Donald Trump supported by former KKK leader David Duke: ‘I hope he does everything we hope he will do’
2/22/16 David Edleman – nydailynews
Donald Trump’s been knighted by racist David Duke.
The former grand wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan told his bigoted followers that not voting for Trump would be “treason to your heritage” and implored them to volunteer for the billionaire candidate because they would find like-minded haters in the campaign.
“Voting for these people, voting against Donald Trump at this point, is really treason to your heritage,” the white nationalist said on the “David Duke Radio Program.”
“I’m not saying I endorse everything about Trump. In fact, I haven’t formally endorsed him. But I do support his candidacy, and I support voting for him as a strategic action. I hope he does everything we hope he will do,” Duke, who also served a three-year stint in the Louisiana state House, said Wednesday.
“And I am telling you that it is your job now to get active. Get off your duff. Get off your rear end that’s getting fatter and fatter for many of you everyday on your chairs,” Duke implored his racist listeners. “When this show’s over, go out, call the Republican Party, but call Donald Trump’s headquarters, volunteer.”
“They’re screaming for volunteers. Go in there, you’re going to meet people who are going to have the same kind of mindset that you have,” Duke said.
World considers a Trump presidency, and many shudder
3/2/16 John-thor Dahlburg, Associated Press
BRUSSELS (AP) — Following Donald Trump‘s breathtaking string of Super Tuesday victories, politicians, editorial writers and ordinary people worldwide were coming to grips Wednesday with the growing possibility the brash New York billionaire might become America’s next president_a thought that aroused widespread befuddlement and a good deal of horror.
“The Trump candidacy has opened the door to madness: for the unthinkable to happen, a bad joke to become reality,” German business daily Handelsblatt wrote in a commentary for its Thursday edition. “What looked grotesque must now be discussed seriously.”
There was also glee from some Russian commentators at how American politics is being turned topsy-turvy in 2016. And in Latin America, Ecuador’s president predicted a Trump win could boomerang and become a blessing to the continent’s left.
However, the dominant reaction overseas to the effective collapse of the Republican Party establishment in the face of the Trump Train appeared to be jaw-dropping astonishment, mixed with dread at what may lie ahead.
“The meteoric rise of the New York magnate has left half the planet dumbfounded,” wrote columnist Andrea Rizzi in Spain’s leading newspaper, El Pais.
“To consider Donald Trump a political clown would be a severe misconception,” said another European daily, Salzburger Nachrichten. If Trump is elected to the White House, the Austrian paper predicted, his ideas “would bring major dangers for the USA and the world … basically a nationalist-chauvinist policy that would make America not great but ugly, and risk the stability of the international order.”
Eytan Gilboa, an expert on U.S.-Israeli relations at Israel’s Bar-Ilan University, said the best word to describe Israeli feelings about Trump is “confusion.”
There are certain parts of him that Israelis can relate to, such as his aversion to political correctness, his tough stance on Islamic terrorism and his call for a wall with Mexico to provide security, Gilboa said.
But others have been particularly jarring to Israelis, such as comments about Jews that many consider insensitive and his derision of U.S. Sen. John McCain’s captivity in Vietnam.
“This is something that every Israeli would reject. It’s a highly sensitive issue in a country where prisoners of war are heroes and people go out of their way to release them,” he said.
Thuraya Ebrahim al Arrayed, a member of Saudi Arabia’s top advisory body, the Shura Council, said a Trump presidency would be “catastrophic” and set the world back “not just generations, but centuries.”
“We pray to God that a racist, politically incorrect personality does not win the election,” she said. “How can he tell Muslim students going there to study he will shut the door in Muslim faces?”
Writing in the Financial Times of London, Martin Wolf summed up the mood of a good share of Europe’s business and economic elite, arguing that it would be a “global disaster” if Trump, who won seven states in Tuesday’s Republican contests, made it all the way to the Oval Office.
“Mr. Trump is a promoter of paranoid fantasies, a xenophobe and an ignoramus. His business consists of the erection of ugly monuments to his own vanity. He has no experience of political office. Some compare him to Latin American populists. He might also be considered an American Silvio Berlusconi, albeit without the charm or business acumen,” Wolf wrote.
