Thursday Open Thread | Ted Cruz Booed for Refusing to Endorse Trump

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118 Responses to Thursday Open Thread | Ted Cruz Booed for Refusing to Endorse Trump

  1. yahtzeebutterfly says:
  2. rikyrah says:

    Rick Wilson ✔ @TheRickWilson
    I’ve seen GOP nominee speeches in person in 1988 92 2000 2004 2008 2012. This is the very darkest, ever.
    9:46 PM – 21 Jul 2016

  3. rikyrah says:

    Josh BarroVerified account
    The Republicans lining up with Trump now would’ve gone with Hitler in the 1930s, seeing his rise as an opportunity.

  4. rikyrah says:

    If he loses the election, you will never again have to be yelled at by trump for this long. Do your patriotic duty, America.

  5. rikyrah says:

    Elon James White ‏@elonjames 59m59 minutes ago
    You fucking cowards. The GOP are falling in line behind this dude. A liar. A racist. A sexist. And a crowd of predominately Whites cheer.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Elon James White ‏@elonjames 39m39 minutes ago
    Take a moment and absorb the fact that Trump is campaigning on the death of police officers. This is real life.#RNCinCLE

  7. rikyrah says:

    Elon James White ‏@elonjames 30m30 minutes ago
    Elon James White Retweeted Alphonso Mayfield
    I’m melting the fuck down. This shit is real life. #RNCinCLE

  8. rikyrah says:

    Elon James White ‏@elonjames 7m7 minutes ago
    Obama made the argument for building shit and GOP fought him like he stole their PIN number to their ATM card. But Trump is great?

  9. rikyrah says:

    Elon James White ‏@elonjames 3m3 minutes ago
    Elon James White Retweeted Brendan Parson

  10. rikyrah says:

    This speech reads like Revelations. I’m scared shitless. #RNCinCLE

  11. rikyrah says:

    Michael Cohen @speechboy71
    This is the bleakest, darkest, most fascistic speech I’ve ever heard delivered by an American politician
    9:57 PM – 21 Jul 2016

  12. rikyrah says:

    Ben Adler ✔ @badler
    Don’t presidential nominees usually lay out their policy proposals? This is all just hating on Obama and Clinton #RNCinCLE
    9:35 PM – 21 Jul 2016

  13. rikyrah says:

    John Dingell ✔ @JohnDingell
    Just drop the damn balloons already.

    John Dingell ✔ @JohnDingell
    This guy reads slower than I walk.
    10:12 PM – 21 Jul 2016

  14. rikyrah says:

    Josh Marshall ✔ @joshtpm
    Trump is leaving with us: We suck and we live in a horrific national hell hole.
    9:55 PM – 21 Jul 2016

  15. rikyrah says:

    Steve Contorno ✔ @scontorno
    Trump has mentioned almost none of the policy ideas Ivanka mentioned, but many have been repeatedly rejected by the GOP Congress. #RNCinCLE

  16. rikyrah says:

    Jill Biden ‏@JillBidenVeep 38m38 minutes ago

    My thoughts and prayers are with the fact checkers. #RNCinCLE

  17. Liza says:

    This is funny.

    Jeff Cook, you just won the Internet. Congratulations.😆— Sara Cohen (@saracohennyc) July 21, 2016


  18. rikyrah says:

    The big speech
    [ 147 ] July 21, 2016 | Paul Campos
    There’s a draft of Trump’s speech making the rounds, and according to both Chris Hayes and Ross Douthat it’s something of a straight reboot of Pat Buchanan’s infamous “cultural war” speech from the 1992 convention:

    Trump speech tonight is the *full* Buchanan. Very very dark, dystopic. Straight up nationalism no chaser.

    Ross Douthat ‏@DouthatNYT 34m34 minutes ago
    If the draft I’m seeing is right, the speech is basically Buchananism without religion.

    A couple of thoughts:

    I’m actually surprised by this. What I expected was for at least Trump’s script to be somewhat toned down, so that whoever is currently playing David Broder in this bad political novel we’re now living in could burble about DJT’s new mature and statesman-like approach, his timely pivot toward the center, and so forth. Whether he would stick to that script during the speech would be another matter, as Trump obviously has trouble doing so — he gets bored very easily, he wants nothing less than pure adulation from his most rabid admirers, he loves to ad-lib etc.

