Trump to Iowans: "What the hell are you people doing to me?"

Thomas Veil

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Donald Trump to Iowa: ‘What the hell are you people doing to me?’

SIOUX CITY, Iowa — At first, Donald Trump seemed to downplay his falling poll numbers in Iowa. He's only "a little behind," the poll-loving candidate said at an event here Tuesday, and his dedicated supporters are not going anywhere. But then, about halfway through his 70-minute rally in a high school gym, Iowa's former Republican front-runner let loose.

"Iowa, will you get your numbers up, please?" Trump begged on Tuesday night, something he rarely does. "Will you get these numbers up? I promise you: I will do such a good job."...

Trump has seen his solid lead in the state evaporate as four new polls reported Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon, surging to claim the top spot....


He also ran through some reasons why the polls might have shifted, placing a lot of blame on evangelicals.

"I do well with the evangelicals, but the evangelicals let me down a little bit," Trump said. "I don't know what I did."...

Trump wandered off into other topics — praising John Deere tractors, sharing stories about fans who send him letters and slamming the "crooked stuff" in politics. But 15 minutes later he returned again to his Iowa poll numbers.

"What the hell are you people doing to me?" he demanded....

Trump said "political geniuses" have urged him to skip the Iowa caucuses and instead focus on primaries in other states, to which the crowd yelled: "Noooo!" Trump said he doesn't want to skip Iowa because he thinks he can win — and because he expects "a lot of things will come out" about his opponents that will hurt them in the polls.

"I am the real deal, I will tell you," Trump said. "I'm the real deal."

And it's not as though Iowa Republicans have been great at picking the next president in the last couple election cycles, Trump said. Still, he added, he's going to compete here. Trump used an expletive in telling the crowd to get their rear ends "in gear."
Wow. Whining and insulting voters is such a good way to get your poll numbers up.

Trump's fans may be buying his self-pity and groveling for votes, but I think everyone else is going to find his remarks insulting and/or presumptuous. He acts like he's entitled to lead the polls.
 

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He's not going to crash and burn. An opportunity will come up that he needs to be a part of and he won't have time for that and being President. He will play it as having to much respect for the people to try and do both. That's how I think his exit will play out.
 

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poor little guy no one loves him anymore. it is going to be funny to watch the two main clowns go after each other and try to out crazy each other.
 

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If there were two or three serious contenders for the Republican nomination - say Jeb Bush; Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz - Trump would never have gotten this far. Support would have coalesced around one of the "serious" names, and the oddballs like Trump and Carson would see their support wither as people saw front-runners emerging.

That may yet happen. But in the meantime, I think this is just more evidence to support the argument that the Republican Party is no longer capable of Governing. It may yet still get a lot of white people to the polls. But actually running a competent Government to meet the needs of the American people? Not so much.
 

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If there were two or three serious contenders for the Republican nomination - say Jeb Bush; Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz - Trump would never have gotten this far. Support would have coalesced around one of the "serious" names, and the oddballs like Trump and Carson would see their support wither as people saw front-runners emerging.

That may yet happen. But in the meantime, I think this is just more evidence to support the argument that the Republican Party is no longer capable of Governing. It may yet still get a lot of white people to the polls. But actually running a competent Government to meet the needs of the American people? Not so much.
Who says they have to actually govern? The far right seems increasingly content with the idea of just completely stalling out the Federal Government so it can't do anything.
 

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If there were two or three serious contenders for the Republican nomination - say Jeb Bush; Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz - Trump would never have gotten this far. Support would have coalesced around one of the "serious" names, and the oddballs like Trump and Carson would see their support wither as people saw front-runners emerging.
In the past few elections, I could've predicted with confidence that a conventional Republican would end up being the nominee. This time, I don't know.

If this election follows the normal path, all the crazies will be eliminated leaving only an establishment Republican, probably either Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio. Since Jeb's contributors are getting cold feet, I'm betting the establishment choice will be Rubio.

OTOH, if for the first time in recent history they nominate a truly bat$#!+ conservative, my money's on Carson. His quiet demeanor will fool enough people, and he'll end up being the tortoise that beats all the Republican hares.
 

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We were at a restaurant the other day when this woman came in with a big Trump banner and had a bunch of tables put together, I'm assuming to catch the huge group of Trump supporters coming to her event. When we left almost an hour later, there was a grand total of four people there. Big support, y'all.
 

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trump will lose only because the whole election system is rigged. i'd like to see trump in the general election for the GOP. other than rand paul, he's probably the least egregious. its just too bad about his immigrant comments.
 
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If this election follows the normal path, all the crazies will be eliminated leaving only an establishment Republican, probably either Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio. Since Jeb's contributors are getting cold feet, I'm betting the establishment choice will be Rubio.

OTOH, if for the first time in recent history they nominate a truly bat$#!+ conservative, my money's on Carson. His quiet demeanor will fool enough people, and he'll end up being the tortoise that beats all the Republican hares.
It's Ted Cruz I'm worried about. He has the anger, smarts, and nastiness to maneuver his way to a nomination. Nobody likes him personally, and, he will never win a popularity contest, but, at a certain point, I think the ultra-right are going to back him. In a certain way he reminds me of Richard Nixon.
 

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It's Ted Cruz I'm worried about. He has the anger, smarts, and nastiness to maneuver his way to a nomination. Nobody likes him personally, and, he will never win a popularity contest, but, at a certain point, I think the ultra-right are going to back him. In a certain way he reminds me of Richard Nixon.
The media wont actually pressure rubio. A guy who is never in the Senate (his current job) but thinks he is ready to be president.... I agree with Trump about Rubio. He is an overrated person.

No one likes Ted Cruz tbqh... I mean no one.
 

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The media wont actually pressure rubio. A guy who is never in the Senate (his current job) but thinks he is ready to be president.... I agree with Trump about Rubio. He is an overrated person.

No one likes Ted Cruz tbqh... I mean no one.
The guy who can't be bothered to show up for his $174,000 a year job, who wants to fire federal workers for not performing their jobs, who thinks government is bad wants to lead our government. Rubio won't get the nomination, he's the Republican Obama.
 

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The guy who can't be bothered to show up for his $174,000 a year job, who wants to fire federal workers for not performing their jobs, who thinks government is bad wants to lead our government. Rubio won't get the nomination, he's the Republican Obama.
Honestly Congress needs to upgrade its rules for the times. The way governance is done needs to change. Rubio bringing up Obama is of no consequence because Republicans didn't elect Obama. However, many did vote for McCain who was also a Senator that missed even more votes than Obama.

Rubio said he didn't like the job of being a Senator. He should quit rather than complain about the job. He sounds closer to Sarah Palin than Obama honestly.
 
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