BBC: Why Trump’s supporters will never abandon him

I realise there’s a cultural war going on and you think your side must win at any cost. I understand your motivation though I strongly disagree with your conclusion. So tell me you are a selfish, racist, bigoted, willfully-misinformed asshole and I will concede that you simply have different moral priorities.[1] But stop giving me these bullshit justifications and rationalisations for your views and actions.


[1] Surprisingly, I have heard not one person admit this.


NYTimes: Donald Trump: The Gateway Degenerate

Devastating opinion piece. One to file away and return to in 100 years time. Show your grand children. Analyse in history class.

“Republicans, blinded by fear and rage, thirsty for power, desperate for a reclamation and reassertion of racial power, have cast their lot with the great deceiver and all their previous deal-breakers are now negotiable.”

Read the full article here.


Show Your Blue Colors Time Capsule Pt 3: The Final 21 Days

Three weeks left guys. 21 days and counting.

We started “Show Your Blue Colors” because H was disappointed that being from Texas her vote “didn’t count.” We can’t take much credit for it, but as it turns out, this may well be the election where Texan votes ABSOLUTELY count.

Latest polls for Texas of “likely voters” put Clinton and Trump neck and neck, with a lot of undecided voters. Clinton already leads among “registered voters.” All it’s going to come down to is TURNING UP!

All you have to do is turn up and vote! Bring a friend. Celebrate your vote. Finally, after four decades, your vote actually counts.:
Trump and Clinton tied in Texas

20 days, or 19, depending on how you count, and which time zone you’re in. These inane debates thankfully over. Running a country is a complex business, not something you can or even should boil down to sound bites. It’s also not a popularity contest.

And to anyone who counts Clinton among the losers (2 on stage, and 300mil in the audience), don’t worry. When I was growing up, I was taught to not argue with stupid people because you’ll both end up looking stupid. Like someone said, it’s like playing chess with a pigeon: no matter how well you play, it’s still gonna shit on the board and strut around like it won. I can’t imagine anything worse than being forced to talk reasonably to Trump.

Peace out. Vote. Help a friend to vote.

18. It is not bias to call some out for lying. It’s not unfair to call someone out for being racist and sexist. It’s not rigged to call someone out for being ignorant, for bullying, for inciting violence and hate. If you can’t see this and you can’t see that you can’t see this, that’s sad for you and those around you but it is still the responsibility of the rest of us to speak up about it.


17. Time to mess with Texas? Yes! Come on, Texas.:
‘It’s surreal’: is a Democratic uprising afoot deep in the heart of Texas?

This use of the threat of litigation as a weapon must be stopped. Tell Trump in November how much you do not support him sueing preemptively the woman he has abused over the years, ordering “special scrutiny” for owners of media critical of him and special prosecutor to make sure Clinton goes to jail (nb. not a special prosecutor to find if she did any wrong. Huge, crucial difference.)
Trump uses Gettysburg address to threaten to sue assault accusers

16. If you can vote already, early or absentee, get that envelope sent out! Things come up and you don’t want to sit this one out by accident!

It DOES matter if Clinton wins by a little or by a lot. We need to show the country and the world that it isn’t 40% that support Trump, that America isn’t a country of 120 mil racists and sexists. It’s just not true. We need everyone to vote. We need the people who don’t normally vote to vote. Please don’t stay silent. Americans have it hard enough overseas without having to apologize for Trump.

15. This used to be taught in the state of Australia, I think they’ve forgotten about it there too now, looking at the political climate over there. Remember: we vote not to get the best party in, but to keep the worst party out.
Looking for Alibrandi video: Keep the worst party out

Friends , Texans, Countrymen, lend me your ears (and hearts)! If the big orange graphic isn’t clear enough, here it is again, early voting starts TOMORROW in TEXAS! Go vote! Take a friend, take your whole family, office team, yoga class, beer appreciation society, neighborhood dogwalking group, book club, dance studio, rock band, whatever! Vote proudly, vote loudly, vote like you mean it!

We got this. Show your blue colors!

14. Long opinion piece from a friend of mine, if you have a half hour to spare (who does(n’t)?). -Punctuation salad-:
Opportunity missed for America (a.k.a. Letter to my girlfriend’s dad)

John Oliver slammed Donald Trump again on ‘Last Week Tonight’ with an Emmy bet

13. Don’t think the election is won and we don’t need you to vote! Remember Brexit! Remember the Colombian Referendum! The majority in both countries did not want those results, and the majority assumed the issue was safe, that common sense would prevail! Besides, the goal is no longer to win, the goal is a big win to show ourselves that we are not a hateful people.

