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Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump greets supporters after a campaign rally in Lynden, Washington, U.S., May 7, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

To understand the Trump phenomenon, consider the world of reality TV where he first forged his bond with the public. THE APPRENTICE ran for 14 years, and at its height averaged 11,000,000 weekly viewers–the same number of voters Trump’s received in the combined GOP primaries.

Another popular reality show, AMERICAN IDOL, featured a singer named Sanjaya Malakar, who became a 2007 sensation not in spite of poor singing and cringe-worthy performances, but because of them. The more judges like Simon Cowell blasted Sanjaya’s ineptitude, the more votes he got from rebellious viewers striking back against figures of authority on air.

In the same way, whenever pundits or politicos blast Trump as un-presidential or childish, he gains support from backers who use his unconventional success to mock the system.

Perhaps Trump can’t win a general election, but regardless of his inane comments and vulgar shenanigans, he can’t lose among the bemused millions who savor his ongoing reality show.

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  1. John D. Fiat  •  May 12, 2016 at 2:20 am

    Vulgar? Michael, Didn't you support Rubio who made the small hands/penis comment about Trump? Well, that is just as vulgar or worse than anything Trump has ever said on the campaign trail. So, obviously you like hypocrisy, but I already knew that!

    • CAROL  •  May 16, 2016 at 12:00 am

      THE OLD SAYING, " 2 WRONGS DON'T MAKE A RIGHT. you are playing their game,,,in being so hurtful. wonder where you got your facts?? bible says "Look for the GOOD' O.K. WOULD BE SO NICE IF TRUMP, HAD SOME CHRISTIAN VALUES,,,,ANN GRAHAM LIKENS HIM TO O.T. KING NEBUCAZZENAR…

      • John D. Fiat  •  May 26, 2016 at 2:33 pm

        No, you've fallen for the NWO's game. (And pathetic excuse making for the resident Edomite hypocrite by the way). Screw Israhell (those warmongers are on their way to hell), screw Mexico, Vote Trump!

  2. Rich  •  May 12, 2016 at 2:21 am

    Yeah, none of his popularity has anything to do with his message. He would have won those same 11 million votes if he had acted and spoke exactly like Jeb Bush. What a JOKE! Talk about a clueless individual.
    What happened to the insightful person I used to listen to on the radio. Now, you can't seem to see past your personal distaste for Trump, in order to make a reasoned argument. Trump is popular because a large number of people are tired of politicians that do nothing of substance. We've had the same problems for decades and spent BILLIONS of dollars in the interim, with NO results. Analyze that statement and post an article addressing it.

    • John D. Fiat  •  May 12, 2016 at 2:27 am

      Very nicely put. But just remember, Neocons like Medved were never real conservatives to begin with. And they're threat to be turncoats and vote for Hillary proves this in spades!

  3. John D. Fiat  •  May 12, 2016 at 2:23 am

    I don't think that it's even apples and oranges to compare a talent competition to a political one. This is one of your most pathetic Trump tripes!

  4. Jim Bird  •  May 12, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    The Day the Earth Stood Still
    or,
    What we learned on Michael's
    show on 05/10/2016
    Guest: Speaker Paul Ryan

    Ryan cannot understand how Obama gets away with "exex. order after exec. order for nearly 8years now" that are "clearly unconstitutional and abuses of power" – " I have a couple of lawsuits now that I'm working on," says the Speaker.
    First Caller after Ryan leaves to Michael: "Paul Ryan is a very likable man but why does he or any other Repub politician never talk about Obama's abuses?"
    MICHAEL: "He's yelling and screaming all the time! What are you saying……!?!"
    CALLER (in a very polite voice): "I just haven't heard any Republican say anything for ..
    MICHAEL: "HE YELLING IN CONGRESS ….. AND everywhere else …." on and on.

    Michael, I/we, your long time listeners, on your show for 8 years now, have been complaining, and begging for any Repub spokesperson to articulate each abuse. This would be atleast a weekly, if not daily, 10-minute max exercise in mass media to catalogue the volumes of atrocities. BUT NO ONE EVER DOES IT. NEVER WILL EITHER.
    WHY?
    So, did we learn something else on 5/10?
    Let's see.
    Michael said, George Soros was just hired by Trump to raise $1.5 billion for his campaign. Soros is MoveOn.org, Media Matters, Children Matter, Marxists Matter, Black Lives Matter, Occupy Wall St., and everything else, and has funded thousands of other violent protests against Republican candidates for office for decades.
    Soros' net worth is several billion dollars but he never spends his own money – He may have as many as 50 "non-profits" like those listed above, 100% funded by the Democrat Party (aka working Americans tax dollars). He only works for one Party too, the Democrats. and he's a very outspoken champion of world socialism.
    Sidebar: Obama gave him a cool $2 billion in his first term when the Prez gave Argentina $4 billion to drill for oil in the EXACT SAME GULF OF MEXICO oil field where the BP platform exploded and was still leaking oil as BO was giving his speech. Obama's justification?!?! > a new technology Argentina perfected: attaching hoses to the wellhead on the ocean floor and pumping oil to the surface to fill a floating balloon or condom. "Huh, huh, Amerikuh will be buyin awl from y'all" says Barach.
    Liberals of course applaud the president while they curse Big Oil for doing the same thing . No one can believe why Obama did what he did and at the same time ranting about the end of our oceans because of oil drilling!? Then someone noticed that Petragras', Argentina's National Oil Corp., #1 shareholder is none other than George Soros. Soros made $2 billion before Barach's speech was over.
    Bottom line speculation: Soros, who literally owns the Democratic Party, now how his hooks in deep into the GOP. So, Election 2016 has three candidates standing who want to replace the Marxist in the Oval Office (if he agrees to abdicate – there could be a coup you know). The Three Stooges are Trump, a socialist (Larry – it's the hair) and Hillary, a socialist/Marxist (Moe – for obvious reasons) and Bernie the Marxist (likable and lovable old Curly). For the first time in American history, all three candidates are from the same Party, and are not only the most disgusting group of Presidential nominees in history, but are paid and bought for by one schmuck.

    • Nani  •  May 13, 2016 at 6:31 pm

      You know it wouldn't surprise me if Trump, upon winning the nomination held a news conference and said, "Look, I ran because I wanted to show how truly stupid conservatives were. I practically broke every "principled" conservative talking point and still they voted for me.

