DONALD J. TRUMP
BEING PRESIDENT ALREADY COST
PRESIDENT TRUMP $1.4 BILLION
By Don Surber, October 03, 2018 DonSurber@gmail.com
Being president already cost President Trump $1.4 billion, Forbes gleefully reported.
The past two Democratic presidents made out like bandits accumulating post-presidential net worths of $40 million or more, which was about $40 million more than they were worth when they entered the White House.
Running for president not only cost President Trump $66 million in donations to his own campaign but the value of his companies shrank.
"Trump’s net worth has dropped from $4.5 billion in 2015 to hold steady at $3.1 billion for the past two years. As a result, the president has fallen 138 spots on the latest The Forbes 400 list, which will be released Wednesday," The Hill reported.
He is now No. 248.
So much for that emoluments case.
The Constitution does not ban losing money as president. In fact, it does not ban making money. It just requires the approval of Congress before accepting foreign titles and gifts.
Eric Trump told Forbes: "My father made a tremendous sacrifice when he left a company that he spent his entire life building to go into politics.
"Everything he does is for the good of the American people — he has zero involvement in the Trump Organization and quite frankly to suggest otherwise is outrageous."
Donald John Trump did not seek high office for power or money. He sought the office to Make America Great Again after 28 years of a White House run by the modern equivalents of Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, and James Buchanan.
Lincoln followed the originals.
That cost Lincoln his life.
So far, it has only cost President Trump money.
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BACKING A MAN WHO RENOUNCED HIS CITIZENSHIP, DENOUNCING TRUMP
By Don Surber, July 17, 2018, DonSurber@gmail.com
Politics used to end at
the nation's shores. No more. Globalists slammed the president before, after,
and while our duly elected president met with the leader of Russia.
Just as they did when he met the prime minister of England.
Just as they did when he met the heads of NATO.
Just as they did when he met the head of North Korea.
Just as they do any time President Trump does anything. They fear and oppose his America First policy, which raises the question: if not America, who do they put first?
London-based Russian hedge fund magnate Bill Browder?
Jay Nordlinger of the Never Trump National Review wrote, "Sergei Magnitsky was Bill Browder’s lawyer — and a whistleblower. Magnitsky was tortured to death, real slow, by Russian authorities. Since that time, Browder has dedicated his life to human rights and justice. He has campaigned all over the world for 'Magnitsky acts,' which place sanctions on Russian officials who abuse human rights. His activism has made him a prime target of Putin and the Kremlin. Bill (he is a friend of mine) has to watch his step at every turn. He has stuck his neck out, for truth and justice."
Nordlinger left out of his piece that his friend, Browder, renounced his American citizenship more than 20 years ago. Real patriots do not befriend those who renounce their citizenship.
Unlike Nordlinger, Mathew Cooper of Newsweek confronted Browder.
Cooper: "You renounced your American citizenship in the ’90s and moved to London. Tell me about that decision?"
Browder: "My grandfather was an American Communist, and he married my grandmother, who was a Russian Communist. During the 1950s, the McCarthy era, my family was viciously persecuted. [When] my grandmother was dying of cancer…the U.S....wanted to deport her back to Russia. It just left a legacy of bad feeling about the rule of law. Things can swing wildly in the wrong direction from time to time. And in a certain way, we’re sort of seeing that right now."
Cooper: "Would you ever move back?"
Browder: "I’ve been [in London] 28 years. I’ve made my choice."
By friend, I think Nordlinger means donor to the magazine and whatever Counterfeit Conservative think tank has him on the payroll.
Browder's story does not add up. He said his family was persecuted in the 1950s but his grandmother was not facing deportation until the 1990s.
But he is against President Trump, and anyone who is against President Trump now has the support of all these unpatriotic souls.
Nordlinger should follow the lead of his friend, Bill Browder. All of them should. Renounce their citizenship and go live someplace else.
We really don't need them.
