And another week of Trump news

Donald Trump says he would implement a new immigration policy proposal under which the U.S. would stop issuing visas in any case where it cannot perform adequate screenings. Ummm. Usually governments do that already. Then he said it would be “extreme vetting” but offered little to no details.

Trump is also expected to propose creating a new, ideological test for admission to the country that would assess a candidate’s stances on issues like religious freedom, gender equality and gay rights. Wondering how fast that will be challenged in the courts.

An economic policy speech he delivered calling for lower corporate taxes and rolling back federal regulations – two areas which should greatly help his Trump Organization.

“My economic plan includes an across-the-board income tax reduction that helps EVERYONE, especially the middle class.” Tweeted Trump. I wonder how he is also expected to reduce the deficit if less taxes are coming in unless he cuts the budgets throughout the government and heavily.

Trump accuses Obama of being the “founder” of ISIS and Hillary Clinton its “co-founder”. Rudy Giuliani, still losing credibility, said “Before Obama, ISIS was an almost unknown, small little organization. … And here’s why it happened: because he withdrew the troops from Iraq.” Except, ISIS forming [but under different names] go back over 15 years. Giuliani is drinking the Trump Kool-Aid claiming the media is unfair [except Fox of course].

Trump tried to backtrack saying it was “sarcasm” but when he said it in interviews and rallies, for many it didn’t sound like sarcasm. Some right wing interviewers tried to ask him prior to the “sarcasm” comments whether he was joking [or otherwise]. He basically said he wasn’t.

Giuliani, promoting Donald Trump’s national security plan, said that in the “eight years before (President Barack) Obama came along, we didn’t have any successful radical Islamic terrorist attack in the United States.” Do the math. He forgot 9/11. A spokesman for the former mayor told The Associated Press later on that Giuliani was referring to a lack of major attacks during the remainder of George W. Bush’s term. Uh huh.

Trump continues to blame what he calls the “disgusting and corrupt media” for handing him problems instead of taking the blame for his dumb comments. I guess it won’t be easier for him from once the elections are over [either winning or losing] as he pissed off most of the media. I guess he thinks everyone is corrupt [but him]: media, Clinton, election system [well “rigged”], ……

Trump is blaming faulty interpretations and media bias for an uproar over his comments about the Second Amendment. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, losing credibility fast, defended Trump [some suspect he is in line for a cabinet post if Trump ever became President]. But House Speaker Paul Ryan, acting more like a politician and less like a buffoon, said: “It sounds like just a joke gone bad.”

Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort says Trump is continuing to raise millions of dollars while travelling to key battleground states — Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida — and remains personally “very connected”. But current polls says he is losing in those states.

When Manafort was asked on CNN about one of Trumps recent verbal errors, Manafort [like a good politician] tuned out on the question asked and when on a rant about Clinton.

The New York Times published a report alleging that millions in cash payments were designated for Paul Manafort by Ukrainian leaders during his time as a political consultant there. $12.7 million in undisclosed cash payments designated for Manafort from [then-President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovich’s] pro-Russian political party from 2007 to 2012, according to Ukraine’s newly formed National Anti-Corruption Bureau. Manafort’s lawyer obviously denied the story.

A group of about 50 Republicans who have served in senior national security and foreign affairs positions in the White House have written a letter encouraging Americans not to vote for Donald Trump. “Mr. Trump lacks the character, values, and experience to be President.” Trump tried to fight back saying “I’m not going to hire these people; I don’t want these people.” I don’t think they wanted to be hired by him.

The possibility of a Clinton victory are compelling enough that dozens of worried Republicans gathered signatures recently for a letter urging the GOP chairman to stop helping Trump and focus on protecting vulnerable House and Senate candidates. I guess those candidates would prefer to save their own skin and not try to get a Republican President. Trump threatened to stop fundraising for the party if they do.

Many people are saying that Trump is using “Many people are saying…” in his speeches because it’s his way of announcing something without having any proof that what he is about to say is true. At least many people are saying that!

Late last year, Putin said that al Qaeda and IS were “actually a U.S. invention.” Putin said the rebels that the United States has armed have sometimes switched to join extremist groups in Syria like the Islamic State.