He also said Berlusconi, a former Italian prime minister and media tycoon, “unlike Mr. Trump never threatened to round up and expel millions of people.”
Wolf’s verdict: “Mr. Trump is grossly unqualified for the world’s most important political office.”
We the undersigned, members of the Republican national security community, represent a broad spectrum of opinion on America’s role in the world and what is necessary to keep us safe and prosperous. We have disagreed with one another on many issues, including the Iraq war and intervention in Syria. But we are united in our opposition to a Donald Trump presidency. Recognizing as we do, the conditions in American politics that have contributed to his popularity, we nonetheless are obligated to state our core objections clearly:
His vision of American influence and power in the world is wildly inconsistent and unmoored in principle. He swings from isolationism to military adventurism within the space of one sentence.
His advocacy for aggressively waging trade wars is a recipe for economic disaster in a globally connected world.
His embrace of the expansive use of torture is inexcusable.
His hateful, anti-Muslim rhetoric undercuts the seriousness of combating Islamic radicalism by alienating partners in the Islamic world making significant contributions to the effort. Furthermore, it endangers the safety and Constitutionally guaranteed freedoms of American Muslims.
Controlling our border and preventing illegal immigration is a serious issue, but his insistence that Mexico will fund a wall on the southern border inflames unhelpful passions, and rests on an utter misreading of, and contempt for, our southern neighbor.
Similarly, his insistence that close allies such as Japan must pay vast sums for protection is the sentiment of a racketeer, not the leader of the alliances that have served us so well since World War II.
His admiration for foreign dictators such as Vladimir Putin is unacceptable for the leader of the world’s greatest democracy.
He is fundamentally dishonest. Evidence of this includes his attempts to deny positions he has unquestionably taken in the past, including on the 2003 Iraq war and the 2011 Libyan conflict. We accept that views evolve over time, but this is simply misrepresentation.
His equation of business acumen with foreign policy experience is false. Not all lethal conflicts can be resolved as a real estate deal might, and there is no recourse to bankruptcy court in international affairs.
Mr. Trump’s own statements lead us to conclude that as president, he would use the authority of his office to act in ways that make America less safe, and which would diminish our standing in the world. Furthermore, his expansive view of how presidential power should be wielded against his detractors poses a distinct threat to civil liberty in the United States. Therefore, as committed and loyal Republicans, we are unable to support a Party ticket with Mr. Trump at its head. We commit ourselves to working energetically to prevent the election of someone so utterly unfitted to the office.
For the entire article: http://warontherocks.com/2016/03/open-letter-on-donald-trump-from-gop-national-security-leaders/
Trump angst pours in from overseas
3/30/16 06:00 AM EDT By Julian Hattem and Megan R. Wilson – TheHill
Lobbyists in Washington say they are being flooded with questions and concerns from foreign governments about the rise of Donald Trump.
Officials around the globe are closely following the U.S. presidential race, to the point where some have asked their American lobbyists to explain, in great detail, what a contested GOP convention would look like.
The questions about Trump are “almost all-consuming,” said Richard Mintz, the managing director of Washington-based firm The Harbour Group, whose client list includes the governments of Georgia and the United Arab Emirates.
After a recent trip to London, Abu Dhabi and Beijing, “it’s fair to say that all anyone wants to talk about is the U.S. presidential election,” Mintz added. “People are confused and perplexed.”
The Hill conducted interviews with more than a half-dozen lobbyists, many of whom said they are grappling with how to explain Trump and his unusual foreign policy views to clients who have a lot riding on their relationship with the United States.
Analyst: Trump’s Isolationist Views Would Remove ‘Pillar of World Stability’
March 31, 2016 5:55 PM Cindy Saine – VOAnews
Deploring the raw deal he believes the U.S. is getting from the framework of international alliances forged after World War II, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is vowing to make major changes if he is elected president in November.
If he were to follow through, analysts say, he would bring about a “revolution” in U.S. foreign policy.