      I'm getting out because truly, I'm not qualified to be President. But I want the voters to remember how close we came to having a stupid Republican president. I'm not sorry for this stunt. History tells us that it was the conservatives turn to run the nation–and frankly people, we can't afford to be govern by someone stupid people nominate.

      Ok, nuff with the conspiracy stuff. But really, would you be surprised?

      • Stephanie Hart  •  May 14, 2016 at 9:31 am

        Nani, my sentiments exactly, like I said before, anything can happen!

  5. Jim Bird  •  May 12, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    Part II – What we learned on 5/10/16 on Michael's show

    If "Traditional Republican" (no one knows what that means anymore) vote count stats equal 100%, and Michael told us on Tuesday that:
    Gary Johnson (Losertarian Party) takes 11% of the TR total and the,
    Never Trumpette's Party takes 15-20%, make it 14% and the,
    Never Be Back-Stabbed Again by GOP Party takes 10% then,
    the RNC is looking at about 1/3 of its base is gone the way of the Dodo bird.
    I keep coming back to this incredulous catastrophe could never have happened by accident. It was totally impossible for the RNC and the Power Brokers behind the scenes BS could screw this up so bad. Every single day some devastating nail is added to the GOP coffin. AND NOT ONE PUNDIT KNOWS WHY and NOT ONE GOP'er HAS OR WILL EVER EXPLAIN THE "WHY" QUESTIONS WE FORMER REPUBLICANS HAVE BEEN ASKING OF THEM FOR YEARS TO BE ANSWERED?!?
    HERE'S A SHORT LIST:
    Why not talk about, categorize Obamas' abuses of power?
    Why does winning a Presidential election give that person the right to be a dictator?
    Why do Democrat presidents give nukes and billions of dollars to terrorist countries?
    Why do Republicans cut deals with the Devils across the aisle?
    Why do 30,000 felonies and worse not land one in jail?
    Why go on ….? We are too sensitive and stupid to understand the nuances of GOP geopolitical and socioeconomic complexities that keeps them far too busy to explain to their voters why and how they do basically nothing except lose the massive majorities we gave them in the House, Senate and Governors' mansions.

  6. Nani  •  May 12, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    This is the one time I disagree with Michael. Trump's cult like following has little to do with "reality showism". They aren't backing the underdog of criticism as Trump is the bully, not the victim of establishment tyranny. And despite what the Trumpers would like people to believe it has nothing to do with "the issues" as Trump doesn't really offer anything one can latch on to, much less spin.

    The phenomenon is three fold.

    1- After YEARS of flaming hate and sanctimonious expectation of perfection from the least of perfect humans, it was just a matter of time before the only solution was to torch the whole party down. It might have made great ratings and made talk show and Fox pundits feel important, but it really was killing the golden goose that laid their "conservative" egg of paid gigs and book deals.

    2- This generation is one of "entitlements". Each class and every age believes that they are "entitled" to something that someone else has. The poor believes they should be fed, clothed, housed and educated just for breathing. The Middle class doesn't understand why they shouldn't have what luck and/or vision have given the wealthy. The Wealthy believes that they are this generation's royalty and should be treated as such. Everyone is "angry" and feel "cheated". So they gravitate toward anyone who will parrot their feelings of "entitlement", who justifies their tantrums and who will "right" the wrongs of their lives. This class envy is the fuel of every movement, every rebellion, every tyranny. It doesn't matter what Trump says or does really, he is the personification of every negative thought and feeling come brilliant to life. No one wants to ask what happens when the change succeeds, they just want to see it actually happening. Trump is like a comic strip in 3D and the crowd is IN the movie and a part of it. In other words, they are acting like kids, forgetting that the lights DO come on and eventually the world gets tired of the tantrums and the tyranny.

    3- For years, the POLITICALLY CORRECT gang has terrorized the masses. They have ONE major weapon: the target ALWAYS caves in. Trump says what we would all like to say: "I don't care what you think or say about me." He is perceived as the one person with the guts to stand up to all this PC tyranny. The problem is that in the caring comes the controlling. If a politician, the guy with his finger on WMD, doesn't care what the public thinks, then that person can and WILL be anything he feels he should be. A person that cannot be controlled by public sentiment will NOT be controlled period. If he decides to open the Border or bankrupt this country, how can he be stopped if he simply doesn't care what anyone but himself thinks? And of course, a leader who ignores name calling will devalue conservatives' weapon of calling people "RINOS" and "NEOCONS". After all, if Trump can say, "I don't care" and be cool, then why can't RINOS AND NEOCONS just laugh in the faces of Hannity, Ingraham, Coulter and anyone else who loves to throw around names?

    • Harvey Creech  •  May 15, 2016 at 4:23 pm

      OK–So your voting for Hillery! I think you phony Liberals posing as intellectuals with nothing else to do besides trowling the blogs and throwing bombs at the peoples choice, are discusting.
      so just go vote andshut up already. Hillery if she gets in, will just continue our decent into Hell.

      The media portray Bill Clinton as a lovable scamp, a good ol’ Southern boy who just liked to have sex in the back of his pickup. In fact, according to numerous independent accounts, he was a sexual abuser and, the overwhelming evidence shows, a violent rapist.
      While we would normally extend our sympathy to his wife, Hillary has forfeited those claims by actively conspiring with him to cover up his sexual assaults and smear the victims, showing absolutely no compunction about destroying women whose stories she knew to be true.
      Because Donald Trump is reminding people about Hillary’s brutal rise to power, liberals denounce him for using the “sex scandals of the 1990s” against her. But recall that it was Hillary who used the “sex scandals of the 1990s” to launch her entire political career.

      • Nani  •  May 15, 2016 at 4:59 pm

        Harvey, Harvey, where on earth did you get the idea I was going to vote for Hillary or that I was a Liberal? I get that you are frustrated that your "real" conservative Cruz lost and that name calling just doesn't seem to have the power it once did, but really, can you at least stay on topic?

  7. Jim Bird  •  May 12, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    Nani,
    I actually like most everything you are saying here. My apologies for past negative comments. Seriously, very thought provoking.