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MAKING SENSE OF PRESIDENT
By Don Sucher, June 16, 2018
A headline based on a Gallup poll tells us that "Donald Trump is
more popular with Republicans than almost any president since WWII with an
approval rating of 87 per cent." That, we are informed, is even higher than the
numbers among Democrats for JFK.
How can this be when the president's overall approval rating among voters is below 50%?
In fact, those numbers make perfect sense. They fit what we could expect in a politically (and otherwise) divided nation for a president who is, some say, like none before him when it comes to doing what he promised voters he would do.
President Trump's theme, both as he campaigned for the office and daily since he won the position, is to "Make America Great Again." Now, one would think that such a goal would itself be universally popular, with, perhaps, just some question about how that was to be accomplished, or specifically on what basis that "greatness" was to be evaluated
But is restoring the nation's economic footing a partisan thing, or something we'd expect all to see as great? Is greatly rising employment being experienced by every group – educated and less educated, skilled and less skilled, black, white, Hispanic and Asian, male and female? Is that of only partisan interest?
The answer seems to be, rather shockingly, yes.
This past week, a once popular TV personality, Bill Maher, said that he was hoping for a major recession – this despite knowing the pain and suffering it would cause many, many people. To him – a man of significant wealth – such loss of what one would think everyone judged as "greatness" is desirable if it hurts the president's popularity and support.
That is how divided our nation is. Some see improved life and security for all as "great." Others do not.
For that reason, President Trump, who has done even more than he promised in more than a few areas – things that are benefiting almost all Americans – is loved and supported by some and loathed and unsupported by others.
The distinction seems simply to be how one feels about America and the daily joy and satisfaction, plus the future hopes and dreams, of the American people.
Bottom line: Are you for them or against them?
That 87% of Republicans have come to support President Trump – even those to whom his "N.Y. ways" are foreign and, perhaps, even off-putting – says a lot about the man, the party, and America as a whole.
That so many Democrats do not – well, that speaks just as loudly.
The good that President Trump is doing goes beyond numbers, or even people's hopes and dreams. For along with all that, it is opening eyes to the truth of where the various political entities stand regarding the welfare of the American people. That some are for us, and others simply don't seem to care. For that eye-opening, all of our Republic should be glad.
Reprinted with permission from the American Thinker: https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/06
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By Don Surber, April 24, 2018 DonSurber@gmail.com
Boy, does President Trump suck.
He sucks at being Hitler. (Trump's daughter is Jewish.)
He sucks at being Mussolini. (The trains don't run on time.)
He sucks at censorship. (The press berates him constantly.)
He sucks at racism. (Jesse Jackson gave him an award.)
He sucks at xenophobia. (He twice married foreigners.)
And now we discover, he sucks at being a war monger.
"On Friday, North Korea announced it would immediately halt its nuclear and missile testing ahead of the summit, but Trump insisted Tuesday that total denuclearization is the ultimate goal of a meeting with Kim. 'It means they get rid of their nukes,' Trump said when asked what he means by denuclearization. 'It’s very simple,'" Politico reported.
But lefties told me Trump was going to ignite a world war. They raised my hopes in January.
"Fears over wars this year on the Korean Peninsula, the Middle East and around the world have increased dramatically due to President Donald Trump’s ongoing nuclear feud with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, as well as threats of extreme weather events, natural disasters and cyber attacks, according to the World Economic Forum," Newsweek reported on January 17.
"Seventy-nine percent of the experts tasked saw an increased risk in military conflicts in 2018, while 93 percent expected political and economic rows to ratchet up."
They raised our hopes. Trump called Kim "Rocket Man." Kim called Trump a dotard, and we all had to look that word up.
But instead of a nuclear war, it looks like we will have peace.
The sobbing at the Weekly Standard, National Review, and New York Times must be deafening. Maybe they can GoFundMe to pay for all that Kleenex they are going through right now.
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DONALD TRUMP'S TRUE NATURE
By Jim Dicks, October 14, 2017
It's fairly amusing discussing the
"true" nature of Donald Trump.
He's the golden warrior fighting for the little guy and gal.
He's a brilliant strategist and tactician.
