“A couple of weeks ago I compared Trumps’ comeback tour to the circus, full of sideshow acts and clowns. I later got an email from an expert on the circus industry. This person pointed out that comparison actually was not fair.
“Because unlike the chaos of Trump world, a circus is carefully composed and organized. That’s a great point. Comparing Trump to a clown is most definitely an insult to clowns. He’s more like one of those mask-hating customers at the grocery store.
“You’ve seen them. A Karen, or whatever the name would be in Trump’s case. You can almost hear him saying, ‘I want to talk to the manager about the election, I want to talk to the manager of Twitter or Facebook.’”
This is truly spot-on. Watch below – the report includes video of Trump’s press events which are carefully staged to pretend to be ‘presidential’ instead of being held in front of a golf club.
Charter, 22, told TPM by phone that he and Clayton organized the prank in order to “honor Trump’s relationship with Putin.” He said almost no one at CPAC seemed to realize the flag he handed them bore the horizontal red, white, and blue stripes of the Russian Federation underneath Trump’s name.
“I asked people if they wanted a Trump flag and they took it,” Charter said. “Many Trump supporters were proudly waving their Russian Trump flag.”
“I think it says a lot about Donald Trump’s base and their education level,” he said. “I don’t want to insult anyone, but I think you should know what the Russian flag is. They are one of the world’s major powers, and it’s a pretty easily recognized flag.”
CPAC staff quickly confiscated the flags, but not before the embarrassing image went viral on social media.
Crowd at CPAC waving these little pro-Trump flags that look exactly like the Russian flag. Staffers quickly come around to confiscate them. pic.twitter.com/YhPpkwFCNc
Earlier today, I posted about professional conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopolous’ comments regarding young boys and adult men on the “Drunken Peasants” podcast last year which came to light in the past day.
The scandal erupted just a day after the American Conservative Union had asked Milo to be the keynote speaker this week at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
Just minutes ago, CPAC rescinded the invite based on the offensive comments made by Milo in the videos.
It turns out there is something in the world that’s too extreme for CPAC.
The “un-invite” reads in part:
“Due to the revelation of an offensive video in the past 24 hours condoning pedophilia, the American Conservative Union has decided to rescind the invitation of Milo Yiannopolous to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
“We realize that Mr. Yiannopolous has responded on Facebook, but it is insufficient. It is up to him to answer the ought questions and we urge him to immediately further address these disturbing comments.”
See the full statement below (click to enlarge image).
Interesting that Donald Trump would cancel a speaking gig at the Conservative Political Action Conference at the last minute. The Trumpster was scheduled to speak at the conference on Saturday at 8:30am.
I’m guessing he’s feeling pretty confident about his candidacy that he can blow off the CPAC folks.
Or, maybe he’s feeling a bit burned from his disastrous showing at the Republican debate last night?
Perhaps it wasn’t a big enough crowd for him?
Here’s the announcement the Trump campaign sent to CPAC:
The Donald J. Trump for President Campaign has just announced it will be in Witchita, Kanasas for a major rally on Saturday prior to Caucus. He will also be speaking at the Kansas Caucus and then departing for Orlando, Florida and a crowd of approximately 20,000 people or more. Because of this, he will not be able to speak at CPAC as he has done for many consecutive years. Mr. Trump would like to thank Matt Schlapp and all of the executives at CPAC and looks forward to returning to next year, hopefully as President of the United States.
The CPAC peeps were not thrilled:
Very disappointed @realDonaldTrump has decided at the last minute to drop out of #CPAC — his choice sends a clear message to conservatives.
Yesterday at CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference), Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker compared a president standing up against ISIS to his standing up to protesting union workers in his state:
“I want a commander in chief who will do everything in their power to ensure that the threat from radical Islamic terrorists does not wash up on American soil,” Walker said, adding, “If I can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the world.”
Once that sh*t hit the fan, he sought to “clarify” his statement saying “if I could handle that kind of a pressure and kind of intensity, I think I’m up for the challenge for whatever might come, if I choose to run for president.”
Today, however, AFSCME (the country’s largest public service employees union) issued a press release demanding an apology for comparing American union workers to terrorists:
We’re not going to stand by and let Scott Walker smear hard-working Americans, simply because the exercise their first amendment freedom to disagree with him. You don’t attack good men and women who give their time every day to make this country a better place.
To compare the 100,000 men and women who stood up in Madison and called Governor Walker out for his attack on workers’ freedom to terrorists is disgusting. That’s the desperate act of a craven, career politician, not a leader whose values are aligned with what this country stands for. In Madison, we marched alongside military veterans, firefighters, police officers, nurses, librarians and teachers. There were senior citizens and children. College students and clergy.
This cannot stand, Governor Walker, and the nation deserves an apology.
As this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) wound down, it was announced that Sen. Rand Paul won the 2014 CPAC Straw Poll with 31%.
Paul won last year also with 25%.
Among others who placed, it was notable that last year’s second place finisher in the poll, Marco Rubio, fell from 23% to 6% this year. That may be in part to his public position on immigration reform.
The Paul family is a long time favorite at CPAC. Sen. Rand Paul’s father, Ron Paul, won the poll in 2010 and 2011. Mitt Romney won in 2012 just before clinching the GOP nomination for president. Rand Paul has won two years in a row now.
The last winner of the CPAC straw poll to become president was George Bush in 2000.
I posted earlier about Oliver North speaking at CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) which is the right-wing’s favorite week to try and “out cheer-lead” each other as speaker after speaker and conference panel after conference panel tries to make the movement sound like the most rational folks on earth. Which, by the way, they aren’t.
Just to show you how loose the rhetoric gets, earlier today during a panel called “Can Libertarians and Social Conservatives Ever Get Along?,” conservative commentator Michael Medved flatly stated “There has never been a state in this country that has ever banned gay marriage.”
No punchline. That was it. No state had ever denied same-sex couples marriage rights.
As everyone in American knows (and anyone who reads The Randy Report) 30 states specifically prohibit same-sex marriage. Only 17 states plus Washington DC allow for marriage equality.
This is what goes on at these things. A WHOLE lot of misinformation.
To be honest, it’s hard to understand what Oliver North is really saying.
As one in a long grey line of conservatives throwing red meat to their base at CPAC, Ollie spoke today saying that the GOP must remain firm in working to ban marriage equality and abortion rights just as abolitionists in the 1800s fought to end slavery, warning that “if we as conservatives cease to be a place where people of faith and those who believe in strong moral values can come, we will cease to be a political force in America.”
So fighting against equal rights for the gays is like fighting for freedom for slaves…? SRSLY.
You do remember this is the man who diverted proceeds from the sales of US weapons to support the Contra rebel groups in Nicaragua. You’ll also remember that was illegal.