at 8:56 pm

Little Al, I love you but I have to take issue. You really are quite a guy, and have taught me a lot. I’m not buttering you up for no good reason, rather a very good one. I have been listening to Ted Cruz for years, since Mark Levin has been showcasing him for a long time.

WHAT weaknesses on immigration, please? Cites? Not just statements, but actual cites, please? And globalist trade deals? Levin is still suspicious on that one, as am I, but Cruz explained himself to Levin and his audience on more than one occasion regarding that one. I’m not saying the explanation was all that great.

That’s why he has a 97% conservative rating, and Mike Lee has 100%.

But as Levin likes to say often, when he criticizes Reagan for certain things he did, his former boss, who, along with his legacy he adores, “there’s no perfect candidate.”

If we are looking for God, don’t worry, He’s coming back, He promised, and He WILL. But I don’t know that Cruz is as weak as you say, and he did not sign a blanket get out of jail free agreement to support the nominee.

And where is this attack on Melania? I think I remember that one, and it was weak if I remember, trying to pin that as an attack on Cruz. Cites, please?

Seriously, I’m not being a smartass here, and I WILL read, for hours if necessary. Let’s see if Cruz is as weak as you say. As a constitutional conservative, even as a modern Republican, Trump is weak. He became a Republican about 15 minutes ago. As Levin says, he will most likely vote for Trump, but to put on the pom-poms and just fall in line, . . .

no way, Joselito. This man has to make himself malleable for learning conservative principles, and SHOW it.

By the way, hope this latest barrage over the past two, three articles, means you’re back on regular. Good to see Skunky coming around again, too.

Alfredo from Puerto Rico on July 21, 2016 at 9:56 pm

WTF? Plagiarizing excuses even on here? So sad. What don’t people get about the Bim LIKING Michelle Antoinette (I love Ken B.’s Klingon Bride name, LOLOL!!!) as a deal breaker?? A sad truth I have learned during this campaign is that Conservatives are smart enough NOT to be Libtards but beyond that, some fall into the same pits of emotional exuberance the Libtards did with Obama-Putin, but with Trump. Y’all gonna be so disappointed. There is no need to be as duped as you’re letting yourselves be. You will feel used and abused because Trump is more Libtard than Conservative. You will all be bought and sold.

Add me to those not hopping on the hate Cruz bandwagon. He won’t be bought and sold so cheaply. Only time I thought he was wrong was what DS posted about him hiring a Mooooooslim and I do have small concerns on him and immigration

Sad to see Conservatives be such followers. Baaaaaaa. Embarrassing to behold. The last chance we had was during 2008. Those fools missed the chance to elect Mitt Zombie. No more chances. The deal is done. I like Trump for the same reasons others do but I will NOT be fooled. That wife of his lifting from Wookie says it all. She is dumb and likes dangerous frauds. No thank you. This bed has been made and I won’t vote for Trump only to watch him edify himself. Last train was in 2008. Horse left that barn…and it’s way too late…

Skunky on July 21, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    Thanks Skunky I don’t know who first coined Moochelle being a Klingon War Bride but I remember an old episode of Star Trek The Next Generation where Picard and crew had to work with Worf’s former fiancée. She was half human/half Klingon and it reminded me of our fair First Lady…LOL! And yes plagiarism is a really big deal especially in college. In my stint in the local community college my English teacher caught one of my younger classmates doing it . She got an F on the assignment and was never seen again. So much for going on to a 4 year school.

    Ken B on July 22, 2016 at 10:16 am

The attack on Melania was the barely clothed fashion photo of her that was paraded in Utah shortly before the Republican primary there. It was orchestrated by Liz Mair, who claimed to be acting independently, but was clearly tied in with Cruz and probably Romney.

Cruz’s actions supporting open borders are too lengthy to go into here, but they center around his 2013 actions on the Gang of 8 bill. Rubio, to his credit, during the primary contests, pointed to these actions, and there are numerous web sites that discuss them.

Cruz effectively supported the Iran treaty, by casting his vote in favor of requiring 2/3 of the Senate to overturn it, instead of 2/3 of the Senate to support it.

In April, 2015, Cruz went on record as supporting fast track support of the Pacific Trade Pact.

One example of his demagogic campaign was his call for the flat tax. While we all support flat tax, this was not a serious proposal. It is such a radical departure from what we have now that it would take massive preparation and research to execute properly. Cruz never said anything more specific than his vague, general comments for a flat tax.

Conservative ratings are, frankly, a fraud. They rely on votes that are taken, without regard to those issues ignored, for one thing. Additionally, the emphasis is on votes, not implementation or execution.

Remember, incidentally the last stages of the primary, where Cruz’s organization of delegates far surpassed Trumps’? I was bewildered how Cruz could have put together such a fine organization until I finally realized that the entire Republican establishment was supporting him against Trump, and this support, logically must have been accompanied by the organizational efforts of the Republican establishment, Bush, Rubio, etc. So Cruz, almost certainly was benefiting from the organization of all the other establishment Republicans, including Bush.

I do not listen to Mark Levin although I know that he did have family ties to the Walker campaign. It is certainly true that Trump has not been a Republican for a long time. But he is raising issues that were not raised by anyone else until they started parroting him. Immigration was one, and now, Law and Order. Trump’s use of the slogan is the first time I’ve heard it since the late 60s.

Not being a Republican? I’m not a Republican either. I have been disgusted by the Republican Party since the late 80s. Longtime Republican politicians inevitably go along to get along. I don’t think it’s a mark against someone not to have been a Republican for a long time; that party hasn’t done much in the last 25 years to earn respect.

Cruz went to Harvard. Do you think he really doesn’t understand that his recent actions do nothing except benefit Hillary?

