Quote of the Day: How a President ‘Raises an Army’

“How do you raise an army? You do that by dividing America into tribes and, as ‘president,’ aligning yourself with the most extreme tribe, all the while promoting militarization among people who support you. You do it by worshiping military figures and talking in militaristic terms. You reverse Barack Obama’s executive order on gun control.” – Charles Blow in Trump Raises an Army [via nytimes.com]


  1. avatar Ah Clem says:

    Or you can do it like Obama; belittle cops and align with BLM.

    1. avatar Nativeson says:

      Amen. And don’t forget the way that every cabinet department was militarized, including the Dept of Education.

    2. avatar PROUD chicano says:

      This is factually untrue outside of ofwg circles. What is really going to make you reach for your blood pressure meds is when he goes down as one of the best POTUS in historic context.

      1. avatar Mike Betts says:

        Yep. Just below Jimmy Carter.

      2. avatar Excedrine says:

        It is actually unarguable that he did so, even and especially outside OFWG circles. What’s really going to get your little panties in a twist is when everyone else around you finally wakes up to that fact and he finally goes down as one of the worst presidents in history as he damn well should.

      3. avatar dh34 says:

        It’s either factully supported or it’s factully not, regardless of the circle.

    3. avatar henry bowman says:

      Turn around is fair play FLAME DELETED.

    4. avatar Geoff PR says:

      “Or you can do it like Obama; belittle cops…”

      “This is factually untrue outside of ofwg circles.”

      Mighty selective memory you have, Mr. Proud.

      Here is video of Obama doing *exactly* that.

      Remember this one?

      “…I think it’s fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry; number two that he Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home,”


  2. avatar Velvet Elvis Gun Guy (formerly Timmy!) says:


    1. avatar Lawlzabucky says:

      This is why the pending site redesign needs an upvote button.


      Well, sorry Elvis. That was more funny / clever than flame. You wuz robbed!!

  3. avatar GS650G says:

    Like they weren’t trying to raise a police force themselves.

  4. avatar T says:

    That sounds exactly like what Obama was doing.

    1. avatar The Duke says:

      Even more similar to what’s happening in the socialist paradise of Venezuela. See gun control does work!

    2. avatar Ing says:

      You can make a good argument that Obama’s “army” is in the field right now — they’re the people wearing black masks and attacking peaceful citizens for having contrary opinions.

  5. avatar samuraichatter says:

    Dude is “worried” about a fictional army while America spends more on real fighting forces than any other empire in history.

    1. avatar California Richard says:

      In actual dollars, yes…. as a percentage of GDP adjusted for inflation and commodities production, no…. not even close.

  6. avatar Serpent_Vision says:

    Ayup, an army of Social Security recipients who need help with their finances are going to be marching down your street any day now!

    1. avatar George Payne III says:

      I would not piss us Social Security recipients of there handsome!

  7. avatar Manse Jolly says:

    Darn..He hit every wacko talking point..

    Triple Yahtzee!

    1. avatar Mr.E.G. says:


  8. avatar Gov. William J Le Petomane says:

    But it was OK when our guy did it…

  9. avatar ORCON says:

    Where was this guy 8 years ago?

    1. avatar NYC2AZ says:

      I was about to post this. Self-described “progressives” have had zero issues with growing government overreach for the last 8 years. Many “conservatives” had zero issues with increased government overreach during the Bush years as well. How soon everyone forgets what it’s like to not have “their guy” in office. That’s why the growth of government will not slow.

      1. avatar neiowa says:

        Looks like the new verse to the same old song it – “A hurricane, need more bucks, business as usual, need the “Dreamer” deadbeats to rebuild, Trump must rest”.

        1. avatar NYC2AZ says:

          Exactly. It amazes me that I can watch policy “debates” on “news” programs today and go back to videos from the 70’s and 80’s with the same arguments, the same taking points, and the same “solutions”. Politically, we live in the definition of insanity.

      2. avatar Mr.E.G. says:

        Hear, hear.

