Trump Gives Out Lindsey Graham’s Cell Phone Number

The bizarre, juvenile trainwreck that is Donald Trump’s presidential campaign just keeps getting more and more like the comments section on a right-wing website. He gave a speech in South Carolina in which he gave out Sen. Lindsey Graham’s real cell phone number to the crowd because…well who the fuck knows why?

After Graham called Trump a “jackass” on Monday for insulting Sen. John McCain’s war record, Trump appeared at an event in Bluffton on Tuesday and almost immediately told the crowd that their senator was a “stiff” and an “idiot.”

CBS News also confirmed that a cell phone number that Trump gave out on stage during the event belonged to Sen. Graham.

“Maybe the whole world has that number already,” Trump spokesperson Michael Cohen later explained to CNN. “He is certainly their representative and they have every right to reach out to him.”

We’ve just never seen anything like this before in a presidential campaign. He’s like a petulant teenager engaging in childish slap fights for no reason. And it just keeps getting more and more bizarre. Nate Silver recently called him the most successful troll, but is that really what he is? Yes, he says outrageous things to get attention, as trolls do, but they generally do it specifically for that purpose. They’re aware of it and it’s totally disingenuous. I don’t think Trump has that kind of capacity for self-awareness. I think this is just who he is and that he thinks it’s going to be successful.

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  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    Wait ’till the WWE guys realize they can run one of their persona for president on the republican ticket. Then Ringling Brothers will have to get involved and maybe Penn and Teller, too!

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Marcus Ranum @ # 1 – Fine so long as Teller gives all the speeches and interviews.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    The question is: how long has he had that brain tumor?

  • John Pieret

    He’s like a world class petulant teenager, if you please!

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    I don’t see what the problem is. The load on the system from all the wrong numbers dialed by thousands of bitter, stupid fingers mashing their phones?

  • Alverant

    Yep, a comments section comes to life, that’s all Trump is.

  • moarscienceplz

    Yes indeedy! Let’s give the nuclear control codes to this fine specimen of humanity!

  • keithb

    I just finished Rhodes book on the Einsatzgruppen. At the risk of Godwinizing the thread, It is amazing to compare Himmler’s ego to Trump. Himmler was convinced the allies would not execute him because he was such a great administrator. The Allies would come begging for him to rule over post war Europe.

  • jws1

    I cannot wait for the first GOP debate.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    keithb @ # 8 – Then howcum Himmler swallowed his poison pill as soon as he guessed the US soldiers who’d arrested him had figured out his real identity?

  • colnago80

    Many big shot businessmen have big egos. Anybody think that Larry Ellison or Elon Musk are shrinking violets? Sort of comes with the territory.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Back on topic: Graham had Sen. Ayotte’s kids answer some of the calls.

    Graham said that he has been answering many of the calls that come in, many of which have been positive, according to the Washington Post.

    “Half of the calls are saying, ‘Keep it up,'” Graham told the Post.

  • http://www.thelosersleague.com theschwa

    I really liked the next day, when Trump, holding Graham’s wrists, kept asking him “Why are you hitting yourself? Why are you hitting yourself?” over Graham’s pleas to stop.

  • keithb

    This quote was several weeks before that. I guess reality finally sank in.

  • Doug Little

    John @4,

    No he’s the world’s greatest petulant teenager, his words not mine.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    Giving out someone’s phone number is a blatant invitation to harass and threaten that person. Trump just invited a mob of people to gang up on Graham. This is classic bullying. And if Graham or anyone in his family gets even one obscene or threatening call as a result of this, then Graham would be perfectly within his rights to physical beat Trump to a pulp — which would most likely be: a) the only way to shut Trump up, and b) the only way Graham, or anyone else, could prove his toughness to a crowd of Republicans who are looking for a tough leader and settling for Trump’s bullying and bluster.

    Yes, he says outrageous things to get attention, as trolls do, but they generally do it specifically for that purpose.

    Yes, and that’s Trump’s purpose, and the reason the Republicans allow it: to hog attention and keep everyone distracted from real issues the Republicans don’t want to deal with. Case in point: Obama’s press conference attacking the track record of the people opposing his Iran deal. Did your local “news” shows cover that? Mine didn’t — it was all Trump all the time, free air time for him, and only him, at 5:00, and again at 6:00, 7:00, 8:00, 10:00, 11:00.

    I don’t think Trump has that kind of capacity for self-awareness. I think this is just who he is and that he thinks it’s going to be successful.

