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History Lesson: Trump’s Rise Might Signal the Collapse of the Republican Party, with Sean Wilentz

History Lesson: Trump's Rise Might Signal the Collapse of the Republican Party, with Sean Wilentz

Princeton historian Sean Wilentz says that from a historical perspective the rise of Donald Trump signals the end of the Republican Party as we know it — and a worrisome new politics. Wilentz’s new book is “The Politicians and the Egalitarians: The Hidden History of American Politics” (http://goo.gl/eZNJVT).

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Transcript – The Reagan coalition was based on an alliance between on the one hand small government for big business conservatives on the one hand and the kind of cultural resentments, especially among white working-class Americans, on the other. They held those together. It was a very reliable way for the Republican Party to retain national power. I think that’s come unglued. It’s come unglued for a variety of reasons, 2008 being one of them because the Republicans had not much to offer their working class followers except what, more tax cuts? Cut Social Security? Donald Trump understood that. That was one of the reasons that he was able to come in and take the nomination for himself.

He understood the class aspects of all of this in a way that the Republican establishment just did not. They were coming for all the old bromides and he came along and said no, no, no. He had the tax issues – but can we can even compromise on the tax stuff. Minimum wage, maybe not such a bad idea, but free-trade, free-trade, free-trade. I’m going to be the man who can make the deals. Now, that is not the typical Republican establishment or even typical Republican line.

So he was able to move to the left, if you will. So he’s on the left of the Republican Party, he’s more like Bernie Sanders in many ways on some issues than he is like in the Republican Party. And at the same time he’s doing all the xenophobia, the racism and all of that. So where is the center to all of that? I don’t know, which is really what makes him I think, and this is where the Clinton people have to be very concerned, it makes him a very unpredictable candidate. It makes him very difficult to gauge. You kind of knew what you were getting with, certainly if Jeb Bush had gotten the nomination or if Ted Cruz had gotten the nomination, two very different people, you kind of knew what was there. With Trump, who changed position that he held at 9:00 in the morning with great fervor, can change it all by 4:00 in the afternoon. I mean this makes it – we’re not dealing in a fact-based universe here, we’re dealing in reality television. It’s something that no political consultant I think has quite figured out.

If he becomes president will he be able to do everything that he says he’s going to do? No. We do still have a constitution. If he suspends the constitution, as you might imagine in some fantasy, we were under great attack or something and he suspends the constitution, then there we have a crisis that we’ve never faced as a country before except possibly in the case of secession in 1860 to ’61 where that was a constitutional crisis that ended up in with 750,000 a military dead. I don’t want to go through that again.
But can Trump do whatever he wants as president? Can he become a dictator? Only by suspending the constitution of the United States. Under the constitution of the United States there are plenty of checks and balances on him. Not as much as you might like it though, from the military he is commander and chief so it would be a crisis presidency. Read The Full Transcript Here: http://goo.gl/hzBwwE.
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Is President Trump redefining the Republican Party?

President Trump riled up conservative voters in a fiery speech at CPAC Friday where he took on his favorite foil — the press. After one month in the Oval Office, is Trump changing the core of the Republican Party? All week long Republican lawmakers have seen voter frustration up close in boisterous town hall meetings across the country as voters upset about the Affordable Care Act confront Congress directly. From immigration to transgender bathroom rights to rising anti-Semitism, the culture wars are heating up in America’s heartland.
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“Republicans HATE Trump” Chuck Schumer ATTACKS Donald Trump on The View

Chuck Schumer Says That in Private, Republicans Have ‘Real Problems’ With Trump

New York Senator Chuck Schumer appeared on The View today to address his insults from and to Donald Trump and more. While there, the Democratic lawmaker revealed that he is far from the only person in Washington who is displeased with Trump’s performance.

Joy Behar asked about Senator Al Franken‘s claim that some Republicans are worried Trump is mentally unwell (and pointed out that she was ahead of the curve on saying that and caught major heat from Bill O’Reilly for it).

He replied, “When you talk to Republicans quietly — you know, in the cloak room and the gym — they are having real problems with him. Now, very few — John McCain, to his credit — but very few have had the courage to oppose hime even though they know he’s doing a lot of things that are against what America is all about.”

He went on to predict that Trump will be faced with a lot of Republicans turning from him in about three or four months. Schumer then called Trump’s cabinet the “worst cabinet” he’d ever seen and dismissed Trump’s war on the press by saying that everyone in power receives harsh coverage.

