Trump: Springs Fire Marshals “Don’t Know What The Hell They’re Doing”

SATURDAY UPDATE: Via 11News in Colorado Springs, the fire marshal responds more nicely than we would:

11 News spoke to Brett Lacey, who said the problem was with the event. He said organizers handed out too many tickets and there wasn’t enough space in the auditorium for that many people… [Pols emphasis]

Lacey said crews evaluated the room on Thursday and decided about 1,500 people could safely fit in the room. Another thousand could be in the overflow room.

On Friday afternoon, Lacey decided another hundred could be let into both rooms. But, he told 11 News’ Katie Pelton it comes down to what’s safe. [Pols emphasis]

“There’s an old adage that when a fire marshal walks into a room, milk curdles. So because we’re always looking out for public safety and trying to make certain venues go off successfully and safely sometimes there are people that aren’t very happy with some of the rules and regulations we’re required to enforce. But it doesn’t bother me at all,” he said.

We mentioned earlier the likelihood of Trump’s campaign advance team booking a much smaller-capacity venue than appropriate for the number of tickets made available for the event. This could be either simple incompetence on the campaign’s part, or a deliberate act to create the illusion of massive crowds being turned away from an event.

Either way, going off on the fire marshal in his trademark bilious way makes Donald Trump look like, well…a blathering asshole who blames everyone else for his own mistakes. We recognize that he needs little additional evidence in this regard to convince anyone undecided, and his supporters generally love it.

Thanks to the Colorado Springs Fire Department for keeping folks safe against Trump’s will.

Original post follows.


Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is in Colorado at this hour, and his first public event on the campus of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs is now underway–but not before Trump kicked off his speech with some trademark nastiness for Colorado Springs fire marshals who limited attendance:

“They don’t know what they’re doing.” “That’s why we’re going to hell.” And here we thought Hillary Clinton was the problem?

Now, it should be noted that the Gallogly Events Center at UCCS only has a capacity of about 1,500 people, which is pretty small for a Trump political rally. It’s a common practice in politics to book a smaller venue than you expect can handle your crowd size, so as to make the story about your “overflowing crowds.” But in this case, Trump would rather badmouth the fire marshals–even going as far as wondering aloud if they’re “Hillary people”–than bask in the glory of his throngs of supporters.

That’s just how Trump rolls, we guess.

Hick, Crisanta Duran Shine on DNC’s Final Night

Here’s video of Colorado’s two stars on the last night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia–first, Colorado House Majority Leader Crisanta Duran’s three minutes of glory, with musical intro by Coldplay:

The Denver Post’s Joey Bunch reports:

Colorado House Democratic leader Crisanta Duran spoke of breaking her own glass ceilings Thursday afternoon at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

“No matter who you are, no matter where you’re from or how you got here, you are special and your potential is as big as America itself,” Duran said to young people in her speech. “That’s what Hillary Clinton believes. That’s why she’s spent a lifetime fighting for every child.”

At least Hick didn't...

At least Hick didn’t…

Later in the evening, it was Gov. John Hickenlooper’s turn at the mic to take a surprisingly hard shot at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. As the Colorado Springs Gazette’s Megan Schrader reports:

“I’ve never hosted a reality TV show but I know the true mark of a successful businessman is not the number of times you say you’re fired, it’s the number of times you say you’re hired,” Hickenlooper said, taking a dig at Trump’s TV show “The Apprentice.” “Unlike Trump’s businesses, my businesses didn’t go bankrupt six times.”

The governor didn’t pause for applause or laughter but plowed right into his plug for Denver’s urban revitalization, which began after Hickenlooper opened the Wynkoop Brewing Co. in an abandoned warehouse district nearly 30 years ago.

“More entrepreneurs arrived and the neighborhood took off and so did Denver,” Hickenlooper said. “As Hillary Clinton says, ‘it takes a village’ … she understands that even in Colorado, land of rugged individualism, our economy is stronger together.”

