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Is Donald Trump Roger Ailes’ Last Campaign?

The New York Times reported Tuesday that former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, who resigned  from the company after he was accused by multiple women of sexual harassment, “is advising Donald J. Trump as he begins to prepare for the all-important presidential debates this fall.”

While the Trump campaign denies the story, the fact that the current GOP nominee and the former network chief are in contact with each other is not in dispute. And to anyone who understands the career of Roger Ailes, there is also no doubt that he is chiming in with advice for his friend. 

Ailes received widespread criticism in 2002 after Bob Woodward wrote that he had sent President George W. Bush ''an important-looking confidential communication” advising him on the course of action to take in the wake of 9/11. This was widely considered to be out of bounds for head of a news network whose job it was to cover the president, but Ailes apparently couldn’t help himself.

This is likely because he didn’t leave politics by choice. While Ailes cultivates the myth of being a campaign Svengali, he was forced out of politics after his racially divisive tactics became toxic to his clients. After he helped defeat Michael Dukakis in the 1988 presidential campaign, creating the notorious “Revolving Door” ad, Ailes ran Rudy Giuliani’s first New York mayoral race in 1989. He lost that election and then lost again when he was a consultant for a 1990 Senate race in Illinois, where he smeared his candidate’s opponent as a “complete fraud” and a “weenie.” Campaigns and Elections Magazine wrote at the time that Ailes was “a problem because he’s become an issue in so many campaigns. In any campaign where he’s involved, the editorialists are quick to point out that it’s Ailes doing the mudslinging. [Illinois Senate Candidate] Lynn Martin definitely got hurt by it. He really became a distraction and a bit of an albatross.”

While Ailes was undoubtedly brilliant at the stagecraft of campaigns, preparing candidates for debates and media interviews is where he excelled. He prepped Ronald Reagan for his 1984 debate against Walter Mondale, setting up the president with his most memorable line from the evening, “I am not going to exploit for political purposes my opponent’s youth and inexperience.” In 1988, he set the stage for a live interview with Dan Rather that helped clear George H.W. Bush’s path to victory.

Ailes’ advice to candidates he prepped—like Ailes himself—could be blunt and bigoted. He reportedly told Bush, “You can't wear a short sleeve shirt—you'll look like a f**king f**got.”

Given the reins of a campaign, Ailes would incorporate the same racially divisive tactics over and over again: for Nixon in 1968, Bush in 1988 and Rudy Giuliani in 1989, when he tried to win by stoking tensions between New York’s black and Jewish communities. Under Ailes’ leadership, Fox News has followed a similar pattern, consistently pushing the most racially divisive stories.

After his role in the losing 1990 Senate campaign in Illinois, even Ailes worried that his presence would sink Bush’s reelection effort. He left politics and produced a television show for Rush Limbaugh before heading to CNBC and eventually founding Fox News with Rupert Murdoch.

Trump’s campaign could offer Ailes one last chance to prove his mettle. The GOP nominee's embrace of racially divisive tactics is right out of Ailes’ 1968, 1988 and 1989 playbook: draw white voters to the polls by stoking racial fears and grievances. With Ailes’ dramatic flair and his talent for live television, it would only make sense for Donald Trump to turn to him for assistance.

But while Ailes' stink of defeat from the early 1990s might have worn off, the American electorate has significantly changed, leaving in doubt whether a strategy that is fully dependent on drawing out a certain segment of white voters could still lead to victory.

Right Wing Round-Up - 8/16/16

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 8/16/16

  • Paul Hair says that "Democrats have a moral duty to do evil" and warns that "should this coalition succeed in electing the communist Hillary Clinton to the White House, don’t be surprised when things become worse. After all, it’s the only possibility from a politician whose party openly supports terrorists and attacks Christians."
  • Joseph Farah asks if there is "even one so-called 'progressive' civilization in the history of the world that has offered 'gays' the kind of safety and security they have achieved, outside of the Judeo-Christian, Western, limited-government model?"
  • Apparently, Dinesh D'Souza thinks that he is a lot like Gandhi and Nelson Mandela.
  • Hans von Spakovsky says that those serving in the Obama administration, "if they weren't working in government, would be leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement, because they have exactly the same false beliefs that the Black Lives Matter movement does."
  • Finally, Lance Wallnau says that "God Sent Donald Trump to Wage War Against Destructive Spirits."

