Trump’s Immigration Collapse Center Stage This Week

Donald Trump is in quite the policy pickle.

Pucker up: Donald Trump is in quite the policy pickle.

Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump will reportedly roll out some sort of new policy proposal on immigration reform this week. The plan is for Trump to clarify and expand upon his immigration reform proposals in a big speech on Wednesday in Arizona.

Trump is being forced to get into greater specifics about his immigration policies after flopping all over the place in a series of interviews last week. Apparently, the American public would like to know more about a set of policies which until now have consisted mainly of a) Promising to build a giant wall along the Mexican-U.S. border, and b) Magically identifying and deporting just the bad immigrants.

CNN explains how we got to this point, and why this is “immigration week” in Trumpville:

Donald Trump’s lack of clarity on his plans for dealing with some 11 million undocumented immigrants in this country has been so head-spinning in recent weeks it’s starting to look deliberate.

Facing headwinds among moderate voters who view his past rhetoric as racist, but trying to assuage his core conservative base, Trump has attempted something of an image makeover during the past two weeks — leaving Democrats and Republicans alike unclear on where actually Trump stands.

Naturally, Trump is blaming the big bad media for the fact that his immigration proposals don’t actually make any sense when you have to account for things like, you know, details and stuff. This isn’t going over very well with actual members of the big bad media, as the Washington Post explains:

The idea that we have “no control” over our border is not true. As Jerry Markon reported, as of one year ago, most available evidence indicated that thanks in part to stepped up border security efforts in recent years, “illegal immigration flows have fallen to their lowest level in at least two decades.” But beyond that, let’s pause to marvel at the spectacle of Trump blaming the media for this focus on mass deportations. That promise has been key to Trump’s candidacy for over a year. [Pols emphasis] As early as August of 2015 Trump was already saying on national television that all undocumented immigrants in this country “have to go.” A month later he said that his plan was to round them up “in a humane way.” A couple months after that Trump indicated that “they’re gonna have to go out,” and if not, “we don’t have a country.” In February of this year Trump said: “We have at least 11 million people in this country that came in illegally. They will go out.”

Now Trump insists that the aspect of his plan that really matters is his pledge to secure the border. Now, it’s true that Trump has long emphasized border security. But Trump also frequently vowed mass deportations, and that probably helped him win the nomination. Poll after poll after poll showed that GOP voters supported this goal.

Much to the chagrin of the Trump campaign, the media is also figuring out that Trump’s immigration policies were always intentionally vague. Or as Peter Beignet writes for The Atlantic:

What the commentary of the last few days has generally overlooked is that while immigration was key to Trump’s success in the Republican primary, Trump never actually offered an immigration policy. To the contrary, his success rested in large measure on his ability to avoid one.

And there you have it. Perhaps words still have meaning in politics after all.

Glenn’s “Failure To Launch” Deepens GOP’s Colorado Crisis

Darryl Glenn.

Darryl Glenn.

The Denver Post’s John Frank put out a very good story over the weekend, finally giving voice in major media to something political insiders in the state have known for going on two months now: Republican U.S. Senate candidate Darryl Glenn’s campaign has fallen even flatter than Democrats could have hoped since winning the primary.

In convincing fashion, Glenn won the five-way Republican primary in June and scored a coveted speaking slot at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. But now he appears to have lost any momentum behind his campaign and the national party is offering only modest help.

The missed opportunity to hold Bennet accountable for supporting the Iran nuclear deal is an often-cited example. Another: Glenn’s apparent inability to reach beyond Republican voters.

“Part of what a candidate has to accomplish after a primary is to convince people you can win and Darryl hasn’t done that yet,” said Josh Penry, a prominent Republican strategist in Colorado who is not involved in the race…

Two months later, Glenn’s schedule suggests he remains focused on winning his party’s support, leading more than one GOP consultant to joke that he is still pursuing the Republican nomination, rather than a general election win. [Pols emphasis]

Once the first choice of both local and national Republican strategists to take on incumbent Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet, half-term state Rep. Jon Keyser self-destructed in a petition fraud scandal, Republicans had no obvious top contender to rally around in the U.S. Senate race. Alternative candidates like Robert Blaha and Jack Graham tried and failed to fill the vacuum created by Keyser’s self-destruction, while other possible contenders were eliminated at the state assembly by Glenn’s fiery address and subsequent domination of the assembly vote.

