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Monday, January 21, 2019

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

The Trump family has once again made clear that it plans to milk Donald Trump’s presidency for every penny it’s worth. According to an invitation leaked by gossip site TMZ, Trump’s sons Eric and Donald Jr. are hosting an event the evening of January 21, the day after their father’s inauguration event (to which organizers have reportedly tried and failed to attract popular entertainers with hefty paychecks and ambassador positions). The Trump siblings’ “Opening Day” gala offers attendees the chance, for a mere $500,000 to $1 million, to take a picture with Trump himself. Big money donors at that level will also get a chance to go hunting with Don Jr. and/or Eric, who are well-known for their history of killing beautiful, endangered exotic wildlife.

Tickets to the event start at $25,000, but for that kind of chump change, you only receive a unimpressive package of perks. Even $50,000 and $100,000 tickets won’t even get you pictures with Eric and Donald Jr. You’ll have to cough up at least $250,000 to have a photo opportunity with the brothers, and double that for a chance to hobnob with their father. According to the invite, all proceeds will be donated to unspecified conservative groups.

The entire Trump family has been in attendance for official gatherings with international leaders and tech industry titans, and at various other important meetings from which they should be barred based on ties to the Trump organization and myriad conflicts of interest. Donald Trump has refused to divest, or outline how he might disentangle himself from his many business holdings. Since all of the Trump kids essentially serve as staffers for their dad’s administration, taking part in high-profile briefings, the offer of access in exchange for hundreds of thousands of dollars seems like yet another pay-for-play opportunity.

Just last week, the Eric Trump Foundation offered coffee with Ivanka Trump to the highest bidder of an online auction. That listing hit almost $78,000 by the time it was taken down following a New York Times article that was critical of the fundraiser. Eric Trump’s charity has also announced an event for February, offering donors at the $25,000 “gold level” and up “special access.” Foreign dignitaries and other heads of states are renting rooms at Trump hotels in an effort to get on the good side of President-elect Trump, who maintains ties to all of his businesses. Within days of the election, Ivanka’s clothing and accessory business used her appearance on a “60 Minutes” interview to hawk a $10,000 bracelet which the soon-to-be first daughter was seen sporting on TV.

“This is just wrong,” Fred Wertheimer, president of government watchdog organization Democracy 21, told the New York Times last week in response to the coffee date auction. “The president’s family should not be out raising money for whatever cause, in exchange for a potential influence buyer who wants to get his views to the president.”

Kali Holloway is a senior writer and the associate editor of media and culture at AlterNet.

IMAGE: Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks as (L-R) his son-in-law Jared Kushner, his daughter Ivanka, his son Eric, Eric’s wife Lara Yunaska and Trump’s wife Melania  look on, during a campaign victory party after rival candidate Senator Ted Cruz dropped out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination following the results of the Indiana state primary, at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York, U.S., May 3, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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138 responses to “Pay To Play: Inauguration Parties Offer Prime Opportunities For Trump Family”

  1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth says:

    The Presidency is already turning into a festive event for the Trump clan, and I’m just so thrilled that they will garner more largesse from the US Treasury.
    The phrase “Drain the Swamp” is turning out to mean remove the old alligators and bring in a fresh brood of new alligators with radio tags embossed with “TRUMP” for tracking by wildlife ecologists.
    Oh, how happy the economy/jobs freaks across America must be to see a new clan of oligarchs filling the swamp, while they will hope and pray that out-of-fashion jobs will magically appear on their doorsteps.
    Oh, how happy I am—we all are—that the Trump clan will continue to prosper at our expense.

    • Eleanore Whitaker says:

      Yep…His sons already are selling Access to Trump at $2 million a pop. Never let it be said any Trump is not “on the money.”

  2. Godzilla says:

    This article is nothing more than snowflake WHINING!

    • I Am Helpy says:

      “I don’t care about the rule of law in the nation”.
      – you

    • Yet you couldn’t keep yourself away from reading it, and all the other articles that cause you to complain and whine. Thou dost protest too oft and too lamely.
      Get some lighter fluid for your tonsils, by the way.

    • Budjob says:

      STFU up whoreface fascist!

    • PrecipitousDrop says:

      The Tiny-Japanese-Man-In-A-Lizard-Suit is sad that his Glorious Leader can’t stop grifting.

    • Jinmichigan says:

      Covering up fraud and corruption, the republican way.

    • Sand_Cat says:

      Just the kind of response to be expected to exposure of the massive conflicts of interest to a Trump idiot who believed the BS about “draining the swamp” and taking on Wall Street. You were sure that electing one of the most corrupt and dishonest of the 1% was sure to lead to reining in their abuses, so now you have to pretend you weren’t a complete sucker.

  3. Otto T. Goat says:

    President Obama’s inauguration planners offering special VIP access to donors willing to pay up to $1 million

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/president-obama-inauguration-planners-soliciting-1m-donations-article-1.1236317

    • PrecipitousDrop says:

      Read your link, Otto.
      It doesn’t agree with you.

