Chalk up Phoenix for Trump

Trump protestors

Getting out the vote

Anti-Trump protestors block roads near Trump rally, infuriating thousands.

Trump protesters were blocking vehicles leading into Fountain Hills in advance of Donald Trump’s campaign stop Saturday morning.

The protesters parked their cars in the middle of the road, unfurling banners reading “Dump Trump” and “Must Stop Trump,” and chanting “Trump is hate.” Traffic was backed up for miles, with drivers honking in fury.

Following the downtown event, Trump will hold a rally Saturday at 11 a.m. at a park in Fountain Hills,  the hometown of Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The lawman is a Trump ally known for immigration crackdowns that made him politically popular, but they were eventually barred by the courts.

Hundreds of immigrant rights advocates who have opposed the sheriff’s tactics plan to line up outside the Trump event. They will be joined by members of a union that represents hotel workers and military veterans [sic] who say Trump is using hateful speech toward Muslims.

Every one of those angry drivers, people who weren’t heading for the rally (which had already started) and instead had their plans for Saturday disrupted, is a potential Trump vote: keep it up.

UPDATE: Turns out other pundits, wiser than I, also see this incident as a growth opportunity for Trump. 

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  1. Gregory Gorpo

    Sheriff Joe: Lock em up!

  2. You are correct that these tactics will help Trump with Arizona Republicans.

    But the organizers of these protests are not interested in Republican primaries; they are interested in the general election. The goal of these demonstrations is to intensify the perception that Republicans are anti-minority and anti-immigran, and to get the 30% of the electorate that is Black, Latino or Asian to vote Democratic in large numbers.

    • That makes sense, but maybe it will stir up the non-minority, non-illegal immigrant vote to win in a last hoorah before the flood.

      • Maybe, Chris. But not likely. Republicans will need 64% of the White vote to win. The only Republican in the last 40 years to get this was Reagan in the landslide year of 1984.

    • Anonymous

      I agree with you. However If the GOP loses the November election which looks increasingly likely it will be because the party picks a candidate that appeals to 45%-50% of primary voters but not to a wider electorate.

      The RNC commissioned a study about why the party lost the last election. Here is a link.

      http://goproject.gop.com/

      Hillary and her handlers are delighted with Trump and his progress but he is not the creation of the Democrats. Frankly he is doing all the damage himself.

      • The RNC? They are total retards, to use Walt’s favorite word. They couldn’t get Romney elected when the American voter was primed for an R to win, so how on earth could they write a study on why the GOP lost? I’m laughing out loud at the stupidity of it all. The RNC is WHY the R’s lost – with idiots like Michael Steele and Reince Preibus, if I were Trump I’d run as far away from them as I could.

        Trump hasn’t begun to campaign against Hillary – he knows he’s up against the R’estab who want to give him the boot. And if they do, who will the Rs put up against Hillary? Cruz? OMG, I can’t even imagine the blood from that slaughter. The R’estab should be taken out to the shed and shot, one at a time for being so stupid as not to see that Trump, as much as they hate his style, might be the only chance of getting an R in office.

        Like it it not (Balzac), Trump is the ONLY one with wile and guile enough to out sly Hillary and the Dems. He’s played that game in business. Now he’s playing it in the political arena.

        • Anonymous

          Well when Hillary wins in November don’t come back complaining that Trump’s candidacy failed due to the mainstream liberal media. The RNC report is 100 pages long and worth a read even if you do not agree with all of its conclusions. Here is an excerpt. Personally I find it hard to disagree.

          “America is changing demographically, and unless Republicans are able to grow our appeal the way GOP governors have done, the changes tilt the playing field even more in the Democratic direction.

          In 1980, exit polls tell us that the electorate was 88 percent white. In 2012, it was 72 percent white. Hispanics made up 7 percent of the electorate in 2000, 8 percent in 2004, 9 percent in 2008 and 10 percent in 2012. According to the Pew Hispanic Center, in 2050, whites will be 47 percent of the country while Hispanics will grow to 29 percent and Asians to 9 percent.

          If we want ethnic minority voters to support Republicans, we have to engage them and show our sincerity.

          President George W. Bush used to say, “Family values don’t stop at the Rio Grande and a hungry mother is going to try to feed her child.” When Hispanics heard that, they knew he cared and were willing to listen to his policies on education, jobs, spending, etc. Because his first sentence struck a chord, Hispanic Americans were willing to listen to his second sentence. We heard this from other demographic groups as well. President Bush got 44 percent of the Hispanic vote, a modern-day
          record for a Republican presidential candidate.

