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Parade Of Speakers At DNC Paint Trump As Unfit For Presidency In Every Way, From Billionaire Bloomberg To An Ex-CIA Director

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Parade Of Speakers At DNC Paint Trump As Unfit For Presidency In Every Way, From Billionaire Bloomberg To An Ex-CIA Director

Michael Bloomberg speaks during a news conference at City Hall in New York, September 18, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Published with permission from Alternet.

A parade of speakers at the Democratic Convention painted a devastating picture of Donald Trump as the most unqualified, inexperienced and unpredictable nominee in anyone’s memory, urging Americans—including independents—to vote for Clinton or face dire consequences.

But the most unexpected and strongest critiques came from Michael Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor and self-made billionaire, who took the stage and explained why “it is imperative we elect Hillary Clinton as the next president of the United States,” and the former CIA Director and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, who said Trump was not stable enough to be anywhere near the helm of military power.

Bloomberg started by saying he wasn’t a Democrat, but an independent.

“I don’t believe either party has a monopoly on good ideas or strong leadership,” he said. “There are times when I disagree with Hillary. But whatever our disagreements may be, I’ve come here to say: We must put them aside for the good of our country. And we must united around the candidate who can defeat a dangerous demagogue.”

Bloomberg then dismantled Trump’s record as a successful businessman.

“Throughout his career, Trump has left behind a well-documented record of bankruptcies, thousands of lawsuits, angry shareholders, and contractors who feel cheated, and disillusioned customers who feel ripped off. Trump says he wants to run the nation like he’s run his business. God help us,” he said. “I am a New Yorker and I know a con when I see one… The richest thing about Donald Trump is his hypocrisy.”

Bloomberg’s critique of Trump was unprecedented thus far in the campaign—the specter of another billionaire who himself flirted with an independent run for the White House in 2016 discrediting the candidate of the major party that has long been associated with business.

“Now, I know Hillary Clinton is not flawless; no candidate is. But she is the right choice—and the responsible choice—in this election,” he said. “No matter what you may think about her politics or her record, Hillary Clinton understands that this is not reality television; this is reality. She understands the job of president. It involves finding solutions, not pointing fingers, and offering hope, not stoking fear.”

“I say to my fellow independents, your votes matter now,” Bloomberg concluded. “I am asking you to join with me, not out of party loyalty… let’s elect a sane, competent person with experience.”

Wednesday night also featured an unprecedented takedown of Trump by national security leaders, saying he should not be anywhere near the levers of military power. As a string of speakers attested to Clinton’s fitness to be commander in chief—which provoked loud anti-war chants and interruptions from Sanders’ delegates who fear her hawkish reputation—those officials said Trump must not be president.

Former CIA Director Appalled
The strongest condemnation came from Leon Panetta, the former CIA director, Secretary of Defense and White House chief of staff. As predicted, he called Clinton the “best-prepared” presidential candidate he has known from either party as protesters shouted.

But Panetta said it was “unconceivable” that Trump would ask Russia—as he did Wednesday—to hack the State Department to see what was in Hillary Clinton’s e-mails.

“Donald Trump, today, once again took Russia’s side,” Panetta said. “He asked the Russians to interfere in American politics. Think about that. Think about that for a moment. Donald Trump, who wants to be president of the United States, is asking one of our adversaries to engage in hacking or intelligence efforts against the United States to affect an election.”

“As someone who was responsible for protecting our nation from cyberattacks, it’s inconceivable to me that any presidential candidate would be that irresponsible,” he continued.

Panetta’s condemnation was diluted by the anti-war protesters in the room, many of whom have been very critical of the national security state under President Obama, especially his overseas drone program that caused many civilian casualties. But it was an unmistakable and severe condemnation that was not along the more lines of more traditional convention speeches.

Obama Also Lambasts Trump
President Obama’s multi-layered and heartfelt speech was many things: a reflection on his presidency’s achievements, descriptions of Clinton as a trusted colleague and why she has the skills, values and temperament to be an excellent president, and, in contrast, why Trump does not; and a symbolic passing of the political torch to Clinton.

Obama did not spend that much time on Trump and the Republicans, but when he did he was crisp and incisive. What Republicans offered America at their convention in Cleveland last week was dark and devoid of solutions, he said.