    • Jinmichigan says:

      So donations to help pay for Obama’s inauguration celebration equate to the trumps “charity”, which isn’t even registered as a charity? Sure. Good luck selling that line of BS. trump will be using tax dollars for his inauguration.

    • Eleanore Whitaker says:

      Let me guess…to you …prostitutes and porn stars who get paid a few million to pose NUDE for Playboy is okay? Not paying your hotel and casino employees is okay? Tell us Goathead…which prison are you posting from? A hick for profit prison in Georgia? Alabammy or Mississippi?

      I noticed that you are a big mouth basher but you don’t allow anyone to know who your REALLY are …guess you only have a prisoner number right?

  4. Budjob says:

    Is Malaria still scheduled to pole dance for Trump’s GAG,GAG,PUKE inauguration?

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  5. Daniel Jones says:

    Not to worry: the Trumps are not raising money for any causes.

    They’re just raising money, end stop.

    Remember “The Buck Stops Here?”

    The way it *wasn’t* originally meant is the entire reason Trump ran.

  6. rednekokie says:

    And four years of this crap ahead! Lordy, have mercy!

    • CPANY says:

      Since he’s already admitted treason by consorting with America’s enemy Putin, Trump’s tenure in office may be very short.

      Impeach the clown.

      • rednekokie says:

        Actually I’m all for that — except for a few minor details – to wit:
        First — he cannot be impeached until he is actually the president.
        Second, the congress has to impeach him – and fat chance of that.

  7. FireBaron says:

    It’s only wrong because they got caught. Had someone NOT balked about the $500,000 price tag for a handshake, this would have gone unnoticed.

    • Eleanore Whitaker says:

      Already the Trump boys made a clean $2 million by putting price tags on access to Trump the Hump. They can get away with as much as like right now because he has not taken the oath of office which states: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

      Can you see Trump EVER preserving, protecting or defending the Constitution of the United States? This guy has violated more constitutional rights by using his beefy security thugs to stifle 1st Amendment rights to free speech. One of them slugged a newspaper journalist when the guy asked Thump the Hump a question he didn’t like back in 2005.

  8. Jinmichigan says:

    This is just the beginning. The corruption they lied about Clinton is everyday business for the von trump family.

  9. itsfun says:

    Don’t these types of parties and fund raisings happen in every inauguration?

      • Eleanore Whitaker says:

        Itsy is riding the crest of the total failure Trump will prove to be. Itsy and the rest of the numb nuts of the right NEVER once substantiate what they post with unequivocable facts. All you get is biased BS. Nothing from Itsy is newsworthy. Every post of Itsy’s is more regurgitated right wing blather.

    • FT66 says:

      The answer is a BIG NO. Tell us who was that President who charged this much?

      • itsfun says:

        Just do a seach for information on inauguration balls and expenses and you will find pages and pages of info on all Presidents.

        Just for a starter:
        What Recession? The $170 Million Inauguration
        By SCOTT MAYEROWITZ
        ABC NEWS BUSINESS UNIT
        Jan. 19, 2009

        The country is in the middle of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, which isn’t stopping rich donors and the government from spending $170 million, or more, on the inauguration of Barack Obama .
        The actual swearing-in ceremony will cost $1.24 million, according to Carole Florman, spokeswoman for the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies.
        It’s the security, parties and countless Porta-a-Potty rentals that really run up the bill.
        The federal government estimates that it will spend roughly $49 million on the inaugural weekend. Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland have requested another $75 million from the federal government to help pay for their share of police, fire and medical services.
        And then there is the party bill.
        “We have a budget of roughly $45 million, maybe a little bit more,” said Linda Douglass, spokeswoman for the inaugural committee.
        That’s more than the $42.3 million in private funds spent by President Bush’s committee in 2005 or the $33 million spent for Bill Clinton’s first inaugural in 1993.
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        Douglass said that this will be the “most open and accessible inauguration in history,” with members of the general public able to participate on a greater scale than ever before.
        “The money is going toward providing events which we hope are going to connect people, make them feel like we are all in this together and reinforce the notion that when we pull together, we’re stronger,” Douglass said. “And we need to pull together to face the challenges that are before us today.”
        Among the expenses: a Bruce Springsteen concert, the parade, large-screen TV rentals for all-free viewing on the national Mall, $700,000 to the Smithsonian Institution to stay open and, of course, the balls, including three that are being pitched as free or low cost for the public.
        But there are plenty of rich donors willing to pick up the tab.
        “They are not the $20 and $50 donors who helped propel Obama through Election Day,” said Massie Ritsch, communications director for the Center for Responsive Politics. “These are people giving mostly $50,000 apiece. They tend to be corporate executives, celebrities, the elite of the elite.”

