Instead of Fred Jr., it was Donald who slid into the role of heir apparent. Lacking the skills of his older brother, Donald nevertheless had the brashness, self-promotion and even shamelessness favored by Fred Sr., in many ways reflecting his own character, Mary writes. She goes to great lengths to try to dispel the myth that Donald Trump was self-made, instead crediting his early forays into the Manhattan real estate market to his father’s wealth, not a small amount of seed money. As she tells it, Fred Sr. was captivated by Donald’s penchant for publicity and media attention, enough to overlook his son’s limitations. … [Read more...] about Mary Trump Book Review: In The Chaos Of Donald Trump’s Presidency, Will His Niece’s Tell-All Matter?
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On paper, Biden enters the final leg of this endless campaign in possibly the strongest position of any challenger in modern times. His opponent has never once hit the 50-percent mark in Gallup’s presidential-approval ratings. On Trump’s watch, in a matter of months, Covid-19 vaporized the national GDP by a staggering 33 percent and took 20 million jobs with it, erasing all employment growth going back to the 2008 financial crash. The deep-seated animosity so many people — including some Democrats — felt for Hillary Clinton doesn’t seem to apply to Biden. The energy among Democrats to defeat Trump is so astronomical that Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, the first woman of color on a major-party presidential ticket, raised $364.5 million in the month of August alone, a new record. The demographics of the country should also play into Biden’s hands. The Republican Party has won the popular vote in a presidential election only twice in … [Read more...] about How Far Will Donald Trump Go to Win?
One of the pillars of Trump’s appeal has been his support for the troops, which he has touted repeatedly since announcing his candidacy in 2015. He makes frequent appearances with the military and their families, as he did recently when he signed an executive order designed to increase the hiring of military spouses. Referencing the spending bill he signed earlier this year, Trump erroneously told those in attendance that military personnel would be getting a raise for the first time in 10 years. (Though the military will see a pay increase as a result of the bill, pay has increased every year since 1983.) … [Read more...] about Trump’s Support of the Military Comes with a Catch
She’s also taught me that success is only temporary. She still doesn’t understand who pays me and why there’s so much money. She just can’t fathom it. When I showed her the first ten million dollar check I earned, she didn’t know what ten million dollars was, or whether it’s ten thousand or a hundred thousand. But she looked at it and it looked like a large number and she said, “That’s wonderful, now what are you gonna do?” She’s right. You knock somebody out, you’re the champion of the world, hey that’s great. OK, now what are you gonna do? Sit back? Or are you gonna get back in the ring and continue to pump your heart while you’re alive? Use it or lose it. I learned that work ethic from my mother. … [Read more...] about The Last Word: Gene Simmons on Kanye West, Justin Bieber and Donald Trump
Trump has shown a passion and ability for lying. It’s like his pastime. Over the weekend, he said he’d called Melania in the U.S. to tell her how disappointed he was that he couldn’t go to the World War I memoria in France in 2018, when it turns out Melania was on the same trip. All these lies are so easily disproved, and he often lies for no reason. What do you think of the pathology?He’s chronically lying to himself. He believes what he wants to believe, whatever makes him feel good for that moment. And this refers back to him being ego driven. Pathological liars believe their own lies. And they live in their own delusional reality. To Trump, the world is a false projection of what he wants it to be. And he cannot handle anything that doesn’t make him feel good. He’s actually quite weak in that way. Like a spoiled child. He’s a total egomaniac who cannot take or accept criticism. I believe there’s a name for this condition, it is … [Read more...] about Michael Cohen Says Sorry. (And That His Ex Boss Is an Asshole)