Trump was open to trying Americans suspected of terrorism at the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba. Asked specifically about U.S. citizens, Trump said he didn’t like that President Barack Obama and others wanted to try them in traditional courts rather than military commissions at Guantanamo Bay.

Unsubstantiated claims about Clinton’s health have gone from chatter on Twitter to an attack line by Trump. Without offering any evidence, Trump said that she “lacks the mental and physical stamina to take on ISIS [Islamic State] and all of the many adversaries we face”. Trump, 70, is almost two years older than Clinton and heftier. Last year, in a letter accompanied by test results, her personal doctor Lisa Bardack said “she is in excellent physical condition and fit to serve as the president of the United States”. Some coverage comes from right wing media and The National Enquirer [the latter is always right – hah!].

Donald Trump said that Russian President Vladimir Putin won’t make a military move into Ukraine — even though Putin already has done just that, seizing the country’s Crimean Peninsula. I guess Trump already thought that Crimea is part of Russia. He also blames Obama for the Russians taking Crimea.

An interviewer pressed Trump on changes to the Republican platform removing calls for the provision of lethal weapons so the people of Ukraine can defend themselves, which Trump said he had nothing to do with – and yet he is the party’s leader. “Just so you understand, he said very nice things about me. But I have no relationship with him. I don’t — I’ve never met him,” said Trump. But in a November 2015 Republican primary debate, Trump had said of Putin: “I got to know him very well because we were both on ’60 Minutes,’ we were stalemates.” He’s losing his mind? How can you forget meeting a major foreign leader.

Trump claims that Russian President Vladimir Putin once called President Barack Obama “the N word.” There are no published reports to back up Trump’s claim about Putin’s use of the racially derogatory term.

Jeb Bush’s top adviser, Sally Bradshaw [a long-time GOP member], has left the Republican Party to become an independent, and says if the presidential race in Florida is close, she’ll vote for Hillary Clinton. She doesn’t want to vote for Trump.

After a scolding by Michael Bloomberg [former New York mayor], Trump claimed that Bloomberg’s last term was disastrous. And yet they did plenty of things together in those years including Bloomberg on hand for the beginning of the redevelopment of a golf course in The Bronx with Trump.

Trump is a spam-magnet, and appeared nearly 169 times as often in spam messages that use Hillary Clinton’s name. By June, Trump-themed lures jumped to 270 times the amount of Clinton-themed lures, and 34 times more than lures that used Trump and Clinton were used together as bait. In the run up to the Republican and Democratic national conventions in July, Trump lures remained more than 170 times more common than Clinton lures. Additionally, Trump-related spam volume increased, and the gap between Trump- and Clinton-related spam became more pronounced.

Melania Trump’s web site was taken down at one point. She claims it doesn’t reflect her business life. Others say because her academic credentials are not quite right.

In January, the USA Freedom Kids [3 pre-teenage girls] rocketed to viral fame after performing at a Donald Trump rally in Pensacola, Florida. The manager of the group intends to file a suit against the Trump campaign and said he had secured the legal services of lawyer Marc Shapiro. He said the Trump campaign did not honor an agreement to let the group set up a table to sell its CDs at a rally and then canceled a performance without explanation in Des Moines, Iowa, after the group made a “very lengthy odyssey” to do a set at a Trump event. USA Freedom Kids continue to perform and are set to release an album in six weeks but the new album will not feature “Freedom’s Call” – the song they performed.

A Virginia hotel is fighting back against Donald Trump after the GOP presidential nominee criticized the air conditioning — or lack thereof — at an event there. And he threatened to not pay his bill for the room — a frequent move by Trump’s companies when he says he receives inadequate service. The hotel spokesman said the air conditioning was working – blaming any supposedly lack of air conditioning on the over populated conference room and heat outside the building.

Reports published by USA Today and The Wall Street Journal in June found Trump’s companies were facing hundreds of claims that Trump has stiffed people he contracted with for decades.

 

Some more Trump news

Ahead of a Clinton speech in Atlantic City, Trump said that he “made a lot of money” off his properties and left before the downturn and blamed the city’s problems on politicians’ “big mistakes.” But in fact, two of his casinos’ three bankruptcies occurred in years when overall Atlantic City gambling revenue was rising. For example, Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts Inc. went bust in 2004, Atlantic City’s casino revenues were on their way to an all-time high.