Trump says the United States is a nation with crumbling infrastructure that can no longer afford to be the world’s policeman. On Wednesday, he disparaged the Geneva Conventions, which he says make U.S. troops “afraid” to fight. At a recent CNN town hall meeting, he challenged another bedrock alliance:
“Let me tell you, NATO is obsolete. It was 67 years, or it’s over 60 years old. It is — many countries, doesn’t cover terrorism, OK? It covers the Soviet Union, which is no longer in existence. And NATO has to either be rejiggered, changed for the better,” he said. “I’m not saying — the other thing that’s bad about NATO, we’re paying too much. We’re spending a tremendous — billions and billions of dollars on NATO.”
Foreign policy expert Thomas Wright of the Brookings Institution, a Washington public policy research group, said Trump’s comments belittling NATO and others about the U.S. “paying too much” for Japan’s and South Korea’s security were not just casual remarks, but reflected passionate views he has held for decades.
America’s Top Spies and Analyts Warn of Real Threat of a Trump Presidency – 5 Leaders Who Have Spoken out
The CIA’s one-time acting director joins a growing list of former intelligence and military officials alarmed by The Donald’s ignorant, nuke-happy, saber-rattling rhetoric.
August 5, 2016 By Adele M. Stan / AlterNet
Starting next week, Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump, the two major-party candidates for the presidency of the United
States, will begin receiving national security briefings from intelligence officials.
One senior intelligence official, speaking to the Washington Post on August 3 on the condition of anonymity, contended that “he would decline to participate in any session with Trump…citing not only concern with Trump’s expressions of admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin but seeming uninterest in acquiring a deeper or more nuanced understanding of world events.”
The unnamed official’s defiance came during a week in which Trump expressed acceptance of Russia’s annexation of Crimea and was reported to have repeatedly asked a foreign policy adviser why the U.S. couldn’t just use nuclear weapons at will—and a week following his quip to reporters that he hoped Russia would hack into Clinton’s personal email server to unveil the 30,000 emails she said were deleted because they were personal in nature, and not part of her conduct of government business during her tenure as secretary of state.
And those were just Trump’s latest unconventional utterances on matters of national security. He has, during the course of the presidential campaign, called for practices that defy international law, including (but not limited to) the execution of the family members of ISIS fighters, waterboarding and other forms of torture, and the bombing of areas held by ISIS despite the fact these are locations largely populated by civilians (7:54). And despite his nuke-happy stance, at a Republican primary debate in December, Trump displayed ignorance of the military’s “nuclear triad” set-up, which refers to the three delivery systems through which nukes can be launched: by intercontinental missile, by bomber aircraft or by submarine.
75 retired senior diplomats sign letter opposing Trump for president
The letter is the latest in an unprecedented number of joint public statements signed by retired high-level government officials and military officers this election cycle. Most have focused on national security, and most have been against Trump.
The most prominent exception was a letter early this month signed by 88 retired generals and other military officials who endorsed Trump as a “long overdue course correction in our national security posture.”
Last spring, more than 100 Republican national security experts signed a petition, even before Trump won the GOP nomination, saying they would never work for a Trump administration. Last month, 50 more Republicans, including former top aides and Cabinet members for the George W. Bush administration, signed a letter saying Trump would be “the most reckless president in American history” and that none of them would vote for him.
30 former Republican lawmakers denounce Donald Trump: “Manifestly unqualified to be president”
“Every day brings a fresh revelation that highlights the unacceptable danger in electing Trump to lead our nation”
“It is not policy alone that determines one’s fitness for office,” more than two dozen former Republican members of Congress wrote in a newly released letter denouncing their party’s presidential nominee Donald Trump. The 30 former GOP lawmakers acknowledged that while their party’s new standard bearer has a record of controversial statements that call into question his temperament and ability to lead the nation, his campaign platform still remains in line with the orthodoxy of the modern Republican Party.
Still, the group, which includes the chairman of the House Oversight Committee that investigated Bill and Hillary Clinton in “Travelgate” and influential Republicans in key battleground states, refused to back their party’s nominee for president.
“In nominating Donald Trump, the Republican Party has asked the people of the United States to entrust their future to a man who insults women, mocks the handicapped, urges that dissent be met with violence, seeks to impose religious tests for entry into the United States, and applies a de facto ethnicity test to judges,” they wrote.
