The Reverend


This posting is a bit longer than normal. But read it all anyway. That's an order.



The 9th ClownStock Gathering was, indeed, quite different from the 8 previous ones. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio consistently attacked The Donald, even though often in childish ways. Transcript found here.



Immigration....



Rubio.....if you're going to claim that you're the only one that lifted this into the campaign, that you acknowledge that, for example, you're only person on this stage that has ever been fined for hiring people to work on your projects illegally. You hired some workers from Poland...



TRUMP: No, no, I'm the only one on the stage that's hired people. You haven't hired anybody.



TRUMP: And by the way, I've hired -- and by the way, I've hired tens of thousands of people over at my job. You've hired nobody.



RUBIO: Yes, you've hired a thousand from another country...



TRUMP: You've had nothing but problems with your credit cards, et cetera. So don't tell me about that.



After arguing over Polish workers and a Trump civil suit....



TRUMP: But I've hired people. Nobody up here has hired anybody.



That's how it went the entire evening. Childish heat.....very little light.



Referencing Mexican president's comment that Mexico is...."not paying for any fucking wall"...Trump takes chutzpah to the moon...



Trump: I can only tell you, if I would have used even half of that word, it would have been national scandal. This guy used a filthy, disgusting word on television, and he should be ashamed of himself, and he should apologize, OK?



Here is what all the VSP's were calling for Rubio to do.....and it all came across as massively stupid....



RUBIO: Here's a guy that inherited $200 million. If he hadn't inherited $200 million, you know where Donald Trump would be right now?



TRUMP: No, no, no.



RUBIO: Selling watches in Manhattan



RUBIO: You lied about the Polish workers.



TRUMP: Yes, yes, yes. 38 years ago.



RUBIO: You lied to the students at Trump University.



RUBIO: Oh, he lied 38 years ago. All right, I guess there's a statute of limitation on lies.



Each ClownStock gathering has had its WTF moment. Last night's WTF moment....



Rubio: I do think it's amazing that on this stage tonight there are two descendants of Cuban origin, and an African American. We are the party of diversity, not the Democratic party.



Question based on a quote from the 2012 GOP "autopsy" report....



"if Hispanic Americans hear that the GOP doesn't want them in the United States they won't pay attention to our next sentence."



So, do you think that your fellow Republican candidates get it?



KASICH: Well, I'm not going to talk about that.



No, really, that was LittleJohn's answer.



More from Kasich's love affair with the voodoo...It's what Jack Kemp used to say. A rising tide lifts all boats, not just some boats, but all boats.



Don't like facts? Just ignore them...



Question: But a brand new Telemundo poll says that three out of four Hispanics that vote nationwide have a negative opinion of you. They don't like you. Wouldn't that make you an unelectable candidate in a general election?



TRUMP: No. First of all, I don't believe anything Telemundo says.



Trump bashes John Roberts for Obamacare. Blames Cruz for pushing Roberts in the first place. Cruz falls on his face trying to answer....



Cruz: Yes, it's true, I supported the Republican nominee once he was made. But I would not have nominated John Roberts.



Hugh Hewitt says "religious liberty" keeps him up at night. Worrying about pending Supreme Court appointment.



Reverend Question: What in the hell is Hugh Hewitt doing asking questions of candidates at ANY venue?



Reverend Observation: Hewitt is a huge embarrassment for CNN...asks Kasich...



HEWITT: Governor Kasich, back to religious liberty. You've been a little bit less emphatic. You've said, same-sex couple approaches a cupcake maker, sell them a cupcake. Can we trust you as much on religious liberty as the rest of these people?



Best answer of the night....



Kasich: If you're in the business of selling things, if you're not going to sell to somebody you don't agree with, OK, today I'm not going to sell to somebody who's gay, and tomorrow maybe I won't sell to somebody who's divorced.



I mean, if you're in the business of commerce, conduct commerce. That's my view. And if you don't agree with their lifestyle, say a prayer for them when they leave and hope they change their behavior.



Kasich didn't help himself with evangelical voters there....but he is correct in what he answered.



Topic....Obamacare....



Rubio lies....It is a health care law that is basically forcing companies to lay people off, cut people's hours, move people to part-time. It is not just a bad health care law, it is a job-killing law.



More childishness....



TRUMP:  I watched him repeat himself five times four weeks ago... RUBIO: ... I just watched you repeat yourself five times five seconds ago...



Topic: Economy. Trump's tax plan. What about huge deficit?



Trump: If you look at what's going on, we have the highest taxes anywhere in the world. We pay more business tax, we pay more personal tax. We have the highest taxes in the world.



It's shutting off our economy. It's shutting off our country.



Needless to say, that is a ridiculous answer.



Trump's tax plan would add $10 trillion to debt. Trump says he'll eliminate Education Dept and EPA. Then this...



BLITZER: Mr. Trump -- Mr. Trump. If you eliminate completely the Department of Education, as you have proposed, that's about $68 billion. If you eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency, that's about $8 billion. That's about $76 billion for those two agencies.



The current deficit this year is $544 billion. Where are you going to come up with the money?



TRUMP: Waste, fraud and abuse all over the place. Waste, fraud and abuse.



There should have been a drum roll after that answer.



Kasich, really now, loves the voodoo....Because we're balanced budgets, we're strong, we're job-friendly, we don't raise their taxes, and if we have a president that does that in America, we will get the economic growth, and that is what this country needs. Jobs, jobs and jobs, period.



Hewitt pushes Trump on tax returns....



HEWITT: Mr. Trump, a year ago you told me on my radio show, the audio and the transcript are out there on YouTube, that you would release your tax returns.



HEWITT: Are you going back on your commitment?



TRUMP: No, I'm not. First of all, very few people listen to your radio show. That's the good news.



Trump: (lame) I want to release my tax returns but I can't release it while I'm under an audit. We're under a routine audit. I've had it for years, I get audited.



Despite the clownishness and childishness, which riddled the ClownStock event...here was Trump's best answer....



BLITZER: You said this about the ongoing conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians -- I'm quoting you now: "Let me be sort of a neutral guy. I don't want to say whose fault it is, I don't think it helps." How do you remain neutral when the U.S. considers Israel to be America's closest ally in the Middle East?



Trump: As president, however, there's nothing that I would rather do to bring peace to Israel and its neighbors generally. And I think it serves no purpose to say that you have a good guy and a bad guy.



83% of Republicans favor Israel in the Occupied Territories dispute. Cruz and Rubio kneel before Israel as any run-of-the-mill neo-con would do....



Cruz: If I'm president, America will stand unapologetically with the nation of Israel.



Rubio: you cannot be an honest broker in a dispute between two sides in which one of the sides is constantly acting in bad faith. I'm not going to sit here and say, "Oh, I'm not on either side." I will be on a side. I will be on Israel's side every single day because they are the only pro-American, free enterprise democracy in the entire Middle East.



Trump sounds like Rand Paul here....We would be so much better off if Gadhafi were in charge right now.



If these politicians went to the beach and didn't do a thing, and we had Saddam Hussein and if we had Gadhafi in charge, instead of having terrorism all over the place, we'd be -- at least they killed terrorists, all right?



Childishness, again....



CRUZ: Donald, you can get back on your meds now.



TRUMP: This is a lot of fun up here tonight, I have to tell you.



CRUZ: Donald -- Donald, relax.



TRUMP: Go ahead. I'm relaxed. You're the basket case.



BLITZER: You've gotta stop this.



That should have been Blitzer's opening comment.