TLW's Trumpscope™ (Donald Trump Historyscope)
By T.L. Winslow (TLW), the Historyscoper™
© Copyright by T.L. Winslow. All Rights Reserved.
Original Pub. Date: July 19, 2015. Last Update: Aug. 14, 2018.
Westerners are not only known as history ignoramuses, but double dumbass history ignoramuses when it comes to Donald Trump's history. Since I'm the one-and-only Historyscoper (tm), let me quickly bring you up to speed before you dive into my Master Historyscope.
Self-made billionaire real estate mogul and TV celeb (Presbyterian) ("comb-over bunny" - Rosie O'Donnell) ("The Donald" - Ivana Trump) Donald John Trump Sr. (1946-) ("trump" is British slang for fart) is a towering figure on the world stage, the most well-known American after Barack Obama, a symbol of all that the Great American Dream stands for and a hero to millions. At the same time he is an enigma, wanting to conquer Washington D.C. all by himself and rule like Solon the Wise, knowing full well that the entire U.S. political establishment of career politicians and bureaucrats will unite against him in utter terror and grim determination. So even if he takes the White House in 2016, he will likely face a gridlocked Congress that won't pass any of his legislation; on the other hand, if he is reelected in 2020, he might bring a new generation to Washington that can do mucho pronto. Meanwhile his total lack of political experience causes him to continually put his foot in his mouth, attracting critics like manure attracts flies. Yes, he's learning, and so far the public laughs off the criticism to support The Donald even more, taking it as proof that he's the real deal, the real Mr. Smith Goes to Washington who owes the bums in office nada and will do exactly as he said he will. One thing for sure. If he becomes the U.S. president his family will become the new Camelot, the next great American dynasty, with enough soap opera material for 50 years, make that 100. Stay tuned to see how the The Donald for President Campaign ends up.
The Donald was born on June 14, 1946 (Flag Day) [Gemini] in Queens, N.Y. to New York City self-made millionaire real estate developer Frederick Christ (pr. "Krist") "Fred" Trump Jr. (1905-99), owner of Elisabeth Trump & Son; yes, The Donald has a birth certificate. Trump's father Fred Trump Jr. was born in Woodhaven, N.Y. to German immigrant Friedrich Drumpf (1869-1918), who emigrated to New York City in 1885 and worked as a barber for six years, then moved to Seattle, Wash. and became a U.S. citizen in 1892 under the Anglicized name Frederick "Fred" Trump Sr., running a seedy restaurant in the red light district before hearing about the Klondike Gold Rush and establishing the decadent but fancy Arctic Restaurant and Hotel in Bennett, B.C., Canada in Mar. 1898 amid a sea of tents, after which the completion of the White Pass and Yukon Railroad in 1900 allowed him to establish the White Horse Restaurant and Inn at the far end in White Horse, Alaska, all of which he sold in 1901, giving him enough money to return to Germany, where he married Elisabeth Christ (1880-1966) in 1902 in Kallstadt, Rheinland-Pfalz, then returned and settled down in Woodhaven, Queens, N.Y., dying of pneumonia in 1918 during the 1918 Flu Pandemic and leaving his son Fred Trump Jr. $30K.
Not that Trump needed to be Anglicized; it was the original name of the family from S and C Germany, starting in the early 1500s with Hans Trump, leading down to Johann Paul Trump (1727-92) and wife Maria Elisabetha Setzer of Boenheim-Roxheim, Rhineland-Palatinate, whose son Johannes Trump (1788-1835) and wife Maria Susanna Bechtloff (1804-61) had son Christian Johannes Trump (1829-77) of Pfalz, Germany, who with his wife Katherina Kober (1836-1922) were the parents of Freidrich Drumpf. The word Drumpf allegedly means inner dream or soul urge - sounds like a prophecy?
Donald Trump's parents attended Calvinist Protestant Dutch Reformed Marble Collegiate Church in Manhattan, N.Y., founded in 1628; in 1851-4 a new Romanesque Revival bldg. with Gothic trim and covered with Tuckahoe marble was built at 272 Fifth Ave. at the corner of W 29th St., designed by Samuel A. Warner and called the Fifth Avenue Church until 1906; Donald Trump's parents were members; in 1932-84 Donald Trump's hero Norman Vincent Peale was the pastor; on Nov. 19, 1961 Hollywood actress Lucille Ball married 2nd hubby Gary Morton there; in 1967 it became a New York City landmark. On Aug. 27, 2015 Trump claimed that he attends the church as often as he can, causing them to release a statement: "Donald Trump has had a longstanding history with Marble Collegiate Church, where his parents were for years active members and one of his children was baptized. However, as he indicated, he is a Presbyterian, and is not an active member of Marble."
Donald Trump loves New York values. In 1911 The Sullivan Act was passed in N.Y. state, backed by corrupt Tammany Hall boss Timothy Daniel "Dry Dollar" "Big Feller" "Big Tim" Sullivan (1862-1913), making it a felony to carry concealed weapons small enough to be concealed incl. a "dangerous knife", while allowing police the discretion to issue concealed carry licenses, turning N.Y. into a police state; the law was sponsored by Sullivan to make sure that his mobsters wouldn't be stopped by armed law-abiding citizens, and the first person arrested was mobster Giuseppe Costabile; license holders later incl. actors Robert DeNiro, Harvey Keitel, and Joan Rivers, shock jock Howard Stern, real estate mogul Donald Trump, and conservative thinker William F. Buckley Jr., with only 8K licenses in the hands of non-police by 2010 out of 8M citizens.
As a child, Trump attended Kew-Forest School (founded 1918) in Forest Hills, N.Y., an intimate early childhood through 12th grade learning community that is small by design, inclusive, and globally representative". In 1920 at age 15 Fred Trump Jr. went into the construction business with his sharp mother Elisabeth, forming Elisabeth Trump & Son, with the mother writing the checks, building single-family houses in Queens in the late 1920s for $3,990 each. On Memorial Day, 1927 Fred Trump Jr. was arrested at a Ku Klux Klan Rally in Jamaica, N.Y. In 1934 as he struggled to avoid bankruptcy during the Great Depression, he received financing from the FHA allowing him to sell homes in Brooklyn for $6K each. In the mid-1930s he opened Trump Market in Woodhaven, Queens, pioneering the concept of a supermarket with the slogan "Serve Yourself and Save!", selling out for a profit in only one year to the King Kullen supermarket chain. During WWII he obtained more FHA financing to build housing for U.S. naval personnel near major East Coast shipyards incl. Virgina Beach, Va. and Newport News, Va., and Chester, Penn. After the war he built 27K low-income multifamily apts. and row houses for the families of returning veterans in Coney Island, Bensonhurst, Sheepshead Bay, Flatbush, Brighton Beach in Brooklyn, and Jamaica Estates in Queens. In 1936 he married Stornoway-born Lewis Island Scottish immigrant (Gaelic-speaking?) Mary Anne MacLeod (1912-2000), who had five children incl. Maryanne Trump Barry (1937-) (a federal appeals court judge), Frederick Christ "Fred" Trump Jr. (1938-81), Elizabeth Trump (Mrs. Grau) (1942-) (an exec with Chase Manhattan Bank), The Donald (1946-), and Robert S. Trump (1948-).
After being put through engineering school all the way to his Ph.D. by his elder brother Fred Trump Jr., nerdy New York City-born John George Trump (1907-85) (The Donald's uncle) (an MIT engineering prof. in 1936-73) went on to work with Tuscaloosa, Ala.-born Robert Jemison Van de Graaff (1901-67) of Princeton U., builder of the first electrostatic Van de Graaff Accelerator (Generator) (1929), co-founding the High Voltage Engineering Corp. (HVEC) in 1946 and going on to produce one of the first 1M volt X-ray generators.
Raised in a 23-room mansion in Queens, N.Y., The Donald was educated at Kew-Forest School, New York Military Academy (where in his senior year he made captain), Fordham U., and Wharton School, U. of Penn., where he mastered economics and finance for real estate; too bad, he didn't study much science, math, philosophy, history, political science, or law. In 2016 military academy classmate Peter David "Doe" Ticktin of Mount Vernon, N.Y. wrote a glowing testimonial, with the soundbyte: "Of the 99 guys (no girls in those days) in our class, there is not one who I know who has a bad word to say about Donald Trump." After seeing what alcohol did to his brother Fred, Donald became a teetotaller (dry drunk?), which helped stoke his controlling personality?
One book Trump definitely read and mastered was the self-help bestseller (70M copies) Think and Grow Rich (1937) by Pound, Va.-born Napoleon Hill (1883-1970), about how Andrew Carnegie bankrolled him to interview self-made millionaires to learn their secrets, boiling them down to 13 Steps in his Philosophy of Personal Achievement and Science of Success, incl. 1. Desire 2. Faith 3. Autosuggestion 4. Specialized Knowledge 5. Imagination 6. Organized Planning 7. Decision 8. Persistence 9. Power of the Master Mind 10. The Mystery of Sex Transmutation (Sublimation) 11. The Subconscious Mind 12. The Brain 13. The Sixth Sense; "What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve"; sells 20M copies by his death in 1970, becoming a favorite with all types of salesmen incl. Amway.
In Dec. 1950 "This Land Is Your Land" folk singer Woodrow Wilson "Woody" Guthrie (1912-67) signs a 2-year lease to live in one of Fred Trump's Brooklyn apt. bldgs. called Beach Haven, bitterly lamenting the segregation in lyrics that are never published (until 2016), incl.: "I suppose Old Man Trump knows/ Just how much Racial Hate he stirred up/ In the bloodspot of human hearts/ When he draws that color line here at this/ Eighteen hundred family project."
On July 8, 1963 the U.S. Cuban Assets Control Regulations are issued by the U.S. govt. under the 1917 U.S. Trading with the Enemy Act, requiring Americans trading with Cuba to main records and provide them to the U.S. Treasury Dept. on request, providing criminal penalties of up to 10 years in prison, $1M in corporate fines, and $250K in individual fines, with up to $55K per violation civil penalties; on Sept. 29, 2016 Newsweek accuses Repub. U.S. pres. candidate Donald Trump of spending $68K in 1968 to explore business opportunities in Cuba in violation of the regs.
In 1968 Trump joins daddy's co. the Trump Mgt. Corp., gaining control in 1974 and renaming it The Trump Org., based in Manhattan, N.Y. in 1980.
On Dec. 1, 1969 the U.S. Selective Service System draws Trump's draft number 356, helping him luck out of the Vietnam War, helped by four student deferments and a medical deferment for bad feet (bone spurs in his heels).
On Feb. 2, 1970 the comedy Paris Is Out!, by Richard Seff (1927-) debuts on Broadway at Brooks Atkinson Theatre, starring Molly Picon and Sam Levene, lasting only 96 performances; it is co-produced by recent college grad Donald J. Trump, who moves on to er, real estate.
In 1973 the U.S. Dept. of Justice sues Trump Mgt. Corp. for violating the U.S. Fair Housing Act by discriminating against blacks in rentals, causing Donald Trump to hire famous atty. Roy Cohn (former aide to Joseph McCarthy) and countersue for $100M for defamation; in 1975 the case is settled out of court without admission of guilt.
In the mid-1970s Fred Trump Jr. gives his son The Donald money ($1M?) to go into the real estate biz on his own, allowing him to concentrate on Manhattan while he sticks with Brooklyn and Queens; he later claims that he did the rest on his own, not mentioning the $3.35M he gave him on Dec. 17, 1990 and many other life savers - he saw "I'll Take Manhattan"?
On Apr. 7, 1977 Trump marries divorced Gottwaldov, Czech.-born model Ivana Marie Zelnickova (1949-) in a lavish society wedding, going on to become leading New York City high society figures in the 1980s, and having children Donald John Trump Jr. (1977-), Ivanka Marie Trump (1981-), and Eric Fredric Trump (1984-).
On Apr. 26, 1977 Studio 54 in New York City at 254 W. 54th St., Manhattan (old CBS-TV Studio 52, next door to the Ed Sullivan Theater) opens, soon becoming the #1 disco nightclub where anything goes and everybody wants to be seen; regulars incl. Andy Warhol, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bianca Jagger, Rick James, Michael Jackson, Donald Trump, Ivana Trump, John Travolta, Woody Allen, Cher, and O.J. Simpson; it closes in Mar. 1986 and briefly reopens in 1994.
On May 11, 1977 the old landmark Commodore Hotel at 109 E. 42nd St. in New York City (opened Jan. 28, 1919) announces that it lost $1.5M in 1976 and might have to be closed, causing the Trump Org. to purchase it, rebuilding and reopening it in 1980 as the Grand Hyatt New York, making Trump into a celeb.; the first big deal for his personal secy. Norma Foerderer, who claims he will shake hands.
In Sept. 1982 Forbes mag. pub. its first Forbes 400, a list of the wealthiest people in the U.S.; #1 is supertanker magnate Daniel Keith Ludwig ($2B); others incl. Gordon Getty ($1.4b), Sam Walton ($690M), Bob Hope ($280M), Warren Buffett ($250M0, Steve Jobs ($100M), and Donald Trump with a net worth "estimated at over $200 million", while he claims it's $500M; by 2012 36 of the 400 are still in the list; at the end of 2014 Trump claims to be worth $10B, but if he had simply invested his money in an unmanaged stock index fund he'd be worth $20B?
On Nov. 30, 1983 58-story Trump Tower in Midtown Manhattan, N.Y. at 721 Fifth Ave. opens, becoming the HQ of the Trump Org. and penthouse condominium of Donald Trump; becomes the first female hard-hat boss to oversee construction of a U.S. skyscraper from start to finish, going on July 10, 2013 to pub. the All Alone on the 68th Floor: How One Woman Changed the Face of Construction, praising The Daonald as "the least sexist boss I ever had" in a 2013 memoir; too bad, after he fires her for incompetence, but writes a recommendation letter for law school, and when her legal career tanks, on May 21, 2012 she starts whining to him to give her a job, which he refuses, after which she turns on him during his 2016 pres. campaign, bashing him in a front page NYT article on May 14, 2016 - this magic moment?
On May 26, 1984 614-room Harrah's at Trump Plaza at 2500 Boardwalk in Atlantic City, N.J. next to Caesars Atlantic City opens as a joint venture between Harrah's Atlantic City and Donald Trump; in Oct. it becomes known as Trump Plaza to attract high-rollers; in 1989 the East Tower opens, giving a total of 906 rooms; in 1988 and 1989 it hosts Wrestlemania IV and Wrestlemania V; it closes on Sept. 16, 2014.
In 1985 Trump buys the 126-room 58-bedroom 62.5K-sq.-ft. Mar-a-Lago (Sp. "Sea to Lake") estate at 1100 S. Ocean Blvd. in in Palm Beach, Fla. (known for hosting the Internat. Red Cross Ball), built in 1924-7 for $30M by wealthy heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post (1887-1973) and her 2nd hubby (1920-35) Edward Francis Hutton (1875-1962) for $10M, going on to extensively renovate it, getting into a war with the city of Palm Beach over a 50-ft. flagpole; on Sept. 12, 1973 Post died, leaving it in her will to the U.S. govt. to be the Southern White House, who gave it back in 1981 when they couldn't afford upkeep; in 1994 Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley honeymoon there; in 1997 Trump files a lawsuit challenging Palm Beach's unwritten policy of excluding Jews and blacks from golf and country club facilities.
In 1986 Denver, Colo.-based billionaire Marvin H. Davis (1925-2004) beats Trump to buy the posh Beverly Hills Hotel (where the Davises had stayed on their honeymoon) for $135M; he sells it next year to the Sultan of Brunei for $200M; the Davises move from Denver to Beverly Hills, Calif.
In 1986 Trump saves the dirt-poor Hill Family of Burke County, Ga. from losing their family farm, and tries to keep his involvement secret, but when it leaks, uses his publicity to arrange for the family to go on talk shows to raise more money.
In 1986 Donald Trump tries to build the first casino in Darling Harbour in Sydney, N.S.W., Australia, but is rejected next May 5 after police warn of his links to the Mafia.
On Sept. 2, 1987 Donald Trump gives an interview to Larry King on CNN, saying that he has no interest in being U.S. pres, explaining why he took out an ad dissing the admin. of George H.W. Bush, with his usual mantra that other countries are taking advantage of the U.S.
On Oct. 22, 1987 after N.H. activist Mike Dunbar (1947-) launches a Draft Trump Campaign and visits him in Trump Tower, real estate mogul Donald Trump gives a speech at the Rotary Club in Portsmouth, N.H.
On Nov. 1, 1987 Trump and ghostwriter Tony Schwartz pub. the NYT bestseller (1M copies) Trump: The Art of the Deal, which tells Trump's Horatio Alger story with a lucky Wall Street film "Greed is Good" shine, and preaches an 11-step formula for business success based on Norman Vincent Peale's bestseller "The Power of Positive Thinking", incl. #1 (Think Big), #7 (Get the Word Out), and #10 (Contain the Costs). incl. #1 (Think Big), #7 (Get the Word Out), and #10 (Contain the Costs); in 2016 ghostwriter Tony Schwartz expresses remorse, saying "I put lipstick on a pig", and that the true title should be "The Sociopath".
On Dec. 11, 1987 Oliver Stone's Wall Street (20th Cent. Fox) debuts, starring Charlie Sheen as young stockbroker Bud Fox, who hooks up with "Greed is Good" advocate Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas), and goes down the tubes; hot Daryl Hannah plays Fox's trophy bed partner Darien Taylor; Richard Gere later kicks himself for turning down the part, like John Travolta did for passing up his parts in "An Officer and a Gentleman" and "American Gigolo"; does $43.8M box office on a $15M budget.
On Dec. 21, 1987 Richard Nixon writes a letter to Donald Trump, referring to his recent appearance on Donahue, with the soundbyte: "I did not see the program, but Mrs. Nixon told me that you were great on the Donahue Show. As you can imagine, she is an expert on politics and she predicts that whenever you decide to run for office you will be a winner!"
In 1988 Trump acquires the $1B Taj Mahal Casino at 1000 Boardwalk in Atlantic City, N.J. from Merv Griffin and Resorts Internat., officially opening it on Apr. 2, 1990 as the Trump Taj Mahal with Michael Jackson as the performer, saddling him with too much debt as the economy tanks, causing him to stiff contractors of $60M; in 2008 the Chairman Tower opens, bringing it to 2K rooms.
On July 19, 1988 Trump saves sick Orthodox Jewish child Andrew (Avraham Moshe) Ten (1985-) by sending his private jet to take him from LAX to LaGuardia Airport after commercial airplanes refuse to transport him with his life-support system.
In 1988 Donald Trump founds the Donald J. Trump Foundation to give away proceeds from his book "Trump: The Art of the Deal"; too bad, it turns into his personal piggy bank, and after he runs for U.S. pres. in 2016, all kinds of dirt is dug up on it.On Oct. 10, 1989 (1:40 p.m.) a heli crashes near Forked River, N.J., killing three of Trump's top casino execs, causing Trumpt to have to personally take over day-to-day operations in Atlantic City as he slowly sunk toward bankruptcy, once personally monitoring a baccarat table at Trump Plazq where a Japanese real estate tycoon had once big to make sure he didn't drag the casino down; in June 1990 after he can't pay a $43M interest payment, he meets with his bankers, who agree to lend him tens of millions more in return for temporarily ceding control; in Aug. 1990 regulators report his total debt at $3.4B, with the soundbyte: "A complete financial collapse of the Trump Organization was not out of question."
On Oct. 10, 1989 a heli with a defective rotor crashes near Forked River, N.J., killing three of Donald Trump's top casino execs, forcing him to assume day-to-day operational responsibility as it slowly sinks into bankruptcy, once personally mother-henning a Japanese high-roller who once won big to make sure he doesn't repeat and drag the casino down; in June 1990 after he can't pay a $43M interest payment on his Taj Mahal junk bonds, he meets with his bankers and forces them to lend him tens of millions more in return for temporarily ceding control of his empire; in Aug. 1990 N.J. regulators claim his total debt at $3.4B, with the soundbyte: "A complete financial collapse of the Trump Organization was not out of the question."
On Oct. 13, 1989 (Black Fri.) the Friday the 13th, 1989 Mini-Crash is caused by the reaction to the failed $6.75B leveraged buyout of United Airlines, causing the junk bond market to collapses; the Dow Jones Industrial Avg. drops 190.58 points (6.91%).
On June 15, 1990 real estate mogul Donald Trump (1946-) misses an $18M interest payment due on junk bonds used to finance his Trump Castle Atlantic City resort, forcing the former paper billionaire into bankruptcy.
In July 1990 the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait causes oil prices to increase, triggering the 1990-1 U.S. Recession that lasts for 8 mo.
On Aug. 14, 1990 Donald Trump and ghostwriter Charles Leerhsen pub. Trump: Surviving at the Top, which claims that the U.S. govt. has covered-up the presence of U.S. POWs in Vietnam left after the war ends; full of factual errors?
In 1990 Am. atty. Michael Wayne "Mike" Godwin (1956-) proposes Godwin's Law of Nazi Analogies: "As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1"; in 2006 Quinn's Law is posted on Slashdot, changing it to Microsoft bashing; as soon as Trump goes political, he becomes a victim.
In 1991 Trump Plaza Hotel files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, after which Trump rebounds, eliminating most of his $900M personal debt by 1994 and significantly reducing his $3.5B business debt after giving up his Trump Princess yacht and Trump Shuttle airplane, but retaining Trump Tower and three Atlantic City casinos, which in 1995 he combines into the publicly-held Trump Hotels and Casino Resorts.
In May 1991 John R. O'Donnell (a protege of casino magnate Steve Wynn, who worked for Trump in 1987-90 as CEO of Trump Plaza, running his only profitable casino) and ghostwriter James Rutherford pub. Trumped!: The Inside Story of the Real Donald Trump-His Cunning Rise and Spectacular Fall, a tell-all portraying him as a cocksure boor and narcissist who like to blame his mistakes on subordinates, and isn't good at weighing the downside of investment risks, revealing his chirophobia (fear of shaking hands because of germs), love of gossip, abstemiousness, and penchant for extramarital affairs, airing his dirty laundry incl. reporting an alleged personal comment that "Laziness is a trait in blacks", referring to a black accountant, along with "Black guys counting my money - I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day"; Trump responds in an interview with Playboy mag. in 1999, containing the soundbyte: "Nobody has had worse things written about them than me. And here I am. The stuff O'Donnell wrote about me is probably true. The guy's a fucking loser. A fucking loser. I brought the guy in to work for me; it turns out he didn't know that much about what he was doing. I think I met the guy two or three times total. And this guy goes off and writes a book about me, like he knows me!"
In July 1991 Trump and ghostwriter Charles Leerhsen pub. Trump: The Art of Survival, talking about his shifting fortunes from the construction of the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City to his pending divorce with Ivana Trump.
On Nov. 18, 1991 Trump spots "a big guy with a big bat" bashing another person in Manhattan, N.Y., and jumps out of his limo unarmed to confront him, chasing him away.
On Dec. 11, 1991 Ivana Trump (1949-) divorces real estate mogul Donald Trump after 14 years of marriage after the latter is romantically linked with Ga.-born model Marla Maples (1963-), and she encounters her on the ski slopes at Aspen, Colo. during a 1990 Christmas holiday trip; next Mar. 24 she receives a $20M cash settlement, plus a $14M mansion, $5M housing allowance, and $350K/year alimony plus plus plus, going on to marry Riccardo Mazzuchelli than divorcing him before the 2nd anniv. On Dec. 19, 1993 after she appears on WWF Wrestlemania VII in 1991 and her publicist Chuck Jones is caught on July 15, 1992 stealing her high-heeled shoes then is found with a copy of Spike mag. for shoe fetishists, Trump marries Maples, and they have one child, Tiffany Trump (1993-); after hosting the Miss U.S.A. and Miss Universe pageants for two straight years, they divorce on June 9, 1999, after which she goes on to date Norman Mailer's son Michael Mailer and turn spirtualist.
In 1992 after her July 29, 1981 marriage to Prince Charles falls apart, Trump begins courting Princess Diana (1961-97), showering her with orchids and roses from afar, causing her to comment "He gives me the creeps; after her Aug. 28, 1996 divorce and Aug. 31, 1997 fatal car crash Trump laments never getting to date her.
In 1993 Hary Hurt III pub. The Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump, which claims that Ivana Trump stated in her divorce deposition that Donald Trump raped her.
In 1993 Ivana files for trademark rights to the phrase "The Donald", but they stall until the application expires, causing her to file again in 1998; on Jan. 14, 1999 she opens the Culture Club nightclub on Varick St. in New York City, which serves "The Donald" and "Ivana" drinks, causing Trump's atty. to sue to stop her.
In 1995 Trump takes Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts public, selling 10M shares at $14 a share, followed in 1996 by 13.25M shares at $32.50 a share; his 1995 tax return reports a $916M loss, allowing him to legally avoid paying federal income tax for up to 18 years.
In 1995 Ivana marries 3rd hubby, Italian businessman Riccardo Mazzucchelli, divorcing in 1997 after 22 mo., after which she hooks up with Ferrari dealer Roffredo Gaetani di Laurenzana dell'Aquila d'Aragona Lovatelli after meeting him at a Red Cross Ball in Monaco.
In early 1996 Donald Trump acquires the rights to the May Miss Universe pageant for $10M; his wife Marla Maples hosts it in 1996 and 1997; too bad, its ratings are already in a slide, going from 35M in 1974 to 8M in 2002. On May 17, 1996 the Miss Universe 1996 Pageant in Las Vegas, Nev. is won by 5'7" Miss Venezuela Yoseph Alicia Machado Furjado (1976-); too bad, during her reign she gains 55 lbs., causing sponsors to drop support and pageant owner Donald Trump to stage a media event showing her working out and giving her a second chance, going on to call her "an eating machine", "Ms. Piggy", and "Ms. Housekeeping", pissing-off the PC press; she goes on to pose for the Feb. 2006 issue of Playboy, and be used by Hillary Clinton as ammo in her first debate with Trump on Sept. 26, 2016, causing dirt to be dug up on her incl. how she was the babe of a major narcotics trafficker and had his baby, how she threatened to kill a Venezuelan judge, and how a govt. witness who testified about their affair was shot to death.
On Sept. 20, 1996 Hugh Wilson's The First Wives Club" (Paramount Pictures) debuts, based on the 1992 novel by Olivia Goldsmith, narrated by Diane Keaton and starring Keaton, Goldie Hawn, and Bette Midler as divorced women Annie MacDuggan Paradis, Elise Eliot Atchison, and Brenda Morelli Cushman, who are seeking revenge on their ex-hubbies who left them for younger women; features cameos by Gloria Steinem, Kathie Lee Gifford, and Ivana Trump, who utters the immortal soundbyte: "Don't get mad, get everything!"; does $181.5M box office on a $30M budget.
On Oct. 27, 1997 Trump and ghostwriter Kate Bohner pub. Trump: The Art of the Comeback, which brags about surviving the Great Depression of 1990 and making it big in the Atlantic City casino biz, then outsmarting one of South America's richest men for right to the Miss Universe pageant.
On ?, 1998 People Magazine ran an article about Donald Trump, where he is quoted as saying: "If I were to run, I'd run as a Republican. They're the dumbest group of voters in the country. They believe anything on Fox News. I could lie and they'd still eat it up. I bet my numbers would be terrific" - NOT, it's a bogus story :) Here's a true story: In 1998 Trump gave an interview with Chris Matthews, where he speculates about how hard it would be for him to run for U.S. pres., with the soundbyte: "You think about [[Bill Clinton]] with the women. How about me with the women? Can you imagine?"
On June 25, 1999 The Donald's daddy Fred Trump Jr. (b. 1905), a miser who kept unused nails, mixed his own disinfectants and floor cleaners, but always bought a new Navy blue Caddy every three years with the license plate "FCT" dies of pneumonia and Alzheimer's, leaving a fortune of $250M-$300M to The Donald, Maryanne, and Robert Trump, of which The Donald gets $40M-$200M after a bitter will dispute, during which they cut off support for the infant (The Donald's nephew) William Trump (1999-), son of Fred Trump IV (b. 1962), son of Fred Trump III (-1984), who suffers from a rare neurological disorder - son, it's not your fault, it's not your fault, it's not your fault?
On Oct. 8, 1999 balding "pompad-over"-coiffed (poofy squirrel-do) Trump gives an interview to Larry King, announcing plans to run for the nomination of the Reform Party for U.S. president, going on to lose in 2000 to Pat Buchanan, who loses the gen. election to George W. Bush.
In Jan. 2000 in answer to critics who accuse him of running only for publicity, Trump issues the political manifesto The America That We Deserve, coming out as a moderate populist and outlining his dream of a country sans "racism, discrimination against women, or discrimination against people based on sexual orientation"; "The greatest threat to the American Dream is the idea that dreamers need close government scrutiny and control. Job one for us is to make sure the public sector does a limited job, and no more"; he predicts 9/11 and theorizes that it will be Osama bin Laden, with the soundbytes: "I am really convinced we're in danger of the sort of terrorist attacks that will make the bombing of the Trade Center look like kids playing with firecrackers. No sensible analyst rejects this possibility, and plenty of them, like me, are not wondering if but when it will happen"; “It's time to get down to the hard business of preparing for what I believe is the real possibility that somewhere, sometime, a weapon of mass destruction will be carried into a major American city and detonated"; "One day we're told that a shadowy figure with no fixed address named Osama bin-Laden is public enemy number one, and U.S. jetfighters lay waste to this camp in Afghanistan. He escapes back under some rock, and a few news cycles later it's on to a new enemy and new crisis."
In early Oct. 2000 Trump is fined $250K and forced to publicly apologize fo failing to disclose that he secretly financed newspaper ads opposing a proposed gambling casino at the Monticello Race Track in Monticello, N.Y. in the Catskills (90 mi. NW of New York City), using a front group called Inst. for Law and Society, whose ads whipped-up anti-Indian racism to protect Trump's casino business.
On June 16, 2001 a U.S.-Russian summit is held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, becoming the first meeting between U.S. pres. George W. Bush and Russian pres. Vladimir Putin, after which Bush utters the soundbyte: "I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straight forward and trustworthy and we had a very good dialogue. I was able to get a sense of his soul. He's a man deeply committed to his country and the best interests of his country and I appreciate very much the frank dialogue and that's the beginning of a very constructive relationship"; Putin warns Pres. Bush and Condi Rice of a coming attack on their homeland, which they pooh-pooh; in her 2011 memoir "No Higher Honour", Rice writes the soundbyte about the meeting: "Putin suddenly raised the problem of Pakistan. He excoriated the Pervez Musharraf regime for its support of extremists and for the connections of the Pakistani army and intelligence services to the Taliban and al Qaeda. Those extremists were all being funded by Saudi Arabia, he said, and it was only a matter of time until it resulted in a major catastrophe... Putin, though, was right. The Taliban and al-Qaida were time bombs that would explode on September 11, 2001... I was taken aback by Putin's alarm and vehemence." Trump later uses this to blast Jeb Bush for his brother's stupidity.
In 2002 Trump stars in a McDonald's Ad promoting the new $1 "Big N'Tasty" (discontinued in 2011), talking with Grimace the giant purple blob, with the soundbyte: "I put together some really impressive deals, but this thing you've pulled off, it's really amazing... Together, Grimace, we could own this town."
On Jan. 28, 2003 Donald Trump gives an interview to Neil Cavuto, in which he shows his undecidedness about the Iraq War, with the soundbyte: "Well, he's [Pres. George W. Bush] either got to do something or not do something perhaps. Because perhaps he shouldn't be doing it yet. Perhaps we should be waiting for the United Nations"; in his Sept. 26, 2016 debate with Hillary Clinton, moderator Lester Holt tries to frame him on being for the war back then.
On Jan. 8, 2004 The Apprentice, created by Mark Burnett debuts on NBC-TV for 185 episodes (until 2015), featuring Trump lording it over 16-18 job applicants in Trump Tower in Manhattan while making $14M a year; becoming known for the catchphrase "You're fired!"; the theme song is "For the Love of Money" by The O'Jays (1973).
