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Mr. Magoo

Trump supporters think that the media is treating Clinton with kid gloves.

Clinton supporters think that the media looks the other way when it comes to Trump.

I think the only reasonable way to settle this is with a Gripe Off.  Points for being loudest and for persistence.

Who will emerge as the most hard done by?

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Someone leaked Donald Trump's 1995 tax return to the New York Times.

Trump declared a $916 million loss in 1995, which means that he may not have paid income taxes for 18 years.

 

Trump Tax Records Obtained by The Times Reveal He Could Have Avoided Paying Taxes for Nearly Two Decades

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/02/us/politics/donald-trump-taxes.html

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Why Trump tax revelation is stunning

1. There is no evidence whatsoever that Trump, himself, understands the tax laws benefiting him. The New York Times article indicates Trump's own tax accountant found him inattentive, and nothing that Trump has said in public has revealed a deep knowledge of the tax code. Trump does, on the other hand, have a frequently revealed fondness for debt, or using "other people's money."

2. Trump's own tax proposals would actually close down none of the remaining tax "loopholes" benefiting debt. Indeed, Trump's plan would greatly encourage and reward debt.Trump's impulsive last-minute decision to continue an interest loan deduction in his otherwise standard trickle-down tax du jour plan was a $1.2 trillion dollar "whopper" -- an expense nearly five times higher than the campaign's view of the cost of Trump's child care tax plan. Trump's continued preference for tax benefits for debt is reckless. Trump's tax policies would greatly increase taxpayer abilities to use other people's money to generate tax breaks for themselves.Whatever happens in the sea of complexity about to be sent forth, we should all remember this: A tax loss of nearly a billion dollars is a very, very nice thing to have, especially if it came from other people's money.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/02/opinions/why-trump-tax-news-is-stunning-mc...

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All about the Chump!

Donald Trump for dummies

When Republicans express outrage at Donald Trump's racism, they are being disingenuous or self-deluded.

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2016/10/donald-trump-dummies-16...

NorthReport

How the Chump operates when confronted by the truth - "I'll sue ya!!!" Frown

The Time I Found Donald Trump’s Tax Records in My Mailbox

Mr. Trump, through his spokeswoman, did not challenge or confirm the tax records, but he threatened us with legal action if we were to publish them.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/03/insider/the-time-i-found-donald-trumps...

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Trump’s Empire: A Maze of Debts and Opaque Ties

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/21/us/politics/donald-trump-debt.html

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What a scammer! Frown

The most shocking part of Donald Trump's tax records isn't the $916 million loss everyone's talking about

Now, to the $909 million loss reported by the New York Times - which vastly exceeds any cash losses that Trump would have suffered in the collapse of his casino-hotel-airline empire, which fell apart in the early 1990s and resulted in four bankruptcies. (He had two more bankruptcies, in 2004 and 2009, from a publicly-traded company in which he was the primary shareholder.)

I'm guessing, but can't tell for sure - there's not enough information - that the loss has to do with the collapse of his empire. I don't understand how Trump, who had very little of his own cash invested in his projects in the 1990s but did personally guarantee part of their debt, could end up with tax losses of that magnitude. They're almost certainly paper losses rather than out-of-pocket losses.

It's possible that those losses somehow vanished into the ether from which they came - we have no way to tell.

What we can tell, though, is that what I wrote recently about Trump's "That makes me smart" boast when Hillary Clinton prodded him about not paying taxes was right.

If Trump were truly smart - and wanted to lead by example - he would have disclosed his tax returns, showed the loopholes he used, and vowed to close them.

I have plenty of problems with the Clintons' financial behavior, as I wrote. But at least Hillary Clinton is proposing tax code changes that would cost her and her family money. Trump, by contrast, is proposing tax changes that would greatly benefit the commercial real estate business, which is his primary field, and would greatly benefit his own family. And when I asked his campaign last week whether he was proposing any tax changes that would cost him and/or his family any money, I got no reply.

This whole column and most of the articles I've read are based almost entirely on just one page of Trump's tax filings - the front page of his 1995 New York return. So, you see, we have learned quite a lot from Trump's tax returns - and we could learn a lot more when and if more of them make their way into the public domain.


http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=1172...

