Post third debate Trump news

While most Republicans will accept the results of the election, “Mr. Rigged” said “I will tell you at the time; I will keep you in suspense”. What does that tell you.

The day after the debate, Donald Trump Says “…I will totally accept the results of this great and historic presidential election, if I win.” He said “if” and not “when”. So maybe he is unsure he will win.

In his past, Trump calling the Emmy Awards rigged when he didn’t win an award. “This is how Donald thinks. It’s funny, but it’s also really troubling” said Clinton.

When asked about Trump’s decision to wait until the results are released before accepting [or not] the results, “So, you know, absent widespread fraud and irregularities, then, we’ll see,” Kellyanne Conway, his campaign manager said. “What he’s saying is we have to see what happens.” So if he wins he’ll accept no matter if there are fraud and irregularities. He won’t accept if he loses. Sounds like a sore loser. Not surprised with his giant ego.

Conway tried to compare it with Al Gore initially not accepting the 2000 election. But that was a different reason where Florida decided the election. In this case Trump has been calling a “rigged” election even before the voting began.

Meanwhile, Trump’s daughter Ivanka, arguably his most influential adviser, said that her father would “do the right thing”. [Dropping out would be the real right thing – but it is too late.]

Acting like he knows nothing [as usual], former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani says “There are indications of a lot of fraud around by the Clintons.” Oh ya?

Trump said that “from Pew report and other places – millions of people that are registered to vote that shouldn’t be registered to vote.” A 2012 report from the Pew Charitable Trusts found that 24 million voter registrations on the books were either no longer valid or inaccurate in some way. Some were failures to remove names of people who had died or moved, blamed on “antiquated” state registration systems. But the report didn’t find or even discuss any evidence of voting fraud.

Mike Pence says that “we will absolutely accept the result of the election” even if the election is rigged.

“Of course there is large scale voter fraud happening on and before election day. Why do Republican leaders deny what is going on? So naïve!” Trump tweeted. He also said at a rally that “voter fraud is very, very common.” [A study by a Loyola Law School professor found that out of 1 billion votes cast in all American elections between 2000 and 2014, there were only 31 known cases of impersonation fraud.]

“People that have died 10 years ago are still voting. Illegal immigrants are voting. I mean, where are the street smarts of some of these politicians? So many cities are corrupt,” Trump added, “and voter fraud is very, very common.” And yet, statistics say otherwise.

Trump also has concerns about the integrity of the voting system — especially in cities, like Philadelphia, with large minority populations. So he’s going after minorities –those that will most likely not vote for him.

Trump also cited a controversial 2014 op-ed in The Washington Post by a group of professors at Old Dominion University promoting their research concluding that “enough” non-citizens have voted in recent elections that their participation could plausibly change the outcome of close elections. the authors were prompted to issue a follow-up defense.

Trump has said the only way he could lose Pennsylvania is if there is “cheating,” and singled out Philadelphia as a city to watch and yet Pennsylvania votes mostly for the Democrats. Philadelphia has a large minority population. So trump has little chance in winning the city.

“You want me to (say) that I think the election in Philadelphia and Chicago is going to be fair? I would have to be a moron to say that,” Rudy Giuliani said. He’s already one.

Buying into Trump’s “rigged election” nonsense [and he would buy anything Trump says], “I’m sorry, dead people generally vote for Democrats rather than Republicans,” Rudy Giuliani told CNN after taking Trump’s cue that many votes are illegal and mostly done by Democratic votes – again no proof. Giuliani claims some people voted up to ten times in 2012. He did admit that a gap of more than a few percentage points in the results nullifies the cheating.

“There were machines that already had hundreds of votes on them [in the 1989 New York mayoral election],” Giuliani said. “When they open that machine — if you don’t have your poll watcher there to look at the back of it, you could start off the election in that district down 100 votes, down 200 votes, down 300 votes.” Of course if this was true [when they opened the machine], the machine should of immediately been removed from the election.

Regarding the nine women complaining about sexual harassment, “Those stories have been largely debunked,” and says Hillary Clinton’s campaign is behind it. Where was it debunked? Trump said he would release proof and never did. For one woman, six colleagues and close friends of the woman have since come forward to corroborate her story, including a People news editor, a co-worker and a friend who said the woman told her about the alleged attack the following day.

When Trump said “Nobody has more respect for women than I do. Nobody.” The moderator asks the audience to stop laughing.

Trump is even denying that he said he could not possibly have done those things to those women because they were not attractive enough but did so at an October 13th rally.

Trump denied the accusations, saying the women coming forward “either want fame or her campaign did it.”