On Apr. 16, 2004 Trump gives an interview to Wolf Blitzer of CNN, uttering the soundbyte: "Well, you'd be shocked if I said that in many cases I probably identify more as Democrat."
On July 14, 2004 Donald Trump gives an interview to Esquire mag., dissing the Bush admin. for its handling of the Iraq War, with the soundbytes: "Does anybody really believe that Iraq is going to be a wonderful democracy where people are going to run down to the voting box and gently put in their ballot and the winner is happily going to step up to lead the country?” C'mon. Two minutes after we leave, there's going to be a revolution, and the meanest, toughest, smartest, most vicious guy will take over. And he'll have weapons of mass destruction, which Saddam didn't have", also dissing bush for failing to find Osama bin Laden, with the soundbyte: "Tell me, how is it possible that we can't find a guy who's six-foot-six and supposedly needs a dialysis machine? Can you explain that one to me? We have all our energies focused on one place, where they shouldn't be focused"; in Nov. he gives an interview to Larry King, saying: "I don't believe we made the right decision going in to Iraq, but hopefully we're getting out."
On Oct. 21, 2004 Trump files his 3rd corporate bankruptcy, reorganizing Trump Hotels and Casino Resorts as Trump Entertainment Resorts Holdings.
On Jan. 22, 2005 after meeting her in 1998, Trump marries Sevnica, Yugoslavia-born Slovenian model (since age 5) Melania Knauss (Melanija Knavs) (1970-) at Bethesda by the Sea Episcopal Church in Palm Beach, Fla.; they go on to have son Barron William Trump (2006-); she studied architecture, speaks five languages, worked in Milan, Paris, and New York City, and earned her own wealth before meeting The Donald; yes, she is a legal immigrant.
On May 23, 2005 Donald Trump founds Trump U. to coach dupes, er, students in real estate investing for fees ranging from $1.5K-$35K depending on how much room they have left in their credit cards, with high-pressure salesmen working out of a phone boilerroom coached to get suckers to max out their credit cards in a mad rush to get rich quick, like many other real estate investment courses which only make money for those who run them, although there are isolated cases of lucky pluckers buying some property low and flipping it for a good profit, making it borderline legal; it ceases operations in May 2011; on Aug. 24, 2013 the state of New York files a $40M civil suit against it, followed by lawsuits from disgruntled students; it is later revealed that Trump made a $25K campaign donation to Fla. Repub. atty.-gen. #37 (2011-) Pamela Jo "Pam" Bondi (1965-), which was investigating Trump U., after which he pays a fine and she denies any wrongdoing.
On June 23, 2005 the U.S. Supreme Court by 6-3 rules in Kelo v. City of New London, Conn. that it is "permissible use" for the govt. to take property from one private owner under the law of eminent domain and give it to another in furtherance of economic development; Donald Trump utters the soundbyte "I happen to agree with it 100 percent."
In 2005 Melissa Young wins the Miss Wisc. USA beauty pageant; on Mar. 30, 2016 she tells Donald Trump that she is suffering from a terminal illness, causing Trump to set up a crowdfunding site through Fundanything.com for her Mexican-Am. son to go to college.
On Apr. 21, 2006 Dallas, Tex.-born Tara Elizabeth Conner (1985-) wins the Miss USA 2006 pageant (#55) in 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore, Md. in front of 7.8M viewers (2nd lowest ever); hosts are Nancy O'Dell and Drew Lachey; "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" star Carson Kressley provides commentary for the first time; too bad, after reports that she had been engaging in underage drinking and taking cocaine, heroin, and crystal meth, and has kissed Miss Teen USA Katie Blair, the PC press calls for her to be decrowned, but Donald Trump announces that he's giving her a second chance because "I believe in second chances, and sometimes it works when you give somebody a second chance" in an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, causing celeb and lesbian rights activist Roseann "Rosie" O'Donnell (1962-) to criticize him on The View, with the soundbyte: "[Trump] left the first wife, had an affair, left the second wife, had an affair. Had kids both times, but he's the moral compass for 20-year-olds in America. Donald, sit and spin, my friend", mocking his comb-over, then calling him a "snake oil salesman" and bringing up his bankruptcies, pissing Trump off and causing him to appear on several TV shows, with the soundbytes: "Rosie is a bully. I hit her between the eyes, she's worried about being sued, and her response today was nothing. She's not a very smart person, if you look at her IQ I guarantee you it's not up there", and "I guarantee I'll have a lot of Rosie's money right out of her big fat pocket. I'll have a lot of Rosie's money coming into my pocket. That's my prediction""; in an interview with People mag., he utters the soundbyte: "You can't make false statements. Rosie will rue the words she said. I'll most likely sue her for making those false statements... and it'l be fun. Rosie's a loser, a real loser. I look forward to taking lots of money from my nice fat little Rosie"; in an interview with Anderson Cooper of CNN, he utters the soundbyte: "If you looked like Rosie you'd be critical of beauty pageants, believe me. Rosie is a very unattractive woman, both inside and out. And as hard as it is to believe, inside is probably uglier than outside, and that's really saying something. But you have to understand, I know Rosie. Rosie's a loser. Rosie's been pulling the wool over people's eyes for a long time. She is a stone cold loser. What she is is a bully. Rosie says a lot of negative things about a lot of people. Nobody.. they don't do anything about it. I did something about it."
On Oct. 9, 2006 Donald Trump gives an interview to Larry King, in which he disses the Bush admin. for its handling of the Iraq War, saying that Iraq is turning into a breeding ground for terrorists, and that anyone who votes for this war should be booted from office in the upcoming nat. election.
In Mar. 2007 Donald Trump gives an interview to Wolf Blitzer, uttering the soundbyte: "Well, I think Bush is probably the worst president in the history of the United States", calling the Iraq War a "total disaster", adding: "Look, everything in Washington has been a lie. Weapons of mass destruction. It was a total lie. It was a way of attacking Iraq", saying he's unaligned: "I'm very much independent in that way. I go for the person, not necessarily the party. I mean, I vote for Republicans and I vote for Democrats."
On ?, 2007 Trump gives an interview to Wolf Blitzer on CNN, uttering the soundbyte: "I think Hillary would do a good job"; too bad, after he saw what a lousy job she did as U.S. secy. of state, he reverses himself.
On Oct. 23, 2007 Trump and Bill Zanker pub. Trump: Think BIG and Kick Ass in Business and Life.
On Jan. 18, 2008 Trump and ghostwriter Meredith McIver pub. Trump: Never Give Up: How I Turned My Biggest Challenges into Success.
In Apr. 2008 after dating for six years, cougar Ivana marries 4th hubby, Italian model Rossano Rubicondi (1972-) in a $3M wedding with 400 guests in Donald's Mar-A-Lago Estate in Fla.; her daughter Ivanka is maid of honor; too bad, she files for separation in Aug.
In 2008 Donald Trump Jr. utters the soundbyte: "Russians make up a pretty disproportionae cross-section of a lot of our assets... We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia. "This should be seen as a compliment, as a testament to the Trump organization's skill at making money, at making great outcomes, at making investors money. Russian oligarchs are not going to throw away money on a Trump deal. Why would they? It was simply an investment which the investor thought would be successful."
On Feb. 13, 2009 Trump files his 4th corporate bankruptcy over Trump Entertainment Resorts; in Aug. 2014 he files a lawsuit to have his name removed from its facilities; it files for bankruptcy again in 2014.
On Oct. 25, 2009 after converting to Judaism under the name Yael, Ivanka "Ivankala" Trump marries New York Observer owner (orthodox Jew) Jared Corey Kushner (1981-), son of Jew York real estate magnate Charles Kushner (until ?), joining Kehilath Jeshurun Synagogue in Manhattan and joining her daddy in strong support for the Jewish state of Israel; "I want to thank my Jewish daughter - I have a Jewish daughter."
On Feb. 10-12, 2011 the first regional Conservative Political Action Conference is held in Orlando, Fla., attended by 11K; surprise guest Trump (hist first appearance since its 1973 founding) comes out as a conservative in a speech, hinting at a White House Run (decision by June), with the soundbyte: "America is becoming a whipping post for the rest of the world... America today is missing quality leadership, and foreign countries have quickly realized this. It's for this reason that the United States is becoming the laughing stock of the world... And I can tell you this, if I run and if I win, this country will be respected again... If I decided to run, I will not be raising taxes. We'll be taking back hundreds of billions of dollars from other countries that are screwing us, we'll be creating vast numbers of productive jobs, and we'll rebuild our country so that we can be proud. Our country will be great again"; of course he can't help talking about himself, with the soundbyte: "Over the years I've participated in many battles and have really almost come out very, very victorious every single time. I've beaten many people and companies, and I've won many wars. I have fairly but intelligently earned many billions of dollars, which in a sense was both a scorecard and acknowledgment of my abilities", adding "I may be willing to put that to work", although "Frankly I wish there was a candidate that I saw that would be fantastic, because I love what I'm doing."
In Mar. 2011 billionaire real estate celeb Donald Trump (1946-) begins making moves to announce his Repub. candidacy for president, saying that "I have some real doubts" that Obama was born in the U.S., and dissing him for not releasing his birth certificate, saying there might be something on it he doesn't want people to see, such as that it lists him as Muslim, or worse, maybe Obama originally had a different surname and father; Trump reportedly sent investigators to Hawaii on the trail of it, stay tuned; he also claims that Obama spent $2M+ trying to keep his birth certificate, college transcripts, etc., sealed, when actually that number is little more than speculation; Orly Taitz claims that it was more than $5M, paid to nat. law firm Perkins Cole, but then, signing Executive Order 13489 (Jan. 21, 2009) sealing all his records didn't cost him a cent, did it? On Apr. 7 the Hawaiian Appeals Court rejects a request by Robert V. Justice to "inspect and copy" Obama's birth certificate, saying he must be a close family member. Duh, so why doesn't a close member request it to satisfy everybody? Because Obama told them he's got nothing to hide, or the reverse? The burden of proof is on Obama if he wants the issue to go away, else it shouldn't, it could be a major scandal in U.S. history, if anybody still cares about the Constitution that is, because his entire presidency could become like the Lost Season of Dallas, when Pam wakes up and finds Bobby in the shower. On Apr. 14 Obama interviews fan George Stephanopoulos of ABC-TV, and utters the soundbyte: "I think that over the last two and a half years there's been an effort to go at me in a way that is politically expedient in the short term for Republicans, but creates, I think, a problem for them when they want to actually run in a general election where most people feel pretty confident the president was born where he says he was, in Hawaii. He doesn't have horns... We're not really worrying about conspiracy theories or birth certificates." That settles it - the president says he was born in Hawaii - which president, Clinton? On Apr. 27 after the pressure by Trump mounted, the White House finally releases a certified copy of the long form birth certificate, saying that the nation was being "distracted by sideshows and carnival barkers", causing Trump to claim "I won", and say that he's "proud" of forcing the release, dropping out of the race in May; no surprise, the birth certificate lists the place of birth as Kapiolani Maternity and Gynecological Hospital in Honolulu, the father as Barack Obama Sr., and the delivering physician as Dr. Richard Kimball, er, David A. Sinclair, who conveniently died in 2003 without telling anybody; too bad, it's only a copy, dated Apr. 25, 2011 and signed by the state registrar, not the real birth certificate made in 1961, which has never been forensically tested, and the serial number is out of sequence with the Nordyke Twins, born in you know what hospital a day after Obama, leading to more doubts, although the ball is now in the Birthers' court?; for starters, it's got plenty of evidence of being PhotoShopped, actually, created with Adobe Illustrator, with multiple typefaces, and shows evidence that the original birth certificate was scanned while still in its binder, complete with curved surfaces, while the information on the form doesn't curve with the printed text, and worse, the certificate purports to be a color scan of an actual piece of paper, but it has no chromatic artifacts. It also goofs and lists Obama's daddy's race as African instead of Negro, a modern PC terminology; nationally recognized Adobe and Microsoft computer expert Mara Zebest has stated that "The PDF file released by the White House contains evidence of manipulation suggesting that one or more forgers utilized existing Hawaiian birth certificates to assemble fraudulently for Barack Obama a document the president presented to the world as authentic." And why did mommy wait to sign it until Aug. 7, and Sinclair until Aug. 8? Who is the registrar, it looks a lot like "Ukelele"?; why did a purported Kenyan birth certificate have the exact same time of birth if it was a fake and the authors didn't have access to the real one, aha, it's starting to make sense?; did mommy have a premature delivery in the British colony of Kenya, then fly back to Honolulu, walk into the hospital with the infant Messiah, and ask for them to help make him a legal alien quick, maybe telling them she had it at home in Honolulu, meanwhile telling her mother to place an ad in the local paper as a cover story, and now the hospital has to go along with the fraud to avoid criminal charges?; how convenient that all key witnesses are now dead, incl. mommy, daddy, grandparents, and Sinclair; bada bing, bada boom, the name of the hospital was Kauikeolani Children's Hospital until 1978, when it merged with Kapi'olani Maternity Home?; wrong, it was called that by the Hawaii legislature in 1954; funny how Obama jumped and released the certificate right before the immigration file of his daddy Barack Sr. was released, showing how he was suspected of never divorcing his first wife in Kenya, which would make his marriage to Ann a sham for the purpose of securing immigration status, and make Obama the illegitimate child of a foreign bigamist, somebody take my pulse. Too bad, the time to question Obama's eligibility was before he was sworn in. Now he's the friggin' President of the United States, and if you try telling him he's not eligible he might get mad and push a button. Even if he openly admitted he was born in Timbuktu, it would take impeachment proceedings by the Congress, but he could raise the defense that they, the Supreme Court, and the American People granted him an EXEMPTION - he's the Messiah, and they'd permit Christ to be president, right? :) On Apr. 30 the 2011 White House Correspondents' Dinner sees Pres. Obama roast Donald Trump, chiding him for questioning his birth certificate and comparing that with being a UFO nut etc., dissing his credentials and experience; the real reason Trump later runs for U.S. pres.? - 30 months later he has Obama's job?
By the way, the first rumors that Obama was not a U.S. citizen were not spread by the right but by supporters of Hillary Clinton, in Apr. 2008, and on Oct. 31, 2008 Philip J. Berg becomes the first to try to get the federal courts to order pres.-elect Obama to produce his birth certificate by Dec. 1 before the electoral college met on Dec. 13; assuming rightly that the U.S. Supreme Court will refuse to hear the case, Obama ignored them, later releasing the infamous computer-generated certification (not certificate) of live birth (and not birth certificate - three different things) that was "filed" (not necessarily accepted) by registrar (or the state) to end the standoff, keeping the real certificate of live birth under lock and key and leaving the issue at the current impasse. Right, a brave and hearty soul could break the impasse by breaking into the Hawaiian govt. offices and stealing the blasted document and releasing it on the Internet before getting arrested, ask Trump if he has thought of that. Trump, er, Trumpet flare please.
In Aug. 2011 The Donald purchases a Boeing 757 from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen for $100M, covering it in Trump logos and gold and filling it with luxuries and electronic gizmos; perfect for campaigning; too bad, it's used?
On Dec. 5, 2011 Trump pub. the NYT bestseller Time to Get Tough: Making America #1 Again, blasting Pres. Obama, Obamacare et al., with the soundybte: "President Obama has been a disaster for America. In four short years, he's wrecked our economy, saddled our children with more debt than America managed to rack up in 225 years, and gone around the world apologizing for our country - as if the greatest nation in the world needs to apologize for being a land of opportunity and freedom, which we were before Obama became president. Now, America looks like a broken country - stripped of jobs, stripped of wealth, stripped of respect. And what does President Obama do about it? He plays nice with a China that is doing everything it can to destroy our economy, while refusing to stand up for America with Middle Eastern oil mobsters who think they can hold us hostage through higher prices at the pump, and chucking billions in 'stimulus' money to his friends and supporters while letting the rest of us foot the bill. This can't go on. And if Donald J. Trump has anything to say about it, it won't." The book reveals that he has become more conservative, moving from "tax the wealthy" to "reduce taxes".
On Nov. 5, 2013 Donald Trump is presented with the T. Boone Pickens Award by The American Spectator at the annual Robert L. Bartley Dinner, giving a speech in which he brags about his ability as a negotiator, along with his "love of this country", which is "going in the wrong direction", dissing foreign countries for "laughing at us", and blasting Obamacare, speaking of what could happen "if you let this great country go", predicting that the Repubs. will have many opportunities in the 2016 U.S. pres. election but worrying about them not sticking together.
On June 16, 2014 regular caller Donald Trump gives an interview on The Howard Stern Show, uttering the soundbyte "The president is letting this country go to Hell", adding "I don't dislike Barack Obama... You have to be confident, you have to be capable", and "I just think he is a very bad president. I think he doesn't know what he's doing. He has very little experience"; Stern comments "I'm always curious about who he hates the most" and "He's never going to run for president; if he wanted to he would have done it years ago.... it's good for publicity, but I don't think he actually wants to be the president."
On Jan. 7, 2015 (10:30 a.m.) the Charlie Hebdo Massacre sees a terrorist attack by black-hooded vest-wearing Allah Akbar-shouting Kalashnikov-carrying Muslim al-Qaida members Said Kouachi, Cherif Kouachi, and Hamyd Mourad at the Charlie Hebdo newspaper HQ N of Notre Dame Cathedral and E of the Arc de Triomphe, known for satirizing Muhammad kills 10 staffers incl. ed.-in-chief Stephane "Charb" Charbonnier (b. 1967), and cartoonists Cabu, Wolinski, and Tignous, along with two police officers, incl. married Muslim officer Ahmed Merabet (b. 1965), injuring 11, becoming the worst terrorist attack in France since 1995; they were in an editorial meeting before the attack; Amedy's armed dangerous Muslim convert wife Hayat Boumeddiene remains on the loose; the lights on the Eiffel Tower are extinguished in memorial; one of the terrorists shouts "The Prophet has been avenged"; the offices were firebombed in 2011; Pres. Obama calls the attack "cowardly" and "evil"; French PM Francois Hollande calls it "an exceptional act of barbarism committed against a newspaper", and notes that France is in "shock", adding "We need to show we are a united country", but ostriching with the statement that the attacks "have nothing to do with Islam"; Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu utters the soundbyte: "The main goal of Islamic terrorism is to destroy societies, and countries, to stamp out human civilizations based on freedom and the culture of choice, and to impose in its place a fanatical dictatorship which returns humanity to another era"; 100K demonstrate across France to protest the killings; at 10:40 p.m. police raid the last known addresses of the terrorist brothers and arrest relatives; on Jan. 8 Donald Trump issues the tweets: "If the people so violently shot down in Paris had guns, at least they would have had a fighting chance... Isn't it interesting that the tragedy in Paris took place in one of the toughest gun control countries in the world?... Remember, when guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns!"; on Jan. 9 the Kouachi brothers hole-up in a printing complex in Dammartin-en-Goele before being killed by police, while 3rd suspect Amedy Coulibaly takes five hostages at the Hyper Cacher Jewish kosher supermarket in Porte de Vincennes, killing four before the police kill him, justifying the massacre as revenge for attacks on ISIS, while 30 others hide in the freezer for five hours, causing French pres. Francois Hollande to call it "an appalling anti-Semitic act"; al-Qaida (AQAP) in Yemen announces that it planned the attacks, and claims that more are coming in Europe and the U.S., causing the FBI to issue new terror warnings for Americans; maps of Jewish schools in Paris are found in Amedy's car, causing 5K police to be deployed to protect them; on Jan. 11 1.5M (biggest since Victor Hugo's 1885 funeral) attend a rally in Paris, incl. 50 world leaders (except Pres. Obama and Vladimir Putin) (incl. some known for suppressing free speech); Francois Hollande asks Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas not to attend; on Jan. 11 French PM Manuel Valls declares war "against terrorism, against jihadism, against radical Islam, against everything that is aimed at breaking fraternity, freedom, solidarity", bemoaning the ever-growing exodus of Jews from France with the soundbyte that if the Jews all leave France in the wake of anti-Semitic terror, "The French Republic will be judged a failure"; too bad, he blames France's "apartheid regime" for terrorism, while the French govt. rushes to pass tough new laws against freedom of speech; meanwhile ex-French PM Dominique de Villepin claims that the West created Islamic terrorism, with the soundbyte that ISIS is "the monstrous child of inconstancy and arrogance of Western policy", and that "In 2001 there was only one central terrorist group, today there is a dozen" because "we have multiplied them... The war against terrorism is just like adding fuel to the fire"; on Jan. 11 the Hamburger Morgenpost in Germany is firebombed after it reprints the Muhammad cartoons; on Jan. 12 White House press secy. Josh Earnest utters the soundbyte that Pres. Obama (who was against Charlie Hebdo's cartoons in 2012) will try to stop anti-jihadist articles from being pub. when it might cause a jihadist attack against U.S. forces; too bad, French Muslims celebrate the massacre, and Muslim schoolchildren treat a moment of silence in the classroom with contempt; the survivors crank out the next issue on its regular date of Jan. 15, with a circ. of 3M in 16 languages instead of the usual 60K, with another 6M printed after the first ed. sells out, with French pres. Francois Hollande declaring the mag. "reborn", with the soundbyte "You can murder men and women, but you can never kill their ideas"; it contains another caricature of Muhammad, causing Pope Francis on Jan. 15 to put his foot in his mouth with the soundbyte: "You cannot provoke, you cannot insult the faith of others... "If my good friend says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch. It's normal"; on Jan. 16 Mali immigrant Muslim kosher grocery employee Malian Lassana Bathily, who helped a dozen Jewish shoppers hide in a cold storage room is granted French citizenship; on Jan. 17 19K French Web sites are targeted by an unprecedented denial of service attack, incl. the French defense ministry; in May Charlie Hebdo suspends journalist Zineb El Rhazoui after she receives death threats for writing articles critical of radical Islam, causing a firestorm of criticism, which doesn't sway them, showing that Islamic intimidation as a preparation for full Sharia is working?; speaking of intimidation working, on July 17 Charlie Hebdo ed. Laurent Sourisseau announces that the mag won't pub. any more Muhammad cartoons, with the dhimmibyte: "We've done our job. We have defended the right to caricature."
On May 12, 2015 the Daily Mail pub. an article about Donald Trump, in which he claims that he "actually trademarked" his planned campaign slogan "Make America Great Again" as an homage to U.S. Pres. Ronald Reagan, whom he and his father supported.
On June 16, 2015 after ending his Celebrity Apprentice reality TV show to run, billionaire Repub. real estate mogul Donald Trump (1946-) announces his candidacy for U.S. pres., promising to become "the greatest jobs president that God ever created" and bring back the American Dream after dissing the current political leaders because they will "never make America great again"; he hires Corey Lewandowski (1973-) as his campaign mgr.; his speeches average-out at a 4th grader level; after accusing Mexico of "not sending their best... They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems to us. They're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime, they're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people", to solve the leaky border he promises to build a Great Wall along it, and make Mexico pay for it, causing Univision TV network on June 26 to ban Trump's Miss Universe contest, causing him on June 27 to ban their employees from his Trump Nat. Doral Resort and Golf Club near their HQ in Miami, Fla.; on June 29 NBC-TV cuts all business ties for ditto, followed on July 1 by Macy's, which he counters are soft on immigration, adding that he's not beholden to anybody, and that he doesn't like stores that sell apparel manufactured in China anyway; Trump announces his net worth at $8.7B, then on July 16 ups it to $10B, despite Forbes mag. claiming it's only $4B; on July 23 a report by the Tex. Dept. of Public Safety is leaked that reports that illegal aliens committed 611,234 crimes in Tex. in 2008-14 incl. nearly 3K homicides.
On July 1, 2015 Francisco Sanchez, an illegal alien with seven felony convictions and five deportations back to Mexico who was allowed to run free by the Obama admin. murders a 32-y.-o. Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco, Calif. while walking at the waterfront for no apparent reason, causing an outcry about San Francisco's self-declared status as a "sanctuary city" that make it ignore an ICE detainer while he was in jail; on July 23 House Repubs. pass a bill, dubbed the Donald Trump Act by Dems. to strip federal grants from jurisdictions that shield illegal immigrants from arrest by federal immigration authorities. On July 2 the Trump Campaign releases the soundbyte: "Fox News poll just put us at the top nationally. Yesterday, CNN confirmed our national lead and verified our momentum in New Hampshire. And now Quinnipiac shows us at the top in Iowa. Numbers don't lie. We are a top-tier campaign and we can win. We will bring common sense to Washington!"; "I am the leading candidate on promoting smart trade deals, border security, rebuilding our military, and taking care of our veterans"; "I cannot be bought. Neither my allegiance nor discretion can be traded in exchange for high dollar donations from private interest groups. I am the only candidate who can say this. I will not shy away from my promise to work with Americans to rebuild America." On July 11 Trump speaks at the FreedomFest in Las Vegas, Nev., after which he holds a news conference to discuss immigration et al., saying "You can't be great if you don't have a border, no matter what you do... And you can't be great if China is taking all your jobs." On July 12 after Mexican drug lord El Chapo escapes from his Mexican prison, Donald Trump begins sending tweets about it, incl. "Can you envision Jeb Bush or Hillary Clinton negotiating with 'El Chapo', the Mexican drug lord who escaped from prison"; "The joke around town is that I freed El Chapo from the Mexican prison because the timing was so good w/ my statements on border security", and "El Chapo and the Mexican drug cartels use the border unimpeded like it was a vacuum cleaner, sucking drugs and death right into the US." On July 15 (night) after escaped Mexican drug kingpin El Chapo threatens to make him "swallow" his words about Mexico dumping its worst citizens on the U.S., Donald Trump gives an interview to Sean Hannity, uttering the soundbyte: "You know, what I'm bringing up is much more important than Donald Trump. My life, you know, frankly, what I'm doing is so important for the country", adding "First of all, I appreciate your question, the way you worded it, because the truth is, we wouldn't be talking about illegal immigration if it weren't for me. I brought it up. They hammered me, and then they found out they were wrong. And so many people have apologized to me over the last week because, you know, when I made my statement, they didn't read my statement. They read little pieces of my statement and tried to make me look bad." Speaking of looking bad? On July 14 a tweet from the Trump campaign features Donald Trump's face on a U.S. flag, with a small insert showing some Waffen-SS soldiers that were put in by mistake; it is quickly deleted. On July 16 a Fox News Poll gives Donald Trump the lead among Repub. pres. candidates with 18%, up from 7% in June and 15% in Mar.; Wisc. Gov. Scott Walker is #2 at 15%, and former Fla. gov. Jeb Bush is #3 at 14%; Dem. candidate Hillary Clinton leads Bernie Sanders by 59% to 19%. On July 18 after McCain calls Trump's Ariz. followers "crazies", causing him to call McCain a "dummy", Donald Trump tees off on Ariz. Repub. Sen. John McCain, with the soundbytes "He's not a war hero. He's a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren't captured", mocking him for graduating at the bottom of his class at the U.S. Naval Academy and calling him a "loser" for failing in the 2008 U.S. pres. race, pissing-off Repubs., with former Tex. Gov. Rick Perry calling Trump "unfit to be commander-in-chief", and 2012 Repub. pres. nominee Mitt Romney tweeting: "The difference between @SenJohnMcCain and @realDonaldTrump: Trump shot himself down""; on July 20 after Trump refuses to apologize to him, McCain replies that Trump doesn't owe an apology to him, but "to the families of those who have sacrificed in conflict and those who've undergone the prison experience in certain countries". On July 20 a Washington Post-ABC New Poll shows Trump favored by 24% of Repubs. and Repub.-leaning independents, leading the Repub. nomination race, with Wisc. Gov. Scott Walker at 13% and former Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush at 12%, while if he runs as an independent he will lose with 20% vs. 46% for Hillary Clinton and 30% for Jeb Bush, taking more support from Bush, who would only be behind by 50% to 44% in a head-to-head with Hillary; on July 22 Trump gives an interview to The Hill, saying that he "absolutely" would launch a third-party run for the White House if treated unfairly by the Repub. Nat. Committee, saying "They were always supportive when I was a contributor. I was their fair-haired boy." On July 23 Donald Trump visits the U.S.-Mexico border at Laredo, Tex., refusing requests to apologize for claiming that many who have crossed the border illegally are rapists, saying "They weren't insulted because the press misinterprets my words", reiterating his call for a border wall, throwing hints out about "merit system", adding "The first thing we do is take the bad ones of which there are unfortunately quite a few, we take the bad ones and get 'em the hell out"; MSNBC-Telemundo anchor Jose Diaz Balart tells him: "Many feel that what you said, when you said that people that cross the border are rapists and murderers...", which Trump cuts off, responding: "No, no, we're talking about illegal immigration and everybody understands it. And you know what? That's a typical case of the press with misinterpretation. They take half a sentence, then they take a quarter of a sentence. They put it all together. It's a typical thing. You're with Telemundo and Telemundo should be ashamed", at which the crowd cheers approval; the Nat. Border Patrol Council Local 2455 Executive Board pulls out of a planned meeting with him at the airport; Trump answers more questions about a possible third party run, saying "I am a Republican. I'm a conservative. I want to run as a Republican. The best way to win is for me to get the nomination"; meanwhile former Tex. gov. Rick Perry (2% in the polls) calls a Trump "small-minded... a divisive figure... propelled by anger... appealing to the worse instincts in the human condition, a barking carnival act that can best be described as Trumpism, a toxic mix of demagoguery and mean-spiritedness and nonsense that will lead the Republican Party to perdition if pursued. Let no one be mistaken. Donald Trump's candidacy is a cancer on conservatism that must be diagnosed, excised, and discarded." On July 24 conservative pundit Ann Coulter announces her support for Trump, saying that he can win the White House by continuing to tap into the electorate's anger over the broken U.S. immigration system, either as a Repub. or a third party candidate, pointing to H. Ross Perot, whom she calls "really funny looking", and whose entry into the pres. race she claims came when Repub. Pres. George H.W. Bush lied to the people about not raising taxes, saying "It has been another 20 years of lies from the Republicans, so Trump is a way more attractive candidate." On July 28 acting deputy DEA admin. Jack Riley testifies before Congress, backing up Donald Trump's comments about Mexico sending criminals over the border, saying that the Mexican drug cartels are doing "tremendous harm to our communities". On July 28 Trump issues a Tweet: "While I'm beating my opponents in the polls, I'm also beating lobbyists, special interests & donors that are supporting them with billions", referring especially to ex-Fla. gov. Jeb Bush. On July 28 billionaire Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban praises Donald Trump, with the soundbytes: "I have to honestly say he is probably the best thing to happen to politics in a long, long time. I don't care what his actual positions are. I don't care if he says the wrong thing. He says what's on his mind. He gives honest answers rather than prepared answers"; "Smart people who didn't live perfect lives could never run. Smart people who didn't want their families put under the media spotlight wouldn't run. The Donald is changing all that. He has changed the game and for that he deserves a lot of credit. Now maybe we will accept candidates warts and all and look at what they do rather than what headlines they create. Congrats Donald." On July 31 U.S. Roman Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan pub. an op-ed in the New York Daily News, blasting Donald Trump as a "nativist", with the soundbyte that he's reviving "an organized, white, Protestant antagonism towards the Catholic immigrant", asking himself rhetorically, "Who could ever believe now that immigrants are dirty, drunken, irresponsible, dangerous threats to clean, white, Protestant, Anglo-Saxon America?... I wish I were in the college classroom again, so I could roll out my 'Trump card' to show the students that I was right. Nativism is alive, well - and apparently popular!"
