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Do you think Donald Trump would make a good U.S. president and how do you think it would affect U.S.-Japan relations if he were elected?

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He would take us unto a war. Bad president.

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He would take us unto a war. Bad president.

Well, seeing how Ford was the last US President to NOT start a war, I think you need to avoid illogical emotional responses, and maybe read a little more.

-7 ( +12 / -19 )

The idea of Trump as President is still something I would prefer not to get my head around.

As far as U.S.-Japan relations under Trump as President, does anyone really know what that would look like?! Here is the best I can do. Trump himself:

"When was the last time anybody saw us beating, let's say, China in a trade deal? They kill us. I beat China all the time. All the time. When did we beat Japan at anything? They send their cars over here by the millions, and what do we do? When was the last time you saw a Chevrolet in Tokyo? It doesn't exist, folks."

I'll let those words speak for themselves.

That said, sometimes, just sometimes, he comes up with comedic gems.

"If Hilary Clinton can't satisfy her husband, what makes her think she can satisfy America?"

I think there is some truth in there somewhere.... maybe....

10 ( +16 / -6 )

He would be a disaster -- both overall and for Japanese relations with the U.S. If you have followed him the last few months, then you know he has thrown Japan under the bus several times, in terms of blaming them for U.S. job losses, and promises to "get tough with them". Kiss TPP good bye if he gets in.

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No, absolutely not ! No ifs, ands, or buts !

9 ( +16 / -7 )

No candidate running would make a "good" president. As usual, we are stuck with choosing the "least bad" option.

The typical party candidates are not chosen by the people, they are picked by the powers-that-be which control the two parties, and we vote for one or the other. But as the candidates are chosen by the parties, and not the people, whichever person who wins is really not the people's choice. it is like having to choose your death by firing squad, hanging, or the electric chair, they are all different means, but the end is the same.

I will vote for Trump this time because he is so hated by the political establishment, which has long forgotten about the people. Trump may or may not be a good president, but he is an outsider to the political system, which was never intended to become what it is today. Trump is an outsider, and we need more outsiders to change what is going on inside.

He would be a disaster

Could he really be worse than the last two presidents we have had? I think not.

he has thrown Japan under the bus several times, in terms of blaming them for U.S. job losses, and promises to "get tough with them". Kiss TPP good bye if he gets in.

Japan has not been stealing any jobs from the US, that stopped back in 1990 or so. I doubt we will see any free trade agreements regardless of who is elected, because free trade limits the ability of politicians to extort money from businesses, and prevents businesses from seeking special privileges to limit competition. Since TPP is no longer about free trade anyway, then there is no point in having it.

They send their cars over here by the millions, and what do we do? When was the last time you saw a Chevrolet in Tokyo? It doesn't exist, folks."

This comment is sadly quite true. Though there are no tariffs on American cars, Japanese distributors (controlled by Japan Inc) jack up the prices to ridiculous levels. I priced a new Tesla S recently, after rebates, the American price was $55k. The same car in Japan (after Japanese rebates, which are similar) is almost $100k. A new Challenger or Mustang will cost you about 40% more in Japan than it would in America. The only imported cars you see in Japan in large numbers are German cars, and this is because Germany threatened to mirror Japanese import and distribution practices, therefore a German car in Japan costs much the same as it would in Germany. If Trump were to do the same thing Germany did, I would applaud him.

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Until Saturday, I wouldn't have thought a Trump presidency would affect Japan at all directly. Trump would just bankrupt the US like he has four other businesses in the past, and Japan would just slowly move away from us.

But now that Abe has rammed through his militarization bill, things are different. Trump has had a very belligerent attitude towards China, because his entire following right now is people who want to be angry at groups of "others" without having to think too hard about who they are or what dealing with that anger would entail. Add to that his famous tendency to insult anyone who doesn't instantly agree with him, and you've got a recipe for some kind of conflict. Maybe it wouldn't be military, maybe it would be a trade war or a cyber war. But it would be ugly and I don't doubt that Japan's new ability to defend allies would quickly become an obligation to defend them.

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I hope he wins.

-11 ( +12 / -23 )

Whoever posed this question at JapanTimes did so with the obvious intentions of setting the comment board on fire as anyone who has read the numerous storeis with name TRUMP included in the title knows Donald Trump is one of the most polarizing names in the world.

But I'll bite...

We need a Trump presidency. A Trump administration will be the first step to ending career politicians who have destroyed the US. After that, we can look at other people who have good policies such as Carly Fiorina and/or Ben Carson. Of course the Left hates Trump because they want to grant amnesty to 20,000 million potential democratice voters and the RIght wants the cheap labor (but is beginning to understand that cheap labor today means no meaningful election victories for the next generation). Both sides will scream racism and bigotry and make jokes about Trumps hair. They're wrong, of course (well, they're right about the hair).

Go Trump!

-17 ( +9 / -26 )

He is not a far left, socialist so therefore he will loose this JT poll.......BUT he would be a nice change to what we have had from the two entrenched political parties the past few years. Its time to drop the mamby pamby political double speak and offend a few people who just can't stand anyone who might hold them accountable for anything. He would be a good president, and i think the would be a lot more moderate in his views than he is given credit for.

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Trump.............the guy is a lot of things, crazy, right, wrong, uncouth, an a$$ kisser.........

If he wins I imagine the US will go bankrupt quicker than it is at present

5 ( +15 / -10 )

Trump has no experience in government at the city state or federal which is concerning. The only way he might make it work is if he surrounds himself with people in his cabinet that do, and are not there to hijack his lack of experience for their own agenda

He does have the ability to recongnize obvious problems like immigration and the japan/china trade imbalance. I must say his remark about Japan was spot on, Ive never seen a chevy in japan unless some thug was driving a lincoln.

he falls down on foriegn policy. With the recent Syria, pivot to Asia, Iran deal fiasco, it only goes shows you need to know what your doing, and if you dont, consequences are to follow.

Some compare him to Reagan, but Reagan was a governer first

I like Trump in many ways, but after watching the recent debate, I wonder how he would stand up to those who in Congress would be there to eat his lunch, and world leaders that sense his inexperience

Id like too see more of him as a leader in office, unfortuanetly we dont have that record to look at. If he looses, I hope he takes a more junior office, but his ego probalby wont let him

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I think his name would sound bad in Japanese.

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Rump is like any carnival huckster.

Half his promotion is about himself and the other half is about what he personally can get out of it.

Fun at an Iowa Fair, but as an adult, expected to respect and treat others with basic dignity?

Rump is exactly what his name suggests that follows the equine.

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"The only imported cars you see in Japan in large numbers are German cars, and this is because Germany threatened to mirror Japanese import and distribution practices, therefore a German car in Japan costs much the same as it would in Germany. If Trump were to do the same thing Germany did, I would applaud him."

Thats a good point I didnt know about. I suspect it isnt implemented by U.S. politicans because of some sort of reciprocal agreement, where Japan gets to keep U.S. forces in Japan and Japan gets full access to all U.S. markets, while shutting them out of Japan. I think I once read this somewhere, if somebody knows about perhaps could share this phenomenon.

Once again, goes to show how complex politics are, and how an uniformed politican could upset allot of things

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Droll Quarry: "He is not a far left, socialist so therefore he will loose this JT poll."

What's he going to loose it at? Is he going to fire it at a target? Loose it on a crowd? You do know that "lose" is spelled L-O-S-E, do you you not? And not "L-O-O-S-E", right? We're not shooting arrows here, my friend, or loosing a bunch of dogs on people. And don't say it's a typo or auto-correct, because many people these days literally make that mistake all the time and don't know the difference between the two words, which is a great shame.

