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MAKE LIKE A TREE: Trump's bullying and misogyny attracts the base, annoys the establishment

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Like a truck full of manure falling on Back to the Future bully Biff Tannen, Republican presidential candidate and current frontrunner Donald Trump is feeling the stinking load of hate coming from fellow conservatives as they pile and pile on following his attacks on Fox News host Megyn Kelly.

“You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her … wherever,” Trump said of Kelly, referring to his sparring with Kelly during the GOP debate in Cleveland this past week.

Naturally, the sharks smelled this “blood” and, knowing Trump was stealing all of their thunder and attention, sought to highlight his obvious misogyny and subsequently, “The Donald” was prevented from attending the RedState Gathering 2015 in Atlanta, hosted by editor Erick Erickson.

Trump, meanwhile, said only a “deviant” would interpret “wherever” as being anything but Kelly’s, umm, nose. And as for being shunned by the Erickson shindig, Trump said the conservative pundit is a “loser” and as an outsider, does not fit Erickson’s “agenda” anyway.

Trump’s creepy “blood” comments and generally hostile attitude toward women led to Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone quitting, saying on Twitter that he “fired” Trump.


The Washington Post covered the RedState convention on Saturday and comments were mixed regarding Trump being disinvited.

Women loathe him.

“I find him crude,” said Dulsey Fonte. “I have no sympathy for his candidacy.”

But Trump supporter Michael Pemberton, wearing a homemade “I AM DONALD TRUMP” sign affixed to his lapel, said the “blood” comments could have an almost mystical religious interpretation.

Said Pemberton: “He was saying that Megyn was seeing blood, in her eyes. As far as ‘blood coming out all over,’ the first thing I think of is not a woman’s menstrual cycle. I think of Jesus Christ, thorns on his head, nail holes in his hand, stigmata.”


Trump is polling well with those with a high-school education or less, while being shunned by college graduates and women.

The other candidates, looking for a way to distract from the distraction with the bad hair, offered their anti-Trump analysis.

“The Republican Party is not engaged in saying things about Megyn Kelly,” said candidate Mike Huckabee to reporters at RedState. “One individual is.”

“Enough already with Mr. Trump,” said noted warmonger and one-trick pony Lindsey Graham. “As a party, we are better to risk losing without Donald Trump than trying to win with him.”


Not surprisingly, Democrats and liberals are piling on, noting how it says a lot about the GOP that a carnival barker like Trump is leading the field by a wide margin, even has he makes coarse and offensive comments. The base loves macho, obscenely rich white guys who share their belief that a woman’s place is in the kitchen, Latinos are only good at mowing their lawn, Muslims should be bombed straight to hell and gays are best left in the closet.

And as for religion, well, the Right has long claimed to have a direct line to God. We heard it all from the candidates. Sen. Rand Paul awkwardly told the Cleveland audience (and millions of viewers) that it was “only by the blood of Jesus Christ that I’ve been redeemed from my sins.” Blood and religion comes up a lot with Republicans. 

Perhaps that’s what Trump fan Michael Pemberton was getting at with his bizarre “blood of Christ” analogy in talking with that Post reporter in Atlanta about the unfair treatment Trump was getting from "the elite."

Trump’s views on the Big Guy are a little more nuanced ... and telling.

Trump, a professed Presbyterian, put it this way, in an interview with CBN host David Brody: “There is no way I would do anything negative to a Bible.”

Glad to hear it, Donald.

Trump also said that when he eats the little cracker and drinks the wine, he feels "cleansed" and ready to move on.

It's safe to say that Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and other establishment Republican figures hope that Trump moves on - literally. 

To quote Trump's cinematic alter ego Biff Tannen: "Make like a tree, and get outta here."

Yet something tells me that's not going to happen anytime soon.

And the circus rolls on.

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