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Mr T and the Women

Donald Trump runs his business as a meritocracy. People who know confirm that Trump is gender-blind in promoting talent. But does that prove that Trump is not a misogynist? Hardly. Just because someone treats individuals they know with consideration, doesn't mean that he doesn't dismiss or disparage the larger group. Ben ...

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Science is not an Opinion.

Science is a discipline which some people do not understand, and some ignore completely. Some people do not believe in things for which there is overwhelming proof. Others believe in things for which there is no evidence. Often they are the same. Are they contrarians, bloody-minded or just dumb? Yes. Why ...

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Fundamentalists Think Small.

Conservative Christians are small-minded - not just morally, but in their entire philosophy. They have been making waves with their current bathroom obsessions. The Ebola and ISIS threats have been replaced in their imagination by the front page by middle-aged, dress-wearing rapists lurking in women's restrooms ready to molest the flower of Christian girlhood. ...

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Really? - 4.19.16: Trump's Slurpee; Sheila Butt Is an Ass; Hamilton Bests Jackson

Donald Trump's day ends well, but it was a bumpy ride. First, he credited Rex Ryan, the Buffalo Bills head coach, with two AFL Championships. Ryan has just reached two AFC championship games. Later, in an event celebrating NYC's first responders, he extolled their heroism and dedication on 7/11. And last, he called ...

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Mr T and the Women

by Pitt Griffin on April 29, 2016 · 0 comments

in Election 2016

Donald Trump runs his business as a meritocracy. People who know confirm that Trump is gender-blind in promoting talent. But does that prove that Trump is not a misogynist? Hardly. Just because someone treats individuals they know with consideration, doesn’t mean that he doesn’t dismiss or disparage the larger group.

Ben Carson, Clarence Thomas, Thomas Sowell and to a lesser degree Colin Powell are highly regarded by conservatives – but this acceptance of a few doesn’t translate to respect for blacks in general. Gays are considered defective by conservatives – but those bigots are generally understanding of gays in their family.

From the first debate on, Trump has cast slurs at women. His comments about them are decidedly low-rent – witness allusions to Megyn Kelly’s menses, Carly Fiorina’s face and Hillary Clinton’s shouting. And now that it seems the presidential contest will feature Trump vs. Clinton, he is starting to pile on.

His latest claim is that Hillary is playing the ‘woman card’. Without it, he says she wouldn’t have received more than 5% of the Democratic primary vote. Indeed, he adds that without it, she couldn’t get elected to a city council.

The irony, as any woman knows, is that being a woman makes it harder to get ahead. Although the Supreme Court is the most female it has ever been, it’s still 6-3 against. Congress is still only 20% women. Governors 14%. Fortune 500 CEOs 4%. Men have been playing the man’s card for centuries.

So be it. Trump seems committed to pursuing this line of attack.

Will it work? Every previous aspersion has proved polling and voting gold for Le Grand Orange. But Trump’s tactics are now revealed. Clinton will not be surprised. She has fended off attacks for 20 years. And she is no shrinking violet.

What will be the nature of Donald’s attacks? He has previewed four thrusts. First, paint her as shrill or shouting – a standard put-down of powerful women. Second, drag the Lewinski affair in. Suggest that her defense of her husband effectively threw womankind under the bus. Third, cast her as old and tired. And last, an old favorite, paint her as a liar.

Here’s one tweet,“Crooked Hillary Clinton, perhaps the most dishonest person to have ever run for the presidency, is also one of the all time great enablers!”

PhotoHillary has already shown that the best defense is a good offense. She will own the ‘woman card’. She has claimed the high ground on issues dear to women – and the men who love them.“If fighting for women’s healthcare, and paid family leave, and equal pay is playing the ‘woman card,’ then deal me in.” 

As well, Donald is a self-acknowledged serial cheater. But that is a card that must be played carefully – perhaps as an aside.

Trump will no doubt drag in all the usual right-wing tropes – Benghazi, Whitewater, ‘travelgate’, sniper-fire, emails, the Clinton Foundation, the blue dress, & Vince Foster.

Some of it will stick – but Trump is deeply flawed. He will receive a lot of return fire.

It is an enigma why Trump’s primary opponents didn’t do better ‘oppo’ research or run more aggressive campaigns. I doubt Hillary will be so forgiving. This summer Donald may well be trying to explain in court how his fleece operation, Trump University, wasn’t a scam. His GOP opponents let him slide on his multiple failed businesses – and gave him a pass for his serial bankruptcies.

