Posts Tagged ‘ Donald Trump ’

Hey, @RealDonaldTrump, hands off my flag

December 1, 2016
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Thomas L Knapp -- photo by Avens O'Brien William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"If someone wants to set fire to a brightly colored piece of cloth, it's nobody else's business unless the flag is stolen, the flag-burner is trespassing, or burning the flag endangers other people's lives or property. That's true even if you’ve convinced yourself that your grandfather 'died for' that brightly colored piece of cloth (hopefully he died for something more consequential than your favorite rectangular textile pattern). It's true even if you profoundly disagree with the point the flag-burner is trying to convey (or, as may well be the case, even if you can't really tell what that point might be). It's true even if you're Donald J. Trump." (11/30/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/8576  

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Donald’s flag hysteria delusion syndrome

December 1, 2016
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Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"Trump should pull his foot out of his mouth, apologize, and recognize that our citizenship and the right to freedom of speech are far more important to Americans tha[n] a pretty piece of cloth. I feel sorry for Trump and others who become hysterical and feel offended by those who refuse to worship the American flag but they need to accept the fact that the purpose of the First Amendment is to protect offensive expression." (11/30/16)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2016/11/donalds-flag-hysteria-delusion-syndrome.html  

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Trump and normalization with Cuba

November 30, 2016
posted by

Daniel Larison The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  

"Reversing Obama's policy so soon after it started would be a serious mistake. The opening to Cuba has only barely begun and needs to be given time to work. Now that Fidel Castro is gone, it should be even easier to continue a policy of engagement with Cuba. It also makes sense politically. Normalizing relations with Cuba is more broadly popular than other Obama policies that Trump has campaigned against, and there is more Republican support for Obama's changes to Cuba policy than there is for many of his other initiatives. Trump doesn't have to cater to hard-liners on this issue unless he wants to. If Trump doesn't want the policy to continue, he can reverse everything Obama did. That would be unfortunate for the U.S., and it would be even worse for Cuba, and it would start Trump's tenure off with a senseless blunder that will further sour relations with the rest of the hemisphere." (11/30/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/trump-and-normalization-with-cuba/  

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Trump says he’ll leave his business to focus on presidency

November 30, 2016
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Boston Globe    

"President-elect Donald Trump said Wednesday that he's leaving his business empire to focus on being the nation's 45th president, bowing to pressure to avoid potential conflicts of interest between governing and profiting in the private sector. 'I will be leaving my great business in total in order to fully focus on running the country in order to make America great again,' he tweeted in a series of missives sent before dawn." (11/30/16)

https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/politics/2016/11/30/donald-trump-leave-his-business-total-focus-presidency/jRFAEQfLTIEIEtJH8s3sGL/story.html  

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Trump tweets idiotic jail threat vis a vis brightly colored pieces of cloth

November 30, 2016
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Politico    

"Burning an American flag should be a crime, President-elect Donald Trump wrote on Twitter Tuesday morning, punishable by a forfeiture of U.S. citizenship or a year in jail. ... A constitutional amendment that would allow the government to ban flag desecration has been proposed multiple times but has never passed." (11/29/16)

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/11/trump-flag-burning-231920  

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Burn a flag for Donald Trump

November 29, 2016
posted by

C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Trevor Hultner  

"I've heard a lot of folks say that we should ignore the wacky things Donald Trump says in public and on Twitter. Their justifications usually revolve around two main planks: that Trump is a richer, now-more-powerful version of an internet troll in that if you ignore him he'll find something else to focus on and stop saying bonkers things about freedom of speech, dissent, etc.; and that he's saying this stuff because he knows the media will focus more on his wild proclamations than on his failed business empire, his myriad conflicts of interest and his general myopia about becoming president. At this point I think the evidence bears itself out nicely that internet trolls don't just go away if you starve them of attention." (11/29/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/47077  

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Immigration: The left again embraces nullification of federal laws

November 29, 2016
posted by

Ryan McMaken Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken  

"With Donald Trump set to be sworn in as President in January, many leftists have suddenly discovered a new love for political decentralization. The most notable example, of course, is the effort by some Californians and Oregonians to secede from the United States and set up independent republics. While secession is perhaps the most visible and 'extreme' manifestation of political decentralization, nullification serves a similar purpose. And, not surprisingly, the left has embraced nullification in recent weeks when faced with Trump's proposed policies on immigration." (11/28/16)

https://mises.org/blog/immigration-left-again-embraces-nullification-federal-laws  

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Will Trump roll back “Net Neutrality?”