Trump as president? If you want to show just how desperate, just how hateful, and just how moronic the right wing has become in the US in particular, then yes, he would make a good president to represent people who just want to hate for hate's sake. Once he needed to actually start making decisions as president, and only saying, "I can't answer that! Or, you'll have to wait and see!" and trying to build walls, deport US citizens, and and degrading women and others in general, the nation would descend into complete chaos.

And yet, he is winning the Republican vote! Surprise surprise! Second? a woman also with no experience in the Senate at all -- must be tough for Repubs, given their party hates women. Third? an African American, ALSO with no experience in the Senate. Quite the circus... and a funny one. For these reasons, there is absolutely no way the Republicans will win the White House.

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Zones2surf;

Just for your information, GM, Ford and Chrysler are all in Japan. Chrysler even has a dealership in my city. So, before you start Japan bashing get your facts straight!

-1 ( +5 / -6 )

If elected the relations would be improved. Its been a long time since the US has had a president with accomplishment and a business sense. Plus he is a real American icon. He can intimidate his opponents and world "leaders" just by a facial expression. His election may spark a new trend - electing competent leaders instead of socialist goat-herding academics and other such losers.

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Given the amount of weapons of mass destruction found throughout the world, Donald Trumpery is the last person I’d like to see lead a martial nation like the US. He’s narcissistically impaired, a spoiled class bully accustomed to getting his way. He’s known for his tantrums, and I worry what could happen when his toxic masculinity is in a face-off with someone like Putin or Xi.

I keep reading people say he’s straightforward, and though I’ve heard him speak bluntly I’ve yet to hear him develop his thoughts any deeper than sound-byte level. Once when questioned on a subject he clearly had nothing but a superficial knowledge of he responded by saying that he’s a manager, he’ll hire good people to help him. Great, but I think the leader of the US should be able to articulate his beliefs beyond Karl Rove memes.< https://www.wordnik.com/words/trumpery>

10 ( +13 / -3 )

"Rump is like any carnival huckster. Half his promotion is about himself and the other half is about what he personally can get out of it. Fun at an Iowa Fair, but as an adult, expected to respect and treat others with basic dignity? Rump is exactly what his name suggests that follows the equine."

"Trump as president? If you want to show just how desperate, just how hateful, and just how moronic the right wing has become in the US in particular, then yes, he would make a good president to represent people who just want to hate for hate's sake. Once he needed to actually start making decisions as president, and only saying, "I can't answer that! Or, you'll have to wait and see!" and trying to build walls, deport US citizens, and and degrading women and others in general, the nation would descend into complete chaos. And yet, he is winning the Republican vote! Surprise surprise! Second? a woman also with no experience in the Senate at all -- must be tough for Repubs, given their party hates women. Third? an African American, ALSO with no experience in the Senate. Quite the circus... and a funny one. For these reasons, there is absolutely no way the Republicans will win the White House."

Love these two posts: no analysis, no examples just pure, emotional ejaculations! But more importantly two posts that show just how afraid everyone is of Trump. It's coming to an end, folks! The backroom deals, the pass-the-buck policies, the I-scratch-your-back-you-scratch-mine lifestyle...a Trump administration will be the beginning of the end for the swamp that politics has become. Unowned and unafraid, Trump will change things. Will it be smooth and easy? Of course not! But it will be the start.

Go Trump!

-7 ( +8 / -15 )

"Its been a long time since the US has had a president with accomplishment and a business sense." - comments

Rump isn't a good example of either.

The only accomplishment Rump has is putting his name on everything he owns.

As far as 'business sense', Rump isn't known for any accomplishment except putting his name on everything he owns.

So, it's not like some wild new idea arrived in the Rump spaceship. It's the same old idea of the gop-tea; rich guys know better than anyone else how to be rich guys and everyone else is a LOSER.

That's Rump in a nutshell, where he belongs.

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He'd be awful.

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Trump for prez? Nah, I will have to pass. Yelins job? Yeah he could do that or be a senator. His remarks about McCain show how disconnected he is to politics. True, he could start a much needed trend; breaking all that mess up, but its like japan, too entrenced, cant see it happening, it would be a one man show and he would just exhaust himself. Seems he is looking that way now. The other governers in the race are just giving him the rope, they know the invetible and they know how to play the game too well. He should be an economic advisor, governer etc first. Sure, he is better than Jeb; I dont know how anybody could vote for that guy. Obama should of throttled back on the left wing experiments towards the end of his term, and kept the very promising economic course he is doing.

"Just for your information, GM, Ford and Chrysler are all in Japan. Chrysler even has a dealership in my city. So, before you start Japan bashing get your facts straight!"

Gee, I dont know. I walk past a very busy eating establishment every day; I never seen one GM Chrysler or Ford parked there, not one time. Repeat that all over Japan, count every GM Chrysler or Ford you see in any given parking lot and do come back with your stats. Then try to deny the obvious.

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"True, he could start a much needed trend; breaking all that mess up, but its like japan, too entrenced, cant see it happening, it would be a one man show and he would just exhaust himself."

Good point. US politics and Japanese politics are more entrenched than a tick in the butt of a deer. However, here are three differences which lead me to believe that Trump's situation is different. 1.) Trump doesn't need politics for his livelihood which means he won't need to---as he has clearly displayed---to go along to get along. 2.) America does not have a "state secrets law" like Japan (Thanks, Abe!) that prevents information from getting to the public. 3.) The US people will directly vote for their president unlike the parlimentary system Japan uses.

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@Genki/Flash,

Just for your information, GM, Ford and Chrysler are all in Japan. Chrysler even has a dealership in my city. So, before you start Japan bashing get your facts straight!

Sheesh..... don't have a go at me on this. Did you understand what I posted? Those are not MY words. Those are TRUMP'S words. Which is why it is in quotes. And why I attributed them to him.

The question was how we thought a Trump presidency would affect U.S./Japan relations. All I was trying to do was provide a quote from Trump himself.

So, to recap, if you have issue with those words, go speak to Trump and tell him to get his facts straight. I am sure he will be appreciative of the fact checking! :-)

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American deserves him, much less so the rest of the world.

-1 ( +5 / -6 )

hell be using high risk moves, and when its time to declare bankruptcy hell do it as corporate bankruptcy to keep his personal wealth untouched. hell run the country basically the same way, with the probability of a war thrown in

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He has the temper of a 13 year old juvenile deliquent. The atom bombs will be falling within weeks of the start of his administration. End of human civilization. The roaches take over. Oh, so Trump might still be there after the end.

0 ( +8 / -8 )

If Trump gets in there'll be hell toupee..

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@NathalieB

If Trump gets in there'll be hell toupee..

Good one, but apparently it was a plastic surgeon that one of his ex-wives recommended who stitched on a weave or whatever that orange abomination on top of his head is.

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I am amazed and dumbfounded that anyone would think a person who filed bankruptcy 4 times has any "business sense."

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I wonder if he sleeps wearing a hair net ?

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Absolute disaster!

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Trump would be great. Hilary would scare me, so please let Donald win.

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We are at the beginning of the decline of the great US world order and so it is fitting that we have a chance to see how the modern Commodus will do. As much as I think he will be awful, I would rather see that than have Hilary run the place.

-1 ( +4 / -5 )

Sociologists speculate that most supporters of Donald Trump are high school dropouts......

