The Trump dominoes start to fall UPDATED

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As Ted Cruz and John Kasich withdraw from the Presidential competition, Donald Trump is now the presumptive nominee of the GOP. There are words to be eaten. There are consequences to be faced, even as Hillary begs the press to help her defeat Trump.

GOP mega donors have been sitting on their checkbooks up to now:

Republican mega-donors, increasingly fed up with their party’s circus-like presidential primary, are sitting on their checkbooks until the nominee is decided.

GOP campaigns and super-PACs saw dismal fundraising figures in March. John Kasich’s campaign took in $4.5 million and his supporting super-PAC $2.8 million for the month — numbers Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders’s campaign can beat on a good day.

Now they face a tough choice- support Trump or look in part responsible for Hillary being elected. So now they’re having to re-evaluate:

Shellshocked Republican donors are giving Donald Trump a second look now that he’s the party’s presumptive presidental nominee.

Rockwell Schnabel, an influential Republican donor from California, is the perfect example.

Schnabel said he is deeply skeptical of Trump — but he feels even worse about Hillary Clinton.
“As the nominee, at some point I would support him, and yes that would mean ultimately financially as well,” Schnabel told The Hill a day after Trump became his party’s presumptive nominee.

Schnabel, who previously maxed out to Marco Rubio’s and Jeb Bush’s presidential campaigns, said he has a conversation scheduled next week with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus to figure out how he can be helpful to the general election effort.

Mexico has not been hesitant to express its displeasure with Trump:

(WASHINGTON POST) MEXICO CITY — The rise of Donald Trump and the anti-immigrant wave he is riding in his presidential primary campaign have alarmed the Mexican government so much that it has reshuffled top diplomats and, according to officials, adopted a new strategy — to defend the image of Mexicans abroad.

Trump has consistently targeted the United States’ southern neighbor, calling Mexican border-crossers “rapists” and criminals and threatening to cut off the money they send home to their families unless Mexico pays for a border wall. But for months, the Mexican government has opted to remain quiet, with a few high-profile exceptions, rather than publicly challenging Trump’s claims.

Under mounting domestic pressure, Mexican officials now say they have chosen a new strategy: to stand up for Mexicans and defend the reputation of their countrymen living in the United States.

Well, that was so last month:

Mexican officials are focusing on the positives in the U.S.-Mexico relationship, avoiding direct references to the presidential campaign.

In an interview with The Hill Monday, Secretary of the Economy Ildefonso Guajardo said “it’s not very convenient for foreign officials” to comment on U.S. elections. He said they will instead focus on the massive economic potential of the U.S.-Mexico partnership.

“The mere fact that Mexico has become an item in the debate should be an opportunity to reinforce the U.S-Mexico relationship. In a way, underlying that reality is the fact that whatever happens in Mexico has an impact in the U.S. That in itself is good,” said Guajardo.

The Mexican government has traditionally avoided commentary on foreign elections, but as Donald Trump heightened his rhetoric against immigrants and about building a border wall, several high officials took the bait.

The secretaries of Finance and Foreign Affairs called Trump “ignorant.” in March, President Enrique Peña Nieto compared Trump’s rhetoric to Mussolini and Hitler. And in April, Guajardo himself said Mexico would always be the United State’s largest trading partner, unless “Trump wins the election.”

But later that month, the Mexican federal government overhauled its diplomatic corps in the United States and unveiled a new strategy centered on improving the country’s image with its northern neighbor.

There are quite a number of notable Republicans who assert that they will never support Trump. Among them:

Brent Bozell, conservative activist

Bruce Carroll, creator GayPatriot.org

Jay Caruso, RedState

Mona Charen, senior fellow at Ethics and Public Policy Center

Linda Chavez, columnist

Dean Clancy, former FreedomWorks vice president

Eliot Cohen, former George W. Bush official

Former Sen. Norm Coleman (Minn.)