November 29, 2016
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William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"US president-elect Donald Trump will appoint a new Federal Communications Commission chair in January. That chair will likely be inclined to undo the FCC's 2015 'Net Neutrality' power grab and, to at least some degree, let markets settle how bandwidth gets priced and who pays. Good. For the most part I'm no Trump fan, but Net Neutrality was a bad idea from the beginning -- half crony capitalism, half stalking horse for a future Internet censorship regime, all economic nonsense. If he nips Net Neutrality in the bud, Trump will have done America at least one favor." (11/28/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/8544  

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Trump Foundation admits “self-dealing” violation

November 23, 2016
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Norwich Bulletin    

"President-elect Donald Trump's charitable foundation has admitted to the IRS it violated a legal prohibition against 'self-dealing,' which bars nonprofit leaders from using their charity's money to help themselves, their businesses or their families. The admission was contained in the Donald J. Trump Foundation's IRS tax filings for 2015, which were recently posted online at the nonprofit-tracking site GuideStar. A GuideStar spokesman said the forms were uploaded by the Trump Foundation's law firm, Morgan, Lewis and Bockius. The Washington Post could not immediately confirm if the same forms had actually been sent to the IRS." (11/22/16)

http://www.norwichbulletin.com/news/20161122/trump-foundation-admits-self-dealing-violation  

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Assange overtakes Trump in Time Person of the Year reader poll

November 23, 2016
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Time Time    

"Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange has overtaken President-elect Donald Trump for the lead in the online poll of who readers think should be TIME's Person of the Year in 2016, as of 1:00 p.m. Eastern on Monday. On Monday morning, Assange and Trump were deadlocked with 9% of all the 'yes' votes cast by participants, but Assange pulled ahead to 10% shortly after noon. Wikileaks made headlines regularly during recent months by releasing a steady trickle of information throughout the 2016 presidential election, including leaked internal Democratic National Committee correspondence and messages from the account of Hillary Clinton's campaign manager John Podesta." (11/22/16)

http://time.com/4578520/julian-assange-donald-trump-person-of-the-year-poll/  

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Trump and the war on Yemen

November 23, 2016
posted by

Daniel Larison The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  

"Halting U.S. support for the atrocious Saudi-led war would be a smart move and a welcome change, and I hope it happens. The Saudi-led coalition depends on U.S. weapons and refueling to carry on their campaign, and they would be hard-pressed to continue without that assistance. Ending U.S. backing for the war could force the coalition and the Hadi government to accept a compromise that they have refused to consider so far. I'm skeptical that Trump would do this for a few reasons." (11/22/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/trump-and-the-war-on-yemen/  

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Mexico: Nieto open to “modernizing” NAFTA with Trump

November 22, 2016
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PanAm Post PanAm Post    

"Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said on Saturday, November 19, that he is willing to 'modernize' the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that is the center of a controversy since the triumph of Donald Trump, who campaigned against it. During an APEC summit in Peru, Pena Nieto addressed the US president-elect's harsh criticism of NAFTA and his promise to renegotiate the deal or abandon it altogether." (11/20/16)

https://panampost.com/karina-martin/2016/11/20/mexico-president-modernize-nafta-trump/  

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Flynn’s warped worldview and Trump’s foreign policy

November 17, 2016
posted by

Daniel Larison The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  

"Trump is reportedly considering making Michael Flynn his National Security Adviser .... Flynn has been one of Trump's top advisers throughout the campaign, so if he is selected this is probably the least surprising choice Trump will make. There is no question in my mind that this is a bad choice. Having Flynn in this position means that Trump's foreign policy is going to be shaped to a large extent by someone with very dangerous views." (11/17/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/flynns-warped-worldview-and-trumps-foreign-policy/  

