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Trump announcement like “throwing a hand grenade into the room”

Trump announcement like “throwing a hand grenade into the room”

My appearance on The Joe Thomas Show – talking Trump, Jeb!, and Hillary

I was interviewed on the Joe Thomas Show on WCHV, Charlottesville, VA.

We started off talking about Donald Trump’s announcement that he is running for president. My take:

“Donald Trump entering the race is pretty much like somebody throwing a hand grenade into the room. He is going to get attention, he’s probably going to cause some casualties, and he is going to absorb a lot of the oxygen in the room.”

There is a long commercial break in the middle, but the disussion about Hillary and the Democrats resumes at 14:00:

“People are afraid if Hillary stumbles in the presidential election, it will be the end of the Democrats in Congress for at least a generation … If they’ve put everything they have into Hillary, if all the money is flowing to Hillary instead of Senate and House races, and if Hillary stumbles, it will be massive damage to the Democratic Party … When people turn on her, it’s going to be in a mass movement that they’ll turn on her in the Democratic Party, we just don’t know when that point is going to come. It may be once there’s some major polling a few months from now that shows she is in serious, serious trouble in a general election.”


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The ad on the front end of that video is for a septic tank cleanout firm “RooterMan”. Is there a hidden meaning there?

FrankNatoli | June 17, 2015 at 6:24 pm

Trump is NOT my first choice as Republican candidate. That said, he is a man who can actually get things done in the city where I was born and raised, and that today is an almost unique ability. He’s also a white male Republican who is not afraid of his own shadow, an almost extinct species. I like that. I also like Carly Fiorina. Her background, like Trump’s, is business. Why is the reception that Trump is getting so different than Fiorina’s?

    Heyas Frank, well, he sure is willing to abuse government power to “get things done.”

    I’m reposting this from an earlier post about Trump (and from my own post about him from the last time he ran: (Aside: At least he’s consistent, he’s thought Oprah should be his VP since 1999. Points for consistency! /not)

    He’s also a horrible human being who is happy to abuse power at the expense of people who cannot usually fight back.

    For example, Trump needed a new parking lot for some hotel or casino in Atlantic City, and in order to get it, he decided to “convince” a state agency to use eminent domain to take a woman’s home (source for all quotes in link below). She’d lived in that home “for more than three decades,” but hey, Trump needed somewhere for his customers to park their limos, so the state stepped in on Trump’s behalf. She sued. She won.

    Here’s the link:

    No, that’s not savvy business sense, that shows a willingness to misuse and abuse government power for his own gain. Disgusting and vile.

    Trump’s a heartless creep who would always put his own interests before those of the people of this nation. We know this because we know his record. Anyone who could raze a woman’s home for a limo parking lot is not fit to be president of this nation. Eminent domain was never intended for private use, nor to be loosely defined as “community good” or whatever they’re using to justify taking people’s homes against their will to put up shopping malls and parking lots. This sort of thing is exactly what is wrong with big, over-reaching government.

    . . . now, if you are down with this sort of thing, then Trump’s your man.

Erudite Mavin | June 17, 2015 at 6:40 pm

Up to the past few years, Trump has given 10s of thousands of dollars to major Democrats from Harry Reid to Hillary and the Clinton Foundation, and the list is long.

What is mindless are some of the posts on conservative sites of cheerleading for Trump and boy can he tell it and all the other support for what they don’t really understand.

The general public watch too many reality shows

There are consequences for every action and words of a President.
Trump thinks he can be friends with Putin, a person who has Trump’s same megalomaniac pathology except Putin is in the process of bringing back neo Soviet Union and it is his was or no way. Also Putin is joined at the hip with Radical Islamic Iran.

Also Trump cannot abide any expression other than his own.
Everything that is not under his control is perceived as a threat.

We already have all this with Obama, the U.S. cannot last with anymore of the Narcissist, adolescent playground bully.

