What's Trump Done This Time Catch-All

How many FEC violations does this make? At least 5, right?

oilypenguin wrote:

How many FEC violations does this make? At least 5, right?

If you only count the ones that are so enormously flagrantly that no inspection of his books at all is necessary to see them.

Donald Trump Keeps Saying Things That Would Destroy Any Other Presidential Candidate

1. Threatening To Fire Generals

Trump called for firing most, if not all, of the current military brass, and actively ridiculed their experience and judgement.

“I think under the leadership Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, the generals have been reduced to rubble. They have been reduced to a point where it’s embarrassing for our country,” he said, adding that when he’s in office, “they’ll probably be different generals, to be honest with you. I mean, I’m looking at the generals.”

Generals are not political appointees. They have defined terms and typically are not removed simply because an official wants to clean house. But beyond the factual issues with what Trump said, there is the political context. Imagine, for a second, John Kerry making a similar comment during the 2004 presidential campaign and consider the filleting that he would have endured from President George W. Bush’s re-election campaign.

2. Embracing A Foreign Autocrat

rump raved about Vladimir Putin’s approval ratings, and when pressed about some of the ghoulish and autocratic traits of the Russian presidency, he drew a moral equivalence with Obama (with Putin coming out on top). Two former top strategists to Mitt Romney noted how outrageous and unpatriotic this type of comment would have appeared in 2008 ― had Obama been the one making it.

3. Blaming Victims For Military Sexual Assault

Trump stood behind his 2013 assertion that essentially blamed the epidemic of sexual assault in the military on the fact that women are now allowed to serve alongside men.

4. Lying About Iraq War Support

Trump once more lied about his position on the Iraq War, claiming that he opposed the invasion when he clearly supported it at the time. Obfuscation and dissembling are fairly common for a politician. But outright mistruths like these usually carry a price. This time, however, Trump didn’t face so much as a gentle fact-check or follow-up question from Lauer.

5. Discussing What Happened In Classified Briefings

Trump claimed that his during the intelligence briefings he’s received as president, his briefers made it clear (in their body language) that they were dissatisfied with President Obama’s current counter-terrorism policies.

“I’m pretty good with the body language. I could tell they were not happy,” Trump said. “Our leaders did not follow what they were recommending.”

Putting aside the question of what type of body language one uses to convey such dissatisfaction, the comment will undoubtedly cause a huge headache for the intelligence community, which now must field questions of whether it’s true. Officials are not supposed to reveal what happens in these briefings, however, because they are classified.

6. Boasting About Disrupting An Ally Government

Finally, Trump bragged about getting a Mexican government official to resign after his visit: an odd and counterproductive boast about a close regional ally that Trump himself has recently tried to play nice with.

Trump, Speaking On Russian State-Owned Network, Slams ‘Dishonest’ Media

I just find this weird. I mean is there not really enough to talk about in this election. Trump has to go out of his way to sow distrust rather than speak on issues?

In the last week he has criticized the leadership at the pentagon and now the media, in the past he has talked about rigged elections, bias judges, and unfair moderators for the debates

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump criticized U.S. foreign policy and slammed journalists as “unbelievably dishonest” during a sweeping interview with Larry King on Russian state-owned television on Thursday.

Fresh off the candidate’s Vladimir Putin-praising appearance during Wednesday’s commander-in-chief forum, Trump called in to chat with King for a segment on RT America. King began the interview asking Trump what “surprised [him] the most about running for office.”

His answer: “the dishonesty of the media.”

“The media has been unbelievably dishonest,” Trump said. “I mean, they’ll take a statement that you make, which is perfect, and they’ll cut it up and chop it up and shorten it or lengthen it, or do something with it, then all of a sudden, it doesn’t look like as good as it did when you actually said it.”

This refrain has become a common one for the Trump camp, which has called the media “disgusting,” “corrupt” and “failing” over its coverage of his campaign. Until this week, that ire had extended to a blacklist for some outlets, including The Huffington Post, that were generally denied press credentials and unable to speak with him; the ban ended on Thursday.

Trump went on to criticize American intervention in Iraq (which he once supported) and told King he thought it was “pretty unlikely” that Russia was involved in the recent hack of the Democratic National Committee, despite American intelligence agencies suggesting otherwise.

The interview with King is the latest in an odd series of moves from the Trump campaign, which hasn’t tried to distance itself from the Russian leader. RT America is funded by the Kremlin, and its parent company, RT, is well known for holding pro-Russia stances.

