Friday, July 3, 2015

The Republican Presidential Candidate That Trumps The Rest

He could win my vote with six words: 

"I will stand up to Israel."

Of course, he won't be saying such a thing because of his advisers.

"Is Donald Trump for real? N.H. thinks so" by James Pindell Globe Staff  July 02, 2015

BEDFORD, N.H. — Whether New York businessman Donald Trump is serious about running for president or just serious about getting publicity, his groundswell of support in recent weeks is hard to ignore. 

In a way -- and it has to do with my lead intro -- you almost want a rich guy who may possibly be independent, as opposed to the political creations and captured of lobbyists. 

Does that mean I'd vote for Trump? Hell no!

Since announcing his bid for president in mid-June, Trump has climbed to second place among the Republican field in New Hampshire, Iowa, and nationwide, according to separate polls in recent days. No other Republican has numbers as good in all three metrics.


A deeper look into these polls, and interviews with dozens of Trump supporters in New Hampshire, suggest that his backers are attracted by his reality TV star celebrity, and his blunt message on the issues, particularly immigration.

The voters like "You're fired" because they have been feeling that way the last three or four election cycles at least.

A University of New Hampshire poll found that Republican voters in the Granite State trusted him more than any other Republican candidate to improve the nation’s economy.

Let's not get carried away here!

His second-place standing, to be sure, comes seven months before New Hampshire votes and before many of the other candidates have garnered much name-recognition. Early polls often bear little resemblance to final vote tallies.

Machines will screw him.

His strong showing now is also a result of an unwieldy field of 18 potential and announced Republican candidates all vying for a slice of the electorate.

Yeah, why is that?

Trump’s rise has been on a parallel track with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’s second-place rise in the Democratic presidential contest. In Democratic polls Sanders has support around 35 percent. But in a diffused Republican field, Trump can nab second place with just 11 percent support.

Related: Sanders Surging

On Tuesday about 200 Republican and independent voters stood around a Bedford backyard pool in light rain hoping to see Trump. Among them were Janet Maroux and Phillip Labrake, independent voters from Manchester. Both said Trump’s wealth makes him free to say things other politicians cannot.

“He doesn’t need anyone’s money, so he can be his own person and say the things we are all thinking, particularly when it comes to his stance on immigration,” Labrake said. The controversy over Trump’s recent statement that Mexicans illegally crossing the border are “killers” and “rapists,” only makes Labrake like him more.

Well, not all of them.

Even in a historic two weeks involving major news stories like the racially charged shootings in South Carolina, Supreme Court rulings on the Affordable Care Act and gay marriage, and even New York prison escapees, controversies involving Trump remain in the news.

The tyranny isn't gray at all.

Univision, NBC Universal, and Macy’s announced they were no longer doing business with Trump, but such news only reaffirmed to these Trump supporters that their candidate is fighting the broader system. 

RelatedSpanish-language broadcaster Univision files for IPO

Indeed, the most common characterization Trump supporters in Bedford used to explain his appeal was “truth teller” — and, said Chuck Poltack of Bedford, he “tells it the way the Republican candidates should tell it.”

Sasha Daneault, a stay-at-home mother from Manchester, said Trump’s business background is what the country needs. “He has run one of the largest companies in the world, and what we need right now is a businessman,” Daneault said.

How many times has he filed for bankruptcy? 

Pollsters from the University of New Hampshire and Suffolk University found that Trump does best among voters who are younger, less educated, and with less income.


The Suffolk poll found that Trump led all Republicans in New Hampshire among those between the ages of 18 and 44 and also led among those less interested in politics.

Trump also appears to do well among women and small business owners.

Valerie Tukey, who owns Aesthetics by Valerie in Nashua, said she likes Trump because he understands business and “doesn’t play the PC game.”

Matt Lemieux, 36, of Lee, N.H., founder of an insurance and financial planning company, said he supported Trump “long before he was even a candidate.”

“We need his strong leadership, and who better understands the economy and how to create jobs than Trump?” Lemieux said.

A Quinnipiac University poll of Iowa Republicans released Wednesday found that Trump had consistent support from all parts of the party’s ideological spectrum, from Tea Party movement supporters to moderates.

