World Considers a Trump Presidency, and Many Shudder

 

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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.

For more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/trump-endorsed-kkk-neo-nazis-america-white-article-1.2543847

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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.”

For more: http://www.businessinsider.com/ap-world-considers-a-trump-presidency-and-many-shudder-2016-3

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Open Letter From 121 Members of the Republican National Security Community 
OPEN LETTER ON DONALD TRUMP FROM GOP NATIONAL SECURITY LEADERS
MARCH 2, 2016 WOTR STAFF

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/

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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.

For more: http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/business-a-lobbying/274621-lobbyists-grapple-with-trump-angst-overseas

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Analyst: Trump’s Isolationist Views Would Remove ‘Pillar of World Stability’

March 31, 2016 5:55 PM Cindy Saine – VOAnews

WASHINGTON—
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.

For more: http://www.voanews.com/content/analyst-trump-isolationist-views-remove-pillar-world-stability/3263557.html

 

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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.

For more: http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/intelligence-community-warning-real-dangers-trump-presidency-5-leaders-who-have-spoken

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75 retired senior diplomats sign letter opposing Trump for president

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A group of 75 retired career Foreign Service officers, including ambassadors and senior State Department officials under Republican and Democratic presidents over nearly a half-century, has signed an open letter calling Donald Trump “entirely unqualified to serve as President and Commander-in-Chief.”The diplomats said “none of us” will vote for Trump. While they said not all of them agreed with every decision made by Hillary Clinton, they said they all supported her candidacy.“Because the stakes in this election are so high,” the letter said, “this is the first time many of us have publicly endorsed a candidate 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.

For more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/75-retired-senior-diplomats-sign-letter-opposing-trump-for-president/2016/09/21/5c5dff10-8046-11e6-b002-307601806392_story.html

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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.

For more: http://www.salon.com/2016/10/06/30-former-republican-lawmakers-denounce-donald-trump-manifestly-unqualified-to-be-president/ 

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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 womenMuslimsimmigrantsrefugees, 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.”

For more: https://thinkprogress.org/trump-evangelicals-letter-d86c70f05194#.7nebak3cz

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16 reactions from world leaders stunned by this election

11/06/16 08:21 AM EST By NAHAL TOOSI – politico

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

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Political positions of Donald Trump

For the entire list: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_positions_of_Donald_Trump#Muslims

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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”.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump#Petition_to_ban_from_the_United_Kingdom

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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:

1980s Jessica Leeds’ Allegations of Unwanted Physical Contact by Donald Trump

1990s Kristin Anderson’s Allegations of Unwanted Physical Contact by Donald 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.

1997 Cathy Heller’s Allegations of Unwanted Physical Contact by Donald Trump

1997 Temple Taggart McDowell’s Allegations of Unwanted Physical Contact by Donald Trump

1997 Mariah Billado’s Allegations of Unwanted Physical Contact by Donald Trump

2000 Bridget Sullivan’s Allegations of Unwanted Physical Contact by Donald Trump

2001 Tasha Dixon’s Allegations of Unwanted Physical Contact by Donald Trump

2001 Unnamed Miss USA contestant’s Allegations of Unwanted Physical Contact by Donald Trump

2003 Mindy McGillivray’s Allegations of Unwanted Physical Contact by Donald Trump

Sept 2004 Donald Trump comments to Howards Stern on his daughter Ivanka’s body and, when asked, tells Stern that it is okay for him to call his daughter “a piece of ass”

9/16/05 Donald Trump recorded having extremely lewd conversation about women in 2005

2005 Rachel Crooks’ Allegations of Unwanted Physical Contact by Donald Trump

2005 Natasha Stoynoff’s Allegations of Unwanted Physical Contact by Donald Trump

2007 Summer Zervos’ Allegations of Unwanted Physical Contact by Donald Trump

2010 Unnamed friend of CNN anchor Erin Burnett’s Allegations of Unwanted Physical Contact by Donald Trump

2013 Cassandra Searles’ Allegations of Unwanted Physical Contact by Donald Trump

2/24/16 David Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan Grand Dragon, expressed vocal support for Trump’s campaign on his radio show