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Donald Trump’s massively epic meltdown shouldn’t really surprise anyone

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/10/02/donald-trumps-...

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Trump running out of time as controversies pile up

http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/03/politics/donald-trump-tax/?iid=ob_lockedra...

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Trump tries to sell himself as the comeback kid

The Republican nominee offers no apology for his tax history — and promises 'when the chips are down is when I’m at my very best.'

 

 

PUEBLO, Colo. — Sinking in the polls and facing a merciless barrage of negative news stories as he begins what may be the most important week of the presidential campaign, Donald Trump tried on a new persona Monday — the underdog.

 

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/10/donald-trump-colorado-comeback-229070

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Trump Foundation Ordered by New York AG to Stop Fundraising

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2016-election/trump-foundation-ordered-n...

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HOW DONALD TRUMP DITCHED U.S. STEEL WORKERS IN FAVOR OF CHINA

http://www.newsweek.com/how-donald-trump-ditched-us-steel-workers-china-...

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SeekingAPolitic...

https://www.theautomaticearth.com/2016/09/why-there-is-trump/

 

I found this article on Trump's raise and why its happening to be interesting.  It it also suppourted my personal theory about the fact the "left" in northren part of north america is politicaly non existent.  But even in places that had a strong position in society like Europe those who to purport themselves to be representing the "left" are destroying their credibility. I what to focus on Hollande and his band of "socialists" in France.  According to Hollande he is following tenents of socialism but the people who voted for socialism are getting smiling form capitalism.  This crediability problem is destroying the trust in the organized left in europe and leaving room for populaist rights wringers to excel.

I guess I am an old school socialist becuase I believe that goal of socialism is to change the system not prop it by trying to temper the effects of capitalism.  Even Bernie which was a Roosevelt reformer which was abused by the winners or those want defend the scraps they own in society.  If you feel the trapping of power and want respectability then politically you will not even to say you want to reform capitalism.  Which leaves you a centrist that comfortable with the status quo and you will take the safe polictical route.  I guess its manner of interest you will defend you status quo because it works for you.  Politically Trump and Bernie were miles apart but they shared one thing.  They believed that system does not work for average person anymore. 

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Yea Trump the guy who doesn't pay much if any federal income tax really is concerned about the average person What kind of nonsense is this? Equating Trump's philosophy with Sanders is mind boggling!

SeekingAPolitic...

NorthReport wrote:
Yea Trump the guy who doesn't pay much if any federal income tax really is concerned about the average person What kind of nonsense is this? Equating Trump's philosophy with Sanders is mind boggling!

Really really NR, hyberbole and a strawman argument.  I am sure you could do better than that if you actually read the post.  I clearly said that trump and sanders are tapping into the feeling of discontent in the US.  Does that indicate any way indicate a shared philosophy ? As for what is in trumps heart I cannot say but if listen to him talk he talks jobs and trade.  But he has no displince and a thing thin skin which makes it hard to take him seriously. 

But I have to say that Bernie disappointed me at the end.  He had movement behind him and he destroyed that movement by steering it to the democraic party.  If he actually acomplishmed something with the democratic party I would be less critical.  He could not even get minor cabinate position out the whole thing.  Generally people make up and loser goes into the cabinet but it tells you how much she cared about sanders contibrution. 

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/feb/3/bernie-sanders-obama-disa...

I just call it ironic that he criticzed Obama for letting down progressives.  Make sure that you read that last sentence in the article. 

Cody87

NorthReport wrote:
Yea Trump the guy who doesn't pay much if any federal income tax really is concerned about the average person What kind of nonsense is this? Equating Trump's philosophy with Sanders is mind boggling!

Oh my god. Trump (allegedly) didn't pay more tax than he was legally required to. Everyone else pays more, and the fact that he, alone, minimizes his tax burden is proof he's just a selfish hack who doesn't care about the everyday American!

THIS is the issue that will finally bring him down!

/s

So all the way back in 2012 Romney's biggest gaffe was his 47% comment. He said "47% of Americans don't pay tax." What he meant is "47% of Americans don't pay income tax." He was crucified for it - for weeks the media pushed stories of "Well this poor senior doesn't pay income tax but every month she gets a power bill and, trust us, she notices the tax portion of the bill." Etc.