    But apparently even the prepared script is pretty hair-raising. If that’s correct, it would be irresponsible not to speculate regarding what’s really going on. I’m just throwing this out there: Could Trump be trying to extort the GOP powers that be to get him quit the race for the right price? If he gives a speech that makes it perfectly obvious that he’s not going to even try to pursue an electoral strategy that will be anything less than a full-on disaster, could this be interpreted as a kind of opening bid?

    The reason I don’t think this is impossible is that I think there’s a non-trivial chance that Trump doesn’t even really want to be POTUS when you get right down to it (It is a real job after all, which requires sitting in meetings all day and other things he has no patience for).

    Of course there are lots of alternative explanations, such as that Trump is stupid and vain enough to think that what works with the most unhinged elements of the GOP base will work well in the general. Or maybe it’s all a bait and switch and the “real” speech will be all semi-moderate and stuff, after he has caused a panic with a fake leaked document. Really anything is possible with this guy, so who knows? But everybody will be watching, which at bottom is no doubt ultimately what this has always been about.

  19. Angelar says:

    Trump talked about Iranians embarrassing our military under President Obama????? Remind yourselves that under GW Bush the Chinese took down one of our spy planes and proceeded to humiliate those on that spy plane

  20. rikyrah says:

    This is nothing more than a Klan Rally.

  21. rikyrah says:

    Look at this disgusting man on stage, listen to his words, contemplate what he would foment in power, and stop being so precious.

  22. rikyrah says:

    Norman Ornstein ‏@NormOrnstein 2m2 minutes ago

    If Leni Riefenstahl were alive, Trump would hire her to film this speech. Then not pay her.

  23. rikyrah says:

    Valerie Jarrett ‏@vj44 · 24m24 minutes ago
    @POTUS receives Ali cuff links from Muhammad Ali’s family @WhiteHouse Eid reception

  24. Angelar says:

    Ivanka Trump is yakking about being a working mother. Wonder how many nannies and maids she has.

  25. rikyrah says:

    The Daily Beast ‏@thedailybeast 14h14 hours ago

    JUST IN: NATO secretary-general, Estonia prez slam Trump remarks questioning U.S. obligation

  26. rikyrah says:

    How Roger Ailes was Republican party’s wizard behind the curtain
    Fox News creator fuelled success of many Republican politicians
    Edward Luce

    God seems to be toying with American conservatives. On the same day Donald Trump secured the Republican nomination, Roger Ailes, legendary creator of Fox News, was being ushered out of his role.

    Mr Trump’s rise may have taken the world by surprise but it is hard to imagine his message having taken root without Mr Ailes’ groundwork.

    Felled by sexual harassment allegations from a former Fox anchor, the news channel’s departing creator is no household name. Yet Mr Ailes has played wizard behind the curtain to more than two generations of Republican presidential candidates, conservative pundits and intellectuals. He is the creator and destroyer of ambitions — the Shiva of US conservatism. Without Mr Ailes, Rupert Murdoch would have been a far less potent figure on the US scene.

    In fact God’s theatrical timing is even odder than it seems. Mr Trump’s convention theme draws explicitly from Richard Nixon’s successful 1968 law and order presidential campaign, which was shaped by a young Mr Ailes. That was the election that launched the then 27-year-old on to the national scene. Mr Ailes cornered Mr Nixon and said: “The camera doesn’t like you,” in reference to his notorious 1960 televised debate performance with John Kennedy. “It’s a shame you have to use gimmicks like television to get elected,” Nixon replied. “Television is not a gimmick,” Ailes replied. “And if you think it is, you’ll lose again.” Mr Ailes’ role was chronicled in the classic book The Selling of the President. From then on, he was an acknowledged master of that medium.

  27. Angelar says:

    Remember this…the Trump thing is a win win win for the Trumps regardless. The kids r elevated into another sphere and the money keeps rolling in…and that is why their gamble has already won what they all truly care about. More$$

  28. OMG! Y’all should have heard that black ass fake negro pastor buck dancing hard at the republican convention. Is this what it has come to that some negroes are so desperate that they’re willing to publicly sell their souls for the nickels and dimes tossed their way?