Vote! Vote early! And help a friend to vote!

Every major Florida newspaper just demanded a criminal investigation of Trump

This is the kind of person Trump would surround himself with. I do totally judge people by their friends.:
America’s most racist Asshole Sheriff just got what he deserves

12. Media furore quietened down somewhat now that Trump is down in the polls. This fake calm is disturbing if not outright dangerous. He came through like a coke-rattled rhino but it wasn’t the political class he destroyed, it was America the country and all the progress we have fought and suffered for. The more we do now to reclaim this election, the easier it will be to rebuild what he has destroyed. We need to show ourselves and the world who we are and who we are not. Don’t let the country down with 40% of the popular vote still hanging on this embarrassment.:
Why Texas is closer to turning blue than it has been in decades

11. More republican racism. It’s racism all the way down. Making Trump doesn’t get in is important but don’t forget the Governors, Senators and Congresspeople. There are so many disgusting people in the GOP. Just as important as keeping from becoming President is getting these Republicans out of office. They’re killing the country and the ironic thing is that their support base are the ones suffering the worst.:
Republican Mark Kirk singles out Asian heritage of Iraq veteran rival Tammy Duckworth

‘He’s a deadbeat’: even Donald Trump’s own lawyers are suing him

10. Polls in Texas still hovering about 3% in favor of Trump. People are more likely to vote when they think their vote counts! Scattered reports of alleged voter fraud by Republican-leaning voters and officials won’t make any difference if we all just vote! Democrats are in the strong majority even in Texas, we just need to vote!

9. Reasons to not vote Part 1: There is no sexism in America. Women are treated as equals in the workplace and society in general. Women are given sufficient maternity leave and both parents are supported in the raising of children. Unpaid work done by women (predominantly) is recognized and appreciated. Women receive equal pay for equal work. Women are not subject to sexual harassment, sexual assault on a daily basis. A woman can be President.


8. Reasons not to vote Part II: There is no racism in America. Minorities are not oppressed or discriminated against. The Republican Party is not trying to keep minorities from exercising their right to vote. Police are not shooting and killing innocent black people (black people have always been innocent before the law until proven guilty). Privileged white people, poor black people, armed white militia and peaceful indigenous protesters are treated equally in the eyes of the American criminal justice system.

The R.N.C.’s ‘Don’t get out the vote’ drives

Group accuses Mike Pence of voter suppression after state police raid registration program in Indiana

North Carolina’s deliberate discrimination against black voters

5 terrible acts of voter discrimination the Voting Rights Act prevented – but won’t anymore

Critics see efforts by counties and towns to purge minority voters from rolls

Longtime Republican consultant: if black people voted Republican, voter ID laws wouldn’t happen

7. Reasons not to vote Part III: There is no poverty in America. There are no homeless people. Everyone has enough to eat and clothes to stay warm and a roof over their heads. If you’re sick or injured or disabled, you will be looked after. Medicine and medical care is affordable. If you lose your job, you will be supported in your search for a new position. Every person is treated with dignity.

6. Reasons not to vote Part IV: Elected officials in America always act in the best interests of the people. They work for the people and are accountable for their decisions. Congresspeople and Senators always look after the interests of their electorate and area accountable for their decisions. American police serve the people and are are always held accountable for their actions. The military protects the people and are 100% accountable for their actions. Judges are fair and unbiased and remain accountable for their decisions.

5. We have invested so many hours and so much emotional energy in this election because we believe it to be an important moment in American and international politics that has already and will continue to affect people for generations to come. We are all tired. Even the most enthusiastic among us groan innerly when faced with another article, another meme, another opinion piece. In five days I will lay down my pen and close this book, take some time to rebuilt my mental health, before resuming the fight or some other fight. I will do so knowing that, whoever becomes the next President, I have done all I can and given all I could, with one exception, but it was something that would have caused more, and more immediate, hurt, and even in the circumstances, serious as they are, it was not an action that I felt could be taken, and it was not my right to take it. This does not mean that if Trump becomes President, I will be able to any better live with the outcome or the consequences. Having done everything I could will not change that. This is my confession.

Just give me Texas!

I feel her pain. What it must take to keep going when about you is ignorance trying to tear you down. Hold on, Hillary!
Hillary’s humiliating low road to White House

I refuse to accept that it is okay for friends, neighbors, family to support a presidential candidate who encourages the denigration of women, the discrimination against blacks and latinos, the persecution of people based on religion, the elimination of political opponents, and the exacerbation of inequality and poverty. If more people spoke up about these issues instead of saying, Well let’s just agree to disagree, maybe things will one day change for the better.:
These Dallas neighbors show you can support Trump or Clinton

Trump and RNC can’t do anything but lie because they’ve convinced lying is a core value.:
Trump campaign and Republicans paid $1.8m to companies mired in voter fraud claims

The Trump campaign’s reaction to an unarmed protester wasn’t just wrong. it was scary.