Charles C. W. Cooke, writer for National Review

Rory Cooper, GOP strategist, managing director Purple Strategies

Jim Cunneen, former Calif. assemblyman

Rep. Carlos Curbelo (Fla.)

Steve Deace, radio host

Rep. Bob Dold (Ill.)

Erick Erickson, writer

They too face a conundrum. Do they discourage support for Trump and risk appearing to offer de facto support to Hillary Clinton? Do those whose incomes depend on their readers bet on that?

It will be interesting to watch. Pass the popcorn and let’s watch the dominoes fall.

UPDATE

Another domino falls:
President Fox Apologizes, Invites Trump to Mexico

SANTA MONICA, California — During an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, former Mexican President Vicente Fox apologized Wednesday for the vulgar language he has used regarding GOP frontrunner Donald Trump’s proposal to build a wall along the southern border and invited the likely Republican nominee to Mexico to see the border from the other side.

Earlier this year, Fox said that he would not pay for Trump’s “f*cking wall,” and called Trump “Ignorant … crazy … egocentric … nasty … [a] false prophet.” Trump then called on Fox to apologize.

On Wednesday, he did so — in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News — and added that he wanted Trump to come to Mexico to see the border from the other side.

“I apologize. Forgiveness is one of the greatest qualities that human beings have, is the quality of a compassionate leader. You have to be humble. You have to be compassionate. You have to love thy neighbor,” Fox explained to Breitbart News while sitting in the hotel of the J.W. Marriott in Santa Monica, California on Wednesday afternoon.

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36 Responses to “The Trump dominoes start to fall UPDATED”

  1. 1

    Ditto

    Schnabel said he is deeply skeptical of Trump — but he feels even worse about Hillary Clinton.

    Hell I’ve been skeptical of every politician who has run since Reagan.

    But later that month, the Mexican federal government overhauled its diplomatic corps in the United States and unveiled a new strategy centered on improving the country’s image with its northern neighbor.

    You want to improve Mexico’s image? Stop trying to restart the Mexican American War by annexing parts of the US with your government supported mass invasion of illegal colonists.

  2. 3

    Ditto

    @Redteam:

    No, it’s just resting on the bottom scum. If their in-your-face Mexican-flag-waving ‘taking back what’s ours, illegal colonists, with their rioting and attacking continues, (and if there’s terrorists attacks from Middle-Eastern thugs, some who crossed the Mexican border with the help of Drug cartels,) it’s going to get much worse.

  3. 4

    Petercat

    Maybe those Republicans aren’t so “notable”, except among the elite. I only recognized two.

    Fox also said:
    “I don’t think he should follow the strategy of attacking others, offending others, to get to his purpose. There are other ways and means of doing it,”
    Nice one, hypocrite.
    Then he offered to teach Mr. Trump to think intelligently…
    Way to get it done, Fox. Apologize out of one side of your mouth and insult out of the other. You may be running scared, but apparently you’re not scared enough…yet.
    Your family’s income is about to be drastically reduced, as soon as the wall goes up and drug trafficking and sex slave trading is slowed down.

    Cruz for SCOTUS 2017!

  4. 7

    Randy

    Notice how John and Rich always refer to polls instead of commenting on the subject of the post? Makes you think that they are not capable of reading and comprehending the post.

  5. 8

    John

    Randy my guess is that the posts about polls only bother you because they make the GOP look so bad.
    I do think that since the title of this is about Trump and dominoes falling that polls showing Trumps lack of support might be of some interest
    These polls show lack of support even among Republicans

  6. 9

    Randy

    I guess I am right about the reading part. They only read subjects, not the critical part where one has to think and analyze the presented thoughts.

  7. 12

    Ditto

    @Randy:

    That’s because if they look around enough they can eventually find and cherry pick a leftist poll that will favor their argument. The vast majority of the links trolls provide are from far left sites.

