Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Trump Trivia -- that's what we're down to

The campaign for president is essentially over, and Clinton and her surrogates are working on a Senate majority, as well as some close House races.   So it's time to relax with a bit of Trump Trivia.

1.   Donald Trump has finally received his first endorsement from a large daily newspaper:  the Las Vegas Review-Journal.   This is the one that billionaire and GOP mega-donor Sheldon Adelson bought through secret stand-in buyers last year.   It led to resignations by some of the paper's respected journalists, but that's another story.  Trump was not Adelson's first choice, but the casino magnate has come around.  He put down $25 million on orange and another $10 million on an orange super-pac.   So why not go for broke and force your newspaper to endorse him, as well?

In the endorsement, the editorial writers acknowledged concerns about Trump's temperament and fitness for office and urged him to "discover the power of humility."    They added:  “Mr. Trump represents neither the danger his critics claim nor the magic elixir many of his supporters crave.  But he promises to be a source of disruption and discomfort to the privileged, back-scratching political elites for whom the nation’s strength and solvency have become subservient to power’s pursuit and preservation.”

Yes, Adelson gives mega-millions to politicians and probably has as much sway over their support for Israel as any other one person.   How is he not part of those privileged pursuers of power?

2.  Dressed for a funeral?   A writer in the New York Times' "Sunday Styles" section, raised this question about the Trump women at the third debate.   It seems that Melania, Ivanka, and daugher-in-law Lara were all dressed in black.   Never before.   Ivanka and Lara always wear white or light colors;  and, while Melania sometimes wears black, it is always sexy and glamorous, not sedate and funereal like this.    Was this a statement?   Or just an unconscious reflection of what they were all feeling that night?

3.  A while back, Donald made one of those Trump gaffes that are news for a day or two, and then they fade away into the vast swamp.    At a rally, he reminded voters to get out and vote for Trump on "November 28th."    Well, now it turns out there was probably something behind that slip of the tongue.   November 28th is the day that Trump has been called to testify in the trial where former students are suing him and Trump University for fraud.  And the presiding judge is, you guessed it, Judge Gonzalo Curiel, born in Indiana but dissed by Donald Trump as unable to give him a fair trial because his parents are Mexican -- and, you know, the judge can't help being biased against him, because of that wall Donald is going to build.   You know that, right?   It's true.  Believe me.  November is going to be a bad month for Donald.

4.  But let's finish on a bright note:   Something good has come out of that last debate where Donald leaned into the microphone, while Hillary was chiding him about not paying taxes, and said "Such a nasty woman."   The good news is that someone is making money on that.   You can buy online a variety of T-shirts, coffee mugs, sampler pillows, etc. with the proud proclamation that the user is "a nasty woman."    One T-shirt defines the term as:  "an intelligent, confident, hard-working, prepared and experienced woman."    $19.95, plus shipping and handling.

5.  And counting:  14 . . . 13 . . . 12 . . . 11 . . . 10 . . . . 


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