Spokeswoman Hope Hicks said the interview was recorded with King ― who identified himself as “a good friend” of Trump ― as a “favor” meant to appear on the journalist’s podcast. But its ultimate airing on RT America had “nothing to do” with the campaign, she added.

“Mr. Trump recorded a short interview with Larry King for his podcast as a favor to Mr. King,” Hicks said in an email to HuffPost. “What Larry King does with the interview content is up to him, we have nothing to do with it.”

At the NBC candidates forum on Wednesday, Trump once again refused to denounce Putin and suggested the Russian leader was more effective than President Barack Obama.

“I think when he calls me ‘brilliant,’ I’ll take the compliment,” he told moderator Matt Lauer. “If he says great things about me, I’m gonna say great things about him.”

The statement was echoed by running mate Mike Pence just a day later.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who is still endorsing Trump, distanced himself from his party’s nominee on the issue, calling Putin “an aggressor” against U.S. interests. And Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton called such acclaim from a leading presidential candidate “unpatriotic” and “scary.”

“Bizarrely, once again he praised Russia’s strongman Vladimir Putin ― even taking the astonishing step of suggesting that he prefers the Russian president to our American president,” she said.

farley3k wrote:

Trump, Speaking On Russian State-Owned Network, Slams ‘Dishonest’ Media

I just find this weird. I mean is there not really enough to talk about in this election. Trump has to go out of his way to sow distrust rather than speak on issues?

It's not weird. He is incapable of speaking to the issues. His entire platform is a collection of lies and slander.

JC wrote:
farley3k wrote:

Trump, Speaking On Russian State-Owned Network, Slams ‘Dishonest’ Media

I just find this weird. I mean is there not really enough to talk about in this election. Trump has to go out of his way to sow distrust rather than speak on issues?

It's not weird. He is incapable of speaking to the issues. His entire platform is a collection of lies and slander.

No, no, no. His platform is perfectly cromulent, it's the big nasty media who make it look like a bag of old turds.

So under President Trump we could see a US-Russia alliance that allows Russia to roll into Eastern Europe with our blessing while they provide pressure on Iran, China and North Korea that have often depended on Russian backing to counter American interests?

I don't think Russia can pressure China all that much, and the pressure that they can provide is certainly shrinking by the year.

Yeh, Russia is pretty much licking China's boots, trying to lure investment, renting out bordering regions for manufacturing, even giving away contested land that would have been inconcievable some years ago.
Kremlin knows that it can not play the bully's game with China, or is just afraid to, because of the uncertainty of the outcome, so is pressuring the Europe side instead.

I was listening to Rachel Maddow's show on the way home from work yesterday, and they talked about what Putin said regarding Donald Trump. As it turns out, the word that Putin used wasn't "brilliant" in the sense of extremely smart. They even played a clip of Fareed Zakaria speaking with Putin, and Putin said something to the extent of "Don't put words in my mouth, that's not what I said about Mr. Trump."

The word he used was more along the lines of "shiny" or "flamboyant". Which definitely does describe Trump.

Someone at MSNBC described Trump as generating a tsunami of lies. I thought it was very apt.

JC wrote:
farley3k wrote:

Trump, Speaking On Russian State-Owned Network, Slams ‘Dishonest’ Media

I just find this weird. I mean is there not really enough to talk about in this election. Trump has to go out of his way to sow distrust rather than speak on issues?

It's not weird. He is incapable of speaking to the issues. His entire platform is a collection of lies and slander.

More directly (since I'm not a psychologist) this is classic narcissism. Since Trump himself obviously can't be to blame for his gaffes and failing campaign, it must be someone else, and the people doing the reporting about him and his campaign are an obvious target.

Edit: from Wikipedia, Hotchkiss' seven deadly sins of narcissism:

1. Shamelessness: Shame is the feeling that lurks beneath all unhealthy narcissism, and the inability to process shame in healthy ways.

2. Magical thinking: Narcissists see themselves as perfect, using distortion and illusion known as magical thinking. They also use projection to dump shame onto others.

3. Arrogance: A narcissist who is feeling deflated may reinflate by diminishing, debasing, or degrading somebody else.

4. Envy: A narcissist may secure a sense of superiority in the face of another person's ability by using contempt to minimize the other person.

