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Monday, August 29, 2016

A Skunk Can't Change His Stripes...


Trump's deluded supporters keep thinking he's going to have some sort of Damascene conversion in the next 74 days; that he'll stop uttering racist statements; that he'll stop changing his mind on major policy issues every 5 minutes; and that he'll stop being the short fingered vulgar bigot that he is.

A Trump supporter came to this blog earlier today and claimed that there are thousands, if not millions of underground Trump supporters who do not answer poll takers because they don't want their opinion to be counted in order to upset what the mainstream pollsters are predicting for November's election: A Clinton landslide. 

The commenter actually believes this fantasy -- just like the Goopers believed Romney was going to beat President Obama in 2012. As I said, compared with Trump, Romney is a saint, and people like the Trump supporter think the repulsive Trump will attract MORE voters to him than Mitt Romney did?  They believe that somehow Trump will become the next Ronald Reagan and attract enough people to vote him into the White House?

This is what happens when people hitch themselves to a rotten candidate -- a candidate they know is everything they detest in a politician and human being, but are too blinded by party loyalty and Clinton hatred to do the decent thing and reject him.

Let Trump Supporter come back on November 9 and explain to us where all those hidden-from-pollsters Trump supporters went.

Meanwhile, here is a compilation of bigoted and racist statements from Trump over the years. 

We can start with this two-fer bigoted comment from the 1970s:

"Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day. … I think that the guy is lazy. And it’s probably not his fault, because laziness is a trait in blacks. It really is, I believe that. It’s not anything they can control." Trump at first denied the remarks, but later said in a 1997 Playboy interview that "the stuff O’Donnell wrote about me is probably true." 

From Vox:Donald Trump’s long history of racism, from the 1970s to 2016, explained 

Trump regularly tells reporters that he’s "the least racist person that you’ve ever encountered." But his record tells another story. Here are some of Trump's repulsive racist actions and statements: 

1973: The US Department of Justice — under the Nixon administration, out of all administrations — sued the Trump Management Corporation for violating the Fair Housing Act. Federal officials found evidence that Trump had refused to rent to black tenants and lied to black applicants about whether apartments were available, among other accusations. Trump said the federal government was trying to get him to rent to welfare recipients. In the aftermath, he signed an agreement in 1975 agreeing not to discriminate to renters of color without admitting to discriminating before. 

 1989: In a controversial case that’s been characterized as a modern-day lynching, four black teenagers and one Latino teenager — the "Central Park Five" — were accused of attacking and raping a jogger in New York City. Trump immediately took charge in the case, running an ad in local papers demanding, "BRING BACK THE DEATH PENALTY. BRING BACK OUR POLICE!" The teens’ convictions were later vacated, and the city paid $41 million in a settlement to the teens. But Trump argued that because they were probably, according to him, involved in other criminal activity that night, they were treated too well. 

 2000: In opposition to a casino proposed by the St. Regis Mohawk tribe, which he saw as a financial threat to his casinos in Atlantic City, Trump secretly ran a series of ads suggesting the tribe had a "record of criminal activity [that] is well documented." 

 2005: Trump publicly pitched what was essentially The Apprentice: White People vs. Black People. He said he "wasn't particularly happy" with the most recent season of his show, so he was considering "an idea that is fairly controversial — creating a team of successful African Americans versus a team of successful whites. Whether people like that idea or not, it is somewhat reflective of our very vicious world." 

 2011: Trump played a big role in pushing false rumors that Obama — the country’s first black president — was not born in the US. He even sent investigators to Hawaii to look into Obama's birth certificate. Obama later released his birth certificate, calling Trump a "carnival barker." 

 At the Republican convention, he officially seized the mantle of the "law and order" candidate — an obvious dog whistle playing to white fears of black crime, even though crime in the US is historically low. 

In a pitch to black voters, Trump said, "You’re living in poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58 percent of your youth is unemployed. What the hell do you have to lose?"

How do people like Trump Supporter and other Goopers stick with someone as blatantly bigoted and mean-spirited and rotten and against every American ideal as Trump most certainly is?

Trump's supporters will invariably answer with this:



Here's Donald Trump retweeting a repulsive tweet. Donnie apparently doesn't understand that presidential candidates don't degrade themselves by doing that. He just doesn't get it; and he just can't be classy -- he's rich trailer trash:

Here’s the original, including the “she smells” part, which should have been a clue that this is not something to be elevated by a presidential candidate:
@realDonaldTrump I know of NO ONE voting for Crooked Hillary! Her rallies are held in port-o-potties & she still has room. She Smells!

