The Trump campaign is a mess. Fundraising for both Trump and the RNC is so bad, the RNC sent out a last-minute plea to Sheldon Adelson to give $6 million just so they could fund the convention in a few days. The usual suspects who would normally jump at a chance to speak at a political convention and appear on national TV are no where to be found. The RNC is having trouble finding speakers. Twenty percent of the announced lineup of speakers consists of members of the Trump family. And sponsors? The convention has already lost major sponsors such as Wells Fargo, UPS, Ford Motor Co., UPS, and JP Morgan Chase, to name a few.
The VP announcement was horribly botched, with Trump reportedly wanting to change his mind and furious that Pence's name was prematurely leaked.
My question is, given this highly disorganized and unprofessional start, as well as a clear lack of support from the Republican establishment, how can Trump possibly win?
The Democrats are highly organized, well funded, and working together as a team. Do you think Trump will get it together in time to run a serious campaign? And this doesn't even address what will happen when Trump has to debate Hillary and display his depth of knowledge (or lack thereof) about foreign policy and other issues.
Colorful, it's correct. See http://www.cnbc.com/2016/07/15/gop-conv … help.html.
I don't like HRC either, but her organization and media campaign are far superior to the GOP. I just saw one of her ads, and it was well done. Trump better get it together. I don't think Antonio Sabato Jr. is helping.
You are correct, Trump is not running a "professional campaign" and he does not have a "machine" running that is gobbling up billions of dollars to fund a campaign that will help bombard us with worthless Ads.
And it is true that the GOP pillars are not in the tent supporting him, some are, but many are not, including many big ticket billionaire type companies and personalities.
And THAT is what Trump is... the ANTI-Establishment candidate... the ANTI-Washington-corruption candidate. the OUTSIDER... the NON-Politician.
So why would you think the very pillars of the GOP/Washington/Politics-as-normal types would be supporting him?
When Trump rails about Trade Agreements that ONLY benefit International Corporations and Foreign Nations... when Trump correctly points out that millions of illegal aliens equates to millions of cheap laborers for large National/Powerful companies like Toll Bros and Tyson... these are the very issues that those Big Money string pullers that back/buy the politicians you note are missing DON'T want to address.
Trump may be a lot of bluster and as non-PC as any candidate we have ever seen... but billionaire or not, he is telling it like it is, pointing out the corruption in Washington, from the rigged primaries and electoral process (for BOTH parties) to the laws and trade agreements that BOTH parties sign off on or allow to remain on the books (no matter who has power notice how NAFTA never gets changed, Obamacare never challenged, etc.) Trump gives voice to what millions of Americans KNOW ... Washington is corrupt, Washington is killing the middle class, and Washington doesn't give a crap.
There are those who buy into the foolishness that one party or the other still makes a difference, still fights for their values... and there are the rest of us Americans that have woken up to the fact that BOTH parties are corrupt, and BOTH parties have been screwing over the middle class, and BOTH parties get paid to vote against America's best interests by foreign nations (IE - China, Saudi) and the truly powerful corporations (IE - Phizer, Mobil).
I don't know where you got that information, because its incorrect.
This is satire, right?
PrettyPanther is correct. I looked it up. A simple Google search on 'Sheldon Adelson' will take you to the CNC's letter asking for $6 Million, and the Koch brothers have not sent in their $1Million that they hinted they would send.
The Republican party is resorting to scare tactics, name-calling, and outright threats against other party members and donors to try to raise enough money to cover the convention. They are far short of the funds needed to launch an effective presidential campaign.
The party of the rich white guys are eating their own in a ridiculous display of begging, tantrums, and total fabrications (lies).
Meanwhile they insist on proclaiming that internet PORN is what's wrong with America today. Well, when they are not busy blaming Obama and Hillary for EVERYTHING that they don't understand.
The Regressive Party is wallowing in the mud they created. I will be so relieved when they all lose their jobs and let us get on with the running of this ALREADY GREAT country!
