Rep. Keith Ellison: Trump could be the GOP nominee

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Rep. Keith Ellison

No harm in a little wishful thinking, right? The Star Tribune’s Paul Walsh says: “Don’t underestimate the likelihood of billionaire and reality TV personality Donald Trump winning the Republican nomination for president, a Minnesota member of Congress cautioned the nation Sunday, pointing to his own state putting a onetime feather boa-flaunting pro wrestler in charge. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., during an appearance on ABC-TV’s ‘This Week’, said voters ‘better be ready for the fact that [Trump] might be leading the Republican ticket.’ Challenged by host George Stephanopoulos that ‘I know you don’t believe’ Trump can actually be the challenger to the Democratic nominee in November 2016, Ellison reminded viewers that Minnesota voted in Jesse Ventura as governor in 1998.” Just for the sake of the argument, let’s imagine the constituency they share.

She did get attention for her cause. The WCCO-TV story says, “A Hollywood actress was in Minnesota this weekend trying to bring attention to a disturbing problem. Actress Julia Ormond met with Gov. Mark Dayton and top corporate leaders to raise awareness about the use of international slave labor. Ormond is the founder of ASSET, an organization dedicated to ending enslavement and trafficking in supply chains like mining and agriculture. Raw goods that come from slave labor can make their way into many of the products we use or eat.”

A total breakdown of the “buddy” concept. Reports Stribber Walsh: “A drunk and shoeless motorcyclist crashed at night on a central Minnesota highway, left his passenger behind in the ditch and kept going until he was pulled over by law enforcement several miles from the scene, authorities said. The abandoned passenger was found 45 minutes after the crash Friday night by a Benton County sheriff’s deputy and was suffering from ‘severe’ injuries, Patrol Lt. Tiffani Nielson said Sunday. Thomas D. Knott, 43, of Rice, Minn., was hospitalized and is suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol  … . Passenger Dawn M. Larson, 42, also was hospitalized. The two live together and have an 8-year-old daughter.”

Come on, coach! Off field infractions are the only thing we lead the league in. ESPN’s Ben Goessling writes, “When he became the ninth head coach in Minnesota Vikings history in January 2014, Mike Zimmer became the latest to try to clean up the team’s long string of off-field trouble. … According to USA Today, which keeps a database of NFL arrests, the Vikings have had more players arrested than any team in the league since 2000. [Jabari] Price became the 48th Vikings player to be arrested or cited in that time.” Skoal!

Did you know? According to Sam Cook in the Duluth News Tribune, “Minnesota resident veterans with 100 percent service-connected permanent disability can apply for a free permanent card that allows them to receive a free small game and either-sex deer hunting license each year.”

I’m sure Guinness is on it. Mr. Cook also tells us, “Jared Munch is bringing it home. The stand-up paddleboarder from Duluth is on the final leg of his 1,350-mile circumnavigation of Lake Superior. The 23-year-old is on a mission to become the first person to paddle a stand-up paddleboard all the way around the world’s largest freshwater lake by surface area. Munch left Bayfield early Sunday morning on his 14-foot paddleboard and hopes to arrive in Duluth about 5 p.m. Wednesday.”

Are we talking artisanal yoga? Bespoke yoga? Sam Louwahie of the St. Cloud Times says, “For years, Jeanna Hensler looked longingly at photos on Facebook of yoga festivals around the country. The 39-year-old Minneapolis native is an avid practicer of hoop yoga, or using hula hoops to ‘move in a joyful way.’ … The cOMmon Grounds Yoga and Music Festival returned from Friday to Sunday to El Rancho Manana Campground near Richmond for its fourth annual event. It appears to be the state’s only festival specifically dedicated to yoga.” Is there Beer & Bacon yoga?

Guy Fieri is clearly fair game. Neil Justin of the Strib says, “The $60-plus tickets to see an Anthony Bourdain lecture at the State Theatre Friday  in Minneapolis probably should have included some fancy French appetizers. But while there were no appetizers, there were plenty of laughs on the menu, many of them aimed at Guy Fieri, who Bourdain suggested spells ‘culinary’ with a ‘k.’ ‘If you can’t make fun of Guy Fieri, comedy is pretty much dead.’ Bourdain said. Fieri, whose hit series ‘Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives’ is produced in the Twin Cities, was lambasted for dumbing down the Food Network series in a wide-ranging, hilarious presentation that also went after vegetarians, Tom Cruise and the term ‘farm to table.’” So can we make fun of “artisanal”?

Is this more, or less, than if he’d fired a gun? The AP says, “A South Dakota man will be spending 11 months in prison for spitting at a law enforcement officer. U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Moreno has sentenced 27-year-old Anthony One Star for his conviction on one count assaulting, resisting or impeding a federal officer. The Rosebud man pleaded guilty to the charge in June. Authorities say the charge against One Star stems from an incident on Nov. 25 in the community of Two Strike on the Rosebud Indian Reservation.”

Walker Watch: a.k.a. scorpions in a bottle. Thomas Beaumont of the AP says, “Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump opened up a line of attack Saturday on Gov. Scott Walker, accusing the leader in recent polls in Iowa of putting Wisconsin in financial trouble. Spurred on by a raucous audience of more than 1,000 at a central Iowa high school, Trump said Walker has an advantage in Iowa because he’s from a neighboring state but that the edge is undeserved because Walker has mismanaged Wisconsin’s budget.” That is an outrageous accusation, sir! Surely there are no facts to support your claim!                  

