Some pre-debate Trump stuff
September 26, 2016 Leave a comment
Within the last month, both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton started to get security briefs that the President would get. Didn’t take long for Trump to open his mouth and say something that was in his security briefing but not made publicly. He announced the explosion last weekend was caused by a bomb. But it wasn’t at the time released to the media until after. Trump also said he believes there’s a foreign connection to the attack, though it was unclear how the Republican obtained that information. His campaign declined to say whether it came from a national security briefing.
“If I had a bowl of skittles and I told you just three would kill you, would you take a handful? That’s our Syrian refugee problem,” tweeted Donald Trump Jr. tweeted recently. Like father like son. Seems he prefers to take other people’s tweets and call them his own. Someone named Joe Walsh [not the singer] said the exact same thing over a month ago.
Donald Trump, Jr. recently retweeted an “academic” who has argued that anti-Semitism is a “logical” response to Jewish control of the world’s banks [which they aren’t in control]. This after he posted a doctored image of himself, his father and several other prominent Trump allies next to Pepe the frog, a cartoon character whose image has been used by white supremacists.
A pro-Trump SuperPAC director says how much Trump Jr. enjoys mingling with working-class men and women. [Reminds me of a king meeting his subjects.]
Trump spent more than a quarter-million dollars from his charitable foundation to settle lawsuits that involved the billionaire’s for-profit businesses, according to interviews and a review of legal documents. Those cases, which together used $258,000 from Trump’s charity, were among four newly documented expenditures in which Trump may have violated laws against “self-dealing” — which prohibit nonprofit leaders from using charity money to benefit themselves or their businesses.
In one case, from 2007, Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club faced $120,000 in unpaid fines from the town of Palm Beach, Fla., resulting from a dispute over the height of a flagpole. In a settlement, Palm Beach agreed to waive those fines — if Trump’s club made a $100,000 donation to a specific charity for veterans. Instead, Trump sent a check from the Donald J. Trump Foundation, a charity funded almost entirely by other people’s money, according to tax records.
“We’re going to rebuild our inner cities because our African-American communities are absolutely in the worst shape that they’ve ever been in before. Ever. Ever. Ever,” Trump said to approving nods from the nearly all-white crowd in a small town.
Trump said African-American communities in the US are “absolutely in the worst shape that they’ve ever been in before.” Trump’s assertion ignores “the fact that African-Americans were lynched, African-Americans were forced to drink out of colored water fountains, ride the back of the bus, were enslaved in this country … demonstrates a profound ignorance of history and insensitivity to what we are going through at this very moment,” according to the NAACP president. Trump also claimed that African-American areas are worse than Afghanistan – he’s never been there either.
Critics have panned Trump’s outreach to African-Americans for painting the lives of black Americans in broad-brushed and bleak terms.
Regarding Trump’s finally admitting that Barrack Obama was born in the US, when he said that [but could just be a coincidence that] 4 of 9 people in the camera view directly at Trump were black and when you see everyone behind him in a full stage view it looks like just one additional black was on stage out of at least a couple of dozen.
[I don’t know about you but having people on stage is a dumb idea. Unless they have something to say they should be off stage. This is not just for Trump but Clinton. Was also common at the last Canadian election almost a year ago.]
Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway cited three pieces of evidence to support her boss’ claim that Clinton was the originator of Obama’s “birther” dating from 2008. An Email, a memo and a conversation between an unofficial Clinton advisor and a newspaper editor. For the Email, there is no evidence Clinton or her campaign team spread it around. but there were some in the party that suggested it. As for the memo by Clinton’s former chief pollster and media strategist, there is no mention in the strategy proposal of Obama’s birthplace.
So while Trump finally says Obama is born an American [I’m sure with reservations], he still keeps on saying that Clinton will want to kill the second amendment completely. No she just wants it to make it tougher for some [those with criminal or mental histories for example] to get guns who shouldn’t have them.
In mid-September, a CNN panel discussion on the tightening polls dissolved into laughter after Donald Trump spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany got a bit carried away and suggested Trump was headed for a landslide. [I don’t blame them. Every time I’ve seen her I cringe at the comments that she says.]
It’s getting so bad for Trump that former Republican President George H.W. Bush plans to vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton for president this fall. I am sure Trump will make some kind of crude comment like he has lost his brain.
Neither George H.W. Bush nor George W. Bush had weighed in on the general election — even as Trump savaged George W. Bush’s decision to go to war in Iraq. However, many of the 41st and 43rd presidents’ Cabinet secretaries and national security officials have backed Clinton.
Asked about Trump’s incorrect statement that moderator Lester Holt of NBC News is a Democrat — he’s registered as a Republican in New York — Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said it wasn’t lie, because Trump simply didn’t know Holt’s voter registration. If he didn’t know, why assume? [Oh because Trump thinks all of the media except Fox News are against him.]
Regarding ISIS and why Trump hasn’t detailed how he would defeat ISIS: “You will get his view of how best to defeat the enemy — without telling ISIS specifically what it’s going to be,” Conway said. Or more likely, Trump has no idea.
