The ups and downs of Trump [mostly down]
August 23, 2016 1 Comment
Donald Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort has resigned from his position on the campaign. The writing on the wall was there once Steve Bannon became campaign “CEO” – something Manafort was doing essentially. Bannon has no political campaign experience.
Trump has apologized for his previous remarks but some will say that this is just a temporary uptick for him as he will go back to his usual style. Whether or not CEO Steve Bannon suggested the change, nobody would know.
Trump’s former campaign chairman, Manafort, helped a pro-Russian governing party in Ukraine secretly route at least $2.2 million in payments to two prominent Washington lobbying firms in 2012, and did so in a way that effectively obscured the foreign political party’s efforts to influence U.S. policy. Under federal law, U.S. lobbyists must declare publicly if they represent foreign leaders or their political parties and provide detailed reports about their actions to the Justice Department. Trump also promoted his pollster to campaign manager.
The New York Times published a detailed analysis of Trump’s business dealings and found that his real estate holdings are racked in debt. The report into the “financial maze” of Trump’s business dealings found that companies he owns have accrued $650 million in debt. The Avenue of the Americas building in Manhattan that is partially owned by Trump has a loan of $950 million owed to two who he has criticized about – China and Goldman Sachs [Clinton was once paid her $675,000 in speaking fees].
Trump, softening his stance, is starting to flip flop on things he said towards the beginning of the campaign. For example, he wanted to boot all [approximately] illegal 11 million people living in the US by using a “deportation force”. Now he says he wants to be “fair, but firm” toward them. Then he said “I just want to follow the law.” Trump indicated he was open to considering allowing those who have not committed crimes, beyond their immigration offenses, to obtain some form of legal status.
Trump’s first television ad of the general election specifically singles out illegal immigrants with criminal records, claiming that, if Clinton is elected, “Illegal immigrants convicted of committing crimes get to stay” – which she has never indicated anything like that. [Some things never change!] His plans for a Mexican wall are still on.
The black vote dislikes so much, it is lower than the Libertarian and Green Party candidates at just under 2%. Jeez, low enough that even hard rocker, Alice Cooper, jokingly running again for president could get more black votes.
Trump’s campaign raised $64 million that way in July alone — the vast majority of which goes to his campaign, not the Republican Party.
Reports surfaced that disgraced Fox News executive Roger Ailes is serving as an informal debate adviser to Trump. Ailes recently stepped down from Fox amid a swirl of sexual harassment allegations and accusations that he used his power to spy on adversaries.
Trump and Pence went to tour the flooded areas near Gonzalez, LA with an 18 wheeler donated full of items [we will assume spent by himself]. Some wonder [sounds like something Trump would say!] if it is a bit of a vote bribe already.
A man who identified himself as half-Indian was escorted out of a Donald Trump rally recently out of concern that he was a protester, but the man insisted he was a Trump supporter and said he feels that he was racially profiled. A Muslim woman, was also kicked out of the same rally. She had been escorted from at least one Trump rally in the past for peacefully protesting.
Melania Trump, the wife of the Republican presidential nominee, has placed The Daily Mail and other news organizations “on notice… for making false and defamatory statements about her supposedly having been an escort in the 1990s,” Charles Harder, a lawyer for Trump, said in a statement.
A Slovenian magazine that claimed a New York modeling agency that once represented Trump “also operated as an escort agency for wealthy clients.”
Trump supporters are running out of idea. After Trump said earlier that she “lacks the mental and physical stamina to take on ISIS”, Trump minions are coming out with excuses about her. Giuliani said that she “looks sick” [as if he’s a medical doctor] or digging old information such as her fall in 2012 [an episode her doctor has attributed to a stomach virus and dehydration]. Trump is older than Clinton.
Trump has yet to pass some of the donations received to the various GOP organizations. He has sent some money to non-battle states such as New York and Connecticut – where he has little chance of winning.
A [obviously] conservative super PAC was renamed “Defeat Crooked Hillary PAC” once their candidate Ted Cruz lost the primaries. They are only interested in running anti-Clinton spots and group officials don’t like the label of a “pro-Trump” super PAC. You would figure this PAC would be pro Trump with that name.
Jeff Moss, founder of Black Hat and DEF CON, says that the white-hat hacker community is becoming “all political” because of a “fear of the unknown” with US presidential candidate Donald Trump. [A white hat hacker is a computer security specialist who breaks into protected systems and networks to test and assess their security.]
Trump has known to made some creepy comments about his daughter Ivanka. A typical father, for one, wouldn’t be likely to speculate on the future breast size of his toddler, as Trump once did on “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” when he was asked what his other daughter Tiffany had inherited from her mother.
In his high school years in a military academy, he received five draft deferments, one of which came as a result of a physician’s letter stating he suffered from bone spurs in his feet. Asked about the deferment at a rally last July, Trump told reporters he could not recall which of his feet was affected. His campaign later said he suffered from the temporary malady in both. [How do you forget bone spurs?]