        Best Seats in the House
        The biggest group of donors were none other than the recently bailed-out Wall Street executives and employees.
        “The finance sector is well represented, despite its recent troubles,” Ritsch said. “Those who worked in finance still managed to pull together nearly $7 million for the inauguration.”
        The donors will get some of the best seats in the house for the inauguration, as well as admittance to some of the best balls and other events.
        “I don’t think that they’re going to get a whole lot of face time with the new president himself,” Ritsch said, “but they are certainly establishing themselves from day one as his biggest financial supporters. And if there’s something they need or to tell him down the road, they will have an easier time doing that than everyone else.”
        Besides Wall Street firms, a large chunk of the money came from employees at companies such as Microsoft, Google and DreamWorks Animation, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
        Microsoft CEO Steven Ballmer and his wife, Connie, each gave $50,000. So did Microsoft chairman and co-founder Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda.
        DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg and his wife, Marilyn, each gave $50,000. Filmmaker and DreamWorks co-founder Steven Spielberg and his wife, Kate, both also gave $50,000. And DreamWorks employees gave a total of $275,000.
        Billionaire investor George Soros and his family contributed $250,000 to the inauguration, and Google co-founder Larry Page and CEO Eric Schmidt each donated $25,000.
        Other big-name donors who gave $50,000 include filmmaker George Lucas, artist Dale Chihuly, Los Angeles Dodgers President Jamie McCourt. Citigroup managing director Raymond J. McGuire; Oracle President Charles E. Phillips Jr.; actresses Halle Berry and Sharon Stone; and Melvin Simon, co-founder of Simon Property Group, the largest mall owner in the United States.
        Despite all the donations, Obama’s team has made donations much more restrictive than in the past.
        Obama capped donations at $50,000 per person, which is still more than 10 times what individuals could give to his campaign, but a lot less than the $250,000 cap President Bush had at his last inauguration. Contributions from corporations, labor unions, political action committees and registered lobbyists are not being accepted by Obama.

        The Real Money
        For Bill Clinton’s second inaugural in 1997, contributions were capped to $100. But that committee had some leftover money from the previous inauguration and charged people up to $3,000 for inaugural tickets.
        “We have the broadest fundraising restrictions in inaugural history,” Douglas said.
        The inauguration team is also posting all donations of $200 or more on the Internet almost as quickly as they are coming in. The law only requires it to disclose the information 90 days after the actual swearing-in.
        “The transparency of this inaugural fundraising effort is unprecedented as far as we can remember,” Ritsch said. “We see that as a positive step and hope it’s an indication that President Obama will use technology to make government more responsive and transparent to people.”
        That’s all the play money. The bulk of cash will actually be spent on security and logistics.
        In a letter to members of Congress, the governors of Maryland and Virginia, and the mayor of Washington said that their combined costs could exceed $75 million. That’s on top of the $49 million the federal government is spending, again mostly for security.
        “The historical significance of inaugurating the first African-American president of the United States alone makes the event unprecedented,” they wrote. “Given its political significance, we expect that the event will be attended by hundreds, if not thousands, of elected U.S. government officials and foreign dignitaries. Turnout by the general public for the swearing-in ceremony alone is likely to exceed 2 million. Transportation officials estimate that roughly 10,000 charter buses will enter the District with approximately 500,000 riders alone, a number which nearly matches the city’s population.”
        The emergency managers for the three jurisdictions said they expect this to be the most complex and challenging inaugural in history.
        “The mass of attendees expected will challenge fire, law enforcement, emergency medical and mass transit capabilities,” the governors and mayor wrote. “Moreover, the high volume of buses/traffic, weather factor and other threats will create additional demands.”
        With reporting from ABC News’ Nick Tucker.

        • Eleanore Whitaker says:

          ABC News? This is your substantiation? Do also believe the tooth fairy took all your teeth and that Melania’s NUDE Playboy Centerfold didn’t hand her a few million for showing off her fake boobs?

          • itsfun says:

            Do your own search then. You will find many many pages. You are just a typical denier. You can’t believe the truth when you see it. You just whine and whine about the sources. ABC news is one of the most liberal there is, I purposely used a liberal leaning outlet for asses like you. Why are you so obsessed with Melania? Do you wish someone would take nude pitchers of you? From what I hear if you did, it would permanently turn off men.

          • CPANY says:

            Go Itsfun! Kick Eleanore in the teeth.

          • pisces63 says:

            NO, someone could win the world series as a nude ‘pitcher’!!

          • itsfun says:

            oops. I was reading a article about Justin Verlander before reading the National Memo. If I am right, didn’t someone post a video of him and his girlfriend doing the nasty?

        • PrecipitousDrop says:

          Most people post links, FunnyHead.
          Try it.

          • CPANY says:

            Hey Eleanore, you didn’t write anything as long as “Itsfun’s” diatribe.

            Looks like you have some competition.

