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Tue Dec 8, 2015, 10:18 PM

On trying to believe Trump Jumped the Shark

Last edited Wed Dec 9, 2015, 02:47 PM - Edit history (3)

Note: "Jumped the Shark" is a euphamism meaning that you've gone too far and passed the point of no return into mediocrity.

This article is mainly that Trump has been considered to have "jumped the shark" on a number occasions, but he keeps ratcheting up the ante and disproving media predictions.

This year:

JULY
07/09 - Has Trump Finally Jumped the Shark?
But by Thursday afternoon Trump appeared to have jumped the shark of his own self-indulgence, thanks to his inflammatory comments about Mexican immigrants.
http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/07/donald-trump-immigration-119925

07/20 - Bill Kristol Flip-Flops On Donald Trump: "He's Dead To Me"
I think it's one thing, he was a controversial character who said some useful things, I think, and brought some people into the Republican tent. But he jumped the shark yesterday. He's dead to me.
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2015/07/20/bill_kristol_donald_trump_jumped_the_shark_hes_dead_to_me.html

AUGUST
08/09 - Has Donald Trump finally gone too far with 'menstruation' attack?
But Donald Trump might have finally jumped the shark with his recent comments about Fox News's Megyn Kelly.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/republicans/11791928/Has-Donald-Trump-finally-gone-too-far-with-menstruation-attack.html

SEPTEMBER
09/18 - Might as well butter him, Trump is toast
Donald Trump has jumped the shark. TV shows can reach a point when they begin to get stale and have to rely on gimmicks, becoming a virtual parody of themselves or “jumping the shark” to try to stave off the inevitable decline. “I think Mr. Trump is a wonderful entertainer,” Carly Fiorina said during the Republican presidential candidate debate on Wednesday night.
http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/09/18/fresh-out-of-an-oven-of-his-own-making-trump-is-toast/

NOVEMBER
11/03- The GOP primary jumped the shark: How Republicans’ debate freakout revealed them for the babies they are
We’ve all seen it happen. Bite into an apple then leave it on the counter for a few minutes and the exposed fruit appears to rot. So it went with the Republican candidates during last week’s CNBC debate. The epistemically closed conservative bubble was once again breached on live television, and the GOP field is acting like whiny diaper babies in the aftermath of the telecast, not because the questions were unfair but because their ludicrous ideas were exposed to the air.
http://www.salon.com/2015/11/03/the_gop_primary_jumped_the_shark_how_republicans_debate_freakout_revealed_them_for_the_babies_they_are/

DECEMBER
12/07 - Commentary: Will Trump ever jump the shark?
Given the above, if there is a group that is hopeful that Trump will jump the shark, it’s the newly hand-wringing Republican establishment. They loved him as a “birther,” but now not so much. Initially, they were convinced that Trump would quickly lose interest, lose his base, or just miss building another T-Tower. But to their surprise and consternation, he has led in the polls, week after week, month after month. His lack of civility and decorum, even his crudeness (“I’d kick the s*** outta ISIS”), seem only to endear him to Republican voters.
http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20151207/NEWS/151209912

12/08 - Yes, Donald Trump has Jumped the Shark. Will Republicans Do the Same?
Jumping the shark will have one of two effects. It will either wake people up to the lunacy of the Trump campaign and allow us to put in a proper representative of the Republican party to defeat Hillary Clinton or it will ensure that Hillary Clinton is our next President. Even if you are one who would love for all Muslims to be halted from entering, you must understand that the stance is untenable and Trump is 100% guaranteed to lose in the general election if he is the nominee. It won’t even be close. Democrats hate him. Independents will not stand for it. Many Republicans, even hardline conservatives such as me, will view Clinton as the lesser of two evils.
http://soshable.com/yes-donald-trump-has-jumped-the-shark-will-republicans-do-the-same/


I confess to thinking he might have tipped the balance last night - maybe he did - but we've been here before. You what it reminds me of? America's gun issue, and another candidate way back 75 years ago. You think you reach the breaking point, but all we do is take it to the next level of atrocity and regularity. I don't think we can risk being complacent. Don't get me wrong - I hope he doesn't get close to Pennsyvania Ave - but lots of people, say, in Germany pre-WWII, though leaders wouldn't go as far as they did either. "First they came for...".

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Response to Tab (Original post)

Tue Dec 8, 2015, 10:23 PM

1. Except this time you've got a known war criminal speaking out against Trump

 

When you have Darth Cheney saying you went too far, I think its safe to say you jumped the shark ...this time ...I think

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Response to 951-Riverside (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 9, 2015, 02:48 PM

4. Yeah, we think

But that Cheney thing was surreal. That shows how far out there he might be.

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Response to Tab (Original post)

Tue Dec 8, 2015, 10:25 PM

2. Doth before hath, except before smiteth!!!

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #2)

Tue Dec 8, 2015, 10:32 PM

3. I was this close to putting a p.s. at the end

to not ask me to correct my Me Olde English. And then I thought.... nawww... not at DU.

Now I wonder if I have ever had a situation where that has never happened, and I can't. Always, somewhere, there's a person who doth not liketh my faketh old english.

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Response to Tab (Original post)

Wed Dec 9, 2015, 02:59 PM

5. Nothing he can do or say

 

will cause his fanclub to turn on him. Absolutely nothing. And any lie he tells or stupid thing he says will only bind them closer. Reminds me of another candidate's base.....

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Response to Tab (Original post)

Wed Dec 9, 2015, 03:00 PM

6. There is no shark

Not to Trump supporters.

I can't imagine anything he says hurting them with his base, not even shouting "N****r!!!" on stage at the top of his lungs.

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Response to hatrack (Reply #6)

Wed Dec 9, 2015, 03:34 PM

7. I'm finding that out

that's what worries me.

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