    • Nani  •  May 12, 2016 at 6:06 pm

      Well thank you Jim Bird. I've actually been doing some "soul searching" because truly this election has so disillusioned and disappointed me. I guess in the end, I truly am a "grown up" and a conservative (with a small "c") because I WANT to believe in humanity and that all will work out. I've never liked bullies; which is one of the reasons that I cannot stomach Liberals. They bully with words and name calling; they make you feel ashamed to have values and to make judgments. As a Christian, we are told not to judge and Liberals use that, don't judge people's choices and lifestyles. But one cannot decide between right and wrong unless one makes a judgment, can one?

      It is extremely disheartening to learn that the party I most agree with has name calling bullies and gravitate toward the worst of them all. I get it. I know why. But it is still heartbreaking.

      • Jim Bird  •  May 12, 2016 at 10:57 pm

        I could not agree more with your conclusions. This election is sobering to say the least and, like you, on reflection I don't have a clue as to where the country and the world is heading. Nothing positive ever seems to be the norm any longer, just a downward spiral into a dark abyss. I think my fear for the future of my family and friends has become mind numbingly dulled over the past few years and this election looks like a huge dead end. The one thing I do regret are some of my over-the-top rants in this blog at what I thought were deserved. Maybe I am a better adult and less critical of others' opinions now. I apologize once more to you for months of rebuttal abuse! It seems as though the world has become silent – there's nothing left to do – wait to see which cess pool occupant emerges from the muck in Nov.
        Your last two posts here are very enlightening and I've learned a lot from them and I'm sure you have described perfectly what are on the minds of tens of millions of Americans as well. Thank you very much. It's time for a long mental vacation!

      • Scout  •  May 14, 2016 at 11:03 am

        Nani, I like and agree with what you've said here and would like to add to your idea of the Christian teaching of do not judge. Unlike the brave and bold preachers that helped to form this country before the revolution, that tried to invigorate people to take a role in it's formation. Today's preacher are mostly community organizers focused on filling the pews and having a good time and convincing people that God loves them and is control. This I think contradicts the God of the Torah whose primary teaching is that people are to have dominion over this world and to be ethical and just. The Christian teaching that this world is not my home has lead many to complacency.While the progressive politicians, using envy and greed has lead to far to many people voting themselves favors.

      • Nani  •  May 14, 2016 at 6:19 pm

        Scout, I get you. This is more than a period where our faith is tested; our prayers appear to not be heard but we know that God has a plan and we have to just trust in His righteousness. Holding on to that faith is what we do. The problem is keeping faith with humanity and the America we have come to believe is special for it is the bastion of freedom, hope and goodness. Humanity has come so far from the days when children begged in the streets, women and minorities were property and everyone but the strong struggled just to survive. Somewhere we hit the tipping point where equality needed someone to step on or take a back seat to. And now, in that confusion, we seem to have lost our way.

        Now humanity WANTS to be uncivil, angry, and in your face. We have all kinds of excuses for behavior that would have shocked our grandmothers.

        And Trump has shown us that it isn't the "corrupt and greedy" politician that is to blame.

        It is US.

        For they have no power but what we give to them, no wealth except but what we value. We have stopped listening to the voice within.

  8. Margaret Sonnemann  •  May 13, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Excellent article. Keep up the good work. You are a voice of sanity.

  9. Kevin Brackett  •  May 13, 2016 at 10:45 am

    Are you crazy? Trump wins because this country has been governed by the ruling elite in the Democratic Party against the will of the people. The Republicans were elected to put a stop to the liberal governance but rather than risk their political careers in a fight they followed the maxim " Go along to get along". Democrats are not wild about the prospect of Hilary, so they in large numbers support Bernie. Apparently 50% of Bernie voters polled in West Virginia said they would vote Trump if Bernie doesn't make it. Bernie is not going to win over the establishment in the Dem. Party…hello Don!

    Donald Trump CAN win this election because he will draw blue collar union voters, and he will bring to the polling booths large numbers of people who have not voted in previous elections. Only about 50% of US voters take advantage of their voting rights. Which 50% that shows up at the polls determines who will win.

    I don't know how many times I have heard Republicans whine about needing to widen the scope of who is included in the Republican Party, particularly after loosing an election. Well folks you now have received that what you asked for, a wider more inclusive Republican Party. That the nature of the Party has changed as a result is something that you should have thought of before asking for a more inclusive party. What you REALLY were asking for was that more people agree with you and were lamenting the reality that there are people who can never be conservative in their outlook because of who and what they are.

  10. Frank Timmerman  •  May 13, 2016 at 11:05 am

    Tired of Michael's anti Trump rants. Have gone from heavy listener to occasion. Get on board Michael you are losing your audience.

  11. Don Dobos  •  May 13, 2016 at 11:23 am

    Michael is certain Trump will lose (though that remains to be seen) just as I was certain McCain would lose as he did. Nevertheless I followed Michael's standard formulation that sitting it out would only help to assure Obama's success. I "held my nose," did my duty and voted for McCain. At that time we could only suspect Obama's perniciousness. With Clinton we have a track record and certainty of hers. Therefore Michael, I expect you to do your duty.

  12. LeeH  •  May 13, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    Michael, I have listened to you for years because I thought you had a level, intelligent approach to life. But now I listening more and more to other talk show hosts. Your little boy, whiny attitude about Trump while trying to prop up the miserable achievements of Paul Ryan and Mitch M is really getting old. Do you not understand that many in this country are tired of the pablum being served instead of any real accomplishments, e.g. the budget deal was such a miserable piece of work that placated the progressive socialist, the lack of true action with the purse strings, the lack of a backbone to stand up and address criticisms. I do not like Trump's style and message, but he is the product of a frustrated electorate that is sick and tired of Obama acting like a 3rd world despot from a banana republic without any reasonable push back from the congress. Michael, your show, your attitude have created a lot of frustration in me that has me talking to the radio….an inanimate object. Time for me to move on.

  13. Nani  •  May 13, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    During the last Presidential election, one of the bloggers so loathed Romney, she actually voted for Obama! I challenged her to apologize to all her readers for pulling the "hold your nose and do your duty" for McCain and Palin since she was not willing to do the same when Romney was nominated. She refused.

