Trump Writes Himself Off by Choosing Pence

Eric Zuesse

Donald Trump, the Republican Presidential nominee-to-be, has effectively ended his chances to become U.S. President, by his choice of the idiot Mike Pence to be his Vice Presidential choice.

Pence’s only articles about his vision for the nation and for the Republican Party were published at his campaign site “Mike Pence for Congress,” between 1991 and the year 2000, when he finally won a seat in Congress. So, the quotations here will be from that time.

Here will be quoted some of that idiot’s stunning allegations. The dates he said these idiotic things are all no later than 17 April 2000 (as is indicated by the earliest URL listing them being http://web.archive.org/web/20000417191056/http://www.mikepence.com/ where the “20000417” means that it was recorded on 17 April 2000, and so the articles with these titles were linked-to at Pence’s site by no later than that date). 

These are Pence’s whoppers there that struck me as the most blatant:

“Time for a quick reality check. Despite the hysteria from the political class and the media, smoking doesn’t kill.”

“Global warming is a myth.”

“The blame-ocracy has concluded that social conservatives, read that pro-life, pro-family voters, were the cause of the [Republican] party’s troubles. … It brings to mind the adage of that great Republican President Calvin Coolidge who said, ‘not all Republicans are stupid people but all stupid people are Republicans.’ The idea that relegating 40% of the GOP vote to second class status is a prescription for victory had to have been concocted in the twisted mind of some overpaid political consultant. … The reason I am optimistic is, apart from God’s sustaining grace, quite simple. Republicans, from George Washington to George W. Bush just have better ideas. … Eventually, Republicans will return to the promotion of those great ideas.” 

Get that last one!: George Washington was a “Republican,” and Calvin Coolidge said that “all stupid people are Republicans” — and Pence seconds that thought!

But Pence seems to have convinced all the Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives. And so they did “return to the promotion of those great ideas.” Wikipedia notes that, “In January 2009, Pence was elected by his GOP colleagues to become the Republican Conference Chairman, the third-highest-ranking Republican leadership position.” Evidently, they all agreed with Pence, that Calvin Coolidge had it right, that “all stupid people are Republicans” (even if not necessarily with George Washington’s having been a Republican before there was any Republican Party). (Wikipedia: “Founded in the Northern states in 1854 by anti-slavery activists, modernizers, ex-Whigs, and ex-Free Soilers, the Republican Party quickly became the principal opposition to the dominant Democratic Party and the briefly popular Know Nothing Party.” George Washington died in 1799.)

However, a google-search for the field — “all stupid people are republicans” coolidge — shows “No results found for coolidge ‘all stupid people are republicans’.” On the other hand, a facebook post from a New York Democrat, Mitchell Joseph, dated 25 February 2013, did say exactly what, prior to 2001, Pence had attributed to Coolidge. Furthermore, a Democratic Underground discussion in 2004 focused on exactly that same phrase: “Not all Republicans are stupid, but all stupid people are Republicans.” So, that statement can be described as a bipartisan opinion: bipartisan between Democrats, from at least 2004-2013, and the Indiana Republican Mike Pence in 2000 (and, presumably, all House Republicans at the time when Barack Obama was becoming President in 2009 and they all voted Pence their #3 leader). 

And, Donald Trump’s choice of Pence to be Vice President of the U.S. proves Trump himself to be one of the stupid Republicans, regardless of what Calvin Coolidge said. Evidently, Trump is going after voters like himself.

Here is one of Trump’s voters. If you don’t believe it, just watch and listen to the interview-segment. And here was the follow-up on it.

Or: maybe Trump simply figured these people out, and thus isn’t using Hillary Clinton’s more-sophisticated method of conning voters: campaigning as the ‘Progressive’ candidate, with ‘Experience’.

This is the way politicians campaign for votes in a (fake) ‘democracy’. It’s a contest between two fascist candidates, each of whom is trying to con more voters than the other (especially in the close or “battleground” states).