  10. avatar Felix says:

    Dude! Pay attention to your own party line, ok? It’s much more important to disarm the public, because the pubic is already well-armed. which also means there’s no need to arm your supporters.

    Then pay attention to what your own light bringer did to divide the public, constantly harping on how his view was the only reasonable one, that all other views were illegitimate, shaking his head, sing-song voice warbling away.

    Don’t forget the deplorables, the bitter clingers, and all that other divisive talk.

    Conclusion, if you dare: politicians suck, and government is what enables them to turn that suck into authority.

  11. avatar Vinny says:

    Must be reflection syndrome,,, look it’s Barry’s antifa again.

  12. avatar dragos111 says:

    It amazes me that the Left calls Trump names, claims he insights violence, etc., and yet they are the ones who show up at protests carrying bricks, ax handles and other weapons. And the media lets them get away with it.

    1. avatar Turduckle says:

      At least they were not carrying cars. To heavy.

  13. avatar dph says:

    Yada, yada, yada.

  14. avatar Aaron says:

    Who is this incoherent cretin “Charles Blow”, and what is he smoking??

  15. avatar Aaron says:

    Trump may not be right about everything, but he sure is correct that the NYT is failing…

  16. avatar ActionPhysicalMan says:

    I gotta stop checking TTAG in the morning. They seem to love hitting us with these gut twisters then.

    1. avatar Hank says:

      Usually leads me to a gut buster…

  17. avatar Adub says:

    Well, he wouldn’t be writing for the NY Times if he wasn’t stupid…

  18. avatar General Zod says:

    “You do that by dividing America into tribes and, as ‘president,’ aligning yourself with the most extreme tribe, all the while promoting militarization among people who support you.”

    Ah, yes. The Obama Method.

  19. avatar Darkman says:

    Here is a man who speaks of something he has no clue about. Liberals/Democrats are historically anti military. The one time they did form an army it got it’s ass handed to it (i.e.) the civil war. Antifa is not an army but rather a bunch of thugs with no education or desire to be anything but thugs. He is right in one aspect there is an army forming. In fact that army is the biggest in the world. Far bigger than the military. It’s called the 2A supporters. If the time comes that it needs to be deployed Mr.Blowhard and the rest of the Antifa Trump haters better be ready. The Lightening of the Terrible Swift Sword will be loosed again on the true dividers of this nation. Keep Your Powder Dry…

  20. avatar FedUp says:

    “How do you raise an army? You do that by dividing America into tribes and, as ‘president,’ aligning yourself with the most extreme tribe, all the while promoting militarization among people who support you…”

    Then it’s a good thing the candidate who called opposing voters deplorable and aligned herself with Antifa didn’t win, isn’t it?

  21. avatar Bob Watson says:

    Give little Charley a break. Pedaling failed policies will just get him ignored. All he has left is tin-foil hat hysteria.

  22. avatar Brian says:

    I could say something about Charles Blow(s), but this is a family website…

  23. avatar Ralph says:

    Not Charles Blow. It’s Charles, Blow.

  24. avatar DaveL says:

    Yeah, “The Gray Lady” has been a polite euphemism for “Your Elderly Neighbor With Dementia” for some time now.

  25. avatar Mike Betts says:

    Mr. Blow(hard) neglected to mention that President Trump also raised a Navy composed of those gun-totin’, camo-wearin’, Bible-thumpin’ zealots. They call themselves “the Cajun Navy” and they flocked to Houston by the thousands in their pickup trucks, towing every kind of small boat you can imagine. They spent their own time and resources rescuing anyone and everyone endangered by the flooding be they white, black, brown, yellow, red …. every color which makes up the melting pot of America. They didn’t care what color their skin was or their party affiliation. All they cared about was that they were fellow Americans in need.

    Quite a “basket of deplorables”, that Cajun Navy.

    1. avatar Matty 9 says:

      Trump didn’t raise that Navy, they self-motivated their own Navy into existence. Southern Christians saw a need to help their fellow man regardless of race, color or creed. Damned those southern hicks just won’t fall in line with the MSM libtard narrative!!!

