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#EndorseThis: Trump Yells At Journalists For An Hour, Previews Presidential Press Conferences

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When Donald Trump announced that he would be giving a press conference today to discuss his misdealings with veterans’ groups, members of the media covering his remarks should have known they were in for a wild ride. Trump had lied about his donations to veterans’ groups for months: After skipping a Fox News debate because he was afraid of Megyn Kelly because, apparently, the network had treated him unfairly, Trump put together his own Celebrate-The-Troops fundraising spectacular, after which he claimed to have raised $6 million for various veterans’ groups, through an account maintained by his campaign.

Weeks later, many of the veterans’ groups he had claimed would receive money from him hadn’t even heard from Donald Trump at all. Investigations by various outlets into how much money Trump had cumulatively given to the groups all came up with figures in the $3-4 million range, nothing close to what Trump promised. There was also no evidence — until only a week ago — that Trump had given the $1 million he had promised to veterans’ groups.

All of that to say: The relentless investigations of the news media forced Trump to give the $1 million he promised, and they forced him to call up his rich friend who he had claimed donated a cumulative $6 million… to actually raise $6 million.

Donald Trump rarely holds press conferences to “clear the air” about anything, and to do so about millions of missing dollars that were supposedly donated to veterans’ groups cut especially deep, as Trump has painted himself as a champion of veterans causes.

I’ve included the entire press conference below to highlight to consistency and relentlessness of Donald Trump’s demonization of the press — the same press that exposed widespread problems with the Department of Veterans Affairs. The same press that dutifully reported Trump’s claims of having donated — to Trump’s great benefit — $6 million to veterans’ groups, including $1 million of his own money. The same press that, doing their job, badgered Trump for proof that such donations had been made, and the same press that, ultimately, pressured Trump into doing the right thing.

After Donald Trump lists some of the groups he’s given money to — the exact thing the press has asked for and failed to receive for months — he takes questions from journalists in attendance, starting at 13:54.

Photo and video: MSNBC. 

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  1. Jim S. May 31, 2016

    * * Trump Releases Details Of Money ‘He’s Raised’, not as his Fair Share and for VA budget especially this whole century and it’s two long running wars * grossly unfunded * underbuilt * decades of improper maintaining by congress and the people served * countries promises never kept * issues ignored or outright denied existence of * personal of constantly under attack * by conservative reps and people served, For Veterans’ Groups * *

    Only way he can ‘account’ is by Demanding he starts paying his fair share, instead of the conservative standard of everyone else pay for his American society ‘responsibilities’!! He angerly says he has none as to Vets, and that’s not to countries treasury and VA underfunded budgets which are borrowed, Period!!!!!!!

    Instead of, and with his cash ya know he is, making blood profits off of the wars and the long term blowbacks from the policies set with his investments and wanting same from a conservative all privatized VA, as they already do off the private contractors of the VA and rest of government!!

    * Retired Major General Paul D. Eaton, who lost his father in Vietnam, on Trump decision to engage in politics on Memorial day *

    http://www.votevets.org/press/retired-major-general-paul-d-eaton-who-lost-his-father-in-vietnam-on-trump-decision-to-engage-in-politics-on-memorial-day

    Not surprised that he apparently was invited to and spoke at, the conservative ideology run, ‘Rolling Thunder’, and some of supporting him after he, conservative ideology if they don’t walk in lock step with, bashed POW’s!! As the leaders of, most partaking aren’t veterans and most of those are military posers, continue the long tradition of bringing, conservative, politics into the event and ‘The Wall’, along with the other Memorials, while actually doing very little for veterans, let alone MIA/POW issues the reason they say they formed!!

    Most of the people served, especially wealthy and all conservatives, the trump speaks: 2 Aug 2015 – ‘I fight like hell to pay as little as possible’: Donald Trump says he avoids all the tax he can.

    * DeJa-Vu: “With no shared sacrifices being asked of civilians after Sept. 11″, Decades and War From, All Over Again!! *

    Especially for the Corporate and Wealthy Community, investors in Defense Industries, and for these, Afghanistan and Iraq, came Two Huge Tax Cuts, with more sweetheart deals to same from states and the fed!!

