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Friday, October 21, 2016

For years Donald Trump has boasted about what a great president he would make, brashly calling out pols as finks and phonies while never actually running for any elected office himself. That came to an end Tuesday morning with a rally at the Midtown Manhattan tower that bears his name.

“I don’t like what I see happening to America,” Trump said in a video released by his campaign. Over footage of America’s infrastructure collapsing, businesses shuttering, and unemployment, he continued: “Our politicians are all talk, no action.”

Echoing comments he made in January, when he vowed to make a “beauty” of a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, Trump said: “Millions of people are flowing across our southern border. We need to build a real wall.

“With all of this, our country has tremendous potential,” he concluded. “Let’s make America great again.”

Trump, the tycoon who parlayed his own cartoonish imperiousness into a successful reality television career, enters a highly congested Republican primary field. What he lacks in political bona fides he will try to compensate with money ($9 billion in assets), name recognition, and swagger.

As he enters his first political campaign, here are five things from The Donald’s formidable career to keep in mind.

1. He likes to file for bankruptcy.

Trump has repeatedly said that he would run the country the way he’s run his businesses. Which is not exactly inspiring given that, despite his considerable wealth, Trump has filed for corporate bankruptcy four times.

The Donald himself has largely emerged from these bankruptcies with his personal wealth intact because when these LLCs, limited partnerships,and corporations go under, it’s rarely his money at stake, according to a 2011 report in Forbes

“I’ve cut debt — by the way, this isn’t me personally, it’s a company,” Trump said. “Basically I’ve used the laws of the country to my advantage and to other people’s advantage … just as many, many others on top of the business world have.”

Trump praises himself for “great timing” by jumping ship from his grandiose projects when they’re about to fail.

2. He built his political following by becoming a “birther.”

In the run-up to the 2012 election (in which he did not run), Trump garnered publicity — and drove up his ratings for The Apprentice — by being one of the most outspoken, prominent Republicans to insist that President Obama was born in Kenya.

“We don’t know a thing about this guy,” Trump said at the time. “There are a lot of questions that are unanswered about our president.”

Shortly after President Obama released his long-form birth certificate in April 2011, he proceeded to roast a stone-faced Trump in merciless fashion at the White House Correspondents Dinner:

No one is happier — no one is prouder — to put this birth certificate matter to rest than The Donald. And that’s because he can finally get back to focusing on the issues that matter, like: “Did we fake the moon landing?” “What really happened in Roswell?” and “Where are Biggie and Tupac?” All kidding aside, obviously we all know about your credentials and breadth of experience. For example… in an episode of Celebrity Apprentice… you fired Gary Busey. And these are the kinds of decisions that would keep me up at night.

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  • Dominick Vila

    Donald is going to need a lot more than his ego to win the GOP nomination. The more I look at the field of GOP candidates, the more convinced I am the GOP establishment is going to look for someone capable of preventing the worst political defeat in U.S. history. Considering the support Mitt Romney got the last time he ran, and his not too subtle appearances countrywide, and especially in the homeland of the Mormons, I would not be surprised if he turns out to be the anointed one…or, more accurately, the sacrificial lamb.

    • charleo1

      Interesting. And if Romney does eventually turn out to be the nominee, that is one astounding prediction.

    • pisces63

      Yet, when Mitt attended some function, earlier this year, feeling the waters, he
      received less than an affirmation which prevented him from announcing his
      candidacy. In fact when he expressed that he wanted to run, again, the republicans, across the board, did not want him. His own donors have fled,
      especially since Jeb entered the fray. What has changed?

      • Dominick Vila

        Mitt Romney may be their only option. In any case, if it is not Mittens it may be somebody else because what it clear is that the GOP rank and file is not too impressed with those running for the nomination. Polls indicate support from 1% to 10%, which suggest that in addition to the party being divided ideologically, Republicans are not behind any of the candidates running. We should be very cautious and not spend too much money and energy going after the current field of clowns, and wait until the Fall to make sure we know who we are really running against.