Bryan Fischer: Use A Polygraph To Ban Muslim Immigrants Who Have Visited Mecca

Bryan Fischer was very impressed with Donald Trump's proposal to implement an "extreme vetting" process for screening immigrants who wish to come to America and took it upon himself to draft a simple nine question test to be given to all Muslims seeking to enter this country.

Fischer, who has been calling for a complete ban on Muslim immigration and the deportation off all Muslims currently living in the United States for years, said that anyone who failed to provide a satisfactory answer to any of these questions should automatically be denied entry:

1. Do you believe in Israel’s right to exist?
2. Do you renounce all Palestinian acts of terror against Israel and Israelis?
3. Do you believe the 9/11 attack was carried out by Muslims or by Jews?
4. Do you believe the Holocaust occurred?
5. Have you made the pilgrimage to Mecca?
6. Do you support legal punishment for those who leave the Islamic faith?
7. Do you want the United States one day to be governed by Sharia law?
8.Are you willing to give up any right to have Muslim holidays on school calendars and halal food in school cafeterias and prisons?
9.Do you believe anyone who creates an image of Muhammad should be punished?

On his radio show today, a caller worried that Fischer's test might be undermined by "taqiyya," a reference to the false claim that Muslims are allowed to advance the cause of Islam. But Fischer had an obvious answer: require Muslims to take the test while strapped to a polygraph machine.

"I tried to devise these questions," Fischer said, "to make it virtually impossible for a Muslim to resort to taqiyya ... I think these questions ought to be administered with a polygraph machine, frankly. I think that anyone that's from a Muslim country that wants to immigrate to the United States, they not only should ask these questions, they should do it hooked up to a polygraph machine."

Kris Kobach Wants His Disastrous Voting Restrictions Adopted In Every State

Breitbart’s Ken Klukowski has a dispatch from Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s latest effort to spread his innovative voter suppression policies around the country. Over the weekend, Kobach spoke at an American Civil Rights Union event at the Republican National Lawyers Association convention in Colorado, where he urged his fellow election officials and lawyers to adopt legislation modeled after a law he helped push through in Kansas.

Kansas’ voter ID law is one of the harshest in the country, requiring that those registering to vote produce “proof of citizenship” such as a passport, birth certificate or naturalization papers. Since the law went into effect in 2013, it has been caught up in legal battles as it wreaks havoc with the state’s elections.

In May, a federal judge ruled that Kansas couldn’t require people registering using a federal form to produce the burdensome extra documentation. In response, Kobach tried to set up a two-tier voting system in which people who registered using the federal form could only vote in federal elections and would be barred from casting ballots in state and local races. Then, in a last-minute decision, another federal judge ruled that Kobach couldn’t throw out the primary votes of more than 17,000 people who hadn’t produced the extra documentation, including many who had registered using the federal form.

As Klukowski reports, this is precisely the model that Kobach hopes will be adopted in every single state:

The Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA) held a national election law seminar in Denver on Friday and Saturday, and the American Civil Rights Union (ACRU) convened an invitation-only event alongside RNLA’s seminar, featuring several secretaries of state, chief election officers, Republican former and current federal elections officials, and constitutional lawyers, to explore strategies to protect against voter fraud. Kobach spoke at both events.

During the ACRU event, Kobach touted his SAFE Act, which was designed to require proof of U.S. citizenship and proof of identity in a manner fulfilling the requirements the U.S. Supreme Court has held are consistent with the Constitution. It is model legislation for states to adopt as part of their election laws, rather than a federal law, since the Constitution entrusts the sovereign states with primary responsibility for holding elections.