3/2/16 World considers a Trump presidency, and many shudder

3/2/16 Open Letter From 121 Members of the Republican National Security Community

3/30/16 Trump angst pours in from overseas

3/31/16 Analyst: Trump’s Isolationist Views Would Remove ‘Pillar of World Stability’

7/17/16 Republicans Will Nominate a Candidate Who Would Violate the First, Fourth, Fifth and Eighth Amendments

8/5/16 America’s Top Spies and Analyts Warn of Real Threat of a Trump Presidency – 5 Leaders Who Have Spoken out

9/22/16 75 retired senior diplomats sign letter opposing Trump for president

10/6/16 30 Former Republican lawmakers denounce Donald Trump: “Manifestly unqualified to be president”

10/6/16 Group of nearly 80 evangelical leaders publish letter condemning Trump
“We cannot ignore this bigotry.”

10/7/16 White Nationalist PAC Rolls Out Pro-Trump Radio Ad Targeting Swing States

11/1/16 Klu Klux Klan paper embraces Trump in front-page article

11/14/16 KKK, American Nazi Party praise Trump’s hiring of Bannon [as his chief strategist]

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  2. 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.”

    For more: http://www.businessinsider.com/ap-world-considers-a-trump-presidency-and-many-shudder-2016-3

    • Only Jon Stewart Can Make Sense of the Trump Candidacy

      Published on Jul 18, 2016

      Unable to explain the success of Trump’s campaign, Stephen seeks out Jon Stewart for advice interrupting the former “Daily Show” anchor’s blissful, kale-fueled isolation.

    • The crazy face of Trump’s GOP

      Jul 19 2016 By Dana Milbank- The Washington Post

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      CLEVELAND • Roger Stone, longtime confidant and informal adviser to Donald Trump, removed his all-access convention credentials and ascended the stage at Citizens for Trump’s America First Unity Rally on Monday afternoon…

      He wished to revisit the Vince Foster murder conspiracy. “They told us that he died in Fort Marcy Park and his body was found 50 yards down a muddy trail,” Stone said of the Clinton family friend and aide who killed himself 23 years ago. “But there was no mud or dirt on his shoes. … There was carpet fiber all over his body because they rolled him in a carpet. Hillary Clinton ordered a guy named Sullivan and a guy named Kennedy, her hoodlums, her thugs, [to] move his body.”

      Welcome to the Donald Trump Republican National Convention.

      Stone chose this moment, when the party presents itself to the nation, to team up with Alex Jones — the conspiracy theorist and radio host — as “co-hosts” of the rally for a couple thousand Trump supporters. Like the Trump campaign itself, the convention has elevated those who bring the crazy.

      Many Republican officials are avoiding Cleveland this week entirely. Others are tacitly supporting the Trump ticket, swallowing their reservations; a last-ditch rebellion on the floor Monday afternoon by anti-Trump delegates was easily put down.

      This vacuum gives voice to Trump’s proudest and loudest supporters, those who, before Trump, resided on the fringes. It has legitimized people like Jones.

      Jones is famous for asserting, among other things, that the U.S. government was behind the 9/11 attacks and the Oklahoma City bombing. Trump, who has often appeared on Jones’ show, told its host in December that “your reputation is amazing.”…

      He said that “Hillary is a foreign agent of the communist Chinese, the Saudi Arabians and others.” Noticing a disruption in the crowd, he denounced these “anti-freedom scum who need to get their ass to North Korea.”

      He then called the “agitator” to the stage to confront him, a man who “wants to shut down our free speech.” It turned out to be comedian Eric Andre.

      Andre, after offering Jones his hotel room key because “I want you to have sex with my wife” and asking Jones why “my pee-pee comes out yellow,” mentioned the Jones 9/11 theory: “Airplane fuel can’t melt steel. The bomb’s in Tower 7!”

      “I exposed all that,” Jones boasted.