Trump filed for bankruptcy on the Taj Mahal in 1991 and the Trump Castle Associates in 1992. He later filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Trump Hotel & Casino Resorts in 2004 and Trump Entertainment Resorts in 2009. Trump has defended the bankruptcies by noting that he never personally went bankrupt. So he doesn’t mind if people lose their jobs and homes but it’s OK for him.

Trump pushed back against criticism of his companies’ bankruptcy history, repeating his argument that like other smart businessmen, he “used, brilliantly, the laws of the country” to his advantage. Trump claims that major companies have gone bankrupt [multiple times] but Clinton used CNN reporting saying that no major U.S. company has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the last 30 years more than Trump’s casino empire.

“I have used the laws of this country … the (bankruptcy) chapter laws, to do a great job for my company, for myself, for my employees, for my family.” Didn’t he used the term “rigged” to describe Clinton’s mail server issue? Unsure how declaring your company bankrupt can help anyone except yourself. See this video.

Seems even Trump’s campaign hats “Make America Great Again” may not be totally made in America. At least one of the hats in a small sample tested by the AP and an outside expert did not contain the specific type of American-made fabric. Informed of the AP’s findings, Trump said any misrepresentation would be unacceptable. “I pay a good price for that hat. If it’s not made in the USA, we’ll bring a lawsuit.”

In addition to the fabric analysis, two of the manufacturer’s employees, including a top sales agent, said the hats’ fabric, bills and stiffeners were imported from overseas. The factory’s owner, Brian Kennedy of Cali-Fame of Los Angeles Inc., said the two employees were wrong, but he declined to explain the fabric discrepancy. Federal law requires that items labeled “Made in USA” be made from materials “all or virtually all” from the United States.

Trump’s private companies and the clothing line run by his daughter Ivanka routinely sell clothes and other products made in China and other Asian countries.

Trump’s campaign sells its hats for $25 to $30 each on its website. It was unclear how many it has sold, but the campaign has paid Cali-Fame nearly $1.5 million for hats through the end of last month. The knockoffs, sometimes worn by Trump supporters at his rallies, can be had for as little as $6 on amazon.com

Trump has praised former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s ruthlessness. “Saddam Hussein was a bad guy, right? … But you know what he did well? He killed terrorists. He did that so good.” Trump has previously said the world would be “100 per cent better” if dictators like Hussein and Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi were still in power. Meanwhile, Iraq was listed by the U.S. as a state sponsor of terrorism.

Trump previously has retweeted messages with questionable profiles. For example, Trump retweeted inaccurate crime statistics that vastly overstated the percentage of whites killed by blacks.

Marco Rubio decided to run for the Senate again because “the Senate’s role of being able to act as a check and balance on bad ideas from the president I think are going to matter more in 2017.” Is he aiming those remarks at Clinton or Trump?

In seven of 15 countries outside of the U.S. polled [Canada, 10 European countries and 4 Asian countries] by Pew Research Center, Trump’s ratings are in the single digits. Large majorities in 11 of the countries have little or no confidence in the prospective Republican presidential nominee ability to manage international affairs. That includes 92 per cent of Swedes, 89 per cent of Germans and 82 per cent of Japanese. He polls best in China, where there is a split between 40 per cent who have no confidence in Trump and 39 per cent who do not offer an opinion.

Some swing states [those which flip flop in elections between Democrats and Republicans] are swinging towards the Democrats because of Trump’s comments he has made against various minority groups. Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico could turn on Trump. That’s 21 electoral votes. All brought Dubya into the White house 12 years ago. While Clinton has visited them and spent money on advertising, Trump has yet to visit them and spent very little. Very little staff in those states for Trump either. Even the political arm on the NRA has spent little.

Trump has also whined because Obama is using Air Force One as he is helping Clinton with her campaign. Previous Presidents have help [although not Bill Clinton or Dubya], so why isn’t she allowed? Maybe Trump expects Obama and entourage to fly economy class on an American Airlines flight. The cost of flying Air Force One for political travel is divided between the federal government [using taxpayer dollars] and the candidate’s political organization. Because Obama is traveling to Charlotte [in this case] solely for the purpose of stumping for Clinton, her campaign [or the DNC] would have to foot a portion of the bill whether the candidate was aboard or not.