Since winning the assembly and then the primary, Glenn has struggled in just about every arena as a candidate: from raising money to handling the most basic questions about his background. Virtually every national political journalist, pundit, and odd-making site has written off Glenn by now, with the New York Times now giving Bennet over a 99% chance of being re-elected. In a flash, what was once considered one of the GOP’s only chances for a U.S. Senate pickup in 2016 has basically come off the table.

For Republicans already reeling from Trump’s disastrous presidential campaign, this means that in Colorado, they have no statewide campaign to rally around. It’s one thing to “insulate the down-ballot” from the effects of a weak candidate at the top of the ticket, but in Colorado there are two such candidates–meaning nothing to coalesce around until the congressional races.

We can’t predict at this point what the full effect of this unprecedented weakness for Republicans in Colorado, but there’s little question that Glenn’s failure to thrive complicates GOTV efforts for the GOP in this state even further. Glenn’s emergent weakness could be the tipping point that sends undecided and independent Colorado voters flocking to the other side–or at the very least, prevents many conservative voters from caring about the outcome. If you’re Rep. Mike Coffman or any other vulnerable Republican in Colorado, you don’t want that.

The last thing Republicans need is for this year to get worse, but Glenn’s collapse could have precisely that effect.

Anti-Fracking Measures Fail To Make Ballot

Fracking near a high school in Greeley, Colorado.

Fracking near a high school in Greeley, Colorado.

A press release from Republican Secretary of State Wayne Williams announces the unsurprising news that Initiatives 75 and 78–measures that would have clarified local control rights for communities seeking to regulate oil and gas drilling and mandates large setbacks from existing development for new drilling–did not obtain the necessary signatures to qualify for the 2016 ballot:

Two proposed ballot measures aimed at adding more limitations on oil and natural gas drilling in Colorado failed to make the November ballot because supporters didn’t collect enough valid voter signatures, Secretary of State Wayne Williams announced today.

Citizens who are trying to get an issue on the ballot must submit 98,492 voter signatures. Supporters of the two measures collected more than that for each proposal, but not enough to compensate for the number of signatures that were rejected during the random sample. Initiative No. 75 would have given local governments the authority to regulate oil-and-gas development, including banning fracking. Initiative No. 78 called for a mandatory 2,500-foot setback around oil-and-gas operations.

The proponents have 30 days from today to appeal the decision to the Denver District Court.

The energy proposals were among nine citizen-initiated measures that were submitted for the November ballot. The other seven efforts were successful.

After the failure of the task force created in 2014 to address these issues, which resulted from a deal to pull similar measures off that year’s general election ballot, the failure of the groups pushing Initiatives 75 and 78 to make the ballot is a huge (pun not intended) setback. There will be more to discuss in the coming weeks about the tactics employed by the oil and gas industry against this petition drive, specifically what appears to have been a very aggressive “decline to sign” campaign disrupting the efforts of individual signature gatherers.

But the fact remains that proponents submitted far fewer signatures than other ballot measure campaigns this year, and it was therefore always unlikely that they would be able to meet the margin of sufficiency with only a few percentage points’ worth of signatures over the threshold. To proponents credit they do appear to have a pretty decent validity rate, estimated around 80% for both measures by the Secretary of State. But it wasn’t enough, and in the end the pro campaigns must own their failure.

This certainly isn’t the end of the debate over oil and has drilling in residential areas of Colorado. As the Front Range continues to urbanize over mineral rights considered as sacrosanct as surface dwellers’ rights to peace, clean air and water, the issue will continue to bedevil the state until a better deal for local communities is brokered–in the legislature and/or at the ballot box.

For today, the industry and their allies have scored another big win for the status quo.

Nice to See Reporters Responding to Baseless Attacks

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Darryl Glenn.

Darryl Glenn.

The days when journalists wouldn’t respond to officials who insult them, lie about them, degrade them, or otherwise slam their professionalism are fading.

Case in point: Republican U.S. Senate candidate Darryll Glenn’s ridiculous attacks on The Denver Post.

Glenn said last week he would no longer talk to The Post, explaining on KFKA radio that the newspaper had called him a “liar” and journalists there had become “advocates,” which he finds “totally unacceptable.”