Now in 2016 the only tax that matters to the media and the Democrats (but I repeat myself) is income tax. Even if he has somehow avoided income tax entirely for the last 20 years (a ridiculous conclusion the media came to based on a return from 1995), I guess Donald Trump has paid a few dollars in sales and property taxes in the last 20 years.

Maybe I should mail my 2015 tax return to the National Post and see if they can tell me how much tax I'll pay by 2035. Even if they just divine my income tax burden over the next 20 years from that I'd still be impressed.

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Cody87
Try living in the real world - there are hundreds of issues that will bring Trump the Chump down.

Top Latino polling firm: Trump is headed for a historic lopsided loss among the key group

https://www.google.ca/amp/s/amp.businessinsider.com/hillary-clinton-lati...

6079_Smith_W

But this is not an insignificant one. It cuts to the core of his whole reputation as a good businessperson, and what else does he have going for him? And the point has  been raised that if he still won't release them even though it is pretty clear he has NOT paid income tax, what else is in there that is potentially worse?

Anyway, here's Elizabeth Warren explaining why this is important (whether one agrees with her on the "world class military" bit or not):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUewbHseMQ4

NorthReport

Agreed Smith

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JKR

SeekingAPoliticalHome wrote:

NorthReport wrote:
Yea Trump the guy who doesn't pay much if any federal income tax really is concerned about the average person What kind of nonsense is this? Equating Trump's philosophy with Sanders is mind boggling!

Really really NR, hyberbole and a strawman argument.  I am sure you could do better than that if you actually read the post.  I clearly said that trump and sanders are tapping into the feeling of discontent in the US.  Does that indicate any way indicate a shared philosophy ? As for what is in trumps heart I cannot say but if listen to him talk he talks jobs and trade.  But he has no displince and a thing thin skin which makes it hard to take him seriously. 

But I have to say that Bernie disappointed me at the end.  He had movement behind him and he destroyed that movement by steering it to the democraic party.  If he actually acomplishmed something with the democratic party I would be less critical.  He could not even get minor cabinate position out the whole thing.  Generally people make up and loser goes into the cabinet but it tells you how much she cared about sanders contibrution. 

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/feb/3/bernie-sanders-obama-disa...

I just call it ironic that he criticzed Obama for letting down progressives.  Make sure that you read that last sentence in the article. 

I think Trump may be the worst candidate to run for presidemt for a major political party in US history. This election is a farce.

SeekingAPolitic...

JKR wrote:

SeekingAPoliticalHome wrote:

NorthReport wrote:
Yea Trump the guy who doesn't pay much if any federal income tax really is concerned about the average person What kind of nonsense is this? Equating Trump's philosophy with Sanders is mind boggling!

Really really NR, hyberbole and a strawman argument.  I am sure you could do better than that if you actually read the post.  I clearly said that trump and sanders are tapping into the feeling of discontent in the US.  Does that indicate any way indicate a shared philosophy ? As for what is in trumps heart I cannot say but if listen to him talk he talks jobs and trade.  But he has no displince and a thing thin skin which makes it hard to take him seriously. 

But I have to say that Bernie disappointed me at the end.  He had movement behind him and he destroyed that movement by steering it to the democraic party.  If he actually acomplishmed something with the democratic party I would be less critical.  He could not even get minor cabinate position out the whole thing.  Generally people make up and loser goes into the cabinet but it tells you how much she cared about sanders contibrution. 

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/feb/3/bernie-sanders-obama-disa...

I just call it ironic that he criticzed Obama for letting down progressives.  Make sure that you read that last sentence in the article. 

 

I think Trump may be the worst candidate to run for presidemt for a major political party in US history. This election is a farce.

 

I agree.  New vidoe and audio about him and he how treats woman.  I thought he could still win becasue hillary was weak candiate but I just I heard this. WOW I think this is beyond the usual offensive trump, it clear what is in his heart.

SeekingAPolitic...

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Mr. Magoo

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Oh my god. Trump (allegedly) didn't pay more tax than he was legally required to.

I agree with this.  Unless he committed tax fraud, his returns "tell us" just as much about him as a police radar photo that shows him driving 60mph in a 60mph zone.