Unvarnished reviews of both speeches we’ve heard have been quite positive. It’s clear that Hickenlooper was nervous about his prime-time speaking slot, but he delivered a strong if a bit dry-mouthed five minutes of solid support for the Democratic nominee–with a few great quotables like “my businesses didn’t go bankrupt six times.” Tim Kaine, who narrowly bested Hickenlooper for the vice presidential nomination, is obviously a more comfortable speaker and attack dog, but Hick didn’t disappoint. Those couple of times we were sure his voice was going to crack, it didn’t.

All told, not too shabby for our little flyover state this convention season! If only Darryl Glenn had gotten some face time.

Let’s Talk Patriotism (Yes, There Were Flags at the DNC)

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Remember the good, old days when George W. Bush was president and Republicans branded anyone – politician, reporter, or Joe Citizen – who so much as questioned the decisions and actions of the White House as “unpatriotic?”

Remember when Barack Obama was so widely criticized on the right for not wearing a flag pin on his lapel?

This notion on the far-right – that Democrats and progressives are somehow less patriotic than their conservative counterparts – is still alive and well.  The other day, I saw a meme on Facebook that said “Not one American flag at the DNC” and today I saw an article with the headline “No, Really! Right Wing Websites Claim Flags Forbidden at DNC.”

This might come as a surprise to those who actually watched the DNC (not to mention those who attended), where there was plenty of patriotism and flag waving on display. The convention opened each day with the presentation of the colors, recitation of the Pledge, and singing of the National Anthem. There were also no less than 8 flags on the stage at all times. Here’s an article from Snopes:  FALSE:  No American Flags at Democratic National Convention.

So, let’s talk about patriotism. Let’s take a look at what constitutes “patriotism” on the extreme right.


Get More Smarter on Friday (July 29)

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► Democrat Hillary Clinton formally accepted her party’s nomination for President to conclude the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Thursday evening. As the Washington Post reports, Clinton’s acceptance speech was tailored to a much broader audience than Republican nominee Donald Trump’s speech week earlier:

If you already support the former Secretary of State, you loved her speech to the Democratic convention last night. If you’re skeptical of her but trying to convince yourself to get to yes—whether because you backed Bernie Sanders or you’re uncomfortable with Donald Trump—there was plenty for you.

Trump’s acceptance speech in Cleveland was all about shoring up his base. He could have given it last summer. Clinton’s speech here was about winning the general election. That will require shoring up recalcitrant Bernie Sanders boosters, making gains with independents and running up the score with women.

In an attempt to accomplish all three aims, Clinton carefully threaded the needle on issues big and small.

Trump responded to Clinton’s speech by Tweeting a bunch of angry stuff. He is still mashing away at the Twitter this morning.

Oh, and Trump publicly criticized retired four-star General John Allen because he supports Clinton.


► Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper was his familiar former-businessman self in his prime time address at the DNC on Thursday. As the Denver Post reports:

Using his own life as a foil, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on Thursday blasted the business record of Republican Donald Trump — mocking the former star of The Apprentice for his famous catchphrase.

“Now I’ve never hosted a reality TV show, but I know the true mark of a successful businessman is not the number of times you say ‘you’re fired,’ ” Hickenlooper said, riffing off an attack that’s been used all week at the Democratic National Convention. “It’s the number times you say ‘you’re hired.’ ”

Hickenlooper wrapped up his remarks a few hours before Clinton took the stage to accept the Presidential nomination.


Donald Trump is in Colorado today for a fundraiser and public event in Colorado Springs as well as a gathering in Denver. For more information on how you can try to get a glimpse of The Great Orange Hope, check out this guide from Denver7. As the Colorado Springs Independent reports, not everybody in the Republican stronghold of Colorado Springs is pleased that Trump is coming to town.

Oh, and sorry, kids: No field trip for you!


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Trump Official: Colorado’s Anti-Trump RNC Delegates Are “Insignificant Going Forward”

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Donald Trump.

Donald Trump.

In a parting jab at the Colorado delegates who tried to derail Trump’s nomination last week, Colorado Trump Campaign Director Patrick Davis called the group “insignificant going forward,” and he said as of last week, there is “no light between the Donald Trump Campaign and the Colorado Republican Party.”

