- The former communications director for a pro-Trump super PAC, Stephanie Cegielski, changed her mind about Trump and writes:
I’ll say it again: Trump never intended to be the candidate. But his pride is too out of control to stop him now.
You can give Trump the biggest gift possible if you are a Trump supporter: stop supporting him.
He doesn’t want the White House. He just wants to be able to say that he could have run the White House. He’s achieved that already and then some. If there is any question, take it from someone who was recruited to help the candidate succeed, and initially very much wanted him to do so.
The hard truth is: Trump only cares about Trump.
The man does not know policy, nor does he have the humility to admit what he does not know — the most frightening position of all.
- Donald Trump called into Wisconsin radio host Charlie Sykes’ show, unaware that Sykes is a #NeverTrump campaigner. Sykes ground Trump into dust.
Ted Cruz’s campaign out-organized Donald Trump’s campaign in Louisiana and ended up with more delegates despite Trump’s winning more votes. Of course that has Trump threatening to sue.
This is really pathetic. The guy who promised us he’d give us winning until we were tired of winning is, as I noted earlier in the week, being out hustled and out organized by Ted Cruz. The problem isn’t a broken system. The system was well known to everyone before the primary started. The problem is a slovenly, flaccid, elderly candidate who has never worked for a single thing in his entire life decided that all he had to do was show up, buy or rent Ben Carson and Mike Huckabee and Breitbart and Fox News, let his campaign manager push a few girls around, and he’d win the nomination. Now he sees he is cratering in national polls, the blow back from his stupid, juvenile and unmanly attack on Ted Cruz via his butt-buddy at the National Enquirer is going to be horrendous, and as the Republican field collapses to two candidates the 70% of the GOP electorate who oppose a Donald Trump candidacy will coalesce against him.
Trump is whining about the process because he is not running his campaign any better than he has run any of his business ventures.
- Kevin Williamson writes on “The Stupid Psychopath Problem,” where Donald Trump is the psychopath:
Trump is a habitual liar and a man who has treated his wives and family with an unusual level of callousness. Though he is as dumb as nine chickens, he knows that he is in this regard somewhat like mentally normal men, that whatever sort of conscience he has is an atrophied and useless thing. He believes this to be a virtue. Indeed, his entire public persona is constructed around convincing himself — not the public, but himself — that this is in fact a virtue, that he isn’t a man who is cruel to women and heedless of his children and dishonest in his business affairs but a man who is tough, assertive, willing to do things that other men are not willing to do, etc.
- A.D.P. Efferson uses the crisis theory and intervention model to explain “The Psychology Behind the Trump Phenomenon”:
For some, survival mode has taken the form of anxiously waiting for the current administration to leave; just counting down the days until a new president takes office. Something has happened during this period of survival, though. A desperate belief took root among some of us: the only way to get America back is by brute force. In every way, Trump was inevitable. The president’s failed leadership all but guaranteed it. Trump is Obama’s legacy.
A super PAC that was promoting Ben Carson to be vice-president shut down after widespread complaints about its using Carson’s name to fundraise after he withdrew from the presidential race.
The Department of Justice successfully accessed the data stored on a San Bernardino terrorist’s iPhone without requiring Apple to re-write its operating system, so the DOJ moved to vacate the court order compelling Apple to help them.
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal (R) vetoed a religious liberty bill modeled in part on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
The death toll in the Lahore bombing is up to 72, with 36 of them being children. More than 320 people were injured.
The Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB) is set to abandon President Dilma Rousseff’s coalition government, which will all but guarantee her impeachment. Coincidentally this will put Vice President Michel Temer, the leader of PMDB, in the president’s office.
Belgian police released Fayçal Cheffou, the man they believed was the third terrorist at the Brussels airport. Authorities said they lacked enough evidence to try Cheffou.
Japan’s military powered up a radar station on the island of Yonaguni in the East China Sea. As you’d expect, China complained.
Israel encouraged all of its citizens to leave Turkey given the threat of more terrorist attacks. ISIS is reportedly planning an attack on Jewish schools in Turkey.
Israel’s Supreme Court shot down the commercial agreement governing the exploitation of the country’s offshore natural gas fields, further delaying already delayed production.