On Aug. 6, 2015 (night) Fox News holds a 2-hour GOP Pres. Candidate Debate in Cleveland, Ohio (viewed by 24M households, a 16.0 rating, biggest cable TV audience ever) with the top 10 contenders, led by Donald Trump, of whom Ohio Gov. John Kasich says: "People are frustrated, they're fed up, they don't think the government's working for them. People who want to tune him out are making a mistake"; Trump refuses to rule out running as an independent, scaring Repubs.; moderator Megyn Kelly grills him with her toughest question: "You've called women you don't like fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals. Does that sound to you like the temperament of a man we should elect as president?", to which he replies: "Only Rosie O'Donnell", drawing cheers, adding: "The big problem this country has is being politically correct. I've been challenged by so many people and I don't frankly have time for total political correctness and to be honest with you this country doesn't have time either", causing the adoring crowd to go wild; after fielding questions about his bankruptcies (he used the laws to his own maximum advantage like any smart businessman), the Mexican border and how the Mexican gov. is sending criminals over the border (because U.S. leaders are "stupid"), his past support of single-payer health care (which he claims works well in Canada and Scotland), abortion (he now is against it), and past campaign donations to Hillary Clinton (who paid him back by attending his wedding, along with other politicians he donated to, showing how they can be bought but he can't), he utters the soundbyte: "The questions to me were not nice. They were inappropriate. But you know what? The answers were good, obviously, because everyone thinks I won"; too bad, Trump on Aug. 7 he gives an interview to CNN, with the soundbyte about Megyn Kelly: "You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever", pissing-off the PC police, who have dirty minds, causing er, RedState leader Erick Erickson (1975-) to disinvite him and invite her, calling it "a bridge too far", causing Trump on Aug. 8 to comment "I think only a degenerate would think that I would have meant that"; the incident causes his adviser Roger Stone to leave; her past appearance on Howard Stern where she discusses her hubby's penis size proves that she's the degenerate?; speaking of degenerate, Erickson told Tex. women to "go get some coat hangers", and called a Supreme Court justice a "goat-fucking child molester"; on Aug. 10 Hillary Clinton utters the soundbyte: "What Donald Trump said about Megyn Kelly is outrageous", saying his contributions didn't make her attend his wedding, but the fact that "it is always entertaining" - duh, he said you could SEE blood coming out of wherever, excluding her you know what, and didn't even hint at you know what, hence her critics have stamped the word DUMBASS on their foreheads by putting words in his mouth that only show their filthy minds, and trying to use it for their own personal advancement, disqualifying themselves from public office? On Aug. 16 Donald Trump releases a Position Paper on Immigration, proposing a 3-pronged plan to combat illegal immigration and reform the system, incl. making Mexico pay for a border wall, ending birthright citizenship, implementing a nationwide e-verify system, defunding sanctuary cities, criminalizing visa overstays, and making use of tariffs and foreign aid cuts, with the soundbyte: "In short, the Mexican government has taken the United States to the cleaners. They are responsible for this problem, and they must help pay to clean it up"; on Aug. 16 Ann Coulter calls it "the greatest political document since the Magna Carta", adding that she doesn't care if Trump "wants to perform abortions in the White House after this immigration policy paper." On Aug. 18 Glenn Beck issues a Facebook post dissing Donald Trump for only going to church on Christmas and Easter, adding that "the First Lady would be the first to have posed nude in lesbian porno shots." On Aug. 19 (eve.) Donald Trump hosts a town hall meeting in N.H., where he promises to build his Trump Wall "first thing" and make Mexico pay for it, with the soundbyte: "I'm talking about a wall. See that ceiling up there? A little higher. You do a beautiful, nice, pre-cast plank with beautiful everything, just perfect... I want it to be so beautiful, because maybe some day they're going to call it the Trump Wall, maybe. So I have to make sure it's beautiful, right? I' ll be very proud of that wall. If they call it the Trump Wall, it has to be beautiful"; "Here's what is happening. A woman is going to have a baby. They wait on the border. Just before the baby, they come over to the border. They have the baby in the United States. We now take care of that baby. Social Security, Medicare, education. Give me a break. It doesn't work that way. The parents have to come in legally"; he then exhorts Pres. Obama and secy. of state John Kerry to read his book "The Art of the Deal", urging them "Quickly, quickly, quickly." On Aug. 21 (eve.) Donald Trump speaks before 40K att he Ladd Peebles Stadium in "Redneck Riviera" (Chris Matthews) Mobile, Ala., wowing the crowd sans TelePrompter and notes. On Aug. 24 radio shock jock Howard Stern predicts that Donald Trump will win the Repub. pres. nomination, because voters "like the idea of a successful businessman running the country who might actually be able to get shit done"; "I'll tell you why I think he's going to be the nominee. He's proven that no matter what he says, people dig him"; "But the problem with it is, and Donald Trump will find this, being the president isn't like being the president of a corporation. You still got to go through Congress for everything you want to do. And that's the tough part. You've got to be one who can consolidate on both sides of the aisle, some sort of coalition. And it's very difficult." On Aug. 25 Donald Trump holds a rally in Dubuque, Iowa, saying that TelePrompters should be banned for Obama, er, U.S. pres. candidates; in the press conference he orders Univision-Fusion anchor Jorge Ramos expelled after he tries to speak out of order; he is later readmitted and allowed to ask questions. On Aug. 27 a Quinnipiac Poll finds that U.S. voters classify Trump with the top words "arrogant, blowhard, idiot, businessman, clown, honest, ego, money", Hillary Clinton with the words "liar, dishonest, untrustworthy, experience, strong, Bill, woman, smart, crook", and Jeb Bush with "family, honest, weak, brother, dynasty, experience". On Aug. 29 Trump gives an I Love the Tea Party Speech in Nashville, Tenn.
On Sept. 2, 2015 Donald Trump disses Jeb Bush (who has a Mexican wife) for speaking Spanish in an address, with the soundbyte: "He should really set the example by speaking English while in the United States", pissing-off La Raza spokesperson Lisa Navarrette, who utters the soundbyte: "Every time Donald Trump opens his mouth he widens the gulf between the Republican Party and Latino voters. Today is no exception." - why did she say this in English? On Sept. 3 Donald Trump patches things up with Repub. Nat. Committee chmn. Reince Priebus by signing a loyalty pledge to the GOP, ruling-out a third party run; too bad, he later grants an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, exposing his ignorance of basic foreign policy facts incl. the difference between Hamas and Hezbollah, Quds and Kurds, Hassan Nasrallah (Hezbollah), Ayman al-Zawahiri (al-Qaida), Abu Mohammed al-Juliani (al-Nusra Front), and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (ISIS), answering the direct question "Do you know the players without a scorecard yet, Donald Trump?" with the smug reply: "No, you know, I'll tell you honestly, I think by the time we get to office, they'll all be changed... You know, those are like history questions. Do you know this one, do you know that one" - the difference between a man who spent his life making money, and one who spent his life gaining knowledge, like TLW? On Sept. 4 a ABC/Washington Post Poll reveals that less than 50% of Americans have a favorable opinion of Hillary Clinton, and 41% have a favorable rating, lowest in two decades; meanwhile a Survey USA Poll reveals that Donald Trump would defeat Hillary Clinton in a head-to-head matchup by 45% to 40%, which incl. 25% of the black vote. On Sept. 9 Donald Trump gives an interview to Rolling Stone mag., in which he utters the soundbyte about opponent Carly Fiorina: "Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president? I Mean, she's a woman, and I'm not supposed to say bad things, but realy folks, come on, are we serious?", causing the PC police to come out and go at him again, to which he responds that he was only talking about her "persona" - he meant imagine that face over his gold-plated zipper giving him a beejay? On Sept. 10 La. Repub. Gov. Bobby Jindal gives a speech at the Nat. Press Club in Washington, D.C., uttering the soundbyte about Donald Trump: "He is shallow. There is no substance. He doesn't know anything about policy. He has no idea what he is talking about. He makes it up on on the fly", adding: "Donald Trump's never read the Bible... [because] he's not in the Bible", causing Trump to reply: "I only respond to people that register more than 1% in the polls. I never thought he had a chance and I've been proven right." On Sept. 16 the 2nd GOP Candidate Debate between 11 candidates at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif. gives them all a chance to look good, esp. Carly Fiorina, who tasks Donald Trump for his remarks about her face, with her soundbyte "I think women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said", causing him to blushingly reply: "I think she's got a beautiful face, and I think she's a beautiful woman." On Sept. 17 Donald Trump gives a speech at a town hall meeting in Rochester, N.H., after which the first question is what he will do about Muslims amd their jihadist training camps in the U.S., calling Pres. Obama a Muslim, to which Trump responds "We need this question", and "A lot of people are saying that bad things are happening. We're going to be looking that and many other things", pissing-off the PC media, which disses him for "Islamophobia", with Bernie Sanders tweeting that he must apologize, and Hillary Clinton tweeting: "Donald Trump not denouncing false statements about POTUS & hateful rhetoric about Muslims is disturbing, & just plain wrong. Cut it out"; on Sept. 19 Trump responds that it's not his obligation to defend Imam, er, Pres. Obama. On Sept. 20 (Sun.) Repub. pres. candidate Ben Carson gives an interview to Chuck Todd on Meet the Press, uttering the soundbyte that no Muslim should be U.S. pres. because Islam is an ideology that's incompatible with the U.S. Constitution, bringing out the PC press prodded by insidious Muslim Brotherhood front CAIR, then granting an interview to The Hill, with the soundbyte that whoever takes the White House should be "sworn in on a stack of Bibles, not a Quran", making him more popular with non-Muslims?; meanwhile on Sept. 19 Donald Trump says "I love the Muslims. I think they're great people.", clarifying "We do have a problem with radical Muslims, there's no question about that." On Sept. 24 after things aren't going well for him, Fla. Repub. Sen. Marco Rubio utters the soundbyte about opponent Donald Trump that he is "insecure", lashes out at opponents when things aren't going well for him, and "can't have more than a 10-second soundbyte on any key issue."
On Oct. 3, 2015 (Sat.) as she sags in the polls, Hillary Clinton appears in a comedy skit on Saturday Night Live in an attempt to prove she's not a robot; meanwhile a fake Donald and Melania Trump appear in another comedy skit. On Oct. 18 Donald Trump gives an interview to Fox News Sunday, explaining why he dissed Pres. George W. Bush for 9/11, saying that if he had been president back then his tough immigration policies wouldn't have allowed raghead foreign Muslims to run around loose planning jihadist attacks in the first place, causing brother Jeb Bush to attack him and lamely defend his brudder as if it's personal not politics; too bad, Jeb had earlier admitted that "leaky" immigration led to 9/11; after the interview Chris Wallace utters the soundbyte: “All of us dismissed Trump early on. A summer fling, momentary amusement. As I watch that interview and I heard what he had to say about the country and about trade and about losing and just the sheer force of his personality, I am beginning to believe he could be elected president of the United States." On Oct. 20 "All in the Family" producer Norman Lear gives an interview to Jeanne Wolf's Hollywood Blog, saying that Donald Trump's popularity represents Americans giving the establishment political class a "middle finger".
On Nov. 22, 2015 (Sun.) (Who Killed Kennedy Day) Donald Trump gives an interview to George Stephanopoulos of ABC News, refusing to rule out a Muslim database, with the soundbyte: “When the Syrian refugees are going to star pouring into this country, we don't' know if they're ISIS, we don't know if they're a Trojan Horse. “I want to see a database and other checks and balances. We want to go with watch lists, we want to go with databases, and we have no choice", doubling down on his call for monitoring mosques, saying that critics Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton are "weak persons"; too bad, Trump sticks his foot in his mouth with the claim that "thousands and thousands" of Muslim cheered the 9/11 attacks in Jersey City, N.J., causing the Washington Post to call him on it; later some N.J. residents back Trump up with personal anecdotes; he confused Palestinians celebrating on the streets in West Bank, Israel with New Joisey Arabs? On Nov. 23 (night) Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio, with the soundbyte that he supports waterboarding of terrorists "even if it doesn't work, they deserve it anyway for what they're doing to us."
On Dec. 7, 2015 (Pearl Harbor Day) Donald Trump calls for a ban on all Muslims entering the U.S. , with the soundbyte: "Our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life", pissing-off the PC police (who can't stand to hear the truth?), causing White House press secy. Josh Enrnest on Dec. 8 to ridicule Trump for his "fake hair" and compare him to a "carnival barker", saying "What Donald Trump said yesterday disqualifies him from serving as president.", adding "The Trump campaign for months now has had a dustbin-of-history quality to it", claiming that his proposal would violate his oath of office to defend the U.S. Constitution; 'meanwhile on Dec. 7 U.S. Homeland Security secy. Jeh Johnson gets busy kissing Muslim butt at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society Center in Sterling, Va., asking Muslims to betray Allah and report fellow Muslims suspected of going jihadist,m while a massive petition drive in Britain to ban him from entering gains 360K signatures in 24 hours before being killed by the govt.; meanwhile another petition drive to close the borders of the U.K. until ISIS is defeated gains 450+ signatures since Nov. 28; it's a basic absolute power of the U.S. Congress to bar entry of persons they deem a threat to nat. security, with the Bill of Rights being irrelevant for foreign nationals outside U.S. borders, so the blizzard of so-called scholars in the PC media sanctimoniously pronouncing Trump's plan as unconstitutional are full of moose hockey? On Dec. 10 Donald Trump announces his intention of signing an executive order mandating the death penalty for cop killers. On Dec. 15 (eve.) after Repubs. begin accepting Trump's proposed ban on Muslim entry to the U.S., the Fifth 2015 Repub. Debate on CNN is a V for frontrunner Donald Trump after his opponents barely lay a glove on him; Trump surprises by claiming that he's made-up with the Repub. Party and isn't planning a third party run, and will avoid a brokered convention by a clear majority of delegates from the primaries. On Dec. 17 Russian pres. Vladimir Putin praises Donald Trump, calling him "a bright and talented person without any doubt", and an "outstanding and talented personality", calling him "the absolute leader of the presidential race"; Trump replies: "It is always a great honor to be so nicely complimented by a man so highly respected within his own country and beyond. I have always felt that Russia and the United States should be able to work well with each other towards defeating terrorism and restoring world peace, not to mention trade and all of the other benefits derived from mutual respect." On Dec. 19 (night) the 3rd 2015 Dem. Pres. Debate at St. Anselm College in N.H., hosted by ABC News is a big bore, with Bernie Sanders uttering the soundbyte: "I'm running because we need to address the planetary crisis of climate change", and Hillary Clinton claiming that Donald Trump's insulting of Muslims helps ISIS recruit radical jihadists, which he later calls for her to apologize for, and she refuses. On Dec. 21 leaders of Am. Muslim orgs. incl. CAIR, the Am. Muslim Alliance et al. threaten Donald Trump et al. at the Nat. Press Club, with the impotent soundbyte: "Let it be heard, and clear, to all political candidates, be it Donald Trump or whoever else, that indeed, if you engage in Islamophobia, if you engage in demagoguery and bigotry, you will pay a political price because we're going to register our people and we're going to use our ballot and we/re going to 'take our souls to the polls' and make sure you are out of there." On Dec. 21 Donald Trump makes a campaign stop in Mich., where he pisses-off the PC police by using the word "schlonged" with reference to Hillary Clinton's defeat by Pres. Obama.
On Jan. 2, 2016 Saudi Arabia executes 47 alleged terrorists, incl. Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, drawing condemnation from the U.S. and EU, pissing-off Iran and causing protesters to set ransack and set fire to the Saudi embassy in Tehran, after which on Jan. 3 Shoddy, er, Saudi Arabia cuts diplomatic ties with Iran, followed on Jan. 4 by Bahrain, UAE, and Sudan; Donald Trump utters the soundbyte: "One thing I see out there just happened today in Tehran. They're burning down the Saudi embassy, you see that? Now what that is, is Iran wants to take over Saudi Arabia. They already have. They want the oil, okay? They've always wanted that"; Trump also accuses Pres. Obama and Hillary Clinton of creating ISIS. On Jan. 8 Am. Muslim flight attendant Rose Hamid (1959-) (wearing a t-shirt saying "Salam, I come in peace") is ejected from a Donald Trump rally in Rock Hill, S.C. after standing up to protest Trump's views that Syrian refugees might be ISIS recruits, with the soundbyte: "There is hatred against us that is unbelievable. It's their hatred, it's not our hatred", to which she responds: "I figured that most Trump supporters probably never met a Muslim so I figured that I'd give them the opportunity to meet one... The ugliness really came out fast and that's really scary". Meanwhile the same day Philly police officer Jesse Hartnett (1982-) is shot 11x in his car on the street with a stolen police revolver by Am. Muslim Edward Archer (1985-), who tells police that "he pledges his allegiance to Islamic State, follows Allah, and that is the reason he was called upon to do that", namely, "He believed that the police defend laws that are contrary to the teachings of the Quran", which doesn't stop Philly mayor Jim Kenney from uttering the clueless soundbyte about the shooting: "It's terrible and it does not represent the religion [of Islam] in any way shape or form or any of its teachings". On Jan. 14 CNN reveals that Ted Cuz failed to disclose hundreds of thousands of dollars in Wall St. bank loans during his 2012 Senate campaign, incl. $1.43M from Goldman Sachs and $500K from Citibank, causing Donald Trump to claim that this proves that they own him; too bad, his own disclosure form shows him indebted to several Wall St. banks for way bigger bucks. On Jan. 14 (eve.) the 6th Repub. Pres. Debate in Charleston, N.C., aired by Fox Business Channel is a V for Donald Trump, who edges Ted Cruz by invoking 9/11 to defend Cruz's slamming of Trump's "New York values"; Cruz tries a little too hard to defend his elibility to run for U.S. pres. despite being born in Canada by reminding Trump that his mother was born in Scotland, even though Trump was born in er, New York. On Jan. 18 the British Parliament debates a petition signed by 500K to ban Donald Trump from entering the country, but doesn't go through with it for fear of turning him into a martyr (losing Trump's planned $1B investment there?); meanwhile Moral Majority leader Jerry Falwell Jr. endorses Trump at a campaign speech at Liberty U. in Lynchburg, Va., where he vows to "protect Christianity", giving him a boost with evangelicals. On Jan. 19 Sarah Palin endorses Donald Trump for pres. in a speech at Iowa State U. in Ames, with the soundbyte: "Are you ready to make America great again?"; "No more pussyfooting around. Our troops deserve the best, you deserve the best"; "You ready for a commander in chief who will let our warriors do their job and kick ISIS' ass?" On Jan. 21 (night) conservative journal Nat. Review pub. a Special Issue on Donald Trump, with essays by 22 conservative thinkers incl. Glenn Beck, Brent Bozell, Thomas Sowell, Cal Thomas, Edwin Meese, Michael Mukasey, Andrew c. McCarthy et al., who call him "a menace to American conservatism who would take the work of generations and trample it underfoot in behalf of a populism as heedless and crude as The Donald himself"; Trump responds that the Nat. Review is a "dying paper". On Jan. 23 Donald Trump is endorsed by the Nat. Black Repub. Assoc., and utters the soundbyte that he's so impervious to his rivals that he could stand on New York City's Fifth Ave. "and shoot somebody" and still not lose voters. On Jan. 26 (eve.) after they refuse to dump host Megyn Kelly and hire anti-Trump Muslim spokesman Nabela Noor, Donald Trump announces that he won't participate in the Fox News debate set for Jan. 27, with the soundbytes: "What's wrong over there, something's wrong", and "They can't toy with me like they toy with everybody else. Now let's see how many people watch", causing Fox News to respond that Trump'a campaign mgr. Corey Lewandoski made "threats" and "terrorizations", but then turns around and says that Trump is still welcome; meanwhile Ted Cruz offers to debate him one-on-one; meanwhile on Jan. 26 Megyn Kelly hosts leftist filmmaker Michael Moore, who utters the soundbyte; "You asked a great question, by the way. The war on women. God bless you, Megyn Kelly"; Kelly utters the soundbyte: that she "made him run, shut him down." On Jan. 28 (eve.) the 8th 2016 Repub. Pres. Debate on Fox News, snubbed by Donald Trump gets 12.5M viewers; meanwhile Trump holds a rally for veterans across town 2 mi. away, claiming to raise $6M; opponsnets Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee attend. In Jan. Hollyweird celebs Jane Fonda, Rosie O'Donnell et al. found Dump Trump, dissing Trump for "inciting hatred against Muslims, immigrants, women, the disabled", "unleasing a lynch mob mentality", and "bullying and fear-mongerng", with the soundbyte: "We pledge ourselves to speak out in every way possible against the politics of hate and exclusion he represents" - the Muslims already beat Trump to it?
On Feb. 1, 2016 (Mon.) after Donald Trump disses Canadian-born Ted Cruz as an "anchor baby" who's ineligible to be pres., then steps on his own trunk by saying that as president he'll work with Dems., the 2016 Iowa Primary is a push for Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, with Hillary edging him out by a fraction of 1 point; Ted Cruz (28%) wins the Repub. race (first Latino to win a primary), with Donald Trump (24%) coming in er, #2, and Marco Rubio (23%) 3rd; Hillary claims a V before the vote is counted, relieving a meltdown as the primary approached?; Chris Christie comes in 10th, and says that Rubio is "the boy in the bubble"; Martin O'Malley, Mike Huckabee, and Rand Paul soon drop out of the pres. race; on Feb. Trump accuses Cruz of voter fraud by misleading voters that Ben Carson is dropping out, calling for a new election. On Feb. 3 former Dem. pres. Jimmy Carter visits the British Parliament, uttering the soundbyte that he's rather have Donald Trump win the White House than Ted Cruz, because "Trump has proven already that he's completely malleable. I don't think he has any fixed opinions that he would really go to the White House and fight for", giving Cruz some campaign fodder to use against Trump, while giving the Repub. Party cannon fodder against Cruz to portray him as an inflexible doctrinaire Dr. Strangelove. On Feb. 7 (Sun.) Donald Trump gives an interview to George Stephanopoulos on ABC-TV's "This Week", repeating his call for the waterboarding of terrorists, with the soundbyte: "I would approve waterboarding, and if you go beyond it, I'm okay with that." On Feb. 8 a supporter at a Donald Trump rally calls Ted Cruz a "pussy", giving Trump a green light to repeat the word over and over in mock disapproval, pissing-off low energy opponent Jeb Bush, who utters the soundbyte: "I think how you lead your life as a president is as important as the five-point plan you have to deal with whatever subject it is, and restoring decency back to the public life." On Feb. 9 the 2016 N.H. Pres. Primary sees a record Repub. voter turnout with 263K, vs. 231K Dems, with 15% first-timers, most voting for Trump or Sanders; Donald Trump wins the Repub. vote with 35%, vs. 16% for John Kasich, 12% for Ted Cruz, 11% for Jeb Bush, 11% for Marco Rubio, and 7% for Chris Christie; Bernie Sanders wins the Dem. vote with 60%, vs. 38% for Hillary Clinton. On Feb. 9 Donald Trump gives an interview to MSNBC, uttering the soundbyte that the U.S.-Mexico Border Wall will cost "probably $8 billion, which is a tiny fraction of the money that we lose with Mexico"; adding: "So it's $8 billion, and what we're doing is we have 2,000 miles, right? 2,000 miles. It's long, but it's not 13,000 miles like they have in China. And of the 2,000, we don't need 2,000, we need a thousand because of natural barriers, etcetera, etcetera, and I'm taking a price per square foot and a price per square mile, and it's a very simple calculation", adding it will have "big, beautiful doors to allow people to come into the country"; after Trump keeps emphasizing that Mexico will pay for it, former Mexican pres. Vicente Fox tells CNBC that the Mexican people won't pay a single cent for Trump's "fucking wall"", calling him "ignorant... crazy... egocentric... nasty... false prophet", causing Trump to utter the soundbyte: "I heard he said that we will not pay. Guess what? The wall just got higher"; on May 5 after Trump clears the road to the Repub. nomation, Vicente Fox apologizes, inviting Trump to come to Mexico to see the border from their side. On Feb. 13 (eve.) the 9th Repub. Pres. Debate in Greenville, S.C., aired by CBS News and hosted by John Dickerson sees Donald Trump task Jeb Bush for his brother's mistakes with al-Qaida, with Jeb uttering the soundbyte: "My brother helped keep America safe", and Trump countering with the soundbyte: "The World Trade Center came down during your brother's reign." On Feb. 16 Pres. Obama disses the entire GOP pres. candidate field, singling out Donald Trump and public hoping that he won't become pres., with the soundbyte: "He may up the ante in anti-Muslim sentiment, buf if you look at what the other Republicans have said, that's pretty troubling too", going after Marco Rubio for abandoning his immigration bill, and blasting them all for denying climate change; Trump responds "He's done such a lousy job as president." On Feb. 17 Pope Francis visits the U.S.-Mexico border town of Juarez, Mexico, dissing U.S. immigration policy, capitalism, etc., walking up a ramp covered with flowers towards a cross "erected... in memory of migrants who have perished trying to reach the United States just a stone's throw away", uttering the soundbyte: "The flow of capital cannot decide the flow of people"; on Feb. 18 Pope Francis disses Donald Trump, uttering the soundbyte "A person who thinks only about building walls, whatever they may be, and not of building bridges is not Christian", causing Trump to respond that it's "disgraceful" to question a person's religion (except when he does it?), and that when ISIS comes for him he will wish that he was U.S. pres.; meanwhile since 846 the Vatican has been surrounded by high walls to keep out Muslims. On Feb. 19 Donald Trump calls for a boycott of Apple Inc. until it unlocks the cellphone of one of the San Bernardino jihadists, Syed Rizwan; Apple stands its ground on privacy principles; Libertarian Party pres. candidate John McAfee pub. an op-ed. supporting Apple, and offers to decrypt the phone for free so they don't have to put a back door into their products. On Feb. 20 the 2016 Nev. Dem. Caucus is a V for Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders by 52%-47%; the 2016 S.C. Repub. Primary is a V for Donald Trump over Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. On Feb. 23 the 2016 Nevada Repub. Caucus is a big V for Donald Trump with 45.9%, vs. 23.9% for Marco Rubio, and 21.4% for Ted Cruz; Ben Carson gets only 4.8% despite his soundbyte that Pres. Obama was raised by whites like a white, and he'd be the real first African-Am. U.S. pres. On Feb. 26 N.J. gov. Chris Christie endorses Donald Trump for U.S. pres., dissing Marco Rubio as a junior senator that Hillary could "run around the block", and praising Turump as the best person to defeat her. On Feb. 28 U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions endorses Donald Trump, with the soundbyte: "We need to make America great again", becoming a big blow to Ted Cruz; meanwhile Trump comes under fire for declining to disavow ex-KKK leader David Duke, who called him "by far the best candidate".
On Mar. 1, 2016 2016 Super Tuesday is a big V for Hillary Clinton, who wins Ala., Ark., Ga., Mass., Tenn., Tex, and Va., and Donald Trump, who wins Ala., Ark., Ga., Mass., Tenn., and Vt.; Ted Cruz wins Tex., Okla., and Alaska (despite Sarah Palin endorsing Trump), keeping his campaign alive; Bernie Sanders wins Colo., Minn., Okla., and Vt.; Marco Rubio wins only Minn.; John Kasich stays alive with 2nd place finishes in several states; Cruz calls on the other candidates to drop out and join him to take on Trump; Ben Carson drops out of the next debate, and out of the race by Mar. 5; CIA dir. John O. Brennan freaks and launches an anti-Trump spying operation, going on to involve other intel agencies incl. the FBI. On Mar. 3 Repub. pres. loser Mitt Romney attacks Donald Trump in a speech in Mormonland Utah, calling him "a phony, a fraud", warning that a Trump presidency could lead the U.S. into a dark abyss, urging Repubs. to rally around another candidate; meanwhile Trump beats him to the punch with an anti-Romney ad, followed by speech at a rally in Maine, where he calls Romney "a choke artist" and a "disaster" who "was begging" for his endorsement in 2012, and is too chicken to run against him now; in 2012 Romney uttered the soundbyte: "Donald Trump has shown an extraordinary ability to understand how our economy works, to create jobs for the American people. He's done it here in Nevada. He's done it across the country"; in the evening the 11th 2016 Repub. Pres. Debate sees Trump's opponents come out er, swinging, with Marco Rubio previously uttering the soundbyte: "You know what they say about men with small hands - you can't trust 'em", to which Trump replies: "He referred to my hands. If they are small, something else must be small. I guarantee you, there's no problem"; at the end they grudgingly admit that they'd support him if nominated because he's at least better than Hillary; meanwhile Repub. nat. security leaders release an open letter blasting Trump, claiming that "as president, he would use the authority of his office to act in ways that make America less safe, and which would diminish our standing in the world." On Mar. 6 (Sun.) Donald Trump grants an interview to CBS-TV's "Face the Nation", responding to a question on his postiion on torture of Islamic savages with the soundbyte: "We have to beat the savages. You have to play the game the way they're playing the game", adding that ISIS savages are chopping off heads and drowning prisoners in cages; "We have an enemy that doesn't play by the laws. You could say laws, and they're laughing, they're laughing at us right now." On Mar. 7 after polls show Roman Catholic support, a group of Roman Catholic leaders pub. an article in Nat. Review urging "our fellow Catholics and all our fellow citizens to reject" Donald Trump's candidacy. On Mar. 8 Donald Trump gives a speech in Jupiter, Fla., then takes questions, after which reporter Michelle Fields ignores orders from Secret Service agents not to get too close to Trump, and his bodyguard Corey Lewandowski pulls her away, after which the police dept. charges him with battery because she has a bruise on her arm - meanwhile if a pig guns an innocent man down in broad daylight, he's not charged with a speck of dust? On Mar. 9 Donald Trump gives an interview to Anderson Cooper of CNN, uttering the non-PC soundbyte: "Islam hates us... there's a tremendous amount of hatred there", replying to Cooper's question if he thinks the hatred comes from Islam itself with the soundbyte: "You're gonna have to figure that out, okay? We have to be very vigilant. We have to be very careful, and we can't allow people coming into this county who have this hatred of the United States"; he adds that Pres. Bush's invasion of Iraq was the "worst decision in the history of the United States"; on Apr. 8 Trump hires veteran political lobbyist Paul J. Manafort (1949-) as his convention mgr. On Mar. 10 after 78-y.-o. Trump supporter John McGraw (1936-) is arrested for sucker-punching black protester Rakeem Jones earlier in the day, and Trump's mgr. Corey Lewandowski manhandles young female Breitbart News reporter Michelle Fields (who later resigns after her site backs Trump), the 12th Repub. pres. debate in Miami, Fla., hosted by the Washington Times sees Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz get nice with Trump, who uses the photo opp to woo the remaining Repub. voters. On Mar. 11 violence by protesters pro and con causes a Donald Trump rally at the U. of Ill. in Chicago, Ill. to be cancelled; on Mar. 12 at a Trump rally in Dayton, Ohio protester Tommy DiMassimo rushes the stage; he previously staged protests where he stood on the U.S. flag; the mobs are the work of insidious billionaire George Soros?; meanwhile Charles Evers, brothers of civil rights legend Medgar Evans endorses Trump, with the soundbytes that he's "the best candidate", those obsessed with the KKK past have to "stop living in the past", and "I believe in him first of all because he's a businessman. I think jobs are badly needed in Mississippi"; on Mar. 13 Trump blames Bernie Sanders' supporters for inciting protests at his rallies, vowing to send his own supporters to his events, defending his rallies by saying there have been "zero" injuries so far. On Mar. 15 the Second Super Tuesday sees Donald Trump trounce Marco Rubio in his home state of Fla., causing him to drop out of the race; Trump also wins Ill. and N.C., and ties with Cruz in Mo.; too bad, favorite son John Kasich wins Ohio; Hillary Clinton wins Fla., Ohio, and N.C.; after his big win, on Mar. 16 Trump announces that he won't engage in any more debates; about this time the Clinton campaign hooks up with Fusion GPS via its law firm Perkins Cole to do opposition research on Trump, and in Apr. it hires Fusion GPS, with Perkins Coie partner Marc Elias as bagman; in June Fusion GPS hires former British intel officer Christopher Steele to investigate Trump's Russian ties, writing his first memo on June 20, alleging that Trump used hos during a 2013 visit to Moscow, allowing the Kremlin to blackmail him and collude with him, which turns out to be moose hockey, along with the entire Russiagate fake scandal; it later turns out that Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson and his wife Mary Jacoby really wrote the Steele Dossier, based on articles they wrote for the Wall Street Journal. On Mar. 19 protesters against Donald Trump block streets outside his rally site in Fountain Hills, Ariz.. On Mar. 20-22 the Am. Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. sees Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz et al. (not Bernie Sanders) give speeches, with Hillary uttering the soundbyte that "Tehran's fingerprings are on nearly every conflict across the Middle East", and "Iran remains an extremist regime that threatens to annhilate Israel", while supporting Obama's nuclear deal with Iran, and Cruz uttering the soundbyte that if he becomes pres. he will rip up Obama's nuclear deal with Iran "one day one", and not tolerate any Iranian ballistic missile tests: "Hear my words, Ayatollah Khomeini. If I am president and Iran launches a missile test, we will shoot that missile down." On Mar. 21 Mass. Dem. Sen. Elizabeth Warren begins tweeting against Donald Trump, calling him a "loser" whose "insecurities are on parade", comparing him to "many of history's worst authoritarians", criticizing him for racism, narcissism, and denigrating comments about women, calling him a "serious threat"; meanwhile Judge Jeanine Pirro utters the soundbyte: "Why would Republicans try to sabotage their own frontrunner and risk a Democrat winning the White House? I keep coming up with the same answer. The Republican establishment, elected officials and party leaders are in bed with the Democrats! If Hillary wins, nothing is lost for them, it's business as usual." On Mar. 22 (8:00 a.m.) coordinated ISIS suicide terror attacks at the Zaventem Nat. Airport and the key Maalbeek metro subway station near the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium killing 34 incl. 14 at the airport and injuring 187 in three explosions, causing heightened security throughout Europe while authorities shut Brussels down; Donald Trump supporters brag about his Jan. 27 interview with Maria Bartiromo of Fox Network, where he uttered the soundbyte: "There is something going on, Maria. Go to Brussels. Go to Paris. Go to different places. There is something going on and it's not good, where they want Sharia law, where they want this, where they want things that, you know, there has to be some assimilation. There is no assimilation. There is something bad going on"; Ted Cruz calls for an immediate halt of "refugees from countries with a significant al-Qaida or ISIS presence", and utters the soundbyte: "We need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized"; Hillary Clinton utters the soundbyte: "The last thing we need my friends are leaders who incite more fear." On Mar. 22 Donald Trump wins the Repub. primary in Ariz., while thanks mainly to Mitt Romney plus an endorsement by Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz wins in Utah; Hillary Clinton wins the Dem. primary in Ariz., while Bernie Sanders wins Utah and Idaho. On Mar. 22 Donald Trump and Ted Cruz begin a wife war, dumping on each other's wives then blaming the other for it; too bad, Cruz steals a line from Michael Douglas in the 1995 film "The American President"; after more mutual hate rhetoric, on Mar. 29 Cruz and Trump revoke their vows to support the eventual nominee of the Repub. Party. On Mar. 27 Donald Trump gives an interview to Jon Karl of ABC-TV, who asks him "You call yourself a counterpuncher. Would you be doing late night Twitter wars with world leaders who insulted you?", to which Trump replies: "Frankly, it's a great way of communicating... but I'm not going to be doing it it very much as president." On Mar. 29 U.S. Homeland security secy. Jeh Johnson gives an interview to MSNBC's "Morning Joe", claiming that Repub. campaign rhetoric about Obama's sacred cow Muslims has been "counterproductive"; meanwhile ex-CIA dir. Michael Hayden utters the soundbyte that Donald Trump's rhetoric has "already made Americans less safe" - which as good as admits that all Muslims are ticking time bombs liable to go jihadist when not bowed to enough? On Mar. 30 Donald Trump puts his foot in his mouth during an interview with Chris Matthews of MSNBC, who says "There has to be some form of punishment" for women who have abortions; after an outcry, he rephrases that the doctor should be punished, not the woman, then on Apr. 1 utters the soundbyte: "The laws are set now on abortion and that's the way they're going to remain until they're changed."