After at least 9 women claimed that Trump groped or kissed them, Trump said he had proof that there were all lies. So far only a cousin of one of the women came forward claiming the woman had praised Trump. The cousin is said to be a huge Trump supporter. No other proof that they didn’t happen as Trump claimed that he had.

“Can’t believe these totally phony stories, 100% made up by women (many already proven false) and pushed big time by press, have impact!” said Trump in a tweet. But where is the proof? We are still waiting and yet in rallies he says he’s given proof.

Melania Trump tried to defend her husband saying he was “egged on”. But he [or someone] obviously told her what to say because she wasn’t there. Egged on? Is he a child [maybe] that he doesn’t know what he was saying? He is an adult [supposedly].

“They [Democrats] want to damage the presidency of my husband…” said Melina Trump – but her comment sounds like the hubby has already been elected. Maybe the hubby has rigged the votes already.

Trump backed Supreme Court justices who would overturn the landmark Roe vs. Wade ruling and said that a Clinton government would allow abortions even just before birth.

When Trump said “We’re not making things anymore, relatively speaking”, U.S. factory production has more than doubled since 1979, when manufacturing employment was at its peak. Employment has dropped but production is at the highest ever set just before the eve of the Great Recession in 2007.

According to the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, they predict Trump would add $5.3 trillion over 10 years to the debt compared to $200 billion for Clinton’s plan.

Trump says under his plan U.S. would have “more free trade than we have right now.” Wonder with whom. He wants to scrap NAFTA and the TPP. Those partners won’t be too happy.

Trump said “Our country is stagnant. We’ve lost our jobs, we’ve lost our businesses. We’re not making anything anymore.” He should know. His “Make America Great Again” aren’t completely made in the US.

Trump claims that “they [Russian] create warheads. We can’t.” Ridiculous as it sounds. The current treaty from 2010 restricts each country to a total of 1,550 warheads deployed on bombers, submarines and in underground silos and requires that this limit be reached by February 2018. This shows again he still knows nothing about foreign policies.

Trump says “Her plan is going to raise taxes and even double your taxes.” Clinton’s plan wouldn’t raise taxes at all for 95 per cent of Americans, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center. The very wealthiest would take the greatest hit, though a doubling is highly questionable.

As a senator from New York, Clinton did support the 2006 Secure Fence Act, which authorized the construction of hundreds of miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border. Nearly 700 miles of fencing was put in place during President George W. Bush’s second term and the beginning of President Barack Obama’s first term. The fencing is placed largely in urban areas along the nearly 2,000-mile frontier. It is not the type of solid wall that Trump has pledged to construct at Mexico’s expense. The fence has miles-long gaps.

Trump said “Last week … they came out with an anemic jobs report. A terrible jobs report.” But the September jobs report that Trump calls “terrible” is actually viewed by most economists as encouraging.

As well, Trump said under Hillary Clinton, “$6 billion went missing” at the State Department. In 2014, the State Department’s inspector general released an alert warning that the documentation for $6 billion in State Department contracts was incomplete. But there’s no reason to think that all occurred under Clinton. The inspector general, Steve Linnick, specifically disavowed the conclusion that the money went missing.

Trump claims that “President Obama has moved millions of people out … millions of people have been moved out of this country.” Actually Obama has overseen the deportation of more than 2.5 million immigrants since taking office in January 2009.

Trump references heroin “pouring” over borders and affecting communities in New Hampshire. Seriously?

During the first debate, traffic on news and media sites increased by 58 percent from 8:40 pm ET to 10:50 pm ET. Traffic on social media sites increased by 26 percent from 8:40 pm ET to 10:50 pm ET. There was also a spike of up to 3000 percent to media sites fact checkers when Hillary Clinton referenced her own website and its fact checkers.

There was an eight percent decrease in traffic during the second debate whereas new media social traffic had a three percent increase. After the debate, there was a 500 percent spike in traffic as people went to check information heard during the debate.

Trump ledged to fire or discipline Veterans Administration employees who fail veterans or breach the public trust. He also would create a “White House hotline” dedicated to veterans. If a valid complaint is not addressed, “I will pick up the phone and fix it myself if I have to,” Trump said. You think he’ll answer the phone?

Trump invited Barack Obama’s half-brother from Kenya as well as the mother of a Benghazi victim [Sean Smith]. The New York Post reported that Malik Obama called now-deceased Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi one of his best friends — a potential source of awkwardness for Smith’s mother. Malik Obama is an American and supports Trump. [After all the birthed issue from Trump for the last 5 years, I guess he believes Malik is an American now.] Smith claims that Clinton “murdered him [her son]”.

