March 16, 2016

“Last night’s victory speech gave me a new reason to love Donald Trump”

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

People say, Ezra, why do you like Donald Trump? He’s not a pure conservative. He’s unreliable. He’s a wild card.

Well, that’s all true. But I like his theme: Make America great again. I like that he believes in countries and borders and controlled immigration. I like his political incorrectness.

Last night Trump won the Florida primary and had his victory event. It’s moments like this that confirm why I don’t just like him — I actually love him a little. I’ll play you an excerpt. It’s about how he feels about the media.

So of course, 68 news stories were written last night that quoted Trump dissing the media!

But how many ordinary people said to themselves, “He’s right"?

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commented 2016-03-17 21:01:15 -0400
Yes, no, and if the shoe fits.
commented 2016-03-17 20:47:55 -0400
Kokes are you saying that if I don’t support Trump that makes me a liberal? Are you calling Ted Cruz a liberal too? Tell me again who the childish one is here.
commented 2016-03-17 19:59:02 -0400
Then don’t act like you are. Grow some and don’t be afraid of your own shadow. Trump is not the worse thing that can happen. Ever think that he might actually do the good he speaks of.
commented 2016-03-17 19:49:24 -0400
Kokes, if you think I am liberal than you probably think there’s a liberal living under your own bed at night.
commented 2016-03-17 19:39:11 -0400
“In denial” Bossy, being you are done discussing your version of the truth (which I will not be holding my breath on) let me have the opportunity for clarification. Of course Trump will be limited to what he can do. More importantly, as he said from time to time, he will follow the advise of his military just as he will follow the advise of others in the know. And does anyone know what Russia is doing in Syria. No one, including Trump is saying they do. But I will take an informed stab that war is brewing. Just days before Russia is to leave Syria, a recent unanimous vote in congress came along with Kerry’s support of genocide, coupled with weeks of Saudi troops mobilized near the border and Turkey’s ministers advocating war, are just some of the grounds for my belief. Price of oil also speaks volumes.

And to then agree with Trump’s position on waterboarding after your long winded liberal speak is unbecoming. So is your justification. So three is okay but anymore is where you draw the line. Very hypocritical if you ask me.
commented 2016-03-17 19:08:14 -0400
I truly hope that Trump wins the nomination so he can go after the Clintons and bury them, once and for all. However, can expect Bill to take the stage in defence of Hillary when Donald goes after Hillary’s record. And when he does, I hope Donald reaches into his suit and pulls out a large Cuban cigar and says" Mr President, a friend gave me this not realizing that I don’t smoke. So find one like it, stick it in your mouth and use it for it’s intended purpose!" I don’t think Mr Trump will hear too much more from Bill after that.
commented 2016-03-17 19:01:02 -0400
For the record, I have no problem with Trumps position on waterboarding. My information is that only three people were waterboarded and that all three were directly implicated the 9-11 conspiracy. This includes Mohammed Sheikh Mohammed, for whom anything less would have been inadequate. If I amwrong about this I would appreciate a correction from anyone here, but as far as I know this method of “enhanced interrogation” was only used on the very worst offenders for whom I have no sympathy whatsoever.
commented 2016-03-17 18:54:04 -0400
I see no reason to discuss Trump with Mr. Kokes who appears to have little regard for the truth. I never suggested the sky is falling or that the world would end if Trump were elected. Trump himself may be disappointed to discover that there is a constitution and that the President cannot simply do whatever he feels like. So even if I believe Trump could do damage to the state of foreign affairs, I believe it to be limited. Nor did I fly off handle. I am simply debating our respective positions.

Furthermore, I doubt he has any idea what the Russians are doing in Syria. I can say with with some certitude because people who study this and know far more than any of us on this board (Michael Weiss and Sam Abrams to give two prominent examples) aren’t sure what’s really going on. But if it gives him comfort knowing we will “take out” families (which is not the same thing as collateral damage where at least an attempt is made to minimize harm to innocent bystanders) then I am happy for him.

The rest of his rant is just talking points (play victim, hate, living in utopia) that have absolutely nothing to do with anything I have said (Kokes, look up straw man) and which make him sound like the kind of person who repeats the same kind of unthinking accusations over and over just like the idiots on the left I so despise. Red Tory indeed!
commented 2016-03-17 18:50:59 -0400
Trump is a (Canadian) liberal in he does not put up with attacks against him and fights back, or even goes on the attack.

