A few quotes to remember Tuesday

We have a Presidential candidate who has said many bizarre, untrue, misogynistic and bigoted things. There are also many things said about him from people who have encountered him over the years.

Probably, the dumbest quote uttered by any candidate comes from Trump and he has used variations several times: “Global warming is a hoax invented by the Chinese to steal our jobs.” Really, because that is some public relations conspiracy.

Another one he has uttered many times including yesterday is “America is the most taxed country on the world.” Mr. Trump, you are not even close as we trail most nations who are part of the Paris-based Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development. One measure has us at 31st out of 34 countries and another at 17th.

Of course, he cannot help himself, being the most prolific storyteller since Politifacts began measuring fact checking for politicians in the 2007-08 campaign. Thomas M. Wells, who worked as an attorney for Trump said “Trump lies all of the time.” Wells had several quotes about Trump, but one that caught my eye is  “He is the spoiled young man of privilege with the ‘right’ race … and family fortune to succeed easily and who looks down on others lacking in any of the above who do not.”

Trump’s history reveals a proclivity to bullying people through litigation and threatened litigation. Per Wells, a key tactic is refusing to pay contractors like painters, suppliers, electricians, plumbers, etc. under the guise of bad service. He will bully folks into settling for less than $1 for $1 or await a law suit, so that he can countersue. This tactic has been used so much, a Virginia contractor noted on a PBS voter panel about dealing with Trump Companies, “The word on the street is to get your money upfront.”

It should be noted that Hillary Clinton is not the only who has email issues. In an October 31, 2016 article in Newsweek by Kurt Eichenwald, it details Trump’s own records purges, which included “systematically [destroying] or [hiding] thousands of emails, digital records, and paper documents … often in defiance of court orders.” Eichenwald describes a pattern of a “deny, impede, and delay” strategy—which included destroying court-requested documents.

Much has been rightfully made of Trump’s Access Hollywood tape where he describes his sexual assault of women, that has been corroborated by a dozen women before and after this interview was made public. Yet, not as much has been made of accusations of him walking in on naked beauty pageant contestants, some as young as 15. Trump denies he did this, but in a 2005 appearance on Howard Stern’s show, Trump bragged about doing exactly what the women describe. “I’ll go backstage before a show, and everyone’s getting dressed and ready and everything else,” he said.

In writing this post, there was too much to choose from. But, there are two ways to sum up when to tell Trump is stretching the truth. Anything he says prior to the reminding phrase “Believe me,” is most likely untrue. The other is when he says to a reporter or to his opponent in a debate when accused of saying something, “I never said that.” What he fails to remember is he is recorded saying these things.

Let me close with a colorful reference that was made a few years back. I do not like name calling, but the choice of words by someone who successfully battled Mr. Trump is priceless. At the height of a battle with Trump who cajoled, bullied, and then sued unsuccessfully to get her Atlantic City home in 1998, 70-year-old Vera Coking said of Trump to the New York Daily News: “A maggot, a cockroach and a crumb, that’s what he is.” Using the words “maggot” and “cockroach” are interesting choices in my view, as both sponge off of others.

Sunday reflections

I hope your Sunday is going well. I have a few reflections for your review and digestion in no particular order.

I find it telling that ISIS fighters are hiding behind human shields of the people they captured. These terrorists have bastardized a peaceful religion and have brainwashed young people to do their dirty work. I think this last line of defense speaks volumes.

The Brexit debate continues leaving a lot of leaders looking for antacid. Reasonable exit from the EU looks harder to come by and many are calling for a new vote, which will unlikely happen. Scotland continues to evaluate and position itself for a potential exit from the UK if Brexit happens. I understand the reasons for those wanting Brexit, but unfortunately the price of retrenchment might be too dear.

On the other side of the world, President Duterte of the Philippines has said God wanted him to start cursing less. He has been colorful in telling allies to go #$*% themselves and calling them sons of ^@#$, which has left his ambassadors scrambling. By this way, this is what a Donald Trump presidency would look like in some respects. But, apparently, God did not tell him to stop having drug addicts and peddlers murdered, his solution to drug crime.

In all of the talk about Donald Trump’s “Access Hollywood”  tape of his approach to sexual assault and his discussion on Howard Stern’s radio show about his walking in on undressed beauty pageant contestants because of his ownership, one story is not being discussed. While twelve women have accused him of unwelcome advances, the fact he has a pending judicial conference in December for the alleged rape of a thirteen year-old girl is not mentioned much if at all. I realize it is “alleged,” but enough validity has been given the allegations that it is moving forward to this stage.

Speaking of trials, Jill Dennison has done an excellent job of summarizing the over 4,000 lawsuits that Trump has had in his 45 year career (see link below). He has seventy-five pending lawsuits, three of which are class action lawsuits against Trump University for alleged misrepresentation. This is on top of the investigation into his Trump Foundation for self-dealing, meaning he allegedly used the funds for business and personal purposes.

While Hillary Clinton’s emails to her aide Huma Abedin are being reviewed as a result of the FBI discovering them as they investigated Abedin’s ex-husband/ ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner for his unique version of sexual assault via sexting, it reminds me that women are victims in multiple ways by powerful men. Whether it is Congressman Weiner, Trump, Roger Ailes or Bill Cosby, your wealth and power do not give you the right to sexually assault women.

Finally, I find it amusing that Trump claims the election is rigged against him when he is reading from daily email feeds from hacked emails of Clinton’s staff. His staff has an active voter suppression campaign underway to dissuade African-Americans, Latino-Americans and women voters from voting at all. Also, the man has benefitted from more publicity than all other candidates including Clinton.  Plus, his party has had five states’ voter suppression laws ruled unconstitutional this year. So, saying it is rigged against him is a huge stretch.

Call me crazy, but I would take the word of Trump’s five biographers, one of whom Trump unsuccessfully sued. All five agree on a key point – do not vote for this man.

Sue, Sue, SUE!!!