6079_Smith_W

@ Magoo

Aside from the fact that he is under audit, so not everything in every year of his claims has gotten the green light,

I don't think the legality is the issue. It can tell how bad a businessperson he is, as the recently-leaked claim does.

It can tell how charitable or not he really is, and who he has donated to.

It can tell the loopholes he has used. It can also, if he has undeclared money offshore (he has declared some), reveal that discrepancy to someone who might notice an illegality, just as his illegal dealings with Cuba were just revealed.

http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/06/the-great-trump-tax-mysteries

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“If you know the position a person takes on taxes, you can tell their whole philosophy. The tax code, once you get to know it, embodies all the essence of life: greed, politics, power, goodness.”

Trump putting goats on one of his golfcourses to qualify for a farmland subsidy? Speaks to the man's greed and cheapness, legal or not.

 

 

 

Mr. Magoo

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It can tell the loopholes he has used.

By "loopholes" do you mean "tax laws"?

As I noted, if he committed tax fraud, that's one thing.  If not, that's another.

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Speaks to the man's greed and cheapness, legal or not.

And to any tax law that would permit it.

I'll revisit an earlier analogy to suggest that if we don't want people driving 60mph (100kph in Canada) then we should really change the speed limit.  Not scold someone who drives 60mph.

If I'm not mistaken, Canadian tax forms include a blank box near the end of the form where taxpayers can choose to pay MORE taxes than required.  Is there any babbler who can say, truthfully, that they added an additional amount of taxes to their form, above and beyond the minimum that the law demanded they pay?  Tell us more, I'd love to hear.

6079_Smith_W

You might think his declaration that paying no tax made him smart means nothing because it is legal.

I think a number of people would see it differently.

And there is a difference between paying a fair share, and gaming the system to abuse it, as Trump has done, as WalMart has done in its staffing policy, and as many who have the means, and more greed than morals do.

 

 

Rev Pesky

SeekingAPoliticalHome wrote:
...I agree.  New vidoe and audio about him and he how treats woman.  I thought he could still win becasue hillary was weak candiate but I just I heard this. WOW I think this is beyond the usual offensive trump, it clear what is in his heart.

Yeah, I just got this from CBC. I would say Trump will not be able to crawl out of the hole he's dug for himself. The family values crowd, which is a large part of the Republican Party base will not be able to hold their noses long enough to vote for Trump now. I suspect they will stay home.

Trump brags about groping women

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"I'm automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them," he says in the video. "It's like a magnet. Just kiss. I don't even wait. And when you're a star they let you do it. You can do anything."

That was the mildest of his comments. I do find it interesting that all the racism and bigotry was fine, but this has even the top brass in the GOP condemning him.

6079_Smith_W

I suppose there is an outside chance he might do a Chuck Colson. But I don't think anyone would believe it.

Then again, I think he has already been running on people studiously holding their noses and ignoring stuff because they think Hillary is worse. So why not in this case?

 

Rev Pesky

6079_Smith_W wrote:

I suppose there is an outside chance he might do a Chuck Colson. But I don't think anyone would believe it.

Then again, I think he has already been running on people studiously holding their noses and ignoring stuff because they think Hillary is worse. So why not in this case?

As I posted above. The family values crowd which is the GOP base. They don't mind racism, they don't mind bigotry, they don't mind demagoguery. In fact they may even like it. But this is different. To this crowd the 'wife and mother' is placed firmly on a pedestal, at least symbolically. When their candidate starts talking about grabbing women by the pussy, and being able to get away with it because he's a star, he's kind of crossed a line.

And whatever the Trump base voters think, there's a whole bunch of Republicans running for Senate and Representative seats that will have to put up with the fallout. They're already heading for the exits, distancing themselves from their presidential candidate. Honestly, it's possible, perhaps not likely, but possible, that Trump will be forced to resign as candidate.  

6079_Smith_W

We'll see. He has been losing steam among some already. If his real base didn't flinch at him calling on Russia to hack the government, or advise gun owners to assassinate Clinton, do you really think they are going to do a 180 over our culture's most universal pastime - misogyny?