Like it or not, Wynne is like this, Chretien, Pierre Trudeau did not put up with attacks and even threatened to sue those making allegations against them.

What I would give to see one Conservative politician to say “call me a bigot again, and I will see you in court” , or even counter this when e,g, being called “anti-French” for being against Official (entitlement) Bilingualism, by claiming they are the ones either anti other language groups or they are anti-French in promoting a negative stereotype that the typical Francophone is a selfish, inconsiderate, entitled person non caring about anyone else
commented 2016-03-17 18:32:07 -0400
Thanks for the response Edward. I take your point that Trump, because he does not rely on donors, is free to act and speak independently and that this may be a reason to believe what he says. But I’m not as confident as you because while he does not rely on donors, he does rely on voters and like all politicians he will say things that get him votes.

Unfortunately neither of us can read his mind so we must rely on what little evidence we have.

The evidence is that this is a man who cheats on his wives and brags about it, presents products bearing the Trump brand that in fact don’t exist, has a record of shady dealings (Trump University), dodged the Vietnam war with a questionable affliction that disappeared once the war was over, threatens to amend libel laws enabling himself and others to go after journalists (as much as I despise the mainstream media, I believe in their right to free speech as well as that of Ezra, Mark Steyn etc.) and claims George W Bush lied the US into war.

Based on that record (and there is lots more) I find it difficult to put my trust in the man.

But I respect your opinion and see that we will have to agree to disagree. Maybe I’ll have reason to revise my opinion if he becomes President and proves me wrong.
commented 2016-03-17 18:00:05 -0400
“Sky is Falling” Bossy, do you know what a red Tory is ? Do a google search before you fly off the handle next time. Someone who is a bit left from the right. And I say we got to do what we need to do. If attacking family members will keep these terrorists at bay then that’s what has to be done. Russia did just that and problem solved. Is that the best solution moving forward, absolutely not! But I say, an eye for an eye will eventually earn their respect. But I suppose you just want to play victim and hope they will give up their hatred and join some sort of help group and then all will be well again in utopia. That’s just liberal thinking.
commented 2016-03-17 17:56:56 -0400
John Bossy: I get the sense he is not saying something entirely different behind our backs because he doesn’t need the money from lobbyists nor nor he want them controlling him ( he has been on both sides of that issue both as the lobbyist and as the one people want to buy).. I do think he tends to blurt out whatever he is thinking sometimes to his own detriment and sometime resulting in a clarification such a his personal support of water boarding in which the next day he had to calm people and tell them he isn’t going to ask anybody to break the law but then the next day he was defending his personal belief that we’re are letting our hands be tied by thugs. It might not have been in his own best interest to tell everyone his opinions on these controversial issues but as in this example he lays it out as he sees it. I don’t necessarily agree with all of his stances or approaches but I don’t think he is the racist the media or other competitors would like to hype.
commented 2016-03-17 17:46:35 -0400
I am not sure what Trump stands for. One minute he talks like a Democrat (reminds me of Kevin O’Leary’s flip flops), next like a Republican. Just not sure he can beat Hillary. Then not sure what Hillary means for Canada. Will it be the bro love that Trudeau and Obama have, not sure. Will we call it Truclinton? Or Clinttru? Or will Sophie and Hillary bond to where we call them Sophill?
commented 2016-03-17 17:29:14 -0400
Ben is far more a decent man than Trump. In fact I thought Rubio’s speech was the best.
commented 2016-03-17 15:14:37 -0400
By the way, Bill, do you seriously believe your totally unfounded accusation (which you shamelessly lifted from the pages of Breitbart without attribution) levelled at fellow conservative Ben Shapiro?

You must know something Ben himself doesn’t. He says he has no intention of working for FOX and has never received a penny from them. Time will reveal whether it is you or Ben who is lying. I know whom my money will be on. It will be on the guy with integrity. I’ll let you decide who I think that might be.
commented 2016-03-17 14:39:25 -0400
Bill Elder: “All due respect ‘Mike Bossy’, [the name is John] but Ben Shapiro does not telegraph “trust” or credibility after he sold out Breitbart populist conservatism to be a Fox talking head (AKA partisan pimp)”

So you think Breitbart did themselves proud by throwing Fields under the bus? What would you say about Ezea if he had abandoned Sheila Gunn Reid after her run in with the despicable NDP.