    Well here I am years later and I, a sticker of fairness, will do as I asked of her: apologize to anyone who I may have told to do their conservative duty. If you truly felt there was no difference between Bush and Kerry, McCain and Obama, Romney and Obama, and was NOT just angry because YOUR candidate did not win, then it was wrong for I or anyone in the GOP to have pressured you into voting conservative.

    This is another lesson that this election has taught me.

    Ok, but (and you knew there would be a but), this election IS different, for you are not being asked to choose between conservatism and liberalism. This is NOT a case of the lesser of two evils. Because this isn't about a candidate. It's about YOU. How you vote will tell your family, your descendants, friends, anyone who comes in contact with you about YOU, who YOU are, YOUR character.

    I don't have to go into Trump's "sins"; it's been talked about and written in every blog and forum. The question to ask yourself when you comment here and in social media, is supporting Trump what YOU want to be known as? It's not enough to say, I disagree with some of the things he's said and done, but. Bottom line, Trump is and will go down as a bully. Do you really want to explain to your mother, your kids why YOU supported a bully?

    Another "once upon a time" in my life, a wise person asked me if "this is the hill I wanted to die on?" Self righteously I insisted I was right and "you better believe it!" Then she said, "I don't mean TODAY, I mean 10 years from now. Is THIS the hill you want to be known as dying on?"

    Remember that the internet is forever. To those insisting on supporting Trump and demanding that the rest of us do likewise, when Trump has made conservatives radioactive for 10 years, for a generation, do you want to go on the record as helping him?

    • Don Dobos  •  May 13, 2016 at 5:02 pm

      I guess males are able to compartmentalize. Yes, if I am blessed with another ten years, even if I am living in another country (most likely Texas) I will be able to tell my grandchildren "well, I did all I could to keep her out of office." Then I can tell them stories of what a great country it was.

      • Nani  •  May 13, 2016 at 6:18 pm

        In the past, people could deny their involvement and support. A whole country claimed not to know what their dictator did. In this day and age, there is no hiding. And unlike ideas and beliefs that can change with time and knowledge, a person's character is something forged upon one's soul. Backing a bully speaks volumes of what one is made up of.

        As I said before, we all have to live with ourselves.

  14. bobby1122  •  May 13, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    Toady insider "loser boy" Medved and his establishment Salem News network are explained here- Stooges for the UNIPARTY who just want to maintain their loser power. https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2016/05/13/the-fallacy-of-false-choice-why-bill-kristol-keeps-talking-up-another-option/

  15. Nani  •  May 13, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    I wonder what name calling people will do when Trump makes name calling passe? When the reaction one gets when calling someone a "Toady", "loser boy", RINO, NEOCON, or 60s "establishment" is "And then?"

  16. Henry  •  May 13, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    And how exactly is one to understand Hillary Clinton's "phenomenon"? As the wife of a former president, some 300 million Americans knew her. Then, as a public figure she proved to be incompetent, egoistic, and a liar. I'll give you Trump's ego, but one can only guess at Trump's competence, and there is no evidence he pathologically tells lies. Trump represents the "most conservative candidate that can win." What part of that do you, Michael Medved, not now understand? And what part of "pledging to support whomever gets the Republican nomination" do conservatives now not understand? This is a ludicrous as the left's lunacy. What in heaven's name is happening to the once "greatest nation on God's green earth"?

    • Nani  •  May 13, 2016 at 9:30 pm

      There is no Hillary Phenomenon. There is a Sanders Phenomenon which can be easily explained: there are some voters who has neither the maturity nor the energy to figure out that there is no free lunch. Somebody, somewhere has to foot the bill; the problem arises when you run out of "somebody".

      As for what Trump represents: I'm afraid it is you who doesn't not comprehend. If the voter wanted the most conservative, we'd be looking at a Cruz nomination.

      What happened to the pledge to support whomever gets the Republican nomination? Funny how the very ones asking this question STAYED home instead of voting for and supporting McCain and Romney.

      And Heaven had very little to do with what's happening to this nation. You can look to those who sat on their sanctimonious perch and refused to get that this "great nation" has all kinds of people: different races, faiths, tolerance. They demanded all or nothing.

      And got nothing.

      • Henry  •  May 13, 2016 at 10:41 pm

        Nani, it’s not about “the most conservative.” It’s about “the most conservative that can win”! In truth, apart from Trump, only Marco Rubio could have stood up to the Democratic’s Saul-Alinsky-tactics and propaganda machine mixed with doses of anger and hatred. Cruz would have been clobbered in the general election. (Likely, Michael Medved agrees with me on this.) But Rubio could not survive among Trump’s 35% for being a media figure (Medved’s point), Cruz’s 28% for being the most conservative, and his own fellow Floridian Jed!’s 15% for being the darling of the establishment Republicans.

        It is now too late for all this talk of why it is so upsetting that Trump is the nominee. It is time now to stop Hillary (and the extreme left) from becoming president. Medved’s suggestion that somehow Hillary would be more trustworthy with our nuclear arsenal is simply the craziest belief this otherwise outstanding commentator has ever expressed. What, yes in heaven’s name, is he thinking? … Michael, I know I am no one who can convince you of anything. But, for God’s sake please listen to Dennis Prager.

      • Nani  •  May 14, 2016 at 3:30 am

        Henry, Hillary may be a liar, corrupt, and egotistical, but that's what most voters believe politicians are. Trump's "sin" hits at who Americans want to believe they are: GOOD PEOPLE. Good people do not support bullies. Say what you want about Trump and why he is the lesser of two evils, but the fact is—and it has never been denied–the man IS a bully.

        If one wants to truly stop the Left from pushing their agenda, one has to offer the rest of America BETTER ideas and a vision that includes everyone. I never did get why the talk show mafia and Fox pundits thought the sole job of Republican politicians was to STOP Liberals; how about detailing the Conservative agenda and explaining why the conservative way is BETTER for everyone? Why do they have so little faith in conservatism?

        You're right, we could have offered a decent and plausible candidate and it IS too late. Now all that is left is a personal decision. Do you want to go on record as hating the Left (something MILLIONS of Americans claim to be) so much that you will side with a bully?