He's a bumbling, shoot-from-the-hip fool.
He inspires the greatest hope.
He engenders the deepest fear.
We've never seen anyone quite like him before, and will probably never see anyone like him again.
So who is the real Donald Trump?
Most of us who count ourselves among the Trump Nation feel about him this way.
He has a deep and abiding love for this country and the people it comprises.
He's extraordinarily self-confidant.
He trusts his instincts and acts upon them, and he's mostly correct when doing so.
He authentically projects his political pronouncements directly from his core beliefs.
He says one thing – and does that one thing.
He is a fighter and, as he himself says, a counterpuncher. If you attack him, he will hit you back twice as hard.
He is often confrontational, sometimes vulgar and unapologetically so.
He's forthright and direct.
He easily and naturally relates to the average person.
If you scratch below the surface of a typical Trump supporter, you'll see a roiling resentment. Many on the left see this as an indicator of "white rage," of impotence or envy of a fading ruling group in an increasingly ethnically diverse culture of color.
These pejorative beliefs buttress the intolerant self-righteousness of the virtue-signaling left. But if you ask Trump supporters what's driving their anger, you'll get a different story.
Trump supporters feel deep betrayal by a number of our institutions, and chief among them is the Republican Party. In times past, many, if not most, Trumpeters were in agreement with, or at least indifferent to, the concept of free trade. It is, after all, free – and that word is a cornerstone in the edifice of beliefs of Trump supporters. Live and let live, self-reliance, self-responsibility, inward-looking – all hallmarks of the mental framework of self-determination for answers to one's lot in life.
This stands in stark contrast to the Obamaphiles – where a repressive "society" is the default explanation for any perceived lack of personal actualization. It's no surprise that Trumpeters hold The Donald in such extraordinary esteem (and the left in such utter revulsion), for he is the ultimate self-actualizer.
Over the years, the belief has grown among the Trump Nation and has now baked into certainty that there is no longer any such thing as free trade, but rather manipulated trade controlled by an unholy collusion between multi-national corporations and both political parties, bought and paid for. This perceived collusion, through cynical, cleverly crafted "free trade" agreements, offshores American jobs to low-wage third-world countries, with finished goods and services imported back into the U.S. at first-world prices. (Search for NAFTA at The Last Refuge.)
Trumpeters believe that this collusion is the reason the now reviled Republican Party has clearly refused to end the despised Obamacare. The Republicans want Obamacare in place in order to keep their paymasters' spiraling corporate health care costs offloaded from their books to the ledger sheets of the government. So of course there's no real attempt to end this collapsing monstrosity that many believe will eventually wind up as government-run single-payer.
The Trump Nation is also outraged at the refusal of the Republican Party to end massive illegal immigration that is driving down labor wages as well as respect for the law. The influx of hordes of Central and South Americans (along with ISIS bragging about sending "warriors" across our borders to take us out) over the last eight years of the Obama administration has already created significant voter dilution, making it all the more difficult to remove and replace corrupt RINOs.
Unable to control the immigration process through an orderly, legal system to welcome in those who love our values and want to share in our prosperity for their families, we're now seeing the unbearable suffering of American families who've lost loved ones to the murderous evil of invading gangs, the desperate destruction of lives by incessant illegal drug traffic, and the unspeakable misery and suffering of human trafficking – all callously ignored by a recalcitrant Republican Party. It's easy to see the basis of the anger and resentment felt by the Trump Nation.
To put it in a nutshell – we've had enough.
Trump has not only galvanized the Trumpeters by his outsized, dramatic, in-your-face assault and conquest of the boring, corrupt, contemptible, and compromised Republican Party. Moreover, he is the driving force, the unifying voice, the alpha male, the personification of all this pent up outrage. And we believe, as a group of sixty million or so, that Trump's not an opportunist or an interloper. Rather, he is one of us.
He is us – just exponentially more successful.
His beliefs are our beliefs, his outrage is our outrage, his battles are our battles, and the fates have brought him to us at this moment.