“The small delegation that walked off the floor and became kind of ‘the story’ in Cleveland from Colorado, they’re just that, a small delegation,” Davis told KNUS 710-AM’s Peter Boyles Wednesday. “They are insignificant going forward. From this day forward, and frankly from last Friday, there has been no light between the Donald Trump campaign and the Colorado Republican Party.”

“If they’d had their way, we’d still be talking about rules,” said Davis later in the interview.

“Steve House, the Colorado Chairman, has been an early supporter of Donald Trump and has taken some of the heat for doing it, just like you [Peter Boyles],” he continued.

Boyles responded to Davis by saying he thought House opposed Trump in the early going.

Some state Republicans were up in arms in May about a blog post, picked up by Drudge, which included a quote from Steve House in which he appeared to oppose Trump.

House drew fire from the Trump Campaign in April for an anti-Trump  “We did it” tweet that was sent from the official state Twitter feed after Cruz won all the delegates at the state party convention.

House stated many times along the way that he was neutral in the GOP primary race here, and he went to Cleveland as an unbound delegate.

Just before the convention, before Trump had sealed up the delegates needed for the nomination, House appeared to tell a reporter he thought Trump would win the nominiation in the first round of voting even if he did not amass the magic number of 1,237 delegates before the convention.

Friday Open Thread

“We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon.”

–Franklin D. Roosevelt

Open Thread: Hillary Clinton Accepts Democratic Nomination

Hillary Clinton will be the first woman in U.S. history to accept a major party's nomination for President

Tonight, Hillary Clinton will be the first woman in U.S. history to accept a major party’s nomination for President

Here are some early excerpts from Hillary Clinton’s speech tonight at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia:

“America is once again at a moment of reckoning. Powerful forces are threatening to pull us apart. Bonds of trust and respect are fraying. And just as with our founders there are no guarantees. It’s truly is up to us. We have to decide whether we’re going to work together so we can all rise together.

“We are clear-eyed about what our country is up against. But we are not afraid. We will rise to the challenge, just as we always have.

Trump to Reach Out to “Early” Colorado Supporters, Who Include Woods and Athanasopoulos

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Donald Trump, Sen. Laura Woods.

Donald Trump, Sen. Laura Woods.

Donald Trump will reach out to “all candidates who were with [Trump] early” Colorado Trump campaign director Patrick Davis told radio listeners Wednesday.

“It’s a brave thing to be a Trump supporter early in Colorado,” Davis told KNUS 710-AM’s Peter Boyles.

One of the first candidates in Colorado to support Trump was State Sen. Laura Woods (R-Westminster/Arvada), who in January called the mogul one of her two favorite presidential picks.

Woods: “My favorites are Ted Cruz and Donald Trump.”

So, based on Davis’ interview, you’d expect the Trump campaign to be reaching out to Woods soon.

Asked by KNUS host Peter Boyles whether Trump would reach out specifically to George Athanasopoulos, who’s challenging U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, Davis said, “Trump and his people will reach out to all candidates like George, who were with him early.”

Athanasopoulos’ positions on a number of issues, as listed on his website, reflect Trump’s to some degree.

On foreign policy, for example, he told me he differs from Trump in that “I would like to see specific objectives, like addressing the threat of ultra-orthodox Islamic terrorist groups.”

But some or the congressional candidate’s positions are even more unorthodox than Trump’s.

He once tweeted, for example, that a father has legal rights to stop an abortion because “that child is of him. It’s part of him.”

“Correct me if I’m wrong,” Athanasopoulos tweeted from his “George for Colorado” Twitter handle, “but men are involved in conceiving children. Therefore, we have rights as fathers.”

Listen to Davis on KNUS July 27 here.

Darryl Glenn and the “First Rule of Holes”

A shovel.

A shovel.

We wrote yesterday about a fresh and by all accounts self-inflicted problem for GOP U.S. Senate candidate Darryl Glenn, responding to decades-old court records about an assault charge against the candidate that was quickly dropped.