On Apr. 18, 2016 Hillary Clinton gives an interview to The Breakfast Club hip-hop radio show in New York City, uttering the soundbyte that Donald Trump is the "donkey of the decade". On Apr. 19 the New York Pres. Primary sees Donald Trump score a big V, with 60.5% of the vote, vs. 25.1% for John Kasich and 14.5% for Ted Cruz; Hillary Clinton defeats Bernie Sanders by 58%-42%. On Apr. 26 the Apr. 2016 Super Tues. Primary is a big V for Donald Trump, who wins Conn., Del., Md., Penn. and R.I.; Hillary Clinton wins Conn., Del., Md., and Penn., and Bernie Sanders wins R.I.; on Apr. 27 instead of dropping out, "Lyin'" Ted Cruz announces Carly Fiorina as his running mate; Trump utters the soundbyte: "Frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don't think she'd get 5 percent of the vote. The only thing she's got going is the women's card. And the beautiful thing is, women don't like her." On Apr. 27 Donald Trump delivers his Foreign Policy Speech at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., spelling out an America First approach, staying fuzzy but explaining "We must as a nation be more unpredictable"; meanwhile former House Speaker John Boehner gives an interview to David M. Kennedy of Stanford U., calling Ted Cruz "Lucifer in the flesh", saying "I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life", while claiming to be friends with Donald Trump, calling him a "texting buddy".
On May 3, 2016 (Tues.) after Trump begins crowing that he's his party's presumptive nominee, the 2016 Ind. Pres. Primary is a crushing V for Donald Trump by 53.2% to 36.7%, causing Ted Cruz to drop out of the race, and Trump to try and mend his fences with a glowing tribute; Bernie Sanders defeats Hillary Clinton 53.1% to 46.9%, allowing his campaign to keep flying on a wing and a prayer; on May 6 Bernie hints at being open to being Hillary's running mate. On May 6 1996 U.S. Repub. pres. nominee Bob Dole endorses Donald Trump for U.S. pres., calling him the party's best chance to win back the White House; meanwhile Pres. Obama disses Trump, with the soundbyte: "We are in serious times, and this is a really serious job. This is not entertainment. This is not a reality show. This is a contest for the presidency of the United States", claiming that his views will wither under "exacting standards and genuine scrutiny". On May 10 the W. Va. Pres. Primary is a V for Donald Trump (77% vs. 9% for Ted Cruz), and Bernie Sanders (51.4% vs. 35.8% for Hillary Clinton), keeping him in the race. On May 10 Donald Trump sends an email to Fla. gov. Rick Scott recommending Cuban-born Jose Izquierdo for a judgeship in Broward County, which is done on May 23: too bad, he has a record of supporting criminal immigrants, embarrassing Trump when it is exposed on Aug. 24. On May 16 Donald Trump gives an interview to Piers Morgan of ITV's "Good Morning Britain" about new London mayor Sadiq Khan, responding to the latter's comments that Trump is "stupid" with "Let's take an IQ test", then responding to PM David Cameron's remarks against him with: "I don't care. It looks like we're not going to have a very good relatinship.... Just keep in mind I do not forget." On May 17 the 2016 Ore. Repub. Primary is a V for Donald Trump with 63% vs 19% for John Kasic and 16% for Ted Cruz; meanwhile the PC blasts him for his old trick of pretending to be his own publicist, as if it matters whether he's personally on the other end of the phone blowing his own horn or paying somebody to do it for him; the 2016 Ore. Dem. Primary is a V for Bernie Sanders, with 53% vs. 47% for Hillary Clinton; the Ky. primary is a push, with 46.8% for Clinton and 46.3% for Sanders, a difference of 2K out of 400K votes. On May 19 Hillary Clinton slams future pres. Donald Trump as "divisive and dangerous", "unmoored", and not qualified to be U.S. pres. like she is :)
On June 2, 2016 Hillary Clinton gives a speech in San Diego, Calif. slamming rival Donald Trump, calling him "dangerously incoherent" and "unfit for office", accusing him of peddling "outright lies", with the soundbyte: "He is temperamentally unfit to hold an office that requires knowledge, stability and immense responsibility"; Trump fires back, with the soundbyte: "It was pathetic. It was so sad to watch. She was up there, supposed to be a foreign policy speech, it was a political speech, had nothing to do with foreign policy"; meanhile House Speaker Paul Ryan breaks and endorses Trump. On June 7 the 2016 Super Tues. Primary is a V for Donald Trump, who wins N.J., S.D., Mont., N.M., and Calif., breaking the Repub. primary vote record by 1.4M votes and reaching 1,536 delegates; Hillary Clinton splits the primaries with Bernie Sanders, winning Calif., N.J., N.M., and S.D., while Sanders wins N.D and Mont., giving her 2,184 pledged delegates vs. 1,804 for him, along with 571 superdelegates for Hillary and only 48 for Sanders. On June 12 (2:00 a.m.) Muslim shooter Omar Seddique Mateen (b. 1986) attacks the hot gay Pulse Orlando Nightclub in Orlando, Fla., killing 50 and injuring 53 of 300 before being killed by police, becoming the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history (until ?); ISIS claims credit, er, responsibility; Pres. Obama calls the mass shooting (#24 since he took office) "an act of terror and an act of hate", blaming the "assault rifle" (e.g., the NRA), and never mentioning radical Islam, causing Donald Trump to call him a "weak" leader who should be impeached, with the soundbyte: "If we do not get tough and smart real fast, we are not going to have a country anymore"- how long can Obama be pro-gay and pro-Muslim at the same time? On June 18 Donald Trump speaks at a rally at Mystere Theater on Treasure Island in Las Vegas, Nev.; British man Michael Steven Sandford attempts to grab a police officer's gun and shoot him, and on Sept. 13 is given two years in prison and deportation.
In summer 2016 in honor of the U.S. pres. campaign, Budweiser puts the label "America" in place of "Budweiser" on its beer, causing Donald Trump to take credit; meanwhile Spiteful Brewing Co. of Chicago, Ill. introduces Dumb Donald brand beer, Dock Street Brewing of Philly introduces a series of anti-Trump brands incl. Don't Let Your Friends Vote Drumpf, Short-Fingered Stout, and Drumple IPA, and 5 Rabbit Cerveceria of Chicago renames their leftover beer Chinga Tu Pelo (Sp. "Fuck your hair").
On July 2, 2016 Donald Trump retweets an anti-Hillary Clinton cartoon displaying the words "Most corrupt candidate ever" on a sheriff's badge, which Hillary supporters immediately claim is a Star of David to deflect attention, snookering even House Speaker Paul Ryan, who calls on Trump to "clean this up"; of course, Hillary isn't even Jewish. On July 5 Pres. Obama and Hillary Clinton campaign together for the first time in Charlotte, N.C., calling Hillary's bid a 3rd term for Obama; meanwhile FBI dir. James Comey announces that the FBI recommends no charges against Hillary in their airmail, er, email probe, despite her team being "extremely careless about how it handled her emails", pissing-off Repubs., with House Speaker Paul Ryan uttering the soundbyte that it "defies explanation", calling for the FBI to release the details of its investigations if they want voters to swallow the conclusions, and Donald Trump uttering the soundbyte that this proves that the "system is rigged"; Comey adds the revealing soundbyte: "To be clear, this is not to suggest that in similar circumstances, a person who engaged in this activity would face no consequences. To the contrary, those individuals are often subject to security or administrative sanctions. But that is not what we are deciding now"; meanwhile Romanian hacker Marcel Lazar Lehel AKA Guccifer, who is being held in jail in Va. for admitting to hacking Hillary's personal email server is found dead in his jail cell; no surprise, on July 6 U.S. atty. gen. Loretta Lynch announces that Hillary and her aides won't be charged with a speck of dust; on July 7 a group of Repub. senators led by Marco Rubio of Fla. petition the U.S. State Dept. to suspend the security clearances of Hillary and her top aides. On July 7 after gagging on "Tarmacgate" (coined by Donald Trump), the full U.S. House GOP Conference of 200+ meets with Donald Trump at Repub. Nat. Committee HQ, giving him a chance to push their buttons. On July 11 U.S. Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg gives an interview to the New York Times, dissing Donald Trump and saying that if he were elected "it's time for us to move to New Zealand", causing Trump to demand her resignation for getting involved in politics, after which on July 14 she backs down and apologizes. On July 18-21 the 2016 Repub. Nat. Convention at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio starts out with anti-Trump delegates losing a vote to changing the nominating rules, then yelling and storming out; on July 18 Melana Trump gives a speech to 35M viewers, attempting to humanize her hubby; too bad, it apparently plagiarizes Michelle Obama's speech at the 2008 Dem. Convention, although she is speaking in a foreign language and might be given a pass, and the Trump Campaign denies it, with chmn. Paul Manafort uttering the soundbyte: "These were common words and values - that she cares about her family"; on July 19 Trump is officially nominated by 1700+ delegates, while Hillary Clinton compares the GOP convention to the "surreal" 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz"; on July 19 Muslim imam Muslims for Trump founder Sajid Tarar of Baltimore, Md. delivers the concluding prayer, causing Christian attendee Kim Coley to shout "No Islam"; on July 20 Trump speechwriter Meredith McIver takes blame for the plagiarism, but her offer to resign is rejected; on July 19 Donald Trump Jr. gives a speech praising his dad; too bad, it contains more plagiarism; on July 20 history expert Newt Gingich gives a speech warning that the U.S. is "at war with radical Islamists", with the soundbyte "We are sleepwalking through history"; on July 20 conservative commentator Laura Ingraham gives a speech, challenging former Trump rivals to get over their "wounded feelings and bruised egos" and "honor your pledge to support Donald Trump now, tonight"; Ted Cruz follows with his speech, and is booed when he refuses to endorse Trump and instead urges people to "vote your conscience up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the Constitution", reneging on his pledge to support the Repub. nominee, causing the audience to begin chanting "We want Trump!"; Cruz is followed by Mike Pence, who calls himself "a Christian, a Conservative, and a Republican, in that order", and praises Trump as a fellow Conservative; on July 21 Cruz says that it "was not a blanket commitment that if you go and slander and attack Heidi that I'm going to nonetheless come like a servile puppy dog and say thank you very much for maligning my wife and maligning my father", after which on July 22 Trump announces that he will never accept Cruz's endorsement; on July 21 Trump accepts his nomination, giving a record 73-min. speech filled with a long string of promises incl. safety on the street, nat. security, jobs for all, an end to illegal immigration incl. from "compromised" (Muslim) countries et al., coopting Pres. Obama's 2008 change slogan with the soundbyte: "My message is that things have to change, and they have to change right now", along with the soundbytes: "A number of these reforms that I will outline tonight will be opposed by some of our nation's most powerful special interests. That's because these interests have rigged our political and economic system for their exclusive benefit. Believe me — it's for their benefit"; "We cannot afford to be so politically correct anymore", "I am your voice. I have embraced crying mothers who have lost their children because our politicians put their personal agendas before the national good. I have no patience for injustice, no tolerance for government incompetence, no sympathy for leaders who fail their citizens", and "Make America great again." On July 25 a CNN Poll shows Donald Trump leading Hillary Clinton by 44% to 39%, with 68% of Americans saying that Hillary is dishonest and untrustworthy. On July 25-28 the 2016 Dem. Nat. Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Penn. starts out with Bernie Sanders supporters echoing the Repub. Convention with shouts of "Lock her up!", followed on July 25 by Debbie Wasserman Schultz being booed off the stage at a breakfast for the Fla. delegation; on July 25 (eve.) after his supporters disrupt the convention with stubborn determination to nominate him despite all, Bernie Sanders gives a speech, totally selling out to Queen Hillary, telling them to support her, and warning them against supporting Trump, saying that the choice is "not even close"; Michelle Obama gives a speech dissing Trump, with the soundbyte: "Don't let anyone ever tell you that this country isn't great, that somehow we need to make it great again, because this right now is the greatest country on Earth"; Elizabeth Warren gives a speech that tears into Trump, while Bernie supporters heckle and boo her, shouting "We trusted you"; Sanders supporters later complain that their signs were ripped out of their hands and they were threatened with losing their credentials; there are no red-white-blue U.S. flags visible at the convention, but there are Soviet flags?; on July 26 (eve.) after Bernie Sanders officially names her, Hillary is officially nominated as his uncontrollable supporters walk out and storm the media tent, becoming the first woman nominated as U.S. pres. by a major political party, bringing out the female sexists bigtime as she utters the soundbyte "We just put the biggest crack in that glass ceiling yet"; ex-U.S. pres. Bill Clinton gives a glowing speech pushing his wife as a "change-maker"; on July 27 Donald Trump utters the soundbyte that he hopes the Russians "have the 33,000 emails that she lost and deleted", expressing hope that they will release them so that she can be exposed and prosecuted; the Dems. attempt to turn it around by claiming he's calling on the Russians to hack her, with Hillary's senior policy advisor Jake Sullivan uttering the soundbyte: "This has to be the first time that a major presidential candidate has actively encouraged a foreign power to conduct espionage against his political opponent", when if they did it it was long ago, and he's just asking them to give us the booty so she can be prosecuted, not necessarily to interfere in an election; too bad, in June the Internat. Strategic Studies Assoc.'s Defense and Foreign Affairs mag. already pub. a warning that according to "reliable" sources, warnings to that effect had been received fom Moscow; on July 28 Trump flops and claims he was just being satirical; on July 27 (eve.) the Dems. pull out all the stops in their frantic effort to turn the polls around; billionaire Michael Bloomberg gives a speech claiming to be an independent who hates Trump because he's a "dangerous demagogue", with the soundbytes: "The richest thing about Donald Trump is his hypocrisy", "The bottom line is, Trump is a risky, reckless, and radical choice, and we can't afford to make that choice", and "Throughout his career, Trump has left behind a well-documented record of bankruptcies, thousands of lawsuits, angry shareholders and contractors who feel cheated, and disillusioned customers who feel ripped off. Trump says he wants to run the nation like he's run his business. God help us"; Joe Biden gives a speech blasting Trump for his trademark phrase "You're fired!", with the soundbyte: "How can there be pleasure in saying you're fired? He's trying to tell us he cares about the middle class? Give me a break. That's a bunch of malarkey"; Tim Kaine gives a speech, mocking Trump for his phrase "Trust me" while glowingly portraying Hillary as someone he'd trust to protect his son's life, with the soundbyte: "Hillary Clinton is lista (Sp. "ready"); after staying up until 3:00 a.m. to finish polishing it, Pres. Obama gives the final speech, starting with calling the upcoming election "a more fundamental choice of who we are as a people", knocking it out of the park by portraying Trump as a combo P.T. Barnum and Mussolini while portraying Hillary as the most qualified person in history to carry on his legacy, with the soundbytes: "Anyone who threatens our values, whether fascists or communists or jihadis or home-grown demagogues will always fail in the end"; "Our power doesn't come from some self-declared savior promising that he alone can restore order as long as we do things his way. We don't look to be ruled"; "Tonight I ask you to do for Hillary Clinton what you did for me. I ask you to carry her the same way you carried me", "America is already great. America is already strong. And I promise you, our strength, our greatness, does not depend on Donald Trump", "I can say with confidence there has never been a man or a woman - not me, not Bill, nobody - more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as president of the United States of America", and "My time in this office hasn't fixed everything; as much as we've done, there's still so much I want to do", giving a glowing lecture on how great the U.S. and its Constitution is and how great its future is but messing it up with his love of Muslims, the very people who can ruin it?; as he leaves, Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed and Delivered" plays, beginning: "Like a fool I went and stayed too long"; on July 28 (eve.) after the convention mentions Donald Trump's name 332x in the first three nights, "God" actor Morgan Freeman narrates a highly selective video about her, filled with gushing praise from Bill Clinton and Pres. Obama, and Gen. John Allen blasts Trump for her, neutral white pants suit-wearing Hillary Clinton gives her big speech, which turns out to be a rehash of old speeches, calling the upcoming election "a moment of reckoning", blasting Trump as usual as a "little man" who is "moved by fear and pride", adding "A man you can bait with a Tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons"; no surprise, she wants to open the U.S. to mass Muslim immigration, with the soundbyte: "We will not ban a religion", and dismisses Trump's wall with "We will not build a wall" and "We'll build a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants who are already contributing to our economy"; before she speaks a bunch of Bernie Sanders supporters walk out, while others (who had their Bernie signs taken away) stay and display signs made up by changing the Hillary signs to "Liar", "Walk the Walk", "Keep your promises", "Yes we can REVOLT", and "Fighting for HERSELF"; Khizr Khan, father of fallen Muslim-Am. soldier U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan (KIA in Iraq in 2004) utters the soundbyte: "Donald Trump consistently smears the character of Muslims. He disrespects minorities and women, judges, even his own party leadership. He vows to build walls and ban us from this country. Donald Trump, you're asking us to trust you with our future. Let me ask you, have you even read the United States Constitution?" (he meant the Quran, since he probably can't reach much English and knows that the Quran is the Constitution's archenemy?); the Dems. won't tell people that Khizr Khan has connections with Saudia Rabies, er, Arabia, which has given over $25M to the Hillary campaign, and is a suspected Muslim Brotherhood agent who wants to destroy the U.S. via mass Muslim immigration and replace it with an Islamic republic based on Sharia; later conservative pundit Ann Coulter tweets the soundbyte: "You know what this convention really needed? An angry Muslim with a thick accent like Fareed Zakaria"; Donald Trump immediately slams Hillary, with the soundbytes: "Hillary's refusal to mention radical Islam, as she pushes a 550% increase in refugees, is more proof that she is unfit to lead the country", "[America's] way of life is under threat by Radical Islam and Hillary Clinton cannot even bring herself to say the words", "Hillary's wars have unleashed destruction, terrorism and ISIS across the world", and "[Under her administration there will be] no borders, no jobs, no safety"; Trump senior policy adviser Stephen Miller utters the soundbytes that her speech was "an insulting collection of cliches and recycled rhetoric", +"She spent the evening talking down to the American people she’s looked down on her whole life", and "Hillary Clinton says America is stronger together. But in Hillary Clinton's America, millions of people are left out in the cold"; on July 31 Trump starts a feud with Khizr Khan, starting with implying that his wife Ghazala Khan didn't speak at the convention because she's a Muslim, to which she replies that it was because she couldn't handle the grief, and Khizr Khan to utter the soundbyte: "He is a black soul, and this is totally unfit for the leadership of this country", causing Repbs. Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Kelly Ayotte, Jeb Bush et al. to jump on Trump, who responds that Khizr's speech was probably scripted by the Hillary campaign, and it's not about him anyway, it's about radical Islam, adding: "If I were president Khizr Khan's son wouldn't have died" because Hillary voted for the Iraq War and he was against it; on Aug. 3 Trump meets with six Gold Star families in Jacksonville, Fla. before speaking at a rally of 15K; meanwhile Hillary receives big bucks from billionaire Nigerian Muslim jihadist Kase Lukman Lawal; Humayun Khan was really a Muslim jihadist trying to commit suicide while taking as many U.S. soldiers with him as possible, and they covered it up by making him a hero? On July 29 Hillary Clinton tours the U.S. Rust Belt, while Donald Trump visits Colo., uttering the soundbyte: "Remember this. Trump is going to be no more Mr. Nice Guy", calling Hillary "the Devil", and for the first time encouraging supporters' chants of "Lock her up", with the soundbyte "You know what? I'm starting to agree with you"; meanwhile the Clinton campaign acknowledges that the DNC hackers also hacked their servers, while the FBI announces an investigation into their "accuracy, nature and scope". On July 31 the pro-Trump Rupert Murdoch-owned New York Post pub. a nude photo of Donald Trump's wife Melania, doing ditto on Aug. 1, causing The Donald to say there is "nothing to be embarrassed about with the pictures - she's a beautiful woman"; too bad, the Daily Mail Online pub. an article suggesting that she once worked as an escort in the sex trade, causing her to sue them on Sept. 2 despite retracting the story. On July 31 Donald Trump gives an interview to George Stephanopoulos of ABC-TV's This Week, stepping on his own schlong by revealing that he doesn't know that Russia is already in Ukraine because of its absorption of Crimea, with the soundbyte: "Just so you understand, he's not going into Ukraine, all right? You can mark it down and you can put it down, you can take it anywhere you want"; the hue and cry raised by the Dems. is picky because both Russia and Ukraine claim Crimea, but the people voted to join Russia?