Radical Islam is at war with those who do not agree exactly with them and that includes Americans.
Putin and his military threating also invading countries,
Iran, the head of the snake wants the U.S. and Israel off the map and is creating proxy wars in the Middle East and Africa. China creating islands in the So. China Sea, North Korea with their weapons, the list goes on.

We need an adult, not a blowhard who just because he has money does not make him qualified to be President and leader of the Free World.

    FrankNatoli in reply to Erudite Mavin. | June 17, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    As I noted in my own post, I do not want Trump to be the Republican nominee. However, a search of reveals that Trump’s contributions, for the last 10 years, especially for the last 5 years, have been biased in favor of Republicans not Democrats. He appears to have wised up. Would that more Americans do the same.

      Erudite Mavin in reply to FrankNatoli. | June 17, 2015 at 7:11 pm

      Trump has know exactly who and hat the Clintons are and all the other he has given to.
      He has not wised up.

      (Just some of the major Democrats Donald Trump has given thousands to)

      Trump has given to Hillary Clinton and other Clinton family endeavors. Trump donated more than $4,100 to the likely Democratic nominee in 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2007, records show. Trump Jr. gave the former first lady $6,100 in 2006 and 2007.

      Those donations pale in comparison to other support Trump has given the Clinton empire. It was recently revealed that he gifted the Clinton Foundation at least $100,000, according to the Clinton Foundation website. The always outspoken Trump defended the donation, saying that the Clintons “kissed [his] a**” for the dough.

      A $50,000 contribution Trump gave in December 2010 to former Bill Clinton and Obama White House official Rahm Emanuel for his successful Chicago mayoral bid.

      Trump gave to New York U.S. Rep. Charlie Rangel. Records show the Harlem-based Democrat has received $26,250 in Trump cash since 1989. Trump Jr., has given heavily to Rangel as well.

      NY Sens. Kristen Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer have received $7,950 and $7,900, respectively, in Trump money. And two liberal lions, former Massachusetts Sens. John Kerry and Ted Kennedy, received $5,500 and $5,000
      Trump gave to Democrat Harry Reid $7,900 and New York U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner.

      Between 1989 and 2010, The Donald gave $314,300 to Democratic groups and candidates and $290,600 to Republicans, according to a Daily Caller analysis of records maintained by the Center for Responsive Politics.

      A large share of Trump’s donations to Democrats were given to congressional committees dedicated specifically to gaining majority control of Congress. And that they did. Democrats took control of both houses of Congress for the first time since 1994 by gaining 31 seats in the House and increasing the Democratic caucus in the Senate by six.

        platypus in reply to Erudite Mavin. | June 17, 2015 at 8:44 pm

        Seriously, what does ‘wise up’ mean? Thinking like you or me would want?

        I’d like to know how a guy like Trump could get anything built in Democrat owned NYC without being ‘friends’ with Democrats (read donations). Those people who he donated to are people whose approval is essential for every project Trump wants to do. This has nothing to do with what you and I call politics but has everything to do with what most people understand as being functional.

        Pick on Trump for what he says but do not be misled by his pathetically small (as a percentage of his wealth) donations to certain politicians.

          How can he get anything built? Gee, perhaps by “convincing” state government to use eminent domain on his behalf? After all, limos need a place to park, right? Who cares if a woman is kicked out of her home of thirty years? Not Trump.

          Talk about abuse of power.

          What would he do with presidential power? Anything for anyone but himself? If so, let’s hear what he’s done with his vast wealth for anyone else. Anyone. Ever.

          This whole Trump thing kills me, People. He is NOT a conservative. He’s a progressive who supports universal health care (Pelosi is “fantastic!”) and (until recently, gee why?) open borders. Google it, it’s all there.

    He is saying the things that need to be said. Even if at best he gets the ball rolling, he’ll have contributed more to a GOP presidency in 2016 then every single rino bastard infesting the GOP combined.

We have an affirmative action doper in the White Hut who used to vote “present” … couldn’t a successful businessman do much better?