  8. 13

    John

    Nate Silver 538 provides a site with ratings of pollsters
    Of course one should also look at how accurate in the past any pollster has been
    RealClearPolitics also provides an on going average using 6-8 pollsters for many match ups
    Currently only one in their list, Rasmussen, shows Trump out polling Clinton. Rasmussen is not rated well amongst other reasons he only calls landlines which many people more inclined to vote Dem no longer use. Silver also rates him leaning right 3-3 points
    Randy are you thinking of me a bit too much lately ?

  9. 14

    Redteam

    @John: So you’re admitting the tide is turning. At first NO polls showed Trump winning, Now they’re all getting closer with one going over to Trump, so the next round it’ll be one more, then one more, etc. A ship does not turn around all at once, it goes through 180 degrees, one at a time until the course is reversed.

  10. 15

    john

    Red Team of course some polls have always showed Trump winning in some states. He is some 27 points up on Clinton in WV theseRCP polls were ALL (not cherry picked) of the latest polls from RCP
    And quinnipac is rated B pretty good as a pollster.
    But please also remember that although Trump is for all intensive purposes THE GOP nominee, the Dems still have 2 in the race, in that same poll in that same state Sanders beats Trump.

    Florida: Trump vs. Clinton Quinnipiac Clinton 43, Trump 42 Clinton +1
    Ohio: Trump vs. Clinton Quinnipiac Clinton 39, Trump 43 Trump +4
    Pennsylvania: Trump vs. Clinton Quinnipiac Clinton 43, Trump 42 Clinton +1
    Florida: Trump vs. Sanders Quinnipiac Trump 42, Sanders 44 Sanders +2
    Ohio: Trump vs. Sanders Quinnipiac Sanders 43, Trump 41 Sanders +2
    Pennsylvania: Trump vs. Sanders Quinnipiac Sanders 47, Trump 41 Sanders +6
    General Election: Trump vs. Clinton PPP (D) Clinton 47, Trump 41 Clinton +6
    General Election: Trump vs. Sanders PPP (D) Sanders 50, Trump 39
    I think more surprising than the Ohio results is the poll from GA on Saturday which showed Trump leading by only a single percent, that from a deep red state

  11. 16

    Nanny G

    @john: But please also remember that although Trump is for all intensive purposes THE GOP nominee, the Dems still have 2 in the race…..

    Brilliant point, john.
    But please also remember that although TrumpHillary is for all intensive purposes THE GOPDem nominee, the Dems GOP still have had 2 17 in the race….until, one-by-one the others all dropped out.
    And, yeah, that competition ate into Trump’s numbers in any poll….until now.

  12. 17

    Redteam

    @john: Did your cell phone do this? “for all intensive purposes ” shouldn’t that be ‘for all intents and purposes’? Ah heck, it was the phone…. anyhow, No one in the civilized world thinks Sanders is a serious presidential candidate. It’s still being played as a huge joke on Dimocrats. It’s to show them just how serious a candidate Hillary is. When she is virtually tied with someone with absolutely no chance, what does that say about her. But i’m sure RW is going to vote for Bernie, he will write him in if he doesn’t become the candidate. Hmmm, maybe those purposes are intensive.

  13. 18

    john

    I thought Cruz and Rubio and Carson et al had already dropped out
    Sanders hasn’t
    auto correct from trying to use voice to text RT please remember i am a worker trying to post at stoplights
    RT are you a worker ?

  14. 20

    Redteam

    @john:

    RT are you a worker ?

    nope, been retired a long time.
    Siri must be solar powered. I guess the Dims are going ballistic with the polls beginning to turn around and show that Trump is likely winner in Nov.

  15. 21

    John

    So you are one of those 94 million out of the workforce
    No wonder you say the country is going to hell in a hand basket
    Oooopz I guess I should have realized you needed an explanation about “Siri”
    It is an Apple app on iPhones

  16. 22

    Redteam

    @John:

    Oooopz I guess I should have realized you needed an explanation about “Siri”
    It is an Apple app on iPhones

    No, I’m lucky I have one of those solar powered I Phones and it has Siri on it. She says she doesn’t care for the solar power, she has to stay in the sun too long and it is bad for her complexion.

