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Trump struggles to explain his 'America first' foreign policy

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Article was written from an anti-Trump perspective.

Because it's extremely difficult jot to be critical of a supposed presidential contender who speaks in sound bites aimed squarely at an ill-informed, easily swayed subset of voters who couldn't put together an original thought between them.

Benghazi! Clinton slept! (Truth be damned)

The economy’s in shambles! (Reality be damned)

Nuke 'em all! (Consequences be damned)

Trump is scarcely more articulate or clued in than the homecoming king giving a speech the night before the big game. He's an umbilical who has brilliantly tapped into the mind-staggeringly willful ignorance of a large chunk of the American public. These are the very same people who thought Sarah Palin was a great idea for a VP.

Yes, I'll just say it: Morons, the lot of them. Which is precisely why the primary delegate system is so important. It's why the electoral college is so important. These structures protect us from the tyranny of the stupid.

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"The “America First” anthem “is precisely what the world worries about,” said Christopher Hill, a Bush-appointed former ambassador to Iraq." - article

Trump hasn't any idea of what he is talking about, that's the first thing Americans should be concerned about.

A television personality without an iota of knowledge is fine for light amusement. Trump's failure lies in his ignorance which is illustrated at every speech. This one was no different. Trump's fragmented thinking is clear in his stamering ignorance.

“No one wants an unpredictable ally,” said James Stavridis, the retired Navy admiral who served as NATO’s top commander in Europe from 2009 to 2013. “It sounds like isolationism.” - article

It sounds like Trump hasn't a clue, reading the speech confirms the Navy Admiral's perspective.

"He made no reference to forcing Mexico to pay for a wall across the nation’s Southern border. He also didn’t revisit the idea of allowing Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia or any other country to develop nuclear weapons for self-defense purposes." - article

Trump has no policy except Trump.

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“This was a serious foreign policy speech by Trump,”

Herein lies the problem: It is quite difficult to discern between Trumpian seriousness and a word salad of contradictory mumblings pandering to rust belt conservatives.

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"Donald Trump strained to lay out a clear vision of his “America first” - article

Trump started his campaign calling Americans "losers" and then attacked the Citizens of Mexico.

Strain is listening to Trump meander through his prejudice and then promise a pig in a poke to prod his racists to vote.

Trump has impressed the world with his ignorance and today's speech was no different, Consistency in stupidity isn't salesmanship, it's a trademark in Trumpland.

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...make United States... a “consistent” and “unpredictable” force in the world

With a consistently unpredictable force at the helm. And that's just the hairdo.

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After his candid admission that he doesn't belwocw in anything he's said up to now, its kinda hard to take anything trump has to say.

About anything.

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He's out of his comfort zone of slinging personal insults and rabble-rousing.

I'd guess that his rabble don't particularly care about detail. Others do.

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Delivering the speech in measured tones did nothing to change the message. It's still a shallow and naive perspective on the world. His lack of knowledge and understanding were highlighted by his awkward rhythm as he read words that were obviously not his own, about complex issues with which he is unfamiliar.

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Donald Trump strained to lay out a clear vision of his “America first” foreign policy.....

When you've never considered yourself a real candidate but just running to promote your brand,sooner or later you're going to come unstuck.He's a celebrity,running as an apprentice politician.

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..he is still on pace to win more Republican primary votes than any GOP contender in 36 years, or maybe ever.

Doubt that too much even to look it up. You're welcome to prove me wrong if you can, but he's barely cracking a majority where he wins, often squeaking by with a plurality. If your statement were true, the race would be over by now, as it usually is - for the first time in my life, my California primary vote carries some weight.

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I guess you could read into what he says as a policy of isolationism

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“Complete and total destruction of the Republican Party”: Former Reagan official Bruce Bartlett on why he backs Trump

"I think the Republican Party is sick. It’s dying, it just doesn’t know it. And I think anything that speeds up its demise is to the good, because then it can reinvent itself and return as something healthy. Or you could use an addiction metaphor, where people have to hit bottom so that they can reach out and ask for help before they can cure themselves. I think that Trump is a symptom of a disease of rampant stupidity, pandering to morons and bigots and racists and all the sort of stuff that defines today’s Republican coalition. And I just think it’s awful. It’s terrible for the country in a great many ways that I don’t need to tell you. And I think that we need to have a healthy two-party system. We need to have a sane, functioning conservative party and a sane, functioning liberal party. And I think that half of that equation, at least, is not working, and it affects the other half.