  26. avatar Gordon in MO says:

    He is just following the normal left wing mode of operation.

    To deflect attention, accuse the other guy of doing exactly what you are doing.

    They have been doing it for decades.

  27. avatar Matty 9 says:

    TOTALLY NOT TRUE! You raise an army by making it a proud honor to serve. The president doesn’t have much control over that. The 240+ years of Marine Corps history does a fine job of advertising. The quality of life in the modern suck aint too bad either, really As long as running and getting screamed at is yoir cup of tea. Was a time that even I enjoyed it, now I’m an OFWG

    1. avatar neiowa says:

      Now that Obaumer has chicks in every barracks it’s surely good for the morale and entertainment of 19yr old guys?

      1. avatar Matty 9 says:

        Yeah, but only for perverted grunts. REMEMBER, A LOT of these “chics” come with “extra” parts.

  28. avatar former water walker says:

    What a maroon. Charles….you BLOW.

  29. avatar strych9 says:

    “Harvey is the third 500-year flood to hit the Houston area in the past three years.”

    And this right here is why my buddy and I are launching our own website in the near future. If you can get paid to put this kind of retardation on the interwebz, hopefully we can get paid to put up something slightly more intelligent.

    1. avatar jwm says:

      My money is on you and your buddy to be slightly more intelligent than this guy.

      Which is kinda like bragging about being the smartest on the short bus.

      1. avatar strych9 says:


  30. avatar uncommon_sense says:

    Make no mistake: Mr. Charles Blow loves armies as long as the armies do his bidding.

  31. avatar Imp says:

    Donald Trump doesn’t need to raise an army. He already has one. And a navy, air Force, and coast guard.

  32. avatar AFGus says:

    Or you can attempt to Federalize all Law Enforcement throughout the country like Barrack Obumbler tried to do.

    1. avatar LarryinTX says:

      “Obumbler”. I am stealing that, just live with it.

  33. avatar Accur81 says:

    Remember all the conservatives and Republicans blocking the streets in 2008 when Obama got elected? All the property destruction? Oh, wait…it was lefty a$$holes destroying, looting, and blocking roads when Trump got elected in 2016.

  34. avatar Mark Kelly's Diapered Drooling Ventriloquist's Dummy says:

    If I was him I would be more concerned about “the Left’s” army of violent masked, black-clad, weapon-wielding stormtroopers ie. “The Resistance” comprised of OWS/AntiFa/AntiRa/La Raza/BLM/ELF/ALF/LGBTQRSTUVWXYZ etc. As for Charles “Blow”-hard, I’m sure he does THAT at Obama’s favorite hangout, Man’s Country gay bathhouse, in ChiCongo.

  35. avatar Mark Kelly's Diapered Drooling Ventriloquist's Dummy says:

    Oh and “dividing America into tribes”? Blow-hard’s pal, the Chocolate “messiah”, was great at doing THAT.

  36. avatar Chris T in KY says:

    Did those Obama issued m79 grenade launchers get recalled from school districts in California yet???? I wonder if the ATF let them keep their blue practice ammunition???
    Or the armored fighting vehicles get recalled from school districts around the country, issued by Obama????

  37. avatar Swobard says:

    B f’ing S! Blow has drunk the kool-aide, fallen victim to Trump Derangement Syndrome, or whatever term you prefer to use describing self-righteous, leftist prigs. Screw ’em.

    “Russia didn’t elect Trump… I did!”

  38. avatar Ad Asta says:

    Am I the only one who recalls last time a Republican president had to raise an army quick it was because a bunch of Democrats didn’t like the results of an election and started shooting at people?

  39. avatar J says:

    The “tribes” existed long before trump….or obama….

  40. avatar Mike Mesarch says:

    Mr. Blow’s BS is exactly why the Democratic party is turning belly up. Bye, bye out of touch Welfare/Appeasement/Globalist/high taxing POS. And I used to be a Democrat: ONE OF LIFE’S BIG REGRETS.

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