A poll from Fox News stating 58% thought Clinton was corrupt while 38% say she is honest. Remember this is Fox. It’s like going to a redneck bar and asking who likes beer…

Not surprising, Trump wants out of various trade deals saying jobs were lost. While 5.5 million manufacturing jobs over the past 25 years, there has been an increase of close to 1 million jobs in manufacturing in the last 6 years. There were just under 16.9 million people employed in manufacturing in the U.S. at the start of 1994. The figure rose to as high as 17.6 million in 1998 and remained above 17 million until March of 2001, when George W. Bush was President [coincidence?]. As well, if raising tariffs on Mexico, Japan and China would cost the average household $2,200 a year according to experts.

Trump has repeatedly said he prefers someone with political experience to help him guide his agenda through Washington as his running mate. So at least he admits he’s not a politician with experience. I think we knew that.

After meeting with Trump in June, social conservative leader James Dobson said he believed that Trump had found Christ and become a born-again Christian. Wow. Just after a meeting…

“If we’re going to deliver real change, we’re going to have to reject the campaign of fear and intimidation being pushed by powerful corporations, media elites, and powerful dynasties,” Trump said. “The people who rigged the system for their benefit will do anything and say anything to keep things exactly as they are.” This coming from a multi-billionaire who meets with business leaders in his [former] job.

While we know what Trump think of Muslim immigrants, former speaker Newt Gingrich’s thoughts are just as wacky. He proposes that there should be a test should be devised to check the safety credentials of Syrian refugees based on Sharia, or Islamic Law. Test possible terrorists about their laws? It’s like giving a Vatican Bishop a test to see if he knows about the Catholic faith…. Terrorists are hard core when it comes to their laws. They want Sharia law.

 

Another week of Trump News

The FBI has stated that they wouldn’t recommend for prosecutors to go after Clinton in regards to her Email server. She and some of her staff had bad judgement but nothing warranted any prosecution. I’m sure Trump will continue to dig at this like he did with Obama’s birth status 5 years ago even though the latter has shown Obama was born in the US. So Trump has basically has his two main attack issues shot down recently [it was ruled that she had little or nothing to do with the Benghazi embassy rampage]. But Trump will keep on mentioning them because he has little else.

Trump not surprisingly complained that the system is “rigged” after Clinton won’t be charged for her mail server episode and that “it was no accident that charges were not recommended against Hillary the exact same day as President Obama campaigns with her for the first time.” The announcement came before Obama started to help her. Note that the FBI director who made the final decision is a Republican.

Disgraced former Trump campaign chief Lewandowski even said that he believes Trump will ignore whatever the outcome is in the FBI/DoJ investigation into her mail server just like the way he still called Obama a non-American even after authorities said he was. I guess he has his own rules and laws – and ignore everyone else. Sounds a bit like a dictatorship. [Lewandowski is now working for CXNN – a left leaning network. Needed the job badly?]

Trump’s own Twitter account posted Clinton with a background of US money, calling her corrupt and using a Star of David in it. Within 2 hours [and more backlash], the tweet was replaced with the Star of David removed in favor of a circle. Even his former controversial campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said he didn’t find anything wrong with the original tweet even after it was pulled. He blamed the “mainstream” media for blowing things out of proportion. Seems that he now feels that even the right-wing media [such as Fox] are against Trump as he used “mainstream” media and not “left-wing”.

But ten days earlier, the same graphic appeared on an Internet message board loaded with anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and neo-Nazi ideology – and nobody knows who tweeted it from Trump’s account. Great security.

Now Trump campaign social media director Dan Scavino claims in a statement on Trump’s Facebook page that he had lifted Star of David/money image from an anti-Clinton Twitter feed and had never intended to offend anyone. I guess an anti-Semitic site is anti-Clinton which was where it was first seen before Trump [or someone in his team] posted it non Facebook. Again, if the Trump team thought it wasn’t offensive, why was the image changed two hours later.

Scavino said that the star, which he described as a sheriff’s badge “fit with the theme of corrupt Hillary and that is why I selected it.” I wonder how many people would think the star as a sheriff’s badge the way it was shown. He’s getting good lessons from his boss. And of course Trump’s team had to resort to stealing someone’s work. Scavino claims he would never do that because wife is Jewish.

