Crazy talk from the 2016 Republican candidates
I'm scared. Really, really scared.
You know why? As of today, according to the latest polling averages from RealClearPolitics.com, this is your Republican leader board:
- Trump (29.8)
- Ben Carson (17.8)
- Jeb Bush (7.8)
- Ted Cruz (6.7)
And the ones following these cats aren't any better: Marco Rubio (5.8); Carly Fiorina (4.3); Mike Huckabee (4.3); Scott Walker (3.8); John Kasich (3.5); Rand Paul (2.7); Chris Christie (2.0). Egads.
You know that joke about the bar scene from Star Wars...
Sure, I am a professed Democrat. You are probably thinking I should be focusing on my own troubling selection of candidates. I am. But there's is no comparison to the crazy that is the 2016 Republican field.
Nothing. Ever. Can. Compare.
And the problem here is one of these chaps will become the GOP nominee and may very well become our POTUS.
If we don't laugh about it, we'll cry right?
So in honor of tonight's CNN Republican Presidential debate, I'd like to share with you some of the interesting tweets, speeches and quotes you may not have heard before from the craziest of the crazy: Trump, Carson and Cruz.
(Sorry, Jeb, your brand of crazy wasn't particularly interesting. Perhaps that is a compliment? OK now I'm complimenting a Bush. Pigs are flying.)
Ready for this?
The Donald of course has PLENTY of sound bites to choose from. We're probably all more than familiar with most of them. But I like the ones he puts right there in black and white on his official Twitter page. Here are some of my faves from over the years:
Sorry losers and haters, but my I.Q. is one of the highest -and you all know it! Please don't feel so stupid or insecure,it's not your fault— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 9, 2013
For those that don’t think a wall (fence) works, why don’t they suggest taking down the fence around the White House? Foolish people!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 31, 2015
The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2012
And then there are the attacks on opponents, celebs and business associates:
I just realized that if you listen to Carly Fiorina for more than ten minutes straight, you develop a massive headache. She has zero chance!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 9, 2015
Sounds like the perfect candidate to run the country right?!
Ben doesn't put his crazy on Twitter for posterity, but he does have some choice quotes from his speaking engagements and interviews:
This is quite dramatic:
“You know Obamacare is really I think the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery. And it is in a way, it is slavery in a way, because it is making all of us subservient to the government, and it was never about health care. It was about control.”
– 2013, Values Voter Summit (Source: http://www.forwardprogressives.com)
And of course there's the homophobia:
Don't want to watch the video? Here's the full quote instead:
"What I have a problem with is when people try to force people to act against their beliefs because they say 'they're discriminating against me.' So they can go right down the street and buy a cake, but no, let's bring a suit against this person because I want them to make my cake even though they don't believe in it. Which is really not all that smart because they might put poison in that cake."
- January, 2015, Iowa Freedom Summit (Read more here)
And this one where he compares being gay to bestiality and NAMBLA:
“Well, my thoughts are that marriage is between a man and a woman. It’s a well-established, fundamental pillar of society and no group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA, be they people who believe in bestiality. It doesn’t matter what they are. They don’t get to change the definition.”
– 2013, Fox News’ Hannity
“A lot of people who go into prison straight, and when they come out they’re gay.”
– CNN interview, March 4, 2015
This next quote was in reference to how we shouldn't be held responsible for acts of war. That "rules" in war are just an attempt to be politically correct. So the choices, according to Dr. Ben, are unlimited war and atrocities that go with them, or don't have a war at all:
“If you’re gonna have rules for war, you should just have a rule that says no war,” he said. “Other than that, we have to win.”
– 2015, Fox News interview
Are you scared yet? We still have one more.
Oh Ted Cruz. you are the first Hispanic American to serve in the Senate from Texas. How progressive! Unfortunately that's where it ends...
For instance, at a 2013 event named after the late Jesse Helms, Cruz was quite effusive in his praise of Helms, arguably the last proud, unrepentant racist to serve in Congress:
"We need a hundred more like Jesse Helms in the U.S. Senate.”
- Sept 2013, Heritage Foundation Event
(If you need reminding, Jesse Helms opposed the Civil Rights Act; supported apartheid in South Africa; frequently tried to block the appointment of African-American judges; pushed to block funding for research into HIV; and used a filibuster to try to prevent naming a federal holiday after Martin Luther King. (Source: www.forwardprogressives.com)
Remember this? Cruz compared the Affordable Care Act to the Dr. Seuss story "Green Eggs and Ham," which he read enthusiastically and in full:
Wait there's more! Here are some of his tweets I was drawn to:
He's very passionate about Kim Davis:
And Net Neutrality, even though I'm not sure he knows what it is:
"Net Neutrality" is Obamacare for the Internet; the Internet should not operate at the speed of government.— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) November 10, 2014
And my personal favorite:
The moral of the story kiddos: Vote Democrat!
Seriously. Do it. I'm the boss!