“In Iowa there is a slice of the electorate who says they are for him, but we are eight months before any state votes, and that is an eternity,” said Quinnipiac pollster Peter Brown.

A CNN poll of Republican voters across the nation put Trump in second place behind former governor Jeb Bush of Florida.

See: Bush the Guy to Beat For GOP Nomination

“Politicians are all talk and no action, and the American public is ready for a leader with a proven track record of success,” Trump said in a statement Wednesday. “These poll results are representative of the response we are receiving from all over the country.”

The poll results also mean Trump will probably qualify for the first two GOP primary debates that will occur in August and September. To qualify candidates must be in the top 10 in an aggregate of national polls.

“I think the most interesting moment for Trump will be that first debate,” Brown said. “What he says and how he performs will show whether he is at a ceiling for support.”

While the University of New Hampshire poll showed that only 7 percent of Republicans viewed Trump as the most electable GOP candidate in the general election, Mylla Fairley of Stratham said she believes he has the best ability to beat Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton.

“Mitt Romney was too gentle with his opponent,” said Fairley, who attended the Trump house party in Bedford. “No one doubts for a minute that Trump will take it right to Clinton. He isn’t afraid of anybody.”

Is that what the tea leaves say?



From beyond the fringe, it’s Donald Trump. Again.

Trump’s presidential bid has no downside for him

We need a political process that matches Trump’s stature

Teasing finally ends for Trump’s N.H. staff

And he has a road map to the nomination!

"Donald Trump flaunts wealth in presidential bid" by Alexander Burns New York Times  June 17, 2015

NEW YORK — Donald J. Trump, the garrulous real estate developer whose name has adorned apartment buildings, hotels, neckties, and steaks, announced on Tuesday his entry into the 2016 presidential race, brandishing his wealth and fame as chief qualifications in an improbable quest for the Republican nomination.

Trump declared his candidacy in the atrium of Trump Tower, the luxury skyscraper on Fifth Avenue in New York City, proclaiming that only someone “really rich” — like himself — could restore American economic primacy.

That's a little elitist, doncha think?

“We need somebody that can take the brand of the United States and make it great again,” said Trump, repeatedly assailing China and Mexico as economic competitors and pledging to be “the greatest jobs president that God ever created.” 

Is that who he will be going to war against?

Trump, 69, has long toyed with running for president, boasting of his credentials as an entrepreneur and mocking the accomplishments of prominent elected officials. He has used the platform of a reality television show, NBC’s “The Apprentice,” to burnish his pop culture image as a formidable man of affairs.

It seems a remote prospect that Republicans, stung in 2012 by the caricature of their nominee, Mitt Romney, as a pampered and politically tone-deaf financier, would rebound by nominating a real estate magnate who has published books with titles such as, “Think Like a Billionaire” and “Midas Touch: Why Some Entrepreneurs Get Rich — And Why Most Don’t.”

But Trump, who has never held elected office, may not be so easily confined to the margins of the 2016 campaign. Thanks to his enormous media profile, he stands a good chance of qualifying for nationally televised debates, where his appetite for combat and skill at playing to the gallery could make him a powerfully disruptive presence.

In the past, Trump’s presidential posturing has seldom been taken seriously, and for good reason: Ahead of the 2000 and 2012 elections, Trump twice hyped up the possibility of seeking the White House before abandoning the idea.

Trump’s remarks in midtown Manhattan are unlikely to allay suspicions that he is entering the race mainly to appear in debates and win attention. He bragged extensively about the golf resorts he owns (“I have the best courses in the world”) and a hotel he is developing in Washington.

Over his more than 40-minute speech, Trump warned that the stock market may collapse again and mocked Secretary of State John F. Kerry for having broken his leg in a recent bicycle race.

Okay, he's reading the alternative press when it comes to the stock market and economy, but Kerry didn't break his leg doing that. It was the cover story for a message sent by Zionist masters for attempting peace with Iran and backing down on Ukraine. 

But Trump and his allies insist that he is serious about this race. He said he will release a financial statement sketching out his assets, without requesting any extensions from the government; at one point, Trump held up a document that he said tallied his net worth just shy of $9 billion. It is unclear whether Trump will make a more complete disclosure of tax returns, as is customary for credible presidential candidates.

He can fund his own campaign.

