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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Crooked Donald

h/t to fb friend, Lee Arnold:

How does Trump's crooked and illegal actions stay under the radar so that his supporters believe he represents change?  

This story and the ongoing investigation of Trump paying off attorneys general in Texas and Florida to not go after his fraudulent Trump University in those states are clear indications that Trump is not averse to doing anything -- even alleged illegal things -- to get his what he wants.  He pays to play.

Trump hasn't been convicted of any crime, but neither has Hillary Clinton; however, that doesn't stop Trump's supporters from calling her a criminal.  They need to take a look at Trump and let the scales fall from their eyes:


 "Documents show that the Trump company spent a minimum of $68,000 for its 1998 foray into Cuba at a time when the corporate expenditure of even a penny in the Caribbean country was prohibited without U.S. government approval. But the company did not spend the money directly. Instead, with Trump’s knowledge, executives funneled the cash for the Cuba trip through an American consulting firm called Seven Arrows Investment and Development Corp. Once the business consultants traveled to the island and incurred the expenses for the venture, Seven Arrows instructed senior officers with Trump’s company—then called Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts—how to make it appear legal by linking it after the fact to a charitable effort."

Trump donated to attorneys general who dropped Trump U. inquiries: 

Attorneys general in Florida and Texas who declined to pursue lawsuits against the now-defunct Trump University received political contributions from Donald Trump, according to an Associated Press report.

Trump donated $35,000 to the successful gubernatorial campaign of then-Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott three years after a probe into the university’s "possibly deceptive trade practices" was dropped by his office when the university agreed to cease its Texas operations. Abbott's office pushed back against the report in a statement to The Hill on Friday, saying that the then-attorney general was just doing his job.

And a political fundraising committee supporting Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi received a $25,000 donation from the Donald J. Trump Foundation just days after her office had announced it was looking into joining a multi-state lawsuit against Trump University. Her office later dropped the inquiry, citing a lack of evidence. The school has received intense scrutiny this week after a judge released Trump University documents that reveal details of how the school was run, such as instructors encouraging poor prospective students to max out credit cards in order to pay as much as $35,000 for real estate classes.

Trump's supporters want this scam artist and "alleged" crook to run the United States of America?  They believe Trump represents change? 

Yeah. A change from a dignified, moral president to an incompetent scam artist and fraud. 


skudrunner said...

"Yeah. A change from a dignified, moral president to an incompetent scam artist and fraud."

HW was not really a scam artist. He did a good job but screwed up with his No New Taxes. He forgot the tax everything democrats had control.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Donald Trump is taking advice from Newt Gingrich and Rudy Giuliani for his next debate and how to go after Hillary?

Nine marriages and nine adulteries among these three men (two of whom are grossly overweight, BTW), and they're going after Hillary for Bill's infidelities? Do they realize that 51% of the USA population are women? Do they actually think humiliating Hillary for what her husband did will do her harm?

The last time that tactic was tried, she came away with sky-high approval ratings and then went on to win a walk-away US Senate seat in New York state.

Go ahead, Donnie, listen to Newt and Rudy. Make my day!

Clearwater, Florida said...

Trump's campaign chairs for both GA and NC have been forced to resign after earlier criminal charges against both of them have been brought to light. (The GA guy had criminal damage to property and doing bodily harm; NC guy pulled a gun on another staffer) Also, the pilot who flies Pence around had to resign because he tried to run over someone. Crud is attracted to Crud.

Rational Nation USA said...

Do they actually think humiliating Hillary for what her husband did will do her harm?

Think? They actually are not thinking at all. Well,mabey with the muscle they sit on.

Shaw Kenawe said...

"Seventy-five former ambassadors, including 57 appointed by Republican presidents, released a letter Thursday endorsing Hillary Clinton and criticizing Donald Trump as “entirely unqualified” for the office.

“As career officers, we have served every President since Harry Truman, and have proudly represented every President since Richard Nixon as ambassadors or senior State Department officials in Senate-confirmed positions,” the letter obtained by Yahoo News reads. “We have served Republican and Democratic Presidents with pride and enthusiasm.” The Washington Post also reported on the letter.