After all, that quote is years old. And we have already seen him in soft core porn shoots.

Anyway, here's something new. Look's like he is using one of his friend's playbooks and has started with the outright lying disinformation sites:

http://www.presidentialvoting2016.com/robert-de-niro-switches-to-trump-s...

That might be news to Robert De Niro, who just said he wanted to punch Trump in the face:

 

6079_Smith_W

Aaaand... here's the apology.

http://theslot.jezebel.com/donald-trump-appears-to-pledge-not-to-grab-wo...

Don't know about his base, but I am kind of surprised he played his hand and let everyone know the big surprise he was saving up for the debate, so Clinton can be fully prepared with a response.

 

It is pretty much the only card, and the lowest card he has left. Dumb. Dumb. Dumb.

Rev Pesky

Some news and comments from Republicans on the latest from Donald Trump. From Bloomberg:

Tape of Trump's Crude Remarks About Women

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In the most stinging rebuke, the Republican presidential nominee was uninvited from a campaign event with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan Saturday in Wisconsin.

“I am sickened by what I heard today," Ryan said in statement. ``Women are to be championed and revered, not objectified. I hope Mr. Trump treats this situation with the seriousness it deserves and works to demonstrate to the country that he has greater respect for women than this clip suggests. In the meantime, he is no longer attending tomorrow’s event in Wisconsin.”

Other Republican criticism of Trump was swift and emphatic.

"No woman should ever be described in these terms or talked about in this manner. Ever,” said Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee. 

Other top Republicans to lash out at Trump for his comments include: Senators Mitch McConnell, John McCain, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. Utah Governor Gary Herbert took to Twitter to say he wouldn’t vote for Trump.

“Donald Trump's statements are beyond offensive & despicable. While I cannot vote for Hillary Clinton, I will not vote for Trump,” Herbert said.

Spencer Zwick,  a top Republican fundraiser, said donors are backing away from Trump.

"Major GOP donors are pulling support from Donald Trump and are now looking to fund an effort to back someone else as the Republican nominee," Zwick said   

Note the comment by Paul Ryan. That illustrates what I was talking about. Can a person be a misogynist at the same time as they express the sentiment that "Women are to be championed and revered, not objectified." Absolutely.

It's the 'revered' part that's the giveaway. Men of the Paul Ryan type may well feel that 'a woman's place is in the home', that women should obey their husbands, that women shouldn't be paid the same as men, that women should strive to make a good home for the husband and children. In other words, that a woman should be all those things that their biblical and strait-laced upbringing tells them a woman should be.

So they definitely objectify women in that way, but it is different than men, like Trump, who objectify women as sex objects only.

And while the Paul Ryan types don't see their own objectifying, they certainly see, and abhor, Trump's sexual objectifying.

Here's a bit more from Ana Navarro, Republican strategist and commentator:

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Ana Navarro ‏@ananavarro 5h5 hours ago
Trump's a racist. Bigot. Misogynist. Boasts of grabbing a woman's pussy. What the hell else do GOP leaders need to renounce this guy? What?? Ana Navarro ‏@ananavarro 5h5 hours ago

Flake, Chaffetz, Romney, Gov. of Utah...all Mormons. All showing a conscience. None supporting Trump. Can make a difference in AZ, UT, NV.   

Bear in mind, this is all coming from the Republican Party. Trump is in trouble.

6079_Smith_W

Sure. They have been waffling since day one. Him telling jokes about having sex with his daughter didn't stop them from giving him the nomination.

And yes, he is sliding in the polls.This latest nosedive started a week ago.

If you want to think that this is somehow a watershed moment, that is fine. I don't see it as particularly different than a lot of things he has done. And alleged Christian values aside, I think many of them don't care about guys talking about women like this.

Does it add a bit more fuel to the fire? Sure. But given his base, it could easily turn around again. Of course none of these polls determine ensure the outcome on election day. And if there isn't a good ground game, and if there is voter suppression, anything could happen. Especially in a critical swing state like Florida.

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/10/07/the-gops-bigge...

NorthReport

Trump the Chump has brought the Republican Party to its nitemare scenario

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/10/08/trump-nightmare-starts-for-real-for-gop-a...