      Jones’ ill-advised stage invite to the comedian added to the freak-show atmosphere on the bank of the Cuyahoga River. Police on the perimeter and in a boat could witness a few participants openly carrying handguns, the droning of the kudu horns, the guy carrying an eight-foot wooden cross, the woman who botched the words to “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and the primary challenger to John McCain who said, “We don’t need frail, fearful, old people representing us.”

      Dozens of attendees wore “Hillary for Prison” T-shirts. One sign that said “Latinos for Trump” featured a bumper sticker declaring “9/11 was an inside job.” The flip side had the message “Hillary for Prison” (the first “i” was dotted with a Jewish star and Muslim crescent)…

      Crow also mentioned that Fox’s Geraldo Rivera was in the crowd, and the few cheers were overwhelmed by boos and a shout of “Build the wall!”

      Then there was Stone, who pronounced himself “Italian from the waist down” and praised his “friend Alex Jones.”

      Trump has “cojones,” Stone said. And Clinton? “A short-tempered, foul-mouthed, greedy, bipolar, mentally unbalanced criminal.”

      “She’s a reptile!” somebody added.

      “A liar!”

      “Lizard!”

      This is the face of Trump’s GOP. “Republicans who do not choose to join our cause: You will be replaced,” Stone said. “Good riddance. This is not about unity.”

      Trump’s buddy flashed a Nixon-style double-victory sign. The kudu horns sounded.

    • 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.

    • Sept. 11 Marked Turning Point For Muslims In Increasingly Diverse America

      September 7, 2016 Tom Gjelten – NPR

      Fifteen years after the attacks of Sept. 11, Americans have grown aware not only of the danger of terrorism but also of the reality that their nation is far less white, Christian and European than it used to be.

      “Culturally, we’re a country of Bollywood and bhangra and tai chi and yoga and salsa and burritos and halal and kosher,” says Diana Eck, professor of comparative religion at Harvard University and author of A New Religious America.

      Through her direction of the Pluralism Project at Harvard, Eck and her researchers have documented the growth of an “interfaith infrastructure” in the country.

      “After 9/11,” she says, “it became important to know more clearly who is in our community. The level of ignorance was cracked. It is far from solved, but I think 9/11 did bring a moment of awakening that the ‘we’ of the United States is changing.”

      A recognition of America’s increased diversity is especially critical for the Muslim American community. The Sept. 11 attacks were carried out in the name of Islam, and a majority of Muslims in the United States have said it became harder after those attacks to be a Muslim in this country.

      In response, many are taking the responsibility themselves for improving relations with their neighbors. One important consequence of Sept. 11 was that Muslims, most of whom are immigrants, concluded they needed to become more socially and politically engaged.

      “Before Sept. 11, Muslims — the majority of them — were living here physically, [but] mentally and spiritually they were living back home,” says Zahid Bukhari, executive director of the Council for Social Justice at the Islamic Circle of North America.

      Interfaith efforts in those days were scorned as un-Islamic, he says. Bukhari, who moved from Pakistan to the U.S. in the 1980s and now lives in Frederick, Md., urges his fellow immigrant Muslims, including the most devout, to turn their attention away from their native lands and focus on their adopted homeland.

      “God will not ask them, at the Day of Judgment, what they have done in Karachi or Lahore or Istanbul,” Bukhari says. “God will ask me what I have done in Frederick, with my family, with my neighbors. Did I become a symbol of goodness or a symbol of badness?”

      For the entire article and audio interviews: http://www.npr.org/2016/09/07/492413599/sept-11-marked-turning-point-for-muslims-in-increasingly-diverse-america

  3. National Anthem of The United States of America – 85th Anniversary

    “The Star-Spangled Banner” is the national anthem of the United States of America. The lyrics come from “Defence of Fort M’Henry”, a poem written on September 13 1814 by the 35-year-old lawyer and amateur poet Francis Scott Key after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by British ships of the Royal Navy in Baltimore Harbor during the Battle of Fort McHenry in the War of 1812.

