……have a nice day?……
…..what is that sound?…………
…now aren’t you glad you clicked it?……..
…….now wasn’t that just another fun thing for the……………….back….of your …………………………..mind…………………w
…….now wasn’t that just another fun thing for the……………….back….of your …………………………..mind…………………w
I’m writing to you because your dad is not well.
Every day he continues his spiral downward – and after his call for gun owners to commit acts of violence against Mrs. Clinton, it is clear he needs help, serious help. His comments and behavior have become more and more bizarre and detached from reality. He is in need of an intervention. And I believe only you can conduct it.
He trusts you. He believes in you. Although I don’t know you personally, you seem to be a very smart and together woman. I think he will listen to you. He must because he is now not simply a danger to himself, he has put the next president of the United States in harms way. He has encouraged and given permission to the unhinged and the deranged to essentially assassinate Hillary Clinton. Her life is now in worse danger than it already was – and should anything happen, that will not only be on his head but also on those closest to him if they stand by and do nothing. I say this with the utmost kindness, care and concern for you, and I know you will do the right thing. Bring him in, off the road, away from the crowds. Now. Tonight.
And when you do, here is what a good friend of mine, a former counselor and social worker, Jeff Gibbs, suggests that you say to him:
Dad, we need to have a chat. Are you feeling okay? Do you have a minute? Please sit down. Because this isn’t going to be easy. No, I am not pregnant. No, what is going on is… is… I am really, really worried about my father. About you.
Dad, I owe everything to you. You’ve built an empire, a brand and a business for the ages. You have taken care of me, inspired me and, through your example, have made me who I am: a self-confident, honest-to-a-flaw, woman.
But Dad, I am deeply worried. You haven’t been yourself lately. The father I know is not a hater, not someone who encourages violence. Dad, you used to be A LIBERAL. You raised me as a liberal! The Clintons were your friends — Chelsea is one of my best friends! And now you’re joking that Hillary should be assassinated? Really?
Dad, I hate to say this, but you’re making me scared, you’re making my friends scared, and you’re scaring the whole country.
Dad… Dad, sit down! They’ll wait. I am not finished. Don’t get angry. Try to listen.
Yes, I know they love it, the crowd goes wild. But not for YOU. They don’t love YOU. They love the show that you put on. But people that hunger for red meat will turn on you in a minute. No, they don’t love you. I love you. I will always love you. And I see you hurting yourself — and you’re hurting ME, Dad.
Don’t get upset! You’re still the handsomest billionaire I know. I will always love you. Melania will always love you. Vladimir will always love you… OK, maybe that wasn’t funny. But you get my point. This running for President thing is destroying the dad I have known and loved. And honestly, you and I both know you didn’t really want this job to begin with! You just wanted to make a point. Ok, well, POINT MADE! You did it! Now, let’s stop and get some help.
I am asking you, right now, to give it up. To leave the race. Let that nice man from Indiana run things. Your place in history is secure. You need to withdraw. Move on, for your sake, for the country’s sake, for my sake.
The man who raised me was the man who, for no charge, built a huge ice rink in Central Park for all the people to use! You struck deals with some of the biggest assholes on the planet in finance and politics and yet remained friends, mostly. You built a family that loves you. I want that dad back! And I worry that, if you don’t stop now, neither you nor the country will ever recover.
There, there, Dad, it’s okay, let it out. Let it out because I know beneath that gruff, tough, handsome exterior is a little boy who just never got enough love. And that little boy needs some time to find himself again.
Let’s you and I walk out there now right now. The cameras are all set up and waiting. You can make up whatever excuse you want. You can blame whomever you want. You’re good at that! I just know this can’t go on, and you know it, too.
Take my hand, let’s end this. And by tomorrow you and I will be sipping Martinis on our yacht in the Hamptons with Chelsea and the friends we still have left. I love you, Dad. Let’s do this. That’s right, take my hand, here we go…
Ivanka, I have faith in you that you can do this. I know I’ve called your dad “crazy” before, but I was speaking politically, not clinically. This has gone beyond “crazy”. The entire nation — in fact, the entire world — needs you to step forward and do the courageous thing history will praise you for: the loving act of a brilliant daughter who also loved her beleaguered country enough to say her father wasn’t well and needed help.
How many passes are we giving this guy?……
…….remember….moose and squirrel must die!…………….if you have to ask……….
.……..no time to digest that…….
