On Bloomberg’s With All Due Respect, hosted by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, they aired a video highlighting Donald Trump’s most frequently used words and phrases. Called The Trump ABCs, the video is available at: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/videos/2016-08-18/the-trump-abcs.
“So [Trump’s] announcing, ‘Hey, I’ve got my own internal polling showing I’m ahead in Ohio by seven points; showing I’m ahead in Pennsylvania by about 10 points; showing I’m ahead in Florida in some internal polls by 15.’ And these are real random polls, showing in some polls Trump is three points ahead in California, margin of error, dead heat…. Ladies and gentlemen, internal polls, not by just the Trump campaign but by other major institutions, show Trump on average, seven points ahead in basically strongholds for the Democrats, California, New York, that’s why they are crapping their pants.”
Alex Jones, InfoWars, 16 Aug. 2016.
The New York Times has reported that “companies belonging to Donald Trump have at least $650 million in debt, more than twice the amount shown in public filings made by his presidential campaign”: “The paper employed a property information firm to search publicly available data on more than 30 US properties connected to the Republican candidate, including offices and golf courses. In addition to the $650 million liabilities, a substantial portion of his wealth is tied up in three passive partnerships that owe an additional $2 billion to a string of lenders.” [The summary is from a report written posted by ABC Media, Australia: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-21/donald-trumps-companies-owe-650-million-reports/7769774]
So there are at least three major implications to this data.
First, in the filings made by his campaign, he underestimated his total debt by at least 50%, and that does not include the $2 billion in debt owed by the “passive partnerships.”…
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“Look, having nuclear—my uncle was a great professor and scientist and engineer, Dr. John Trump at MIT; good genes, very good genes, OK, very smart, the Wharton School of Finance, very good, very smart—you know, if you’re a conservative Republican, if I were a liberal, if, like, OK, if I ran as a liberal Democrat, they would say I’m one of the smartest people anywhere in the world—it’s true!—but when you’re a
conservative Republican they try—oh, do they do a number—that’s why I always start off: Went to Wharton, was a good student, went there, went there, did this, built a fortune—you know I have to give my like credentials all the time, because we’re a little disadvantaged—but you look at the nuclear deal, the thing that really bothers me—it would have been so easy, and it’s not as important as these lives are (nuclear is powerful; my uncle explained that to me many, many years ago…
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According to a Public Policy Polling survey released on August 16, Donald Trump holds a relatively narrow 6-point lead over Hillary Clinton in Texas built on his strength with white and older voters.
Trump leads Clinton with 50 percent to her 44 percent, according to the poll of 944 likely voters conducted between August 12 and August 15. The poll has a margin of error of 3.2 percentage points.
Yet, PPP also found that three out of five Texans who said that they would not vote for Hillary Clinton also said they would support seceding from America if she becomes president.
But, beyond that all-too-predictable result result, the polling is very surprising. Consider the election results from the previous two presidentioal and gubernatorial elections in Texas:
2010 Gubernatorial Election
2012 Presidential Election
2014 Gubernatorial Election
This week the National Review published an article by David French (yes, the alternative candidate very briefly proposed by the #Never Trump folks) titled “Men Are Getting Weaker Because We Are Not Raising Men.”
These are the opening paragraphs of that article:
“Young American males are losing touch with a critical element of true masculinity. If you’re the average Millennial male, your dad is stronger than you are. In fact, you may not be stronger than the average Millennial female. You’re exactly the kind of person who in generations past had your milk money confiscated every day—who got swirlied in the middle-school bathroom. The very idea of manual labor is alien to you, and even if you were asked to help, say, build a back porch, the task would exhaust you to the point of uselessness. Welcome to the new, post-masculine reality.
“This morning, the Washington Post highlighted a study…
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Former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) said on Wednesday that her comment calling Hillary Clinton a “lying killer” was just a “mispronunciation” of the Democratic nominee’s name: “I was trying to say Hillary Clinton. It was a stumble of the tongue.”
Buzzfeed, 17 Aug. 2016.