    The poem was set to the tune of a popular British song written by John Stafford Smith for the Anacreontic Society, a men’s social club in London. “To Anacreon in Heaven” (or “The Anacreontic Song”), with various lyrics, was already popular in the United States. Set to Key’s poem and renamed “The Star-Spangled Banner”, it soon became a well-known American patriotic song. With a range of one octave and one fifth (a semitone more than an octave and a half), it is known for being difficult to sing. Although the poem has four stanzas, only the first is commonly sung today.

    “The Star-Spangled Banner” was recognized for official use by the United States Navy in 1889, and by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson in 1916, and was made the national anthem by a congressional resolution on March 3, 1931 (46 Stat. 1508, codified at 36 U.S.C. § 301), which was signed by President Herbert Hoover.

    For more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Star-Spangled_Banner

  4. Forest Reserve Act of 1891 – 125th Anniversary

    The Forest Reserve Act of 1891 is a law that allowed the President of the United States to set aside forest reserves from the land in the public domain. This act passed by the United States Congress under Benjamin Harrison’s administration. Harrison issued proclamations establishing 13 million acres (53,000 km2) of land a Forest Reserves; Grover Cleveland proclaimed 25 million acres (100,000 km2) and William McKinley proclaimed 7 million acres (28,000 km2). In 1907 a law was passed limiting the President’s authority to proclaim Forest Reserves in certain states and renamed the existing “Forest Reserves” as “National Forests.” A further provision to the act was added in 1939, when President Roosevelt added new standards to the preservation of “Forest Reserves” and “National Forests”. The Forest Reserve Act of 1891 was signed into law by President Benjamin Harrison on March 3, 1891.

    For more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forest_Reserve_Act_of_1891

  5. World Wildlife Day

    On 20 December 2013, at its 68th session, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) decided to proclaim 3 March, the day of signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as UN World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants. The UNGA resolution also designated the CITES Secretariat as the facilitator for the global observance of this special day for wildlife on the UN calendar.

    World Wildlife Day will be celebrated in 2016 under the theme “The future of wildlife is in our hands.” African and Asian elephants will be a main focus of the Day under the theme “The future of elephants is in our hands”. Countries around the world are encouraged to highlight species of wild animals and plants from their own countries, adapting the global theme to suit.

    The world’s wildlife, whether charismatic or lesser known, is facing many challenges . The biggest threats to wildlife are habitat loss as well as overgrazing, farming and development . Poaching and trafficking in wildlife driven by transnational organized crime groups pose the most immediate threat to many iconic species. Elephants, pangolins, rhinoceros , sharks, tigers and precious tree species are among the most critically poached and trafficked species across the world.

    For more: http://www.wildlifeday.org/about

  6. US Factory Orders up 1.6 Percent, Best in 7 Months

    Mar 3, 2016, 10:07 AM ET By MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP ECONOMICS WRITER WASHINGTON —

    Orders to U.S. factories increased in January by the most in seven months, while a key category that tracks business investment plans rose by the largest amount in 19 months.

    The Commerce Department says factory orders increased 1.6 percent in January after two months of declines. It was the biggest jump since June, though it was driven by demand in the volatile category of commercial aircraft. At the same time, orders in a core sector that serves as a proxy for business investment rose 3.4 percent — the sharpest one-month gain since June 2014.

    U.S. manufacturers’ export sales have been hurt this year by spreading economic weakness overseas and by a strong dollar, which has made their goods less competitive. And a sharp fall in oil prices has hurt investment.

  7. Woman Suffrage Parade of 1913

    The Woman Suffrage Parade of 1913 was a march down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. on March 3, 1913, organized by the suffragist Alice Paul for the National American Woman Suffrage Association. The march was scheduled on the day before President Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration to “march in a spirit of protest against the present political organization of society, from which women are excluded”, as the official program stated.

    The march and the attention it attracted were important in advancing women’s suffrage in the United States.

    For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woman_Suffrage_Parade_of_1913

    • This Day in History: The 1913 Women’s Suffrage Parade

      MARCH 3, 2016 AT 9:32 AM ET BY DANIELLE COHEN

      Summary: During Women’s History Month, the White House pays homage to the trailblazers who fought for women’s suffrage over a century ago.