When John McCain chose Sarah Palin in 2008, it was because McCain didn’t stand a chance against the most gifted political campaigner in at least recent U.S. history, Barack Obama; it was McCain’s “Hail Mary Pass.” But Trump is running against the widely detested, clear fake, Hillary Clinton. His choice of Pence — a Republican who actually endorsed the view that “all stupid people are Republicans” — is Trump’s own political suicide. Any politician who claims that all of the “stupid” people are in his Party is just blatantly stupid. And it’s not even true — it’s a self-destructive false allegation, not even a cunning lie! But Trump, by adopting Pence, has absorbed it into himself, along with Pence’s atrocious record in Congress — and so Pence is doubly a burden to Trump, since, until now, Trump had no real political record to defend, his entire record was instead only as a businessman, so there was no political-policy record that needed to be defended. With Pence on his ticket, he now has an atrocious record to defend. Pence’s insults to the intelligence of Republican voters, loaded on top of his importing into the Republican Presidential campaign Pence’s horrific voting record on the issues, are likely to sink Trump’s campaign, which, until now, had actually had a good chance of victory, against such a weak candidate as Clinton. But the Democrats who voted for Clinton were also stunningly gullible, even if not outright stupid, themselves; so, there’s no such monopoly on stupidity, as Pence assumes.

Wall Street and all of the international corporations will probably break all previous political campaign spending records to propagandize Hillary Clinton into the White House. The owners of those mega-corporations are her main constituency, and Trump’s main constituency is White racists. Some ‘democracy’, this.

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Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

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  • jadan

    Good one, Eric! Keep those hits coming!

    • Eric Zuesse

      Thanks. I had some good chuckles writing that one. Nice to see someone enjoyed reading it.

      • Brockland A.T.

        I’m sure your President Hilary Clinton articles will be side-splitting, rip-roaring zingers.

        Unfortunately nuke-irradiated survivors really don’t glow in the dark, so can’t read in the dark.

        • Eric Zuesse

          That’s why I’ll still probably hold my nose and vote for Trump — my first-ever vote for a Republican.

          • kimyo

            your analysis of the polls on 6/1/2015 led you to state: My Prediction: Bernie Sanders Will Win the White House

            you might well have been correct, if the votes had actually been counted (2.5 million uncounted in california, easily enough to swing the election to sanders, 250,000 uncounted in brooklyn……)

            do you have any reason to believe that your vote for trump will be accurately tallied?

          • Eric Zuesse

            I participated in a vote-recount in my state and saw how it was done; that was when there were paper ballots, and the entire system for recounting ballots was careful and honest. But nowadays my answer to your question is: No. Maybe it’s a different country now.

  • Brockland A.T.

    The Clintons represent an investment of some 30 years of political capital that needs to be cashed by the neocons, given the Clinton’s age. Trump was unlikely to beat that investment representing tens of billions of dollars of political favours and influence and live.

    Still, Pence.. ugh. Ben Carlson would have been a better choice for a Quayle maneuver.

    http://politicalhumor.about.com/cs/quotethis/a/quaylequotes.htm

    Vice President H.W. Bush was supposed to take over when President Reagan was assassinated, except, Reagan lived. When H.W. Bush’s turn came to be President, anyone knowing the inside lore would have found his choice for VP, Dan Quayle, to be hilarious. Quayle was the perfect insurance policy and inside joke. Also, by then extremist American politics had moved beyond H.W. Bush; he wouldn’t go to Baghdad.

    http://www.informationliberation.com/?id=14872

    People familiar with history know JFK’s VP, LBJ, is widely rumoured to have been in on JFK’s assassination.

    http://jfktruth.org/Johnson/

    All things considered, Ivanka Trump or retired General James Mattis might have been better choices for Trump, insofar as they wouldn’t LBJ Trump, except, challenging the neocons really is a dangerous game.

    • Eric Zuesse

      Spreading rumors of any sort is terrible. Bigotries and other evils result from such sloppiness, which really is epistemological negligence. No good comes from it, nor does any evidence.

      • Brockland A.T.

        Mea culpa.

        My assumptions on the probable threat to Donald Trump from the Deep State and his reactions to them are loosely extrapolated from the unproven, unverified conclusions of independent researchers regarding the fate of JFK and lore of the Reagan assassination attempt, which are themselves not supported by the official history and supporting researchers thereof. They also make the mistaken assumption that Trump would be even remotely aware of conspiracy theories or take them at all seriously.

        Therefore my position in this specific case lacks academic validity to my usual standard and is as reckless and arbitrarily as calling for arrests of the guilty, since culpability has not been formally proven by any recognized competent authority.