  17. Glen  •  May 13, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    The reason so many are turning to Trump could possibility be because we are sick to death of all the "Political Correctness" . . . the elected politicians that have done "NOTHING" so solve the problems of the USA . . . and for those who are concerned about nothing but being continually RE-ELECTED so they can continue to live off the hard working tax paying (ignorant, in their eyes) voter citizens! Loving God, hear our prayers that truth and justice might reign in the "Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave!"

    • Nani  •  May 13, 2016 at 9:35 pm

      That is one of the reasons. The problem, as I've written, is that when you get a politician that doesn't care what people think, they cannot be controlled. And the person who has his finger on nukes, who commands the world's greatest military, who appoints justices to the highest court in the land, who can use the arm of the IRS and Federal Funding, MUST be controlled by public sentiment.

  18. Harvey Creech  •  May 13, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    We are going to elect Mr Trump!! He has the nomination and he will be President.
    not because of a reality show. HOW could he possibly be worse than we have been living through with these professinal politicians? Us older folks are sick of watching
    our America slip away. mFreedom is precious, fewer than 5% of the people who have ever lived on earth have lived in what Americans have called freedom! I think Trump
    will make a positive difference. I hope

  19. Stephanie Hart  •  May 13, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    This is all so very confusing. I have always been for Ted Cruz because of his intelligence, knowledge of the Constitution, and his integrity and statesmanship. This is what I look for in a LEADER. Drumpf has none of the qualities of what I want in a leader. Out of the 17 candidates from the beginning the ONLY one I said I could never vote for is Drumpf, the presumptive one!!! The more I know of him, the more research I do, the more I see who he surrounds himself with, the more he changes his policies, (or even has any), the more I feel this way. AND he is a bully and has slandered so many good men and women just to WIN WIN WIN! This lack of character disgusts me. It is everything I did NOT teach my 22 year old son!. My conscience and my soul will not allow me to "unite" with GOP with the absolute antithesis of my values. And finally, Drumpf is a LIBERAL!!!!!!!! He has supported liberalism, bought and paid for it, and is a self aggrandizing narcissist of the worst kind. The GOP could have gotten behind true conservatism but they did not. As Drumpf says, "this is the Republican Party, not the Conservative party". He will use his authoritarianism and make it what HE wants, farther and farther left just to WIN WIN WIN! Taxes up, wall maybe, and paid by US, not Mexico, etc. I saw an HBO show last week about Drumpf on "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" about his Scottish golf course. Exactly what will happen here. If you can find it watch it. No, this is NOT what I will unite with, trading one evil for another evil does not equal good. I will write in Ted Cruz which is what I can live with.

    • Nani  •  May 14, 2016 at 3:35 am

      Stephanie, I applaud your decision. I know, it can't have been easy. Hang in there. I believe a lot of people on both sides of the aisle will come to the same conclusion. Character DOES matter, for it really is the imprint of one's soul.

      • Stephanie Hart  •  May 14, 2016 at 9:30 am

        Hi Nani, thank you for the kind words. This election has divided the GOP even more. Friends are against friends, Christians are against Christians and it is a mess all because the GOP has not fought against Obama and now are backing the most liberal, meanish, unstable candidate we could get. It reminds me of Obama, everyone wants a rock star, not a leader. 50+ years of progressivism has ruined our once great nation. I believe Drumpf will win, and that is OK. I choose not to own what he has in store for my son's bleak future. I am praying everyday for a miracle, GOD is in control. I am praying for His mercy on our nation and that he forgives all the social sins we are committing. I am praying for justice for all the lies and cheating of Hillary and that she is indicted. Some say Drumpf will put her in jail after all. We'll see, he is her friend, he just may pardon her instead, that is what most presidents do anyway to look good, and boy does Drumpf want to LOOK good. They both scare me to death and I live in Texas which is about the only sane state left. Our governor is fighting O's edict yesterday about the sick bathroom situation which Drumpf says he believes in. He recently invited BRUCE, alias Caitlyn, Jenner to go the the bathroom in Drumpf tower YEAAAAAA, for him/her, and now he/she wishes he was still a man. I guess that little milestone didn't make him/her happy enough. We are a sick country, getting sicker, and I don't want to be a part of taking the chance of spreading the deadly virus. Been reading so many bible versus that make me feel good about my decision. The convention is 2 months away and the election several months away. Anything can happen. What we do know is that if Drumpf and Hillary go up against each other it will be a show I fear seeing and one I wish my 22 year old son would never have to experience. GOD help us all! Thanks, Nani

  20. Lyle Wammer  •  May 15, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Michael, your observation on Trump's reality show popularity may be true in the sense of him having established his brand, but it goes far deeper than that. Tens of millions of Americans see the country on the verge of total collapse. Who's to deny that "reality?" Oh a separate not, I am hopeful you have checked out my book, ON A FOOL'S ERRAND. Cheers, Lyle. 🙂

  21. Henry  •  May 15, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    I just don't understand this fear of Trump as a bully or as a poor guardian of nuclear weapons. No president is a one-person authority (indeed, one can never be because of the 8 year term limit), but rather the head of an entourage. Trump's entourage would neither permit bullying nor mismanage our military strength. On the other hand, it is all too obvious that Hillary Clinton and her entourage would prove devastating for the nation. How is this even a question for any patriotic American save the oxymoronic "loyal American socialist"? … Someone please explain this to me other than repeating this mantra of "Trump is a bully, Trump is a bully."

    • Nani  •  May 15, 2016 at 5:15 pm

      Henry, how can anyone explain to you why Trump who has already said the military WILL do as HE says (and kill the wives and children of Terrorists) and about a hundred speeches where he seemed to view the Presidency as some kind of kingship is a poor guardian of nukes. You don't even know what a bully is.

  22. Henry  •  May 15, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    Nani, what part of my point that a man is actually his entourage do you not understand? Trump (apparently "cleverly," though most of us are less than enamored) said plenty of questionable things in order to win the nomination. But calmer voices will certainly prevent him from not acting in the best interest of the nation. In contrast, Hillary is absolutely certain to push the agenda of the extreme left because that is in the best interest of her entourage regardless of it not being along the lines of the historical American ideology. … BTW, why do you not suspect that Hillary is not herself quite a bully? She did, after all, go after her husband's mistresses rather than her husband, no?