    And that covers much more in the Deficits, like even paying for war policies and the results from and much more, then just the, grossly under funded thus not properly built nor properly maintained, and not conservative obstructionists pols concern, VA budgets!!

    Keeping My Oath: USN All Shore ’67-’71 GMG3 Vietnam In Country ’70-’71 – Independent**

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    1. ivory69690@yahoo.com May 31, 2016

      and DONNY DUMP is the 5 X 5X 5X’S draft dodger

      Reply
      1. ray May 31, 2016

        The silver spoon in his month helped to keep him out of the draft.

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        1. mpjt16 May 31, 2016

          As it did most of those vet loving Republicans. That wonderful group who voted against giving Iraq/Afghanistan vets a GI Bill. Historically voted for big weapons programs and against pay raises for the soldiers. The Republican idea of support is for the big business, not the enlisted men and women.

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        2. Wayfarin' Stranger June 1, 2016

          “The silver spoon in his mouth”? You are too kind. See my comment on the article six hours after your reply here to ivory6969.

          Trump will either win the Presidency or go down in one of the biggest electoral debacles in history.

          If ballots refute him, don’t be surprised to see a very, very public meltdown. I so far have not seen character with capacity or prospects to show nobility in defeat.

          If he wins, madmen have attained power before through available designated procedures of government.

          Watch out.

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        3. ivory69690@yahoo.com June 1, 2016

          yes and daddy buying a DR. to write DONNY DUMP a note to get out of the draft on his 5th time of dodging it but not a get out of draft free note im sure it cost him big $$$ bucks $$$ the note should of said you are getting out of the draft because your DADDY Paid me a lot of money and also because your a coward

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  2. Gerry Francis May 31, 2016

    While trying to make a point about Ted Cruz, Trump told a story about an old lady and a snake. Long story short – the old lady took the snake in and the next day the snake bit her. Knowing she was going to die, she asked the snake “Why did you bite me after I took you in and nursed you back to health?”. The snake replied – “You knew what I was when you took me in”. So…….. the American public has been warned about Trump. His lies, his ‘overstatements’ his philandering. We’ve all witnessed his arrogance and temper tantrums. He’s a snake and he’s not going to change if elected. I pray that his followers come to their senses and vote for a third party candidate. Both of the leaders in this race are not much of a choice.

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    1. Dominick Vila June 1, 2016

      Thank you for the metaphor.

      Reply
  3. The lucky one May 31, 2016

    Poor abused Donnie, the most unfairly treated billionaire in history. Sad.

    Reply
    1. FireBaron May 31, 2016

      I’d consider agreeing but apparently he is only a billionaire in his own mind.

      Reply
      1. The lucky one May 31, 2016

        OK, we can just say he’s very rich. I’ve known rich people who complain about taxes but not that they are generally treated unfairly otherwise. Apparently with the Duck anything less than royal treatment is unfair for someone as wonderful as he. Notice how he often says “we” when referring to himself.

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    2. ivory69690@yahoo.com May 31, 2016

      billionaire in his words only . sounds like another job for the PRESS CLOWNS to investergate the DONNY DUMP CLOWN to find out just what he is worth and that don’t mean what he might owe just what he’s worth . to me the KING CLOWN isn’t worth spit he just add to his clown show . witch I believe will air after hew loses . it should be a kindda SNL flick named THE BIG LOSER and the only truth he has ever done in his miserable life will be shown on his show (if DONNY DUMP has anything to do with it im guessing it will also fail )

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  4. AWHODAT May 31, 2016

    LMFAO you fukking media types deserved the drumf’s contempt. H3ll, you already have ours. If you werent hugging him up and allowing him to get away with so much for so long, we wouldnt be here today, staring down the nozzle of a possible drumf presidency.

    Its like the 2003 invasion of iraq all over again, where you stinking cocksucking anything-for-a-sensational-scoop so-called “journalists” played fast and loose with the TRUTH and the FACTS and gave charlatans too much airtime to cockold the public with their lies and spin and misinformation and disinformation.