        • FT66

          Agreed. Though politics is never predictable, but I believe GOP has yet to learn another lesson. They needed to do their homework once they were defeated in 2008 and again in 2012. With now every member of GOP jumping into the race, shows they need another lesson to be learnt in 2016 even beyond that.

        • johninPCFL

          Yeah, but typically as the field shrinks, the GOP mainstays will coalesce behind one. They will never vote for a dem, so they will hold their collective noses and vote for the one “chosen” for them.

          Ultimately, whether the rank-and-file know it or not, the plutocrats will decide who stands with the ‘R’ during the general election.

          The GOP primaries and caucuses have become entertainment. Trump fits right in. On the Simpsons, Krusty would be running but Smithers would guarantee that Burns won, probably by buying Diebold.

    • FT66

      Well Dominick, Romney is still swimming in the same water he was in, in 2012. Does he think the 47% have forgotten already what he said then? He was not smart enough to come forward after he lost the election, and apologise to 47%. That could have put him in a very, very, good situation by now.

    • Erica

      He touted bringing jobs back from China. I’m wondering if he’ll be discontinuing his clothing line since he has been a recipient of cheap labor and the exploitation of the Chinese worker

  • Duke

    Another idiotic moron added to the list – the Repugnantcan debates will be truly remarkable.

  • charleo1

    In many ways Donald Trump epitomizes both the corporate, and T-Party Right. At once personifying the unabashed ego of the self entitled Corporatist Con. While spouting the outrageously ignorant assertions that speak to the lowest common denominators of the frightened, increasingly mean spirited and misinformed Conservative base. Taking center stage, lambasting his Republican opponents, and in the process of doing that, gloriously, inadvertently, revealing the very ugly truth about himself, and the money corrupted, dysfunctional, and desperate, GOP. he seeks to lead. Team Hillary must be literally standing, cheering, tears of happiness streaming down their cheeks. Thanking the God’s that be, for such a gift as Donald Trump.

    • John Murchison

      Well put.

  • FT66

    My dear friends, if you have never ever supported Donald Trump, the time has come to do so. Donald is not a bad person. He is exercising his freedom of speech like any other. We need all to support him. Myself, do.

    • Independent1

      Me thinks, you’re asking for support for the ‘The Donald’, because you’re deliberately trying to set the GOP up with a presidential candidate whose chance of winning a national election is next to nil.

      • FT66

        Independent1. Will you please allow me to reserve my comments on your question? Nevertheless, I would prefer folks to chew in and ponder on overall Donald Trump state of affairs. Thats what is important in the coming election.

        • Independent1

          Sorry if my comment turned out to be a distraction. Does Trump really offer any sane alternatives? I think, that based on Trumps normal bluster and ego serving rhetoric, that most of the posters here have probably paid very little attention to what he’s actually proposing to do as president.

  • geraldhoey

    The Donald is just another clown on the bus. Why would anyone support a guy who has filed corporate bankruptcy 4 times? What that means is the Donald gets to keep his personal fortune while everyone else involved gets screwed. His stint as chief birther doesn’t add any luster to his reputation either.

  • bcarreiro

    The average American working would take 20-30 years to gross a million in their lifetime if their are lucky. Why does the 1% stay 1%? Capital gains tax is designed for the rich to get richer by doing nothing. Mr Trump has made sum by just that alone. Trump your smart but still a chump. stalemates like boehner have stalled this country and with your donations to political spending…..why not.

  • Vernon Sukumu

    Donald Trump, Donald Sterling, Donald Duck, Old Mc–Donald, WHATEVER!!!

  • Insinnergy

    This is the best thing ever. The Donald has converted the clown car to a veritable clown palace.

    He’s going to crap on the other Republican candidates, poke holes in their fawning half-truths, and say the obvious things that no Democrat could say and be listened to by Republican voters. If he gets on the debates (and he will) expect a complete grandstanding mess.

    Prepare for the carnage, it’s going to be awesome.

  • ps0rjl

    When will Sarah Palin announce? We need her and maybe even Michelle Bachman to complete the clown car.

    • dpaano

      Maybe he’ll ask one of them to run as his VP???!!!