So I think it’s just bad for the country. So I think that giving Trump the nomination is the surest path to complete and total destruction of the Republican Party as we know it. And I look forward to him getting the nomination for that reason. I think he will have a historic loss. I think he may well bring in a Democratic Senate. But more importantly, my hope is, at least, that he will lead to a really serious assessment of the problems of the Republican Party, and lead to some opening of thought, opening of discussion, conversation among groups that have been sidelined for quite a long time. Mainly moderates and people of that sort who have been just pushed to the sidelines in favor of ever more rabid, nonsensical, right-wing authoritarianism.

But I also don’t think it really makes all that much difference whether Trump gets the nomination, because he’s already succeeded in destroying the Republican coalition as far as the general election is concerned. Because, look, if he doesn’t get the nomination, he’ll probably do everything in his power to guarantee that whoever does get the nomination is defeated. So either way the party is looking at historic losses, historic defeat. And I think that is really, really a wonderful thing."

http://www.salon.com/2016/04/25/complete_and_total_destruction_of_the_republican_party_former_reagan_official_bruce_bartlett_on_why_he_backs_trump/

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Trump will lose badly to the HRC. Trump will blame the Republican party for his failure. The conservative era is ending and not a second too soon. Trump could run as independent in 2020 putting the last nail in the coffin of the republican party. It deserves to die anyway as it has only created massive failed wars and a WW recession near depression.

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Not listed in this article is the fact that he said the US was wrong in trying to push Western style democratic governments on people who do not want it. In other words, we need to get out of the Nation building business. I totally agree, and I thought that those in the press who constantly didn't like 'W" would be glad that someone admitted this.

Trump also contradicted his own broad-brush approach to foreign policy. He said at one point that the best way to achieve his goals was through “disciplined, deliberate and consistent” policy. Later, however, he exhorted the nation to “be more unpredictable” in how it combats enemies.

Again, this article is misleading. If one were to read the entire speech, he said that we need to be deliberate with our allies, but not telegraph to the enemy our intentions to come at them. In the speech he goes on to show how we tell ISIS where we are going to bomb them, giving them time to get out of the way. Be unpredictable with an enemy is a sound military strategy.

Article was written from an anti-Trump perspective.

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"Republican former presidential candidate Newt Gingrich voiced support." - article

"For the first time in Congressional history, the Speaker of the House of Representatives (Gingrich) was fined $300,000 and formally reprimanded for violating House rules. Lawmakers voted overwhelmingly — 395 to 28 — to accept the House Ethics Committee’s recommendations that Newt Gingrich be punished for using tax-exempt organization to advance the political agenda of the Republican Party. He was also reprimanded to making inaccurate and false statements to the Ethics Committee."

source: Newt Gingrich Fined and Reprimanded

When this liar supports Trump the only thing Americans should think is 'why listen'?

Again, Trump's only policy is "Trump First" and 'Americans Are Losers' and a criminal Gingrich agrees. (That's Gingrich who ran up hundreds of thousands a Tiffany's, source: Apr 18, 2016 · Gingrich owed six figures to Tiffany's)

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So what did he actually say then? Just claiming a distortion doesn't make it fact. You need to show what was actually said, and how what was reported differed from that.

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I'm always open to the truth. That's why I disagreed when people said Trump's campaign manager violently assaulted that woman, because I couldn't find any videos that showed this to be the truth. And it's why I read the transcript of his speech on Mexicans rather than just taking people's word at face value.

But when someone makes a claim, and refuse to support it, it's usually because they cannot.

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"For Trump to pretend that "America First" is some kind of innovation on his part is laughable." - comments

Trump claimed "Make America Great Again" was his, it was Reagan's thirty years ago.

Trump is consistent, except it's "Make America Hate Again" that defines his campaign.

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hahaha. Finally, many of his irresponsible speeches are catching up to hunt him. This guy is a performer. He knows he is in troublel.

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To all the folks around the world who want to tell us in the USA who to vote for, including the author of this misleading appreciation of Trump's speech. Up yours.

Given that you proclaim yourselves to be leaders of the free world without us even having a vote to that effect nor would we ever choose the USA to take on that role, Its only fair we have a say when your leaders are borderline sociopaths chanting scary divisive drivel and actions on foreign policy can directly affect us.

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...giving billions to Iran will not help.

Couldn't pass up commenting on this as I'd heard echoes of this sentiment from the Right Wing Chamber. Care to back up how the US is "giving" even a penny to Iran?

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"all you have is a baseless conspiracy theory that for some reason certain Presidents are out to destroy the American people" - comments

George W. Bush's forged documents on "yellow cake" that sent a quarter million to their deaths?