    You make me sick. Look how you all sat there this morning in that so-called press conference and allowed drumf to railroad and insult you all. No guts no balls.

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    1. dpaano May 31, 2016

      They were probably in shock…..most journalists are treated like royalty and when someone like Trump goes after them, no matter how wrong he is, they sit there like statutes trying to believe their ears! Amazing!

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      1. Wayfarin' Stranger May 31, 2016

        Yeah. Journalists like Dan Rather, trashed because he had the uppitiness to call the real royalty into question.

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        1. idamag June 1, 2016

          When the White House was allowed to destroy Dan Rather, that was the beginning of the end of journalism.

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          1. Wayfarin' Stranger June 1, 2016

            Thank you, idamag, for your reply.

            Yes. His biography records it.

            I can’t help but wonder whether as journalism goes so goes the country.

            Discourse is the life blood of democracy.

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          2. idamag June 2, 2016

            Years ago, I wondered what would happen if there were no regulations on the press. Now, we can see the results of the loss of journalism. Life Magazine brought to light the horrors that were taking place in the south and thus we got voting rights and civil rights. That kind of journalism is dead.

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          3. Wayfarin' Stranger June 2, 2016

            I’m not so sure. There are still glimmers like The Texas Observer here there on local and regional scenes, but national corporate brhoadcast j`usurnalism, I agree, has by and large had its birthright mothballed by acquirers who don’t understand that business is crate, not cargo.

            Thank you, idamag.

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      2. idamag June 1, 2016

        I would hesitate to call call the present media journalists.

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  5. jmprint May 31, 2016

    Trump had to call a few rich favors in, so that he wouldn’t look bad, 4 friends, plus himself gave 1 million each to save his funky a$$. He is a liar, but is tremendously good at covering up.

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  6. stcroixcarp May 31, 2016

    I heard the ranting of a senile old man. What a loooser!

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    1. Wayfarin' Stranger May 31, 2016

      No, he’s not senile. He was every bit as sharp at seventeen as he is at seventy, and ranted just as much. He just didn’t have as big a megaphone.

      Don’t libel senior citizens.

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      1. dpaano June 1, 2016

        Yeah, some of us senior citizens are pretty knowledgeable….we don’t rant.

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        1. Wayfarin' Stranger June 1, 2016

          Big Toothy Smile!

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  7. notafoxfan May 31, 2016

    to “the Donald”,anyone who dares to question his motives or what he has said is treating him unfairly…the mans nose is so long from lying I’m surprised he can breathe! the media has given him months of free publicity,so now he feels he can rant and rave against them all (except fox of course and even megan has come over to his side)..just today the information on his “trump university” was released..talk about a “con job” to get peoples money!!! the veterans fundraising thing was once again,his pandering to a specific group..how can people believe this “snake oil” salesman???

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  8. Dominick Vila May 31, 2016

    After months of insulting and threatening people, when the shoe is in the other foot, The Donald lashes out against those who have the audacity to investigate and expose his business deals and actions. He better get use to it. The same institution that contributed to his rise in population, is the same one that is likely to bring him down. Those who live in glass houses…

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  9. Bonissima91910 May 31, 2016

    Mr. Trump: Put up or shut up…. stop whining! The real Trump is beginning to really show. You are NOT Presidential, You are a bully weasel and can’t hide it any more. Falling apart on account of the innumerable character deficiencies you have. I hope the Republican party is paying attention, and has contingency plans. Not that I want the Republican party to win, they are much to “conservative” and backwards, and look who they have been hanging out with: You.

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  10. dpaano May 31, 2016

    This just proves my point…Trump is a bigger liar than the Republicans claim that Hillary is! But, to lie about donations to veterans….that’s the epitome of ridiculousness on his part! He had NO intention of giving any money to veteran’s groups until the journalists pushed him! And this is the person that people want in the White House…..seriously? You can’t believe a single word that he says even when it’s proven that he said it!