I never thought of Trump as a good candidate. Yet when I read his 5 points, I had to admit that they would add jobs. He is the only candidate who is will to take on the Federal Reserve and Bank of International Settlements on the unfair exchange rate. If that is fixed, then America is the manufacturing powerhouse of the world and pulling away. It might be that Trump is the only guy who knows how the game is played.

We all love freedom of speech right up until the moment it is different than ours. I’ll never vote for Trump but I find the Trump hate unbelievable. Since when does more speech hurt our system? I agree with almost all his ideas but his tactics are horrendous!

As for donations, who cares. Everyone know you buy influence in America and he can afford it!

I do believe that he wants America to be strong again and that is good enough not to hate him!

    Ragspierre in reply to Merlin01. | June 18, 2015 at 8:09 am

    “We all love freedom of speech right up until the moment it is different than ours.”

    That whole “self-parody” thing just flies right over your head, huh?

    You agree with almost all his positions?!?! Which set?

    And who is this straw man trying to silence Trump?

      Merlin01 in reply to Ragspierre. | June 18, 2015 at 9:10 am

      Rags you are free to act like an clown if you like but what part of “almost” is so difficult for you to understand. Did it fly right over your head?

      Looking back a my comment I’m struggling to find where I used the work “silence” because I could wear I said “hate” twice. Pretty sure I never said “positions” either… but I understand that is lost on you.

      I did manage to ask one question that you decided to ignore.

      I don’t believe anything I said was condescending so I’m not sure why you would be insulting in your reply!

        Ragspierre in reply to Merlin01. | June 18, 2015 at 9:30 am

        “Since when does more speech hurt our system?”

        See, I not only read your crap, I understood your crap. You attempted a straw man, and got your nose slammed in the door.

        And I chose to ignore some of it. A choice I will be making a LOT more in the future.

Midwest Rhino | June 18, 2015 at 10:01 am

Trump should have run as a Democrat against Hillary. He might have done us some good then. As is he probably helps Hillary.

Our debt bomb is a huge issue neither side can addresses honeslty, because playing Santa Claus is always a winner. Obama mocked Bush for adding $4T “all by his lonesome”. Then he added another $8T so far, not counting the $120T unfunded liabilities.

Trump deals with that by saying he will make Mexico pay for the wall, make China pay for currency manipulation, make the oil nations pay when we rescue them. His “you’re fired” approach is what the federal government needs since incompetent diversity hires give the digital keys over to the Chinese, the IRS attacks conservatives, Hillary takes foreign bribes … no one ever gets fired.

We need Walker for the win, a man that can handle those issues but still win elections. Polite Romney had business sense, yet he couldn’t win because the leftist machine (MSM, Hollywood, unions, the pope) controls so much of the message, and the unions’ GOTV is so well funded, especially after Obama.

The debt bomb is one hand grenade no politician wants to fall on … it means tough choices that tend to lose votes. Jeb or Hill mean going down the same debt bomb path, expanding entitlements, underwriting the leveraged elite … but we live in a delusional world.

Bombastic Trump adds a wild card. He says send back illegals, so a moderating position is to not deport, but identify so they (foreign nationals, not “undocumented immigrants”) can never vote, but do pay taxes. Maybe Walker and others can play off the wildman, and offer more rational solutions to real issues.

Henry Hawkins | June 18, 2015 at 11:35 am

Trump is a clown. He only runs for the free publicity and ego. He has little interest in politics unless it’s a presidential year and he weasels his way on screen. He’s a poseur. As a businessman, he basically uses bulldozer tactics to obliterate opposition to his developments. His personality is not the sort that accepts good advise from hi own advisors – does that ring any bells? He’s a snake in the grass.

We’ve got enough time before the election for his influence to evaporate before it has a lasting effect.

    platypus in reply to M.K.. | June 18, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    Apparently you missed the memo that we all have to have instant reactions sealed in concrete. None of this patience and mulling over BS.

Trump won’t win. I probably won’t vote for him. But, because he doesn’t worship at the alter of political correctness, we are going to see issues that need to be discussed, something that wouldn’t happen without Trump.