Street Fighting Man

Donald Trump is already thinking ahead to when he’s President.

LONDON, May 16 (Reuters) – Donald Trump said he was unlikely to have a good relationship with David Cameron because the British prime minister cast the U.S. presidential candidate as “divisive, stupid and wrong” for proposing a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States.

Cameron criticised Trump in the British parliament over his call for the ban on Muslims and suggested that the New York billionaire, who is now the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, would unite Britain against him if he visited.

“It looks like we’re not going to have a very good relationship, who knows?” Trump told Britain’s ITV television station in an interview aired on Monday when asked how ties would fare if he won the U.S. presidential election on Nov. 8.

“Well number one, I’m not stupid, okay. I can tell you that right now. Just the opposite. Number Two, in terms of divisive: I don’t think I’m a divisive person. I’m a unifier, unlike our president right now,” Trump said, referring to Barack Obama.

Conventional opinion is that Trump has no chance against Hillary Clinton in  the upcoming election. But conventional opinion was that Trump had no chance of even becoming the Republican Presidential candidate. Yet he now has that pretty well sewn up.

There are several reasons for thinking that Trump has a very good chance against Hillary.

Firstly, in national polls he’s narrowed her lead over him from 30% to about 5%. And this before he’s even started seriously campaigning against her.

Secondly, it seems that Bernie Sanders supporters won’t switch to Hillary if he gets knocked out: they’ll switch to Trump en masse.

Nearly half of West Virginia Sanders voters say they would vote for Trump. Did you see this? This cannot be comforting to them inside the bowels of the Democrat Party. Nearly half of the voters in the West Virginia Democrat primary who backed Crazy Bernie say that they would vote for Trump.

CBS reporting the exit poll: “44% of Sanders supporters surveyed said they would rather back Trump in November than Hillary,” 23% said they would support Hillary Clinton if Crazy Bernie doesn’t get it, 31% said that they would support neither.

Why on earth would left-wing socialist Sanders supporters switch to right-wing capitalist Trump? The answer is probably that they want change. Any change. And if they can’t get it from Bernie, they’ll happily take it from Donald. Because Hillary is the no-change, business-as-usual candidate.

Thirdly, Trump has just run rings around “Lying” Ted Cruz, “Little” Marco Rubio, and “Low-energy” Jeb Bush and 13 other Republicans. His current adjective of choice for Hillary Clinton is “Crooked”. (I wonder if he’ll think up an adjective to describe David Cameron. How about “Silly”? Because it was very silly of him to diss a potential Republican president.)

Fourthly, Hillary has got a whole slew of problems bubbling away at back. Like emails, Benghazi, and Bill Clinton’s bimbos.

And then there’s what Vladimir Putin warned Russian generals recently:

President Putin… further warned these military leaders about the facts regarding the American presidential election by stating to them: “If it’s Hillary Clinton, it’s war”.

The cartoonist Dilbert has a blog in which he’s been predicting for months that Trump will win the US presidential election by a landslide. He calls him a “master persuader”.

Donald-Trump-Terre-Haute-IN-AP-420x315I also think that Trump will win by a landslide. But for a different reason: he’s a street fighting man. He even looks like a pugilist. And he’s just won his last 16 fights with Republican rivals. He’s the underdog who’s come from nowhere, and who’s beaten all the odds to get where he is, and confounded all the critics, and who’s pulling the crowd (i.e. the US electorate) behind him. They want to see him do the impossible. They’re willing him on to win.

What kind of president is he likely to be? Probably a lot less radical than people imagine. The scare talk about him reminds me of the scare stories that accompanied the election of Ronald Reagan. A movie star becoming a US president? How awful!

Will he do anything for smokers? Probably not.

But what do I know?

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10 Responses to Street Fighting Man

  1. jaxthefirst says:

    I really feel for the average-man-in-the-street American right now. God, what a dreadful choice. Out of the two, I do believe that Trump is more likely to be looking out for the American people’s interests (something which he has traded on to extremely good effect in all these preliminary bouts), but I think that this very feature, appealing as it is to so many of American voters – who, like their counterparts over here, have been pretty shoddily disregarded as “serfs” by successive Governments of every political persuasion – could lead the country into some sticky situations in terms of their overseas relationships which could be embarrassing at best, or explosively volatile at worst; whereas I think Clinton is so much like all other politicians that she could be a clone – full of “promises for the people” before the Election, then only interested in how much power and influence she can accrue for her greedy self and her cronies after it. I think if I were over there, I’d probably plump for Trump as the best of a bad bunch (Hey! I just came up with an election slogan, for ya, Mr T!!). But I’m not, so I won’t. What a relief!

    If it’s any consolation, all you US folks reading this (although I realise it’s probably very little consolation at all), it’s exactly the same situation that we are all in here in the UK, now, too, particularly those of us who are smokers and/or Brexiteers (I happen to be both). The phrase “a rock and a hard place” springs to mind for both nations. How sad is that for two erstwhile great democracies?

    • waltc says:

      I agree, Jax. Rock/hard place. Trump’s all over the lot on foreign relations– could go to war over a mere perceived insult or otoh entirely withdraw from NATO or who knows? . Nor do I know what he’ll do domestically since he shifts positions daily or even between a first and third paragraph. But Shrillary is a corrupt lying demagogue who’ll likely continue our path down the drain. So at this point, I’d say it might be a 50/50 coin toss as to which of them wins.

      That said, West Virginia is perhaps an outlyer in that it’s coal country and she stepped in it by vowing to put coal miners out of work– not only a stupid energy policy but political suicide at least in West Va.

