Is This a New and Improved Donald Trump?

Donald Trump (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

If you watched Donald Trump’s victory speech last night in New York, you witnessed a pretty rare sighting these days: a presidential candidate acting presidential. Of all the candidates that I thought I would be calling presidential, Mr. Trump was not one of them.

Tuesday evening after the New York primary, Trump Tower was packed with supporters and media awaiting another disastrously boisterous and egocentric victory speech from the GOP candidate. Instead, they were welcomed with a Donald Trump who was cool, calm and, dare I say, classy.

Mr. Trump recently hired a new team to help him with his media and public relations, and it is certainly showing. He entered the room to accept his victory to the sound of Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York.” He greeted guests and supporters with humility and gratitude.

Instead of ripping his opponents to shreds or listing off the people he’d like to see moved out of the country, he kept his speech short, sweet, and to-the-point, and even seemed annoyed when his speech was interrupted by a loud and rowdy crowd. He didn’t mention Lyin’ Ted or his least favorite person, Hillary Clinton. He thanked his family and campaign staff and poured his heart out to the state of New York. He didn’t fail to throw some shade at the media, however. They’ve been calling out his campaign for constantly throwing people out and bringing new people in, but Donald Trump referred to his team as “evolving.” His team has definitely evolved, and they have brought us a new and improved candidate to stand behind. Continue Reading

National Right to Life Backs Ted Cruz

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

National Right to Life has officially endorsed Ted Cruz as their candidate for the 2016 presidential election.

This week, NRL News reported, “National Right to Life believes Sen. Cruz is the only candidate for president who has always been pro-life, who has a 100% pro-life voting record with National Right to Life, who can win the Republican nomination, and who can defeat pro-abortion Hillary Clinton in November.”

This announcement came after his opponent, Donald Trump, had a difficult few interviews concerning his stance on abortion laws, leaving his campaign to pick up the pieces.

In one interview with MSNBC, Trump said if abortion became illegal again, the women who had abortions before that time should be punished for their actions. His campaign later corrected this statement saying that he actually meant the doctors performing abortions should be punished.

Not too long after, Mr. Trump said in another interview with CBS host John Dickerson, “The laws are set now on abortion and that’s the way they’re gong to remain until they’re changed. At this moment, the laws are set and I think we have to leave it that way.” This left pro-lifers with more proof that the candidate is still “very pro-choice” as he declared himself back in 1999.

Senator Cruz, who has always been a staunch defender of life, would love to see abortion made illegal, but stands by his dislike for executive orders and legislating from the bench: “I think all of us should agree that it’s a much better system to have important public policy issues decided by the people, at the ballot box, rather than five unelected lawyers just imposing their views on everybody else.”

National Right to Life’s declaration is a great relief to the pro-life movement, who have been hoping and praying for a truly pro-life candidate. Continue Reading

Republican Campaigns Go Negative in South Carolina

From left: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Donald Trump, and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)

As the battle for South Carolina heats up, the GOP presidential candidates are not taking any chances with their words. The candidates are swinging attacks left and right to win the hearts and votes of The Palmetto State voters. Let the games begin.

We’ll start with Marco Rubio. At a town hall meeting in South Carolina this past week, Rubio directly attacked Donald Trump for his profanity, highlighting that The Donald acts in a way that our preachers and churches would be ashamed of:

You have a leading presidential saying profanity from a stage! All these things undermine what we teach our children.

Glenn Beck also used the S.C. spotlight to take a shot at the Trump campaign, accusing him of being a fake Christian:

Too many people right now are looking at a guy like Donald Trump and believing that that man has ever opened a Bible. That’s the biggest crock of bullcrap I’ve ever heard. We all know it.

Ted Cruz joined the group in the fight as well, attacking Trump for his pro-choice record:

If a candidate has spent 60 years of his life describing himself as very, very pro-choice. If a candidate has defended partial birth abortion for most of his adult life, we should not be surprised if, as president, he will not defend the right to life.

But the Trump Train remains in unfazed.

