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Arizona Bay
04-30-2017, 10:02 PM
You don't think this might have anything to do with it, do you?

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C-sisJVXcAADO3I.jpg

https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/767965928445227008/SQYnBzP0_normal.jpgAdam Khan @Khanoisseur (https://twitter.com/Khanoisseur)

Trump's Philippines biz partner Jose Antonio flew to New York to meet privately with him/kids *after* election

Manila deal is worth $150M https://twitter.com/khanoisseur/status/804985326909280256 (https://t.co/jtB0rupEqs)
9:15 AM - 3 Dec 2016 (https://twitter.com/Khanoisseur/status/805082925452521472) San Francisco, CA (https://twitter.com/search?q=place%3A5a110d312052166f)

oznabrag
04-30-2017, 10:11 PM
Trump is simply vile.

I'm sure he will be taking notes on how to commit mass murder.

Garret
05-01-2017, 06:59 AM
Nah - I don't think Trump is even aware that he's ordered executions - or if he is, he doesn't care. This is all about making the hotel profitable. The US presidency is a powerful marketing tool, so he better use it - right?

Gerarddm
05-01-2017, 08:35 AM
Not even surprised. Disgusted but not surprised. Lincoln must be weeping.

S.V. Airlie
05-01-2017, 08:38 AM
Not even surprised. Disgusted but not surprised. Lincoln must be weeping.I don't know if he's weeping but, I can see him switching parties.

LeeG
05-01-2017, 08:40 AM
Most illustrious, so what does Ivanka do in the Whitehouse and how can this not reflect a conflict of interests?

S.V. Airlie
05-01-2017, 08:46 AM
Most illustrious, so what does Ivanka do in the Whitehouse and how can this not reflect a conflict of interests?I don't think I want to know in answer to the first half of your question and the second half, it is a conflict of interest but, apparently a lot of Americans don't really care about that.

TomF
05-01-2017, 08:50 AM
They don't see it as a conflict of interest, but as evidence of the President's smart use of his advantages as a businessman.

If he can parlay the Presidency into something that so obviously enriches himself and his own family, and all the Lefty Constitution-lovers can do is howl while he bobs and weaves ... just think what he can do for America.

LeeG
05-01-2017, 08:55 AM
What did DT say, "if the president does it there's no conflict of interest "?


https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_things_named_after_Donald_Trump

oznabrag
05-01-2017, 08:56 AM
Nah - I don't think Trump is even aware that he's ordered executions - or if he is, he doesn't care. This is all about making the hotel profitable. The US presidency is a powerful marketing tool, so he better use it - right?

In my opinion, Trump is going to become quite accustomed to being President, and when the time comes to start murdering the opposition, he'll be brutally pragmatic about it.

LeeG
05-01-2017, 09:10 AM
What Trump and Duterte have in common.


https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/01/opinion/donald-trump-degradation-of-the-language.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=opinion-c-col-right-region&region=opinion-c-col-right-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-right-region&_r=1

As researchers at Carnegie Mellon pointed out last spring, presidential candidates in general use “words and grammar typical of students in grades 6-8, though Donald Trump tends to lag behind the others.” Indeed, among the presidents in the university’s analysis, Trump’s vocabulary usage was the lowest and his grammatical usage was only better than one president: George W. Bush.

Trump’s employment of reduced rhetoric is not without precedent and is in fact a well-documented tool of history’s strongmen.
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“We shouldn’t confuse anti-rhetorical ‘truth telling’ with actually telling the truth. One of the advantages of this positioning is that once listeners are convinced that you’re not trying to deceive them in the manner of a regular politician, they may switch off the critical faculties they usually apply to political speech and forgive you any amount of exaggeration, contradiction, or offensiveness. And if establishment rivals or the media criticize you, your supporters may dismiss that as spin.”

Here is the great danger: Many people expect a political lie to sound slick, to be delivered by intellectual elites spouting $5 words. A clumsy, folksy lie delivered by a shyster using broken English reads as truth.
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Trump has the intellectual depth of a coat of paint.

At no time is this more devastatingly obvious than when he grants interviews to print reporters, when he is not protected by the comfort of a script and is not animated by the dazzling glare of television lights. In these moments, all he has is language, and his absolute ineptitude and possibly even lack of comprehension is enormously obvious.

In the last month, Trump has given interviews to print reporters at The Times, The Associated Press, Reuters and The Wall Street Journal. Read together, the transcripts paint a terrifying portrait of a man who is simultaneously unintelligible in his delivery, self-assured in his ignorance and consciously bathing in his narcissism.

In Trump world, facts don’t matter, truth doesn’t matter, language doesn’t matter. Passionate performance is the only ideal. A lie forcefully told and often repeated is better than truth — it is accepted as an act of faith, which is better than a point of fact.

Canoez
05-01-2017, 09:12 AM
Best thing that Trump could do is to invite Duterte to the White House and have him arrested by the ICC and sent to the Hague.