After Speaker Paul Ryan humiliated himself by appearing to endorse Donald Trump by speaking at the very gruesome RNC, Trump is stabbing him in the back by refusing to endorse Ryan in his primary. Trump even went so far as to praise his opponent. Trump is dishing more of the same out to John McCain.
So much for that “Republican unity” some of the press has been imagining since the RNC. This is, after all, Donald Trump we are dealing with. There is no low too low.
And so just days after Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) humiliated himself by appearing to endorse Donald Trump by speaking at the very gruesome RNC, Trump is stabbing him in the back by refusing to endorse Ryan in his primary. Trump even went so far as to praise his opponent.
Washington Post’s Philip Rucker reported, “Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is refusing to back House Speaker Paul D. Ryan in his upcoming primary election, saying in an interview Tuesday that he is ‘not quite there yet’ in endorsing his party’s top-ranking elected official.”
In fact, “Trump praised the House speaker’s underdog opponent, Paul Nehlen, for running ‘a very good campaign.’ Trump said that Ryan has sought his endorsement, but that as of now he is only ‘giving it very serious consideration.’”
Aside from the issue of backstabbing, what we are witnessing here is a person who doesn’t know the first thing about diplomacy and that matters because it’s a major part of the job he’s running for.
Sure, Paul Ryan only mentioned Donald Trump once in his RNC speech, and as Jason Easley wrote in these pages, “Paul Ryan’s speech wasn’t just the oratorical version of NyQuil, but it was also one big attempt to revise history in his party’s favor – and it failed big time.”
But still. There’s this thing called building a coalition and building political power. Maybe no one has told Donald Trump that politics doesn’t work like the building trades. For a builder, Trump is quite the demolition expert. But the goal of an effective president is to build enough political will that he or she can actually implement some of their agenda.
Additionally, Trump stabbed Republican Senator John McCain (R-AZ) in the back — again. It wasn’t enough to say the man wasn’t a hero. Now Trump won’t support McCain in his Arizona primary. Rucker wrote, “Trump also said he was not supporting Sen. John McCain in his primary in Arizona, and he singled out Sen. Kelly Ayotte as a weak and disloyal leader in New Hampshire, a state whose presidential primary Trump won handily.”
Ouch. This is a stunning way for the Party’s standard bearer to treat the Speaker and the 2008 Republican Presidential nominee.
Donald Trump is a Republican wrecking ball. He has no idea what he’s doing and he stops at nothing to humiliate members of his own party.
There is no unity under a party leader like Donald Trump. There are only Donald Trump and his very large, relentlessly needy ego. He will let any petty grievance justify his destruction of people in his own party, including the Speaker who already humiliated himself by even speaking at the RNC ostensibly on Donald Trump’s behalf.
Maybe this is the out for Speaker Ryan and others to finally claim a backbone and refuse to continue endorsing this terrifying infant. It was obvious to all but Republicans that Trump would behave like this. He will also do this in the White House should he win access, and Republicans really need to start facing that fact instead of burying their heads in the sands of fantasy.
Of course it would be historically naive to pretend that time has
stood still since 1856. To do so would mean ignoring that the South,
which hated the original Republicans, is now the dominant force in the
party. It would involve being blind to the way in which our two great
political parties have switched sides in how they view the capacity of
our federal government to promote a more inclusive prosperity.
It would be equally untrue to history to claim that the nativism of
Donald Trump is alien to the party. On the contrary, the
anti-immigrant, anti-Catholic Know-Nothings were an important force in
early Republicanism, and the party embraced opposition to newcomers at
various points in subsequent eras.
Nonetheless, Republicans who are not in the least progressive have
reason to mourn what is likely to come to pass this week: the
transformation of the Party of Lincoln and Dwight Eisenhower into the
Party of Trump. Some are bravely resisting this outcome to the end —
and good luck to them. A fair number of leading Republicans have
stated flatly that they will never vote for Trump. Their devotion to
principle and integrity will be remembered.
But so many others in the party have found ways of rationalizing
support for a man who plainly does not take governing, policy or even
what he says from one day to the next seriously. It is comical but
also embarrassing to watch politicians and consultants fall all over
themselves to declare that Trump is “maturing” because every once in a
while, he reads partisan talking points off a teleprompter. This is
seen as a great advance over the normal Trump, whose free-association
rants refer to his opponents as “lyin’,” “crooked,” “sad,” “weak,”
“low-energy” and — in the very special case of Sen. Elizabeth Warren —
Liberals have long complained about conservatives “dog whistling”
appeals to racial animosity. But hypocrisy really is the tribute vice
pays to virtue and so it does mark a decline in simple decency that
Trump has shouted out his prejudices openly: falsely claiming that
Barack Obama, our first African American president, was not born in
the United States; railing against Mexican immigrants as “rapists”;
and calling for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the
And a party that helped build popular support for internationalism
after World War II is about to turn to a man whose foreign policy
pronouncements defy coherence. He’s not even consistent in supporting
noninterventionism or protectionism, both of which are part of a
historically legitimate Republican tradition. He substitutes bullying
for choosing, bluster for strength.
