Into the Belly of the Beast

This takes chutzpah:

Trump enthralls handpicked audience in Vermont

Someone in Donald Trump’s camp, or perhaps the candidate himself, must have worried about how friendly an audience Trump would find in Burlington, the liberal bastion where rival Bernie Sanders began his political career.

The campaign’s solution was crude, yet simple: As attendees filed into the Flynn Center for a Trump rally Thursday evening, his staff barred people who refused to pledge allegiance to the candidate.

For 70 minutes, the Republican presidential candidate enthralled a capacity crowd. Though he was unable to prevent all protesters from entering the theater, Trump stifled any large demonstrations that would give the impression he was unwelcome in Burlington.

Rally attendees said they were surprised to be confronted with a loyalty test at the theater’s entrance.

“There was a man in a suit who asked us if we were Trump supporters,” said Jennifer Vincent of South Burlington. “A couple ahead of us said they weren’t, and they were escorted out.”

Burlington City Councilor Joan Shannon refused to declare herself a Trump supporter and also was barred. Shannon, the former council president, said she was flabbergasted Trump would weed out people who simply wanted to hear the candidate speak.

“What was the point of tickets exactly?” Shannon said. “It was incredibly dishonest.”

Trump defended the tactic in a statement to the Burlington Free Press.

“We have more than 20,000 people that showed up for 1,400 spots,” the billionaire New York businessman said in a statement. “I’m taking care of my people, not people who don’t want to vote for me or are undecided. They are loyal to me, and I am loyal to them.”


As hard as his campaign tried, a few dozen protesters evaded detection and slipped into the theater. At least six times, groups interrupted Trump.

“Get ’em out!” Trump barked, as his supporters shouted down protesters with an almost religious fervor. Trump egged them on and criticized Burlington police for not removing dissenters more quickly.

Each time he would continue, with the same topic or by launching into another. Trump was blunt and unapologetic. His supporters loved him.

“He’s going to be a great president,” Lynn Doney of Northfield said after the speech.

I am no Trump supporter, but this was fucking brilliant. He intentionally generated controversy by invading enemy territory and pissing off as many Democrats as he could. He projected strength by ejecting protesters, sending a message that he would do the same with illegal immigrants. Then he sent a warning to the GOPe:

“I’m taking care of my people, not people who don’t want to vote for me or are undecided. They are loyal to me, and I am loyal to them.”

Like I said, it was fucking brilliant. “Support me or get tossed out in the cold!”

Best part:

One of the more amusing moments being shown in a loop on cable news today came when Trump yelled for one protester to be removed and told his security people that they could keep his coat.

“It’s about ten below zero outside. Tell him we’ll mail it to him in a couple of weeks.”

The crowd ate it up like a fat kid with a cake.

As we approach the actual voting part of the election process, Trump is closing the sale. The GOPe looks on in impotent rage as he methodically eliminates the competition. He is already turning some of his rhetorical artillery in Hillary’s direction.

Meanwhile, the other GOP candidates are now squabbling with each other.



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131 Responses to Into the Belly of the Beast

  1. Myiq2xu says:

    I hope Scott Adams blogs about this.

  2. Somebody says:

    Limiting his audience to only the true believers seems rather Obamaesque. Thankfully I somehow doubt Trump will employ women to faint on cue.

    You are correct Trump has pivoted toward Hillary, he’s closing the deal and the other candidates are sniping at each other’s heels.

  3. Myiq2xu says:

    This is a smoking gun.

    • Somebody says:

      That sure smells like smoke to me, but I’m sure she has a perfectly logical explanation… probably has to do with an internet video.

      At this point what difference does it make??? This corrupt administration isn’t going to prosecute her and she knows it. Although the thought of a Clinton camp vs and Obama camp all out war sound devine!! Can you imagine the popcorn sales!!

      • DeniseVB says:

        Yep, blackmail is in the air. I remember after the 2012 election and loss of so many Dem House and Senate seats, there were calls for DebbieWS to step down as DNC chair. She pretty much said, you don’t want to do that. Bet she has some juicies on Dear Leader too.

