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Hard News: Trump's Dummkopfs

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  • Russell Brown,

    Warren Buffett responds comprehensively to Trump's attempt to deflect criticism of his tax affairs by claiming all rich guys do it.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22724 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Russell Brown,

    In more past-24-hours madness:

    Trump Ally Alex Jones: High-Level Sources Confirmed That Clinton, Obama Are Demons

    NOT satire.

    Ah Alex, I've missed you. But my aim is getting better.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2929 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Trump Ally Alex Jones: High-Level Sources Confirmed That Clinton, Obama Are Demons
    NOT satire.

    Sulfur the little children to come unto me...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7869 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

    The world's media seems to be overflowing with commentary on Trump. His debate performance, the creepy way he stalked Hillary around the stage, his groping of women and the utter revulsion which hangs around him like a stench. He is a repulsive and disgusting human being.

    I enjoyed NY Times writer Charles M. Blow's Donald Trump, Barbarian at the Debate which echoes the incredulity many of us feel that this character is somehow in the running for US president.

    And NY audio artist Matt McCorkle has created an interesting remix (2:11) of the 2nd debate called "No More Perverts".

    https://soundcloud.com/equal-sonics/trump_tapes_debate/

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1372 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Surely you need *low* level sources to detect demons?

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

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Mr Snuffleupagus ?
    Trump's performance wasn't to be sniffed at - or was it?

    He does sound a bit like some lip-smacking reptile...
    or is he a bloodhound dog...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7869 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1372 posts Report Reply

  • Rich Lock, in reply to BenWilson,

    I've certainly heard worse.

    There's a world of difference between an unrestrained 'I'd like to...', and 'Hey, this is what I actually do, because I can...'

    back in the mother countr… • Since Feb 2007 • 2728 posts Report Reply

  • andin,

    High-Level Sources

    I guess they must mean god, or the voice they hear in their head.

    OK I' m not mocking 'cause that is the source of a lot of delusional behaviour when it gets out of control.
    When anyone thinks they have some insight denied to the rest of us. It is a psychosis, mental illness, whatever you want to call it. And when this state of mind becomes normalized, as in everyone around you thinks like this it is dangerous.
    It looks like Trump will loose the election, fingers crossed, but this madness will still be there just driven underground and that is when it can do the most damage.
    Either way the future in the US and by extension all of us isnt looking rosy by a very long time unless we start doing some things very differently.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1868 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    A Facebook friend has other FB friends who are conservative Americans.

    Wondering what could lead one of them to say the things she did in a discussion under one of his posts, I clicked through to her Facebook page. It was a click through the rabbit hole.

    There was cheerleading for Trump, but it seemed to come with less passion than her loathing for Clinton. But she had reasons – many, many reasons. Almost all of those reasons were long-debunked zombie memes. She didn’t seem to be a terrible person (and clearly wasn’t a racist), that was just her reality.

    It seems significant that the only recent non-political post was a share of an undying 2008 hoax about a coming storm of cosmic rays, warning people to “not let your cell phone be close to your body, it may cause damage.” Maybe for all this to take there has to be some base level of credulity or paranoia.

    A lot of her shares were links to Breitbart. Her favourite conspiracy theories mostly seemed to originate with Roger Stone. And, really, that’s what people like Stone and Bannon have done: over decades, created a imaginary narrative that millions of people now live within. It’s a bit of a worry.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22724 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming,

    Someone on my FB was touting Clinton as "more hawkish than Trump". My response:

    When people talk about Clinton being more hawkish than Trump (scusi but who was it wants to use nukes?) and a warmonger, because the US was at war for the 4 years while she was Secretary of State, I think they need to learn some history. What do the years 1796, 1797, 1811, 1826, 1828, 1829, 1830, 1834, 1845, 1850, 1897, 1977, and 1979 have in common? Those are the only years, since the beginning of the War of Independence in 1775, when the US has *not* been at war internationally or domestically. 13 years out of 242. The US was born in war and for 95% of its existence, has waged war. It's its natural state of being. That's what Eisenhower was warning about the military-industrial complex, as he left office. Deplorable as that is, you can't blame Clinton for doing her job

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2929 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

    While numerous high profile Republicans are backing away from the Trump train wreck, Paul Krugman points out in the NY Times that Republicans in safe seats are staying noticeably quiet on the matter.

    Krugman suggests that recent moves to disassociate Trump from the GOP are only damage limitation, and that the Party must shoulder the blame for the rise and fall of the abomination that is Donald J. Trump.

    Mr. Trump, in other words, isn’t so much an anomaly as he is a pure distillation of his party’s modern essence.