          If Hispanic Americans perceive that a GOP nominee or candidate does not want them in the United States (i.e. self-deportation), they will not pay attention to our next sentence. It does not matter what we say about education, jobs or the economy; if Hispanics think we do not want them here, they will close their ears to our policies. In the last election, Governor Romney received just 27 percent of the Hispanic vote. Other minority communities, including Asian and Pacific Islander Americans, also view the Party as unwelcoming. President Bush got 44 percent of the Asian vote in 2004; our presidential nominee received only 26 percent in 2012.

          As one conservative, Tea-Party leader, Dick Armey, told us, “You can’t call someone ugly and expect them to go to the prom with you. We’ve chased the Hispanic voter out of his natural home.”

          We are not a policy committee, but among the steps Republicans take in the Hispanic community and beyond, we must embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform.”

          • You and the RNC have bought hook line and sinker the Prog line – that the Rs have to pander to the minority. Do you not know that Romney didn’t even get the WHITE vote? The white guy who runs his own mom and pop store couldn’t relate for a nanosecond what Romney was all about. Romney was embarrassed by his wealth. Trump appeals to the white guy who wears a camo hat and works his butt off seven days a week to make a living.

            I repeat – the RNC doesn’t know their ass from their elbow. Trump should huff and puff and blow the RNC house down, and do things HIS way. Look at how he got Fox to cancel this Monday’s debste – one that was a waste of everyone’s time other than for Megan Kelly to pretend she’s a darling. Trump told them to eff off, that he had other plans. Reince Priebus was probably home hiding under the covers – he has zero balls to be able to direct the party.

        • sunbeam43

          Well said! And I’m in agreement with you 100%!

        • sunbeam43

          Just to clear things up I’m in complete agreement with EOSredux, not Anonymous at 4:05 pm!

        • Anonymous

          Well EOS time will tell. I believe the issue is Math. Not the RNC being taken over by Progressives. Inagua said above that to win Republicans need 64%+ of the white vote. Sounds like a tall order. I agree with you that Romney’s 2012 campaign was ineffective. How did a qualified candidate who was a well liked Republican governor in a Democratic state lose to Obama? He need not have pandered to the minority – he was 2% short. He only needed a slightly larger buy in from Hispanic voters women and young people. That did not require wholesale pandering to a progressive agenda.

      • No, the Republicans created the opportunity for him to flourish by spending most of the past decades acting like Rotary Club members

        • Anonymous

          It would also help if the R’s could come up with a coherent policy other than further tax cuts, bomb to oblivion Iran/ISIS/N. Korea (or the threat du jour) , shore up Medicare/Social Security (without or raising taxes), ban abortion/PP and same sex marriage. I do not see a unifying theme in the near future and if we lose in November it is not because of Trump or progressives, it is because we have become chest thumping idealogues more intent in retaining political control than governance.

        • Ding ding ding. You are so right Anon 4:55. However the Rs who have a plan other than what the RNC espouses get shuffled off to Buffalo. I was a fan of Christie – while I didn’t share all his stances, he was able to articulate plans. As long as the RNC makes its candidates walk lockstep with the anti everything except war, your assessment is spot on. That’s why I go back and say Trump needs to tell the RNC to take a long walk off a short pier.

  3. sunbeam43

    Typical activities of the dumb protestors! Ninety nine cents short of a dollar!

  4. W

    @Anonymous. March 1980: The Republican Establishment Believed Ronald Reagan Would Lead the GOP to Certain Defeat.

    The ESTABLISHMENT is the problem.

    • The Baumber

      Sheldon Adelson is the ESTABLISHMENT. Steve Wynn is the ESTABLISHMENT. Phil Ruffin is the ESTABLISHMENT. Carl Icahn is the ESTABLISHMENT. All mulit-billionaires with agendas (gaming primarily) and ALL support Trump and will fund his campaign in the general and pay off all of his personal campaign loans in the primary. Trump will not lose a dime or fund anything. You guys are such suckers. Love it.
      Comparing Reagan to Trump is beyond hilarious.

  5. Anonymous

    The only way to win these days is to promise to give away more free stuff to minorities and unions.

    Magic formula for the D’s

  6. You can’t fix stupid

    • Babylon Sister

      Bill Ayers’ magnum opus. This video is an anticlimactic testament to his life’s calling as a totalitarian agitator (and “guilty as hell, free as a bird!” democidal murder).

      His KGB handlers… if still alive… would be proud. The rest of us just scratch our heads and marvel at what a remarkably pathetic loser he is. Not to mention his half-brained flock of laughably-gullible millennial nitwits.