  4. Somebody says:

    By the way notice the tone of the USA Today article? Headline, “Trump Enthralls Handpicked Audience”. Funny Obama’s audiences were handpicked, still are and I don’t ever remember any references to that.

    Another point, USA Today refers to Trump supporters as having an almost religious fervor. Once again, I don’t remember them saying such things about “The One”. How many times was Obama pictured with a light halo or in a messianic way?

  5. jennifer lyn says:

    I really love Trump. I do. I was, however, very disappointed that he questioned Cruz on his citizenship. It was a stupid and low blow and it diminished him. Cruz would be a better choice but Trump is going to win. I wish he would pull Cruz in as VP. I have read a lot about Cruz and heard him speak and he is Trump-like in his heart but his brain is a million miles ahead of Trump. Cruz is really a fine man with the firmest hold on reality and what we need to do to save America of anyone I have heard speak in the last decade. He just can’t beat voters love of Trump for his hatred of the status quo and everything it has done to kill this country. Trump loves this country and her people though so I can pretty much forgive him but I sincerely hope he takes the high road and chooses to align with Cruz as VP.

    • Myiq2xu says:

      Cruz would be my first choice among the remaining options.

    • Venus says:

      He didn’t “question” Cruz on his citizenship — he was asked and he answered that he thought he was eligible but that people were talking about it (which they are — there is even rumors of a lawsuit being planned by Alan Grayson if Cruz gets the nomination) so Cruz should cut all that off at the pass with a declaratory judgment from the courts (actually good advice).

      And if you hadn’t noticed — part of the secret of Trump’s success, even back in his breaking into the Manhattan real estate market and now in politics on steroids — is his ability to not give a fuck if others think he is “diminishing” himself.

      • DeniseVB says:

        I’m wondering if this wasn’t planned between the two men. Cruz has had some adorable pushbacks to DJT’s “attacks”. I read some pithy liberal posts that the “birther” issue was in Hillary’s general election arsenal. I’m sensing a coalition between Trump/Cruz, that would be great since it will take about 4 terms of Club Club-You-Over-the-Head to fix our transformed country. The Duopoly fears such a team 🙂

        • Myiq2xu says:

          The term is “innoculation”. Drag an issue out early under your own terms and then quickly beat it to death. Then later on if it comes up again you can say that it is old news.

    • piper says:

      Although many see Trump as a leader I don’t given his offensive mannerisms and bullying nastiness in trying to take down other GOP candidates giving ammunition to the Dem. potential prez. candidate.
      I see the same cultish behavior from the trumpkins as I did from the obamites – name calling, excuse making, inferring unicorns from campaign promises, and so forth. Also the media is hyping Trump’s candidacy with continual coverage over everyone else which makes me very suspicious.
      What makes people think that Trump won’t run the country just like Obama has?

      • DeniseVB says:

        For one thing Obama has never even run a lemonade stand. 😉 The continued coverage is the media’s problem not Trump’s, they choose not to ignore him.

      • lyn says:

        Trump would be a badass. Obama pretends to be one.

      • Myiq2xu says:

        What makes people think that Trump won’t run the country just like Obama has?

        I am more worried about where he will lead us than how he will lead. I think he will probably work better with Congress than Obama, because he is more transactional than ideological. IOW – he will make deals.

        I think his public persona is mostly for show – it’s a permanent negotiating ploy. He is a lot smarter and calculating than many give him credit for.

        But as far as the “real Trump” I still don’t have a handle on that. That is one of the things I don’t like about him. Is he a good salesman or just a con man of extraordinary talent? What would he do in a military crisis? Would he dither or be decisive, and if the latter then which way would he go? What kind of advisers would he surround himself with? Who will he choose to fill out his Cabinet?

        I honestly don’t know.

        • mothy67, says:

          I think he would hire the best of the best to advise him not political payback. Everyone of the dims seems grossly incompetent. . The best for the job should get the position. If that means a cabinet all Puerto Rican men named Caitlyn so be it. Some payback as the cabinet postions are yuuge governments on their own. Palin would be great as EPA.
          I now find Trump my only choice. I might vote for Cruz. Never Hillary, Carson or Rubio.
          Another thing about his timing and brilliance — notice Melania has stepped out of the shadows. Go ahead and say something now about her posing nude on a rug.