    So you are one of those 94 million out of the workforce

    No, I’m too old to be considered as ‘in the work force’. I worked from the time I was 14 until I was 61 and never went without a job, except one semester while in College. Worked the other 7 semesters.
    I get by extremely well on my retirement (well planned for) income and don’t have to depend on the public dole for my income.

  17. 23

    Ditto

    @Redteam:

    So you are one of those 94 million out of the workforce

    Retirees, by the very definition of the word and statistical practice, are not included in calculations of those who are counted as “out of the workforce” because they are obviously not eligible by virtue of them being retired. Greg couldn’t get that through his dense head either, even after holding his hand and directing him to the BLS website, where it describes how the government counts those whom are eligible for the workforce.

    Typical that the political left doesn’t want to look at numbers that show the actual results of their failed programs and terrible leadership.

  18. 24

    Ditto

    I prefer results over polls

    LIVE Election Results: West Virginia and Nebraska (5-10-16)

    Nebraska

    Republican Primary (98.0% Reporting)
    Ted Cruz 18.5%
    Donald Trump 61.4%
    John Kasich 11.4%

    West Virginia

    Republican Primary (91.4% Reporting)
    Ted Cruz 9.1%
    Donald Trump 76.7%
    John Kasich 7.0%

    Democrat Primary (91.4% Reporting)
    Hillary Clinton 36.0%
    Bernie Sanders 51.4%

    New York Times: May 10 Primary Results

    Republicans Neb. W.Va. Delegates
    36 del. 34 del May 10 Total
    Donald J. Trump 61.4% 76.7% 39 1,059
    Ted Cruz 1 8.5% 9.1% — 546
    John Kasich 11.4% 7.0% — 153
    Reporting 100% 92% 1,237 to win

    Democrats West Virginia 29 del Delegates May 10 Total
    Hillary Clinton 36.0% 11 1,716
    Bernie Sanders 51.4% 16 1,430
    Reporting 92% 2,383 to win
    Democratic delegates only include pledged delegates.

    Fox news has slightly different numbers

    Donald J. Trump 1,107
    Ted Cruz 546
    John Kasich 153

    Democrats West Virginia 29 del Delegates May 10 Total
    delegates Super Delegates Total
    Hillary Clinton 1,716 523 2,239
    Bernie Sanders 1,430 39 1.469

    Hillary is 144 delegates away
    Depending on who is reporting, Trump is 130 or 179 away.

  19. 25

    john

    RT when the figure 92 or 94 million Americans not working was used it INCLUDED those who were retired Wall Street Journal did an article about who those millions actually were http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/10/21/what-we-know-about-the-92-million-americans-who-arent-in-the-labor-force/
    Yes you are included in that 92 million
    who are not working
    As far as the left going ballistic on the basis of state level polls I think a bit of hyperbole
    Since you seem so quite certain of the outcome in Nov are you placing any wagers on it through the electronic markets?

  20. 26

    Richard Wheeler

    @Ditto: Here’s some final national polls you might wanna remember–
    11/2008 69,456,897–59,934,814—365-173
    11/2012 65,918,507–60,934,407—332-206

    or choose to forget.

  21. 28

    Richard Wheeler

    @Ditto: You chose to forget–O.K.
    Polls in May of 2016 hardly relevant to Nov. of 2016.
    HRC VS DT—-A very sad choice.
    Did you support Trump when he ran for POTUS IN 2000?

  22. 29

    Ditto

    @Richard Wheeler:

    Here is a much more important to me and relevant poll that I think even you can appreciate: Military Times survey: Troops prefer Trump to Clinton by a huge margin

    Military personnel also demonstrated strong support for Trump in a Military Times reader survey conducted in March. Trump was the most popular candidate among the six presidential candidates remaining then, and the clear choice among Republican service members.

    (Snip)

    Officers were more likely to back Clinton than enlisted troops, though the officers still favored Trump by a 46 percent to 32 percent tally. Enlisted respondents broke 58 percent to 21 percent for Trump.

