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A "Week Of Whoppers" From the Mouth Of Trump

Category: Donald Trump
Posted: 09/24/16 13:54

by Dave Mindeman

It is particularly maddening when people focus on Hillary Clinton as an untrustworthy candidate. Especially when we know what is on the other side.

The NY Times finally did a full fact check over a week's time, following Trump and his statements. I think it is worth seeing the results:

The New York Times closely tracked Mr. Trump's public statements from Sept. 15-21, and assembled a list of his 31 biggest whoppers, many of them uttered repeatedly. This total excludes dozens more: Untruths that appeared to be mere hyperbole or humor, or delivered purely for effect, or what could generously be called rounding errors. Mr. Trump's campaign, which dismissed this compilation as "silly," offered responses on every point, but in none of the following instances did the responses support his assertions.

The majority of the list follows (skipped around), to see the full article, click here.

1. A supportive crowd chanted, "Let him speak!" when a black pastor in Flint, Mich., asked Mr. Trump not to give a political speech in the church.
FOX NEWS INTERVIEW, SEPT. 15.

There were no such chants.

2. "I was against going into the war in Iraq."
SPEECH IN FLORIDA, SEPT. 19.

This is not getting any truer with repetition. He never publicly expressed opposition to the war before it began, and he made supportive remarks to Howard Stern.

3. Any supportive comments he made about the Iraq war came "long before" the war began.
FOX NEWS INTERVIEW, SEPT. 18.

He expressed support for the war in September 2002, when Congress was debating whether to authorize military action.

4. He publicly opposed the Iraq war in an Esquire interview "pretty quickly after the war started."
FOX NEWS INTERVIEW, SEPT. 18.

The Esquire interview appeared in the August 2004 edition, 17 months after the war began.

5. Before the Iraq invasion, he told the Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto something "pretty close" to: "Don't go in, and don't make the mistake of going in."
FOX NEWS INTERVIEW, SEPT. 18.

Not remotely close. He told Mr. Cavuto that President George W. Bush had to take decisive action.

6. When Howard Stern asked him about Iraq in 2002, it was "the first time the word Iraq was ever mentioned to me."
FOX NEWS INTERVIEW, SEPT. 18.

Mr. Trump expressed alarm about Saddam Hussein and the situation in Iraq in 2000 in his own book.

7. "You see what's happening with my poll numbers with African-Americans. They're going, like, high."
SPEECH IN NORTH CAROLINA, SEPT. 20; MADE SAME CLAIM IN OHIO, SEPT. 21.

Polls show him winning virtually no support from African-Americans.

8. "Almost, it seems, everybody agrees" with his position on immigration.
REMARKS IN TEXAS, SEPT. 17.

Most Americans oppose his signature positions on immigration.

9. He has made "a lot of progress" with Hispanic and black voters, and "you see that in the polls."
FRED DICKER RADIO SHOW, SEPT. 15.

No major poll has shown him making up significant ground with black or Hispanic voters.

10. He was "never a fan" of Colin Powell.
FOX NEWS INTERVIEW, SEPT. 18.

In his book "The America We Deserve," he named Mr. Powell as among the "best and brightest" in American society.

11. "All the women came out and said they think Donald Trump is terrific" after The Times published an article scrutinizing his relationships with women.
FOX NEWS INTERVIEW, SEPT. 18.

Only one woman who was quoted in the article came to his defense after its publication.

14. Lester Holt, the NBC anchor and debate moderator, "is a Democrat."
FOX NEWS INTERVIEW, SEPT. 19.

Mr. Holt is a registered Republican, New York City records show.

15. The presidential debate moderators "are all Democrats." "It's a very unfair system."
FOX NEWS INTERVIEW, SEPT. 19.

Only one, Chris Wallace of Fox News, is a registered Democrat.

17. "Hillary Clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy. I finished it."
REMARKS IN WASHINGTON, SEPT. 16.

Mrs. Clinton and her campaign never publicly questioned President Obama's birthplace; Mr. Trump made it his signature cause for five years.

18. Mrs. Clinton had "the power and the duty" to stop the release of unauthorized immigrants whose home countries would not accept their deportation after they were released from prison.
NUMEROUS SPEECHES, INCLUDING IN COLORADO, SEPT. 17, AND FLORIDA, SEPT. 19.

The secretary of state does not have the power to detain convicted criminals after they have served their sentences, and has little power to make foreign countries accept deportees.

22. Mrs. Clinton is calling for "total amnesty in the first 100 days," including "a virtual end to immigration enforcement" and for unauthorized immigrants to receive Social Security and Medicare.
SPEECH IN COLORADO, SEPT. 17.

She has not proposed this.

23. Mrs. Clinton is "effectively proposing to abolish the borders around the country."
NUMEROUS SPEECHES, INCLUDING IN TEXAS, SEPT. 17.

