Trump supporter: Victims “Asking for it”

Trump supporters? Women he sexually assaulted? Some of his supporters believe the stories–they just don’t care. A 73-year-old woman made her point of view plain to the New York Times:

Dianne DeWolfe, 73, of Palm Beach Gardens said she thought the accusers were “embellishing what might have happened,” and she questioned the timing of the revelations.

“It’s baloney to come out now,” she said. “They’re opportunists. Listen, no man attacks a woman unless she’s looking like she’s asking for it.

[Emphasis mine.]

“[U]nless she’s … asking for it.”

It sounds like the Trump supporters have thrown off their own “shackles” and admitted that it doesn’t matter what their candidate does or has done. At all.

I wonder how this woman will feel when her family and friends read what she said. I hope they are horrified and tell her so.

 

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

Trump Promises Religions Political Power

Separation of church and state?

Donald Trump is more of a freedom of religion guy. If freedom means unmitigated power, Trump has promised religious leaders he’ll give them all the freedom their money can buy, according to a Time article that details the businessman’s promises, like spending unlimited sums of tax-exempt money in politics.

“If I get elected President, one of the early things, one of the absolute first things I’m going to do is work on totally knocking out the Johnson Amendment,” he said. “The power you have is so enormous. It’s not like you represent two percent of the country and it’s going to be difficult. You’re probably 75, 80 percent. If you want to put your full weight … I mean, can you imagine if all of your people start calling up the local congressman and the local senator?”

Mr. Trump assured them that power would mean a rise in church attendance. He also promised them a “strongman” in the White House.

Is that an apocalypse I see in the distance?

Donald Trump can’t shut up

Someone asked why the news media was relatively quiet when Hillary Clinton screwed up and so much louder when Donald Trump did. Here’s my answer:

Because Trump won’t shut up long enough for Hillary’s problems to catch hold in the news. He literally can’t.
The FBI report brought her numbers down. Trump got a convention bounce. WikiLeaks released DNC emails. Trump’s poll numbers went way up.
What did he do? He started a fight with a Gold Star mother and father.
Trump can’t go more than forty-eight hours without making headlines. Not because the media is picking on him; because he _needs_ the press coverage. He can’t live without it and he’ll say anything to get it. It’s like the applause at his rallies — if the crowd loves it, he’ll repeat it.
Kind of like a lizard sunning himself on a rock in the middle of an orange desert sucking up every UV ray he possibly can.
I don’t like the guy and my image might reflect that, but other than the lizard the facts are just the facts.
Trump chases the media, the media sells the ads.
Hillary is keeping her head down and delivering the papers.

Hello, again!

I know I’ve been away a long time, and I apologize for that. (Okay, no one currently reads my blog, but I’m saying “sorry” anyway.) Every time I tried to write a post about Newtown, CT and the slaughter there, I choked up. Allow me to say I believe our deadly weapons should be at least as regulated as our vehicles and drivers are.

John Scalzi has some tips for what Bill O’Reilly calls “the white establishment”.

Whatever

Specifically, to the white men who have spent the last week freaking out about the fact that Obama won a second term without the majority of white men voting for him.

1. First off, relax. A rainbow coalition of gays, women and minorities is not coming to your door to take your guns or your freedom. As difficult as it may be to believe, when anyone else votes, they’re usually actually not ever thinking about how their vote is going to have an impact on you, the white man. Consequently, in the aftermath of the election, they’re generally still not thinking about you. You’re just not that interesting or important to them.

2. Second, stop believing that the problem was that Romney didn’t sell the message. He sold it just fine. So did Paul Ryan. So did the GOP candidates you favor. So did hundreds of millions of dollars worth…

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