Meet “The Donald” (GOP Wunderkind)
“Republicans who started off viewing Donald Trump as an amusing sideshow are starting to fret that the real estate billionaire is becoming the main event.
Since he defied skeptics and launched his presidential bid last month, Trump has rocketed in the polls, dominated media coverage and helped steer the debate on issues…….Trump accounted for a stunning 48 percent of all social media and traditional media conversation about politics over the last week, according to analytics group Zignal labs for The Washington Post. Trump had 1.9 million mentions, compared with just 448,000 for top Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton.” New York Post, Geoff Earle, July10
In politics there are good guys and gals, bad guys, and guys and gals of little or no account.
Wake Up, GOP - Donald is Trump is Winning. Don’t tempt him to run as an Independent.
Let’s get right down to business and take a close look at Donald Trump, often referred to as “The Donald.”
The July 9 issue of The Washington Post has a front page story below the fold in the far right column headlined “Leaders fear Trump is hurting GOP image. Alarmed RNC chief asks mogul to tone done his incendiary remarks.”
“The call from Republican Party Chairman, Reince Priebus, described donors and consultants briefed on the conversation and confirmed by the RNC underscoring the extent to which Trump has gone from an embarrassment to a cause for serious consideration.
Another GOP sage said of Trump: “I think he’ll self- destruct relatively quickly. The dynamic, I think, will change very dramatically, and Trump will be yesterday’s news,” said former Senator Robert F. Bennett (R-Utah).
Meanwhile, Trump’s allegedly distasteful comments about immigrants and immigration have caused him and his golf courses to lose PGA tournaments such as the 2015 PGA Grand Slam.
Enter Stage Left-- Hillary Clinton, the Democrat presumptive nominee and former secretary of state who is doing all she can to make the GOP accountable for Trump’s words: “I feel very bad and very disappointed with him and with the Republican Party for not responding immediately and saying, ‘Enough! Stop it!’
Amid the furor, well-known Spanish-born chef Jose Andres who became a U.S. citizen in 2013 after living in this country for decades, reports the Post, said: “I believe every human being deserves respect, regardless of immigration status.
“Donald Trump’s recent statements disparaging immigrants make it impossible for my company and me to move forward in Trump International’s upcoming hotel in Washington, D.C.” The statement goes on: “More than half of my team is Hispanic, as are many of our guests.”
Kitchen Aid the company that sponsors the Senior PGA, which is slated for Trump’s Virginia golf course in 2017, noted in a statement that the company did not pick the name.
Trump Speaks Up
Trump told audiences that he loves the Mexican people. We have to secure our borders to remain a sovereign nation. The Mexican leaders are smarter than our leaders and are “taking us for a ride.”
Pope Francis: An Appeal from the Top: Unify, Spread the Faith
Pope Francis told a crowd of more than 1 million people in Quito Ecuador to channel the same urgency that brought Latin America its independence from Spain into spreading the faith on a continent where Catholicism is losing souls to evangelical movements (AP, Nicole Winfield and Jacobo Garcia).
Said the Holy Father: “Evangelization doesn’t consist in proselytizing but in attracting by our witness to those who are far off, in humbly drawing near to those who feel distant from God and the Church, those who are fearful or indifferent. Proselytism is a caricature of evangelization.”
His final Mass featured readings in Quichua, the native language mostly spoken in Ecuador, and Ecuadorean vestments for himself.
It kicked off a final full day in Ecuador that began with meetings with bishops and included a visit to Quito’s Catholic University for a session with students and professors that likely would show Pope Francis at his best.