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Hard News: Trump's Dummkopfs

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  • Zach Bagnall,

    The tax thing stood out to me too. Immediately opens the door to questions of why he thinks not funding schools, roads, police etc is "smart"?

    Colorado • Since Nov 2006 • 120 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Zach Bagnall,

    why he thinks

    See, that's your problem, right there. Never make assumptions that can't be proven.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2930 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    OMG, I think I invoked him...

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming,

    Rachel Maddow (MSNBC) seems to have a mole in Newsweek's office, or else Newsweek has a really crap advance publicity strategy. This is the second week in a row that they have had a "small piece" of exclusive notice of the next day's cover story.

    Whatever. Seems that Trump was doing business in Cuba while it was illegal. Surprise.

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/new-article-to-look-at-trump-ties-to-cuba-775347779553?cid=sm_fb_maddow

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2930 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

    Trump has continued his attacks on former Miss Universe Alicia Machado. This time he’s issued a series of tweets between 3am – 5:30am, implying there is “a sex tape” involving Machado. Fact checkers say that’s a lie.

    The Trump Foundation which he uses a a personal piggy bank was never officially registered in New York State and has been operating illegally. That inspired this memorable quote from Prof. James J. Fishman, a professor at Pace University’s law school in NY.

    He’s a billionaire who acts like a thousandaire.

    And while Republican leaders such as Cruz have swallowed shit and ditched their integrity to endorse Trump, not all US conservatives are that weak and floppy. The Arizona Republic is a bastion of the Republican movement.

    For 126 years, the Republic has endorsed candidates for president of the United States. For 126 years, they’ve always been Republicans.

    This week the Republic broke tradition and officially endorsed Hillary Clinton. It’s worth reading the editorial for its concise description of Trump’s faults and marvel that this is coming from a far right publication.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1386 posts Report Reply

  • tussock,

    That editorial is quite heart-warming, Alfie.

    Clinton is a presidential candidate; deliberate, serious, considered, and in a position to unite the country and make it stronger into a challenging future.

    Trump is none of those things. Arizona's a long shot to swing Democrat, about 10% or so yet, but little things like that, you never know. It's really nice to see serious folks in the US notice the same things the rest of the world does.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narcissistic_personality_disorder

    Just gunna leave that there.

    Since Nov 2006 • 607 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    confederacy of dunces?

    Like millions of others, she believed that President Barack Obama was a Muslim. And like so many she had gotten to know online through social media, she also believed that he was likely gay, that Michelle Obama could be a man, and that the Obama children were possibly kidnapped from a family now searching for them.
    “So beautiful,” Melanie said as Ivanka Trump walked onto the convention stage to introduce her father, and soon the soaring score of the movie Air Force One was blasting through the TV. Melanie sat up straighter. This is what she had been waiting for.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/84883174/finally-someone-who-thinks-like-me

    The 'genius' is out of the bottle...

    The New York Times on Sunday published "a very, very good story for Donald Trump," Chris Christie said on Fox News Sunday. Rudy Giuliani called him an "absolute genius" on ABC's This Week. And Trump himself weighed in, saying he was singularly qualified to fix a system he may have exploited.
    "I know our complex tax laws better than anyone who has ever run for president and am the only one who can fix them," Trump tweeted on Sunday, just five weeks ahead of the election.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/84884419/donald-trump-could-have-avoided-18-years-of-tax-due-to-massive-business-losses

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7889 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Saturday Night Live - Alec Baldwin nails Trump

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7889 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Semmens, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    That Washington Post article picked up by Stuff is a disgrace to respectable journalism. To do a hatchet job on Trump supporters via a mentally ill woman – Melanie clearly has mental health issues, having lost her job after allowing a train to run a red light in what was obviously some sort of pyschotic episode and she is on medication – should be unacceptable to a MSM newspaper. Now, a vulnerable woman will be splashed across the world’s newspapers in order to give the petty-bourgeois intelligentsia something to to gloat over. Sometimes, you don’t need to look very far to see why so many Trump supporters loath the smart arse middle classes.

    Sevilla, Espana • Since Nov 2006 • 2212 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    smart arse middle classes.

    Guilty as charged - but fair enough, your point is taken.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7889 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Semmens, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    I wasn't talking about you!

    Sevilla, Espana • Since Nov 2006 • 2212 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    I wasn’t talking about you!

    Phew!
    But damn, I thought I'd finally found a hat that suited me...
    ;- )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7889 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    To do a hatchet job on Trump supporters via a mentally ill woman – Melanie clearly has mental health issues, having lost her job after allowing a train to run a red light in what was obviously some sort of pyschotic episode and she is on medication – should be unacceptable to a MSM newspaper. Now, a vulnerable woman will be splashed across the world’s newspapers in order to give the petty-bourgeois intelligentsia something to to gloat over.

    Sorta, but sorta not.

    It's a very sad story, but the chilling part is the pervasive alt-media environment that feeds this poor woman's paranoid beliefs – and the candidate who embodies them. Literally millions of Americans believe the things she does – are they all mentally unwell?

    The author, Stephanie McCrummen, is an award-winning writer on mental health issues – she's written a series of stories on people falling through the cracks. So it's not just a political hit-job.

    A few days ago I watched Zed Nelson's Gun Nation documentary for The Guardian. Nelson revisits people he first profiled 18 years ago, very normal-looking conservatives, and it really gets quite dark by the end as it becomes clear what these people actually believe.

    There's something wrong in conservative white America, there really is.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22753 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

    Alec Baldwin channels Trump on Saturday Night Live.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1386 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Semmens, in reply to Russell Brown,

    but the chilling part is the pervasive alt-media environment that feeds this poor woman’s paranoid beliefs – and the candidate who embodies them. Literally millions of Americans believe the things she does – are they all mentally unwell?