Speaking exclusively with Breitbart News in Denver at the ACRU event, Kobach said, “Every time an alien votes, it cancels out the vote of a United States citizen. This is a nationwide problem.”

“Every state needs to address it and take steps to secure the most fundamental privilege of citizenship—the vote,” he added.

Kobach, who also specializes in draconian anti-immigrant legislation, acts like something of a one-man American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the group that helps spread conservative and corporate-friendly laws to state legislatures. In fact, Kobach responded on his weekly radio program last month to a critic who called him an “ALEC pawn,” saying that he is the one who is trying to get ALEC to spread voter restrictions across the country.

“I’ve been trying to get the American Legislative Exchange Council interested in photo ID and proof of citizenship,” he said. “They never called me and said, ‘Hey, Kobach, would you do this?’ I’ve been trying to get them off their backside and get them encouraging other states to do it.”

Frank Gaffney & Sandy Rios Long For The Days Of HUAC

The American Family Association’s Sandy Rios invited Center for Security Policy president Frank Gaffney on to her radio show this morning to discuss Donald Trump’s recent speech on foreign policy, which Gaffney called “Reaganesque,” and the recent hack of organizations related to philanthropist George Soros.

Discussing work that Soros’ Open Society Foundations has done in combatting Islamophobia, Rios lamented that America no longer has anything like the communist-hunting House Un-American Activities Committee that could root out people just like Soros.

“When I think of this,” she said, “I remember the House Committee on Un-American Activities, and how it was their job to sort of ferret out subversive groups, subversive people in the country who were trying to undermine American interests. And I have often thought that if we had such a thing now, George Soros would be front and center in this.”

“Oh, big time,” Gaffney agreed. “But, you know, the hard left did such an amazing job of vilifying the people that ferreted out the domestic components of that last existential threat to freedom, that of Soviet communism, Sandy, that the idea of having a House committee like that is now considered to be just completely out of the question."

“But you’re right,” he continued, “and interestingly enough, one of the things that Donald Trump did speak about yesterday, which I think is incredibly important, is he talked about the necessity of going after the support networks that have been established inside this country to promote radicalization. And that of course is the Muslim Brotherhood and the infrastructure it’s built here. We’ve seen it at work in Europe, the danger that it represents to freedom there, it is on the march here as well, and we do need congressional oversight.”

Gaffney praised a hearing that Sen. Ted Cruz, for whose presidential campaign Gaffney served as an adviser, held in June at which one witness claimed that the two Muslim members of Congress have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. He added that he hoped Trump’s candidacy could lead to more of the same.

“I’m hoping Donald Trump has really energized and made possible the sort of debate about whether we can afford to continue to do what we’ve been doing and, really, I think the extreme peril of the American people and our Constitution and the freedoms that they take for granted too often,” he said.

Marco Rubio: Vote For Donald Trump To Have More Scalia-like Justices On The Supreme Court

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio may stand by his belief that Donald Trump is a dishonest “con man,” but in an interview last week with the Christian Broadcasting Network, he said that pastors should support Trump anyway, noting that “Donald Trump is committed” to appointing Supreme Court justices in the mold of the late Antonin Scalia.

“I just don’t believe there’s any chance at all that Hillary Clinton will ever appoint someone to the Supreme Court with the views that Scalia had,” he added.

Pat Buchanan Blames 'Diversity' For Milwaukee Unrest

Pat Buchanan is out with yet another column lambasting the idea of “diversity” and what he calls the “Third-Worldization of the West,” warning that America is facing the twin dangers of mounting debt and the “existential threat” posed by the “endless invasion of the West.”

“It is hard to see how this crisis resolves itself peacefully,” he writes, claiming that unrest in cities like Milwaukee and Baltimore is another product of “diversity.”