Rather than ignore the unsupportable attack, The Post’s Joey Bunch responded on Twitter:

Bunch: I applied facts to his words until he, not I, said his words were not correct.” [here]

The Post’s John Frank then reported over the weekend:

Glenn did not explain why he is blacklisting Colorado’s largest newspaper, but in an interview Thursday with KFKA talk radio, he appeared to link his decision to the Post’s coverage of his conflicting explanations of a 1983 charge for third-degree assault, which was later dropped…

The coverage of the incident did not call him “a liar.” A campaign spokeswoman did not immediately respond to questions Friday…

Glenn’s decision — which drew criticism from Republicans and Democrats — and other missteps are disturbing to GOP strategists in Colorado, but many still hope he can regain his footing.

The correction of Glenn is good, but I’d like to see journalist call out officials whenever they attack the press, even if they do so in sweeping terms, like leveling bogus accusations of “liberal media bias.”

This year, GOP Senate President Bill Cadman did so and slid by. U.S. Senator Cory Gardner did it a few times in recent years, with no response from the media.

Glenn also appears to have had a Mike-Coffman moment, when he repeated the same line over and over. Local reporters have been good at spotlighting this behavior. (See this video.)

“My press secretary back there will handle all Denver Post questions,” Glenn told Frank four times when questioned.

You recall, Coffman infamously wondered in 2012 whether Obama is an American, and then he offer a sedcripted and unapologitic apology to 9News Kyle Clark five times in a row.

Ken Buck’s Endorsement of Donald Trump

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CD-4 Democratic congressional candidate Bob Seay.

CD-4 Democratic congressional candidate Bob Seay.

Ken Buck called Donald Trump a “fraud” and has said that “Trump’s proposal (to ban all Muslims) violates the Constitution, the values of our nation, the Republican Party platform, and my conscience.”

On this point, Mr. Buck was correct.

But now Congressman Buck expects you join him in supporting this fraud, this unconstitutional bigot, this violator of national values. According to a statement made on conservative talk radio, Mr. Buck believes a Trump presidency would mean that he (Buck) would “have a chance of influencing policy in the executive branch.”

What kind of influence might Congressman Buck have on a President Trump? So far, Ken Buck has supported legislation that would decrease funding for the Office on Violence Against Women, including funding for state and local law enforcement assistance. Both Buck and Trump have said that workers don’t deserve a minimum wage. Buck’s Article One Amendments were an attempt to defund everything from the EPA to tobacco education programs, more than 30 programs or government agencies in all, in a single piece of legislation.

Thankfully, Ken Buck has shown very little success in influencing policy in Congress or even within his own Party, where he is widely regarded as too uncooperative to be effective. Lack of cooperation and the inability to work with others is a large part of what is wrong with Congress today.

We need a Congressman who puts the real needs of his district first and can work with others to meet those needs, regardless of who is in the White House. We cannot afford another Congress that considers frivolous legislation while refusing to vote on our most pressing issues.

Ken Buck was right when he called Donald Trump a fraud. He was wrong when he decided that being a fraud was OK.

Bob Seay is a candidate for the U.S. House for Colorado’s 4th Congressional District. His website is BobForColorado.org or BuckNo.org

Coffman and Carly? Yeah, That’s a Problem

coffmanfiorinaAP reports via CBS4 Denver, Rep. Mike Coffman is campaigning today with former Republican presidential candidate, briefly Ted Cruz’s vice-presidential candidate, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina:

Coffman and the former CEO of Hewlett Packard are among the speakers at the Working Women Event & Panel at CSU Global Campus in Greenwood Village…

Organizers say the Coffman and Fiorina event is by invitation only.

Now, beyond the superficial appeal of a high-profile female politician as a campaign surrogate, Fiorina boosting Coffman is consistent with her apparent desire to succeed Reince Preibus as chairman of the Republican National Committee. Fiorina has been spotted recently stumping for a number of Republican candidates around the nation.

The question for local consumption of course is, is Fiorina good for Mike Coffman? As you can imagine, NARAL Pro Choice Colorado doesn’t think so, slamming both Fiorina and Coffman in a strongly-worded statement this morning:

“It’s interesting that Mike Coffman is holding a “business” event with Carly Fiorina, since both of them believe it is government’s business to get between women and their health care decisions,” Middleton said. “Mike Coffman’s voting record clearly shows a pattern of trying to deprive Colorado women of the right to control their own bodies and make their own healthcare choices. He voted to ban abortion. He voted to defund Planned Parenthood. He even voted to redefine rape to make it harder for survivors to get an abortion. Mike Coffman stands with and behind Donald Trump when it comes to punishing women who have an abortion.