Trump continued with his same old antics. He went after Cruz (following an attack on Pope Francis) for “sleazy” surveys and polling. Continue Reading

WATCH: Cuomo vs. Carly on Blaming GOP Rhetoric for Planned Parenthood Shooting

Chris Cuomo of CNN held nothing back when he began attacking Carly Fiorina on his show Friday. He started by asking:

Do you feel any sense of regret about how you characterized what was going on at Planned Parenthood after the attack in Colorado? Because of what the man said which seems as though he was influenced by some of the rhetoric that was coming out of you and others that painted a very ugly picture and an unfair one, about Planned Parenthood?

Cuomo was referring to Fiorina’s comments at a previous GOP presidential debate condemning Planned Parenthood after the release of the videos showing gruesome abortions, dismemberments and the like. Simply put, he was implying that her words and the words of “others” provoked and inspired the Planned Parenthood shooting, leaving her at fault for the shooting spree.

Clearly, Fiorina did not take kindly to Cuomo’s remarks:

Oh, please, really, Chris? Nine videotapes have come out about Planned Parenthood. It is very clear what they have been doing. And in fact, Planned Parenthood several weeks ago made a quiet little announcement that they would no longer accept compensation for the sale of what they call fetal tissue. That’s about as close to an admission as you can get.

She continued:

This is a typical left-wing tactic to try to shut down the truth by silencing people. This has happened over and over and over again.

Cuomo started to pick up some sarcasm and a snide attitude as the argument became heated. Continue Reading

Cruz, Rubio Among Candidates Voting to Defund Planned Parenthood

Senators Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, and Lindsey Graham all voted in favor of the recent bill to cut major congressional spending geared towards the controversial Planned Parenthood.

The bill cut at least 89 percent of Planned Parenthood’s federal funding as well as major components of Obamacare: the “Independent Payment Advisory Board” and the “excess benefits tax.” Rubio made a statement to about the importance of the passing bill for him and the American people:

I’m especially proud to support what this bill does to protect innocent unborn children, and increase funding for women’s health care by defunding Planned Parenthood and redirecting the taxpayer dollars it currently receives toward more worthy causes. Planned Parenthood has proven itself to be a morally bankrupt organization that shows little regard for the women they purport to serve and even less regard for innocent life. They do not deserve a dime of taxpayer money.

Senator Ted Cruz also sent out a statement on his feelings in light of the bill’s passing:

The vote we took today is a significant step towards repealing every word of Obamacare.  This bill repeals as much of that failed law as we can under arcane Senate rules and the narrow guidelines of the budget.  I am also encouraged that this bill prohibits taxpayer funds from going to abortion-providers.  This bill is a substantial improvement over the original House bill, and I’m grateful to Senate conservatives and Senate leadership for joining me in making it so.

This bill is the first of its kind and will have major implications for 2016. Continue Reading

Top Five Candidate Responses to the Planned Parenthood Shooting

Republicans have been partially blamed for the shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado on November 27th. Because of this, great attention has been given to the Republican candidates’ responses to the shooter and the atrocities that occurred on that day. Here are the top five:

1.) Ted Cruz has had to deal with the publicity that came from his response to the shooter’s crimes. He first responded on Twitter with the standard politically correct response:

This response was vague and stereotypically conservative: call for prayer, express sympathy for the hurt, and praise the brave. However, during a campaign visit in Iowa, while talking with a journalist about the reports concerning the shooter, he said, “Well, it’s also been reported that he was registered as an independent and a woman and transgendered leftist activist. If that’s what he is I don’t think it’s fair to blame on the rhetoric on the left.” The media took this as Cruz calling the shooter a transgendered leftist activist (N.B. The word “transgendered” is typically offensive to the LGBT community).

2.) Donald Trump always has a lot to say, and used this event as another opportunity to go on a politically charged tangent on “Meet the Press”: “I think it’s terrible. I mean, terrible. It’s more of the same. And I think it’s a terrible thing. Continue Reading

Carson: “All Black Lives Matter”

Dr. Ben Carson (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Dr. Ben Carson wants to shift the focus of the Black Lives Matter movement.  This past Saturday, the presidential candidate appeared at a daylong conference at Allen University, a historically black college, alongside Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley to discuss issues concerning black communities. Dr. Carson said that the Black Lives Matter movement needs to shift its focus from police brutality to other atrocities threatening black lives like abortion and homicide:

“I believe that we ought to be talking about all black lives, not just a few,” Carson said. “The greatest number of black lives are eliminated in abortion clinics and that bothers me, and when I look in our major cities, the number one cause of death for young black men is homicide. That to me is a very serious problem. I would like them to mix those things in and let’s talk about all that rather than just one small segment.”