According to CNN, the letter was circulated by former congressmen Mickey Edwards of Oklahoma and Tom Coleman of Missouri.
“Given the enormous power of the office, every candidate for president must be judged rigorously in assessing whether he or she has the competence, intelligence, knowledge, understanding, empathy, judgment, and temperament necessary to keep America on a safe and steady course,” these former members of Congress wrote. “Donald Trump fails on each of those measures, and he has proven himself manifestly unqualified to be president”:
He offends our allies and praises dictators. His public statements are peppered with lies. He belittles our heroes and insults the parents of men who have died serving our country. Every day brings a fresh revelation that highlights the unacceptable danger in electing him to lead our nation.
Group of nearly 80 evangelical leaders publish letter condemning Trump
“We cannot ignore this bigotry.”
10/6/16 Jack Jenkins – ThinkProgress
A diverse group of evangelical Christians unveiled a letter on Thursday condemning Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and his candidacy, arguing his campaign “affirms racist elements in white culture.”
The letter, which was signed more nearly 80 prominent evangelical leaders, thinkers, authors, and pastors, decries Trump’s attacks on women, Muslims, immigrants, refugees, the disabled, saying such vitriol is an affront to the Christian faith. It also highlights how his campaign has energized white nationalists, such as when he was endorsed by prominent leaders of the Ku Klux Klan.
“We cannot ignore this bigotry, set it aside, just focus on other issues, or forget the things Mr. Trump has consistently said and done,” the letter reads. “No matter what other issues we also care about, we have to make it publicly clear that Mr. Trump’s racial and religious bigotry and treatment of women is morally unacceptable to us as evangelical Christians, as we attempt to model Jesus’ command to ‘love your neighbors as yourself.’”
“We have to make it publicly clear that Mr. Trump’s racial and religious bigotry and treatment of women is morally unacceptable to us as evangelical Christians, as we attempt to model Jesus’ command to ‘love your neighbors as yourself.”
The 2016 U.S. elections have riveted the world, and not positively.
America’s allies have been rattled by Donald Trump’s isolationism, especially on trade, and many felt compelled to break diplomatic custom and criticize him. Several U.S. rivals, in particular Russia, appear emboldened by the fissures in U.S. society, a seeming extension of what critics say is President Barack Obama’s reluctance to exercise American military power. If Hillary Clinton wins on Tuesday, some of those rivals may reassess.
But for a few more hours at least, the rest of the world will watch in wonder, worry, and amusement.
Here are 16 reflections on America and its politics from world leaders over the past year:
1. “It’s terrifying. We are seeing in America these terrible rallies occurring where the people are becoming violent. Now, democracy should be robust, but it certainly shouldn’t be violent. And I think the Donald Trump phenomenon is a real problem for the United States — it’s making their democracy look kind of weird.” — Christopher Pyne, an Australian government minister, in comments reported March 17.
2. “Whether Donald Trump, Marine Le Pen or Geert Wilders — all these right-wing populists are not only a threat to peace and social cohesion, but also to economic development.” — German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, in an interview published March 6.
3. “The fact is, Cape Breton is lovely all times of the year and if people do want to make choices that perhaps suit their lifestyles better, Canada is always welcoming and opening.” — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, on March 7, regarding the possibility of Americans fleeing to his country if Trump wins.
4. “I can only hope that the election campaign in the USA does not lack the perception of reality… The world’s security architecture has changed and it is no longer based on two pillars alone. It cannot be conducted unilaterally.” — German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, on April 28, in reference to Trump’s “America first” message.
5. “Saying the U.S. will no longer engage in anything that is a burden in terms of its relationships with allies, it would be almost like abandoning those alliances … It will inevitably give rise to anti-American sentiment worldwide.” — Former South Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Sung-han, in quotes published April 29, on Trump’s isolationist leanings.
6. “What needs to be pointed out is that the essence of Sino-US trade and business cooperation is mutually beneficial and win-win, and accords with the interests of both sides. We hope people in all fields can rationally and objectively view this relationship.” — Hong Lei, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman at the time, on May 4. He declined to comment directly on the 2016 race.