A case that, once again, wouldn’t be a problem at all if Glenn hadn’t been dishonest about it. As the Denver Post’s Joey Bunch reports:

U.S. Senate candidate Darryl Glenn issued a written response to The Denver Post on Wednesday night about a 1983 assault charge he faced after an altercation with his father. Glenn said the incident was the byproduct of a violent family history and something he did not remember, and he provided details about what happened based on a conversation with his mother…

The Denver Post located an archived police report from 1983 that included a signature that a handwriting expert deemed to closely match a financial disclosure document Glenn signed when he was running for El Paso County commissioner. Glenn would not comment on the police report when his campaign was given a copy Tuesday, and he maintained he did not recall the incident and had never been arrested or questioned by police in his life.

Glenn said in the statement that he was never in court as a defendant in the misdemeanor case. Court records, however, show he made an appearance before a judge in December 1983, and later in the statement he talks of being called into the judge’s chamber.

Glenn said Wednesday the charge was “dropped nearly immediately.” Records show that the third-degree assault charge from the Nov. 20, 1983, incident was dropped Feb. 4, 1984.

Republican Senate nominee Darryl Glenn.

Republican Senate nominee Darryl Glenn.

The disclosure of this incident by the Denver Post has set off a fierce round of press-bashing by Republicans who claim nothing about the incident should never have been reported–and as a result amounts to a “hit piece” on Darryl Glenn. The problem, as we said yesterday, is that the facts of this very minor and quite possibly defensible case from over three decades aren’t at issue.

Glenn’s response to questions is the problem.

Simply put, Glenn made statements about the case when asked that didn’t make sense, and that is the sole reason this story received news coverage. Glenn’s denial that he had ever been interviewed by police, and unequivocal statement that he had never appeared in court about the case, are not supported by the record. Glenn’s response that the court documents could have referred to some other person named Darryl Glenn is, to put it mildly, unsatisfactory. The Denver Post editorial board summed the problem up well:

Some Glenn supporters are taking his back, saying that a case from 1983, when Glenn was 18 years old, isn’t fair game.

We likely would have agreed with this criticism had Glenn been more forthcoming from the outset. But how a candidate for higher office — and he’s running for the U.S. Senate — handles mistakes or potential scandals is serious business. His actions speak to his judgment, and his denial suggests he has trouble dealing with basic facts. [Pols emphasis]

The problem is not with what Glenn did or didn’t do in 1983. The problem is not that he had a rough home life growing up. The problem is that what he initially said about the incident is not true. The emotional subject matter Glenn disclosed about his family relationships as a child does not excuse making ludicrous excuses about this incident today. It’s just not believable to suggest Glenn remembered so little about this that he attributed the whole thing to some other person with the same name.

But once you’ve made such an obviously false statement, the press is going to write the story.

Because the lie is what makes it a story.

Trumpkin vs. Crazy Eyed Bat

Fladen posts trumpkin(“Trumpkin” is a dirty word? — Promoted by Colorado Pols)

The Arapahoe County Republican Party has apparently deleted a Facebook post by Libertarian Elliot Fladen because it contained the term “Trumpkin.”


Fladen commented on an article titled, “Trump University Court Documents Make Clear that GOP Is Willingly Supporting a Fraud.”

“Prediction: Not a single Trumpkin will care,” Fladen commented on the Arapahoe County GOP Facebook page, “Because facts do not matter to them.” Then the post was gone, he wrote later.

After Fladen objected to the deletion of his post, “Micah Marmaro,” who described himself as a “#nevertrumper and a moderator” of the Arapahoe GOP Facebook page, wrote: “You are calling people names. Perfectly valid reason for deletion according to the forum rules. Try posting it without Trumpkin…The idea of moderation is to facilitate productive discussion. Trumpkins is name calling and stops productive discussion cold….”

One wonders if Trump would agree, but  Fladen replied, “You keep assuming Trumpkins is a pejorative. In fact, it is like saying Trump peeps. In other words, not an insult. And much less negative (even assuming negative at all) than other stuff that others repeatedly say.”

