Trump Warns Syrian Refugees Could Lead to Coup

Donald Trump said that bringing Syrian refugees to the U.S. could result in “one of the great military coups of all time,” CNN reports.

Said Trump: “This could be one of the great military coups of all time if they send them to our country — young, strong people and they turn out to be ISIS.”

He added: “This could be like a Trojan horse. Two-hundred-thousand people coming into the United States and they come in here and we’re totally unprepared.”

Biden Decision Could Come Next Week

Vice President Joe Biden “is nearing a decision on whether to run for president, and it could come as early as within the next seven to 10 days, according to three people familiar with his deliberations,” CBS News reports.

“Two of those people said he is leaning toward entering the race. Still, they caution that family considerations remain the overriding concern and would be the reason he doesn’t run.”

Democrats Face Insurgent Candidates Too

“Anger at the political establishment has overtaken the Republican presidential race, embodied in the candidacy of Donald J. Trump. But it is also coursing through the Democratic electorate, fueling the popularity of Bernie Sanders, inspiring liberal challenges to party-backed congressional candidates and spurring activism on causes from the minimum wage to the Keystone XL oil pipeline,” the New York Times reports.

“Nowhere was the discontent on the left — which has made targets out of banks, billionaires and backers of the status quo — more evident than in the stunning news last week that Mr. Sanders, who calls himself a democratic socialist, was raising money nearly as fast as Hillary Rodham Clinton.”

Who Will Be the GOP Establishment Candidate?

Dan Balz: “The Republican presidential contest is not, regardless of what is seems some days, all about Donald Trump. There’s another dynamic unfolding that has almost nothing to do with the businessman-politician currently atop the polls but that will have a major influence on who becomes the party’s nominee.”

“This other struggle involves the competition among Jeb Bush, Sen. Marco Rubio and Gov. John Kasich. History suggests that whoever emerges triumphant in this three-way rivalry will be in a strong position to claim the nomination, though admittedly the past has been a poor predictor of events so far in this campaign.”

Sanders Says He’s In Until the End

Just after announcing big fundraising numbers, Sen. Bernie Sanders told MSNBC that his campaign is “in this to the finish.”

Said Sanders: “I think what the results today show is that we are going to have more than enough money to run very strong campaigns in New Hampshire, in Iowa, in Nevada and South Carolina, the first elections that are coming up. But we’re going to be very strong on Super Tuesday as well. So we now have enough money to run a winning campaign.”

He added: “I’ll let people read what secretary Clinton’s fundraising is about and where she gets her money. I think there is a very different pattern. I would rather be where I am, that’s the way I like to do politics, involve whole lots of people.”

When a President Admits He Can’t Fix a Problem

George Condon: “That is what Pres­id­ent Obama did Fri­day when asked if he can use his ‘mor­al au­thor­ity’ and bully pul­pit to reach those who see gun vi­ol­ence as a way out of their per­son­al troubles. It is such a rare mo­ment be­cause pres­id­ents have all the might of the U.S. mil­it­ary, all the reach of a sprawl­ing gov­ern­ment bur­eau­cracy, and all the mor­al sua­sion of the of­fice at their dis­pos­al. Pres­id­ents al­most nev­er ad­mit that they can’t do something.”

“That this pres­id­ent did just that provides a valu­able in­sight in­to his pro­found ex­as­per­a­tion at the con­tinu­ing do­mest­ic death toll from gun vi­ol­ence.”

Wonk Wire: The U.S. is much more violent than other countries

Chaffetz Will Highlight His Anti-Establishment Roots

Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s (R-UT) bid to become the next Speaker of the House will highlight his Tea Party roots and anti-establishment credentials, The Hill reports.

>House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) “remains the favorite and has been rounding up support over the last week. But Chaffetz backers sense that House Republicans are yearning for a fresh face who isn’t a senior member of the leadership team. Chaffetz’s pitch to his colleagues will note that he had to defeat the GOP establishment to get to Congress in 2008 — by trouncing then-Rep. Chris Cannon, a six-term incumbent who was backed by then-President George W. Bush.”

Jeb Bush, Then and Now

“Preston de Ibern could only smile up from his wheelchair and attempt to focus on the tearful adults standing over him, not comprehending that a law to keep other children from near-drownings will be named for him. After the House voted 109-8 for the bill on Friday, Preston met Gov. Jeb Bush, who committed to signing a bill that requires new pool owners to pick a way to keep unsupervised children out of the water.”

Sun Sentinel, May 6, 2000.

“Tragedies. A child drowned in a pool and the impulse is to pass a law that puts fencing around pools. Well it may not change it. Or you have a car accident and the impulse is to pass a law that deals with that unique event. And the cumulative effect of this is, in some cases, you don’t solve the problem by passing the law, and you’re imposing on large numbers of people burdens that make it harder for our economy to grow, make it harder to protect liberty.”

— Jeb Bush, quoted yesterday by the New York Times, about the tendency to pass laws in response to tragic events.

Some Clinton Donors Defect to Biden

“Some Hillary Clinton donors are defecting to Joe Biden, resisting entreaties from the Democratic front-runner’s campaign to stand by her despite slipping poll numbers,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

“A few of the fundraisers have gone public with their presidential preference. Others have quietly decamped and signaled their intentions to the Draft Biden 2016 super PAC that is working to prod the vice president into the race for the White House.”

Obama Blasts Bush for ‘Stuff Happens’ Comment

President Bush rebuked Jeb Bush after the Republican presidential candidate shrugged off any need for government action in the wake of the massacre at a community college in Oregon, the New York Times reports.

Said Obama: “The American people should hear that and make their own judgments based on the fact that every couple of months, we have a mass shooting. They can decide whether they consider that ‘stuff happens.’”

“The exchange between Mr. Obama and Mr. Bush reflected the paralysis that has settled over the issue of new gun control legislation in the United States. Virtually no member of Congress issued a statement after the Oregon shootings arguing for or against new gun control measures, and a number of the 2016 Republican presidential candidates were dismissive of new gun control measures as well.”