But the diplomats said this election is different, with one candidate “unqualified” to serve in part because his rhetoric has “comforted our enemies.” They highlighted Trump’s praise and “admiration” for Russian President Vladimir Putin, as well as the mogul’s recent remark that U.S. generals have been “reduced to rubble” under President Obama.

One of the career diplomats who signed the letter, Ryan Crocker, was picked by George W. Bush to be his ambassador to Pakistan and then Iraq. Another of the group, Daniel Kurtzer, was Bush’s pick for ambassador to Israel.

Trump, they wrote, is “ignorant of the complex nature of the challenges facing our country, from Russia to China to ISIS to nuclear proliferation to refugees to drugs, but he has expressed no interest in being educated. In his frequent statements about foreign countries and their citizens, from our closest friends to our most problematic competitors, Mr. Trump has expressed the most ignorant stereotypes of those countries; has inflamed their people; and has insulted our allies and comforted our enemies.”

The letter comes a day after 15 retired generals and admirals released a video endorsing Clinton..."

But the TeaPublicans will continue to support this disaster because they hate Hillary more than they love America.

You may not like Hillary but you must love your country enough to NOT vote for a conman and fraud like Trump who has no clue on how to govern or even what the Constitution means. He's spent the last 15 months telling us that America stinks.

No. America doesn't stink, but if he's elected POTUS, the stench from that evil deed will follow us for eternity.

Dave Miller said...

Skud... let's remember that HW was torpedoed by his own party. Bill got less than 50% of the vote as conservatives voted for Perot.

Shaw... do you think Trump is coming unhinged?

After the debate, Lester Holt did a good job. Then the next day, he did a C, C+ job. Now literally today, he is saying Holt rigged the debate.

How can we consider electing a person who is essentially setting his followers up to believe the election was stolen and rigged if he loses?

Skud... or any other conservative... is that good for the country? just a simple yes or no. Are comments that the election and/or the debates rigged, good for our country and democracy?

Anonymous said...

The Trump Family Crime Syndicate will turn this country into a filthy pay to play third world dystopia led by a man who has "comforted our enemies."

Shaw Kenawe said...

Dave: "Shaw... do you think Trump is coming unhinged?"

The real question is, has he been hinged at any time during this bizarre election cycle?

There has never been a presidential candidate like him, and that's because up until now, the men (and now the woman) who were and is a candidate for the highest office in the land took the job seriously. Trump isn't serious, and the fact that he was horribly unprepared for the debate confirms this. Despite his bragging about being a great businessman, he has shown himself to be lazy, bored with details, and ignorant, to the point of recklessness, about our American heritage and government. IMO, he's been treating this whole process with contempt, believing his force of celebrity will carry him into the WH. In his latest political I hear him say we have a country that is wonderful and amazing, then he contradicts himself in his next breath by saying he's going to "make America great again." He doesn't even listen to his own dross. If America is wonderful and amazing, why does it need to be made great again.

He an embarrassment to the nation and to the US in the world.

But what is worse is his supporters who are so besotted by this carnival barker they can't see him for what he is: a pure opportunist and the seediest of demagogues who's connived them into giving up their conservative principles for a tawdry victory in November.

So people are feeling left behind? They're feeling they haven't been part of this country's prosperity? Well so did our grandparents during the Great Depression, but they didn't turn to a jackass to lift them up, as the TeaPublicans are doing in supporting Trump.

Bluebull said...

With the new revelations about Trump ignoring the embargo against Cuba, we very well might see Trump led away in cuffs. I'd love to see that.

Rational Nation USA said...

Trump... The All Time Loser.

People with a moral compass and ethical bearings know this.

Clinton Country said...

The more we laugh at this bigot, the closer he gets to the White House. Is it hate for Hillary, or love of a bigot? I hope it's hate for Hillary. If half the country favors bigotry, we are screwed.

Shaw Kenawe said...

And here's the man-child the TeaPublicans are supporting:

From Daily Kos: "The best kind of temperament is the kind that gnaws, gnaws, gnaws at your guts until you have to get up at 3AM and start writing attack-tweets against a woman you first humiliated when she was an 18-year-old girl.

