• Bruce Springsteen Nails Trump

    In an interview with Rolling Stone, Bruce Springsteen shows he has a deeper understanding of what’s going on in this country and why Trump is popular than most political professionals (hint: the interesting part isn’t where he calls Trump a moron):

    Well, you know, the republic is under siege by a moron, basically. The whole thing is tragic. Without overstating it, it’s a tragedy for our democracy. When you start talking about elections being rigged, you’re pushing people beyond democratic governance. And it’s a very, very dangerous thing to do. Once you let those genies out of the bottle, they don’t go back in so easy, if they go back in at all. The ideas he’s moving to the mainstream are all very dangerous ideas – white nationalism and the alt-right movement. The outrageous things that he’s done – not immediately disavowing David Duke? These are things that are obviously beyond the pale for any previous political candidate. It would sink your candidacy immediately.

    And in particular:

    I believe that there’s a price being paid for not addressing the real cost of the deindustrialization and globalization that has occurred in the United States for the past 35, 40 years and how it’s deeply affected people’s lives and deeply hurt people to where they want someone who says they have a solution. And Trump’s thing is simple answers to very complex problems. Fallacious answers to very complex problems. And that can be very appealing.

    Pretty much exactly right. All the economic forces that have been putting downward pressure on the middle class for decades, and that were exacerbated and accelerated by the 2008 financial crisis, leads directly to Trump.

  • Donald Trump Retreats From Obama ‘Birther’ Theory

    Donald Trump, doing what comes most natural, lying about his years of spreading racist conspiracy theories about President Obama:

    In his news conference Friday, Mr. Trump falsely accused Hillary Clinton of having first raised questions about Mr. Obama’s birthplace during the 2008 Democratic primary.

    “Hillary Clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy,” Mr. Trump said. “I finished it.”

    Mr. Trump’s assertion was false. During the 2008 Democratic contest, Mrs. Clinton’s senior strategist at one point pondered, in an internal memo that was later leaked, the ways in which Mr. Obama’s personal background differed from many Americans’. But neither Mrs. Clinton nor her campaign ever publicly questioned Mr. Obama’s citizenship or birthplace, in Hawaii.

    Donald Trump lies about absolutely everything, all the time. You can’t just walk away from literally years of spreading this garbage.

  • Donald Trump Uses Charity Money on Himsef

    From The Washington Post:

    Donald Trump was in a tuxedo, standing next to his award: a statue of a palm tree, as tall as a toddler. It was 2010, and Trump was being honored by a charity — the Palm Beach Police Foundation — for his “selfless support” of its cause.

    His support did not include any of his own money.

    Instead, Trump had found a way to give away somebody else’s money and claim the credit for himself.

    Everything about this man is a lie. Everything. And the lies often involved his boundless narcissism.