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Donald Trump, the real estate mogul who is worth $3.1 billion according to Forbes, is suing Bill Maher for $5 million for likening him to a monkey.
Trump called into “Fox & Friends” Monday to say that he’s suing the HBO host for going on Jay Leno’s “Tonight Show” last month and joking that Trump must be “the spawn of his mother having sex with an orangutan.”
Maher was mocking Trump’s offer to give $5 million to the charity of Barack Obama’s choice if the president released his college paperwork. Maher said he would do the same if Trump proved he didn’t descend from an ape.
Trump filed suit in LA on Monday which guarantees that his name remains in the news for another week or so. Mission accomplished. We’ve become accustomed to Trump the publicity hound doing whatever it takes to keep the spotlight on himself. His months-long charade last year where he “contemplated” running in the Republican primary and his birther nonsense were all engineered to keep the Trump name in the news.
And now the clown is suing Maher for a joke the comedian made comparing Trump to an orangutan. Dumb…but that’s how it is with sociopaths like Trump. People like him (Palin, Beck and Limbaugh, to name a few, fit into the same category) are capable of saying or doing just about anything because they are incapable of feeling shame or being embarrassed. They are driven by one or more of the following – money, power, fame and vengeance.
This is what allows a Donald Trump to keep a straight face when he makes comments like this:
“He [Maher] said it with venom. I don’t think it was a joke.”
He doesn’t think it was a joke?
Yeah, that’s right, you ignorant buffoon. Maher was serious. He really believes your mother screwed an orangutan in a fit of drunken passion.
Mitt Romney is a presidential candidate who wishes to be taken seriously by an electorate requiring leadership at the highest level…or so one hopes.
Donald Trump is a “bloviating ignoramus” (see end of post) and self-promoter who is looking to keep his name in the headlines by keeping the birther story alive…he and Sheriff Joe Arpaio both.
So why is Romney teaming up for a fund-raiser with Trump tonight in Vegas and risk losing whatever shred of integrity he has left by associating with a birther wingnut? Mitt was asked the question and his response was quite revealing.
Asked on his charter plane whether Trump’s questioning of President Barack Obama’s birthplace gave him pause, Romney simply said he was grateful for all his supporters.
“You know, I don’t agree with all the people who support me and my guess is they don’t all agree with everything I believe in,” Romney said. “But I need to get 50.1% or more and I’m appreciative to have the help of a lot of good people.”
50.1%. That’s it. That’s what the entire election is about for Romney. Say what you want, change your supposed beliefs daily to match the color of your socks, and hang out with whomever you believe will help you attain that 50.1%. To hell with core beliefs, integrity and other nonsense of that sort. This is who Mitt Romney is.
As for Trump and what Romney has to gain from the association, George Will takes a stab at it.
“What voter is going to vote for him because he’s seen with Donald Trump?” Will asked. “The cost of appearing with this bloviating ignoramus is obvious, it seems to me. Donald Trump is redundant evidence that if your net worth is high enough, your IQ can be very low, and you can still intrude into American politics.”
Will’s statement applies equally well for Romney with one minor change: Mitt Romney is redundant evidence that if your net worth is high enough, your integrity can be very low, and you can still intrude into American politics.
Maybe Romney is going after the bloviating ignoramus idolater crowd, who knows.
“You have all these rebels running around… Are they from Iran? Who’s gonna take over Libya? Who’s gonna take over the oil? So what do we get out of it and why don’t we take the oil? I mean, why aren’t we reimbursing ourselves?”
Just knowing that this guy is on your team should be enough reason for anyone to switch sides. Trump should never have backed out of the primary. He belongs right along side Perry, Bachmann, Gingrich, Santorum and the other rodeo clowns.
Wondering…do sane conservatives walk around with paper bags over their heads? And if they don’t…shouldn’t they?
And the melodrama continues. Six days away from the August 2 deadline and Republicans are still locked in their no taxes mindset imposed upon them by Tea Party Republicans. John Boehner finds himself in a position with little wriggle room available. In saner times, the Speaker would have been only too happy to accept the package offered to him by the President, one which contained massive cuts and changes to Social Security and Medicare. But the last word you would use to describe the current climate in D.C. is sane. Not only does Boehner face daily threats from teabaggers in Congress who refuse to vote for any bill containing an increase in revenue (aka tax increases for top wage earners), Eric Cantor is doing all he could to make Boehner’s job a living nightmare. Cantor is dead set on becoming the next House Speaker and if that means taking the country into default, he is more than willing to lend a helping hand.
A few lessons can be drawn from the numbers. First, the Bush tax cuts have had a huge damaging effect. If all of them expired as scheduled at the end of 2012, future deficits would be cut by about half, to sustainable levels. Second, a healthy budget requires a healthy economy; recessions wreak havoc by reducing tax revenue. Government has to spur demand and create jobs in a deep downturn, even though doing so worsens the deficit in the short run. Third, spending cuts alone will not close the gap. The chronic revenue shortfalls from serial tax cuts are simply too deep to fill with spending cuts alone. Taxes have to go up.
What the chart clearly shows is that the Bush tax cuts, the number one contributor to the national debt over the last decade, is the very item which Republicans refuse to budge on. Could their motives be any clearer? For Republicans, it’s not about spending cuts nor is it about fighting tax increases for the rich. It’s about winning in 2012. Most Republicans would not be as forthcoming as to actually admit their true intent. But then, Donald Trump is not most Republicans.
“Frankly the Republicans would be crazy unless they get 100 percent of the deal that they want right now to make any deal. If this happens, for instance if this stuff is going on prior to an election, he can’t get reelected. He possibly can’t get elected anyway. … The fact is, unless the Republicans get 100% of what they want, and that may include getting rid of Obamacare, which is a total disaster, then they should not make a deal other than a minor extension which would take you before the election which would ensure Obama doesn’t get elected, which would be a great thing.”
Whatever the outcome of this artificial, self-induced crisis, the question becomes to which party blame gets assigned to in 2012. The presidency lies in the balance. If facts and truth were the determining factor in deciding who the evildoer is in this sad tale, then it should be a no-brainer. Clearly, Republicans are the villains twirling their mustaches as they gleefully strap the economy, domestic and global, to the railway tracks. Simply look at the chart above if you’re not entirely sure on that one.
But if we’ve learned anything from watching Republicans perform in the age of Obama, truth and the well-being of their country does not factor in much in what they do or say. Much like a sociopath lacking the ability to feel shame for their actions, reason and honesty play no part in who and what they are. With the able help of conservative media, Republicans will lie and manipulate their way through this one in much the way they’ve done for the last three years.
And once again, politics and the fate of a nation comes down to little more than a game of public relations. To the party which best tells their side of the story goes the spoils of victory.
As a man of Italian ancestry who has spent a ton of time in New York City, I can attest to everything Stewart says here about both the city and the proper way to eat a pizza slice. If you didn’t catch the Daily Show last night, you’re in for a treat. It’s Stewart at his best. Canadians can view the clip here. .