He advised Trump to get over it because the criticism can make politicians “better.”

Watch above for all of that and to see what one topic Jedediah Bila said that all Republicans should agree with Schumer on.
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FINALLY! Republican on Judiciary Committee Says Trump WILL Release His TAX RETURNS

3:31 QUOTE: “ABSOLUTELY, Donald Trump will Release his TAX RETURNS” says Representative Matt Gaetz who fell on His SWORD in front of his ANGRY constituents at a town hall in his home state of Florida. Gaetz can actually pull Trump’s TAX RETURNS from the IRS since he is a member of the Judiciary Committee. Let’s see what happens after the break.
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Rachel Maddow shares a report from the Washington Post that the Republican chairmen of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees have been trying to wave reporters off the story of the connection between the Trump campaign and Russia, which they’re …
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How Often Do Republican ‘Mavericks’ Vote Against Trump?

Tracking Congress In The Age Of Trump. An updating tally of how often every member of the House and the Senate votes with or against the president…

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Retired Republican judge calls for Congress to impeach President Trump

CINCINNATI (WKRC) – Retired appeals court judge Mark Painter has handed down a lot of opinions over a 30-year career on the bench.

His opinion on fellow Republican President Donald Trump is terse and to the point: Impeach him now.

“America is in danger from one of the most incompetent presidents we’ve ever had and I think we ought to start the process,” Painter told Local 12 via Skype from Orlando, Florida Wednesday afternoon. “The president of the United States sticking up for his family’s enterprises and using public money and features to do it and the power of his office to help his own personal family business is beyond belief.”

Painter says he is convinced Trump’s actions have crossed the threshold of “high crimes and misdemeanors” required for articles of impeachment. He says Trump’s ties to his business empire violate the Constitution’s emoluments clause every time a foreign government does business with one of his developments or hotels. Painter says the questionable, pre-inauguration connection between former national security adviser Michael Flynn and a Russian diplomat is a problem not just for Flynn, but also for Trump.

“Obviously the president knew about Flynn’s conversations with the Russian ambassador way before Trump was sworn in. That would certainly be, by itself, an impeachable offense.”

Painter, a lifetime Republican, has called upon U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, to start the impeachment process. A Chabot staffer said that won’t happen, because the president has not done anything that is “grounds for impeachment.” Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, suggested that everyone take a deep breath.

“Let’s take a look and see what facts are out there,” Wenstrup told Local 12’s Duane Pohlman. “I don’t think that’s an appropriate conversation at this time.”

Painter obviously disagrees and says impeachment may not be imminent but is likely.

“We grow immune to it, because every day there’s something worse or as bad as the day before. I think there is a lot more likelihood as we go forward, because more and more things will come out.”

Painter served as a Hamilton County Municipal Court judge from 1982-1995. He sat on the Ohio First District Court of Appeals bench from 1995-2009.

A Black Republican Insists Donald Trump Is Great For Business

A Black Republican Insists Donald Trump Is Great For Business

With Donald Trump expanding his outreach to African-Americans, Stephen checks in with the one black Republican he could find.

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Stephen Colbert took over as host of The Late Show on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015. Colbert is best known for his work as a television host, writer, actor, and producer, and best known for his charity work teaching English as a second language on Tunisian date farms. Prior to joining the CBS family — and being officially adopted by network president Les Moonves — Colbert helmed “The Colbert Report,” which aired nearly 1,500 episodes and required Stephen to wear nearly 1,500 different neckties. The program received two Peabody Awards, two Grammy Awards, and several unwelcome shoulder massages. It won two Emmys for Outstanding Variety Series in 2013 and 2014, both of which appear to have been lost in the move. Colbert is pronounced koʊlˈbɛər, according to Wikipedia. His understudy is William Cavanaugh, who will be hosting The Late Show approximately one third of the time. Good luck, Bill!”
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Over the summer, Ellen made an appearance at the Republican Debate. In case you missed it, check out what she had to say – and sing.
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Why Do Poor White People Vote For Trump & The Republican Party?

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The Second Presidential Debate: Hillary Clinton And Donald Trump (Full Debate) | NBC News

The Second Presidential Debate: Hillary Clinton And Donald Trump (Full Debate) | NBC News

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump square off on Oct. 9, Sunday, 9 p.m. EST at Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri in the second presidential debate of the 2016 election.

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