Hello America: To paraphrase a trainwreck of a presidential campaign, this really is our chance to make America great again. Listen.

The right-wing UKIP party succeeded in its anti-immigration, anti-foreigner campaign to force the UK to withdraw from the EU. In Russia, Putin has just about finished his political manoeuvering to rule uncontested for the foreseeable future. China is still the largest dictatorship in the world. The President of the Philippines is on his way to front row seats at the ICC. Hungary and Poland are both often already referred to as proto-dictatorships. Erdogan is removing every and any opposition in Turkey. Election year in France and Germany in 2017, xenophobic parties in both countries are expected to win large shares of the vote.

In this international climate of hate and fear, IF we can just keep Trump away from the presidency, as little as that is (and yes it has come to this sad, tragic minimum), it would be bucking the trend, it would be a victory for democracy. Then America can start showing the world that an open, progressive, intelligent society will always prevail in the long run.

This is what my girlfriend H. means by hope, and I’m with her.

An intelligent, well written article by a Republican.:

Is there life after Trump?

The majority of Americans support openness, fairness, kindness and progress. Texas is no exception. Sometimes it doesn’t reflect in the election polls but the people on the ground, face-to-face with their friends, family and neighbors know this to be true. A Blue Texas? Why not. Go out and vote. Take all your friends with you. Drive safe, stay safe, and good luck everybody!

Who is to blame for this awful US election?

Textbook narcissist, textbook sociopath. Read all about it.:
Inside Donald Trump’s last stand: an anxious nominee seeks assurance


Show Your Blue Colors Time Capsule Pt 2


Trump belittles Harry Reid’s injury, gets deserved response

Let’s end this already. Stop supporting this toxic person.

Imagine, for a second, if a foreign politician said and did the things Trump has said and done, we’d be laughing our heads off at that country, when we’re not condemning it. That’s exactly what people in other countries are doing, laughing at America and with good reason, those that are still capable of laughing through the horror and tears wept for the meanness of Trump and his supporters.:
Trump security should be disarmed, says Trump

“It’s frightening. Our politics, because of him, is descending to the level of a third-world country. There’s just nothing beneath him. And I don’t know why we would think he would change if he became president. That’s what’s really scary.”
Donald Trump’s anything-goes campaign set’s an alarming political precedent


 The September 15 Texas Lyceum Poll of “likely voters” has Trump leading Clinton 42% to 36%. However, in the same poll, when looking at ALL registered voters, Clinton leads Trump 39% to 35%!

This means: YOUR VOTE COUNTS!Register to Vote – Help a Friend Register to Vote – Vote!

Count me in!
Hating Trump is not enough – we need to talk about why Hillary Clinton rules

All these public officials coming out of the woodwork with their ignorant racist remarks and swiftly finding that the only person allowed to be racist in America is Donald Trump. It’s a little funny.

There have always been racist and bigoted people, in the US, in the whole world. Many know that it’s wrong and work very hard to overcome it in themselves. Others, less hard. One of the problems with Trump’s presidential candidacy, with his remarks about and attitudes towards Mexicans, Muslims, latinos, black people, Native Americans is that many people now think that it’s okay to be racist and bigoted again, and openly.

A month ago, Maine Governor Paul LePage made international news for his racist and obscene remarks (1), prompting calls for his resignation which I hope have not yet quietened. More recently, Kathy Miller, Republican campaign chair of Mahoning, Ohio claimed that there was no racism until Obama got elected, among other ignorant and racist remarks (2); she promptly resigned when her comments were reported. Then yesterday, North Carolina congressman Robert Pittenger claimed in an interview that black people hate white people “because white people are successful and they’re not” (3), drawing swift criticism and condemnation. Pittenger apologised soon after but not without backpedallinging and blaming others. Hopefully there will be consequences too for his ignorant bigotry.


“After many months of careful consideration, of prayer and searching my own conscience”, Ted Cruz realised suddenly he didn’t have one.:
All the things Ted Cruz has said about Trump

That’s just in ONE week. Unfortunately his supporters continue to dismiss these FACTS, most of which we have on tape/video, as just liberal media trying to pull him down. Yes, liberal media is trying to pull him down because Trump needs to be pulled down. This was unacceptable at the start and is unacceptable now, 12 months later and will be unacceptable four years from now.:
A week of whoppers from Trump

Speak up!
Senator Elizabeth Warren video

There’s a catch, Catch 22: The country is not broken, unless we elect Trump. But we’re electing Trump, which means the country is broken.:
Trump? How could we?