Once it is understood that Trump's political positions are authentic and spring from the core beliefs of our country established at its founding, that he is the tip of the spear and his intentions are trustworthy, then one can sense the awesome power he wields.
The Trump Nation, with few exceptions, could not care less about skin color or ethnic identification. Black America, after all, has suffered more grievously than any group under the yoke of the fetid, dismal Obama economy. The new normal? Give us a break!
The Trump Nation would love to lock arms with all ethnic groups to destroy the hold of the globalist politicians who've betrayed us and the American Dream so an economic boom along with a vibrant, competitive health insurance marketplace will spring up, bringing massive employment gains and wealth to all Americans.
That's the real view of Trump by his vast legions of supporters. In him we see a fighter, fighting our fight to break the backs of the colluding cabal bringing economic suffering to our great and unique country and to shut down the drug cartels bringing death, misery, and destruction across our borders. If, in this epic fight, he uses some rough language and throws some precise arrows of insults at the corrupt political class along the way, if he offends the Peggy Noonans of the world with his "coarseness" or "vulgarity", then so be it!
He's got our backs. We've got his.
Reprinted with permission from the American Thinker: http://www.americanthinker.com
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MY POLITICO TOLD ME
By Don Surber, Monday, November 14, 2016 http://donsurber.blogspot.com
feeding the story line for the last two years that Trump was not a serious
candidate, Politico is now pretending that he spent eighteen months of his life
and $100 million to win an office he did not want.
From Glenn Thrush:
Donald Trump is compulsively improvisational, and ran the most successful back-of-the-napkin operation in American political history, but the challenge confronting him is, by his own admission, nothing like anything anybody has ever faced. Like practically everybody else in the country, Trump (despite his statements to the contrary) really didn’t think he’d be spending this weekend trying to staff the upper management of the world’s sole remaining superpower.
His transition process was practically non-existent — and was thrown into chaos by the ouster of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie by allies of Vice President-elect Mike Pence and Trump Tower staffers, including Steve Bannon, who feared that Christie's Bridgegate scandal would overshadow their efforts.
Yes, just like there was chaos that would cost Trump the nomination when Paul Manafort replaced Corey Lewandowski as campaign manager, and just how there was chaos that would cost Trump the general election when Kellyanne Conway replaced Manafort.
Thrush should give it a rest for a few weeks and rebuild his credibility. Outside of Washington, Politico is considered low-rent Pravda among the few of us who know its existence. But D.C. is where the power and the fools are, so Thrush continues to wage his battle against reality:
It’s been five days since the reality TV star became the reality president and judging from his public pronouncements and a slightly dizzy 60 Minutes appearance, he still seems to be grappling with the vast implications of his stunning and unexpected victory. But in the past few days — amid protests in several major cities and a massive case of the national frights about his fitness to govern — Trump has made a handful of moves that offer the first hints of what kind of president he will be.
So what do we know? He’s basically the same brash invader who sacked the establishment citadel on Election Day — but seems a lot more flexible than the sloganeering populist who vowed, in an oath of iron and blood, to build that wall, trash Obamacare and overcome the “rigged system.”
In the space of the last 48 hours, a mellower, more presidential Trump seems a bit more comfortable with the system he will soon lord over: His selection of Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has already sparked a mini-rebellion among some supporters who were hoping Trump would, for real, detonate the establishment.
"Priebus would not have been my choice," longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone told me. "It's going to upset people ... but one appointment does not an administration make."
Interesting that Thrush
keeps calling Stone a longtime adviser when every story Thrush writes has Stone
saying Trump did not take his advice.
Thrush thrashed about to find a way to trash Trump, which if Trump were half as bad as Washington claimed would be easy money. But Thrush struggles before lamely reporting:
One senior Trump aide likened Priebus to one of Trump’s property managers, “Trump's attitude is just get the job done, and do anything you need to do.”
That's how a CEO gets things done. Hire good people, give them the opportunity to succeed, and if they fall short, part company with them.
Obama had Rahm Emanuel, and later Valerie Jarrett.
Thrush is a slower learner than Nate Pewter.
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