She is not even proposing to cut funding for the Border Patrol.

26. Fifty-eight percent of black youth are not working.
NUMEROUS SPEECHES, INCLUDING IN FLORIDA, SEPT. 16, AND COLORADO, SEPT. 17.

This misleading statistic counts high school students as out of work. Black youth unemployment actually was 20.6 percent in July.

29. Ford plans to cut American jobs by relocating small-car production to Mexico, and may move all production outside the United States.
FOX NEWS INTERVIEW AND NEW HAMPSHIRE SPEECH, SEPT. 15.

Mark Fields, Ford's chief executive, said it was not cutting American jobs.

Remember, this is just one week. The idea that Hillary Clinton "cannot tell the truth" is ludicrous enough, but for Trump to lie virtually every time he opens his mouth and then poll with higher "trustworthy" ratings? Well, it is just a failure of reporting the truth.

How we can even compare Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in the context of truth escapes me.

The focus on her e-mails for over a year (over and over) and with so little uncovered - is one of the American press' most shameful periods ever.

The liar is Trump. There is proof.
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The GOP And Their "Principles" Capitulation

Category: GOP Politics
Posted: 09/24/16 08:46

by Dave Mindeman

For years I have been listening to these Republican high and mighty statements about "standing on principle".

What principle? Are you talking about conservative principles? Really?

Please explain Trump.

As Ted Cruz becomes the latest to capitulate to the political expediency of Republican Trumpism, you wonder what kind of "stand" the party members are really taking?

Reince Priebus runs around like a lap dog gathering the Republican sheep into the Trump corral. John McCain, the "maverick", can't simply say the words, I cannot support Donald Trump. GOP Senate candidates tiptoe on this line between the establishment and whatever the Trump faction is.

It is kind of pathetic.

The Republican Party is not recognizable anymore. They began their descent with the embrace of Tea Party politics and the complete and total opposition to Obama, not based on their vaunted "principles" but rather on a simple scorched earth obstruction.

Position after position has gotten muddled or reversed. Trade? Russia? Religious freedom? Nationalism? Nativism? Add all that to their usual extreme positions on abortion and immigration and you get a muddled mess.

It's kind of getting ugly folks.

Instead of "principles", the Republican Party has been reduced to a bunch of Trump translators. Left each day to explain the latest absurd Trump statement in a way that they can live with. "What he meant was...", "What he was trying to say was...", "The practical aspects of that are really...."

Instead of defined principles.....it has been reduced to principles du jour.

The Republican Party is going to implode. If Trump wins, there will be no Republican Party anymore. It will be whatever Trumpism is. And if Trump loses, they are going to be picking up pieces of the carnage for a decade. And what will emerge from that is anybody's guess.

The GOP is now a hodge podge of various factions. Social conservatives, nationalists, white supremacists (yeah, they are there now), foreign policy hawks, fiscal conservatives, and tax reformers.

Everybody is looking to control their piece. And all of them have, at least temporarily capitulated to Trump.

Yeah, there are a few remnants of the establishment wing. John Kasich and Jeb Bush hold out - but few listen to them. Susan Collins and Christie Todd Whitman run a low grade underground resistance to the misogyny. And there is Lindsay Graham and Ben Sasse, who withhold their support but aren't strong enough to define any standards to rally around.

For the GOP, it has been a slow descent into Republican purgatory.

And right now, hell is just one election away.
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Trump Makes America An Easy Mark Again

Category: Donald Trump
Posted: 09/23/16 08:11

by Dave Mindeman

Wow. The American people are a pretty easy mark.

Donald Trump predicted in 2000.... "I could be the first presidential candidate to run and make money on it."

And doggone it, he's pretty darn close.

His business premise of using other people's money is like his campaign slogan. Just look at the list:

Rent for his campaign offices ($1.3 million)

Food and facilities for events and meetings ($544,000)

Payroll for Trump corporate staffers ($333,000) who helped with everything from his traveling security to his wife's convention speech.

Reimbursement from Secret Service (yes, they pay to fly) ($1.6 million)

And his business structure is carefully hidden:

The degree to which Trump or his corporations may be benefiting from his campaign is unclear, partly because the financial and legal structures of his businesses -- and their relationships with his campaign -- remain opaque. Trump has stubbornly refused to release his taxes, which could shed light on the issue.

Here are some of the specific bills...

(The campaign) paid more than $1 million to Trump Tower to rent office space for its main campaign headquarters. Trump Ice, his bottled water company, got $1,300, while his son Eric Trump's Virginia winery was paid almost $5,000 for catering and event space.

This is an elaborate scam, just like many of his other business dealings.

The old saying, "there's a sucker born every minute", rings true.

And boy are we an easy mark.
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