The question becomes impossible to avoid.:
Trump may not have paid Federal taxes for 18 years

This disgusting man as President. And he threatens to bring up Bill Clinton’s affair to shame Hillary.

Are you scared yet?
Donald Trump reportedly pressured his second wife to appear in Playboy

Is it too much to hope that Trump takes both Christie and Giuliani down with him?

“The genius of Donald Trump is to make sure he follows the law … and politically he has said he is going to change these laws,” Christie said.

Yes, he has said he will lower taxes for the wealthy.
Chris Christie: Bombshell Trump tax piece is actually good for his campaign

It’s still not too late to swing Texas, please!!!
Texas newspaper destroys the myth that Hillary Clinton is the lesser of two evils

What to get a billionaire narcissist who has it all: a $20,000 portrait of himself paid out of charitable donations. And maybe paying off an attorney general looking to investigate his ‘university’?
New York orders Trump Foundation to stop taking donations in state

So beautiful!
PantSuitPower flashmob

Oh how can he not get the irony?

Harder, Melania Trump’s lawyer, says: “I’m an advocate of responsible free press, but when people choose to tell lies about others, they’re exposing themselves. Sometimes when people lie and lie, they become emboldened that they can get away with anything, and then they tell bigger and bigger lies …”

No, I’m sure he sleeps well at night.:
Hollywood lawyer who fought Gawker goes to bat for Melania Trump

The media has had their fun, played for effect, sold their papers. Time now to get serious.

The list is long of newspapers and magazines endorsing Clinton, including:
-Dallas Morning News
-Dallas Voice
-Corpus Christi Caller Times
-El Paso Times

Also big names:
-New York Times
-Los Angeles Times
-Rolling Stone

Guarantee more to come in the coming days.:
Against Donald Trump

This disgusting man.:
Trump says he insulted women for ‘entertainment’

Review of new biography of Hitler. Have a look at the bullet point summary from half way down. (Of course it’s a bit of a historiographical nightmare.)
In ‘Hitler,’ an ascent from ‘dunderhead’ to demagogue

Donald Trump the clear winner in New Hampshire debate featuring only himself (Guardian)

In light of recent trump recording, perfect time to remind GOP of who you are supporting. I really hope it bites you in your collective butt.:
Ayotte walks back Trump role model comments

Hey, not bad.:
Robert De Niro video

Dan Rather’s post

Names to watch in the coming days:
-Paul Ryan
-Mitch McConnell
-Ted Cruz
-Marco Rubio
-John McCain
-Chris Christie
-Rudy Giuliani

That was quick. One down: McCain.:
John McCain withdraws support for Donald Trump over sex boast tape

Coward Rubio, hope he goes down in flames:
Patrick Murphy calls on ‘coward’ Rubio to withdraw Trump endorsement

“Because you’d be in jail.” This was the most terrifying moment for me. I’m glad someone at the Times picked up on it. I hope others did too.

Talking like the dictator that he wants to be, Trump has no understanding or respect for the rule of law. He believes he is above the law. He promises to make sure his political opponent goes to jail if he wins. If I were in charge of the law, he says, you’d be in jail. And then the people applauded. So grab the torches, assemble the mob, it’s the end of the 1800s again, when people were lynched and America was great.:
What we’re watching for in the second debate

Another for the black list. Who is electing these people?
GOP senator says grabbing a woman’s genital not sexual assault

Down, down, down! Here’s to Trump dragging the whole disgusting mess down with him.

Even Trump’s campaign manager admits she “knew of GOP lawmakers who forced themselves on young women and were hypocrites for shunning Trump.” Well, what else are they supposed to say, Kerryanne, they find Trump’s behaviour towards women noble? And what kind of response is that anyway, when your boss comments about grabbing women by their genitals, to say his friends do it too?

But this is my favourite line: “To one half of his own party, Ryan will forever be the man who betrayed Trump. To the other half, he will forever be the man who stood aside while Trump wrecked the place.”

Paul Ryan can’t escape from Trump’s shipwreck of the Republican Party

“He is the logical extension of misogyny, racism, privilege and anti-intellectualism.”
Donald Trump, the worst of America

On the lighter, but still pretty horrible, side:
“Fellow patriot REUBEN. As one of Trump’s very best supporters, you are our country’s only hope. Every single Republican is counting on you. I want to make you proud, Reuben.”
My secret life as a Texan Trump supporter

See here for Show Your Blue Colors Time Capsule Part 3: The Final 21 Days.