Late Night Scary Theatre Open Thread: Trump on A Tear

Jenna Johnson, at the Washington Post, “As news of Trump’s taxes broke, he goes off script at a rally in Pennsylvania”:

MANHEIM, Pa. — Donald Trump’s campaign announced Saturday evening that the candidate would soon deliver a nine-sentence critique of comments Hillary Clinton made months ago about many of the millennials supporting her primary rival, Bernie Sanders. It was an attempt to latch onto a new headline in hopes of finally escaping the controversies that had consumed his week.

It didn’t work.

It took Trump nearly 25 minutes to read the brief statement because he kept going off on one angry tangent after another — ignoring his teleprompters and accusing Clinton of not being “loyal” to her husband, imitating her buckling at a memorial service last month, suggesting that she is “crazy” and saying she should be in prison. He urged his mostly white crowd of supporters to go to polling places in “certain areas” on Election Day to “watch” the voters there. He also repeatedly complained about having a “bum mic” at the first presidential debate and wondered if he should have done another season of “The Apprentice.”…

The rally started more than an hour and 40 minutes late because heavy fog delayed Trump’s arrival. His supporters grew tired of his looping musical playlist, at one point chanting: “Turn it off! Turn it off!”

When Trump finally took the stage, it was clear that he was worked up about something as he quickly rushed through his usual talking points…

Trump yelled at the media to show his crowd, which he said would make for “better television,” pledged to win Pennsylvania and called supporters of international trade “blood suckers.”

“Oh, I could be doing the ‘Apprentice’ right now,” Trump said at one point, seeming to harken back to a happier time in his life. “I loved it — 14 seasons. How good was that? Tremendous success. They wanted to extend — I could be doing the ‘Apprentice’ now. Somehow I think this is a little bit more important. Do we agree? Just a little bit?”

As he spoke, dozens of people left the rally early, tired from standing for hours and hoping to beat the traffic. Those who remained leaned against walls, barricades and each other. One woman rubbed her knees. Another took a phone call: “I’m still here… He started an hour and a half late… I’ll call you whenever we get out of here.”

“I didn’t need to do this, folks,” Trump said of his candidacy. “Believe me. This is tough work… This is hard work. Believe me, folks. This is hard work.”…

Guy is unravelling right before the crowd’s eyes, but the GOP is still determined to drag his bloated carcass around for another six weeks, because what else have they got?








Open Thread: #LastTimeTrumpPaidTaxes

As always, you don’t need a Twitter account to enjoy the show.

(That’s Timothy McVeigh, if you’re too young to remember.)








Late Night Whodunit Open Thread: October Surprise Already?

Trump, letting go of his meagre moiety of marbles…

Yesterday, one of the NYTimes‘ least explicable hires, Alessandra Stanley, got some prime space in the ‘Fashion & Style’ section to discuss, in the most anodyne possible terms, “The Other Trump“…

… For much of the campaign, except for a brief speech at the Republican National Convention, Tiffany — Donald J. Trump’s daughter with his former wife Marla Maples — has been the B-list Trump, off to the side in family photos and missing from the campaign trail and that now-infamously spooky ad aimed at the millennial vote.

She was left out of the biographical documentary of Mr. Trump shown at that convention and was unmentioned in news articles that detail the advice his three older children are doling out as the race gets tighter…

As the campaign grapples with the post-debate firestorm Mr. Trump started by fat-shaming a former Miss Universe, his youngest daughter may be around a lot more. He could use an extra young woman in his corner.

Mr. Trump’s team appears to be grooming Tiffany — gingerly — to pitch in on the campaign trail in the coming weeks, particularly with millennials. Her Instagram feed, which in the past was dotted with party shots of her and a group of close friends who have been called the “Snap Pack,” has been cleaned up, and her Twitter account largely restricted to campaign photos and a fund-raising pitch by Tiffany, and steering clear of any Skittles-like controversies.

Tiffany, according to her mother, has felt wounded by the media depictions of her as the forgotten Trump and is eager to help out on her father’s campaign as it heads into its final six weeks…

If the Trickster God were a better scriptwriter, one could easily imagine the jump cut to Marla on the phone, yelling “We had an agreement, Donald — that you’d keep Marla Tiffany out of your dirty business!”








Saturday Morning Open Thread: Ready for the Weekend

And it’s schadenfreude for breakfast, again! Per the Washington Post, “Trump’s bad week is a ‘nightmare’ for the GOP”:

Republican leaders and strategists are unnerved by Donald Trump’s erratic attacks on a Latina beauty queen and other outbursts this week, increasingly fearful that the GOP nominee is damaging his White House hopes and doing lasting harm to the party in the campaign’s final stretch…

Senate and House candidates are ducking questions about Trump and distancing themselves, while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has refused to talk about him. And few elected leaders are counseling him.

“Maybe every two weeks,” House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) said to a business crowd about how often he speaks with Trump…

Reflecting upon Trump’s actions, Matt Borges, the Republican Party chairman in battleground Ohio, said, “Can this thing just end — please?”

“My God,” he sighed, “what a nightmare.”…

Polls show Clinton beginning to pull away in several states, with seven-point leads in the latest polls from Michigan and New Hampshire, and ticking up in national surveys. A Fox News national poll released Friday showed Clinton ahead of Trump 43 percent to 40 percent in a four-way race.

In private conversations this week, Trump’s high command has sought to reassure party figures, including Senate and House leaders, that there is no reason to be alarmed by the debate or by Trump’s ensuing theatrics, explaining them away as part of his appeal to the masses.

Publicly, the candidate’s top allies angrily batted away all criticism and said they consider it a betrayal of the nominee. Former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, a confidant of Trump’s who spent much of the week traveling at the candidate’s side, blasted fellow Republicans for widespread disunity that he does not see in the rival party.

“Republicans are a bunch of frightened rabbits,” Giuliani said. “Unfortunately, we have a party made up of a bunch of people who get frightened very easily, and their hands start to shake whenever something happens that they don’t like.”…

At an intimate fundraiser Wednesday for Rep. Joseph J. Heck (R-Nev.), who is running for the Senate, McConnell asked the group of about a dozen supporters how many of them think Trump can win. About half of the attendees raised their hands. But when McConnell then asked how many thought Trump would win, no hands went up, and the room fell silent, according to a person familiar with the scene who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a closed event.

Few Republicans were keen on discussing Trump’s debate performance or defending the personal dramas he has reignited. McConnell bluntly swept aside questions about Trump.

“This is not something that I am going to discuss today,” the Senate leader told one reporter who asked about Trump’s impact on Senate races.

Pressed by another reporter about why he would not speak about Trump, McConnell replied, “Because I choose not to.”

When Ryan was asked to comment on Trump’s attacks Tuesday on Machado, the Wisconsin Republican demurred: “I was working out and working this morning. I didn’t watch.”…

When things turn tough, everybody retreats to their comfort zone. McTurtle turtles; PX90 Boy scurries to the no-media-permitted Congressional gym. And their presidential candidate sits up till dawn, watching ‘the shows’ and rage-tweeting at his enemies, real & imagined.
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Apart from enjoying the spectacle of the GOP self-destructing, what’s on the agenda for the day?








Late Night WTF Open Thread: All the Best People

Thing about Presidential Candidate Donald J. Trump: He has not made himself popular with quite a few people who would normally be voting Republican. That’s the Wall Street Journal, pointing out how many serious money guys would rather vote for a woman Demon-crat than Deadbeat Donnie! Not to mention, former Republican Presidents of sterling pedigree…
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