Associates say Trump is willing, even eager, to spend his fortune in the race and has hired staff in the early nominating states.

“He has said a couple of times that he could easily put $100 million into the race and that he feels that would not impact him financially,” said Christopher Ruddy, a friend of Trump’s.

Ruddy, the chief executive of Newsmax, the conservative magazine and website, said Trump would bring an unaccustomed level of glamour to the Republican field.

“He’s got that celebrity status,” Ruddy said. “Republicans sort of crave that, because we don’t have it, generally.”

You know what that means, right?

Geraldo Rivera, the veteran broadcaster who was a finalist on the reality show “Celebrity Apprentice,” said Trump would quickly leave a mark on the race thanks to his ability as a showman.

“Right now, Jeb Bush is announcing,” Rivera said Monday afternoon. “Who would you rather watch, him or Trump?”


But as well known as he is, Trump is also widely disliked: A recent Quinnipiac University poll found that about 7 in 10 voters nationally hold an unfavorable view of him, including 52 percent of Republicans.

He may not win the nomination.

Trump has shown he is eager to scuffle with other Republicans, including Jeb Bush. He has spoken contemptuously, in public and private, about the former Florida governor and swiped at him repeatedly during the kickoff event.

“I don’t see how he can possibly get the nomination,” Trump said of Bush. “He’s weak on immigration. He’s in favor of Common Core. How the hell can you vote for this guy?”

Trump’s policy views can be as provocative as his demeanor. In the past, he has called climate change “a hoax” and said he has a “foolproof” plan to defeat the Islamic State that he will not reveal so as not to tip off the group.

That last part is so Nixonian, and what's he going to do, order the CIA to stop creating cells using their Arab allies?

Beyond that, he wins points for the climate change but not much.

That was where my printed piece ended.

On Tuesday, Trump vowed to build a “Great Wall” on the Mexican border to keep out rapists and other criminals, who he said were sneaking into the United States in droves. 

Related: Israel's Solution to Illegal Immigration

If it's good enough for them....

Until now, he may be best known politically for his outspoken skepticism that President Obama was born in the United States. After his insistent demands during the 2012 race that Obama release his birth certificate, the president ultimately did just that, confirming he was born in Hawaii. 

He bought into the birther nonsense?

Trump has donated money to both parties, including to Democrats such as Hillary Rodham Clinton

It's all a FOOLEY, folks!

When Trump entertained a presidential bid in 2012, the conservative Club for Growth labeled him a liberal for his views on trade and his past support for universal health care, and accused him of having exploited government powers, including the use of eminent domain, to expand his real estate holdings.

If Trump’s ideology has proved flexible, the cornerstone of his worldview has not: He has consistently been a passionate believer in Donald Trump, and his own capacity to bully and badger his way into the best possible deal. That skill set, Trump has argued, would be an asset to America.

Hasn't this country bullied enough people?

At present, Trump said, rivals on the world stage do not take the US seriously.

But they do take our military might seriously.



"NBC said Monday that it is ending its business relationship with mogul and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump because of comments he made about Mexican immigrants during the announcement of his campaign. The network said it would no longer air the annual Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants, which had been a joint venture between the company and Trump. Miss USA has aired on NBC since 2003, and this year’s edition was set for July 12. ‘‘At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values,’’ NBC said in a statement. Trump’s reply: a ‘‘weak’’ NBC should prepare to meet him in court. Trump has also been a fixture on NBC as host of ‘‘The Apprentice’’ and its celebrity offshoot, and an agreement that he would no longer be on the show predated the current controversy. During his presidential kickoff speech, Trump said Mexican immigrants are ‘‘bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists and some, I assume, are good people.’’ He called for building a wall along the southern border of the United States." 

The odd thing is, it is his ilk that has set up this whole globalized world that gave rise to the very immigration problems from which his cla$$ benefits.

"Rapper Flo Rida, Macy’s, and football Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith have something in common: They’re the latest to distance themselves from Donald Trump after his remarks about Mexican immigrants. The Republican presidential hopeful’s team is struggling to hold the July 12 Miss USA pageant together following defections by hosts, performers, judges, and two television networks. Trump owns the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants. Flo Rida was scheduled to perform at Miss USA. Smith was to be a judge. Macy’s said it’s ‘‘disappointed and distressed’’ and will end its relationship with Trump; it has carried a Donald Trump menswear line since 2004. Trump’s campaign announcement contained his assertion that some Mexican immigrants bring drugs and some are rapists." 