    The same held for Sanders, where he outpaced Trump’s support by a 45 percent to 43 percent margin among Navy members. Among the services, Marines were the most likely to support Trump (60 percent said they’d vote for him) while sailors were the most likely to support Clinton (31 percent said they would vote for her).

    The survey began the day of the Indiana primary, before Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz dropped out of the presidential contest, and remained open until later that week. Military members surveyed backed Cruz over Clinton and Sanders, as well, though not by as large of a margin as Trump.

  23. 30

    Richard Wheeler

    @Ditto: I wonder how many know he skipped out of service during V.N war–or the way he dissed the POW’S—Probably more of the Officers.
    Would suspect many young enlisted support Sanders.

  24. 31

    John

    In NC less than 2% of the military voted in 2012
    2 of my uncles were professional military neither ever voted until they left the service they both said as professional soldiers they were above partisan politics

  25. 33

    john

    RW unsure of which of my statements you found ridiculous
    as for the first about voting
    http://mvpproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Bleak-Picture-for-Military-Voters.pdf
    Incidentally that Act to make it easier for active duty to vote was passed in 2009 signed by Obama passed by Dem Congress apparently it was not considered important before that by the GOP The article states that absenttee ballot requests run less than 2%

    As for professional soldiers and politics both uncles did their 30 and retired in 1969 their heroes were men like Eisenhower and Patton both of whom publicly stated they didn’t vote
    http://www.scpr.org/programs/airtalk/2014/08/14/38879/should-military-officers-renounce-political-activi/

    Now the McClintock campaign is taking issue with Moore’s lack of voter participation. The 36-year old former Army captain and current major in the Army National Guard said he made a conscious decision to stay away from the ballot box — a choice also made by former military leaders such as Dwight Eisenhower, George C. Marshall and George S. Patton.

    Unsure if anyone told them that was ridiculous

  26. 34

    Redteam

    @john:

    All those who don’t have a job and aren’t looking are lumped together under the fishy-sounding classification “not in the labor force.”

    These retirees are overwhelmingly actually of retirement age. It makes perfect sense to consider them outside the labor force

    John, it’s semantics. Retired people are not “in the work force, or part of the work force.” That would be like saying I’m one the people of the right age group to get pregnant, but since I’m not pregnant, it’s just because I choose not to be. If I don’t ‘choose’ not to get pregnant, then I still have to be counted in the group that could get pregnant. There is no accounting for the stupidity of stories such as that link babbling about ‘out of work’ except to say they have to be Dimocrats.
    If a person has worked until they are ready to retire, then they retire, they are not still part of the ‘work force’.

  27. 35

    Redteam

    @Richard Wheeler:

    I wonder how many know he skipped out of service during V.N war

    None know it because he didn’t. He had a medical rejection. Hardly ‘skipping out’ The Navy I was in, considering the candidates HRC and DT would have supported Trump by about 98%. Notice the polls show Marines heavily favor Trump. Shows how far RW has sunk.

    Would suspect many young enlisted support Sanders.

    Chuckle.

  28. 36

    Ditto

    @Redteam:

    ohn, it’s semantics. Retired people are not “in the work force, or part of the work force.” That would be like saying I’m one the people of the right age group to get pregnant, but since I’m not pregnant, it’s just because I choose not to be.

    That brings us right around to abortion. Using a corollary of John’s logic; If a fetus has the exact same Human DNA chromosomes in the womb as it does outside of the womb, how can it not be considered a human before it’s born?

    Answer: Exactly as you say, because of semantics. The word fetus means ‘a baby in the womb prior to birth,’ A retiree is still a person, but because they are retired they are no longer by definition working as they have made themselves ineligible for the workforce. This not to say that they can not voluntarily put themselves back in the workforce, but then they are no longer retired. N’est ce paz? And of course a fetus can be removed from the womb prematurely, and be counted as “born”

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