“This entire campaign comes down to a single question: If Hillary Clinton can’t give us the truth, why should we give her the presidency?” Smith said to cheers on the convention’s opening night of the Republican convention. Has Trump given any truths yet?

Clinton invited HP CEO Meg Whitman, a long-time Republican, and Mark Cuban who isn’t a fan of Trump. Cuban once ran unsuccessfully for the Republican candidate for governor in California. Trump lashed out at Cuban for attending the debate with Clinton, calling him “dopey.” [Very presidential-like there, Donald.]

“Bernie Madoff now has a better brand [than Trump],” Trump nemesis Mark Cuban wrote in reference to the infamously disgraced fraudster and former stockbroker. After the video tape’s release that Trump’s actions could make employees at his properties “toxic and unemployable.”

According to a new Politico/Morning Consult poll, conducted among 1,999 registered voters in the week after the second presidential debate, 73 percent of Republican voters now worry that their votes will not be counted. I guess it shows you that if the majority of Republican votes to still want to vote for Trump then they are dumb enough to believe him.

Trump told supporters at a rally that the Justice Department’s handling of the probe into Clinton’s email server let her off the hook and suggested that both Democrats and Republicans in Congress went along with it.

Trump claimed that there is a “whole sinister deal going on” that has prevented Ryan and other Republican leaders from fully backing his campaign but he didn’t elaborate [as usual]. Trump noted that Ryan didn’t call and say “good going” after his performance in the second debate. He’s expecting positive [only] comments from everyone?

Trump was a constant target for comedian Billy Crystal, who at one point compared the Republican candidate to hurricane season: “Think about it: It starts with a lot of hot air spinning out of control. It hits America, causes a lot of damage and panic. But it’s completely over by November.”

After a GOP office in Democratic leaning North Carolina was firebombed Trump tweeted “Animals representing Hillary Clinton and Dems in North Carolina just firebombed our office in Orange County because we are winning @NCGOP.” Unsure what he is winning there when 75% of the vote went to the Democrats in the last election.

After Clinton tweeted that she was hoping everyone were OK, the North Carolina Republican Party tweeted its appreciation in response. “Thank you for your thoughts & prayers, Sec. @HillaryClinton.”

“The failing @nytimes reporters don’t even call us anymore, they just write whatever they want to write, making up sources along the way!” tweeted Trump. Not surprised since Trump will end up denying everything and then exaggerate anything he does say [with nothing to back up what he said].

Trump wants Saturday Night Live to be shut down claiming it has run its course. Meanwhile, SNL has had great ratings this season – partially due to the topics that Trump creates. He didn’t say anything prior to the latest episode. In that episode, it had Alec Baldwin portraying him. So he can’t take any criticism. I wouldn’t say Clinton’s actress on SNL portrayed her much better [blinded to what’s going on].

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani told a crowd that Hillary Clinton had falsely claimed to have been in New York on Sept. 11, 2001 – an incorrect claim he took back a few hours later. [Clinton came into New York the day after since she was in Washington on that day.] Giuliani thought he heard Clinton said that she was in New York that day.


Post debate news

Some interesting quotes and comments from Donald Trump on debate night:

Trump’s claim that “Stop-and-frisk had a tremendous impact on the safety of New York City” but the murder rate has been dropping in many major US cities. In the 90s New York topped 2000 a year, down to 673 in 2000 and 352 last year.

Trump claims that other “many real estate developers” were involved in a lawsuit by the Department of Justice for discriminating against black apartment seekers. In fact only him and his father were involved.

Trump also claims that “Russia’s been expanding. They have much newer capabilities than we do.” Russia has expanded the military and increased spending but still dwarfs the US.

Trump is still claiming under the nuclear deal “we gave them $150 billion back”. It was more like $100 billion but those are frozen assets of Iran.

“A trade deficit of almost … $800 billion a year.” Is what trump claims but it was $500 billion in 2015. The peak was in 2006 at $761.7 billion.

Trump says that President Barack Obama “has doubled (the national debt) in almost eight years. … When we have $20 trillion in debt.” Trump’s tax cuts would increase the deficit by $5.3 trillion over 10 years, the group found, while Clinton’s proposals would boost the deficit by $200 billion. The national debt is lower than $20 billion.

And Trump claims that “our jobs are fleeing the country. They’re going to Mexico. They’re going to many other countries. … Ford is leaving, thousands of jobs leaving Michigan, leaving Ohio.” They are building smaller autos in Mexico but no job losses in the US. Since the 2008-2009 recession under the GOP administration and the bankruptcies that followed, the auto industry has gained 300,000 jobs in the US.

