I put an earlier version of this on Facebook. It’s today’s rumination about the miscreant who somehow garnered the Republican nomination for president and, even more “somehow” seems to have managed to get close to half the electorate to actually think he would make a good president.
It was provoked by Kurt Eichenwald’s Newsweek article that just came out painting an astonishing picture of Trump’s international dealings — ones so interlocking with politicians and businesses that they would seriously compromise his ability to function as president. If Eichenwald’s analysis is even moderately correct the entire Trump family would have to totally dissociate themselves from the existing business enterprise. Trump’s statement that he would absent himself from the operations and let his children run things is totally unworkable — and almost certainly not legal.
But even before these revelations about his complex international dealings, we knew more than a few things about him, enough to make apparent to any casual observer that he is the most unqualified person to ever even consider running for the highest office in the land. Below is a (somewhat abridged, there really are other things that could be added) list. All are true. All are easily verified. All are utterly damning.
With all the fuss being made about Hillary’s role as Secretary of State and her emails and the Clinton Foundation it is nothing short of astonishing that Trump has managed to create this laundry list of things beiieved, said, done and proposed with so little scrutiny from the press.
In no special order, Mr. Donald J. Trump:
*Bankrupted at least four major companies resulting in the loss of tens of thousands of jobs.
*Failed in a series of minor business ventures from steaks to water to a so-called “university.”
*Been in court over 3500 times for illegal and/or unethical business practices for which he and/or his corporations have been fined over five million dollars.
*Engaged in fraudulent Trump Foundation business practices — for which the IRS fined him.
*Made an illegal political contribution which may yet be determined to have been a bribe — and fined for it.
*Discriminated against black renters in his Brooklyn, NY properties — and fined by a Federal court.
*Is under indictment in Federal court for unethical business practices at Trump University (sic) and currently under investigation in New York State for similar practices.
*Hired undocumented immigrant workers on NYC projects.
*Used foreign manufacturers for products bearing his name.
*Insulted virtually every racial and ethnic minority group and religion including war heroes, journalists, sitting senators and persons with disabilities.
*Proposed illegal restrictions on those who’ve applied for immigrant status.
*Called for the return of and increased use of torture saying he doesn’t care about the Geneva Convention.
*Called for the murder of civilian family members of suspected terrorists saying he doesn’t care that it’s a crime against humanity.
*Encouraged violence at rallies — including offers to pay legal fees for those who get arrested.
*Stated that climate change is a hoax and supported more fossil fuel use.
*Is a serial adulterer and been suspected of sexual abuse and child molestation.
*Stated that he thinks using nuclear weapons is appropriate or, as he put it, “why have them if you aren’t going to use them?”
*Praised America’s most dangerous adversaries like Putin and Kim Jong Un.
*Has lied consistently as several fact-checking sites have shown.
*Has changed his position on virtually every issue over the past decade or so.
*Has run so bizarre a campaign that he’s now on his third manager in just the last few months.
*Has refused to dissociate himself from white supremacists.
*Claimed that he doesn’t need advisers because he knows more about terrorism than our military and intelligence agencies.
*Refused to release his tax returns. The audit claim is bogus — Nixon released his while under an audit.
*Refused to release his medical records (the one that surfaced was apparently written by his staff).
*Has failed to put forward a single workable proposal for dealing with any of the problems facing the country.
Now we get this incredible involvement in international dealings that would absolutely compromise his ability to function as president.
Yet nearly fifty percent of the electorate is ready to vote him into the Oval Office. It’s difficult to fathom. I note that recent polls show that roughly one-fifth of his backers think slavery should be made legal again and that the bulk of his support is coming from elderly, white, relatively uneducated males. I guess what this says is that between those who just don’t care about his unprecedented levels of incompetence, frightening ignorance and utter lack of experience and those who embrace him for precisely these failings we find close to half of the American electorate.