Many Republicans oppose Trump because they see him as the one
candidate most likely to lose to Hillary Clinton. But others fear
something worse: a Trump victory. They know that his presidency would
represent a grave danger to the republic, a repudiation of the most
noble Republican aspirations, and the end of their party as a serious
vehicle for governance. The GOP can survive a Trump defeat. It will
never get over being permanently defined by his politics of flippant
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Melania Trump, Donald Trump’s third and current wife, is speaking tonight at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
According to Google search trends data, many people would like to know where she is from and how old she is. The answer is that she’s 46 — born in 1970 in Sevnica, Slovenia.
Slovenia, to be clear, is not the same country as Slovakia. Slovakia is north of Hungary and south of Poland and used to be part of Czechoslovakia. Slovenia is east of Italy and south of Austria and used to be part of Yugoslavia.
Melania left Slovenia relatively young for a career as a model in Milan and Paris and then New York, where she met Donald Trump in the late 1990s and married him in 2005.
Melania Trump has not articulated many strong political views over the years but has attempted to assure American audiences that her husband is “not Hitler” and really simply “wants to unite the country and bring people together and bring jobs back.”
Now I’m getting phone calls from a blocked number that play Hitler’s speeches when I pick up. Sad!
Melania’s view on this was a little odd.
John Quincy Adams’s wife, Louisa Catherine Johnson, currently has the distinction of being the only foreign-born first lady in American history, but her father was an American merchant and diplomat who was living in London when Louisa was born — making her something of a liminal case.
There is a certain irony in Melania’s foreign-born status given the strong association between the Trump campaign and anti-immigration themes — including promises to restrict legal immigration — but polling Vox has done in partnership with Morning Consult shows that European immigrants are perceived very differently from Latin American or Middle Eastern immigrants.
When she speaks tonight, you’ll notice that Melania speaks English with a fairly heavy accent despite having lived in the United States since 1996. When listening, keep in mind that English is actually her sixth language, behind not just Slovenian (her native language) and Serbo-Croatian (the main language of Yugoslavia when she was a kid) but also Italian, French, and German, all of which she learned over the course of her career as a model.
As the ghostwriter for Donald Trump’s 1987 memoir The Art of the Deal, Tony Schwartz spent more than a year with the businessman. The book, which was largely penned by Schwartz, helped create Trump’s national reputation as a savvy dealmaker.
For the next 30 years, Schwartz watched as Trump’s fame continued to grow — first as the star of the reality show The Apprentice, and eventually as the presumptive nominee for the Republican Party.
While he was working on the book, Trump gave Schwartz unprecedented access to his business dealings, letting him listen in on dozens of calls. As a result, Schwartz says, he got to know Trump better than anyone outside his family. In a new interview with the New Yorker, Schwartz says he “genuinely” believes that if Trump were the president of the United States, “there is an excellent possibility it will lead to the end of civilization”:
“I put lipstick on a pig,” he said. “I feel a deep sense of remorse that I contributed to presenting Trump in a way that brought him wider attention and made him more appealing than he is.” He went on, “I genuinely believe that if Trump wins and gets the nuclear codes there is an excellent possibility it will lead to the end of civilization.”
If he were writing “The Art of the Deal” today, Schwartz said, it would be a very different book with a very different title. Asked what he would call it, he answered, “The Sociopath.”
This, of course, is strikingly different from the narrative Trump has told on the campaign trail.
Trump has built his presidential campaign as a bombastic and foolhardy candidate, but he has long hinted that he’ll be able to change his stripes once he gets to the Oval Office. “I can be the most politically correct person you have ever seen,” he said at an Iowa rally in January. “When I’m president I’m a different person.”
But Schwartz portrays Trump as a pathologically self-centered man with the attention span of a 9-year-old. Given that the president is often called on to quickly absorb complex information and then make high-stakes decisions, this personality trait might prove to be a liability in the White House.