And you don't think Hillary and the DNC does this too , How naïve !
You miss entirely what Trump is, and what his campaign is about.
Trump is the Outsider, a real outsider... one not vetted and supported by the very people who normally pull the strings of the politicians we see year after year, election after election cycle.
This is a very simple election year... the differences are as stark as they have ever been. One candidate is a life long Washington politician, she is the very essence of all that is wrong about politics, and all that is corrupt and compromised in Washington.
The other is as free from strings and beholden to as few 'funders' as any candidate that has run for office in our lifetimes.
The Clintons are backed (and therefore favor the laws and trade agreements that aid these nations) by China, Saudi Arabia and Mexico.
The Clintons are backed by Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, JPMorganChase and Bank of America to name a few... and why not, it was under the Clintons that the Community reinvestment act of 94' and some de-regulation occurred, which led to a boon for such institutes, which culminated in the Mortgage crisis and recession back in '07... which the taxpayers bailed them out of... my goodness they must be drooling at the idea of the Clintons back in office again.
I read your posts on this thread a couple days ago, and am always impressed by you knowledge, Ken. I would imagine the major contributors are drooling at another corrupt Clinton administration, more money and property to them. I hope more people will follow you in the forums and actually see your point of view.
Thank you, its not hard, infact, it is pretty simple, of course the media (and opposition to Trump) has done a wonderful job to distort and distract voters from what Trump is and represents.
They always refer to the Republican candidates as the White-Only and Rich-Only candidate, or Hitler, or KKK, this is nothing new... they used it on Bush while he was in office, trashing him for having to contend with 9/11, Katrina, the Mortgage crisis, none of which was something he had control over... and the roots of both 9/11 and the Mortgage crisis go back long before Bush Jr.
Not that I am a fan of Bush, just that he was not Hitler yet the opposition in the form of Democrats or Media did their best to convince America that was who he was... did similar to Romney, but whatever... in this instance Trump represents more than the other Party, he represents people's disgust with Washington, with Politicians, with the direction this country is going and the BS the media constantly feeds them... which these days is ALL some form of propaganda and distortion of facts.
Even Fox, limits its form of truth... I don't watch much TV but when I do, I never see a full out investigation by Fox or anyone else exposing how millions of illegals are being schooled, housed, fed and funded by tax dollars. I don't see the Programs about the millions of families in America that have no one at all working, or the kids who are age 27,28,29 and despite a college degree can't find a job that is full time and pays more than $9 an hour. That would counter their 4% unemployment claims... that would counter their stories that allowing millions of illegals does not hurt jobs available or wages paid... that would hurt their distortion of the truth and facts.
And that is what this mass media bombardment against Trump is all about, to distort what he represents, why people voted for him, what he talked about... the Trade Agreements, the Open Borders, the corruption in Washington, those real issues... and they make it about Race, they make it about Sex, they make is about anything but the real issues that effect how we live, how much we make, and what futures our children will have in a lesser America burdened with inconceivable debt and no Industrial base.
I agree with colorfulone that Ken appears to articulate his positions well. However, I am still not on board with Trump. I am certainly no Hillary supporter. However, after stepping through the media bashing and bias of Trump, I have concerns with his arrogance and demeanor. I am of the mind set of writing my choices in. I will not vote for evil.
I agree with you 100%. I don't watch TV at all, but I read what news sites are saying and can see through the deception like most Americans, and most people in other countries. Globalist corrupt leaders of other countries are against Trump, but their people are awake or waking up real fast.
The media is the only thing Hillary has going for her, along with the propaganda, deceptions, and out right lies. Only 6% of Americans trust the media.
Do you think that reading a news site's summary and interpretation of a press conference is better than watching it yourself?
Do you believe that reading a news site's summary and interpretation of a debate is better than watching it yourself?
For those of you who do not know who Sheldon Adelson is, his Primary SOURCE of Income & Capital Gain and or LOSS is Directly Derived from the CASINO and or GAMING Industry, more specifically, the Venetian Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas Nevada, a Beautifully Magical DESERT Oasis which I Frequent quite often......