“Dishonest media is trying their absolute best to depict a star in a tweet as the Star of David rather than a Sheriff’s Star, or plain star!” Trump tweeted. But combined with money in the background and you can have different interpretations. [OK, why would someone use a Sheriff’s star to attack Clinton?]

Former KKK head David Duke said on his radio show that there was “no way” the star depicted in the Clinton tweet was anything other than Star of David.

“There’s no anti-Semitism in Mr. Trump’s body, not one ounce, not one cell,” from campaign adviser Ed Brookover. And yet Trump had initially didn’t turn down former KKK David Duke’s endorsement. [He blamed his initial refusal on a faulty earpiece. Always excuses.]

His team also wound up — accidentally, it said — choosing as a delegate to the upcoming Republican National Convention a white nationalist leader named William Johnson whose group paid for pro-Trump robo-calls during the GOP primary.

The Washington Post poll suggested that Clinton’s gambit against Trump could is drawing blood because 64% said he was not qualified to serve as President. Seventy percent of those asked said that the idea of Trump made them anxious.

$46.1 million is the amount of money that Trump has loaned his campaign by the end of May and now he says his campaign can keep it. Donors have repeatedly voiced concerns about whether Trump would use donations to repay his loans.

Clinton is “a world-class liar,” Trump said during a speech in New York. “Just look at her pathetic email and server statements … or her phony landing in Bosnia, where she said she was under attack but the attack turned out to be young girls handing her flowers.” I think most politicians are liars and his comments aren’t much better. While most politicians use “maybe” or “is probably” to show that they could be prong, Trump seems to be sure of himself [or just a liar] by being definitive even though usually with little proof that he’s right.

Trump continues to use the phrase “America First” in his speeches and campaign materials. Some claim it reminds them of the America First Committee in 1940 where as many as 800,000 people in that organization urged the US government not to join the war or to help the British. Some of those in the group included automaker Henry Ford, aviator Charles Lindbergh, and former U.S. Olympic Committee chairman Avery Brundage. They pushed both anti-British as well as anti-Semitic views. The organization disbanded right after the Pearl Harbor attack. The Anti-Defamation League has asked Trump not to use “America First” but got no answer. Then it was the anti-Jewish [among others] immigration. Now Trump is pushing an anti-Muslim immigration agenda.

Trump recently said in a speech “Globalization has made the financial elite who donate to politicians very, very wealthy. I used to be one of them. Hate to say it, but I used to be one of them.” Maybe if he showed his taxes for the past few years, we would see if he really left the “financial elite”. Maybe he thinks his net worth of approximately $4.5 billion US doesn’t put in that group. Forbes list him as the 121st richest in the US. [And yet he equates Clinton with money but Bill and Hillary have a combined $80 million.]

Trump said his former Republican primary rivals who have refused to support him in November should be barred from running for public office again. “They signed a pledge saying they will abide, saying they will back the candidate of the party. They broke their word. In my opinion, they should never be allowed to run for public office again because what they did is disgraceful.” What word? Did they sign a contract to support him if he won at the beginning of the primaries?

The AP was able to conduct its review of Clinton’s fundraisers because her campaign makes public background information about its finance events. Trump’s campaign does not. Trump associates say he has held several small gatherings with bigger donors, including during a May swing through California. Couldn’t of pulled in much considering what his totals were at the end of May.

Regarding the country’s debt, Trump said, “You go back and you say, guess what, the economy crashed, I’m going to give you half.” Huh?

Again the question is where is she corrupt?

[Damn. I think I need a page/section just for this Trump stuff!]

 

You can’t make this Trump stuff up!

“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….]

 

More on Trump

[As if it will ever end….]

Donald Trump fired his controversial campaign manager Corey Lewandowski recently, unleashing a major shake-up as he comes under pressure from his closest advisers to urgently reset his struggling presidential campaign. Corey Lewandowski wasn’t even told why he was fired [or maybe Trump got his lying techniques from him]. Trump seems to be blaming him for the setbacks over the past month or two – even though it is Trump who caused the setbacks. Supposedly Lewandowski encouraged the recent behavior such as going after the judge and comments made after the Orlando massacre. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus also pushed to dump him.