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As always during this election cycle it has been All About Trump, and not Hillary Clinton. No matter how bad the news, Trump got the free media. Any money spent on advertising has been as nothing since Trump's video with Billy Bush.

Trump will not step down, which is the only way the Republican Party can find a replacement. If we know anything about Trump, it is that he will not back down. 

If people are wondering why the evangelicals are sticking with Trump consider that his personality type is very similar to the Christian preachers who lead them: egotistical, womanizing, maniacal, deluded, grandiose, type-'A' etc. 

Now, the entire Howard Stern content with Trump has been released. The Howard Stern-oriented stuff is the loveable preacher caught in a motel room like Jimmy Swaggart. In this way he can hold together his base which seems to include misogynistic Howard Stern jocks, evangelicals, and Wallace Dixiecrats. 

I am somewhat concerned that we have heard the worst from Trump and it is clear sailing for him for another month. Because of his natural tendency to hog all of the media, the polls will start drifting his way again. 

NorthReport

Unlikely!

Mr. Magoo

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Trump will not step down, which is the only way the Republican Party can find a replacement.

Even if he did, right now, that would be no guarantee that the Republicans could field a new candidate.  Advance voting has already begun, and ballots have already been printed and mailed for overseas electors.

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I am somewhat concerned that we have heard the worst from Trump

Oh, I doubt that.  We've already heard plenty enough, and the problem isn't that there's not a surplus of it, but that his die-hards just circle the wagons tighter.

Tonight's town hall debate should be a bushel of fun, though.  Prior to this, I think Clinton should have been the more worried -- she's usually got the warmth and charm of an ATM.  But I expect that some citizens might want to ask Trump to expand on his "grab them by the p___y" comment and he's going to have to respond like a real, honest, contrite human being -- none of those being his strong suit.  If he blows his stack, or blames his choices on Bill, that's going to be the end of him, and promising ten more walls couldn't fix it.

6079_Smith_W

montrealer58 wrote:

If people are wondering why the evangelicals are sticking with Trump consider that his personality type is very similar to the Christian preachers who lead them: egotistical, womanizing, maniacal, deluded, grandiose, type-'A' etc.

I think it is more because he is their only hope to push their interests on the anti-choice front, on the supreme court, on their "religious right to discriminate against others" front, and on the anti LGBT front.

Not to mention the whole range of conservative social issues they tend to favour. Given that, it is no surprise many of them will hold their nose and vote for him. 

NorthReport

More than a few GOPers are probably thinking right now that Jeb Bush would have been a good choice for their nominee

Actually they are probably thinking any of those folks Trump the Chump defeated for the nomination would be a better choice

What the Democrats need to do is make sure Paul Ryan's support for Trump the Chump is given widespread attention

One can only hope that the Democrats take the House of Reps as well

Mr. Magoo

I think that some voters would and will vote Republican no matter what.

This is probably true of any established party in any electoral jurisdiction.  I expect that Canada also has its fair share of "committed" voters for each of the three, or maybe even four, parties.  I'm not convinced it's contingent on this or that policy nor exclusive to the U.S.

All that's left to be interesting is their rationalizations.  It was eleven years ago; everyone talks like that; it was a private (on air!) conversation; what matters is that wall.

Read: "please don't try to make me change who I am -- I'm a Republican!"

NDPP

The Trump Phenomenon as Seen From Europe

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/10/07/the-trump-phenomenon-as-seen-from...

"The point at which the conflict between Trump and the pro-Clinton left, including the lesser-evilists becomes interesting is the issue of war and peace. As for those of us in Europe, the issue is not to support either Trump or Clinton since there is absolutely nothing we can do about it.

We need to wake up to our submission to the United States and try to free ourselves, which requires a long-term effort at cultural, psychological and political liberation. From that angle, an eventual election of Trump could have a positive effect, at least in the short term, by the shock it would provoke among our American-idolizing media and political elites.

But it is up to ourselves to recapture our own independence. That never comes from outside."

 

Washington Leads the World To War

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/10/07/washington-leads-the-world-to-war/

"The people control nothing. Why does the world look to the most stupid, vile, arrogant, corrupt and murderous government on the planet for leadership? War is the only destination to which Washington can lead."

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