          • You haven’t written anything, “PERIOD” of note. So don’t complain about anyone else’s comments until you show yourself capable of writing something noteworthy.

          • CPANY says:

            Dear Aaron of Schitt:

            Are you an academic? Academics tend to equate writing with accomplishing something useful.

            Best wishes for the holidays, you pompous ass.

          • We understand that you’re terribly afraid of educating yourself, and terrified of the thought of being civil.
            So why go through the phony act of offering best wishes when you’re a hostage to satanic forces. It would be disingenuous of me to wish you the best since your gaze is fixed on the ground—I pity your family that has to put up with you.

          • CPANY says:

            My goodness gracious, I think that I got under Aaron of Schitt’s skin with my question “Are you an academic”?

            Did I guess correctly, Aaron of Schitt? Are you an academic? You certainly write like one. I think that your reference to satanic forces is the clincher.

            Are you also a devil worshiper?

            And, who is “we”? Do you have coven to do your bidding?

          • If you had taken time to stop contemplating your own navel, you would have been paying attention to what I and others like me have been saying and implying—that is, that when it comes to pompous people such as yourself who assert themselves in order to score political points when it comes to the plight of others, then that gets under my skin. The fact that such concerns never cross your mind is your problem and not mine.

            As for the use of “We”, that’s a literary expression referencing all who choose enlightenment, as opposed to those who seek comfort in the dark cave of ignorance. The royal “we” is often used in Baha’i and other Religious contexts and Books. Poets use the term also. But since you are averse to reading and learning, this form of the English language would escape you.

          • CPANY says:

            Boy, you are a wordy individual, aren’t you? You talk a lot, but you don’t say much. Typical academic.

            Temper, temper, temper.

          • jmprint says:

            Boring.

    • Eleanore Whitaker says:

      No they do not. Fund raising for what? A president is already elected. You do realize the Trump boys already got their butts in trouble for selling access to the President for $1 million a pop?

      No president needs to raise fund for an inaugural event. The fact is that out of all of the Hollywood celebrities willing to perform at this DogCrap’s inaugural ball, only two total hicks, Wango Tango NutBoy Ted Nugent and Kid Rock with the Rocks in his gut accepted. Several offers were made to others like Andrea Boccelli, who declined. So, it looks as if Melania will perform her Dance WITHOUT ANY Veils for the sleazeballs who plan to attend this scumbucket hoop de do.

      As for Ivanka the Canka Sore on humanity, I am sure she’ll be showing off her new, ultra expensive boob job. You’ll enjoy that right Itsy? YOu of the oh so Christian BS?

      • itsfun says:

        Just do a simple search and you will find the parties and costs of Obama and all Presidents on their inaugural day.

        • PrecipitousDrop says:

          The Trump sons were selling direct access to the newly seated president, FunnyHead.
          There are no plans AT ALL to direct ANY of the funds to the costs of inaugural events. None. Read the solicitation. They never said WHO would benefit from funds raised by selling direct access to their father.

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            We must all keep bashing away at these right winger. Sooner or later, they will see they are outnumbered by facts and truths when finally we will have shut their lying mouths.

          • itsfun says:

            That is why the left has lost over 900 federal and state legislative seats since Obama came into office. You are biggest liar and racist and bigot on this site. You are a complete waste of a human being.

          • jmprint says:

            No that’s not the reason. It was a combination of two:

            1). White Nationalist (because the think they are superior and want to make sure the white snow last forever.)
            2). Religious cults – (Oh how they are they think helping fetus is a one way ticket to heaven)

          • itsfun says:

            Yep the evil white people are just terrible. I see you agree with Hillary and her supporters about the Catholic religion.

          • Are you one of the “evil white people”? Do you have a problem with Catholics? And what other groups does your despicable list include as “enemies of itsfun” ?

          • CPANY says:

            Aaron of Schitt:

            I see that you’re having trouble getting along with others, too.

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            Well, one night opine that you at least know you are evil and white. Did you have to use a microscope to determine you aren’t black, Hispanic, Middle Eastern or Oriental? Or are your bifocals already past the 5.0 level?

          • itsfun says:

            Wouldn’t you be shocked to discover I am of Latin heritage.

          • pisces63 says:

            What part are you missing? Those two people complaining about THEIR religion were Catholics. That was their business and not CNN’s or any other imbecile. I am a Baptist and talk about mine all the time. Things I like and do not like.
            The whiny white people who voted for a less than qualified candidate, morally and other wise, yes, were terrible. Those who did so because Obama had won, worse than terrible. Need I say more? I watched them say this in Ohio. The interviewer was shocked. I was not. I have known since the say after the election in 2008, Clear as day.

          • itsfun says:

            The whining is coming from the left, not the right.

          • pisces63 says:

            I do not whine. I did not when any republican won. Never denigrated them. Never would treat any the way Obama has been treated. except for this one. I would shake Bush’s hand. Reagan. Nixon, etc. This one? I would cross the street before I would let him put his nasty little paws on me. YUK!! nasty. Amoral miscreant. IF he had been a democrat, I would feel the same. He is not qualified.

