Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Michael Gerson, Washington Post: Given even the lowest expectations, Donald Trump still has the capacity to surprise. In recent days, Trump has sneered at the looks of a woman who accuses him of sexual assault, denigrated the appearance of Hillary Clinton, proposed to drug-test his opponent, used his campaign to promote what appears to be a Russian covert operation, asserted that Clinton has held secret meetings with international bankers "to plot the destruction of U.S. sovereignty," attacked Saturday Night Live, promised to jail his opponent and contended that the "whole election is being rigged." Which means that Trump is sickeningly cruel, boorish, bonkers, subversive, conspiratorial, obsessive, authoritarian and reckless with the reputation of American democracy. This is quite a closing argument for a presidential candidate.

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The Republican nominee for president is frighteningly unstable under pressure.

His closest, non-family advisers. Stephen Bannon and Rudy Giuliani are not attempting to keep Trump in check. They are feeding his manias.

Trump's closing case is a version, not of movement conservatism or tea party conservatism, but of crackpot conservatism -- an alt-right rage against a vast, scheming establishment that includes the liberal media, global financiers and a growing list of women making accusations of sexual assault.

Trump has no commitment to the American political system. He is perfectly willing to delegitimize democratic institutions as a campaign tactic, squandering a civic inheritance he does not value. ...

Trump's crackup complicates American political life in a variety of ways but simplifies one point: This man is temperamentally, ideologically and morally unfit to be president of the United States.

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The Roger Waters in the middle of his closing Indio Concert Sunday night began the visual with a 40 foot sign, "TRUMP IS A PIG" followed by a pig balloon parading the aisles of Indio. This parade of visuals never interrupted the parade of Pink Floyd songs. Band members played across the giant screen in surreal colors as each soloed.

#1 | Posted by nutcase at 2016-10-18 09:56 AM | Reply


The Republican nominee for president is frighteningly unstable under pressure....

During the primary season (seems like years ago) there were hints of how Mr Trump handled losing, and those hints were not pretty. Some people had asked how well a Pres Trump would handle a defeat (diplomatic or military) on the world stage. Their suggested answers were not pretty.

As Mr Trump's poll numbers continue to decline, it appears that all those musings of how poorly Mr Trump would handle defeat are looking to be correct.

Beyond not having the temperament to be President, Mr Trump does not seem to have the stability to compete unless he completely controls the outcome.

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2016-10-18 12:02 PM | Reply

And despite all of the mud slinging and ganging up from the left he is still only one point behind which really shows how bad their candidate really is.

#3 | Posted by fishpaw at 2016-10-18 12:12 PM | Reply

@#3 ... all of the mud slinging and ganging up from the left ...

Which is exactly what the right has been doing to fmr Sec of State Clinton for years.

It makes one wonder how low Mr Trump's numbers would be if he were subject to multiple years of the same type of, what you call, mud-slinging and ganging up that fmr Sec of State Clinton has had to endure.

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2016-10-18 12:17 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 8

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Thank you for that header. The Washington Post has condensed what we've all known for quite a while. Trumps mania becomes more apparent every day as he slips closer to defeat. I really don't look forward to the aftermath but it seems to be inevitable. I doubt if Trump has the grace or class to retreat quietly into history (or make a concession speech) so the worse that can be expected is that he will nose dive into an even deeper psychosis than we've already witnessed.

The silver lining is that while Trump has learned nothing, I hope that the country has learned much about allowing the perils of madness enter our system of democracy so easily.

#5 | Posted by Twinpac at 2016-10-18 12:19 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

he really has spun into a paranoid schizo embolism (thanks, Total recall). I can't imagine what's going through the mind of Trump voters now except:
a. Hillary BAD! *grrr*
b. Must! Stop! Abortion! Even if the entire country tanks! (evangelicals)

Help me out, Trump voters. Why do you wish to vote for a complete incompetent and pathological narcissist?
And please, don't use the word "crooked" in your response. Trump is as crooked as anyone could be in the USA.

#6 | Posted by e1g1 at 2016-10-18 02:35 PM | Reply

"Help me out, Trump voters."

Trump voters are not interested in helping you out.

#7 | Posted by donnerboy at 2016-10-18 03:28 PM | Reply

They'll turn on Trump like a pack of feral curs.

#8 | Posted by Twinpac at 2016-10-18 05:43 PM | Reply

I hope that the country has learned much about allowing the perils of madness enter our system of democracy so easily

There isn't much that the country can do unless it is willing to deal with Trump's rabid followers.

#9 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2016-10-18 05:51 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

he is still only one point behind
#3 | POSTED BY FISHPAW

LOL! Remember in 2012 when wingdingers kept saying that Romney was winning because they kept cherry picking the Rasmussen out of the large collection of other polls that showed he was losing and then Rove freaked out on election night? That's exactly what you are doing. You are denying reality. Try 7 behind.
www.realclearpolitics.com

#10 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2016-10-18 06:18 PM | Reply

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LOL! Remember in 2012 when wingdingers kept saying that Romney was winning because they kept cherry picking the Rasmussen out of the large collection of other polls that showed he was losing and then Rove freaked out on election night? That's exactly what you are doing. You are denying reality. Try 7 behind.
www.realclearpolitics.com

#10 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2016-10-18 06:18 PM | Reply | Flag:

Watching reality wash over that turd blossom on Fox TV was such sweet music. Even after the network announced Obama was the winner.

#11 | Posted by cbob at 2016-10-18 10:12 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

JOHNNY APPLESAUCE

That wasn't the reason Rove had that look of incredibility on his face and the subsequent meltdown on live TV. (Which I enjoyed immensely, BTW)

Unbeknown to Rove, that vote changing software he had installed was discovered and firewalled by a group of hacker. Did you see that look on his face when FOX announced Obama has won Ohio. He couldn't believe what he was hearing. He promised Romney it was "in the bag."

That's still my most favorite moment in election watching.

#12 | Posted by Twinpac at 2016-10-19 10:33 AM | Reply

Hello, Trump voters. I'm still waiting for an answer. Surely you can explain why Trump is fit to lead the USA.

#13 | Posted by e1g1 at 2016-10-19 11:58 AM | Reply

from near the top...

"And despite all of the mud slinging and ganging up from the left he is still only one point behind which really shows how bad their candidate really is."

#3 | Posted by

Don't know where you learned to count, most polls have her 5 points up and more,
some states she is double digit leads...

Here, try a REAL news source instead of the Fringe Right sights or
Faux News...

projects.fivethirtyeight.com

Trump has already lost, even if he is close (say within 2-3 points nationally)
he is about to get AXED in the Electoral College...

Oh, and DO click on the Senate Tab while you are at it...
Dems have a good shot at getting the Senate as well...

Say Bye Bye to eight years of rightwing obstruction under Obama

#14 | Posted by earthmuse at 2016-10-19 02:10 PM | Reply

Trump and ideology. Ne'er the twain shall cross. Too much work.

#15 | Posted by moder8 at 2016-10-19 02:50 PM | Reply

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