A $25,000 check sent from Trump’s personal foundation to a political committee supporting Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee have asked Attorney General Loretta Lynch to investigate whether the 2013 donation to the group supporting Bondi violated federal bribery or tax laws. The contribution came after her office said it was weighing legal action against Trump University. Bondi’s office never sued Trump, though she denies his donation played any role in that decision. Trump later paid a $2,500 fine over the check from his foundation because it violated federal law barring charities from making political contributions.
After the Clinton campaigned offered Trump TV adversary Mark Cuban [Trump called him “dopey Mark Cuban of failed Benefactor fame”] a seat at the debate, Trump responded by offering a seat to Gennifer Flowers, a woman who had an affair with former President Bill Clinton. By Sunday, his campaign said Flowers would not be attending. Trump basically called Cuban a loser – forgetting that he himself has had 4 bankruptcies. Trump loves to go after people who don’t agree with him.
Clinton has had over 30 debates in her career. Trump’s debates have been limited to those in the GOP primaries.
Trump tried to make the case recently that he’d do more to help women from the White House than Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, a lifelong champion of women’s rights. He claims she has done nothing as women and children live in poverty. And him? Trump has been criticized throughout the campaign for crass comments he has made about women in the past, including insults about their physical appearance. Trump said she could do more for women’s right as secretary of state. Does he knows what that job is for? But Trump is the first Republican nominee to hire a woman as his campaign manager.
It shows you how some GOP will do anything: Ted Cruz decided to support Trump even though he once called Trump a “pathological liar” and “serial philanderer” and said that “I have no intention of defending everything Donald Trump says or does.” Trump angered Cruz in the primaries by insulting his wife and suggesting, without evidence, that his Cuban-born father could have been linked to the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
Cruz said a key reason for changing his mind was Trump’s naming of a top Cruz ally, Utah Sen. Mike Lee, in his updated list of potential Supreme Court picks. So he doesn’t mind if Trump insults his wife but it’s OK because his Supreme Court nominee is on Trump’s list of candidates.
On the other hand Trump went after Chris Christie and Rudi Giuliani during the primaries and both have helped him since [probably want a cabinet position].
Trump is putting moderators on notice that he’ll be watching to see if they get too rough on him. Already fairly anti-media [well maybe except Fox News], Trump has already said that the “the system is being rigged” against him for the upcoming debates. I guess he is preparing his flock to say that if the debates don’t go well for him, he has someone [or some group] to blame.
Trump said he’d like to do away with debate moderators for the debates and simply engage in a one-on-one discussion with Hillary Clinton. Won’t be long before there is a verbal fight.
Trump recently had singled CNN’s Anderson Cooper out for criticism, in an interview with The Washington Post. “He’ll be very biased, very biased,” Trump said. “I don’t think he should be a moderator. I’ll participate, but I don’t think he should be a moderator. CNN is the Clinton News Network.”
Recently, Trump met reports at the media and then left them. He arrived at another event and mocked the reports that he left behind.
Trump is ripping off his merchandise buyers: For $25, you can snag a Trump Gold Card emblazoned with your name or join a campaign “Board of Directors” that comes with a personalized certificate. For $30, there’s Trump’s signature hats — billed as “the most popular product in America.” [Uh huh.] For $184, grab a signed, “now out of print” copy of Trump’s book, “The Art of the Deal.” Problem is that there is no evidence the board of directors exists, the book is still in print [at under $10 in paperback], and the new campaign edition of the book is signed by an autopen as noted in the solicitation’s fine print.
“In the past, I have asked supporters for a one-time induction fee of $100. But because of your outstanding generosity to date, I am only asking you to make a $35 contribution,” the email asks. The Associated Press found no evidence of an online solicitation in which the card was sold for the undiscounted price of $100. Knock-offs [almost for sure not made in the US] signature hats are selling at cheaper prices. But even his own hats aren’t made in the US. Wonder how many people called the Trump campaign and asked when the next executive board meeting will occur.
Trump plans ion spending $140 million in TV and digital media ads across 13 or more states but only accumulated $97 million and that’s his joint accounts with Republican Party allies.
In an unusual move [well maybe not for Trump], Trump decided to go and small rural towns. That included a town of 850 people that voted for the GOP surrounded in an area heavily voted for the Democrats.
Trump opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership, an agreement that Obama’s administration hammered out with 11 Pacific Rim countries (excluding China) and that awaits congressional approval. He says deals were reached by clueless U.S. negotiators outfoxed by craftier foreigners. The deal would probably would have a negligible impact on American employment, the International Trade Commission concluded. Trump’s plans to impose punitive tariffs would risk setting off a trade war and driving up prices for American consumers. Pulling back from trade agreements could also reduce America’s diplomatic influence.
Over the campaign, Trump always complained that Clinton backers came from Wall Street and that the Clintons have received millions over the years from Wall Street banks and companies in speaking fees. Maybe it’s because Wall Street doesn’t take Trump seriously in anything he says. Oddly it is Trump who wants to repeal, overhaul or dismantle some of the Wall Street regulations [which helps the banks and companies and not the consumers] while Clinton wants to strengthen the various regulations [which helps the consumers more].