          • itsfun says:

            You were talking about the whiny white people that voted for Trump. That alone is a racist remark. Black voters, Mexican voters and voters of all colors, and races voted for Trump and for Hillary. Presidents must be deal makers, and who is better at that than the President-elect. You don’t have to like or respect President-elect Trump, as I have no respect for Obama as a leader or a man and would not shake his hand.
            We already have a Democrat Senator (Warren) calling for the impeachment of Trump and he is not even in office yet. I think it is time though for people to accept the results of the election and get on with life without Hillary and Obama.

          • pisces63 says:

            I do not have to accept anything I did not accept Nixon and I was right, Proven 2 years later. You have no respect for a black man as president. I have no respect for ANY none qualified person for dog catcher. That includes whiny, inept Ben Carson!! Mine has nothing to do with race and never has since in my years of voting from 1970(1972-first presidential race),I never had that choice but once and I voted for Hillary during the Ohio 2008 primary. YOURS IS race, period. Tell that lie else where. It does not work for this woman. He cannot run his own businesses. He has bankrupted or destroyed other’s businesses by not paying his bill. He destroyed the Board Walk and they are still recovering with lower wages. You live your pipe dream. I will watch in the real world. Now he wants to ramp up nuclear armaments. He wants to interfere with a weapons contract for an old out dated war plane vs a newer on price , alone. Starting a war between Lockheed and Boeing. Lke mking the choice between a hors and buggy and an SUV because the former is cheaper. Really? Tweeting this BS, too.

          • itsfun says:

            Accept what you want. I have no respect for Obama period. He is as much white as he is black in case you didn’t know that. Ben Carson is a famous brain surgeon. He grew up in a inner city environment. He knows first hand what the problems are and hopefully he can help solve them. Inner city problems are huge, just look at Chicago for one example. The President-elect has called for keeping up with the countries that are building newer and better nuclear weapons then we have. He wants to keep us free from nuclear attacks. Do you actually believe that a country like North Korea will not use nuclear weapons against us if they have bigger and better ones? Those people live in a world of hate and murder. They won’t hesitate for one second to use deadly nuclear weapons against up the minute they have better ones. You need to live in the world as it is, not as you would like to see it. The President-elect has already lowered the price of a new air Force one, what is wrong with saving money on fighter planes. He didn’t ask for a price on old out dated planes, but on planes comparable with the new ones. I like the President-elect tweeting his ideas and feelings, instead of hiding them and then telling us how transparent his administration is.
            You must hate saving money and jobs.

          • pisces63 says:

            So are we as we speak. You think he had a bright idea or Putin. Putin is following us in upgrading. we do this every 10 years or so and it will take up to 15 years to complete it. Upgrades and renewals. Stop giving him credit for what is already going on. So he, Obama, has a white mother. He was considered and treated as black. Period. I live in the inner city, also. Hough area of Cleveland and Glenville in a house owned by my parents and me. No projects. Not poor. Not on public dole. None of us. Had both parents unlike him. Never pulled a knife on anyone or had one pulled on us. My parents are HS educated in the 40’s and my mom cleaned none of your houses and you could not pay her to. I still do not think he is qualified for the job. Most tweets are imbecilic. It was not comparable because it was older.

          • itsfun says:

            Do you think it is a bad idea to fix inner city problems? I am talking more about ghetto living then people living in good neighborhoods. I don’t know where you are coming from about your mom not cleaning my house or any house. Its good you never had a knife pulled on you, or pulled one, what does that have to do with fixing problems. You seem to believe I am making a personal attach on you or your life style. I have no idea where you got that feeling. If you are mad because I support Dr. Carson, that’s up to you. I do find it ironic though when I find fault with Obama I get called a racist, but when I support Dr. Carson, I get called other names. I have nothing but respect for Dr. Carson and what he has done.

          • pisces63 says:

            I just gave my opinion on the man. Just because he is black does not mean I will follow him. Just because he is black does not make him qualified for the job, either or that he lived in a poor area. My point is, I did too. Yet I was not poor. His mother cleaned houses for a living as did a lot of my aunts but my mom did not and would not. I could care less who you support. I never called you a name as I have been called for supporting Obama or democrats. Sure I want problems fixed but I want us to start fixing our own problems as my parents preached to us. He is not going to do a thing, thank you Jim Brown and others. It just seems so fawning when I know good and well he isn’t going to do a damned thing but talk and get paid on my dime. I respect Dr. Carson but I am under no delusions that he likes himself. That is something most of you white people do not get. We know the black people who likes themselves and who do not. There is no way I would follow this man after the put downs he took with no push back and just grin and bear it. Mitt Romney, I put in the same boat. No way. No self respect nor self pride. Michael Steele was a black republican I could get behind but not truly republicans because you weren’t going to speak to him any old way and get away with it. yet, he kept the republican tenants and raised a lot of money and members.