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"Sociologists speculate that most supporters of Donald Trump are high school dropouts......"

Key word there is "speculate." Of course I doubt you read that as I think you are just projecting your thoughts onto a group to make yourself look better. But take heart,Sakanafish, that you're not alone; so much speculation, hysteria and downright misinformation on this board.

If we survived Nixon, Ford, Carter, BushII and Obama (Reagan and Clinton did rather well in my opinion and I will leave it up to others to decide why and for whom) we will certainly survive Trump should he win.

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The guys a one big obnoxious plank!

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Trump ought to remove that toupee and speak more clearly off the top of his head.

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@samwaters

yes the gov is entrenched with career politicians, corruption, favortism, etc. Its not based on making money, but taking it. its a whole different game. no need to work hard on that next idea, make payroll etc, as those needs are taking care of. They get so bored that they fill their void with fun and games and if you challenge that your fair game. Trump seems unaware of this. If he could shake up that establishment and bring a private sector mentality, it would be great but thats next to impossible. If i saw a mayor Trump of say NYC then a more tempered Trump running for prez, then he would have my vote. So far what Ive seen is a very disconnected Trump. After the honeymoon would be over, those in wash. would tear him up. If he still had the fire he has now, then Id say, yes this man is prez material. Not many can carry that tempo past the first year.

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Sounding like a card game in Japanese, Donald Trump may stack his deck and actually win the presidency. Many excellent comments here, but sangetsu03's comments made a lot of sense to me.

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Trump is just the GOP version of Obama, pure and simple. Hard on the BS, without any substance to back anything up, both love their inflated egos as well. With Obama we have socialism, with Trump it would be socialism-lite.

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@5petals. You make many good points. I don't think there will ever be a "honeymoon" period with Trump. Even ardent supporters like me know that the election will be the easy part. But we also know this is a fight we must go through.

@Bass4funk. I don't like to disagree with you because you know a lot about a lot, politically speaking, but I think you're misfiriing on this one. Trump is not a Socialist. If he was, he wouldn't be fighitng against amnesty and wouldn't be seeking to control immigration. Of course, I think immigration is the main issue of this election and could be misreading Trump. Your thoughts?

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Certainly the Democrats would love to see him as the Republican candidate.

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@sangetsu03 No candidate running would make a "good" president. As usual, we are stuck with choosing the "least bad" option.

I'm not convinced that Trump is the "least bad" of these folk. Certainly I agree that there are no good candidates, but the biggest problem I can see with Trump is that he suffers from the same problem that Romney had (i.e he flopped from one argument to the next without ever really pleasing anyone) but with an additional arrogance that Romney didn't have (well, not so much anyway).

As far as foreign policy is concerned, Japan or anywhere else, the best you could expect is that he would ignore you, leaving the status quo.

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I wonder if it's even possible for a GOP member (even someone more sane than Trump) to be elected. They are very insulting to so many kinds of people these days- pretty much except white men. And this demographic group is getting smaller and smaller. Who is left to vote Republican beyond the their main voting group?

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I would think that a good President of America would be somewhat subjective and would be someone who takes quick action whenever problems threaten the nation, addresses key issues using his platform, communicates often and honestly with the people, is intelligent, is knowledgeable about government and a has a strong character. It is also important that the president has had experience working within the government.

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Trump would get along great with Mr. Mori of Mori Building.

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I heard one Italian newspaper drew some comparisons between Trump and Berlusconi. Trump's comments about women are tame compared to Silvio who reputedly described Merkel as an 'unf###able lardarse'.

The GOP is a world laughing stock but they can't wave the No. 1 foam finger at the Italians for outrageous comments about women. Come on Trump! You can't be outdone by that Eurotrash.

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FizzBit "Well, seeing how Ford was the last US President to NOT start a war, I think you need to avoid illogical emotional responses, and maybe read a little more."

Could you tell me what war (Dictionary definition — a. A state of open, armed, often prolonged conflict carried on between nations, states, or parties) presidents Carter, Reagan and Obama started (not just participated in)? Admittedly most American presidents have been involved in sanctioning some form of military action, but please remember that America has not actually fought in a "war" since 1945 (Roosevelt & Truman). By the way, before you attack my patriotism; I'm not American.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

The man's a buffoon... he makes George W seem reasonable!

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Trump: dictionary definition — Brit to expel intestinal gas through the anus — So, no, I don't think a Trump as president would help America or the world

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American deserves him, much less so the rest of the world.

What did America do to you? Or did you get crossed by an American co-worker at your school?

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Trumo: big ego, loud, obnoxious, thinks he's right about everything, says whatever pops into his head without any thinking, agressive, likes to argue, not well read, makes up his own facts, has no world knowledge or grasp of history, thinks the US should rule the world, has no solutions to anything, only boistrous talk.

He is just like most Americans I've met in Japan (or on Bulletin Boards), so Japan is used to people like him...

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It would be an unmitigated disaster for anyone who's not rich. I know people are cheering him on right now in a "let's all sit back and watch the world burn", reality-TV, kind of way, but if he actually got voted in, the average American would suffer under his rule, while you can bet he'd helping out the plutocrats. People need to start thinking of voting in their best interests, not voting for the guy who is just playing upon their racism and fear.

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Is he the joker in the deck thinking he trumps all? If he gets into the White House he will be the biggest joke of all. But then think of those who put him there. Do they have that perverted sense of humor?

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we will certainly survive Trump should he win. survive probably , will the economy and Americas reputation throughout the world be any better, probably not.

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@darnname,

He is just like most Americans I've met in Japan (or on Bulletin Boards), so Japan is used to people like him...

Darn, you've got me figured out as an American. And here I had thought I had fooled everyone.

But then again, I am a fan of P.J. O'Rourke, so I suppose I should quote him in repost. Might as well, since that will only confirm your view of me as one of those Americans you describe! :-)

“Let me tell you who those bad guys are. They’re us. WE BE BAD. We’re the baddest-a#%ed sons of b!tches that ever jogged in Reeboks. We’re three-quarters grizzly bear and two-thirds car wreck and descended from a stock market crash on our mother’s side. You take your Germany, France, and Spain, roll them all together and it wouldn’t give us room to park our cars. We’re the big boys, Jack, the original, giant, economy-sized, new and improved butt kickers of all time. When we snort coke in Houston, people lose their hats in Cap d’Antibes. And we’ve got an American Express card credit limit higher than your p!ss-ant metric numbers go. You say our country’s never been invaded? You’re right, little buddy. Because I’d like to see the needle-dicked foreigners who’d have the guts to try. We drink napalm to get our hearts started in the morning. A rape and a mugging is our way of saying 'Cheerio.' Hell can’t hold our sock-hops. We walk taller, talk louder, spit further, f#ck longer and buy more things than you know the names of. I’d rather be a junkie in a New York City jail than king, queen, and jack of all Europeans. We eat little countries like this for breakfast and sh!t them out before lunch.”

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First of all, nobody would be better. He'd make American great again so fast it'd make your head spin!

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The man's a buffoon... he makes George W seem reasonable!

Which he was compared to the loon we now have in office, but I will say this, Obama and Trump both have huge inflated egos, that's for sure.

-5 ( +4 / -9 )

He would make the entire world absolutely despise the US.

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He would make the entire world absolutely despise the US.

Can't hate us more than they already have from what Bush did and add to the apologetic tour Obama has been doing adding to that, the world thinks we're weak and cowardly, especially our allies, so I don't think Trump could even come close to topping the other two. Besides, who really cares.

