There’s Something Going On …

Donald Trump always figures things out. That’s the only boast in this four-sentence claim taken from this Politico article:

” … Trump suggested Ryan is part of some “sinister deal” to undermine his bid for the White House, although he didn’t offer specifics.

“There is a whole deal going on there,” Trump said. ‘There is a whole deal going on and we’re going to figure it out. I always figure things out. But there’s a whole sinister deal going on.'”

 

Here’s my reaction:

There’s always something “going on” with Trump’s enemies–even the ones who aren’t running against him. This is the first time I’ve seen him use the word “sinister” and he used “whole deal” instead of his normal “there’s something going on.” Great language skills, Donald.

It’s good to know that Trump always figures things out, though. Whew. And I was worried he wasn’t capable of … . Oops–I got so caught up in his boasting I almost forgot Trump’s a pathological liar. (Okay, I didn’t really forget, I just wanted to put that sentence in for color. The other three sentences are the same. I guess that adding “sinister” gave him a chance to expand his vocabulary. Kudos for the dictionary usage.)

Trump uses eleven words that *aren’t*:

There
Is
A
Whole
Deal
Going
On

I’d like to know how many times he uses this sentence/phrase–but not enough to spend weeks looking it up. This election will be over in 26 days(!). Until then I’ll spend almost 200 hours making sure Hillary Clinton becomes our President on November 8.

Is Melania Trump a Public Figure?

Melania Trump’s lawyer threatened to sue three publications regarding their allegations that the former model is also a former escort. LiberalAmerica issued a prominent apology for their article. If you haven’t seen anything about this story, their apology is an excellent recap of the entire “scandal,” which, like many parts of the Trump lifestyle, would have died a natural death if they hadn’t turned it into a scandal.

“I’m also sorry beyond words that Mrs. Trump decided to take the stage at the GOP convention and give a speech … said that only her husband could effectively lead and save the United States. That only her husband could make America great again. In my book, that makes her a public figure, meaning that I can say any damn thing I want about her and she has no recourse whatsoever. Libel is almost impossible to prove, but she and her husband have unlimited financial resources and I don’t, so I have no choice but to write this mea culpa.”  [Emphasis mine.]

The author’s words made me curious. Is Melania Trump a public figure?

My research didn’t definitively answer that question. It did point to several legal rulings, indicating lawsuits are often required to figure it out. Laura Bush is a public figure because she is married to someone with a great deal of power and influence. Melania Trump is also married to someone who has a great deal of power and influence and is publicly encouraging Americans to give him, and, by extension, herself, even more. Does that make her a public figure?

According to Melania Trump’s lawyer, yes.  Continue reading