BREAKING: Trump Clinches GOP Presidential Nomination

trumpburnAP reporting, playtime is now officially over:

Donald Trump has reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination for president.

His triumph completes an unlikely rise that has upended the political landscape and sets the stage for a bitter fall campaign.

Trump was put over the top in the Associated Press delegate count by a small number of the party’s unbound delegates who told the AP on Thursday they will support him at the convention.

Controversial firebrand billionaire Donald Trump has been the presumptive GOP presidential nominee for some weeks now after his last two primary opponents, Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, recognized the inevitable and bowed out. But it’s always more impactful when the technical threshold is reached, which appears to be the case today.

Whatever happens between now and November, you can’t deny the historic implications of this moment.

Probably very bad implications, but for today you can just kind of stand in awe of what has happened to the once-grand (and still enormously powerful) Republican Party. Whether Trump wins or loses, the Grand Old Party will never be the same again.

10 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Diogenesdemar says:

    It's like that moment in The Shining . . .

    "I'm sorry to [let the news out] sir, but you are the [Republican party].  You've always been the [Republican party].  I should know sir.  I've always been [a Republican]."

    . . . REDRUMpf, REDRUMpf, REDRUMpf!!


  2. itlduso says:

    #NeverTrump bumper sticker is going on my car.  I have extras that I plan to distribute.

  3. Pseudonymous says:

    And thus are the poisonous seeds we have sown reaped in the bitter harvest that is Trump.

    • Conserv. Head Banger says:

      But can you think of anything better to purge out those bad seeds than a Trump loss? 

      • Pseudonymous says:

        A Trump loss won't resolve the feeling of abandonment and displacement felt by his supporters.  Although some of those feelings are misplaced, and revolve around race (both the black president's and our population's makeup), the ones that are based in economic hardship, the inability to provide for their children as their fathers did them, and the lack of any relief in sight are perfectly legitimate.

        Also, not all those seeds were planted by Trump's party, and Democrats are going to have to come to grips with their own (and my own) complicity in the demonization of minorities through the drug wars and programs of mass incarceration and the labeling of minority youths as "superpredators,"  the marginalization of the poor through their "fixes" to the welfare state that demean and belittle those who ask for assistance when times are tough, and their relative coziness with the financial institutions and wealthy individuals whose greed and rapaciousness have worked to keep those Trump supporters down while eliminating the power of unions and killing the pensions that gave their ancestors hope.

        A Trump loss isn't going to do jack to fix what ails those people.  The only hope for them is that Clinton, the Democrats, and the Republicans all take a minute to figure out how their politics have broken this country and start putting it back together again.  That's thin hope indeed.

        • Voyageur says:

          Well, a Trump loss will do more for those dispossessed that a Trump victory would, that's for damn sure.  Citizens United Uber Alles would mean the ultimate victory of the corporate state, as foreshadowed in Sinclair Lewis' "It can't Happen here."  Those "under educated" voters so beloved by Trump were given a different label by Vladimir Lenin: "Useful Idiots."

  4. The Colorado Connection: State GOP Chair Steve House is among those AP is counting as newly supporting Trump in order to put him over the top.

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