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McCain has memory lapse, thinks he won last week’s election

November 15, 2016
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NBC News NBC News    

"Republican Sen. John McCain on Tuesday warned against any attempt to reboot U.S.-Russia relations under Donald Trump's presidency. 'With the U.S. presidential transition underway, Vladimir Putin has said in recent days that he wants to improve relations with the United States. We should place as much faith in such statements as any other made by a former KGB agent who has plunged his country into tyranny, murdered his political opponents, invaded his neighbors, threatened America's allies, and attempted to undermine America's elections,' the Arizona senator said in a statement." (11/15/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/card/mccain-warns-against-russian-reset-n684221  

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Election 2016: My prediction vs. actual results

November 9, 2016
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Thomas L Knapp -- photo by Avens O'Brien KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L Knapp  

"I see that MSNBC finally called Pennsylvania and Wisconsin (and, therefore, the election) for Trump, with New Hampshire, Michigan, Minnesota, and Arizona still up in the air. Of the states where the winner is known, I predicted 44 of 46 accurately. I'm under the impression I had a better predictive outing than most pollsters, pundits, and analysts this year. That and five bucks will get me an iced white chocolate mocha latte at Starbucks. But you know I'm going to brag about it for the next two to four years, right?" (11/09/16)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2016/11/election-2016-my-prediction-vs-actual.html  

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Obama invites Trump to White House for meeting this week

November 9, 2016
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CBS News CBS News    

"President Obama invited president-elect Donald Trump to meet with him at the White House this week, according to a statement by the White House press secretary. The president extended the invite during a phone call to his Republican successor, where he congratulated Trump on his victory over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. The meeting, should Trump accept, could take place as early as Thursday, Nov. 10, at the White House." (11/09/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/obama-invites-trump-to-white-house-for-thursday-meeting/  

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Election 2016: Trump beats Clinton

November 9, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Donald Trump will become the 45th US president after a stunning victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton. The Republican nominee defied pre-election polling to claim swing states, winning the key battlegrounds of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania. He told cheering supporters that Americans must now unite and 'bind the wounds of division,' after a gruelling, acrimonious campaign. Global markets plummeted, with the US dollar diving and gold prices surging." (11/09/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/election-us-2016-37920175  

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The Federal Reserve is Hillary Clinton’s secret weapon

October 20, 2016
posted by

Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Tommy Behnke  

"Say what you want about Donald J. Trump, but he is correct about one thing: the Federal Reserve has, with near certainty, been holding interest rates down for political purposes -- namely, to aid Hillary Clinton in getting elected president of the United States. ... The Federal Open Market Committee's (FOMC) September meeting minutes, released on Wednesday, have proven Mr. Trump's assertion to be true. As the 2016 election season draws to a close, the Fed has suddenly become more bullish on the prospect of raising interest rates -- and this precipitous change-of-heart has come despite there being few notable signs of hope in the US's economic data." (10/20/16)

https://mises.org/blog/federal-reserve-hillary-clinton%E2%80%99s-secret-weapon  

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Trump previews “Trump TV” on Facebook, covering debate without “biased, mainstream media reporting”

October 20, 2016
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Independent [UK]    

"While everyone was watching the debate, Donald Trump might have given a clue of his secret plan for after the debate. Just as the debate was beginning, Mr Trump sent out a message telling people to watch his Facebook Live broadcast of it. That attracted hundreds of thousands of viewers -- and might be a hint of Mr Trump's plans for after the election. The live broadcast included pundits and borrowed the look of established TV stations. As such, it looks remarkably like the much rumoured Trump TV -- the candidate's suggested media network that could be launched after the debate and serve as a way of capitalising on his huge audience." (10/20/16)

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/donald-trump-tv-facebook-live-election-debate-us-presidential-candidate-a7371476.html  

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Assange’s fate

October 19, 2016
posted by

Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"The saga of Julian Assange seems to be drawing to a climax -- one that will decide the fate of this historic whistleblower who, for years, has been a giant thorn in the side of governments everywhere. His role in exposing the machinations of the US government over the years earned him the plaudits of liberals -- until the Bush era ended, and he started exposing the crimes of the Obama administration and -- most pointedly -- the hypocrisy and venality of Hillary Clinton and her journalistic camarilla. Now we see right-wing figures like Sean Hannity and -- yes! -- Donald Trump praising and defending him, while the ostensible liberals take up the cry of the Clinton campaign that he's a 'pawn of the Kremlin' and a 'rapist.'" (10/19/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/10/18/assanges-fate/  

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Why isn’t Donald Trump losing like Barry Goldwater?

