Women who get abortions should receive “some form of punishment,” Republican front-runner Donald Trump said on Wednesday. The comments came in a heated exchange with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews during the taping of a town hall in Wisconsin, which holds its primary next week. “There has to be some form of punishment,” Trump told Matthews in the exchange over whether abortion should be banned. Pressed by Matthews on the nature of that punishment, Trump responded: “I haven’t determined what the punishment should be.” He also suggested that women could continue to receive abortions, but at “illegal places.”
Trump tells TMZ he is contacting the FBI to investigate threats just made by a man claiming to be the son of escaped Mexican drug lord El Chapo.
Trump is reacting to a tweet reportedly made by El Chapo’s son, in which he blasts Trump for saying El Chapo is “everything that’s wrong with Mexico.”
The tweet was written in Spanish, with the rough English translation, “Keep f***ing around and I’m gonna make you swallow your bi*ch words you f***ing whitey milks***tter (that’s a homophobic slur).”
Trump tells TMZ he’s not backing down, saying, “I’m f!ghting for much more than myself. I’m f!ghting for the future of our country which is being overrun by criminals.” He adds, “You can’t be intimidated. It’s too important.”
RNC Chairman Michael Steele isn’t shying away from highlighting race as a signifying issue of the Sonia Sotomayor Supreme Court nomination hearings.
In an interview with CNN’s Campbell Brown on Tuesday, the Republican Party leader insisted that white males would not be granted even-handed jurisprudence under a Court with Obama’s nominee.
“God help you if you’re a white male,” said Steele. “If you’re seeking justice, this may not be the bench you want to go before.”
The remarks come at a time when Republican officials have attempted to remove any semblance of racial politics from their opposition to Sotomayor’s nomination. Earlier on Tuesday, Sen. Mel Martinez, a Hispanic Republican from Florida, defended Sotomayor’s now-infamous “wise Latina” remarks as sensible. Continue reading →
So Georgie’s gone SO ballistic he’s even ticked off his own party, who now want his head on a platter
Republican Party officials say they will try next month to pass a resolution accusing President Bush and congressional Republican leaders of embracing “socialism,” underscoring deep dissension within the party at the end of Mr. Bush’s administration.
Those pushing the resolution, which will come before the Republican National Committee at its January meeting, say elected leaders need to be reminded of core principles. They said the RNC must take the dramatic step of wading into policy debates, which traditionally have been left to lawmakers.
“We can’t be a party of small government, free markets and low taxes while supporting bailouts and nationalizing industries, which lead to big government, socialism and high taxes at the expense of individual liberty and freedoms,” said Solomon Yue, an Oregon member and co-sponsor of a resolution that criticizes the U.S. government bailouts of the financial and auto industries. Republican National Committee Vice Chairman James Bopp Jr. wrote the resolution and asked the rest of the 168 voting members to sign it. Continue reading →
(CNN) — When Michigan GOP Chairman Saul Anuzis decided to throw his hat in the ring to head the Republican Party, he announced his intentions on an unlikely forum: Twitter.
Not too long ago, the social networking Web site most popular among teenagers and 20-somethings was probably the last place you would expect to find a candidate for the Republican National Committee chairmanship.
But then Barack Obama’s presidential campaign appeared to revolutionize the way technology could be integrated into every facet of a campaign — from fundraising to media outreach to voter mobilization.
The result was a Democratic Party that outpaced its rival in nearly every measure — in the process revealing how detrimental the GOP’s apparent lack of tech fluency proved to be on Election Day.
The Republican Party is playing catch-up, hoping to compete with Democrats in the next two pivotal election cycles. Continue reading →
The “Maverick” John McCain has more in common with George Bush than just being a Republican. Apparently they both share the “go at it alone” attitude; in George’s case its gotten him stuck in Iraq. In Johnny Boy’s case he has opted to campaign without Secret Service holding him down. In his own words, “I’ve never done it. After we won New Hampshire in 2000, they really tried to get us, but we said no,” McCain said last November while campaigning in Concord, N.H. “It’s an invasion of your ability to have contact with voters.” Okay, so he wants to reach out and touch every Red-Necker he comes across and Americans don’t find this fatalistic? Not to stoke the flames of fear but as a potential “President” (I can y’all cringing as you read this) he has a responsibility to secure his health for as long as possible. As someone who is running on the theme of “securing” America don’t you think he should secure himself first and foremost? Barack and Hillary, because of their high profile status, don’t have the option of opting out of a security service.