      • taw46 says:

        As far as trying to take down other candidates, they all do it, hence negative ads. The other candidates have their campaign and supporters do it, Trump does it himself.

        The first nasty criticism I saw came from the GOPe, they were insulting the supporters, calling them stupid, rednecks, etc. Just like the progs did to the Hillary supporters back in 2008. They then reacted to the GOPe.

        No one knows what kind of President he would be if elected. Or Cruz, or Rubio, or Hillary. We each just do the best we can, and make our own individual decisions.

        • Myiq2xu says:

          DT has a NYC edginess about him that turns some people off. Loud, brash, and in your face.

          • taw46 says:

            I agree with that. I felt that, even though I loved watching what he was doing to PC and the media. For awhile, I thought I would not vote for him for that very reason (offended my Southern upbringing, lol). Cruz was always my first choice, but I just don’t think he could win a General. But what do I know. Crazy world we live in now.

          • mothy67, says:

            I like it, but I doubt he’d govern like that. I get what you’re saying– I don’t like Carly because her speech is so clipped and Rubio’s voice is so oily and manipulative.

          • DeniseVB says:

            I speak fluent Brooklynese with some Queens dialect, so I love it 😀

          • taw46 says:

            Yes, Denise, I am getting the hang of it now!

        • Underwhelmed says:

          I think it’s clear what kind of president he’d be. Look at how he conducts himself as CEO in the business world. That is his MO, and he’s never pretended otherwise. I think it’s clear he considers the role of president to be CEO of the greatest country in the world. A good CEO puts the company’s interests first, negotiates for the best deal he can find on behalf of the company (USA), does what’s necessary to fend off hostile takeovers, and makes sure the workforce (citizens) are happy, safe and productive so that the company will thrive. If he can do all that, he will be a brilliant president.

          • lyn says:

            Well said.

          • taw46 says:

            Agree, that is one of the reasons I decided he would not be unpredictable like some people think. He has a record. And, I don’t hear employees, current or former, talking in a negative way about him. If there are any, I just haven’t seen it yet.

            The other reason, is his children. It is amazing that, with all of the money, they have turned out so well. No hint of any scandal there, he has to be doing something right.

          • Underwhelmed says:

            Also, a good CEO is the circus ringmaster. S/he doesn’t try to do all the jobs, s/he picks the best and the brightest for each job, then stands back and lets them get on with it. But seeing the big picture, s/he course corrects when things start going wrong. S/he has the big picture vision, the courage to pursue it, the courage to change things that aren’t working, to listen to expert advice, to accept s/he is going to need expert advice, and the integrity to be honest about the way things are going.

            As far as I can see, Obama fails every single one of these benchmarks. And I’m sorry, for those who followed Hillary, either she has become a total pod person or she has been/is the most consummate liar US politics has ever seen. If it’s true that she ordered classified markers to be stripped sensitive documentation so it could be sent contra security restrictions — and then tried to defend herself by saying no documents marked sensitive were ever sent unsecured … I don’t even know where to start with that. It’s evil, unadulterated.

          • foxyladi14 says:


      • AFVet says:

        Trump loves the Country, Obama doesn’t.
        Both tend to be vindictive to their opponents.
        The ideology is however very different.

  6. piper says:

    We need to keep an open mind about all the candidate as not to be taken for another ride as we were by obama, his minions and especially the media who created this ‘mythical’ hero. Speeches should be seen as words meant to draw in people – evaluate each carefully before voting.

    • Myiq2xu says:

      For me watching Donald Trump campaign is like watching Aaron Rodgers play quarterback. He doesn’t play for my team but I have to admire his ability.

    • DeniseVB says:

      The media never vetted Obama, the PUMAs did, then Hillary threw us under the bus. She should have stayed in the Senate or run for NY gov, then primary challenged Bam in 2012. She was given very bad political advice.

      • lyn says:

        Trump is different from Obama: He is successful and his family looks happy and loving.

        • leslie says:

          Both true. I don’t think bronco worked a day in his life and all the 5-star hotel stays are due to black privilege.
          Trump’s happy family seems to be authentic and they will, at the very least, know how to treat and respect others and appreciate their lives. What a change that would be!

