More on Trump
June 22, 2016 Leave a comment
[As if it will ever end….]
Donald Trump fired his controversial campaign manager Corey Lewandowski recently, unleashing a major shake-up as he comes under pressure from his closest advisers to urgently reset his struggling presidential campaign. Corey Lewandowski wasn’t even told why he was fired [or maybe Trump got his lying techniques from him]. Trump seems to be blaming him for the setbacks over the past month or two – even though it is Trump who caused the setbacks. Supposedly Lewandowski encouraged the recent behavior such as going after the judge and comments made after the Orlando massacre. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus also pushed to dump him.
Seems that Lewandowski may have been dumped because Lewandowski had attempted to plant negative stories in the press about Jared Kushner – Trump’s son-in-law. Then Trumps son, Eric, also expressed his frustrations about the campaign operations to his father. Supposedly Ivanka Trump told her father that Lewandowski had to go or she would reduce her involvement. Kushner is already involved in building a transition team for Trump should he win the White House in November. Ivanka Trump and Manafort threatened to bow out of the campaign if Lewandowski was allowed to remain.
A top adviser to Trump resigned after sending a mocking tweet about just-fired campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. Michael Caputo, a Trump adviser and head of the communications for Trump’s caucus operations team, tweeted “Ding Dong the witch is dead” following the news that Lewandowski had been fired.
Remember Trump’s strange comments about his daughter Ivanka’s looks? He has also used the phrase “his unofficial campaign spouse” to describe her.
Trump has repeatedly received a New York state tax break intended only for families earning less than $500,000 per year. He owns a golf course in Westchester, New York, that he claims in FEC statements is worth $50 million. But his attorney has filed appeals claiming the property is only worth $1.4 million. Thereby a smaller tax bill. For two years in the late 1970s, Trump paid nothing in federal taxes due to a tax code provision that allows real estate investors to write off depreciation even when it’s a cost they never paid. Trump has suggested that he pursues the “lowest tax rate possible” – he’s definitely a 1%-er.
Through the end of May, Trump’s campaign had plunged at least $6.2 million back into Trump corporate products and services, a review of Federal Election Commission filings shows. That’s about 10 per cent of his total campaign expenditures.. For example, use Trump Tower in New York as his headquarters. Technically paying himself for the space used. TAG Air Inc., the holding company for his airplane, had $3.7 million in revenue in the most recent reporting period — an amount that came largely from the campaign.
Trump likes to invent things that he supposedly did. For example he claims the NRA endorsed him was the earliest ever endorsement by them. He was endorsed around May 20th. It doesn’t really say much because the NRA only started endorsing [Republican] presidential nominees in 1980. They supported Ronald Reagan in 1980 and 1984 and then George H. W. Bush in 1988 but didn’t endorse Bush or Bob Dole in 1996 and George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004 because of differences on some issues. As a matter of fact, George H.W. Bush left the NRA. For the NRA, he was too soft. In a NY Times article, exactly a year before 9/11, the NRA did not want to endorse “Dubya” as “they did not want to provide the Democrats new fodder for attacking Mr. Bush”. So I guess they don’t mind with Trump!
Trump requires nearly everyone to sign legally binding nondisclosure agreements prohibiting them from releasing any confidential or disparaging information about the real estate mogul, his family or his companies. The practice is also something the presumptive Republican nominee says he would consider requiring in the White House, raising concerns about government transparency and freedom of information laws.
Making disparaging comments about “any member of Mr. Trump’s family, including but not limited to, Mr. Trump’s spouse, each of Mr. Trump’s children and grandchildren and their respective spouses” is grounds for legal action. All of Trump’s children are listed by name in the document, including his 10-year-old son, Barron. Note that Hillary Clinton has something similar but not as far reaching.
As Trump’s campaign continued into May, he raised $14 million through largely unsolicited donations throughout the course of his primary campaign and gave his primary efforts through $44 million of loans from his own bank account. In comparison, in 2012, Mitt Romney had already raised nearly $100 million by the end of April 2012. Clinton, through April, had pulled in $187.5 million and had more than $30 million in the bank.
This past weekend, Trump went to seek $100,000 in new donations? Is the Republican Party not getting donations? Meanwhile he says “I’ll just keep funding my own campaign” if the Republican Party doesn’t help with donations.
Trump claims he won every poll during primaries. If so, why did he lose some states along the way? They didn’t have polls in those states?
Some fundraising teams are avoiding Trump. The Mitch McConnell-aligned super PAC Senate Leadership Fund having pulled in $39 million through March. The Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity is expected to spend heavily in key Senate races this cycle but not for Trump.
Some senators will support but not endorse Trump. Some of those are doing it because they are in tight races.
Trump still has very little to go after. So he claims that Bernie Sanders is staying in the Democratic race because of an “FBI convention” that would lead to prosecution of Hillary Clinton over her private email server while secretary of state. It would be very unlikely for the FBI would even charge Clinton during the election season and no time to prosecute [takes a bit of time to prepare the case, right?].
Asked about the lack of African-American vice-presidents in an interview recently, Trump assured the AP that he had hired minorities as senior executives and said his staff could readily provide specific details. The Trump Organization, however, did not grant subsequent requests by the AP. But a recent online advertisement had a black female executive praised Trump [not the organization] for “hiring more minority and female executives than any other company for which I’ve ever worked.” She is Eric Trump’s longtime personal assistant and her profile on the LinkedIn service was changed to “vice-president of the Eric Trump Foundation.” The foundation’s most recent tax filing for 2014, which said Patton was one of 16 unpaid directors who devote approximately one hour per week to the charity.
A former county GOP chairman in Georgia founded The National Diversity Coalition For Trump. Something tells me they are a small group funded by Trump or someone close to him.