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Trump will be an OK president. First in comparison to Obama, nearly anyone would be an improvement. Obama already created a great recession, started wars in most of the middle east, empowered terrorist groups, let Putin run around without concern and is causing nuclear proliferation.

Trump and any of the other Republicans will be a significant improvement over the last 7 years.

Trump being a businessman will likely cause a 90s level economy, which will be good for the world.

Trump will reverse Obama's weakening of USA in world politics. It is likely Iran, Putin and other antagonists will reconsider options which is also good. Violent psycho groups will likely be put down.

For Japan specifically, besides reassurance the USA backs Japan's security, an upswing in economic activity for Japan. Assuming Japanese politicians are willing to take advantage of it.

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@presto345

Is he the joker in the deck thinking he trumps all? If he gets into the White House he will be the biggest joke of all. But then think of those who put him there. Do they have that perverted sense of humor?

Actually, spare a little sympathy for him. In the UK, the word "trump" has also been used as an alternative to the word "fart"...

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"1.) Trump doesn't need politics for his livelihood which means he won't need to---as he has clearly displayed---to go along to get along"

This is the Rump's claim. Simply parroting a campaign slogan avoids actual thought.

First, politics is about getting along, when anything of value is the goal. Rump fans imagine the fascism of having no interest in anything but one's own interests is preferable to Democracy.

Rump's appeal on this point is a Dictatorship, a Dictatorship the simpleton prefers to cooperation and compromise because it requires no thought or conscience.

It is hardly an indorsement of the Rumpian philosophy that Rump thinks everyone is a LOSER, and so has no value. Obviously, denigrating through ignorance is the Rump's only skill. In a Democracy, even bad ideas have the opportunity for examination. Rump just has more of them than anyone else.

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Which he was compared to the loon we now have in office, but I will say this, Obama and Trump both have huge inflated egos, that's for sure.

Anybody who runs for president has a massive ego. This difference is, until Obama, they used to make efforts to hide it. Now they flaunt it. Must have something to do with the selfie culture we live in.

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This is the Rump's claim. Simply parroting a campaign slogan avoids actual thought.

Didn't stop Obama when he campaigned and became president.

Rump's appeal on this point is a Dictatorship, a Dictatorship the simpleton prefers to cooperation and compromise because it requires no thought or conscience.

Then he should be in good company with Obama.

It is hardly an indorsement of the Rumpian philosophy that Rump thinks everyone is a LOSER, and so has no value.

Didn't Obama think of himself as all knowing, which equates to being omnipotent?

Obviously, denigrating through ignorance is the Rump's only skill. In a Democracy, even bad ideas have the opportunity for examination. Rump just has more of them than anyone else.

Including Obama??

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Whoever posed this question at JapanTimes did so with the obvious intentions of setting the comment board on fire as anyone who has read the numerous storeis with name TRUMP included in the title knows Donald Trump is one of the most polarizing names in the world.

That's the purpose of a "Have Your Say" section. Few enjoy saying things everyone already agrees with, but get people to disagree and everyone will be speaking their mind.

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Obama is a socialist some say? Then so is GHWB and Reagan since they both increased taxes. Also, they pushed forward public insurance with further social benefits with that. And don't forget the Reagan inked 3M green card amnesty- and it would have been more if more had applied. And not under Obama deportations are at record numbers.

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Obama is a socialist some say? Then so is GHWB and Reagan since they both increased taxes.

But Both GW and Reagan never punished Big Business nor the private sector the Obama has.

Also, they pushed forward public insurance with further social benefits with that. And don't forget the Reagan inked 3M green card amnesty- and it would have been more if more had applied.

With the agreement from th Democrats to seal the border and what happened? They lied, the were able to register 3 million New Democratic voters and never closed the border on top of that. The GOP learned from that treachery.

And not under Obama deportations are at record numbers. But the increase of people from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala are increasing, so as much as I don't really like Trump, I do like his agressivenes when it comes to sealing the border or the other 2 as well!

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It seems taxes are a record low with Obama. That means he is not a socialist. Trump will raise taxes. That makes him a Republican socialist. Clinton lowered cap gains tax, so he is not a socialist either.

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"Trump will raise taxes"

Presidents don't raise taxes, the U.S. Congress does, lol.

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"It seems taxes are a record low with Obama. That means he is not a socialist. "

Wait 'til ObamaCare kicks in (which won't be until long after Obama has left office) and then try to make that statement again with a straight face.

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ObamaCare was invented by the Republicans.

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I think the more accurate statement is ObamaCare is based on a program created by Mitt Romney that President Obama altered into what we now know as ObamaCare. Obama also made sure that it would not be full implemented until after he was out of office and, of course, no one in Congress is requried to use it. Another for a non-Washington insider.

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It doesn't matter. As med. expenses kept going up and up hospitals were getting stiffed more and more from the non-poor uninsured and with non-poor who had these private worthless junk policies (no!!, you cannot keep that cheap policy that won't protect you if you have a big claim anyway) real regulation had to come in. Long before it happened I knew lots of junk policies would be forced to drop by the US government and that's a good thing. ObamaCare, RomneyCare, whatever. But if you look at the result stock prices of major medical providers are up due to the fact of the confidence of less people stiffing hospitals- more bills being paid.

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What does it matter who the face on the puppet is, it's the guys pulling the strings who call the shots.

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"It doesn't matter..." No rudeness intended but it does matter because Liberals (whether you are one of them or not I don't know) pull this stunt all of the time. (Bad) policies are routinely blamed on Republicans and when confronted with irrefutable fact Liberals say, "Well, anyway, we need it......"

I agree with one the junk policies, though. They don't work and do nothing but line the pockets of insurance agencies.

I'm not a Liberal nor am I a Conservative. I think both sides have legitmate points and I think both sides are bat-s@#t crazy on others but I know Washington is broken which is why we need an outsider in the White House to begin the process of making a new government.

Sincerely, though, I appreciate your willingness to debate this with actual information rather than with cheap shots about hairstyles.

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"pull this stunt all of the time. (Bad) policies are routinely blamed on Republicans " When did I say I blame the Republicans for ObamaCare. I wish Nixon had his way when he wanted to push Medical reform policies very similar to ObamaCare. It's heading in the right place since more bills are being paid- proof is increased stock prices in Medical sector.

Yes, that's right kids! Big hospitals love Obamacare. Why is that!?

When hospitals are stiffed less with a real mandate thus forcing all non-poor people to pay into it that is the beginning of a more manageable system. OK! I praise the Republicans for being the originators of the health mandate. They are the real heroes that started ObamaCare. It's just the flavor of the month club.

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" When did I say I blame the Republicans for ObamaCare" Your post at 9:29pm. You wrote that the Republicans created ObamaCare. Doesn't matter in the big schmeme of things I guess. I just wanted you to know I was reacting to what you wrote.

"It's heading in the right place since more bills are being paid- proof is increased stock prices in Medical sector." That's good and it's true at the moment but lost in this is the fact that it is against the constitution to force US citizens to buy something they don't want. And remember, the penalities of ObamaCare don't kick in until 2018, I believe. Whatever the intentions it does not justify going against the constitution in the sneaky manner the Democrats used. Remember, ObamaCare has been sold as a tax and then as comprehensive medical reform and then as a tax again. And of course there is Nancy Pelosi's gem, "We have to pass it to see what is in it." And of course Congress is exempt from it.