However, he did offer solid answers to the struggling relationship between police officers and people of color. Police should reach out to their communities. They should be “introduced regularly, so that Johnny’s first experience with police is playing kickball, not being chased down an alley… You don’t condemn the whole group, and base policies on the bad apples.” When it comes to police brutality, policies do not work in a space where individual situations are to be considered.

Carson noted the national issue can be curbed by reinforcing the respect once given to police officers, especially by the black community. Continue Reading

Eight Things To Love (or Not Love) About 2016

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The 2016 presidential race is now in full swing, and so much has been going on. Candidates have been putting their feet in their mouths and moderators have been starting fights while the rest of the us try to deal with issues of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Here are eight things to love and strongly dislike this election season:

Love: The Catholic Bishops

The bishops have recently come out with a statement saying that Catholics who support abortion and euthanasia are in formal cooperation with evil. Formal cooperation means you are directly involved in the evil act even if you are not partaking in it. What does this mean for the Catholic vote? Catholics who wish to remain in good standing with the Church cannot vote for pro-choice candidates. I applaud the bishops for proclaiming their beliefs in a time when it is not popular to be Christian or pro-life.  While many politicians will do anything for power, the USCCB reminds us that policies never trump principles.

Don’t Love: Moderators

The moderators this year have been an absolute mess. Almost every question has been a total joke. They’re so bad that the candidates won’t even answer them (shout out to you, Governor Kasich). I will have to give them some props, however. During the CNBC debates, the GOP candidates became a glorious, conservative team fighting in the name of a fair and quality debate. On top of that, terrible moderation makes for very entertaining television. Continue Reading

Three Times Chris Christie Demolished the Competition at the CNBC Debate

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Chris Christie’s New Jersey sass and no-nonsense attitude took center stage at Wednesday night’s GOP Debate. Here were his three best moments:

1.) When he focused on the real competition.

The first question of the night was, “What is your biggest weakness and what are you doing to address it?” Christie deflected his answer away from his own weaknesses, just as everyone else did, and talked about what he believes is the greatest weakness of the election: the Democratic candidates. He rallied for the Republicans as a team and emphasized who the real rivals are:

I don’t see a lot of weakness on this stage, quite frankly. Where I see the weakness is in those three people that are left on the Democratic stage. You know, I see a socialist, an isolationist and a pessimist. And for the sake of me, I can’t figure out which one is which.

2. When he took a good look.

Governor Christie made a huge impact to those watching him fight for the top spot. He spoke directly into the camera, capturing the attention of those who will be voting for him, instead of using his eye contact to intimidate everyone else in the room. It was effective and unique, making Christie a standout amongst the rest.

I want to talk to the folks at home. I want to ask you: Are you fed up with how Washington taxes you? Are you fed up with how Washington wastes your money?

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Sanders Attacks Carson’s “Extreme” Abortion Stance On “The View”

This week on “The View,” Bernie Sanders bashed Ben Carson and the rest of the GOP candidates for pushing the “extreme right-wing agenda”:

“I mean, you just heard Ben Carson’s statement. These are guys who basically believe, this is their agenda more or less: huge tax breaks for the wealthiest people in this county; cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, federal aid to education; virtually all of them are against a woman’s right to chose; very few of them support gay rights, the right of gay people to marry,” he said. “That is their agenda, their extreme right-wing agenda.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) (photo credit: Michael Vadon via Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0)

These comments come after Dr. Carson announced on “Meet The Press” that he would “love” to see Roe v. Wade overturned. While most of the GOP candidates take the stance that abortion should be illegal except in difficult cases, Carson has taken on a more conservative stance on abortion: no abortions for any case, except rare situations where the mother’s life is at risk: “Rape and incest, I would not be in favor of killing a baby.”

Sanders believes all the GOP candidates are members of a “very right-wing extremist Republican Party.” He’s bringing out the big guns with his rhetoric by referring to the opposing team in the same way we refer to terrorists.

However, it looks like Republican voters don’t share Sanders’ view of Dr. Carson. Carson is now ahead of Donald Trump, the previous GOP front-runner, and is currently the greatest threat to the Democrats winning the White House next year. Continue Reading