It is really very difficult for those of us outside the bubble which is the cartoon world of US Politics to understand how a horse’s ass like Donald Trump can be a serious contender for the United States Presidency. Surely the US Public is embarrassed by The Donald’s intellectually challenged ranting. From Dutch and Scottish immigrant stock and having imported his classy immigrant wives he wants to stop, err, err ….. Immigration! His racist xenophobia must come from a deep well of self loathing. He follows in the best traditions of Rich Boy Draft Dodgers in being all in favour of war.
Donald Trump is the human embodiment of the comments section.
— Candace Goldstein (@southerncharm88) December 7, 2015
He tells us that we should listen to his rantings because he is a business genius. Well old Fred Trump certainly was an astute property developer and investor and The Donald got going with his considerable fortune with his businesses going bankrupt several times and each time burning creditors and investors for millions.
Donald Trump is unhinged. His "policy" proposals are not serious.
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) December 7, 2015
One incident (from many) early in his career illustrates his business genius, acumen and honesty. In 1990, after an analyst at Janney Montgomery Scott said that Trump’s Taj Mahal project would initially “break records” but would fail before the end of that year, Trump threatened to sue the firm unless the analyst recanted or was fired. The analyst refused to retract the statements, and was fired by his firm. Taj Mahal declared bankruptcy for the first time in November 1990. A defamation lawsuit by the analyst against Trump for $2 million was settled out of court. The analyst’s statements regarding the Taj Mahal’s prospects were later called “stunningly accurate”. Indeed if this business genius has invested old Fred Trump’s fortune in US Government Bonds he would be worth more than he is today.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has now called for a “total and complete” halt to Muslims entering the US, in the wake of the deadly California shootings. He said that polling showed a “hatred” by Muslims towards Americans that could put the nation at risk. The border shutdown should remain “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on”.
— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) December 7, 2015
Mr Trump has also called for a wall on the Mexico border. In recent weeks, since the Paris terror attacks, he has turned his attention to the Muslim population in the US, calling for the surveillance of mosques and a Muslim registration database. This rhetoric has increased in the wake of the attacks in California last week, carried out by a Muslim couple believed to have been radicalised. They opened fire and killed 14 people at a health centre in San Bernardino.
Trump's policies, if enacted, will keep @JanetJackson from completing the 2nd half of her tour in the U.S. Such is his madness.
— Anil Dash (@anildash) December 7, 2015
Perhaps this Presidential contender forgot to read the US Constitution and missed the bits on separation of “Church and State” in the First Amendment “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.” or the Treaty of Tripoli enacted by the US Senate in 1797 “As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquillity, of Mussulmen; and, as the said States never entered into any war, or act of hostility against any Mahometan nation, it is declared by the parties, that no pretext arising from religious opinions, shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.”
Pity the US did not keep to its treaty obligations not to interfere in the Muslim World?
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