Such ideas, he notes, are “propelling the Trump movement” and the rise of far-right movements in Europe.

Another existential threat, if Western man still sees himself as the custodian of the world’s greatest civilization, and one yet worth preserving, is the Third-Worldization of the West.

The threat emanates from two factors: The demographic death of the native-born of all Western nations by century’s end, given their fertility rates, and the seemingly endless invasion of the West from Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Concerning the demographic decline and displacement of Western man by peoples of other creeds, cultures, countries, continents and civilizations, there is an ideological clash within the West.

Some among our elites are rhapsodic at the change. Worshiping at the altars of diversity and equality, they see acquiescing in the invasion of their own countries as a mark of moral superiority.

Angela Merkel speaks for them, or did, up to a while ago.

To those who believe diversity – racial, ethnic, religious, cultural – is to be cherished and embraced, resistance to demographic change in the West is seen as a mark of moral retardation.

Opponents of immigration are hence subjects of abuse – labeled “racists,” “xenophobes,” “fascists,” “Nazis” and other terms of odium in the rich vocabulary of progressive hatred.

Yet, opposition to the invasion from across the Med and the Rio Grande is not only propelling the Trump movement but generating rightist parties and movements across the Old Continent.

It is hard to see how this crisis resolves itself peacefully.



And, in America, is diversity leading to greater unity, or to greater rancor, separatism and disintegration? Did anyone imagine that, 50 years after the civil rights laws, we would still be having long hot summers in Ferguson, Baltimore and Milwaukee?

Theodore Shoebat Longs For Days When Marco Rubio Would Be Hung From The Gallows

Last week, Marco Rubio and Donald Trump spoke at a Florida Renewal Project event along with a variety of anti-LGBT Religious Right activists. While Trump used his speech to make absurd promises and ask for help getting into heaven, Rubio delivered a slightly different message, warning those in attendance about the dangers of discriminating against and passing judgment on gays. (This was perhaps an attempt to absolve himself for appearing with some of the most virulent anti-LGBT activists in the country.)

Rubio's message, of course, did not sit well with militant anti-gay activist Theodore Shoebat, who posted a video yesterday in which he longed for the days when traitors like Rubio would be hung from the gallows.

The Florida senator was "kissing up to the sodomite mafia," Shoebat declared, which proves that he is "a fake and an infiltrator and really just another tool for the sodomite agenda and the sodomite mafia." 

Shoebat warned that Rubio has now become "an agent for the perverts," which means that Rubio is among "the most wickedest of them all because [he] will use the scripture to defend homosexuality."

"In a proper setting," Shoebat said, "in a medieval Christian setting, Marco Rubio and all the schmucks like him would be hung by the gallows."

Bryan Fischer: 'Hillary Clinton Is Motivated By The Spirit Of The Antichrist'

Fresh from telling his radio audience that they cannot vote for Hillary Clinton because "women should not be entrusted with high political office," Bryan Fischer declared yesterday that Clinton cannot be allowed to become president because she is driven by the "spirit of the Antichrist."

Just like President Obama, Fischer explained, Clinton is "an enemy of religious liberty" who is driven by a "profound anti-Christ impulse."

"The same spirit that will one day animate the Antichrist is the same spirit that is at work in Hillary Clinton," he said. "She opposes Christ, she opposes biblical Christianity, she's hostile to it, she seeks to repress it, she seeks to punish it and she seeks to stifle it. That is the spirit of the Antichrist and it is at work in Hillary Clinton."

"Ladies and gentlemen, hear me when I say this," Fischer continued, "Hillary Clinton is motivated by the spirit of the Antichrist because she is against Christ, she is against Christianity, she is against the free exercise of the Christian faith, she doesn't want the Christian faith to be a part of the public square, to influence public policy in any way, she is against everything that Christianity stands for. She is for same-sex marriage, she is for the promotion of homosexuality, she is against the sanctity of human life, she is against religious liberty ... She is an opponent of all that is good and right and noble."