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Let's have a serious discussion about Donald Trump and why you support him

By now it is clear even to a blind man that Donald Trump is a crook, a liar, a fraud, a carnival barker, and likely an international criminal.  Yet, Republicans continue to support him.  This fact leads to only two possible conclusions:

1.  Republicans are so deeply buried into the rightwing propaganda machine of Fox, Hannity, Limbaugh, Coulter, Malkin, Jones, and the like that facts simply to do filter through.

2.  Republicans know Trump is a crook, a liar, a fraud, a carnival barker, and likely an international criminal, yet they hate President Obama and Hillary Clinton so fiercely, they are willing to put this nation at risk by installing this man in the White House.

Let's review what we have learned about Trump in the past couple of weeks.

Trump owes his financial empire to Russia.

NEWSWEEK magazine published an article that digs deeply into Trump's foreign connections.  US banks will not lend him money because of his track record of bankruptcies, loan defaults, and failed business ventures.  Thus, Trump is forced to find money where he can and in many cases his financing comes from Russia.  While Newsweek was able to determine that Trump is deeply in debt to Russians, they could not determine exactly to whom in Russia he owes money nor could they determine how much he owes.  However, it is clear Trump owes LOTS of money to Russian mobsters, banks (that are controlled by Putin), and other Russian entities.

This may explain Trump's love affair with Putin.  Putin has Trump over a barrel and Trump responds favorably to Putin.  This fact alone disqualifies Trump from being president because it's clear he will put his own financial interests ahead of the national interests of the US.

And, no, don't tell me he will place his holdings in a blind trust if he's elected.  His son already revealed the family's plans:  If Trump is elected, he'll put all his businesses into a trust held by his children, NOT a blind trust.

Trump uses his "charitable foundation" as a slush fund for bribes and payoffs

Most families or individuals who form a charitable foundation do so with their own money.  These family foundations then make donations to other organizations that are doing charitable or public service work.

Not so with the "Trump Foundation."  Trump solicits donations from other people to his foundation.  Then, he dispenses that donated money to various causes, most of them having nothing to do with charity.
Trump Foundation starts to look like a slush fund

09/20/16 12:35 PM—UPDATED 09/20/16 01:03 PM
By Steve Benen

Just when it seemed the controversy surrounding the Donald J. Trump Foundation couldn’t get any worse, the Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold published new revelations this morning that, if true, suggest serious wrongdoing.

Donald Trump spent more than a quarter-million dollars from his charitable foundation to settle lawsuits that involved the billionaire’s for-profit businesses, according to interviews and a review of legal documents.

Those cases, which together used $258,000 from Trump’s charity, were among four newly documented expenditures in which Trump may have violated laws against “self-dealing” – which prohibit nonprofit leaders from using charity money to benefit themselves or their businesses.

This is hardly the first controversy surrounding Trump’s charitable foundation, but it may be the most damaging for one straightforward reason: it doesn’t require a lot of explanation. As Josh Barro put it, the summary fits in a sentence: “Donald Trump took money other people gave his charity and used it to pay his businesses’ fines.”
Not to put too fine a point on this, but what’s being described here sounds an awful lot like a slush fund.
The New York Times now has picked up the story.

Legal experts say that Trump violated the law, and "it's not even close":
"“That’s way across the line,” said Lloyd Mayer, a professor at Notre Dame Law School who specializes in nonprofit and tax law. “It’s not even close. It’s clearly self-dealing for a private foundation like the Trump Foundation."

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/21/us/politics/donald-trump-foundation-charity.html

Why anyone would give this criminal a second look is beyond me.  But, then, I read and think, I do not simply regurgitate the latest Fox spew and call it wisdom.


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