Author Archives: Jon Ponder

The Donald’s Top Lobbyist Assures the RNC That Trump’s ‘Dirtbag Don’ Persona Is All an Act

Paul Manafort
Paul Manafort
After railing against Washington lobbyists for months, Donald Trump recently hired one of the worst of the breed to run his campaign. Paul Manafort, a former partner in the D.C. powerhouse lobbying firm, Black, Manafort, Stone and Kelly and now a principal at Davis, Manafort, has a client list that, according to right-leaning Politico, has been described as “the torturers’ lobby.” Manafort’s clients have included Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos; Mobutu Sese Seko, the longtime military dictator of Zaire; Angolan guerrilla Jonas Savimbi; the I.S.I., an alleged front group for Pakistani intelligence; and Ukrainian strongman and Putin ally Viktor Yanukovych.

But in his first major outing representing the Donald, uber-lobbyist Manafort committed the ultimate D.C. insider gaffe — he got caught on tape revealing that his client’s Dirtbag Don persona is all an act intended to fool rubes in the GOP base into supporting him.

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Poll: Clinton Leads Trump by 31 Percentage Points in California


In this most unpredictable of all presidential campaign seasons, there is at least one thing that can be counted on to hold true.

California remains a reliable stronghold for the Democratic Party, in general — and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, specifically.

That assumption is based on recent polling in the Golden State, including a well-respected USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll released today.

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Trump Supporter: He Reminds Me of a Five Year Old Child, But I’m Voting for Him Anyway

I’ve never voted for anyone like him. He seems very arrogant and outspoken and he reminds me of my kindergarten students: whatever he thinks in his head, he says. I don’t know if I can trust him, but I like that he’s different. He’s made me a believer.

– Denise McLemore, 56, a kindergarten teacher from Lexington, N.C., explaining her support for Donald Trump to a pollster for Bloomberg News. The poll found that Trump is viewed favorably by just 29 percent of Americans, even while about two-thirds of Republicans support him.

Trump Meets with the Washington Post Editorial Board, Discusses the Size of His Hands


The 2016 campaign for the U.S. presidency will likely always be remembered as the first time (and, let’s hope, the last) that a candidate’s genitals became an issue.

The candidate in question is Donald Trump, of course. And for everyone who is familiar with Trump’s history before he entered the presidential race, it is hardly surprising that he’s dragged presidential political discourse down to this unprecedented level of vulgarity.

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Secret of Trump’s Success: The ‘Liberal Media’ Has Given Him a Free Ride


Statistics on media coverage of the 2016 presidential race reveal how Donald Trump has managed to dominate the race. He did by commandeering media coverage and using the time to promote his brand of racist demagoguery.

The media has been complicit, of course, because it turns out that inflaming race hatred in America is good for ratings.

Amy Goodman laid it all on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” on Sunday.

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Trump the Vulgarian: Claims Mitt Romney Would Have Performed Oral Sex on Him to Get His Endorsement in 2012

Trump and Romney
Trump and Romney

Just when you thought the Republican presidential race couldn’t go any lower, Donald Trump said this today about former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, whom he endorsed in the 2012 presidential campaign:

TRUMP: “He was begging for my endorsement. I could have said, ‘Mitt, drop to your knees,’ he would have dropped to his knees.”

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Trump at Houston Debate: ‘I Don’t Repeat Myself. I Don’t Repeat Myself.’

No, I’m not—no, no, no, no. No, no, no. I don’t repeat myself. I don’t repeat myself.

– Donald Trump repeating himself during the Feb. 25, 2016, Republican presidential debate in Houston.

Trump Only Won a Plurality of the GOP Latino Vote in Nevada


In his victory speech after winning the Nevada caucuses, Donald Trump said, “And you know what I’m really happy about? No. 1 with Hispanics. I’m really happy about that.” It is true he got more votes than his rivals, but he won with a plurality. Bill Moyers writes, “In one of a number of fine interventions at MSNBC, Lawrence O’Donnell pointed out that something on the order of 1,800 Latinos voted in the Nevada GOP caucuses, of whom perhaps 800 voted for Trump, i.e. 44 percent of this tiny group. Trump lost the vote of even this small group of hard right Latinos, since 56 percent of them voted for someone else. There are 800,000 Latinos in the state of Nevada (pop. 2.8 million). In 2012, 70 percent of Latinos voted for Barack Obama, while Mitt Romney got 25 percent. My guess is that Trump can’t do as well among them as Romney did.” Eight hundred out of 800,000 is just 0.1%.

Trump: ‘We won with poorly educated — I love the poorly educated’

We won with poorly educated — I love the poorly educated.

– Donald Trump, in his victory speech after winning the Nevada caucuses.

Trump’s ‘Dean Scream?’ – Turn out the Lights!

Trump screaming about lighting
Trump screaming about lighting

A protester briefly sabotaged a Trump rally yesterday by switching off the stage lights. Caught in the dark in mid-rant on the stage, Trump went first addressed the situation with sarcasm and then went into a rage — displaying the sort of seemingly erratic behavior that disqualified at least one candidate in the past.

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