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What Castro Has Wrought, Let Trump Rend Asunder!

I have lived in Miami since 1992 and for nearly that entire time the Cuban exile community, as it is called down here, has been monolithic in its loyalty to the Republican Party and a force to be reckoned with for anyone wanting to hold elected office. All any Republican politician, whether running for U.S. Senate, Congress, mayor or dogcatcher, had to do was have a last name that ended with a vowel an S or a Z, show up and drop a couple of anti-Castro comments, promise to maintain the embargo until that Communist sumbitch was dead, and collect the solid Cuban vote wrapped up in a corn meal tamale.

I recall clearly a campaign stop then Sen. Barack Obama made in Miami at the ancient and rather small and dingy Miami Auditorium in late 2007. Although Obama was still pretty much a cipher to most Americans, he was considered enough of a threat to merit an official Cuban demonstration across the street from the venue, complete with waving fists, angry chants and grammatically innovative signs. It was almost as if they sensed that Obama was going to open up Cuba, lo, these eight years later, which was at the time anathema to the Miami Cuban bloc.

But with the arrival in Havana yesterday of the first U.S. cruise ship in almost 50 years and with Donald Trump seemingly intent on shredding the GOP, it appears it’s the end of an era, or “error,” as the wags like it. Indeed a Miami Herald article today sports this headline: Will Donald Trump drive Miami Cuban Americans from GOP? New poll says yes.

Local Cuban Americans dislike Trump so much — and are increasingly so accepting of renewed U.S.-Cuba ties pushed by Democratic President Barack Obama — that Trump’s likely presidential nomination might accentuate the voters’ political shift away from the GOP, according to the survey shared with the Miami Herald and conducted by Dario Moreno, a Coral Gables pollster and a Florida International University associate politics professor.

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After Mike Tyson’s Conviction on Rape Charges, Trump Came out Swinging – Against Tyson’s Victim

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Trump in 1992 attacking victim after Mike Tyson was convicted of rape

Among the latest controversies bubbling up around the Trump campaign is the endorsement of Trump last week by former boxer and convicted rapist, Mike Tyson. This sort of unwanted attention would likely hobble a normal presidential candidate for at least a news cycle or two — but Trump, who has built his campaign on misogyny and racism, has absorbed the notorious rapist’s endorsement without missing a beat.

Now Buzzfeed has found a video clip from an NBC News report at the time of Tyson’s rape conviction in which Trump accused Tyson’s victim — an 18-year-old beauty queen — of asking for it.

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Bienvenido a California, Señor Trump

Protesters carry a Donald Trump balloon carrying a KKK hood at a May Day march in Los Angeles.
Protesters carry a Donald Trump balloon carrying a KKK hood at a May Day march in Los Angeles.

From the Los Angeles Times:

Thousands of people took to the streets in the annual May Day marches in downtown Los Angeles and Boyle Heights on Sunday to advocate for immigration reform, police accountability and an end to racism.

The diverse array of protesters shared one thing in common: all were offended by something Donald Trump had said. The Republican presidential candidate literally loomed over one of the rallies in the form of a giant balloon effigy carrying a Ku Klux Klan hood.

“He’s plastic, he doesn’t have a heart, he doesn’t have a brain,” organizer Francisco Moreno said, as he gestured at the swaying effigy. “We’re not going to vote for Trump!”

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

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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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Calculate Your Trump Score — If You Dare!

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Take the Free Trump Score survey to see how you would fare under a President Donald Trump.

I scored 648, which makes me “A very bad person, sad!” My fate? A stay at the Trump Resort Guantanamo Bay.

Tell us how you fared in the comments.

Generic Campaign Commercials Are More Civil

This might be a commercial for a stock video footage company, but it’s a pretty compelling generic presidential candidate ad nonetheless.

U.S. Brewery Proposes Line of Anti-Trump Brews

download-1-350x350A U.S. brewery has launched a line of anti-Donald Trump beers under the tagline, “Friends Don’t Let Friends Vote Drumpf.”

The Dock Street Brewery in Philadelphia announced the line of beers via its website, using the name “Drumpf” as a reference to political comedian John Oliver’s popular “Make Donald Drumpf Again” meme. Trump’s family anglicized their German surname’s spelling after immigrating to the United States.

The first beer in the series, whose debut is still shrouded in mystery, is to be called Short-Fingered Stout.

The Danger of Mixing Caffeine and Politics

Florida Gov. Rick Scott received a well-deserved tongue-lashing when he stopped in this Gainesville, Florida, Starbucks.

Esurance Wins April Fool’s Day with Election Insurance Ad

Trump or Cruz? Either way, we’re all moving to Canada (ironic that we might be fleeing the Canadian by moving to the land of his birth and first six years), so get your election insurance now!

Poll: Clinton Leads Trump by 31 Percentage Points in California

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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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