Carly Fiorina is not only anti-choice, she repeatedly lied about Planned Parenthood and then doubled down on the lie when she was called out on it. Neither of them can be trusted to tell the truth on women’s health care.

And as resident of CD 6 myself, I can say that women in Colorado’s 6th Congressional District deserve someone who represents our rights and respects our pro-choice Colorado values. That’s why NARAL Pro-Choice America has endorsed Senator Morgan Carroll to replace Mike Coffman. She is one of us, and we will let voters know who truly stands for them. Keep government out of ‘our business.’”

Still from Rep. Mike Coffman's 2014 ad using Planned Parenthood's logo.

Still from Rep. Mike Coffman’s 2014 ad using Planned Parenthood’s logo.

Fiorina’s controversial statements about Planned Parenthood during her presidential run, roundly condemned as fabrications which she refused at embarrassing length to disavow, aren’t the only reason why the choice of campaigning with her seems questionable to us. During Fiorina’s tenure as CEO of Hewlett-Packard, she presided over huge layoffs and other disruptive changes to that company, which historically employed thousands of workers in Colorado. A 2005 Northern Colorado Business Report story described some of the damage to HP in Colorado under Fiorina:

Fiorina, recruited in 1999 from Lucent Technologies Inc., disrupted the culture of HP, which for decades prided itself on the “HP Way,” a philosophy that promoted innovation, a collegial respect for employees and great value for customers.

Instead, Fiorina implemented the “Fiorina Way,” amassing power in her own hands, laying off tens of thousands of workers, muzzling employees and creating a general climate of angst within the company…

Fiorina proceeded to lay off thousands worldwide. More than that, she consolidated power in her own hands. Recently, when the board promoted a plan to disperse some of that power in three other executives, Fiorina battled back, leading to her departure.

…Layoffs have been plenty in Northern Colorado, but Fiorina’s desire to control everything makes it tough to gauge exactly how many workers have been eliminated. That’s because she has banned public-relations officials from revealing how many employees work at a particular plant. [Pols emphasis]

Fiorina’s tenure as HP’s CEO was frequently used against her as a presidential candidate, but the story was never fully revisited in Colorado largely because her campaign never really became viable. But there are literally thousands of current and former HP employees in Colorado, and among them we fully expect are folks with a particular dislike for their old boss. We wouldn’t be surprised to see them speaking out once they hear she’s in town campaigning for Coffman.

In the context of Coffman’s desire to present himself as a superficially re-invented candidate on a broad range of issues, bringing in Fiorina with all of her baggage is, any way you look at it, counterproductive.

Trump Refuses to Disown Comment About Violence Against Clinton

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Another day, another chance for Donald Trump to disown a comment that directly calls for violence against Hillary Clinton – and – again he didn’t do it. Instead,  even though he was aware of New Hampshire St. Rep.  Al Baldasaro (R) comments over a month ago, today he responded by denying he knew about Baldasaro’s comments (not true) and he called Baldasaro “a very fine person.” Really?  An elected public official calls for a candidate to be put in front a firing squad and all Mr. Trump can say is he is a very fine person.

Trump simply can’t bring himself to disown people like Baldasaro and others from the extreme right who advocate the most heinous conduct against their fellow Americans. His refusal is reprehensible and it legitimizes those who assert violent behavior.

The Republican Party is dominated and run by radical extremists. They aren’t conservatives. The American voter should take advantage of the general election to retire the Republican Party into history.

“Alt-Right” Means White Supremacy

People using the term "alt-right" online are likely wearing these kind of pajamas in their mother's basement.

People using the term “alt-right” are likely wearing similar pajamas while they are online.

Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have both elevated the “alt-right” term in recent speeches and media interviews. In the last 24 hours, the hashtag #AltRightMeans has been trending heavily on Twitter (and there was much glee in the “alt-right” community).

If you’re not familiar with the term “alt-right,” Issie Lapowski breaks it down in an excellent piece for Wired online:

This once-fringe movement is now standing center stage. In her speech [Thursday], Clinton called Trump’s decision to hire alt-right champion Steve Bannon, formerly of Breitbart News, a “landmark achievement for this group.”…

…To be clear, there is only one answer to the hashtag #AltRightMeans. It means white supremacy, researchers say, plain and simple.