        • wailuagirl says:


    • Myiq2xu says:

      I meant to add that I didn’t watch Trump’s speech. I figure if I don’t listen to any politicians I can’t be enchanted by their voices.

  7. Venus says:

    Handpicked attendees? Like Obama’s Potemkin “town hall” last night that was by invitation only and all questions pre-screened?

    The progs/MSM/uni-Party are making me *want* to vote for Trump (rather than just my plan to vote for him as a FU to them).

    • lyn says:

      President Boo Hoo used a bad analogy to boot: It’s better to hurt children with knives than guns.

    • blowme0bama says:

      I know. That’s what I noticed. I STILL do not like the damned braggadocio and Cruz would be my first choice, but the way he ends up being dishonestly trashed by MSM results in my defending the guy, even though I don’t particularly *like* him.

  8. Myiq2xu says:

    So who coordinated these spontaneous rape riots?

    Finnish police reported Thursday an unusually high level of sexual harassment in Helsinki on New Year’s Eve and said they had been tipped off about plans by groups of asylum seekers to sexually harass women.


    Three sexual assaults allegedly took place at Helsinki’s central railway station on New Year’s Eve, where around 1,000 mostly Iraqi asylum seekers had converged.

    “Police have… received information about three cases of sexual assault, of which two have been filed as complaints,” Helsinki police said in a statement.

    “The suspects were asylum seekers. The three were caught and taken into custody on the spot,” Koskimaki told AFP.

    Police said they had increased their preparedness “to an exceptional level” in Helsinki for New Year’s Eve after being tipped off about possible problems.

    “Ahead of New Year’s Eve, the police caught wind of information that asylum seekers in the capital region possibly had similar plans to what the men gathered in Cologne’s railway station have been reported to have had,” police said in a statement.

    Meanwhile, Cologne fired their police chief. Apparently the city council voted and chose him to be the human sacrifice.

    • lyn says:

      I want to visit my grandfather’s homeland before it goes to hell.

      • taw46 says:

        I had many wonderful visits to Europe, in the 80’s, 90’s, early 2000. Wanted to go again, before too late. Maybe it already is, sad.

        • lyn says:

          I lived with a London family for three months in 1979. One night I went to the wrong house across the street to pick up their son, and was greeted by several women from India or Pakistan. I can only imagine what that neighborhood is like today. They moved years ago.

          • taw46 says:

            Lucky you, to have lived there! I used to try and figure out how I could live in Greece, which was my favorite at the time. Last visited London in late 80’s, can only imagine what it would be like now.

          • lyn says:

            It did it through a college exchange program that cost $1,200 for tuition and room and board. My plane ticket was $354 and I had $700 in spending money. I’d love to visit Greece.

          • taw46 says:

            Greece is beautiful. I made about 12 trips over a period of 10 years (I worked for an airline). We met locals on our first trip, would see them every time we traveled there. Like all of Europe, quite different now.

          • mothy67, says:

            I lived in London for a year. A hostel. Such a magical time.
            Snow days over the last few years I’d sit with my brat on the desktop and use google street view. We’d go to Paris, London, Belfast, Rome , Venice New York. I’d use kindle to teach her about the sights. I desperately wanted to take her to Paris or at least New York. I’d still go but not with her.

          • lyn says:

            Oh, mothy, I was in London when it had the worst snow storm in 16+ years. I think it was 2 inches. The trains were delayed, and people couldn’t walk on slippery sidewalks. Briefcases hit the sidewalks constantly. I’ll never forget that sound.

          • taw46 says:

            And isn’t that a shame, mothy? That you would be afraid to take her? I would be, too. But, like you, I probably would still go myself. I just remember how free and safe I felt on all of my trips. Perhaps it wasn’t as safe as I thought, after all, we did not have Internet and 24/7 news. Probably more going on than I knew.

    • Myiq2xu says:


      Police confirmed media reports on Friday that Cologne police had arrested two more suspects overnight in connection with the string of sexual assaults carried out in the western German city on New Year’s Eve.

      According to broadcaster WDR, the two men were of a foreign background and had in their possession cell phone video footage that showed rioting and the harassment of women.