        The inflammatory speculation is in part borne from the frustrating realization that the superficially moral meme of Never Trump is all but the electoral equivalent of Only Hilary, but no excuse.

      • kimyo

        Spreading rumors of any sort is terrible.

        except, of course, when you do it.

        So: please email this article’s URL address (which is immediately above this article), to friends, so as to spread to them the word, that NATO is preparing an invasion of Russia.

  • John

    “George Washington remained *nonpartisan* throughout his eight-year presidency. Greatly concerned about the very real capacity of political parties to destroy the fragile unity holding the nation together, he was, and remains the only U.S. president never to be affiliated with a political party.” — Wikipedia

    The inherent dynamic stability of the “two-party system” was not realized until later:

    “The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one perhaps of the Right, and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to doctrinaire and academic thinkers.
    Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can ‘throw the rascals out’ at any election without leading to any profound or extensive shifts in policy.”

    — Carroll Quigley (CFR), “Tragedy and Hope”, 1966, p. 1247
    http://www.carrollquigley.net/books.htm

  • Gary Youree

    it is clear to me that the billionaire elite wanted Clinton from the beginning. Using the press they gave it to Trump when clearly Sanders was the better story. I know some of these people have some conscience but i guess they disappear from the air if they express what they know about their owners. No fucking principles. There is a little sociopath in all of us and i am seeing more and more. This is the true trickle down. Bernie would have made a huge story and sold much more soap. Entertaining? Trump? Do you think i am stupid? They just could not take a chance a republican could win when they wanted their war horse, Clinton, to win. Watch in the general election. There will be an ironic shift in the media. They will fact check and burn Trump to hillary’s favor. I see a small nuke on US soil, and maybe a few in “rebute”

    • Gary Youree

      “retaliation”..I didnt mean to end the post. it will be enough to end our rights and all that socialist money that could go to the powers to be. Fuck you all. You will die in the dark, in your bunkers, eating your own. i will hopefull be born on a better world but if not you better not hope I am born back here. I will remember

  • teri

    Perhaps Trump is simply trying to help Clinton get elected.

    • kimyo

      your theory holds, absent any effort by trump to call attention to clinton’s theft of the primary from sanders. if he were serious about winning, he’d hammer her incessantly on the coin tosses and the ‘placebo’ ballots

  • Mike Pence is the “DON’T SERVE PIZZA TO GAYS” guy from last year’s Memories Pizza controvery, remember?

  • scottywhatu gondoboy

    What do we Americans expect? A God fearing people loving government? WRONG! The problem is that the government(CIA) has managed to keep Americans ignorant!
    This country was not founded by Christians! 44 of the 56 that signed the DOI, was nothing other than Pagan god serving (Satanic lovin) FREEMASONS! European Atlantean Occultist! Does anyone other than me and the LIBRARY OF CONGRESS (the article titled: The Most Approved Plan) even know why the Jefferson designed the White House to resemble the frikn Vatican in Rome? Does anyone know why the WH and the Vatican face an Obelisk? Well in case I am correct about most Americans let me tell you!>>>>>>>>>>The DOME on top of both of them represents the pagan god ISIS(Ishtar/Easter) ever pregnant belly and it faces the Obelisk (with a cross placed at the top in front of the Vatican to shut people up about it), and the Washington Monument in front of the WH, as it clearly represents the ever erect manhood of her husband’s cut off penis of OSIRIS/NIMROD/BAAL, (APOLLO TO THE GREEKS) (THE ANTI-CHRIST TO CHRISTIANS) ——And by the way, this relationship between Osiris and ISIS is also represented on the “GREAT SEAL” ON THE $ BILL! —— Oh and while I am at this, I wonder why they named the terrorist group ISIS? hhhuuuuummmmmm? OR Does it really just simply mean ISLAMIC STATE of IRAQ and SYRIA? HHHUUUMMMM?
    Anyway—-Then what about the Statue of Liberty that everyone drools over? Given to us by the French Mason, Mr. EIFFEL. The female body of ISIS and the face/head of her hubby OSIRIS along with his 7 sun-rays letting you know it’s the SUN-GOD!—–ACCORDING TO IT’S OWN LITERATURE! —L@@K IT UP!