If you visit Las Vegas and enter any given hotel in the city, one of the first things you'll surely notice is Large CROWDs & gatherings of People having fun playing their favorite games, and perhaps some having not so much fun ~ ~ The second thing you'll discover is the Crowd full of Beautifully DIVERSE Faces ~ Black, White, Brown, Asian etc etc....My point is the following ~ The Success and or Failure of Sheldon Adelsons Primary Business Unit Depends almost EXCUSIVELY upon ATTRACTING Human Beings of ALL COLOR so he can MAINTAIN a Robust Following ~
WHY on this Good Green EARTH would a seemingly Intelligent Human Being like Mr. Adelson "RISK & Jeopardize" it ALL by giving even a Solitary PENNY to a Proven "Delusional" Racist like Donald Trump? ~ I know it's Las Vegas, but I'll truly be surprised if he DONATEs a single dollar to Trump's Crumbling PSEUDO-Campaign ~
The numbers are far higher than this now . Hillary is simply buying her way to the presidency , the very shady "Clinton Mafia" primarily , is paying her way and doing a pretty lousy job of winning too ! What hypocrisy you and she are promoting in this thread . Want to be President - pay for it !
You won't find me defending big money in presidential campaigns. However, until the rules are changed, it is a fact that a campaign must be organized and professional to win. The effectiveness o a campaign is widely considered to be a reflection of the leadership ability of a candidate.
So far, Donald is not impressing anyone with his fundraising or organizational prowess.
And yet he won the nomination and may win the election...
He won the nomination by appealing to the angry Republican base. It remains to be seen whether he can appeal to a broad enough demographic to win the general election.
Based on the first night of the convention, I'm thinking "no."
As no candidate organizes either the campaign or the fundraising, that would mean that Trump has hired the wrong people to do it, while Clinton has found good ones?
Personally, I've never been concerned about the organizational skills shown in a campaign OR it's fundraising capability. The second, in particular, is likely a good indication of who NOT to vote for as it shows a strong tie to corporate and party handlers, both of whom will want paid back in political favors.
I think organization is a reflection of leadership. That is just my opinion based on my experience working in government as well as the private sector.
As far as fundraising goes, a candidate can raise funds without being beholden to corporate donors. Bernie Sanders did it. Even Barack Obama raised a lot of money from small donors. But, I get what you're saying.
You mean because he doesn't have the Mafiosi of the Clinton Foundation behind him ? Ever take a look at the donation list of that one , the "Pay for Play " of donation - to -payoff ?
It's ironic that conservatives opened the campaign financing floodgates with Citizens United and Hillary ends up raking in big bucks.
Be careful what you wish for.
The voters decide who to vote for... its not about how much money you spend... or how many Big $$$ donors from Wall St. and beyond that you get.
If that were the case... Bush would have defeated Trump soundly in SC where he outspent Trump 120 million to 3 million (or something close to that).
Clinton = Bush ... same old tired corrupt politics as usual, knee bent to the same foreign powers (China, Saudi, etc.).
Trump may actually be a FOR America candidate... you don't have to like him, you just have to understand what he represents. A candidate not bought and paid for by China, Saudi, Goldmansachs, etc.