          • itsfun says:

            I’m not sure what you are referring to as put downs on Dr. Carson. If you mean during the debates, that is just politics as usual. Look at the name callings and put downs on both sides of the aisle during the debates. Michael Steele is a good man, but I feel he failed as a leader. He should have demanded policies getting rid of the ghettos in our cities. You would be very surprised to discover I am not a white male. I just don’t hate whites because they are white, not do I hate blacks because they are black. I get a kick out of the people calling me a racist when they have no idea what race I am.

          • Bush, Reagan, Nixon were as saints compared to what we have to suffer with now.

          • pisces63 says:

            Sooooo true.

          • No, it’s you and those who think as you who are terrible. This isn’t about defaming whole groups of people–something your little mind can’t comprehend. It’s about rebuking qualities displayed by people like yourself—qualities which your mom and dad were remiss in instilling in you.

            Merry Christmas, or Merry Trumpmas—which would you prefer??

          • jmprint says:

            Not all white are evil, only the nationalist like you.

          • itsfun says:

            What makes you think I am white? I do believe in America first.

          • pisces63 says:

            Starving and disregarding the living child. No home. No food. No medicine.
            Israel better be careful. He’s in bed with white nationalist who are anti-Semitic. Their main goal is to destroy the ‘Jewish’ complex and his pushing for the settlements will push their enemies at a time they were quiet. That bunch nor the republicans have EVER cared for Jews. Their fear of Islam makes them pretend.

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            Really? So do explain why the state of VA was called before the SC for racial gerrymandering and why NY, MA, NJ, VT or RI have never had gerrymandering or games with redistricting that got them in hot water? It is YOUR southern and midwestern states who want white supremacy. You are the one who is human waste. Flush yourself Itsy…before Ivanka mistakes you for one of her turds.

          • itsfun says:

            talk to your terrorists buddies, you are one that wants them attack the Southern and Midwestern states.

          • itsfun says:

            I don’t care where the funds go, I just said all inaugurations have parties and fund raisings. They do.

          • PrecipitousDrop says:

            “I don’t care where the funds go…”
            So… fraud, bribery, misappropriation, embezzlement and out right theft are just fine by you — as long as Trump does it?
            That explains a lot.

          • pisces63 says:

            He was accused of them all before the election and they didn’t care. The hypocrisy of the supposed moral right is disgusting.

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            The reason it seemed they didn’t care was that Republicans NEED Trump ONLY to erase everything Obama did. That’s why the Republicans are trying to say Obama cannot issue any executive orders. They know that if he does, these executive orders cannot be repealed by an act of legislation since they Executive branch not the Legislative branch authorized them.

            Once again…our masterful President Obama stays ahead of the hick Republicans. rofl.

          • Robert A. Clemons says:

            YOU NEED TO LEARN THE TRUTH…OBOBOs E.O. CAN BE REPEALED BY CONGRESS…THE LAW HAS BEEN IN PLACE FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS ALREADY…GO BACK TO SCHOOL & GET AN EDUCATION…YOU SORELY NEED ONE

          • PrecipitousDrop says:

            BigBadBob doesn’t know his caps key is broken.
            Should we tell him?

          • Robert A. Clemons says:

            NOPE, I DO IT INTENTIONALLY…JUST TO GET UNDER YOU LIB SNOWFLAKES SKIN….

          • PrecipitousDrop says:

            That’s the lamest thing I’ve heard all year, BigBadBob.
            Too bad it’s the best you’ve got, right?

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            You don’t care that the Trump sons violated the Constitutional laws? You cannot sell access to a president. All inaugurations have parties and raise funds. They don’t do it from crooks. That’s the difference.

            The only reason Obama’s inauguration cost more was because the minute he was elected, he receives 39 death threats every day.

          • pisces63 says:

            trump’s win is the result of a black man running and winning. They lied for him. Didn’t care he lied 3 out of 4 times and still does. Sexual assaulter. Accused pedophile. lusting after his daughter at 8 and thinking it was fine to do so. Dumb as rocks.

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            The beauty of Trump? Everything he says, everything he does or will do is on the right wing and the Republicans. They own him and all of his mentally ill decisions.

            What I especially like is that when Trump plays his “Mister Universe” games and screws up, there is no way the righties or Republicans can deflect blame on anyone but themselves. And Trump WILL screw up. He always does. He operates on ego. Big mistake for any president to do that.

            The right and Republicans own Trump now and because they are the majority, their majority gets the majority of blame for what he is and what he does. What could be sweeter?

          • itsfun says:

            You didn’t even know the difference between impeachment and removal from office until I educated you. You are worthless and should be on trial for treason after your post of wanting others in our country to feel the agony of 9/11.

          • JCluvsTrump says:

            What a pity none were carried out.