Finally there is the misleading definition of conservative. A lot of single=issue groups, especially on abortion will criticize a candidate who doesn’t mirror their position 100%, even though abortion is a tangential issue in politics today, and does not have the immediacy of immigration and other issues. People who vote for every spending bill ever submitted are called conservatives?!?

Incidentally, one final general point. We definitely need outsiders in politics instead of the career political hacks. But one downside of outsiders is their lack of intimate familiarity with political issues. Missteps are frequent, sometimes due to lack of experience, and sometimes, yes, to opportunism. But overall, on issues of security, Trump is way ahead of anyone else.

Little Al on July 21, 2016 at 11:06 pm

And, to make clear, I am against abortion, and want to see Roe v Wade overturned. But it is still a tangential issue.

Little Al on July 21, 2016 at 11:33 pm

Yeah, well of course, who could be a Republican before or after Reagan? The Republicans lost their balls about half a century ago, and Reagan was a brief respite from that.

There are a couple points you made which have been satisfactorily addressed by Cruz on more than one occasion, but I don’t have the information in front of me. I’ve seen you make this list before though, but in bits and pieces. I thank you for taking the time to put it all in one post. I am going to read it a couple more times, and go after some answers when I have more time.

However, it’s not really such a deep issue with me, political discussions, because humans aren’t supposed to self-govern anyway. I’m not waiting for the second coming of Ronald Reagan, I’m waiting for the other Second Coming, the real one.

All the political discussions since the beginning of time haven’t done a thing to improve anything. Political discussions are tiresome and non-productive, and I don’t engage in person.

The United States was a nice try, but it was doomed to fail anyway, from ancient times the U.S. and Britain were prophesied to fail. Plus, Nebuchadnezzar’s mental recovery after his seven years in the wilderness also is quite informative about human governments.

Thanks again, Little Al, going to do as I promised when time permits. Took 3 1/2 hours to make a 1 hour and 45 minute trip tonight to the house I’m currently staying in, because in NYC public transportation sucks after 10 p.m. So does being homeless and having to carry my life around hanging from my arms all the time. My life can weigh anywhere from 25-40 lbs. Not fun having to walk many blocks, go up and down subway stairs, board buses, etc., carrying my life with me all the time, LOL!!!

Alfredo from Puerto Rico on July 22, 2016 at 3:48 am

PS, Alfredo, I also enjoy your posts and have learned from them.

Little Al on July 22, 2016 at 8:08 am

Thank you, LA. A long reply that I put up in the wee hours has not come through yet. Can’t imagine what anyone has LEARNED from my posts. Entertained by yes, learned from, not so sure, but thank you, LOL!!!

Alfredo from Puerto Rico on July 22, 2016 at 11:14 am

    Alfredo, I hope things work out for you personally.

    Little Al on July 22, 2016 at 2:14 pm

      Thank you. I’m healthy and extremely fit, can do certain things better than many men one-third to half my age. That’s a lot by itself. God bless you.

      Alfredo from Puerto Rico on July 22, 2016 at 2:22 pm

Your statement:

(And the Clintons are generally smarter and more shrewd, so they lie on things on which they won’t easily get caught.)

I agree. Bill clinton was caught based upon a phone tap between Monica and her friend Linda Tripp.

Panhandle on July 22, 2016 at 11:36 am

I do think Ted and the others are wrong to not find some way to support Trump. I can’t believe Trump is the nominee, either. Drawing from Gladwell’s book “Blink”, I think I have an explanation why several RePubs broke their pledge. There is a chapter about divorce prediction. The main predictor of a failure of commitment to marriage is the level of contemptuous language that is shown between the couple. Thump continuously heaps unrepentant contempt to the very people he needs to secure a commitment. I am not surprised that several signees to the pledge are declaring a divorce. Trump’s drivel sounds like a clanging gong. It’s almost as bad as Obama’s drivel. Lord, how did a constitutional republic descend into a government where our laws are made by regulations, executive orders, and Justice Kennedy?

Jimbo on July 23, 2016 at 9:11 am

I think Trump will do anything that furthers either his popularity/reputation or his record. He will ban a Muslim entry or deport Muslims the next time a major terror attack happens on his watch. Particularly if it’s popular.

That’s the difference b/w him and Cruz. Cruz, who was good at one time, has embraced fictitious concepts like ‘Islamism’. Obama is fervently locked on the well being of Muslims both within and outside the US. There are people who were absolutely right on Muslims. Particularly Rick Santorum, from the field that ran, and Newt Gingrich. Both focus on the shariah loyalty of Muslims, which is one of the key things that matter. Speaking of which, I wish Trump had picked Santorum rather than Pence on his ticket.

Trump, if he thinks his reputation will be enhanced by deporting Muslims or blocking new ones from coming in, will do it. He’ll do anything that makes him look good every moment. So he’ll do that every time a Jihad attack happens, which will end up in the US looking more Muslim hostile. Which will be a good thing. I believe his company’s interests in the Middle East have already suffered, so he has nothing to gain by pandering to them.

Infidel on July 24, 2016 at 8:29 pm

Melania is hardly the only Trump who is enamoured in one way or another with those on “the other side” (as her admiration of the First “Thang” attests). Reading one of the NY newspapers in passing today, it was noted that Ivanka Trump is good friends with Chelsea Clinton – if that paper is to be believed, to The Donald’s chagrin. But that friendship may be part – but only part – of why Ivanka was so hot about left-wing wage laws as she pushed for in her RNC speech, the week before DNCon. What difference, again, is there between Ivanka and Chelsea in their positions on that issue? (Rhetorical, I already know the answer.)

ConcernedPatriot on July 31, 2016 at 11:48 am

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