On Aug. 1, 2016 Donald Trump attends a rally in Columbus, Ohio, uttering the soundbyte: "I'm afraid the election's going to be rigged, I have to be honest." On Aug. 2 Pres. Obama slams Donald Trump, with the soundbyte: "I think the Republican nominee is unfit to serve as president. I said so last week, and he keeps on proving it. The notion that he would attack a Gold Star family that had made such extraordinary sacrifices on behalf of our country, the fact that he doesn’t appear to have basic knowledge around critical issues in Europe, in the Middle East, in Asia means that he’s woefully unprepared to do this job"; Trump replies that Obama is the worst pres. in U.S. history, a "diasaster" who is himself "unfit to serve"; meanwhile retiring U.S. Rep. (R-N.Y.) Richard Hanna announces that he plans on crossing party lines and voting for Hillary Clinton in Nov., becoming the first; on Aug. 3 Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman announces that despite being a Repub. she's supporting Hillary Clinton. On Aug. 3 the Wall Street Journal pub. an article exposing the $400M unmarked bills cash payment made by the Obama admin. to Iran in Jan., causing a firestorm of controversy and calls for a congressional investigation, causing Pres. Obama on Aug. 4 (his 55th birthday) to call the story "manufactured", saying "This wasn't some nefarious deal", to which Mike Pence replies on Aug. 5 that the whole world knows that it was a "ransom"; on Aug. 4 Saeed Abedini, one of the four hostages released in Jan. gives an interview to Trish Regan of Fox Business Network, saying that his captors held his plane for hours waiting for another plane to arrive first; meanwhile on Aug. 4 Donald Trump stinks himself up with a claim that he saw a top-secret video of an airplane delivering the cash to Iran, which on Aug. 5 he backtracks on, admitting that it was the hostage plane in Geneva, Switzerland. On Aug. 5 former CIA acting dir. Michael Morell endorses Hillary Clinton, calling Donald Trump a "threat to our national security", with the explanation that he is an "unwitting agent of the Russian Federation" because Vladimir Putin has been complimenting him, leading him to become friendly with Russia, and hence their dupe? On Aug. 5 after punishing them for a week by stalling, Donald Trump finally endorses Paul Ryan and John McCain, who already endorsed him but slammed him on several occasions esp. over Khizr Khan and his family. On Aug. 8 Donald Trump delivers his Speech on the Economy in Detroit, Mich., calling for an end to the death tax and unfair trade deals, a moratorium on new financial regulations, and a 15% cap on business income taxes to combat globalization and restore blue collar and manufacturing jobs, with the soundbytes: "Americanization, not globalization, will be our new credo", and "In short, the city of Detroit is the living, breathing example of my opponent's failed economic agenda. Every policy that has failed this city, and so many others, is a policy supported by Hillary Clinton." On Aug. 8 50 Repub. nat. security officials incl. Michael V. Hayden, Robert Zoellick, Michael Chertoff, and Tom Ridge pub. an open letter disowning Donald Trump, with the soundbyte that he "would be the most reckless President in American history"; Trump replies that they "are nothing more than the failed Washington elite looking to hold onto their power, and it's time they are held accountable for their actions", adding: "These insiders, along with Hillary Clinton are the owners of the disastrous decisions to invade Iraq, allow Americans to die in Benghazi, and they are the ones who allowed the rise of ISIS. Yet despite these failures, they think they are entitled to use their favor trading to land taxpayer-funded government contracts and speaking fees"; meanwhile U.S. Sen. (R-Maine) Susan Collins announces that she no longer supports him, with the soundbyte: "With the passage of time, I have become increasingly dismayed by his constant stream of cruel comments and his inability to admit error or apologize." On Aug. 9 Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Wilmington, N.C., uttering the soundbyte about Hillary: "Hillary wants to abolish, esentially abolish the Second Amendment. By the way, and if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do folks, although, the Second Amendment people, maybe, there is, I don't know, but, but I'll tell you what. That will be a horrible day. If Hillary gets to put her judges, right now, we're tied", causing the desperate outrageously biased PC media to attempt to frame him on calling for Hillary to be assassinated, incl. a false report by CNN that the Secret Service warned him that he is threatening Hillary's safety; meanwhile the PC press whips-up the fearmongering, with actor-dir. Rob Reiner uttering the soundbyte that Trump's comments are dangerous because his followers have a "violent nature", CBS discredited journalist Dan Rather uttering the soundbyte that PC media must publicly shame Trump's supporters, and Ronald Reagan's daughter Patti Davis uttering the soundbyte: "Your glib and horrifying comment about 'Second Amendment people'... was heard by the person sitting alone in a room, locked in his own dark fantasies, who sees unbridled violence as a way to make his mark in the world, and is just looking for ideas. Yes, Mr. Trump, words matter." On Aug. 10 Donald Trump gives a speech at a rally in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., claiming that Pres. Obama was the founder of ISIS, and Hillary Clinton a co-founder; on Aug. 11 he doubles down, with the soundbyte: "He [Obama] gets the Most Valuable Player Award. Him and Hillary. She gets it too"; the Dems. respond that the Iraq War created ISIS, even though Hillary voted for it; after the usual PC firestorm, he tweets the soundbyte: "They don't get sarcasm?" On Aug. 10 (p.m.) 19-y.-o. Stephen Rogata from Va. scales Trump Tower in Manhattan, N.Y. using suction cups before police arrest him; the purpose he did it was to get Trump's attention for a "private audience" to "discuss an important matter". On Aug. 11 reports surface claiming that the Obama admin. stopped the FBI 3x from investigating the Clinton Foundation and Hillary Clinton for corruption, causing Trump spokesman Jason Miller to utter the soundbyte: "This latest refusal to allow even a cursory investigation into the Clinton Foundation’s pay-for-play dealings smacks of political favoritism. This is exactly why the American public has lost trust in the U.S. government and is ready to elect an outsider like Donald Trump." On Aug. 15 Donald Trump outlines his Muslim Vetting Plan, which incl. "extreme vetting" of anybody from terrorist hotbeds trying to enter the U.S., rooting out those who don't share and respect American values, incl. those who support Sharia. On Aug. 13-14 (night) racial riots in Milwaukee, Wisc. are sparked by a police shooting in Sherman Park of 23-y.-o. black male Sylville Smith with a "lengthy arrest record", who ran from police and refused to drop his gun; the riots end after a 10 p.m. curfew is imposed after eight police officers and one citizen are injured, and a dozen arrested; on Aug. 16 Donald Trump gives a speech in nearby West Bend, Wisc., blaming Hillary Clinton for holding back black neighborhoods as part of her "rigged system", with the soundbytes: "We reject bigotry of Hillary Clinton which panders to and talks down to communities of color and sees them only as votes... not as individual human beings worthy of a better future... The African-American community has been taken for granted for decades by the Democratic Party and look how they're doing"; "The problem in our minority communities is not that there is too much police but that there is not enough police", and "The political class that Mrs. Clinton has been a part of for 30 years has abandoned the people of this county. They only care about themselves. I am going to give the people their voice back." On Aug. 15 Donald Trump gives a speech in Youngstown, Ohio, calling for an ideological war against radical Islam a la Communism, and outlining his Muslim Vetting Plan, which incl. "extreme vetting" of anybody from terrorist hotbeds trying to enter the U.S., rooting out those who don't share and respect American values, incl. those who support Sharia. On Aug. 15 U.S. vice-pres. Joe Biden campaigns with Hillary Clinton in his hometown of Scranton, Penn., blasting Trump as intellectually and temperamentally unfit to be U.S. pres., with the soundbyte: "And I can say without hesitation, my word as a Biden, no major party nominee in the history of the United States of America, has... known less or been less prepared to deal with our national security than Donald Trump", adding "Look, Trump's ideas are not only profoundly wrong, they're very dangerous and they're very un-American. You know, they reveal a profound ignorance of our Constitution. It's a recipe for playing into the hands of terrorists and their propaganda", dissing him for claiming that Pres. Obama is the true founder of ISIS, attempted to turn it inside out and backwards with the soundbyte; "If my son were still in Iraq, and I say to all those who are there, the threat to their life has gone up a couple clicks." On Aug. 17 Donald Trump apppoints Kellyanne Elizabeth Conway (nee Fitzpatrick) (1967-) as his pres. campaign mgr., and Breitbart News chmn. Stephen K. Bannon (1953-) as exec. campaign chmn., outranking campaign chmn. Paul Manafort, who has been accused of hanky-panky with Ukraine, and resigns on Aug. 19; meanwhile Trump receives his first official U.S. govt. intel briefing, even though Trump disses them, saying "Very easy to use them, but I won't use them, because they've made such bad decisions." On Aug. 18 after news that it may have been hacked, plus the expose in Peter Schweizer's NYT bestseller "Clinton Cash", the Clinton Foundation announces that it will no longer accept foreign and corporate donations, but only after winning the election, followed on Aug. 22 by Bill Clinton announcing that if Hillary wins the election he will resign from the board and stop raising funds, causing Donald Trump on Aug. 22 to call for the foundation to be shut down, for the money to be returned, and for a special prosecutor to be appointed, with the soundbyte: "It is now clear that the Clinton Foundation is the most corrupt enterprise in political history"; on Aug. 21 the leftist "Huffington Post" also calls for it to be shut down - she won't give any back? On Aug. 18 after Pres. Obama refuses to cut short his 2-week vacation in Martha's Vineyard to visit the scene of the La. flood, Homeland Security sec. Jeh Johnson utters the soundbyte: "The president can't be everywhere"; on Aug. 16 Obama's Justice Dept. issued a guidance memo telling La. officials receiving federal disaster assistance not to engage in "unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin (including limited English proficiency)", pissing them off; meanwhile on Aug. 19 Donald Trump and Mike Pence visit Baton Rouge, La., while Hillary rests. On Aug. 18 Donald Trump gives a speech in Charlotte, N.C., uttering the soundbyte: "Hillary Clinton's mistakes destroy innocent lives, sacrifice national security, and betray the working families of this country. Please remember this: I will never put personal profit before national security. I will never leave our border open to appease donors and special interests. I will never support a trade deal that kills American jobs. I will never put the special interests before the national interest. I will never put a donor before a voter, or a lobbyist before a citizen. Instead, I will be a champion for the people"; meanwhile to counter Trump's accusation that she's "against the police", Hillary Clinton meets with U.S. police chiefs in a closed meeting in John Jay College in New York City. On Aug. 19 after Hillary has spent $100M+ in TV ads attempting to scaremonger him, Donald Trump his campaign releases his first TV ad, dissing Hillary Clinton as as an open borders establishment disaster, with the soundbyte: "In Hillary Clinton's America the system stays rigged against America"; meanwhile Trump apologizes for everything without being specific, with the soundbyte: "Sometimes, in the heat of debate, and speaking on a multitude of issues, you don't choose the right words or you say the wrong thing. I have done that, and believe it or not I regret it, and I do regret it, particularly where it may have caused personal pain." On Aug. 19 (night) Donald Trump speaks at a rally in lily-white Dimondale, Mich., uttering the soundbyte: "Tonight I'm asking for the vote of every single African-American citizen in this country who wants to see a better future", adding: "What do you have to lose by trying something new, like Trump? You're living in your poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58 percent of your youth is unemployed - what the hell do you have to lose?", claiming that in cities like Detroit, blacks "have become refugees in their own country", predicting: "At the end of four years, I guarantee you that I will get over 95 percent of the African-American vote"; the Clinton campaign replies: "This is so ignorant it's staggering". On Aug. 23 Donald Trump announces that he's open to "softening" his stance on deportation of illegal immigrants, but still plans to build a border wall "almost immediately" after inauguration. On Aug. 23 U.S. vice-pres. Joe Biden visits Riga, Latvia, telling leaders of three Baltic states that the U.S. is committed to NATO and its allies, and that Donald Trump doesn't know what he's talking about. On Aug. 23 Hillary Clinton gives a speech, slamming Donald Trump's campaign as a haven for racism and bigotry, with the soundbytes: "A man with a long history of racial discrimination who traffics in dark conspiracy theories from the pages of supermarket tabloids and the far, dark reaches of the internet should never run our government or command our military", and "There's always been a paranoid fringe in our politics, a lot of it arising from racial resentment. But it's never had the nominee of a major party stoking it, encouraging it and giving it a national megaphone until now"; meanwhile on Aug. 23 after telling Sean Hannity of Fox News that he is open to "softening" his immigration stance, Donald Trump gives a speech in Austin, Tex., doubling down instead, with the soundbyte: "No citizenship. Let me go a step further. They'll pay back taxes, they have to pay taxes, there's no amnesty, as such, there's no amnesty, but we work with them. Now, everybody agrees we get the bad ones out," Trump said. "But when I go through and I meet thousands and thousands of people on this subject, and I've had very strong people come up to me, really great, great people come up to me, and they've said, 'Mr. Trump, I love you, but to take a person who's been here for 15 or 20 years and throw them and their family out, it's so tough, Mr. Trump,' I have it all the time! It's a very, very hard thing"; on Aug. 24 he speaks in Tampa, Fla., uttering the soundbyte: "I've been watching so carefully over the past month. Hillary Clinton doesn't do speeches, she doesn't do press conferences. It's been almost 300 days. She doesn't do rallies of any consequence. She doesn't do this kind of stuff"; he goes on to label Hillary Clinton a "bigot", with the soundbyte: "Hillary Clinton is a bigot who sees people of color only as votes, not as human beings worthy of a better future", pissing-off the PC media. On Aug. 25 Trump speaks in Manchester, N.H., calling Hillary's attempts to "play the race card" and paint him and his supporters as racists smacks of desperation in an attempt to distract vobers from her policies that have devastated minority communities and inner cities, with the soundbyte: "It's the oldest play in the Democratic playbook. When Democratic policies fail, they are left with only this one tired argument: 'You're racists, you're racist, you're racists.' It's a tired, disgusting argument, and it is so totally predictable... You know what? The people are becoming very smart. They have heard it too many times before. The well is dry"; he goes on to diss leftists for calling people concerned about radical Islam "Islamophobes", with the soundbyte: "They are decent Americans citizens who want to uphold our value as a tolerant society and who want to keep the terrorists the hell out of our country. If the choice is between saving lives or appeasing politically correct censors in Washington, D.C., that is the easiest choice you or I will ever have to make. We will always choose saving American lives." On Aug. 25 Hillary Clinton speaks in Reno, Nev., giving a "tin foil hat" speech accusing the "Alt-Right", Alex Jones, Brexit, and Vladimir Putin of a grand global conspiracy against her, while trying to frame Donald Trump on being the conspiracy theorist and of being linked with the KKK; meanwhile so far this mo. she has held only 11 campaign events attended by 10K total (incl. paid staffers) (avg. 900), vs. 29 events and 168K (avg. 5.8K) for Trump. On Aug. 28 (Sun.) Pres. Obama's 2008 pres. campaign architect David Plouffe gives an interview to Chuck Todd of NBC-TV's "Meet the Press", uttering the soundbyte about Donald Trump: "We have a psychopath running for president"; when asked if he's a prof. pshrink he replies: "Listen, the grandiose notion of self-worth, pathological lying, lack of empathy and remorse... I don't have a degree in psychology, but here it is, Chuck, basically, the race ends today. I think Hillary Clinton is guaranteed at least 269 electoral votes, think about that. Because Virginia and Colorado, both campaigns I think believe are put away." On Aug. 31 Donald Trump meets with Mexican pres. Enrique Pena Nieto in Mexico City, using the photo opp to look presidential while arguing that NAFTA has benefitted Mexico more than the U.S., with the soundbytes: "There will be no amnesty. For those here today illeglly who are seeking legal status, they will have one route and only one route: to return home and apply for reentry under the rules of the new legal immigration system that I have outlined... Those who have left to seek entry under this new system will not be awarded surplus visas, but will have to enter under the immigration caps or limits that will be established"; "Having a secure border is a sovereign right and mutually beneficial. We recognize and respect the right of either country to build a physical barrier or wall on any of its borders to stop the illegal movement of people, drugs and weapons"; Nieto acknowledges the "fundamental right that each of the countries has to defend its border", with the soundbyte: “There is still a joint challenge including the increasing number of non-Mexicans who cross through our country in order to reach the United States, therein creating serious human crises"; this show upstages Hillary Clinton, who calls it "an embarrassing international incident", then admidst mucho empty seats gives a Speech on American Exceptionalism at the Am. Legion Nat. Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio, unsuccesfully trying to steal the thunder from Donald Trump, who leads the poll among military families 51%-41% according to NBC News, with the soundbyte: "The United States is an exceptional nation. I believe we are still Lincoln's last, best hope of Earth. My opponent in this race has said very clearly he thinks American exceptionalism is insulting to the rest of the world. My opponent misses something important. When we say America is exceptional, it doesn't mean that people from other places don't feel deep national pride just like we do. It means we recognize America’s unique and unparalleled ability to be a force for peace and progress, a champion for freedom and opportunity"; in the eve. Trump gives a Speech on Immigration in Phoenix, Ariz., praising the majority of the Mexican people but sticking with his border wall using the "best technology" and the promise to make Mexico pay for it "100 percent - they don't know it yet but they're going to pay for the wall", along with "zero tolerance for criminal aliens... My first hour in office, those people are gone"; "Anyone who tells you that the core issue is the needs of those living here illegally has simply spent too much time living in Washington. There is only one core issue in the immigration debate, and that issue is the well-being of the American people."
On Sept. 3, 2016 Donald Trump speaks at the mostly black Great Faith Ministries Internat. church in Detroit, Mich., promising to unite the country as U.S. pres., uttering the soundbyte: "Becoming the nominee of the party of Abraham Lincoln... has been the greatest honor of my life. It is on his legacy that I hope to build the future of the party, but more importantly, the future of the country." On Sept. 5 the planes of U.S. pres. candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump end up parked within 100 yards of each other on the tarmac at the aiport in Cleveland, Ohio, with Trump getting there first. On Sept. 6 88 former U.S. military leaders pub. an open letter endorsing Donald Trump for U.S. pres., with the soundbyte: "The 2016 election affords the American people an urgently needed opportunity to make a long-overdue course correction in our national security posture and policy." On Sept. 6 Traitor, er, Pres. Obama nominates Abid Qureshi to the U.S. District Court for D.C., becoming the first Muslim nominated to the federal judiciary. On Sept. 6 Hillary Clinton holds a rally at the U. of South Fla. that draws 1.5K; on Sept. 9 Donald Trump holds a rally in Pensacola, Fla. that draws 12K; on Sept. 20 Trump holds a rally in Estero, Fla. that draws 8K, while Hillary speaks at Temple U. in Philly before a crowd of 200; in Estero, Trump utters the soundbyte that Hillary "talks tougher about my supporters than she does about radical Islamic terrorists." On Sept. 7 (eve.) after Trump ends his media blacklist incl. the Washington Post, Politico, and Buzzfeed, the Commander in Chief Forum in New York City, hosted by MSNBC, NBC News, and the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of Am., moderated by Matt Lauer sees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump take turns accusing each other of being unfit to be pres.; Trump calls for a massive military buildup to fight ISIS, incl. 50K more Army troops (540K total), 70 new warships (total 350), 13 new USMC batttallions, and 100 USAF planes (1.2K total), canceling budget caps to boost spending by $500B over the next 10 years, uttering the soundbyte: "History shows that when America is not prepared is when the danger is by far the greatest. We want to deter, avoid, and prevent conflict through our unquestioned military strength"; Trump opens the door to Dreamers who want to join the military; when asked to respond to Trump's numerous slams about how he "reduced American generals to rubble" et al., Pres. Obama laughs, with the soundbyte: "Somehow behavior that in normal times we'd consider completely unacceptable is normalized and people start thinking we should be grading on a curve." On Sept. 9 Hillary Clinton gives a speech at the LGBT for Hillary gala in New York City, uttering the soundbyte: "You could put half of Trump's supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables, right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophbic, Islamophobic, you name it", causing Donald Trump to tweet: "Wow, Hillary Clinton was SO INSULTING to my supporters, millions of amazing, hard working people. I think it will cost her at the Polls!"; Sept. 10 she partially flops, with the soundbyte: "Last night I was grossly generalistic, and that's never a good idea. I regret saying 'half', that was wrong. But let's be clear, what's really deplorable is that Donald Trump hired a major advocate for the so-called alt-right movement to run his campaign and that David Duke and other white supremacists see him as a champion of their values. It's deplorable that Trump has built his campaign largely on prejudice and paranoia and given a national platform to hateful views and voices, including by retweeting fringe bigots with a few dozen followers and spreading their message to 11 million people." On Sept. 9 (night) Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Pensacola, Fla., uttering the soundbytes: "The only thing she's done well - and she'll go down in history for it, I have to admit - is getting out of trouble with the emails; that's the single greatest achievement of Hillary Clinton"; "She could walk into this arena right now and shoot somebody with 20,000 people watching, right smack in the middle of the heart, and she wouldn't be prosecuted, OK? T hat is what's happened to our country." On Sept. 13 Buzzfeed and Daily Caller pub. hacked emails from DCLeaks.com by former U.S. secy. of state gen. Colin Powell in which he calls Donald Trump a "national disgrace" and a racist "international pariah" for mainstreaming the Obama birther movement, while dissing Hillary Clinton for trying to connect him to her emails despite repeated warnings, claiming that she "does not look good", is "working herself to death", and "nobody likes her", and "I would rather not have to vote for her, although she is a friend I respect", adding that her hubby Bill is still "dicking bimbos"; several emails to Powell from Jeffrey Leeds of Leeds Equity Partners reveal that Hillary hates and envies Pres. Obama, and that Obama wouldn't mind seeing her lose. On Sept. 13 Ford Motor Co. CEO Mark Fields announces plans to move all small-car production in North Am. to Mexico, vindicating the gloom and doom warnings of Donald Trump, who speaks at the Bethel United Methodist Church in Flint, Mich. on Sept. 14, uttering the soundbyte: "It used to be that cars were made in Flint and you couldn't drink the water in Mexico. And now the cars are made in Mexico and you can't drink the water in Flint"; too bad, pastor Faith Green Timmons stops Trump from criticizing sacred cow Hillary; on Sept. 15 the U.S. Senate by 95-3 passes the $9B U.S. Water Resources Development Act of 2016 to fund U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects at Flint, Mich. et al. On Sept. 14 the U.S. signs its biggest military deal in history with Israel, promising them $38B over 10 years to buy weapons. On Sept. 14 Donald Trump appears on the Doctor Oz show, handing him some medical records, the report on a recent physical; meanwhile Hillary Clinton's physician Lisa Bardack of Mount Kisco, N.Y. announces that she is "healthy and fit" to serve as U.S. pres., and has non-existent? "non-contagious bacterial pneumonia", after which on Sept. 14 Trump's physician Harold Bernstein releases a letter claiming that he is in "excellent physical health", although he takes rosuvastatin and low dose aspirin and is clinically obese. On Sept. 15 U.S. Sen. minority leader (D-Utah) Harry Reid slams Donald Trump, with the soundbyte: "He is a spoiled brat raised in plenty who inherited a fortune and used his money to make more money, and he did a lot by swindling working men and women... Trump is a human leech who will bleed the country and sit at his golf resort laughing at the money he has made." On Sept. 16 after Hillary Clinton calls the Birther Movement an "outrageous lie", with the soundbyte: "We know who Donald is. For five years he has led the birther movement to delegitimize our first black president", and he responds that she started the Obama birther controversy during her 2008 primary campaign, but can't pin it on her personally, Donald Trump folds and announces that "President Barack Obama was born in the United States, period. Now we all want to get back to making America strong and great again"; the whole birther controversy is a decoy to coverup that Obama's real father is Am. Communist Frank Marshall Davis (1905-87)? On Sept. 16 Donald Trump tweets that if she's really against guns, Hillary Clinton's bodyguards should disarm themselves and "see what happens", causing U.S. Sen. (Dem.-Conn.) Chris Murphy to accuse him of suggesting her assassination. On Sept. 19 after Newsweek pub. an article detailing his foreign business entanglements, 55 former U.S. govt. officials incl. former acting CIA dir. Michael Morell and former undersecy. of defense for intel Michael Vickers pub. an open letter calling for him "to disclose, in full, the nature of his business relationships overseas." On Sept. 21 Donald Trump gives a speech at the African-Am. New Spirit Revival Center in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, pushing stop-and-risk as the "proactive" solution to stop black-on-black street crime; African-Am. boxing promoter Don King gives a speech praising Donald Trump as the only candidate that makes the case that "the system is the enemy", with the soundbytes: "He's the only man in hundreds of years that has the consensus of public opinion of rejection to the form of governmen. The system is corrupt; the system is rigged; the system is sexist; the system is racist"; "He’s the only gladiator to take out the system... and create a new system”; "We need Donald Trump, especially black people"; "When the system was created... the white woman did not have the rights, and she still don't have the rights. And people of color don't have their rights... Donald Trump says no, we're going back to inclusiveness. Everybody counts. Every white woman should cast their vote for Donald Trump." On Sept. 22 Pres. Obama gives an interview to historian Doris Kearns Goodwin in Vanity Fair mag., with the soundbyte about Donald Trump: "I don't think it's a surprise for me to say that I don't think his temperament is suited for this office. But it's not something that I have to emphasize because I think the majority of the American people have figured that out", adding that he views Trump's candidacy as "an expression of certain fears, certain resentments, that have been a running thread in American history" - he didn't say deplorables? On Sept. 23 Tex. Sen. Ted Cruz swallows, er, announces that he's going to vote for archrival Donald Trump for U.S. pres. On Sept. 25 Donald Trump meets with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, discussing Israel's security fence and confirming that as U.S. pres. he will recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. On Sept. 26 Time mag. pub. a cover story The New Politics of Late Night, about "The seriously partisan politics of late-night comedy", cheering "comics [who] are ditching balance and taking sides" against Donald Trump, incl. Samantha Bee, Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah, Seth Myers, Jimmy Kimmel, and John Oliver. On Sept. 26 (eve.) the First Clinton-Trump Debate at Hofstra U. in Hempstead, N.Y., moderated by Lester Holt of NBC News and watched by a record 80M is a push, with ever-sniffling (50X+) Trump coming on strong early bragging about how Supply Side Economics will rescue the economy, and how she was a big supporter of the TPP, and Hillary coming on strong at the end by bringing up his refusal to release his taxes and trying to pin the Birther Movement on him and bringing up his non-PC language about women and blacks, reversing his criticism of her stamina by pointing to her past stamina while skipping over her recent problems; Trump uses the word "braggadocious"; Trump scores a late V with the soundbyte: "Hillary has experience, but it's bad experience"; Hillary used aide Philippe Reines to play Trump during debate preparations; on Sept. 27 Hillary holds a rally at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, N.C. before a capacity crowd of 1.4K, uttering the soundbyte: "Did anybody see that debate last night? Oh yes! One down, two to go", adding "He made very clear that he didn't prepare for that debate", explaining why she dropped out of the campaign as getting ready for it, with the soundbyte: "Just trying to keep track of everything he says took a lot of time", calling him "dangerously incoherent"; meanwhile on Sept. 27 Trump holds a rally before a capacity crowd of tens of thousands in a hangar in Melbourne, Fla., claiming to win the debate based on unscientific Internet polls, but backing it up by raising $13M in 24 hours. On Sept. 30 after Hillary Clinton tries to zing Donald Trump in their first debate by bringing up 1996 Miss Universe Yoseph Alicia Machado Fajardo (1976-), which seems to catch him off-guard, and he won't drop the issue but keeps researching, thinking, and tweeting about it, Hillary utters the soundbyte: "Who gets up at 3 in the morning to engage in a Twitter attack?" - she couldn't get up at 3 a.m. to respond to a national emergency?<
On Oct. 2, 2016 former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani gives an interview to George Stephanopoulos of ABC-News, uttering the soundbyte that if Donald Trump legally avoided taxes for years, that proves "he's a genius, absolute genius... This was a perfectly legal application of the tax dode, and he would have been a fool not to take advantage of it", adding that Hillary Clinton had "obviously been programmed" to bring up Miss Universe Alicia Machado in their first debate; meanwhile leftist filmmaker Michael Moore gives an interview to NBC-TV's "Meet the Press", admitting that Trump can win the election because "I think they love the idea of blowing up the system", adding: "Across the Midwest, across the Rustbelt, I understand why a lot of people are angry, and they see Donald Trump as their human Molotov cocktail that they get to go into the voting booth on Nov 8. and throw him into our political system"; meanwhile Bernie Sanders gives an interview to CNN's "State of the Union", defending Hillary Clinton as the "superior" candidate for U.S. pres. despite an audio recording released on Sept. 30 showing her mocking his supporters as "children of the Great Recession" who "live in their parents' basements", admitting that it bothers him, and dissing Trump for a New York Times report that claims he might have been legally avoiding paying federal income tax for 18 years, saying: "This is an example of why so many millions of Americans are frustrated. They're angry. They're disgusted at what they see as a corrupt political system in this country"; meanwhile U.S. Sen. (D-Mo.) Claire McCaskill slams Trump on "Fox News Sunday" for the NYT report, with the soundbyte: "If you look at the way Donald Trump has conducted business, he crashes businesses into bankruptcy, leaving stores of businesses unpaid, people really hurting with the losses his companies have suffered. But he walks away unscathed, and it appears he walks away with a golden ticket that allows him, under the tax code, to avoid taxes for decades", adding that Trump's tax plan only benefits himself; meanwhile U.S. Senate minority leader (D-Nev.) Harry Reid calls Trump a "billion-dollar loser", calling for passage of the U.S. Presidential Tax Transparency Act that requires all U.S. pres. candidates to release their federal tax returns for the prior three years to the Federal Election Commission within 30 days, or have the U.S. Treasury Dept. do it. On Oct. 3 N.Y. atty.-gen. Eric Schneiderman sends a notice of violation to the Donald J. Trump Foundation, ordering it to cease all fundraising activity until it properly registers; done for political reasons? On Oct. 4 the Pence-Kaine Debate at Longwood U. in Farmville, Va. is a push, with Kaine stinking himself up by repeatedly interrupting, with Pence uttering his biggest soundbyte: "I mean, to be honest with you, if Donald Trump had said all of the things that you’ve said he said in the way you said he said them, he still wouldn't have a fraction of the insults that Hillary Clinton leveled when she said that half of our supporters were a basket of deplorables." On Oct. 7 a recording of private comments made by Donald Trump in 2005 to Billy Bush of Access Hollywood (cousin of Jeb Bush) is leaked by the anti-Trump Washington Post, in which he brags about his benefits of being a star, incl. an attempted seduction of Bush's married colleague Nancy O'Dell, with the soundbyte: "You know, I'm automatically attracted to beautiful. I just start kissing them. It's like a magnet. Just kiss. And when you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab 'em by the pussy", to which Bush replies "Whatever you want", pissing-off the PC police and causing House Oversight Committee chmn. (R-Utah) Jason Chaffetz to withdraw his endorsement, and fence-sitting House Speaker Paul Ryan to cancel an appearance with him on Oct. 8 in Elkhorn, Wisc., with the soundbyte: "I am sickened by what I heard here today. Women are to be championed and revered, not objectified"; Trump responds that "Bill Clinton has said far worse", apologizing if his remarks offend anyone, with the soundbyte: "I never said I was perfect", responding to predictable calls to quit the race with "Zero chance I'll quit... the support I'm getting is unbelievable", adding: "Go behind closed doors of the holier-than-thou politicians and pundits and see what they're saying. I look like a baby"; on Oct. 8 Mike Pence pulls out of the Wisc. event with Ryan, adding that he's offended too but is "grateful that he has expressed remorse and apologized to the American people"; on Oct. 9 before the debate former New York City mayor defends Trump, with the soundbyte: "The fact is that men at times talk like that. Not all men, but men do. He was wrong for doing it. I am not justifying it. I believe it's wrong. I know he believes it's wrong. I believe that this is not the man that we're talking about today... Gosh almighty, he who is without sin here throw the first stone"; on Oct. 9 before the debate Pres. Obama weighs in with the soundbyte: "One of the most disturbing things about this election is just the unbelievable rhetoric coming at the top of the Republican ticket. I don't need to repeat it. There are children in the room, but demeaning women, degrading women, but also minorities, immigrants, people of other faiths, mocking the disabled, insulting our troops, insulting our veterans, that tells you a couple things. It tells you he is insecure enough that he pumps himself up by putting other people down. Not a character trait that I would advise for somebody in the Oval Office"; meanwhile WikiLeaks releases excerpts from Hillary Clinton's Wall Street speeches that were sent to her top aid John Podesta in Jan., calling Bernie Sanders supporters a "bucket of losers" and admitting that she tells the public one thing and believes another, with the soundbyte: "My dream is a hemispheric common market with open trade and open borders", causing political analyst David Wol to utter the soundbyte: "This will hit Hillary Clinton's campaign like a 9.0 earthquake when this is absorbed... This exposes her, literally, as a complete fraud" - and touchy-feely holier-than-thou male politicians are as big liars as Hillary? On Oct. 9 after they refuse to shake hands at the start, the Second Clinton-Trump Debate at Washington U. in St. Louis, Mo., moderated by Anderson Cooper of CNN and Martha Raddatz of ABC News sees Donald Trump deflect his p---y scandal by dismissing it as "locker room talk", and take it to Hillary Clinton, staring out by saying that she'd "be in jail" if he was president, and accusing her of rigging her nomination race against Bernie Sanders, saying he "never had a chance", calling her every name in the book incl. "devil", with the soundbyte: "There's never been anybody in the history of politics in this nation that's been so abusive to women" while she reciprocates, with "It's just awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in this country, to which he replies "Because you'd be in jail"; during the debate a fly lands on Hillary's nose, and she doesn't flinch; she wears Angel perfume by French fashion designer Thierry Mugler (1948-), which smells like shit?, or it is her? :); Trump scores round 0 points by holding a press conference one hour before the debate with sexual misconduct accusers of Bill Clinton incl. Kathleen Willey, Juanita Broddrick, Paula Jones, and Kathy Shelton, whom he sits in the front row; Trump scores a round by calling her out on her attempt to explain away a WikiLeaks revelation that she admits to having separate public and private positions by comparing herself to Honest Abe Lincoln, with the soundbyte: "Look, she got caught in a total lie... Now she's blaming the lie on the late great Abraham Lincoln... Honest Abe never lied... That's the big difference between Abraham Lincoln and you" - Madame Secretary, you're no Abraham Lincoln? On Oct. 10 after the Clinton campaign continues harping on tapes showing him saying playboyish things, Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Ambridge, Penn., slamming her for her "hypocrisy", saying that he is "disqualified from office" for her email crimes, and uttering the soundbytes: "There's nothing Hillary Clinton won't do or say to obtain power, and it's about time people started to understand that" and "I'll tell you what, the only thing she's got going is the media. Without the media, she would not have a chance." On Oct. 11 after keeping his silence during the weekend, Repub. Nat. Committee chmn. Reince Priebus announces that the Repub. Party is still standing with Donald Trump. On Oct. 12 with abundant help from the liberal PC media, five women accuse Donald Trump of sexual assault, but not very much, claiming only that he kissed, hugged, or leered at them, incl. Rachel Crooks (b. 1983), People mag. ed. Natashya Strokonoff, er, Stoynoff, who claims he forced "his tongue down my throat" (and she didn't bite it off?), Mindy McGillvray (b. 1980), who claims he grapped her butt backstage at a Ray Charles concert (wanted to wipe it?), former Miss Washington Cassandra Searles, who claimed he "continually grabbed my ass and invited me to his hotel room"; only 74-y.-o. ugly Jessica Leeds claims that he inappropriately touched her on a first-class flight 35 years earlier, with the soundbyte: "He was like an octopus. His hands were everywhere"; four more women tell BuzzFeed that Trump walked in on them in their dressing room during the 1997 Miss Teen USA pageant; Trump responds by threatening to sew the NYT and telling a reporter "You are a disgusting human being... None of this ever took place" - so why bring it up now if they didn't bring it up then, call the police, sue, anything? On Oct. 13 after new sexual assault accusers appear on the liberal media, Donald Trump speaks at a rally in West Palm Beach, Fla., where he utters the soundbyte: "These vicious claims about me of inappropriate conduct with women are totally and absolutely false, and the Clintons know it, and they know it very well. These claims are all fabricated. They're pure fiction, and they're outright lies. These events never, ever happened and the people that said them meekly fully understand"; meanwhile First Lady Michelle Obama gives a speech at a Hillary Clinton rally in N.H. blasting Trump for his "demeaning attitude" toward women, with the soundbyte: "The fact is in this election we have a candidate for president of the United States who over the course of his lifetime and the course of this campaign has said things about women that are so shocking, so demeaning, I simply will not repeat anything here today. And last week we saw this candidate actually bragging about sexual assaulting women. I can't believe I'm saying that a candidate for president of the United States has bragged about sexually assaulting women", saying the lewd locker room comments "have shaken me to my core"; too bad, she adds that Trump's locker room talk "wasn't just locker room banter. This was a powerful individual speaking freely and openly about sexually predatory behavior", causing Mike Pence on Oct. 14 to utter the soundbyte: "I don't understand the basis of her claim. Wht he's made clear is that was talk, regrettable talk on his part, but that there were no actions and he's categorically denied these latest unsubstantiated allegations", responding to the question if he personally believes Trump with the soundbyte: "I do believe him. The Donald Trump that I’ve come to know... is someone who has a long record of not only loving his family, lifting his family up, but employing and promoting women in positions of authority in his company"; meanwhile her hubby Pres. Obama invites the campus anti-gun Cocks Not Glocks group to the White House, bringing their locker room talk with them along with rulers, which is PC because women are doing it along with men? On Oct. 17 pro-Hillary activist Zulema Rodriguez takes credit for organizing violent protests in Chicago, Ill. that forced Donald Trump to cancel a Mar. rally. On Oct. 17 after WikiLeaks releases another batch of emails about Hillary Clinton, revealing that U.S. undersecy. of state Patrick Kennedy requests that the FBI unclassify one of her emails in a quid pro quo deal with the U.S. State Dept. so that she could go on TV claiming she sent no classified emails, Donald Trump releases a video calling it "proof of corruption at the highest level" and "worse than Watergate",. describing the relationship as "a criminal enterprise" in a rally in Green Bay, Wisc., where he unveils his 5-point Drain the Swamp Plan, incl. a 5-year ban on all executive branch officials lobbying the govt. after leaving service, and closing loopholes for lobbyists. On Oct. 18 Ecuador announces that it's temporarily cutting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's Internet access at their embassy in London to stop him from "impacting on the U.S. election campaign"; a result of pressure by Obama's stooge John Kerry? On Oct. 19 the Third (last) Clinton-Trump Debate at the U. of Nev. in Las Vegas, Nev. sees Trump blast Hillary for unpunished crimes incl. her email business and the Clinton Foundation, and Hillary sweetly smiling back in lieu of a substantial answer, accusing Trump of using Chinese steel in his hotels and being Vladimir Putin's puppet while waiting for an obviously pre-planned late debate stunt where moderator Chris Wallace asks him if he would accept the results of Hillary were declared the winner, but never asking her that same question, after which the pro-Hillary liberal media jumps on him for not kissing her royal hiney and only saying that he'll wait until the election to decide, and gives her the stage for a pre-planned harangue about him trying to destroy our 240-y.-o. democracy, while forgetting about Al Gore in 2000, with the soundbyte: "Our country has been around for 240 years, and we're a country based on laws, and we have hot, contested elections going back to the very beginning, but one of our hallmarks has always been that we accept the outcomes of our election; Trump utters the soundbyte: "In an email sent to John Podesta on August 17, 2014, Hillary wrote that the governments of Qatar and Saudi Arabia are providing clandestine and financial and logistical support to ISIL. Yet, in that same year, Bill and Hillary accepted a check from Saudi Arabia... So Hillary thinks they are funding ISIS, but still takes their money. And you know their views on gays... and on women... I think she should give back the $25 to $35 million she's taken back from Saudi Arabia, and she should give it back fast", which makes the audience forget its orders to keep silent, booing her and chanting "Lock her up"; Trump accuses Pres. Obama of orchestrating the new military offensive on Mosul only to help Hillary win, even though it's Iran that's the real enemy in Iraq not ISIS, and he gave advance warning to ISIS leaders, allowing them to clear out beforehand; when confronted with the WikiLeaks info. that she dreams of open borders and trade, she lies that she was only talking about energy; all in all few minds were changed? On Oct. 20 (eve.) the 2016 Al Smith Dinner at the Chinese-owned Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City sees Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton roast each other, with Hillary saying that she "took a break from my rigorous nap schedule" to attend, saying that since Trump threw away his TelePrompTers he has to translate his speeches from the "original Russian"; too bad, the lighthearted jokes soon turn serious, with Trump uttering the soundbyte: "Hillary is so corrupt, she got kicked off the Watergate Commission. How corrupt do you have to be to get kicked off the Watergate Commission? Pretty corrupt", drawing boos from the audience. On Oct. 22 AT&T agrees to buy Time Warner for $85.4B, causing Donald Trump on Oct. 24 to utter the soundbyte: "Donald Trump will break up the new media conglomerate oligopolies that have gained enormous control over our information, intrude into our personal lives, and in this election, are attempting to unduly influence America’s political process." On Oct. 23 the Wall Street Journal pub. an article claiming that Hillary Clintn's close ally Terry McAuliffe authorized a $675K payment to Jill McCabe, wife of Andrew McCabe, a top official of the FBI, is who later promoted to deputy dir. and oversees the investigation into her secret server, causing RNC chmn. Reince Priebus to utter the soundbyte: "Given all we know about how the corrupt Clinton machine operates, it's hard not to see this as anything other than a down payment to influence the FBI's criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server." On Oct. 24 leftist filmmaker Michael Moore delivers a speech predicting a Donald Trump win, with the soudnbyte: "Trump's election will be the biggest fuck you in human history."
