Friday, August 12, 2016

More about Trump, and the claim of sarcasm

Andy Borowitz piece, about Trump

Funny piece by humorist Andy Borowitz, from The New Yorker, online: "Trump Blasts Media for Reporting Things He Says"

"Donald Trump tries to walk back claim Obama founded ISIS: 'Sarcasm' "

Once again--a pattern is developing--Trump claims, later on, that his inflammatory remarks were intended as "sarcasm."

And, a reminder about his similar claim, in July:

"Donald Trump’s incredible new defense of his Russia-spying-on-Hillary comments: Just kidding!"

Michael Hayden, former Director of the CIA, on Donald Trump's recent remarks about the "Second Amendment people"

On Tuesday, retired four-star Gen. Michael Hayden, the former Director of the CIA (and former Director of the National Security Agency), said this, to CNN's Jake Tapper, about Donald Trump's recent Second Amendment comment:

"If someone else had said that outside the hall, he'd be in the back of a police wagon now with the Secret Service questioning him."

Hayden also said: "You're not just responsible for what you say. You are responsible for what people hear."

Monday, August 8, 2016

Republican Senator Susan Collins, of Maine: "I will not be voting for Donald Trump for president."

Here is the essay Senator Collins wrote for The Washington Post

"50 G.O.P. Officials Warn Donald Trump Would Put Nation’s Security ‘at Risk’ "

From the article, below:

"Fifty of the nation’s most senior Republican national security officials, many of them former top aides or cabinet members for President George W. Bush, have signed a letter declaring that Donald J. Trump 'lacks the character, values and experience' to be president and 'would put at risk our country’s national security and well-being.'

"Mr. Trump, the officials warn, 'would be the most reckless president in American history.' ”

Friday, August 5, 2016

Trump: "I’m afraid the election is going to be rigged”

Timothy Egan, in an essay in today's The New York Times, writes this:

"...facing a likely trouncing in November, Trump has signaled that he will try to bring down our democracy with him. His overlooked comment — “I’m afraid the election is going to be rigged” — is the opening move in a scheme to delegitimize the outcome.

"Because Trump is consistently barbaric and such a prolific liar, it’s hard to sustain outrage over any one of his serial scandals. But his pre-emptive attack on the electoral process is very troubling."

And Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus wrote, on August 3rd:

"Of all the dangerous things Donald Trump has said, perhaps the most concerning is his assertion that the election might be rigged. This irresponsible, unsupported suggestion augurs poorly for Trump’s behavior in the increasingly likely event of his loss."