I It's been a rough couple of days for Donald trump. The guy just has zero chill, and he gives new meaning to the term thin-skinned.
First, he disparages the mother of a fallen soldier by suggesting that she let her husband speak at the DNC because she is a Muslim woman. (Yo Donald, guess who else watches her husband speak while standing at his side without saying a word?) And then he claims that the brave soldier's father "viciously attacked" him for simply speaking his mind.
He told a flat out lie about the NFL contacting him about the timing of the debates. He also claims that he turned down a chance to meet with the Koch brother. (They said they never sent him an invite.) Now I am no fan of the Koch brothers, but I think it's fair to say that they have more credibility than Donald trump on this one.
And in between all of this he makes fun of a military hero, rips the man that rescued him from an elevator, and drops the f-bomb into an open mic.
I am not sure who is running trump's campaign these days, but now might be a good time to lock him away into a room and only bring him out when there is total control of what he has to say. Clearly the man can't help himself.
The man couldn't even feign empathy for the Khan family because his ego wouldn't let him. Mr. Khan "attacked" him and all he could think of was lashing out against the man. Losing sight, as he always does, of the bigger picture. It's not about this family who spoke out against him at the DNC; it's about all the families whose loved ones have given the ultimate sacrifice for all of us.
The fact that he himself took deferment after deferment so that he didn't have to go to war and defend this country, makes his words and actions even more reprehensible.
Anyway, all this won't really matter. Donald will get his 45% of the voters no matter what, and the news networks and political junkies will have an election close enough to keep us watching their coverage so that they can get a ratings boost.
"If you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say. Maybe she wasn't allowed to. You tell me."
I would try to tell you Donald, but you wouldn't hear me. Once you stop hearing the sound of your own voice, you tend to tune out everything else.
I almost feel sorry for the people running your campaign. Almost.
*Pic from rawstory.com
Let's start with the basic facts. There is a lot of Russian money flowing into Trump's coffers and he is conspicuously solicitous of Russian foreign policy priorities.
I'll list off some facts.
1. All the other discussions of Trump's finances aside, his debt load has grown dramatically over the last year, from $350 million to $630 million. This is in just one year while his liquid assets have also decreased. Trump has been blackballed by all major US banks.
2. Post-bankruptcy Trump has been highly reliant on money from Russia, most of which has over the years become increasingly concentrated among oligarchs and sub-garchs close to Vladimir Putin. Here's a good overview from The Washington Post, with one morsel for illustration ...
Since the 1980s, Trump and his family members have made numerous trips to Moscow in search of business opportunities, and they have relied on Russian investors to buy their properties around the world.
“Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets,” Trump’s son, Donald Jr., told a real estate conference in 2008, according to an account posted on the website of eTurboNews, a trade publication. “We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.”
3. One example of this is the Trump Soho development in Manhattan, one of Trump's largest recent endeavors. The project was the hit with a series of lawsuits in response to some typically Trumpian efforts to defraud investors by making fraudulent claims about the financial health of the project. Emerging out of that litigation however was news about secret financing for the project from Russia and Kazakhstan. Most attention about the project has focused on the presence of a twice imprisoned Russian immigrant with extensive ties to the Russian criminal underworld. But that's not the most salient part of the story. As the Times put it,
"Mr. Lauria brokered a $50 million investment in Trump SoHo and three other Bayrock projects by an Icelandic firm preferred by wealthy Russians “in favor with” President Vladimir V. Putin, according to a lawsuit against Bayrock by one of its former executives. The Icelandic company, FL Group, was identified in a Bayrock investor presentation as a “strategic partner,” along with Alexander Mashkevich, a billionaire once charged in a corruption case involving fees paid by a Belgian company seeking business in Kazakhstan; that case was settled with no admission of guilt."Another suit alleged the project "occasionally received unexplained infusions of cash from accounts in Kazakhstan and Russia." [More]
Ok, so maybe the theory that the Russians hacked the DNC e-mails to get trump elected is not so far -fetched after all.