Today in Terrible Trumpery

Donald Trump is about as unpresidential as it is possible for a human being to be. And he's going to keep on being unpresidential, because if he were presidential, it would be "boring as hell."
"I can be presidential, but if I was presidential I would only have — about 20 percent of you would be here because it would be boring as hell, I will say," Trump told supporters during a rally in Superior, Wisconsin.

The New York billionaire asked the crowd if he could be "unpresidential" a bit longer and warned that he may be "a little bit unpresidential" in a general election fight against Hillary Clinton.

"We'll beat Hillary so bad," he boasted. "Don't forget, I haven't started on Hillary yet. I haven't focused on Hillary yet."
You do that, Trump. You come at Hillary with your unboring unpresidentiality, and we'll see how that works out for ya.

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[Content Note: Racism] In other Terrible Trumpery news, a new Quinnipiac poll has found that 85% of Trump supporters strongly or somewhat agree that "America has lost its identity"; 91% strongly or somewhat agree that "I feel as though my beliefs and values are under attack in America these days"; and 80% strongly or somewhat agree that "The government has gone too far in assisting minority groups."

That's basically the exact recipe of aggrieved white supremacists. Nice base of support you've got there, Trump.

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Meanwhile: "Trump reveals how he would force Mexico to pay for border wall."
Donald Trump says he will force Mexico to pay for a border wall as president by threatening to cut off the flow of billions of dollars in payments that immigrants send home to the country, an idea that could decimate the Mexican economy and set up an unprecedented showdown between the United States and a key diplomatic ally.
This is not only an absurd and untenable idea, but it would almost certainly cause a major international incident with our closest ally. This guy is a terrifying disaster.

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And at Politico this morning: "Inside Trump's 'privatized mercenary force': The security team that patrols the billionaire's rallies has a history of rough tactics, allegations of profiling."
A POLITICO investigation revealed that Trump has assembled a privately funded security and intelligence force with a far wider reach than other campaigns' private security operations: tracking and rooting out protesters, patrolling campaign events, and supplementing the Secret Service protection of the billionaire real estate showman during his nontraditional campaign for the GOP presidential nomination.

The investigation ― which utilized Federal Election Commission reports, state licensing records, court filings and interview accounts or testimony from more than a dozen people who've crossed paths with Trump's security ― found that the tactics of Trump's team at times inflamed the already high tensions around his divisive campaign, rather than defusing them.
Of course they did.

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[CN: Video may autoplay at link] Trump says John Kasich shouldn't be allowed to continue running: "Kasich shouldn't be allowed to run. Honestly, Kasich should not be allowed to run. He hurts Trump much more than he hurts Cruz. Kasich shouldn't be allowed to continue, and the RNC shouldn't allow him to continue." Good grief.
The businessman said he brought up the issue during his meeting with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus last week.

"I said, 'Why is a guy allowed to run? All he's doing is he goes from place to place, and loses and he keeps running,'" Trump said. "He doesn't have to run and take my votes. Because he's taking my votes. He's not taking Cruz's votes."
Trump thinks he owns votes. Someone should write an article about how entitled he is!

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[CN: Misogyny] Yet again, Trump is trotting out his wife to tell everyone that he's not a misogynist: "'No matter who you are, a man or a woman, he treats everyone equal,' said Mrs. Trump, who spoke for just over a minute and read from notes, praising her husband as 'a great communicator,' 'a great negotiator,' and 'a great leader.'" Case closed, Your Honor!

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