Monday, March 21, 2016

Most Ridiculous Moment – March 20, 2016

"Demagogue"

It was quite a day on the Sunday talk shows, with conservatives working through their various stages of grief over the Presidential race; a candidate with one win insisting he will be the nominee; the Senate leader twisting himself into a pretzel to justify ignoring the President's Supreme Court nominee; and the leading Presidential candidate justifying an assault because 
of bad language and wait times.

Linsdey Graham was on Face The Nation, where he called Donald Trump “an interloper and a demagogue of the greatest proportion," and said he would be “an absolute, utter disaster for the Republican Party, and 
destroy conservatism as we know it." 

He called for Governor Jon Kasich to drop out and support the much disliked Ted Cruz to stop Trump, and commented, “Mideast politics to me seem to be less of a mess 
right now than the Republican Party.”

The two conservative panelists on Meet The Press, Rich Lowry and Sarah Fagen, blasted the leading Republican candidate for President, while Lowry went after one of 
the two remaining Trump opponents, calling 
Jon Kasich “selfish and delusional.”

The beleagured head of the RNC, Reice Priebus, showed up to concede an open convention is possible, and the nominee may not be the initial leader in delegates. 
On violence at Trump rallies, he said, 
“look, it's obviously not completely in my control what happens at these rallies and what people say and do.”

Jon Kasich appeared on Meet The Press to respond to calls for him to drop out and back Ted Cruz to prevent Donald Trump from getting the Republican nomination. Kasich said “Well, maybe Ted ought to get out, because he can't win in the fall.”

Kasich, who still has fewer delegates 
than Marco Rubio, insisted no one will win the nomination with delegates, and that he will be given the nomination 
at the convention.

He argued, “do you know why I'll get picked? Because I can win in the fall. And secondly, because I have the experience and the record to lead this country.” He then persuasively pointed out, “You know, Chuck, if I didn't
think that, I wouldn't be running.”

Kasich also said when he's President he would consider appointing Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. Chuck Todd was then forced to inform viewers that “following that interview with John Kasich, he walked back his comments on Merrick Garland.”

Also on NBC, Senate leader Mitch McConnell came on to say it's a matter of great principle to reject any nominee by the President to Supreme Court because it's been a long time since “the last time a Presidential appointment was confirmed by a Senate of the opposite party when the vacancy occurred in a Presidential year.” 

He also said despite the process clearly laid out in the Constitution for appointing a justice, there are higher authorities, like 
Joe Biden and Chuck Schumer.

He also complained, “you've got a nominee that MoveOn.org is extremely enthusiastic about,” and said “I don't think it's a good idea to move the court to the left. But that's not really the issue here. It's not the person.
It's the principle.”

But the most disturbing moments came on ABC's This Week, in George Stephanopoulos' interview with Donald Trump.

With a second incident of a Trump supporter sucker-punching a protester, George asked him what he will do to stop his supporters from committing assaults. Trump responded by by proudly pointing out Sheriff Joe arrested the protesters.

When Stephanopoulos asked again, Trump complained that protesters made some supporters wait before they could get into his rally. George asked if this justifies punching and kicking a protester. Trump said, “Well, you know, he or his partner was wearing a 
Ku Klux Klan outfit,” which was 
“very, very insensitive.”

Stephanopoulos observed, “You appear to be excusing the kicking and punching.” Trump replied, “Frankly, you know, it was a tough thing to watch. And I watched that. But why would a protester walk into a room with a 
Ku Klux Klan outfit on?”

Stephanopoulos pointed out the protester was wearing wearing an American flag right, and asked again, incredulously, “So, you're not going to condemn the protester who kicked and punched that person?”

Trump did not condemn the protester, saying only “We don't condone violence,” and adding some supporters “were delayed for an hour because of these protesters,” and complained that protesters had signs with profanity.

Stephanopoulos asked him why his campaign manager is physically fighting with protesters. Trump explained, “the police were a little bit lax,” and “they had signs up in that area that were horrendous,” and said, “I give him credit for having spirit. He wanted them to take down those horrible profanity-laced signs.”

So, Trump is a demagogue, Kasich is delusional and the GOP is pinning its hopes on the most hated man in the U.S. Senate; the man currently in fourth place in delegates thinks he should be given the nomination because, well, he thinks he's great; Constitutional Bidenist Mitch McConnell says it's a matter of principle that the Senate ignore respect centrist Merrick Garland because he might be different from Antonin Scalia; and grabbing, punching and kicking protesters deserves credit because the 
police are lazy, there was bad language and people had to wait to get into an event.

And that's the most ridiculous thing that happened this Sunday.

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