“Race is at the foundation of everything to the alt-righters,” says Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks the alt-right movement as a hate group. “They have this idea that white people and white civilization is under assault by the forces of political correctness, by social justice and so on.”

The term “alt-right” is merely a rebranding of an ideology with deep, dark historic roots, says Jessie Daniels, a professor of sociology at Hunter College and author of the book Cyber Racism. In fact, you could say it’s a “dog whistle” for white supremacy. “People who are in the United States, mostly white people, are uncomfortable saying white supremacy,” Daniels says. “They’re more comfortable saying alt-right” [Pols emphasis]

If you are someone who is “uncomfortable saying white supremacy,” then you should get just as unaccustomed to using the term “alt-right.”

Mizel Bucks Trend of Jewish Republicans Avoiding Trump

trumpburnDenver businessman and influential political donor Larry Mizel hosted a fundraiser for Donald Trump in Aspen on Thursday, at least the second major fundraiser organized by Mizel for Trump in the last two months.

We’ve wondered before in this space why Mizel is so supportive of Trump when many major Jewish philanthropists won’t go anywhere near the GOP nominee for President. We’re wondering some more after an interesting article published today in the Jerusalem Post:

While several Jewish hedge fund managers have donated significant sums – including investor Carl Icahn, Trump’s old friend, and Cerberus Capital Management CEO Stephen Feinberg – most major billionaire GOP donors have held out, including Elliott Management Corporation founder Paul Singer, Baupost Group founder and Times of Israel backer Seth Klarman, head of TRT Holdings Robert Rowling, mega Florida auto dealer and former owner of the Philadelphia Eagles Norman Braman and CAM Capital chairman Bruce Kovner.

Several of these men are instead focusing on competitive races that may tip the balance of power in the Senate…

…On the whole, Republican Jewish Coalition board members have given far less than the $12m. they offered Romney’s campaign in 2012. They reflect their skeptical membership, which has in turn been reflected in the RJC’s campaign strategy: Not once since May has the organization mentioned Trump’s name in its advertising material.

Perhaps the biggest question for Trump is whether Sheldon Adelson, the largest donor in the 2012 race, will follow through on his commitment to deliver major donations to his campaign. As of now, Adelson has not donated a dime, despite publicly endorsing the nominee in May and pledging financial support.

Even Sheldon Adelson has yet to give Trump any money, and Adelson hasn’t been shy about his interest in buying a Presidential candidate.

Look, Mizel is certainly free to support whomever he wants whenever he chooses — even when many friends and fellow donors won’t touch Trump. That doesn’t make it any less odd that a prominent Jewish philanthropist would be working so hard to help a candidate whose rhetoric seems to delight anti-Semitics, white supremacists, and other “alt right” conservatives.

Get More Smarter on Friday (August 26)

Get More SmarterWe’re still waiting for the day when pigs fly, but now we can all say we were alive for the moment when pizza took flightIt’s time to Get More Smarter with Colorado Pols. If you think we missed something important, please include the link in the comments below (here’s a good example). If you are more of a visual learner, check out The Get More Smarter Show.

TOP OF MIND TODAY…

► Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton took the gloves off in a speech in Reno on Thursday. As CNN reports:

The speech that Hillary Clinton delivered on Thursday was the one that many Democrats had been waiting for.

It was a blistering attack on Donald Trump’s divisive rhetoric that left no gaffe or alleged dog-whistle unmentioned, framing him as a vessel for hate speech, a champion of conspiracy theories, and a representative of the far-right fringe of the Republican Party…

…There was little subtlety in Clinton’s speech. In a moment that drew gasps and jeers from the Reno audience, she read a series of recent headlines from the Breitbart website. Among them: “‘Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive and Crazy” and “Hoist It High And Proud: The Confederate Flag Proclaims A Glorious Heritage.”

► The campaign for Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump announced a bunch of new made-up “coalitions” in Colorado. This isn’t particularly strange on its own, but it gets weird when you consider whose name is included as a co-chair of the Colorado Education coalition for Trump: Former Jefferson County School Board President Ken Witt.

 

► Congressman Ken Buck (R-Greeley) referred to Trump as a “fraud” not long ago; now, Buck is endorsing Trump for President!

 

► Make sure to check out the newest episode of The Get More Smarter Show, featuring an interview with Congressman Jared Polis (D-Boulderish).

