(Some few decades ago, WC drove behind the old University Mall Safeway in Fairbanks on a hot summer day. The big dumpster had oozed a stream of nastiness all the way across Rewak Street. WC drove through it, and the putrescence splattered all over the undercarriage of the truck. The stench was so bad that when WC got home, Max, WC’s elkhound, barked continuously at the truck. WC had to go to a car wash and spend a lot of quarters to sluice the vile slime off.
That’s how WC’s ears feel after listening to The Donald. And the inspiration for this blog post.)
Like an over-filled dumpster behind a disreputable restaurant on a hot summer day, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump continues to spew vileness. It does not speak well for any segment of the American people that a racist, bigoted bully like The Donald can appeal as a candidate. Let’s look at some of the nauseating garbage that has spilled out of the Trumpster lately.
If you or WC did this it would be blackmail, but the laws that apply to the rest of us don’t apply to The Donald.1 The message is pretty clear, don’t you think? If you oppose The Donald, he will seek revenge upon you when he is elected
Then there are the lawsuits over the fraudulent Trump University. One case is a class action in California, before U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel. It’s not going well for The Donald. The evidence is that for $36,000 in tuition Trump University students were promised a one-year apprenticeship. What they got was a three-day seminar from instructors who were bankrupt real estate investors.. Attendees who were promised a personal photo with Trump. What they got was a chance to take a photo with a cardboard cutout. The Donald blames Judge Curiel for his legal debacle, pointing out he is Hispanic. Asked on “Fox News Sunday” what U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel’s ethnicity has to do with the lawsuit against him, Trump replied: “I think it has to do perhaps with the fact that I’m very, very strong on the border, very, very strong at the border, and he has been extremely hostile to me.” Say what?
That’s not the only lawsuit arising out of The Donald’s bogus university. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has filed a separate civil $40 million complaint against Trump University in New York state court, Schneiderman noted that New York’s state Supreme Court ruled that Trump University operated illegally in New York as an unlicensed educational institution.The New York lawsuit alleges that Trump University falsely promoted itself as an educational institution even after the state education department ordered it to stop. The complaint accuses Trump of falsely promising that Trump University students would receive intense training from experts hand-picked by Trump himself. When what they got was photo ops with cardboard cut-outs. Almost a metaphor, don’t you think?
At a rally in Fort Worth, Texas recently, Trump began his usual tirade against newspapers such as The New York Times and The Washington Post, saying they’re “losing money” and are “dishonest.” But The Donald then launched into a new tirade, suggesting that when he’s president the newspapers will “have problems.”
One of the things I’m going to do if I win, and I hope we do and we’re certainly leading. I’m going to open up our libel laws so when they write purposely negative and horrible and false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money. We’re going to open up those libel laws. So when The New York Times writes a hit piece which is a total disgrace or when The Washington Post, which is there for other reasons, writes a hit piece, we can sue them and win money instead of having no chance of winning because they’re totally protected.
So The Donald, if he becomes president, will repeal the First Amendment? He’ll single-handedly overturn a series of U.S. Supreme Court decisions like New York Times v. Sullivan, which allow public persons to sue for defamation only if the published statements are not just false but maliciously false? Or maybe this would-be Mussolini will just abolish the U.S. Supreme Court?
Disgraced former President Richard Nixon had an enemies list, and we all saw where it led him. Clearly The Donald has an enemies list – although he’d probably need a supercomputer to manage it. He seems to think he is running for despot; he certainly has no regard for the Legislative or Judicial branches of the federal government.
And yet a large segment of the Republican voters seem to like this vengeful thug. As The Donald openly mocks them, boasting of his wealth, trophy wives and power while scorning their poverty, ordinariness and powerlessness. What’s the appeal? Even George Wallace made more sense than this.
- Ignorant, too. He misspelled the Cubs’ owners’ last name. ↩