Maybe it is more accurate to pose the reality of specific failures based on lies. Never Forget.

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" - ending America's interference in things it should not be interfering in would be a good thing" - comments

Trump saw how much money Halliburton made off Bush/Chney wars based on forgeries and figured 'Why bother with committing fraud at 'Trump University'? Why not go for a fraud on the American People?' There's clearly more bang for the buck in that.'

Trump will follow any path as long as it leads to his personal fortune and a narcisistic paradise.

Then he'll flip America the bird. (Just like he did during Vietnam.)

source: Mayo Clinic, "Narcissistic personality disorder is a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for admiration and a lack of empathy for others."

source: Cheney's Halliburton Made $39.5 Billion on Iraq War, Angelo Young, International Business Times

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"I can do the math and know a movement when I see it." - comments

A movement is what the world see when they see Trump.

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"he read words that were obviously not his own, about complex issues with which he is unfamiliar."

As opposed to palin. Who read her own words that were incomprehensible to everyone else....

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The man's not fit for the office of POTUS,

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How is anyone confused about "America First" policies. Trump or any president of the USA should always have the USA first as his perspective. I would expect the politicians of any country to put their own country first. I would expect the Japanese prime minister to put Japan first, I would expect the British Prime Minister to put the UK first. How is this in anyway confusing?

What might be confusing to many, especially government people is Trump is likely to put America before political class. The current politicians and bureaucrats around the world put the collectcive world wide political class First before any nation. Hillary for example, put herself, Putin and Obama First when she help make the sale of US uranium to Putin happen, she was most definitely not putting america first. Obama was putting himself and his political friends and the Iranian Ayatollahs First in the nuke deal, clearly he wasn't putting America first. The British PM Cameron was putting himself and his political friends in the EU first when he had Obama berate the british people for daring to consider leaving the EU. So confusion about Trump might be the fact, Trump really will put America First ahead of the US, UN, EU and worldwide political class.

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Does anyone here seriously believe there has ever been an American President who didn't put America's concerns ahead of any other country's?

Of course sitting presidents have put the interest of foreign countries first over our own. Of course this is a more recent phenomena. You have to be delusion to think that sitting presidents have NOT put the interest of Israel over Americas first. Israel is the elephant in the room.

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Just as a stopped watch will show the correct time twice a day, Trump is likely to eventually say something that one might find agreeable. But those who flock to him are sadly deluded, engaging in their own political fantasies. This candidate is a false messiah who won't be able to get elected, let alone deliver on his political promises.

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Trump may not be the ideal candidate to do it, but he is right about a lot of things. America needs to turn inward and fix its own problems instead of trying to fix everyone else's

Why donate 1 billion to country X to help starving people when that same 1 billion can be used to help starving americans? Homeless (Specifically ones who are through no fault of their own, IE drug usage caused them to lose their job) americans are plentiful and the ones that are capable of leading a normal life could use that money to clean up, buy a suit, go to a job interview, and live in subsidized housing until they are back on their feet.

The world needs a good neighbor, not a big brother.

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Good thing is (for Trump), many Americans (especially among GOP voters) do not expect much from their politicians when it comes to foreign policies. GW Bush had to be the worse/least knowledgeable man to ever run an 'advanced' nation ( and non advanced actually).

Understanding the world outside the usa isn't a priority for most us citizens, which is fair enough. They like pragmatic blokes who 'talk the talk and (hopefully) walk the walk'. Trump gives this impression that's why he's that popular over there.

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"Trump wants all Americans to be able to get Levi Jeans for $18.95 at Walmart which are made in the USA" - comments

The ignorance of the GOP/Tea bigots is pathetic and disgusting.

"Former Late Show host David Letterman brought out a number of buttoned shirts and slick ties from the Trump brand clothing line for Macy's in a 2011 interview."

"Letterman pointed out that his ties and shirts were made in China, according to the label."

Trump's America First is a fiction.

Trump will sell the American out for the cost of a necktie in 2011 and now the bigots think Trump supports them as they wake from their racism and crystal meth delusions?

Made in China to make Trump a few more bucks. Trump's a fraud and the New York court will send him up on their $40 million dollar prosecution of Donald J. Trump, bigot in chief.

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IllyasAPR. 28, 2016 - 01:50PM JST Both Democrats and Republicans sold out the average American citizen in favor of the Chinese and the multinational globalist corporations that do business with them.

Let's keep our discussion grounded in the real world, shall we? You don't have a shred of evidence that anyone sold out anyone. That's your groundless conjecture. All we know from your link is that Clinton signed a deal with China. Well, so? What evidence do you have that he believed this deal would advantage China at the expense of the US? Because without that evidence, all you have is a baseless conspiracy theory that for some reason certain Presidents are out to destroy the American people.