          • jmprint says:

            You don’t care about anyone pr anything, except whoring for Trump, and you do a good job.

          • itsfun says:

            The language you use….

          • jmprint says:

            Take a look at yours, before your criticize. others. Stop pimping Trumpf to us, we know what he is, and is not.

          • itsfun says:

            I won’t be bullied by the likes of you. If I want to say something about the President-elect I will. If you don’t like it, there is no one making you read what I post.

          • PrecipitousDrop says:

            Very true, FunnyHead.
            More people probably block you every day.

          • jmprint says:

            And if I want to post the truth about your pimping Trump I will, be his good little bitch, as you call others.

          • itsfun says:

            I have called exactly one person a bitch on this site. Now I have blocked her, so I don’t see what she posts and she can’t respond to me.

        • Eleanore Whitaker says:

          YOu asked for this dipwad: From FactCheck.org:

          For much of the past week, several right-leaning news sites have compared an estimated $160 million price tag for Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration to a $42 million tally for George W. Bush’s 2005 inauguration. For example, Newsmax reported that Obama’s inauguration “will be the most expensive ever” with a cost “nearly four times what George Bush’s inauguration cost four years ago.” And Fox News’ Sean Hannity told viewers that “the cost of Obama’s inaugural will dwarf past celebrations and make those of President Bush’s look like budget bashes.”

          They’re wrong. They’ve misinterpreted mainstream news accounts from the Associated Press, ABC News and the New York Times, among others. The AP and ABC News both report that Obama’s inauguration could cost between $160 and $170 million, while Bush raised a net total of $42.3 million to cover the costs of his inauguration, according the New York Times and others, based on the report Bush’s committee filed with the Federal Election Commission a few months after the event. But those aren’t direct comparisons; the Obama estimates include the cost of security, while the figure for Bush’s inauguration does not.”

          And why did there NEED to be more security for Obama than Bush? Bigots like you moron. In fact, security to keep you hick racists and bigot from yet another Democrat being assassinated, shows Obama has set yet another record…Over 150 death threats EVERY DAY.

          Why do you even bother posting your lies when you know I can always get facts and substantiations you can’t?

          • itsfun says:

            You are the bigot and racist here. YOU are the one that wants the United States to be attacked by terrorist again and have thousands of innocent men, women, and children murdered. You are a complete no good lying bitch and should be deported from this country.

          • jmprint says:

            No Itsfun you hold that title, you are the bigot and racist here. Your beloved Trump is going to cause a lot of terrorist attack on our soil. Our President Barack Obama kept us save for 8 years. You need to de placed in an asylum, you are a very sick puppy. This country would be better without you. Do yourself in.

          • itsfun says:

            I have challenged you before to post any racist or bigoted remarks I have posted. You couldn’t, but you still love to call names. You are just typical, you whine racism, bigotry, sexism, hate, or blame George Bush for all the failures of the left the last 8 years.

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            You support Trump. Trump is a bigot. As for Bush, we all knew he was never the president. You got duped on that one Toots. It was Cheney who was the back room president.

            But, you know what I find most amusing about this Republican Trump love affair? These two factions both think they have each other over a barrel and that we can do NOTHING. Really? And just when did educated people EVER do nothing when crooks try to get away with their corruption? Madoff got his. Manson got his, Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin and even Rasputin …all got theirs.

            Your boy is kissing up to Putin to get those Russian loan sharks off his back. Time for you to start getting educated about who you voted for.

          • itsfun says:

            There is nothing amusing about you[re wanting a terrorist attack again on the United States so more can experience the horrors of 9/11. You are a no good bitch and should be banned from this and all sites.

      • pisces63 says:

        He got the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and a winner of The Voice.

    • PrecipitousDrop says:

      There are inauguration parties and balls, sure.
      Funds are raised to offset the costs of the celebrations.
      Selling direct access to the sitting president is ILLEGAL.

  10. FT66 says:

    Only a fool who can’t figure out how this family made their fortune. Always looking for a loophole and really squeeze it so hard.

    • Eleanore Whitaker says:

      I guess for me, the most memorable of Trump’s loophole’s was how he managed to be forced by NY’s AG Eric Schneidermann to ante up for his bogus Trump University. He got $35,000 a pop from students who thought the university (and I used that term loosely) was accredited when Trump knew all along it wasn’t.

      Trump doesn’t always get away with it. But, when it comes to getting off, you have to remember his sister Mary Ann Trump is a judge with access to any number of judges with whom she has but to whisper in their ears to get Brother Donny off. He makes John Gotti look like a piker when it comes to judges he pays off.

  11. bojimbo26 says:

    `Pay to Play` .

  12. opinioned1 says:

    Just think, only a few weeks ago this lying moron was accusing Hillary of pay to play, and now Trump along with his “we`re entitled” kids are milking the system for all it`s worth.