On Nov. 1, 2016 Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., going nonlinear at a heckler yelling "Bill Clinton is a rapist", with the fearmongering soundbyte: "I am sick and tired of the negative, dark, divisive, dangerous vision and the anger of people who support Donald Trump"; meanwhile her campaign spends big bucks to saturate the TV with dirty negative ads about Trump? On Nov. 2 Pres. Obama gives an interview to The Tom Moyner Morning Show, begging black voters to turn out for the U.S. pres. election, with the soundbyte: "If you really care about my presidency and what we've accomplished, you are going to go and vote. If we let this thing slip and I've got a situation where my last two months in office are preparing for a transition to Donald Trump, whose staff people have said that their primary agenda is to have him, in the first couple weeks, sit in the Oval Office and reverse every single thing that we've done ... even going on the Tom Joyner cruise won't help me then. If I'm on the cruise, I might jump off." On Nov. 3 Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Selma, N.C., blasting Pres. Obama for campaigning for Hillary Clinton, with the soundbytes: "We are led by stupid people, and one of them is campaigning too much... Why isn't he back in the White House bringing our jobs back?"; meanwhile on Nov. 4 Obama commutes the sentences of 72 more mainly nonviolent drug offenders, bringing the total to 944, incl. 760 this year. On Nov. 5 Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Reno, Nev., where somebody shouts "gun" and he is rushed off the stage by the Secret Service, after which it proves to be a false alarm. On Nov. 5 ISIS releases a video warning Am. Muslims not to vote in the Nov. 8 U.S. pres. election, calling those who do apostates, and calling instead for them to kill all voters. On Nov. 6 FBI dir. James Comey announces that the FBI has not changed its July conclusion to not recommend prosecution of Hillary Clinton for her email habits, pissing-off Donald Trump, who calls this proof that the system is rigged, uttering the soundbyte: "Hillary Clinton is guilty. She knows it, the FBI knows it, the people know it, and now it's up to the American people to deliver justice at the ballot box on November 8th." On Nov. 7 Dem. gov. Terry McAuliffe uses an autopen to pardon 60K felons just in time to vote for fellow Dem. Hillary Clinton. On Nov. 8 (Tues.) the 2016 U.S. pres. election makes a monkey out of the shamelessly pro-Hillary pollsters, with maverick Repub. billionaire Donald John Trump (1946-) and running mate Michael Richard "Mike" Pence (1959-) defeating Dem. establishment candidate Hillary Clinton and running mate Tim Kaine by 306-232 electoral votes (59,131,310 votes to 59,293,071), winning every battleground state (Fla., Iowa, Mich., N.C., Ohio, Penn., Wisc.) despite Hillary Hillary raising $521M and spending $237M on TV ads and $42M on hundreds of staffers, vs. $270M spent by Trump; Trump becomes the oldest person to be elected to a first term as U.S. pres. (vs. 69-y.-o. Ronald Reagan in 1980); the first time that three U.S. presidents are born the same year (Bill Clinton, George W. Bush); the 5th U.S. pres. born in New York (Martin Van Buren, Millard Fillmore, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt), and 2nd born in New York City (Theodore Roosevelt); 4th U.S. pres. to win despite losing his home state (James K. Polk, Woodrow Wilson, Richard Nixon); during the night of Nov. 8/9 the Canadian govt. immigration Web site crashes; the Repubs. gain control of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House along with the White House for the first time since 1929; no surprise, after the newly-exposed biased liberal media kept asking Trump if he would accept a win by Hillary, there are massive anti-Trump protests around the U.S. by diehard leftists, along with secession movements in Calif. and Tex., and petitions asking the Electoral College to pick Clinton anyway. On Nov. 10 pres.-elect Donald Trump meets with Pres. Obama for 1-1/2 hours in the White House, after which Obama calls the meeting "excellent", with the soundbyte: "As I said last night my number one priority in the coming two months is trying to facilitate a transition that ensures our president-elect is successful. I have been very encouraged by the, I think, interest in President-elect Trump's wanting to work with my team around many of the issues that this great country faces, and I believe that it is important for all of us, regardless of party and regardless of political preferences to now come together, to work together... I want to emphasize to you as president-elect that we are now going to want to do everything to help you succeed because if you succeed the country succeeds"; too bad, after influence by Trump-hating Michelle Obama, the traditional photo-op with the two first couples outside the White House S entrance is cancelled. On Nov. 14 Pres. Obama gives his first press conference since the election, flopping about Donald Trump being unfit for office but never admitting that he has the right temperament to be trusted with the nuclear codes, with the soundbytes: "There are going to be certain aspects of his temperament that will not serve him well unless he recognizes them"; "Reality has a way of asserting itself"; "I don't think he is ideological. I think ultimately he's pragmatic, in that way. And that can serve him well", "It will be up to him to set up a team that he thinks will serve him well and reflect his policies", and he should "try to send some signals of unity and reach out to minority groups or women or others that were concerned about the tenor of the campaign." On Nov. 17 Donald Trump appoints U.S. lt. gen. Michael Flynn, former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) (a registered Dem.) as his nat. security advisor. On Nov. 18 Donald Trump settles the lawsuits against over defunct Trump U. for $25M, without admitting guilt. On Nov. 18 (eve.) Mike Pence attends a performance of the Broadway musical Hamilton at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway, getting booed by the audience; at the end Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr addresses him from the stage, with the soundbyte: "We, sir, we are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights, sir." On Nov. 22 (Who Killed Kennedy Day) Donald Trump meets with reps of the liberal biased mainstream media, incl. CNN head Jeff Zucker, Meet the Press host Chuck Todd, Hillary lover George Stephanopoulos, Wolf Bltzer, Martha Raddatz, Gayle King, and Lester Holt, dressing them down for attempting to throw the election to Hillarious Clownton, telling Zucker: "I hate your network. Everyone at CNN is a liar, and you should be ashamed." Castro couldn't bear facing The Donald so he checked out? On Nov. 25 Cuban dictator (since Jan. 1, 1959) Fidel Castro (b. 1926) croaks in Havana, sparking massive celebrations in Little Havana, Miami, Fla.; Pres. Obama utters the soundbyte: "Fidel Castro was a larger than life leader who served his people for almost half a century... Both Mr. Castro's supporters and detractors recognized his tremendous dedication and love for the Cuban people, who had a deep and lasting affection for 'El Commandante'. I know my father was very proud to call him a friend, and I had the opportunity to meet Fidel when my father passed away", which Fla. Repub. Sen. Marco Rubo blasts as "a pathetic statement on the death of a dictator... with no mention of thousands he killed and imprisoned"; U.S. pres.-elect Donald Trump utters the soundbyte: "Today, the world marks the passing of a brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades. Fidel Castro's legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights."
On Dec. 1, 2016 U.S. pres.-elect Donald T. Rump, er, Donald J. Trump holds his first thank-you rally in Cincinnati, Ohio, announcing his appointment of James "Mad Dog" Mathis as U.S. defense secy., uttering the soundbyte "We shattered that blue wall". On Dec. 2 Donald Trump speaks on the telephone with Taiwan pres. Tsai Ing-wen, pissing-off the Chinese, who lodge a protest with the U.S. On Dec. 7 Time mag. names Donald Trump their 2016 Person of the Year; in 2015 he was runner-up to German chancellor Angela Merkel. On Dec. 11 a bipartisan group of U.S. senators incl. Repubs. John McCain and Lindsey Graham, and Dems. Chuck Schumer and Jack Reed call for a congressional probe into whether Russia influences the U.S. pres. election for Trump, whose team replies: "These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. The election ended a long time ago in one of the biggest Electoral College victories in history. It's now time to move on and Make America Great Again." On Dec. 15 sore loser Hillary Clinton makes her first public comments that she won't dispute the election results NOT, with the soundbyte that Russian pres. Vladimir attempted to "undermine our democracy" because he had a "personal beef" with her, claiming "It's part of a long-term strategy to cause us to doubt ourselves" - your endless lies don't? On Dec. 16 First Lady Michelle Obama gives her final White House interview to Oprah Winfrey, putting a bookend on her 2008 remarks that "For the first time in my adult life I am proud of my country because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback", with the soundbyte: "Now we're feeling what not having hope feels like. Hope is necessary", adding that she wishes that a "grownup" should be in charge of the country instead of you know who. On Dec. 16 Pres. Obama gives his last press conference of 2016, accusing Russian pres. Vladimir Putin of cyberattacks attempting to interfere with the U.S. election, claiming that when he told him in Sept. to "cut it out" they stopped, hampering Dem. efforts to sway Repub. electors against Trump. On Dec. 18 Ariz. Repub. RINO Sen. John McCain gives an interview to CNN's "State of the Union", claiming that Russian hacking of the 2016 election threatens to "destroy democracy" - duh, how many votes did Putin get? Is he calling for war? On Dec. 19 after calls by the Dems. to ignore the vote counts and blame the Russians for rigging the election to vote for Hillary instead of Trump, the U.S. Electoral College votes for ?. On Dec. 19 after calls by the Dems. to ignore the vote counts and blame the Russians for rigging the election to vote for Hillary instead of Trump, the U.S. Electoral College votes for Trump anyway by 304 vs. 227 for Clinton; four electors in Wash. flop on Clinton, voting for Colin Powell, and one votes for environmental activist Faith Spotted Eagle of S.D.; two Repub. electors in Tex. flop on Trump; one Dem. elector in Hawaii flops on Clinton, voting for Bernie Sanders; one elector in Colo. tries to vote for John Kasich, but it fired.
2017 Chinese Year: Rooster (Jan. 28); late last Dec. Taiyuan, Shanxi, China erects a giant Trump Rooster Statue outside a shopping mall. On Jan. 2 after North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il pledges to step-up efforts to test-fire an ICBM this year, Donald Trump tweets the soundbyte: "It won't happen!" On Jan. 3 Pres. Obama expands the power of the Nat. Security Agency (NSA) to share raw sigint (globally intercepted personal communications) with 16 other intel agencies, making it easier for anti-Trump moles to leak info. after he takes office. On Jan. 5 lame duck Pres. Obama holds a meeting with vice-pres. Joe Biden, FBI dir. Jim Comey, Atty. Gen. Sally Yates, and nat. security advisor Susan Rice, telling them to consider withholding nat. intel from the incoming Trump admin. in case they were compromised by Russia. On Jan. 8 (eve.) the 2017 (74th) Golden Globes Awards, presented at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif by Jimmy Fallon is a coup for "La La Land", which wins seven; the awards show is full of liberal Hollyweird stars giving speeches dissing Donald Trump, esp. Cecil B. Demille lifetime achievement award winner Meryl Streep, causing Trump to Tweet that "she's one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood". On Jan. 10 (eve.) Pres. Obama delivers his farewell address at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill., responding to cries of "four more years" with "I can't do that", and issuing a parting shot at Donald Trump with the soundbyte: "For every two steps forward, it often feels we take one step back." On Jan. 11 pres.-elect Donald Trump gives a news conference (first in 162 days), continuing his trademark style of never backing down on anything, refusing to put his assets in a blind trust or release his tax returns, and brushing off all attempts to frame him on being Putin's puppet, and telling Jim Acosta that his CNN is "fake news". On Jan. 15 (eve.) Donald Trump gives an interview to The Washington Post, in which he utters the soundbyte that he is planning on replacing Obamacare with a plan that will provide "insurance for everybody". On Jan. 19 (eve.) after Donald Trump and his family land ceremoniously in Washington, D.C., the Deploraball in Washington, D.C. for Trump supporters is crashed by hundreds of black mask-wearing anarchist protesters; performers incl. country star Toby Keith; fake news outlet CNN is disinvited. On Jan. 19 Route 1 to Jerusalem opens to traffic. The don of a new era? On Jan. 20 (12:00 a.m.) (7th min. of the 7th hour on the eve of the Hebrew sabbath) (during a sudden light shower) the 2017 (58th) U.S. Pres. Inauguration sees New York City-born, Queens, N.Y.-raised Wharton School-educated real estate billionaire and TV personality (Presbyterian?) Donald John Trump (1946-) (Hebrew numerical value 424, same as Messiah Ben David AKA King David, who died at age 7, vs. Hillary Rodham Clinton = 255 = Amalek) (Secret Service codename: Mogul) (known for using 8th grade language filled with repetition) become Repub. U.S. pres. #45 (until ? (70 years, 70 mo. and 7 days old - oldest elected U.S. pres.) (married 3x) (five children and eight grandchildren); former gov. #50 of Ind. (2013-17) Michael Richard "Mike" Pence (1959-) (Secret Service codename: Hoosier) becomes U.S. vice-pres. #48 (until ?); the end of a globalized U.S.? the inauguration is watched by 30.6M TV viewers on 12 TV networks, becoming the 2nd highest Nielsen rating since 1981; before the ceremony Trump attends a private religious service at St. John's Episcopal Church, led by Southern Baptist Rev. Robert Jeffries; First Lady is Slovenian-born Melania Trump (Melanija Knavs or Knauss) (1970-) (Secret Service codename: Muse), insisting that the White House be exorcised before moving in; at the inauguration she wears a baby-blue dress and jacket from Ralph Lauren, stirring comparisons with Jackie Kennedy; Second Lady is Kan.-born wears a baby-blue dress and jacket from Ralph Lauren, stirring comparisons with Jackie Kennedy; Second Lady is Kan.-born Karen Sue Pence (nee Batten) (1958-) (Secret Service codename: Hummingbird); Trump's hotshot daughter (2nd First Lady?) is New York City-born Ivanka Marie Trump (1981-) (Secret Service codename: Marvel), who wears a white Oscar de la Renta dress at the inauguration; the inauguration is boycotted by 67 Dem. congresspersons (most since Abraham Lincoln), but not Hillary and Bill Clinton, who are thanked by Trump at the luncheon in the Capitol; Trump's cabinet picks incl. no Hispanics (first time since 1981); Trump's 2017 Inauguration Speech punches the Washington, D.C. establishment in the mouth while telling the American People that they run it now, repeating the phrase "America First"; on Jan. 20 retired USMC gen. James N. "Mad Dog" Mattis (1950-) becomes U.S. secy. of defense #26 (until ?); on Jan. 20 retired USMC gen. John Francis Kelly (1950-) becomes U.S. homeland secy. #5 (until ?); Sean Michael Spicer (1971-) becomes White House press secy. #30 (until July 21); within a few hours of taking the oath of office, Trump signs a sweeping executive order to federal agencies to "ease the burden" of Obamacare in preparation for its total abolition. On Jan. 20 after receiving a $285M severage package from Goldman Sachs, where he was pres. since 2006, Cleveland, Ohio-born Jewish-Am. investment banker Gary David Cohn (1960-) becomes dir. #11 of the Nat. Economic Council, making him Pres. Trump's chief economic advisor (until Mar. 6, 2018). On Jan. 20 (eve.) Zeke Miller of Time mag. reports that the bust of Martin Luther King Jr. in the Oval Office of the White House has been removed; he quickly issues a correction and apology; actually, a bust of Winston Churchill that was removed by Pres. Obama was returned and placed in a new spot. On Jan. 21 the anti-Trump 2017 Disrupt J20 Women's March, funded by leftist puppetmaster George Soros sweeps the globe from Australia to the U.S. and U.K.; pop star Madonna wears a pussy hat, and mentions dreams of "blowing up the White House"; protesters carry signs reading "Pussy trumps tyranny", "Keep your politics off my pussy", "Stay cunty", and "My neck, my back, my pussy will grab back"; 217 are arrested for rioting, facing up to 10 years in priz and a $250K fine. On Jan. 21 Pres. Trump meets with the CIA, declaring that the U.S. must totally eradicate "radical Islamic terrorism" from the "face of the Earth". On Jan. 23 Pres. Trump signs an executive order withdrawing the U.S. from the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership, which he called "a rape of our country"; he is backed by progressive Dems. and labor groups, and opposed by establishment Repubs. and economists; he also signs an executive order to defund Internat. Planned Parenthood, leaving the U.S.-based corporation for Congress; he also signs an executive order freezing federal hiring, except for the military. On Jan. 23 U.S. Rep. (R-Kan.) (2011-17) Michael Richard "Mike" Pompeo (1963-) becomes U.S. CIA dir. (until ?). On Jan. 23 Indian-Am. Repub. atty. Ajit Varadaraj Pai (1973-), known as a big critic of regulation incl. Net Neutrality becomes U.S. FCC chmn. (until ?) On Jan. 24 Pres. Trump signs executive orders reopening the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipline projects, guaranteeing all U.S.-made steel. On Jan. 25 Pres. Trump signs an executive order to beg planning for a border wall with Mexico, vowing to begin construction within months, and make the Mexican govt. pay for it. On Jan. 25 the Dow Jones Industrial Avg. hits 20K for the first time. On Jan. 25 artist Christo cancels his 25-y.-o. project "Over the River" to hang a silvery fabric along a 42-mi. stretch of the Arkansas River in SC Colo., ostensibly in protest against Pres. Trump. On Jan. 26 after denouncing his new border security measures, Mexican pres. Enrique Pena Nieto cancels his planned visit to the U.S. to meet with Pres Trump.; the Trump Wall would reduce cash flow to the cartels that financed Nieto's pres. campaign? On Jan. 26 (1:30 p.m.) Pres. Dump Truck, er, Trump visits the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security HQ, and utters the soundbyte: "A nation without borders is not a nation. Beginning today, the United States of America gets back control of its borders", then signs the executive order "Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States", tightening U.S. immigration policies, indefinitely banning refugees from Syria, and banning refugees from other countries for 120 days, plus 30 days more for Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen; refugees to be admitted this year will be cut from 110K to 50K; on Jan. 27 after answering critics with "We can't take chances", Trump tells Christian Broadcasting Network that he will help persecuted Christians; Iraq retaliates by banning U.S. travelers, as does Iran; on Jan. 29 Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz announces that they will hire 10K refugees over the next five years, while U.S. Senate minority leader (D-N.Y.) Chuck Schumer calls Trump's order "mean-spirited and un-American... bad for America, bad for our national security", claiming it goes against "what America has always been about", breaking into tears, which Trump calls "fake tears"; too bad, Trump omits dangerous Muslim nations Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Turkey, UAE et al., maybe because some are where he has business ties? On Jan. 27 former U.S. Repub. gov. #116 (2011-17) Nimrata "Nikki" Haley (nee Randhawa) (1972-) becomes U.S. ambassador to the U.N. (until ?). On Jan. 27 the anti-abortion 2017 March for Life is heartily supported by Pres. Trump; Mike Pence becomes the first U.S. vice-pres. to give a speech at one, containing the soundbytes: "Life is winning again in America", "We will not rest until we restore a culture of life in America for ourselves and our posterity", and "Next week President Donald Trump will announce a Supreme Court nominee who will uphold the God-given liberty enshrined in our Constitution in the tradition of the late and great Justice Antonin Scalia", calling for ending taxpayer-funded abortions. On Jan. 28 Pres. Trump signs an executive order banning former admin. officials from lobbying for five years, along with an order to his generals to give him a plan to defeat ISIS in 30 days, restructuring the Nat. Security Council and Homeland Security Council; meanwhile at 9:00 p.m. U.S. federal judge Ann Donnelly of New York stays Trump's executive orders, preventing the govt. from deporting the 200 citizens from banned countries who already arrived in the U.S. from being deported, but leaving his orders intact. On Jan. 30 Pres. Trump signs an executive order requiring federal agencies to cut two existing regulations for every new one they introduce. On Jan. 30 after the White House deliberately omits mention of the Jewish Shoah or Nazi anti-Semitism in its recognition of Internat. Holocaust Remembrance Day, the pissed-off Holocaust Museum issues a statement telling them what's what. On Jan. 30 Pres. Trump fires acting U.S. atty.-gen. Sally Caroline Quillian Yates (1960-) after she refuses to enforce his travel restrictions on Muslim countries; she is replaced by Obama appointee Dana James Boente (1954-) of the Eastern District of Va. On Jan. 30 Pres. Trump issues a tweet calling the media "the opposition party". On Jan. 30-31 a Reuter/Ipsos Poll finds that 49% of Am. adults agree with Trump's executive order on immigration, vs. 41% who disagree, and 10% who are undecided. On Jan. 31 former labor secy. #24 (2001-9) Elaine Lan Chao (1953-) becomes U.S. transportation secy. #18 (until ?). On Jan. 31 Pres. Trump nominates Denver, Colo.-born federal judge Neil McGill Gorsuch (1967-) (son of former EPA head Anne Gorsuch) for the U.S. Supreme Court, causing Dems. to run half-scared at the likelihood of his approval? In Jan. former U.S. secy. of state John Kerry meets with top PLO negotiator Hussein Agha in London, telling him to "be strong", "play for time", and "not yield to President Trump's demands", urging him to attack Trump personally, like he did a year earlier when he cursed Trump with the soundbyte "May your house be destroyed".
On Feb. 1 ExxonMobil CEO (2006-16) Rex Wayne Tillerson (1952-) becomes U.S. secy. of state #69 (until ?). On Feb. 1 new U.S. nat. security adviser Michael Flynn makes his first public statement, and announces that it is "officially putting Iran on notice" after its ballistic missile tests and an Iranian-backed Houthi rebel attack on a Saudi warship. On Feb. 2 (a.m.) Pres. Trump addresses the Nat. Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., uttering the soundbytes that "religious freedom is under threat", and vowing to "get rid of an totally destroy the Johnson Amendment" that bars pastors from endorsing candidates from the pulpit - unless they're black? On Feb. 3 federal judge James Robart in Seattle, Wash. orders a nat. halt to enforcement of Pres. Trump's 7-nation travel ban, causing Trump to tweet the soundbyte: "The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!" On Feb. 6 British House of Commons speaker (since June 22, 2009) John Simon Bercow (1963-) stinks himself up by calling for Pres. Trump to be banned from speaking in the House - don't have a cow? On Feb. 7 after a 50-50 tie is broken by U.S. vice-pres. Mike Pence (first time ever for a cabinet apointee), billionaire Repub. Reformed Christian Elisabeth "Betsy" DeVos (nee Prince) (1958-) (proponent of de-federalization of schools and archenemy of featherbedded teachers unions) becomes U.S. education secy. #11 (until ?); on Feb. 7 U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) introduces a bill to abolish the U.S. Dept. of Education on Dec. 31, 2018, with the soundbyte: "Neither Congress nor the President, through his appointees, has the constitutional authority to dictate how and what our children must learn"; during her confirmation hearings DeVos gave the example of how a rural school in grizzly country in Wyo. might need to keep a gun to deal with grizzlies as an example of why central planning from Washington, D.C. won't work, which the lying PC media twists into a statement that all schools need guns to fight grizzlies to prove she's unqualified. On Feb. 8 Pres. meets with U.S. big city police chiefs and sheriffs, and blasts the so-called judges pretending to deliberate on his suspended travel ban apparently solely on the basis that they are Islamophiles and don't like Trump's campaign statement that he wanted to ban all Muslims, not just ones from terrorist countries like in his executive order, which was a backing down, uttering the soundbyte: "Anyone would understand this. This is for the security of the country.. Because you could be a lawyer, or you don't have to be a lawyer. If you were a good student in high school or a bad student in high school, you could understand this", blasting the oral arguments presented to the super-leftist U.S. 9th Circuit "Circus" Court of Appeals in San Francisco (most overturned in the U.S.) the night before, with the soundbyte: "We're talking about things that had just nothing to do with it"; the real reason a cabal of liberal justices iintervened is to appease the Muslim World, even at the cost of destroying the U.S. Constitution in an attempted power grab and coup; the 3-judge panel incl. Michelle T. Friedland, William C. Canby Jr., and Richard R. Clifton; too bad, they intervened too quickly, before any pres. order banning all Muslims, much less a congressional order, and shot their bolt and gave themselves away so that they can be removed before they get another chance? On Feb. 8 after a desperate attack on him by Dems., who claim he is a white supremacist in disguise, U.S. Sen. (R-Ala.) (1997-) Jefferson Beauregard "Jeff" Sessions (1946-) becomes U.S. atty. gen. #84 (until ?). On Feb. 9 the super-liberal U.S. 9th Court of Appeals in San Francisco upholds Seattle Judge James Robert's restraining order on Pres. Trump's travel ban from seven Muslim nations in a purely political decision designed to let as many illegals rush in as possible, failing to even state the law involved, 8 U.S. Code 1182, and spitting in Trump's face for his assertion that the court doesn't have any constitutional authority to second-guess his order because the defense of nat. borders is solely the responsibility of Congress and the president, with the soundbyte: "There is no precedent to support this claimed unreviewability, which runs contrary to the fundamental structure of our constitutional democracy", causing Trump to tweet: "See you in court, the security of our nation is at stake!" On Feb. 9 senior Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway issues a free add for Ivanka Trump's clothing line in her official capacity on TV, violating ethics rules and causing the PC police to come out, after which she is given counseling and the matter dropped by the Trump admin., if not the Dems. On Feb. 10 U.S. Rep. (R-Ga.) (2005-) and physician Thomas Edmund "Tom" Price (1954-) becomes U.S. secy. of health and human services #23 (until ?). On Feb. 13 Pres. Trump meets in the White House with Islamonymphomaniac Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, who announces that "We continue to pursue our policies of openness towards immigration and refugees without compromising security", while Trump continues his hard line on refugees and illegal immigrants. On Feb. 13 Goldman Sachs banker Steven Terner "Steve" Mnuchin (1962-) becomes U.S. treasury secy. #77 (until ?). On Feb. 13 after admitting that he lied to U.S. vice-pres. Mike Pence about discussions with Russia over sanctions (a possible violation of the 1799 U.S. Logan Act), U.S. nat. security adviser Gen. Michael Flynn resigns; he already was convicted in 2015 for mishandling classified info; on Feb. 13 Pres. Trump offers the position to retired vice-adm. Robert S. "Bob" Harward Jr., who passes, after which on Feb. 20 Trump nominates U.S. Army lt. gen. Herbert Raymond "H.R." "the Iconoclast" McMaster (1962-), who on ? becomes U.S. nat. security advisor #26 (until ?). On Feb. 16 U.S. Rep. (R-S.C.) (2011-) John Michael "Mick" Mulvaney (1967-) becomes OMB dir. #? (until ?). On Feb. 16 A Day Without Immigrants is a gen. strike around the U.S. - Trump supporters wish they'd never quit striking? On Feb. 16 after a sudden urge, Pres. Trump gives a long (75 min.) press conference, his first solo press conference, redefining the concept, calling his admin. a "fine-tuned machine" and lambasting the press for bias and hate, claiming that he inherited a "mess" and denying all stories about his campaign being in constant contact with Russia as "fake news", blaming the resignation of Michael T. Flynn on leaks, and uttering the soundbyte: "Tomorrow they will say Donald Trump rants and raves at the press. I'm not ranting and raving, I'm just telling you. You know, you're dishonest people. but, but I'm not ranting and raving. I love this. I'm having a good time doing it." On Feb. 16 Hardee's and Carl's Jr. CEO (since Sept. 2000) Andrew Franklin "Andy" Puzder (1950-) resigns, and on Feb. 16 Pres. Trump nominates R. Alexander Acosta (1968-), who on Apr. 28 becomes U.S. labor secy. #27 (until ?). On Feb. 17 Okla. Repub. atty. gen. #17 (since Jan. 10, 2011) Edward Scott Pruitt (1968-) (activist against the EPA's activist agenda, as well as gay marriage, the Affordable Care Act, and abortion) becomes EPA admin. #14 (until ?). On Feb. 17 Pres. Trump tweets the soundbyte: "The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!" On Feb. 23 U.S. secy. of state Rex Tillerson and homeland security secy. John Kelly meet with Mexican foreign affairs secy. Luis Videgaray in Mexico City, who complains that Mexico "does not have to accept provisions that one government wants unilaterally to impose on another", threating to go to the U.N. to defend human rights of Mexicans, while they respond: "In our meetings, we jointly acknowledged that, in a relationship filled with vibrant colors, two strong sovereign countries from time to time will have differences. We listened closely and carefully to each other as we respectfully and patiently raised our respective concerns." On Feb. 24 the Pentagon announces that it's ditching Pres. Obama's names for it and calling it ISIS. On Feb. 27 "King of Bankruptcy" billionaire investor ($2.9B) Wilbur Louis Ross Jr. (1937-) becomes U.S. commerce secy. #39 (until ?). On Feb. 28 ((eve.) Pres. Trump addresses a joint session of Congress, giving a speech that finally makes him look presidential, starting with the soundbyte: "Tonight, as we mark the conclusion of our celebration of Black History Month, we are reminded of our nation's path toward civil rights and the work that still remains. Recent threats targeting Jewish Community Centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week's shooting in Kansas City, remind us that while we may be a nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms", going on to use the term radical Islamic terrorism" so much hated by Pres. Obama, and announcing a new VOICE (Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement office in the Dept. of Homeland Security, drawing groans from the usually icily quiet Dems., who do stand and clap for veterans, paid family leave, a tribute to U.S. Navy SEAL Senior Chief William "Ryan" Owens et al., and ending with a very presidential call for unity, silencing many critics, with the soundbyte: "Everything that is broken in our country can be fixed. Every problem can be solved. And every hurting family can find healing, and hope. "Our citizens deserve this, and so much more — so why not join forces to finally get it done? On this and so many other things, Democrats and Republicans should get together and unite for the good of our country, and for the good of the American people." In Feb. the exasperated loser Dems. begin making allegations of sinister connections between Pres. Trump and Vladimir Putin, calling for an investigation by the House select committee on intelligence, which chmn. U.S. Rep. (R-Calif.) (2015-) Devin Gerald Nunes (1973-) rejects, saying that it isn't necessary because "there's nothing there", and it would amount to a "witch hunt"; on Mar. 1 after stating under oath on Jan. 17 that he has never been in contact with the Russian govt. about the 2016, election U.S. atty.-gen. Jeff Sessions is accused by the Wall Street Journal of being investigated for ilegal contact with the Russians, which he denies, but adds that he talked with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak about Ukraine and terrorism, causing Trump-hating U.S. Sen. (D-S.C.) Lindsey Graham to call for him to recuse himself from any investigations, and Trump-hating U.S. Rep. (D-Calif.) Nancy Pelosi to accuse him of lying under oath and call for his resignation, which is seconded by Trump-hating Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer, causing Sessions to recuse himself on Mar. 2; on Mar. 3 Pres. Trump tweets that he has full confidence in Sessions, that Schumer and Pelosi had meetings with the same ambassador, and should be investigated instead; on Mar. 4 (early a.m.) Trump issues more tweets that "sick" Pres. Obama had his "phones tapped in Trump Tower" before the election; on Mar. 13 White House press secy. Sean Spicer explains that "The President used the word wiretapes in quotes to mean, broadly, surveillance and other activities"; on Apr. 6 despite Speaker Paul Ryan expressing full confidence in him, Nunes temporarily steps down from the U.S. House investigation on Russia's meddling in the U.S. pres. election, calling ethics charges by the Office of Congressional Ethics claiming he made unauthorized disclosures of classified info. "entirely false and politically motivated".