Like any bully, he only wins when he intimidates. Sure he can hit hard, but hit back hard enough and he will collapse. Especially devastating would be a ‘swift-boat’ attack on his business record and his supposedly stellar business skills.

Try this: Gates, Buffet, Ellison, Bezos, Zuckerberg, Bloomberg, Page, & Brin. They are among the top 11 richest Americans. All of them far wealthier than Trump. All of them built incredibly successful companies. Not one of them went bankrupt – even once. And not one of them was staked to a $1 million loan or a $200 million inheritance. In that company Trump is a slacker.

And what of the water, beef, magazine, airline, etc. Let’s see the tax returns for those businesses. And let’s see Trump’s. As long as he doesn’t release them, Clinton can paint him as faking his wealth, or imply he’s a cheap bastard who gives nothing to charity. Remember the snit-show, anti-debate rally for veterans he hosted? His campaign has already admitted it can’t account for $3 million in donations.

I’m sure Donald will demand that Hillary publishes the transcripts of her speeches to the big banks. But I can’t imagine there are any bombshells in them. I’m guessing she just didn’t want to give Sanders the satisfaction of pushing her around.

Trump will attack Clinton for being a woman. In return expect a lot of Chelsea and Grandma stuff. She’s not going to run away. Against Obama she had to be careful not to get tangled up in race. Against Trump, there is nothing to hold her back. No sacred cows. No ‘PC’ considerations. And there are many Americans – not just women – salivating to see her do it.

 

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Conservatives Revealed in All Their Insanity.

April 26, 2016

“Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives” – John Stuart Mill Muslim bans, bathroom rules, dick size, glowing sand, women bleeding – has the GOP lost its mind? The Republican presidential candidate in all likelihood will be a large orange hairball who believes that he can solve America’s problems by negotiating better. Or […]

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Science is not an Opinion.

April 23, 2016

Science is a discipline which some people do not understand, and some ignore completely. Some people do not believe in things for which there is overwhelming proof. Others believe in things for which there is no evidence. Often they are the same. Are they contrarians, bloody-minded or just dumb? Yes. Why do fundamentalists believe that […]

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Fundamentalists Think Small.

April 22, 2016

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Really? – 4.19.16: Trump’s Slurpee; Sheila Butt Is an Ass; Hamilton Bests Jackson

April 19, 2016

Donald Trump‘s day ends well, but it was a bumpy ride. First, he credited Rex Ryan, the Buffalo Bills head coach, with two AFL Championships. Ryan has just reached two AFC championship games. Later, in an event celebrating NYC’s first responders, he extolled their heroism and dedication on 7/11. And last, he called Hillary Clinton a […]

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Really? 4.16.16 – Hiring Child Rapists – A Justification; Flying While Muslim; Drunk Driving with Kids & a Gun; Sarah Palin, the Unscience Gal.

April 16, 2016

“The only vice that cannot be forgiven is hypocrisy. The repentance of a hypocrite is itself hypocrisy.” ― William Hazlitt There is a profound current of fear for the safety of southern belles in public bathrooms. Apparently, there is a conspiracy by men looking to rape the flower of the South by dressing as women […]

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Science-Denial Works on Dummies.

April 13, 2016

“All that stuff I was taught about evolution, embryology, the Big Bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell. And it’s lies to try to keep me and all the folks who were taught that from understanding that they need a savior.” – Paul Broun Tobacco companies and the lead industry hate […]

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Ted Cruz Went To New York With a Strategy. Then He Met New Yorkers.

April 9, 2016

“Whoever is born in New York is ill-equipped to deal with any other city: all other cities seem, at best, a mistake, and, at worst, a fraud. No other city is so spitefully incoherent.” – James Baldwin Why was Ted Cruz in the Bronx, one of the country’s most Democratic counties? Simply because of the way […]

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Is Bill Clinton All Right?

April 8, 2016

“Sometimes when people are under stress, they hate to think, and it’s the time when they most need to think.” ― Bill Clinton It takes ego to be a politician. And that ego often goes hand-in-hand with arrogance. Ex-Presidents belong to one the world’s most exclusive societies. There are only 43 members of the ‘Most […]

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