“What we heard was a deeply pessimistic vision of a country where we turn against each other, and turn away from the rest of the world,” Obama said. “There were no serious solutions to pressing problems – just the fanning of resentment, and blame, and anger, and hate.”

When Obama turned to Trump, he started on a humorous note but quickly turned serious.

“And then there’s Donald Trump,” he began. “He’s not really a plans guy. Not really a facts guy, either. He calls himself a business guy, which is true, but I have to say, I know plenty of businessmen and women who’ve achieved success without leaving a trail of lawsuits, and unpaid workers, and people feeling like they got cheated.”

And echoing Bloomberg, Obama said that Trump was a con man.

“Does anyone really believe that a guy who’s spent his 70 years on this Earth showing no regard for working people is suddenly going to be your champion? Your voice? If so, you should vote for him.”

And like Panetta, he said Trump should be nowhere near the military.

“Trump calls our military a disaster. Apparently, he doesn’t know the men and women who make up the strongest fighting force the world has ever known… He cozies up to Putin, praises Saddam Hussein, and tells the NATO allies that stood by our side after 9/11 that they have to pay up if they want our protection.  Well, America’s promises do not come with a price tag.”

Finally, Obama said that Trump is not just a liar, but is trying to scare people into voting for him.

“Ronald Reagan called America ‘a shining city on a hill,’” Obama said. “Donald Trump calls it ‘a divided crime scene’ that only he can fix. It doesn’t matter to him that illegal immigration and the crime rate are as low as they’ve been in decades, because he’s not offering any real solutions to those issues. He’s just offering slogans, and he’s offering fear. He’s betting that if he scares enough people, he might score just enough votes to win this election.”

Most of Obama’s speech emphasized what’s positive about America, even as it struggles with many serious issues. “That’s why anyone who threatens our values, whether fascists or communists or jihadists or homegrown demagogues, will always fail in the end,” he said, using the same word as Bloomberg to describe Trump—a demagogue.


Photo: Michael Bloomberg speaks during a news conference at City Hall in New York, September 18, 2013.  REUTERS/Brendan McDermid



  1. Siegfried Heydrich July 28, 2016

    Oh, boy, THAT was fun! And the funny thing is that Bloomberg is a REAL billionaire, and could write a check for Drumpf’s entire net worth out of petty cash. Though what I really loved was the video of all the republicans warning that Benedict Donald is unfit for the presidency.

    I can hardly wait to see what kind of childish GIF Otto posts, not to mention the deflections from him and Aglander. Fun times ahead!

    1. Dan S July 28, 2016

      Bloombergs personal wealth dwarfs Trumps so much it makes him look like a pauper. Truth be told he probably doesn’t want his taxes released not because they’re under audit but because he may not even be a Bliilionaire. Very sad ????

      1. AgLander July 28, 2016

        Bloomberg is an evil 1 percenter. You blew your premise of attack.

        “Return to ‘Start’, do not pass ‘Go’, do not collect $200”.

        1. King of America July 29, 2016

          He’s the exact kind of guy Trump pretends to be, only he was born poor and Trump’s entire tiny fortune would be no more than a rounding error to him. No wonder you’re so desperate to spin this.

          1. AgLander July 29, 2016

            He’s a Wall Streeter…. made his money on Wall Street at Salomon Brother as its CEO and then got even more greedy and went independent wit his own company. “Return to ‘Jail’, do Not Pass ‘Go’, Do Not Collect $200!”

          2. dpaano July 29, 2016

            Sure, Trump “built things,” but he failed to pay his contractors, filed bankruptcy many times, and has had thousands of lawsuits filed against him for non-payment of his debts. Several of the contractors that he refused to pay even ended up having to file bankruptcy themselves and go out of business. That’s pretty darn sad when you stop to think about it. This isn’t a man that we want for president….this is just a common con man!

          3. yabbed July 29, 2016

            Bloomberg lives in an upper east side townhouse. Shows what you know about NYC. No one decent lives in a Trump building.

          4. King of America July 29, 2016

            Hahaha wow. Hi Donald!