And while that notion may be reassuring to people desperate to believe all their problems are someone else's fault, it doesn't stand up to much scrutiny. Why would someone at the head of the most powerful and richest country on Earth undermine that country's people for the benefit of a less powerful and less rich country? There is no rational goal to such a conspiracy, which is why there is no evidence. It never happened. Regardless of if he was mistaken or not about what the outcome would be, Clinton clearly thought making trade deals with China would benefit the US in the long run.

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Thanks for the link, Lizz - had no idea. Still, the fact of Trump's deep unpopularity with about a third of the GOP electorate holds. Conventional wisdom has it that most Sanders supporters will come around and vote for Clinton (especially when the alternative becomes glaringly clear); the elephant in the room is how many GOPers will simply sit this election out.

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Obviously ten million votes for Trump isn't representative of anything except bigots at the polls motivated by racial hate.

Donald J. Trump's "Make America Hate Again" campaign is a loser, just like the Americans Trump insulted through out his fraud campaign.

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@Alphaape. Good observation. Bradley Klapper could use a course in objectivity---just like a certain, rabid poster whom I believe secretly has a crush on Trump. Trump's foreign policy will pull back America---something other countries have been asking us to do--which will allow and force other nations to act in their best interests. Case in point; I believe one reason that Japan will not significantly work with either Korea nor China is because the Japanese assume that the US will back their play without question (Korea has probably some of the same belief). I believe that when Trump tells Prime Minister Abe that, no, a battle over the Senkakus is not in the best interests of the US you will see a more pragmatic and conciliatory Shinzo Abe.

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The concept of stability without nation building sounds fine, except what exactly is his approach to stabilizing the world going to involve ? As a principle it is going to be very compelling to a broad section of Americans sick to the bone after decades of war and globalism but still needs to be fleshed out to some extent. I thought he set a good tone while maintaining his main themes to an audience that may have been tuning into a Trump policy speech for the first time.

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Lizz - your numbers are meaningless if you don't also include the migration from republicans to democrats. Remember, the Republican party hates Trump, and even Michael Berry said this yesterday:

If Trump wins the nomination, the Dems and media will destroy him. His life is a joke. You Trumpkins will blame everyone but yourselves for this failure, you always do. But he will be destroyed. His wreck of a life will be laid bare, and it will be ugly. You can cuddle Sean Hannity but it won't bring a victory. Trump's awful life will be on full display, and you will be shamed by it. Don't blame me. I will laugh at you. You're electing Hillary with your Trump votes. You've been warned. The world will turn on you, and you'll feel small and helpless. But you should have know. Life is hard, it's harder when you're stupid. This day will come when Trump will be shamed into oblivion. You voted for him. Never forget, you were warned.

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how is this any different from how they run things now? Just the salesman is less coherent

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corrected: A movement is what the world sees when they see Trump.

That's something the media won't report. How many times will the GOP/Tea claim that the truth isn't the truth because they don't like the facts? It seems endless.

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kurisupisuAPR. 28, 2016 - 07:48AM JST When Trump iterates that he'll place the American people first then he has my vote!!!!!

As opposed to literally every other administration in the history of the country. Because all it takes is a moment's thought to realize that this "America first" slogan is just a load of hogwash.

Does anyone here seriously believe there has ever been an American President who didn't put America's concerns ahead of any other country's? It's never happened. You can believe that a Presidential administration's policies were in error or had unintended consequences or benefited certain Americans over other Americans, but one would have to be delusional to imagine that anyone would go through the hell of an election campaign only to turn around and think, "You know what, screw my country, I think I'll help someone else out instead."

For Trump to pretend that "America First" is some kind of innovation on his part is laughable. To then realize that this notion probably ties in either subconsciously or intentionally with the overt racism and bigotry of his campaign is far more chilling. Because that means that all the groups he's lashed out at: Mexican immigrants, women, Muslims; in the mind of Trump and his fan base these people are somehow inherently unamerican, so to even treat them fairly is to put America second.

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He could make his own slogan 'American First' of 'USA First' instead using Charles Lindberg's 1941 pro-Nazi slogan.

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It's simple. Trump wants all Americans to be able to get Levi Jeans for $18.95 at Walmart which are made in the USA and while the workers making these jeans make 30 dollars per hour. He wants to have anything sold in the USA also made there. He wants all iPhones built in the USA.