First, there’s a literal she’s-no-angel post, of the kind Republicans inevitably seem to create as justification for anything up to and including shooting someone.

Donald J. Trump ✔ @realDonaldTrump
Wow, Crooked Hillary was duped and used by my worst Miss U. Hillary floated her as an "angel" without checking her past, which is terrible!
5:14 AM - 30 Sep 2016
3,678 3,678 Retweets 9,030 9,030 likes

Then comes the oh-this-is-trouble-for-Hillary-not-me post.

Donald J. Trump ✔ @realDonaldTrump
Using Alicia M in the debate as a paragon of virtue just shows that Crooked Hillary suffers from BAD JUDGEMENT! Hillary was set up by a con.
5:19 AM - 30 Sep 2016
3,558 3,558 Retweets 8,515 8,515 likes

And then comes the Republican Nominee for President of the United States, huddled under his covers, snickering as he tells everyone to go check out the sex tape of the “disgusting” former Miss Universe."

Shaw Kenawe said...


The dupes on the right believe this "sex tape" is real. But...

"Sure. Good. Because this is exactly the kind of message Trump needs to send right in the middle of his campaign telling everyone what a “gentleman” he was at the debate and praising the “restraint” he showed by not adding a new sub-basement to his already astounding series of sexist remarks.

Oh, and the sex tape bit? It’s was debunked before Trump started tweeting.

WHAT'S FALSE: Alicia Machado has not starred in a series of pornographic films.
But there are several fake sex tapes out there purportedly showing Machado. You have to wonder; Just how many of them has Donald Trump watched, sitting there, at 3AM.

Okay, Kellyanne, Hope, small army of hard-working Trump shit-polishers. Get your hip-waders on, because it’s going to be another fun, fun morning of cleaning up after the boss."

Jerry Critter said...

Going after the most popular living ex-president we have does not seem like a winning strategy to me.

skudrunner said...

David, neither of these candidates is good for the country.

The election will be determined by who doesn't vote VS who does because both of the candidates are disgusting.

I still believe it will be -H- who wins and her lying ways will continue but I have counted trump out before and been wrong. With -H- it will be the same policies that have resulted in a continuation of a weak economic recovery economy, bitter divisiveness and wall street and banks controlling the oval office.
With trump, who knows what will happen but it couldn't be worse than it is now.

Dave Miller said...

Daily, the drumbeat continues. Trump is going Miss Universe nuts. Sex tape nuts. Monica Lewinsky nuts. Twitter nuts.

He seems guilty of self dealing from his 501. He does not have the paperwork to solicit donations in New York. He doesn't even financially support his own foundation.

He has cheated on his spouse, can't hold a marriage together, and is seeing campaign leaders in Florida resign.

Faithful liberal opposition leaders and newspapers are leaving him behind, fearing the worst for America. Every living US President from both parties opposes him.

And yet there are many convinced he is exactly what this country needs. A man who says if he does not win, the system is rigged. They are convinced, in their total hate for HRC and the Dems, that everyone else is wrong and that they, like Trump, are the only ones smart enough to figure it out.

In the words of Bugs Bunny... "Geeez! What a bunch of maroons."

skudrunner said...


I think the election should be called off. Appoint a CEO and board of directors and get rid of all political figures who are worthless, congress and their staff. Think of all the money that can go to worthwhile causes if we got rid of Congress because they add nothing to the country and spend billions needlessly.
Take the billions spent on campaigns to acquire a 250K job and feed the homeless. Get rid of charitable deductions, religious exemptions, mortgage interest deductions. Establish a Fair tax system and make the government balance the budget, they would have the money after eliminating all the waste.

You are right, the American people are a bunch of morons for keeping a totally corrupt system. I would not refer to them as descended from escaped slaves because that seems racist.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Dave, wouldn't it be a large red flag for anyone to note that a man who's running for the highest office in America and to be the head of the strongest military in the world -- wouldn't it be an horrifically red, red flag to watch as that man spent hours tweeting about a former beauty queen and alleged sex tapes? Can you or anyone imagine this pathetic man-child dealing with world leaders on very delicate and consequential leadership matters?

