Are labor unions giving serious thought to endorsing Trump? According to Sean Higgins of the Washington Examiner they are. Specifically the CWA and the Teamsters. In his 10-4-15 article Higgins discusses how the Teamsters put off their 2016 candidate endorsement and cited a Fox report it was caused by member support for Trump. The same scenario for the CWA, as Chris Shelton CWA president stated “If our members come out with Trump we will endorse Trump.” And from there an article is born and not born with much logic or sense.
The statement by the CWA’s Shelton, is merely a political one. What is he going to say if his union hasn’t endorsed anyone? If the membership wants Trump they can screw off we won’t endorse him? Shelton does have to win an election. The Teamsters, in their statement said very little on who they would possibly endorse. If Fox News reports that some in the Teamsters is leaning toward Trump? That is a possible news worthy article? Who did they interview or poll? One truck driver driving cross country on the roads of Nebraska in the middle of a corn field? Fox would be far from a reliable source in regard to unions. And this certainly smells of “spin”.
Higgins eventually ends the article with possibly some reality. That “union interest in Trump is a grassroots movement.” Again the one truck driver in Nebraska?
Could there be some in the rank and file that like Trump? Sure there is , we have stupid everywhere. Is it enough to get Trump an endorsement? That answer would be a resounding NO. Trump is no friend of Unions or workers. When he owned Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, how much did he spend to thwart the organizing drive (s) of his casinos? A good question for the Republican front-runner and one FOX or Higgins for that matter wouldn’t ask.
Stop misleading the public Mr. Higgins for the benefit of views.
Donald Trump’s campaign for president seems to be gaining some steam and he owes it to his policy ideas? Not exactly but it seems that throwing out wild statements with just a bit of an idea, is enough so far to keep on top. The latest being the “30 million illegal immigrants he will send packing.” Trumps number is a bit off according to the experts by about 19 million. He must be getting his number from Ann Coulter. According to many experts the number is more in the range of 11-12 million. http://www.politifact.com/florida/statements/2015/jul/28/donald-trump/donald-trump-says-number-illegal-immigrants-30-mil/
Trump has went on to say that the wall on our southern border will be built under his leadership and MEXICO will finance it.
Trump on the 14th Amendment? Birth in this country should not be the sole qualifier to citizenship. or as The Donald has stated: a pregnant woman about to give birth, drags herself over the border and gives birth and now that child is a citizen.” (anchor baby)
Trump’s comments which are pushing his polling numbers are now moving the other candidates in conversation. Discussing illegal immigration when they were not. Is Trump wrong on the issue? He’s certainly wrong with his numbers and with his rhetoric. Realistically we are not going to deport 11 million (or to Trumps number 30 million. And building a wall financed by Mexico? Rather difficult to imagine. Just as it was difficult to imagine 3 short months ago that Trump would be leading the GOP.
The first debate of the 2016 Presidential contest is in the books. And the winner? Well it wasn’t the voters. The opening question of pledging support to the party if they weren’t the party choice, was rather disingenuous. And as the intent to bait the front-running candidate, Donald Trump flapped his jaws and revealed what we already knew, he is not a party guy. But with that said, not being part of the party norm might not be a bad thing. The questions during the debate showed us the tired GOP and the same tired responses. From the War on Terror to family values the debate could have been a rerun of any GOP debate of the last two decades. The importance of debate winners and losers will be made and in those the public will trend a candidate up or down.
By no means is this post a recap or will be. What I saw Thursday was a Fox Entertainment program not a debate. The losers of the debate? The voter, from the lack of substance, and the clear FOX plan to eradicate Trump from the race. The continued FLAP in the aftermath with the moderator Kelly? More of the continued push by FOX (with the Koch brothers in the shadows?) to move toward their candidate of choice.
The result’s since the debate has been Trump trending higher not lower. Could it be that the voters already know what Trump is? Could they already know that he is not politically correct? Could it be that the Republican is tired of the establishment candidate?
Is Mitt Romney considering “The Donald” for a position in his administration? Trump has certainly been more visible in the Romney camp since he has locked up the GOP nomination. Trump who has said he would remain active in Republican politics since he withdrew from the presidential race could mean more than just money. Trump who has not been named as a VP candidate could be in line for a more important position.
While we wait to see who the winner is in November, the behind the scenes lobbying for positions in a potential Romney Cabinet is taking place now. Donald Trump, businessman and reality television personality just might end up as the head of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Expanding business domestically and abroad, improving existing trade agreements as well as creating new trade alliances are important functions of the department. Does Donald Trump have the background and experience to be successful leading the Dept. of Commerce? Trump while running for president openly criticised NAFTA, viewing the trade agreement as a large factor in why our economy is suffering. Trumps position is not largely supported by the Republican Party making Trump a trail blazer on this issue.
Donald Trump Commerce Secretary, you’re FIRED, would remain his tag line if he were heading the Commerce Department. Firing our poor trade agreements would be a boom for our economy and jobs. If “The Donald” is the man, we will have to wait until after the November election when these decisions are made public.
It is not even 2012 yet and the talk of a third-party candidate in the presidential election is gaining traction. Behind the big push is Americans Elect a nonpartisan group who plans an online nominating convention. They have managed to get on the ballot in California and eleven other states. Why? do they think that they can provide us with a candidate, that is really a winning option?
Who actually comes to mind when you think of third-party? Ralph Nader? the Libertarian who has successfully wasted INK on the ballot in far too many election cycles? To be noted, he is the reason for George Bush being elected, Nader took just enough votes away from Gore in Florida to make Bush the winner. (thanks Ralph, you asshole). We can fondly remember H.Ross Perot, the third-party candidate who took nearly 19% of the popular vote in 1992, which made him the most successful third-party candidate in a presidential election since Roosevelt in 1912.
Taking a look back in history, gives us a great look at what the future holds for a third-party candidate in 2012. It is a DUMB IDEA, that has a chance to spoil the race for Obama or the GOP nominee and that is about it. Proponents, will champion the idea it gives voters a choice. So I can choose between getting kicked in the teeth or getting punched in the mouth. Sounds promising doesn’t it?
What we will get from a third-party besides a wasted vote is _____________. Here is a great opportunity for self promotion though and the first name that comes to my mind is The Donald. Who else could better waste ink on the election ballot?
The recent Fox News poll has “THE DONALD trailing in early polls. The leader is Mitt Romney, with Huckabee close behind. We are a ways from the next election so, why the interest? Its fun!! and with The Donald touring the television scene we will at least get some entertainment. The Donald does trail Chris Christie, someone who says he’s not running. Trump needs to do something crazy to get attention. Maybe show is real bald head. Next up: Paul Ryans roadmap for our future.