Trump Simply Couldn't Help Himself

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    Sep 20, 2016 12:32 PM GMT
    A recap of what Trump said or did the past few days:

    Trump revived the Birther story but didn't end it (by not apologizing and by falsely saying Clinton started it): "Hillary Clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy. I finished it, I finished it. You know what I mean. President Barack Obama was born in the United States, period. Now we all want to get back to making America strong and great again."

    •He said Clinton's Secret Service protection should disarm. "Let's see what happens to her": "She wants to destroy your 2nd Amendment… I think that her bodyguards should drop all weapons. They should disarm, right, right?... Let's see what happens to her."

    •He attacked former Defense Secretary Robert Gates after Gates published a critical op-ed on Trump and Clinton: "We had a clown today, an absolute clown, Robert Gates. He's supposed to be an expert, he's been there forever. By the way, he writes a book, he says bad about everybody that he's worked for, he's been there for a long time, everybody that he's worked for he's got. He's a nasty guy, probably has a problem that we don't know about."

    •He went after the New York Times' Maureen Dowd, tweeting that she's "wacky" and "neurotic": "Wacky @NYTimesDowd, who hardly knows me, makes up things that I never said for her boring interviews and column. A neurotic dope!"

    •And he tweeted that his lawyers want to sue the New York Times: "My lawyers want to sue the failing @nytimes so badly for irresponsible intent. I said no (for now), but they are watching. Really disgusting."

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    Sep 20, 2016 1:06 PM GMT
    Trump will make a great President. (NOT!) By spending most of his time & energy attacking his critics. And when President you have critics by the truckload. That's how many of them make their daily living.

    And Trump's attacks are scattershot, erratic and illogical, like the man himself. He goes after Robert Gates, appointed Secy. of Defense by GW Bush. And retained by the incoming President Obama. To maintain continuity in the military, but still a rare bipartisan move by a new President from the opposite political party. Not reciprocated by a totally partisan & hostile Republican Congress.

    Trump sues any prominent person or organization that criticizes him. I think I read his lawsuits to date number over 4000, plus he's threatened many more that weren't filed. I'm not sure he could file personal lawsuits while President, not sure if there's a precedent for it.

    But with his history of bringing legal action against his critics, despite their 1st Amendment rights, will he try to subvert the powers of government against them as President? Trump would be our first President with so little knowledge of our US Constitution, laws, and traditions.

    With so little experience and no working understanding of our government's inner functions, legalities & precedents, regarding what a President may or may not do. Or how to get results with Congress and within a vast system. The US is not a corporation to which he can dictate.

    Electing Trump would be like giving our most powerful and complex institution, but also one of the most fragile, to a self-centered man-child, who would treat it as a personal toy for his own enjoyment. And who would likely break it in the process.
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    Sep 20, 2016 3:20 PM GMT
    What good might come from this is that the press, which he's been playing as patsy, may have finally grown the balls to call him out instead of acting as his agent of free publicity.

    Trump relies on free labor, professional work provided gratis, sucking out his investor's money before going belly up without paying contractors, and also on media repeating his words verbatim, so it doesn't matter to him if his own words are true or false for as soon as the press reports that "Trump said blablabla", damage done.

    But when the press has incontrovertible truth, if it instead of merely saying that "Trump said", the press speaks in truth that "Trump lied" then they stop him from playing them as pawns. The pawn makes it across the board to become whatever piece it needs to play to tell the real story, no longer being the megaphone for Trump that he scams it to be.