    It IS successful. If you can’t see that, then your head is way too far up your ass. Your predictions of Trump’s imminent demise are nothing but wishful thinking, and they’re approaching David Brooks’ level of consistent wrongness.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    I hate Obama because he’s a bully, but love Trump for the same reason. If I was more self-aware I’d look in to that contradiction.

  • The Other Lance

    That *thing* on Trump’s head has been identified!

  • Holms

    #16 RB

    And if Graham or anyone in his family gets even one obscene or threatening call as a result of this, then Graham would be perfectly within his rights to physical beat Trump to a pulp…

    If by ‘perfectly within his rights’ you mean ‘not within his rights’ then yes. Legal action, on the other hand…

    It IS successful. If you can’t see that, then your head is way too far up your ass. Your predictions of Trump’s imminent demise are nothing but wishful thinking, and they’re approaching David Brooks’ level of consistent wrongness.

    You’re just being a panic merchant here. It’s a testament to the huge sway money has in US elections that this clown can make a bid at all, but he won’t win the presidency.

  • bryanfeir

    Wait ’till the WWE guys realize they can run one of their persona for president on the republican ticket.

    Umm… Jesse Ventura?

  • caseloweraz

    Ed: We’ve just never seen anything like this before in a presidential campaign. He’s like a petulant teenager engaging in childish slap fights for no reason. And it just keeps getting more and more bizarre.

    And Trump keeps on getting the attention he craves. Obviously, a large part of the populace craves hearing him rave. Therefore, to the cynical axioms describing much of network news broadcasts, viz.

    * If it bleeds, it leads

    and

    * If it thinks, it stinks

    we can add:

    * If it fulminates, it dominates.

    That’s accurate, but unfortunately multisyllabic. Some snappier possibilities are:

    * If it blasts, it lasts

    * If it blusters, it’s got luster

    * If it drools, it rules

    * If it fumes, it zooms

    * If it hates, it rates

    * if it rails, it can’t fail

    * If it scolds, it’s gold

    I hasten to add that those are not all of equal merit.

  • colnago80

    As I intimated on a later thread here, a lot of people admire Trump for this type of behavior. Their take is, this guy doesn’t take any guff from anybody.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    If by ‘perfectly within his rights’ you mean ‘not within his rights’ then yes.

    Trump is being a bully, and people do indeed have a right to fight back against bullies — especially when nothing else deters them from violating the rights of others. And if you’re trying to be President, then standing up to bullies is part of the job, so it helps to show you can do it before election day.

    You’re just being a panic merchant here. It’s a testament to the huge sway money has in US elections that this clown can make a bid at all, but he won’t win the presidency.

    Are you sure about that? That money you mention has already gone a long way toward shaping public perception and dumbing down public debate (see my reference to Obama’s press conference above, just for the most recent example); and if Trump is running against either an old man (Sanders) or a woman the voters still don’t fully trust (Clinton), then his defeat in the general election cannot be taken for granted. Gravitating toward and capitulating to bullies is part of human nature, and Trump is exploiting that very effectively so far. The only way the Democrats will be able to counter that will be to nominate a candidate who can show at least as much toughness, courage and resolve; and I haven’t seen enough of that in any of the current candidates, except MAYBE Jim Webb (though he didn’t stick it out in the Senate past his first term).

  • Holms

    Trump is being a bully, and people do indeed have a right to fight back against bullies — especially when nothing else deters them from violating the rights of others. And if you’re trying to be President, then standing up to bullies is part of the job, so it helps to show you can do it before election day.

    The post I replied to specifically said ‘beat[ing] Trump to a pulp’, but you’ve changed that now to the much less physically explicit ‘standing up to bullies.’ Which is why I mentioned legal action. Although, I’ve no idea what form that would take; unfortunately, “Trump was an immature shitter” is not a sound legal basis for a suit.

    Are you sure about that? …

    Whith the usual caveat that I can’t actually predict the future (and neither can you)… yes. I’m as sure as a non-omniscient being can be. Not even the primary.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    Holms: giving out a person’s phone number to a hostile crowd creates a potential real threat or physical danger to the victim, and to his family. Therefore, non-lethal physical violence is a perfectly appropriate response, as it is an appropriate response to other forms of outright bullying. I’d never vote for Graham, but I would respect and applaud him for giving someone like Trump a beat-down. Trump is a bully, and is actively inciting other bullies; he’s proven he’ll never back down from such behavior, so a public beat-down would do the public a lot of good, by at least letting people know that they cannot act out their urges to bully others with impunity.