Gotta get some sleep. Again, thanks for the intelligent exchange! Sam

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Donald Trump is the best the GOP has got. There is just no more to say on the matter. If Carly and Ben were the answer, they would be out front. And even if they were, does anybody think that the GOP would nominate a woman or someone darker than a potato chip? Trump is fearless. He has nothing to lose. He is beholden to nobody. He has done everything else.

Donald Trump is the best the GOP has got.

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Back in the time of the founding fathers we didn't have cancer treatments that can run into the 100s of thousands. We also didn't have very expensive-to-run level one trauma centers. Last I checked the children's hospital in my hometown has a high percentage of patients on Medicaid. These very complicated and genetic disorders of kids can often overwhelm private health insurers as they can easily run into the six figures - in some cases even seven. If I had a kid so sick and I didn't have a great employer with golden benefits I think I'd rather be poor on Medicaid rather than deal with the double nightmare (dealing with a private policy on top of my kid being seriously sick). Government healthcare works best for catastrophic cases. Even Pat Buchanan hinted the government should provide such a safety net for people who are not poor but don't have great employer benefits either and are slammed by catastrophic health events.

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It seems taxes are a record low with Obama. That means he is not a socialist. Trump will raise taxes. That makes him a Republican socialist. Clinton lowered cap gains tax, so he is not a socialist either.

Trump is not even close to a Republican, raising taxes, wanting to capitulate with our enemies, those are not conservative tenants. He can brag all day that he is a conservative, but anyone who was born and raised in NY knows that Trump is a liberal through and through.

ObamaCare was invented by the Republicans.

Which was designed for one state and that was Mass. Romney had a $460 million slush fund that Ted Kennedy accumulated, so there was SOME money to work with for that state. What Obama did on a massive scale wasn't going to work and as we now all know has proven to be a huge eyesore. Had Obama concentrated on reviving the middle class and started to create higher wage paying jobs, then maybe we wouldn't have 45 million people on food stamps and a 39% unemployment claims spike.

It doesn't matter. As med. expenses kept going up and up hospitals were getting stiffed more and more from the non-poor uninsured and with non-poor who had these private worthless junk policies (no!!, you cannot keep that cheap policy that won't protect you if you have a big claim anyway) real regulation had to come in. Long before it happened I knew lots of junk policies would be forced to drop by the US government and that's a good thing.

Sure, I think so, but Obama and that slim ball: Gruber didn't have to overhaul the ENTIRE system, there was NO need for that, the middle class and the upper class were fine, just fix it for the $15 million that didn't! Most Americans wouldn't have objected to that.

ObamaCare, RomneyCare, whatever. But if you look at the result stock prices of major medical providers are up due to the fact of the confidence of less people stiffing hospitals- more bills being paid.

Not exactly true, even in California where progressive loons run amok, many people are fed up with Obamacare.

http://dailysignal.com/2014/07/23/obamacare-employer-mandate-die-states/

http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/health-care/item/19443-more-doctors-refusing-obamacare-patients

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It's coming to an end, folks! The backroom deals, the pass-the-buck policies, the I-scratch-your-back-you-scratch-mine lifestyle...a Trump administration will be the beginning of the end for the swamp that politics has become. Unowned and unafraid, Trump will change things.

And that, my friends, tells you all you need to know about why so many Republicans like Trump. He is a reality TV personality, a showman, with a spotty success record as a businessman, because he is not a business man.

He is a promoter. A salesman.

And conservatives are so sick of their party, they willingly believe that Trump is a business savvy straight dealer who will clean house.

Yes, Dorothy, conservatives really are that gullible.

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Trump is what the republicans deserve. He is the perfect candidate for them. The most perfect since Nixon.

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Trump is what the republicans deserve. He is the perfect candidate for them. The most perfect since Nixon.

Newsflash! Hillary is no different then what Nixon, but she is as well the best thing for the Dems and Sanders just adds to the clown and floppy shoes mix. By the way, how are the emails doing? ROFL

Yes, Dorothy, conservatives really are that gullible.

I agree, but the same goes for the Dems and believing that Obama was reincarnation of the Atheist spiritual something, something and look what happened, now you have many on the left that believed that Obama was going to lead his sheep to the promised land and now people are jumping ship and flocking to Sanders who is an even bigger socialist than what Obama was...is...talk about gullible.

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Who do you want for President?

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Carson or FIorina, Rubio would be fine as well.

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I like Carson and Fioina as well but I don't think either of them are nasty enough to deal with Washington which is why I want Trump to go first.

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I like Carson and Fioina as well but I don't think either of them are nasty enough to deal with Washington which is why I want Trump to go first.

Can't argue with that. Trump's about as nasty as it gets.

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And I am very sad to say I believe that is what's necessary to begin the change needed in Washington. I think that many people on this board have the misconception that Trump supporters live vicariously through him, that we enjoy his nastiness and rudeness. I don't think the majority of us do; we just see him as the weapon needed to win a battle we cannot lose.

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@sam

I've never met you, so I wouldn't acuse you of any kind of nastiness. You come across as a smart and thoughtful type. But doesn't it disturb you that you believe the answer to America's problems might be somebody as loud and obnoxious as Trump?

Not a nation I'd want to have anything to do with

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Luca

Don't believe the hype. America is on the right track. Conservatives want to Americans to think otherwise, because that pessimism favors outrage and pessimism. The former gets their old white base out to vote; the latter discourages the younger and browner to get out.

I'll let you in on a little secrete: the Republican party is a hateful and broken thing. It is full of rubes, racists, and liars. If someone identifies as a conservative, you can assume they are smart and thoughtful, unless they demonstrate otherwise.

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Thanks, Luca. I'm trying to pick my words carefully so I don't misrepresent my message. We (the US) is going through the beginning of a second Civil War in my opinion. This war will not be fought with bullets and bombs like the one from 1860~1865 but will be fought in the ballot box. What the US is fighting over is whether or not we remain a capitalist country or become a socialist country. The single greatest issue is immigration; if the Democrats win and do not secure the border and then grant amnesty and maintain the "anchor baby" policy on top of that, what we know as "America" will cease to exist within our lifetime. Of course there are some who would like to see that although I think when they really think about it they may not like what that means. This is not a protest against immigration; it is a matter of immigration being legal and controlled. The US immigration policy is not intended to solve the problems of Latin America or other third-world nations. Even the EU is beginning to curb refugees (and I support that!) that number only in the tens of thousands while the US is now home to over 20 million and growing illegals. This is also about our soverignty as a country.

Now back to Trump. Washington is more entrenched that a tick in a deer. Believe it or not Dems and Repubs work together when they have to and that usually involves keeping themselves embedded in public money, public welfare be damned. Both parties want illegal immigration; the Dems want the votes (8 out of 10 illegals will likely vote Democratic) and the Republicans want the cheap labor for their corporate bossses. Trump is unowned and unafraid. He will punch dirty if it's necessary and it will be.

Take the Iraq War for example. In my opinion a tremendous waste of resources and human life but to criticize it would mean to be labled as "unpatriotic." At the same time, Obama is going to be a disaster (Congress exempted itself from it) but you cannot complain or you are a racist. Trump could care less about the nicities of the office and do what needs to be done, feelings be damned, whereas other pols are content to go along to get along. I love the ideas of Carly Fiorina and Dr. Ben Carson but both of them are relative poodles compared to the pitbulls of Washington.

When you go to war, you carry a gun, not a bunch of flowers. I agree with you; Trump can be nasty but he must do to do the job that needs to be done. Thanks for reading. Sam

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Anyone who uses the term "anchor baby" in any but a satyrical or ironic manner has drunken the Kool Aid.