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Comments (18)

  1. Submitted by Pavel Yankovic on 07/27/2015 - 07:05 am.

    I’m beginning to think…..

    that Donald Trump is nothing more than a special operative working undercover for the Democrats. Remember that in 2008 he was a big backer of Hillary Clinton.

    • Submitted by richard owens on 07/27/2015 - 09:25 am.

      Donald himself said:

      “…I raised over a million dollars for John McCain….”

      How does that jive with supporting Hillary?

  2. Submitted by Brian Stricherz on 07/27/2015 - 07:11 am.

    Trump as GOP Nominee

    Rep. Ellison needs to be reminded that Ventura was elected as a third party candidate. It was a statement about both the GOP and DFL, but I guess he’d rather not think about it in those terms. Ventura, flawed as he was, was nothing at all like Trump. Not even remotely.

    • Submitted by Steve Sundberg on 07/27/2015 - 09:38 am.

      Re: Trump as GOP Nominee

      Trump has threatened to run as a third-party candidate. THAT would be “a statement” about both the mainstream parties. If a third-party candidacy does happen, rest assured many of Trump’s current supporters will follow.

      As for being like/unlike Trump, Ventura 1) wasn’t a billionaire; only a millionaire; 2) Ventura at least some some governing experience, which Trump lacks except in his make-believe boardroom; 3) both are comfortable working from scripted “reality”.

    • Submitted by Harris Goldstein on 07/27/2015 - 10:02 am.

      Not to mention that you have to look at Ventura then vs. Ventura now.

    • Submitted by Mike McGraw on 08/03/2015 - 02:00 pm.


      Brian is exactly right. Ventura was a 3rd party guy and it was because everyone was tired of the other 2 parties and of course Ellison would not think of that because be was elected the same way and has such a dismal record of accomplishments that he wouldn’t address that situation.

      People don’t like Trump because he is addressing issues {Albeit inappropriately on occasions) that people like Ellison and his party have chosen to ignore for so long!!

  3. Submitted by Hiram Foster on 07/27/2015 - 08:31 am.


    “According to USA Today, which keeps a database of NFL arrests, the Vikings have had more players arrested than any team in the league since 2000. [Jabari] Price became the 48th Vikings player to be arrested or cited in that time.” Skoal!”

    I am sure the big glass doors at Viking Stadium will help with that.

  4. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 07/27/2015 - 09:17 am.

    The Likelihood of Trump Becoming the GOP Nominee

    is directly proportional to likelihood of saner, more moderate GOP-leaning folk to ignore the need to vote in presidential primaries,…

    to stay away from their precinct caucuses,…

    and ignore other events vital to procuring that nomination.

    Trump appeals directly to the dysfonic “conservative” base whose “true beliefs” are impervious to facts, figures, statistics, reputable research (i.e. reality),…

    those who grow angry, even enraged whenever anyone seeks to point out the glaring flaws in logic and erroneous bases of their beliefs;…

    those who “truly believe” that, if a loud mouth like Trump were just in the position to shout down everyone who disagrees with them, and work his (which they assume to be their own) will on the government,…

    those proven-to-be false, even destructive ideas to which they’re so viscerally attached,…

    will suddenly be proven to be true,…

    (just as soon as up becomes down, in becomes out, red becomes green, and someone like Donald Trump reverses the course of his life while acting to repair the damage to their lives those “true beliefs” have already done,…

    rather than Trump seeking to do what he has ALWAYS done: rearrange every law or government policy in ways that further destroy the lives of that “conservative” base,…

    while legalizing his ability to pad his own pockets at the expense of everyone else,…

    while stealing, through “crony capitalism” as much as possible of the taxes those “conservatives” pay to the government,…

    thereby making sure that the rest of the population of the US ends up with truly accurate and excellent reason to hate paying taxes,…

    as opposed to the current, blindly visceral, locked-in-early-adolescent “you’re not the boss of me” reaction to taxes which forms one of the core beliefs of that “conservative base.”

  5. Submitted by Hiram Foster on 07/27/2015 - 09:46 am.


    I suppose it is unlikely that Trump will become president, but unlikely people have become president before. I remember when we didn’t take Ronald Reagan seriously, and there he was, president for 8 long years.

    • Submitted by Tom Christensen on 07/27/2015 - 10:41 am.

      It was very unfortunate

      the voters didn’t pay attention when Reagan was running. If you look at any long term financial wealth chart it was during the Reagan years the country started its massive shift to the wealthy and it hasn’t recovered yet. There is a price to pay for voter apathy.

  6. Submitted by Hiram Foster on 07/27/2015 - 11:17 am.

    Historical analogies

    A party that nominated Ronald Regan and George Bush is perfectly capable of nominating Donald Trump.

    • Submitted by jason myron on 07/27/2015 - 01:03 pm.

      No doubt about it, Hiram.

      I would not be shocked if Trump were to be the GOP nominee, but I don’t think Reagan was a stretch. He had served two terms as Governor of California and had established plenty of political capital by then.
      If Trump stays viable, the interesting dynamic will come to play at the GOP convention. Then the scenario could really parallel Reagan, however it would be the 1976 election rather than 1980.
      Reagan was the star of that convention and many, many republicans wanted him to be the nominee and not the incumbent Ford. Thanks to the establishment, Ford literally squeaked by to get the nomination which caused quite a furor and certainly brings to mind a possible scenario that the same thing might happen to Trump in favor of Bush.

  7. Submitted by Pavel Yankovic on 07/27/2015 - 12:52 pm.

    Mr. Ellison…..

    also needs to remember that some of the same voters that elected Jesse Ventura also elected him.

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