“MR. KOKES to ‘chicken little Bossy’ He says it as it is .”

So you are happy to ignore the lies and the empty boasting, and you give him a pass on war crimes like3 “taking out” the families of terrorists? You think we should be going after the wives and children of these terrorists?

Do you people believe in free speech? Why the ad hominems against a fellow conservative for criticising a man is not a conservative at all?

I prefer policy over personality and do not worship idols.
commented 2016-03-17 14:27:50 -0400
All due respect Mike Bossy, but Ben Shapiro does not telegraph “trust” or credibility after he sold out Breitbart populist conservatism to be a Fox talking head (AKA partisan pimp)
commented 2016-03-17 14:19:57 -0400
There goes chicken little Bossy suggesting the end is coming. Contrary to Bossy’s view and others that think like him, I like “authoritarian” Trump. He says it as it is and his honesty is refreshing. We can only hope to get a guy like that, a red Tory, who will lead the Conservative party to victory in the next election. If we find such a guy the Conservatives will win hands down.
commented 2016-03-17 14:15:31 -0400
Ben Shapiro: Donald Trump is “the authoritarian who is the promising the moon and is going to deliver nothing but the craters on the moon.”
commented 2016-03-17 14:07:33 -0400
“you get the sense he isn’t telling you one thing and saying something completely different behind your back.”

Edward, what is this trust based on? I don’t get that sense from him.
commented 2016-03-17 14:01:10 -0400
Trump is the only one wanting to actually deal with what all the others are resigned to endlessly studying or talking about. Is he a little unpolished? Sure but you get the sense he isn’t telling you one thing and saying something completely different behind your back. I also appreciate he knows how lobbying works from being on the other side of it. Once you receive donations they own you. He is apologetically wealthy and he doesn’t need their money or control.
commented 2016-03-17 13:53:15 -0400
Trump’s continued victories are no longer about what the “party brass” want but what the members and voters want – it’s now become a struggle for control of the candidate nomination system – the GOP oligarchs are lined up on once side ready to drop the hammer on voter-controlled nominations for fixed nominations like the Dems and their “super delegate” system of squashing member populism.

Here’s the best Trump ad ever, because his GOP insider enemies are his best recommendation as a candidate ;
commented 2016-03-17 13:26:27 -0400
Dale you are basically saying we should support Trump because Obama has failed and so will Hillary. But there is another alternative.
commented 2016-03-17 12:56:20 -0400
Bossy . . . this is not the 80s . . . we live in much more dangerous times. Trump is the Last Best Hope for the USA . . . if ole Hillary becomes Pres . . . the USA is done like Dinner !
Another 4 years of Dhimmicrap governance, there will be 70 thousand Illegals, 25 or 30 Trillion in debt and the odds of coming back then will be ZERO !
commented 2016-03-17 11:56:27 -0400
Trump is a true leader because he says what needs to be said.
He’s also a great strategist because he knows when to say something at the right time.
He is a man of action. Shit will get done; and that’s the whole idea.

Nobody else touches him in these areas.
It’s a no-brainer that he’s the best man for the job.

commented 2016-03-17 10:59:37 -0400
I know some people don’t like what I’m saying on this page but I hope I’m dead wrong about Trump because I’d love to see Hillary go down.
commented 2016-03-17 10:57:45 -0400
Given that Kasich is an also ran at this point, a bystander, the next debate would essentially have been a showdown between Cruz and Trump. Trump adroitly ducked it.
commented 2016-03-17 10:54:31 -0400
I love it when Trump trashes the main stream media too but there are too many people voting for Trump just because he’s sticking it to people we hate. Next it might be you on his list.
commented 2016-03-17 10:52:38 -0400
A big difference between Trump and Reagan is that Reagan had grace and style and had thought long and hard about his core principles.
commented 2016-03-17 10:51:27 -0400
Dr. Genius, Fox news cancelled its debate after Trump AND Kasich dropped out leaving only Cruz.