ONLY One Little PROBLEM for "Drumpfy" Trump, while Hillary made NO Bones about Accepting Donations to run her Campaign, Donald Ridiculed her & ALL others and actually based his ENTIRE Effort on the LIE that he would "SELF-Fund" and guess what? he BROKE ANOTHER PROMISE & Made FOOLs out of his Dwindling Fanz once again but that's no BIG Surprise or Revelation for an individual of his Character is it? ~
P.S. ~ If by chance "Delusional" Donald can INVENT a Time Machine REALLY Fast, like say in the NEXT Week or so, Travel BACK & ERASE ALL of his HATE Filled Racist & Sickeningly Demeaning REMARKs toward Women both on VIDEO & the Written WORD, then FIX all of his FRAUD & Criminal Activity, he'd still LOSE in NOVEMBER by a few points because the more he shows his FACE the More Americans & GLOBAL Citizens Despise him ~
Right NOW, Time Machine notwithstanding? He's TOAST in November & so are Republican Congresspersons & Senators ~
BTW ~ What does everyone think of Melania's Blatant Disregard for her Husband when she PLAGIARIZED portions of her Big "Get to KNOW Me" Speech which was delivered Last Night? I mean Honestly, she's been Married to Donald for 20 years or at least that's what they CLAIM, what ele would U EXPECT from his so called PARTNER?
If U Honestly think they're gonna' give this Demented Moron the KEYz to OUR White House I've got some Aged TRUMP U Tickets for ya
The Melania speech fiasco is just additional evidence of a poorly run and ncompetent campaign.
Believe it or NOT, don't be SURPRISED if we DISCOVER the Trumps Planted that "Plagiarism SABOTAGE" themselves ~ There is every REASON to Believe Donalds been trying to "GET Out" of his little "Publicity Stunt" almost from the very Beginning ~
I don't think Donald EXPECTED all this Negative ATTENTION would actually lead to the Potential Degradation of his "BRAND" or as Reported, the NEW Civil & Criminal Charges FILED Against him ~
I'm sure he is evaluating which scenario has the greatest potential to increase his personal wealth. If he thinks he will be better off financially by dropping out, he will find a way.
Hey there PrettyPanther,
I have seen the gist of your comment before, (not just from you), but I think there may be a stronger factor.
I know any of it is just talk among talkers, but, if a well-intentioned patriotic motive for seeking the office is not part of the discussion, then I think ego, (in Trump's case), would be a stronger motivator than money.
If only those two choices were involved in his decisions, then I think he would be willing to lose a buck or two get the win.
Many believe "Delusional Donald" has been DESPERATELY Trying to "GET Out" of what appears to be a BACKFIREING Publicity STUNT, but every time he's accused of Committing an Incredibly Horrendous TORT, Crime, or Theft, his DWINDLING Tiny Number of FANz SOLIDIFY and look like FOOLs once again ~
GA ~ if you INVESTIGATE you'll find the ODDs of Trump ENDING Up in Prison are far GREATER than him being "GIFTED" Our Nuclear CODE which is a NEAR Impossibility ~
Is Trump's Wife a Mail Order Bride?
Melanija Knavs, was born in 1970 in Yugoslavia, now know as Slovenia. Knavs studied design and architecture at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia. She then worked as a model for fashion houses in Milan and Paris before relocating to New York City in 1996.
After moving to New York City , Knavs supposedly met Donald Trump at a Fashion Week party in New York City in September 1998. Their relationship gained attention after a 1999 interview on The Howard Stern Show, and additional publicity after the 2004 launch of Trump's successful business-oriented reality television show, The Apprentice. Donald Trump described their long courtship in 2005: "We literally have never had an argument, forget about the word 'fight' . We just are very compatible. We get along."
After becoming engaged in 2004, Donald Trump and Melania Knavs were married on January 22, 2005, at The Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach, Florida, followed by a reception in the 17,000-sq.-ft ballroom at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate.
Trump has always stated he met his wife Melanija at a fashion week party in 1998. But Anna Novak a matchmaker who operated an office in Slovenia for several "Mail Order Bride" companies, including a company called A Foreign Affair, says she received a call sometime around 1995 from the head office to help arrange a call between a female member Melanija, and A VIP client she only knew as Donald. Shortly after the call, Melanija asked to be removed as a member and to have her profile completely removed from the websites.
