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Monday, August 29th, 2016

Tim Eyman: “I can’t wait to go to Trump’s rally in Everett tomorrow”

Deranged tycoon and neo­fas­cist Don­ald Trump is return­ing to Wash­ing­ton State tomor­row for a ral­ly and a fundrais­er with the same peo­ple who have kept ini­tia­tive prof­i­teer Tim Eyman’s ini­tia­tive fac­to­ry going with cash in the past.

As you might expect, Eyman’s pret­ty excit­ed about Trump’s vis­it, and he wants every­one to know just how excit­ed he is. This morn­ing, he sent out an email invit­ing his fol­low­ers to join him tomor­row for the big event:

RE: I can’t wait to go to Trump’s ral­ly in Everett tomor­row — it’s the Super Bowl of pol­i­tics in my own back yard!

We’ve now learned that Estab­lish­ment Repub­li­cans only believe in “par­ty uni­ty” when the nom­i­nee is a squoosh. They always stand there in their suits and ties and admon­ish and shame the par­ty’s grass­roots activists into vot­ing for (and chok­ing down) “their” can­di­dates (Romney/McCain/Dole).

But along comes a nom­i­nee who tru­ly excites the par­ty’s grass­roots activists and the elec­torate at large, and where are the Estab­lish­ment Repub­li­cans? They’re hid­ing out, tak­ing cheap shots, piss­ing, moan­ing, and com­plain­ing. And when the par­ty’s grass­roots activists say to them “What about par­ty uni­ty?”, the Estab­lish­ment Repub­li­cans say it does­n’t apply to them because they’re too impor­tant.

Remem­ber in that first pres­i­den­tial debate where all the Repub­li­can can­di­dates were asked to sign an oath promis­ing to sup­port the even­tu­al nom­i­nee? Every hand went up … except Trump’s. They howled, they screamed, they all attacked him for fail­ing to sign the pledge. Even­tu­al­ly he did sign it.

Then Trump beat ’em — he beat all 16 of ’em. And that oath they all signed? That pledge they all made? It meant noth­ing to them. Par­ty uni­ty? It only applies when the nom­i­nee is a squoosh.

I can’t wait to go to Trump’s ral­ly tomor­row at XFINITY are­na in Everett. Doors open at 4 pm and the ral­ly is sched­uled to start at 7 pm.

It fig­ures that Eyman is psy­ched about Trump’s can­di­da­cy. Both Eyman and Trump are trash talk­ing, mil­i­tant right wing extrem­ists who love to put down their oppo­nents. And both of them seek the destruc­tion of our com­mons.

Ear­li­er this year, Eyman was at events for Demo­c­ra­t­ic can­di­dates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clin­ton, where he kept a fair­ly low pro­file.

Why?

“I’m a polit­i­cal junkie. I love this stuff.  For me, a polit­i­cal ral­ly is like going to Wood­stock in the 60’s.  It’s how nor­mal peo­ple feel like going to the Super Bowl,” Eyman explained. He went on to add: “I live in Muk­il­teo, so Trump’s ral­ly at XFINITY are­na in Everett is in my own back yard. It’s just a hop-skip-and-a-jump away. So I’m def­i­nite­ly gonna be there. Join me. It’s gonna be a blast!

More like a hate­fest, actu­al­ly.

Many of the peo­ple Eyman is clos­est to in Wash­ing­ton pol­i­tics are also enthu­si­as­tic Trump boost­ers: Doug Erick­sen of What­com Coun­ty and Don Ben­ton of Clark Coun­ty have been doing work for Trump for months, and Eyman’s asso­ciate Mike Fagan par­tic­i­pat­ed in Trump’s Spokane event ear­li­er this year. As men­tioned, many of Eyman’s wealthy bene­fac­tors are also open­ing their check­books for Trump.

It is Eyman’s cus­tom in a pres­i­den­tial year to say some­thing good about the Repub­li­can nom­i­nee while trash­ing the Demo­c­ra­t­ic nom­i­nee. But it’s obvi­ous that Eyman feels an affin­i­ty for Trump he sim­ply has­n’t felt for past Repub­li­can nom­i­nees. In Trump, Eyman has a can­di­date that he real­ly, real­ly, real­ly likes.

Our state and coun­try have been threat­ened before by con men like these. The greed and big­otry they rep­re­sent can and must be defeat­ed. At many junc­tures through­out our his­to­ry, true patri­ots have risen up to unite our coun­try behind its finest tra­di­tion­al val­ues and steer our nation away from a dark and destruc­tive path. It is now our turn to do like­wise.

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One Comment

  1. What do we do about it?

    # by Gretchen Sand :: August 29th, 2016 at 4:50 PM