    • Nani  •  May 16, 2016 at 4:51 am

      Henry, Trump has already proven that he doesn't care what anyone says or does; he and he alone knows what needs to be done. Isn't his inability to be controlled part of his appeal? As for saying whatever he needs to say to be elected…why he sounds like the "lying" establishment "angry" Trumpers claim to hate.

      As for Hillary; again, what makes you think I'd vote for her? I've said it before, I have difficulty stomaching Liberals because I cannot stand bullies period. Trump is an unapologetic bully and I will NEVER go on the record as supporting a bully.

      So what other choice is there? I will abstain from the presidency vote and give my vote to those whose earned it on the Republican side.

      And before you tell me a vote NOT for Trump is a vote for Hillary, no it's a vote NOT for Trump. You and those who voted for and supports Trump put us in this situation and you and yours will carry the shame, not I.

  23. Henry  •  May 16, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    Ah, I see you are fundamentally misreading this election, Nana. For I did NOT vote for Trump. Neither did MOST republicans! Trump received votes from folks who feel he is a moderate! Not a bully, not a racist, not a homophobe, not a misogynist, etc. But someone who is to the right of the Democrat establishment and to left of the Republican establishment. This ought to be considered a refreshing breakthrough. A move towards the center. A bringing in of new voters. With these new voters, Hillary can be defeated. … This is what the left doesn't want. So, the left is painting Trump to be, … you guessed it: a bully, a racist, a homophobe, a misogynist, etc. (Not that they wouldn't have done it with any Republican nominee. The only difference between their handling of Bush 41, Bush 43, and Romney is that they get to add "bully," for the way Trump speaks.) And you have bought into it hook, line, and sinker.

    • Nani  •  May 17, 2016 at 3:07 pm

      Henry, you don't know what a bully is and now you've shown you don't know what a moderate is. Sigh. I can't help you.

      • Henry  •  May 17, 2016 at 9:21 pm

        Nani, (a) While sticks and bones could break bones, and policies can affect lives, words are harmless. To date, the full extent of Trump's "bullying" has been mere words. Nothing more. (b) Hillary Clinton is on the extreme left. Trump is nowhere near her. And Ted Cruz is pretty conservative. Trump is to his left. I think I have a fair understanding of moderate. (c) In any case, I am pretty darn sure I can tell a plant when I see one.

      • Nani  •  May 17, 2016 at 9:54 pm

        "Words are harmless?" Tell that to the parents of children who have committed suicide over internet bullying. Tell that to the people who has been fired, ostracized, and expelled for disagreeing. Words have the power to change a civilization and to eliminate an entire race. It is the fruit of all emotions and the wheel that turns thought.

        Henry, please look up the definition of bully and middle. Trump IS a bully period. And he is not the middle but the EXTREME of both the Left and the Right. Yes, sometimes an extreme will touch the other side but Trump doesn't cross over; he holds on to BOTH.

  24. Henry  •  May 18, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Nani, neither Republicans nor conservatives foster the kind of internet bullying you describe. Trust me, Rosie O'Donnell will not commit suicide for anything Trump has said, past or future. If you wish to discuss "workplace" bullying, then that is all about 'political correctness' and the attacks on the right by the left, … something Donald Trump has thankfully shed some light on. … Now, as for bullying by a national politician, I know of no better example than Hillary Clinton's lying to the parents of the slain brave Americans who defended our embassy in Benghazi. Now that's real bullying! (I will grant that Trump's attack of John McCain—a true American hero—was very inappropriate. Hardly "bullying" as (a) McCain can take it; he's proven he can take a lot worse. And (b) Trump was rightfully upset about the mismanagement of the VA.) Sadly, I assume it would be difficult to document Hillary's bullying of various folks and nations to support the Clinton Foundation, or her bullying of various organizations to part with hundreds of thousands of dollars for speaking fees.

    If you wish to convince folks not to vote for Trump on the grounds that he's a bully, you'll have to do better than that. Meanwhile, I cannot buy into your suggestion that you are a conservative but will sit out this election. One has to stop the bleeding before one can repair the damage. And this nation has to stop the extreme left from occupying the White House. It is very hard to believe that anyone, save a member of the far left, could disagree with this.

    • Nani  •  May 18, 2016 at 4:03 pm

      Henry, Henry, honestly you CAN look up the definition of bullying on the net. The one thing that most people will agree upon, including Trump (he's rather proud of it) is that he IS a bully. The extremes that you go thru to deny this shows how far a Trumper will go to for this guy.

      Honestly, I can't help you. You KNOW who Trump is. Only YOU can decide what to do about it because YOU have to live with yourself.

    • Nani  •  May 18, 2016 at 4:09 pm

      Henry, the very fact that you are trying so hard to convince yourself that Trump is not a bully makes me think that you are uncomfortable with supporting Trump. There's a part of you that knows. Honestly, I don't envy you for YOU have to look at your children and God willing your children's children and know that you voted for a bully to occupy the most powerful position in the world. All on a "hope" that he will right things. Only you can't right something if you're wrong to begin with. Bullying is ALWAYS wrong.

      • Henry  •  May 18, 2016 at 9:11 pm

        Nani, you do have all the hallmarks of a leftist. You don’t listen to what others say. You cling to a mantra (“Trump is a bully”). And you relentlessly won’t let go. … As I told you (but you ignored it), I did NOT vote for Thump. Indeed I am not responsible for his nomination. Middle-class America is responsible for that. If Trump wins this election, there is no certainty whatsoever that he might damage America. But if Hillary wins, the Supreme Court will be lost. All religions will be at risk, Obama’s practice of presidential orders will become the norm, Obama’s failed policies will continue, etc. But you don’t mind any of that. In fact you prefer it. For you are a plant. Only you’re not fooling anyone. … The one interesting thing about Trump is that, just as me with you, he will not cave into the left’s campaign of attacking and demonizing. Finally, there is a candidate who will dish it right back.

        On a lighter note, I am certain no else is listening anymore. So this is bit of a waste of time, isn’t it?

      • Nani  •  May 19, 2016 at 12:03 am

        Agreed, as I said comments ago, I can't help you.

  25. Rizzo  •  May 19, 2016 at 8:19 am

    Henry…
    God bless you. I'm listening, and you have totally exposed Nani for the complete fraud that she is.
    THANK YOU!