  29. rikyrah says:

    Praise you, SG2, for taking the switch to TIME for their bullshyt about the Kinsey ATTEMPTED MURDER.

  30. rikyrah says:

    @RadioFreeTom 6m6 minutes ago
    @andrewmichta The full text of Trump’s speech is at Politico. To call it Nixonian is an insult to Nixon. It’s like Chavez or Putin.

  31. rikyrah says:

    The NY Times Transcript of the Trump Interview: Its Actually Worse than the Article Made it Seem

    by Adam L Silvermanat2:23 pm on July 21, 2016. It has 174 Comments.

    Here’s the link to the transcript of the NY Times interview with Trump. They released it in response to Paul Manafort challenging the veracity of their reporting and asking if they had (audio) tape of the interview. Here’s a sampling:

  32. rikyrah says:

    TC @tchop__StL
    Miami-Dade police union is blaming the autistic man for SWAT officer being threatened by a toy car & missing him & shooting #CharlesKinsey

  33. rikyrah says:

    TC @tchop__StL
    The police are arguing apparently the officer had legal right to shoot #CharlesKinsey because the autistic man didn’t comply & lay down.

  34. rikyrah says:

    SherylTee @sheryltee_
    Still waiting on MSM to destroy Ailes like they did @BillCosby; and waiting for black folks to help them.

  35. rikyrah says:

    (((Baba Adeptus))) @adept2u
    Noticing the White media strip the profession from #CharlesKinsey and call him merely a caretaker not a therapist because #WhitePower.

  36. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Horrible police treatment of Black elementary teacher:

    I am shaking and so upset!

    • rikyrah says:

      just came to post this.

      • yahtzeebutterfly says:

        Rikyrah, I can’t stop the tears in my heart… I am so sorry that the Black community faces this on a daily basis… and that the cop driving her to the station negatively stereotyped all Blacks as he conversed with her.

        This needs to stop… it is absolutely frightening to me.

    • rikyrah says:

      It was a traffic violation.

      if she was speeding. Give her a ticket. Why the phuck do you have to get out of the car for a SPEEDING TICKET?

  37. Liza says:

    Well, well, they have developed their fictitious narrative:

    NEW: Police union: Officer was trying to shoot other man, not #CharlesKinsey; thought man was armed and Kinsey's life was in danger.— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) July 21, 2016


    • Liza says:

      Except that THIS already happened. Lies won’t fly this time, I’m afraid.

      Florida Police Shoot Unarmed Black Therapist Helping Autistic Man
      JULY 21, 2016HEADLINES

      Another shocking video of police shooting an African-American man has emerged. It happened Monday in North Miami, Florida. Police shot the unarmed man in the leg as he was attempting to help an autistic man who had wandered away from a group home. Social worker Charles Kinsey is seen lying on the ground with his hands in the air when police shot him. Police have said they were responding to a 911 call about a man with a gun. But in a cellphone video released yesterday, Kinsey can be heard telling police “All he has is a toy truck. A toy truck. I am a behavioral therapist at a group home.”

      Charles Kinsey: “All he has is a toy truck. A toy truck. I am a behavioral therapist at a group home.”

      Kinsey can also be heard on the video trying to calm down the autistic man, and said he was more worried about his patient’s safety than his own. The video does not show the moment the shots are fired, and Kinsey said officers offered no explanation.

      Charles Kinsey: “When he hit me, I’m like—I still got my hands in the air. I said, ‘You know, I just got shot.’ And I’m standing there. I’m like, ‘Sir, why did you shoot me?’ And his words to me, he said, ‘I don’t know.’ … And I’m face down on the ground with cuffs on, waiting on the rescue squad to come. I’d say about 20—about 20 minutes for the rescue squad to get there. And I was bleeding. Yes, bleeding.”

      Reuters reported that the North Miami Police Department has placed an officer on leave after the incident and that the Miami-Dade County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating the shooting.

    • rikyrah says:

      he was SHOT.

      so, why was the SHOT man handcuffed?

      • yahtzeebutterfly says:

        And at the time, the excuse they are using now was not used by the shooter cop. The shoot cop when asked by the therapist why he shot him, the officer said, “I don’t know.”