“My father gave me a small loan in 1975” Is what Trump said when in fact his father gave him a $1 million loan. Trump received loan guarantees, bailouts and a drawdown from his future inheritance. He also inherited a share of his father’s real estate holdings which were eventually sold off.

Trump says “You’ve [Hillary Clinton] been fighting ISIS your entire adult life.” Clinton was an adult in 1965. ISIS started in 2013 after spinning off from al-Qaida – unless he thinks that she is 20.

Trump also says that “I’ve been under audit for almost 15 years.” Former IRS officials have expressed skepticism that anyone would be audited so frequently. A letter released by his tax attorneys never used the word audit, merely describing his tax returns under continuous examination.

Trump said he never said climate change was a hoax invented by the Chinese. But he tweeted in January 2014: “Snowing in Texas and Louisiana, record setting freezing temperatures throughout the country and beyond. Global warming is an expensive hoax!” and in 2012 he tweeted “the concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”

Trump accused moderator Lester Holt of a left-leaning performance and going harder on him than Clinton. Holt is actually a Republican voter – maybe until now….

In one of the more bizarre moments in presidential debate history, he floated the possibility that organizers had intentionally set his “terrible” microphone to a lower volume than Clinton’s. But his “terrible” microphone was able to pick up his sniffing. And he complained about that. So was it too good or too bad?

“She doesn’t have the look, she doesn’t have the stamina” to be president caused a bit of controversy. What look to be President? Male? White? Meanwhile he was sniffing – some suggest he may have a cold.

Trump called a Miss Universe, “Miss Piggy,” because of her weight gain, as well as, “Miss Housekeeper,” for her Latina origins.

“We have the worst revival of an economy since the Great Depression…” – Has he compared the two? Inflation is lower, unemployment is lower, economy doing well. What is Trumps indicator that the economy is as bad as the Great Depression?

Paying little taxes and “…that makes me smart…” – Sure. Whatever you say Donald. “The income is $694 million this past year… ” – You don’t want to give away your income. It makes you look like a 1%-er. Dummy. The question is how much will you be paying in taxes? 25%? 20? 15? 5? Nothing?

“(Wealthy people) are leaving our country… because taxes are too high…” – I wonder where he got this from. Americans don’t want to lose their citizenship. [Almost] Everybody wants to be an American.

In a poll taken after the debate, 56% said that Clinton won, 28% for Trump.
And in other Trump stuff…

“NAFTA is the worst trade deal maybe every signed anywhere.” – Again, according to who’s indicators?

“Under my plan, I’ll be reducing taxes tremendously from 35% to 15% for small and big businesses… It’s going to be a beautiful thing to watch.” – You reduce taxes and the government has less revenue and you pray a lot that big business will decide to invest instead of pocketing from the lower tax rate.

“I was the one who got him to produce the birth certificate…” – Sure. In 2011? How did you do that?

The Republican nominee pointed to critics who said NBC host Matt Lauer was too soft on Trump during a national security town hall. “The new person is going to try to be really hard on Trump just to show, you know, the establishment what he can do. So I think it’s very unfair what they’re doing,” says Trump. So was it unfair to Clinton that Lauer was easy on Trump? Trump in fact argued that Lauer wasn’t easy on him, but that Trump simply answered questions better than Hillary Clinton. Uh huh.

Leaked Emails from former GOP secretary of state Colin Powell calls Donald Trump “a national disgrace”. Trump used Twitter to say, “I was never a fan of Colin Powell after his weak understanding of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq disaster. We can do much better!”

In 2001, Trump running mate Mike Pence said “Despite the hysteria from the political class and the media, smoking doesn’t kill. In fact, two out of every three smokers does not die from a smoking-related illness and nine out of 10 smokers do not contract lung cancer.” But they are still dying and smoking is a major factor. As far back as 1964, the U.S. Surgeon General stated that “smoking was a cause of human cancer and other diseases.” Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says nine out of 10 lung cancers are caused by smoking cigarettes.

A Kenyan half-brother of U.S. President Barack Obama said he supports Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and not the candidate his brother has endorsed, Hillary Clinton. Malik Obama also expressed disappointment that his half-brother hasn’t done more to support his Kenyan family and the country. The president’s father was Kenyan. “I am upset and disillusioned. When he became president there was a lot of excitement and there was a lot of hope that he would do many things for us and the country,” he said. “I don’t think he has accomplished that.”

Trump has tweeted his surprise at Malik Obama’s stance: “Was probably treated badly by president – like everybody else!” Malik Obama, 58, stirred up controversy in 2010 when he took a teenager as his third wife. He ran for governor in his home county of Siaya in 2013 and lost by a landslide. He was unhappy that his half-brother did not endorse him.


Some pre-debate Trump stuff

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].