    Seriously, most bullies are cowards, and the mere sight of one of their own getting the shit kicked out of him would immediately dampen their enthusiasm for mob rule.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    Although, I’ve no idea what form that would take; unfortunately, “Trump was an immature shitter” is not a sound legal basis for a suit.

    Exactly — there is no “legal action” that would suffice.

  • sharonb

    He is the perfect tea party candidate, actually.

  • sylwyn

    I recently read a Linkedin posting by James Altucher suggesting that Trump is ‘pulling a Nigerian 419 scam,’ with his grandstanding statements serving the same purpose as the obvious misspellings of the letters. i.e. they screen out people who have some common sense and let the scammers focus on the gullible who will fall for their ruse.

    I don’t think he would need to screen out anyone (he would waste just as much time without being as obnoxious as he is), but the idea that he’s gathering rubes for a fleecing seems reasonable (and I’m sure has been suggested many times before. I apologize for ending on an obvious note, but I thought the 419 angle was interesting).

  • scienceavenger

    This isn’t funny any more. It’s an embarrasment to the nation. I’m now on a Trump boycott, this is the last attention I pay to his so-called presidential run. I invite everyone to join me, its the only way the news will stop wasting time on him.

  • John Pieret

    Raging Bee & Holms:

    Whether or not it would be adequate, South Carolina has this statute:

    SECTION 16-17-430. Unlawful communication.

    (A) It is unlawful for a person to:

    (3) telephone or electronically contact another repeatedly, whether or not conversation ensues, for the purpose of annoying or harassing another person or his family;

    (B) A person who violates any provision of subsection (A) is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not less than one hundred dollars nor more than five hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than thirty days.

    Arguably, Trump knowingly gave out a public official’s private phone line with the intent that numerous calls be made to Graham for the purpose of annoying or harassing him and his family. That might be a violation of the statute.

    Whether or not it would be “appropriate” for Graham to beat the shit out of Trump, it would not be “within his rights” to do so, unless he was defending himself from a physical attack by Trump (or that thing on his head) or, possibly, if they were engaged in mutual combat.

  • Al Dente

    The Other Lance @18

    Trump brought Berkley Breathed out of retirement. So The Donald isn’t a complete waste of carbon.

  • Holms

    @25

    No. I can understand why he would be angry at Trump, but that is still not a sufficient reason for attacking the idiot. Violence in the absence of an immediate threat to your person is not self defence, it is assault. public beat-down would be viscerally satisfying, the anger behind it is entirely relatable, but it remains illegal. The only appropriate recourse here is through the law.

    And yes I said ‘I’ve no idea what form that would take’, but that is not the same as saying there is no viable legal response; I am simply not familiar with the particulars of law, especially not in that state. However, it is fairly easy to imagine some possible options. In the criminal courts, there is the possibility of harassment or (incitement to harassment) related charges, or possibly breach of confidentiality. Or there is the civil route, where legal action is considerably more diverse, and better still, has penalties with much higher ceilings in terms of punitive awards.

    @30

    While the dollar figures are not even noticeable to someone with Trump’s wealth, the 30 days in prison would surely anger him. I would find that hilarious.

  • StevoR

    Interestingly enough, it looks like Lorn might’ve been onto something in xier comment here :

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/dispatches/2015/07/20/trump-perry-sling-mud/#comment-442243

    Not saying its right but it does fit the pattern so far. Hmm ..

  • colnago80

    It appears that at one time, both Graham and Perry were groveling at the Donald’s feet.

    http://goo.gl/ow7Elw

  • colnago80

    The Donald could respond to Perry with, “unlike you, I”m into girls”.

  • Ichthyic

    It IS successful. If you can’t see that, then your head is way too far up your ass. Your predictions of Trump’s imminent demise are nothing but wishful thinking, and they’re approaching David Brooks’ level of consistent wrongness.

    AT this exact point in the last POTUS election cycle, Michele Bachaman was leading all GoP contenders at 21%

    really really.

    since I’ve already told you that bit, which you apparently have entirely forgotten or never knew, I’ll let you look up just how long that lasted (hint: not very long).

    so, there is at least the last 2 election cycles to look at for making “predictions”, and the idea that trump will be MIA in a month or two is actually pretty reasonable.