Seems that Lewandowski may have been dumped because Lewandowski had attempted to plant negative stories in the press about Jared Kushner – Trump’s son-in-law. Then Trumps son, Eric, also expressed his frustrations about the campaign operations to his father. Supposedly Ivanka Trump told her father that Lewandowski had to go or she would reduce her involvement. Kushner is already involved in building a transition team for Trump should he win the White House in November. Ivanka Trump and Manafort threatened to bow out of the campaign if Lewandowski was allowed to remain.

A top adviser to Trump resigned after sending a mocking tweet about just-fired campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. Michael Caputo, a Trump adviser and head of the communications for Trump’s caucus operations team, tweeted “Ding Dong the witch is dead” following the news that Lewandowski had been fired.

Remember Trump’s strange comments about his daughter Ivanka’s looks? He has also used the phrase “his unofficial campaign spouse” to describe her.

Trump has repeatedly received a New York state tax break intended only for families earning less than $500,000 per year. He owns a golf course in Westchester, New York, that he claims in FEC statements is worth $50 million. But his attorney has filed appeals claiming the property is only worth $1.4 million. Thereby a smaller tax bill. For two years in the late 1970s, Trump paid nothing in federal taxes due to a tax code provision that allows real estate investors to write off depreciation even when it’s a cost they never paid. Trump has suggested that he pursues the “lowest tax rate possible” – he’s definitely a 1%-er.

Through the end of May, Trump’s campaign had plunged at least $6.2 million back into Trump corporate products and services, a review of Federal Election Commission filings shows. That’s about 10 per cent of his total campaign expenditures.. For example, use Trump Tower in New York as his headquarters. Technically paying himself for the space used. TAG Air Inc., the holding company for his airplane, had $3.7 million in revenue in the most recent reporting period — an amount that came largely from the campaign.

Trump likes to invent things that he supposedly did. For example he claims the NRA endorsed him was the earliest ever endorsement by them. He was endorsed around May 20th. It doesn’t really say much because the NRA only started endorsing [Republican] presidential nominees in 1980. They supported Ronald Reagan in 1980 and 1984 and then George H. W. Bush in 1988 but didn’t endorse Bush or Bob Dole in 1996 and George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004 because of differences on some issues. As a matter of fact, George H.W. Bush left the NRA. For the NRA, he was too soft. In a NY Times article, exactly a year before 9/11, the NRA did not want to endorse “Dubya” as “they did not want to provide the Democrats new fodder for attacking Mr. Bush”. So I guess they don’t mind with Trump!

Trump requires nearly everyone to sign legally binding nondisclosure agreements prohibiting them from releasing any confidential or disparaging information about the real estate mogul, his family or his companies. The practice is also something the presumptive Republican nominee says he would consider requiring in the White House, raising concerns about government transparency and freedom of information laws.

Making disparaging comments about “any member of Mr. Trump’s family, including but not limited to, Mr. Trump’s spouse, each of Mr. Trump’s children and grandchildren and their respective spouses” is grounds for legal action. All of Trump’s children are listed by name in the document, including his 10-year-old son, Barron. Note that Hillary Clinton has something similar but not as far reaching.

As Trump’s campaign continued into May, he raised $14 million through largely unsolicited donations throughout the course of his primary campaign and gave his primary efforts through $44 million of loans from his own bank account. In comparison, in 2012, Mitt Romney had already raised nearly $100 million by the end of April 2012. Clinton, through April, had pulled in $187.5 million and had more than $30 million in the bank.

This past weekend, Trump went to seek $100,000 in new donations? Is the Republican Party not getting donations? Meanwhile he says “I’ll just keep funding my own campaign” if the Republican Party doesn’t help with donations.

Trump claims he won every poll during primaries. If so, why did he lose some states along the way? They didn’t have polls in those states?

Some fundraising teams are avoiding Trump. The Mitch McConnell-aligned super PAC Senate Leadership Fund having pulled in $39 million through March. The Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity is expected to spend heavily in key Senate races this cycle but not for Trump.

Some senators will support but not endorse Trump. Some of those are doing it because they are in tight races.

Trump still has very little to go after. So he claims that Bernie Sanders is staying in the Democratic race because of an “FBI convention” that would lead to prosecution of Hillary Clinton over her private email server while secretary of state. It would be very unlikely for the FBI would even charge Clinton during the election season and no time to prosecute [takes a bit of time to prepare the case, right?].