Here's Donnie's retweet with the port-o-potty and "She Smells" part left out:

Trump’s edited RT (and this is just one reason why someone needs to teach Donald Trump how to RT properly):
"@PMNOrlando@realDonaldTrump I know of NO ONE voting for Crooked Hillary! Her rallies are held in (blank) & she still has room.


Shaw Kenawe said...

Speaking of sleaze, here's more from Booman Tribune on Trump's new campaign manager, Stephen Bannon of Breitbart:

"Most of the focus is on an incident of domestic violence. The episode happened in Stephen Bannon and his wife’s driveway when they began to argue over their finances. She spat at or on Bannon as he was seated in the driver’s seat of his car and he reacted violently by grabbing her arm and attempting to drag her into the car over the door. At some point he caused some minor injuries to her neck. When she attempted to use a cell phone to call the police, he forcibly took the phone from her, threw it across the room, and broke it. These are obviously her allegations and her side of the story, but the police believed her and since they could see her injuries, they arrested Bannon and charged him with misdemeanor domestic violence, battery and dissuading a witness.

If this were all there were to this story it wouldn’t be very interesting. But there’s more.

The charges were dropped because the prosecutors could not find Bannon’s ex-wife and she did not show up in court. In a post-divorce proceeding the next year, she explained why she never showed up to testify against her husband:

The couple divorced in 1997. In a court filing after the divorce, Bannon’s ex recounted the alleged domestic violence incident, saying that Bannon “became physical with me and grabbed me by the throat and arm.”

“I took the phone to call the police and he grabbed the phone away from me throwing it across the room, and breaking it as he screamed that I was a ‘crazy f—–g c—t.”

According to Bannon’s ex-wife, police arrived and photographed her neck and arm “and took a police report.”

She claimed that Bannon and his defense attorney then told her to leave town so she couldn’t testify against him.

“Respondent told me I had to leave town. That if I wasn’t in town they couldn’t serve me and I wouldn’t have to go to court. He also told me that if I went to court, he and his attorney would make sure that I would be the one who was guilty.”

Ten years later, she elaborated in another court filing:

In the 2007 filing, which involved a modification to their divorce agreement, she said she left town with their two children and didn’t return until “the attorney phoned me and told me I could come back.”

“Because I was not present at the trial, the case was dismissed.”

Reporters have contacted this lawyer, Steve Mandell, who denies he told her to do anything of the kind. Of course, I assume he would be disbarred or worse if he admitted it.

But this is still not the end of the story because in that same 2007 divorce settlement modification, she made another alarming allegation:

Bannon’s ex-wife also claimed in that filing that that Bannon objected to his daughters attending a prestigious West Los Angeles prep school because, she said, “he didn’t want the girls going to school with Jews.”

Rational Nation USA said...

The Trump Dump just keeps filling up. Steadily, without interruption. How the Trumpians stand the stench is quite inexplicable.

Shaw Kenawe said...

The presidential electoral map shows Trump losing key swing states and even barely holding on in some GOP bastions. Given the current numbers, the major question is the size of Hillary Clinton’s electoral vote victory. [...] It was only a month ago that Paul Manafort, then-Trump’s campaign chairman, told The Washington Post’s Dan Balz and Philip Rucker, “We can carry Michigan. We can compete in Wisconsin and win.” [...]

Of course, the candidate himself set the stage for these kinds of wild promises. According to CNN, Trump said in January, “We are going to win New Jersey.” In May, he asserted, “We are going to focus on New York.” “We’re going to play heavy as an example in California,” he also promised, along with, “I put so many states in play: Michigan being one. Illinois.”

None of these promises rested on serious political strategy or logic. As often is the case with Trump, they were little more than braggadocio.

Shaw Kenawe said...

The above is a quote from Stuart Rothenberg of the Washington Post.

skudrunner said...

Although I do believe you are correct and -H- will win you need to keep in mind that Trump has fooled the polls since he announced.
Today he and -H- have about the same negative ratings and neither one is thought of well by the American people.
-H- has spent millions on ads where trump has spent little. The MSM is solidly in the -H- camp and position Trump as you do but -H- cannot gain much new ground.
Still a long way to go.

Bluebull said...

I wonder if the Drumpf morons will feel even a little bit silly after they have to tuck tail and slink back into the darkness of the right wing bubble world they occupy? Somehow, I suspect they'll just continue on with their utter nonsense and bullcrap for another 8 years until they are finally just ignored as they should be.