      On this day 103 years ago, thousands of women gathered in Washington, D.C. to call for a constitutional amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote. While women had been fighting hard for suffrage for over 60 years, this marked the first major national event for the movement.

      The huge parade, which was spearheaded by Alice Paul and the National American Woman Suffrage Association, was held on March 3, 1913. Riding atop a white horse, lawyer and activist Inez Milholland led over five thousand suffragettes up Pennsylvania Avenue, along with over 20 parade floats, nine bands, and four mounted brigades.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2016/03/03/this-day-history-1913-womens-suffrage-parade

  8. President Obama meets with city officials and citizens who have benefitted from the Affordable Care Act
    United Community Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    • March 03, 2016

      Remarks by the President on the Healthy Communities Challenge

      United Community Center
      Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      1:54 P.M. CST

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Milwaukee! (Applause.) Oh, it’s good to be back in the Midwest! (Applause.) How is everybody doing today? (Applause.) You look great. It’s a balmy 25 degrees. (Laughter.) The last time I was here was —

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: Obama!

      THE PRESIDENT: I’m sorry — what? Oh, you were just saying my name. Okay, I thought somebody got sick or something. (Laughter.) And if you have a seat, go ahead and sit down. I’m going to be here for a while.

      The last time I was here was for Laborfest a couple years back. (Applause.) Next time I think I should come for Summerfest. (Applause.) I hear it’s pretty fun.

      There are some people I want to acknowledge who are here today — first of all, your outstanding Mayor, Tom Barrett, is here. (Applause.) County Executive Chris Abele is here. (Applause.) Your Congresswoman Gwen Moore is in the house. (Applause.) Thank you to everyone at the United Community Center for hosting us here today. (Applause.) And as a special treat, your own Milwaukee Bucks are in the house. (Applause.) These are some fine young men. And I told them that as long as they weren’t playing the Bulls I’d root for them. (Laughter.)

      I want to say how much I appreciate Brent for sharing his story. Please give him a big round of applause. (Applause.) When I received his letter, it made a powerful impact for me because it was so honest about the fact that he wasn’t a supporter of mine — which is okay. I just bought him lunch and I think maybe — (laughter.) Of course, I’m term-limited, so there’s not much I can do now to get a vote. But we hugged it out. (Laughter.) But for him to be able to express not what only he’s going through personally, but also reflect on what that means for the rest of the country and the rest of Wisconsin is extraordinary.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/03/03/remarks-president-healthy-communities-challenge

    • Jobs Report Projected to Show U.S. Hiring, Wages Are Resilient

      March 3, 2016 10:34 AM PST Sho Chandra – bloomberg

      The consensus view among economists is that solid hiring has become entrenched and wages may be following suit. That’s evident in forecasts for the February jobs report.

      In addition to the headline employment number, Labor Department figures on the breadth of hiring, worker pay and the aggregate payrolls index that’s generated by combining jobs, hours and earnings will all provide insight into how well the labor market is positioned against a weaker global backdrop, said Carl Riccadonna, chief U.S. economist at Bloomberg Intelligence.

      “These will be the more compelling signals for me,” Riccadonna said. “They will show consumers have fuel in the tank to keep increasing their spending. A better diffusion of jobs means all sectors of the economy are lifting together, not just one.”

      Here’s what to watch for in the Labor Department’s report on Friday at 8:30 a.m. in Washington:
      Payrolls

      The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey of economists calls for an increase of 195,000 jobs after a 151,000 gain the prior month. Estimates range from 70,000 to 245,000.

      The last report showed January employment eased from a 228,000-a-month average gain in 2015. Ward McCarthy, chief financial economist at Jefferies LLC in New York, is among those projecting that if the past is any guide, February payrolls also will fall short of the median estimate. Still, job growth will likely revert back to trend soon after, he said.

