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"Pharma bro" Martin Shkreli: I would only vote Trump "if someone put a gun to my head"

Infamous former pharma CEO Martin Shkreli says he didn’t endorse presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump last week.

In a series of tweets on Monday, Shkreli said he “would never vote for Trump.”

“If someone put a gun to my head and made me vote, I would vote Trump over Hillary,” he said. “If you think that’s an endorsement, knock yourself out.”

Shkreli added that he will be “abstaining” from voting thus year “in protest of crap candidates.

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/281677-infamous-ex-pharma-ceo-martin-shkreli-i-didnt-endorse

As Molly Ivins would have said, I think it sounded better in the original German.


"Politicians have used you and stolen your votes. They have given you nothing. I will give you everything. I will give you what you've been looking for to 50 years. I'm the only one."
--- Donald Trump

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2016/05/so-refreshing-to-see-politician-who.html

Compare & Contrast

President Obama:

This Memorial Day, I hope you'll join me in acts of remembrance.
The debt we owe our fallen heroes is one we can never truly repay.


https://twitter.com/POTUS/status/737267478661730304?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw


The Trump:

I would like to wish everyone, including all haters and losers
(of which, sadly, there are many) a truly happy and enjoyable Memorial Day!


https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/602571404861636608?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw


http://addictinginfo.org/2016/05/30/lets-compare-president-obamas-memorial-day-statement-to-donald-trumps/

little bit...

I have to be honest with you, O.K.?” Mr. Trump added. “I always liked the limo better.”

Campaigning in Wisconsin in March, Mr. Trump observed that Mr. Walker was “always on a Harley.I’m not a huge biker, I have to be honest with you, O.K.?” Mr. Trump added. “I always liked the limo better.”


http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/05/30/us/politics/donald-trump-and-bikers-share-affection-at-rolling-thunder-rally.html

Memorial Day Crocodile Tears from Those Who Create Wars

About 50,000 of the homeless on any given night are veterans, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Overall, more than 150,000 veterans are homeless during the year. The reasons for veterans being homeless are because of “extreme shortage of affordable housing, livable income and access to health care . . . lingering effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance abuse, which are compounded by a lack of family and social support networks,” according to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans. Under the Obama administration, which has focused upon assisting veterans, the number of homeless veterans on any given night has come down from about 80,000 six years ago, but even a few dozen homeless veterans are far too many.

Hundreds of thousands of veterans won’t be able to march in Memorial Day parades, or stand and salute the flag. They don’t have limbs, their muscles have atrophied because of extensive bed confinement, or they have other debilitating illnesses. About 2.2 million American veterans were injured during their service; about 1.7 million of them were wounded in combat, according to a Pew Research Center summary and analysis. About 200,000 military personnel who served in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder of have major depression, according to a study done by the Rand Corp. About 285,000 of the veterans of America’s most recent wars have suffered from traumatic brain injury. Among other injuries, according to the VA are chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, fibromyalgia, hearing difficulties, hepatitis, malaria, memory loss, migraines, sleep disorders and tuberculosis.

More than 120,000 Americans won’t celebrate Memorial Day; they died in combat during the Korean, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, and Iraq/Afghanistan wars.

During this three-day weekend, Americans will grill steaks, burgers, and hot dogs; they will travel to relatives’ or friends’ houses, or take mini-vacations. The nation’s politicians—from small town council members to presidential candidates—will go from picnic to picnic, from rally to rally, and deliver poignant speeches about how much they care about the veterans who were injured or died for their country, and how much veterans mean to the country, while delivering the underlying message to vote for them in the coming election.

But, it is these politicians who, without hesitation, will quickly send American youth into war, and claim that killing people a half-world away somehow protects American citizens. And once Americans are in combat, these same politicians will complain about the cost of war, and vote against providing adequate funds for decent medical and psychological treatment for those who come home damaged.



MORE:
http://www.smirkingchimp.com/thread/walter-brasch/67430/memorial-day-crocodile-tears-from-those-who-create-wars

Buchanan Calls Trump “The Great White Hope”

The world has been turned upside-down for white children. In our schools the history books have been rewritten and old heroes blotted out, as their statues are taken down and their flags are put away.

Children are being taught that America was “discovered” by genocidal white racists, who murdered the native peoples of color, enslaved Africans to do the labor they refused to do, then went out and brutalized and colonized indigenous peoples all over the world…

“Angry white male” is now an acceptable slur in culture and politics. So it is that people of that derided ethnicity, race, and gender see in Donald Trump someone who unapologetically berates and mocks the elites who have dispossessed them, and who despise them.

Is it any surprise that militant anti-government groups attract white males? Is it so surprising that the Donald today, like Jess Willard a century ago, is seen by millions as “The Great White Hope”?



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http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2016_05/buchanan_calls_trump_the_great060687.php

The White House Is On Lock Down

The North Lawn of the White House has been placed on lockdown though the cause was not immediately clear. President Barack Obama is currently at the presidential complex. (more)

The incident began at around 12:15 p.m. ET on Monday, a few minutes after Obama returned to the White House. It appears that the lockdown is limited to the North Lawn and the Secret Service is investigating.