Anyone who thinks Trump is forthright is a fool.

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@Black Sabbath. Can you explain what you mean and why?

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About what? About America being on the right track, or that Trump is a farce?

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You wrote than using the term "anchor baby" has drunken the Kool AId. What does that mean? Do you support illegal immigration? Do you think the abuse of the 14th Ammendment is good for the country. Are you from the US (I honestly do not know and don't want to make assumptions)?

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Using the term "anchor baby" means you've drunken the Kool Aid. The number of people who, after entering the US illegally, then gain citizenship because their children are native-born Americans is next to nil.

As in 0.

It is a baseless argument rooted in hysteria.

The number of people who are native-born Americans because their mother crossed the border illegally in order to have a baby on American soil is, and get this, statistically 0% relative to illegal immigration.

Again, it is a baseless argument rooted in hysteria.

The number of children born to people who have entered the US to work is not insignificant. But these native-born American's are not 'anchor babies." They are children of people who live and work in our country.

Conflating the children born as a result of our broken immigration policy with children born specifically to gain American citizenship is baseless and rooted in hysteria.

The hysteria, of course, is race-based. It is rooted in the fear that the US is not a 'white country'.

And that is exactly what the 14th Amendment was all about curing.

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Trump-Cruz is going to happen. And then the landslide loss. It is so easy to see. The republican party, it is not a party anymore, more of an asylum, cannot get votes any longer other than from tired, angry white rejects. They have left reality entirely now by hating blacks, the poor, liberals, latinos, gays, asians, arabs, just about everyone. No wonder the KKK has endorsed Trump.

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Trump-Cruz is going to happen. And then the landslide loss. It is so easy to see. The republican party, it is not a party anymore, more of an asylum, cannot get votes any longer other than from tired, angry white rejects. They have left reality entirely now by hating blacks, the poor, liberals, latinos, gays, asians, arabs, just about everyone. No wonder the KKK has endorsed Trump.

Trump/Hillary/Warren/or obama remains in the office

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Whether he is good or not he will be "hUgggggggeeeeeeee (silent H)....just Uggggeee".

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@Black Sabbath. 1.) The 14th Amendment was aimed at recently freed slaves, not people racing across the border. 2.) The dilema with anchor babies is not that babies are necessarily being born but that one baby is being used as the "native born relative" that can sponser dozens and dozens of "relatives" from south of the border. If left it will change the direction of the country forever. Perhaps you are one of those who looks forward to that; I am not. Best of luck in the election for the candidate of your choice.

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If you want to fight the "anchor babies" vote Democrat. Under Obama deportations are at a record high. Net illegal immigration is reversing as well- they must hate Obama. It sure is different from Reagan's millions in green card amnesty. Has a Democrat President inked so many for green cards? Fight the "anchor babies"!! vote Democrat!!

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Trump is a buffoon. His convictions run about as deep as the coat of hair spray keeping his comb over in place. Much like Hillary he only knows how to do what is in his own self interest.

When to comes to relations with Japan I think they could end up being a little be rocky with Trump as president. But given China's status as bad boy of East Asia, I believe Trump would likely be more supportive to the relationship than Obama has been. Obama keeps talking about 'pivoting' to Asia but his incompetence in the Middle East and lack of interest in Asia in general says different. How can the US shift emphasis to Asia with a shrinking the Navy? China sees the US decline and has essentially achieved parity with US capabilities in the region already. It's no wonder that the Japanese want to free up their military to new roles in their own defense - Obama has done nothing to strengthen the relationship with Japan or counter Chinese military moves.

With respect to the anchor baby problem with illegal immigrants, when I first heard the idea that these children might not qualify as US citizens I thought Trump was being ridiculous. Then I re-read the text of the 14th amendment - which states in part,

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.

The part, "and subject to the jurisdiction thereof", is what I think Trump is referring to. The inclusion of the jurisdiction test clearly indicates that just being born in the country doesn't also imply that one is automatically subject to its jurisdiction. Since the amendment was written in response to the end of slavery, there may be a good case to be made that illegal immigrants are not covered by the amendment. Is it not the case that foreign nationals remain under the jurisdiction of their country of origin? The existence of passports would indicate that they are. The slaves on the other hand were undoubtedly subject to the jurisdiction of the of the US government.

I do not know if Trump is right because I really do not know the law and all of the relevant arguments on either side of the issue. But it is worth resolving one way or the other.

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Lest we forget America has had actors as president-how could Trump be worse? Unlike Obama, Trump has made a living as a businessman Isn't that what America needs? Go Trump!!!

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The number of people who, after entering the US illegally, then gain citizenship because their children are native-born Americans is next to nil. - comments

Any source for this statement? Hardly surprising that the 'gop-tea' would celebrate a false statistic but is the 'anchor baby' Bubble Bush whines about really the twin to The National Enquirer "Vampire Baby'? Or is the Enquirer's baby more real?

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if only he were half as brilliant as he thinks he is. He is rich because his daddy was rich and the first time he went bankrupt his daddy bailed him out had gave him a fresh start, that taught him to use the bankruptcy laws and not pay back his bills. There are several banks that will no longer do business with him because they want their loans repaid.

He has told the American citizens over and over "I will do ...this or that" but never once said what he would do or how he would do it.

He hates everyone who is not a white boy which makes him the same as the rest of the old white Republicans. Trump in office would make Abe seem pleasant by comparison

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Has there ever been a business person who could have been a good President? Trump is not even a good business man as he is a Wall Street disaster. Come on! Would you buy his stock? His job is to make gains for his investors but he doesn't. Even a real CEO who makes good gains for investors won't run for President. You can't run a country like a corporation.

Going back in the past with Perot. I remember during the Bush/Clinton/Perot debates Perot was commanding: I DECLARE I AM GOING TO STRAIGHTEN THIS COUNTRY OUT AND I.....I.....I......I......I....am going to do this...this...this...this....this.

Clinton turned and said calmly *It doesn't work that way Ross". And it doesn't. Lee Iaccoca who brought back Chrysler from the brink (some say selling crappy cars, but still a corporate hero either way) said why he himself or any REAL business executive would not fit in high level politics like that.

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"He has told the American citizens over and over "I will do ...this or that" but never once said what he would do or how he would do it."

I'll give you one example of how Trump said he would fix something. He said he would build a fence between the US and Mexican border. He would force Mexico to pay for it. If Mexico refuses, he would cut off their aid. That is a measurable plan.

"Clinton turned and said calmly *It doesn't work that way Ross". And it doesn't."

Many Americans llike me think that is the problem. The current system can't be sustained but the entrenched parties aren't going to give up their royal lifestyles. That's why we need Trump.

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"Many Americans llike me think that is the problem. " Now you don't sound so sure about what you say. Can the president just stop aid to a country like that or not?

Perot/Trump: "I DECLARE I AM GOING TO STRAIGHTEN THIS COUNTRY OUT AND I.....I.....I......I......I....am going to do this...this...this...this....this."

Again, the response: "It doesn't work that way Ross/Trump"

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His popularity stems from main stream America's declining standard of living with almost 50 million people on food stamps and over 94 million people out of the labor force. The belief is, that because he has so much of his own money, he will not be another paid for president, a puppet on a string, for either the large banks or the military industrial complex. Somehow, he can change America's status as the largest debtor nation in the history of the world, simply by being a great negotiator. The problem is, the creditor is master of the terms of negotiation over the debtor. Japan is now the largest holder of US debt via Treasury Bonds. If it's one thing Trump knows about, it's declaring bankruptcy. I think he'll tell Japan to forgive and forget about $500,000,000,000 of the $1.2 trillion debt owed to Japan, and in return, he'll pledge US military support against China. ( Of course, he'll ramp up the war against China with the currency manipulation theme, and with Japan's new aggressor role, they'll have no choice.