On Mar. 3, 2017 Pres. Trump visits the new nuclear-powered USS Gerald R. Ford, which he calls "a monument of American might", vowing to pump billions of dollars into new military hardware. On Mar. 6 (Mon.) Pres. Trump signs a revised executive order barring citizens from six Muslim-majority nations from the U.S. for 90 days starting Mar. 16, with Iraq removed; on Mar. 15 his order is blocked by Honolulu, Hawaii federal judge Derrick Kahala Watson, an appointee and Harvard Law School classmate of Pres. Obama, who visited his town 48 hours earlier, and decides to elect himself to the White House in an arrogant abuse of judicial power. On Mar. 8 A Day Without a Woman sees protests by anti-Trump women across the U.S. On Mar. 8 U.S. homeland security secy. John F. Kelly announces that illegal immigration across the SW U.S. border plummeted since Pres. Trump took office, with coyotes hiking their rates from $3.5K to $8K. On Mar. 15 Donald Trump's tax returns for 2005 are leaked, with Trump-hater Rachel MadCow, er, Maddow of MSNBC stinking herself up by crowing that they prove that Trump is a tax cheat, liar, and parasite, but instead showing that he paid $38M in taxes on a profit of $150M, and not zero like Hillary's people were claiming, at a 25% rate that is higher than Obama's or Bernie Sanders'. On Mar. 16 U.S. Sen. (R-Ind.) (2011-17) Daniel Ray "Dan" Coats (1943-) becomes U.S. nat. intel dir. #5 (until ?). On Mar. 19 popular TV judge Andrew Napolitano claims that Pres. Obama asked British intel officials to wiretap Trump Tower, causing Fox News to fire him. On Mar. 24 after mo. of wrangling between themselves over Pres. Trump's new Am. Health Care Act (AHCA) health care bill to replace Obamacare, which some call Ryancare or Obamacare 2.0, causing Trump to issue various ultimatums and call for a floor vote, speaker Paul Ryan pulls it before the scheduled vote after failing to convince enough Repubs. to vote for it and at Trump's request; no Dems. will vote for it either way; Obamacare remains the law of the land. On Mar. 27 after it is revealed that he met on the White House grounds with a source claiiming that communications involving Pres. Trump and/or his associates were caught up in "incidental" surveillance, U.S. Rep. (D-Calif.) Adam Schiff, top Dem. on the House Intel Committee calls on U.S. Rep. (R-Calif.) Devin Nunes to recuse himself from the witch hunt investigation into possible ties between Pres. Trump's campaign and Russia. On Mar. 28 after slithering out of her rock, Hillary Clinton gives a speech to businesswomen in San Francisco, Calif. dissing Pres. Trump, with the soundbyte: "These are bad policies that will hurt people and take our country in the wrong direction. It's the kinds of things you think about when you take long walks in the woods... Resist, insist, persist, enlist"; she gives the speech dressed up like the Joker? On Mar. 29 Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump is given the special job of asst. to the U.S. pres., with no salary.
On Apr. 3, 2017 (2:40 p.m.) an explosion of a shrapnel-filled bomb at the Sennaya Ploshchad Metro Station in St. Petersburg, Russia kills 14 and injures 49 while pres. Vladimir Putin is visiting the city (his hometown); another bomb is found and dismantled; Pres. Trump talks on the phone with Vladimir Putin about it; the suspect is Islamist 23-y.-o. ?. On Apr. 3 Pres. Trump meets in the White House with Egyptian pres. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, promising a U.S. military buildup "probably more than ever before", and praising him as doing a "fantastic job", promising "strong support" for battling terrorism. On Apr. 6 (8:40 p.m. ET) in response to the gassing attack of children et al., as he sat down to dinner with Chinese leader Xi Jinping in Palm Beach, Pres. Trump orders a 59-missile Tomahawk cruise missile ($1.5M apiece) strike by USS Ross and USS Porter on the Shayrat Airfield in Homs Province, where the attack originated "to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons"; Dems. Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi endorse the action, while most other Dems. condemn it because he didn't ask Congress for permission first, which isn't required by law. On Apr. 12, 2017 U.S. secy. of state Rex Tillerson meets in Moscow with Russian pres. Vladimir Putin; meanwhile in the White House Pres. Trump utters the soundbytes: "We may be at an all-time low in terms of relationship with Russia", and "I said it [NATO] was obsolete. It's no longer obsolete", dropping his characterization of China as a currency manipulator to get them to help him spank Kim Jong-un's hiney et al., and announcing "We are sending an armada" to deal with pesky North Korea, incl. aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson. The Trump admin. fires the first 21st cent. shot heard around the world, but not quite on Friday the 13th? On Apr. 13 (7:00 p.m. local time) (Thur.) the U.S. drops its 21.6K-lb. GBU-43/B MOAB (Massive Ordinance Air Bomb) (Mother of All Bombs) (largest non-nuclear bomb in its arsenal) in Nangarhar Province, Achin District, E Afghanistan on an ISIS tunnel and cave complex, becoming the first use in combat, killing 94 ISIS fighters incl. four cmdrs.; the U.S. had already decimated ISIS forces in Afghanistan by 80% to about 600; U.S. Gen. John Nicholson made the decision to drop the big bomb, not Pres. Trump. On Apr. 19 Fox News kicks cable's top news anchor Bill O'Reilly off The O'Reilly Factor amid sexual harassment allegations, changing the name to The Factor - score one for the anti-Trump crowd? On Apr. 24 Pres. Trump meets with U.N. Security Council ambassadors at the White House, describing the U.N. as an "underperformer", complaining about costs going "out of control", and how unfair it is that the U.S. has to pay 22% of the operating budget and 28.6% of the peacekeeping budget; with the soundbyte: "It hasn't lived up to the potential. I see a day when there's a conflict where the United Nations, you get together, and you solve the conflict. You just don't see the United Nations, like, solving conflicts. I think that's going to start happening now." On Apr. 25 U.S. federal judge William Orrick III in San Francisco blocks Pres. Trump's order to withhold federal funds from sanctuary cities, claiming that the city of San Francisco and county of Santa Clara are likely to succeed in proving it unconstitutional, foiling plans by the U.S. Dept. of Justice to cut-off funding to eight sanctuary cities if they don't provide proof that they are deliberaly sheltering illegal aliens; Orrick previously raised $200K for Obama. On Apr. 25 Pres. Trump speaks at the U.S. Holocaust Museum's Days of Remembrance in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C., uttering the soundbytes: "This is my pledge to you: we will confront anti-Semitism,. We will stamp out prejudice, we will condemn hatred, we will bear witness and we will act", "Those who deny the Holocaust are an accomplice to this horrible evil. We'll never be silent, we just won't. We will never, ever be silent in the face of evil again", and "The state of Israel is an eternal monument to the undying strength of the Jewish people." On Apr. 27 Pres. gives an interview to Reuters, uttering the soundbyte: "I loved my previous life. I had so many things going. This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier." On Apr. 29 Pres. Trump's Day 100 comes after signing 24 executive orders (most since WWII), 22 pres. memoranda, 20 pres. proclamations, and 28 bills, none major. On Apr. 29 protesters in 600 U.S. cities stage an anti-Trump March for Science. d my previous life. I had so many things going. This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier."
On May 2, 2017 Hillary Clinton gives an interview to Christiane Amanpour of CNN, claiming that if the election had been held on Oct. 27, "I would be your president", and uttering the soundbyte: "I was on the way to winning, until the combination of Jim Comey's letter on October 28th, and Russian WikiLeaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me, but got scared off", causing Pres. Trump to Tweet: "FBI Director Comey was the best thing that ever happened to Hillary Clinton in that the gave her a free pass for many bad deeds!", and "Trump/Russia story was an excuse used by the Democrats as justification for losing the election. Perhaps Trump just ran a great campaign?" On May 3 Pres. Trump meets with Palestinian Authority pres. Mahmud Abbas at the White House, calling for an end to hisprogram of paying terrorists and their families, saying that Palestinians cannot expect to see a lasting peace until their "leaders speak in a unified voice against incitement to... violence and hate"; Abbas lies to Trump to play him, with the soundbyte: "Mr. President, I affirm to you that we are raising our youth, our children, our grandchildren on a culture of peace." On May 4 (Nat. Day of Prayer) the U.S. Senate passes as $1.2T spending bill to keep the govt. open through Sept.; it incl. an additional $1.5B for border security; meanwhile the the U.S. House of Reps by 217-213 passes legislation beginning the process of repealing and replacing Obamacare; meanwhile Pres. Trump signs an executive order weakening the 1954 Johnson Amendment, instructing the IRS to back off and allow religious leaders to endorse political candidates; too bad, only Congress can absolish their amendment, and Trump's protection will end when he leaves office; also too bad, it chucks the free exercise of religion clause in the First Amendment, relying only on the free speech clause; the ACLU declines to file a lawsuit over it, calling it "a sham because what it actually does is instruct the IRS to enforce the law as written". On May 9 Pres. Trump says "You're fired!" to FBI dir. #7 (since Sept. 4, 2013) James Comey (1960-), citing his mishandling of the Hillary Clinton email scandal along with a memo by deputy U.S. atty. gen. Rod Rosenstein, with the soundbyte: "While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the bureau"; on May 10 Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell refuses calls to appoint a special prosecutor or commission for the Trump-Russia probe, calling them "partisan". On May 10 Pres. Trump meets in the White House with Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov and ambassador Sergey Kislyak; later after a leak from his own admin., Trump is accused of giving them sensitive foreign intel, with some claiming it came from Israel; on May 22 Trump tells reporters that he never mentioned the word Israel, proving that it was Israel, or merely denying it was Israel without saying what the source really was? On May 15 the anti-Trump Washington Post claims that Pres. Trump gave Russian officials top secret intel info. at a meeting in the White House; too bad, the murky sources can't be pinned down. On May 16 the New York Times pub. a report claiming that fired FBI dir. James Comey wrote a memory claiming that Pres. Trump asked him to quash the investigation of Gen. Michael Flynn, causing calls for impeachment; all he did was ask him real nicely, not order him? On May 17 deputy U.S. atty. gen. Rod Rosenstein appoints former FBI dir. Robert Muller as special prosecutor for the Trump-Russia investigation, causing Pres. Trump on May 18 to tweet the soundbyte that it is the "single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history", telling reporters: "As I have stated many times, a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know, there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity." On May 19 Harvard U. releases a study reporting that in Pres. Trump's first 100 days in office, the tone of his news coverage was 80% negative and only 20% positive, with CNN and NBC being 93% negative, CBS 91% negative, and pro-Trump Fox News 52% negative. On May 20 Pres. Trump begins a 9-day trip, starting with a visit to Saudi Arabia to discuss a $110B-$350B 10-year arms deal to counter Iran, receiving a royal welcome; his speech goes mainstream, backing down from his anti-Muslim campaign rhetoric while urging Arab leaders to "fight Islamic extremism" (not "radical Islamic terrorism"); he gives the Saudi king a handshake instead of bowing like Pres. Obama; First Lady Melania Trump and daughter Ivanka are given a pass on wearing a headscarf; on after ending the Saudi prohibition on flying directly there from Meccaland, May 22 Trump visits Israel, meeting with PM Benjamin Netanyahu, his wife Sara, pres. Reuven Rivlin, and members of the cabinet, praying at the Western Wall (first U.S. pres.) and visiting the Church of the Holy Sepulchre; on May 23 he visits Bethlehem in the West Bank; on May 23 (8:00 a.m.) he visits Pope Francis in the Vatican, who doesn't talk or smile at first, during which visit First Lady Melania reveals that she's a devout Roman Catholic, with the pope giving Trump a copy of his May 24, 2015 encyclical "Laudato Si" preaching climate change theory, and Trump giving the pope a set of books by MLK Jr., a piece of granite from his memorial, and a sculpture representing "hope for a peaceful tomorrow"; on May 25 Trump visits Brussels, where the Marxist leftist overlords give him an icy reception. On May 22 (10:30 p.m. local time) at the end of an Ariana Grande Dangerous Woman Tour concert in the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, British-born Islamic suicide bomber Salman Ramadan Abedi (b. 1995) (son of Libyan immigrant) goes off in the exit area where parents are waiting for their children, killing 22 and injuring 120+, mainly children and teenies, becoming the deeadliest attack in the U.K. since July 7, 2005, and the first in Manchester since the Provisional IRA bombing of June 15, 1996; Pres. Trump calls the Islamists "losers"; ISIS claims responsibility; on May 23 British PM Theresa May calls it an act of "sickening cowardice", and raises the threat level to critical (martial law); on May 23 (eve.) a vigil is held in Albert Square, attended by Britain's multicultural pop. incl. Muslims, all claiming that the attack had nothing to do with Islam :); on May 23 after learning that Abedi recently returned from Libya and Syria, police make three arrests; he was linked to ISIS but trained by al-Qaida? On May 23 the Washington Post pub. an article claiming that Pres. Trump asked NSA dir. Mike Rogers and DNI Dan Coats to push back on the Trump-Russia story after James Comey's congressional testimony; and that White House officials had tried to get them to lobby the FBI to drop the Gen. Michael Flynn probe. On May 25 Pres. Trump attends a NATO meeting in Brussels, scolding members for not paying their fair share, then attends a G7 summit in Sicily on May 26. On May 31 Pres. Trump tweets about his campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Ppage that the Dems. in the House Intel Committee "don't wnt him to testify... [because he] blows away their case against him"; at 12:06 a.m. he tweets the word "covfefe", which is taken up by the PC press as a subject of speculation. On May 31 after a huge backlash, comedian Kathy Griffin apologizes for a photo showing her holding Pres. Trump's bloody head, which he calls "sick", after which CNN fires her. On May 31 Hillary Clinton speaks at the Codecon Conference in Rancho Palos Verde, giving a diatribe blaming everybody but herself for losing the 2016 U.S. pres. election, starting with the snaky soundbyte "I take responsibility for every decision I made, but that is not why I lost", blaming Russian hackers, weaponized data, content farms in Macedonia, corrupted algorithms, fingering Pres. Trump for orchestrating it, esp. the "fake news" on Facebook incl. Pizzagate.
On June 1-3, 2017 the 21st St. Petersburg Internat. Economic Forum (SPIEF) is attended by Russian pres. Vladimir Putin, who is interviewed by U.S. journalist Megyn Kelly, who pooh-poohs suggestions that Russia influenced the 2016 U.S. pres. election, saying: "It reminds me of anti-Semitism: the Jews are to blame for everything." On June 5 Pres. Trump announces his proposal to privatize the air traffic control (ATC) system, saying it was designed to handle 100K people/year, not the 1B people/year needed today; meanwhile after the U.S. Supeme Court takes his case, he tweets that his proposed travel ban should be called just that, pissing-off the PC police, along with another tweet criticizing Muslim London mayor Sadiq Kahn, whose comments on the 2017 London Massacre that the pop. should still feel they're safe a "pathetic disgrace", adding: "The FAKE MSM is working so hard trying get me not to use Social Media. They hate that I can get the honest and unfiltered message out"; meanwhile Muslim CNN host Reza Aslan dumps on Pres. Trump, calling him "a piece of shit" et al., causing conservatives L. Brent Bozell III et al. to call for his firing. On June 8 former FBI dir. James Comey testifies before an eager Congress and press about alleged misconduct of Pres. Trump, calling him a liar yet ending up clearing him of anything criminal, because he failed to understand that as Da President Trump has the authority to order an investigation and prosecution to stop, and can even pardon the target to stop it; he claims that he made memos because "I was honestly concerned that he might lie", coming across as a disgruntled employee; Comey reveals that U.S. atty. gen. Loretta Lynch asked him to describe the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server "a matter", which "gave me a queasy feeling"; CNN "Hardball" host Chris Matthews utters the soundbyte that the Trump-Russia collusion theory "came apart"; after it ends, Trump's atty. Marc Kasowitz issues a statement accusing him of being another illegal leaker who should be the one criminally investigated; on June 9 Pres. Trump tweets: "Despite so many false sttements and lies, total and complete vindication... and WOW, Comey is a leaker!"; on June 13 Trump accuses Loretta Lynch of "illegal behavior", claiming that she provided Hillary with "protection". On June 8 German authorities announce the arrest of On June 12 Delta Air Lines announces that it's terminating its 4-y.-o. sponsorship of New York City's Public Theater for producing a version of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" in Central Park that portrays Caesar as Donald Trump, showing him being stabbed to death onstage; Bank of America does ditto. On June 26 the U.S. Supreme (Roberts) Court rules 9-0 to agree< to review Pres. Trump's travel ban on six Muslim-majority nations, allowing it to be partially implemented while they consider it by Oct., excepting only foreign nationals who have a "bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States", which Trump calls a clear victory. On June 29 after the U.S. Senate keeps stalling, Pres. Trump utters the soundbyte that Senate Repubs. should kill Obamacare now and worry about replacing it later, which doesn't stop moderate Repubs. from blocking all bills.
On July 5, 2017 Pres. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visit Warsaw, Poland before attending the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany on July 6-8, where they are met by 12K protesters, who clash with police, while on July 7 Trump meets with Russian prev. Vladimir Putin for over 2 hours despite Melania being sent in at the 1 hour mark in vain; Trump presses Putin twice about meddling in the 2016 pres. election, but he denies everything, and Trump lets it slide, drawing howls from the Hillary, er, supposedly netrual mainstream media; in Warsaw Trump gives a speech, with the soundbyte: "Just as Poland could not be broken, I declare today for the world to hear that the West will never, ever be broken. Our values will prevail. Our people will thrive. And our civilization will triumph"; on July 7 Pres. Trump meets at the G20 Summit with Mexican pres. Enrique Nieto Pena, repeating his insistence that Mexico pay for his wall. On July 8 Pres. Trump announces that the U.S. is pledging $50M to a World Bank program dedicated to women's entrepreneurship in developing countries; Trump also promises $639M in aid to the U.N. World Food Program for starving people in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria, and Yemen. On July 9 Trump-hating fake news New York Times pub. an article revealing a meeting between Russian atty. Natalia Veselnitskaya and Donald Trump Jr. during the 2016 pres. campaign, after which he admits it and adds that she promised to give some dope on Hillary, which amounted to nada, which is twisted by the Trump-hating PC media into yet another fake reason to dump Trump. On July 19 the Trump admin. announces that it will halt CIA's program of arming and training of Syrian rebels, as Russia has been recommending. On July 19 Pres. Trump gives an interview to the New York Times, grumbling about his atty. gen. Jeff Sessions and how he recused himself from the Russia probe, saying: "Sessions should have never recused himself. And if he would, if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job, and I would have picked somebody else." On July 21 White House press secy. Sean Spicer resigns, and Long Island, N.Y.-born financier (founder of SkyBridge Capital) Anthony "Scar" "the Mooch" Scaramucci (1964-) becomes the new White House communications dir., stinking himself up by a profanity-laced critique of White House staff, causing him to receive the boot on July 31, the same day that Gen. John F. Kelly becomes White House chief of staff. On July 21 after a May memo by Nat. Security Council (NSC) strategist Rich Higgins claiming a conspiracy by Repubs. and Dems. in league with globalists like George Soros, along with bankers, Islamists and the media to subvert Pres. Trump via "political warfare agendas that reflect cultural Marxist outcomes" is circulated, he is fired by nat. security advisor (Soros puppet?) H.R. McMaster. On July 24 Pres. Trump addresses the 2017 Boy Scout Jamboree; too bad, on July 27 its pres. Michael Surbaugh apologizes for his insertion of political rhetoric. On July 26 Pres. Trump announces a ban on transgender people in the U.S. armed forces, citing costs and disruption, pissing-off the PC police; on July 27 House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi claims that there are 14K-15K transgenders in the military. On July 27 the White House announces the arrest of 1K+ MS-13 gang members in the last three days; on July 28 Pres. Trump gives a speech to a convention of cops in Long Island, N.Y., praising them to the skies and calling for the "liberation" of whole towns and cities from gangs' grip, incl. his native Long Island. On July 28 the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly votes 98-2 to impose new sanctions on Russia; on Aug. 2 Pres. Trump reluctantly signs the legislation, despite Moscow's threats to retaliate by seizing two U.S. diplomatic properties and ordering the U.S. to cut hundreds of diplomatic staff, uttering the soundbyte that the bill is "seriously flawed, particularly because it encroaches on the executive branch's authority to negotiate."
On Aug. 2, 2017 after Pres. Trump announces his nomination on June 7 to replace James Comey, telling the Senate that he didn't believe the Trump-Russia investigation is a witch hunt and being confirmed by 92-5, Repub. Yale U. grad Christopher Asher Wray (III) (1966-) becomes FBI dir. #8 (until ?). On Aug. 2 Pres. Trump announces plans to introduce the U.S. RAISE (Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment) Act, sponsored by U.S. Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.) to slash legal immigratin by prioritizing those with education, English language proficiency, and earning power. On Aug. 3 a grand jury convened by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller to investigate Trump campaign ties with Russia issues its first subpoenas. On Aug. 5 after Pres. Trump announced his intentions in June, the U.S. formally notifies the U.N. of its intent to withdraw from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. On Aug. 12 after marching on the U. of Va. campus the night before, the white nationalist Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va. to protest the removal of a statue of Confed. Gen. Robert E. Lee ends in violent clashes with counter-protesters, after which a car driven by white supremacist James Alex Fields Jr. rams the crowd, killing 32-y.-o. Heather Heyer and injuring 19; on Aug. 15 black protesters pull down a statue of a Confed. soldier in Durham, N.C.; on Aug. 15/16 (night) Baltimore, Md. mayor Catherine Pugh orders four Confed. monuments taken down. On Aug. 14 after the fake news media blasts him for not explicitly calling out white supremacists in his criticism of the Charlottesville protest, as if he supports them, Pres. Trump meets in the White House with atty. gen. Jeff Sessions and FBI dir. Chris Wray, then delivers a gives a Speech on Racism, with the soundbyte: "Racism is evil, and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, Neo-Nazis, White Supremacists, and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans", confirming that the FBI and Dept. of Justice are investigating the car attack; too bad, on Aug. 15 Trump doubles down with observations that "both sides" were to blame for violence in Charlottesville, mentioning "the alt-left that came charging at them", that "Not all of those people were neo-Nazis... [or] white supremacists... Those people were also there because they wanted to protest the taking down of a statue", and that the movement to strip the U.S. of its 850+ Confed. monuments is an effort to "change history" and "change culture", mentioning George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, which only makes the PC police madder; on Aug. 16 after some CEOs quit to protest his remarks, Trump disbands two high-profile business advisory councils. On Aug. 18 Pres. Trump fires his chief strategist Steve Bannon. On Aug. 21 (eve.) Pres. Trump gives a Speech on Afghanistan, starting out saying that it his gut instinct to pull out now, but that his generals talked him into staying, but that they don't have a blank check; in accordance with his criticism of Pres. Obama for announcing moves in advance, he keeps his plans close to the vest; U.S. secy. of state Rex Tillerson utters the soundbyte: "I think the president was clear, this entire effort is intended to put pressure on the Taliban to have the Taliban understand you will not win a battlefield victory. We may not win one, but neither will you, so, at some point, we have to come to the negotiating table and find a way bring this to an end." On Aug. 22 (eve.) after visiting the border near Yuma, Ariz., Pres. Trump gives a speech in Phoenix, Ariz., uttering the soundbyte: "We are building a wall on the southern border, which is absolutely necessary. The obstructionist Democrats would like us not to do it, believe me, [but] if we have to close down our government, we are building that wall"; protesters draw tear gas from the police. On Aug. 25 controversial former Maricopa County, Ariz. sheriff Joe Arpaio is pardoned by Pres. Trump. On Aug. 28 after being appointed by Pres. Trump, former U.S. Tex. Repub. Sen. (1993-2013) Kay Bailey Hutchison (Kathryn Ann Bailey) (1943-) becomes U.S. NATO rep #22 (until ?).
On Sept. 1, 2017 Pres. Trump nominates former Navy pilot U.S. Rep. (R-Okla.) (2013-) James Frederick "Jim" Bridenstine (1975-) as the new dir. of NASA, who vows to compete with China in space and wants a new Moon visit. On Sept. 3 North Korea explodes a nuke that causes a 6.3 earthquake, claiming it's an H-bomb, becoming their 6th nuke test, causing U.S. defense secy. James "Mad Dog" Mattis to warn them that any more major threats will be met with a "massive military response" that will be "both effective and overwhelming"; on Sept. 4 U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley gives a speech on Iran in the U.N., saying that they are inviting war; on Sept. 5 she gives a speech on Iran, saying that Pres. Trump has reason to find that it has violated the terms of the JCPOA. On Sept. 6 Pres. Trump shocks Repubs. by reaching a spending and debt ceiling agreement with Dems., incl. a 3-mo. increase in the debt ceiling. On Sept. 8 Pres. Trump holds a joint press conference with Qatari emir Tamim ibn Hamad Al-Thani, expressing williness to help resolve the Gulf crisis; on Sept. 9 Saudi Arabia announces that it's cutting off dialog with Qatar over the Gulf crisis. On Sept. 19 (a.m.) Pres. Trump gives a speech to the U.N. Gen. Assembly, touting his America First policy and advising other nations to put their countries first too, adding: "We will stop radical Islamic terrorism, because we cannot allow it to tear up our nation and, indeed, to tear up the entire world", warning "Rocket Man" Kim Jong-un of the "depraved regime" in North Korea: "No nation on Earth has an interest in seeing this band of criminals arm itself with nuclear weapons and missiles... The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime", warning that if he attacks the U.S. his country will be totally destroyed, and demanding that Iran "stop supporting terrorists" and "begin serving its own people", saying that the world will see "very soon" his position on the Iranian nuclear deal, which has an Oct. 15 decision date to cancel or remain in the deal another 90 days; he goes on to describe Assad's rule in Syria as a "criminal regime", and diss the Maduro regime in Venezuela, with the soundbyte: "The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented, but that socialism has been faithfully implemented", saying that the U.S. will not stand by while "the government of Venezuela persists on its path to impose authoritarian rule on the Venezuelan people." On Sept. 22 Pres. Trump utters the soundbyte: "Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he's fired!'"; on Sept. 24 200+ NFL players show their disagreement by kneeling during the playing of the nat. anthem, incl. almost the entire Pittsburgh Steelers team and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, vs. less than 10 the week before; the brouhaha causes U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and U.S. Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) to co-sponsor a bill to end taxpayer funding for NFL stadiums. On Sept. 25 Pres. Trump signs new travel restriction for people in eight Muslim-majority countries plus North Korea and Venezuela, effective Oct. 18. On Sept. 27 the Trump admin. announces a refugee resettlement limit of 45K for FY 2018, lowest since the passage of the U.S. Refugee Act in 1980; Obama's FY 2017 ceiling was 110K. On Sept. 29 after being caught taking private flights, pissing-off Pres. Trump, U.S. HHS secy. Tom Price resigns.
On Oct. 1, 2017 (10:00 p.m.) after renting two rooms on the 23rd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the Strip in Las Vegas, Nev. under the name of his out-of-state girlfriend Marilou Danley, and bringing in 10 suitcases full of guns, accountant, serious gambler, and real estate millionaire Stephen Paddock (b. 1953) of Mesquite, Nev. shoots into a crowd of 22K attending the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival featuring country music star Jason Aldean, killing 58 and injuring 527 then killing himself before police break into his room, becoming the deadliest gun massacre in U.S. history (until ?); police find 19 military rifles, some fitted with bump stocks to make them into automatics, plus 23 more at his home; Pres. Trump calls it "an act of pure evil", saying "We pray for the day when evil has vanished"; ISIS claims that he converted to Islam and was doing Allah's work, later calling him Abu Abd Abdulbar al-Ameriki, which the FBI is all-too quick to deny?; CBS-TV vice-pres. Hayley Geftman-Gold stinks herself up on Facebook by saying that she has no sympathy for the victims because country music fans "often are Republican", getting her fired; he is later found to have research other attack sites in Boston and Chicago; the motive eludes investigators until ? On Oct. 10 the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously throws out an appeal court ruling that struck down Pres. Trump's temporary travel ban targeting eight Muslim-majority nations, becoming a moral V for the Trump admin. On Oct. 12 Pres. Trump signs an executive order making it easier for people to buy cheaper bare-bones health insurance; meanwhile the Trump admin. On Oct. 13 (Fri.) Pres. Trump announces that he won't certify the Iran nuclear deal, and might ultimately terminate it. On Oct. 24 (a.m.) U.S. Sen. (R-Tenn.) (2007-) Robert Phillips "Bob" Corker Jr. (1952-) speaks out against Pres. Trump, with the soundbyte that he will be remembered most for "the debasement of our nation", causing Trump to fire back, Tweeting that Corker is the "incompetent" head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and "doesn't have a clue". On Oct. 26 on Pres. Trump's order, the Nat. Archives releases the long-secret JFK files; too bad, he bows to the CIA and withholds some files for a 6-mo. review. On Oct. 26 Pres. Trump declares a nat. public health emergency in the fight against opioid abuse, saying "I will be pushing... non-addictive painkillers very, very hard." On Oct. 31 (Halloween) (1:30 p.m. local time) the 2017 New York City Halloween Massacre sees Uzbek Muslim Sayfullo ("sword of Allah") Habibullaevich Saipov (1988-) of Tampa, Fla. plow a rented Home Depot truck down a bike path in Lower Manhattan, N.Y. near the World Trade Center, killing eight and injuring 11 before getting out of his truck wielding a BB gun and a paintball gun and running at police shouting Allah Akbar until they shoot him in the stomach, becoming the biggest jihadist attack in New York City since 9/11; he leaves a note claiming that he did it for ISIS, after which Pres. Trump tweets that he has "just ordered Homeland Security to step up our already Extreme Vetting Program. Being politically correct is fine, but not for this"; on Nov. 1 Trump calls the suspect an "animal" and threatens to send him to Guantanamo Bay, and says that he wants Congress to do away with the Diversity Lottery Program and limit immigration to a merit-based system.
On Nov. 9, 2017 Pres. Trump visits China, becoming the first foreign leader allowed to tour the Forbidden City. talking Chinese pres. Xi Jinping into releasing three black UCLA basketball players being held for shoplifting and facing 10-year sentences; on Nov. 10 he visits Vietnam; on Nov. 12 he tweets: "Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me 'old,' when I would NEVER call him 'short and fat?' Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend - and maybe someday that will happen!" On Nov. 9 a Greek judicial council allows convicted Marxist terrorist Dimitris Koufodinas, serving 11 life sentences for killing U.S. and British diplomats to go on a 2-day furlough, pissing-off the U.S. and U.K.
On Dec. 6, 2017 after signing the semi-annual waiver of the 1995 U.S. Jerusalem Embassy Act on Dec. 4, despite dire warnings from Muslim and Euro leaders incl. the EU, U.K., Egypt, Abdullah II of Jordan, Saudi King Salman, who calls it "a flagrant provocation of Muslims all over the world", Hamas, which threatens to "open the gates of Hell", and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, who calls it a "grave mistake", and warns "Jerusalem is our red line", Pres. Trump announces that the U.S. is recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital and that he ordering the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv to move there, keeping a campaign promise no matter how much flak results; wasting no time, on Dec. 6 Hamas issues a call for a Day of Rage on Dec. 8, which incl. protests in Indonesia and Malaysia. On Dec. 9 the $20M Miss. Civil Rights Museum in Jackson, Miss. opens, becoming the first state-sponsored civil rights museum in the U.S.; the opening is attended by Pres. Trump amid protesters, while U.S. Rep. (D-Miss.) Bennie Thompson, U.S. Rep. (D-Ga.) John Lewis, and Jackson mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba refuse to attend. On Dec. 11 (7:20 a.m. local time) after posing the message "#Trump You Failed to Protect Your Nation" on Facebook, 27-y.-o. ISIS-inspired Bangladeshi citizen Akayed Ullah (1990-) detonates a homemade IED pipe bomb strapped to his body near Times Square in New York City, but it misfires, badly injuring him but only causing minor injuries to three bystanders; he arrived via chain migration, causing Pres. Trump on Dec. 12 to call for an end to the diversity lottery program and chain migration.
