Does it ever end, more on Trump

At a campaign stop today, Donald Trump seemed to jokingly suggest that Americans would be justified in assassinating Hillary Clinton should she become president and try to get rid of gun rights. This should spark another round of people stepping away from Trump. [And as usual, Trump is a liar. Clinton proposes some changes such as restricting certain guns as well as more thorough checks.]

Trump ignited new party tensions by refusing to endorse House Speaker Paul Ryan, Sen. John McCain or New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte.

Trump also claimed Paul Ryan had asked for his support in Ryan’s primary challenges, something Ryan’s aides denied. Trump also praises Ryan’s longshot opponent, Paul Nehlen, for running “a very good campaign.”

“I strongly support Paul Ryan, endorse his re-election. He is a long-time friend, a strong conservative leader,” said Mike Pence – even though his boss doesn’t support him. Ryan came out to endorse Trump yet he wasn’t “there yet” on endorsing Ryan in his upcoming primary. Trump eventually endorsed Ryan, McCain and Ayotte.

Regarding Senator Ayotte, “I don’t know Kelly Ayotte. I know she’s given me no support – zero support – and yet I’m leading her in the polls. We need loyal people in this country. We need fighters in this country. We don’t need weak people.” He seems to care about himself winning than him and the party winning. Is he competing against her?

Already at least one GOP senator as well as the woman who help shape New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s national image have decided that they will vote for Hillary Clinton. Other said they won’t vote for Trump [but didn’t say they’d vote for Clinton] including Mitt Romney and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Trump claims that “Our roads and bridges fell into disrepair, yet we found the money to resettle millions of refugees at taxpayer expense.” Except the American Society of Civil Engineers said in a report that the government needs to spend $1.4 trillion through 2025 to close the infrastructure funding gap and the State Department puts the cost of the resettlement program to taxpayers at less than $1.2 billion a year. So $1.2 billion is 1% of what’s needed to fix the infrastructure per year.

Trump also claims “According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, before NAFTA went into effect [in 1994], there were 285,000 auto workers in Michigan. Today, that number is only 160,000.” In 1994, there were 200,000 autoworkers. By 2000, it jumped to 231,000. It only declined around 2008-2009. Most of the job losses went to other states – not to Canada or Mexico.

And Trump claims that “The United States also has the highest business tax rate among the major industrialized nations of the world, at 35 per cent. It’s almost 40 per cent when you add in taxes at the state level.” Many states have loopholes [something Trump is very familiar with] and end up paying little or nothing. The effective corporate income tax rate is around 27 per cent, roughly in line with global averages, according to government estimates.

Trump wants to drop the tax rate from 35% to 15%. Good luck in how the government can keep the debt down with that drop. Add complete deduction of expenses related to child care spending from their taxes.

A group of around 50 former security people whom have held jobs in various administrations, both Republicans and Democrats, have called Trump a danger to national security.

Recently, billionaire industrialist Charles Koch told hundreds of donors that make up his political network that Trump does not embrace, nor will he fight for, free market principles. That’s one reason Koch’s network, which has the deepest pockets in conservative politics, is ignoring the presidential contest this year and focusing its fundraising wealth on races for Congress. Donors and elected officials gathering at a Koch event in Colorado said they accepted the Koch brothers’ decision, even if it hurts the GOP’s White House chances.

Meg Whitman, a major GOP donor and former California gubernatorial candidate, said Tuesday she would support Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump, making her one of the highest-profile Republican defections. Whitman, the president and CEO of Hewlett-Packard, also said she would use her considerable resources to make a contribution to the Clinton campaign and its allied super PACs.

A professor of law, economics and political science at the University of Southern California says the excuses Trump has given regarding him not disclosing his taxes don’t fly. IRS has stated there is nothing preventing him from releasing his tax information. It also shows that the public won’t find anything out of the ordinary that would affect his audit – other than how little he pays in taxes. [In comparison Warren Buffet keeps everything in his stock and donates heavily. No loopholes.] His excuse that there is nothing to learn and the public doesn’t care goes to the previous comment as well as let the public decide. The Mitt Romney excuse [where some say he lost the election] doesn’t fly because they say he paid little in taxes. Supposedly Trump pays less.

“I think we have never been this united,” said Trump even after the jumping ship of various GOP backers and party officials.

Trump was deeply upset when GOP leaders “took the other side” during his quarrel with the Khans, one person said, and blames his staff for not keeping top Republicans in line. Another person said Trump is irritated that planning in battleground states isn’t further along with less than 90 days until Election Day.

Somehow if Trump decided to quit before September 1, it would be theoretically possible for the GOP to come up with a nominee who could get on the ballot in enough states to reach the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency.

Trump spokesman Jason Miller, sounding a bit like his boss, “just finished up our strongest month of fundraising to date, we’re adding talented and experienced staffers on a daily basis and Mr. Trump’s turning out bigger, more enthusiastic crowds than Hillary Clinton ever could.” Uh huh. Wonder how they gage the “more enthusiastic crowds” part.

Miller also said a biased media was at work framing the issue as one of “Trump vs. Khan”. Seems that Miller is killing his chances with getting a job after November if he intends to stay as a spokesman as it would be logical for him to get a job in the same “biased media” – well, except for Fox.

When news came that $400 million [US] would be sent in cash [in various currencies] to Iran for paying back money on a military equipment order from the late 1970s just before the Shah was overthrown, Trump claimed that Clinton was the one that gave Iran the money – not for the payback but for the nuclear deal with Iran and then later he first said to pay for the release of some sailors in January 2015 that strayed into Iranian waters [make up your mind!]. Some GOPs maintain that the $400 million settlement was a ransom for the release of four private American citizens jailed in Tehran and freed a day after the Iran deal was implemented.

At a rally, Trump went after a woman and her crying baby telling her, she should leave with her baby. He kept on flip flopping on whether he was kidding or not. Nobody knew if she left but no more crying.

A military veteran gave his Purple Heart to Republican nominee Donald Trump, prompting the Republican nominee to declare that this was “much easier” than serving in combat.

According to the spokesman for an organization that administrates the Purple Heart “No one who isn’t entitled to the Purple Heart valor should have one.”

A Purple Heart recipient was stunned to see Trump treating the prestigious award like a flashy new toy. He figured if Trump has really always wanted a Purple Heart, he should have to earn it “the old-fashioned way”: by going into a war zone. So he’s raising money to help give Trump that chance. “I fully endorse his desire to earn one and would happily oblige his interest in doing so, by being one of the first to chip in to fly him to the conflict zone of his choosing,” the veteran wrote.

I guess Trump is getting nervous. He is calling the election “rigged” even before the election. I guess when he doesn’t get his way, it must be rigged.

Acting like a big baby, Trump is also complaining that two of the debates scheduled would fall on Sunday – during football games. He also deemed them “rigged”. I guess he did his homework and found out that’s where his voters will be.

Not surprising he went after the media basically saying they [I will assume excluding right-wing leaning media like Fox News] were not telling the truth. Uh huh.



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