Today Charles Krauthammer, who has bona fide conservative creds, called Trump's supporters "intellectually corrupt." And I said that's being kind.

The pink poster in my banner sums things up for me. When you assign the things Trump has done in the past and present to a woman, it brings into crystal clear focus what Trump's intellectually corrupt followers accept in a man but would NEVER, NEVER, NEVER accept in a woman. Now let's imagine that it was Hillary who had 5 children by 3 different men and that she, on numerous occasions, bragged about sleeping with other women's husbands. Let imagine Hillary talking about the size of men's private parts, and that it would be very difficult to be a "10" if the size of a man's private parts was small. Imagine if Hillary had said that John McCain wasn't a hero in her opinion because she "likes people who don't get caught, okay?" Imagine if Hillary had mocked a disable woman!

Every single one of the things I mention has been accepted by Trump's intellectually corrupt supporter only, and this is the truth, ONLY because he's a billionaire and a white guy who's had billions of dollars of free publicity from the MSM. To say that he "tapped into many Americans' "discontent" and feelings of alienation doesn't explain why those people who have been discontented and alienated with and by our economy and with and by the changing demographics and power dynamics -- to say that is to ignore that history has very recent examples of how a demagogue and conman can take advantage of those feelings and rise to power only to betray the trust of the people who believed he would rescue them and make them great again. History is replete with examples of people like Trump and his clueless followers.

The same people who fault those in power for sending them into the arms of an idiot demagogue are the very same people who return their Congressional representative back to Washington year after year after year, because they believe he or she is "doing a good job." In fact those career politicians are the problem. But Trump's intellectually corrupt supporters will not look in the mirror to understand that it is they who reward them with lifelong terms that open them up to the corruption and cronyism they believe Trump will end.

Shaw Kenawe said...

skud: "With trump, who knows what will happen but it couldn't be worse than it is now."

I recommend you read a history book to know "what will happen." And it could very well be magnitudes worse than it is now. But I'm not willing to make my future and my children's and grandchildren's futures a crap shoot.

"Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it." --George Santayana

But to say "who knows what will happen" is to ignore what Trump has been engaging in for the past 15 months, and that is to ignore what is in front of your nose.

“To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.” --George Orwell

Shaw Kenawe said...

Jerry, I don't think Trump will do that. There are many, many reasons why:

Trump Pleaded The Fifth 97 Times To Avoid Admitting To Adultery

But he has no problem attacking Clinton over her husband’s infidelity.

Bill and Donald were adulterers, not HIllary. She can't be blamed for what her husband did in their marriage. However, it is interesting to note that Hillary and Bill held the marriage together instead of divorcing, while Trump, Newt, and Rudy have 9 wives between them. Christians like to talk about the 10 Commandments -- brag about how much their faith means to them.

Let them explain their support for Trump, Gingrich, and Giuliani and their demonization of a woman who forgave and stayed with her husband.

Rational Nation USA said...

Part of Shaw's response to skudrunner...“To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.”

Apparently some people don't have a nose?

skudrunner said...

I do in fact remember the past when we had presidents who worked for the American people and not the special interest groups. Reagan was that kind of leader. No matter who gets voted out because this is truly the battle or who is the best of the worst, little will change. We recovered from Carter and we will recover from BHO. It will take more time because of the last eight years of only special interest leadership and with -H- and her duty to the rich but we will survive.
Even trump cannot derail the country for ever just for a bit and who knows maybe he would do alright. We have always had a corrupt government since the beginning. Even the founding fathers were corrupt and nothing has changed.

BTW, to my knowledge, no other president has been impeached for lying about having relations in the oval office with a staffer.

Jerry Critter said...

skud - ”I think the election should be called off. ”

So, skud, you want to trash the constitution, fire all politicians, and setup the government like a corporation. That sounds like a Trumpian idea if I have ever heard one. You have gone off the deep end with this idea.

Jerry Critter said...

Skud, He was impeached by the House of perjury and obstruction of justice, and he was acquitted by the Senate. In other words, he was found not guilty of the charges.