      “Prior decelerations in payroll growth this cycle have tended to extend over two to three months, and we expect a re-occurrence of this pattern,” McCarthy wrote in a note to clients.
      Jobless Rate, Wages

      Unemployment is projected to hold at an eight-year low of 4.9 percent. It’s also the rate that Fed officials consider consistent with full employment, or the level below which inflation pressures start to build up.

      Payrolls need to climb by at least 125,000 to keep the jobless rate stable, Riccadonna estimates. Others, such as Jim O’Sullivan, chief U.S. economist at High Frequency Economics Ltd, say even fewer would be enough.

      “Employment growth needs to slow to no more than 100,000 per month, probably less, to stop the downtrend in the unemployment rate,” he said.

      For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-03-03/jobs-report-projected-to-show-u-s-hiring-wages-are-resilient

  9. WH

    Friday, March 4, 2016

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Obama attends meetings at the White House

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    12:45 PM
    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest briefs the press

    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    2:30 PM
    President Obama meets with Secretary of State Kerry
    Oval Office

    3:00 PM
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  10. Payrolls in U.S. Surge While Wages Drop in Mixed Jobs Report

    March 4, 2016 Sho Chandra – bloomberg

    Employers added more workers in February than projected but wages unexpectedly declined, dashing hopes that reduced slack in the labor market was starting to benefit all Americans.

    The 242,000 gain followed a 172,000 rise in January that was larger than previously estimated, a Labor Department report showed Friday. The jobless rate held at 4.9 percent as people entered the labor force and found work. Average hourly earnings dropped, the first monthly decline in more than a year, and workers put in fewer hours.

    A job market in good health will reinforce job security and encourage Americans to spend, buffering the U.S. from the ill-effects of global economic weakness. At the same time, stronger wage growth, which will play a role in deciding the race for the White House, would help move inflation closer to the Federal Reserve’s goal.

    “It indicates the resilience of the economy,” said Michael Feroli, chief U.S. economist at JPMorgan Chase & Co. in New York. “The labor market doesn’t appear to be hurt by financial market volatility.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-03-04/payrolls-in-u-s-surge-while-wages-drop-in-mixed-jobs-report

    • March 04, 2016

      Remarks by the President on the Economy

      Oval Office

      12:20 P.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Well, I thought it might be useful to take a small break from the spectacle of the political season — and now, I gather, O.J. — to focus on something that really matters to the American people, and that is how is the economy doing and how is it affecting their lives.

      This morning, we learned that the U.S. economy had created 242,000 jobs last month. That’s two months in a row at the unemployment rate of below 5 percent. And over the past three months, our workforce has grown by 1.5 million people. That is progress.

      Overall, America’s business has now created new jobs for 72 straight months, six straight years of job creation — 14.3 million new jobs. In fact, our businesses have created jobs every single month since I signed that job-killing Obamacare bill. (Laughter.)

      Think about this — if somebody had told us seven years ago that we’d get to this point at a time when we were losing 800,000 jobs a month, and the unemployment rate hit 10 percent, we wouldn’t have believed them. But today, America’s businesses are creating jobs at the fastest pace since the 1990s. America’s workforce is growing at the fastest pace since the year 2000. It is showing the kind of strength and durability that makes America’s economy right now the envy of the world despite the enormous headwinds that it’s receiving because of weaknesses in other parts of the world.

      In other words, the numbers, the facts don’t lie. And I think it’s useful, given that there seems to be an alternative reality out there from some of the political folks that America is down in the dumps. It’s not. America is pretty darn great right now, and making strides right now. And small businesses and large businesses alike are hiring right now, and investing right now, and building this country brick by brick, block by block, neighborhood by neighborhood, all across the country.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/03/04/remarks-president-economy

  11. West Wing Week: 03/04/16 or, “See Wall-E Over There?”

    Published on Mar 4, 2016

    Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. This week, the President traveled to Florida, presented the Medal of Honor, met with some Scouts, welcomed the Crimson Tide to the White House and traveled to Brew City. That’s February 26th to March 3rd or, “See Wall-E Over There?”

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