7. “For the life of me, I cannot believe that a country like the United States can afford to have someone as president who simply says, ‘These people are not going to be allowed to come to the United States.” — Saudi Prince Turki al-Faisal, a former ambassador to the United States, on May 5, regarding Trump’s proposed Muslim ban.
8. “In the presidential elections, there are arguments whether the United States is going for the isolationist stance. I don’t want to see that kind of United States. I want to see the United States to be strong and come with a strong robust position, not really thinking of the United States only.” — Kenichiro Sasae, Japan’s ambassador to the U.S., on May 6.
9. “It turns out that Trump is not the rough-talking, screwy, ignorant candidate they say he is, but is actually a wise politician and a prescient presidential candidate.” — A May 31 column in DPRK Today, a mouthpiece of the reclusive, deeply anti-American regime in North Korea, after the Republican nominee suggested the U.S. should pull its troops from South Korea unless Seoul pays it more.
10. “Today in the 21st century, here in the United States, a climate of intolerance is sending a similar message: Mexicans go home. Separate those who are different, blame the minorities, demonize the stranger.” — Claudia Ruiz Massieu, Mexico’s foreign minister, on June 6, in a speech that made reference to the struggles of the Jewish community.
11. “Their mainstream politics are at [an] all-time low, that’s how we see it … We always hope that next [U.S.] president will be much wiser than previous one, less pyromaniac as I said, less militaristic, adventurous president. That’s what we hope. But we never saw. The difference is very marginal. So we keep hoping, but we don’t bet on that hope.” — President Bashar Assad of Syria, where at least 400,000 people have died in the civil war, on July 13.
12. “His excesses end up giving a retching feeling, even in the US, especially when — as was Donald Trump’s case — he speaks ill of a soldier, of the memory of a soldier….” If Trump wins, “there will be consequences because the American election is a global election … Democracy is also a major issue considering the authoritarian temptation that we see arising.” — French President Francois Hollande, on Aug. 2.
13. “When America retrenches and retreats, it leaves behind a vacuum, and that vacuum is filled by bad guys.” — Former NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on U.S. President Barack Obama’s reluctance to use military force, in an interview on Aug. 8.
14. “Well, I don’t know what this would. … English is not my mother tongue, I don’t know if I would sound decent. There are so many pussies around the presidential campaign on both sides that I prefer not to comment on this.” — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in an interview posted on Oct. 12.
Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/11/2016-election-foreign-leaders-reactions-230640
Political positions of Donald Trump
- Proposal for a border wall between U.S. and Mexico
- Mass deportation
- Would implement a database system to track Muslims in the United States
- Called for the reintroduction of waterboarding and “a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding” on captured prisoners
For the entire list: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_positions_of_Donald_Trump#Muslims
Petition to ban Donald Trump from the United Kingdom
Following Trump’s controversial comments on Muslim immigration, a petition with the title “Block Donald J Trump from UK entry” was opened in the United Kingdom on the UK Parliament’s e-petition website, calling on the UK Home Office to ban him from entering the country. By 5:00am on December 11, the total number of signatures exceeded 500,000,far above the threshold of 100,000 required to trigger a parliamentary debate.
On January 18, the House of Commons held a debate on whether to ban Trump in the Westminster Hall chamber, although the debate concluded without a vote as such a decision is reserved to the Home Secretary. The three-hour long debate saw MPs from all political parties describe Trump as “crazy” and “offensive”.
Trump behavior sends GOP into panicked search for alternatives
08/03/16 10:11PM maddowblog
Rachel Maddow reviews the recent erratic behavior by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and the pandemonium both within the Trump campaign and in the Republican Party over how to get 2016 under control.
REASONS FOR NEVER TRUMP:
1991 Esquire Magazine interview that it “doesn’t really matter what (the media) write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.”
10/13/94 In Primetime Live interview Donald Trump states “I tell friends who treat their wives magnificently, get treated like crap in return, ‘Be rougher and you’ll see a different relationship.
… Don’t let Trump destroy the world …