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  11. Deb May 31, 2016

    Trump has been touting how HE gave 6 million dollars to the vets for months, yet says he didn’t want credit for it! The ONLY reason he does ANYTHING is if it benefits him! Anything good he does, he exaggerates, like he did this. It wasn’t until the media wouldn’t relent & forced his hand, that he had to scramble to try to back up his claims. As he said, “some” of the organizations got the money a long time ago. Those were likely from the true philanthropists who actually did give. I am certain that when the press has had a chance to vet this thoroughly, they will find that his million, & in fact the vast majority of the donations, were given recently!

    He apparently thought that the scrutiny would go away with his usual tactics of bluffing & going on the offensive, crying foul when the press confronted him. When it didn’t, he had to scramble to try to make up for his “yuge” exaggeration! I bet he thinks that by actually coming up with nearly what he claimed, it will help his credibility so he won’t have to release his tax returns, claiming it is just more of the “liberal media” bias against him & he has nothing to hide! Now that he has gone on a full scale attack, the media will be relentless. Or at least I hope they will!

    Even today, instead of just releasing the information the press has been requesting for months, he droned on & on & on about how much HE raised, how he didn’t want credit, & how unfair everyone was to him for >5 min before he mentioned a single name! Then he stopped repeatedly to boast & complain so often that it took >7 min to read a list with 22 names!!

    It was like watching a parody of the ultimate sleazy con-artist/buffoon. You could almost find it funny if it weren’t for the fact that so many ignorant people believe this arrogant, bigoted charlatan!!

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    1. dpaano June 1, 2016

      Definitely, it was a usual “Trump” egotistical speech. As far as he’s concerned everyone is against him….the so-called “liberal media” (because people want questions answered), and even the “Mexican” judge that’s trying his Trump University case. Apparently, he thinks he’s ALWAYS right and everyone is wrong and against him. Typical narcissistic behavior from a spoiled brat. Sadly, both his sons and his daughter have been raised the same way! Good thing “affluency” isn’t catching….or maybe it is!

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  12. Apostol Pappas May 31, 2016

    Trump is right. The media are manipulative and very often dishonest. The American public have had enough of that. Trump brings a freshness to American politics, and has turned the media upside down. This was overdue. Time for a strong man and independent mind. Trump for president!

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    1. Howard Sanders Jr May 31, 2016

      I am sure you are joking

      Reply
    2. Independent1 May 31, 2016

      Your degree of delusion is astounding?? Do you believe in fairies too??

      Reply
      1. Apostol Pappas June 1, 2016

        With a name like independent you should allow me my space without derogatory response.
        Radical surgery of the status quo in the US has started. People are without jobs, industry bleeding, unemployment rising, infrastructure in need of upgrade, Obama care a failure. Liberal politically correctness has run its course and failed. The US needs a doer. A builder. That man is DJ Trump.

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        1. Independent1 June 1, 2016

          And the total delusionality gets even worse and then you add pathological lies. The last thing America needs is a pathological lying total con man like snakeoil salesman Donald Trump.

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          1. idamag June 1, 2016

            Every time Trump made a racist remark his approval rating went up. Tells a lot about his supporters.

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          2. dpaano June 1, 2016

            He can’t even keep his lies straight lately!!! Maybe he needs to take better notes or have someone take notes so he can remember things that he said from one day to the other!

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        2. idamag June 1, 2016

          How about some facts: In 2009, unemployment was 9%. It is now 4%.

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          1. Apostol Pappas June 1, 2016

            Wow, you and Romney have been reading the same books.

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        3. dpaano June 1, 2016

          First of all, unemployment is NOT rising (you might want to review the job statistics that come out frequently), the problem with the infrastruction crumbling is due to the do-nothing Congress not voting for funds to fix the infrastructure (too busy naming post offices, I guess). As for Obamacare….not a failure. Yes, it doesn’t need “tweeking,” but millions of people are still glad they can now have insurance that is relatively affordable. As for Trump being a “doer,” not sure that fits since he hasn’t actually DONE anything of any consequence that he hasn’t ended up filing bankruptcy for. He has NO plans for anything radical to fix this nation…..most of what he’s spouting is against the Constitution and won’t get anywhere near being approved. He just likes to hear himself talk because he, and only he, thinks he’s very important!