    • Nani  •  May 19, 2016 at 5:28 pm

      Poor Rizzo, he can't stand the fact that he isn't worth my time. At least he's found a kindred spirit in Henry. Henry who doesn't understand what bullying and moderate is. Nor apparently a Liberal.

  26. Nani  •  May 19, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    It's sad really for the people that has been "outted" are those who claimed to

    1- Want small government but embraced Trump's idea of a trillion dollar project and government project to get rid of Hispanics.

    2- In fact, there goes our "trillion dollar" debt as Trump treats the USA the way he did those who invested in his projects and went bankrupt. He'll just walk away leaving his "believers" holding the bag. This IS the primary reason why illegal immigration advocate Michelle Malkin refuses to support Trump; he did that to her Atlantic City.

    3- Who insisted that their principles would not allow them to "hold their nose and vote for a RINO" now demands that we support a bully.

    4- How lying Hillary Clinton’s lack of candor and transparency make her unfit for the presidency, but Trump can refuse to release his tax returns and whose "candor" switches and is blamed on wrong questions, equipment, and miscommunication.

    5- That a "real" conservative candidate must have religious faith and values and be willing to fight for the right to practice it. Except when Trump believes he hasn't done ANYTHING to ask God for forgiveness and thinks marrying younger and often is perfectly ok.

    6- Abortion and Planned Parenthood is the rock upon "real conservatives" stand and is nonnegotiable. Except when Trump thinks that the GOP's stand on Abortion should "soften" and that PPH "does good work".

    7- The Military should be honored for their blood and courage, except when they get captured and refuse to leave their fellow men, then they are "losers" so says Trump.

    8- Entitlement expansion must be stemmed so as to prevent bankrupting the system except when it comes to Obamacare; a concept Trump wholeheartedly believes in (how's that Tea Party people?). His solution is that he'll just rename it.

    9- Free trade, except when it comes to trading with China which gives us cheaper goods and Mexico which is a huge trading partner.

    10- Values of decency, civility, old fashion good manners as taught by basic Christianity, except when a bully who thrives on in your face rudeness and unapologetic insults promises revenge on the Left who has tyrannize you with their political correctness. Instead of fighting the bullying with righteousness, you have become the bully: louder, flasher.

    11- That the lost of the last 2 presidential elections is because the GOP has not offered a REAL conservative, only they had a chance and when it came down to it, the talk show mafia and Fox pundits deserted Cruz, and like good minions who has drunk the koolaid too long, you followed. And the appeal of a real conservative has proven to be a fake.

    Now, they are all claiming that they never did vote for Trump; but they made darn sure that no one plausible would win the nomination and so their fondest wish is about to be given: the destruction of the party they hate and have no respect for.

    The sad part is soon they will have no place to go; they will become irrelevant. No one will buy their books and attend their gigs. EVERY time they say things like RINO, NEOCON, ESTABLISHMENT, people will roll their eyes. And every time they accuse someone of being a liberal, the question will come back, "are YOU the one that supported the bully Trump?" You can claim all you want to trying to stop Hillary and liberalism, but thanks to Trump, CONSERVATISM will become toxic and YOUR values will be forever questioned.

    • Henry  •  May 20, 2016 at 10:57 pm

      Nani, much of what you say here is pretty incoherent to me. But, for conciseness’ sake, let me try to summarize: I have admitted that Trump’s insult of McCain is his greatest mistake. All the rest is mostly buying into leftist exaggeration of a man who is such a newcomer to politics that he has stumbled in his clarity. (This is both understandable and refreshing. But I won’t go into that here.)

      Trump won this nomination precisely because of what I had earlier explained: (Again, the fact that you choose to ignore that logic is evidence that you are on the left. Nonetheless I will repeat it.) As “the” conservative in the field Cruz had a lock on roughly 28% of the vote. With Trump holding (for reasons Medved articulated here) some 35%, and Jeb coming from Florida, there was sadly no room for the very conservative and articulate (but not as “darling” to conservatives as the instigator Cruz) Marco Rubio to get the nomination. So, it came down to Cruz—a man who could not possibly defeat the left’s propaganda, hatred, and anger machine—and Trump. So Trump, … a politician of a new and ambiguous genre, easily cruised to the finish. So, yes, conservatism lost.

      But there remains the United States of America. Must it lose too? What hope can any “conservative” possibly be holding onto, that would allow the election of a woman who would further the cause of big government; turn the Supreme Court into a rubber stamp for the left, thereby practically clearing the way for a single party oligarchy; further mismanage the threats of terror, Putin, energy independence, an Iranian nuclear weapon, etc; further the nation’s debt; seek the abolishment of the first two amendments; etc. All of this, you are willing to purchase for the price of calling Trump a bully!

      No, this you cannot do if you are anything to the right of Hillary Clinton. I beseech you. If you are NOT a plant, then ask yourself how you can justify not casting a vote ‘against’ Hillary Clinton and thereby ‘for’ America. But, if you ARE a plant, then just keep repeating your mantra that Trump is a bully, Trump is a bully. … But know that you’ll likely convince no one here, except fellow leftists.

      Rizzo, thank you. I am encouraged that others are still listening. I wonder whether Michael Medved is.

      • Nani  •  May 21, 2016 at 3:35 pm

        Henry, I did as I did with Rizzo a long time ago; I spelled out CLEARLY the reasons why I and I believe anyone of character can NOT vote for Trump. If the list I wrote confuses you, I CANNOT HELP YOU and I am absolutely wasting my time.

  27. Shanalee  •  May 21, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    I think that America is in deep trouble if the final choices for president are Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

    • Nani  •  May 21, 2016 at 5:39 pm

      Shanalee, it does indeed look dark. But have faith for believe it or not, this country, this world has come a long way. I think the extremes of both parties has pushed so far that the only thing left is to destroy it all and rebuild. The GOP had been taken over by name calling bigots which made it easy for the Left to portray them as intolerant sanctimonious Bible thumping idiots. Very few wanted to belong to a group that turned on their own and expected them to be perfect. Instead of offering better ideas and values that encouraged unity, we offered condemnation and demands for "our way". Anything less was not patriotic or evil. And because one of the hallmarks of being an American is being able to disagree, this was particularly offensive.