October 19, 2016
posted by

The American Conservative The American Conservative
by David Franke  

"Goldwater's problem was an excess of honesty, not recommended for a political candidate. Trump's problem is his own narcissistic and buffoonish behavior, which plays into the hands of the Democrats and the establishment media (I know, that's a redundancy). He refuses to take coaching advice, apparently believes in his own invincibility, seems to be as fixated on sex as the media are, and overreacts to every taunt by his opponents rather than sticking to attacking Clinton's very clear vulnerabilities. Goldwater was a sophisticated political operative by comparison (not to mention a much better man). Yet by this time in 1964, it was apparent that the election results would be disastrous for the candidate and his conservative supporters. And indeed, Goldwater lost the popular vote by 61.1 percent to 38.5 percent, and the Electoral College by a margin of 486 to 52. In contrast, the polls this year show a relatively tight race, one within the normal historic range for a presidential campaign. What gives?" (10/19/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/why-isnt-donald-trump-losing-like-barry-goldwater/  

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“Rigged election” rhetoric: A dangerous two-way street

October 19, 2016
posted by

Thomas L Knapp -- photo by Avens O'Brien William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"Trump is preemptively positioning himself to claim that a victorious Clinton and her party rigged the election. That could lead to fireworks. Clinton is preemptively positioning herself to accuse a foreign power of rigging -- or at least unduly influencing -- the outcome to her loss. That could lead to fireworks of a nuclear variety." (10/18/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/8090  

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Obama to Trump: Cut out the crybaby crap

October 18, 2016
posted by

The Hill The Hill    

"President Obama on Tuesday offered a blunt rebuke to Donald Trump's claim the presidential election will be rigged against him: Stop whining. 'I'd invite Mr. Trump to stop whining and go try to make his case to get votes,' Obama said during a Rose Garden press conference with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. ... 'You start whining before the game is even over?' he continued. 'If whenever things are going badly for you and you lose, you start blaming someone else, then you don't have what it takes to be in this job.'" (10/18/16)

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/barack-obama-donald-trump-stop-whining  

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Trump says he might meet with Putin

October 18, 2016
posted by

Miami Herald    

"Donald Trump says if he wins the White House, he might meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin before his inauguration. Trump says in a Monday interview with talk radio host Michael Savage that if he defeats Democrat Hillary Clinton, he could see himself 'meeting with Putin and meeting with Russia prior to the start of the administration.' Trump has been criticized repeatedly for his seemingly cozy relationship with Russia. But he says the tension between Putin and President Barack Obama is 'a potentially catastrophic situation.'" (10/17/16)

http://www.miamiherald.com/entertainment/celebrities/article108712447.html  

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Utah Poll: Independent Evan McMullin ties Trump

October 17, 2016
posted by

Fox News Fox News    

"The poll of likely voters, conducted Saturday and Sunday by Rasmussen Reports shows a sensational result in Utah, where two points separates the top three candidates. Donald Trump has 30%, conservative Evan McMullin has 29%, and Hillary Clinton has 28%. Gary Johnson has collapsed to 5%, with Stein at 1%. For both Clinton and McMullin, it is their best showing in the state in any major poll thus far. 750 likely voters were polled by telephone. The presidential preference question was as follows: 'If the 2016 Presidential Election were held today, would you vote for Republican Donald Trump, Democrat Hillary Clinton, Independent Conservative Evan McMullin, Libertarian Gary Johnson or Green Party candidate Jill Stein?'" [editor's note: This scam would be laughable, were it not so obviously intended - SAT] (10/17/26)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/10/17/utah-poll-independent-evan-mcmullin-ties-trump.html  

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