      • Liza says:

        Shot, handcuffed, and left to bleed for 20 minutes. But this time, the victim survived to tell the story, apparently never losing consciousness.

  38. Thank you, God. This certain cancer on America has left the building.

  39. How long must we suffer, Lord?! Black people are NOT safe in America.

  40. May 2008: Barack Obama: It’s unacceptable the notion you’d attack my wife, my family. Lay Off My Wife!

  41. 2 things one does NOT do.

    1. Spit in someone’s face
    2. Disrespect a man’s wife

    This will get your ass kicked.

  42. In my neck of the woods, if a man disrespects and insults another man’s wife..that’s a fight.

  43. rikyrah says:

    Trump trashes the moral authority of the United States
    07/21/16 09:39 AM
    By Steve Benen
    For years, Republicans have been fairly consistent in their criticisms of President Obama’s foreign policy. Former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.), for example, insisted last year that the president “does not believe that American power is a force for good.” Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) used nearly identical language a year earlier.

    Reality, of course, points in the opposite direction, and President Obama has proven repeatedly that the Republican attacks are the opposite of the truth.

    But in 2016, there is a presidential hopeful who genuinely believes that the United States lacks moral authority on the international stage. After years of inexplicable anti-Obama whining, ironically, it’s the Republican nominee.
    Donald J. Trump, on the eve of accepting the Republican nomination for president, said Wednesday that if he were elected, he would not pressure Turkey or other authoritarian allies about conducting purges of their political adversaries or cracking down on civil liberties. The United States, he said, has to “fix our own mess” before trying to alter the behavior of other nations.

    “I don’t think we have a right to lecture,” Mr. Trump said in a wide-ranging interview in his suite in a downtown hotel here while keeping an eye on television broadcasts from the Republican National Convention.
    When the New York Times asked if he’d honor the NATO treaty, and defend allied nations if attacked, Trump balked – saying he’d check first to see if he’s satisfied with their contributions to the alliance.

  44. rikyrah says:

    How the RNC turned into The Mistake by the Lake
    07/21/16 01:05 PM—UPDATED 07/21/16 01:10 PM
    By Steve Benen

    It’s not as if we haven’t seen bad nominating conventions before. During the 1968 Democratic convention, there were literal riots outside the hall. At the 1972 Democratic convention, the presidential nominee chose a running mate, then felt the need to swap him out for someone else.

    As the 1992 Republican convention, the American mainstream recoiled when Pat Buchanan declared a religious war. Twenty years later, Clint Eastwood got into an argument with an empty chair – and somehow managed to come out on the losing end of the quarrel.

    And yet, reading the New York Times’ David Leonhardt’s summary of the 2016 Republican gathering, it’s hard not to marvel at this week’s developments in Cleveland.

    Screaming matches between delegates. Past nominees who refused to attend. Speakers who seem allergic to mentioning the nominee’s name – or policies. The runner-up refusing to endorse the winner.

    Plagiarism. Lies about plagiarism. Talk of Lucifer from the stage. Humanizing stories about the nominee relegated to obscure time slots. Multiple speakers calling for the jailing of the opposing nominee. A prominent delegate calling for that nominee’s execution by firing squad.
    Well, sure, when you put it that way, it sounds like things haven’t gone well.

  45. All who are condemning @tedcruz need to stfu about family values. He chose his wife over a disgusting POS trash. Good for him!

  46. I HATE it, HATE it when I defend someone like Ted Cruz. But you have to stand with what is right. Ted Cruz’s wife comes first. They’re asking him to do some fucked up ISH. HELL NO, I wouldn’t have endorsed Trump’s despicable ass either. I don’t blame Ted Cruz one damn bit.

  47. rikyrah says:

    Roundup: Trump’s Son Slams Public Education

    Donald Trump Jr. trashes U.S. public schools (though he didn’t attend one)
    By Valerie Strauss
    July 20 at 4:45 PM

    Donald Trump Jr. doesn’t think much of American public schools — even though he never attended one.