          5. Dominick Vila July 30, 2016

            I never thought I would see the day when a pseudo “conservative” demonizes the institution that is the centerpiece of capitalism.

        2. Dan S July 29, 2016

          No actually Bloomberg is a very generous philanthropist unlike Donald who just won’t let go of the purse strings.
          My point is Bloomberg is also a much better businessman who doesn’t file bankruptcy & stiff his workers

      2. Dominick Vila July 30, 2016

        …and because doing so would reveal loan from Russian oligarchs that may not be good for his image and what he, purportedly, stands for.

    2. AgLander July 28, 2016

      Wait a minute…….so even though he’s an evil 1 percenter that you liberals love to hate and block traffic in protests over, this one is granted immunity for what reason again?????

      1. Siegfried Heydrich July 28, 2016

        Money does not equate to evil. Bloomberg, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Elon Musk, there are any number of the 1% who have not sold their souls, who believe they have a responsibility to make the world a better place and leave a brighter future for posterity.

        Then you have rapacious barbarians without morals, scruples, or integrity, like Traitor Trump, Rupert Murdoch, and their ilk who just see the world a a place to pillage. You know, your gods, the people you want to be when you grow up.

        1. AgLander July 28, 2016

          Situational, myopic ethics….thanks for confirming the hypocrisy.

          1. Siegfried Heydrich July 28, 2016

            Reality fails to conform to your expectations. Hilarity ensues.

  2. Godzilla July 28, 2016

    I think it’s great that all these wonderful people are making these speeches that 2/3rds of the people in the country know are complete BS. I’m sure many of you Liberal blowholes wept when Obozo came out and fed ya’ll the Kool-Aid, too bad you didn’t drown. While it’s a great thing that a woman finally made the big show, it’s an awful shame that she is known around the world as the most corrupt, lying female political figure on the planet. But that’s who you Lefty Loons have chosen to hand the reigns over from the worst President in the nations history. Ya’ll aren’t that bright, are morally and ethically bankrupt and are the most divisive bunch of whining sissy’s I’ve even had the fun of bickering with. Most of you are just a bunch of bloviating mental midgets who simply repeat what your media handlers say. What’s even sadder is that Trump completely stole the thunder of your convention yesterday, and your too ignorant to see that he’s a genius at marketing. He will win, in a landslide. I’m not so sure thats a good thing, but it’s far, far better than the Wicked Witch of Washington DC.

    1. Jon July 28, 2016

      Childish name calling and assertions of opinions not based on any facts. I wonder where you learned that.

      1. Godzilla July 28, 2016

        Eleanore Whitiker, the Queen of the Liberal potty mouths. You must ignore your own ilk, easily the biggest name calling coward sissy’s I’ve ever irritated. Let me take a good guess, you actually think your a smart Liberal, yes? If so, pure fantasy, there is no such animal on earth.

        1. AgLander July 28, 2016

          Eleanore is a sweetie, although you have to take her in small doses. She likes to sit on the porch. She likes to yell at motion in the yard. She’s also a bit of an eccentric in that she wears the same clothes every day until the original stains are covered by new ones at which time she does a fresh change. Eleanore is a sweetie….leave Eleanore alone!

          1. dpaano July 29, 2016

            And, again, you know this how??? You keep calling people names and accusing them of things that you know nothing about. Get serious!!!

      2. Bill P July 28, 2016

        Jon writing to someone who lives in the Right Wing bubble world that is impenetrable to facts is futile. They don’t believe in facts just what some right wing media has told them has happened. Drumpf stealing the thunder of the DNC is just one of their illiterate fantasies. Drumpf is already backtracking on his comment.

        1. AgLander July 28, 2016

          Lemming Alert!

          1. Bill P July 29, 2016

            What a powerful and profound reply. You got me with it.

          2. dpaano July 29, 2016

            Jackass alert!!!

        2. Jon July 28, 2016

          You are right. Why was I wasting my time? It would just be nice to get some people to honestly admit what they are doing and explain why they do and say such malevolent things. I realize they are following their leader and blindly copying his behavior but I hope at least some of them emerge from the fog and think clearly one day.

          1. Siegfried Heydrich July 28, 2016

            “It was sarcasm!” Heh, heh, heh.

