Donal Trump would pull the United States back from East Asia and Europe, severing alliances that go back decades and putting American trade interests at risk.
The property tycoon and former reality TV star who is now the frontrunner for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination told The Washington Post on Monday that America can no longer afford its military presence in Europe.
“NATO is costing us a fortune and yes, we’re protecting Europe with NATO, but we’re spending a lot of money,” he said.
If Republicans are to block Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy at the convention this summer, they will need the help of two separate platoons of delegates: those formally unbound to any candidate and those who are only halfheartedly pledged to support the New York businessman on the first ballot.
Josh Putnam, a political scientist at the University of Georgia who specializes in election math, says that at least 117 of the 2,472 Republican delegates will arrive at the convention in Cleveland, Ohio in July uncommitted, meaning they can vote for anyone.
Of those, 27 are from territories in the Pacific, 28 from the state of North Dakota and 54 from Pennsylvania.
If Trump falls just short of the 1,237 delegates needed to win the nomination — as seems likely — those unbound delegates could put him over the top.
If Republicans in the United States only manage to stop Donald Trump by making use of arcane nominating rules and convention dealmaking, many would inevitably deride this as an establishment coup against the legitimate frontrunner for the presidential nomination.
The cancelation of a Donald Trump rally in Chicago on Friday for fear of unrest is the low point so far in a political campaign that has been marred by violence.
It may not even be the worst of it unless the Republican candidate stops advocating brutality.
On Saturday, four Secret Service agents had to rush on stage when Trump was giving a speech in Ohio to prevent a protester reaching him.
Police in Kansas City used pepper spray on crowds outside a Trump event later that day.
The billionaire, who is leading in the polls to win the Republican Party’s presidential nomination, took to Twitter to complain that “thugs” were trying to shut him down. But he maintained at the same time that the turmoil had only “energized America.” Read more “Donald Trump Is Playing with Fire”
If Donald Trump falls short of the 1,237 delegates needed to win the Republican Party’s presidential nomination outright, we may not have to wait until the convention before we learn whether he succeeds or not.
Earlier this week, we reported that some mainstream Republicans in the United States are hoping to block Trump at the convention in Cleveland, Ohio this summer. They recognize that the foulmouthed businessman from New York would almost certainly lose a general election against Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, in November — and possibly split the Republican Party.
Some of America’s closest allies have been perplexed by Donald Trump’s candidacy for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination and publicly voiced their concern, something foreign leaders usually shy away from.
British prime minister David Cameron, whose Conservative Party shares Republicans’ support for free markets and trade, called Trump’s proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the United States “divisive” and “stupid” last year.
Cameron later added that comments like Trump’s only help fanatics “want to create a clash of civilizations” between Islam and the West.
Canada’s Justin Trudeau, a Liberal, has similarly said, “I stand firmly against the politics of division, the politics of fear, the politics of intolerance or hateful rhetoric.”
The Republican plan to stop Donald Trump has one big problem. Its name is Ted Cruz.
Politico reports that there is a frantic last-minute effort underway to prevent the former from claiming the party’s presidential nomination at the convention in Cleveland, Ohio this summer. Both the Republican “establishment” and movement conservatives, normally at odds, are appalled at the prospect of the property tycoon winning the nomination. Trump appears to have no firm beliefs and would almost certainly lose the general election in November against the Democrats’ Hillary Clinton.
But he is leading in the delegate count and it is probably too late now for another candidate to overtake him. The plan is to deny Trump a majority of the delegates and then nominate somebody else at the convention.
Donald Trump is closing in on the American presidency.
The man who has promised to build a wall on the Mexican border (and force the Mexican government to pay for it), to somehow or another destroy the Islamic State with one fell swoop, to push Vladimir Putin back where he belongs and to rectify the trade imbalance with China is on a trajectory to win the nomination for the Republican Party of the United States.
And that’s worth considering.
What would a Trump presidency be like? For all his bluster, he’s remarkably short on details: even Barack Obama as early as 2007 indicated pretty clearly he’d begin a drone war in Pakistan. Beyond Trump’s obviously offensive platitudes and incoherent rambling about both loving and hating large swathes of people (sometimes the same people), Trump has kept actual policy close to his chest, if he has any at all.
But that doesn’t actually matter so much when it comes to speculating a Trump presidency, because Trump, like all presidents, must play by the rules. Read more “If Trump Wins”
Donald Trump lies. Frequently. The New York businessman, who is a contender for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination, will brazenly deny tomorrow what he has said today.
It’s tempting to dismiss this as hot air except Trump really does seem incapable of separating truth from fiction.
Consider the conspiracy theories he has been peddling.
Trump recently told supporters that John J. Pershing, an American general, executed Muslim rebels in the Philippines during the Moro Rebellion with bullets doused in pig blood. This so frightened the Filippo insurgents, he claimed, that “for 25 years, there wasn’t a problem.”