      This is why, eventually, the Democratic party will also die. Their anti-thought political correctness has made people angry. . Their push for gay couple "normality" on prime time t.v. and attacks against the teachings of Christianity risks their lost of the one voting block they cannot afford to upset and offend: seniors. Black Lives matter has shown the lie that affirmative action and other equality producing acts are, in a nation where OTHER RACES matter too. The Left has made the once compassionate party the "mean kids" whose idea of "cool" is to ridicule anyone who has a different opinion. Instead of "sharing" the power and remembering that Republicans are Americans too; they go out of their way to point out how "cool" they are and above us all. Imagine if Obama came into office and invited the Republicans to help rebuild our economy when he first got elected? He would have gone down as the greatest president ever lived! But no, Obama has and always will be part of the "in" crowd and frankly you can only sit on the edges IF you agree to worship his greatness.
      Again, their time is coming.

      Now it is the GOP's turn. Gone will be the talk show mafia and Fox pundits; they have lost credibility and when Trump loses or worst wins, a new party will form.

      Some will tell you the most important thing is to make sure that Lying Hillary is not elected. I am sorry but that is such a shortsighted comment. The most important thing is to make sure that Trump doesn't destroy who America is. He will widen the divide that has already brought us to the brink of civil war. He will encourage the hate and anger that has made conservatives toxic. Most of all, Trump will create such confusion that civility and decency no longer matters.

      In the end, we all have to make the decisions we can live with.

  28. Henry  •  May 21, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Shanalee, yes, it is truly depressing that a nation of well over 300 million cannot find better candidates than Donald and Hillary. But it came about logically: Political correctness dictated that the Democrats had to nominate Hillary so that the first woman could be elected (never mind her incompetence, lies, and ego). And “playing to the base” would have floated to the top of the Republican ticket a nominee who could not win! … That would only have furthered a cycle that the Republicans cannot overcome: a solid conservative is nominated and then made to appear like the devil incarnate by the left’s propaganda, hatred, and anger machine. Face it. Such a Republican nominee would be painted as stupid, mean, corrupt, racist, homophobic, and a misogynist. And there are enough votes among regular Democrats and the disenfranchised to establish an extreme left oligarchy in the nation.

    But Donald Trump could put a halt to this scenario. Love him or hate him, he is not the darling of either the right or left. He is not a lifelong politician. And, most importantly, he is not going to sit still and let the left’s propaganda, hatred, and anger war machine work him over. (God knows they are already trying like hell.) It is altogether possible that a Trump presidency could (if he doesn’t blow things, and I don’t think his entourage would let him do that) force both parties back towards the center once again. Which I for one prefer. Because I am on neither the extreme right nor the left. I am a patriotic American who understands the ideals of this greatest nation on God’s green earth. And, for those ideals to survive, the nation has got to snatch the presidency and the courts from the extreme left. The bottom line is this: The nation will be in deep trouble for certain if Hillary Clinton gets elected. She would almost certainly get elected against any ‘regular’ Republican because no such Republican could overcome the left’s war machine. But thanks to the Donald’s fight-back spirit and bringing in new voters, the nation might yet be saved.

  29. Nani  •  May 21, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    I've just read an article on Redstate called "Trump's Nomination Needed To Happen So We'd See What We'd Become" by Ben Howe. In it, he said this "Our side, no matter who our leader ended up being, has begun to revel in a misguided sense of justice that wants to laugh at the pain of others in order to feel better about their own."

    Bingo! When did conservatives get so mean?

    I recommend this article to anyone who is feeling disheartened. There ARE some good and decent conservatives out there, who get that without character, there is nothing to fight for.

    More words of wisdom:

    We lost this nomination, not to the left, but to ourselves. To who we had become. And thank God we did. Because banding together to stop Trump from stepping foot in the White House may be the only thing that saves the conservative soul and starts to pull us back to our principles and patriotism and away from this nonstop orgy of hate and anger.

    I wanted Ted Cruz or someone like him to be president. But we weren’t ready. We had to go through this first.

    It’s time to accept that we didn’t just lose to Trump’s wing of the party because we deserved to. We lost to them because we needed to. To quote so many on our side these last several months: we needed to burn the whole thing down

  30. Rizzo  •  May 22, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    God bless you Henry… Keep exposing Nani for the absolute fraud she is!

  31. Uconn2014!  •  May 23, 2016 at 2:38 am

    Michael I totally agree with you. Trump does not have the character to lead this nation. I will not vote for the guy! I am not going to sell out my core principles for anybody. Keep telling the truth Michael, your a great American, God bless America.

    • Nani  •  May 23, 2016 at 2:45 pm

      Uconn2014, for years I have heard about the "principles" of conservatives. The one thing Trump has done for this party is to show exactly who meant it and who did not. As with Stephanie, I know it must not have been an easy decision to not support the GOP nomination. Those who should share your "principles" don't seem to comprehend that it all about character. Without character, one has NO principles, no values, no claim to good. Their call to keep a Liberal out of office no matter what is shortsighted. They are looking at a Republican winning this presidential election, instead of losing a generation of elections because Trump has made conservatives toxic. Republicans HAVE to push back at Trump's brand of conservatism.

      And in the end, as I keep saying, we all have to live with our decisions.

  32. Rizzo  •  May 23, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Uconn
    Do your principles include enabling the election of a socialist, or a leftist liar?
    Your "principles" will result in the end to the second Ammendment, the Constitution generally, and America as we know it.
    Congratulations, That's some kind of set of principles you have.

  33. Rizzo  •  May 23, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    -Silence-

  34. Rizzo  •  May 24, 2016 at 7:33 am

    Poor Nani… Does Trump not pass your purity test?
    Do you need your perfect, ideal candidate, or you will enable the further LONGTERM DESTRUCTION of America?
    Seriously, is there a more gutless position than not voting? If you are so anti-Trump, go vote for Hillary.
    What you advocating for is the most ridiculous, pathetic position I have ever heard of.

  35. Henry  •  May 25, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    Rizzo, it is now my turn to thank you! It is important that loyal Americans expose those that would infiltrate conservative forums and pretend that a Hillary victory would not devastate the nation.

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