Author Archives: Jon Ponder

Trump Family’s Latest Crime: Plagiarism

It’s the story of the day. In her speech at the Republican Convention last night, Melania Trump plagiarized a section of a speech that Michelle Obama delivered at the Democratic Convention in 2008.

The Trump campaign is responding by denying reality, blaming others for their own mendacity and ineptitude and by trying desperately to make the whole story go away.

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Report: Ivanka Played Shill in Her Father’s Trump Baja Resort Scam

Site of the Trump Baja resort; inset: Ivanka Trump and her father
Site of the Trump Baja resort; inset: Ivanka Trump and her father

After winning a behind-the-scenes power play in which she ousted campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, Ivanka Trump has assumed a larger role in her father’s presidential campaign.

This change has heartened worried Republican elites. Ivanka’s public persona is a stark contrast from her father’s. He is a hotheaded, conspiracy-theory spouting vulgarian. She is poised and comes off as smart and cool. He is a world-class con artist. She seems to be squeaky clean.

But an investigation by the Los Angles Times into one Donald Trump’s many failed real estate ventures found that Ivanka, along with her brother, Donald Jr., played a supporting role in one of her father’s cons, a real estate deal in Baja, Mexico, that plundered the life savings of hundreds of unwitting condo buyers from Southern California.

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Trump Scalped


Fox News: Britain Votes to Leave UN

Found on Twitter
Found on Twitter

Apparently Fox News does not understand the Brexit vote.

Ad for Sig Sauer MCX – the Killing Machine Used in the Orlando Massacre

Luckovich: In Case of Mass Shooting Break Glass

Mike Luckovich
Mike Luckovich

Trump: ‘Look at My African-American Over Here!’

TRUMP, At minute 00:45: “Look at my African American over here. Look at him,” Trump said pointing. “Are you the greatest? Do you know what I am talking about? OK.”

California Polls Find a Tight Race in the Democratic Primary, Trump Trounced in the Fall

According to the California Secretary of State, the number of Republicans registered to vote in the state is 4.7 million, or 27.5 percent of all registered voters. This is 200,000 fewer voters than the 4.9 million (28.8 percent) voters registered in other parties or as independents — and 2.8 million fewer than the 7.5 million registered Democrats, who comprise 43.7 percent of registered voters.

With the California primary just days away, 21 percent of Democrats and independents have already voted, and among them Hillary Clinton leads Bernie Sanders by 17 percentage points, 58 to 41 percent, according to polling from NBC News and the Wall Street Journal. Clinton and Sanders are tied, 46 to 46 percent, among the 24 percent who plan to vote absentee. Among the remaining 55 percent who plan to vote in person next Tuesday, 50 percent say they plan to vote for Sanders and 47 percent will vote for Clinton.

The poll also finds that Clinton leads in Los Angeles, the state’s most populous and diverse area, 54 to 40 percent, which is perhaps not surprising — but she also leads 54 percent to 44 percent in the ultra-liberal Bay Area, which would seem to be Sanders country. Sanders is ahead in the inland/valley Red counties, 54 to 44 percent, and the coastal region, 58 to 36 percent.

In the general election, NBC/WSJ found Clinton beating Donald Trump by 24 points, 55 to 31 percent.

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Source Close to Speaker Ryan: Trump Secretly Plans to Cut Social Security If Elected

A report by Josh Green in Bloomberg News on May 26 included a bombshell that could put Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on the defensive, if the mainstream media were to pick it up.

Buried 20 or so paragraphs into the piece, which focuses on Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus’ world of woe — and released on the day before the Memorial Day holiday — is a claim from a source who appears to be close to Speaker Paul Ryan that Donald Trump secretly plans to cut Social Security and other entitlements if he’s elected president.

The exchanged occurred when Trump met with Ryan earlier this month, expecting to be endorsed by Speaker Ryan, who was the vice presidential nominee on the ticket with Trump’s nemesis, Mitt Romney. Here’s what Josh Green reported:

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Poll: Voters Prefer Actual Head Lice to Human Louse Trump


Donald Trump’s campaign to crown himself the perennial Olbermann-esque “Worst Person in the World” is working. By campaigning as the prototypical louse — a misogynistic, racist, xenophobic serial philanderer and pathological liar — he’d already become the most disliked presidential candidate in the history of polling. Now a new poll from PPP finds that he is less popular even than actual head lice, traffic jams, used car salesmen, hipsters, the DMV, jury duty, root canals and even Nickelback.

Rachel Maddow broke the story last night.

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