      Police also found a piece of paper with translations of phrases like “nice breasts,” “I’ll kill you,” and “I want to have sex with you,” translated from Arabic into German, wrote the broadcaster.

  9. 1wanderingtruthseeker says:

    Trump rented the space. It was his party. Now, you don’t go to a party and insult the guest of honor and not expected to be thrown out. Now, onto how stupid they are. They stood in line, 4 to 5 hours in the freezing cold just to be thrown out!!! Gawd, how ignorant these people are

    • Myiq2xu says:

      Liberals demand safe spaces for themselves, but refuse to respect the private property rights of others.

    • Myiq2xu says:

      This reminds me of the time I was working security at a dance and I ejected a guy (and his friends when they objected) because he flipped me off. Afterwards this woman came up to me and said “you can’t throw somebody out just because they flipped you off!”

      I told her “Sure I can. I just did it.”

  10. votermom says:

    From downstairs

  11. Myiq2xu says:

  12. Myiq2xu says:

    Kabuki – now the GOPe congressmen can say “See! We tried!”

  13. Dora says:

    Donny Deutsch: The Trump People ‘Are Salivating’ Over Bill Clinton’s Association with Sex Offender Jeffrey Epstein

  14. mothy67, says:

    Tomorrow nights Poweball is 700 million imagine if an illegal or a refuge wins. Marshall Law.

  15. swanspirit says:

    I was in Family Dollar last evening, and an older black woman who was there was not sure about the difference between generic ibuprofen and advil, so i was telling her there was basically none, and she said she was buying it for her daughter; who had an earache . Her daughter wouldn’t go to the ER because either her deductible or co/pay was $500.
    I suggested she go to an ambulatory care facility. People are freaking out. This morning Obama had to veto a bill that repeals Obamacare. I hope it was more than kabuki, and when he is out of office obamacare is repealed. I also hope that the earache is nothing serious. I also hope that if this very nice lady voted for Obama, she now regrets it.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I buy all my drugs in the store brands, they seem to work better too. When I worked for a vet, I used Amoxidrops (marked For Veterinary Use Only) since our drug rep said it was the same pediatricians script for. The only difference was human doctors charge more for it, because insurance.

      Our little 2-doctor practice did just fine making money on drugs, vacs and services. Human practices should run so efficiently and their doctors live as comfortably.

      • swanspirit says:

        You can buy a great many prescription drugs for animals that are exactly the same as used for humans, without a prescription. Perfect example: Chlorhexedrine mouthwash, which is usually prescribed by dentists for gingivitis,

        • DeniseVB says:

          I used some of the stronger abx for myself, would look up some of our larger breeds, since they dosed by pet’s weight, when I found one in my weight range, took that amount 🙂 I didn’t die.

    • mothy67, says:

      I love Dollar Tree(same company as Family Dollar) Crest, Dove, pencils pens a buck.

  16. Dora says:

    Democrats are ditching their party for Trump

    Something very interesting is happening.

    Not only is Donald Trump getting massive support from rank-and-file Republicans, now Democrats are abandoning their party so as to vote for him in upcoming primary elections.

    • taw46 says:

      I never changed my registration as a Democrat, even though I decided in 2008 that my party had gone insane (or they had been for many years, I just had my eyes opened to it in 2008). Since Florida has a closed primary, last September I changed my registration to Republican so I could vote in the 2016 primary. I don’t identify with either party, I just want to vote in the Republican primary.

      • DeniseVB says:

        It’s what I love about the Open Primary, just ask for which party ballot you want to vote for. It should be like that in all states, so easy.

        • leslie says:

          It’s like that here in IL. the first time I requested a Republican Party ballot, I though the heavens would rain fire and the police would be directed to my polling place. (I live in one of the most Dem. communities in the country.) the first time I voted R in the GE in my town, I thought the machine would freeze and turn me in for treasonous behavior.
          Neither of those events happened. LoL.

          Denise ~ are you watching Johnny Carson reruns now? They are televised every night on Antenna TV network.