5. Entitlement: Narcissists hold unreasonable expectations of particularly favorable treatment and automatic compliance because they consider themselves special. Failure to comply is considered an attack on their superiority, and the perpetrator is considered an "awkward" or "difficult" person. Defiance of their will is a narcissistic injury that can trigger narcissistic rage.

6. Exploitation: Can take many forms but always involves the exploitation of others without regard for their feelings or interests. Often the other person is in a subservient position where resistance would be difficult or even impossible. Sometimes the subservience is not so much real as assumed.

7. Bad boundaries: Narcissists do not recognize that they have boundaries and that others are separate and are not extensions of themselves. Others either exist to meet their needs or may as well not exist at all. Those who provide narcissistic supply to the narcissist are treated as if they are part of the narcissist and are expected to live up to those expectations. In the mind of a narcissist, there is no boundary between self and other.

Has anyone "successfully" debated Duane Gish? I'm curious because that is what a Trump debate looks like.

That and "not sure's" trial in idiocracy.

Trump thinks it's totally cool to commit an act of war against Iran in international waters because their sailors made a rude gesture towards a Navy ship.

Trump wrote:

With Iran, when they circle our beautiful destroyers with their little boats and they make gestures at our people that they shouldn't be allowed to make, they will be shot out of the water.

It's frankly terrifying that he'd interpret the harassment of US military units as casus belli. Had Trump been President in early 2001 he likely would have used the Hainan Island incident as an excuse to launch a nuclear first strike against China.

Kudos to that CNN reporter for subtly summing up Trump's entire campaign:

CNN wrote:

"She's being so protected. She could walk into this arena right now and shoot somebody with 20,000 people watching," Trump said mimicking a gun with his hand, "right smack in the middle of the heart and she wouldn't be prosecuted, OK?"

Trump held his rally Friday in an arena with a listed capacity of 10,000 people.

Oh come on!

Spoiler:
The Washington Post wrote:

Something similar happened in 2012, when Trump himself won an auction for a football helmet autographed by football player Tim Tebow, then a quarterback with the Denver Broncos.

The winning bid was $12,000. As The Post reported in July, the Trump Foundation paid.

Seriously?!

Short piece on the alt-right presser in DC yesterday.

Rat Boy wrote:

Oh come on!

Spoiler:
The Washington Post wrote:

Something similar happened in 2012, when Trump himself won an auction for a football helmet autographed by football player Tim Tebow, then a quarterback with the Denver Broncos.

The winning bid was $12,000. As The Post reported in July, the Trump Foundation paid.

Seriously?!

Yeah so why is the media investigating Clinton's Foundation instead of Trump's? Jeez.

I can't even fathom that this happened. 5th paragraph.

I remember where I was that day, just a dumb kid, a month into my sophomore year of college. Hours after it happened I was trying to get a hold of my friends in NYC. I was calling my family just to talk. I wasn't thinking, "Hm, what's the tallest building in NY now?"

What kind of f*cking lunatic turns 9 GD 11 in a dick measuring contest ON 9-11. A few days later? Sure, maybe, as an after thought. A "haha, massive tragedy, I guess my building is the tallest again." Not something you say out loud. Not something you crow about. Not that day. Not ever.

This same man keeps insisting that Muslims were dancing in the streets that day. THOUSANDS of them.

How are we here, as a country? This man is repugnant and people want him to lead.

oilypenguin wrote:

I can't even fathom that this happened. 5th paragraph.

Only parenthetically in the middle of the 10-minute conversation did Trump turn to a favorite topic—size. “40 Wall Street,” he said, referring to his 71-story building blocks away from the now-collapsed twin towers, “actually was the second-tallest building in downtown Manhattan, and it was actually, before the World Trade Center, was the tallest—and then, when they built the World Trade Center, it became known as the second-tallest. And now it’s the tallest.”

Marcus chalked up the remark to “Donald being Donald. … He is the brand manager of Trump, and he is going to tout that brand, and he does it reflexively,” he said. “Even on that day.”

No. Not that day. No normal human being would do that.

Not as tall as the stack of illicit emails Hillary destroyed, amirite?

Robear wrote:

Not as tall as the stack of illicit emails Hillary destroyed, amirite?

Or the pile of mysterious dead.

Benghazi!

oilypenguin wrote:

How are we here, as a country? This man is repugnant and people want him to lead.

It is very upsetting.