This country has become so political correct these days it is bordering on complete totalitarianism. 

So what's next, a picture of Trump with the Confederate flag in the background?

"The Miss USA pageant, left without a TV home following blowback against co-owner Donald Trump over his comments on Mexican immigrants, has been rescued by the Reelz channel. In a statement on Thursday, chief executive Stan E. Hubbard said the cable and satellite channel acquired the rights to the show because of a belief that the pageant and the women who compete in it ‘‘are an integral part of American tradition.’’ Reelz said it considered the interests of Miss USA contestants, the host city of Baton Rouge, La., and viewers in making its decision. But it made no mention of Trump or the hot water he has found himself in since he announced his presidential bid in June."

Globe says it's been a bad week for him(?):

"Yes, yes, politician Donald Trump is riding high in Republican presidential primary polls. But businessman Donald Trump had a remarkably crummy week. After his controversial comments about Mexican immigrants in his campaign kickoff speech, he has been dropped by numerous corporate partners. Macy’s will no longer carry a Donald Trump line of menswear. NBC, Univision, and other TV stations have cut their ties. The cohosts of the Miss USA pageant (a joint venture between NBC and Trump) have dropped out, as have the hosts of the Spanish-language telecat on Univision. In response, Trump has sued Univision and called for a Macy’s boycott. A bizarre start to a presidential campaign, to say the least." 

For a bizarre ending to today's blog posts.

Can't wait to get started in the morning now that all this campaign filler has been posted.


"Hispanic leaders want GOP field to condemn Trump’s ‘idiocy’" by Steve Peoples Associated Press  July 04, 2015

WASHINGTON — Hispanic leaders are bristling at the largely tepid response by Republican presidential candidates to Donald Trump’s characterization of Mexican immigrants as rapists and drug dealers.

Several 2016 contenders have brushed off Trump’s comments while others have ignored them.

No one likes that, I suppose.

Marco Rubio, a Florida senator who is Hispanic, denounced them as ‘‘not just offensive and inaccurate, but also divisive,’’ after declining for two weeks to address the matter directly.

A Sunday Globe Special on Rubio is in the works (and if you don't no big deal; this is slop) so stay tuned!!

Another Hispanic in the race, Ted Cruz, said Trump is ‘‘terrific,’’ “brash,’’ and ‘‘speaks the truth.’’

A.... self-hating Hispanic????

It’s an uncomfortable moment for Republicans, who want more votes from the surging Latino population.

Been in a lot of those lately.

And it could be a costly moment if more candidates don’t go beyond their Donald-will-be-Donald response and condemn him directly, said Alfonso Aguilar, a Republican who leads the American Principles Project’s Latino Partnership.

‘‘The time has come for the candidates to distance themselves from Trump and call his comments what they are: ludicrous, baseless, and insulting,’’ Aguilar said. ‘‘Sadly, it hurts the party with Hispanic voters. It’s a level of idiocy I haven’t seen in a long time.’’

That may well be true; however, we have had up until now something called Freedom of Speech in this country. It's in the process of being shredded on the altar of politically-correct tyranny on a day when we are celebrating it; however, you are only in favor of free speech if it is speech you find offensive and objectionable.

Now I'm not talking fire in a crowded theater stuff. I'm talking about the political thought and discourse the founding fathers intended (gee, when you read that closely.... now!). I'm talking about the propaganda pre$$ and ma$$ media hate machine, although the more one thinks about it the more one could come to the conclusion that the constant hollering of war lies from their pages constitutes a fire in a theater call.

My position? Put it all out there. The truth will surface through the $cum. It always does. May take centuries, but it always does.

So far, Trump has paid less of a political price than a commercial one.

The leading Hispanic television network, Univision, has backed out of televising the Miss USA pageant, a joint venture between Trump and NBC, which also cut ties with Trump. On Wednesday, the Macy’s department store chain, which carried a Donald Trump menswear line, said it was ending its relationship with him.

I couldn't care le$$.

In his speech last month marking his entry into the Republican race, Trump said Mexican immigrants are ‘‘bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.’’