      OT: on the now infamous “bathroom edict” (if I need to I explain to you guys Over There–our Justice [sic] Dept and Federal Education Dept informed all US schools –kindergarten thru college–that they have to let any man who self-identifies as a woman, and vice verse, use the bathroom, locker room, shower room of the sex he (she) identifies with or the schools will lose all federal subsidies.)

      This , as you might imagine, is a big controversy over here –and btw Trump first said that the basic premise was okay and later merely said it should be left to the states. One facet of the loud objection has to do with government over-reach, overnight fiat by the executive branch, and blatant blackmail, though curiously the same argument wasn’t raised when the same blackmail tactic was used to force schools to ban smoking, campus wide

      The more obvious objection–12 year old Johnny who , on Wednesday, feels like he’s Janey–showering and changing with the girls in middle school–also made me wonder how far that premise could be logically expanded. Clearly, it doesn’t matter if 20 little girls are discomfited by the sight of a schlong in the shower since the point is, apparently, the paramount importance of Johnny’s feelings of acceptance and belonging, now defined as a civil right. So surely I can now smoke in a bar if, while smoking, I claim I identify as a nonsmoker.

      • Frank Davis says:

        West Virginia is perhaps an outlyer in that it’s coal country and she stepped in it by vowing to put coal miners out of work– not only a stupid energy policy but political suicide at least in West Va.

        Not just West Virginia, surely? There are several other US coal-mining states.

        The five largest coal-producing states with production in million short tons and share of total U.S. coal production in 2014 were:

        Wyoming: 395.7 (40%)
        West Virginia: 112.2 (11%)
        Kentucky: 77.3 (8%)
        Pennsylvania: 60.9 (6%)
        Illinois: 58.0 (6%)

        Voters in those states will have taken note of Hillary’s attitude to coal. And she probably has the same attitude to oil and gas. And tobacco.

        In fact, she probably hates all industry.

        Anyway, the “bathroom edict” is like the gay marriage thing. It’s about denying or removing the fundamental distinctions between different things. Including the distinction between my country and your country. That’s what globalist political correctness does: erase distinctions. Next they’ll be saying that numbers like 2 and 3 and 7 aren’t different, and they’re all the same numbers.

        • roobeedoo2 says:

          Did you see this over a Zero Hedge?

          Bernie seems to be the ‘grey champion’ for the Millennial generation in this Fourth Turning.

          I wouldn’t be surprised if it ended up with Joe Biden Vs Trump.

        • Frank Davis says:

          Yes I did see it.

          I liked the way Barbara Boxer said, “Hillary Clinton is going to go toe-to-toe with Donald Trump.” Because that means she sees Trump as the street fighting man that I do.

          But as best I understand it, Bernie Sanders is not going to win the Democratic nomination because she’s got about 500 “super-delegates” already pledged to vote for her. So she’s pretty much a shoo-in. And she always has been.

          But doubts about her lacklustre campaign are mounting.

          …it is beginning to dawn on Democratic insiders that their scheme to grease the skids for a Clinton nomination might end up slipping Donald Trump into the White House

        • roobeedoo2 says:

          If Clinton had to relinquish the nomination for some reason, I don’t think Bernie would automatically get it. A continuation of the current administration might be seen as preferable to the Democratic party.

          Biden hasn’t endorsed either candidate:

  2. Lepercolonist says:

    “Will he do anything for smokers? Probably not.”

    What will Hillary do for smokers ? More bans, higher taxes, stricter control, more denormalization, etc.
    Trump may not do anything for smokers but leave us alone. Trump is for less government regulation.
    As a single issue voter, Trump gets my vote.

  3. Frank Davis says:

    Pink News:

    Nigel Farage says he’d rather see Donald Trump as President of the United States than Hillary Clinton.

    The leader of the UK Independence Party was speaking on ITV politics show Peston on Sunday, he was asked about his feelings towards Trump – who has courted the far-right vote in America with his immigration policies and anti-LGBT rhetoric.

    Mr Farage doesn’t always get on with leaders of similar movements to UKIP – shunning the leader of France’s National Front party, Marine Le Pen, when she attempted to speak out ahead of the UK’s EU referendum.

    But he had some kind words for Donald Trump, despite acknowledging that the presumptive Republican Presidential nominee has “issues”.

    The UKIP leader praised the Republican’s “sensible” comments urging Britain to leave the EU, adding: “Well done him.”

    He joked: “It just goes to show, Donald Trump is measured, neutral, doesn’t want to get stuck into the punch-up… but no, he’s given a very diplomatic answer.”

    Asked whether he would vote for Trump, Mr Farage said: “I have difficulty with that.
    “Let’s put it like this, I couldn’t vote for Hillary even if you paid me.”

    When pushed to pick one or the other, he said: “If you put me up against a wall, it’s got to be [Trump] and not Hillary, but I have reservations.

    “Encouraging people to beat up protesters… one or two things like that bother me, but I tell you what, I think he’s going to win.”

  4. garyk30 says:

    None of the US candidates are addressing one of the real problems in America.

    All will blather about jobs and income in-equality with out getting to the cause of those problems.

    Our educational system churns out way too many people that can barely read, write, or do math.

    These poor slobs are qualified to do little more than the most menial and unskilled tasks that pay little.

    Thus, there are the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’ .in usable job skills.

    it’s not that there are no well paying jobs; the problem is, there are way too many that do not have the basic skills to do those jobs.

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