In fact, a quick search of the Arapahoe County GOP Facebook page revealed it to be civil in comparison to other political Facebook sites, like the Pueblo County Republican Party page.

But I did find a commenter calling Hillary a “Crazy eyed bat!!” I guess I’d rather be called that than a Trumpkin, but that’s because anything with the name “Trump” embedded in it is insulting at this point. I call people “Trump” when I’m made at them.

You Trump!

But I agree with Fladen that Trump supporters wouldn’t mind being called “Trumpkins.”

This blog post initially misidentified Libertarian Elliot Fladen as a Republican.

Get More Smarter on Thursday (July 28)

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► President Barack Obama stole the show in his final appearance as President at a Democratic National Convention. As Politico reports from Wednesday:

Obama’s convention speech in Philadelphia framed the 2016 election in a very Obama way: the audacity of hope over the politics of fear, optimism over darkness, solutions over slogans, togetherness over division, a supremely qualified public servant in Hillary Clinton over an amateur-hour con artist in Donald Trump. America, he declared, is already great, and Clinton will make it greater.

The president gave a stirring but fundamentally defensive speech, fighting back against the Republican convention’s dystopic vision of America as a crime-infested, porous-bordered, militarily weak, economically stagnant hellscape that only Trump can fix. Where Trump sees chaos and decline, the president said, “I see engineers inventing stuff.” Trump may see a strongman in the mirror, but Obama scoffed, “We don’t look to be ruled.” Obama reprised the themes of the speech that catapulted him to fame at the 2004 convention, contrasting his vision of a unified America that rises above red-against-blue with Trump’s rhetoric of fear.

Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton will formally accept her Party’s nomination tonight as the DNC in Philadelphia comes to a close. Clinton is scheduled to speak at about 8:00 pm (MT).

Two Colorado politicians, House Democratic Leader Crisanta Duran and Gov. John Hickenlooper, will also speak on the main stage earlier this evening.


► The campaign of Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump continues its systematic blockade of journalists who have not pledged to produce only positive press for His Hairness. As “The Fix” explains:

Jose DelReal is one of a small team of people who covers Donald Trump’s presidential campaign for the Post. On Wednesday, he was in Milwaukee to cover an appearance by Trump running mate Mike Pence.DelReal was barred from covering the event as a reporter, in keeping with Trump’s long-standing ban on the Washington Post.  DelReal then tried to enter the event as a citizen. He was told no one could enter with a phone and a computer. He put them in the car and again tried to enter. He was refused — again — and patted down. “I don’t want you here. You have to go,” the security official told him.

That should scare the hell out of you.

It’s easy to let this whole episode fall into a partisan trap. He deserved it!, Trump allies will argue.  Reporters at mainstream outlets are biased against Mr. Trump!  Maybe if you told the truth sometimes, he would let you in!


Here’s the thing: If we start banning citizens — like Jose or me or Michelle Malkin or Rachel Maddow or anyone else — from attending public events for one of the two people who will be our next president, we are sliding down a slippery slope to a future reality that is a very, very bad thing for our country.


► Donald Trump is coming to Colorado tomorrow for a fundraiser in Colorado Springs and public events in the Springs and in Denver. The Colorado Republican Party will not benefit from the Trump fundraiser because His Hairness is still angry at the State GOP.


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Caption This Photo: Ted Harvey “Straight Outta Options,” Sort Of

A reader sent us this fascinating photo of former Colorado Sen. Ted Harvey, now a principal at the controversial Stop Hillary PAC, appearing at last week’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland:


So, we’re a little confused about the mixed messages Sen. Harvey is displaying–a T-shirt that says “Straight Outta Options,” in reference to the presumed undesirability of either Donald Trump or Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. But he’s also wearing a Trump “Make America Great Again” baseball cap. What gives? Is one of Hillary Clinton’s nastiest ankle-biters hedging his bets? Is he trying to also win the business of a “Stop Trump PAC”?

Let’s sort it out for him, gentle readers.

Thursday Open Thread

“In the face of an obstacle which is impossible to overcome, stubbornness is stupid.”

–Simone de Beauvoir