Asked about the lack of African-American vice-presidents in an interview recently, Trump assured the AP that he had hired minorities as senior executives and said his staff could readily provide specific details. The Trump Organization, however, did not grant subsequent requests by the AP. But a recent online advertisement had a black female executive praised Trump [not the organization] for “hiring more minority and female executives than any other company for which I’ve ever worked.” She is Eric Trump’s longtime personal assistant and her profile on the LinkedIn service was changed to “vice-president of the Eric Trump Foundation.” The foundation’s most recent tax filing for 2014, which said Patton was one of 16 unpaid directors who devote approximately one hour per week to the charity.

A former county GOP chairman in Georgia founded The National Diversity Coalition For Trump. Something tells me they are a small group funded by Trump or someone close to him.

 

Trump this week

Trump is keeping journalists and bloggers busy. Seems everything he does is questions and it p?sses him off.

Trump claimed to have raised $6 million for veterans’ charities instead of attending a GOP presidential debate. During that time, Trump has come under intense scrutiny as reporters have been unable to account for the sum total. Trump claims that after vetting, some of the veterans’ groups no longer met proper standards and needed to be replaced. Trump only coughed up the million on May 24 — months after his promise — on the same day that sharp-eyed Washington Post reporters called to find out if and when the donation had occurred. Some groups only just got their cheques.

The Clinton campaign will assert last summer that Sen. John McCain, a Vietnam veteran and former POW, is not a war hero. “I like people that weren’t captured, OK?” Trump said last July. They will also go after Trump for declining to expressly support the latest version of the post-9/11 GI bill and his 2004 efforts to boot street vendors, including military veterans, who were hawking goods in front of Trump Tower.

Federal Judge Gonzalo Curiel involved in one of the Trump university lawsuits was called a “Mexican” by Trump. He was born in Indiana. The lawsuits are for allegedly defrauding thousands of people out of money in connection with the now defunct school. Trump demanded the judge recuse himself because he was a “hater” who had been nominated by President Obama. Curiel was first appointed in 2006 to the California Superior Court by then-Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. I guess Trump only want judges that like him.

Meanwhile, in sworn statements released this week as part of a federal class action lawsuit, former employees complained of unethical sales techniques, unqualified instructors and widely unsatisfied students at Trump University. For example, Trump University representatives telling them “…it’s ok; just max out your credit card.” Some suggested to use a husband’s disability income and a home equity loan to pay for the tuition. The school promised that the instructors had been “hand-picked” by Trump. Yet one instructor [for example] was in jewelry – never in real estate.

A “playbook” was given to employees with typical information such as how to dress at a university event, talk to the media or deal with travel expenses. Big the largest portion of the playbook is how to counter any objections or doubts they may have, encourage prospective students to sign up and how to bring in customers.

Arrogantly, Trump said that he has refused to settle the two federal cases he faces in California and the state case brought by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman because he will end up winning in court.

The Huffington Post assigned five reporters to scour the record of one of Trump’s presidential debate performances, the team concluded: “It took us hours, but in all, we found 71 separate instances in which Trump made a claim that was inaccurate, misleading or deeply questionable. That’s basically one falsehood every 169 words, or 1.16 falsehoods every minute.”

 

Make or break day in New York state

So today is make or break day for both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Each are in New York for the second largest number of delegates up for grabs [after California who are later on].

Clinton, Trump and Bernie Sanders claim New York state as their home state. But Clinton was only a senator there. Sanders was born in Brooklyn but left before 20 to go to the university of Chicago. He came back for a few years before moving to Vermont.

Already out of the gate in Buffalo, Trump make a bit of a blunder by saying: “Because I was down there and I watched our police and our firemen down at 7/11, down at the World Trade Center right after it came down. And I saw the greatest people I’ve ever seen in action.” You can see it here.

In another faux pas, Sanders, when interviewed in New York a week or so ago, could not give an accurate number of people who died on 9/11 [in New York] – at one point saying 10,000 people. In fact an estimated 3,000 died and many died [but not 7,000] after because of ailments related to the attacks [such as first responders with breathing issues, etc.]. That is a big difference.

In any case, a major win by Clinton and Trump can sink the other campaigns.