    • Eleanore Whitaker says:

      He gets to milk it only until he is sworn in. The real joke is that Gingrich the 3 times married Georgia Good Ole Pig now believes that nepotism law HIS Republican put in place to prevent another situation as with JFK who appointed his brother RFK to the position of AG. But now that Trump has overloaded the White House with the Trump Dynasty, it’s “ALL okay for him.” BS. This guy and the right wing are asking for what they are going to get.

      • pisces63 says:

        I listen to Diane Rehm and Monday Newt lied so much on the program the panelists were all speechless. He changed constitutional law. Made it up as he spoke. It gave new meaning to the word pregnant pause when the panel took a minute to reply. Too funny.

  13. Eleanore Whitaker says:

    Any takers on who Trump will hump first in the White House? My bet is on Ivanka. Then the raggedy Ann Kelly Conway, than Bannon for a bit of diversity and finally and last but not least, his legal wife, the Nude Playboy Centerfold.

  14. CPANY says:

    Eleanor Whitaker:

    You’re predicting that Trump will have sex with his daughter:”My bet is on Ivanka.”?

    Trump is a low life piece of garbage, but I don’t accuse him of incest.

    • Thoughtopsy says:

      You don’t have to… there are at least two people accusing him of violent pedophilia… his ex-wife accusing him of violent rape… 12 people accusing him of sexual abuse and harassment… and in his own words he suggested his daughter has nice tits and ass, and he would be dating her if she wasn’t his daughter…

      Now he’s going to be the most powerful guy in the world until he’s impeached. There’s an argument that absolute power corrupts…
      I’d give it low chance… but it’s not zero.

      • Eleanore Whitaker says:

        Trump cannot walk a straight line. He never has and he never will. That’s why he is claiming he will be different than 44 other presidents. That’s also why he believes “smart” can only be determined by becoming a billionaire. I am sure Einstein would love to know that.

        As for being the most powerful, in reality his secret is much darker. Remember back in 1995 when he went on that wild spending spree? His own financial advisors warned him of the consequences. He refused to listen. But to prove what a moron Trump is, he spent on a yacht as big as the QE2 just to show the world his money prowess. Then, he bought Mar-A-Lago, the old coffee heiress mansion in Florida and several Manhattan properties he thought NY state would just hand him for the taking. Then, one by one, he began to be mired in over 150 lawsuits, not to mention several government fines. He was left with only $995 million. But the real problem was that he had already got himself involved with building a hotel and casino in Moscow. In order to finish it, he had to borrow money from those Russian loan sharks. Now you know why he is so beholden to Putin.

        Putin has a heritage of government election rigging. He nearly lost in 2011. It was Hillary Clinton who pointed out that he was rigging his own country’s election. So, he realized with Trump’s millions in obligations to Russia, the time was right to take Hillary out and make a deal with Trump. It also doesn’t hurt that Putin opened a new coal mining facility in Siberia and also expanded their oil interests. Putin needed Trump to play ball and get him more US oil to sell to China at inflated rates, thereby forcing China to 2nd place behind Russia.

      • CPANY says:

        What are the accusers names?

    • Eleanore Whitaker says:

      You obviously have not seen those photos of a teenage Ivanka sitting on Daddy’s lap with Daddy’s arms all over her. You obviously have not seen the photos of him with his hands on her butt and his comment that if she wasn’t his daughter, “She so hot. I’d want to take her to bed.”

      Please. What kind of father speaks that way of his daughter? I’ll tell you what kind. A man so used to whoring and using women as his “reward” that women are nothing more than boobs and pussies for him to grab.

    • pisces63 says:

      You must not have seen his clip when she was about 8 when he bragged he desired her more than his wife and he saw nothing wrong with it. SHE is moving in, not his wife. I get the School thing. really!! Yet, something is rotten, here and I am with you Eleanore Whitaker. He makes my skin crawl, literally.

      • CPANY says:

        Take a long walk off a short pier, assho!e and take dippy Eleanor with you.

        • pisces63 says:

          AWWWWW typical inbred trumpy dumpy follower. Never called you a name but it is par for the course for righties. Lies. Name calling. The pier is already too crowded with the dim bulbs who fell for an idiot miscreant.

        • PrecipitousDrop says:

          I know it hurts, but Trump really did talk to reporters about his sexual attraction to his daughter. He talked about it whenever she was mentioned — in print, on the radio, and on video tape. He has never refuted it. He has never claimed to have been “taken out of context.”
          It might be one of the few truths he’s ever told.

  15. jmprint says:

    And the Horns news is playing the violin on us lefty don’t want them to raise money for cancer. I would like to know how much of Eric’s Foundation money donation to the cancer Research before the election.

  16. The lucky one says:

    No one should be surprised. The Trump family are all grifters.

  17. Thoughtopsy says:

    Ahhh… the snouts are already firmly embedded in the “The Swamp”.
    Lucky they filled it first, I guess.

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