Other details about what prompted the lockdown were not immediately made available, but HazMat trucks were seen in the area.

The White House has regularly experienced security scares over the past few years, though the incidents usually involve fence jumpers who are quickly taken into custody.

http://bnonews.com/news/index.php/news/id4435

MAY 30, 2016, 12:55 PM EDT
The White House is on lock down, according to a report from NBC.

The reason for the lock down was not specified.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/wh-is-on-lock-down

Trump hasn’t expanded the Republican Party — he has exposed it.

The Definitive List: Who Deserves Blame For The Nomination Of Donald Trump?

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We know Republicans are responsible for Trump, because you can be assured they’ll take credit for him if he wins. So here’s a quick review of who deserves the most blame.

Republican voters.
Trump hasn’t expanded the Republican Party — he has exposed it. Almost no who hadn’t been voting Republican for decades showed up to back Trump in the primary. In times past these Republican-leaning voters sat out the primaries and let the party activists decide whom they would back. Very Serious People caution against suggesting that anyone who backs Trump is bigoted. Economic issues are motivating them, we’re told — even though they tend to be richer than the rest of America and consumers in general are about as confident in the economy now as they were before the recession. If you believe in personal responsibility, you must acknowledge that Trump voters are at least tolerant of bigotry in pursuit of whatever they think he’s promising.

The Republican Party
McArdle rejects the notion that with the Southern strategy, the GOP “cynically decided to go after the South’s angry white racist vote.” She suggests that it was a logical if opportunistic approach to rising crime in America — that just happened to abandon the black vote for generations. But the Republican National Committee’s chairman admitted the underlying racism of its approach in 2005, back when the party was still trying to expand its base. “Some Republicans gave up on winning the African-American vote, looking the other way or trying to benefit politically from racial polarization,” Ken Mehlman said in 2005. “I am here today as the Republican chairman to tell you we were wrong.” Trump’s constant lying and self-revision appear as “honest” to the GOP base, because he says aloud the same things that the party has been hinting and dog-whistling for generations. And the base had been primed to elect someone with no record of or inclination toward public service. “Normally voters might oppose Trump as flat-out unqualified for the job, both by lack of relevant experience and lack of knowledge of government and public affairs,” Jonathan Bernstein responded to his Bloomberg colleague. “But by giving a megaphone to people like Pat Robertson, Herman Cain, Ben Carson, and Carly Fiorina, Republicans showed their voters what counts as a ‘normal’ Republican presidential candidate — and it isn’t all that different from Donald Trump.”

Fox News and “the media.”
Trump has no actual credentials to be taken seriously as a candidate for president. But he had the most important credential to be taken seriously as a conservative — an open invitation to appear on Fox News. You can argue that the most popular news channel in the United States took a hostile view of his early candidacy. He was never denied a chance to show up on the channel for more than a few days, however — despite launching what the channel called “an endless barrage of crude and sexist verbal assaults” against its biggest female star. Now it has all but become an informercial for Trump, with the occasional appeals to sanity from Chris Wallace. Trump had been trying to be taken seriously as a presidential candidate for decades; before the 2000 election he got so serious about his possible Reform Party run that he withheld alimony from his ex-wife when she threatened his ambitions. Birtherism made him a conservative hero and when Fox News gave him a platform for this baldly racist attack on Obama, the network trained conservatives to take him and his outrageous conspiracy claim seriously (which may be why many still believe in today). The remaining media haven’t been much better. You are more likely to see an empty Trump podium on CNN waiting to be graced by our Putin with a weave, than a speech from Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders. The media legitimize Trump by ignoring his complete lack of policy knowledge, constant mendacity and refusal to release his tax returns. And no interviewer even dares ask about his birtherism now for a simple reason: Mr. Trump doesn’t want to talk about it.

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MORE FAULT:
http://www.nationalmemo.com/definitive-list-blame-nomination-donald-trump/?utm_campaign=website

WSJ editor: Trump needs to be destroyed in the November election to teach GOP voters a lesson

Appearing on CNN, an opinion page editor from the Wall Street Journal left no doubt how he feels about presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, saying not only will he not vote for him, but that Trump needs to be crushed in the November election as a lesson to Republicans.

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“I most certainly will not vote for Donald Trump,” Stephens began tersely. “I will vote for the least left-wing opponent to Donald Trump and I want to make a vote that makes sure he is the biggest loser in presidential history since, I don’t know, Alf Landon.”

Then Stephens went off:

“It’s important that Donald Trump, or what he represents, this kind of quote ‘ethnic conservatism or populism,’ be so decisively rebuked that the Republican Party and the Republican voters will forever learn their lesson that they cannot nominate a man so manifestly unqualified to be president in any way, shape or form.”




MORE:
http://www.rawstory.com/2016/05/wsj-editor-trump-needs-to-be-destroyed-in-the-november-election-to-teach-gop-voters-a-lesson/
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