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Talking about the migration of voters... rather than trying to figure out that math, why not look at the polls? The only match-up where a republican wins is Kasich Vs Clinton. In the other match-ups its all democrat.

This link is Trump Vs Clinton, click on the other links near the top of the page to see the other match ups. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2016/president/us/general_election_trump_vs_clinton-5491.html

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All we know from your link is that Clinton signed a deal with China. Well, so? What evidence do you have that he believed this deal would advantage China at the expense of the US?

Simply compare how the US has treated other countries with major human rights violations. Look at Myanmar. If what you said is true, why have both Republicans and Democrats been so selective when it comes to this policy of ignoring human rights in favor of trade. And surely it couldn't have anything to do with appeasing the multinational corporate campaign donors that had major investments already in China at the time of Tiananmen Square. And no idea that favored nations status would favor China at the expense of the US? Do you believe that Presidents don't have economic advisers now?

I'm not talking about Presidents favoring the Chinese over the American people. I'm talking about them clearly and undeniably favoring multinational corporations over the American people.

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@Superlib

“Complete and total destruction of the Republican Party”

Hey! That's my line!

Here's some very informative data on how the Latino vote will be one of the nails in the coffin:

About 9.7 million Latinos voted in 2008 and 11.2 million voted in 2012. And now, based on the current rate of new registrations, it is projected that 13.1 million will vote in 2016. That, of course, would be a record.

-- http://thehill.com/latino/277824-hispanics-in-swing-states-create-daunting-electoral-map-for-gop

We have Donald Trump to thank for that spike. In some states, as many as 80% of Latino voters say that Trump makes them more likely to vote against the Republican candidate, whoever he may be.

The largest number of new voters are in Texas and California. This year, the Latino vote won't make a diffference in dark blue CA and dark red TXC. BUT...

next on the list are Florida, Colorado, and Nevada—all of them swing states that will be swung by Latinos. After them is Arizona, which is looking more and more like it could be in play, too.

The only way for the GOP to offset the Democrats' gains among Latinos would be to get a massive increase in the white working class vote. Not going to happen. They don't exist. [You can see some of the Repubs here prattling on about massive turnout for Trump. Pure Fantasy -- and one that I encourage strongly ]

In short, this is the year when Latinos truly arrive as a key voting bloc for the Democratic Party.

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Thanks for the link, Lizz - had no idea.

Welcome. And just for the anyone that didn't read the full piece Trump has amassed around 10 million primary votes to date (8 was a typo), after next Tuesday in Indiana he is looking at a record total between 11 and 12. Clinton could get some Sanders supporters depending on how the general campaign goes although hardcore Sanders supporters I know personally will either go Green Party, Republican or write in the name of their guy.

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Trump University was unlicensed since it began operating in 2005 and promised lessons with real estate experts hand-picked by Trump, only one of whom had ever met him. The attorney general said the school used "bait-and-switch" tactics, inducing students to enroll in increasingly expensive seminars.

source: Published April 26, 2016, FoxNews.com

Trump, the king of fraud, will face a forty million dollar charge as the New York State Supreme Court has green lighted prosecution to proceed.

Trump's record of deception, previous suits are still pending, have continued to substantiate the once called "Trump University" as a specifically designed corrupt operation to fleece Americans desperate to survive the economic collapse led by GOP/Tea candidate Donald J. Trump.

Preying on the retired and victims of the Bush Administration's economic disaster, Trump's "University" fled New York to Delaware, changing its name, to seek protection from prosecution, but was unable to blunt the thousands of victims who lost millions in Trump's promise of an "Ivy League" quality education.

Struggling to explain Trump's foreign policy plan will be the easiest part of the current charges that have landed the billionaire in the crosshairs of a suit that seeks forty million in damages resulting from Trump's "educational" effort to put Americans first in line for a Trump con job.

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"Who cares about "deception" or whatever charges @ trump." - comments

The New York prosecutor who will serve the Americans, thousands of them, who are enjoined in a class action lawsuit for forty million in damages resulting from Donald J. Trump's planned and excuted fraud on the American People.

While the wife beaters cheer Trump, the New York court system isn't as easily led. Who cares about retired people who lost thousands at Trump University? The families and spouses who spent their money and received nothing for it.

"Who cares about "deception"?

The New York Supreme Court has green lighted prosecution after the Supreme Court Appeals process weighed Donald J. Trump's claim he would personally deliver an "Ivy League" education as a ruse to steal millions of dollars from honest hard working Americans.

Who cares about "deception"? The families who were lied to. Who cares about "deception"? The American People. Everyone except the dopes who vote Thump.