If this was truly "The Donald" and the "Melanija" then why the secrecy? Trump was married at the time, even when they met each at the Fashion Week party. It is not a secret that Trump has had a long history of infidelity, When married to his first wife, Czech model Ivana Zelní Ková, he had an affair with actress Marla Maples, In 1992 Ivana's and Donald's divorce was finalized, shortly thereafter Donald sued Ivana for $25 million, alleging she was not honoring a gag clause in their divorce agreement by disclosing facts about him. Maples and Donald were married the following year after his first divorce on December 20, 1993. The couple's divorce finalized in June 1999, nearly one year after the Fashion Week party where supposedly Donald met Melanija for the first time.
A spoke's person for A Foreign Affair' in Phoenix AZ, says. "We have a strict confidentiality policy so we can not make any comments about any member or client." They did admit they do help many rich and or famous clients find love overseas.
Article by: Lawrence Mcdonald
Seriously? Trumpsters support an orange lizard man who parades his 5 kids by 3 different wives, all the while fighting rape charges against him while he blatantly "feels up" Ivanka in front of the whole RNC? You seriously believe that D. J. Drumph represents "Conservative Family Values"???
I have nothing else to say to Republicans after seeing the RNC.
While I'm with you on the alternately horrifying and hilarious RNC convention, I think it's a bit much to say daddy Trump copped a feel of his daughter in front of the nation on national TV.
But yeah, the GOP can no longer claim to be the party of family values. Now, they're the party of.... what?
I think that we have all figured out that it is not adherence to ideological integrity that have motivated the GOP this election season. With Trump's philandering and Playboy centerfold wife, Jerry Falwell would be turning over in his grave. Could you imagine how much grief they would have given Michelle Obama if her resume was just half as colorful as Ms. Trump?
Gosh, I missed that, should have tuned in. Anyway, there is always YouTube.
Yeah, kinda of creepy. A real "hands on" sort of fellow. But not in the way he would have us believe. Grab a$$ on national television, does wonders for the ratings.
Islandbites, PrettyPanther, Credence2, Hey folks did ya see the one where The Donald's reptilian tongue was photographed catching a fly in mid-air?
Geesh! Are you folks really so giddy that an animated GIF image sets you all atitter? "Yuck," Eww," "creepy."
Here is a clip of the GIF's subject. Skip ahead to about 15:50 to see the scene with a little more detail and context.
Ivanka, exit stage left
Now if it still gives you that Eww! feeling, so be it. At least you can claim to have checked it out yourself instead of relying on an animated GIF created to convey just such feelings.
Yes, but he did pat her on the butt. It may be innocent in reality. OK he not caressing it, no one said that he did, but it looked odd all the same. My opinion about Trump has little to do with this peccadillo, in any case. I would keep my hands above her waist in any case, but, that's just me.
My hips are in the same places as Ivanka Trump's are. Donald patted her hips. Anyone who says otherwise is full of it. Look again!
That's true. It was the hips. Still creepy, specially with all the times he said he would date her.
Apparently, he likes to grab her like that.
You have a valid point, but I can say that my father went to his grave at the age of 87 without having once patted me on the butt, at least not since the one and only spanking I received at the age of six.
Who says I relied on a GIF? I watched the video, more than once btw, since it happened (way before I posted the GIF). I only used it because videos can be posted just as a link. Obviously, the "eww feeling" is not based on a GIF. In fact, is based on more than that "touchy" incident. But I'm sure you knew that. I'm sure you're not that "naive".
In that case my assumption was wrong, but I still think my point was correct. As a testament to Baskin-Robbins, I did not see anything yucky at all in the longer, linked video. I saw a proud father. From that perspective I did not see inappropriate touching. From any different perspective I am sure any number of interpretations could be promoted. But I think mine is the correct one.
Naive? How would you expect me to answer that? If I truly am, then I wouldn't know it, so my only answer could be "no." On the other hand, if I truly am not, then of course my only answer could also be "no"
So I will flip a coin to decide whether the obvious answer is that you already knew that, so yours was a statement disguised as a question... or, if you innocently hadn't even considered that perspective. (or if you were 'channeling' ahorseback)
But lets take a look at Hillary's Coronation, Debbie Wasserman Shultz has got a blue dress on for Hillary and Bill now , now that's she's done her job at the head of the much loved DNC that Bernie is still smoking over . She will now go to work DIRECTLY for the Clinton cash machine ! Kind of funny , all of this instant hypocrisy on the left !