          • mothy67, says:

            I switched in person at the county elections — I have been I since 2008 but switched to R for closed primary. NO !Jeb!. I asked for a few forms. I got 10 no problem. Everyone I knew was Trump Cruz or Walker. Amazing life long democrats didn’t know they had to switch. I went through all ten in a day.

  17. Dora says:

    Good question.

  18. Dora says:

    I almost feel sorry for him. Almost, but not quite. 🙂

    Jeb Bush Has Become The Least Liked GOP Presidential Candidate

    The odds of a comeback are looking dim.

    • votermom says:

      I love my magical jinx powers!

      Yeb! / Kasicko forever!!!!

      • mothy67, says:

        What part of Philly was the shooting? The officer that spoke at the presser impressed me. He called it what it was. Nutter had tried to say it was just a criminal. Might add he also had great bone structure.
        He was cool under pressure but he said what it was.

        • votermom says:

          I’m not sure, just West Philly.
          The police commissioner, Ross, is brand new and seems quite good. Also he thanked “my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” at his swearing in, which I’m sure made a lot of lefty heads explode.
          The mayor, Kinney, is also new and possibly more leftist than DeBlasio. He just declared that Philly is a sanctuary city again. He makes the old mayor, Nutter, look like a right winger in comparison.

  19. Dora says:

  20. taw46 says:

    Just a question, has there been a comment from Hillary about the sexual assaults in Europe? From any women’s group? Denise and myiq2xu, you still visit the prog sites, what are they saying? Seems awfully quiet.

    • leslie says:

      Happy birthday to my sister as well! She has not left the building and I, for one, am grateful. ❤

      • mothy67, says:

        Sod off ya bloody wanker I clicked the link prepped for something harsh.
        Favorite King song for me is Suspicious Minds. I can’t post videos.

  21. foxyladi14 says:

    I love the Sista;s 😆

  22. 49erDweet says:

    There is such a thing as a statute of limitations. IMO Hil would be best served to make a deal with a GOP candidate who would ignore her shenanigans and throw her support that way. But she has too much of a sense of entitlement to go there.

  23. DeniseVB says:

    Oh My Gee, this Dr. Manning fellow is fantastic. I’m surprised this hasn’t gone viral yet. A lot I never knew about Trump’s meeting with the black pastors. Whoa.

  24. Myiq2xu says:

  25. mothy67, says:

    The next president has to be someone who calls it as he/she sees it. No beating around the !Yeb! , obama , W have placed us all in danger by not enforcing the borders. I read the 9/11 report it states our pourous borders pose the biggest threat instead of being locked down they opened the doors wider and unchecked. We must look so passive to terrorists. So easy to get in and do what they want. I was at Temple when Lockerbie took place several students and a few professors where onboard. I was living in NYC during both bombings and my whole family had trailors in Sommerset. Call me whatever phobic you want to but I think there is something to this terrorism thing that scares me.

  26. Myiq2xu says:

    Someone posted a graphic recently that showed that the candidates who spent the most money were doing the poorest, and vice versa. The ONLY metric by which Jeb! is doing well is in fundraising. He’s also spent the most (by far) and yet he is still in the low single digits with the rest of the pack.

    Love him or hate him, Trump is running away with the race.

  27. Myiq2xu says:

    The Lefties are creaming their jeans:

    “These are guys with the name D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty – these types of guys – they come from Connecticut and New York, they come up here, they sell their heroin, they go back home,” LePage told a large crowd. “Incidentally, half the time they impregnate a young white girl before they leave, which is a real sad thing because then we have another issue we have to deal with down the road.”

    The media will run with this but I don’t think it will make any difference. The boy has cried wolf too many times already.

    • Myiq2xu says:

      The truth of what he said will be obscured by the way he said it. Black and Hispanic gangs are heavily involved in the drug trade. They are organized just like any other interstate distribution business, except they use violence and their product is illegal.

  28. Dora says:

    They’re lining up for tonight’s rally. 🙂

  29. Dora says:

    Newly Released Clinton Email Reveals Hillary Instructing Aide To Remove Classified Markings and Transmit Via Non Secure Database…

  30. DandyTIger says:

    I’m so loving this election cycle. We’re all probably going to hell in a hand basket, but somehow burning the establishment down along the way makes it all tolerable. 🙂

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