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Hilary Clinton has shown herself to be inept and callous as well as a paid up marionnette of big business! She'd lead the US into a quagmire if she were to gain power with her deluded empire building!

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Hillary Clinton is not a better choice though. I feel like if POTUS, Trump cannot do every crazy thing that he wants, while a President Hillary can. I'm starting to think she's more dangerous.

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"Trump has experienced both the inside and out side the financial and political world both nationally and internationally as no one else has." - comments

Trump's experience is a long and tedious rendition of one failed business after another. Most recently the $40 million fraud case pending in the New York court. Some resume.

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Trump struggles to explain his 'America first' foreign policy

That's 'cause its not a policy.

Its a sales pitch.

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Good luck USA with this mascarade presidential democracy. Whomever is elected please do not make more mess worldwide.

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The economy’s in shambles! (Reality be damned)

Talking in Spokane WA last month about the U.S. economy, former president Bill Clinton mentioned “the awful legacy of the last eight years.” And in Indianapolis this past Tuesday, Clinton said this:

“The problem is, 80% of the American people are still living on what they were living on the day before the [2008 financial] crash. And about half the American people, after you adjust for inflation, are living on what they were living on the last day I was president 15 years ago. So that’s what’s the matter.”

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"he read words that were obviously not his own, about complex issues with which he is unfamiliar" - comments

Trump is only interested in personal profit not patriotism.

source: Donald J. Trump, television personality, bigot

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"The current politicians and bureaucrats around the world put the collectcive world wide political class First before any nation." - comments

The same could be said of every bank and corporation, they are the reason the economic meltdown occured during G. W. Bush's tenure in the White House.

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We need to review whose slogan was America First in 1941.Charles Lindberg Yeats before Pearl Harbor. How it was used and connection with Nazi, Hope Trump does not mean concentration camps for entire Jewish people in USA?

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****Like it or not..the Donald may be your next President! Hilary is not a walk by any means

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Doubt that too much even to look it up.

Probably because more people are voting ?? He has 8 million more or less which puts Trump in a position to easily pass the "modern" record-holder, George W. Bush, who collected 10.8 million votes in 2000.

http://www.politico.com/blogs/twelve-thirty-seven/2016/04/donald-trump-popular-vote-record-222510

Trump passes Romney’s popular vote total, likely to break GOP record

With his five blowout wins Tuesday night, Donald Trump has passed Mitt Romney’s popular vote total from four years ago and is on a trajectory that could land him more Republican votes than any presidential candidate in modern history – by a lot.

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There cannot be any question that Hillary is the MOST experienced and knowledgeable of all the candidates about foreign policy, US postures, obligations, etc. In fact, it is probably difficult to even articulate a lot of the flavor of US policy because it is extremely complicated and nuanced. Hillary knows this. She lived it as SoS. She is not going to embarrass the US on this point. Bank on it.

At the other end of the stick is every GOP candidate. They have moronic ideas. No sense of history or America's place in the world. They are contradictory, jingoistic, fifth graders. And I say this because one of the dumbest things I ever produced in grade school was a political cartoon where I tried to model a conversation between Anwar Sadat, Menachem Begin, and Jimmy Carter and make a joke about it. It made no sense whatsoever because it was produced from a child's perspective. I am confident that Trump, Cruz and Kasich could do no better. They are that bad. They are a disaster.

When all the talk is over..... People will realize that Hillary is the best qualified,.... extremely motivated, with tremendous experience and resources. She offers great value. She should get the job. And she could start tomorrow.

But go watch the documentary, "Idiocracy" for an explanation of why Trump might win.

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The big problem here is people's "EXPECTATIONS" without first understanding the situation, circumstances and the environment.

The second problem is that everyone tries to "judge" and "critique" without first evaluating "relevant" , "meaningful" and "pertinent" factual information.

Let us take a look at Trump...

Trump has experienced both the inside and out side the financial and political world both nationally and internationally as no one else has. He has experience success as well as failures and have proven to be more successful than others. He knows that he is NOT the master of everything but knows that he can get and use those who are. He also knows that in order top "preserve" his already established "legacy" and "financial empire" for his heirs, the country (the USA) must not only survive but be strong and prosperous. He does NOT have to "prove" himself.

The country that can keep his legacy and his heirs safe and prosperous is the USA. So given the present situation, circumstances and environment, he has committed to run for President.

We all know that No one runs for President with JUST IDEALS or to "serve" the public. There is and has to be a "selfish" motive. If that "selfish" motive serves that individual only then the nation suffers. If that selfish motive serves a purpose that includes the nation, than that nation may benefit.