Did he just grant some amnesty

What bothers me is the same people claiming they are on the immigrants side are still sending them through the revolving door of the pri$on-indu$trial complex, a key component of that, while furthering the exact economic conditions that caused them to leave home, leave friends and family, and set off for an uncertain future. 

Is it just me, or is it Orwellian that the people who created the problem are proposing they solve it while advancing further the same policies that led to such things (NAFTA, TPP, blah, blah, blah)?

The businessman has refused to back down, although he insists his remarks were misconstrued.

Wouldn't be the first time the pre$$ did that.

‘‘My statements have been contorted to seem racist and discriminatory,’’ he wrote in a message to supporters on Thursday. ‘‘What I want is for legal immigrants to not be unfairly punished because others are coming into America illegally, flooding the labor market and not paying taxes.’’

That's the time we are in, even if someone tells the real truth.

His rhetoric may resonate with some of the Republican Party’s most passionate voters, who have long viewed illegal immigration as one of the nation’s most pressing problems.

I don't view it as a pressing problem; however, I view it as another component of the New World Order, whatever, that the lords and masters are pushing ahead fast. My two issues are war and the banking $y$tem first. Then the urgency drops off in a hurry.

But the 2016 contest brings opportunity for the party to make inroads with Hispanics, with several Latino candidates and a former Florida governor, Jeb Bush, who has deep Latino ties and speaks Spanish and hasn’t been shy about using it in the campaign.

Even so, Bush has said little more about Trump’s comments than that they were ‘‘wrong.’’

The Rev. Gabriel Salguero, president of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition, is paying keen attention to how the candidates respond to Trump’s ‘‘xenophobic rhetoric.’’

The over-the-top hyperbole these days is astounding. 

‘‘We’re listening very, very closely, not just what candidates say but what they don’t say — the sins of commission and the sins of omission,’’ he said.

That would be like reading an AmeriKan new$paper then, and religious leaders work very closely with government. They will help flock the sheeple when it is time.

Among 2016 contenders:

■  New Jersey Governor Chris Christie called Trump’s comments ‘‘wholly inappropriate.’’ But in a subsequent radio interview, he said Trump is ‘‘a really wonderful guy [who’s] always been a good friend.’’

■  Former Texas Governor Rick Perry said: ‘‘I don’t think Donald Trump’s remarks reflect the Republican Party.’’

■  Cruz said he likes Trump and thinks NBC ‘‘is engaging in political correctness’’ in breaking ties with him.

They have an agenda to push.

■  Rubio said the next president ‘‘needs to be someone who brings Americans together — not someone who continues to divide.’’

We hear that every four years. Next.

■  Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, former technology executive Carly Fiorina, and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson have been silent.



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  • Graham Going For 2016 GOP Nomination
  • Ripping Rand Paul
  • Jindal Campaign a Joke
  • Huckabee Campaign Sick
  • Christie Comes Out of the Closet
  • Who Cares About Kasich?
  • Perry at the Bottom of the Pile
  • Republican Primaries Go National

  • Then Trump stands a chance, although will long odds:

    "Owners of the former Trump Plaza casino plan to keep it shut for at least 10 years as a tax-saving measure. Trump Entertainment Resorts has filed a deed restriction for the casino, which closed last September, preventing it from being used as a casino for at least a decade. It could be used for another purpose. Potentially, the move avoids higher payments under a bill Governor Chris Christie could sign soon to have casinos make payments in lieu of taxes for 15 years as part of an Atlantic City rescue plan. The bill applies to any property licensed as a casino in 2014 that does not have a deed restriction. Trump Plaza feared it might be included in the alternative tax program. ‘‘The Plaza could be required to make mandatory payments under the PILOT program notwithstanding the fact that it generates no revenue and its hotel rooms are closed,’’ the company wrote in its filing with a bankruptcy court. Trump Plaza closed Sept. 16, the last of four Atlantic City casinos to go out of business last year. Billionaire investor Carl Icahn is in the process of buying Trump Entertainment out of bankruptcy. "

    Sorry I missed it, but you $ee whose behind Trump.

    UPDATE: Obama’s housing chief calls Trump ‘de facto face’ of GOP

    Globe isn't telling you he's first in the polls now.