You can’t make this Trump stuff up!
July 3, 2016 Leave a comment
“He’s [Trump] written a lot of books about business — they all seem to end at Chapter 11.” – Hillary Clinton.
In the week prior to “Brexit”, Trump did not know what it was until he was told. When told, he said the UK should leave but no explanation. A couple of days prior to the vote, he said he shouldn’t be asked because he knows little about the subject. Can a possible future President of the US know nothing about it? After the vote, Trump did an about face.
He’s happy with the vote and with a falling UK pound, Trump said more people will visit is golf courses there then he said “I called Brexit” [as in he said the British would vote to leave the EU].
Trump continues to take aim at Clinton’s ads claiming the money for the ads came from “Wall Street money” [no proof of course] while his campaign is having a hard time to get significant donations [which is true].
Trump has blamed Clinton for an invasion of Libya that “handed the country over to ISIS.” There was no U.S. invasion of Libya. NATO led an air campaign to help rebels oust Moammar Gadhafi in 2011. Trump supported it at the time.
Trump has charged that Clinton “disastrous strategy” of announcing a departure date from Iraq created another opening for ISIS there. It was the George W. Bush administration that announced the planned withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq in 2008.
Trump said “she ran the State Department like her own personal hedge fund.” Trump based this on the book “Clinton Cash” by Peter Schweizer – sources of information that have been widely questioned by many.
Trump claims he “started off in Brooklyn, New York, not so long ago, with a small loan and built a business that today is worth well over $10 billion.” In fact he got a $1 million loan from his father. That’s not small. This let alone further loans, bail-outs, etc. from his family. He overvalues his assets compared to every independent appraisals.
Trump claims that ” Clinton accepted $58,000 in jewelry from the government of Brunei when she was secretary of state – plus millions more for her foundation. The bling was turned it over to the General Services Administration – the standard procedure for most gifts from foreign leaders.
Trump claims “our trade deficit with China soared 40 percent during Clinton’s time as secretary of state.” From late 2008 through 2012 [Clinton’s era], a period coinciding with Clinton’s tenure, the trade deficit with China rose 17.6 per cent.
Trump “We are the highest-taxed nation in the world.” The U.S. tax burden is actually one of the lowest among the 34 developed and large emerging-market economies that make up the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Trump claims that “she has pledged to grant mass amnesty and in her first 100 days, end virtually all immigration enforcement, and thus create totally open borders in the United States.” Her plan does call for a pathway to citizenship that would allow people currently in the country illegally to stay, but only after going through a series of steps to become a citizen.
Trump claims that “under her plan, we would admit hundreds of thousands of refugees from the most dangerous countries on Earth.” She’s never said she would scale back the current refugee processing system. Under that system, a person’s beliefs are not generally a disqualifier for entrance into the U.S. They are screened for security related issues.
Trump said he would “repeal and replace job-killing Obamacare. It is a total disaster.” Job growth has been solid by historical standards since Obama’s health care overhaul was signed into law in March 2010. Since then, employers have added nearly 14 million jobs and businesses have been on the longest hiring streak in the post-World War II era. And 2014 and 2015 were the two best years of private-sector hiring since the late 1990s. The unemployment rate, meanwhile, has fallen to 4.7 per cent, an 8 ½ year low, from 9.9 per cent when the law was passed.
First Trump said no Muslims can enter the US. Then he made the exception of Muslims that he knows [of]. Now he says that Muslims from other allies [UK, France, etc.] can enter the US. Hmmm. Weren’t most of the terrorist strikes over the last dozen years in allied countries came from people who were born there? The French attacks were from those in Belgium [an ally]. That bombing in the London Tube were from those born in the UK. Next he will flip-flop and say none of them except those who are [say] 5th generation citizens.
In a Fox News poll [largely right wing], even Clinton now has a 6 point lead over Trump. Trump lead among Republicans is down to 74% from 82% in May. And only 52% of registered GOP voters who had previously supported one of his opponents picked the billionaire businessman over Clinton.
Trump also called Clinton a liar for supporting the Trans-Pacific Partnership be she opposes. But where did she say that she supports the TPP? She has clearly said she opposes it.
Trump falsely claimed to have argued against the war in Iraq before the U.S. invaded the country. Trump was publicly supportive of the war a month before Congress voted to authorize the use of military force and praised the war’s direction in the early months of the campaign. So he can say one thing and do something else but she can’t?
Trump claims Clinton may be disqualified from the presidency on the basis that the emails on her private email server may have been hacked by foreign enemies — though there’s no evidence of such a breach. He is finding any way to disqualify her related to the mail server saying at one point the FBI will arrest her at the Democratic convention. [I suspect there will be rioting in the US if that ever happened during an election year.]
[And I thought it would be quieter after the primaries….]