It is the people that must "choose" the "leader", he who has "included" the nation to serve his selfish motives.

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Whatever. Its better than a lemon of a foreign policy obama sold everyone. . . but hey, don't blame me. I didn't vote 4 "Change."

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These tears are delicious. Can't Stump The Trump.

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I still think Trump would be a disaster for both America and the world. But that said, there is potential that he may not be a total disaster - ending America's interference in things it should not be interfering in would be a good thing, and his comments on transgendered toilet use are good. Although it's ridiculous that toilet us is even an issue being discussed.

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@kcjapan. Trump has clearly stated that the US was wrong to invade Iraq--even said it at a Republican debate in which he was booed heavily. Your princess Hillary voted for the same war, don't forget. Somehow doubt he is going to follow in Cheney's footsteps. Your analysis and sources are laughable but I think you truly, deep down have a crush on the guy.

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Trump should be wrapped up like a christmas gift because that is what he is to the Democrats. With him running for President the WH will stay blue and the senate will flip to blue. Some are saying even the House.

Thank you white bread republicans for making the election a breeze this year for the sane party.

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Thank you white bread republicans for making the election a breeze this year for the sane party.

So far thru this year’s primary season there has been a net change of 15 million votes moving from Democrats to Republicans. In the 2012 Presidential election Obama garnered about 5 million more votes than Mitt Romney. A shift of 5 million votes would have given Romney the Presidency. In four of the five primary states Tuesday independents were not allowed to vote. In 2008 the Democrats surpassed the Republicans in these states by a total of 2.5 million votes. Today, the separation is less than 700,000 votes. Not to mention recent polls that have Hillary and Trump in a virtual tie. I'm not in it full throttle for Trump but I can do the math and know a movement when I see it.

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"To all the folks around the world who want to tell us in the USA who to vote for, including the author of this misleading appreciation of Trump's speech. >deleted<." - comments

Spoken like a true Thumper. How any American can imagine what they think is superior to anyone else in the world is laboring under the same delusion as Donald J. Trump Bigot in Chief of the GOP/Tea.

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Sounds like speculation to me, since you haven't provided enough numbers to back up your hyphothesis.

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The end of Donald Trump's campaign has been predicted continuously and erroneously for seven months....he is still on pace to win more Republican primary votes than any GOP contender in 36 years, or maybe ever.

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'Trump struggles......', I stopped reading there. It amazes me how easily Americans fall for such a fraudster.

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"Trump’s likely opponent in the general election, Democrat Hillary Clinton, was Obama’s secretary of state and a key architect of the effort."

Hillary Clinton will likely be indicted soon for mishandling classified information, among other crimes, so Trump will probably compete against one of Bernie or Biden in November.

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Lizz - your numbers are meaningless if you don't also include the migration from republicans to democrats.

I am talking about the spread from the number of voters Republicans are up and Democrats are down. Obviously it is not all going in one direction. But Trump is bringing in enough new voters along with crossover Democrats, many of whom are likely staying home, and Independents that with his five blowout wins Tuesday night, he has passed Mitt Romney’s popular vote total from four years ago and is on a trajectory that could land him more Republican votes than any presidential candidate in modern history – by a lot.

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Foreign policy has been a disaster and giving billions to Iran will not help. Libya, is probably the worst case followed,by Venezuela, Syria, Yemen.

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if Trump wins, and your a member of ISIS or any other radical group, I think your days are numbered. I think Obama will have a great legacy, but he was too indecisive in his 2nd term, I think out of his disdain for anything that had to do with Bush, and could be argued that he is the reason for a Trump emerging. Obama dropped the ball on how he cornered China, dealt with Syria, the Arab Spring, Lybia and allot of other foreign policy mistakes. His drone policy had limited success as well. Domestically I think he reigned well.

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...giving billions to Iran will not help.

Iran's assets became unfrozen as a result of the deal. But the nitty-gritty is that he sucked up to them and at the same time he snubbed isreal, our only true ally in ME.

Obama thinks he has really accomplished something with the deal. But in reality, Iran's reformers in the gov actually have very little power and influence. The mullahs and ayatollah have the final say. And he all know they really "hate" the USA.

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Trump's record of deception, previous suits are still pending

Enough, enough. Didn't Hilary get some people killed?? Who cares about "deception" or whatever charges @ trump.

US State Dept & US Marine lives were lost. That's on Hilary, NOT D. Trump.

Hilary's record of deception is being investigated by the feds.