In Trump's first year in office refugee admissions drop 70%, from 98,898 to 29,620 (decline of 69,278).
On Jan. 1, 2018 Pres. Trump tweets the soundbyte: "The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!", promising to withhold $255M in aid.
On Jan. 5, 2018 N.J.-born Am. journalist Michael Wolff (1953-) pub. the bestseller Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, which disses Pres. Trump as a candidate unprepared to win the White House, whose aids question his fitness for office; he really didn't want to win, only emerge with new branding opportunities?; Pres. Trump calls it a "phony book... Full of lies, misrepresentations and sources that don't exist"; in an interview, former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon calls a 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Donald Trump Jr. et al. and Russian operative "treasonous", causing Pres. Trump to reply: "Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind".
On Jan. 7, 2018 Pres. Trump tweets the soundbytes: "I've had to put up with the Fake News from the first day I announced that I would be running for President. Now I have to put up with a Fake Book, written by a totally discredited author. Ronald Reagan had the same problem and handled it well. So will I!", and "Now that Russian collusion, after one year of intense study, has proven to be a total hoax on the American public, the Democrats and their lapdogs, the Fake News Mainstream Media, are taking out the old Ronald Reagan playbook and screaming mental stability and intelligence. "Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart. Crooked Hillary Clinton also played these cards very hard and, as everyone knows, went down in flames. I went from VERY successful businessman, to top T.V. Star to President of the United States (on my first try). I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius.... and a very stable genius at that!"
On Jan. 7, 2018 (Sun.) (night) the 2018 (75th) Golden Globe Awards, held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif., hosted by Seth Meyers award Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri the best motion picture - drama award, snubbing "Dunkirk", "The Post", and "The Shape of Water"; Lady Bird wins for best musical or comedy; Gary Oldman wins for best actor perf. in a drama for Darkest Hour, and Frances McDormand for best actress perf. in a drama for Three Billboards; James Franco wins for best actor perf. in a musical or comedy for The Disaster Artist, and Saoirse Ronan for Lady Bird; Sam Rockwell wins for best supporting actor for Three Billboards, and Allison Jannet for I, Tonya; after she is presented with a Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award, uttering the soundbyte "I want all of the girls watching here now to know that a new day is on the horizon", the crowd clamors for Oprah Winfrey to run for U.S. pres., causing Pres. Trump to reply that he is not afraid to take anybody on; in an Oct. 1999 interview with Larry King, Trump uttered the soundbyte that "Oprah would always be my first choice", adding "She's a really great woman... She is a terrific woman. She is somebody that is very special."
On Jan. 9, 2018 Pres. Trump holds an hour-long Conference on Immigration with Repub. and Dem. lawmakers, opening it to the press, calling for "a bill of life" that addresses DACA while ending chain migration, secures the border by building a wall, and cancels the visa lottery program; at the private meeting he allegedly utters the soundbyte: "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?", referring to Haiti and Africa, adding that he prefers people from countries like Norway, pissing-off the PC police, who call him a racist and ignore the fact that he's right because that's what they are?; he really said shithouse?; several meeting attendees later deny hearing the s-word; speaking of shithole, Dirty Denver, Colo., known for being run by leftist Dems. makes the city a sanctuary city for illegal immigrants, and makes them feel welcome by reducing punishment for public shitting.
On Jan. 18, 2018 U.S. secy. of state Rex Tillerson utters the soundbyte that the U.S. will maintain an open-ended military presence in Syria to ensure defeat of ISIS because Pres. Trump doesn't want to "make the same mistake" Pres. Obama made in 2001; there are currently 2K U.S. troops in Syria.
On Jan. 20, 2018 the 1st anniv. of the inauguration of Pres. Trump sees Women's March demonstrations across the U.S. in protest of his rhetoric and policies, which doesn't phase him, causing him to tweet about "the historic milestones and unprecedented economic success and wealth creation that has taken place over the last 12 months" and "Lowest female unemployment in 18 years".
On Jan. 24, 2018 Pres. Trump meets with reporters and utters the soundbyte that he's flopping and supporting eventual citizenship for the Dreamers, with the soundbyte: "We're going to morph into it."
On Jan. 25-6, 2018 the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland is attended by Pres. Trump, who gives a speech on Jan. 26, saying "America is open for business", with the soundbytes: "Now is the perfect time to bring your business, your jobs, and your investments to the U.S.", "America is open for business and we are competitive once again", "As president of the United States, I will always put American first just as the leaders of other countries should put their countries first", causing misnamed U.N. human rights chief Zeid Raad al-Hussein to utter the soundbyte: "It's the script of the 20th century. He urged all countries to pursue their own interest, almost without reference to the fact that if you do all of that, if each country is narrowly pursuing its agenda, it will clash with the agendas of others and we will take the world back to 1913 once again."
On Jan. 26, 2018 the Trump-hating New York Times claims that Pres. Trump ordered special counsel Robert Mueller fired last June, but backed down when his atty. Daniel McGahn threatened to quit; Trump calls it fake news - Trump back down?
On Jan. 26, 2018 House minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) addresses the Conference on Mayors, letting the cat out of the bag with the soundbyte that the real goal of Pres. Trump's proposed immigration plan is "to make America white again"; new non-white immigrants however, "make America more American".
On Jan. 30, 2018 (9:00 p.m. EDT) Pres. Trump delivers his 80-min. 2018 State of the Union Speech, ignoring the hype that he would present a softer milder version of himself, calling his first year in office an "extraordinary success", calling for a "new American moment", and castigating Dems. repeatedly esp. on immigration, backing a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers as long as chain migration is prevented, with the soundbyte: "Americans are dreamers too", using the word "America" 80+ times and getting 111 standing ovations; he calls for $1.5T in federal funds to revamp the U.S. infrastructure, with states providing support, says that U.S. foreign aid should "only go to friends of America", calls for the removal of "federal employees who undermine the public trust or fail the American people", and says "One of my greatest priorities is to reduce the price of prescription drugs"; when he notes that black 6.8%) and Hispanic unemployment is now the lowest in history, Dem. blacks and Hispanics refuse to clap; he unexpectedly announces that he has revoked Pres. Obama's 2009 order to close Gitmo, saying that the may send more POWs there when necessary; too bad, Jan. employment statistics reveal that black unemployment has shot back up to 7.7%, highest since Trump took office in Jan. 2017.
On Jan. 30, 2018 Pres. Trump signs the U.S. Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Va. Federal Recognition Act of 2017, granting federal recognition to six Native Am. tribes recognized by Va.
On Jan. 31, 2018 Judicial Watch releases 42 pages of documents showing that the Obama admin. tried to undermine Pres. Trump's new admin. by releasing classified Russian intel. just before his inauguration to U.S. Sen. (D-Md.) Ben Cardin of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
On Feb. 2, 2018 after tweeting the soundbyte "The top Leadership and Investigators of the FBI and the Justice Department have politicized the sacred investigative process in favor of Democrats and against Republicans - something which would have been unthinkable just a short time ago. Rank & File are great people!", Pres. Trump orders the release of a 4-page classified memo by Repub. House Intel Committee chmn. Devin Nunes revealing that FBI Dir. James Comey used a discredited 35-page anti-Trump dossier to obtain a FISA court warrant to engage in surveillance on volunteer Trump foreign policy adviser Carter Page, pissing-off the Dems., who claim that Trump is using it to discredit the Robert Mueller Trump-Russia witchhunt, er, investigation.
On Feb. 5, 2018 anti-Trump U.S. Rep. (D-Calif.) (2013-) Eric Michael Swalwell Jr. (1980-) introduces the U.S. Journalist Protection Act, making it a federal crime for Pres. Trump, er, to intimidate journalists to protect them from the "toxic environment created by Trump.
On Feb. 8, 2018 a Rasmussen poll gives Pres. Trump's job approval rating as 48%, vs. 44 for Pres Obama at the same point in his presidency.
On Feb. 9, 2018 (a.m.) after the federal govt. shuts down overnight and 73 Dems. switch to offset 67 Repubs., giving a 71-28 Senate vote at 2:00 a.m., followed by a 240-186 House vote at 5:30 a.m., Pres. Trump signs budget law boosting spending by hundreds of billions of dollars incl. $300B for military programs, pissing-off Ky. Sen. Rand Paul, who held the vote up until the last minute, with the soundbyte: "How come you were against President Obama's deficits and then how come you're for Republican deficits?"
On Feb. 10, 2018 after House Dem. Adam Schiff sends him a spin memo, Pres. Trump tweets the soundbyte: "The Democrats sent a very political and long response memo which they knew, because of sources and methods (and more), would have to be heavily redacted, whereupon they would blame the White House for lack of transparency. Told them to re-do and send back in proper form!"
On Feb 14, 2018 a New York federal judge blocks Pres. Trump's Sept. 2017 executive order overturning Pres. Obama's order creating the DACA program.
On Feb. 16, 2018 U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller indicts 13 Russians and 3 Russian cos. for unsuccessfully attempting to disrupt the 2016 U.S. pres. election by assuming false U.S. identities, being careful to state that any Trump campaign people they contacted were unaware of their true identities, causing Pres. Trump to tweet "The results of the election were not impacted. The Trump campaign did nothing wrong - no collusion!"
On Feb. 28, 2018 after a Congressional committee trips her up into admitting that she told "white lies" on Pres. Trump's behalf on Feb. 27, Hope Charlotte Hicks (1988-) announces her intention to resign as White House communications dir., becoming Trump's longest-serving political aide.
On Feb. 28, 2018 Pres. Trump stuns Repubs. by embracing gun control on live TV at the White House, urging lawmakers to ressurect gun safety legislation they opposed for years; too bad, Congress does nothing as usual.
On Mar. 2, 2018 former CIA dir. John Brennan utters the soundbyte that Pres. Trump is "unstable, inept, inexperienced, and also unethical".
On Mar. 6, 2018 the U.S. Justice Dept. sues the state of Calif. for passing laws hindering enforcement of federal immigration law and endangering federal agents, with U.S. atty. gen. Jeff Sessions uttering the soundbyte: "The Department of Justice and the Trump administration are going to fight these unjust, unfair, and unconstitutional policies that have been imposed on you."
On Mar. 6, 2018 Gary Cohn, Pres. Trump's chief economic advisor (since Jan. 20, 2017) announces his resignation over disagreement about tariffs. On Mar. 12 the Repub.-dominated House Intel Committee releases its verdict that there was no collusion between Russia and the 2016 Trump pres. campaign. On Mar. 13 (a.m.) after he returns from a trip to Africa, going beyond the White House in blaming Russia for poisoning ex-spy Sergei Skripal, and declining to say whether his son-in-law Jared Kushner has spoiled U.S. diplomatic interests, Pres. Trump fires Rex Tillerson on Twitter, replacing him as U.S. secy. of state with CIA dir. (since Jan. 23, 2017) Michael Richard "Mike" Pompeo (1963-), and appointing Gina Cheri Haspel (nee Walker) (1956-) as acting CIA dir. (first woman), taking office on Apr. 26; Pompeo is confirmed by the U.S. Senate by 57-42, taking office on Apr. 26 (until ?). On Mar. 13 Pres. Trump gives a speech at Miramar Marine Corps Air Station near San Diego, Calif., uttering the soundbyte: "My new national strategy for space recognizes that space is a war-fighting domain, just like the land, air, and sea. We may even have a space force, develop another one: Space Force." On Mar. 16 (night) despite announcing his resignation on Jan. 29, two days before qualifying for his early pension, deputy FBI dir. Andrew George McCabe (1968-) is fired by U.S. atty. gen. Jeff Sessions for "lack of candor" (misleading investigators about his decision to allow FBI officials to give info. to the media about the Clinton Foundation,) claiming a political frameup; Pres. Trump tweets "A great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI - A great day for Democracy." On Mar. 19 Pres. Trump gives a speech in N.H., uttering the soundbyte: "If we don't get tough on the drug dealers, we are wasting our time. That toughness includes the death penalty. Unless you have really really powerful penalties, led by the death penalty, for the really bad pushers and abusers, we are going to get nowhere", adding: "Ninety percent of the heroin in America comes from our southern border, where eventually the Democrats will agree with us, and we'll build the wall to keep the damn drugs out." On Mar. 22 Pres. Trump orders trade restrictions against China to help reduce the large trade deficit and curb intellectual property rights violations in hopes of leveling the playing field. On Mar. 22 after a leak from his aides about ignoring warnings not to congratulate Vladimir Putin on his election V, Pres. Trump replaces nat. security adviser H.R. McMaster by former U.S. U.N. ambassador John Bolton (until ?). On Mar. 22 Pres. Trump responds to physical taunts by ex-vice. pres. Joe Biden, saying that he would "go down fast and hard, crying all the way" and calling him "crazy Joe Biden". On Mar. 23 despite tweeting that he might not do it because of lack of funding of his border wall, Pres. Trump signs a $1.3T compromise spending bill because it provides for "the largest pay increase" for U.S. troops in over a decade despite attempting to pull support for his border wall, continue funding of Planned Parenthood et al., bemoaning its unreadable length and saying "I will never sign a bill like this again", which doesn't satisfy Trump supporter Alex Jones, who utters the pissed-off soundbyte: "I'm off the Trump train"; actually, he signed an omnibus bill, not a budget, leaving him free to redirect funding in the interest of nat. security, allowing him to announce that border wall construction will begin on Mar. 26. On Mar. 25 (Sun.) (eve.) Baton Rouge, La.-born porn star Stormy Daniels (Stephanie Gregory Clifford) (1979-) gives an interview to CBS-TV's "Sixty Minutes", violating her $130K hush money contract with Pres. Trump's atty. Michael Cohen with impunity and telling all, but disappointing with the claim that she only slept with him once after spanking him, after which White House deputy press secy. Raj Shah says that Trump has consistently denied everything, and that it is she who "has been inconsistent" in flopping about her claims over the years, causing her atty. Michael Avenatti to reply "When do we hear from the President?", after which on Mar. 26 she utters the soundbyte that the reason Trump never tweets about her is "Because it's true, 100 percent true." On Mar. 27 (Tues.) the revised #1 sitcom (1988-97) Roseanne debuts on ABC-TV for ? episodes (until ?), never mentioning Pres. Trump but treating his views and white middle class supporters with respect, drawing 18M viewers, pleasing Pres. Trump, who personally calls Roseanne Barr to congratulate her. On Mar. 29 Pres. Trump tweets his criticism of Amazon.com for hurting retail businesses, with the soundbyte: "Unlike others, they pay little or no taxes to state and local governments, use our Postal System as their Delivery Boy (causing tremendous loss to the U.S.), and are putting many thousands of retailers out of business!", causing Amazon stock to close down 4.4%. On Mar. 30 Pres. Trump addresses a crowd in Ohio, uttering the soundbyte: "We'll be coming out of Syria, like, very soon." On Mar. 31 Pres. Trump tweets the soundbyte: "Governor Jerry 'Moonbeam' Brown pardoned 5 criminal illegal aliens whose crimes include (1) Kidnapping and Robbery (2) Badly beating wife and threatening a crime with intent to terrorize (3) Dealing drugs. Is this really what the great people of California want?", to which Brown replies that he makes "no apologies"; on Apr. 17 Brown agrees to provide Nat.
On Apr. 1, 2018 (a.m.) Pres. Trump issues tweets on the U.S.-Mexico border problem, saying "NO MORE DACA DEAL!" and threatening to dismantle NAFA (Mexico's "cash cow") if it doesn't reduce its flow of immigrants over the U.S. border. On Apr. 2 a Rasmussen Poll gives Pres. Trump a 50% approval rating for the first time. On Apr. 2 the U.S. Supreme (Roberts) Court refuse to consider reinstating a 2006 $655.5M jury award against the Palestinian Authority and PLO won by 11 Am. families over militant attacks in Israel under the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act; the Trump admin. had sided with the Palestinians because the attacks occurred outside U.S. territory and there was no evidence that Americans were targeted. On Apr. 5 Pres. Trump orders U.S. trade rep Robert Lighthizer to consider placing an additional $100B in tariffs on Chinese goods; on Apr. 10 Chinese pres. Xi Jinping announces that China will "significantly lower"import tariffs for automobiles. On Apr. 6 Pres. Trump signs a memo ending the "catch and release" immigration policy of ex-Pres. Obama. On Apr. 8 after learning that "Animal" Assad has ordered a chemical attack near Damascus that killed dozens incl. children, Pres. Trump tweets the soundbyte: "Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria. Area of atrocity is in lockdown and encircled by Syrian Army, making it completely inaccessible to outside world. President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad. Big price to pay. Open area immediately for medical help and verification. Another humanitarian disaster for no reason whatsoever. SICK!"; on Apr. 9 (early a.m.) Israeli launches an air strike against a Syrian miitary base; Assad did it because Trump announced that he was pulling U.S. troops out of Syria?; on Apr. 10 the U.N. Security holds an emergency meeting over the child-killing chemical attack in Syria; U.S. U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley utters the soundbyte that it must vote on Apr. 11 for a Mar. 1 draft resolution to establish an inquiry into who is to blame; "History will record this as the moment when the Security Council either discharged its duty or demonstrated its utter and complete failure to protect the people of Syria. Either way, the United States will respond", causing Russian envoy Vassily Nebenzia to reply that the repercussions will be "grave"; too bad, on Apr. 11 the U.N. Security Council fails to pass a resolution. On Apr. 11 Pres. Trump lifts his 6-mo.-o. travel ban on Chad after it improves sharing of info. about suspected terrorists and takes steps to make passports more secure. On Apr. 13 Pres. Trump pardons I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, former chief of staff to U.S. vice-pres. Richard Cheney for his 2007 conviction, pissing-off the PC press who studiously ignore Pres. Clinton's shady pardons. On Apr. 13 after excerpts from fired FBI dir. James Comey's new book leak, Pres. Trump tweets the soundbyte: "James Comey is a proven LEAKER & LIAR. Virtually everyone in Washington thought he should be fired for the terrible job he did-until he was, in fact, fired. He leaked CLASSIFIED information, for which he should be prosecuted. He lied to Congress under OATH. He is a weak and untruthful slime ball who was, as time has proven, a terrible Director of the FBI. His handling of the Crooked Hillary Clinton case, and the events surrounding it, will go down as one of the worst “botch jobs” of history. It was my great honor to fire James Comey!" On Apr. 13 (Fri.) (9:00 p.m. EST) the Apr. Friday the 13th Syria Attack sees Pres. Trump order a missile strike on Syria over the chemical attack on Douma, calling it "a significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very terrible regime", sending 106 missiles to three sites, adding: "The purpose of our actions tonight is to establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread, and use of chemical weapons. I also have a message tonight for the two governments most responsible for supporting, equipping, and financing the criminal Assad regime. To Iran, and to Russia, I ask: What kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women, and children?", tweeting "Mission Accomplished"; the U.K. and France assist the U.S. with air strikes; U.S. defense secy. Jim Matis calls it "a one-time shot". On Apr. 15 U.S. U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley claims that the Trump admin. is preparing new sanctions for Russia over its support of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, causing an admin. official on Apr. 16 to clarify that it's delaying additional sanctions unless/until Russia engages in some new provocation inc. a new cyber attack so that Trump can work with them to combat Islamic extremism, etc. On Apr. 17 the U.S. (Roberts) Supreme Court rules 5-4 in Sessions v. Dimaya that the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act's "crime of violence" provision is unconstitutionally vague; new justice Neil Gorsuch sides with the majority (Kagan, Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Breyer, mostly women, with all men in the minority, Roberts, Kennedy, Alito, and Thomas), pissing-off Pres. Trump and causing him to call on Congress to close the loopholes. On Apr. 20 the Dem. Nat. Committee (DNC) sues Russia, the Trump campaign, WikiLeaks and Julian Assange for revealing how it rigged the Dem. primaries callit an "attack on our democracy", causing WikiLeaks to countersue, saying: "We've never lost a publishing case and discovery is going to be amazing fun"; on Apr. 23 Pres. Trump utters the soundbyte that the DNC is suing "Republicans for winning". On Apr. 23 French pres. Emmanuel Macron visits Pres. Trump in the White House, becoming the first state visit of Trump's presidency, attempting to persuade him to preserve Obama's Iran nuke deal. On Apr. 25 District of Columbia federal judge John Bates rules that Pres. Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program of Pres. Obama is "arbitrary" and "capricious" because his Justice Dept. didn't explain to him why the program is unlawful, causing White House press secy. Sarah Huckabee Sanders to utter the soundbyte that this is "good news for smugglers" and "creates an incentive for more illegal immigrant youth to come here". On Apr. 25, 2018 Red China sends a threatening letter to dozens of internat. airlines warning them to identify Taiwan as part of China or face severe consequences, causing the Trump admin. to announce that it "will stand up for Americans resisting efforts by the Chinese Communist Party to impose Chinese political correctness on American companies and citizens", calling the threats "Orwellian nonsense". On Apr. 26 after being bombarded with scurrilous allegations of misconduct and mismanagement, Pres. Trump's Levelland, Tex.-born personal physician Rear Adm. Ronny Lynn Jackson (1967-) withdraws his nomination as secy. of the Veterans Admin., and soon resigns as Trump's official physician. On Apr. 27 peace is finally declared between North and South Korea after 65 years in a summit in Goyang, South Korea, with South Korean pres. Moon Jae-in and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un (who steps over the Demarcation Line in the DMZ, becoming the first North Korean leader since the end of the war in 1953) agreeing to denuclearize the peninsula, with Moon uttering the soundbyte: "We will totally end the war on the Korean peninsula and will establish a sound and solid peace on the Korean peninsula", causing U.S. Sen. (R-S.C.) Lindsey Graham to utter the soundbyte: What happened? Donald Trump convinced North Korea and China he was serious about bringing about change. We're not there yet, but if this happens, President Trump deserves the Nobel Peace Prize", after which 18 Repub. House members nominate him. On Apr. 27 German chancellor Angela Merkel visits Pres. Trump in the White House, joining Emmanuel Macron of France in working him over on the Iran deal. On Apr. 27 retired top CIA, FBI, DOJ, and NSA officials incl. Kevin Shipp hold a press conference to demand that U.S. atty. Jeff Sessions prosecute top Obama admin. officials for attempting "an ongoing coup to remove a duly elected president", adding: "This is, at worst, treason with senior officials in the shadow government or Deep State... We have not seen anything like this since the presidency of John F. Kennedy." On Apr. 30 Nigerian pres. Muhammadu Buhari visits Pres. Trump in the White House, discussing terrorism and the genocide of Christians in Nigeria; Trump's "shithole country" remarks never come up. On Apr. 30 (12 days before Pres. Trump's May 12 deadline for deciding on the Iran nuclear deal) Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyau gives a speech detailing facts about Iran's Project Amad to build nukes found on 55K pages of documents and 55K files on 183 CDs ("half a ton") the Israelis stole from a secret storage facility in Shorabad, Tehran, proving that "Iran lied bigtime after signing the nuclear deal in 2015... Iran is brazenly lying when it says it never had a nuclear weapons program"; the Trump admin. confirms the authenticity of the documents; too bad, the documents are from their nuke project that they shut down in 2003, which is why they were kept in a neglected bldg. with no lock on the door?
On May 1, 2018 ex-NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman gives an interview to TMZ, uttering the soundbyte that his buddy dictator Kim Jong-un of North Korea had a "change of heart" about his nuclear program after reading Pres. Trump's 1987 book "The Art of the Deal", which he gave him in June 2017 on a trip to Pyongyang. On May 4 U.S. district judge T.S. Ellis III scolds special counsel Robert Mueller and his team of "lying" and really trying to target Pres. Trump, with the soundbyte: "I don't see what relation this indictment has to do with what the special counsel is authorized to investigate. You don’t really care about Mr. Manafort. You really care about what information Mr. Manafort can give you to lead you to Mr. Trump and an impeachment, or whatever." On May 8 (2:00 p.m. local time) Pres. Trump announces that the U.S. is withdrawing from Obama's "horrible" Iran nuke deal (JCPOA) and reimposing "the most extreme" sanctions, calling it “one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into", causing co-signers U.K., France, and Germany to lament his decision and reaffirm support for the deal, and Obama to tweet that the decision is "a serious mistake". On May 10 (3:00 a.m.) U.S. secy. of state Mike Pompeo arrives from a meeting with Kim Jong-un in Korea at Andrews AFB with three Am. prisoners released for goodwill ahead of the upcoming summit. On May 12 the deadline for Pres. Trump to decide what to do about Obama's 2015 Iran nuke deal. On May 18 a Rasmussen Poll shows Pres. Trump's approval rating rising to 50%, with over 50% supporting his decision to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. bad guys Red China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Russia, and Turkey support the result. On May 20 (Sun.) U.S. ambassador to Israel David Friedman pub. an op-ed. on the Fox News Web site, with the soundbyte that the liberal media has been "glorifying" Hamas terrorists in its coverage of the U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem and Gaza riots in order to delegitimize Pres. Trump, and has "blood on its hands" for giving Hamas front page coverage so they could showboat. On May 21 (3:00 p.m.) Pres. Trump calls deputy atty. gen. Rod Rosenstein and FBI dir. Christopher Wray to the White House to answer allegations that a federal informant was planted in his campaign. On May 24 Pres. Trump cancels the planned North Korea summit scheduled for June 12 (6-12-18 = 6+6+6) in Singapore, with the soundbyte: "Based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting"; the next day he reinstates it. On May 24 Pres. Trump pardons heavyweight boxing champ Jack Johnson (1878-1946) while flanked by "Rocky" actor Sylvester Stallone, former heavyweight boxing champ Lennox Lewis, and heavyweight boxing champ Deontay Wilder. On May 30 (p.m.) Canadian leftist anti-Trump comedian Samantha Bee calls Ivanka Trump a "feckless cunt" on her "Full Frontal" show, causing a public outcry that ends in Bee issuing an apology. On May 31 U.S. commerce secy. Wilbur Ross announces new tariffs on steel and aluminum for Canada, the EU, and Mexico after deals were not reached. On May 31 Pres. Trump signs a law rolling back some of the regs of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Law, allowing community banks to go back in biz. In May Pres. Trump cuts the U.S. federal payroll by 3K jobs, making a total of 24K since he took office.
On June 6, 2018 (p.m.) Pres. Trump hosts in iftar dinner for ambassadors from Muslim-majority nations, describing it as "a sacred tradition of one of the world's great religion"; meanwhile anti-Trump Muslims demonstrate nearby, shouting "No ban, no wall, sanctuary for all"; Trump refused to hold the dinner in 2017. On June 8-9 the G7 Summit in Charlevoix, Quebec, Cana sees cock of the rock Pres. Trump call for Russia to join and make it the G8, then blast Canadian PM Justin Trudeu as "meek and milk" after refusing to sign the leftist G7 Communique (promising action on progressive taxation, global warming, women's equality et al.) and getting a parting shot from him. On June 10 the 2018 (72nd) Tony Awards at Radio City Musical Hall in New York City, hosted by Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban gives 10 awards incl. best musical to "The Band's Visit"; "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" wins six awards incl. best play; "Angels in America" wins three awards; Robert De Niro utters the crowd-pleasing soundbyte: "It's no longer just down with Trump. It's fuck Trump." On June 12 the off-again-on-again Trump-Jong Un (U.S.-North Korea) Summit in the Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island in Singapore proceeds quickly and amicably, with handshaking back-slapping Trump claiming he now has a "special bond" with the evil mass-murdering dictator, promising to stop military exercises in the Korean peninsula, and Kim reiterating his commitment to denuclearization, ending with both signing a communique and Trump inviting Kim to the White House. On June 14 U.S. Dept. of Justice Inspector Gen. Michael E. Horowitz releases a 500-page report on the mishandling of the Hillary Clinton email server scandal, slapping FBI dir. James Comey and atty. gen. Loretta Lynch on the wrist, despite revealing that Comey topped Hillary by using his personal Gmail account for official biz; on June 16 Pres. Trump tweets the soundbyte: "The IG Report totally destroys James Comey and all of his minions including the great lovers, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, who started the graceful Witch Hunt against so many innocent people. It will go down as a dark and dangerous period in American History!" On June 14 Pres. Trump announces his intention of slapping $50B of tariffs on Chinese goods, causing the Chinese to do ditto. On June 18 Pres. Trump announces his plan to create an independent "separate but equal" Space Force as a 6th branch of the U.S. militarey, ordering Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford to carry it out pronto, with the soundbytes: "It is not enough to have an American presence in space, we must have an American dominance in space", and "General, got it?"; Trump also tweets the soundbyte about German chancellor Angela Merkel's migrant policy: "Crime in Germany is way up. Bit mistake made all over Europe in allowing millions of people who have so strongly and violently change their culture!" On June 19 as it begins a 3-day meeting in Geneva, U.S. U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley and U.S. secy. of state Mike Pompeo announce that the U.S. has pulled out of the U.N. Human Rights Council, calling it "not worthy of its name" and a "protector of human rights abusers and cesspool of political bias", accusing it of "politicizing and scapegoating countries with positive human rights records". On June 19 ICE launches Operation Limelight at Newark Internat. Airport in N.J. to inform passengers traveling to countries that have a high risk of female genital mutilation (FGM) of the laws and penalties. On June 19 (eve.) U.S. Homeland Security secy. Kirstjen Nielsen is chased out of a Mexican restaurant by anti-Trump activists over the children separation issue, shouting "You're a villain locking up immigrant children"; on June 25 White House press secy. Sarah Huckabee Sanders is asked to leave the Red Hen Restaurant in Lexington, Va., causing Trump to respond that the "dirty" restaurant "badly needs a paint job", while leftist Calif. Dem. rep. Maxine Waters calls for more such actions, with the soundbyte: "If you see anybody from that (Trump) Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. You push back on them. Tell them they're not welcome anymore, anywhere!", forcing Nancy Pelosi to condemn her, after which she backtracks and denies calling for anybody to be harmed. On June 20 after a bipartisan uproar about tearing illegal immigrant children away from their families, topped by Hollyweird actor Peter Fonda uttering the soundbyte: "Let's rip Barron Trump from his mother's arms and put him in a cage with pedophiles", Pres. Trump signs an executive order keeping families together at the border. On June 21 First Lady Melania Trump visits some children's shelters at the U.S.-Mexico border in Tex. along with HHS secy. Alex Azar, paving the way for accelerated reunification with their families; she wears a jacket reading "I really don't care. Do U?" on the back, pissing-off the PC police. On June 22 Pres. Trump tweets the soundbyte that the only way to get immigration legislation passed is for Repubs. to give up in immigration reform until a Red Wave of Repubs. is elected to Congress in Nov., which Repub. leaders immediately ignore. On June 26 the U.S. Supreme (Roberts) Court rules 5-4 in ? v. ? to uphold Pres. Trump's Muslim country travel ban, confirming that it is "squarely within the scope of presidential authority, with his anti-Muslim campaign statements being irrelevant, but seemingly only because the ban only affects 8% of the world's Muslims, the whole decision pissing-off leftists incl. ACLU deputy legal dir. Cecilia Wang, who calls the decision "a dreadful day", vowing to "fight on to express the will of the people to uphold equality and freedom" and flood the U.S. with Muslims who will destroy its Constitutional repub. to please the ACLU and other Commies?; Pres. Trump calls it a "tremendous victory for the American people"; dissenter justice Sonia Sotomayor writes the soundbyte: "History will not look kindly on the court's misguided decision today, nor should it"; no blanket statement that Islam may be used as a criteria to ban people from entering the U.S. if it is deemed a threat to the Constitution, no castigation of the lower courts for bowing to leftists and usurping the president's and Congress' authority in a separation of powers power grab attempt?
All along, in his public comments The Donald seems to strangely channel El Duce Mussolini, founder of Fascism. Not really, he channels Curly in the 1940 Three Stooges flick "You Natzy Spy" :)