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@samwaatters

I'll give you one example of how Trump said he would fix something. He said he would build a fence between the US and Mexican border. He would force Mexico to pay for it. If Mexico refuses, he would cut off their aid. That is a measurable plan.

Where's the plan?

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If he can give us all a rich daddy and turn us into celebrities so we can be successful like he is then yes he we will be a good President.

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I think he would be an entertaining president...........

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I would much rather have a Disney character than this imbecile rich guy as a president .... He can go and screw himself along with his money !! Thanks

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Can't get worse than we have now.....but that's another argument.

More interestingly, not that he will win the nomination, hypothetically, who would his running mate be?

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*@PTownsend. Uhm....we (the US) will build the wall and..then....um....we send the bills to Mexico....and ...then..um.....Mexico pays for the bill and....um,,,,,if Mexcio doesn't pay then...um....we cut off the financial aid and other assistance. Kinda like what I wrote in the earlier post.

If this plan is not to your sataisfaction, please compare with the current lifetime politician occupying the White House and his stance on illegal Chinese immigrants. Approximately 4,000 Chinese citizens have been arrested by ICE and are awaiting deportation which is being delayed because China is not convinced they (the illegal immigrants) have broken any laws. But the White House reports that (from the Japan Times) a "modem of understanding was reached" in regard to the issue and both sides will work towards a resolution. Gee, I feel better.

As I have written numerous times, a growing number of people see this election as a single issue election: immigration. The sovereignty of the US is at risk (since when does another country decide when US laws are being broken?). The Dems don't care; they want the votes. The Repubs don't care; they want the cheap labor. Only Trump has said he will tackle this issue and has not wavered or flopped in the midst of the immediate firestorm from the Lefties and self-esteem crowd.

Go Trump!

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a growing number of people see this election as a single issue electio

Anyone who thinks that way shows themselves to be easily manipulated - immigration is a smoke show to keep people from paying attention to the real issues.

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@Strangerland. What are those issues and how would those issues not be affected by basically giving one party 30,000 exrtra guaranteed votes?

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@samwatters My point was semantic: what you described I would call an action. A plan would entail actual steps that would have to be thought through. Unless you're saying Trumpery is going to become a dictator who ignores the legislative side of government and most likely the judiciary, someone who's willing to alienate most of the world in the process to show his machismo.

Do you honestly think the US president has the power to pull something like that off, and do you honestly think that's how international relations should be conducted?

I think he said that just to pander to the hard of thinking and to increase his brand awareness.

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First, what is the legal process for stopping financial aid to Mexico. Is this done through executive order? Please explain the exact legal process of denying aid to a country. Remember this was said by a person who is a business loser.

And net illegal immigration is reversing. How can a country be punished for something for a situation that is improving

Also, now deportations are at record numbers under Obama.

what is the real big problem?

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@PTownsend. Interesting you use the word dictator to describe a person who may ignores the legislative side of government because President Obama has done that a number of times during his term. Of course that still makes it wrong but I believe that a Trump administration would work with state authorities in Texas and Arizona and make their plans from there. Remember, Arizona wants to do enforce a controled border but someone told them they can't. Can you guess who that person is? Do I think any President has the power to pull it off? I don't know but I do know that ObamaCare, the IRS scandal and others were pushed on to people without due legislative process.

@Nishikat. I try to give credit where credit is due; you are correct that deporations are up and illegal immigration is down. Of course, how MUCH down and the impact is unknown. Either way, the main issue is amnesty which the Dems want and that is why immigration and amnesty are the main issues of this election in the minds of many people. I think giving any party, Democrat or Republican 30,000 guaranteed votes is a recipe for disaster.

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Is it getting better or worse? Trump says it's becoming more and more out of control. It's ruining America. How is that possible when immigration is doing its job and it's reversing on its own? Is Trump really believable with what he says"

ObamaCare was a Republican idea. Both parties want this. Just the Republicans don't want to admit it now.

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@Nishikat. We've covered this before; ObamaCare was designed by Mit Romney for the state of Massachussetts, not for the country. Congress passed ObamaCare but exempted themselves from it, meaning it is a bad idea. Illegal immigration is decresaing...great!....but if amnesty is passed then it's game over. Got it? If amnesty passes then it's game over for the US as we know it. Members of the Tim Wise Fan Club and those on the far Left want that. I don't. The Dems are bought and paid for and so are the Repubs. We needs an independent who truly is independent, hence our support for Trump.

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No, Mitt Romney said there has to be a "mandate" to prevent "freeloading" at the ER during his presidency. He meant on a national scale. But I'm fine if the Republicans make a real mandate.

BTW, do you know that the crime rate for illegal immigrants is low so it contradicts what Trump says about illegals having very high crime rates. And can you please share the legal process of how Trump will stop any and all aid to Mexico? But (“When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending the best,”") Wow! Trump claims the Mexican government is sending its worst people to the US. Really? Do you believe that?

"if amnesty is passed then it's game over." Reagan

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"No, Mitt Romney said there has to be a "mandate" to prevent "freeloading" at the ER during his presidency. He meant on a national scale. But I'm fine if the Republicans make a real mandate."

What difference does it make? ObamaCare is so seriously flawed that the President made sure it wouldn't fully be implemented until he was well out of office. Congress exempted themselves from it. Again the point is that both parties treat the citizens of the US as a means not as an end.

"BTW, do you know that the crime rate for illegal immigrants is low so it contradicts what Trump says about illegals having very high crime rates."

Stats can be manipulated but, again, so what? The crime rate for immigrants should be zero. A country's immigration should be used to improve the country, not to solve the problems of 3rd world Latin America. Now having said that I am all for anyone becoming a US as long as it's done legally and is controlled and the anchor baby practice ended.

"And can you please share the legal process of how Trump will stop any and all aid to Mexico?"

If a legal process exists that allowed for the beginning of aid to Mexico then logic suggests there is a process for ending it. It's probably similar to the way Bush got the Iraq War or Obama got ObamaCare. He will work the necessary people and get it passed.

"But (“When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending the best,”") Wow! Trump claims the Mexican government is sending its worst people to the US. Really? Do you believe that?"

Non-issue. The door is open to anyone who wants to come legally.

"if amnesty is passed then it's game over."

I do believe that and before I get labelled a racist or a bigot, my fear is that EITHER party could add 30 million voters through amnesty.

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"ObamaCare is so seriously flawed" OK, get the Republicans to do the mandate. It doesn't matter to me. Republicans have done a lot to push forward public healthcare.

"Stats can be manipulated but, again, so what? The crime rate for immigrants should be zero." Illegal immigrants. Of course they play it safe. If they get busted then out they go. Deportations are up. Once you are busted, if you are illegal you are out.

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"Of course they play it safe. If they get busted then out they go. Deportations are up. Once you are busted, if you are illegal you are out."

Oh, no. You're incorrect. Illegals are not usually deported even when they do committ a crime. They are usually given a court date and released on their own recognizance. Add to the equation the number of "sancutary cities" that will not turn over an illegal immigrant to ICE or any other law enforcement agency (and, please, before you say---yet again---that deportations are up remember that "up" is not enough). Illegal is illegal.

