Behind Trump’s Texas Show Of Force, A Weakened President
Thousands of cheering supporters greeted Trump in Dallas. But he shares the blame for the GOP’s weakening hold on the country’s largest red state.
Dallas itself is a Democratic stronghold, so Trump’s visit offered a moment for the president to connect with supporters in the surrounding suburbs and rural areas, where he remains popular. But Democrats are gaining on Republicans across Texas. They sharply narrowed the statewide gap in last year’s midterm election, led by O’Rourke’s near-miss Senate campaign. Republicans’ margin of victory in that statewide race was not the double-digit thumping they’re used to here. Sen. Ted Cruz held on to his seat in a less-than-3-percentage-point squeaker, and the power of the far-right dwindled in the Statehouse.Huff Post
Trump supporters cry bitter tears after bus company they never bothered paying leaves them stranded
In reality, U.S. Coachways’ chief marketing officer Joseph Heap tells Sommer, the company withheld the buses because multiple credit card payments made by Trump rally organizers were declined.
“We want to get people down there,” he said. “But unfortunately, payment is required.”
Sommer reports that some Trump supporters took to social media to accuse U.S. Coachways of being part of a diabolical plot to overthrow in American government.Raw Story
“Guess what, you lefty, soy-drinking latte pieces of sh*t: You’re not taking this country,” said one Trump supporter in a YouTube video posted this week. “It ain’t going to happen.”
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‘I Earned My Spurs On The Battlefield’
“I earned my spurs on the battlefield … Donald Trump earned his spurs in a letter from a doctor,” General Mattis said in a reference to a medical deferment for bone spurs that kept Trump from serving in the military during the Vietnam War.
But Mattis quickly moved on from the jokes and picked up a more serious tone, citing a speech that Abraham Lincoln gave in 1838 to the Young Men’s Lyceum of Springfield, Ill.
In it, Lincoln “observed great nations crumble for one of two reasons,” the first being foreign invasion, Mattis said, which the future president dismissed as “inconceivable.”
The second, he said, paraphrasing Lincoln, “was corrosion from within – the rot, the viciousness, the lassitude, the ignorance.”
“Anarchy is one potential consequence of all this. The other is the rise of an ambitious leader, unfettered by conscience, or precedent or decency, who would make himself supreme,” he said.https://www.npr.org/2019/10/18/771206785/mattis-takes-swipe-at-trump-i-earned-my-spurs-on-the-battlefield