Trump's foreign policy plan will be the easiest part of the current charges

Naw kc. It willbe very hard. In Cuba, Castro DID NOT greet obama. In Saudi, the king DID NOT come out to greet him. . . . .furthermore, the mullahs of Iran wouldn't give a care neither. Bibi can't wait for that coward to leave neither.

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Yes, I'll just say it: Morons, the lot of them.

Funny, I felt the same way about the whole "vote for change" thing. They had their ride, time to get over it.

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Go Trump!

Japan has a Nationalist leader and the US is always talking about how wonderful it is that they are trading partners. Canada, UK, Europe, Brazil etc. say it too. They all say it, so in these western Democratic eyes nationalism doesn`t seem to be an issue.

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"The “America First” anthem “is precisely what the world worries about,” said Christopher Hill, a Bush-appointed former ambassador to Iraq." - article Trump hasn't any idea of what he is talking about, that's the first thing Americans should be concerned about.

Nothing beats seeing liberals like kcjapan citing neocons like Christopher Hill to attack Trump. Seriously, you're citing a neocon to attack someone that opposes nation building. If Obama was the target you'd be jumping up and down and screaming about it. It just goes to prove what has always been known: Neoconservatives and Neoliberals are two sides of the same coin. Endless wars, outsourcing and globalism, and cessation of national sovoreignty to international organizations like the WTO, IMF, etc. As per Trump:

We will no longer surrender this country, or its people, to the false song of globalism.

The nation-state remains the true foundation for happiness and harmony. I am skeptical of international unions that tie us up and bring America down, and will never enter America into any agreement that reduces our ability to control our own affairs.

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To all the folks around the world who want to tell us in the USA who to vote for, including the author of this misleading appreciation of Trump's speech. Up yours.

Americans as a voting block are known worldwide for being particularly stupid (not to be confused with individual Americans). We're just trying to save you from yourselves. And save us from you.

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your numbers are meaningless if you don't also include the migration from republicans to democrats.

Yes, including the Koch brothers.

You need to show what was actually said, and how what was reported differed from that.

No I don't. Watch the speech. He's mentioned this before in the past. Won't make a bit of difference with you anyway, not gonna waste my time.

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Does anyone here seriously believe there has ever been an American President who didn't put America's concerns ahead of any other country's?

Uh, YES?

http://tech.mit.edu/V114/N27/china.27w.html

(1994) President Clinton Thursday reversed course on China and renewed its trade privileges despite what he said was Beijing's lack of significant progress on human rights.

Both Democrats and Republicans sold out the average American citizen in favor of the Chinese and the multinational globalist corporations that do business with them. Even when they had a perfect pretext to stop the outsourcing that was bleeding the country (human rights) they chose to continue selling the country out. How is that putting America first?

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It is not the President who actually decides US foreign policy but the bureaucrats. sadly no different who becomes the president.

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To all the folks around the world who want to tell us in the USA who to vote for, including the author of this misleading appreciation of Trump's speech. Up yours.

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Thank you BRADLEY KLAPPER for this fine example of the MSM's power to distort Trumps words into your own lies.

Trump also contradicted his own broad-brush approach to foreign policy. He said at one point that the best way to achieve his goals was through “disciplined, deliberate and consistent” policy. Later, however, he exhorted the nation to “be more unpredictable” in how it combats enemies.

You even have posters on here parroting this distortion.

Is this the best you can do JT? Someone posted on here that you're "right-leaning", that's not true, corporate/establishment is more like it.

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And a WW recession near depression.

Wrong. That was B. Clinton and R. Rubin, with the help of a bi-partisan congress that pushed through the Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act in 1999. This is what caused your WW recession near depression. And as usual, the federal Reserve bank (central bankers) played a pivotal role in its cause as well.

A year before the law was passed, Citicorp, a commercial bank holding company, merged with the insurance company Travelers Group in 1998 to form the conglomerate Citigroup, a corporation combining banking, securities and insurance services under a house of brands that included Citibank, Smith Barney, Primerica, and Travelers. Because this merger was a violation of the Glass–Steagall Act and the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956, the Federal Reserve gave Citigroup a temporary waiver in September 1998.[3] Less than a year later, GLBA was passed to legalize these types of mergers on a permanent basis. The law also repealed Glass–Steagall's conflict of interest prohibitions "against simultaneous service by any officer, director, or employee of a securities firm as an officer, director, or employee of any member bank".[4]

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It is quite difficult to discern between Trumpian seriousness and a word salad of contradictory mumblings pandering to rust belt conservatives.

Whereas with Hillary you know that every word she utters is a lie.

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When Trump iterates that he'll place the American people first then he has my vote!!!!!

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