          2. Dominick Vila July 30, 2016

            …or a joke that most Americans did not like, or laugh when we heard it.

          3. Bill P July 29, 2016

            See AgLander’s reply to me. Just another example of his lack of any substance.

          4. dpaano July 29, 2016

            Jon…the really sad thing is that these people don’t seem to realize that, based on all the facts (and they ARE factual), Trump has never been “for the people.” He’s only been for himself….he’s left behind a string of lawsuits, bankruptcies, unpaid bills, unpaid workers, bringing in foreign workers to do his jobs, and I could go on and on. Why ANYONE would think that this man would suddenly change and become “for” the middle class is beyond me! He is a narcissistic bloviating individual with NO plans for the future of this country and will cause major chaos if he is ever elected. I can pretty much guarantee you that if that happens (heaven forbid), these SAME people will be kicking themselves for electing him because he will end up costing taxpayers more money than ever which he gives more and more tax breaks to the rich 1%! It’s just amazing to me that people don’t see him for what he really is and continually believe in everything they’ve been brainwashed into believing by the GOP!!!

      3. AgLander July 28, 2016

        Correction…..the childish name calling and assertions of opinions not based on any facts occurred last night on stage from the parade of speakers at the DNC.

    2. King of America July 29, 2016

      Quite literally “two thirds of the people in the country”, according to polls, think Trump is unfit to be President.

    3. dpaano July 29, 2016

      I can tell by your post that you must be from the south…..typical! Most of the southern states are run by Republican governors who have lied and misled their citizens for years. Sir, you’ve been brainwashed…..you need to see someone about this because it’s pretty serious!!! But, you just keep believing what you’re told to believe….if it makes you feel better, go for it! I just hope you aren’t too disappointed when your demigod isn’t elected!

      1. plc97477 July 29, 2016

        Not me. I hope they are all despondent for years.

  3. AgLander July 28, 2016

    A parade of vitriol and anger from a group of speakers in a party that is feeling it all slip away. Reality is starting to finally slip in as the Democrat party is looking at their charmless candidate that isn’t only as far as one can be from flawless but she’s also totally lawless. And the email situation cold blow up in her face at any day or hour depending on what Julian Assange decides to release…..if it’s documents involving the criminal activity at the Clinton Foundation, Hillary will have no choice but to flee from this country if she wants to stay out of jail. Isn’t in ironic…….she may soon join Snowden and Assange living in exile!

    1. yabbed July 28, 2016

      You need a mental health assessment. That post is totally detached from reality.

      1. dpaano July 29, 2016

        Aglander lives in an alternate reality! It’s unfortunate he can’t join the rest of us!

        1. plc97477 July 29, 2016

          I don’t know. I think we are better off without him.

    2. Siegfried Heydrich July 28, 2016

      Except, of course, for the fact that now we know these e-mails all originate in Russia. After all Benedict Donald assured us of this! Which means that for all we know, they’ve been altered, or simply faked out of pure cloth. See, that’s what happens when you realize that the e-mails you want are coming from Putin’s boys. Ans Wickileaks? Now we know that they’re actually part of the FSB, much as Fox is part of the GOP.

      So, sorry, all of your lurid fantasies are just that – lurid fantasies. Like the ones about how Benghazi (DRINK!) were going to be her downfall or the e-mails were going to send her to prison. But you keep living in a world of eternal hope that SOMEDAY, SOMEHOW, SOMETHING, is actually going to stick.

      So carry on, Ag, do carry on . . . pwning you is one of my guilty joys in life.

    3. King of America July 29, 2016

      I’m bookmarking this post for post election day gloating.

  4. yabbed July 28, 2016

    It’s ludicrous that a buffoon like Donald Trump is even being considered for one nanosecond to be President of the United States of America. We would be laughed off the world stage if we sent that goofball to represent us. It would be the end of America’s leadership of the free world.

    1. Siegfried Heydrich July 28, 2016

      Actually, it would be the end of the American experiment, and all of the fears and reservations the Founders had about a democracy falling under the sway of a demagogue with mob rule will have been justified.

  5. dpaano July 29, 2016

    As I’ve said MANY times, the GOP motivate its base using scare tactics and lies. Unfortunately, it seems to work in most cases.


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