      • Babylon Sister

        Feelin’ the Bern…
        …finally, Billy’s dream of a USSA may come to fruition, after decades of revolutionary struggle!

  7. John

    2 typical republican pitfalls Trump has avoided: 1) cutting social security, it’s a suicide mission, you NEVER hear the Dem’s talk about it, and Trump wisely said he will NOT cut ss or cut benefits; 2) tax Hedge funds (carried interest) or other sweet heart deals enjoyed by 1% of the population, why fall on the sword for these guys? Trump is crazy like a fox.

    • The Baumber

      Trump aint going to touch the carried interest loophole. Just ask Icahn. Trump isnt crazy like a fox, he just knows voters wont do any due diligence. When he wins, he’s going to be in the pocket of guys like me. Cant wait.

  8. It looks like the Occupy Wall Street movement has emerged from their parent’s basements and found a new vocation.

  9. Anonymous

    Completely agree with EOS.

  10. EOS and others: railing against the Republican “establishment” ? ! ?
    Please explain how this circular firing squad action will defeat Hillary?

    The Trump voters have huge confirmation bias, one of the psychological errors we are all prone to. Conf. bias goes like this: you love Trump, therefore you see only his virtues and you think that others will vote for him too.

    EOS, you are the first female I know who might support him. My personal poll: Mrs. Balzac, who is a swing voter, won’t swing toward Trump, and will vote for Hillary. There are millions of suburban mommies who voted for Bush and Romney, but who will not vote for the loudmouth.

    He’s a political naïf, and a loser. He is a great representative of anger and shooting-from-the-hip. He is an AWFUL representative for the thoughtful policies we need.

    Get out of your confirmation bias bubble, and contemplate how ridiculously easy a decision it is for the swing voter to say: I can’t put the country in the hands of this erratic screamer with the 4th grade vocabulary, who would be the oldest president in history. Has he generated any campaign contributions? He’ll need them, because he’s too sharp and too greedy to spend his fortune. Does he have any policy advisors? Pollsters? Organization? Or is this a one-man cavalcade?

    Here’s one lifelong Republican to say: Hillary will crush him. Unfortunate, unnecessary and disappointing.

    • Alas Balzac, it’s fair to say we shall not find a happy medium in our differing opinions of the RNC, Trump, and how he will and can beat Hillary.

      Other women? My mother, age 97, a lifelong Republican who even swore that Nixon was not a crook, has seen the light and is a Trump voter. Is that a good enough example? And NO, she hasn’t lost her marbles. She has far more than I actually and is extraordinarily well versed on all things political. She can’t stand the R’establishment. She, like many women I know (two sisters-in-law, one daughter, several close friends, two cousins to name but a few), are angry at being hornswaggled by the Republican establishment and are Trump supporters. Your wife is entitled to vote for whomever she chooses, but I don’t see how a vote against Trump equals a vote for Hillary. I’d say a vote against Trump equals not going to vote. A vote for Hillary means HER choice for Supreme Court and he/she will be age 45 and not Garland’s 63 and the nominee will be very liberal and will sit on the bench for a generation. With Hillary as President, Bader-Ginsburg may retire too. I am not willing to let Hillary ruin life for my children and grandchildren. Her choices in this sphere alone will alter the entire complexion of this country. But, your wife, her choice.

      As for Trump’s advisers/pollsters/ etc….for now I think he’s 100% correct to go it alone, and by alone, I mean his inner circle of advisers. Pollsters are hucksters, just look at Frank Luntz, who is on a one-man campaign to destroy Trump.

      I do agree Trump will need campaign contributions but organizing all that now when he’s fighting to GET the nomination is a waste. If he gets there, he will have to put together a team.

      I could be all wrong Balzac and you could be 100% correct. As you said to me before, only time will tell. Shall we wager?

    • Anonymous

      Balzac – Ask your wife if Hillary is a taker or a giver?

  11. EOS, I love you. Let’s have a friends’ gentleman bet.
    Believe me, I’ll be voting for Trump. Just like I voted for those other losers GHW Bush (1992), McCain, Foley, Romney, Linda McMahon. etc. etc…

    The issue isn’t Hillary. She’s awful, agreed.

    The issue is that outside our FWIW-bubble, Trump can’t win, due to at least 3 causes: he can’t draw ethical or age contrast with Hillary, the media will kill him in the view of swing voters (he’ll be likened to Palin), and third, his incoherent and amusing claims are overlooked for now but will be called serious errors of judgment, later in the campaign.

    Please don’t nominate Trump, bringing us Hillary.

    Vote for the most conservative candidate with a chance of winning: Cruz.