    Sure, there are plenty of sane, angry, radicialised Trump supporters. Which begs the question why didn't Stephanie McCrummen find one of them, instead of some poor crazy woman? It looks like a very cheap shot to me that distracts from the valid points being made.

    The radicalising effect of the right wing hate machine has been covered here and here in just Salon, it isn't exactly a newly observed phenomena - and the relentless jackboot stamping on our faces that is the sneering of Hoskings and Henry and all the rest of Newstalk hate radio has had a similar, if lesser so far, effect here. The difference here is, so far, the National party is still the home of most of our media wingnuts.

    Sevilla, Espana • Since Nov 2006 • 2212 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/84890639/as-news-of-trumps-taxes-breaks-he-goes-off-script-at-a-rally-in-pennsylvania

    To be honest Trump sounds like he may have medication problems as well.

    Donald Trump's campaign announced Saturday evening that the candidate would soon deliver a nine-sentence critique of comments Hillary Clinton made months ago about many of the millennials supporting her primary rival, Bernie Sanders. It was an attempt to latch onto a new headline in hopes of finally escaping the controversies that had consumed his week.
    It didn't work.
    It took Trump nearly 25 minutes to read the brief statement because he kept going off on one angry tangent after another - ignoring his teleprompters and accusing Clinton of not being "loyal" to her husband, imitating her buckling at a memorial service last month, suggesting that she is "crazy" and saying she should be in prison. He urged his mostly white crowd of supporters to go to polling places in "certain areas" on Election Day to "watch" the voters there. He also repeatedly complained about having a "bum mic" at the first presidential debate and wondered if he should have done another season of The Apprentice."

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7889 posts Report Reply

  • andin, in reply to Russell Brown,

    There’s something wrong in conservative white America, there really is.

    The incoherence of their belief systems, not only religious, is on display.
    Its a sorry sight.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1881 posts Report Reply

  • andin,

    Lying to prop up a rotten system

    Reminds me of our politicians johnkey especially

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1881 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

    While the fact that Trump probably doesn't pay any tax may have punctured the orange clown's campaign, now New York's attorney general has ordered Trump’s charitable foundation to suspend all fundraising immediately. The Trump foundation has been soliciting donations of more than $25,000 a year without being properly registered under New York law. No surprises there then.

    Of course there's also the little matter of Trump using funds from the Trust to pay his personal debts. Then there's that ongoing law suit against his dodgy "university" being pursued by same NY attorney general.

    Is this misogynistic, lying fraud really the best candidate the Republicans can come up with the fill the role of president?

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1386 posts Report Reply

  • linger, in reply to Alfie,

    Having had the Democrats choose a Republican-lite candidate,
    the Republicans don’t need to take the election seriously;
    so, send in the clown…

    More seriously, what we’re seeing is that many voters don’t trust the system, and so anyone who appears to be outside the system can gain support. Except there are very good reasons Trump is a Washington outsider: e.g. he doesn’t play well with others; and he knows nothing about politics and likes it that way. Whereas … being a lying racist misogynistic moneygrubbing sack of shit doesn’t make him that much of an outlier in the Republican circus.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1888 posts Report Reply

  • linger,

    Mae West noted

    Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.

    It's hard to look at the US election and not think they're taking that advice seriously.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1888 posts Report Reply

  • Rob S, in reply to linger,

    To a kiwi such as myself almost every Democrat looks Republican-lite.

    The next President gets to forward nominations for the supreme court justices where one is currently pending and 1or 2 more are probable during the next term.
    This is a big deal for a court selected by politicians that has acted in a less than neutral political manner previously and where a lot of the American culture wars have been fought out.
    Hillary has been treated to the most excoriating attacks by the Republicans and their media proxies on a prolonged and relentless basis.
    I wouldn't expect this crowd of hopelessly compromised shills in the senate and congress to suddenly breakout into a party of reason and compromise.
    Will the Republicans step back from the rancorous bipartisan precipice to which their extreme and shrill base has taken them.Who knows?
    I wouldn't bet the house on it not even a good bottle of wine.
    They've sowed the wind now they're reaping the whirlwind which on this occasion is a bright orange loon issuing brainfarts.
    Trump is the drunk stranger at a wedding who can turn the whole affair into a shitfest strewing mayhem blithely behind.
    It's kinda fun to watch but you wouldn't want it happening to your family and friends.
    Later on the adults will have to come in and clean up but no one seems to be volunteering at present.

    Since Apr 2010 • 135 posts Report Reply

  • Rochelle Wilson,

    The terrible, frightening Trump is likely to win because so many possible Hillary voters can't vote: voter registration difficulties+++ for black Americans; boundary changes etc.
    So many Republican Senators are every bit as determined to get elected/re-elected by whatever means as they are to support Trump's election..

    Kapiti • Since Jul 2007 • 17 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Rochelle Wilson,

    The terrible, frightening Trump is likely to win because so many possible Hillary voters can’t vote

    Perhaps Obama could use one last Executive Order to ban future Executive Orders - just in case.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7889 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

    Trump responds to criticism of his tax position, suggesting he'll become a better person when he's wearing the presidential hat.

    “The unfairness in the tax laws is unbelievable,” he told an evening rally in Loveland, Colorado, following suggestions he could have escaped paying taxes for nearly two decades thanks to declaring $916m in losses.

    “I am a big beneficiary, but you are more important than my being a big beneficiary, so we are going to straighten it out and make it fairer for everybody,” he added, seeking to persuade voters that past exploitation of the rules for personal gain would be put to one side if he became president.

    “Fixing our broken tax code is one of the main reasons I’m running for president,” he told an earlier rally in Pueblo. “I’m working for you now,” he added, “I’m not working for Trump.”

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1386 posts Report Reply

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