Yeaaa ! Hey ,....................... blame it on the Russians !
How do you Bernie voters feel now ?
GA, if Donald himself had not clearly expressed sexual interest in his daughter, several times, then his brief touch would probably have been ignored.
Speaking of Ivanka in an interview with Rolling Stone: "Yeah, she's really something, and what a beauty, that one. If I weren't happily married and, ya know, her father ..."
"If Ivanka weren't my daughter, perhaps I'd be dating her," in a 2006 interview with "The View."
In 2003, Trump described Ivanka as "6 feet tall" with "the best body" during an appearance on Howard Stern's radio show.
PrettyPanther, you have rendered me almost speechless. And that declaration is the most I could trust my fingers with.
Well, I wouldn't want you to remain speechless. Would it help if I said I believe this GIF to be silly and likely meaningless? I do comment on trivial things quite often, as do most human beings.
I still think "Ew" when I see it..
He also said she was hot. And when asked what do they have in common, he said "I was going to say sex..."
Breaking News - Donald Trump continues to deny the American voters a peek at his tax returns. We all know what he is hiding, and it ain't his birth certificate! Am I right, folks?
Yeah, just more of that arrogance, what does he have to hide?
Trump's taxes are online in PDF. He has nothing to hide.
Mr. Trump says that there is nothing of any interest in his tax returns.
I will be the judge of that!!!
Has he made these available since this May fact check? I have not seen them anywhere.
Keywords: Donald J Trump's Federal Tax Return 2015.
March 30, 2016
I would give the link but I'm on the strange device, can't do it.
It is on his donaldjtrump.com website, m'dear.
Fact Check is not a trustworthy site, they get facts wrong a lot.
So does that Infowars site.
But ok, I will check and see if that is valid or not.
Infowars runs articles from other sites that at times do not have facts right. As for their own articles by stuff, they do their best to report the truth and the facts, and on radio and tv.
I give those guys and gals a 5 Stars.
http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/donald-trump … ax-returns
As of May, he releases personal financial disclosure information, that is not the tax return that needs to be vetted by the public. There is only a statement (note) in his website area.
So, we of the electorate are still waiting....
Of course YOU would give infowars a 5 star. Unfortunately many of us do not share your assessment.
Cred, Infowars is a Libertarian website, of course I like it. I'm all for liberty, justice and equality for all, a humanitarian to the core, and for a smaller government for the people and by the people, and against corruption in politics on down to the police force.
I learned about Homan Center in Chicago this morning on Infowars. They have been fighting the information war to get that out for sometime. I did some research on that today on other sites, and am outraged and down right horrified. Cops have been arresting blacks since 2004 and detaining them in a police warehouse on the West-side without booking them, interrogating, beating and torturing. It hasn't gotten national coverage on mainstream. The police deny that anything like that is going on and there is no paper-trail, just the word of thousands of people.
We are getting of topic though.
Stay safe out there.
Added: Click on the PDF link, Cred. I wouldn't want to download all that myself, because I saw a photo of the 2' high stack of papers for Trump's tax returns on his desk. He gets audited all the time by the IRS.
I clicked on the PDF link. It downloads a copy of the lawyer's letter. You never clicked on it? Did you honestly believe it was a data dump of Trump's tax returns? LOL.
Please click on it.. The one-page PDF won't blow up your computer and maybe you will stop spreading erroneous information.
Yes, I honestly thought it was too big to download.
You are a brave soul. LOL
You didn't expect her to click on it, seriously? She might accidentally see the real truth behind the lies.
The memes going around on fire right now are of the DNC podium without American flags. When you watch the live broadcast, the flags are there!
The Repugnats are photo shopping lies now!
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