 

Get even more smarter after the jump…

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At Least He’s Not Your Governor

Maine Gov. Paul LePage may have a bit of an anger management problem.

Maine Gov. Paul LePage may have a bit of an anger management problem.

It’s time to return, once again, to one of our longest-running features on this site: At Least They’re Not Your Legislator.

Today, we visit Maine, where Republican Gov. Paul LePage left a profanity-laced voicemail for a Democratic state senator and later challenged the man to a duel.

Yes, a duel. With pistols and stuff.

As CNN reports:

According to the Press Herald, Democratic State Rep. Drew Gattine was identified by local media as having called LePage racist, though Gattine denies doing so.

“Mr. Gattine, this is Gov. Paul Richard LePage,” the audio recording says. “I would like to talk to you about your comments about my being a racist, you (obscene term). I want to talk to you. I want you to prove that I’m a racist. I’ve spent my life helping black people and you little (obscene term), socialist (obscene term). You — I need you to — just friggin’. I want you to record this and make it public because I am after you. Thank you.”

The governor took credit for leaving the voicemail in a later interview at his home with local media, and said he would like to challenge Gattine to a duel.

“When a snot-nosed little guy from Westbrook calls me a racist, now I’d like him to come up here because, tell you right now, I wish it were 1825,” LePage said, according to the Press Herald. “And we would have a duel, that’s how angry I am, and I would not put my gun in the air, I guarantee you, I would not be (Alexander) Hamilton. I would point it right between his eyes, because he is a snot-nosed little runt and he has not done a damn thing since he’s been in this Legislature to help move the state forward.”

Well, then. The moral of this story is obvious: The best way to prove that you are not a racist is to threaten to shoot another man in the head in a public duel.

GOP Candidate’s Facebook Meme: “Hillary Meal Deal” (3 Fat Thighs, 2 Small Breasts, and a Bunch of Left Wings)

Garcia Hillary Meal Deal 2(Very classy — Promoted by Colorado Pols)

I called Raymond Garcia, a Republican candidate for Colorado state house, after I saw a couple memes he posted for his Facebook friends.

One depicts an image of Hillary Clinton on a bucket of “HRC” Kentucky Fried Chicken with the text, “Hillary Meal Deal, 3 fat thighs, 2 small breasts, and a bunch of left wings.” (“Crispy Commie Recipe.”)

The other was a anti-Hillary version of an anti-Trump statue.

Asked if he’s worried that these posts, which were obtained from a source, might offend people, the House District 1 candidate said:

Garcia: “I can’t help it if somebody gets offended. If they get offended, that’s their deal.”

Delta County Colorado GOP chair Linda Sorenson offered a similar response when asked if her Facebook post, comparing Obama to a Chimp, was a joke. A subsequent outrcry led to her resignation.

Garcia, who hopes to unseat Democrat Susan Lontine in the Southwest Denver district, said he posted the memes “in response to a post that somebody else has put up against Trump.”

“So it’s the exact same thing, but it’s been converted over so it criticizes Hillary instead of criticizing Trump,” Garcia said. “It’s just in response to the posts that I’ve been seeing criticizing Trump.”

I saw the Trump statue he’s referring to, but I can’t find a similar meme about a Trump meal deal. The “Meal Deal” meme has been around since at least 2008, when it was labeled “truly horrible” by a New York Magazine writer.

In any case, whether similar memes exist, I can’t find either Hillary meme posted on Facebook by a candidate seeking a state office.

I  asked if Garcia’s intent was to joke.

“Yeah, just like they did,” he replied.

After I spoke with Garcia Wednesday, he added another post on Facebook, with the text, “I Gave Her 32 Million Dollars Because She Reminds Me of My Favorite Goat.” (See below.)

Garcia Hillary Goat Meme

 

 

Garcia Trump Hillary

The Get More Smarter Show: August 25, 2016

This week on Get More Smarter: Jason Bane and Alan Franklin give a pre-election update on the state of play in Colorado.

Then, stay tuned for a great interview with Congressman Jared Polis! Jason talks to Rep. Polis about his election, life in Congress, video games, fracking, and Jared’s GQ makeover.

To skip directly to Rep. Polis’ interview, jump to 9:40 in the video.

If you’ve missed an episode of the Get More Smarter Show, click here to catch up! Thanks for watching.