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      2. idamag June 1, 2016

        When George Was asked of we were going to consider Great Britain our enemy he said no, we should endeavor to mend the rift and that we needed all the friends we could get across the water. How will trump measure up to the first president in diplomacy and foreign relations?

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    3. dpaano June 1, 2016

      A “freshness?” Seriously? If being discourteous to people asking you legitimate questions that are important for your campaign and you respond by calling them names….this is “freshness?’ As far as I’m concerned, this is downright rudeness, bullying, and not at ALL something from a “strong” man. Trump is merely a wealthy, spoiled child and doesn’t realize that running for office of the President is going to include being asked the “hard” questions. If he doesn’t want to answer them, he shouldn’t be running!

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      1. Wayfarin' Stranger June 2, 2016

        “Freshness” also means, “Impudence.” Spanish has a word, “sinvergüenza,” meaning literally, “without shame.” Donald Trump has no decency, and I wonder whether the American people ever were capable of blushing.

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    4. idamag June 1, 2016

      Research trump’s bankruptcies and remember his statement about the US should default on their loans.

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      1. paul paddock June 1, 2016

        You have to spend money to make money, a couple bad investments are easily paid off by one good one.

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      2. Apostol Pappas June 1, 2016

        One more reason why I like the man. He has had ups and downs. The bottom line is he has succeeded. The only one that never fails is the one that never tries. That is no good. He is a great success story. As an individual he is effective, very effective.
        I believe he will be the next president of the US.

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  13. Low Bounty Contact May 31, 2016

    Dishonest press my butt. The press asked the questions we all had and straight reported the issue forcing Trump to pony up to the vets. Hell even lying Karl Cameron of FOX went after Trump.Trump’s performances prove one thing: he is a sleazy, two-bit, immature tight ass and proud of it.

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  14. Wayfarin' Stranger May 31, 2016

    Is DJT allergic to accountability? Or is his malady detachment from reality, at least any reality not of his own contriving? The media are manipulative and very often dishonest, and DJT isn’t?

    Are we seeing here delusions of grandiosity and persecution? If he weren’t a “billionaire” would he be considered sane?

    Poor Donald. He can’t help it. He was born with golden diarrhea in his mouth.

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  15. Aaron_of_Portsmouth May 31, 2016

    “Lord Fauntleroy” is still a juvenile whose preferred and natural response to unwelcome stimuli is to rant and howl, much like the howler monkeys of the Amazon.

    This is a classic case of a “boy” in an adult body. Reminds one of two leaders, one in N. Korea and the other in Russia. Except they don’t howl, but “eliminate” their opposition by proxies.

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  16. angelsinca June 1, 2016

    When you can’t write an honest article, you begin by offering a title that contains two lies. I listened to the entire 40 minute clip (lie # 1-it was not an “hour”). The candidate spoke in his usual boisterous and animated way, but not once did he “yell” (lie #2-when your Mom told you “No!”, she wasn’t ‘yelling’ at you to stop picking your nose). The press was more out of control than Trump was, especially after the old salt behind him took to the podium to observe they all had their ‘heads up their butts’ on this VA donations non-issue. But, I understand how the truth must be avoided sometimes in order to justify the insanely hateful dislike the Memo and its ‘progressive’ audience has for Trump and all things Republican. Fact.

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    1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth June 1, 2016

      You may find Trump’s distasteful attitude appealing, but it’s a sure bet you’ll be paying close attention to “progressive” audiences.
      Why? Because they are usually more enlightened and looking to move “forward” and stretching their mental muscles, whereas “conservatives” are happy to move backwards(“Regressives”) and/or remain in a state of mental stasis—FACT!

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      1. angelsinca June 1, 2016

        I never stated that I find Trump appealing. Are you sure you know what makes conservatives ‘happy’? It doesn’t seem like it.

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  17. paul paddock June 1, 2016

    Someone is upset about getting called a sleaze. Maybe try writing an honest article if you don’t like getting criticized for writing crap.

    Reply
  18. Budjob June 1, 2016

    Aww,People are picking on Donald the FRAUD! e deserves every damn bit of it,and MORE!!

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    1. idamag June 2, 2016

      Read about the charges being made by those who signed up for his so-called universtty

      Reply
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