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Truthful Trump ?

Hmmm. Can you say “Truthful Trump” and not laugh?

I can’t. His latest lie about Hillary Clinton using Clinton Foundation money for personal expenses is the ultimate lie.

Here is a secret: In my psychology practice I often found that when someone told a lie, he or she was really talking about himself or herself.

This fits Trump perfectly now that the truth about his use of the Trump Foundation has come out.  He has used the money to settle lawsuits, to make donations with money that was donated to his foundation, so that the donation looked like it was Trump’s money when it was money from other people.

By the way: I am still getting ads on my email for a get rich quick scheme that has Trump’s name on it. Anybody else notice this? When I checked it out is was a scam: Unfortunately under many different names, but the same scam: Junk information, good luck getting your money back.

Reply with your own experience. I really want to hear from you.


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My concerns about a Donald Trump Presidency

There are many reasons to be concerned about the possible Presidency of Donald Trump.  The concern that I want to talk about today is Mr. Trump’s behavior of criticising, denigrating, and in some ways threatening those people who do not agree with him or who do not support him.

For example, when Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona said he was not ready to endorse Mr. Trump the Presidential candidate threatened to support his opponent.  When Governor of New Mexico, Susana Martinez, would not endorse Mr. Trump he accused her of not doing her job.

Trump accused Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is presiding over a fraud case over Trump University, of being a “hater” and accused him of being biased.  IMG_1554

There are many other concerns.  People are called names routinely during Trump rallies.  Mr. Trump has had a long history of questioning President Obama’s birth and lately his educational credentials.  (This is interesting in light of the questions about Melania’s Trump’s educational inflation and the recent questions about her visa.  Has Trump really been talking about his own family all along?)

Mr. Trump has used many methods to injure  those who disagree with him or who do not support him.  These range from threats (delivered by Mr. Trump himself, or by colleagues or employees) to questions about the person’s ability or qualifications.  Whenever Mr. Trump comes across them, he encourages them, repeats them, and reinforces them.  The comments and t-shirts available at his rallies demonstrate remarkable levels of hate.

Mr. Trump has a lot of influence right now and he can do a lot of harm.  Think about what could happen if he becomes President Trump.  He is a person who attacks and criticises people who cannot strike back with any power.  As a President, Mr. Trump would have a lot of power over people who work for the federal government and also indirectly over those who work for state governments.  Mr. Trump has frequently threatened the work security of someone who doesn’t support him.  This is a very effective coercive technique to get compliance.

This is a dictatorship.  This is dangerous.

 

 

 

 


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Donald Trump Should Not Apologize To Republicans

The Donald’s remarks reflect the behavior of the Republican leaders.

Republican leaders are shocked…shocked! at the comments of Donald Trump. Ryan and Mc Connell state carefully that his comments are racist in tone and claim to disagree with them.

Hmm… I wonder. I believe that Mr. Trump violated the Republican rule about speaking in code; that racist comments should be disguised. Republicans pride themselves on not being against the poor, the immigrants, the women who get health care from Planned Parenthood, or the people who are something other than white. The code is: They are against those who are lazy, those who take the jobs of the hard working, those who wait for government handouts, those who don’t practice abstinence. In other words, those who are not white men and well off.

Republicans pride themselves on not being against the poor, the immigrants, the women who get health care from Planned Parenthood, or the people who are something other than white. The code is: They are against those who are lazy, those who take the jobs of the hard working, those who wait for government handouts, those who don’t practice abstinence. In other words, those who are not white men and well off.

Mr. Trump broke this code. He is openly critical of women who are not “tens.” “Pig” is a word that can be used. His infant daughter may or may not have large breasts when she grows up. He will put up a wall so that those Mexicans will not take the jobs of the white men. Workers in the United States make so much money that they cannot compete in the global market and therefore should settle for lower salaries.

The Republican leaders have supported these positions but they do that in code. One distressing example was Jason Chaffetz, a Republican congressman from Utah who criticized Cecile Richards, the CEO of Planned Parenthood.  Ms. Richards makes a good salary for heading up a national health care organization. Mr. Chaffitz was critical of her salary and the uses of the funds that are received by Planned Parenthood. Much of the money received by Planned Parenthood comes from donors. Mr. Chaffitz was rude, often questioning her aggressively but refusing to let her answer any of his questions.

So no, Mr. Trump should not apologize to his Republican colleagues. Their behavior has been just as punitive, just as insulting, and even more damaging. Personally, I would rather be called a “pig” than have my integrity called into question for heading up an organization which delivers health care and (oh my!) contraception to poor women.


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Enough of Trump

Note to news shows:  Focus on real issues!

Why do we have to talk about Trump?

I watch the newscasters every night discussing the latest, or replaying Donald Trump’s statement from last week, last month, last whenever. Then they ask why everybody talks about Trump!!

Here are some suggestions:

When Trump says “I will be wonderful to women” try some research on this. How well does he pay and promote women? What happens in the Trump organization when there is sexual harassment? (Even when it is from the top.)

For all of the candidates, from both parties:

What do you think should be done about the increasing income inequality in this country?

What do you think should be done about the cost of education?

What do you think should be done about the numbers of undocumented workers in our country?

What do you think the United States should do about the many refugees in the world from war, crime, poverty, terrorism, and persecution?

There are many other questions that could be asked, and the answers could get some followup research.

It would be a welcome break from shows in which a candidate appears, only to be asked about what he thinks about Donald Trump!