    In a speech Tuesday night at the Republican convention, the son of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said the following:

    The other party gave us public schools that far too often fail our students, especially those who have no options. Growing up, my siblings and I we were truly fortunate to have choices and options that others don’t have. We want all Americans to have those same opportunities.

    Our schools used to be an elevator to the middle class. Now they’re stalled on the ground floor. They’re like Soviet-era department stores that are run for the benefit of the clerks and not the customers, for the teachers and the administrators and not the students. You know why other countries do better on K through 12? They let parents choose where to send their own children to school.

    That’s called competition. It’s called the free market. And it’s what the other party fears.

    They fear it because they’re more concerned about protecting the jobs of tenured teachers than serving the students in desperate need of a good education.

    They want to run everything top-down from Washington. They tell us they’re the experts and they know what’s best.

    Actually, most other countries don’t let all parents decide which school to send their children to. And a new study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research found, according to author Eunice Han, that “highly unionized districts actually fire more bad teachers.”

  48. rikyrah says:

    It turned into a ballroom blitz
    by Tim F.at10:59 am on July 21, 2016

    This morning Martin Longman made what I think is the first correct interpretation of what happened with Ted Cruz last night. Yes, the Trump campaign had Ted Cruz’s speech in advance. I am sure that they read it. They almost certainly discussed it with Cruz. So how could such a disaster happen with their eyes open?

    The answer is that it all happened just like Trump wanted. In wrestling terms Trump lured Cruz on stage and surprised him with a heel turn.

    Consider a few things.

    * First, never forget that Trump came to reality TV by way of pro wrestling. He may not be able to business his way out of a paper bag but Trump showed up on the WWE circuit like he was born to be there. He showed a natural talent for syntax of the business, a mix of aggressive bullshit and classic show biz. Nobody had to show Trump how to wrap a room of screaming morons (yes I know, #notallprowrestlingfans) around his stubby fingers. That part came natural. I think I could make the case that a frothing WWE crowd has a lot in common with Republican base voters who constitute his faithful core. I hope I do not need point out that pro wrestling informs just about everything he does in this race. That time he crashed Glenn Beck’s anti-Trump Cruz event? WWE in a nutshell.

    * Trump never lets go of a grudge. This one neurosis overrides basically every other consideration Trump ever has, about anything. The man has a fruit fly attention for anything except who bows to Trump and who doesn’t.

  49. I’m waiting on that open letter to black victims of police violence. But I might be waiting throughout eternity because no one gives a fuck about us.

  50. But will we hear @LorettaLynch come out & praise police for the fine job they’re doing? And how she has their back? Will there be an open letter written to black victims of police violence? I’m damn tired of the ass kissing of police while they murder black people.

    • Liza says:

      All of them are batsh!t crazy. I just can’t believe what is going on right now. Then, next week, the Democrats, where everyone pretends that Hillary is a progressive and liberal at least until November.

  51. rikyrah says:

    From Redstate about last night:

    In fact, in response to the news that Cruz was going to make a speech that did not explicitly endorse him, Trump intentionally chose to escalate the situation by leaking the news to friendly delegations and instructing them to boo Cruz to make this a bigger deal that it otherwise would have been. If Trump’s delegates had not booed and caused a ruckus, but instead had remained silent or applauded at Cruz’s exhortation to vote for down ticket races, everyone today would be talking about Pence and his speech, and the discussion would be about positive things associated with Trump and Pence and how they are going to move forward after the convention to at least possible victory.

    But that is not what Trump’s supporters are interested in. They are interested in having a constant object of hatred and scorn, and it’s preferred if the target is a Republican. This is the driving force behind their support for Trump, principles be damned. Trump knows it too, which is why he was perfectly happy to let Ted Cruz go on stage, as long as the signal was clearly sent to his supporters that Ted Cruz is supposed to be the new object of hate.

  52. rikyrah says:

    Charles Kinsey, a caretaker for an autistic boy, was shot WITH HIS HANDS UP.

    go to #CharlesKinsey

    on twitter for more info.

  53. rikyrah says:

    Hamilton’s Daveed Diggs is going to join Black-ish for a multi-episode arc.

  54. rikyrah says:

    Did Pence even speak? Listening to the news on the radio, no mention of him. Only Cruz.

  55. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning 😊 , Everyone 😆

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