    Predators in Arms

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1372 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to nzlemming,

    Can one even work out Trump's position on anything? It sounded in the last debate like he was making up military policy on the fly. Couldn't we have, like, a secret war against the Russians in Libya, or something? Shouldn't Clinton, as Secretary of State, have already done that!!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10629 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to BenWilson,

    Can one even work out Trump's position on anything?

    It didn't pass the sniff test.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2929 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming,

    October surprise!

    Where's my popcorn?

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2929 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to nzlemming,

    October surprise!

    No!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10629 posts Report Reply

  • linger, in reply to nzlemming,

    None of this should be treated as entertainment
    (he says, not quite resisting the urge to make the obvious joke
    about really not wanting to know about Trump's position)

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1870 posts Report Reply

  • Rich Lock, in reply to Russell Brown,

    A Facebook friend has other FB friends who are conservative Americans....an imaginary narrative that millions of people now live within

    It's a trip through the rabbit hole alright. I've seen one or two since the last debate where the response to Trump's 'she'd be in jail' bluster was all along the lines of 'hahaha, zing! Got her good! Never get tired of watching this!', etc.

    I personally find it really troubling that I can't bend my mind far enough to begin to understand how some people view the world. The mental effort that goes into ignoring anything, no matter how glaringly obvious, that runs counter to a certain pre-set internal narrative, and inflating anything that might conceivably support that narrative miles beyond it's actual worth, is really scary.

    back in the mother countr… • Since Feb 2007 • 2728 posts Report Reply

  • Rich Lock, in reply to Rich Lock,

    I personally find it really troubling that I can't bend my mind far enough to begin to understand how some people view the world.

    Edit: individuals and outliers don't really bother me, but millions of people.....It's the kind of train of thought that if you ride it too far ends at 'am I the crazy one?' station.

    back in the mother countr… • Since Feb 2007 • 2728 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Trump's 'asterickroll'...
    I note a twitter video report of Trump urging his fans to vote on November 28th!
    (or risk becoming just an 'asterick' in history)
    His approach is true huckster style (and Rickster) - this is your last and only chance, don't miss out, step right up - with an__ 'I'm never gonna let you down' __ subtext!

    In this story:
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/live/2016/oct/11/trump-tape-paul-ryan-support?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+main+NEW+H+categories&utm_term=194421&subid=7516316&CMP=EMCNEWEML6619I2

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7869 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

    With his shackles off, Trump is now free to make up anything he likes. Here’s a classic Trumpism from this morning.

    "Isis will take over the United States if Hillary Clinton is elected president."

    Oh, please. Even Trump’s most ardent arm-dragging fanboys would have trouble believing that one. Surely?

    Meanwhile another appalling Trump story broke last week but was quickly overshadowed by Trump’s “I grope women” scandal. In an interview with CNN last week, Trump insisted that the Central Park Five are guilty.

    A quick recap… five african-american teenagers were convicted for the 1989 beating and rape of a female jogger in Central Park. Trump took out full page newspaper ads at the time seeking the death penalty. Fast forward a few years, serial rapist Matias Reyes confessed he had acted alone and DNA evidence confirmed his account. The Central Park Five were all freed (after serving 6-13 years in prison) and NY City paid a $41m settlement.

    Case closed? Not in Trump’s mind.

    "They admitted they were guilty,” Trump said this week in a statement to CNN’s Miguel Marquez. “The police doing the original investigation say they were guilty. The fact that that case was settled with so much evidence against them is outrageous. And the woman, so badly injured, will never be the same."

    For Trump, the fact that the five are african-american appears to provide all the evidence of guilt he needs. You can almost hear the banjos from here.

    God bless America.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1372 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Alfie,

    With his shackles off, Trump is now free...

    Even his own allusion to his 'slavery' is offensive!

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7869 posts Report Reply

  • Gee, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    This wasn’t “locker room talk”, but descriptions of sexual assault that he had done and planned to continue committing. It’s criminal behaviour.

    Canada, eh • Since May 2011 • 78 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

    During the second debate Trump was asked if he had ever groped or sexually assaulted women, as caught on the hot mic. He said, 'No'.

    You'll never guess what happened next...

    And the Wall Street Journal discusses the damage Trump has done to his brand.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1372 posts Report Reply

  • Logan O'Callahan,

    It's like watching a car crash in slow motion.

    His only response seems to be doubling down.

    "I might be bad, but her husband is much worse".

    There's 4 more weeks.. Where will it be by the end?

    It's almost impossible to comment on, there is so much you could say.

    I'm most concerned for the women who have been brave enough to put themselves in the firing line, quite possibly literally given the rabidity of his supporters and his rhetoric.

    Auckland • Since Jun 2016 • 10 posts Report Reply

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