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"released on their own recognizance" It sounds like a non violent or minor crime. And/or first offence. If they are repeat criminals or violent offenders then they will end up in the real system and deported. Yes, so the crime rate (at least for major crimes) for illegals is low. If it were major it would not be ROR.

"Donald Trump says as president he would ultimately give some illegal immigrants legal status and isn't ruling out a pathway to citizenship, CNN reports." Looks like Trump will grant mass amnesty just like Reagan did. I'm sure "some" will turn to "many" or even "most". Maybe even "all" Most of the "30 million" illegals have no criminal record which means if Trump becomes president then it's "all over" It looks like he just wants to be President because he wants to see himself on TV more. He just wants to trick voters like he tricks his investors. I mean who in their right mind would invest in Trump's businesses? They all lose money. Vote for Trump it's Reagan all over again.

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"If it were major it would not be ROR."

You are incorrect. Illegals are often released due to lack of space and other reasons. There is a recent famous murder case in San Francisco that highlights this. Besides, being in most other countries illegally will get you jailed and immediately deported. Why is America is different?

"Donald Trump says as president he would ultimately give some illegal immigrants legal status and isn't ruling out a pathway to citizenship, CNN reports." Looks like Trump will grant mass amnesty just like Reagan did"

It's a mistake to derive Reagan's blanket amnesty from a possible Trump path to citizenship. Reagan got scammed; he was promised comprehensive border security after giving amnesty. The Dems renigged. What Trump is saying that is illegals who meet certain criteria will be offered a path to citizenship----which is what most people who ciriticize Trump say they want----and deportation for illegals who don't.

"It looks like he just wants to be President because he wants to see himself on TV more. He just wants to trick voters like he tricks his investors. I mean who in their right mind would invest in Trump's businesses? They all lose money. Vote for Trump it's Reagan all over again."

Now you sound like some of the less-than-intelligent posters on this site whose idea of an argument is to make bad hair jokes, call him "Rump" and cite consitutional amendments they don't understand or don't exist. Look, Trump has nothing to gain by becoming president unlike the endless stream of lifetime politicians on both sides who are running for the office. Saying that Trump just wants to trick voters like he tricks investors is juvenile and inaccurate; Trump has won more than he has lost. More importantly he knows how both sides work because he played politicians while he was in business. He will be immune from pressure from lobbyists and SIGs. And if you are right and it turns out to be Reagan again, I'll take that over what we have had over the last 12 years any day.....and I bet most people would, too!

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"There is a recent famous murder case in San Francisco " Was that illegal given ROR for murder?

"Now you sound like some of the less-than-intelligent posters on this site" People who invest in Trump's business are intelligent investors?

"Trump has nothing to gain by becoming president" He doesn't need money. But he wants something money can't buy - to be on TV more.

"Saying that Trump just wants to trick voters" He hinted on his amnesty plan. Reagan with just 3 million that he inked himself? Trump it will be many many more than that since there are "30 million" illegals in Japan and the majority of them are non-felons. Trump is going to be illegal's best friend.

"I'll take that over what we have had over the last 12 years any day." You got that right. Same politics as usual. Just more entertainment.

"Reagan got scammed" No, it is an excuse. Jeb Bush even said you can't build a Jurassic park style wall across the border. So Reagan got scammed. What will Trump's excuse be when he grants amnesty to at least 20 million, maybe more?

Is it intelligent to think that investing in one of Trump's businesses would be a wise investment?

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"Was that illegal given ROR for murder?" No, one ROR was for drunk driving and another was for assault.

"Trump is going to be illegal's best friend." If I wrote that I would be thumbs-downed a thousand times so I look forward to how other posters respond. I disagree.

"What will Trump's excuse be when he grants amnesty to at least 20 million, maybe more?" He won't. I guarantee it.

"Now you sound like some of the less-than-intelligent posters on this site. People who invest in Trump's business are intelligent investors?" You're ducking the point and you know it. If you have an argument, make it. If you don't say "I'll have to study that issue and get back to you" but intelligent people refrain from these kind of attacks. But since you asked I will answer the question; people who invest in Trump's businesses seem to do well. I am a person of modest means so I don't like to question the intelligence of people who have created assets worth millions of dollars. I can think of worse things to invest in than a Trump business. Ever hear of Solyndra? That was government-sponsored energy company that went up in smoke. Didn't matter because the tax payers footed the bill.....

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You stated Misdemeanors. Those crimes would not disqualify for amnesty. Even with Reagan green cards were given to some with criminal records that were not too serious. Same with Trump.

I'm just quoting and doing the math. Trump will ink amnesty for millions and millions. Probably well over 10, even 20 million. There are "30 million" illegals, right? Of course he will be illegals' best friend. He said he will grant amnesty with numbers way way way above Reagan.

Sure he will. 30 million, right? What is "some" of 30 million? 10 million at least. Do the math.

"I'll have to study that issue and get back to you" I did, I checked the math and Trump's quotes. So the number of illegals is "30 million". Right?

"assets worth millions of dollars" For Trump's average investors?

"I can think of worse things to invest in than a Trump business. " True but I would put my money in a company like IBM- with a REAL CEO.

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Well, you have made some interesting arguments and I look forward to seeing how the election shakes out. I have do get to work so I must say goodnight. Thank you for the debate; you are courteous and don't rely on hissy fits name-calling like other members of this board do so thanks again! Sam

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Thanks! Cheers! All politics as usual. peace!!

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"He would take us unto a war. Bad president."

Amazing how the man who would take us into a war is the only one of the candidates who was totally against the U.S. going into Iraq.

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US people are not that stupid.

But should he win the primary republican elections (Republicans might be stupid sometimes), this will just kill the republican chances for president. Net net I like him at the end...!

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Oh come on guys, we all know Trump is a pratt. But we need to give him a chance based on his inspiring and confidence-generating latest slogan: "We Shall Overcomb"

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Hell, no! The man's a train wreck, self-centered, blunt, uninformed, an anti-vaxxer, rude as all get out.

No to The Donald!

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Not to worry, as President Sanders will have two terms

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I think he'll do well if he is elected. I like him better than the career politicians that are running and the ones we already have in office...

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He's a meat heat....

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Trump is a good leader but he has a big mouth . If he will be a US president he will use his position to take advantage of the businesses around the world for his benefits . Although ,i think he will be a good defense leader ,who can handle terrorism well like ISIS .He is a racist .

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President Sanders says he's going to have a 'litmus test' for Supreme court judges that he'll appoint, they have to promise to overturn the Citizen's United decision, and they must 'tell that to the American people'.

This demonstrates that he has no idea how the Supreme Court works, nor does he understand Separation of Powers, only the cornerstone of our governmental system! The President cannot vet judges this way, The judges themselves can't promise to vote the way the President tells them to in order to get the job. The Supreme Court can only rule on cases put before it, so no matter if they did promise, if no on ever challenges it in Supreme Court, they'll never have the chance to make 'their first order of business' overturning this decision. One justice alone can't overturn anything anyway.

If this is the level of his civics knowledge, God help us if he's elected. He wants to tell the SC what to do!

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New "trump wigs" coming soon at stores near you!! And belive me...Japanese people will line up for it. Trumponomics is bad business for Japan - who've been warned.

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He's the absolute worst candidate I've witnessed in my lifetime, and that's saying a lot. Thoroughly repulsive in every way. Only people who seriously consider him worth voting for disgust me more than Mr. Trump himself.

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